but-to-me-all-these-characters-have-reasons-for-doing-what-they-do

I think almost every time I’ve written a situation where I planned for a character to get killed off, when I thought like “well what if I didn’t do that” the prospect of them just dying seemed like the lazy way out, or something I was just writing because “that’s how stories like this go”.

Like, years ago when I thought I was going to be on an extended hiatus I was planning to do a MGDMT graphic novel that had nothing to do with video games and just focused on the original super soldier characters. Mostly the idea was the same theme, Macho Action Dude Reacting to Movie Tropes Like A Reasonably Normal Guy, so it was gonna have all the motions of those same old conventions, but play out differently. At one point the idea was “the girlfriend character dies and he has to deal with it like an emotionally believable person and not a larger than life action guy”. But when I thought about it, that didn’t sit well with me, because even if it was trying to comment on a trope, it was still “female character gets killed for no reason other than the male lead to have a character arc about it” and that rubbed me the wrong way. So I thought, okay, what if she still gets kinda messed up, so they build her some cool robot parts and she’s like Shit Yeah! This is the best! And she thinks it’s so rad having robot parts it kinda throws off the course her life was going down because suddenly the idea of being Robocop seems a lot more exciting than nesting with her high school sweetheart. And he doesn’t have to go have emotions about a dead girlfriend, he has to learn to come to terms with someone he was very close to having a life experience he can’t exactly empathize with that put her on a road to becoming the person she’s decided she wants to be, but not the person he ever planned on her becoming. So his arc is sort of dealing with the grief of a lost hypothetical person, and learning to respect her autonomy to make decisions that he might consider “a bad idea” but improve her quality of life as she wants to live it. Which, in the end, felt like a lot more of an interesting story than “the girl dies so the main character can have emotions about it. But I only got to that point by recognizing the original idea was stale and racking my brain to do something different.

I guess what I’m saying is, when I see professional TV writers get excited about what a twist it is that they kill a beloved character in something to shake up the snowglobe so to speak, I can’t help but think that they fell into that rut of thinking “this is the convention I have been trained to attach to this story”, and didn’t even stop to think there may have been a more interesting and unique route they could have gone. Intrigue comes from giving the audience something they don’t expect to see. It’s easy to think that killing a character for shock value suits that task, but that’s become such a normal device to throw out there that it doesn’t surprise anyone anymore. It’s always worth at least considering what would happen to the story if you didn’t just go down the first path that came into your mind, because the first will almost certainly be the most well-trodden with the least surprises along the way.

A long and really, really gay post

Ya know what really annoys me?? What really grinds my gears???

It’s when writers give us a Male Main Character and a Female Main Character and then just expect us to want them to be together purely on the basis of them being, well, the Male MC and the Female MC. See, the reason why so many people in Tumblr fandoms reject the Standard Heterosexual Romance is because writers are too often SUPER LAZY when it comes to “filling in the blanks” (rather, they expect us to do it for them.) Blushing and pining and staring can only progress a relationship so far. Writers have to give the characters a genuine basis for a strong emotional bond, or else it all seems forced for the sake of a tired-out romantic subplot. Moreover, real relationships aren’t static. They change, and they deepen. When a relationship doesn’t do that over the course of the story, it just feels rigid.

Example: The Legend of Korra. Mako and Korra vs. Korra and Asami.

Mako and Korra ended their relationship in Season 2 mostly because it was static. In other words, they both knew dragging out their romantic relationship any further would be pointless. What came between them in the first season came between them later on in the second: Korra’s impatience, Mako’s indecisiveness. There was no longer room for their relationship to develop. Also: For all the criticism of Korrasami being “rushed,” let’s not forget how rushed the romance was in Season 1 — that is, the cloying and uncomfortable insta-love that happened with Ma//korra and Ma//sami.

Korra and Asami, however, developed their relationship over the course of two seasons, as much as some would still like to deny that. It was founded in a deep friendship first, and ultimately culminated in a believable romance. Season 3 spent time pairing them together in moments and situations that would deepen their bond, whether it was a friendly discussion about past romantic blunders, emotional support after a traumatic experience, or working together to figure their way out of an impossible situation (i.e. traversing a vast desert with a giant monster at their heels.) The writers made us want them to be together by the end, because it felt logical and real.

So many other examples, too! Kids on the Slope, Kill la Kill, RWBY etc. 

Why would I ship Kaoru and Ritsuko when the story centers more on the relationship between Kaoru and Sentaro? It is their story and bond that most interests the audience. Kaoru and Ritsuko have little basis for a relationship at all, and it feels a little unsatisfying and unearned for them to be together.

Another! Ryuko and Mako. Regardless of the apparent crush Gamagori has on Mako, it doesn’t change the fact that Ryuko and Mako have a genuine attachment to each other, and support each other and rely on each other in a multitude of ways. Almost everything Ryuko does concerns Mako in some aspect, and vice versa. (And they’re canon? But no one seems to realize this?? Why???)

Last one! RWBY’s Blake and Yang. Why the writers of this show are trying to half-assedly push relationships like Blake/Sun and Weiss/Neptune on us will always be beyond me. Both pairs are based on, as I mentioned before, “blushing and pining and staring” without any real emotional depth or any basis for a relationship. Blake and Yang, however, have been shown to have a very complex and variable relationship. They went from strangers with little in common, to teammates, to friends, and finally to something more complicated than that. While Blake and Sun have few interactions, and share only the common aspect of being faunus, Blake and Yang’s interactions are way more meaningful than that. Such as when Yang confronted Blake about her obsession with stopping Torchwick, and when Blake told Yang why it was difficult for her to put her faith in people close to her. 

Does this mean heterosexual couples are inherently bad? Of course not! Some great examples of when it’s done right: Royai, Shinkane, Kazubisha, Eremika, Yatori, Touken, Edwin, etc. Pairings with solid and realistic foundations, ones founded in respect, trust, and mutual benefit.

Romance writing is only “bad” when it’s LAZY, when the writers expect something from us as an audience based off of weak or nonsensical reasoning. So…there ya go.

Something I Find Quite Intriguing About Dean and His Obsession with Dr. Sexy

You know what I just noticed?

Dr. Sexy is a quirky character. He wears cowboy boots for no apparent reason. That article of clothing is actually why what makes him stand out in his show, he’s known for it. He has dark hair. He looks nice with scruff. Doesn’t seem to talk much. Seems to know what he’s doing, or at least have a full understanding of his profession, which may not mean he has a great understanding of the real world. He seems to get all the girls despite his quirkiness. He even seems quite dominant.

Do you know why I think this is so intriguing?

It sort of makes me wonder. That light gulp Dean seems to take. The widening of the eyes. The straightening of his back. The slight nervousness.

The twitch of a smile that could grow bigger. The lowering of his head.

The intense staring from the beginning gif. It’s basically the same facial expression. I don’t know. It’s very intriguing to me, is all.

Also, check out this link (x). Doesn’t look like I’m the only one contemplating Cas’ ties with Dr. Sexy.

This is So Important

Aaron Ginsburg is both a writer and the supervising producer of The 100. At this point I am 1000% sure that all of the cast and crew are done with this fandom. They are tired of everyone watching the show and missing the point. 

No one in this world is innocent. No one in this world is a good guy. This show is all about what humanity will do to survive. Survival is not pretty. Survival requires sacrifice and loss. Every single last person on this show has done horrible things for the sake of survival. It is OK to have a favorite character, it is not OK to pretend like your favorite character (on this show) is a perfect cinnamon roll. In fact, their nuances should be a part of the reason you love them. 

Every single one of our favorite characters has done some truly screwed up things to survive. Humans will do anything to survive. Look at the list below and tell me that any of our character deserve to be treated as less than another. One life has the same value as another, even if that person is threatening yours or the people you’ve loved. This show is not supposed to be a “Who’s Worse” competition and I hate that it’s turned in to that. 

Clarke Griffin: has killed a man (in Season 1) to ensure her own survival. She has allowed the torture of another (Lincoln-Season 1) to help another (Finn)survive. She had the idea for the “Ring of Fire” that torched 300 Grounders (to save herself and the other 100). She left TonD.C. with a bomb dropping on it (to protect Bellamy and 46 other children, small beans compared to how many died in the bombing). Shot a Mt. Weather Guard (to save Lincoln), sent a Mt. Weather guard on an 8 hr walk with 6 hrs of oxygen (to send a message). She has shot a man (Dante) while his son (Cage) listened  (to get him to release her people). She irradiated a mountain full of men, women and children (to save her people). She abandoned her people (for her mental health). She almost put Emerson to death but decided on a fate even worse for him (for revenge).

Bellamy Blake: has shot the Chancellor (to join his sister and protect her). Was a general power hungry ass for like three episodes (to protect himself). Threw away Raven’s radio making him indirectly responsible for the deaths of 300 Ark Citizens (to save himself)Killed Dax (to save himself and Clarke). Shot the Grounders at the bridge (to defend himself, Clarke, Jasper and Lincoln). 2 Reapers in the underground parking garage where they found Lincoln (to protect himself and Octavia). Choked Sergeant Lovejoy (to save himself and the Delinquents). Shot 2 Mount Weather Guards (to save Fox). Killed the  Mount Weather Guards indirectly in the Acid Fod explosion (to allow Clarke and Lexa’s army safe passage to save their people.) Irradiated a mountain full of men, women and children (to save his people). Shot an  Ice Nation bounty hunter (to save Niylah). 299 Grounders (because he thought he was doing what was best for his people). 

Octavia Blake: has punched Lincoln (to help him recover from his addiction). Punched Indra (to get her to join the fight to save her people), beat up Bellamy (for revenge). Killed two Mount Weather Guards (to save her people in the Mountain). Killed one Ice Nation warrior (to save Jasper) and Shawn Gillmer (Pike’s guard for revenge).

Jasper Jordan: has killed at least two Grounders in trees during the Unity Day alliance at the bridge (to save Clarke, Bellamy, Finn, Octavia and Lincoln), Several Grounders on the bridge via bomb explosion (to save himself and the other Delinquents), Helped rewire the dropship to make the Ring of Fire killing 300 Grounders (to save himself and the other Delinquents), killed Lorelei Tsing by blocking the lift door open to allow the radiation in (to save himself and the other Delinquents). 

Monty Green: has killed Dr. Tsing along with Jasper, Harper, and Miller (to save himself and the other Delinquents), 10 Mount Weather Guards with the other Delinquents (to save himself and the other Delinquents), irradiated a mountain full of men, women and children (to save his people), and killed his mother Hannah (to save Octavia).

John Murphy: has killed Connor and Myles (for revenge), indirectly killed numerous other Delinquents by bringing in the virus, attempted to kill Bellamy (for revenge). Was playing Roadside Roulette with his girlfriend, knocking out Grounders and stealing from them (to survive).

Raven Reyes: has killed numerous Grounders in the village that was  burned down from flares (created to save the people on the Ark), numerous Grounders in the bridge explosion (created the bomb to help save herself and the other Delinquents), 300 Grounders in the dropship explosion (did most of the rewiring to create the Ring of Fire to save herself and the other Delinquents), a Grounder who had taken Murphy captive after the dropship explosion (to save Murphy’s life) was willing to turn Murphy in for a crime he didn’t commit (in order to save Finn), killed at least 3 Mount Weather Guards in the dam turbine explosion with (trying to reverse the fans to allow for irradiation to save the Delinquents in Mt. Weather,) and one Ice Nation assassin (to save herself and Sinclair).

Lincoln: has kidnapped Octavia (to save her from the acid fog), stabbed Finn and refused to hand over the antidote (to save himself), killed a random sky person when he was a boy (for the safety of the Grounders at large), the Grounder who was supposed to execute Clarke and Finn, a  Reaper to distract the other Reapers (to save Clarke and Finn), another Grounder who was being turned into a Reaper in Mount Weather (to get the drug for himself), Cage Wallace (for revenge and to save the Grounders and the Sky People).

Lexa: has killed an uncertain number of  Delinquents (on her order, killed to protect her people), Finn Collins (indirectly, was scheduled to be killed on her order, mercy killed by Clarke), Gustus on her order death by 1000 cuts for betrayal (as part of her people’s traditions), Around 250 Grounders & Sky People in TonDC (to keep the mission in Mt. Weather safe and to save her people), Around 350 Mount Weather residents, as leaving Clarke gave her no other option but to irradiate the mountain (to save her people), kicked an Ice Nation ambassador out of the window (for disrespecting her, as a show of power), Queen Nia (to get rid of what she saw as the largest issue with the breakdown of the Coalition), she kidnapped Clarke (for both Clarke’s safety and to ensure no one else could gain the power of Wanheda), the other Nightbloods at her Conclave (to save herself and become the Commander), set up a barricade around Arkadia (to keep the peace) and Jason has said on Twitter that Lexa’s fight to create the Coalition was long and bloody. 

TL;DR: Dislike characters for whatever reason you want, but please don’t let it be for something that every character on this show has done in the name of survival, (even the characters not included on this list). Literally everyone is guilty. 

On the “trending ‘Cancel the 100′″ thingy:

It is everyone’s choice and freedom to do as they please on the matter. People who do not agree with it (I am one of them, I won’t be trending this and don’t want the show cancelled) shouldn’t tell others what they should and shouldn’t do. Same the other way around! I love the story, and love Raven Reyes as a character, and will keep watching for her (and Abby and Becca shh) but I will NOT stop people from doing what they want to do.

Both sides have their reasons, both sides have GOOD reasons, and each sides should respect that. 

What personally matters to me are the changes we’ve been working on, how we took this atrocious, hurtful event and made it have a positive backlash: respectful boycott, respectful discussions with cast & crew of The 100 & other mainstream media creators, fundraising for projects in favor of LGBTQIA+ communities, (Elyza Lex 8D)…

All of that is amazing and should be pursued (also note the emphasis on the “respectful” here: Sending threats or hate to ANYONE including Jroth is NOT OKAY AND NEVER WILL BE).

But if some of you want to trend something in favor of the show’s cancellation, we can’t stop you. We can strongly disagree without dictating what one another should and shouldn’t do. Don’t give people shit for wanting the show cancelled, and in return, don’t give people shit if they still like it/still watch it/don’t want it to be cancelled.

Be kind, respectful and understanding of one another, please.

- Maryne ♥.

Dragon Age Inquisition Final Countdown Inquisitor Meme!

With the last 30 days coming upon us in our wait for Dragon Age Inquisition, with 31 days as of October 18th, and looking at all the awesome Inquisitor bios floating around made me feel like my Inquisitor needed some fleshing out and so I came up with this!

I tried coming up with original questions but you will see a few repeats from other inquisitor memes. But who knows! You may have changed something since then. Some questions were taken or adapted from the Writer’s Craft Character Worksheet (found here: http://www.the-writers-craft.com/support-files/character.pdf).

With that said, I challenge all future Dragon Age Inquisitions players to fill this out!

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

Sansa is literally the worst character on Game of Thrones. The only reason she even wanted to marry Joffrey is because he was good looking and a Prince, which is just shallow. After she marries Tyrion she doesn't want to sleep with him because his physical appearance disgusts her, another shallow act. I literally do not understand why people like her character. Just because she can put up with abuse and horrible people doesn't overwrite all the horrible, selfish things she's done.

oh my, my first angry anon about a game of thrones, how exciting.

- sansa was raised her entire life to be a proper lady - to be a queen. i get that it’s ~easier~ to like characters like arya and brienne that go against gender norms, but women like that aren’t common in westeros, and they don’t last very long. getting married and having children are what women are expected to do. like god i don’t get why people shit on sansa for wanting to be a queen when that’s literally what she was raised for. and how was sansa supposed to know how terrible joffrey really was? it’s not as simple as sansa speaking out against him when he does something bad, like even ned says sansa has to take joffrey’s side “even when he’s wrong”. ALSO the fact that joffrey is attractive and charming and sansa has been raised with stories of gallant princes AND SHE’S 12…gosh i wonder why she fell so quickly for him

- sansa doesn’t want to have sex with tyrion because she’s a 12 year old child that was just sold into a marriage she didn’t consent to - to a man twice her age that’s currently at war with her family. tyrion’s appearance had nothing to do with it, on her wedding night:

Look at him, Sansa told herself, look at your husband, at all of him, Septa Mordane said all men are beautiful, find his beauty, try.

- lol she ‘puts up with abuse’. her first chapter in a clash of kings opens with her having to wear a gown with long sleeves to hide the bruises on her arms because joffrey sent his knights to beat her after robb is proclaimed king in the north. she’s stripped naked in front of joffrey’s court and beaten with a sword until she ‘loses count of the blows’. she repeatedly has to deal with her family members deaths being rubbed in her face and before her marriage to tyrion, she’s frequently reminded of how she could be killed at any second because of what her family does

like i literally do not understand how people don’t like sansa

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“I really do feel like there is a responsibility that Alan [Yang] and I feel to have a diverse cast in the show, even beyond the main characters. Just in the choices we make, we try to make the world feel real. We make choices like— we were trying to cast the agent character, my [character’s] agent, and how many times do you see an agent character— for some reason the kind of typical agent character in any show is a white guy, like a slick white guy. And then at one point, me and Alan were meeting and were like, ‘What about Danielle Brooks from OITNB? She’s so funny. I’ve never seen that agent. I’ve never seen the African-American woman play the agent. That could be something different.’ And so we cast her. We try to keep that in mind. Being a minority that’s running a show, I feel an obligation to look out for all minorities, not just Asian people, but everybody, ‘cause I know that everyone has their version of the cabdriver thing. I’ve talked to Black women who told me like, ‘Oh yeah, my thing is I go into auditions and they’ll be like, Can you kinda like Black it up a little?’ you know, everyone has their version. So when you have these good parts, it’s like, well, is there someone we can give this to that might not normally get this opportunity to do this kind of part? (x) (photos by Blair Getz Mezibov)

i just need a moment to appreciate some of the stuff that the warden says in the origins character creator (aka reasons why warden dialogue is my fav protag dialogue)

  • nugs and dolts!
  • sometimes, silence is best
  • [drawn out, dramatic agonised noise] i’m… poisoned! 
  • mmm? what is that? some new kind of beetle?
  • and you wouldn’t think we’d just be standing there, but noooooo…
  • we’re being attacked by a shawl!
  • by the maker, how are we going to get this blood out?
  • my, they’re all so eager aren’t they?
  • i would like a trophy.
  • looks like something wants to die again
  • bet you i could kill it in two blows
  • smashing heads takes a while when you’re unarmed
  • ugh! useless! do i have to do everything myself?
  • mmm. a beast. let’s maul it [laughs].
  • no, no. let’s not, and say we did.
  • [sigh] this reminds me of that time…
  • perhaps we should have a drink? since we’ve (teenager attitude voice) STOPPED..
  • warden senses… tingling
  • [disgruntled noise] why can’t the dead stay in the ground, where they belong?
  • a little backstabbing never hurt anyone [laughs].
  • [battle scream]
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“….She definitely would like to feel – like anybody who’s in love – she would like to feel that she has some kind of relevance in his psyche that would compel him to go, ‘Wait a minute, let me think it. Let me recoup myself.’  
The story and the journey between Spock and Uhura is:  she’s learning the kind of person he is, and she’s encouraging him to cater to his human side, to his human half.  And Uhura, she needs to learn to just understand his Vulcan side. She’s with a man who has duty before anything else, she needs to accept and embrace that when he tells her that she’s important to him, that she is.
- Zoe Saldana

The last two have been so much fun so as another big thank you for all the support you guys give me I’m offering a free painted portrait to the winner of this tumblr raffle!

What you get:
A lovingly made portrait of any character from any world or universe. OCs/RP characters, fanart of a character you love, anything you’d like.

What you need to do:

Like and/or reblog this post to enter (they each count as a separate entry, as do multiple reblogs within reason)
Be following this blog!
A winner will be picked on the 28th of April and has a day to reply or I’ll re-raffle the prize!

Thanks so much to everyone who gets this out there and to those who have supported me over the year(s)! Good luck! <3

anonymous asked:

As a writer, I do not understand how can you love Juvia so much, a bad character, of no relevance to the story, which exists only for gruvia, if she were not there, would not change anything for the plot of Fairy Tail

The reason I love her is because, as a writer, I can see the potential in her character. She’s a complex young woman who we can only assume suffered a great deal of abuse in her past. Psychological, if not physical as well. Someone whose past remains a mystery to us. 

As a writer, I can see what Mashima was trying to do. As a writer, I see her worth outside her romantic entanglements with Gray. I see the strength in her heart when she sacrificed herself for Cana, despite not having belonged to the guild that long.

As a writer, I know what Juvia would and would not do in times of great stress. I know when she would daydream and when she would become serious. I know when she would put the safety of her friends above her feelings for Gray, the feelings that let her grow. As a writer, I’ve picked up on details that Mashima lays out for us, details that people seldom take in because they’ve already decided to hate her. 

As a writer, and someone who has experienced abuse, I understand that Juvia’s eccentric personality stems from a place of suffering. A place of misunderstandings and hurt. A place that never taught her how to approach the topic of love. A place that told her, deep down, that she didn’t deserve to be near Gray, that he wouldn’t accept her (as no one else had). She watched him from the shadows, not out of her own perverse desire to be near him, but because she is psychologically damaged. A person who has never experienced love would have no idea how to react to it. She was overcome by strong feelings that moved her and changed her. 

Mashima has wasted a lot of opportunities by using Juvia for comic relief, I agree. But, as a writer, I can see past that relief. I can see the potential in her character. See the S-Class mage who would throw her life away – not just for Gray, but for any one of her guild mates. Something people are so quick to forget. Gray isn’t the only person Juvia has cried for. 

Mashima is writing a manga. He can only convey so much of a person in those few panels. People neglect to remember that there will be things we have not been shown. The depictions of her time with Lucy that we’ve only seen in cover photos. Her past relationship with Gajeel. Her relationship with Lisanna. Her friendship with the other members. 

I love Juvia because people like you are so quick to judge her, the way they often judge me at first glance. I love Juvia because she gives me something raw to write about. Something to prove. Something to make up for when Mashima doesn’t show her full potential.

Juvia is more than her ship. That is why I write her. 

captive prince characters as wolf puppy tweets
  • damen:lets forget about the bodies for a second. what do you really want to let hit the floor? your feelings perhaps?
  • laurent:why did i do that? you need a reason to do things now?
  • nicaise:my disregard for gravity was the true cause of my downfall
  • jord:love is a battlefield. huh love is a emotion or feeling? then what the hell is a battlefield?? no no this doesn't make sense at all
  • aimeric:no i didnt drop all this on the floor, i dramatically knocked it out of my own hands because i have something to prove
  • the regent:what if i started making problems what would happen, probably thousands of things, probably thousands of hundreds of things
  • jokaste:cant wait to see the look on my face when i receive all these mirrors i bought online
  • govart:can only assume bad things keep happening to me because of the large amount of hexes and curses put on me by everyone all the time
  • auguste:i survived everything the world threw at me except the knives, saw blades and acid
  • kastor:stop being so defensive i am just trying to hit you with weapons

kellarhaines  asked:

I have a question for you. If Grant was a person or colour, would you still hate him like you do? You don't have to respond. You can yell at me all you want. But please think about this.

lol one of the main reasons why Grant Ward’s arc s1 arc is so effective is because he fits the framework of the blandly-attractive, square-jawed white male action hero in this type of action/sci-fi tv series. he was designed to fly under the radar as a fictional character because he plays into this trope.

by making ward a mass-murdering hydra spy, agents of shield is subverting this trope in a way that partly relies on the fact that he’s a straight white handsome dude with a sad backstory: the precise type of character that we expect to be heroic and/or the protagonist. i don’t “hate” him, i enjoy what the writers have done with his character arc — and they clearly know what they’re doing. 

i assume this question is a passive-aggressive attempt to get me to admit to being ~reverse racist~ or something, but like… if grant ward wasn’t white then yes, i would still think he was evil?? obviously?? because he killed a whole bunch of people (including his own family), manipulated and betrayed the “good guys”, spent his entire adult life as a member of a nazi cult, and never expressed any kind of remorse or empathy after he’d been found out.

however, the question of “what if ward was a woman/what if ward wasn’t white” is kind of a false equivalence. if ward was a different race he’d still be a terrible person, but his character arc would be perceived very differently in the context of TV tropes and IRL cultural biases.

if we go along with your thought experiment and imagine that Ward was, for example, played by a black actor, then his character would be perceived through the lens of how the media portrays and misrepresents black men. traits that made Ward a bland/generic action hero in s1 would be interpreted differently if he wasn’t white. he also wouldn’t benefit from the privilege of white male antiheroes/villains with sad backstories: ie the automatic assumption that they’re sympathetic and/or redeemable.

basically, we’d be looking at a show where the main soldier/assassin character is an emotionally closed-off black man who joined a quasi-military organization after a violent childhood. (which in the context of white male hero characters is just a cliche, but would run the risk of being viewed differently in the context of media stereotypes of african american men.) and then, of course, we’d find out he was a Hydra spy, meaning that the one black guy in the main cast is an evil murderer who betrayed the white patriarchal hero Agent Coulson. this has a completely different subtext to Ward’s status as a generic white action hero/hydra spy, and would provoke a different reaction from the audience.

so yes, i’d still think ward was an evil and unpleasant character if he wasn’t white, but i’d also be less happy with the show’s writers because they wouldn’t be fucking with the white action hero trope in such an effective way. (particularly since the MCU already has tons of white male action heroes with sad backstories, and Ward would’ve been the first person of colour in a similar role… but would then have been revealed as a murderous nazi traitor. do you see what i’m getting at, here?)

It was my first experience with social media and kind of reaching out with fans back and forth like that. And they hated me. Hated me. Because they hated the character, and they hated what the character was doing. So I had to deal with that. I tried to get them past the character - it’s not me! - but they were not listening to me at all, it was so difficult, the fans were insane, and it was a real shock for me. But looking back on it now, I think it was the best first job I could have had, for so many reasons. I’m actually really glad I had that experience before The Flash. I definitely appreciate it when people enjoy my work and say nice things, but I also can read negative things now and not be bothered. Because I love what I’m doing, and I focus on that. And you know, in another way, I think Glee also helped to humble me a little bit. It was just such a grand-scale thing, and there were these actors my age who had become big stars on that show, and suddenly I was working with them. So to be such a small part of something that was such a grand-scale show, it kind of humbled me going forward with everything, I think.
—  Grant Gustin on how Glee helped him gear up for The Flash (x)
My Manifesto

Sometimes it’s hard realizing who and what you are.  When I was younger I was just a guy who drew all day long.  To this day many of my friends and family think that’s ALL I do and with good reason that’s how I advertised myself to them.  

Well I look back now and realize that was a bit of a mistake.  You see I am also a writer.  I always have been.  I always will be.  I can come up with a scenario, create characters, and turn the mundane into something interesting in the blink of an eye.  I do it so often…so routinely that I often times over looked this talent.  Yet there it is, patiently waiting for me to acknowledge it and utilize it.  

Which brings me to my extremely under utilized Tumblr.  This is where I plan to launch my assault on the minds and eyes of people all over the world or at least the two or three people currently following me…lol.  What are my plans you ask?  Well here’s a list.

Quantum University!  My first web comic will be an adventure series about a tiny little HBCU located in Southern Missouri that just happens to be built on a quantum fault line.  I’m going to follow the adventures of six very special students and one adventurous teacher as they discover new versions of our planet, new races, and new threats.

The Misadventures of Kwame Hightower!  This will be the launch pad for my original graphic novel.  It’s the story of a boy that finds and pulls the legendary sword Excalibur from a stone slab.  According to many versions of the Arthur legend whoever does that becomes the King of England.  Lets just say high stakes action and adventure ensues.

The Art of Story Telling!  Spring 2015.  That is when I plan on releasing my sketch book.  It’s going to contain original art and original stories, drawn by me.  It’s going to be my signature calling card and hopefully it will turn some heads.  

Lion Forge!  I have so many projects in the works or on the verge of coming out.  Just stop by to get announcements.

To summarize I used to think of myself as just an artist but really I’m not.  I’m a creator.  A storyteller. I’m about to paint my biggest canvas yet and I’m welcoming you all on this ride. Hope you have as much fun reading my work as I have creating it. Like my favorite shirt says:  I Make Comics!

Thanks for stopping by!

Dave

Quincredible and Terrain battle it out.  My cover for Quincredible #6 out now on Amazon, Comics Plus, and Google Play!  Get it today!

What Felicity Wants

Okay, so it’s well established on this blog that I am a total Felicity Smoak stan.  I make no apologies for that.  She is my reason.  She is my favorite.  Oliver is right up there with her, don’t get me wrong, but she edges him out for the top spot.  Therefore, I have a fairly hefty Felicity bias.  I make no apologies for that either.  But at the end of the day, I do root for Olicity because that’s my OTP.  I firmly believe my babies are meant for each other. 

So here’s the thing.  I know a lot of Olicity and Felicity fans are… unhappy with Ray Palmer.  And I do understand all their arguments.  I get why they call him a creepy stalker with personal boundary issues.  I REALLY DO.  But here’s the thing: it doesn’t really bother me.  What’s more, I don’t think it bothers Felicity either.  (BUT I WANT TO BE CLEAR: I AM NOT TRYING TO MAKE YOU LIKE RAY HERE. I JUST WANT TO TALK ABOUT FELICITY, SO GIVE ME A CHANCE.)

Okay, lets go back to 3x01 for a minute.  He used that cell phone thing to track her down.  She was annoyed, and rightly so.  Mostly because our girl was dealing with a plethora of crap that episode and she didn’t have time for Ray and his shenanigans.  He was barely on her radar plus she was annoyed for how he used her assistance to snatch Queen Consolidated.  Rightly so.  (Fwiw, the pinging thing never bugged me too much but that could be because I do the same to my husband.  Of course that’s with his permission and its using a fairly standard Apple app.  But I firmly believe that if Felicity didn’t want him to be able to do that to her any longer she would have made it so.  Our girl isn’t stupid and she would know how to block him if it bugged her.  But this leads to one of my points so let’s begin.)

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“It was my first experience with social media and kind of reaching out with fans back and forth like that. And they hated me. Hated me. Because they hated the character, and they hated what the character was doing. So I had to deal with that. I tried to get them past the character - it’s not me! - but they were not listening to me at all, it was so difficult, the fans were insane, and it was a real shock for me. But looking back on it now, I think it was the best first job I could have had, for so many reasons. I’m actually really glad I had that experience before The Flash. I definitely appreciate it when people enjoy my work and say nice things, but I also can read negative things now and not be bothered. Because I love what I’m doing, and I focus on that. And you know, in another way, I think Glee also helped to humble me a little bit. It was just such a grand-scale thing, and there were these actors my age who had become big stars on that show, and suddenly I was working with them. So to be such a small part of something that was such a grand-scale show, it kind of humbled me going forward with everything, I think.”

modern narnia au: edmund pevensie

He wanted to say that he rebelled because somewhere, deep in his core, he knew he was doing the right thing. He wanted to say that it was about freedom, about saying fuck you to authority, about having a say in what happens to you. It was true, to an extent, but that was more of an added bonus than the actual reason. He fought, he ran, he swore, he made his mother’s bottom lip wobble and his father’s jaw clench, made susan irritable, peter shout, lucy cry, because he wanted to punish the world for the situation he had been put in. He wanted more for nothing, he wanted everything with no real idea of what everything meant. He was arrogant, full of himself, and it was a shame that he only realised that about himself when he’d met the Witch. She was all smiles and careful words, knew what to whisper in his ear, knew his deepest and worst desires and twisted them on him. She gave him exactly what he wanted, and that’s when he knew that he didn’t want it anymore.