unicornempire:

thegorgonist:

tally-art:

I was on a panel about this last week at Rose City.  It’s a big topic, and I think a really interesting one that deserves discussion.  I’ve got my own rules about what I think is “ok” and not.  I would definitely stop if a creator or legal representative wanted me to.  I don’t mass-produce anything.  I don’t sell fan art for properties I perceive as independent / small-budget.  My fan art is always a departure from any official art that already exists.  I try to make something new, that I’ve really transformed to fit my style, just based on a character/property that already exists.  When I draw fan art, it’s always for something I genuinely like that I want to draw and share with other fans.
But in general, I don’t think that fan art is evil.  I think it can exist in perfect harmony with the property, and that it DOESN’T take money away from the official property merchandise if fan artists offer something new that wasn’t offered before.  I think that people who buy fan art tend to also give money to the official property, because they love it.  I think fan art builds community and fuels fan love around the original property, and that, in many ways, it’s actually very beneficial for the copyright owners to allow it.
I’ve had only good interactions with copyright holders finding my fan art.  I know that might not always be the case, but so far I’ve had really positive experiences making and, sometimes, selling fan art.

Preach, Tally!

Perfectly said, yes! Fan art does help to build a community, and fanfiction, too, and cosplay- it’s all about loving the show/content, and that’s truly an amazing thing I think. I had the good fortune to attend an event with CB Cebulski once, who was at the time the head Editor for Marvel comics, and he’s been in the industry for ages. I was able to ask him what he thought about fan art, if Marvel was upset at seeing so much fan art of their characters in the artist alley when they’ve got their own art at their giant display tables in the Exhibitor Hall. He told me, of course not, and they would never dream of going after fan artists, because by having fan art it spread the love and was basically free advertising for them, and if there was any creator that was making something that they really wanted they’d hire them and try to buy the rights to the art. And thats the way that it should be, really.
The discourse I’ve noticed now is that Warner Brothers and Paramount and all these Hollywood film studios are starting to own copyrights and are insanely protective about it, which is really just a shame because the Comics industry has managed to really have a symbiotic relationship with fanwork for a very long time now. Anyway, just my 2 cents.

unicornempire:

thegorgonist:

tally-art:

I was on a panel about this last week at Rose City.  It’s a big topic, and I think a really interesting one that deserves discussion.  I’ve got my own rules about what I think is “ok” and not.  I would definitely stop if a creator or legal representative wanted me to.  I don’t mass-produce anything.  I don’t sell fan art for properties I perceive as independent / small-budget.  My fan art is always a departure from any official art that already exists.  I try to make something new, that I’ve really transformed to fit my style, just based on a character/property that already exists.  When I draw fan art, it’s always for something I genuinely like that I want to draw and share with other fans.

But in general, I don’t think that fan art is evil.  I think it can exist in perfect harmony with the property, and that it DOESN’T take money away from the official property merchandise if fan artists offer something new that wasn’t offered before.  I think that people who buy fan art tend to also give money to the official property, because they love it.  I think fan art builds community and fuels fan love around the original property, and that, in many ways, it’s actually very beneficial for the copyright owners to allow it.

I’ve had only good interactions with copyright holders finding my fan art.  I know that might not always be the case, but so far I’ve had really positive experiences making and, sometimes, selling fan art.

Preach, Tally!

Perfectly said, yes! Fan art does help to build a community, and fanfiction, too, and cosplay- it’s all about loving the show/content, and that’s truly an amazing thing I think. I had the good fortune to attend an event with CB Cebulski once, who was at the time the head Editor for Marvel comics, and he’s been in the industry for ages. I was able to ask him what he thought about fan art, if Marvel was upset at seeing so much fan art of their characters in the artist alley when they’ve got their own art at their giant display tables in the Exhibitor Hall. He told me, of course not, and they would never dream of going after fan artists, because by having fan art it spread the love and was basically free advertising for them, and if there was any creator that was making something that they really wanted they’d hire them and try to buy the rights to the art. And thats the way that it should be, really.

The discourse I’ve noticed now is that Warner Brothers and Paramount and all these Hollywood film studios are starting to own copyrights and are insanely protective about it, which is really just a shame because the Comics industry has managed to really have a symbiotic relationship with fanwork for a very long time now. Anyway, just my 2 cents.

I improvised this pasta bake last night from the stuff we had in the fridge and it turned out super delicious and rich and filling, so I want to share it with you guys. Not vegan, but it did turn out vegetarian. Also gluten free if you use the right noodles.

The stuff:

  • 12 oz of penne noodles
  • 4 zucchinis, chopped to smallish pieces
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • half a block of cream cheese (4ish ounces)
  • half a cup of parmesan (the powdered stuff from the tube is fine) 
  • half a teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 cup and a half of mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup of green olives, roughly chopped
  • a few tablespoons of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

What do:

Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit (ooh I spelled it right on the first try booyah)

Sauté the zucchini on medium-high in some olive oil, then set it aside. Bring the heat on the pan down to medium, and sauté the onions in the rest of the olive oil. Once the onions start to get translucent, add the cream cheese, tomato paste and heavy cream. Stir frequently until the cream cheese and tomato paste are all combined smoothly. Then add the flavor— salt, pepper, garlic powder, parmesan, even some dried herbs if you like (I recommend basil and oregano, or one of those italian seasoning blends). Add the zucchini and turn heat down to low.

Don’t forget to cook the pasta! I do it last because I’m bad at timing sauces and the noodles tend to get stuck together if they sit for too long. Cook the noodles per their package directions (al dente is fine since they’ll be baked soon), and then add them to the pasta sauce and give it all a good stir. Then in a good sized baking dish (or several small ones), make a layer of noodles that’s about half of what you made and top it with half your mozzarella. Add the rest of the noodles plus the green olives, then top with the rest of the cheese. 

Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is thoroughly melted.

Serves 4-6, or 1 person for a week. 

thymoss:

railroadsoftware:

no one ever says that Rome needed help from aliens to build their empire

#l laughed for days when i found out that #ancient egyptians used water to reduce friction and move blocks for distances #and that this was literally DEPICTED ON THEIR HIEROGLYPHICS #but ~western archaeologists~ #thought that the pouring of water depicted ~superstitious rituals~ #jfc

nii-chan-tamer:

DRAGON AGE™: INQUISITION Gameplay Feature – Character Creation

tacticalpineapple:

holy shit this is a fucking amazing gif like that’s actually really fucking impressive

tacticalpineapple:

holy shit this is a fucking amazing gif like that’s actually really fucking impressive

Sansûkh Chapter 31

determamfidd:

IT IS DONE AHAHAHAHAHA PARTY TIME NOW

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*collapses in a heap*

I AM NOT EMOTIONALLY PREPARED FOR THIS

Helpful evil

evilsupplyco:

If you are an artist, when you get stuck, draw bigger and on tracing paper when you are stuck. Consider this manual photoshop. Use scissors, trace, refine.

If you are a writer, when you get stuck, get a pad of paper and at least two colors of pen that contrast. When you get stuck, use your “replace this with actual language later” color. Just write what you want to say. “Make angry hero cry as villain drinks amazing latte. Figure out words later.”

If you get stuck in life, clean up your area and think about how big, and how small, the universe is. Either direction is practically infinite, suspending you in the middle.

If you are fey, remember when you weren’t. It will build compassion when you deal with mortals.

If you are a potato, please advise us how you use the Internet. We have so many questions, sentient spud bud.

heathermorris:

i’m one of those annoying people who’s always like “omg i know that actor from somewhere omg i recognize them whAT WERE THEY IN” when watching tv shows/movies who then proceeds to look it up on their phone and inform everyone that said actor was an extra in an episode of some stupid 90s sitcom once

knitmeapony:

bocchan:

karhide:

windandsalt:

friarpark

#this is not an exaggeration okay #children do say this #children do wonder why they can’t find themselves in the media #don’t fucking tell me it doesn’t matter #it matters so much #children NEED to see themselves represented #or else they grow up feeling inferior and not worthy

okay, story time: i’m a resident actor a children’s theatre company, and we just did peter pan. i was cast as peter because i’m the only one who looks young enough to play the part; but aside from looking young, i look nothing like peter pan. he’s this little white boy with reddish brown hair and i’m an arab/hispanic queer with black hair and freckles. 

our company has a really devoted following, and these kids are reeeally young. after every show, we do autographs as the characters and have to keep up the act, because to a lot of these really young kids, we are who we pretend to be on stage. that terrified me. i’ve done autograph sessions in-character before, but never as such a well-loved character. who, again, is white. i was worried about what children might say.

over the course of the production, we must have performed for close to 500 kids, between the shows we did for families and the shows we did for school field trips.

and i distinctly remember one little white girl who came up to me with a DVD copy of disney’s peter pan, and she had this adorable tinkerbell dress on, and she just stared at me wide-eyed and after a while she said “i have all your movies!!”

first of all, if you don’t think that’s the cutest thing ever, please leave.

and when i asked her what she wanted me to sign, she handed me her DVD and said “by your face.” and she points right at this little white redheaded peter pan with pointy ears who is clearly not me, as if she can’t tell the difference… or she can, and she doesn’t care. similar things happened with different children, but it never lost its charm for me. on the contrary, it really warmed my heart.

by that same token there were many children of color who were affected by seeing a brown peter pan. a lot of them (usually older children) and/or their parents ask me how i got into acting, and if i had any advice for how to get into it. it meant a lot to me that there’s this whole generation of children of color who are going to pursue the arts, because even though i live in a very diverse area, our theatre landscape is still very whitewashed.

anyway, what i’m trying to say isn’t just that representation matters, which it does. what i’m also trying to say is that one less white face in the crowd isn’t going to hurt anyone. i feel like i’ve heard time and again that white people can only identify with white characters, and the whole point of my story is that that’s obviously not true. that kind of behavior, where people only empathize with characters who look like them, has to be taught. and that kind of behavior is racism.

bolding is mine, because that last bit really knocked it out of the park for me

"I have all your movies" Oh my GOD. *dead *

Seriously, the idea that you can’t have POC main characters because you’ll alienate your white audience is bullshit. Kids have to be taught racism, because otherwise they don’t care. My favorite characters when I was a kid were Jasmine, Mulan, and Rufio (also Brandy as Cinderella). It never even crossed my mind that I couldn’t love them or empathize with their stories because they weren’t white like me. There is no damn excuse to keep shoving POC in supporting roles instead of having them as main characters.

preoccupiedpepper:

terfosaurus-rex:

thegendercritic:

Gender is a hierarchy.  Gender is oppression. 

funny how dudes that don’t even question suffrage don’t realize they are recycling the same boring ass arguments as anti-suffrage males from back in the day

This is a brilliant reminder of how important it is that we register to vote!

Just a few generations ago women went on hunger strikes to demand their right to vote. In the US, only about 60% of eligible voters actually vote during presidential elections and that drops to just 40% during midterm elections like this year. 

Please vote!

Vote because it’s your right.

Vote because it’s your responsibility.

Vote because a whole lot of angry white dudes really don’t want you to!

paradoxes-for-breakfast:

reasons why halloween is the best holiday:

  1. you are not obliged to visit your relatives
  2. you are not obliged to get gifts for anyone
  3. people will give you candy for absolutely no reason other than halloween
  4. its the only day when its socially acceptable to go out in public dressed like a penguin