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Now think of how many of those female characters and protagonists are oversexed, created for the male gaze, or put in an inactive damsel role for the plot of the game. Representation matters. A Study last year proved that exposure to tv shows increased the self esteem of young white boys and markedly decreased the confidence and self esteem of girls across the board (and we haven’t even started on the representation of characters of color and the effect it has on children’s self perception). 

Video games are a different media, and even more concerning if representation metrics are changing how our kids think of themselves. Especially knowing that 67% of American Households have video game consoles and 91% of Children play video games regularlyhow do you think the portrayal (and lack of portrayals) of women and girls in these games is affecting little girls – or influencing how little boys view their importance and/or influence over them? 

Comics. Movies. Lit. Pop Culture. The Smash Survey is an upcoming podcast project that will critically explore the representation of race, gender, and queer identity in media and pop culture in a fun and engaging format. 


You guys have all heard of Lumberjanes by now, right?
I’m happy to say that my exclusive cover for Lumberjanes #1 is for sale at Challengers Comics in Chicago (my hometown!) coinciding with Noelle's signing there this past weekend. I think the whole Lumberjanes crew is ace and I'm excited to have contributed to such a girl-positive comics series, drawn and written by awesome ladies!

I’ve been watching a lot of River Monsters and I really liked the idea of setting the Lumberjanes off on a canoeing adventure with an unexpected catch. I’ve since been informed that the canoe I drew totally looks like a vagina. It was unintentional, but I’m more than ok with that! By ladies for ladies, amirite??


The Fate Of The Space Shuttles

With the Space Shuttle program ended, NASA has sold off the shuttle remains on eBay. Having been scraped of all useful equipment, the hulls of these once magnificent vessels have been auctioned to the highest bidders, the Discovery selling for only $1,899.99 to a collector in Texas.

Seen above, the Endeavor’s body was transported by barge to the swamps of Louisiana where it will be refitted as the Gator World tour shuttle. The shuttle Atlantis was sold to Disney World, where it will be repainted and open to tours as part of Tomorrow Land.

This isn’t the first time NASA has sold off its old equipment. The first Saturn V rocket boosters were purchased by Tim Allen for use as the worlds largest grill, which can be seen off of I-70 in Kansas. The Gemini rocket was sold whole to Barbara Hillslanger of Norbit, Illinois for “Personal Uses,” and Skylab itself was bought by Russia, who has presumably fitted it with nuclear arms with which to kill us all.

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