“A writer […] is able to describe her/his depression to us, and this is already a triumph experience over depression.”
— Julia Kristeva (via alterities)
— Julia Kristeva (via alterities)
Inked and colored a sketch.
In 2010, workers opened a sealed passage in the London Underground. The tunnel had been closed since the installation of escalators in 1959 and contained a trove of old poster adverts from the period.
Good morgue file material to file away if you want to go for the Silent Hill or Fallout aesthetic.
For those who aren’t a fan of this once-amazing series, The Walking Dead Game has always been lauded for its character diversity (with a wide range of different nationalities and racial backgrounds represented, well-written female characters and characters of all ages and body types featured prominently throughout the game).
In Season 2 we encountered Sarah, a Hispanic 15-year-old girl who is neurodivergent and has trouble coping with the horrors of the new world around her.
Now of course, being a female character and being disabled, she was immediately despised by the majority of the fandom. Slurs were tossed around, people frequently referred to her as “a liability”, and there were frequent posts made on Telltale’s forums, Facebook, Youtube, and elsewhere wishing her dead and hoping for a chance to kill her. This was nothing new - we had seen much of this before, with other female characters in the franchise. However, the ableism was rampant, and people would write essays about how she was “bringing the group down” and why her death would be a “good” thing for the other characters.
(spoilers) Her death came after the player was told several times by a pragmatic character that Sarah was dragging the group down, that she was a weakness, and that she “clearly” didn’t want to live (despite the fact that she screams and cries for help the entire time she’s being eaten). Instead of subverting that character’s pragmatism and showing that people with disabilities can still survive an apocalypse, she is killed even if the player chooses to save her (in a horrible manner, where she is partially crushed under a fallen balcony and then devoured alive by walkers as she screams for help). Her death served to further the already-prevalent fandom belief that disabled people are unnecessary weights holding survivors back, and makes total apocalyptic pragmatism look like a justified belief.
Of course, that made us (Sarah fans) angry and upset, especially considering many of us are ourselves neurodivergent (and several autistic teenage fans headcanoned her as being autistic) and the belief that characters like us are just liabilities is extremely hurtful. But that’s not what’s spurring me to make this post today.
The creepy glee the Telltale guys take in killing her off in their zombie game makes it so much worse. It makes them look like they’re indulging in the ugly survivalist fantasies of the zombie subgenre.
More from Deadspin:
Davis pitched a shutout against Newark in yesterday’s Mid-Atlantic regional championship, striking out six and allowing just three hits in six innings. Davis’s fastball can reach 70 mph, and her curveball is pretty damn devastating.
One of my favorite gifts from Hiroyuki Imaishi during my hang-out w/ him at Trigger/Sanzigen/UPS.
I have to keep an eye out for this… I have a few of his other books and it’s really neat to see and examine his process.
this is good reminder that if you are suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts to talk to someone and try your hardest to get help. people out there care about you
"This constant effort to manage one’s everyday life in line with gender norms produces significant anxiety, insecurity, stress and low self-esteem for both boys and girls."
(This gif, coming up, isn’t a reply to the above reply. It’s a reply to the title of the article):
This is my main reason for hating that Pantha’s origin was revealed in an alternate timeline. Main universe Pantha might have died without knowing who she was and that just makes her death even worse.
This panel always got to me because it’s a side of Pantha we never have really seen before. She uses her caustic humor and attitude as a sort of coping mechanism - to try to manage and deflect from triggering the trauma she suffered. This is a rare moment (though after a rather unsettling scene before it) where that is dropped, and she shows some vulnerability, with no anger or sarcasm.
And it’s a fear that’s an illuminating part of her character - how important she believes in knowing who you really are, how much she desires a “true” identity she can be confident in. It agonizes her that she doesn’t know what she is, or who she was before she was turned into a self-described monster. That she could die without ever being at peace or happy with herself, doomed to that agonizing mystery and uncertainty, is terrifying to her.
Which makes it all the more cruel and depressing that she was given such an awful end by people who couldn’t bother to care.
I hate that Pantha’s origin was revealed in an alternate timeline.
1. Sometimes alternate timeline’s have different information so her origin might be different in the main universe. The fact that this contradicts the very little info about her main universe origin we do know (only success vs failed prototype, adding in Max Lord’s part) doesn’t help.
2. She might not have found out who she was in the main universe. Which is extra awful because she once said she feared dying without knowing who she was.
3. They killed her off again.
All of this could have been prevented if they just gave her an origin in the main universe. Have a flashback of her discovering who she was. Or Leonid could mention that she found out her past before she died then he could explain her origin.
Hey, this gives me an excuse to post more reasons I realized why this story ticks me off so much!
The panel before this one has Pantha starting to explain her origin, and then Green Arrow here interrupts her and then goes on to blurt it all out for her. This appearance is meant to ostensibly be a way for Pantha’s complete story to finally be told… and she doesn’t even get to to tell it. Instead, Geoff Johns just has some random unrelated male character relate his second-hand information over her own account.
The old maxim about writing (and perhaps is even more integral in visual storytelling like comics and movies) is “Show, Don’t Tell.” It tends to be more interesting and engaging for the reader to see the action, rather than have someone drone on about it. If Johns really was sincere about making up for carelessly disposing of Pantha’s unfinished story, he could have easily had Pantha (say, having been tracking a lead) survive to tag along with Ted and Booster and show her discovering the truth herself.
Instead, Pantha’s origin becomes appropriated to be just another minor cog in service of Ted Kord & Booster Gold’s story - to further build up and emphasize how evil their adversary Max Lord is. That Johns disposes of her again as soon as he can (letting her desire for revenge and the spectre of “real” hybrids be dropped as anticlimactically as possible) shows how little regard he actually has for her beyond that.
Squirrel Girl needs a movie.
LISTEN UP YOU MAGGOTS
THIS CHARACTER IS BY FAR THE MOST POWERFUL, THE MOST INTERESTING, AND THE MOST WORTHY OF BEING YOUR ROLE MODEL EVER.
FIRST OFF SHE NEVER ONCE GOES GRIMDARK NOT ONCE AND WHEN SPEEDBALL WENT AND DID HIS STUPID CLIVE BARKER POINTS POINTED INWARD ARMOR THING SHE CALLED HIM OUT ON IT AND OUTRIGHT DECLARED SUCH A THING WAS CHILDISH AND MADE HIM INEFFECTIVE AS A HERO BECAUSE A HERO HAS TO BE APPROACHABLE.
ALSO LETS TALK ABOUT HER SUPERPOWER. YOU TAKE ONE LOOK AT HER AND THINK SHE’S JUST A LOSER RIGHT? WRONG. SQUIRREL GIRL HAS THE MUTANT POWER TO NOT ONLY HAVE SQUIRREL TRAITS BUT CAN ALSO COMMAND THE ABSOLUTE LOYALTY OF SQUIRRELS. HOW MANY SQUIRRELS? TRY EVERY SQUIRREL EVERY WHERE. FLYING SQUIRRELS, TREE SQUIRRELS, I BET YOU SOMEHOW SHE CAN EVEN COMMAND THE LOYALTY OF SOME SHITASTICALLY RARE POISON SQUIRRELS.
BECAUSE OF THIS POWER SHES MANAGED TO TAKE ON FOES THAT WOULD NORMALLY JUST INCINERATE HER ON THE SPOT. SHE TOOK ON DOCTOR VICTOR VON DOOM FOR PETE’S PATOOTS NOT A DOOM BOT THE ACTUAL DOCTOR DOOM AN ACTUAL SORTA ALIEN GOD CALLED THE WATCHER HAD TO ACTUALLY FACT CHECK THAT SHIT BECAUSE EVEN HE DIDNT BELIEVE IT AND THAT FUCKER NEVER INTERVENES FOR SHIT BUT HE HAD TO IN THIS CASE BECAUSE THE WORLD JUST COULDN’T BELIEVE SQUIRREL GIRL DEFEATED THE GENUINE DOCTOR DOOM HE WAS LIKE “OH HELL YEAH I HAVE TO COME DOWN AND FACT CHECK THIS SHIT THE UNIVERSE NEEDS THIS WHAT IM SURE GALACTUS CAN WAIT.”
ALSO HOLD ONTO YOUR PANTALOONS BEACUSE THIS LADY ACTUALLY TOOK ON GALACTUS AND WON.
GALACTUS YES THAT GALACTUS THE GIANT DUDE THAT EATS PLANETS SHE TOOK ON A SPACE GOD WITH NOTHIN GBUT MOTHERFUCKING SQUIRRELS.
SHE NEEDS A SERIES. A MOVIE, A FANBASE SHES JUST THAT AWESOME.
ALSO SHE’S PART OF A LOSER HERO TEAM CALLED THE GREAT LAKES AVENGERS AND ITS STAFFED BY A DUDE WHO CAN COME BACK TO LIFE WHEN HE DIES LIKE KENNY FROM SOUTH PARK
IM DONE HERE JUST USE WIKIPEDIA ALREADY DONT TAKE MY WORD FOR IT
No, seriously, it has become something of a running gag that Squirrel Girl can defeat any villain.
She is like “Instant Fun, just add Squirrel Girl”.
I strongly recommend reading her adventures, they are just super-great. ^__^
(Minor correction, it is actually the Great Lakes Champions, not Avengers.)
(She also has a healing factor and enhanced strength among some other squirrel-themed powers.)
Marvel set up a system of gauging superheroes powers and based it largely on which characters have defeated and lost to other characters to determine what those power levels are. Due to Squirrel Girl having defeated so many strong villains, they were forced to put every single power category at 7 out of 7.
She is the only Marvel character in history to achieve this.
The red are what fans think her power ratings should be.
Blue is canon ratings.
[source: http://marvel.com/universe/Squirrel_Girl ]
She doesn’t even project energy a little bit and she still has 7 in energy projection.
3D Ladybug vs 2D Ladybug (ver. 2012) transformation
The Ladybug anime done by Toei Animation will launch as web-episodes in 2015 in addition to the release of the 26 episode 3D Ladybug series.
Adala-news (16 July 2014):
C’est par le biais de studio Zagtoon que nous apprenons la production d’un anime, Ladybug par le studio Toei Animation (saga One Piece, saga PreCure) !
Des web-épisodes en 2D (Toei Animation) sont prévus courant 2015, en France (internet & TV). Plus d’informations prochainement.
Et la série animée en 3D (26 épisodes – Method Animation & Zagtoon) est prévue pour Septembre 2015 sur TF1 en France & sur Disney Channel à l’international.
*This project is/was known also as Miraculous Ladybug
Let’s see if it’ll actually come out, Toei
It seemed for a moment there that Toei’s 2D take was going to be scuttled, but I’m glad to see it’s being released in some form.
It’ll also be neat from an artistic/filmmaking standpoint to compare how 2D and 3D animators portray the same material.
When interesting characters or the ones you love barely get any screen time.
Regarding the post about the closure of Studio Ghibli:
1. I wasn’t the source of the article, it was reblogged from elsewhere. It does clearly say it was reblogged from another Tumblr blog. I have been cited as the source on just about every website running this news.
2. Calm down. Here’s some further information regarding the Toshio Suzuki television interview. Even though the future of Studio Ghibli still seems pretty bleak, he wasn’t as explicit about their closing down as the original post made out.