Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Don't Judge an Author by Their Covers

Welcome to the Tramway!

Now, I usually don't have the time to write two blog posts in a week, but I saw a situation on Twitter that I felt needed to be addressed.

So for those who don't know, on Twitter there's a lovely community called the #WritingCommunity, where writers interact with each other. Usually it's positive, but there is on occasion some mean spirited arguments. I witnessed one of these.

So an author I follow had a thread discussing how you don't need to have a book perfectly edited, or a professional cover to be published. Another writer responded and said that, NO, authors should get digital designers to make their covers and not (to paraphrase) be "cheapskates who do not appreciate their work."

The author I follow felt attacked, and shared this in a retweet, and several people responded to the commentor, who they were NOT happy with.

Now I'm not going to name the people involved, because I don't feel it's my place two, and I do not want the person who made the comment to get cyber-bullied. In this blog house we do not bully! Plus, maybe the person didn't mean it to be offensive, or was having a bad day and poorly worded their tweet, or is a digital designer struggling to get work. In any case, I will not paint a target on anyone's back.

So, do they have a point? To an extent... yes. I think it's good if creators can support each other, and give one another work. HOWEVER, if you can't afford to have someone make your cover, that is totally all right, and you should not feel guilty about it.

I spoke to a non-#WritingCommunity friend, and they said something I felt should be shared here. "If you feel confident enough to make your own cover, do it. If you don't, then hire a digital designer (if you can)." In any case, as my friend said, "It's your book."

You know your situation, you know what you want from your project. Do what is best for you. Also, no one says you CAN'T publish a book, earn enough revenue, then hire someone to do a cover for a second release. Heck, big publishers do it all the time. There's countless different covers for the Harry Potter books, for example, or the Warriors series (as my friend pointed out). Another example is comics, they have alternative covers all the time!

I think that sums up what I wanted to say. If you are the author who made that comment, I hope you realize how your comment came off the wrong way to some people, and that you did not mean it to be mean. Calling people "cheapskates" is unfair, and I hope that you don't get cyber-bullied over it. And to my other writers, please do not seek out that comment to harass the person. If you run across it in the wild, and do wish to comment, feel free to, but please remember to be kind, and be cool.

All right, that's all for now. I'll see you in the next post. May God bless you and all that you do. See you on the Tramway!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Reaction/Review (Spoilers) Submission & Lady Luck Updates

Welcome back to the Tramway in a galaxy far far away, but... not a long time ago (unless you're reading this in the future, like 2030). 😜

All right, jokes aside, welcome back to Tug & Tram Blogging, or hello if you're a first time reader (which you might be if you're here for peoples' opinions on the newest Star Wars movie. If so, bare with me a little).

So as you can probably tell from the title of this blog, I have finally seen Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. And BOY do I have thoughts on the film!! I'm very glad I was finally able to see it, having had some parts spoiled for me, and just hearing people's reactions, I was very concerned. I was worried that the film was going to be a disastrous end for the Skywalker Saga. I was pleasently surprised. But first, I'd like to discuss my senior project and my submission process for a short story.

Lady Luck Update

So for those who don't know, I'm working on my senior project a year early to get it done in time for my senior year. Because its a novel and most people do shorter poetry books, I figured it would be a good idea to get started ahead of time.

Currently I'm in the editing stage. I printed off my 144 page novel and have been working on trimming it down and fixing typos. So far I've been able to trim the page count down to 135 (136 if you include the title page). I'm about halfway through editing, I checked yesterday and I made it to chapter 7, and have 6 more stories to go.

I also realized that this means my book, about a superhero named Lady Luck, has 13 stories in it.... that was 100% unintentional. You should've seen my friend react when I told him that, he burst into laughter. I guess fate has a funny way of doing that to us.

Another change I haven't started on yet is doing more historical research. As I discussed in earlier posts, I will be tackling some very serious topics because my story is set in the 1940's. These will include Nazis, racism and the Japanese Internment of World War II. If you are not familiar with the latter, I suggest you look into it. (My school did cover it, but I'm not sure that all do. If they don't, they should).

Japanese Internment is still a sensitive topic for many people, as there are still survivors from that era with us, such as George Takei of Star Trek fame, who wrote a book "They Called Us Enemy," about his experiences. I want to read it at some point, but don't have access to it at the moment.

In any case, I want to make sure I handle the topic carefully, especially since history is sadly repeating itself with our current internment camps for refugees, or as the media sometimes calls them "illegal immigrants," (PSA: no one is illegal, remember the Golden Rule, and if you think about it, most white Americans are descendants of illegal immigrants).

A concern I have had is that, given I am white, that it might not be my story to tell or a subject that I should tackle. To remedy this I will likely include a disclaimer in case I get facts wrong, and work my hardest to represent the stories of Japanese Americans un-rightfully imprisoned with the respect they deserve.

Submission Update

As I have mentioned on Twitter, I have been trying to submit one of my short stories, "Ticket to a Wrong Time," and get it accepted. So far Ticket to a Wrong Time has been rejected 3 times, the newest being very recently. The quest for a home for my short story continues. Also, I wish to mention that I am not salty about the newest place rejecting my piece (which I will not name because that would be inappropriate and could lead to harassment of the publication)

So, what next? I'm not entirely sure. I guess I'll just have to keep submitting. If you know any places that accept weirder, more niche fiction, please let me know.

 All right, onto a more fun topic, shall we?

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Reaction/Review (Spoilers)

Ever since I was young, I have been a fan of Star Wars. The first film I saw was Return of the Jedi (don't ask me why, that just happened). Having seen all the films now, I've definitely become a big Star Wars Neeerrrrd. In short: I'm a fan.

What I'm NOT a fan of is the Star Wars Fandom and how they sometimes act. Ugh. The internet is just a brewing grounds for toxicity, which we've seen happen since The Phantom Menace. And every proceeding Star Wars film. I swear if we had the internet during the era of the original trilogy, I would pity the people who lived during that time.

But, that's beside the point. Kind of. When I heard the first reactions to Rise of Skywalker, I was concerned. My older sibling spoiled a big thing for me (which I was okay with, since I figured it would be a long time before seeing the movie). Hearing that without context made me VERY worried about how the sequel trilogy would end up being as a whole. Would it be a clear story or a clash of authorial intent and continuity?

Well, TROS does change some plot points, including Rey's parentage. From this point on, there will be spoilers.
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When I heard that Rey was Emperor Palpatine's granddaughter, I was shocked. WHAT?! This ruins the best part of The Last Jedi! I thought to myself. However, because I had time to think about it, and get used to it, I became more accepting of the idea, and it allowed me to enjoy the film without being distracted by the shock.

The Rise of Skywalker is an amazing end to the Skywalker Saga. We have several homages to the prequels and original trilogy. Like podracing? We've got a chase in the desert. You like aerial dog fights? We've got a big one in the finale.

Getting to see Harrison Ford as Han Solo one last time was great, and I was honestly surprised to see him. I'm glad they didn't reveal that in the trailers. He really bounced off Adam Driver in that scene, it was easily one of the most emotional of the film. It parallels Han's death in The Force Awakens, and I thought to myself "Is he going to stab his Dad again?" Thankfully he didn't, but it would've been funny.

I liked seeing Ben Solo's redemption. It was different enough from Darth Vader that Ben finally came out of the shadow of his grandfather, and became his own character. Seeing him throw his lightsaber into the waters on the Endor moon, killing off Kylo Ren for good, was amazing.

The finale of the film was gr8. We had hundreds of ships, including the Ghost from Rebels, joining together to finally end the war. I was a little annoyed that the Final Order (aka Neo-Space Nazis) had ships which could destroy planets, but AT LEAST it wasn't another death star. And was definitely more practical than one giant space station.

Rey's character arc as also handled really well. Rey has some very emotional moments, but grows and learns that you can choose who your family is. She rejects her legacy as a Palpatine, and at the end of the movie, says that her last name is Rey Skywalker.

A sad part of Rise of Skywalker is that this will be the last time Carrie Fisher is seen as Princess Lea. I was worried about how they'd use her character, but it worked well. They gave her a proper send off, that had my eyes watering.

Also, I got to see something I've ALWAYS wanted to see. Before going to see TROS, I told my friend Jacob that I felt the biggest mistake of Star Wars was that we never got to see Lea be a Jedi. And what does TROS go? Reveal that Lea had a lightsaber!

We get a flashback (which I never expected to see) with deaged/CGI Luke and Lea and Lea has a lightsaber!! We also see why she never used it, because she had a force vision that someone else would need it more. Rey and Ben make good use to her lightsaber and Anakin's.

At the end, Rey buries their lightsabers at the Tatooine homestead, and reveals she has her own lightsaber now, and that's how the movie ends.

Final thought: I was concerned about the Emperor returning, but it worked really well. The Emperor was a fun villain and just as mad. And he's once again dead (again). Hopefully this' the last time we see him.

Overall, I'd rate Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker a solid 9 Anakin lightsabers out of 10. It's a gr8 movie, and I recommend any Star Wars fan see it. Oh yeah, this was the first time I saw a Star Wars movie in theaters.

All right, that's all from me today. Let me know what you think of Rise of Skywalker, but DO NOT BE MEAN TO PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE. I want none of that toxic shit in my feed. On this blog, we do not tolerate hate. But I trust you all.

Thanks for reading, and I'll see you on the Tramway!

Friday, January 3, 2020

My Passion 2020 Experience

Welcome back to the Tramway!

Happy New Year everyone. I apologize for not having any new posts in December. Finals week was hectic (as I'm sure many of you know) and I didn't have wifi for a while. But I'm here now, and first Tug & Tram Blogging post of the decade! Woo!

It feels like I haven't stayed put for long this vacation. I've been at my Mom's, gone to my Grandma and Grandpa's for a family Christmas and recently my longest road trip ever: to Atlanta for Passion 2020.

If you're unfamiliar with Passion, it's a yearly Christian Young Adult conference that is held around New Years' Eve. You can read more about them here: https://passionconferences.com

Now I'm not the most experienced traveler, growing up the farthest I ever traveled from home was to Michigan for camping. Last year I went to NACA (the National Association for Campus Activities) in Covington, Kentucky. That was the farthest I'd ever traveled, and Atlanta was definitely a step farther. We left at around 9pm and made our way on our long trek in a Cardinal bus, which are usually comfortable, but unfortunately we got an older one.

Despite the bus' age, the ride was still pleasant and not uncomfortable. We made Atlanta in good time, along with a few rest stops.

Of COURSE I find something train related on my ride. Found this in a gas station and I almost bought it, but the $90 price tag kept me from buying it. Maybe someday, or I'll buy an electric model train version. 
We got to the hotel, and then walked to the Mercedes-Benz stadium, where Passion was held. Before that, we visited the CNN HQ in Atlanta to get some food.

A picture of part of the CNN Headquarters. We stayed on the bottom floor where the food court was, to get up higher we'd need to buy a tour, which we didn't have time for. Apologies for the bad lighting. 
We walked to Passion, made our way through an ocean of fellow young adults (around 65,000 in total, from all around the world), and began. I won't go into detail of all 3 days/6 sessions (because that would take too long) so I'll summarize.

Passion was an amazing experience, and I'm glad I went. I don't remember if I've mentioned on here my religious background, so in case I didn't: I grew up in a Mennonite household, and NO, I'm not Amish!! 😜 (little Midwestern humor for you there). Last year was rough for me and my family, which I'm not going to get into, to protect my family's privacy. 2019 took a very big toll on my faith and mental health.

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium. I know some people aren't the biggest fans of modern aesthetics (I personally am fond of the Art Deco aesthetic myself) but this' a cool building. 

Passion helped me by giving a boost to my spirituality and relationship with God. I won't say that it made everything better (that would be unrealistic) but it certainly helped. I was able to take something from all the speakers. I took a lot of notes which I am going to reflect on in the coming year. I want to begin this decade right, and make this year a good one.

During Passion the leaders announced a new mission, the share the light foundation, which hopes to get some form of the Bible translated into the last remaining languages that don't have it yet by 2033. One of the Co-founders of Passion challenged us (the 65,000 poor college students) to raise $1 million. I was shocked and somewhat skeptical, but willing to be proven wrong.

So, how much did we raise? $1,214,075. That's right, POOR COLLEGE STUDENTS DID THAT (& of course our Young Adult leaders). It was amazing to see that number come up. It's a strong message against the stereotypes of young people (Millennials, Gen Z) being lazy or "snowflakes." Well, this snowflake generation just raise over $1 million to increase access to Christianity to billions of people. It was definitely a highlight of the conference.

Our last speaker was Shelly Giglio, one of Passion's co-founders. 
And now for a quick highlight reel.

Sadie Robertson

Sadie Robertson (as in the Duck Commander/Duck Dynasty family) was a speaker on the second day of Passion. She shared an encouraging message on social media and how we can live happier, by making Jesus our main desire, and talked about how she met her fiance because of Passion (he sent her an Instagram message which she didn't see for 2 years!)

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve night we brought in the new year by singing a praise song, led by the band Passion (I think, it might have been Hillsong) and watched as fireworks were set off.

Roof Opening

During the afternoon on the second day the roof opened up during a song, and the wind blew in, making it feel like God was among us. Later Mr. Giglio (one of the Passion co-founders) told us that when it was opened wasn't planned. In fact, the roof had been malfunctioning earlier, so when it opened was by chance, and just so happened to fit right with the song.

A picture of the roof of the Stadium at night. 
Worship

Overall the worship was amazing. We had wrappers, several bands, including Crowder, one of my favorite Christian artists. That was the first time I'd ever seen him live, and he was just as good in person as in recordings.

I think the best moment for music was on the last day when members from Passion (the band), Hillsong and Crowder all came onto stage together. It was a powerful moment, and one that I will not forget.

Of course, Passion had some chaotic moments. Trying to get supper on the second day was a nightmare, because lots of people were trying to get food in an hour before the next session. Trying to wade through the crowd at the stadium concessions was like trying to swim upstream during a rainstorm.

I went to Great!Wraps in the CNN Center (which was equally chaotic) and then learned that the gate closed at 7:30 pm, when the next session started. Panicking, I got my order and had to speed walk back to the stadium while attempting to eat a super gyro (it was great, but I wish I'd had more time to enjoy it!) I got gyro sauce in my mustache, which wasn't the best, but I survived.


Overall, my Passion experience was amazing and very refreshing. I recommend any Christian young adults in the 18-25 range to go to Passion if you can. Next year it will be in Atlanta at the State Farm Stadium, and for the first time its going to be held in New York City!! I'm hoping to go again next year, so who knows, maybe I'll see you there in the crowd.

I'm going to end this blog post here, so as to not make it to long. Have you ever attended Passion? What was your experience? Let me know here on Blogger, or my social media (you can find me on Twitter @ConductorPat & my blog's Facebook page).

May God bless you and all you do. Thank you for reading, and I'll see you on the Tramway.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Disney+ & The End of the Semester

Hello loyal readers!

I'm sorry it's been a month and a day (literally) since I last wrote on the blog here. My class workload got a bit crazy, I also was running out of ideas for what to talk about.

The end of the semester is almost upon us. Starting in December, the countdown to finals and Christmas break begins. To quote Dr. Strange "We're in the Endgame now."

So, now that I've had some time to relax, since it's Thanksgiving break, I've finally been able to get into watching some stuff on Disney+, which my sister is paying for (thanks sis). At last, I've been able to watch some shows I haven't been able to see in a while, or before.

Gargoyles

So first thing first, I've been watching Disney's response to Batman the Animated Series, Gargoyles. (I might do a Pat Pitches on this series later). I got the motivation to watch based on a movement on Twitter, #KeepBingingGargoyles, started by the creator, Greg Weisman, to try and get a revival series from Disney. While there's not as many tweets, #KeepBingingGargoyles is still being used, proving that the show still has it's fans.

I don't want to give too much away about the plot, but let me just say its Gargoyles trying to live in a new city, dealing with human-gargoyle tensions. The series only ran for 3 seasons, unfortunately, because it's really good. The episodes run for about 22 minutes on average, so it's very easy to binge. The characters are all very likable, and the stories are very well written.

My only criticism is the show doesn't have as strong of a theme song as it's inspiration, but that is a very small nit picky critique. The show has a narration intro instead, which is just as powerful. It's hard to criticize this series. I love it.

Overall, my favorite character is Goliath, the leader of the Gargoyles. He's very serious, but does have his more sensitive side. He's also a bookworm, it doesn't get much better than that!

All right, onto the next show.

Star Wars Rebels

Another Greg Weisman series?! According to his Twitter, yes. I used to watch Rebels, but didn't have access to it for a long time. Now that I have Disney+, I can finally catch up where I left off in Season 3.

I'm currently in the show's last season, Season 4, which means I will sadly will be almost done with the show in a few episodes. Like Gargoyles, Rebels is a great show. The overall villain of the series is Grand Admiral Thrawn, a fan favorite from the Star Wars Legends canon, who was brought back into the new canon.

After the villains being Inquisitors for two seasons, its nice to see a change of antagonist, though I do miss the lightsaber-lightsaber fights.

I love this show so much. There's a lot of fun references thrown in. In one episode they referenced "Annie Get your Gun," and more obviously Star Wars: Clone Wars, its predecessor. Now, onto the final show I've been watching.

The Mandalorian (Minor Spoilers)

Currently, The Mandalorian is the only Disney+ exclusive I have been watching so far (the others don't look too good, not gonna lie).

However, The Mandalorian stands above the rest. It's easily the best Disney+ exclusive at the moment. It has the asthetic and tone of a Western, and I love it. I grew up with Western tv shows, such as Wanted: Dead or Alive, and it's fun to see a modern take on the series.

Now, we all know what one of the best parts of The Mandalorian is. I'm sure you've seen the memes and the screenshots. Baby Yoda, what a great character. I love the shenanigans that come with him and Mando, the only name we currently have for him.

Mando himself is a pretty cool character. He's mostly quiet and does his job. Through flashbacks we see Mando's traumatic past, which is why he acts the way he does in the show, in particular towards Baby Yoda. A bit like his predecessor, Boba Fett, Mando is sometimes a bumbling warrior, but unlike Boba Fett he actually does stuff. Yeah I said, come at me bro!


I'm not entirely sure where the show is going. I really hope that Baby Yoda doesn't die. I would love it if he appeared in The Rise of Skywalker as a young Jedi Padawan. I don't think Disney would kill him off, given how popular he is with fans. But, only time will tell.

End of the Semester

All right, that's all for Disney+. Before I finish, I'd like to talk about my plans for the future. Over break I hope to begin work again on The Iluckstrious Adventures of Lady Luck Volume 1, "The Monorail Conspiracy." I've realized that I need to shorten the story, if I want to keep the price down for my Senior final project.

I've realized a few things regarding what I hope to be my Senior Project.

1) As stated earlier, to keep the price down, I need to shorten the story. Which will also tighten up the story and make it better.

2) If I want this project to be successful, I need to do more research.

My story is set during the 1940's, and deals with several sensitive topics, which I addressed to try and offer commentary on current events as well. In particular, I address the Japanese internment during WWII. While I do have general knowledge of the topic, and have done some research, I believe I need to do more research to make sure I address the topic in a sensitive and respectful way.

Obviously, history is not stuck in the past. There are still people who lived through the internment, and unfortunately, those who are currently living through an equally horrific modern internment system. That is why I added it to my story. I did not want to ignore the darker part of American History at that time, which I think we sometimes, as a society, would prefer to forget happened.

However, my research will have to wait until AFTER my finals. School is, of course, my top priority. I will try to keep writing on here, but forgive me if I'm not able to do so.

All right, that's all for me in this post. Hopefully I'll write in the upcoming chaos of December. If not, Happy Holidays and I'll see you next year.

Until next time, see you on the Tramway!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Pat Piches: The Sculptor, The Dead Poachers Society & The Prince And The Dressmaker

Would you be willing to die for your art?

Would you be willing to watch 4 British/Welsh men attempt to win a battle royale? 

How would you react if a Prince asked you to make dresses for them?

Welcome back to the Tramway! I'm your host Patrick Webb, and this is Tug & Tram Blogging. Before I get into my topic today, I wish to apologize for the delay in posts. I recently attended Happily Ever NACA (aka the National Association of Council Activities) in Kentucky, and didn't have a lot of time to write (I will discuss my trip in another post) 

Right now, I want to pitch a book I just finished reading today, a YouTube/Switch Channel I've been meaning to discuss for a long time, and a book I recently read for class. So let's get into it!

First, a quick explanation. In Pat Pitches, I (Patrick) pitch something I've been watching, or reading, or listening to, etc. Today I will be pitching The Sculptor by Scott McCould, The Dead Poachers Society and The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang. Let's get into it!

Also please note that there will be some minor spoilers for some series. 

The Sculptor

The Sculptor, cover illustrated by Scott McCloud.jpg
The Sculptor's Cover, By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47881594

If you want to make comics, the name Scott McCloud might be familiar to you. Scott McCloud is most well known for his comics on making comics (I know, the irony) Understanding Comics (which, fun fact, is currently being used in my Comics & Graphic Novel class), Reinventing Comics, and Making Comics. 

McCloud has worked on several works of fiction, including some Superman books, according to Google. (This' Pat Pitches, not the History of, do you expect me to do research?) In all seriousness, McCloud is a well experienced comic book artist and writer, and The Sculptor, his newest book released in 2015, shows McCloud's brilliance.

To quote Neil Gaiman, a friend of McCloud's who was quoted on the front of the book, "The best graphic novel I've read in years." 

It's hard to top that simple but such powerful statement, but I will try. 

So, what is The Sculptor about? Our protagonist, David Smith (not THE David Smith, a running joke in The Sculptor) gets an offer for an incredible gift to make his artwork. But, there's a catch: he gives up his future, and has only 200 days to live. He also can't tell anyone about his gift, or else he faces a certain consequence. 

During his attempt to get his artwork into the world, David finds his true love, which complicates things even further for him. Also along the way, David struggles with depression, creative burnout, homelessness and problems with his friends. 

The Sculptor has a simple color pallet of blue, white and gray. The color pallet adds to the story's theme of failure and the struggle for artists to get their work into the world. I relate to that, which makes me sympathetic for David. 

Would I make a deal to die sooner but be able to make my art in a way no one else can.....? Probably not, I'd rather take my risks and live longer to get my work out there. But then again, I'm not a sculptor, and I'm not in a Scott McCloud book. 

The Sculptor is a nearly 500 page book, but don't let that daunt you from reading The Sculptor. 

The Sculptor might easily be one of my favorite comics I've ever read. If you haven’t read this comic yet, you really need to. And keep following your dreams, but don’t give up your life for it.

The Dead Poachers Society 

All right, onto a very different form of entertainment. There’s a lot of gaming channels out there. So why should you watch The Dead Poachers?

They’re not the best at what they do. They don’t win every game they play. But I can’t stop watching them. They’re really fun and hilarious. Rhys usually begins each round with “What could possibly go wrong?”

I found out about the Dead Poachers via Angry Welshman Productions, Rhys, who is a part of both groups. It’s essentially him and a group of friends hanging out and play games while recording them. The members, Rob, Rhys, James, Medmo (I don’t know his real name, sorry Medmo), and sometimes  Andy from Steaming Westward Productions.

The Dead Poachers’ main game of play is PUBG, essentially if Zack Snyder did an edgy version of Fortnite, or rather more realistic Fortnite in terms or guns, setting and graphics. Sometimes the Dead Poachers play with only 2 or 3 members, but most have the full 4 members.

The Dead Poachers have a great dynamic. They mock each other, but always work to help each other out, such as helping each other with loot, and always mock Rhys’ driving, especially when he crashes. It’s a running joke from the Angry Welshman Productions, and sometimes hold true. Then again, all the Dead Poachers have their bad driving moments.

There’s also the quips and general shenanigans. Rhys not being allowed to drive, the Dead Poachers running for their lives when they’re outgunned, insults such as “Your Mum’s a Mountain goat,” and “see if you can find a boat.”

I should warn you, the Dead Poachers aren’t exactly politically correct. In the newest video, for example, they make jokes about Wales having border checks because of Brexit. While running on the edge of being offensive, the Dead Poachers, in their official Twitch feed rules, don’t tolerate hatred or harassment.

The Dead Poachers are only joking, but might not be for everyone. If you don’t like edgy content, the Dead Poachers probably aren’t for you. But if you enjoy guys trying the Chicken Dinner in PUBG, then this might be for you.

The Dead Poachers also play Grand Theft Auto, Sniper Elite 4, and other shooter games. I’m personally lobbying for them to do a April Fool’s video where they play Fortnite. I think that’d be hilarious.

You can find the Dead Poachers on Twitch and Youtube, and for social media they’re on Twitter and Facebook. They have a pretty chill community and are a lot of fun to interact with, especially in streams. I have a personal running joke of #TeamRob from a Grand Theft Auto stream where they raced each other. #TeamRob

Let’s move onto the next topic. What could possibly go wrong?

The Prince & The Dressmaker

Our last Pitch is for another comic. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang, is a story about self discovery, and trying to achieve your dreams. Jen Wang, like Scott McCloud, is a master comics artist, based in LA, according to the About page of Prince and the Dressmaker.

Again, MINOR SPOILERS. Please skip the next paragraph id you don’t want any spoilers.

Frances is a dressmaker who has a strong talent. After making a controversial dress, she’s hired by a secret royal client, who turns out to be Prince Sebastian, who feels more comfortable in a dress than his regular clothes. With Frances’ help, Sebastian lives a double life as Lady Crystallia. Meanwhile, Sebastian’s parents are trying to find him a Queen. But little do they know they have a Drag Queen 😎 I’ll see myself out.....

The characters of The Prince and the Dressmaker are very like able. I really like the dynamic of Frances and Sebastian, they are genuine and don’t go through any drama related to Sebastian’s lifestyle. It’s refreshing to read. Even the “antagonist” character The King is like able.

The artwork is also spectacular. Jen Wang is one of the most talented comic artists out there. Mark my words, she’s going to one day be held in the same regard as Will Eisner, Art Spiegelman, Neil Gaiman and Jack Kirby.

The Prince and the Dressmaker is also an important story for right now. It’s not trying to be political, it’s just about people existing and wanting to be accepted. I won’t spoil the ending, but let me say it’s the comic equivalent of a wholesome post. The ending in particular is equal parts shocking and wholesome.

All right, that’s all for me today. Have you read or watched anything I pitched today? Let me know on Twitter, @ConductorPat, or my Facebook Page: Patrick Webbs Tug & Tram Blogging (no apostrophe in Webbs) or here on blogger. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on the Tramway!