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Multifandom Recommendations – The Good Place, Harry Potter, Temeraire, Marvel+DC April 24, 2019

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  • Harry Potter | Padma/George | R | Healer
    Then George held out his hand to get a burn healed and she asked, “How’s Fred?” without really thinking about it, and they awoke to their situation in a silent awkward moment of hollow cheeks and recognition.
    series:harry potter,trope:hurt-comfort,fic:one-shot,pairing:george_padma

  • Temeraire | Gong Su, Lady Allendale | G | A Cook’s Tale
    While Captain Laurence was imprisoned for a crime which should not have been, Gong Su finds himself temporarily unemployed. His new position proves to be unexpectedly diplomatic.
    series:temeraire,fic:one-shot,genfic,kink:identity porn

  • Temeraire | Laurence, Temeraire | G | Proceed As Usual
    After Laurence is thrust into his new role as an aviator he wonders if sudden-onset telepathy is a typical part of the captain-dragon bond. He tries to find out without asking, and Temeraire is largely unhelpful.
    series:temeraire,fic:one-shot,genfic,pairing:laurence_temeraire,kink:soulbond

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Burns & Allen Transcript: Kill the Rat (1947-03-13) April 18, 2019

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George and GracieThe year is 1947, and Gracie Allen is still way too into The Tall Man, starring Rudy and Trudy — a charmingly deadpan parody of The Thin Man‘s Nick and Nora.

In this direct sequel to Gracie Takes Up Crime Solving, Gracie believes there’s a hit out on George…and tracks down the real Rudy and Trudy for help. Because actors are always just like the caricatured versions of themselves they play on-air, right?

Download the episode here, or listen on YouTube, and read the full transcript below.

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Multifandom Recommendations – Red Dwarf, Temeraire, Sailor Moon, Madoka Magica, Peter Pan April 17, 2019

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  • Temeraire | Laurence’s family | G | A Reasonable Man
    Whatever happens in this blasted war, George is secure in the knowledge that his brother is a responsible, conscientious man who never gets into any trouble at all. (Or: The Temeraire novels from the perspective of George Laurence).
    series:temeraire,fic:one-shot,genfic,trope:outsider.pov

  • Temeraire | Laurence, Granby, Tharkay | G | If There’s A Prize For Rotten Judgment
    Sometimes Granby despaired of Laurence ever noticing that Granby sometimes stared at him like he was the sun and Granby was a thrill-seeker with wax wings. But then the moment ended, usually because it was time for Granby to intervene and persuade Laurence to act upon the lesser of two harebrained schemes.
    series:temeraire,fic:one-shot,genfic,pairing:laurence_granby,pairing:laurence_tharkay

  • Temeraire | Laurence/Tharkay, Granby, Temeraire, daemons | shifting
    “You are unsettled, still,” Tharkay says, quietly.

    “I hardly think that is the most relevant topic of conversation,” Laurence replies, because he can think of nothing else to say. “…But yes, I am.”
    series:temeraire,series:his dark materials,pairing:laurence_tharkay,fic:one-shot

  • Temeraire | Laurence’s family, aviators | G | Dreams of Dragons
    Uncle Will had only been to Wollaton Hall twice in her lifetime. The first time, Helena had been only two years old, still in the nursery; she did not remember that visit, nor much of anything surrounding that time at all.
    series:temeraire,fic:one-shot,genfic,trope:kidfic

  • Sailor Moon | canon pairings, ensemble | G | They Are
    An exploration between past and present lives.

    They remember, and no one notices the change.
    series:sailor moon,pairing:usagi_mamoru,fic:one-shot,pairing:haruka_michiru,yuri,trope:amnesia,kink:identity porn,genfic

  • Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika | Madoka/Homura | T | Unbreakable
    Unbreakable red ribbons wrap her waist, her wrists, her ankles. But they are soft, even yielding, they feel like comfort itself on her skin. They don’t bite, they don’t hurt.
    series:puella magi madoka magica,yuri,pairing:homura_madoka,kink:bdsm,fic:bite-size

  • Peter Pan | Peter and Wendy | PG-13 | A Hundred Years Ago
    Though Wendy was a very new mother, she soon discovered the trick of opening up her children’s dreams and stowing their thoughts in a much neater order than they had been. Good things to the top, bad to the bottom, and no child ever the wiser except that he felt happier in the morning because of it. The way Wendy learned of this mothering thing was after one of Peter’s nightmares.
    fic:one-shot,genfic,series:peter pan,trope:trauma,trope:amnesia,trope:hurt-comfort

Burns & Allen Transcript: Gracie Takes Up Crime Solving (1947-03-06) April 14, 2019

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Gracie and GeorgeThe year is 1947. The Adventures of the Thin Man is a major hit on the radio; Stepin Fetchit is still a household name, though the actor has backed away from his movie career out of frustration with the racism in the industry; and Gracie Allen is thinking about changing genres.

This is the first of two episodes where Gracie, as a devoted fan of The Tall Man, ventures down into “the underworld” — posing as hardened criminal Gracie Catraz. She’s accompanied by Meredith Wilson (a guy so modest, he once accidentally bumped into a woman and thought “the honorable thing to do” was to marry her), doing his best to be her “moll.”

Download the episode here, or listen on YouTube, and read the transcript below.

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Multifandom Recommendations – the All Temeraire Edition April 10, 2019

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  • Temeraire | Laurence/Temeraire | G | Seasons
    Laurence and Temeraire have a quiet year together on the outskirts of Sydney. Vague spoilers for Tongues of Serpents, though it may be read at any point if you need to read about Laurence and Temeraire living happily ever after.
    series:temeraire,pairing:laurence_temeraire,fic:one-shot

  • Temeraire -| Iskierka, Immortalis, Granby/Little | T | Sex & Vegetables
    Prompt: Anything involving the (most likely harrowing) conversation between Iskierka and Immortalis that must have taken place. Little and Granby do not have to be present, and anon would actually prefer it that way, though they can certainly make an appearance eventually.
    series:temeraire,pairing:granby_little,fic:one-shot,trope:outsider.pov

  • Temeraire | Laurence, Granby, Tharkay | G | a dead carapace of memory
    Most of the aviators in the group are more than friendly with him, if somewhat awkward, and Temeraire is nearly guileless. But Laurence has been paying attention, and he can see how conversations abruptly change when he enters a room, how people pause before they speak to him, how both Tharkay and Captain Granby look profoundly uncomfortable whenever they are near him but refuse to leave his side.
    series:temeraire,fic:one-shot,genfic,trope:amnesia,trope:hurt-comfort

  • Temeraire | Little, Immortalis | G | l’chaim
    Most of the aviators in the group are more than friendly with him, if somewhat awkward, and Temeraire is nearly guileless. But Laurence has been paying attention, and he can see how conversations abruptly change when he enters a room, how people pause before they speak to him, how both Tharkay and Captain Granby look profoundly uncomfortable whenever they are near him but refuse to leave his side.
    series:temeraire,genfic,fic:one-shot

  • Temeraire | Laurence/Temeraire | R | O Captain, My Captain
    A soulmate is not necessarily a romantic bond — it could be your truest friend, your closest comrade, or your deepest enemy — and you don’t necessarily have just one. But whoever they are, your world will not be separate from their world; your life cannot be disentangled from their life. Aviators almost always have the names of their dragons.

    Laurence has two names. Neither of them are in a script he can read.
    series:temeraire,fic:one-shot,pairing:laurence_temeraire

  • Temeraire | Laurence/Tharkay, Granby/Little, Temeraire | G | and we’ll figure it out
    A soulmate is not necessarily a romantic bond — it could be your truest friend, your closest comrade, or your deepest enemy — and you don’t necessarily have just one. But whoever they are, your world will not be separate from their world; your life cannot be disentangled from their life. Aviators almost always have the names of their dragons.

    Laurence has two names. Neither of them are in a script he can read.
    series:temeraire,fic:one-shot,pairing:granby_little,trope:soulmates,pairing:laurence_temeraire,genfic,pairing:laurence_tharkay

Multifandom Recommendations – Pet Shop of Horrors, Red Dwarf, Fledgling, Steven Universe, Sailor Moon, Jeeves & Wooster, Animorphs April 3, 2019

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  • Red Dwarf | Rimmer/Lister, Cat | M | Buzz
    Lister thinks that talking electronics are cute until he encounters Cat’s newest shiny thing, and typical Dwarfer silliness ensues.
    series:red dwarf,pairing:rimmer_lister,amazing,fic:one-shot

  • Animorphs | Aftran/Cassie, ensemble | T | Revisions
    Aftran is–

    A human nothlit with black eyes and long straight dark hair that’s never combed as well or washed as often as it could be. Until she’s not.
    series:animorphs,pairing:cassie_aftran,yuri,fic:one-shot,trope:timetravel

  • Steven Universe | Steven, Gems, daemons | G | We Are All Conscious Manifestations of Light
    For all that they look so similar, Gems and humans are very different. Those differences can be exciting and interesting, but for Steven and his daemon Aster, it can be pretty lonely, too. After all, as Pearl says, “It would be utterly illogical for Gem ‘souls’, as some human philosophers have called daemons, to be bound to the shape of a single Earth life-form.”
    crossover,series:his dark materials,genfic,series:steven universe,fic:one-shot

  • Jeeves & Wooster | Jeeves/Wooster, OCs, aunts | G | Gentleman Boot Camp
    Aunt Agatha threatens to strip Bertie’s inheritance away unless he transforms himself into a proper gentleman under the tutelage of Lord Norby, a severe gentleman stuck in the Victorian Ages. Berti…
    series:jeeves & wooster,fic:one-shot,pairing:jeeves_wooster,kink:identity porn

Burns & Allen Transcript: Kleptomaniacs (1948-10-07) March 21, 2019

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The year is 1948. Ballpoint pens are invented but not common, because they cost the modern equivalent of $170 each; “How” being mistaken for “Indian language” is, unfortunately, still considered witty; and Gracie is trying to do something special for George’s birthday.

This is one of my favorite episodes when it comes to the George/Gracie relationship. For once George gets the wrong end of the stick; Gracie gets it too, but a different wrong end (it’s a complicated stick); they both end up thinking the other one is in danger, and are immediately ready to go to the mat for each other.

Download the episode here, watch on YouTube here, or read the transcript below.

George and Gracie

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#WizardWorld Cleveland 2019: livetweeting roundup March 11, 2019

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Did my first Wizard World this year — not in Artists Alley, didn’t get under the sign-up cutoff, but I’m so local (to the Cleveland version) that it made sense to go just for market research. (Also, fun. There was that too.)

So here’s how that went.

Friday

guy stopped at a booth trying to guess the ID of a magnificent X-Men cosplayer. She’s trying to give hints, saying her powerset, striking the movie-poster pose…he seems to be naming random well-known female characters, nobody she looks like at all.
6:21 PM – 8 Mar 2019

I walk past behind him and call, “Psylocke!” Cosplayer lights up, nods/waves. Dude doesn’t even register it, keeps trying to guess.

Kinda wish I’d stayed around long enough to hear whether he ever figured it out.
6:26 PM – 8 Mar 2019

He was in anime cosplay, so a genuine geek! Just…overconfident about the percentage of X-Men lore he’d picked up. (Dude, the lady wearing jet-black hair is not iconic redhead Jean Grey, nor iconic skunk-stripe-head Rogue…)
8:30 PM – 8 Mar 2019

Kid watching me draw: “Wow! That looks like a real cartoon!”

And then he asked if my eraser was a lucky rock.
7:57 PM – 8 Mar 2019

Jewelry vendor showed off rack of earrings, earnestly told me “they’re for pierced ears, but we can make any of them into clip-ons too!”

…I think she was just rattling off a stock speech out of nerves, because there’s no way I look THAT young.
9:53 PM – 8 Mar 2019

Saturday

#WizardWorldCleveland gotta get some loud-voiced volunteers to hold up Line Ends Here signs.

The entry queue has aisles drawn in tape on the floor. Nobody’s looking at those, just milling around in a confused blob, and blocking the escalators while they’re at it.
3:26 PM – 9 Mar 2019

Audience member at Diversity in Comics panel complains about “the need to put a gay black trans character in every TV show.” Uh, what shows are you watching, and can I get recs?
3:49 PM – 9 Mar 2019

Complaints about “forced” diversity and how it doesn’t work…in between acknowledging the smash successes of Miles Morales, Kamala Khan, and black Nick Fury. Guys. Listen to yourselves.
4:02 PM – 9 Mar 2019

…anyway, the current Leif & Thorn arc involves a pan black trans woman, who is also a single mom with a disability, which is not something you have to “force” because none of those traits make any of the others less likely! That’s not how it works!
11:42 PM – 9 Mar 2019

Trauma presentation that followed was way better prepared and researched. (Speaker even used “triggered” accurately!) And he’s persevered really well through the lack of any techie stopping by to hook up his Powerpoint.
5:14 PM – 9 Mar 2019

First con I’ve been to that was so vendor-focused. There’s only about 3 programming things going on at any time…and most of them are *outside* the gated threshold where they check wristbands.
6:20 PM – 9 Mar 2019

Inside is the dealers’ room/artist alley, and lots of carefully-scheduled autograph sessions. Plus a few live drawing type events, a photoshoot booth, and places to play games/read manga.
6:23 PM – 9 Mar 2019

Also a stage with live musical performances, but it’s right by the entrance, so you can hear perfectly fine from the lobby. You could show up without a ticket and have most of the non-shopping part of the experience for free.
6:27 PM – 9 Mar 2019

Indie comics panel. Q: why indie? Most panelists talk about the various joys and advantages of going your own route. Last one in the line says “Marvel told me no.”
6:47 PM – 9 Mar 2019

… and the less funny follow-up is, he stood in line to get Marvel portfolio reviews for years, followed their recommendations, finally someone said “you really are improving, we’ve seen, it’s great, but we still won’t hire you because your style is too urban.”
6:49 PM – 9 Mar 2019

MC of the costume contest, pre-show banter with the audience, someone mentions Evangelion. “Is THAT how you pronounce it??”
8:57 PM – 9 Mar 2019

I only came here to sit in the back and listen to entertaining banter while I draw, but now I’m legitimately invested in who wins.
9:24 PM – 9 Mar 2019

Only an honorable mention for Flamenco Wonder Woman? She was robbed.
9:30 PM – 9 Mar 2019

Well-deserved prizes for color-changing Sleeping Beauty and gorgeous ballgown Him!

The other winners had high quality and technical precision, but my favorites are the ones that do something special and different with the characters.
9:36 PM – 9 Mar 2019

A stunningly detailed Ruby and Sapphire were also robbed, btw. Had the bad luck to end up in crowded and competitive categories, but even so…
9:39 PM – 9 Mar 2019

Sunday

I’ve been wearing my Kyuubei hat all weekend, and not a single person has accepted a contract to be a magical girl :(
12:55 PM – 10 Mar 2019

First person in the room for the @3geekspodcast pre-recording banter. At least one of them considered it!
12:57 PM – 10 Mar 2019

Razzing the audience: “This lady in the back is doing her homework.” Me: it’s a webcomic!

And y’all coulda given me a shoutout. (http://leifandthorn.com , volume 1 on sale now)
1:29 PM – 10 Mar 2019

Honestly bummed to walk out before the end, but the schedule overlapped with the LGBT panel and I wanted this one more.
1:33 PM – 10 Mar 2019

LGBT panel was well worth the whole thing. Speaker didn’t use stage or microphone, just hung out in the seats with about 8 of us clustered around. Lots of feelings.
3:02 PM – 10 Mar 2019

Dithered over a bunch of Sunday deals and multifandom merch, but I’ve only ultimately spent $6. Maybe I’ll circle one last time and look for last-second deals on the way out…
3:06 PM – 10 Mar 2019

Secret blog-only follow-up: I got a cookie. When I walked past one of the fandom snack booths, there was a Batman-themed cookie, and I considered getting it for my aunt (her cat’s name is Batman), but it was unnervingly expensive.

So I told myself I’d come back at the very end, and in the last 30 minutes, I did. There were finally some low-price deals — and the Batman cookie was one of only 2 left on the plate. I figured it was a sign.

So it turns out in the eighth Temeraire book, the hero gets amnesia February 28, 2019

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and of course he remembers his life right up to the start of the first book, but nothing from afterward, and it’s the greatest thing ever.

The rest of the characters have been cautioned not to tell him about anything that might give him a “shock.” Let’s see how well that goes.

Temeraire: Back away from this human, he’s my captain!

Laurence: what

Temeraire: And also, an adopted Prince of China!

Laurence: whAT

Temeraire: Laurence, I’m really sorry that I didn’t precipitate a major international conflict to rescue you sooner, please don’t be mad

Laurence: um???

Granby: Oh dear, now you have to re-learn that we have women serving as officers, including this teenage girl in your crew

Laurence: whomst

Granby: Also, these two African kids, whom you took on after…uhhhh…let’s not talk about the thing in Africa. Or the thing with the Inca Empire. Or your current rank and status with the military.

Laurence: uh

Admiral Roland (in a letter): you’re doing great, sweetie <3

Laurence: UHHH

Temeraire: No, of course you aren’t married, and that teenage girl is not your secret daughter!

Laurence: oh thank god

Temeraire: After all, you’ve only been getting it on with her mom for five years, and when you did propose, you got turned down

Laurence: WHAT

Temeraire: It’s fine, she probably wouldn’t want to move to Australia anyway

Laurence: wha

Temeraire: you know, the place we got exiled to? after the whole treason thing?

Laurence: W T ACTUAL F

Granby’s secret boyfriend: …yes…I’ve been awkward around you because of the…treason…definitely not any other sensitive personal info you might remember learning about at any moment

Laurence: ffffffff–

Temeraire: oh no, now you hate me, and you don’t even know the worst of it, which is that…because of me…you lost ten thousand pounds

Laurence: …and?

Temeraire: Uh. Apparently you forgot this too?? Ten thousand pounds is a lot of money

 

Fandom Trumps Hate bidding is now open! February 26, 2019

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FTH is a fanwork auction to raise money for a whole bunch of good causes. Here’s their 2019 list of nonprofits. When you win an auction, you don’t pay the creator of the fanwork — you donate the money to the cause of your choice.

As usual, I’m offering fanart! Any fandom, and/or original characters; any ship.

Check my bidding spreadsheet to see the current going price, and place your bid here!