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Holly jolly works roundup, 12/26 December 26, 2016

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But I’m A Cat Person
The Dove Ascends (art | the Dove | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Ceannic Quartz Team Fusions 2 (gem AU art | Thorn, Juniper, Violet, Rowan, Birch, Annie | worksafe)
Fancy Annie (art | Annie | worksafe)
The Queen and her Steed (art | Szélanya, Ragnagord | worksafe)

Big Hero 6
Genre-swapped rescue (sketch | Hiro/Abigail | worksafe)

Dr. Seuss
Who Can Un-Grinch The Grinch? (art | Cat, Grinch | worksafe)

Gravity Falls
Pacific Pines Ballet (art | Dipper/Pacifica | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Figure drawing 12-15-16 (life drawing, NSFW)
Figure drawings 12-22-16 (more life drawing, NSFW)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Dreaming Sparrow and pumpkin-drag-king Jany make their way to Halloweentown.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Elisa finds out whether her dad survived the mine collapse, while Leif keeps a lid on his own parental issues.

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So they made a Cat in the Hat Christmas special in 2012… December 9, 2016

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…in association with this TV series, and the art is this unholy hybrid of Flash animation and Dr. Seuss’s original drawing style. It’s such a trainwreck. Especially when you compare it to something like How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which animates Seuss’ character designs with so much love and care in order to make them work.

Although I do give them points for making the reindeer look like actual caribou, not Rankin-Bass-esque white-tailed deer standing in snow.

Early in the episode, the plucky kid heroes arrive home, and one of them goes “Look! Our dads are bringing in the tree!” Smash-cut to two clean-cut men, one black & one white, carrying a giant fir.

I was briefly so excited. Casual same-sex couple in a children’s show, and not just any children’s show, but a Seuss adaptation?!

…and then the moms showed up, and eventually it sank in that these weren’t the divorced moms spending Christmas with their exes and the kids to round out the blended family, these were just two unrelated heterosexual couples, having Christmas dinner in the same house for some reason.

Which makes it all the more annoying that the Cat (voiced by Martin Short) is played with the most exaggerated, campiest, lispiest voice you could imagine.

Sigh. I’m gonna go look up shippy Cat/Grinch fanart, just to cleanse my soul.

Teeming along the road that is north to the future July 28, 2009

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This is not your mother’s periodic table. (…It’s funny if your mother is a chemistry teacher.) Look closely for elements like “podium”, “goofinium”, and “jazz.”

Ever read On Beyond Zebra? Dr. Seuss’ letters have their own Unicode extensions. My inner typeface geek (okay, it isn’t that far in) is flailing.

Speaking of geekery: a handy guide for getting into P. G. Wodehouse. Jeeves and all.

Opening titles to a vintage Krazy Kat cartoon. In fact, it turns out there’s a good mattering of Krazy on YouTube, including several animations by Herriman himself. Hand-drawn. In 1916.

Media personalities as Harry Potter characters. Jon and Stephen are Fred and George, and more. (I lol’d at Malcom Gladwell as Professor Trelawney.)

Speaking of the news, Sarah Palin’s farewell speech explained: it’s slam poetry! Masterfully performed here by William Shatner.

Via StrangeMaps: All 50 states, arranged into a heart.

Otakon~ July 21, 2009

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It’s already Tuesday, and I’m still riding the rush of energy from Otakon (that’s Friday through Sunday, for those of you not keeping up). From being surrounded by fandom. Being saturated with it. Getting an injection of otaku geekery directly into the bloodstream.

I love the panels that go into minute details of cosplaying (did you know that there’s an optimum number of fake eyelashes for women who crossplay?), and I love the panels that degenerate into drunken flailing. I love the giant box of pocky walking around, along with a Pac-Man, several Waldos, one Billy Mays.

I adore the four-year-olds being led by their parents: teeny Naruto, itty-bitty Princess Serenity, a mini Soul Reaper. They’re like chibis in RL form.

I love the girl in Pikachu ears and a yellow bikini. I love the spontaneous Naruto conga line. I love the squadron of guys walking around in Saiyan warrior armor made of paper colored with crayon.

I love loling over terrible dubs, and getting engrossed in excellent dubs, and loling when the video feed malfunctions right as an Angel fires into Tokyo-3. I love groups of people breaking into the Hare Hare Yukai dance, some in seifuku, some in bunny outfits.

I love the geeky shirts. (Horton Hears Cthulu! I will not brew decaf; decaf is the mind-killer. TARDIS Shipping: for when it absolutely, positively has to be there before you sent it.)

I am not so keen on the autograph session lines filling up within five minutes of the con doors opening, or the utter lack of good last-minute deals in the dealers’ room this year. But they are a small price to pay.

I love helping host a panel on using comics to teach kids, and having thirty people show up and start asking piercing questions: How can I use this in my classroom? How can I adapt this to adult education? What does it take to get started?

I love having random people come up and pet the giant stuffed dog I carry around.

And I can’t say I mind having people say “You do And Shine Heaven Now? Can I hug you?”

I sit by the fountains and pull out my sketchbook, and turn out half a dozen drawings, followed by two weeks’ worth of comics in a matter of hours, while cosplayers mill about below me and La Soldier blasts in my headphones.

I look up, and I see a gorgeously costumed Super Sailor Moon greet a Gundam so large that the costume probably doesn’t fit on the escalators, and I think:

I’m home.

Final countdown: 2000 words down, 6000 to go. May 18, 2009

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Super Fun Awesome Skateboarding R-Rated Fun Sexy Xtreme Facts About Dating! Some well-phrased advice for teenage boys on how to treat the ladies.

A German court upheld a ban on extra-long multiple surnames. (When two people with hyphenated surnames get married and decide to keep hyphenating…)

The Lord of the Rings as written by other authors. (Dr. Seuss: “Gandalf, Gandalf! Take the ring! / I am too small to carry this thing!”)

And, while we’re at it: LOLcat Wasteland. (April hates u, makes lilacs, u no can has.)

Oddee.com has a bunch of nifty/gorgeous collections: breathtaking monasteries, unique churches, fascinating palaces (including Vlad III Dracula’s), and, possibly most stunning of all, beautiful libraries.

They also have weird shoes – speaking of which, have a map made of shoes.

Finally, there are only four days left until the next World Beard and Moustache Championships. Mark your calendars!

Fun links and fireflies May 28, 2008

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I’ve ushered four fireflies out of the house so far this evening. (I sure hope it was four fireflies, rather than one very determined one.) Luckily, they don’t have good enough reflexes to avoid being caught.

News roundup (wow, I’ve been sitting on some of these for a while):

A bunch of studies about language, and specific ways in which it helps you perform. Fun fact: many languages don’t distinguish between “blue” and “green”. Meanwhile, Russian (and Italian) have words for “blue” and “blue” (a distinction that English doesn’t make).

The NYT profiled xkcd. Is that cool or what?

And a recovering blogging junkie lays out her story. Seriously . . . this is pretty heavy stuff. I’m going to be thinking about it for a while.

That said, I’ll end on a note of silly-yet-righteous indignation: Stop Making Movies About My Books, by Dr. Seuss (in the Onion, naturally). I want to smack the author for writing lines that scan so badly; on the other hand, I agree with every word.

Notes from Balticon 42 May 27, 2008

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I knew I was among friends when I paused in the dealer’s room at a table of expensive jewelry, and the vendor complimented me on the chain on my glasses.

“Thanks,” I said. “It’s . . . plastic on plastic . . .”

“But it’s shiny,” she replied, “so who cares?”

Notes from Balticon 42

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