Keep Calm And Comic-Con
Keep Calm And Comic-Con
Wed Aug 8, 2012 by techgnotic
This year was especially important to me personally and was a milestone of sorts on
multiple levels and for deviantART as a whole. Many of the reasons why will become clear
over the next few months as announcements are made and new ideas are shared with everyone
in the community.
s the multi dimensional, pop fueled, color exploded dream like haze that was Comic-Con begins
to fully dim and fade from accurate remembrance, I can’t shake the feeling that this year was s
Mold Greg was cleaning behind his toilet on a Friday when a voice came from within the wall.Mold3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
"Hey!" the voice said. "Look, I give, all right? I'm coming out!" Greg watched as a stream of black-and-white goo poured out of a crack near where he'd been scrubbing. It smelled of mildew, and, when enough of it came out, formed itself into the shape of a man.
"What are you?" Greg asked, looking up at its globby face.
"I'm the mold that lived behind your toilet," it said, "and I'm here to be your friend."
"Because I didn't develop self-awareness without reason, and you're a loser who cleans his bathroom on a Friday. Get your keys; we're going to the park."
Greg drove. They went to the basketball courts and the mold won in one-on-one against Greg. Twice.
"You need to exercise more," it said. "
Taur virus 4Taur Virus 4Taur virus 44 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"That was close," I muttered exiting the taur-only bathroom. It was for a single person's use, installed about four years ago. It was nice and spacey, and it has to be, because I practically wrestled to get the shorts off my extended rear so I wouldn't have an accident. I almost tripped with the toilet, and I did fell against the wall a couple of times. But luckily the situation was managed and I exited the bathroom, just in time to grab some lunch. Passing my backpack over my shoulder I headed to the cafeteria, still getting used to the glances I earned from companions that knew of my parents dealings.
I didn't want to try and deal with people I knew. It was just to add insult to injury, as there were a few that would act sympathetic towards me. One of them was my friend Trish and probably my friend Paul, who, despite her constant taur state gets to stay in contact with her and other infected. I
Taur virus 3Taur virus 3Taur virus 34 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The loud tune music of the news channel rang into my ears and woke me up in an instant. I was so distracted I failed to notice the subtle contradictions with what I've grown used to, such as using the TV suddenly turning on while I heard no one around or the fact that it was actually the news channels instead of the usual Warner Brothers or Fox.
My first thought was to reach for the remote to try to mute the TV as there was some news about the latest outbreak of the famous 'taur virus.' I only managed to make out those two words. The mention of the disease brought back a couple of flashes to my mind. I could remember seeing the nurse telling to go home, my parents giving a surprised yet scared look on their faces seeing a human looking cat, much like cat taurs tended to look like. Thank goodness everything was just a dream, or so I thought.
My nose twitched as I sniffed the air noticing an odd smell, something I never
The Boyfriend SongDo you mind conversations about zombie ninja pirates?The Boyfriend Song3 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
How about debates about the newest things in science?
Do you like Monty Python? Are you musical at all?
Can you manage to be lewd without losing your class at all?
I'd like a boyfriend please!
I'd like a boyfriend please!
It's mostly for great company and not those birds and bees,
So I'd like a boyfriend please!
(Y'know, if it's not too much trouble)
Are you fussy about food?
Are you considerate or rude?
Do you like cats (no, not for dinner)?
Are you taller? Fatter? Thinner?
(Could you possibly put up with my ridiculous ideas?)
Do you think this drawing's great?
What kinds of people do you hate?
Are you kind and are you stable?
Are your hands above the table*?
I'd like a boyfriend please!
I'd like a boyfriend please!
I'm obviously too fussy, but I'd like one that's a tease.
Yep, I'd like a boyfriend please!
(Or maybe I'm closing my mind too much)
I shouldn't be so picky about gender.
But instincts have a strang
Taur virus: part 2Taur Virus 2Taur virus: part 25 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I wanted to die of embarrassment. I was in my bedroom, having become what I was taught to avoid, not becoming the target of my parents despise. After having lied that it wasn't anything serious and having them barge into my room only to find the surprise, even more, everyone would sure give me hell for having such a strong position against taurs in school 'I'm screwed' I thought as I stared at them for what seemed like minutes which was actually mere seconds as my Mom's face was that of horror, which translated to a scream while dad's became that of anger.
"Ma-Marcus?" asked my mom, wanting me to shake my head but instead I nodded. Seemed she went light headed as she nearly fainted. Meanwhile, my dad simply looked away; I knew he was mad
"M-Mom," I tried to say reaching for her or my dad but she simply backed as I showed her my hand. My hand covered in black fur with a bit stubbier fingers and claws erected at their tips. Even I was surprised by the sight as I
Taur virus: part 1Taur Virus 1Taur virus: part 15 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The whole planet trembled the moment it happened, eight years ago. I was just nine when it happened but it was enough to deeply scare me. A meteor struck Africa and there was nothing modern science could do about it, people though it was the end of the line for earth. Yet at the moment of impact only a crater and mild quakes were the end results. For a second the earth sighed as the so called "doomsday" turned out to be a pebble the size of a truck crashing in the middle of the western shorelines of Africa.
The world was relived and soon after things returned back to normal well sort of. There was a huge ongoing investigation of the crater as well of the meteor's remains, but there was no way it would affect us Or so we thought.
It made itself present months later around the continent an odd disease started appearing. It wasn't life-threatening so far, merely some fever, raspy voice, stomachache among other symptoms. The CDC confirmed there was a link bet
an exercise in giving upI don’t know what I’m doing in this place.an exercise in giving up11 months ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
My bones ache to take me away – to take me anywhere but here. But my heart remembers this place and its beat is racing, pumping blood into the far corners of my body, making my limbs too heavy to move. But I want to leave so badly, with every part of my being, but the one. My heart still belongs here…even after all these years.
I don’t remember the last time I saw your face.
But I can tell you that I still hear your voice in my dreams. In the deepest of sleeps, you’re still alive inside of me, deep within the folds of my heart, the dark spaces of my imagination. You’re alive there, even though I know nothing of where you are in reality. I know nothing of you anymore. Maybe that’s for the better. Maybe. Maybe.
I can’t recall the first time that I heard time will make it better.
But I do know that my mom repeats it to me every Saturday when I go to visit her in that old house that’s fu
respectHow dare you?respect2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Who are you to place yourself so high above me?
Are you a divine being? a God?
What makes you so superior to me?
You have done nothing to deserve my respect,
and yet you try to place yourself in a better rank.
You are nothing to me,
so don't you dare expect me to honor you.
Respect is not a right, it is a privilege.
Unsaid PleasI'm fineUnsaid Pleas3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
No I'm not
Don't worry about me
I need someone
I'll tell you when something's wrong
But you won't listen
I'm doing well
Why can't you see my pain?
All these excuses
I hope someone will see through them
Shallow WaterIt was just a little kiddie pool in the backyard, unlovely pink-and-yellow plastic under the hot summer sun. But on those nights when Mom came home from the swing shift tired and met Daddy sitting in the kitchen angry, it was Amy’s only sanctuary.Shallow Water2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
She wasn’t a sound sleeper. Her parents still talked about how it had taken her infant self six months to sleep more than two or three hours at a time. During the school year, when her life was full of classes and friends and sports, it was easier to drop off, but summer nights were always more difficult. They were hotter, for one thing, and the long, indolent, inactive days often left her feeling too tired to sleep.
But mostly, it was because her parents had their arguments at night, right when Mom got back from the station. Daddy would send Amy to bed -- or at least her room, to pretend to sleep -- hours before. Then he would wait, sitting at the kitchen table and facing the door like a judge, hands folded in front of him
Cold RazorsCold Razors:Cold Razors3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Let it pierce into my flesh
The cold metal of razors
and let me carve into my skin
a wonderous design of love
Love for the pain which I inflict upon myself
Love for the disgusting toxin which I bleed from deep within me
Love for all the people that remind me everyday of how pointless my existence is
Oh, I'm sorry, did you want to say something too?
Did you want to enjoy of this toxic waste?
This nauseating poisonous sulphurous odious mixture of noxious FUMES!
Ah, but you're one of the normal people aren't you
You can comb your hair without pain
You can dye it any colour you want
You can style it in any manner you please...
and yet you choose to complain?
Oh that's right, you can run too
You can run and jump and vault and swim and whatever else you feel like doing
You can enjoying the feeling of wind in your face without the need of
Ah, but that's alright, here let me sit and congratulate you
Let me pat you on the back for bringing glory to us al
in case you forgot: don't read this. just trust mein case you forgot:in case you forgot: don't read this. just trust me3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
i have the heart of a poet
trapped in the ribcage of
a tumultuous whore. i'm
a textbook charlatan with
too much nonsense & not
in case you forgot:
i have a fetish for third-person
pronouns & third-party interference.
you are the first, second, and third person
to invade all three of my parties with your
clothes still intact with your skin; with your
tongue still intact with your mouth-
an ampersand curled between your teeth
in case you forgot:
this stanza is a haiku.
god, i hate haikus.
in case you forgot:
i will drill your brain
with mindless repetition
until it is sore enough
to develop amnesia.
in case you forgot:
i'm shit at endings
AtAInterview transcriptAtAInterview transcript3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Hey folks! It is now 6pm. You know what that means. It is interview time! Let us begin.
Here is how the interview works: You can all ask questions and chat freely in the chatroom called AtAChat. I will be copy-pasting your questions to Alexiuss and he will answer them in live time in ATAInterview.
We conduct the interview this way to avoid having the artist spammed with too many questions all at once, and to reduce text clutter so that you can all read the artist's responses to the questions.
A special thank you goes out to our lovely mods, ~Melancholy-Minds and ~Twilight-Zero!
Please be aware that we do our best to get as many questions answered as possible, however, if we do not choose your question to send to the artist, please do not be offended. It does not mean it was not a good question. It is just not possible for the artist to answer all questions. Thank you for your understanding.
Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is *thefluffyshrimp and today I have
carouselwe laughed like children high on m&ms,carousel2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
danced like we were carousel horses,
and jump-roped our way through obstacle courses.
I saved our footsteps in mason jars,
in case we ever needed to follow yellow brick roads
to get home.
home was an illusion:
honesty without truth,
apologies without forgiveness,
I kept home sandwiched between
"never" and "have to."
caroline, they'd say. caroline,
stop being such a dreamer. stop taking
us for granted.
I packed every apology possible
into my breath, left runaway plans lingering
in the silence between family.
when I found you dancing in the street,
I listened for merry-go-round music.
I tried to take you with me, I'm sorry.
instead I left you breathless,
left you safe, left without you.
I took our footsteps, just in case I
ever needed a way back home.
sometimes, I wonder if I left you
without a safety net.
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The goal for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic was to create a show that parents and older siblings could watch with their children or younger sisters and enjoy it. However, many of the bronies watch the show with or without little siblings. Therefore the target demographic was never just 4-10 yr old girls like most people thin
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-Marlene portrays the Shinra company as the badguys in the whole backstory. Though it is true, she forgets to mention that Cloud’s group were ecoterrorists.
-Sephiroth looks awfully happy for someone who hates everything.
-The backstory prologue is useful for audiences unfamiliar with FF7’s universe, but only covers the basics, and the rest of the movie is built on what feels like a required established knowledge of the continuity, leaving the introduction of characters, locations and plot details a bit bewildering for the uninitiated. I’ve never played FF7 before but I know the basics of the characters and game.
-So what does Geostigma actually do beside make weird looking marks and contain the genes
Theseus and the MinotaurThe CharactersTheseus and the Minotaur7 years ago in Scripts & Screenplays More Like This
PASIPHAE: The Cretan queen, played by a man in drag.
MINOS: The Cretan king, and villain of the piece.
ARIADNE: A beautiful young servant girl.
DAEDALUS: A young craftsman of weak stature.
A wealthy palace in ancient Crete. PASIPHAE is dusting down one of many urns with a feather duster, humming to herself. She finishes dusting the urn, turns towards another and notices the audience.
PASIPHAE: Oh! Hello, boys and girls!
PASIPHAE: No, no, no, no, no! Im afraid that wont do. I am Queen Pasiphae of Crete, you know! When you see me, and I say, Hello, boys and girls!, then you must say, Greetings, your royal majesty! Now, shall we try that again? Hello, boys and girls!
PASIPHAE: Well, you could use some practice, but thatll have to do for now. (Begi
ASK THE ARTIST interview transcriptASK THE ARTIST interview transcript2 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Interview with *chirart
Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is ~thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview *chirart, a very talented comic artist and creator of many well-known works on deviantART, including Sfeer Theory and The Fox Sister.
Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, Chirart.
My pleasure! Thank you for considering me!
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Quite a lot of it. I keep thinking the day is longer than 24 hours and sleep isn't THAT important, is it?
On average I'd say ten to fifteen hours is dedicated to drawing a day.
~Sentimentale asks "You mentioned Diana Wynne Jones as an inspiration. How has she affected
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There's no denying the effect Dragonball has had on manga today. Akira Toriyama and his tale of the monkey tailed boy Goku made what Shonen is today, and opened up a new age of manga. When Dragonball ended in Weekly Shonen Jump however, the sales of the comic declined quite dramatically (that, and Slam Dunk). Jump had lost it's two biggest names at the time, and they needed new hits.
That's not to say there weren't some. Rurouni Kenshin was still going strong, and Hunter X Hunter would soon appear, but it wasn't until 1997 when the tale of a rubber boy and his desire to seek adventure as a pirate arrived in Shonen Jump.
That manga is now the greatest selling manga of all time.
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Much like its spiritual predecessor, Dragonball, One
Alien Encounter Ch. 2I was expecting the FBI to come at any moment and try to cover this up somehow, but no one came. The cemetery was dark and creepy at 10:00 at night, but I knew my way around, and soon found myself sitting behind a cherry tree, watching the UFO hover about 50 yards off the ground.Alien Encounter Ch. 23 years ago in Sketches More Like This
Unfortunately, when I went to take a picture, I found that I'd forgotten to charge the batteries! I groaned and set it aside. In front of me, only about a 100 yards away, I saw a low light come out the bottom of the space craft, just like in the movies! Only, the light didn't absorb anything. Instead, it gently fell to the ground in a heap and dissolved, leaving some huge creature in it's place.
And that quick, the lights flew up and vanished in Orion's belt, deep within the sky.
The object it left behind made no movements. It had been placed in the field areas where there were no graves yet, which I found peculiar. Did the aliens know that this was where we buried our dead? Maybe, if they were smart enough to
Heartless Automaton - A Love StoryCombat Mechanoid 732 of the 3rd Armoured Battalion - though he went by the name Al in casual conversation (something easy for the fleshies to remember). During service he had dragged his ferrosteel body from the flaming wreckage of a particle tank on four separate occasions, once going back in to recover the memory core from a crushed comrade's skull. He dedicated himself to the cause not because of the propaganda or idealism, but because it was his job (and unlike the fleshies he knew how to do his job without whining, or stopping to rest every couple of days). But now the war was over (with both sides claiming victory) and Al was to be sent into civilian life.Heartless Automaton - A Love Story2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
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there is more paper here than clothing
my iron is broken
the water leaks onto pages
with their own ink
it boils when it spills
my shirts are ironed dry
they and I
crave the water
the paper is indifferent
100 Themes Challenge1. Random100 Themes Challenge3 years ago in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
5. Under the Stars
10. Run Away
14. Get Out
17. Stuffed Animal
22. Don't Go
24. Missing You
25. I Can't
29. Shut Up
33. Too Good To Be True
41. In Your Arms
42. Not Over Yet
43. In Your Memory
44. Holy Shit
48. You and Me
55. Hold My Hand
57. Deep in Thought
58. Keeping a Secret
60. Are You Challenging Me?
61. Can You Hear Me?
63. All That I Have
75. I'm Sorry