Aaah, the Lethifold! One of my favourite creatures from reading the book as a child. Thanks to @zinfandelli for suggesting it as a creature, I was psyched to draw Credence with one. (And of course I saw the official design on the bluray just as I was about to start colouring, and had to change up a bunch of stuff from my sketch haha) Art blog: questionartbox
“We knew we really wanted to create our very own look for Wonder Woman to how she’s portrayed in TV shows and graphic novels, so we went back to her roots and where she came from. We wanted to creates something incredibly strong and portray her as a legitimate fighter, so we looked back … because we wanted her to look like she’s been wearing the same costume, in a sense, for thousands of years — since she’s immortal, after all. We were inspired by the metal armor of Greek and Roman warriors and gladiators. It seemed like a good fit for her. We created a costume that looks like metal armor, but of course, in these films the fight scenes are very intense and challenging so I had to come up with a solution that would allow her to move and breathe, but also to have this very iconic, sort of hourglass shape in a modern and interesting way. We used a combination of old and new technology. With scans of Gal, we created her breastplate on the computer — we drew it all in 3D. Then we applied all these fantastic finishes and we ended up making it with a current paint over the top and with many layers of glazes to give it a really ancient, warm feel. Zack wanted it to be full of battle scars and dents.There was a lot of love that went into all the details, making her really look like a powerful, legitimate warrior.” - Michael Wilkinson.
The overall look of Wonder Woman’s iconic armor had already been designed by Michael Wilkinson for the character’s appearance in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Nevertheless, Lindy Hemming and her team had considerable work to do to get the costume ready for shooting Wonder Woman. “The costume that had already been made used a sculpted and moulded method,” Hemming explains. “They had made it in a mould and then the pieces were attached to the undersuit. We tried to make it lighter weight and easier to move in for Gal, because in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, she had much less action to do. So we had to change it for those reasons. The costume in the previous film was darker and ours was just a bit lighter, but other than that we didn’t change the design very much.” - Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of The Film by Sharon Gosling.
thank you so much to everyone who applied to @aosladies to help us with this special project for the show’s upcoming season 5! (and to everyone who signal boosted, too!)
all the ppl who applied are fantastic, but due to the nature of this particular member search, I chose to give the spot to someone who lives and breathes Melinda May - please give a warm welcome to our newest member, @valkifeyson!
keep an eye on the blog in the new season, when we’ll be continuing to provide the fandom with new content about all our favorite ladies every week!
Yes Peter you have had a brother. His name was/is Ben Reilly as far as you and Marvel and Slott are concerned he came back during an event from earlier THIS YEAR which this story DIRECTLY REFERENCES. FFS!
Jonah is right. Spider-Man WAS an idiot for considering something so utterly childish. Spider-Man has demonstrated legitimate investigative skills in the past and been able to piece things together off the back of relatively little information. Peter is intelligent, but not just in so far as he knows about biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, etc. He is honestly intelligent when it comes to strategy to a certain extent and again investigative skills. For fuck’s sake he literally used to WORK for a newspaper!
How the fuck is Peter renegading on their deal to go address crime proving him to be a menace? It’s even a stretch to call him untrustworthy as he was breaking their deal specifically to go out and address an immediate problem Jonah just got done berating him for moments before
Right here in this issue in multiple ways we are witnessing the legacy of Civil War in action and proving my feelings as a dumb 14 year old in 2006 entirely correct. Unmasking Spider-Man was a short sighted idiotic and creatively reductive decision. Because there is no good resolution for it. You can’t commit to it so you HAVE to reverse it but there IS no way to organically reverse it without major ramifications. This is one of those. Jonah doesn’t know who Spider-Man is. But he did USED to know. And then he forgot.
But as Spider-Man stories made a point of establishing, he and everybody else didn’t forget the fact that Spider-Man unmasked, just exactly WHO he was. In New Ways to Die Norman Osborn even acknowledges that he doesn’t know who Spider-Man is but that he does remember the fact that he USED to know. The same applied to the Fantastic Four. The same should apply to Jonah. Except now that the psychic blindspot got removed (see Spider Island) everyone should START to remember because there is a gigantic Peter Parker shaped hole in their memories. Jonah was a fucking investigative journalist for a living. HOW did he not figured out based upon those gaps in his memory that Peter is Spider-Man?
I don’t know how to feel about this particular explanation of Jonah’s hatred of Spider-Man. I guess it’s reconcilable with the explanation from Tangled Webs #20 and isn’t that bad really considering the 90s cartoon used it too.
I equyally don’t know how to feel about Peter chewing Jameson out. Jameson is after all someone he cares about at the end of the day. In Spec #241 he actually expressed concern for him noticing just how old and tired he seemed. So I don’t buy that deep down Peter really believe Jonah is worthless or doesn’t do some stuff to help people. He knows the people at the Bugle like Robbie and Betty and Ben Urich definitely help people and Jonah after all employed them. However I can equally see him in the heat of the moment here lashing out at the guy who has made his life Hell.
Okay now for the big one. The unmasking.
Like I said this goes back to Civil War.
The rules surrounding the mindwipe established that the act of unmasking would restore someone’s memories completely so right now Jonah should be remembering Peter unmasking in support of the Super Human Registration Act and their conversation during Back in Black.
But we don’t see that.
Whilst this is an act of compassion on Peter’s part and in a sense that is very true to who he is Civil War once more rears it’s ugly head.
In Civil War Jameson was a man who had the Bugle, had the support of his employees and friends, had his wife, had his adopted daughter and had his son John.
He also had years of gruff yet ultimately true friendship between himself and Peter and he also respected Mary Jane and Aunt May. He was sympathetic towards Peter once or twice upon learning of May’s health problems. He made a point of looking out for information on Mary Jane’s abduction by Jonathan Caesar. He secretly paid for a high price lawyer when Peter was arrested for murder during the Clone Saga. He recognized there was a vendetta between Peter and Norman Osborn during the former’s ownership of the Bugle and partially because of that (and partially due to other factors) resolved to kill Osborn.
Jonah was when push came to shove Peter’s friend.
And yet despite that friendship and the generally positive place his life was in at the time, when Peter unmasked Jonah didn’t see his young friend whom he’d watched grow up over the years. He saw the menace he’d dedicated his life to destroying who’d been tricking and humiliating him for years. Consequently he decided to try and avenge himself on Peter by suing him.
And Peter knew all that.
Jonah in this story has little left to lose and his vendetta against Spider-Man is all that he has left. He even says as much.
So knowing Jonah reacted in a bad way that hurt him back during Civil War, knowing his life has gotten demonstrably worse since then to the point where his hatred for Spider-Man is all that drives him now, Peter decides to unmask.
What is even the fuck.
Peter in this very issue states the mask is there to protect his loved ones.
Loved ones have DIED because a few individuals have known he he was.
So now he’s going to not just give that information to the guy who’s CLEARLY got severe such severe issues with him that he’ll go to extremes to ruin him (and have been doing so since day 1 of his career) but also REMIND him of that OTHER time he knew who he was? Alongside all those times he objectively tricked him to divert suspicion away from the truth, which included making him believe his own son was his hated enemy?
Peter is REALLY going to risk doing that?
Is he going to make Eddie Brock remember all their good times together too, so long as Brock seems sad enough?
Yeah okay, that’s a false equivalence because Jonah has never deliberately tried to hurt or endanger other people in his pursuit of Spider-Man and isn’t generally speaking psychotic.
But for fuck’s sake he’s funded the creation and efforts of killer robots and multiple super villains to bring in Spider-Man and they’ve usually gone rogue!
So it isn’t THAT false of an equivalency.
Peter knows Jonah values journalistic ethics generally speaking but that he is also has such a deep vendetta against Spider-Man that he is willing to make exceptions in his specific case.
I don’t give a shit if you say “But he was Peter’s brother-in-law! They were family!”
That doesn’t mean anything when you consider
a) Following May and Jay’s wedding Jonah publicly denounced Peter for faking pictures and got him blacklisted from any news photography gigs even though Peter faked those photos to HELP Jonah
b) Jonah got Peter his job at HORIZON labs but ONLY upon Marla’s insistence
c) Jonah to some degree at least held Peter accountable for his father’s death!
Face it the modern day Jonah never really considered Peter family and if he did that consideration definitely didn’t stretch to the point where he’d be all that kindly or caring towards him.
Peter has a VERY reliable track record of Jonah’s past behaviors that would make it plain fucking obvious to him that he shouldn’t let his compassion in the heat of the moment rule his judgement because Jonah is NOT likely to keep his secret, IS very likely to hold a grudge and by extension is a HIGH risk to the secrecy which he vitally needs to protect himself and his loved ones.
In summary Peter unmasking, whilst dramatic, is bullshit.
Yeah, yeah he implores Jonah to look past the mask and see the man he’s known for years.
Except he KNOWS Jonah DIDN’T do that last time, even when Jameson was FAR LESS vulnerable and Joe Robertson (Jonah’s veritable Jimeny Cricket) was by his side trying to talk sense into him.
And yeah he says he did it because he didn’t want Jonah to feel that way. But that becomes royal bullshit when you consider all those times Peter kept OTHER people who were far LESS likely to betray him in the dark despite doing so meaning they felt sad or thought badely of him. Literally up to the 1980s (unless I am forgetting) the ONLY people he entrusted with the secret that could kill people and ruin his life was the woman he loved and a child who adored him and who’d be dead within a few months anyway.
By far and away this is the best issue of Spec so far and there is real merit to be had here but the central twist of the story, the thing it’s been building to the whole issue is so utterly idiotic it ruins the whole thing.
Hope the girl will inherit something from Kuchipatchi…
P.S. The final episode of Appmon (Digimon Universe Appli Monsters) was fantastic. Normally I don’t follow any TV shows, but I’m so happy to spend a wonderful year with this SF anime. I’ll post some thank you messages as soon as possible!
Imagine Gregory slipping Yardale School brochures in your mailbox every night. And Yardale beer cozies. And Yardale umbrellas. And did we mention the Yardale premium stationary paper notepads? Yardale is a fantastic school. Apply this summer before it’s too late.
On this day in 1910, Karel Zeman was born in Ostroměř, in what was formerly known as Austria-Hungary. Zeman was an early pioneer of directing fantasy films using techniques such as forced perspective, stop motion, and other live action animation tricks to create otherwise impossible to film sequences, earning him the monicker “The Czech Méliès” (after the French film maker and illusionist who pioneered most of the special effects technique that early cinema relied on).
Zeman’s career began in advertising, with his first endeavor in the medium taking place on the set of an advertisement for French soap. Shortly after, he began working as a special effects hand in collectives and various productions before making a short animated film with his brother. His subsequent short animated films gained recognition through the Czech Republic, and earned him enough notoriety that in 1952, Zeman made his first feature length film The Treasure of Bird Island, procuring enough accolades to establish the film maker in a career making feature films until the 1980’s.
So influential was Zeman’s craft, that film makers and animators like Jan Švankmajer, Tim Burton, Ray Harryhausen, Wes Anderson, and Terry Gilliam have all claimed to be heavily inspired by his work, with Gilliam once stating “He did what I’m still trying to do, which is to try and combine live action with animation." In order to fully appreciate Zeman’s work, we’ve enclosed a link to part one of a video about the techniques he used, from a special behind the scenes documentary vantage point. The clip shows some very simple techniques which when applied properly can give fantastic results, even for independent film makers. [ The Magic World of Karel Zeman ]
When it comes to the application of foundation - fingers are one of (if not) the best tools. (Clean) Fingers are great for applying foundation as the warmth helps to blend the product into the skin easier - resulting in a seamless finish. Smooth your liquid foundation over your skin using your fingertips (as you would with your moisturiser) for a natural, dewy finish.
A flat foundation brush is fantastic for applying liquid and cream foundation onto the skin and generally tends to give great coverage. Using a “painting” motion and short, light strokes will help give you a finish that looks like your skin, but so much better. The bonus? This brush can be used for just about any cream or liquid face product.
Try: Beau-Make by Abbamart Cream Base Brush
If used right a foundation sponge can be fantastic for applying foundation onto the skin to give an airbrushed finish. Use a small amount of liquid or cream foundation on a large foundation sponge and use a “bouncing” motion on the skin, if you need more coverage than add another layer using the same technique.
Try: Beauty Blender Sponge
If you’re a lover of mineral or powder foundations then this one is for you. A kabuki brush is ideal for “buffing” mineral foundations into the skin and the short handle allows you to get closer to the face, allowing for more control. If you’re not a lover of powder foundation brushes don’t write this brush off just yet; spritz it with a little hydrating mist and buff your liquid or cream foundation into the skin for a dewy finish.
Random Thoughts On: The Mindy Project 3x01 (We're A Couple Now, Bitches!)
Branching out a bit this season and writing thoughts on episodes of any shows I’m especially enjoying, and The Mindy Project definitely applies :)
Fantastic episode, I really, really liked it. I’ll be honest, I was a bit nervous going into this season that this show would pull a New Girl and really suffer after getting their primary will-they-won’t-they-couple together. Granted we’ve only seen one ep so far, but it did a lot to lessen my fears. I think the main problem with New Girl was that the Nick-Jess coupling somehow led to regression on both character’s parts. But in Mindy Project, Mindy and Danny’s very first ep as a real live couple (excluding their necessarily short stint last season) showed that they are exactly the same people they were before they got together. Mindy still over shares to an impressive extent, and Danny is still uncomfortable when anyone (except for Mindy!) knows about his personal life. But more importantly, this ep also showed that they still belong together, despite these differences.
And it led to some truly wonderful moments, my favorite being the ending scene on the rooftop and the strip tease (duh) that followed. I liked both moments equally but for completely different reasons, which is a big reason why I like this show so much. It’s equal parts raunchy and sweet, and strikes the balance between the two so, so well. I think as long as the show continues to use Mindy and Danny’s differences as realistic and hilarious obstacles, that are just that, obstacles, rather than deal breakers, then we’re in for a fantastic Mindy-and-Danny-filled season.
Also, god bless the people who have already gifed this.