man don’t ask me to talk about the Disney trilogy, i’ll lose half my mutuals
The Thrawn trilogy (+sequel) are interesting tho because like. Zahn is… honestly not a very good writer? At least not by the standards that someone who grew up reading fanfic would probably have. He’s exactly the kind of writer that a 14-year-old white nerd boy in curative sci-fi fandom in the 80s and 90s would think was a great writer, because his ideas and plots are very interesting and well-constructed and sometimes even brilliant, but he has the pacing and tension and character psychology talent of… a fourteen-year-old white nerd boy.
Example: by the time Zahn wrote the first Thrawn book, Luke was already wildly, stupidly OP. He had become basically impossible to challenge because if he wanted to eat a planet with the Force he could just do that. Who was going to fuck with him, nobody, that’s who. There was no point.
So the EU writers get together and go “how do we solve this… well here’s an idea, the Force is about balance, right, about obeying the will of the universe rather than imposing your will upon it, so we’ll have Luke realize this is Dark Side shit and he needs to stop just solving everything with Force Ubermagic and things can actually start to challenge him again.” Perfect solution, right, completely in keeping with the setting, fixes the problem, challenges the hero and provides room for growth, grade A, cut it, print it, we could make whole books just out of this.
But how does Zahn implement that? Well, some aliens tell Luke “this is Dark Side shit” and Luke goes “well shit they’re right” and never does it again.
Same with Mara Jade’s compulsion thing. She’s mentally programmed by the Emperor to kill Luke, but she hates Palpatine, likes Luke well enough once she meets him, eventually becomes invested in him personally. This is an amazing opportunity for tension, conflict, for a struggle between them, for her breaking through her conditioning after fighting against it, for our heroes to work together to find a solution to a terrible curse. But what actually happens is she finds it mildly annoying a couple times, then conveniently ends up in a situation where she’s able to kill his clone and then that satisfies the compulsion through sheer convenient accident that utterly and completely wastes an otherwise brilliant setup.
Like, I would 100% recommend the books to any Star Wars fan, they’re totally readable good silly fun and they introduce concepts that are pretty great and themes that are actually pretty powerful and characters who are pretty awesome even through Zahn’s very mechanical, tell-don’t-show writing style. But speaking as someone who has been in transformative fandom since cyanobacteria were invented and knows just how good a story written in someone else’s playground can be, I think they’re pretty hilariously overrated by the Star Wars fandom at large.
WHAT BENDERS WOULD THE BATFAMILY BE. I’LL GO FIRST. DICK GRAYSON AS AN AIRBENDER
I like the idea of Bruce not being a bender at all, but has mastered the martial arts benders use to focus their abilities. Also superb with a boomerang (He won’t say who taught him, but we can guess)
Dick is a waterbender, fluid, graceful and especially versatile in shifting the states of water unexpectedly. (Think the Katara vs Paku fight). (Airbender was very tempting, but I can’t see him with the more pacifist ways of the airbenders, the kid loves a scrap)
Barbara is a firebender and maintains a near inhuman level fo control over it. She can scorch one of your eyebrows off an leave the other intact.
Jason is an earthbender. Not as agile as Dick, but solid and strong. Uses his power to boost him into the air. Is a deadshot with small rock projectiles. Prone to overkill…
Tim isn’t a bender either, but has developed a number of devices which he uses on different days which mimic those abilities in some ways. A high pressure water blaster, a really powerful slingshot, a small electrcial discharge device, and has a boomerang like Bruces.
Cass is an airbender, silent, uses minimal force, but always in the right place.
Damian is a firebender, but has learned moves from Dick and Cass, so can make his firebending acts in unusual ways.
Alfred is a waterbender, skilled in healing.
For extra fun: the rogues (excepting the obvious ones like Freeze) aren’t benders, but still give them a rougher time than most bending-focused criminals.
(You just know Harley memorized every single chi-blocking strike before she was sixteen.)
I’ve been sitting on this screencap redraw for absolute fucking ages, with the only things left that I needed to render being… the wires. and I just never got around to it until now
this scene, or rather this frame, was hugely influential to me pursuing art as a kid and it’s so, so satisfying to take it on as an adult. it’s my favorite thing in the history of anything ever. I could talk about it for AGES and I definitely HAVE talked TST’s ear off about it
Remember when atla explicitly stated that fire nation citizens are fed propaganda from birth and that’s not their fault AND SIMULTANEOUSLY It’s Still Bad but it’s possible to learn and grow and fight back against fascism. That was cool
Avatar had more nuanced takes on war and like, how countries work in general than most people who are allowed to vote
Remember when atla made a point to show that the average fire nation citizen Isn’t Evil and the poor in particular were actually harmed by their government which they had no power over? I like that. More people should know that’s how the real world works I think
The cast of the Original Trilogy had cliched, boring character concepts that were executed wonderfully enough for it not to matter.
The cast of the Prequel Trilogy had interesting concepts that were executed poorly enough to make them seem utterly stupid.
The cast of the Sequel Trilogy had amazing, thought-provoking concepts that were executed in the town square and put up on pikes as a warning to others.
And the cast of the Thrawn Trilogy?
Some of you guys may know this already but Animation Festival of Annecy France, has announced that the new Lupin film is on its roll of feature films this year. Due to the Pandemic, the entire festival is being held ONLINE. Not only is Annecy an incredible source for industry artists and those getting into animation but this gives us the ability to see Lupin III during the festival time from home. If you arent familiar with Annecy, this is the site.
Since this is mainly in french and Im aware some browsers dont load translation, including mine, Im doing a translated tutorial so yall can join! Please keep in mind this is still a festival and has and entrance fee of 15 euro. Depending where you are, calculate the cost accordingly. 15 euro is roughly 17 USD/22 CAD.
Once on the site, scroll down to apply for the Festival, Please excuse some of my typos ;a;
it should look like this. You should only choose festival unless you want to apply for Mifa.
now for the translations of this section!
And thats it! The festival runs from the 15th-30th of June. Be sure to check the show time for each film! if you have any questions just let me know and try to get this around, I know a lot of people want to see this film and its just a really fantastic resource as well!
Definitely not writing these down 🤐👀
Here’s a helpful flow chart:
I’d add - gentle reminder to people who DO have university library access, it is probably illegal for you to upload texts to these sites, despite the fact that you pretty much have a moral obligation to do so.
And remember it’s not limited to your area of study. It is perfectly legal for you to do a bit of research into the various textbooks that are most in demand, and those which are most expensive, and find out if you have free access to them.
Of course it would be illegal for you to remove the DRM and upload it to libgen, despite the fact that it’s a tangible, effective way of extending solidarity and breaking down the absurd barriers that capitalism puts on knowledge.
So yes, don’t be tempted by this particular illegal action, which costs you nothing, and is the right thing to do.
To my knowledge there are no laws against donating bitcoin to libgen though, link on the site give a bitcoin address of: 12hQANsSHXxyPPgkhoBMSyHpXmzgVbdDGd
There are also browser extensions that can bypass paywalls on many sites to access articles that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to
fyi if you’re in a library photocopying part of a textbook and your copies come out fully black (and your scans have a pink wash over them) check the bottom of the pages for a series of very faint yellow dots. they’re a variation of the EURion constellation used to prevent counterfeiting. some publishers have started adding them to stop their material being copied even though most (if not all) copyright laws allow an individual to copy some portion of a book for personal study/research/criticism etc. you can get around this by covering the dots with tape or breaking up the dots with more yellow dots (like with a highlighter).
I LOVE THAT THEY KEEP PICKING UP MORE OMG
Man, The Spiderverse movie looks rough as hell.
can you imagine being at this con dressed as spiderman and this caravan passes by and you’re like “…I gotta go” and leave your friends in the dust
What are your favourite Superman/Batman team-up stories?
The early stuff, Byrne’s version of their first meeting, as a matter of nostalgia Superman & Batman: Generations, if I’m remembering its quality properly the 1999 World’s Finest mini by Karl Kesel and Dave Taylor, the first arc of Superman/Batman by Loeb and McGuiness, Chris Roberson and Jesus Merino’s return to DC One Million in the later issues of Superman/Batman, Greg Pak and Jae Lee’s Cross World, Tom Taylor and Robson Rocha’s Universe’s Finest, and Scott Snyder and Jorge Jimenez’s The Sixth Dimension.
Doesn't Big Mom go with Ore for the pirate king thing?
Big Mom uses ore all the time, as well as using omae for her you pronoun. It’s a MEGA rude and masculine speech style and is very incongruous on a woman. I can’t say definitively that no women talk like that in real life, but I’ve sure as hell never met one.
Issues 1-4 of the TMA comic book that never was! Y’all have been super sweet about this series! I had a blast making these and I love reading all of your comments. For everyone asking me where they can buy these as prints: I am super psyched you want these as physical objects in your house! I’m also not going to offer them for purchase bc The Rusty Quill is an indie production and it would be hella shady of me to make money off their IP.
HOWEVER I was thinking it might be cool to print a limited number of these for Christmas/the new year and send them out on a first come, first serve basis for people who make a donation of 15$ or something to the show.
If you’re interested in that send me an ask or something and I can try to gage how many people would actually be game and then decide.
“If only I can make people feel that this man, this spirit of evil, is an unhappy human being. Sick with unhappiness, the unhappiness of Lucifer, the angel cast out of heaven. If I can do it as I see it, other unhappy people will feel they’re lucky in comparison. And even happy people will feel a little sympathy for him.”
–Conrad Veidt on Torsten Barring
Superman: “Thirteen-year-olds are the meanest people in the world. They terrify me to this day.”
Batman: “When I was a kid, I used to watch America’s Most Wanted. You know how kids do.”
Wonder Woman: “’Cause you know how you lie to your parents?”
Green Lantern: “I’ll keep all my emotions right here, and then one day I’ll die.”
Martian Manhunter: “I get very nervous all the time. Not even about, like, major life things, just about everyday situations.”
Hawkgirl: “Sometimes, babies will point at me. And I don’t care for that shit at all.”
Flash: “I’ve been zoned out since 2014. All day long I wander into traffic, walking like Charlie Chaplin, listening to a podcast while thinking about a different podcast.”
Part 2 (now featuring JLU members)
Vigilante: “You spend most of your day telling a robot that you’re not a robot. Think about that for two minutes and tell me you don’t want to walk into the ocean.”
Shining Knight: “Back then you woke up and were like ‘Oh god it’s the old days!’”
Captain Atom: “And you’re gonna go to JAIL for THIRTY YEARS!”
Vixen: “You know those days when you’re like, this might as well happen? Adult life is already so god damn weird.”
Huntress: “Hey, do you want me to kill that guy for you? Because it sounds like he sucks and I will totally kill that guy for you.”
The Question: “I didn’t drink water the entire time. I lived off cigarettes and alcohol and adderall.”
Black Canary: “Now, that’s not nice, but if all of us could go, “Diet Coke!” and one would appear in our hand, we’d do it all day long. Even if you don’t like diet coke you’d just summon them so you could chuck ‘em at oncoming cars.”
Green Arrow: “You have the moral backbone of a chocolate eclair.”