I heard a “plunk!” and looked over and Linda had dropped her front legs into their water dish to clean herself off.
All I’m trying to do is find some quality night-time photography I am not looking for video game graphics or spooky drawings. This should not be difficult.
Don’t cry don’t cry DON’T CRY DON’T CRY DON’T—
Yeah no but seriously. Read it.
Holy fuck that twist.
This is what superhero comics can be, damn it. This is possible. Why don’t we see more of it?
One of the things that really stirs me in this comic is how close I got to Blackwatch’s situation, and also how frightening it can be, how USED you get to it. “This isn’t so bad,” you say, “It’s warm here by the air vent… I have a roof over my head… I still have toothpaste…” You start latching on to everything you have left, until you don’t even realize anything’s wrong anymore until someone points it out to you, and then you want to get indignant because THIS IS MY BOX FUCK YOU.
But seriously, what the hell is this source, I want to know. Astro City?
EDIT: found the source! It’s Common Grounds, a six-issue miniseries done by Top Cow in 2004.
Oh. Oh my god ;_;
EXCUSE YOU EVERYONE
WHOEVER SAID CONNIE IS A COMIC RELIEF, READ THIS:
- Connie was the one who calmed Armin down and was the first one to realize he was broken
- He told Ymir to shut the fuck up when she mocked Armin
- He was there to tell Sasha to get to her head when she was freaking out
- He was the one who saved Reiner’s life when he was about to be eaten by a titan
- He saved Reiner’s life when he was about to jump out the window
- He managed to stay strong after his family died
- He was the one who came running to Christa when she was in danger
- He was the one keeping his head cool and telling everyone to return to the walls before they all died
if i don’t answer your message it’s probably because i’m keeping it in my inbox to look at every day
Seriously though, Y’all would like Animorphs.
It takes a concept that would fit a Saturday Morning Cartoon and deconstructs it painfully.
The concept of “Teenagers gain shapeshifting powers and fight off alien invasion” seems so friendly and trite and charming.
The teenagers [who are about 13 at the start of the series]
kill people both in battle and in cold blood, because that’s what they have to do
They have nightmares that make them dread sleep.
They’re impaled, shot, eviscerated, disemboweled, nearly bleed to death on a weekly basis, limbs come off, innocence is lost, sanity slips
There’s an entire book primarily composed of descriptions of physical and mental torture of a character
he’s not ~magically better~ the next book
Characters try to stop characters from killing their own family
Characters order characters to kill their own family
and go through with it
Friendships fall apart, innocence is shattered, genocides occur, sanity slips, morals are greyed to a hazy muck, ‘Bad guys’ aren’t so easily identifyable anymore, alliances are formed with ‘evil’ characters, alliances are broken and made by coersion and blackmail with ‘good’ characters, main characters die [And don’t come back, either]
All while keeping it a secret
Plus there’s really good POC and Lady representation and a canonically androgynous character. [Sometimes. it’s complicated. UPDATE: I’m TALKING ABOUT AXIMILI’S HUMAN MORPH WITH A 50/50 SPLIT OF MALE AND FEMALE DNA.]
But hey, go ahead, make fun of the starfish cover. [She bludgeons someone to death with her own severed arm in that book anyway.]
So it’s 3AM and It’s just occurred to me that the most telling scene in the entire Harry Potter franchise is the scene following the announcement of the participants of the Triwizard tournament.
When Harry’s name is pulled out of the cup, literally one of the first things he is asked is “did you ask an older boy to put your name in the cup for you?" or something to that effect, insinuating that, that was something nobody prepared for and that it was something that totally would have worked if anyone had been smart enough to figure it out.
However, in an earlier scene a student is turned into a hundred year old man when they try to artificially age themselves with a potion and put their name into the cup. Meaning someone trying to dangerously age themselves with potion they aren’t familiar with was something the teachers genuinely considered to be more likely than someone asking for fucking help from another student.
In other words, the wizards in Harry Potter’s world are so reliant on magic that it doesn’t occur to anyone save for people like Harry that asking for help is even an option in a given situation. This explains why wizards are so fucking ass-backwards at everything, they’re so confident that their magic is capable of doing everything for them that it has never occurred to fucking anyone that perhaps asking for help from the muggle world might be of some use.
Think about it, the wizarding world hasn’t changed in hundreds of years while in that same space of time the muggle world has figured out fucking space travel. I know it’s a cliché to say to say someone could have fucking shot Voldemort, but seriously, somebody totally fucking could have, he killed like 50 people, he was effectively a terrorist, if anyone in the wizarding world bothered to ask for help from the muggles instead of just telling them there was an invisible asshole flying around shooting death curses at everyone, they may have been able to help.
Pretty much the only reason Voldermort thinks he’s better than muggles is because he’s able to kill them with impunity using magic, something he’s only able to do so easily because muggles don’t understand what magic is. Voldemort is basically like a fucking disease, he’s an invisible, lurking entity preying on mankind from the shadows like a cowardly piece of shit. You know what else did that? Smallpox and we stomped that to death the second we understood it. That’s the difference between muggles and wizards, when muggles don’t understand something, they figure it out.
And here’s the kicker, the only reason muggles don’t understand magic at all is because the wizarding world deliberately withholds information about it. However, even if the wizarding world kept doing that, it’d only be a matter of time until a muggle figured out what magic was and how to stop or harness it because that’s what humanity does, it pushes past what we think is impossible to see what’s on the other side. We didn’t understand the sun as a species originally and now we use it to power satellites and smartphones.
The wizarding world isn’t a realm of infinite possibilities, it’s a universe of strict limitations where boundaries are never questioned. The muggle world is where the real magic happens. That’s why during the course of the Harry Potter books, which are set between 1991 and 1998, the muggle world (our world) discovered dark matter, cloned a sheep and invented fucking MP3s while the wizarding world were literally paying some dipshit to figure out what the purpose of a rubber duck was.
Wow, I really shouldn’t think about this stuff when it’s like 3AM, it gets kind of dark.
This is SO great, but it went in a completely different (and less dark) direction from where I thought it would:
"Meaning someone trying to dangerously age themselves with potion they aren’t familiar with was something the teachers genuinely considered to be more likely than someone asking for fucking help from another student."
…yeah, that’s pretty telling. Think about that for a second. Think about the kind of toxic climate Hogwarts - and the British Wizarding World in general - must be, if “having an older friend you can trust" is an idea so out of left-field that even Dumbledore wouldn’t have prepared for it.
If my hypothetical kids got Hogwarts letters, I’m not sure I’d want to send preteens to that sort of school.