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alorian:

DC isn’t my jam, but you know what is my jam? Lackadaisy. A pretty damn well known webcomic. What with the webcomics awards and the nomination for that Eisner and all.

You know who else is named Ivy Pepper? A major character in Lackadaisy.

And you know, names can be pretty common. Duplications happen! But if you were renaming a major character in a major franchise, wouldn’t you, I don’t know, GOOGLE the name to see if someone else had used it somewhere, to avoid confusion, lawsuits, or at least a crippling case of side-eye from the internet? And since a quick google of “ivy pepper” brings up a page-full of art, cosplay, character bios, and everything else, it’s not what I call obscure. It is, however, something I’d either call an embarrassing oversight, or (if I was little less generous with my benefit of the doubt) an outright ripoff.

tl;dr: GOTHAM, you didn’t need to rename Pamela Isley anyway, but you could at least have renamed her something original.

Well…that kind of makes me sad, however irrational that is. =/

Sometimes it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed, cowed and immobilized by all the media out there.  So many things are shinier and bigger and louder than what you can do as an individual; there’s so much material, so much overlap of theme, time, place and story, it’s hard to conceive of how you could approach anything from a new or refreshing angle, or how you could say anything without unintentionally parroting everything around you.  You grow secretly resentful toward things that seem to encroach…and secretly embarrassed at yourself for reacting that way. Meanwhile, someone somewhere is stealing your work outright, repurposing it and selling it while you gape uselessly, knowing you have little or no recourse (except perhaps to berate yourself for your naivete and to grow ever more resentful).  And things come and go so fast, it’s like a stampede - if you stumble creatively, you fall into the dust cloud and get kicked to the wayside. Even if you were able to keep pace with demand, the labor would ultimately be lost and forgotten amid a morass of other similar things.

I guess, though, that’s why it’s best when your primary motivation is a smaller, quieter thing unto yourself - a source of personal gratification…and a place you can disappear into sometimes, where all the rest is just noise.

Ugh.  Sorry for all the whiny angst lately.  It’s difficult to rein it in some days when things like this crop up….and most especially when other things are holding me back from doing what I really want to do.

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sigmastasds:

We went to a diner today and there was a fireworks shop right next to it. My father wanted to buy punks so I looked around.

And I found Lackadaisy art all over these fireworks. They were called ‘Poker’ fireworks or something like that?

But I fear that this is art theft! And I want to make sure the artist is aware of this.

Yeah, I’m aware.  I managed to get into contact with Jake’s Fireworks (the manufacturer/distributor) about the unauthorized use of my art on their packaging last year.  They say they’ve stopped producing it.  Hopefully that’s true.  There was nothing that could be done about the fireworks already sold to various retailers, though, so I guess they’ll continue showing up for a while. 

Watching various other entities profit off your hard work - fun times. =/

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I’ve been sitting on these since winter, although I’m not sure exactly why.  I still think about doing a playing card deck someday and started working up some face card designs when I had a little time off over the holidays.  I couldn’t settle on a standardized backdrop, so I began tailoring them to each character instead.

If I were to do a Kickstarter campaign for something like this sometime, would anyone be interested, or not so much?

Cinema

thurinusworks:

The humble little indy game I’ve been spending the last few months building is finally up on the App Store!

Get it here!: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id884931157

While I’ve released many games in my regular job, this is was my first experience working alone on every aspect of a complete game, and taking it from concept all the way to market.

Please give it a try if you have an iOS device! If you like it, spread the word and leave a review! If not… well you can still leave a review; I appreciate any feedback you’re willing to offer :). The Android version is in the works, so stay tuned.

Thanks for checking it out!

Giving this a shout-out because it really deserves the support.  My good friend Jay made this entirely by himself.  What’s more, it’s adorable, challenging and fun to play.  If you get a chance, give it a try!

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Just posting this stupid, scribbledy comic for everyone who commented and sent me notes after I responded to that ask the other day.  I didn’t mean to make a thing of it - I just couldn’t resist replying with snark to something so abrasively nonsensical.  Nevertheless, I ended up with an inbox full of kind/funny messages and, well, let’s just say a self-help book penned by Jack Handey himself couldn’t have done a better job of being that uplifting, bizarre and hilarious.  I just wanted to say thanks for making me laugh.

Question & Answer

Do you even have a social life drawing all these cats in clothes? Stop wasting your talent!!!
asker photo Anonymous

But what if my talent is drawing cats in clothes?  Would my social life blossom if I drew something else?  Cats without clothes?
Please - more anonymous, vague, non sequitur advice around which I should restructure my life is urgently needed!

Cinema

prozdvoices:

Lackadaisy Quantentheorie

Man, I want my own glare beam.

Original comic by Tracy J. Butler

http://www.lackadaisy.foxprints.com/

Ivy Pepper voiced by aliasmouse

Rocky and Viktor voiced by me

I also edited it

Whoops…How did I miss this?
Ivy and Rocky squawking away…perfect.

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penchilla:

I really love Tracy J. Butler’s “Lackadaisy”, please check it out if you don’t know about it! It’s amazing ♥ Since Ivy and Freckle are the cutest things I decided to draw them. Here they are-in human form.
Thank you for creating such great characters and making such incredible art Tracy. You’re awesome and an inspiration!

Oh, wow - lovely!

penchilla:

I really love Tracy J. Butler’s “Lackadaisy”, please check it out if you don’t know about it! It’s amazing ♥ Since Ivy and Freckle are the cutest things I decided to draw them. Here they are-in human form.

Thank you for creating such great characters and making such incredible art Tracy. You’re awesome and an inspiration!

Oh, wow - lovely!

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andythelemon:

My friend told me to read Lackadaisy and omg I’d sell my soul for a comic purely about Calvin and Rocky’s childhood antics

aww, gee..  <3

andythelemon:

My friend told me to read Lackadaisy and omg I’d sell my soul for a comic purely about Calvin and Rocky’s childhood antics

aww, gee..  <3

Cinema

lackadaisychatterbox:

Welcome to the world of Lackadaisy!

In this installment, Rocky and Calvin get into trouble, despite Aunt Nina’s wishes.

Lackadaisy is a work of fiction by Tracy J. Butler

Read it here!

Voices in order of appearance:

Nina McMurray: Lolo

Rocky Rickaby: Tyler Cason

Calvin “Freckle” McMurray: s0meperson

All Pig Farmers: Zakton

Sound Designer: Zarok

Video Mastery: Zakton


Wow.  This ensemble of voice actors and sound designers continues to be amazing.