Husky getting nervous at his first swimming lesson
I like this WAY more then I should
BIG BABY <3
“Death to Poseidon” has me fking rolling.
It only took half a day but as tumblr is already recommending me posts that I am like Hmm Yeah No, I must distance myself from any talk of manifesting Sciles endgame in the TW movie, and re-clarify my ACTUAL position on Bi Scott McCall.
Have you not met me?
I HAVE AN AGENDA, AND THAT AGENDA HAS NOT WAVERED ONE SINGLE IOTA IN TEN FRICKING YEARS.
You know it says something when imho even Nightwing New Order (the elseworld in which Dick, upon losing Batman to a black kryptonite brainwashed Superman and a huge battle in Metropolis, activates a device that strips 90% of metas of their superpowers and becomes the head of a quasi- police state to enforce such a thing) seems the best Dick was written since the NTT. Thoughts?
LOL, sorry, I’m afraid I have to go with a HARD Disagree on this one.
I don’t worry about Elseworlds too much, because personally, I don’t think its possible for them TO say too much about a character’s ‘core’ characterization as much of the appeal of them as stories is to showcase versions of popular characters that are too different from their normal characterization to ever come about in normal continuity.
So like, New Order doesn’t really BOTHER me in a way that even a lot of fanfics that mischaracterize Dick bothers me, because its not even really MEANT to be 'our’ Dick Grayson, y'know? Its a What If, but not even a What If Things Were Just Slightly Different, but more a What If We Wrote a Story We KNOW Will Never Get Close To Greenlit in Main Continuity. So it just exists on its own merits, and I enjoy quite a few Elseworlds in that sense. That one just didn’t appeal to me on any level because its just not a version of Dick Grayson that makes sense to me, even as a What If, you know?
*Shrugs* Its just, we’ve seen Dick motivated by extreme loss before, we’ve seen him driven to extreme lengths before, but even with all that, his USUAL characterization IMO is that he ultimately is that guy who believes more strongly in free expression, personal agency, the right of an individual to be who THEY want to be….over pretty much ALL else. I can’t really buy into any scenario where he turns his back on all that, and like….doesn’t realize he’s doing it. Its fundamental to most of the disagreements he DOES have with other characters, with him basically never wavering from that position. Dick Grayson just fundamentally does not believe that the good of the many ever HAS to come at the cost of people being expected to be other than who and what they are. And using his character, of all characters, to like….embody totalitarianism of any kind, even in the name of nominally protecting his loved ones, is….just….not it, for me.
IMO, literally the only good thing about that Elseworlds is Jake, lol, so I tend to just….airlift the idea of Jake out of it and drop him into any other AU or story where Dick and Kory are together and already have Mar'i.
I mean for whatever its worth, I’ll give you that the story did a fairly good job of showcasing Dick tactically, his strategic capabilities and his charisma, etc…..but while those are things I APPRECIATE about his character, they’re not the things that DRAW me to his character, y'know? So even those on display, without what I personally perceive as like, the essence or high concept of his character….just doesn’t do too much for me. Its like when something has the letter of something but not the spirit.
On the bright side, at least the whole “Dick cheated on Kory with Babs” thing seems to be something we’ve all universally decided to yeet into the trash?
That is pretty much the ONLY story of Dick’s that seems to largely get the ‘ignored for his sake’ treatment, that and Brothers in Blood (which I maintain is ignored as much for Jason’s sake as Dick’s), but tbh, I still see both get brought up against him more than I ever see stuff like the Jason fighting with Damian in Titans story, even when the latter was current.
Personally though, I’d rather deal with that instead of a lot of the stories that do get held against Dick, because its one of the easiest things to push back against as being just terribly thought out and out of character writing.
Literally all you have to do is hold up the page before Dick proposes to Kory, where she and him are fighting about Mirage, and the panel from the Nightwing Annual where Dick responds to Babs by saying Kory won’t mind that they slept together. And then tell people to go on and TRY and reconcile those two pages, go ahead, make it make sense. You can’t because it doesn’t.
One of my popular Scott posts of old has picked up steam again today (the one about Scott never actually being naive and choosing to be optimistic instead of jaded not actually being proof of a lack of life experiences but rather a show of strength) and it was like awww thanks randomness of tumblr for actually selecting a good post to benefit from today’s news. It doesn’t always work out that way. ahafklhfaklfahlfa
Wish arcs like “Jason randomly beats the crap out of Damian” were as remembered as “Dick forgets his little brother through absolutely no fault of his own” are when it comes to fics that have Damian rating his relationships with his brothers.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, I hated the former and found it terrible characterization but fandom’s willingness to turn a blind eye to stuff like that while characterizing Jason as the ultimate big bro to Damian just cuz they said so, while milking the fuck out of every time Dick neglects Damian not even of his own fault, is just….
Its like, you guys know when you’re erasing/ignoring canon and selectively writing around stuff you don’t like, you can do that with stuff like Ric Grayson and Spyral too, right? Or like, you can literally just SKIP the entire Robin and Red Robin debacle and reference Tim having decided to pick a new mantle himself when he set out to find Bruce no matter what, or you can literally pretend you never saw the words Arkham and Jason and Dick in the same sentence ever.
But nah, you’re more than happy to twist the latter stuff COMPLETELY out of context in one direction and one direction only, and meanwhile, its every other character that gets to benefit from “I don’t see/acknowledge that arc, it literally never happened in my eyes.”
Love how everyone else’s canon gets to be set on fire and happily burned by fans, and only Dick’s seems to be fireproof……or at least, Dick’s when it makes him look even SLIGHTLY bad. Good characterization for him, like his times being a good brother to Jason or the times when Tim was Robin and had Dick’s undivided attention…..yeah, that shit’s still flammable.
One of the cringiest things that comes out of this fandom is fanfictions about Damian getting bullied in school, most of the time by racist bullies, then have either one of his brothers or Jon come in to defend him and the reason he doesn’t defend himself is because “father told me I should never raise my fist on the students here because they’re just normal kids :( ”
Like girl?? This is Damian would-beat-his-own-brother-if-he-looked-at-him-funny Wayne, the same Damian that will jump off a cliff if his father told him not to jump off a cliff just to spite him, THAT Damian will allow kids to be racist to him because his father told him not to retaliate? You can’t be serious.
One of the biggest problems with Dick Grayson in canon is half the people writing and editing him genuinely think his high concept is that he’s the kid that Batman spent the most time raising, specifically intending/hoping for Dick to grow up to be the better version of himself……and then the other half are people who are like yeah but we can’t actually have anyone looking like a better version than Batman, because….why would anyone care about Batman then?
And then half of Group A retroactively hear this and are like wait, crap, you’re right, we gotta walk this back, and then the other half of Group A are like what are you talking about, its a GOOD thing for Bruce to try and raise his kid to be better than him in specific respects, so its a GOOD thing to show that he was successful in this, did you not understand the assignment?
And then everyone starts yelling about how no, YOU don’t understand the assignment, and ultimately it becomes very apparent that even on this relatively simple point, there is virtually no agreement en masse as to what the actual assignment re: Dick Grayson’s character, is supposed to be.
The Tennessee group “Moms for Liberty” is demanding that schools give up the freedom to choose the books appropriate for students to read and study – and the Williamson County School District is the latest battleground.
But the group’s list of books that should be censored is ludicrous – and includes removing one book because the watercolor illustrations of seahorses are too sexy.
Sea Horse: The Shyest Fish In The Sea dares to show two seahorses holding tails or touching bellies as it describes the animal’s unusual mating ritual.
“They twist their tails together and twirl gently around, changing color until they match,” the book reads. “Sea horses are faithful to one mate and often pair up for life. Today Sea Horse’s mate is full of ripe eggs. The two of them dance until sunset and then she puts her eggs into his pouch. Barbour sea horses mate every few weeks during the breeding season. Only the male sea horse has a pouch. Only the female sea horse can grow eggs.”
The group also objects to a book about Johnny Appleseed, a folklore hero who planted apple trees across the Midwest, because “the story is sad and dark.”
Another objectionable tome was a book about hurricanes, because “1st grade is too young to hear about possible devastating effects of hurricanes.”
The Seahorses only have sex when they’re married and never divorce or cheat what more do they want?
Okay but Ced, you’re not getting it. Like that’s great and all, but there’s no reason they have to look like THAT the whole time, like who are they showing off for, y’know?
Don’t forget you have none of the benefits of wetland plants (cooling, regulated evaporation, food and habitat for wildlife), when the canals go stagnant they breed tons more mosquitoes because they don’t support the amphibians that eat them, it’s no longer an accessible water source for bigger wildlife, storm water is faster and more dangerous in a straight channel than in a natural stream, the concrete and the speed prevent water from infiltrating into the soil and maintaining the aquifer… I could go on.
And let’s not forget that the people who will suffer the most from this are low-income communities. Either they;
1) Lack the resources to evacuate in the case of a flood in the first place or lack the resources to rebuild after, or
2) Live off the land to some degree and as seasonal cycles, such as annual floods, are disrupted, local food systems (substistance farming, fishing, etc.) and become increasingly less viable, among other cultural disruptions
Bonus points if the disappearing wetlands acted as a storm buffer and/or all the remaining wetlands are polluted as hell and/or what land is left is being swallowed by the combination of land compaction and salt water intrusion meeting rising sea levels
But as long as navigating their products to port is easier for the corporations that own the river, right?
Vampire oc when he gets bored with the current life/cover story he's using. Faking his deaths/disappearances is a legit hobby for him, he's done it HUNDREDS of times. He's made it into an art form.
Also, pretending to be his own son or distant relative who inherits his own money/assets.
I am now picturing weekend seminars hosted in hotel ballrooms under the guise of “How To Be A New You” which are actually all about this immortal hosting like, TED talks with various supernatural beings for new baby immortals to frantically scribble notes on the best ways to fake it through multiple lifetimes without anyone being the wiser, how to make yourself the beneficiary of your own will, etc, etc.
Meanwhile, nonsupernaturals are REALLY baffled why this seminar is so exclusive and you seem to need to be on some kind of invite only list to get a ticket, which makes a whole like, accidental cult following spring up around this speaker as every rando is CONVINCED they must be the real deal and have the actual ticket to life fulfillment or whatever, else why would their seminars always be so damn hard to get into???
Imagine voicing the most iconic character in all of video games for like forty years and fucking Chris Pratt takes your role once you finally get a big budget movie
But the voice people can physically escape the sound of their own voice. We do multiple voices. We used to save producers’ asses, because they’d hire you and say, “Well, we were going to get six people, but we can’t afford it. Can you do this, this, and this?” And you’d do them, and they’d be perfectly happy, and they’d save a bundle of dough. Now, it’s the exact opposite. The minute they mention a CGI film, they’re already looking to see what Renée Zellweger is doing. They’re already looking to see what Billy Crystal is doing. This doesn’t make sense, to do what they do—spend zillions on visuals, and then have this totally fucking flat-lining voice track. You know, “Hey, I’m Will Smith, I’m a clam! I’m Will Smith, I’m a kangaroo!” All you bring to the performance is your own ego. They’re just being themselves.
Just FYI for Dick Grayson followers -
Its likely looking like a Teen Wolf kinda day for posting, what with the news breaking about next year’s Teen Wolf movie with at least some of the show’s cast and characters returning. (Kira had BETTER the FUCK be one of them, I’m just SAYING).
But I’m trying to get through a couple more responses to those fic start prompts from a couple weeks ago, so don’t worry, there should still be DG content amidst all the petty laughing at the TW asshole anon who likes to insist its a dead fandom nobody should care about anymore while still aggressively stalking the inboxes and posts of all of us who had the nerve to like the main character in the first place. ahfishflakhfklafa Oh they really are the gift that keeps on giving, mostly because everyone keeps trying to regift them to someone else. Can we just get some store credit instead, maybe?
Today really would be the perfect day for Chris McKay to like, randomly drop some news about the long-alluded to Nightwing movie too. I’ve never had two hyper-fixations actively go to war for my attention at the exact same time. That sounds like it would be fun and not at all disastrous!
So a lot of people like to see their OCs in glorious color, and a lot of people would be happy to draw those OCs (for money). If you’ve never commissioned artwork before and don’t know where to start, it can be easy to find a list of Don’ts, but not a list of Do’s. Fortunately, the combined efforts of @sarang-archer and @fixyourwritinghabits are here to help you out!
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Tip #1: Give your artist as much to work with as possible! - Having a full body turnaround of the character is ideal. You can use a character creator like heroforge or picrews (fullbodies are usually rare picrew finds, but useful for facial details) as well! Drawing a quick sketch of what you want for your commission is also encouraged, if you can. Outfits, hairstyles, expressions, poses, camera angles, backgrounds, and lighting are all awesome references to have on hand!
Tip #2: Know where to get your references! - Pinterest and Google Images aren’t the best for references because you may not know if the image is free to use. It might not seem important, but to avoid legal complications (for future small businesses especially), it’s recommended to pull reference images from free-to-use websites. There are dozens of websites that are royalty-free for everything you need! Here’s a list of a few that we recommend:
Tip #3: Know what your pricing limit is! - Budgets are important, and sometimes it might be a good idea to discuss that with the artist. Most of the time, they’ll suggest a commission that’ll get you the most out of your price range. If you don’t have a specific piece in mind, knowing the budget can help both you and the artist figure out the best way to approach the commission!
Tip #4: Know what you want! - From what other artists say, there’s one common element that isn’t encouraging: when a client messages the artist, and they try to give them “creative liberty” on the piece. It might also seem like a good idea to ask for an artist to save a spot for you, but it’s highly recommended to have a general vision of your commissioned piece in mind before reaching out.
Being a professional artist is a working job, they need clear directives to be productive. Chances are, the artist also has an official “Do’s and Don’ts” page, so please refer to that when you’re in doubt!
Tip #5: Communicate! - You should feel approachable as a client, since the artist can pick up on your energy. Commissioning is a two-way street; the easier you can talk about what you want adjusted as a client, the more satisfied both parties will be of the final result! Here’s a good post about how to exchange professional and constructive emails!
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Credits: I worked with @fixyourwritinghabits to create this post- if you’d like to find some advice or resources in the literary side of art, go check em out!
If this information helped you out in any way, I’m (@sarang-archer, he/him) taking commissions and donations to gather funds for an apartment, meds/insurance, and my transitioning and I’d love to work with you! I have traditional, digital, and animated commissions open, please refer to this post for more info, and follow @sarang-archer for more updates !!
my carrd (samples + prices): https://sarangarcher.carrd.co/
Thank you for reading, and happy commissioning !!
Hey, y'all, I worked with @sarang-archer on this post to help boost his work and his commission call. Please consider checking out his commission page and helping out if you can!
Hurricane Ida victim (please read)
My friend lives in New Orleans with her old grandparents who’s been taking care of her since she lost her parents. Hurricane Ida came and took away the home they had with it, it also took the little material possession. Now they have to rebuild.
She said and I quote
“Thanks to the little genuine helpers around, temporary shelter Was provided, disaster debris were picked, we weren’t given a generator because we are temporarily sheltered”. She added ; “But the helping out the city thing has turned into a competition than compassion. many will come to question and film us in the name of helping the city even though their intention is directly opposite.”
One of the crazy experience she’s had; My friend and her family were filmed and questioned by some entities who claimed to have come to encourage the city and let them know they are not alone. Few days later she got online and saw the video with the caption “…. We donated some cash and helped the family start their rebuild….”.
She decided to only seek aid from Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema)
But The family had applied for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) last time and been rejected. Another initial application after Ida had also been rejected too, despite the complete decimation.
3 weeks old plus some days (After Ida), my friend and the poor grandparents are still helpless.
Please help them rebuild.
Please click the link below for more information/donation 🙏
Ancient, immortal supernatural major players of NYC who've been there done that watching these whipper snappers cause disruptions from their fortified places of power
Its funny though see, because they can’t actually say shit. The older immortals in this all have their own backstory, as has been alluded to here and there, but yeah. Something definitely went down centuries ago, with ripple effects in the here and now, that most of the named major players in this were all there for, when THEY were young, in their first century of life at the most, many of them only teenagers themselves.
Bloody Mary (the vampire queen of New York), Herne the Huntsman aka Henry the owner and proprietor of Otherworld, Noshiko, and a couple others all got up to some Shenanigans back then when they weren’t a pack like on the show, but definitely rode together, you could say. And those are just the ones that are still alive from back then, as not everyone in their ‘group’ was an immortal supernatural. Basically it was meant to be like they’re a flash forward of what the pack on the show would look like in a few centuries’ time, if something were to bring the surviving members back together after they went their separate ways. Although its a parallel to the show’s pack rather than Scott’s pack here of course, given that Scott’s pack are all werewolves rather than the mishmash of supernaturals they were on the show.
You’ve also got the last two major players which I’ve alluded to but never named because I didn’t really want to tease that without the fic being back up and running again, and which were also part of the older group back in the day, but antagonists here and now. Actually shouldn’t be too hard to guess who one of the pair of them is, if you know my fondness for famous witches from various mythologies of folklore, and consider which of them I’ve already used elsewhere like Circe in Beacon Bay and who of the other Big Names I’ve never really talked about much. Guessing the other character would be a non-starter as they’re an OC, lol, but after trying waaaay too hard to figure out a character from folklore I could use to fill that same plot-spot I just went fuck it. Anyway, the moral of the post is yeah, the older immortal characters in this fic definitely have their Opinions on what the younger generation are getting up to, but they can’t exactly talk as there are still enough beings around who are even older than THEM, who might have a few things to say if they tried to weigh in, like oh say….Alberich.
it’s interesting to me how i can’t find any local bail funds that go towards bailing out actual prisoners and not just activists and protestors. seem a lil backwards to me. maybe the reasoning is ppl are more likely to fund them rather than imperfect victims like prisoners.
anyway if you can and are able to, please share and donate to help us get my brother bailed out and proper legal representation.
more updates and details within the fund but the gist of those are:
severe abuses by prison employees upon my brother such as:
- not reading him his miranda rights upon arrest
- withholding of medical care
- purposely making him miss his court dates by not transporting him as they are responsible to
- withholding money that family put down for him to feed himself and buy necessities in there
- blocking his calls to me & other family members.
alternative links to donate:
friendly reminder, talia was never a damsel in distress. if anything, she’s a damsel OUT of distress.
batman annual 8
the batman adventures 29
bane of the demon 2
resurrection of ra’s al ghul
dceased: hawe 5
Dick Grayson & Wally West
Recommended issues reading list
- Teen Titans v1 #36
- The Brave and the Bold #54
- Teen Titans v2 (esp #12-16)
- The New Teen Titans v1 #2, 5, 39, Annual #2
- Teen Titans: Year One #1
- Flash v2 #81-83, 134, 142, 151, 210, 228
- Nightwing v2 #7, 63, 73, 141, 153
- Nightwing Secret Files and Origins
- Flash Plus Nightwing
- Titans v1 (esp #1, 3, 13, 15-16, 20, 39, 42)
- Titans v2 (esp #23)
- Justice League: The New Frontier Special
- JLA: Rise and Fall
- Batman Beyond 2.0 #16
- Titans Rebirth (esp #1, 3, 9)
- Nightwing v4 #15, 21
Also check out Young Justice
do you think the dc universe has a news site like the onion that’s just like…
“meddling parents still alive, preventing bruce wayne from adopting yet anther orphan”
“new study shows that 87% of all americans class superman as american citizen despite being born on a different planet, but only 49% avoided eye contact when asked about why martian manhunter doesn’t count”
“area woman thanking her lucky stars that batman and superman fell out on the same day she was due to go to boss’ niece’s bat mitzvah”
“arkham guard astonished by trip to iron heights, only now learning what locks are for”
“area man pretty sure he should be making more than $60k a year if his boss has 10 billion dollars to waste on robotic exosuit”
“breaking news: lex luthor sues superman for loss of earnings, claims that continually losing fights to him is negatively affecting his work ethic”
“Hub City mayor declares state of unemergency after two hours without a violent crime”
“grown man who dresses in halloween costume every night thinks clown his biggest problem”
“disappointed child realizes Booster Gold at birthday party the real one, not just a guy in a costume”
“drunk Aquaman rampages through ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ ride”
“new Teen Titan not attached to any Justice League member wonders why they’ve been issued a uniform with a red shirt”
“Earth totally not a tax haven, say Green Lantern Corps as they assign eighth lantern to same planet”
“’no one knows how to stop him’ says armed police officer as non-powered clown-themed supervillain begins 82nd massacre this year”
Clark wrote all of these, you can’t change my mind.
Bruce is exasperated but thinks some are funny and does nothing, nothing at all to stop it, even tells the press some are close to the truth.