Tess Fowler
For the musings and reblogs of the commander of this, the one and only Porkchop Army. Pay It Forward. I post my art and anything neat that crosses my dash.
  • AP Army 2014, by Tess Fowler. Hand painted by Chris Gutierrez and Tess Fowler.

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  • AP Esmy hand colored by @bullyart07 and me. #apocalypseprincesses #apocalypseprincess #APEsmeralda #APArmy #tessfowler #chrisgutierrez

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  • AP Ariel hand painted by @bullyart07 and me. #apocalypseprincess #apocalypseprincesses #apariel #APArmy #tessfowler #chrisgutierrez

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  • AP Aurora hand colored by @bullyart07 and me. #apocalypseprincesses #apocalypseprincess #APAurora #APArmy #tessfowler #chrisgutierrez

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  • AP Aurora detail hand colored by me and @bullyart07 #apocalypseprincesses #APArmy #APAurora #tessfowler #chrisgutierrez

  • AP Alice hand painted by @bullyart07 and me. #apocalypseprincesses #apocalypseprincess #APAlice #APArmy #tessfowler #chrisgutierrez

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  • AP Snow as hand colored by @bullyart07 and me. #apocalypseprincesses #apocalypseprincess #APSnow #APArmy #tessfowler #chrisgutierrez

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  • AP Belle hand colored by @bullyart07 and me. #apocalypseprincesses #apocalypseprincess #apbelle #APArmy #tessfowler #chrisgutierrez

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  • AP Wendy hand painted by @bullyart07 and me. #apocalypseprincesses #apwendy #tessfowler #chrisgutierrez #APArmy

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  • fromthegutcomic:

    www.fromthegutcomic.com by Chris Gutierrez

    Please do not remove credits when reblogging. Thank you!

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  • jasonenright:

    tessfowler:

    Laying my sword down for a second. You’re safe here. I’m not going to hack you to pieces. For the moment, at least. (See? That’s a joke. I’m normal just like you. I make jokes too.) But I warn you, this is probably not something you want to hear. Don’t be scared though….

    You know what? Tess is totally right. It is not just the job of women in comics to stop this bad behavior. It should never have been their job. When our colleagues, when our fellow men harass and assuault women in comics just for being there, just for telling stories and being creative, they shouldn’t have to be the sole people to stand up and defend themselves and defend each other.

    This is our world too. These are our stories and our heroes and our conventions. We should fight them for them. We should speak up. I’m tired of this bullshit. I have been with my wife every step of the way as we both tried to break into comics, and the amount of sexist bullshit that has stood in her way is astounding. Every time I talk to one of her fellow women in comics, i am astonished at the nonsense they have to put up with.

    You know why all the bullshit is still there, because we let it pile up and we forced women to fight alone. We kept silent.

    So this my manifesto. If I see something, i am going to say something. I am not going to sit idly by and worry about who i might embarrass or what unspoken guy rule bullshit I’m gonna break. You harass, you assault someone, you cross the line with anyone for any reason, I am not going to shut up until you are buried.

    When a women comes forward about something an attack, a harassment, anything. I am not going to doubt her, or ark for proof, or blame her. I am going to go the guy and make him explain. he started it, let’s lay the blame at his feet. Let’s make him deal with the fallout, not the victim.

    They say my generation is the future of comics. We’re just getting started and we’re not going to make the same mistakes as those before us. We’re not going to be silent. We’re not going to allow assaults, and harassment and misogyny in our business, in our conventions, in our industry, in our art form. We are better than that.

    So that is what I promise to my wife, and to Tess, and to all the women in comics. I am standing with them and men, you can either stand with us, speak out, or you can get the hell out of our way. There is no room for you in comics anymore, if you are going to allow this nonsense.

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  • Dear Gentlemen of Comics…Can We Talk?

      Laying my sword down for a second. You’re safe here. I’m not going to hack you to pieces. For the moment, at least. (See? That’s a joke. I’m normal just like you. I make jokes too.) But I warn you, this is probably not something you want to hear. Don’t be scared though. It’s okay. Just stick around and read through to the end.

      Guys, I’m tired.

      Like bone tired. 

    Totally sick of having the “rape and harassment” in comics discussion. How about this: No more rape and harassment in comics. Deal? No, in all seriousness. Hear me out.

      Talking with other women about the same men over and over again because they’re repeat offenders and no one will stand in their way…is TIRING. If you’re a man working in comics and you know about other men who harass and ASSAULT women, you HAVE to take a stand. You have to set an example gentlemen. Now. Please. Give us ladies a day off. Let us know you’re out there. The hardest part for me is watching intelligent creative women trying to come up with ways to repair a system they didn’t break. While the menfolk either stay completely silent or write us messages in private to show their “support”. SPEAK OUT.

      Dude. Was that too harsh? Too fast for you? I’m sorry. Please don’t leave. I know there’s nothing you hate worse than a woman (ohgawdnotaFEMINISTplease!!) with a chip on her shoulder. And yes, I am indeed a feminist, too. But I’m so exhausted. Just stick around a bit longer. I really need you to listen.

      You love comics, right? The actual artistic expression involved is what lights your fire. I know it. Or maybe it’s the capes that do it for you? The horror books? We all have our thing. And of course it’s far easier to sit in your cave and make the comics and ignore the industry until it’s time for it to give you some small sustenance by way of a paycheck or accolades or what have you. I get that. 

      But see, some of us ladies used to be little girls. Little girls who lived in houses and worlds ruled by men. Sometimes those men weren’t very nice. And when we were those little girls we found comics…comics made by YOU. Comics about superheroes and justice. Comics about rebels and rogues. And reading those comics helped us believe that not all men were bad. That sometimes there are some men who don’t just want to watch the world burn. Men who believe in a higher code. We wanted to be in comics so we could ride in Robin Hood’s band of merry men.

      Imagine our horror when we got here and found out how many of you aren’t actually Robin. You’re the Sheriff and Prince John. You’re cutthroats and thieves and monsters. The good ones among you? Silent. Not heroes at all.

      Fine. I’ll play Robin.

      But who among you is going to stop being quiet and ride with me? Who is going to get the rapists and known harassers OFF the convention circuit? (I was seated right behind one at SDCC. Don’t tell me they’re not there) Who is going to put zero tolerance policies in place for men who act out at conventions or at signings or in your offices right under your noses? Who is going to actually make a difference instead of just slinking around in a whisper crusade to protect their comic book brethren from the big bad foe called “WOMAN”?

      Let’s be cool. Let’s be buds. Let’s be a team. I don’t wanna be angry all the time. I just want to wake up in the morning, make my comics, and not have to trip over bullshit. 

    How about a Comic Book Gentleman’s Manifesto?

    " I hereby do solemnly swear not to…" Aw c’mon. Who am I kidding? You probably want to write this yourself.

    I still believe in you, Peter Pan. Don’t let me down.

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  • Breakfast at Henri’s. @bullyart07 being his charming self. Lol #breakfast #tessfowler #husband #chrisgutierrez

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  • legionofleia:

    Today we interview tessfowler! “Speak your truth loudly, hold your head high, and carry a very big stick.” Sing it! http://bit.ly/TsFwlr #TessFowler #legionofleia #therascals #comics #charmed #gameofthrones #ratqueens

    Thanks for a fun interview!

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  • AP Tink hand colored by @bullyart07 and me. #apocalypseprincesses #APTink #tessfowler #chrisgutierrez

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