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I'm going to be a little ranty for a second. You should probably skip this.

Quoting the Huffington Post:

"Gerardo Sanchez, father of a 13-year-old student at the school, told KCAL-TV that he can't believe this is happening at his child's school.

'School is supposed to be a safe place," he told the station. 'Now, you think twice because you never know what is going to happen.'"

Really, dude? Are you fucking serious? Guess what: your child's school IS STILL A SAFE PLACE. One of your kids' teachers may have done porn -- WHEN SHE WAS NOT ANYWHERE NEAR YOUR CHILD -- and you think the school is now suddenly not a safe place?

Guess what, dude: the world is not a safe place, especially if you're the kind of person who is terrified that you may be exposed to things you personally don't like when you step outside of your house. If you're so worried that your precious little snowflake is going to interact with a person who did something you don't approve of when that person was nowhere near your child, you should move to Mars, build a moat around your house, and homeschool. Also, remember to bang the rocks together, you idiot.

The world is filled with people who do things you don't approve of. Off the top of my head, I can think of something: parents who think a school is suddenly unsafe, because one of the teachers at that school may have done something they don't approve of when they were nowhere near the school.

Even though I don't agree with parents who are losing their shit because of something a teacher may have done away from school on her own time, I completely understand why it would make some of them uncomfortable or angry... but to suggest that it somehow makes the school unsafe? That's just fucking stupid. I mean, that's Sarah Palin stupid.

Okay. Rant over. I told you that you should probably skip this.
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The tale of Ryan Estrada and Christopher Hart

If you visit any bookstore in the world looking for a How to Draw book, chances are good you will find books from Christopher Hart. How to draw Manga, How to draw Superheroes, How to draw Fantasy. You name it, and he has made a book about it.

He doesn’t draw most of the books himself, and doesn’t necessarily understand the thing he is trying to teach. I learned this when I got an e-mail from him....

So one day, back in like 2003, I get an e-mail from Mr. Hart.
"Hello, I am making a new book about how to draw manhwa (Korean comics) and when I Googled 'Korean' and 'comics' I found your site. Would you be interested in providing some illustrations for the book?
Christopher Hart"

I reply a couple of hours later:
"Hello Mr Hart,
Yes, I am a comic artist who has spent time living in Korea.
I would be happy to discuss the details of the project more.
Ryan Estrada
www.ryanestrada.com"

He replies the next day:
"Who is this?
How did you get the address, and how did you know about my next book? If you want to work with me, you have to submit a portfolio. do you have any work online?
Christopher Hart"

Note that this was pre-Gmail days, so the complete text of his e-mail to me was included in my message. I respond:
"Hello Mr. Hart,
I think there may have been some misunderstanding, you contacted me about your book, and I was simply responding to your message. My portfolio is at www.ryanestrada.com. You mentioned you had already seen my site, and that is why you contacted me.
Ryan Estrada
www.ryanestrada.com"

His response:
"What is this? I don't understand what I am looking at. I thought you were applying for a position drawing manhwa? This doesn't look anything like manhwa!!!"

Me:
"Hello again Mr. Hart,
As I said, I am not a Korean manhwa artist. I am an artist who has spend time in Korea. And I am not applying for anything, I am answering your e-mail. But since you are looking for something in a manhwa style, here are some quick samples.
(I attached some drawings of popular Korean characters, like Dooly the Dinosaur)

Chris responds:
"What is this? This doesn't look anything like Korean comics. I was looking for something like this."
(He attaches a page from a Japanese comic book, complete with japanese text)

Me:
"What you attached is manga. While there is are a lot of Korean comics drawn in a manga style, there are many other original styles that are exclusive to Korea."

Chris:
"Please stop e-mailing me."

And that was the end of my interaction with Mr. Christopher Hart.

(Text of e-mails approximate, since I no longer have the originals. Pictured: Dooly The Little Dinosaur, because it is much cooler and Korean-comics-related than including anything from Chris Hart's book.)
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How bad is it when rather than go push metal carts around for eight hours, I want to go hold up a sign in a place where peaceful protesters are being maced and beaten while the media is being told to only interview the weird looking hippies or else the world might know it's something serious.
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Oh, I didn't realize that wasn't the intention. = P Mah bad.
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