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Not sure I should’ve watched the referendum coverage all night on Thursday - only just recovered, everything past 6 is still a ‘did i see that?!’ blur. The last thing I really remember was Alistair Darling, surrounded by love hearts and confetti, doing a weird smile. Hazy memories also of Jeremy Vine, swirling around on a shadowy balcony like a CGI wielding wizard in a dystopian Ministry of Magic, asking out loud whether it mattered who your gran was. At 5am. You should’ve been there.

I was a last-minute Yes, so my feelings are mixed. Though I’m happy I have the same security, BBC radio and British identity, I voted Yes despite my natural inclination, for what I felt would be a fairer representation of Scottish voters. It’s a principle I maybe don’t talk about much, but I felt I still had to put my money where my mouth is. I’m also all for getting rid of the need for food banks and addressing the wider issue that they typify. While we’ve been promised control over our welfare budget, those promises just weren’t convincing enough at the time.

That said, I’m skeptical that independence would have done away with the kind of self-interest and cynicism we associate with Westminster, people being what they are. And with a Yes majority, would we have reverted to patting ourselves on the back, then waiting for our politicians and business leaders and miscellaneous others to conveniently ‘mess it all up’ for us? Or would we have properly engaged with the opportunity, taken it for all it was worth, built something much better? I’d like to think the latter, but the truth is probably something in the middle. Perhaps that makes the outcome easier to deal with.

Two huge, verifiable positives, though. The enormous turnout and Yes vote means that change, hopefully of the ‘better’ kind, is inevitable, not just for us but for England (specifically the North) and the rest of the UK. And a huge chunk of our young have been involved in one of the most dynamic referendums in recent history. We desperately need new, principled political talent. If Devo Max had been on the cards, it would’ve been a drowsy formality, and we might never have had either of those two outcomes. 

So I guess I’m happy. Truthfully? I was probably instinctually rooting for No all night :D But I cast my vote in a way that I’m satisfied with, and a part of me was still disappointed with how it all went down.

But I don’t believe anyone who voted No was a coward, or a bottler, or the wince-inducing ‘not truly Scottish’. I don’t believe they didn’t do their homework, because I know how much reading I did, and changed my mind more times than I can remember. I certainly don’t blame any reticence. I found it a lot easier to talk about being a Yes than a No - that misplaced feeling that you were somehow holding the party back was still a powerful one. 

I don’t know any No who voted as they did out of timidness. They voted out of principle, and out of an honest understanding of their own personal identity. I don’t know how much my respect counts for, but they certainly have it.

While it’ll be nice to have a break from considering the Referendum, and I’m hoping the various theatres of tension surrounding it will melt away, it’d be great if this level of our engagement with politics continues.

Anyway, I’m off to a party. I really hope it’s the one I’m think I’m going to, and that that memory of Alistair Darling was an event from the past, and not some terrible dream- warning for tonight…

Filed under indyref scottish independence Yes no better together

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womeningamedev:

Rieko Kodama

Aliases:

"Phoenix Rie", "Phenix Rie"

Companies:

Sega (joined 1984)

Selected Games:

  • Alex Kidd in Miracle World (Character Designer)
  • Phantasy Star (Creator/Writer, Executive Designer)
  • Altered Beast (Designer)
  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle (Assistant Director, Animator)
  • Mystic Defender (Enemy Designer, Character designer)
  • Phantasy Star II (Executive Designer)
  • Sorcerian (Graphic Designer)
  • Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi (Graphic Design)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Design)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Zone Artist)
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (Director, Environment Designer, Object Designer, Event Designer)
  • Magic Knight Rayearth (Director)
  • Deep Fear (Producer)
  • Skies of Arcadia (Producer)
  • 7th Dragon (Producer)

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Just updated my Etsy page with the Scottish Independence Referendum Illustration, “Mutually Assured Discussion”, now available to buy for a limited time here.

A A4 limited-edition colour print, detailing a passionate, localised debate between individuals voting Yes, No and Maybe in the upcoming Scottish Independence Referendum. All the major issues - what will happen to our Nectar Points? which Scottish celebrities will we have to take back? etc - are covered. Need help deciding how to vote? This won’t help a bit. But it might, maybe, make you laugh.

It’s the last few prints from a limited run that sold fast, and that I’ll probably never print off again (for obvious reasons :D). If you want one, go for it!

Just updated my Etsy page with the Scottish Independence Referendum Illustration, “Mutually Assured Discussion”, now available to buy for a limited time here.

A A4 limited-edition colour print, detailing a passionate, localised debate between individuals voting Yes, No and Maybe in the upcoming Scottish Independence Referendum. All the major issues - what will happen to our Nectar Points? which Scottish celebrities will we have to take back? etc - are covered. Need help deciding how to vote? This won’t help a bit. But it might, maybe, make you laugh.

It’s the last few prints from a limited run that sold fast, and that I’ll probably never print off again (for obvious reasons :D). If you want one, go for it!

(Source: comicsoapboxscotland, via holidaypirate)

Filed under scottish independence indyref scotland Watercolour Illustration watercolor satire politics political cartoon cartoon

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comicsoapboxscotland:

Mutually Assured Discussion by Mark Brady
Today we have a fantastic piece by illustrator and undecided voter Mark Brady. Mark says:
"Being Entirely Unsure how I intend to vote in Scotland’s upcoming Independence referendum conveniently means not having to win over others with reasoned and well-thought out argument, a field in which I am not skilled. Still, while the above ‘arguments’ For or Against are entirely made up, they’re also probably not, in that they come from a place…”
You can see more of Mark’s work on his website, and follow him on tumblr and twitter. 

The fine folk at Comic Soapbox have featured my Independence Referendum piece! While you’re there, it’s well worth checking out the other fantastic contributions, from some of Scotland’s best up-and-coming cartoonists and writers.

comicsoapboxscotland:

Mutually Assured Discussion by Mark Brady

Today we have a fantastic piece by illustrator and undecided voter Mark Brady. Mark says:

"Being Entirely Unsure how I intend to vote in Scotland’s upcoming Independence referendum conveniently means not having to win over others with reasoned and well-thought out argument, a field in which I am not skilled. Still, while the above ‘arguments’ For or Against are entirely made up, they’re also probably not, in that they come from a place…”

You can see more of Mark’s work on his website, and follow him on tumblr and twitter

The fine folk at Comic Soapbox have featured my Independence Referendum piece! While you’re there, it’s well worth checking out the other fantastic contributions, from some of Scotland’s best up-and-coming cartoonists and writers.

Filed under indyref scottish independence referendum Illustration Watercolour Illustration mind map flow chart infographic decisions independence day

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superlark:

I beat puzzles and lawyers recently, it was a really fun game and I drew a handful of doodles while I was playing. This game plus all the famitsu scans lately though… it just makes me more eager to play shu takumi’s newest ace attorney…!!