Second assignment for Comix, to make an 8-page short story loosely based upon an autobiographical event.
Art Blog reblab~
Second assignment for Comix, to make an 8-page short story loosely based upon an autobiographical event.
Art Blog reblab~
First completed assignment for my class ‘Comix’ with Paul Karasik. This was a sort of introductory assignment, just to create a “how to-” instructional comic that had a sense of narrative to it.
It was a good warmup. I cannot begin to say how wonderful it feels to be making comics again, and I really love the process in this class, which focuses heavily on revising at every step to improve it.
Also nothing is as fun to draw as an angry black cat. Except maybe a dragon.
Reblog from the art blog! Been putting a lot of effort this semester into getting visual panel flow to be really purposeful. Composition composition composition!
Second assignment for character design- draw characters embodying traits you find most appealing and most unappealing in OTHER people!
Top one, I feel really good about, most of the class guessed the trait correctly on the first try. Second one, eeeh didn’t hit the mark. I’m fond of his aesthetic and color scheme, though!
Reblog from my artblog
Assignment to design an unappealing character using a warm color palette, plus a redesign of said character after crit. This guy is a bit close to my heart, because it puts into visuals a concept that I’ve wanted to draw for a long time. I may go back and continue improving him as I learn more!
Friendly reminder that I’m posting most of my art over on my artblog Thestudyofmonsters now! I’ve been putting a lot of stuff up recently from over the last semesters. Check it out!
It simply isn’t an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.
Hello, everyone! Here’s a special announcement! In celebration of the upcoming sequel, and out of love of the original game, I’m putting together a Dark Souls Fanzine!
It’s called “Praise the Sun!” and it’s gonna be the most wicked zine this side of Lordran. Those images up there are spoiler-free previews from my own comic submission.
The zine will feature comics and illustrations in grayscale, with art done by myself and other sweet artists.
So far I’m planning on making a print run of it for SPX in September, but depending on how much demand there is for it, I could see about putting it up on Gumroad, or one of those digital distribution sites. Or if people REALLY want it, and printed as intended, maybe an Etsy? I dunno though, guys, how bad do you want this thing?
In the meantime, while I’m waiting on work from other artists, I’m planning on liveblogging my experiences with Dark Souls 2, over at my exclusively Dark Souls related blog, YourWingsWillBurn, where I will be making text posts and probably drawing things as I go through my journey.
But yeah! That’s all from me for now, stay tuned for more news, probably gonna post the cover soon, and there is a possibility of opening the zine up to a few submission to other artists here on Tumblr!
This is a really cool thing done by my awesome bro Cho, with help from some awesome people, and you should definitely tell her if you want to check it out. Or come see us at SPX! EITHER OR!
WARNING ABOUT A REALLY NASTY NEW VIRUS.
Meet CryptoLocker. It’s your worst nightmare. A lot of antivirus software, including the big names, cannot yet detect or stop it. If your computer gets it, CryptoLocker takes all your files hostage by encrypting them and giving you a certain amount of time to send a certain amount of money to the man behind the virus.
The encryption is very tidy, and so far seems uncrackable (well, crackable, but it might take a couple centuries). If you tamper with the virus itself, it will pretty much self-destruct and take everything with it. And the way the money is transferred, the dick programmer behind it all for the moment is pretty much uncatchable.
YOU CANNOT GET RID OF THIS VIRUS WITHOUT COMPLETELY WIPING YOUR COMPUTER. YOUR ONLY CHANCE IS PREVENTION AND PREPARATION.
Back up your computer to something like an external hard-drive, or even an internal hard-drive that you just take out and stuff away somewhere for safe keeping. Make sure your antivirus is up to date, avoid skeevy sites, and don’t open random emails. DO NOT download email attachments unless you know exactly what it is, because that seems to be how this is primarily being transmitted.
You can learn more about it here.
We’ve actually run into this at work. It’s extremely aggressive and a major fucking pain to get rid of. One of our guys got infected with it and even paid the company whatever fee they charge to decrypt the files, and due to “an error processing the first payment”, ended up double-charging him (no refunds, of course) and is virtually untrackable.
Literally fuck this guy with a cactus. Like, if you see him, offer to introduce him to your little cactus friend in a quite personal and intimate manner. This shit is FUCKING INEXCUSABLE.
Also, bulk up on your virus protection, limit your porn and illegal cartoon-watching and torrents to safe sites, DO NOT OPEN EMAIL ATTACHMENTS UNLESS YOU’RE EXPECTING THEM, and just be careful in general, cause this one is one of the nastiest viruses around.
I wouldn’t reblog a virus alert unless I was dead serious about how bad it is.
I got an e-mail from my dad about this.
I almost got this virus the other day. Lucky my computer blocked me from going to the site. My dad (who does computer-y things for a living) told me how serious and bad this virus is. Everything the person above said is true but once you paid the man they used the money you transferred and the info from your files to steal your identity.
To add onto this, while paying seems to be the only way to restore files, I seriously discourage anyone to pay up the huge fine. There is nothing that guarantees they will really give you a working key (some said it works, but others have also said the key failed to decrypt their files) and even if they did, what stops them from re-infecting you again or further blackmailing you in the future? The fact that they can steal your identity is also something that will seriously bite you in the ass. And besides, by paying them, you are proving that their ‘business’ is successful and will only encourage them to continue developing the virus, and your money may be going into funding other kinds of crime and even terrorism.
If you are already infected, System Restore and Shadow Explorer might work although I’ve heard new editions of the virus try to delete shadow copies, and even if they don’t, it’s no guarantee that they can restore all your files.
Prevention is the best bet, and should take form of a backup that is not connected to your PC. Get yourself an external HDD big enough to copy your entire computer - they may be a bit pricey but paying £40 for a guaranteed, multipurpose and safe backup is far more desirable than either paying £300+ in ransom or losing your files forever. If you don’t need something that big, USB sticks containing your most important files is another form of backup. Even using something as oldschool as CDs to burn your data onto will work.
According to what I’ve read, antiviruses that can immediately detect and intercept the virus are MBAM Pro and Avast Free (or pro). Sophos Pro also seems to be able to do this. However, for the purposes of keeping costs down I am using Avast Free and I have switched on its real time protection.
As another barrier of prevention, there are also free programs like Cryptoprevent and Cryptoguard which should lower your chances of infection. I’ve installed both and can say for myself that they are safe. I don’t know how effective they are defending against the virus since I’ve fortunately not come across it, but it sounds better than nothing at all.
I had an assignment way back when to create a “Nonsense Creature” made of combined organic and inorganic elements. These guys are the ones that didn’t make the cut, but whom I am still rather fond of! My favorite is definitely the Roving Banquet up top. He’s a friendly ambush predator!
… Who is not actually very friendly at all. But he IS quite pleased to see you!
(the doodle of stacked stone towers are, obviously, not nonsense creatures. But I like them and they were on the page, so there you go.)
Net neutrality is dead.
At least that’s the verdict of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which today struck down a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order from 2010 that forced Internet service providers (ISPs) like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Time Warner Cable to abide by the principles of network neutrality. These principles broadly stipulate that ISP network management must be transparent, and that ISPs can’t engage in practices that block, stifle or discriminate against (lawful) websites or traffic types on the Internet.
That’s the bare bones story, wrapped in ugly acronyms (FCC, ISP, etc.). But why should you care that network neutrality (“net neutrality”) may be gone for good?
1. No more net neutrality means ISPs can now discriminate against content they dislike.
Everyone gets their Internet from an Internet service provider — an ISP like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast or Time Warner Cable. Under net neutrality rules, these ISPs have to treat all content you access over the Internet “roughly the same way" — they can’t speed up traffic from websites they like or delay competitor’s traffic.
Now, with net neutrality gone, ISPs can discriminate, favoring their business partners while delaying or blocking websites they don’t like. Think your cable CEO hates free online porn? Now you’ll know for sure!
2. No more net neutrality means ISPs can now force websites to PAY for faster content delivery.
You know how some sites you go to just load slower than others? Usually, that’s just because the slower site is image heavy, poorly coded, or dealing with intense server load. But with net neutrality gone, ISPs can now start charging hefty fees to websites that want quick content delivery — shifting the long load times to poorer sites that can’t pay up.
3. Destroying net neutrality is bad for small businesses.
Put together items one and two and it becomes clear — negating net neutrality is bad for small businesses. If ISPs force website owners pay for faster load times, tiny retailers and personal websites will be the ones to suffer from slower content delivery.
Alternately — or additionally — ISPs will have no reason not to favor partner sites: Time Warner Cable, for instance, might favor the website of CNN (owned by the Time Warner Corporation) over the websites of competing cable news networks MSNBC and Fox News. Still, it’s the indies again that will lose out here. While Time Warner Cable might favor CNN and Comcast MSNBC, independent news networks almost certainly won’t get special treatment from any ISPs. Expand this out to music sites, web publishing, etc., and you begin to see the problem.
In extreme cases, ISPs may hinder or block content that isn’t produced by partners —much like AT&T did when it owned the telephone networks back in the day.
4. Without net neutrality, entire types of online traffic (like Netflix) may be in jeopardy.
Netflix watchers and BitTorrent users might want to beware — soon your beloved services may not work like they used to. Now that net neutrality’s down for the count, ISPs can discriminate against entire types of traffic: For instance, an ISP could slow or block all peer-to-peer file sharing, or all online video streaming.
From an ISP’s perspective, discriminating against some traffic types makes business sense: Many ISPs are also cable television providers, which means the “cord-cutting" enabled by peer-to-peer and streaming online video isn’t good for their bottom line.
5. Without net neutrality, your ISPs can make even more money without actually improving the Internet.
Right now, America’s broadband is slow. It’s slow because ISPs can already make gobs of money by charging the rich a ton for high-quality Internet while leaving the rest of America with subpar (or no) service.
Now, with net neutrality gone, ISPs will be able to make even more money off their existing customer base. They won’t need to improve service or bring broadband to rural areas because they’ll be able to keep growing (financially, at least) by charging content providers more for faster delivery and charging customers more for faster access. In all likelihood, Tuesday’s ruling means the problems with America’s Internet will be magnified.
This FINALLY shows up on my dashboard and it only has 300 notes.
Here’s a petition on Whitehouse.gov that needs 88,000+ by the middle of February:
SIGNAL BOOST THE FUCK OUT OF THIS SHIT AND LET THEM KNOW THAT WE AIN’T HAVIN’ IT!
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A US CITIZEN TO SIGN THIS.
Why should someone outside the US care? What passes in one industrialised nation gives companies and politicians more leverage to pass similar laws in their own.
Having this sort of discrimination in the hands of companies has political consequences in addition to the ones mentioned above. Think of the influence these ISPs would have if allowed to keep these powers? Any ISP with a political bias, or influenced by a political party, would have the power to direct access to information on the internet at their will.