ratcreature: RatCreature is conflicted, and ponders under the influence of hovering angel- and devil-RatCreatures. (conflicted)
I've posted five Star Wars fanart recs in June over at [community profile] fanart_recs, but I'm not sure what or even whether I'll rec in July. On one hand I feel that after nine consecutive months of diligently posting four to six fanart recs I could use a break, OTOH it is sort of a habit now, so maybe I shouldn't break it. Also it's my comm, so there's this nagging feeling that I ought to help produce content for it.

Poll #7458 to rec or not to rec?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 2

Should I post fanart recs in July?

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No, embrace your inner sloth and take a break, if you aren't enthusiastic.
2 (100.0%)

Yes, you should stick with it and post Merlin art recs.
0 (0.0%)

Yes, you should stick with it and post LOTR art recs.
0 (0.0%)

I don't care.
0 (0.0%)

ratcreature: grumpy (grumpy)
Once again I'm checking the links of my recs page, and to my dismay it appears that T.O.T.O. aka The Obi-Wan Torture Oasis (formerly at http://members.tripod.com/~SlashGirls/toto/) has vanished. Which sucks, because IIRC the version of Silent Faction by analise and Kirby Crow there was formatted much more nicely, i.e. with graphics and such , than the one at masterapprentice.org I've managed to find. Also, I really like that site.

Well, at least the story is still archived somewhere. *hearts all central archives*
ratcreature: RatCreature smokes Crack (crack)
Some good crossovers I've read recently...

1967 Plymouth GTX Convertible, Black., by [livejournal.com profile] basingstoke. Slash, Dean/Gunn, Angel, Sam. (ca. 2,100 words)
This one is just a lot of fun. They first meet over anti-zombie supplies, there's banter, Sam and Angel are playing euchre... also Dean/Gunn!

Charm City by [livejournal.com profile] hth_the_first. Slash, Sam/Tim. (ca. 7,630 words)
Homicide: Life on the Streets/Supernatural
I've only watched Homicide sporadically, but the relationships here between Sam and Dean as well as Tim and Sam really pulled me in.

Today's Tom Sawyer (1/2) and (2/2), by [livejournal.com profile] ladyjanelly. Gen, Sam and Ben. (ca. 5,000 words)
Dark Angel/Supernatural
In 2009 Sam runs across Ben, just after the X5 children escaped from Manticore.

The People You Meet, by [livejournal.com profile] mandysbitch. Slash, Chris Keller/Rodney McKay. (ca. 8,300 words)
Oz/Stargate Atlantis
I rarely read crossovers when I just know one of the sources, but I followed a rec somewhere, and the story pulled me in. I have never actually watched any episode of Oz (so I can't judge Keller's characterization), but I think it is pre-series for Oz as well as for SGA. Anyway, it starts when Rodney gets robbed by Keller, and things get more complicated from there at a fast pace.

Case X-1743: Unresolved. by [livejournal.com profile] minisinoo. Het, Mulder/Scully, Jean/Scott. (ca. 24,500 words)
The X-Files/X-Men Movieverse
While still working on the X-Files Mulder and Scully investigate the incident at Scott's high school when his powers first manifested. Years later Mulder notices Scott during Jean's tv appearance and they meet again. The plot is mostly just about getting the characters together, but I really liked how the universes meshed here.

Untitled SGA/Traders series, by Sealie ([livejournal.com profile] jimandblair). Gen, John, Rodney, Carson, Grant.
Stargate Atlantis/Traders
This one is still a WIP, but so far I'm really enjoying it. It's a good take on the "Rodney and Grant are related" premise.

The Monster in the Closet, by Shaye ([livejournal.com profile] fourteenlines). Het, Rodney/Kaylee. (ca. 3,200 words)
Firefly/Stargate Atlantis
Rodney and Kaylee meet as prisoners of the Reavers, so it is rather dark.

Don't Mention the Wookies by [livejournal.com profile] sheafrotherdon. Slash, McKay/Sheppard. (ca 1,400 words)
Stargate Atlantis/Star Wars
I waffled a bit whether this really counts as a real crossover, but I found its slightly wacky premise cute and funny, and it is definitely crossover-ish, so I included it in this rec set anyway.
ratcreature: RatCreature as evil Sith (evil sith)
I'd like to preface this post with the disclaimer that Star Wars isn't my primary fandom, and seeing how I don't rewatch/reread sources often or intensely even in fandoms that I'm into more, it's been ages since I last saw the original trilogy, I have seen the prequels each only once or twice, and I am not familiar with any EU material first hand either, if I don't count seeing the occasional comic scan or book quote illustrating fan discussion. Also I suspect I should have gotten a beta reader for this post. (Do people even get beta readers for this kind of thing? It shows how rarely I post meta, I have no clue.)

The whole subject of the prophecy in the prequels left me confused. Not to slight the movies (I enjoyed them a lot, I do count myself as a SW fan after all), but it did seem to me that this prophecy, its actual meaning, and how it relates to Anakin's/Vader's actions in both trilogies wasn't that fully thought through, though perhaps extra material somewhere outside the cinema-versions of the movies, i.e. novelizations, DVD extras, whatever, might make things clearer. The thing is, after having read some significant amount of SW fanfic and the occasional SW-related LJ post, I fully expected to have picked up either prominent theories existing in the extended canon or brilliant, and thus widely accepted, fan wank that makes sense of it all, kind of like I pick up details from JKR interviews in HP fandom, even though I never read the interviews, just plenty of fanfic and sometimes, though less often, discussion posts. But so far I haven't. Or rather what I have seen proposed in fanfic and the (admittedly few) meta posts I've read doesn't make it much clearer, not so that the prophecy and its impact would "click" for me.

So I'm trying to muddle through this...

Read more... )
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
I've colored the pencil drawing I uploaded last night. I don't have a lot of practice with computer coloring and it kind of shows, but I like the illustration still better in this version. In case you missed the explanation yesterday, this is fanart for [livejournal.com profile] monkeycrackmary's SW/DCU fusion story Flamebird, showing Tim as Jedi Padawan.

pencils, colored in GIMP, ca. 86KB )

ETA: The LJ picture servers are still a bit obnoxious/slow because of the recent move. If the image doesn't load for you, you can look at it at my site too.
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Ever since I read [livejournal.com profile] monkeycrackmary's Batverse/Star Wars fusion story Flamebird, my head is populated with images of the Batboys in Jedi attire, performing Force aided acrobatics, of Bruce and Jason fighting crime in Kryptonian-like attire on the run down lower levels of Coruscant and maybe even in sleazy space cantinas, and a lot of stuff horribly difficult to draw. Obviously the story needs to be illustrated by someone with mad skillz, or, you know, at least someone able to draw humans rather than someone preferring to stick with big-nosed cartoons.

I don't think I'll draw Coruscant cityscapes populated with superheroes anytime soon (but someone definitely should!), but I did try to draw Tim as a Padawan. The Jedi look/outfit is shamelessly drawn based on a screencap showing young Obi-Wan Kenobi, btw (because I suck and can't draw this kind of thing without such references).

Also I'll probably try to color the pencils eventually, to get some practice using my newly acquired tablet, but that might take some time, and meanwhile I thought I could post the pencil drawing as it is now, kind of like a WIP thing.

Padawan!Tim, pencil drawing, ca 45KB )

Comments/crit/whatever are of course welcome.

ETA: LJ wouldn't show the picture when I tried to use the version I uploaded to their picture server, should be fixed now.
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
So I'm in the process of making some more icons, seeing how I'm still far from filling the 100 icon slots I have (right now I have 37). I collected a bunch of more or less useful or amusing icon ideas: Besides the recent yum!/Eating!RatCreature which I have already uploaded, I have finished the drawing for a huh??/Clueless!RatCreature, and in the queue of vague ideas are right now MemeSheep!RatCreature, kill!kill!/Enraged-Axe-Wielding!RatCreature (it's not that I have that much need for a rage icon, but I like to doodle cartoon violence *grin*), *heart*/Glomming!RatCreature, a grim Robin!RatCreature, a bouncing Tigger!RatCreature, maybe a Numb3ers!RatCreature and a bunch of others. However the one I'm drawing right now is supposed to become an evil/Sith!RatCreature. Which is where the ears and the hoods come in.

See, at first I thought I might do Vader!RatCreature, however the mask doesn't really work with the nose, so I thought fine, I'll do a more generic Sith instead. Looking at pictures of Sith you'll notice that hoods covering part of their faces figure rather prominently in their image. Okay, Darth Maul has his hood down in some of his more iconic shots, but Anakin once he's evil and Sidious both love the hooded look, which is fine for human ears. Yet for someone with ears like my avatar? Not so much.

No matter what I tried, large ears beneath the hood of a robe just don't work that well without looking ridiculous and not Sith-like. Seeing how Yoda's ears have similar characteristics (i.e. largish and extending outwards from the head), I searched for pictures that show Yoda with his hood drawn up, but all images I've found always show him with the hood down. What really stands between Yoda and the Dark Side is not merely the Jedi Code, he's incompatible with sithly fashion sense -- no way could he be all dark and mysterious with his hood concealing his head without looking bizarre because of the ears, they'd totally ruin the drapery lines of the hood. And while I'm considering to just have the ears stick out in my drawing, clearly that wouldn't work for a "real" Sith: Imagine he wants to throw of the robe with a dramatic flourish, but has to untangle the ears from their holes first.
ratcreature: zen? or not. Animated pic, that first shows RatCreature calm,  then angry. (zen)
I'm curious, for those who read actor RPS pairings or are familiar with that section of fandom, is the RPS pairing usually based on or derived from a fictional one? So that the two kinds seem somewhat interchangeable? I'm asking because recently I came across a community that for my fiction reading preferences is really inconvenient and counterintuitive, but I'm wondering whether it's common for RPS.

I was browsing for SW slash and came across a number of links to posts in [livejournal.com profile] ewan_hayden. I would have never browsed that community on my own, unlike the communities called [livejournal.com profile] sw_slash or [livejournal.com profile] starwars_slash etc., because from its name I'd assumed it to be purely RPS about the actors. And while I'm not squicked by RPS, I don't care about it at all. I mean, I can't even remember the full name of the actor playing Anakin Skywalker in AotC and RotS. However it turns out that the community is for both RPS about the actors as well as FPS about their characters, and now I'm wondering whether that is common, and whether readers who like RPS usually equally like the fictional pairing, so that for them it makes sense to make no difference.

For me OTOH it is really inconvenient when Anakin/Obi-Wan slash is mixed in-between actor slash, because the characters for me are very much separate from the actors, and not just because in the case of SW there were several actors for the characters, as well as comics, novels and such. To me the fictional setting and character background is really important.

On some weird level I find myself vaguely annoyed that RPS and FPS is mixed like that, which I'm aware isn't quite rational, because obviously that kind of mixed community seems to work for a lot of people, like the 900+ watching [livejournal.com profile] ewan_hayden. And yet--

Perhaps it feels vaguely "wrong" to me (I don't mean "morally wrong" or anything, just like "wrong" as in mixing two things that don't belong together, like having a combined humor/torture archive for example doesn't make much sense), because in my "fandom socialization" RPS was very much separate and (at least initially) still controversial? I'm now wondering whether the "real" vs. "fictional" character boundaries in fandom are even still perceived as such by a majority.

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