Andrew and Neil go to an amusement park where Neil gets lost and Andrew *definitely does not* panic and worry, please! You are so amazing!
So like I kind of kept to the prompt??? Amusement park became State Fair, and Andrew and Neil lowkey became all the Foxes??? I’m sorry???
The parking area is already filled to the brim when they arrive. Andrew is pretty sure this doesn’t even count as a parking lot; the large field weighed down by rows upon rows of cars. There are numerous people in reflective yellow jackets using neon orange cones to direct traffic, and Andrew follows the line of cars to the next available spot. Matt’s truck pulls in beside the Maserati, and everyone climbs out, smiles out and wide in anticipation. Families and groups of teens alike weave their way through the cars around them, their chatter and laughter carrying on the breeze. It’s almost enough to drown out the screams and music coming from the Fair.
Despite it only being early October, the air has a chill to it with the sun gone, so the Foxes pull on hoodies and jackets before heading towards the epicentre of excitement. The sky is a pale indigo above their heads, a view stars blotching the inky surface, but the bright flashing lights up ahead are quick to wash them out. With each step closer, the scent of fried dough and spun sugar gets stronger, and seems to fuel the buzz reverberating through the group.
It doesn’t take long to get tickets, and then they’re moving through the entrance gate into the fairgrounds. The lights and sounds are even worse in the mix of things. A cacophony of chaos that grates on Andrew’s nerves and twinges at his temples like the start of a headache. He briefly wonders why he even agreed to come to the State Fair, but he finds he minds a little less when he takes in Neil’s expression. The striker’s face is bright, and his eyes are wide. The start of a smile tugs at the corners of his lips as he whips his head around to take everything in.
“Let me guess,” Andrew starts. “You’ve never been to a State Fair before.”
“Actually, I have,” Neil says. “Crowds like these are a great way to lose someone who’s chasing you.”
“Oh my god; that’s so sad,” Matt chimes in. “You need the full Fair experience, Neil! We’ll start with the Tilt-a-Whirl.”
do you ever get really concerned about a specific line of dialogue that’s never elaborated on because that angry/betrayed “Everything I’ve ever done I’ve done for you” during the playground scene might seriously keep me up at night
Cas is dead, Dean falls back into old habits. But they don't feel right, they aren't doing enough. Dean stops making out with the girl of the night and apologizes. He's just not into it. He finds Max is hunting nearby and tries to put the moves on him, in an eerily similar way to the girl. But Max, being similar to Dean, realizes what's going on and rejects his advances. They drink beer and talk the whole night.
not gonna lie, old man Maul getting spooked by old man Obi-Wan standing hidden behind some rocks just cracks me up; actually, old man Maul just cracks me up by itself tbqh
Honestly??? On one hand he’s such a fascinating villain, with complex motivations and a great aesthetic, on the other hand he is just so ridiculous
Like, ah, yes, Revenge! against Kenobi!! who chopped his legs off!!!
… maul was trying to kill him and he tried to kill him right back, after he killed his master. Like, of all the things that Maul could try to take justified revenge for - Sidious killing his brother, Mother Talzin screwing with his brother, Ventress for… also screwing with his brother (though I guess Talzin and Ventress are dead? maybe? ish? in some canons?), hell probably even the current Mandalorian regime for… being mandalorian, or something, I guess. He picks Obi-Wan. Who he’s not even sure is alive?? Like, Maul. Dude. You have both traumatized each other to hell and back. Just go relax on a beach somewhere.
What program do you animate on? Is it frame by frame?
hi! I hope you don’t mind if i publish your ask since people were wondering the same thing in the tags,
I work on tvpaint, which is v great when you only animated on paper before (also i’m scared of flash and i’m not comfortable enough with toonboom) and yeah you can do frame by frame on it, but also extend the exposition time of each frame as you wish! so for example the first shot i did has got frames exposed 4-6 times at a rate of 25 frames/second, and todoroki’s hand is 50% frames exposed twice and 50% full 25fps.
How to Enjoy S11: A Completely Unsolicited Guide to Watching the New Season of The X-Files
1.) Acceptance. Know that the mythology isn’t going to be resolved in a coherent way. Accept that you will not get everything you always wanted regarding the MSR. Remember that The X-Files has never really changed or evolved - even though 2017 television standards have - nor does it want to. Just try to love it anyway, just like you love your grandpa who drives you crazy with his stubborn ways - but you’re still glad is around. Because the good will outweigh the bad - if you don’t dwell too much on what *could* be.
2.) Let yourself enjoy the nostalgia. The X-Files has always loved its Easter Eggs, its secret codes and communiqués with its fanbase - even from back in the day.
Sure, it’s easy to say, “Jesus, 1013 - concentrate your efforts on cohesive storytelling, not dumb throwbacks to the ‘90s and fandom ‘messages’!” Know these messages and reminders are placed with affection. Just embrace them.
3.) Don’t let the fandom get you down. We are notorious complainers. It’s our thing. Don’t feel bad about liking an episode - or parts of an episode - that the fandom flatly rejects. Enjoy every morsel you can extract - because this is likely your last XF meal, ever. You deserve to enjoy it.
4.) Treat every episode as a completely autonomous island. Just….go with it Trying to fight the 1013 approach at this point is not admitting defeat; it’s self-preservation.
Surround yourself with people who actually
know and love the show. Follow blogs that really want to dig in. The X-Files was a smart show and attracted smart people. Find the geezers, the conspiracy theorists, the meta writers. The slow-mo MSR gifs are beautiful and absolute gifts to the fandom, but the brilliant fan analysis will help you see all the little details you missed and generate so much wonderful discussion.
6.) David and Gillian. Know that even if you fucking despise the whole season that David and Gillian will go on a giggly (Gillian), sentimental (David), likely ridiculous press tour. Interviews. New photo shoots. Behind-the-scenes stories. Like the mytharc, do not try to understand them. Just go with it.
7.) No huge gap and apocalypse to review and explain away. We (hopefully) won’t have to sit through 10 minutes of voiceover
exposition this time around. S11 can hit the ground running without having to
make sense of why the world didn’t end in 2012 and other random CC blathering of cobbled together news pieces, rumours, and conspiracy theories. S10 ended in the middle
of the action and S11 has the opportunity to resume in the middle of the
8.) Mulder and Scully. Together. Looking fabulous (and styled so much better than in S10…plus, I think we’re over the wig, right?). Working cases. It’s all we really need, yes?
New blood in the mix. A few women in the 1013 club will add their input. A couple of new writers are on board. Hopefully, the
show will seem somewhat refreshed. Plus, only two CC episodes.
Always remember that TXF isn’t and has never been just about the show. You are part of something, here in the TXF fandom world. And this is your last chance to participate
in it as new content rolls out. You may hate some of the episodes, but still love
the fandom commentary, the jokes and memes, the gifs, the videos, the images, the fanart, and fanfic that make it all worthwhile.
Yes, this is a continuation from the Teamwork comic.
Admittedly I kinda had to rush this one out due to a time crunch, but better late than never!
Also this one is rather long and wordy so Ill try and cut way back on the exposition next time around. sorry ^^’
Thanks too all the people who have stuck around waiting to see me continue this comic! I’ve reeeeeeeally been dying to get back into the swing of things and hopefully if things work out properly I can!
But until then stick around!
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I’m going to restrict it to only comics and occasional art.
So if your tired of your dash filling up with my stupid clutter but wanna see my art and comics still, go follow me here at ATAMC
So y'all REALLY believe that destiel is gonna happen? I'm floored. No hate but just prepare yourself for when it doesn't because I know a lot of you will be heartbroken. Misha jokes around because it's funny to him that people think he and his coworker are in a relationship on and offscreen. & Jensen just tells it like it is cuz that's his personality. Just hope none of u get really sad when it doesn't happen so just prepare yourselves lol.
Thank you so much for caring about my well being I really appreciate it :)
Given that I’ve just posted this and it is on no standard tags from myself or anyone else, I see that you must be scrolling my blog or following a mutual so kudos on being open to looking at things that are outside your own comprehension of the show!
My belief that it is likely is based zero percent on what the cast say or do but on what is written into the script and portrayed on screen. For example the romance tropes that are used repeatedly to the point that they have used most of the obvious ones up now and pretty much any romance in a movie or tv show is easily paralleled to their characters. Then the choices they make in production, direction and editing and the way they literally had an “I love you” death bed scene after setting them up as a mix of awkward crushes with mixtapes and posturing hey she’s into you and I’m not at all annoyed *pouts* and bickering husbands over the season… It’s the writers who decide what happens, not the actors. What the cast say is at best an interesting aside and as I’ve literally just said on the post you have read, it’s not even really relevant until they can actually say anything about a subject.
Thank you so much for your kind words however I will continue to use my own mind to decide what I see, the mind that has both a First Class Honours Masters Degree and a Bachelors Degree in two different analytical fields, was awarded the greatest contribution to the University the year I graduated and was right about pretty much everything I speculated about in season 12 having just started watching live in 12x01.
I’m sure this probably comes across as boasting but I ensure you I am fully prepared and mentally capable of making my own mind up and am not a poor dim sunflower you need to protect, so thank you so much but don’t you worry!
I’m sure those of us who see this and other themes will continue to enjoy seeing the pay off of those ones that have already been addressed (Dean no longer Sam’s mom, Mary as the catalyst for Dean’s emotional growth etc) and enjoy seeing if the others that we’ve also noticed as written into the script for over a decade also continue to build in the seasons to come.
But don’t worry I’m sure if it is the case they’ll give us some nice obvious exposition in the mean time so that the lovely people like yourself who don’t see it and worry about the well being of those that do can be gently eased into it :)
Take care my friend and I hope you enjoy season 13!
Rhetorical Ink Reviews: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”
**SEA-WORTHY SPOILERS AHEAD**
So, to preface this review, I have always been a HUGE Pirates of the Caribbean fan; the first film came out almost 15 YEARS ago (if you can believe it), and my friends and I were hooked on it from the get-go! I know a lot of people have distaste for Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End, but I honestly am okay with both of these movies.
I’m eventually going to do a video response related to this, but I did not like On Stranger Tides, so I was leery of going into this movie…so, I didn’t spoil myself very much at all with this film. That said, there are things to like about this movie, and a lot I am frustrated with. These are…
MY TOP TEN THOUGHTS ON PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES:
10. I am okay with the start of the film setting up Henry Turner’s character. He’s sweet, inquisitive, and has studied various curses of the sea his whole life. It makes a lot of sense, given his father’s curse to stay away for ten years at a time. His character is determined but kindhearted and the set up of him meeting his father at the beginning sets up his motivation and helps to establish his character…it perhaps doesn’t help that he looks and acts similar to Orlando Bloom SO much, but then again, like father, like son…
9. I am also very much on board with Carina’s character set up as well! She is smart, talented, and crafty. I like the angle that she is an astronomer and a woman of science – the idea of pairing her with a man that has grown up surrounded by the supernatural was one that I thought was a great choice. I actually liked her character a bit more than Kiera Knightley’s Elizabeth Swan; I just wish we’d had more development of her in the movie.
8. The villain, Captain Salazar, both worked and didn’t work for me. The CGI hair was something I really didn’t like in the first trailer…it looked like it was almost “unfinished” or something experimental with 3D. However, the CGI did end up growing on me, the designs and sharks are so intricate and interesting. And at times, Salazar’s character makes a lot of sense and works as a revenge story (which I will talk about below).
At times, though, Salazar, played by Javier Borden, is hard to understand…his accent, while being menacing, is also hard to understand in the final battle, which just makes his character seem more odd in those final scenes. Overall, he’s an okay villain, but I felt nearly everything about him was too rushed and not fleshed out, like Davy Jones was for example.
7. Okay, so as I mentioned above, when Salazar is given time to tell his backstory, the flashback works pretty well. I am NOT a fan of the CGI “time travel” face makeup they’ve been apply to actors and actresses (a la Princess Leia, Grand Moth Tarkin, Ego…), but man, it’s probably at its best here with “young Jack.” The voice doesn’t quite match up, but is it sad that I want movies of “young Jack’s” adventures now? That flashback worked pretty well for me.
6. What doesn’t quite work is the pacing of the story. ESPECIALLY the third act. Once we get to where Carina is leading us to the map, the story rushes SO MUCH. Part of what I like about the other Pirates of the Caribbean films is that the movie takes its time to set up the lore; it goes slowly in creating the mythos around the supernatural that it all leads to a good payoff.
Here? We get the island of the trident, the actual getting of the trident, a final….”battle?”, a death of a character, AND a resolution all in what is basically twenty minutes of a two and a half hour film. Why did they have to rush this? They are obviously setting up for another film, so why not pull a “Dead Man’s Chest” and end with them hitting the island? Then, pick up the next film with Carina, Barbossa, and Jack on the island while poor Henry is stuck with Salazar’s crew…you could set it up, spend a little more time letting us get to know the new characters, and then have a film after this that goes into the mythos more and explores the “possession” of Henry a little more too…I just think they had so much POTENTIAL here and it felt wasted.
5. Jack, at times, is himself and pulls off a good performance. When he’s more serious, it’s like we’re back in the early 2000′s, having a great ol’ time with the Captain…but especially in the beginning, he’s a little “too” Mad Hatter/ Willy Wonka in his performance and just seems….”off.” Maybe the divorce he was going through had something to do with it. It is good to see Gibbs back in this movie; Gibbs is one of those characters that never ages and always is fun to have in these movies…he’s the ultimate side character of the series! Well, almost the ultimate side character. That role mainly belongs to….
4. And yes, we have Barbossa’s character…end. I was a little bummed about that at first, because it’s Barbossa! How could we lose this titular character? And then, I got angry, because of how rushed everything with him was. We are led to believe from the getgo that Carina has “daddy issues” and wants to locate her father; lo and behold, Barbossa lets it slip to Jack that HE is her actual father…it’s a small sea after all!
That wouldn’t have bothered me if it hadn’t been so forced and obvious…Carina even looks a lot like Geoffrey Rush in the eyes. I guess that the relationship ends up okay with me; there’s even a touching moment when she realizes that he’s her father, and I was genuinely on board with it. The “tattoo moment” honestly was sweet, and Geoffrey Rush sells it for me.
But then they just HAVE to kill him off…and I’m going to be honest, Barbossa swinging in on that anchor almost made me laugh out loud…as in a Darth Vader saying “Noooooooo!” laugh out loud. It just looked ridiculous. Points to the film for emotionally investing me later on in that scene with Barbossa and Carina, but you really didn’t “have” to kill him off, especially after he just learned about his only child! Ah well, I think Geoffrey Rush was like Harrison Ford and said, “Please kill me off this franchise!” Which is sad, because he’s been such a great part of it and it’ll lose something without him…
3. Unlike Geoffrey Rush, though, Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley have BARELY aged…well, Orlando has aged, but we use cool CGI barnacles to mask all that, you know. Still, they are finally reunited at the end of the film, and it did feel good as a fan to see them together again, though again, some more set up for the payoff would have made it sweeter. Damn, Henry, you got some good genes, though.
2. There is so much visually that is great to look at; the “Island of Poseidon” is simply gorgeous and the underwater scene was breathtaking…it’s just all SO rushed that you have no real time to enjoy it. I really wish this had been two films so we could have had more character development, more set up of the plot…it’s so exposition heavy at times that you just end up checking your phone, wondering when the next scene is. And who wants to do that in a Pirates movie?! The sad thing is it’s not as long as other Pirates of the Caribbean films, which makes me wonder all the more why we didn’t just expand more in places and leave more to a later film…maybe I need to do a video to explain my thoughts.
1. Overall, I left the movie conflicted. The 10-years-ago me would have probably loved this movie, because I would have gone home and instantly wanted to write fan fictions about what I just saw. And there’s a large part of me that still wants to do that to add on to what I thought was missing…but still, there is a part of me that wanted this movie to do things more focused, to set things up with more care to lead to a better payoff.
Is this movie better than On Stranger Tides? Yes. Absolutely!
Does it capture the magic of the first or the wild fun of the other two? Not exactly, which perhaps is my biggest problem with it.
If we do end up with more Pirates movies, PLEASE Disney, take your time, craft a fun, adventurous story, and don’t be afraid to take risks…as long as you own them.
It’s the year 2044 and after most of the oil in the
world has been depleted and poverty and hunger have become the norm,
humanity finds an escape in an all-immersive virtual reality – the
OASIS. After the creator of the OASIS dies, a scavenger hunt begins.
The prize? Being a billionaire and ownership of the OASIS itself.
The driving element for this book is definitely its
fascinating premise and fast pacing. Although the concept is not
new, it manages to do some amazing world building that makes the
whole thing really believagle, and it keeps the stakes high at all
times, which prompts you to just keep reading. Suffice to say my
enjoyment level for this book was off the charts and so it gets a
solid four stars. Its major weak points are definitely its characters
– mostly quite boring with bland interactions – and the
overwhelming amount of exposition and references it throws at the
reader. However. I think its pace makes it so that these aren’t
problems you can focus too much on. A definite must-read!
Do you have any tips on how to properly draw/colour tanned skin on white characters?
Hello! Here are some tips that I’ve learned myself! We start by breaking it down in little steps:
First, decide the color of the tan based on your character’s orignal skintone: everyone of them is different and so is the tan! The time of exposition is also a factor of how much darker the skin will be, and some type of skin can/will tan more than others:
Second, once you figured out the color, you have to keep in mind how the tan is gonna look on the various parts of the body: try to think in which position they got their tan (did they get it while standing up or laying down, how where the arms positioned ecc) and what were/are they wearing! Also hand and feet palms don’t tan as much as other body parts, so they usually end up lighter
Third, now that you got all of this, you have to also know at what stage the tan is, since that also makes difference: if the character is very pale and doesnt tan, the first time they’ll get exposed to the sun they gonna get burned pretty bad!
Lastly, remember that all of this are loose tips, they are not universal rules! Tan can vary a lot even on a single person, always remember to do research and practice!