No post again.  I’m going to my first comic con next weekend and I’m trying to finish up my cosplay/Halloween costume before then.  For now, you get a glimpse at what two straight weeks of sewing does to a living room.


There will be pictures of the final costume eventually.


George R. R. Martin vs. Spelling

As promised, here’s my newest (and belated) cartoon!

Westeros Spelling Test copy

This has bothered me ever since first watching Game of Thrones (and then even more so when reading it).  George R.R. Martin cannot spell.

I’m kidding, of course.

GRRM actually does a great job of making his character names (mostly) pronounceable by tweaking already familiar names, such as the ones above.  There are even some names from mythology, though not common names themselves, would be recognizable, most notably Cersei (pronounced like Circe from the Odyssey) and Oberyn (very similar to Oberon from A Midsummer Night’s Dream).  This hypothetical spelling test could have gone on ad infinitum, not just because of the number of weirdly spelled names but because of the sheer number of characters in the books, a lot of whom did not even make it into the TV show.

Naming fantasy characters is hard.  You don’t just want to name them things like “Mary” or “Tom” because they’re too familiar.  But some authors go a little too far in trying to gussy up their fantasy names, thus making them unpronounceable.  X’th’meg’d might look like an awesome name for a goblin warrior or an alien species, but your readers won’t know how to pronounce it, let alone spell it.  If they’re anything like me, they’ll probably just start calling them “X” in your head.

Take a character from the Harry Potter series, for starters: Hermione.  Yes, it’s a real name, both in mythology and in real life.  [[It’s actually a much more common name in Britain than here in the States, where it’s almost unknown (as is Neville).  Check the credits for any British movie or TV show if you don’t believe me.  Not sure, but I think there’s even a Hermione in the crew of one of the Harry Potter movies…]] Anyway, J.K. Rowling said she receiving so many letters and questions about how to pronounce Hermione’s name that she actually put the pronunciation of it in Goblet of Fire.  (For those without an encyclopedic knowledge of Harry Potter, it’s in Chapter 23: The Yule Ball.  She teaches Viktor Krum how to say it right. In Viktor’s defense, I also pronounced it Hermy-own until that point.  Same with Hagrid (Hay-grid = wrong) and Dobby (Doh-bee = also wrong).

I’m not saying GRRM’s system is flawless.  Because the names are often too similar to the real thing, people can often mishear them.  This can lead to friends ignoring other friends’ incorrect pronunciation so they don’t make those friends feel stupid or ignorant, or they can point it out and be a a total spelling jerk.  Sigh.


Related Posts:
Jaime Lannister is a Dynamite Dancer
Totally Awesome Things I Didn’t Make – Game of Thrones Edition


Obligatory Copyright Notice: All characters and books belong to George R.R. Martin and his publisher.  The artwork is mine.  Please don’t steal it without citing it!

Work in progress

Sorry.  No new content this weekend.  I’m working on something but my Game of Thrones board game party last night that went about 6 hours long (I played House Lannister and lost spectacularly)  + catsitting + tons of errands = no free time.  (Well, that’s not exactly true…I had an exorbitant amount of free time while catsitting, but my laptop doesn’t have the memory or processing speed to be able to handle Photoshop, so I spent the time playing the deck building game Ascension on my phone, which I only just downloaded Friday and am thus completely obsessed with and can’t put down.)

So instead, I’ll give you a never-done-before exclusive SNEAK PEAK of what I’m working on.  You’ll see why it’s not ready yet in about two seconds. (Also, you’d be amazed to know it took me about two and a half hours, though a lot of that was researching keyboard shortcuts to obscure functions to make my life easier, and the rest was awkwardly switching between menus before I got so sick of the effort that I looked up the keyboard shortcuts.) I’d love to hear your speculations on it! Just leave me a comment.

Work in progress

Also, just a note for those who aspire to draw/cartoon/Photoshop… As you can see, I don’t draw particularly well on my first go. There’s a lot of trimming and editing to make things clean and presentable.  You don’t have to be ‘born with it.’ Moderately inspiration speech over.

Update: Check out the finished version here!

Totally Awesome Things I Didn’t Make – Superhero Edition

Here’s some more Totally Awesome Things I Didn’t Make! This time: Superheroes.  Once again, I did not make anything on this page.  I’ve tried to credit where I can.


Ancient Greek Superheroes:

Credit: Nicholas Hyde (Harshness) Reposted via Popped Culture.


Baby Groot:

Credit: Doodly Doodles (zulidoodles on Tumblr)


Basic Bat:

Credit: Chaos Life (A great strip!)


Ordinary Batman Adventures:
These are all awesome, but this one is my favorite. Check out more in link below.

Credit: Sarahj-art on Tumblr.  –>  Credit: More on Sarahj-art.