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Anonymous asked
I just wanted to make sure you know asexuals can have positive and active sex life. I saw a post where somebody asked if Hyde was asexual and I wasn't sure if you knew about this.

My present understanding was that some asexual people choose to have sex for the sake of their partners but would not generally seek out sex of their own accord. However my knowledge of the subject is (obviously) secondhand, so if I am incorrect please let me know!
But if possible I would appreciate a non-anon message- since this is an art and storytelling blog, and I’m no expert on sexuality, I’d prefer not to clutter up people’s dashboards with my posts, lol. Thank you!



heads up:

I’m super super super super super busy this week (and probably next) with work and extra freelance work and more work and I’ve got some tight deadlines, so I may be slow to reply to anything if you send me questions (or to those people who have my skype, why I’m not around or not replying).

But there are some fun things coming up! Eh, eh, Arythusa! WINK WINK 

Why yes there aaaare! WINK WINK WINK

Hey! I really like your artwork, your style is very fun to watch, but out of curiosity…Why do you only draw Jekyll and Hyde? I’d love to see more original stuff from you of course, so I’ve been wondering that for a while.

Thank you! But actually I DO consider The Glass Scientists (the one with all the Jekyll and Hyde stuff) an original story. It could, very very loosely, be considered an adaptation, but it only shares the most basic character concept in common with The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (or Frankenstein). 

I actually don’t only draw work from The Glass Scientists- I don’t even mostly draw work from The Glass Scientists. The vast majority of my drawing time goes into work for Gravity Falls. It is always a struggle to go home and drag myself to the computer to do any kind of work for myself after hours, and I want to spend that time working on the stories and characters I am most passionate about- even if they don’t meet all the criteria for 100% bona-fied original characters.

The idea of originality- original characters, original stories- is an odd one. Things are influenced by other things- Romeo and Juliet was an adaptation of an older Italian story, Dante’s Inferno is basically self-insert Virgil fanfic. I’ve heard that a lot of Christmas hymns were based on old drinking songs!

This isn’t an argument for plagiarism, of course! But I want to clarify that I absolutely don’t think that the originality of a story has anything to do with how good it is. The most original story in the world can be awful if it’s told badly. A close retelling of an old story can be fantastic in the right hands (not that retellings are intrinsically good, either- see: that Oz, the Great and Powerful movie thing). 

This ask has been troubling me for a while- maybe it’s because I’m Catholic, so I’m sensitive to even the slightest potential for a guilt trip, but I get antsy whenever someone questions what any particular artist chooses to spend their (free) time on!


Remember, reality is an illusion, the universe is a hologram, buy gold, bye!

The symbols matching the characters here aren’t 100% sure (since Bill only proved three, which are Mabel’s, Dipper’s and Soos’) so I just went with what most of the fans speculated about the symbols (I didn’t add the Llama because there would be two Mabel’s, and there’s also a theory that Dipper is the ice as well, but yeah, same reason with Mabel’s) there are two Stan’s because there’s also this theory going around that he has a twin. So there you go!

I have regrets about writing “cut wide to reveal a room completely stuffed full of people” into this comic script.

This is the last page I need to rough, woo hoo! There would be more ‘woo hoo’ if this page wasn’t taking the time of, like, five pages of roughs. I definitely need to come up with a better shorthand for crowds before I start the Glass Scientists story proper. :|

Anonymous said:

is Hyde like asexual ? or something

NOPE. He’s pretty pansexual (a fact of which Jekyll is in profound denial). Hyde does lots of sex. All the time. It’s not something I focus on much in the story because:

a) it’s not particularly plot-related. Hyde just happens to like sex.

b) I’m pretty terrible at writing sex scenes. Or any of the scenes that occur directly before or after sex!

c) I kind of like leaving sex out of the good/evil dichotomy here. This was  a choice made in the original Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde- any mention of Jekyll/Hyde’s sexuality (or romantic attraction) is conspicuously absent.

A lot of people interpret this decision as mere Victorian prudery, but I’ve heard a theory that it was very much deliberate- Stevenson really did not think that sex was evil, and he didn’t want to make a judgment call on it whatsoever in his good-and-evil allegory story.

Of course, almost all interpretations have brought (mostly straight) sex into the Jekyll and Hyde story, but I have yet to see any story do anything interesting with the subject. Sex + Hyde situations tend to become, at best, a standard-issue love triangle, or at worst … an excuse to include a lot of rape and violence against anonymous women. That’s sexism at work, of course, but it’s also bad, boring storytelling, usually justified with some offhand “well, that’s how the world really IS! It’s gritty and REAL!” explanation.

So I’ve actually made a weird story decision that Hyde has a pretty healthy, positive sex life. He’s probably into some pretty weird shit, but nothing harmful. I swear this actually makes sense for his character, given the weird musing on good and evil that go on in The Glass Scientists. I swear!

d) in conclusion Hyde’s got 99 problems but sexism isn’t one

Haruki from my Gloomlord story is probably asexual, though!

The briefest, briefest of attempts to be spooky in my WIP comic Bleeding Heart.

My friend Kate took some photos of me :D Here is one!

Robert being super sensitive! (Featuring: torn up werewolf ass) This week I may do two preview panels for the upcoming Bleeding Heart kickstarter~

I made one of those facebook artist pages! Please +LIKE if you are so inclined!! :) Thank you!

This week’s Bleeding Heart preview panels! 

Our young Henry Jekyll narrowly avoids becoming a werewolf himself. Although, given his particular proclivities….