Friendly neighborhood self-confessed laconophilia, whose armor suits him, but it can not hide that mark (Nothing ever will), who was prepared the very moment that he let his arrow fly, that’ll slay anything that's evil (that's his deal), who will never die (just go Missing In Action), who's desperate to regain his honor, who has the innate ability to be overlooked and ignored, who hides a bitter heart under a veneer of lovable idiot, and who knows deep down that Who I am is not who I want to be...


I've been used as the base model for 4 Marvel Sketch Cards, 1 Topps Star Wars Galaxies trading card, a Star Wars Insider cover image, and a T-Shirt at Hot Topic.

 

Still getting the hang of this foam stuff.  Carving the abs into the chest plate (a feature some historical Greek bronze chest plates did feature, which is why I went with it) it almost turned out looking hand hammered, which fits the motif and is cool.  Plus as a little bonus the doodle that started it all.

heyitspizzaking:

robinandcat:

Robin & Cat - Date pt. 3
Previously…

New comic is up, and I hope you’re ready for video game references! Because the next couple of comics are filled with them. I…may have gone too far.

heyitspizzaking:

robinandcat:

Robin & Cat - Date pt. 3

Previously…

New comic is up, and I hope you’re ready for video game references! Because the next couple of comics are filled with them. I…may have gone too far.

smashsurvey:

Now think of how many of those female characters and protagonists are oversexed, created for the male gaze, or put in an inactive damsel role for the plot of the game. Representation matters. A Study last year proved that exposure to tv shows increased the self esteem of young white boys and markedly decreased the confidence and self esteem of girls across the board (and we haven’t even started on the representation of characters of color and the effect it has on children’s self perception). 

Video games are a different media, and even more concerning if representation metrics are changing how our kids think of themselves. Especially knowing that 67% of American Households have video game consoles and 91% of Children play video games regularlyhow do you think the portrayal (and lack of portrayals) of women and girls in these games is affecting little girls – or influencing how little boys view their importance and/or influence over them? 

Comics. Movies. Lit. Pop Culture. The Smash Survey is an upcoming podcast project that will critically explore the representation of race, gender, and queer identity in media and pop culture in a fun and engaging format. 

The numbers quoted and used in those images are based on a study done in, 2001, I believe, in which the “Researchers” played only the top 10 ten games for each current console, and only played around the first level or hour for each game.  After playing only 60 games, each for around an hour, they then generated those percentages.  As such, those numbers are incredibly off base and inaccurate, especially when you attempt to apply them to the current generation of games.

To put it simply, “Their sample size was bad and they should feel bad.”

*EDIT* Yeah, about 5 minutes of digging shows that everyone who quotes those percentages is citing a “Study” done by an organization called “Children Now” in 2001.  In fact, here is “Study” so that you can see their flawed methods all for yourself:

http://www.childrennow.org/uploads/documents/fair_play_2001.pdf

Teaching myself how to work with EVA foam as Goose’s Spartan Wonder Woman progress rolls on.

asymmetricjester:

ACCIDENTALLY GROWS REALLY ATTACHED TO A STORY I’LL NEVER WRITE

The story that’s been rattling around in my head since, well, grade school, actually.  The Dead Man’s Tale.

toysoldieralan:

This is part 2 of my 40 part review of the entire Discworld series, in chronological order of release.

Today’s book is The Light Fantastic, by Terry Pratchett.

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Mini-Review
Better than Color of Magic, but should be read after for full understanding of certain sections of the plot.
Introduces great characters and sets things up that later books will use to great effect.

Spoiler Free Review
The Light Fantastic picks up immediately after the last one, and reading them only a week apart really brings some things to light. One is how much a book benefits from a single coherent plot as opposed to four, another is how little the first book changed the characters.

This book has great characterization, each person feels distinct and has an arc that changes them as the book goes on. In The Color of Magic, even through all the fantastical things that happened, the characters came out acting the same as they did going in.

Once again, this book has some inconsistencies compared to the later books, which get much more consistant in world building and have a continuity of character development that is a joy to read. It’s just getting started in this book, and there are some teething issues, but the things I love about Discworld are almost fully formed and it really shows. I’d read this over the previous book nine times out of ten.

Below the cut is another spoiler filled dissection of the major plot points and world/character building.

Next week on #ReviewsdayTuesday is “Equal Rites”, about the Disc’s first female Wizard. That should be interesting (and slightly frustrating), given how prevalent some sexist attitudes turn out to be among the magical community.

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cabooseandgeoffry:

Keep looking, Geoffry.  I am sure we will find the secret somewhere in here!

Between the series of pictures of Caboose showing off his many medals and now the Adventures of Mini Caboose and Geoffry, my Caboose blog has lost around 15 followers.  

I get that my jokes and my humor aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, and sometimes I’m scrapping the bottom of the barrel to come up with pictures and jokes for something new every single day (I have a much deeper appreciation for Newspaper cartoonist like Bill Watterson now) and as a result something I do might not click with my audience or they might think it’s stupid.  I mean, I have, without fail, posted at least a picture a day for over two years now.  Not everyone of those ideas is going to be a winner.  That’s okay.  I used to get really stressed and frustrated at myself when I lost followers on the Caboose blog in little gluts like this.  But then I think about why I do this. 
Every day I create new content to show my appreciation and enjoyment of what I feel is easily the best Internet series out there.  I do it to show my respect for, and to maybe even feel some connection to, a company that I can’t help but continue to cheer on.  That I have watched grow from a couple of Dude’s in someone’s spare bedroom to a company with over 50 full time employees.
And, it truthfully, it is sort of selfishly for myself.  As I’ve explained before (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4VeZhM5aCE) at this point this blog is now a way for me to help keep my head on straight.  To give me consistent, daily, goals to work towards so I can keep on track and keep my focus, and to make me think about humor and make myself laugh, or at least grin, to keep the rather dark and shadowy parts of my mind at bay for a while.

cabooseandgeoffry:

Keep looking, Geoffry.  I am sure we will find the secret somewhere in here!

Between the series of pictures of Caboose showing off his many medals and now the Adventures of Mini Caboose and Geoffry, my Caboose blog has lost around 15 followers.  

I get that my jokes and my humor aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, and sometimes I’m scrapping the bottom of the barrel to come up with pictures and jokes for something new every single day (I have a much deeper appreciation for Newspaper cartoonist like Bill Watterson now) and as a result something I do might not click with my audience or they might think it’s stupid.  I mean, I have, without fail, posted at least a picture a day for over two years now.  Not everyone of those ideas is going to be a winner.  That’s okay.  I used to get really stressed and frustrated at myself when I lost followers on the Caboose blog in little gluts like this.  But then I think about why I do this. 

Every day I create new content to show my appreciation and enjoyment of what I feel is easily the best Internet series out there.  I do it to show my respect for, and to maybe even feel some connection to, a company that I can’t help but continue to cheer on.  That I have watched grow from a couple of Dude’s in someone’s spare bedroom to a company with over 50 full time employees.

And, it truthfully, it is sort of selfishly for myself.  As I’ve explained before (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4VeZhM5aCE) at this point this blog is now a way for me to help keep my head on straight.  To give me consistent, daily, goals to work towards so I can keep on track and keep my focus, and to make me think about humor and make myself laugh, or at least grin, to keep the rather dark and shadowy parts of my mind at bay for a while.

heyitspizzaking:

robinandcat:

Robin & Cat - Date pt. 2
Guest Inker - Heather Plunkett
Previously…

Now there is guest talent working on this! Heather is pretty much my editor for this whole project, and she decided she wanted to ink as well. And she did a great job!

heyitspizzaking:

robinandcat:

Robin & Cat - Date pt. 2

Guest Inker - Heather Plunkett

Previously…

Now there is guest talent working on this! Heather is pretty much my editor for this whole project, and she decided she wanted to ink as well. And she did a great job!