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Alright, I watched a lot of space movies over the weekend and they gave me astronaut!Alec feels. So. Here we go.

  • Alec-Savior-Complex-Lightwood is slated to go on a one-way deflect an asteroid mission in three months. Nobody knows because he is Alec and he does not tell people things. They just think he’s going on a regular mission. 
  • Also, the whole thing is hush hush because the governments don’t want the world to panic, so Alec isn’t really allowed to tell anyone anyways.
  • At this point he’s in training and one day he is driving back from the training center when he finds Magnus on the side of the road angrily shouting at his car that has up and died.
  • There’s zero cell service so Alec tries to help Magnus jump his car, but that doesn’t work. Alec says he’ll give Magnus a ride into town so he can call a tow truck.
  • Magnus agrees and may or may not turn off the AC in Alec’s car when Alec isn’t looking in an attempt to get him to unbutton his shirt a bit.
  • It doesn’t work.
  • They get to town and Magnus insists on buying Alec dinner to pay him back for his help. Magnus is totally angling for at least a kiss, but he is also aware that just kissing the guy who rescued from the side of the road is not a superb plan when the guy has ridiculous biceps. Gotta buy him dinner first.
  • Dinner is a mild disaster involving a sick waitress and smoke alarms. But they still enjoy themselves and Alec, feeling a little daring because he knows he’s only got so much time left, kisses Magnus.
  • Except it’s a little more passionate than he expected and suddenly he’s agreeing to a second date with Magnus that Friday.
  • Alec spends the next three days beating himself up about agreeing and planning to call it off. He really likes Magnus, he truly does, but he HATES the idea of leaving another person behind who might love him and who would miss him. 
  • But he goes anyways, telling himself it will be the last date. He’ll call it off after that. He will.
  • He doesn’t.
  • They continue dating for two months and Alec is constantly beating himself up about it but he’s so damn happy with Magnus that he can’t make himself stop.
  • But Magnus knows something is up, and eventually he confronts Alec about holding back. It turns into a big blowup fight during which Alec accidentally reveals the one-way nature of his mission.
  • Magnus just sort of freezes. He knew Alec was an astronaut, that he was going on a mission soon, but this… 
  • Alec is frozen too, no idea what is supposed to happen now. He has no idea if Magnus is going to be upset or scared or angry.
  • Magnus is all three of these things, though they’re mostly not directed at Alec. He wishes Alec had told him, but he’s gotten to know him well enough by now to get why he didn’t. He’s just pissed at the situation. At the government for asking this of Alec.
  • After a few minutes Magnus manages to gather himself enough to ask Alec to elaborate.
  • Alec does, telling him everything about the asteroid and how he volunteered for this mission knowing full well what it meant. That he’d never meant to start something with Magnus because he didn’t want to leave another person behind. But he’d fallen for Magnus anyways and now he didn’t know what to do.
  • Magnus just walks over and pulls Alec into an impossibly tight-hug, one Alec manages to return after a few seconds of shock. He keeps telling Magnus he’s sorry over and over again. Magnus tells him he doesn’t need to be sorry just as many times, that he wants to be with Alec for every second they have.
  • Alec still feels kind of terrible about leaving Magnus behind, but they spend the next month squeezing every bit of life out of the time Alec isn’t training and Magnus constantly assures Alec that it’s okay.
  • Launch day comes and Magnus is there with Jace and Izzy. Alec asked Magnus to watch out for Jace and Izzy for him, because they still don’t know that this is a one way trip for Alec. Alec left a bunch of letters with Magnus for his whole family, and just as many for Magnus himself.
  • Magnus gets royally drunk that night while watching the international press conference that finally tells the world about the asteroid and the mission. He spends the next weeks refusing to look at any calendars because he doesn’t want to be counting down the days to when Alec will be dead.
  • Meanwhile, up in space, Alec and the other three people on the mission have all gotten it in their heads to say “fuck NASA” and are trying to work out  a way to both deal with this asteroid AND make it home. They don’t have the fuel, they don’t have the rations, but dammit, they are going to figure this shit out. (This crew probably consists of Maia, Lily, and Luke, just FYI. Luke and Alec being on the mission together is how Jace and Clary meet. But I digress.)
  • Communications have been lost and the asteroid successfully deflected so the world, at this point, believes Alec and his crew are gone and there have been worldwide memorial services, the whole crew has received a ridiculous amount of awards and honors from multiple nations, charities have been started in their names, etc. 
  • At the initial memorial service Jace gets up to speak about Alec but can’t get through it, so Magnus steps up to speak up for him. They continue to support one another through all the press and other ceremonies that happen.
  • Except Alec and crew are not dead. They figured that shit out and are on their way home. It involves a hell of a lot of jury-rigging and some questionable applications of physics, but they make it back. Problem is, lack of fuel=lack of a good landing and their communications are still down.
  • They land in the ocean, floating for two days before getting picked up by some local fishermen from a small island near by. 
  • Queue a lot of very harried and confused radio calls between various people as Alec and crew try to get in touch with someone who A) believes them, and B) can come get them in a reasonable time frame. There’s no working phone in the village they’re in, so the ham radio is all they’ve got. There’s no hospital either, leaving Alec with a badly broken leg from the landing and his crew with various other injuries.
  • Finally they get in touch with someone and envoys are immediately sent out to get the four of them. It’s three a.m. back in New York and Magnus is about ready to murder whoever is calling him, then when he hears why he is getting this call he cannot comprehend it. At all. Thankfully Catarina is staying with him (she was wary of him being alone after losing Alec) and she takes control of the situation. She makes sure Jace and Izzy know, gets plane tickets for everyone, gets everyone packed onto the plane, etc.
  • They all fly out to Tokyo where Alec and crew are being med-evaced to, Catarina shepherding around her little group of shell-shocked ducklings and raising all hell whenever there’s a delay of any sort. 
  • Finally they get to the hospital and Alec is there, laid out in a bed with his leg propped up and various other bandages, but he’s completely awake. A nurse mutters something about him refusing pain killers and surgery for his leg until he saw his family.
  • Jace and Izzy run up to him instantly, diving in for careful hugs. Magnus just sort of hangs by the door, trying to remember how to breath. Catarina is busy interrogating the nurse, wanting to know the exact extent of Alec’s injuries. Eventually Alec pulls away from his siblings and says Magnus’ name just once. Magnus is across the room in a heartbeat, pulling Alec into a hug and kissing all across his face. In between kisses Magnus is telling Alec he loves him, that he’s never letting Alec out of his sight again, and that he’s never been more grateful for Alec’s stubbornness than he is right then.
  • Alec is finally taken to surgery and a week later he is able to fly home with Magnus and the rest of his family. Alec had put all his stuff in storage and ended the lease on his own apartment, so he just moves in with Magnus. Magnus pays for a few security people to keep the press away from the flat because they are everywhere. Yes, the government offered to provide the security but Magnus wants people HE picked.
  • Alec is ridiculously overwhelmed by the fact the whole world considers him and the rest of his crew heros and doesn’t really know how to deal with the attention. Magnus does a wonderful job distracting him from it.
  • Eventually things quiet down and Alec gets a job at the local museum teaching kids about space, and a few years later he and Magnus get married. Alec proposes with a ring made from a scrap of metal off of the ship he came back in, something he hung onto all that time.

Well. That ended up longer than I expected… >.> I wish I had time to turn it into an actual fic, but, alas, this will have to do. I will not let actual science deter me from my astronaut!Alec headcanons. 

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Tessa Black: Who would you say are some artists that have influenced your work the most?

Dilraj Mann: I really love Katsuhiro Otomo and Taiyo Matsumoto. Their story telling and panel transitions are revelatory. Cleon Peterson, Keiichi Tanaami, Jaime Hernandez, Chris Ware, Lucian Freud,  Jose Munoz, Zaha Hadid, Ralph Bakshi. David Mazzuchelli’s work in Batman Year One is something I read annually to show me economy in art and panel layout. I tend to find that I fall in love with someone’s work early on and then fall in love with something else. So new inspiration is Marie Jacotey, Aisha Franz  and Hattie Stewart, Jillian Tamaki. I find music incredibly inspiring and something that influences my work, currently  stuff like Jlin, Philip Glass, Dirty Beaches, Clark and Jai Paul and I’m hoping to do a comic based on his lyrics soon. How about you?

TB: I’m pretty all over the place with artists, mainly as a function of how little time I give myself outside of work. I draw from a lot of artists such as Otto Von Todd, Gulliaume Singelin, Anna Cattish, and Asiey Barbie. I go through a lot of different artists but those are generally the folks I come back to I admire artists with a lot of versatility or at least a body of work that stretches far back. It’s interesting to see what they learned or tried with different approaches, and helps me get a better sense of what I like about their style.

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Finally!  I’ve added some photos to the queue!  The next set is from a few days of my big South Island road trip that I took in May 2014.  These are from the Catlins, a lovely, hilly region on the southern coast of the South Island.  This beautiful waterfall is Purakaunui Falls.

The Catlins, South Island, New Zealand