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Let’s hear it for lurkers

So apparently round umpty-zillion of “people are killing fandom by not commenting” is going around, and I’ve seen a few posts trashing people for lurking/viewing/reading instead of actively participating.

My journal and my fic has always been a lurker-friendly zone. I think lurkers are great and people can fight me on this. Here’s why:

We all started out as lurkers. Or at least most of us did. Come on. I’m sure some people out there must’ve jumped into fandom with both feet and started writing and commenting right away, and good for you if you did! But I sure didn’t. I lurked for YEARS. And even now, though I’ve been in fandom since before Y2K, whenever I get into a new fandom or a new social media platform, I still lurk. I hang out around the fringes for awhile to get a feeling for the place before starting to participate. Back in the mailing list/bulletin board days, it was usually recommended that people do that on purpose, watch and listen and learn the local lingo and social rules before diving in. So you know what? You are not doing anything wrong and you are not doing anything that most of the people you see out there commenting and creating and reccing things haven’t done themselves.

We all have lurker days, weeks, months …. Nobody is 100% “on” all the time. Participating in fandom (commenting, reccing, creating content, and so forth) is WORK. It may be fun work, but it still takes effort! Even if you’re sometimes very active in fandom, then you’ll have life fall on your head or the brain weasels flare up, and you won’t have the time and energy to give. Don’t feel guilty about not being able to give fandom your extra spoons. No one in fandom has a right to demand a single spoon from you that you don’t want to give.

Some of today’s lurkers may be your friends tomorrow. How do I know this? Because I’ve made friends with some of them myself! I’ve had people delurk in my comments to say hi after YEARS of reading my fanfic without saying a word. Which I am totally okay with, by the way. And some of these people are good friends today.

So, in conclusion:

  • It is okay to feel too shy to come out of lurkerhood in fandom until you feel more comfortable there. It is fine, in fact, if you never do.
  • It is okay to be too busy and have too few spoons to comment or create stuff. You still have a perfect right to be in fandom and read and reblog whatever you want.
  • It is okay if you meant to comment on that fic or go back and press the kudos button but never got around to it.
  • It is okay if you have too many accounts already and don’t want to create a new one just to comment/participate on a social media platform. 
  • It is okay if your personal situation (a stalker ex, controlling parents) makes it unsafe for you to create an account or comment on things.
  • It is okay if you can’t or don’t want to comment or do any of the other things that constitute non-lurkerhood, and you don’t owe anyone an explanation for why.
  • IT IS OKAY TO BE A LURKER.
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A friend rebloged a couple pics and I knew I have to draw Bismuth on that outfit cause she would look so huggable and I think I was right. Bet Steven was the one asking her to dress up to go to the amusement park.

[Looks like a dakimakura design btw.]

On Hot Pepper Gaming

Hot Pepper Gaming had its last episode today and I wanted to write something personal about it. I had this joke that I would always say when somebody talked to me about the channel - that it was sort of silly how the most successful thing I’ve ever done was the dumbest idea I’ve ever had. Classic self-deprecation, but the more I said it the more I realized just how important this dumb idea was to me.

Myself, Erin, and Jared started HPG half as a joke and half as a creative outlet to sort of prove that we knew what we were talking about. When we began, we were all lower-rung creatives working predominantly at Maker Studios - a YouTube multi-channel network. My only claim-to-fame at that point in my creative career was that I had something small to do with the Harlem Shake becoming a thing, and I really, REALLY didn’t want that to be the only accomplishment I had in my life.

I approached Erin about the idea, who called up Jared to join up with us. With a borrowed camera, $20 worth of craft supplies, and a weekend of work, we had shot the first three episodes of Hot Pepper Gaming. We planned to post weekly for a couple months regardless of if it gained traction or not, but on the first episode we were already growing faster than we could follow.

It’s sort of a funny thing how collaboration works. I remember being completely fine with filming Hot Pepper Gaming on a white background, but Erin’s simple suggestion that we use a yellow backdrop meant so much to the branding and style of the channel that I don’t think we would have succeeded without it. Erin, Jared and I all had something to contribute to the project, all of which combined together to create something much bigger than the sum of our parts. And because of this we were able to travel around the world, interact with fans, and sit in rooms with people we respected not only as their creative equals, but later on as their dear friends.

There’s so many great stories that I’ll post whenever I get nostalgic about Hot Pepper Gaming, but for now I just wanted to say something small that I think might describe my feelings better than me droning on about this will. We used to film Hot Pepper Gaming out of Erin’s old apartment, and after the first shoot we decided to grab dinner at a bar next door. I remember us all sitting at the bar, eating pub burgers and toasting to whatever the hell we just did, in our post-pepper andrenaline-rushed euphoria. I remember one of us asking hey, what if this actually does well, and then us all shrugging and laughing.

I’m currently on a flight back from Montreal, Canada, where Jared and I participated in Square Bowl, a yearly charity event that this year supported Doctors Without Borders. We were sitting on a balcony of an apartment in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, watching the sun set over a park that was freshly-covered with snow. He and I talked for a while about how we were raising money for an important charity with a group of friends and creative collaborators we loved; and how so many of them we knew, specifically, because we had hurt them with hot peppers.

I don’t know what I would say to 24-year-old, fighting-tooth-and-nail-to-create-stuff-and-have-people-care-about-them Vernon if I had the chance, but to think about myself then and see myself now is surreal. I owe so much to this dumb little project, and I’ll never forget it.

Thanks

nyxshadowz  asked:

I kinda get why Underverse can't have a crossover with Glitchtale.... Because the fact that Chara and Sans are gone (Sans still inside Akumu 😑) If Cross!Chara goes there, Asriel's reaction will be: 😱😱😱 but Chara never changed. And if UT, US, and UF, and Ink(maybe) Sans goes there just to stop Cross!Chara and demn Nightmare, Everyone will have their jaws dropped for seeing so many Sans(alive). But the Characters in Glitchtale already knows that Sans is gone. (wow i explained all dis)

Well, I’m ok with people’s different points of view about their theories with Underverse and Glitchtale possible encounters or whatev. You are free to create crossovers and stuff with them, but, if we are talking about a canon or logic reason, I’ll give my point of view about this:

(warning: probably you’ll find some bad english because I’m so tired and I can’t type and think properly) 


In Undertale, the original/canon universe or whatever you want to call it, has 3 three main timelines: Neutral, Pacifist and Genocide, right?


But, there are also variations of choices the Player did during their adventures, before, during or after falling to the underworld. We could call those choices like Alternate Timelines, because those choices could change the course of the story in some way.


The Player is not the only one to be able to take a decision and create an Alternate Timeline, other characters would be able to change something, and also that could create another Alternate Timeline.

That means that only the Undertale universe became a huuuuugeee place with any kind of Alternate Timelines because of choices that characters did, including big choices, or small choices.
For example, the “Pacifist” Timeline of Undertale in Underverse is not the real one, is just variation of the original because there was some choices taken before that don’t follow some events from the original route (spoileeeerrs)

The same thing happens with Glitchtale. Frisk broke the reset button, Asriel and Gaster are with them, Bette Noire was released…. all those choices affected the entire timeline, and as @camilaart​​ said, this Timeline is very damaged that is closed from inside. No one from outside can go there.

And probably, Glitchtale is not the only Alternate Timeline (AT) in this situation.

 All of this explanation is about Undertale.


Now, imagine the same, with the Alternate Universes.
Variations of the original Universe where the story or characters are changed, and those Alternate Universes have their only Main Timelines and Alternate Timelines. 

(So much universes and timelines, isn’t it?that’s what I love about this fandom holy shoes)


Following the rules of this theory, some people could consider an AU that has the same story like an AT, but that only depends the changes that are in the story. For example, Outertale (by @2mil127) can be considered as an AU, because the story and characters are the same like in the original game or universe (Undertale) but the thing that makes it an Alternate Universe and not an Alternate Timeline, is that Outertale unfolds in SPAAAACCEEEEE, weeeeeeee!!

(At least that’s my point of view about the AU’s that have the same story but are set in other ambiences.)

Now, let’s go to XTale and Underverse.

In Xtale, the same would happen, about the timelines and alternate timelines- BUT - Xgaster never wanted to have “choices” and “possibilites” in his Universe because of mistakes that happened in his story he could create thanks to Ink. So, that’s why he used his creator ability (a.k.a overwrite) to “evolve” the main story and create the perfect Alternate Universe without timelines and stuff.

That was supposed to be the 10th overwritten timeline. But it actually was the end of XTale cuz wow such a good idea giving some power to somebody who hate meh because of my actions (more spoilers coming soon)

The perfect creation of the tall guy was his experiment. The X-Event that Cross tried to stop sealing into his body.

Nao, the poor skeleguy, without a home, without an universe where to live, decide to use the experiment’s ability to take the best of the other AUs in order to rebuild his beloved timeline number 10 and pretend that nothing happened there. That could bring consequences tho.

He could take any code, no matter which kind of timeline or alternate timeline, but Nightmare who was the first one to appear, his target became the Pacifist Timelines, the main ones or variations that could be the same as the originals from each Alternate Universe.

So the conclusion is: Cross can’t get to Glitchtale because there are soooo many Alternate Timelines per Universe as well as it’s impossible to enter to a damaged/corrupted place like that one.

Also, Betty is doing an amazing job there, why even bother?

Fin.

More fan art! This is my fan art blog (mostly) after all… Well, have you seen Villainous? What do you think? I’m pretty proud it’s Mexican (I’m not Mexican btw I’m Latinoamerican - Chile if you wanna be specific) and I hope it will become more popular when it airs on Cartoon Network LA.

So, Dr Flug! I think it’s my favourite character so far. I like shy cuties and masked people plus he has to be smart to create that stuff so he’s pretty much perfect. I dressed him as Black Hat because I like his outfit haha. Pretty sure BH is gonna be angry about it.

I have an excuse to write in Spanish as well! He says: do you think I look good? Yes, yes, of course.

Anyways thanks for the support people! Soon I will install a Ko-fi button! 

Hi, Momma.

(Series Masterlist)

Summary: Be the mother of all angels isn’t easy, specially if they’re already adults. 
a.k.a. = The written proof that if the angels had a mother, the apocalypse would be solved in less than an hour.
Pairing: Chuck x Reader
Prompt: Imagine being able to see every Angels’ wings because you’re Chuck’s Mate. Thus making you mother of all angels and them being very protective of you. - @dirtysupernaturalimagines (x)
Characters: Reader, Gabriel, Mentions of God!Chuck,  Raphael, Lucifer, Michael, Sam Winchester, Dean Winchester, Castiel, Crowley
Warnings: Mom!Reader;
Word counting: 1.5k words

(Series Masterlist)

“Gabriel.” You called.

The young archangel’s whiskey eyes widened when he heard your voice, and he dropped the weird animal behind him, trying to hide it with his figure and wings.

“Hi, momma.”

“What is it behind you?”  You asked calmly.

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like it’s not automatically a sinister thing to be an adult content creator with a younger fanbase, but you have to maintain clear boundaries if you’re in that situation and so many people don’t. you have to make it clear that you’re an adult and you’re in a different place in your life than a 15 year old, and you can’t be interacting with nsfw stuff kids create—yes, even if they send it to you! there’s no epidemic of underage fans “harassing” grown ass adults, there’s an epidemic of creepy fucking adults who position themselves as “one of the kids” and cross all kinds of boundaries of appropriateness when interacting with kids and often even seek out more interaction from those kids.

this is a one-sided issue. kids and adults are not on equal playing fields, they’re just not. you don’t get to shift blame or responsibility to a demographic that’s highly susceptible to abuse and manipulation, even without the added factor of celebrity thrown into the mix.

Things I have observed in different fandoms, French edition

Kaamelott

  • C L A S S I C
  • everyone is in it. you’re french you’re in it.
  • gifs for everything
  • ships 
  • LOTS OF SHIPS
  • MOST OF THEM ARE BASED ON LIKE A TWO MINUTES INTERACTIONS
  • but everyone is chill you it’s cool
  • no drama no ship wars no discourse
  • in hiatus since 7 years? just dead inside when you mention it
  • best representation of depression on tv ever
  • perceval is precious. bohort is precious. arthus is precious. venec is precious. everyone is precious just protect them
  • in denial about Mani


Visiteur Du Futur

  • usually the same as tomitch
  • still receive material now? when the serie ended in three years ago? and actual new material that extend the story?
  • has to work with INCONTINUTY and PLOT HOLES explained by “time stuff lol” in canon
  • still very happy that everyone is queer
  • there are 5 different media they are all canon
  • no one talks about belettexrenard
  • The Henrisiteur Consprancy is on
  • Giant Gay Robot ™ can pull off the moustache
  • do not mention judith
  • or Matteo s4
  • made of 30% of accurate textpost
  •  Raph needs to be protected he is a babe
  • writers and directors and actors approchable af, giant nerds, take pictures of fanarts, 11/10 would recommend


Tomitch

  • Not the name of the show but the fandom was created mostly around the ship so hey
  • THE SHIP NO ONE ASKED FOR AND WE RECEIVED AS A GIFT
  • like 20 people in it so you know everyone
  • more fics than vdf? WAY MORE FICS? IN SUCH A SMALL TIME? good work
  • trans headcanon accepted by almost everyone
  • and talked about with the writer who wants to know more about it
  • I did more than 50% of the fanarts
  • already did two meet-up when the fandom was created like 9 months ago
  • stuff is problematic and we do talk about that
  • Johnlock AU
  • Funny Web Serie Was A Slow Burn Agonising Gay Pining Story All Along, read more on page 9
  • really just headcanons and gifs and welcoming people


Hero Corps

  • discreet. Does it exist? yes. Can you find it? probably not.
  • s5 entirely paid by fans
  • i n  s i x  h o u r s
  • PINAAAAAAAAAAGE
  • klausxdoug aka the schodinger ship
  • I don’t think anyone not french can understand the show on all levels tbh


Dead Landes

  • was really active for like 3 weeks
  • so much problematic stuff in the show
  • Sam is a babe
  • the only only-DeadLandes tumblr is recommended by the writer for any technical question and thanked by the communication team for any gif. how surreal is that.


Politics

  • makes actual memes about actual politics who want to run/have run this country why does this even exist
  • why is it so present
  • and why does it make so much sense
  • still won’t let the 0.3% go (nor should they)
  • composed only of left wing people let’s be honest
  • makes a pokemon trainers AU
  • meet up only to eat raclette
  • use Assemblée National debates’ quote to talk about scooby doo
  • zorro?
  • kinda gay for NKM but not too much because she’s of The Right Wing
  • ships. way too many ships. vallande 2.0. 7/10 not sure I would recommend.
  • managed to get us frenchie tumblr users to get actively interested in the politics running our country of fucked up is that


Other ones I forgot?

the thing that gets me about handwringing over the mcelroys being popular and maybe possibly doing Bad Problematic Things is that i think a large part of the reason they’ve gained the fandom they have is that they’ve actively worked to be better people and apologize for when they do fuck up and hurt people unintentionally. you read interviews with them, listen to them talk about this stuff on their shows, they actually acknowledge where they’ve gone wrong and try to do better.

the adventure zone is a good example of this - there was some backlash to the designs for the characters in the comic book all being white and pretty shortly afterwards justin made a post on facebook saying “yep! we goofed, we’re gonna go back to the drawing board and try and make them more diverse”. the most recent adventure zone episode (as of 03/04/2017) has the boys talking about and discussing some of the more unfortunate steps of characterization they’ve made. griffin talks a lot about unintentionally playing into the bury your gays trope and how he’s tried to do better with queer relationships in the show later on. mbmbam also has some stuff of this nature but i haven’t listened to that show a lot myself so i won’t go into it

they’re the first content creators i know of who seem to actually understand the responsibility that sort of comes with being Popular Online (and arguably being content creators at all) - they know they have a lot of influence, and that that influence can very directly affect people, and they genuinely want the stuff they create to be as inclusive and welcoming as possible, so even if something happened to pop off around them i have a fairly big confidence that they would do everything in their power to make reparations

i’m not saying they’re perfect, i mean i literally just talked about times they’ve fucked up, but sometimes things and people get big for a reason that’s not as horrible as some would prophesize

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It is a total dichotomy. On the one hand it’s the most meetings and auditions you can have about great projects, it’s rife with opportunity, and so part of me get’s really excited about that. But the other part is that Hollywood is where entertainment and art meets commerce, and I think you can feel that as well. It’s a business. It’s not just artists roaming around, creating stuff they love, it’s thinking about box office and thinking about audiences and the ability to get in magazines and all of these kinds of things which in New Zealand hadn’t occurred to me.

More Duel Art stuff

I was reading the Duel Art book again and noticed new, interesting stuff ^^

  • Takahashi created characters first by deciding their personalities–are they fundamentally good or bad? Softer, rounded lines implied gentler personalities while sharper angles were aggressive.
  • Similarly, lines at the top of the eyes indicated egotism while lines at the bottom indicated cooperativeness and dependence on others, which is why Yugi has lines at the bottom of his eyes.
  • Atem has a strong Tutankhamen motif. Tutankhamen was named in part for Amun, while his father believed in Aten, and Tutankhamen’s tomb also had Aten symbols. Takahashi speculates that due to becoming Pharaoh at such a young age, Tutankhamen’s priests and advisers defied his will, seized his power, and forced him to promote a different god rather than following in his father’s footsteps like he presumably wanted.
  • Since YGO was a bit dark, Takahashi decided GX would be brighter, as Jaden doesn’t have a dark side, is cheerful, hot-blooded, and easy to read.
  • Takahashi also felt that GX’s cheeriness meant the protagonists couldn’t grow as much and would be unable to defeat someone like Marik, so he wrote in Jaden becoming the Supreme King, but then felt it was almost too dark. But he feels Jaden became a stronger character after that.
  • The 5Ds Duel Runners were mainly made so characters could travel the world and assemble pretty much anywhere. Originally only Yusei and Jack Atlas were going to have them, but it turned out everyone did.
  • 5Ds’ Dark Signer arc was partially inspired by a miniseries Takahashi had presented to Shonen Jump that got rejected, where 5 heroes with glyph birthmarks were killed by an ancient enemy, got reincarnated, and only had the glyphs to remind them of their past lives, which they’d gradually remember and join forces to take down the original enemy.
  • The main reason the above was rejected was because the sample oneshot ended right as they died. Aside from the geoglyphs and dragon marks, the Dark Signer arc was made by the staff, though Takhashi really enjoyed how exciting the finale was.
  • “Anything can become a dragon” is a central tenet of Yu-Gi-Oh, hence Stardust Dragon, Black Rose Dragon, Barrel Dragon, etc. Takahashi prefers drawing Western dragons but feels as long as it has recognizable dragon elements anything can be one.

And I would wake up cold, blind to the borders between reality and dreamShivering from head to toes I enfold myself. I breathe out, my voice is hoarse.

Cold.

I’m so cold again.