When patients were committed to the Willard Asylum for the Insane in Upstate New York, they arrived with a suitcase packed with all of the possessions they thought they needed for their time inside.
Most never left. The mental hospital had an average stay of nearly 30 years. When patients died, they were buried in nameless graves across the street of the asylum. Their suitcases, with all their worldly possessions, were locked in an attic and forgotten.
In 1995, an employee of the mental hospital discovered the suitcases, 400 of them. They date from 1910 to 1960.
Now, photographer Jon Crispin is cataloging each suitcase and opening a window into the lives - and the minds - of the people deemed too unwell to be allowed in society.Go here for more information and to sign up for notification on further development of the projecthttp://www.willardsuitcases.com/ If you wish to donate to the project go here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/265363123/willard-asylum-suitcase-documentation/posts
Oh, God love them. :(
There. Fixed it.
Image descriptions: Image #1: Black text on white background reading “CURE AUTISM” with the word autism covered over by a green label reading “ABLEISM”. Image #2: Black text on white background reading “PREVENT AUTISM” with the word autism covered over by a brown label reading “HATRED”. Image #3: Black text on white background reading “COMBAT AUTISM” with the word autism covered over by a yellow label reading “STIGMA”. Image #4: Black text on white background reading “FIGHT AUTISM” with the word autism covered over by a red label reading “IGNORANCE”.
Inspired by a recent experience I had with someone stealing my art and cropping out my URL.
Dedicated to every artist who has had their art work stolen.
Is it me or the comic was a screen being shot by a camera on purpose and for symbolism?
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.
I don’t even know what to say, I think my heart exploded. This is, I think, the best response I could ever hope for.
((Picture from the Skullgirls twitter page. Is this a real book? I need this book in my hands. Like, bad.))
Different anon: can you explain why you shouldn’t do the thing the English teacher said? I’m not disagreeing I just want to know
I am not a “person with autism.” I am an autistic person. Why does this distinction matter to me?
1) Saying “person with autism” suggests that the autism can be separated from the person. But this is not the case. I can be separated from things that are not part of me, and I am still be the same person. I am usually a “person with a purple shirt,” but I could also be a “person with a blue shirt” one day, and a “person with a yellow shirt” the next day, and I would still be the same person, because my clothing is not part of me. But autism is part of me. Autism is hard-wired into the ways my brain works. I am autistic because I cannot be separated from how my brain
2) Saying “person with autism” suggests that even if autism is part of the person, it isn’t a very important part. Characteristics that are recognized as central to a person’s identity are appropriately stated as adjectives, and may even be used as nouns to describe people: We talk about “male” and “female” people, and even about “men” and “women” and “boys” and “girls,” not about “people with maleness” and “people with femaleness.” We describe people’s cultural and religious identifications in terms such as “Russian” or “Catholic,” not as “person with Russianity” or “person with Catholicism.” We describe important aspects of people’s social roles in terms such as “parent” or “worker,” not as “person with offspring” or “person who has a job.” We describe important aspects of people’s personalities in terms such as “generous” or “outgoing,” not person first language as “person with generosity” or “person with extroversion.”Yet autism goes deeper than culture and learned belief systems. It affects how we relate to others and how we find places in society. It even affects how we relate to our own bodies. If I did not have an autistic brain, the person that I am would not exist. I am autistic because autism is an essential feature of me as a person.
3) Saying “person with autism” suggests that autism is something bad–so bad that is isn’t even consistent with being a person. Nobody objects to using adjectives to refer to characteristics of a person that are considered positive or neutral. We talk about left-handed people, not “people with left-handedness,” and about athletic or musical people, not about “people with athleticism” or “people with musicality.” We might call someone a “blue-eyed person” or a “person with blue eyes,” and nobody objects to either descriptor. It is only when someone has decided that the characteristic being referred to is negative that suddenly people want to separate it from the person. I know that autism is not a terrible thing, and that it does not make me any less a person. If other people have trouble remembering that autism doesn’t make me any less a person, then that’s their problem, not mine. Let them find a way to remind themselves that I’m a person, without trying to define an essential feature of my personhood as something bad. I am autistic because I accept and value myself the way I am.
Copyright (c) 1999 Jim Sinclair
Because of these reasons.
Random musin’s before I get back to work!
- Benny has a little crush on Emmet. He just admires him and thinks he’s such a great guy.
- Said crush and admiration stems from Benny being ignored by the other spacemen. They don’t associate with him because they think he’s weird and a little bit…
Selected sketches from the “Anna hires Kristoff” sequence in Frozen. Better know as “Reindeers Are Better than People”. This was one the first sequences to go into production. More to come in the next few weeks!
Frozen - Storyboards
My work on Big Band :)
The first one has been the most challenging assignment I had so far, as unlike other assignments for this game I had to make it from scratch and not from a rough stage. Plus Big Band is a really complex character to animate, with a lot of shapes that should not be squash or stretched (starting with his body, which is basically a metallic cylinder covered by a rain coat) But animating the rain coat is fun ;p
The grey parts are pictures of 3D models imported into the animation in order to keep some objects’ shapes unaltered for cleanup.
Can’t wait to work on Eliza and Beowulf!!
Mon travail sur Big Band :)
La première a été un sacré défi car, contrairement à mes autres tâches où il s’agit de compléter des animations au stade de croquis, il fallait ici créer l’animation à partir de rien et Big Band est un personnage très compliqué à animer, avec beaucoup d’éléments qui ne doivent pas être déformés (à commencer par son corps qui est en fait un cylindre métallique recouvert d’un imperméable) Mais animer l’imperméable est fun ;p
Les éléments en gris sont des images d’objets 3D importées dans l’animation afin de garder ces formes “intactes” dans le résultat final.
Hâte de travailler sur Eliza et Beowulf!!