Bumtown

My name is Jay Bee. Sometimes I draw, sometimes I sit on my bum. Business as usual.

Damn, this got here fast. You have no idea how great it is to re-experience one of the stories that actually got me into comics.

Anonymous asked: Yo! A genre question. Why do you think rap is underrepresented in cyberpunk? With all the corruption, violence, and general misdeeds that run rampant in those universes, you'd think it'd be more prevalent, especially among the underground and gangs.

milonogiannis:

Maybe the dudes who set the cyberpunk foundations weren’t into rap? Maybe someone did write a rap cyberpunk thing but it got rejected/never actually seen at a publisher?

We’re at this cool junction in time when it comes to creation and publishing and whatever, where anybody can write what they want and put it out. So I’m more wondering why people aren’t writing the rap cyberpunk stuff they want to read, than wondering why other people didn’t put more rap into their cyberpunks.

(also I have no idea)

The tougher answer is that cyberpunk and science fiction in general are largely written by white men and rap/hip-hop is still seen as the realm of black youths.  The genre themes are similar - minority diaspora, urban decay, corporate takeover, the militarization of police - but there’s few (prolific) people creating it.

There is a similar literary movement called Afrofuturism which examines the history or dilemma of people of color in a science fiction or fantasy setting.  You can see some of this in movies like Riddick with its heavy Islamic overtones or music by Gorillaz, Sun Ra, and Del the Funky Homosapien.

sarasilkwood:

This is the odd texture that I was talking about earlier.
#sarasilkwood #illustration #funkitated #seagypsy #watercolor #painting

You said this was brystol?  Hot press paper tends to make weird splotches but I think it looks neat and old-timey.

sarasilkwood:

This is the odd texture that I was talking about earlier.

#sarasilkwood #illustration #funkitated #seagypsy #watercolor #painting

You said this was brystol?  Hot press paper tends to make weird splotches but I think it looks neat and old-timey.

sarasilkwood:

We had major tape masking fail. I don’t know what people did before Photoshop. 

#sarasilkwood #illustration #seagypsy #painting #watercolor

What size masking tape? Looking for thin stuff but thinnest I can find is 1/2”

sarasilkwood:

We had major tape masking fail. I don’t know what people did before Photoshop.

#sarasilkwood #illustration #seagypsy #painting #watercolor

What size masking tape? Looking for thin stuff but thinnest I can find is 1/2”

dustybins asked: So whats this about AC and Ladies??

krudman:

When Ubisoft was questioned about why there’s 4 dude protagonists and no ladies they responded that there was originally going to be a lady protagonist, but she was scrapped because she would’ve doubled the efforts of the development team which is just complete nonsense.

Another company giving poor hamfisted PR excuses.

Slight correction, there’s only one male lead.  The others are reskins with different faces.  That makes it an even lamer excuse

ACU is Ubisoft’s first true next gen offering.  2600+ people are working on it.  Countless millions are being spent developing it… and it has the fewest features than any AssCreed game since AC2.  Co-op is initiated via specific mission triggers and there’s no competitive multiplayer.

My reaction to Nintendo announcing an open world Zelda game.

Why Modern Games Can't Hack It

ikaricrossinglines:

fleshcoatedtechnology:

"Watch_Dogs’s Aiden Pearce, and Adam Jensen of Deus Ex: Human Revolution:

  Both of these men are much more Van Damme than Thomas Anderson.

  Neither of these men fighting existing power structures. They are the power structure.
  Both are proficient killers and have access to significant financial and material backing.

…This is directly contrary to the ideology of cyberpunk, which elevates protagonists as Robin Hoods striking clandestine blows against major corporations and corrupt governments.
Instead, recent games have delivered the reverse – identical white heroes preying on the diverse and colorful array of the city’s inhabitants for personal gain, in the form of money or experience points…”

Something that’s been niggling at me for some time, it means a lot to have someone put this into words…

An impressive analysis that really highlights how modern cyberpunk media is focussed on the white male successful protagonist. Its like the promotion of a “corporate sanctioned hero” which is the opposite of its roots. The punk suffix should be there for a reason, and I have a similar gripe about steampunk fiction for this same issue.

Mind you, Cyberpunk  is more then just hacking on a digital frontier. Some would say that by these standards Neo, a white male protag starts by working for the system.. and then fights it… and then BECOMES the system. On the surface this should teach us that the powers that be are unstoppable, immovable and indeed, perhaps our only salvation.

It is the bizarre paradox of a very anti establishment themed genre to be spread and opened up to a wider audience by that very same power structure that it appeared to want to topple.

It appears that history is not the only thing told by the winners, but also the future too.

Just want to remind everyone who may not have known that Shadowrun Returns is available and recently came out with a massive extra campaign.  It’s well written and every bit as enjoyable as the tabletop game its based on.  A successful Kickstarter game.

That’s my character Jo Danger. She hacks shit like nobody’s business.

(Source: tacticalneuralimplant, via actuallyakrampus)

characterwednesday:

Tom Williams

on the web

The drip could be coming from anywhere. You don’t know, but you secretly want to.

Character Wednesdays is a thing I’m in and there are great artists contributing stuff.

egelantier:

my childhood russian edition of lord of the rings had the most amazing, medievally styled illustrations by sergey yuhimov. 

i haven’t appreciated them when i was a child (i obviously wanted something more aesthetically obvious), but now i think they’re just - really badass. going to upload all i could find, in three posts.

part 2

part 3

part 4

Good God, the Witch King is amazing.

Every page I feel like I’m getting slightly faster, more efficient, and more confident.  But it’s easier to point out mistakes and that’s what’s killing me.

Every page I feel like I’m getting slightly faster, more efficient, and more confident.  But it’s easier to point out mistakes and that’s what’s killing me.

sarasilkwood:

First pages. #alexalice #lechateaudesetoiles #castleofthestars #french #comic #graphicnovel

Have you heard of François Place?  He works in ink and watercolor.  His largest body of work are three volumes of fantasy worlds inspired by real world civilizations called A Voyage of Discovery.

It’s all in French, out of print, rare, and expensive but it’s great work.  The illustrations are accompanied by detailed descriptors of this fantasy life like African cougar warriors riding giant ostriches and hidden mountain villages in the Himalayas and stuff.  I think his only English volume is The Old Man Mad About Drawing.

If I won the lottery I would buy the English rights to his work and print it all, it’s such evocative stuff and I can’t read it!

sarasilkwood:

First pages. #alexalice #lechateaudesetoiles #castleofthestars #french #comic #graphicnovel

Have you heard of François Place?  He works in ink and watercolor.  His largest body of work are three volumes of fantasy worlds inspired by real world civilizations called A Voyage of Discovery.

It’s all in French, out of print, rare, and expensive but it’s great work.  The illustrations are accompanied by detailed descriptors of this fantasy life like African cougar warriors riding giant ostriches and hidden mountain villages in the Himalayas and stuff.  I think his only English volume is The Old Man Mad About Drawing.

If I won the lottery I would buy the English rights to his work and print it all, it’s such evocative stuff and I can’t read it!