[sticky entry] Sticky: LB's Welcome Post!

Oct. 26th, 2014 07:30 pm
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Hello! Welcome to the writing site and blog of LB Lee, AKA Loony-Brain.  You might know us from Etsy, Patreon, or tumblr, for being That Multi Who Makes Comics on the Internet, but this is primarily a personal blog and writing site.  Here you will find lots of stories about a post-apocalyptic traveling exorcist, fantasy adventures going wrong, and geezer vampires--I specialize in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror about LGBT and mentally odd folks.

You can find all our posted stories here.  If you want to know more about us or multi, check out our 101 page here.



Have a story you want me to write?  Toss your idea here!
Art commissions are currently open!

We also have some stories for sale. Do any catch your eye?


Stories for sale! )
EDIT:
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Welp, just got a letter saying I’m losing my stupid healthcare at the end of the month.  Apparently, in the past four months, I’ve gone for being eligible to Medicaid, to INeligible.  Even though NOTHING about my circumstances have changed, far as I know.

I wouldn’t lose all healthcare, just get kicked back to Medicare alone, which doesn’t cover dental and involves $60 a month in other costs. (Yes, I know this doesn’t sound like a lot, but I live with very little financial margin for error, and am legally forbidden from widening it.)

I have a week to find out what the fuck happened and if there’s anything I can do about it.  I’m not even sure what agency to fucking call--my current health insurance?  Medicaid?  Medicare?  Social Security?

Goddammit, I was just getting used to financial security, and now it’s back to being on the edge afuckingain.

--Rogan
 

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Okay guys, I finally got a working draft together of Cultiples #1, the Tristan Grey/Desiree Hamm issue.  And I'm considering putting it up for free, since I figure that this is information everyone should be able to access and use.

I'll also be selling print copies; maybe I'll do a 'pay what you want' for the ebook.  I haven't put anything up for free in years, it feels good to think about!

--Rogan
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Night before last, I dreamed about exploring a gorgeous volcanic cliff seascape with a big strapping centaur named Arturo who had some extremely limited shapeshifting abilities.

I appreciate how our subconscious apparently has a much better eye for beautiful landscapes than I do.  And that in dreamland, my vision can be sharp enough to actually APPRECIATE IT.

Bust of a brown-skinned man with a hooked nose and thick, dark feathery hair almost to his shoulders, held from his eyes with a red bandanna.

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Okay, those of you who’ve known me a while know that I really like golem legends, specifically the Golem of Prague. (I actually have a wee tiny clay golem from Prague who sits atop a compass and watches me work at my desk.  I call him Yossele.)

One thing that really bugged me, though, was that a lot of the pop culture images of the Golem of Prague (including my teeny Yossele) show cracks across his chest, held together with rivets, like so.  And I couldn’t figure out where that design quirk came from!

It’s not in any of the legends. (And I’ve read a LOT of renditions of the Golem of Prague legends, I have FOUR books with him in it.) It’s not in the 1915-1920 silent movie series. (There, the Golem looks like this.) It was driving me crazy!

Well, today I found out where the golem’s rivets come from.  It’s from a 1951 movie, totally unheard of in the states, called The Emperor’s Baker. (Well, it’s two short movies shown together, the Emperor’s Baker and the Baker’s Emperor.) It’s a freaking comedy, of all things. It’s mostly about an emperor and a baker switching places, but the golem has a minor role in it, and there, he looks like this.  The cracks, the rivets, the only vaguely humanoid shape, it’s all there!

The Emperor’s Baker was a total nonentity in the states, but it was a BIG hit in its native Czechoslovakia--where, of course, the legend originated.  That movie seems to be pretty much singlehandedly responsible for how every person in Prague envisioned the golem forever after... and of course, they were the ones making most golem memorabilia, including mine.

So yeah, this random movie I’d never heard of (but now want to see) is responsible for the golem’s design forever after!  That’s so cool!

And I’m so glad to finally know where it comes from.  Drove me crazy!

--Rogan
 

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A while back, I posted the evolution of Mac’s princess tresses.  So yeah, time for me, I guess!
How Rogan changed from twink to bear. )You know, I hadn’t actually LOOKED through my art to see how my self-image changed over the years.  It’s weird to see the gradual changes; I never notice them as they’re happening.  There’s just periodic, “Oh shit, I look bad,” and, “gut, nooooo!” Man, if we didn’t draw regularly, I’d probably never have noticed!

--Rogan

Art Dump

Mar. 14th, 2017 09:52 pm
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While digging through my sketchbooks, I found some of these random Infinity Smashed sketches, testing out my Col-Erase pencils. (At the time, I was sketching entirely in pen; since this point, I do my pencil sketches in green Col-Erase, which I digitally strip out or change to gray for web stuff.)

That’s Biff and M.D., of course, and above them is Number One, M.D.’s self-appointed big sister.  I’d forgotten that I’d ever managed a picture of her I actually LIKED.  I’ll be adding it to cast page probably.  The one in pen is me circa 2014, back when I looked really bad.
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I woke up this morning with a sudden idea: I think I might want to make a multi library.

I basically have a shelf completely devoted to it anyway.  And I keep banging on and on about these old books nobody cares about anymore, in part because they never knew they existed.  Might as well use my old library school training for something, right?

If it was a brick and mortar place though (being run out of my apartment, really), I wonder, would anyone even CARE?  Who'd want to lug their butts to New England just for that?  Maybe I could do a mix of brick-and-mortar and ebook library, since I'm going to have to be doing both print and digital works. (A bunch of the old print books never became digital, and a bunch of the academic articles, I will only ever have digital copies of.)

I'm not sure how all this is going to go.  Maybe I'll finish waking up and this'll just end up another dead idea, like the old multi book database that never got going.  But well, there's absolutely no harm in TALKING about it.  And it would be nice to use my old training.

So for now, here's what I want: I want recommendations, and I want concrete books and files to add to this library. (Even if the only person who ever uses it is me, at least it'll give me more things to reference and source, right?) If you've got old multi books you don't want anymore, let me know!  If you've MADE a book or a comic, that's in a complete book or ebook form, let me know!  What do you guys think?

[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith , if it's possible, I would love to buy a hard copy of all your Damask stories.

Titles I have and cataloging thoughts behind the cut. )

BEST FANS

Mar. 12th, 2017 07:07 pm
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My Etsy goes through spurts of activity.  Sometimes it’ll be dead for a month, sometimes everyone wants something at the same time.

Apparently in the week I took off from Facebook and my main email, I got SIX orders (half of which came from libraries, jesus) and a $50 donation from one of them, with the words, “Hi, wanted to send extra $$ your way for my etsy purchase of MPD For You and Me. $2.50 didn't seem like a fair exchange for that work. Thanks much.”

Oh my gosh I have the nicest fans.

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I have posted select parts of our Telephone Pictionary games here.  Please enjoy watching unicorns escape gym lockers, Satan's cat, and Death gardening.

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Hey everybody, it's that time again: time to vote for which story gets the Patreon money this month!  This month will be a little different; since I'm moving over to Dreamwidth, and I haven't gotten around to buying myself a paid account yet, the poll will be entirely in the comments.  Anon is turned on, for those of you without an account!

As always, anyone can vote, but patrons get double weight for their votes.  If you'd like to be a patron and get bonus content, please consider joining up on Patreon!  If you want to know more about the stories, their blurbs are here.  And finally, if you have a story prompt you'd like me to write to, leave your request here! (I'm actually running really low on prompts; sorry [personal profile] desertroot you've stumped me, seems like!)

Which story/s gets the money?  YOU CHOOSE, readers!

Question #1: Are you a Patreon patron?

Question #2: Which story/s get your vote? (Feel free to vote or as few as you like.  The blurbs are below...)

The Mother of All Plagues (Reverend Alpert)
The Magical Girl House: (Magical Moonbeams)
Raige at ROAR! (PART Three): (Infinity Smashed)
Specialist Grey and the United Dellan Coalition: (Infinity Smashed)
The Bionic Prosthetist

Game Night

Mar. 11th, 2017 10:57 pm
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Today, us and roomie (owner of Genius Cat) hosted a game night with our friends.  After a game of Spoons, we ended up embarking on a magical adventure of rounds of Pictionary Telephone.

I know have pictures of a unicorn getting douched now.

So tired.  So good.  Best game night.

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I didn’t plan on taking the Jicarilla dictionary it home.  But the very first thing in the book is a foreword from the husband of Wilhelmina Phone, the primary writer.

“I would like to thank the Great Creator here for giving me a wonderful and talented wife, Wilhelmina Tafoya.  She has a God-given writing ability to hear words pronounced and put them down in black and white.  She never had formal training or education to write all the sounds of the words she hears.  She has been a leader in the preservation of the language by being one of the tribal members working to preserve our language, culture, customs, and traditions.  Many times she would give up and say, ‘No one will use all this material.  The material will end up on a shelf to gather dust.’ But she has persevered.”

This book was in the closed stacks, and when they brought it up for me, it was covered in dust.  It felt like everything Ms. Phone/Tafoya feared.  And I wasn’t even getting the book for any reason she probably made it for, just to spank some crackerass child-molesting cult leader wannabe!

So I took it home.  I dunno that Ms. Phone/Tafoya would approve of me using the Dictionary of Jicarilla Apache: Abáachi Mizaa Iłkee’ Siijai for this purpose, but maybe it’d at least entertain her, right?

--Mori

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Here’s the flier, guys!  I’ll be having a book signing in Cambridge, MA, celebrating the debut of Red, Yellow, Green and Cultiples #1 on March 25, 2017, from 3-5 PM at the fantastic Million Year Picnic comic book shop!

If you’re in the area, you should totally come check us out!

A picture of the flier image, showing the information mentioned above, plus a sketch of a grinning LB with a pen in their hand, holding up one of their books.
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Okay, it looks like I’ve got a rough draft ready of my sexuality zine, which looks like it’ll be titled Red, Yellow, Green.  It’s a mix of illustrated text and comics, more so than my past zines, and while it’s not porny, it is pretty thorough.  I cover topics like navigating internal relationships, non-monogamy, masturbation, penetration, and balancing vessel vs. individual bodies, kink, and shared dreams.  While I glancingly mention trauma and triggers, it’s nothing intense, mostly just their effects on those earlier topics.  This is no All In The Family!

I started this as a personal detox project, to prove to myself I could make something about myself that wasn’t focused on awfulness and horror.  That part was a success, but it also made me realize how few resources there are regarding plural sexuality.  Sexual trauma, sure, but that’s about it.  In-system relationships in particular tend to be a taboo subject.

And now folks on tumblr seem interested, so I hope to be debuting it and Cultiples #1 (the Tristan Grey issue) together, perhaps at a local book signing!

Here's hoping this works out!

--Rogan

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(More reposts from tumblr for the sake of organization; this post originally dates from 2014.)

It is unsettling to me how incredibly common a certain kind of charismatic person turns up in multi/soulbonding/fictionkin circles.  They turn up online and are very active, creating a lot of work or discussion that other people find interesting.

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I was tabling at a craft fair earlier this month, and at some point, a person, while looking at my copies of The Homeless Year, asked me, “Was it a good year?”

I said no, it wasn’t, and I guess some of my reaction must’ve shown in my face, because she went on to describe a friend of hers, who had apparently couch-surfed for a while and found it all very empowering and full of personal growth.

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Hey [personal profile] mirrorofsmoke , I TOTALLY want Trin's voice saying 'DICKWHISTLING COCKMONGERS' to be the sound our computer makes when it boots up now.

I dunno what the best shutdown noise would be.  Maybe you saying "vagina" a whole bunch of times.

--Mori

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Until today, I had kept our wee system altar (an alter altar! ;p ) in our big bookshelf, but it finally needed to be relocated.  So I put it on top of our small bookshelf!  It used to be bigger; I put some of the extra things in a little box that’s off to the right of this, to clear off some space.  Here's a piccy!

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Hey guys, I edited up our big ol' writing index so now there's a nice convenient list of our multi articles and little tin cult write-ups.  No longer will you have to dig back through various tags!
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Okay, so other folks have started using the ‘little tin cults’ tag, and a couple others have asked me about it, so here’s where the name comes from.

When we were in high school, we really liked a book called Pyramid Scheme, by Flint and Freer.  The plot and content of the book is irrelevant, but at one point, there’s a joke where a bunch of academics are called “little tin gods,” because they expect the military staff around them to understand their field and resulting importance.

I started using the phrase to refer to anyone who were considered big fish in a very small, rather piffling pond.  And well, cult leaders who run these fandom/plural cults are stellar examples of the type.  They very well may be the center of their followers’ universe, and have a vastly bloated sense of their own importance, but outside their tiny circles, they really are nothing.  I mean, Scientology and Sun Myung Moon have been heard of outside their circles; they have a place in pop culture.  But these little guys don’t even rank among THOSE malcontents.  Even by cult standards, they’re unimportant!

So little tin gods have little tin cults.

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