My piece for the “Fangamer ♥ Attract Mode” show in Seattle on August 30th at 1927 Events (Facebook Event). If you’re in town for PAX, this is the party you want to go to. Buy art, play some new games, and catch live performances from Mega Ran and Virt.
This one’s called “Hyrule, Summer ‘99”.
I know Link is supposed to be the hero, but the character that’s written ends up being very different from the character I actually play in the game; a nosey little hoarder that smashes every jar he lays eyes on. If his Summer of 1999 was anything like mine, maybe he just liked to hang out with his friends in parking lots and screw around with a video camera.
Alice in Wonderland opening credit artwork.
They mispelled “Carroll” in the opening credits…
You had one job, Disney!
Disabled characters are written into stories for one reason: the disability. Do most people actually believe real disabled people spend our days obsessing about being cured? Or rhapsodizing about killing ourselves? Here is the truth: Disabled people barely ever even think about our disabilities. When we do think about them, it’s usually because we are dealing with an oppressive, systemic problem, such as employment discrimination. Can’t there ever be a disabled character in a book or film just because? Where the topic doesn’t ever come up? All sorts of interesting stories can be written about a disabled character, without the disability ever being mentioned. You know, just like real people.
The vast majority of writers who have used disabled characters in their work are not people with disabilities themselves. Because disabled people have been peripheral for centuries, we’ve been shut out of the artistic process since the beginning. As a result, the disabled characters we’re presented with usually fit one or more of the following stereotypes: Victim, Villain, Inspiration, Monster. And the disabled character’s storyline is generally resolved in one of a few ways: Cure, Death, Institutionalization."
I know of a disabled woman who, in a writing class, wrote a disabled character into her story. The rest of the class spent all day trying to determine what her character’s disability “symbolized”, and refused to believe her when she said the character just had a disability, she wasn’t there for some grand purpose.