My first born OC (kind of), and based on me, I can’t help that Nick is my favorite. I love his swag, his style, and every effed up aspect of his personality. <333 We love an effed up baby don’t we?
Nick is definitely the type to throw some money around, be generous, and generally look for ways to be popular in a group. “Drinks on me” is definitely something we would hear him say! He always wants people to like him, and generosity is one of the easiest ways…of course, that only lasts as long as the money does. It’s not always about materialism, Nick… you have a lot more to give if you find the right people to trust with it!
There’s a little something for everybody on my Patreon!
The platform is one of the main ways I fund my projects, including all the prep for the conventions I will be attending this summer! If you are looking for a way to give a little support on a monthly basis to Blue Rabbit Comics/ Blue Remedy/ myself- consider joining my Patreon! I won’t lie, I haven’t been doing as many SFW exclusives since I don’t have anyone on the PP-free tier :’^) But if that ever happens I won’t leave ya’ll hanging!
and to my fellow allies… STAND THE FUCK UP! WE’RE NOT DONE!
Let me preface this post by saying straight up- my opinion on this topic *does not matter*. I am not in the community, nor am I the parent of a minor who is in the community. I honestly don’t have any say or bearing in this conversation- but I do have questions. Lots of questions, and some frustration. If you are in the community I’d love to hear your opinions on the following topics I will discuss today…and please forgive me if I’m being a shitty ally, I don’t always know what is the right thing to do- but I’m trying and I’m listening, and I really care a lot.
An ally’s job is never done.
While I love seeing the pomp and circumstance of Pride month in the US, it also lulls us allies into a false sense of security. Oh look, there’s a whole ass month dedicated to LGBTQIA+ representation, everything is good now, right?
In my opinion? That’s incredibly wrong. While having a month of visibility is nice, and a step in the right direction for normalizing the community culturally, our siblings are still who they are and marginalized every month of the year. Wearing a t-shirt and flying a pride flag in June, as an ally, isn’t nearly enough. Based on conversations I’ve had and interviews I’ve watched, here are some other ways you can show your support to the LGBTQIA+ community:
Donate time or money
If you have the ability, consider making a donation to activist groups that help this marginalized community. If you aren’t able to donate money, consider donating your time. The groups that assist the community are non-profit and mostly run on volunteers. Take a look at groups in your area that you can volunteer with- even if it’s just an hour on the weekend helping with admin duties.
Be vigilant in public spaces
If you’re a female presenting person you probably already know what I’m talking about. Groups prone to victimization. like our LGBTQIA+ siblings, are always having to be alert to potential threats around them. Is someone going to attack verbally/physically? Are you in danger? It’s stressful! But there is safety in numbers, and making yourself available in public spaces to provide that security is a great way to help the community (of course don’t be weird). For example. if some shit is popping off, cutting off the toxic event by addressing the victim as if they are someone you know and guiding them away from the situation can help dissuade the attacker because they think that the person is not alone. PLEASE DO NOT ESCALATE DANGEROUS SITUATIONS! AND PLEASE DO NOT PUT YOURSELF AT RISK!!! Unfortunately, here in the US, calling the police isn’t always the best way to go. If you can deter a situation yourself safely, I would personally prefer that approach.
We all know someone in the community, I’m sure. Sometimes being a shoulder to lean on and someone safe to talk to is what people need. Be that.
Commodification of Pride (?)
I keep bouncing the idea around in my head of this rainbow stuff. By rainbow stuff, I mean the commodification of Pride, as seen in the overflow of Pride themed merchandise that comes in around June. Is it a good thing? Is it capitalism at its finest? Is it a sign that the community is becoming more accepted? Is it just a cash grab? I don’t know, I kind of think…both?
I am prone to becoming endlessly annoyed when companies try to monopolize on political/cultural issues to make money. Like, I get it- because this is America and we are capitalist to our own detriment but…am I just jaded? On one hand, I can see it as a positive. There were times when being non-cis, non-het was illegal. Shit, in some places, it still is. It is definitely a good thing that people (and companies) can sell Pride merchandise and hang rainbow flags without fear of arson (mmmm maybe some places still should be worried- even here in the US). It suggests a cultural shift to accepting the community more.
But like…how much is it actually doing? Is Pride month itself helping, or is it just a reflection of cultural shifts? Is it making us lazy- forgetting that non-het marriage was legalized less than ten years ago?
I don’t know people. I don’t know. I want to hear what you think! Am I being a grouchy auntie or is there something to it?
In any case, please know that you are valid,
you are valuable,
and you are very important in this world.
This planet is a better place with you in it!
Very Happy Pride, this month and every month!
With love- Auntie Blue
P.S. The attached image will be available as a desktop and mobile wallpaper on my Patreon…Whenever I get my computer back. :’^(9
Nothing says spring like a heavily tattooed punk with flowers behind him- right? Right?
Honestly, I was just inspired by the video “I’m not a vampire” by Falling in Reverse- I wanted to draw the outfit Ronnie Radke was wearing on Sacha!! Then I figured I needed some bright/spring- themed pictures for my wall and new prints…so I slapped some flowers on the back and said “yeah that works”. I mean, do we really need a reason for a shirtless Sacha? Do we? I think not.
My absolute favorite star crossed lovers, and I’m not even mad.
Okay, maybe I’m a little mad. I want it to work out! I WAN’T THEM TO BOTH GROW AND LEARN AND BE BETTER PEOPLE!! Isn’t that how it’s supposed to go?
There’s a lot working against them though, Nick and Sacha… Nick and his issues with being open and vulnerable emotionally makes him impossible to really get to know beyond the facade of “I’m cool, everything is cool- let’s have fun and smile a lot”. Meanwhile, Sacha has zero time for people who aren’t real- especially when he struggles with toxic masculinity himself and has yet to accept that he can be attracted to men sometimes. This leads to a lot of “I don’t know what I was thinking- it meant nothing- what the hell is your problem? Get away from me!”
Among many other issues they both have as individuals, that culminate in a toxic cess pool of an on-again-off-again “relationship”. But you’ll have to read the comic to learn more..!9
I have never considered art as a career choice- which is why I don’t plan to make a profit out of it. However, I don’t want it to be a money suck either. That’s why I aim to keep Blue Rabbit Comics a non profit, bringing in just enough to pay the bills for materials, website hosting, postage, etc. But for that, I need your help!
One of the ways that you can support the Blue Rabbit Comics active projects is by pledging on PATREON! I use patreon as a hosting platform for exclusive content and early comic releases. The payments for each tier process on the first of the month. All proceeds from my patreon go directly back into Blue Rabbit Comics. Some examples of purchases made from proceeds include: one year of website hosting (bluerabbitcomics.art), cardstock for printing, and convention table fees! Let’s have a look at the different tier options on my patreon:
Please note, all tiers come with an initial “welcome pack” when an address is provided. The welcome pack includes a thank you/welcome card and Blue Crew sticker
BLUE CREW: All Access
cost: 3$ USD/mo
The Blue Crew All Access tier gives you a behind the scenes peek at WIPS and access to SFW exclusive illustrations. You are also able to read the web comic Blue Remedy a week earlier than everyone else, and see the high-res version of social media posted illustrations weeks in advance! All illustrations are downloadable, and sometimes I will make desktop wallpapers featuring my OCs, or Blue Crew official downloads. You also have access to discount codes for my shop, discounted commissions when available, along with occasional polls to help decide what kind of content will be coming up next! Let’s not forget being added to the “co producers” list, receiving a shout out every month and also being featured on the Meet the Crew portion of my website- linked to the website of your choice!
BLUE CREW: 18+
Cost: 5$ USD/mo
The Blue Crew 18+ tier gives you all the benefits of the All Access tier, but with some 18+ additions ;^)! Uncensored NSFW illustrations (gore/ violence/ nudity/ sex) are posted monthly, including the WIPs and occasional NSFW exclusive short comics! Get access to polls to decide what kind of NSFW work will be coming up next!
BLUE CREW: Ride or Die
cost: 8$ USD/mo
As a ride or die member, you are among the elite- and we recognize that! As part of your welcome package you will receive the exclusive ride or die crew sticker, and will receive anniversary stickers for the 6mo (gold) and 1 yr (holo) anniversary! This is also the print pack tier- where you receive two 5×7 prints every two months (to save on postage and reduce our carbon footprint, packs are sent every two months instead of once monthly). When it is available, one 8×10 print may be substituted when offered- you get to vote on which you want!