(2016) A Feast Of Crabs (欢乐的螃蟹宴)

In this little world, the spirit of cooperation is alive and well.


For the fairies, it’s just another cook-off. No politics. We’re all friends here.


Are you ready for a whole lot of crab?


Unfortunately, our little world where these little ones and their friends exist in isn’t the real world. And here? Here, the battle for the presidency rage ever-on.

可惜的是, 我们美舰本的世界,不是现实生活中世界。在我们的世界里,初选的战火仍然焚烧着。

The election is coming.


It’s pretty clear that from the GOP perspective, Trump has capitalized on his great victory in New York. His victory was a clean sweep for the five mid-Atlantic states, and it is now that the never-Trump folks that has been dealt a clear blow. They seem to be throwing everything they have against the guy, and nothing, I repeat, nothing seems to be working so far.

(Note: Both this image and the Democratic one below comes from the New York Times)


Cruz and Kasich announced an alliance initially, but that … might have fallen apart really quickly. A casual glance at our usual fans (mostly native East Asian folks) have raised the gossip of the Trump campaign resembling that of Oda Nobunaga, a legendary Japanese daimyo (warlord) who managed to break many such alliances arranged against him.


Right now, on the eve of Indiana, Trump has secured the endorsement of legendary basketball coach Bobby Knight. The polls look good, and is looking better day by day. Arrayed against him is a Cruz buoyed by Mike Pence, governor of Indiana. It’s about the most lukewarm endorsement that I’ve ever seen, since he’s actually sorta-kinda endorsing both.

下周印第安纳初选。克鲁斯已经得到了州长麦克 盆斯的支持。特朗普呢?拿到了传说中神迹篮球队教练鲍比 奈特的支持。目前民意调查中也是一线上升中。另外吐槽下,州长支持克鲁斯,是我有生以来见过最无力的政治支持。他要不加一嘴我要投克鲁斯的话我真的在怀疑这货到底站谁队的。

I again find it highly ironic that Cruz is now the establishment candidate. Strange times makes for very strange bedfellows.


Kasich has been more or less relegated to the sidelines in our pieces at this point. Even Ohioans want him to drop out, and Trump’s nickname for him, 1-in-38, while mean, is nonetheless completely accurate.


Unfortunately we’ll not have time to illustrate Indiana’s primary. Not if we want to make California/New Jersey and try to get it out on time. But be assured that I’ll be watching.


Now, the democratic side:


A number of Bernie supporters have messaged me telling me that I have been fooled by the MSM narrative and isn’t fair to Bernie at all. I uh, am not entirely sure how to answer that.


What I will say, based on my research, is that the vast majority of news sources have stated unequivocally that Bernie’s shot at being the presidential nominee died at NY, and was buried at the Pennsylvania-Maryland-Delaware-Connecticut-Rhode Island run last week. He won one, but it wasn’t enough to cut into Hillary’s lead.


Now, I’m not saying that there isn’t potentially shady stuff going on. Hillary’s Correct the Record internet brigade exists and is out in full-force, and I’m just glad that we aren’t significant enough to warrant her eye yet. There’s definitely some very shady allegations around New York. Some sources mention that hundreds of thousands of voters were locked out or have experienced troubles with the primary process. In other cases, we seem to have some very statistically questionable situations where I believe that Bernie supporters have genuinely been cheated or have reason to believe that there might not be fair play at certain polling situations.

我可不是说希拉里赢这个是理所当然的。网络水军Correct the Record不说,我只是很开心我们没大到需要她来给我们惹麻烦的成都。然而,纽约确实有点不对劲。有些资料说有几十万选民以及选票遗失或者出问题。其他地方我也看到了很多各种报道说可能会有不公平。

I have seen nothing but condescension, derision, and casual dismissal from the other camp. Seriously. Voter fraud and voter suppression is a big deal. Maybe it deserves a second look, or at least a serious effort to address what might be problematic?


What’s far more interesting to me is how the primary atmosphere has changed. The Sanders subreddit where I used to go for a lot of pro-Bernie sources seem to be dying. I used to see posts with thousands and thousands of upvotes, but now the responses are a lot more muted. I’m glad he’s not dropping out just yet, because he’s awfully fun to draw and provides a nice contrast, but I can tell that something’s disappeared from that site.

并且更重要的是,你知道,初选的环境完全变了。老爷子的Reddit我以前一般都是去那里找信息,然而我感觉那地方死气沉沉,远远没有一个月前那样活跃。我很高兴他不准备退场 – 画他很好玩哦。然而,你知道吗?我知道那个网站丢了东西,可能再也找不回来了。

For Madam Secretary, I literally just need to go to any major news network and head to the politics section. It’s incredibly easy to find pieces – more or less toeing the party line – on her, and so I feel like I have a pretty easy way to figure out how we want to depict her in our pieces.


For Trump? Again, it’s so easy for me to find pieces that attack the guy, all I have to do is go on my feed or again, go to any politics section and you will find a yuuuuge amount of pieces decrying that Trump is this and that and this and that.


But what I have noticed is a surging trend, mostly on social media, that’s beginning to show signs of change. As usual, go to the news and you’ll find how TERRIBLE and IGNORANT and STUPID and you get the idea it is on anything Trump brings up. But as an American, I think I’ve got the right to judge for myself about how good or bad a candidate is, no?


For all the controversies the man brings, there are some very concrete issues pertaining to our country that he’s dragged out screaming and kicking into the light for everyone to see. I’ll be honest, as a medical student, I can tell you that we much prefer the operation – no matter how hard it is – than to the post-mortem analysis to the family. I think the same applies to America. Look at his foreign policy statement, for instance. Tell me if that’s not stuff we need to seriously think about, because I know I’m not.


Plus, my family’s always told me. If you know someone’s gonna lose, why are you telling them?


Right, a few bits on the picture. I’m gonna say that we thought a lot about things, and yes, a crab bake/party is what we ended up using to represent the mid-Atlantic primaries. The crabs are rather symbolic, yes, but as always, I’m going to let you read into it and decide how you’d like to interpret our art instead.


There is one new historical figure (fairy, rather) displayed rather prominently. The hint I’m gonna give you is the cape. It’s a well-known nickname of a rather interesting individual, and I’m going to leave it there.


This is mostly for our non-American readers, since I really, really doubt anyone wouldn’t know the two particular types of spices are. We brought Louisiana in because we didn’t have time to draw her primary (though a careful look and you’ll find her buried in Super Tuesday’s art), but also because of a recent development in the endorsement game. Yeah. I should note that it take upwards of hundreds of hours for each of these pictures, and let’s just say I was pleasantly surprised and shocked by the development.


You’ve already met Pennsy in an earlier piece. Here, we’ve got both Mary (Maryland) and Weavy (West Virginia). I’ve received a lot of questions about what exactly our shipgirls are. The answer to that question is that they aren’t mechanical anthropomorphism of warships. Not quite. I would describe them as empowered young women (empowered in the literal sense, since these girls have to fight giant sea monsters often at melee range) whose pasts and experiences are intricately linked to the heroic traditions of many USN warships. However, just as our girls are not steel and iron, their character traits are often connected directly to a lot of other things, from their home states to adopted homes (in-story or historical) to historical events.


Cal (the blonde with sunglasses and a bikini top), for instance, is preppy, energetic, and a bit of a valley girl. She’s designed in such a way so that when someone looks at her, they can go, oh, yeah, I can totally see her as someone from California. Of course, it becomes a matter of semantics among our more esoteric fans about just what a “shipgirl” means or what it means. In sum, it’s perfectly okay to me if see them as anthropomorphisms of states or warships. I think any creative work should naturally allow the reader to make any interpretations as they’d like. To me, however, they’ll always be just as they are. Our girls.

卡尔,举个例子,是个很高能量很元气的Valley girl(注,这个是加州的梗,基本是美国文化一部分,类似于你们理解东北人或者广东人或者上海人这样的一个地区性的概念)。然而我设计她们的时候,我的目的其实只是希望当读者看到她的时候,认识她后,会点头说,哦,对啊对啊,她确实像一个从加州出来的妹子。当然你可以辩论舰娘是什么,是舰更多还是娘更多,但我认为你怎么看我们作品是你的观点。你想把她们当作州或者舰船没问题,毕竟每一个作品都有自己的独特观赏角度嘛。但,从我的角度来讲呢?她们永远会是我们的舰娘,我们的妹子。

In other cases, of course, such as Tasha and O’bannon, we just like those two characters and put them in. They’ve got nothing to do with the primary whatsoever. Actually, if you look at it in the context of the picture, they’re just (along with Cal, who loves free food) here to share a few crabs.


Hey, we gotta have our fun too. It can’t be all serious. 🙂

See you soon. 🙂

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