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"Time is the last remaining taboo" - Setsuna Meioh


A curious vein, but for those a little taken aback by this perhaps odd journal - and not by the perhaps familiar lady above - then let me afford you some insight. Some years ago, back in 2006, the most distant planet of the solar system, Pluto, was relegated to the status of a "dwarf planet" when then current astronomical discourse sought a reclassification of its stellar profile; indeed, the latest twist in the story of the enigmatic world since its discovery in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh. 

The distant world, in the intervening years of the 20th century, becoming a fixture of the popular imagination, and particularly popularized by a certain breakthrough manga franchise of the 90's, was subject to a seemingly final discussion when astronomers in 2006 down graded the world to a "dwarf planetoid", and elevated other such minor celestial bodies like "Eris" and "Ceres". The latter two becoming something of a hot topic for the next decade as the new kids on the sol block, it would have seemed that Pluto's story was over and told. Until now, as it would seem that a growing body of new consensus would happily reclassify Pluto as a planet. 

Of course, a principally scientific discourse, it remains that Pluto's loss and then subsequent reclassification as a planet did prompt a very particular response from a certain online community of anime fandom: and indeed, I am speaking of Sailor Moon - which incidentally is undergoing a years long process of renewal, given the new series/reboot starting in the summer of 2014 Well Met by Moonlight? (Part One) Well Met by Moonlight? (Part Two) Well Met by Moonlight? (Part Three). The downgrading of Pluto causing something of a stir - and thankfully some good natured humor too - I imagine that some within the still salient community will be somewhat pleased that Pluto has been restored as am I, and indeed, perhaps justifying the gentle smile of a certain Ms. Meioh - the same Setsuna who's alter-ego is none other than the Guardian of Time herself, Sailor Pluto.

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"Pluto! Planet..


Sailor Pluto - SM Crystal Season 3 by xuweisen

"...Power".


Perhaps a small and somewhat tangential stir, I can't deny that it does bring a smile to see Pluto restored to its former status, and indeed more so if it restores the acknowledged history and dignity of such an elegant, enigmatic and indeed intriguing heroine as Setsuna Meioh, and her cosmic, time bending exploits as Sailor Pluto too. 
More so, it does help too that Pluto - second to Mercury - was my favoured senshi of the group, and never failed to fascinate; indeed, all the more so in her latter iteration of Sailor Moon Crystal where Setsuna is more evenly crafted and realized in the living world, as opposed to the more distant, and coldly nebulous, reaches of the Gates of Time. So, in turn, good to have Pluto back as a planet in both the scientific community and the popular imagination too. Then again, despite time travel being a taboo, Setsuna probably already knew of what was to come, prescient as she is...

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To run off, given this somewhat timely journal on Pluto and the franchise it most readily pertains to here, it's a curious thing to ponder what a "Sailor Eris" would be like - and perhaps more so, given that there is actually a Sailor Ceres, though that is another story in itself. Perhaps fans or the imaginative may wish to share their thoughts on such a subject, if they would like?

MP.
Mistress Yuuki Hyde by Mercury-Pentacle

Mistress Yuuki Hyde

in Madam Jekyll's Parlor



The Answers Must be written in your OC’s Point of View

Yuuki: Of course. Who else would they be here?

Your OC cannot lie.

Yuuki: Oh? Well, and I thought you enjoyed quaint puzzles. Still, I will try as I can.

Your Journal Entry should be "Super OC Interview"

Yuuki: Super indeed.

Tag as many people as you want.

Yuuki: I think Mercury probably has a few new names in the bag.

Have fun!

Yuuki: I intend to. And if others see fit to coming along, then all the merrier...


:iconmercury-pentacle: Recently, I did get this fascinating meme from my good friend :iconsephzero:, along with :iconchwen-hoou:, who suggested, from their own rich affinity with the tale of Jessica Jekyll and her alter-ego in Yuuki Hyde, that the jade eyed Ms. Hyde may be a interesting candidate for such an interview. Thus, after a while, here we are.

Yuuki: Ah, I know well... let's hope our dance stirs some color for our friends.


1.- Hello, and welcome to 20 Questions with Fourth Wall Magazine!
What is your real name and nickname?

Yuuki: My name? My name is Yuuki Hyde. I have the pleasure of being addressed as Mistress and have both right and liberty about madam Jekyll's house and other such... friendly conceits. I may have a few other little epithets and names here and there, though not so unique as to share here.

2.- Very Nice to meet you, what is your current age?

Yuuki: It's a pleasure, though, you must be aware that it's unbecoming to ask a lady her age... and indeed, do I betray any hidden age to you, my friend? I would hope not.

3.- What is your alignment in the great never-ending battle of good and evil?

Yuuki: (Smiles coldly) Ah, that old one. Hmm.. things can be so relative sometimes, and if I may so say, sometimes a holistic appreciation is needed of life's mysteries, before one may begin to understand even further. Anything less can be... such a corseted affair. Let's say...

4.- What is the origin of your powers?

Yuuki: Oh... hmm... I imagine an inherent artistry, a certain flourish of imagination; indeed, a very singular nature which I can attest i have learned to let come into its own now that... well... now that life has allowed for such things. And others have, even hesitantly, learned to appreciate that.

5.- Fascinating! Now, superpowers and such aside, what do you feel is your greatest strength as a character?

Yuuki: My imagination... my energy... my... my insights, which I know some appreciate and some frown upon, such is the way of things. Indeed, I have no time or liking for sullen or deaf reasoning when it comes to such possibilities.

6.- Here's what may be a bizarre question: What kind of Universe do you exist in? Is it serious? Comical? Sexy? Noir? Horror? 

Yuuki: Ah, how odd. I exist in the universe as it is. Seemingly so constrained, and encumbered and sullen, but not always, I may say. 

7.- A lot of super-people have certain recurring elements of tragedy in their background. The readers would like to know if you do as well. For instance, are your parents still alive and/or did you come from a destroyed planet? Stuff like that.

Yuuki: Hmm... tragedy is quite an odd creature, my friend. Of such pains, I have little to speak. My parents were... as they were, but are no longer around, given illness and age. Still... there are sometimes greater haunts and trials to be had within oneself than there is without. Just a point to say.

8.- Who made your costume?

Yuuki: Ah, this? My jade ensemble was created by a fine shop of London tailors with the finest fabric. Indeed, green is very much my color - something I am reminded of when i behold a mirror.

9.- Do you have siblings?

Yuuki: Ah, no, I do not.

10.- What is your biggest fear/ worst nightmare?

Yuuki: Hmm... fear is a curious and cunning thing, friend. But, as for the more mundane part,  I hate to be... shall we say... diluted, denied and to have ones nature so... effaced by others, and the world. Stretched out and taunt, i could say. 

11.- Are you a solo act, or part of a team?

Yuuki: I may have associates or companions in my endeavors, my friend. But, I am principally alone. Still, i do have a good friend in Madam Jekyll... stiff, awkward but still a fine young lady, I will say.

12.- Who is your worst enemy and why?

Yuuki: Ah, that would be those who through their own ignorance, stupidity or nonsense impede me. I have few worse than that, perhaps.

13.- Huh, okay. interesting. Then, who is your best friend?

Yuuki: Ah, as I have said, my special friend of late in the good madam Jessica Jekyll. A most fine and respectable heiress of such an estate. And how so too, as we see in all her doings, don't we.

14.- Confession time; Who is your lover?

Yuuki: Love is a fickle thing, my friend. Presently, there are none to my knowledge who meet that match.

15.- Existential question: What would you do if you could ever meet your creator?

Yuuki: Oh, a curious question. I am not quite sure what you mean, but I am sure it would be a compelling experience.

16.- What is your lifelong dream? 

Yuuki: Hmm... to be... more forthright and embody the truths that I see as self evident.

17.- What would you do if your dream came true?

Yuuki: I think it would be a cause of the most rich and lasting celebration.

18.- As a character, do you have any personal demons or overarching regrets that haunt you?

Yuuki: Ah... I regret that... that well, that Jessica didn't heed or take heart in her work earlier and to a far greater conviction. indeed, it's a curious story but it was through her recent work that she and I met... in a way. Indeed, such people one may meet, besides oneself, in odd times.

19.-  What does your "secret identity" do for work?

Yuuki: I am not sure what you may mean, but I have no need for employment, as I may speak of. I may accept favor or recognition and take credit that is rightfully mine, though not much beyond that is necessary. 

20.- Last question, and it's a DOOZY for a super: What is the WEIRDEST thing that has happened to you?

Yuuki: Ah! The weirdest... well... I recall that lovely encounter when myself and Madam became such good... friends. Indeed, it was a wild night and wilder still. And I... I was decidedly worse for wear when I came around to understand, but soon was a picture of eager happiness and curious spirit. Though, i confess, I was a little more poorly clad then... indeed, despite those ill fittings, my meeting was a fair one, and with so much to understand of things too.

Done! Now tag some people!
Make it extra fun and suggest specific OCs of theirs that you want to know more about!
HAVE FUN!

It's time to t-t-t-t tag!

:iconamateurunleaded: - Maggie

:iconsephzero: - Ryder Collins

:iconnathan123qwe: - Victoria Grant

:iconalex-asakura: - Sunny (Sailor Mask)


Madam Jessica Jekyll by Mercury-Pentacle

Madam Jessica Jekyll of London



The Answers Must be written in your OC’s Point of View

Jessica: Ah, very well, and quite to the point too.

Your OC cannot lie.

Jessica: Ah, i have no intention of lying, though one must honor good bearing and taste when you must.

Your Journal Entry should be "Super OC Interview"

Jessica: Well, that sounds super.

Tag as many people as you want.

Jessica: Hmm... I am sure Mercury will have a few notables in mind.

Have fun!

Jessica: Let's hope we do indeed.


:iconmercury-pentacle: - Recently, I did get this fascinating meme from my good friend Sephzero, and who suggested Jessica Jekyll, from his own rich affinity with her tale and her alter-ego in Ms. Yuuki Hyde. Thinking that the good lady may be an interesting candidate for such an interview. Thus, after a while, here we are.

Jessica: Well, let's hope that I can shed some light on your questions, if they are suitably forthcoming. 


1.- Hello, and welcome to 20 Questions with Fourth Wall Magazine!
What is your real name and nickname?

Jessica: My name is Jessica Jekyll and inheritor of my late father's estate in London. I have known intimates to call me Jess or, seldom, Jessy. 

2.- Very Nice to meet you, what is your current age?

Jessica: In my circles it's impolite to impute a lady's age, and unbecoming of polite company. But I will say that I am in my late 20's.

3.- What is your alignment in the great never-ending battle of good and evil?

Jessica: Oh, that's rather metaphysical for high tea, but yes... it's something I have been challenged to dwell on, in recent times... Hmm, I would definitely say good, with the best aspirations.

4.- What is the origin of your powers?

Jessica: My powers? I do seem to have an affinity for obscure and often esoteric research which others may find... unbecoming of respectable minds. i like to believe I gather insights and reflect on their singular potential, beyond convention.

5.- Fascinating! Now, superpowers and such aside, what do you feel is your greatest strength as a character?

Jessica: Ah... well... hmm, i would like to think it is indeed my convictions, my aspirations and my desire for new insights in my career and recent... discoveries, let's say.

6.- Here's what may be a bizarre question: What kind of Universe do you exist in? Is it serious? Comical? Sexy? Noir? Horror? 

Jessica: Ah, hmm... I exist in the universe as it is... but if you feel my background imputes something, then I would think it a world that rolls with potential, albeit one that grows towards probity and respectability in our higher aspirations.

7.- A lot of super-people have certain recurring elements of tragedy in their background. The readers would like to know if you do as well. For instance, are your parents still alive and/or did you come from a destroyed planet? Stuff like that.

Jessica: Ah, that's pointed... Hmm... tragic? Perhaps not tragic, but elegiac, maybe. I inherited my late father's estate recently - my mother having passed from illness some years ago, when i was in school. I have indeed long pondered - maybe too often - the duality of feeling and life; of nature and energies so entwined but less often understood or desired. It is a fascination, if nothing else, which has guided my hand on more than one occasion...

8.- Who made your costume?

Jessica: My costume? Well... I dress well and fittingly, but if you suggest my attire here, then that is a custom suit for my more daily or frequent work in my lab or same such research.

9.- Do you have siblings?

Jessica: I have cousins, but no immediate siblings.

10.- What is your biggest fear/ worst nightmare?

Jessica: Ah... hmm... in all, i cannot say... there are many things that may confound or transfix me... but I can't especially point to one , just now.

11.- Are you a solo act, or part of a team?

Jessica: A curious question... What do you define as a solo act or team? I... I have the pleasure of making a new friend, who has liberty about my house, of late... Quite the exotic beauty, all clad in jade, but... helpful in my research... if that's what you may wish to know...

12.- Who is your worst enemy and why?

Jessica: Hmm... I can't say that I have a worst enemy... but I have encountered ignorance, backwardness and lack of understanding or willingness to understand.

13.- Huh, okay. interesting. Then, who is your best friend?

Jessica: Ah, my... well... I have many good friends... many indeed, about town and across the country... but I have a special friend in the young lady I spoke of just last last - Ms. Yuuki Hyde. She is very... singular... and remarkable in her opinions which I have found compelling - sometimes sharp, but remarkable...

14.- Confession time; Who is your lover?

Jessica: Ah, sir... you are much too forward for high tea... but no - I have no significant other - lover, that is.

15.- Existential question: What would you do if you could ever meet your creator?

Jessica: Hmm... I am not sure of who you mean, but it would be a curious question indeed.

16.- What is your lifelong dream? 

Jessica: To better understand the mysteries of life and of the nature of this human condition of ours.

17.- What would you do if your dream came true?

Jessica: I would endeavor to know more, and where perhaps such insights would lead. Such insights are... would be, extraordinary.

18.- As a character, do you have any personal demons or overarching regrets that haunt you?

Jessica: Hmm... at the moment, no - I regret at not having the confidence to pursue some of my more radical notions when i was a little younger, though I muse that such insights are better secreted in latter years.

19.-  What does your "secret identity" do for work?

Jessica: Secret identity? I... am not sure what you mean... My identity is not secret, but if you speak of my work and research, I have been known to be somewhat furtive and reticent on some of the richer, more exotic reaches of it... and of late.

20.- Last question, and it's a DOOZY for a super: What is the WEIRDEST thing that has happened to you?

Jessica: The weirdest? Well... it happened one wet London night when I was working in my study. I had happened upon a remarkable potential in which a certain formula combined with a particular salt could create a shining, golden elixir of transcendental potential... that... that... was a shocking, but... but beautiful and such a extraordinary thing... that night... Indeed, it changed everything... somewhat...

Done! Now tag some people!
Make it extra fun and suggest specific OCs of theirs that you want to know more about!
HAVE FUN!

It's time to t-t-t-t tag!

:iconsephzero: - Sigrun, the Dragon Slayer
:iconstrangerataru: - Quinn Daniels
:iconmostlyfunstuff: - Jasmine
:iconchwen-hoou: - Dr. Helen Jekyll of Cavendish Labs.
:iconjollyjack: - Sierra, the Werewolf
:iconjojohyde: - Dr. Ruth Heyward ;).
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Hello there,

My friends, watchers and companions, my thanks in the very first for all the warm wishes, regards and so many embraces since the 25th - indeed, I am very grateful and certainly would wish to kindly acknowledge the good many who stopped by to wish a nice birthday, as indeed it was, along with their tokens and gifts, as well. The day itself was a sedate, but pleasant one, where I am, and never without a certain gentle, but rich levity from both family and friends - and especially here, i can say. Truly, i am thankful for all your kindly wishes and would wish to thank you in turn, given my now long presence here, and pleasure in seeing so many taken and compelled by the stories, characters, narratives and ideas that I have proposed, near and far, as it has indeed been.

In all, it was a good day and all the more so for your colorful receptions and words, I can truly attest to, after the fact. Now, turning to a year ahead, I hope for many things and indeed that you and yours may also share in whatever prosperity or good fortune the year ahead yet has in store for us all. After the day, you all have my gratitude and certainly the very best to you all, as can be.

Now, as some may recall from my earlier status update, I cast some allusions to a certain work of some recent years in which myself and a certain :iconamateurunleaded: realized an idea, born of the recent Resident Evil universe, in which - Jill Valentine having vacated the battle suit and cold power of the P-30 formula, which turned her into an icy, blonde, super soldier - a certain machiavellian villain entertains a second, prospective candidate for such powers; and indeed, not looking too far in a quaint, if otherwise mundane subject of one Cassie Austin...

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Coming in eight parts, it's my pleasure, along with the artist, to debut RE: The Second Candidate over the comings weeks. Indeed, it's our hope that you may enjoy our tale of Resident Evil...

Thanks again,

MP.


Hello there,

In the first, I must sincerely apologize for the long and protracted lack of journals here. Indeed, it has been much of a year, and that has been due to a myriad of issues and other distractions which have kept me from mulling over topics of interest to bring here. Still, my apologies again, I hope to be more punctual and compelling with my journals here, in time. More so, my return to writing here is doubly compounded as it would seem that we have not only one, but two new movies coming this year with large followings on dA - Venom in October, and the new Predator midquel in September before hand too. Thinking of the former, and the rich potential that has been discussed, many here - including myself - have long appreciated the fandom of She-symbiotes, and the eclectic scope of characters, stories and concepts which sprung from Anne Weying (Eddie Brock's ex-wife) becoming the first She-Venom.

Indeed, no longer as niche and obscure a subject either in the mainstream - given the testament of Gwenom, Gwenpool/Venom, the Carnage Queen and the recent Ultimate Spider Woman - the subject has only grown in strength and color over the last decade, on dA. Thus, reflecting on this great success and the potential of the new Venom movie, I would like to proffer a few notable or remarkable symbiotic ladies of the dA community and their respective predicaments that leave them more than what they were, and a little besides themselves... in more ways than one.


Natasha Xander - XenoGirl


A character originally inspired, but now original and independent with :iconeldlynch-tristan:. Natasha Xander was once just an ordinary fan of horror and fearful stories, though an encounter with an alien symbiotic life form brought her to a new, incredible calling. The entity bonding, it granted her a symbiotic suit of winged, bio-mechanical armor - with a nature and essence of its own. Struggling to reconcile the dark, latent desires it draws in her with her new calling, Natasha's life as XenoGirl is not without heroic challenges.

Commission - Xenogirl by GunShad Xenogirl by GeckzGo Commission: Xenogirl by Blunt-Katana


Anna Brusilov - Artikos


A character I had a personal hand in creating, in concert with the creative and quite eclectic Russian user :iconnathan123qwe: and who I have seen go from strength to strength. Anna Brusilov, a young woman of Russian extraction, is part of a team sent to investigate a crystalline mineral which washes up upon the cold shores of Finland, on the Baltic sea. Later, and suddenly, the mineral yields a strange organic substance which abruptly bonds with Anna; she realizing the transformation with the symbiotic entity, though finding that this evokes powerful and often cold desires as she and it become Artikos. Given it's cold beginnings, Artikos benefits from extreme resistance to cold and pressure, beyond that of their symbiotic brethren and which she uses to her powerful advantage.

Artikos(Anna)  Face Reveal by Nathan123qwe Their Cold Colors: The Symbiote Artikos by Nathan123qwe Symbiotic Hazard by Nathan123qwe


Bay Sanchez - Bio-Alien


A creation of :iconazure-arts:, Bay Sanchez, despite a history of social challenges and family difficulties, aspired to better and brighter things, while never forgetting the travails of her life. And yet, in a strange turn, she encounters an alien bio-mass which bonds with her. Unified and empowered, Bay gravitates strongly towards a heroic ideal as Bio-Alien, though is wary of those forces that may as yet desire the symbiote's powers.

Bio-Alien Bay by Azure-Arts Bay/Bio Alien by Azure-ArtsUHO Encounter... by Azure-Arts


Honorable Mentions


Massacre - 


A creation of fandom, a therapist of Cletus Kassidy bonds with a spawn of Carnage to become a violent, maniacal and impulsive villain named Massacre.

Massacre by DreamingRed


Violet - Nocturne - 


A young woman named Violet bonds with a batlike symbiote to become a winged, night hunting superhero named Nocturne.

Nocturne by GeckzGo

Maeve - 


A young woman bonds with a powerful alien creature to become a potent symbiote - wary of its power at first, though appreciating what it may bring to her life.

Maeve - Profile by Skwang

MP.
Sienna by ComiPa

Crimson Beyond Glass - Ms. Sienna Hyde reclines for a time during some opulent, midnight soiree : the motif of her dress singing well amid the crimson petals and moonlight.


Hello there,

As many will feel a tinge of deja vu in seeing this so soon after my more recent updates - indeed, the nearly year long gap in journals since early 2017 - I hope indeed to be more timely and traditional in my journals from here on out, as can be. But, more so, and a little later than I wished for, but we now have the ninth anniversary of my series "Crimson Beyond Glass" - the ongoing misadventures and exploits of Dr. Henia Louise Jekyll and her red headed alter-ego in Ms. Sienna Hyde. Though I must attest that this year has been less than fruitful with a surge of distractions, taxes on time and other less than savory issues which have dogged us, I do indeed hope that the forthcoming 2018 is far more productive and compelling, and will hopefully avail us of more energy, as well. Still, in celebration of CBG's ninth year and further expansion of their world and exploits, there follows some recent works, as found in my favorites gallery, which will be followed by some personal works too, as we shall see.

Guest 31 (da Approved) - Copy (4) - Copy - Copy 3 by Mercury-Pentacle

As previously seen, the elegant, urbane and beautiful Ms. Sienna Hyde reclining by moonlight at an evening's party - though it would seem that some other seeks her company... A brilliant and neigh on perfect request that was graciously fulfilled by the talented, masterful :iconcomipa: during a stream.

Sienna by ComiPa

It must be said that 2017 - among many things - has been the year of good friendships too, and as we see in a very fitting cross over between two very unique ladies. The Hermit - feral, mute alter-ego of the cosmopolitan Victoria Grant - and Ms. Sienna Hyde, the other of Dr. Henia Jekyll, seem agreed on this intimate, capricious encounter as both take to a mutual interest in their proportions. The Hermit intrigued by Sienna's small, dexterous shapes, while Sienna can't help but ponder the big, rugged sizes Hermit so sports...

A request realized by my good friend :iconnathan123qwe: through the talents of one of his artist peers.


A Soleful Encounter: The Hermit and Ms. Hyde by Nathan123qwe

As many will know, the red headed Sienna is known for cutting a sharp, refined and cosmopolitan figure in her style. This fact is clear as we consider a rich, and quite vivid take on Sienna's classic cosmo style, brought to us by my gracious friend in :iconsephzero: through the talents of the artist :iconzipskyblue: - a somewhat more rugged, and less tethered look for Sienna as she goes about her desires...

Birthday Gift - Sienna Hyde - Zipskyblue by Sephzero

My thanks again, as can be, to all my watchers, supporters, peers and friends in this as "Crimson Beyond Glass" nears a decade on dA - and indeed, hopefully beyond too. And more so, for your continuing interest and support in all my projects - both classic and yet to come, as can be. Indeed, thought 2017 has been trying and somewhat sparing in its fruits, let's yearn for a more meaningful year and times to come.

Thank you,

MP.
Hello there,

In the first, as I am sure many will remark, it has been such a long time since my last post to this journal; indeed, almost a year since the last, though my presence on dA hasn't truly waned and nor has my page been too quiet, as can be said. In all, I can wholly relate and do indeed appreciate the curiosity and seemingly odd nature of this relative absence, though I can assure readers that it has nothing to do with waning interest, and more associated with trials, issues and other distractions which have taken up too much of this year itself. Still, I will elaborate a little on these circumstances in future journals, though it's again my pleasure to celebrate Halloween with a proffering of classic tales, yarns and fables. In particular, I would like to introduce you to the work of the very accomplished and compelling writer M. R. James - an author who mingled classic with early modern horror in the pre-Lovecraftian era. These along, with other tales, I hope, will make for some dark dwelling and strange thoughts as Halloween night rolls on.


Count Magnus - M. R. James


Truly, not quite the Count many think or wish of on this night or the season past, but this tale of an English gentleman's journey to Sweden in the Victorian era doesn't bode well. The man happening upon strange histories, timorous rumors and haunting alchemy, he may yet discover the true nature of the long deceased Count Magnus of Robeck... 




Canon Alberic's Scrap Book - M. R. James


A visitor to an obscure French town happens upon a strange history, and the unnerving implications of an arcane book - the relic once belonging to a local cleric and since passing to his descendants, it's disparate pages recount a strange, ominous legacy and what may be found within. A peculiar tale to the visitor who may as yet discover the nature of its evocative power over dark things.




The Residence at Whitminster - M. R. James


Built in the 16th century, a very particular residence in the rural climes of England has garnered a strange, sinister reputation over the centuries as owner's have come and gone, and fearful rumors arise with dark forces seeming to linger around the ancient abode. Delerium, sorcery and spirits abiding close, the house's story unfolds in the telling.




The Eve of Ivan Kupala - Nikolai Gogol


Analogous to the western Halloween, the Slavic and Russian celebration of Ivan Kupala is considered a celebration mingling eastern Orthodox Christian traditions, with folklore and other time honored festivities. In some places, it's also believed that the occasion is one close to magic, the apportioning of fate and spirits too. Coming to us from the famed Russian writer Nikolai Gogol, his well known story of The Eve of Ivan Kupala" or "St. John's Eve" explores a strange anecdote in which an encounter with seemingly devilish forces marks a man's fate and leaves a village enchanted. This story is mentioned in honor of a close friend of mine of some years who happens to be Russian, and is indeed a member of our very own TF community too in the hard working :iconnathan123qwe:. A keen and good friend who has proven a robust and intelligent insight into his culture and history, as well.

The story can be read below the picture - "Night on the Eve of Ivan Kapula" by Henryk Siemiradzki".



ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/g/gogol…


An American Werewolf in London - John Landis


Perhaps a bit of a surprise to find here, in someways, this important and indeed even instrumental movie to some communities here on dA, was a legendary horror and transformation story; one of the quintessential Werewolf movies of the 1980's. But, what many may not know is that it has also been an audio story since 1997 and is now presented here for those wishing for another take on the fated David's life as an American werewolf in London.




With these stories presented, please do have a safe, chilling and indeed fantastical Halloween where you are, as you may mull over these shadowy tales.

Thanks,

Mercury-Pentacle.


Guest 31 (da Approved) - Copy (4) - Copy - Copy 3 by Mercury-Pentacle


Hello there,

Though a little later than usual, for the keener eyed among you, the present days finds again the annual celebration of the "Crimson Beyond Glass" series and its continuity too. Initially begun in 2008, the continuity finds the ongoing and sometimes peculiar exploits and (mis)adventures of one Dr. Henia Louise Jekyll and her shadowy, crimson haired alter-ego in Ms. Sienna Hyde. The latter now her "special assistant" in the former's continuing career, and ever growing dabbles in the widening world of the supernatural and occult - not to mention among those who already have long known such a life there.

More presently, and as something of an admission, though projects here and there have slowed a little in recent seasons - principally due to other factors and taxes on my time - they remain as they do, and certainly not without catching some attention given where and when such art or work pops up; and more, wither by my own intention or through others, as may be. And it's here that I would like to openly commend and applaud the work of such peers as :iconmostlyfunstuff: , :icongeviene81:, :iconamateurunleaded: , :iconsleepymei: , :iconkaiza-tg: , :iconnathan123qwe:, :iconmaskedwander:, :iconsephzero: and others who though not named have made an indelible and profound impression on my work in this community for the past decade.

In the first, I would like to thank those who - both old and new to the community - have invested such of their interest in my stories of Henia Jekyll, Sienna Hyde and their odd world, as it is: truly, you have made such endeavors - now close to a decade - an eclectic, colorful experience all the more so. In addition, to those who have followed in recent times, though who might have found activity more sparse, you all the more have my gratitude for your considerations, approval and support, as it has been for a time. Truly, the continuity would not be quite as it is without you all of the community and wider still.

Carrying onward, and in a break with convention - perhaps taking a little more from my peers - I intend for a more measured approach to the event by proffering a number of articles and points of interest for those here, though over a period of time as opposed to a more weighty burst of new material. Though not intended to protract things, I hope that this will prove more digestible and considered as we go along, over the proceeding days.

To get us started, and in suitable fashion, I have a classic transformation from the duo's early days of 2009 - a powerful, compelling and certainly dynamic transformation as Henia Jekyll becomes Sienna Hyde by the long standing talents of :iconepictits: in Indecorus Feeling: Henia to Sienna (2009).

Indecorus Feeling: Henia to Sienna (2009) by Mercury-Pentacle

A memorable work, it was one of the most remarkable - and ambitious - of the earlier projects, at the time, and an approach I fondly recall now.

Thank you all again and see you soon,

MP.


Hello there,

Many will be, perhaps, curious of the quote above, though I would wish that it stands in some stead a few thoughts I would like to share with those here - and which I believe necessary to consider as the consequences of last Tuesday's astonishing political result comes to pass. Please know that though a little of what I would like to share is somewhat sensitive - and perhaps unpalatable - I believe that it will perhaps compel some more constructive reflection on the remarkable events, just past.

In the first, I cannot deny that I was somewhat astonished by the results of the recent American presidential election result, as could be; indeed, it was a distinct - though all too often effaced - possibility, though the sweeping scale and final count remains to be considered. By many and with many a more somber face, as I have been seeing all around. Still, even as we digest - in many ways - this unprecedented and historical event, I think that what proceeds it - especially for the liberal aspect of American culture - is important to discuss, and particularly as regards the future and the direction of that institution, in American life.

The election having come to be what it is, and a Trump presidency taking shape thereafter, the election loss has stirred many profound and, indeed, understandable feelings of dejection, depression and cold astonishment among those who voted for the Democratic candidate. But, appreciable as these may be given the scale of American presidential politics, what has followed in the vicious recriminations, accusations, exclamations and other outrages has given me pause for thought - and a chance to reflect upon how not only is this unbecoming, but also untenable for the future of liberalism in the United States.

I cannot deny that this year's election cycle was unprecedented in both its tenor and contrast, though we must also understand that much was made of this election through narratives which were impelled upon the wider electorate, and which served to frame all proceeding events towards election day. In this respect, we found the Democratic and Republican candidates as they were, and more so invested with the expectations and assumptions that those same narratives have cultivated. But - as it would become - the integrity of the more ostensibly popular narrative failed to take hold, and the other candidate won out by a sizable margin. An upset almost unrivaled in the modern age, but one that must give liberals reason to collect and, above all, reflect on the road to this most particular of outcomes.

In the aftermath, as I have alluded, we have seen a veritable storm over how and why this came to pass, and both the sad and unsavory spectacle of febrile accusations and the mass indictment of many millions of Americans, seemingly justified by the new narrative that is playing out in wider media as to what brought about the defeat of the Democratic campaign. Friends, I don't deny - being both a student of American culture and history (as many Europeans and Brits are) - that this campaigning season has emboldened unsavory, backward and unpleasant elements of American society who saw one thing or another in the scenes that unfolded over a year a year, but it remains that the defeat of such a seemingly singular candidate as proposed by the Democratic Party is something far more complex and challenging than any such intemperate retort.

Speaking as someone who has studied politics, social identity and who not only became a member of a political party, but has actively contributed towards campaigning - both in victory and defeat - I can attest that politics is tumultuous thing; indeed, campaigning more often than not an answer looking for a question. Given this, it occurs that the president elect was - through many tangled and difficult circumstances - considered the answer to the questions many - of good conscience and intent - in the electorate now face, and have had to face for many, many years.

To those people - and particularly in the Rustbelt states where the election was largely decided - I would wish to believe that they voted in full and free exercise of what they saw as needing redress: both for themselves and more widely, as it may have been. More so, I think it expressly unfair and unbecoming of the liberal movement - both corporatist and particularly radical too - to demean such people as sexist, racist, intolerant, phobic or an enemy to the values many in those places consider self-evident to their culture and history. But, as it may be now, not in the party or movements that once held their loyalty.

Indeed, I don't believe that the sanctimonious scorn or truculent resentment and condescension is at all justified - as with one K. Olbermann's remark that "the Rustbelt states who turned against democracy and diversity", or misguided R. Maddow's sneer about third parties, the empty Samantha Bee's myopic noise about white woman and any number of other social commentators, activists or figures who has professed some insight into what has happened. At this point, their rhetoric, their rebuttals and acrimony help no one - least of all the people they represent and their hopes for a better future. Which, ironically, should have included the myriad voices, communities and concerns who they have now deemed to have betrayed their aspirations, and at such cost.



Not wishing to indulge this direction any further, I would wish to proffer some hopeful aspirations as the next two years may come. Though many with a shocked and aggrieved heart believe that this checking of the liberal project may be irredeemable, I would attest this is far from true and, if keener scrutiny was afforded, could have been perhaps predicted to come. More so, though I appreciate that sympathy and support is important in these days and hours of uncertainty, it must be said that indulging hyperbolic, unqualified or wild remarks about what may become of the situation does more harm than good and, though I know it's hard, must be tempered and given to cooler heads to scrutinize and give voice to what truly has gone wrong. And truly, not simply with the Democratic Party's loss, but with liberalism's fragmentation and failure to resonate beyond ironically narrowing constituencies of corporatism and radicalism which have worked to dissolve, alienate and displace the vote of citizens who do truly need a common voice of redress.

In all, though it's a bitter understanding, it must be appreciated that democracy - in as much as it's understood today - is far from the ultimate, singular thing we are compelled to see it as. More so, it's all too often forgotten that democracy has two vital components in both principle and practice. The voice of liberalism has a natural and compelling appeal, but the inflection of its last few decades has changed; and more so, the practice - always the more difficult, grimy and grinding of the two - has become wanting of a more expansive, truly inclusive voice beyond the now somewhat too comfortable cultural enclaves of the past. Again, I don't deny that a great deal of work and effort is needed in the months and years ahead, but it remains to those who would listen and amend themselves - indeed, begin to mend the fractures - which will allow for a vibrant, renewed and genuinely liberal movement to campaign for congress in 2018.

If this cannot be done, then I can only imagine that the consequences for the Democratic Party and the liberal movement will be little more than mastery of their own decline - and particularly the latter, as recent history testifies. As the above quote illustrates in Shakespeare's Richard II, the deposed king's mounting remark about the legacy of his behavior and intemperance plays all too well these days, in many ways. But, this too can prove a powerful lesson and will hopefully embolden and refine to even greater success and aspiration, those who will take heed. If, as is so often asserted, latter day liberalism and social justice is about dialogue, then now is the very day to begin such conversations and discourses with those who's exclusion from mainstream dialogue has - over too many decades - ultimately brought about this difficult circumstance now.

Thank you,

MP.



Hello there,

As so many, many millions will know, in just a day's time a electoral process which will elect one individual to the most powerful office in the world will conclude: that being, the presidential election of 2016 contested between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her Republican opponent, Donald Trump. In modern times - and perhaps in the electoral history of the United States - this has been a remarkable, compelling and sometimes extraordinary contest of political wills which will not only color the next four years of American - and indeed, global - history, but also the tone and nature of public and political discourse after a fractious, powerfully moving election. Though many Americans and their neighbors have become, sometimes understandably, vexed and weary of this more than year long process, the times seen by their European peers and elsewhere have remained just as remarkable.

Britain's fracture from the EU, wider socio-economic questions on the continent and further afield have given this most paramount of political events a particular edge as the electorate are now given their voice to decide on the potential direction of their country. And more so, following the two terms of Barack Obama's historic presidency and the many cultural, social and other movements which have worked to shape the American franchise into the form which will go to the voting booth on November 8th. Though not American myself, I have been following events in this unprecedented election closely - and often in correspondence with my friends across the Atlantic - as the respective campaigns have negotiated their twists and turns, adventures, set backs and assorted exploits which seem set to recast this election; indeed, even the hotly debated, history defining election of 2000 (Gore vs. Bush) may be overshadowed in its tumult of issues, causes and sweeping potential once the waters have started to settle and the voting heralds a winner, as the case will be.

In the former respect - and, admittedly like some others - I have been actively studying and postulating on the potential outcomes which the vote will have upon the electoral college, being a student of politics in the past, and considering the sometimes greater or lesser outcomes between the 50 states of the union upon the ultimate outcome of the election now. To this end, I have been using the electoral prediction and data site 270towin.com and its map - amenable to the varying strength of support and historical tendencies - to determine where each state's support may lie. After some thought, I have decided to offer two differing visions of the outcome and some thought on how such a map may be collected after the last vote is cast.

It's also at this moment that I would like to indicate, in firm but polite terms, that this is an analysis and speculation removed from the respective virtues or demerits of the candidates and should not be taken to be combative, controversial or provocative. This is a measured, albeit brief analysis of strategy and outcome which I hope will give some food for thought and will at least entertain, as I hope.


Scenario One:


Democratic Party (Blue): Victory


Defensive Consolidation




This election cycle has provided for a challenging, but promising bag for the Democratic Party. After the long and unexpected contentions of the nomination process, the party emerged into the race proper, furnished with a vital mix of strengths and potential weaknesses with which to face the following year or so of presidential campaigning. Benefiting immensely from the experiences and success of earlier campaigns - particularly the crucial logistics of local "ground games" seen in 08 and 12 - the blue party also benefited from a powerful majority and commanding presence in many of the more urban, populated states across the USA. Still, it has remained to be seen that this promising mix has been somewhat tempered by relative events surrounding the tenor of the campaign, the question of enthusing its coalition of voter bases and the possibility of its hard won presence in some states facing a more pronounced challenge than in years past. In this respect, and following some thought, I am postulating - as seen above - the scenario of a Democratic victory being predicated upon two elements. The first is an elastic strategy of defensive consolidation relative to its current holdings, while the second - based upon wider speculations - concerns securing North Carolina's transition from a traditionally red to rising blue state.

In the first respect, it's understood that it's possible for the party to endure a number of losses in some regions - great and small - which will provide a victory, albeit diminished. This scenario played out, the loss of Nevada, Iowa, and even the once decisive Ohio and Florida can still provide for a tight victory, reflecting the integrity of the current democratic bastions in the north, north east, mid-west and west: particularly Colorado, Minnesota and especially Pennsylvania too. More so, the flexibility of this strategy may be vindicated with an important prize in North Carolina - the state growing increasingly towards the blue party in recent elections, and indeed voted for Obama in 08 - the inclusion of this southern state would greatly soften the loss of smaller states and perhaps Ohio too, if these went Republican on the night. To this end, I will attest that the fate of North Carolina may well be the story of the election, as the once notably "purple" states of Ohio and Florida become less predictive of future success, for any campaign.

Here, I think it's credible to propose a tight, but able victory for the Democratic party if an elastic, defensive scenario comes to pass.



Scenario Two:


Republican Party (Red): Victory


Strategic Attrition





Emerging from the shock and sometimes consternation of his peers in the GOP, their candidate would go on to eclipse - albeit not without some pronounced contest - such presidential hopefuls as Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush to secure the nomination. From here forward, with a... indelibly bombastic style to his campaign, the chosen candidate led the party into a problematic, but charged appeal for the presidency of the USA. The Republican Party faced with growing demographic and ideological issues for the better part of the last decade, the strength of the organisation to contest the presidency has faltered in recent times as younger voters, other ethnic groups and aging values have seemingly disengaged the GOP from constituencies where it needs to win. Though the party controls congress and the governorship of two thirds of the states, it entered the race at a strategic disadvantage and has been challenged hard to find a path to victory. It may remain a curious irony that the growing sub-culture of anti-establishment politics and other social movements - compounded by socio-economic and other tensions - may provide for such a hard fought victory, if certain variables prevail on election day.

Though the direction of its current candidate has been often hotly debated across the media spectrum, the singular appeal seems to collect itself in a particular way - that being, a strategic attrition of some democratic bases could be enough to push a number of states red, as could be. Also, it has been postulated that the goal of this intention is to fundamentally compromise the Democratic bastion of the north east - particularly the rust belt regions of Ohio and Pennsylvania: the latter both symbolically and strategically significant given its singular value to any presidential campaign. More so, elsewhere, this approach could yield both big and small success, given the historically tight races in Florida and the relative success seen by the red campaign in Ohio and New Hampshire. Ultimately, given this singular strategy - relative to other pressures and tensions that have been nascent in such regions - the acquisition of a certain strategic cluster focused on breaching the north eastern Democratic bastion could afford the Republican party the presidency, on this occasion.

In conclusion, it may bare out that a policy of selective, strategic attrition could bring a tight, but accomplished victory for the GOP.


It's with these ruminations in mind that I hope the forthcoming election is peaceful, representative and bares out the best aspirations and values of the American people. So said, it will be intriguing as to where the day and night ahead may take us, as could be.

Thanks,

MP.
Hello there,

Though it has been a while since my last journal - myriad distractions and other issues, as can be - I do continue to hope that you and yours are well, where you may be and that the year - or at least the Winter months to come - are promising for you.

Considering the nature of the seasonal cycle where I am, this Autumn's night is, of course, Halloween - the 31st date bringing to an end a month of suitably themed, intoned and other darkly textured things as the annual celebration of all that's stirring, scary or other worldly comes to a peak on Hallow's eve night. Myself having had a somewhat distracted - or at least sedate - month of it, due in part to other concerns and taxes on my time and mind, I still appreciate the season and hope that those who celebrate it's appeal have a fun, safe and engaging time of it, this year. More so - though this doesn't necessarily preclude further possibilities, in some ways - I would like to proffer some tales of the dark, strange and enchanting which have worked to inspire me for many years, and still are a pleasure to entertain now, for those seeking more... peculiar encounters with the supernatural and the fears that linger with the unknown, beyond the fire light...

To that end, please consider five such tales - so narrated - which I hope will prove suitably inspiring for such as tonight.

The Masque of the Red Death - Edgar Allan Poe


In the waning years of the 17th century, a prince of Italy - the extravagant, bizarre Duke Prospero - works to seal himself and his peers off from a horrific plague which sweeps the surrounding country. Though, it remains to be seen if he truly has denied this strange force, one night at a masquerade ball. The guests dance, the music rises and the clock ticks on...

This splendid work is narrated handsomely by the now late, great Christopher Lee.





The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving


A classic - if not the classic - American ghost story, penned in the early years of the American nation. In the years after the revolutionary war, tales are told of a very particular American township in northern New York which seems - among other things - to be haunted by a terrible apparition of a headless, horse borne rider: supposedly a Hessian soldier decapitated during the war, and who now rides in search of his head. Surely just a tall tale of local lore, Ichabod Crane knows...

Adapted here by the talented people of "Chilling Tales for Dark Nights" on YT.




The Wendigo - Algernon Charles Blackwood


In the early years of the 20th century, a band of hikers, campers and hunters make their stay by a lake in the Canadian wilds - their night peppered by strange calls, and the lingering legends of a monstrous creature of native folklore: a transforming, looming and shadowy spirit of the wilds called The Wendigo.

A masterpiece by the great horror and supernatural writer A.C Blackwood




The Haunter of the Dark - H.P Lovecraft


The city of Providence bears a strange secret - a benighted and ancient church hides a long and sanguine history. Newly discovered by a particular man, he is enchanted: though it will be that singular fascination may lead him to places far from expected, but always at the power of something that lingers in the dark.

One of Lovecraft's most abiding and darkly compelling works, inspired by his home of Providence.




The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson


The esteemed, kindly Dr. Jekyll of London has been acting out of sorts, of late - his peers and colleagues bewildered; more so by the strange influence and presence that a shadowy, malign and enigmatic acquaintance of the gentleman has been seemingly having on him. None the less than that of a certain Mr. Hyde. What their relationship is compels a strange mystery - is man not wholly one, but wholly two?

Last, but never least here - the sum and fount of so much inspiration for me, throughout the years, and still inspiring to this day.



Have a happy and safe Halloween,

MP.

The 15 year long manga franchise ended with its final chapter on 22nd August, 2016


On the 22nd of August, 2016, a rather remarkable and quite compelling event - highly anticipated for sometime - swept through the arms and organs of Anime fandom as Bleach - brain child of mangaka Tite Kubo - finally drew to a close with its last chapter of 686. Though the conclusion of a well known and long enduring series is not unknown - as evidenced recently in the similarly enduring Naruto conclusion some while before - it will be that the fading and ultimate end of this franchise will go on to form a particular importance in the cultural lives of many, and further prompting myriad discussions as to the role it played in the popularity of the medium, and its legacy throughout the wider pop culture too. Though I can't attest a strong following of the series - being an intermittent fan at best, in the series' better days - I would like the mark the occasion with a few thoughts on the conclusion of this once titan franchise and how so many were compelled by the sword swinging heroics of one Ichigo Kurosaki, before the series' twilight.

Also, there will be some other news at the end - though still related to the core journal - about an upcoming event, to mark the occasion, in way.

Before going on, I would like to prompt that these thoughts aren't intended to aggravate or to seem adversarial: these are my own reflections - personal and more widely - upon the institution of this remarkable work, and its coloring of my own interests.

 
The first volume of Bleach (2002) and the latter anime series (2004)

Debuting in 2001, the work of the then nascent Tite Kubo - then a somewhat insecure albeit rising mangaka - the curiously named story begins with an encounter between one Ichigo Kurosaki and a shinigami (soul reaper) in the petite, mysterious Rukia Kuchiki. A mission gone bad results in Ichigo being invested with much of the latter's energy - the result being a rapid evolution of the young man's spiritual abilities, particularly in the manifestation of his zanpakuto sword, Zangetsu. His mystical evolution prompted by ever more dangerous opponents and events, it remains that Ichigo and a few of his closer friends - themselves manifesting eclectic powers and supernatural heritage - are drawn into a far reaching conspiracy which draws from the very heights of soul society (the principal afterlife in the series) and into more shadowy domains.

The manga a remarkable success in its heyday, the series was the noted winner of the Shogakukan Manga Award in 2005 and would go on to sell copies approaching 90 million by the series conclusion in 2016. Though the root of its success, it would be that much of the franchise's fame arises from the somewhat better known anime series, by Studio Pierrot, which premiered in 2004 and would go on to become a wide running fixture of popular anime fandom in that decade and somewhat beyond too.

It must also be said that it would be through this series, its spin offs and various other expressions, that numerous sub-cultures on dA would be informed by its remarkable, eclectic characters and with considerable legacy too, as is evident today with such anime favorites as the radiant Rangiku Matsumoto, the aforementioned Rukia or the taciturn Tia Harribel, and certainly Orihime Inoue too. Though the series would ultimately conclude in 2012 as planning and economic imperatives precluded adaptations of oncoming manga arcs, the anime would continue to inform and color interest in the franchise for years to come, though it can be said that these were often distinct punctuation's and other leanings which didn't always reflect the current popularity of the central narrative in the manga - the core material of most franchises - and it was here that latent issues began to arise.

As aforementioned, the impetus for Ichigo's adventures within the spiritual worlds was ultimately revealed to be the work of a great, and binding, conspiracy which drew itself over many realms and involved even more characters and players than was first mused. But, as it came to be, when this conspiracy was defeated - in bloody, desperate battle - it was struck that as Ichigo's principal impetus waned, so too did the readership's interest: the singular note so struck in the beginning blowing out around 2010 as Bleach seemed to waver in its focus and intent. A new and even more insidious threat emerging as what was found to be an intermediary arc concluded, it was finally revealed that this would be the final arc - a battle against other spiritual power users - which ultimately ended just recently.

The final chapter given some way to exploring this, the readership was opened to an epilogue with Ichigo and his companions ten years after their adventures. Though something of an understated finish, the manga itself had been declining for sometime in popularity - once regular to the top ten titles and one of the so called "Big Three" (a collective title given to the Bleach, Naruto and One Piece franchises of the 2000') - had given way to other things, and its readership engaged with each development with sometimes linear interest for one particular character or thread over the whole. A popular and 
sometimes contested topic of debate amid those interested, it would come to be that the manga's increasingly dilated focus and inconstant narrative energy would conclude with its 686th chapter - the finisher in what would be the 76th volume once compiled.
 

The principal villain of Bleach for much of the story: Former Shinigami, Lord Soukse Aizen

With Bleach's conclusion, the wider cultural history peels back onto my own, more personal history with the franchise, what has become of it, and where it went during that time. Entering college in the late 2000's, I was one to join my university's anime club and found a good interest in the franchise there - watching several episodes and a few movies - which prefigured a longer running interest for some years, as the case was. Though, as can be said, one of the essential elements of engaging with the series - like any other art - was a critical sensibility, perhaps culturally relative or not, which colored the perspective of the watcher or reader. Something which was evident when I first watched Bleach in 2007 and something which endures with me now in 2016.

Though this has certainly been said elsewhere - back in that anime club, in the abridging community and otherwise - one of the lingering elements of the series is its generally melancholic, downcast tone: the understanding that little about the world is good, especially for the protagonist, and even more so for the afterlife too. Therein lies the kernel of a very particular joke which the series embodied to its fans and which was increasingly born out time and time again as the narrative and its conventions brought us again and again to a place of uneasy rest.

The notion that the protagonist's struggles and eventual victories were not always for the best reasons or lasting ends - again, sometimes a reflection of the narrative norm, sometimes more particular to the story - was something that, I feel, began to weigh on the world being sculpted. From the conceit with which the living world was treated, to the decadent, stagnant, corrupt and broken Soul Society and even to realizing a particular vision of Hell too, the franchise increasingly gave less and less reason for the hero to fight - and if so, what for? Though so knowing and empowered, the hero seemed less and less cognizant of what he could do, and of the better things he could fight for; such things dulled and smothered by myriad calls to tradition, heritage and - as one particular and irredeemably arrogant conversation goes between two characters - "it is the way of things". 

In all, it could be understood that - at least to me and a few others - that Bleach's fans understood the stakes of the story, related to the pressures but were finally shaken off by the lack of any real fruition to personal or wider struggles - not to mention the issues which began to pervade between characters and their circumstances. Could it have been that, to so many, Bleach's joke was becoming painfully clear to everyone, except its creator and his cohorts? Though never denying that Bleach had a very distinct and remarkable voice, that same voice was increasingly pressed by ambiguity and a fatalistic arrogance or presumption which began to snag, dimming the enthusiasm of a readership and, seemingly, protagonist from seeing positive and lasting changes to his world - carrying out the vague, sometimes empty, pompous obligations so commanded: soul society, honor, rivalry, the state of nature, save things because, because, because...

Given the increasingly grinding weight of these issues that either remained unresolved, ignored or uncultivated during the course of the story, I was fatigued by Bleach during the years of its last arcs (2012-2016) and found myself watching more from the side lines than anywhere else. Still, beyond my own thoughts on the manga, it must be said that the conclusion of Bleach has been a remarkable event in the history of not only the medium but also in the history of global fandom, as well - Bleach playing out through the digital age, while its increasingly interconnected fan base promoted a fascinating dynamic for the material to bounce off of, as with many franchises, concurrent with the era.

On a closing note, perhaps it could be said that Bleach was a victim of its own potential - which, when denied or bastardized, proved destructive - but was remarkable and vivid in what it wished to say, even when given to meandering. It will be that the legacy of this story will come to not only inspire, but perhaps prove a timely, vigorous instruction on the trials of a popular franchise - strength, weakness and what they want to say about their world.

Also, to mark the occasion, I would like to indicate the forthcoming debut of a small, new project which I think will prove timely with the canonical conclusion of Bleach, and perhaps the opportunity for a new story too...

Thanks again,

MP.





The UK has voted to leave the European Union following
a Brexit victory in the referendum

Hello there,

The last two days have been something of a roller coaster for me - and particularly so given the very singular nature of events, and the legacy that they may engender following the referendum on the 23rd of June: 51% voting to leave while just over 48% voted to remain. Hence, as of the 24th, Britain will begin the long process of departing the EU towards an uncertain and challenging future.

As many here will know, I did support a remain position in this discussion and it remains - after digesting the bitter, ominous outcome - to reflect upon what has happened, and what may come next, given the magnitude of the prospects that bore out painfully on the morning of the 24th: something I watched, before retiring for much needed sleep.

In all, given the relative context, the arguments, the history, the respective forces at play and what was at stake I can't deny my disappointment and dismay at what has come about - and how. Though the vote was not that far removed - about a million votes in difference - the plateau that has now been dangerously crashed upon is unknown, fraught with depredations and trials that experts, institutions, countries and organisations the world over warned about - but to no seeming avail, as we have now seen.

In the end, Brexit did succeed - for painfully wrong reasons - and what it may bring us could be a testament to what ultimately realized this dismal, self-mutilating exhibition in the first place. Of all the things the European Union was - its history and evolution, its powers and potential - no one has ever described the union as perfect - not even the staunchest supporters of the project would proclaim that. But, having succeeded in contriving an excuse to leave the entity, it remains that Britain may have to face the numerous more implicit consequences of its departure - the impact upon human, civil and workers rights; socially just regulations and a host of other items which insulated a good portion of British life.

More so, the impression left for those of a very particular strain who supported Brexit is jubilation - and how so. Still, with the immediate and growing socio-economic consequences to come, I can only hope that the loud jingoism, petty disdain, mutual ethnic exploitation and right wing populism that raised so many in hopes of restoring "sovereignty" to the UK, will give way to something more as the long road to... somewhere, opens up.

Ironic regret.

In all, notions of Brexit must be contextualized within the political and economic constitution of the UK - that is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In this sense, as the institution that played such a part in Britain's polity and socio-economics for more than 40 years comes away, so will all the conceits, certainties, insights and understandings that allowed Britain - and its people -  such a role in Europe, and in the wider world too. And when these things begin to entwine, like a mile long python, we will come to appreciate the mistake so many have made - as they, by the million - will feel the pressure on a world view that Europe helped sustain. Thankfully, it's said of Britain that England doesn't have revolutions, it has satire. Let's hope it's very, very good satire...

And more so, what of the other nations too? Though England voted out, and Wales echoed this mostly, Scotland - north to south, east to west - voted in; the Northern Irish voting by a margin of perhaps 18 to 8 to remain also. This divide and the direction Britain intends indicts a long standing democratic deficit and has not gone down lightly. The events of the 23rd almost certainly anticipate a second Scottish referendum on independence now, as the arguments which previously prevailed against independence are compromised beyond saving.



More so, in Ireland, the particulars of the agreements between the north and the republic leave much unanswered tension - there being a mutually open border and the Republic of Ireland is an EU member, and the only such state to share a land border with the UK. This has brought further constitutional wrangling and calls by some for a referendum on Irish unification, given the potential consequences for both north and south if the border - and more over, socio-economic - issues are not addressed in times to come. 

In all, as this distasteful, painful and dismal chapter in British political history closes, a dozen more open and it could be the ultimate irony of this referendum that the issue of sovereignty - so often the rousing war cry of Brits past and present - will be the one thing that actually renders the UK unfeasible: the device of the referendum having become an instrument in the fragmentation of the Britain it believed it was making sovereign once more.

Still, I think The New Yorker magazine summed a good deal of this up, and with the help of the venerable Monty Python franchise too as the wider gravity of the situation becomes a little clearer. Cue the Ministry of Silly Walks... 



Thanks,

MP.



The UK has voted to leave the European Union following
a Brexit victory in the referendum

Hello there,

The last two days have been something of a roller coaster for me - and particularly so given the very singular nature of events, and the legacy that they may engender following the referendum on the 23rd of June: 51% voting to leave while just over 48% voted to remain. Hence, as of the 24th, Britain will begin the long process of departing the EU towards an uncertain and challenging future.

As many here will know, I did support a remain position in this discussion and it remains - after digesting the bitter, ominous outcome - to reflect upon what has happened, and what may come next, given the magnitude of the prospects that bore out painfully on the morning of the 24th: something I watched, before retiring for much needed sleep.

In all, given the relative context, the arguments, the history, the respective forces at play and what was at stake I can't deny my disappointment and dismay at what has come about - and how. Though the vote was not that far removed - about a million votes in difference - the plateau that has now been dangerously crashed upon is unknown, fraught with depredations and trials that experts, institutions, countries and organisations the world over warned about - but to no seeming avail, as we have now seen.

In the end, Brexit did succeed - for painfully wrong reasons - and what it may bring us could be a testament to what ultimately realized this dismal, self-mutilating exhibition in the first place. Of all the things the European Union was - its history and evolution, its powers and potential - no one has ever described the union as perfect - not even the staunchest supporters of the project would proclaim that. But, having succeeded in contriving an excuse to leave the entity, it remains that Britain may have to face the numerous more implicit consequences of its departure - the impact upon human, civil and workers rights; socially just regulations and a host of other items which insulated a good portion of British life. More so, the impression left for those of a very particular strain who supported Brexit is jubilation - and how so. Still, with the immediate and growing socio-economic consequences to come, I can only hope that the loud jingoism, petty disdain, mutual ethnic exploitation and right wing populism that raised so many in hopes of restoring "sovereignty" to the UK, will give way to something more as the long road to... somewhere, opens up.

Ironic regret.

In all, notions of Brexit must be contextualized within the political and economic constitution of the UK - that is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In this sense, as the institution that played such a part in Britain's polity and socio-economics for more than 40 years comes away, so will all the conceits, certainties, insights and understandings that allowed Britain - and its people -  such a role in Europe, and in the wider world too. And when these things begin to entwine, like a mile long python, we will come to appreciate the mistake so many have made - as they, by the million - will feel the pressure on a world view that Europe helped sustain. Thankfully, it's said of Britain that England doesn't have revolutions, it has satire. Let's hope it's very, very good satire...

And more so, what of the other nations too? Though England voted out, and Wales echoed this mostly, Scotland - north to south, east to west - voted in; the Northern Irish voting by a margin of perhaps 18 to 8 to remain also. This divide and the direction Britain intends indicts a long standing democratic deficit and has not gone down lightly. The events of the 23rd almost certainly anticipate a second Scottish referendum on independence now, as the arguments which previously prevailed against independence are compromised beyond saving.



More so, in Ireland, the particulars of the agreements between the north and the republic leave much unanswered tension - there being a mutually open border and the Republic of Ireland is an EU member, and the only such state to share a land border with the UK. This has brought further constitutional wrangling and calls by some for a referendum on Irish unification, given the potential consequences for both north and south if the border - and more over, socio-economic - issues are not addressed in times to come. 

In all, as this distasteful, painful and dismal chapter in British political history closes, a dozen more open and it could be the ultimate irony of this referendum that the issue of sovereignty - so often the rousing war cry of Brits past and present - will be the one thing that actually renders the UK unfeasible: the device of the referendum having become an instrument in the fragmentation of the Britain it believed it was making sovereign once more.

Still, I think The New Yorker magazine summed a good deal of this up, and with the help of the venerable Monty Python franchise too as the wider gravity of the situation becomes a little clearer. Que the Ministry of Silly Walks... 



Thanks,

MP.



The UK has voted to leave the European Union following
a Brexit victory in the referendum

Hello there,

The last two days have been something of a roller coaster for me - and particularly so given the very singular nature of events, and the legacy that they may engender following the referendum on the 23rd of June: 51% voting to leave while just over 48% voted to remain. Hence, as of the 24th, Britain will begin the long process of departing the EU towards an uncertain and challenging future.

As many here will know, I did support a remain position in this discussion and it remains - after digesting the bitter, ominous outcome - to reflect upon what has happened, and what may come next, given the magnitude of the prospects that bore out painfully on the morning of the 24th: something I watched, before retiring for much needed sleep.

In all, given the relative context, the arguments, the history, the respective forces at play and what was at stake I can't deny my disappointment and dismay at what has come about - and how. Though the vote was not that far removed - about a million votes in difference - the plateau that has now been dangerously crashed upon is unknown, fraught with depredations and trials that experts, institutions, countries and organisations the world over warned about - but to no seeming avail, as we have now seen.

In the end, Brexit did succeed - for painfully wrong reasons - and what it may bring us could be a testament to what ultimately realized this dismal, self-mutilating exhibition in the first place. Of all the things the European Union was - its history and evolution, its powers and potential - no one has ever described the union as perfect - not even the staunchest supporters of the project would proclaim that. But, having succeeded in contriving an excuse to leave the entity, it remains that Britain may have to face the numerous more implicit consequences of its departure - the impact upon human, civil and workers rights; socially just regulations and a host of other items which insulated a good portion of British life. More so, the impression left for those of a very particular strain who supported Brexit is jubilation - and how so. Still, with the immediate and growing socio-economic consequences to come, I can only hope that the loud jingoism, petty disdain, mutual ethnic exploitation and right wing populism that raised so many in hopes of restoring "sovereignty" to the UK, will give way to something more as the long road to... somewhere, opens up.

Ironic regret.

In all, notions of Brexit must be contextualized within the political and economic constitution of the UK - that is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In this sense, as the institution that played such a part in Britain's polity and socio-economics for more than 40 years comes away, so will all the conceits, certainties, insights and understandings that allowed Britain - and its people -  such a role in Europe, and in the wider world too. And when these things begin to entwine, like a mile long python, we will come to appreciate the mistake so many have made - as they, by the million - will feel the pressure on a world view that Europe helped sustain. Thankfully, it's said of Britain that England doesn't have revolutions, it has satire. Let's hope it's very, very good satire... And more so, what of the other nations too? Though England voted out, and Wales echoed this mostly, Scotland - north to south, east to west - voted in; the Northern Irish voting by a margin of perhaps 18 to 8 to remain also. This divide and the direction Britain intends indicts a long standing democratic deficit and has not gone down lightly. The events of the 23rd almost certainly anticipate a second Scottish referendum on independence now, as the arguments which previously prevailed against independence are compromised beyond saving.



More so, in Ireland, the particulars of the agreements between the north and the republic leave much unanswered tension - there being a mutually open border and the Republic of Ireland is an EU member, and the only such state to share a land border with the UK. This has brought further constitutional wrangling and calls by some for a referendum on Irish unification, given the potential consequences for both north and south if the border - and more over, socio-economic - issues are not addressed in times to come. 

In all, as this distasteful, painful and dismal chapter in British political history closes, a dozen more open and it could be the ultimate irony of this referendum that the issue of sovereignty - so often the rousing war cry of Brits past and present - will be the one thing that actually renders the UK unfeasible: the device of the referendum having become an instrument in the fragmentation of the Britain it believed it was making sovereign once more.

Still, I think The New Yorker magazine summed a good deal of this up, and with the help of the venerable Monty Python franchise too as the wider gravity of the situation becomes a little clearer. Que the Ministry of Silly Walks... 



Thanks,

MP.

The UK European Union referendum is to be held on the 23rd, June, to decide for or against continued membership 



Hello there,

As always, i hope that you are all well, as can be, where you are. Writing today, I am catching up with an intention from some days before; that being, the historic referendum on Britain's (UK) membership of the European Union and whether to continue or terminate the country's 43 year long relationship with the international group. The history and context of the referendum something of increasingly pointed - not to mention acrimonious and inflammatory - contention in the UK, recent events have brought the swirling and somewhat misbegotten race to a strange new plateau; and so it is, together, that both sides emerge blinking into a disturbing new precedence for British current politics.

Helen Joanne "Jo" Cox - Remain Campaigner and British MP - assassinated on 16th, June, 2016


To contextualize the relative forces at play, and for those unfamiliar with the dynamic of this argument, the group wishing for a vote to leave the EU is named "Brexit" (Britain exit), while those campaigning to remain have been dubbed "Bremain" (Britain remain). The popular discourse surrounding this remarkable, singular referendum coming about after a number of political twists and turns over the years regarding Britain's constitutional landscape, the campaign has gone back and forth, though strange and tragic events have forced a pause (at least until this coming Monday, 20th) after the shocking assassination of a Labour Party MP for West Yorkshire, and Bremain supporter, Jo Cox.

Emerging from a local function, she was approached by one Thomas Mair - a hitherto unassuming member of his local community, revealed to have far right and neo-nazi sympathies, along with mental health issues - who shot Mrs. Cox three times and stabbed her repeatedly: the assailant reportedly screaming "Britain First" before he was overwhelmed by bystanders and then arrested. Mrs. Cox was rushed to hospital but died of her injuries a few hours later.

The social and political legacy of this extraordinary act is already hotly debated - and not always with the best of faith - though I muse that it remains to consider what has brought us - so much of the British electorate - to this strange threshold. Appreciating that both arguments - when lent to cool, deliberate thought - have their merits, it is that so many important - but complex and challenging - issues have become singular and blunt in the need win attention, if not votes. The history of this already painfully known elsewhere, the trend of this in Britain - and particularly in parts of England - have been disconcerting at best and frightening at worst - the worst just having been witnessed in the murder of a MP (member of parliament) while performing her civic tasks.

The course of democracy is a strange and remarkable thing - and all the more so in a society ever more global, diverse and particular of its identity than before. Still, in this same ostensibly liberal and compelling locality, we find that the mediation of history, of heritage and identity still holds a singular power with people in our digitized age; particularly so if impressionable, reactive or disconcerted by a world they feel is increasingly unfamiliar to them. This powerful sentiment potently born out in the events of the last three days, my own meditations have brought a few conclusions and my decision on the forthcoming vote.

Though, in light of such events and the wider course we have witnessed, I would recommend an interesting, and fairly measured article on the ambient, social problems which have dogged this - and other - political narratives in Britain for sometime: issues which require a measured address before any real benefit can be found in a society which will continue to become more complex and challenging, as with the problems of the 21st century. I hope this may clarify, soothe and perhaps focus some of the intent that has been leveled across this campaign, and maybe temper some of the strong sentiments hurled either way before we reach the fateful date on the 23rd.

The article is provided by the Scottish news site "Common Space" and can be found here below, for the interested: Christopher MacMillan - "Too much Hampstead, Not enough Hull."

www.commonspace.scot/a…


Thank you,

MP.
Hello there,


(Update: 19/04/16)



Earthquake near Ecuadorian Coast


In the light of recent dramatic news and on behalf of a good friend, I would like to shed some further light on the remarkable earthquake near the north-western coast of Ecuador: a powerful and violent seismic event which has had far reaching and quite devastating consequences in many regions of that country, and especially near the coast too. Relative to this, and after some recent counsel with someone close to the incident, I would like to direct readers, those concerned and invested in the response to this remarkable event to consider the links below. Following is the possibility to donate to UNICEF, a branch of the Red Cross, the Ecuadorian government's account and a more general UN account too.

www.unicefusa.org/stories/powe…

www.redcross.ca/about-us/red-c…

Rep. of Ecuador/United Nations DetailsBANK OF AMERICA NY
SWIFT CODE: BOFAUS3N
ACCOUNT NAME: CCU SECRETARÍA GESTIÓN RIESGOS/PLANTA CENTRAL
ACCOUNT NO.: 01121807
BANK OF AMERICA NY
ACCOUNT NAME: UNDP Rep. of Ecuador Account
ACCOUNT NO.: 3751560139
BANK ID: 111000012
BANK TYPE: ZBA Bank


I understand that this is a somewhat abrupt break in the relative levity of the former subject, though I do believe that some good attention must be given to this demanding and very much important issue of a nation's crisis, along with all and any possibilities to facilitate their recovery from this event.

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As always, I sincerely hope that you and yours are well where you are as 2016 rolls on, as it does. With Spring in gentle bloom where I am - and not without some much appreciated color - the ostensibly brighter days are not always so, as with overcast and cooler climes than one may expect in the season of daffodils and violets.

Still, in more broader news - as fellow anime and Sailor Moon fans will no doubt chorus - Spring finds the latest, if not long awaited, installment of the Sailor Moon reboot Sailor Moon Crystal in its third season: the notorious infinity arc dealing with the lovecraftian, dimension hopping terrors of the Death Busters and the ominous prophecy they bring, evoking "The Messiah of Silence". But, as may be, this new threat draws new heroes into the fold - from sometimes unexpected places - and it may be that those believed gone are much closer than we may think. In all, to face this new threat, hard on the heels of the Black Moon's defeat, what follows will be an all the more challenging, potentially apocalyptic test of the Sailor Senshi's resolve.

 
Sailor Moon Crystal: Season Three - Infinity        The Messiah of Silence?                   
 
Considering the lineage of this particular installment and the near complete consensus that the third Sailor Moon arc - in both its manga and subsequent, better known anime iteration - was one of the finer, richer and more resonant moments in the franchise, SMC Infinity has a considerable challenge ahead of it. Facing this with good confidence, anticipation is not without some caution as the previous installments of the rebooted franchise have been compelling, but not without their moments of weakness.

Infinity known for many of its remarkable characters, it also serves as the introduction - perhaps formally - of the self styled "Outer Senshi" soldiers through the debut of the lovers Haruka Tenou and Michiru Kaioh: better known as the sword swinging Sailor Uranus and the elegant, cryptic Sailor Neptune. Of course, that may not be all we see of the outer plants here, as the case may unfold. Facing them, the vanguard of the Death Busters can be found in the malign, but eclectic forces of the Witches 5 - a mysterious, but powerful group under the direction of Magus Kaolinite and the reclusive Professor Tomoe. Enigmatic, calculating and driven, this coven will prove a stern and unbending test for the senshi, in more ways than they may wish to expect. 


Songstress Mimete, Pyrotechnic Eudial, Botanist Tellu, Technologist Viluy and Reflector Cyprine

Those who may recall - or are new to my coverage of the rebooted Sailor Moon franchise - can catch up with my encounters with the seasons here: Well Met by Moonlight? (Part One) , Well Met by Moonlight? (Part Two) and Well Met by Moonlight? (Part Three) - each journal covering elements of the first season (aka. Dark Kingdom) and the second (Black Moon) between 2014 and 2015. Considering what has been hopefully learned, and the genuine dynamic behind this latest installment of the franchise, I do hope that it proves to be a impelling story. More so, one that not only compounds those classic elements that made previous iterations such a hit, but that it infuses those same elements with new energy for what will be one of the most charged, dark and vibrant of Sailor Moon stories since the reboot started in 2014. We can but hope.


Earth Guardian Mamoru?


Most are fairly familiar with the legend. A lone, svelte and indignant warrior, fighting evil by moonlight in the shadows of Tokyo's great metropolis: the heights, the depths and sprawl of the urban valleys witness to her singular destiny... But, in this, it's been my keen pleasure to rediscover that tale - but not quite as we know. A lone warrior of the Earth, not the moon, and a form familiar, yet not...

In this, I found a remarkable and quite singular vision of another time and place, with characters similar and yet potently different. A new world, new forms and remarkable inversions abound in the doujinshi (fan manga) of the stellar :iconazure-and-copper: - a gender swapped, rich re-imagining of Sailor Moon in "Pretty Guardian Mamoru - Book 1".

Earth Guardian Mamoru Cover by Azure-and-Copper

The days of a certain girl named Mamoru Chiba - stoic, studious if a little isolated - seem somewhat ordinary until a mysterious white cat delivers not only a remarkable power but a strange new destiny: the legacy of a lost kingdom, and confronting the machinations of Abyss Queen Spinelle and her four generals. Not alone in this endeavor, she will hopefully gather allies, beginning with her trusty feline in Solaris , the blonde Moonlight Knight and others too who may awaken to a strange new destiny, as seen below...

Shintennou School Girls by Azure-and-Copper Gender Swap Inner Team by Azure-and-Copper
Miyako (Venus) Masato (Jupiter) Aya (Mercury) and Ristu (Mars)

Having followed this project for an admittedly short time, as I may confess, it seems to have a keen, compelling nature to it - and certainly one of the most invested and dynamic interpretations of the Sailor Moon canon I have seen in literally years. The artist crafting a genuinely rich and quite well textured tale in a familiar world, with vibrant and distinctly resonant characters to people a story which - I will relate - will endear to many a Sailor Moon fan. My pleasure to find in this a continuing series, the creator's tumblr can be found here for work behind the scenes and conceptions of new stories earthguardianmamoru.tumblr.com… and here azurecomics.wordpress.com/.&nb… addition, the doujinshi itself can be purchased from the artist's Etsy account here, and for a very reasonable price towards an intelligent, diligently crafted and compelling work as this www.etsy.com/ca/listing/250733… - a copy of the very book itself found below for both the curious and the whimsical to consider.



I hope that a good many will consider and entertain this intriguing iteration of the Sailor Moon continuity and that the artist will find it further within themselves to continue the nascent, vigorous adventures of Earth Guardian Mamoru, as they can.

MP.

Hello there,

As always, I hope that you are well, where you are, and that 2016 is proving if not prosperous, then certainly acceptable for those here. In my own respect, the past few weeks have been somewhat demanding, as can be, but the recent step into Spring time should be interesting, and hopefully productive too. Coming to you this month, I have something of a mixed bag which I think may interest you, with a mingling of concern and fun, as they case should be. With the season witnessing green shoots and renewed color in the world, I would like to dedicate a little below to promoting those who have found themselves in need, but would desire the chance to work for their betterment with commissions, and other initiatives. In addition, a little further down, my tagging by the prolific :iconsephzero: with the recent 8 facts character meme will be met with a perusal of 8 facts concerning a noted researcher of Fahrland City's Institute of Biotechnology, that being one Dr. Henia Louise Jekyll...

First, please consider below for a number of artists who could really benefit from assistance or further attention, as the case may be...

Update: 31/03/16 - An artist who's need just peaked sometime after I composed this journal, not too long ago, :iconarofexdracona: is a compelling talent with a bubbly, vivid style to her work. Due to pressures of wider circumstance, she is faced with some looming obligations and would very much appreciate commissions to help cover the cost. Details and references of her position can be found below, for those interested.

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The talented and capable :iconstarsophi: has encountered a few difficulties lately which have somewhat shadowed the first months of 2016, for her. In response, she has opened a special offer of $5 bust commissions of particular quality. Details and references can be found here for the curious.
 
$5 Urgent Commissions!Yes, I will draw detailed bust sketches like this:

For $5, Paypal fees INCLUDED! Instead of $10... (2000x2000 - 300 DPI)

[STATUS - OPEN]
Why this super promotion? Because 2016 is not being "sweet" with me and lately I'm having many troubles in my life and I need to earn extra money to pay some things...so all kind of money is needed and very important for my pocket...
Even if you can't commission me, just a share is already something grateful for me... I wouldn't ask for support if I wasn't this alerted...
To order you can comment here or through note or through private message in other communities you know me!
- LIMITED OFFER: Will only maintain it till I finally pay these debts...
Note that payment comes before giving you the original! I'll ask for it once I complete it! That's because I have a job too and my time is very limited so I don't want you to wait more than a day to have your request after paying for it.


Also, please find below the compelling and quite accomplished artist :iconkulli: . Their own circumstances quite demanding and very impelling, to the say the least, I would like to recommend that their cause be considered: details, references and further links found here, as promoted by the kindly :iconchwen-hoou: .

Kulli needs your help!Fellow DeviantArt member and contributor to my commission gallery :iconkulli: is in a major financial crunch at this time. She needs rent money right away and is offering commissions and restarting the growth drive. More information about her situation and her commission rates can be found below.
Kulli's important message
Kulli's commission prices
Many of you have seen my previous commissions from Kulli before and have gotten plenty of positive feedback. If you wish to have a commission from her, send her an email and help her out. You can also offer a donation if you're feeling generous.
Thanks for your time.


Discovered by way of a mutual acquaintance, the diligent and enduring artist :iconjamster93: has had a fairly tough time of 2016, already, and would very much benefit from your consideration and interest this spring season.

Commission Info (Update)I'm gonna be opening for commissions
UPDATE: I've decided to open for Point commissions
What I do:
Latex
BDSM
Anything involving (literal) latex ballgowns
What I don't do:
Porn
Dominatrixes
Furries
Mature Content
Prices
Sketch=$10/€10/£5/250 points
Lineart=$15/€15/£10/500 points
Colour=$20/€20/£15/750 points
Cel-Shaded $30/€30/£20/1000 points
If interested, Note me
Please pay me on PayPal on my account: donald.gibson170@gmail.com
I'll be waiting =)


Preparing for a new home is a tough undertaking and a task certainly appreciated by the colorful :iconmroczniak:. In the face of this considerable challenge, she is looking to build her resources - both financial and artistic - before her she proceeds with her intentions. Any and all considerations of her cause would be gratefully received.

Commissions are open!Hi!
I recently moved from family home and I live by my own. My expenses rised but thanks to you I'm still available to buy art materials and more!~:heart:
Thanks for your support, it's always appreciated!
Thank you. :rose:
COMMISSIONS OPEN!
1. :iconvermx:
2. :iconglitchcyclops:
3. :iconreyndrys:
4. :iconundeciddundiscovrd:
5. OPEN
6. OPEN
7. OPEN
A4 size

Bullet; Orange 1 character with background; $40 

Bullet; Orange1 character with simple bg; $25 

Bullet; Orange 2 characters with background; $50
+ FAIRYDUST + by MroczniaK+ Hanamiyo + by MroczniaK


Last, but certainly not least, the dynamic :iconnay-hime: is opening to the forthcoming year with a curious, but quite novel offer of ten days dedicated service for all and any projects that a client may wish for. This offer, in all fairly competitive considering the relative service proposed, can be found below for the interested.

Art Slavery CLOSED ~I wll be opening again when I finish this one! :heart: 
I am selling 10 days art slavery! XD
How it works?
For 10 days, I will be doing drawings only for you. 
It includes full drawings, chibis, traditional and digital art (if you wish it, I prefer traditional :P).
I'll do:
• Females
• Some fanart
• Some ecchi (depends)
• Simple background
I'll not do:
• Boys (just in chibi I can do)
• Couples
• Anthros (ears and tail are ok)
• Mecha
• Difficult poses (I don't have that skills yet XD)
• Complicated background
Price:
$50 via paypal (american dollar)
Examples of my work:
        



It's my hope that all mentioned and indicated above get the necessary attention they require, and that their issues are resolved, as can so often be facilitated within our community here, on dA.

Eight Facts


Proceeding onward, and as alluded to earlier, I was recently tagged by a compatriot of mine in :iconsephzero:. Forwarding a 8 facts meme from :iconaraghenxd:, this proposes the recipient respond with 8 facts concerning a character of their's before nominating a further few people to entertain this curious meme for themselves. After some thought, please consider my own subject for questioning in Dr. Henia Louise Jekyll one of the principle protagonists in my latter day tale of Jekyll and Hyde in "Crimson Beyond Glass".


Guest 31 (da Approved) - Copy (4) - Copy - Copy 3 by Mercury-Pentacle


Dr. Henia Louise Jekyll



Dr. Henia Louise Jekyll by Mercury-Pentacle


1) Graduate of Fahrland City University


Henia Jekyll spent her undergraduate and subsequent post-graduate period at FCU - a host of varied and minor positions drawing her into the orbit of the city's Institute of Biotechnology, which works in tandem with FCU, but entertains a functional independence in other areas of interest. A major hub of local and wider post-college interest, Henia Jekyll was among those who entered with a quiet distinction and soon rose in authority and influence. In turn, she and others maintain the institute's long history of co-operation and interwoven culture with FCU.

2) Professional "rival" of Dr. Sonia Alemstedt


A point of some quiet consideration in professional and other circles would be the quiet "rivalry" between Dr. Jekyll and her philosophical contrast in Dr. Sonia Alemstedt. A tall, elegant and intellectually contoured blonde of Nordic descent, Sonia is very much the contrast of the more reserved and intellectually eclectic Henia: a career scientist who firmly sees her narrative within the corporate world, as opposed to the obscure, peculiar and trifling interests of her more diminutive colleague. Gifted and compelling in her own right, Sonia is very much a credit to FCU and to the institute, though harbors quiet - sometimes sharp - resentment and scorn for what she sees as the boring, tedious fields of some others; the diverse and sometimes quaintly colorful nature of the institute's departments meeting with furtive, resigned disdain from her.

3) Sometimes vacations in Port Somerville


In the past, and presently too, Henia developed a taste for the relaxing environs and ambiance of a particular coastal town and minor tourist attraction in Port Somerville. Once a somewhat sedate retreat for locals, the town has since become more cosmopolitan and diverse though retaining a good measure of its ambiance.

4) Often Lectures at FCU 


As with the strong rapport between FCU and IBT - themselves sometimes regarded as a common institution - Dr. Jekyll does lecture at FCU when she can, and on certain subjects; sometimes in concert with colleagues and on occasion with her personal initiative too.

5) Neo-Alchemist?


The months prior to a certain fateful experiment - one conducted a little before she employed a certain Ms. Hyde as her special assistant - Henia had long initiated inquiries and researches into esoteric, theosophic, fortean and occult subjects. These were ultimately reconciled in Dr. Jekyll's pursuit of alchemy and its potential expression in transcendental medicine. In doing so, the doctor begins fashioning a furtive, new career in what she termed as the ever growing, occult subject of "Neo-Alchemy". Her continuing duality and experimentation's predicated upon this very singular, and furtive, subject as her new, private career unfolds.

6) Henia is a member of local Theosophical, Psychical and associated societies and organisations


From an early age, Henia displayed an growing interest in a number of supernatural, obscure and esoteric subjects. While in High School, she joined a like minded group, and soon approached other associations in turn. Joining a psychical research group in her latter years of High School, she applied to and entered FCU's theosophical society: this the more junior wing of a older, more established institution in the city which had been cultivated for some time. In her professional life, Henia remains a member of various groups, and contributes regularly.

7) Henia has lectured at Philadelphia's Institute of History


Dr. Henia Jekyll has lectured at several institutions, schools and societies, many of which have included visits to other city's and their own places of learning and research. Of note - as ascribed to the institute's eclectic and often quite varied research orientation and interests - she has lectured at Philadelphia's Institute of History: the organisation often entertaining obscure or specialized perspectives on archaeological and anthropological subjects, beyond the usual remit. Among the students and colleagues of PIH is the researcher Bianca Fournier - her own perspectives enticed by the esoteric, and particularly so after a fateful visit to a certain collection of ancient ruins, by the Mediterranean coast, leaving her with her own identity issues...

8) She has a considerable collection of antique books and manuscripts


What started as an indulgence some time before her undergraduate graduation, Dr. Jekyll - compounded by her growing, furtive career in neo-alchemy - started collecting often old books and manuscripts, some of notable date, pertaining to the esoteric, occult philosophy and alchemy. This helped by well paid engagements and numerous professional or discretionary privileges, Henia has been able to study various other obscure texts, and then locate tenable copies to add to her collection. Facilitating and cultivating her more shadowy knowledge, these tomes have also drawn her mind in other directions, and the doctor's archive is more freely, perhaps frivolously, indulged by her red headed alter-ego very frequently too. And Sienna herself is most certainly not beyond exploiting this knowledge to acquire further insight, and other artifacts too.


Relative to the nature of the meme - though there is certainly no obligation on the part of those referenced - those numbered below are nominated to entertain and propose 8 facts of their own, disposing of the meme as they see fit.

:iconchwen-hoou: :iconrex--magnus: :iconkaiza-tg: :iconmatthewjamesrann: :iconjustspawn: :iconjojohyde: :iconnathan123qwe: :icongiovyloca:


Thanks,

MP.
Hello there,

I hope that February where you are is proving both hospitable and productive: the weather where I am a keen reminder of lingering winter and the demands it can make of us - as an unexpected soaking impressed on me, just recently ^^;. Still, as the month and season rumbles onward, I hope that it's not without some measure of promise and interest, as can be, for those here.

Of particular note, and sharing in the demands of the season, I would like to high light a particular friend of mine in an artist that many who frequent my pages and projects will be familiar with. Rex--Magnus, known through both their accounts here :iconrex--magnus: and :iconrex-magnus:, seems to be doing well - following the trials and travails of the previous year, and its difficulties. Successfully established in their new apartment, I would like to wish my thanks for those who so helped and supported them through a very trying period, as I am sure a good many can appreciate.

Still, the process of getting settled is not without its deeper demands and it's to this that I would like to bring to attention, as I can. More so, there are two aspects which I would like to commend the interest of others, as can be found below.

The new year and the months ahead bringing new challenges and obstacles - for all of us, I am sure - Rex is no different, albeit a bit more challenged considering their situation just a few months previously. In this respect, Rex must secure payment for a car, and assorted other expenses, in the near future - the 1st of April as Rex has indicated Urgent: Commissions! - and would like to emphasize that they are open for commissions, to a very much wide variety and competitive prices too.

More so, it's my pleasure to say that Rex has been diversifying their stance within the community - near and far - with the recent establishment of a Patreon account Check out my Patreon!. In essence, in exchange for a dedicated contribution of a small amount on a monthly basis, the artist will offer a variety of rewards and benefits - often exclusive and particular - relative to the option chosen by the interested party. This is an interesting new approach and I would like to commend any of those curious to consider Rex's Patreon page, as found directly below.

www.patreon.com/rexmagnus?ty=h

In all, anyone interested in vivid, rich commission work would be very much recommend towards Rex's current variety of options: an eclectic selection which will well entertain any client's needs, as they may come. Concordantly, those who find themselves curious, compelled or allied with Rex will find themselves keenly appreciated and rewarded by the artist, if they see fit to support them through their new Patreon account. As it is, numerous ways in which to help this talented and keen artist who continues to diligently persevere, despite their trying circumstances, and not without some great art too, as can be found in their years of work in the community.

My thanks,

Mercury-Pentacle.
Hello there,


In the spirit of the season, I hope that you and yours have had very merry festivities, if so celebrated, and that the forthcoming new year holds both promise and good opportunity.

The last few weeks being busy and somewhat demanding where I am, the recent festive day was a nice culmination of what preceded it: a warm and commendable meal with family to punctuate a good day, seemingly had by all. Reclined as I was after the principal gathering, it was a nice moment of recollection to muse on past preparations; more so, to consider upon what may come to pass in the new year and how to make the best of what we intend, come time.

It's in that spirit that I would like to commend my friends, watchers, fans and supporters here and I do hope that - wherever and however you may be - that the past few days have borne out well for you, and that the coming 2016 will be a positive and hopeful one, for all of us. 2015 receding, the trials and tribulations of the year will have hopefully taught good lessons, and more so tempered finer, better aspirations for the year to come. It's with that thought in mind that I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a hopeful, happy new year.

In the past few days, I would like to relate my sincerest thanks and gratitude to a certain few of my friends and circle here, who found it in themselves to afford me a few gifts or requests to mark the season. I was truly surprised by this and more so praise their kind generosity, as they themselves have other and quite demanding taxes on their time, as can be here and there.

These works can be found below, and it's my sincerest wish that the forthcoming year finds these creative, generous individuals and artists in the best possible standing and promise for 2016.


HC 2015 - Present - Mercury Pentacle by Sephzero   

Violette Renard, The Half-Succubus - Gifted by:iconsephzero: , art by :iconseonidas:



Holiday Bomb - The Doctor is Out by Strangerataru

  Ms. Sienna Hyde - Gifted by :iconstrangerataru:, art by :iconneme303:.


Siennatoe by Mercury-Pentacle         

Ms. Sienna Hyde relaxing - Gift and art :icongeviene81:


           The Claws of Ms. Hyde by Mercury-Pentacle

The Claws of Ms. Hyde - Request and art by :iconreokii:


Once more, my best wishes and thanks to you all for such a year as 2015 passes, and 2016 grows on the horizon. Let's hope it is bright and warm for us all.



Mercury-Pentacle.