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Meet the Cat Cosplay Kitties!

Our Cat’s are named Nak, and Fawkes. You all have a lot of questions about them so we’re making a new introduction post!

Nak has been working events for over 7 years now! She has dressed up for all sorts of things from Pirates and RenFaires to Sports rallies. She just was a guest at Emerald City Comicon to sign her Comic book covers for @valiantentertainment.

She is turning 15 next month but our Vet is ecstatic with how healthy and spry she is! She rides around on my shoulders quite a bit and has a habit of drooling when she purrs. She is also one of the softest cats you might ever pet.

Next is Fawkes (We adopted him on the Fifth of November)

He has a little disorder where his balance is a little off and he stomps everywhere he walks as a result. He also has trouble stopping when running at top speed >.< . He’s 6 now. And while Nak is the event Cat. Fawkes is by far the most trainable cat I’ve ever owned. He comes and sits on command. Also we’re working on Up and Down. He’s by and far the more enthusiastic of the two about the pictures. But that’s because photo shoots equal treats and playtime.

He also is amazing at holding poses longer than Nak.

Any time you see either of the cats with an open mouth. It’s because they are chewing a treat, and I’m trying to get a certain expression with the lips/mouth. But it’s also how I end up with the silly derpy pictures while I’m snapping tons of shots.

How we’ve worked with them is to positively reinforce the activities we do with them. Treats, playtime, special dinners, and no negativity. You can’t just jump into this. If you wanted to do costumes you should start small and loose and comfortable and work slowly towards a goal, and LISTEN to the feedback you get from your pet. They are your partner.

Just remember for every 1 photo you all see I’ve deleted around 15-30 more to try and get these shots just right and in the best focus. I’ve been getting better.

Oh and while we’re at it. I’m “Freyu” the Artist/Feline wrangler (Who used to sword fight at Faires)

And with the help of my Wife we’ve turned this into a fun little side job in order to help bring smiles and brighten all of your days! From our family to yours, stay positive! and Brighten as many days as you can, when you can!

Step by Step - Made by Keru-the-green and Deusn

So since we have officially our first fifteen pages i think its good to make a official (small) presentation out of this.

Me @deusn and @keru-the-green have thought about creating some kind of comic for a while and we got kinda inspired and hyped by the collab comic @overloadau 

And since we wanted to create a comic in which we could go fully crazy and also bear some kind of inner message for us both as artists, we decided to make this comic.

So please ! Enjoy yourselves !

Title cover made (blessfully created) by @keru-the-green

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“You shall be given a stout keep beside the sea, with servants to look after your every need.”

The “Sacking” of Barristan the Bold

Welcome to today’s edition of “Just how much can you read into a blink-and-you-miss-it reaction shot?” The answer: step aside, I’m a professional.

The fact that Petyr gets a reaction shot during this very moment in such a crowded scene is big in my books. The fact that he is not smirking, yawning, or picking imaginary lint off his sleeve is even bigger, imo. This solemn display is unlike him, especially if we consider how Littlefinger has renounced and become the polar opposite of everything Ser Barristan Selmy embodies: loyalty, honor, truth-telling - in short, the chivalric code. He should be beaming at this humiliating dismissal but that’s not a content look on his face. It is not even contempt. Littlefinger may feel a sense of twisted validation (honor fails again), but for a brief moment Petyr looks… mournful?

Judging from the way he speaks about the tourney at Harrenhal, Ser Barristan and Prince Rhaegar were among his boyhood heroes whose footsteps he probably meant to follow when, not long after the tournament, he picked up a sword to fight for Cat because he was in love and mistakenly believed his feelings reciprocated. But chivalry failed him badly and disillusionment swooped in with a crushing defeat and a near fatal cut. The honor code doesn’t last long where he dwells now, either, and Ser Barristan’s treatment here is an important reminder. The reward of his unyielding loyalty is not unlike the “severance package” young Petyr received when Hoster Tully collected what remained of him after the duel and tossed him back to the Fingers: “a keep beside the sea with servants to look after you.” Concerning this incident, a loose parallel exists between Petyr and Rhaegar as well: both defied conventions, both got vilified for it, both fell in love with a woman promised to someone else, both fought this rival, both “duels” ended in a river, and both died whispering the name of the one they loved (well, Petyr died only figuratively). So this may be a 0,02 second reaction (it is), but I think there’s some repressed emotion behind it which gets stirred up by Selmy’s insulting dismissal and his angry push-back at authority.

This anger causes something else too. Tension to mount. Ser Barristan refuses to go quietly and throws the “severance package” right back in the Lannisters’ face. Joffrey doesn’t need much provocation to scream for a beheading (Ned was almost cut down in this very room not long ago when a fight broke out, but he was held back by Petyr + a dagger to this throat) and Selmy is not yielding. Angrily, he starts pulling off his knightly accessories, declaring that he is going to die a knight. This is the very moment when Petyr remembers that he is Littlefinger and remarks, “A naked knight, apparently.” and everybody starts laughing. It is cruel but I think there is a possible angle to it that’s not ill-meant at all, but a sort of risky, cruel-to-be-kind approach in a deteriorating situation.

Petyr often uses jokes/humor to shield himself and as a result many underestimate and dismiss him as a funny little man. It is a clever strategy if one is physically defenseless and is willing to swallow their pride to play the fool to live another day. When you laugh at something/someone, they cease to be threatening. And as George Bernard Shaw once said, “If you want to tell people the truth, you’d better make them laugh or they’ll kill you”. Fools and jesters often get away with a lot thanks to this little life hack. Ser Barristan is getting too blunt for royal comfort but after Littlefinger’s remark the dangerous tension promptly dissolves. One moment Selmy looked increasingly threatening, the next he was re-framed into a harmless old fool. IF there was such a beneficial intent hidden behind Petyr’s remark, it would also flow w/ the image of Selmy removing parts of his armor: Petyr tried to “shield” the “naked knight” by making him the butt of a joke. Ser Barristan still pulls his sword - after all, he is a proud knight not a fool -, but by then I think the atmosphere has already shifted enough to let this pass without a lethal outcome, and Selmy gains just enough time to leave King’s Landing in one piece.

tl;dr: I think the “old Petyr” is still in there somewhere and sometimes he feels things and once in a while he might even try to help a little in his own backhanded way if he can get away with it.