Welcome Ladies & Gentlemen.
Thank you for joining me here today.
Today I’d like to speak with the congregation about Grocery Store Manners.
Let us start with something simple. Carts. Specifically the carts waiting outside to be picked up. You can take one of those.
You don’t have to get a new cart from inside when there are plenty of carts already outside. Yes, there is a kid out there hauling them in, but that’s a pretty shit job, so help em out and take one of those carts in with you. Even if you bring it back out to your car with you, the numbers are then at least even with what there was before. You’re not subtracting work, but you haven’t added to the pile necessarily.
With that I would add, if you see the Cart Kid out gathering them up with his trusty nylon cart strap, don’t be a dick and put the cart in an empty stall. Walk up to the kid if they are in your aisle! Don’t make em make an extra trip for your one extra cart. Save them one trip, for eff’s sake. They’re going to have to make 300 trips to begin with. Or if you see someone looking towards the carts as you’re finishing up with yours, offer it up. Just give these cart kids a break, especially during summer months.
THE DIVIDER BAR.
When you set your items down on the conveyor belt in the check out line, if you have excess room, and access to the divider bar, PUT DOWN THE FUCKING DIVIDER! It’s just polite to offer the extra space after your items to the person behind you. When witnessing you’ve got a surplus of space you let the next person put down their items! You aren’t so important, in such a hurry, or too busy to reach over and grab a half pound plastic bar.
I have two different counter attacks for a jerk who doesn’t follow basic social etiquette/
1. Ask the jerk to pass you the plastic bar, the louder and more off kilter you ask, the better. (insert winky face here)
2.Set your items down much too close to his/hers until they have to put it down. You may lose a couple items if they don’t notice right away, but it’s totally worth it.
If you’re inconsiderate, you should work on that.
If you are considerate of these things, and see asshat in progress; feel free to troll them quickly and loudly.
Until Next Time, friends.
I don’t often get vocally political, even within my own family, but this is something that bothers me. The events in #Ferguson are completely atrocious, and events like this are happening far too often.
I am not an anti-police guy that often either, and I’m not usually one for protests or “peaceful gatherings”, but I’ve noticed a lot of these stories cropping up in the past three years, and I’m just tired of it in a lot of ways.
I used to get a bit self righteous when reading about something like this, and the first piece of propaganda against your cause is always the looters using the chaos to become profitable. It takes away from those trying to send a legitimate message, I don’t much care for looters, but I can’t say that I don’t agree that riot is all that is left…
What we’re witnessing is the appetizer to the big show yet to come, and it’s going to be all across the country.
I’ve never been a guy who wanted to make a statement with my art, I just like drawing nonsense and fart jokes on the internet usually. As 1984 is one of my favorite novels of all time, however, I can’t help but be disturbed that we are marching in goose-step to the door, to graciously answer the knock of the New World Order and let them in.
I’m not a Democrat, I’m not a Republican. Government at all levels is morally corrupt and fundamentally evil. Big Brother is watching you. Wave hello, and prepare to get gassed.
Welcome to a new segment on Xaq-Industries where I interview my other artist friends to learn about their humble beginnings. At the end we may even fight to the death to consume each other’s power like some sort of Highlander. We’ll have to see what time permits…
For the inaugural installment of this new segment I wanted to feature my friend Nikki, as she’s been my Obi Wan Kenobi while I’ve been getting into the scene. She’s been a wealth of knowledge for me and very open about the general process. Without her, I probably would still be trying to figure out where the hell I should go to make prints! So here we go:
How long have you been (making art)? How many hours a day do you spend on the art? Is this full time for you, or a “second job/part-time” situation when not caught in the daily grind?
“First of all, thank you very much for the interview and for being interested in my stuff! I appreciate it! Let’s get to it:
I know this might sound trite, but I’ve been drawing since I could hold a crayon. I always knew I wanted to do something with art. Like many young artists, I wanted to work for Disney or Pixar. I went to school for Computer Animation and switched my focus to game art. When I realized 3D work wasn’t making me happy, I started focusing on 2D work and sequential art again. Lo and behold, my passion came back, and I began producing my own artwork and selling it at shows and online. I’ve been fortunate enough to turn this into a full time gig for the time being. It has taken me about two or three years of really hitting it hard to feel fairly stable, and I am grateful every day. I spend 6-8 hours a day between my Etsy products, to art production, to updating all my social media outlets.”
What was the first thing you remember drawing? What was your favorite thing to draw?
“I grew up in a small town where it wasn’t really cool for girls to like the things I liked. I remember hiding all my Star Wars stuff underneath my bed when friends would come over – and for the longest time, that was my favorite subject to draw. I had TONS of lightsaber fight flip books. It was Star War and Disney movies. I didn’t have internet back then (back in the Stone Age) so I would pop in my Lion King or Little Mermaid VHS and pause it on different frames, practice drawing whatever was on the screen, then move onto the next.”
What’s your (basic) process like? (From concept to finish for a piece)
“I have a weird process, at least I think so. I begin with a traditional sketch – always with a Pentel Twist-Erase 0.5 mechanical pencil – flesh it out till I’m satisfied, then scan it into Photoshop. I’ll format it to the size I want, finish the sketch with my Cintiq to get it exactly how I want it, then print it out. Then, I’ll use my lightbox and traditionally ink over my digi-sketch. I then scan the whole thing back in, piece it together, and color it digitally. I KNOW that sounds stupid and exhausting but I do a lot of iterations until I’m happy, and I prefer the look and feel of traditional ink. I may, however, come to my senses in the future and go fully digital, heh.”
What/Who inspires you? Who are you your influences, past and present.
“I think anything from my childhood influences me. Nostalgia is a powerful driving force. Star Wars, classic Disney, the Final Fantasy series. Anything Alice in Wonderland. As for influences, my style’s a mix of Disney and anime. Jhonen Vasquez (creator of Invader Zim, I Feel Sick, SQUEE and Jhonny the Homocidal Maniac) had a huge influence on my weird-ass sense of humor that shows through in my comics. Today I look to people like Katie Cook, Amy Mebberson, and Tom Siddel as who I want to be whenever I grow up.”
How did you decide to turn your art into your business? What inspired it?
“There’s a saying by Farrah Gray: “Build your own dreams, or someone will pay you to build theirs.” While the latter is well and good and there’s nothing wrong with it, I wanted to do the former. It was terrifying to take that leap from the 9-5, but I have had a ton of support from my friends, family and husband in order to make this a reality. That and lots of late nights finishing Etsy orders and knocking out prints, of course!”
What, if anything, do you listen to or have playing while you work? Playlist? Background Noise?
“I need something on in the background to find my art groove. Lately I’ve been listening to waaay too much LUDO, and revisiting movies I haven’t heard/seen for a while. I don’t really watch shows or movies anymore because my eyes are always on paper or drawing on a screen. And that’s alright for now. My husband pinned me down long enough to watch Guardians of the Galaxy and I found it incredible. You should go watch it. Right now.”
What’s your least favorite thing to draw? OR What’s the weirdest thing you’ve been asked to draw?
“Favorite thing to draw: Right now? Anything Adventure Time. I’m just on that kick right now. Last year it was ponies, next year it will be something else odd and arbitrary. Like Elmo or Monster High or something.
Least favorite thing to draw: Pet commissions. And mechs or jaegers. Mostly because I’m just dreadful at it.
Weirdest thing I’ve been asked to draw: A woman in a skin-tight leather suit, shooting a super-soaker full of Big Red at a scary clown. I’m serious, this was a real thing…”
Let’s say you win the lottery tomorrow and don’t have to worry about working ever again… What now?
“Goodbye ridiculously-expensive school loans! Then, I’d make sure my mom and dad were provided for and comfortable. Then, my husband and I would move to a bigger place where I could have a studio with a drafting table, and get my butt back to work making art. I’d also send a ton of my favorite artists some money. I always wish I could support these artists I follow more.”
Do you have a “dream job” or “dream project” you hope to someday be a part of?
“Yes, I would really like to be well-known enough in the industry to do some cover artwork, and also launch a webcomic idea I’ve had in my head for years. I would also like to contribute to a future edition of Womanthology, which is an anthology that celebrates women in the comic art industry.”
This is the end of the interview. What’s the single most important piece of advice you have to offer other aspiring artists or creators?
“Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t make art your job, and don’t let the person telling you that be the person in the mirror. A lot of success comes from simply getting out of your own way. Go to life drawing classes. Draw fruit. Draw boobs. Draw hands and feet. Draw what you love, and draw what you hate because doing both will help you grow into a better artist. Find Neil Gaiman’s ‘Make Good Art’ commencement speech, print it out, read it every day. Then, get out there and make good art.”