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Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 09:12 am
1. Your main fandom of the year?
MCU, including Agents of SHIELD

2. Your favourite film watched this year?
Gravity, the only movie I watched in the theatre this year. I rarely feel this immersed in a movie; it was thrilling. I'm really glad I listened to all the reviews that said you need to watch this on the big screen. I would've kicked myself when eventually watching it on DVD.

3. Your favourite book read this year?
As usual, I read 99% fanfic and only two or three books. I read Battle Royale, which I liked a lot, but my favorite was A Monster Calls. That book is like a kick in the gut, but in the best way.

4. Your favourite album or song to listen to this year?
Don't really have one. I digitized all my CDs and have the computer play them at random, interspersed with Japanese lessons. It's great when you're drawing and don't have to get up to change the CD.

5. Your favourite TV show of the year?
Agents of SHIELD fuckyeah

6. Your favourite online fandom community of the year?
You know... if I'm realistic, I have to say tumblr, most recently. It's flawed as a fandom platform and communicating there sucks donkey balls, but when I look for fresh content about my current show, I 1) actually find it and 2) it's actual squee and discussions and headcanons and shiny gifsets, rather than dour posts detailing how the show sucks and needs to get fixed according to each poster's tastes. So right now, I guess, if you need me... imma be on tumblr. (I'm astrid-v over there.)

It's nice to see LJ/DW pick up a bit, though, with the recent posting memes.

7. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
same as 5.

8. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
I don't think I have one... I didn't have expectations that weren't fulfilled.

9. Your TV boyfriend of the year?
Clinton F. Barton. I also have a soft spot for Grant Ward - hard and spiky on the outside, with a squishy (and occasionally goofy) center. Easy on the eyes, too. :)

10. Your TV girlfriend of the year?
Natasha Romanoff. And Melinda May. Both have layered personalities, and kick ass with style which never gets old. I have a huge competence kink. (And a thing for hot ladies over fourty, re. May. Honorary mention to Sophie Devereaux, who kicks ass in an entirely different way.)

11. Your biggest squee moment of the year?
Hm. It was probably something fanfic-related. But I can't come up with a single moment.

12. The most missed of your old fandoms?
SGA... I miss the gazillions of fic produced every year, most of them the kind of plotty action-adventure teamfic I love most. I don't miss the constant character bashing though, so that always puts things into perspective when I want to whine that my new fandoms don't have that kind of output.

13. The fandom you haven’t tried yet, but want to?
Farscape, eventually. Not anytime soon, I'm a fandom serial monogamist.

14. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?
That one's easy. Cap II, aka Black Widow the Movie. I'm trying to keep my expectations reasonable, but I'm really looking forward to that one.
Also looking forward to Black Widow #1. The preview pics look promising.

I normally also do the fanworks year in review, but a bunch of pieces are still veiled for fandom stocking. Maybe I'll do that one in a week.
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Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 04:32 pm
This year I can finally do this meme again without getting depressed.

January
The Fashion History Meme jumpstarted my muse.

Sophie Devereaux, Ancient Rome & Winry as a medieval lady
Spike in a Zoot suit (& two Leverage sketches)


February
Fight Bingo #2: Knives


more fashion history:
Faith, slayer of the vampyres
Ronon in Ancient Greek battle dress
Ronon as a Spartan soldier

Sketch: Parker teaches Hardison how to skateboard


March
more Leverage character sketches

April
Leverage Bingo #1: Nate and the Top Hat Job


June
Fight Bingo #3: Natasha saves Clint's ass
Sketch, and final version


art for casestory: Riddle me this


Nick Fury w/bazooka


July
Clint & Natasha character studies


August
Black Widow & Hawkeye, in action


September
more Hawkeye sketches


October
more Avengers


character studies: Aaron Cross and Jason Walsh


November
Lafayette sketch, colored


December
I made some stocking stuffers but the stockings are opened in January...
Mystery work & mystery work :D

Favorite(s) of the batch: Black Widow and Hawkeye in action
Best of the batch: Probably the same. I think technique-wise it's the most interesting and rounded, and it's as close to the picture I had in my head as I could hope to get.
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Thursday, December 20th, 2012 01:18 pm
It's meme time again. Snagged from [personal profile] selenak:

Your main fandom of the year?
The Avengers. That came as a total surprise to me. The movie looked like a grade A sausage fest of the kind I try to avoid, plus Superheroes were always something I couldn't connect with. But TA turned my expectations upside down, and it gave me Black Widow. (Natasha's awesomeness aside, I still hope the sequels will feature more leading women.)

Your favorite film you watched this year?
That would be the same answer. But I equally enjoyed Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol which was just as much a surprise. I've watched it as often as TA. I never knew MI actually contains convoluted con plots of the kind I really like. (Though I have since watched MI1 and didn't like it nearly as much as 4.)

Your favorite book read this year?
I don't read a lot of books because of my fanfic habit. But just yesterday I read A Monster Calls which was intense. Not an easy read, hit close to home, but I knew what I was getting into when I started reading. And I'm glad I read it even if, or maybe because, it brought back emotions I normally keep buried.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
Can't think of any. I was mostly listening to 日本語能力試験:N3 while working, in the hope it'll eventually improve my understanding of spoken Japanese. "A man and a woman are talking. What is it the woman is finding in her handbag?" Exciting stuff.

Your favorite tv show of the year?
The Unusuals. As many other fans I came for Jeremy Renner and stayed for the entire ensemble and the quirky plots. Prematurely cancelled after only 10 episodes, but those are all good. And there's a novel-length fic now that spins the plot further.
(Going by the DVD cover you wouldn't assume it's an ensemble show. But I can't blame them for marketing it this way. Heh.)
When I was browsing through the Yuletide prompts I was surprised to see how many people had listed TU as one of their three fandoms.

Your favorite DW/LJ community of the year?
fail_fandomanon for the mix of discussion, recs and meta.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
Avengers! I still enjoy Leverage a lot and I'll be sad when it's over... (I loved the Christmas episode) but it's so nice to be in a large fandom again, where I can pick something new to read every single day without running out anytime soon. I missed that.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
Hm. Probably [livejournal.com profile] casestory, but that was more of a minor disappointment. The fest went largely unnoticed and I won't participate again, even though it was low commitment and I really liked the story I made art for. Panfandom and gen combined makes too small a niche, perhaps.

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?
Jeremy Renner. That body. That smoldering look that he sometimes does. And the best thing is that a lot of his previous movies are really good.
(Though I have a hard time believing he played that vampire creep Penn in Angel: Somnambulist. I mean, I'd just watched that episode the week before I saw Avengers. I never would've guessed that's the same guy.)
(The upcoming Witchhunter thing looks. Um. Cracky. OTOH two of my favorite movies are Sleepy Hollow and The Nightmare Before Christmas. I kinda hope H&G is gonna be in that vein.)

Your fandom girlfriend of the year?
It's a tie between Scarlett Johannsson and Gina Bellman.
Gina Bellman is utterly gorgeous. She just has such a presence. I appreciated that Sophie got more to do in the recent episodes, for several eps I thought they were underutilizing her.
And here is where SJ calls an interviewer on his sexist question.

Your biggest squee moment of the year?
That's hard to pin down... Hehehe. Okay, maybe the part where Hulk smashes Loki around. Or wait, the part in the beginning where Natasha is tied to the chair and does her thing while Coulson is listening in on the phone looking almost bored. (I was getting Buffy flashbacks. That is a very good thing in my book.)

The most missed of your old fandoms?
I believe this time last year I said I missed SGA for the abundance of fanwork if nothing else. But I don't any longer because I got enough to read. \o/
Sometimes I miss Buffy and Angel during the heyday... the intensity, the quality of the meta, which analysed and celebrated the show instead of merely tearing it down. These days I barely read meta any more because it interferes with my enjoyment of a canon instead of enhancing it like Angel meta did.

I had butterflies in my stomach before each new Angel episode... I haven't felt like that since then, not even for my most favorite shows. But the nice thing is that Buffy and Angel fandom still exist so whenever I feel like it, I can revisit. And the shows hold up very well on rewatch!

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
Yeah, there were some. I should really start writing this stuff down. Anyway, I'm only into one canon at a time, so I'm not shopping for a new fandom at the moment.
When I'll try a new show it'll probably be Elementary.

Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?
The SHIELD tv show. Even though I'm grumpy about Coulson getting a show while Natasha isn't getting anything but side character status in Cap2. But I hope the show will appeal to me nonetheless. And I do hope it'll be an ensemble show!
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Friday, December 30th, 2011 12:57 pm
gakked from [personal profile] ratcreature

Your main fandom of the year?
Leverage. Practically love at first sight. I saw Rashomon Job and liked it a lot, and I had the feeling I could fall in love with the show. So I started at the beginning and fell properly for it after a handful of episodes. Ahh, the moment when you realize you have a new fandom...

Your favorite film watched this year?
Hmm... The Lovely Bones? Saoirse Ronan is brilliant. Pity that the script for Hanna was so underwhelming.
Oh, and I really liked Tron, way more than I expected. (Was that this year?)

Your favorite book read this year?
Well, I barely read any books, mostly I read fic... I loved The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

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Friday, December 31st, 2010 02:42 pm
My fannish output this year was way below that of the past few years, I think in parts because I've just done so much fanart for SGA that, while I still have ideas, the itch has been scratched... that must make fanart now!! But mostly I've just been swamped with work until November, and by then I was just exhausted so I spent the last two months drawing very little, reading and reccing fic instead, and playing outside in the snow. (Skiing! I was lucky and found skis to buy two days ago. \o/)

Well, here's what I did draw (the preview pics link to the posts):
January:
a visual prompt for the commentfic exchange at [livejournal.com profile] sgahcchallenges (btw, still up for grabs...)
February: nothin'
March: Following a post from [personal profile] sholio I discovered Fullmetal Alchemist. Result: a Roy&Riza sketch
April:
my entry for [livejournal.com profile] sticksandsnark
May:
for Cliche Bingo: Roy/Riza, After the Battle
and a quick Roy Mustang color sketch... an attempt to paint fire using watercolors. (needs more practice.)
June:
Dog Days: two FMA inks. Astrid tries manga style.
and a colored version of both.
July, August, September, October: The Project of Doom happened. Also, my vacation to Comic Con and gorgeous Zion National Park.
November:

a colored version of my Teyla&Rodney sketch from January. At first I wanted to leave it as a sketch because I was happy with the way the movement was caught, and that gets easily lost when I ink my pencils. I'm glad I went back and colored it after all; think this is my favorite of this year's bunch (well, or my stickandsnark piece, can't decide). The colored ink I used did interesting things and the result suprised me. (No idea how I got that dusty effect, really.)
my contribution to fma_ladyfest: Mei, Al, and Xiao Mei in Xing

That's it. Not too bad, though I'd hoped I'd fill at least one of my prompts for [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo... hhm. I still have a couple hours... ;)
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Thursday, December 31st, 2009 11:22 am
Comic: Fear of the Dark (Story by [profile] rheanna27)


Teyla/Rodney, romantic dancing


Atlantis Xmas Card


Badass!Team


Illustration for [livejournal.com profile] tipper_green's 'The Black Lake'


Illustration for [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper's 'Night Ops'


Design of the Dead - movie poster color sketch


Team, just hanging out at a creek


Season Two, 'Nuff Said (Starcrossed movie poster)


Stargate: The Mobile


The Woods Are Haunted, Dark And Deep (art for sticksandsnark)


Team Wallpaper


Favorite(s) of the batch: That might be the mobilé
Best of the batch: That's a tough one. This year I haven't got something like the Ronon&Todd drawing that made me go, "wow, I drew this?"
Hm, I'd probably pick Fear of the Dark. It's not as flawless or polished as I'd have liked it to be because with so many panels, it's hard to give every single one the attention I'd give a oneshot. Still, I think it turned out well.
Most underappreciated by the universe: Actually, I can't complain. The one thing that I thought would be a contestant for this title (the comic) got really great comments.
(Of all my fanart over the years, the clear winner in this category is Synth, the Angel&Gunn&Fray gen comic I made with Yhlee. I'm pretty convinced I could've got more comments for a ten-minute drawing of shirtless!Spike than I got for the 12 pages of comic.)
Most fun to draw: Tie between 'The Black Lake' and the mobilé
Sexiest ficartwork: Everything's still very very gen, as you can see. ;) But I hope I manged to get some sexiness into the romantic dancing pic... (the actual orgy is taking place somewhere else on Atlantis, in case you were wondering where Vala, Daniel, and Radek are.)
"Holy crap, that's wrong even for you" fic: still nothing. Maybe next year.
Hardest to draw: The romantic dancing. Never drawn romance. Or dancing. And I generally avoid scenes with more than a handful of recognizable characters 'cuz that's work. ;) Plus there was the conflict of having the characters recognizable and still give an impression of the setting. Mind, I'm happy with the result. Still, wondering whether I should've gone with a bird's view here...
Year-end squee: Well, I don't want to jinx anything but I was feeling pretty down about this fandom at the beginning of the year, and now I'm not. Right now I'm all a-flail to get my sga_santa and Big Bang's read, and my to-rec list is so long that I don't know where to start... and that's a good kind of flailing.
What's next: I was just thinking that I would like to draw a one-page comic to get back into the swing of it. For at least two weeks I've been completely stuck because I can't continue with the job I'm working on until I get the greenlight for my sketches, and they seem to be really overwhelmed with work on the other end. It's just wrong if the artist is bugging the editor and not vice versa. This would have been a great time to work on a private comic project or make fanart or just practice drawing, but instead I was just aimlessly flittering from project to project and getting very little done. (At least the new computer is now up and running.)
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Sunday, December 28th, 2008 12:23 pm
gakked from [livejournal.com profile] crysothemis...

2008 (Fic &) Art Roundup

My favorite piece of this year: tie between The Long Way Home and In The Pale Moonlight.

My best piece this year: Again, tie between 'The Long Way Home' and 'In The Pale Moonlight'. Honestly, I think ITPM is one of the best illustrations I've ever done. But comic has an added layer of difficulty compared to one-shot illustration and there's the whole storytelling aspect. I can't decide.

Most fun piece: The Long Way Home. Not least because of the collaborative part. ITPM was fun, too, but in a different way... like, ten hours of obsessive drawing and coloring entirely on autopilot.

Most sexy piece: Huh. Well, there's my Shirtless!John and its companion piece, Shirtless!Rodney?

Piece with the single sexiest moment: Um. Clear Blue Skies, while being gen, has a definitive slashy vibe... the sexy moment has to be left to the imagination of the viewer... okay, so I don't have a sexiest moment in my art.

"Holy crap, that's wrong, even for you" piece: Well, I did entertain the idea of creating shirtless versions of all the characters. All the guys, anyway. But I didn't. So, I got nothing, really.

Piece that shifted my own perceptions of the characters: I realized John Sheppard makes a great Muppet.

Hardest piece to create: Muppet: Atlantis. I did the drawing of the team in like an hour, and then I spent hours and hours (and layers and layers) on getting the photoshopped background right. And it never really turned out quite like I'd envisioned it.

Biggest Disappointment: The stuff that disappoints me goes straight to the garbage bin.

Oh wait, there's this almost-finished illustration of John and Rodney exploring a creepy underground mine, and I can't find an angle for it. A theme, a punchline, anything to give this scene context. I just had the image in my head and started drawing, and hoped that an idea would form in time. If someone wants to take a look at it, I could use some input. [yay, I think I know what to do with it now.]

Biggest Surprise: got nothing

Most Unintentionally Telling piece: I dunno. You tell me. ;)


in all this year I produced:

1 finished comic
1 almost-finished comic (I'm still hoping I might finish it by the end of the year, but probably not)
half a dozen illustrations and sketches