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AMANDA SCURTI

Illustrator, cartoonist, dog enthusiast
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Aug 29 '14
This dominant narrative surrounding the inevitability of female objectification and victimhood is so powerful that it not only defines our concepts of reality but it even sets the parameters for how we think about entirely fictional worlds, even those taking place in the realms of fantasy and science fiction. It’s so normalized that when these elements are critiqued, the knee-jerk response I hear most often is that if these stories did not include the exploitation of women, then the game worlds would feel too “unrealistic” or “not historically accurate”. What does it say about our culture when games routinely bend or break the laws of physics and no one bats an eye? When dragons, ogres and magic are inserted into historically influenced settings without objection. We are perfectly willing to suspend our disbelief when it comes to multiple lives, superpowers, health regeneration and the ability to carry dozens of weapons and items in a massive invisible backpack. But somehow the idea of a world without sexual violence and exploitation is deemed too strange and too bizarre to be believable.

Tropes vs Women in Video Games, Women as Background Decoration: Part 2 (via femfreq)

It’s especially funny to me how in the interest of supposed “historically accurate, well-researched, completely immersive” game or comic universes, women seem to be excluded from the narrative yet again. Some game & comic worlds are so elaborately designed and detailed that even terrain-accurate flora and fauna appear, but somehow women are deemed less important than plants and animals. Sure, include period-accurate colloquialisms and speech patterns, include amazing feats of computer/console graphics and traditional rendering, but don’t outfit your female characters and female NPCs in anything less than a standard “female” outfit regardless of the time period - that wouldn’t be realistic!

This isn’t about the way these women appear - and yet it is, at the same time. It’s not about the clothes - it’s about the iconography. It’s about the dominant male gaze and how it effects nearly everything we know and what we think we know about women in media. By eschewing the established rules of historical accuracy for JUST the female characters, the notion is that somehow the women are different - they are divorced from the narrative, and therefore must look the part, according to game developers.

By reducing female characters to one-dimensional decorations and cartoon approximations of what we think femininity means - or what femininity should mean, we effectively destroy any connection that the player might be able to form with these characters. But then again, say you’re a feminist in a male-dominated industry of any kind and watch as the heads turn and the tempers flare - it’s not all that different. 

2,425 notes (via nondesignated & femfreq)Tags: see also: medievalpoc it's all about the dominant narrative let's not even get STARTED on the obsolescence of the gender binary but actually: let's

Aug 29 '14
jovaline:

ladiesofliterature:

CALL FOR ENTRIES
Hello everyone! The Ladies of Literature project is pleased to announce that we’re beginning work on Volume 2! We’re hoping to make this book even bigger and more beautiful than Volume 1. We’ve invited our Volume 1 veterans to come back to contribute, but we’re looking for even more fresh talent to fill the pages!
For those who don’t know, Ladies of Literature Volume 1 was an illustration anthology that celebrated our favorite female book characters and authors.
This time around, we’re still working with the same premise, but we’re placing a stronger emphasis on illustrations that tell stories. We want well-composed illustrations that showcase exactly why you fell in love with your character or author. Make us want to pick up their stories for ourselves—like the ultimate book recommendation.
The book is going to be Kickstarted to cover cost of printing and compensation for all contributing artists. All artists will get a copy of the book. Any remaining Kickstarter and book sale funds will be donated directly to in-classroom childhood literacy projects via DonorsChoose.org.
(That being said, obviously this is a project that may include copyrighted characters so if we run into legal trouble, we’ll have to shut the whole thing down.)
We’re aiming to have 75 artists in total so if you’re interested in participating, fill out this Google Form with your name and portfolio by AUGUST 31, 2014. We’ll notify our final choices by mid-September. Thank you! So excited to see all of your work!


Ahhh! Just a few more days! We close the form at 11:59PM on August 31!

Apply! Apply! Apply! All genders welcome!

jovaline:

ladiesofliterature:

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Hello everyone! The Ladies of Literature project is pleased to announce that we’re beginning work on Volume 2! We’re hoping to make this book even bigger and more beautiful than Volume 1. We’ve invited our Volume 1 veterans to come back to contribute, but we’re looking for even more fresh talent to fill the pages!

For those who don’t know, Ladies of Literature Volume 1 was an illustration anthology that celebrated our favorite female book characters and authors.

This time around, we’re still working with the same premise, but we’re placing a stronger emphasis on illustrations that tell stories. We want well-composed illustrations that showcase exactly why you fell in love with your character or author. Make us want to pick up their stories for ourselves—like the ultimate book recommendation.

The book is going to be Kickstarted to cover cost of printing and compensation for all contributing artists. All artists will get a copy of the book. Any remaining Kickstarter and book sale funds will be donated directly to in-classroom childhood literacy projects via DonorsChoose.org.

(That being said, obviously this is a project that may include copyrighted characters so if we run into legal trouble, we’ll have to shut the whole thing down.)

We’re aiming to have 75 artists in total so if you’re interested in participating, fill out this Google Form with your name and portfolio by AUGUST 31, 2014. We’ll notify our final choices by mid-September. Thank you! So excited to see all of your work!

Ahhh! Just a few more days! We close the form at 11:59PM on August 31!

Apply! Apply! Apply! All genders welcome!

1,107 notes (via jovaline & ladiesofliterature)Tags: ladies of literature

Aug 28 '14
newlevant:

32 hours left on Jesse Reklaw’s LOVF kickstarter!
LOVF is a 168-page, full-color travel diary of Jesse’s manic episode, where he threw away all of his belongings and moved around the country. An “Illustrated vision quest of a man literally losing his mind,” as he calls it.
LOVF has been funded, but he’s only $500 away from an awesome stretch goal: a six-city LOVF book tour, which he’ll also make a mini-comic about, and post it online for free! If the tour gets funded, I’ll be joining him for many of these appearances, so I really want this to happen.
Preorder your copy of LOVF now!


Definitely a project worth funding! Check it out.

newlevant:

32 hours left on Jesse Reklaw’s LOVF kickstarter!

LOVF is a 168-page, full-color travel diary of Jesse’s manic episode, where he threw away all of his belongings and moved around the country. An “Illustrated vision quest of a man literally losing his mind,” as he calls it.

LOVF has been funded, but he’s only $500 away from an awesome stretch goal: a six-city LOVF book tour, which he’ll also make a mini-comic about, and post it online for free! If the tour gets funded, I’ll be joining him for many of these appearances, so I really want this to happen.

Preorder your copy of LOVF now!

Definitely a project worth funding! Check it out.

8 notes (via newlevant)Tags: comics tw mental illness

Aug 27 '14
Introducing CORPORATE DOG, a 10-strip mini about office politics and break room diatribes. Get it at SPX! I’m at table B14 with Hannah Krieger, Molly Ostertag and Aatmaja Pandya. More deets to follow. 

Introducing CORPORATE DOG, a 10-strip mini about office politics and break room diatribes. Get it at SPX! I’m at table B14 with Hannah Krieger, Molly Ostertag and Aatmaja Pandya. More deets to follow. 

26 notes Tags: my art comics dog dog comic domic ???.

Aug 27 '14
careydraws:

Rift, my new all-ages comic, will debut at SPX 2014! I’ll also have it at MICE and Locust Moon. Here’s its totally sweet blurb:

RIFT is a story about sibling conflicts, fear, and hope, in a setting that’s just a little bit magical. Tess and Sam haven’t been getting along all summer, and now a camp-wide competition has tensions between them at an all-time high– with their friends caught right in the middle. Will an unexpected, accidental visitor from elsewhere be the final straw, or can all of them work together to get their strange companion safely home?
This all-ages book is a companion to Keepsakes, set in the same location and following some of the same characters, but can also be enjoyed on its own. 38 pages, B & W interior with color covers, $5.

Its SPX debut page is up here. and stick around for a full preview coming soon! In the meantime, you can get Keepsakes (preview here) on gumroad for only $2 (digital) or storenvy for $5 (physical).

careydraws:

Rift, my new all-ages comic, will debut at SPX 2014! I’ll also have it at MICE and Locust Moon. Here’s its totally sweet blurb:

RIFT is a story about sibling conflicts, fear, and hope, in a setting that’s just a little bit magical. Tess and Sam haven’t been getting along all summer, and now a camp-wide competition has tensions between them at an all-time high– with their friends caught right in the middle. Will an unexpected, accidental visitor from elsewhere be the final straw, or can all of them work together to get their strange companion safely home?

This all-ages book is a companion to Keepsakes, set in the same location and following some of the same characters, but can also be enjoyed on its own. 38 pages, B & W interior with color covers, $5.

Its SPX debut page is up here. and stick around for a full preview coming soon! In the meantime, you can get Keepsakes (preview here) on gumroad for only $2 (digital) or storenvy for $5 (physical).

100 notes (via careydraws)Tags: WOW I want it comics it's no horse/monkey but it'll do

Aug 26 '14
nedroidcomics:

Hello everyone! I have finally joined every other webcartoonist and set up a Patreon campaign in hopes of increasing my comics output. If you’re not familiar with Patreon, it’s a way to help support the people who make things you enjoy by pledging a small monthly amount (check out the in-depth FAQ here).
If you enjoy my work, I hope you’ll consider becoming a patron so that I’ll be able to keep making more of it. Thank you!

nedroidcomics:

Hello everyone! I have finally joined every other webcartoonist and set up a Patreon campaign in hopes of increasing my comics output. If you’re not familiar with Patreon, it’s a way to help support the people who make things you enjoy by pledging a small monthly amount (check out the in-depth FAQ here).

If you enjoy my work, I hope you’ll consider becoming a patron so that I’ll be able to keep making more of it. Thank you!

1,062 notes (via nedroidcomics)Tags: yay!

Aug 25 '14
hanadrawsthings:

incredibly honoured and excited to be a part of TERRESTRIAL! here’s one of my illustrations. sorry for the annoying amount of self portraits.

hanadrawsthings:

incredibly honoured and excited to be a part of TERRESTRIAL! here’s one of my illustrations. sorry for the annoying amount of self portraits.

43 notes (via hanadrawsthings)Tags: terrestrial i stared at these a LOT because they are GREAT

Aug 25 '14

monstertag:

definitely not hyperventilating with excitement over here, no sir, not at all

Holy shoat look at these booooooks

56 notes (via monstertag)Tags: sfp comics

Aug 22 '14
Proofs are here, hellllll yam

Proofs are here, hellllll yam

23 notes Tags: my art terrestrial anthology spx

Aug 21 '14
me

me

52 notes Tags: my art self portrait lol sketchbook

Aug 21 '14
I had a chance to meet Sarah (butterstory) today - her work is SUPER cool and she gave me some copies of her zines…check out her work!!!!!!!!!! yeahhh

I had a chance to meet Sarah (butterstory) today - her work is SUPER cool and she gave me some copies of her zines…check out her work!!!!!!!!!! yeahhh

80 notes (via butterstory)Tags: comics elsa zine!

Aug 20 '14

evandahm:

Here are some excerpts from the Adventure Time: Candy Capers story I drew for BOOM! Studios last year, and some bits of Heironymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights that I used as inspiration for riffing on Adventure Time’s Land of the Dead.

I just remembered I drew this thing and wanted to show u

315 notes (via evandahm)Tags: the best

Aug 19 '14

I just asked this on twitter but I figured I’d ask on here as well - has anyone had luck with monoprice tablets w/ the visual display? I have a little bit of experience with Cintiqs which is all well and good but they’re a bit out of my price point at the moment. So…monoprice peeps…yay or nay?

ETA: Thank you all so much!! I think I’m steering away from the monoprice for now but we’ll SEE

6 notes Tags: shut up amanda tech qs tablet monoprice help meeeee

Aug 19 '14
piercehargan:

Pierce Hargan, Schmuck Diaries, 9”x 12”, watercolor and gouache, 2014

piercehargan:

Pierce Hargan, Schmuck Diaries, 9”x 12”, watercolor and gouache, 2014

46 notes (via piercehargan)Tags: really good

Aug 17 '14
inkfilledsea:

Cover for the comic mentioned here. Now hopefully someone wants it.

inkfilledsea:

Cover for the comic mentioned here. Now hopefully someone wants it.

16 notes (via inkfilledsea)Tags: ya! comics