We’ve joked about Pokémon X & Y before, but now it’s finally been released, and he’s back. Game of Thrones is also a very popular thing, which isn’t exactly as new a development, but more or less an ongoing state of affairs, as if the show were in the present progressive tense. Which is still weird to me; my brain can’t grasp that A Song of Ice and Fire is now a mainstream fandom – I can tell this because people make tumblr gifs from it – because for me, it will always be “that book series I was really into back in high school.”
Jane was in the comic once before, and apparently she really liked the experience. It’s Jane’s birthday, so Robert and I did another comic about her as a present! (We are cheap like that.) She is indeed a great pâtissier, last year she made a cake shaped like a Tardis.
I love it when I get the chance to draw women; the comic is, let’s face it, effectively about two white men who discuss what other (often white) men are doing. Because that’s a story that needs to be told. Some of it is inevitable – our subject matter is politics and the entertainment industry, both of which are largely controlled by white men. So I try and draw women and POC in whenever I can, just to try and get some diversity in there. Dang. The patriarchy even limits what we can lampoon.
Tomorrow is Jane’s birthday party, so we figured today’s update would be a good day for this comic. Thing is, Jane’s birthday was actually a few weeks ago – tomorrow was the only day that enough people were free. Tomorrow is also, incidentally, Lore’s actual birthday. You’d think this might make it awkward, but the two of them are kind of like a gender-flipped me and Robert. We combine our birthdays anyway, which is what the title’s referencing.
I guess what you should take away from all this is happy birthday Jane, happy birthday Lore, and fuck the patriarchy.
We all know what the US Government shutdown is really about. Pokémon X and Y are due to hit in a matter of days now (except for Canada and Italy, who broke street date, cough) and the hype is getting pretty massive.
I’m not going to go into too much detail about the government shutdown, but there’s some pretty scary stuff going on. Largely because Republicans have decided that public healthcare would destroy the country? Despite the fact that both my mother countries (Australia and the UK) as well as naughty Canada seem relatively un-destroyed (and, perhaps counterintuitively enough, public healthcare would actually be better for the economy). I don’t know. I’m just annoyed that the Library of Congress and NASA are offline (also that millions of people don’t have proper healthcare).