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heyyyyy check out this thing you can preorder on Kickstarter RIGHT NOW September 17, 2018

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The first look (or second, or third…possibly fifth, depending on how many of my sites you visit on a regular basis) at Leif & Thorn Volume 1!

Leif & Thorn Volume 1

It’s 180 pages. It’s oversized. It’s full color. It’s already drawn!

…it’s not already printed. This is Only A Model.

Which is why I’m raising the funds to do a print run on Kickstarter. Back this project, and you can get your very own copy of Leif & Thorn Volume 1, plus all kinds of other cool rewards. You can get wallpapers. You can get postcards. You can get custom art. You can get yourself drawn into the strip!

(Not in this book. In a future book.)

I kept the budget modest, so if we get funded, I get to print a short run of books. And if we get OVER-funded, I get to print a LONG run of books.

Visit the campaign page to learn more. You can follow the project to back later…or follow your dreams and back now.

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Dog-walking, napping, and buying mints while black September 11, 2018

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In the surveillance video […] Arreola is seen asking for the price of the mints, then hands over cash to the attendant before pocketing the mints in his jacket. That is all it took for the officer to [draw his gun] and demand that Arreola place the mints back on the counter.” Thank goodness he made it out of that alive.

The 34-year-old grad student in African studies unlocked her dorm-room door in front of police to show that she lived there, but they still asked for her ID.” Her too.

“A police sergeant showed up, Fyffe-Marshall says in her account, and said he didn’t know what Airbnb was. The group showed the police their booking confirmations and phoned the home’s landlord to convince police they were telling the truth.” And them!

“Emory Ellis, a black homeless man in Boston, was hungry so he went to Burger King one morning in 2015. But instead of breakfast, Ellis got a ride to the police station and more than three months in jail after he was wrongfully accused of using counterfeit cash.

[My eight-year-old daughter] cried for an hour and now refuses to go outside with her dog. … I told her she did nothing wrong – but she said she must have or someone would not have called the police on her.”

The Onion: “Deciding his firstborn was old enough to learn about the cultural dangers of having things in his hands, African American dad Aaron Mitchell pulled his son aside Thursday to have “the talk” about holding literally any object.

Monday Works Roundup 9/10 – Forward, Labyrinth, Sailor Moon, Magic Tavern, stamps, and more September 10, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Cold Winter Nights Indoors (art | Sparrow, Reseda, Emma/Bianca, Patrick, Timothy | worksafe)
Sunshine Windows (art | Patrick | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Flowerchoke Sadkale (art | Kale | NSFW-ish)
Scimitar Hearts (wallpaper | Gerri, Peach, Rowan | worksafe)
Wolf in the Forest (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Forward
Your Silicon Pal That’s Fun To Be With (art | Zoa, Lee | worksafe)

Labyrinth/Hello From The Magic Tavern
Uncle Jareth (comic | Jareth, Sarah, Arnie, Usidore, Chunt, baby | G)

Sailor Moon
Moon Pride (art | Usagi, Chibiusa | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Pansexual flag stamp – base (stamp)
Trans woman flag stamp – base (stamp)
Webcomic Woes 21 – Performance kicxiety (comic, G)
Chibi Scalezz (reward chibi, worksafe)
Genderqueer flag stamp – base (stamp)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Dr. Rosen is very cross about how much she’s been left out.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Thorn is saved from having to make a nerve-wracking choice.

So, hey, we officially don’t have a functioning government. Fun times. September 9, 2018

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It’s official: the West Wing is full of people who fully believe the President is a nonfunctional idiot. But instead of following the legal processes to remove him from office, they’d rather keep him around as a figurehead puppet while they actually run the country themselves.

We’re all clear that this is a coup, right? The Republican party, as a group, has no respect for either the office of the President or the rule of law. They’re happy to shred both, all while pretending like it doesn’t utterly destroy their moral credibility to do so.

Or, as McSweeneys put it:

There are those of us still wandering the labyrinthine halls of the mutated Capitol Building, looking for ways to constructively appease Nyarlathotep, despite continual smear campaigns by the elitist, now underground press. For instance, we replaced the orphans It absorbs every “morning” with migrant laborers, and It didn’t seem to notice. When Its appetite turned to Idaho, one of us directed Its soulless gaze up towards the moon. No more moon, of course, but no one can say we ever turned our back on our core constituents.”

In other news, here’s a thing that happened with the NRA:

July 16: “…federal prosecutors on Monday unsealed a criminal complaint alleging that a Russian graduate student living in the D.C. area conspired to act as an agent of Russia […] One of the contacts was with an “organization promoting gun rights,” which NPR has previously reported is the National Rifle Association.

July 17: “Under the new policy, [certain organizations, including] the NRA, Planned Parenthood and the Sierra Club, will no longer be required to include donor identities with their tax filings.”

And here’s a single incident that, in a logical world, would make Brett Kavanaugh an unsupportable judicial candidate for Democrats and Republicans alike:

In 2001, three intellectually disabled D.C. residents brought suit against the city in Doe ex rel. Tarlow v. D.C, after they were subjected to at least three involuntary procedures: two abortions and one elective eye surgery. […] The District Court ruled for the plaintiffs […] On appeal, Judge Kavanaugh vacated the District Court’s injunction.”

No, you’re not reading that wrong. Kavanaugh ruled in favor of forced non-consensual abortions.

Which means the “pro-life” movement is also abandoning any pretense of moral credibility by supporting him.

Cleaning up the ocean with targeted efforts 1000% more effective than straw bans September 3, 2018

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“…skipping a plastic straw in your next Bahama Mama may feel conscientious, but it won’t make a dent in the garbage patch. So what will? A recent survey by scientists affiliated with Ocean Cleanup, a group developing technologies to reduce ocean plastic, offers one answer. Using surface samples and aerial surveys, the group determined that at least 46 percent of the plastic in the garbage patch by weight comes from a single product: fishing nets.” Plus: concrete ways to make that better!

“Our seas are choking on plastic. A staggering eight million metric tons wind up in oceans every year, and unraveling exactly how it gets there is critical. A recent study estimates that more than a quarter of all that waste could be pouring in from just 10 rivers, eight of them in Asia.” Cleanup targets!

In more disheartening links:

In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy pummeled the island, causing the already rising seas to spill over the streets and into the homes of Tangier’s 481 residents. A few days after the storm, Carol steered her skiff toward the island’s uppermost tip to survey the damage. Along the shoreline, soil was sluicing into the bay each time the waves hit. A human skull floated at the water’s edge—the remains of a body broken free from an eroded grave.”

Foote’s paper anticipated the revolution in climate science by experimentally demonstrating the effects of the sun on certain gases and theorizing how those gases would interact with Earth’s atmosphere for the first time. In a column of the September 1856 issue of Scientific American titled ‘Scientific Ladies,’ Foote is praised for supporting her opinions with ‘practical experiments.'” (But people keep giving the credit to a guy who rediscovered the same thing years later, because of course.)

Multifandom Recommendations – Pet Shop of Horrors, Madoka Magica, Cabin Pressure, Red Dwarf, Harry Potter, Discworld August 29, 2018

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  • Red Dwarf | Dwarfers, Mr. Meeseeks | T | Meeseeks A Higher Mark
    Lister wins a mysterious box from a GELF poker game.

    The side of the device simply reads:
    – Press button
    – Make a request
    – Keep it simple

    Rimmer asks the impossible and all smeg breaks loose.
    series:red dwarf,series:rick and morty,fic:one-shot,crossover,genfic

  • Pet Shop of Horrors | D/Leon | T | PSOH Postcards
    Leon sends Count D postcards from everywhere he travels.
    They’re never returned to him marked ‘Addressee Unknown’ and don’t they always say ‘hope springs eternal’?
    series:pet shop of horrors,fic:one-shot,pairing:d_leon

Monday Works Roundup, 8/27 – webcomics, Sailor Moon, Pokemon, Rainbow Six, Adventure Zone, others August 27, 2018

Posted by Erin Ptah in But I'm A Cat Person, Leif & Thorn.
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But I’m A Cat Person
Sari Kara Lynn (sketch | Kara Lynn | worksafe)
BICP sketchpile 2018 (sketches | various | worksafe)
Monsters in the Shadows (art | Blake, Walker, Ilsa, Patrick, Kara Lynn, Reseda, Poe | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Character Expression Meme – Leif (art meme | Leif | worksafe)
Once and Future Queen (stamp | Rhòdon | worksafe)
Prototype in Black (sketch | Woman in Black, Agent D | worksafe)

The Adventure Zone
Taacocest (sketch | Lup/Taako | worksafe)

Angel Moxie/Leif & Thorn/Magical How/Phoenix Flair/Shattered Starlight/Sleepless Domain/XII: Of Magic and Muses
Magical Girls of Webcomics, Unite! (art | Arcturus, Undine, Holly, Riley, Phoenix, Willow, Gabe | worksafe)

Pokemon
My beautiful thief (sketch | Guzma/Lusamine | worksafe)

Rainbow Six
Rainbow Six – IQ (chibi | Monika Weiss | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Senshi Hairstyle Swaps (sketch | Haruka, Michiru, Makoto, Ami, Minako, Rei | worksafe)

Skin Horse
Project…Saw-Horse? (art | Artie, Nick!Bubbles, Tip, Unity, Sweetheart | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Rainbow Flag Pride Stamp (stamp)
Lesbian flag stamp – base (ditto)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Look, it’s not every day you get asked to help the mission by stashing a murderous Being in your hotel room.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Something’s up with Cedar — but what? Also, Thorn and Kale finally reach each other through the vines.

Multifandom Recommendations – Houseki no Kuni, Scooby Doo, Steven Universe, Madoka Magica, Red Dwarf, Cabin Pressure, Hellsing, Sailor Moon August 22, 2018

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  • Red Dwarf | Rimmer/Lister, Cat | G | Dressy
    Rimmer thinks Lister needs something new to spice things up in the bunkroom, and a little cross-dressing could be just the thing. Pure ridiculous fluff without anything other than dialogue.
    series:red dwarf,pairing:rimmer_lister,fic:one-shot,trope:genderplay

Multifandom Recommendations – Madoka Magica, Pet Shop of Horrors, Sailor Moon, Red Dwarf, Doctor Who, Animorphs, Jeeves & Wooster August 15, 2018

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  • Madoka Magica | Madoka, ensemble | T | An Anticlimactic Ascension
    Madoka has worked up the resolve to go and make her wish and help Homura. Unfortunately no responsible parent would ever let their child wander unsupervised into a hurricane, so the whole things ends up a bit anticlimactic.
    series:puella magi madoka magica,fic:one-shot,genfic,fic:parody-mst,crackfic

  • Red Dwarf | Rimmer/Lister, Kryten, Cat/Cat | T | Holly Hop Scotch
    Of all the possible universes to hop into, the last scenario they expected was a Red Dwarf teeming with life, resulting from a very much alive Arnold Rimmer and one Deb Lister.
    series:red dwarf,fic:one-shot,pairing:rimmer_lister,trope:genderplay,trope:kidfic

  • Madoka Magica | Homura, ensemble | G | the perfect timeline
    Everything was perfect now- no matter how many times Homura woke up she never did so in a hospital room, no matter how valiantly she searched for white cats with smug empty smiles she never saw any. Her friends- and they were really her friends- lived with her- they even seemed to like her. Maybe even love her? Maybe. She didn’t want to count her soul gems before they hatched.
    series:puella magi madoka magica,fic:one-shot,yuri,pairing:homura_madoka,genfic,trope:hurt-comfort

Monday Works Roundup: Danger and Eggs, Steven Universe, Dreamworks’ Home, and more August 13, 2018

Posted by Erin Ptah in But I'm A Cat Person, Leif & Thorn.
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But I’m A Cat Person
Magical Girl Cybele (art | Cybele | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
If only I had a gardener here (art | Kale, Thorn, plant | worksafe)
Afternoon in Eveningwear (dolls | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Home/Danger and Eggs
Danger and Tips (art | Tip, D.D. | worksafe)

Steven Universe
Kirai Senshi Sailor Homeworld (art | White Diamond, Pink Diamond, Steven | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Asexual Flag Stamp – Base (stamp)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Miranda is the only person here who can pretend like she knows what she’s doing.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Everyone’s trying to sneak into the vine-choked wing of the opera house. Some more successfully than others.