it takes effort to look strange

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‘What would they play?’ Life is Strange Ver.

Wowzers im actually capable of continuing a series. Here’s a lil extra:

edit: ^^^^dw thats not jefferson guys sorry if samuel looks like him :’D he’d play a much more fucked up game ofc…


More from this stupid idea: 

-Gintama ver

so we’ve seen those adorable underground messages yes? 

consider: a very irritable bilbo finding that his tube station has been shut for the day. he has to walk to the next one, which is crowded and horrible, and he is soaked from the rain outside, but then he catches sight of one of these, and he smiles, because its cheesy but lovely and just enough to take the edge off his terrible day. he doesn’t forget it, and a few days later he finds himself getting off the tube a stop early on the way to work, only to find another; it becomes a strange tradition of sorts, whenever he is running early, to look and grin and feel a bit better. of course he wonders who it is who is writing them, who it is that would put the effort it, who it is that has such lovely writing, sloping and a little jagged.

so one day he brings in a whiteboard marker, and pens a quick thank you after it. and the next time, a smiley face. a lyric in reply. a dancing stick man. it carries on for weeks: it gives him a strange sense of satisfaction. he isn’t that imaginative, but he does his best, and every few days or so he gets a reply from the unknown message leaver, slightly snarky jokes and more smiley faces in return. it brightens up his week, when those appear - and as the weeks go by he sees them more and more often.

and then one soggy Monday he pops in after work only to see a tall, dark haired man standing next to the board, smiling just a little. his nose is perhaps a little too big for his face, there are dark shadows under his eyes, and it’s clearly been a while since he’s shaved: he looks exhausted, but there is something about him that means that bilbo can’t stop looking at him; he hurries off soon after, and bilbo doesn’t try to stop him (the man’s name is thorin, but bilbo doesn’t know that yet: he’s on leave from work due to the cumulation of some mental health problems, and all he’s trying to do is put some positivity out there, to try and ease the guilt that he can’t quite get rid of for the things he’s said and done whilst not being in a good place).

then one day bilbo’s scribbling out a quote from aristotle and someone shouts out: it’s someone who works there, and he looks furious. he has a bit of a rant to a very apologetic bilbo: apparently these boards are supposed to be left blank (you know, for actual messages about underground services), but someone keeps writing on it, and they are proving too popular for the staff to clean away without complaints; but, he tells bilbo, they’ve finally received permission to take down the board. bilbo apologies for joining in, of course, and he’s disappointed, but he can’t help but wonder which strange member of the public it is that keeps trying to cheer up the rest of world with these vaguely illegal messages. 

he waits at the station from 6am the next day, even though it’s his day off. he watches a lot of people look at the place where the board was, and all of them read his sign, and laugh. but only one looks back around, frown across his face, scruff even thicker on his jaw than last time; he looks taken aback, and almost scared, but when bilbo catches his eye the corner of his mouth turns up, and he nods, just a little. 

“i’ve been replying to your messages for months, and i’d like to buy you a coffee, if you’re willing.”

{وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا وَإِنَّ اللهَ لَمَعَ المُحْسِنِينَ}

“And those who strive for Us - We will surely guide them to Our ways.” 29:69

Those who struggled for the sake of Allah to reach Him and to connect to Him. Those who bore what they had to bear on the road but did not relapse or despair. Those who were patient on the trials of the (desires) self and the trials of the (evil of) people. Those who carried their load of burden and walked on the long, hard, and strange road. These are the ones whom Allah will not leave to be alone, will not waste their faith, and will not forget their struggle. He will look down upon them from His lofty place and will please them. He will look upon their struggle and guide them even more. He will look at their effort to reach Him and He will take them by the hands. He will look at their patience and He will reward them the best of reward.

- Sayyid Qutub

12th century Vishnu idol in Hassan temple vulnerable to theft

Whether it is people using ancient Badami temple parapets to dry their clothes or people announcing their love on the walls of the Charminar, it is amazing how ruins can be treated with little care in India. Take the case of a heritage temple in Hassan district. There are no takers in the state’s Archaeology Department for the upkeep of a 12th century Hoysala temple dedicated to Vishnu.

Chakravarthi Krishnan, a 68-year old heritage enthusiast found the Rameswara temple in shambles during his trip to the temple on April 11. The temple that dates back to 1132 AD is neither recorded in any of the state Archaeological Department records, nor has any conservation efforts been carried out till date, enthusiasts say.

Strangely, the state’s Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage (DAMH) officials have not bothered to look into the matter even after the facts
were brought to their notice. Read more.

I HATE GYPCEROS. SO I KILLED THEM ALL. 

My new Gypceros Armor! I love the fatty armors in this game. tbh Siegmeyer from Dark Souls is to blame for this. i just really genuinely love strange and weird looking characters// armor and helmets.

Also on a side note, I wanted to mention that I just broke 1000 notes! O: and Im very humbled by this, and happy. To everyone who’s been <3ing or reblogging my art for more to see, I sincerely thank you all for taking that extra bit of effort to do so. Thank you for all the support everyone (:

Top 10 TV Series of 2015

So I’m finally forcing myself to do it close to a full month into 2016. Games list coming after I finish “Life is Strange.”

2015 was actually a ludicrously good year for TV. How good? Orange is the New Black actually didn’t make my top 10 this year and there wasn’t an appreciable drop in quality from last season. Some TV critics are calling this phenomenon “Peak TV.” There’s simply too much quality stuff out there if you take even the slightest effort to look for it. Which I did. So in horribly biased, non objective ascending order of how much I liked a series, here are 2015′s best.

10. Review with Forrest MacNeil - Comedy Central

At it’s heart, Review is a brutal, unrelenting satire of the degradation and self-deception of modern employment, Review also manages to be a similarly brutal satire of its various “Reviews” of life experiences rated on a five star scale by the ever over-committed Forrest MacNeil (Andy Daly). This is a show that elicits painful, guilty laughs at an unforgiving clip. I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone because many of the jokes hurt. But it’s also the show I laugh at with the greatest ease and most consistency, even as I hate myself and the universe for doing so.

9. Daredevil - Netflix

However much I like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I think the Marvel brand is actually better served by television. Comic books themselves are serialized and their stories work best when allowed time and episodes to unfold. While Agents of SHIELD is alternately excellent and the blandest thing on TV and while Agent Carter was generally very good, the Marvel formula really worked best on Netflix. This version of Daredevil is a grim and gritty crime saga with enough comic book grandiosity thrown in to remind us we’re in a superhero story. Charlie Cox owns Matt Murdoch in a way Ben Affleck never did and he carries a masochistic swagger into the role. Vincent D’onofrio is equally essential and game as the visionary Wilson Fiske who will rebuild Hell’s Kitchen even if he has to destroy it to do so. Throw in a great supporting cast and the best action sequences I’ve seen on television and you really can’t go wrong. Bring on the Punisher in season 2!


8. BoJack Horseman - Netflix

The story of a washed up sitcom star trying to become relevant again somehow manages to be an astute Hollywood Satire, and perhaps the most existentialist show on television. BoJack is a difficult character to like, and yet his mix of ambition and self-destructive hatred are all too relatable. He longs to feel worthy, but his own inability to move beyond his own sins and guilt often lead him to do wrong just to confirm to himself that he deserves to suffer. Sound bleak? Well, it is. But the show is also frequently hilarious. The Chicken episode alone makes the second season worth watching. And though Will Arnett is great, I can never mention this show without suggested that not casting Bob Saget as BoJack was a wasted opportunity.


7. Mad Men - AMC

While Mad Men went out with something closer to a wimper than a bang, its final season still shone above most other comers. Some characters ended up where they deserved, some didn’t. Some people evolved, others regressed to who they always were. And yet, even in its truncated half-season, the final seven episodes included moments of wit and grace that no other show on TV could manage. And I don’t think anyone will ever forget Peggy’s Power Walk.

6. Master of None - Netflix

I don’t know why I didn’t expect much from Aziz Ansari’s debut as a sitcom star. I’d watched every episode of “Parks and Recreation” and while I enjoyed his performance as Tom Haverford, I never got the feeling that he was the type of performer to play a lead. I was wrong. I also didn’t expect to see a sitcom in this day and age of crude, guilty laughs that was driven by honest compassion. Master of None is a show that loves its characters even as it laughs at them. It revels in differences while actually respecting them. It took time to demonstrate the joy of little things like a good barbecue sauce or a domino rally playset. I love sharp satire, but Master of None showed that comedy can dull its edges and actually be the better for it.

5. Jessica Jones - Netflix

I don’t know if Jessica Jones is an easy sell or a hard one. Best described as a feminist superhero noir, Jessica Jones features a deeply damaged protagonist who has to face her worst fears over and over and over again to protect people she cares about. And those fears? Kilgrave, perhaps the most loathsome, vile, disgusting villain to ever grace a television set. If the show has a flaw it’s that there is less story than there are episodes. But this show manages to have a heroine who is both strong and vulnerable without feeling like a checklist. Krysten Ritten deserves major points for bringing her plausibly to life. And I don’t think anyone will be able to see David Tennant the same way after Kilgrave.

4. Better Call Saul - AMC

Up against the seemingly impossible task of creating a spinoff of Breaking Bad, my personal favorite TV series ever, Vince Gilligan and co. actually manage to pull it off. Finding comedy and pathos in Jimmy McGill, the man who would be Saul Goodman, Better Call Saul managed to handle its tragicomic tone with aplomb. This series actually forced me to compare it to “On the Waterfront” based on a pivotal scene. All this built on a character who was basically Breaking Bad’s comic relief.


3. Fargo - FX

The first season of Fargo caught me off guard with its excellent mimicry of the Coen Bros. style while telling a similar yet different story of crime and hubris in snowy Minnesota. Yet somehow the second season managed to play down the mimicry while upping the mayhem and unpredictability. Fargo Season 2 was wild. Packed wall-to-wall with memorable characters, loaded with witty writing, and soaked in surprisingly well-earned pathos, this season proved that sometimes more can be more. 


2. The Leftovers - HBO

I almost cancelled HBO this year, but then I wouldn’t have been able to watch this show. Even considering Fargo, the Leftovers is the most ambitious show on television with its heavy themes of loss, faith and doubt in the face of unspeakable disaster. Most critics saw season 2 as a large improvement over season 1 while I saw it as more or less on par. Of course, I thought Season 1 was astonishing so that’s not damning with faint praise. Season 2′s relocation to Jarden, TX introduced new characters and brought in new themes and questions while still maintaining the first season’s frustrating refusal to answer the questions on everyone’s minds. Hell, the new opening credits taunted us with it before every episode. And yet this season managed to reward both faith and doubt in unexpected ways. It’s a difficult, often depressing watch. But I actually felt better after watching this season’s finale than I do watching shows that were more clearly intended to be heart-warming. Few shows walk us through so much pain to allow us to earn the sublime.

1. The Americans - FX

I was a baby when this show takes place, but I’m old enough to remember the sensation of living in the Cold War during the Reagan era. I remember the fear and the sense of having an absolute enemy who really could destroy us. I remember my father and older sister going to Washington to rally for the freedom of Soviet Jews. I remember the sense of the world exhaling when the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union was no more. The Americans understands the 1980s. It captures that particular paranoia. At the same time it questions the entire necessity and morality of the Cold War by showing how intensely dehumanizing the conflict was to those involved and to those who were caught as proxies in the crossfire. It portrays, with surprising sympathy, the agonizing realization that you are doing evil things that corrupt every single thing in your life and that in your future you can only hope to look forward to doing more of the same. At what point do the rationalizations collapse? Is it when your children die for no reason in wars far away? Or is it when they turn away from you in disgust? And, knowing what we know about when and how the Cold War ends, if you end up on the losing side, how do you tell yourself it was worth it?


Honorable Mentions:
- The Flash
- Star Wars Rebels
- Key and Peele
- Orange is the New Black
- Agent Carter

anonymous asked:

Ever consider stripping the Dr. Strange stuff out of your monster and lady pairing, and using them to publish something original? I think you've got something, and I know I'd pay for more.

I can not really say it’s that easy to do that. for me anyway.

the ‘beauty and the beast’ idea is hardly original. there are loads and loads of stories that invoke it. 

I can’t really ‘strip’ the Doctor Strange stuff out of it…because it’s a concept I’ve developed on them and around them..everything that stephen strange is…and same goes for clea….i worked into the concept..

i’ve put a lot of time and effort into it. how i draw them…composition…chemistry…why i chose out of all the things on this earth, that Stephen looks the way he does…

if i was to ‘cut out it being doctor strange’ I don’t really know right now where to take the concept. this eldritch horror and this woman. i’m not a writer, but I like to see and envision my ideas. But i’d feel i’d be stealing from this concept truthfully.  

I thought about the works from more than 20 years ago. How past writers have built and disassembled their relationship. 

When Hickman decided to do what he did with stephen in his run of Avengers/New Avengers, it inspired me to take a darker path…

In the end, this concept is entirely unique in it’s own way. It’s original to the character anyway. I just feel that we do need a ‘dark’ doctor strange story on the shelf one day.

wouldn’t you like to read something like that?

(Now that I’ve been kindly reminded to go into the settings and enable asks and such, I’ll be able to answer and display these things properly. So here’s the last Ask for Yavi that will have wonky formatting!)

ladyvaleriemalos said:

How does Yavi spend her days in the wild usually? What reasons bring her back to visit civilization, or can she live comfortable out in the wilderness without ever visiting?

Since her arrival in the isles, Yavi has spent much of her time exploring those strange lands. In her travels, she has come across a number of people looking for a hand in helping to thwart the legion’s efforts. It has been pretty routine for her assistance to be rewarded with the offer of a safe place to rest and some basic provisions, and occasionally gold, which has provided her with plenty to get by on. So far the huntress has had no need to take a contract job.

It would be fairly easy for Yavi to survive without ever leaving the wilds, but civilization does have its conveniences. Usually, the only thing that causes Yavi to visit a city is a need to find work or restock on basic supplies. As mentioned above, she’s doing well in the isles and has had no reason to visit Dalaran or any of the settlements she has come across there so far. She’ll travel to Dal eventually to clean and do maintenance on her gear, and to pick up whatever she needs to build the various engineering contraptions she’s been pondering. In the past she would have spent some time in the city’s pubs, looking for company, but she currently has no desire to do so. That is new and strange behavior for Yavi, and is something that she’s doing her best to process.