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Fun art/comics/fandom links. June 9, 2018

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“Clark Kent is still Clark Kent, no Spanish name for him. However, most superheroes, villains and supporting characters have Spanish names.

How manga characters change and evolve: before-and-after photosets.

I laughed. “Thanks, Sasuke420, I guess not everyone is as serious as I am about the Classic Ships.” Then I turned on the best song, “Spice World,” by the Spice Girls. I saw his eyes go wide as he got my musical reference. He was a keeper.”

(And from FFA: What would your Ready Player One: Girl Edition references be?)

“Among the dozens of works on display in a new show at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is one that is possibly the first depiction of a same sex couple—the silhouettes of Sylvia Drake and Charity Bryant of Weybridge, Vermont, entwined in braided human hair that is also shaped into a heart.” (…not sure where they’re getting “first” from, given that there are depictions of same-sex couples going back to ancient Greek pottery, but still.)

“To demonstrate the media’s severe butch-phobia problem, I’ve put together a visual list of 100 ‘girl-meets-girl’ pairings that have something in common…They’re all ‘femme/femme’ pairings (catered to male fantasy and often portrayed as sexually flexible).” (Much as I feel them on the lack of butch characters, I admit I’m pleasantly surprised there was this much canon f/f on TV at all.)

“Drench” is an unfairly addicting point-and-click puzzle game. Reminds me of Minesweeper, but with prettier colors.

“But when worldbuilding fails, it can wreck your whole story, and leave your characters feeling pointless. Here are seven deadly sins of worldbuilding.


Monday Works Roundup, 7/31/17 July 31, 2017

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Leif & Thorn
Armful of Leif (auto-colored art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Color Of The Sky (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Art roundup 2017 (sketches | various | worksafe)

DC Comics
Robinshipping I (sketch | Dick/Tim | worksafe)
Robinshipping II (sketch | Tim/Jason | worksafe)

Rainbow Victoria (art | Seras, Seras, Seras, Seras, etc | worksafe)

Picnic (commission | Brian Frost/Lilly Satou | worksafe)
Figure drawings (sketches, NSFW)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Bennett gets warned not to touch, and Cybele asks a pertinent question.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Good going, Thorn, now you made Leif cry….

Erin Watches: #Supergirl to the left of me, #Gotham to the right…. October 24, 2016

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Netflix now has the first seasons of Supergirl and Gotham, so I’ve been watching them back-to-back.

Talk about a thematic clash, huh.

I like Supergirl, but…the thing is, I want to love it, and it keeps not letting me. Keeps falling down on little things that should be so easy.

Like — I appreciate that they’re bringing in lots of female characters from the comics, but two villains in a row whose motivation is “professional woman turns evil after rivalry with other professional woman”? When it wasn’t even their original backstory.

Or — red kryptonite temporarily turns Kara evil, okay, but the warning signs include “she gets more assertive about not wanting to be taken for granted” and “she starts dressing sexier”? Really?

And Cat Grant eventually decides to make a video warning about how Supergirl has gone evil…and orders her news network to play it on a loop. That’s not how TV works! Much less a TV network that’s supposed to be wildly successful!

Gah, Cat is the type of character I usually love, but that’s because she’s usually written with lots of competence kink and a sense of internal logic that is coldly consistent. Whereas these writers keep sending Cat in such dumb and/or random directions.

…also: when male characters figure out Kara’s identity, she brings them in on the secret pretty quickly. When Cat figures out her identity, Kara bends over backwards to deny it, finally bringing in a shapeshifter for the most convincing possible fakeout. Whyyy. She’s one of the smartest people you know even with the writers handing her the idiot ball at obnoxious times.

On another note, I wish we got more alien backstory and culture shock for Kara. She was already a teenager when she got to this planet! Everything’s sorta self-consciously a metaphor for young perky hopeful generic millennials, and that’s not what Kara is. She’s a young hopeful foreign refugee. You could get so much topical mileage out of paying attention to that, even.

I guess a lot of this falls under the heading of “wanting the show to be smarter than it is.”

Finally: what’s with the conspicuous avoidance of so many names? Do they have a copyright restriction where they only have the rights to say “Superman” twice a season? The constant references to “my cousin” are…well, super awkward. There’s also a line about heroes wearing masks in “that other city.” Was that supposed to be Gotham? Or somewhere else?

Specific references would make Kara’s world feel grounded in a larger world of superheroics. References this generic just make it feel artificial and thin.

Speaking of Gotham:

I’ve been itching for someone to take on the “police procedural set in a superhero universe” concept for a while now, and this show hits the balance really well. The era of costumed crimefighters and cartoon-style supervillainy hasn’t arrived yet, but you can see it bubbling under the surface, can see the bad guys just starting to get weird.

It can be gorier and more gruesome than it needs to be — we get it, the mobster characters are violently double-crossing each other for the umpteenth time, what else is new — but at least there are other interesting things going on. It’s not like the writers are counting on the violence to carry you through a lack of plot.

I’m a sucker for origin stories — all the continuity-porn moments of “aha, it’s you! I know who you’re going to be!” — and this show delivers in spades. Ivy! Selina! Ed Nigma! Harvey Dent!

Little Bruce in particular is delightful, the way they’re slowly nurturing the seeds of the future vigilante/action-hero/World’s Greatest Detective. Foreshadowing the ridiculous levels of competence he’s going to have, while making him still feel like a kid who has a long way to go.

A special shoutout to Renee Montoya for existing. And Barbara for having a thing with her, and Jim for being exactly as affected by that as he should be — i.e., no more or less upset than he would be if she had those same Feelings and History with a guy.

I like the ethical quandaries, the way our heroes have to wrestle their way through a tangle of corruption and crossed loyalties even among their own departments. I like Bruce’s whole arc. It would be great to have less mundane criminality, but I’m willing to hang around through that for the sake of the good parts.

And I’m crossing my fingers that we get Kate Kane at some point.

Monday Works Roundup, 2/15 February 15, 2016

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Leif & Thorn
Character Height Chart I (art | Violet, D., Holly, Ivy, Hyacinth, Tansy, Olive, Katya, Sigrún, Stanczia, Iona, Ragnild, Astrid | NSFW-ish)

DC Comics
Batgirls in Love (FF2016 sketch | Cassandra Cain/Stephanie Brown | worksafe)

Sora and Mimi (FF2016 sketch | Sora/Mimi | worksafe)
Izumi and Ruki (FF2016 sketch | Izumi/Ruki | worksafe)

Dreamworks Home
Smek Wars (art | Tip, Oh | worksafe)

Steven Universe
Get in the fracking fusion, Steven (art | Steven, Alexandrite | worksafe)

Monster Girlfriends (FF2016 sketch | Alphys/Undyne | worksafe)

Xena, Warrior Princess
90s Power Couple (FF2016 sketch | Xena/Gabrielle | worksafe)

Harlequin (reward chibi, worksafe)
Rain texture (free texture, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Timothy will believe this when he sees a demonstration.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Vampires! Everyone on the team tries to pretend they’re not nearly as freaked-out as they are.

Jon has a cow, and other fun fannish stuff October 5, 2015

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So the Jon-Stewart-went-and-bought-a-farm news has officially blossomed, right? There’s no context on the image, so maybe it’s just a random picture of Jon with a cow, but I’m really hoping that’s a picture of Jon with his cow.

Alison Bechdel talks to NPR about the Fun Home musical, gay stuff in general, and how she would like us to switch from calling it “the Bechdel test” to “the Bechdel-Wallace test” (since it was Liz Wallace who came up with the original criteria). I’m down with that. There are a bunch of song clips from the musical included, and, wow, even an excerpt from “Ring of Keys” was seriously feelings-inducing. Gonna look this up now.

(I originally typed that first sentence as “Alison Bechdel talks to NPC.” And if you think about it, Terry Gross is kind of an NPC for the RPG of life….)

Mahō Shōjo Ikusei Keikaku Magical Girl Survival Novels Get Anime.” Going by the description, it’s basically Battle Royale or The Hunger Games, but the magical-girl version. I am so here for this.

“Marvel and DC are consistently considered the mainstream, but they are routinely beat out in pure sales and popularity by webcomics, manga and graphic novels including Telgemeier’s Smile and Drama (both with more copies in print than Star Wars #1, and at a higher retail price). Homestuck is a webcomic that was, at least at one point, getting 600,000 unique visitors per day, and Randall Munroe’s XKCD was reportedly pulling in between 60 and 70 million hits a month at times. The last pamphlet comic prior to Star Wars #1 to sell one million copies was a Pokemon manga from 1999.”

Hello Barbie is by far the most advanced to date in a new generation of A.I. toys whose makers share the aspiration of Geppetto: to persuade children that their toys are alive — or, at any rate, are something more than inanimate.” She’s wifi-enabled. She’s Siri with a face (and a bunch of, from the sound of it, reasonably feminism-conscious and child-oriented programmers). This is really cool.

Monday Roundup, 6/22 June 22, 2015

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Beyond Belief/Welcome to Night Vale/His Dark Materials
The Amber Martini Glass (comic | Frank/Sadie, Dana, Carlos, Serafina | G)

But I’m A Cat Person
Cold Winter Nights (cover art | Sparrow, Bianca/Emma, Patrick, Reseda, Timothy | worksafe)

Fake News/Marvel/DC/Rescue Me/X-Files/Stargate
Everyone’s Rights (commissioned art | Jim and Barbara Gordon, Steve Rogers, Stephen Colbert, Tommy Gavin, Jack O’Neill, Dana Scully, Matt Murdock | worksafe)

Tippy-Toed (art | Tip | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Team and Family (art | Thorn, Thorn’s team, Thorn’s sister, her family | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
PMMM Shipping Challenge: Ensemble 3 (art | Junko/Kazuko, Nakazawa, Homura/Hitomi, Sayaka/Homura | worksafe)
PMMM Shipping Challenge: NagiMami (art | Nagisa/Mami | mildly NSFW)
PMMM Shipping Challenge: Ensemble 4 (art | Airi/Yuuri, Kyoko/Yuma, Kyoko/Nagisa, Oriko/Kirika | mildly NSFW)
PMMM Shipping Challenge: MamiChar (art | Mami/Charlotte | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale
Cecil versus The Sphere (comic | Cecil, the Sphere | T)
Priorities (comic | Carlos | T)
Resolution (comic | Cecil/Carlos | G, spoilers)
A Dragon at the Opera (ficlet | Hiram, scientist | G)

Commission Prices 2015 (price sheet, multiple fandoms, worksafe, commissions are open!)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
A group of our heroes copes with the snow together. Miranda, not so much.

Monday Roundup, 3/3 March 3, 2014

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But I’m A Cat Person
And She Does Magic (cover art | Bianca, Patrick, Miranda, Poe | worksafe)

Femslash February 2014 – Black Cat/Zatanna (sketch | Black Cat/Zatanna | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Femslash February 2014 – KyoMami (sketch | Kyoko/Mami | worksafe)

Street Fighter
Femslash February 2014 – Elena/Rose (art | Elena/Rose | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials, /The Hunger Games)
He Says He Is An Experimental Theologian, chapters 19-21 (fic | eventual Carlos/Cecil, scientists, Night Vale residents, their daemons | T)
He Says He Volunteers As Tribute, parts 2-3 [end] (fic | Carlos, Cecil, Josie, Khoshekh, Steve, Tamika, others | T)
Carlos and Family (art | Carlos, a pack of OCs | worksafe)
Northern Lights AU (art | Carlos | worksafe)
Cecil through the years (art | Cecil | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Our heroes conclude that sending Jany into the hands of Ann Walker would be a good idea.

Monday Roundup, 2/17 February 17, 2014

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DC Universe
Harley/Ivy (sketch | Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy | worksafe)

Fake News
OTPs 2014: Jon/”Stephen” (art | Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)

OTPs 2014: IntegraxAlucard (art | Integra/Alucard | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
OTPs 2014: Madoka/Homura (art | MadoHomu | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials, /The Hunger Games)
He Says He Is An Experimental Theologian, chapter 18 (fic | eventual Carlos/Cecil, scientists, Night Vale residents, their daemons | T)
He Says He Volunteers As Tribute, part one (fic | Carlos, Cecil, Josie, Khoshekh, Steve, Tamika, others | T)
OTPs 2014: Cecil/Carlos (art | Cecil/Carlos | worksafe)
At the foot of the mountains (art | pre-Cecil/Carlos | worksafe)
Reaction post: e040.5 Condos (review/recap & discussion)
Embarrassing Fantasies (comic | Cecil/Carlos | T)

Wicked and/or Wizard of Oz
Femslash February – Glinda/Elphaba (art | Glinda/Elphaba | worksafe)
OTPs 2014: Dorothy/Ozma (art | Dorothy/Ozma | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Back in the present, where Bianca may be getting a date and Patrick struggles with word definitions. Also, BICP’s third anniversary!

Monday-ish Roundup, 11/25 November 26, 2013

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Doctor Who/The Muppets
Muppet Doctors – Eight Point Five (art | Waldorf as John Hurt’s Doctor | worksafe)

Fake News
Shout*For, Act II, chapter 8, chapter 9 (AO3 mirror) (fic | Jon/”Stephen”, Olivia/Kristen, Jimmy/Tina, Tucker, Steve, others | T)
Your Moment of Tenderness (art | Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)
I’m On A Unicorn (sketch | “Stephen” | worksafe)
Fake News Kittens Redux (cats | “Stephen”, Jon | worksafe)

Fake News/Welcome to Night Vale
Senior Weird Correspondent (comic | Jon, Cecil | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica(/DC Comics)
Blue Lantern Madoka (sketch | Madoka | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Sailor Haumea (art | otaku senshi | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale
Lab Safety (animation | Carlos | worksafe)
Babysitting Megan (art | Cecil, Megan Wallaby | worksafe)
Tiny Science (art | mini!Carlos | worksafe)
Calling Dana (art | Cecil, Dana | worksafe)
Our God Is Not A Smiling God (art | Tamika | worksafe, some blood)

Melons (commissioned art, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Cohen delivers some wine-backed wisdom, and Bennett is reunited with his Being.