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Monday Works Roundup, 7/29 (Cucumber Quest, Pokemon, Steven Universe, Sailor Moon, etc) July 29, 2019

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Leif & Thorn
Angel Leif and Demon Kale (art | Leif/Kale | worksafe)
Sun Drop Diamond (art | gem!Szélanya | worksafe)
Miniature Enthusiast (art | Lulen, Sigrún | worksafe)
Time Mage, Over Time (art | Acai | worksafe)

Cucumber Quest
Cucumber and Peridot (art | Cuco, Peridot | worksafe)

Pokemon
Ivysaur Trainer (art | Ivysaur, trainer | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Chronos and Thanatos (art | Setsuna, Hotaru | worksafe)

Steven Universe
Crystal Rhodonite (art | Ruby/Pearl, Sapphire | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Snek (reward art, worksafe)
Namesake (reward art, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Inter-chapter hiatus to work on Volume 7!

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
The end of Juniper’s night, and a whole bunch of memes.

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#WizardWorld Cleveland 2019: livetweeting roundup March 11, 2019

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Did my first Wizard World this year — not in Artists Alley, didn’t get under the sign-up cutoff, but I’m so local (to the Cleveland version) that it made sense to go just for market research. (Also, fun. There was that too.)

So here’s how that went.

Friday

guy stopped at a booth trying to guess the ID of a magnificent X-Men cosplayer. She’s trying to give hints, saying her powerset, striking the movie-poster pose…he seems to be naming random well-known female characters, nobody she looks like at all.
6:21 PM – 8 Mar 2019

I walk past behind him and call, “Psylocke!” Cosplayer lights up, nods/waves. Dude doesn’t even register it, keeps trying to guess.

Kinda wish I’d stayed around long enough to hear whether he ever figured it out.
6:26 PM – 8 Mar 2019

He was in anime cosplay, so a genuine geek! Just…overconfident about the percentage of X-Men lore he’d picked up. (Dude, the lady wearing jet-black hair is not iconic redhead Jean Grey, nor iconic skunk-stripe-head Rogue…)
8:30 PM – 8 Mar 2019

Kid watching me draw: “Wow! That looks like a real cartoon!”

And then he asked if my eraser was a lucky rock.
7:57 PM – 8 Mar 2019

Jewelry vendor showed off rack of earrings, earnestly told me “they’re for pierced ears, but we can make any of them into clip-ons too!”

…I think she was just rattling off a stock speech out of nerves, because there’s no way I look THAT young.
9:53 PM – 8 Mar 2019

Saturday

#WizardWorldCleveland gotta get some loud-voiced volunteers to hold up Line Ends Here signs.

The entry queue has aisles drawn in tape on the floor. Nobody’s looking at those, just milling around in a confused blob, and blocking the escalators while they’re at it.
3:26 PM – 9 Mar 2019

Audience member at Diversity in Comics panel complains about “the need to put a gay black trans character in every TV show.” Uh, what shows are you watching, and can I get recs?
3:49 PM – 9 Mar 2019

Complaints about “forced” diversity and how it doesn’t work…in between acknowledging the smash successes of Miles Morales, Kamala Khan, and black Nick Fury. Guys. Listen to yourselves.
4:02 PM – 9 Mar 2019

…anyway, the current Leif & Thorn arc involves a pan black trans woman, who is also a single mom with a disability, which is not something you have to “force” because none of those traits make any of the others less likely! That’s not how it works!
11:42 PM – 9 Mar 2019

Trauma presentation that followed was way better prepared and researched. (Speaker even used “triggered” accurately!) And he’s persevered really well through the lack of any techie stopping by to hook up his Powerpoint.
5:14 PM – 9 Mar 2019

First con I’ve been to that was so vendor-focused. There’s only about 3 programming things going on at any time…and most of them are *outside* the gated threshold where they check wristbands.
6:20 PM – 9 Mar 2019

Inside is the dealers’ room/artist alley, and lots of carefully-scheduled autograph sessions. Plus a few live drawing type events, a photoshoot booth, and places to play games/read manga.
6:23 PM – 9 Mar 2019

Also a stage with live musical performances, but it’s right by the entrance, so you can hear perfectly fine from the lobby. You could show up without a ticket and have most of the non-shopping part of the experience for free.
6:27 PM – 9 Mar 2019

Indie comics panel. Q: why indie? Most panelists talk about the various joys and advantages of going your own route. Last one in the line says “Marvel told me no.”
6:47 PM – 9 Mar 2019

… and the less funny follow-up is, he stood in line to get Marvel portfolio reviews for years, followed their recommendations, finally someone said “you really are improving, we’ve seen, it’s great, but we still won’t hire you because your style is too urban.”
6:49 PM – 9 Mar 2019

MC of the costume contest, pre-show banter with the audience, someone mentions Evangelion. “Is THAT how you pronounce it??”
8:57 PM – 9 Mar 2019

I only came here to sit in the back and listen to entertaining banter while I draw, but now I’m legitimately invested in who wins.
9:24 PM – 9 Mar 2019

Only an honorable mention for Flamenco Wonder Woman? She was robbed.
9:30 PM – 9 Mar 2019

Well-deserved prizes for color-changing Sleeping Beauty and gorgeous ballgown Him!

The other winners had high quality and technical precision, but my favorites are the ones that do something special and different with the characters.
9:36 PM – 9 Mar 2019

A stunningly detailed Ruby and Sapphire were also robbed, btw. Had the bad luck to end up in crowded and competitive categories, but even so…
9:39 PM – 9 Mar 2019

Sunday

I’ve been wearing my Kyuubei hat all weekend, and not a single person has accepted a contract to be a magical girl :(
12:55 PM – 10 Mar 2019

First person in the room for the @3geekspodcast pre-recording banter. At least one of them considered it!
12:57 PM – 10 Mar 2019

Razzing the audience: “This lady in the back is doing her homework.” Me: it’s a webcomic!

And y’all coulda given me a shoutout. (http://leifandthorn.com , volume 1 on sale now)
1:29 PM – 10 Mar 2019

Honestly bummed to walk out before the end, but the schedule overlapped with the LGBT panel and I wanted this one more.
1:33 PM – 10 Mar 2019

LGBT panel was well worth the whole thing. Speaker didn’t use stage or microphone, just hung out in the seats with about 8 of us clustered around. Lots of feelings.
3:02 PM – 10 Mar 2019

Dithered over a bunch of Sunday deals and multifandom merch, but I’ve only ultimately spent $6. Maybe I’ll circle one last time and look for last-second deals on the way out…
3:06 PM – 10 Mar 2019

Secret blog-only follow-up: I got a cookie. When I walked past one of the fandom snack booths, there was a Batman-themed cookie, and I considered getting it for my aunt (her cat’s name is Batman), but it was unnervingly expensive.

So I told myself I’d come back at the very end, and in the last 30 minutes, I did. There were finally some low-price deals — and the Batman cookie was one of only 2 left on the plate. I figured it was a sign.

Monday Fanworks Roundup: Doctor Who, Steven Universe, Houseki no Kuni, and more March 4, 2019

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But I’m A Cat Person
Eight Amazing Years (art | ensemble | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Chibi Ensemble, stage 3 (chibis | a whole mess of characters | worksafe)
Character Height Chart V (art | Artie, D10, Pania, Juniper, Alruna | worksafe)
Remodeling (short comic | Hyacinth, Hazel, Vine | PG)
Starlit Trio (art | Cedar, Holly, Ivy | worksafe)

Doctor Who/Muppet Show
Muppet Doctors – Thirteen (art | Janice!Thirteen | worksafe)

Steven Universe/Houseki no Kuni
Diamonds versus Diamonds (art | White, Blue, Yellow, Pink, Dia, Bortz, Yellow | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Chibi Max and Herald (reward chibis, worksafe)
Agender Pride Stamp (stamp)
Nonbinary Pride Stamp (stamp)
Rainbow Frame (art nouveau frame)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Holly finally meets the famous Cedar, and schools him in…very legitimate magical traditions.

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.

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.

(more…)

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.