Dorian (younger and older self) illustration to go with xan’s of Dorian’s twin brother, Arthur. Oh these dorks.
Things I Keep In My Underwear Drawer:
I’M FUCKING SCREAMING OMGGGGGG THE TIME HAS COME FOR THE 90S TO ROMANTICIZED BY NON-90S KIDS FUCK
I feel like a legend.
Since when were the punk kids “cool”. I could have sworn we were outcasts. Man. Even I want to live in that fantasy land they set up.
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Jen Keith recommends Hawkeye #19
Bro. Hey, bro. It’s been a while, bro. New issue of Hawkguy, bro.
On the heels of winning an Eisner award for best single issue (see Hawkeye #11 with an additional Eisner award congratulations to writer Matt Fraction for Sex Criminals) comes Hawkeye #19, which manages to surpass my love for the pizza dog issue. Writer Matt Fraction (mattfractionblog) and artist David Aja (with an extra shout out to Chris Eliopoulos on co-lettering with Aja) continue to push the boundaries with this shiver-inducing exploration of deafness in comics.
Remember that heart-wrenching cliffhanger in issue #15? It’s time to finally find out what happened to Clint and his brother, Barney. With ear damage after an attack by a hitman, Clint’s world is suddenly much quieter. This isn’t Hawkeye’s first experience with being deaf; he lost his hearing back in a Hawkeye mini-series in 1983, and this issue looks into a stint during his childhood as well. We get a peek at Barney and Clint’s history and how their past parallels their present. Stunningly, we get most of this in a beautiful display of body and sign language.
The way this issue unfolds is entirely unique to the medium; you could not find this story told this way in anything other than a comic. It reads like the moments in movies when the soundtrack falls away into a vacuum of silence that drowns out everything, leaving you absorbed completely in the visual narrative. However, because this is comics, that silence is illustrated through a clever use of lettering and lack thereof along with “unsubtitled” sign language. The reader experiences the world on mute with Clint as he struggles to adapt and overcome his condition and its instigators.
After finishing this issue, I had to reread it because the pacing was so smooth despite the staccato panels of sign language and action that I couldn’t believe it was over. I was devastated, wanted more, and all I could think was, “Aw, comic, no.”
Grab your coffee carafe and some pizza, and go read Hawkeye #19. Ok, bro?
Jen Keith is a Digital Editor at comiXology, comic artist, music addict, and ate enough pizza recently to satisfy even Lucky the pizza dog.
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jk rowling unilaterally writing that not a single member of slytherin house fought in the battle of hogwarts and instead every single one of them hid like cowards is honestly one of the laziest most flaccid writing decisions of our time
Or it could be the truth about Slytherins as a whole. While the house is most known for being the vilest and meanest kids in the whole school, everyone would assume, “Those guys are gonna be on the side of the Death Eaters and wreck shit”. When in actuality, most of them wouldn’t do anything for any side, because Slytherin’s only care about themselves.
This was proven time and time again in the books, along with the traits for the other houses. The Gryffindors believe that you should sacrifice yourself for others, the Ravenclaws believe that whatever the wise or most knowledgeable choice is has to be the right way, and Hufflepuffs believe that you should always do the right thing, no matter what. Slytherins believe that whatever will make you more powerful or better than others is right.
Plus, of all the lazy and flaccid novels of our time, you chose one detail in one book of an entire series of widely acclaimed novels. Trust me, work in a book store, there is a whole lot worse books out there.
okay, first let’s start with the fact that you’re pigeonholing an entire demographic of people you know nothing about who were actively classified as Slytherins by JKR’s Pottermore test. please, by all means, go up to a little eleven-year-old who self-identifies as Slytherin because they don’t agree with JKR’s assumption that having ambition and drive and goals automatically makes you evil, and tell them to their face that they are “vile” and “mean.”
"Slytherins only care about themselves"—ah, right. well, silly me, I guess I just dreamed up that entire part where Narcissa Malfoy cared more about her son’s life than her own to the point where she was willing to lie point-blank to Voldemort without so much as the slightest twitch in her facial expressions or her defenses. how about the point where Andromeda Tonks was a pureblood witch, a Slytherin, who grew up to marry a Muggle-born of her own choice, regardless of being exiled by the pureblood snobs in her family?
oh, wow, I guess I must just be imagining this entire section of the Pottermore welcome letter, too:
Slytherins are actively and consistently described as people who take awhile to warm up to others, but who, once they decide that they care about you, are not afraid in the least to put you and your needs in their highest consideration. the only other house with more consistent emphasis on loyalty to family and friends in the entire series is Hufflepuff—not Gryffindor, and not Ravenclaw. but yes, please, go on to tell me how Slytherins are so vile and evil despite sharing a fair amount of similar qualities to the house most renowned for kindness.
I don’t even know where you’re taking your facts from, because no where does it ever say that Gryffindors believe in “sacrificing themselves for others.” no, Gryffindors are brave and they are daring—which, in a negative context, can just as easily translate to showoffy and prideful. that in no way translates to self-sacrificing (Harry was naturally self-sacrificing. not the entire house). Ravenclaws don’t believe that wisdom is “right,” they simply prize it, thus fostering a nature of competitiveness which can border on downright vindictive around the time for finals and exams, I’m sure. Hufflepuffs believe in “doing the right thing” in the sense of “what they personally believe is right.” which, believe it or not, gives Hufflepuffs quite the potential for being downright terrifying should they ever convince themselves that they are “doing the right thing” while working for an evil cause, all the moreso since their loyalty is known to be unwarvering.
but yes, clearly, rather than thinking critically about the series, let’s just try to push the agenda of “every single Slytherin was born inherently evil and they’re all awful, selfish pricks.”
using Hogwarts just as an example, roughly 25% of people in that school are going to be sorted into Slytherin, or else the house wouldn’t have stuck around for two centuries. I’m sure the 25% isn’t an even percentage and that some years fluctuate, but still: 25%. you cannot possibly tell me that every eleven-year-old walking through those doors is even pureblood (only 20 pureblood families are ever specified by JKR, meaning others likely died out, and there is no way in hell that 20 families alone, even through intermarriage, could provide enough children each and every year to accomodate 25% of a school with hundreds of students), much less that they were inherently born evil and vile and cruel.
if you truly love a series, then sit down and accept it when someone writes a valid criticism of it rather than going out of your way to defend an author who made very poor choices in her work. if you honestly think that this is the only flaw the HP books have, or that “widely acclaimed” = “flawless work,” you’re sorely mistaken, too. the romanticization and forgiveness of Severus Snape, the portrayal and excusal of literal child abuse, the continued stereotyping and pigeonholing of an entire house in a series supposedly tackling themes like “appearances can be deceiving” and “people should be judged by their choices, not their abilities or the actions of their families”—all of these are severe flaws in the series and should be talked about so people can stop casually glossing over them and pretending they don’t exist.
just because there are worse books out there doesn’t excuse a good book (or any series at all) from criticism.
Soooo Janelle Monae covered David Bowie.
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this is my summer jam now, bye
My Memaw passed away on Thursday. It was something we all knew that was going to happen but I don’t think any of us were ready for yet. So if you met me at SDCC and I seemed a little tired or out of it, this was probably why.
[a left boob appears within arm’s reach]
ON YOUR LEFT