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Welcome to The Exaggeration Diaries, my comic series based on diary entries which I greatly exaggerate in picture form, hence the name. All are based on random thoughts I have had to experiences that I had, portrayed by my cast of colourful characters. Whether be how to talk to girls, or working in retail, there's alot of diary entries. So I really hope you get some laughs here and enjoy my true stories, illustratively made up.

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Nay

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This Valentine's weekend, the movie of the international best-seller will be showing and will most likely draw in a huge crowd. I have a huge problem with for so many reason.

The first is this movie doesn't even need to be good to draw in alot of money. This is more an issue with the movie world then the film itself but I have a very bitter taste in my mouth in bad movies been thrown out 'cause they are due to make money. There's no sense of quality control which no one can argue against if you have sat to watch the Transformers movies. Maybe FSOG will be a decent film (not holding my breath) but I get the feeling that the producers knew that people would see it no matter what, therefore won't feel to need to put that much care and effort into it. I find that way of thinking unforgivable, but it happens so often in films.

That it however, only a small gripe in the grand scheme of things. Time to address the big one. I admit I have not read the book so critiquing it's content may seem narrow minded. But when you have large groups of marital abuse victims, sexual abuse victims, charities and people in the BDSM community calling this book out for nothing short but awful, that's an issue. Extracts from the book are very easy to find of the main character Christian Grey becoming possessive and even just abusive. For a book that has introduced alot of people to the idea of BDSM, it sends the wrong message I feel.

This leads to my biggest gripe with the film, book and the entire franchise. People will go to see this film, and then head home with the idea that they want to try all these kinky things, being tied with rope, ball gags, leather suits etc etc. The problem is many will go into this stuff with zero understanding about the thing. If anyone can show me otherwise then I will admit that I'm wrong, but I dont believe FSOG has safe words where the action is stopped there and then. Or even aftercare which the BDSM community has stated is probably even more important then the actual sex. Makes sense, if you are performing roles and using crops or whips, at the end of all that, those are wounds that will need taking care off. I doubt Mr Grey ever rubbed soothing cream onto any of Anastasia's (I hate the name aswell) bite or spank marks.

Then you have another draw back. Let me paint the picture, let's say a couple goes and see the movie and the wife gets all these ideas to spice up their sex life by buying all these harnesses and whips, only to surprise her husband with it all when he comes back from work. What happens then when the husband doesn't get any kind of sexual thrill from this, instead he just gets hurt? Could work the same the other way around, what if the wife is not into the husband trying to slap her with a whip. Any kind of relationship, husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, boyfriend and boyfriend, girlfriend and girlfriend etc, you can run into the problem of someone not wanting to do this. This is what I find the most damaging thing about FSOG, the fact that it has inspired a lot of people to think this is the way to have an amazing sex life. In some cases, it will be, some couples will love it. Others won't however. People are different, we all have different things that we like, dislike, love, hate and most of all, turn us on. At the end of the day, is it really that hard with your partner to discuss what you wanted to do? I know that if I really wanted to be smack with a paddle till my arse turned red, it wouldn't be because some book written by a middle aged woman going through a midlife crisis is saying it would be hot.

Bottom line, as long as both parties are consensual, and you are not breaking any laws, then I suggest this. In the time that you could be going to see this movie, instead spend that time in talking about what you would both like and the ways you can do it safely. If it involves chains, then head down to your local hardware store. But if you are not into that stuff, a cozy sofa and a bottle of wine seems to work still. I could say there are no wrong answers when it comes to sex, but really you only get wrong answers when you try to guess.

Till next time

Nay :)
TXD: Train Rides by UncleWoodstock
TXD: Train Rides
Edit 3/2/15: I decided to redraw this comic as I felt that my inking and my pencil colouring had drastically improved since then. I am to do this will all my previous traditional comic to put into one big portfolio

This is the first comic I've done using pencil colours instead of doing it traditionally. Still deciding whether to use the borders and which levels to alter the scan with, but any feedback would be great. :)
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Today I was saddened to hear of the passing of Rooster Teeth's own Monty Oum, who died yesterday afternoon after suffering an allergic reaction during a medical procedure that put him into a coma. He was 33.

While the name may not be immediately recognizable, his body of work certainly is. He was the creator and hear animator of RWBY and did many of the fight choreography in the later Red Vs Blue series'. He was extremely talented at what he did and will seriously be missed, especially leaving at such a young age.

I will be taking this moment to start watching RWBY, something I have put off unfortunately until now. But I shall leave you guys with the video that started off his career and showcased his skill.

Will miss you Monty

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As you can imagine, working in a record shop gives me access to an vast range of new songs and bands to try. In fact nearly every week I will take the list of new releases and go through them one by one. Alot of it sucks but you do get that one gem, that one cd that you would step over your own mother just to listen to again.....or maybe that's just me.

Anyway, each year I take what I feel are my top tracks and share them. They range from mainstream chart hits to complete and utter unknowns. They are songs that either provoke such euphoric emotion in me, or just songs that make me wanna shake my thing. So with out further ado, my top 10.

10. Heartsrevolution - "Kiss"

I will admit that since being in a relationship, I have appreciated love songs more then I was a bitter single teenager. But one thing that would help me appreciate them more if I was single, is to make them so much fun. This song reminds you that love is meant to be exciting, at least initially. The bouncy melody adds to the excitable nature of the subject matter, which is simply how great it is to kiss the one you love, sleep, and do it all over again.



9. A Great Big World - "You'll Be Okay"

Insecurity is an awful thing, it's been the reason why I have thrown perfectly good comics in the bin 'cause I thought they weren't up to scratch. So like me, it's nice to just have an external voice tell you that things aren't as bad as you perceive them. The song starts quiet and builds to the last chorus with whaling solos and drums, coinciding hopefully with a lifting mood for anyone that hears it.

 

8. Ed Sheeran - "Sing"

A second album from any break through artist is always going to be a difficult thing. No harder for Mr Sheeran who's first album blew up and hit the top of the charts and stayed there for a very very long time. His second album has done the same thing. If the slow tender love songs put you off, then Sheeran is versatile enough to give you a track with so much groove. I hummed this for weeks and I wont be stopping anytime soon. After hearing this, I doubt you will either.



7. Grouplove - "Shark Attack"

This is a difficult one to talk about 'cause as much as I love this song, I have no idea really what's it's about. I'm sure there will be an explanation somewhere out there, but it doesn't stop me tapping my feet. Like alot of songs that I grow to like, it's hearing the chorus where my decision is made. In this case, it will instantly put a grin on my face as I bounce around the room.



6. Catfish And The Bottlemen - "Cocoon"

Here is another example of a chorus that will hook me on the first listen, despite the bad language. I like songs that talk about romance in a realistic setting, in this case having to deal with the disapproval of friends. There is a radio edit that removes the F bombs but I don't believe it is as effective. It is the same reaction, nearly for word, most people would have if a friend or just and acquiescence ever said you were not good enough for your crush. I don't think many people would take that, neither those this song.



5. Twin Forks - "Back To You"

I've heard this band called a Mumford and Son rip off which is untrue and alittle unfair I feel. Mumford with their songs are more grander in scale while Twin Forks feel more intimate.....if that doesn't makes sense then forget it. The point is, I have been on a real binge of upbeat love songs that you want to dance to this year. Love songs, even if I was single, that are slow tempo miss the point to me. They should be exciting, energetic and lively. This is certainly a song I can imagine holding my ladyfriend's hands to as I spin her around. I know that only applies to me but it's my list so there.

 

4. Taylor Swift - "Blank Space"

The more I listen to more and more chart music, the more I get the feeling that it's just cool to dislike someone. Taylor Swift is one that comes to mind. I can understand the dismay that alot of people had for her track Shake It Off (which I was so close to putting on this list), I feel the negativity is unjust. Especially with this song, where the self awareness is at a fever pitch. The song is filled with clever lines that describe her turbulent love life up to this point. That's what makes a good artist I feel, someone that can turn eventful moments or thoughts they have and make something out of them, whether they be a painting or a song. While Shake It Off was kinda generic with how she will overcome the hate, this song opens herself in acknowledgement to her flaws. Plus it's a good beat too.



3. Brody Dalle - Meet The Foetus/Oh The Joy

I'm normally put off two part songs like these, I feel that a piece should hold up on it's own merits. However, we have a rare case where both songs complement each other to the point where they would be weak without the other. The first is solemn yet punchy, while the second smacks you over the head with the most infectious humming chorus I've heard in a long time. I still do miss the Distillers and while I can't say the whole of this album is like this, it's nice to know that Ms Dalle still has sum punk left in her.



2. Royal Blood - "Little Monster"

Gene Simmons of kiss fame said this year that Rock music was dead. This is the band I think of that makes me know how much crap he is talking. There are songs that grow on you and some that get you on the first chord. Royal Blood came from nowhere this year but burst onto the scene with simple but well executed rock fundamentals, play heavy and loud. It was tough to pick which song to choose for my list (also check out Figure You Out) but I had to give it to the song that started my obsession with having this album play on repeat in my shop. Not bad for a band with just a bass player and a drummer. 



1. Against Me! - "Talking Transgender Dysphoria Blues"

This was the first album I bought this year and at the time, I remember saying it was going to be my album of the year, I was right. Alittle backstory, back in 2012, lead singer Tom Gabel came out as transgender. Soon after, she went through various operations for hormone replacement and plastic surgery, and now goes by the name Laura Jane Grace. The album of the same name tales the story of Laura's desire to be treated and thought of as a woman, singing about leaving her then wife, threats of violence and her past when she had to hide her true feelings when back at school. Against Me have always been a band that have sung their songs with so much passion, whether acoustic or amped up. Laura coming out has changed nothing, they are still one of most beloved bands and they have once again, made an album and a song where you can feel the heartache in the voice as they scream at the top of their lungs. And that is why it's my top song if 2014.



I would love to see all of your pics from the past year so let me know and we shall compare. Let's hope 2015 has song memorable tracks from us once again.

Till next time 

Nay :)
This Valentine's weekend, the movie of the international best-seller will be showing and will most likely draw in a huge crowd. I have a huge problem with for so many reason.

The first is this movie doesn't even need to be good to draw in alot of money. This is more an issue with the movie world then the film itself but I have a very bitter taste in my mouth in bad movies been thrown out 'cause they are due to make money. There's no sense of quality control which no one can argue against if you have sat to watch the Transformers movies. Maybe FSOG will be a decent film (not holding my breath) but I get the feeling that the producers knew that people would see it no matter what, therefore won't feel to need to put that much care and effort into it. I find that way of thinking unforgivable, but it happens so often in films.

That it however, only a small gripe in the grand scheme of things. Time to address the big one. I admit I have not read the book so critiquing it's content may seem narrow minded. But when you have large groups of marital abuse victims, sexual abuse victims, charities and people in the BDSM community calling this book out for nothing short but awful, that's an issue. Extracts from the book are very easy to find of the main character Christian Grey becoming possessive and even just abusive. For a book that has introduced alot of people to the idea of BDSM, it sends the wrong message I feel.

This leads to my biggest gripe with the film, book and the entire franchise. People will go to see this film, and then head home with the idea that they want to try all these kinky things, being tied with rope, ball gags, leather suits etc etc. The problem is many will go into this stuff with zero understanding about the thing. If anyone can show me otherwise then I will admit that I'm wrong, but I dont believe FSOG has safe words where the action is stopped there and then. Or even aftercare which the BDSM community has stated is probably even more important then the actual sex. Makes sense, if you are performing roles and using crops or whips, at the end of all that, those are wounds that will need taking care off. I doubt Mr Grey ever rubbed soothing cream onto any of Anastasia's (I hate the name aswell) bite or spank marks.

Then you have another draw back. Let me paint the picture, let's say a couple goes and see the movie and the wife gets all these ideas to spice up their sex life by buying all these harnesses and whips, only to surprise her husband with it all when he comes back from work. What happens then when the husband doesn't get any kind of sexual thrill from this, instead he just gets hurt? Could work the same the other way around, what if the wife is not into the husband trying to slap her with a whip. Any kind of relationship, husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, boyfriend and boyfriend, girlfriend and girlfriend etc, you can run into the problem of someone not wanting to do this. This is what I find the most damaging thing about FSOG, the fact that it has inspired a lot of people to think this is the way to have an amazing sex life. In some cases, it will be, some couples will love it. Others won't however. People are different, we all have different things that we like, dislike, love, hate and most of all, turn us on. At the end of the day, is it really that hard with your partner to discuss what you wanted to do? I know that if I really wanted to be smack with a paddle till my arse turned red, it wouldn't be because some book written by a middle aged woman going through a midlife crisis is saying it would be hot.

Bottom line, as long as both parties are consensual, and you are not breaking any laws, then I suggest this. In the time that you could be going to see this movie, instead spend that time in talking about what you would both like and the ways you can do it safely. If it involves chains, then head down to your local hardware store. But if you are not into that stuff, a cozy sofa and a bottle of wine seems to work still. I could say there are no wrong answers when it comes to sex, but really you only get wrong answers when you try to guess.

Till next time

Nay :)

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Ahoy, I'm Nathan.

I'm a cartoonist with my own series of cartoons and comics called the Exaggeration Diaries. In short, I'm a relatively nice guy and always up for a chat about randomness

Hope you enjoy my work and at the same time, teach you a lesson or two :)
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Thanks for the creepy cat thing emote XD
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Happy Birthday! I hope it was a really good one with cake and prezzies! If not... Well, here's a cake: :iconcakeplz:
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Just had another "bang my head against the counter" retail moment. Long story short it involved a customer coming in at fifteen minutes to closing looking for a gift. And asking for every price under the sun.

Sometimes I think your comic is so appropriately named it's scary.
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Weve had that, just yesterday one of our customers who is really talkative, came in just as we were closing and wouldnt get the hint that we wanted to go home D:
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