I really loved your little white lies comic, when I found it I was going through a pretty tough time emotionally and it really helped me through. Have you archived it somewhere or was it just personal enough that its gone now.
Sorry, neither. I was going to redo it for Slipshine so I took it offline, but that failed miserably like everything else I was doing at the time.
From the title, you might be thinking that this is a post from someone who has never liked Star Wars, and is just looking to grumble about something. But no, as a child who grew up with Star Wars as a major interest in his life, I can tell you that I’m writing this with a…
Because girls never exclude other girls or never exclude guys by claiming "safe space," right? Jesus christ, I get that you have a daughter and you're looking out for her, but that doesn't mean that women have it any worse than guys now that you're focusing on one. Wake the fuck up. What sex drops out of school at great rates? What sex has the highest poverty and suicide rate? What sex is less likely to get into college? Men. So stop being a mouthbreathing white knight.
I love when righteous indignation hides behind anonymity. You poor, poor boy. You are beyond wrong, and that you cannot see why, that you cannot see how the made-up data you cite itself is part of the problem, is part of the bias, only makes me pity you.
You’re a coward.
You’re exactly the problem I’m describing.
And you have no leg to stand on. I am tired of you, I am tired of your type.
Good luck with what I am sure will be a long and miserable life.
Let’s take it a step further. For every hour a white man works, a black woman has to work 86 minutes to earn as much money. 57.6 hours a week compared to the white man’s 40.
Take it another step further. Assuming a Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 job, from Thursday 12:45pm through Friday end of business, a white man gets paid for his work, a black woman is, by comparison, working for free.
It just clicked that you made Sexy Losers and Depression Comix... I knew the styles were similar but I kinda got slow. I've been a fan of your art and humor for the longest and still every now and then hop to the old site. And now I'm loving your stuff all over again with DC cause it hits me to the bone... I just wanted to say thanks for the laughs of the past and the tears/understanding of my present. Well, I should say our present... It's helped make it easier for my friends and fam understand
I try to draw the two a little differently — for example, DC is completely analogue, I try to sidestep the anime influences and I haven’t used the word FAP once yet. If you look at the first fifty strips or so, you can see I was really trying to make the comic look different, but recently my old style slips in occasionally. Thank you for the kind words and I wish you well.
I've been following your work for over a decade and I think you're pretty great. I will be in Tokyo for a few days around Christmastime and I suspect that the things you think are rad will be things I think are rad. Any suggestions?
As a long-term resident I’ve kind of lost interest in the wacky fun touristy things a long while back. All I can suggest is try as much of the local food as you can, there’s a reason why there’s a Michelin guide in Tokyo, the food is absolutely incredible. North Americans may find it bland, however.
Take, for example, Mike Lee and Will Evans, students from the U.S. and Canada, respectively, who applied to be English teachers through the New Development School, a teacher-placement agency in Beijing. Being fluent speakers of English, both believed they would make competitive candidates.
What they didn’t know is that recruiters would not be evaluating them just on their English fluency or academic credentials. Instead, they were judged primarily on physical appearance.
Yeah.. my brother was politely asked to leave his first English teaching job in Shanghai because the kids’ parents’ didn’t want a Black guy teaching their kids English.
Fly 20 hrs across the world.. no white people around.. and you still gotta deal with whiteness. I just find it so discouraging.
It’s a good thing Japan and Korea are different.
Hahaha, no, they aren’t
(Extra employability points if you have blue eyes and blonde hair)
I was wondering what became of sexylosers. I'm so glad you're on tumblr and still being awesome. Your new material is definitely more mature, but I like both!
I think the old sexy losers strips are still online on the old site. This blog is closed by the way, I post on tumblrs depressioncomix and claycomix now. There’s a post below this one explaining the particulars. Cheers!
What led you to decide to produce new comics on Tumblr in lieu of the old web site, and do you think these Tumblr comics might eventually be added to SexyLosers?
That’s a complicated question, but I’m on a train and I have time.
I had stopped drawing for a while when in 2010 I was approached by someone who wanted to buy some old Sexy Losers artwork. I hadn’t thought that anyone would be interested in this, I didn’t think the raw art had value. But money is money so I tried to formulate a plan: rescan all my old work and sell it online. But wouldn’t it be nice to also have some new stuff to sell too, I thought, so, I decided to create a new comic.
However, doing strips the old way as I did with Sexy Losers wasn’t going to be easy. I drew much bigger, used pen and ink, spent about five to eight hours in Photoshop to color them, and because of all the computer manipulation the original raw art did not really look like the finished comic (the panels were drawn out of order, there were no word balloons, etc.). I really wanted to sell something that at least looked like a comic, so I decided that the new comic had to be done entirely by hand, even the coloring. However, these new strips would not look like Sexy Losers strips. It was a serious downgrade: no color, no computer lettering, no pen and ink. It had to become a different comic.
Now the problem with creating a website nowadays is that with social portals, it’s difficult to get people to come to your site anymore. Before, people had to find the content but now the content comes to you, usually through sharing. I knew the new comic had to be sharable. The current software that produces the Sexy Losers site is not sharable, and a lot of work would need to be done to make it sharable. It would just be convenient to start posting on a network where sharing was easy, and I could also start networking myself. After all, if I was going to sell this work, it was important that people would see it instead of waiting to be rediscovered at sexylosers.com.
So that’s why Tumblr and not the old site. Nowadays, if I could do it again I would just scrap the Sexy Losers site, install WordPress there with all the sharing options and do it that way like I now do with depression comix. In fact, I may just do that anyways at some point (although the idea of reposting 230 some comics scares the shit out of me).
Now getting to your second question. here’s the problem: the current Sexy Losers site was designed in a way where sequential numbering of the comics happened in a very predictable way. the code could not handle there being a Sexy Losers #1 and a thin H line #1 in the same stream of comics. I actually tried this, and a number of scripts went “wtf”. I would need to do a lot of patching, and, well, I don’t have the patience for that.
I could just rename the strips to follow Sexy Losers numbering, this would make it easy. But it would make a very jarring experience.
If I did scrap the old site and switch to WordPress, that would make it easy to add the new strips there, keep the numbering and the thin H line title. It would be quite an undertaking to repost all the strips, but it may be something to consider, especially if people would like to be able to share the old Sexy Losers strips.
I'll be sad to see your comics disappearing from my dash. I admit I was a huge fan of Sexy Losers, and thought it immensely amusing/appropriately irreverent. I shall endeavour to keep up with your artistic efforts. Please know that they're not in vain; lots of people really enjoy them.
They can still be on your dash, just follow claycomix.tumblr.com. what you don’t see is me arguing about social justice issues anymore, which is a good thing.
I was a little short in that last post, and I think I owe you a better explanation.
tumblr’s “glitches” are just one reason. although tags like #nsfw and #depression have been wonky lately. a glitch or “we’ll change it and see if anyone notices and if they do we’ll say it was a glitch”? in any case, tumblr is heading somewhere and I don’t trust tumblr/Yahoo to have my best interests… they don’t have to, they’re a business. so I want to ease off tumblr being my main platform, you know, just in case. I did this for depression comix last month, and now I want to do it for myself. I prepared for this at the same time I created the depression comix site.
now I want to rid myself of this blog. the primary reason is that it is a failure. it was supposed to be a continuation of the Sexy Losers strip, to bring it back to the way it was in its early days, totally hand drawn and done in a social setting. I wanted to get in contact with old friends and fix things and begin again. except it didn’t work like that. very few of my old friends were interested, or so far removed that they were beyond my reach.
here’s an example. I’ve been following many of my old artist pals on tumblr and Twitter. with the exception of Eisu, Ghastly, and Josh Lesnick (bless their hearts), it’s been difficult to get any one else to follow me back. recently I responded to another artist from the old days on Twitter. he replied, “oh, I didn’t recognize you” and that was it, he didn’t bother to follow me back.
after over two years of this, it is painfully obvious that I can’t go back. many doors became closed to me while I disappeared to deal with my depression. when I came back, the gaps I left were already filled.
so what this means to me is that I have to stop looking to the past. the blog’s name, “thinhline” is an example of that, of me looking at earlier days through rose colored glasses, lying to myself that things could return to the way they were. they won’t.
instead, this blog became my place for angry, negative ranting with occasional nostalgia. I’ve become severely argumentative in a way that’s embarrassing. many of my old friends will never follow it - why would they? it’s an angry old man who isn’t drawing the comic he’s known for. he’s just… angry.
so Fuck That. I’m closing this blog and closing a chapter in my past. I want to look forward, and recapture the love of drawing that pushed me in the first place. although I’ll always be the guy who did sexy losers, I won’t let that define me. I want to be Clay, not simply “the fap guy”.
so I’m starting over, acknowledging what I’ve done but keeping an eye on the future. I’ve started my own blog, which is dedicated only to what I draw. there’s no political rants. no heavily nostalgic posts (though there will be old art). just what I draw and what it says for me. if I have something to say politically, it will be in the form of a comic.
if you want to follow it, it’s at www.claycomix.com. like depcom, it gets reposted on tumblr at claycomix.tumblr.com .
to those who’ve followed this blog, thank you. I’m glad I joined and now it’s time for me to reset and look forward once again, for the first time in a long, long time.
EDIT: Someone asked in the comments how they could contact me. There are lots of ways. The asks are still open, you can gmail me at claycomix or depressioncomix, and both claycomix and depressioncomix sites have contact forms. There’s also twitter (@claycomix, @depressioncomix), facebook (depressioncomix), Google+ (+depression comix). Lots of ways to contact me!
This will be the final post on this blog. I will still continue depression comix, but with the recent changes to tumblr regarding nsfw blogs and … well, to be honest, I find myself more and more commenting on things that I really shouldn’t. This blog has just become negative ranting about things that are happening far away and do not affect me in my daily life here in Japan.
Thank you for following and reading this blog. I’m glad I joined, without it I wouldn’t have started depcom. But this particular blog… well, it’s become pointless. And I won’t subject you to anything pointless.
Making a list of some of the more interesting reactions I have had to the sentence “Heterophobia is very real and hurts over 7 feelings every year”
Being a dick hurts everyones feelings and will get you knocked the fuck out you smart ass little son of a shit
Some people just don’t want to admit that heterophobia, reverse-racism, and misandry are laughably trivial compared to the heavily institutionalized (and occasionally lethal) problems of homophobia, racism, and misogyny.
Huh? What are you talking about? Who brought up feminist rhetoric in a post that’s about heterophobia? (hint: you) And if I’m wrong, what am I wrong about and how am I wrong?
there is no reverse-racism
it just doesn’t exist
racism doesn’t have “reverse”, ever
everything else in your dialogue is oppression Olympics :<
Reverse-racism, according to Wikipedia ( http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reverse_racism ) is “discrimination against the dominant racial group in a society.” That is how reverse-racism is defined. So to say there’s no such thing probably indicates that you didn’t know what the term was referring to.
I don’t understand what you were trying to say in the last sentence. If you want to use metaphors in your writing, it is best to use clay ones.
will “who will build the tallest clay tower Olympics” do?
I don’t know why “clay” came out of my Swype when I entered “clear”. Perhaps Swype is attempting to communicate with me again.