shade for a century in two lines

• Woman’s Dress (Robe à la française) with Attached Stomacher.
Place of origin: France
Date: ca. 1765-1780
Medium: Light pink silk taffeta, woven with multicolored shaded stripes in dark pinks, medium greens, grey, and yellow (French); bodice and sleeves lined with coarse grayish-white plain weave linen; cuffs lined with white plain weave wool flannel; stitched in pink silk thread; two original metal eyes on stomacher panels.

anonymous asked:

Someone please make a list of the stuff that Penders considered "progressive" in the comics. There's so much wrong with it.

Oh boy, that would be a long list. Off the top of my head though…

-Julie-Su entirely. Conceived her as an Action Girl and desired her to be seen as a ‘girl power’ type of character. Her entire existence ultimately revolves around her love interest, including her reason for leaving her old life behind, and all of her development is about him. To say nothing of the fact that her destiny is to be a doddering housewife straight out of the 1950s despite having been a career soldier and part of a techno militia/cult.

-His treatment of Sally in general- a strong female character in all meaningful uses of the term in the show, Penders slowly chipped away at this, diminishing her character and focusing upon all the wrong aspects of her as a character, turning her into a domineering harpy who was under the thumb of her controlling father. He tried to kill her off under a myriad of excuses, from her mini-series not selling well (despite never mentioning a need to kill off any of HIS character who appeared in that book), to not grasping how she could be a leader along with Sonic (field leadership just doesn’t exist), to even claiming she ‘cramped Sonic’s style’ and needed to go, committing a very blatant act of ‘fridging’ by trying to kill her off solely as a means of motivating Sonic despite the fact she was a lead character. Adding insult to injury was his creation of Elias, a gender inverted clone of his sister (right down to his name being a phonetic reversal) whom rumor has it was being groomed to take over as leader of the Freedom Fighters, and whose introduction was simply another means for her father to spite her. 

-Making Rotor gay under arbitray and offensive reasoning, and then doing such a poor job of hinting towards it that nobody figured it out until he said something years and years after the fact, while treating this shoddy and lackluster act of inclusion as if it were some daring act of progressive subversion. 

-Trying to display a ‘nontraditional’ marriage for Knuckles and Julie-Su that none the less operates as a completely, stereotypically traditional marriage that renders the decision arbitrary and diminishing towards Julie-Su.

-Refusing to really examine or acknowledge some of the more fucked up things that Locke did and even encouraging these actions. 

-Claiming to be heavily pro-democracy while making his Perfect Pet Civilization ultimately controlled behind the scenes by a single family, not unlike a monarchy, all the while claiming he WANTED to undo the monarchy show in the Kingdom of Acorn yet took absolutely no steps to even suggest that abolishing it or reforming it was a good idea. 

-In fact, a lot of the stuff about the Echidna becomes cringey given that he explicitly views them as a stand-in for the USA, and then concocting a scenario where grimey criminals are mostly non-Echidna, while the Echidna-only terrorist group he explicitly compares to Nazis are suddenly allowed to be regarded as more of a ‘shade of grey’ and having ‘complexity’ behind their actions. 

-In another one for feminism, the fact that the entire line of Guardians has only a single girl, one who goes on to be outlived by her father, son and most of her male descendants while dying under vague circumstances. This would be less notable if it was established that the Brotherhood was sexist and simply passed over potential female Guardians in favor of male ones, but nothing of the sort is at at any point hinted at or established, so we are forced to accept that throughout a family line going back two centuries there was only ever one girl. What makes it all so glaring is that Penders screams about being a feminist and a progressive, and yet couldn’t even commit to a simple no-brainer scenario like making the Guardian lineage comprised of men AND women in favor of a sausage-fest council of cryptic grandpas. 

-Trying to demonstrate the strength of women by having Lupe sacrifice herself for her family, only to say it was to show that EVEN a female could do so, and in saying such completely twisting the intended message and sabotaging of it of meaning. 

On and on and on it goes, and where it stops, nobody knows…

Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Inquisitive: the appearance of a maid of the Tempo era, No. 13
Series; Thirty-Two Aspects of Women (Fuzoku sanjuniso)

Yoshitoshi’s Thirty-two Aspects of Women - Yoshitoshi’s finest series of bijin-ga, or pictures of beautiful women, Thirty-two Aspects of Women features illustrations of beauties in a lighthearted reference to the thirty-two notable features of Buddha. The women depicted come from all social classes, representing beauties from the late 18th century through Yoshitoshi’s own time.

Each design captures a woman in a scene from daily life, realistically and sensitively portrayed as individuals rather than idealized figures. Sumptuous fabrics are beautifully rendered, and hairstyles and facial features are drawn with the most delicate of lines. The series was beautifully printed using the most costly techniques, such as delicate bokashi shading, embossing, and burnishing, creating some of the finest prints of the Meiji era.

Thirty-two Aspects proved popular with the public when published in 1888, and has been appreciated by viewers and collectors ever since. Designs in this fantastic series are some of the most highly sought after woodblocks of the Meiji era, and are certainly considered great masterworks of Yoshitoshi’s career.


Sometimes, the Tome of Horrors just isn’t messing around. Cerberus is one of those times. We’re not talking about a race of CR 6 skinless hellhound here.  This is Cerberus, the near-mythic three-headed hound that stands at the gates of Hades to forever guard the ways into the lands of the dead, and at CR 23, it’s believable that a heroic demigod like Herakles had some trouble subduing him. A baleful howl greets living intruders that dare the faithful hound’s protection and his gaze turns men into stone. His central head expels a toxic stream of poison (possibly a nod to the snakes that line his body in some depictions) and no one short of a major god can force the guardian of Hades from his post by magic.  All in all, a serious opponent and despite the bestial appearance, this Cerberus is no one’s fool with an intellect greater than many wizards.

You don’t have to use Cerberus, though – there’s nothing intrinsically canine about the mechanics. As made, only immovable really suggests anything protective but I really like this monster or something conceptually similar as a liminal guardian, a protector of gates that should not be opened, even by heroes.  Like a lot of high CR monsters, Cerberus can also serve to establish the game’s scope and feel long before the party is ready to challenge something like that.  Especially when someone asks what’s beyond that forbidden door.  After all, Cerberus must be protecting it for a reason!

Beneath the Great Sphinx at Giza, there is a secret tunnel found by no archaeologist.  Another leads down from Cape Matapan, a hidden tunnel winds its way from the Chiquibul caves, and unmapped caverns lie beneath Mount Fuji.  Every single one of them eventually meets before gates of black granite and pure silver.  Standing at that gate is Cerberus, the truth behind the Greek legends.  The cerberi bound by some mortals are pale imitations, bits of Cerberus’s legend given a bit of life by magic, but anyone assuming they can deal with the beast is in for a rude surprise.  Set in place by the gods to keep the worlds of spirit and flesh apart, Cerberus has managed well, keeping most of the dead and the monsters out of the mortal world.  The approach to his dominion is lined with the petrified shades of those who dared try his patience.  Every now and then, someone finds another passage, sneaking through before the archons manage to seal it off again.

Sages regularly speak of the Dragon Fall, referencing the two century old event regularly in the annals of the Successor States.  Tumbling to earth on a pillar of smoke and fire, the shaggy-bodied creature has three serpentine heads, each with three spiraling horns, and a monstrous physique not unlike a yak, hairs jutting out from between its scales.  The beast relentlessly patrols the outskirts of the Forbidden City, petrifying or brutally slaying anyone it meets.  Taken as a sign from the gods, Surathay collapsed into squabbling, fragmentary kingdoms, each trying to subdue the others and rule over a land where bandits and monsters prey freely on the people.  To truly reunite the land, a would-be emperor must reclaim the Forbidden City of the Kings of the Earth and, by so doing, receive the mantle of heaven.  But as without, so within, the shades and spirit armies of dead princes warring in the streets.  And the guardian beast must answer to someone.  What motive did the gods – or whatever else might possibly control such a brute – have for sending such a potent monster to besiege the capital?

Some doors are meant never to be opened; some are opened anyway at terrible cost.  To reseal the portal that beckons to some nameless Thing in the outer darkness, its guardian must be found.  That may be difficult.  Cultists and fallen angels loyal to the terrifying star god have sundered the three-headed, clockwork guard dog built by a forgotten demigod to mind the portal. Finding and reassembling the pieces takes on more and more meaning as the time nears when the stars are right for the Thing from Beyond to shamble through unless the guardian construct can once more be assembled to drive it back with the threat of calcifying shape.

- Tome of Horrors Complete 100

The cerberi are on Bestiary 3 page 51.

The image above was done by frizz-bee on DeviantArt.