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#WebcomicWednesday: Webcomic fandoms in Yuletide 2017 September 27, 2017

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The tag set for Yuletide 2017, the annual holiday small-fandom fic exchange, is out!

This post filters it down to the webcomics, along with all the available characters to offer/request. Scan it for old favorites that you’ve always wanted to read or write fic for…and as for the ones you’ve never heard of, now is the perfect time to give them a try.

Always Raining Here
Adrian Hlaváček, Carter Brooks, Jason Keller, Maria Wong

Apothecia
Spore Alien, Jessie

Demon of the Underground
Annie, Jasper Samsid, Merritt, Pogo

Digger (Comic)
Jhalm, Digger-of-Unnecessarily-Convoluted-Tunnels, Murai, Shadowchild

Dumbing of Age
Becky MacIntyre, Carla Rutten, Danny Wilcox, Dina Saruyama, Ethan Siegal, Sal Walkerton

An Easy Target
Choi Yule, Ha Kyung Soo

Elsewhere University
Antler Fae, Boy With Frog’s Eyes, Girl With Hollow Back, Stolen Musician

Girl Genius
Axel Higgs, Bangladesh DuPree, Jenka (Girl Genius), Zeetha Daughter of Chump

Gunnerkrigg Court
Antimony Carver, Coyote, Katerina Donlan, Paz Cadena-Blanco, Reynardine, Robot

Hark! A Vagrant
Dr. Sara Josephine Baker, Nemesis, Pirate

How To Be A Werewolf
Elias Ross, Malaya Dysangco Walters, Marisa Salcedo, Vincent Dysangco Walters

Kill Six Billion Demons
Jagganoth, Nyave Anyadis, Allison Ruth, Cio, Incubus, Mottom, White Chain, Zoss

Knights-Errant
Anton, Beppe

Lackadaisy
Atlas May, Dorian “Zib” Zibowski, Elsa Bastion, Ivy Pepper, Mitzi May, Mordecai Heller, Nico Savoy, Serafine Savoy, Viktor Vasko

Lady of the Shard
Acolyte, Old God, Radiant Goddess

Leftover Soup
Carol, Ellen, Lily, Nicole

Leif & Thorn
Agent Delphinium, Matatuhi Kaihanga, Olive Romarin, Patotara Kaihanga, Rowan Muscade, Violet Dupont, Leif of Sønheim, Thorn Estragon

The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal
Amal Chakravarthy, TJ Freeman

Long Exposure
Javier Osorio, Jonas Wagner, Mitch Mueller, Scratch Dyer

Monster Pulse
Abel Elizondo, Bina Blum, Nancy, Wanda Lulenski

Namesake
Alice Purcell, Emma Crewe, Selva Chopper, Warrick Chopper

No End
Jenna Reid, Jeremy Edison, Ramona Taylor, Tristan Khouri | Cotton

Oglaf
Orc Captain, Greir, Navaan, Snow Queen, Vanka

The Order of the Stick
Belkar, Bitterleaf Elan, Haley Starshine, Vaarsuvius

Questionable Content
Brun, Clinton Augustus, Elliot, Hannelore “Hanners” Ellicott-Chatham, Pintsize, Shame Orb, Yelling Bird, Bubbles, Faye Whitaker

A Redtail’s Dream
Åsa Skärsholm, Ellu Viitanen, Hannu Viitanen, Jonna Kuikka, Joona Kuikka, Jouko Kuikka, Kielo Miettinen, Kokko, Paju Kinnunen, Riikka Skärsholm, Samuli Tiira, Swan of Tuonela | Tuonelan Joutsen, Ville

Riot Nrrd
Maria Ortiz, Nhi Nguyen, Samantha Jay, Wren Watanabe

Saint For Rent
Jingtian Demort, Kanon, Meilü

Slavonica
Czesia, Luba, Mojmira, Sambor

Sleepless Domain
Kokoro, Tessa Quinn, Undine, Zoe

Small Trolls
Jáhko Hammarström, Veeti Harmonsuo

Stand Still Stay Silent
Agneta, Emil Västerström, Ensi Hotakainen, Lalli Hotakainen, Mikkel Madsen, Onni Hotakainen, Reynir Árnason, Sigrun Eide, Siv Västerström, Tuuri Hotakainen, Kitty

Starfighter
Abel, Cain, Deimos, Praxis

Subnormality
Pink Haired Girl, Sphynx, Zoe Muggs, Ethel

Sunstone
Alan Benson, Allison Carter, Anne, Lisa Williams

Unfather
Kyunghee, Sihyun

Unknown Code
Hammer the Pixel, Kim Bo Gang, Song Ji You, Yoon Phil

Wilde Life
Darcy Flores, Eliza Proctor, Oscar Wilde (Wilde Life), Clifford Norman

Year in Hereafter
Jaakko Ilmarinen, Mikael Lapintaival, Sakari Harmonsuo, Siiri Harmonsuo, Veeti Harmonsuo

Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic
Charlotte, Elzear’bith, Gren Razortooth, Lucas Greyfort, Cadugan, Clover Firelight

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“On The Subject of Noncon Fanworks” September 25, 2016

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An excellent essay about darkfic and sexuality (cw: author discusses her own trauma/abuse history). Centered on Sherlock fandom, though the general ideas apply no matter what characters you’re writing about.

I wanted to highlight this part:

If, instead of normalizing the existence of fics that portray noncon and underage, we make these themes taboo, if we pathologize them, if we require noncon works to be kept in a separate archive, if we insist that it be labeled with derogatory terms like “rapefic,” then what will happen is that writers who think that their work has “a bit of dubcon” in it will not tag it as such, in the hopes that it will fly under the radar and they won’t be banished to the leper colony with the filthy rapefic fans. This will have results that neither the responsible creators and consumers of noncon, nor the people who dislike it and categorically oppose it, want: that someone who doesn’t want to see noncon will see it.

I wrote the above paragraph close to a year ago, and my predictions are already coming true. I have seen noncon and underage fanworks being posted without appropriate tags and warnings. Some of these inadequately tagged fics are being posted by the same people who accused me and my fellow gender politics panelists of being rape apologists and pedophiles. The creators of these works defend them as being somehow different than the works the so-called rape apologists create, because they themselves were underage when they drew the fanart or wrote the fic, or because the work features the right” pairing, or the “right” kind of non-consensual situation, or because they don’t “eroticize” the noncon aspect, or because there’s a sufficient amount of comfort to offset the hurt, or for any number of other reasons.

It’s framed as a prediction, and maybe with respect to Sherlock fandom it is, but for fandom in general it’s nothing new. I remember wrestling with the same kind of cognitive dissonance more than a decade ago:

“Okay, I like stories where characters get hurt, but that’s a Bad Thing to enjoy. But I also like the emotional payoff when characters are rescued at the end! So when describing this, I should emphasize the rescue part. Imply that any scenes with pain and suffering are just a necessary evil on the way to the morally-acceptable payoff. Or, hey, maybe don’t mention the suffering at all.”

That mindset not only discourages people from warning for dark story elements, it stifles the general discussion about them, so that even if you want to warn, you can’t pick up the vocabulary to do it well.

I remember one fic of mine — it had a brief sex scene, and it was consensual, just incredibly unhealthy. Potentially very upsetting! And the only warning I put on it was a general sexual-content label. Partly because I was erring on the side of what looked more Morally Pure, but also because it was neither “non-con” nor “sex that is positive and affirming and healthy in every way” — and I didn’t have a handle on how to articulate the situations in between.

Fandom in general should be a place that helps people figure this stuff out, not a place where people get shamed and shouted down for trying.

Anybody want to beta an original short story? September 19, 2016

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Fantasy hurt/comfort, about 15K words total. Split up over three parts. You’d get them one at a time.

It’s a Leif & Thorn AU that’s supposed to work as a standalone piece, so I’d like someone who hasn’t read the comic to read and comment on how well that holds up. General feedback on SPAG, pacing,  and emotional reactions would be cool too.

Drop a comment if you’re interested!

Using italics for second-language words? September 8, 2014

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What is your opinion about the use of italics for “foreign” words in fiction in general? How do you determine which words to italicize? To what degree it is a stylistic or political choice?”

The article there has a bunch of opinions from pro writers. Fic writers, what do you do?

Me, I’m thinking I’ll keep using italics, and there’s one reason carrying most of the weight: because on the Internet, not all your readers are going to have English as their first language, and ESL fluency levels will vary. If the second language coming up in the fic is one that they speak, great. But if it’s not, they might just end up lost.

Anecdote 1: One time I had on Radio Junior, a kids’ radio/streaming station that broadcasts primarily in French. My brother and I were both taking French in school at the time. The station changed songs, and he said, “You know, I was recognizing some of the words in that last song, but now I’m not getting anything at all.” The new song…was in Italian.

Anecdote 2: Another time I went to the wordreference.com forums seeking help with a word I couldn’t find in any dictionaries. Turned out it was a typo.

So it seems polite to signal “hey, don’t stress about not recognizing this phrase, or not being able to find it on your translation website of choice — it’s a different language from the main text, and there may even be a translation at the end of the chapter.”

Other fannish people, how do you handle this? Especially those of you who regularly read in a second language: what do you prefer?

“So I’m writing this AU in the His Dark Materials universe.” December 5, 2013

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Me: So I’m writing this AU in the His Dark Materials universe.

politicette: You can have the use of my copies of the books.

themistoklis: And my PDFs, for easy searching.

Gimli: And my axe.

Doctor who? Doctor Capaldi, apparently August 6, 2013

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Twelfth Doctor announced!

On the one hand…yeah, it’s another white guy. In spite of the fact that the promo stuff was carefully and visibly gender-neutral, so it’s not like TPTB in general are in denial that they have options. (Moffat’s specific dickishness notwithstanding.) And according to Neil Gaiman, at least one black actor was offered the part, but turned it down. Progress inches along in the background.

On the other hand, he’s apparently the oldest person to be cast in the part since William Hartnell! He really does look like a Classic Who Doctor, too, at least to me. Hopefully it’ll shake up some things we’ve seen in the New Who dynamic, particularly the “hot young romantic hero that all the lovely ladies have to fall for” trope.

A few more stray Who links:

For those New Whovians who don’t have time for Classic Who: A short summary of each Doctor.” Accurate.

Data from the Doctor Who fic archive A Teaspoon And An Open Mind: what gets written, what gets reviewed.

The plans to build yourself a TARDIS cabinet! I want one. No, scratch that, I want lots.

Fandom updates (PMMM, TDS/TCR, Olivia, Aasif) May 30, 2012

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So I have just over 28K words of PMMM imprisonment!fic, maybe half to two-thirds of the way through the plot, and my brain decided that instead of making any more progress on that, it was going to churn out a sudden 8K of PMMM slavefic.

I’m simultaneously surprised/pleased, and really hoping the momentum lasts.

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Fake news fandom is so amazingly quiet lately. The latest Moments of Zen contest has extended the deadline once (that’s normal) but still only has one entry on the day before the new deadline (that’s not). Maybe the theme didn’t grab people this time around? IDK.

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Olivia’s appearance on Ellen is filling up her tag on Tumblr. This is excellent for multiple reasons :D

Now can she just be back on TDS a bit, please? Also, can The Newsroom please be awesome?

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Got Aasif Mandvi’s Today’s Special out of the library; watched it this evening with stellar_dust. (Both of us reeeeally hoping it would be good, heh.)

I thought it was fantastic. The plot follows a standard arc (Westernized professional learns that what he really needs to do is get back in touch with his cultural roots, in this case with Indian cooking), but you’re not watching for a revolutionary storyline. You’re watching because it’s funny. Packed with great lines and amazing little character moments — even the background characters with only one or two jokes aren’t just spouting off generic snark, they have personality and the humor grows out of it. A couple of serious scenes make it in too, the kind that make you realize, “Hang on. Aasif Mandvi can act.”

And then there is this cooking sketch with one of his co-stars, in which he’s in full TDS!Aasif mode and I desperately want a Produce Pete crossover.

High time for another roundup of silly geek stuff. April 30, 2012

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Brackets for the 2012 iNternet diCkbAg chAmpionship tournament: Guy Who Thinks Anything With More Than Three Sentences Is Too Long To Read vs. Woman Who Thinks You Don’t Go To Heaven If You Don’t Spend 90% Of Your Waking Life Being Furiously Outraged At Something

Neil Gaiman talks online piracy, and how it’s made his book sales go up. No surprise here (I’m one of the fans who discovered his writing when a friend lent me Good Omens, and have bought that and other works of his since).

Tons of red giants have rocky planets at the right distance to possibly have water. Tens of billions of habitable possibilities!

Grouchy scribes leaving comments in the margins in medieval manuscripts :D

Student writes his dissertation on comics (the degree is in interdisciplinary studies)…in comic form. Awesome. (I did the final papers for capstone classes in both my majors in comic format. Good teachers.)

The addictive powers of “stupid games”. For me, it’s Mafia Wars, plus a couple of Neopets games including Destruct-O-Match. (Though let it not be said that I don’t appreciate my Tetris.)

A 92-year-old DVD bootlegger…for the troops! (The poor RIAA has no idea how to deal with this.)

These Weeks, through 3/18 March 18, 2012

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But I’m A Cat Person
The Team (art | ensemble | worksafe)

Fake News(/Doctor Who)
Tied Up In Negotiations (art | tiny!Jon, Stephen | worksafe)
Into The Empty Sky (fic | Jon/”Stephen” | PG)
A Sweet Sip of Stephen (art | tiny!Stephen | worksafe)
Daily/Reports From Last Night, a TDS/TCR Texts From Last Night tumblr
Olivia’s Moon (art | Olivia | worksafe)
Eight Weeks, Three Days (fic | Jon, Martha Jones | PG)
Tiny Jon Goes Up (comic | Jon, a dog | G)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
But She Talks Like A Gentle Soul (on the AO3) (fic | ickle!Moemura, ??? | G)
Angel Magi (art | Sayaka, Madoka, Amy | worksafe)
Violet and Rose (art | Homura | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Seven Questions meme (meta about writing processes, comics, Doctor Who, plus guilty pleasures and cute cat stories)
What makes a mahou shoujo? (meta discussing exactly what it says on the tin)
Writing AUs: Why They Sometimes Suck, And How To Make Them Not (ibid.)

Next Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Guest strips!

Website Updates
Over five thousand images sorted and tagged into the fake news image gallery on The Zen and the Damaged.

These Weeks, through 12/25 December 25, 2011

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But I’m A Cat Person
Cub Sashaying (art | Cub | worksafe)

Fake News
Castles in the Sand chapter 9, chapter 10, epilogue, illustrations II, alternate ending (illustrated fic | Jon/”Stephen”, Olivia/Kristen, ensemble | PG-13)
Tiny Jonsicles (sketch | Jon, “Stephen” | worksafe)
didn’t he heal, weren’t the spring seeds planted (fic | “Stephen”/Jon, families, OCs, Al Gore | R)
Silly Songs With Stephen – Oh Santa (filk | “Stephen”, Elvis Costello, others | PG)
Dreamy (graphic | Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)
Turrets & Moats (mix | Jon/”Stephen”, Olivia/Kristen, others | PG)

Hellsing
Knight Integra – Black (art | Integra, Dragoncard | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica/But I’m A Cat Person
Christmas Fanservice 2011 (art | Patrick, Madoka | NSFW)

General/Miscellaneous
Super Evil Zebra and Super Blue (art | OC superheroes | worksafe)
Laptop Girl 1 and Laptop Girl 2 (art | blog graphics of girls & a puppy | worksafe)
Fic challenge updates (more musings about ongoing fic)
First Lines Meme: 2011 Fic Edition (recap of the year in fic)

Next Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Bianca’s freshman-year Christmas.