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The hour is bleak, folks. There is a trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership currently being negotiated in secret between 12 countries: USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, Brunei, and Malaysia. And the potential implications of this agreement are simply frightening:

-It basically gives all sorts of immunities to big corporations in order to protect what is referred to as "potential profits". This means that a country's regulations can be overriden for the company's benefit. It could also potentially make boycotting a product a criminal offense due to its effects on the "potential profits"... (EDIT: I'm putting this in strikethrough for now because I haven't managed to find the source of this information again)

-A foreign investor could sue a country if it takes actions or has policies that hurt their investments. This could be done at the expense of the local population, and other local companies that do not have the capacity to do so.
-Innovation might be brought to a screeching halt, unless it profits the big pharmaceutical companies.
-Speaking of pharmaceutical companies, they would be allowed to hold on to their patents for even longer, and raise the prices of their products.
-Basically, this will create a sort of monopoly where the richest companies will be able to screw over the consumer with very little consequence.
-Once the partnership is signed, it will be difficult to reverse its effects.

And that's not even getting started on the copyright issues this brings up:

-Entire families might be kicked off the internet even if you're just ACCUSED of breaking copyright.
-Copyright infringement will become a jailable offense.
-ISPs will have to monitor its users' Internet activity in order to enforce these laws, or they could face the risk of being sued.
-Transferring your DVDs to digital, even for personal purposes, can be fined up to 10,000$.
-The lasting time of copyrights will be extended to 70 years after the death of the author before the content falls into public domain, something that could well harm the public domain itself.
-Entire sites may be taken down for copyright infringement. Youtube and deviantArt, I fear, may be the most likely victims of that.
-Cosplayers, I have bad news for you: cosplaying might become a punishable offense due to copyright.
-Fair use and other protections against copyright will be overriden by the TPP.
-Let's Plays, fan art, video game streaming, and other things we all enjoy and do could become illegal due to copyright.
-Copyright infringement will be punishable EVEN IF THE HOLDER DOES NOT FILE A CRIMINAL COMPLAINT!

And there's probably even more things I haven't brought up. I'm sorry to scare you all about this, but this needs to be known. Fortunately, we're not too late. There are still a few days until the negotiations end. What can you do?

-Research the topic. Being informed is the best defense against this deal, especially since these people are trying to keep this a secret from us.
-If you are in one of the affected countries, send an e-mail to your government representatives. Let them know about this deal, and tell them to back out support from it.
-TELL MAJOR YOUTUBERS ABOUT THIS! People like Markiplier, PewDiePie, and others are in danger of losing their livelihood due to this agreement. If they speak up about this, we will have reached millions of people who will take a stand against this problem.

Here are some of my sources. A good place as any to start reading up on the TPP:
knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/… (KnowYourMeme article on TPP. Check the image and video galleries for more info)
asia.nikkei.com/Life-Arts/Life… ("Why cosplay fans fear the TPP", Nikkei Asian Review)
www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015… ("Secrecy of TPP talks fuels concern about influence of corporate property lobby", The Japan Times)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNL0mU… ("Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Awareness", Vinny from Vinesauce)
imgur.com/a/KuERk#wIaF3c1 (Imgur album that Vinny linked in the comment section of his video)

I'll be damned if I let this bullshit pass me by laying down.

Spread the word, my dear followers. Let's save the Internet, and our fanart as well!
~AROD
  • Mood: Worried
  • Listening to: Murray Gold - Song Of Freedom
  • Watching: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
  • Playing: DROD: The Second Sky
  • Drinking: Water

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Howdy! I'm ArtfulRoomsOfDeath. I go by several names on other places, BulletBillTime and BeethroBudkin07 being the most used. I adore making use of my creativity, whether it is through comic drawing or storywriting.

I have a fond spot for Sci-Fi and Comedy genres, mostly the latter. If something doesn't take itself too seriously, I can enjoy it.

I've been making comics since I was in Elementary School, so I've been doing them for a while. Can't say my first works were very good, though. It was all in good fun though. Amongst those early days series, the ones that kept resurfacing were "Life of a Smiley", an adventure starring two unnamed smiley faces as they go through life, and "Ladybug", which stars several bugs (a ladybug who is afraid of the dark, a sidekick fly, a caterpillar who is the mayor of a town and a spider who is the bad guy). Will those two ever show their faces here on this account? Maybe, but only time can tell.

I suppose you're here for my Pokémon Nuzlocke comic! It's okay, I think everyone here is :P It's updated once every month or two on average.

And there's also my Wanderers of the Mushroom Kingdom webcomic. As you might have guessed, it's a Mario webcomic that I've been spent three years on and off working on. It is currently on hiatus, but I'll probably return to it some day. It also has a website! wotmk.thecomicseries.com

Favourite style of art: Something easy to draw! :P
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: A small Sony MP3 player.
Shell of choice: Koopa shells!
Personal Quote: I'll find one tomorrow.
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Character Bio: Carol by ArtfulRoomsOfDeath
Character Bio: Carol
As promised, here's the bio for my character, Carol!

On the topic of the "Aerth Dimension": It is basically an alternate dimension that I created many years ago for some of my own stories. It prominently features a planet, Aerth, which is a sort of alternate sci-fi & fantasy world with different geography, but it is otherwise eerily similar to our world in several aspects, one of which would be language. I may elaborate further on the Aerth Dimension later on, but that's a story for a later date.

(Yes, I'm aware that Gary Gygax had already used the name "Aerth" in one of his works... and no, I wasn't directly referencing that. I wasn't aware of Gygax's work at the time I picked the name; and by the time I found out, I had already grown attached to the name. I may change it if I find a better one, but until I do I'll keep it as such. I apologize to those who thought I was making a reference... :()

Anyway, I'll see you all in the next update. Have a nice one!
~AROD

*The Brimstone Rain series is a FPS game series created in the Aerth Dimension.
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The hour is bleak, folks. There is a trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership currently being negotiated in secret between 12 countries: USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, Brunei, and Malaysia. And the potential implications of this agreement are simply frightening:

-It basically gives all sorts of immunities to big corporations in order to protect what is referred to as "potential profits". This means that a country's regulations can be overriden for the company's benefit. It could also potentially make boycotting a product a criminal offense due to its effects on the "potential profits"... (EDIT: I'm putting this in strikethrough for now because I haven't managed to find the source of this information again)

-A foreign investor could sue a country if it takes actions or has policies that hurt their investments. This could be done at the expense of the local population, and other local companies that do not have the capacity to do so.
-Innovation might be brought to a screeching halt, unless it profits the big pharmaceutical companies.
-Speaking of pharmaceutical companies, they would be allowed to hold on to their patents for even longer, and raise the prices of their products.
-Basically, this will create a sort of monopoly where the richest companies will be able to screw over the consumer with very little consequence.
-Once the partnership is signed, it will be difficult to reverse its effects.

And that's not even getting started on the copyright issues this brings up:

-Entire families might be kicked off the internet even if you're just ACCUSED of breaking copyright.
-Copyright infringement will become a jailable offense.
-ISPs will have to monitor its users' Internet activity in order to enforce these laws, or they could face the risk of being sued.
-Transferring your DVDs to digital, even for personal purposes, can be fined up to 10,000$.
-The lasting time of copyrights will be extended to 70 years after the death of the author before the content falls into public domain, something that could well harm the public domain itself.
-Entire sites may be taken down for copyright infringement. Youtube and deviantArt, I fear, may be the most likely victims of that.
-Cosplayers, I have bad news for you: cosplaying might become a punishable offense due to copyright.
-Fair use and other protections against copyright will be overriden by the TPP.
-Let's Plays, fan art, video game streaming, and other things we all enjoy and do could become illegal due to copyright.
-Copyright infringement will be punishable EVEN IF THE HOLDER DOES NOT FILE A CRIMINAL COMPLAINT!

And there's probably even more things I haven't brought up. I'm sorry to scare you all about this, but this needs to be known. Fortunately, we're not too late. There are still a few days until the negotiations end. What can you do?

-Research the topic. Being informed is the best defense against this deal, especially since these people are trying to keep this a secret from us.
-If you are in one of the affected countries, send an e-mail to your government representatives. Let them know about this deal, and tell them to back out support from it.
-TELL MAJOR YOUTUBERS ABOUT THIS! People like Markiplier, PewDiePie, and others are in danger of losing their livelihood due to this agreement. If they speak up about this, we will have reached millions of people who will take a stand against this problem.

Here are some of my sources. A good place as any to start reading up on the TPP:
knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/… (KnowYourMeme article on TPP. Check the image and video galleries for more info)
asia.nikkei.com/Life-Arts/Life… ("Why cosplay fans fear the TPP", Nikkei Asian Review)
www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015… ("Secrecy of TPP talks fuels concern about influence of corporate property lobby", The Japan Times)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNL0mU… ("Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Awareness", Vinny from Vinesauce)
imgur.com/a/KuERk#wIaF3c1 (Imgur album that Vinny linked in the comment section of his video)

I'll be damned if I let this bullshit pass me by laying down.

Spread the word, my dear followers. Let's save the Internet, and our fanart as well!
~AROD
  • Mood: Worried
  • Listening to: Murray Gold - Song Of Freedom
  • Watching: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
  • Playing: DROD: The Second Sky
  • Drinking: Water
It's Getting A Little Chilly... by ArtfulRoomsOfDeath
It's Getting A Little Chilly...
Oh look, something that isn't Steven Universe!

This drawing got way out of proportions... xD It started as a little sketch to test out my new style, but then I colored it, and then I added a background, and before I knew it, it was basically a finished picture... I don't mind though! It's pretty good, aside from the lighting on the characters...

Speaking of the characters, these are two characters of mine, Budkin and Carol, out on a stroll at night. Budkin's feeling a bit cold, but at least Carol's there to keep him warm... I love these two, they're just so cute together! :3

Oh right, this is the first time Carol has showed up here... Well, long story short, she's a character from a story I wrote last year that became more and more developed with time, and I found myself drawing her a fair amount. In the end, I decided to have this picture be her debut on this gallery. I'll most likely give more info on her character sometime in the near future!

Anyway, I'll see you in the next drawing! Have a nice one! :)
~AROD
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You're Cornered Now! (Finished) by ArtfulRoomsOfDeath
You're Cornered Now! (Finished)
And it's done! I'm pretty happy with how this picture came out! :D

I tried to do some lighting effects with the light coming from Pearl's spear, but it's not that great considering I have a long way to go before figuring out lighting... :P

Not much else to say here, so I'll see you guys on the next drawing! :)
~AROD
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You're Cornered Now! (SKETCH VERSION) by ArtfulRoomsOfDeath
You're Cornered Now! (SKETCH VERSION)
Tonight, I sketched out this doodle of Pearl pointing her spear right at Peridot, who seems legitimately freaked out. And with reason.

I started this sketch out by drawing Pearl holding her spear to practice drawing poses, then I decided to add Peridot as her target. I had a bit of an issue making sure Peridot wasn't too much taller than Pearl, and unfortunately this led to her having slightly short legs... Yeah, there's a few things that I could nitpick here and there but the general result is satisfactory enough for me. Besides, I can work on it when I finalize it later on.

Yep, I'm most likely going to lineart & color this little picture, so look forward to that! But not tonight... I don't want to stay up incredibly late working on this xD

Anyway, I'll see you next time! Have a nice one :)
~AROD
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*shuffle shuffle* Hey.... *shuffle* ... Hey, Artful...  *shuffle* Happy birthday. *melts into a nearby sewer grate*
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