riseupwithfists: art by rick veitch (gothamcore)
A few months back, I mentioned to some of you that I was trying to write a current canon Tim story. Or, rather, me attempting to make current canon Tim a Tim I would like to write about, because GOOD NIGHT I have some issues with the past year or so of DC Bat-stuff. Sadly, I don't think it's gonna happen, even though I really wanted it to, but that's no reason not to share some of it with the world. The following includes the Kate-cap of the last few issues of Red Robin, my reaction(s) to it, and my attempted solution in the shape of fic, with commentary on the stuff I was planning on writing.

Don't expect anything amazing here. This is more about getting the idea out out so I don't feel guilt about it anymore.

WIP AMNESTY: Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk )
riseupwithfists: art by rick veitch (jaime: our beetley overlord)
If you don't want to be spoiled by a special effects test run for a theoretical blue beetle series, don't click on this link.

STOP. BEETLETIME.

It's already been a long month and I'm really in the sort of mood where I will bite someone's head off if poked, so anything more negative than "I HOPE THIS IS GOOD BC IT WOULD BE AWFUL IF IT SUCKED" is somewhat discouraged. Let's try to be positivefacers for now, yeah?
riseupwithfists: art by rick veitch (britta: manic manic)
First off, awesome story is awesome: Like Ice is Cold, by [personal profile] gloss the Magnificent. I've said this over at the post itself, but this is the best Cassie story I have ever read. The insight into what makes her Wonderful self tick is fantastic.


Also, I've started to fill up the ficlet prompts:

-Power Girl and Atlee do their thang.

The Jaime and Scarab Show, take two hundred.

More are welcome, of course. I'm working on Jaime/Tim/Scarab but it's turning in a slightly depressio thing so it's not up yet.
riseupwithfists: art by rick veitch (this is my robin icon)
When I was first getting into comics, it was near the beginning of the Beechen run of Robin. I'm much less sympathetic towards it now than I was at the time, but it was still my first exposure to current Tim, and I can't train myself out of being fond for the red suit and his ridiculous angst before it got too incredibly ridiculous. Plus, the Williams II art! He draws the bitchiest of Timfaces.

The first issue of the Robin series I ever, ever read was #150 (the second was the Zero Hour tie-in with shortpants Dick? Two Robins, no waiting?), and while the majority of the issue is concerned with Cass' character assassination, there was one moment that forever cemented my crazy love for Tim and his brilliant, brilliant crazy.
case in point )
riseupwithfists: (bart goes to film school)
[community profile] three_weeks_for_dw is unfortunately coinciding with revision times/FINALS TIMES UGH, so it'll be more like two_weeks_for_me, but I really want to do this one because I know I've been promising meta recently:

What kind of topics/entries would you like to see me posting about? Any particular questions you've always wanted to ask me but have resisted because the answer would be a huge essay? Ever want to wind me up and watch me go on a particular topic? Anything you've heard me say "I should write that entry about _________ I've been meaning to write" and have been patiently waiting for?

Feel free to comment now, and I'll get back to these sometime within the three weeks. This way your suggestions can be all percolating in the back of my head whilst I study/revise/tear my hair out holy shit. Also, open to everyone. Lurkers welcome!


(TEAM BETA: I have made this sooooo fucking complicated for myself, but YOUR EXPERTISE WILL BE NEEDED... SOMETIME IN THE NEXT WEEK. I have a final the day that some sort of final draft is due, OF COURSE, but then posting doesn't start until May 10th so the "final" version I turn in doesn't have to be the final version that I post. Long story short, I'm in the middle of fits of inspiration and ecstasy and filling in blanks, and the story that you will receive to read will be about 98% complete. Current word count is ~31,000. It will be more by the end of the week when I send it out. This thing is getting fucking finished and it will be glorious I swear to Scarab.

I'm more than a bit stressed out about this because there's the story that it could easily be, and then there's the story that I WANT it to be, and I'm so afraid that time constraints and fear of taking risks (okay, time constraints) will make me settle for the easier route and this is the longest fic I've ever written with the intention of actually posting it in a complete manner and oh god I want to do Jaime justice because there is NO Jaime longfic out there and that's more than a little bit intimidating. I know I'm overthinking this but it's been in my head for SO LONG and I'm so worried that it's hackneyed and silly but oh man I want to do some of the more implicit things in it justice.

Ugh I hate how full of myself I sound. I just WANT TO DO JAIME JUSTICE.)
riseupwithfists: art by rick veitch (roy and lian)
Between the Jasonapolooza, JLI Redux (now with 100% more Jaime!), and what I've put behind the cut, this is going to be a very awesome summer in which I actually start giving my LCS money again.

LOOK WHAT'S FINALLY BEEN SOLICITED, DAHLINGS )

PSA

Apr. 14th, 2010 04:13 pm
riseupwithfists: art by rick veitch (jaime harts timmy)
COMICSBIGBANG NEEDS ARTISTS. There are a few left in particular that will break my heart if they're not accounted for. So if you're artistically inclined (and fanmixes/icons are now being allowed as well) consider taking a gander.
riseupwithfists: art by rick veitch (roy and lian)
Amidst all of the end of semester stress, RL stress and editing my damn Jaime story, I suddenly want to sign up for Ladies Big Bang to write a story where, instead of falling victim to the Arrow family's abundant manpain, Lian and Mia are knocked into 616 New York right before before that certain plotpoint in Cry for Justice and, heh. Marvel at this brave new world, with such Avengers in it.

This would eventually become really hot Mia/Kate Bishop pornshipping in between the fish out of water shenanigans and fix-it ficcisms.
riseupwithfists: (bart goes to film school)
Exhibit A: the sales totals for the Cry For Justice miniseries. The sales figures for the issue in which a young girl was senselessly killed for the sake of cheap drama have yet to come in, but from everywhere I've read people are expecting a bump because of the notoriety.

Exhibit B: these statements from the writer of Phonogram on why we won't be seeing the planned third series:

-There's a difference between making only a little money and starving. We're very much in the latter. Jamie's lucky to get a couple of hundred dollars from an issue... Will we make some money off the trade? Maybe. And that's a big maybe. But that means Jamie not earning any money for the six months it would take to draw it, which is the main reason why we took over a year to do 7 issues. As in, every time Jamie ran out of money, he had to stop and do something else.

-I feel frustrated. Enormously lucky, sure, but frustrated. We've done this wonderful thing we're crazy-proud about. But if the whole economic system was just a couple of degrees to the left, everything would have been different. I mean, just to give you an idea about narrow the margins are between what we are and what we could be, if we were selling 6K instead of 4K, we could have done those 44 issues. The difference between breaking even and actually being able to do it in comics is insane. It's like being kept under ice, clawing.

Hypothesis: for all of the bitching at various capitalists in charge of various comic book companies, at the end of the day we get the comics we deserve.

Possible Argument.

Possible Counterargument.
riseupwithfists: art by rick veitch (boys i never said this job was easy)
So this is what happens when you wake up at six in the morning to largely finish your paper and it's too early to start the next one and you're maybe kinda procrastinating on your Big Bang.

This is dedicated to [personal profile] gloss and [personal profile] jubilancy (who may not know who the Mystery Solving Teens are but who certainly enjoys teenage boys being doofuses as long as they're fictional). This was inspired by [personal profile] gloss's lgbtfest prompt, but I'm not sure if the finished product counts exactly, so here it is. I've been wanting to write these dudes since Yuletide, people.

(Also, do you know how hard it is to write when neither of the two characters have names? And it just didn't seem right giving them any, so second person it is. Sorry about that. Fic from POV of the Mystery Solving Teen with the t-shirt and the shaggy hair. Also, the run-on sentences are a feature, not a bug. Or both, maybe?)

went to the park to get the scoop - aka the mystery solving teens spout dubious slang and get it on )

Bonus! Get your motherfucking Mystery Solving Teens icons here:

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They are all for sharing if you're down with that. I'm feeling like a bit of an icon Communist today. Credit Kate Beaton, not me.
riseupwithfists: art by rick veitch (jaime: POWER FIST)
I'd like to thank everyone who left good wishes on my last post. I'd like to especially thank Jube, who threatened me with dismemberment (with love!) when I was considering binning my story and leaving fandom in a huff. (Though for the record, I still think Jason needs to set up a phone poll for this bullshit. But I digress.)

So. The rough draft deadline for comicsbigbang is coming up at the end of the month. I'll be out of the country and without internet at the end of the month, so I was wanting to turn it in by the 28th or so.

Consequently, I AM LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD BETA READERS. I already have a couple who I know will definitely read it, but I'd like, how should I put this? I want people who have either never read my fiction before or who haven't known me for very long. I guess I'm focus-grouping this in a way; I want people who know me and know what I'm trying to accomplish, but I also want readers who don't necessarily know that because the audience won't know me for the most part. There is no set number; if you wanna read, you can read.

should I cut? I'll cut. WHAT TO EXPECT IF YOU ARE INTERESTED: )

Oh! And if anyone doesn't know yet, the story stars Jaime "Made of Awesome" Reyes and costars various Titans, various Reyes, and a few... interesting cameos.


Vampire Abed thanks you in advance.

ETA: Thank you, darlings, I have a good number now, though if you absolutely must have in on this gravy train I will not say no. ([personal profile] gloss and [personal profile] jubilancy, your inclusion was automatically assumed and I hope that's alright. :)
riseupwithfists: art by rick veitch (Default)
Gay for Justice finished today. I made the mistake of reading it. Which is the equivalent of putting my hand on the stove, I know, but I wanted to read it firsthand. )
Though I did get my hands on Girl Comics #1 today and I heartily recommend it, as it is a breath of fresh air. Fun fresh air that unfortunately didn't do a lick of good for me.

tl;dr version: Temporary hiatus. Be excellent to each other.
riseupwithfists: art by rick veitch (jaime harts timmy)
Since you are now the new creative boss of DC Comics, allow me to give a few suggestions on how to solve a particular thorn in your company's side.

How do you solve a problem like Teen Titans? )

Alright, back to Tennyson.
riseupwithfists: (bart goes to film school)
Let's make a deal: if you enjoy this comic, you have to promise to buy the trade when it comes out (I'm pretty sure it isn't out Stateside yet), because I know I'm going to. It isn't the best issue; that honor goes to #7 (and I serendipitously got really into TV On The Radio about a week before reading it), but #4 is my sentimental favorite. I'm going away for a few days, and will probably get rid of this post when I come back, because I feel bad enough about sharing a copy here since the series is critically acclaimed but didn't make a lot of money. Anyway.

Excellent.
riseupwithfists: art by rick veitch (kon&tim: time is just a hunger)
Oh my god, is DC going to fall into a black hole of endless Lantern events and variant covers now that Johns is in charge at the asylum?

(Countdown to the storyline adapted from Geoff Johns' fanfiction drawer [bc you know he has one] where Cassie, Kon and Tim have to have a threesome to save the universe: begins now.)

Meme du jour: Leave a comment on this post and I will pick three of your fandoms. Then you get to answer the following questions. Except that three sounds like a bit much, so I'll do one or two because these are a lot of questions. [personal profile] haunted prompted me for the following:
meme meme )

Finally, a very special pic.

MOMENT OF MIDTERMS VICTORY ZEN )
riseupwithfists: art by rick veitch (ROBIN PARTY)
I spent the afternoon transferring some of my less embarrassing comics fic over here for posterity. Everything had been spread out over multiple journals and I'm pondering deleting my LJ and I'm a control freak at heart. I didn't transfer anything pre-comics because a) that was forever ago and b) well, I just didn't.

The selections are available in my fic filter. Upon looking back, there's a fuckton of Bart up in there. My loyalties, let me show you them.
riseupwithfists: art by rick veitch (kon&tim: time is just a hunger)
So Tim was like this: Cue the Strings - Low

But now he's more like this: Walk Into the Sea - Low Still depressio as all hell, but at least a little more chipper about it.

Anyway, as delightful as Tim and Kon's interactions have been, someone's been missing.

rule of thirds: 850ish words. written this morning during class and therefore probably a bit doofy. )
I love how I was making fun of the "Bart tells it like it is" trope less than forty-eight hours ago, and now I am wallowing in it with gleeful abandon.

And a link which is related if you squint the right way: AHAHAHAHAHAHA.
riseupwithfists: the reyes hug it out (mommas and grandmommas love you)
Okay, sports fans. This is what I did all weekend instead of writing Kon/Paco for Porn Battle (your mileage may vary re: whether this was a good thing or not).

wherein i blab about comics and families and comics families and comics. )
riseupwithfists: art by rick veitch (billy: take on the world and mtv)
Okay, so I haven't been participating in the chromatic recasting meme for various reasons, including the fact that I am lazy*. But I just noticed that nobody's recasted the Young Avengers yet which is a fucking travesty because Read more... )

*and also because when I cast my favorite characters, I want to cast ALL of my favorite characters. Which is my way of saying INTERNET, BRING ME PICTURES OF ADORABLE POTENTIAL JAIME REYESES.

ETA: Fuckit, here's a few moar. )

huddle!

Jan. 11th, 2010 12:45 pm
riseupwithfists: (bart goes to film school)
I am quite tempted to sign up for Comics Big Bang for the express purpose of getting my shit done, aka the longfic I've been working on for quite some time. While I'm planning on finishing this thang either way, this could also scratch my itch re: wanting to participate in a fandommy shindig again.

Pros to this notion:

-I could spend the next month focusing on school/life disasters/other fiction and then finish the story at my quasi-leisure.

-I work better under deadlines imposed by others and not myself. Also, the deadline is not ridiculously close, but also close enough so I don't lose all interest in the ideas I'm working with. I also really like the month gap between the rough draft being due and the final draft being due, as I adore/abhor/adore the editing process and therefore need a lot of time.

-The story is already in the neighborhood of 20-something-thousand words, so meeting the length requirements in the time permitted will not be a problem.

-Part of me is secretly in love with the story and would love an audience for it. If I freak out about this, I can always drop out.

-PRETTY ART GRABBY HANDS.


Cons to this notion:

-I try to avoid fandom deadlines and challenges since I usually crash and burn in dramatic fashion (this may well be offset by the fact that I have more than the minimum in story already).

-Aforementioned deadline could cause me to procrastinate like a motherfucker in a way which wouldn't have happened if I were on my own deadline.

-The fic as currently imagined involves various multimedia elements (playlists, easter eggs, etc) which might be too complicated for a fic under a Big Bang banner. Feel free to correct me on this one, as I've never signed up for one before and therefore am not fully aware of what's considered to be "too much".

-The fic will be given more publicity and I still do not know if I want more than four people reading it (Please file this one under "My Issues").

-Fandom and I aren't really speaking to each other much these days, and the resulting reintroduction might be too weird (file this one under "My Issues" as well).


What should I do, oh trusted ones? I think I know the answer, but you know. The important thing is to get this baby out into the world with as little fuss as possible.
riseupwithfists: art by rick veitch (gothamcore)
JUDD WINICK IS MAKING A CHRISTMAS PRESENT JUST FOR ME, PEOPLE. (scroll down to the bottom of the article for the full scoop.) MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAND GRENADES TO ALL.
riseupwithfists: (bart goes to film school)
a) My hatred for Damien Wayne and my hatred for Adam Lambert*: STRANGELY SIMILAR, especially measured against fandom's widespread love for them.

b) I have just now realized that "Competence Porn" John Rogers and "wrote twenty-odd issues of THE BEST COMICS EVER WITH 'BEETLE' IN THE NAME" John Rogers are one and the same! Would I enjoy Leverage? Are there those half-jokey, half-derisive gay jokes that plague most of television these days? I seriously can't handle gay jokes in my media right now, it's like one more knife in the eye.


*which isn't hatred really so much as extreme ambivalence which soars into annoyance when fandom treats him as the Gay Messiah. I hate to be the negative political Nancy (okay, so I kinda like) but two queer kids were fucking slaughtered last week. I know what I give more of a shit about. So please don't turn the comments into telling me how much I should love Adam Lambert? The week I've been having and that my community has been having, I will seriously cut you.
riseupwithfists: art by rick veitch (gothamcore)
Dear Geoff Johns:
Your meta is not as clever as Brian Azzarello's meta, plus you are really shooting fish in a barrel here. Plus plus, I bet you're really sorry now that you allotted two issues of what is now basically a six issue Superboy mini to your fanboy avatar.

If you're not, you should be.

PS spoilers for Flash happenings: )

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