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Monday Roundup, 3/2 March 3, 2015

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Adventure Time/Shortpacked
Robin and Princess Bubblegum (FF2015 art | Robin/Bubblegum | worksafe)

His Dark Materials
Serafina Pekkala – The Protector (art | Serafina, Kaisa | worksafe)

Marvel
Kamala and Carol (FF2015 art | Kamala Khan/Carol Danvers | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
A Blinking Light Up On The Clouded Mountain, chapter 45 (fic | Cecil/Carlos, HDM crossover characters, WtNV ensemble | T)
Janice and TJ (art | Janice, Man in the Tan Jacket | worksafe)
Got you, kitten (sketches | Cecil/Carlos, daemons | worksafe)
Man in the Tan Jacket 4koma part 1, part 2 (comics | Cecil, TJ, Dana | G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Josh talks about the well-dressed Beings he met while traveling, and the Donkey’s origin is revealed.

Mondayish Roundup, 2/24 February 24, 2015

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An and Mariko (FF2015 art | An/Mariko | worksafe)

But I’m A Cat Person
Stars and Scrapes (art | Timothy, Reseda, Patrick, Walker, Blake, Cohen, Bennett, Cybele | worksafe)
BICP Prom Dresses (art | Patrick, Poe, Cybele, Kara Lynn, Reseda, the Donkey, Blake | worksafe)

Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23
June and Chloe (FF2015 art | June/Chloe | worksafe)

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha
Fate and Nanoha (FF2015 art | Nanoha/Fate, Vivio | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
A Blinking Light Up On The Clouded Mountain, chapters 43-44 (fic | Cecil/Carlos, HDM crossover characters, WtNV ensemble | T)
The Faceless Old Woman – the creeper (art | FOW | worksafe)
Sees-Ill Palmer (art | Cecil, Carlos | worksafe)
Delphine Cabrera – The Officer (art | Janice’s mother | worksafe)
Five Anonmeme Threads About Carlos (fic | Carlos, family, nonnies, sunnies | G)
Night Vale’s Finest (art | secret police officers | worksafe)
Various Night Vale Angels (art | Marcus, Quentin, Vithya | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Reunited with Josh, and finding out his new life mission. It involves telling stories to kids a lot.

One more fake news retirement February 10, 2015

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Aaaaand there goes Jon.

Wonder if he’s going to go off and do more movies, or if he really will retire and take the opportunity to relax for a while. Go on vacation. Spend more time hanging out with his kids, and/or enjoying his tens of millions of dollars.

Can’t say it’s a surprise — I wasn’t expecting Jon to stay too long after Stephen moved on — but, aaahhh, what happens next? Will the Daily Show move on to a third host? It survived the Kilborn-Stewart transition, but it’s a lot harder to imagine the Stewart era being topped. And the correspondents with the most hosting chops keep moving on to do their own shows.

(On the bright side, if TDS gets a new host who is a handsome guy in his ’30s, who perhaps has chemistry with some of the latest round of fetching young correspondents, and they’re all settled in by the time we hit the upswing of political interest around the 2016 election…we just might see a fake-news-fandom renaissance.)

Monday Roundup, 2/9 February 10, 2015

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But I’m A Cat Person
BICP Sketches – Getting Historical (art | the Donkey, others | worksafe)

Evangelion/The Magic School Bus
This Is (Not) A Normal Field Trip (art | kids, Ms. Frizzle | worksafe)

Legend of Korra
Korra and Asami (FF 2015 art | Korra/Asami | worksafe)

Revolutionary Girl Utena
Shiori and Juri (FF 2015 art | Juri/Shiori | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Ami and Minako (FF 2015 art | Ami/Minako | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
A Blinking Light Up On The Clouded Mountain, chapters 40-42 (fic | Cecil/Carlos, HDM crossover characters, WtNV ensemble | T)
Blinking Light sketchpile (sketches | TJ, Janice, not!Cecil, not!Carlos, Dana, Maureen | worksafe)
Spooky Earl (comic | Earl, Cecil | G)
Megan Wallaby and Fey – The Dreamers (art | Megan | worksafe)
Tiny Carlos Montage (art | Carlos, warriors | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Gold wallpaper texture (stock texture, free to use)
Recs: Top 5 yuri manga (canon recs)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Getting to know our new characters. Partially through the power of sparkle effects.

Five things accomplished this week February 7, 2015

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1) Got enough groceries in one trip to use a “$5 off, as long as you spend more than $50″ coupon. (It required a last-minute grab of some of whatever was in the displays by the checkout. My cupboards now have unexpected trail mix. But it was free trail mix!)

2) Herded a confused pigeon out of a subway car it had accidentally walked into. Poor pigeon.

3) Sent $10 to the xkit guy. I don’t have anywhere near the resources to throw money at everyone on the Internet who deserves it, but Tumblr’s latest code push broke some of xkit’s features and highlighted just how much time and effort those features have saved me, so it felt like a moral duty to support his efforts in fixing them.

4) Reread the Narbonic archives. I originally got into it back when it was running, and it’s one of those series that’s really rewarding to read all in one shot. What a good comic.

5) Finished the week’s BICP pages nearly on time, and got an early head start on next week’s. Changing up the style for this interlude — we’ve had other flashback pages in sketchy pencil with soft greyscale shading, but this one is also being done in Photoshop rather than Paint Shop Pro, so the shading is several orders of magnitude fancier. It’s a storyline I really want to look classy.

Charges dismissed against the cop who shot and killed a sleeping 7-year-old February 1, 2015

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because there is no justice in the world.

I can’t imagine how the family of Aiyana Stanley-Jones must be feeling right now. And I can’t fathom what the judge and juries involved were thinking. There is no sane logic by which you conclude that someone should be able to kill a seven-year-old and face no consequences. None.

Water transfer printing is magic January 28, 2015

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We’ve done it. We’ve invented the IRL version of the cartoon trope where you paint things in a checkerboard pattern by using a can of checkerboard-patterned paint.

Monday Roundup, 1/26 January 26, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in Art, But I'm A Cat Person, Comics, Fake News, Fic, Madoka Magica, Miscellaneous, Night Vale.
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But I’m A Cat Person
Rosy Cuddlepile (art | Poe, Reseda, Cybele, Kara Lynn, Patrick | worksafe)

Fake News
Demon Colbert (art | “Stephen” | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Impossible Colors (fic | Homura/Madoka, ensemble | G)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
A Blinking Light Up On The Clouded Mountain, chapter 39 (fic | Cecil/Carlos, HDM crossover characters, WtNV ensemble | T)
T.J. and the Swarm (art | Man in the Tan Jacket | worksafe)
Comfort Gifts (art | Cecil/Carlos | worksafe)
Meet the Oppenheimers (art | Michael Sandero, Faceless Old Woman, scientists | worksafe)
And She Fell In Love Instantly (comic | Steve/Cecil’s sister | G)
Emmanuel ??????? – The Mentor (art | Man in the Tan Jacket | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
A Q&A, and some new character art.

Five things make a post, Jubilee edition January 24, 2015

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January 1, 2015: Email Jubilee. I’m doing it. If you emailed me at any point in 2014 or before and I never got back to you, this is the official admission: I am never getting back to you.

If it’s important or you really want a response, please send it again. The mostly-clear inbox (only 4 unread messages! only 12 total things left in the main folder!) means I should have no trouble getting to it. If it’s something you’d just as soon forget by this point too, win-win.

What I wouldn’t give for a Thundercats fanart group that wasn’t 90% weird fetish art of Cheetara.

Someone needs to write a Night Vale/Middle-earth crossover and call it A Blinking Light Up On The Lonely Mountain.

Get on that, fandom.

This is old news, but the kind of old news that deserves to be passed around on a regular basis: the person known as Benjanun Sriduangkaew/Requires Hate/Winterfox/various other aliases is a toxic serial harasser, stalker, blackmailer, and abuser. Believe and support her victims. Don’t give her any credence. Don’t give her the time of day, frankly.

(The closest I’ve ever been to any of her damage is that I was a reader of 50Books_POC, who backed slowly away from the comm after the mods came down on her side. I knew she was bad news. Had no idea until reading this report that she’d kept harassing Rachel Manija Brown for years afterward, let alone that her other abuses ran so far and so deep.)

Haven’t bothered to watch the latest few episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal. No idea when, or if, I’ll feel drawn to go back. Normally I’m a fannish completist, especially when it comes to series I love as much as BSSM…but it’s just been so draining, watching something that could have been so amazing come out with such cheap and joyless excuses for animation, characterization, pacing, drama, everything.

Someone ran the numbers: when you look at the team episodes, the senshi get more screentime knocked out mid-battle than they get fighting. No. Why. No.

Bonus thing: “I watched The Interview with a North Korean defector.” (Spoiler alert: he didn’t care for it.)

The Nightly Show kicks off! and other fake news news. January 23, 2015

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A smorgasbord of links that’s been building since December:

A visual guide to everyone in the Colbert Report finale! From Doris Kearns Goodwin to Eleanor Holmes Norton to Neil Degrasse Tyson to Big Bird. And Katie Couric helpfully provides the guest list.

A roundup of forty-nine celebrity farewells to the Report, Stephen, and”Stephen”.

Meanwhile: Olivia Munn has a new contract to develop and executive-produce shows for CBS! She’s done so much good acting (even in bad shows), it’s high time she got an opportunity to write stuff, too.

Jon did an AMA on Reddit back in November; for ease of reading, have all the answers with their questions, in chronological order.

Lewis, Jon, and Kathleen Madigan poke fun at Larry’s tie-adjusting pose. Aww.

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And with excellent timing, someone on Tumblr asked my thoughts on the Nightly Show, prompting all of this to get typed up.

I like it overall. The scripted comedy bits are solid — a worthy addition to the fake news family. Not every joke hits, but that’s the case with TDS and TCR too. And it’s only their first week! No telling what heights they’ll be able to reach once they really hit their stride.

The panel discussions are weaker. One thing I really love about Last Week Tonight is that it has very few interviews, to let them do fake news straight through. And here The Nightly Show has less fake news, in order to make room for more interviewing. If I wanted to watch a talk show, I have a wealth of those to choose from already….

That said, the “four guests per night, more than one of them black, all with different perspectives” pattern they have going does counteract the pressure of “hey, you, speak on behalf of all black people” that comes up in the media a lot. So given the focus of the show, it’s probably a smart choice. (…she says, as a white person with zero personal authority on the subject.)

And I really appreciate their choices about what to cover. I’ve been wishing TDS would give more airtime to things like the Ferguson protests, but their focus is so broad, and their schtick is to react to whatever is dominating the real-news cycle. TNS, like LWT, has the freedom to be more self-directed, and like LWT, the stories they’re going after are refreshing.

Also: Larry is great, his voice is great, his presence as a host is great, his throwing teabags at that one sexist guest the other day was great. Like Jon and John (and definitely not like “Stephen”), he’s coming across as a smart, thoughtful person who’s using his comedy to poke at harmful things and defend the harmed. Again, it’s his first week, maybe he’ll end up revealing some jaw-droppingly terrible beliefs as his time in the spotlight goes on…but so far, so good.

tl;dr like it, might have attention wandering sometimes during the panel discussions, but unless something goes horribly wrong I will be keeping it in my fake-news-watching lineup and enjoying it.

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