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Hi. I'm in a bit of a very busy situation, but I need to replenish my resources, so I'd like to offer my service for commissions.
I can take up to three commissions at this time (time being a little limited lately, as I'm finishing my Titan project Sally of the Wasteland with writer Victor Gischler, and after that, I'll be busy on another project). Please write here below to book your slot and tell me what I'd like to draw, or send me a PM.

Commissions accepted for: full figure or bust, with abstract/minimal background. Due to work with comics I may be slow, but I'll try my best not to make you wait too long.

Rates for full figure portraits are $60 for a black and white lineart picture and $80 for a colored one. Subtract 10$ if instead you want a bust portrait.
My only limitations are that I only draw your own original characters (therefore no fanart of copyrighted characters) and that I'd rather not draw furry art. And no pornographic contents.

This is how I work.
Upon receiving your description and an email address to which I can write, I'll send you a pencil sketch for approval. Then if needed I'll apply any corrections you require. But here I need you to be reasonable, because, as I said above, my time is very limited so the more corrections, the longer the process. Please keep in mind that I'll be working in between comics work. After I have your approvation of the sketch, I'll ask you to kindly send me the payment via paypal and ink (and eventually color) the artwork.
I'll upload a tiff file at 300dpi (unless specified otherwise) and send you the download link.

Thank you for your kind attention!

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Slot 3 available
It has been out for roughly a week but we're already getting some really encouraging response.
Here's a new review courtesy of I Reads You - a CBB Blog! ireadsyou.blogspot.co.uk/2014/…
If you haven't bought Sally of the Wasteland by Victor Gischler and yours truly, please take the time to read this review and consider supporting our project!
It is almost time. Courtesy of Titan Comics, this year's San Diego Comic Con is going to host the release of my first comic project: Sally of the Wasteland, an irreverent B-movie style post-apocalypse tale set in Southern Louisiana, written by Victor Gischler (Deadpool, X-Men, The Shadow, Buffy), penciled, inked and colored by yours truly. 
It's chock full of wisecracks, awesome horror and post-apocalypse tropes, and mutant monsters.

You can preview the first issue here: www.firstcomicsnews.com/?p=103… or here: bloody-disgusting.com/news/328…

The first issue of five features a variant cover courtesy of Tim Seeley.

This comic comes out in July, so there's still plenty of time to harass your local comic shop into ordering you a copy!
You would of course have my deepest gratitude and appreciation.
To any of you who were in my contact list on Anobii, I have deactivated my account there and transferred my library to Goodreads.
Anobii was way too painfully slow and annoying, full of bugs, and plain boring, whereas Goodreads is much better organized, works smoothly and is more of a community. So there you go. My Goodreads page is here:
www.goodreads.com/atomgear
Add me and let's share our shelves and talk about books and such!
Since I hear it's a rather delicate topic, here's a site that answers authoritatively the question above:
howdovaccinescauseautism.com/
1499 years ago roughly in this period (the Lent), Hypatia of Alexandria, philosopher of the neoplatonic school was stripped naked and stoned to death by a mob of christian fanatics for daring to teach to men, for being a pagan, and for spreading a knowledge that was not the one they believed in. These religious fanatics were an instrument in the hands of bishop Cyril, who during his office tried to seize the power over the city and wrestle it from the Imperial Prefect Orestes. In order to do so, he encouraged his most fanatic followers, including the parabalans, into an escalation of religious riots against non-christians, resulting in the banishing of all the Jews from the city as their houses were plundered and their riches confiscated.

Hypatia, who had been teacher of Prefect Orestes, was a victim of this escalation of intolerance. She had always preached the freedom of thought, taught sciences and was admired for her wisdom by all but the jealous Cyril and his followers who could not tolerate her friendship with Prefect Orestes.

Cyril has been made saint by the church. Not enough time ago, pope Ratzinger praised him as a "guardian of the true faith" mauricepinay.blogspot.it/2007/… (one might, maybe should cringe at the idea of a german pope praising a man who oppressed the Jews).

Hypatia is my personal hero. And she is twice a hero because she was a scientist woman who stood for what she believed in, a message of tolerance and love for knowledge, against  a world that shunned women, treated them like objects, and could not tolerate that they had as much say or as much knowledge as men did. The letter of so-called saint Paul to Tymothy says: "A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet." Today, this passage is still part of the new testament.
1500 years after the murder of one of the most admirable persons in history, there is still much to do to undo the damage that religious intolerance did to the world.

Remember Hypatia of Alexandria.
wheee! thanks to my dear friend :iconjebriodo: I have been tagged! And now I have questions to reply to!
So here's Jed's questions and below my answers

Okay:
 Here is your Tag and your questions:
The idea here is to be descriptive and creative. I suggest answering them in order, and letting things develop from one question to the next.

    1.      You decide to go on a journey. You will travel overland. How will you travel?

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Considering that what I consider a journey usually involves getting at least as far as the other side of the planet, I doubt I could do without an airplane. The journey usually starts when I reach the destination and begin exploring it.


    2.      As you travel, you enter a different sort of countryside. What sort of country is it?

I'm picturing icelandic landscapes with rich black soil and emerald green grass, rainbows and aurora borealis at night.

    3.      After traveling through this country for a while you come to a body of water. What is it like?

I would suppose it's hot springs due to the high volcanic activity in the island.

    4.      Your journey will take you across the water. What method will you use to cross it?

Uhm. Water, open countryside, nobody around. Heck if the water is not too cold nor too hot, I'd love to swim through.

    5.      On the far side of the water is a wilderness. What is the wilderness like?

Like this: www.bigearth.com/wp-content/up…

    6.      There is a way through the wilderness. What is it like and how do you travel on it?

It's a natural path between corrugated hills. It may not take me anywhere specific but I'd follow it just to see where it takes me. My pattern recognition identified it as a path, and since I'm crossing open country, there's no reason not to follow it.

    7.      At the end of the journey you come to a house. What sort of house is it and how is it different from the ones you are familiar with?

It's like a cottage or cabin, and it's strange because it has grass on the roof. It looks like it was built in the side of a hill, although it's all artificial. It's done that way in order to keep the warm in. The rest is made mainly of stone and wood, apparently, although in the inside it's very modern.

    8.      You enter the house. What is it like inside? What sort of things are in it?

The dominant color is white. All the furniture is made of a very clear colored wood. Although the design is modern, there is a wide use of natural materials, wood being predominant. It's full of books and this makes me feel very much at home.

    9.      The inhabitant of the house is there. What are they like?

It's a couple. They like to live in a somewhat remote area.

    10.   You are invited to eat. What sorts of food and drink are served?

They're nice enough not to dare me to try hákarl, thankfully. Of the drinks, I only drink water or tea so the rest doesn't seem relevant. As far as food goes, I am not familiar with icelandic cuisine, but I suppose it will involve fish and dill in significant quantity, which I simply adore. But all this is rather secondary to being their guest: it makes any food taste better and I'd eat anything they offer with gratitude.

    11.   After the meal, your host tells you something you have traveled all this way to learn. What do they tell you?

42.

Kidding aside, they don't tell me anything specific, but by merely being nice and welcoming, they reminded me how important it is to make people not feel like they're strangers or foreigners to a place. A welcoming place is not one who treats you like an outsider, however politely and un-threateningly they may do that. Japan always treats you like an outsider. With all politeness and courtesy, but you'll always be an alien. When I went to NY I felt the exact opposite. That's the good thing we should learn. How to be more cosmopolites.


Since I wasn't told to tag anybody, I won't tag, and the game ends here =P
Writers wanted over at Evil Hat Studios!
Are you a writer? Do you write RPG stuff (systems, sourcebooks)?
Are you even just remotely familiar with the F.A.T.E. system used by Spirit of the Century, Dresden Files and Diaspora?
Go here plus.google.com/u/0/+FredHicks… (it's a google plus page)
youtu.be/l9ZqXlHl65g
A VERY interesting video regarding a big problem that Facebook has, and the reason why content creators are leaving that site and migrating to Google.
If you are a content creator (writer, artist, blogger, anything), you may find this very interesting.
Did you know that on Facebook you have to pay in order for your posted to appear in more peoples' newsfeeds, otherwise only a few people will ever know you wrote them?
Yes, more and more that is their model: you have to pay if you want to reach more people with your contents.

Learn the hows and whys in this very enlightening video.
ntvintagelifeexpo.com/expo-gal…
I am so excited! Courtesy of :iconwells45: I was able to participate to this event, which I did with immense pleasure as you can expect!

(if you don't recognize it, my art is featured in the first, third and fifth photo)
I'm not afraid of opening some cans of worms, so let me voice my opinion on something that happened recently that really infuriated me.

Caterina Simonsen is a 25 years old girl from my very city, Padova. She has four rare diseases (primary immunodeficiency, a deficit in C and S vitamins, a deficit in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin, a pathology of the phrenic nerves that causes paralysis in the diaphragm) and a more common, benign tumor of the pituitary gland. She is alive thanks to medicines that have been achieved through animal experimentation.
Details are available unfortunately only in Italian as far as I could find on the net, but suffice say that if you google her name you'll see that she has to live with a breather constantly on.
On facebook, she explained her situation and just said "i'm alive thanks to animal experimentation". In few hours more than three hundreds of people covered her in insults and wished her to die.
She replied with two videos (available on youtube but again, in Italian) where she explains the medicines she has to take and her life. Not as an appeal to emotions, but to show what her life is like.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbTfRM…
www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbwBuH…
She adds an invitation to ex parliament member Michela Brambilla (who in recent times fomented an illegal break in into an animal experimentation facility, which was subsequently closed) and the european animalist party to fight the use of animals where not fundamental for human existence (she listed hunting, slaughtering and use for fur clothing). She added that instead of raising so much ado and obstacling the work of researchers, they could raise funds and invest in the pursuit of an alternative, equally valid method to animal experimentation. She also asked them to take a stance against the people who wish death to her because of what she previously said. For the record and just to make things clear, Caterina is vegan and has to integrate iron because her diet is too low on it, as she says in the first of the two videos.
Michela Brambilla and the aforementioned party did not give any reply.

I don't like animal rights activists. Amongst other reasons, they use ignorance and appeal to the emotional, rather than the rational side of people, to further their cause. Look at PETA's shock advertisings where they objectivize the female naked body for the sake of catching audience by feeding controversies into the media. It's cheap and ridiculous.
But mainly, animal rights movements and their adherents like to mix things up equalling animal experimentation with vivisection (they are not the same thing, check wikipedia or a dictionary and see the differences) and with the treatment of cattle, the "horrors of slaughterhouses" etc. thus committing an enormous logical fallacy, because these are completely unrelated things.
Another common behaviour I've witnessed amongst animal rights supporter is a complete disregard for the human condition in favor of that of animals. It's not uncommon to hear animalists claim that they'd rather save their dog's life than a human being's.

I am completely disgusted, to say the least. So next time some of these ignorant fucks blathers about stopping animal testing, I'd like them to remember that not only people like Caterina depends with their lives on medicines that are tested on animals for their efficacy, but even common antibiotics and pharmaceuticals used in veterinary medicines are tested on animals. And that no, despite what you love to picture in your sick, misinformed minds, testing doesn't involve crazed psycho scientists that drool and have repeated orgasms while torturing poor innocent immaculate puppies. It involves making sure that those medicines are effective and safe for use. It's not done to satisfy sadists, it's done to further science and save lives. And if you think that the life of a ferret or dog is more valuable than that of a person, then no amount of sensible reasoning will save you from your maddened stupidity, so this whole journal entry is not for you.

I'll leave you with this video about the hypocrisy of these animal activists.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmXyf2…
Hi. I need some money to buy christmas gifts. And so I'd like to offer my service for commissions.
I can take three commissions at this time (time being a little limited lately, as I'm still working on my Titan project Sally of the Wasteland with writer Victor Gischler). Please write here below to book your slot.

Commissions accepted for: full figure or bust, with abstract/minimal background. Due to work with comics I may be slow, but I'll try my best not to make you wait too long.

Rates for full figure portraits are $60 for a black and white lineart picture and $80 for a colored one. Subtract 10$ if instead you want a bust portrait.
My only limitations are that I can only draw original characters and that I'd rather not draw furry art. And no pornographic contents.

This is how I work.
Upon receiving your description and an email address to which I can write, I'll send you a pencil sketch for approval. Then if needed I'll apply any corrections you require. After I have your approvation of the sketch, I'll ask you to kindly send me the payment via paypal and ink (and eventually color) the artwork.
I'll upload a tiff file at 300dpi (unless specified otherwise) and send you the download link.

Thank you for your kind attention!

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DISCLAIMER: last year when I decided to commemorate this, I received quite some flame because I wasn't commemorating the two towers, and instead something else. I'm not american, so although I feel sorrow for the death and loss that marked that day for the USA, I don't feel the urge to commemorate it. There are many September 11. I choose to commemorate the death of whom I see as a personal hero. Please be a civilized person and respect that.

Exactly fourty years ago today Salvador Allende died in mysterious circumstances after the military coup sponsored by the United States of America had put an end to democracy and freedom in Chile, thus starting a dark age of dictatorship, repression, and the well known phenomenon of the desaparecidos, the people who were made disappear by the dictatorship. An approximate estimation suggests that some 40'000 people were made disappear by the military dictatorial government, and over 600'000 were imprisoned and tortured.
Before that, Chile had been benefiting from one of the brightest periods of its history.

During his government, Salvador Allende worked mainly to diminish the poverty of his people, and promote alphabetization, culture and art. Under his lead, social spending was dramatically increased, particularly for housing, education, and health, while a major effort was made to redistribute wealth to poorer Chileans and several industries were nationalized. To improve social and economic conditions for women, the Women's Secretariat was established in 1971, which took on issues such as public laundry facilities, public food programs, day-care centers, and women's health care (especially prenatal care). Under his presidency, Chile was a country where women did not have to choose between having children or having a career, thanks to the maternal leave extended to 12 months.
Allende started an agrarian reform and promoted alphabetization, putting a huge budget on schools and universities. He also promoted democratic rights fighting the traditional hierarchical structures that were present in Chile in the name of socialist egalitarianism. He promoted arts, because he dreamed of a cultural renaissance of his country.
But it was the time of the Cold War, and even if he had been democratically elected and he was successfully creating a socialist democracy through democratic means and not through a dictatorship (unlike Cuba), USA could not permit a country to become what they could label as communist. Helped by Nixon and Kissinger, Augusto Pinochet took over and established a fascist dictatorship that oppressed Chile for 17 years, until 1990.

To those who love freedom, democracy, culture, Salvador Allende will always be a beacon of light and will not be forgotten.
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But I don't have a premium membership, so instead I have to write a journal entry. I hope you don't mind answering here. I'll count the answers by myself, just say yes or no.

I assume that you are familiar with my work enough to know Vanessa Profile: Vanessa by TazioBettin
If you don't, check the above link, you'll find some info on the character.

Now, were I to create a webcomic based on her, would you be interested in reading it, yes or no?
(comments and more articulated answers are welcome but not mandatory).
Thank you very much for your kind attention.
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Today one of the greatest astrophysics of our time left us after a long career promoting the knowledge of science, being head of the Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostic, and fostering cultural and social events and organizations.
She was never afraid of death, refusing the Christianity-induced denial of death and hope for eternal life, and instead embracing the Epicurean view "according to which when I'm alive, there is no death, and when I die there will be no me, so there's nothing to worry about". She even refused surgery and accepted that her time was just nearing its end. A great mind which will not be forgotten.
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My friend :iconlastbeach: is offering commissions here: lastbeach.deviantart.com/
please visit him, he's a very talented artist!
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If you want to have a web that is safe and free of DRM, come here www.defectivebydesign.org/no-d…
get informed, and sign.
Hollywood is at it again. Its latest ploy to take over the Web? Use its influence at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to weave Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) into HTML5 in other words, into the very fabric of the Web. Millions of Internet users came together to defeat SOPA/PIPA, but now Big Media moguls are going through non-governmental channels to try to sneak digital restrictions into every interaction we have online.
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and it's not even called poaching apparently.
I was looking for photos of lions when I saw one with a hunter and a killed lion. My blood started boiling, but I clicked because I wanted to see what was behind it. Maybe a site that condemned poaching of endangered animals, I thought.
Instead I found this www.huntinglegends.com/
It's called Hunting Legends. I rummage through their site because I couldn't believe what it seemed to be, a tour operator specialized in hunting lions and other african wildlife? What about lions being endangered? Nooo, this can't be. And instead, the more I read on, the more it seemed exactly that. Here www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/… I even read that "The hunt was entirely legal and ethically conducted as prescribed by the industry norms and regulations. None of the animals hunted were on the endangered specie list and are plentiful in the area the hunt was conducted on."
Moreover, "The entire hunt was done strictly according to the laws of the Department of Nature Conservation in Zimbabwe."
As if the law of a country like Zimbabwe matters when it comes to an endangered species that accidentally may only be present there.
The most ridiculous logical fallacy is that they basically say that they returned some parts of the land into its former pre-farming conditions, thus reintroducing wildlife... and that gives them the right to shoot that wildlife down. Plus the usual "we give a job to hungry people" pep talk.
I can't believe this really exists. Did you know?


Oh and OF COURSE they had to have a "living for God" page in their site www.huntinglegends.com/about-h…
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