1. jannamorton:


    Happy Halloween, lovely people!

    Don’t you just love that crisp scent in the air? The apple cider on the store shelves? The disappearance of mosquitos? I created this piece in celebration of all the things that make Autumn so wonderful.

    Prints, laptop cases, mugs (ooOooh!) and more are available in the shop!

    I made this last year but thought I’d reblog since it’s seasonally appropriate again! 

  2. periodicult:

    Seymour Chwast for Cosmopolitan magazine, March 1986.

    (via illustratedladies)

  3. jannamorton:

    Here’s an illustration I did for Treasured K9s' 2015 Jindo dog rescue calendar. Last year I illustrated the spring-y month of May, so it was fun to switch things up this time and do a winter scene for January. I’ll let you all know as soon as the calendars are up for sale but until then, you can read more about Treasured K9s, here

  4. michellemittens:

    There will never be a time where I don’t love this gif.

  5. durnedscribblingwoman:






    leeandlow submitted to medievalpoc:

    The Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy films. Sad, right? You can see the full study here.

    I highly recommend reading the entire article.

    from the infographic:

    Among the top 100 domestic grossing films:

    • only 8% of films star a protagonist of color
    • of the 8 protagonists of color, all are men; 6 are played by Will Smith and 1 is a cartoon character (Aladdin)
    • 0% of protagonists are women of color
    • 0% of protagonists are LGBTQ
    • 1% of protagonists are people with a disability

    Wait a mother fucking second. Don’t start this argument with a science fiction fan. In the genre of science fiction you have to spread it much boarder than just science fiction. Because scifi can be anywhere from It’s Alive to Star Wars to Guardians of the Galaxy.

    Science fiction deals with race in a way any film in today’s standards can’t even touch.
    Star Trek had the first biracial kiss.
    Star Wars has employed actors that would have never been able to receive jobs because of height. Lando owned the millennium falcon before Han!
    Firefly the first mate is an African American female!

    You can not speak of science fiction without speaking of how ground breaking it can be in the space genre. So don’t think a chart means you truly know the facts when it seems you believe you can lump over a thousand different movies into one genre of just science fiction.

    Boo ya.


    I could say a lot of things here. I could try to explain to you what a “percentage” is, and how listing 5 casting decisions you consider ‘enough’ diversity don’t make much, if any, impact on the overall numbers. Especially ones from forty plus years ago.

    I could point out that you’re talking about TV shows as well, which aren’t a part of what this chart ^^ is measuring, which is the Top 100 Domestic Grossing Sci Fi and Fantasy Films, which is clearly states at the top.

    I could try and interpret the, uh, sentence: “In the genre of science fiction you have to spread it much boarder than just science fiction.” as meaning analyzing genres beyond Science Fiction, like Fantasy, which is included in the chart. Once again, big block letters “& FANTASY” at the top of the chart. Not only that, if you want to “spread it boarder”, the article already has that covered:

    This is not an isolated incident, but a wide reaching societal problem.

    Read more Diversity Gap studies on:

    The Academy Awards

    The Tony Awards

    The Emmy Awards

    The children’s book industry

    The New York Times Top 10 Bestseller List

    US politics

    But the real gist of what you are saying is that I or anyone who criticizes the SFF genre for lacking racial diversity isn’t a real fan, and that we should be satisfied with whatever bit parts (Lando and Ewoks?? Are you kidding??) and token representation actors of color are cast in.

    If you ask me, “real fans” of the genre believe that it is capable of better, and can survive and thrive on our critical consumption of it. If the sciences exist because of inquiry, research, and analysis, why wouldn’t science fiction do the same? After all, if something is to become a reality, it must first be imagined.


    They tried to use Firefly, a show that uses an entire culture as a backdrop for a space drama and two characters with the surname Tam who are not Chinese, to tell people that we should be grateful for scraps from Joss Whedon, who is not actually a feminist writer or producer. Who are they kidding?

    1. I am a huge fan of Firefly/Serenity

    2. I agree with this so hard it needs an onomatopoeia


    And that’s how you consume media critically.

    Off topic, but this discussion tweaked on some thoughts I’ve been having about Joss Whedon and how he’s been hailed uncritically as a Feminist writer and producer and director because he writes active, physically strong female leads when, actually, he’s really not Feminist in the way he uses those leads.

    Let me start by saying that I was and am a huge Buffy/Angel fan. I cannot express how much these shows meant to me, how much I adored them, what a difference they made to me during a difficult period of my life (my mid to late teens). BUT. That show is fucking awful to the female characters. The treatment of female as opposed to male characters is startling when you look at it in retrospect. Female characters are infinitely more disposable than male.

    Angel? Left and got his own show. Spike? Left, came back, left, came back and left again ad nauseum. Riley? Left and came back then left again. Oz? Left and came back and left again. Giles? Left and came back. Wesley? Left and got his own show.

    Now let’s look at female characters who bore roughly equal importance within the story as love interests, friends, or allies.

    Jenny? Dead. Kendra? Dead. Joyce? Dead. Tara? Dead. Cordelia? Dead. Anya? Dead. Fred? Dead.

    Every time that Joss really needed to hammer in a message about tragedy, hopelessness or darkness, the first tool he reached for was fridging the female. Did a beloved MALE character ever die in Buffy or Angel in order to increase the emotional stakes, tension, or sense of peril? No. The only time a male main character died for good in either show was Doyle, and that was because the actor was leaving, and they needed to get shot of the character fast. Generally, even when you thought one of the guys had died, they would come back, like Angel, and be fully reintegrated into the plot.

    Female characters who died only got to return briefly as avatars of evil, such as Jenny being used as the face of Buffy’s most dangerous enemy, the First Evil, Cordelia’s stint as the mother of Jasmine (and then for one further episode as herself, before dying again). Fred’s *actress* got to stay, but her soul got ripped to shreds so finally that there was no hope she’d ever return, and her body was left as the host for an evil goddess who later turned out to be not so bad, really, apart from that whole… murdering Fred, thing.

    What I’m saying here isn’t that Joss Whedon is an evil, terrible, no good misogynist. What I’m saying is that we shouldn’t so easily accept a male creator as a force for Feminism when his work displays such a stereotypical disregard for the female characters.

    Other factors to consider:

    The Goddamn infuriating Nice Guy Xander Harris, who slut-shames, assaults, judges, and dumps his way through the female cast and is still somehow billed as the series’ ‘heart’.

    The way that female sexuality is consistently punished. Buffy has sex with Angel = Angel turns evil and tries to kill everything she loves. Oz and Willow shown having sex = Oz turns feral and leaves her. Willow and Tara get back together and have sex = Tara dies and Willow turns evil. Buffy has a relationship with Spike = Xander shames her and then victim-blames her when Spike assaults her. Every other relationship Buffy has = Buffy gets dumped and has her heart broken.

    The way male sexuality is treated neutrally or rewarded. Xander sexually assaults Buffy while under magical influence and pretends to forget about it = no consequences. Xander tries to force Cordelia to love him and casts a love spell on all the women in town = no consequences. Xander has sex with Faith = no consequences. Xander jilts Anya at the alter = no consequences for Xander AT ALL OMG.

    This presents, to me, a picture of a male creator who WANTS to write a Feminist show full of strong characters, female, but is so mired in the tropes and conventions of our patriarchal media that he literally cannot help himself from conforming to them without even realising it.

    So basically… Joss Whedon isn’t in any position to be calling himself a Feminist. Even if he wanted to, which he doesn’t because he thinks we should call ourselves Humanists even though that completely misses the point and also already means something else anyway. *Sigh*

    Wow, so many good points on this post! But all I wanted to say was 6 out of the 8 movies with POC protagonists star Will Smith? LMAO!

    Like Langston Hughes said, sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying.

    (via medievalpoc)

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  7. lascasbookshelf:


    yeah I said


    Black London: Life Before Emancipation by Gretchen Gerzina (1995)
    A glimpse into the lives of the thousands of Africans living in eighteenth century London. 

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    Gerzina has written a fascinating account of London blacks, focusing on the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Because of a paucity of sources from blacks themselves, Gerzina had to rely primarily on glimpses through white eyes, especially those of antislavery advocate Granville Sharp. Gerzina is quite adept at culling evidence of a rich, complex black life, with significant interaction (and intermarriage) with the white community.

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    (via medievalpoc)


  9. greenwhimsy:



    tagged by: roxa, an ENFP

    rules: If you don’t know your personality type, take the test here. Find out what characters share the same personality type as you here and list the characters you find relevant below….

    I always get different results when I take Myers-Briggs tests! I’ve actually been keeping a log of my results in my gmail account. It looks like this:

    ENTP - 2

    ESFP - 2

    ESTP - 2

    ENFP - 1

    So clearly I’m extroverted and prospecting, but I flip-flop on the interior stuff. On this most recent test, though, I got ESFP, so I’ll go with that. 

    In conclusion, I definitely think I’m a little ESFP, but not nearly so hammy. I can be bubbly and spontaneous but I’m way more chill than a lot of these characters, and less fickle, I think. 

    You’re tagged if you wanna be. 

    I took this again today and got ENFP, which I think is much more me. Which means more characters! 

    • Marty McFly from Back to the Future (Yeah! I don’t know if I feel it’s accurate, but YEAH!)
    • Cher Horowitz from Clueless (Maybe?)
    • The eponymous Don Quixote (hmmm….)
    • Anna Bates from Downton Abbey (poor, Anna….)
    • Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (Oh no! At least I’m a good dancer). 
    • Anna from Frozen (accurate!)
    • Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls (YES! )
    • Blaine Anderson from Glee (Obviously the best Glee character)
    • Marshall Erikson from How I Met Your Mother (I would hope I’m less of a pushover, but I do love me some Marshmallow).
    • Jareth from Labyrinth (Put that magic junk on me!)
    • Peregrin Took (“Pippin”) from The Lord of the Rings (No! Is this the “lovable fool” Myers-Briggs result?)
    • Agent Jay from Men In Black (Yes! So true!)
    • Winston Bishop from New Girl (LMAO. Is it because I’m black?)
    • Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon from Sailor Moon (mmm, I think I’m more serious than Usagi. I don’t know which other scout I think I’m more like, though)
    • Patrick Star and the eponymous SpongeBob SquarePants (Yikes to Patrick. I can see me being Spongebob, though. Really, I’m like 50% Spongebob, 50% Squidward)
    • Rapunzel from Tangled (possible)
  10. I’m actually starting to feel a bit better but these gifs made me lol

  11. Oh hey, it’s finally October!


  12. alicedollhouse:


    tagged by: roxa, an ENFP

    rules: If you don’t know your personality type, take the test here. Find out what characters share the same personality type as you here and list the characters you find relevant below….

    I always get different results when I take Myers-Briggs tests! I’ve actually been keeping a log of my results in my gmail account. It looks like this:

    ENTP - 2

    ESFP - 2

    ESTP - 2

    ENFP - 1

    So clearly I’m extroverted and prospecting, but I flip-flop on the interior stuff. On this most recent test, though, I got ESFP, so I’ll go with that. 

    In conclusion, I definitely think I’m a little ESFP, but not nearly so hammy. I can be bubbly and spontaneous but I’m way more chill than a lot of these characters, and less fickle, I think. 

    You’re tagged if you wanna be. 


  13. "

    I asked seven anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians if they would rather have been a typical Indian or a typical European in 1491. None was delighted by the question, because it required judging the past by the standards of today—a fallacy disparaged as “presentism” by social scientists. But every one chose to be an Indian. Some early colonists gave the same answer. Horrifying the leaders of Jamestown and Plymouth, scores of English ran off to live with the Indians. My ancestor shared their desire, which is what led to the trumped-up murder charges against him—or that’s what my grandfather told me, anyway.

    As for the Indians, evidence suggests that they often viewed Europeans with disdain. The Hurons, a chagrined missionary reported, thought the French possessed “little intelligence in comparison to themselves.” Europeans, Indians said, were physically weak, sexually untrustworthy, atrociously ugly, and just plain dirty. (Spaniards, who seldom if ever bathed, were amazed by the Aztec desire for personal cleanliness.) A Jesuit reported that the “Savages” were disgusted by handkerchiefs: “They say, we place what is unclean in a fine white piece of linen, and put it away in our pockets as something very precious, while they throw it upon the ground.” The Micmac scoffed at the notion of French superiority. If Christian civilization was so wonderful, why were its inhabitants leaving?

    Like people everywhere, Indians survived by cleverly exploiting their environment. Europeans tended to manage land by breaking it into fragments for farmers and herders. Indians often worked on such a grand scale that the scope of their ambition can be hard to grasp. They created small plots, as Europeans did (about 1.5 million acres of terraces still exist in the Peruvian Andes), but they also reshaped entire landscapes to suit their purposes. A principal tool was fire, used to keep down underbrush and create the open, grassy conditions favorable for game. Rather than domesticating animals for meat, Indians retooled whole ecosystems to grow bumper crops of elk, deer, and bison. The first white settlers in Ohio found forests as open as English parks—they could drive carriages through the woods. Along the Hudson River the annual fall burning lit up the banks for miles on end; so flashy was the show that the Dutch in New Amsterdam boated upriver to goggle at the blaze like children at fireworks. In North America, Indian torches had their biggest impact on the Midwestern prairie, much or most of which was created and maintained by fire. Millennia of exuberant burning shaped the plains into vast buffalo farms. When Indian societies disintegrated, forest invaded savannah in Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, and the Texas Hill Country. Is it possible that the Indians changed the Americas more than the invading Europeans did? “The answer is probably yes for most regions for the next 250 years or so” after Columbus, William Denevan wrote, “and for some regions right up to the present time.”


    Quoted from the essay "1941" written by Charles C. Mann, about the major impact that Native Americans had on the Americas (ecologically and culturally) before white people invaded, bringing their diseases and shoving Christianity down the Indians’ throats and murdering them and banning their cultures.

    Check out the whole piece (which is rather long). (P.S thanks to @cazalis for sending me this great link)

    another excerpt:

    Human history, in Crosby’s interpretation, is marked by two world-altering centers of invention: the Middle East and central Mexico, where Indian groups independently created nearly all of the Neolithic innovations, writing included. The Neolithic Revolution began in the Middle East about 10,000 years ago. In the next few millennia humankind invented the wheel, the metal tool, and agriculture. The Sumerians eventually put these inventions together, added writing, and became the world’s first civilization. Afterward Sumeria’s heirs in Europe and Asia frantically copied one another’s happiest discoveries; innovations ricocheted from one corner of Eurasia to another, stimulating technological progress. Native Americans, who had crossed to Alaska before Sumeria, missed out on the bounty. “They had to do everything on their own,” Crosby says. Remarkably, they succeeded.

    When Columbus appeared in the Caribbean, the descendants of the world’s two Neolithic civilizations collided, with overwhelming consequences for both. American Neolithic development occurred later than that of the Middle East, possibly because the Indians needed more time to build up the requisite population density. Without beasts of burden they could not capitalize on the wheel (for individual workers on uneven terrain skids are nearly as effective as carts for hauling), and they never developed steel. But in agriculture they handily outstripped the children of Sumeria. Every tomato in Italy, every potato in Ireland, and every hot pepper in Thailand came from this hemisphere. Worldwide, more than half the crops grown today were initially developed in the Americas.

    Maize, as corn is called in the rest of the world, was a triumph with global implications. Indians developed an extraordinary number of maize varieties for different growing conditions, which meant that the crop could and did spread throughout the planet. Central and Southern Europeans became particularly dependent on it; maize was the staple of Serbia, Romania, and Moldavia by the nineteenth century. Indian crops dramatically reduced hunger, Crosby says, which led to an Old World population boom.

    Along with peanuts and manioc, maize came to Africa and transformed agriculture there, too. “The probability is that the population of Africa was greatly increased because of maize and other American Indian crops,” Crosby says. “Those extra people helped make the slave trade possible.” Maize conquered Africa at the time when introduced diseases were leveling Indian societies. The Spanish, the Portuguese, and the British were alarmed by the death rate among Indians, because they wanted to exploit them as workers. Faced with a labor shortage, the Europeans turned their eyes to Africa. The continent’s quarrelsome societies helped slave traders to siphon off millions of people. The maize-fed population boom, Crosby believes, let the awful trade continue without pumping the well dry.

    Back home in the Americas, Indian agriculture long sustained some of the world’s largest cities. The Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán dazzled Hernán Cortés in 1519; it was bigger than Paris, Europe’s greatest metropolis. The Spaniards gawped like hayseeds at the wide streets, ornately carved buildings, and markets bright with goods from hundreds of miles away. They had never before seen a city with botanical gardens, for the excellent reason that none existed in Europe. The same novelty attended the force of a thousand men that kept the crowded streets immaculate. (Streets that weren’t ankle-deep in sewage! The conquistadors had never heard of such a thing.) Central America was not the only locus of prosperity. Thousands of miles north, John Smith, of Pocahontas fame, visited Massachusetts in 1614, before it was emptied by disease, and declared that the land was “so planted with Gardens and Corne fields, and so well inhabited with a goodly, strong and well proportioned people … [that] I would rather live here than any where.”

    and another excerpt:

    In as yet unpublished research the archaeologists Eduardo Neves, of the University of São Paulo; Michael Heckenberger, of the University of Florida; and their colleagues examined terra preta in the upper Xingu, a huge southern tributary of the Amazon. Not all Xingu cultures left behind this living earth, they discovered. But the ones that did generated it rapidly—suggesting to Woods that terra preta was created deliberately. In a process reminiscent of dropping microorganism-rich starter into plain dough to create sourdough bread, Amazonian peoples, he believes, inoculated bad soil with a transforming bacterial charge. Not every group of Indians there did this, but quite a few did, and over an extended period of time.

    When Woods told me this, I was so amazed that I almost dropped the phone. I ceased to be articulate for a moment and said things like “wow” and “gosh.” Woods chuckled at my reaction, probably because he understood what was passing through my mind. Faced with an ecological problem, I was thinking, the Indians fixed it. They were in the process of terraforming the Amazon when Columbus showed up and ruined everything.

    (via badass-bharat-deafmuslim-artista)

    Reading 1491 was like the dark curtain of my own ignorance beginning to lift. An accessible read that made me feel so foolish for not learning any of this - or questioning what little, often racist crap I had learned - earlier.

    (via rkahn)

    (via kristenacampora)

  14. nicolescerra:

    Rose lady colored. #illustration #myart #nscerra #paintings


  15. shannonmayillustration:


    Exhibition Poster for an illustration process work show that I curated for The University of Central Missouri. 

    Really psyched to have the chance to curate a show with so many of my favorite illustrators!

    I have work in this show curated by the most excellent johnfmalta and filled with tons of great illustrators talking about their process! Yeah!