Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Why Don't Journalists Look at the Bi-Line?!

I am the CO-ARTIST on Titanium Rain. That's Co-Artist. As in Josh and I do the art together. I am not the only artist on the book. I'm the penciler. The rest is all Josh. I'm getting really sick and tired of journalists NOT reading up on these things. Just seeing two names and assume that one person does one thing while the other person does the other.

ARGGG!! I am not going to take credit for something I didn't do and it's making me really sick that people don't f*cking reasearch this. It's embarassing for them and it's embarassing for ME when I have to send them an email that says "No, I didn't do any of that." or "That was Josh's cover art, not mine." or "Josh did the vehical specs because he does ALL THE 3D IN THE BOOK!!"

Today was the worst. This one person started attributing other projects that Josh has done on his own, outside of comics (namely Star Trek), to me. ARGG!!

Look people. I just pencil, ok. That's all. That is all I do. I am a penciler. You'd think in comics people would be used to the idea of multiple people doing multiple jobs but no. They just have to assume something that wasn't true. Crediting me for things that I didn't do does NOT make me feel good. It makes everyone feel like an idiot when one of us has to ineviatbly tell the person that they got it completely wrong.

Since I am female and I work in comics, I have noticed a lot of men falling over themselves to give me credit for "what a good artist I am". Those complements don't make me feel all that great when it's someone else's work.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Yet Another Internet Rant About Iran.

Gotta come out and talk about the protests in Iran. I wasn’t going to because, does the internet really need yet another rant about how bad things are there. But, hey, that’s what blogs are for. Right?
As I type this I’ve got CNN running in the background so I can hear any updates on what is going on.
Living in the United States I am very aware of the fact that I have a lot of freedoms. Not just as a female, but as a human being. I don’t have to worry about getting fined and jailed for holding my husband’s hand in public. I don’t have to worry about being arrested for not covering my head. And I know I can speak my mind and criticize anything I don’t like, even the government. Americans have a lot of freedoms.
I have grown up with a lot of baby boomers trying to tell me how hard they had it and how hard they fought for the freedoms that I enjoy today. My mother told me once that the 1950’s were one of the most oppressive decade towards women in history. A girl I know full on thought that the only woman’s suffrage movement that ever existed was in the 1960’s. I know that we had some ugly times in the past 50 years. I’m not going to deny it… but there is a big difference between having rock concerts and getting high on drugs to protest the government and what is going on right now in Iran… and it really brings things into perspective to me.
Last night CNN was reading blog entries on Facebook from Iranians. One wrote about how yesterday might very well be his last day on Earth. It’s shocking and depressing. I’ve heard reports of “expected violence” in U.S. protests in the past (a day without an illegal comes to mind) that turned out to be absolutely nothing. Just aging hippies remembering the glory days of getting arrested in protests and wanting to see that again because, to them, it validates them.
I know that Iran is a totally different culture and there is REAL oppression there… but part of my brain really wanted to believe that things wouldn’t be so bad today. I really wanted to believe that today would be a relatively peaceful day with maybe a few little break outs of unrest.
But no. These people are really fighting and really dying for their belief in a better world. That person who wrote they might not come home tonight wasn’t stretching the truth and… though it is incredibly inspiring that people are willing to sacrifice themselves for a better world, it’s also really depressing and sad that they have to at all.
Ok, disclaimer before I get angry hate mail about how I don’t know what I’m talking about. I am NOT talking about the Civil Rights movement. I am talking strictly about those spoiled rich kids who went on road trips and had tons of sex and drugs and went to drum circles and hung out in San Francisco to protest “government oppression and sexism” in this country. You know. The aging boomers and shallow post boomers who say all the right things and really want to believe that they have suffered when really they’ve benefitted the most from this wonderful country we are in.
Black America, the men and women who fought that fight in the 60’s, you people are heros. And it makes me sick every time I hear a rich, white, 50something take credit for what you achieved.
One final note to everybody. The next time you start criticizing this wonderful country we are in, take a real look around. Women have the ability to complain about trivial things like whether or not the latest Star Trek Movie was sexist. We have a black president in the Whitehouse. And every American has the right to tell every other American that they don’t agree with them on issues of religion, politics, and morality.
Ok. I’m done.


P.S. Josh wrote a wonderful short essay about Iran on The Hanger. Please read it and let us know what you think.

Friday, June 12, 2009

The "F" Word is LIVE!!!

That's right! My new column on ComicRelated.com is now up and LIVE. Whoo Hoo!! I would like to say thank you to Chuck who was kind enough to welcome me to the CR family. As well, thank you to my wonderful husband Josh, who helped to make my rants make sense and articulate beyond "Kat SMASH! RARG!!"

So head on over to ComicRelated.com and check it out, then let me know what you think. :)


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

More Podcasts

The Geeks at Comic Geek Speak invited us to join them while they went through this month's Previews. So join us for jokes and Archie "Spoilers" and good good comics. You can go to the website or you can listen to it Right Here. :)

Also, I'd like to thank Bill Doughty (aka. Library Boy on TheComicForums.com) for the wonderful quote: "Josh and Kat are the Nick & Nora Charles of hard science fiction and dark, inappropriate humor."

Disclaimer: No actual spoilers were made for Archie #600. It is all a joke. Neither Josh nor myself have any prior knowledge to what is happening. If Archie does wind up a homeless man, it is purely coincidental. :)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Podcasts and Friendly Pimpage.

Hey everybody. Josh and I have been really busy lately beating the drum for Titanium Rain. Here are two of the podcasts we've been on recently.

The first one is at ComicRelated.com where we had a very nice chat with Chuck.

The second one, admittedly, has nothing to do with Titanium Rain, but I get to pimp the book anyway. The Comic Geek Speak guys asked me on to talk about Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service for their Book of the Month Episode (since I really enjoy that series).
You can actually listen to it Right Here.

Ok, now I'd like to take this oportunity to do a shout out to my friend Lord Shaper, who wrote an awesome article on whether Deadpool is the new Wolverine in terms of how many titles he's in. You can check it out at The Furnace.

And Finally, we have a KILLER deal on Titanium Rain #1/2. You can order your copy through DCBService.com for ONLY $2.74. As well, if you are one of the first 100 people to order the book you will receive...

I dare you to find a better deal than that!


Monday, June 1, 2009


Yes, news. I have news. Lots of news. And it's all good!!

First! My friend Jules of Marsh Rocket did this kick-ass comic in response to my Power Girl article. You should definitely go there and check it out, and while you're there, give her comic a try. It's awesome, and I'm not just saying that because she's a friend.

Next, speaking of my Power Girl article, inspired by the wonderful feedback that I received (and much pushing and encouragement from my husband) I am not going to be doing a monthly column on ComicRelated.com entitled "The 'F' Word" The "F" word being "feminism" because it means so many things to so many people. If you read the Power Girl article, you can get an idea of the vibe that I'll be writing in. ;) More information as we get closer to the day the column goes live. ;)
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chuck of Comic Related for welcoming my into the CR family. I am very honored that he has allowed me this opportunity to do a column on a subject that I feel very passionate about.

Ok, Now the BIG NEWS!!
Yes, the Double-Sized Relaunch Issue #1&2 is solicited under Archaia in the June Previews. Code: JUN09 0698. As well, we have ONE KILLER deal with DCBService.com. More details can be found HERE.

That's all for now.