I don’t think anything has brought me to tears so consistently as zen pencils.
I’m sort of embarrassed I ever posted this. Enough that it took a few days for me to collect my thoughts and write them down.
The recent ‘saga’ of comics is… bad. Really, really bad. Unbelievably self-praising, as childish and trite as the worst of political cartoons… and to top it all off, the creator goes and says, “You know who would agree with me? Miyazaki. I don’t have any sort of quote to prove it, even though that’s the whole point of my comic, but it’s true. Rather than do a proper tribute to his work and ideals, I’m going to make him the star of my comic about how I’m so right — how you disliking anything is a literal monster destroying the world, and the only thing that can save it is the thing that I am doing.”
I remember I started reading the comic because my sister linked it to me, in hopes that it would help me move out of a low point. And it worked. It was like comfort food in art form, like a motivational poster except with meaningful quotes instead of snappy slogans posted on photos of fuzzy critters. It hit the heartstrings just enough that it meant something to me, and it didn’t need to be more than that.
But apparently the artist has gotten the idea in his head that his work is incredibly profound, and now he presents to us his magnum opus, a tribute to himself and his most popular comic. And it’s awful in such a way that it underscores the problem that led to all this, that the artist does not understand what others like and dislike about his work. Rather than try to understand it, he gets defensive about all the haters and trolls that are trying to destroy his immaculate perspective on the world.
I think it’s most telling that there’s not an editor squad on his fantasy A.R.T. team.
Thanks to Twitch Plays Pokémon, I am now staunchly in the camp of “Venomoth needs a Fairy-type evolution in honor of ATV the Dragonslayer”.
One that looks like an ATV is probably right out, but there’s other ways to make something all-terrain. Maybe an ability that will grant you immunities based on the last technique used — a Flying move would grant temporary Ground immunity, a Ghost move would grant temporary Normal immunity, a Dark move would grant temporary Psychic immunity. Could be broken, would definitely be fun!
Play up the ninja themes due to the connection to Koga’s gym, and it would be the most memorable evolution they could give an otherwise unmemorable Pokémon.
Tragically, this will surely join Snap 2 and other such ideas in things I want to happen but never will.
You don’t make the world a less shitty place by dwelling on the things that make it shitty and mocking people who try to create and spread positivity for being less “enlightened” than yourself.
Sometimes checking my tumblr dashboard is like cracking open a fortune cookie, except the messages are actually meaningful rather than being some kind of pseudo-koan as weak and dissatisfying as the cookie shell that holds it.
TRUE LOVE: When your boyfriend asks you “besides Brock, who’s your Pokémon husbando” and you answer honestly and he doesn’t make fun of you for your answer.
(for the record, my answer was Cilan and after watching that Pokéstar Studios episode he was like “okay yeah I can see the appeal”)
(and he had a list of Pokémon girls he likes and I could not fault him for any of them? the series has some pretty hot ladies)
(also we’re watching XY together and we both love Clemont and Bonnie why are they so cute??)
If people ask me what my new year’s resolution is, I’ll probably tell them the usual list of unkept promises. Lose weight, find a better job, draw more and music more, blah blah blah.
My real new year’s resolution is to learn me some things about wine until I’m as fancy as a goddamn S-Class Pokémon Connoisseur.
I have the tastes of a true lush (and a liver from grandma Olga’s side of the family), so it’s kind of embarrassing that my dad and stepmom will be like “oh hon, do you think we should open a pinot grigio or a riesling tonight” and I’ll be like “you know what, I feel like unwinding a bit, tonight I’m gonna have hard lemonade instead of soda”.
I tried picking out a bottle for dinner tonight. I almost bought one purely because the brand was “Pacific Rim” and I really liked that movie.
oh god i have a long way to go don’t i
The moral of this story is do not look forward to anything.