Big Cats are not pets

Gimli is what you call an expert level cat.  He loves you, but only if you are very very respectful, and even then, he’s so big (20lbs, not overweight) that he causes accidental damage.

I have been watching Big Cat Derek and Big Cat Rescue a lot recently.  People who rescue big cats are amazing.  There are so many big cats out there in need because stupid idiots don’t realize what or who tigers, lions, mountain lions, etc.. really are.  All you have to do is imagine your house meow, and then picture them playing with you or a toy but they are 500 pounds larger and their teeth could puncture your skull.

Not even thinking of the danger… cooping up a 500 pound cat in a home is overtly cruel.

So I wrote this comic to try and bring a little light on an issue I am passionate about.  Who knows, we might write more 🙂

EDIT: Sorry for the late post.. I thought I set this to post at midnight, but in reality it was set to post at noon.  WHOOPS!

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Miss Hokusai left us with varied impressions

Miss Hokusai the animated movie is a very good movie.  However we have discovered its not a movie that speaks to everyone.  Bear is not a very visual person and he does not have an understanding of Japanese art.  He was left asking ‘what was with this movie!?’  whereas it really spoke to Yuji and I.

– Tea

 

Watching a movie like Miss Hokusai isn’t going to be appealing to all viewers. It’s already a movie about artists and that by itself can be alienating for people who aren’t invested in the lives and values of artists.

Now it’s no surprise that I found the movie interesting, being a guy who likes to draw things. But what I found refreshing in film was the lack projected self importance that is often present in art films. The value and importance of art to the world message so to speak. Rather the movie simply showed the viewer what Hokusai and his daughter found interesting and no attempt was made by the film or its characters to preach the virtue of art.

It was a movie about people who like to do art because they like it. And I can respect that kind of honest sincerity in an art film.

– Yuji

Cole and Marmalade Fan!

Hermione is a HHHUUUUGE Cole and Marmalade fan!  I think its because she was feral, she’s young and she lives with 3 elderly cats… that being said, I also think she has a crush on Marmalade.

SEE COLE AND MARMALADE HERE!

Here is a pic of one of my feline overlords, Hermione!

Kitchen Conundrums with Tea

For the record: I did the rough draft for this comic except for the panel where she is holding the blade.  Yuji inked everything, and I colored it.  This is the first comic I have worked on with my new Surface Pro 3 🙂 Mom, Dad, and Yuji made it happen.  I am very grateful to them.  I was not able to do shading because the Surface Pro 3 came later in the day.  There is only so much time in the day >.>

I cook just fine, but I am a very clumsy person and this scenario is not all that far fetched.  Its probably why I prefer baking.  >.> Its slower, and requires less knives.

The worst kitchen accident I have ever had involved steaming off three fingers worth of skin on my drawing hand.  I know kitchen safety, but my fibro fog set in and I was not paying attention.  This is why I usually don’t cook for myself.  Its not as big of a problem for me because I am surrounded by people who help me when I can’t cook for myself.  Even so, I still eat a lot of pre made food or easily made things (like tuna wraps).  Not everyone has my kind of support and help, so if you have the opportunity to make a healthy nummy home cooked meal for someone with any kind of challenges PLEASE DO.

I will be doing my regular comics again!  YAY!

Mass Effect: Andromeda News Causes Mass Effect Flashbacks

I love the Mass Effect series, but there is a reason why I don’t often go back to play the first game in the series; the Mako.  I love the Mako in THEORY but lets just say: the physics, the boring landscapes, and the ‘go to this map marker, go to that mapmarker’ gameplay made for a very boring, frustrating experience.  I REALLY HOPE they don’t repeat the same mistake in Mass Effect: Andromeda.  I ALSO REALLY HOPE that the exploration will be fun, engaging, interesting and MOST IMPORTANTLY does not get boring after the first play through.

Blizzard: Overwatch Butt Pose

The gaming community has been talking about this subject and I felt we needed to address how we feel about it… which is ‘meh.’  My mother and I are both feminists and our comic has been critical about the portrayal of women in video games/cartoons/anime/comics/manga in the past.  We are the first people to jump at something, but this…?  Really?  It’s a girl wearing tight yoga pants showing off her butt.  Go to the gym and you’ll get a lot of girls showing their ass in this kind of clothing.

My major problem with the portrayal of women is when they become simply objects to be admired; when the viewer becomes almost creepily voyeuristic and particularly when the woman does not have a strong character.   THE WORST offense is when these characters are underage.  These are all things to get upset about because there are so many of these ‘characters’ out there.  I would not find them offensive if they were the exception, not the norm.

This pose has style, and confidence.  She has a semi sexy outfit and she’s showing it off playfully.  The outfit she’s wearing is sexy yes, but nothing unusual from what other women wear.  I kind of like it, it reminds me of Sailor Moon.

So many other things to be upset about… so many other things.