not getting over how pretty this show is

Based on the Friday night prompt game from @whenimaunicorn. Thank you so much for this awesome prompt, and also for letting me submit it super late! Sorry it’s so long, it took a turn I didn’t expect when I started writing it :)

It was my older sister, Ingibjorg, who suggested the game. It was played fairly often in our own kingdom, but nobody in Kattegat seemed to know it, and she cackled in delight. “My sister will show you how it’s done, then.” She motioned to me. “I need three volunteers.” Nobody moved, unwilling to get in over their heads. “Brave enough to stand in a shield wall, but not brave enough to play a little drinking game? What kind of place is this?” She raised her eyebrows, and then the horn of mead in her hand. “Maybe not deep enough in your cups yet?” As if to demonstrate, she drained her mead. “Look how pretty Thora is. Do you really think she would hurt you?”

A deep chuckle sounded as the first volunteer stepped forward. He was tall, and his long braid fell midway down his back. “We’ve seen her on the battlefield, Ingibjorg. We have reason to hesitate, but I will play.”

“Is Ubbe the bravest of the sons of Ragnar, then?” Ingibjorg challenged. Immediately, Sigurd set down his ute and stood, always eager to prove himself worthy of his father. Ivar dragged himself forward as well, smirking first at me and then up at his brother, “I can’t let dear Sigurd have all the fun.” Ingibjorg dragged three chairs and set them up in a line, and the brothers sat.

She grinned at me, wagging her eyebrows suggestively. “Not a bad selection, little sister.” She raised her voice to explain the rules, “The boys will close their eyes, and they are not to move. Thora will choose one to lick, one to slap, and one to fondle. Does everyone agree to these rules?”

“So we cannot respond?” Ubbe asked. Ingibjorg considered this. “You may respond a little, to keep things interesting. But keep in mind you will all get turns later, too.” He nodded in approval, and Ingibjorg continued, “Close your eyes, and let’s begin!” They obeyed, and I considered the choices before me. I knew only a little of the brothers, since this was my first time raiding with them, but what I did know made my decision a little easier. I certainly knew who deserved the slap.

I walked over to Ubbe, sitting still with his hands resting on his knees, and bent my face to his. I let my warm breath tease him for a moment, and enjoyed the pungent scent of mead on his breath, sweet enough to make me a little giddy. I moved slightly to the side and slowly dragged the tip of my tongue along the sculpted line of his jaw, up the center of his chin, and to his lips. They were warm and full, parted either in surprise or pleasure, and I traced their outline. His tongue darted out to gently touch mine, and I laughed. He winked, chuckling warmly, as I pulled away.

Sigurd sat in the next chair, making him the natural choice for my next victim. I stopped in front of him and bent a little, running a hand through the soft curls, and tugged lightly on one of his braids. Next I ran my hands down his shoulders and chest, the coarse fabric of his shirt not concealing the lean strength of the muscles beneath it. I moved my hands to his arms, stopped at his hands, and squeezed the calloused fingers. He squeezed back gently, then released my hands and opened his eyes to grin at me, triumphant because he knew what was coming. His rivalry with Ivar was well known.

I stepped to the last chair. Even with his eyes closed Ivar looked dangerous, but I was confident in my choice. The slap rang out sharply, a faint stinging beginning in my palm, and Ivar struck like a snake. He used his arms to launch himself at me, and I barely had time to move out of his way. He barreled into me like a runaway horse, and his momentum carried us to the wooden floor in a tangled, flailing heap. He quickly writhed loose and pulled himself on top of me, gaining the advantage. As he pinned me, I realized those seemingly useless legs actually made a great deadweight. That was also where the weakness would lie, though.

“To whom are you loyal?” He growled, face hovering above mine. Pressed this close, I could smell the warm musky scent of him, woodsmoke and leather and a little sweat. His breath smelled like mead,sweet and hot, and I hated the unexpected coil of desire stirring in my belly. Damn this bastard, and damn mead, that infamous loosener of legs. His blue eyes bored into me, seeming almost black with fury as he awaited an answer.

“King Finehair.” My voice trembled a little at the word king, and he smirked. Did he think I was scared of him, or did he know the true reason? It didn’t seem to matter, because he pressed his advantage by bringing one hand to my throat and applying light pressure, just enough to be uncomfortable. A small edge of fear and anger mingled with the unexpected lust, but it only seemed to strengthen it. How much had I drunk tonight?

“If you swear loyalty to me instead, I will forgive the insult you have given me.” He pressed harder, showing his advantage, but a plan was forming in my mead-fogged mind.

“Never,” my voice rasped painfully around his hand. “What good is loyalty if it changes like the tides?” As I spoke, I slowly bent one knee, trying to get my heel to the floor and get some leverage. I could see him considering my words. “Would you consider fighting for me, Thora, if your king,” he sneered the words, “decided not to raid?”

“Perhaps, or maybe I would like a taste of peace.” I bent my leg further. He was too focused on keeping his grip tight on my throat and my arms pinned to my sides to notice. He lowered his face closer to mine, his mead-sweet breath brushing my dry lips.”Do you fear me, Thora?”

I shrugged, as much as my position would allow. “Not greatly.” His icy eyes narrowed, piercing me, and that was when I made my move. I used my bent leg as leverage to flip us, and landed on top of him with a dull thud as a surprised cry escaped his lips. Although I had my knees digging painfully into his ribs, he had a vicelike grip on my upper arms. He growled low in his throat and yanked me roughly to him, and he kissed me.

There was nothing soft in that kiss, anger and insult and desire giving easy way to an animal lust and the taste of blood as he bit my lip. The copper tang of my blood mixed with the sweetness of the mead on his lips, and I couldn’t stop the small, hungry gasp that flew from my lips. He groaned quietly, pressing his mouth hard to mine. His angry lips demanded submission, which I refused to give. He broke off the kiss, his lips and surrounding skin reddened with my blood, and pushed me roughly offof his chest. “Someday, Thora, you will submit to me.”

My heart pounded like Thor’s hammer as Ingibjorg hanged me a horn of mead, and I drained it in long gulps. It stung the cut on my lip and reminded me of the taste of Ivar’s mouth. I couldn’t get rid of the taste of blood and Ivar. I choked and nearly spat out the mead when he turned to my sister and asked sweetly, “When is my turn?”

kara, being the supportive puppy she is, probably makes the next sister night super gay. she bakes rainbow cupcakes and googles gay movies and tv shows with happy endings to make up for the dozens of heteronormative romcoms alex has watched with her over the years

they end up watching stuff like imagine me and you and san junipero. kara gets super invested and at one point she catches herself thinking about how pretty some actress is and how she kinda looks like lena and how pretty lena is and then she’s like Now wait just a diddly darn minute…

the following sister night she comes out to alex as bi

When The Signs Like Someone

Check Venus and Sun

Aries: Pretty much shows off a bit around them and tries to be near them.

Taurus: Genuinely cares about how their crush feels.

Gemini: Blushes a lot around them and jokes around with them.

Cancer: Gives them subtle hints and acts sweet around them

Leo: Gets a little jealous and protective over them.

Virgo: Denies that they like them over and over but smiles a lot around them.

Libra: Checks them out from afar and teases them.

Scorpio: Attempts to flirt with them and stares at them.

Sagittarius: Likes having deep convos with them.

Capricorn: Acts very cute and cuddly around them without realizing it.

Aquarius: Gives them compliments and acts very nice around them.

Pisces: Looks for them a lot and acts shy around them.

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Ok so I had this au idea thing in my mind for idk how long and it just makes me so excited to show you all so yeah… here it is! Victuuri fire emblem fates au~ O////w////O. 

Yuuri is a prince from Hoshido and he’s an archer (like Takumi) and he also has long hair bc omg I need Yuuri with long hair so bad //////. He’s pretty skilled with his bow but on crucial points during battles his nerves and uncertainty get in the way. The thoughts that one day he will lead Hoshido scares him and he doesn’t think he has it in him to take over that role. 
On the other hand we have Victor, prince of Nohr and he’s a paladin (like Xander). Victor is known as one of the best warriors out there, but having been in the spotlight for so long, he’s longing for other things in life.
There is no conflict between Hoshido and Nohr and one day, Victor has to visit Hoshido for the first time for some agreements and trade discussions and that’s when he meets Yuuri for the first time in real life in the cherry blossom field.
It will be a visit neither of them will forget~

part 1 - part 2 - part 3 - part 4 - part 5 - part 6 - part 7 - part 8 - part 9 - …

the asriel coffee drive is OVER!

… actually, it was over a few hours ago, but i was busy! so, how far did you all get?

The Coffee Saga: Part 17

wha-!? WOW! you guys got asriel into pretty much all of the coffee goals. i am utterly speechless. this is AMAZING. in this last stretch, an extremely generous coffee crusader even pushed through a few more goals! huge, huge thanks to you. let’s see what those goals are.

  • 650 coffees:
    chara and asriel show frisk how cooking is done
  • 675 coffees:
    chara, asriel, and frisk SOLVE WORLD HUNGER 
  • 699 coffees:
    35 year old frisk marrying 36 year old chara – asriel is there
  • 729 coffees:
    chara makes lasagne for asriel – wearing the infamous naked apron 

asriel was already in the 650 goal, but now he’s being added to the following three as well! you’re just 19 coffees until the next goal, too.

  • 750 coffees:
    asriel showing off his “chaos saber” to chara
    NSFW!

… which, as it would happen, is also relevant to asriel! 

i really don’t have the words to express our gratitude. we’ll keep working as hard as we can for all of you!! thank you so much! this huge amount of coffee art will take time to complete between the comic pages, but we will work diligently as always. on that note, the first completed coffee art featuring asriel goes up later today! 


asriel coffee drive: the results

you all accomplished a LOT. here’s a list of all the goals that were hit, all of which will include asriel thanks to your overwhelming generosity and support!

  • 329 coffees:
    chara, asriel, and frisk doing jojo poses (jojo’s bizarre adventure crossover)
    Status: [100% Complete]
  • 350 coffees:
    chara in a wedding dress – asriel is there, too
    Status: [Pending]
  • 379 coffees:
    chara, asriel, and frisk have a pokemon battle (pokemon crossover)
    Status: [Pending]
  • 399 coffees:
    anon sucking the caretaker’s “spike”… feat. asriel?
    Status: [Pending] NSFW!
  • 429 coffees:
    chara, frisk, and asriel dressed as OFF characters (OFF crossover)
    Status: [Pending]
  • 450 coffees:
    frisk and 13-year-old-anon practice for the nose nuzzling championship (feat. asriel practicing for the championship as well)
    Status: [Pending]
  • 479 coffees:
    something gravity falls related (gravity falls crossover) feat. asriel
    Status: [Pending]
  • 499 coffees:
    frisk eating the totally safe pie, feat. asriel
    Status: [Pending]
  • 529 coffees:
    female chara “spiking” male chara  – now with 100% more asriel
    Status: [Pending] NSFW!
  • 550 coffees:
    chara REALLY loves books (and asriel?)
    Status: [Pending] NSFW!
  • 579 coffees:
    frisk, chara, and asriel as sora, riku, and kairi (kingdom hearts crossover)
    Status: [Pending]
  • 599 coffees:
    chara x spike becomes real (feat. asriel)
    Status: [Pending] NSFW!

  • 629 coffees:
    steven meets frisk. chara meets yellow diamond, asriel meets… someone else (steven universe crossover)
    Status: [Pending]
  • 650 coffees:
    chara and asriel show frisk how cooking is done
    Status: [Pending]
  • 675 coffees:
    chara, asriel, and frisk SOLVE WORLD HUNGER
    Status: [Pending]
  • 699 coffees:
    35 year old frisk marrying 36 year old chara – asriel is there
    Status: [Pending]
  • 729 coffees:
    chara makes lasagne for asriel – wearing the infamous naked apron
    Status: [Pending]

that’s seventeen pieces of art that will include asriel, all thanks to you guys. this is phenomenal! 

at the end of it all, we’d like to once again thank kyle, our coffee crusaders, brilliant baristas, and everyone else who supported the cause for this hot goat. thank you so, so much!

Virginity | G-Dragon x You

About: G-Dragon & You.
Cameos: The rest of Big Bang.
Point of View: You, the reader.
Rated: M.

Summary: Part of the “virginity” series.

Note: So I was talking about doing a challenge of writing five different scenarios, one for each guy of you losing your virginity to them and how they would make the experience! Sooo… here is the first one! Have some G-Dragon! It’s pretty long so get ready to reaaddd. lol. Sorry if there’s any mistakes, I actually wrote this one pretty fast, so yeah, sorry if it’s lacking.

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Do you ever find yourself watching something multiple times and having your mind blown every single time by how gosh darn good it is? ‘Cause like…

…all of those half-hour episodes from WOY season 2? Hokey smoke. Whenever I think of what it is that I love most about this show, my brain immediately screams “IT PRETTY”. And it is, it’s eye candy at its purest. And, as an artist, great material to study. I remember waiting for these episodes to get released on iTunes and being so excited to get to go through them frame by frame so I could observe every detail and movement. The show in general is already pretty top-notch, but I felt these ones in particular really went above and beyond.

And even though i’ve seen these episodes numbers of times, I still feel that same excitement from when I first saw them. I already know what’s gonna happen, I can see it all playing in my head, but I can never take my eyes off the screen.

It just makes me wonder how good season 3 would have looked, if it would’ve continued to raise the bar. But for now, i’m forever glad these episodes exist.

Season 5 of "GMW"

Ok so based off of how many people flip their sh*ts over this, I’ll consider doing what I’m implying here:

So, alot of you liked my “Girl Meets Confusion” fanfiction and have pretty much DEMANDED I pick u their stories one or two years later. (Why years? But I guess your wish is my command…)

Some of you just want a quick paragraph to give you closure. Other want me to do a full on “season” of these “episodes”.

Whelp…here ya go. It’s an overview of my ideas. Based on how much love this post gets I may just do it😉.

Besides, maybe it’ll help us ‘forget’ (not that we could or should–#savegmw) about the show being canceled for a sec.

Anyway I thought it over last night and I came up with a storyline I think want let y'all down. Send me which episode you’re most excited for!!

Girl Meets World; Season 5;Picks up 1 year after Season 4

Girl Meets Birthday:Farkle’s 16th birthday rolls around and Riley becomes puzzled on what to get him for a present. Maya is concerned about the rift that been lingering in their friend group for a while. The kids talk spring break/colleges.

Girl Meets Dance:No-one has a date to their first high school dance despite most of them being in relationship. Smackle starts to think she may like someone and is scared that she’s moving on from Farkle too fast.

Girl Meets Smackle Again:Zay becomes cold hearted towards the group, especially Lucas. Riley feels awkward about not having any future plans

Girl Meets Father:Maya is worried about how weird Lucas has been acting. While in the locker room Zay notices that Lucas is hurt. The group finally meets Lucas’ parents.

Girl Meets Subway:Riley and Lucas are helping show a new student around and they learn something about the world they never noticed. Shawn and Katy are acting strangely, Maya thinks they’re getting a divorce.

Girl Meets Women’s Rights:The kids are annoyed and uncomfortable with the reading material that their English teacher assigned. Zay becomes interested in the book when something happens to Ava


Girl Meets Microscope:Riley and Farkle get in an argument and Farkle does something drastic. The next day Riley is no-where to be found

Girl Meets Cool Kids: Riley is invited to a party that Maya and her friends aren’t. There she meets sunglasses boy, twin-bun girl and the meaning of byob. Meanwhile, Farkle and Zay are tempted to smoke while trying to find Riley at the forbidden party.

Girl Meets Real Heart:Lucas notices that Zay has been paying close attention to Smackle. Zay notices that Smackle hasn’t been herself lately. Riley notices that bullying doesn’t just end in middle school. And a bully notices a bunch of middle schoolers go to her high school.

Girl Meets Growth pt. ½:When Farkle is offered the opportunity of a lifetime, Riley is convinced that he has to take it. Even though it’d destroy the friend group. Maya feels peer pressure from Lucas as Lucas feels peer pressure from his sport-buddies.

Girl Meets Growth pt. 2/2:The kids learn that there’s never a point in life where you truly stop growing. Farkle faces his biggest fear and Maya faces hers.

Girl Meets Love Maybe: Zay doesn’t know what to do with his feelings and ends up blowing up on the clique six, especially Smackle. The group receives letters from their colleges. Farkle and Riley get advice from Cory and Topanga.


Yup. That’s it. Are y'all down? (If you think ANY of those are filler episodes YOU’RE WRONG)

btw @riarkletown @weirdoshippergirl and @lucasfriarfan are responsible for most of this.They talked it out and persuaded me.The rest of y'all just yelled at me😂😂 Love that y'all like it though💜💜

〘 ❝ Two is better than one. ❞ 〙

My first Viktuuri/Victuri/Victuuri piece! (Sorry, it’s spelled so many ways, why not include them all?) Yuuri honestly doesn’t get drawn a lot in his performance costumes, and I finally see why. How do the animators do it? (;´༎ຶД༎ຶ`)

I’ve been held down with lots of stress lately, and I got pretty sick over the past few days. I had a mental breakdown yesterday night and was coughing pretty badly, but I’m only slightly better now. YoI is really helping me cope with all the dumb stress and I’m consumed with ships and anime gayness so bless this magical show. (◕‿◕✿)

Headcannons: The Gang Meets the New Girl in Town.

requested

-Ponyboy sees her first at school.
-He definitely doesn’t want the others to know because she’s cute
-And he might like her
-He does tell Johnny though
-Johnny thinks she’d be a real catch
-Sodapop found out about her because of a note Ponyboy was trying to write her.
-Sodapop told Steve to try and find her the next day
-Steve found her and definitely thought she was a babe
-Sodapop told Darry about Ponyboy’s crush and Two-Bit and Dally found out in no time after that
-They all show up one day at the end of school to try and see her
-Ponyboy just turns bright red
-Steve points to her when she starts crossing the parking lot
-She see’s them staring and so she goes over and asks if they have a problem
-She looks pretty pissed
-She tells them it’s rude to stare
-They all think she’s pretty cute
-No one answers her
-She asks if one of them can give her directions on how to get home
-She still doesn’t know the town very well
-Darry tells her which way to go and she goes to her bike to leave
-They all begin their walk to the Curtis house
-The next day it’s raining
-Two-Bit is driving Ponyboy home
-They see her walking her bike along the side of the road with her bike
-So they pull over
-She tells them she has a flat tire
-Two-Bit sets her bike in the back and drives her to the Curtis house to dry off
-She ends up having dinner there
-They all think she’s pretty cool
-Ponyboy, Johnny, and Steve offer to walk her home
-She finds out she actually has a class with Steve
-And lunch with Ponyboy and Johnny
-They promise to take her on a tour of the town sometime
-Steve is going to fix her bike tire for her
-They feel bad when they get to her house and her parents are screaming at each other
-You can hear it even with the doors shut
-Ponyboy tells her that she can always come over
-Johnny reassures her that he does all the time
-And Steve says that if she ever needs to get out that he’ll give her a ride
-She thanks him and goes inside
-Before she goes through the front door she turns to look at the three guys
-Maybe Tulsa won’t be so bad after all

How I cheated at the Undertale sprite animations that got me popular on this website

These ones: 1 + 2

Thanks for reminding me to do this @sutamatorega-crokertopoulos ..Sorry it took me so long to get to this, but before I show you my cheap tactics, I need to do a quick disclaimer - I can’t stress enough that i’m not a pixel artist - I’m a 2D animator - I have no idea how spriters do this, but i’m pretty sure it aint like this..

Ok - i started off with the model sprite(1), and traced over it with some funky colours (2) - since these are just black and white, it can get very confusing if you don’t colour code things - after that, I erase all the details underneath (3) but my tracing is a bit off model to the style - Undertale has some kind of shading or line work style going on - it can be a little tough to comprehend, though - I just kinda use the original sprite as a model sheet and try to make them look the same.

Here it is, more on model - thats how I did the key poses - the ones that I showed in those sprite sheets: 1 + 2

But how did I do the inbetweens? how did I do the smear frames? why does the movement flow so well? these are real comments people have given me - and as grateful as I am for such praise, I have to come clean - I didn’t do any inbetweens or anything - I only drew the keyframes - the rest was using the transform/skew tool in flash and swapping out the different poses - here it is in 4 fps, so you can really appreciate how this was all just a clever ruse.

I feel like people don’t fully grasp the weight behind this scene. People just write it off as El wanting to be pretty in Mike’s eyes, and him admitting he thinks she’s cute or whatever. But it’s so much more than that.

This is the opening scene to episode 7, so we’ve nearly reached the end of the season. Throughout the show, we’ve seen El make all of this progress from when we’re first introduced to her. She starts off as this broken, dirty, weird little girl who feels barely human. She doesn’t know how to interact with people properly. She doesn’t look normal or fit in. She doesn’t even understand what the word ‘friend’ means. Then she gets a make over; she gets this pretty dress, she gets a wig. She’s talking more, she’s making friends, she’s learning how to trust. Hell, she goes to school and she blends in. She’s changed.

And then, after everything that happens leading up to this scene, it’s like she reverts back to the old El. 011- the weird science experiment. She looks in the mirror, and it’s like the last few days never happened; she’s lost everything that made her normal. Her dress is dirty, her face is dirty, her hair is gone again, and to top it all off she hurt her friends. And it’s worse than before. It’s like she took one step forward and two steps back, because she’s changed. Now she knows what she’s missing - friendship, normalcy, even something as silly as long hair.

And then there’s Mike - her first friend - telling her she doesn’t need any of that. She’s ‘still pretty.’

honestly mbmbam is mostly goofs but it’s a pretty nice show to listen to as someone with horrendous social anxiety because like 90% of the listener questions they get are like “i was slightly rude to a barista on accident, do i have to move” and then they’re just like “nah dog it’s not that big a deal” and they come up with ridiculous over-the-top solutions that, intentionally or otherwise, end up highlighting how it’s really not a big deal

and then they read a yahoo answers question where someone asks if you can cook and eat the beans inside of a beanbag chair

Ok but can we just talk about how amazing the show LOOKS?? BLESS Matt Hastings and the production design team. I was already in love with this show, but I am falling in love with it all over again because the sets, the lighting, the look and feel, all feel so incredible and rich and pretty and grounded. I can not believe that this is our show and I am in a constant state of awe because every new little thing that we see just makes me more and more and more hopeful for the future of this show. I can not believe we get to witness this all happening for his amazing cast and crew. This is truly something special and I keep having to take a step back and pinch myself. We are so so so close to having this incredible story back on our TVs and I still feeling like I’ve been dreaming. I’ve been in a fever dream since that kiss back in March. This whole show and the fandom continues to be unlike anything I have ever experienced and I honestly don’t know what I’d do without it. I love this show so so so so much. And this season, I know I’m going to fall in love with it even more.

[ENG] Sechskies Allure Interview (2/2)

[Kim Jae Duck]

You got a lot of new parts in the . What’s your favorite part?

I like the rap part in “Couple”. Tablo wrote the rap, and I think it’s pretty and it suits me well. There’s a part where we all draw a rainbow on stage, and that was Jiwon hyung’s idea.

Are you finally over the deprivation of MVs?
To be honest, I never had that much feelings against our MVs. Old MVs have some cons, of course, since they were filmed at our office or were a mashup of other videos. But I think they turned out pretty well. This time, I tried harder because I wanted to keep showing better sides.

How was the filming?
What I liked the most about it was the fact that I went to Japan with the members. It was disappointing that we didn’t really get to spend much time together except for when we were eating because of tight schedule. We had to wake up at 3~4 AM, get ready, film, and we couldn’t even stay out for long because it was cold. I wanted to watch other members awkwardly filming the couple scenes, but I couldn’t. I watched the indoors ones, but they all did well when they started shooting.

Any memorable episode?
Snowflakes were as big as the \500 coins, so we watched it snowing. Jaejin, Suwon, and I finished first, so we went to Sapporo’s beer factory to get a drink. We also went to a park together, and Jaejin made chimpanzee noises there, which was really funny.

Is the team activity different from before?
I think individual personalities and styles are the same as before. But everyone did get more mature. We all have a lot more responsibilities now. We did what was asked without thinking much back then, but now, we all try to participate voluntarily.

Do you feel that there are a lot of new fans?
When I read fan letters or go to filming sites, I see a few young fans. I think it’s cool. I want to tell them, “You’re sad that you’ve come to know us so late too, right? Since you’re late, please like us more, and let’s be together for a long long time”.

Do you feel the difference between 20th century fan culture and 21st century fan culture?
The most obvious one is camera. Back then, there was no camera even on cellphones, but now, they bring huge cameras to take pictures of me. Not only are they good at taking pictures, but they’re also good at editing them, so sometimes I get surprised looking through my SNS. Also, back then, fans crowded around us when they saw us, but now, they don’t approach us. They just take pictures from far away. But one thing that hasn’t changed is their eyes. Regardless of age, everyone still looks like a young girl because of their innocent eyes full of excitement.  

Do you read all the comments on your SNS?
Yes. Fans leave comments that can encourage me and make me laugh. There are touching ones. By reading those comments, I try to fix my mistakes. I think it’s good that I can always show improvements through those feedback.

Fans call you ‘Duck-Chael’ (Jaeduck+Michael). Isn’t the angel image sometimes burdensome?
It was Michael that came after my name? (laughs). But everyone likes nice people. It’s good that people view me in that way. But did I really seem that nice? I have weaknesses too, but I guess fans see more of my strengths.

What was your favorite move when you were in charge of choreographing?
It was mostly Jaejin who made the choreography, and I just helped on the side. It’s already 20 years ago, so I don’t even remember which choreographs I participated in. I think “Road fighter” was really cool, and “Pom Saeng Pom Sa” was very upbeat. But the recent choreos are more fun. The new “Com’ Back” and “Chivalry” choreos have completely different styles from before.

How did it change?
Before, we almost always danced right on the beat, but nowadays, you split the beat a lot. It gets awkward sometimes because my body’s not used to it. The dance itself did get harder, but it’s also that my brain can’t follow as quickly as it could before.

What was the most exciting moment since the reunion?
I think the most memorable ones are of course guerrilla concert on and our recent concert. At Yellow Note concert, they played a video of our fans singing to “Couple” and that almost made me cry.

Your style changed the most since the reunion. Do you like it?
At first, it was hard to accept. It’s not easy when everything suddenly changes at once. But I just trusted the stylists, and I’ve heard that I look good in the style, which boosts me up. Depending on the style of my clothes, my attitude and facial expressions also change. I like such changes.

Have you gotten used to doing photo shoots?
It’s still awkward. But there’s always an excitement at photo shoot sites. You get to meet new people at a new environment. It’s new, but it’s exciting.  

I’ve heard that you filmed in Busan with the memebers. How did that go?
At first, it was a bit awkwrad because I wasn’t used to such setting, but as time went on, I got to have a lot of fun. I think I would’ve had more fun if it wasn’t being filmed. I try not to be conscious of the camera, but sometimes it doesn’t work. I do think it could’ve been better without the cameras.

Do you have any plan of travelling with the members, apart from filming?
We’ve talked about it, but as of right now, carrying out our schedules is the most important.

Do you have any member that you want to form an unit with?
I think I’ll be able to show stronger sides with the black kies members, Jiwon hyung and Jaejin. We’ve been on stage together just as three, and I liked it. I think it’ll be fun.

[Jang Su Won]

You were the second most active member, after Eun Ji Won.
It might seem like I did a lot because of the robot acting, but it’s only been 2 years since I started doing individual activities. I try to be honest and accept everyone’s opinions on variety shows, and I think people like that side.

Robot acting could’ve created a bad reputation, but it was an opportunity for you.
At first, people did criticize me. Then people started laughing, and it became my charm. My personality and attitude changed a lot because of it. If I kept being criticized like I did in the beginning, I would’ve lost all my confidence, but I was lucky. If this happened in the past, I could’ve been forced to leave the industry for a while. Luckily, it became an opportunity for me.

I’ve heard that you played a big role in the reunion.
As time passed, I started to miss the times we were together more. I was a Sechskies member for only 2 years and a half, but back then, it really felt like I was just having fun with hyungs and friends that I liked. I always thought that if there’s a second chance, I want to have more fun with it.

Nowadays, there’s a lot of idol groups that work together but aren’t close.
I think some friends nowadays want get more attention than other members in the group. There’s no one in Sechskies that wants all the attention in variety shows, or wants to do individual activities like acting or going solo. I think that’s why we never felt like we were in a business relationship.

You were the only person that kept in contact with all the members even after the break up.
I keep relationships a broad group of people I don’t really cut anyone off just because that person is different from me. Unless there was a fight or some harm done, I keep in contact.

Such quality must’ve been helpful in your business.
Yes. I finally understand why adults say connection is more important than money.

Isn’t it hard to both own a business and do Sechskies activities?
I’ve been thinking that recently. I can go to my restaurant once a week at most, and recently, I could only once or twice a month. If the CEO isn’t there, management gets neglected even if there’s a manager. I didn’t know things would get this big in terms of scale, so I had opened up two restaurants. I did it just in case I don’t get work, but it’s now worrisome because we’re getting more work as Sechskies.

You said in that drinking with Eun Ji Won is uncomfortable. Is he more careful after that?
Not at all. That person is never careful to his dongsaengs. He’s only weak to people who are older or stronger than him. (laughs)

You’re the maknae in the team, but don’t you have desire to lead people?
Now I like taking care of people and taking them to places, but when I was young, I liked being with hyungs even if it’s a little uncomfortable. But as I’ve aged, I don’t like it if it’s uncomfortable no matter where hyung takes me. I don’t mind being the one to pay if I’m eating with dongasaengs that I like.

You called a person who nags while drinking a fogey.
Even people who are normally quiet tend to nag after drinking, calling themselves life sunbaes. If I keep repeating myself and nagging a lot, then I’ve become a fogey. I try not to nag or make it uncomfortable for dongsaengs. Even if I do, I only do it once.

How do you want to age?
I want to age fine, instead of trying too hard to look young. I want to look my age, but still have some charm. Just looking young as a “frozen man” isn’t as important. I don’t want to dye my hair pink and pretend like I’m young, like someone.

Are you targeting a specific member?
No, it was just an example, hahahaha.

Were you always blunt like this?
I never showed this side on TV, but I always was in waiting rooms. When filming for a show, I had to wait until other members talk first. Sometimes, I just stood there without coming up with any answer in my head because I felt like my turn wasn’t going to come. Back then, I only sang and other members did the talking.

Weren’t you disappointed that you didn’t have as many opportunities to show your talents?
No. I’m introverted and I don’t think I have that much talent. It was only recently that I started talking on variety shows, because I had a lot of things that I had to do on my own. Even when I talk on shows, I have to first think “What if I say this?” I don’t think I have talent in speaking well.

You’re good at dancing and singing, but sometimes those get covered up by the robot character.
Performances that I had mistakes in on were rehearsals. But I think they just aired the rehearsal instead since it’s not a music program. The robot image does get in the way sometimes, but it’s an image that I’ve created, so I have to bear with it. It’s not easy, but I try not to be stressed about it.

There are a lot of edited videos of your past performances and recent performances. It shows that Jang Su Won is constantly improving.
I don’t really watch either of them. The old ones are too bad and embarrassing. I’m not the type to monitor performances and analyze. I just try my best day to day.

In what aspect are you going to improve more?
Jekki is my one and only goal right now. It’s only been half a year since we made a come back, and we only have one new song. We still have a lot of time left. I want to make better songs, and I want jekki to be more global. Wouldn’t it be possible since YG has a lot of resources? I want to focus on jekki activites without thinking about anything else.

Were you always this ambitious?
Catch me on variety shows saying some nonsense, if this all fails.

[Lee Jae Jin]

Is there a reason you got rid of your SNS account?
Because there’s a Sechskies official website now. I wanted the fans to all gather there instead of being spread out on various platforms. I want other members to get rid of their personal accounts too.

Your hair is blue today.
I just got it done today. To be honest, the members have been suggesting that I dye my hair blue again, in a mocking way. I think they thought that I wouldn’t do it. I had pushed it off until now, but I finally did it.

You’re the only one who did V-live regularly.
I told everyone that I’ll do it every week since other members weren’t interested. I said I’ll do it whenever I go to my art studio, which I go to at least once a week. If you watch the first episode, I literally just draw. Since I can’t really read the fans’ comments while drawing, my professor at the studio chooses a couple of them to ask, and then I answer.

The way you were so focused on drawing in a sleevless shirt showing arms, was like a scene from a movie.
V-app is a live broadcast and I don’t even have a script, so there isn’t really anything to do. It was just my most natural state. In the summer ones, I had to wear sleveless because I get hot really easily. I didn’t really think ‘oh since I draw with my right hand, my right biceps are going to look nice’.

Did you focus on art after the military dischargement?
It hasn’t been that long since I started drawing. In 2010, I had a chance to join YG’s design team. Ten of my pieces made it into Big Bang’s album. And in 2014, when my nephews were older, the company’s director suggested that I should study art. But I really just like going to theme parks and Jeju Island with my nephews. I don’t really spend that much, anyways.

Fans told you not to marry, and you responded with “Then we’ll just cohabit”. Both are taboos in idol culture.
Why does all that matter at this age? I think living together is better than getting married. I don’t have to legally change my address.

You’re good at “fan training”, like deleting your picture on SNS 10 seconds after posting it. You should be good at that stuff, even in relationships.
Not really. You know how people always check up on eachother when in a relationship? I answer if the other person asks, but I never ask first. It’s not like I’m going to run to the place anyways. It was out of respect, but they thought I was uninterested in them.

Contrary to your carefree personality, you ran away when Sechskies was about to disband and hid. It was unexpected of you.
I came to Seoul from Busan when I was in second year in high school. I thought when we disband, my life in Seoul ends. Everything that was right in front of my eyes was about to disappear and I didn’t even know which was going to disappear first, so I was anxious and frustrated. And it took me especially long to become close with the members. Looking back, the members were so precious to me. So I disagreed to dreaking up, but some released their solo album in less than a year, and everyone was living well. (laughs)

You released three solo albums too?
I personally really don’t like those albums. I was just going to enlist after disbanding, but my mom kept saying “why don’t you release an album too?” after seeing other members doing so. I had to release it because of her.

Are you satisfied with the remake album?
Things that reflect an era get old, eventually. So the remade versions are better than the old ones, of course.

You had a yellow badge on you on .
I was working out when the Sewol tragedy happened. I was watching it live on TV, and I was frustrated. I clearly remember thinking “Why don’t they save the kids?” I was really heartbroken. I put the ribbon on to remember the deaths of the young students.

You’re known as the ‘4D, alien’ one, but do you have a member that you think is weirder than you?
Hm. I’m not interested. I don’t really care if there is or not.

Then are you only interested in your nephews?
No! I’m the most important to me. Of course, I blend in well without thinking I need to be the most noticeable, when I’m with my members.

You were in . Have you read some bad comments?
Yes, I read them because I’m curious. Sometimes, I stare at them blankly. I ask myself, “Why do these people put an effort of logging in, just to comment some hateful comments, and dislike the article? Do they really hate me enough to slap me when they meet me in real life?”

I heard you researched where the fans lived and chose the intermediate area as where your birthday party was going to be hosted.
Thanks to that, I found out that Daejeon is the best place for fans from all over the country to gather. I know which pubs are good, too.

Until when do you plan to do Sechskies activities?
I think we would have to see how things go in 2017. I’ve asked the members, “Do you think we’ll do this until we completely lose popularity, or until someone makes a big mistake?” But since we’re old, Sechskies won’t disband again because of individual activities. I am pretty sad that I don’t have enough time to draw for my exhbition, but right now, Jekki is my everything.


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This show gets from: Hey, aren’t you that horse from Horsin’ Around?
To: It get’s easier. Everyday, it get’s a little easier. But you got to do it everyday, that’s the hard part. Pretty fast.

Binge watched this masterpiece and I still can’t get over it. Is there gonna be a season 4, because there should be.

That’s how life changing this cheap ass flash animation cartoon of a horse is.

FOCUS ON... JOHN HARLAN KIM

Our latest ‘FOCUS ON’ feature interview is with  Australian actor John Harlan Kim. Kim has journeyed from the familiar sights of Ramsay Street on Neighbours, to become a valued Librarian on the hit TNT show, The Librarians.

Hi John, how’s your visit home been?
Unreal! Always good to get home for the Summer and see all my mates and the family. Mom was stoked to have me back but now I’m pretty sure she’s getting over it and probably ready for me to head back to the States!

We’ve just seen the season 3 finale of The Librarians. Talk about an emotional rollercoaster. Your character Ezekiel has grown over the years, matured, what’s the journey been like over that time?
It’s weird. Here’s a character I never thought would grow. It was apparent that he suffered from some type of Peter Pan syndrome. But over the seasons we’ve seen more and more that it’s just a guard he has set up and I think people can relate to Ezekiel in that way, that having walls up is a normal human thing to do. He has the most to prove yet he acts like he doesn’t care but we’re seeing more and more that he truly does care, especially about his new family.

Can you relate to Ezekiel in any way?
I’ve grown up with the show myself so that’s probably one of the coolest parts, to not only see Ezekiel grow up and mature with each script but also needing to have to do that myself albeit on a less grander scale because obviously I’m not fighting dragons and minotaurs in my personal life. My problems are a little more realistic like trying to score a date or not over-cooking my eggs.

Has there been an episode that stood out as a favourite?
Point of Salvation. Hands down. The cast were so supportive that ep as was Jonathan Frakes and Jeremy Bernstein. They put me in an environment where I felt confident enough to make choices and take creative risks. I think it all came together really well in the end and I couldn’t be prouder.

Tell us about your relationship with the other Librarians.
Lindy [Booth] and Christian [Kane] set great examples for me, they’re always there for me (Lindy & Rebecca have even housed me at one stage) and they’re just good people to be around. And with Noah [Wyle], I couldn’t be more amped to work with. He’s phenomenal at what he does and I have a lot of respect for the way he handles the pressure whether as an actor, producer, director or writer. He’s awesome. I really couldn’t be in a better position with the cast I have.

And the dynamic between the Librarians and their Guardian, as well as Jenkins? It’s a great technique, incorporating different roles to cover a variety of plot lines.
Rebecca Romijn and John Larroquette make it way too easy to play! They’ve both had long and successful careers in the industry and it was easy to see why from the moment I got to Portland. I love working with them. It’s fun because you’re right, when we have such a wide variety of plot lines to cover splitting up the team becomes necessary to keep on top of it all. Every script I get, it’s exciting! One day I’ll be sitting on a magic council with Larroquette, the next I’ll be beating up zombies along with Romijn!

The episodes are always so unique and interesting, when you first read each script how do you feel? I’d imagine much like the audience, fascinated, but excited as your character experiences it.
One of my favorite parts about the whole thing is getting the next episode’s script. The writers on our show are top flight and they do a spectacular job in conveying their vision onto paper and keeping things fresh and interesting! Like I mentioned, you don’t know what you’ll be doing or where your character will get to travel to, all you know for sure is it won’t be boring!

There are some harder themes, for example in season 3 the team deals with the resolution of Cassandra’s tumour. In contrast, what was it like filming those scenes? As a viewer it was tense!
To an extent, it definitely felt like a shock to the system! Showing up that day was such a different type of shooting day for us. I wasn’t used to coming in and filming something so somber but being the incredible talent she is, Lindy absolutely killed it!

Were there any other scenes that presented a challenge in terms of emotional response? Like the finale?
Yeah I mean Flynn’s ultimate sacrifice was rough. And I had already read what was going to happen and I still got anxious watching it! That and Charlene’s goodbye. Jane Curtin’s a star, I loved having her around.

And what about training for the more physical combat roles, what was that like? Did you enjoy it?
Definitely. I got to live out a bit of a youth dream with that vampire ep. And to do it alongside Christian Kane who is well-versed in vampire combat himself. I mean, come on! How lucky am I!? Our stunt guys Tim Eulich and Buster Reeves were a dream to work with and they’re absolute legends as well.

Over the seasons, what’s one of your favourite moments working on the ‘The Librarians’ set?
My first day. Noah Wyle and the jewel theft scene. It still feels like a dream, such a surreal moment. I haven’t lost that feeling yet and I hope I never do. I never want to be jaded.

Do you have an idea as to what The Librarians will go through in the upcoming series? What would you like to see happen next, for all the librarians and specifically Ezekiel?
Zero idea. They’re good at keeping pretty secretive about all of that stuff. I’d love to see Ezekiel continue to evolve into the Librarian he’s going to be someday. He’s far from being fully-realized and has the most growing up to do so to see him take that next step would be awesome.

The Librarians has been renewed for a fourth season, what do you think makes the series so successful?
Our showrunners. John Rogers and now Dean Devlin. They’re the pulse of the show. I don’t really need to say anymore, they’re extraordinary at what they do and they’re two of the best men I’ll ever come across, by every measurement of the word.

Is there any other role you’d like to take on from a book or comic? Or another series you’d also like to be a part of?
Amadeus Cho. I’ve always wanted to be a humungous, green giant.

Did you always want to be an actor?
I decided at 15 I wanted to be an actor so I took a class, auditioned for my first gig and booked it. I then took that pay check from my first acting gig, coupled that with money saved from working at a charcoal chicken store and flew to New York in my school holidays. I knocked on the door to a film school building in Manhattan and told the concierge I wanted to be an actor and he told me to go find my parents. I think he thought I was lost.

On your down time what other things do you enjoy doing?
I love shooting hoops, hitting the water and playing video games. I picked up boxing a few months ago too but my heads so big, it makes it ridiculously hard to dodge punches.

How does working overseas compare to working here at home in Australia?
The biggest difference I’ve found is the pacing. I can’t speak for either industry as a whole but my experience on Neighbours was a much more fast-paced environment than something like The Librarians. It was actually a fantastic way to learn to nail your first few takes and within that, I found preparation was key so I make sure to show up to any set now with my lines absolutely ingrained into my brain so that the real fun can begin once you start shooting.

What advice do you have for actors, especially Australians wanting to make it in the industry and overseas?
Trust your choices. It’s so easy to second guess if you’re on the right path or not but just back yourself and everything else will fall into place.

And finally, what can we expect from you next?
I’m actually in the middle of editing my first project right now so I’m hoping to complete that before we start work on Season 4! Way too excited to see that finished and then to get to go back to work with Dean & the gang is going to be an absolute blast as always!

Thank you so much for your time John. We can’t wait to see you on screen in 2017!

Running a Comedy Show

I booked and produced a standup show from 2010 to 2016 that was pretty popular. It was sold out every week almost since its inception, it was written up a bunch, it got three seasons of its own TV show, but more to the point, it was fun. I get asked a lot for pointers on running comedy shows, so I thought now that the show is over, I’ll go ahead and give some pointers. 

This isn’t the only way to run a comedy show, but it’s how I ran one. 

  • If you run a show, your primary directive is customer service, and your customers are both comedians AND the audience. You are not there to trade spots with other comics, or have a showcase for your own comedy, or to get a TV show, or network with industry- you are there to provide customer service to every human being that comes in the door. Period. Do not think bigger than that.  
  • Develop a good relationship with the people who run the space where you want to run a show. They aren’t your enemies. They aren’t your parents. They are your partners, in a sense. If they are acting like assholes, find a new space. No space is worth a bad relationship with the owners. 
  • Make sure the space has something that feels like a stage, a comfortable amount of room for an audience, chairs (or not!), a PA system, lights, no competing TV/bands/insanity in the showroom, a bathroom, and a backstage area for talent. This can all be creatively implemented, but these are the basics. A lot of “found space” shows feel uncomfortable for the talent and the audience, and what are you doing if you’re actively putting on an uncomfortable show? Just to show you can do a show in a bowling alley? (note: my show was in a comic book store)
  • Have a reliable way to sell tickets in advance if that’s your jam, and a good social media presence that doesn’t annoy the shit out of people. Don’t have multiple accounts, just one, and put time and effort into it.
  • Walk through the experience in the shoes of the audience: How do they know the show exists ahead of time? How do they get tickets in advance? How do they get them at the door? How do they know they’re at the right space? Do they know how to exchange tickets for a way in the door? Is the staff aware of their goal as being customer service-oriented? Does the audience know when the show will start? Do they know about how long it’ll last? (We’ll get to the comedian’s experience in a minute.) I should also mention that my show had uncomfortable chairs for years, and was way too hot in the summer until we got A/C, and then it was just too hot in the summer. If you’re nailing a bunch of the other aspects of taking care of an audience, and putting on a good show, they’ll forgive shortcomings.  
  • Have a plan to deal with hecklers. That’s important. 
  • I always had fun running The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, but it was work. I felt like I was clocking in when I arrived, I always stayed sober during shows, I chatted with friends but always stayed aware of the timer in my hand. I was at work. Every single week. If you’re not down to work hard every single show, don’t start a show. 
  • Get to know your audience- watch them watch comics. I had a seat in our audience roped off for me so I could sit among people and watch the show sometimes. Who does your audience like? When do they laugh? When do they howl? What makes them uncomfortable? When do they tune out? This will help you in the booking process. Pay attention to this, more than your own gut sometimes. 
  • The audience needs to feel comfortable enough that they know the parameters of the evening, but are ready to expect anything within those parameters. (Note: this is also true of group therapy sessions, which was my previous career)

Booking

  • Comedians want to do standup at good shows. You have a resource they want. Keep that in mind. You aren’t asking for a favor, you’re asking if you can give them something they want. 
  • Do not attempt to book comedians via Twitter. That rarely works, and if you don’t have their email, that’s a sign you shouldn’t be booking them. Of course tweeting at Chris Rock or some equally famous comic to let him/her know you have an awesome show is fine, but don’t do it constantly.
  • When you email a comedian, offer a specific spot on a specific date, or give them a choice of dates. Don’t do the “i’d love to have you on my show if you’re interested let me know” because that’s not asking them to do anything really, and it’s putting the work back on them. Be direct and polite. 
  • If you don’t get a response from a comedian, email back a few days later to “check in” or see if there’s an assistant you can contact. If you don’t get a response then, email one more time and say “If I don’t hear from you by Friday, I’ll have to move on, and if you want to do the show later, let me know!” If you never hear back from a comic, stop emailing them.
  • Do not constantly @reply comedians on Twitter about being your show. I got dressed down for that early on and learned my lesson. Once per day MAX, and that’s if you’re only tweeting three times or so total.  
  • Walk through the experience in the shoes of the comics you book- how do they know where and when to be? When they arrive, is there a lineup for them so they know when they’re going up? How much time are they doing? How do they know when to get off stage? 
  • Greet comics when they come in, introduce yourself if you don’t know them, and thank them for doing the show. You know, the basics.
  • Email comics the day of the show to thank them for the spot and to give them any last minute details on parking/guest list/etc. This shows the comics that you give a shit and reminds the comics that they have a show. BCC all the comics on your lineup if you have any larger names that are a little more private and don’t want their emails spread around. (I learned that lesson the hard way too)
  • Try to respond to every single comic that emails you to ask to do your show. This is just politeness. People are putting themselves out there by emailing you; even if you’ll never book them, just acknowledge that they exist.
  • Book quality comics that you think your audience would like. You do not have to book someone just because 1) they have a show you want to do, or 2) they are bugging the shit out of you, or 3) they are visiting from another town. Once again, customer service should rule you more than your own career or any pity stories you’re hearing. What kind of comedy world do you want to present to your audience? Never stop thinking about that, every single week. 

Listen, I am pretty militant about how I run standup shows, and I know that things don’t have to be this intense. Anyone who has worked with me or for me knows that I never relax when running a show. So I’m not saying this is the perfect way to do things, but people asked me so I thought I’d divulge my secrets. And as with most secrets, it’s really just the most common sense stuff, diligently followed.