When Leo didn’t win I felt a great disturbance, as if millions of tumblr users suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.
Cheers and admiration for Kate, Rian, our pals at BOOM! Studios, and the little girl who we hope will grow up to be the World’s #1 Cartoonist.
Today I witnessed something amazing. Almost in stark contrast to yesterday, today I saw tangible impact of lady-representation in comics.
At the bookstore I work at, we have a dedicated Adventure Time section. This family came in and those kids were SO EXCITED to see their favourite characters in comics. I talked them through each OGN and series compilation, explaining what they all were and in what order they should be read, and this little girl’s entire life was changed. You could see it on her face.
The moment I mentioned Kate Leth (and that, yes, she is a girl.) this little girl’s face lit up like Christmas morning. I don’t know if it just never occurred to her that girls can work in comics but the excitement and wonder that left the store in her was a privilege to see. I ended up selling them the Fionna & Cake’s, all the OGN’s, and an AT doodle book. She left begging her dad to help her learn how to draw Marceline comics. (And he was happy to comply!)
Kate Leth has left an everlasting impression on this little girl just by existing and working in the industry. I honestly hope to someday be able to see such an impact on someone from my own work. Ladies in comics is important. The representation on the page, and behind them, is important. Having a reflection of yourself in the content you enjoy is important. I hope that little girl grows up to be a famous comic author someday.
It was a very good day.
(Alright, you go Rian!!!)
These are some drawings I did for the Live! course I’m a part of; it was supposed to describe how I define art and how I feel others around me define it. However, I feel like it’s relevant to my opinions on how the Oscars always treat the animation category like garbage.
Animation is not only a medium of film- it is an art. It is something hundreds of people dedicate years of their lives to making something beautiful for everyone to enjoy. It is something I’ve dedicated my life to. So when it is glossed over and written off as something that only kids can like, it physically pains me.
Rant time over, sorry.
Oscar nominees Best Animated Feature 2014
Earlier today this article was brought to my attention, in which it becomes clear that some of the Academy voters have little to no respect for the animation industry. They openly admit not having watched the nominated films and/or claiming that animated films are for kids, so they didn’t vote. Even the ones shown in the article that did vote barely motivated their choice.
I find this extremely disrespectful of the animators who poured their heart and soul into making these movies, only to have their work be pushed aside without a second glance by the judges of one of the most prominent and well known film awards out there. As an aspiring animator, I am deeply insulted.
Please note that in this post I am expressing no opinion on whether Frozen should have won or not. I think it’s a wonderful film, just as all the other nominees. I am simply saying that we deserve better.
What they did is disrespectful to the creators of every single one of these films, even Frozen. By barely motivating their choice, they make it look like they voted for Frozen simply because of Disney’s status in the industry. Because it’s Disney, and it made a lot of money, so it had to be at least somewhat good. To me it seems like some of the voters just defaulted to voting for the Disney film, and nobody likes to win by default.
Don’t get me wrong, I too have been guilty of loving Disney simply because it’s Disney, but there is so much more beautiful animation out there and it deserves to be taken into consideration. And if Frozen won, it should have won because the majority of the voters thought it was the best film, not because part of the voters was too lazy to even watch the nominated films.
I’m always in pain around the Oscars because I know this sort of thing is coming- it’s downright insulting how this medium is treated.
Here’s the compilation post! Thanks so much to everyone who helped support and encourage this project! I hope to make lots more cool comics!
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Why is this getting note again. Who did the thing. :|
Because it’s bootiful.
This is something I’m participating in; an online forum/course where artists can discuss art history and how it relates to modern art and media! I think it’s going to be pretty cool place to meet people, so I can’t wait to get started! Here are my first two posts if you want a quick read about me.
My name is Ariel V-H, and I'm a storyboarder who lives in L.A. I also do comics and illustrations!
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