eta OH ALSO I forgot I started a set of Bucky Barnes paper dolls at some point, that is a thing I would like to finish eventually and also I guess i should make a dude paper doll set at some point right?
Which paper doll set(s) are you most likely to want, should I make them?
Orphan Black (with interchangeable hairstyles for each clone)
Ladies in Sensible Armor (feat. Alanna of Trebond and Sabriel)
Ladies of Classic Who
actually just one whole book for Romana, why not
Ladies of AtLA/Korra
Trying to decide what I want my next comics project to be. There are kind of a lot of contenders, and I can really only do one at a time. Would very much appreciate opinions, as I am at the “but I want ALL of them, right now” stage and cannot narrow it down.
Option 1: Adapt the YA novel I wrote some time ago into a comic.
Elevator pitch: Teen girl reads too many fantasy novels, longs to be a sparkly special chosen fairy princess. Learns that magic is real and some people are, in fact, sparkly, special, etc; however, she is not one of them. Her bratty kid sister is, though. Also, magic is dangerous and adventures are scary. Kind of what you get if you put Un Lun Dun in a blender with Northanger Abbey, salted generously with Narnia. Kind of.
Pros: already know how the story plays out, have good sense of what the characters look like, not super long as the novel ran a bit short.
Cons: Still much longer than anything I’ve done, would need to write a proper script first and probably make a lot of changes, possibly a bit of a stretch for me drawing-ability-wise.
Option 2: Adapt a friend’s screenplay into a comic.
Elevator pitch: Superhero story about what happens when you have superpowers that aren’t up to scratch for actual crime-fighting. (You do children’s parties, is what happens.)
Pros: Screenplay would be easier to turn into a comic script than a novel. Has majority-female cast, characters of color, queer characters. LOVE the concept, and feel like it’s actually something superhero comics haven’t done much of.
Cons: Long, again. Not my own concept, and while friend is interested in collaborating, have never actually drawn someone else’s script before. Several characters are clowns, and I am scared of clowns and do not want to draw them repeatedly.
Option 3: Make a bunch of short comics about witches.
Elevator pitch: Remember that post that went around recently, about two witches who both arrive to claim the same firstborn baby? I kind of tripped and fell and worked out character designs and names and some bits of plot for this. Basically it’s what happens when Molly Weasley and Maleficent have to co-parent; many Odd Couple shenanigans ensue.
Pros: Could do this as a bunch of short comics, rather than one long thing. Really adore the concept. Have worked out many, many jokes about the Maleficent-esque witch’s familiar, who was a cat before she turned him into a human and made him go to law school so he could handle her legal and financial affairs.
Cons: Not actually my own idea. Have nothing written yet, and not sure if idea will cohere into an actual, engaging story.
Option 4: Put together anthology of short nonfiction comics about amazing women in history.
Elevator pitch: Collection of 2-4 page comics about little-known but really really awesome women in history, each accompanied by a 1-page bio. Would feature Tumblr faves like Julie D’Aubigny; my personal wish list for this includes Hannah Senesh, Mary Bowser, Lucy Stone, and a few others. The friend I worked out the idea with suggested the title “Firebrand,” which I LOVE.
Pros: Relevant to my interests, would put my obsessive knowledge of historical costume to good use, have been wanting to do a Kickstarter-able project and this seems like a good candidate.
Cons: Collaborative projects take a ton of effort and energy, between rounding up contributors and nudging everyone til they send in their stuff and actually putting the book together and so on. While I pride myself on my cat-herding skills, not sure if this is achievable right now.
As I said, I am currently paralyzed by indecision and cannot choose. Thoughts and suggestions welcome. Anyone?
1. Upon entering, ask "Is this a thrift store?" The salesgirl will patiently explain the difference between a thrift store and a vintage store (to wit: thrift stores sell whatever they are donated, from any time period; vintage stores sell items carefully hand-picked from, mostly, the decades prior to 1980). Thirty seconds later, tell the friend you have been on the phone with since you entered that you're at the thrift store.
2. You are, of course, here because you have been invited to a costume party; even odds on whether it's a Seventies party or a Gatsby party. Tell the salesgirl you want either a Pucci print maxidress or a beaded flapper dress.
3. When she explains that those items are rare, expensive and (especially in the case of flapper dresses) basically nonexistent in a wearable size or condition, get extremely huffy. Be sure to dismiss out of hand the half-dozen historically-accurate alternatives you are offered.
4. When the small child you have, for some reason, brought with you begins to get bored/cranky/hungry, do not under any circumstances change your plans to accommodate this. When the salesgirl attempts to distract and entertain your child by inviting them to try on hats, grab your child by the upper arm and order them to wait patiently without touching anything. Repeat every three to five minutes as needed.
5. When browsing, never read price tags. Instead, hold each item up and demand to know how much it costs. Do not show the salesgirl the tag until prompted to do so. Once informed of the price, emit a small, disbelieving huff. Honestly, $18 for a signed piece of 1960s costume jewelry? That's barely less than half of what a lower-quality piece would cost new! Outrageous.
6. When told that an item of clothing is not your size, try it on anyway. In fact, try on as many items as you can, ignoring your salesgirl's recommendations whenever possible. If you pop a zipper or shred an armscye in the process, that is hardly your fault.
7. Do not, under any circumstances, put clothes back after trying them on. Endeavor to leave as many items as possible on the floor, in a pile, unzipped and inside out.
8. Ask if you can put a pair of $5 clip earrings on hold until the weekend. When told there is a 24-hour limit to holds, insist that you will come back for them. Do not give in!
9. Time to make your sole purchase: a pair of $6 sunglasses. Here is where your earlier disbelieving huffs will pay off. Having established that the shop's prices are insultingly high, you may now haggle. Just like you would at H&M.
10. Pay with a credit card. Do not ever come back for the clip earrings, ever, no matter what.
It is really annoying when the POV character can’t know another character’s name for most of the story. I feel like I’m writing Sentinel fanfic in 1996 or something. At least I haven’t had to resort to “the taller man,” “the blond,” or “the Mountie.”
Actually, if anyone knows someone with a cargo van, minivan, or even a large SUV who'd like to make a bit of cash this weekend, could you pass them on to me? On Friday morning I need help loading, transport to the Dulles Expo Center, unloading, and then on Sunday evening I need the same in reverse.
I also would love to have company during the show itself, if anyone would like to come along or pay me a visit while I'm there. Let me know! I'm in booth 302 on Aisle E-- nearly to the end of the row, on the right.
Kermit as Valjean
Sam the Eagle as Javert
Miss Piggy as Fantine
Link Hogthrob as Tholomyes
Rolf as the Bishop
Janice as Sister Simplice
Sweetums as Fauchelevent
Statler and Waldorf as the Thenardiers
Robin as Gavroche
The Electric Mayhem as Thenardier's gang
Gonzo as Enjolras
Rizzo as Grantaire
Scooter as Combeferre
Fozzie as Courfeyrac
Beaker as Joly
Bunsen as Bossuet
Clifford as Bahorel
Beauregard as Feuilly
Pepe as Prouvaire
the Swedish Chef as M. Gillenormand
...with the token humans playing Cosette, Marius, and Eponine
(also Camilla is going by Patria for the duration)
On the bright side, I managed to shower and get out of the house long enough to make a vintage-buying house call, and am now in possession of fifty-plus STUNNING 20s-50s summer dresses. Go me!
I have written the first thousand words of like eight different MCU stories and have stalled out on all of them. Dammit, brain.
Anyone want an advance peek? I really just need you to check for typos and tell me if the formatting looks wonky on your computer.
Buffy, AtLA, and my solo zine need looking at right now; I also am going to TRY to eke out the needed Young Wizards pages and get it done by tonight.