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Monday Roundup, 11/17 November 17, 2014

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But I’m A Cat Person
Election Special 2014 (comic | Sparrow, Bennett | worksafe)
On The Attack (art | Poe, Kara Lynn, Patrick, Reseda, Cybele | worksafe)

His Dark Materials
Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry – The Saviors (art | Lyra/Will | worksafe)
Xaphania – The Messenger (art | Xaphania | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
Night Vale: The Musical, tracks 53-59 (fic, song parodies | Cecil/Carlos, ensemble | T)
A Blinking Light Up On The Clouded Mountain, chapters 26-28 (fic | Cecil/Carlos, HDM crossover characters, WtNV ensemble | T)
Touch of grey (art | Carlos | worksafe)
Intern Maureen – The Survivor (art | Maureen | worksafe)
Do Not Enter The Dog Park (art | Cecil, mother, brother, Khoshekh | worksafe)
Night Vale Holiday Celebration (art | Cecil’s sister, Janice, Renée | worksafe)
Frozen fractals all around (art | Cecil, mother, brother | worksafe)
Kevin Serling – The Knifebearer (art | Kevin, StrexDaemon | worksafe)
Kevin-shaming (sketch | Kevin, StrexDaemon | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
The battle ends, and Jany has to figure out what to do with everything she’s just learned.

Good people doing good things November 7, 2014

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“Voters have approved a ballot question that supporters say will give Massachusetts the nation’s strongest requirement for providing paid sick time to workers.” Go state!

“You can see the effect Abbott’s civil disobedience is already having on the Fort Lauderdale police officers. The first time they stopped him from feeding people and took a 90-year-old man away in a police car. Those officers weren’t inclined to do that again, so now they’re just filming from a distance. Why? Because it’s a stupid, unjust law, and enforcing it made them feel stupid and unjust.

“Then she placed the stone on a shelf in the kitchen, and it stayed there as a permanent reminder of the promise she had made to herself at that moment: never violence!” Astrid Lindgren, everybody.

Gorgeous fantasy photographs of adorable tiny girl (maybe 3?). The blurb is all “look how amazing and inspirational this is, she only has one hand” and utterly fails to mention “look how pretty this is, in some of these she has wings.” (Normal!AU Megan Wallaby, y/y?)

[Video] The latest in bionic limbs: a talk presented by a double amputee walking around stage, and ended with a performance by a dancer who lost her leg a year before.

“It’s not that Gus doesn’t understand Siri’s not human. He does — intellectually. But like many autistic people I know, Gus feels that inanimate objects, while maybe not possessing souls, are worthy of our consideration. [...] So how much more worthy of his care and affection is Siri, with her soothing voice, puckish humor and capacity for talking about whatever Gus’s current obsession is for hour after hour after bleeding hour?” A like story about a kid & a voice app.

Steve Harvey interview with Mike Brown’s mother November 7, 2014

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(This is from September 30. Latest news on the grand jury: they’re still hearing evidence, supposedly they’ll be done in “mid-to-late November.”)

Olivia Munn is precious and wonderful. November 4, 2014

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As is her mom.

(And look: She’s on a horse!)

Monday Roundup, 11/3 November 3, 2014

Posted by Erin Ptah in Art, But I'm A Cat Person, Fake News, Fic, Hellsing, Misc Work, Night Vale.
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***If you’re in the US, remember to vote tomorrow!***

But I’m A Cat Person
BICP Sketches – Cybele Variations (art | Cybele, Cybele, Cybele, Cybele, Bennett, Cybele | worksafe)
Animal Hoodies (art | Patrick, Kara Lynn, Cybele, Poe, Reseda, Cub | worksafe)
Witch Cat Reseda (art | Reseda | worksafe)

Fake News
Under The Sea (art | “Stephen”/Jon | worksafe)

Pixel Dolls – Section XIII, Iscariot (dolls | Anderson, Maxwell, Heinkel, Yumiko, Yumie | worksafe)
Pixel Dolls – Walter and Alucard (dolls | Walters, Alucards | worksafe)
Pixel Dolls – Hellsingers in Costume (dolls | Seras, Pip, Alucard, Integra | worksafe)
Mew, episodes 49-52 (review/recap & discussion)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
A Blinking Light Up On The Clouded Mountain, chapters 22-25 (fic | Cecil/Carlos, HDM crossover characters, WtNV ensemble | T)
Cecil Meets the Family -2- (art | Cecil, Khoshekh, Carlos’s family | worksafe)
Cecil Meets the Family -3- (art | Cecil, Carlos’s family | worksafe)
Science Boxers (art | Cecil/Carlos | borderline NSFW)
Carlos Ramirez – The Scholar (art | Carlos | worksafe)
Cecil Palmero – The Anchor (art | Cecil, Khoshekh | worksafe)
Dana Cardinal – The Walker (art | Dana | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
The Book of Revelation is freakin’ weird. But Ann Walker thinks there might be something to it.

Dear white people…we’ll just assume you have tickets. November 2, 2014

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Went to see Dear White People in the theater, with some people from a local anti-racist group — for reference, it was about 5-6 of us white, 3 black, and 2 Asian.

We got seats in the theater concessions area afterward to talk about it. A similar-sized group, but with more black/brown people, ended up sitting next to us…and one of the staffers came up and asked if they had tickets. (This isn’t in the lobby, this is *past* the point where they *take* your ticket.) Our much-whiter group had been hanging around longer — none of us had bought any food, either — and still, nobody ever asked if we had a right to be there.

So that was topical.

As for the movie — for reference, here’s a trailer:

We liked a lot of things about it. Were meh about others. Spoilers follow:


Maybe the Happy Birthday lawsuit will be settled by my *next* birthday October 28, 2014

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“Copyright scholars have long been pretty certain that “Happy Birthday to You” is in the public domain, despite the fact that Warner/Chappell claims copyright on it and charges impressive licensing fees to use it in public performances. Those fees, however, are much lower than a copyright lawsuit would be, so everyone shrugs and pays them. Until now.” (Update from last August.)

“Rather than risk a lawsuit, Zazzle responded this week by temporarily banning all garments featuring the 3,000-year-old symbol.

“BTW one of Watson’s wives is pre- and one post-1923. Sort of like playing the dozens (“Your mama is in the public domain”).”

“Said dean reportedly called for an emergency meeting, concerned that this small, unsettlingly agile girl in a T-shirt was Schmidt’s way of announcing his intention to claim all the spoils a New Jersey community college has to offer, by force if necessary.” Aggressive overreactions to defend against nonexistent threats: not just for Tumblr anymore.

It’s my birthday! October 26, 2014

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Classic anthem:

If you feel like doing something to celebrate, and you haven’t already checked out But I’m A Cat Person, go check out But I’m A Cat Person. And if you’re already reading, this occasion would be a great reason to plug it to other people. Tell your friends! Tell your followers! Tell the people next to you at the bus stop! Tell anyone who might be interested in adventure-comedy about queer geeks and their soulbonds with insecure shapeshifters.

If you like my art, now would be a cool time to commission me. Chibis are $5 each, and you can get a fullbody figure for as low as $20. I keep meaning to make a more graphics-heavy post advertising this — but in the meantime, don’t hesitate to comment, email me, PM me, etc. to work out the details.

Finally, if you don’t want a commission but still feel like throwing a few bucks my way, you can send it via PayPal to sailorptah (at) yahoo (dot) com. I am, inexplicably, still not a millionaire from making webcomics, so every dollar helps.

Thank you for reading, and help yourself to some virtual cake on your way out:

Today in “but, what, why” news October 25, 2014

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When The Onion produced an article headlined “Experts: Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People Away,” I thought “wow, that’s so true”…in the sense of “wow, that is a piece of grim satire, but it sure does highlight essential truths about global racial dynamics.”

Turns out it’s “so true” in the sense that we’ve had an Ebola vaccine that tested as 100% effective in nonhuman primates since 2005.

And if they had promptly moved on to human trials, “researchers said…a product could potentially be ready for licensing by 2010 or 2011.”

Multifandom Recommendations, 10/19 October 19, 2014

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Sailor Moon, Madoka Magica | Happily Ever After

It’s a nice life, Madoka decides. Being reincarnated, that is. She has a calm, normal life, no aliens coming down and offering her a wish for her soul.
Madoka Magica | Kyuubei, Tatsuya | G | Nighttime wonders

Tatsuya makes an unexpected friend one dark night.
Welcome to Night Vale | Cecil/Carlos/Kevin | R | Rewards

Kevin has two wonderful pets. Sadly only one knows how to behave himself.
Welcome to Night Vale | Cecil/Carlos | T | Soon, and Soon Enough

Cecil is not an especially patient person.

Carlos is aware of this.

Welcome to Night Vale | Cecil/Carlos | T | Scientists Do Not Communicate Directly

or, Five Times Carlos Tried to Communicate “I Love You” Without Using Those Words. And One Time He Used Them. Sort Of.
Doctor Who | Martha, Ten, Iris, Rassilon, Susan, the Master | G | Five Time Lords Martha Jones Didn’t Turn Out To Be

“I don’t know what I was thinking, pining over you like that. Bloody hell, don’t know how I’ll face meself in the mirror after that silliness.”
Welcome to Night Vale | Cecil, Khoshekh | G | Birb Cecil riding around on daemon!Khoshekh

Khoshekh always thought it was ironic when he would have to carry Cecil around like a kitten so he wouldn’t get himself hit by a car or eaten by a pterodactyl.
Welcome to Night Vale | Winchell/Trish | G | Pamela Winchell’s List of Fun things to do when you’re…retired.

Oh god, what if no one stopped Pamela’s retirement rampage?
Welcome to Night Vale | Cecil/Carlos | T | Constellations (The Thirteenth Take Remix)

“Are stars supposed to dance?” asks Carlos. “I thought that was a, uh, metaphor.” [The one where Carlos tries to do a guest segment on Cecil's show explaining the moon.]
Welcome to Night Vale | Cecil/Carlos, scientists | T | Aftermath

Time doesn’t work in Night Vale, but you can still run out of it. [Parade Day]
Sparks Nevada | Sparks, Croach | G | Two Against Goo

“Upon waking, you notice that you are soaked. How did this happen? What are the ramifications?”
Welcome to Night Vale | Cecil, Tamika, Pamela | T | Underdog

Someone has been taking each of the posters and carefully re-labeling them to read: TAMIKA FLYNN FOR MAYOR.
Welcome to Night Vale | Cecil, Tamika, Steve, Janice | G | One Quarter Complete

Strex went too far simply by buying the station, but they just kept taking. Now there’s nothing left for the friendly desert community to lose…[Undercover!Janice.]
Welcome to Night Vale | Cecil/Carlos | G | it’s void in the afternoon

It’s void o’clock on Wednesday (or possibly Saturday, or perhaps no discernible point in time at all for time exists only as a human construct and is highly susceptible to influence) when Carlos realises that he can’t remember where he was born.
Welcome to Night Vale | Cecil/Carlos, others | T | Carlos is a Nice Boy

“I just got chased home by an angry mob,” Carlos pointed out faintly, “because I accidentally insulted a radio show host I’ve never met who claims to love me.”

“But the mob didn’t actually catch you,” Andre said. “I’d consider that a win.” [Deaf!Carlos.]


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