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Kolivan is a famous writer, but he keeps his real identity hidden; Lance is a server at a cafe. “Marmora Blade” is Lance’s favorite author and likes to frequently talk about his books to customers. Kolivan happens to be a frewuent customer because Lance has many good ideas for future books, and eventually they get together after a few months of flirting. After a year of being established, Kolivan reveals that he is Marmora Blade and his newest book will be featuring Lance as his coweriter under the name “Blue Lion”. Lance freaks out, needless to say.
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anonymous asked:

Hi! I love your work and I just wanted to ask how did you go about to get your foot in the door in the industry? just curious.

I fell in it…

literally.

It was a matter of showing my work to the right people and it started with a domino effect that is still happening now. 

I showed my work to one of my friends who work at a comic shop in my local city. then they showed it to the branch manager who was starting out writing comics and we did a 5 page short for a small publisher…then he got me in contact with another writer who (thanks to previous writer) we did a one page short story in the Thought Bubble Anthology 2015.  

Though this said comic shop has many, many links and contacts. It’s a major player in organising Thought Bubble.

And then….Said previous friend I did my first comic with, introduced me to Richard Starkings who happened to be doing a signing at the comic shop the week of the convention. 

He saw my page I did…and said to me ‘Are you bringing a portfolio this weekend?’ 

I said ‘Yes, i’m nervous but yes’

He then went to say “I want to see it….”

If you don’t know who Richard Starkings is, he’s the writer of Elephantmen, one of Image Comics longest running series. And he also happened to found the company that would ‘digitise’ Lettering in the industry.

I didn’t know this at the time….

But….I went with my portfolio….in my Doctor Strange cosplay….(Ha I know) around the convention and I took my work to artists and writers. Al Ewing , Kev Walker, Lee Garbett, Ben Templesmith to name a few.

I went over to show Richard, showed him my work and his response was..

“will you illustrate a cover for me?”

I wanted to cry honestly…. overly giddy I said ‘Yes!’

I then ended up spending 2 hours with Emma Rios, sitting with her at her signing table, showed her my work and we talked about Doctor Strange, did an art trade (as you do).

That show was insane! in fact everything at the time was insane, because I saw the premiere screening of Doctor Strange the weekend before. (how that happened is another story entirely)

So I went to do the cover, and here is where is got too good to be true…

Richard messaged me after he saw the cover and said “Would you like to do the interior?” 

I screamed at my computer…I fib you not. 

I agreed to that.

Did the comic…(i laughed, I cried, I did all-nighters, I punched the air in victory)

And found myself at the next Thought Bubble Convention (2016) exhibiting for the first time!

I have since done some mini-projects, design work for an indie horror film, printed a little art book, Prints, Bookmarks, featured in Imagine FX magazine, contributed to a special 30th anniversary of John Carpenter’s The Thing Artbook (so many big names in that book). And I am now working on a NEW project with Richard that he initially pitched to me about a year ago but has become something quite amazing. So i’m doing the design work on that.

It’s called ‘Ask For Mercy’

But I can not say much else beyond that sorrryyyx

“hello,” the dark lord said, “i need a library card.”

“everyone needs a library card,” the librarian said brightly, sliding a form across the desk. “fill this out.”

the dark lord produced her own elaborately plumed quill from the depths of her robes and scrawled her name in handwriting that was completely illegible but seemed to whisper the secrets of the dark from the blinding white page. “yes, but i need mine in order to take over the tri-kingdom area.”

the librarian’s polite smile barely faltered. “funny, the last dark lord to try that didn’t bother with a card.”

“yes, and do you see that fool currently ruling our kingdom? no. of course not. utterly ridiculous, to attempt to take over any size country without a library card, much less an intermediate-sized one like this.” she accepted the thin plastic card with a gracious flourish of her gloved hand.

the librarian, adding the new card’s number to the database, privately agreed, but chose not to say anything.


the librarian balanced the pile of pulled books under one elbow and held the list of call numbers in their hand for easy consultation. “intermediate spell casting for grades three and four,” they murmured, running fingers along the peeling spines until they found it. “willing to bet that’s sorrel’s request.”

they fit the large, paperbound book under their elbow and moved on, checking the list again. “magical creatures encyclopedia, L through M. that’s jackaby trying to finish the entire set by midsummer.” they would get that one last to carry it around the shortest amount of time.

“next — the complete guide to raising the dead.” they paused in front of the row of shelves with the right call numbers. they could guess the requester of that one too, but knew better than to say it out loud.


the return slot thunked loudly as it swung open and closed, having swallowed the returned books with a wet gulp.

“good morning,” the dark lord said pleasantly as she looked up from sliding her books in — or as pleasantly as “good morning” could sound when it was uttered by a voice that sounded like gravel being chewed to pieces by the jaws of a large monster.

“it is, very,” the librarian said crisply, conjuring a clean handkerchief for the still-slobbering return slot.

the mouth just visible under the dark lord’s enormous cloak hood curved into a scythe’s blade smile, but she said nothing else.

“did you enjoy your books?” the librarian asked, since she wasn’t moving and there were no other people waiting (most likely because of the dark lord standing there).

the hood nodded up and down. “extremely. especially the taped lecture by doctor dramidius ardorius of the dark arts institute.”

“well, we have many more taped lectures. i especially recommend the one on the healing powers of tea.” they tilted their head in a now get out sign. the poor steam-powered self-checkout contraption would get overheated if people were too scared to check out at the front desk.

they didn’t really expect the dark lord to take the recommendation seriously, but the next day they noticed the cloaked, hooded specter glide out the door with the taped lecture on magic-infused herbal teas tucked between a CD of dark chants and a step-by-step art book on drawing occult symbols.


“you give good recommendations,” the dark lord said with a shrug when the librarian raised their eyes from the front desk’s computer to the shadows of her hood.

the librarian wasn’t sure what to say. “you seem to take up quite a lot of my time.”

“i’m only a simple library patron,” the dark lord replied in a saintly voice that resembled a dragon coughing up a partially digested house. “do you enjoy mermaid song?”

“yes. you can find the library’s collection in the CD section over there.” they looked pointedly back down at the computer.

“i hear there’s a concert on the shore tomorrow evening.”

“perhaps we’ll get a recording of it.”


the dark lord continued taking out books on various unsavory topics. the librarian continued suggesting books on healing, positive thinking, and community service. the dark lord seemed more amused with each visit. her smile was almost charming, once you got past the long, sharp teeth.


the librarian was trying to go about their usual morning ritual of pulling books that had been requested the night before, but the dark lord wouldn’t stop making faces at them from behind gaps in the shelves. she seemed to find it hilarious. the librarian hadn’t decided yet if they were amused or annoyed.

“ooh, look at this,” the dark lord said, pulling a sturdy but beaten up board book featuring a werewolf mid-transformation on the cover from the shelf. “this was my favorite when i was just a little menace.”

“somehow i’m not surprised.”

the dark lord tucked the book into the ridiculous basket made of a large skull that floated alongside her. “didn’t you have a favorite picture book when you were little?”

“Barker the Sentient Book End,” the librarian said promptly. “i screamed for it every night until someone read it to me, long after i’d already memorized each page.”

the dark lord cooed, sounding like a cross between an owl and something eating an owl. “adorable. i knew you had a little monster in you somewhere.”

the librarian crossly debated denying being a monster at all or pointing out they had actual kraken blood in them.


they should have guessed how close the dark lord was from how good her mood was, but it wasn’t until they arrived at work on monday that the librarian heard the news.

“the newest dark lord managed to overthrow the faeyrie monarchy last night. something about combining traditional herbal spells with a newfangled mental magic based on the power of willful thinking… or something. the news reporter mentioned the use of mermaid song in a mild kind of mind control, i think? i wasn’t listening. the good news is, our budget stays in place.”

the librarian contemplated hurling the can of bookmarks across the room, but concluded that it would be both unprofessional and unsatisfying. they settled for aggressively stamping returned, only slightly saliva-covered books with red ink.


the phone clicked loudly. “public library, how can i help you?”

“by taking my offer,” the dark lord said, slightly hesitant voice like a rock slide that wasn’t sure it was ready to slide. “the royal library in the capital needs a new head librarian.”

“why’s that?” the librarian spun in their new swivel chair, tangling the phone cord while they were at it, thinking they wouldn’t want to leave so soon after getting it.

there was a cough like the ocean spitting out a new island. “erm, hmm, last one got… eaten. tragic. these things happen when you’re very, very small, you know.”

“so i’ve heard.” the librarian stretched the phone cord and watched it bounce back. “well, i’m happy where i am.”

“well.” her voice was more disappointed than they’d expected. “it’s a very nice library, you know. large selection of mermaid song in the CD section.”

“the royal library is part of our system. i can request any materials from there that i want to be delivered here.”

a pause. the dark lord had not considered this. “well, maybe i’ll take the royal library out of the system.”

“you wouldn’t dare disrupt the workings of our very intricate library system set up at the dawn of time.”

“maybe i would!”

“no.”

“fine. i wouldn’t.”

the librarian swiveled some more, wrapping the cord around with them until it ran out of give and spun them in the other direction. “would you like to grab a coffee sometime?”

“yes,” the dark lord said, voice too surprised to resemble anything in particular. “i can travel down meet you tomorrow morning.”

“don’t you have things to do?”

they could sense the shrug from the other end of the line. “i’ll move the capital to your town. i can do that, you know. i’m the supreme ruler of the tri-kingdom area.”

“yes,” the librarian agreed, un-spinning to return the phone to its cradle. “just don’t forget who gave you the library card.”

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From Entertainment Weekly: “Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones — the first installment in her riveting Mortal Instruments series — turns 10 this year. To commemorate this milestone, City of Bones is getting a stunning new anniversary edition, packed with brand new content. EW can reveal both the 10th anniversary cover (a cloth-over-board jacket with text and art stamped in foil) as well as six full-color character portraits that will appear in the new book. The book also features chapter header illustrations, black-and-white illustrations scattered throughout the book, and The Clave’s Confidential Files on our favorite characters, written by Clare herself. (top sekrit info on the characters, including birthdays, scars and major weaknesses ;) Check out the cover and the back, printed with the iconic ALL THE STORIES ARE TRUE. The 10th anniversary edition of City of Bones will be out Nov. 7, 2017, but is available for pre-order now.” Entertainment Weekly’s story is up along with a portrait of Jace: http://ew.com/books/2017/06/27/cassandra-clare-city-of-bones-anniversary-cover/

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Also I overheard the person at the register talk about how Turf Wars has practically been selling out at all the comic retailers.

Dark Horse and the distributors severely underestimated the demand, and as a result, there aren’t enough books to meet all of the demand for them.

So the book has now sold out of the first print, and is on the second printing now.

And you know what that means? It’s a very good thing, because it means the book is selling really, really well.

And that is just a great thing, especially since the book features a bisexual romance.

So I’m proud of the Korra and more specifically, the Korrasami fandom for making this an all around success.

deliilahbards  asked:

book recs featuring bisexual protagonists?

!!!!!!!!!! OKAY here we go

Apps for age regressors/pet regressors

Tap Tap Fish
* You start with a large rock called a Lonely Corallite. Your job is to make it friends. You start by growing coral then you can buy fish, octopi, dolphins, etc.

Clawbert
* A claw machine game where you win friends for Clawbert. You grab eggs and when they hatch you get cute creatures or coins!!

Camp Pokémon
* A Pokémon game where you play mini games to earn the Alolan forms of the Pokémon at the camp.

Emoji Blitz
* Kind of like candy crush but with Disney characters. They frequently have events when they add new characters into the game. And you can play with individual characters. Each character has its own power.

Monster 1 & 2
* Sesame street books featuring Grover and Elmo. They’re called The Monster at the End of the Book 1 & 2.

Little Broken Robots
* Can be a bit difficult but you fix up robots! You rearrange “wires” till they’re fixed. And each robot has a special diagnosis

Little Kitten
* You get to play with a small kitten! You can play with a truck, hide-n-seek, blocks, etc. You can put the kitten to bed and so much more!!

Zen Koi
* You play as a koi fish and you eat up dinner kinds of bugs and other fish to create stones to expand your pond!

Egg!
* You play with, feed, dress up, and raise an egg! And when it hatches, you get a creature based on specific personalities (athletic, girly, nerdy, etc.). There are many different kinds of eggs and each egg produces a different creature per personality.

MY LITTLE PONY: Magic Princess Quests
* You create your own version of Ponyville. You arrange the buildings and decorations as you want. You do small things to achieve goals and earn new ponies.

Alchademy
* You mix together ingredients to get other ingredients and relics!

Pakka Pets Village
* You raise a small pet called a Pakka. Depending on how you raise it, there will be different outcomes. You can mine for gems, mix together foods, go on missions, etc.

Animal Jam
* You design your own animal and play games. You can interact with people from across the globe. You can buy pets, clothing, accessories, etc.

Magikarp Jump
* You raise Magikarp by feeding and training them. Then you compete in leagues where the Magikarp jump to see who can jump the highest. You can also earn/buy decorations and Pokémon companions.

Neko Atsume
* You put out food and toys which attract cats that you can collect! You can also nickname each cat!!

Tbh

Non-black comic book artists are lazy when it comes to black faces or hair. Especially hair. For almost 50 years comic book writers have preferred to write INTO CANON that Storm has naturally bone-straight hair instead of asking their artists to attempt curly/kinky texture. Other black comic book women have inconsistent, outdated, or even nonsensical hairstyles (when Misty had a huge afro AND relaxed bangs? Wtf was that?!). Hair textures get looser as time goes on (Riri Williams, Helena Bertinelli). Skin tones vary dramatically too. It’s like some of these artist have never even seen a black woman in person.

Black male comic book characters don’t fare that well either (though they are treated better than black women in comics). Hair is either bald or ceaser, with the occasional poorly rendered afro or locs. Faces are usually just same-face white characters with brown skin. Lazy.

If writers want to do justice to black characters they have to make sure the artists do the same. Or, better yet, hire black artists. There are tons of talented black artists right here on Tumblr who can draw, paint, and render circles around “professionals” in the industry. I’m tired, TIRED of seeing varied depictions of white people while black characters all get the same five features.

Centering whiteness in the craft.

I’ve been into the occult for as long as I can remember. At 8 I was checking out books on satanism, vampirism, and witchcraft from the library, at 10 I started doing my own spells and interacting with Faefolk, at 13 my mom told me about the spell work she used to do growing up. I have grown a lot since those days of building fairy houses in my front yard out of rocks and flowers and leaving little offerings of honey or juice in exchange for good luck or help finding something I lost, and in those years of navigating the pagan and witch communities both online and off, reading books nonstop, blogs nonstop, etc, I noticed a trend. 

Paganism, the occult, and the craft are all very very white. Not only that but whiteness is centered as the one and only way to participate in these interests. First it started in the wiccan books I read as a child, the “white vs. black” magic that is shoved down the throats of aspiring wiccans and witches and eventually they spew it back at anyone else who will listen. If you’ve been on my blog a bit, you already know my gripe about white or black magic. If you haven’t browsed my blog or been there for my rants here is the nitty gritty: The idea at it’s simplest is rooted in colorism and racism, where white is seen as good and black or darkness seen as bad, this trope has been carried over into many different movies and books featuring magic as the villian who usually practices “black” magic has darker features, dark skin, dark eyes, dark hair, while the good characters practice white magic and as such represent purity with their fair skin and hair and eyes. Not only this but historically the magic and practices of those of color, brown and black people, have been demonized for centuries while magic performed by white people are seen as some kind of fairy tale, quirky, beautiful, sipping tea by a potted plant, aesthetic. 

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Many writers I’ve talked to have read quite a few of these books. How many have you read? And is there one I need to look into? (You can comment at the bottom).

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Hi everyone!

I’m organizing a Rick and Morty fan zine!

I’m accepting applications from illustrators and comic artists. The book will feature fan-made art by YOU in honor of Season 3 airing this year.

The book will be B5 format and available for purchase in Spring 2018.

You can check out the project information and application here on Google Forms.

strawberryezri  asked:

Hey, I was wondering if you'd know about any lesbian books that feature a black lead? I've been trying to find some but I keep coming up short.

For sure! Some of my favourites are:

*Also by black authors

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Legend of Korra: Korrasami

Transcript of DVD commentary from The Last Stand (final episode of Book 4) featuring Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos, and Lauren Montgomery.

BK: I like to imagine that Asami lied, she lied about Varrick wanting that suit just to get Tenzin out of there. She’s got this sly little look on her face and I think she’s like, “Yeah, it’ll buy me some time.“

JDS: Right now, Tenzin is going, "What, what, what, where is he?”

BK: So, yeah, Asami has had a pretty rough week or so… I don’t know, how much longer?

MD: It was a couple weeks.

BK: Couple of weeks, yeah. So, this was, you know, Mike and I worked on this scene together and I really wanted to have… I just loved their story, their whole how-they-started, you know, kinda fought over Mako… But what was cool is they never really took it out on each other, and then this beautiful relationship kind of developed out of it. So…

MD: Yeah, and we wanted to have them start as friends and have that friendship develop into maybe something a little more.

BK: Into love.

MD: Yes.

BK: And then there was- I always remembered, ‘cause Asami is not like the benders, so sometimes she wouldn’t be in the crazy action scenes and she never got to go to the spirit world. So, I thought…

MD: Yeah. It’s nice.

BK: It’s a beautiful way for them to go together and live happily ever after…the end.

There’s a scene in Captain Underpants where the mean principal under a hypnotic control unlocks a heavily locked and bolted door labeled ART DEPARTMENT, letting in a large group of kids who excitedly take up dust-covered equipment and start drawing, painting, what have you. Under the surface-level toilet gags and general silliness, what really drew me to the series as a young kid was it’s surprisingly cynically satirical depiction of the failings of public school in America and the ways in which the more creative aspects of children are often neglected in favor of standardization. Yes it was silly, but there was a joy and wit in that silliness. With a name like Captain Underpants a lot of the gags are smarter than they have any right to be and there’s a genuine heart to the friendship between the two main characters that a lot of children’s writing often struggles to replicate. Dav Pilkey, the author, had ADHD and Dyslexia in school and was often dismissed by his teachers as having his head in the clouds for his love for making silly drawings over busy work. Yet he persevered to make a beloved series of books that features two characters who face similar dismissals but find solace in each other and making goofy comics that bring laughter to their peers. I wasn’t a trouble maker in school, but I often had a lot of lonely years where even in my hardest days I could find refuge in making crazy characters and knowing that despite everything I had enough creativity to make other people laugh. And as ridiculous as it sounds, the Captain Underpants books made me feel like my sharpened but often off the wall sense of humor over the more desirable traits like popularity or athleticism was a strength. All George and Harold needed to be happy was each other and the ideas that came from their head! That’s the power of art and all the ways we can interpret it. From start to finish this movie is a love letter to creativity. Through stop motion, sock puppets, 2D animation, and crude comic squiggle vision (even Flip o Rama!) this movie was a love letter to all the ways kids can be creative and just enjoy this sense of youth even in the face of a school system that wants to suppress that. And not in a way that has a personal disconnect like Middle School Max Keeble style movies, but ways that feel like they come from a real place such as a history teacher literally yelling out a list of years to memorize to a room of depressed children.

By all accounts I don’t mean to bring politics into a post about Captain Underpants of all things, but in a society where our own president wants to defund the arts for children, I can’t stress enough how important it is for kids to see a fun and witty movie where so much joy is displayed to be found through drawing or painting or writing. One of the most heartwarming moments that takes a break from the endless gags is just a wordless sequence where George and Harold are just sitting back to back making comics and laughing at the jokes that the other are making. Everything else not mattering because they have this moment of creativity and when they have the chance to control their principal under the guise of Captain Underpants, they make one of their commands to unlock the art room and share this happiness with the rest of the stifled students.

And that’s why even with the silly names and giant robot toilets (although in my eyes those are an added bonus) this is an important film to take kids with budding minds. It’s wacky and fast and fun but also has some smartness behind it that more animated movies need. That even though you KNOW it’s stupid and immature it’s okay to laugh at the word Uranus and just have the ability to laugh even when the rest of the world is rough. It certainly did a lot for me when I was their age.