I was re-watching Say Uncle recently since the show is coming back in two weeks and I really don’t have a lot going on while I’m looking for a job. Now, as I was watching through it something caught my eye that made my theory senses tingle.
Obviously, Say Uncle isn’t canon, but the fact of the matter is that it exists, so if it’s not explicitly canon it is at the very least a part of it’s own canon: an alternate universe where the events of SU still take place up until that point, but in which Say Uncle is canon as well
Now back to what I saw that piqued my interest. The frames were brief but there was enough time to pick out a list of individuals who Uncle Grandpa had helped out prior to the episode
For the sake of brevity I’m not going to include all of the, but among those listed are characters from Dexters Lab, the Powerpuff Girls, Ed Edd ‘n Eddy, and The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.Basically, Uncle Grandpa has met with pretty much every Cartoon Network character since the mid 90′s.From this we can conclude that this episode’s universe overlaps in some way or another with the multiverses of each of these shows, and this is huge news, because it means the things those shows overlap with are are also in the same multiverse.
For the first branch, let’s go with Billy and Mandy, because that’s the smaller one and when I say this is huge I’m not exaggerating. If anything i’m endaggerating, this shit is goddamn brobdingnagian.
Now, this should go without saying for those of you who watched this growing up, but for those of you who didn’t or just don’t remember very well, but Billy and Mandy takes place the the Lovecraft Mythos, with Billy having summoned both Cthulhu and Yog’Sothoth at different points in the show. The Lovecraft mythos, which has been added to by horror writers for almost a century is nothing short of enormous. Even non-horror series have had Cthulhu appear before, including South Park, Rick and Morty, and Gravity Falls (the last two of those also intersect with each other directly, as Grunkle Stan’s mug entered a portal in the latter, only to emerge from one of rick’s portals in the former)
At this point ladies, gentlemen and assorted third parties, we are no longer in the mere scope of Steven Universe, but if you thought we were done here, you’ve got a whole other thing coming. I’ll leave Gravity Falls for later, because what it connects to is kind of the cherry on top of everything for me.
Okay, Powerpuff Girls. Where is this going to go you may be wondering? Well fucking watch this
Okay, wait, please come back!
I know, I know, the nu!PPG and TTG are probably the most hated cartoons on the planet right now but let’s be real here. This isn’t the first time the Powerpuff Girls and DC comics have overlapped. The girls met the Justice League in the original series (along with Major Glory from Dexter’s Lab), and DC has been producing the PPG comics for years now. This is just the only image I could find that has both on screen together, and this is where things get interesting
The DC comics multiverse, home of Superman, Wonder Woman, and every iconic super hero or heroine who’s had a god awful movie in the past few years, is massive, and has crossed over with almost every huge universe in some way or another. Hell, even Marvel is in there. Deadpool and Deathstroke are canonically different versions of the same guy.
You realize what this means don’t you? Your LarsXTony Stark slash fic is canonically viable! Also this thing is only still growing. As of late, DC has added the Watchmen to the total canon
And the silver age batman has met Scooby Doo.
As of Mystery Incorporated, all Hanna Barberra cartoons such as the Flintstones, the Jetsons, Johnny Quest and even The Venture Bros are part of the same multiverse, which means that what we were calling the “Steven Multiverse” now includes all of DC, Marvel, Cartoon Network, the Lovecraft Mythos (including the works of Stephen King). And can you believe we still have more?
Duck Dodgers is an honorary Green Lantern, which at this point may not even phase you, but once Warner Brothers gets added to the mix, things star getting weird, and mind you, this is weirdness in a multiverse where Steven Universe exists somewhere alongside Rorshach.
See, with the introduction of the Warner Brothers and all they entail, we now have to contend with the world of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, where Daffy Duck appears alongside Donald as an actor portraying his cartoon self, which just raises more questions about this megaverse’s own ontology. Who the fuck expected to be gaslighted by Jessica Rabbit?
If it’s any consolation, the megaverse doesn’t give a fuck, since now that Disney is in there, we can add in Final Fantasy by way of Kingdom Hearts
At this point this has just gotten ridiculous. Between Steven Universe, Kingdom Hearts, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Gravity Falls, Rick and Morty the Powerpuff Girls, and lord knows what else, half the fucking fandoms on this shitty website now take place in the same universe. For fuck’s sake, Space Jam and Steven King’s IT now take place in the same multiverse! At this point, the only thing left to do is give you that cherry on top I promised in the beginning.
Remember how I mentioned I was saving Gravity Falls for last? Well, here’s the fucking roots of the iceberg. See, this show isn’t the only place where Gravity Falls appears. It’s a minor detail snuck in by a background artist and found by a redditor, but there is one last map on which gravity falls is marked, and it’s found on the wall of noted conspiracy theorist…
wait for it…
Jude Harley, from Hiveswap, the long-awaited Homestuck game due to come out next January. Yes, you heard me, Homestuck’s in there too!
Despite the mountain’s brittle screams and wails of condemnation, making every effort to throw this evil into cold oblivion, in the hopes to drown it in the relentless storms that carried their rage.
This wraith persisted, defied, fought through the obstacles the mountains presented to it. Serpentine, were the movements. But it was far from graceful, there was no grace in describing such a abomination. With every step, climbing ever closer to the place where this creature’s previous life began.
A ledge he found, in the frozen peaks he stood. Anchored to the cliff face he saw through the snow-blanched veil and glimpsed monumental structures in the distance.
The mountains could not hide such secrets from him and alas the curtain fell.
Flags dancing with the winds atop spires of gold, brick work as white as the snow that fell. Chimes, songs of the pure. He heard them. Yes he heard them.
It stirred something in his thoughts, deja vu brought on by the memories of the day he first looked upon this place. Kamar-Taj.
For a moment his body shook, feathered mantel ruffled, spine cracked and the black eyeless snakes that licked and clung to his shadow and his form, wreathed in excitement….he could smell the magic that emanated from it.
Multitudes of piecing eyes revealed themselves in the folds of his cloak….something foul clung to the stark figure like a parasite. He was wrought with something incurable, something wretched.
But….he had returned baptised in the blood of the Old Gods…
It was only a matter of time before the old magus reached the holy ground and consumed the light there as well…..
for he only knew of the abyss…and slept in the dreams of his masters who dwell there.
1. I scan the ink drawing, which was on two pieces of A3 copy paper. The scanner warps a little at the join, so there’s some manual reconnecting of lines using the pen tool in Clip Studio Paint, on the G-pen preset.
2. I lay in basic flat colour areas to consolidate the main masses and shape relationships, again using the pen and eraser tools.
3. I begin sculpting out some form detail in the hand. This is still with the pen and eraser tools. At this stage, I use the gradient tool to throw some hue variation across certain areas of the skin. I’m also constantly changing the hue of the background—this activity will continue right up until the final stages of development.
4. Further detail in the form, trying to communicate the masses accurately while following what the ink work is suggesting.
He found himself trudging through the blistering cold wastes of the Himalayan mountains, to return to the place his journey began, where he found enlightenment, Kamar-Taj.
But things had changed, he had changed….something dark, grim and sinister was making its way to the spiritual lands of transcendence….
He had descended…far…so far that the person who made these footsteps years ago had disappeared into the void of darkness.
A wraith now glides through these lands….seeking…
…on the whispers of his masters, fathomless, endless…they echo in his mind like the howling gusts of wind that threaten to pull him down and bury him. It is as if the mountains themselves could sense the darkness that walks their paths and they screamed defiance at the necromancer….The Night’s shade….the Child of the Old Gods…..
They will not allow this corrupted infant reach the holy place.
It is forbidden….
But to their dismay, despite their howls and bellows of condemnation, their divine winds, the volatile blanket of snow that covered them. The creature still moved, still persisted, stared into the vale of glacial curtains with frightening determination ….eyes that only saw the abyss and only knew of which.
Tendrils of darkness were spreading over the land. It was only a matter of time before his presence was felt of the place he once called sanctuary.
His features gaunt, pale, his skin looked to be stretched over his body….something was festering…something was hiding under there…
climbing, climbing without relent….clawing at the mountain’s side with savage ability and vicious rebellion. The crude black fabric, shades of oil and teal, the feathers that adorn his shoulders shook and ruffled in the high winds….It trailed behind like a mass of tails, twitching and coiling. An unnatural sentience.
One might glimpse aspects of the old gods…see through the disguise…
see the nameless ones….pull and seep from under it…
a demon was approaching….
an abomination….wearing a crude and mangled visage of a once great and noble sorcerer…