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Monday works roundup: Good Omens, SheRa, HDM, a Kickstarter, and more September 9, 2019

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Along with the usual fanart, illustration, and the first actual fic in a long while…this is the post where I tell you the campaign for Leif & Thorn Volume 2 is live!

Volume 1 was 27% funded at the end of the first day, so Volume 2 is already outpacing it. Let’s see how much farther that energy can go…

But I’m A Cat Person
Waltzing Miranda (sketch | Bianca, Miranda | worksafe)
Tiger Enclosure (sketch | Miranda, Poe | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Crystal Maze (wallpaper | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Volume 1 Trailer (check it out, it’s on Youtube now)
Volume 2 Cover – Sword Lilies (cover art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Dragonmage
Grasswind (art | Rheariel | worksafe)

Good Omens/The Good Place/His Dark Materials/Hellsing/Lucifer/Evangelion
Team Humanity, chapters 1-6 (fic | Crowley, Aziraphale, ensemble | PG)

She Ra and the Princesses of Power(/Utena)
Crop Top (art | Bow | worksafe)
My Magic Sword (comic | SheRa, Utena | G)

General/Miscellaneous
Figure drawings 9-2-2019 (sketches, NSFW)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Racing to beat the storm.

Monday Roundup, 2/9 February 10, 2015

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But I’m A Cat Person
BICP Sketches – Getting Historical (art | the Donkey, others | worksafe)

Evangelion/The Magic School Bus
This Is (Not) A Normal Field Trip (art | kids, Ms. Frizzle | worksafe)

Legend of Korra
Korra and Asami (FF 2015 art | Korra/Asami | worksafe)

Revolutionary Girl Utena
Shiori and Juri (FF 2015 art | Juri/Shiori | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Ami and Minako (FF 2015 art | Ami/Minako | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
A Blinking Light Up On The Clouded Mountain, chapters 40-42 (fic | Cecil/Carlos, HDM crossover characters, WtNV ensemble | T)
Blinking Light sketchpile (sketches | TJ, Janice, not!Cecil, not!Carlos, Dana, Maureen | worksafe)
Spooky Earl (comic | Earl, Cecil | G)
Megan Wallaby and Fey – The Dreamers (art | Megan | worksafe)
Tiny Carlos Montage (art | Carlos, warriors | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Gold wallpaper texture (stock texture, free to use)
Recs: Top 5 yuri manga (canon recs)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Getting to know our new characters. Partially through the power of sparkle effects.

OH LOOK AN UPDATE. June 12, 2011

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You skip one week, and suddenly a month’s gone by. Eheh. Here’s what’s gone up in the meantime:

But I’m A Cat Person
Characters III (designs | Timothy, girl!Timothy, Lily | worksafe)
Babies and Plushies (art | Bianca, Patrick, Sparrow, Miranda, Poe | worksafe)

Fake News(/His Dark Materials)
Red String (fic | “Stephen”, Jon/Tracey, families | R)
Red String (art | Jon, “Stephen” | worksafe)
Eight Roads Converged (fic | combinations of Jon, Stephen, “Stephen”, Beck!Jon, happy!”Stephen”, liberal!”Stephen”, and Wyatt | PG)
The DM of +4 Ohana (fic | “Stephen”/Jon[athan], Olivia, Kristen, Demetri, Wyatt, Sam(/Jason) | PG-13)
All Her Original Brightness (fic | “Stephen”/Jon, daemons | light R)
Tentacolbert (art | “Stephen”/tentacles, Jon | NSFW)

Hellsing(/Pet Shop of Horrors/Deadpool, /Read or Die/Jeeves & Wooster)
Paintball Tournament (sketch | Pip, Leon, D, Deadpool | worksafe)
Triptych (art | Heinkel, Enrico, Seras, Integra, Walter, Jeeves, Marian, Maggie, Anderson, Alucard, Schroedinger, Captain, Reseda | worksafe)
Stained Glass Knight (art | Alucard, Integra | worksafe)

Neon Genesis Evangelion/Puella Magi Madoka Magica
You Are NOT Alone (art | Rei, Madoka | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Stained Glass Day (digital stained glass window)
Picspam: Babies! (From the movie of the same name)

Next Week in Shine:
The fangirls peace out and Alucard gets divided by zero, leaving Integra on her own. Or so she thinks…

Website Updates
For the first time in, like, a year, there’s a new Shine poll!

Things I Have Been Watching Lately June 8, 2011

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1. The season finale of House.

What is even going on with this series.

I think by this point I’m mostly watching out of inertia. And to keep up with Polite Dissent’s reviews of the medicine.

2. United States of Tara.

Didn’t get renewed for a fourth season. (But they renewed Nurse Jackie? Oh, come on.) At least word on the Internet is they won’t be leaving us with a huge cliffhanger…still, it’ll be missed.

3. Evangelion.

Only in targeted chunks, for purposes of keeping up with the Shadowjack recaps — there’s a lot, even in terms of simple visual things, that I flat-out didn’t catch because I had no framework for figuring out what was relevant.

I keep wanting to cut the episodes into vids to incredibly inappropriate and/or misleading songs. Mostly the cheerful, upbeat, shounen-fighting-spirit types. Imagine the Asuka vid for Bon Jovi’s “Have A Nice Day.” Or the Rei vid to Katy Perry’s “Firework.” (That one would be worth it solely for the visuals to “Boom, boom, boom / Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon.”)

I also keep getting random ideas for the epic Colbert/Eva fusion. Not enough to hang a full story on, just enough to turn into the occasional macro:

You said you wanted to be best friends forever. This is why I insisted on a trial period.

4. Doctor Who.

What is even going on with this series.

Season has been very meh so far. (Except The Doctor’s Wife, which gets all the prizes for taking a concept that could have been mishandled in several million possible ways and handling it exactly right.) And then that last episode…which was a nonstop barrage of alternating “oh, wow, that is surprisingly awesome” and “what.”

I’m still trying to work out how much I’m on board with, and how much to (as all Who fans must, eventually) quietly leave out of my personal head!canon. One thing I’ll say for the RTD era: this was easier to work out when the universe-bending revelations were all crammed into the last episode or three of the season.

5. The Jaquie Brown Diaries.

An obscure New Zealand comedy whose heroine is basically a genderswapped “Stephen”. I don’t mean in terms of general character type; I mean, she works in TV news, declares herself to be archenemies with anyone who appears to be stealing her spotlight, makes things happen solely by warping reality with her outrageous ego, and builds a fandom out of people who just can’t look away…even though that same ego gets her into constant trouble, from which her more reasonable and moderate friends (whom she will throw over at the drop of a hat) have to bail her out.

I like her. There were a lot of points during the run of the series where I wondered if Jaquie had crossed the line from entertaining to irritating…then wondered if I would draw the same line for “Stephen”. And by the time I was finished fretting over the possible double standard, she had done something entertaining again.

6. The episode of Captain Planet that dealt with AIDS.

No, seriously. (Season 3, episode 11, “A Formula for Hate.”)

They don’t beat around the bush about it, either. A high school basketball star turns out to be HIV+, and while the bad guys are gloating about how they’ll use it to spread fear and hate (which is sort of related to pollution, I guess?), the kid’s doctor is saying things like “Yeah, you could have gotten this from sharing needles while using drugs, or unprotected sex, or that blood transfusion you had a couple years ago, when they weren’t being screened.” And at least one insinuation that’s about gay sex if you know what to look for.

On Captain freakin’ Planet.

BRB, having hope for the future of our country.

Things I Have Been Reading Lately May 24, 2011

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1. Wild Seed and Clay’s Ark, by Octavia E. Butler

Rereads. I was going to skim them as a refresher for my earlier Butler-meta post, then realized I had forgotten enough of the details to be sucked in all over again. Bleaker in some ways than I remembered; more intense in others.

2. The Ghost in the Little House: A Life of Rose Wilder Lane, by William Holtz

One of several books I was inspired to check out a while ago, after reading an LJ post (which alas I can’t find now) about the real family behind the Little House books.

The post itself was inspired by someone (Sarah Palin?) using the books as emblematic of the American can-do independent spirit, and pointed out that not only was the Ingalls family scraping by with colonial-era technology in the midst of the Industrial Revolution, but the books don’t mention that several of the girls went on to spend most of their lives on welfare. A few chapters in, and The Ghost in the Little House is already full of Take That tidbits: Rose got on a government watchlist for her interests in socialism; the family contemplated emigrating to New Zealand because their American Dream was going so badly.

Not that the backstory isn’t interesting for reasons other than smugness. My mom had a set of the original books, and ended up buying the whole Rose series for me as it came out, so I’m eating this stuff up.

3. The Intuitionist, by Colson Whitehead

I actually read this back in January, but couldn’t figure out how to describe it until now.

It’s elevatorpunk. I mean that in all seriousness. It takes the fascination and geeky technical glee and semi-mythologizing that steampunk applies to gears and zeppelins, transports it to the 1950s, and focuses it all on elevators.

And if you don’t like the tone-deafness that steampunk fiction can bring to race relations (or so I hear; I mostly just read Girl Genius and look at pretty brass toys), give this a look.

4. Shadowjack Twitters From The Geofront [In Which I Watch Evangelion]

A series of threads (link is to the first one) for a rewatch of Evangelion, by people who have already watched it, rewatched it, analyzed it, argued over it, and are ready and eager to dive in and do it all again. With a wicked sense of humor to spice it up. (From the first page: Sunshine Rei’s Organic Orange Juice. No pulp!)

I first saw the TV series in high school anime club (although I’m not sure whether we made it to the last two episodes), and rewatched it alone recently. I figured I had forgotten a lot, and it would all make more sense once I watched it fresh, armed with a bunch of spoilers from the Internet as backup. You can probably guess how well that went. On top of which, the series is so well-known and well-discussed that I have a hard time putting aside the narrative-archetype goggles and getting into the characters as people.

So this thread is turning into a combination of “thoughtful people pointing out things I never noticed, and explaining their theories to each other in ways I can sit back and read and understand” and “invested people talking about the character development, letting me appreciate the characterization through their eyes.” With a side of “warning newcomers that this show has a way of twinging viewers’ depressive tendencies.” I hope I’m not being a masochist by trying to go through this so fast. Definitely using it to procrastinate, but that’s hardly news.

5. The Birthday of the World and Other Stories, by Ursula K. LeGun

Sedoretu!

Also, a society with women running everything and men kept separate, you know, for their own good. Xuanwu, go read this. It’s good research.

6. Facing the Abusing God: A Theology of Protest, by David Blumenthal

This book will spend chapters going through the most careful, methodical (or, if you’re not being generous, nitpicky) analysis of language, in the finest Jewish theological tradition…and then stop for a brief interlude that is basically “BUT SERIOUSLY WTF how are we even talking about this like it still matters THE HOLOCAUST HAPPENED aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh.”

Picked it up on the recommendation of a professor for whose religion classes I wrote a bunch of psych papers. I’m almost to the end, and by this point it’s feathered with little bookmarks. Not that I have exact plans for what to do with them, but they’re there.

This Week, 11/15-11/21 November 21, 2010

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Calvin and Hobbes
Good To Be A Kid (sketch | Calvin, Hobbes | worksafe)

Fake News
State of Grace, chapter 30, chapter 31, chapter 32 (fic | “Stephen”/Jon, Charlene, ensemble, OCs | through NC-17)
State of Grace illustrations, part 0, part 1 (art | “Stephen”/Jon, Charlene, Buck Henry, John Oliver, Bobby | worksafe)
For What I Didn’t Say (art | Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)
Gratuitous baby love (art | “Stephen”, George | worksafe)
Like The Rain, These precious things (art | Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)
Petit Fourth (mix | Charlene, “Stephen” | G)
Five Ways of Looking (sketches | “Stephen” | worksafe)

Futurama
You’d Trust Her Aim? (sketch | Leela | worksafe)

Sailor Moon/Le Petit Prince
Princes and Flowers (art | the prince, the flower, Fiore | worksafe)

Sailor Moon/Neon Genesis Evangelion
Sailor NERV (sketch | sailor!Rei | worksafe)

Sailor Moon/Reservoir Dogs
Reservoir Senshi (art | Minako, Ami, Rei, Makoto, Usagi | worksafe)

Next Week in Shine:
The Iscariots have arrived in London, with orders to capture Integra…

This Week, 8/9-8/15 August 15, 2010

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Disney
Never Leave Erin A Placemat 2 (sketches | Belle, Jasmine, Tinkerbell, Stitch, Lumiere, Mickey, Donald | worksafe)

Fake News
Eyes Like Dead Birds (or, Five Ways Of Looking At That Monologue) (fic | Jon and “Stephen” (paired and separately), past “Stephen”/”Jonathan”, bonus Steve | PG-13)

Fake News/Hellsing
The Eagle of Hermes – chapter five has begun!
Sweetness Makes No Distinction (art | Stephen, Sweetness | worksafe)

Fake News/Sailor Moon
Sailor Munn & Sailor B (art | sailor!Sam, sailor!Olivia | worksafe)

Hellsing
Christening (old sketch | Integra | worksafe)

Maria-sama ga Miteru
Sei’s Harem (old sketch | Sei/everyone, specifically Shiori, Shizuka, Youko, Shimako/Noriko, and Yumi | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Colorful Moon (old sketch | Sailor Moon | worksafe)
Eternal Sailor Makaiju (art | like the title says… | worksafe)
Crescent Beam (old art | Sailor Venus, Artemis | worksafe)
Sailor Makaiju? (old sketches | again, what it says on the tin | worksafe)

Sailor Moon/Neon Genesis Evangelion
Sailor Eva (commissioned art | girl!sailor!Shinji, Gendo!Sailor Pluto, Unit 01 | worksafe)

WALL.E
DIR-EC-TIVE (old art | Wall.E/Eve | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Oh look. Shoes. (still life with shoes, 3x)
Out Of Her Element (commissioned art | eight OCs | worksafe)

Next Week in Shine:
Our heroes struggle with the aftermath of various fangirl revelations.

This Week, 11/3-11/9 November 9, 2008

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Fake News/Doctor Who
I Want My MTV, parts two, three (fic | Stephen, young!Stephen, Jack, Sarah Jane, Ten, Four, JSS!Jon | PG)

Fake News
Drill Here, Drill Now (art | JonxStephen | borderline-NSFW)
It’s All About The Doritos (art | Stephen, Doritos | worksafe)
Correspondents Course (art | everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE | worksafe)

Neon Genesis Evangelion/Revolutionary Girl Utena
Rose Bride Ayanami (art | Rei AyanamixJuri Arisugawa | worksafe)

Original
Crescent Bismillah (calligraphy)

Next Week in Shine:
Answers! Backstory! Shameless fanboying over Jeeves! (Come on, you know you would too.)