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I spent all night uploading Hellsing images so I had an excuse to avoid writing February 6, 2018

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…and to be fair, it worked.

I’d sort of resigned myself to never making a fully posted-and-sorted gallery of my Hellsing image folders. Tried a couple of different hosts over the years and none of them suited. Then, after figuring out how to start a Leif & Thorn wiki, I realized my host also has one-click installations for gallery software. A bit of research on comparative features and we were in business.

(A bit more research, and we were getting Piwigo layout customization that’ll stick without being eaten.)

Check out this lovely tag page. Mmmmm.

There were a bunch of anime and OVA screencaps where I didn’t know offhand what episode they were from — if you can pinpoint any of them, drop a line and let me know.

Not yet posted: a buttload of OVA screencaps that are so unsorted, they still have their auto-added VLC filenames. But now I finally have a place to put ’em when they’re ready.

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Monday Works Roundup, 10/16/17 October 16, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
We Are The Crystal Masters (art | Bianca, Miranda, Sparrow, Patrick | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Moss and Thorn (art | Moss, Thorn | worksafe)
Rebuilding (wallpaper | Mata, Pato | worksafe)
Gone Floating (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Teaching something new (sketch | Birch/Annie | worksafe)
Cooking together (sketch | Leif, Katya | worksafe)
Objectified Objects (art | Leif/Thorn, Katya | NSFW-ish)

Hellsing
Ultimate Sailors Pip x Seras (art | Seras/Pip | worksafe)
Ultimate Sailor Kim (art | Kim | worksafe)

Revolutionary Girl Utena
Ensnared Juri (art | Juri/Shiori | worksafe)

Rick and Morty
You Would Be Great On The Council (sketch | Rick/Rick | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Figures, Hands, and Feet (life drawing, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Jany tries her hand at hacking! Not on her own, thankfully.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Leif gets an update from Katya, and wants to go visit Thorn…if he can finish his work first.

Monday Works Roundup 9/4/17 September 4, 2017

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Leif & Thorn
Floral scarf (art | Leif | worksafe)
Iuilic Mom Overload (art | Hyacinth, Tansy, Plum, Mulberry | worksafe)
Keyite – First Fusion (art | Gem!Leif/Gem!Thorn | worksafe)
Fancy Kale (art | Kale | worksafe)
Blue Sea Glass (art | fusion gemsona | worksafe)

Hellsing(/Fake News)
Integra in Blue (art | Integra | worksafe)
The Eagle and Comic (art | Jon, “Stephen” | worksafe)

Steven Universe
The Cutest Rhodonite (art | Rhodonite | worksafe)

Yuri!!! on Ice
They’re Both The Pretty One (art | Yuri x Yuuri | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Fantasy Firearms (art, worksafe)
Figure drawings 9-4-17 (life drawing, NSFW)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Cohen’s advice.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
More adventures in unmemorability with the Woman in Black.

Monday Works Roundup, 12/20 December 21, 2015

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But I’m A Cat Person
Comparative character design meme – L&T vs BICP (art meme | Thorn, Cohen | worksafe)
Ornamental Lily (art | Lily | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Thorn Estragon scars/marks reference sheet (art | Thorn | borderline NSFW)
Friendly Neighborhood Embassy Staff (art | ensemble | worksafe)
Leafy Holiday Ballet (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Fake News
The cold never bothered Jon anyway (art | Jon, “Stephen” | worksafe)

Home
Home Decorating Tip (art | Tip, Oh | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Season of Hope and Love (art | Madokami | worksafe)

Steven Universe/Phineas and Ferb
Hey…where’s Peri? (comic | Connie, Steven, Phineas, Ferb, Peridot, Doofenshmirtz | G)

Welcome to Night Vale(/Steven Universe)
Night Vale: The Musical, Act II, Part B (fic synopsis, song parodies | Cecil/Carlos, ensemble | T)
Gem Vale Height Chart Part 1, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V (art | gem ensemble | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Luna (Patreon reward chibi, worksafe)
Diamond wall pattern (free tiled pattern, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Sparrow drops a bombshell, just in time for the rest of us to go on holiday break.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Leif is no match for two ten-year-old girls who want to swim.

Monday Roundup, 6/17 June 17, 2013

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But I’m A Cat Person
Just a big ol’ puppy dog (art | Bianca, Patrick | worksafe)
The Light Won’t Hurt (art | Patrick, Miranda | worksafe)
Sketches VIII (art | Dotan, Tina, Cub, Park | worksafe)

Fake News
Shout*For, chapter 6, chapter 7, chapter 8, chapter 9 (AO3 mirror) (fic | Jon, “Stephen”, Jimmy, Olivia, Steve, Kristen, Wyatt, Brian, ensemble | PG-13)
Shout*For – The Boys in a Field (art | Jimmy, “Stephen”, Tucker, Jon | worksafe)
It’s A Long Drop (art | Jon, “Stephen” | worksafe)

Hellsing/everything
Shine, Ten Years Later (chibis | every single person in the cast | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Fluff in a Hammock, Still Lifes in Ink (still lifes, worksafe)
A Users’ Guide to AO3 Tagging (what it says on the tin)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
A younger Ann Walker fires some people, visits Japan, and stops by a certain somebody’s college campus.

Reflections on Shine November 19, 2011

Posted by Erin Ptah in And Shine Heaven Now.
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Today (or yesterday, depending on how you count it) marks the end of And Shine Heaven Now.

Although the strips started going up in June 2003, there was a substantial buffer that took a while to build up, and of course the whole idea must be traced back to the first time I saw Hellsing, sparked when my Integra-fangirling began in earnest around episode 3. It was the first thing we watched in anime club my freshman year of high school, fall of 2002. Nine years ago.

Shine has been with me almost half my life, comprising my entire teenage years and adulthood (or “adult”-hood, to go with how it feels so far). It’s the longest single thing I’ve ever worked on. From high school to college to moving into my own apartment, interspersed with visits to seven other countries and who knows how many U.S. states, it was always present: a constant obligation, a constant work in progress.

During its last few years, the emphasis on the “obligation” aspect grew. Especially with the final showdown, all the different facets and plot threads and sub-battles that got addressed, when the storylines traded “what wacky adventure are our heroes getting up to now?” for “how can I work through this next showdown and plot advancement in a way that feels new and fresh and funny?” There was a lot that was cool, if I do say so myself, and a lot of scenes that I had literally been looking forward to drawing for years beforehand. It just took a while to get there, is all.

The final, post-war storyline was a final chance to really cut loose, with fifteen intervening years of wacky adventures making a handy excuse to change any continuity that felt too constraining. I threw in everything: alternate-universe Nazis, steampunk zeppelins, magical fempreg, My Little Ponies, the future city of Crystal London, the works. And when I started drawing it, I felt a bit of the old spark: the one that had me overflowing with storyline ideas, and carried me through completing ten or twenty strips at a time.

But only a bit.

It still hasn’t quite sunk in that this is over. Months from now, I’m going to be waking up in the middle of the night thinking “Uh-oh, do I have a Shine strip for tomorrow?”

And then I’ll think, “Oh, yeah. I finished it. The biggest single project I’ve ever done, the heir to a legacy of dozens of more or less ambitious creative works that ended not with a bang but a whimper…but this time I wrapped up everything I wanted to, and ended at a point I chose, with a finale I think I can be proud of.”

And then maybe I’ll go back to sleep. Or maybe I’ll suddenly remember some last-minute art I meant to do for But I’m A Cat Person, or some project for grad school (which I’m starting in spring of 2012) that’s in need of urgent attention. Because that’s life. And life, as it tends to do, goes on.

This Week, 9/12-9/18 September 18, 2011

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But I’m A Cat Person(, Madoka Magica, Sailor Moon)
Sexswapped Scrappers (art | Reseda, Patrick | worksafe)
Ota 2011 sketchpile (sketches | Cybele, Kara Lynn, Reseda, Homura, Makoto, Ami | worksafe)

Fake News(/Doctor Who)
Open Heart (fic | Jon/”Stephen”, Jon/Tracey, Tracey/Charlene, Tad/Bobby, Olivia, families, OCs | PG)
Not A Southern Belle (art | Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)
Tiny Cuddles (sketch | tiny!Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)
Would You Like A Tiny Jon? (sketch | Stephen, tiny!Jon, Four | worksafe)

Hellsing
By The Sword (sketch | Integra | worksafe)
Raise Your Glass (art | Alucard | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Till Human Voices Wake Us, And We Drown (mix | Kyoko/Sayaka, Oktavia | PG)

Sailor Moon
Pretty Guardians (sketch | Minako, Usagi | worksafe)

Next Week in Shine:
Rip’s imminent defeat at the hands of Lupin &co., and the answers to more of your burning questions.

Next Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Patrick and Reseda, facing off? Bianca isn’t going to take this well.

Website Updates
Several years’ worth of backed-up fangirl profiles have finally been laid out in full. (Okay, a few images are missing, but it’s being worked on.)

Just as The Eagle of Hermes was an excuse to not work on Shine… February 22, 2011

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Sometimes it seems like the only way I ever get anything done is when it’s in order to procrastinate on something else.

An illustrative example: I finally have a serviceable website for But I’m A Cat Person, the original webcomic whose premise I’ve been dithering over for almost a year now. All the code is in place, some filler is up, I mentioned it on DA; now all it needs is actual pages. It’s been effectively shifted from “vague theoretical idea” to “thing I should be actively working on, like, Right Now.”

I then sat down and churned out two weeks’ worth of Shine strips in two days.

Another worthwhile thing I’m dragging my heels on: reviewing And Shine Simple Heroes, which, seriously, if you are a Shine fan at all, you need to read. Even if there are sections where you start to glaze over for not recognizing the crossover characters, hang in there — the ending is absolutely golden.

(PSA: this week only, you can create a Dreamwidth account without worrying about invite codes. Go wild.)

This Week, 1/31-2/6 February 6, 2011

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Empowered
Empowered sketchpile (sketches | Emp, Ninjette, Maidman | worksafe)

Fake News
Yearbook at NAMBLA High (art | Ed/Rob, Nate/Demetri, Jon, Anderson | worksafe)
Hail Luna (art | Stephen, Neil Degrasse Tyson | worksafe)
Pinned (art | “Stephen”/Jon | worksafe)
Right Behind You – final (animation | young!”Stephen” | worksafe)
Don’t Stop Believin’, Stephen, Stephen (hand-drawn vid | “Stephen”, young!”Stephen”, Jon | G)
As If You Were Salt-Rose, Or Topaz, Opals (fic + illustration | Jon/Raven | PG, worksafe)

Read or Die
A Paper Sisters Valentine (art | Maggie, Anita, Michelle | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Erin Watches Sera Myu, Miss Dream part 1, part 2 (reviews & reactions)
Crystal City (mix | Crystal Tokyo | G)

Next Week in Shine:
Guest strips!

Website Updates
The Shine Hell gallery has been massively updated, with a move to Flickr, tags for everything, and a couple hundred new images of all kinds.

more personal miscellany October 20, 2010

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Can anybody open this file? The extension is .DCR, and it should be an image, which I believe is animated. (I made it myself, so I know it’s virus-free.) If you can convert the frames into some more universal image format and get them back to me, I will shower you with cookies.

Watched Pleasantville yesterday, while working on go_exchange assignment. This movie, you guys. This movie. Not only is it a visual and technical marvel, the whole thing is clearly a metaphor for fandom. A couple of viewers step into canon, and…okay, the first thing they introduce is porn, with a strong focus on female sexuality. But this is followed by AU, and crossovers, and shipping, and character studies, and all sorts of depths that the original series never explored. I want to buy everybody I know a copy.

Speaking of fandom: my WIP folder no longer has a scrollbar. Pretty soon I’m not going to know what to do with myself.

Picked up an AO3 account, thus silencing forever that nagging voice in the back of my head saying maybe I should make use of my ff.net one to upload things. Currently posted: all my non-fake-news stuff, and a couple of the fake-newsy crossovers. Not planning to post the whole fake-news oeuvre; still mulling over which bits to post, and when.

Shine readers who follow the forum will already know that I’ve had trouble sleeping, and am a bit behind on updates. Still working on it. Will be up to speed soon. Possibly after a nap.

For your entertainment in the meantime: Not My Fandom Fest is, with the possible exception of Pleasantville, the most disarmingly charming thing I’ve seen all week.