For my etsy shop, i’ve been struggling with superheroes. I’m a fan of superheroes - but not so much off the companies (well, mostly DC) behind some of the more well known heroes, and their failure at equal representation.
But I think I’ve come up with a solution. I’m going to design a sort of “dress-up doll” for completely customized super-hero embroidered patches. Customers will be able to pick skin color, hair color and style and a few different outfits with as many color combos as I own thread for (which is a ton). So, yeah, a customer would be able to make a white-skinned, blacked haired hero in a blue body suit and a red cape, but wouldn’t specifically be the eternal boy-scout. They’d also be able to make an olive-skinned hero wearing a hijab. Because I feel equal, and non-exclusive representation is important.
But first, I’ve got a bit more work for Freebird Games to finish up! So watch for more about the Equality Heroes in the next couple of weeks.
I know this seems easy for me to say, I’m white. But I’m also young, and a woman. I’ve been stopped twice by cops - once here in Portland, and once in Sendai, Japan (where Japanese police have an equivalent of the stop-and-frisk by demanding to see any foreigner’s legal documentation). I know how frightening it can be, but it’s extremely important to remain calm.
(edit: I’m not trying to blame victims here, I apologize if I seem like I am. I’m just concerned for your safety - I can wish the cops didn’t someone just because of the way they look, but wishing won’t stop it from happening. Please be safe.)
Second, if you are a police officer who is off duty - you should behave like a civilian. You should NOT have the right to conduct a “pedestrian check” while you are off duty. You should NOT have the right to detain anyone against their will while you are off duty.
You are the one who is supposed to remain calm even in times of duress. You are the one who is supposed to be a role model. You are the one who is supposed to protect us.
There are plenty of great men and women who where the badge, and are shining examples of humanity. Those that risked everything during 9/11 spring to mind, but there are plenty of every day heroes as well. But if you cannot keep a calm head and your finger off the trigger, you should severely consider turning in that badge and finding a way to make yourself a better human being.
Hey folks, starting about 10 years ago, I did quite a lot of sprite work for RPG Maker XP - You may know me better as Alisatana or just Tana.
Well, as is the case with a lot of things on the internet, my work has been spread around the game making communities. Also, several things have also been attributed to me when I wasn’t the original artist - most notably the Half-Kaiser templates by ShowKaiser - although I did help a great deal with expanding the library for that template, it saddens me to not have SK get the credit he deserves.
I’d love to put together a comprehensive list of /y RMXP sprites into one location for ease of finding, and hopefully correct some of this incorrect credits. Unfortunately, I’ve been through quite a few computer deaths and swaps in the last 10 years, and didn’t always bother to back up the rmxp stuff.
So, have you seen my sprites? Or sprites that have been credited to me?
I’ve been re-watching Avatar as background to working, and I just realized something kind of significant about the role that @georgetakei was cast as. He’s the warden of not just a prison, but a work camp, or concentration camp.
As you may or may not know, George spent some of his childhood living in an American “internment” camp for people of Japanese decent during World War 2.
When the warden says the Earthbenders have broken spirits, the same could have been said for George’s family, and other Japanese Americans of the time.
Hello, I'm sorry for bothering you, but I have an inquiry about a specific resource I believe you may have done for RPG maker. That is, if you are Tana of the aforementioned community. If you are though, the resource is of a fox sprite. I simply want to use it and potentially make edits to it for a non commercial game.
That’s me. I’d like to verify that the sprite you’ve got is the one I actually did. A lot of pixel stuff for rpg maker got attributed to me when other artists made them.
This is the fox sprite that I made for Aveyond 2 by Amaranth Games, so if it’s the one you’ve got, I would only ask that you make sure to include credits to me either as Tana, Alisa Tana, or Alisa Christopher. If it’s not the one you’ve got, you should notify the site that you’ve found it on that it’s not mine (or just give me the link so I can do it), and use this one. ;p
What happened to all the money for the McNinja game? Did you and Hunter steal it?
Hey Anon, let me break down exactly where the money went. You can make your judgement after that.
To start, our campaign got $15k gross. We just barely made our goal, and to be perfectly honest, I now wish we had actually come up short.
Kickstarter took their cut of it, and we immediately set out fufilling rewards to the backers. Buttons, TShirts, and Sodas. I really wish we hadn’t done the Sodas, as on each of those backers we actually lost about $10 each from their backer level to get the sodas and have them shipped out.
We paid Chris Hastings his share of the Kickstarter money, and then divided the remaining $9k among the three of us working on the project: Hunter, Chance and I. That’s only $3000 each.
Now, as you can figure out that $3000 is about the equivalent of working 2 months full-time at minimum wage.
Chance and I worked more than full-time on the game, and didn’t have any other jobs to supplement our income. Chance was also supporting his girlfriend (now fiance).
Hunter, at the time, was also holding a full-time job to help out with the finances, but he came down with a horrible case of pneumonia not long after the Kickstarter ended. Because of the pneumonia, he was unable to work at all for 4 months.
While Chance and I did make some good progress with the game, we ran into scope creep (trying to make the game as epic as the comic) and the art workload became far too much for me to keep up with.
By the end of the year, we were completely out of funds, couldn’t pay Hunter’s mortgage or car payments. Chance got a job with Cryptozoic and that was pretty much the death knell for Fat Cat Gameworks.
Earlier this year Hunter filed for bankruptcy, having $140k in debt and only having $8 to his name with no job. I’ve been supporting the both of us using my credit cards, which are now maxed out. (Although we are both working again now, it will take me about 3 and a half years to zero out my cards.)
So yes, we failed at making the game we set out to make, and if you want to call that stealing, please, be my guest.
We’ve asked Chris what he thinks about releasing the game project as in, open source, to allow for someone else to pick up where we failed.
For the past year I’ve been running a modest store on Etsy.com selling embroidered patches and embroidery machine files.
But last month, my computer died. I’ve managed to retrieve most of my embroidery files, but I’m unable to recover the software that I use to edit the files I’ve made or to create new files.
In order to replace the software, I’ll need to raise $315 (plus gofundme fees for a total of $340). Rather than raising prices to my Etsy costumers, I decided to try and raise the money via other means.
I also want to start a new product line for my store, which will be handmade dolls with embroidered faces. Here’s my prototype doll:
Because I’ll need the software to create their faces, I’m offering the doll pattern to backers of $10 or more. I’ll also throw in a few embroidery file faces (once I’ve gotten the software) for bakers of $15 or more.
All bakers of at least $5 will receive a coupon code good in my Etsy store for 20% off all your future purchases from me, which will include the dolls once they go on sale. (coupon only good for my store, not valid for any other etsy.com purchase)