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'Friendship is Magic', by James Robert Douglas

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Illustration by Ben Juers.

When the My Little Pony franchise was rebooted in 2010 as the TV series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, it quickly garnered an unexpected cadre of fans. Bolstered by lively discussion on such sites as 4chan and Reddit, the franchise was adopted by males aged thirteen to thirty-five – hardly the predictable demographic for a show aimed at young girls. These fans came to be known as ‘bronies’—a portmanteau of ‘bro’ and ‘pony’—and today, according to the online Brony Study conducted by two psychologists from the University of Georgia and Louisiana State University, there are at least 50,000 self-identified bronies, eighty-five percent of whom are male, with an average age of twenty-one.

The precise course of the development of this fan culture is unclear. In some tellings the bronies began watching and discussing My Little Pony ‘ironically’. The fact that the fandom is thought to have begun on 4chan and Reddit—two sites where insincerity and unblinking absurdity are the lingua franca—lends credence to this. But the enthusiasm shown by bronies, and their use of a distinctive lingo (‘anypony’ for ‘anybody’), caused them to be marginalised by the host websites. Independent sites were established, and brony culture (based on the frequency of Google searches) expanded in 2011. Eventually, a sexual subset appeared: ‘cloppers’, who masturbate and profess sexual attraction to eroticised images of the My Little Pony characters. One figure puts the ‘clopper’ population at twenty percent of all bronies.

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#lifted brow  #Illustration  #bronies  #my little pony 
hahahahahahahaha heaps good Mulbert fan art by Merv Heers, who just finished putting together the new No Brains. I looove the gravestones on the antlers.

hahahahahahahaha heaps good Mulbert fan art by Merv Heers, who just finished putting together the new No Brains. I looove the gravestones on the antlers.

— 1 week ago with 15 notes
#Mulbert  #mortlbort  #merv heers  #salary man comics  #mozila firefoxxx 
The new Medicine Issue of the Lifted Brow is out!!! I was heaps chuffed to be asked to do the illustrations for the Middlebrow section cos Ben Urkowitz did the last batch and he’s my favourite Ben apart from me! Anyway, this is one of those. There’s seven more in the magazine. This one accompanies a piece about Healthy Harold. If you didn’t grow up in Australia, Healthy Harold was this giraffe who lived in a van and warned kids about eating too many drugs. I think it was a community service thing.

The new Medicine Issue of the Lifted Brow is out!!! I was heaps chuffed to be asked to do the illustrations for the Middlebrow section cos Ben Urkowitz did the last batch and he’s my favourite Ben apart from me! Anyway, this is one of those. There’s seven more in the magazine. This one accompanies a piece about Healthy Harold. If you didn’t grow up in Australia, Healthy Harold was this giraffe who lived in a van and warned kids about eating too many drugs. I think it was a community service thing.

— 2 weeks ago with 22 notes
#healthy harold  #lifted brow  #ex-con giraffes 
salarymancomics:

PREORDER NO-BRAINS 10 TODAY ! ONLY $5 PLUS POSTAGE !
Starring Katie Parrish, Michael Fikaris, Rocio Landa, Michael Hawkins, Ben Juers, Keegan Costley, Ken Johnson, Nicky Minus, Charlotte Hague and Merv Heers. 32 PAGES plus an INDIVIDUAL HANDPAINTED COVER ! email mervdoesposters@gmail.com for enquiries… 
THE FUTURE OF COMICS ! HEAPS CULTURALLY RELEVANT !

Heaps happy to be included in this lineup! The whole thing looks bananas.

salarymancomics:

PREORDER NO-BRAINS 10 TODAY ! ONLY $5 PLUS POSTAGE !

Starring Katie Parrish, Michael Fikaris, Rocio Landa, Michael Hawkins, Ben Juers, Keegan Costley, Ken Johnson, Nicky Minus, Charlotte Hague and Merv Heers. 32 PAGES plus an INDIVIDUAL HANDPAINTED COVER ! email mervdoesposters@gmail.com for enquiries… 

THE FUTURE OF COMICS ! HEAPS CULTURALLY RELEVANT !

Heaps happy to be included in this lineup! The whole thing looks bananas.

— 3 weeks ago with 27 notes
#nobrains  #anthology  #no-brains 
advicecomics:

new advicecomics from Simeon (Krystal DiFronzo), Dee Louise (Bailey Sharp) & Angel Face (Mimi Chrzanowski) appear in the latest issue of The Lifted Brow!
available now.

advicecomics:

new advicecomics from Simeon (Krystal DiFronzo), Dee Louise (Bailey Sharp) & Angel Face (Mimi Chrzanowski) appear in the latest issue of The Lifted Brow!

available now.

— 3 weeks ago with 20 notes
#lifted brow  #advice comics 
Even though I’ve posted four or five of these interstitial drawings I did for Irene #4, there’s still somewhere between 15 and 1,000 more of them in the actual book, so maybe you should just buy it before it sells out and before Irene #5 comes out, which is soonish, and which you should also buy.

Even though I’ve posted four or five of these interstitial drawings I did for Irene #4, there’s still somewhere between 15 and 1,000 more of them in the actual book, so maybe you should just buy it before it sells out and before Irene #5 comes out, which is soonish, and which you should also buy.

— 3 weeks ago with 31 notes
#irene  #irene comics  #Irene 4  #irene 5 
…says the guy who’s eaten meat twice in the last three days. Another gag panel for an article by Simon Longstaff over at the new Festival of Dangerous Ideas blog.

…says the guy who’s eaten meat twice in the last three days. Another gag panel for an article by Simon Longstaff over at the new Festival of Dangerous Ideas blog.

— 1 month ago with 24 notes
#simon longstaff  #festival of dangerous ideas  #ideas at the house  #philosophy  #science  #gag panels  #hypocritical