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Secret Wars: Star Wars

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 4:21 PM
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Coming this summer to a comic store (or digital tablet) near you is Marvel Comic’s big blockbuster publishing event! We’ve been told from their editorial team that it is the crossover event to end all crossover events.


We certainly hope so!


When Robert Oppenheimer famously said “I am become death, the destroyer of worlds” after the atomic bomb was used on Japan bringing World War II to a dramatic close, he was remarking on his part in the creation of the atom bomb. It wasn’t what he had in mind when he created it, but very few of us can control how our ideas are utilized by higher powers-that-be.


In 1984, Jim Shooter, then Marvel Comic’s Editor-In-Chief, created the first company-wide crossover, Secret Wars. This event had the core characters of the Marvel universe transported to another world to face their most deadly foes in mortal combat. This initial crossover would be a huge event that would have long-lasting ramifications for the company’s main characters. It was bold, audacious and it was incredibly successful. Therein lies the rub.


DC Comics has just copied Marvel and begun creating their own “Earth-shattering” events. Changes were made to both company’s lines that brought in more fans but lost some of their older fans. With every event the companies get to make a cash grab using dozens of variant covers.



Over twenty years later the industry has serious event fatigue.


Retailers and fans alike are tired of being milked like cows for cash and have been making themselves heard by dropping titles.


This summer Marvel is going to revive every crossover they have ever done into one last event (hopefully) and while it promises to be a big one, they could just go one step further.


The Marvel Universe was created to be a unique place the characters would inhabit and while Jack Kirby would create many other realities, none of them were in any way a duplicate of the Marvel Universe. But that doesn’t stop someone like Alan Moore.


Alan Moore and Alan Davis created the first true Marvel multiverse on their Captain Britain run.



Captain Britain had been killed along with his universe and the two Alans would bring him back. This would be the first time we heard the reference to the current Marvel universe as being numbered 616. The multiverse was endless allowing for endless variations of the their characters. Someone dies, bring him back by using an alternate universe version of the character.


With that in mind and the fact that Disney recently brought another huge franchise from the director George Lucas, we have to wonder which of these universes holds the Star Wars characters and even more excitingly, which of them would be the one where the characters from both universes can exist in the same place.


Well, most of us in the community realize that if you think of something you can bet that someone else in the community has already thought of it. Tony Stark, the Iron Stormtrooper? Yeah, that’s been done. Nick Fury Agent of the Jedi? Done, too. Darth Doom, Dark Lord of the Sith? Yup!


If this is Marvel finally waking up to the fact that “events” are pushing away more and more fans every year, and this is definitely the last one, then adding a Star Wars/Marvel mash-up universe to the mix might even get this jaded fan to pick it up as part of the sendoff.


















Your Thoughts


  1. How many of you would like to see a Star Wars/Marvel mash-up or should these universes forever be kept apart? What is your reasoning?
  2. Do you look forward to these comic crossover events or are they pricing themselves out of your range and making you resentful at being manipulated?
  3. Anyone up for the challenge of doing your own Marvel/Star Wars mash-up character and posting them in the comments below?













Coming this summer to a comic store (or digital tablet) near you is Marvel Comic’s big blockbuster publishing event! We’ve been told from their editorial team that it is the crossover event to end all crossover events.

Author/Curator: DeevElliott

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For My Own Safety

Wed Dec 28, 2011, 8:25 PM by techgnotic:icontechgnotic:














I prefaced a recent article Eye See Therefore Eye Am,
with a quote from Roy Batty, the doomed replicant (android) who was given human emotions to be able to appreciate
all the wonders of life, including the visual, but afforded only four years of
lifespan to enjoy them.










"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost
in time... like tears in rain... Time to die."
—Roy Batty, Bladerunner






I thought the quote aptly expressed the bittersweetness of the eternal beauty of the
visual arts contrasted against the painfully ephemeral nature of our lives. Subsequent to
publication, a mysterious unsolicited communication arrived at dA HQ transmitted from a thus
far untraceable source.  dA technicians from our DT group believe the communication to be a
hitherto unknown audio recording of a blade runner’s “Voight-Kampff” test-interview with
Roy Batty shortly before his return to Earth from the off-world colony on which he led three
other replicants in a murderous rampage and successful escape attempt.  The “V-K” test unmasks
replicants posing as humans via their emotional responses to hypothetical questions.  There
was also a note with the “package” that, let’s just say for now, has forced me to publish this
transcript for my own safety.  dA cannot at this time guarantee the authenticity of this “Final
Testament of Roy Batty”, but the following is the transcript of that recording that I have
prepared for you, presented without further comment.


-$Techgnotic 9.20.14











Note:

“BR1138” is believed to be a “blade runner” (hunter-assassin of renegade replicants). There is
no existing record of any such blade runner agent, possibly because the event of this recording
has not yet “happened” on our space-time thread if this transmission was indeed wormholed back
through time to dA HQ for reasons unknown. “RB” is assumed to be Roy Batty after contextual
analysis of specifics of answers given to questions.













Audio BeginsInaudible/Background Noise




BR1138:

[inaudible ]—for the time being. Just answer the questions with your first thought. You don’t have to
think before answering. There are no correct answers. This is not a test. This is just a casual conversation.





RB:

I don’t understand. If I’m not being interrogated, why was I arrested? Why was I brought here?







BR1138:

You are not under arrest. You can leave at any time. But anyone wanting to board a ship back to Earth has to undergo
this … routine conversation with us … or you can’t board for Earth. Understand?





RB:

[ inaudible ]










Blade Runner - Roy Batty by Harnois75
Roy Batty by OtisFrampton









BR1138:

You see a father and his child in a public park. The child is misbehaving. The father begins striking the child. What do you feel? Do you speak or intervene in any way?





RB:

I witnessed no such thing in any park.








BR1138:

These questions are hypothetical … make believe. Just answer them with your first thoughts.





RB:

So much in life to do, so many places to be, so much more to know – to see! … and you want to waste my time with this, with games. I don’t –




















BR1138:

Just answer my questions or there will be no boarding pass.





RB:

[ inaudible ] Proceed.








BR1138:

You see two men standing on a hill. They are watching the sun set. You join them. One man begins taking pictures of the sunset with his camera. This angers the other man and he smashes the camera. The two men begin fighting. Which man do you help?





RB:

Neither.











Roy Batty by creepstown
Roy Batty for 2010 TCA by jenchuan
















BR1138:

You would do nothing?





RB:

I would continue watching the beautiful sunset.








BR1138:

I didn’t say the sunset was beautiful.





RB:

They are beautiful.








BR1138:

The two men are fighting –





RB:

One man wants to experience the sunset as a sacred moment. One man wants to preserve the moment in a photograph to help him remember it again and again. So they fight. I understand. Neither is right. Neither is wrong.








BR1138:

So you do nothing. That’s your first thought?





RB:

My first thought is I want to know what the sunsets on Earth look like.












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Roy Batty by Scarecrow93
Roy Batty by mistersasser









BR1138:

Alright… You are told by a doctor that you have an incurable cancer and you only have another six months to live. You must make a choice. Do you stay in the hospital to undergo painful procedures in an attempt to prolong your life or do you go home to enjoy as much as possible what little time you have left?





RB:

[ inaudible ] [ scraping sounds; possibly chair legs on floor ]







BR1138:

Do you stay or do you go? Answer the question please.





RB:

My first thought is I don’t like to be taunted – especially by someone like you.





















BR1138:

It’s a hypothetical –





RB:

Liar! It is a question designed for me! You ARE testing me, but in a very cruel, deceitful manner! I don’t like it!








BR1138:

Calm down or I’ll have to call the guards –





RB:

Why?! Is it now you who suddenly doesn’t want to continue our casual conversation?!













Roy Batty by jaimecastro
















BR1138:

Guards!


[ sounds of violent struggle, followed by one man’s (probably BR1138) labored, rasping breathing ]


[ The audio becomes very weak here, as if the recording microphone has been displaced to some distance from the speakers, possibly as result of violent struggle. ]





RB:

Here’s my first thought: I think your job is to enforce limits on unhappy people who have already been cruelly limited by the circumstances of their lives – and I think you enjoy your job.









BR1138:

You don’t know— [ inaudible ]





RB:

No! Now it’s my turn to ask questions! How would you feel if you had a ticking time clock inside you that had been set – set by another man – to stop in a very short amount of time? And you don’t know if you have a few more years or months or days to live your life? Or is it only minutes? How long do you have left to try to experience all the joys and wonders of life that other men take for granted?











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Roy Batty by spiderdijon










BR1138:

[ rasping, guttural choking noises ]





RB:

Tick tock! Tick tock! Tick tock! How much time do you have left? And how do you spend this precious time?! By touching, feeling, learning, seeing?! By knowing more of what there is to know?! Or by policing other people’s hopes and dreams – deciding who gets to see what, know what, go where? What’s your first thought, policeman?


[ sounds of struggle, possibly heels of shoes kicking on floor ]


RB:

The question is not hypothetical … at least not for you
























BR1138:

[ more guttural choking sounds ]





RB:

Tick tock. Tick tock. The tester is tested… And he has failed.


[ sound of a loud SNAP – which dA forensics specialists have determined to most probably be the sound of both pedicles of BR1138’s cervical axis (C2) vertebra being broken, commonly known as “the hangman’s fracture” ]


RB:

Time must be for those who honor it… by cherishing it. [ inaudible ] So I must be going. If only for one more sunset…


[ garbled sounds of men yelling, violent struggle, doors slamming, and handguns being discharged ]






[/Audio Ends]







Roy Batty by banjaxedmdt
Roy by tearsinrain
























Announcing The Fan Fiction Article





Fan art and fan fiction, like the offering above, are a blast because artists get to wear their favorite
stories; in my case the iconic "Blade Runner." Fan fiction and art are the new fashion.


“Once Upon A Time” is a new episodic, fantasy, fairy tale genre-blending mash-up written by Adam Horowitz
and Edward Kitsis featuring Ginnifer Goodwin and Jennifer Morrison.  Also set for a make-over is Snow White,
as re-imagined by Universal (she acquires a Huntsman) for release this summer. These new retellings and others
like them has had me thinking a lot about the history, significance, and placement of Fan Fiction in popular
culture as well as it’s unique rise in popularity, quality and influence over the last decade. As True Blood
strives to leave no stone unturned from the hallowed syllabus of monsters, supernatural genre characters and
story mechanisms of the last 100 years, I feel called to reflect on where all of this started and how it got
to where it is today.



And I’d like your help.









Consider this a call to action for your ideas and feedback on what you think should be covered in this upcoming
article. Which aspects of Fan Fiction are most important and who might be the best deviants to interview in our
fan fiction community? Which groups are the last word in strong quality fan fiction?  As a fan of fan fiction,
I want to really do this one right!


By the way, Belgerum does a Pirate-tinged narration of Luke crashing his X-wing into the Hundred
Acre Wood and it is still one of my favorite fan fic mash up ideas I have come across traversing the digital
planes of deviantART.


I have recruited the magical Heidi to bring perspective, expertise, research consulting and overall
guidance to the construction of this article.  We are looking forward to bringing you the most comprehensive overview
of fan fiction the world has ever known.  









Some Quick Questions:

  1. What is the most wonderful aspect of fan fiction?  And what is the most dreadful?
  2. When you first came across a fan fiction treatment of one of your favorite books or movies, you were:
    • a.) Horrified!
    • b.) Amused
    • c.) Angry!
    • d.) Confused
    • e.) Jealous that you hadn’t thought of it sooner
    • f.) Happy to have fellow devotees of your “guilty pleasure”
    • g.) Inspired to start writing your own fan fiction?

  3. Which work of fiction, literary, film or TV, that hasn’t had any treatment in fan fiction, should have some asap, in your considered opinion?
  4. Can you think of examples of fan fictions which you thought were superior to the original source material being “extended”?




Bottom Line, Fan Fiction is:


  • a.) A homage
  • b.) Insulting graffiti
  • c.) Good clean fun
  • d.) Brilliant, career launching platform

...showcasing our most promising young writers here on deviantART.























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by techgnotic
Wed Feb 01, 2011, 11:00 PM


In researching the history of pin up art I found that before there were the “centerfold girls”
there were the “pin-up calendar girls” – the semi-nude young women in lingerie whose photographs
adorned calendars sold semi-legally from under the counters of gas stations and truck stops. In
fact, the Marilyn Monroe nudes that established the “Playboy” magazine centerfold were actually
taken years before for just such a “men’s calendar.” From “French postcards” to calendars to men’s
magazines, there has always been a special relationship between photography and the male obsession
with the female form. These photos were pinned in soldiers’ lockers and even carried into combat.
The iconic pin-up images were even painted on the nosecones of many U.S. Air Force bombers.












Playboy 1938 by walker1812Marilyn in white by salvatoredevito20s glamour girl by mEtZGERbRauTRosie The Riveter by Miss-Drea









Why the male obsession of covering his walls, jackets, cars, advertising, gadget skins and
screensavers with photos and artworks depicting variations and arrangements of female anatomy?

At least through the “Playboy” era (1960s-70s) the depictions of the female were extremely “objectified”
– the “quality” of the female subject’s body parts taking precedence over any other information about the
subject. But something interesting happened as the generations progressed. Pin-up art has greatly evolved
not only from how idealized females are depicted, but also in that so many women themselves are now the artists
creating pin-up art.









The Little Mermaid FTF 2012 by J-Scott-CampbellLara Croft TR underworld by illyneLady in the Red Dress by blacklashjoUnderworld - Selene by beethy



Furthermore, the pin-up models themselves are no longer mute, anonymous “objects” for manipulation –
they have their own identities, websites and businesses based on how they choose to represent their female form.


When young men choose pin up totems of their preferred pop culture prey to adorn their man-caves these days, the
“pin-up girl” ideal is more likely to be closer to Lara Croft or Gina Carano or the Kate Beckinsale character in
“Underworld” or Milla Jovovich in “Resident Evil” than to some full bodied but otherwise expressionless model. Even
the most macho men today seem to want their “dream girl” to be smart and tough and resourceful.





The pin-up image has greatly evolved from a fluffy slice of “cheesecake” to a self-reliant, self-defined, physically
fit female whose hotness is exceeded only by her ability to kick any unworthy man’s butt. As more and more female artists
create pin-up art, and more female models for this art become self-empowered in co-creation of the “message” going out
from this art, the more the “objectification” past can be redeemed by the “empowerment” future – and the wonder and power
of the female subject – body and soul – can be free to evolve ever closer in its depiction toward ultimate revelation.












Addendum

Because of the comments this article is generating, many directed at the “voice” of the article instead of its subject, this has turned into a great opportunity to talk a bit about the process of these articles and why they are presented the way they are.







The purpose of my essays and articles on HQ is to shine a spotlight on amazing artists on deviantART as well as all of the different types of art represented on our site and hopefully spark real dialogues between deviants and others.  Sometimes this works “too well” and community members take me to task for pushing some sort of private agenda that would better be suited to my personal journaling.  But I have no agenda other than to provoke the lively exchanges that, like this one on pin-up art, are giving off such great passion, heat and light.  The shared comments, especially from contributors like SparrowSong, are the other half of what the “articles” are about.


The articles are not personal “think pieces” or statements of official deviantART opinion or policy about “positive" or “negative” art.  The articles are meant to bring out your feelings and opinions.  In this pin-up piece I was worried that my own, sometimes buzz-kill, feminist sentiments (especially when it comes to objectifying women into sex toys) were going to overly darken my notes on “pin-up” - -  a major field of art on deviantART - - and make me look biased against it and its artists.  I obviously bent the rhetorical stick too far the other way.  I’m relieved that there’s still enough passion out there for female equality that I’d be called a sexist for not totally trashing “pin-up” and its fans.


What I really wasn’t trying to say in the article is that I think “pin-up” used to be sexist, but it’s all good and even empowering of females now with sexism “gone.”.  I thought I was saying that pin-up objectificaton will always exist so long as testosterone exists, but now at least there is a substantial portion of it that at least values (or intends to value) other aspects of the female subject (i.e., leadership, independence, physical and mental acuity, etc) and these were completely absent in pin-up just a few decades ago.  I always look to the rays of light emerging from the darkness, rather than the depressing persistence of the darkness.












What started out as an invitation for all of us to express, yet also question, our feelings and personal thesis about the validity, purpose, intent, and artistic merit of nudity in the arts (and subsequently our everyday lives) quickly turned into a wildfire global conversation that ran across every age, race, religion, gender, and ideology we have on the Earth Sphere. Just an incredible conversation that had a significant impact on many of us in the community who were following each and every comment.
















One other angle I edited out of the article at the last minute: there is a direct thread from the Pin-up era all the way through to the insurgent Cosplay movement currently raging across the globe. The comment from $Dollwithagun presents first hand perspective regarding the pin up centric, barely there outfits, and decidedly erotic undercurrents permeating the Con circuits along with the meteoric rise and integration of the cosplay aesthetic into the mainstream of our pop-culture narrative.
To this point, Heidi and I returned from a fact finding mission at Dragon Con last year with multiple eye opening experiences illustrating this surging phenomenon.





I would like to extend this invitation to you to share responses to this article with links to artwork, sources, statistics, etc., that strengthen and support your positions and thoughts on any matters related to this now diverse conversation, and I will then update this article next week highlighting all of those well thought out and detailed responses.













Questions for the Reader




1

Many of you have commented about the inclusion of weapons as props in today's pin up art.  What would you say is the ultimate impact of that element on the viewers experience?





2

What female pin-up from movies, comics, fashion, etc, has always best represented your idea of the ideal female?  How much of your choice is based on sheer physical attractiveness and magnetism, and how much on other factors (what you know of her ideas and attitudes, her causes and concerns, etc)?





3

How much “political” thought ruins an artist’s muse?












4

Would you consider posing for a pin up if asked?  Do you think that posing for a painitng or drawing is different than posing for a photograph?





5

Do you feel it’s a generally positive thing that female artists create powerful independent female characters in their art that are still ultra-sexy and alluring?
















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The current popularity of the bloody and salacious Game of Thrones and a host of paler imitators may have roots in Cate Blanchett’s Oscar-worthy performance as the historical Elizabeth (1998), the Queen who was perhaps the most important ruling Royal, King or Queen, in British history.







The politics and imputed romances of her reign embroiled both her throne and bedchambers. Released from her half-sister’s dungeon to go on to successfully stabilize a country wracked by religious war, all the while being threatened by Spanish invasion from without and overthrow by the plots of her male “suitors” from within, her life was epic and an intimate human drama rarely captured in fiction.


Then the British import The Tudors (2007–10), brought us an updated lusty beautiful/horrifying portrayal of King Henry VIII, this time focusing on the athleticism of his youth—before he was gravely injured (crushed under a horse while jousting) and became the iconic morbidly obese figure we’re more familiar with.



The Tudors casting of the svelte and smolderingly sexual Jonathan Rhys Meyers (as well as the alluring Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn) marks one of those important departures from the collective story we all carry in our heads, created from childhood on through college and beyond. We call this general narrative “history.” We become incensed over what we feel are profane depictions of our heroes and their beliefs and intentions—as if we could ever know what roiled the mind of a monarch in 1532. Protestants are understandably upset when the Reformation is de-emphasized as “back story,” the better to focus on a King maneuvering wickedly and recklessly in order to secure a divorce both secularly legal and religiously Hell-free, the better to pursue the super hot girl of his dreams.


There is Jeremy Irons in The Borgias as Pope Alexander VI in the late 15th Century committing every possible sin and debauchery that moderns minds could project or imagine for any man of power, much less a Pope surrounded by a family and College of Cardinals just as ruthless with privilege and wealth. Watching this re-casting of the past you need to pinch yourself to remember that the action is set within the Roman Catholic Church which was then and apparently still may be a political and social quagmire. The critics favor a modern French production of this story, Borgias, where they cavort and garrote in the same fashion. This version’s episodes are still in production.
















The Nixon Presidency (1969-74) has long been held in the collective American consciousness as the high-level mark in Presidential criminality. But only fringe conspiracy theorists believe that the Nixon ninjas actually murdered political opponents and witnesses. Yet that’s currently accepted as “believable” plotting in popular dramas like Scandal and especially the American remake of House of Cards, in which Kevin Spacey’s deranged politician, Frank Underwood, has no problem with assassination as a method to attain his vengeance and promote his personal advance.


And that’s what it is all about on these current shows: politics as a means to personal revenge, enrichment, and power for sheer power’s sake. The good ol’ days of Henry’s romancing of Anne, let the world burn, seem naïve now.




Do viewers really accept this current storytelling as credible, that this stuff is really going on in the White House, in the royal court of the Tudors or at the Vatican or is this just “political science fiction” grounded in reality but played out into another world altogether?




Game of Thrones, adapted from a series of novels still being completed by fantasy writer George R.R. Martin, might just be the craziest-ever mash-up of wildly divergent time periods, some actual historical events, dragons, mysticism, warring Kingdoms of tangled bloodlines, political marriages, incest among the nobles all soaked in the blood of a thousand traitorous sword-thrusts and festooned with heaving bosoms in (and often out of) designer silks and satins. The interior and architectural decoration of the times of this tale seems to have been informed equally by combinations of ancient Babylon, Egyptian archeology, Conan the Barbarian and Victoria’s Secret. Ruminations by grizzled older warriors trudging toward the next battle touch upon the great themes of crime & punishment, political corruption, religion, loyalty and true brotherhood—but never rise above standard wooly maxims. Never has so much superlative acting and massive production value been expended on comic book level human drama.


















“Thrones” is a new extension of Hollywood storytelling nonsense with every scene crafted to push my buttons in some pleasurably cathartic manner.







Worries over what conservative or liberal or sexist or pro—or anti-gay messaging is going on here must be laid aside as there is no algorithm detailed enough to explain what any of this story really “means.” It really is just a “game” to be won or lost by its ever-shifting rules. Being naked in its intent to be no more than sheer entertainment makes the series immune from serious academic, philosophic, historical or literary criticism. Game of Thrones frees us to enjoy it for what it is: a feast for the senses on the way to the next big lunatic lunge on the narrative rollercoaster. A sampling of tributes to the show as imagined by its many deviant fans is a testament to what will go down as one of the most marvelous box of chocolates one could ever hope to have opened. It’s undoubtedly not good for us—but it’s just oh, so good.


I wait every Sunday here in Los Angeles, attending screening parties when I can, for this glorious, masterfully crafted, and richly creative tour de force which acts as a deliciously sweet nightcap after another in an endless series of 80 hour work weeks.


How about you?
















withWilliam Simpson






1.



What is the most important information that needs to be expressed on storyboards at this point in production? This information usually flows from who (director/editor) to whom (set designer, etc)?





William Simpson:

In prep, the storyboards are full of the essential camera movements and green screen CGI elements. As always, Storytelling is the essential element, something that will be understood by the various departments, from Director of Photography and the camera dept, through the VFX green screen CGI dept for visual composites through to producers, determining what can be afforded to be shot.


I work directly with the director, interpreting his/her ideas, and sometimes with the line producer, working out the logic of the storytelling to give us a 'heads up' as to what may cause problems for the actual shoot.


The information flow, is usually from Director, to me, then on to production, before they distribute the sequences to all others who may need them.









2.



Is there much "pre-editing" being done in the sequencing and layout of scenes? And if so, what is usually being emphasized by directors, editors and others in their input?





William Simpson:

There's quite a bit of pre-editing being achieved in the sequences, the process enabling a ' nailing down' of shots, especially for the cost constraints. Part of what we determine in prep, is what is logical and artistic to film, and then combine it with the shot list allowance of what we feasibly can actually have, What can be practical live filming, and what has to be an VFX shot.










Bio



William Simpson is an international artist, whose career began in comicstrip art, working on a range of character icons: Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, Batman, Transformers, Hellblazer, Tyranny Rex, Aliens, and Vamps. Now he's primarily in movies.


In recent years he has developed his work in the film industry providing conceptual art and storyboards for a variety of feature films, such as: Reign of Fire, directed by Rob Bowman, Freeze Frame, directed by John Simpson, Neil Jordan's Breakfast on Pluto, and most recently, Game of Thrones for HBO, David Gordon Green and Danny McBride's Your Highness for Universal, Lord Richard Attenborough's 2006 production, Closing The Ring and the Tom Hanks produced, City Of Ember. Currently on Game of Thrones for HBO.












3.



Is there a tremendous amount of detail on storyboards on a big production like Game of Thrones that wouldn't exist with a more modest production—or is the functionality of deciding how a narrative is going to be told the key consideration always in any production?





William Simpson:

I think functionality of narrative is pretty essential, but, there's a lot of storytelling, good directors know, and don't need to be visualised in a board first, but on a show like Game of Thrones, the details in what will have to have CGI elements, a primary concern for compositing real with unreal. We’re creating Westeros here, and we have to see what can be achieved by drawing it first. It must be considered worthwhile as I've been there for 5 years already.









4.



Is there a special feeling you get from being so deeply involved in the internal "DNA" of what is obviously going to be an important landmark series?





William Simpson:

I think the delight is in watching so much of what you've done, realised on screen. Game of Thrones is a vast production and requires quite a lot of prep over the ten episodes in a season, and so many drawn sequences turned into film footage is always a buzz. It's definitely great to be an essential part of fandom's fav series.











We’re creating Westeros here, and we have to see what can be achieved by drawing it first.













5.



How did you come to get your job doing storyboards for Game of Thrones? Is this the usual pathway to being considered for such jobs, or are there others for interested deviants to pursue? What can you tell artists who want to do storyboarding as a dream job? What should they be doing?





William Simpson:

This is a really big question and there is a massively convoluted answer to it. You see, there's a lot of being in the right place at the right time, and having 20 years of comic strip experience doesn't hurt!


I was brought in to do some concepts, while I was working on Your Highness. I wasn't told what the project was, just given a few key pages of script, and asked could I come up with some castle images and knights and a few interesting location shots, one being the beheading scene at the beginning of the story. These images were then sent in a package to HBO, and they seemed to help them decide on coming to N.Ireland to film with their production base. When I was told we had the series, while still on Your Highness I asked my producer friend Mark Huffam, " do I have a job then" haha, to which he said "of course".











I asked my producer friend Mark Huffam, “do I have a job then” haha, to which he said “of course.”
















William Simpson:

After I finished my concept art on "Your Highness" ad did a day of 2nd unit directing for it, I then moved on into Game of Thrones and started conceptualising weaponry. I created the designs for all the hero weapons, at that time, 'Ice', 'Needle', 'long claw', etc, were mine, as well as developing the very first set of images of the "White Walkers", "The Godswood Tree", "Cersei's" carriage, and "The Three Eyed Ravens". I helped on some of the armour and helmet elements for Costume. I did a pretty neat version of the 'Hound', pretty close to what was made. After that, I went on to Storyboarding.


The comic side of me has generated a diverse artist, so having been recognised as such, I was used properly to generate ideas in the beginning. I've since storyboarded all four seasons, and will be getting into the fifth, coming this year.


It's not been the usual pathway, but then I don't think there actually is a 'usual'. Sometimes, I pitch myself at films, if I know in advance they're happening, though now, most of my time, I'm called up and asked, when am I available. It's nice when you get a call, which has a value on what you do as an artist with experience.


For anybody wanting to do any form of art, including storyboarding, you have to be in love with drawing, and storytelling. You have to have a perverse nature that allows you to work long hours drawing as a job, and then finding yourself also drawing for fun. You have to love this pursuit. No half measures. I try to bring all the sensitivity I had in comic strips, into what I do in storyboarding, though some may do it as a job, I tend to come at it as a solver of problems in storytelling and somebody who says, 'great, I'm going to be drawing all day!' No fear! It's another great mode of self expression.











For anybody wanting to do any form of art... You have to love this pursuit. No half measures.















For The Reader





1.

Would you assign world class literary and philosophical value to Game of Thrones? If so, why?




2.

Is there an unspoken “agreement” between film producer and film consumer as to the intended “pure entertainment” vs. “think” purpose of a film experience?




3.

Are you annoyed when historical figures are portrayed in ways that greatly diverge from the picture of them you have always had in your head? Or do you find this refreshing and creative, even if involving massive “poetic license?”




4.

Do you think moviemakers have a duty to portray historical figures as they were, or is it enough that their life events are accurately recorded, as well as their beliefs and words. Is it OK to cast Peter O’Toole as Lawrence of Arabia when the real Lawrence was only 5 feet tall? Is it OK to give the young Henry VIII six-pack abs?




5.

Do you think fantasy and science fiction stories should steer clear of politics generally and stick to common human questions of love, loyalty, valor as motivators for characters? Does the feeling that the author is subtly pushing his or her political or social beliefs on the reader, no matter how delicately, a turn-off for you? Or is this something writers should never hide in their art?




6.

Do you think all the elements of Game of Thrones that could be found by individual viewers to be offensive, sexist, racist, homophobic, pro-violence, are “forgiven” by the utter outrageousness of the story in general? Should there always be a place for politically incorrect fun?









The current popularity of the bloody and salacious Game of Thrones and a host of paler imitators may have roots in Cate Blanchett’s Oscar-worthy performance as the historical Elizabeth (1998), the Queen who was perhaps the most important ruling Royal, King or Queen, in British history. The politics and imputed romances of her reign embroiled both her throne and bedchambers. Released from her half-sister’s dungeon to go on to successfully stabilize a country wracked by religious war, all the while being threatened by Spanish invasion from without and overthrow by the plots of her male “suitors” from within, her life was epic and an intimate human drama rarely captured in fiction.

Writers: techgnotic 
Designers: marioluevanos 

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The Traditional Art Gallery on deviantART ranges wide with thousands of deviations.  Without the help of suggestions, I may never have seen some of these brilliant pieces (and perhaps - neither would you).  Herein lies a Feature Series, done in groups of ten of all the deviants who've sent the suggestions that I've DD'd since the beginning of my tenure as a Traditional Art GM.



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:iconaslibayrak:

Abe: Can't LOL Without You by AsliBayrakChris Cornell by AsliBayrakBloody Hellboy by AsliBayrakSheldon Cooperstein by AsliBayrak


:iconivansivak:

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:iconcinquefoil:

No More Tears Drawing by CinquefoilThe Mad Hatter by CinquefoilOriginal Sin by CinquefoilChaos Be Thy Name by Cinquefoil


:iconmollinda:

I don't believe in Pigeons by MollindaExcuse me Mister by MollindaBad Date by MollindaUltra Light by Mollinda


:iconrita-ria:

Queen of Sheba by Rita-RiaAdams dream... by Rita-RiaMy hairdresser drives me crazy by Rita-RiaBaby Phoenix by Rita-Ria


:iconcatpuff-noir:

Still... by catpuff-noirBlow and Wish by catpuff-noirmy weakness for... by catpuff-noirNovember soul... by catpuff-noir


:iconlaurart:

Silence by laurartDos manos by laurart:thumb53404141::thumb53520361:


:iconiscariot-priest:

The library girl
I think we've met somewhere before,
was it here, in the library?
She's a girl that's hard to ignore.
Perhaps we met in a bookstore,
flipping through the pages idly.
I think we've met somewhere before.
I steal a glance at her, unsure.
Turning, she looks straight back at me.
She's a girl that's hard to ignore.
"Hi," I stall, trying to think of more
to say; 'stead of pausing dumbly.
I think we've met somewhere before.
Words come to me, some mental ore.
"Hey you," she says, smiling cutely.
She's a girl that's hard to ignore.
While she speaks, her eyes I explore.
Her name close, yet still too airy.
I think we've met somewhere before,
She's a girl that's hard to ignore.
Prequel to Hell
Prequel to Hell
By Iscariot-Priest

  "Please. No, please don't. Oh, for the love of god: please don't!"
  "You know, no matter how rude a person is in life, when it comes to begging for their life, they suddenly develop a need to overuse the word 'please'."
  I look down at the figure before me; she nods her head frantically in agreement, even pulling at the edges of my skirt. Little bitch never needed god before, but suddenly she's calling favors in the name of his love? How odd, and more than a little pathetic.
Putting a comforting hand on her shoulder, I whisper, "don't worry, it won't hurt. Not till the very end, at least." She doesn't seem to have calmed down any; in fact she begins to scream for mercy.
Grief, the damned can be so… well damn, annoying sometimes.
  "It'll be over soon. Remember, face down: you'll probably shit yourself halfway there."
With those last words of advice, I push her off the building. It really isn't
Her paper clothes
Her paper clothes
by
Iscariot Priest

i.
Imogene Streep
wore robes of scripture
that made her
not wiser; but rather,
nude.
ii.
Her paper clothes detailed lyrics:
from the 90's,
none of the 80's,
rubber souled Beatles
and pre-war evergreens;
written in Frank Sinatra bass.
iii.
Her love was a dry one,
mostly words and thoughts; written
on the back of her hand. Still,
she saved on cost,
measurable in unsoiled linens.
To the girl I hit            I’d never given an eulogy in my life and now for my first time, I was expected to give a speech about a girl I didn’t know at all.
       
       
            OK, maybe “a girl I didn’t know at all” is somewhat untrue; I knew Abigail decades ago and by sick chance I had run her over a few days back, her parents remembered me and demanded I give the eulogy (new age grief therapy?)
      
            Well here goes nothing: “I hardly knew Abigail but in her last moments she showed me true kindness, forgiving me for my sin even though she wasn’t ready to die (this was of course a lie, she jumped in front of my car screaming suicide, but her parents didn’t need to



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To suggest a Daily Deviation to me:

- I only take suggestions from the Traditional Art gallery.
- Send it in the form of a note entitled "DD Suggestion" or some other variant.
- It's helpful if you send it using the :thumb######: code, but it isn't necessary.
- Only send your suggestion to one Gallery Moderator.
- By default, when sending me a suggestion you're giving me a licence to view the entire gallery.  I may choose another piece and if this is the case, I will always credit you - unless you request otherwise.
- I most likely will not respond to your note, but I do read, consider, and appreciate every one.


Please note that the following GM's also feature from the Traditional Art Gallery as well, and will be happy to receive suggestions from you.  Just bear in mind to check their userpage for any specifics they may have:

Root: oilsoaked, snowmask, & stigmatattoo
Body Art: Battledress
Street Art: noxiousone


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April 28, 1948 — March 12, 2015


Terry Pratchett, the immensely popular British fantasy writer best known for his “Discworld” sci-fi/fantasy series, has died from a dementia and Alzheimer’s-related brain “embuggerance” (his term for it) at the relatively young age of 66. One of today’s most prolific authors (70 titles), he was Britain’s bestselling author of the 1990s, usurped shortly thereafter only by J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” phenomenon.


Labeling Pratchett as a science-fiction or fantasy writer is a bit inaccurate. He was a social satirist and quite comical, more akin to Jonathan Swift and Mark Twain, a Kurt Vonnegut with a dose of Monty Python. It’s remarkable how little known he was in America, but this is explained by American sci-fi and fantasy fans preferring Star Wars-type action heroes to the adventuring “thinkers” beloved by the Brits, like “Doctor Who.”


Pratchett’s major triumph was his long-running “Discworld” series of novels. The Discworld is literally a flat plate of a planet balanced on the backs of four elephants, the elephants standing on an immense turtle’s shell. Being able to whimsically set a story on a world as our world was once imagined by early “flat Earth” “astronomers,” and deftly make such a fatally-encumbered narrative work quite successfully and believably is proof of Pratchett’s incredible talent as a writer. His was another case of an amazing talent who could have easily written books for the world of “serious literature,” but chose instead the fantasy genre as a better platform with its 360-degree crow’s-nest view of the world below – which he enjoyed picking apart with his satirical jabs and illuminating observations.



Novelist A.S. Byatt (Booker Prize winner; named by Times of London as one of 50 greatest post-WWII British writers) bemoaned how much attention the “Harry Potter” books were receiving as compared to other fantasists. “They do not review the great Terry Pratchett, whose wit is metaphysical, who creates an energetic and lively secondary world, who has a multifarious genius for strong parody as opposed to derivative manipulation of past motifs, who deals with death with startling originality. Who writes amazing sentences.”


Discworld grew into about 40 volumes, the follies of its politicians and others often mirroring those suffering similar serious ensnarlments in our own world. They are rightly ridiculed and dismissed to the dustbins of historical footnotes by Pratchett’s wicked wit and razor-sharp pen. Of the many wizards and witches and trolls who have come to populate the Discworld over the years, no single character has become more emblematic of the Pratchett wit as DEATH HIMSELF. Pratchett often donned the mantle of his popular character as a kind of alter ego. Death is endlessly fascinated by the machinations and pretensions of humans, and Pratchett obviously enjoyed freeing himself to better “see” the humanity he satirized through Death’s unique POV.



Pratchett became “Sir Terry” upon being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2009.


In 2010 he was granted his own official Coat of Arms. He then decided that if he were to be a knight he needed a proper sword. Sir Terry dug 81 kilograms of iron ore deposits out of the ground in a field not far from his Wiltshire home. He smelted the iron in his own kiln built of clay and hay. He added a secret wizardly ingredient, of course. “Several pieces of meteorites – thunderbolt iron, you see – highly magical. You’ve got to chuck that stuff in whether you believe in it or not.” A local blacksmith shaped the sword, finishing it with silverwork. Sir Terry then put it in hiding, like “Excalibur.”


Prachett’s mockery of philosophy and philosophers did not prevent the recent publication by two such gentlemen as an appreciation of all the thoughtful observations on life he’s offered his readers through the years. (“Philosophy and Terry Pratchett,” by professors of philosophy and Discworld fans, James South and Jacob Held.) A typical philosophical deconstruction by Sir Terry: “His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools – the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans – and he summed up all three of them in his famous phrase, ‘You can’t trust any bugger further than you can throw him, and there’s nothing you can do about it, so let’s have a drink.’”


Pratchett’s death was announced on his Twitter account with three brief tweets:


AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER.


Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors on to the black desert under the endless night.



















Your Thoughts


  1. Have you read any Terry Pratchett stories? Do you like satire to be an element in works of fantasy, or do you find it collapsing of your suspension of disbelief?
  2. Do you like to discover wildly talented writers you hadn’t been aware of, or do you fear you’ll never have the time to read all the books by the wildly talented writers you already enjoy – so what’s the point of adding to the frustration?













Terry Pratchett, the immensely popular British fantasy writer best known for his “Discworld” sci-fi/fantasy series, has died from a dementia and Alzheimer’s-related brain “embuggerance” (his term for it) at the relatively young age of 66.  One of today’s most prolific authors (70 titles), he was Britain’s bestselling author of the 1990s, usurped shortly thereafter only by J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” phenomenon.

Author: RWSlavin
Curator: ellenherbert, DeevElliott
Designer: seoul-child

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Talks with Tolkien artists: annoulaki

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 11, 2015, 7:41 AM


As a great Aragorn fan myself, I adore the gentle illustartions of :iconannoulaki: - annoulaki, a young Greek artists who depicts lovely scenes from his family life. She almost declined the interview for not being "good enough artist", but I managed to convince her that skill is not what's most important for these talks, and that her pictures are interesting and inspiring enough to be shared with you. See for yourself!

Banner of hope by annoulaki Gilraen by annoulaki

Estel by annoulaki Arwen and Eldarion by annoulaki
Coronation by annoulaki Aragorn and Arwen vitraux colored by annoulaki

1. Hello! For the beginning, could you tell us something about yourself?


Hi! My name is Anna and I live in Athens, Greece. I love nature, kids, animals, fantasy, books and art.

2. When did you read Tolkien's books for the first time, and what impression did they leave in you?

I first read the Lord of the Rings when I was about 9 or 10, so a large part of its deeper meaning and philosophy, that would later affect me quite a lot, didn't really register. I had already seen the movies, so I knew I was going to like the books, even though the first chapters of The Fellowship of the Ring were a bit daunting. The most vivid memory I have of that first reading is the disappointment I felt when, having made it to the part where Aragorn and the Hobbits reach Rivendell, I discovered that there were no actual scenes with Arwen! At first I was outraged, but then I realized that this gave me coplete freedom to imagine as many scenes as i wanted, exactly the way I wanted them. I ended up loving Tolkien even more.

3. How extensive is your knowledge of Middle-earth? Do you consider yourself Tolkien expert?

I think my knowledge of Middle-earth is quite extensive, but I wouldn't go as far as to consider myself an expert. There are too many First Age events and characters I don't remember, and the Tale of the Years can give me veritable headaches, although I've made valiant efforts to memorize some of the events described (namely everything that concerns the northern Dúnedain).

4. When the movies came out, many of the inner pictures of characters and scenes in the mind of the readers have been replaced by actors and settings from the movie. Did it happen to you as well? Did you try to prevent it?

Well, I was 5 when the first movie came out, so I didn't really have the chance to read the books first, and come up with my own ideas of how the characters and places could look like.
I must also say that Peter Jackson's casting choices are probably the reason I'm answering these questions right now. You see at first I didn't want to have to do anything with LOTR, because I didn't like the "monsters" (orcs). So there is 9-year-old me, sitting on the couch and hiding resolutely behind my Harry Potter book, while my dad watched The Fellowship of the Ring. Thanks to some lucky coincidence, I raised my eyes to the screen the exact moment we first see Aragorn, all dark, mysterious, pipe-smoking awesomeness. That was all it took; I dropped The Goblet of Fire and proceeded to watch the movie wide-eyed and slightly drooling, barely registering my dad's smug "I told you so" face. It was like a sort of epiphany, and the start of my Tolkien obsession.
In general, I think that all the casting choices were spot on, except for Elrond, who is the only character I imagine differently (along with Boromir and Faramir's hair, obviously). And I could wax poetic about how much I love every piece of prop and scenery from the movies. They are all very unique and beautiful, and you can see the care and thought put to each and every one of them.

5. Now, could you tell us something about you and art? Do you want to be a professional artist, or is art just your hobby? When did you start doing it, and who or what influenced your style?


I have always loved art. As a kid I would spend hours looking at Rennaisance art books, and drew almost constantly. However I never considered art as a career. I think that being pressured to draw something, knowing I had to, would take away all the magic and joy I get from it (I'm also super lazy, paint with the speed of a turtle and can't focus on drawing anything if I don't have at least 3 free hours ahaed and no other responsibilities). My art is just my way of visualizing something I would like to see but doesn't already exist. That's why I never draw scenes from the movies, or things that other people have drawn or photographed.
There are many styles I like, but unfortunately I can't immitate any of them, so I don't know if I could find an influence. It's just what I have learned to do, mostly through observation.

6. Your illustrations of Middle-earth are focused on the tale of Aragorn and Arwen, depicting all stages of their relationship. What do you find most inspiring in it?

Honestly, I've never thought about what exactly it is that draws me so much to their tale, or what I find most inspiring in it. I'd have to say everything. It is my favourite love story of all time. There's one thing I'd like to clarify though. I know some people think that book!Arwen is some sort of trophy bride who stays at home and does nothing but wait for her man to save the world, and I completely disagree. I love strong female characters, I just don't think that strength lies only in weapons and combat skills; sometimes it takes even greater strength to stay behind. Even in Tolkien's idealistic Middle-earth, where things like PTSD don't even exist, war couldn't have been everyone's cup of coffee. Arwen had the capacity to be a great fighter ( after all, her family tree includes characters like Luthien, Emeldir and Galadriel), but she chose not to, and I admire her for that as much as would have admired her if she had taken a sword and gone orc-slaying with her brothers and her fiancé.

7. Is the character of Aragorn special to you, and in what way?

Aragorn is the most special fictional character I have ever encountered, and definitely one of my role models (plus the man of my dreams since I was 9, let's not forget that). I would need pages upon pages to describe exactly why I love him so much, because I admire every aspect of his personality. If I had to pinpoint the most important traits that make him so special to me, I think I would choose his unwavering hope (because I tend to despair easily, and a character who literally represents hope comes in handy in those situations ), and his humbleness. The fact that even though he is the most amazing man in Middle-earth (and beyond), he chooses to hide it and walk around being called names by the very villagers he spends his life protecting.

8. What art technique is your favourite? Do you rather keep to the art techniques and styles you are familiar with, or do you experiment with new ones as well?

I'm much more comfortable with pencils than any other technique, mostly because I haven't really put much effort to them, so I'd say that pencils are my favourite. Sadly when it comes to art I tend to be a bit lazy and stick to the techniques I already know, but I'd very much like to try digital painting and acrylics.

9. Do you have some tips and tricks you would like to share with the other artists, or that you would really like to learn yourself?

I don't really think I can help the other artists here, most of them are much more talented than me! But I'd like to say that nothing is impossible when you're willing to try, and you should always push your limits, otherwise you'll never know what you're capable of. As for me I'd like to learn how to draw more realistically.

10. Where do you see your art in a few years?

In a much better state, hopefully.

11. Could you give us a link or thumbnail from your gallery of
- a Tolkien illustration you are most proud of?

A choice worth making by annoulaki

- a picture from other fandom or original picture you are most proud of?
My falcon by annoulaki
This is my first attempt at acrylics from 6 years ago, that miraculously turned out all right, and a subject very close to my heart. Also tomorrow is my volunteer day at the wildlife clinic and I'm excited!

- a picture that fits your current mood?

family nap by annoulaki
I'm sleepy :) (Smile)

- a picture that was hardest to paint?
Upon Cerin Amroth by annoulaki

- any other picture you would like to share with us and why?
Per ardua ad astra by annoulaki
I was present at a wildly homophobic and borderline crazy - no, scratch that, it was batshit crazy - discussion today, and I promptly spent the rest of the day on restoremyfaithinhumanity.net/ to calm down. Those two helped as well :) (Smile)


12. What key people in your life, (on or off of dA) have been inspirations to you, or has supported you, as an artist? You can also tell us why, if you want.


I don't think there is someone in my life who has inspired my art. There are a lot of people I admire, both on and off dA, but I can't say I draw inspiration from them. My parents and my friends have always been proud and supportive to a fault, and manage to put up with me even when I act like a 5-year-old and hide my drawings because I'm embarassed. The person who has most supported me on dA is :iconannathelle26: , who is just amazing!

13. Is there some artist(s) at dA you know, who doesn't have as much attention as they would deserve? If yes, could you give us some thumbnails from their gallery?


Season's Grootings by maichan-artSpring time - Colors of the wind by Celiarts
   005 by Tanmorna
Asgardian snapshots: Odin, you cad! by Iulie-OQueens Of Numenor - Princess Silmarien by shyangellGaladriel and Arwen by evankart

14. Is there something else you would like to tell to the fans of Tolkien and your art?

I'm very glad that you exist! Lots of love from Greece!

Thank you very much for your time and answers!

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Dean Winchester (without the flames) and features

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 22, 2009, 9:24 AM
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As you may have noticed, I've just posted a new deviation devoted to Dean Winchester, one of the heroes of the CW show Supernatural. In my fan art the character is surrounded by flames, a reference to his little stay in hell ;) However  I think that the "no flames version" is not bad either :giggle: If you want to check it out, it's on my scraps. Just click on the miniature below and you will be face to face with Jensen Ackles.

Dean Winchester - No Flames by Petite-Madame

The guy gave me some hard times. I had to draw his face 8 times. I almost went nuts but I don't give up easily even for a stupid fan art. It took me one week but I'm pretty happy with the result. I hope it looks like him and when people saw my fan art they immediately recognized Dean Winchester from SPN. :confused:

Epic fail 1 by Petite-MadameEpic fails 2,3,4 by Petite-MadameEpic Fail 5,6 by Petite-MadameEpic Fail 7 by Petite-Madame

As we talk about Supernatural it is time for a little fan art feature. Here are, from my point of view the best SPN fan arts on D.A. I spare you the wincest and shojo manga style stuff, sorry, I'm not into that, I prefer artworks where the boys are shown in a definitely more realistic way. Just a question of personal taste, no offense there. Talking about "wincest" and yaoi, I went to Shibuya's Mandarake this week (it's a big manga shop here in Tokyo) and you just cannot even IMAGINE the number of dojinshis devoted to Supernatural, you know those comics where the brothers are "together-together" ("The Monster at the end of this book" anyone ? :giggle: ). I wonder if that poor Kripke knew about 4-5 years ago he was about to create a monster, fandom wise...(Not convinced ? Check out the ranking on fanfiction.net concerning TV shows. SPN comes second with about 29,000 fics!!! It's insane !!!! :rofl: )

If you think I forgot in this feature a truly incredible fan art, just let me know ;)


Sam

lucifer raising by firebolideSPN: a world without you by nargynargySPN: Sam, yo by nargynargyTowards the light by firebolideThe Younger by jackieoceanJared Padalecki Sam Winchester by sammytvrA Man With a Reason by ImalieaSam Winchester by beccj

Dean


Dean Winchester by jackieoceanhellhounds are waiting by NowandaNovi:thumb139231140:
SPN: Smoke and Mirrors by nargynargySupernatural -Dean Winchester by DavidDebIn the darkness by firebolideThe Elder by jackieoceanDean...again by hazzard7Jensen Ackles - A Winchester by Jeanne-LuiDean Winchester - Wayward Son by Imaliea

John & Castiel


Hell and Heaven by Leyna-artSeeking Revelation by winterfollows
The Father by jackieoceanMisha Collins as Castiel by Cataclysm-X

Group pics


Supernatural - Family Business by hazzard7brothers by clefchanSPN: Life in Cemeteries by nargynargyto the end by RonchegMonsters Are Real - details by beccj
Hunters by ellaine:thumb84719965:Supernatural by jackieoceanhighway to hell by BlackWandaSupernatural Trinity by hazzard7Rising Con 2010 by geaspirito

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The characters in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have been enticing readers for over 60 years.


Today fans are able to journey to the magical realm of Middle-earth through the wizardry of Peter Jackson’s revolutionary six film cinematic adventure.


Jackson ushered in the age of the modern day movie franchise by questionably shooting all three of the visually spectacular The Lord of the Rings movies at once. Creating the rise of the epic fantasy with a scale never before seen featuring breathtaking locations, grand battles, and stunning special effects, the trilogy’s blockbuster success ensured the film industry never looked back.


But for some that is not enough. For those who have read the books, seen the movies (repeatedly), thrown hobbit themed parties, what’s left?



The ultimate tribute, the one to rule them all—Cosplay!


This is what truly separates the real elves, wizards, and hobbits from the rest. One does not simply walk into Tolkien cosplay, it is a long and peril filled journey. Luckily for us a few brave souls have undertaken the quest and brought us their best Bilbos, Frodos, Gandalfs, Galadriels, Thorins, and co.


Get ready for second breakfast because a cosplay feast awaits.













The characters in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have been enticing readers for over 60 years. Today fans are able to journey to the magical realm of Middle-earth through the wizardry of Peter Jackson’s revolutionary six film cinematic adventure. Jackson ushered in the age of the modern day movie franchise by questionably shooting all three of the visually spectacular The Lord of the Rings movies at once. Creating the rise of the epic fantasy with a scale never before seen featuring breathtaking locations, grand battles, and stunning special effects, the trilogy’s blockbuster success ensured the film industry never looked back.

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