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Monday works roundup, 12/31/2018 December 31, 2018

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Leif & Thorn
Me And My Cat, We Match (art | WiB, Cat in Black | worksafe)
Handstand (sketch | Thorn | worksafe)
Slow dancing (sketch | WiB/Iona | worksafe)
Warm Winter Vacation (art | Leif/Thorn, Tiernan | worksafe)

Daily/Colbert
The Colberts Take Tumblr (comic | Stephen, liberal!Stephen | G)
An “Into the Colbert-Verse” Christmas (comic | Stephen, liberal!Stephen | G)

Sailor Moon
Saturn Pride (art | Hotaru | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Trans Woman Pride Stamp (stamp)
Chibi Alefina (commission, worksafe)
Trans Man Pride Stamp (stamp)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Walker contemplates firing a bunch of people to cheer herself up.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
This episode of Hedge & Grassie takes a turn nobody saw coming. (Or at least, none of y’all commented about it.)

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Monday Works Roundup, 10/5 October 5, 2015

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But I’m A Cat Person
Bats for the Batty (art | Cybele | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Crash into me– (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Embassy Gems (art | Leif, Thorn | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
a confounding flower pose (sketch | Sailor Isis | worksafe)
Senshi of the Sunlit Millennium (art | Sailors Atum, Isis, Hathor, Nepthys, and Osiris | worksafe)

Steven Universe
Garnet Has Two Mommies (art | Ruby/Sapphire, Pearl | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale(/Steven Universe)
The Gem In Black (comic | TJ, Cecil, Dana | G)
Candidates and Celestines (art | Hiram, FOW, Marcus, Erikas | worksafe)
Cecil-Dana-TJ Hexafusion Plus (art | Cecil, Dana, TJ, fusions | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Transparants (comic, borderline-NSFW for translucent clothing)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Miranda lets our heroes in on some of her research…involving walls of text. No, literally, walls covered in text.

There’s a third installation of DracheaRannak’s Senshi Maker September 27, 2015

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and it includes curly/natural hairstyles! Not to mention, a ton of new accessories, design features, and color options.

Some of the old options/functionality are actually gone…but with the new options, you can hack things in more easily in the dollmaker before resorting to Photoshop. I tried to do the characters from The Sunlit Millennium on the last version, and I was using freeform strands of hair in place of the trailing ribbons at their waists. Now there are actual freeform ribbons!

It’s pretty great. If you have a free afternoon any time soon that needs filling, consider it filled.

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.

Five things make a post, Jubilee edition January 24, 2015

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January 1, 2015: Email Jubilee. I’m doing it. If you emailed me at any point in 2014 or before and I never got back to you, this is the official admission: I am never getting back to you.

If it’s important or you really want a response, please send it again. The mostly-clear inbox (only 4 unread messages! only 12 total things left in the main folder!) means I should have no trouble getting to it. If it’s something you’d just as soon forget by this point too, win-win.

What I wouldn’t give for a Thundercats fanart group that wasn’t 90% weird fetish art of Cheetara.

Someone needs to write a Night Vale/Middle-earth crossover and call it A Blinking Light Up On The Lonely Mountain.

Get on that, fandom.

This is old news, but the kind of old news that deserves to be passed around on a regular basis: the person known as Benjanun Sriduangkaew/Requires Hate/Winterfox/various other aliases is a toxic serial harasser, stalker, blackmailer, and abuser. Believe and support her victims. Don’t give her any credence. Don’t give her the time of day, frankly.

(The closest I’ve ever been to any of her damage is that I was a reader of 50Books_POC, who backed slowly away from the comm after the mods came down on her side. I knew she was bad news. Had no idea until reading this report that she’d kept harassing Rachel Manija Brown for years afterward, let alone that her other abuses ran so far and so deep.)

Haven’t bothered to watch the latest few episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal. No idea when, or if, I’ll feel drawn to go back. Normally I’m a fannish completist, especially when it comes to series I love as much as BSSM…but it’s just been so draining, watching something that could have been so amazing come out with such cheap and joyless excuses for animation, characterization, pacing, drama, everything.

Someone ran the numbers: when you look at the team episodes, the senshi get more screentime knocked out mid-battle than they get fighting. No. Why. No.

Bonus thing: “I watched The Interview with a North Korean defector.” (Spoiler alert: he didn’t care for it.)

In more hopeful news: Sailor Moon Crystal! July 6, 2014

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It’s out!

There are lots of free and legal streams. Watching on Hulu will make sure Viz sees the hits, and encourage them to invest in future English-language SM-related projects.

Spoilers follow.

First episode was…beat-for-beat like the manga, except for Usagi’s dreams, which were probably my favorite part. I hope they find other ways to put their own spin on things as the series goes on, and keep taking advantage of the fact that they have the whole published story to work from, so they can do foreshadowing and pacing in ways the original anime couldn’t.

I’m really into all the choral music, especially on the big planetary pan shots at the beginning. Really gets across the feeling that this is epic. And the (watercolor?) intertitles, at the commercial break and the “Next On” screen — so classy.

The new OP is great. I don’t know if this is sacrilege in the fandom or not, but I’m glad they didn’t go with Moonlight Densetsu, even a re-recorded version. Gives them an opportunity to try something new — and the fact that this is much more of a battle song than a love song is really encouraging. (Love that the lyric “We are not helpless girls who need men’s protection” plays over the Moon-and-Mask scene. Because, yeah, that’s basically their relationship.) Fingers crossed for high-action fight scenes!

Speaking of Mamoru, he’s very pretty, and I like that he’s in high school in this incarnation. Umino, by contest, is drawn even more sloppily than last time. Not sure how I feel about that, joke character or not. Love all the detail in Usagi’s hair now, at least. So many strands!

Mercury next episode. One of the changes in the original anime that I think really worked was how Usagi got to fight alone for a bit, and we got episodes to focus on each new member getting into the role and learning to use her powers before the next one was added. Maybe we’ll get the implication that Usagi has been fighting other monsters in between episodes, instead of it being a perfect one-episode-one-monster lineup? It would fit better with the “target demographic: young adult women, more than ten-year-old girls” angle, IMO.

tl;dr I’m very excited. And overall feeling good about where this is going.

Post-Monday Roundup, 2/11 February 11, 2014

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But I’m A Cat Person
The Deacon and the Hairstyle (cover art | Timothy | worksafe)
Walker’s Wasteland (cover art | Ann Walker, her Being | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
KyoSaya (sketch | Sayaka/Kyoko | worksafe)
MadoMami (sketch | Mami/Madoka | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Queens of the Ra System (art | original royal characters | worksafe)

Thrilling Adventure Hour/Welcome to Night Vale
Set Your Radio Dials to Spooky (art | Frank/Sadie, Cecil | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials, /Sailor Moon)
He Says He Is An Experimental Theologian, chapters 14-17 (fic | eventual Carlos/Cecil, scientists, Night Vale residents, their daemons | T)
Bishounen Enzetsuka Sailor Voice (art | Carlos, Cecil, Dana, Khoshekh | worksafe)
Various Night Vale Daemons (art | Carlsberg daughter, Josie, IsaƱa | worksafe)
Reaction post: e040 The Deft Bowman (review/recap & discussion)
The Successors of Dr. Belacqua (art | Carlos and team | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Cohen’s daughter suddenly comes back into his life.

Monday Roundup, 11/11 November 11, 2013

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But I’m A Cat Person
Shades of Purple (art | Raven!Kara Lynn, Jany, Lizard!Poe, Miranda | worksafe)

Fake News(/Welcome to Night Vale)
Shout*For, Act II, chapter 7 (AO3 mirror) (fic | Jon/”Stephen”, Olivia/Kristen, Jimmy, Tucker, others | T)
Night Vale Community Television – Cloudy Weather (comic | Jon, “Stephen”, Glow Cloud | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Heart Moving (art | Usagi | worksafe)

Sailor Moon/Welcome to Night Vale
Dreams of perfection! The wonders of the computer age (fic | Amazon Trio, Cecil/Carlos, Computer, Megan | PG)
The Most Beautiful Dreamer (art | Hawk’s Eye, Tiger’s Eye, Megan | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale
A Healthy Heart is a Healthy Life (fic | Josie, Steve Carlsberg, Leann Hart, Erikas, others | G)
Borrowed T-Shirts (art | Cecil/Carlos | worksafe)
Serenity Prayer (drabble | Carlos(/Cecil) | G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Cybele makes plans. Bennett tries to keep up. Cohen loses his drink.

Sailor Moon fandom is oooold. September 6, 2013

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In Internet terms, anyway.

Searching for one of the fics I read back in the ’90s, I found a copy of it on a Gopher-based site. Or at least, on the http:// translation of said Gopher site, because modern versions of Firefox no longer support gopher:// documents.

SM fic is in one of the folders under fanfiction/anime-fan-works, and in another under fanfiction/shoujoai. The complete list of fandoms, as stored with a mostly-obsolete protocol, makes it like looking into a time capsule from ~20 years ago.

/your random thought for the night

Belated con report (Otakon 2012) August 9, 2012

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I did go to Otakon, which was excellent if far too short.

Loved the “history of Lupin III” panel, and enjoyed the Madoka staff Q&As. Was intrigued by the first few episodes of Fractale. Enjoyed many many cosplayers, though I did not stop for many many pictures. Oh, and I got a free Sailor Chibi-Moon poster at the Kodansha panel! Not the first senshi I would have gone for, but definitely not the last, either.

There were a lot of Sailor Moon and Madoka panels, sometimes stacked up against each other. Tough decisions…

I have one of the new SM T-shirts, the pseudo-collar-and-bow one, and paired that with a blue pleated skirt and stuffed Luna one day in lieu of the full Integra Hellsing With Hellhound getup. (Not that I have the hair for either outfit right now…and I’m too cheap to get a wig. Heh.)

On the third day I just hung around in the Kyuubey hat — also with the Luna. Someone should write fic about those two together. Either as archenemies, or deeply distrustful colleagues in the Magical Girl Sidekicks Union.

Walked away with a Homura figurine for politicette and a stack of nonconsecutive volumes of Her Majesty’s Dog for self. I had reread several of them in the manga library, loved them just as much as the first time around, and figured, screw it, I might as well at least start buying them. It took visiting almost all the manga vendors in the Dealer’s Room to find anybody who stocked it, so it’s probably a good thing I didn’t put it off any longer.

Also sampled in the library: +Anima (didn’t care for it; cute but not that interesting), some forgettable fashion manga (picked because the title sounded neat; turned out to be a letdown), and the start of Cromartie High (the classic parody of Tough High School Delinquent manga; as always, charming in its ridiculousness). Also something that was advertised in the back of HMD and turned out to have a similar “powerful human young woman in control of cranky male demon, with bonus cute animal form” dynamic…but was really badly developed and only two volumes long. Sigh.

Drew a bunch of stuff along the way, much of which Xuanwu ended up with, as part of our “I will do commissions to pay my share of the hotel bill” deal. So you may or may not ever see that, depending on if/when he feels like scanning them. The ones I kept have mostly already been posted (I spent a lot of the con working on the updated Xyll Saga portraits).

I am so looking forward to the new SM anime, you guys. Also, the Madoka movies. The only way this could be more magical is if the Hellsing OVA and its translations were coming out in a speedy and quality manner. And maybe if there were an anime for HMD.