Starting simulation! Earth’s newest Green Lantern meditates on her new-found power from her personal simulation room.
Another quick snap of Maya from last night, taken in my apartment and quickly spruced up in Photoshop. Just a bit of fun :)
I made Maya put on my GL costume and then made her jump around. Then she started jumping on my couches on her own, like a very happy child. I took pictures.
Look! Me being awesome! :D
Look it that badass.
I remade Josh’s Red Robin tunic this weekend. It took about five hours including the dozens of times I fucked something up. That’s not an exaggeration, I probably fucked things up around 12 times. That’s why you should definitely be awake when you’re sewing, lmao.
Anyhoo… I remade it because the old one had some structural problem that made it difficult for Josh to move, particularly around the shoulder joints and because of how the harness attached in the front. It also ripped in a few places because of stress. Also, Josh lost some weight! So the new one is lighter, the sleeves are shorter (less fabric under the gloves!), has a stretch panel up the spine to give it more mobility, has broader shoulders and a more fitted upper-chest. The harness now attaches to the tunic instead of the cape, reducing a stress point there.
The only thing we have left to do on it is insert shoulder pads between the cape and the tunic, to square out Josh’s shoulders — the slope of the cowl rounds them out, and we want to keep a stronger “comic book” silhouette :) Smoke and mirrors, folks.
(Also, look at Marcus To’s Damian sulking in the background! My precious baby :’))
The costume isn’t super accurate, we don’t really weigh the part, and my god was my wig awful. But man was this fun.
Also, everyone should see how awesome these two are. I love booster and beetle combos, because they are so rare, and no matter what, they are always having the best time at cons.
sassmastershinekillr asked to see my TBP collection.
This is an old picture, taken at the same time as I took pictures of my room for you guys. It’s too dark in my room right now to get an updated one.
I also have more at my parents’ house, plus many more I have lent out or given away over time. I don’t own many floppies because I obsessively get rid of them. When people buy my costumes, it is not uncommon for there to be a comic or two snuck inside, or sometimes random figurines, nerdy merchandise, extra costume pieces, or in ylchen’s experience, a set of handcuffs.
Smallville has my money anyway, because it is the only Superman book that DC is producing that demonstrates an understanding of who Superman is.
But that aside, this Stephanie being replaced thing is fucking infuriating. “We went with Barbara Gordon because she’s the most iconic version?” Of Nightwing? What? I looove Barbara, but screaming “legacy!” over Smallville, which bathes in comics while using its own continuity entirely, is the most inane thing ever. Why’d they approve it being Steph in the first place, if iconic status was a concern? Why tell white lies, too — Didio talks about introducing iconic characters if Smallville is going to have guests, but that isn’t always true of Smallville. They’ve introduced fucktons of characters that are far from iconic, and, um, the most iconic Robin/Nightwing is NOT Barbara Gordon.
Steph ended up as Nightwing in the end of her run, while Barbara Gordon was never Robin and was never Nightwing. Are they redrawing her in panels to be Batgirl? If not, why change it, then? If they are, why not redraw the Robin/Nightwing to be Dick Grayson? They’re already changing the art and dialogue, so why not do something actually iconic?
So why is DC doing this? Fuck if I know, and I doubt DC does either. Lots of fans (myself included) feel DC doesn’t have an actual game plan for the rebooted universe and is just winging it, and while some writers have tried to assuage that worry, others — like George Perez — have come right out in interviews to say that DC doesn’t have a fucking clue what it’s doing.
I basically have zero faith in DC, and while there are some books I am quietly enjoying, I definitely feel like I shouldn’t bother getting excited about anything anymore. Why bother? DC’s just going to fuck it up, anyway. Not even the best artists and best writers can make up for how screwed up the overall game plan is.
Want to know something funny, though? In every fandom I’ve ever been in, fans are so in love with their fandom and canon and the creators that they’re willing to excuse a lot of stuff. Some fandoms are happy to turn into frothing attack mobs at the slightest perceived insult to their canon gods — Assassin’s Creed fandom pitched a fit when John L. Beiswenger sued Ubisoft for copyright infringement, and their inability to stay out of Ubisoft’s business meant Beiswenger, who could have had a decent case, got attacked and slandered and bombed with personal attacks. Homestuck fandom does the same, acting as a virtual lynch mob against anyone they perceive to be slighting Andrew Hussie. But dude… when it comes to DC, I feel like the general attitude in fandom is that DC is totally incompetent and incapable of pulling anything off without arousing a lot of ire. Not even just the part of fandom that is also into social justice, not just Tumblr, not just women, etc — I see this on /co/, on Reddit, at conventions talking to complete strangers, etc. It feels like everyone follows DC because they’re beholden to certain characters, and in love with them enough to put up with DC’s bullshit.
Basically, if you’re a fan of DC, you have to accept that you’re seldom going to have nice things. It sounded so perfect to have Steph in the Smallville universe, but you can never really forget that there will almost inevitably be some fuck-up or editorial meddling that will screw it up. Why let writers tell the stories they want to tell, stories that are new and fun and suit the setting when editorial can make them tell the same fucking story over and over again? \o/ If I wanted to read a rehash of the main universe, I’d read the main fucking universe. I read Smallville because I like the Smallville universe, so let Smallville be its own universe and do whatever the fuck it wants. Making it more like the main universe — especially in silly, unnecessary and contrived ways — just makes me want to drop Smallville, too.
Sorry, that was a rant. But, well, there you have it.