Hello, I had been a fan of yours years ago and stopped reading Happle Tea and following after your PA rant (which was the straw that broke the camel's back in terms of things that annoyed me when it came to your views). On a whim I found you again and I realized that I never messaged you about Strip Search after it premiered/ended. I know that your initial thoughts were negative about the show when the idea was first proposed, but did you ever check it out? (Though I understand if you didn't)
Apologies for annoying you away from the site! I have to say, I find it a little funny that of all the things I’ve said and done, the Strip Search blog post on my tumblr was the one that went over the line for someone. I joke around about a quite a few sensitive topics so I get that maybe that’s a little too much for some folks. Hope I didn’t offend too much!
Anyway, I never did watch the end of Strip Search but I did give it a few episodes just to be open-minded and fair. I can’t say I was surprised by the content or the format in any way. I’m not really angry about it nor was I to begin with, I just found the whole concept pretty silly. I stand by my distaste for all things “reality” television. These game show things are goofy at best and portray a distorted version of reality at worst. I don’t necessarily think there’s anything wrong with enjoying them but I personally have never found them particularly valuable. Strip Search was, from what I could see, very much like every other “reality” game show I’ve ever turned my attention to. It was maybe a little more heartfelt and a little more honest but not enough to warrant any endorsement or continued concern from me. What I said before still stands for the most part, though I’ve mellowed out a bit on the topic.
The thing that sucks is that these guys have an opportunity to actually do something pretty cool. Their “around the office” series on PATv, wherein a documentary crew filmed their work at the offices was actually pretty interesting. The documentary format is a powerful lens they could have easily turned on the webcomics “industry” or webcomic artists individually if they’d wanted to create something insightful and honest, and that is almost certainly something I’d have watched. It’s not that the people creating the show or the people on the show are shitheads that don’t deserve any attention at all, it’s that the format they use is disingenuous by nature, they’ve all got a formula to follow and that’s sort of boring and false to me.
Take those same people, take the PA guys and do something a little bit more intimate where they explore the life of a struggling (or successful) webcomic artist and you’ve got the makings of a show I’d actually like to watch and one that I think would be more honest and valuable to people interested in the subject. But hey, that’s me. Everyone’s got different tastes, I get that.
I’ve probably annoyed a bunch of other people now :P
ADDENDUM: I’d like to add that I appreciate the fact that even when people disagree with me or dislike what I’m saying they still respond with a respectful tone. That’s really cool, you don’t really see that much on the internet.
Some doodles from the month of May, playing around with sketching in SAI instead of Photoshop. It doesn’t lag or have any of the weird issues I sometimes get in Photoshop, which is nice. I like this sketchy pencil brush a lot too!
Yeaaaahhh I’m still drawin’! I made a kinda-pencil brush in Paint Tool SAI and started sketching yesterday and I’m pretty happy with the results. Pushing myself with poses and angles and such to get the drawing-juices flowing.
So I have this idea…
With all the changes I’ve been dealing with lately and with my health improving swiftly, I’ve decided not to sit and wait around for my eventual goals to just happen. I’d like to share my thoughts with followers and get your opinions on them since they’ll have to involve some of you if they’re ever going to happen.
Those of you that read Happle Tea know that I am deeply interested in folklore, mythology, and spirituality. Most of my knowledge comes from books, I buy and read a ton of books and scour the internet for information pertaining to particular topics so that I can entertain and, simultaneously, educate people about the rich history of human spirituality and imagination. Along with continuing to do the comic, my goal (for some time now) has been to travel directly to places and speak with people that know stories firsthand or with experts that are much better versed in the topics than myself and then to share those journeys, stories, and conversations with other people to make them accessible and interesting.
I always envisioned this happening with travels across Europe or Africa or Asia but I’m extremely poor thanks to the conditions I’ve been living under for the last 8 years, but I realized there’s a lot of folklore and interesting spiritual traditions here in my own country and in my own state. I’ve begun working on finding some people to visit with and speak to about these topics and I have some thoughts on how I might bring them to you, should you be interested.
My question to everyone is: Would something like this appeal to you? Would you enjoy something like a podcast wherein I interview and converse with experts, folklorists, or spiritual leaders from regional or lesser known traditions about their stories and histories? I may also try to work comic stuff into this somewhere!
I’m planning to do some of this regardless of other peoples’ interest and I will definitely post whatever I manage to put together either way.
Keep in mind this is (hopefully!) going to be alongside continuing Happle Tea and other comic projects that I’m currently working on!
Drop me a note, <3 this post, tweet me, send me an email, or leave a comment on the Happle Tea facebook page if this is something you’d like to see happen and especially do so if you think you’d support something like this financially!
I’ve received some very lovely emails, tweets, and Tumblr messages from folks wondering what I’ve been up to and what has been going on with the Happle Tea site and I’m here to respond a little bit more at length than I have in replies and through tweets. If you’re not into personal stories, you’ll probably want to skip this post.
Life has, despite my disappearance from the interwebs, been a much better affair than it has been in the last several years. I’ve been going to doctors for the last year or so and have mostly sorted out the rather horrible stomach problems I’ve been suffering for 9 years or so. The short story is: I can actually eat food again for the most part. Those folks that have been following along at home know I’ve also been suffering from pretty severe anxiety issues as well, but those have cleared up without medication. I guess you just develop a habit of worrying about your stomach when you’re sick 24/7 for nine years.
Surprisingly, it has been pretty quick to clear up. I’m still not operating at 100%, but I feel much much better, mentally and physically.
I’ve been working a little part time job outside the house for the last few weeks as an exercise in conquering my fears and bad habits and now that I’ve settled into things, I’m starting to work on art and writing again. You may have noticed the HT site being down over the last few weeks, that was due to forgetting to pay the server bill and being rather strapped for cash but I’ve remedied that. I plan on updating soon, it’s only been difficult because I’ve been moving around a lot this last year and don’t really have a place of my own at the moment. My books, which are an important part of the writing process for me, are scattered to the winds, but I’ve got some ideas that I hope to work on in the next week or so.
I’m also writing some stuff for a possible graphic novel and some short comics. I’d like to make comics into more than a hobby and I’ve realized that I have to actually apply myself more rigorously than I have been the last few years. I hope that there’s some interest in the stories I’m crafting.
I’ll be posting more stuff here as I develop these projects, I’m sure!
Anyway, thanks to everyone for the messages, they have meant a lot to me!
So who do you main as? I'm only lvl 23, but I think Rumble is the Yordle for me when I go ranked.
I’ve been playing since just after beta, so I have a stable of champions I’m good with. I’m a big fan of mid lane and I play a lot of utility mages. Lux is definitely my best champion and my favorite character, her relentless positivity is infectious!
I also love Nidalee, AP Lulu, Orianna, & Ahri. I play Quinn when I have to play ADC or top lane, and I play Teemo when I want to be a jerk. I’m pretty good at other champs but those are the ones I tend to be best with. Hey…I just realized, they’re mostly girls! GIRL POWER!
So does this mean you play League or you're just a fan.....
I do, indeed, play League of Legends. It’s really the only game I play consistently, though I should probably play less haha
You've probably already been asked (sorry in advance), but I can't find it anywhere; What tablet do you use?
Man how old is this question? I forget to check my tumblr messages, sorry!
I use an old Wacom Intuos 3 tablet, it’s a pretty large wide one. It’s definitely knocking on death’s door at this point, I need a new one :(
A little doodle of my ecaflip from Wakfu. #theyseemerollin’
I really need to work on my technique with regards to finishing up illustrations and the like. Was gonna do something more with this but I got kinda bored and frustrated but I kinda liked the pose so I’m uploadin’ it.