Hmm… Maybe it was best I didn’t watch Gravity Falls on its first run. Because that liveblog going on right now is pretty much going through all of the anti-Ford arguments they had back then and it’s kind of frustrating seeing someone completely trash a decent character. And that’s just from one person! I probably would have left the fandom completely during all the crazy backlash against Ford and Mabel following DaMvTF.
This post is meant to be an updated explanation of Trans Girl Marco theory, but now more in line with how things are actually happening.
The gist of it being that Marco Diaz is coded as a closeted transgender girl. Expect less theorizing and more meta talk. I’ll be going over all the clues that indicate Marco is trans, as well as how the starcrew came to the desicion as Marco developed as a character.
I can’t give enough thanks to the members of the crew such as @arythusa and @hug-bees, whom have both done as much as they possibly can to communicate with the show’s growing LGBT fanbase, and given us so much insight into what’s going on
Ultimate Cartoon Crossover By @Cartoonbrew
This has to be one of the best crossover arts ever! (Why are Mordecai and Rigby in the ground!?)
I think I’m going to use this as my new background on my blog!
This is the piece I contributed to @gfzine ! I’m so honored to be a part of this project along with other incredibly talented artists, this had been a very sentimental project for me. DMvsTF is my favorite episode in the show! I tried my best to catch the feeling the episode gave me.
It’s been a week since the first time I watched “Take Back the Falls”, and there are still some things I’m just not over. For example:
-The way Mabel throws out her arms like a little kid who wants to be picked up when she sees Stan. (This is the moment I started to tear up. That’s right. I didn’t even make it twenty seconds in to this episode.):
-The look on Dipper’s face when he tells Stan about Ford’s capture.
-Ford’s split second of open panic when he realizes he’s in chains. (Seriously, the sound of Ford’s chains rattling over Bill’s song was just chilling.)
-Watching Stan pout all the way through the first half of the episode, but just feeling sorry for him because of where it’s coming from.
-Ford being tortured—actually on-screen, screaming, we see him fried to a crisp tortured, and not only does he not give in, he strikes this little “fight me” boxer pose.
-On top of that, the way Ford is willing to endure days if not weeks of torture at the hands of the being who manipulated and betrayed him, but the second Bill threatens the kids he breaks (and I flash back to that scene in AToTS when he looks so excited to learn he has a niece and nephew. Turns out he’s hiding a great big bleeding heart under that sweater and he loves those kids with every square inch of it and OH CRAP THIS WILL NOT END WELL).
-Stan taking the worst possible moment to throw a childish tantrum because Ford won’t thank him.
-Ford taking an even worse moment to make an equally childish and wholly pedantic remark on Stan’s grammar, thus underlining just how petty the grudge between them has become.
-This moment, because it seems to be the moment they both realize how stupid they’ve been:
-Bill locking Stan and Ford in a cage and it turning out to be his undoing, because once Stan and Ford actually talk to one another they begin to see each other for who they actually are, and they make up as though nothing ever happened.
-Ford deciding to throw himself, the world, and everything he’s spent thirty years working towards away just for his dumb family.
-Stan deciding to take the burden from Ford’s shoulders and throwing himself away for the sake of the world and his family, even though he knows it’s something he won’t walk away from.
-Ford’s face when he points the memory gun at Stan. (That…that hurt.)
-Did I mention Stan? Not any specific scene, just Stan in this episode in general, but right here in particular:
-Mabel being told that Stan is gone and reacting just like every kid who’s lost someone for the first time and who doesn’t quite understand how that can happen.
- “He saved me. You’re our hero, Stanley.” (No, that’s okay, Hirsch. It’s not like I was using my heart anyway.)
-Actually, every dang moment of this episode between the point when Dipper and Mabel try to distract Bill in order to give their uncles time to get away and the scene with Mabel’s scrapbook was just mesmerizing. It’s incredible. I love every single frame. That was the best sequence of the whole show, bar none.
Which is the best sign of affection that Gravity Falls showed us: an Awkward Sibling Hug or a Sincere Sibling Hug?
So the thing about the Awkward Sibling Hug is that it’s something I recognized conceptually from having siblings of my own. You hit a certain age and expressing affection becomes…uncool. It becomes embarrassing. You don’t want to put yourself on the line like that, not even with your own family. So what do you do? You make a joke out of it. You add a little punch of irony. Dipper and Mabel recite the “awkward sibling hug” dialogue like it’s a script, a joke they’ve told before: getting around the awkwardness by acknowledging that it’s awkward. Pat pat!
According to Alex Hirsch, Mabel and Dipper are less close when they’re at home and more close when they’re in a strange situation—like being away for the summer. In the first episode their default mode is still wearing off: Dipper and Mabel are living in different worlds (Dipper’s chasing the supernatural, Mabel’s chasing boys) and it takes the conflict with the gnomes to bring them together. They’re still self-conscious about being affectionate; they still have to play it off as a joke. By the second-to-last episode, this is no longer true. The two of them have been acting as a team all summer; Dipper’s gone to hell and back to find his sister; they’ve realized that they don’t want to live without each other. So when Dipper offers the “awkward sibling hug,” Mabel throws the script away because it’s no longer necessary.
Sincere sibling hug.
Because they’ve decided to grow up, and part of growing up is getting over your fear of being sincere.