so uh, Shantae au i guess?
so uh, Shantae au i guess?
Yes, the tea is adorable. But it just occurred to me that Martin's first gift to Jon was a small jar of someone (?)'s ashes. Martin, you little charmer ~
Also, I'd LOVE to see more short-haired, clean-shaven Jon art around.
I saw this eyeshadow look and was like “i wanna draw jon wearing it” and then I went overboard
[ID: A digital portrait of Jonathan Sims from The Magnus Archives. He is portrayed as a man with brown skin, wavy dark hair with silver streaks, brown eyes with green pupils, wireframe glasses and earrings, and scars. He is wearing glossy green eyeshadow, dark nail polish, a sparkly sheer green blouse, a fashion corset, and a long dark skirt. The background is green and a green moth rests on his shoulder. /End ID]
I wish I was Jonathan sims
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Here’s an essay on avatars.
I like thinking about how avatars work. I think it’s all about finding the fear you’re willing to use against others. I’m sure there are some avatars who think the worse the better- the more horrible and frightening, the more powerful they’ll be!
Others I think believe THEIR thing to be a lesser evil. Like jane’s fear of the corruption is just positively welcoming compared to the fear of loneliness. To an extent, she may well see herself as sparing her victims the fear of loneliness.
Others I think see their Fear as something in between. Something like a sword. One uses a sword precisely because it’s dangerous, not in spite of that fact. But a sword isn’t a nuke. It’s not nice, it’s dangerous, and it can be lethal, but it’s not the worst thing, not an irredeemable thing.
And it’s interesting, because I think it’s the latter who are most afraid of the Fear they choose to perpetuate. Precisely because they recognise their fear as something frightening and dangerous, they choose to arm themselves with it, and inflict it on others. Not in spite of the fact that they’re frightened of it. Because of that fact.
It’s interesting for me to think about what the avatars of tma think of as acceptable, for others and for themselves.
I finished the magnus archives story line qnd now i have the q&a's and extra content but all i wanna do is ask jonny sims "wHY?"
Like if jon had waited to do it with them it would all be fine
U know what, just give me like something, maybe just let me hear jon and martin in another world JUST DON'T LEAVE ME HANGINGGGG
Ok my favorite thing about season 2? Is the supplementals at the end of each statement. Because the statements are like. Completely normal? Like obviously there’s the supernatural shit in the statements but Jon sounds completely normal, like he’s doing a reading for an audiobook or something. His voice is calm, you’d have no idea the man is constantly this close to a mental breakdown…
And then you get to the supplemental recording and oh ok he broke into a dead person’s house to see if there’s any evidence about who murdered them because he’s having a paranoid breakdown after one of his coworkers found the body of the previous archivist in the tunnels that are just. There. Under the archives. His voice is rushed, clearly nervous and shaky and rough and tired. It’s so obvious that he’s just barely holding it together, that he’s scared and hurt and you can tell there’s a part of him that wants to stop, that wants to be able to just relax and trust the people around him, but he just… can’t. He can’t stop, not when he doesn’t have the answers, not when there are things he doesn’t know, because he has to know. He has to know, because the last time he didn’t know something Martin was almost eaten alive by worms in his own apartment and no one knew for weeks. Gertrude was murdered, quite possibly at her own desk, and for months no one knew what happened to her. She could’ve spent years down in those tunnels, rotting and forgotten, and it’s something that clearly scares Jon. He is deeply afraid that he too will die alone and forgotten, another mystery lost in this archive of horror and pain, seen only by the eyes of an uncaring god.
im relistening to tma so heres a lil doodle of s1 jon:)
they r my one consistent interest
me, posting the second chapter to my office romcom tma fic after six months: ::::-) food for the gays or whatevah
I think Martin is neutral on The Princess Bride and I think Jon hasn't seen it yet but when he does eventually see it he fucking loves it.
Jon after Naomi Herne's statement: Pfft, supernatural fog? How ridiculous.
Jon, several seasons later: [Gets absolutely fucked over by the supernatural fog]
Side note: I feel like Jon probs has some serious childhood trauma involving SOME form of a run-in with the supernatural. Given his immense dislike of Juergen Lietner, as well as his immediate reaction to any statement involving a Lietner, I have reason to believe that Jon likely had a run-in with one of those books during his childhood, one that left him scarred for life. Since most of the Lietners we know of so far seem to have a theme (Ex Altiora is clearly connected to the sky, the Boneturner’s Tale is related to… bones? Meat, maybe? Gore, it’s related to gore), and we know that Jon hates spiders… and episode 81 is titled A Guest for Mr. Spider…
Either Jon is going to find a Lietner, or we’re going to learn that he found one as a kid.
I’m not sure which would be worse.
TMA Characters as John Mulaney Quotes Because Why Not
Season two Jon: “do my friends hate me? Or do I just need to go to sleep?”
Peter Lukas: “I keep walking through cold spots and being like, “I wonder who that used to be?””
Daisy Tonner: “Shut Up! You’re all gonna die! STREET SMARTS!”
Martin Blackwood: “You could pour soup in my lap and I would probably apologize to you”
Melanie King: “You know how I’m filled with Rage?”
Also please excuse my terrible handwriting, I am in fact illiterate.
I had a thought about a vaguely Cupid-and-Psyche inspired crack!fic where Elias is a god of Love
(Jon: don't you mean Emotional Manipulation?
Elias: you say to-may-to, i say to-mah-to
Jon: ... I say to-mah-to, I'm not American, what does this have to do with anything?)
Jon is obviously Cupid. Elias took a shine to him and made him immortal against his will and keeps him as his servant or smth. Idk Elias is a douchebag, okay? ANYWAY, Elias is also a petty bitch and so he gave Jon Love arrows
(Jon: it's mind control.
Elias: they inspire passion, Jon. Just bc you don't experience it, doesn't mean--
Jon: No. Me being ace has nothing to do with it. They're mind control arrows. These people wouldn't have done all that if they weren't being influenced.
Elias: you have no romance in your soul
Jon: ...i find your interpretation of love and romance extremely suspect.)
Whenever Elias feels jealous or neglected or just plain bored tbh, he sends Jon out with to shoot whoever's caught his ire with one of those love arrows and has them make fools of themselves. Jon does it (he's bound to Elias for handwavey reasons so he can't really disobey) and it usually gets him in trouble. It's how he's gotten all those scars. (Jane Prentiss falling in love with worms and attacking Jon with them when he accidentally stepped on one while trying to make an exit was pretty tame in comparison to Jude Perry's reaction when she realized Jon struck Agnes with an arrow so she'd fall for some no-name mortal boy).
Such is Jon's life. Being immortal is not all it's cracked up to be when you can get injured and scarred. So when Elias started muttering about Peter's wandering eye, Jon knew it was only a matter of time before he'd send him out with those arrows again.
Peter, apparently, had been showing too much interest in a mortal boy named Martin, whose Loneliness tasted as bittersweet as dark chocolate (or so Peter claimed as he boasted during his dinner with Elias while Jon slowly sunk further into his chair the more irritated Elias's scowl grew).
"make him fall in love with something hideous and embarrassing," Elias had seethed at him, practically throwing the quiver at his head. At least two of the arrows pricked him so he was quite grateful that he was immune to their mind control (Elias: don't be ridiculous, Jon. Having you susceptible to the magic you're tasked to handle would be a stupid move on my part. You could get compromised and be completely useless to me!)
Grumbling, Jon set out to track down the mortal boy. He was not prepared for the the way the sunlight glinted off of Martin's light hair or his warm smile. He was not prepared for the twinge he felt in his heart when Martin's pale eyes glimmered with tears after receiving his mother's harsh words (the pain, worryingly, felt all too similar to the slice of the arrows he aimed at people).
He didn't want to shoot Martin with one of the mind control arrows. He wanted Martin to be happy. So he persuades his good friend Daisy to get her gf Basira to fake a prophecy. To her credit, she did a fantastic job delivering a fake prophecy. But there was some sort of miscommunication (or Martin's mother deliberately misunderstood; it could go either way). Instead of telling Martin's mother to marry off her son to a kind and handsome man with a gentle heart in order to avoid the wrath of the gods, the prophecy was somehow interpreted as sacrificing Martin's hand in marriage to some sort of hideous beast that lived at the peak of a nearby and treacherous mountain.
(Jon: how did she get that idea from your prophecy? what exactly did you tell her???
Basira: i can't fake a prophecy, Jon. and i'm not telling you what the prophecy was
Jon: What?? Why not???
Basira: it would violate the oracle-client confidentiality clause on the consent form we have them sign prior to a reading)
Jon was irritated by how quickly and eagerly Martin's mother was to dress up her son and dump him on the mountain. He was tempted to use the arrows on her, instead, but he figured Martin would be upset if something happened to his mother so he refrained. Jon fretted as Martin started his slow procession up the mountain. Martin wasn't made to endure such a harsh environment, and even if he had, he shouldn't have to!! Martin deserves to be loved and treated well and get given all the good things life could offer!!
So Jon constructs a luxurious enchanted castle using godly magic and more favors than he probably should've called in. He puts big obvious signage to Martin knew it would be his castle provided by his non-existent monster spouse.
(Daisy: he's gonna get suspicious when his monster spouse doesn't show up. he'll probably leave and try to find it. he seems like the self-sacrificing type and you know how those get.
Jon: i have a plan
Daisy: .... is this like all your other plans?
Jon: shut up, daisy)
So Jon pretends to be the hideous monster spouse Martin was expecting. Sort of. He only visits after dark, and informs Martin that he can not bring light into the room for if he sees his visage he'd be cursed (or something; Jon came up with something on the fly and was definitely not suave about it but Martin complied and that's all that mattered). He spends his nights with Martin, telling him stories and meekly asking permission to pet his hair and hold his hand while doing his best to ignore the pounding of his heart and the heat on his cheeks whenever Martin softly says yes. He didn't say yes the first time Jon asked, and Jon skittered away from where he had been creeping closer. He respected Martin's boundaries (he isn't Elias, after all) but as he and Martin spent more time together, Martin became less guarded and began to allow Jon close.
It got to the point where they would cuddle in bed and Jon was so content in Martin's arms that he occasionally dozed with him. Everything was great and Martin seemed genuinely happy to spend his days in the castle learning new hobbies and such while spending his nights with someone he couldn't see. Until one day Martin asked if he could have his mother visit. Jon wanted to say no, but the hesitant way Martin asked tasted too much of fear of rejection for Jon to deny him.
(Daisy: why do I have to guide her here?
Jon: bc you're my friend and if you don't Martin will be sad which means I'll be sad and you'll have to listen to me cry about it and you hate that
Daisy: damn it jon)
And because martin's mother is awful and bitter and spiteful, she tells Martin he should find out what his "captor" looked like. his spouse was a monster, after all, he should know what he's dealing with so he could defend himself and her if it should decide to attack them. so one night, shortly after his mother left, he waits until Jon has dozed off before quietly lighting a candle.
Jon wakes when he feels hot wax drip onto him and sees Martin staring a him with a shocked expression. Jon realizes what happened and flees in a panic. He knows what he looks like; short and skinny an riddled with scars of all kinds. Ofc Martin would be disgusted by him. He ends up licking his wounds at Elias's.
(Elias: my poor delicate darling precious boy
Jon: really, Elias?
Elias: can't a father worry about his child??
Jon: you're not my father!! you kidnapped me and immortalized me against my will!
Elias: details, details. anyway, you can stay here until you recover from your grievous injuries. byyyyee!
Jon: where are you going? elias? why's the door locked? elias?? LET ME OUT, YOU POMPOUS ASS)
When Jon recovers and finally manages to escape, he finds out that Martin had been trying to find him but Elias had given him impossible tasks to prove he's worthy of him. Thankfully, Daisy, Georgie and Basira all helped him out, much to elias's displeasure. Since Martin completed the tasks, Jon was able to reunite with him and they lived happily ever after~!
ANIMATIC ARTISTS WANTED FOR A COLLAB
I wrote a TMA fan song called “You Deserved Better” that essentially commiserates on the misfortunes of the characters. Michael, Gerry, Basira, Tim, Martin, and Jon each get a verse and I thought it would be really cool if enough animators were interested for each person to work on one character.
If you are at all interested, please DM me! This could be a really polished collaboration if enough people decide to participate.
!! REBLOGS APPRECIATED !!
so i had a thought
(edit: more accurate versions under cut, jon is ace biro canonically)
LOOK WHAT I CAN DO AHA
I'm still gonna do proper palette art bc I don't agree with all the decisions gradient mapping made here but this is so fun
First is og colors, second is one of the default gradients. Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth images