the creative team!

@killian-whump definitely don’t mean you. I seriously hate it when people are dicks to the cast/creative team when they don’t get their way. This was kinda my not very well thought out way of saying “yes. I agree. Please don’t be a dick.”

  • me, two years ago: wtf are tony awards lmao
  • me, today, on my laptop, anticipating the announcement of the 2017 tony award nominees: SHIT YEAH SHIT YEAH SHIT YEAH SHIT YEAH SHIT YEAH SHIT YEAH SHIT YEAH SHIT YEAH SHIT YEAH SHIT YEAH SHIT YEAH SHIT YEAH SHIT YEAH SHIT YEAH SHIT YEAH SHIT YEAH SHIT YEAH SHIT YEAH SHIT YEAH SHIT YEAH SHIT YEAH
So About That Whole Thing

LONG COMIC BOOK RANT INCOMING:

Okay some things need to be said:

1. If you’re going to write a smug thunk-piece about the “failure” of “diversity” in comics, maybe don’t use the cover image of a book that’s had 4 collections on the NYT graphic books bestseller list, won a Hugo and cleaned up at Angouleme. Just because you HOPE it’s on the chopping block, oh Riders of the Brohirrim, doesn’t mean it is.

2. I will tell you exactly why Ms Marvel works: it didn’t set out to be Ms Marvel. We were originally going to pitch it as a 10 issue limited series. I had a 3 issue exit strategy because I assumed we were going to get canned. There was no “diversity initiative” anywhere–getting that thing made at all was a struggle. It was a given that any character without AT LEAST a 20-year history would tank. Everybody, myself included, assumed this series was going to work out the same way.

3. That freed us–by “us” I mean the whole creative team–to tell exactly the story we wanted to tell. We had nothing to lose, nothing to overcome but low expectations. That gave us room to break a lot of rules.

STUFF THAT IS DIFFICULT TO REPLICATE AND IMPOSSIBLE TO PLAN:

1. Unexpected audiences. We are at a point in history when the role of religion is at a tremendous inflection point. What I didn’t realize was that the anxieties felt by young Muslims are also felt by young Mormons, evangelicals, orthodox Jews, and others. A h-u-g-e reason Ms Marvel has struck the chord it has is because it deals with the role of traditionalist faith in the context of social justice, and there was–apparently–an untapped audience of people from a wide variety of faith backgrounds who were eager for a story like this. Nobody could have predicted or planned for that. That’s being in the right place at the right time with the right story burning a hole in your pocket. Plenty of other stuff I’ve written and liked has fallen with a huge thud. That’s the norm. Exceptions are great when they happen, but hard to plan.

2. The paradox of low expectations. The bar was set pretty low for Ms Marvel, but because of Ms Marvel’s success, that bar got set much higher for similar books that came later.

STUFF THAT IS ENTIRELY AVOIDABLE:

1. This is a personal opinion, but IMO launching a legacy character by killing off or humiliating the original character sets the legacy character up for failure. Who wants a legacy if the legacy is shitty?

2. Diversity as a form of performative guilt doesn’t work. Let’s scrap the word diversity entirely and replace it with authenticity and realism. This is not a new world. This is *the world.*

3. Never try to be the next whoever. Be the first and only you. People smell BS a mile away.

4. The direct market and the book market have diverged. Never the twain shall meet. We need to accept this and move on, and market accordingly.

5. Not for nothing, but there is a direct correlation between the quote unquote “diverse” Big 2 properties that have done well (Luke Cage, Black Panther, Ms Marvel, Batgirl) and properties that have A STRONG SENSE OF PLACE. It’s not “diversity” that draws those elusive untapped audiences, it’s *particularity.* This is a vital distinction nobody seems to make. This goes back to authenticity and realism.

AND FINALLY

On a practical level, this is not really a story about “diversity” at all. It’s a story about the rise of YA comics. If you look at it that way, the things that sell and don’t sell (AND THE MARKETS THEY SELL IN VS THE MARKETS THEY DON’T SELL IN) start to make a different kind of sense.

Thoughts to keep in mind when collecting plants:

1: Do you need it?  Harvest with a purpose or plan in mind, not just for the fun of it.

2: Harvest only as much as you will use and process it as soon as possible (don’t waste it).

3: 1 in 20 rule.  It is ok to harvest a plant if there are 20 others available to maintain the population.

4: Leave Grandmother.  Allow the biggest and best plants to remain so they can continue to propagate the healthiest population.

5: Leave damaged plants or plants with “residents.”  Select quality material for your food and medicine.  If a critter makes it’s home there, choose another.

6: Harvest 1/3 or less of an individual plant (leave some roots) so it can continue to survive and thrive.

7: Harvest with a clean cut so the plant will heal well and continue to survive and thrive.

8: Avoid polluted areas.

9: Offer appreciation and bring positive energy to your harvest.

10: Never put anything in your mouth unless you are 100% sure it is safe to ingest.

11: Look for evidence of other people harvesting in the area. If so, reconsider the plant count you see. Look for the impact. If multiple people are harvesting from a single patch, is it sustainable for the plants?

12: Don’t harvest in shared spaces… in parks, along paths. The beauty of these spaces belongs to everyone, and they deserve to be protected. Go way off the main trail to get what you need.

13: Remember that harvesting plants in state and national parks is almost always illegal. Private property with permission, folks!

The best thing to do is really know the plant you want to gather before you bust out your gathering basket. How long does it take it grow? How does it propagate itself? If you know the answers to those questions you can make informed decisions on how to best decrease your impact. There are certain plants I won’t harvest one bit of unless there’s 50+… Ramps, for example. Ramps are small, but take a long time (40 years) to grow a healthy, stable colony and are at risk of overharvesting.

- Creative Team Kador and Helper Carlos

Tonight, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has an extremely important episode about racial profiling. I encourage everyone to tune in and learn and to give this issue the attention that it needs. Ratings show that we care about this and want to be informed. 

You can watch live on Fox.com, and I believe Hulu also helps ratings. It airs at 8pm est and it is important. For more information on why, here is a small chunk of what I wrote about B99/the episode for a final paper in one of my political science classes: 


One question that the show runners of Brooklyn Nine-Nine struggled to answer for a long time was whether or not it would be appropriate to have an episode which discussed the racial profiling that is currently the talk of the nation. As a show with two black men playing the most prominent positions of power within a police precinct, many people have been wondering about the dichotomy that this presents. Brooklyn Nine-Nine shows a romantic notion of a police precinct in which all white male characters are aware of their privilege and, if they are not, their co-workers are quick to call them out on it. Yet this is not the case in all police precincts— something that the writers of Brooklyn Nine-Nine have struggled with throughout the four seasons of the show due to the fact that “our heroes are the police, [and] it’s difficult to talk about the police in an abstract way,” said executive producer Dan Goor in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. 

The idea for the episode came about because of the unrest in the nation, and the writers pitched different ideas back-and-forth for quite a long time, but ultimately went with a situation that paralleled one which Terry Crews had been in. Crews is a former NFL player who had once been subjected to a stop-and-frisk, just as he is in this upcoming episode. In the context of the show, however, the character struggles with whether or not he should file a formal complaint that could jeopardize his career. “To a certain extent, it’s the question of: Am I blue or am I black?” Goor commented to Entertainment Weekly. The characters on the show all have to face the world of cops outside of their comfortable precinct, a conundrum that the actors and writers on the show felt that they had to tackle so that “Brooklyn Nine-Nine didn’t become a cartoon,” in the words of Terry Crews. He also points out, however, that this is just one of the reasons— and relevance in society, and making change, is another.

In the upcoming episode, Detective Jake Peralta, a white male, points out that he has done plenty of suspicious things on the street and had never been stopped by the police for it. Terry had merely been looking for his daughter’s blanket, while a flashback shows Jake sneaking in through a window wearing a Jason mask and getting away with it. (…) “As far as the show goes, it felt like there was an opportunity to make a statement. I think it’s definitely an issue that is really important [and] has been around for some time,” said writer Philip Jackson. The conscious decision to make that statement instead of shoving it under the rug is where the significance lies in this episode of television.

In 2017, black lives matter more than “all lives matter” because the lives of black American citizens are in genuine danger from the police. White citizens do not suffer from the same fears, period. This is something that frequently both stuns the country into silence and ignites it into action. Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Sandra Bland could all still be alive today were it not for racial profiling— which the Brooklyn Nine-Nine writers know very well. Thus, the creators have given this episode to the total control of the black community of people who work on the show. It was written by a black writer; the black actors on the show had a say in the way their characters reacted to the situation; the A-plot was taken away from the main character for the first time in all four seasons and sixteen episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Those telling these stories make it clear whose story they are telling, being careful to elevate the narrative of the black creative members of the team without stomping on or overpowering their voices. 

Perhaps the most telling piece of that narrative is found within a clip of the episode that has just been released on youtube. Sergeant Terry Jeffords and Captain Raymond Holt sit in the private home of the captain and discuss whether or not Terry should report the stop and frisk to his superiors. When Captain Holt points out that Terry is “a great cop. You could become a chief or higher,” Terry’s response is simple, yet effective: “How long will it take to make change that way?”

  • Sakura: Guys, I was wondering... what's your favourite flower?
  • Naruto: I like sunflowers. They are just so bright and happy.
  • Sakura: That's cool. I think like daffodils the best. What about you, Sasuke-kun?
  • Sasuke: Sakura.
  • Sakura: Yes?
  • Sasuke: Sakura.
  • Sakura: I'm listening, Sasuke-kun.
  • Sasuke: Tch, you know what, nevermind, that was a stupid question. (storms off)
  • Kakashi: Yo! What are you kids doing? Where's Sasuke?
  • Sakura: I was asking the guys about their favourite flowers and suddenly, Sasuke-kun got angry and left.
  • Naruto: Yeah, he was acting really weird. He kept saying Sakura-chan's name all the time and then ran off.
  • Kakashi: He was repeating "sakura", I see... so what could his favourite flower be, then?
  • Naruto: ...
  • Sakura: ...
  • Kakashi: ...
  • Sakura: (blushing) ...Oh!
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|・ω・`) Ohohoho guess who’s back~
Happy belated birthday present to @creative-username-af! Thank you for being such a wonderful friend to me! I hope you had a great birthday and continue to be surrounded by the people you love and care about.You are a wonderful friend and I hope you know that~

reiversmusings  asked:

Is giving Dominaria a "cohesive identity" code for "turning it into a one trick pony" as you've been doing for every world you've invented in the post-8th edition era? Honestly, if that's the plan I'm fairly certain most of the people who've wanted you to go back would prefer you just not. Part of Dominaria's charm is being an actual developed world with different cultures.

All our worlds have depth. Each one has a cosmology with different creatures and cultures. A world guide about all the components is crafted for each world.

The people who love calling it a “World of Hats” are doing the same disservice as the people calling Jace a “Mary Sue”. It’s a snarky undermining of the incredible amount of hard work done by our creative team to make cool new worlds.

What our worlds are not are hodgepodge worlds with disparate parts that have no connection with one another.

“But that’s the way the real world is.” There’s a difference between what works in the real world and what works in stories. Real life is often unbelievable through the lens of story. I had umpteen writing classes drive this point home.

And even when our worlds have more distinction between the parts, Alara and Tarkir as examples, there’s a relationship between the parts.

There was no reason for Ice Age and Mirage to be on the same plane other than laziness on our part. Them co-existing on the same world did little to enhance one another.

When you have a Multiverse, it’s important that you craft your worlds so that the players can remember them, that they have some kind of identity. Star Wars and Star Trek treating their worlds like this was not a fluke but an important means to build a world where the pieces were memorable.

Here’s my counter argument to those who feel that worlds with lots of unconnected elements make for better worlds. Imagine we just clumped two consecutive worlds together. Amonkhet and a Kaladesh are one world and Innistrad and Zendikar are one world. And Tarkir and Theros.

Have we just made better worlds? Is part of the world optimistic steam punk with an Indian vibe and the other Bolas-crafted Egyptian inspired world, somehow make the world more sophisticated? Or is it just more cluttered and less distinct?

The reason it took us so long to return to Dominaria is we wanted to do it right. We wanted to be respectful of what the world was but bring to it a modern sensibility of being a world that had a cohesive identity rather than a hodgepodge of unrelated elements.

We did it though and in a way that is both respectful of what came before and productive in moving forward with a world that becomes part of our stable of worlds that doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. Old fans, please have faith. We too love Dominaria.

…And without further ado, in the spirit of community building and love and pride, let me introduce you to the new creative team!! (We’re called the Alphabet Squad btw)

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Will says:

Hey I’m Will Hernandez, and I’m gonna be an inker and colorist!
You can find more of my own work @willhernandezdraws .
I’m so glad to be a part of this project and hope you enjoy our work.
(He/Him)

Angie says: 

Hiya! My name’s Angie Yu (she/her) and from here on out, I’m going to be one of the colorists on Alphabet Soup! (Sssouper excited!! : ^)) I’m just your everyday multi-fandom, comic, art nerd. Feel free to hit me up on my Art Tumblr (and my personal Tumblr) as well as my Instagram aaand my Twitter.   I would more than love to have a friendly chat! I can’t wait to get to know you guys!! :)

Gustoph says:

Howdy! The name’s Gustoph, but most folks call me Guus. I’m your friendly neighborhood gay trans man (he/him) who will be working on inking Alphabet Soup pages! You can find most of my recent work on my Instagram @gustopher_inks, and I also share my art on my personal blog, guustopher, here on tumblr. I enjoy lazing around with my cat, taking long walks in the park, reading comics, and playing video games (which is mostly Stardew Valley these days!). I’m so excited to be a part of sharing all of your stories!

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Again, a huge thank you to everyone who applied; I hope that from here on out we’ll be able to bring y’all even better comics. :)

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EDIT: Guus is now open for commissions!!  Go give him some money

Are you sure?” 

Look at the concern on his face for her. Look at it

Even though he’s with the girl of his dreams, he still leaves her behind to make sure Star was feeling OK. He didn’t want her to feel left out because she loved Love Sentence just as much as he did and he wanted her to be with him to enjoy the show together. He KNOWS that she probably felt awkward about the kiss he had with Jackie and that’s why he attempted to apologize to her. Because he didn’t want her to be the third wheel and feel left out. 

Even though he’s in a relationship with Jackie, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t care about Star anymore. He still cares about her feelings, he still cares about her problems, he still cares about their friendship. Being in a relationship with Jackie didn’t erase everything he felt towards Star. 

Stop saying that Marco has changed because he’s in a relationship with Jackie. 

Stop saying that Marco doesn’t care about Star now that he’s with Jackie. 

Stop saying that Marco doesn’t appreciate Star now that he’s with Jackie. 

Marco Diaz LOVES AND APPRECIATES Star so much as his Best Friend and he would never hurt her intentionally. For fucks sake you saw how he tried apologizing to her over the kiss he had with his new Girlfriend. This boy would never do something to intentionally hurt her feelings. 

I’m a hardcore Starco shipper but I would never hate Jackie Lynn Thomas over the Starco angst we’re going through right now. I’m not the writer of the series, I’m not part of the creative team, I have no idea how long that relationship will last. I will enjoy what we have so far and I have faith that Daron will provide a great story for all of us to enjoy regardless who winds up getting together with who. 

(PS: Thanks for not removing anything. You’re Great)