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Good things. (Pool parties, Medicare, ocean cleanup, gay stuff in media.) October 1, 2018

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“Remember the teenage girl who got dragged by police at a pool party? Well, she’s getting her money and her own pool party. […] Cole said that her client plans to use a portion of the money to start a business and that she hopes to become a dentist.” I’m so relieved and happy for this nerd.

Koch-backed study finds ‘Medicare for All’ would save U.S. trillions. An estimated cost of $32.6 trillion over 10 years is less than the US would spend over the next 10 years under the current system.”

Engineers on Saturday deployed a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world’s largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.”

“I was just learning about how The Answer book, which was also very difficult to make and I only just now found out that a big part of why it was made was that one of the big champions of the book was an ally for her sister. We’ve had allies at all these different stages, people for whom this is very personal and they understand the personal toll that can be taken.” Rebecca Sugar on breaking ground.

“The truth is they’re scared of getting emails from bigots and they’re cowards. So they’re letting the bigots control the conversation. My response was basically, ‘Let ‘em complain,’ ‘they’re wrong,’ and ‘they’re just gonna have to live with it.’ Unfortunately, it got so contentious that [the network] essentially told me that if I didn’t cut the scene they would cut the episode and they strong-armed me out of it.” More on representation, with Voltron, Gravity Falls, and SU.

“Arnie as a film editor—if you thought of Bert with a job in the world, wouldn’t that be perfect? Bert with his paper clips and organization? And I was the jokester. So it was the Bert & Ernie relationship, and I was already with Arnie when I came to Sesame Street. So I don’t think I’d know how else to write them, but as a loving couple. I wrote sketches…Arnie’s OCD would create friction with how chaotic I was. And that’s the Bert & Ernie dynamic.

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Monday Works Roundup: Danger and Eggs, Steven Universe, Dreamworks’ Home, and more August 13, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Magical Girl Cybele (art | Cybele | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
If only I had a gardener here (art | Kale, Thorn, plant | worksafe)
Afternoon in Eveningwear (dolls | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Home/Danger and Eggs
Danger and Tips (art | Tip, D.D. | worksafe)

Steven Universe
Kirai Senshi Sailor Homeworld (art | White Diamond, Pink Diamond, Steven | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Asexual Flag Stamp – Base (stamp)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Miranda is the only person here who can pretend like she knows what she’s doing.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Everyone’s trying to sneak into the vine-choked wing of the opera house. Some more successfully than others.

Danger & Eggs review: It’s really good, but mostly not for the reasons it gets hyped for. August 10, 2018

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So I finally had a chance to watch Danger & Eggs, the Amazon Prime animated kids’ show. Only one season so far, 13 episodes, most of them consisting of two distinct 12-minute segments.

It’s a lot of cute fun.

You know how Phineas and Ferb is partly about mundane suburban family stuff, but the kids’ adventures keep pushing the bounds of fantasy and sci-fi, and meanwhile there’s a world of secret-agent animals fighting mad scientists that they keep intersecting with?

That’s the energy Danger & Eggs has. It centers around a city park where people walk their dogs, rent the clamshell for concerts, hold ren faires…and don’t bat an eye at the underground full of leftover experiments from a failed mad-science organization.

Our heroes are D.D. Danger, human girl whose father was a famous stuntman, and Phil, giant talking egg whose mother is a house-sized mutant chicken. D.D. is wild, energetic, and adventurous; Phil is nervous, quiet, and safety-conscious. They are Best Friends. The comedy writes itself.

And it’s never mean comedy, either. They appreciate each other’s differences! There’s an episode where they wander into a labyrinth controlled by a slightly-deranged AI, get separated, and the AI creates an “ideal” simulation of each of them to entice the other into staying forever. But its strategy backfires — holo!D.D. is quiet and listless, holo!Phil is reckless and hyperactive, and the real kids discover that this isn’t appealing at all, that their friendship works because of how they balance each other out.

So that’s the good part.

The bad part is, before I started watching, all I knew about the show was “it’s full of LGBTQ characters! It has such good gay and trans representation! The whole last episode takes place at a Pride parade!”

Which meant I got pretty let down as the stuff I was expecting…didn’t happen.

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Monday Works Roundup, 7/23/18 July 23, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Vintage Coats (art | Reseda, Kara Lynn, Cybele, Patrick, Poe | worksafe)
Fallen Patrick (sketch | Patrick, Bianca | worksafe)
Tiger Blep (sketch | Blake | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Magical Telga (art | Telga | worksafe)
Broadsword Hearts (art | Thorn, Violet | worksafe)
Magical Laurel (art | Laurel, Fallon | worksafe)

The Incredibles
Let me into the forcefield around your heart (art | Violet/Voyd | worksafe)

Star Wars
Force Kissing (comic | Finn/Kylo | G)

Steven Universe
…And your little pumpkin dog, too (art | Lapis, Pumpkin | worksafe)
Sisters Universe (art | Steven, Blue Diamond’s daughter, Yellow Diamond’s daughter | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Rainbow flag stamp – base (stamp)
Lesbian labrys flag stamp – base (stamp)
Bisexual flag stamp – base (stamp)
Thandiwe (commissioned character art, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Miranda finishes her theory, and everyone but Jany is very impressed.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Rowan trusts his new friend with some impressively personal information.

Monday Works Roundup, 6/18 June 18, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
You Belong At Pride (comic | ensemble | G)

Leif & Thorn
Rainbow Ensemble (wallpaper | Rowan, Kale, Ivy, Juniper, Del, Thorn, Leif, Violet | worksafe)
Centaur Thorn (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
29 Panels That Always Work (comic how-to | ensemble | G)
Modern AU pride chibis (comic | Leif/Thorn, Ivy, Del, WiB, Geirölul, Sigrún | G)

Revolutionary Girl Utena/Witch Hunter Robin
The Witch and the Hunter (art | Anthy, Robin | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Goddess of Love is Love (art | Minako | worksafe)

Star Wars
May The Frose Be With You (sketch | Finn/Rose | worksafe)

Steven Universe
Catswap AU (art | Lion, Steven, Jasper | worksafe)
I think you’re so good, and I’m nothing like you (art | Pink/Pearl | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes – Wonderful, if you insist (comic, G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Messages of love, pride, and solidarity.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Can Leachtric have her big dramatic moment before the staff finally agree to evacuate the theater?

Monday Works Roundup, 5/21/18 May 21, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Retro Space Babes (wallpaper | Sparrow, Bianca, Patrick | worksafe)
Bedsheets and Memories (art | Cohen, Jessica, Patrick | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Millennium Diamonds (art | Gem Rhódon, Sotetsu | worksafe)
Reaching out to you (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Shelter From The Storm (mix | Leif/Thorn, Eurovision | G)
Shelter From The Storm (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Fishy Engineering (art | Mata/Pato | worksafe)

Professor Layton
Beautiful Stranger (sketch | Layton/Flora | worksafe)

Steven Universe
Diamond Millionaire (comics | Steven, Amethyst, Pearl | G)

Vanitas no Carte
Vampire nerd heaven (sketch | Vanitas/Jeanne | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Metallic texture (stock, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Had a giveaway in which everything was gone in two hours. Y’all move fast when you want to.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
There’s a fake historical hurricane flooding the stage, and a real magic plant flooding the pipes.

Tuesday Works Roundup, 2/27 February 27, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Gents in suits (sketch | Bennett, Cohen | worksafe)
Fuzzy Battle (sketch | Reseda, Cybele, Patrick | worksafe)
Seven Magical Years (art | Being ensemble | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Sweet shower moments (sketches | Leif/Thorn, Tiernan | worksafe)
Sapphire-Bloodstone-Obsidian Hexafusion (gemsona art | Thorn, Del, WiB | worksafe)

Ekaterina
Shirtsleeves (art | Peter/Brockdorff | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
PhD Survival Guide (commissioned cover art, worksafe)
Olive Grove (commissioned character art, worksafe)
Vampire Window (art nouveau graphic)
Cat-Ear Frames (art nouveau graphic)
Biron (commissioned character art, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Patrick is having a quiet sleepless night.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Holly talks about mage history and leveling-up.

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.

Tuesday Works Roundup, 11/21/17 November 21, 2017

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Leif & Thorn
Leaf Pearl’s First Opal (comic | Violet, Leif, Thorn | G)
Second Life Resource Center (art | architecture | worksafe)

Homestuck
Matching Sweaters (sketch | Kankri/Mituna | worksafe)
Fishy Shipping (art | Meenah/Feferi | worksafe)

Legend of Zelda
Underwater Royalty (sketch | Link/Sidon | worksafe)

Steven Universe
My Healer (sketch | Steven/Lapis | worksafe)

Teen Wolf
Plaid Cuddles (sketch | Stiles/Lydia | worksafe)

Tokyo Ghoul
Protector and Servant (sketch | Tsukiyama/Kanae | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Shopkeepers and Swords (commissioned art, worksafe)
Mastodon? I hardly knew ‘un! (commissioned chibis, worksafe)
Hoard of Knitting (commissioned chibi, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Patrick is totally down with this plan.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Swords and sorcery! Okay, mostly just swords.

Monday Works Roundup, 11/13/17 November 13, 2017

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But I’m A Cat Person
Starlit Fights (wallpaper | Poe, Kara Lynn, Patrick, Reseda, Cybele | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Deleted scenes 2017 (extra panels, worksafe)
A Mouthful of Leif (art | Leif, vampire!Thorn | worksafe)
Two Years of Leif and Thorn (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Harry Potter
Doe-Eyed (sketch | Lily/Snape | worksafe)

Hellsing
Ultimate Sailors Rip + Laura + Helena (art | Rip, baobhan sith, Helena | worksafe)
Ultimate Sailor Integra x Alucard (art | Alucard/Integra | worksafe)
Integra-Seras Role Swap (comic | Integra, Alucard, Seras | G)
Highland Lady (art | baobhan sith | worksafe, shockingly)

Sherlock
Cute in a Coat (sketch | Sherlock/Molly | worksafe)

Steven Universe
Out Of This World (comic | Ronaldo/Peridot | G)

Voltron: Legendary Defenders
Let Me Show You Why They Call Me Loverboy (art | Lance/Lotor | worksafe)
I’m Following You Now (art | Keith/Lance | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Doctors and Diamonds (commissioned art, worksafe)
Hands and feet (life drawing, worksafe)
Trial of the Century (commissioned art, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Miranda’s lurking in graveyards again. This time she has company.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Violet drops off her assignment, and asks about her sister.