Cube Watermelon
I wanna draw a lineup of all the major players in Conan; there’s such a good design spread~!
But for now here’s just a Conan and Ran standing there. Wow so excite.
Up to Episode 89 in my episode guide. Over a tenth of the way there, hahaha.
Ran’s outfit is based on the first case Conan has as Conan (with the kidnapping and the dog), though she wears it again later in the show.

I wanna draw a lineup of all the major players in Conan; there’s such a good design spread~!

But for now here’s just a Conan and Ran standing there. Wow so excite.

Up to Episode 89 in my episode guide. Over a tenth of the way there, hahaha.

Ran’s outfit is based on the first case Conan has as Conan (with the kidnapping and the dog), though she wears it again later in the show.

These are amazing and also very important.

Art by Bura

Speedpaint of Haibara Ai (aka lotsa other names). I’ve been reading ahead in the manga while rewatching the anime, and I finally met this damn character! I knew who she was thanks to the internet, but it was still really cool to see her in action finally.

Speedpaint of Haibara Ai (aka lotsa other names). I’ve been reading ahead in the manga while rewatching the anime, and I finally met this damn character! I knew who she was thanks to the internet, but it was still really cool to see her in action finally.

Haha, starting the day with a pointless redraw thing.
Luckily old-me dated this one, so it was in 2006 and I was 16 XD

Haha, starting the day with a pointless redraw thing.

Luckily old-me dated this one, so it was in 2006 and I was 16 XD

What is sushi like in japan?

I’ve only really eaten it at little local places, but I would say it’s surprisingly similar to the stuff you get at decent American restaurants.The main difference I’ve seen is that rolls aren’t as much of a thing, though the few that I’ve seen on offer usually include a california roll! Though what that roll contains seems to vary.

So it’s mostly all about nigiri and… the kind I forget the name of, that’s kinda like a roll but it’s all rice on bottom and something else on top. Fish egg sushi is a good example of something you see like that in the US. Though they definitely have some different ones on offer here, including natto (yuck) and corn (what).

We got a new conveyer belt sushi place here that has some pretty ridiculous nigiri, including cheeseburger and roast beef. Both of which are SURPRISINGLY GOOD!?

Click here for KB page 380!

Click here for KB page 380!

It’s been a horrible day, just let me have this XD

From Episode 58: Holmes Freak Murder Case (part 2)

This case really surprised me with what they let happen, and Hattori proceeded to be my boyfriend from then on >;0

Meanwhile, I’m up to episode 63 in my rewatch. I think I’m over halfway to where I left off Back in the Day~

I got back to the first episode of Conan with my Goddamn Boyfriend and I had to doodle him.
I think I only ever got far enough to see three or four cases with him, but oh my god I’m so glad they introduced someone to interact with Kudo in the way he does (no spoilerzzz)
Also added translated episode titles to my Episode List thing by request

I got back to the first episode of Conan with my Goddamn Boyfriend and I had to doodle him.

I think I only ever got far enough to see three or four cases with him, but oh my god I’m so glad they introduced someone to interact with Kudo in the way he does (no spoilerzzz)

Also added translated episode titles to my Episode List thing by request

An Open Letter to Aaron Diaz

magnoliapearl:

Dear Aaron Diaz,

Over the past few days we’ve already exchanged some words about this. I reblogged Mary’s comic lampooning your comic (and others like it), expressing my approval of its message. I also subtweeted your work fairly obviously. We are friendly acquaintances and my behavior was inappropriate and rude. I apologized to you via email for being passive-aggressive and thoughtless, and you graciously accepted my apology. I admit: what I did was hurtful, and the wrong way to go about it. With that in mind, I want to try to address the problems I have with your work in a direct, honest, and hopefully respectful way. No passive-aggression, no rudeness, no vague-tweeting. 

Aaron, I have a real problem with the way you write and draw female characters. It is sexually objectifying and sexist.

I do not have a problem with artists writing and drawing objectified female characters. I do have a problem with characters I consider sexist, but ultimately it’s something I can ignore. There’s a place for everything, and an artist has the right to create whatever they want to create, for whatever ends they choose. What I have a problem with is that your comic is not presented as a science fiction comic with a dash of sexy thrills, but rather as a feminist narrative in support of powerful independent women. You’ve made it clear on many occasions that you don’t consider your work to be objectifying or sexist. I have a problem with cheesecake-style art being presented as something feminist, empowering, enlightened- something made “for women”, when it’s clearly made for men.

You’re allowed to make art with male gaze. But please call a spade a spade.

I think you are a nice person who does good things. I think you’re a good artist and a good writer. But I consider writing and drawing women to be one of your weaknesses, and it’s hard to imagine that you don’t know that. If you do, I haven’t heard you say so.

I know Mary’s comic stung. I’m not going to deny there was meanness there, although I saw it more as humorously exaggerated satire than a personal attack.  I understand that it sucks to see your work roasted in such a way. But the criticism it made of your work resonated with a lot of people. They can’t all be idiots, crazy people, or “SJWs”, or people with a personal grudge against you. To paraphrase a saying, “If lots of people are telling you it’s raining, get an umbrella.” Aaron, many people have this problem with your work. The problem exists. And since you seem to be very much invested in feminism and positive, non-sexualized portrayals of women in media, you need to take a long hard look at your own output. You need to get an umbrella.

I don’t think I’ve seen a single page of Dresden Codak that doesn’t feature a woman posed in a male-gazey way, with loving focus on her ass or cleavage, or wearing a sexual costume, or in some situation that puts her in a compromising position (like the most recent page in which Kimiko’s clothing is burned off of her body, which has happened at least twice in the series’ run.) I have a very hard time believing that these details are accidental. Not to mention the pinups you posted a few days ago. Instead of saying something like, “Here’s some sexy drawings of Kimiko I did” you said they were about “agency” and “celebration of the female form”. It’s hard not to see language like that as dishonest and sort of insulting.

The following images are a few examples of what I’m referring to. I tried to only find examples from the current arc in the comic, or from merchandise you currently sell. I understand that there is a larger context to these images, but the fact that you continually write situations in which these presentations of women would be contextually appropriate is part of the problem. For the sake of fairness, there is ONE female character in Dresden Codak who is not presented sexually, but to me, that doesn’t do much to make up for the rest of it, especially since she is the only female character with a speaking role in the history of the comic who is not presented this way.

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Aaron, you can do whatever you want with your own comic. However, if you really do care about female characters in media, or care to know why so many people seem to be angry with you about it, I would do one of two things. If you don’t want your comic to present its female characters in a borderline-erotic light, then stop doing that. If you don’t mind that, then by all means continue, but please just admit that you like drawing t&a and that it’s not particularly empowering, or feminist, or a celebration of personal agency. As a woman, I resent being told that men’s eye candy is actually meant to uplift me and that I should celebrate it.

I’m not trying to attack you or slander you. I’m certainly not doing this to stir up drama. I think you are a good person. And I think that you make a good comic. It’s obvious that a lot of people really love it and support it, and will continue to love and support it no matter what. There’s a lot you are doing right. But your work is not perfect, and I want to talk about it directly, honestly, and respectfully.

Thank you for listening.

-Magnolia Porter

A super good post from Magnolia! Much like Mags, I 100% think that Aaron is a talented creator, and I used to really enjoy Dresden Codak. I think it’s perfectly possible to have a good and interesting female character while also sexualizing them (though I do enjoy when we get an unsexualized one, just for variety). I still love a lot about Major Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell; but if Shirow tried to tell me he drew orgy porn pages of Kusanagi for the sake of empowering women, I would want to kick him in the dick.

A really important thing to remember is that, as a creator, your characters can ONLY choose to do things that you make them do. Every bit of agency your characters have ultimately rests on your decisions. Even if a female character enjoys being sexualized, it is only because you, the creator, decided to make them that way for a specific purpose. And if you are a guy who happens to enjoy looking at boobs and butts, then it’s going to be very hard to convince me that those two things are unrelated.

And as Magnolia pointed out, Kim did not choose to show us her underwear while changing, or to point the camera at her butt, or to have her clothes burned off multiple times. Only one person, real or fictional, made that choice.

I don’t think Aaron is by any means the worst offender of this kind of thing. He himself pointed out (through parody, I might add) some of the problems with mainstream comics’ relationship with women and justifying the things their male creators make them do.

I don’t know if or how Aaron would change anything he does, but I hope this whole situation at least has some lessons in it for other current and future creators who care about this kind of thing.

Just got past this episode once again and had to draw a lil’ something.I was seriously scared on Conan’s behalf the first time I saw it, and it explains so much about Shinichi as a person XD
Up to episode 45 on on my Episode guide~
Holy shit, this version of Episode 46 is some kind of HD rerelease or something. IT IS SO SHARP DOKI DOKI. God I wish the show still had this kind of style at this resolution. I’m gonna be so bummed when their noses start getting all nuts.

Just got past this episode once again and had to draw a lil’ something.
I was seriously scared on Conan’s behalf the first time I saw it, and it explains so much about Shinichi as a person XD

Up to episode 45 on on my Episode guide~

Holy shit, this version of Episode 46 is some kind of HD rerelease or something. IT IS SO SHARP DOKI DOKI. God I wish the show still had this kind of style at this resolution. I’m gonna be so bummed when their noses start getting all nuts.

Apparently I’ve encouraged some people to start watching Detective Conan, which is THE BEST. Seriously, I love this ol’ show so much.

But some episodes are worth watching more than others, so I’ve started making a guide (partly for myself) in order to keep track of which ones are relevant. Will be updated as I keep rewatching this glorious show about children solving horrible murders.

Wanted to mess around with this brush set by Loish a bit, so here is an Isabel from Paranatural!
Paranatural continues to be one of those comics that’s so well-executed that it’s infuriating.
Eightfold, never forget.

Wanted to mess around with this brush set by Loish a bit, so here is an Isabel from Paranatural!

Paranatural continues to be one of those comics that’s so well-executed that it’s infuriating.

Eightfold, never forget.

Guys, please don’t messages Aaron Diaz to harass him or demand a public apology.

If he has genuine feelings that he wants to express to everybody, I’m sure he’ll do it if and when he chooses to do so. Harassing him about it doesn’t improve anything.

I’d hope that we all have better things to do at this point than send rude personal messages to strangers on the internet.

EDIT: The context is This and then This

and then a bunch of deleted tweets and such

Hey, how about not being a passive-aggressive shit next time, eh?

I would think that you, who spend so much time pointing out the flaws and problematic areas in other people’s work, would be able to take one silly comic directed at your work and others like it.

Normally I wouldn’t respond to this kind of thing publicly, but I’ll make an exception since you called me a shit.

shekiko:

cubewatermelon:

I keep imagining an AU where Ran gets shrunk instead of Shinichi.
So Shinichi has to protect Ran but she insists on coming on all his cases because she wants to find those evil organization guys and also help him out. Agasa gives her some of the same gadgets so she can defend herself.
They try to hide her identity from Kogorou but he recognizes her as soon as he sees her because he’s her dad.
Please sentence me to the death known as prison.

v nice imagination haha but then where should ran live? agasa’s house? so shinran are also neighbors and it reminds me of haibara… XDDDD

Ran would live with Kogoro still. I’m imagining a scenario where they have to explain her to Megure or something and Shinichi sets up a story that she’s a daughter Kogoro didn’t know he had from cheating on his wife or something. Kogoro is very not-pleased.
Look I’ve got this shit figured out is ALL I’M SAYING

shekiko:

cubewatermelon:

I keep imagining an AU where Ran gets shrunk instead of Shinichi.

So Shinichi has to protect Ran but she insists on coming on all his cases because she wants to find those evil organization guys and also help him out. Agasa gives her some of the same gadgets so she can defend herself.

They try to hide her identity from Kogorou but he recognizes her as soon as he sees her because he’s her dad.

Please sentence me to the death known as prison.

v nice imagination haha but then where should ran live? agasa’s house? so shinran are also neighbors and it reminds me of haibara… XDDDD

Ran would live with Kogoro still. I’m imagining a scenario where they have to explain her to Megure or something and Shinichi sets up a story that she’s a daughter Kogoro didn’t know he had from cheating on his wife or something. Kogoro is very not-pleased.

Look I’ve got this shit figured out is ALL I’M SAYING