reflectedeve: Joan Watson sits in bed, studying a paper with glasses on and a furrow in her brow. (consulting detective - deduction)
Oh hey, my first [community profile] yuletart piece, a Revolutionary Girl Utena jazz age AU, went up on Friday! I had a wonderful time revisiting one of my favorite old anime fandoms, and doing a bit of costume research is always a good time. ALSO, check out my flipping gorgeous giftart from [personal profile] ataratah! A deeply evocative moment between Teen Wolf's leading ladies (while Stiles snoozes, oblivious). <3

Here's some quick [community profile] processfest catchup!

Day Four: Challenges. Head, meet wall. )

Day Five: Collaboration. If there's an umlaut, we flip a coin. )

Okay, I feel like that's plenty for one day; I'll try and get to today's prompt tomorrow, I think. I'm ready to go write now. Is the work day over yet?
reflectedeve: Frank Iero posing with a painting of himself (covering "his" mouth). (c'est ne pas un frank)
Cecil Baldwin, as played by Danny Pudi, in the NCVR booth

Sometimes you just have to post something to force yourself to stop tweaking it. I am not totally satisfied with this first piece of Welcome to Night Vale fanart ... hopefully I can improve on it? But here's a stab at Cecil Baldwin as played by Danny Pudi, because I find that particular casting kind of irresistible.

Mmmm, fanart, how I miss you. I continue to find myself completely swamped with projects, which I am certainly not complaining about, but still. I really want to do some kind of holiday exchange or something. I don't suppose anyone's heard anything about [community profile] yuletart this year?

I had another thought, but ... IDK if people would be into it. I was thinking it might be fun to do some kind of tiny gift exchange with various of you lovely people. Kind of a mini-reversebang thing ... say, you write me a comment-ficlet with one of our shared fandoms/pairings/etc (probably I will post a suggested list or something), and I do a little illustration for you in return. Would there be any interest in such a thing?

I don't know, it's just an idea right now ... but per usual, I miss fannish participation (and my fanpeople)! And I'm in a multifannish mood.

In other news, I spilled tea on my poor old laptop a few days ago, and now I no longer have an apostrophe or down-arrow key. Not a debilitating predicament, but pretty annoying! Bah.
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (comics - art - when I grow up)
Um, hey guys! Did not mean to disappear off the face of the earth quite so completely there. I have a lot of things I've been meaning to post about my life, and fan stuff, but ... apparently I have things to say about creator rights, pay for artists, and design contests, specifically regarding the Welcome To Night Vale t-shirt design contest.

I considered locking this post, and reposting it on my public, real-name tumblr, but ... I want to come at this not only from a professional artist standpoint (something that only kind of applies to me anyway), but also as a fan, someone who is always making creative work for the sheer joy of sharing my enthusiasm with other fans. (Maybe a little less often than I wish I could.) Over the last few years, I've increasingly found myself in the middle of a fan/creator divide on certain issues (this comes up a LOT with MCU fandom, sigh), and this seems like a good opportunity to address some of that!

So. This post came to my attention earlier today (via [personal profile] were_duck's twitter). The writer calls out the people of Commonplace Books (/Night Vale) for their design contest, which (they say) constitutes what is called "spec work:" design work undertaken for the possibility of future pay (where there is at least an equal possibility of putting in extensive labor for no compensation).

An attempt to further explain spec work. )

Now, I think the Night Vale contest is different, because it's a fan contest. )

THAT SAID, here's why this still matters. )

There is one point made in that above tumblr post that is really important even in this specific situation, this fan/professional grey area (because I do think that doing the work for an official context starts to move across that boundary!): who owns the rights? )

Whew, I know that was long, sorry. Maybe I can try and make it a little more concise, later ... I'm behind on my project schedule for the day! Also, I mean, I'm not claiming to be the ultimate authority on any of this: I'm not an experienced working artist or designer. I've done very little paid work (mostly because I don't want my livelihood to depend on navigating this kind of landscape, tbh). I do, however, belong to a sprawling community of creators who base various percentages of their living on work for hire, and the faculty I've just been learning from all have decades of experience with these issues, which they worked hard to pass on to us. I welcome other perspectives, though! These are things I'd like to see discussed on the fannish side sometimes!

Also, for more on the kind of atmosphere that leads artists to be frustrated and wary of these kinds of situations, here's a twitter account dedicated to actual quotations from people trying to hire artists (mostly comic artists) to work for free. Ranges from funny to rage-inducing.
reflectedeve: Frank Iero posing with a painting of himself (covering "his" mouth). (c'est ne pas un frank)
Hey artist types! A friend passed this my way, but I'm too swamped for it. (Boo. I need more hands. This is an ongoing issue!) Maybe one of you would be interested?

Want to collaborate on a fun Western fairytales-based project with a ficcer and a podficcer, for [community profile] pod_together? (Apparently they're thinking of something along the lines of "a guided tour of a museum in fairytale land.") Talk about a badass collaboration opportunity.

(Actually, totally making a note of collaborating simultaneously with a writer and a podficcer at some point. That would be amazing. Sometime when I'm not trying to prep two minicomics and an anthology for an early-fall convention, and do at least a little silly fanart/k_b work to unwind.)

... on a completely different note, thoroughly enjoyed this week's episode of Teen Wolf, which was a welcome change. Ugh, these characters. <3
reflectedeve: Joan Watson sits in bed, studying a paper with glasses on and a furrow in her brow. (consulting detective - deduction)
Spoilery squee for the Elementary finale! )

Sadly, I found the Doctor Who finale to be a bit meh, but that's been fairly common this season.

Meanwhile, this whole Kindle Worlds thing has been showing up all over my fannish and professional circles, and ... I'm just having a lot of trouble mustering up the energy for it. I mean, I realize that this is a bit different, because it's a company as big as Amazon ... but I feel like we've seen all this bullshit before, and it never really seems to go very far. Mostly I think I don't feel like dealing with yet another round of people from the non-fan side of my life talking about fandom (especially since some creator-types inevitably get judgy, bleh). I guess I'll keep a lookout for a decent round-up post.

On a completely different note! Still on the lookout for any particularly funny/awesome/FAVORITE band/musical artist interviews and articles, if anyone feels like sharing! Badass ladies (of any age or genre) especially. :D?
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (comics - art - when I grow up)
Jeez, you guys. I just came out of a two-hour lecture/panel discussion (the third in two days) that basically turned into a debate about print and digital media and tools for artists, audience interaction, the internet, and so on. I feel exhausted and exhilarated. I can't decide if I want to have a thousand meta discussions about creator/audience interaction, fandom, crowdsourcing, the Veronica Mars kickstarter, Homestuck (which I should mention, I still haven't read) ... or just go lock myself in a room and draw until my fingers ache. I kind of have to do the latter (after a five-hour office shift), but you know.

Speaking of internet audiences and such, could I ask your opinion on something web/comics related? )

Anyway, apart from the meta thoughts I haven't had time for much of fannish anything, although I have been following Gerard's twitter posts religiously. (Nice popcorn tree, dude. God, how are you so charming?) And I still haven't watched The Phoenix video, but I'm finally listening to it. Repeatedly. (Young Volcanoes is great too! But um. Unf.)

I am dithering about buying a ticket to see Fall Out Boy in Lowell or Brooklyn this fall ... I'm broke and I don't know what I'll be doing then. Are people going? Ever since MJ I've been missing being around fans so intensely.
reflectedeve: black & white photo of two white girls, 1920s-era, snuggling with a book. (book love - shared experience)
Okay, so in 2015? I am going to [livejournal.com profile] muskratjamboree, okay. I had such an amazing time just staying in the hotel and hanging out with so many wonderful fans, but ... I want to go to that dance party next time. ;) And some panels.

I'm following a bunch of the lovely people I met on DW, LJ and/or twitter, and I'm going to post my information over in this post! So if you are new to me here is some quick stuff to please read? )

Also ... yes, so, on Saturday my favorite band broke up, in the middle of the convention. Cutting for being more or less positive, in case you're not ready for that. )

Anyway, I'm on a bus north, and I think I'm gonna lie back and listen to podfic for a bit. But if [livejournal.com profile] intensityboat still has any fans out there (of course we do) ... there may be something for you quite soon. :)
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (love everybody - biggest hug)
So hey, I'm ... not exactly going to [livejournal.com profile] muskratjamboree, but I will be there. Rooming with [personal profile] were_duck, [personal profile] fairestcat and [personal profile] commodorified, hanging around the hotel working on my thesis (and maybe some extracurricular material ;)) while you guys are in panels or dancin'. ;) If you're going, come by and say hello, wander around Cambridge with me if you need to stretch your legs, sit and chat while I draw ... I would be beyond thrilled to see you! <3

I'm the one with most of my head buzzed and a big hank of red-orange-yellow hair hanging off to one side, probably wearing a tie and/or jacket and possibly red plaid pants. More than likely surrounded by a half-circle of fanned out pieces of bristol board, pens rolling around everywhere.

(I'm gonna screen comments on this post, in case you want to exchange contact info or something ... also emails to fairiesbite at yahoo dot com will find me! Or my gmail account, if you have it!)
reflectedeve: black & white photo of two white girls, 1920s-era, snuggling with a book. (book love - shared experience)
I clearly stayed home a little too long this time, because being back in Vermont is deeply surreal right now. It's so empty here (more than usual, with most of my classmates away). However, I have the apartment to myself (time for ALL THE CLEANING) and two more weeks without classes to keep mixing fannish things with my work schedule.

So hey, [community profile] snowflake_challenge Day 6: [i]n your own space, pimp three comms or challenges and explain why you love them.

Three fabulous comms plus reverse bang love! )

Ugh, I love fandom. I am never leaving, at least not for good.

On another note, can I just say that the locked poll I posted yesterday has really not been going the way I more or less expected? (Honestly, any outcome would have made me love my circle, but ... yeah. <3) I'm still waffling a little, though, so feel free to pop over and try to sway me if you haven't yet (ahem).
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (I think you mean - weirdo braintwin otp)
[community profile] snowflake_challenge Day 4! This one is kind of adorable, you guys. I am surfing through the comments of the post trying to find wishes to fulfill while I still have some time. Although meanwhile, I feel extremely awkward for asking for things myself. I've tried to keep them small ... ish?

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts.

1. I'd really love some Teen Wolf f/f fic (short is fine!) or art: Allison/Lydia or Allison/Erica, preferably incorporating badass team-ups (I'm in favor of these also including the third lady, or if it's Allison/Lydia, Stiles for awesome human times). I always crave more f/f that's not uber-fluffy (although I'm also not a big fan of hate!sex type stuff, generally).

2. Long, plotty podfic recs would be awesome. In lots of fandoms, really.* Also good audiobook recs, especially (but not exclusively) if they're available somewhere for free!

3. You know what I love? SILLY fanart/comics. So much. Jokes and cracked-out fusions and the like! Want to draw something silly in one of my fandoms? (Biggest ones at present include Teen Wolf, bandom - MCR, FOB and anything involving Greta, Star Trek: AOS, Elementary, Community, Warehouse 13 - mostly the ladies and Steve, Vecchio-inclusive Due South, pan-DCU with a few specific favorite characters, Farscape ... um, but really I like a lot of things!)

Okay, I'm just going to put this one down as a bonus, pie-in-the-sky kind of deal, because it's kind of a big undertaking and I feel a little weird about it. But if someone wanted to podfic [personal profile] tuesdaysgone's Killjoysverse series (with her permission, of course) I would basically be over the moon.

Also, so, I've seen a lot of talk about transformative works policies and blanket permissions in the last couple of days especially, which I think is generally awesome, and I would like to encourage the hell out of it. But I've never really considered doing one myself, because IDK, people don't transform fanart all that often? Although I have had someone write fic based on my art, once outside of a challenge, even. It's not, in my experience, a particularly common occurrence, but maybe a policy wouldn't be completely pointless?

Anyway it is my last day here in my hometown before I head back North and attempt to have much more of a thesis work ethic. I'm drawing fanart and my tie matches my hair (which is green), and I just bought a pair of earmuffs with silver sequins on the band (on sale). Things are pretty great! How are you, m'loves?

*Ridiculous list of fandoms for podfic?) )
reflectedeve: Frank Iero posing with a painting of himself (covering "his" mouth). (c'est ne pas un frank)
I think I'm going to try and take advantage of my ongoing school break to try out the [community profile] snowflake_challenge again.

Day 1: In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I sort of feel as though I should be focusing on things I made in the last year this time, but ... well, there hasn't been that much, sadly, between all the non-fannish creation and the times when I had no energy at all. So instead I'm just going to try and go for varied and different, I guess? Porn, podfic and playing catch ...

New artistic directions, new media, collaborative efforts ... )

Hah, okay, time to go draw more things I think. Happy New Year, bbs!
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (everything old is new again)
Um, so, I finally caved and got myself a fannish tumblr. Because I was tired of not being able to reblog all the ridiculous Teen Wolf and Avengers gifsets without mixing them with future ~professional social networking. (And, I confess, because all the Teen Wolf fanart seems to be over there.) My life is stupid.

Sorry for there being two of me everywhere. Zero obligation: any art that goes there will go here too! On the other hand, if you have a tumblr I don't know about yet, I'd like to ... hook me up?

That done, I'm running off to Montreal with my mom & brother for a couple days, which will be lovely, although I won't be able to read any more Teen Wolf fic (or draw totally professional things that are still really not family-friendly, ahem) until Sunday night or so. Have a lovely weekend, kids.
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (STILES YOUR FACE)
Hey guys, I'm still not dead! Blargh. It has been kind of a weird summer, honestly ... great when there's been swimming and watching random 90s anime with local friends and stretching editorial muscles; not so great when I've been fighting my brain and my words too hard. Classes start a month from tomorrow, and I'm definitely not in a rush but I'm looking forward to it.

Also? As you can see by the icon (on DW, anyway), yeah, Teen Wolf has happened. I'm delighted to find half the internet succumbing with me, since I totally just started watching it over the phone with [personal profile] chaiminda as a bff bonding exercise ... and I'm seriously amused by all the talk of fannish plagues and the like. People are surprised by this one, really? IDK, guys. As I said on twitter a few days ago, Teen Wolf takes me right back to the days of Buffy and Smallville (which incidentally were my first big fannish-inclusion years, so there's a heavy nostalgia factor) ... except it's all the same show (not as good as Buffy but not nearly as bad as Smallville, particularly in its second season). Although I'll grant, it does seem to sneak up on you. One minute I'm spending all my phone call viewing hours rolling my eyes and mocking Scott's stupid face (and lamenting how much I do not care about lacrosse, sigh), and the next I LOVE EVERYONE and am on the edge of my seat in terror for them (but I still don't give a damn about lacrosse, so that's reassuring anyway).

Brief ramble about the State of Me in Fandom or something like that. )

So yeah, anyway. :) I have all kinds of specific thoughts and feelings that I don't have time to share right now, naturally, and maybe I'll actually write up a response to the finale next week! (Augh.) I don't remember the last time I did that; I miss TV fandoms. This is all so much fun!
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (Default)
Hey, kids. So I've been busy the last few days with family and traveling back north and stuff. I'm finding myself instantly inclined to curl up into a ball of sleeping and reading and not talking to anyone more than absolutely necessary, and I really want to nip that in the bud. I would like for the second half of my vacation to be social and productive! So here, I will do the first three days of the Fandom Snowflake Challenge at once, for a start. :)

Day One: Self-Recs.
In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Drop a link to your post in the comments.

Three things I made. )

Day Two: Reccing others
In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Drop a link to your post in the comments. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom and maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.

Three things other people made! )

Day Three:
Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"

It doesn't have to be anything complex - it can be feedback for a fanwork or discussing something you might have in common or even simply admiring their icon. The point is to reach out to someone you normally wouldn't and connect with them, even if it's only for the briefest moment.


I ... have been meaning, as a general rule, to try and spend part of my time this month actually leaving people comments and feedback for the various fanworks I've been enjoying lately. So I made a start on that, of sorts? I am very awkward, but considering how intensely reclusive I'm feeling today, I'm glad I did.

This is really kind of a neat challenge, you guys; I like the idea of kicking off the new year by showing some appreciation for my community.
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (fancy seeing you here - make an entrance)
Oh man, I've been trying to write this post all week, but work's been super busy all of a sudden ... and I seem to be experiencing something akin to senioritis, so I have to work a lot harder than usual to concentrate. /o\ I'm really behind on all your entries, too. I'll try and catch up!

Thank you so much for the sweet, sweet comments on the love meme, bbs. I can't tell you how good that made me feel. ♥ Also I rather loved commenting, so you folks should totally put your names down for those things more often. ;) I'm a gusher by nature but feel kind of awkward about it a lot of the time; I appreciate the opportunity of anonymity (or the illusion thereof, as I expect I can be pretty obvious).

I had a pretty lively weekend. It started with a German lesbian vampire movie, which was somewhat entertaining, although there was not nearly enough making out and the ending was disappointingly heteronormative. The audience was certainly quite attractive, and I had plenty of time to admire them, because the DVD started skipping twice. (This has never happened to me in a theater before, even a little arthouse place. The staff good-naturedly blamed Friday the 13th.)

On Saturday I went to a family friend's business school graduation, which would have been excruciating except for his four-year-old daughter. I spent the whole ceremony keeping her occupied and letting her take tiny video clips of me. "I'm going to put you on the computer!" She's also turning into a tiny ball of snark, but I can't say I mind that. :D

My father, meanwhile, attempted to convince me to read Moby Dick this summer in exchange for his reading Little Women. Which, I mean ... what? I have no idea why on earth he thought that was going to work. (I should note that there is absolutely no reason I can think of for his particular choice of text. I did love that book very much when I was about eleven, but that hardly makes it stand out from the crowd.) His mission to get me to read Melville has been going on for ... almost a decade, now, I think. (I have every intention of reading that book! I want to read that book! But not yet.) I told him that if he read Understanding Comics, I'd consider it.

There was also quite a lot of pleasant company and some delicious vegan carrot & coriander soup. (With apologies to a certain Famous Detective, I'm rather grateful I don't have a spice allergy. Mmmmm.)

Also there has been some exciting TV lately! My circle has already done a thorough job of expressing their delight over The Doctor's Wife, so I will confine myself to saying that yes, all of that, oh my god. ♥___♥ (Also, biting is like kissing. With a winner.) And as for the Castle finale, I just, holy fuck. In spite of being a show about murder, that's the one I usually go to for ... you know, fun times? Quips and general weirdness and hilarity? Which probably made the sucker punch (punches) that much more effective, really.

Additionally, I discovered this week that there is apparently a secret government lab (which contains, among other things, a cow) in the basement of the building where I work. (Although for future reference, tv writers: some portions of this particular illustrious university are sadly not beautiful and ivy-covered.)

Right, I should get back to work. I lost a big chunk of this morning (mid-post-writing) to finding out some very upsetting news about a neighbor of mine. Feeling a little shaken at the moment, and also, stuff to do. I'll have to do that catching up later, but I hope your weeks are going splendidly! Also, you should go vote in the Fandom Hot 20 poll (second part here). Aeryn Sun and Wendy Watson need some more love, for starters.
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (girls rock - bandmates)
I had the most amazing weekend. There were fangirls in my city, and while I was kind of an idiot and didn't actually attend MJ, some of them still invited me to dinner and hanging out in hotel rooms, and [livejournal.com profile] tuesdaysgone let me drag her all over the city for most of Saturday. I had a lovely, lovely time, and next time I am registering for sure. And doing a better job of remembering who I met, because everyone was generally fabulous, even though I'm super shy. ♥

Also, my birthday present from my parents, slightly belated, was a Blackberry Torch. I've been a little resistant to smartphones in the past, but I must admit, this thing is seriously useful, particularly when it comes to commutery things (from checking bus arrival times to reading fic without having to print it out first). Also, my flipping power cord died again last night, so my phone's the only computer I'll have at home for the next little while. Whoops.

This week I'm going to see a Patrick Stump solo show (tomorrow), which should be an ... interesting experience? (I need to read all the reviews that've been popping up, IDEK what to expect.) Is anyone else going to be there? I'll be with [personal profile] jjtaylor and [personal profile] ataratah, probably having all the feelings.

Also, I have to break up with my therapist, and it's stressing me out a little. :/ I'm not great at deliberately ending relationships in general, this is a first for me anyway, and also now I'll have to find a new one. If any of you local or formerly-local folks happen to have recommendations you'd like to share (via email or PM), they would be most welcome.
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (retcons - comics are on crack)
Mmm, that was a pretty nice long weekend, all things considered. I mostly took a break from the internet, cleaned up my room/part of my apartment in preparation for the new bookcases I'm getting next weekend (finally, my books will have a home), hung out and sung along to 1776 with a lot of wonderful people at [livejournal.com profile] omnia_mutantur's, perched on some MIT stairs with my roommate to watch Boston's best fireworks display in years, cooked some tasty things, and was grateful (if mildly guilty) for my apartment's AC. Also I didn't draw much, tsk. I need to try and be productive more steadily and less in bursts. I did get my comics anthology submission all wrapped up and submitted Friday night, though, so there's that - now I'm back at the point I was supposed to be at right after college. \o/ /o\

I have one last The Last Airbender-related link to share (for now), which I think is rather important: The Last Airbender: who is to blame? by [personal profile] glockgal at [livejournal.com profile] racebending. It's about the danger of scapegoating M. Night Shyamalan rather than focusing on the institutionalized racism that is really at the root of the TLA debacle, and even comes with handy visual aid. (Sure, Shyamalan has been showing his ass quite enthusiastically throughout, but he's not behind the decades of systematic whitewashing in American cinema, and his likely disgrace won't prevent more of the same in the future.)

I haven't found the energy to write about Wonder Woman and why the "reboot" bothers me so much ... probably because I find Wonder Woman so difficult to talk about in general? I've stayed away from past discussions of her because they tend to focus around how some people find her boring or unrelatable, whereas I have this lingering childhood hero-worship that makes their perspective very difficult to comprehend. Also, I find that it's hard to take off the lifelong comics-reader goggles to a certain extent; I've realized that Diana's previous lack of pants didn't bother me, depending entirely on how she was drawn/characterized in her individual appearances. I've had a lot of feminist anger about the portrayal of female characters in superhero comics since the age of eleven or so, but the star-spangled bathing suit doesn't entirely fit into that for me. Relatedly, I still haven't found the words to defend her importance to me as an icon, in spite of the fact that nostalgia for "classic" superheros has been an enormous issue with DC recently (and I've fallen squarely on the side of irritation with that attitude - would have even if I could put aside the rampant racefail that's been involved, which I can't).

It's much easier to explain my anger about the deaths of her mother and culture, and possibly my longtime irritation at most "grim and gritty" superhero revamping, but ... yeah, my thoughts are just not together on this. /o\ I love that I can write a huge paragraph about how I don't know how to write about this issue, too, sheesh. For now, though? Gloria Steinem sums it up. (Still behind on the coverage, too, but that caught my eye.)

Also, I'm starting to catch up on the current Vividcon warnings/ablism/etc discussion, though I feel like the posts I've read have been too scattered to give me a comprehensive picture yet. However, I generally tend to come down on the side of making fannish spaces as safe and comfortable for everyone as possible (except as regards being called out for fail), and against jumping on marginalized people (at all, but specifically) when they ask for what they need. This is one of those uncomfortable instances of fannish fail where some of the faily things are being said by people I've liked and respected over the years, which is always extra-fun.

Whew. I don't think it's necessarily that fandom is more full of fail than usual lately; I think it's getting more attention than it used to (at least, in my "corner" of fandom). The sheer volume is getting a bit hard to follow, with the increasing IRL/art obligations, but I want to keep up as much as possible. (It helps that I've developed an interest in an older fandom where the fic mostly doesn't mesh with my stylistic tastes! My life is clearly the hardest, pfft.)
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (slash - fanart - self-indulgence)
Oh um, hi internet! /o\ I am kind of swamped these days. I've taken on a number of original comics projects for the summer (not to mention my grad school application). So it looks like I'm just going to have even less time for fandom stuff than usual. (Although, I say this five days before Leverage comes back, so IDK. Grain of salt.)

That said, the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] bandombigbang story I drew for has gone live! Only Going One Way, by [personal profile] ataratah and [personal profile] jjtaylor, is a BANDOM/DUE SOUTH CROSSOVER. Yeah. :DDD It is fucking hilarious and cracked-out and amazing, and you should totally go check it out! Not only is the main pairing adorable, but these two have a real gift for writing great secondary characters as well - in both fandoms. (Buck Frobisher, omg. :DDD)

You can see my four illustrations on LJ or on DW. How could I possibly pass up the chance to draw Gerard Way in a Mountie uniform? I had so much fun with this, seriously. It was particularly appropriate, since I started working on it during the drive to/from Canada for my brother's graduation.

Of course, now I've done fanart of Fraser and Kowalski, but not Vecchio ... which means that at some point, I'll have to make time to rectify that. ;)

On a less gleeful note, you've probably all heard about the most recent, sickening bit of fandom racefail by now? But here's a rather belated signal boost, just in case, because I think it's important to be aware of shit like this. (Link goes to the most comprehensive round-up post of the debacle, by [livejournal.com profile] amazonziti.) In a nutshell: a SPN fan decided that the tragic (and ongoing) aftermath of the Haiti earthquake would make a great backdrop for her two white dudes to ~find themselves and have hot sex, piling on plenty of painful racist and imperialistic tropes along the way. Her betas, artist, cheerleaders, and quite a few commenters apparently agreed. Eurgh.

I'm sorry for both being so late and so brief on the matter ... I may try and get a post together later about some different instances of pop culture/fannish fail I've been encountering lately (much of it about race). I hope.
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (retcons - comics are on crack)
So it looks like the AO3 is getting ready to work on hosting fanart/non-fic fanworks! They are soliciting ideas from fanartists right now. :D I can't even begin to tell you guys how excited I am about this! I've never really had the opportunity to host my fanart in a really fandom-centric place, you know? Much less a place as thoughtfully designed as the AO3.

In other news, I have a serious superhero craving right now. It's taking a lot of effort not to head the two blocks to my local comic shop and spend money, but I am also trying to budget myself much more carefully these days. (This will probably end in tears. Or rereading old Smallville fic.)
reflectedeve: Pearl from Steven Universe, in a tux and top hat (i heard a rumor - namesake)
(At some point I'll get off my ass and write a check to renew my paid dreamwidth account. Then I can have icons again!)

So this weekend I decided to take a vacation in an alternate universe; one where queer women are, y'know, totes normal and get to have stories written about them all the time. To that end, I rented Saving Face (which was fantastic) and picked up a copy of Malinda Lo's Ash (which was sweet, and would have been perfect for me in my mid-teens) . . . and then I wound up rewatching about six episodes of Xena. ;)

Can't I just live there?

(This time) it all started because ... personal and disorderly thoughts on recent meta. )

Meh. All that aside, things have been seriously rough lately, but yesterday I cleaned, made delicious vegetarian chili, and got a new original strip penciled. After a couple weeks of emotional exhaustion and aimlessness, my life is pulling itself back into shape; huzzah! (Also I'm thinking about setting up an OkCupid account - meep.)

Now I have to figure out what on earth I'm drawing for [livejournal.com profile] trekreversebang. I kind of want to do Kirk/Spock/Uhura, but a) I'm not sure people will write it and b) I keep coming up with less-than-inspired gen instead. Hrm.

[ETA:] Oh, also, because I haven't mentioned in quite awhile? I still have some dreamwidth invite codes, if anyone's interested.

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