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PerfectBlue97
Bad Faerie
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About me.

I'm not especially artistic, but I appreciate the art of others in a kind of "I wish that I could do that" kind of way. I dabble in sketching using plain old pencil on paper, but my main these days Digital. A little photo editing, and a little Photoshop.

I work extensively in Daz Studio\Poser. You can see a couple of the renders that I have done on this page, but most of what I do goes elsewhere. This page is mostly here for my web comic. It's cheap and cheerful, and not my best work by any stretch of the imagination, but I guess that's what happens when you need 6 or 7 renders per page. It's a little bit about Alien Abduction, and a lot about how much high school and small towns can suck if you aren't one of the pod people.

More to the point. I'm a committed non conformist. I don't do "peer pressure", and I hate being told what to do or what to think, and I have a personal beef with anything that calls itself "mainstream". Be it art, culture or science. Particularly when said "Mainstream" spends more time putting down people who disagree with it through cheap shots and ridicule, than it does defending its perspective through evidence and or reasoned argument.

Although I resemble it sometimes, I'd hesitate to call myself a Goth. The Goth scene has become somewhat commercialized over the last 10 years, to the point that stores like Hot Topic are ripping off the Goth look and are selling it as a novelty lifestyle choice called "Emo". Which is what you might get if Goth were brought out by a greeting card company. Emo is just another way of conforming while pretending that you aren't.

Yes, I am thin and pale, yes I do dress in flowing black clothes with a semi-occult on theme (Not that being a Goth has anything to do with the occult, I hasten to add), and no I don't have anything pieced. Not not a nipple, not an eyebrow, not even an ear. That would be too much like conforming for me.

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Shadows of the Past is going to take a lot longer to draw than Without Magic. Maybe 5-6 times longer per page. Meaning that it's no longer going to be a weekly comic, as my previous one was.

This is pretty much down to two things.

Firstly I'm going to be using Clip Studio to hand draw most of it, rather than vectoring it in Inkscape. So everything take a little longer to do, and there will be fewer opportunities to reuse images between pages.

Secondly, I'm going to put in a lot more detail on each page. Which takes a lot longer to do, but which will hopefully give a better comic in the end.

So, to wet people's apatites, and maybe to give some clues as to why my comic now includes a disclaimer warning sensitive people not to read it, here's a quick sneak peek from the page that I'm currently running through its second draft.

Shadows2 by PerfectBlue97
  • Listening to: Epica
  • Reading: Manga
  • Watching: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season 6
  • Playing: Fallout 3: Broken Steel
  • Eating: Coffee
  • Drinking: COFFEE
This isn't something that I normally do, but - given the direction in which post-millennium culture in the US is heading - I have decided that it may be best to write a disclaimer in relation to my next multi-page comic: "Shadows of the Past".

Please read the disclaimer, and if you believe that you fall into any of the categories described therein, please do not attempt to read my comic. Either in its entirety or as individual pages.

If you do decide to read my comic after having read this disclaimer, and you find anything that it contains to be upsetting or distressing, in any way, you will not receive any sympathy from me. Further more you will be considered to be the architect of your own discomfort.

I have included the disclaimer below. Both as plain text and in the form of a short single page comic.

Warning:


This comic (MLP: Shadows of the Past) contains concepts, situations and imagery design to promote merriment or introspect in people of a sensible disposition, but which may shock, offend, or traumatize those with a tendency to become triggered.

If you are alarmed by concepts that hold little or no personal significance to you, but which self appointed moral guardians on Youtube tell you may be offensive or distressing to an extremely small subset of the population – possibly so small as to only exists as a mathematical concept – then please do not attempt to read my comic.

This warning further extends to people who have a tendency to fly into a psychotic rage in situations that would merely irritate rational people, and to those who experience deep psychological trauma when confronted with ideas that differ from their own.


Trigger Warning by PerfectBlue97


  • Listening to: Epica
  • Reading: Manga
  • Watching: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season 6
  • Playing: Fallout 3: Broken Steel
  • Eating: Coffee
  • Drinking: COFFEE
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If you see any errors\mistakes please post them to my PROFILE PAGE, and not to this page.

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The above comic is "not entirely" sarcastic.
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When you get right down to it, the right to free speech is one of core values of American society.

Every school boy and girl is taught this from an early age, and even if they cannot recite the constitution word for word most Americans know which constitutional amendment guarantees it. But, in case need a refresher, it's the first amendment, and it goes something like this:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

This may seem pretty cut and dry, but there is a small snag. This being a single word: Congress.

Back in the day, when life was a little simpler, the first amendment meant that the state couldn't silence the citizenry. If you ran a newspaper then the state couldn't tell yo not to print certain stories, or force you to print other stories. If you wanted to walk around a public space with a banner protesting against something then that is your right. And if you want to make a documentary exposing a corrupt politician then he (or she) can't stop you.

However, in more modern times there are more pervasive forces than the state, and what is published or not published, allowed or not allowed often owes more to social pressures and commercial pressure than pressure from the government.

In short, most censorship in modern day America is done for economic reasons. Be it direct censorship: A TV station refusing to air a news segment because it doesn't want to upset sponsors, or self censorship: A author changing their story because they are afraid that bad press over a particular part of its contents will harm sales of their next book.

This kind of censorship, of course, has been with us for quite a long time. It's nothing new. However, there has been a rather worrying trend that has been gathering momentum for some years. Particularly since the millennium. This being censorship of content depicting things that are unpleasant or uncomfortable because of the fear that depicting something can be seen as endorsing it.

Indeed, in the US there has been a steady move to sanitize the mass media of what can best be described as "dirty little secrets". Things that we all know go on, but which we would rather didn't. Much of which is being done for reasons of political correctness, and because of the fear (from authors and publishers) that by depicting everyday unpleasantness they could be seen as condoning it, or even suggesting that it is normal and\or acceptable.

Racism, domestic violence, alcohol abuse, problem gambling, child neglect, and a 101 other everyday troubles.

While all of these things are still present in the mass media, they are often only included if they are specifically a "thing" for whatever media they appear in.

It's OK to show a man beating his wife for no reason other than the fact that he's a jerk IF it's an episode of a police drama about domestic violence that specifically spreads the message that domestic violence wrong. But it's not OK to show a blue collar joe slapping his wife because she's maxed out all of her credit cards for the third month in a row on lattes, and junk from the home shopping network.

It's OK to show a white supremacist picketing the funeral of a black police officer killed in the line of duty because he's a crazy fanatic IF it's a coming of age movie showing how a young black man overcomes racial prejudice to follow in his father's footsteps to join the police force. But it's not OK to have two random people throwing casual racial slurs into a conversation in a random street scene in a book where racism isn't a theme.

It's OK to show a child being neglected by cruel foster parents who are milking social security payments in a coming of age drama showing how neglect destroys lives, but it's not OK for a background character in a highschool drama to have a bad home life that's bad in the first episode and bad in the last episode, and has no resolution because it's just part of their back story.

To demonstrate this, just look at the number of remakes and rehashes of media from the 1970s and 1980s where the "dirty little secrets" of characters and cast members have been whitewashed or erased altogether in their more modern incarnations.

When Disney brought out Marvel, for example, they glossed over the fact that half of the characters were either the victims or the perpetrators of domestic violence, alcohol abuse, or that they had significant mental health issues. And that's just with the heroes. Villains who were child killers suddenly had their slates more ore less wiped clean in that respect.

Even characters who smoked now don't smoke as having a character smoking is seen as normalizing tobacco use.

Things that were considered normal and acceptable in the time period are now taken out. If you believe what the mass media tells you then 1960s were a pretty racially relaxed time. That particularly bad word beginning with N that we all have to dance around in school because we're not even allowed to say it as part of an assignment on racism is a good example. It used to be thrown around pretty casually in books and movies, but it's edited out when they are shown on TV or reprinted by publishers.

Now every 1960s police force on TV has a black senior officer, and the black cadets are treated just like everybody else. Which isn't exactly how it was back then.

Once upon a time it was also considered acceptable to have the Nazi as villains in comic books or video games. Now, when those same said comic books and video games are rebooted every mention of the Nazi is removed and instead there are secret societies or aliens in their place. You can't even show a Swastika on a German uniform in a museum. Because - somehow - showing an historically accurate German Officers uniform is seen as supporting Nazi ideals in much the dame way that showing a man beating his wife without explicitly stating that it is wrong is somehow the same thing as saying that it's not.

This whitewashing of the media for fear of offending somebody or being seen to condone something by depicting it but not making a big thing of out of it isn't a "liberal" thing, or a "conservative" thing, and it's not the so-called elite forcing their views on the 99%. It crosses all social and political boundaries, all media and all mediums.

It covers new media, and old media that is being re-issued (Does anybody remember the 1980s G I Joe Movie featuring a sexist womanizer who groped a female character on screen, in a kids movie? Not if you watched a recent re-run you won't) as it's not considered acceptable today to depict something that was acceptable in the 1980s as being acceptable in the 1980s. Or even to depict it being unacceptable but not being made into a theme of the show.
  • Listening to: Epica
  • Reading: Manga
  • Watching: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season 6
  • Playing: Fallout 3: Broken Steel
  • Eating: Coffee
  • Drinking: COFFEE
This has probably been said before, and by people far more eloquent than I am, but one of the new truths of post millennium culture seems to be that society in general - and youths in particular - seem to be unable to filter environmental inputs as well as it used to do.

Probably one of the most topical example of this is with so-called "fake News" (I say "so-called" because the term is often used inappropriately).

I have lost count of the number of times that I've seen a news story that has provoked outrage, or conspicuous outpourings of sympathy, or both, from readers. Yet when one begins to read the story something is clearly off, and by the time you have reached the end of the first paragraph it's obvious that the story is so outlandish that you'd literally need to be a moron to believe that it was genuine.

Yet people with an IQ that's apparently high enough to read the story - and thus to know that it's bogus - not only believe it but become emotionally overwhelmed. As it the story was about somebody that they knew personally.

If you've ever seen a group of heavily armed people protesting outside your local town hall at the news that BOTH Clinton and Trump plan to introduce conscription, then you will know what I mean.

Anyway, I digress.

I'm not really a gamer - particularly since I feel that there are much better ways to spend $60 - but I do follow a number of gaming reviewers and analysts online, and one of the trends that I've noticed over the last few years is for there to be outrage when certain titles come out.

To be clear, these aren't bad games. In fact most of them are exceedingly good. They look good, they play good, they have great graphic and compelling storylines. The problem is that when gamers get their hands on them they don't meet their expectations.

You could blame the marketing companies for this, as it's their raison D'etre to create to create interest in something, but quite often I've come across a forum or a discussion thread where about 90% of the hype seems to be coming from readers latching on to small (often obscure) elements in teasers or previews and them blowing them up 100 fold with speculation.

People see something, latch on to it, and then they let their imaginations run wild. A broken crate becomes a "totally destructible environment". A 5 second pre-rendered scene becomes "4K HDR Gameplay at 120FPS on your existing hardware", and practically anything that Peter Molyneux says that he might one day like to be able to do with VR become the expectation that he has a top secret release planned that's going to change gaming forever, and that it's going to be announced at whatever the next big technology show is.

On it's own this isn't really a new phenomena. It's little more than an online version of the old fashioned rumor mill. What is new, is that people seem to be wading through the mire of rumors with all of their mental filters switched off.

Somebody makes a speculative comment or observation and other people come along and take the speculation as if it were gold, and introduce speculation of their own. Further inflaming the situation.

Hype creates hype, which in turn creates further hype, until you have what amounts to the perfect storm of hype. Out of which totally unreasonable expectations are born. Then, when they get their hands on the much speculated about product ...

Well, let's just say that when something is exactly what the designers say it is, but doesn't match the fan created hype, it gets totally panned. Even if it's an instant classic.

It's not just games, but pretty much anything from movies to phones and beyond.

People build up totally unreasonable expectations of quality because they don't stop and think that maybe a promise that's being made is far beyond what could reasonable be expected, or because they don't distinguish between speculation from people who have no more information than they do and actual solid facts.

This does, of course, lead to the inevitable question of why people seem to be willing to believe things that are so wild and speculative, and why they don't step back for a moment and wonder exactly the next iPhone will have a real time holographic display right out of Starwars, when said technology defies the laws of physics (or even how Hilary Clinton would manage to sneak 150,000 Chinese soldiers in full UN peace Keeping regalia into your local Walmart so that she could declare martial law after her army of Mexican immigrants had each managed to cast a vote in every single state).

I don't really have an answer for this, but I would venture that it's all part of a wider trend in post millennium culture. Namely that people are being actively encouraged not to think critically about things.

Critical thinking seems to be firmly off the curriculum in schools and colleges, and when it is encouraged it tends to be an "on the rails" experience.

You can think critically so long as you agree with an established narrative, and if you stray from that narrative then you'd better just hope that you're not standing anywhere near a newly established "safe Space", because straying from the narrative in a safe space is tantamount to treason.
  • Listening to: Epica
  • Reading: Manga
  • Watching: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season 6
  • Playing: Fallout 3: Broken Steel
  • Eating: Coffee
  • Drinking: COFFEE
Shadows of the Past is going to take a lot longer to draw than Without Magic. Maybe 5-6 times longer per page. Meaning that it's no longer going to be a weekly comic, as my previous one was.

This is pretty much down to two things.

Firstly I'm going to be using Clip Studio to hand draw most of it, rather than vectoring it in Inkscape. So everything take a little longer to do, and there will be fewer opportunities to reuse images between pages.

Secondly, I'm going to put in a lot more detail on each page. Which takes a lot longer to do, but which will hopefully give a better comic in the end.

So, to wet people's apatites, and maybe to give some clues as to why my comic now includes a disclaimer warning sensitive people not to read it, here's a quick sneak peek from the page that I'm currently running through its second draft.

Shadows2 by PerfectBlue97
  • Listening to: Epica
  • Reading: Manga
  • Watching: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season 6
  • Playing: Fallout 3: Broken Steel
  • Eating: Coffee
  • Drinking: COFFEE

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jppiper Featured By Owner 3 days ago
a bit late but happy birthday
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PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay.
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DarthVader447 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017
Question, do you think you can help me make a comic of one of my stories on Fimfiction?
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PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What kind of help were you looking for?
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DarthVader447 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017
Basically, a few years ago, I wrote a story where a 5 year old orphan comes to Equestria and is adopted by Cadance and Shining Armor, and I want to make it into a comic for my deviantart page and I was wondering if you could help me get the proper software, instructions, tools, and measurements to make my story come out good.
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PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess that the first thing to do is to ask whether you want to hand draw your comic (IDW style) or vector draw it (Show style).

I mostly use Vectors. So I use a free package called Inkscape. This allows you to replicate the look and feel of the show as it uses similar techniques to the show. It's probably the easiest package to use if you don't have much artistic experience.

If you prefer hand drawing and have some artistic experience then try Krita krita.org/en/. It's also free.

If you want to pay for something, then Manga Studio is one of the best packages as it includes a lot of tools and brushes.

The best way to get started is probably to use a technique called tracing. In so many words, you take screen shots of the show that match the scenes that you want to do, and you put them in the background of your comic, and then draw over the top of them on a new layer, and then adapt them to suit your needs.

It's frowned up by some people, but it's the simplest and easiest way for a beginner to get started. The first dozen pages of Without Magic were traced, or were modified from traced images. It allowed me to get used to drawing ponies and backgrounds when I was new to making comics.
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DarthVader447 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017
I need instructions and tools on how to make my fimfiction story into a comic and how I can make my characters.
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Me-and-Dream1 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday!
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superpower-pnut Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017
Happy birthday!
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METAL-RYU Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017
FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS!!! birthday cake 
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