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mynormalusernamewasalreadytaken  asked:

Do you know when "canon," like as a concept, became like a standard nerd thing?

The amazing thing about the term “canon” is that it didn’t bubble up from the undifferentiated mass of fandom (who actually knows who came up with memes?). We know exactly and specifically where the word comes from when used in this context: an essay written by a Sherlock Holmes fan in 1911, who compared the wild and crazy veneration that fanatical Holmes fans have for the original stories, to holy writ. Another name for the books assembled in the Bible was the canon, as opposed to other books that, for various reasons, were left out of the Bible and “didn’t count.” In other words, the term was originally used ironically and in a self-deprecating way to talk about the almost religious intensity of Holmes fans. 

Part of the reason the term canon caught on was because, even in the 1910s, the public was so mad for Sherlock Holmes that there were all kinds of illegal imitators and non-Conan Doyle authors and knockoffs, and yes, there were even amateur works that were distributed by mail (what today we’d call “fanfiction,” some of which even survives today), so a crucial distinction began to arise between the stuff that was “official” and the stuff that wasn’t. So, here we have the three things that we need to even have the concept of canon as we define it: 1) a group dedicated enough to actually care, who can communicate, 2) a necessary distinction between “official” and not, particularly due to the presence of amateur works (what today we’d call fanfiction), 3) a long term property that could sustain that devotion. 

Now, of the three, which do you think was the one that was absent from a lot of science fiction fandom’s first few decades? It’s actually 3. Canon only matters if it’s something other than just a single story, which the business model of the pulps discouraged. Like TV in the 1960s, every story had to be compartmentalized and serial storytelling was mostly discouraged.

One fandom, big from the 1930s to the 1960s was E.E. Smith’s space opera Lensman series. The Lensman stories were so popular that it received 5 sequels, all of which were planned from the outset. Some Lensman fanfiction from the 1940s is actually still available for reading. Part of the reason the Lensman stories were so popular is that it described a consistent world with consistent attributes: Inertialess Drives, aliens like Chickladorians, Vegians, Rigellians, pressor beams, space axes, Valerian Space Marines, superdreadnoughts, “the Hell Hole in Space,” the works. It was way easier to get sucked into this than it was with the usual “one and done.”  Take for example, this amateur guide to the Lensman series, with art by Betty Jo Trimble.

Canon “policy” as we know it today, as a part of a corporate strategy, started with Star Trek: the Next Generation. Before that, there was no “multimedia property” big enough to necessitate it; Star Wars just didn’t care, which is why pre-Zahn “expanded universe” stories like the Marvel comics were so bonkers. There was no reason to believe that the Trek novels, including good ones by John M. Ford and Diane Duane, were anything else than totally official. Roddenberry, though, was deeply angry about losing control of the film series, and due to his illness (hidden from the public at the time), his canon policy was enforced by his overly zealous attorney. In Star Trek canon, for a long time, the only thing that counted was what was on screen. And not even that…the Star Trek animated series, for several decades, was decanonized. (It wasn’t until Deep Space 9 that animated references crept back in, and today, it’s as canon as everything else).

I don’t want to scare anyone, and this is hearsay, but I’ve heard from three people who were there that Next Generation writers, at least as long as Roddenberry and his attorney were around, were encouraged to not think of the original series as canon at all. References to Spock and even an episode that had an appearance by the Gorn were rewritten.

The Star Trek canon policy was so harsh and unexpected that rules were invented deliberately to kick out popular reference sources, like the rule that starships could only have even numbered nacelles, which meant much of the Franz Joseph guides, published in the millions and praised by Roddenberry and others as official, were vindictively decanonized. 

Star Wars canon is interesting because it was entirely created by the West End Roleplaying Game. It was the only major Star Wars product printed in the Star Wars Dark Age, the 5-6 years between 1986-1991 when all toy lines and comics were canceled and the fandom was effectively in a coma or dead. The Roleplaying Game was the first place that information was collected from diverse sources like the comics and novels. Every single Star Wars novelist read the West End game because it was the only time all this information was in one place. 

Marvel Comics canon is a very interesting example because it was a harbinger of things to come: superhero comics were one of the earliest places in geek culture where the “inmates started to run the asylum”…that is to say, fans produced the comics, guys like Roy Thomas (creator of the Vision and Ultron) who started off as a fanzine writer. Because of the back and forth in letters pages, there was an emphasis on everyone keeping it all together that didn’t exist at DC, which at last count, had 5 (!) totally contradictory versions of Atlantis. 

Here’s one thing I noticed on my time on the internet watching film and game reviewers. 

Female Reviewer: Makes calm and logical statement. Calmly explains her reasoning for the critique. Give benefit of the doubt to the art she’s critiquing. 

Guys: “You bitch! How about you take your feminist bullshit out of here and stop art policing!” 

Male Reviewer: Yells obscenities at what he’s reviewing. Calls what he’s reviewing worthless. Makes sketch where he kills creator of the art he’s critiquing. 

Guys: 👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀 good shit go౦ԁ sHit👌 thats ✔ some good👌👌shit right👌👌th 👌 ere👌👌👌 right✔there ✔✔if i do ƽaү so my self 💯 i say so 💯 thats what im talking about right there right there (chorus: ʳᶦᵍʰᵗ ᵗʰᵉʳᵉ) mMMMMᎷМ💯 👌👌 👌НO0ОଠOOOOOОଠଠOoooᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒ👌 👌👌 👌 💯 👌 👀 👀 👀 👌👌Good shit

griffin “rules are suggestions” mcelroy and justin “i touched the player’s handbook once and had a severe allergic reaction” mcelroy and the mysterious case of being able to break a magic artifact in half with your bare fucking hands, brought to you by “dungeons” & “dragons” “fifth edition”.

‘haha yeah fight tim hes smol and nerdy’ 

noah fence but boy bested the league of assassins for funsies after bruce told him to fuck off bc he was in mid-brood

anonymous asked:

Do you have a vox machina/Hogwarts au?

oh buddy. my pal. friendo. of course I have a Hogwarts au. well, a VM house sorting at least it is like the first VM headcanoning I ever did I am Standard Millennial Nerd Trash

Grog - hufflepuff. Loyal, well-meaning, hardworking, “my strength comes from my friends” and all that jazz. Would 110% play beater on the house Quidditch team and be the scariest mofo

Keyleth - gryffindor. the whole striving to be a good person and do the Right ThingTM even when everyone else is telling you to sit down and shut up is the gryffindor-est. excels at transfiguration and herbology, thinks the Forbidden Forest is the coolest (kiki no)

Percy - slytherin. I kinda want to put him in ravenclaw but that boy is all about ambition and acting for his own sake. plus there’s the cunning, resourcefulness, and a loyalty only to those very close to him. potions expert, also very good with charms. has a small collection of cursed artifacts “because they’re fun”

Pike - hufflepuff. a very gryffindor-y puff, but at the end of the day she’s all about kindness for kindness’ sake. also, she will kick your ass if you threaten her or her friends because good is not soft and because you can be the beating heart of the group without being weak. plays seeker beater; tried out with grog for shits n giggles and turns out she’s really good

Scanlan - slytherin. as an existentialist everything is inherently meaningless, so he cares very much about those close to him and everyone else can figure out their own shit. resourceful, clever, sly, cunning. great showman. wonderful with charms. definitely does the commentary for the quidditch games, to everyone’s dismay

Tiberius - ravenclaw. always with the questions, always with the suggestions, always with the trying new things. Tibs wants to know, wants to discover. Probably spends all his time in the library. what a nerd

Vax - gryffindor. brave, chivalrous, charges headfirst into battle and wears his heart on his sleeve. sure, he could argue his way into slytherin with Vex –– and make a good argument for it too; that boy definiely has some slytherin qualities –– but at the end of the day he desire to do the right thing, to be worthy and just. he’d definitely play quidditch, probably seeker

Vex - slytherin. ambitious, resourceful, clever, cunning. whip smart and determined to get what she wants so help her god. captain of the slytherin quidditch team, chaser seeker and amazing on a broom (she had percy make some mods that probably aren’t strictly legal but whatever, it’s fine)

bonus: Allura is a ravenclaw, Kima is a gryffindor, Gilmore is a slytherin, Kash is a puff and he doesn’t want to talk about it, Zahra is hard to get a bead on but probably a slytherin, Victor is a ravenclaw (learn from his mistakes!), and Kern is a squib

Zootopia: ☾ Sleep Headcanons

For @sibera-the-wanderer : Nick and Judy (PLATONIC!)

Headcanons in a whole seven teensy teeny little fics!


1. Night Cap.

“You’re drunk, Carrots.”

“Psh… no I am naht.”

“Yes. You are. C’mon. It’s bed time.”

“But I wanna partay!”

“We’re not doing that. Drink this coffee.”

You drink this coffee.”

“I would, but you need it so much more than I do.”

She palms his face. Or tries to. Her hand sort of lands on his chin. “You’re stupid.”

He pats her hand. “Thank you, Judes.”

“Your face is stupid.”

“Have you seen yours right now?”

She makes a noise that’s half between a laugh and half between a burp. And then she throws up on his feet.

And then, after that, she passes out.

All in all Nick learned, as he’s taking his third shower of the evening and still somehow smelling like carrot vodka, Judy was never to take part in a drinking contest against Del Gato ever again.

Unless, of course, he remembered a camera.

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And that’s how some students from UA accidentally rickrolled a whole nation

7/7 Happy Birthday, Yamada Hizashi aka Present Mic! 

He’s just my absolute fave so of course I had to draw something.

You can’t tell me he wouldn’t be proud of them for that high quality rickroll, even if their plans didn’t involve a nation-wide broadcast 
He’s probably also the kinda person to genuinely enjoy a mixtape with like 15 times just never gonna give you up


Today was amazing. My only day of the week off work. I spent it as one should, sleeping in, dressing up, looking through records, playing bass guitar, listening to music and then working it in front of a webcam because I was feeling myself. Today the sun has come out, so instead of the usual black jeans I can wear my cutie high waisted shorts that I hardly ever wear. I think I worked them today :3


I was a little inspired by Hendrix with the head band ;)

Uploading more photos because I took too many…. hahahaha

Very Advanced MBTI

ESTJ - Meanie
ISTJ - Meanie’s minions
ESFJ - Either Grandma or a bitch
ISFJ - Pushover
ENTJ - King Meanie
INTJ - Standard Nerd
ENFJ - Tell me about your *licks face* FEEEEEELINGS
INFJ - Witch
ESTP - Sociopath V1
ISTP - Sociopath V2 with 40% extra Sadism!
ESFP - *Sees a new person* *Rubs genitals on their face as a greeting*
ISFP - *rubs body with flowers* FREEDOM
ENTP - Deluxe Nerd (Now with Free Violent Urges!)
INTP - Quirky Nerd
ENFP - *Spontaneously explodes into glitter*
INFP - Nerds with added Emotions!

anonymous asked:

the love interest in rp1 doesn't want to be seen irl, because she's ugly and hideous and she spends a bunch of time agonizing about it. later, when the protagonist meets her face to face, she's a standard attractive nerd girl but has a small port wine stain on her face. god i hate that fucking book.





anonymous asked:

Hey, I've been reading through your comic and I've got to say, this is quite possibly the coolest comic I've ever read (and I've read quite a few). My Zelda-nerd self almost died when I found this. Seriously, Nintendo needs to hire you for their storyboard/art team! I have a hard time imagining DLC 2 being any cooler than this. I look forward to more! Best wishes! Also, I'm not, shall we say, technologically inclined, so I'm not really sure if you'll get this or be able to respond... Oh well. ;P

Hi! Don’t worry my technologically challenged friend, your message was received!

Oh my gosh what a nice message I could weep? I’m an avid webcomic reader so that is super high praise in my book and as I only dipped my toes into hardcore Zelda-fan territory since BOTW I’m happy it’s not a catastrophic failure by Zelda-nerd standards. I’ll try to keep it that way.

Working for Nintendo is the dream but honestly I’m happy so long as I get to make cool stuff and share a compelling story with people. For now lets just pray the Nintendo gods dont come and beat me over the head with a copyright takedown notice… If I vanish without a trace you know where to look……… …. . Avenge me. 

Thank you for your message, it’s a pleasure to have you read it!
All the best <3

Episode 9.  Saionji gets a third try.  What a special boy!

Kendo is not a good way to prepare for an actual swordfight, particularly one where the goal is to knock a rose off of someone’s chest rather than to cave their skull in.  No wonder the fencer (the one who isn’t 12) never loses.

The action proper opens with Saionji yelling at the monkey whose body had until recently housed his soul.  He shows Chu Chu his true power [again, kicking] and talks smack with Utena for a while.  Saionji is awfully sweary for a student council nerd.

We learn that Touga is Saonji’s shining thing (or eternal thing, as he styles it), although due to Saionji’s overwhelming masculinity this manifests itself as a competitive rather than a carnal desire.  Saionji is laboring under something of a misapprehension re Touga’s access to eternity, but let’s put that aside for now: Touga was still a brave enough boy to push open a coffin and get the girl, and Saionji wasn’t.

If that’s not a recipe for a lifelong inferiority complex, I don’t know what is.

Utena doesn’t get a face in this flashback, which is probably because Saionji doesn’t know that she was the coffin-dweller, but – if you’ll let me reach – it’s also because there’s no humanity in her at this moment, for him. She’s pure symbol, Girl in Coffin. Getting the girl out of the coffin is a magic trick, like pulling a rabbit out of a hat.  Saionji wants to be magic, and he wants to use people as his talismans, as the symbols in his thaumaturgical alphabet.   That means that he can’t see that Girl in Coffin and Irritating Tomboy are the same person, even though there’s nobody else for miles around with pink hair.

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