around the island race


EVERYTHING CHANGES when SONIC and friends go down their “Branching Paths”: The Shattered World Crisis is behind us, and the 25th Anniversary was well celebrated! So what’s next for Sonic and his friends? That’s up to them to decide! Sonic is racing around Westside Island on a mission—but for whom? And while Sonic’s away, each of his friends make decisions that will plot the course of their lives. Don’t miss out on the beginning of a whole new era of Sonic stories! Featuring cover art by Sonic comics veteran Tracy Yardley and a “Epic Movie Poster” variant by T. Rex!
Script: Ian Flynn

Art: Tracy Yardley, Terry Austin, Gabriel Cassata and John Workman

Cover: Tracy Yardley & Elaina Unger

Variant Cover: T. Rex

On Sale Date: 2/22

32-page, full color comic

$3.99 U.S.

All I Wanted Was a Sandwich - Steve & Flash

Wally liked for a Starter

He’d been to warzones around the world. Crashed on a hidden island where he met an ancient race of warrior women, but god forbid he could get a sandwich without something bad happening. Steve let out a heavy sigh as the gunman pointed his weapon at the man behind the counter whose hands were presently filled with slices of swiss cheese—cheese that was supposed to be in Steve’s sandwich that was laying open faced on said counter.

“Isn’t there a bank you could be robbing?” he asked the burly guy. “I doubt there’s enough in that drawer to cover a Starbucks order.” Steve’s blue eyes flickered from the big guy to his two friends, who kept their guns trained on the customers. He could take them. He knew it, but not without getting someone killed.



The Three Houses of Black Gate Academy

Blood and lake,
Sky and stone,
Spark and wave,
Star and bone.

Black Gate Academy separates its students into three houses, each named after the three Founders of Black Gate.  Frederick Sorenson, Dalia Aleksa, and Rosalee Nyland elected in the divisions of students to eschew the traditional competitive structure of inter-House relations; there is not a points system at Black Gate, no end of year prize for another House somehow being “better” than the other two. The Houses are divided instead to allow students to explore their magical inclinations and interests with like-minded individuals. 

Within Black Gate, students are housed in individual bedrooms in towers divided by their Year, not by their House. Students thus are interwoven into communities in two ways - by fellows in age and fellows in mind. The Founders, fleeing divisive Pureblood prejudice back in Durmstrang, wanted to create a school where students would constantly be learning from each other, not set against each other by authority. Friendships and enemyships could find room to flourish simply by personalities, not fostered by a system.

They are separate, and yet as one, the Houses. They all call back to a history of blood and shadow, darkness and light.

House Sorenson - The House of Stone

To Stone belong the students of solidity, the slow to anger, the powerful and the just, the deep laughers, the ones with their feet firmly planted on the ground while their minds reach for the stars. To Stone go the strong and sure, the silent and the still, the brash and bold, the movers and the shakers, those who explode and crash and persevere against all the odds, who shoulder unspeakable burdens and never complain, who are indefatigable. A Sorenson student is the shoulder to cry on and voice of reason, and also the one who will throw the first (and last) punch because how dare you say that about her best friend; they will bake you scones at dawn and pull you out of bed for a midnight picnic. They are grit and determination, comfortable silences, wry humor, righteousness, solidity, warmth, confident, shy, earthy. To them belong the smell of earth churned with rain, freshly brewed pots of tea, quiet afternoons by the fire, riding Black Gate’s sea serpents in races around the three islands. 

House Aleksa - The House of Sky

To Sky belong the students of the air, quick wits and flighty flirters, sharp inquisitors and high-minded inventors. To Sky go the adventurers, but also the soft and the meek, the gentle and faint - and as well the firebrands, the snapdragons, those whose tempers flare and explode and then dissolve back into laughter in the next moment. An Aleksa student is one who conceives the late night caper to the kitchen, and also the one who will weep over a book of poetry; he will sneer at you with a stinging remark one moment and in the next take your breath away with the sincerity of his regard for you. They are mirth and adventure, the quick breath of an idea, lightning fast reflexes and jokes, easygoing, mercurial, sincere, passionate, charming. To them belong the first cold breath of autumn, snowball fights, evening walks under the stars, the sweetly melancholy sound of the windchimes and bells that clang out across the islands to call students to class. 

House Nyland - The House of Lake

To Lake belong the students of dream, those who sink deep, whose waters run and flow, ebb and wave, pulled by directions and currents unseen by the world above. To Lake go the soft-spoken and the melancholy, the deep and the shallow, the romantics and the wistful, and to her go as well the wrathful, the defiant and unbreakable, the ones who seethe with the visions that they keep, those with depths unplumbed. A Nyland student won’t let you copy her homework, but she will stay up all night to coach you through your studies; he will snarl with rage against the European views on love potions while he gently brushes your hair. They are founts of knowledge and lore, wise, kind, secretive, unpredictable, vengeful, humorous, sweet, caught up in themselves but still the clearest reflection of yourself.  To them belong the scent of the ocean, morning walks on the beach, the reflection of the moon, the dive from the cliffs of the third island into the depths of Lake Superior. 

Students are sorted into their houses by a Purview Ritual, a ceremony that allows a student to see which House calls to them the strongest.  Some rare are somewhat surprised as to which House they end up belonging to. 

At first, at least. By the end of their time at Black Gate, none ever wonder why they are where they are.

(Photo credits:
 Christopher J. Rivera Photography)

(Mod Note: Folks have been asking about the Black Gate Sorting Ritual for years - rest assured, it’s finally coming!)

(Mod Note 2: All you who might want to go to Black Gate - we would love to see you tag/comment on your House Sorting!)

anonymous asked:

Hiccstrid story strung to the tune of Sparks Fly by Taylor Swift? Like, a song line or two, and then a drabble (a SHORT one) based off of it?

You’re The Kind Of Reckless That Should Send Me Running

“Drop everything now, meet me in the pouring rain,

Kiss me on the sidewalk, take away the pain,

‘Cause I see sparks fly, whenever you smile.”

The rain in the archipelago was relentless.

After months of bitterly cold winds and dark clouds, the heavens had opened, unleashing the kind of torrential rain that turned the grassland to bogs and raised the sea level dangerously close to the Edge. If they hadn’t built their huts up high, they’d all be knee-deep in slush by now.

Hiccup had resigned himself to sitting alone in his hut, working on his maps or writing in his journal, when Astrid appeared at his door, her hair dripping with water and her eyes shining.

No sooner had the words “race me,” left Astrid’s mouth was Hiccup up and out the door, chasing after her and yelling while she dared him to catch up. They pelted down the stairs, nipping in and out between the huts towards the dragon stables, unable to keep themselves from hooting with laughter.

By the time he’d reached Toothless, he was soaked through, his fringe sticking to his forehead. They’d zoomed up into the air just seconds after Astrid and Stormfly, and he soared after her, ignoring her taunts as they raced around the island.

They touched down outside Hiccup’s hut at exactly the same time, the two of them falling off their dragons while their shoulders shook with laughter.

“I won.”

“You did not.”

“I did.”

“Did not!”

Hiccup hooked an arm around Astrid’s waist, pulling her closer, still holding back a laugh. “Did too,” he whispered, before he pulled her into a kiss.

When the broke apart, he could see the corners of her twinkling eyes crinkling, and he wondered to himself if there was anything better in the world than when Astrid Hofferson smiled.

through the looking lake: percywinchesterau

“Alright, let’s just take it easy now, Toothless” Hiccup reached his hand out to stroke the top of the Night Fury’s head. They’d been racing around the islands for nearly an hour now, and after a close call, Hiccup knew it was time to relax, actually take in some scenery as they flew. As he looked about something caught his eye, another piece of land that he hadn’t seen before. Lately he seemed to be finding a few more of these places to add to the map. He tapped Toothless on the side before steering him down towards that way. They landed and he climbed off his dragon’s back, wondering if they’d encounter any of the species there. If so…what kind?

Through the forest they went, Toothless walking along beside him, and turning towards anything that made noise. Further and further they walked, before Hiccup found himself falling. “Toothless!” he shouted, but the viking had already hit the water. It hadn’t been a far fall, but when Hiccup surfaced he couldn’t see Toothless anywhere. “Toothless?” he called, moving towards the bank. “Toothless?” he called again, “where are you, buddy?”

Arrow Season 4 Wrap Up

Seeing as how Arrow Season 5 is premiering a few short hours, I thought I’d take a break from my fanfiction (it’s almost done. I promise. One  more chapter) and write my Season 4 Wrap Up. Am I late to the party? Yes. Never doubt the power of procrastination.

Originally posted by o-kay-things

In the beginning of Season 4, Wendy Mericle and Marc Guggenheim promised a lighter tone.  Given Oliver’s outlook on life, his relationship with Felicity and change in tactics on the street, we nicknamed the S4 “The Season of Light.” Is that what it ended up being? Or did it shift into something else?  I’m going to examine the season theme and each character to find out.

Let’s dig in…

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“What…What is that sound? No, really—what on earth is that noise? Waitaminute… is that the sound of go-karts??? IT… IT—IS! LET THE RACE BEGIN IN “EVERYBODY’S SUPER SONIC RACING” PART ONE! (IS THE CAPS LOCK STILL ON, OH WAITAMINUTE, there we go. Much better.)  When Dr. Eggman sponsors a go-kart race around Sonic’s Island home, you know that dude is up to no good. The rules are as follows: no special powers, no weapons, and everyone has to drive a kart to keep things fair.  Since when does Eggy care about “fair”? What will happen to throw this race into a SPIN? How many rhetorical questions can we ask in one paragraph of solicit text?? Find out in this hyperbole-packed issue! Featuring cover art from Sonic comic extraordinaire Tracy Yardley, plus a new BOOM-Crew Sega art variant!”

On Sale: 4/1/2015 



Script: Ian Flynn

Art: Ryan Jampole, Jennifer Hernandez, Rick Bryant, Jack Morelli and Matt Herms

Cover: Tracy Yardley and Matt Herms

BOOM-CREW Variant cover art provided by Sega

What…What is that sound? No, really—what on earth is that noise? Waitaminute… is that the sound of go-karts??? IT… IT—IS! LET THE RACE BEGIN IN “EVERYBODY’S SUPER SONIC RACING” PART ONE! (IS THE CAPS LOCK STILL ON, OH WAITAMINUTE, there we go. Much better.) When Dr. Eggman sponsors a go-kart race around Sonic’s Island home, you know that dude is up to no good. The rules are as follows: no special powers, no weapons, and everyone has to drive a kart to keep things fair. Since when does Eggy care about “fair”? What will happen to throw this race into a SPIN? How many rhetorical questions can we ask in one paragraph of solicit text?? Find out in this hyperbole-packed issue! Featuring cover art from Sonic comic extraordinaire Tracy Yardley, plus a new BOOM-Crew Sega art variant!

On Sale Date: 4/1 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.