i think i have like 10 copies of this

On History and Dinner

Summary: A non athletic!Jack fic, where grad student and history nerd, Jack Zimmermann meets the cute Samwell student/baker Eric Bittle at the Bread and Butter Bakery.  Picks up right after On History and Pie.  Jack takes a chance and meets Bitty for dinner. It’s their first date.  A collaboration with the wonderful @zim-tits​ featuring her lovely artwork. Also on AO3

Bitty was closing up shop for the evening at Bread and Buttery Bakery when he heard a small tap. Lardo smiled as she looked through the large picture window and saw who was standing on the other side.

“It’s your boy, Bitty,” she said.

He glanced and saw Jack standing outside as he waved shyly.

Chowder unlocked and opened the door. “Welcome! Come on in.”

“Thanks,” Jack said as he came in slowly, looking at Bitty with a soft smile.

Bitty closed the register and smiled in return as he walked from behind the counter toward Jack.

“Hi, Jack.”

“Hi, Eric. Bitty.”

The two wordlessly stared at one another, smiling. Lardo, taking pity on them, cleared her throat, “Uh, Chowder, can you help me with something in back?”

Chowder frowned disappointed he wasn’t going to be able to watch.

“Sure, Lardo.”

“You came,” Bitty said. “Thanks for that. Thanks for trusting me.”

“My uncle says… well, never mind, but I’m the one that should be saying thanks – for the shortbread. It was really good.”

“Really good? I was aiming for so amazing it would make you wanna slap your mama but then again, I’m sure you love your mama, so really good will do.”

Jack laughed softly, “I do. So, are you… that is… if you’re still interested…”

“Jack, would you like to go grab something to eat?”

Jack smiled, relieved that Bitty had taken the lead.

“Yes, I’d like that.”

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anonymous asked:

Have you watched Attack on Titan?

Yup! It’s one of my top favourite animes I think ^_^

I actually once gave a copy of this piece to Dan and Phil, with them drawn as soldiers! Here’s a photo of me giving it to them (just cuz it was one of my proudest moments - Phil even recognized it bc 10 days previously he’d liked it on Twitter aaaah) 


My first tutorial! 

Musical instruments are harrrd, and often I find little mistakes when I look at other people’s drawings (that probably only someone who knows their way around instruments would notice). I think most of the thimes that’s because the artist doesn’t know that the way an hand is positioned or the head is tilted are key to playing said instrument.
Kinda like what would happen if I had to draw machinery: sure, I could copy what I see in a reference, but if I have no idea why the pieces are connected a certain way and what they do I’d likely get something wrong!

So since I’ve been studying music and seeing other musicians for some 10 years I decided to try and give a few pointers on the topic (as I said tho, if I do another one it probably won’t be as detailed). Let me know if this was useful!

What the fuck did you just fucking say about Veronica, you fucking Heather? I’ll have you know I’ve been through 10 high schools, and my father is Big Bud Dean and we’ve blown up over 300 buildings. I’ve been trained to make your death look like a suicide.  You are nothing to me but just another Heather. I will copy your handwriting with the precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Earth, mark my fucking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit about Veronica? Think again, fucker. As we speak, I am writing in your copy of Moby Dick and plotting your suicide so you better prepare for the storm, mouthbreather.  The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your life.  You’re fucking dead, jock.  I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can write the best suicide note you’ve ever read. Not only do I have access to “Ich Luge” bullets, but I have access to TNT and I will use it to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little shit.  If only you could have known what unholy retribution your “clever” rumors were about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue.  But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re paying the price, you goddamn idiot.  I will make sure you never make it to senior prom.  You’re just like Heather, kiddo.
—  Jason Dean from Heathers, probably
4:52 P.M

Johnny Boy, 4:53 P.M
y/n has a secret???
Coolest Guy, 4:53 P.M
You, 4:54 P.M
I don’t have a secret yuta is overacting
Mountain Man, 4:54 P.M

Or alternatively, NCT 127 find out your soulmate is one of them and they question you about it in your group chat.

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10 post-rock bands you should check out that aren't Explosions in the Sky (music megapost)

Sorry A) for that Buzzfeed-fucking-esque title and B) for anyone who thinks I’m trying to start beef with EITS. I enjoy the band, and won’t deny that they are pioneers of sorts for the post-rock genre (at least the post-rock that I’m referring to), but I feel like they’re the only post-rock band that most people have heard of/listen to (thanks Friday Night Lights/high school jocks), when there’s so much great shit out there. In a genre overcrowded with unoriginality, formulaic song structures, and shit that is just straight-up boring, here are 10 of my favorite post-rock bands that I think deserve more love ((even though a couple are defunct) included are youtube links to a sample song):

*Also, I don’t know how to embed Youtube vids here (this is a “text”) post; I hope you don’t mind copying/pasting

1. Red Sparowes

This band is first on my list (though I’m not trying to order them in any way necessarily) because they’re responsible for re-kindling my interest in the genre; I’d had “At the Soundless Dawn” on my laptop for some time, but hadn’t listened to it in its entirety (in spite of the fact that I’m such a huge fan of their guitarist, Emma Ruth Rundle’s solo work). Okay, so three words:  pedal steel guitar. If you thought that shit was reserved for country/americana bands, think again. Red Sparowes make it work for dark post-rock too.

The Soundless Dawn Came Alive as Cities Began to Mark the Horizon


2. Giants

Oddly, the first post-rock band I ever got into (think they were friends with some midwest hardcore bands and I heard about them through them). The band’s broken up (I think), but I always thought they put out just as quality shit as the greats like EITS, Godspeed!, Mogwai, Mono, etc. There’s nothing extraordinary about them, but I think everything about all the songs on their 2008 EP, “Old Stories,” are perfect. The atmosphere they generate is unbelievable, the emotions they’ll make you feel are unexpected, and the crescendos are jaw-dropping. Listen to this shit at nighttime.

While the Ages Steal


3. God is an Astronaut

Great post-rock band from Ireland. They have a pretty extensive discography, but the record I always have and probably always will keep coming back to is “All is Violent, All is Bright.” The range of emotions you’ll experience through this album is intense; the opener “Fragile,” is uplifting (albeit heartbreaking in the best way possible), but the second track on the album (the title track, which I’m linking) is melancholic as fuck. Perfect music for driving through the forest (as are most of the bands I’m including here; these cliches are basically interchangeable but whatever I don’t really know how ta talk music).

All is Violent, All is Bright


4. Everett

I think this two-piece only ever put out one 4-song EP (correct me if I’m wrong) but it holds a lot of value to me and I used to play it ever night at work around 1:30 while closing. Again, nothing special, but the songs are simple and charming. Lots of pianos, lots of synths. Also, half of the band consists of Dallas Taylor (from Underoath/Maylene and the Sons of Disaster). I think this is the best thing he’s ever done.

The Crown


5. Gifts from Enola

Virginian post-rock band that I believe is now defunct. Their ability to create ethereal, delicate atmosphere with their ambient parts, but create freneticism in the same song with fast tempos and heavy guitars is pretty fucking unreal. In the song I’m linking, the part that starts at 4:20 (total coincidence) marked by that tempo change and the soaring leads is one of my favorite parts of any song ever.



6. Kwoon

Post-rock band from France, which is definitely on the more melancholic/darker side of the genre (peep that album artwork). Admittedly, I need to listen to them more, but the song I’m linking blows me away. It starts off pretty slow (and eerie I think, if you can appreciate that) but the apex and second half of the song are unbelievable (talk about payoff), even though the production isn’t that great.

Eternal Jellyfish Ballet


7. …Of Sinking Ships

This started out as the side project of Chad Waldrup from Hopesfall before he left the band. He put an amazing full length in 2006 (…Of Sinking Ships), was quiet for a while, then put out another LP this year (The Amaranthine Sea) with a dude from HRVRD (I think?) who is now in the band. The 2014 is a breath of fresh air for the genre; it’s a “theme” album (listen to it in order, and read the song titles in order). However, I feel like it more follows the cliche’s of post-rock than the 2006 EP, in which jangly guitars dance over mid-tempo beats. Here’s my favorite song from that album:

The Circumstances


8. Godspeed You! Black Emperor

If you don’t listen to GY!BE, then you’re fucking up. Chances are you’ve already heard them but might not know it (if you’ve seen the movie 28 Days Later, an edited song of theirs plays after that dude wakes up in the beginning, while he’s running around in a post-apocalyptic London). Most of the music they play is morbidly dark, and is perfect for when you’re feeling at all fucked in the head. The build-ups are intense and insane (lose your mind kinda shit) and they are probably the most original band I’m posting here. Their songs are basically all 20 minutes long, but they never waste a minute on shit songwriting.

East Hastings


9. Caspian

Another exemplar for the post-rock genre. I don’t listen to their previous stuff a whole lot, but their 2013 LP, “Waking Season” was fucking perfect. The tracks were great individually, but the way the album flows as a whole makes so much sense it’s fucking insane. Like Gifts from Enola, they’re able to write diverse songs without things sounding weird. Linking you the closing track on the album (it’s one of my favorite songs in any genre ever).

Fire Made Flesh


10. This Will Destroy You

I’ve been riding this band’s jock hard for years and I don’t think I’ll ever stop. One of my favorite bands (fuck I’m saying the same thing over and over again huh?). Will not bog this description down with the same shit (take basically everything I said about the other bands; they probably also apply here), but will instead post an anecdote from when I saw them at Fun Fun Fun fest. So I was on the bus, and was supposed to arrive at the venue like 10 minutes before they played. However, even though several people requested a stop, the bus driver forgot or some shit, and drove all the way across the river (cause the venue stop was the last one before the river), and he ended up dropping us off almost a mile away from the venue. So I fucking sprinted to their set in 8 minutes (an achievement for me) and got there like 30 seconds into their first song. I almost threw up right away (I waited until after their set and did it in a bathroom), but it was so fucking worth it. Check out their 2014 LP “Another Language.”



Wow, definitely did not intend on writing this much. Hope you guys check some of this shit out. What are other great post-rock bands?

I want you ( Namjoon X Reader)

Originally posted by trash-for-bangtan

A/n: so I don’t know how to feel about this one but it is done. I would have liked it to be a little bit longer but it is what it is. I just hope that you all enjoy it. Feedback is always welcome; requests are still open so don’t be shy, and as always if you want to request something with a different gender, body type or skin tone, those are always welcome I am more than willing to do that for you. If you want one of my published works with the reader of a different gender, body type or skin tone please let me know I will make write another copy with more specific details to what you request. Ok, enough rambling let’s just get on to the drabble.~Zero

Prompt Numbers: 90, 92, 95

Type: Fluff + Arranged Marriage Au!

Rated: pg-10 (like one or two curse words)

Read time: 2 to 3 minutes

Word count: 570 (I know I know it’s very short


Y/N’s P.O.V

“Are you jealous?” I ask my fiancé Namjoon. I know what you are thinking ‘OMFG you are so lucky’ well here is the thing we didn’t necessarily want this, our parents did so what they decided goes. We have only been engaged for about a month.

When I didn’t get an answer to my question I decide to start talking again. “ Look Joonie, You can’t even be jealous he was just an old friend, who may I add is already married with kids.”

Still, on getting an answer, I finally get fed up with this silent treatment. “Namjoon why are you ignoring me? What did I do wrong?” I question.

“You did nothing wrong. I am just a little bit angry with the way that guy was looking at you.” Namjoon replied while playing with his straw that is in his half-full glass.

“Why? You shouldn’t be, it’s not like you want me anyway, you’re just stuck with me because of our parents.” I state what I thought was the truth while looking down towards the mahogany table.

“Y/N that is the biggest god damn lie I have ever heard,” Namjoon says.

“What do you mean?” I ask while not even lifting my head up to make eye contact.

“Y/n/n just because our parents are making us together don’t mean that I don’t want you, Y/N we have only been engaged for a month and god I am already so in love with you and everything you do, it’s not even funny. Arranged marriage or not Y/N I want you.” Joonie replies while gently lifting up my head by my chin until my e/c orbs meet with his beautiful brown eyes.

“ I thought you didn’t want me,” I state while pulling the taller male into a warm embrace.

“Y/N, I want you so much you don’t even realize it. Even if we got separated for any reason or we got into a freak accident I just want you to know that it will always be you, you’re the one who I belong to and with forever. So please don’t you dare think or let anyone, I mean ANYone tell you different. You are my love, my world, and my whole existence. I love you so much, baby.” Namjoon says while slightly rocking us back and forth.

“I love you too Namjoon, I promise I will never leave you if I can help it,” I reply while sniffling.

Namjoon puts away from the embrace to look at my face, and I guess that I was crying because he had a look of concern on his face while he gently wiped the tears that I hadn’t realized were falling down my cheeks.

“Why are you crying baby?” I get asked while joonie leaned his forehead against mine.

“ think they are tears of happiness because that was the sweetest and nicest thing any guy has ever said to me,” I say while looking deeply into Namjoon’s eyes.

Smiling at each other he starts to lean in, so I lean forward too and soon our lips were touching. Kissing Namjoon was always my favorite because his kisses are always different, right now they are slow and sweet.I  can’t help but wonder what it would be like to kiss him in the near future when we are a  married couple.






Syaoran’s disappointed politeness is the funniest thing to me.


I’m also laughing really hard because the copy of Tsubasa I have in my hands uses the word “Hunde” and I have no idea what that means - but the version here on screen uses the word FUNT. 


Meanwhile I would almost like the name ‘Soldart’ if it didn’t sound like ‘Rondart’ and then immediately ruin my fun time.

 hello friends! so, school begins again for me and a lot of others tomorrow – exciting, right? or terrifying, depending on how you look at it. anyway, i’ve been spending my day sorting out my school bag and i thought i’d make a little post on some essential items everyone should have in their backpack!

no.1 – the bag itself! i have the ecocity classic college backpack (i think that’s the brand anyway) and it is really good! the straps are comfortable and easily adjustable, there’s loads of room in the bag which is great for me because i have to carry huge folders, and the materials used are all completely eco-friendly! it is a little on the pricey side but there are great sales sometimes.

no.2 – pencilcase it doesn’t really matter what pencilcase you get (mine’s just a bog standard one from smiths), but the most important thing is to make sure you have a big enough case! it’s always good to have extra pens, pencils, rubbers etc. in case one breaks or someone ‘borrows’ something of yours for an indefinite amount of time. i also have some cute matching sticky notes!

no.3 – planner this is probably my most important possession! i use my planner to record everything from homework to birthdays to books to read so i always make sure to have a big planner with lots of space to write in! luckily this one fits the bill and it goes with everything else! win-win. plus, i can use it to carry my ever growing sticker collection

no.4 – the Mom Bag this is my everything bag that is affectionately known to my friends as the Mom Bag! it holds skincare stuff, plasters, hair ties, sweets, paracetamol – all of the little bits and pieces i could need in the school day. i really recommend that everyone has something like this in their bag, it’s so useful and practical and literally will save your life on a daily basis.

no.5 – notetaking supplies my basic notetaking kit is a perforated A4 book of lined paper and some flashcards. simple, but very effective.

no.6 – coffee cup! now i’m in the sixth form we get a little kitchen and coffee is necessary for survival when you have 20 essays to write. again, i love this cup because it matches so perfectly!

no.7 – highlighters kind of an add-on to the notetaking tools, but i thought it worth mentioning that these are pastel coloured highlighters and completely adorable. i think they’re stabilo ones?

no.8 – umbrella this is england. it’s going to rain, and i don’t want to look like a drowned rat.

no.9 – purse pretty self-explanatory, but incredibly important. always have emergency bus fares on you, people!

no.10 – house keys always, always, always carry a copy of your house keys, just in case. i use some pretty ribbon to tie mine to the lining of my back so they don’t get lost!

and there we have it! my back-to-school basics. obviously i carry around other things as well, but these are the important bits i always make sure to have with me. please feel free to add your suggestions/need-to-have items!

anonymous asked:

Redesign one of your LEAST favorite aliens!

Never liked Fasttrack, he just looked a like a malnourished luchador with copy and paste XLR8 powers. I liked the more Cheetah-like features fans have done with their own interpretation of the design. This would be more of a 15/16 year old form, not his 10/11 year old form. 

As for powers, I think he’s still somewhat slower than XLR8, but still fast enough to leave behind light ribbons (similar to the light cycles from Tron). They’d sorta act as barriers that’d last a while, until Ben transforms back of course. Other than than, he still has trouble stopping quickly (unlike XLR8), but uses this ability to basically hurl himself like a wrecking ball by his abrupt stops, knocking over opponents. 

All right, my newest obsession is Dragon Age: Inquisition. I played Dragon Age: Origins years ago when it first came out but found it difficult to get into the second game. I found a copy of DAI on sale for the PS4 (for, like, $10? I think?), so even though I have a VERY hard time playing things on the console I thought I’d give it a shot. (I suffer from vertigo and motion sickness. I am incapable of playing Fallout 4 on the PS4, and DAI is … challenging, but doable, so far.)

Scrolling through Tumblr blogs, I’m thinking for sure I’m going to end up with a wicked crush on Cullen or maybe Blackwall or Josephine, but nope. The person who does it for me is the kinky pansexual one-eyed grey-skinned giant with dragon horns on his head and the truly hideous trousers.

Fuck YES. Bring on the Iron Bull. (He likes the article.)

Risen (Stiles Romance Sequel) ~Chapter 5~

Originally posted by bohensmile

The police sirens chimed and echoed through the night sky as various patrol cars sped their way through the highway. I gripped at the two front seats tighter as I tried to hold back my anticipation. At the driver’s seat, Stiles’ grip tightened around the steering wheel as he floored on the gas pedal.

Unit five heading Northwest on Crescent, reporting an incredibly large—something!” Deputy Clark’s voice chimed in through Stiles’ police scanner.

Unit nine to dispatch,” another voice began. “I think I’ve got eyes on the same thing. Some kind of rabid animal.” Stiles turned over to his best friend, whose eyes only widened at the description.

Unit five to nine,” Clark began. “Trust me. That’s no animal.”

Unit six to dispatch. We’ve got a situation downtown, multiple fatalities,” another deputy voiced through.

Copy. Medics on the way. Do you have a perfect sight, unit six?

Negative. It looks like a 10-91E. Animal attack.

10-4. Can you say what kind of animal?

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Scorpio Races

I finished Scorpio Races last week so now I’m going to share my thoughts on it. What I liked: 1) Puck and Sean’s character development 2) It’s not a romance book but it has romance in it 3) Thisby 4) The mythology of the water horses made modern 5) The imagery 6) The plot and conflict with was developed and realistic.

I would have loved to know more about the history of Thisby and the water horses; I also would have preferred the book to be longer but that’s just me being a greedy reader. 

ALSO, for everyone who loves The Scorpio Races, you should dig up a copy of Blind Beauty by K.M. Peyton! It’s one of my all-time favorite books and incredibly similar to TSR. I would 11/10 recommend that you read this book and then let me know what you think so we can fangirl over it together!

The “Wasteful-pillager”?

I was milling around and found out that French Once-ler’s name was “Le Gash-pilleur”

So I checked the dictionary to see if there’s any word in French that sounded similar and…

Poor French Once-ler’s name is just an h and a hypen away from being literally “wasteful person”. I mean, his English name probably does have a similar meaning, but at least it’s subtler in its unkindness!

And although I couldn’t find anything for “gash” alone (there’s probably a similar sounding word out there I’m missing), I could find something for “pilleur” alone.

(heh, “pillager” reminds me of pirates!)

French Once-ler’s mom 0/10 kind naming for your kid. Like wow, did you have a grudge against him when he was born? Brett, Chet, and then he’s the one stuck with this name!

During the time I could find a copy of European French (not sure the name translation is the same for Canadian French) version of the Lorax, “Oncie” is “Gashpie”.

(I think the name is very suitable as a translated name for him though. I wonder about how other languages translated his name if they did.)

*looking for follower mods*

what i end up finding:

  • Mods for Pedos
  • Mods that claim to not ‘be like other followers’ but then are exactly the same as other followers(ie. ‘we’re not like those big buff manly men, btw dont get this mod if you dont like big buff manly men’)
  • Follower packs with like 10 followers that all have the same face
  • The exact same character copied and pasted by completely different modders
  • a million ‘women’ characters put into slave/sexy/damsel positions
  • male followers created by people who have no understanding of what male-loving people like to see in men

honestly i feel the need to throw my hat into the ring now more then ever :\

GOT Thoughts 7x03

·      Here we go…

·      JON!!!!

·      Haha the sass from Jon and Tyrion

·      I love Davos

·      Aww Tyrion asking about Sansa

·      Hahaha all the northerners drop to the ground and they all sit their smirking

·      I’m glad she’s leaving

·      I want Arya to see her again and kill her

·      Jkvkbj.agrwudnjfow;a

·      Hahaha Jon’s like what do I do She has so many titles

·      Davos “This is Jon Snow…”

·      I love Daenerys

·      She’s not the last Targaryen…

·      Jon seems so awkward in front of her

·      She’s looking at Tyrion like who the fuck did you bring me

·      Davos coming in with Jon’s background

·      Now he’s like shit I gave away too much

·      Oooooh Jon standing up to Daenerys

·      So Theon finally got his ass tugged out of the water

·      Kind of hoped it would have been Gendry who found him

·      Fucking liar you didn’t try

·      And they all know it

·      Fucking Euron

·      AWW Yara, Ellaria and Irri

·      Of course Euron has to be so extra by riding a horse into the throne room

·      I’m scared to see what Cersie is going to do to them

·      Jamie is not happy that she just agreed to marry Euron

·      Euron asking for advice haha

·      He has literally come just to piss off Jamie

·      I think she’s going to have the Mountain crush her daughter’s head

·      I hate her but I do feel bad for her (Cersie)

·      Aaaannnnnd the feeling is gone….

·      Ellaria’s abs tho

·      Oooooh called it…even though she’s not going through with it

·      Damn Cersie

·      Sooooo more incest sex…

·      If they weren’t twins this wake up scene would actually be sweet

·      Well…Cersie really knows how to talk her way out of a situation

·      Hahaha Tyrion and Jon having a Brood off

·      I love how they talk about stuff back in Season 1 and keep it in sync

·      “I know it’s a good question I’m looking for an answer”


·      Tyrion trying to persuade Daenerys about Jon

·      OOOOOH the Knife thing!!!!

·      AAAHHH Jon and Daenerys alone together

·      They are both so stubborn

·      Baelish needs to get the fuck away from Sansa

·      Sansa is good at this whole leadership thing…

·      Baelish needs to go die in a hole

·      And here we go with Petyr trying to manipulate her again

·      Yoooo this better be Arya

·      Its Bran… okay I’m not that mad…its still a Stark Reunion

·      Ahsfkjhsadifh I’m screaming!!!

·      But where the fuck is Arya?!!?!?!

·      How does Bran get home faster than she does???

·      Sansa’s like WTF is the 3 eyed raven

·      Sansa’s is like holy shit he knows!!!

·      I hope Bran reveals all the shit that Baelish did to everyone and then Jon will kill him

·      Soooo did Sam heal Jorah?

·      “The climate”

·      Still don’t ship him and Daenerys

·      Haha Sam just being like its pretty simple I just read the damn book

·      When you think you’ll get a reward but nope you have to copy hundreds of scrolls and books

·      Literally just want someone to tell them that they have a weapon to kill a dragon

·      Cause I really don’t want any of them to die

·      Haha YAAAASSS using the sewers!!!!!

·      Unsullied are going to kick ass!!!!

·      “Give me 10 good men and I’ll impregnate the bitch”

·      YAAASSSS Greyworm

·      Soooo we found Euron’s ships…

·      Dammmit Bronn… go see Tyrion and pledge to Daenerys

·      Great so Daenerys lost more of her fleet

·      Shit Olenna’s next…

·      “He really was a cunt wasn’t he”

·      I hope Olenna confesses to killing Joffery

·      Maybe she’ll turn Jamie against Cersie

·      I think this is what will start to build the doubt in Jamie’s head about Cersie

·      At least he’s being nice about killing her

·      Yooo she just freaking downs it


·      Now he’s like fuck I should have made her death painful

every time i see a post about adam ellis like 90% of the comments are defending him and its like ??????? hes a mediocre artist that copy pastes most his comics n makes relatableTM jokes n gets paid for doing the bare minimum while other ppl have to settle for $5 comissions on stuff they spent like 3 hrs on and hes a grown adult like i think as an adult professional artist he can handle some criticisms

like some ppl on this site get mad when ppl dare to ask for more than $10 on their art and when their art gets stolen are like “well u shouldnt put it on the internet :/” but are totally willing to defend mediocre white dude artist who doesnt even know them

anonymous asked:

I'm an Ichiruki forever and ever more, and I love your "If you love Bleach, you love Ichigo and Rukia and their bond" so much. But I am scratching my head at the comments about cancelation and the production company trying to rewrite stuff? Everything Kubo had said ever since the ending makes it clear this is how he wanted the story to go.

I completely understand, that for an IR or an IH fan, that part was a little–not incorrectly written–but maybe over-assumed. I was even thinking of recon and re-wording it , but it had received about 30 notes as soon as I had checked it once more so I figured it would be a little cheap to change it by that point. It was a ‘if it’s wrong I’m going to own up to it’ mental approach.

Let’s understand that Bleach has always been the least popular of the Big 3 (One Piece, Naruto, Bleach is the exact order of popularity), but unlike Oda and Kishimoto, Kubo fell off hard. After the defeat of Aizen,  if you want a precise pinpoint look to Chapter 423 Farewell Swords, Bleach tanked (popularity became almost stagnant (with small dips)  fairly soon after the S.S. Arc though). 

Of course fans stuck around for awhile to see where the series would go, but the Full-Bringer arc was a drag and the purpose of it (which was irrefutably important) was introduced way too late for people to care. The characters people cared about and wanted to see most, the Shinigami (the entire reason Tite Kubo decided to draw Bleach), were gone without mention for too long. 

Still, Bleach was more popular than 99% of any other manga ever, but it was the worst off in terms of what it was being compared to.  Bleach has sold over 87 million copies world-wide. Each (paperback) volume is priced at about $7-$10 or so (I believe). Kubo garnered around $609 million-$870 million for SJ and himself (I don’t know in the slightest how the cash is split). This isn’t counting the movies, the anime, the novels, the data books, etc. I’m just giving you the roughest estimate I can think of. 

With all that success I could see why you would be suspicious and when you consider most mangaka have to maintain a second job to make ends meet, it looks like I’m spewing crap.

But, to give you a sense of reality, Kishimoto has sold over 220 million copies total and Oda has sold over 345 million copies so far. Do the math and check the net worth’s. There is a minimal $931 million difference compared to Naruto and a minimal $1.8 billion dollar difference compared to One Piece. And the math is on a basis of a $7 paperback manga sale only (hardcover volumes can be nearly twice as much). $10 is the more likely price and there are novels, movies, data books, etc. we must consider on top of it all.

Kubo is severely lacking against mangakas he is supposed to be in the same league as.

Let me repeat, Bleach tanked. It started going down as low as hell. 

The anime was cancelled for piss-poor viewership. The fillers were constant and part of the reason is that Bleach (the manga) was so slow to progress and that progression was so lack-luster nothing could be done to maintain it.  (To compare, people hated Naruto fillers as well, but the plot in the manga was being handled well enough to maintain strong publicity, people knew what was coming was good).

The manga sales also dropped exponentially and SJ caring about Bleach dropped with them. To understand you should also know that Naruto had a decline in popularity up until it’s finale, but the sales still went up (this just means the graph of profit wasn’t as steep). 

There’s a thing in business and marketing that has to do with the factor of ‘potential.’ From a marketing standpoint, a plateau or a decrease in popularity (despite the possibility of the object under scrutiny doing better than most other objects on the company roster…which Bleach was not managing to do) marks it as having relatively zero value. “We’ve already got the best you have to offer us, so we aren’t as inclined to accommodate and care about you or your product anymore. Instead we’re going to market things that we can still milk for full potential” type of thing.

And (based on Eiichiro Oda who addressed this issue in a SBS of Volume 47): manga rankings (of which we only know at a 7 week margin) are left to the dictation and preference (I’d be forward enough to assume) of the publication’s Editor-in-Chief.

Reader: Oda! My older brother tells me that the comics in Jump magazine run in the order of their popularity. Is that true?! 

Oda: That’s a good question from a Jump reader. I get these questions quite often actually. That’s not exactly how it works. The Jump publication’s Editor-in-Chief chooses the order every week. But of course, the popular ones do have a tendency to run in the front. That Editor-in-Chief promotes certain comics on certain weeks depending on the mood. To be specific, the order is intended to “maximize the enjoyment of the reading public.” But it’s up to you to read in whatever order you want!

Do I need to comment on which rank Bleach was in the pecking order?

Bleach was officially labeled a gag-manga by the Jump….do you think that’s because it was a company favorite? That it’s ranking was high? Shounen Jump labeled it as a straight-up joke, a comedy. It’s a complete spit in the face.

By now, do you kind of see how Bleach was? At least from a cold-calculus business standpoint? Especially considering One Piece and Naruto were the measuring sticks Bleach was being held against?

Anime cancelled, manga popularity and sales drop, Kubo constantly being ill and “feeling as though he was failing, the story wasn’t moving, always thinking of pulling the plug.” 

Any other manga selling by Bleach’s standards would have tanked years prior. The investment required (again I’m speaking from a strictly business standpoint) is not worth the profit or lack there of being collected.

Then when the biggest, baddest battle, the climax, the closing that required the most attention and advertisement came about…..a sudden 5 chapter limit was placed with no real reason as to why.

Really, truly we have no other option than to conclude Jump finally lost it’s patience. 

And it’s a completely reasonable notion to assume Kubo fucked his own creation even more because he himself was screwed out of his 15 year long manga. It’s a common fault in human thought. When something hurts you, especially business wise, you bite back. Obviously, Jump is going to be well-off without Kubo, but Bleach still is and will always be tied to SJ, so if you fuck up an ending and you have no real profit to lose, you simply dirty the name of your publication brand. 

It’s elementary psychology and it’s a well-observed pattern. It doesn’t make anybody a baby, it’s a logical assumption and a premeditated denial from the appeased side of an audience. 

I mean,the very last volume had worse sales than the very first chapter. 

I wish I was lying but every source, all the research, says I’m right. Here are some sources: (x)(x)(x)(x)(x)

(some don’t have the best credibility because of the audience, but they all correlate and tell of the same data and they can be (and have been) cross-checked. This is just the only way to limit hundreds of websites to 4-5, but let me know if you want more).

I looked for every source I could find to shed positive light, but because Bleach’s quality fell so horribly, so did the anime, so did the sales, so did the fan’s commitment, so did SJ’s patience, so did the respect. I just don’t have any little bit of good news to give you.

It’s not being exaggerated AT ALL how desperately Bleach has been hanging on to it’s lifeline. The anger is justified, the disappointment has merit, and the realization is being fought out in the only concrete concept we have–the canon ships (of which were cheaply defended by saying, “well shit it’s because Ichigo’s and Rukia’s mini-me’s should meet” (also utter crap when you look at the manga where the importance of the next generation was never, not even once the goal of the narrative, was not seen as important, and was not even mentioned).

And it is absolutely bullshit to think for even one second this crap was Kubo’s intended. Nothing original holds for 15 years. 

  • Rukia was the original main character
  • Bleach was originally Snipe
  • Ichigo has a completely different look
  • Renji was originally implied to be a Kuchiki and had zanpakuto of a different name
  • The hierarchical structure of Soul Society didn’t exist in beginning intentions of the manga
  • Kubo, in his take, works “characters first and then plot will come naturally”
  • The final battle was most likely originally created for Ichigo and Rukia (check the Sand & Rotator poems labeling the two as the Matching Powers,Yhwach bringing the poems back into relevance, and that whole “Kurosaki…Kuchiki”  line).
  • Kubo not completing his list of wishes/promises
  • Kubo literally admitting he felt he was failing as a mangaka, he thought of pulling the plug, it sucked, he wasn’t doing what he wanted, etc.
  • Kubo not even planning to be involved in the final novels
  • A few hundred loose-ends (not even the small nuances that make for top-notch story-telling, it’s as shallow as we don’t know if half of the characters are dead or alive)
  • I could list so damn many, but this legendary, literary mess was not Tite Kubo’s intention. You’d have to be so obtuse, complacent, and imbecilic to believe that.

I’m not going to tell you what the man wanted, given I don’t know myself, but what I could do is safely bet my right leg it wasn’t this.

anonymous asked:

I've been trying pretty hard to get my name out there, but have found little success. I get so much rejection letters, no feedback, and few notes. How can someone that has so much working against them find confidence in their art when, logically, everything is tell them that they're terrible? I can't even get freelance or commissions. It all feels very hopeless and I get depressed about trying to envision a successful future. Thanks.

Okay, so. Bear with me. That’s a hard question and one that I struggled with for a really long time. I think that first of all, the best you can do right now is to consistently put out your best work and a lot of it. Persevere. I know it sucks. I know. To completely level with you, I feel like I’m doing pretty well with the whole “posting art on the internet” game– and I STILL barely get commissions. I got two last week. That’s more than I’ve had in six months. I can get thousands of notes on each of my comics and still, not a whole lot of cash coming in.

I think the best thing for you to do right now is make sure that YOU like your art. If you’re not getting feedback or the attention that you want, focus on yourself. Make stuff that you love. Become a great artist in your eyes. People will (eventually) notice. If you take pride in your work, other people will too. Be confident. Better yet, fake it. Fake it until you’re annoying yourself with how positive you’re being. (You’re not going to come off as arrogant. Don’t worry about that.) It’s easier than it sounds and it works wonders (I’ll talk about this more in a hot sec!). If you present your art like it’s an awful thing that doesn’t deserve to be looked at, well, people are gonna treat it exactly like that. But if you respect yourself and your art, so will other people. Beyond that…

  • Break it down: focus on what you’re good at. Identify your strengths, even if that feels like a stretch to you, even if it feels like you’re grasping at straws. Celebrate them. That’s awesome. I’m happy for you.
  • …and then focus on what you’re bad at. What don’t you like about your art? What do you think you can improve on? Don’t just throw out a blanket “it all sucks”. Be specific. Identify one or two things and try to figure out how you can get better at those things. Can’t draw hands? Do studies. Do lots of studies. Fill an entire sketchbook with studies of hands. Stuck only drawing ¾ view busts? Force yourself to draw some dynamic poses. Go in public, draw everyone you see. Draw people sitting. Draw people moving. Use pixelovely. Use posemaniacs. Use quickposes. Unhappy with your colors? Research color theory. Pick colors from nature. Use sites like kuler and moviesincolor for inspiration. Do master studies. You catch my drift. Anything you think you’re bad at can be remedied with hours and hours and hours of studies and research, I guarantee it. You’re not gonna get better if you don’t practice.
  • Practice positive-self talk (this goes along with the whole “faking it” thing). Self-talk affects how you take in the world. The cool thing about self-talk is that understanding how to alter the way you think about situations can help you manage anxiety about your art. Negative self-talk (”I suck” “All evidence points to me being terrible” “I’m never gonna make it”) hurts you. The really shitty thing (well. one of them) about negative self-talk is that it makes you more avoidant– the more you tell yourself you’re bad, the more you’re going to avoid, y’know, actually doing something about the thing you feel bad about. So, there’s this book called The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook (you can get it for $3 btw. like. sidenote. if you have anxiety and/or depression OR if you’re just a nervous nelly like me, this book is a fucking gift.) that has en entire chapter on self-talk and I wish I could just copy/paste it here for you to read, but I can’t, so I’m summarizing. Start trying to take notice of negative self-talk. Catch yourself. Start questioning it. Is this true? Do I have hard evidence? Am I being objective? Write down the bad thing you’re thinking. Break it down for yourself, because 9 times out of 10, it’s totally untrue. Here, let me show you.
  • “I’m terrible at art.” So, let’s check out our evidence: you’re getting rejection letters, no feedback, and few notes. Rejection letters happen to everybody. Having been on the hiring end a few times now, I can say that 99% of the time you’re rejecting people, it’s not because they’re bad– it’s because they’re not exactly what you’re looking for OR someone else has a lot more experience. I know it’s hard not to take that personally, but it’s just A Shitty Thing That Happens Sometimes. So, that doesn’t mean you’re terrible. No feedback? Hey, at least people aren’t knocking your door down to tell you that your art sucks. Small victories. Doesn’t mean you’re terrible, just that people don’t have anything useful to share, that’s more on them than it is on you. That’s fine. You’ll get past that. (And if you really need good feedback on your art, I’d recommend checking out something like the concept art forum’s critique center or, if you’re able, taking a class with others. Anon, if you’re willing to message me privately, I’d be happy to give you a critique!) And finally, notes don’t mean much. Maybe the right people aren’t seeing it. Maybe the art isn’t “shareable” enough, maybe you’re not posting at peak hours, maybe this, maybe that. Doesn’t make it not good. Everyone starts with 0 followers, every piece has to start with 0 notes. Anyways, none of these things support the statement “I”m terrible at art”, so we can determine that that statement is needlessly negative.
  • The next step is to come up with a counterstatement– something you can tell yourself to transform that negative self-talk into something positive. So, in light of that last bullet, let’s say it’s something like, “I’m not terrible at art. I’m trying my hardest and doing my best. Every time I draw I improve, regardless of whether the internet is noticing. I notice, and that’s what matters.“
  • Keep telling yourself that. Write it down. If you want, you can make it into a pretty sign and hang it above your workspace. Keep noticing negative self-talk, question it, come up with a counterstatement. Write it all down.
  • Affirmations help, too. Here are some examples: I am an amazing artist, I am dedicated and hard-working, I am extremely creative, I can and WILL make beautiful things, I am getting stronger and better every day, I love creating things, being positive will make me a better, more confident artist, etc. etc. etc. (here’s a HUGE list of them). Get in front of a mirror and say it like you mean it. Do it every day. Write these down, too. Internalize that shit. If you don’t mean it now, you will soon.

I hope this all makes sense. I hope it helps. Best of luck out there. xx