“ Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson find themselves in 1890s London in this holiday special.”


Re-Watching AToTS and...

I was re-watching A Tale of Two Stans, and I got to this scene, that upon first (second, third, okay and fourth) left me heartbroken. You know the one:

However, after my recent re-watch, I noticed that my kneejerk reaction to this scene had shifted from “Oh, no!” to you “Yes. This is painful, but necessary!”

Like, I’ve suddenly realized what an empowering, important character growth moment this was for Stan.

His brother has just rejected him again. Has arguably given him an eviction notice from not only the Shack but also Stanford’s life. We’ve seen this happen before. It could almost be considered a parallel to this scene from the exact same episode:

But instead of spending the next decade trying to prove his worth as a family member or try to get back into Ford’s good graces, what does Stan do here?

He accepts the rejection. Sadly and regrettably, of course, since Stan obviously wanted to make up with his brother. But here’s the thing: This moment shows that he does not rely on that reconciliation for happiness. And then you have this line:

Stan: “You stay away from the kids; I don’t want them in danger. ‘Cause as far as I’m concerned, they’re the only family I have left.”

I don’t think this is so much Stan not considering Ford his brother anymore, but the narrative asserting that what Stan and Ford have between them now is not a functioning family unit. And Stan knows this because he’s spent the summer with Dipper and Mabel.

In this very same episode, you have Stan revealing all his lies and secrets, and the kids forgive him. They forgive him, and still love him, because forgiveness and unconditional love is part of what makes a family.

Now that I look at it, I'm glad and grateful that this scene was included, even though it hurts.

Obviously, I want these broken old teacups to make up, and so does Stan (and they most likely WILL) but the fact that he outright states that he does not need Ford’s approval or acceptance because he already has these things from other people (the kids, and Soos and Wendy, too) he now considers family is so, so important.
25 Reasons I Hate Your Main Character
It’s possible I hate your main character. Now, that might be on me. The list below? Entirely personal. And, as always, in the hands of a master, none of this shit applies. A masterful storyteller can break all the rules and make the breaking of the rules seem like that should’ve been the rule all along. Your Mileage May Vary, but just the same I thought it an interesting exercise to list those things that make me want to punt your main character into a pterodactyl nest. Where he will be promptly ripped into ribbons and gobbets of man-meat.
By chuck wendig

The ORIGINAL original character designs of the cast of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? by character designer Iwao Takamoto.

Let’s put that in perspective.

These sketches, made around 1966 or 1967, look fresher and more animated than a lot modern day cartoons. It’s a stark difference, not to mention way less stiff, than what audiences eventually saw on the show.

Iwao Takamoto is a legend in animation for a reason, kids.


Aigis - Persona 3 fan art by Blair Armitage

“Realtime 3d fanart of Shigenori Soejima’s character design of Aigis from Persona 3. This one is based on his artbook illustration, but also combines a few design elements from the Arena version.
Rig was made by Darren Holt. I decided to make a game res version of the test sculpt I did last year, wanted to try for a FFXV style. The final character is around 130k tris.
Tutorial for the body materials is included below, for the hair I followed Tom Parker’s tutorial and built the hair strands in zbrush, then baked down onto hair cards. [Link to the WIP thread]”


[Tutorial: DDO Painter for Characters with Blair Armitage]