Discord Comics - Shades of A
I love this webcomic so much that I devoured both Shades of A and the ongoing sequel Shades After in one sitting. It’s about Anwar, an asexual Muslim guy who’s just finished university. Anwar gets dragged to a kink club by his genderqueer Ex (and also bestie) JD and meets an older transvestite dude called Chris. Don’t let the title put you off, because yes, there’s a lot about kink, but it’s by no means a 50 Shades knockoff. There’s a lot about asexual experiences that I haven’t seen talked about anywhere before, but really spoke to me. It’s really a fantastic series, especially if you’re ace and wanting representation, or if you want to understand more about people on the asexual spectrum, or if you’re interested to see how the ace community can interact with the queer/kink/poly communities in terms of sex-positivity etc., it’s an entertaining comic that addresses some great issues.
Written By the Victors by Speranza
Amazing fanart here for a Stargate Atlantis epic Written By The Victors by SPERANZA (also on AO3). Primary pairing is John Sheppard / Rodney McKay. It’s a fandom classic and a whole range of Victorsverse works have arisen from it. Written by the Victors is unusual in that the war over Atlantis is mostly “written by the victors” in the form of faux academic texts. I listened to the podfic this week and couldn’t stop listening (available here). It’s an incredible piece of collaborative work by 36 different readers. You don’t need to know much about SGA to enjoy this, I’d say you’d even be okay without any canon knowledge, but it really is a must to read.
Fall (after Rilke)
The leaves are falling, falling from trees
in dying gardens far above us; as if their slow
free-fall was the sky declining.
And tonight, this heavy earth is falling away
from all the other stars, drawing into silence.
We are all falling now. My hand, my heart,
stall and drift in darkness, see-sawing down.
And we still believe there is one who sifts and holds
the leaves, the lives, of all those softly falling.
30 Days of Marvel | Favorite Quote
↳ "We are a boatful of monsters and miracles, hoping that, somehow, we can survive a world in which all hands are against us. A world which, by all evidence, will end extremely soon. Yet I posit we are in a universe which favours stories. A universe in which no story can ever truly end; in which there can only be continuances."
1602 ~ Neil Gaiman & Andy Kubert. A Marvel universe Elizabethan AU, basically.
My local comic book guy recommended this to me while I was waiting for a new issue of Sandman Overture [yeah, yeah, insert a “bi-monthly” joke here] and he pretty much pitched it to me as “Gaiman re-writes the Marvel universe in a historical setting” which sounds just about as awesome as it actually is. It makes for difficult reading as not only is there a new universe to establish but there’s also a lot going on in terms of splintered plots and a vast range of characters (both historical and re-invented Marvel heroes & villains). However, guessing Marvel characters before they’re revealed has become my new favourite game. Kubert’s artwork is beautiful especially when afforded a full page spread and of course Gaiman brings out his magical words (such as this lovely quote above) to make a very enjoyable and geeky read.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Missing is a pain
making a toothache
out of a day.
But to miss something
that never was :
the longest guilt
the regret that comes down
like a fine ash
year after year
is the shadow of what
we did not dare.
All the days that go out
like neglected cigarettes,
the days that dribble away.
How often does love strike?
We turn into ghosts
loitering outside doorways
we imagined entering.
In the lovers’ room
the floor creaks,
dust sifts from the ceiling,
the golden bed has been hauled away
by the dealer
in unused dreams.