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Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 06:40 pm
I made these a while ago and never got around to posting the pics. I'm still not really happy with the quality of the photos but I hope the layers and three-dimensionality come through somewhat...
pics behind the cut: 3xSGA, 1xFMA, 1xAvengers )

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Monday, November 26th, 2012 07:30 pm
Today, a couple Fullmetal Alchemist vids:

Keep Going [FMA:Brotherhood Trailer]
This is a really well-done fan-made trailer. I've watched one or two of the official trailers; this one does a much better job of presenting the show.
(It focuses mostly on the two main protagonists though, not the ensemble.)

FMA: Supergirls (Riza, Olivier, Izumi)
Tribute video to the kick ass women of Fullmetal Alchemist
Fun vid, great energy.
(... and that's not even all the kick ass women on FMA!)

Beautiful ensemble MMV: Redemption by [livejournal.com profile] hayaaateuh

I wanted to add a Roy&Riza vid to round off the post but Youtube's blocking all the other vids in my bookmarks...
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Sunday, January 8th, 2012 04:39 pm
I'm so happy with my fandom stocking. I got Angel fic with Kate, Angel and Connor \o/ and more Angel fic with Angel and Connor doing some father-son bonding (boy, do those two deserve it) and a cool Garak/Bashir fanmix, fma icons (of which I just uploaded one for those days you're just like, blah...) and a Sam/Rodney wallpaper, and holiday greetings with kittens.

I only managed to fill one stocking this year, myself. I clicked on dozens, hoping something would trigger my creativity but it has just been the kind of year where the muse went on vacation. But. I finally had an idea for something in the Angel verse I'd really like to do. It's still fragile... I'll pet it and water it and hope it grows into a proper bunny.
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Saturday, October 29th, 2011 09:16 pm
End of History by SerenKyun (FMA)
MMV; Roy/Riza

SerenKyun's editing is always fresh and dynamic. At first I wasn't sure about the use of typography but after watching a couple times I found I like it - I like how it picks up the song lyrics and at the same time casually translates the Japanese dialogue, all while interacting with the art. It makes it a bit harder to catch everything at once (hence the repeated watching) but yeah, very interesting!

FMA fic and vid recs - master list
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Monday, October 24th, 2011 10:46 pm
Stars by kachink (FMA)
Lin/Lan Fan, worksafe

I was about to describe the art but instead here's a preview picture:

I like the minimalist colors and the stylized shapes.
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Monday, October 10th, 2011 11:15 pm
Let's become stories by [livejournal.com profile] hayaaateuh (FMA amv)
ensemble vid with a side of Roy/Riza / Song: Diamonds by The A-Sides

Very convincing constructed reality! The vid starts slow, with a recapping of past events; then when the music speeds up it tells a story of what happened after canon ended. Okay, so Hayaaateuh says the vid is not her headcanon... it's not my headcanon either, that's for sure! Some events in this vid? Never happen, in my mind! :P But headcanon or not, it's just so well done! She has edited not just clips together but also details within the frames, so you look at certain sequences and wonder which fma ova you've missed.
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Saturday, August 6th, 2011 05:33 pm
Birth & Death by Hayaaaateuh (Fullmetal Alchemist AMV)
I think this vid is really mesmerizing in the way it captures the sheer epic scope of Arakawa's story.

vidder's note: So, yes, the theme of death and loss is inherent in FullMetal Alchemist, as it is closely linked to many character's stories. But one of the reasons why this manga touched me so deeply is that Arakawa didn't only drew this side of life, but made her story come full circle by showing that there is always a hope of rebirth - may it be the birth of a family, of a brand new political era, or the rebirth of a culture.
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Saturday, July 16th, 2011 12:02 am
Big Bang Illustrations post 1, post 2, post 3 by [livejournal.com profile] dzioo (FMA)

Absolutely worth a look even if you're not familiar with Fullmetal Alchemist canon. (I haven't got around to reading any of the FMA Big Bang fics yet, but I want to read the story that inspires that kind of illustration.)

The first post includes not just the colored illustration but also a bunch of sketches and character studies.
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Sunday, July 10th, 2011 11:22 am
Can't Get a Guy with a Gun by [personal profile] likeadeuce (FMA)
gen; PG-13; Characters: Maes, Rebecca, Riza, Roy; 489 words

"Welcome!" Hughes said to Rebecca. "Sit! Tell us stories about Hawkeye."
"Huuuuughes," Roy warned.
Hughes ignored him. "You two were roomies, right? There must've been some Academy hijinks, even for our formidable lieutenant."
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Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 10:30 am
Hard To Keep Track of You (The Fake Empire Remix) by [livejournal.com profile] likeadeuce (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Maes/Roy, Maes/Gracia, Roy/Riza subtext; Rated Mature (but I'd call it R-PG13, myself); 11,166 words
Summary: When Maes Hughes reconnects with Roy Mustang at the end of the Ishbalan War, he gets more than he bargained for. But then, when you get involved with Roy, isn't that what you bargain for? (Based on volume 15 of the manga)

Post-Ishbal, Maes has a mystery to solve. Wonderful portrayals of the trio. A snippet:
Roy looked down at Hughes' hand. "You're right. I should try to appreciate being human again." Then he pulled away, lay down on his back, and took a swig of whiskey. Putting the bottle down, he said, "That's literal, by the way. Now that we're out of the war zone, I'm officially classified as 'personnel' instead of 'equipment'."
"Alchemists are equipment?"
"Technically, weapons. It's an accounting measure or . . .maybe it's actuarial. I forget the difference. When High Command is running the numbers, maybe a transport vehicle is worth the lives of five men. An artillery cannon could be worth fifty. Your average alchemist? A hundred men. Your friend Mustang, the Flame Alchemist?" He handed the bottle back to Hughes, and said, "I get five."
"Hundred?" Hughes choked out.
"Indeed," said Roy. "It's insulting, right? You'd think at least a thousand good Amestrian kids would have to die before they let anything happen to Mustang. These are Amestrian lives, understand. They must have one for Ishbalan lives, but who's gonna ask to look at that balance sheet?"
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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):
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
my entry for [livejournal.com profile] sticksandsnark
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.)
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.

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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Saturday, December 11th, 2010 02:07 am
All my Fullmetal Alchemist fic recs, collected in one post for easier access. Hope I didn't forget any.

~40 recs right now: lots of gen and Roy/Riza, plus a few other pairings )
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Thursday, December 9th, 2010 02:16 am
Lucky Man by [livejournal.com profile] penknife ST:AOS (with references to TOS canon)
gen; PG; Characters: Kirk (+ McCoy, Uhura, Pike, and Spock); ~3800 words
Summary: The reporters are looking for a story about Tarsus IV, but Jim doesn't have one he wants to tell.
AOS characters and TOS backstory, seamlessly interwoven. I love how all the characters involved are drawn, and the restrained way in which she portrays Kirk's trauma.

Here's a neat youtube film by two German magicians/jugglers. No German language skills necessary, there's no dialogue. Just lots of flying objects. I wonder how often they had to retake each scene. A Normal Day

And here's the plot of the original Star Wars trilogy retold in paper animation: Jeremy Messersmith - Tatooine

Military Dogs (FMA)
gen; characters: military
I've never watched the first anime, nor do I plan to. This vid uses 1st anime footage and canon but I find it compelling nonetheless. The song works well with the clips, and the timing is excellent... it manages to convey a downright ominous feeling.

here's a comm I'd been meaning to pimp for a while: [livejournal.com profile] kidpix
This is sortakinda like the Scans Daily of kid's books. People post scans of children's books of every imaginable style from all over the world. The comm is fairly high traffic but not so much that it floods my reading list. It's in Russian but the posts are all about the pics anyway.

An entry to water your appetite: Недетские сказки Японии

or this one: Bill Thomson. Chalk
Normally I'm not all that crazy about photorealism, but I like how the artist plays with it here.

and this is from a series I'm collecting myself :) Jill Barklem, Autumn Story

(there were more posts I wanted to share but I didn't bookmark them. Never gonna find them again.)
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Monday, November 15th, 2010 09:02 pm
Title: Above the clouds
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] lalikaa
Rating: PG

This was created for fma_ladyfest; check out the comm for some excellent fic and art dedicated to the many great ladies of Fullmetal Alchemist.

I went with the prompt: Al goes to Xing to see if Mei Chang can teach him Eastern alchemy.
Xiao Mei also stars. :)

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Monday, November 8th, 2010 12:20 am
Well, many many months ago I submitted a pencil sketch version of this picture as a visual prompt for, I think it was [livejournal.com profile] sgahcchallenges and I managed to ink it sometime during the last weeks. Here's finally a colored version. I was trying out my new drawing inks for this one (Rohrer & Klingner inks - actually the same ones as I used for the color sketch of this Fullmetal Alchemist pic, finishing which is next on my to-do list). I like these inks! I'm gonna buy more colors and explore them some more. Coloring this took no time.

Characters: Teyla & Rodney
Rating: PG-13 for guns, arrows and further implied violence

image behind the cut )

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Sunday, October 31st, 2010 01:28 am
Down Side by [livejournal.com profile] penknife (SGA)
gen; John Sheppard; short
Summary: 5 things John hates about Atlantis/being in Atlantis.

Negotiations by [livejournal.com profile] wildcat88 (SGA)
Gen; PG; Team; ~14,000 words
Summary: While waiting for Sheppard to recuperate, Rodney finds a reference that hints at a supply of ZPMs on an unexplored world. However, when the team arrives, they find it inhabited by rivals that aren't interested in sharing.

Planetside fic with good plot, lots of teamy banter, and an interesting and plausible exploration of the Travellers' culture.

Casey vs. The Dorks by anenko (Chuck)
gen; ensemble; set in season 1; 2186 words
Summary: "I think that we really bonded."

The dialogue is so spot on, it's like I'm watching the show.

I haven't had the chance to find a lot of longer, action-focused Chuck fic - lack of time, plus good longer plotfic just being harder to find in general. But I lucked out and found this one:
Chuck vs The Pacific Northwest by Nervert (Chuck)
Chuck/Sarah; PG-13; action-adventure; goes AU mid-season 3; 32,893 words
Summary: Chuck and Sarah find themselves alone in Seattle, cut off from their team. They must overcome the Ring, their own past, and the fact that life will never be the same again.

Chuck and Sarah are hunted, have to go into hiding and rely on their combined survival skills. The plot is suspenseful and satisfying: this author writes some of the most visual action scenes I've read, and I really like how they handle both the characterizations and the portrayal of Chuck's and Sarah's relationship too. My only nitpick would be that some of the longer dialogue sequences could use more action/dialogue tags for easier flow. But nevermind that; I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
[eta: fic is currently being reposted. First eight chapters are up, rest should follow soon]

Mine to Use by [livejournal.com profile] rawles (FMA)
gen; PG; Riza Hawkeye, Rebecca Catalina; 2740 words
Summary: Riza needs to make it through for a lot of reasons, chief among them being that she has no idea what to do if she doesn’t.

Another one of my favorites from [livejournal.com profile] fma_ladyfest. A sensitive portrayal of the way Riza and Rebecca cope with being female cadets in Amestris' predominantly male military, and of the beginnings of the friendship between them. Beautiful.

And this fanart by [livejournal.com profile] bob_fish, also created for ladyfest, matches the theme well... :)
Oh, I Get By
gen; G; Riza and Rebecca, bff
Summary: Ten years of sharpshooting, snark, and nakama.
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Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 02:14 am
A Girl Worth Fighting For by [livejournal.com profile] bookelfe (FMA)
gen; PG; Characters: Approximately every Armstrong in canon, and some I just made up; ~4,600 words
Summary: An argument among the Armstrong children is resolved with a history lesson. written for [livejournal.com profile] fma_ladyfest

I love this fic to bits. Amestrian history, elegantly combined with the sparkly awesomeness that is the Armstrong family. It doesn't get any better. (I feel like I should write this rec in sparkle font.)

A Reasonable Facsimile (Chuck)
Characters: Morgan Grimes, General Beckman, and a boatload of sketchy OC's
Spoilers for 4x01; gen; PG; epidode tag, humor; 2600 words

This is delightful, funny and just the right amount of cracky. And it's perfectly in character, both for Morgan and for the show.

Easy Listening by [livejournal.com profile] emungere (Chuck)
gen; PG; Chuck & Casey; spoilers for 1x06; short
Killing Chuck is not an option. Not. An. Option. He has that written on a post-it stuck to his bathroom mirror, so it must be true.

some more Casey:
Knitting by Innie (Chuck)
gen with background Ellie/Devon; short
Summary: Casey gets roped in.
Yeah, so they're civilians, and he's sworn to protect them, but now that he's met them, he isn't so sure that he really would take a bullet for them. They're so wide-eyed and trusting, so full of enthusiasm and high-fives, treating him like he belonged in their weird little family. It's damn unsettling.
For [community profile] remixduello [personal profile] amaresu submitted The one where Jack and Vala ended up on Fandom Wank, which prompted this remix by [personal profile] beatrice_otter: A Collection of E-mails from the SGC Archives (the Wanky Wormhole Remix) (SG-1)
Vala writes Wormhole X-treme Danning/Levant badfic. Jack thinks it's OOC and says so online. Cam writes up the wank report. Teal'c provides screencaps (and gets one of the funniest lines I've read in fanfic). And the best thing is, it's all canon-compliant, if you want to squint. I love Wormhole X-treme.

Death by Fondue by [livejournal.com profile] ameretrifle (SGA)
gen; PG; humor; 1730 words
Summary: With the advantage of hindsight, John realized that he probably should've known something was wrong the first time he'd noticed he hadn't seen Rodney for more than five minutes. But it's a party, he'd thought. He's probably out there having fun, he'd thought. God, he must have been more drunk than he'd thought.

Thankfully this was recced on stargateficrec, because it was posted in 2007 and I somehow missed it until now. This is a really funny planetside fic with a number of great OCs.

x-posted from stargategenrec: untitled Sheppard-Caldwell ficlet by [personal profile] sholio (SGA)
gen; PG; Characters: John Sheppard, Stephen Caldwell, (Torren Emmagan); Spoilers: 5x01
I like how this scene shows the mutual respect and understanding that the two have developed over time.

Attack of the Cookie Monsters by Barb Cummings ([personal profile] rahirah)
Buffy/Spike & kids; PG
There are cookie monsters. They attack.
And the whole thing is illustrated. ♥

I'm sensing a theme here. Maybe I'm getting enough angst from my job and therefore need a lot of lighthearted, cracky fic for balance.
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Thursday, August 12th, 2010 11:41 am
My cold is gone. :) I can go to the sauna again! And go bouldering! \o/

fanart rec: fma doodles by moonless-dawn (FMA)
(the roy/riza fans will particularly like the one on the bottom left, I think.)

fic rec: Starcrossed by [personal profile] tielan (SGA)
gen; AU; humor, crack; 2,493 words
SUMMARY: The trials and tribulations of writing for the hit TV series, Starcrossed.

If you like SGA and like Hewlett's 'Dogs Breakfast', you'll dig this fic. A clever combination of Dog's Breakfast crack with SGA's teamy vibe.

signal boost: [personal profile] havocthecat is looking for Girl Power/Friendship Fic Recs

[livejournal.com profile] fma_ladyfest is now open for signups. It's a fic and art exchange dedicated to the many, many great ladies on Fullmetal Alchemist.

(I know which characters I want but I'm still working on my prompts... coming up with prompts is always like pulling teeth for me.)
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Saturday, July 17th, 2010 11:51 am
Okay, I'm about to visit the family today, and on Tuesday I'm leaving for Comic Con, and I still have to color *counts* 14 illustrations which I so wanted to finish before my vacation - but, I got the script too late and it totally screwed up my schedule. I shouldn't really be online at all, but OTOH I know I can't possibly color 14 illos in the time I have left anyway, so... whatever.

I must rec these commentfics by [livejournal.com profile] bookelfe!
She's written this happymaking Roy/Riza ficlet: Fullmetal Alchemist: Mustang/Hawkeye shippiness or UST, OH TWIST MY ARM )
Is there anything more adorable than these two repressed people flirting in code? I think not.

Also in the "awww" department: Al woos a Xingian princess: Fullmetal Alchemist: Al/Mei

Also great: Marcoh and Scar on their road trip, Team Mustang and Briggs. There are more multi-fandom ficlets in these posts, check them out!