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Hey everyone, welcome to “Watch The Throne”, a weekly feature in which we talk about Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones from the season premiere to the finale. As usual, we offer a heartfelt thanks in advance for not sharing any spoilers from beyond the plot of this episode in the discussion section.

When we watch Arya get dropped off outside of the House of Black and White for which season five’s second episode is named, we’ve all got some reasonably high expectations. The building is tall and domineering, with no windows, and seemingly nothing and no one nearby. A place that produces men like Jaqen H’ghar commands a certain amount of stateliness just from the implied notions viewers have about what’s inside. So it’s almost a little comical when Arya approaches the door and, unsure of what to do, gives an unceremonious knock.

Arya’s attempt to enter the mysterious hall — which we assume is full of assassins — is rebuffed. After hanging around outside for an unspecified but extended period of time, Arya does what Arya does best, and moves on (until the episode’s end, that is).

Meanwhile back in Westeros, Sansa and Little Finger cross paths, coincidentally, with Podrick and Brienne. This is the second time in memory that major characters have a chance in encounter inside of a tavern on the road. Perhaps it isn’t too much of a stretch, but there was an inescapable sense of here-we-go-again when Podrick points out Sansa Stark and Brienne tells him to go get the horses ready.

Bronn and Jamie Lannister are such an unlikely duo, but this reviewer was almost giddy with excitement to see them converge once more. Who would have guessed this is what Jamie meant when he told Cersei he wasn’t going to travel to Dorne to save their daughter alone? Their reunion scene is pretty inspired, with Bronn looking hilariously uncomfortable as a lord, and a palpable sense of relief washing over his face as the promise of adventure looms on his horizon.

Just in passing it has to be mentioned that Jon Snow gets elected Lord Commander of the Night's Watch after Maester Aemon settles a dead-heat election between Jon, Ser Alliser Thorne, and some ranger from a western outpost along the wall whom we’ve never met before. But it doesn’t happen before Stannis Baratheon offers to legitimize Jon as Ned Stark’s son, and make him lord of Winterfell. Even though our dreams for House Stark and the north in general were thoroughly crushed at the red wedding, this is an enticing proposition, but it’s one that, predictably, Jon Snow is too principled to accept.

The brunt of the episode’s arc was filled with Daenerys continuing to determine what kind of ruler she wants to be. This week, she is learning the value of laws that transcend the whims of their enforcers. That is to say, when Daario and Grey Worm catch the assassin from Sons of the Harpy who killed one of The Unsullied in the last episode, she chooses to grant him a fair trial rather than a summary execution. The matter is complicated when a band of former slaves kills the imprisoned assassin and leaves his body as a warning. Daenerys must oversee his killer's execution, but not without a degree of hesitance. Dany has made plenty of hard choices during her tenure as a leader, but seeing her up on a pavilion overseeing a beheading in front of a large crowd — very much the same way that newly-crowned King Joffrey was in season one — is a viscerally uncomfortable experience.

Dany’s evolution into a true ruler has always been, among other things, a platform for other characters in the show to put forth their own ideas about how a person should govern. That’s true in this episode when Ser Barristan points out the importance of even-handed justice, using Dany’s late father, the mad king, as an example of how things can go wrong. Reluctantly we have to grant that killing the assassin’s slayer was probably the just thing to do, but Dany didn’t do herself any favors by conducting it in such a public setting.

All of us got a little surprise when Drogon, Daenerys’s most unruly dragon, returned from doing whatever he’s been up to since he fried that little boy to a crisp last season. He extends his head as Dany reaches up to touch him, and mother and dragon have a heartwarming little reunion before Drogon takes flight over the city. Whatever type of ruler Daenerys is, and whatever claims to the throne she possesses, the image of a black dragon flying out over Meereen is a reminder of her most distinctive feature as a ruler, and also of her most solid claim to any throne.

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Your Thoughts

  1. What would you have done with the former slave who killed that assassin from Sons of the Harpy? Did Khaleesi make the right choice executing him?
  2. For those keeping score, we currently have three on-the-road style buddy comedy subplots: Brienne and Podrick, Tyrion and Varys, and Jamie and Bronn. Which duo is your favorite?
  3. When the boat captain drops Arya off at The House of Black and White, he says “any man of Braavos would have done the same.” How do you think the citizens of Braavos feel about having a shadowy order of assassins living and working amongst them? How would it make you feel if you lived there?

When we watch Arya get dropped off outside of the House of Black and White for which season five’s second episode is named, we’ve all got some reasonably high expectations. The building is tall and domineering, with no windows, and seemingly nothing and no one nearby. A place that produces men like Jaqen H’ghar commands a certain amount of stateliness just from the implied notions viewers have about what’s inside. So it’s almost a little comical when Arya approaches the door and, unsure of what to do, gives an unceremonious knock.

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Watch 8 Minutes Of Behind The Scenes Footage From ‘Avengers’

We have no idea where this footage came from or what it’s doing online, but what we do know is that this video contains 8, almost 9 minutes of completely out of context behind-the-scenes clips from Avengers: Age of Ultron. Is this a tease meant to drum up interest in the film? It doesn’t seem likely. The unaffiliated YouTube account name and low view count gives this all the markings of a leaked video, so with that in mind, watch it while it’s still up.

Film Industry Life
by Regan MacStravic

Life As A PA

Cinestress has shared a behind-the-scenes look at her life as a Production Assistant.

Florida Man Lands Gyrocopter on US Capitol Lawn

If you’re intimately familiar with Florida’s reputation, that headline may not be surprising. Either way, Doug Hughes, a Florida resident, flew his gyrocopter onto the US Capitol building’s front lawn in protest of campaign finance laws and political corruption. When detailing his planned protest to the Tampa Bay Times, hughes said he did not think “that the authorities are going to shoot down a 61-year-old mailman in a flying bicycle.” No one suspected that this was a national security threat, but President Obama was briefed on the incident due to its notability. We offer a hearty “keep on rockin’ in the free world” to Mr. Hughes, and hope that he makes it back to Florida safely.

Discover New Artists

MicahJGunnell has started a new feature that highlights artists he feels deserve your attention and we think it’s great! Discover a new artist now.

Joss Whedon Is Getting Sued

Whedon and Lionsgate face a $10 Million Dollar Copyright lawsuit, as an author is claiming they stole the premise of Cabin in the Woods from him. Peter Gallagher wrote a book called The Little White Trip: A Night in the Pines. While Gallagher self-published the books, he apparently registered the title with the Writers Guild of America in 2006. Cabin in the Woods was released in 2012.

On a rather dubious note, Gallagher claims to have sold copies of the book on the Venice Beach boardwalk and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The book’s relatively unknown status seemingly decreases the chances that Whedon ever actually encountered it, and yet it also makes us wonder if we’re living in the alternate universe in which the Firefly creator is an evil genius who stole the premise from a self-published book because he knew he’d get away with it — we certainly hope that isn’t the case!

Here Is A Pie

In order to restore the balance in the Cake vs Pie universe, we present this delicious Banoffee Pie by Nimmxx. Are you a pie person or a cake person? Represent your side in the comments section.

Look How Good This Animation Is

Hayao Miyazaki fans, and fans of quality work in general are going wild for this animation created by Goo00.

Morning Warm-Up

nebezial’s morning warm-up looks a lot better than ours (awkwardly attempting to do squats, in case you’re wondering). Be sure to check out the process video in the description.

Pluto In Color
by Ralph’s Camera

Pluto In Color

Pluto, which is a planet again, in case you’ve lost track, has been photographed in color for the first time by NASA spacecraft New Horizons. So the photo is a little small, and maybe slightly blurry, but it’s more about the achievement that it represents here. We hope to see more photos in the future.

Forum Feature

BlissClouds has a sweet tooth and wants to know what your favorite sweet is.  Share your sugary cravings here.

Robin Williams Tribute

Comedian Jamie Costa posted a compilation tribute video to Robin Williams, in which he does some pretty spot-on impersonations of his favorite Williams characters from films throughout the years.

Birthday Patrol

It’s SeizureDemon’s birthday! Help us wish him a very happy one.

Kimmel Shows ‘The Avengers’ Cast Fan Art

The cast of The Avengers stopped by The Jimmy Kimmel Show ahead of the film’s premiere last night in Hollywood, and Kimmel had a special treat waiting for them. During the interview, Kimmel showed cast members some fan art, much of which was taken right here from DeviantArt — Kimmel focused especially on pieces that featured Tony Stark and Bruce Banner together as a couple. Pieces from CABARETdelDIAVOLO, Turtletamer42, and ichigomarshmallow were featured on the show.

Writer Seeks Advice

Diggerman is looking for some writing advice. Can you help him out?

SpaceX Launch A Success, Mostly

SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket today in a mission that had two objectives: launch a supply vehicle en route to the International Space Station, and recover the stage one booster rocket. The first objective was completed successfully. The Dragon unit carrying food, equipment, and an espresso machine is well on its way. The second part, which was a crucial test for SpaceX’s technology, fell just inches short of completion. SpaceX wants its booster rockets to be reusable; traditional booster rockets can be used only one time, making them prohibitively expensive. If SpaceX can successfully engineer a reusable booster, they can afford to do more launches more often, which they believe will eventually make interplanetary exploration missions economically viable. According to a tweet from Elon Musk, the booster rocket found its way to the robotically controlled floating landing pad — the ship is named Just Read The Instructions — and landed successfully, but tipped over after landing due to “excess lateral velocity.” Even though it wasn’t a total success, today’s launch is a step forward, and shows just how close SpaceX is to meeting its goal. See photos and video of the launch here.

Illustrating Westeros

lovelessdevotions posts a fantastic interview series called ‘Illustrating Westeros.’ The latest edition is up, and it features ProKriK.

Game of Thrones Breaks Records For Viewers

Despite being certified as the most pirated TV show of all time, and on top of that having four episodes leaked online ahead of schedule, Game of Thrones still managed to make headlines with an audience of about 7.9 million people catching the series premiere, plus another .7 million tuning in for the 11PM repeat. If you haven’t already, check out our recap of the series premiere, and let us know what you thought of the episode!

Fearless Fiber Arts

We’ve just discovered FearlessFibreArts and you should too! She spins her own yarn and then turns it into remarkable creations.

Netflix Will Make Its Content More Accessible

Original content on Netflix will soon be updated with audio description, a format that allows people with vision impairments to follow along with TV shows by describing actions, costumes, and settings via voiceover narration. Some critics aptly pointed out the irony of Daredevil, a show about a blind superhero, not being available in that format, and it appears Netflix was listening. All its original content, including Daredevil, will be updated to include audio description options in the coming weeks.

We’ve Got Your Back

Hunching over a desk or piece of artwork for periods of time isn’t nice to your back and xKoday is looking for some suggestions for stretches that may help with back pain. Share your tips and tricks here.

Cuba Removed From Terrorism Sponsor List

Out of context it sounds like kind of a no-brainer, but Barack Obama’s decision to remove Cuba from a US-kept list of states that sponsor terrorism was a historic one. This move comes in the wake of strategic moves by the Obama administration to defrost US-Cuban relations, which have been shaky at best since The Cold War. Last week Obama and Cuba’s President, Raul Castro, sat down together. It marked the first meeting between US and Cuban Presidents since 1958.

Forum Features

LumiereDarling wants to know about the best concert you’ve ever been to. Head over to the forums and share your stories.

‘Celebrity Deathmatch’ Will Return

If you ever tuned in to MTV in the late 90s or early 2000s, you might remember a certain show in which claymation celebrities stepped into a wrestling ring to settle their grudges. We’ll all have a chance to experience the magic of Celebrity Deathmatch once again as MTV2 has ordered a season of the series. According to a report from AV Club, the show will also take into account the real-life Twitter wars celebrities often get in to. The show’s creator, Eric Fogel, will be overseeing the new season. This ought to be good.

Project Porkchop Artist To Watch

Erika1991 is a digital artist with living in Indonesia. Check out her gallery here, and find out about more Project Porkchop artists here.

Cat Sledding

With a title like Cat Sledding, what more incentive could we possibly offer you to click on this? Seriously, if you do nothing else today, watch this video.

Today's Headlines From The News Desk 4–15–2015

Authors: techgnoticeawood 
Curator: Moonbeam13 

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Realm-of-Fantasy is helping promote this contest, though we are not hosting it.

This contest is being held by manic-goose
Full blog and details found here:…

I am holding my seventh annual coloring contest from the start of June until September first. This year is special because not only are there great prizes and several ways to win something, but I have six sets of lines available for people to color.  Special notes about the contest include the following:

The grand prize winner will get art supplies, enough points for a three month subscription, a dA T-shirt, art requests, features, llamas and more.

There is also a prize given out to a young artist winner, which is someone who is fifteen or younger.

Other prizes will go to a popular vote winner, and a first place winner for each line art.

To see a full list of prizes, click here: -->…

All entries will be judged based on a strict criteria, and at the end of the contest, all contestants can view their scores and get feedback on their entry.

Below are the lines for the contest, remember you can enter up to three times.

Little Red and Wolf by FalseDelusion Beauty and the Beast complex lines by WingedGenesis5 The Six Swans by shirua Cyber Works by manic-goose Butterfly Dragonfly by manic-goose Elegant by manic-goose

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Today's Inspiration

Today we would like you to dance like no one is watching.

Writing by ravenscar45

Writing Tips

In this piece, JosephBlakeParker shares his 5 tips for revolutionary writers. This is just one of many pieces of writing advice that he's shared, so be sure to check out his gallery for other topics that may be of interest to you. Thanks for being an awesome deviant, JosephBlakeParker!

The Robot Hotel

On Friday a new hotel will be opened to the public and it's unlike anything else you've seen. The 'staff' at Henn na Hotel include a dinosaur-shaped receptionist robot that speaks in English, and the one that speaks Japanese, shaped like a woman with blinking lashes. There's even a porter that’s an automated trolley taking luggage up to the room. Hideo Sawada, is the Japanese businessman behind this robot hotel and he insists that it's not a gimmick but a real attempt to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Once again, thank you Japan.

Best GoT Cosplay EVER! by IreneAdler76

Comic-Con Cosplay

If you didn't make it to San Diego Comic-Con this year, don't fret because IreneAdler has shared some great photos and some of her experiences in this journal. If you did happen to make it to Comic-Con and posted a recap of your own, share a link with us in the comments below.

Constantine by tycarey

Constantine Rumors

Constantine fans may have a reason to celebrate as rumors are circulating that the character may find a new home on the set of Arrow. Executive Producer Wendy Mericle, teased that she would love to have the character join the show and that there were some "political things to work out" but she is "really optimistic". What do you think of this news?

Feathered Dinosaurs by SharkeyTrike

Dino Bird

The largest known dinosaur with feathers and wing-like limbs has been discovered in China! Roughly four feet long and weighing around 44 pounds, the short wings and weight of the Zhenyuanlong suni means that it was likely unable to fly, yet its wings have the complex structure as well as the quilled feathers of modern birds. While Scientists puzzle over the purpose of these wings, you can check out the fossils yourself and share your thoughts and theories in the comments!

RobotQuest Girl Red by Nerd-Scribbles

Discover a New Deviant

These regular showcases by MicahJGunnell always result in us finding someone new to watch! Did you find a new deviant in this edition? Let us know in the comments.

Mohawk Storm by asamamoru

Apocalypse's Storm is Hair-Raising

Fans rejoice, Storm's mohawk will be making the big screen! New photos of the upcoming X-Men Apocalypse movie reveal an in-costume glimpse of Psylocke, a rather Power Rangers looking Apocalypse, and our new Storm, played by Alexandra Shipp. There is great excitement about this new casting and design, due to Halle Berry's previous performance as Storm, which many fans considered lackluster. Is there a particular X-Men character you would like to see reinvented for the movies?

Life After Disney:BeastsCastle by eledoremassis02

Life After Disney

eledoremassis02 created a project that involved him destroying iconic Disney landmarks through a series of photomanpulations. The project called Life After Disney was inspired by the History channel series "Life After People" and recently, Huffington Post covered it. Congrats!

Scream by Zombiesmile

The Science of Screams

Researchers at University of Austria have turned their attention to the human scream, and are uncovering what makes this vocalization so scary. They found that screams have qualities unlike any other human vocalization. In fact, the screams that were considered the scariest by study participants were found to be very similar in range and 'roughness' to the sounds used in car alarms! Read more about their studies into the science of screams here.

OP-DEC Postcard1 by KWilliamsPhoto

Get to Know a Deviant

@deviantspolight does exactly that — it aims to showcase deviants in our community through interviews and features. In this spotlight, we get to find out more about writer/photographer KWilliamsPhoto.

Draw a Snail by zenzmurfy

In the Forums

Using DeviantArt muro, draw a snail and post it in this forum.

Rescue mission by xbastex

Happy Birthday

xbastex's birthday is today! Join us in wishing him the best day.

Today's Headlines From The News Desk 7–16–2015

Authors: Moonbeam13damphyr

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Warning: selfcest
have to know: Demark1P is a vampire right now, thanks to a magic!anon

:bulletred: Denmark1p:

W-Wa.. Whaaat! B-b-But wouldn't that be wierd?! Uhh.. I'm really hungry.. BUT WAIT UHHH!?!

:bulletblack: Denmark2p:

I know you need it…. I don't want to die by hunger or something.
I love your clothes~<3

:bulletred: Denmark1p

Y-Y-you d-do smell nice.. Uh-hm.. WHATDOIDOOO!?! uuh! .. UUUUHHH!!

*hugs* Oh GOD!! This is too intense.. I can't do IIT!!

:bulletblack: Denmark2p:
*hugs back and whispers*</p>

*leans closer to neck*

:bulletred: Denmark1p:
Wait, W-What!? are you gonna-

Hnngh! E-ehh!

T-This Is.. Well.. I-I guess I should just get it over with?.. okay.. Here I go!

Gah! I really needed that, Thank you! wait- What is this?! I feel wierd! *poof*

This king is hungry! I shall go feast on the Innocent, and claim whats rightfully mine! My LEGO kingdom! Move over!

:bulletblack: Denmark2p:
You're so sexy now….

I want you to suck me more~

or you may fuck me too

:bulletred: Denmark1p:

Why are you just standing there?! BOW FOR YOUR KING. And kiss my boots while you're at it, they need cleaning.

:bulletblack: Denmark2p:

*kneels down to boots*

*kisses it*

*starts to lick it*

:bulletred: Denmark1p:

Do your job well, peasant.

:bulletblack: Denmark2p:

:bulletred: Denmark1p:

I uh.. uhm.. UUHHH..

:bulletblack: Denmark2p:

Call me anytime you need me for something.

:bulletred: Denmark1p:
Y-Yeah.. S-sure..

:bulletblack: Denmark2p:
*stands up and pats his twin's shoulder*

Thanks for reading~
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Little Felicia 2015 by Thiefoworld

Today's Inspiration

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. - Francis of Assisi

Lost Voices

Darius Simpson and Scout Bostley are both students and poets at Eastern Michigan University. This is their joint spoken word performance they delivered during a poetry slam invitational and it's unbelievably powerful. The message? There is a thin line between supporting someone and speaking for them.

Happy Birthday, Usagi! by Amai-Kawaii

Happy Birthday, Sailor Moon!

Today we celebrate the shared birthday of Usagi and Chibiusa! Thanks for always saving the world... even when you didn't want to. Grab some cake and settle in for a celebratory Sailor Moon marathon! Which is your preferred version of our beloved Sailor Senshi, the classic Sailor Moon or Sailor Moon Crystal?

Troll by ken-wong

How To Care For Trolls

This is an old post but it's just as relevant today as it was when it was first posted. Internet trolls are a rare and mystical beast and without the proper care and feeding can make your life miserable. Not to worry though because FantasyStock has put together this helpful guide to assist you.

Return to Daventry

If you're a child of the 80s and you love video games, chances are you've heard of King's Quest, the world's first animated adventure game. Whille the game had seven successful sequels, it came to an unfortunate end in 1998 when Sierra Games hit it's own trouble. Fast forward to today - Sierra Games is back and a new King's Quest will be it's first launch. The Odd Gentleman is developing the game and staying true to the hand-drawn feel of the original so much so, that they have printed out each scene and hand-painted it with watercolours. Whether you're nostalgic for the original or just discovering the game for the first time, we're almost certain this game has something for you.

I Am Chris Farley

This is our first look at the documentary about comedian Chris Farley, who passed away in 1997. We're sure there will be plenty of laughs and just as many tears.

Hand and Fingers Resource Tutorial by CGCookie

Being Resourceful

There is a treasure trove of resources to be found on DeviantArt but it can be overwhelming finding what you want and then figuring out how to use it. Cue this helpful tutorial by managoddess to lead you in the right direction.

The Yeti Crab is Real

In 2005, the first Yeti crab was discovered, deep in the South Pacific Ocean. Now a new species of Yeti crab has been discovered and it's the first to be found in the extremely cold waters of Antartica. They live near hydrothermal vents in the ocean floor where hot water gushes into the cold water of the ocean. They get their name from the bacteria that lives on their body which gives them a fur like appearance proving that the bottom of the ocean is a weird and wonderful place.

Seyutana Castle by mythrilgolem1

Discover a New Artist

It's time to discover a new artist on DeviantArt! here are 5 that deserve your attention. Have you found someone new today? Let us know in the comments below.

UFO Sighting?

Last night there was a huge flash of light that lit up a giant area of the lower Eastern states, about 12 to be exact. So what was this phenomena? It wasn't aliens, meteors or Superman but rather space trash, returning to where it came from.

Debates. by ArtisticWarrior0

Debate It

CRLiterature has sparked a new debate! Critique vs Critism - What is the right balance of positive and negative when critiquing? Do you really need both? Join the discussion.

Journal CSS Creator by Darqx

Journal CSS Creator

Have you wanted to create your own journal CSS but have no idea what CSS stands for nevermind how to code it? Well lucky for you, Darqx has created the Journal CSS Creator. You simply choose a template, plug in the requested info, click the button and like magic, you have the CSS ready to be copy and pasted. It's also free to use because Darqx is awesome like that.

Dogs Vs Cats by TheMunchbot

Cats or Dogs?

Splatoon is having a 4th of July team compeition to decide once and for all which is better: Cats or dogs. Pick your team, kids and squids, and fight for the glory and honor of your favorite furry friend! Get ready, the battle begins July 4th at 12:00 AM PT.

One Summer's Day by arefin03

In the Forums

For some of us it's summer! What are you looking forward to this summer? Share here.

Bupkis Bunny by FontesMakua

Happy Birthday

Join us in celebrating FontesMakua today! Be sure to visit his excellent gallery while you're over there.

Today's Headlines From The News Desk 6–30–2015

Authors: Moonbeam13damphyr

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Maintenance Advisory

Deviants be advised, the site will be under maintanence this evening from 11:00 PM Pacific to 11:30. During that time you’ll be unable to submit new deviations, comment, or favorite. You can still browse and search to your heart’s content, however. Get more information here.

Five Nights at Freddy's Movie Is Happening

Soon you’ll be able to experience the struggle to escape the clutches of a terrifying, murderous animatronic band on the big screen, because the film rights to the notoriously weird and wonderful video game Five Nights At Freddy’s have been picked up by Warner Bros. and already has several producers attached. We’re very excited to see how this goes.

Fractal Feature

Sabine62 put together a feature of fractal art and it's gorgeous!

Save Twin Peaks

The Twin Peaks cast has posted a video pleading for the return of David Lynch. Lynch announced earlier this week that he wouldn’t be directing the new episodes of Twin Peaks after failing to reach an agreement with the network. #SaveTwinPeaks

Coin of Confidence

Everyone needs a pick me up sometimes and Hidden-Winter has had a brilliant idea! It's called the #coinofconfidence; check out the project details here.

‘The Odyssey’ Movie

A new film adaptation of The Odyssey — you know, that extraordinarily long poem about ships and bags of wind and sorceresses you had to read in school at some point — is getting a silver screen adaptation. Per a report from Deadline, the project is being directed by Francis Lawrence and written by Peter Craig, both of whom worked on some of The Hunger Games films. This famous story has been adapted for screens large and small in a number of ways over the years, and yet no project stands out as the definitive on-screen version of the tale. The Coen Brothers’ O Brother Where Art Thou was inspired by The Odyssey (and is a very good film), but is different enough from its source material that it doesn’t quite count as an adaptation. Time will tell if this project manages to do the story justice.

Hats Off!

eltonpot and Air-City just found out their work will be included in an upcoming Capcom Fighting Tribute Book! Go congratulate them.

Enyalioides Altotambo "Woodlizard"
by Luis A. Coloma Photo

3 Species of Dragons Discovered...

...and by dragons we mean woodlizards! The Washington Post reported that three large species of lizards have been discovered in South America. All three are breeds of woodlizards, which is a mysterious kind of forest-dwelling lizard about which very little is known. To date, 15 species of woodlizards have been discovered, up from just 7 a few years ago.

Writing Foils

This helpful post by JosephBlakeParker explains what a foil character is and how to utilize one in your story.

Flight Rising

Flight Rising is open for registration for 24 hours today. The lead artist is neondragon from DeviantArt! Also, rumor has it that our very own damphyr has access to some goodies if you contact her there (Hint: her account name there is also damphyr)

Better Know A Deviant

EpicArtManiac just joined this week from the Czech Republic and her gallery has us thinking she's someone worth watching!

by Paul DeSomma and Marsha Blaker

Wave Sculptures

Are you mesmerized by these wave sculptures? We certainly are. Paul DeSomma and Marsha Blaker, the artists behind them, are husband and wife. Together, they have created these incredibly lifelike sculptures that almost perfectly capture the look of a crashing wave in the sea.

Forum Feature

British-Prophetess wants to know what the highlight of your day has been so far. Share yours here.

Deus Ex Trailer

Square Enix released the trailer for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided today. As you might expect, it looks quite good, but be advised, it comes with a graphic content warning.

Birthday Patrol

Happy birthday to Kmadden2004! We hope it’s a pleasant day!

HBO Now Is Here

Just in time for Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley, HBO Now, the Apple-exclusive standalone streaming service from HBO was released today. The service costs $14.99 a month, but is currently offering a 30-day trial program to new subscribers. You can go get signed up today, but fair warning that if you do, you’ll have to make up a new excuse for the fact that it’s 2015 and you still haven’t seen The Wire.

Photograph Your Hometown

evangeline40003 is calling for photographers on DA to take one photo of their city or hometown and submit it to this community project — photographers represent!

Sesame Street Meets Game of Thrones

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Today's Headlines From The News Desk 4–8–2015

Authors: techgnoticeawood 
Curator: Moonbeam13 

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Warner Brothers Versus Warner Brothers

Wed Mar 18, 2015, 11:29 AM
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Much has been written over the last few years about Warner Brothers’ rivalry with Disney over the directions each has taken with their superhero franchises.

Disney owns Marvel Comics and Warner Brothers owns DC Comics.

After many years of autonomy, Warner Brothers has just moved DC Comics, their New York publishing powerhouse, to be more under its wing at its Burbank headquarters in Los Angeles. The first signs that the Burbank Warner offices are starting exert control over the DC is the change of policy over its recently relaunched “Nu52 Universe.” While considered a failure on one level, the fact remains that their big push on Nu 52 made the general audience for comics grow in the same time period. In the cards for the next few years is a greater diversity of titles led by creators not from the ranks of DC’s core editorial team. Dustin Nguyen’s “Lil’ Gotham” series was one of the first titles to benefit from this more hands-off approach, followed by “Gotham Academy,” “Gotham By Midnight,” “Harley Quinn,” “Batgirl” and now “Black Canary” is going to get her own book.

Each of the titles will rise and fall on its own merits and so far the risk seems to be paying off as the audience is embracing this new approach.

Of course Warner Brothers has other plans

Rising sales and reader interest in titles is all well and good, but what it wants is fresh takes on these characters. Takes that might lend themselves better to TV and film development. And there we have the real story. The same character can be developed in two completely different ways for two different audiences with two different takes on the character, one for television and the other for film, creating two separate revenue and merchandising streams.

It has been in the area of TV that Warner Brothers has had far more success than Disney’s Marvel. While Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” suffers from being the inferior offspring of its film franchise, Warner chooses to keep its franchises separate between film and television versions and has been reaping the benefits of both. Warner has also historically had better success with DC Comic characters in animation than Marvel, with many going so far as to call for Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, producers of the classic batman animated adventures show, to run publishing and film for DC.

While Kevin Tsujihara runs Warner Brothers as a whole, the film and television divisions are run separately. Peter Roth is head of Warner Brothers Television Group, while Greg Silverman runs the film division.

Most giant corporations that own several companies and divisions have working environments not too dissimilar to the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. We won’t hazard a guess as to which one is the House of Stark and which is the House of Lannister, but you can bet the boardrooms in Los Angeles, could give the Red Wedding a run for its money.

Both divisions are very aggressive

The Television group under Roth has several shows on air and more to follow. Currently on air are “The Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Constantine” and “Gotham,” all following “Smallville’s” amazing ten-season run. “Supergirl,” “I-Zombie” and a spin-off of the Arrow and Flash shows is a Justice League series featuring characters that have already been introduced and will still appear in the regular shows. “Black Canary,” “the Atom” and “Firestorm (the Nuclear Man)” are up next. Talks are ongoing about a “Teen Titans” show to join this impressive list.

Down the hall, Greg Silverman is overseeing an equally aggressive launch of feature films starting with the eagerly anticipated “Batman Versus Superman” movie that we know will be the introduction of the Justice League. Aquaman and Wonder Woman will make appearances while also getting their own stand-alone features. Over the next five years there will be at least ten movies set in the film version of the DC Universe. Not all of them will connect, like the Rock’s appearance in “Shazam,” but those that do will tie into and build out a universe that can go head-to-head with Disney/Marvel’s universe.

It seems that Silverman has a little more pull than Roth as he gets the big toys to play with (Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman), but we’re sure that those characters will make their television debuts once “Batman Versus Superman” has been released.

We can be certain that both groups are pulling on the publishing company to have their versions of the characters in the pages of the comics. DC Comics already publishes comic versions of the Arrow and Flash television series as well as continuing the adventures of Smallville and the 1960s Batman show that starred Adam West and Burt Ward. The film versions of characters for sometime have been influencing the editorial content of the main titles at DC.

We think the real battle to watch will be the one that tries to stop DC Comics from being a research and development department creating new ideas and concepts for Warner Brothers, to simply being a part of a production line for publishing film adaptations and television tie-ins.

Your Thoughts

  1. As a fan of a superhero, do you look forward with equal interest to the character’s separate iterations as a television and a film series, or do you have a preference between film and TV?
  2. Would you prefer that comics characters just stayed in comics?
  3. What’s the most disappointed you’ve ever been in the actual premiere of a highly advertised and greatly hyped film or television series based on one of your favorite Marvel or DC characters? And what has been your happiest “over-the-moon” experience?

Much has been written about over the last few years about Warner Brothers rivalry with Disney over the directions each has taken with their superhero franchises. Disney owns Marvel Comics and Warner Brothers owns DC Comics.

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Designer: seoul-child

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So after consulting with a few of my friends and random ponies on Pony squared. My OC's shall now be known as Desert Winds.

It will work out well for what I got plan for him and the other oc's I've created. More on that later.

Until next time, Peace.
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Sorry everypony for the long wait.

This chapter turn out to be much longer then I had anticipated. Plus it getting near final and I have senior projects and paper due soon. I hoping to get the next Chapter out soon, just has to go through the final edit phases.

Thanks for sticking around.
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