raspberryrain: (cutie mark?)

I thought Elena was a good, common, pretty name that I’d somehow never used for one of my characters. Oh, yeah, that’s why. Well, the names are different in rhythm and syllable length, so it didn’t occur to me until later.

Elena Nicodemo, Elaine Spratt, & the artist
raspberryrain: (clavicle)

"If you can't tell, you're a dumb liberal."
"I mean, come on, Pocahontas is a Disney Princess."
"That was a dumb movie."
"Canonically, the most beautiful of the Disney Princesses."
"OK, one, that's crazy, and two, you're missing the point."
"Am I? What's wrong with being Pocahontas?"
"It's not the movie!"
"You have something against Indians?"
raspberryrain: "Waiting for the train" cropped and colour-shifted (rain)

I am still less than perfectly happy with this strip. But I guess it’s an OK start? I may be revisiting this subject over time.
raspberryrain: (Default)

“The character of Jenny Everywhere is available for use by anyone, with only one condition. This paragraph must be included in any publication involving Jenny Everywhere, in order that others may use this property as they wish. All rights reversed.”
raspberryrain: GIF (stunned)

I may be writing again, but it's not going to be coming out fast. Unless tomorrow I suddenly decide comics are a waste of time and write it as prose.
raspberryrain: (outdoor)

Late yesterday I decided that my artwork this hot summer needed a preponderance of swimsuits. Also redheads for some reason. And hey, look, Ellery’s mother is conveniently redheaded!

Read more if you want to see me ramble about vocabulary for some reason. )

Oh, and these two have swapped typefaces from the previous strip Ellery's mother appeared in, back in 2014: "Ellery needs air." A minor touch only I care about, but there it is.
raspberryrain: (yuck)

I don’t claim to know what the best answer is for the European Union nor for Great Britain. I was in favour of “Grexit” because I thought the Euro had failed the European periphery, and that Greece was being abused by the European Central Bank. “Brexit” is very different, but when I first heard it proposed, I sort of liked the idea of the EU losing ground, and maybe I still do. The truth is, when it comes to what I actually care more about—the knock-on effect of this vote on countries still attached to Europe and the Euro—I don’t know what the effect will be, and so I don’t know what to tell you.

But the main visible advocates of the “Leave” faction are sufficiently unpleasant to make me want not to support them. Nigel Farage remains a stupid toad. Gove has a strangely worrying smile on his face; what does he think he’s pulling over?

And Boris Johnson says he’ll apologise on telly if Brexit precipitates a recession. Well, that will accomplish just about nothing!

Put some skin in the game, Boris! Promise you’ll give up something that costs you! Maybe you should pledge that if Brexit causes Britain serious economic or political problems in the first five years, you will donate your entire fortune to a preserve for moose and squirrel!
raspberryrain: (Default)
I started this the 15th! I just didn't work on it often enough.

Of course Ellery and lamia-Ellery don't have matching eye textures. Neither have they matching skin textures, nor hair textures.
raspberryrain: (outdoor)

This is late. I'm sorry.

For anyone who stumbles on this by accident: No, most of the comic isn't like this. Most of the time Ellery isn't like this; usually her hair is even shorter and she's in modern clothes. Most of the comic avoids high fantasy tropes; this is 'fantasy Ellery.' Most of the time (so far) there isn't even a comic.

For that rare person who actually recognizes these characters from other art posts, sorry, I zonked out today & got this done late. It's rushed enough that I didn't give Ellery her giant sword, and I didn't render Lady Azal's piebald unicorn. Maybe they'll have them in another scene.
raspberryrain: (Default)

Yes, Bernie Sanders has mainly lagged behind Hillary Rodham Clinton in nationwide polls. Now it looks like she’ll win the primary.

But calls for the party to unify around her now are still premature.

I’m looking at you, George Takei. You’re a Californian! California hasn’t even had its presidential primary yet!

“Bernie Sanders fans” still have points to rack up, & delegates to elect. This is internal party politics, & it matters. Party members can make some difference to what kind of party the Democrats will be in the future.

The nominee will have months after the last primary to convince the other half of the party to support their bid. There’s plenty of time then.

You know, in some countries, an entire national election takes less than eight weeks! Some U.S. states don’t have their primaries for state office until late summer!

Hillary could ask for & get progressive support when the time came. But her supporters have been trying to stop the primary & declare her the winner throughout the season.

And that’s tacky.

raspberryrain: (raised eyebrow)

Well, that's entirely too much text. Here's a transcript:
About now, Raspberry is waking up, after finally getting a full night’s sleep, and regretting handing the comic strip over to me. And because she’s a big ol’ nerd, she’s going to regret not being able to use the comics to talk about politics during a very contentious US Presidential primary season.

Well, it’s a good day to talk politics, anyway. I can do that!

1) Hillary Clinton winning the Iowa caucus was not ‘historic’ nor even new. She won most of the primaries in 2008.
2) Clinton voters then were pretty much either white people, or anti-black racists. Minorities voted for Obama. Why does anyone think black voters love Hillary?
3) When Ta-Nehisi Coates criticized Sanders for not supporting reparations, Coates was not endorsing Hillary. He scolded Sanders for being too similar to Hillary, because neither support Coates’s call for reparations. Coates had hoped Sanders would listen to his ideas, and then his ego was wounded when Sanders didn’t return his calls. So Coates wrote a ‘White people suck’ article naming Sanders. But it’s not pro-Hillary.
4) Hillary took donations from private prison companies as late as last September. She stopped, finally, because folks noticed.

Media companies dominated by white conservatives keep saying that black Americans are reliable Clinton supporters? No, Bill & Hillary are just ‘the devil we know.’ They’re still white, ‘tough on crime,’ mostly conservative Democrats.

The real story about black voters is this: We know the Clintons are shit, because they’ve been shit to us.

I think if Bernie Sanders were a Christian, he’d be running way ahead of Hillary already.


Same disclaimer as with Elaine's conspiracy theories: Opinions expressed by the characters do not necessarily correspond to those of the author, let alone to reality. That said, I did enough research on this one I think it's pretty close to reality.
raspberryrain: (funky)

New month, and in the interest of getting the strip back on track, I’m letting Mayomi be the voice of the strip for a while. She’ll do things a little differently, I think.

And, oops, it’s already the 2nd. Off to an auspicious start! e_e

This is about as close as I have ever come to actually using word balloons in my comics. >_<

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