and I s2g if anyone fights me about this I will throw my fridge at you
• HE’S GAY
like, really gay. full, raging homo. why on earth would you ship him with a girl?
- “but it’s not confirmed!” / “he could be bi!”
“What made you want to add a gay character into the Percy Jackson series? What inspired you to write the series?” was asked and answered on Rick’s Goodreads a while ago. Note, “gay”, with no dispute in the answer.
“Nico had once read a story from Plato, who claimed that in the ancient times all humans had been a combination of male and female. Each person had two heads, four arms, four legs. Supposedly, these combo-humans had been so powerful they made the gods uneasy, so Zeus split them in half - man and woman. Ever since, humans had felt incomplete. They spent their lives searching for their other halves. And where does that leave me? Nico wondered. It wasn’t his favourite story.” (Blood of Olympus, chapter 15) Yes. Very bi/pan/poly. So much fyi i like vagina. He’s entirely into girls. What is a dick anyway?
• SO RESPECT THAT
It’s his sexuality. Idk about you, but I’m aro/ace, and people even jokingly shipping me with anyone else makes me, like, really uncomfortable.
- “but you ship straight characters in same-gender/polyamorous relationships!”
Since we’re talking about Nico here, we’ll leave other fandoms out of it. Not a single character in any of Rick Riordan’s mythology series has a confirmed sexuality - except for Nico. And if you’re going to assume characters’ heteroromance/sexuality from their lack of canon attraction to their gender, you and your straight-until-proven-otherwise mindset can just leave.
- “I’m only shipping it. What’s the harm? I think they’re cute.”
Would you vote for Donald Trump in an election? Y’know, it’s not the nicest thing to do, but, like, it doesn’t really matter. It’s one vote. But you wouldn’t, would you? (if you would, please, please just leave right now) However insignificant it might be, it’s just wrong. Also, you’re adding to all the other people that have voted for Donald Trump - quite possibly thinking the same thing. So don’t vote for Donald Trump, and don’t ship Nico with Thalia or Annabeth or Reyna or the bloody genderbent Will that this demonic corner of the PJO Instagram fandom is a fan of. (don’t even ask)
• HE’S REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ENTIRE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY
I’m sorry, but I can name exactly two book series aimed at middle-grade kids that have LGBTQIA+ characters; Pretty Little Liars and The Heroes of Olympus. (we’re not counting Harry Potter here. saying years later that Dumbledore was gay with only minor implications in canon isn’t representation imo, sorry Jo.) Having representation in kids’ series is so important, and wiping out that representation by ignoring his sexuality or erasing it and headcanoning him as bi/pan/poly is pretty homophobic and disgusting. We have representation. Respect it.
• HE HAS NO CHEMISTRY WITH ANY GIRL IN THE SERIES, WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING
Reyna sees him as a brother?? He barely knows Thalia or Annabeth?? And as for “”Willow”” (genderbent Will. It’s hellish, I promise), that’s straight down homophobia if you keep Nico as a boy.
cool art tip: think ur art is bad? fuck it– keep drawing. if ur anything like most artists you’ll never be satisfied with your art if you hold on to the idea that everything you produce has to be good.
draw that goofy looking bee and laugh at how the wings are different sizes. draw that OC and say “holy shit” when the perspective comes out wrong. erase the parts you dont like, slap a post-it over it and try again. hell, slap a post-it over an arm that didnt come out right and draw a funny stick person arm giving the finger and laugh at it
draw off-model donald duck from memory saying “destroy late-stage capitalism” no one can stop you. if you draw its gonna take you a long time to get good. might as well see some humor in it. fuck, here’s a horrible evil-looking fix it felix i drew. its fucking hilarious