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Monday Works Roundup, 2/5/18 February 5, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Everybody Gets A Loaf And A Fish (art | Timothy, Reseda | worksafe)
Dapper Cat Ladies (sketch | Sparrow, Bianca | worksafe)
Sleepy Rabbit (sketch | Cybele | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Embassy Beach Episode (art | Róta, Alruna, Geirölul, Sigrún, Brynhildr, Mist | worksafe)
Screw the TOS (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Hellsing
An Armful of Integra (art | Alucard/Integra | worksafe)

Home
A Boov Calls (art | Tip, Oh | worksafe)

Steven Universe/Lilo & Stitch, /Sailor Moon
The Crystal Cosplayers (art | Lilo, Stitch, uncles, Steven, Lion, Crystal Gems | worksafe)
Rose Warriors (art | Connie, Mamoru | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Bookplate Borders (art nouveau, worksafe)
The Druid and the Paladin (commissioned art, worksafe)
Webcomic Woes 3: Getting on the radar (comic, G)
Webcomic Woes 4: Coming out even (comic, G)
Stars and clouds (stock art, worksafe)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Some final Leif/Thorn cuddling, then it’s on to Valentine vampires.

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Monday Works Roundup, 1/8/2018 January 8, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Winter Nights (art | Miranda, Jany, Bianca | worksafe)
Graveyard Stars (art | Miranda, Sparrow, Bianca, Patrick, Poe | worksafe)
Silhouetted Singers (art | Camellia, Bianca, Patrick | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
All Downhill From Here (fiction | Leif/Thorn, vampires | worksafe)
Oh, Bats (art | Leif, a harmless swarm of innocent bats | worksafe)
Window Seat (wallpaper | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Gravity Falls
Starry Pines (art | Mabel/Dipper | worksafe)

Homestuck
Fishy Boyfriend (sketch | Cronus/Mituna | worksafe)

Read or Die/Witch Hunter Robin/Little Orphan Annie/etc
The Allies (art | Yomiko, Nenene, Joker, Paper Sisters, Robin, Michael, Amon, Annie, Mickey, Kim | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
To Unite All Peoples (art | Usagi, Chibiusa, Luna | worksafe)

Wizard of Oz
The Nationwide Network of Oz (fic! | Dorothy/Ozma, Scarecrow/Scraps, ensemble | T)

General/Miscellaneous
Xmas Chibi (chibi commission, worksafe)
Chibi Ridley (reward, worksafe)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Leif debates doing some possibly-seditious Googling.

Monday Works Roundup, 12/11/17 December 11, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
Remembering those we’ve lost, 2017 (sketch | Henriette | worksafe)
Pillowed Patrick (sketch | Patrick | worksafe)
BICP Cover Tests (art | Patrick, Bianca, Sparrow | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Northern Lights (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
All Downhill From Here (art | Leif, Thorn | worksafe)

Big Hero 6
Hamadacest (sketch | Hiro/Tadashi | worksafe)

Fake News
Galactic Amity (fic! | “Stephen”/aliens, “Stephen”/Jon | NC-17)

Harry Potter
Talk Murder To Me (sketch | Bellatrix/Voldemort | worksafe)
Written? Smitten! (sketch | Ginny/Voldemort | worksafe)
Snarry (sketch | Harry/Snape | worksafe)

Precure(/other magical girl series)
Wild Card (art | Joker, Nanoha, Cure Black, Usagi, Madoka, Sakura | worksafe)

Seraph of the End
Feed me Yuu (sketch | Mikaela/Yuu | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Timothy picks up another ally for the quest of Team Not-Killing-Beings.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Leif is safely out of the way, and gets to enjoy a week of wrestling.

Monday Works Roundup, 9/25/17 September 25, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
Spotlight Noir (art | Walker, Cohen, Being ensemble | worksafe)
Glam and Dapper (art | Camellia, Reseda, Kara Lynn, Jany | worksafe)
Rising From The Ruins (art | a whole Being ensemble | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Blue Sea Glass (comic | Gem!Leif/Thorn, WiB, fusion | worksafe)
A Magical Flight (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Hellsing(/Sailor Moon)
Sailor Hellsing sketchpile (sketches | ensemble | worksafe)
The Hellsings (art | Integra, Alucard, Walter, Seras, Pip, Jeeves, Arthur, Thien, Penwood, Integra’s mom | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Ribboned Wrists (art | Madoka | worksafe, suggestive)

General/Miscellaneous
Moon Windows (art nouveau graphic, worksafe)
Priests and Clubs (commissioned art, worksafe)
Comfort sketchpile (sketches | Sunset Shimmer, Adagio Dazzle, Moana, Te Fiti, Stephen, Sam, Pocket Gloria Steinem | worksafe)
Handy Escape (commissioned art, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Cybele recompiles! Did the experiment work?

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Thorn lays the foreshadowing for a Significant Contest.

Monday Works Roundup, 8/21/17 August 21, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
Wabbit Season (wallpaper | Cybele | worksafe)
Every Nation, Every Race (art | Bianca, Sparrow, Miranda, Cohen | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Central Defender Gems (art | gem!Del, Pascentia, Peach, Juniper, Violet, Thorn, Rowan, Birch, Marula, WiB, Moss | worksafe)
Plush Thorn cuddles (sketch | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Bioshock Infinite
Team Infinite (sketch | Booker/Elizabeth | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Nightmare Lady (art | Chibiusa, Black Lady | worksafe)
Our Lady (art | Hotaru/Chibiusa/Helios | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Hunters and Hearts (commission, worksafe)
Restaurant (commission, Brian Frost/Lilly Satou, worksafe)
Field of stars (free stock background, worksafe)
Victor (reward chibi, worksafe)
Butterfly Dragon (reward chibi, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Miranda feels pretty good about re-coding the Rabbit, largely on the strength of Patrick being adorable.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
More wrangling with Leif’s compromised consent, plus a romantic unicorn ride.

Monday Works Roundup, 5/8/17 May 8, 2017

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Leif & Thorn
Lavender Forest (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
The Other Side of the Mountains (art | Leif, Thorn | worksafe)
International Workers’ Day (wallpaper | Leif, a cat | worksafe)
A Late Gate Update (behind the scenes, worksafe)

Boueibu/Sailor Moon/Steven Universe
Elegant Pearls (art | Perlite, Perle, Pearl | worksafe)

Star Trek: Enterprise
Sub-Commander T’Pol (art | T’Pol | worksafe)
Draw This Again – T’Pol (art comparison meme | T’Pol | worksafe)

Star Wars
Scarf Sharing (sketch | Jyn/Cassian | worksafe)

Yuri!!! on Ice
Lift of King JJ (art | Yurio/JJ | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Just Try It (art | ensemble from My Little Pony, Fullmetal Alchemist, Legend of Korra, BICP | worksafe)
Industrial Workers of the World (wallpaper, worksafe)
Pearl Frame (graphic, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Lightning finally gets himself an almost-reunion.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Thorn finds out how pretty Leif looks in pink.

Monday Works Roundup, 4/24/17 April 24, 2017

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Leif & Thorn
Spring Festival Ribbons (art | Ragnild, Sigrún, Iona, Sven | worksafe)
I’ll Let You Whip Me If I Misbehave (art | Kudzu | worksafe)
Ruby Bracelet (sketch | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
A Bit of Hedge and Grassie (art | Hedge, Grassie, co-stars | worksafe)

Hellsing
Two Cats (art | Alucard/Integra | worksafe)

Marvel
Black x Green (sketch | Bruce/Natasha | worksafe)

Sailor Moon(/Precure/Madoka Magica, /Steven Universe)
Lovely Idols (art | Mimete, Minako | worksafe)
Candy Girls (art | Royal Candy, Luna, Nagisa | worksafe)
Dead Gem Circus (art | gem!Nehellenia, Amazon Trio, Amazoness Quartet | worksafe)

Voltron
The Princess and the Pilot (sketch | Shiro/Allura | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Figure drawings 4-15-17 (sketches, NSFW)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Have You Seen This Cat? Reseda takes a flight through the mountains.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Grassie’s linguistic mishaps keep getting wilder…and Hedge might get deported before she can sort it out.

Monday Works Roundup, 4/10/17 April 20, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
Lamp Miranda (art | Miranda | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Mine babes (sketch | Bram/Gil, Cress/Violet | worksafe)
Embassy Daemons (art | Leif, Katya, Thorn, Violet, Rowan, Birch, Juniper, D, Annie, Mata/Pato, ????????, Olive | worksafe)
Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Thorn-Delphinium fusion – Imperial Jasper (art | Thorn, D | worksafe)

Hellsing
Hunter in the streets, monster in the sheets (art | Integra/Alucard | NSFWish)

Sailor Moon
Godmother Naru (art | Usagi, Chibiusa, Naru | worksafe)

Steven Universe
Shades of Blue (art | Blue Diamond | worksafe)
I always ‘remind people of.’ (art | Pearl/Mystery Girl | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Saisen (reward chibi, worksafe)
Uneven rock wall pack (free tiled patterns, worksafe)
Stone block wall pack (free tiled patterns, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Reseda may have a broken neck, but she also has a Plan.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
The first adventure in the even-sparklier alternate universe of Magical Thorn!

Erin Listens: the Magic Tavern and other podcasts March 28, 2017

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Hello From The Magic Tavern just got so intense. There was an epic battle in episode 100…then a bunch of interludes, including one from the Cowboy Dimension that had me dying of muffled laughter at work…and now it’s officially designated Season 2, and, yowza.

If you’re not already listening (and if you’re not allergic to shows with a whole lot of butt jokes), you should start.

***

Deep into the backlog of Love and Justice. It’s kind of…uplifting?…to hear about how much they love Crystal. Like, I can listen to them gush about the things that were emotionally affecting, and don’t have to see the actual animation, so I can imagine they’re podcasting from an alternate dimension where it didn’t make me sad.

They’re too hard on the ’92 anime — by which I mean, they complain about things it objectively can’t help. Of course the first season doesn’t have much sense of “shared past” between the senshi and the Dark Kingdom. The animators didn’t know about it! Naoko hadn’t written it yet!

On the other hand, I regularly feel like Sailor Business (which I’m all caught up with now) is too easy on the ’92 anime. So it kinda balances out nicely.

***

I’m listening to both of those at 1.2x speed, because the hosts tend to meander. Same with Yo, Is This Racist? — it’s just too slow otherwise.

…also, it talks a lot about the awfulness of current politics. I kinda have to psych myself up before listening. And/or say something like “once I get through one of these, I’ll reward myself with the next Magic Tavern episode.”

More-polished and better-edited regulars on my MP3 player: the Savage Lovecast, and The West Wing Weekly. Those get played at regular speed. Both make references to the political awfulness — it’s an inherent side effect of their premises — but in measured and relatively-contained doses.

***

Still listening to Illusionoid, and Kakos Industries, although I stopped saving the episodes afterward. Neither one is so absorbing that I’d want to do a re-listen.

…in fact, the only series on this list where I’m holding onto the episodes is Magic Tavern. Did a re-listen just a few months ago, in preparation for Yuletide fic. It’s highly re-listenable.

Related, a couple anons on FFA were talking about Republic of Heaven Community Radio, and one mentioned the weaknesses in book 2. I stepped in with this:

Honestly, I’d go back and give it a full-body rewrite if canon hadn’t been such a painful kick in the teeth.

I can see the soft spots, can feel when the pacing sputters, I know there are ways it could have more consistency and stronger throughlines. I just…don’t have the stomach to go near it.

That’s not an empty promise — anyone who knew me from fake-news fandom might remember that I did a full-body rewrite on a longfic there. But, yeah. Not in the cards, not this time.

In which I have a lot of thoughts about Michiru March 7, 2017

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All caught up with the Sailor Business podcast. They get better about doing research as it goes on! Plus, by now they have a large-enough listener base that a lot of solid, deep information is being called/sent in. Good stuff. Very listenable.

Followed a rec from one of their episodes to the Love and Justice podcast, where the shtick is that they compare plots across all the different versions. Starting with the Crystal episodes.

I did wince when they got to Ami’s introduction, and were confused that the manga was “more modern” than the ’92 anime, because she uses a CD instead of a floppy. Guys, your whole thing is comparing different versions, and you don’t realize the manga had two different releases? (Well, three at this point, but the uber-high-quality edition hasn’t been released stateside.) The version used for the Kodansha translations has a whole lot of updated art, most of which involves fixing wonky figures and adding more details, some of which involves the Dark Kingdom tech getting an upgrade.

Again, it’s still early episodes, and fun enough that I’m sticking with it. Hopefully someone eventually clues them in.

***

I ended up writing a long thing to Sailor Business, because they’ve been really doing a disservice to Michiru’s character. And apparently I have a lot more Feelings about her than I realized.

Context: They just passed the two-parter where Usagi is a daimon target. Before Uranus and Neptune arrive on-scene, Michiru asks Haruka if she’s really okay with the possibility of that cute girl being sacrificed. Haruka, stoically, insists that she’s fine. They gotta do what they gotta do.

…So our hosts keep saying Michiru is “passive” or “go along to get along.” Because Haruka is the more overtly loud and confrontational one…and that means Michiru is just following her lead, taking cues from her.

But now they’ve seen Michiru’s episode with Ami — she didn’t waver or wait for direction, she went straight for the jugular. And that’s a microcosm of how she’s approaching the whole quest: do something ruthless and cruel in the short term (pulling no punches with Ami/killing the Talisman holders) for the sake of a greater good in the long term (making Ami stronger/saving the world).

There’s an old butch-femme trope/cliche, that femmes are “steel wrapped in velvet,” and that’s Michiru. On the surface she’s all soft graceful feminine hobbies, but underneath she’s perfectly capable of knifing you in your sleep.

The flip side of the trope is that butches are “velvet wrapped in steel,” i.e. Haruka has a tough exterior but is a marshmallow underneath. Which lines right up with the podcast’s favorite relationship trope — “which of these people is the dog, and which is the cat?” Haruka is the dog! She barks really loud, but she’s a sucker for belly rubs. She yells a lot about how they have to kill the Talisman holders, to cover the fact that she’s the one who wrestles with it most in private.

Michiru handles the idea much better. Michiru is the cat who will knock all your stuff onto the floor, and look you in the eye while she’s doing it, with zero remorse. Michiru is the senshi who would win Most Likely To Become A Supervillain — not from brainwashing/hypnosis, we already know who’s most likely to go through that, but based on her own personality and for her own reasons.

So when Michiru asks Haruka if she’s okay with killing that cute innocent Usagi to save the world, there are two things going on here.

First is basically a supervillainy spot-check. Michiru knows it makes sense to her to kill a few people for the Greater Good, but is that really the moral strategy, or just the most coldly efficient one? Well, Haruka wouldn’t be capable of doing this for the sake of cold efficiency alone. So Michiru can reliably calibrate her moral compass by Haruka.

The second angle is Michiru being a concerned girlfriend. What if they get the Talismans and save the world, but afterward Haruka can’t handle the guilt? What if she has lifelong nightmares about Usagi’s death?

We don’t see what would have happened if Haruka had broken down and said “no, I’m sorry, this is too much, I can’t go through with it.” So different viewers can have different interpretations. My guess is that Michiru would say “it’s okay, sweetie, you don’t have to, we’ll find another way”…and then send Haruka home and go to Tokyo Tower on her own, making herself solely responsible for whatever happens to any Talisman-holders who show up.

Because sacrificing three lives for the sake of the world is one thing, but making Haruka feel bad about herself? That’s a bridge too far.

So, yeah, ruthless…but also, to be fair, a teenage girl in a traumatic situation. Part of the way she’s handling it is by telling herself, “look, I know I’m not a Good Person. A good person wouldn’t be this resigned to murdering three innocent people. But at least I can protect Haruka’s soul from being crushed along the way. I still get to draw the line somewhere, and I choose here.”

It takes another level in heart-rending when (and wow, I am looking forward to these episodes) you find out that Haruka got into the senshi game for Michiru. She told Haruka not to do it — trying to protect her, although at that point it was in an impersonal, “nobody should have to deal with this stress” way — and maybe Haruka would’ve listened, except then Sailor Neptune got in a monster fight she was going to lose without Sailor Uranus as backup.

So on some level Michiru is trying to atone for not being strong enough to keep this cute girl out of the fight.

 

…and you know, this makes it all the more satisfying when we get to that one SuperS special. A minor antagonist claims he has world-destroying powers, but Uranus and Neptune aren’t intimidated by that threat anymore. And Neptune cheerfully leans into her ruthlessness — she’s 100% bluffing, but she’s very good. Terrifies the pants off the guy. She has the power to simultaneously be a Big Damn Hero and out-villain the villains.

(Would you believe it, when I was a teenager, Michiru was the senshi I was least interested in? No, really. Even accounting for the context of her relationship with Haruka, who is probably my team-wide fave, I was not expecting to have this many Michiru feelings. But someone was Wrong On The Internet, and bam, here we are.)