Anonymous said: Do you have any thoughts about the most recent PXS ending you'd care to share (outside of the general 'blurgh that was awful' most of us are feeling about it)? I always find your analyses very insightful.

mercurialmalcontent:

Why thank you! And I certainly do have thoughts to share—

So on a technical level, this ending sucked. The last page comes out of nowhere. I’m not even going to pretend to equivocate on this; the story had a good setup going, characters interacting and showing interest, and suddenly it was “lol no one cares, abandon ship”. The last page doesn’t follow from the previous page in any sensible manner; it’s like the whole middle part of the story is missing, so the conclusion is kind of a non sequitur.

There would have to be a lot more story for that ending to make any sort of sense. Aside from Dave (who was mostly a cardboard cutout this time around) everyone seemed into it up until then, even if they were getting told to reign in their more ridiculous behavior (which is kind of what the GM is supposed to do) and Karkat was being a childish jerk about it (which is very Karkat). They were just getting started with pre-game setup and banter.

These are kids that don’t give up easily, especially not after some minor disagreements, especially not among this group, who all enjoy talking shit to and about one another. Instead, we get a panel of everyone staring at Terezi in silence, and then Dave - arguably the person who likes Terezi the most, and the person who was causing Terezi the least amount of shit - casually invites the group, without Terezi, to go do something else instead. Everyone practically falls over themselves to take his idea, all the while acting as if Terezi weren’t even there.

That’s the other big problem I have with the ending: it’s mean. It’s not funny, or poignant, or even lolrandom; it was the kind of passive-aggressive bullying mean children do to a child they don’t really like and were just humoring for a while because they were told to. 

Why would these characters do that? It’s not in character for any of them. Why tell a story like this? It’s petty and cruel, and looks even more petty and cruel considering the tacked-on ending. I can’t see any charitable interpretations for it; the closest I can come is that the writer got really lazy about the ending.

yep, that about sums it up

azzandra:

admiraldefiant:

The conclusion of the latest Paradox Space comic doesn’t strike me as that funny, and it instead just makes me want to give Terezi a hug.

:(

It didn’t even end?? It just stopped with a nonsensical stock punchline that seemed disconnected from the previous page. It would have made a lot more sense if Terezi had been more tyrannical and the others cared less, but that was clearly not the case?? They all put thought into their characters, Rose and Kanaya were clearly looking forward to their characters’ big romance arc, Karkat was sitting down and cooperating, Terezi was ready to begin, and then… things just… stopped? It felt like there was a huge chunk missing between the last two pages.

This is just shoddy writing from someone who clearly didn’t know how to end the comic.

Paradox Space comics about Terezi roleplaying are now 2/2 with Dave being a gigantic party pooper for no apparent reason, whaddya know.

Testing Instagram’s new Hyperlapse app. In which I meet a doge.

qwantzfeed:

ALTERNATE ENDING: and your LEAST-favourite actor is an objectively bad person who runs over other people’s pets in a tractor ON PURPOSE!! / *GASP* / WHERE’D HE GET THE TRACTOR

merchandise! patronage! more!

This is a distressingly large amount of fics on AO3.

oh my god

oh my god

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byzantienne:

aubergeen:

astolat:

limnetic:

Expo, an Iron Man fanvid by lim
Music: Turn Up The Faders by Nathan Asher & The Infantry
Thanks to Cesperanza and Astolat

HD download will be available on /lim shortly.

Do yourself a favor and watch this vid instantly, because HOLY CRAP, from the first moment I saw a section I was all, OK, so Marvel was just a warm-up? This vid blows me away so hard. I have rarely seen any vid that so effectively does first person POV, that really puts you inside a character’s head like this one does. It’s such a cool experience, whether you’re a fan of Tony or not. 

TONY

The thing is, I keep saying (and it’s true) that I’m not into Marvel and I’m kind of deeply unenthused with the MCU — and not for sound reasons, just because I don’t have the receptor sites, superheroes leave me cold, teams of superheroes are worse.

And yet.

There was a long while after Iron Man I came out that I was incredibly obsessed with Tony Stark and this vid is kind of an explanation as to why.

And that narrative — Tony’s narrative, vast isolation and vaster privilege and miserable cruelty and ethical decisions which are insufficient no matter how you spin them and black space no echo problem and perfect genius and attempt after attempt to be righteous when you are not in fact a righteous sort of man?

Love it, love it to death. Sometimes I really miss when most of the fic out there was Tony, Pepper, and Obadiah Stane, and the terrible things they could do to one another.

digitalcrayon:

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absolutely love this part of their dynamic

cleromancy:

autisticfandomthings:

madeofpatterns:

"Always believe people about abuse" sounds like a good rule but it isn’t.

It is really, really important to remember that abusers often accuse their victims of abuse.

What’s also hard is when someone you respected decides to believe the abuser.

dresdencodak said: Hey, how about not being a passive-aggressive shit next time, eh?

cubewatermelon:

I would think that you, who spend so much time pointing out the flaws and problematic areas in other people’s work, would be able to take one silly comic directed at your work and others like it.

Normally I wouldn’t respond to this kind of thing publicly, but I’ll make an exception since you called me a shit.

Wow, holy shit. I liked Diaz’s work a lot more before I found out he likes to go into people’s inboxes with this stuff.