probably one of the few cartoons i actually love as an adult

The Storm Within

Summary: How can you hope to move forward when the past won’t leave you alone?

Pairings: GabrielxReader,

Tags: smut, angst, fingering, unprotected sex, possessive!Gabriel (NSFW below the cut)

Word Count: 8447

Author’s Note: This was written for @girl-next-door-writes Celebration Challenge

My song was Accidentally in Love by Counting Crows with the gif below.  

Some of you are tagged because it’s noted in posts or blogs you are open to it.  If you’d rather not be, just let me know!

Special thanks to the wonderful @sumara62 for the beta and coming up with the title.  Your feedback has made this fic that much better!  I’m so excited and grateful for your help :)  

Forever tags: @wayward-mirage, @fand0maniac, @feelmyroarrrr, @omgreganlove

Gabe squad: @theblackenedsky

Blogs open to being tagged: @notnaturalanahi, @jensen-jarpad, @lucifer-in-leather





You weren’t exactly sure how you ended up playing hide and seek in the bunker on a Friday night with Gabriel.  Then again, you were pretty tipsy and the archangel had said he was rather fond of games.  

“How old are you again?” Came a peevish voice from out in the hallway.  

So maybe this wasn’t what he had in mind, but driving him mad for once had certainly been fun for you.  

Even in your inebriated state you recognized it was probably not wise to mess with him.  He was an infinite being, after all.  Then again, if he didn’t want to play along, he didn’t have to.  He probably could have heard you breathing from clear across the bunker, let alone picked up the giggles that slipped out despite your best efforts.  Yet, he continued to do a slow walk around the perimeter of the room, as if none the wiser to your whereabouts.  

He finally made it to the bookshelf on which you were hiding.  It was a miracle you had even made it up that high without breaking anything, structurally or physically.  He paused, coming to a stop directly beneath you, and your breath stilled. You tried to slide out of view as he turned in your direction, only to go toppling over the side as your hand missed the edge. Instead of connecting with the floor, a pair of sturdy arms broke your fall and you found yourself staring up into warm hazel depths.    

“My hero,” you sighed, throwing an arm across your forehead, your head dropping back in a theatrical swoon.  You could practically hear his eyes rolling as he carried you across the room.  While you expected him to find a spot to put you down, you were not anticipating the unceremonious way he dumped you on top of the nearest table.

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On taking relationship advice from kindergarteners

I wrote a little thing for @oversaturated-ocean and our Alex/Eliza teacher AU! It follows on from their amazing fic, Staples and involves over enthusiastic kindergarten teacher Mr Hamilton attempting to start a relationship with the very kind and very pretty Nurse Schuyler. Which is a little tricky given that the last time they interacted, he fainted…

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// this was really fun!! I love cartoons! I wish i had more energy to sit down and finish most of the ones i start though :’)


Zen:

- He really doesn’t mind; don’t lie this man loves himself some disney movies.


- Does not understand Steven Universe. How is Steven alive MC. Are the diamonds evil or justified. What would happen if you took out his gem. Would Rose come back? Is she dead? This man deserves answers.

- Honestly, he’s not super into the shows themselves. They’re cute yes, but he mainly watches them to make you happy. He knows how much you love them, and so he’ll totally binge watch stuff like that with you.

- Plus he can sing like there’s no tomorrow so be prepared for there to be daily concerts in the house for the next few weeks. Why are songs in cartoons so catchy?

Jumin:

- He doesn’t get cartoons nor disney movies. They’re to keep children entertained so adults wont have to deal with them for a few hours. Is that not the purpose?

- You show him so many shows and movies that he has zero interest in. They don’t make any sense. Cats cannot sing. If they can, Elizabeth the 3rd must be quite insecure about her voice. He’ll have to give her a confidence boost about it later.

- The only movie he’ll watch is The Aristocats even though he doesn’t understand at all. It’s okay, he can see why you find these so entertaining. You must have a very innocent mindset to watch them like you do, how cute.

- For gifts he notes the shows you enjoy and gets you pendants or clothing related to them as gifts. He likes to see you so happy about tiny things such as that.

Yoosung:

- LEGENDARY DEFENDERS!!!

- Yoosung reminds me of Pidge so much they’re both so smart and cute and pure

- That’s his favorite show to watch with you! It’s like.. space power rangers meets avatar the last airbender. quality stuff right there

- He loves so many cartoons, Gravity falls, Star vs the forces of evil, Steven Universe, so much more. He’s finally met his soul mate.

- He likes disney movies too, Especially lady and the tramp since he always watched that as a kid. He’s so excited to show you all his favorites, be prepared for a binge watching session.

Jaehee:

- She doesn’t have time to watch stuff like that, so she’s never seen a disney movie. Ever. How has she survived this long.

- If you show her one, she really likes Mulan. Any disney movie with a strong independent female lead? She’s down to watch. It’s her favorite, since it makes her feel empowered watching things like that. Especially Beauty and the Beast; she loves Belle so much!

- She will roll over at 3 am and start storming up Conspiracy Theories ™

- “ Why did Belle give up all her dreams of travel and aspirations suddenly in the ending like they never existed. They ruined such a beautiful character by turning it into another stereotypical boy meets girl scenario. Why– ”

jaehee go to bed

Seven:

- He loves cartoons and ‘kids’ movies. He never had the chance to experience them as a child so now he wants to, it’s fun!

- Favorite movie? Cars. fuck planes though that was trash he will breathe heavily and type fast on his keyboard while bashing that movie online to a twelve year old

- Probably cries during the new trailer for Cars 3 they killed lightning mcqueen

- Binge watches stuff like that constantly with you, he really likes Over the garden wall since it’s a hint of spoop and a bit of mystery yet the characters and art is really pretty. He’s a man who can appreciate Quality Content ™ when he sees it.

V:

- It’s not that he doesn’t like them, He just doesn’t watch movies or shows very often besides documentaries. A total nerd for things like that.

- A favorite disney movie has to be alice in wonderland, the art is pretty and he likes the characters. He watched it a lot as a kid!

- Obviously he cant really see what’s going on, But he’ll still cuddle with you while you watch your cartoons. He’s a fast learner so he usually catches onto the plot pretty fast, actually ends up getting into a lot of the stuff you put on. Really loves Gravity Falls.

Saeran:

- He says he hates them. They’re disgusting. Disgraceful. Hideous what a drama queen

- But on the inside he’s full of shit because he loves them. So much.

- He’ll grumble and “ leave ” when you put on a cartoon, But leaving in his book actually means just sitting in the corner out of your view while watching intently. His secret cant be known.

- Or he’ll lay in your lap while you’re watching claiming he’s bored but he’s really just here for the free head scratches and cartoons. Shouldn’t be a surprise by now.

Aaron’s Top 7: Attractive Animated Males

I’m not a fan male designs in animation. At least, not in the way I’m going to be judging them in today’s list.

Originally posted by none-tadashi-left-hiro

Previously, I did a top 7 list of attractive female characters. The problem I had with that one was selecting characters based on personality over design with cosmetics being an aesthetic factor. With this list, the issue is reversed.

When you think of a male anime character, you think of a slim guy with slumped shoulders and a soft face. Any character that’s ‘masculine’ is often to an extreme to show how muscular they are. The point is that they look ‘pretty’. Just about 70% of male characters in anime can easily be redrawn as a girl. 

Which brings me to my issue with male characters in western cartoons. I can look at them and immediately tell who the protagonist is. You’re the comic relief. You’re the wise old mentor. You’re the token black character. Either that, or they’re animals. I like Stan Pines from Gravity Falls because they put a spin on the grumpy old man trope making him a greedy conman who doesn’t stop conning people as the show goes on. But design wise, I see him and go, ‘you’re the grump with a big heart’. And before you ask, no, that old dust buckle is nowhere near this list.    

I just became numb to designs of a lot of male characters since there’s so many men outnumbering females in media. I don’t really think about which one stands out. I’m just seeing how the character develops in the show. 

‘Nerd who wants to prove himself and has some sort of famous/prestigious family/background’. Let me guess, you just named 20 male characters in your head didn’t you? So why am I doing this list? Well, here are some characters who have a design that I found interesting with personalities to match. 

Same rules as the women’s list: 

Character comes before design. 

No villains/antagonist. 

Characters must be 18+.

It’s my list so if your hubby isn’t here…too damn bad.

Originally posted by insane-addiction

Guys Gals & Non-Binary pals, this is Animated Aaron’s Top 7 Attractive Animated Male Characters.

Honorable Mentions:

Originally posted by christopher-reeve

John Stewart/Green Lantern-Justice League; Justice League Unlimited 

Originally posted by goku-z

Scar-FMA (Franchise) 

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Originally posted by vgeta

 Goku-DBZ

He’s a fucking idiot. Know that you know why he’s at the bottom, he’s actually got one of the most unique designs in anime. As I said before, anime men are fucking twigs with slumped shoulders.

Goku is actually muscular in a way that isn’t comical like in most cartoons. He’s build like an Adonis, true, but he’s still very close to how a real human would look opposed to the over the top shit in stuff like ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’ or ‘Kenichi-The Mightiest Disciple’.

That being said, everyone tries to emulate the character. A big/powerful guy who’s as gentle as a bird and believes in the good of others while holding his ground for his beliefs. I’d like him a lot better if this dynamic didn’t create so many clones of the guy. Naruto, Luffy (One Piece), Gon Freecss (Hunter x Hunter), ect.  

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Originally posted by leeminlimer

Spike Spiegel-Cowboy Bebop 

Alright. So while Goku is built like a brick house, Spike here is more on the slim side. Most men in anime don’t look like their balls have dropped despite being ‘martial arts experts’. Spike isn’t stacked but the few scenes where he’s shirtless prove that he’s got some meat. Again, he’s more how someone would realistically look given his fighting style. He’s quick on his feet and loose with his punches. He’s actively trying to wear the person down but knows where to hit them for a k.o if he’s in a hurry. 

He’s cocky but doesn’t go around bragging about his skills like most protagonist. Rash and impulsive but isn’t hyperactive. He’s just a cool dude with a checkered past. If the situation gets the best of him, he’ll let his wounds heal and go at it again. If there’s money involved that is. 

Whatever happens, happens.  

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Takashi Shirogane-Voltron LD

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The Littlest Winchester - Hide and Meet

Character: Crowley

Warning: None

Word Count: 924

Request:  Hi! I was wondering if you could do The Littlest Winchester! It’s so adorable!! Can you please write one where she meets Crowley?? And he actually likes her(PLATONIC not like like and yeah) but won’t admit it.. Thank you so much for your writing. 💞

Fic:

    In all her four years of living, Dean’s daughter has never actually seen very many supernatural creatures. Maybe a shifter, one or two witches, but they were the more helpful sort, the rare few that showed up at the motel with information or to make a deal. Even then, the little girl didn’t know what she was seeing. To her, they were just normal people who needed to talk to Daddy and Uncle Sam.

    So when she stumbles across Crowley in the halls of the bunker, she probably assumes the same thing. He’s a black-clad stranger in her home, and she feels no fear of him. Of course, she knows she shouldn’t talk to strangers, but her father and uncle are nearby someplace, and he’s in the bunker. She has no reason to be afraid.

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Can I take a few minitues of you’re time please to talk about this?

When Danny(in Tucker’s body) asked Sam out, sam got really excited and said “Let me go put on that stupid dress my mom got me!”

Now, It’s pottible that Sam was lying because she didn’t want to say that SHE bought it because that would mean she actually cared about going to the dance, but for this post, i’m assuming she was telling the truth and her mom actually did get the dress for her.

Samantha’s Parents from the show ae portrayed as a very white picket fence couple that make meatloaf and sing with birds. Their daughter, much to their dismay is a goth. Sam often states that her parents don’t accept her and seen from a freshman P.O.V, they don’t. Their always trying to get her to change the way she dresses and her friends but from an adult P.O.V they actuall are doing their best.

For all we know, Sam used to be their perfect princess lovnig girl who just one day came stomping down the stairs frowning in goth clothing. In a Parents P.O.V, thats bad. They probably think Sam’s miserable 24/7, they’re tryign their best to make her happy. The only time they remember her being happy was when she was that smilling pink princess. So yeah, they’re concern and trying to get her to change back because in their eyes, once she drops the black, she’ll be happy. 

They want her to stop haning out with Danny because in their eyes, he’s hurting her. He gets her in trouble, he has bad grades, he skips school and his parents are a little bit…dangerous if not strange. To someone who isnt around Danny a lot and doesnt know his secret, He is a VERY bad influnce compared to the well liked, positive thinking, outgoing cheerleader Paulina.

Yes, they arn’t that supportive because their worried. They’re scared their daughter is in a bad time in her life and for some reason all their attempts of ‘tough love’ to help her are failing.

Now lets lookat all the supportive things they HAVE done. 

First, the dress. Her mom bought her an elegant gothic style dress ecause her mom was starting to understand that her daughter enjoyed dressing in those types of clothes. She specifically bought her a dress that fit into her daughter’s new wardrobe style

They try to socialise with their daughter, try to be their for her, interact. When they both wake her up in the morning (yes, that’s something most teenagers hate but still) they do it out of love in hopes of positivly effecting their daughter’s life. They talk to her and they don’t really FORCE her to dress how they want (except for that one time in circus gothic because it was ‘the only way to lift the restraining order off of Danny’) mainly they just suggest, and they do it in a way they see as casual and friendly


Along with that, they don’t make (that we’ve seen) any negative comments to the way Sam has decorated her room.

My main point in all of this, is basically, that Sam’s parents aren’t as bad as we thought they were and in fact, their reactions are pretty normal considering the way they seem to see her life.

That’s all, thanks for reading

Romance and Sport in Yuri on Ice... from the perspective of an actual sportsgay

I am a sportsgay–bikesexual, as I say often. And I love Yuri on Ice, not only because it’s awesome to see two out athletes in media (even if it’s a cartoon rather than real life, but I digress…) but because it depicts a relationship that is so familiar to me as an athlete: the coach and the competitor–and makes it gay. Actually, the whole series is pretty awesome about capturing just how gay sports culture is as a whole.

Full disclaimer: I am not an ice skater. I ride bikes. I work at a bike shop. I am a coach. I’ve been doing this for more than a decade. While I am nowhere near a professional cyclist, and never was, not even at my peak, I live a life that is absolutely bike-centric, even though my involvement is on the amateur level. If there’s one thing I can tell you about being an athlete, it’s this:

Sports are gay.

Yes, it’s true about all sports once you get begin to seriously train with the goal of competing. You can be the straightest bro ever, and if you pursue any kind of sport at a competitive level, you will experience a level of homoeroticism you will never experience anywhere else. Unless, of course, you are actually a gay athlete, in which case, your involvement in sports makes your life exponentially gayer than the average gay.

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Connection Chap Thirteen

Originally posted by hannabellecter

Originally posted by beingacactusandstuff

Connection.  Read Chap One here. Chap Two. Chap Three. Chap Four. Chap Five. Chap Six.Chap Seven. Chap Eight. Chap Nine. Chap Ten. Chap Eleven. Chap Twelve.

Sherlock x reader

Summary: an American forensic psychologist hired by Mycroft Holmes. You thought it would be more interesting and fulfilling than your previous job with a law firm in London but you had no idea how much it would change your life. Or really, how much one person would change everything.

Word count: 4157

Some lines borrowed from The sign of three in BOLD


Will sat on your lap finger painting the dessert plate with the sauce he didn’t eat. His actual coloring book and crayons beside the plate forgotten. You were seated in between Greg and Mrs. Hudson talking quietly with a slight knot in your stomach. You had never been more thankful for Greg Lestrade than you had been today. You fit in more with him by your side because people expected to see a man beside a woman with a child and had you been alone, there would have been a lot more speculation and questions.

Of course, the twinge in your stomach had nothing to do with how people could look at your son but the nerves you could see in Sherlock’s stiff movements and tense smiles. You caught his glances a few times as the time for his speech drew closer and you gave him an encouraging smile but it didn’t seem to soften the pinch in his brow.

A glass clinked and a man stood announcing the best man. Sherlock stood fluidly and buttoned his suit jacket. He started off fine but then the silence was deafening as he faltered, losing his place. Your stomach clenched again as you tried to catch his gaze.

“Dadylock!” Will clapped and you turned him in your lap shushing him quietly.

Greg chuckled, “no poppycock.”

A few rolls of laughter broke out around your table and Sherlock finally met your gaze. His small smirk did nothing to hide his nerves and you took an exaggerated breath then watched him do the same before John whispered something. He smiled and picked up the cards on the table and continued on.

Greg met your eye and winked. You lipped thank you before you both focused back on Sherlock. His speech was going well until he finished the stag night story and continued on with the ghost date case.

“Oh god, not the mayfly man. I told him that was a bad idea.” You tilted your head down and watched Will color the tablecloth instead of his book.

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happy trc childhood headcanons

i always see incredibly tragic childhood headcanons for the raven gang, which is fair because most of them had tragic childhoods in one way or another, but i want to imagine that at some point they had some happiness, or at least not full sadness, so…

adam

  • listen, adam parrish was the matilda of his school library. he was the shy little seven-year-old kid that snuck in during recess and read as many books as he could get his hands on. the librarian slowly grew very fond of him. little adam parrish reaching up to the circulation desk with a pile of kids’ science books about dinosaurs, space, rocks, plants, physics, anything that interested him. staying up late with a tiny reader flashlight that he got for free at the scholastic book fair or something. dragging stepstools over to the shelves so he could reach books on the top shelf by himself
  • legit every dog in the trailer park loved adam. he greeted them all after school. as like a ten-year-old, he got a job walking all the dogs. (the money went straight to his parents, but he was happy to spend time with the dogs anyway). one time one of his neighbors’ dogs had a litter of puppies and before they gave them all away, adam went over and gave them each a hug and played with them for a few hours
  • adam got crushes on boys and girls both from a young age because he was always full of love and affection that was reaching outward looking for someone to land on. he had a huge crush on his kindergarten teacher, who was this young blond lady who totally knew that adam liked her and thought it was adorable and let him hold her hand on field trips and stuff. he had a crush on his reading buddy when he was in first grade- it was a fourth grade boy, and he was actually not as good at spelling as adam was, but adam was too shy to correct his spelling
  • adam loved cars since he was little. it was possibly the only thing he did at home that gave him joy. the first time he fixed an engine (or whatever you do with cars idk) he felt like his whole heart was lighting up and he was doing exactly what he was supposed to be. the next day at the library he asked the librarian for books about car engines and he found out that there were jobs where you could do more than just fix cars, you could invent whole machines and engineer how they worked, and he was filled with determination to get to a place where he could do that

blue

  • orla was like seven or eight when blue was born, so the fox way household had to deal with two terrifying children at the same time. for a while when they were little, orla and blue were the dream team of mischief. they watched the parent trap and were inspired by all the pranks and attempted to play a prank on the whole household. unfortunately, living in a house full of psychics makes it difficult to effectively play pranks, so they got caught by calla while attempting to cover all the adults’ bedrooms in toilet paper. they got in huge trouble for wasting toilet paper but were also weirdly rewarded for being clever and independent
  • blue learned about academic feminist stuff at a young age from all the women in her house. so she was the Resident SJW of her elementary school. when she was required to make valentine’s day cards for everyone in her class, she made ones with lil feminist cartoons talking about heteronormative misogynist traditions. in kindergarten she punched a boy in her class for saying something sexist. she tried to stage a protest against the school dress code in fifth grade. when she got in trouble for it, maura raised hell with the school
  • maggie’s said before that none of them had any friends before meeting each other, which I mean they probably had *some* pseudo-friends at some point or other, but it’s likely that Blue spent a lot of recesses alone. her solution was to go around to every tree on the playground and get to know it. everyone thought she was weird anyway, so it was easy to get away with holding long conversations with the trees. she gave each of them a human name and they each had a personality. on arbor day she brought them gifts that she made at home
  • she was always trying to make her own clothes, but she learned all her sewing and knitting skills one summer when she went to a free class at the public library. until then she used all sorts of different methods, not all of which worked. she was a menace to any fabric that entered the door of 300 Fox Way. it was a bad idea to let her watch the sound of music and see the scene where maria makes dresses out of the curtains. maura saw the light in blue’s eyes the second she saw that scene and took down all the curtains in the house and hid them, because she didn’t believe in telling blue not to make clothes out of the curtains, but she also didn’t believe in having her curtains torn to shreds

ronan

  • this child picked flowers for his mother all the time, i guarantee it. for a while there they thought he was gonna be a florist. i promise ronan lynch brought five gabillion bouquets of wildflowers into the house for his mother
  • he wrote short stories as a kid. his fourth grade class had a creative writing week and they all had to write books. he came up with wild, creative stories, not based on dreams or dreamers or anything from his life at the Barns, but shitty ones like all kids write. he wrote about a racecar who was best friends with a cow and how they learned to get along even though one was fast and one was slow, things like that. his mother read all his stories and told him they were great
  • he was a Big Fan of shit like nancy drew and sherlock holmes because he thought it was so cool how they solved mysteries, so he roped matthew into joining him in becoming a detective. there weren’t too many mysteries to solve… i guess this IS gonna get sad but obviously there were mysteries to solve re: what the fuck his dad was doing but declan didn’t want ronan to have to know about that, so he would make up fake mysteries by like stealing stuff from the kitchen. eventually ronan caught on to the fact that the culprit in every mystery was always declan and he realized he didn’t want to be a detective anyway
  • also i want to imagine that ronan was that kid who changed what he wanted to be when he grew up like, a lot. one week he was DEFINITELY gonna be a racecar driver. another week he wanted to be a bullfighter, but then he changed his mind when he found out they killed the bulls because he is the friend to all cows of course. another week he wanted to be an artist, and another week he wanted to be a farmer, and another week he wanted to be a forest ranger, etc etc.

gansey

  • gansey was the kid who is so polite you think he’s a tiny adult. you know how sometimes like four-year-old kids say shit like “excuse me, ma’am, would you like me to take your coat?” and it’s like what the fuck… he was that kid. it was partially because it was sort of bred into him and partially because he adored when adults would give him little smiles and ruffle his hair and tell him that he was very polite and well-behaved. actually helen hated this because she wasn’t nearly as well-behaved and she would scowl every time her little brother got complimented for his manners
  • speaking of helen, she and gansey were NOT always little angels at the fancy parties their parents held. they loved to play games there. helen’s favorite was to steal little trinkets without anyone being able to tell, gansey’s favorite was scavenger hunts where he would pretend he was on a noble quest in the ballroom
  • i feel like gansey would have loved indiana jones movies. i know this for a fact. when he got older he realized that they were ‘not accurate to the true experience of archaeology’ or whatever, but they still held a special place in his heart (bonus: he both idolized and was attracted to young harrison ford probably)
  • the ganseys took their children to museums to Enrich Their Minds. this might have been a bad idea though, because gansey was Struck and Bedazzled in Wonderment at every museum he saw. he was the kid who actually read the signs on each exhibit and did the weird educational activities that the museum offered. he listened to the audio tours. he came home babbling about what he learned for hours. take this time to imagine gansey at the cloisters in new york (which if you don’t know is like a medieval monastery they shipped over brick by brick from europe and filled with medieval art) just LOSING it. in the room of unicorn tapestries he feels like he’s being imbued with Destiny. he is eight goddamn years old

henry

  • little henry loved the whole world. he loved little inchworms that he found in the backyard and he gave them names (mostly he named them after pop divas. britney spears the caterpillar was a member of the cheng household for a while). he loved every kid in his kindergarten class and tried to play with all of them during recess. he was just full of love and wonder
  • actually, to expand on the recess thing, henry cheng was the king of recess. he was the kid who organized the Great Game of Tag, famous among all the third graders, a game that stretched over months of recess and only ended when the snow forced all the kids inside. there were elaborate rules, rivalries begun, glorious battles fought over this game of tag
  • he was in ESL because his first language was korean, but he got the hang of english pretty quickly- he’s a fast learner. he just didn’t speak it all that often for the first few years of elementary school, because he liked listening more than speaking, so the teachers thought he wasn’t good at it. in the end it was his love of belting out top 40 songs on the playground that made them realize that he was actually fluent in english. (although i know you can know songs well without knowing the language, but he would often change the lyrics to be about his personal life)
  • he organized political protests from a young age. he protested the school administration in, like, fourth grade, for not having an adequate meal plan for kids who couldn’t afford lunch. one time he tried to protest his parents for making him clean his room, but i won’t get into that because his parents were not great, but it seems like the type of thing he would do

noah

  • i firmly believe that noah dressed in his sister’s clothes until the age of nine or so, he just wore dresses and didn’t care. people made fun of him but he just rolled with it. he only stopped because his tastes changed and he wanted to be more skater punk
  • he was a huge stan of 90s boy bands like n’sync or whatever, i don’t even know if i spelled that right i just know that he was a Nineties Kid TM and he loved all that crap.
  • his favorite class was art class. he was, however, not the favorite student of his third grade art teacher, who liked to keep the room tidy, because he made gigantic fucking messes in the pursuit of creativity. i’m talking fingerpainting, collages, glitter, ripped up construction paper, wild sculptures, glue everywhere. (listen I taught a crafts class for little kids and let me tell you, noah was one of a specific type of four-year-old who takes a liquid glue container and pours it ALL OVER EVERYTHING with a manic glee in his eyes) luckily in fourth grade they switched art teachers to a hippie type who loved creative messes and she encouraged him to the point that he organized an art gallery for the whole school in the gymnasium. it was very successful and exciting
  • noah ate every goddamn Novelty Nineties Food that you could find on some dumb Buzzfeed nostalgia list. Dunkaroos, Gushers, dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets, Scooby Doo mac-n-cheese, Kidz Cuisine, green ketchup or whatever. the more gross and artificial and neon colored and totally awful, the more Noah loved it. he RAN lunchtime snack swaps, he had every item you could possibly want, the envy of every other lunchbox carrier in the school. (on halloween he and his friends were those kids who made like a three-hour-long plan to hit every house they could and make a ridiculous candy haul) (but noah always donated half of his candy haul to charity)

feel free to add more if you think of more!

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So I’ve been waiting so long to post this!

As you may all know I have a new crazy obsession with the show Milo Murphy’s Law lately. I decided to be one of the first few people in the fan base to cosplay as him for RICC this Friday!

I loved watching Phineas and Ferb when I was a teenager and thought I’d give this show a watch because it’s by the same people and man is it good. It’s like one of the only few new cartoon shows out there that are actually good enough to watch.

I’ve been secretly working on this cosplay for about a couple of months and thought I’d share my overall progress! I don’t care that I’m an adult I can cosplay as who ever the hell I want to cosplay as.

Even when I go as him for Friday I probably won’t get recognized as much since the show just came out itself. And that’s ok. I just want to show the world my love and interest for the show!

I don’t know how many people actually have been watching the show lately but I hope the show gets more fans really soon. It’s a really good show to watch.

Remember, anything that can go wrong will go wrong! Which I hope doesn’t.

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FREAKNIK: THE MUSICAL (2010)

a musical television special produced by T-Pain. It features the voice of T-Pain as the Ghost of Freaknik, as well as the voices of entertainers such as Lil Wayne, Young Cash, Snoop Dogg, Sophia Fresh, and Rick Ross, and comedians such as Andy Samberg and Charlie Murphy who provide additional voices. It was scheduled to air on Cartoon Network’s late night programming block Adult Swim sometime in 2009, but after several push-backs, it premiered on March 7, 2010. The musical is based on the actual music festival of the same name that used to take place in Atlanta,Georgia.

Why was it special?: IT’S A CELEBRATION OF HIP HOP CULTURE.

Oh-ho-ho, Freaknik is back, BAY-BEE!

What better way to ring in the second to last day of Black Animation Month with this Adult Swim produced movie based on one of the hottest college block parties to ever hit Atlanta, Georgia. In keeping with the spirit of being based on a party, this whole movie feels like one huge party full of music, dancing, and colorful personalities whoopin’ it up. As if that weren’t enough, the cast of this movie is a veritable who’s who of big names in rap who do in fact do some rappin’.

That’s something I love about Adult Swim; they have the pull to bring in a lot of big name stars yet they also enjoy bringing exposure to lots of up and coming artists. Hey, they worked their magic to an extent with Tyler the Creator and the rest of Odd Future.

Anyway, as much of a good time as this movie is it did come under a lot of flack for, in no small words, reinforcing some negative stereotypes about black folks. Ohh yeah, the stereotypes that all black people care about is partying, vanity, finding ways to get out of work, and endlessly coveting material possessions. It’s got all that and more–  but at the same time, look at the company that produced it. Adult Swm is known for having a tongue-in-cheek style of humor where they make fun of everything and everybody. They’re making fun of all these aspects of Black culture by presenting them in a context of relative normalcy for the setting.

To give us some more perspective, let’s turn the table over to Pix.


Freaknik was an interesting project to say the least. An animated semi-musical presented and starring autotune artist T-Pain, as well as the likes of Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Lil Jon and Cee-Lo Green just to name a few. And it’s also kind of based on the legendary black party of parties in 90’s era Atlanta? If I had to sum up my experience with this special using two words, I’d probably say: guilty pleasure.
During its initial premiere, Freaknik got a bit of flack from critics, while some publications like Essence Magazine, pretty much wrote if off as an embarrassment and harmful to black culture. Personally the bemoaning articles and criticism felt more like critics out of touch with the youth. You know, Bill Cosby telling us to pull up our pants moment. And honestly, while the jokes in this special tether just a tad past satire and into stereotypical at times I wouldn’t go so far to call it the entertainment A-Bomb to black culture.
What I had hoped to get from Freaknik was the hip-hop equivalent of Metalacolypse, which is essentially a show about metal culture that makes the jokes about much of metal so absurd, yet strangely kind of true. But its comedic cover also wraps around a dedicated smart love letter to the culture. Brandon Smalls is a true metal head. Heck, the guy even made a concept metal album AFTER creating three soundtracks worth of material for the show. So when he subtly slides in a joke about an infamous black metal artist whose suicide death made a cover, you know its done out of a weird morbid love for the culture.
And Freaknik kind of does that to a degree, but nowhere near on the level that it could like with Metalacolyspe does for metal or Black Dynamite does for Blaxploitation films or the social scene of its time. For every funny joke and nod, like Kid And Play dancing while mentioning that their current party is better than any other “House Party,” they’ve hosted, you’ve got other cheap racially-charged jokes that just sort of fall flat.
But maybe the point of Freaknik isn’t really to over-think it. Perhaps it wasn’t really trying to be a show that’s smarter than it looks on the surface. Maybe in its own way, it’s just trying to force viewers, especially black viewers, to let go and have fun much like the original concept of Freaknik before it all went to shit in the mid to late 90’s.
Who truly knows. But one thing’s for sure, that soundtrack is pretty bumpin’. 


That just reminds me, I gotta get the soundtrack but yeah, that’s pretty much what I thought. Thanks, pal.

TRIVIA

  • A soundtrack was released by Jive Records and Nappy Boy records on April 20, 2010. 
  • The 90-minute uncut version of Freaknik: The Musical has been released on DVD and other forms of home media. 
  • Freaknik: The Musical originally evolved from a failed pilot entitled That Crook’d ‘Sipp which was created by Jacob Escobedo, Nick Weidenfeld, Levell “David Banner” Crump and Mike Weiss. The pilot premiered on television on May 13, 2007.
  • In its original American broadcast on March 7, 2010, Freaknik: The Musical was watched by 797,000 viewers 18-34, making it the second most watched Adult Swim program of that night, behind a rerun of Family Guy.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

I ain’t partied out just yet folks, tomorrow is the final day of Black Animation Month and do I have a special treat for you. IT’s a little something I’ve been looking forward to showcasing for a long-long-long time because it’s something very special to me. Hope you’re ready.

Twenty-Five Good Spanish Comics from the 2010s

Hi and welcome to a new tumblr celebrating Spanish comics. I wanted to use this first post, in the late winter of 2015, as an overview of the past five years of Spanish comics, talking about (my necessarily biased and limited choices for) 25 pretty cool comics by Spanish cartoonists, writers, and artists published in this half-decade.

This cannot be a comprehensive list; I live in the US and don’t have infinite resources with which to check out everything interesting published in Spain. This is, if I’m being perfectly honest, a list of mainstreamish comics and graphic novels that has enough interest from genre aficionados and other well-established audiences to be widely pirated online. All of it is worth reading and perhaps more importantly worth looking at. Even if you can’t read Spanish. (Some of them are in fact available in English; others will be soon.)

It’s also more heavily weighted toward the front half of the decade, because the kind of comics I’m interested in take a little longer to get pirated than the average US punch/shoot/zap-em-up.

In no particular order:

David Rubín, El Héroe (Astiberri)

A post-Paul Pope epic-length two-volume deconstruction and reconstruction of superheroes informed by mythological heroes (or vice versa), splitting the difference brilliantly between Jack Kirby and Adventure Time. I haven’t seen pages this single-mindedly dedicated to thrill-power since Akira. Two volumes to date; English edition forthcoming.

Max, Vapor (La Cúpula)

The great stylist of the Spanish post-underground tackles the philosophical basis of asceticism, questions of identity, and dick jokes. English edition (not an ideal translation; we miss you, Kim Thompson) available.

Miguel Fuster, Miguel. 15 Años en la Calle (Glénat/EDT)

A former romance agency artist who burnt down his house and spent fifteen years a homeless alcoholic on the streets of Barcelona records his memoirs with dense, scribbly fortitude. Three volumes to date.

Lola Lorente, Sangre de Mi Sangre (Astiberri)

The debut graphic novel from a young art student with a striking style and bravura design sense, starring two children, one non-genderconforming, the other non-neurotypical, who forge a fraught friendship in the shadow of tremendous loss and instability.

Enrique Fernández, Los Cuentos de la Era de Cobra (Norma)

Animator and illustrator Fernández dives into a lushly-rendered high fantasy epic, more Arabian Nights than Game of Thrones (as befits Spain’s actual medieval heritage). First sold to the French market; but when the authors are Spanish, I count it. Two volumes to date.

Laura & Felipe Hernández Cava, Sarà Servito (Ponent)

Another of the post-underground generation, using her faux-naive line to illustrate the adventures of a female spy in seventeenth-century Venice. The script by one of the legendary Spanish comics writers allows Laura to indulge her interest in decadence, class war, lesbianism, and murder.

Juan Berrio,  Miércoles (Sins Entido)

One of the twee-est motherfuckers in world comics, let alone Spanish, but with a design sense and line that is to die for. This snapshot of a single day starring a host of anonymous urbanites might belong more to the world of gag cartooning than graphic novels; Berrio’s triumph is that there’s no difference.

David Sánchez, No Càmbies Nunca (Astiberri)

Any of Sánchez’ deadpan, horrifying, and darkly hilarious graphic novels could have made this list; he’s heir to the satirical macabre tradition of David Lynch, Dan Clowes, and Charles Burns, with perhaps a more anarchic, post-Adult Swim sensibility. Which somehow doesn’t undercut the gut-churning effectiveness of his work.

Alfonso López & Andreu Martín, Máxima Discreción (Panini)

Two of the founders of socially-engaged Spanish comics-for-adults in the the late 70s unite for a gimlet-eyed noir with gorgeously fluid watercolor-and-dry-brush art. López was always a good artist, but in the last ten years he’s become great.

José Domingo, Aventuras de un Oficinista Japonés (Bang)

A surreal, 8-bit video game-esque travelogue “shot” almost entirely from a single angle. Goofy, gross, funny, deeply imaginative and oddly moving. English edition available, although only the title needed translating.

Paco Roca, El Invierno del Dibujante (Astiberri)

Spain’s premier “social cartoonist” of the 21st century tells the true story of the moment in the 1950s when five Barcelona cartoonists tried to break free of the powerful children’s publisher that kept their art and all rights to their work, and failed. A thoroughly-researched, deeply affectionate look at a vanished era, with some resonance for those who don’t know anything about Spanish comics history, but much more for those who do.

Bartolomé Seguí & Gabi Beltrán, Historias del Barrio (Astiberri)

Seguí’s chameleonic style, which morphs to fit the tone of whatever story he’s telling, was present from his earliest work in the mid-80s. Here he revisits that time with a script from a fellow Mallorcan, and nails the uncertainty of youth in post-dictatorship freefall. Two volumes to date.

Tony Sandoval, La Serpiente de Agua (Dibbuks)

Gothic magical realism from one of the more interesting mainstream European stylists (this was published in French first). More dreamlike than the cover suggests, it’s about relationships between young adolescents and their fantasy lives, beautifully rendered in fading watercolors.

Miguelanxo Prado, Ardalén (Norma)

One of the graphic geniuses of Spanish comics returns for his first major graphic novel since the 90s with an allegorical vision of memory lost and recovered, rebuilt, by the charting of suboceanic depths.

Montesol, Speak Low (Astiberri)

My affection for #spanish comics in the 80s means that the cartoonists who came of artistic age in that time are probably overrepresented on this list and in my interest; Montesol is another of the post-undergrounders who broke a long silence with this, a beautifully sloppy meditation on the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War on the generations that followed.

Carla Berrocal, El Brujo (Ponent)

One of the most exciting and inventive young Spanish cartoonists tells the story of a wizard and his coven, his familiars, his lost love, and his travels in the human realm. By using a variety of graphic techniques, no two pages alike, Berrocal creates a subjective world of magic and surrealism that could only exist in comics.

Carlos Hernández & El Torres, La Hulla de Lorca (Norma)

A biography of the famous Granadan poet Federico García Lorca, told through Hernández’ exquisitely-rendered duotone images and El Torres (who has experienced some success in the horror end of the US market) providing a surprisingly vinegary text.

Danide & Marcos Prior, Fagocitosis (Glénat/EDT)

A collection of satirical strips on the 2008 credit crunch and the particularly disastrous economic and social effects reverberating since then in Spanish society. (Phagocytosis, the reference of the title, means the absorption of a smaller organism by a larger; the cultural imperialism of the US is one obvious metaphor.) One of the few books on this list that probably wouldn’t translate very well outside its immediate context.

Alfonso Zapico, Dublinés (Astiberri)

A cartoon biography of James Joyce (the title means Dubliner) by one of the most underrated cartoonists of the twenty-first century. Zapico’s lively, detailed line and engaging compositional sense makes a heavy-duty literary biography a relative breeze. The companion volume La Ruta Joyce (Zapico’s travel diary of the research for this book) is if anything more fun. English edition available; I haven’t seen it.

Iñaket & Mikel Begoña, Tristísima Ceniza (Norma)

Yup, another one about the Spanish Civil War. (If I’d allowed 2009 to sneak in, there would have been two more.) This one focused on Robert Capa, the Hungarian photographer responsible for some of the iconic imagery of the war, and his German Jewish companion Gerda Taro. Iñaket’s loose, sketchy line is a lovely contrast to the seriousness of Begoña’s script.

Álex Fito, Raspa Kids Club (Glénat/EDT)

A collection of short stories and other pieces, tied together by the conceit of a kids’ club where the kids tell macabre and socially unconventional stories. Fito’s style is both slick and cutesy – not unlike a less astringent Chris Ware – which only makes the bottom-dropping-out of his mordant tales all the more piquant.

Pablo Auladell, El Paraíso Perdido (Huacanamo)

One of the least conventional comics artists of his generation, Auladell is comparable to Dave McKean or Kent Williams, a painter who sometimes tells stories in comics. This adaptation of Milton’s Paradise Lost is remarkable for his ability to create imagery that stands up to the Old Masters (Blake, Doré),  who have rendered this saga of pride and damnation before.

Víctor Santos, Intachable. 30 Años de Corrupción (Panini)

Probably one of the most prolific, and certainly among the most stylish, representatives of the new Spanish mainstream, Santos is becoming a familiar name in US, where he’s drawn for Vertigo, Image, and Dark Horse, but he’s extremely popular in Spain for his high-contrast fantasy, historical, and noir comics. This juicy yarn of political corruption and crime in post-crisis Spain is only the tip of the iceberg.

Susanna Martín & Isabel Franc, Sansamba (Norma)

Franc is a gay Spanish novelist whose forthright lesbian novels were very popular in the 90s; in the 2000s she began collaborating with cartoonist Martín to tell the story of her mother’s breast cancer. Their second collaboration is also autobiographical, about Franc’s relationship with a Senegalese immigrant and the civil, religious, and sexual clashes that result.

José Luis Munuera & Juan Díaz Canales, Fraternity (Astiberri)

A dark but sweet fable about an ancient monster and the boy who loves him, by two Spanish creators best known for their work in the French market (and indeed this was originally sold in French). Reminiscent of The Iron Giant, and not only because of Munuera’s expressive, lushly digital art. There were two volumes in French; the Spanish edition is combined.

Parents Visitation Day

Rating: T

Pairing: WestAllen

Summary: Barry and Iris get to visit Don and Dawn’s school on Parents Visitation Day. It’s a day of chaos, pride, childish antics - and complete and utter betrayal. [based on a prompt I got on ff.net: “Don and Dawn think power rangers are superheroes to them and Barry is upset but Iris is giggling”]

Basically, this is just a fun, fluffy family fic ;)


There was always a big hustle and bustle in the West-Allen household in the mornings, but it was particularly chaotic on this specific day: Parents Visitation Day at Don and Dawn’s school. Don was zipping around looking for his blue crayon insisting that he would definitely need it for today and when Iris suggested he could certainly borrow his sister’s crayon, he responded with a huff, explaining that Dawn was always taking forever coloring and with his luck, she would need the same color as him. His sister didn’t appreciate that comment too much and started a tickle fight, which almost caused the whole family to be late for school.

(At least, Don had found his crayon right before the entire family set out for Central City Elementary School together; he’d caught a glimpse of it when Dawn had pinned him to the ground, merciless in her warfare – how the crayon had ended up under the couch,though, nobody knew).


When they arrived at the school grounds, children and parents split – the twins were off to their classroom for their first lesson and Barry and Iris met up with the other parents in the assembly hall. There was a short speech by the principal who thanked the parents for coming, followed by a tour. After being shown round the cafeteria, library and so on, the adults were finally led to their children’s classrooms. There were chairs in the back of the classroom for the parents; when Barry and Iris crossed the room to take a seat, Dawn gave them a small wave, elbowing her brother to do the same. The boy rolled his eyes at his twin, but complied nonetheless.

The teacher, Mr. Jones, introduced himself to the parents and gave a short overview of what the students had been learning recently. It was almost the end of their English lesson and the kids were eager to showcase the new words they had learned to spell. Barry and Iris exchanged proud glances when Don and Dawn spelled the words ‘citizen’ and 'holiday’ flawlessly.

The next subject was art. All children and parents got handed out a white sheet of paper (because they didn’t have any art supplies of their own, the adults also got a few boxes filled with old, used pencils and crayons the teacher kept ready in case one of his students forgot to bring theirs). Mr. Jones then announced this lesson’s topic: “I want all of you – and yes, that does include you too, parents -” he added, earning himself a chuckle from both parents and children, “to draw your hero.” (Iris and Barry exchanged amused looks.) “Your hero – or heroes – can be from a cartoon or a comic book or real life; he or she doesn’t have to run around in masks to count as a hero – it should just be someone you look up to and who you admire.”

The kids got to work eagerly, while most of the adults were slightly less enthusiastic. Barry and Iris on the other hand just exchanged a quick, telling look before fighting silently over the less shabby pencils, then passed on the box to the parents next to them, who threw incredulous glances in their direction. Soon silence befell the classroom, with only the scratching of pencils on paper and whispered exchanges disrupting the quiet concentration that had everyone in its spell.

40 minutes later, Iris felt Barry nudging her. She looked up from her own art project with an impish grin on her face and looked over to her husband. Barry smiled at her widely, proudly presenting her with his drawing. Iris’s heart fluttered. She sometimes forgot how ridiculously multi-talented her favorite nerd was and how skilled he was with a pencil. He had drawn a portrait of her, and a very good one, too (even without the help of super speed to complete it in such a short time) and had scribbled 'my greatest hero’ in big, clumsy letters (how Barry could easily draw incredibly detailed pictures and yet have such a scrawly, almost unreadable handwriting was beyond Iris).

It almost made Iris feel guilty about her own drawing. Almost.

“Great minds think alike,” she said in a low voice so as not to draw attention to the two of them, then showed her husband her sketch. The wide grin on Barry’s face soon turned into a frown.

“Oh come on, I’m not – I’m sure the Flash is not that gangly,” he complained, pouting.

Iris stifled a laugh; they were in a room filled with second graders – and the biggest petulant child in here was still Barry, sulking like a 5-year-old.

“Oh how would you know? I’m the one who met up with the Flash for a few interviews; I think I portrayed him pretty accurately,” Iris whispered in a teasing tone.

“I think you have forgotten something,” Barry declared, then quickly (maybe a little too quickly) scribbled another figure on the sheet. The addendum to Iris’s illustration looked a lot like Iris herself in what she would call her “journalism power outfit”, in front of vague shapes that probably meant to indicate a skyscraper of some sort, apparently free falling, a row of strange peaks next to her mouth – Iris then realized that those 'peaks’ were actually supposed to be 'AAAA’s.

“Hey,” the journalist protested, still whispering, “that happened only like… five times.” Iris could see the smirk creeping up on Barry’s face. She raised her own, black pencil threateningly but when it hovered above his drawing Iris couldn’t bring herself to ruin it (damn him for being so good at almost everything); instead she put a big jagged line right across Barry’s left forearm.

Barry stared at his wife disbelievingly.

“Very mature,” he remarked dryly. His incredulous look soon turned into a wicked one. Before he got a chance to retaliate, the school bell rang, announcing that the lesson was over.

Only now did Barry and Iris notice that the mother sitting next to Iris was holding the box with the school’s pencils to them, eyeing the couple incredulously. Blushing, Iris took the box and put her and Barry’s pencils back into it, while Barry was furiously rubbing his arm in an attempt to remove the prominent mark Iris had left on his forearm. In the end, he just rolled down his sleeves, exchanging a sheepish look with his wife.

Meanwhile, Mr. Jones announced that after the 20-minutes-break, they were going to tackle Mathematics (which elicited unhappy groans from the kids – followed by incomprehensible mumble by their parents when Mr. Jones added that he would test the adults as well). The teacher then dismissed the class.

Don and Dawn quickly got up, excitedly chatting with a few of their friends. Barry and Iris rose from their chairs as well, waiting until the lady with the judgmental look had moved past them, then headed towards their kids. They passed by the twins’ seats and of course Barry couldn’t help but steal a glance at their drawings. The motif was not what he expected it to be, though. Iris bumped into Barry, who had come to a sudden stop, then slowly sat down on one of the tiny chairs to get a better look at the drawings (which looked really funny considering Barry’s long limbs and the chairs being so small that his knees almost went up to his ears), first staring at Don’s picture, then directing his disbelieving look at his daughter’s drawing.

“Barry?” Iris asked, confused by his behavior. Her husband picked up Dawn’s picture and showed it to her: The drawing showed a group of colorfully dressed superheroes, though not who Iris would have expected. From all the heroes their kids could have chosen from – they both had decided to draw the Power Rangers! Iris’s initial surprise was soon replaced by utter amusement.

“I’ve never felt so betrayed in my life,” Barry said, staring at the paper with a thunderstruck expression.

“Mom, Dad, come on – we’ve got recess now!” Don and Dawn reminded their parents, already waiting at the door.

Barry set his daughter’s drawing down, still stupefied.

Iris couldn’t hold in her giggle any longer. She kissed her husband’s cheek, then pulled him up from the tiny chair. Still laughing, she rubbed off the mark her lipstick had left on Barry’s face in a loving gesture:

“Aww, at least you’re still my hero.”  


Fin.

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Soooo… I haven’t done much for the gltas tag in a while, and anyone who’s been following my blog for a while knows that I’ve done designs for green lantern before, but most of them skewed towards the adult variety. This time, it’s time for the youngsters!

Descriptions about the babies and their species below. Be aware, they’re SUPER LONG!!! I tend to ramble, lol…Thank you and enjoy! Please, if you have any DC headcanons of your own, let me know! I’d love to read them!

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anonymous asked:

14 —schei-letzebuerg

14: What popular ship do you not like?

Definitely USUK! I know I am going to get flamed to hell for this but I can’t stand it for a bunch of reasons!

First is the age difference

Now the ages aren’t the biggest deal when it comes to immortal beings, especially when by the same token any nationXhuman relationship is pedophilic, but something about how England was a father figure to america as expressed in the show seems weird to me. Especially the concept of getting screwed by your “son”! Idk if this is just me, but as a rule of thumb if you changed their diapers you shouldn’t sleep with them. Picture source

Next is the historical inaccuracies that USUK fanfiction and fanart is prone to
From America raping England during the revolutionary war, to him jumping at the chance to help England during the first world war. I mean seriously guys? Historically, America was never the center of England’s world, and neither was it the other way around. Though this is prone to happen in all ships, where another nation’s world is dictated by another nation, I find USUK can be the worst about abusing this. The worst of this in my book is a few fics I’ve found that show England rushing to America’s aide during the revolutionary war. Really? 

For the Revolutionary War; America was fricking pissed, and so were his people! I mean, the colonies were angry enough to unite against a common enemy, which in case y’all didn’t know was really difficult. Most Americans, and likely including Alfred, believed in the Boston Massacre without a doubt. Looking at the famous drawing by Paul Revere, its easy to understand just how angry the colonists could be

For the American Civil War; Not only was England still spiteful over the revolution, he also wanted to ensure a weak America. This is just common sense! Wanting to ensure an enemy is weak is page one of the war book, and also the best way for England to ensure his people’s safety. He also never took actual part in the war; probably because the Great British Empire had other things on his mind than his long lost colony? Yeah, probably. 

For WWI
The US was very hesitant to become involved. As you can see with the cartoon below, it was a messy war! Europe was called a powder keg by the US because of how easy they dissolved into war and became problematic. To the US this was a foreign war, and one they shouldn’t care about. Europe’s problem. As Americans watched their loved ones die, they became spiteful to the whole of Europe in many ways, although the Lusitania does prove there may have been a little something going on between the personifications. From when the Lusitania was sunk, there is now quite a bit of evidence that the explosion from the torpedo was horribly spread by munitions the US was illegally shipping to England source, but still it was the Alimo of WWI as seen in the cartoon above.

For WWII 
Here is actually where I feel USUK is quite possible. Despite how the US drug its feet into becoming involved, Lend Lease with Kennedy’s famous speech about one’s neighbor’s house being on fire, chose sides for the US quite definitely source, but still then, England by far was not the only country helped as seen below. For USUK, despite the grittyness of the war where obviously there was likely no love blooming, there was a lot of US and English joint efforts for the war support. The British even enlisted US movie stars to search for German U2 rockets with the first 3D imaging! That being said, there was no possible way America was with England the whole time of the war. Between the US’ rush to find German Rocket Scientist Werner Von Braun and their plight in the pacific, I sincerely doubt the entire war was fought in France or Africa as some fanficitons would have you believe. 

Next is how most USUK fans treat the Fourth of July celebration.

I have BEEN to the White House’s celebration and fireworks (an example of which is below). I saw Bush in his pink shirt and everything. It is possibly the most american thing to ever american, yet most every fic I’ve seen about the fourth is filled with England crying and america comforting him. England isn’t an overly hormonal teenage girl and america kinda has better things to do like maybe the $675 million dollars to be made on firework sales alone this year? source imo America and England wouldn’t be hung up on this years later, or at least not let it show. They’re both big boys. Also, if you know anything about america politics, you know that Alfred would want to invite a beautiful woman with a nursing degree who is a part time model to any party he went to.

The USA and UK are still very different from each other 
Up until a few years ago, England still had a dedicated board for nobility. His royalty still very much exists, and despite how many young Americans recently have romanticized England’s Royalty, older Americans remember the tragedy that was Princess Dianna and the plight she went through to get her divorce, one of which many Americans sided with her on. Her photo below

Why is america always stereotypicaly dominant and suave? 
The US is very anti homosexuality compared to other nations, and much of this mentality is instilled in the same social group that fills our military. I find it quite hard to believe that the military based personification (based on how hima draws them) of the US would be willing to (in some Doujin and Fanfic cases) bully England into topping him, or at least calmly top without some discussion and communication beforehand. Navy has literally slept with men and told them “no homo” afterwards. There is that much of a bias against homosexuals, and while I’m all for representation I find it strange to just outright ignore the problem. Not only that, but anyone from outside the crazy would of tumblr and fangirls would be very much lost and confused by this. I don’t know about the rest of tumblr, but I try to write to a wider audience. 

Why is England turned into a hormonal preteen girl?
You know, once the UK was cornered by the Germans who had the world’s first rocket aimed right for them. You know what the British did? THEY INVENTED 3D IMAGING AND RADAR TO JUST BARELY NOT DIE! As much as my american heart hates to say it, the British are resourceful and damn near impossible to kill. Despite how they are now basically obsolete in capabilities compared to the other superpowers, the British still turn out technological advancements and pull crazy fucking shit out of their asses. If England himself was pressed against a wall by America, and didn’t want to be there, he would grAB THAT BITCH’S HAND TWIST IT BEHIND HIS BACK AND PIN HIM TO THE FLOOR. Bottoming doesn’t mean the character has to be weak, emotional, and moe. Also, why is he always crying and insecure? I understand you want to be able to relate to the character, but one should be able to put themself in the shoes of an adult man, a warrior, and a political force when writing a hetalia character, and understand that the personality of a teenage girl is not one he would poses, nor one that he cannonly possesses. 

In the end?
Its not so much USUK the concept that makes it my notp, it’s the fans and how they ship it. 

Note: 

  • Did I get my history wrong? Is there something you want to debate about? Please, reblog this or message me and I’ll be happy to listen and talk!
  • This doens’t encompass ask blogs since there is a vast amount of AUs and different circumstances
  • I’m not telling you to not ship USUK! If you like it them go ahead! I’m just explaining why I don’t like it.
  • APH America is who I was writing about. This doesn’t have to to with Navy, since if I was writing about navy i’d be writing about all the times he has killed England out of spite :p 
TV shows I would like to see revived or well re-invented (with reasons)
  • Invader Zim: He just speaks to me on levels. If you deny there isn’t a quirky Zim in all of us, YOU’RE LYYYYING.
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In light of the bad decisions made in the new killing joke movie, and the corresponding negativity surrounding the dc animation, I’d like to point out all the positive things that came from the DCAU and other animated projects.

But first:

Batman the animated series is SO IMPORTANT to the history of animation. Its tone and popularity mad way for all of the wonderful cartoons of the current decade. BtAS is one of the shows that gave animation, other than Disney, a fighting chance. It challenged the dynamic of animated television being “just for kids” and gave us wonderful, complex, and thought provoking stories. I will stand by its influence to my dying breath.

Now that that’s out of the way, an actual list.

-Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as the Joker.

You cannot deny that Conroy is a damn good Batman, and Hamill is a FANTASTIC joker. They are iconic in the roles. When I heard that they were reprising their parts in Justice League Action (along with Clancy Brown), I was ecstatic. Both of them are living legends.

-“I am vengeance. I am the night. I am Batman!”

-Small time crime

Something that’s often overlooked in comics in general are the more average criminals. I love a good supervillain as much as the next girl, but BtAS episodes like P.O.V, and Appointment in Crime Alley are fantastic watches. They give us a better look at less glamorous super criminals which is REALLY refreshing.

-Respecting origins

Beware the Grey Ghost. Just Beware the Grey Ghost. It treats a kinda hokey premise with the respect and dignity it needed, to look back on how far the genre has come. Damn if you don’t get a bit teary eyed watching it.

The same principal in the Justice League Episode Legends, which is loving tribute to silver age comics. If you’re a fan of that time period, please go watch this.

-Renee Montoya

I’m in love with her fuck.
But really, she was a fantastic introduction to the universe, and a Hispanic protagonist for once.

-Harley Quinn

Yeah ya’ll knew this one was coming. Look, even if you don’t like Harley, you can’t deny that her creation was damn awesome, especially since she’d stuck around to this day. The episode Mad Love really shows how fucked up their relationship is, and treats it as such. Hell. Yes.

-Mr. Freezes’s backstory/ Nora Fries

That revamped backstory is another one that wriggled its way into the mainstream. Fighting for the life of a loved one is already painful, but having your freedom ripped away, and any chance at your loved one’s survival is even more heartbreaking.

-Baby Doll

Both of her episodes deal with disabilities… Hear me out.
Because of her appearance, altered by an illness that makes her never age physically, she has issues being taken seriously for her work, having relationships, being a member of society, and letting go of the past. She’s lost so much that her physical disability that she has trouble coping and ends up with a mental disability as well (I’m not sure what but you can form your own opinion). Putting this character on the small screen is an example of how a character can mean something to someone, even if there’s no direct correlation.

-Mask of the Phantasm

I don’t care what you’re doing go and watch this move. I swear it’s amazing. The joker is amazing the storytelling is amazing, Andrea is amazing, the Phantasm is amazing, the soundtrack is amazing, EVERYTHING is amazing. We get a good female character, who not only shows the fallibility of Batman, but has her own issues to deal with that hurt her more than they hurt Bruce. Even though the Joker is a villain, he doesn’t totally steal the spotlight. We have a great mystery, especially with the target audience, and a natural set of flashbacks detailing the Bats origin.

-Static Shock

All of it. All of Static Shock. I don’t actually now how to break this down into bullet points but STATIC MUTHAFUCKN SHOCK.
In all seriousness, I have a huge soft spot for this cartoon, because it’s what got me into comics in the first place, but Static/Virgil, and the whole show really, is representation sorely needed. I saw so many black kids dressed up like him that Halloween because they all wanted to be a hero.
This show dealt with some shit too. When we find out Richie’s father is a racist, it really hits home how friendships can be torn apart through bigotry, even if it’s not direct. It handled guns well, especially for younger children. I could quote Static’s lesson at the end verbatim for over 5 years. They deal with drugs, homelessness, and multiple types of racism, with quite a bit of tact, and are a good way to introduce the serious issues to kids.
Not to mention that he would have slipped under the radar without this show. I very much doubt h would have gotten a New 52 relaunch without the success of this show.
Just. Static Shock.

-One of the best Superman origin stories to date

That origin is very highly regarded as the most faithful adaptations of all time. Though it didn’t introduce anything new, it holds up and stands out over the course of time.

-Making Lois Lane a badass

(Confession: I’m 100% convinced that they saw April O’Neill, shrugged, and said take what’s good about her and chuck it into Lois. I’m aware I have no evidence bite me. (Yes I’m aware it’s technically the other way around))
But really, Lois was fukin badass. She was always chasing her story, passionate about everything she did, worked hard to maintain her success, and treated Superman as a person. Even if Lois got herself in perilous situations she had a reason to be there. Whether it be chasing a story, or fighting for an interview Lois always had some form of agency. She was kidnaped because of Superman, sure, but she made the choice to be connected to him with that interview, and eventual relationship.

-Speed Demons

In a nutshell, Flash is a bit of a showoff, but it’s part of his style and throws off his competitors/adversaries. I like that it also shows Superman isn’t above having a little fun for fun’s sake.

-Livewire

You cannot deny that Leslie Willis is just flat out cool. Though she never made it as big as Harley, she did appear in Supergirl, and continues to be a superman villain in mainstream comics today.

-WAIT I TOTALLYFORGOT KYLE RAYNER WAS IN SUPERMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES WTF

I JUST FOUND THIS WHEN I WAS LOOKING STUFF UP FOR THIS LIST I TOTALLY FORGOT I LOVE IT OMG
Sorry

-Terry McGinnis

Batman Beyond was just pure quality, like, I don’t even know how to describe it. I mean, Terry’s lasted this long, and like Static got a comic reboot.

-Diversity

I know it’s not enough, but the DCAU Justice League had 2 women, one of whom was Hispanic, and a black man. It was a step up from superfriends and gave the same needed representation that Static Shock provided.

-Continuity

Honestly, so much of this is just flat out continuity porn. Like the first episode of the second season of Justice League is almost a finale to StAS. It has quite a few callbacks that gave fans something to chew on.

-Reasonable discussion of religion

In the Terror Beyond from Justice League season 2, Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl talk about their religions with actual tact and grace. There’s a whole heck of a lot of tolerance and (minor spoilesrish thing) Hawkgirl does not challenge Grundys beliefs. Despite disagreeing, seeing that his ideas won’t hurt anyone she allows him to slip away thinking his soul is waiting. It’s very mature and really shows what the universe is capable of.

-HEREAFTER

Tears. Nothing but tears. I’m crying just thinking about it. One of the best Funeral scenes. “Justice doesn’t always have to come from the darkness”. TEARS.

-A believable shock reveal

Hawkgirl betraying the team feels completely genuine, fucking sad, but totally possible in the universe. This beats out every SHOCK TWIST I’ve seen in the past 6 years. I feel like this treated its audience like adults, and I’m grateful for it.

-The CADMUS arch.

Amanda Waller, Question, Captain Atom’s “Betrayal”, Lex’s manipulation, Doctor Hamilton’s betrayal, the callback to A Better World, the romances between Huntress/Question, and Ollie/Dinah, The superfriends reference in Ultimen, the Suicide Squad in Task force X, AMANDA WALLER, giving the spotlight to lesser known heroes, the political discussion, and THE EPILOGUE.

-Epilogue

This gets it’s own bullet because it was a masterpiece of storytelling. It NAILED Batman’s compassion, had a reference to MoTP, served as a much needed finale for Batman Beyond, devolved Terry beautifully, AMANDA FUCKIN WALLER, and a nice side message about how family can be forged.

And that’s just stopping at the basics of the DCAU, not including Teen Titans, Young Justice, a slew of animated movies and other TV, and all the comic tie ins.

I have strong opinions on the way people are taking the female characters in the animated universe and reducing them to “Things for Bruce to feel MANLY about”. The only one of FIVE in depth onscreen romances that even comes close to this is Barbra, so I understand why people are mad.

Look, I’m not saying we shouldn’t critique, we should always seek to improve, but ignoring any and all good Bruce Timm has done undermines media as a whole. Should Barbra and Bruce be fucking in TKJ? Probably not. Should they have been fucking in TAS? Nope. But saying that the “DCAU needs to die” is shitting on years of animation and comic book history.

Are You a Fanboy, Peter Parker? Part One

Summary:  You are a senior at Midtown High School and when an encounter on the Queensboro Bridge brings you in contact with Spider-Man, you become a minor celebrity at your school and secretly become friends with the web crawler.  That’s pretty inconvenient, since you have your own secrets to keep.

This is set probably two years after the events of Civil War, and by this point, the Avengers are (somehow) back together as a team.

Notes:  This story is based on a prompt that I got for a story about Spider-Man/Peter Parker going to prom with the reader and things going nuts and the Avengers having to show up.  It’s in three parts, and this Part One

The request also wanted the reader to have a power too, so I pretty much took Micah’s power from the TV show HEROES. 

Also, in case you aren’t a Spider-Man comics nerd, Midtown High School is the school in Queens that Peter Parker attended, Flash Thompson was a bully who picked on Peter in school, and Jessica Jones attended the school as well, and had a crush on Peter until her family’s ill-fated trip to Disney World resulted in her family dying, and her ending up in a coma and developing superpowers of her own.

Thank you for reading!


Chapter 1

Growing up in Queens, you knew that there was some pretty crazy stuff in the world.  You were in elementary school when a giant green monster of a man, appropriately called The Hulk, destroyed part of Harlem.  You were in middle school when aliens came through a portal over Manhattan and the Avengers first appeared, and high school when a terrifying creature on what looked like a flying skateboard, who called himself the Green Goblin, decided to cause trouble on the Queensboro Bridge while you happened to be on it.  

That was the first time you met Spider-Man, a masked superhero in a red and blue suit who swung in and rescued you right before your car fell into the East River, making him even more famous than he already was, and you a minor celebrity at Midtown High School, where you were halfway through your senior year.

It wasn’t the last time you saw Spider-Man, either.  The night he rescued you, he’d shown up on the fire escape outside of your bedroom to check in and see how you were doing.  You’d teased him about being a creepy stalker, but you realized quickly that he was very likely a kid, and one close to your own age.  He wouldn’t confirm it when you asked him, but he didn’t deny it either.  It didn’t make him showing up outside of your window any less stalkerish, but it did seem a little less creepy, at least.  When he showed up again the third time, you climbed out through the window to join him instead of making him talk to you through the screen.

“You aren’t going to get in trouble for being out here, are you, (Y/N)?”  He cocked his head in that ridiculous mask that he wore and you laughed as the cartoon-like eyes did that strange focusing thing that they did.

“My parents are out at some big charity event in the city and won’t be back for hours.  Besides, they’d be thrilled to find you lurking around. My dad would love to get pictures with you for his campaign.”  Your father was a New York City Councilman who had ambitions of becoming a U.S. Senator one day.  Your socialite mother hated living in Queens, but she tolerated it knowing that it was good for his image.  

“No thanks.  Mr. Stark says that Spider-Man should stay out of politics for now,” he shrugged.

“That sounds like wise advice.  Of course, I question his wisdom in having a kid on his team in the first place.”

“Hey, I’m tougher than most of the adults………”  You started laughing as he stopped talking.  You were pretty sure he was frowning at you, even though you couldn’t see his face through the mask.  “You were just trying to trick me into admitting that I was a young, weren’t you?”

“Actually, I think I was pretty successful at it,” you nodded with a grin. 

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choc-chip-pancakes  asked:

Hi! First, I wanted to say I'm a huge fan of your blog, I've been lurking as anon for a long time. Second, you watch Rick and Morty, right? Would you recommend it? I've been thinking of starting it, but I'm not sure if I'll like it. :P

Ahhh, good old Rick and Morty.  Okie dokie, there’s actually a bit I have to say about that!

The first time I tried Rick and Morty, I actually didn’t like it all too much. I’ve never been someone for crude adult cartoons, and while the pilot was…intriguing to me, the second episode was just a bit too vulgar for my tastes (at some parts, at least. Though it WAS insanely funny).

I stopped watching the show for quite a while after that, thinking it just wasn’t my kind of thing.  Around the time season 2 rolled around, though, a good friend of mine (as well as many tweets by Alex Hirsch) finally persuaded me to give it another shot.  Thus, the binge watching began.

I kinda felt like I was trudging through it until episode eight of season one, Rixty Minutes.  The special thing about that ep is that it’s almost completely improvised (so it was freaking hysterical), and actually has a really meaningful and heartfelt subplot that surprised me.  That was probably what prompted me to stick around, and the second half of season one was significantly better.  However, I still didn’t consider myself completely in love with the show (aside from the episode “Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind.” but that’s a whole ‘nother fantastic story.)

By the end of the first season, I was still a bit on the fence, but decided since the first few episodes of season two were out, I might as well start those too.

And then the relentless emotional bond began.

Episode one shocked me with its amazingly unique format and some surprisingly heart-wrenching moments, episode two was funny as all heck and super intriguing, and episode three…

…Let’s just say there were tears.

From then on, I was hooked.  Despite the crudeness and vulgarity the show sometimes offered, the characters had so much depth and the story lines were so creative that practically everything else could be excused.  Plus, the dialogue is so natural and fantastic, and the show as a whole is downright hilarious.

As of today, Rick and Morty is my second favorite show (under Gravity Falls, of course), and looking back on the episodes I previously found mediocre or over-the-top, I kinda love them now.  I think even if you’re not one for adult cartoons, it definitely helps once you get used to the show overall.  Granted, there are a few scenes that are still…well…an experience (any R&M fan can tell you the horrors of Mr. Jellybean), but all those aren’t too bad amidst the surprising heart and humor that the show blossoms into.

Bottom line, Rick and Morty is definitely worth a shot, even if those kind of shows aren’t your cup of tea. I recommend you to at least get into the beginning of season two (there are only 11 episodes in the first season anyway).  If you don’t like it by the first few S2 episodes, then feel free to let it go, but I still highly encourage holding out until then.

And if you do enjoy it? Well…

Just have some tissues ready for the season two finale.