And so it’s that time of year again. Valentines Day is one that a lot of people dread, whether they’re in a relationship or not. For those who are single it can be a stark reminder of that fact, and for those who aren’t it’s a time to panic over not being able to figure out the perfect gift for the one that you love.

Personally I’ve never much cared for Valentines Day itself. It’s a rather impersonal and corporate way to express your love for someone, something that should be expressed daily and if certain days are picked out specifically they should have a more personal meaning. For me and my other half that means making each other smile or laugh, and being there for each other in times of need. Whether those smiles are caused by something that we’ve said, shared, or even the occasional rude sketch – those are moments that I treasure.

Before I get even more mushy (and no one wants to see that)… I’ve participated in the Valentines Day Sex Drive again this year, it’s always good fun and it’s a nice way to introduce people to new characters, comics, creators, and to celebrate the beauty of the nude form. Creators have each contributed a nude of one of their characters of various genders, builds, etc.

The Blessings of Frith

I’ve been wanting to do a new pin up of Dee Alwood for a while, mostly because I really want to make a “Blessing of El-ahrairah” reference. For those who don’t remember Watership Down, it’s a story about rabbits, and it opens with a creation myth where the god Frith delivers an ultimatum to the Prince of Rabbits El-ahrairah. He is told that he must control his people for they were too many in number and devouring too much grass which was supposed to feed other animals too. In this time the fox ate grass and was a friend to the rabbits, and none of the creatures hunted or fed on one another. But Frith tells the Prince that should he not comply he will find other ways to control the rabbit population. So he gives out gifts to each creature to make them unique – he gives the blackbird it’s song, the cat it’s silent feet, but more importantly he gives the fox, weasel, and stoat the gift of sharp teeth, cunning, and the desire to feed on rabbit. The Prince is warned of this and when Frith comes to find him and offer him a gift, the Prince hides in fear starting to dig into the earth. Frith finds him, still digging, with his bottom sticking up out of the ground. As Frith calls out to him, the Prince pretends that he is someone else but continues to dig saying that the fox, weasel, and stoat might be there soon. When Frith asks him to come out of the hole so that he might be given a gift he tells him to “bless (his) bottom”. Admiring his determination even when faced with the horror of the fox and his cohorts Frith does just as the Prince asks of him. Giving his bottom the strength, warning, and speed to forever keep him from those dreaded jaws. And at that moment the Princes tail grows a shining white, his legs and feet grow larger and stronger – allowing him to run faster than any other creature. And as the Prince runs away Frith calls after him “your people cannot rule the world, for I will not have it so. All the world will be your enemy, Prince With A Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first, they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed.”

Also, I’ve been told that I draw butts good…

VDSD 2014: Dee Pin Up

This years image is available on Gumroad as a “Pay What You Want” download. You can choose to pay nothing at all and still get the hi-resolution pin up of Dee in her birthday suit – or you can pay any other amount too, even something silly like $200 if you really want to. Just click this link to go to the download page, click “I want this”, and then type in the amount that you’d like to pay (or not pay).

Valentine’s Day Sex Drive 2014 Participants

Until next time…