GregSmallwood

GregSmallwood

Name: Greg Smallwood

Bio: www.gregsmallwood.deviantart.com


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    July 16, 2013 3:45 am Thanks, guys! Glad you've been enjoying it!
    June 18, 2013 1:56 am I'm glad you dug the first issue! We wanted to avoid the sophomore slump with the second issue so we put a lot of work into it - hope you enjoy it as much as the first!
    May 13, 2013 6:11 pm It's a superhero/crime blend. With a dash of horror.
    April 21, 2013 4:14 am @Invicipal - I think most people have dealt with body image insecurities and I'm no exception. I left my insecurities behind by letting go of my vanity and accepting that people may or may not judge my body. The trick is not deluding yourself into believing you're beautiful or perfect but accepting that you're not. That's all I was trying to express. Also, I have to wonder if you recognize the irony of your question ("Who are you to delve into someone's psyche about sensitive insecurities?") on an article where the author has exposed her insecurities and opened them up to conversation via this forum. @Molly, I sincerely apologize if I came across as though I was attacking you. I was genuinely trying to give you what I thought was helpful advice. You don't have to be thrilled with your body to have a healthy body image. You don't have to feel sexy or empowered. You just have to be content with it. Accept the idea that there will be people who DON'T like your body just as there will be people who DO like your body. Don't hold any standards to your body other than being healthy. Anyway, much love to you and good luck with the next costume!
    April 18, 2013 3:35 pm Molly, I'm glad that you found a creative outlet that serves as a confidence booster. That said, you should also think about developing confidence that does not rely on the approval of other people. At the risk of sounding like Tony Robbins, your confidence and self-worth should come from WITHIN. And I recommend you stop caring about whether or not you're attractive. Attractiveness is only as important as you make it. Why do you need to feel sexy in order to feel good about yourself? Isn't it possible to feel good about yourself without that?
    October 22, 2012 4:09 pm The reason the idiot girl or fake girl meme (the one with nerd written on her palm) works is because the girl in the picture looks like an idiot. She has a smug look on her face, ridiculously large glasses, and she's written "NERD" on her palm. Who in the world does that? That's ridiculously STUPID LOOKING. It's almost as stupid as a white guy painting his face black, his lips red, and writing, "BLACK" on his palm. She's attempting to superficially adopt the stereotypical characteristics of a nerd and failing miserably at it. As a result, it becomes hilarious (unlike blackface). Get it? She attempts to adopt one specific stereotype (nerd) but unwittingly becomes another (fake nerd). Feminists have long dealt with the stereotype that they have no sense of humor (see: George Carlin). The overblown reaction to this meme is not accomplishing anything but reinforcing that stereotype.
    September 10, 2012 5:31 pm @Conor. I totally agree. I should have stressed the MAY part in "may have read the big books." I've encountered quite a few comic book fans who haven't actually read ANY comic books. Here's a personal experience: I'm at a "nerd"-centric party. I start up a conversation with a stranger. I mention my interest in comics. He tells me he's a big comic book fan. I ask him what he's currently reading. He then begins to explain that he doesn't actually read comics but he enjoys their aesthetic (or something like that). And I've had plenty of run-ins with folks who hold strong opinions on comics ("Marvel comics suck") but haven't read anything beyond Watchmen. Like I said before - It's not a major issue with me. But I'm not going to pretend it doesn't frustrate me at times. The disingenuous part isn't the level of reading a comic book fan commits to but how they present themselves.
    September 10, 2012 4:36 pm Let's be clear...I never said I ENDORSED the fanboy rage. I'm merely trying to explain it and understand it. It may simply be the fact that I live in a college town where local bars host Super Nerd Nights but I've encountered plenty of women who've attached themselves to comics on a superficial level. They dig the culture of the comic book shops, the conventions, the films, the idea of being a nerd, etc....but not necessarily the comics themselves. They may have read the big books (Watchmen, DKR, etc) but have no interest in keeping up with what's coming out. These women really do exist. I dated one for a short time. And I do see the behavior as disingenuous but I'm certainly not bothered by it. It is what it is. We all do stuff to impress people and these women are no different. Also, I've encountered plenty of men who do the EXACT same thing. I really don't see it as a gender exclusive phenomenon but women probably get singled out simply because of the dominance of men in the "nerd" community.
    September 10, 2012 1:45 pm I don't think the fanboy rage is directed at girls with a genuine interest in comics but rather girls who FEIGN a genuine interest in comics. No one likes disingenuous people and I think the anger and frustration largely comes from that. Doesn't mean some of the anger hasn't come out in sexist ways, though. But that said, I think the push to keep women out of comics seems like a paranoid conspiracy theory to me. A few trolls do not make a movement. As for evangelizing, I just don't even bother. I tried for years but I eventually realized that most people aren't really interested in reading anything that takes longer than five minutes. Men and women included.
    August 29, 2012 6:51 pm I recommend utilizing more than one system. I have a box (or shelf space) for each category: -Comics that I specifically bought for the creator -Complete runs (like Ex Machina, Scalped) -Comics that I'm currently following. -Random issues/Trades. This multi-system separates comics you don't touch much from the comics you're currently following. Also, you have different reasons for buying different comics so organizing them should be a natural extension of that. If I buy a random issue of Angel and Faith simply because Chris Samnee illustrated it, it wouldn't make much sense to file it away with other Dark Horse books. I keep it with my other Samnee books. But If I happened to buy a random issue #1 of a Dark Horse book (for no other reason than to try it out), that goes in my Random Dark Horse box. Think about WHY you purchased the comic and file it that way.