James J McGhie


This smart guy clearly knows nothing about 5th dimension hypersense. Only then will the writings of Grant Morrison make sense! …or they could just pay attention.


This smart guy clearly knows nothing about 5th dimension hypersense. Only then will the writings of Grant Morrison make sense! …or they could just pay attention.

Sameface Syndrome and other stories



In October of 2012, I was enrolled in one of my first serious animation classes, with a professor who I rather admired. I admired him so much, in fact, that I caught him outside of class time and asked him to review a few of my personal character designs. I was a very mediocre artist at that point (as opposed to now, where I’m a slightly less mediocre artist) and upon presenting my teacher with my designs, which were all intended to be different characters with different stories and different appearances, he barely had to scrutinize them before he delivered his verdict: “They all have the same face.”

And, I was dismayed to discover, he was right.


Since then, I have studied long and hard, so that my female characters may no longer have the Exact Same Face. Huh…female characters. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

A few months after this incident, the official character designs for Disney’s Frozen were leaked.


Up until then, all we had seen was concept art, which was so far removed from these that a lot of people thought they were faked, me among them. I seriously believed that someone with too much time on their hands had photomanipulated some screenshots of Rapunzel and tried to pass them off as the official Frozen designs. After all, there was no way that a major animation studio like Disney would knowingly, willfully produce three princesses with the Exact Same Face.

And again…princesses. Female characters. Exact Same Face. Something is amiss here.

Unfortunately, I overestimated Disney, and it was revealed that these were the real character designs indeed. Even though I will concede that, yes, there are some slight differences between the Frozen girls and Rapunzel, there are zero changes in the faces of Anna and Elsa. Zero. They have the same facial structure, the same eyes eyes, the same nose, the same mouth…and while we’re at it, the same body too, with the exception of Elsa being a little taller. The only differences are in skin tone and surface details, such as freckles and makeup (which, as I’ll cover in a moment, don’t fulfill even the most rudimentary basics of good character design — but we’ll get to that). So, how did this happen? How did a design mistake that would get you called out in a beginning animation class end up in a major Disney release?

In my opinion, the answer isn’t necessarily limited time, which was certainly a factor in Frozen, or laziness, or the fact that they’re all CG characters (sorry, 2D animation advocates, but lots of 3D girls do not look identical). To me, this speaks to a disturbing trend in Disney’s general approach towards designing female characters.

But first, some context…

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(Source: naldouze)

(Source: naldouze)


The second THANOS AND DARKSEID: CARPOOL BUDDIES OF DOOM. Guest starring: Doctor Doom!

Written by Justin Jordan (who has a new issue of Green Lantern: New Guardians coming out this Wednesday and has a new series, Dead Body Road, coming out in December) and drawn by Rafer Roberts (who is currently making Plastic Farm and Nightmare the Rat comics).

You can read the first Thanos and Darkseid here.

Kieron Gillen writing Darth Vader?

Mark Waid writing Princess Leia?!

Fuuuuuuuck yes!









George Takei describes the moment when he and his family were sent to an internment camp.

"Another scene I remember now as an adult is every morning at school we started the day with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag…there was the American flag flying over the camp but I could also see the barbed wire fence and the sentry towers pointing at us from my schoolhouse window as I recited the words ‘With liberty and justice for all’." - George Takei, The Daily Show (July 24, 2014). 

Full Episode (apologies, The Daily Show website does not have the best video player). 

To Be Takei documentary official website. 

- Mod Dawes Sr. 

I wonder if George thinks that FDR is a bad president because of this.  He should, but I wonder what he thinks.

'That will never happen in America. You're just paranoid.'

Oh yeah? Well it already did.

Do people not really know this happened? I mean, I guess growing up a Japanese American and also growing up in a large Japanese/Hawaiian community, all this is told to us at a young age and some of our family members actually have memories of this, its hard to understand that people don’t know this happened here in the US, esp since this is taught in school… right?

It is, but a large portion of the population downright doesn’t care about history. Plenty of others totally dissociate past events from current events. They simply cannot fathom that things like that happened not so long ago and could very easily happen again.

It wouldn’t surprise me that people are unaware. .Or have this inability to connect with history. Because things like that cant happen in your country, things like that happen in far away lands with people of different races then ours who do horrible things to people right? Some worn torn 3rd world country. Not in First World countries surely? (I only say this because of conversation I have had with people in the past who expressed a similar thought pattern)

And then when i read this, I think of the Asylum Seeker Detention Centers that Australia runs - and I wonder “how many people read or watch Georges story and are moved but in the same brain they can justify the treatment of Asylum seekers”


the story of my life


the story of my life







#but I find it pretty hilarious that the most chilling thing in this dystopia is that men have to ask permission to have sex with women

nailed it

men are punished for raping women? sounds like a fantasy novel to me

a good book.

Usually I don’t like mash-ups but this one has Metalocalypse in it.