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HOW TO TEACH YOURSELF LANGUAGES SUPER EFFICIENTLY

I write this bcz I’m a huge language enthusiast and I’m frustrated about the way most methods and language classes/courses approach the process of learning. I’m not a professional but I have a lot of experience in studying foreign languages: I have taught myself Lithuanian and reached the upper intermediate level (B2) in 4-5 years without much help from others, and in Spanish reaching the same level took me only 2 years bcz I simultaneously studied it at school and already knowing French helped me a little. I want to help everyone who wants to start a new language, does not have the possibility to join a language course or just feels frustrated of the stagnation they might experience in the early phase of learning a foreign language.

So, if you want to learn a new language, I suggest following tips:

• Immerse yourself from the beginning! This is really important so that you can get yourself familiar with the intonation and pronunciation of the language. Listen to radio or tv and try to read whatever you can (ingredient lists from the food packages, newspaper articles, whatever!) it doesn’t matter if you can’t understand much yet, it will come! If you start a language with a new alphabet learn the alphabet really well first thing.

• Get an overview of the grammatical structure of the language! This is often not properly done in language courses where you learn some vocabulary and greetings but after 60 pages of the textbook you still have no idea how many verb tenses or noun cases the language has. Take a look even at the “hardest” topics, bcz they might not be that hard after all. (for example the Spanish equivalent of past perfect is much easier than the present tense) 

 • With that being said, learn to recognise past tenses even when you are still learning the present tense! I find it absurd that most courses expect you to master present tense _perfectly_ before even taking a look at other tenses. Most of the time, in everyday communication, past tenses are used more frequently than the present tense + in some languages mastering the past tense can also help you to form the conditional. So, learn the past tense earlier than most ppl would recommend!

 • In general, study the easiest things first! If you find something particularly difficult you gain more confidence and knowledge if you first focus on what you find more interesting (however, you can’t postpone studying boring topics eternally, especially if you are preparing or hoping to prepare for an exam at some point) In Lithuanian, I taught myself a lot of grammar before learning how to tell the time… and it was ok.

• For material: usually the country’s universities have a reading list on their website which proposes what books one could use to study the language. These are often preferable to handbooks aimed for tourists and some language methods for beginners because those mostly focus on useless vocabulary you might only need when you rent a car or book a room in a hotel. The grammar is often also relatively poorly explained in those “tourist language books”, whereas books that are aimed at immigrants or university students usually focus more on the efficient language acquisition and are written by professors and specialists. If you are persistent enough and google all possible search words in both English and the target language,  you can probably find whole textbooks in PDF format, which you can then save on your laptop.

• Don’t get stuck on vocabulary! Remember that grammar is the skeleton of the language and that vocabulary is the muscles hair and eventually the clothes you use to dress up and embellish your apperance. Vocabulary is useful once you know how to use it. For me, learning vocab is the hardest part of a new language, especially bcz I like starting languages that are not really similar to any other languages I know (consider Lithuanian and Greek when I previously knew Finnish, English, French and Spanish) ofc you need to learn some of it to be able to form sentences but most traditional methods focus on that too much. My suggestion is to read a lot: start by children’s books and comics and gradually get more advanced material. When you read them, make notes!! Look up the words you don’t know and don’t be afraid of using unconventional, seemingly challenging ways to learn, such as buying a bilingual poetry collection and trying to decipher what the original poem says and compare it to the translation. 100% recommend, even for the beginner level + it’s a nice way to connect to the culture but still focus on the language itself, not on the way ppl make breakfast in that country. (That’s something that irritates me a lot in most Youtube’s language videos where ppl are just discussing the traditions of the country in English when you had come there to look for the explanation of grammatical structures or just to hear the language being spoken. smh.)

• A really important thing about vocabulary is to learn all the abstract words, such as conjunctions, really soon! For example, if you find yourself in a situation where you have to use the words therefore and otherwise,  it is almost impossible to try to explain those words without first translating them to another language. 

• Make vocabulary learning more interesting and deep by learning about the etymology of the words you learn. It can be mind-blowing and it helps you to remember the words better.

That’s it!

I hope these tips inspire you in pursuing your interest in foreign languages and facilitate your learning process. I might add more to this if I remember I have forgotten something of great importance. 

I hear so many people talk about how great it is that they didn’t get into comics, or that they stopped buying single issues of comics. They say things like “It was getting pretty bad before I had to stop myself,” as if they’re discussing heroin or punching elementary schoolers. Comics had ceased to be things that they consistently enjoyed and had become things that they felt like they had to finish. They had to buy every issue of every title so that they could potentially grasp one narrative. You know why a major book being a “standalone title” is often seen as such a awesome thing in comics? It’s definitely not because they come around very often.

There’s something so satisfying about holding a single issue of a comic book in your hands. It’s light, colorful, and reminds you of the good times you had before you had to start paying for the things that kept you alive. So I hate to say “Time to scrap that concept,” but the comic book industry needs to lean into the skid of what’s actually working. If digital comics are on the rise, do more to promote those. If people are more likely to read trade paperbacks or full-length graphic novels, have more writers working toward creating them. I would much rather buy a graphic novel for $16.99 than a collection of single issues (some of which are probably terrible) for $30.

I don’t think single issues of comics will ever go away, at least not in the near future. But I do think that a business model that deals mostly with what’s working is a good step toward making sure that the comic industry isn’t extinct in 20 years.

4 Ways Comic Books Are Losing Touch With Their Audience

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-FBAWTFT
-Hamilton
-Heathers
-Dear Evan Hanson
-Spring Awakening
-Musicals in general
-Over the Garden Wall
-SVTFOE
-Adventure Time
-Writing
-Art
-Steven Universe
-Books/reading
-Doctor Who
-Sherlock
-Jessica Jones
-Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency
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-Stranger Things
-Cartoons
-Comics
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anonymous asked:

you've mentioned you can code in your comics, where did you learn? I've always been interested butnever knew where I could go to pick it up. well besides college but I can't afford that :(

I’m primarily self-taught, actually! Although I did go to college, it wasn’t for programming or web development. (Like…at all.)

I started with books you can find in the coding reference section of the bookstore, but that was before there were so many resources online to help. ;) (And those books are expensive!) Of course, knowing what you want to code will help you know which language and where to start. (Not sure? This infographic is super helpful!) I still love having code books around for reference though (I’m a nerd, yes) and there are some recent fantastic ones if you need recommendations.

But here are some resources to try out:

  • Code Academy (free)
  • SoloLearn (free - app)
  • Team Treehouse (paid subscription but totally worth it & less than college)
  • Lynda.com (paid subscription – if you want to learn things beyond programming, they’re a good all-around resource of video tutorials in a huge library of subjects)
  • TutsPlus (free tutorials and how-tos)
  • SitePoint (excellent professional resources from developers for developers – mix of free and paid content)
  • Interneting is Hard (free; CSS/HTML only)
  • Stack Overflow (the place to go when you need a pro’s help to debug your work!)

And these are only a few. Like, the first things that come to mind. And don’t forget blogs! There a TON of blog resources out there – SmashingMagazine is definitely my #1, and for web development, you had better be reading it.

Honestly: if I could learn code at 11 with nothing but geocities, a book way about my reading level, a terrible neon-colored website in comic sans, and lots of repeated trial and error…so can you. And there are way more resources available to you now, and only a few clicks away! (Seriously. Google it. GOOGLE IT.) You can pretty much find open-source software for code editors, compilers, version control, and anything else you could need.

Seriously.

You can get started learning today, and you can do it for free. Don’t get me wrong. It does take time and practice. But it’s best to learn by doing – so just start doing!

Hello friends! Are you all jazzed-up on Wonder Woman now that the DCU finally has a good movie? That’s great! Me too! But it doesn’t have to end there! Wonder Woman has a long history of great comic books that have long been overlooked my mainstream nerd culture!

While plenty of us have read foundational DC books like Batman: Year One, All-Star Superman, or Watchmen, Wondie has plenty of books that are just as central to her character as well! The above image is a general recommended reading list, and I certainly haven’t read all of them, but I can give a few recommendations on the ones I have!

Wonder Woman, by George Perez

This is pretty much your foundational modern Wonder Woman. Nearly everything about the character as she is today draws from this sensational run. It’s widely regarded among Wondie fans as one of the most quintessential runs in the character’s history. If you want to wholly *GET* Wonder Woman, this is a fantastic place to start.

Wonder Woman by Gail Simone

What can I say about Gail Simone that hasn’t already been said? Deadpool, Batgirl, Secret Six, Birds of Prey, the woman just has so many legendary comic book runs. And her run on Wonder Woman is no different. She wasn’t on the book for a super long time, but her run is one of the best!

Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello

This one I understand is a bit polarizing among some on Tumblr. I get that there’s a number of people who don’t like the changes Azzarello made to the amazonian culture, specifically how they deal with male outsiders and male children. However, consider that characters are not interesting without flaws, and seeing for once a definite black spot on the seemingly-perfect Amazons was pretty interesting!


In addition, the book has fantastic art style, and does a lot to re-imagine the greek gods in a modern, almost horror-esque way. This run’s take on Wondie is that of a warrior goddess, so if you want a Diana that’s ready to throw down, this is the book for you!

Wonder Woman: Hiketeia by Greg Rucka

Wonder Woman has taken a sworn oath to protect a young girl! But when she finds out that this girl has murdered her sister’s killer, this puts her at odds with Batman, who is determined that the girl face trial! A modern greek tragedy penned by the masterful Greg Rucka, and an absolutely fantastic one-shot graphic novel!

JLA: A League of One by Christopher Moeller

An unstoppable dragon has awoken from its slumber! An amazonian seer has predicted that it will DESTROY the Justice League! To prevent her friends from dying, Wonder Woman must face the dragon ALONE! Even if it means fighting her friends to stop them from helping her!

Wonder Woman: Odyssey by J. Michael Straczynski

A pseudo-elseworlds story about an amnesiac Wonder Woman rediscovering her place in the world and her destiny. Featuring all-star talent, a gripping suspense story, and my personal favorite Wonder Woman costume ever. 

Wonder Woman by Bill Messner-Loebs

Hey, did you know that for a while Wonder Woman was a space pirate? This run is fucking nuts and I love every page of it. If you want a run where some guys are just trying to tell compelling and INCREDIBLY varied Wonder Woman adventures, give this one a shot!

Wonder Woman: by Greg Rucka

There is a current Wonder Woman ongoing! It’s by Greg Rucka, who has previously done great work with the character. It’s called Wonder Woman: The Lies. Full disclosure, I haven’t read any of this. But if you want a Wonder Woman comic that’s currently ongoing, just pick up Volume 1 and start from there. There’s currently three books out, so there’s plenty of reading material. 

Final Thoughts

Really, anything in the guide I posted first is a good read. Comics are an incredibly small medium, and need all the sales they can get. If you’ve seen the movie and you’re hungry for more, there’s a LOT of material. The character’s been around for over 70 years at this point. So please, head down to your local comic shop and pick up some Wonder Woman! Diana believes in you, and I do too!

AI Kid story time stuff

North:*reading a book to Theta* And then Red Riding hood and her grandma lived happily ever after. The End.

Theta:*sleepy* more story dad.

North: Kiddo it’s bedtime.

Theta: pleeeeeeaaaase?

North: *smiles softly* Alright. One more and then it’s time to sleep.

__________________________

Delta: Father can you read me a book.

York:Sure kiddo. Which one do you want?

Delta: The pop-up book about the history of medicine and medical practices.

York:….Don’t you want  Three Little Pigs or something?

Delta: It is Fiction. Pigs cannot build houses and Wolves cannot blow them down.

York: Fine but we’re skipping the amputation chapter deal? You don’t need to be dreaming about that.

Delta: Very well.

______________________

Wash: Epsilon get back here!

Epsilon: I do what I want BITCH! *running around and chugging a Red Bull and Wash’s Deadpool comics*

_______________________

Tex: Kid go the fuck to sleep.

Omega: ANOTHER STORY.

Tex: Its one in the morning. Go.To.Sleep.

Omega: ANOTHER OR I SHALL RIP YOU APART SLOWLY.

___________________

Carolina: Cant you two choose on a story?

Eta: But Three Little Pigs is scary!

Iota: Aw cheer up bro! The pigs win in the end!

Eta: But what if its a representation of our demise?

Carolina: The fuck?

_____________

Maine:*playing an audio book of Grimm Brother’s Fairy Tales*

Sigma: *wide awake and just listens*

Maine: (Kid you need to sleep)

Sigma: I must hear about the evil queen’s demise.

_________________

Wyoming: I think you should sleep instead of reading knock-knock jokes a loud.

Gamma: *stares at Wyoming with a look of “you’re kidding right?”*

*both burst out laughing and dont care about sleep*

I’ve Read Secret Empire #0 With My Own Eyes. I’m Boycotting Marvel. Movies & All. Here’s Why.

I have read Secret Empire #0 with my own eyes; and while none of the truly offensive stuff that got leaked here or there, implied and spoiled is in this specific issue there is already more than enough in this issue alone for me to call it a day with the company.
 First, yes the Nazis had won World War II but that part actually doesn’t matter to something else that happens in that scene that has massive implications. Something few people have picked up. Hydra are the Nazis; no more implication, no more tip toeing around it the characters clearly state “The allies are going to change history so that Hydra loses the war” while showing the original Defenders punching soldiers in Nazi uniforms.
 All the debate and back and forth is over; Hydra is the Nazi party. Period. End of story.

  Fundamentally changing the origin of a creation created by two Jewish artists who both served in World War II (Simon enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII, and Kirby was drafted into the U.S. Army) and was created to show that the Nazi ideal could not win into someone who was truly a Nazi all along and playing a part? Piss off.
  Talk about disrespectful, talk about vulgar, talk about cheap. With the world the way it is, the rise of far right parties

  Now at this point you may be wanting to give the Mouse and Marvel the benefit of the doubt by saying ‘Well perhaps they will just snap the universe back afterward’, ‘They may be doing it as political commentary’ or ‘They are showing there is lots of brainwashing and cosmic cube rewriting so it isn’t really the characters.’

  Let’s address all three of those points and show how if any of them are true it will make things even worse.

  First off let’s talk about political commentary idea. Facists are taking over the US. Well duh.  There is a big problem with this being a political commentary concept. Those that wouldn’t support Captain America being a Nazi and taking over the US already know that is bad; we don’t need to be told.
  What about the people who would love the idea of Captain America pushing a Nazi like agenda onto the US? Well all this book does is strengthen their ideals no matter what the end result of the story is now.
  The President of the United States constantly says that things that show he is wrong is fake news, or lies with no proof to back it up and believe him. Steve Bannon, a powerful man even if he is a shell of his former self is in the White House and owns a highly popular and quoted propaganda machine called Brietbart. Everything that proves him wrong or makes him look bad is either a conspiracy, a lie or a plot by the ‘global elites’ (read as: Jewish). Fox News dismisses things just by saying; “It didn’t happen.” and people believe it. In Europe they are electing far right parties with pretty solid majorities.
  Do you know what happens if you pull the rug out from under these people and say “Nope Cap was wrong all along! Here is the anti-Hydra, anti-hate ending!”? Either they will simply reject the ending as Marvel chickening out, or more likely these groups will wave their flags and hold up copies of this book screaming how the ‘global elites’ forced Marvel to change. Then these poisoned adults will turn it into an object lesson for their kids about the power and danger of the ‘global elites’. These people believe that Sandy Hook was a false flag operation, that Hillary Clinton runs a child sex market out of a pizza place and all sorts of other garbage people like Bannon, and Alex Jones spews.
  Talk about dangerous.

  Magneto fighting for the Nazis, Sharon Carter joining Captain America, and other events may in the end be brainwashing. Sharon Carter is escorted off the bridge of the heli-carrier and Steve says he will make her understand later. Later covers and preview blurbs indicate that she fights with him and is in love with him as she always has been.
 Will the woman who would rather be dead than not fight Hydra fighting even after Cap reveals himself flip her entire set of principals in under an hour? (As by the time the fight for Washington she is on his side and they arrive over Washington at the end of this issue) or is it more likely that Steve will just have her brainwashed or rewritten?
  If it’s the former then, wow talk about character assassination; if it is the latter then…the comic will go out of its way to have a man brainwash or rewrite a woman so that she will love him regardless of what she wants, believes or desires.
 What type of shit show are you writing to have your audience rooting for character assassination?
  Talk about vulgar.

  Hey, hey let’s give them the benefit of the doubt for one second. Maybe the cosmic cube will blink and it will all have been a lie, or a dream or something.
  Meaning that all the terrible, offensive covers, character assassinations, deplorable rewrites and who knows what else is yet to come didn’t mean anything and never happened. All this horrible offensive stuff was just ‘shock marketing’ and a ‘PR stunt’. To get people talking about Marvel stuff just as Marvel movies are coming out.
  Talk  about pointless. (At it’s politest)

  So I am boycotting Marvel with the following exceptions; the last issue of Nova, and any Heroclix traited as Runaways for Mitch though those will represent past events and will be bought second hand so Marvel gets none of my money directly.
  Everything else is a big nope. No movies, no Clix packs, none of it. As a person giving Marvel the best benefit of the doubt this book is dangerous, vulgar, and potentially pointless. I don’t need to see their movies, or read their comics, or buy their branded merchandise.
  BY THE WAY if you see the movies without buying the comics you are still giving Marvel money and telling them you want more Marvel comics stuff. It says “No matter what you do in the comics that makes me so mad or upset I won’t buy them doesn’t matter cause you will still get my money anyhow.”

 I am not expecting anyone else to boycott and if you choose to or not to; you do you. I’m just telling you what I will be doing and why. Besides if Marvel finds some magical way to pull this out of the fire I can always see Guardians 2 or Spider-Man or whatever later…these aren’t things that will receive one time showings. My life doesn’t end if I don’t see them on the big screen.

 P.S. We had secret Hydra people really run the US already it was called Winter Soldier.

( @hellyeahteensuperheroes  @dorksidefiker )

Honestly, my biggest problem with 343i’s halo games is related more to the books.
It’s the fact they require you to read like three novels and five comics to understand what’s going on in halo 4. I understand it’s a jump of four years and much has changed, but they really could’ve explained that in a better way.

Unlike every halo game prior to it, it was required reading to check the extended universe, and that was a big factor into why people disliked halo 4.

Halo 2? You didn’t need to know how Chief got to Earth. Hell, it’s even alluded to when the armory gunny asks Johnson how he got back, and the response is “classified.” Nah, you can read how they got back – that’s the book First Strike. But is First Strike important to playing Halo 2? No, it wasn’t, so therefore it’s optional. Optional books to shooters makes a good extended universe while still having very accessible games.

Unfortunately, that’s where 343i fucked up – by making the books and comics mandatory, they forced the hands of a lot of their fan base while confusing the rest. That’s why so many people became disenfranchised with the halo series after halo 4. I have all the books and all the comics, yet I felt it as well. I have gone back and I understand halo 4 much better now; but that doesn’t stop the fact that I disliked the game for a long while simply because there was too much the game acted upon which had been ‘explained’ in book format.

Wonder Woman Review

I was questioning whether or not to do this, but on the advice of @byzantinefox and @bantarleton, I’ve decided to make a post addressing the events portrayed in the film. I’m not a film critic or scholar (my wondertrev buddy @twoquickdeaths could probably say more about those aspects of it than I could), but I am a history major with a great interest in the First World War. Hence, I will be addressing the events of the film, their historical context, and the way they are portrayed. WARNING: Spoilers below!

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anonymous asked:

I've been seriously traumatised by a comic book. I need some family fluff, don't even care if it's canon or an AU.

Less ‘family’, more ‘fluff’ in this case, Anon:


‘Follow the steps to the stars’, the note read, its linked script almost perfectly written across the cream page.

Climbing the steep steps, Claire tucked the last cryptic clue into the front pocket of her jeans. She had spent nearly half the night happily trotting all over Glasgow in search of these little snippets, each one more difficult than the last.

But knowing him as she did, it wasn’t hard for her to break the code and find the next.

With Valentines fast approaching, Claire had been eager to know what had been planned for her, but he had been incredibly savvy this year and had managed to keep it all a secret until the last minute.

She had started on the bench by the Clyde where they had first met all those months ago, worked her way through the city to the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art where he had taken her to a very strange opening on their first date and into Queen Street train station where they’d had their first kiss. He had carefully hidden all of his wee notes, a tiny Lindt chocolate buried in the centre of the paper –her favourites.

Now, twenty clues down and one to go, Claire found herself hiking through the very desolate mausoleum, the stars twinkling in the sky above her. Just as the clue had described.

Burrowing her frigid hands into the fur lined pockets of her coat, she pulled the thick material around her chest, her scarf dangling around her neck, swaying to and fro in the light evening breeze.

Ahead she could hear the light fluttering of music as it floated through the air towards her, guiding her forwards. The beautiful melodious piano cut through the silence, gradually getting louder and louder as she turned the final corner, weaving through the larger tombs as the ostentatious crypts began to dwarf her.

Reaching the central shrine, Claire’s heart picked up pace, the cold air prickling the back of her throat as she swallowed.

There, written in candles across the risen grass mound at the base of the thick brick tomb, lay a message that stole the oxygen from her lungs and caused moisture to spring in her eyes.

“Oh…my…” she sighed, her hands shaking uncontrollably as she pulled them from her pockets and rubbed her eyes, as if she might suddenly wake up to discover that it had all been a dream.

“It’s real, Claire,” Jamie whispered, stepping out from behind the crypt, a fresh bunch of chrysanthemums sitting prettily between his clasped hands. “What do ye say, sassenach, will ye?”

Glancing between the glowing words and Jamie, Claire shuffled her feet in the gravel, the sound of the crunching echoing in her ears as she breathed in a number of jagged breaths.

“But w-we’ve…” she began, trying to steady the thrum of her pulse.

“I ken that, aye? But does that really matter?”

Shaking her head, Claire closed the gap between them, letting the tears fall as she placed her cold hands over his warm ones, sniffling as she tried to find the words.

Behind them the small tea lights sparked, the wind dancing through the flames of the message that read:

‘Claire, will you marry me?’

Jesus…H Roosevelt Christ, Jamie Fraser. You’re mad. And I love the bones of you…”

“So, is that a–?”

“Yes,” she interrupted, not wanting him to impatiently take her acceptance from her, “it means yes, of course, yes…always *yes*.”

#WENEEDLOISLANE: A JOURNALIST’S PERSPECTIVE

So I’m coming in at the tail end of the hashtag-trending effort here, but as a journalist, I wanted to add my two cents.  

Lois Lane, for me, represents the kind of reporter I aspire to be.  I fall short, a lot, because even as a member of the comics press, doing real investigative journalism is tiring.  It requires you, sometimes, to confront your own closely-held beliefs about things you care about.  It requires honesty, and a willingness to look at the facts, rather than your feelings.

But I can look at Lois, and follow her example – especially the version of her we see in the DCEU.  She faces ethical dilemmas, conflicts of interest, and the simple fact that sometimes, she’s the only one willing to care about a story.  He strength comes from seeking out that truth.

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anonymous asked:

Stop talking about heteronormative BS, gay justice, whatever. Most people are straight, that's why most ships are straight. James is an annoying white knight nice guy, it's not cause he's black. Karamel is cannon in the comics, it's not cause the writers are homophobic. Calm the hell down. I like supercorp too. Ship it in piece. Stop throwing about bigotry name calling and watch the show cause you like it it cause of one gay couple and wanting more.

Hello pal if you don’t think heteronormativity and racism have anything to do with supercorp and karolsen than you need to read a book. If Lena Luthor was a man, they would be dating by now. A Super and a Luthor? falling in love despite their family history! And if you don’t see a problem with the writers abruptly ending karolsen in s2ep1 because Kara has suddenly changed her mind/as soon as the pod landed to make way for pretty fratboy. And one gay couple means they’re can’t be any more right? I mean bisexuality doesn’t exist?!

Gender Fluid Loki Matters

Al Ewing put a close to the amazing story arc started by Gillian for Loki. This amazing ending finally gave genderfluid people a character who was beyond the binary role they were placed at birth who came above it. Cut to only a few months later and Jason Aaron makes a terrible Loki design and writes Loki back as the wicked “man” that she had just escaped being. Now this Loki could not be the Loki that became goddess of stories escaping fate. This Loki could indeed be a new Loki created to fill the gap when 616 was remade. That said they sure do act like it is the Loki that had escaped their fate.

It’s like they are proud of the story but not of the results. With Loki 2016 announced, the Mighty Thor’s look at Loki, and Marvel’s editors constant refusal to address Loki as gender fluid. Now these could all come around and be good things but I just somehow doubt it (More so Marvel constantly needing to refer to Loki as different genders as different people). Loki’s story and evolution started from Kid Loki from Journey into Mystery is a powerful metaphor for what many genderfluid/non binary people experience in their lives.  This metaphor made Loki a powerful force for the community if only they had know it existed. Loki Agent of Asgard works hard to remind people Loki is non binary although Marvel never really helped people be aware of these facts.

Many non binary people are told they must make a choice, they were born this way and must live out life as this way they were born. Loki’s journey is the attempt to escape this in metaphor while allowing Loki to also be gender fluid in actuality too. Were often give a metaphor for being trans like X-men but without any kind of character that actually represents the group. We had finally in agent of Asgard see Loki flip genders, we see real representation with a very distinct visual. We also had it made clear with Odin as well as Loki that this isn’t just flipping forms like a shapeshifter. Loki says it’s still them in whatever state and Odin says “My child who is neither my daughter nor my son.” to clearly state Loki is neither gender. This is a very important part of making a metaphor also treat the marginalized group well.

So when Loki makes their escape from the fate of being Evil Loki becoming the goddess of stories we see how Loki finally won. Loki had never really been fighting Thor, Odin, Asgard, but fate itself. We see as Loki overcomes their struggle with having to chose who they would be, when Loki decides I am the goddess of stories, that’s who I am not taking the choices they were dealt before it’s an insanely important moment. Loki making this happen is able to escape the end of reality, is able to save good and evil, is able to scare away the oldest gods, is able to defeat evil Loki. This freedom shines in a moment that made me go, “That’s me, this is my hero, this is the person I want to see more of.”

Loki is my hero because Loki represents more than just tricks, quips, Tom Hiddleston’s career, Marvel’s best baddie but Loki represents a community of people who have long been told they don’t have the right to exist. Loki much like the god in Norse mythology truly is only bad because the others want them to be that way.  Loki as a person who has gone beyond that, who has gone beyond a binary morality, who has gone beyond a binary gender, that has gone beyond what we’re told. Loki gets to create their own story, Loki gets to give Loki the agency Loki needed. It’s stunning and wonderful and I feel like non binary people need this character. This is a character who deserves more books, this story arc matters, it’s the most interesting character I’ve ever had the pleasure to read and Loki is truly my hero. I can only hope one day my dream will come true.  

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mynameisriversong  asked:

My mother keeps stealing my Ms Marvel comics bc she's Pakistani even though she says she hates comic books and today she tried to take my spider Gwen comic after I explained what it was... the discovery that not all comic book heroes are white men was exciting to her but I fear I may never be able to read one in peace without her asking to borrow it again

she literally said “I don’t actually hate superheroes I just never saw myself in them until now” the first time she read a ms marvel comic and I was like that’s amazing but please give it back

That is freaking adorable. Now you just need to show her to a comic store, let her use her money on more Ms Marvel, and then borrow all of hers to read!

anonymous asked:

Since you are into marvel now. do you know other great artists?

Ohhhh you have come to the right place! I’m into marvel since i’m a little kid and even my sideblog is only for marvel. but yeah i need to draw them more. :)

Here are my favourite artists! 

@rosierin
Draws in such a cute style that i could cry at her sweet little tony. Also pokemon au’s and i love them! and look at the icons for every MCU character.

@cherryteddy
Really i squeal everytime i see new art from cherryteddy. My favourite are the tsum tsum drawings and also lots of stony. so perfect.

@dksartz
Draws really soft tonys that i would really like to hug! Also lots of Stony, too. And look at tiny fae tonee or tony in dresses! damn yes.

@alstonwiggles
What i can i say? Their art is perfect! For real i laugh so hard at their rhodey/tony comics who were part of the expressions challenge. Also the Clint and Natasha drawing about friendship. It’s love.

@tumbling-kyrill
Such a cute cute cute chibi style. i want to kiss the little tony. but im sure the little steve will do that for me. really makes me smile!

@twix208
Many comics. And i love every single one of them. Again Stony (im a sucker for that, sue me) and spideypool. also the superfamily comics are breaking my heart. in the best way.

@cazdraws
Caz draws so perfect. For real you wont believe it. My fave is the one with the steve bobblehead. Draws so many marvel characters and i’m sure you will love every single one!

@kayvsdoodles
Draws Tony a lot. And i love every single piece. Because for real this style looks so much like one of the best comic books i’ve ever read and is still so much kay that i would recognize it everywhere! King Tony and Knight Steve is my fave drawing in the world.

☀  @jian-lengyi
Okay. The little merman Tony is the cutest merman you will ever see. I mean seriously the drawings are so wonderful and awww. I need so much more!

@nakurumok
Just one word. perfect. the chibi style is so sweet and adorable. also lots of stony and even better avenger academy stony and with such cute ideas, that it makes me happy on a bad day!

@spaceliondad
blog from @ericamchan and @superjustice (you should check out both!) the comics are everything. sometimes i laugh myself to tears (the checklist comic with phil) and sometimes they’ll break my heart. worth it!

@teckmonky
Always makes me laugh with the avenger academy drawings. lots of tony and loki which is wonderful because they both are trying to be so cool (i mean they are) and so many jokes! Lovely!

@tantanlut
again wonderful cute drawings. superfamily and let me tell you the little peter is the cutest you’ll ever see! also a bit of angst and so much love in the drawings. i can’t!

@beir
Not sure how someone can draw so perfectly. but if you like bucky and tony you need to follow! seriously the drawings bring so much joy and giggles with them!

@suppiedoodles
Draw also avenger academy and lots of stony which is just wonderful. also very funny and has so many cute ideas. also check out the charms, they are wonderful!

@yukkoyy
wonderful art with incredible backgrounds. the flower shop au with steve and tony still kills me. i don’t think art can get any better than that!

@kairuru-art
my favourite chibi drawings to be honest. i just can’t because the tony is so cute that i want to steal him. but since the steve is cute as well, tony can be with his stebe. also CORGI TONY.

@ir0nshield
Such a cute chibi style. Draws traditional with pencils and i’m a goner for that. the chibis are really sweet and my favourite is sam to be honest. aw. also lots of cute au’s with tony in adorable outfits.

@kamaete-ink
Draws a really soft Tony that you will love! seriously. also the infinity war gauntlet comic follows me in my dreams. can break my heart in like two seconds with the wonderful comics.

@hello-shellhead
one of my absolutely faves. because the style is so unique. i can recognize it everywhere and its one of my fave tonys. also have you seen his eyelashes. amazing. AND when tony wears ginas clothes. best thing ever.

@kelslk-art
Just amazing. I love the way tony and steve seem always to blush (makes me blush, too!) also amazing drawings gifs and tony is just soo so soft. i’m in love with the art.

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So that’s it. Now i just realized i don’t follow them from this blog and i need to change that! But for real they are all amazing! :)
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Also if some pronouns are wrong, let me know. then i’m really sorry! love you all.
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anonymous asked:

sanvers for the ship ask?

Needs help opening their Popsicle?

maggie “it’s just a stupid popsicle how hard could it be” sawyer

Talks to questionable strangers?

maggie but mostly bc they look suspicious and she swears she’s seen half of them on the national city most wanted list

Snorts when they laugh?

maggie… i think this is canon tbh i think we heard it in 2x13?? the morning scene with the cards??

More likely to snicker and say ‘if you know what I mean?’

alex but its usually only to tease kara and james

Buys useless fandom merchandise?

alex is a fuckign comic book nerd she read them all throughout highschool and kara never understood her fascination with them bc she had all the powers the heroes did and she couldn’t use them like they did

Owns a piggybank?

maggie and it looks like this and her name is officer porkhouse

Asks to pet strangers’s dogs?

alex “oh my god he’s so cute honestly maggie when are we going to get a dog??” danvers

Sharpens candy canes to deadly points?

both of them, one christmas kara groans bc she just doesnt understand why they enjoy it so much and jokes that they should just play darts with the stupid things and now every christmas the winner of the family (its really just alex maggie and m’gann) candy cane dart contest gets an extra piece of pie at dinner

Give sticky kisses after eating a s'more?

alex for sure. she used to do it to annoy maggie but maggies come to enjoy it bc it means she gets to lick alexs face in a totally different circumstance

Buy an action figure with their face on it?

alex “look they even got my gun detail right!!” danvers

Buys valentine candy for themself?

tbh after 2x13 im p sure alex buys it for herself and for kara bc maggie thinks it’s still a bit silly and capitalistic 

Suggest to play hide-and-seek?

“alex for the last time it’s not called hide and seek it’s called going rogue, gosh.” (maggie)

Dress up for Halloween?

alex bc it means she gets to see maggie in her full uniform and alex gets to play the person she’s arrested. plus it’s fun not to be the good guy all the time

Babysit so they have an excuse to watch kids cartoons?

alex!! maggie just laughs bc “watching kara eat our entire cereal stash while you watch the power rangers isn’t babysitting, babe”

Sing random snatches of songs that are loosely connected to the conversation?

neither of them but kara sing songs to try and lighten the mood sometimes

Let a dog lick them for long periods of time?

alex “seriously maggie they’re like tiny bundles of sunshine” danvers

Wear nothing but there underwear around the house for a whole day?

alex would do it out of convenience but Maggie would do it on purpose just to tease alex

send me a ship?

anonymous asked:

Hi there! I'm sorry for the sudden question, but what do you think about the marriage between the line of Lucis and Oracle? While we haven't got enough canon materials from SE, before Noct and Luna, I assume that no one from the line of Lucis and Oracle ever married each other. Each have their own duty to the crystal and Astrals, so perhaps, each must preserve their lineage. Is it likely that Noct and Luna will marry each other, if it's not for the political setup from Niflheim? Thanks so much!

Hello! I love questions like this, so no need to apologize, Anon. I will try to answer this as unbiasedly and concisely as I can, so bear with me. 

First, let’s clear out this much: the Oracle and Lucian bloodlines have often mixed. I believe it was Gentiana who stated something along the lines (either to Lunafreya or Noctis) that often the Oracle and King found love in one another. It wasn’t always, but it did happen. I looked for a source of this, but I can’t remember at what point it happens in the game, so I’ll have to do some further research. If I find it, I’ll link it back here. 

Knowing that, it’s also worth mentioning that Ardyn was both Lucian and an oracle, which would mean that by technically, Ardyn is both of their ancestors, which would also mean that, by technicality, Lunafreya and Noctis once shared a bloodline. I’ll let you put the dots together from that point. 

As for what I think about it as a whole depends entirely on what specifically we’re referring to. If we’re thinking about it as just the king and oracle marrying despite having their own duties to fulfill to the crystal, I see no problems with it so long as they both understand that the other has their own fate and destiny to follow. It’s a little sad, actually, knowing that both won’t be able to live full, happy lives together, but so long as they are able to find peace in one another for a time, I think that is enough. 

If we’re talking about Lunafreya and Noctis specifically, I have to somewhat disagree with their marriage. I don’t believe that you can form the kind of relationship that they needed individually between communication through sticker book for twelve years. Lunafreya needed someone stronger than her, a pillar of strength, someone unafraid and ready to stand by her (see what I did there) to take on the world. At the young age of 20, Noctis was not that. Noctis was, by most standards, a child. He didn’t want the responsibility of being king, wasn’t ready to accept it, and likely only agreed to it because it was what his father wanted and it would bring peace to his kingdom, and by proxy, Tenebrae. 

Don’t get me wrong. I have absolutely zero doubt that Luna and Noct did love one another. I fully believe that they did. I do not, however, believe that the two of them were in love. There is a huge difference between loving someone and being in love with them. 

I’ve seen the argument from others that people maintain deeply seeded, loving relationships online all the time, and that it’s not any different than Noctis and Luna’s communication. It’s not entirely without validation, however, I think there are a lot of factors that haven’t been considered. For one, they haven’t seen one another in over a decade. They have changed drastically, and their habits and mannerisms and the way they live are factors that one can only really get a full feel for if they spend time together more than once a decade. Speaking from experience, the love that you have for someone, say online, is strong, beautiful, and fierce, but perhaps once you’ve spent more than a week with them in person, they might have a different effect on you. I’m not saying that’s always the case, but you can’t make that argument without considering that. 

Noctis just wanted to be a kid. He wanted to eat junk food, read comic books, take naps, and play video games with his best friend. Lunafreya was pure, tired, and desperately needed someone to lean on. While they could have been wonderful friends, I wholly believe that that’s all they were ever supposed to be, and thus have to say that no, I don’t think they would have married if Niflheim hadn’t gotten involved. Not because of their duties to their kingdoms and crystal, but simply because they were two different people who needed different things that the other could not have provided for one another at that age. 

That got a little long winded, but I hope I somehow was able to answer your question. I would love to know more about the oracle and king lineages, how the bloodlines became mixed, so on and so forth. Maybe we’ll get some insight to that in Ardyn’s DLC. 

Thanks so much for asking! 

I’ve seen this debate on my dash a few times....

Okay, so I’m going to try and word this as best as I can, with the help of some photos. This is probably going to be quite long, sorry. So there has been a debate on whether Comic Books and Graphic Novels are classed as actual books and if you can include them in reading challenges and photo challenges.

So, graphic novels and comics like these…. Personally, I think they are the same as books and you can include them in reading challenges. So I’m going to explain why I think that. Let’s compare shall we, lets get a book and a comic….

Hmmmm, maybe comparing Batman to a completely different story isn’t going to work….

That’s better. EXACTLY THE SAME STORY!! One’s just told through pictures and words instead of just words.

So this is exactly the same part in both books. But one needs a lot less words because you don’t have to explain the setting, environment, timing or emotions. All of that is shown through the pictures, which just leaves the basic dialogue. You still have to read, pay attention and think. It tells the same story and has exactly the same effect, the only difference is the fact you don’t need all of the description. Okay, so let’s compare two other completely different books….

….like these. The top one is a book and there is no debate on that at all. The second, is a comic/graphic novel and there is a debate on whether you can class that as a proper book…. lets have a closer look….

Okay, so the book has 80 pages that are all like this…. the comic is a lot thicker and…. wow…. that’s a lot of text. That is quite small. Surely, they can’t all be similar….

(Yes, these are all from the same comic. It includes old and newer comics that include The Riddler.) Oh wait, so that is still a lot of text. Actually, I think that is more than the actual books…. There is a lot to read and to take in. Yet, people still debate whether it is a book that you can include in a reading challenge….

Okay, let’s have a look at 2 other comics shall we….

Like these…. first up….

….The Killing Joke. Oh look, an introduction…. lots of words. Okay, so I admit, there isn’t as much reading as the previous comic. But, there is still quite a bit. But like I said, in comics there is no need to describe the settings etc…. I don’t really need to explain much more here. Just like in comics, the pictures speak for themselves.

Finally, Arkham Unhinged. This is actually the second one in a series of 4 (so far). Again, even less writing. But it is split into more comics after this. But, there is still a fair amount. I can’t show every page obviously, but there is probably the same amount as a short story. 

Okay, so that may not have been 100% clear as I’m not too good with wording things…. So let me try to sum up here….

1. Some comic/graphic novels actually have more words than some books.
2. A graphic novel don’t need to describe settings, the environment, weather, emotions, how characters look etc because the pictures do all of that. Leaving only the basic dialogue.
3. You still have to read them, understand them, pay attention, think, and the story is still told whether through pictures or words.
4. Picture books are classed as books and some people include them in reading challenges…. Picture books, with no word. But people still debate over comics….. that contain words.
5. IT STILL TELLS THE STORY!!

Comics are great for getting you out of reading slumps because they a quick to read and exciting. They are brilliant for just before bed, on the bus, in the car etc. Exactly the same as books. They help to get kids into reading. But saying that, they are brilliant for anyone, no matter age or gender. If you want to read comics, do it. Include them in reading challenges, include them in book photos. Read them, enjoy them, love them. 

DON’T LET ANYONE TELL YOU THAT JUST BECAUSE YOU READ COMICS, THAT YOU DON’T READ BOOKS. THEY STILL TELL A STORY.

Read what you want to :) Happy Reading!!