but this post is about matt right now

guys but listen

  • so after the foxes win everyone starts paying attention to them
  • suddenly the press is all over their social media and wants them on talk shows and panels all the time
  • and they do it bc they could use some good publicity tbh and they rly need a bigger team
  • one day allison (her and neil are bffs now dont fight me on this i s2g) is watching tv w neil and he is rly into what’s happening and she pulls out her sc and starts taking a video
  • she holds the camera so both their faces show and goes “hey neil” and and when he starts to look over she kisses him on the cheek (allison reynolds does not give 2 shits about neil’s scars and she’s gonna show every1)
  • the video ends just as neil smiles
  • ppl on the internet lose their shit !! this video is everywhere
  • allison moved on from seth and NEIL JOSTEN is dating a teammate
  • so they go on a lowkey trashy talk show (and everyone warns neil to keep his mouth shut)
  • the lady is like “so neil i hear ur in a relationship with one of ur teammates”
  • all the foxes hold their breath he’s too unpredictable
  • wymack takes a drink
  • andreil arent hiding anything really they just dont do pda so neil is like “oh ya we like to keep our relationship private tho lets talk about exy”
  • and she is like “well it didnt look like you were keeping it private when allison posted this on her sc” and she plays the video
  • all the foxes start laughing except kevin, andrew, and aaron
  • allison is literally losing her shit and matt has trouble breathing for a few seconds
  • and the lady is like “…um did i miss something haha”
  • and nicky takes pity on her “we’re just laughing bc neil and allison are definitely not dating sry”
  • and she is like “???????????? but ur still dating a teammate”
  • kevin quickly redirects the conversation back to exy bc they do not have the time to sit here and talk about andreil’s love life jfc
  • she cant get anything else out of them
  • so ppl are just losing their minds for like a week trying to figure out who neil is dating when renee posts a pic on instagram of them w the caption “neil drove me to lunch and paid for my meal” ((they actually talk about andrew lol))
  • and now every1 is like omg !! this is it!!
  • so the foxes are doing a panel and they get through a decent amount of exy related questions and then
  • “i have a question for neil. would u like to comment on ur relationship w renee walker??”
  • “id like to comment that my relationship w renee is that we r good friends and that id like to talk about exy now”
  • they cant get anything else out of anyone
  • so now ppl rly confused bc neil is a Straight Man and only Dan is left but her and Matt are very publicly dating 
  • what kind of sexual deviancy is this ??????????? is neil josten engaging in some kind of polyamorous relationship with his teammates?????? no one can answer
  • ok so next talk show 
  • this woman barely gets the introductions out before she leaps right in
  • “neil are you currently in a relationship with dan wilds despite the fact that she is dating matt boyd?” 
  • neil has had enough
  • this boy just wants to play exy hes too old for this
  • he just stares at her
  • he cant even speak like who is this woman??
  • he didnt ask to dismantle heteronormativity in america but apparently he has to
  • “i dont have a gf”
  • she stares back
  • “are you no longer in a relationship with one of your teammates as you previously stated?????”
  • the foxes are getting worried neil might kill her
  • it’s getting very hard not to laugh
  • neil stares a little longer
  • “i dont have a gf
  • the host’s eyes widen
  • the audience goes silent
  • “am i to understand that neil josten, breakout exy player of the year, has just come out??”
  • ppl start clapping (some ppl boo and nicky starts to flip them off before kevin grabs his hand)
  • this woman has just gotten one of the best stories of her life on live television
  • she cant stop smiling
  • once again kevin steers the conversation back to exy (even when he isnt insulting ppl why does neil always have to cause problems ??) and doesnt let her go back
  • there’s wild speculation about which boy he’s dating bc it doesnt makes sense ?????/
  • aaron has been seen kissing katelyn after games
  • kevin and thea are now officially dating
  • nicky is v vocal about his bf (like 12 times a day on twitter)
  • matt and dan are definitely still dating
  • andrew is not capable of relationships ????? and him and neil hate each other ???/
  • the answer comes 3 weeks later
  • they are all in the girls’ room for a movie night
  • everyone but renee is slightly drunk
  • allison and renee take a cute pic
  • in the background u can kinda see neil asleep on andrew who in a rare display of affection actually has a hand in his hair
  • allison notices right before she posts it on instagram but andreil have already said that they arent rly trying to hide their relationship they just arent going to go out of their way just for crazy talk show hosts
  • and DAMN
  • the way they are leaning against each other is unmistakable (esp in light of recent news) 
  • neil josten and andrew minyard are in a relationship?????? have been in a relationship?????? the ppl need confirmation
  • neil’s twitter (that he uses to retweet exy players and occasionally start fights w them) is being blown up
  • finally he goes on twitter and makes his first original tweet 
  • “Andrew is my boyfriend.”
  • twitter literally explodes and “andreil” is trending for a week

I think that Matt said in an interview one time that Malec was going to end season 2A in the honeymoon stage, so hopefully what ever they fight about in 2x09, it will be resolved by the end of 2x10. I mean, Matt and Harry have both been pretty honest about Malec this season. Also, I hope that all of this fandom discourse can be resolved in the space of time between 2x10 and 2x11 because remember, this is still the same lovely cast we were introduced to back in the spring of 2015 who made us laugh during interviews, comic con, and all the on set antics. You know as well as I do that even though some of you are mad at some of the cast right now, you don’t want to see the cast leave, and you don’t want the show to end. I’m sure Emeraude didn’t mean to offend anyone, and Matt and Harry have no control over how the episodes are written or edited. We’ve gone on such a big journey with this cast. I’m sorry that this post was kind of long and sappy, but this is how I feel about this, and this fandom discourse needs to stop.

The Set Up- Tyler Seguin

Originally posted by steenbean

Ok so this one turned out super cute and I really liked it so I hope you guys like it too! Enjoy!

Warning: none

Anon Request: You’re writing is absolutely amazing and I gotta say I am completely addicted to it because I can barely go a couple of hours on an off day where I’m not checking and re-checking your blog to see if you’ve posted a new one. And honestly, I really need an imagine with Mitch Marner trying to set his older sister up with Matt Martin, but it turns out she’s dating Tyler Seguin from you because you’re that amazing.

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              You were close with Mitch, which wasn’t normally the case with siblings.

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Okay look of course it’s frustrating that after Alec’s first time and Malec’s first time together we didn’t get to see a post coital scene or anything while we got to see a lot with Jace and a random Seelie girl and now with Cl*mon it looks like too. But I can’t just keep getting mad about it. We can’t change 2x07. I believe they likely heard us last season. Matt even implied there might be a “morning scene” with Alec and Magnus. Which means them waking up in the morning in the same bed.

I’m not saying it’s for sure. I’m not saying you can’t still criticize and critique obviously, you have every right to. But no matter how much we complain it won’t undo prior episodes. We can only look to the future. We can hope things improve. If they don’t we will tell the writers. Unlike most shows they seem to actually listen or at least acknowledge what we have to say.

you know when u wanna talk about ur fav characters but all you can do is scream

my friend is watching ep 68 cloak and dagger right now and i just realised how different my perspective of it is as a writer because he’s like ‘all these horrible things keep happening!’ and i’m like ‘I know! isn’t it great?’ and he doesn’t see how narratively delicious the whole set-up is and how many plates that Matt has spinning at once in one place. 

it’s fucking phenomenal and i love thinking back about it, i’m glad it was my first live episode once the stress had settled, so i do sympathise with my friend’s terror but i was so excited the entire time throughout that ep. just going to list what i love because fuck it was good and it’s on my mind again

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anonymous asked:

tell us about your favorite shatt headcanons? that last chapter of beast made me fuckign yell and yearn for matt to go comfort shiro and hold him and maybe give him a smooch

Man oh man would a Romance ending not be a good idea right now, my dude.  I appreciate the thought but Shiro is noooot in a good place for that.  Honestly, Matt would get shoved against a wall in the not fun way (closer to the ‘you are a threat and I need to end you’ way).

But!! Have some headcanons anyway!

1) Matt is all about that Communication.  He has seriously considered trying to get Shiro to fill out forms post-sex that rate the experience, his enjoyment of any kinks involved, and where they fall on the List of Stuff he Likes.  Shiro, on the other hand, is not about long term discussions.  Frankly he wants to sleep now, Matt, and it’s not relevant at this literal second let me rest.   He’s not embarrassed, but he does play things close to the chest even in relationships.  It’s just part of how Shiro is.

2) They are the worst people to share a bed with.  Shiro would wake up from someone sneezing across the hall, and Matt is rarely still in bed.  Matt wants to burrow into the closest source of warmth and Shiro has all the sleep cuddling ability of a plank of wood.  They solve some of this by falling asleep already pressed together, but then they both get sweaty and it’s only a matter of time before one’s dreams wake the other.  Often they still sleep in their own rooms rather than together.  It’s not an issue, especially since they tend to nap together when they get the chance (and it’s more sleep for Shiro which is a huge plus in Matt’s book).  On the other hand, Shiro is one of the few living creatures who can sleep comfortably while Matt yammers at him over whatever project, so that works in their favor.  Which is good, because Matt talks in his sleep.

3) Matt has disassociated in bed before.  Not during sex so far, but when he’s tired or when they’re just relaxing together.  It hasn’t been a problem so far, though it’s occasionally annoying for both.  They’re both waiting for the day Shiro gets a flashback during sex.  Matt has already taken him aside and told Shiro that if he thinks he’s going to break up with Matt for his own good for ANY reason then Matt will make the Galra look like house cats.

4) Because Matt has been in a state of ‘I’d be up for it if you’re interested’ with Shiro for literally years, Shiro has trouble recognizing when Matt is flirting or being friendly.  He’s not the jealous sort, so it doesn’t bother him, but it bugs Matt because I AM FLIRTING WITH YOU.  REACT.  And Shiro’s like ??? oh sorry.  Matt insists Shiro is blind.  Shiro insists that Matt’s flirting is identical to him being a little shit.  They’re both right.

5) Shiro is utterly un-self-conscious about any and all goopy things he wants to say at any given time.  This is a Problem for Matt, who is not super great at sincerity, giving or receiving.  (Matt: I suppose you’re alright, Shirogane.  I guess I’ll keep you around.  Shiro: Good, I want to spend the rest of my life with you.  Matt: -goes faintly pink and trips over his own feet-)

6) Once they get together, Matt has to find someone else to spar/train with, because he spends about 40 percent of all sparing with Shiro trying to figure out how to pin him to a wall and make it sexy.  Shiro does not cooperate with this.  Not only does he take training seriously because it’s Important, but he’s also 6′3″ of solid muscle.  So there’s that.

7) Matt enjoys being the lowkey defender of the petty shit Shiro doesn’t like to admit to.  Like when there’s more than two (2) dad jokes in a conversation, Matt declares himself their step-father and starts ordering the Pals around, which usually distracts them/gets them to stop.

8) Pidge is positive-ish toward the whole thing.  She’s happy for them and she likes her brother/Shiro being happy but, like, not in front of me ever, please?  Also, she takes Shiro’s side in 70 percent of their arguments, usually because he’s being the reasonable one, and partly to annoy Matt.  If it was a Big Fight and they weren’t talking, she’s always on Matt’s side, though.  She still also goes to Shiro for advice/talks, which Matt is okay with.  He’s better at cheering her up than offering decent advise.  (Matt’s two kinds of advice: “have you tried turning it on and off again” and “have you considered killing them?”

Lance: How often have you tried the first one on Shiro?

Shiro: LANCE.

Matt: Every night :3

Shiro: MATT)

9) They get in stupid arguments a lot, actually.  Because Shiro bites back a lot of his anger during the day, and Matt is incapable of not being annoying for 24 hours at a time.  Plus, they’re both crazy competitive.  They tend to make-up quickly, and Matt jokes that they do it for the sex.

hello!!

okay, so, some of you may already know this, but… it’s me, matt, aka the mun behind both dawon and jihyo here! and yes, you’re seeing it correctly.. i’m actually posting an intro post on time for once!! talk about character development,,

right, okay, let’s get down to business!! i’m super excited to bring in this muse (especially bc she wouldn’t shut up until her app was Finished), and i hope to keep her for a long time!! siyeon is a bit,, different from my other muses, and i’ve really wanted to have a muse like her for a while now! and now, the time just felt Right

okay, but here we go!! please like this if you’d like to plot, and i’ll fall into your inbox and we can see what we can come up with!! unless you’d rather take one of the plots that i’m going to list under the cut, bc that works too!! let’s see, as for contact info… if u don’t already have me on twitter, you can find me @dawonsbf !! i promise to love u

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Mona Haydar

Mona Haydar is a Muslim woman living in Cambridge, Mass. After trying to figure out ways to combat bigotry, she and her husband came up with a simple solution – create a stand and invite passersby to some coffee and conversation. In a Facebook post, Haydar reflected on the day, saying she met dozens of people who were curious, who wanted to learn, who apologized for the hateful words Muslims have had to field lately, who were supportive and funny and excited about what she and her husband were doing. In recapping, she wrote: “We weren’t out there that long today, but the take away was clear: ‘Keep your heads held high, dear Muslim family.’ The world is a good and beautiful place with small pockets of hatred here and there. There is an overwhelming amount of love, and so remember this post when you are faced with bigotry and hatred towards you or your faith. Remember that you have supporters, too. When you are faced with difficulty, remember that ease is right around the corner. Remember that you are as American as apple pie. And I ask you now, since we did this in Cambridge right near the cafe where in Goodwill Hunting Matt Damon asks, 'How 'bout them apples?’ How about 'em?” (via Mona Haydar/Facebook)

I see a lot of posts about how to negate the existence of the Barton family in the MCU, usually as means to propose an adaptation of the absolutely fantastic Matt Fraction run. Now I love Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and I, too, think the Fraction run would make an amazing Netflix series, but I don’t think Renner would be right for that story. He plays an older, responsible Clint perfectly and the Fraction run is all about a period where Clint, and his life, is kind of a disaster.

There’s a really easy solution to this though: Set it in 2001. Set it 15 years ago before the Avengers and Clint meeting his wife, when he’s just a young(er) SHIELD agent living in New York. Pull an X-Men: First Class and cast a talented younger (cheaper) actor you could believe could grow up to be Jeremy Renner.

 And most importantly: have Kate Bishop there.

cinderpaw1 replied to your post “Notes - To Write for Ep. 96:     - JB’s jealousy and hurt about Pike…”

I have a mighty need for scanlan beating the shit out of Ogden now

@cinderpaw1 - RIGHT???

But seriously. I would pay for Sam and Matt to RP a situation where Scanlan encounters the other Trickfoots *evil laugh* I saw a post with that basic idea, and I couldn’t not elaborate xD

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name: bere || nickname: b, matt || zodiac sign: cancer
height: 1.60 || orientation: northwest || ethnicity: tacos and paella
favorite fruit: right now the kiwi || favorite season: winter
favorite book: the millennium trilogy
favorite flower: ..i suppose there is a flower for everyone but i can’t think ahaah
favorite scent: petrol station
favorite animal: my dogs bye
coffee, tea, or hot cocoa? ALL
average hours of sleep: 6
cats or dogs? doggos
favorite fictional character: anakin skywalker
dream trip: nordic countries. british tour.
when was your blog created? 2009
what do you post about? my otp
do you get asks on a regular basis? no
aesthetic: stripped blue shirts
favorite band/Artist? ash
fictional character I’d date: thomas hamilton ahhaha
hogwarts house: ravenclaw

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Countries I’ve lived in: only mexico bye
Favourite fandom: black sails lmao and whitechapel
Languages you speak: spanish, english, french, german
Favourite film of 2016: i don’t remember lmfao
Last article you read: trump and the fbi situation
Shuffle your music library and put your first three songs here:
chemical plant zone - sonic generations ost | snap out of it - arctic monkeys | shockwave - ash

Last thing you bought online: the fidgeting cube

How would your friends describe you? meh
How would your enemies describe you? too much drama
Who would you take a bullet for? anyone, i wanna go

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What’s wrong with you?: i hate school

anonymous asked:

not to stir shit or anything but isn't it understandable for people to be excited for matt? he's part of big character arcs with both pidge and shiro that we all knew was going to be addressed at some point. the flood of attention and art is justified because of that, right? people are just happy it's happening apparently next season?

Yeah, I don’t mind. You do you. I wish I was happy too but I’ve reached a point where I don’t really care about him anymore.

But you can’t expect me to not be salty about it when currently, actually developed characters like Allura and Pidge don’t get as much attention. This is doubly true for Pidge because I had to read with my own two eyes a somewhat popular post that was doing the rounds a while ago about how now that Matt is safe and sound and will stick with team Voltron probably, he should replace Pidge as a paladin so she could stay away from harm.

I could write a lengthy response to why that is wrong on so many levels but I’m pretty sure it’s obvious.

Mind you, I feel the same way about Lotor suddenly winning fandom’s attention, already having a shit ton of fanart, headcanons and fics dedicated to him since his reveal and yet Haggar remains an unloved villain.

This fandom has a ways of pushing the women aside for the sake of new dudes and I’m just very //squints at it.

TL;DR: You do you but don’t tell me Matt’s popularity isn’t accompanied by blatant misogyny.

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lyk-the-bred  asked:

Wait, what's all this stuff about Matt? Was there some kind of trailer or blog post that I missed?

Someone posted a picture of a screen cap that shows Shiro and Matt Holt I’m sure you can find it if you haven’t seen it yet it’s nearly every other post on my dash right now lol

i made a thing

so there’s a beautiful post going around right now that basically asks: What happens when Foggy’s childhood bestie Dean Portman comes to town? Cue the jealous!Matt. this is my offering to the fic gods and my request for someone else to do better please!


Fulton?” Matt sputters, sounding almost indignant about it all but Foggy’s too busy being engulfed in a massive back-thumping bear hug by a real life J-Crew catalog model to even notice.

It’s funny, when Foggy mentioned an “old friend” might be joining them tonight (“You mean you have friends who aren’t Matt or me?” “I laugh, but only to hide my tears Page.”) for drinks Karen hadn’t been expecting this. This being the six-foot giant currently detaching from Foggy, clapping him on the shoulders and upper arms a few more times for good measure before finally turning towards the rest of the table.

Even in the low-lights of Josie’s bar Foggy’s flushed face is sort of hard to miss (kind of like Matt’s furrowed brow and the unhappy twitch at the corner of his mouth when Foggy’s long lost friend drapes an arm over Foggy’s shoulders). “Hey guys, remember my friend, the one I was telling you about? This is Dean!” Foggy claps Dean on his wide, strapping chest (Karen is just guessing but it feels like a really educated guess, based purely on the face situation she’s seeing). “Dean, this is my partner Matt Murdock, and our beautiful and far too good for us friend Karen Page.”

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Welcome to the Con Part 12

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Summary: Your friend Lauren and yourself are having the best time at a Supernatural convention. You meet Jared and Jensen in the photo op, and they’re just as awesome as you imagined. Jensen is charming and you seem to click right away. But as life goes, you sadly have to say goodbye. During the panel, however, the unexpected happens….


It’s Friday. The parents will be coming to pick up the kids very soon. Once they’re gone, you can leave. When you leave, you’ll be on vacation.

Finally.

You get to see Jensen, in person.

The last two kids in the pick-up group are Jackson and Lacy.

“Ms. L/N! I see my mommy. Can I go to her?”

You scan the crowd of parents quickly, most of them are waiting for the older kids to come out. You finally spot Lacy’s mother.

“Sure thing kiddo. I’ll see you in a week!”

The 5 year old dashes off into her mother’s arms, leaving you and Jackson. Your attempts at getting him to open up had mostly failed so far. All you’d really gotten out of him is that his dad drank a lot from a brown bottle. Your worry for the little boy was only growing exponentially.

“Ms. L/N, I see my mom.”

“Okay buddy. I want to talk to your mom really quick, so we’re going to wait for her okay?”

“Okay.”

The shorter, skinny woman in a slightly wrinkled blouse and worn jeans makes her way toward you.

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Ok, so. When I posted that meme a couple of weeks ago, ladynara sent me an ask which got completely eaten by Tumblr. Good times. So this is significantly late. Anyway she requested Frank/Matt, #1 (grinding up against each other), and being a benevolent Commie, that is what I am now providing. ^_^

 They’re trapped. It’s bad.

Frank assesses. His right ankle is probably broken. His left wrist is definitely fractured. He has a few bruised ribs, probably one or two cracked, and his nose is bleeding.

So business as usual.

It’s more Daredevil he’s concerned about.

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Which Martial Arts would Daredevil Study?

In honor of the new season of Daredevil hitting Netflix (and because I’ve been in a blogging rut), I thought I’d make one of these again. My first post about Batman was a pretty big hit so, why not, right? 

Just like before, I’m limiting myself to five arts, and I encourage people to reblog with five of their own. Here we gooooooooo:

1. (Western) Boxing

This one is canon, so let’s just get it out of the way now. DD is famously the son of Battlin’ Jack Murdock, a successful professional boxer born and raised (and later killed) in Hell’s Kitchen. Despite Jack’s wish for his son to hit the books and not the bad guys, Matt developed a passion for the sweet science early on, becoming a skilled boxer in his own right. 

Boxing would provide DD with the basic skills and attributes needed to take the fight to the dregs of Hell’s Kitchen. His preference for a rough, no-nonsense style of fighting is suited to good, old fashioned pugilism. The art would teach him how to hit (and get hit) with devastating blows, and the sheer athleticism required for boxing would give him an edge over his opponents. 

Benefits:empty hand striking, stamina, speed, power, timing

2. Tai Chi Chuan/Taiji Chuan:

Tai Chi, in my opinion, would be the most essential art in Matt’s repertoire. The art’s defining attribute lies in its sensitivity training, developed through exercises such as push hands (see link). Advanced practitioners learn to sense an opponent’s kinetic energy, center of balance, and intention through physical contact alone. The tai chi master can gain total control of his opponent through his sensitivity and knowledge of the body’s leverage points. Tai Chi excels at joint manipulations (chin na), off-balancing techniques, and efficient takedowns; it utilizes “internal” body mechanics to achieve explosive striking. 

Tai Chi will help Matt hone his other senses, “see” with his sense of touch. The meditative aspects of the art will give him the focus required for filtering out the din of stimuli in Hell’s Kitchen. 

Tai Chi would be a lifestyle for Matt, one he practices daily.

In the same way that Matt’s meek Lawyer routine disguises the /devil/ within, Tai Chi’s slow, graceful movements belie the art’s combative nature. So he can practice in broad daylight and draw little attention; I can already hear the “standing yoga” jokes from Foggy. 

Benefits: sensitivity, mental focus, joint locks, standing takedowns, internal body mechanics

3. Modern Arnis

Modern Arnis is a derivative of Kali. It emphasizes the stick fighting aspects of its mother art, and often utilizes sport fighting as a training method. Arnis “players” engage in full contact stick sparring to hone their skills.

Because Matt’s primary weapons is a baton, these skills would be vital to him. Arnis would provide him with explosive striking and grappling techniques with the use of a baton, and teach him to disarm his opponent’s weapons.

Benefits: striking and grappling with the baton, disarms

4. Capoeira

Matt’s proclivity for acrobatics is suited to Capoeira, and the art’s diverse range of kicks would round out his empty hand striking. The dynamic movement required by the art would help him out-maneuver his opponents, and would be especially helpful against multiple attackers. 

Matt would excel at this art largely because its training is sound-based. Capoeiristas train to music, which teaches  them rhythm and timing. Matt’s enhanced senses of touch and hearing would allow him to internalize the musical rhythms and predict his opponents’ attacks (with some accuracy, at least). Capoeira’s use of sound would teach Matt to sense his enemies’ movements with subtle sound cues and vibrations. 

Benefits: acrobatics, movement, kicking, sound-based training 

5. Japanese Jujitsu:

In general, grappling styles would help Matt to capitalize upon his disability/super ability. They teach practitioners to gain and maintain contact with an opponent, which would allow Matt to sense his opponent without having to see them. Jujitsu, coupled with Matt’s enhanced sense of touch and training in Tai Chi, would allow him to perform devastating takedowns instantly upon contact with an enemy. Where most practitioners would have to “fish” for takedows, Matt’s superhuman senses would allow him to perceive his opponent’s center of gravity and take them down instantly. Simply put, Jujitsu and other grappling styles would capitalize upon DD’s power set. A good knowledge of grappling would also round out Matt’s fighting capabilities. 

Now, in case you’re wondering why I chose Japanese Jujitsu over, say, Brazilian Jujitsu, I did so because of JJJ’s emphasis on standing takedowns as opposed to BJJ’s emphasis on ground work/newaza. One isn’t necessarily better than the other, but from what I can gauge from Matt’s fighting style, he seems to prefer lots of movement and jumping around, hence my inclination toward keeping him on his feet. 

Benefits: powerful standing takedowns, capitalizes on Matt’s enhanced sense of touch

The Difference Between On-Model/Off-Model And Why You Need To Stop Freaking Out About The Ben 10 Reboot Promo Images: A Visual Guide

Now recently, this new image has surfaced online of the first bit of promotional art for the Ben 10 Reboot and already there have been a range of mixed reactions about it. Some are optimistic about the series and are happy with the new look of the show, some skeptic but willing to give the new look a fair chance, but others are denouncing the upcoming show entirely comparing it to the likes of Cartoon Network’s other reboot, Teen Titans GO! (which has met criticism largely for it’s comedy-centric tone as well as it’s bright and simplistic art style).

Though it’s quite easy to understand people’s initial negative reception and their correlation of the upcoming Ben 10 Reboot with Teen Titans GO!, it’s incredibly important to note that this new promotional art as well as other previously released promotional art for the reboot may not be accurate to the end result of what will appear in the reboot’s official art style. In short, the promotional art may be off-model and may not accurately reflect what the show will look like when it premieres later this fall internationally and in the US in 2017.

Now, you may find yourself wondering “what does off-model or on-model mean?” and here’s your answer: The art director of any given cartoon usually makes initial official art for the show’s style guide. The style guide contains official references and character models of what characters or props are supposed to look like in the show; in most every case, these are to be adhered to strictly and referenced constantly for the sake of consistency. What you may not know about promotional art in relation to style guides is that people who make promotional art don’t have to adhere nearly as closely to style guides (or rather, they don’t have to worry about making sure promo art is “on-model” or super accurate). Promotional art is any image created for advertising or merchandising purposes, and most of the time these aren’t accurate to the show’s official character models (which is referred to as “off-model” as it doesn’t adhere to what the character model is intended to look like).

Just so you have a better idea of understanding what on-model art looks like compared to each of our first looks at off-model Ben 10 promotional art, I’ve taken the liberty of assembling side-by-side comparisons of our historic first looks at each iteration versus the intended character models.

Ben 10 (The Original Series)

(From left to right; Steve E. Gordon Concept Art, Off-Model Promo Image, Official Model Sheet Version)

There are obvious visual differences between these three versions right off the bat; The most notable of the three being the Steve E. Gordon concept, many of which were much closer to a much more Dial H For Hero type of Ben 10. Comparing the off-model image to the official model sheet, one can tell the off-model image is shaped quite differently and uses much flatter colors.

(From left to right; Steve E. Gordon Concept Art, Official Model Sheet Versions of Ben and the Original Ten)

This is less of a comparison between on-model and off-model art than it is a comparison between the original tone and intent of the show versus what it ended up being.

Ben 10: Alien Force

(From left to right; First look at Alien Force/Off-Model Promo Image, a semi-accurate-to-model promo image for Alien Force, Official Model Sheet Version for Alien Force)

In comparison to the semi-accurate-to-model promo image for Alien Force, the first look off-model promo is most notably different than the official model sheet version for it’s Omnitrix, as well as its much closer resemblance to the style of the original series. And though the Accurate-To-Model promo image is much closer to the final intended product, there are several very minor inconsistencies in the promo, if any.

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien

(From left to right; First look at Ultimate Alien/Off-Model Promo Image [from Cartoon Network Action Pack], a semi-accurate-to-model promo image for Ultimate Alien, Official Model Sheet Version [same as the one for Alien Force as there was no style change])

Our first look at Ultimate Alien ended up coming from a DC Kids comic book cover, most notably inaccurate in it’s overall style and most popular for having miscolored Ultimate Swampfire in Heatblast’s colors (a mistake which confused many fans early on, convincing them that Ultimate Swampfire was actually Terraspin and that Terraspin was Shellhead). Other than the Action Pack promo, Ultimate Alien’s promo art was probably the most accurate to the show models as the style had been around for an extended period of time and promo artists most likely got a hang of the style.

Ben 10: Omniverse

(From left to right; Accurate-To-Model Promo Image [Low Quality], Accurate-To-Model Promo Image [High Quality], Official Model Sheet Version)

Most of the backlash towards Omniverse came for the same reason the Ben 10 Reboot is most recently being rejected; most fans had gotten used to a darker, more serious, and more rigid style for Ben and Omniverse (much like the upcoming reboot) offered the exact opposite. Not much change happened between the first and second promo images, and though their coloring seems to be incredibly accurate to that of the Official Model Sheet versions, there were minor details about it that felt off and that weren’t necessarily reflected in how the show would eventually be animated.

Ben 10 (Upcoming Reboot)

(From left to right; First look at Reboot/Off-Model Promo Image, [potentially] Accurate-To-Model Promo Image, Official Model Sheet Version [NOT YET REVEALED])

And now for the main point of this post: Why you shouldn’t be freaking out about the Ben 10 Reboot promo images.

Now, side-by-side, there are clear visual differences between our first initial look at Reboot Ben from back in mid-2015 and our most recent promo image from early this year; The first image is much more rigid than the second, whereas the second has much more definition, color detail, and curved lineart (I would personally compare it most closely to that of Brian Lee O’Malley’s art style from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, but that’s just me).

Now, since these two images are vastly different from one another, we don’t have any official art to compare the two to, and now that we know about the on-model and off-model history of the Ben 10 franchise, you should probably be able to tell by now, these initial promotional images are most likely inaccurate in comparison to what has historically been much better Official Model Sheet Versions in comparison to the off-model promos.

Like I said in a previous post, you’ve got plenty of time to decide how you feel about the show and right now, when we only have two images that (history showing) may not be totally accurate and ambiguous details about the show, is not the time to be making final decisions. Just wait it out and give it a chance with time.

Here’s to a good reboot, hope you learned something from this post!

~Matt