Multifandom works roundup, 5/31

But I’m A Cat Person
BICP #MaskMay (art meme | Timothy, Miranda, Bianca, Jany | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Late-night almost-kiss (sketch | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Leif & Thorn #MaskMay (art meme | Leif/Thorn, Violet, Rowan, Hyacinth, Tansy, Woman in Black | worksafe)
Tactical Dex (sketch | Dexie | worksafe)
Maimakteros National Skyport (art | landscape | worksafe)
Babying Leif (art | Leif, Valrún | worksafe)
Rainbow castle pearls (art | gem!vampire servants, including Valrún | worksafe)

Avatar: The Last Airbender
Fiery Zucest (art | Zuko/Azula | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Blank #MaskMay meme (what it says on the tin)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Smash-cut to a too-real scene downtown, in the annotated Chapter 4.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Thorn is: Considering how many laws he’ll break & what dark magical deals he’ll enter to let his bf have non-compromised sex

Gonna be at work during the #Eurovision final…

…so I’m gonna post a bunch of Post-Semifinal Feelings now, and then go into Spoiler Avoidance Mode.

General stuff:

  • Peacock has the US Eurovision streaming rights this year, which means I went from “never heard of it” to “signing up for an account” in the space of 1 google search. Bad sign for their advertising department, but a hat tip to their rights-buying department
  • Shame the “subtitles” are just auto-generated English-language closed-captioning, no help for any of the non-English songs
  • Real talk, I get a little teary every time it cuts to another little CGI house in the next country, with the signals bouncing house-to-house to draw lines that connect them all together
  • Absolutely perfect way to celebrate the contest taking its first step out of lockdown, while honoring and being there for everyone (and I bet these were designed before they knew for sure that the whole show wouldn’t be remote)
  • There are always a bunch of pride flags visible throughout the shows, but it looked like this year there was a particular emphasis of trans flags. I’m into it
  • Are there always this many songs with “giant words in block letters flashed on the screens” as part of the staging? I’m not into that. Give us more show-don’t-tell in the visuals, please
  • Four people sure did wear basically the same dress, huh? (It’s cool, it’s a good one, they sure could’ve done worse)
Remember that year I did a whole Eurovision-themed storyline and timed it to match up perfectly with “the contest not happening”

Song opinions:

  • Favorite songs going to the final: Sweden’s “Voices“, Finland’s “Dark Side
  • Favorite songs that got robbed: Ireland’s “Maps” (I love that the presenters had to do some extra patter before they started — that set must’ve taken so much setup)
  • Favorite staging/performance for songs I was meh on: Ukraine’s “Shum“, Greece’s “Last Dance“, Moldova’s “Sugar“, Bulgaria’s “Growing Up is Getting Old“, Latvia’s “The Moon is Rising
  • Staging/performances that got robbed for songs I was meh on: Australia’s “Technicolor“, Denmark’s “Øve os på hinanden
  • Songs that need to make out: Cyprus’s “El Diablo” and Norway’s “Fallen Angel
  • Wouldn’t be a real Eurovision without one of these: Iceland’s “10 Years” (The outfits! Those wind machines! The wobbling at the end when they do a fake freeze-frame!)

Personal favorite so far is Sweden, which probably means it won’t win, because my favorites never do. (Speaking of songs that got robbed: Waterline.) Only watched the semifinals, none of the songs from auto-qualified countries, so maybe one of those will turn out to be my new favorite? …and then not win either, lol.

Guess we’ll find out tomorrow night.

Works roundup (DuckTales, Sailor Moon, Madoka, and more)

Leif & Thorn
Young Dex (art | Dex/Hermosa | worksafe)
Knights in a bottle (wallpaper | Juniper, Birch, Violet, Rowan, Pascentia | worksafe)
Magical Vines, Magical Thorn (sketch | Thorn, Kale | worksafe)

DuckTales
Duck, duck, girlfriend (art | Webby/Lena | worksafe)

Madoka Magica/Sailor Moon
Meeting of the Minds (comic | Ail, En, QB | G)

Sanders Sides
Waltzing Remrom (sketch | Remus/Roman | worksafe)

Serenity Rose
Witches of Webcomics – Serenity Rose (art | Sera | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes 33 – one year into isolation (comic, G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Annotated chapter 3 comes to a close, complete with Big Kyuubey Energy.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Thorn’s sexy dreams make a distracting lead-up to his next date.

Multifandom fic recs (Locked Tomb, Jeeves & Wooster, Murderbot)

  • The Locked Tomb Trilogy | Gideon/Harrow, ensemble | T | If you’re doing it right you’ll break their ribs
    But it wasn’t a Ninth House thing, except inasmuch as it was happening to the only two representatives of the noble and decrepit Ninth House on this quite literally godforsaken rock. Gideon knew Harrow had gone somewhere dangerous—knew that Harrow was back in the lab where they had only just completed a horrible trial—because she could see it, clear as day: an awful overlay on her vision of that terrible dangerous room and a pair of terrible dangerous hands drawing some kind of ward next to the plinth.
    kink:soulbond,fic:one-shot,series:locked tomb,pairing:gideon_harrow,yuri
  • The Locked Tomb Trilogy | Gideon/Harrow, Isaac, Jeannemary, Abigail | T | Cartographies of Empty Space
    I also loved the conceit in Harrow the Ninth with the different AUs, and I definitely loved your letter asking for fic that goes all out on those AUs. I ended up going for four different scenarios, as well as throwing in various memes and trends from over the past decade or so (bath bombs, the rise in true crime podcasts, Eurovision with a side of kpop fancams, etc, ancient Egyptian coffins with weird unidentified liquid in them, iconic yelp reviews, etc etc.)
    fic:five times,series:locked tomb,pairing:gideon_harrow,yuri,trope:hurt-comfort,trope:eurovision
  • The Locked Tomb Trilogy | Gideon/Harrow, ensemble | T | How it didn’t happen
    “The Daughter of the Ninth House was blessed in this manner from her birth, as a symbol of her strength and power over the mysteries of necromancy,” Ortus interjected. Harrow glared at him.

    “Oh,” Coronabeth said, an expression of disgusting sympathy on her flawless face. “But then you would never have known who your soulmate was!”

    Harrow’s glare intensified. “My soulmate is bones.”
    pairing:gideon_harrow,series:locked tomb,trope:soulmates,yuri,fic:one-shot

  • Jeeves & Wooster | Jeeves/Bertie | G | August Thirteenth
    Discovering that this is not the first August thirteenth that he’s lived through, that certainly was a head scratcher. Luckily Bertie has the stalwart presence of his man’s man, Jeeves.
    pairing:jeeves_wooster,series:jeeves & wooster,trope:timetravel,fic:one-shot
  • The Murderbot Diaries | Seth, Iris, Lovecraftian Horror ART | T | Intentional Incursion
    The first thing they taught every experimental vessel captain was the reasons why they should never, ever use the experimental parts of the ships unless they absolutely had to do so. Seth knew exactly why that was. The list of reasons that the technology should have only been used as a last resort was a mile long.

    But the problem with a last-resort option was that sometimes you really did reach your last resort.

    OR

    Seth and Iris meet ART for the first time.
    series:murderbot diaries,genfic,fic:one-shot,trope:eldritch horror

  • The Murderbot Diaries | Murderbot, ComfortUnit, ART | T | i still freeze
    When I saw ComfortUnit again, I didn’t tear it limb from limb like I promised to the last time I saw it. I’m getting soft or something, whatever; mostly I didn’t want to make a scene in the shopping mall.
    fic:one-shot,series:murderbot diaries,genfic,trope:trauma,trope:hurt-comfort
  • The Murderbot Diaries | ART/Murderbot | M | Closed Systems
    ART and Murderbot wanted to spend more time together, so they do. They spend it watching media in ways humans and augmented humans don’t understand, and aren’t capable of.

    Having real feelings about fake things together is one thing.
    Having real feelings about real things (like each other) and being expected to talk about them (with each other) is something very else.
    series:murderbot diaries,pairing:art_murderbot,fic:one-shot

  • The Murderbot Diaries | Ratthi, Murderbot | T | Information Incomplete
    Biology: The study of life and living organisms. Ratthi is a biologist; it is his job to learn about these things – to study and to understand. The more he interacts with SecUnit, the more he realizes he has a lot of work to do in that regard.
    fic:one-shot,series:murderbot diaries,genfic,trope:hurt-comfort

Multifandom fic recs (Murderbot, Red Dwarf, What We Do in the Shadows, The Good Place)

  • The Murderbot Diaries | Murderbot, ART, actor | G | Full Disk Burn
    While touring the soundstage of one of its favorite serials, Murderbot saves a human from being jumped by thugs. But the human is more than he seems, and Murderbot finds itself entangled in a bigger mess than it had planned.
    fic:one-shot,genfic,series:murderbot diaries
  • The Murderbot Diaries | Murderbot, survey team, ensemble | G | SecUnit Story
    A bunch of nice handmade toys really don’t belong in a daycare centre, especially one ruled by an evil flannel rabbit called Grey Chris. Their only chance to get out might be a battered SecUnit action figure who worked out how to sneak around mostly in order to watch youTube in the staffroom.
    crackfic,genfic,fic:chaptered,series:murderbot diaries
  • Red Dwarf | Lister/Rimmer, Jim, Bexley | T | seeing stars
    sevensilvermagpies: “[the crew should] have more time with the babies THEY DESERVED BETTER”
    me: “u right they DID deserve more time with the kids”
    me:
    me: oh wait i can make that happen
    series:red dwarf,fic:one-shot,pairing:rimmer_lister,trope:kidfic