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» Actors who I love are continuing to say dismissive and hurtful things: Tyler Posey had this to say about Sterek. Dude, I get being bitter and resentful, but that's crossing a line.*

*I'm still not over that Clark Gregg interview where he insinuated that people giving up on Agents of SHIELD because it didn't feature Thor or Stark or anyone else from The Avengers/Marvel-in-general were "losers".

» Speaking of Marvel, I'm so freaking ecstatic I'm not the only one who'd give up a first-born to see a Runaways movie being made, or the only one still getting up every day and asking myself, is today the day I get my Runaways movie?* Drew Pearce and how Marvel's Runaways are more like The Godfather in tone. I mean both BKV, and Whedon have written for this comic, get on that Marvel people.

*I mean Runaways the comic here--six teenagers with powers who find out their parents are all evil, and run away to forge their own path, not the Dakota Fanning movie about female rockers.

day ten

Jul. 31st, 2013 09:01 pm
dahlia_moon: (Default)
Day Ten: Top Five Reasons You Feel The Way You Do Right Now
Well, I'm always feeling fannish so I'll go with that feeling (as opposed to bored--because I'm on break--and cranky as hell because it's hot and it's summer and those two things and I don't go well together) and tell you now it's because:
  1. Watching Star Trek: The Original Series for the first time. (I'm looking forward to the other incarnations of the franchise just because I'm a complete-ist. I've seen random bits of TNG and Voyage and loved them, but it'll be fascinating to go back and watch them from the beginning, and get caught up with the animated series, DS9, and Enterprise.)
  2. Pretty much fell head over heels in love with Haven too.
  3. And same goes for "Welcome to Night Vale" even though I'm the slowest person ever to catch up with the series.
  4. Sinbad started out so awesome, but then it started dragging and now it's kinda a chore to watch it because I'm not very much invested in this world, which is a drag and I so very much wanted to love this show and I did. For like five episodes? But then my most favorite character, Nala, left the show, and now it's become well...so much more about Sinbad and how the secondary characters are all there to make him a better person and that gets tiring after a while. (I'm not saying Sinbad isn't an interesting character, just that the secondary characters are interesting as well, and the world established is interesting, yet the execution falls flat.)
  5. I don't keep up with it as much as I'd like to (a lack of funds and just getting to the comic store), but I am so bummed out my absolute favorite (well, one of my absolute favorites) comic about my favorite mutants--X-Factor by Peter David--is getting cancelled. To me, it seems like a bad move on Marvel's part because this is a book that does sell well, although maybe not as well as Marvel would like or whatever they're thinking by ending it.

dahlia_moon: (Teen Wolf - Lydia)
come as you are (609 words)
Rating: Teen and Up Audiences
Archive Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Category: Gen
Fandom: Birds of Prey (Comic), DCU - Comicverse
Characters: Helena Bertinelli (Huntress), Dinah Lance (Black Canary), Barbara Gordon (Oracle)
Additional Tags: glad you're not dead hugs, hugs make everything better, Female Friendships, POV Female Character, Female-Centric

dahlia_moon: (Jason Toddler from Tiny Titans!)
I'm sorry I haven't been very active on here; school is making me so insane and on the verge of always being one step away from a nervous breakdown. But I can't afford any nervous breakdowns because that would require me taking a break from my life and that's not...possible at the moment.

But that's depressing so let's talk about some happy things:

Read more... )

I've also been tuning in to Castle and Once Upon a Time. I don't have much to say about either of them except Castle is not holding my attention all that much lately. (I don't think it's quite jumped the shark and I *LOVE* that Beckett and Castle are together...but I'm just not sure about some of the execution of the Beckett and Castle togetherness - if that makes any sense at all.) But I am loving Once Upon a Time.
dahlia_moon: (Billy/Teddy)
coming out of my hiberation to share these lovely links:

- Steampunk Sailor Moon by StarMasayume

- YOUNG AVENGERS ARE BACKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK YAYYYYYYYYYYYY (I only recognize Billy, Teddy, Kate, and kid!Loki on the cover, which is an interesting line-up. I wish Cassie and Jonas were still alive. And I wish they could get Eli to come back and be a superhero again. And I have no idea why Tommy isn't on the line up either but he should be. Oh well.)

- BATGIRL FANS, STEPH'S FAN-CREATED FILM IS HERE. YAYNESSSSSSS Episode 1: Blindside. It is fabulous so far, and it stays very true to the comic. Which is loveliness.

now I have to go back to writing essays and trying not to drown in all the literature I have to read (on the one hand, I love literature, on the other, WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY IS THERE SO MUCH WORKKKKKKKKKKKKK?)
dahlia_moon: (Jason Toddler from Tiny Titans!)
Oh look what's back. And to think, if only I was disciplined and did one each day, I'd probably be half-way done by now.

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from: Astonishing X-Men #50

This is only a two-page cameo by Natasha in this book, nothing big, but well I was quite surprised by it and it felt like a great little nod to Wolverine's past days as an Avenger and that Natasha Romanov is one BAMF.

Also it's a funny moment, with Warbird's outsider moment bringing in some relief from this wild goose chase the characters seem embroiled in. (And for me, it sort of brings down the utter...scariness of the character, for lack of a better word. Warbird is a warrior woman from an alien planet; she's a character who loves combat and is not afraid to slice off heads of her enemies. Yep...she really did that. But this moment sort of shows that she's just in a strange land and still getting used to it and that she's not always ragey and combative, sword at the ready. I dunno; despite not knowing her very well, I already like her.)
dahlia_moon: (teddy bear)
I went to try out Dobra Tea yesterday afternoon and it's definitely my kinda place. I ended up ordering rose tea and something called Pita Jerusalem to try out for the first time (because they were vaguely familiar - unlike half of the teas, which I couldn't begin to pronounce, but maybe next time! The pita from my home country is often salty however and it was awesome trying a pita that was considered a dessert). They give you a menu the size of a book - A BOOK - and give you a little bell when you're ready to order. Seriously. I felt so fancy. (Clearly anyone who drinks tea is fancy to me - I dunno. I should get out more, I know, I know.)

Before that, I spent an hour in the comics store (the comics store and the tea store are right next door to each other which is awesome). I got Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre even though I'm not familiar with the Watchmen comics at all (or movie for that matter, or the Alan Moore controversy but now that I know about it, I feel kinda bad for buying it). Like I just brought it because of the very awesome art - seriously just look at that cover. Also acquired Spider-Men #1 and nine back issues of X-Factor. 

And I just realized that it's been like two whole years since I've written anything for 100_women and I feel bad about this. (I tried to rectify it yesterday and thought I'd write something Lydia from Teen Wolf-centric about wings but it ended up being a totally different kind of fic? No mention of any wings - literal or metaphorical - unfortunately. Ah well maybe some other time.)
dahlia_moon: (Jason Toddler)

from: Astonishing X-Men #50
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I got nothing. They're just awesome boys, okay? (And Astonishing X-Men is actually an awesome book to acquire in terms of getting into the main X-men comic books. Why are there so many different X-men titles?)
dahlia_moon: (Sokka's ready for takeoff)

from: Justice League Dark #9
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I can say that the internet totally pressured me to buy this issue. IT WAS RECOMMENDED EVERYWHERE I TURNED. *peer pressure!* But it has awesome art that I can just look at forever and forever. I've only read this one issue and it's an introductory issue with a whole new team so I can't say much overall, but I like it. It's definitely exciting and though I don't know the majority of the characters (besides Zatanna and John), I'm starting to like them.
dahlia_moon: (maria)

from: issue #3 (collected in Fables: Legends in Exile)
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FABLES is a lot like Once Upon a Time the tv show but in comics format. People have commented on their similarities and they are similar but not by much? Like the only thing they have in common is that they are modern adaptations of the classic fairy tale stories and fables most of us grew up with, and the fact that Snow White is kinda the central character with different issues and arcs revolving around the other characters too but it all ultimately ties back into her character much like how Mary Margaret's character is tied into OUAT when the different scenes branch out to fully explore the other characters in OUAT.

(Fables also has a lot of other mini-series that branch out from the main titles like, recently there was a mini-series on Cinderella and her job of being a spy. YES, Cinderella is an awesome spy in this universe and is a very cool character. And there was a mini-series on Jack from the Beanstalk fame - the one featured here in this scene; and there is also another comic called FAIREST that takes place in this universe and focuses on the fairy tale women.)

In this scene, Snow White rushes to the Fabletown jail to try to help Bigby (the reformed big bad wolf from Red Riding Hood and a few other tales) after she realizes Bluebeard came to the jail to try to kill Jack because Jack and Snow's sister Rose Red, tried to swindle the murderous Bluebeard out of money. The reason why this is an awesome comic book moment is because one: Snow White and a big-ass sword (the vorpal blade from Jabberwocky - which is admittedly better seen in previous scans) and two: JUST LOOK AT BIGBY WHEN HE SAYS 'MY HERO'; seen from a Snow/Bigby 'shipper's view (i.e. my view), it's kinda adorable and squee-worthy.

It's a safe bet to say that Fables is my favorite non-superhero comic.
dahlia_moon: (Ten Wet)
Meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish

so this meme asked for the top ten sites that aren't about *books* - comics aren't books though so I'm not really cheating. Right? I don't know. I do my own thing.

1. Tumblr: I feel like tumblr is the amalgamation of EVERY SITE ever on the Internet (and this list). But with more graphics and less annoying changes. I am on there way more than I need to be.
2. iFanboy: where I go for the majority of comics news; they also have nifty top 5 lists too and I can't resist lists (example: Top 5 Deaths of Jonathan Kent).
3. Archive of Our Own: this is the fan fiction site I left Fanfiction.net for (god FF.Net totally irritated me there for a few years with all of their changes and having to post anything new was such a hassle)
4. Comixology: so getting into comics is a bit daunting, getting into digital comics is EVEN more daunting, but I think sites like these facilitate that exchange.
5. Marvel: besides just being a great online encyclopedia of Marvel characters, the blog posts are worth a read as well.
6. DCComics: I really like their Preview Mondays and they've started doing creator profiles that are awesome - full list of creator portraits.
7. Comic Book Resources: while I get most of my comics news from iFanboy a lot of the time, the reason I really like CBR is they have previews of awesome comics that are due out that Wednesday or whatnot (um, I should say I am not all that enamored of its forums and stay away from them - and pretty much anything else with a lot of comments - but they do have awesome reviews and columns and blog posts like 'The Ten Cruelest Things Joss Whedon Has Done To His Characters').
8. Wil Wheaton's blog: so in my obsession-that-came-out-of-nowhere-and-punched-me-in-the-face phase of watching Eureka and seeing Wil Wheaton as the ass-holey Dr. Parrish (...I hope he won't always be cast in tv shows as the jerk character, I really, really hope), I somehow became a fan of his and then made my way over to his blog? Who the hell knows how these things happen. This post was especially awesome. (He also has some posts talking about the comics he's into at the moment which are relevant to me.)
9. Aria's Ink: the truly awesomest Sailor Moon site that's still alive and kicking (you have no idea how many awesome SM sites are long gone). And is SOOO awesome. I am not be as active there as I once was and I kind of feel sad about that, but you sometimes move away from your childhood interests and that's okay.
10. Twitter: gosh, Twitter is like the website that excuses you from talking about yourself nonstop about what you had for lunch; sure it's also practical for following famous people and authors and creators of awesome things, but it's mostly about ourselves, come on, who are we kidding.
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from: X-Factor #207
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X-Factor the comic is a spin-off of the X-Men title featuring characters from the X-Men stories. (Just trying to list all the X-Men titles since the inception of the comic in the '60s is enough to make your head spin off [god that was an unintentional pun].)

I have a time hard describing X-Factor beyond that. I first jumped in with like issue #215 and then went back to only issue #200 to get caught up and random two digit issues since then. Another reason why it's difficult is the title changed so much since it was first published in 1986. The way to go about describing it, as I know it in its current formation, is that it's basically a mutant detective agency (that's the simplest answer).

Throughout its 20+ years of publication, the team roster has changed a lot. First it was comprised of the original five X-men - Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Angel, and Iceman; then these five went their separate ways then came back, then they were mutant-hunters who pretended to be normal people to hunt mutants only to secretly train them to be "normal" and reintegrate them back into society (we can guess how well that went with the mutant community). Then they turned into a government team with all-new members for the first eight years in the beginning of the '90s - with some of the members also in the current run of the series now, Multiple Man, Polaris, Havok, Wolfsbane and Strong Guy; they then changed members again; then they were a Mutant Civil Rights Task Force but that is confusing as all hell even though it was only a 4-issue limited miniseries and finally we come to its current manifestation as a detective agency led by Multiple Man called X-Factor Investigations. -deep breath- Yep, that was a brief summary from Wikipedia, god bless it.
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from: Batman: Gotham Knights #13
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Batman: Gotham Knights is not a title I'm really familiar with except for reading this issue because it was the issue where Commissioner Gordon retired and I love Commissioner Gordon so I read it. Also, Gotham Knights is written by Greg Rucka - who also wrote Batwoman: Elegy and I liked that so there was a pretty good chance I'd like this too (Greg Rucka is actually a name I swear I'm seeing everywhere. He writes for both Marvel and DC and it is glorious). Even if I can't get into the title properly yet, this issue gives me warm and fuzzy feelings and is one of the best instances showcasing the Batman's and Commissioner Gordon's friendship. ♥

The reason he quits in this title is, I suspect, convoluted and long. This iFanboy article has a summary of his character since the very beginning for newbies that is awesome and I'd recommend taking a look.
dahlia_moon: (SGA team awesome)

From: Smallville Season 11 (2012) #1
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I know this comic premiered digitally only in April, but the small crumbles we get of Chloe and Oliver are just too adorable to pass over. (Clark and Lois are adorable too and we can say now that there's one book at DCU that doesn't mind showing their happy lives together as a couple. Yes, I know DCU broke up their marriage with the reboot a while ago and I should be over it...and maybe I will be in a few years down the road.)

Smallville as a show was about Superman's/Clark Kent's roots in high school up to college and getting a job at The Daily Planet and this season 11 comic takes place six months after the finale of the show. The art is something you have to get used to, unfortunately, as the artist tries sometimes to have the characters resemble their real-life actor counterparts and sometimes they don't succeed very well. The art might get better once the artist gets into the groove but as it is here in this first issue, I kinda wish they'd just draw the characters in their own style instead of imitating the characters.
dahlia_moon: (batgirl!steph)

from: Blue Beetle (2006) #25
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Blue Beetle is Jaime Reyes' taking on the mantle of the alien scarab. While the comic is rightly mostly about Jaime and his quest to be El Paso's superhero, the supporting characters are awesome too (I wish we could've gotten more scenes with Paco and Brenda and how they navigated their relationship; damn cancellations). I fell in love with Brenda from the very first issue. And Paco grows on you too. (He wants to start a *pantless society* how can I not love the guy?! Pants are evil.)

This scene is awesome because the bad alien guys are after Jaime and pretty much every one else associated with him and they're kinda fighting for their lives here and Paco just totally kisses her because he thought she was dead and that he might never tell her his true feelings. asfldfjldkfslfjdsf Their love is an awkward teenage love which I highly approve of because Paco and Brenda are awesome separately but coupled together, they're awesome quadrupled.

So Paco/Brenda ♥♥♥♥
dahlia_moon: (liz x max - snowing!)

From: Avengers: The Children's Crusade #9
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AND - because I feel you need this scene too-

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EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Seriously, that is all need be said.

(Also, this won't be the only time the Young Avengers appear on this list, so of course I will talk more about them later.)
dahlia_moon: (girl power)

From: Detective Comics #859 (collected in Batwoman: Elegy)

"Sir, all I've ever wanted since my mother and sister were murdered is to serve."

So Kate Kane's aka Batwoman's origin is pretty frickin' sad (when isn't an origin of a superhero sad, I guess?); her mother and twin sister are murdered when she's young and when she's a cadet, she's facing some "allegations" (basically she was charged with homosexual conduct) that would get her discharged from the military. (Kate's mother and father were both in the military and she looks up to both her parents very much.) She has a chance to say the allegations are false and it's a simple misunderstanding. Of course Kate could do that, but that would be lying about who she was. What she does here speaks VOLUMES about what kind of character Kate is - that faced with either lying or being true to herself, she picks being true to herself even if it gets her kicked out of the one place she felt she belonged and the one place she wanted to be in her whole life.

(The next few scenes with her father when she comes home after being discharged from the military are pretty heartwarming too and are one of my favorite father/daughter scenes.)
dahlia_moon: (Jason Toddler)

{Take the 100 Things challenge!}

Saw [livejournal.com profile] lil_1337 and [livejournal.com profile] frith_in_thorns doing this on their 'journals and thought it looked like fun.

My theme/topic: 100 AWESOME COMIC BOOK MOMENTS (these will most likely entail 'shipping moments - because BILLY AND TEDDYY KISSSSSSSSS FINALLY LIKE AFTER 12-ISSUES AND TWO CROSSOVER EVENTS PLUS 9-ISSUES OF AVENGERS: CHILDREN'S CRUSADE - but there will also be character moments too and/or individual/group scenes from old and new comics. I don't really know right now; kinda am winging it at the moment.)


why, no this is not an excuse to talk about comics even more and all the time - well maybe it kinda is.


Speaking of comics (well kinda), Thor 2 movie news is apparently that a new villain will appear in the sequel. That's OMGGG YAY! Because I am finding myself sympathetic toward Loki the villain in the first movie and I kinda don't want him to be the evil EVERY TIME (like in The Avengers) ? OK? It's like Loki isn't inherently evil so much as he can be a bastard sometimes. But that's kind what sibling rivalry is about? Though with Thor and Loki it's kind taken to the extreme.

I have seen fan comments about how fans of Loki romantice his character and that comics!Loki is an evil bastard who shouldn't be liked. And maybe that's true? I am not familiar with comics!Loki except for that one Free Comic Book Day issue where Thor and Captain America (this is before they join Avengers because they don't seem to know each other) end up in Camelot and they find that Loki is masquerading as Merlin the magician and tricking King Arthur and the knights of the round table. But that's not so much evil as mischievous. And it was a really nice, awesome issue.

I just have a lot of Loki feelings, I guess. (And THE AVENGERS might change my mind about him once I actually see it.)
dahlia_moon: (liz x max - snowing!)
Meme hosted by Anna from The Weekly Enthusiast.

1. The Princess Bride
I remember the first time I watched this movie: I was sick with a fever and lying in bed, flipping through the channels and I randomly stopped on this movie. I had no idea what it was called or what it was about but I was HOOKED. (Which is why this movie is my go-to comfort movie.)

2. Star Wars (all six)

My twin brother and I are HUGE SW freaks (I say that lovingly). It's pretty much the only franchise beside Harry Potter that we bond over and I have precious memories of marathoning these movies during the summer with him (and whenever SpikeTV has its marathons and he's home).

3. UP

I have this thing where...in my RL I try to hide the fact that I am such a Disney girl (because with only two brothers for sibling companionship...let's just say I've endured a lot of teasing for my Sailor Moon and chick-flick love. Not horrible teasing but just silly teasing that brothers love to heap on their sisters. And I preceded to retaliate by hitting my brother. xD;) But this is one of those movies where they tug at your heartstrings and you'd just feel like a dead person if you didn't try to make the people in your life watch it.

4. The Mummy

I have only watched the second sequel (The Mummy Returns? I think?) but the first one will always remain one of my favorite movies and a movie I would be proud to foist on other people.


Pretty much why I have UP on this list too - because these two Disney/Pixar movies make you a *better* person by mere contact with them.

I also would've included Ratatouille, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Aladdin but I didn't want just Disney movies to overtake the list too much. And I have insane love for Young Frankenstein.


comics haul for 18 April )
dahlia_moon: (Default)
So Renae De Liz has like become one of my favorite comic artists now (among many others I've only heard about/seen) and I got a chance to meet her this weekend, at a signing at my LCS for her book, Womanthology: Heroic. Womanthology is a very big book that 150 female artists and writers worked on to spotlight female writers and artists in the comic industry (and much of the money they raised on the book went to charity too), whether that was amateur writers & artists, or professionals. The only other writer featured in the book that I've heard about before was Gail Simone and her story rocked too.

I also got the book signed by Stacie Ponder, Ellen Crenshaw and Ashlee Lentini! It was, a bit ashamedly, the first time I went to a book signing. But that's okay! Better late than never.

There are photos of the fantastic event on Casablanca's Facebook page which I'd recommend going through.

Anyway, trying to stalk her on the web and I found her blog and got very excited that she was going to make Lady Powerpunch an ongoing! I loved this story, this story was like my most favorite out of the ones I've read so far. My love for this comic story has NO BOUNDS. Seriously. If this is published, I'm totally gonna grab the first copy (and pretty much all the future issues!)

I'd highly recommend getting Womanthology. It is very expensive (and boy is it a hefty book) but the money does go to charity.

Lady Powerpunch has become my favorite super heroine (that no one has heard of but that's okay)!

Also! Also! There's gonna be a Womanthology ongoing! With a space theme! *can't contain the excitement*


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