You might know me in real life, or know me from hanging out on sites, or spouting overbearing thoughts about games on my twitter, or from my work writing for and editing Default Prime, or from one of the two pocasts I occasionally do. There's a good chance you probably didn't know I draw. Cuz I do.
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Thoughts on Steven Universe and the New Generation of Cartoons
Have y’all watched the early premier of Steven Universe yet? The first episode is already up on Cartoon Network’s website, but honestly, I suggest downloading the first episode for free off of the iTunes right now where it is available in full HD. Either way, it’s good. Really good. I’m geeking out about how good it is, because I’m pretty sure this has potential to be one of the biggest cartoons the channel’s put out since Adventure Time.
Aside from it’s inherent quality, Steven Universe also generally represents something that’s really awesome to me— as some of you may or may not know, Steven Universe is the first Cartoon Network original show that was created by a woman. Yeah, I can’t believe it took this long either. But the best part is that regardless of who it was made for, its a great show in general! I think the show does a great job portraying strong non-sexualized female characters (yes, I know sexualization isn’t a bad thing when it comes to character design all the time, but the Crystal Gems aren’t necessarily there for you to ogle) plus I think it does a great job subverting traditional gender roles (Steven is a bit of a realistically portrayed boy who looks up to three very powerful female role models) and this is one of those cases of what there is to gain from a different perspective when making any sort of art.
Yesterday on Twitter, I was rambling about how I’m very optimistic about the generation of kids who might be watching shows like Steven Universe, Bee & Puppycat, and Adventure Time now. Not only do those shows portray some very strong female characters, but women play a very big role in the development of all these shows, with those first two I just listed actually originating from some women. I know as a kid growing up, I always wanted to get into cartoons, but I think the only explicitly black artist I knew growing up was that dude who drew Curtis (remember that episode of Reading Rainbow?). The older I got, the more I noticed more and more people of color working prominently on cartoons, like Ian Jones Quarterly. I really wish I got to grow up knowing that there were more people like that on the forefront, but I didn’t exactly get to have that. And I imagine its not much better for girls growing up. Hell, it’s only been recently that Lauren Faust has come into her own fame, and that was more with My Little Pony rather than her excellent work on Powerpuff Girls and Fosters.
I really hope some little girl manages to actually watch Steven Universe and sees this show that was made by a woman, but isn’t about “girly” stuff as either a definition or rejection. That the show has strong characters and that the women in the show are such major role models for the titular main character. I really really hope that inspires some girls to try and get more into art and cartoons, and I hope that a lot of the other big cartoons of right now do that for even more. A lot of my lady friends who are into cartoons and art usually cite shows like Sailor Moon for having a major influence in acting as inspiration, but as cool and great as that show is, I’m really happy to see that there’s a show for girls that’s not necessarily about GIRL POWER or needing to have a show still be tied to TEEN PROBLEMS to appeal to older girls (I’m looking at you, Legend of Korra).
Adventure Time set a new precedent for cartoons in needing a feeling of “being yourself” and I don’t doubt that it’s had a major influence on the development of Steven Universe and Bee & Puppycat. I know there’s probably going to be a lot of shows that ride the coattails of “let’s make a surreal show and shit” but there will be even more that will act as young artists making shows and cartoons that express something that’s near and dear to them. Cartoon Network’s been greenlighting a lot of really creative shows and Cartoon Hangover’s been doing a great job of giving these strong ideas a stage.
I know a lot of this probably just sounds like “whatever” to a lot of you guys, but I think this is all so cool right now. A lot of these shows are being enjoyed by adults right now, but a lot of them are primarily marketed towards kids. And honestly, I’m just really happy to see that a lot of these shows don’t talk down to kids, encourage creativity, and generally are good food for the brain— Steven Universe and its portrayal of female role models, Adventure Time and how the show teaches how to peacefully deal with people who cause us strife, Gravity Falls and its natural and realistic portrayal of the relationship between siblings— it’s all some good stuff for kids who fifteen years from now will be on some Comic Con panel saying how “Regular Show” inspired them to pick up a pencil. The cartoon industry might be moving away from being a boys club and a vehicle for selling toys and t-shirts and mainstream stuff actually might be aspiring to be a little bit more.
And honestly, that makes me more excited that anything else.
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Return to the Blogosphere
Hey guys, felt like making a few notes about things going on lately. You can choose to read it or don’t. Just me talking about life and art and stuff
- First off, thanks to everyone who’s been reading my webcomic, Sanpozeit, for the past three months. I’ve drawn about thirty something strips so far and it’s really been a great experience. It’s great practice drawing comics, telling a story in panels, and a bunch of other stuff. Some stuff has worked, others have failed, but the whole point of it was a learning process. Sorry they’ve been coming so sporadically lately. I’ve been drawing them by hand since September and that’s a way more taxing and time consuming process than doing them digitally how I prefer. Once I upgrade to my new machine, I can guarantee you’ll start seeing more comics, more frequently. I may even try to do the coveted daily webcomic thing. Ooh, crazy.
- As some of you may or may not know, recently, I tried pitching my first cartoon a few weeks ago. I got a response and… the cartoon was rejected. Boo hoo. Fortunately, the studio gave me a really friendly response with tips on how to improve my pitch/idea. The gist of it is mainly that my characters weren’t strong enough. I’ve been toying with the idea of retooling my idea, but in the meantime, I want to try and make a short comic using some old favorite characters of mine who I’ve not drawn in… years. My old friends will know exactly what this means, so stay tuned.
In addition, I’ve been keeping an eye out and looking at some of my favorite comics, cartoons, and television lately and seeing what makes them great. The best are usually very character driven. And the characters are really well defined and very three-dimensional. Gravity Falls, Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, and Regular Show are some great recent examples. It’s cool that those shows have some grandiose ideas and epic stories (particularly Gravity Falls and Adventure Time) but what keeps us coming back is those characters.
I picked up the Regular Show blu ray this past week, and have been paying very close attention to the writing. I remember reading in an interview, that many episodes start with a title and an episode plays out from there. It seems like a weird or even bad way to write a cartoon, but think about it; Regular Show says “What happens if Mordecai and Rigby do _____.” The characters are so well defined and rounded out that they do exactly whatever happens next and it feels believable. They are rarely shoehorned into exciting events, they are the pure catalysts of everything that happens to them.
I’m hoping to get a better grasp of how to make good characters and utilize them well, which is why I’m falling back on some characters that are extremely familiar to me. It’s weird to think that for me, watching cartoons is a sort of research for me and my own work, but hey, here it is.
- On the topic of cartoons, you all should be watching Uncle Grandpa. It has a very “classic” Cartoon Network vibe to it, but does its own thing really well and very differently. Plus Uncle Grandpa is a fantastic character in and of himself. It might seem stupid at first, but stick with it. Trust me on this.
Outside of that, I’m super pumped for new Bravest Warriors, Steven Universe, and Dead End. There’s a lot of really cool cartoons coming up, and its been a long time since I’ve been so invested in seeing what would be coming up. I feel like we’re in a completely new cartoon renaissance. Hopefully we’ll see CG get toned down a bit in features. And as much as I love ParaNorman, maybe we’ll finally get a stop motion feature that isn’t about “spooky” things.
- Also been getting a little dull with games lately. Not bored or disinterested, I just want to play something and don’t know what to play. Nothing’s really caught my attention since Spelunky last month. I want to pick up Rayman Legends and as good as that game is going to be, I know it’s only gonna last me a week or two at most. At least I have The Wolf Among Us guaranteed to give me three hours of fantastic gaming once a month.
By the way guys, The Wolf Among Us is really good. I have a lot to say about that game already.
I don’t really have too much on my mind at this point, I guess. I need to take an online test then I will probably go eat some leftovers and watch more Regular Show. Next time I get paid, I’ll probably pick up one of the Adventure Time sets for continued, um, research. Take some time out to go do something you enjoy. Get back to your roots.
Hey! I streetpassed you a few days ago and decided to check out your tumblr! You got a really rad style, man. I thought for sure you had to be a fellow art major! Definitely gonna follow your blog. Have a good one!— c-dra
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