mercredi, août 31, 2005

Spontaneous creativity

Now this is a real great thread going on at TWCL-Forum and I want to share with you, in case you don't read it already.

First, I have to give a little explanation: If you are registered at 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

Stop the corrida

Everyone knows about the spanish Corrida.

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

Aux armes citoyens!

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?

A true Christian

I ranted a lot about christians so it may be the time to say that I do respect true christians. When I say "true" I mean people who really do or at least try to follow the way of christ. And this is not an easy way.

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 in the mood for giving SHIT - and I am NOT sorry!

Yes, sometimes I am like this.
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

A member of Eyeskream!

It's official: From today on, I am a member of the comic artist group EYESKREAM
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

Not 100% liberal

Fllowing Mauser*girls Link, I just took the test to find out if I am more liberal or more conservatove. This is what came out:

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

I want to be a neocon!

I always wanted to be conservative. Honestly, To be conservative is a lot cooler than to be a left liberal.
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?

Well, I got on the bandwagon and created a Test. How good would yo match the world of Antique White House? Try the test and let me know!


The Nazi-Test

Well, I did the Nazi-Test as well.

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:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 20% on brainwashworthy
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 90% on antitolerant
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 90% on patriotic
Link: The Would You Have Been a Nazi Test written by jason_bateman on Ok Cupid

lundi, août 15, 2005

Foreign cultures in Comics

Okay, I should probably make clear some details, after the last comments.

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

Sayonnara Monsieur Kreuzführer!

In my new series "7 Blog entries that will give you shit" we come to issue 2:

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

Hungry enough to eat a horse!

I know that this entry may lose me half of my friends ;)

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.

New design

Okay, I tried out a new design.

Things I've done

Okay, get on the badwagon. I stole this from Mauser*Girl who stole it from Stephan who stole it from European who probably stole it elsewhere...

Feel free to steal it, if you haven't already ;)

(x) Smoked a joint (one or 2 times. big deal)
( ) Been in a wet t-shirt contest
( ) Crashed a car
( ) Stolen a car
(x) Been in love
(x) Had a threesome
( ) Been dumped
( ) Shoplifted
( ) 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
(x) Seen someone die
( ) Been to Canada
( ) Been to Mexico
(x) Been on a plane
(x) Seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show
( ) Thrown up in a bar
( ) Purposely set a part of yourself on fire
( ) Eaten Sushi
(x) Been skiing (was best in my skiing class! - but thats long ago...)
(x) Met someone from the internet in person
(x) Been moshing at a concert (Ozzfest)
(x) Been in an abusive relationship
(x) Taken painkillers (Righnt now. I have a terrible tooth)
(x) Love someone or miss someone right now
(x) Lay and watch cloud shapes go by
(x) Made a snow angel
(x) Had a tea party
( ) Flown a kite
(x) Built a sand castle
(x) Gone puddle jumping
(x) Played dress up
(x) Jumped into a pile of leaves
(x) Gone sledding
(x) Cheated while playing a game
(x) Been lonely
(x) Fallen asleep at work/school
( ) Used a fake ID
(x) Watched the sunset
(x) Felt an earthquake (I am from Basel.)
(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
( ) Been in a car accident
( ) Had braces
(x) Felt like an outcast
(x) Eaten a whole pint of ice cream in one night
(x) Had deja vu
(x) Danced in the moonlight
(x) Hated the way you look (I hate the way I look since I am 11)
(x) Witnessed a crime
( ) Pole danced
( ) Been obsessed with post-it notes
(x) Walked barefoot through the mud
(x) Been lost
( ) Been to the opposite side of the world
(x) Swam in the ocean
(x) Felt like dying
(x) Cried yourself to sleep
(x) Played cops and robbers (and cowboys and indians)
(x) Recently colored with crayons/colored pencils/markers
( ) Sung karaoke
(x) Paid for a meal with only coins
(x) Done something you told yourself you wouldnt (Yep. One can change ones mind...)
(x) Made prank phone calls when you were younger
(x) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose
(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

Aow! THAT hurts.

Now for something absolutely trivial. You proably will not care and I don't mind that. Fortnunally, a blog is somewhat also an ego-zine, so its okay to say this.

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

New Friends

Mauser*Girl did a great job in proofreading "Saturnalia" - I get so much praise for the Dialogues and texts of that comic.
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.