i’m not going to apologize for the format this post has taken:
he used his popularity to manipulate and abuse a minor and for that HE DOES NOT DESERVE YOUR ATTENTION OR SUPPORT.
life update: waiting for a pride club on campus to accept my friend request so that i can message them to say that they put ‘ally’ as the ‘a’ in lgbtqa and that they are wrong & why & you need to fix correct and apologize
never gonna leave this bed // maroon 5
wake you up
in the middle of the night to say
i will never walk away again
i’m never gonna leave this bed
Don’t try to sleep through the end of the world
And bury me alive
‘Cause I won’t give up without a fight
I saw a rendition of this strip a long time ago featuring the Sufferer, but now that we’ve met Kankri in person I felt that an update was in order.
Original comic by the excellent Kate Beaton
As a special present for Bikini Armor Battle Damage first anniversary, I present to you: Female Armor BINGO!
Feel free to use as a reference to quantify how ridiculous any female armor is.
edit: Updated the link into downloadable PDF!
Breakdown of all the squares under the cut.
This is pretty amusing. The most concise collection of tropes and cliches used in female character design that I’ve seen yet.
But it also got me thinking. Tropes and cliches are like knives: if you’re naive you’ll only hurt yourself and others, avoid them entirely and you’ll be safe but limited, OR learn how and when to use them to your advantage. Ignorance and prohibition are two paths to ruin.
Looking at this chart, I honestly think there’s a good chance that throughout my career I’ll use most of these (and many more that aren’t represented here). In fact, just reading through the list gave me a few design ideas. Of course if I’m doing my job right it should ALWAYS be in service of the story and character (not at their expense).
This issue raises a small red flag for me. As an artist, the one thing I dare not do is declare: I shan’t use this or that design element as long as I live, so help me God!
How tone-deaf do you have to be to come across this expression of anger and frustration over the systematic, widespread objectification of women in fantasy stories and open your mouth only to say “Wow, those are some awesome design ideas.”
It must be nice to not have any stake in this; to not have it impact you one way or the other when some male concept artist says “ignorance and prohibition are two paths to ruin” about underboob and armor nipple pasties. But it impacts me. You have female fans, Matt, fans who are tired of the men in charge of the depiction of women in our media claiming that it’s “in service of the story” to implement boob windows and metal bikinis and other ridiculous sexualizations of female characters. And when you express attitudes like this, especially as a response to someone else’s frustration about sexism and objectification, it reminds me of my place as an outsider, both in the fantasy genre and in video games. It reminds me that this is a boys’ club in which I am still not welcome.
I have loved your work for a long time, Matt. But this post of yours really, really upset and disappointed me.
Wow, and this is coming from the LEAD CONCEPT ARTIST for Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Well, I am now awaiting its release so I can be insulted yet again, this time with the knowledge that the lead concept artist saw a graphic CLEARLY showing anger and disappointment with designs… and said, “These are some great ideas, I’m gonna use some of them! I don’t wanna be limited!”
Thank you, Matt. Thank you very much. This post of yours is disgusting, and your edited response to it is awful as well. As a man, you do NOT get to decide who “takes back” or reclaims what aspects of SEXIST ARMOUR DESIGN. If women say it’s harmful, it’s your job to sit back and say, “I understand. If these are harmful design ideas, I will strive to avoid these clichés in my work, not only because they’re overdone but also because my female fans have expressed themselves and I am going to listen to them because they experience this sexism on a personal level that I do not.”
But saying “we will never draw these specific things again” basically just gives the sexist mentality more power.
Just stop. You are not a part of the oppressed people in this situation. You don’t get to decide these things. And you clearly have no idea HOW sexism works, either.
Have you ever SEEN how extremely excited women get when there is a female character who has REAL armour that is practical and could actually be used in real-life applications and be JUST as protective as a man’s armour? If you’re a concept artist and you can’t create memorable and respectful and dynamic armour without falling into these gag-worthy sexist armour tropes, then you’re not doing your job right and you ARE doing a disservice to female fans everywhere.
Alone Together VS Rat a Tat
I don’t know where you’re going
But do you got room for one more troubled soul?
I don’t know where I’m going
But I don’t think I’m coming home and I said
I’ll check in tomorrow if I don’t wake up dead
This is the road to ruin
And we’re starting at the end
Are you ready for another bad poem?
One more off key anthem
Let your teeth sink in
Remember me as I was not as I am
And I said “I’ll check in tomorrow if I don’t wake up dead”
I kept wishing she had blonde ambition and she’d let it go to my head