It was hard for me to prepare for the Ash Wednesday worship service this year. Ash Wednesday has always been a powerful day: we gather every year, in the shadows, to be reminded that we are dust, that our lives are fleeting, and death is on its way. And though, in some ways, we know it makes our…
"Knit together out of stardust and the breath of heaven."
playing around with my new Photoshop Creative Cloud. Absolutely LOVING the much-improved pen pressure sensitivity and smoothness of lines.
Top piece is a maybe-maybe-not finished piece of Kiki, bottom is a work in progress of Sibyl from Downton Abbey.
If you aren’t totally quaking in your boots at the news of millions of bees dead, yet again, you’re nuts.
this should be concerning a lot more people than it is
not only because bees are one of the most important animals in the world and their job is a lot more than gathering honey but also because they are what scientists refer to as an “indicator species”
this means that when their populations start dwindling and then rapidly dropping, humans need to watch their shit because that means that environmental factors are too difficult for THEM to live in, so it might be difficult for US to live in, too. bees basically act as an indication that humans have a lot to worry about and when they start dying like this it deserves a lot more than a few headlines.
last year my biggest worry was the steep decline in bee population and apparently thats not about to change anytime soon. people have told me to my face that they think its strange I’m so concerned for the bees. read this you selfish fucks
Get excited, motherfuckers. Without bees, we will die off. Bayer and Monsanto continue to produce the chemicals that have been proven to kill them, and the government has their backs. Bees pollinate 30% of our food in the US and we are passing legislation to PROTECT the scumbags responsible for killing them.
I preach this shit to everyone who will listen and I always get “WAAAAH I HATE BEES THEY STING AND THEY ARE BIG MEANIES!” but think about your future life without kiwis, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, peaches, sunflowers, cotton, apples, plums, pears, mustard, celery, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, beans, cherries, melons, turnips, canola oil, alfalfa, soybeans, lemons, oranges, and I could go on forever.
Bees are amazing creatures who are responsible for the comfortable lives we lead in this country and we cannot sustain and feed our population without them.
Alright you guys, there’s a good amount of notes on this but it’s only making us aware of the problem, not telling us what we can do to help. We can do something to help and YOU CAN HELP, YES THAT MEANS YOU. ALL YOU NEED IS DIRT, A FEW BUCKS, AND A MOMENT OF YOUR TIME TO MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE, LITERALLY.
Plant flowers that bees like and that attract them.
Bees prefer flowers that are blue, purple, and yellow. Choose flowers that bloom successively over the spring, summer, and fall seasons such as coreopsis, Russian sage, or germander. They especially love clover! Other plants include sage, salvia, oregano, lavender, ironweed, yarrow, yellow hyssop, alfalfa, honeywort, dragonhead, echinacea, bee balm, buttercup, goldenrod and English thyme. Buy seeds online.
GET RID OF THE PESTICIDES!!
If pesticides are killing off the bees so easily, what do you think it’s doing to us? The EPA says studies have shown pesticides can cause birth defects, nerve damage, and cancer. There are other ways to get rid of pests in the garden than using chemicals. Organic Garden Pests shows you how to keep off the bugs the organic way.
Give the bees a free home!
Please, if you have already reblogged this, reblog this is again with what I have posted onto it so you know what you can do to help. We can make a difference.
Sources and other helpful links:
Quick mention of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit group doing a LOT of good work for bees and other pollinators, among others.
Asked by stormlet
First off, just remember that networking at comic cons ≠ “can you look at my portfolio/so are you hiring/can I talk to an editor about a story idea I have?” Cons aren’t the best place to try and get a job or get published right then and there - most likely the comic professionals have a million things going on and are meeting a million people every day! Honestly, networking at cons is more like…hanging out and being cool bros? You want people to remember you as friendly and chill and someone who’d be easy to work with. You might not walk out with a job, but you can definitely lay the groundwork! If your resume ends up in a pile and they remember your name and remember you being a chill friendly person, they’ll be like “yeah I like this person! They’d be great for this job!”
My advice: introduce yourself, have some business cards/minicomics/promo postcards on hand, and make some friends! Hit up the afterparties and other events! The best networking happens there and not necessarily on the con floor, where everyone is busy. Don’t be overwhelming, pushy, or overly fannish, just be a cool person who they want to be friends with. You don’t have to talk about your own projects or talk yourself up at all - it’s okay to just have regular conversations about completely un-comics-related things. Of course, if they ask about what you do or what your projects are, so much the better! After the con, find the people you met and hit them up on social media - introduce yourself again, thank them for engaging with you, just to tie your physical human face with an online presence.
It sounds overwhelming, but I promise it’s not as scary as it sounds! Just relax and be your most charming self. It’s about making friends and putting yourself out there. Professional opportunities may not come from it all at once, but almost every creator can trace their successes back to the people they met and the friends they made, whether in person at cons, online, or through other venues.