vincent: ..then he JAMMED the spear in2 the bear and said “I NEED MY SON” vincent: so long story short he shot by a sniper and it’s now my fav movie jade: i will never understand how we have the same parents.
On The Adventure Zone Graphic Novel, Blue Taako, and Representation
Yesterday, we revealed some pages for our graphic novel adaptation of the first Adventure Zone arc, and received some criticism of the direction we went with for Taako’s coloring. This artwork reveal came some months after the first reveal of some of our characters, for which we also received criticism of our three leads, all of whom were white in these initial designs. Us and the graphic novel team realized that, yes, that is extremely bad, went back to the drawing board, and had several long discussions about how to best rectify this situation, resulting in the artwork revealed yesterday.
More or less all of the criticism we’ve received centers on Taako, whose skin is a pale blue color in these designs. What we’ve heard most is disappointment that Taako is not realized in these pages as a person of color — or, to be more specific, a Latinx or explicitly Mexican character. There was concern we had failed to follow through on an opportunity to get better representation for Latinx listeners, instead opting to take a safe route, and make Taako a fantasy color without any kind of real-world connection. Much of the criticism also focuses on how that color (or, to be more specific, green skin) has anti-semitic connotations.
This conversation was happening in certain corners of our fandom long before the graphic novel art reveal took place yesterday. We’ve heard criticism from some folks over our policy of not having canonical visual representations of any of our characters — a policy that has resulted in a genuinely humbling ocean of fan art, but also some instances of in-fighting between members of the community who take umbrage with one another’s disparate interpretations of these characters. Another criticism of that policy is that it inherently does not foster good representation, and in fact represents a noncommittal way of handling racial representation on this show.
Here’s the truth of the matter: I think all of this comes from this underlying friction between where The Adventure Zone and us, its creators, were when we started doing the podcast, and where we, the show, and you, the community, are at now.
the thing I love most about Kirk’s string of ex lovers across the galaxy is that every time he runs into one he’s like
“!!!!! How are you!! I missed you so much!! How’s your career?? Successful?? I’m so happy for you!! Haha, remember that time we almost got married!! But both of our careers were in the way?? That hasn’t changed but I’m still kinda in love with you and I’m happy you’re doing well!!! Goodbye forever again it’s a shame we never got married but I understand!!”
Shoutout to the woman who are full of self love, who know their value, and who refuse to entertain people who don’t acknowledge their light. Shoutout to the woman who aren’t full of self love but who are on a journey to recovery and those who aren’t on a journey, may you find peace in 2017. Shoutout to the woman who recognise when to let go, who aren’t bitter and those who hold peace in their hearts. Shoutout to the women who are still angry, who aren’t over things and who still hold pain or resentment in their hearts, may you find peace soon. Shoutout to the queens who are focusing on bettering themselves so when they cross paths with a King or a Queen, they are ready to love and exchange reciprocated energy. Shoutout to queens who society deem as unworthy, ghetto or lost. You’re none of the above. FUCK them. Stay true to yourself - you are royal. Shoutout to the women who support each other and don’t tear other women down. Shoutout to the women who fight for the rights of other woman. Shoutout to the women who are patient, kind, nurturing, compassionate and empowering. Shoutout to women who aren’t familiar with these traits due to circumstances beyond their control. You are still lovable and deserving. Shoutout to the women with mental illnesses - we may never understand your daily battle but we salute you for waking up and facing another day. Shoutout to the women who conquered abusive relationships and R.I.P to those who lost their lives. Shoutout to the women who hold their families together, with or without recognition. Shoutout to the children stuck in women’s bodies who were forced to become women too soon - to those who had to become mothers to their siblings, to those who lost their innocence by force and those who never had a childhood, you survived and you will continue to strive! Shoutout to the single mothers and the necessary sacrifices you had to make in order for you to provide a better life for your children. Shoutout to the stay at home mums who have put their careers on hold to raise a family. How you did it all - we will never comprehend. But thank you. Shoutout to the grandmothers who had to become mothers to their children’s children. Shoutout to the women who had to make the most difficult decision to let go of their children. Shoutout to the women who had to bury their children - words fail me, just stay strong. Shoutout to the women who had to battle cancer. Fucking Fuck cancer. Shoutout to the entrepreneurs, the business women, the pioneers and all the professional women, you have pushed the boundaries, your struggle was not in vain. And finally, shoutout the women who are still on their journey to fulfilment.
The corridor is long and dark. I lean against the cold wall, barely being able to catch my breath. They’ve been chasing me for god knows how long but somehow I managed to escape. I’m safe, at least for now.
I sigh deeply trying to steady my breath. It’s not over yet, I think to myself. They will come back. They always come back. Always too quickly, always when I least expect them. That’s why I need to be
ready to run at all times.
I can’t fight them, that’s impossible. Their numbers exceed my comprehension, their strength - my imagination. They are an organised group which rarely gets discouraged once they spot their pray. For that reason the only thing left for me to do is run. I know I can’t escape, I’m not stupid. But it certainly won’t hurt to try.
Suddenly, a familiar ring of footsteps reaches my ears. They must’ve caught up when I was resting, I think. I get up and try to make myself run but my body refuses to move. I fall down with a loud thud, tripping over my own feet.
I look behind my back, down the long corridor. Here they are, with their claws sharper than the edge of a mirror and their fangs seeking blood. Absentmindedly I notice I never looked them straight in the eyes. The boiling red suns now spilling over their angry faces drill their way through my body. I must admit I’ve always envied them such passion and commitment.
In the last desperate yet naive attempt to save myself I begin to crawl. If I’ll go down, I’ll go down fighting. Their steps are becoming louder with every second but I can barely hear them over the sound of my heart racing. One of the shadowy figures throws himself on me crushing my lungs in the process. He grabs my throat and slams my head into the cold, stone floor. It’s over. They got me. I’m trying to scream but all that comes out is a merely audible whistle.
As I’m blacking out I can feel their claws tearing my skin. It hurts but it will be all over soon. At least I can hope.
Their heavy breaths fill out my ears. Their screams shred my eardrums.
The last thing I register before slipping into the darkness is a question asked with that hoarse yet familiar voice:
female writers + beautiful quotes (based on their actual sign)
*IN HONOR OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY*
ARIES: Maya Angelou (Pisces Mercury in the 8th House)
“You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I’ll rise!”
TAURUS: Charlotte Brontë (Aries Mercury in the 8th House)
“I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.”
GEMINI: Gwendolyn Brooks (Taurus Mercury in the 9th House)
“It is lonesome, yes. For we are the last of the loud. Nevertheless, live. Conduct your blooming in the noise and whip of the whirlwind.”
CANCER: Anna Akhmatova (Gemini Mercury)
“The whole time I was hoping my silence would fit yours and exclamation marks would gently float across time and space so that boundaries would be crossed; the whole time I was praying you would read my eyes and understand what I was never able to understand. See, we were never about butterflies. We’ve always been about burning stars. All about us is unearthly and radiant.”
LEO: J.K. Rowling (Virgo Mercury in the 7th House)
“The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside of skulls, to be perused by an invader. The mind is a complex and many-layered thing.”
VIRGO: Dorothy Parker (Leo Mercury in the 4th House)
“If I didn’t care for fun and such, I’d probably amount to much. But I shall stay the way I am, because I do not give a damn.”
LIBRA: Marina Tsvetaeva (Libra Mercury)
“I want to sleep with you, fall asleep and sleep. That magnificent folk word, how deep, how true, how unequivocal, how exactly what it says. Just – sleep. And nothing more. No, another thing: and know right into the deepest sleep that it is you. And more: how your heart sounds. And – kiss your heart.”
SCORPIO: Anne Sexton (Libra Mercury)
“Give me your skin as sheer as a cobweb. Let me open it up and listen in and scoop out the dark.”
SAGITTARIUS: Jane Austen (Sagittarius Mercury in the 3rd House)
“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”
CAPRICORN: Simone de Beauvoir (Capricorn Mercury in the 2nd House)
“I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.”
AQUARIUS: Virginia Woolf (Aquarius Mercury in the 10th House)
“Better was it to go unknown and leave behind you an arch, then to burn like a meteor and leave no dust.”
PISCES: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Pisces Mercury in the 6th House)
“What we call Life is a condition of the soul. And the soul must improve in happiness and wisdom, except by its own fault. These tears in our eyes, these faintings of the flesh, will not hinder such improvement.”
Also Me: There are things in this world that we will never fully understand [understand]. We want answers. We have worked years to build our credibility, our reputation. Working alongside the most renowned professionals in the field, capturing ground-breaking proof of the paranormal. This is our evidence, our Ghost Adventures.
Japanese internment happened. The Chinese Exclusion Act happened and was not repealed until 1943. Chinese people could not become American citizens until 1943. Asian Indians could not be citizens until 1946. Japanese people couldn’t become citizens until 1952. Asian-Americans had no voting rights protection until the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Make no mistake: discrimination and racism against AAPIs has been built into America from the start. The diminishing and erasure of our contributions to building this country continue to this day. We are the fastest-growing group and yet we either stay silent or are silenced. We are not taught about our civil rights leaders. We are conditioned to believe the myth of the model minority.
When it comes down to it, the rights we have today are a result of the Black civil rights movement and those Asian civil rights leaders who stood with them. We are indebted to them, but as a group we don’t show it. We are taught anti-blackness and colorism from an early age. Some of us never realize our own racism and bigotry.
But we have to first understand it and second fight it, because this country is built on oppression of people of color. You are either with other PoCs or you are not. I’ll give you a hint: solidarity is the key. Realize that the enemy is not other PoCs. At the end of the day we aren’t white, and the past and present shows that. They will try to divide us and pit us against each other. They will offer us a seat at the table only if we remain lower.
That is, to be frank, bullshit. That is not equality. Reinforcing the hierarchy that white people have built only reinforces white supremacy and racism. The faster we as a group understand this and combat it, the better. This Day of Remembrance is a stark and moving reminder that we AAPIs remain targets. It follows that it’s in our best interests to stand with other PoCs.
Its been almost a year since the orlando shooting happened. I don’t want to hear how “left out” aces are this pride, because they will never understand the turmoil we had to go through and strength we’ve had to maintain to get through this year alone. I’m still not over orlando, and i’m not sure I ever will be. I genuinely feared for my life and skipped Houston pride last year because of the suspected bomb threat. This month isnt meant to be some fucking pat on the back for being “special” or “different”. This is a month to celebrate, and a month to mourn. Stop hijacking the meaning of pride month and policing how actual lgbt people experience it.
The interviewer asks if they have something personal with them on a tour.
Lauren shows her ring.
Lauren tells her she won that ring from her grandma before she passed away.
And Normani had some reaction looking at Ally…
Ally keep looking at Normani…and she can not hide her reaction.
Normani keeps looking at Ally… and Lauren notices her reaction.
And Camila also notices Normani’s reaction…
Camila keeps looking at Normani… cuz her reaction was “too much”…
Camila had to touch Normani’s hand and tell her to stop…and Lauren saw it!
Normani stops, but she seemed embarrassed…
Lauren keep looking at Normani and Camila say something to her…
And Normani seemed embarrassed again…
Camila and Lauren keep looking at her… and she looks at the floor.
Then… Dinah whispers something to Lauren…
Normani did something wrong when Lauren said about her ring…and everybody noticed.
Well… the Camren Ring is something very crazy to me, and I don’t know… I believe in Lauren, I think her grandma gave to her that ring… but something is wrong and Normani always has reactions like that… she’s very transparent.
Remember when she heard about “what happened in the elevator”???
Camila is telling the “elevator” story…
Normani does not seem to know the story …
She looks at everybody in the room…
She keeps looking…
Then she comments with Lauren that the elevator has cameras … right?
And Ally listen to her…
And Lauren looks at Ally… and Normani still seems confused…
and Ally has to touch Normani’s hand…to make her stop with the questions.
LOL…. They can never lie…cuz Normani will always ruin everything!!!