Steampunk Batman by R-tan (SFW)

19 December 2014 02:02
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Fandom: Batman
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject:  Batman, Catwoman (or maybe Batgirl if those are bat-ears?) and Robin
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: R-tan on DA
Why this piece is awesome: Because Steampunk - always a fave with me! But this is really great - Batman's huge and clunky with his steampunk leather and armour, and Robin's unusually troglodytic and heavy behind his goggles - you can only tell who he is by the colours he's wearing. Catwoman's in studded leather and more goggles, and the airship and Batman's bat-wings are wonderful. Enlarge it for all the excellent details.
Link: Steampunk Batman


The Thief by andimarieki(SFW)

18 December 2014 04:44
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Fandom:
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject:
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: traditional-charcoal on paper
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: DA website
Why this piece is awesome:Another black and white portrait -- I have a weakness for them and though the artist says it isn't her favorite, it's wonderful. She manages to convey not only likeness, but spirit. Parker looks like she's one second from motion.
Link: the Thief

Trio by Edwin Morgan

17 December 2014 22:49
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I did promise some Edwin Morgan and this is a seasonably appropriate piece as well.

Trio

Coming up Buchanan Street, quickly, on a sharp evening
a young man and two girls, under the Christmas lights –
The young man carries a new guitar in his arms,
the girl on the inside carries a very young baby,
and the girl on the outside carries a chihuahua.
And the three of them are laughing, their breath rises
in a cloud of happiness, and as they pass
the boy says, ‘Wait till he sees this but!’
The chihuahua has a tiny Royal Stewart tartan coat like a teapot-holder,
the baby in its white shawl is all bright eyes and mouth like favours
in a fresh sweet cake,
the guitar swells out under its milky plastic cover, tied at the neck
with silver tinsel tape and a brisk sprig of mistletoe.
Orphean sprig! Melting baby! Warm chihuahua!
The vale of tears is powerless before you.
Whether Christ is born, or is not born, you
put paid to fate, it abdicates
under the Christmas lights.
Monsters of the year
go blank, are scattered back,
can’t bear this march of three.

– And the three have passed, vanished in the crowd
(yet not vanished, for in their arms they wind
the life of men and beasts, and music,
laughter ringing them round like a guard)
at the end of this winter’s day.

The City Rain by Gabyss-A (SFW)

16 December 2014 20:51
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Fandom: Bandom
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Gerard Way & Lola
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] gabyss-a

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a great piece. I love the ambiguous atmosphere of it. The way the darkness of the night and rain contrasts with the bright colours of Gerard's suit and hair and Lola's bright fur. And how Lola's happy cavorting in the rain juxtaposes with Gerard's hunched plodding under his umbrella.

Link: The City Rain

The Exiles by Iain Crichton Smith

16 December 2014 16:48
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I forgot to do a wee intro yesterday, but belatedly, 'hello', all my poems will be by Scot's poets, possibly all in Gaelic but maybe a wee one in English if I feel like some Edwin Morgan later in the week...unless otherwise noted, all English translations of Gaelic poems are by the poets themselves.

The Exiles
                                                                         Na h-Eilthirich

 

The many ships that left our country                       A liuthad soitheach a dh’fhàg ar duthaich

With white wings for Canada                                     le sgiathan geala a’ toirt Chanada orra.

They are like handkerchiefs in our memories       Tha iad mar neapaigearan ’nar cuimhne

And the brine like tears                                                 ’s an sàl mar dheòirean

And in their masts sailors singing                              ’s anns na croinn aca seòladairean a’ seinn

Like birds on branches                                                  mar eòin air gheugan.

That sea of May, running in such blue,                     Muir a’ Mhaigh ud, gu gorm a’ ruith,

A moon at night, a sun at daytime,                            gealach air an oidhche, grian air an latha,

And the moon like a yellow fruit,                              ach a’ ghealach mar mheas buidhe,

Like a plate on a wall,                                                   mar thruinnsear air balla,

To which they raise their hands,                               ris an tog iad an làmhan,

Like a silver magnet                                                      no mar mhagnet airgeadach

With piercing ray                                                           le gathan goitre

Streaming into the heart                                             a’ sruthadh do’n chridhe.

 

Iain Crichton Smith                                                      Iain Mac a’Ghobhainn

Prison by Donald MacAulay

15 December 2014 22:38
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Prison  
                                                                       Priosan

 

I saw a smooth                                                        Chunnaic mi eun sèimh

Gentle bird flying                                                    sèimh an diugh air iteig

 

I saw it white                                                           Chunnaic mi geal e

Out of the window of my room                                a mach air uinneag mo sheòmair

 

I saw it free                                                              Chunnaic mi e saor

Flying in and out of my sight                                    a’ tighinn’s a’ falbh troimh m’ fhaicsinn

 

And its motion was flawless                                     ’s bha a shiubheil foirf’

Sailing on balanced wingtips                                    air mheidh bil sgèith a’ seoladh     

 

The image stayed in my mirror                                 lean an dealbh air mo sgàthan

The heart encircling it minutely                                 an cridhe dol mu’n cuairt gu mion air

 

The greedy mind                                                       an inntinn ghionach

Stalking it in order to understand it                            a’ sealg air gus a thuigsinn

 

As I strove to get a window                                       ’s mi a’ strì ri uinneag

Open                                                                         fhosgladh

Strove to make contact with my element                  a’ strì ri ruighinn air mo sheolaid.

 

Donald MacAulay                                                      Domhnall MacAmhlaigh

Lines and Squares by A. A. Milne

14 December 2014 19:26
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Whenever I walk in a London street,
I'm ever so careful to watch my feet;
And I keep in the squares,
And the masses of bears,
Who wait at the corners all ready to eat
The sillies who tread on the lines of the street
Go back to their lairs,
And I say to them, "Bears,
Just look how I'm walking in all the squares!"

And the little bears growl to each other, "He's mine,
As soon as he's silly and steps on a line."
And some of the bigger bears try to pretend
That they came round the corner to look for a friend;
And they try to pretend that nobody cares
Whether you walk on the lines or squares.
But only the sillies believe their talk;
It's ever so portant how you walk.
And it's ever so jolly to call out, "Bears,
Just watch me walking in all the squares!"

- from When We Were Very Young, 1924
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Fandom: Leverage
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject:
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: DA
Why this piece is awesome: I love words as much as I love images and this puts them together in just the right way. Everything works here from image choice to color tone, from word choice to font. I'd love a series of these on my wall.
Link: Eliot Spencer
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Fandom: Bandom
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Ray Toro
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: pencils
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] tigerli-ly

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a great work. I love the Art Nouveau take on the Black Parade aesthetics, and Ray's sombre face. And the penwork with its shading and highlights is amazing.

Link: Take This To My Grave
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Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

Robin and Batgirl by JenZee (SFW)

11 December 2014 10:59
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Fandom: Batman
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject:
Robin, Batgirl (possibly Robin/Batgirl)
Content Notes/Warnings:
none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ:
n/a
Artist Website/Gallery:
here on DA
Why this piece is awesome:
A subtly Chinese Robin and Batgirl painting, virtuoso technique and an awesome perspective of their mid-air acrobatics. Superheroes never have acrophobia, do they? Probably just as well. Robins by and large tend to be young and gracile or, in later incarnations, older and hunky. This Robin's somewhere in between. The colours are excellent, too - again, unusual for Batman art.
Link: Robin and Batgirl  Enlarge for the full details.

Gadreel by Armellin (SFW)

10 December 2014 13:40
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Fandom: Supernatural
Characters/Pairing/Subject: Gadreel (in first vessel)
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: unknown
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] armellin
Why this piece is awesome: wonderful shading with a limited palette

Link: Gadreel (DA)

Travel by Edna St. Vinent Millay

10 December 2014 18:03
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The railroad track is miles away,
And the day is loud with voices speaking,
Yet there isn't a train goes by all day
But I hear its whistle shrieking.

All night there isn't a train goes by,
Though the night is still for sleep and dreaming,
But I see its cinders red on the sky,
And hear its engine steaming.

My heart is warm with friends I make,
And better friends I'll not be knowing;
Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,
No matter where it's going.
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Fandom:Leverage
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Alec Hardison and Parker
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: traditional
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: DA
Why this piece is awesome: Incredibly well done graphite drawing that captures the likeness of the characters without being photo realistic, letting the artists personal touch shine through.
Link: Scherezade
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Fandom: Bandom
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Gerard Way
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] pitalpitoque

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a fun charicature of Hesitant Alien Gerard. I love how prim and precise his posture is and his expression is perfect. The raised eyebrow adds just the right note of superciliousness.

Link: he said hesitantly
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To you, my aunt, who would explore
The literary Chankley Bore,
The paths are hard, for you are not
A literary Hottentot
But just a kind and cultured dame
Who knows not Eliot (to her shame).
Fie on you, aunt, that you should see
No genius in David G.,
No elemental form and sound
In T.S.E. and Ezra Pound.
Fie on you, aunt! I'll show you how
To elevate your middle brow,
And how to scale and see the sights
From modernist Parnassian heights.

First buy a hat... )

Coda by Dorothy Parker

8 December 2014 18:03
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There's little in taking or giving,
There's little in water or wine;
This living, this living, this living
Was never a project of mine.
Oh, hard is the struggle, and sparse is
The gain of the one at the top,
For art is a form of catharsis,
And love is a permanent flop,
And work is the province of cattle,
And rest's for a clam in a shell,
So I'm thinking of throwing the battle -
Would you kindly direct me to hell?
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We had a relatively quiet November, with only a handful of outside requests and issues. However, we have several important staffing announcements:

We're very happy to announce that jsparc will serve as co-chair of the Wiki committee alongside Tiyire. jsparc joined the Wiki committee last year and has been a Fanlore editor (as User:Sparcicle) since 2010. Functionally, this doesn't really change anything about the way the committee works, but we are discussing ways to create a clearer internal structure in the not too distant future.

We also have a lovely new Communications liaison, Pip! Keep a look out for Pip on the fanlore_news Twitter.

Lastly, we are sorry to announce the retirement of Willowcabins from the Wiki committee. The committee currently has seven members, plus two liaisons. You can see the full committee here.

In December, we have several behind-the-scenes projects to finish up before the new year, and will continue to work on improving our internal structure and documentation as well as dealing with whatever outside requests we get.
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Fandom: Batman
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Catwoman
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: gallery on DA
Why this piece is awesome: It's wonderfully lush and Catwoman's so sly and playful, queening it in her leopardskin chair. Very nice digital painting (enlarge for details and to see the technique) - her face is gorgeous and the colours are great, subtler than the usual striking blacks and whites of many Batman artworks.
Link: Julie Newmar as Catwoman
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Fandom: Bandom
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Frank Iero
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: stuffed fabric doll
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] plushie-o-matic

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a cute little Frankie doll. I love his big eyes and enormous snow goggles and the faux fur-lined hood makes him look so snug and hugable.

Link: Frank Iero Snowflake Plushie
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Repetition smudges in.

The lake sets
beneath a bird-
turned sky. I balance

water, rock, flat-
topped dirt,
the bone I’ve become.

Back home, wind throws
a tree on the van
out front, air goes

glassy and sharp.
I point to a building,
hit brick. Consistent

animal, it’s elemental,
how we feel. Do you
know you’re a photo

graph, mapped to a flash?

The Leverage Gang by FrazD(SFW)

5 December 2014 05:21
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Fandom: Leverage
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Sophie Devereaux,Nathaniel Ford,Alec Hardison,Eliot Spencer, Parker
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: fabric and yarn
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: DA
Why this piece is awesome: These are just beautiful and done with such skill and lovely details like Hardison's scarf, but most of all they're squishy and adorable and I just want to hug them and love them.
Link: The Leverage Gang

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