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'Life, Death and The Apocalypse', by Shaun Prescott

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Illustration by Ben Juers.

The apocalypse is one of the most enduring settings in video games. It’s right up there with high fantasy, space opera, and military warfare in its ubiquity. It verges on an obsession, and dovetails with another more established popular culture obsession: zombies. While apocalypse has often been an inconsequential backdrop, a mere graphical theme, at the moment a certain more thematically coherent iteration on the apocalypse genre is very popular. It merely asks the player to survive.

This is interesting, because death has always been the most common failstate in video games. You die and everything is over. It’s easy to understand. In games, death usually prevents the player from achieving something important: from rescuing a damsel, saving the world, defeating a vague evil, and so on. Your death is tragic, but not so tragic that you can’t use another life, or respawn with only ten minutes’ progress lost. Overall, mere survival has never been greatly important in games. Death is a punishment for not playing correctly; it’s circumstantial, and warding it off is not often the sole motivator. But what is the meaning of death when there’s no reason to live?

Recent games like Minecraft, DayZ, The Forest, and Rust have no particular goal, nor any correct way of playing. There is no embattled civilisation to save, no royalty to retrieve from the clutches of evil, and no sentient android race to fend off. These games simply ask that you survive. You don’t survive in wait of something, and nor do you survive in order that you might achieve some more specific goal. Your aim is simply continued existence.

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Another illo for the Middlebrow section of the last Lifted Brow.
— 3 days ago with 17 notes
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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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— 2 weeks ago with 11 notes
#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.

— 3 weeks ago with 16 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.

— 3 weeks ago with 22 notes
#healthy harold  #lifted brow  #ex-con giraffes 
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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.

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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.

— 1 month 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.

— 1 month 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.

— 1 month ago with 31 notes
#irene  #irene comics  #Irene 4  #irene 5