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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.

Both Steve and Tony were right and wrong and equally problematic.
But….
Can we talk about T'challa, cat prince of Wakanda, and perfectly perfect warrior who acknowledged his faults and corrected himself

Rules for Dating Tony (Chapter One)

So I wrote this halfway through #LetterstoBucky when I was just sad for Tony. And then I watched Civil War which made it worse! So this is based sometime after Civil War, and Tony has managed to get nearly every one back to the team and getting along. And because Tony deserves SO MUCH LOVE, the guys come up with a plan for each of them to date Tony.
This is just supposed to be funny and sweet so don’t look too deep into it! The guys are maybe a little out of character, but that’s the beauty of a fic! Each update will be a different date night, so I hope they make you smile.

Check out the MASTERLIST for all the chapters!
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It started innocently enough, with Tony walking in on Bucky, Steve, T’Challa, Clint and Thor all eating breakfast together.

They were talking, or rather, ARGUING, quietly but fiercely among themselves, and shut up the moment he walked through the door.

“Morning boys.” Tony yawned and ran a hand through his early morning fro, really not noticing how they all looked him over, then looked at each other. Well, he might not have noticed if Thor could have been subtle, but they didn’t love the demi-god because he was subtle.

“Good Morrow, Anthony.” he intoned, in that mellow baritone, folding big arms across a bigger chest, and looking Tony over with a smile just short of a leer on his face. Tony blinked at him uncertainly, paused halfway to the coffee machine.

“Thunderboy, stop looking at me like that.” He looked down at himself, at his bare chest and threadbare pajama pants. “What? Is it my pajama pants? They are a little old I guess. Or my slippers? Say what you guys want, but these are easily the most comfortable things I’ve ever worn.” he grinned down fondly at his worn and faded moccasins. “You guys must just be jealous.” He shuffled back out of the kitchen, clutching a steaming coffee close to his chest.

“So one night?” he heard Thor say, and he paused right outside the door, too nosy to ignore the conversation. “Just one?”

“The night before and the morning after and that’s it.” This was definitely T’Challa, that deep voice sounding even lower, huskier in the morning. Tony shivered a little and grinned. The prince was so hot.

“Everybody gets the same amount of time.” Bucky chimed in. “That say it’s as fair as it can be, considering the situation anyway.” Tony could almost see him, all earnest blue eyes and early morning scruff. Adorable.

“Right. And everyone has to do their own thing, no copying anyone else.” From Clint, who had been drinking orange juice straight from the jug. Sometimes Tony thought Clint did shit like that just to make him smile, other times he thought maybe it was because Clint had just about zero manners.

“We will draw numbers to see who gets to go first.” Steve added quietly. “Keep it as random as possible.” Ah yes, there was his favorite stick-in-the-mud Captain. Always one for rules.

“Then yes, count me in as a competitor as well.” Thor announced, banging his cup on the table for emphasis.

Tony thought for a moment that the statement sounded odd, but Thor said a lot of odd things really, so he shrugged it off.

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its necessary that this blog downward spirals into wells jaha madness on every april 2nd (its his death anniversary), because will i ever stop crying over that boy and “earth kills” even after all these years? short answer is, no. long answer is, of course i will not. i’ll cry about him for the rest of my life (while being stuck in a state of denial lets be fucking real). so, since today is happening i thought it would be cool to type up some posts in which i talk about him (believe me there is so much i can and will say), because 1. its always nice to remind people of certain characters - we should definitely never forget about wells, and 2. why the hell not? he is great and i just really love him, so lets do this.

my fixation over small details can be maddening, but what i love about this moment is that, out of all people who stayed behind at the drop ship while jasper, finn, monty, clarke and octavia went off to find mount weather and get some food, it was wells who took note of jasper’s disappearance first when clarke and the others came back. not bellamy or anyone else, but wells.

I think part of the beauty is that wells seems to have an overview of the people already, which makes sense with a father as chancellor who does the same (see: jaha). he is not absentminded, but very much focused on the task at hand. most people hate him for being the chancellors son, but it still feels natural for him to look out for them. so, the shared setting, but separate habit of observation that wells represents make it very clear how he has developed/grown up on the ark and how he approaches certain situations now. he is pulling off a good game in keeping an eye open for this new found group, even when he struggles with finding deeper connections within.

then, we have the scene in the drop ship that is pretty cool as well

another thing about wells, aside from the fact that he is extremely aware of the people around him (he digs a lot of graves okay), is that he is absolutely resourceful. after looking around the drop ship and figuring that when his father told them that they really didn’t leave anything behind was the truth he tries to make use of material himself. the most remarkable part of this scene is that he actually thinks of a way to carry jasper home, which you can read in two ways.

  1. he has hope to find jasper, and wants to make sure that once they have found him they can carry him home safely.
  2. or, if jasper is already dead out there, he still wants to find him to make sure that he can at least dig him a grave, too.

either way. there is a sense of “team work experience” here (a deeply rooted need in how he can provide the team and help them), because wells is not just using his skills and knowledge to prepare himself for the mission, but is working with people together (especially clarke) to set things up in a way that is useful.

the funny thing is that he never gets to carry jasper out in the parachute, especially not a dead jasper.

instead, by the end of the episode we get a scene in which he and finn end up carrying a very alive jasper into camp (see picture below) while bellamy and murphy use the parachute for the dead panther wells shot to protect bellamy.

i forgot how funny and ridiculous these boys were in the first season, but anyway. wells is constantly helping and that’s note-worthy, considering how many people can’t stand him for being the son of the man who floated many of their parents. we don’t see more of him in this episode after this scene btw, but you can bet your ass that he made sure jasper was fine and then went off to get some much needed rest himself. Its been a long day for my bibi after all.

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Bucky x T’Challa

backpack, backpack (t’challa rips bucky’s backpack in two. once he reads the notes that fly out, he won’t fight him. he can’t.) [on AO3]

sparring, cuddles, dinner

sex in a kitchen 

t’challa wants buck to call him daddy 

what you deserve (bucky has a crush, only steve can see it) [on AO3]

bucky and t’challa babysit cassie lang

they claim they aren’t dating, but sam and steve catch them out for dinner

t’challa brings buck to wakanda for a visit 

trying out a new toy

bucky catches t’challa singing in the shower

bucky tries to learn wakandan

bucky is overprotective of t’challa during missions

t’challa gets a text from bucky during a meeting

glass windows, steel blues (t’challa is the ceo of a fortune 500 company. bucky is his new assistant.) [on AO3]

t’challa braids bucky’s hair

soulmate au

bucky and t’challa fight over who gets to ask who out first

t’challa and bucky meet their son

sometimes t’challa just needs to take it

t’challa discovers that bucky is ticklish 

bucky befriends the dora milage

coffee shop au

bucky and t’challa meet their son

t’challa purrs

t’challa talks to bucky while he’s in cryro. bucky hears every word

worthy(bucky doesn’t believe he’s good enough for t’challa, who proves him wrong) [on AO3]

bucky and t’challa try to get their son to walk. uncle steve helps

domesticity 

sleeping bucky 

t’challa headcanons

high school au

honeymoon headcanons

bucky shows t’challa the lion king

nat and steve give t’challa the shovel talk

bucky is very messy, it annoys t’challa. a lot. 

bucky gets his wisdom teeth out 

warmth(bucky and t’challa like to spar. bucky likes to let him win) [on AO3]

cat au

Bucky x Steve x T’Challa

steve and bucky like t’challa. a lot. 

steve and bucky struggle with the washer and dryer 

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Phantom Cats of the U.K.

We all are familiar with the animals that we live around. For some of us it’s squirrels and rabbits, for others it’s bears or wolves. But in the United Kingdom, the last thing you’d expect would be panthers right? Well according to many encounters, photos, and even attacks, panthers and other big cats are believed to roam the English countryside.

Many of these wild cats are assumed to be the result of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act of 1976 which resulted in many owners of exotic animals releasing their pets into the wild. The famous circus owner Mary Chipperfield admitted to releasing three pumas free into the forests of Dartmoor in 1978 after her zoo was forced to shut down. Many of these cats have been killed or captured throughout the years, such as in 1980 a puma was captured, in 1989 one was hit by a car, in 1991 a lynx was shot which had killed 15 sheep in the two weeks prior to its death. An ocelot was shot in 1994, in 1993 a puma was captured in Scotland, in 1996 a caracal was shot, and in 2001 a lynx was captured. In 1988 Royal Marines were sent to hunt big cats who were killing livestock, but they were unable to make a successful kill. Aside from capturing and killing many photos and videos can be found around the internet of phantom cats. In 2000 an 11 year old boy was attacked by a large “black cat” which left 5 claw marks across his face. In 2005 another man was attacked which left him severely wounded. In the summer of 2012 in Essex, a lion was spotted roaming the area. And several other witnesses claim to have heard lion roars in the area.

There is no doubt that there are exotic cats roaming the U.K. but could these numbers be rising? And could more of them continue to be released into the wild? Or perhaps enough have been released that a breeding population has been established. Let me know your thoughts, stay curious.

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Connor McDavid and Aaron Ekblad signing for fans before the 8th Annual Hockey Night In Barrie (◕‿◕✿)

Also known as my muse’s response to the MC cheating on her on my blog here~

( In case anyone needed more reasons as to why Ann is best girl 💖 )

A panther amongst wolves

Originally posted by animal-wildlife-blog

Request: “Hi! I really love your blog, it’s so great, like every time I see you update it makes my day, and if you have time could you please do a imagine where the pack and the reader are really close, but one day the reader shifts into a panther and she finds out that there’s others like her, and she also finds out that they hate the wolfs, and she is slowly forced to hate them, and she haves no control of it, and when the pack comes to visit her at her house, she’s really cold and mean to them+and someone says something that gets her really mad, and she shifts in front of them, and they’re surprised, but they always knew of the ppl who could shift into panthers, but they never knew the reader came from that bloodline, sorry if this is really long and confusing, lmao. But if you don’t want to do this imagine that’s totally fine. :)”

I couldn’t think of a creative title lmao Sorry I’ve taken so long to write this! I really enjoyed it, and I couldn’t resists a fluffy ending xoxo

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t’challa steps off the stage, finishing his opening speech. you walk over to him.

“babe you did great! you were a natural.” you hug him tightly. 

“thank you.”  he smiles. soft music starts playing behind you. that happened to be your song. “would you care to dance with me?” t’challa asks. you nod your head, and wrap your arms around his neck. you two dance slowly, not exactly in time with the beat. you two weren’t the best dancers, but you didn’t really care.

you place your head on his shoulder, closing your eyes. “i love you” he whispers. you tense up a bit, it was the first time he’d said that too you. it was out of the blue, and you should have been stunned, but you knew you loved him so much. bliss fills you, and you beam up at him. capturing his lips with yours. 

“i’m sure i love you more.”

“I believe his presence in the White House opened up the realm of possibilities for some of the change we’ve seen in movies and television. We are finally becoming more truthful to the greatness and humanity of people of color in our storytelling. There is a generation of children 8 years old and under who only know what it’s like to see an intelligent, measured black man serve as the leader of the free world. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that during his presidency, directors, producers, and casting directors became more open to countless numbers of extraordinary stories about people of color that had been previously ignored. Writers who had penned scripts with black leads saw their projects dusted off and pulled out of turn around to actually make it to the screen. I don’t think it’s a question whether I would currently be playing a black superhero king if we did not experience Barack Obama as our president.

“I had the honor of attending a White House screening of 42. In my conversation with him I could see that beyond being a policy maker and a politician he is a person of cultured substance and depth. He is a knowledgeable critic who himself is strong enough to entertain both praise and criticism. I’m proud to say that he personally gave me sound artistic and career advice, to seek the darkness as well as the light in my acting. That advice has served me well.”