Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Morality of Fiction: Elsa and Quirrell

Image copyright Disney
Image copyright Warner Brothers
On this blogpost about the satanic evil of the song "Let it Go" from the movie Frozen, which declares "No right, no wrong, no rules for me I'm free!" there are several responses defending the movie by pointing out that Elsa's acts were portrayed as doing harm; she's not the good guy, they say.

It's true this is a mistake people frequently make: thinking that if a character, any character, voices a bad moral principle in a work of fiction, the work and the author are promoting that principle. I saw this mistake in action once when a Catholic publication, back when the books were new, featured an article making the common claim that Harry Potter was Satanic.

The article had a selection of quotes from the first book meant as evidence that it preached evil. Among them was the following, rather similar to the sentiment in "Let it Go":

"There is no good and evil, there is only power, and those too weak to seek it."

I knew at once that the article-writer was not honest. That statement is said by Professor Quirrell, the villain of the first book, at the climax where Harry confronts him, the good vs. evil showdown. It is meant to show us how evil he is and tell us what Harry as the hero, and thus the moral of the story, stands counter to.

So, is Elsa a villain like Quirrell, voicing abhorrent moral principles for the hero to stand against and thereby teaching the viewers to likewise fight against such ideas?

Let's examine the differences between the characters, how they're portrayed. (I must note here that I have not seen Frozen and never intend to. But I know the plot, have read the lyrics to "Let it Go," and most importantly, have observed with great frequency (indeed, it is absolutely unavoidable) the manner in which the character Elsa is marketed.)

Quirrell is weak, cowardly, and smells bad. He sold his soul to evil in a disgusting bodily violation maintained by a cursed ritual involving the slaughter of unicorns. He is foul in deed and aspect. Nobody wants to be Quirrell.

Elsa, while she supposedly learns her lesson at the end, is all along an attractive figure. She endangers the land, yes, but in a pleasant-looking way. She's beautiful, sultry, wearing a gorgeous sparkly dress and living in an ornate fairy palace. Every little girl wants to be Elsa.

Now, there are plenty of beautiful and charismatic villains whose principles are still portrayed as wrong. But is Elsa's self-will really condemned? What is, overall, encouraged and glorified? Look at the way "Let it Go" is celebrated. Most of all, LOOK AT THE MARKETING. Are girls being encouraged to want to be the unfettered, selfish Elsa or are they not?

Parents, do not be fooled by Disney's family-friendly reputation. They have repeatedly promoted sodomy in their films and amusement parks. They preach self-will, pride, and rebellion against the laws of God.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Remembrance


Specifically-movie Wonder Woman fanart for Armistice Day. I really liked that movie. It wasn't feminist at all after all! I just hope Justice League will be okay...

The background is my first try using gouache in a full piece. My results are rather amateurish, but I'm eager to learn its ways.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

In the spirit of Inktober

Here's another small Alt☆Hero fanart, which I did with a ballpoint pen while on lunch break:


Rebel and Soulsight. I don't know if they'll have anything to do with each other, but I look forward to finding out!

I had hoped to do Inktober fully this year, but the ol' schedule is too full. Now that I think of it, I actually am drawing with ink just about every day (I almost never draw without ink after all) but it's for publication so I can't post most of it. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Recent cakes




Tried a third time to make strawberry shortcake, using this recipe. Since I couldn't get it to rise enough, I made two cakes and used them as layers. That was rather too much cake-to-cream ratio. Next time, I think I'll seek out a softer sponge cake recipe.


Then I tried a New Orleans torte from the Perfect Endings Nestle cookbook. It consists of meringues layered with cream cheese chocolate filling.



It turned out well, but is almost overwhelmingly sweet.


Friday, September 29, 2017

Patreon Beneficiary: Chateau Grief

The second of the webcomics I contribute to on Patreon is Chateau Grief by Jean Guillet.

It's a very strange story, about a near-omnipotent (maybe? we don't know the extent of his power) telepath who rules an island off the California coast and his dealings with a mysterious woman who is shipwrecked there. 

The people of the island, Eynhallow, and the society thereof are kooky and fascinating, and the 3D-rendered architectural backgrounds astounding.
Guillet also does weekly landscapes of places mostly in California, along with historical background. Both are very colorful!

Cathedral Peak by Jean Guillet
Most of the Patreon rewards are tutorials for digital art and so aren't of interest to me, but the reward I wanted was the privilege of seeing each comic page a week early, because this is a story where you're always dying to know what happens next.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Rebel yell


Quick fanart of the character Rebel from the upcoming Alt☆Hero project, an independent superhero comics series by Castalia House to counter the storykilling leftist preaching that I understand Marvel and, to a lesser extent, DC are engaged in. I had no idea how bad it was because I don't read any superhero comic published after 2011, so I was shocked and angered to see the Thor excerpt found here.

Rebel has an awesome costume that I think could become truly iconic like the best superhero designs are.

UPDATE: The project has been launched!

Friday, September 22, 2017

No more monthly Decadence previews

I didn't always put them here, but I'm ceasing to post monthly previews for my Batman fancomic anywhere.

The monthly preview system is NOT helpful towards making progress on the next. Because of it, I had been doing as follows: Working from the script I have written, I thumbnail a page, then, because I need something that looks relatively polished for a preview, I start drawing said page, a little each day. On the 25th of the month, I scan some part of the page I'm working on and post it as a preview. It's a frantic, discouraging catch-up game, and it's not working. It does not encourage me to work faster, and it's disjointifying the flow of the chapter. The whole chapter NEEDS to be thumbnailed before starting on the pages.

Ideally of course, I'd have finished the thumbnailing and be well underway with the pages by the middle of the month. But it was always the case that, being a fancomic, Decadence would have to take a back seat to creative works that I could make money from. In the past, these were mostly freelance jobs, but right now I'm on the cusp of launching some projects that would make money and would actually be stories from my own creative vision: a comic in collaboration with a significant author and an original webcomic. The comics industry is in upheaval. Now is a key time to plant new seeds. I definitely still also want to tell my story inspired by the legend that is Batman, so I'm getting rid of its monthly preview so that I can work on it more steadily and efficiently alongside all these endeavors. Thank you for your patience and attention.