Sunday, March 23, 2014

What Am I Doing? An Update


Table of contents for this post:

1. Cartoons
2. Hip hop production
3. Miscellaneous
4. Finishing up law school

1. Cartoons


I'm working on a long-form cartoon called "Four Disney Princesses as REAL WOMEN." It parodies two things we've been seeing lately.

First, it makes fun of all these annoying features about ads and photography projects that use "real women" or "realistic women" as models and demand that we give whatever magazine or clothing line used them a pat on the back.

I'm a feminist and I guess in some ways I should be in favor of this facet of the body-positive movement, but I don't know, it's just too smarmy and obnoxious. It ultimately has no real meaning and doesn't help anything. And what the fuck is a "real" woman? Skinny women and morbidly obese women are just as real as average-figured women. So this cartoon makes fun of the use of that term.

Second, the long-form cartoon makes fun of the less widespread "Disney princesses wearing modern clothes" concept that I see on places like Tumblr.

Here's the latest version of another of my real woman princesses:


Stop wearing gym shoes with office clothes, people! This goes for both men and women. If you really don't want to wear your heels during your commute, then wear flats or at least less clunky sneakers. It's not as though ugly sneakers and uncomfortable high heels are the only two options.

2. Music


Some of you know that I've been very casually producing music over the past couple of years under the name Twitchy The Killer. My current project is a mashup of two extremely catchy songs. I'm not usually into mashups, and I've never made one before, but for some reason I had a strong urge to see if I could make an already catchy song even catchier. The two songs are Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood and Feel So Close by Calvin Harris. Amazingly (to me), this mashup has apparently never been tried before, so mine will be the first. 

To get harmony, I brought the Calvin Harris song up in pitch by three semitones. I also sped up the tempo slightly to match that of the Neighbourhood song. Here's the latest draft:


Check this out on Chirbit

If you want to see my finished work, go to my SoundCloud page. I still haven't gotten around to buying a good microphone, so I don't have any vocals for you, sorry.

3. Miscellaneous


I'm also writing. Mainly under a secret name. I'm working on other stuff too.

4. Finishing up law school


Oh right, I'm finishing up law school here at Northwestern. My course-load this semester is brutal. Good thing the school isn't making me pay tuition!



Friday, December 20, 2013

McDonald's Food Stamp Sweepstakes Cartoon From Finish To Start

This parody advertisement criticizing McDonald's is going to be in a long-form cartoon I'm working on. For now, it's up on Feldman the Cat. Here it is from the final product all the way back to the pencil version. Generally with my cartoons, I draw them in pencil, then ink them, then scan them and color and modify them in Photoshop. Additionally, with this one, I ended up grabbing the real Monopoly font and making a little logo with rounded-corner rectangles.












Tuesday, November 26, 2013

My Cartoons On Fast Food Strike Signs Were Distributed Throughout The Midwest Last August And Managed To Grab Some Cameras

At the last minute I made several cartoon posters for different cities in the Upper Midwest that were used in local instances of the August 31st nationwide low-wage/fast food worker strikes. This is not my best work because it was rushed, I didn't have my choice of implements available, and because even just three months ago I was noticeably worse at drawing cartoons than I am now. 

The cartoons I'm drawing for the next strike and for viral content we're planning to release after it are much better than these. And be sure to visit my webcomic, Feldman the Cat. Anyway, here you go:

A man holds my anthropomorphic burger sign in Bloomington, Illinois on the local CBS affiliate.

For some reason, the news show chose to focus on the little sign-on-a-sign that the burger was holding instead of the burger itself. 

Unfortunately I didn't find any pictures or videos of this sign that was sent to Springfield, Illinois. However, in the following video I do hear Springfield rally-goers chanting "Why make a Big Mac for a small wage?"
http://www.illinoishomepage.net/story/fast-food-workers-want-minimum-wage-raise/d/story/v-X--kOC1kyRud731EJ_ow
  
Anthropomorphic french fries that were sent to Indianapolis, Indiana.


Keep watching this blog for much better and cooler cartoons that I've been drawing for this campaign. In the meantime, visit my webcomic, which I've actually been updating, at fthecat.com

Here, have a recent picture of me. Very sleepy: 



Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sorry, Busy, Cartoons

New post coming soon about the propaganda cartoons the fast food strike campaign has been having me make. Sorry for the lack of updates here and on Feldman. That'll change soon.

Here, have a picture of me, on the left, from August with my friend Jon:


I'm about ten pounds lighter than in this picture though, it's absurd. I've lost 45 pounds since last school year when I was 225 at six feet. What's weird is I looked fine at 225, and I'm not losing muscle, so I don't understand where I was keeping everything. 


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Working On 3 New Cartoons At Once

I'm sorry guys, I've been pretty busy trying to burgeon into a real lawyer. Starting my third year now and this is already the time to be applying for permanent jobs. Things will calm down in a little bit.

Anyway, now that I'm back in Chicago I'll get to work on the three half-finished cartoons I've been working on. There are also other projects on the way.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Here, Have A Cartoon Edit About George Zimmerman

While I do have a cartoon that I'm still working on from the trial, here's an edit I made of a cartoon about George Zimmerman by editorial cartoonist Dana Summers. It seemed like it was going in the right direction, and then BAM!, it went somewhere else. Here is the original cartoon:



And here is what I thought the cartoon was going to be:

How does it feel to be black?


I had to make it in MS Paint this morning, in a hurry. Creating the K out of an "I" and a rotated V was kind of tricky.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Next Step For Florida After Trayvon Martin Is For A Black Teenager To Be Wrongfully Convicted Of Felony Murder And For People To Actually Notice

Florida is a horrible state with horrible laws. The self-defense and gun laws have gotten a lot of attention lately because of George Zimmerman and his killing of Trayvon Martin, but in the other direction, Florida's felony murder rules are also horrible.

In simple terms, felony murder is when somebody who directly killed nobody is convicted of murder because a death resulted from a crime they were involved in. In the United States, this kind of thing is generally left up to state law, so felony murder laws vary wildly by state. Some felony murder laws make sense. For example, if two people kidnap a child and holds the child for ransom, and one of them murders the child because the ransom is not met, it makes sense to punish both kidnappers for murder.

However, Florida's felony murder rules are so insane that people can be convicted of murder and sent to prison for decades for ridiculous reasons. For example, with a really broad felony murder law, a person can be convicted for murder if they punch a friend at a bar in the stomach, the person wanders out of the bar, and a piano falls on the person and kills them. This is bad!

So I guess the next step for Florida, if it plans to keep this thing going, is for a black teenager to be convicted of felony murder for something absurd like standing near a bank while it's being robbed and making eye contact with a robber-murderer, and then for America to somehow notice this case and be outraged by it.