Warning - Mention of Sex Trafficking- Read with Caution
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a blue beetle x chunky reader where Reader works the computers and stuff in the cave and feels out of place because of her body and such, but he gets her confidence up and develops a crush on her.
You were sitting at one of the computers at the cave, updating the security when Jaime, Bart, Robin, and Garfield walked in.
“I can’t believe they are trying to leave us out, ese,” Jaime remarked to the others. None of them seemed to notice you.
“Nightwing said it was for our own protection,” Robin answered, crossing his arms angrily. “I think it’s just that they think we’re too young.” You glanced over at the boys, silently listening in.
“How do they expect us to be ready if they don’t even trust us to try?” Bart snapped, throwing his arms in the air. “I know it’s about sex trafficking, but that doesn’t make us useless.”
“Just because we’re young doesn’t mean we can’t help,” Garfield added, pouting. You knew a little of what they were talking about since Nightwing had assigned you to gather information about the mission.
Bart pointed towards the Waterfall room. “They’re practically rubbing it in our faces by having the meeting right there.”
You cleared your throat, making each of the four boys jump in surprise. “Do you want to hear what they are saying? I can hack the room’s security,” you offered, typing on your computer. The four boys looked at each other before coming over to you. You felt their approach, smiling as you brought up the security footage.
The five of you listened in on the meeting. You did research based on what was said during the meeting. The boys were watching you in awe, having never seen you work before. While you were often in the cave at the same time they were, you rarely interacted with them.
Once the meeting ended, and other team members began to leave the room, you quickly hid your research and the security footage. You turned around meeting each of the boys’ eyes, mouthing ‘later’. Jaime’s gaze lingered on yours, causing your face to burn with embarrassment. Each of the boys nodded while Jaime simply blushed.
PART 1 IS FINALLY HERE!!! This comic is from @insanitysbloomings ‘ fanfic“Back To Us,” which takes place 7 years after Hawk Moth’s defeat and the heroes go their separate ways. When a new villain appears after 7 years of relative peace, they find that they don’t have as much in common as they used to… Dun dun DUUUUUUUN~!
It’s seriously an awesome story! When @insanitysbloomings got randomly chosen for my giveaway I had no idea she had such an amazing fanfic already! I’m totally hooked on it now and follow her updates religiously! （＞▽＜）
I originally wasn’t planning on making it as big as it is now. It’ll be 4 parts total, or 5 depending on whether I decide to split one up into 2 and they’re mostly drawn out, they just need to be colored now.
Anyway, this scene was literally THE perfect excuse for me to practice the 2 things I’ve been wanting to work on, 1) Drawing expressions, and 2) Coloring nighttime settings. And since it’s from a fanfic I really like, it’s been really fun! I may not color the rest of the comic quite like this, but we’ll see what happens.
Obviously, I took some liberties with Ladybug’s costume. The original isn’t as fun to draw and I like redesigning stuff. ;P
I had to look up reference pictures of the top of the Eiffel Tower to figure out where to stick these guys… there aren’t a lot of places to sit way up there, once you go past a certain height!
So I decided to have them sit on the ledge outside the top viewing area of the tower; I remembered it from the Guitar Villain episode. (I KNOW YOU ALL REALLY, REALLY CARE ABOUT THAT LITTLE DETAIL!!! MWAHAHA XD)
The following is a guest post from graphic novelist Nidhi Chanani, creator of Pashmina.
As a young reader, I wasn’t exposed to comics beyond the funnies, which is because my immigrant parents only knew Garfield and newspaper comics. I blame my parents for my limited comics knowledge when I was young! But in high school, my boyfriend lent me Adrian Tomine’s Optic Nerve and Daniel Clowes’ Ghost World. He always impressed me with his untraditional influences. I tried to impress him in return and began borrowing graphic novels from the library. I stumbled upon Goodbye Chunky Rice around the time he dumped me. Then, I had Craig Thompson’s beautiful pages to fill the void. I read that book over and over, in between bouts of bad poetry and blasting Tori Amos.
At the University of California at Santa Cruz, I studied literature and stayed away from boys and comics. I took a course on Holocaust literature, and although it wasn’t on the reading list (zero comics were included in my course readings), it led me to Maus by Art Spiegelman. I studied the pages and absorbed the overwhelming hardships of survivors more acutely than when I read prose books.
At UCSC and after, I kept writing and drawing. After graduation, I tried working at non-profits and none fit. I was introduced to a few professional artists. I thought Whoa! Art can be a job! So I took a deep breath and signed up for additional student loans for art school. I found American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. More than any other graphic novel prior, American Born Chinese made me believe I could make my own comic book. Good comics do that—make you believe in yourself. Gene did not shy away from discussing difficult topics of internalized racism, being a child of immigrants, and the universal awkwardness of being a teen. I saw again how a difficult topic could be tempered through comics to allow for honest discussion.
In art school I began thumbnailing my first book. Two hundred pages of terrible comics! But I showed promise and commitment! I pitched my terrible book to a few agents who ignored its terribleness and saw the promise of hard work (I think). I ended up signing with Judy Hansen, who is also Gene’s agent, which bolstered my confidence. I didn’t know then that it would take another five years to finish Pashmina. Maybe if I had known I would’ve quit sooner. I learned while writing and re-writing Pashmina for years that comics are a labor of love by people who are bananas. So thanks, comics, for allowing me to join this band of bananas!
Here’s a sneak peek at the first pages of Pashmina:
Now, I voraciously read graphic novels. They contain all my favorite things! Stories! Art! Cute author bios!
Recent comics I loved:
Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez
Each expression and page is a visual treat. Sandy, the main character, is an artist who has to deal with her insecurities, ego, and pressure head on. Creepy, cute, and a must-have.
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
A completely relatable new-girl-at-school story. The art is subtle and sweet. I also really appreciate the diversity of the characters that doesn’t deviate from the central story, but is just a part of the world. As it should be!
Mis(h)adra by Iasmin Omar Ata (out this Fall)
An honest and visually stunning graphic novel about epilepsy and the struggle to accept help when you need it. This is comics at its best—doing what only comics can, conveying the visuals of an otherwise difficult-to-describe experience.
Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions—the topic of India is permanently closed.
For Pri, her mother’s homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she’s ever dared and find the family she never knew.
In this heartwarming graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.
In order for the conversations in the 4 parts to be more cohesive and make sense, part 3 is the shortest at only 5 panels. Of course, despite its short length I still spent waaay too long on it because I wanted panel 5 to look cool and actually have a background. Ehhhh, don’t look too closely at my poor attempt at a “cityscape.” But do appreciate that stupid gated viewing area! APPRECIATE IT!! (Just don’t look too closely or you’ll find lots of mistakes…) ;)
My dad used to have dreams about Dragon Tales when I was little, and I had nightmares of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse when my niece was little, because that’s all I ever heard while at my sister’s house. [The hotdog song is forever trapped in my brain.]
I generally hate calling books guilty pleasures, because you should never feel ashamed to read something… especially if you enjoy it! And truth be told, most of the booklr/booktube/Goodreads world already knows about the books that I read that could be “embarrassing.”
But. There is one series that I think I’ve only mentioned once on here, and mayyybe once on my channel that I tend to hesitate telling people I’ve read:
I do believe I’ve read this series 4 times in total. And I’ve never read just one of the books at a time… ohhhh no. When I read one, I read them all. I freaking devour all of the books in like a day and a half at most.
I first started reading the Gallagher Girls series when only the first 4 books were out. I was working at Borders, I was a keyholder and manager of the children’s, young adult, and manga/comics sections, and I formed a young readers’ book club that met on one Thursday night per month. This was our second ever pick. I remember having such a fun time not just discussing it at the book club with others, but also reading it! It was just such a fun ride, and I was invested in the characters. And it took me completely by surprise - I went into the books with literally z e r o expectations. And it just swept me up and consumed me!
These books follow Cammie Morgan, who is 15 at the start of the series, as she goes through her all girl spy school (hell yeah!) with her 3 best friends/roommates. She considered kind of a prodigy at the school, and her family are all well-known and master spies. She has to navigate the balance of learning at school, doing some actual active spy work that she is thrust into, and being a regular teenage girl with hormones and such.
The 2 main things that keep me coming back to these wonderful nuggets are the characters, and the story structure. All of the characters as individuals are well-rounded, unique, have their own personalities & tastes, and are just generally well-written. There is a great balance of personality types that keeps the books from being stagnant and makes all of their interactions varied. Yay! Also their relationships are complex, and Cammie’s relationships with so many different people - friends, family, enemies - are always more complicated than they seem. They are all precious cupcakes though. And I applaud the way Ally Carter writers her multi-dimensional and emotional characters.
As far as the story structure is considered, I will just say that I discover some new hidden thing every single time I read these books. It’s a series about spies, so you would hope there would be an element of mystery in it… and there SOOOO is! I catch a new “clue” or line of foreshadowing every time I read. And it’s fun and young at the same time!
I seriously SERIOUSLY S E R I O U S L Y recommend these books. Do not be fooled by their short length or how “juvenile” they may seem. You will feel the feels my friends. And you will be in the same boat as I am: spending 4 more paragraphs than you anticipated talking about books about teenage girl spies in a blog post.