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Anonymous asked:

Hi Ami! I had a question-- there was a post your or someone else wrote about that awful Banzai Girl image (you know the one) and how breaking the fourth wall like that is bad for storytelling. I wanted to send it to someone, but I can't find it in the EG archives and was wondering if you had any idea who it was or where it is. Thanks, and I hope you're well!

Life Preservers Needed! (Donation Request Post - URGENT)

capesandwhips:

ami-angelwings:

capesandwhips:

This is a hard post to make, both due to how I am feeling and how difficult it is to ask for help (and to feel safe or safe-ish doing so), but, in short, my partner and I need help and need it fast.

He has been unemployed for over a year and a half and was originally turned down for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. This wrecked havoc with his finances and is going to take a long time to recover from (the ability to have a checking account is looking better than it once did, but his credit rating is poor and there is a lot that has been charged off and will eventually need to be paid back), but in the meantime the main concerns are simple survival and some kind of quality of life (the effects of a trip to a matinee movie or a weekly trip to the comic shop are not to be underestimated).

He was finally successful in applying for and receiving UI benefits in January of this year, but unfortunately they decided to use his original application date from last year in determining when his year of benefits began (since the long-term unemployment benefits were gotten rid of last year and thus there is no extension available), so he only received six out of twelve months of payments and those ended near the end of June of this year. I helped out back in the winter the last time things looked particularly bad and I mostly squeaked us through July this year, but I simply cannot do anymore.

I am low-income and disabled and have not had a particularly good work year like I was having last fall/winter (it was also ‘very’ stressful, but I had more access to food and soothing activities and also the possibility of making enough at work to help cover multiple bills plus personal expenses) and both my bank account and credit card are basically tapped out (I’m the only one with a working credit card at this point, and if I can’t make the minimum payment this month, then I’ll be in the same situation re: credit standing) from the times I helped out last year, a less than stellar work year this year, and from trying to cover/survive July and August of this year. I am waiting on my pay check for the work month of August, plus my Patreon earnings for that month, but that’s not quite enough for the new, increased rent rate on my partner’s apartment and not enough to cover anything else (at least if I want to have enough in my account to write his rent check at the end of this month).

So, basically, we could really use your help everybody. Large-scale donations would be awesome, but a number of smaller ones could also add up and, at this point, anything helps. Especially since I have had no success at getting donations thus far, so even a penny would technically be an improvement. :) 

Unfortunately, it is a bit of a chaotic triage situation at this point, but the most pressing issues are money for groceries and gas and money to keep the electric and internet turned on, as well as to pay the combined auto/renter’s insurance. All of those are in danger of cancellation or turn-offs, with due dates ranging from September 15 -22nd. Last month all I could do was the insurance so that the policy would not be cancelled and the two utilities had to be floated. This means that if they go unpaid this month, they will be shut-off, rendering me unable to work (and thus meaning I will be fired from my job, since I have certain work load requirements to meet to remain employed), my partner unable to job hunt and/or try to set up something of his own since no one will hire him, no air conditioning in weather that is 110+ degrees Fahrenheit, no ability to refrigerate food or make cooling ice or chilled water, and no anything else really. 

It is asking a lot to have help with those, but in case people can help (and especially if they’re in a position to help in amounts to cover one or more bills), the combined cost of internet and electric last month would have been approximately $170 and is likely to be the same or slightly higher this month. So, likely, we’d need around $340 to pay last month’s and this month’s electric and internet, and then probably around $130 on top of that for the auto/renter’s insurance. And that’s without needing food (which is a … very pressing need), gas for the car (which is around $30 a fill up right now and we need a few tanks a month), a bit more to cover the rent increase (I’m guessing $80 once the tax is added onto the new rental rate), the auto loan payments (which stopped because my partner paid for unemployment protection on his auto loan, but he can only access it while receiving UI benefits, even though he’s still unemployed), and maybe maybe taking care of the minimum payment on my credit card so it remains functional and there’s still someone with a good credit rating and working credit card (and, also, if I can make the minimum payment and also do it very soon, I can keep doing new comic book day this month as long as I stick only to series I was already reading and that I get a pull box discount for – It’s a really soothing and humanizing part of my routine and it would mean a lot to get to keep doing it this month :) ).

I want to thank everybody for reading thus far and am really hoping that people will finally help out. It’s been an increasingly hopeless and stressful situation and one that we can’t fix without help so … yeah. Donations would be awesome and you can send them via Paypal using ittousagi@hotmail.com as the e-mail address. Or, alternatively, if you’re within the U.S. and thus able to access the full functionality of Venmo (ask me how hard it is to find a PayPal alternative … and then realize it only works properly inside the U.S. :P ), you can donate using venmo.com/capesandwhips. Either way, the money will get where it needs to be and will be much appreciated. :)

These are very good people, and they’ve been really great supporters of me & Escher Girls.  Please help if you can, or at least, pass this along.

Reblogging this to give an update to everybody and to hopefully bump this back into gear since it has unfortunately stalled out and there are no more donations coming in.

So, thank you so so much to Ami Angelwings for all the signal-boosting and sharing she has done. I don’t think we would have had any success without her help, so big thanks to her. :)

And very big thank yous to everyone who has donated so far. :)

I’m still waiting for the transfer of funds from PayPal to my bank account to be completed (a few days for a transfer can be a long time, and even longer if a weekend gets in the way), but once that happens we will be able to square ourselves away with the internet company and won’t have to worry about a turn-off of service. There should also be enough leftover from that to try to allot as best I can between taking care of the minimum payment on my credit card and things like food and toiletries (and by allot, I mean triage style decision making - after the fees PayPal deducted, there was $194.62 to transfer over, with $10 having come in after that point. Probably $140 of that will be going to the internet provider, depending on when the funds are live for us to go down and pay the bill).

However, after that last $10 donation, everything has stalled out and there is still a ways to go before we’re safe (or safe enough) for the month, starting with approximately $215 to settle up with the power company.

As mentioned in my original post, if we can’t make this bill (which is last month’s missed total, plus this month’s bill and late fees), the power will be turned off and besides my being unable to work (and being subsequently fired) and my partner unable to job hunt and to work on alternative options, this also leaves us with no air conditioning in 100+ degree Fahrenheit weather, no food preserving or water chilling or ice producing capabilities (because fridges run on electricity), and just generally in a bad place.

There is also going to be around $160 for the combined renter’s/auto insurance (which they are ‘very’ likely to cancel if even one payment is missed) and then food, toiletries, gas for the car, a bit more to add onto my pay check for August so we can make rent (new, increased rent rate - yay! :P), and also, well, the auto loan that hasn’t been paid since my partner’s unemployment insurance payments stopped at the end of June and he thereby became ineligible for the unemployment coverage he paid for on the auto loan (he’s still unemployed, but the coverage can only be accessed if you’re unemployed ‘and’ actively receiving UI payments).

But, first thing’s first - we need to not have the power shut off. :) I’d really rather be able to keep my job (which has certain workload requirements and requires both electricity and a secure internet connection) and be able to somewhat cope with the heat, so any and all donations would be awesome. :)

This is a lot to ask from everybody and I really, really appreciate everything that’s been done so far and I’m hoping that people can help us out the rest of the way. :)

Please spread this around (and of course, help out if you can).  The last boost in attention has stalled out and they still need a little more money to square things. :\

aesmael:

ami-angelwings:

snailchimera:

I could have sworn I saw a shooting star outside just now, very bright with a large tail, but the next meteor shower isn’t supposed to be until October. It didn’t look like any sort of firework I’d ever seen before, and that’s the only other thing I can think of that’s even remotely close. Anyone have a guess what it might have been?

Dammit, I thought I kept my battle with The Cosmic Flame far enough away from human eyes. -_-

I mean… um… I have no idea what that could be. >_>

*puts glasses back on face*

(actually, seriously, aesmael do you know what that could be? :o )

It probably was an especially bright meteor, yup, especially if it had a visible tail. As others have said, they are not restricted to meteor showers, those are just when you get more meteors than usual.

Also from the tags speculating it might have been a comet, I don’t think comets ever move so swiftly in the sky - if one had I think we would all have heard about it. (they are normally quite distant and move over a span of weeks or months depending on what equipment you are using to view them)

Trish is the best science officer ever. ^^

snailchimera:

I could have sworn I saw a shooting star outside just now, very bright with a large tail, but the next meteor shower isn’t supposed to be until October. It didn’t look like any sort of firework I’d ever seen before, and that’s the only other thing I can think of that’s even remotely close. Anyone have a guess what it might have been?

Dammit, I thought I kept my battle with The Cosmic Flame far enough away from human eyes. -_-

I mean… um… I have no idea what that could be. >_>

*puts glasses back on face*

(actually, seriously, aesmael do you know what that could be? :o )

Life Preservers Needed! (Donation Request Post - URGENT)

capesandwhips:

This is a hard post to make, both due to how I am feeling and how difficult it is to ask for help (and to feel safe or safe-ish doing so), but, in short, my partner and I need help and need it fast.

He has been unemployed for over a year and a half and was originally turned down for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. This wrecked havoc with his finances and is going to take a long time to recover from (the ability to have a checking account is looking better than it once did, but his credit rating is poor and there is a lot that has been charged off and will eventually need to be paid back), but in the meantime the main concerns are simple survival and some kind of quality of life (the effects of a trip to a matinee movie or a weekly trip to the comic shop are not to be underestimated).

He was finally successful in applying for and receiving UI benefits in January of this year, but unfortunately they decided to use his original application date from last year in determining when his year of benefits began (since the long-term unemployment benefits were gotten rid of last year and thus there is no extension available), so he only received six out of twelve months of payments and those ended near the end of June of this year. I helped out back in the winter the last time things looked particularly bad and I mostly squeaked us through July this year, but I simply cannot do anymore.

I am low-income and disabled and have not had a particularly good work year like I was having last fall/winter (it was also ‘very’ stressful, but I had more access to food and soothing activities and also the possibility of making enough at work to help cover multiple bills plus personal expenses) and both my bank account and credit card are basically tapped out (I’m the only one with a working credit card at this point, and if I can’t make the minimum payment this month, then I’ll be in the same situation re: credit standing) from the times I helped out last year, a less than stellar work year this year, and from trying to cover/survive July and August of this year. I am waiting on my pay check for the work month of August, plus my Patreon earnings for that month, but that’s not quite enough for the new, increased rent rate on my partner’s apartment and not enough to cover anything else (at least if I want to have enough in my account to write his rent check at the end of this month).

So, basically, we could really use your help everybody. Large-scale donations would be awesome, but a number of smaller ones could also add up and, at this point, anything helps. Especially since I have had no success at getting donations thus far, so even a penny would technically be an improvement. :) 

Unfortunately, it is a bit of a chaotic triage situation at this point, but the most pressing issues are money for groceries and gas and money to keep the electric and internet turned on, as well as to pay the combined auto/renter’s insurance. All of those are in danger of cancellation or turn-offs, with due dates ranging from September 15 -22nd. Last month all I could do was the insurance so that the policy would not be cancelled and the two utilities had to be floated. This means that if they go unpaid this month, they will be shut-off, rendering me unable to work (and thus meaning I will be fired from my job, since I have certain work load requirements to meet to remain employed), my partner unable to job hunt and/or try to set up something of his own since no one will hire him, no air conditioning in weather that is 110+ degrees Fahrenheit, no ability to refrigerate food or make cooling ice or chilled water, and no anything else really. 

It is asking a lot to have help with those, but in case people can help (and especially if they’re in a position to help in amounts to cover one or more bills), the combined cost of internet and electric last month would have been approximately $170 and is likely to be the same or slightly higher this month. So, likely, we’d need around $340 to pay last month’s and this month’s electric and internet, and then probably around $130 on top of that for the auto/renter’s insurance. And that’s without needing food (which is a … very pressing need), gas for the car (which is around $30 a fill up right now and we need a few tanks a month), a bit more to cover the rent increase (I’m guessing $80 once the tax is added onto the new rental rate), the auto loan payments (which stopped because my partner paid for unemployment protection on his auto loan, but he can only access it while receiving UI benefits, even though he’s still unemployed), and maybe maybe taking care of the minimum payment on my credit card so it remains functional and there’s still someone with a good credit rating and working credit card (and, also, if I can make the minimum payment and also do it very soon, I can keep doing new comic book day this month as long as I stick only to series I was already reading and that I get a pull box discount for – It’s a really soothing and humanizing part of my routine and it would mean a lot to get to keep doing it this month :) ).

I want to thank everybody for reading thus far and am really hoping that people will finally help out. It’s been an increasingly hopeless and stressful situation and one that we can’t fix without help so … yeah. Donations would be awesome and you can send them via Paypal using ittousagi@hotmail.com as the e-mail address. Or, alternatively, if you’re within the U.S. and thus able to access the full functionality of Venmo (ask me how hard it is to find a PayPal alternative … and then realize it only works properly inside the U.S. :P ), you can donate using venmo.com/capesandwhips. Either way, the money will get where it needs to be and will be much appreciated. :)

These are very good people, and they’ve been really great supporters of me & Escher Girls.  Please help if you can, or at least, pass this along.

I GOT HEALTHCARE FUNDING FOR GRS!!!!

*raises arms in triumph while collapsing onto the ground*

the-midnight-doe asked:

Hi there Ami, just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed the interview that you gave yesterday on that radio show :) Keep being awesome!

Thank you! :)  I was pretty nervous for it, but I’m told I did well.  Unfortunately we ran out of time because there was another question they were going to ask me, and it was one I really wanted to answer, but the hosts were really great, and it was a good experience. :]

ladyloveandjustice:

i cannot believe “attractive female” is listed as a power on comicvine

Since running Escher Girls, this doesn’t surprise me unfortunately. -_-  So many guys legitimately think that “being hot” is a power, gives women power over men, and more importantly, is a woman’s power fantasy.  They really believe this, in part because a) they feel powerless around attractive women because they want to sleep with/date them but that decision is left entirely in her hands to decide and thus, they feel like she has all the power b) attractive women are next to heroic men in every genre, so they assume this must be the female corollary because they assume life is fair c) they want to believe that what THEY like to see is what women want to be because they can’t see things from any perspective other than their own and they assume because they’re leering at women, women must enjoy being leered at.

So I can totally believe they think “attractive female” is a superpower worthy of listing because of all those reasons.  Also, in a weirdo “totally immersed in society and not being able to see beyond it” way, it is, because it’s basically what women are given in fiction as the one trait we must always have, and which characters often use to get stuff. -_- 

The one thing I don’t get though is that EVERY female character in comics is attractive.  Even random scientists or nerd girls are drawn with the same figure, especially if you have an artist that only draws one single woman (like a Churchill or a Campbell).  So if every woman looks like that, does having big breasts, tiny waist, long legs, etc make you attractive?  Wouldn’t that make you normal? -_o  It’s like when I was watching Wolverine & the X-Men and Emma Frost showed up and all the guys were staring at her and the other women were jealous, but it’s like YOU ALL LOOK BASICALLY THE SAME THOUGH. 

Again, the problem with drawing all your women as clones. -_-

eschergirls:

Hi peoples :)

Just a short note to let people know that on Monday (today/tomorrow depending on where you live), I’m going to be doing an interview about Escher Girls with feminist/women’s radio program ”Yeah, What She Said” on 90.9FM in Calgary.  (I’m both super excited and super nervous >_>) 

http://cjsw.com/program/ywss

This is their website.  I believe you can listen live on there, as well as download previous episodes.

The show is at 8pm Mountain Time (10pm Eastern)

So… um… yeah.  Just in case people want to listen or something.

*runs off screaming in nervousness*

Yus.  I will be Radio Ami tomorrow/today. D:  SO NERVOUS.

findanewequation:

So for the last four months or so, I have taken part in the body positivity movement on Instagram, including posting photos of myself in my bikini and underwear/bra. Keep in mind that none of my photos have ever been sexually explicit or suggestive and that I have always been fully covered. As far as nudity goes, I show no more skin than a thin woman in a bikini. Below is a photo I uploaded last night, with the caption “I love my belly. ♥”

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At approximately 2:05 am, I received an email from Instagram stating that a photo had been removed from my account for “violating the community guidelines.” I went to my page to find the above photo missing from my account. Angry and determined to make a point, I went to the tags on Instagram to find photos of women dressed in as much clothes as I was. I found entire pages dedicated to sharing women in sexually explicit and suggestive poses in half the clothes I am wearing in the above photo. I also found men, completely naked with the photo cropped to just miss their dick being in the photo. I reported these photos for nearly half an hour.

At exactly 3:58 am, I was logged off of my Instagram account while using it and then told that my account had been disabled for violating the community guidelines. My entire account containing over 560 followers and over 500 personal photos and memories of my self love journey were removed without warning.

I went to sleep crying, disgusted and angry that Instagram would do this. When I woke up, I found that every pornographic image I had reported was not only still there, but so was the pages offering to send people nudes in direct messages. That is the moment that I became enraged and determined to fight this.

This is not the first time that Instagram has practiced size discrimination. Meghan Tonjes went through a very similar situation and her story went viral. I am asking you to make this go viral as well, because THIS is not okay. By removing my photos and the photos of women of size and not the others, Instagram is effectively telling women that our fat bodies are more offensive to the eyes of children and their viewers than thin women half naked and blatant pornography. They are silencing us and telling us that our bodies are to be censored while the rest of the world can practice “cocks in socks” and post Victoria’s Secret Models.

I will not be silenced. After years of struggling with my body through depression, anxiety and self harm, I WILL NOT let a website tell me that my body is censor worthy simply because it is a fat body with cellulite and rolls. END SIZE DISCRIMINATION ON INSTAGRAM.

This is really disgusting. >:\  WTF Instagram.

zhinxy:

A grown man believes this. Really, truly believes this (and called me a creeper and bully for rting this). Just let that sink in. He really truly dwells in some movie-tinged dreamworld where packs of cruel women cackle that nerds are gross, that they should be hurt and shown their place. That all our feigned nerdery and sexism-talk is just a cover for this. 

Think of the world we live in - Where he isn’t the only one who thinks this, not by a long shot. A world where  SJWs are out to steal happiness from nerds. 

Sexism fucking makes this world BIZARRE. 

I see stuff like this about Escher Girls and Feminist Frequency and other things sometimes.  Insistence that what we say our reasons and criticisms are are all a lie, that really this is all about popular girls being mean to geeks, (or sometimes hatred and jealousy of artists/creators) but NOT AT ALL EVER WHAT WE SAY. e_e

And it’s easier this way.  It’s easier because it means they don’t have to pay attention to anything we say.  It’s easier because it means they don’t have to examine anything or wonder why real thinking human beings have issues with stuff they like, or wonder if they’re the ones being exlusionary or bullying.  Instead they just dismiss it all as just background noise to MEAN GIRL BULLYING.  Everything we say is just a distraction, the point is we’re just meany meanies and high school never ends.  It also means they can feel like brave rebels when they lash out at us, threaten us, dox us, etc, because they’re the brave underclass nerds (which girls can’t be because our lives are sunshine, gumdrops, non stop parties, and free meals) fighting against people who exist only to hurt them and have no legitimate concerns at all.

It’s kinda sad. :\

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