Tag Archives: Rachel Ketchum

It’s my 54th birthday! Please help me keep making art :)

Berlin artist Suzanne Forbes in La Femme en Noir in kitchen Jan 3 2020Hi! I’m 54!

I look great, right? I love my self-cut hair, my fat disabled body, my powerhouse survivor’s journey of recovery and growth, and the 1,265 unique pieces of original art I’ve made since I started my Patreon crowd-funding!

And I need your help. To keep making art and to become a permanent resident of Germany.

Can you spare $1/1€ a month to support my crowdfunded documentary art of queer culture?

Crowdfunded Berlin artist Suzanne Forbes Jan 3 2020 4I am incredibly grateful to the small group of very generous Patrons who have made my free queer art possible the last five years.

Because of my Patrons, I’ve been able to make documentary art of Queer Berlin and release it for free, even as I become increasingly disabled by autoimmune illness and C-PTSD. Most of my Patrons have been with me from the beginning, and their support is my treasure, my power center, my grail.

My income is half what it was last year, as Patrons’ circumstances have changed, the censorship impact of SESTA/FOSTA means I have to do my more explicit work for free, and people can’t afford to buy my original art at present.

And I’m gonna earn way less this year, as I need to reduce my posting while I (finally!) learn German and recover from burnout.

I was posting like 14 times a month for much of last year, and donating all my extra money to mutual aid! It was awesome. But also crisis-based and unsustainable. This year I’m exhausted, burned out, very sick, AND it is time for us to apply for permanent residency in Germany!

crowdfunded Berlin artist Suzanne Forbes Jan 3 2020 in salonPlease help me show a stable income as we apply for permanent residency!

All I need is a dollar/euro a month from you, for this one year. If you can’t sign up for my Patreon, please share this post on your socials (yes even FB, even though I don’t have a FB account) and tell people about how I make documentary art and release it for free.

You can see the 297 original pieces of art I made thanks to my Patrons in 2020 here.

308 pieces of art I made in 2019 here.

255 pieces of art I made in 2018 here.

280 pieces of art I made in 2017 here.

Some of the around 100 pieces of art I made in 2016 here.

Some of the around 40 pieces of art I made in 2015. the year I started my Patreon, here.

The single posted work of art I made in 2014, the last year I had a job, here. Yeah, it makes all the difference, and you can help!

Vaccine Phoenix on balcony by Suzanne Forbes March 2020I love you, I believe in you, our love and our bravery and our persistence is FIRE.

You can share my socials, twitter is @slurketta and insta is here.

 

New Mutants Movie Lesbian Love Story Fan Art!

 

Maisie Williams as Rahne and Blu Hunt as Dani 2020 by Suzanne ForbesI just updated this New Mutants movie fan art I did back in 2017.

Back then Maisie Williams‘ casting as Rahne Sinclair had been announced, but not Blu Hunt’s, so I had no idea who would play Dani Moonstar.

And it was at least a year or two more til hardcore fellow fan @newmutantsup broke the news that the #dahne love story would be text, not just subtext!

I know there’s lots of folx out there who dream of having their OTP* made canon, and let me tell you, it feels as good as you could imagine.

Rahne and Dani DAHNE 2020 by Suzanne ForbesOnce I started drawing #dahne I couldn’t stop!

I also drew the girls as I used to draw them when I drew Rahne/Dani slash (is it slash if it was the clearly expressed subtext??) in the 80s, but in the clothes from the movie.

I am so grateful to the director, Josh Boone, the storyboard artist Ashley Guillory, and these perfect, incredible actors.

New Mutants stepping disc by Suzanne Forbes Aug 21 2020And always, to Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, who told a story that resonated in my heart and gave me so much strength.

I’ll always be grateful to Chris for the New Mutants, the X-Men, and his friendship during the very hardest time of my life. Queer representation in the New Mutants was such a comfort.

Here’s to a future where queer love stories can be out in the open from the very beginning!

More New Mutants stuff:

My Rahne and Dani lovebird custom Marvel Legends action figures

Douglock action figures

Rahne and Dani slash art from the 80’s

The love story of me, P, the New Mutants, and Chris (trigger warning for really a lot of bad stuff)

Christopher Street Day ice cream party with gay X-Men!

How the New Mutants film re-connected me with my queerness

*for those who don’t know!