Jessica certainly does look snazzy in that uniform. Anyways, I hope the job is going well for her. I also signed up for the mailing list. I'm really looking forward to what's coming next in the comic!
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Now to end on some rad news: Comicon.com selected Satan Ninja 198X as one of the eight best webcomics of 2017! We’ve also booked a table at the Anime Midwest convention in Chicago, so if you’re in the area the weekend of July 6th, you should totally visit us.
I think it's due to the current cultural zeitgeist, and the fact that Harvey Weinsein has been one of the most powerful people in Hollywood for a long time. So his victims were not only far more numerous than Cosby's, but also included several high-profile celebrities. And having celebrities come forward with their accounts of sexual harassment apparently inspired lots of others to do it, and it grew from the snowball effect.
I guess I'm rather cynical, because none of this has been shocking to me. Hollywood is a strange place. You put someone in that sort of place, surrounded by beautiful young people, all eager for their big break. Give that person lots of money and power, and toss a shitload of drugs into the mix, and you're going to get deviant behavior. Lots of it. People have always used their sexuality to get ahead, and people in power have always used that power to gratify their sexual desires. The more a person studies human history, the more apparent this becomes (I'm not saying everyone in power is a totally corrupt rapist monster, but I'll never be surprised when I learn that one is).
Now we live in an era of easy world-wide communication, and that gives a voice to people who would've been easy to silence or dismiss in the past. So the old ways of doing things aren't going to be nearly as pervasive in the entertainment industry moving forward. Now it'll mostly be relegated to the porn industry (especially within the small independent companies).
Yep, I think Jessica and I have talked a little about Salva on our podcast. Jessica thinks Powder has totally creepy vibes that made her uncomfortable watching it. And on a similar note, I made a pseudo-joke on our most recent podcast episode about how people should cut some slack to Roman Polanski.
It seems to be currently in-vogue to dismiss anyone who's performed any kind of sexual assault as an irredeemable monster, but I don't take such a binary view of it. For instance, when someone's convicted of sex with a minor, I think there should be a strong distinction between when the victim is pre-pubescent verses post-pubescent. And I know minors can't legally give their consent in the US, but I absolutely think that how willing the victim was to partake in the act should be taken into consideration. And the maturity level of the victim. What's worse, boning an 18-year-old that, while not technically mentally impaired, seems to have the mentality of a twelve-year-old? Or boning a sexually mature fifteen-year-old who's been emancipated and living is on her own and working to support herself and she seems to have the mentality of a twenty-year-old?
People of the same age can vary vastly in maturity--both physically and mentally. So using age as the only metric seems narrow-sighted.
I think the current laws in the US are pretty fucked up. For example. When I was in my early twenties, I had a seventeen-year-old girlfriend who lived in Florida when I first met her. Where I live in Michigan, the age of consent is 16. So if we boned while she was visiting me in Michigan, it would be perfectly legal. But the age of consent in Florida is 18, so if we boned while I was visiting her, then it would technically be rape.
I'm not saying I'm cool with what Salva or Polanski did. Just that it's a complex matter in which lots of factors need to be considered, but too many people are eager to make it black and white.
I don't know if you've read the latest news on Spacey, but I think it's safe to say that his career is pretty well fucked.
No, I hadn't known about the latest accusations. I don't tend to put much effort into keeping up with current events, especially pertaining to celebrities. But man does that suck for fans of House of Cards (and its creators).
Anyways, are you a Bowie fan by any chance?
To me, David Bowie always been the guy from Labyrinth first and foremost (and I'm definitely a fan of his performance in that). As for his music, I like his voice, and I enjoy some of the singles he released in the '80s, but that's the extent of my fandom.
Anyone out there that you think is a genuinely cool person, besides Jessica?
Heh, well, that's tough to say. I assume you mean celebrities, since if I just name my friends, you'd have no idea who I'm talking about. Some celebrities that seem like genuinely cool people to me (based on my mega limited perception of them) would be Stephen King, Conan O'Brien, Kevin Pereira (he used to host Attack of the Show; I've had some online exchanges with him), Paul Rudd, Tom Hanks, Bruce Campbell (he can be a snarky jerk, but that's part of his charm), Matthew Mercer (voice actor, host of Critical Role), Elijah Wood, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DiVito, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), and I'll stop there before this post gets any more massive.
Yeah, I can separate art from the artist. Like, knowing that Mel Gibson is an asshole doesn't at all affect my enjoyment of The Road Warrior. And Harvey Weinstein's creepy antics has absolutely no bearing whatsoever on my attitude toward Miramax films. In fact, I have a hard time even relating to that sort of mentality, since the guy was just a producer. He dealt with the business aspects of film-making, like securing funding. It's not like he had much direct creative input in the films he was involved with.
However, knowing some behind the scenes stuff can color my perception of a movie, at least by a bit. Like, knowing that the main kid in the late-80s horror film Clown House was molested by that movie's directer probably gave the movie a slightly more seedy vibe. But I still had no problem watching it and judging it by its own merits (it was alright).
Knowing Kevin Spacey made creepy advances on a 14-year-old boy definitely changes my perception of Kevin Spacey, but it won't prohibit me from watching and enjoying his films.
If someone wanted to avoid consuming any media that had any kind of creep, asshole, or deviant associated with the making of it, then they're going to find themselves with a mega limited range of things to watch and listen to.
For instance, I know some people swore off listening to David Bowie after some chick claimed she willingly fucked him back in the '70s when she was underage (I don't recall the exact age, it might've been 15). But those were different times, and I can guarantee you that lots and lots of famous musicians from the era totally boned underage girls. It's not like most of them were checking the IDs of all the groupie babes they were banging (while likely being fucked up on all sorts of drugs).
On the other side of the coin, knowing that someone is a genuinely cool person probably makes it a tiny bit easier for me to be a fan of their work.
Thanks, it wasn't too shabby. We spent most of the day working on SN8X stuff, but that evening, some of our neighbors went all out with the fireworks, so we were able to see a big fireworks display without even leaving the house. It sort of pains me to think about how much people spend on something so fleeting, but hey, if that's how they want to spend their money...
Anyway, back on topic. Since we live in Michigan, we're almost pseudo-Canadians ourselves (much more so if we lived in the Upper Peninsula, but we don't). However, I've only been to Canada once, and it was a pretty long time go.
When my buddies and I had all turned 18, we went across the bridge that links Detroit and Canada. Visited a casino and a strip club. Casino's aren't really my thing. I put one dollar into a slot machine, won four dollars on my first pull, then put them back into the machine and lost, so I retired from gambling.
Had a lot more fun at the strip club, since they had this one hot stripper that had a completely perfect big natural rack on her. After she gave me a private dance, I handed her what I thought was a twenty dollar bill as a tip, but she showed me that I had accidentally given her a hundred, and gave it back to me. I don't imagine a lot of US strippers would've been quite so honest ...
So yeah. Canada rules. Also, you gave us The Kids in the Hall, which played a huge role in developing my humor when I was in my teens.
Also, we already intended to take inspiration from some of the stuff you listed, so you'll be seeing more Canadian influences as the comic goes on.
And finally, how DARE you make a Canadian-centric post on the USA's birthday! Such audacity.
Oh yeah, and we totally made a reference to Scanners.