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Maybe I’m searching wrong, but I can’t find anything about fancy old buildings built in Africa, like giant churches and state buildings plastered everywhere from Europe. I tried looking for specific countries but still nothing. Surely they’re not all destroyed?
Well, if you’re searching for “Africa”…then yeah, you’re probably searching wrong? I mean, I’ll act like stating the obvious isn’t necessary…? Because…?

This is so general, I don’t know quite how to answer you but I’ll do my best, I suppose.

You probably need to be much more specific. Basically you want the equivalent of European Medieval-y type castle buildings? They’re pretty much all over the place…


Fasilides Palace in Ethiopia:


For fancy Christian churches with painted interiors, try searching “Copt” or “Coptic” (these are Zagwe dynasty, I believe):


Here’s Saint George’s Church in Addis Abeba:


And Bete Giorgis in Lalibela, Ethiopia:


I mean, there’s no order to this, I’m just throwing stuff out there at random. If you want, there’s a Wikipedia page for World Heritage Sites in Africa here. There’s another Wikipedia page for Architecture of Africa here.

Yes! This is what I was looking for. A starting point. When I typed “fancy buildings” into google, it gave me lots of European and American stuff, the traditional sightseeing landmarks and a bunch of modern stuff. Ditto for “fancy old buildings”. Same with “fancy old European buildings.” It refused to give me anything besides the pyramids when I tried that with the African continent and specific African countries. I didn’t know anything more narrow to try beyond specifying countries. When I try it with the Americas, it refuses to give me anything that’s older than European settlers. Looking up specific destroyed cities was as far as I could get there. Asia and its countries have a lot of results, but I don’t know that history well enough to know what I’m looking at.

I’d have explained better in the ask, and included that obvious pyramids are obvious, but it didn’t have the space and I’d rather not create hassle by splitting it over several messages.

I’m glad to hear this was helpful. A search for “Architecture of _____” is going to give you better results than “old buildings” or “fancy old buildings”.

Also: as a lot of people in the notes for this post pointed out, the last image is an example of Rock-cut architecture. It’s carved out of the solid rock there, rather than being built. Like, literally excavated from the roof down.

The Great Mosque of Djenné is the largest structure to have been built of earthen bricks, and was a great medieval center of learning. The  maintenance of the mosque’s exterior is actually part of an annual festival; it looks more or less the same as it did in 1910:



There is so much to find out, and I’m glad to encourage people to do further research.

How to help out your favorite artists when you don’t have any money





I post something like this about once a year, because I get a lot of messages from people who enjoy my art but feel guilty about not buying things from my store or subscribing on Patreon or getting things from my wishlist, etc. You really don’t need to do ANY of those things to help us out! Eyeballs on artwork is what we want, and just that is really helpful. But there are lots of other, free things you can do, if you want to, that will help us.

  • You can reblog our work, with credit! Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, showing people next to you in class or at the library, whatever. The more you reblog our stuff, any kind of stuff, and especially if it has a name and/or link attached, the more followers we get, the happier we are, and the easier we can sell art and pay rent. This is such a vital part of our continued existence and it is difficult to overstate how grateful we are when it happens.

  • You can like, comment, subscribe on Youtube, reply on Twitter, and generally make our little numbers go up. Even if you don’t want a drawing on your blog, hitting “Like” helps. If people are browsing your liked posts (if you have this option available in your sidebar or in a separate page) they will see our work. Additionally, higher note counts translate instantly to “more worthy of being looked at” when parsed by an idle, browsing brain. That’s the price of being a member of a social species, and it stinks because it doesn’t reflect “quality” or “innate value” of art, whatever that is, but a post with 4 digit notes is going to get more positive regard than a post with a 2 digit notecount. And really, it makes sense. If lots of people like a thing, it is likely, if only statistically, that you will too. 

  • You can talk about your favorite artists to your friends. A lot of us idle on skype and irc all day, talking about new album releases and games and twitter beef. It doesn’t occur to a lot of us to talk about how so-and-so just did a cartoon of a fat bird that is making our day slightly better, but that URL pastes just as easily into the chat as any other. Don’t be annoying about it, but like Homeland Security always says, if you see something, say something!

  • You can look at/click the ads on our websites. You can disable AdBlock on our websites, too. I have two little Project Wonderful boxes at the top of my blog. They pay me very little per day, but when I need $20 to stop an overdraft fee or buy a food, Project Wonderful has my back. This has happened about a dozen times, enough to teach me the value of having that last, tiny bit of cash just slowly snowballing in the background.

There is probably other stuff that I’m forgetting, so please feel free to reblog and add them.

also personally I am nuts about getting comments on the site because people talking about the comic is the actual BEST

This applies to small publishing companies, too! ^_^  Following our Facebook and Tumblr, reblogging/sharing our links, and stopping by the forums to tell our artists how much you’re enjoying their work means the world to us even when you can’t contribute financially. (We’ve all been there…)

This is a FANTASTIC list! :)

Also, leave good and thoughtful reviews on whatever sites are relevant!


Coming in just under the wire to mark Bi Awareness Day, I shamelessly post this to remind my readers (and the Internet!) that the entirety of my Adaptation series is now out, including the Bisexual Book Award-winning Inheritance. Here’s more about them:

And I should remind you that due to continuing difficulties in business negotiations with Amazon, you will likely have problems buying them on Amazon. So please if you’re interested, try buying them elsewhere! Your local independent bookstore, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Google Play, etc., will all be able to get them to you — as well as your local library.

Happy Bi Awareness Day!


Here’s a timelapse video by Brandon Manning of the giant smoke cloud (aka pyrocumulus) from the King Fire in Northern California. This is shot from within a few miles of where I live, so this was the view we had last evening when we drove up to a place where we could see it. As upsetting and destructive as this fire is, I must admit this is a very beautiful video. 

ps. Turns out this 70,000+ acre fire was arson! I hate that it just takes one asshole to destroy so much. >:(

I could see it yesterday from Highway 4, even though it’s a lot further away.

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