WTF Happened to May?

LastUnicornRedrawIt’s been hard to focus on anything dorky, especially online in this, The Age of Corona, especially post the death of George Floyd, the man who was murdered by a pro MAGA Police Officer who had his knee of Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes, resulting in George Floyd’s death.

SMredrawThen the protesting. Then the looting. Then the rioting. Right before the world continued to go %^&*ing crazy, I did the Sailor Moon Redraw challenge… but it wasn’t that awesome. I then did a redraw just for fun from The Last Unicorn, and yeah… I don’t love it, but I drew it! That’s… uh… something!

marzgurl soup OLD PICA friend of mine, Marzgurl, did a video for GameXplain on the new Shantae game! And… is being attacked thanks to people who are upset that she caused Covid-19 as an extra layer between them and Vic Mangina’s… uh… Man-gina?

US Astronauts launched back into space for the first time from an American space craft, created by Americans, thanks to South African born richy rich smart guy Elon Musk & Space X! Suck it Space Force… that is also now a Netflix show starring Steve Carell!

There was MerMay, which I sadly did not participate in very much. I bought some art both physically in the recently re-opened mall, as well as from Kittyhawk of Flounder… but sadly not as a mermaid. Boo!

manspider-sixarmsuniverseCovid-19 has really effected me on an emotional level. How it’s been handled, how my job asked me not to mention having it, customers refusing to social distance, and I just couldn’t take it anymore. I stepped down from a supervisory role at my job, and hopefully the gray hair I’ve gained over more than half a year will regain it’s base form Goku luster. Probably not though.

Mangaka Hiroshi Aro did some new Futaba-kun Change art that someone commissioned him to do. I wish I knew how to  commission him.

Currently Police officers are beating/shooting/arresting journalists, senators, shoppers. Meanwhile, they have been joined by the National Guard, and they have shot white home owners standing in front of their own yard.

she-ra-reboot750x422Oh, and She-Ra kissed a girl and liked it, continuing the trend of homosexuality in the last episode/season of a major character because they knew that that that’s too late to get them in trouble.  Legend of Korra says hi. Sailor Moon wonders… what took you so long?

OH! On the same day, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy swapped spit on her show? But that’s to be expected?

wtf ranmaI just want to play Clubhouse Games™: 51 Worldwide Classics already. That game comes out this week. I also bought a capture card that’s coming in the mail soon-ish… so maybe I will make some video game videos or stream? I dunno. Expect some art this month too, as I continue to get used to drawing on a Surface Book.

Ruby Rose – Break Free

This video is a little NSFW, just a heads up. In this video, Ruby Rose transforms herself from a feminine woman in a dress to a heavily tattooed male. Reading up on Rose, she seems like an interesting, gender fluid, woman. She prefers female pronouns.  

If there is something that I’ve noticed recently, I feel like the world is more willing to accept women that embrace masculinity as opposed to the opposite… and that’s always been a bit weird to me. Also… what happened to Tom Boys? Are they no longer a thing that’s recognized in society? Just a random thought.

ITZY “WANNABE” M/V

I don’t really ‘do’ K-pop. Just to write that word, I had to research if it was “K-pop,” “Kpop,” or K Pop… and I have to be honest, I’m still not 100% sure that I succeeded.

Remember J-pop and J-Rock being all the rage when the anime convention bubble started. Remember all of that? *sigh* even my 35 year old female co-worker loves K-pop, and she’s a woman with kids.

Surviving Vig?

SURVIVING VIGI’ve made it no secret that I, as an anime convention attendee and sometimes volunteer since 2004, am on the side of the alleged victims of Vic Mignogna. I am also a friend of Marzgurl who started the #Kickvic hashtag. I have also been at conventions that Vic Mignogna has been at, as well as even volunteering at one that was run by a friend of mine that had Vic once, that was mispronounced/mentioned in Vic Mignogna’s deposition. I believe in ethics in um… uh… Anime Industry… News? Propoganda? Whatever.

surviving vig2My friend, Marzgurl, mentioned that watching the Lifetime show “Surviving R. Kelly” season 2 episode 1 reminded her of #KickVic, and how victims who speak up are often harassed.

Because of this, I have spoofed three images that were used to promote Surviving R. Kelly, with Vic Mignogna. I’ve mispelled his name as Vig in them, to help show that they are in parody, but also to make fun of a convention that misspelled his name in an advertisement.

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When #KickVic started, a friend of mine noted that one of the pictures used in an article looked like it had been photo-shopped to make him look like one of the bad husbands/boyfriends from one of those cliche Lifetime movies. That also might have played into wanting to make these parodies, I suppose?

Anyways, I hope someone gets a kick out of these. Anyways, these were done in parody based on a tweet. That’s all.

Anita Sarkeesian update

Anita_SarkeesianPolygon had Anita Sarkeesian reminisce about her time in the great geek culture war known as Gamer Gate… and… eh? I don’t know what to say?

There were at least 5 sides to Gamer Gate.

  1. People who were using the argument about ethics in games journalism as an excuse to get away with attacking/threatening women
  2. The women who were attacked
  3. The gamers who actually cared about ethics in games journalism
  4. Journalists
  5. The Game Industry

The third group was dooped by the first group to help attack the second, fourth, and fifth group. That’s clear. What people tend to forget though, is that the fifth group is well… an amoral group that will side with communist China to make a buck, so the idea that they would actively chastise the first and third group for going after just the second and fourth group is just kind of a stretch?

zeldapeachanitafem“You! The people who give us money! Stop attacking the people who want to give us money one day if we made our games differently!”

Phil Fish, Indie game creator of Fez, defended Zoe Quinn and he and his company Polytron were hacked, and important documents were leaked, and he ended up trying to sell Polytron and getting completely out of gaming… yet she argues that the gaming industry didn’t speak out during all of this.

I’m not much of a fan of youtuber Matt Jarbo, formerly known as Mundane Matt, but he was a Gamer Gater, and has experiences with Anita, and has tracked her career for 8 years.

Anita’s continued involvement in Gamer Gate is a political and financial one. Negative backlash while probably terrible for her mental health, makes her projects a lot of money typically, and she’s leaving this decade not as important as she was at the beginning of it, so if she stir’s the chamber pot and has people talking a little bit about her and Gamer Gate again, she will raise some money for her endeavors.

anita-sarkeesian*sigh* I’m only upset because she could literally be crowdfunding to raise money for scholarships for women who want to get into the game industry, or to help build an indie studio or something that would change the game industry for the  better, instead of trying to build her importance.

Casey Bats AGAIN?!?!

I, like most people [I hope] know of the poem and the classic 1946 Walt Disney animation known as Cast at The Bat. That video is below… you should see it and be impressed by classic animation that is from one year after the end of World War II.

Now, since everyone should know and have experienced all of that… what if I told you that in 1954… 8 years after that first animation, they continued what I’m dubbing The Bat-universe… no wait… that’s stupid… The Casey universe…. with a sequel.

Casey Bats again… is sort of a feminist short that showcases how toxic-ly masculine Casey is, as life doesn’t just give him what he wants. He ultimately makes lemonade out of lemons though.

While some of the interactions in Casey Bats Again could be seen as sexist in 2019, I believe that in 1954, this short would be rather progressive. Hell… is still could be seen that way today.

I hope the characters from this short somehow appear in Kingdom Hearts: The Next One… featuring Kari. That would be pretty nifty.

We are not Nazis, nor is every hater a man.

antinaziClownfish TV as well as other people who have either been on the more neutral side to the far #IStandWithVic side of the #KickVic hashtag movement have sometimes been yelled at as being ‘Nazis’.

Meanwhile, people who have not liked shows such as Ghostbusters 2016, She-Ra, or the upcoming Captain Marvel have been called that and even worse… Men.

What’s funny is that I on the pro ethics in games journalism, anti Ghostbusters 2016, but pro #IStandWithVic side was also called a Nazi. *sigh* Not everyone is a Nazi. Some people are, such as many but not all of the people who protested for confederate statues in 2016 in Charlottesville.

Kittyhawk GBDNATE ZaraAlso, women, such as webcomic artist and indie video game creator and even cameo Kittyhawk, who both dislikes Ghostbusters 2016 and She-Ra but oh so loves women with huge boobs even… is in fact not a man, nor a Nazi.

I know this is the equivalent of ‘not all women’ but seriously… ‘not all women.’ It is incredibly sexist to revoke someone’s womanhood based on their opinion. Stop erasing women and their voices just because they disagree with the narrative you are pushing.

netsenshi_evelyn_mermaid smallLike I said earlier, I was on the #IStandWithVic side of the #KickVic situation. I think that at this point, everyone who is on the #KickVicSide and #IStandWithVic side needs to shut up though… let the lawyers do their job… and see what happens.

Also… it’s really weird that Vic Mignogna’s lawyer Ty Beard is on the internet shit talking and swinging his law dick around twitter before officially notifying the women and husbands Vic Mignogna is… I guess… suing on Facebook. *shrugs* Seems kind of childish and unfair to do to everyone involved, including the #IStandWithVic crowd even.

I dunno. I just want this whole thing to go away until everyone is in court.

#Kickvic≤Anime Gate

ushicon4SeanPeople have been clamoring that there is an Anime Gate going on, and that taking down the popular voice actor, Vic… Mig…nawn… Vic. Taking down Vic was a huge part of this. My argument is Anime Gate is much older than #KickVic, and is much broader. Let’s start at the beginning.

Signs at conventions asking for hugs/kisses, people taking pictures with cosplayers with their hand on their boob/butt, hyped up youngsters running at people full speed for a glomp, etc… Anime Convention goers have always been debaucherous, and there has always been this awkward excited energy to anime conventions… and a lot of us finally grew up and it became more okay to say ‘This! This! I don’t like THIS!’

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Momokun

2014’s Cosplay is Not Consent is where Anime Gate really started from. Then we have the whole Momokun situation where a cosplay guest was being all handsy and gropish with other attendees. People complained and conventions restricted her appearances but lately it’s as if people forgot about her.

In between, we’ve had the whole Anime Matsuri situation, where John Leigh of Anime Matsuri had lolita guests claiming that he had harassed them both online and in-person.

Vic Mignogna has had allegations whispered at conventions since I’ve been going to them in 2004 that I have personally heard of. Women claiming that Vic is creepy, that conventions were going to stop having him as a guest, etc.

Vic_MignognaThere is a spreadsheet going around of accused abusers from anime conventions. Right around this time, #KickVic started. Something like #KickVic was almost destined to come up in this post #Metoo world. The allegations against Vic Mignogna aren’t that bad even, for the most part. Too huggy and kissy on women/girls of questionable ages for way too long of a time. That sums up this whole Vic thing, in a nut shell.

‘This! This! I don’t like THIS!’

While convention behavior between guest and attendee, cosplayer and attendee, and even guest and convention volunteers once you factor in Vic’s alleged behavior towards staff when he doesn’t get his way, is only half of what could be considered an Anime Gate.

teen-titans-goYou then have Westerners trying to re-make anime in their own image, what with Crunchy Roll allegedly misappropriating funds to make High Guardian Spice, Steven Universes nods to video games and anime, Crunchy Roll ignoring the popular Goblin Slayer for it’s yearly awards because it’s content is problematic, Netflix’s She-Ra, and the countless ‘Ameria-manga’ cartoon and comic art styles that have come before all of this.

chibimoonThe real Anime Gate might just be the fact that a lot of the 2nd generation of Anime fans who were 90’s kids finally grew up and took off the rose tented glasses, and said enough was enough on social media… where they were finally heard.

But hey… that’s just a theory… an Anime Gate theory!