The Age of Enlighteneers

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  1. Oh man, I think it is about time I ended this unexpected hiatus. Real Life has an annoying tendency to get in the way of more important things like drawing silly pictures and lounging around. Anyway, things are getting done and suddenly I have time!
And then I make something stupid like this

    Oh man, I think it is about time I ended this unexpected hiatus. Real Life has an annoying tendency to get in the way of more important things like drawing silly pictures and lounging around. Anyway, things are getting done and suddenly I have time!

    And then I make something stupid like this

     
     
  2. Getting ready for San Diego Comic Con this week! Busy busy busy, didn’t have time to draw much. But I did find this George Washington cameo in an old Fantastic Four comic: it’s from Giant-Size Fantastic Four #2 (August 1974). Washington is actually secretly pleased to be wrapped in the arms of an elastic man in blue spandex there. Man I love old comics

    Getting ready for San Diego Comic Con this week! Busy busy busy, didn’t have time to draw much. But I did find this George Washington cameo in an old Fantastic Four comic: it’s from Giant-Size Fantastic Four #2 (August 1974). Washington is actually secretly pleased to be wrapped in the arms of an elastic man in blue spandex there. Man I love old comics

     
     
  3. Well I am a little late coming into this “history is not fandom” discussion, but since the majority of my blog consists of stupid history comics and lots and lots of history-related art, I felt compelled to put my own two cents in. And it will be all I have to say on the subject, really.

I think it should be taken into account that “fandom” and “fangirling” can mean different things to different people. One person may think it’s the ignorant adoration of a certain subject, another is going to use it merely as a harmless synonym for passion, etc. And then, if you really want to break it down, then “fandom” just means a group of people who are enthusiastic about similar subjects. I see it as: I love history, you love history, but the level to which you take your enthusiasm or your own thoughts is not any of my business and I won’t chew you out on it. What matters is that we love the same things and we can share that together.

Obviously, history is very serious. Whoever jokes about the horrors of war, slavery, prejudice, and all the terrible aspects of what people do to each other, is clearly a jerk who you can legitimately rip apart. Respect is respect and events like those automatically demand it.

But history is also very very silly and if you can identify those moments and laugh at them, it can be very fun and who wouldn’t get passionate about history by then? If someone wants to create fantastical stories about historical figures or slash them or dreams about them making out with potatoes or whatever, it does not necessarily mean that person has no respect for that subject. They may even have more respect since they are showing such a love for it! And I am pretty sure most people can tell if someone has made something that is purposely degrading to a historical event or figure. So far, I’ve only seen fun, harmless things come out of a person’s love for history.

And, of course, you will always have to take it for granted that sometimes there will be really ignorant people who really are very shallow. But there is nothing you can do about it, so if you feel compelled to correct them, do so, and then just leave it, don’t let it stress you. They’ll learn or they’ll get their own comeuppance in time.

I am not a professional historian. I took many history classes in the hopes of getting a history minor, but in the end, I have no history degree. I was trained in graphic design and work in the art industry. But I do know the value of research, detail, getting things right, and knowing that to make a joke/art piece/comic/etc., you must know your subject incredibly well. I may not be able to write analytical papers about a subject, but I certainly know my facts and more. And my interest in history has been lifelong, much as some people may have loved drawing all their life, but are ultimately in academia. My comics and art are merely meant to give myself joy, to give others joy, and to provide an engaging introduction to someone who may NOT know much about a subject, but then will want to do more concrete research on their own later.

As cheesy as this will sound, that’s the great thing about being a community of interests, isn’t it? There are people from all walks of life who love the same things. Communities can look out for themselves and I see no harm in that.

    Well I am a little late coming into this “history is not fandom” discussion, but since the majority of my blog consists of stupid history comics and lots and lots of history-related art, I felt compelled to put my own two cents in. And it will be all I have to say on the subject, really.

    I think it should be taken into account that “fandom” and “fangirling” can mean different things to different people. One person may think it’s the ignorant adoration of a certain subject, another is going to use it merely as a harmless synonym for passion, etc. And then, if you really want to break it down, then “fandom” just means a group of people who are enthusiastic about similar subjects. I see it as: I love history, you love history, but the level to which you take your enthusiasm or your own thoughts is not any of my business and I won’t chew you out on it. What matters is that we love the same things and we can share that together.

    Obviously, history is very serious. Whoever jokes about the horrors of war, slavery, prejudice, and all the terrible aspects of what people do to each other, is clearly a jerk who you can legitimately rip apart. Respect is respect and events like those automatically demand it.

    But history is also very very silly and if you can identify those moments and laugh at them, it can be very fun and who wouldn’t get passionate about history by then? If someone wants to create fantastical stories about historical figures or slash them or dreams about them making out with potatoes or whatever, it does not necessarily mean that person has no respect for that subject. They may even have more respect since they are showing such a love for it! And I am pretty sure most people can tell if someone has made something that is purposely degrading to a historical event or figure. So far, I’ve only seen fun, harmless things come out of a person’s love for history.

    And, of course, you will always have to take it for granted that sometimes there will be really ignorant people who really are very shallow. But there is nothing you can do about it, so if you feel compelled to correct them, do so, and then just leave it, don’t let it stress you. They’ll learn or they’ll get their own comeuppance in time.

    I am not a professional historian. I took many history classes in the hopes of getting a history minor, but in the end, I have no history degree. I was trained in graphic design and work in the art industry. But I do know the value of research, detail, getting things right, and knowing that to make a joke/art piece/comic/etc., you must know your subject incredibly well. I may not be able to write analytical papers about a subject, but I certainly know my facts and more. And my interest in history has been lifelong, much as some people may have loved drawing all their life, but are ultimately in academia. My comics and art are merely meant to give myself joy, to give others joy, and to provide an engaging introduction to someone who may NOT know much about a subject, but then will want to do more concrete research on their own later.

    As cheesy as this will sound, that’s the great thing about being a community of interests, isn’t it? There are people from all walks of life who love the same things. Communities can look out for themselves and I see no harm in that.

     
     
  4. Awh Washington’s little boooys. He may not have had his own kids, but he had them :] And an entire nation.
Pfff Lafayette gets derpier every time I draw him; it’s not on purpose, I promise, it just kind of…happens. Must be because my creative subconscious has decided he must always have a BIG smile for his dearie dear General!

    Awh Washington’s little boooys. He may not have had his own kids, but he had them :] And an entire nation.

    Pfff Lafayette gets derpier every time I draw him; it’s not on purpose, I promise, it just kind of…happens. Must be because my creative subconscious has decided he must always have a BIG smile for his dearie dear General!

     
     
  5. Contrary to popular opinion, this song was actually compiled with words and drawings taken from the first version of Washington’s farewell address that Hamilton drafted.

    Contrary to popular opinion, this song was actually compiled with words and drawings taken from the first version of Washington’s farewell address that Hamilton drafted.

     
     
  6. Decaying teeth? WHATEVER. He had muscular thighs from riding instead hurhurhur
This is for a friend who expressed surprise that Washington could be so studly ;] And for the new followers! WELCOME! You have no idea how happy I am to see more people who are interested in history!! And who aren’t scared off by my crazy pieces here!

    Decaying teeth? WHATEVER. He had muscular thighs from riding instead hurhurhur

    This is for a friend who expressed surprise that Washington could be so studly ;] And for the new followers! WELCOME! You have no idea how happy I am to see more people who are interested in history!! And who aren’t scared off by my crazy pieces here!

     
     
  7. And that was pretty much the relationship between Lafayette and Washington. It’s actually a pretty cute one; Lafayette could actually TOUCH Washington (GASP). And not only touch, but hug as well :] Daawh Washington’s little baby

Decided to test these out in “proper” comic form lol

    And that was pretty much the relationship between Lafayette and Washington. It’s actually a pretty cute one; Lafayette could actually TOUCH Washington (GASP). And not only touch, but hug as well :] Daawh Washington’s little baby

    Decided to test these out in “proper” comic form lol

     
     
  8. I should be working on other things but this is just toooo fun. I’ve been wanting to do this ever since I found out that the Washingtons had a “lascivious tomcat” named Hamilton ;] (thanks foundingfatherfest, I think I actually got that piece of info from your awesome blog!)
Also! A belated thanks to everyone who found this little corner of the internet and decided to follow along! Long live history lovers! YOU GUYS ARE ALL TOO AMAZING

    I should be working on other things but this is just toooo fun. I’ve been wanting to do this ever since I found out that the Washingtons had a “lascivious tomcat” named Hamilton ;] (thanks foundingfatherfest, I think I actually got that piece of info from your awesome blog!)

    Also! A belated thanks to everyone who found this little corner of the internet and decided to follow along! Long live history lovers! YOU GUYS ARE ALL TOO AMAZING

     
     
  9. WHO’S YOUR PIN UP DADDY?
This is what happens when I have a lovely, long break from work and have been reading too much of David McCullough’s and Ron Chernow’s stuff.

    WHO’S YOUR PIN UP DADDY?

    This is what happens when I have a lovely, long break from work and have been reading too much of David McCullough’s and Ron Chernow’s stuff.