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A Cup of Salt Tears
Besides the fact that Irene Gallo being one of the best ADs, I am always excited to work onTor.com short story art there’s no way to tell what kind of subject matter will come along.
This piece accompanies Isabel Yep’s novelette A cup of Salt Tears - an eerie yet beautiful story. You can read it here. The audiobook of IQ84 by Murakami Haruki accompanied the working of this piece, it was quite the perfect track.
“Makino’s mother taught her caution, showed her how to carve her name into cucumbers, and insisted that she never let a kappa touch her. But when she grows up and her husband Tetsuya falls deathly ill, a kappa that claims to know her comes calling with a barbed promise. “A Cup of Salt Tears” is a dark fantasy leaning towards horror that asks how much someone should sacrifice for the one she loves.”
While I was doing research for this project, I learnt a lot of interesting facts about Kappa (河童 ”river-child”), including their obsession with shirikodama (尻子玉 "Small Anal Ball"). It’s believed that kappa lure their victims into the water and gain power by taking their shirikodama, a mythical ball said to contain their soul which is located inside the anus. Check out the amazing manga by Hokusai titled 同河童を釣るの法 (“How to fish for Kappa”).
I had to shrink it down by over 600 pixels. Goddamn.
Does it look a little…. Last Supper-ish to you guys? It looks a little Last Supper-ish to me. I didn’t mean for it to. Damn.
Either way, get ready for a long bunch of details from me. Let’s see.
Heavy is mildly impressed by Medic’s book, God knows where he pulled it out of. Medic’s all ‘look it says right here it’s pronounced levioSAAAAAA, so pull your shit together you schweinhund’
Engi can’t quite hear Medic so he’s likely misheard something WILDLY inappropriate (get yo mind outta the gutter, son)
Pyro, we just don’t know
Soldier’s all ‘look at these fuckin’ NEEEEEEEEEEEEEERDS over here’ and Demo’s all ‘mm yes quite’
Spy’s always prepared for anyone who might waltz by with a camera for a magazine ad on cigarettes (yes, he’s supposed to be lighting one. Hard to tell, I know.)
Sniper’s about to shank the vain, chain-smoking bastard if he doesn’t take the damn umbrella back already.
Scout looks a little soulless, as he always does when I pose him, for some reason
and Miss Pauling, for some reason, has never seen the rain before now. Someone told her long ago, there’s a calm before the storm. But she didn’t believe them. Nope.
…until the hovering, curious dominant of their separate lives should resolve into a tonic of darkness and the final absence of all motion.
I’m most excited about Jason Momoa being Aquaman
My sexual orientation is everything about this picture. Srsly.
ALLLLL the pantysplash
Bless this person
Yes please and thank you. This is gorgeous <3
I feel like this might be of interest to some of the people following my tumblr.
Upon second viewing, I have definitely concluded that Guardians of the Galaxy is even better when you imagine it as a tabletop campaign with an increasingly frustrated DM who’s sick of being interrupted.
GM: “Roll 2d10.”
Peter: “Red high. Twelve.”
GM: “You have 12 percent of a plan.”
The entire prison break scene was just Rocket’s player rolling knowledge checks on every turn until something worked.
- When Drax’s player said, “I go into the phone booth and call Ronan to Knowhere”, the DM stared open-mouthed for a minute, then called break time. The rest of the party was speechless.
- Pretty much just in general, Drax’s player is one of those people who thinks Chaotic Neutral means “throws self at shit for the lulz” and is really fortunate he didn’t have many other opportunities to derail the campaign.
- Gamora’s player gets really exasperated by the entirety of the campaign. They rolled a character with a tragic backstory and clear hooks to the villain to expand on, and had no idea that everyone else was going to be so silly. It leads to begging the party to just once execute a normal plan because look at Gamora’s stealth bonus, this min/maxed assassin needs a chance to use her abilities, please.
- Rocket’s a skill monkey who, if not for Drax’s grand display of idiocy, would have gladly derailed the campaign with absurd plans.
- Groot was a joke idea someone came up with that people ended up liking too much.
- Ronan’s confusion when Star Lord began dancing was the DM’s confusion verbatim.
- The DM now vetoes Chaotic Neutral characters on principle.
I apologize to everyone I’ve ever gamed with. I am all these players.
this is my only hypothesis
toph takes care of ba sing se
"worst city ever"
People usually only include the first 2 panels
Still do. Just about.
I still do but had to friends-lock it. But I miss it a lot. :(((
I don’t use it as much now because my friends are all in different fandoms, but if you joined fandom only in the Tumblr/Twitter era YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE MISSING.
1. Threaded comments that don’t have to be replied to with a whole separate post
2. Profile pages so you could find out about a person and also check out their followers to see if you know people in common/find other people into what you’re into
3. Communities for fic, and newsletter communities for fandoms that rounded up daily news (actor stuff, pics, videos, etc)
4. Much better signal to noise ratio (not seeing the same thing 15 times or having to install xkit just to make your dash readable and filter out fandoms you aren’t in)
5. Just a way, way more grounded sense of where and who people are, instead of shouting into a crowded room all the time
This is my third go-around with Tumblr and fandom, and it’s only manageable now because I’m following hardly anyone (sorry guys). I really cannot wait until somebody makes something that combines the ease of image-posting on Tumblr with the actual content of LJ, because I feel like this place encourages you to be silent.
Shhh, don’t make an original text post, no one wants to read that, especially if it’s just about your personal life (which you couldn’t lock/filter anyhow). Shhh, don’t add text to that reblog, just hide your comments down in the tags, where people have to scroll to see them. Shhh, all you can contribute is a picture of an actor that’s probably already been posted with six different edits to the tag. Just reblog, baby.
I love fandom and fans and it makes me so sad, too, to see what’s been my culture for going on 20 years now get eroded and lost. I don’t know where fandom will be in another 20 years but I’m guessing the history of my chunk of it (Usenet, mailing lists, personal websites, LJ) won’t get carried on.
This can’t be how it continues, this movement towards a model of vocal producers and silent consumers. That’s not fandom.
I mean, I loved lists, but I loved that LJ helped balance the dynamic of creator/consumer, where the consumer had a voice (I was largely a creator at that point, and am largely a consumer now, sadly) above and beyond, “Wow, great story!” They’d talk about the show, the fandom, and all that jazz, and the lines were nicely blurred, and some of the voices I respected the most never wrote, or drew, or vidded.
And thinking back, they may have thought they weren’t creators, but that’s just not true.
They were creating community, and it was awesome.
This is true, gang! I only crosspost to LJ; Dreamwidth is my preferred LJ fork (and it’s a great place made by great folks and needs more people like you!). But the above points all stand. If, for instance, you’ve only tried fandom or just online life in general on Tumblr, DW has a lot to offer. I use it very differently, and it’s much more personal/analytical.
I like the visual and media aspects of Tumblr a lot, but wow, I like being able to interact with words better too.
I started my LJ in 2003 and still update it. It’s amazing to have over ten years of my life archived there.
In the post-World War II era, the Klan experienced a huge resurgence. Its membership was skyrocketing, and its political influence was increasing, so Kennedy went undercover to infiltrate the group. By regularly attending meetings, he became privy to the organization’s secrets. But when he took the information to local authorities, they had little interest in using it. The Klan had become so powerful and intimidating that police were hesitant to build a case against them.
Struggling to make use of his findings, Kennedy approached the writers of the Superman radio serial. It was perfect timing. With the war over and the Nazis no longer a threat, the producers were looking for a new villain for Superman to fight. The KKK was a great fit for the role.
In a 16-episode series titled “Clan of the Fiery Cross,” the writers pitted the Man of Steel against the men in white hoods. As the storyline progressed, the shows exposed many of the KKK’s most guarded secrets. By revealing everything from code words to rituals, the program completely stripped the Klan of its mystique. Within two weeks of the broadcast, KKK recruitment was down to zero. And by 1948, people were showing up to Klan rallies just to mock them.
I ain’t the world’s best writer nor the world’s best speller
If Woody Guthrie wrote a song about your merits, you freaking HAD them.
Stetson Kennedy: American Badass.
I know it’s the wrong superhero/comic book publisher, but this is extremely important.
Someone please draw Scout in this shirt omg
You’re not fooling anyone, Scout.
He’s so slim he’s like a Daddy long Legs… mmmm.
When reblog comments plant images in my brain… thanks Queenie. Dx.