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samedi, novembre 26, 2005
So this entry is more of a "I'm still alive, Folks" call.
We are all well, so far. Flecki has recovered entirely. He does a lot of nonsense as usual and jumps around, playing with the other cats. I am very reliefed. It is amazing how quick he got over this serious disease.
Thank you all for your comments. Stephan, there are actually a lot of printed books in German available. For the Kennedy-Comics, go look here. But you might also be interested in the Doudou Books, since they have a "military touch". But keep in mind that the Doudou Books can be offending, since Germans are portrayed as "animals" there. It is not an anti-German comic. It is more a fable about ethnics and how French people saw Germans.
If you (or anyone else) want one or two of those books - just e-mail me. Paypal is fine. But don't feel obligated. I should mention that from all these books, only 2 are in full colour: Doudou 7 and "Francis Moore"
Besides of that, yes, I am still prefering printed books, too. The web is fine to introduce a series to new audience, but when it comes to a real reading pleasure, in my eyes, nothing beats a good book on paper. So I did myself a favor and ordered the printed book of UNA-Frontiers at lulu. UNA Frontiers is one of my top-favorite Webcomics. But the reading of the book is ten time the pleasure. A real thick graphic novel to get lost in for hours - days in it. The kind of good stuff I adore.
dimanche, novembre 06, 2005
The other news, you probably all know by now is Kennedy going to Graphic Smash. (He's allready there). Readers reaction was not allways positive. Some are pissed of that the archive of the series is now behind a subscription wall. I can't but remind all and everyone that the current episode is still free. It only takes a little discipline to watch every update. If you want the comfort of the anytime access to all the content, I don't think that 2.95 per month is too much, espcially when you get also access to tons of other high-quality comics. And you actually do support artists this way.
The most common complain I heard was "If I had to pay for every webcomic, I could not read them all or I'd be ruined". Honestly, where's the point here? There are also much more printed books out there than you can buy and therefore read. But I never heard any complain about the fact that printed books aren't free.
lundi, octobre 31, 2005
The medicament he took is pretty new and it seems to be a very powerful medicine. Because Edemas are nothing to play with. But I am sure that our care also did its share, and of course, the help of Goddess Bastet who I asked so much for strenght.
So now, we can celebrate a peaceful Samhain.
I got a beautiful Samhain-Text from AREN the pagan organisation I am a honorary member of.
I post it here:
At this time of the year when the veil between the planes is the thinnest,
we ask you stop and take time to reach across the veil and thank those who
went before for their wisdom, knowledge and in cases for their sacrifice.
We must remember that since the 1st Century CE those who follow the paths
of the Elder Ways have been looked on with envy and as the years went by in
most cases distrust. This country was founded to escape Religious
Persecution, while one of the first experiments in Civil Government founded
a Theocracy that ended in the persecution and deaths of many innocent
people, the founders of The United States saw the need and wisdom of
including Religious Freedom in the Constitution, we ask you remember them also.
While we do not applaud or endorse the majority of the conflicts The United
States has entered into, we do honor and respect those who, from Concorde
to Baghdad have entered the Armed Services because they felt called to, if
necessary, lay down their lives in defense of The Constitution and The
First Amendment. We also honor those who died on September 11th in New York
City, Washington DC and in a lonely field in Pennsylvania they too were
Martyrs for Religious Freedom.
While this is a day of Celebration of a New Year, we ask you take a minute
of contemplate the more serious side, and we ask for your help and support
as AREN continues to fight for YOUR Religious Freedom. As our Motto says,
Freedom of Religion Means ALL Religions, yours, mine and your neighbors.
Let use truly make this a day of rejoicing and remembrance.
I can't but agree to this. To all a blessed Samhain!
lundi, octobre 24, 2005
First, my oldest cat Gribi was extremely sick and we tought that we will lose him. We nursed him for over 2 weeks and it looks as if he made it.
But now, our other cat, Flecki, is going very sick. He cannot breath right and gasps for air. We took him to the veterinarian today, and he said it's probably an pulmonary edema. It is very serious. He gave him shots and a lots of mediacaments. But we are not sure if he will make it. It is such a heartbreaking pitty to see him gasp for air. Sometimes its a bit better and I have hope. Sometimes its suddenly going worse. Right now, it's really awful.
Here s photo of Flecki when he was younger:
Well, it's not that he is old now: 7 years.
This year was not a good year for my animals anyway: In the first week of January our old cat Zazou died from Cancer. Then my horse Hondo was so badly bit by my other horse that the wound infected and we tought he would die, too. We finally choose to give him a chance by an surgery. Luckily, it was successful. But it was very expensive. Costs are an other big problem: This year is a finacial hole for our family, I am the only who earns some money and this only with some commission drawings and royalties from the print books / Publishers. I could not pay the veterinarian for Flecki today. Luckily, he is very nice and gave me credit, as usual.
I just don't know HOW I am gonna pay him. And if Flecki needs further visits. He probably will. My own Medicaments for my heart are so damn exopensive, too. I have to pay them first and then get refunded by the medical insurance. Drugstore also gave me credit. boy, I hate to make depts everywhere I go..
Guess I just have to go on, like anybody else...
jeudi, septembre 29, 2005
Not a political one - well, perhaps one about political correctness.
I'll try to explain without going too much in lenght: There is a (german) Forum I write in since ages. I had a lot of fights / reconciliations with a lot of people there. There are some I like, others I dislike toroughly and then the ones I try to avoid because I dislike them without I can describe properly why and others like them. One woman is such a case. I really can't bear her. For one she's terribley squeamish, but that still would be okay. But she has this "I am so much wiser and sensitiver than you, because I've gone trough a lot, but despite of my hard fate, I am still fine spirited and nice" attitude. Of course she isn't wise, she isn't even nice, because she likes to stab people in the back, all softly and subtle. But most of the other writers in that Forum like her.
I bet some of you know the phenomenon.
She always told us that she had to endure such a hard life, without telling WHAT exactly happened. Well, yesterday, she did. She told us a story from her teen years. When she was 15:
The neighbours wife and best friend of her mom had two childern, a baby boy and a little girl. Once, the Girl saw the little boy naked and asked her mom what the little brother had there, between his legs. The mother answered that because of this, the boy cryied so often.
One day the mother went out shopping, leaving the childern alone. The boy cryed and the girl saw a pair of scissors on the table. So she tought that she can make him stop crying by removing the thing that makes him cry. When she saw all the blood, she ran out of the house and hide under the car (!) When the mother came home, she saw the bleeding boy, took him to go to the hospital, jumped in the car and rolled the girl flat dead.
Well, so much for the story. Our Forum mate added "This has influenced me so much. I remember it so well".
I agree, that it is a horrible strory. But...I mean, how comes it that she did know so well what exactly happened? The girl spoke to no one in the time between her deed and her death. The mother, when she came home only saw the bleeding boy. Who assumed what happened? This and other odd facts in that story maked me doubt. I mean, I am usually the one who thinks that a lot is possible. But - excuse me , this is pure bullshit!
So I investigated on sites that lists popular Urban legends. And, what a coincidence, I found that story here. Well, it is in other variations, but it IS the same story. Even the version with the girl overrolled by the car is there.
Of course, I posted the link as an answer in the forum. The Forum admin then agreed that the story may be an urban legend but insisted that we should not pretend that she did lie purposely.
Yeah, of course not. Must be a misunderstanding. Just wonder how a 15 year old girl can misunderstand such a story. It was the neighbour, the best friend of HER mom. In my opinion, there is only two possibilities: Either the story is true or false. And it's obviously false.
Well, I was not in the mood for trouble, So I wrote that I am of course not saying that she is lying. It may be a misunderstanding. I hate myself for this act of political correctness.
Hell, of course I do think that it was a lie on purpose. What fucking else? It matches exactly the impression I had of her since the beginning.
Oh my - what a crap!
dimanche, septembre 18, 2005
Let's talk about 2.
It took me several months do finish that project, with all the drawing and texts involved. With the help of Mauser*Girl who did the proofread, and the one of Matt and other Eyeskream friends who also proofreaded some texts, it is finally done. I think that the result is pretty well. This calendar is not only very pleasant to look at, it will also give you a deep insight in the culture of AWH - JFK's Kingdom. You can keep track of all major pagan festivals as well as of also the lesser known ones.
Of course: Modern pagans may follow different calendars and so they might not find their observance on the date they are used too. I had to make a choice. It is a subjective choice, also based on what the comic JFK would follow. He is a celtic pagan, but he also follows observances of roman and greek or teutonic origin.
The world of AWH isn't exactly a "pure" ancient world. It is the vision of an almost modern world, where pagan cultures had the time to evolve and mix. I think that this is what would have happen, if paganism survived on a wider level in our world. Especially in Europe, we would have a pan-european mix of the most popular festivals to be the common, major observances, all while keeping the more specific observances regionally.
Well - I would be happy if you'd consider to purchase one. Remember - it makes also a great xmas gift. Get it now and laough at people who run trough the malls in desperation on december 24....
There are two versions of the calendar available:
If you like to see JFK in July all nude
If you want to offer the calendar to Granny
mercredi, septembre 14, 2005
I have a good time today. But I don't know if September 14 is a good day to call ones birtday ;) Thats what yahoo tells me:
On this date:
In 1901, President McKinley died in Buffalo, N.Y., of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt succeeded him.
I am born on a day of a president's asssasination?
aw, sh... at least it's not the assasination of you know who.
In 1927, modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan died in Nice, France, when her scarf became entangled in a wheel of her sports car.
Well, THAT'S realy weird. I mean can you imagine this kind of death?
In 1959, the Soviet space probe Luna 2 became the first manmade object to reach the moon as it crashed onto the lunar surface.
Very symbolic formy life. I try something new and then I crash.
In 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly actress Grace Kelly, died at age 52 of injuries from a car crash the day before.
A car-crash, again.
In 1982, Lebanon's president-elect, Bashir Gemayel, was killed by a bomb.
Dead presidents and deadly cars - my totems?
But since 00:00 AM I receive tons of automated happy-birtday e-mails generated by every obscure Forum I ever registetred. Gasp!
The most useful of that happy-birthday bot was one of the french auction house aucland: They offered me a free listing with special options for today. Well, at least this is an useful present.
dimanche, septembre 11, 2005
Yesterday, he sent me a demo and there I could walk trough the rooms and corridors of the Antique White House as he designed them. I admit that it was a thrilling experience. There are almost no furniture yet, only the corridrs and rooms, illuminted by candle light. But there was also the bathing room he designed:
A bottle of champaign floats in the pool, and the pool itself has the presidential seal on the ground:
Pretty cool, isn't it? I jumped into the pool, it splashed and I could swim in. But I couldn't get out of the pool again! As I said, game is far from being finished. I had to save myself from drowning by "exit the game".
Sure this let me want to see more. I will defintely work more on that game when I have finished the current projects.
lundi, septembre 05, 2005
Thanks also to Marco of Grittie for your comment. My retirement is not meant as a "punishment." I always had great fun, especially at TWCL, but right now I am too sad to bring myswelf in. Its funny how quick things can change. Less than a few days ago, I had tears in my eyes because I laughed so hard in the Gtpoo-thread over this wonderful mad spontaneous jam that goes on. Now I have real tears in my eyes.
So I have to take time just to see clear again. Too many things were broken in the last days, I lost a couple of friends, also mauser*Girl as it seems. I probably have my share in the "who to blame". But I simply have enough of the question "who is too blame" right now.
So just give me some time to redefine me. Of course, updates on the comic will done as usual.
samedi, septembre 03, 2005
The martian Anthropologist
Mauser*Girl, I think that YOU missed my point. YOU maybe only "wonder" about Europeans behavior, but in most blogs I read, people are not wondering - they harshly attack - with hateful words, as if WE did send you that hurricane.
I just wished that, instead of supporting this hatered without any difference you would have shown a more balanced view.
What I tryied to explain is, that there is nothing to be wondering about at all. Things just went in their normal way.
I remind very well the Tsunami. Even if it was clear at a much earlier time that it was a real huge catasrophe, calling for private relief and aid only started aproximatively 5 or 6 days after the impact. In fact not any earlier than for Katrina.
The US were critiqued because they (at least the official USA) waited far the longest to show some compassion. And I remember damn well several postings in US-Forums of people who complained that there is American aid at all.
One Jerk even wrote that after all, It were "just worthless Asians" and that the money better should go to supply US-troops in Iraq. That was the reason I left that forum and unfortunately lost a couple of friends.
I am still hurt of that time and that's the reason why I take this issue at heart. I simply cannot understand why in moments of grief, when we all should stand together, Americans, Europeans, Asians and whoever - old hatreds emerge. I simply don't understand that.
But back to Katrina: American ciritizism would have been justified if, even after several weeks the Europeans showed indifference and were unwilling to help. I can't but repeat it: You didn't even give us the time to realize what happened. We were condemned in advance. And without the slightest difference. I have no problem when specific politicians are critizised, such as Trittin, but if you speak of the "Europeans", you mean ME too.
And that offends me, because I think that you should know me at least this good enough that I would never been indifferent to whats happening in America and always feel compassion for battered people.
Even if you think that most European governemnts are a gang of morons, make a difference between individuals. Because generalisation is the poison that leads to hatred and intolerance.
How can you pretend that we were not feel sorry? Did you see in our hearts? You mostly know what you see in your news. Do at least consider that this may be only a part of the truth.
And don't tell me that Americans jump up at every catasrophe somewhere on the globe, desperatly searching for their money to send to charity-organisations within the first minutes.
The freedom-fries thing was real embarassing. I asked myself how much self-comedy one can manage without getting aware that he's making a total fool out of himself. Indeed, French Fries aren't french. The French haute cuisine despises those clumsy, BELGIAN potato sticks deeply. ;-)
However. I really have to be fair and do admit that there acrually also is a LOT of anti-american feelings, especially in France. A lot of french readers of my comic say to me that the comic would be good if I gaven't choosen a "dirty American President" as a hero.
And only one day after 9/11 our post-office employee said that the terrorists did well, because the Americans did also destroy cities at WW2. This makes my exremly sad and I fear the vicious circle. You say "fuck you" to me and I say "fuck you" to you and soon there's nothing but bitter foes.
vendredi, septembre 02, 2005
So yes, I'm a little bit sore when I see people elsewhere say things like, "We get storms here and we didn't get care packages from the Americans" -
Sorry, if that made you sore but still, it is simply the truth.
I didn't say that in the meaning of "You didn't help us, so we don't help you" but in the meaning that we usually BOTH don't feel responsible for storms on the other continent. Especially when one has to fight very own problems. As casual notice said, There are still heavy flood damages in Centreal Europe. Some Mountain villages in Switzerland are still without any help and reachable only by helicopter. There are still wildfires severing in Portugal and Spain.
It's also nasty and useless to compare gravity: No one denies that Katrina was worse than Lothar. But like at any catastroph, the level of gravity is revealed only after some time (usually a couple days).
What makes ME upset is that we are blamed for not having recognized the entire dimension of tragedy in the very first minute. We got American hate-mails and blog-posts even before we had a chance to look at things closely. As if we were supposed to watch the US more carefully than the US-government does. Sorry, but I find this fucking arrogant.
The same Americans who claim this position are often excessively proud patriots. Well, I cannot say that I am an overmeasured patriot - but I do have some European, patriotic feelings, tough. And these are hurt when I am confronted with such annoying attacks. But of course, THAT doesn't count.
She also wrote:
Some sit there and say, "Sure, we'll give you aid - if you grovel and beg for it. Go ahead. Ask. Ask nicely. Or we won't bother."
Actually nobody said "beg for it".
But insulting Europeans before they even CAN realize what's up isn't a good idea for getting their help.
And on avery practical level, It is simply a fact that a country cannot fly its troops (even helping troops) in another country without being asked for.
In a German Forum I write, Somebody said that we really shouldn't help Americans but "let them drawn in their own arrogance and self-righteous shit".
I fight such repulsive statements with all passion, but I admit that *some* Americans really aren't a help on that purpose.
So if you are not in the mood to accept a different view, don't read this post. It will make you upset.
Hurricane Katrina is at the top-topic in almost every blog. Be sure that I have a lot of compassion. Louisina was always one of my favorite corners in the USA, a place I wanted to see since ever. It hurts me deeply to see all the misery, all those desperate people, all this terrible destruction. The people there need help and quickly.
Most blogs actually rant about the fact that Europeans didn't help.
I instantly think of the weeks without electricity we spend in our houses in first days of 2000, when cyclone "Lothar" severed Lorraine. The entire electricity network was broken, the forests devasted, houses destroyed. Our roof was completly damaged. Towns like Saint-Die-des-Vosges looked like after an air-raid.
We were in the dark and all we had was candle-light and the old radio that worked on batteries to listen the progress of the help.
Did America help? Not to my knowledge. At least, I didn't receive a care-parcel nor was there an US-Soldier to shove away fallen trees.
Well, I wouldn't have think one single minute to blame the US for that.
Europe is a rich country. I expected help from the other european states, tough. And there was. German, Italian, spanish and British soldiers and engineers of the THW came to help the french engineers to rebuild the houses, the streets and the electric poles. Even tough that southern Germany was also striken by Lothar. We helped eachother, because neihgbours do so.
Correct me if I'm wrong:
But isn't Louisina ONE state in a BIG union of States, called USA? Other states that are all part of a BIG AND RICH country? So you may excuse us Europeans, if in the first instance, we somehow thought that the "mightiest country in the world" is able to manage a hurricane-disaster all alone.
After all, Hurricanes are not really rare in this part of the USA. It was not an unexpected catastrophe like the Tsunami in Asia.
Okay. Now it turns out that It was maybe the worst hurricane ever. So terrible that the USA indeed need help from the outside. I am all for giving it, of course. In this minute I hear at the radio that "the USA now accepts help from foreign countries". "now accepts?" Does that mean that help was offered but - DENIED?
Okay. I don't want to discuss if our media or the US media lies. It does not matter anyway. What matters is that help comes quickly now.
But please, stop blame us for not being your babysitters. Yes, it took us some days to get aware on how dramatic the sitation is really. pardon us, but we don't live next door. All we have are images on TV, okay?
Getting aware early of the situation would have been the job of your President - whom a lot of you who rant in your blogs are of course never questioning. Not even now. Its so much easier to blame Europeans.
And as for what Juergen Trittin said: He was clumsy to say it, the way he did and to say it now. It weas heartless and self-righteous.
But in the matter itself - he IS right. Just read the statistics! Or what insurances say (sorry link is in German)Real terrible storms have constantly increased in number since the 60ties.
Remember the movie "the day after tomorrow?" a fiction that has partly become true now. And you still don't see the evidence?
Not only Trittin putted it to the point, also Robert F. Kennedy jr.
You can close your eyes any longer, als you please. But I assure you: Katrina was not the last hurricane, nor was it the worst to come...
mercredi, août 31, 2005
First, I have to give a little explanation: If you are registered at www.thewebcomiclist.com you can ad any comic listed there to "your favorites". This actually adds the comic to a "favorite" console and there you can see every day which of your favorite comic has been updated. This is much more easy than to check out every single comic you want to follow "by hand". As I said: One can have as many favorites as you want. Some people have over 100. That's okay, since not every comic updates frequently. But still, this will give you a huge amount of comics to read every day. But if you are into comics, that's probably just fine.
For the artists it is of course nice to see when someone adds their comics to his favorites.
Antique White House is registered in 30 people's favorites so far. But of course, Myself I am one of those. That makes sense, I can control this way if the updates are shown correctly. Than there are 3 members of Eyskream. Two of them really like AWH, the third probably does it for group-duty. But the rest are real, true readers. Yay!
All? no. There are two members; DEBRA and Gtpooh who well - have all the other comics of TWCL in their favorites too. More than 4000 comics!!!!
There are a lot of theories of who those "greatest fans ever" are. Some of the theories just lead into a wild creativitiy. Check it out:
mardi, août 30, 2005
Some of you may not know it, but there is also a bull-fight culture in southern France. Especially in the Camargue where semi-wild herds of black bulls are roaming trough the endless garrigue, a half-desert with countless ponds and salt-lakes.
French corridas are less great events and are often less bloody than the spanish ones. The play consists of young man jumping over the bull, a spectacle nearer to the antique plays of the minoic culture on Creta. But there are of course also spanish-like bullfights, where the bull is killed by a matador. The best known french corrida takes place at Arles.
A french corrida is often called "Feria du cheval" (Horse celebration). The Camargue being also a horse-country (home of the white half-wild horses) those festivals are an occasion to show the local equestrian culture. Few of the tourists know that mostly, neither the bull nor the horses survive the corrida. Because of this, only horses that are sheduled for slaughter anyway are ridden into the corrida.
In past decades you could see how the bull ripped off the guts of the horses. But the tourists got offended by this sight(not of the bull being stabbed to death, of course) and so the horses now wear heavy "armour" like mediveal knight horses:
Of course, the "armour" does only a good job when it comes to hide the injuries - not to avoid them. After the fight the horse is killed by the waiting butchers, who also dismember the bull.
In 2004, a French parlimentarian began a camapaign to abolish bull-fights.
she asks that at least, it shouldn't be subsidised by the European Union any more. And that only people over 18 should have access to the arenes. Actually, childern under 14 have even free entrance.
My Family never had a great problem with Corridas. My Grandma always said that it is better for a bull to live 4 years in freedom and then suffer for 10 minutes than suffer its life long in a dark "cattle factory".
Corrida: a worthy culture or a terrible slaughter. What do you think?
lundi, août 29, 2005
My last contribution in the "new US-civil war" - I promise ;)
Okay: In a near future, this is what happens:
Our beloved President Chirac one day decides that we French should go and invade the USA.
His arguments are the following:
-The USA are ruled by a stinky, fucking piece of Shit. (true)
-The USA got lots of dangerous weapons, nuclear, biochemical and so on. (true)
-The USA do not respect human rights (true - think of Guantanamo and Abu Grhaib)
-The USA shelters religious terrorists who speak out fatwas against foreign leaders (true - think of Pat Robertson)
-The USA is a dangerous, aggressive country (true - think of all the wars they were in since 1945 alone)
-The USA tries to replace other cultures with their own. (True - Nothing but US-serial shit on TV, McDonalds where ever you go. arrg!)
-The USA is evil because our President says so and if you don't want to be a traitor and love your country, you support your president.
In fact, all those arguments are perfectly true. But to be honest, I don't feel like going to war. My dear friends - I need some advice. What shall I do?
One of the most impressive Christians ever lived was Frère Roger, the foudator of the community of Taizé. In the middle of the war, at 1940, he settled on a lonley hill near the village of Taizé, France. There, he preached peace and reconcilliation. In 1942 A few monks joined him. He invited people without looking at their religion, race, gender or anything. His community quickly grew and Taizé became a pilgrim-site for young people from all over the word. The main prayer of frère Roger was always: Love, forgiving and light.
Frère Roger was assasinated only two weeks ago. A mentaly disturbed woman stabbed him down. He was 90 years old.
Frère Roger lived the way his God (Jesus) asked him. He had no wealth and was open for everyone. He knew no enemies. He was truthful to himself and therefore lived in harmony with his soul, God and the world.
His God may keep him in peace.
samedi, août 27, 2005
I am a person who usually loves harmony, peace on earth and all that, but like my Totem JFK, I have a dark side and when it breaks out I am looking for a fight. So I go lurking to Blogs and forums and search for controversy
Mauser*Girl'sLinklist is always very interesting because you will quickly find some people who, well - let's say - you will not always agree with dot by dot.
This Dude for an example: The conservative something guy (I am french, so please don't explain me what "uaw" is. I don't care.)
I must admit that I sincerly love his blog, because it is entertaining and well written, even if of course, I almost never share his points.
He has a right to express his opinions and I would never speak out against his rights.
What makes me laugh is that he - and his admirers - constantly apologize for their hate-statements and language. Of course, they're christians and supposed to turn the other cheek rather than "smash the skull of Cindy Sheean with a rock". This is really funny. A mix between Jesus and the terminator.
Come'on, guys! Be honest to yourself! When you feel the urge to say "fuck you", say it and don't feel guilty. Or feel guilty, repent and DON'T DO it anymore! But for your own God's sake - make a choice!
I really don't have a problem with people who hate. I prefer that then time to someone who plays the anti-war-peace-lover and then break the nose of of someone like Stephan who don't share their opinion.
Be as butt-kicking as you like. But then - don't give others this Jesus-Shit. Jesus asks you to turn the other cheek. He asks you to avoid profanities. He asks you to be a harmless sheep. In fact, he asks you to be a leftish hippie!
jeudi, août 25, 2005
They are real great folks and a bunch of talented artists. So I feel very comfortable to be a member. If you run a webcomic, you are invited to submit for membership, too. But keep in mind that they only accept 4 new members per year, with some expetions (i. e when a member leaves.)
But be sure to check out the great comics there!
mardi, août 23, 2005
Your Political Profile
Overall: 10% Conservative, 90% Liberal
Social Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal
Ethics: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
vendredi, août 19, 2005
It is also more comfortable: If you think that someone sucks you can say it right away, even if the guy happens to be part of a minority. As a liberal you have to say something like: "I don't say this because you are a < --minority variable here --! > really not. But I must admit that I find part of your attitude a bit displeasing. If you consider my opinion and work on that side of your personality, I'd appreciate this as a really constructive effort".
Things like that, you see. As a conservative you can just spit out and say: "Get lost, Asshole!"
I really tried to be a conservative. But never get it how to do. I even took classes. But in the "simultaneous gun and bible holding" exercise I always failed poorly, because I never managed to get the difference between the two items. When I was asked if I love God, I asked back "Which God? One of my prefered is Wotan, but I also do like Hermes and Cernunnos. Well, I prefer Goddesses anyway."
After that I got thrown out of the class room and was threatened to be used as shooting target if I dare to come back. They didn't even pay me back the fee!
So I remain a poor, mislead left liberal.
mardi, août 16, 2005
HOW KENNEDYIAN ARE YOU?
| Der Resistance |
Achtung! You are 15% brainwashworthy, 36% antitolerant, and 47% blindly patriotic
| Welcome to the Resistance (Der Widerstand)! You believe in freedom, justice, equality, and your country, and you can't be converted to the the dark side. |
Breakdown: Your Blind Patriotism levels are borderline unhealthy, but
you show such a love of people from everywhere and a natural resistance
to brainwashing, you would probably focus your energy to fight Fuehrer with furor, so to speak.
Conclusion: Born and raised in Germany in the early
1930's, you would have taken up ARMS against the oppressors. Or even
your friends' oppressors. Congratulations!
Less than 5% of all test takers earn a spot in Der Resistance!
|My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:|
|Link: The Would You Have Been a Nazi Test written by jason_bateman on Ok Cupid|
lundi, août 15, 2005
Please don't get me wrong. I have absoletly nothing against the portraying of foreign cultures in a comic! The opposite is true: I find it even pretty boring to limit a comic to the own country. And Darc of CODE NAME: HUNTERis the best example for a true excellent use of a forein theater: (I actually even tought she WAS british!) She (and Gyr who writes the story) have the talent to produce the illusion of reality and truth, even if it's a furry comic. I call this an upper class talent.
It is obvious that Darc and Gyr made research (just look at the gorgeous panel when London is attacked by bombers). It works perfectly.
And after all, I am myself "guilty": As an European I should otherwise limit myself to European themes and not write about American Presidents. ;)
No, what I talked about is the use of foreign words / places just because its fancy, with no apparent deeper reason. And Mauser*Girl: Yes, they do it with German, too: This thread gave me the input to do write the blog entry. I mean. Where is the reason to invent a German title that's not even accurate? "Sternstaub Gedächntnisse". Honestly - who of you Yanks can spell out THAT? (And it should say SternENstaub...)
There are two other comics: Schwarz Kreuz and Der grosse Diktatorverstand in mir. Who the hell is gonna understand that?
Again: Im am not against such exotics per se. But please be sure your reader understands you and do it right. Know what you are telling!
By the way: I would not dare to do a REAL American comic right now.
I never was in the states and I don't know enough to put myself in a story-teller place about America. The Kennedy-tales are not really American. It is a fiction in the tradition of European fables that tell about "a far away kingdom". JFK is not primary the "Ameerican President" but the offspring of Irish immigrants that became the ruler over his fellow European immigrants. Jackie is from French desendence, Mondlicht is German, Theo is half Russian, half Norvegian, Norma from some other obscure European descendence and Mary is Irish. Wenkawitha is the only true American, even if its latin-America.
dimanche, août 14, 2005
Sometimes, I get the impression that Americans are sorry to be the winners WW2.
No kidding. Or how can you explain this strange
fascination that especially Comic artists seem to have for Japanese and German culture?
First of all, we are drown under an avalanche of Mangas and Ninjas.
No harm being into that, even if I can't really see what is so thrilling in the attempt to draw EXACTLY as hundred other Manga-Wannabies.
But it doesn't stop at the drawing-style mimikry. Every seccond aspiring comic artist apparently found out that he was a japanese in his former life and therefore still can't bareley speak English and seeds countless japanese words in his comics.
At Webcomicsnation I counted three comics with German titles and I am not including the Comics of Donna Barr, because I would not throw these in the same basket as the ones I am talking about here.
Don't get me wrong:
I don't have anything against portraying a foreign culture in a comic. But when you do so, please do it right. I cannot tell about the japanese ones, but the German expressions that are fashionably used here and there are up to 90% wrong.
And I assure you: That's not fancy, that's just plain embarassing.
Yes, I know that my English isn't any better. I ask you to let me get away with it in Forums and on blogs. But I do care for proper English in the comics and giove away texts for proofreading. So if you really feel the urge to use occasional foreign terms, take the time and care and submitt it to a native speaker before you put it into your work. And don't forget footnotes.
Always remember WHO your readers are. Your main purpose should be to give them a read that is imediatly understandable. If you prefer to impress them with your so called knowledge of foreign terminology, at least GET that knowledge!
samedi, août 13, 2005
I do love horses. Really. The proof is that I draw them in almost every third panel of my comics. I also do own 2 horses.
In old times, horses where highly appreciated, because people depended on them. When motorized vehicles began to conquer the streets, several people thought that horses will disappear from the earth. But fortunally, very soon horse riding for pleasure came into fashion and so the horses remained a part of the human's lives.
In old times, to have a horse was primary a boy's dream. Of course: A fearless knight, a wild cow-boy or a brave soldier needs a trusty steed. But nowadays, Boys dream of cars and motorcycles. So the renaissance of equestrian sports is first of all a feminine one.
In old times, horses were highly appreciated. I already mentioned it.
But what we like to forget is: When the horse was old and weary, it was slaughtered - most of the time.
Because the owner simply didn't have enough resources to feed and stall up a useless horse. And also for the benefit of the horse itself. Because Nature didn't really plan to grow hoofed vegetarian animals really old. The lifelong chewing of tough grass flattens the teeth down to complete wrecking.
That's why old horses are often skinny. In the wilderness such horses became the prey of wolves. In our civilization they are nursed to death.
Back in pious times, the old horse was just killed and thrown away or processed as dog-food. Because pope Gregor III outlawed horsemeat in order to fight pagan practices.
In the 19th century some people with common sense suggested that it would be better to slaughter an old horse and sell its meat cheap to starving worker families. So the first horse-butcheries raised up.
But that's history.
Not that horses don't grow old anymore these days, But go and tell a girlie with posters of pink unicorns all over her walls that horses do not live forever, if there weren't any evil butchers.
In California, a new law prohibits the killing of horses for human consumption. Not for pet food!
Because an uninformed public was ready to believe the crap of the "horse-rescuers" that the killing of a horse for human-consumption was more cruel than killing it for per food.
Excuse me, but what a Bullshit!
You can't give the carcass of a horse that was put down by the veterinarian with heavy toxics to any pet! Your dog would get poisonned. I mean: Do you know the amount of toxics it takes to stop the heart of a HORSE?
Pet-food has to be healthy, bled-out flesh just like meat for humans.
In France, we traditionally liked horse-meat.
But now, even here we have a nasty campaign that claims: "A horse is not for eating".
I am sick and sad of the terrorism by those little girls who mistake a horse for a puppy and groom them like a Barbie doll, as a substitue for a boy-friend. I have enough of those self-rightous horsy-nuts who think they have the right to tell other people what they are allowed to eat.
Heck - Why is a horse supposed to be more worthy than a cow? Was there ever a campain against cow-meat? Cows are killed the same way and nobody cares.
Pigs are killed worse and people care even less. I do respect vegetarians who don't eat any meat at all, but not those animal-racists who have no problem to eat a poor pig that's never seen daylight all in its life but want to lynch ME for eating horse-meat.
Yes, I am opposed to horse-abuse.
I don't want to see them transported in crowed trucks all over the country, without water and food. But if a horse is killed in a near butchery, I don't see any harm in it. I am an old heathen and like my ancestors before the papal decret, I honour the horse by not waisting its precious flesh.
I don't force anybody to eat horse-meat. But just accept that I do so.
Feel free to steal it, if you haven't already ;)
(x) Smoked a joint (one or 2 times. Well...no big deal)
( ) Been in a wet t-shirt contest
( ) Crashed a car
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(x) Been in love
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( ) Been fired
(x) Been in a fist fight
( ) Snuck out of the house
(x) Had feelings for someone who didnt have them back (:'-( )
( ) Been arrested
(x) Made out with a stranger
(x) Gone on a blind date (Don't remind me of THAT.)
(x) Lied to a friend (as a child. I am not very proud about this)
(x) Been to Europe
(x) Skipped school
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(x) Love someone or miss someone right now
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(x) Touched a snake
(x) Slept beneath the stars
(x) Been tickled
(x) Been robbed (several times. may the thieves being eaten by a demon)
(x) Been misunderstood
(x) Pet a reindeer/goat (I have a goat)
(x) Won a contest/race (Just once. The ski-tornament in my skii-class.)
( ) Run a red light
( ) Been suspended from school
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(x) Eaten a whole pint of ice cream in one night
(x) Had deja vu
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(x) Witnessed a crime
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( ) Been obsessed with post-it notes
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(x) Been lost
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(x) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(x) Danced naked in the rain (as a child, in our gaden)
( ) Written a letter to Santa Claus
( ) Been kissed under the mistletoe (No, but I would like)
(x) Watched the sun rise with someone you care about
(x) Blown bubbles
(x) Had a bonfire on the beach (Yes, in Italy. Its cool.)
(x) Crashed a party
(x) Gone rollerblading
(x) Had a wish come true
(x) Worn pearls
( ) Jumped off a bridge
( ) Screamed the word penis in public (Penis? Thats nothing. I used bader words.
(x) Ate dog/cat food (cat food. To see what it tastes like.)
(x) Told a complete stranger you loved them
(x) Kissed a mirror
(x) Sang in the shower
( ) Owned a little black dress
(x) Had a dream that you married someone else
(x) Glued your hand to something
( ) Got your tongue stuck to a flag pole
( ) Kissed a fish
(x) Worn the opposite sexs clothes
( ) Been a cheerleader
( ) Sat on a roof top
(x) Screamed at the top of your lungs
(x) Done a one-handed cartwheel
(x) Talked on the phone for more than 6 hours
(x) Stayed up all night
(x) Didnt take a shower for a week
(x) Picked and ate an apple right off the tree
(x) Climbed a tree
( ) Had a tree house
(x) Are NOT scared to watch scary movies
(x) Believe in ghosts (Not those silly bed-blanket Ghosts. I beleve in Spirits )
( ) Have more than 30 pairs of shoes (I am not insane)
(x) Worn a really ugly outfit to school just to see what others say (Hehe. Yes!)
( ) Gone streaking
( ) Played chicken
( ) Been skinny dipping
(x) Been pushed into a pool/lake with all your clothes on
(x) Been told youre beautiful by a complete stranger
(x) Broken a bone
(x) Been easily amused
(x) Caught a fish then ate it
(x) Caught a butterfly
( ) Laughed so hard you cried
( ) Cried so hard you laughed
(x) Mooned/flashed someone
( ) Had someone moon/flash you
(x) Cheated on a test
(x) Forgotten someones name
(x) Slept naked
(x) French braided someones hair
( ) Grown a beard (Well, I glued a fake beard on)
vendredi, août 12, 2005
I have awfull toothpain. Or do you say toothache? Hoowever, it hurts. And o f course, every dentist near and far is at vacation. Great!
My dentist will return next tesday. But will he be able to take me the same day? Not sure. Until then, I swallow pills. Shit.
jeudi, août 04, 2005
But since I don't want to abuse her kindness I looked for other victims who will be willing to correct the textes of the next grand adventure of Kennedy "Empire of darkness".
Now that Mauser*Girl is in sorrow for Truemans health I pat myself on the shoulder for my choice - at least that way she is free from that "duty".
So for "Empire of Darkness" I have the help of Kyle Miller. Working with him is a delight. Kyle is a very talented Comic artist, too! Check out his comic Working Daze. He is also a game-designer and has a blog about his work. A real cool blog - also because you can access to his comic from there: Gamecreature
His last post is about why there are so much less girls that are into games than boys. Go have a look and leave your tougthts!
So I added Kyle in my friends list - as well, as you, Stephan, since you became also a not to be missed part of my blogger-life.
Mauser*Girl once told me that she thougt about building a little blogger-community and I think we are on the best way doing so.
jeudi, juillet 28, 2005
I had once an old cigarett-album to sell. A sticker Album from 1935 about the Wehrmacht. Ebay-Germany dropped it, Ebay Switzerland and Ebay USA as well. No Nazi-Stuff they said and no Antisemitism. Well, a part from one single notice in the book where it says that Jews can't enlist to the Wehrmacht, it has not a single anti-Jewish note. It was just historical pictures of soldiers, guns, vehicles and horses.
It's history. Nothing more, nothing less. Nobody can juge if someone who buys it does it because of historical interest or because he's a hateful Nazi.
I guess that this sticker-Album was too harmless for a real Nazi anyway.
I finally slipped trough the Censorship by naming the thing "Historic album about ancient German army". But that fuzz annoys me.
Another auction of mine was cancelled: There I sold an original drawing depicting JFK when...well, not wearing very much. Only a smile, to be true. No nudity they said. But why the hell do I find plenty of disgusting female nudity on Ebay? And I MEAN disgusting as for the poses and the meaning. I don't have anything against tasteful nudity be it female or male.
To hell with bigottry!
In her newest post Mauser*Girl speeks of the experiences of the photograph-collector.
Nothing new, too. I do collect JFK-photos. First because that's the way I learn to draw him and seccondly because I find them beautiful.
Sometimes there is a bargain to make. Some people sell original Press-photos or even private Photos for very little.
Like this one:
There are other Photos of JFK on that horse, one is on a trading card, but this shot is probably unique.
But what annoys me is when they sell photos with the label "rare" - altough that they are well known and mass produced official White House Portraits. Like those:
Excuse me - but those photos aren't "rare". They are on every seccond book cover. First was taken by Fabian Bachrach as official President Photo and the seccond was taken during camapign by Jacques Lowe, the personal "court photographer" of JFK and is known as the "Alabama-Profile".
These are beautiful portraits, but they are also most probably the first you get when you start a Kennedy collection.
Selling 60ties Soldier Photos as from WW2 is a serious issue in the other hand. One could almost think of a voloutary deception, if it wasn't so stupid. I guess that the person who sold that just tought that all black and white soldier photos are from WW2.
I don't think that the average people can make the difference between a BDM Girl and any woman in a teutonic uniform. Never expect your seller to have the historical knowledge!
dimanche, juillet 24, 2005
If not, don't.
If yes, you will probably have some compassion for the absolute trivial and non-spectacular tale I have to tell.
I am at Ebay. I have a profile of 271 positives, with just one negative from more than a year ago. Now I have 2 negatives.
The story is told very quickly:
I had some plastic figures to sell. For one Euro. One bidder. I send the figurines, before I even got the money. I sended an invoice via Ebay. Then I received a message from him, that he did not get my bank reference. Sended it again. Nothing. And now, a negative saying that I never got in touch with him.
Can you believe this? I mean, he got the items without having to pay them in advance and then he gives me shit because he didn't get the bank-references fast enough?! And all this for a item worth ONE buck.
Well, a seccond negative in a profile with more than 200 positives is probably not dramatic. But it annoys me to know that I do have to share the planet with such jerks!!
samedi, juillet 23, 2005
|You Should Learn Swedish|
Fantastisk! You're laid back about learning a language - and about life in general.
Peaceful, beautiful Sweden is ideal for you... And you won't even have to speak perfect Swedish to get around!
lundi, juillet 11, 2005
I tried to keep the retail price as low as possible. Unfortunally the set-up price is somewhat high. But keep in mind that it is a 44 page full colour book, with softcover paperback binding.
For the back cover, I collected some blurbs. I used the one comment F2x gave me at the TWCL-Profile and quoted the phrase Warren Ellisused too describe AWH.
I also asked Donna Barr to give me a blurb. Totally unexpected, she described AWH as being a satire about Americans, what actually, is not the case. After discussing that, it came out that it was the scene where JFK yelled at the kaiser which gave her that impression. I was a bit confused about her conclusions. More about that in theForum. I would gladly read your toughts on that subject. (In the Forum)
dimanche, juillet 03, 2005
mardi, juin 28, 2005
What I am talking about is the Webcomc-Bgroup EYESKREAM I applied for membership not so long time ago. Now, they are only taking a new member 4 times at a year. Since I made seccond place at the last vote, I now became "a friend" of Eyeskream" what is sort of a membership-light.
They are a nice community, with a nice Forum. A bunch of really good creators with unique Comics. Maniac wolfman who did the guest-art is a member of Eyeskream, too.
Feel free to check them out!
vendredi, juin 24, 2005
To be true, it's not really the first, since Chris Ashby of Operation Elusive Concept managed to do some real fine art for my other series "DOUDOU". She even painted a white T-Shirt with Doudou and his Horse-Germans for me! Still have this expetional piece!
Well, but this one is the first art I got for Antique White House. Check it out :
Maniac wolfman is the Author of HELLBOUND:
a real cool series about a guy who has to deal with Mel, a strong headed She-Demon. A part from being very entertaining, the story is full of intelligent wit with dialogues that are very entertaining to read. The Art is convincing with very good facial expressions.
I do highly recommend this comic!!
lundi, juin 20, 2005
By the way: I did not yet add all the links that I have in mind. So if you are a pal of mine and not on the list yet, don't be disappointed, it will come. But I won't mind a reminding-comment of course!
vendredi, juin 17, 2005
lundi, juin 13, 2005
Also, I decided to fasten the pace of the comic. There will be now 3 updates a week!
jeudi, juin 09, 2005
TWCL also has sort of an "official interviewer"A a guy who picks out comic authors whos work he like (all while ignoring the others) and interviews them. So far, so good.
Yesterday (Or the day before yesterday) This guy posted a rather strange idea. I read it over and over again and had no clue what this guy was asking for. But no matter what exactly he wanted, it was about the TWCL-Folks to send him whatever by e-mail and he looked if it was "good enough" to be "answered" or whatever in the Forum.
Well, I cannot really explain why, but it offended me. Really hard.
I mean, I have the throat full of that competive shit. We are all under pressure, in Real life and in art also. I liked hat forum for being a place free of any competition-pressure. With no one above the others, just a bunch of buddies. So I answered this way. I was very rude.
After that, I felt somehow bad. I may had misinterpreted what he wrote. The following answers of the other folks tough supported me. They also mostly didn't understand what he wanted exactly. They just didn't like that he wanted make that his show.
Well, after some rather ironic postings of us, he came back and told us we are all bastards and shall fuck of. That was it.
I still feel a bit bad. Maybe I shouldn't have been that aggressive in my first reply. Maybe I should have just asked him what exactly he wanted.
The problem is: I've seen enough of that guys in the Forums. Reviewers, Interviewers and editors, who obviously liked the feeling that artists craved to get their attention.
People with no own talent who esthablished themselves as "important persons" without deserving it. And starting one competition after another. "Folks, draw that and that and I will interview the best ones". and so on. Plenty of hard-feelings are created. The "loosers" against the "winners".
Call me a bitch but I find this disgusting. And I was afraid that this would also take place at TWCL. So I reacted that way.
Sometime I can't help...
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