for those who do not know who cybersix is.

I always feel so pained when people don’t know Cybersix.

Cybersix is a forgotten national treasure of Canadian programming — it’s an unexpected collaboration between the Japanese studio TMS Animation and the Canadian animation network Teletoon. It’s a loose adaptation of the Argentine comic of the same name and cancelled only after a 13 episode season run (probably because it was too good to exist) and market distribution thereafter has been limited and obscure at best.

The MC is genderqueer/nonbinary who presents as a male teacher by day and a lady crime fighter by night, has a brother who also happens to be a panther who also fights crime, has a bara love interest who is drawn to both identities, the villains are ex-Nazi SS agents, AMAZING ANIMATION, and so many other great things.

Also the opening is gorgeous.












"I loved you, always.”

going to comment a little on this game: the overseeing voice talks as if it owns you, and defies your free will. if you follow its orders, you are praised, and the worldview becomes sharper and more detailed. if you don’t, you are chastised, and the world becomes more vague and difficult to navigate, but also more colourful and loud. it’s odd, and sort of eerie, but definitely interesting. take it as you will.

This game really unsettles me. It unsttles me that my first choice to obey, and when I played again and disobeyed, I got really emotional really fast. Failure hurt me more the more I disobeyed. It was… interesting to experience.

i’ve always said we are trained to obey more than to think.

holy shit. i reblogged this the first time without playing. then i played in and it is terrifying. i very much like this, but it will give you intense feelings. 

What’s the game??

you obey everything the game tells you too, even jumping into barbs and basically killing yourself. if you dont youre chastised and even the scolding is terrifying

So, essentially, it’s a game that illustrates what it’s like to be in an abusive parents or an abusive relationship - and how it affects you emotionally. That is horrific and ingenious - the next time someone negates the affects of emotional abuse, I’ll take them to this game and let them come to their own conclusions.

This game absolutely gets it. The most solid and reliable degradation is a gendered insult. The more you obey and co-operate, the better understanding you seem to have of your word, and things seem easier. But what really gets me is the contradiction. You are not allowed to have the correct answer. Are you a boy or a girl? The answer is no, I will give you the answer. even towards the end, your “praise” is “no, I will give you the answer. You earned this answer, but it is given to you by me.” Disobeying makes the world frightening and confusing and difficult, but beautiful in a world devoid of flavour.

Not just a gendered insult, either. The nameless voice that directs the player’s actions is supposed to be a hateful, abusive monster, and when the game’s designers asked themselves “okay, what’s the most degrading, dehumanising thing this voice could possibly do to the player?”, the answer they came up with was “deliberately misgender them”.

Played it both ways — one where I implicitly obeyed everything and the other where I defied wherever I could.

Both endings are abrupt and without any sort of contextual resolution. When you obey, you’re praised and you’re given a clear landscape and what appears to be a coin (so a reward), but with the clear knowledge everything is at the behest of the voice, who is so very pleased to own you. When you play the game defyingly, the voice that smugly tells you that it will make you beg ends up being the one that begs at the end. “Why do you hate me? I loved you.” “Where will you go? Will you stay close?” You’re given the choice between going and staying. If you choose to go, you’re given an unending corridor to walk through filled with the colorful glitchy distortion obscuring everything. It ends as you walk down it.

On one hand, you’re given the world you know, with all your needs met, but none of the will. On the other hand, you’re given a world of opportunity that’s entirely yours but it’s undefined, unknown, and unending.

It’s definitely an emotional experience.

Anonymous asked:

Hi Chira! I was thinking of introducing a vampire manga to a friend of mine, but I forgot what it was called. I just remembered I found out about it through your tumblr. It has to do with gay vampires being ridiculous with each other and likes to drink each other's blood, and one of them for some reason becomes an underwear model. And then there was a lesbian couple who had a much healthier relationship. If you could help me jog my memory, that would be awesome, thanks in advance!

I don’t know if there’s a better way to pitch Vassalord than this.

Anonymous asked:

hello! i know you're super busy with a bunch of new projects lately, which are super cool too!! but i was wondering if you were ever gonna get back to sfeer theory?? i don't mind a wait but i rly love the comic so some sort of announcement would be amazing. ; ;

Exciting news for you then! Sfeer Theory is coming back in October. Luca’s face will grace us all once more.



Valor is a comic anthology of re-imaged fairy tales showcasing the talent of some of the top creators in the field of digital comics. The purpose of this book is to pay homage to the strength, resourcefulness, and cunning of female heroines in fairy tales.

Some of these are recreations of time-honored tales. Others are brand new stories, designed to be passed to future generations.

The anthology will be young adult friendly and in color, each story being 4 to 15 pages long. Due to us meeting stretch goals, we also added amazing book extras : more comics and prose stories! That’s more than 300 pages of new fairy tales!

The kickstarter will end in 4 days. 

To see more information about the lovely 24 creators on the team or to back the kickstarter, CLICK HERE!

Valor is in its final hours (it ends tonight, August 30!) so if you want to get in on it now’s the chance. While it’s had a super successful run (all the stretch goals hit and breaking a whopping $100K!) it should be noted that the more its funded the more the contributing creators will be paid, so any contributions at this point directly supports the artists!

And, also, you get a hell of an amazing book (and a bunch of other goodies). Please check it out while you can, it’s worth your time!

Once I was sitting at a convention table promoting That Which Wills, the first story of which being outright gay erotica. Sometimes when guys pick it up they either put it down straightaway like their hands have been burned, or act like they’re holding a baby upside down. Then up comes the biggest dudebro to ever dudebro with his dudebro friend, and my expectations were very low when they picked up the book.

"Oh, hello!" He starts laughing when he turns to one of the sexier pages. "They look like they’re having fun." And proceeds to keep reading.

His friend rolls his eyes and comments he didn’t know mr dudebro was into that sort of thing, to which dudebro snorts back. “Why do I have to be into anything? Gay people exist in real life so it makes fucking sense they should exist in stories, dude?”

He ended up reading half of the book, chatted happily with me about the characters, bought it, shook my hand, and went on his merry way.

It’s something I remember from time to time because it’s an example of how uncomplicated it should really be.

asleeponabench asked:

Where's a good place to start with DWJ books? Anywhere?

"Anywhere" is always a good start, but how can I pass up to rec DWJ books!!! Here’s a guide of some personal favorites.

  • Howl’s Moving Castle: By far her most famous work, largely in thanks to the Ghibli film adaptation, but while the Ghibli film makes for a truly excellent movie (I love it dearly!), it also has the distinction of not being a very good adaptation. The premise of book and movie remain the same, however: the young hat-maker Sophie becomes cursed by the Witch of the Waste to be an old woman, and on her quest to break the curse she finds herself caretaking for the infamous Wizard Howl and his moving castle.

    Sequels include Castle in the Air and House of Many Ways, both stories explore the world of Howl’s Moving Castle but with different leading casts.

  • The Chronicles of Chrestomanci: Probably the closest thing that counts as a book series from DWJ. The books explore the role of Chrestomanci, a powerful appointed enchanter who polices the use and misuse of magic across multiple parallel worlds.

    Consists of six novels and a short-story collection, recommended in this reading order: Charmed Life, The Lives of Christopher Chant, Conrad’s Fate, Magicians of Caprona, Witch Week, Mixed Magics, The Pinhoe Egg.

  • Deep Secret: A book tailor-made for tumblr’s lifestyle. Follows a very cranky computer game programmer who is also a magical agent that protects the multiverse while simultaneously attending a sci-fi/fantasy convention. He teams up with a sullen, homely college girl and her teenaged cousin. Includes classic con memories like: that awkward moment when your ex-hookup is also a pro furry porn artist, discussions on centaur-human sex and the political ramifications thereof, and how to navigate con raves while dealing with the fall of an empire. Has a spin-off sequel titled The Merlin Conspiracy.

  • The Homeward Bounders: A boy accidently discovers mysterious beings who make the world and the people who live in it a tabletop game. He’s discarded off the playing field (his home) and cursed to immortally wander across multiple worlds to find his home again. Despite how silly that sounds as a premise this book tore my heart out and stole my lunch money and made me cry for an entire day, So, you know, I really love it.

  • Archer’s Goon: Howard and his sister “Awful” (so nicknamed) come home from school one day to find a goon demanding 2000 words from his writer father on behalf of someone called Archer. From there on it leads to discovering their town is ruled by seven sibling wizards bent on world domination. I’ve read this book so many times the spine is breaking apart.

I could make the list so much longer because there’s so many more favorites (Hexwood, Fire and Hemlock, Eight Days of Luke, Unexpected Magics, Time of the Ghost—-ugh!!! so many!!! check them all out too) but I was restrained and limited myself to describing five.

Anonymous asked:

Hey, Chira! Google said that today's Dianne Wynne Jones' 80th birthday! If you have some neat idea on how to celebrate, you should totally do it!

I may draw something if I have the time and the right inspiration. Who knows. I’ll be coming back to DWJ sooner or later, she’s never that far away from me.

But for now I can share my story about her.

I discovered Howl’s Moving Castle when I was 19 (eight years ago). I wrote her a letter when I was 21, when I was getting very deep into her other books, especially Chrestomanci. The year when I was 21 was very, very awful, I went through some pretty brutal events, but her books were a great comfort and a great inspiration. They helped sort out a lot of understanding and tangled knots in myself. Naturally, I drew a ton of fanart, which a lot of people probably still know me by. It’s pretty old now. So I sent her some of that fanart, and a really embarrassing letter sharing what I appreciated about her books (her family dynamics, the lessons in them, how to deal with people you love and trust who disappoint you, among other things) and asked some questions about her characters that were plaguing me.

I honestly didn’t expect her to write back. So when I got a mysterious envelope with no return address and opened it up and saw what it was, I legitimately dropped it on my desk and went to go hide under my blankets. Eventually I crawled out and read it.

Dear Jayd,

          Thank you very much for sending me your fan pictures. The finished ones are awfully good and all of them show that you have really got inside the characters and their relationships, as if you knew them personally. You seem to be as interested in family dynamics and personal relationships as I am. I discovered I was while writing a story when I was fourteen (a long time ago now) about a large group of kids who, for various reasons, kept splitting into smaller groups - where upon the dynamics among them changed markedly and kept surprising me. I always like to be surprised by people in my books, as well as other things. For this reason I never actually plan what it is to happen in any detail. Teachers are always surprised and disapproving when I say this to kids, but it is really the best way. The story then becomes a living thing, going its own way.

          It is good to think you are searching out my books and reading them. Have you read my Dalemark Quartet yet? I think you’ll enjoy those. The relationships in the earlier books took me totally by surprise in the last one, by more or less standing on their heads. And if you read the books in the right order, they build into something more, in a way that I am quite proud of.

          As for Cat, it is fairly obvious that he has been damaged by his sister and slowly healing. There is certainly going to be another book with him in it. But I am not sure about Chrestomanci’s earlier life, largely because I suspect his knighthood was a boring matter of government endowing him with it for Services to Magic. But it may not be. We shall see. You have probably put ideas into my head.

          Thank you, and best wishes,

          Diana Wynne Jones

I only wrote her one other letter after that, a couple of years later. I put it off for so long because I wanted to draw her something more worthwhile. I don’t think I managed, but I accumulated a lot of sketches and art, and hearing news of her sickness I decided better now than never, so I bundled all that together and sent her that.

I received a reply about half-year before she died. In it she mentioned how she had stopped responding to letters because of how difficult the cancer was, but she handwrote one to me anyway to tell me she hung up my pictures on her fridge and her family had wonderful things to say on it. I would say that it’s an honor (I mean, it is) and that she was so considerate of me (she was), but I was grateful my art could delight her even a fraction of the way her writing delighted me.

I’m a little sad I never got to draw an illustration for her I felt was worthwhile, but that’s why one of my great dreams is to do an art fanbook on her bibliography, but I feel I still need to learn a thing or two first, about art and myself. Her stories are still helping in that regard. I still haven’t finished reading all of them (I have about eight or so left, including the Dalemark Quartet, which I’m saving for last). I imagine the day I do is the day I start working on that artbook.

And I spend a lot of time wondering about that first letter, and the stories she ran out of time to tell. I’m less sad about that, though. I can’t really say why. Maybe it’s because she told so many already. Or maybe because she’s always had a healthy respect for the imagination of her readers to carry things out where she didn’t.

Happy birthday.