Today's question comes by e-mail: Is your comic going to be pretty much a T & A show? If so, why do we even need something like that?
Okay, there's no getting around the fact that I have big boobs. I'm also very tall, 6 foot 1, so I'm a pretty big woman all around. And my hips are broader than what most women would be comfortable with. Plain and simple, I got size, baby. I got curves. And yes, I got a butt, too.
But a T & A show? Nuh-uh. Before I continue, let me address something first, and it's the matter of the absence of a comic, which will be related to my response below.
I really wish I had a comic out to show you folks right now, as it's a bit hard to keep talking about an "upcoming comic" if it hasn't come yet. I can't say when it will be coming because right now it's just me and the boss, and we've had difficulties finding a reliable artist. We've had some very good ones, but none so far that will produce at least a few pages of art before they drop out of sight on us.
Part of the reason is because of the boss's inability to pay what he feels is a fair wage for their art - and so far, while "for the glory and experience" of doing comic art has been enough to get their interest, it hasn't been enough to keep them at least for a few pages of art. He feels bad that he can't afford to pay them more, but it can't be helped right now. And on top of that is a recent medical issue that the boss had to deal with in recent months. Don't worry, he's fine, but he won't turn down any well-wishes and prayers for his health.
In the meantime, I've taken it upon myself to keep up the blog and to maintain the Facebook page, because I really like the storyline ideas he's come up with. Had it been a T & A show, I wouldn't still be writing this blog. Plus, he's trying to put out there a perspective that is not usually seen in comics, and that's a character who is not afraid to be a right-winger. And a pro-lifer. It is the fact that he wants to make Andromeda someone who is not afraid to express her right-wing views that has kept me at this.
We're still working on how we can introduce other political and social issues that won't devolve into the usual "liberal" and "conservative" sniping that is par for the course nowadays. The recent example of (the now formerly) Miss California and her views on gay marriage is one such example of how an issue can devolve into absurdity, and all because Miss California chose to express her opinion truthfully when asked. This shows the difficulty that can sometimes come with trying to express a view that is not considered "politically correct". The boss takes care to look at both sides, and that has come across in the stories I've read so far. I don't always agree with some of the views he presents, but I know that he's going to give my side a fair shake.
Plus, he gives me free reign on what I write here. I've even surprised him with some of the stuff I've said; that's how much control I have with my blog and my Facebook page (but I will still check with him on some topics, just to make sure that what I say won't be inconsistent with what he plans for my character). Sometimes I've inspired future storylines with my comments, and I can't think of a better compliment for my work than for him to tell me that.
Another thing that has inspired me is Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska. Here is a woman who is not afraid to publicly express her right wing views. And her giving birth to her Down's Syndrome baby despite criticisms to the contrary is the best example of just how dedicated she is to the pro-life cause. In other words, she not only said she's pro-life, she's proved it. May God bless her for her courageous act. I feel that Palin is the future of the conservative movement largely because of the reactions she gets from the left.
David Letterman's recent stupidity is only one recent example of the fact that the left is scared of her. He didn't have to say or do anything about Palin, and certainly nothing about her daughters. In fact, it has been largely left-wingers that have kept her in the spotlight, because subconciously they are "keeping their eye" on her. Had they not been afraid of her, they would have dropped coverage of her the very next day after Barack Obama won, and we would be saying "Sarah who?" right now. I continue to write this blog because I believe in the boss, and because of right-wing women like Palin.
Yes, I have big tits and I have a big ass, but damn it, I have a brain too. If there are those who choose to see me only as "tits and ass" despite what I've written here and on Facebook, then it says more about them than it does about me. You may see my big boobs, but my goal is for you to also see that I can write, too.
But a T&A show? I hope by now you see that we plan for my comic to be anything but.