that’s it. that’s the anime
Today I witnessed something amazing. Almost in stark contrast to yesterday, today I saw tangible impact of lady-representation in comics.
At the bookstore I work at, we have a dedicated Adventure Time section. This family came in and those kids were SO EXCITED to see their favourite characters in comics. I talked them through each OGN and series compilation, explaining what they all were and in what order they should be read, and this little girl’s entire life was changed. You could see it on her face.
The moment I mentioned Kate Leth (and that, yes, she is a girl.) this little girl’s face lit up like Christmas morning. I don’t know if it just never occurred to her that girls can work in comics but the excitement and wonder that left the store in her was a privilege to see. I ended up selling them the Fionna & Cake’s, all the OGN’s, and an AT doodle book. She left begging her dad to help her learn how to draw Marceline comics. (And he was happy to comply!)
Kate Leth has left an everlasting impression on this little girl just by existing and working in the industry. I honestly hope to someday be able to see such an impact on someone from my own work. Ladies in comics is important. The representation on the page, and behind them, is important. Having a reflection of yourself in the content you enjoy is important. I hope that little girl grows up to be a famous comic author someday.
It was a very good day.
I love stories like this!
i really admire the design of these stairs and how they incorporate a wheelchair access ramp. in a world were barrier free design is essential to living a full and happy life, its amazing to see architect Arthur Erickson and landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander hava taken literal steps to design stairs AROUND a ramp, instead of the other way around.
RE: in response to amount of discussion ive been getting with this photo, id like to put my opinion in the mix, as some people have been getting quiet upset about this.
for those of you who arent studying architecture, the inclusion of barrier free design in modern architecture and civil projects has been a very positive addition. with a large portion of north america’s population entering their elderly age, the need for barrier free entrances, exits, pathways and vertical elevation devices is a must, and it makes sense.
there are a few people who have negatively commented that perhaps the ramp is a a little too steep, that including the ramp in the middle of the stairs is degrading to a person with a disability and that these citizens are “getting in the way” of able-bodied people, who are walking up the stairs. i am very glad this design has brought up these issues, and it only continues to prove that there are still kinks to work out in barrier free design.
my take: after analyzing the picture, i have discovered 2 things:
1. as i live in Ontario, Canada, i will reference the Ontario Building Code: “barrier free ramps” are allowed a maximum slope of 1:12 (4.7 degree slope). my best guess from the stairs in this picture, there is a 1:2 (26.5 degree slope). that being said, this stair design is in Vancouver, British Columbia and doesnt follow the Ontario Building Code. fortunately, BC does have a similar building code, and the 26 degree slope makes this a non-barrier free ramp. on the other hand though, there was no mention of this ramp even being built to barrier free standards, BUT persons with wheelchair-required disables could still find this ramp useful if used with an able-bodied care taker.
2. my response to the idea that the ramp degrades disabled persons since they are crossing the path of able-bodied, and have a longer route, is the exact OPPOSITE. please think to yourself the last time you noticed a barrier free ramp that was one of the main entrance ways, and not off to the side, away from the main set of stairs. the idea of this design was to incorporate the ramp into the stairs, thereby giving respect to the disabled persons, and combining both entrances into a single, equal entrance. i strongly believe this is a fantastic way of viewing society as one group of people with different needs, rather than separate groups with different abilities.
thanks for your time guys, i appreciate the feedback. let me know what your take on it is :)
As a student of architecture, I find this eye-opening. Fantastic stuff.
I’ll interject on the issue of the slope here, since there’s no way it could possibly bee as steep as 1:2. Roughly measuring the rise versus the going suggests to me that it’s at most 1:8. That’s a very rough estimate, but there’s definitely some concern in how steep it actually is. This is a really cool approach to accessibility, but I suspect there’s still kinks to develop.
Which is precisely our jobs as designers and architects.
not mine, just wanted share with those who missed this episode
If you haven’t seen Steven Universe yet, you should take 10 minutes to just watch this.
Follow Your Dreams!
That took a direction I did not expect.
That was the best direction that could have taken
I don’t know what I expected.
I fucking love this website
Here’s my demo for Giant Woman!
And here are the chords—
F, G7, C, E7,
F, G7, Cmaj7, G7,
F, G7, C, E7,
F, G7, Cmaj7…
Em, G7, Cmaj7,
Em, G7, Cmaj7
F, G7, C, E7,
F, G7, Cmaj7, E7
F, G7, Cmaj7
My song for this episode is humbled by the presence of my absolute musical hero, the voice of Opal, Aimee Mann!!!
Thanks so much for watching!
Had this song stuck in my head, haha