In Defence of Greg in Over The Garden Wall

Over_the_Garden_Wall_posterJust a little heads up, what comes next are spoilers so watch the series if you can. There’s only 10 episodes, 12 minutes each, beautifully illustrated, and a very wonderful story to suit.

So the premise of the series is about two brothers, Wirt and Gregory, who got lost and must find their way back home, and along the way they run into various weird creatures and surreal situations. The whole series is laden deep with metaphors on death and purgatory, possible references to Soren Kierkegaard about faith and fear, and complementary but conflicting characteristics of the two brothers regarding optimism and cynicism. These are all really good reads and I highly encourage everyone to look them up too, after you watch the series of course. But that’s not what I’m writing this about though. I’m here to talk about the younger brother Greg and the audiences feelings about him.

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The Dead Mother Cliche: A Counter Argument

Photo by Andrew Evans

A few days ago, the Cartoon Brew made a post about one of the cliches of animation, the dead mother cliche to be exact, which brought me over to the original article by the Atlantic. To summarise, they made the observation that a large amount of children’s movies started off, or somewhere in the middle, killed off the mother of the protagonist (or a significant character who is also a mother). I do agree with this. There has been quite a lot of movies over the last few decades or even longer with the same plot point and I’m sure it has not gone unnoticed by many others too. But both of them in the end closed with the acknowledgement that it was an intentional decision with the intent of portraying mothers as less or no importance while glorifying fathers, and it is this statement which I have to strongly disagree with. It is true that writers could handle this better, but I’m here to argue that the mothers are just as important if not more than the fathers. And that is why they chose to kill them off.

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Titan Panther

Quick and dirty making of Titan Panther

Advantage – Jump core and a strong melee attack
Disadvantage – Unable to wield any primary weapons

So I played Titanfall with a couple of friends (fellow pilot over here)
and I can say it’s a good solid game. The controls are tight and considering how much emphasis there is on the maneuverability of the pilots, there’s rarely an instance where the controls didn’t do what I want it to. The titans themselves are a pretty interesting concept too but I was curious to a 4th titan that would shake up the dynamic a bit.

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Thoughts On Artcorgi

http://artcorgi.com/

So I read about this cute commissioning site a couple of days ago (http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/14/artcorgi-launch/) but have only just now took a look at it. It’s basically a place where people can “shop for an art style” as in you browse through a bunch of artists works and you can choose the style that you like and commission them. It’s a nice familiar concept, they hold on to the commission money until everything’s done so the commissioners know they’ll get the work and the artists know they’ll get paid.

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Commissions Are Now Open !

I’ve just finished dusting the last plastic potted plant, and with that I think I’ve gotten most of the chores settled. So gonna be opening commissions ~

http://commissions.necktiedog.com/

I’m pretty excited about this ! I’ve actually unofficially opened it last year but this year there seems to be a renewed interest ! I hope to draw many pictures for you all and get to know everyone too in the process :3

Fix for initial stroke delays with Windows 8 and Wacom tablets

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I recently plugged in my tablet on my windows box and noticed a weird quirk with the pen strokes when trying to draw sketches or produce illustrations with it. (Now this has been an old problem but never addressed in any official update or fix so just in case you’re still having troubles this could potentially help) So here’s the situation:
When click and dragging, there is a very noticeable delay at the start of the click.
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