Hey guys, I entered a silly contest. The rules were that I had to include my character, a desert island, a christmas tree, and an armored dwarf. Also the rules specifically stated “No text is allowed.” I don’t really expect to win this, as everyone else had about a month lead time on me, and I kinda blatantly disregarded the rules, but if you’re feelin’ feisty, could you vote for my entry?
Recently, I have been sent these two viral images about a million times:
Well, I’m happy to report, that yes I’ve seen them, and yes, they’re real (although apparently they actually happened in 2009, and it is notable that this normally fully aquatic animal decided to just take a stroll onto land one day). This is an Ōsanshōuo, or Japanese Giant salamander (Andrias japonicus), the second largest species of salamander in the world. The largest is also in the genus Andrias, the Chinese Giant salamander and is very similar. Let’s talk a little bit about how damn cool they are:
Since I discussed what makes for terrible webcomic criticism, it’s only fair to talk about how to do it well. This doesn’t necessarily mean always being positive, either. Sometimes, negative criticism is absolutely the most helpful thing an artist
can needs to hear. It’s more about honesty, on both sides of the fence.
Why did I choose to give Xolotl backwards-facing feet power? Because in Aztec mythology, one of Xolotl’s forms is a deformed-looking monster with backwards feet. Xolotl’s other forms included a human skeleton, and a dog-headed man. He was associated with sickness, deformity, fire, lightning and the planet Venus.