i’m just an unattractive and really sad person who uses bands and tv shows to fill the void i feel in my heart
Let me tell you about Saga:
- Surrealist star-crossed romance/family adventure comic IN SPACE. Alana and Marko are fleeing from opposing sides of a very old war, trying to keep themselves and their newborn alive without getting killed by either side.
- Written by Brian K. Vaughan (author of Y: The Last Man and the Faith arc of the Buffy S8 comics) and art by Fiona Staples. Ongoing with 14 issues so far; it looks like there are scheduled hiatuses every six issues? There are now two volumes collected the first 12 issues.
- Definitely an adult-content book. There is violence, sex, nudity, and bits.
- Gorgeous artwork. The use of color, the expression and individuality of the faces, the visual concept work - Staples does wonderful stuff.
- Gonzo worldbuilding. One of the people after us is Prince Robot IV, who comes from a race of people with TV sets for heads. Another of the people after us travels with a giant blue hairless cat which, whenever anyone lies in its presence, says, “Lying.” There’s a significant character with one huge eye in the middle of his face and a minor character that is a human-sized, air-breathing seahorse in a suit. And I will let you discover The Stalk for yourself, but she is possibly my favorite of all.
- Easy to read – all the pages are left-to-right, top-to-bottom. No panels overlapping with other panels, no following panels all up and down the page. It’s always extremely clear what panel to look at next. (This bullet point is aimed specifically at my friends who say they’re not sure how to read comics. Saga will start you off very gently!)
- Lots of awesome women! Specifically Alana and infant daughter Hazel (who narrates), but we also have, uh, various spoilery other people. We frequently have more women than men in a scene, and the women are all complicated and layered and excellent, as they should be.
- First issue caused a minor hullabaloo for having Alana breastfeeding on the cover.
- Racial diversity – almost none of these people are actually human, much less of a particular identifiable ethnicity, but Alana is noticeably browner than Marko, and [spoilery other characters] are both much darker still. It’s not by species, either; Marko has horns and is light-skinned, but [spoilery character] also has horns and the darkest skin of any of the humanoids we meet.
- The storytelling makes me trust it. It keeps returning to the elements and events it’s introduced, so that a character who’s a topic of discussion shows up in person six issues later, and a scene that is referenced in passing is seen in full flashback further down the road. There is no waste here.
- It’s hopeful. There’s death, and it’s sad, and the war is terrible and the environment in which we are trying to survive is terrible, and yet the story itself seems to be an act of building up, rather than tearing down, if that makes any sense – for the reader and for the characters.
- The first issue is free! You can pick up the whole 6-issue volume for pretty cheap, either digitally or in hard copy, and the second for not too much more. Or, you know, Amazon. Alternatively, the library! (I’m sure there are also other, less reputable ways of acquiring it, but I can’t help you with those.)
So, clearly this is something you want to investigate further, yes? Yes? :D
The Will and Slave Girl
The moment that I fell in love with The Will
10 reasons that you should be reading Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
isn’t it upsetting that your future husband is literally alive right now but you just don’t know who he is he could be with a STUPID GIRLFRIEND GET AWAY FROM MY HUSBAND
also isn’t it upsetting that your future wife is literally alive right now but you just don’t know who she is she could be lonely or sad or something horrible could be happening to her and oh no now im worried…
isn’t it upsetting that your future 50 cats are literally not born yet
These are my favorite pictures. EVER. They also come with a small story… so, you all know how much I adore Jake and the Neverland Pirates. So, after spending a long, super hot day walking around Disney World for Littles Pride Day (hence why I look so sweaty and exhausted in these pics, sorry! :x), Daddy told me he had a surprise for me before we left. I followed him over to the Disney Junior lot, begging him to tell me what it was, where I found a character meet-and-greet with none other than my hero, Jake! Needless to say, I was beaming with joy
We sat down in line with all the other little kids, singing along to Disney Junior songs, until finally Jake came out! I felt so so so shy in the most wonderful way~ Needless to say, my Littles Pride Day was INCREDIBLE :)
One last thing about these pictures… when Jake came up to me he gave me a super big hug! Then he pointed at my shortalls and gave me a thumbs up… but then he noticed my pacifier, which hw pointed at and scratched his head, in a “why does someone as big as you have a binkie?” kinda gesture. Needless to say, i turned 18 different shades of red… But then he gave me a high five and another hug, which made me feel, like, cloud nine status. As we were walking away, Daddy told me that the line attendant he was talking with said to him (and I quote) “Well, he IS in Neverland… he doesn’t have to grow up if he doesn’t want to!” *seven billion times blush!*
I hope that your Littles Pride Day was as magical an experience mine was! I know that I can’t wait for next April 23rd~ :)
MEN OF TUMBLR I LOVE YOU
This just made my night. Thank you!!!!!!
One of the best statements I have seen on tumblr. It was too beautiful not to make a part of the graphic.
The original graphic comes from: vividperfection.tumblr.com
Original inspiration post: quietobservation.tumblr.com
Absolutely lovely! I am honored to grace your page. ☺️
It is not looking like a good week. I miss my after schoolers :( #me #meow #lameteacherlady #glasses #fakeglasses #annoyed #ugh