Indistinguishable From Magic Avatar

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I see you responding to a lot of positive feedback about those pinups you made, and I was curious what sorts of negative feedback you got on them? I thought that a lot of feminists might be frustrated with it, as you've been very outspoken in the past about the objectification of women.

Asked by Anonymous

I haven’t really gotten anything negative like that, probably because erotic art isn’t inherently about objectification. Really, only bad or lazy erotic art sexualizes in that way. I talked about this with someone in an earlier ask, but I’ll quote my response here too: 

…I think part of what might keep something like this from being creepy or sexualized (as opposed to just being sexy) is that there’s no voyeurism or reducing the figure to only body parts (ie: objectification). 

Good pinups, or at least the ones that appeal to me, have the subject in charge of their own sexuality as a whole person, rather than being subjected to the viewer’s gaze, if that makes sense. I don’t know if there’s a hard line between “good” and “problematic” art like this, but there are likely some rules of thumb that are based around not dehumanizing characters…

…I think we tend to lump all sexual content together, when that’s sort of a terrible idea that we don’t really apply to anything else. It’s especially troubling because treating it all the same, or more specifically dismissing it all, ultimately has its roots in misogyny.

This is partly why there’s such a thing as sex-positive feminism. Essentially, with regards to erotic art, it comes down to whether you’re reducing a person to pieces or dehumanizing them in some other way.

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It came up a lot in Hob, but how does the Singularity factor into Dark Science? Has it been halted?

Asked by Anonymous

I might get some heat for this, but I actually kind of regret using the term “singularity” in Hob. Not that I’ve lost interest in the subject or anything, but I don’t think the current real-life terminology (transhuman, h+, etc.) is appropriate for my comic. They have specific connotations and I prefer to leave things open to the imagination.

It’s partly why even cyborgs in Nephilopolis are called “mezzodes.” When you have your own terminology, you get get a little more freedom with their meaning and implications within your story. I’m not writing speculative fiction, after all. Everything from robots to cyborgs to giant floating cities are there for thematic purposes.

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Would you mind telling me what the dark scientists are? I saw your designs and my interest was peaked. Havent read your comics yet but im a big fan of your Silmarillion work.

Asked by jarronm

They feature heavily into my ongoing story Dark Science (which starts here). All that’s currently known is that they use a mysterious alternative to the scientific method called the “dark scientific method.” There seem to be seven main scientists, and they cause a lot of trouble for the main character, Kim.

Essentially, they appear to have access to scientific knowledge that seems to break the known laws of physics, almost coming off as wizards. The details as to what the dark scientific method is (or what the Dark Scientists ultimately want) are currently the big questions in the story.

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How do the cyborgs with head replacements work, then? Does camera-man for example actually have a human brain jammed in somewhere behind the lens, or is he an upload wearing a body?

Asked by Anonymous

Yep just a brain crammed in there. The same goes for those gigantic cops with the flashing lights for heads. They still have totally human brains and bodies, it’s a direct analog connection.

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How deeply are Kim's prosthesis integrated with her nervous system? Judging from her capabilities, I'm imagining full-duplex connections complete with tactile sensation and proprioceptive feedback. The technopathy leads me to expect circuitry projecting into her brain, possibly from the eye socket or upper spine, and some kind of user interface in her mind's eye. I'm just a little curious about your thought process. Thank you for your time.

Asked by Anonymous

It’s fully integrated into her nervous system. I haven’t gotten into the details in the comic, but her spinal cord is mostly synthetic, with circuitry directly connecting to her brain. It goes so far as to actually have a small active CPU that her brain communicates with, similar to the “cyberbrains” seen in Ghost in the Shell and other cyberpunk settings.

Kim’s technopathy is actually what sets her apart from the cyborgs of Nephilopolis, which operate more on a basic body part/head replacement system. She’s not just controlling her body parts with her mind, her mind can translate machine language. It’s a level of technology that is (at least so far) unique to Kim.

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Throwback Thursday: 2004 character designs for a graphic novel idea I had before starting Dresden Codak. DC was actually a way to “get better at comics” so I could eventually start this project, but eventually I lost interest for various reasons. Some of the ideas were integrated into Hob and Dark Science.

Throwback Thursday: 2004 character designs for a graphic novel idea I had before starting Dresden Codak. DC was actually a way to “get better at comics” so I could eventually start this project, but eventually I lost interest for various reasons. Some of the ideas were integrated into Hob and Dark Science.

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Finalized Dark Scientist designs vs. an earlier draft of them. Some didn’t change all that much, but some were totally remade. (Leviathan is the guy in the fox mask)

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Absolutely loved the latest pinup set, and was a big fan of the posters that came with the Kickstarter. Have you thought of releasing a set of pinup posters?

Asked by Anonymous

I don’t know, probably not? It was a cool exercise, but I’m not sure if it’s a type of art that I’m interested in selling. It doesn’t really mesh with the other things I produce as merchandise.

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Holy crap, the pinups are amazing and as a disabled person I was so happy to see them. I'm not an amputee, but it still reminded me that my body is not 'incomplete'. Thank you.

Asked by Anonymous

Thanks very much! It’s not my place to speak for other people, but the treatment and perception of those who are differently abled is something that needs more attention in fiction. The conversation in pop culture is currently too primitive.