Anonymous asked: Can you make a video on Zinnia's channel or write about Marxism and your views? I am really curious about all of that and would like to know more. Thank you!
Right now, Zin and I are incredibly overwhelmed by work, school, and kids. Lately, our internet interactions have been purely social. I actually feel kind of bad about this because I know that people have come to expect actual work and content from us and one day that may resume but I’m afraid I can’t think of a single four-hour block available in my week to sit down and make that video. I’m sorry.
Anonymous asked: I thought the acting displayed in the trailer for the Annie remake was terrible.
I ran this through Google Translate and this is what came up:
"Hello I’m a tumblr anon and I would like to register my non-race-related problem with this new black movie so that I can henceforth talk about how much it sucks before it has even come out without anyone saying I’m racist. Further, I reserve my right to remain silent on the topic of all other movies that will soon be coming to theaters without being called racist. Not racist."
Anonymous asked: What do you think about POC who don't like interracial relationships? Is it only not racist when POC don't like it?
Racism is prejudice plus power. POC can dislike interracial relationships all they want but they don’t possess the institutional power to make them a problem for anyone. They weren’t the ones behind miscegenation laws and they’re not the ones steering themselves and their interracial couple counterparts away from “nice” neighborhoods and PTA participation and whatever else.
POC can be prejudiced and they can be jerks, but they can’t be racist - at least not in the white supremacist sense. They can be anti-black and so on but it doesn’t look like we’re discussing things higher than 101 right now.
ANNIE - Official Trailer (2014)
i am so excited for this i just keep watching the trailer over and over
When people were talking about a black Annie I was all worried Daddy Warbucks would still be white but he’s *not*. They didn’t fuck it up. It’s going to be *awesome*.
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.