Posted 1 month ago


I don’t generally reblog things. But Miyazaki is an exception, and this is so so so so beautiful. He gets it.

And slowly answer’d Arthur from the barge:
  “The old order changeth, yielding place to new,
  And God fulfils Himself in many ways,
  Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.”

- From Morte d’Arthur by Alfred Lord Tennyson

(Source: ricktimus)

Posted 2 months ago


Hello everyone,

The Kickstarter for Amya’s next print project has gone live!

Please check it our here:

Amya tells the story of Faye, a mute spell-touched who lives a sheltered life as the youngest daughter to a great lord. She is burdened with dark dreams of an apocalypse, and it isn’t long until her tranquil life changes when a fateful encounter with a young man sends her on a spiraling journey of self-discovery.  

As Faye and her unlikely companions pursue an adventure that is greater than any of them could have anticipated, she discovers how heavy the burden she carries truly is. She is to be the pinnacle of the world’s survival or destruction, and must decide if she wishes to sacrifice her own humanity for the world — or the world for her humanity.

Please consider supporting the campaign by either spreading the word or donating. It would mean so much to us! Amya is our dream as well as our passion. We need your help to take it further!

All my thanks,

Savannah Houston-McIntyre

Posted 3 months ago


HAPPY CANADA DAY! For Canada Day, read this short Superhero Girl comic I made last year for the True Patriot anthology! It was based on a true experience I had when someone asked me “what makes Superhero Girl a Canadian superhero?” and I was like uhhhhh?

The League of Villainous Canadian Stereotypes was my boyfriend Tim’s idea. He is a great idea man! 

Enjoy my Canadian comic and have a great Canada Day! I am celebrating by working a lot. ;)

Found in my tumblr feed from yesterday. The League of Villainous Canadian Stereotypes is now my favorite villain team.

Posted 4 months ago

Was that a wrong turn back there? A reflection on a recent experience.

Fair warning: what follows is something halfway between a gripe and a query.  If it sounds like sour grapes, it probably is, but it’s also me putting my experience out there, what I got out of it, and asking The Internet a simple question “was I crazy?”

Halfway through March, I learned that a Massive Open Online Course was going to be held about creating comics.  As I’ve been floundering in this area for upwards of two years by this point, I thought to myself, “this might be a good way to get myself the perspective I so desperately need”.  Also, it had a comic writer I respected greatly as part of the guest instructor lineup, so I could hardly go wrong there.    

Well, either I didn’t read the description right or something because the course wasn’t about making comics - exactly - but about making comic pitches.  A useful skill, I’m sure, but not what I was looking for.  Still, the course was “free” (it did cost me a good chunk of my monthly bandwidth for the video calls, which actually caused my ISP to shut me down at one point - a fun experience, that.  Also I had to plunk money on a proper webcam for the final exercise - more on that later), and the instructors talked about how building a pitch was a wonderful way to solidify a story.  So, I soldiered on.  

We had to come to the course already with a comic idea.  I was drawing a blank at the time, so I took an older idea and an older character I’d been toying with for some years, dusted them off, and set them up for the course.  Maybe I could breathe new life into them, I thought.

The course started March 23, and “ended” April 20.  So, four weeks of effort.  Week one had us making elevator pitches and starting pitch outlines (but not finishing them).  Week two was supposedly about worldbuilding.  Well, having to make a map or two could qualify, but making Pinterest accounts and grabbing images across the Internet to describe your comic seemed odd to me.  That exercise I bombed, because we needed a minimum of 20 images and by the deadline I could only nail 13.  

It was here that I was introduced to the two “tools” used to assess the work being done.  One was a weekly article on 13thDimension dot com about the course, where some of the work by the students would be showcased.  Of the 200+ students, only two or three students would be showcased in each article.  The other, was what was called the “32Q” approach: list 3 things you liked about the submission, 2 things that needed work, and finally a Question designed to push the person being assessed forward.  This sounds useful, but the instructors didn’t do this for the students.  Instead, they wanted the students to do this for each other.  

This strikes me as suspiciously like the instructors copping the hard part of teaching - grading the work - on the students themselves.  But, I figured we’d all be graded at the end of the course, when our final presentations - a video outlining our pitch - would be presented.  

The third week was possibly the most useful, as the required reading articles had some actual practical application to that week’s subject: i.e. setting goals and building a schedule.  The fourth week, the video presentation, was the final exercise, and seemed to assume we all had some basic knowledge of video editing.  I did not - I knew this going in and tried to enlist a friend of mine who did know video editing somewhat to help.  Only he wasn’t able to show up, and I had to wing it.  

At the end of the course, there was no assessment of our work done by the instructors.  No final grade or critique.  The final 13thdimension article never materialized as of this writing.  Instead, we were asked to fill out a survey about the MOOC, and invited to sign up for daily mini-challenges.  

The instructors themselves were largely absent save for weekly “status updates” and the weekly video sessions where they hobnobbed with the guest instructors I mentioned earlier - picking the brains of their guests with only a few questions from the students.  They did have “office hours”, where students could talk to them in a videoconference - but those vanished at the end of the second week.  

It is now two weeks since the course ended.  I’ve been puttering with the comic pitch I cobbled together, but the drive and direction I’d hoped to acquire is gone once more.  I hope what contributions I gave helped some of my fellow students (a tough thing since, as an introvert, helping others isn’t something I do easily - or well), but overall I cannot shake the feeling that the course was more harm than help.  That, at the end of the day, I wasted my time, and am now poorer for the experience.  

It’s possible, since I was also dealing with changing employers at this time, and dealing with a nasty cold and with numerous small crises with family and work, that I simply had too much on my plate when this course was running and that might have sapped my ability to glean anything truly useful from it.  It is also possible that my not getting anything tangible out of the course might be a big clue delivered by my subconscious that maybe making comics isn’t something I can do.  Which, in turn, makes the last ten years of my life a huge waste and leaves me even more rudderless for the remaining 40+ years of my life.  

Or maybe, the fact that this whole course felt like a class run by a demoralized and apathetic substitute teacher - who gets us to watch a video and maybe write a test on what we saw (but then never grades) - meant that the course itself was not suitable.  

I don’t know.

So, Internet, I put the question to you, given the above: am I crazy?  Was I wasting my time?

Posted 6 months ago
History is replete with turning points, lieutenant. You must have faith."
“That the universe will unfold as it should.
Spock and Valeris, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Posted 6 months ago

Your Bad Joke for the Day

Q: What language do Gary Mitchell, Lyta Alexander, and Misaka Mikoto all have in common?

A: ESPer-anto.

Posted 7 months ago






Tortoise Taxi. “You realize I bill by the minute, right?”

(Source: peachsap)

Posted 7 months ago

I intended this for Character Solidifying Sunday, but wound up delivering it a little late (ugh).  Still, given the relative dearth of output for quite some time, it’s better late than never.  

Teri has been a character that’s been in my head for almost five years now, and she’s survived more than a few failed projects with her core identity intact.  In every project, she’s been an officer in a future space force, always an explorer, a competent if not exceptional officer, and a fighter if the situation called for it.  However, many of the worlds I put her in were somewhat cramped for someone like her (imagine if Captain Kirk was only able to explore one planet in the Solar System, with the rest of the galaxy forever beyond his reach.  That was Teri’s problem, and one of the myriad reasons why my stories kept failing with her).  I’m experimenting with a story that will finally let her cut loose.  We’ll see what happens.

Here, I’ve given her look a bit of an update, and tested out some colors to see how they work.  No shading here - I’ll save that for when I’m more confident in my coloring skills.

Posted 9 months ago




Novelist error messages.

Too perfect!


Y’know, if creativity DID come with error messages, it’d be a LOT easier to debug…

Posted 9 months ago

Winter in Fredericton: a haiku

As I walk to work
I see snowplows clear the streets
Sparks fly as they do.