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piepeloe said: I've only just started reading comics and mainly follow the SHIELD characters around, both because I like them and because they pop up everywhere which means I get introduced to a bunch of series and characters. Because of this, I have noticed that the same character can be in one place in one book and another in a different one, at the same time. Is this me being nit-picky and does no one else care or is the comic-timeline different from release dates or...? Thanks :)

dame-of-dames:

copperbadge:

Sometimes a character will be in two different places in two separate books that come out on the same day — but they’re not necessarily in two different places at the same time.

The Marvel writers and editors try to set it up so that at least within the 616, things stay more or less linear; sometimes two books, even if they come out on the same day, are a few days or weeks apart in-universe, to accommodate this issue.

And sometimes they eff it up. :D There was a recent issue of the New Warriors where Iron Man, Cap, and Thor have to deal with the New Warriors moving Wundagore Mountain into the middle of New York’s harbor. Well and good, except I don’t think Steve and Tony can be in the same room without wanting to murder each other right now, and there they are, chattin’ away. (Being fair, they could have kissed and made up, I’m a few issues behind, but I don’t think that’s the case, and anyway it’s just an example.)

Now, probably the New Warriors issue is set back in time a little; possibly it’s set forward in time a bit. But one explanation is that the script didn’t work with someone else standing in for either Cap or Tony, or it had already been drawn before someone caught it, or something similar.

At any rate, readers are expected to ignore little discontinuities like that, given the sprawling universe Marvel has running. It’s a bit like how we’re supposed to pretend that “now” is perpetually “about ten years” after the Fantastic Four became heroes; how Peter Parker’s been in his late twenties for like ten years, Dani Cage may never actually learn to walk, and Franklin and Valeria only get to undergo puberty in time-travel AUs. The actual passage of time is beginning to stretch credulity on Howard Stark and Steve Rogers originally being contemporaries, given Tony is thirty-mumble in 616, but you have to either sacrifice temporal accuracy or sacrifice style-and-history, and when it comes to accuracy versus style, I think we all know what comic books will choose. 

There’s an issue starring the Thing in a storyline where he experiences (de)compressed life, getting older and watching the people around him get older as well.  Franklin becomes a member of the FF and Valeria has become a rebellious teenager, dating a boy who turns out to the the Purple Man.  I can’t remember much more than that, but it was an interesting commentary on how old the characters should be if things were taking place in real time.

That sounds like the 1998 Fantastic Four Annual, in which Ben Grimm gets knocked on the head (or zapped by a science experiment, or something) and has a maybe-it’s-a-dream-maybe-it-isn’t trip to a timeline where everyone has their original 1960s origin stories plus 37 years of actual character development. (It’s not just that everyone’s older, either; several major events of Marvel history, such as Gwen Stacy’s death, get shown as having had permanent effects in a way that the almighty status quo prevented in the main Marvel universe.) It’s been a while since I read it, but I’m pretty sure I remember the bit about rebellious teenager Valeria and her boyfriend.

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ursulavernon:

A friend requested I make this, and so here it is, and I offer it to anyone who needs it, with all the authority vested in me by whoever vests these things. Print it out if you need to.

The best art advice ever given to me—ever, ever—was “Don’t be afraid to make bad art.”

You will make a whole lot of crap in your time. Some will be truly awful and some will be merely mediocre. And that is totally normal and totally fine and for the love of little green apples, just keep going, because that’s the only way I know to get to the good stuff eventually.

(I normally feel horribly egotistical mentioning my awards, but I think this counts as using that power for good.)

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heroofthreefaces:

deducecanoe:

tennantbutt:

well shit

IM PISSING THIS IS HOW RON GRAINER ORIGINALLY INTENDED THE DOCTOR WHO THEME TO BE LIKE HOLY FUCK

Holy crap no

I don’t want to believe it. But this arrangement certainly has definite stylistic similarities to the only other Grainer work I know, the theme for The Prisoner.

Thank the stars for Delia Derbyshire.

There’s a very important qualifying statement on the video’s Youtube page: this is an arrangement of the theme done by Ron Grainer in 1980.

That means it’s almost certainly not quite what Grainer would have done in 1963, even if it’s trying to be — and I frankly have my doubts about that. If somebody came to Grainer after Doctor Who had been running for 15+ years and asked him to do a new arrangement of the theme, it’s just as likely he deliberately went for something that would stand out from the many versions that already existed.

In any case, there was never any point in the original creation of the theme when he could have been seriously considering a conventional instrumental version. It’s a matter of record that the involvement of the Radiophonic Workshop was part of the brief he was given, and he wrote the theme with that in mind; the manuscript he handed in had notations on it calling for sounds that conventional instrumentation couldn’t provide (and which Derbyshire could, and did). The only way that Derbyshire’s marvel wasn’t exactly what was “originally intended” was that it was better than anybody had dared to expect.

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ensignchekovsgun said: I couldn't tell from your tags, so I'm sorry if you know this already, but there is a Classic Comic Relief sketch where Rowan Atkinson, Richard E Grant, Hugh Grant, and Joanna Lumley all play the Doctor. It's on YouTube. watch?v=Do-wDPoC6GM .

loremipsumfandom:

Yeah, I remember that after I hit post (it’s been a loooooong time since I’ve watched it). Well, I remembered Joanna Lumley something something. It still amuses me that Who fandom at that time had nothing else to work with except a Comic Relief sketch and thus there are entire sub-archives of fic based on it.

Other things of note from that site:

90% of the authors are dudes, and they all use their real names. Ah, the late 90s. Were we ever so young?

Still wondering who The Trenchcoat Doctor is?

The Doctor Index is somewhat misleading, though: yes, there was fic in that archive about each of the Comic Relief Doctors, but not actually very much, and most of them were only represented by stories of the kind that have All The Doctors in them. There was considerably more about, say, the Eighth Doctor who was in one TV episode. (And if you’re thinking of saying that of course there was more about him, he was in all those novels too, then you’ve remembered that the Comic Relief special wasn’t exactly the only thing we had to work with in those days.)

I started writing an explanation of Trenchcoat, but then I had the bright idea of seeing if Fanlore had an article about virtual seasons that I could link to and save having to explain what those are… which led to the discovery that Fanlore has an article about Trenchcoat itself, so I’ll just point you to that instead.

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rocketmouse:

copperbadge:

archwrites:

copperbadge:

tsukishimake1:

my favorite tidbit about rome is that in the mid-1800s one of the popes didnt like the statues in rome having dicks so he ordered them knocked off. fast forward to the last decade or so and art historians in conjunction with the vatican are trying to erm. restore. the statues. but the dicks were just. kept in a box. so art historians are going around rome, with a box of dicks, trying to match them up to their owner.

I was lying in bed reading tumblr on my phone this morning (don’t anyone judge me) and I hit this post and before I even saw that you had tagged me with it, Eimear, I thought

DICKS ‘N MATCH

So they’ve spotted dicks?

Thus proving the penis mightier than the sword. 

Wait, why did they keep the dicks? ‘I don’t want these statues to have dicks. I must have all the dicks!’

Well, obviously if you don’t want anybody to see the dicks, the only sure way is to keep the dicks yourself somewhere safe so you know nobody else has them.

I mean, you can’t just throw them away: people might find them and stick them back on the statues. Or, worse, find them and keep them for some other doubtless deplorable purpose of their own.

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heroofthreefaces:

i’m a lapsed dc comics fan

In my case, it’s not so much that I’ve stopped being a DC Comics fan as that the DC Comics I’m a fan of doesn’t exist any more.

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rocketmouse:

teslamaple:

Chris Pratt interrupts the interview to french braid intern’s hair x

If for no other reason, now I fully understand why Chris Pratt was cast. Qualities like this are important in Marvel men.

What exactly is going on here? I haven’t seen a version with text, I really want to know why he’s braiding her hair, and where he learned to braid hair, and who he practices on and what his favorite My Little Pony is.

Context, okay. You see at the end of the OP comment, there’s an x with a link on it? That’s a link to the video these images come from.

(This is a useful thing to remember in general; the x-with-a-link-to-the-source is fairly common on Tumblr gifsets in my experience, at least on gifsets created by people who remember to credit their sources.)

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