no but I’m dead serious you guys have no idea how important Villainous is to me now. I know it’s only been out like a week but just
my main fandom for the past ~5 years has been Gravity Falls, which officially ended a year and a half ago. this the last year we’re going to be getting any kind of new content related to it (Special Edition Journal 3 and Don’t Color This Book), provided official comics don’t happen (they’re possible but I’m not banking on them), so I’d say the fandom’s got maybe another year in its life span if we’re lucky. sad as it is to say these communities do die out once enough time has passed where there’s nothing new to talk about
but having a new fan community to be a part of once everyone else’s interest in GF fades isn’t the only reason I want this series to continue and be successful
Alan Ituriel isn’t some California native who went to CalArts and was practically born with a silver spoon in his mouth as far as having success in the animation industry which let’s be real for a sec is sadly almost everyone who becomes a big name in animation these days. he’s a guy from Mexico, a country with an essentially nonexistent animation industry, who’s been working and developing the concept/characters of Villainous for at least the past decade. there are drawings of Black Hat from as far back as 2007. this is his passion project and he’s finally being recognized for it, along with the rest of his crew, which I also need to add consists of a lot of women and LGBTQ+ people
before this if you were Mexican and wanted to go anywhere in animation you had to be like Jorge Gutierrez and somehow go to America and CalArts too. I’m not Mexican but I have lived on the east coast of the US my whole life which has a similar problem of not being LA/Burbank, Canada or France, aka the only places western animation appears to be made anymore
if Villainous becomes a Big Deal it’s going to be a victory for SO MANY PEOPLE who want to be animators. Mexicans/POC. Women. LGBTQ+ people. Literally anyone who isn’t a cis white straight male from California and was asked to pitch something to Disney right after graduating from CalArts at age 22. and I know that makes me sound like a stereotypical Artist For Social Justice (I’m sorry I’m Hella Queer, Not From California and Cartoons Are The Thing I Want To Do With My Life so I can’t help it) but if nothing else I think everyone can see the years of work and genuine dedication Mr. Ituriel has put into this and how much us creative folks can relate and connect with that. I can’t NOT love something that was made WITH as much love as Villainous
this is a huge gut-spilling ramble and I don’t even know how coherent it is but shit I just. love. Villainous. I love it so much. it gives me so much hope and inspiration. for so many reasons. I LOVE IT.