I think it’s normal to get a touch of the maudlin at this time of year, especially if things have been going well. And they have–I’m feeling remarkably lucky. I’m going over my list of complaints and right now my major one is that I’m not allowing myself sushi until December is over, as sushi is expensive and other people need that money more than my local sushi dealer, and that may be the stupidest, most vapid complaint ever so I’m going to sit here and remind myself how lucky I am to be able to make it.
Why’s it “pickled peppers” anyway? You can’t pickle vegetables on the vine…Or can you? she asks, turning to Google… Oh. Hmm…an entire subculture dedicated to the Crabtree effect and aerobic fermentation…BUT I DIGRESS.
So. Last week I asked for feedback on my Patreon and what could be changed or improved. Answers were varied. And thoughtful. And varied. Extremely varied.
Back in August (Wait, that can’t be right… Holy crap, yeah, August) I made a Futurama Head In A Jar template. And then I started working on heads-inna-jar. I finished and posted two of them, and then worked on a bunch of others. Two of these I sent to author Seanan McGuire when I sent her a copy of DIGITAL DIVIDE.
And her alter ego, Mira Grant.
Seanan has been amazing. We’ve been chatting back and forth since I featured her book cover in a comic strip. At the time, I hadn’t read any of her works and picked the cover of a popular zombie novel off of Amazon at random (because what the hell else would undead pixy Ben Franklin read?). Man, I am glad for that chance landing on Feed. Seanan has been nothing but awesome. She’s funny, helpful, and willing to say “Yes, that thing you are doing? Do not do that,” or “That other thing? Do that more.” And today she wrote up a hell of a fantastic review for DIGITAL DIVIDE.
I’m unbelievably appreciative both to Seanan and to her (insanely prolific) writing abilities, because I’ve been devouring her October Daye series like the scrumptious treats they are. BUY HER BOOKS!
Last night… Okay. So. I’m doing that lurky-thing you do when you’re working on that night’s update for your comic and two authors you follow start discussing how much they’d love to see a Mangina kaiju. As in:
And you’re all like “WELP COMIC CAN WAIT.”
As luck would have it, that’s when Brown got home from teaching Aikido. We did some light brainstorming on what a vagina kaiju should be. And then I realized that I really don’t know what a vagina looks like; I understand the basics but the vast majority of my lifetime experience with vaginas is using a sample of one, from a distorted perspective. (Yeah yeah, I watch porn, but I’m not there for the ladies so you can shut up now.) So I searched “vagina,” went straight to Wikipedia, and there was an image of the female reproductive system.
Oh. Well, then.
And that’s that. There have been some requests for prints and shirts and such, but I’ve emailed John Scalzi and pledged to redo (aka: spend more than 45 minutes on) the design for the next women’s charity he organizes. So if you’re new to the site and came here because of a Mangina Kaiju link, hi! I’m K.B. Spangler. I’m a SF writer and I do all kinds of dick jokes like this all of the danged time in both comic and prose form. Thanks for coming, please check back often. I’m generally nifty, and I eat well, get regular dental checkups, and shower daily.
(p.s.: I’m happy about the whole Mangina thing, except for the “dudebro” bits. I dislike this word. Pejoratives that belittle individuals or members of a specific culture because of what they do or how they act? Well. Not cool, and not a term I will use myself.)
(p.p.s.: I’m obviously not unhappy enough about the “dudebro” bits to refrain from drawing a freakin’ Mangina Kaiju tho’.)
(p.p.p.s.: Mangina Kaiju. eiiiie!)
(10/05/13: Edited to fix the one sentence that’s been bothering me for two whole days.)
I had a jar template lying around after last night’s comic, and the Futurama heads-in-jars are too much fun to draw. So, naturally, I’ve been adding to the Head Museum.
The first was Frederick Douglass, who should be in the Head Museum already.
Then I decided to do people who are notable in the SFF community (it’s a short list, but only to save my sanity because otherwise I’d draw heads-in-jars forever, and I’ve put women at the top because change). Thus far, I’ve finished the head (SEE WHAT I DID THERE) editors at io9.com.
This could eat my day and I’ve got work to do, so I’m tabling this for now. Two more heads tomorrow.