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Hey, fellow Boston-area Night Vale listeners: May 19, 2015

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If you’re going to the live show on the 20th or the 21st, and want to say hi, please do! I’ll be hanging out in the area both afternoons. If you’re not going to the show, but are in the area for some other reason and want to talk Night Vale — that’s cool too.

Either way, either day, come to the Boloco across from the venue, and look for the stuffed armadillo =)

(Also, the sketchbook. Just in case anyone was planning on buying their own stuffed armadillo and impersonating me. A clever plan, but it’ll be foiled if you double-check for the sketchbook.)

Monday Roundup, 5/18 May 18, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in But I'm A Cat Person, Miscellaneous, Night Vale.
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Hare Hare Boovkai (comic | Tip, Oh | G)

Leif & Thorn
Character Designs 2015 (art | ensemble | worksafe)

The Little Prince
Le Petit Rose Prince (art | little prince | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale/Thrilling Adventure Hour
Unilateral Decisions (comic | Sparks(/Ginny), Carlos(/Cecil) | G)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
Teenage Cecil 1.0 and 2.0 (comic | Cecils | G)
Night Vale Harbor Clan (art | TJ, Janice, Sohvi, daemons | worksafe)
Palmero Family Tree (spoilery art | Cabreras, Carlsbergs, Palmeros, daemons | worksafe)
And It’s Not Even Cecil’s Birthday (art | Cecil/Carlos, alt!Carloses | mildly NSFW)
Soldier’s Heart (fic | Cecil/Carlos, Doug/Alicia, others | T)
Tiny Scientist’s Heart (art | Carlos, Alicia, the dog | worksafe)
Wild Night (comic | AU!Carlos, AU!Cecil | G)
Always Fine, ch3 (fic | Cecil, Earl | G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Is it time to rejoin our heroes in the present day? It just might be.

On patients, care, health, and death May 17, 2015

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“The aim is to fix patients’ problems before they become expensive medical issues, so the county put its social services department to work. Its workers help people get phones and mailboxes, and take care of unpaid utility bills that otherwise could lead, for example, to insulin spoiling in nonfunctioning refrigerators.”

“Despite confirmation of his mental ailment, the Washington Post reports that the war photographer couldn’t receive student aid through the post-9/11 G.I. bill because of his improper removal. But the tide may be changing for Goldsmith and countless other veterans suffering from PTSD seeking reclassification of their dismissal.

“You didn’t see this moment, Em,” Robyn said, “when your mom was standing in the kitchen. She looked a bit lost and turned to me and said: ‘I’m hungry. What do I do when I’m hungry?’ ” (On Alzheimer’s, and choosing to die with dignity.)

“While they loaded me out of the ambulance at the hospital, the paramedics supposedly said to my friends, ‘We’ve gotta be honest with you guys … he’s gonna die. Might already be dead. They’re probably getting ready to harvest his organs.‘ But maybe they say that to everybody, so they won’t be disappointed.” (On what comas are like in reality, as opposed to on TV.)

“and he just listed off so many of his friends who died from it, people who he knew personally and for years. and he even said he has no idea how he made it out alive.” (Some perspective on the AIDS epidemic, important for the first post-AIDS queer generation to keep in mind.)

Plushies and provolone May 6, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in Fandom, Meta, News Roundup.
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I’ve been scouring the Internet for a nice margay plushie, and have come up empty. (Even something like an ocelot that looked close enough would work, but no.) How is it that, for a cat with an adorable elegant face like this, the only stuffed version on the market is this little terror?

Rubella is gone from the Americas! Go vaccines!

Jon Stewart is literally buying a farm to be a shelter for rescue animals. The man is a Disney prince, I swear.

$5 million in property damages. 140 injuries. Nine police officers injured. 17 police cars set on fire. Countless local businesses looted and vandalized. Over 1200 criminal charges.”

Wisconsin wants to micromanage the kinds of cheese poor people can buy. Allowed: un-fresh mozzarella. Not allowed: fresh mozzarella! Muenster and provolone are in. Swiss is out! Cheddar is okay if you like it mild or medium. Sharp or extra-sharp, though? How dare you waste your benefits on exactly the same product with a slightly different flavor for exactly the same price!

(We all remember that food assistance benefits the economy, right? The USDA found that $1 in food assistance translates to $1.84 in GDP, and an independent study from Moody’s calculated the number as $1.73. Help out businesses by helping their customers, and you can watch the wealth grow upward and outward.)

Has the Sherlock fandom implosion stopped yet? I don’t even want to look.

A fan in their late 50s points out that it hasn’t been that long since the mildest and most G-rated of m/m was a shunning offense. Another fan compiles a whole bunch of research on how sexual fantasies do not translate into IRL behavior, and, specifically, sexual fantasies about dangerous things do not inherently make a person dangerous.

And, look, it’s true that (unlike general gay stuff) there are a lot of kinks you need to handle carefully. Especially when it’s something as radioactive as shotacon and lolicon — it’s not about being ashamed, it’s about having a certain amount of emotional intelligence. Be conscious of where and how you’re posting. Tags and warnings are good. The locked-post function on Dreamwidth, the content warnings and age limits available on Deviantart, and the warnings and viewer-limiting options on the AO3 are all great tools to limit your audience. Not perfect, but great.

So it’s notable that this wank literally started with a in-person conversation on an 18+ panel at a convention. That’s probably the highest level of “minors not enabled to view this content” that fandom offers. Surreptitiously filming one of these panels, posting select parts of the video online, and spreading them around the Internet is a great way to demonstrate how little you truly respect and support people’s efforts to keep certain things away from uninterested and/or underage eyes.

Monday Works Roundup, 5/4 May 4, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in Art, Comics, Fic, Madoka Magica, Miscellaneous, Mixes, Night Vale, Sailor Moon.
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Fullmetal Alchemist
This Tall To Buy (sketch | Ed | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Pillowed in Starlight (art | Madokami | worksafe)

Sailor Moon/Madoka Magica
senshi and puellae (sketches | Madoka, Usagi, Homura | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
A Blinking Light Up On The Clouded Mountain, chapter 52/52 [END] (fic | Cecil/Carlos, HDM crossover characters, WtNV ensemble | T)
Deleted Scenes Up On The Clouded Mountain (not!fic | ensemble | G)
Witches and Erikas (art | Josie, Xaphania, Serafina, Marcus, Vithya, others | worksafe)
Dragons and Dragonflies (art | Gallivespians, Hiram McDaniels | worksafe)
Gender Swap (fic | Cecil/Carlos, ensemble | G)
When Can I Say That I Love You (art | Cecil/Carlos, sort of | G)
When Can I Say That I Love You (and not have it be a lie?) (mix | Cecil/Carlos | G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Josh may have died, but his work goes on. In more ways than one.

Monday Roundup, 4/27 April 27, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in Art, But I'm A Cat Person, Comics, Fic, Hellsing, Miscellaneous, Night Vale, Sailor Moon.
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But I’m A Cat Person
Blessings On Your Donkey (chibis | María, Saxon, Josh | worksafe)

Hellsing
Vintage – Hellsing sketches (sketches | Seras, Alucard, Integra, Walker | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Vintage – Sailor Naruto (sketch | OC | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
A Blinking Light Up On The Clouded Mountain, chapter 51 (fic | Cecil/Carlos, HDM crossover characters, WtNV ensemble | T)
Man in the Tan Jacket 4koma part 13 (comics | TJ, Cecil | G)
Yellow Gyropter in Flight (art | Tamika, daemon | worksafe)
Dana’s Army (art | Dana, Maureen, daemons, warrior | worksafe)
We Are Ready For This War (mix | Tamika | G)
Adult Tamika (art | Tamika | worksafe)
Extremely Theological Necking (art | Cecil/Carlos | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Josh’s plan goes into effect (so María finally gets to find out what the hell it is).

…till killer cops are in cell blocks April 25, 2015

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People killed by police, 2015. 373 and counting.

“African-American men have long been more likely to be locked up and more likely to die young. […] Perhaps the starkest description of the situation is this: More than one out of every six black men who today should be between 25 and 54 years old have disappeared from daily life.”

“One way of appreciating that stark disparity, ProPublica’s analysis shows, is to calculate how many more whites over those three years would have had to have been killed for them to have been at equal risk. The number is jarring – 185, more than one per week.” (Follow-up responses.)

Ervin Edwards was tasered to death in a jail cell back on November 26, 2013. It’s back in the news because now there’s video. I can’t pick an article to link to because all of them seem to be illustrated with screenshots of the man’s dead body. For heaven’s sake, news, have some respect for the dead.

“The interesting part that really gets to me is, where you guys edited it and stopped — like, how could that be a mistake?

your medical license please?

Alabama Man Shot, Killed by Police While Turning in Stray Cat.” Sometimes I end a post like this with an on-point satirical headline from The Onion. This is not one of those times.

Webcomic Catching-Up Reading List April 21, 2015

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Over the weekend I sat down, took a deep breath, and dove into moving my full webcomic reading list to ComicRocket. Had not realized just how far behind I was on some of these until I saw it laid out in a graph of neat little progress bars. Yikes.

(Some of the listings are borked, either for website failure reasons or because ComicRocket crawled the site incorrectly. I’ve poked the admins about a few of the errors; once they’re sorted, I’ll send another batch.)

At least this is making it a lot easier to work through them on a regular basis again. I’ve got some specific “here’s what I’ve caught up with lately” recs queued up for the BICP blog already.

Monday Works Roundup, 4/20 April 20, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in Art, Comics, Fic, Hellsing, Night Vale.
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Hellsing
Scarlet Integra (art | Integra | worksafe)

ILLUSIONOID(/Kakos Industries/Thrilling Adventure Hour/WtNV)
The Last Name in the Universe (fic | the last man in the universe | G)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
A Blinking Light Up On The Clouded Mountain, chapter 50 (fic | Cecil/Carlos, HDM crossover characters, WtNV ensemble | T)
Man in the Tan Jacket 4koma part 12 (comic | TJ, Carlos | G)
Desert Bluffs Tamika Flynn (art | DB!Tamika | worksafe)
Every Time You’re On (comic | Cecil/Carlos, others | G)
Coloring Page – Witches and Sons (lineart | Cecil, Janice, TJ, Josie, Serafina, Cecil’s mom | worksafe)
Steve Carlsberg Appreciation Chibis (art | Steve/Delphine, Renée, Janice, Glow Cloud, Cecil | worksafe)
Recommended Reading (art | Tamika | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Ripped Jeans (commissioned chibi, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Curse your sudden yet inevitable betrayal.

Multifandom Recommendations, 4/19 April 19, 2015

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Welcome to Night Vale | Abby, Cecil, Mama Palmer, Steve | G | Tell Me What You See
http://archiveofourown.org/works/3706923

Nurse Farrell has a long night of state testing at Night Vale Elementary School, and as if she isn’t busy enough, a parent asks a favor.
Sailor Moon | Kunzite/Zoisite, Dark Kingdom, Inners | PG | Mad King Zoisite
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11041537/1/Mad-King-Zoisite

Zoisite has survived Beryl’s attack on him, and boy, is he angry with Kunzite! Even worse, he’s decided to replace Beryl as reigning sovereign of the Dark Kingdom. Should Kunzite sleep on the couch…or an entirely different planet?
Red Dwarf -Lister, Cat, Rimmer, Holly | G | I Do
http://archiveofourown.org/works/3504932

Lister and Cat find a fun way to pass an afternoon. [It involves pretty dresses.]
Welcome to Night Vale | Cecil/Carlos | M | Misfire fill!
http://nightvalecommunitykink.dreamwidth.org/822.html?thread=375606#cmt375606

“I’m going to make an attempt to fill this okay? It may not be done for a while but I will do it.”
Sparks Nevada | Sparks/Croach/Red | G | one clover, and a bee, and reverie
http://archiveofourown.org/works/3432413

Our favorite trio ends up accidentally married. Or sort of accidentally. Plus Martian culture, a lot of sarcasm, and some terrible attempts at sharing feelings.
Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 | Chloe/June, James, Mark | T | 2 become 1, or: these are totally normal roommate shenanigans
http://archiveofourown.org/works/393882

Chloe decides to fake-seduce June in an act of vengeance. Naturally, June strikes back.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica | Tatsuya, others | T | Notch the Arrow
http://archiveofourown.org/works/3407147

Someday, things would change. When they did, he would make his move. Or, Homura and Madoka were not the only ones to remember.
Sparks Nevada/Beyond Belief | Frank/Sadie, Sparks+Croach+Red | G | the last drink on Mars
http://storypaint.dreamwidth.org/470659.html

“I’m Sadie Doyle and this is my lovely husband, Frank Doyle. I think we’ve gotten a bit lost. And a lot drunker than I thought. Is that man actually blue?”
Sailor Moon | Rei | T | Dear Smut People – Sailor Mars’ Argument on Quality
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11067908/1/Dear-Smut-People-Sailor-Mars-Argument-on-Quality

After being forced to watch several Sailor Senshi-based pornos, Rei writes a letter complaining over the portrayal of Sailor Mars and offers some constructive criticism.
Sailor Moon | Hotaru/Chibiusa | G | Counting Down
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11063070/1/Counting-Down

Soul Timers were never meant to account for time travelers.
Doctor Who | Rose, Nine | G | every atom of you
http://storypaint.dreamwidth.org/450078.html

Time Lords don’t have daemons.
Welcome to Night Vale | Cecil/Carlos | G | they are the hunters, we are the foxes
http://storypaint.dreamwidth.org/458314.html

The dog park is Carlos’ subject of study at the moment and Cecil worries that he’ll come back changed into something unrecognizable.
Thrilling Adventure Hour | Frank/Sadie | G | shake it off
http://storypaint.dreamwidth.org/461523.html

The real mystery is where the ominous music is coming from
[Avatar: The Last Airbender/Hunger Games | Zuko | G | you’re aces for coming along
http://storypaint.dreamwidth.org/467071.html

Of course, Zuko would have been expected to put in an appearance regardless, assuming he was alive, being his father’s son. The fact that he was also a victor was almost a minor detail, except that he thought about it every day and his scar still hurt, all these years later.
Leverage, Batman | ensemble | G | Five times the Leverage Crew was not in Gotham, no, really, they weren’t, no
http://archiveofourown.org/works/76861

“Of course, now the company had been bought by the Wayne Enterprises,” he says slowly and pointedly, and all the others suddenly sit up, the focus of their attention shifting and narrowing.
Better Off Ted | Ted/Linda, Veronica, Lem, Phil, Rose | G | Viridian Magnolia
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2668727

“How is it being married to Ted? Is it magical, like a glow in the dark giraffe let loose in a municipal park?”
Welcome to Night Vale | Kevin | T | The Making of a Voice
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2882543

The events of Cassette and slightly beyond, from Cecil’s brother’s perspective.
Welcome to Night Vale | Cecil/Carlos | G | Our Past, Our Present, Our Assumed Future
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2834198/chapters/6358583

Carlos and Cecil find a baby on Christmas Eve and spend the holidays looking for the family.
Justice League | Flash, Batman | T | But Nobody’s Counting
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2805263

Five favours Wally did (or tried to do) for someone, and one someone did for him in return.
Mallory Ortberg | Andrea, Miranda | G | Ayn Rand’s The Devil Wears Prada
http://the-toast.net/2014/08/13/ayn-rands-devil-wears-prada/

ANDREA: Be silent. I do not require explanations. I will never apologize for my newfound excellence. I will speak to whatever man I consider fit to talk to. And I would describe him as more “weirdly ugly-cute” than “hot.” He has no eyebrows.
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