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Throwback Thursday Illustrations

Woo! It’s almost Friday, guys! 😀 I’ve been really busy the past few days so I just wanted to pop in with a quick TBT art post.

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This one’s a serious blast from the past. Probably did this about 10 years ago, I think.
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A much more recent piece. Probably just a couple years old, and it’s where my icon comes from! (Beetlejuice fan art of Lydia Deetz.)
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Fan art piece of Dr. Harleen Quinzel I did about 6 years ago.

Hope you guys have all been having a great week and have a fantastic weekend! ❤

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Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery- No Spoiler Review

I’ve been hearing such good things about this series and now that I’ve read it I can happily say that I was NOT disappointed! In fact, I loved it!

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The titular “Rat Queens” are a group of potty-mouthed, goblin-slaying, bar-brawling friends and “adventurers for hire”. Each of the characters brings something special to the story. I honestly can’t even pick a favorite.

There’s Hannah, the rockabilly elven mage:

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“I’ve conjured a little Fuck You.” – Hannah

And Dee, the human cleric who also just so happens to be an atheist.

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“My parents worship a giant flying squid. Holidays get weird.” – Dee

And then there’s Betty, the “smidgen” thief.

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“Tequila, vodka, and two magic mushrooms: They call it ‘The Betty’.” – Betty

And last, but not least, Violet, the hipster dwarven warrior who shaved her beard “before it was cool”.

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“I know my sword is designer. I use it ironically.” – Violet

And on top of that, there are plenty of other great characters to enjoy throughout the pages of volume 1. It’s stuffed to the brim with delightfully inappropriate humor, fun fantasy tropes and, of course, wonderful artwork of the highest caliber.

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Though proceed with caution if you’re easily put off by swear words, bloody battle sequences of ass kickery, drug and alcohol references, and talk of smut. If these things bother you, than this series is bound to offend your delicate sensibilities. 😉

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But if you’re like me, and you revel in these things, then carry on bold reader! For there is ale to be guzzled, dungeon monsters to be fought, and merriment of the crassest sort to be had! Huzzah! 5/5 flaming orc skulls!

 

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Spider-Gwen, Vol. 0: Most Wanted

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Marvel’s Spider-Gwen presents us with the question: what if it had been Gwen Stacy rather than Peter Parker who had been bitten by that fateful radioactive arachnid?

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I was pretty excited by this premise, and had really looked forward to checking it out, but while I liked it, I’m afraid that I didn’t love it as much as I had hoped to.

I really enjoyed the art, and the color scheme was great, with bright colors that really stand out and command attention.

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But while visually, I was digging it, I wasn’t as thrilled with the overall story which just sort of seemed disjointed and cobbled together at points. When we meet this version of Gwen she’s already been bitten, learned to use her abilities, suffered a great loss that inspires her to get her superhero on, and has her costume. And she’s even already public enemy #1 in the eyes of the law. Honestly, I would have rather actually gotten to see that all go on in volume 0. I think it would have been better for kicking off her story and letting us better get to know this version of Gwen. I guess I was hoping for her origin story and just wound up feeling like I was tossed into yet another day in the life of Gwen fighting crime and struggling with drama within her band. Yup, there’s also a big side story involving Gwen being in a band called “The Mary Janes” with who else but Mary Jane Watson as the lead singer. And Mary Jane is such an unlikeable narcissist in this alt universe it isn’t even funny. I suppose this leaves her a lot of room for character growth, but I just couldn’t stand her. I know we’re supposed to root for the band to get over their drama, but I just wanted to see the other girls rise up in a hipster girl band mutiny against Mary Jane and her inflated ego. Heck, I think I disliked MJ more than I did the main bad guy of this volume, the Vulture.

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We encounter several Marvel characters in volume 0 and I know things are supposed to be all topsy turvy in this alt universe, but some of them just felt so very off that it almost made them feel less like a twist and more like a ruthless decapitation and disembowelment.

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C’mon, Felicia Hardy, I’m lookin’ at you on this one. I know you’re a known thief, but what in the hell were they thinking having it look like you’ve been stealing your wardrobe from the closets of Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj?? The girl in the green dress on the right perfectly summed up my reaction to this universe’s Felicia. WTF indeed.

Gwen at least is a likeable enough character. She has flaws that she is trying to work through and has a good sense of humor, but I think I would have liked to have gotten to know her even more by the end of this first volume considering she is the protagonist. I love her costume design though and she has a really nice heart-to-heart with May Parker that I thought was handled very well.

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I haven’t made up my mind yet about this series as a whole, and fortunately I already have volume 1 on hand to help me explore the series further before making a final decision on it. Maybe it just got a rough start on shaky little Bambi legs and will take off bounding through the other volumes. I hope so. Overall, I’d give it 3 out of 5 stars, I think.

 

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Random Doodles and Bits

Hey, everyone! ❤ Just sharing some quick drawings I’d done a while ago. Hoping to work on new pieces tomorrow if I can find the time! 🙂

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I don’t know why but I tend to like coloring people’s skin tones in various shades of grey. Not a very healthy look, but one I’ve often enjoyed doing for some reason.

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Also, I’ve always drawn ladies wayyyy more than guys. It’s just more fun in my opinion. 🙂

What sorts of artsy things do you enjoy doing? Any quirky art habits? I’d love to hear about it!

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Paper and Pencils, and Sharpies, Oh My!

I was in a drawing mood the other day and wound up doing a few quick sketches, and figured I’d share them here. 🙂 Most of my drawings I’ve posted on here are older pieces, but I’m slowly but surely trying to get back into drawing again. Another goal being to learn lots of new art-related skills of various kinds through online tutorials this year.

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A bewildered Totoro (fan art).
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Random lady with dimples sketch.
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Angel meets Devil.

They’re nothing fancy, but I was feeling creative and had fun doing it. 🙂

Any of you guys working on anything crafty or artsy right now? I’d love to hear about it. What sort of creative hobbies do you have or would you like to learn?

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Review- Birthright, Vol. 1: Homecoming

Having just read and enjoyed volume 1 of Birthright, I figured I’d take a moment to share some thoughts on this lovely graphic novel that I went into so blindly.

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You know how sometimes you read a story and you can literally guess everything that is going to happen before it actually happens?

Not this story.

Admittedly, I had the benefit of going into this knowing nothing about it. I was laying on my boyfriend’s couch and asked him for something to read and he went to his bookshelf, plucked this one from his collection and handed it to me, no explanation offered.
I enjoyed this epic fantasy greatly. It had multiple twists and nice worldbuilding with interesting fantasy races and creatures. I would definitely be interested in continuing the series. The art was wonderful as well.

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It’s a quick read, so it is easy to finish in just one sitting but it gets the job done in that amount of time, leaving the reader satisfied but still eager to read more.