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It’s that time of year again… December 1, 2018

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…time to go through my Active Webcomic Reading List and clear out (mostly) everything that hasn’t updated since 2017.

If it petered out mid-storyline and there’s a fair chance it might update again someday, it gets punted to a different tracking service, so if any of them revive I’ll find out through checking one page every few months. If it actually came to a planned end (!!), it goes on my Completed Webcomics Reclist.

The depressing takeaway for this year is how many promising sapphic comics (for lack of a better term) have fallen by the wayside. Weird Sisters, Acethexis, Sundaze, Velox, Phoenix Flair…Sylvania isn’t even loading, although I’m hoping that’s a temporary server problem.

On the bright side, congratulations to Zebra Girl for coming to an actual proper finish after 18 years! (There’s an omnibus I’m gonna have to pick up.) And it’s so nice to see 95 Gallons reuploaded in readable form.

Aaaand with that, the list is down from 126 to 106! Not counting the handful I follow on other sites because the ComicRocket listings haven’t worked in ages.

…which sounds like a lot to manage, but most of the archives are either very slow, or very readable. Last week I tore through a year’s worth of Schlock Mercenary in an afternoon. (Role model, tbh.)

(December talking meme)

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All the miscellaneous links I’ve been hoarding up through the midterms November 7, 2018

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Trying to actually clear out my to-post pile — from political, technical, and fannish links alike.


Useful:

“Am I really just lazy?: A helpful key to why you are not doing that thing you know you are supposed to be doing.

Many of us are taught to make sure our sites can be used via keyboard. Why is that, and what is it like in practice? Chris Ashton did an experiment to find out.” Great article, prompted me to review my own sites and make some updates.

“At the end of June, through Comic Tea Party, I surveyed webcomic/indie comic readers and gathered data on their reading habits. This included questions about reading frequency and how they interacted with the comics they read. The survey received 188 responses, and today I would like to go through the data and share what we have learned.”


Depressing:

The YouTubers taking this challenge are very young, and they are making fetish content for adults. They just don’t know it.” Creepy. (Article from 2016.)

Bowles knew the sedative was “dripping into her veins” and that at any second she would cede control to a surgeon who had just revealed his intention to do something she’d explicitly asked him not to do. She felt panicked, but her body was unable to move. She recalls saying no twice, repeating that she wanted to be flat.”

Many parents and their kids are becoming more and more immersed in the fandoms surrounding their favorite shows, movies, and books. The below article by guest contributor Sean Z. is an in-depth look at the recent history of fandom and some of the pitfalls we should all be aware of and be discussing with our kids.


Uplifting:

The intersex community is counting on doctors to improve the treatment conditions our community has inherited. We dream of a world in which diverse sex traits are once again seen as natural variations, as they are in some cultures — not problems to be fixed. It can be intimidating to be called upon to rebuild a paradigm. But at least there’s a step-by-step guide.”

So, hey, it seems like George Takei is cool. (And literally did get targeted by Russia-based propaganda networks.)


Miscellaneous:

If Le Guin’s hand-drawn map of the icebound planet Gethen is somewhat obscure, it’s perhaps because it seems to pop up for the first time only in the endpapers of The Hainish Novels & Stories. Published in 2017, the year before the author’s death.”

“The Dutch firm Ecory was commissioned to research the impact of piracy for several months, eventually submitting a 304-page report to the EU in May 2015. […] illegal downloads and streams can actually boost legal sales of games, according to the report. The only negative link the report found was with major blockbuster films.” (So guess what was the only part of the report that got released?)

“Not since the angel Gabriel visited Muhammad in a cave around 610 AD, informing him that he is God’s prophet, has there been a new globally influential religion with hundreds of millions of followers. Though the world’s religions are very dynamic, and major faiths continue to shift and evolve in ritual and doctrine, the world today is dominated by the same four faiths that dominated the globe a millennium ago: Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. According to a 2012 Pew study, 92 percent of religiously affiliated people around the globe belong to one of these four faiths.” An investigation on some of the cults and mini-religions growing today, and why it’s been so long since one of them made it big.

Monday Works Roundup, 6/18 June 18, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
You Belong At Pride (comic | ensemble | G)

Leif & Thorn
Rainbow Ensemble (wallpaper | Rowan, Kale, Ivy, Juniper, Del, Thorn, Leif, Violet | worksafe)
Centaur Thorn (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
29 Panels That Always Work (comic how-to | ensemble | G)
Modern AU pride chibis (comic | Leif/Thorn, Ivy, Del, WiB, Geirölul, Sigrún | G)

Revolutionary Girl Utena/Witch Hunter Robin
The Witch and the Hunter (art | Anthy, Robin | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Goddess of Love is Love (art | Minako | worksafe)

Star Wars
May The Frose Be With You (sketch | Finn/Rose | worksafe)

Steven Universe
Catswap AU (art | Lion, Steven, Jasper | worksafe)
I think you’re so good, and I’m nothing like you (art | Pink/Pearl | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes – Wonderful, if you insist (comic, G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Messages of love, pride, and solidarity.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Can Leachtric have her big dramatic moment before the staff finally agree to evacuate the theater?

Monday Works Roundup, 6/4/18 June 4, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Palace Clouds (art | Jany, Kara Lynn | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
World Map (graphic | all the countries | worksafe)
Character Height Chart III (art | female character ensemble | worksafe)
Musical Posters (art | graphic design | worksafe)
Live. Die. Reincarnate. Tell your own story. (art | Rhódon, Leachtric, others | worksafe)
Magical Femmes (art | Hestia, Ebony | worksafe)

Beauty and the Beast
My, What A Guy (sketch | Gaston/LeFou | worksafe, mostly)

Homestuck
Tavriska (comic | Tavros/Vriska | G)

Kagerou Project
Boyfriend Chord (sketch | Kano/Kido | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
I Now Pronounce You Moon And Wife (art | genderswapped Usagi/Mamoru | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes 18 – Saving some work (comic, G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Title dropped, punchline achieved, chapter ended, we can all go home now.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Leachtric calls for help from the most powerful allies of all: nerds.

Monday Works Roundup, 5/14/18 May 14, 2018

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Trees and Tombstones (art | Miranda, Poe, Patrick | worksafe)
Whiskey and Bubbly (art | Cybele, Bennett, Cohen | worksafe)
Silent Bear (comic | Cub, Park, grandkid | G)

Leif & Thorn
Royal Opera Stage (art | scenery | worksafe)
Tender header (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Fake News
Pro-Tek-tor (art | Tek/not!Jon | worksafe)

Hellsing(/Various)
Shine Profiles – Free Agents (art | Helena, Laura, Anthy, Chuchu, OCs, Franken Fran, Sixth Doctor, Vampire Hunter D | worksafe)
Shine Profiles – Team Humanity (art | Scooby gang, Marimite students, Wild Geese, fangirls, Bertie, Hakim, Setsuna, Calvin, Hobbes, Susie | worksafe)

Princess Knight
Dance with the Devil’s Daughter (art | Sapphire/Hekate | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Break Open The Skies (art | Madokami/Homura | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes 16 – Seems legit. (comic, G)
Chibi Alabaster (Patreon reward, worksafe)
Webcomic Woes 17 – Stuff I drew on my lunch break (comic, G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Look, you got a cool two-page spread last week, that ought to hold you for a few more days.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
On-stage, Leachtric draws her legendary heartsword…and immediately wishes she hadn’t.

Monday Works Roundup, 4/23/18 April 23, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
When Will God Save Your Fashion Sense? (sketch | Maria, Josh, Saxon | worksafe)
Chicago Tiger (cover art | Walker, Blake | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Flame On (art | Kudzu | worksafe)
Canon(ish) Magical Thorn (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Ceannis Royal Opera (scenery art, worksafe)

Fake News
Stevie + Bunny (art | “Stephen” | worksafe)

Hellsing(/various)
Old Enough To Drink (comic | Pip, Seras, Integra, Alucard, D, Walter | G)
Shine Profiles – Millennium (art | Millennium ensemble | worksafe)
Master has a brother?! (art | Dracula, Alucard, Seras | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes 14 – Midnight realizations (comic, G)
Webcomic Woes 15 – Folks outside fandom don’t know (comic, G)
Sunset Clouds (background, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
While battle plans are going down, the Wolf is not a lucky dog.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Agent D confronts an incredibly suspicious chararacter.

Monday Works Roundup, 4/2/18 April 2, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
A Girl And Her Dragon (art | Jany, Kara Lynn | worksafe)
Thoroughly Modern Mary (art | María, Josh, Saxon, Dove | worksafe)
Be not afraid. (sketch | Dove | worksafe)
The Big Olive (art | María, Saxon, Josh | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Hazelnut and Hyacinth (art | Hazel, Hyacinth | worksafe)
This is not an effective sweater (AI sketch | Leif | worksafe)
Stripes and Blades (art | Del, Juniper, Mata, Alruna, Vine, Imri | worksafe)

Fake News
Tek and the Daily Girl! (art | Tek Jansen/girl!not!Jon | worksafe)
Draw This Again: Tek and the Daily Girl (art meme, worksafe)

Hellsing, Good Omens, religion, various
Shine Profiles – Heaven and Hell (art | Aziraphale, Crowley, Integra’s shoulder angels, Sett, Harkonnen Spirit, Helios, DEATH, Count D, Ballaberith, Lisa, Jesus | worksafe)
And Shine Heaven Now Resurrected (comic | Integra, Alucard, Seras, artist | G)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes 11 – Hard follows (comic, G)
Webcomic Woes 12 – #QueerPlanningProblems (comic, G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Nerves are running high as Patrick and his former Master are about to be reunited.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
A fusion-filled extended visit to the Steven Universe AU.

Monday Works Roundup, 3/19/18 March 19, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Miranda Glare (sketch | Miranda | worksafe)
Butterfly Tuxedo (art | Bianca, Patrick | worksafe)
Elbowed Poe (sketch | Patrick, Poe | worksafe)
Hear that? She called me a noble steed. (sketch | Josh, Saxon | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Sapphire-Pearl-Obsidian Hexafusion (art | Gem!Leif, Thorn, WiB | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Guardians of the Alternate Future Moons (art | AU Chibusas | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Repeating camo pattern (free stock, worksafe)
Webcomic Woes 9 – Visibility (comic, G)
Webcomic Woes 10 – Finding a reference pose (comic, G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
There’s a new print volume out! Also, a new page brings callbacks.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
This is the week that could’ve had guest strips, but instead you get a Character Versus Inspiration bonus roundup.

Monday Works Roundup, 3/12/18 March 12, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Here On Capitol Hill (cover art | Bennett/Cohen, Walker, Park, Blake | worksafe)
Cohen and Puppy (wallpaper | Cohen, Patrick | worksafe)
Past Character Sketches (art | Cybele, ex-Master, Mr. Oliver, Blake, Haseena, Kara Lynn | worksafe)

Madoka Magica
Haircut Homura (art | Homura, Madoka | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Senshi of the Outer Outer Solar System (art | Petz, Kooan, Esmeraude, Calaveras, Berthier | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes 8 – But I’m An Engineering Person (comic, G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Patrick gets a cuddle, while Miranda has an overseas chat.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Tragedy strikes! Rowan won’t be getting to the musical. But why?

Monday Works Roundup, 2/12/18 February 12, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Falconry Glove (art | Miranda, Poe | worksafe)
Bunny Hoodies (art | Cybele, Bennett | worksafe)
Hardware Wives Meet Cute (comic | Constance, Sharon, Sparrow | G)

Leif & Thorn(/various)
Character vs. Inspiration: Rhódon (comic | Rhódon, Madoka, Rose Quartz | G)
Sword x Plant (sketches | Leif/Thorn | NSFW-ish)

Hellsing
Super Sailors Hellsing (art | Integra, baobhan sith | worksafe)

Moana
I Know Your Name (art | Moana, Te Ka | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes 5 – Uncooperative weather (comic, G)
Purple polka dot background (free pattern, worksafe)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Baby Imri survives his first meeting with vampire Stanczia, and signs himself up for a second.