I have a confession to make:
I really like fanart.
I like fanart so much my first stop at conventions is Artist Alley. I will easily drop a hundred dollars on the perfect Victuuri postcard or a wood-block print of Chihiro and Haku. I’m always on the lookout for new fanarts to put up in my office. It helps keep my writing space fresh and colorful and I get to give money to artists I adore. It’s really a win-win.
So without further ado, here are some of my recent favorite pieces of non-Geekerella fanart for your enjoyment. I hope you find a new artist to love and support, and definitely @ me on Twitter with your favs as well!
I love Studio Ghibli. When Howl’s Moving Castle came to theaters, I must’ve taken the hour and a half drive four—maybe five?—times to the only theater playing it in my region. I loved the colors, and the characters, and the story (even though it was miles different from the novel by Diana Wynne Jones, which I love equally as much and re-read every year). The Cat Returns is my pick-me-up whenever I feel sad, and Porco Rosso is the hilarious and heartfelt comfort on rainy days.
My other comfort, my love, my obsession—is books.
So I thought, why not try to pair the two together like a nice cheese and some red wine?
To fangirl or not to fangirl?
I’ve asked myself this question more times than I can count. Is it socially acceptable to squeal in the theater when the new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok brings us hot-lips Hemsworth? When a new comic comes out, how much can I fangirl at the register to the hipster cashier? At Disney World, can I stand in line for Gaston and have a flexing contest? If I have the windows down in my car, can I blast the Steven Universe soundtrack so loud I drown out the bro beside me blasting his indie rock?
Satire inspired by Hamilton/Anything for a Vote
Here are ten quintessential rules for running for election, as told (well, more shown than told, but I’m sure he would’ve told you anyway if he wasn’t dead) by the great Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of American Independence of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom.
Our Founding Father was many things—a bibliophile, a scholar, a lover of food, a violinist, a slave holder, and a two-time presidency-winning loquacious son of a gun.
So how did this prominently-born well-dressed son of a Virginian planter, skip the Revolution, knock up a few women, and still go on to win a presidency?
These are Jeff’s Ten Election Commandments.
It’s hard to explain cosplay without actually living it. Some people think you’re crazy for spending so much money on costumes, while others revere you for looking nearly identical to Poison Ivy or Hatsune Miku. The sky’s the limit when it comes to who you can dress as, who you can be. For a few short hours, you can abandon your life and step into someone else’s shoes. Just like submerging yourself in a book, you become someone else. You transform.
In honor of that perfect feeling and just in time for San Diego Comic-Con—where some of the best cosplayers debut their masterpieces—here are some of the best cosplays we’ve ever seen around the interwebzTM.
Think back on the last time you went to a bookstore. That aisle of brightly-colored books with numbers on their spines. No, not the encyclopedia aisle. The other one. The manga aisle, usually full of readers squatting down by their favorite series, reading voraciously with an adoring, excited look in their eyes.
And while you may know Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, or that one with the card-playing kid with the spiky hair, you may NOT know just how many different kinds of manga there are. In fact, many manga have stories with a similar feel to some contemporary YA fiction. If you've never given manga a try, now's the time! So sit back, pull up a chair, and let’s get you reading some manga!
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