THE DARK LORD AND THE SEAMSTRESS
A picture book that’s mostly for children, and an unconventional love story told in verse.
Keep an eye on the hashtag #tDLatS for contest announcements, upcoming giveaways, and the launch party!
Also, visit Jennifer Vendrig’s DeviantArt account for some really fun behind-the-scenes and process sketches for the project! She’ll be expanding the gallery up until the book publication.
"Some women are lost in the fire. Some women are built from it."
Tonight is a night where I get to see how many swear words in various languages I can string together in semi-coherent sentences, because one language is not quite enough to portray the annoyance I have with these damn stencils tonight. The Cherno Alpha set is currently pissing me off, and I keep finding Cyrillic letters on me. Bed soon.
My dear friend Marc is in need of roomies to share a hotel room for Con Bravo, as three people dropped out suddenly. He’s a cool guy who is a goldsmith and has a table conveniently next to mine in the Artist’s Alley. If you’re interested, drop me a message and I can get you in touch with him.
Something that just struck me:
Do we ever think seriously about how amazing it is that in Discworld, no female character ever gets fridged for the ‘benefit’ of a male character’s story arc?
I mean, it may not seem like a big deal until you remember these are actually 40 books and how incredibly common this is as a plot device in mainstream media.
Let’s take Sybil Ramkin (also known as dragon goddess of my heart) as an example. The one time she plays damsel in the series is in Guards!Guards when the King (actually dragon, actually Queen. Or maybe not. We shouldn’t presume on their gender identity) is going to eat her, and that’s because she was knocked out stone cold by several guards. Once she’s freed, she proceeds to kick ass and take names like you would expect from a dragon breeder, and you can also appreciate the fact that she kicks off probably the most practical courtship in the history of fantasy as a genre.
(also there was that time she knocked out a werewolf with a steel bar because they were holding her captive and apologized afterwards I swear to gods this woman)
And she is never fridged. Think about how easily most male authors would just go, ‘You know what? The protagonist isn’t having enough angst. Let’s kill his love interest.’
Then, tuppence more and up goes the donkey.
And she is such a positive force in the story! We start out with Vimes seemingly as a clichéd anti-hero cowboy-cop, the kind you’ll find in anything from Lethal Weapon to The Maltese Falcon. He is an alcoholic, utterly miserable and deems himself basically worthless. And then something (a combination of Sybil/Carrot/Vetinari support/scheming and Vimes’ own barely contained rage against the universe) kicks him in the pants and he gets character development like wowza! and we end up with a Lawful Good, incredibly clever (it never ceases to sadden me how he thinks he isn’t really that intelligent) protagonist with probably the strongest moral code I have ever seen in a fictional character. I mean, it had a mental/physical manifestation, for gods’ sake.
And they have this most elusive of fictional things; a marriage free of unnecessary drama and full of mutual respect and kindness, and she does her own thing with the dragons while he solves crime (she tends to help, though) and never is she killed off to ‘advance’ his development as a character.
Because a) that would be a really gross (although frustratingly common) thing to do and b),
This is Sir Terry Motherfucking Pratchett.
What’s also really awesome is that Terry Pratchett actually uses Sybil not being killed off as character development.
There’s Carcer’s threats in Night Watch (“I can see your house from up here”), Sybil almost dying in child birth at the end of the book, the dwarves in Thud breaking into their home and trying to kill Sybil & Young Sam, Stratford at the end of Snuff (and probably several more, which I’ve forgotten) - and Vimes responds to all of these with such anger and such loyalty that they show this goodness of his, this moral code he has, so clearly that you can’t possibly miss picking up on it.
And so one of the main ways we really see Vimes’ character is through his determination that nothing, nothing, will ever hurt his family.
So Pratchett manages to further the protagonist’s character while still keeping one hella strong female dragon queen 100% alive and 100% kicking, which I think is, really, quite brilliant.
i have so many feelings about lady sibyl <3
pratchett’s work is full of wonderful female characters. and he doesn’t fall into the trap of “strong female character = cardboard asskicker” either. there’s angua and sally, yes, they could twist your head off, but they’re far too occupied with police work (and hammering an adorably awkward friendship out of their vampire/werewolf rivalry) to play that “good as any man” game, and they’re complex characters in their own right.
and there are female mentor figures (lady margalotta, vetinari’s aunt), female lone heroes (susan sto helit), female antiheroes (granny weatherwax), female downtrodden-everyman heroes (agnes nitt) — the whole range of characterization in his books is fully open to women.
and this doesn’t exclude the villains, either. women are just as prey to hubris, greed, vindictiveness, and straight-up batshittery as men.
in other words, terry pratchett’s female characters are human. and i love him for it.
My response to all the pictures of shirtless Steve Rogers photoshopped onto an American flag. Happy belated Canada Day!
This crappy photoshop was inspired by pom-seedss, who is a delightful friend and comedy genius, clearly.
OH MY GODS YOU DID IT
I’m excited for this. I’m actually excited for a thing. I’ll be vending at the day bazaar, and I’m looking to go do some things while there. Specifically, I wanna go pet owls. I also want to do the cosplay dodgeball. This means I need a fun cosplay I can move in easily, and I’m looking for suggestions.
May your lipstick be the reddest and your eyeliner be symmetrical.
yeah but if the cartoon isn’t 80% jaeger academy antics with these five then I don’t see the point
hi this is me offering my talents for the production