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1/2 Hello! I'm writing a sort of fantasy story/series, and the (white) main character is Fae, which is a species of kinda ethereal non-humans. There's a subplot and a lot of little anecdotes about the prejudice she and her father face in mostly human London for being visibly fae. But of course, what my main character experiences may seem a lot like racism, but it isn't - especially because the Fae are literally not people, and feel compassion and emotions in entirely different ways, and are

simply not human, and a lot of the prejudice they encounter is based around that. How do I avoid drawing analogies which suggest that PoC are less human?Secondly, there are dwarves in this fantasy series. A family of dwarves who are quite prominent in the story are Black (originally Djerban, I think) and Jewish. I know that a lot of dwarf tropes in fantasy stem from stereotypes of Jewish people, and I’d like to know how to make sure I don’t stray into those tropes. Thank you for your help!

White-coded Fae + North African Jewish-coded Dwarves

I’d love for you to trace the thought process that led your imagination to come up with a plot where the “pretty” supernatural characters are coded white (and gentile) and the, well, less-pretty supernatural characters are coded as North African Jews.

This is the heroine of The Rabbi’s Cat, a graphic novel starring Jewish Algerians and their weird cat.

The Rabbi’s Cat is by a Jewish author. I just wanted to put that image in your mind for a second.

“How do I avoid drawing analogies which suggest that PoC are less human?”

Human characters of color are the best way to establish that your Fae really are something else and not a metaphor for PoC. in my opinion.

>> A family of dwarves who are quite prominent in the story are Black (originally Djerban, I think) and Jewish. I know that a lot of dwarf tropes in fantasy stem from stereotypes of Jewish people, and I’d like to know how to make sure I don’t stray into those tropes.

Why are they Jewish in the first place, then? A piece without Jewish human characters doesn’t really need Jewish dwarves, especially if there aren’t gentile dwarves alongside them. Caveat that if you’re writing from inside the community I have less of a problem with it because this is our nonsense to reclaim if we want.

So, your options if you don’t want to have people go “….why….” are:

  • Add Jewish humans alongside the Jewish dwarves (or, alternatively, Jewish fae, we never get to be fae… we never get to be anything beautiful like mermaids or fairies or whatever. Dwarves. Lovely. *sobs into knitting project*)
  • Make the dwarves not Jewish – is there a plot reason they need to be Jewish?

The “dwarf=Jew” trope comes from these stereotypes:

  • short
  • hairy
  • clannish/unfriendly to outsiders without ever bothering to justify, oh, why a marginalized group might do that
  • avaricious/super into treasure and riches

And possibly a little harder to pick apart, but a weird smoothie of antisemitism/misogyny/transphobia in which our women are supposedly too hairy and too loud to be feminine (which is double bull because women can be as hairy as they want and still be feminine, and nothing’s wrong with being a masculine woman, either.)

So those are the specific tropes you’d want to avoid. But I’d say if you’re gentile, writing Jewish dwarves into a story that doesn’t have any non-dwarf Jews just seems like giving yourself a lot of extra work trying to stay out of the Sarlacc’s mouth. Ya know?

–Shira

my interpretation of @tyrantisterror ‘s Kaiju, Crustakra!

this was a weird design to work on, but informative! I think I’m gonna start commissions soon, based on how i could probably def sell this :3

The Big Secret Project

If you’ve been following me on social media, you know I’ve been sitting on this news for a while. I’ve been referring to The Big Secret Project for nearly a year and a half now. Well, here goes.

I sold a book!

I could not be more thrilled to announce that THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON has sold to editor Peter Joseph at the new imprint Hanover Square Press, thanks to my incredible agent Brady McReynolds at JABberwocky Literary Agency!

What’s it about?

In 1954, after designing The Creature From The Black Lagoon’s Gill Man for Universal Studios, Milicent Patrick was sent on a press tour across the country to promote the film. She was the first woman (and only, still) to ever design a famous monster. The buzz she received on the tour sent the head of the monster shop at Universal into a jealous rage and he fired her. She never designed for another film and soon dropped out of the world of cinema forever. Her contributions to movie history were largely forgotten and no one knew what happened to her.

Milicent Patrick has been my hero since I was a teenager and found a picture of her with the Creature. She was the first woman I had ever seen working on a monster movie. She’s been a talisman I’ve held close in my years working as a filmmaker and it’s always broken my heart that nothing was known about her.

In the winter of 2015, on the urging of my amazing agent, I decided to start my own private investigation into Milicent’s life and find out for myself. What I discovered blew me away. Milicent’s life was even more incredible than I imagined. THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON chronicles my search for Milicent and tells her amazing tale, from growing up at Hearst Castle, to animating at Disney, to designing monsters for Hollywood. Imagine Julie and Julia, but for women in horror.


It’s been my honor to bring Milicent’s story to life. I’m beyond excited to bring this book to the world. I hope it inspires more monster girls!

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Hey guys, we’re back! And we’ll try to post a little more often. We have not given up, we will see it through!

I’m going to let @infinipede tell you more about these two since the concepts were mostly hers. My contributions were mostly in the body shape—Clefairy’s is based on some recent Pikachu art, while Clefable is largely based on Audino—and the phases of the moon pattern on Clefable’s belly. After all they are supposed to be related to the moon in some way but there is no trace of that in the official design.

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Double King by Felix Colgrave

“Ancient Watcher”

“And You told them “Watch and protect thy lands until the end of Times.”

And they all watched and roamed through the lands. Overseers made by Your Hands. And as Time came to pass, they met their end beneath the claws of Your Ennemies. But they will never cease to watch over Your Creation. For they are the watchers.

Though ancients and forgotten.

They have never strayed from the path.”


Tried to do something a bit different, what do you think?