alice's labyrinth

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“Hello? Will?”

okay so are there any characters in fiction you can think of who might possibly be madd'ers???

i’ve been thinking:

-dorothy from wizard of oz
-max from the adventures of sharkboy and lavagirl (i am so convinced of this one okay!!!)
-sarah from labyrinth
-alice from alice in wonderland

idk i’ve been thinking abt that sharkboy and lavagirl one for YEARS, i was so attached to that movie because i identified SO STRONGLY with max and before i knew abt madd i used to reassure myself when i felt insecure abt it because max did something like what i do too

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be drawing the original Nutcracker and Mouse King story by ETA Hoffman as a graphic novel for First Second! Really excited to be doing my first full length graphic novel with them. This fairytale is a dark fever-dream, similar to Labyrinth or Alice in Wonderland, except there’s no real moral for the children at the end. Just a crazy, incredible fantasy all on it’s own. Look out for more updates and WIPs soon!

Movie Tag

I was tagged by @thatsadbreakfastclub and @mrsjugheadjonesthethird (honoured tbh, bc I love them both so much (check them out dudes))

List ten favourite movies (damn this is hard)
1. Sound Of Music
2. Hairspray
3. Alice In Wonderland (cartoon or Tim Burton, love all my Alice)
4. Labyrinth
5. LotR (all of them but if I had to pick one, Return of the King (luv me that ghost army))
6. Hobbit (again all but if I had to pick one Desolation of Smaug (bc Mirkwood and elf daddy)
7. Grease
8. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (B O T H)
9. Romeo and Juliet (the Leo DiCaprio version)
10. Stardust

THERE U GO
Yes I said elf daddy and I will never forgive myself but he IS literally elf daddy

Anyway thank you so much for tagging me, I love u all and I don’t really know who to tag except maybe @full-dark-no-starsxx , @cherylsvixens , @the-winter-imagines, and @allipotterhead1 AND THATS ALL I GOT BUT IF U WANNA DO IT GO FOR IT MY LOVELYS

The Gender Imbalance of Fantasy Protagonists

When young women are the main characters in fantasy - specifically as the primary protagonist, not as supporting characters - most of the time they’re along for the ride, our audience viewpoint to a strange new world. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Peter Pan all have a female main character as a young girl, an innocent, virtuous woman who doesn’t know anything about the world. This trope continues into Labyrinth, Pan’s Labyrinth, Spirited Away, Coraline, as well as others.

And on it’s own, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There’s something inherently interesting about using an innocent young person to show us a bold new world, and have it work as a metaphor for puberty. To have that be a woman can add to the effectiveness, because our society focuses so little on what it’s like for a girl to become a woman (especially from the perspective of sexuality and identity), that a metaphor can work particularly effectively.

However, you almost never see men as the innocent. With a few exceptions (James and the Giant Peach, The Pagemaster), most coming-of-age stories for young boys aren’t about some innocent kid just exploring a supernatural world with wide eyes.

Instead, when young men are protagonists, they’re the most important thing in the universe.

I have to acknowledge that, at the end of the day, Star Wars is about a whiny blonde boy who finds out he’s magic, and since I was a whiny blonde boy, I had a special connection to that film. But if you’re not a blonde boy, that film may not be quite as powerful as I credited it as being. Not to say that not that you won’t or can’t enjoy it as much (or more) than I did… but it’s not designed to speak to anyone the same way as it does to young boys. Young boys were literally the target audience.

Young boys in fiction aren’t passive protagonists in the same way young girls are - girls are taken by the hand and led through a strange world (”eat this,” “drink this” being a particularly glaring example). Sure, they’re usually still reactive protagonists rather than proactive, but the difference is that young male protagonists are treated as important - nay, essential - to the very fate of the world. Either they were born important, or they did one thing and wound up important, but now they’re the single most important person to the story.

Western fiction tells young boys - and not young girls - that YOU, Arthur of Camelot, have a destiny. Yes YOU, Clark Kent, have grown up in obscurity but will one day be the most important person on earth. YOU, Harry Potter, were foretold in prophecy to save us all. YOU, Luke Skywalker, are the new hope we’re looking for. YOU, Neo, are the chosen one, the messiah. YOU, Bilbo (and Frodo) Baggins, are able to defeat the villains who have oppressed the world. YOU, John Connor, will save humanity.

Now, again, that doesn’t mean that those movies, tv shows, cartoons, books, or video games are BAD because of this. It doesn’t mean you have to stop watching them or reading them, or protest them.

It just means we may be 100% ready for something different.

Because, here’s the other thing about everything I just said: With maybe one or two exceptions, none of these characters are anyone’s favorite characters.

Sure, I like Luke Skywalker because I relate to him. But I wanted to be Han Solo. And Harry Potter is fine and all that, but he’s cool just because he gets to go to Hogwarts and hang out with Hagrid, he’s not inherently the best character. Neo isn’t nearly as cool as Morpheus, Trinity, or Agent Smith. Bilbo and Frodo? Please, we’ve got Gandalf and Aragorn and Boromir. Sarah Connor’s only function is to give birth to John, but then she becomes a badass warrior woman despite that, way more interesting than her son. I would argue that Superman doesn’t fit that rule, but then again, even the people making movies about Clark Kent don’t seem to think he’s particularly interesting.

BUT if you introduce a female character who is the most important person in the world, you get characters like these:

Buffy Summers:

Avatar Korra:

Sailor Moon:

River Tam:

And really, at the end of the day, aren’t these characters a bit more interesting?

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Alice’s Curious Labyrinth by Pietro Bellini
Via Flickr:
My daughters’ favourite attraction of Disneyland Paris.

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I’ve been productive today. I made a ruqun for Yue, and got her sueded, so then of course I had to get photos. She recently got her correct face-up too, so she’s now almost done. The eyes are wrong though; they make her look bored no matter how I move them, but they were the closest to brown I had in the correct size. She’ll get some proper ones when my Dollbakery order gets here.

It’s the first ruqun (or actually, first hanfu in general) that I’ve ever made, and this was essentially just to test the pattern (because doing try outs when handsewing is too bothersome), but I won’t have to make any changes >.< I’ve taken my liberties when it comes to fabric (Japanese, not Chinese) and some designs (ribbons are huuuge because I wanted them to be), but I think it works. At least now Yue has something pretty to wear. I’ll be making some more accurate ones when I can get my hands on some good Chinese silk; that cheap satin brocade they sell in shops here just won’t do.

Her hair isn’t the final one either; I would give her this wig, but it already belongs to Siobhan, and though the bangs are just as I want them for Yue, I want her hair a bit longer and pulled up into a high pony tail. For now though, she’ll keep this one, as Siobhan doesn’t have her correct face-up yet anyway, and I have a few others who’re a priority when it comes to wigs.

I have more pictures, but I’ll be saving them so as to not make too many big-ass photosets xD

Book Review!

The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code by Margalit Fox

I read this book for my LIN 345 class “Writing systems of the world” and I really liked it! It’s about the decipherment of Linear B. Because of this class, I’m thinking about minoring in Anthropology/Archaeology, it’s just so interesting to me. I can never get enough of learning about deciphering writing systems, and as a young kid I always loved writing out secret messages in various constructed alphabets. Also, the author went to the same university as I am :)

This book talks about the three big players involved in deciphering Linear B, which is a writing system that was used around 1425-1200 BCE (Bronze Age) on Crete to write Mycenaean Greek. It is a syllabary with some ideograms used. These three people were Arthur Evans, Alice Kober, and Michael Ventris.

The book focuses a lot on Kober’s contributions, and rightfully so as she worked tirelessly on the script while still working a day job. She had previously been given little to no credit for her work, so I liked how this book focuses a lot on her work. Had she not died so young, she most likely would have finished the decipherment. I also really identified personally with Michael Ventris, but that’s just me.

All in all, an incredibly interesting read!