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^^ My writing, life drawing, comic strip, fashion photography, point and shoot photography, and some random odd and ends for good measure.

Start of some writing for a graphic novel type project for Bleach and Cloth (aka Stephanie and Sara) setting up how they established their friendship (in the comic strip the friendship is already established).  I intend for the visual style to be more serious than the comic strip...


Sara pulled a q-tip out of a cigarette box, her hijab back from over one ear, and started cleaning it out, just as her new potential roomie came into the café for a talk to see if they be a good match as roomies.  After sitting down, the potential roomie immediately went on a tangent, on how smoking is slow suicide and production of tobacco products is mass man slaughter.  To which Sara replied, with a too sarcastic and not perturb enough WTF look on her face, “Need a q-tip or glasses?”  Clueless, the already decided by Sara NOT to be a potential roomie continued on for about an hour, until a phone call made her have to leave. 

Sara was starting to think she was a magnet for crazies.  Her required stint at Teaching Assisting for no money was coming up quick.  By no money, that didn’t mean, “I work at Wal-Mart and make no money.”  No, it meant, “zip, nothing, nada, zero dollars.”  If Sara doesn’t get a roommate soon, she would be going to school full time, per her scholarship; working full time (again) for no money as a TA, and working part time of part time at the grocery; while trying to pay for her apartment by her lonesome. 

Yes, Sara could ask her parents for financial help.  However, when financially involved her parents liked to pop in unexpectedly.  Furthermore, Sara wasn’t ready for her parents to learn she was Muslim, by either surprise or her own initiative.  Mainly, due to her mom being a Fox ‘Noise’ Reporter and her dad a right wing Christian Tea Party Republican politician.  Sara could see the headline-slash-rallying point now: ISLAM HAS TAKEN OUR DAUGHTER.  They were bad enough over Sara’s playing of video games and thinking they would one day turn her into a mass shooter, which often Sara would sarcastically reply, “If anything, gaming will make me into a serial slasher of cosplayer booth girls and idols, and Society of Creative Anachronism virgins, as I play sword and fantasy RPGs not military shooters and sims.”  Sara’s emphasis meant to allude that she felt America’s obsession with military culture was more of an influence on mass shooters than gaming culture.  Militarily invading and bombing other countries unquestionably involves shooting in mass after all, telling pixels what to do in a game not so much.

Anyhow,


^^ Shall be going into some bad roomies stories and the telephone game like rumors started by them, making Sara issues more complicated to comedic effect.

 

 

  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: people playing basketball
  • Reading: All New X-Factor 5
  • Watching: Psycho Pass
  • Playing: Wartune
  • Eating: Chinese food
  • Drinking: green tea

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Steven Thomas Bock
Artist | Student | Varied
United States
My main works are LOSTgnosis Exodus of Expectations (long fiction), The War or the Pilgrimage (long fantasy), and Bleach and Cloth (comic strip). All deal with different cultures and religions interacting via their characters. Reaching out to all sorts of people to learn from them and be friends with them is the key to life in my opinion and it more often than not flows into my art.
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:icontheory6-brian:
theory6-brian Mar 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nice gallery! +watch :)
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:iconan1m8r:
Thanks for the fav!
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:iconlostgnosis:
LOSTgnosis Jan 25, 2014  Student General Artist
ya are welcome
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:iconwhynotpizza:
Waiting for a 'tribute to Mandela' comic.
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:iconlostgnosis:
LOSTgnosis Dec 7, 2013  Student General Artist
I am seeing similarities with historical figures I am already more familiar including but not limited to (I am sure I shall think of more) Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, Gandhi, Jesus and Muhammad.  
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:iconwhynotpizza:
Yes, great similarities. The main commonalities of them: patience, hope and trust in the almighty.
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:iconlostgnosis:
LOSTgnosis Dec 7, 2013  Student General Artist
I know normally white colonialism suppressed non-whites and non-Christians so hence my one question for ya.
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:iconlostgnosis:
LOSTgnosis Dec 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Maybe ya could tell me as a South African how he inspired you, made ya proud to live where you live, etc.  

Also if anything he did made it easier for ya to be a Muslim in South Africa (assuming it is even an issue) if I remember right from what little I know off hand of the culture it was largely a product of white european culture and mandela was a force of balance and respect between members of different cultures of origin

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:iconwhynotpizza:
He spent 27 years in jail for all South Africans, fighting for equal rights and freedom in an autocratic country where whites were superior to all other races. He fought hand-in-hand with others, including muslim freedom fighters and in this article he is seen making duah with some Muslim South African's in the Cape www.ciibroadcasting.com/2013/1…
Many muslim freedom fighters were exiled.

Previously, all races had to stay in designated areas. We weren't given the opportunity for proper education. Most people had to leave their home and families in South Africa  to study and return later on. The fact of the matter is that I was not alive for all this, but if it weren't for his courage and sacrifice, the country that I love so much would not be how it is today. I'm not saying that we live in a perfect country. Yes, things get out-of-hand, but you cannot compare how things are today wrt crime and poverty to 30 years ago when things were 'safer' and all other races were opressed.

The whole country is literally still on standstill and mourning his death. I feel so disappointed and sad when I hear of others talking about their 'Madiba moments' when I did not even get the chance to meet him.
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:iconwhynotpizza:
Do you have Twitter? I think your tweets would be cool to read.
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