In planning to relaunch another Kickstarter fundraising campaign, I've been building connections, doing research, watching crowd funding videos that tell you to put yourself in your video (even though, being an introvert, this may require a considerable amount of rotoscoping before understanding why my appearance is more relevant than my work) and mostly ignoring the errant thoughts popping up in my head about YouTube content that indulges childhood imaginary beings.
Thinking that I've been missing a few tricks lately, made a few schoolgirl errors.
Mostly distracted by the 30th anniversary of A-ha's Take On Me, and the video that inspired The Unreal God And Aspects Of His Non-Existent Universe, doing some promo in the hope that it might lead to a new commission or something.
The Big Bang Theory is often on - I used to watch it, but my son got into it, and not only watches it, he watches all the repeats - I hate repeats, and it's put me off watching the show because he has it on all the time on repeat.
I follow a lot of comics related twitter feeds, and there was a tweet about a comic illustration being used in the show.
My immediate reaction on seeing the image was one of Amy Farah Fowler dismay at the appalling subject / objectification - part of me wondered if this is part of an in-gag aimed at the type of people that these kinds of images are meant to appeal to, as part of the clever way the show deals with these things, but as I'm not as up to speed with TBBT, I'm taking it on face value, and as an image, it is a hideous testament to male gaze objectification.
If you subscribe to my YouTube channel, you can find in my research section John Berger's Ways Of Seeing, which explains more about that.
I would never illustrate something like that.
I couldn't. In my experience some things I've illustrated have happened in reality, and I can't risk that!
But I didn't want my obvious rejection of the subject matter to take away from the obvious talent that Amanda Connor and Paul Mounts put into creating it.
As I understand it, the BBT ladies are attempting to attract more women to Stuart's comic book store.
He should stock comics illustrated by women, with female protagonists doing things other than a) being objectified b) getting into trouble and having to be rescued by a male hero and c) being the heroine.
Comics for women and men, perhaps a copy of The Unreal God And Aspects Of His Non-Existent Universe to celebrate 30 years of A-ha's Take On Me??
Or maybe just pledge support for my upcoming Kickstarter campaign for Cloudbusting, the graphic novel??