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Posted by Jay Livingston, PhD

Originally posted at Montclair SocioBlog.

Is Donald Trump undermining the legitimacy of the office of the presidency? He has been at it a while. His “birther” campaign – begun in 2008 and still alive – was aimed specifically at the legitimacy of the Obama presidency. Most recently, he has been questioning the legitimacy of the upcoming presidential election and by implications all presidential elections.

If he is successful, if the US will soon face a crisis of legitimacy, that’s a serious problem. Legitimacy requires the consent of the governed. We agree that the government has the right to levy taxes, punish criminals, enforce contracts, regulate all sorts of activities…  The list is potentially endless.

Legitimacy is to the government what authority is to the police officer – the agreement of those being policed that the officer has the right to enforce the law. So when the cop says, “Move to the other side of the street,” we move. Without that agreement, without the authority of the badge, the cop has only the power of the gun. Similarly, a government that does not have legitimacy must rule by sheer power. Such governments, even if they are democratically elected, use the power of the state to lock up their political opponents, to harass or imprison journalists, and generally to ensure the compliance.

Trump is obviously not alone in his views about legitimacy.  When I see the posters and websites claiming that Obama is a “tyrant” – one who rules by power rather than by legitimate authority; when I see the Trump supporters chanting “Lock Her Up,” I wonder whether it’s all just good political fun and hyperbole or whether the legitimacy of the US government is really at risk.

This morning, I saw this headline at the Washington Post:


Scary. But the content of the story tells a story that is completely the opposite. The first sentence of the story quotes the Post’s own editorial, which says that Trump, with his claims of rigged elections, “poses an unprecedented threat to the peaceful transition of power.” The second sentence evaluates this threat.

Trump’s October antics may be unprecedented, but his wild allegations about the integrity of the elections might not be having much effect on voter attitudes.

Here’s the key evidence. Surveys of voters in 2012 and 2016 show no increase in fears of a rigged election. In fact, on the whole people in 2016 were more confident that their vote would be fairly counted.


The graph on the left shows that even among Republicans, the percent who were “very confident” that their vote would be counted was about the same in 2016 as in 2012. (Technically, one point lower, a difference well within the margin of error.)

However, two findings from the research suggest a qualification to the idea that legitimacy has not been threatened. First, only 45% of the voters are “very confident” that their votes will be counted. That’s less than half. The Post does not say what percent were “somewhat confident” (or whatever the other choices were), and surely these would have pushed the confident tally well above 50%.

Second, fears about rigged elections conform to the “elsewhere effect” – the perception that things may be OK where I am, but in the nation at large, things are bad and getting worse. Perceptions of Congressional representatives, race relations, and marriage follow this pattern (see this post). The graph on the left shows that 45% were very confident that their own vote would be counted. In the graph on the right, only 28% were very confident that votes nationwide would get a similarly fair treatment.

These numbers do not seem like a strong vote of confidence (or a strong confidence in voting). Perhaps the best we can say is that if there is any change in the last four years, it is in the direction of legitimacy.

Jay Livingston is the chair of the Sociology Department at Montclair State University. You can follow him at Montclair SocioBlog or on Twitter.

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Oct. 21st, 2016 12:07 pm
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Next year's Met Gala is going to be Kawakubo-themed. Which was the premise behind the Karlie Kloss/Taylor Swift ficlet I wrote! NAILED IT.

God, I hope everyone looks bonkers. I can't wait to see what Sarah Jessica Parker wears, say what you will about her choices but they are on-theme as fuck. This is going to be GREAT.

here we are now, entertain us

Oct. 21st, 2016 10:22 am
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"We Lost Magic" by Empires came on earlier, and every time I hear that song I think, "Someone should write a story titled 'It Ain't My Heart That's in Your Hands' and it should be context-free handjobs in the backseat of a taxi" as per the lyrics! But I can never figure out who it should be about!

Which makes me think of that meme that was recently resurrected on tumblr, where you give me a potential title and I tell you about the story I would write for it. We can try, anyway. It's a rainy Friday morning and the office is like a sauna. What else have we got to do?

Well, we can also do the wip roundup. Here's what's top of mind right now:

- Thing 1 and Thing 2, which proceed in fits and starts, though I think I finally figured out how to write Thing 1 and that solution also allowed me to figure out how to write around the problem I was having with Thing 2, so they'll be done? Eventually? I hope? I am excited about the potential number of tropes stuffed into Thing 2 at this point. There's already huddling for warmth, drunkenly crawling into the other person's bed, being mistaken for a couple, and pining. SO MUCH PINING. It's good for me, is what I'm saying. Which it has to be, since I think there's like two other people who will read it when it's done.

- Celestial Navigation, aka, Rey and Finn's epic space road trip! There was a slight snag in terms of canon doing something that made things difficult down the line, but I think I figured out an alternative. Mostly I am just amusing myself and soon there will be cuddling.

- I started a Star Wars/Firefly crossover which I thought was going to be about one thing but which so far seems to be about traumatized baby Jedi River instead. which. should not have been as surprising as it was considering, but. it's been a while since I wrote Firefly and I forgot. At least Mal hasn't tried to take everything over yet? Otoh, Firefly has always been like the easiest fandom for me to write in, voice and style-wise, so that's been kind of nice. And I think I even know how to bring it back around to a slightly revised version of the original idea.

- Yuletide! I have an idea? There will have to be source review, but something is percolating in the back of my mind. I probably won't seriously start thinking about it until mid-November though.


Daily Happiness

Oct. 21st, 2016 01:31 am
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1. Oh man, I saw the video for the new Nintendo Switch and it looks so awesome! I think it's being released in March, which I'm sure will be here before we know it, but sounds so far away now!

2. I ended up having to go in to work today for a few hours, which was no fun, but I did manage to keep it fairly short and it ended up making less of an impact on my day than I'd feared. (Also it was mid-afternoon, so didn't impact my ability to sleep in!)

3. I have been wanting to get my hair cut for a while but just not getting around to it. Like, I don't want to go on a work day, but on my day off even if I plan to do it, I'll end up deciding I don't want to go out or whatever, and today was another one of those days, but then I already had to go out for work, so I decided I was just going to swing by on the way home and get it done and I'm sooooo happy I did. I feel so much better now.

4. I actually ended up getting quite a bit translated today and finished up two chapters.

5. Just ridiculously cute kitties today.


Oct. 21st, 2016 01:08 am
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Overworked, overwhelmed, I should already be asleep and I'm not.

I have my "intro" presentation at group meeting tomorrow, and a midterm, cumulative exam, and another midterm next week. Everyone was trying to shuffle their midterms around the weirdly late cume this term, and then they went and pushed it back again. So everything's coming due at once. And I spent an hour today rendering models from my computational class in POV-Ray. (Which looked great, once it was done! And... isn't even part of the assignment. But I know how to do it, now!

Ugh. I am hoping I can catch up on more sleep this weekend. Sleep and studying.

crossover brain says Yay!

Oct. 20th, 2016 09:19 pm
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Tonight Rick Springfield is on "Supernatural"!

He was Nick Knight in the first version of FK.

Problems I keep making for myself

Oct. 20th, 2016 09:33 pm
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I had a case for my phone, a Lifeproof case, that I liked. The only major problem with it -- until it started falling off in pieces -- was that it was blue, which is my favorite color. For reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, my phone ends up sitting on the floor a lot. The carpet is also blue. If I had a quarter for every time I couldn't find my phone on the floor because it was the same color as the floor, I would have... a lot of quarters.

So I decided to replace the case with another case, due to the pieces-falling-off problem, and I couldn't get the same case (because my phone is kind of old), so I ordered an Iron Man case from Etsy. It was very nice, but it was one of the book-style ones with a flippy cover, which turned out to make it really hard to actually use the phone, especially because I'm left-handed and the cover kept getting in the way.

So I bought another case, an Otterbox case, which got here today. I don't like it as much as the first case, but it's good. Phone fits, totally usable, nice and sturdy...

And it's blue. It is, in fact, pretty much the same shade of blue as the first case.

I'm going to lose my phone on the floor FOREVER.

Jardin Botanique, 15th October 2016

Oct. 20th, 2016 11:39 pm
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Posted by Jo Walton

Her arms are to the sky
her feet are in the dust
she is draped in careless drops of gold
(some down already, swirl around her)
the rain is coming
and wind is coming
and night is coming
and winter is coming
she is reaching
gold leaves against deepening blue
a tracery of branches, reaching,
the huge harvest moon
low in the sky
catches a moment,
hangs heavy in her net
through sudden burn of tears.

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Manipulative Dolphins

Oct. 20th, 2016 05:09 pm
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Dolphins have figured out how to get more fish from trainers

Amusingly, I have used the trash-ripping trick to minimize the amount of slave labor done when teachers or camp counselors decided they could use students instead of paying a groundskeeper.  Yes, the history of slavery and its techniques of resistance are tremendously useful in modern life.

D&D. Yes, again.

Oct. 20th, 2016 05:40 pm
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Artists are amazing. ♥

Remember the first piece of lovely artwork that I linked to featuring my halfling cleric Ali? And the second piece of art as well?

Well, there's now a third. ♥
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Title: Welcome to New York
Fandom: MCU
Character/Pairing: Peggy Carter
Music: Taylor Swift
Content notes: Some bright gunfire flashes
Summary: "It's been waiting for you."

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Oct. 20th, 2016 04:06 pm
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1. \o/ I wrote 1700 words today after about a week of not much! On yuletide, even! Unfortunately not my assigned yuletide, but we try. Now, can I do that for all of November?

2. I am really excited for my actual assignment but I have a pile of background reading about a foot high to do as much of as I can first, and I keep adding to the pile. Raise your hand if you're surprised.

3. I.. may or may not actually get around to writing a letter...? YT writer, you're fine with what's in the assignment email and in the old letters, right? Nothing has changed I promise.

4. I am not doing super-well with, like, keeping up with life. But then this is the time of year when my body thinks I should be preparing to hibernate. And I think work is getting more back into a routine? Maybe? If they manage to fix the roof before it falls in?

5. I finished rewatch of S1 of Leverage! I forgot that my tragedy in that fandom is that all I actually want out of it is a long, meaty, hilarious pre-canon fic about Nate and Sophie chasing each other all over Europe. But I cannot write it because the bits of backstory are spread out over many, many canon episodes and I am not a person who can consume AV fandoms in a way that will let me collate all that. And all the current fandom gives me is The Best OT3 Ever, and don't get me wrong, I love them all and I love their canon OT3, but. The Golden Trio basically already have figured out who they are and have decided they like who they are and the only problem they need solved is finding other people who agree with them about liking who they are, and they've pretty much got that solved by halfway though S1, the rest is all details. Sophie, on the other hand. Sophie has layers. (I really really love the fact that the S1 ender that you expected to be all about Nate and his manpain ended up actually being about Sophie's issues and Sophie's past. Sooophie. Every time I tried to write OT3 it ended up being about Sophie and figuring out Sophie is HARD so I never finished anything.)

(now I remember, I stopped watching in the first place because Sophie left. At least now I know she definitely comes back after.)

Other things I would like that the fandom is not giving me: Sophie/Eliot. Maggie/Parker. Five-way found family telepathic soulbond (which is basically canon already, the way they use the earbuds thematically is SO GREAT, now I just need the post-canon fic where Nate and Sophie are off on a cruise somewhere and start hearing the other three on a job even though they don't have earbuds in.)

6. *cough* anyway

So [personal profile] jjhunter and I have been talking about Ancillary London (or maybe Rivers of the Radch?) You should come join us.

Also somebody needs to convince me I don't actually need to read The Science of Discworld in order to write Rivers of Ankh-Morpork. Even if Peter Grant probably has read it already.

I have the first comics trade but haven't read it yet because I have been reading Peter as looking vaguely like, oh, Rainbow Sun Franck c. SGA, and Thomas looking vaguely like Tim Gunn or sth, and at least judging by the cover, that is really not where the comic went with character designs, so I am scared.

7. Also I keep switching between Fivethirtyeight to obsess and Leverage to watch evil corrupt billionaires cry, which was a mistake, because now I want a story about the *other* Nate being the mastermind of a team of the world's greatest criminals. And they were a YT nom. And they could pull off a great caper plot, I am convinced. Whiz Kid Harry drinking his endless bottles of diet root beer that he somehow finds even in the middle of Antarctica. I just can't think of anything I want to see them steal.

Weekly Reading

Oct. 20th, 2016 01:22 pm
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What are you currently reading?
Currently reading The Enlightened Cyclist by Bike Snob NYC (Eben Weiss), which Carla picked up at Book Off. I wasn't sure what to think of it by the title, but it's definitely tongue in cheek, and I'm enjoying it so far.

Mangawise, I'm reading vol. 16 of Kurage Hime, which wraps up the Singapore arc. Apparently it's no longer being published on a regular schedule, so who knows when vol. 17 will be out (there was a year+ gap between 15 and 16).

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished All I Asking for Is My Body. It was pretty good, but I never really got that into it.

I also finished Shibito no Koe wo Kiku ga Yoi vol. 8, which I did enjoy a lot.

What do you think you'll read next?
Well, Raising Steam is still next up on my phone, but I haven't actually started reading it yet. ^_^;;

a couple requests

Oct. 20th, 2016 02:57 pm
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1. Is anyone willing to make me an icon with a pretty moth Photoshopped against a backdrop of stars/nebulae stuff? Because Kujen.

2. I am looking into getting into target archery, preferably with a recurve because the deerhunter compound bows that seem to be all the rage in Louisiana terrify me. (Seriously, I saw one that looked like it had a chance of stopping a rhino. Uh, I don't know if that's actually possible, but...) I plan on stopping by stores and getting help, but what are things I need to know when equipment-shopping? I've done only a little archery in college, but Joe did it a reasonable amount, so I will have some guidance, but the more the better.

In exchange for help, I am willing to offer flashfic to mutually agreed prompt or hexarchate crackfic [1].

[1] I'd offer realfic, except I sort of owe Solaris a hexarchate short story collection. So any realfic has to go there, and I can only do crackfic for things like this.

Okay, back to working on Revenant Gun...

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Oct. 20th, 2016 03:02 pm
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Going to check my public library's new ebooks this week was a sad adventure in disappointment. So many new books, almost all of them terrible.

Somehow, I forget every year that mid-October is when Harlequin's holiday glurge season begins. It'll be nothing but secret/surprise babies and Hallmark Special-esque Christmas-themed books from now until New Years.

When will you acquire the middle three books in the Sano Ichirou series that I requested months ago, public library? Or the Carol Berg fantasy novels, or Ian Rutledge series audiobooks, or the nonfiction about ancient Carthage? I grow impatient. (You were so good about adding all those WWI airship books and social/economic studies of Imperial Germany to your collection when I asked about them that now my expectations are probably unrealistically high).

upcoming food in my life

Oct. 20th, 2016 01:05 pm
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Roommate E. bought herself a Keurig, and I am trying not to judge her for it. It takes up so much room, it is so wasteful, it is none of my business.

Pinch Hit

Oct. 20th, 2016 09:22 am
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We continue to look for someone for #13.

Due 27 October.
Claim by replying to the linked page, or by e-mailing the mods. Please include your AO3 name.

Pinch Hit #17: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling, Soul Eater, Quantico (TV), Crossover (Star Trek: AOS/Star Wars: TFA)

[hxx] [crackfic] Student Government

Oct. 20th, 2016 11:04 am
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What can I say, this is my way of coping.

Rated Teen. Content note: hexarchate high school AU.

Student Government

Cheris looked around at the voting booths in the school courtyard, which were surrounded by velvety energy fields that flickered in the shapes of hungry moths, and shuddered. "For serious," she said, "why are we trying to pick a class president by voting?" She was hanging out with the other Kel. The Kel believed in safety in numbers. Plus, formation instinct. "Hasn't anyone around here heard of the impossibility theorem?" [1]

Kel Inesser, who was the oldest Kel present and stood to Cheris's right, looked at her and sighed. "You're trying to make a rational argument, Cheris," she said. "We're Kel. We don't do that."

"Well, someone has to," she said.

"No, you're stuck appealing to whoever has seniority," Kel Brezan said. He had his arms crossed and was glaring across the courtyard to the tree beneath which a certain couple was making out. "Just our luck, he's not even a Kel."

"Well, at least he didn't tell us how to vote," Cheris said, although she wasn't sure how she felt about Shuos Jedao herself. "There are enough of us to make for a decent voting bloc."

"Jedao's too busy screwing Kujen to care about political stuff," Brezan said. Jedao was kissing Kujen; Kujen was not being particularly discreet about the placement of his hands.

"Somebody's bitter," Inesser murmured, eyebrows lifting, but Brezan didn't hear him.

"I hate jocks," Brezan said.

Cheris snorted. "We're Kel," she said, "we're all jocks."

"Says the math geek."

"All right," Inesser said, "knock it off, you two."

Brezan and Cheris glowered at each other, then subsided.


On the other side of the courtyard, Shuos Mikodez was playing pattern-stones against Shuos Zehun. Zehun was older than he was, and had the astonishing ability to lose no matter how badly their opponent played. Mikodez was still trying to figure out how they did it.
"What's the count?" Mikodez asked.

"It's going to be close," Zehun said, plunking a black stone down with artful carelessness. "That Liozh girl is making a good showing, but Andan Zhe Navo is going to make her work for it."

"Well, yes," Mikodez said. The Andan were always popular. Mikodez made the worst move he could think of.

Astonishingly, Zehun had an anti-counter even for that. "So what are you going to do about Jedao?" Zehun asked.

"Why do I have to do anything about him?" Mikodez said, glancing over to where Jedao and Kujen were having a discussion about...he couldn't have heard that right. Cradles? "He wants to hang out with the Kel, he can hang out with the Kel."

"He can't be up to anything good. And he's in bed with a Nirai."

"Yes," Mikodez said, amused, "I'm sure Kujen is very good at tutoring. Because it's not like Shuos courses on seduction are any good. Anyway, I am more concerned that we are going to be accused of having rigged the vote no matter how it comes out. I honestly think you should have let me rig it for real if we were going to be accused anyway, so that at least we'd get something out of the mess."

"We shouldn't have let Zai propose doing it by vote to begin with," Zehun said in a resigned voice. They had not yet lost the game; that was the other thing. Zehun could drag out bad positions for ages. "Oh well, too late now."


Under the tree, Jedao and Kujen were having a heated political discussion. "--should have told the Kel to vote for Zai," Kujen was saying into Jedao's ear. "I've flirted with her. She's really easy to manipulate and that sort of thing is useful."

"That's not remotely ethical," Jedao said. He pushed Kujen against the tree and kissed his way along Kujen's jaw.

"Oh my God, you're still on about that?" Kujen said. His voice was only slightly husky. "We have got to do something about that one-track mind of yours."

"Funny," Jedao said, "that wasn't what you were saying last night."

"I have to dial up Khiaz and compare notes with her. Maybe she'll have useful tips."

"Now you're just changing the subject."

"Admit it, she's hot."

Jedao rolled his eyes. "We broke up, okay? And you're still changing the subject. Although I take your point that having the Kel monitor voting would probably have looked too much like voter intimidation."

"I don't know why you think anyone should care about stuff like that," Kujen said. "Bribe them, intimidate them, brainwash them, you do what's necessary."

"Kujen," Jedao said, "you have the prettiest eyes ever but sometimes you're just wrong."

"Nonsense," Kujen said, "I'm never wrong. Besides, you're the one who's all about this mythical dream
ideal student government. Which you are only going to get through the intervention of benevolent all-powerful robots. Me, I just want pretty clothes, mind-blowing sex, and a chance to design weapons of mass destruction. I can already tell you that one of us is going to get what he wants, and it's not you."

Jedao narrowed his eyes at Kujen. "We'll see how the results come out."

"You're so naive, Jedao," Kujen said. "Everyone's going on about how the Shuos will rig the whole thing, but I designed the voting machines, remember?"

[1] Arrow's paradox [Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy], or alternately, Arrow's impossibility theorem.
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Posted by Henry Jenkins

Archie would probably end up on nobody’s list of the “greatest comics,” but it may well be one of the most pervasive comics in that many comics readers pass through an Archie phase at one time or another, at least those who start reading comics in their childhood.  Is Archie a “plausible text” in the sense you are discussing here and if not, why not?

I chose to work on Archie Comics precisely because I thought it was “implausible”. Indeed, I thought it might be the most implausible text that I could have suggested, and that was the reason that I suggested it!

The series that Twelve-Cent Archie appears in from Rutgers is focused on each volume highlighting an important text. It is an avowedly canon-building publishing program. When I was invited to contribute one of the first books to that series I was quite reluctant to do so, because I really didn’t want to help build that kind of enterprise for many of the reasons that we lay out in Greatest Comic Book (which is a bit of a deliberate expansion of Archie, and a comment on the series). I quite clearly remember saying, “A series like this would never include a book on something like Archie Comics”. To his eternal credit, the series editor, Corey Creekmur, immediately responded that it would and that he wanted me to write it. So my big mouth got me in trouble.

The problem then was obvious: how do I make Archie plausible? I knew that I wanted at least one of the arguments of the book to be a critique of notions of greatness, of importance, but I wasn’t sure exactly how to stretch that out to 80,000 words. The fact is that Archie Comics are very standardized – that is a huge part of their appeal for their readers – but that made them a challenge to approach. So much of that book was determining how to talk about innovation within standardization and the subtle differences that become apparent only in routines.

Twelve-Cent Archie is very much a book that only a full professor would write. If one of my own graduate students had suggested it to me I would have counselled them against it. I have chaired a lot of hiring committees and I have seen how tough it can be for scholars working on non-traditional topics to get past the initial screening; this would have been a career killer for an early career academic. I think it’s notably also the only book that I have written that I didn’t receive research funding for – I didn’t even ask, really, because I could see that writing on the wall.

Why might such a work be worthy of serious study and what can it tell us about value judgements in comics more generally?

After the Archie book came out, it was widely reviewed – particularly here in Canada. I wound up winning my university’s research prize for it and I still recall sitting on the side of the stage with my university’s senior leadership sitting in the front row of the auditorium as my dean talked about my book about Archie. The other recipients were all trying to cure cancer, or end homelessness, and there I was getting the same award for a semiotic analysis of Betty Cooper’s hair. It seemed to me that I had taken the idea that is so common in the natural sciences – that humanities scholars are frivolous – and turned up the dial all the way to eleven.

That said, I get almost an email a week about that book, almost all of them from people who have never read any other scholarly work. Archie Comics have a profound resonance for millions of readers, and they are amazed to see someone take it seriously. Of course, I also get weekly emails from people accusing me of being an obvious drain on the public purse…


You noted in Comics vs. Art that comics have not necessarily benefited from a general tendency in the arts to think about hybrid forms as “particularly complex works that unite disparate elements, thereby accruing values attached to each.”  Perhaps comics have, instead, been evaluated according to somewhat older arguments about medium specificity which distrusted hybridity. See, for example, Rudolph Arnheim’s critique of talking films as “unnatural” and “mongrel” because “two media are fighting with each other” and no consistent set of aesthetic standards can apply. Artistic distaste for comics dates back to the early 20th century where these ideas about artistic purity were dominant and they have been hard to escape. In many ways, the attempt to read graphic novels through a post-modernist frame would seem to be an attempt to rethink those judgements, with mixed results. So, how might we think about the aesthetic value of comics in relation to this older tradition of seeking medium specificity?

More than any other question I think that this is an issue that my work has always been grappling with. From the beginning, some of the most important and influential comics scholarship has been interested in this question: what do comics do that other media don’t? And how do they operate? We can think of Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics and Thierry Groensteen’s The System of Comics as key exemplars here, but there is really a whole host of scholars who turned to this question very early on in the history of comics studies. This isn’t surprising: medium specificity was the subject of a lot of early film criticism as well, from Eisenstein to Bazin and so on. It seems to be a stage that most fields go through.

One of the books that I had hoped to write would have taken this topic head on. I tentatively called it “Comics Off the Page” and I was interested in examples where cartoonists worked in non-comics media. I was inspired by seeing “Happy Hooligan is Still Moving”, the dance that Art Spiegelman choreographed with Pilobolus Dance Theatre in New York. I thought I could shed some interesting light on how comics work by examining how they interact with things that people don’t think of as comics. Unfortunately, that project really bogged down. I couldn’t find an interesting way to talk about it without simply getting into long descriptive passages of the works, most of which aren’t available to readers. I think that it works well as a lecture – I’ve had a lot of success presenting some of the preliminary thoughts – but it falls apart on the page. Ironic, given my proposed title.

My new project, with Ben Woo and Nick Sousanis, seems to be working better. It’s called What Were Comics?, and last year we received a really sizeable grant from the Canadian government to do the work. We’re interested in looking at the history of what comic book were over time. This has helped lift the discussion out of abstraction. Instead of thinking “comics could be this or they could be that”, which is an area where Nick particularly excels, we’re a lot more focused on dealing concrete shifts and showing what actually did happen.

One of the things that I’ve learned in talking about these projects is that most people view comics in a more restricted way than I do. A lot of people seem to regard comics as what you draw on bristol board and then publish in comic books. Webcomics has shifted this a bit, but it hasn’t shifted it to the point that comics are seen to be really in dialogue with other art forms. Painters borrow freely from comics, much more it seems than cartoonists borrow from contemporary painters. I think some of this has to do with the way that MFA programs teach (or, more accurately, don’t teach) comics, but it is striking how isolated comics can still be in the world of arts.

Across several of your books, you note a number of attempts by authors and artists — most directly in terms of Art Spiegelman —  to promote their own legacy. What strategies do you think have been successful for comics creators as they have sought to demonstrate their status as auteurs worthy of entry into the canon of graphic storytelling? How do these approaches resemble or differ from those deployed by artists working in other media — painting, cinema, literature?

I think that the institutions of the comics world are much weaker than they are in other art worlds. The steps towards becoming an important painter seem to be really clearly laid out: get a degree, get a gallery, and so on. There are so few examples of cartoonists becoming successful that it is not so clear what the route is.

Once upon a time it was clearly: get a commercially successful daily strip. All of the “greats” from the first half of the twentieth-century, in the United States, were strip cartoonists. Many were beloved, and many were household names – real superstars in the culture. Obviously that route is vanishing quickly.

Spiegelman showed a very different path, which was create “one great work”, and a number of people have successfully followed that model. It’s a model that is very akin to literature.

The flip side would be Lynda Barry, who struggled in semi-obscurity for a long time to the point that she considered quitting before Drawn and Quarterly shone a new spotlight on her amazing body of work. That’s also very akin to literature, unfortunately. A critical hit will provide a foundation for future work, and then the issue becomes follow-up.

Interestingly, in the more mainstream area of comics production reputation building seems to be more similar to contemporary filmmaking. The ideal trajectory might be to self-publish and build a reputation, get hired to write or draw a low-level superhero title, turn that into a success and do higher profile work until your name is more important than the characters you write. Then you jump to Image, launch your own title and cash in, I guess.

I think that there remains a bifurcation that we used to refer to as mainstream and alternative, and the collaborative and (generally) solitary approaches that are favoured by each indicates different pathways to longevity.



Oct. 20th, 2016 10:40 am
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I put on Arrow last night and didn't recognize a majority of the characters in the Arrow cave, and then it was confirmed that i'm only cutting grudgingly for this spoiler ), so I just ended up watching the Rangers game instead. Fucking Jimmy Howard standing on his head (note: I actually generally root for the Red Wings when they aren't playing the Rangers but come on).

I guess missing the last...five or so episodes really does matter. *hands* Otoh, spoiler ) gives me hope that I'll want to catch up at some point.

In other news, I can usually tell when a story of mine has been linked or recced somewhere, because there's a sudden flurry of kudos, but I can almost never find out where it's happened. Tumblr search is useless. It will show me one current result and then things from 2014 when I put "musesfool" in the search box, even with "recent" appended to the URL, and even trying to find out when someone's atted me (i.e., @cacchieressa) is stupidly hit or miss; again, the recent results disappear after a while and I'm left with things from two or three years ago. And since I only go on tumblr in the evenings after work, I feel like I might miss the occasional time someone is actually trying to talk to me over there? It doesn't happen much (I don't know why; I don't intend to be off-putting! It's just that I literally almost never go on tumblr at work and so won't see it for hours) but it feels rude not to respond the times it does happen, and yet Tumblr thwarts me.

Anyway! Ignoring how terrible Tumblr is for so many reasons for the moment, why is my ability to find out where I've been recced so lousy? Or am I misinterpreting and it's not a rec, just a weird confluence of events? Or is it happening in private/somewhere I don't have access to and therefore not visible to search engins? Inquiring minds want to know!

(This is like the opposite of the very true and cogent advice to not google yourself too often but in these cases I often do want to know if someone is talking about me - I mean, since it appears to have resulted in kudos rather than condemnation I'm going to hope it's saying something mostly positive; I don't need to read about it if people don't like me or my stories.)

Okay work has interrupted me about a million times so I don't even know anymore what I was saying or if it makes sense so I'm just going to hit post.


Daily Happiness

Oct. 20th, 2016 01:20 am
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1. Super hectic, long day at work, but it's over and I have tomorrow off!

2. It did end up being quite hot today, but it cooled down quickly at night and the humidity was really low, so it wasn't as bad as it could have been. It's supposed to be a bit hotter tomorrow, and as I'll be home and not at work where it's air conditioned, I'm really hoping for the low humidity again!

3. Man, Paper Mario Color Splash is so good!

4. We watched the Halloween episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine tonight and it was great! Actually this whole season so far has been pretty great, but then that is not at all surprising as this show is generally awesome.

5. Carla left a paper bag on the floor yesterday and Chloe has been TOO CUTE with it. Just unbearably cute. Really illegal levels of cuteness.

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Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing/Characters: Dean/Castiel, Mary, Anna, Meg, Rowena, Sam/Jess, past Dean/Donnie, past Dean/Bela, past John/Mary
Genre: AU, friendship, romantic comedy, misunderstanding
Rating: NC-17/Explicit
Words: 77,000+
Crossposting: AO3
A/N: Written for [livejournal.com profile] deancasbigbang. Further notes and thanks at the end of this post.

Summary: Despite their age gap and differing social circles, Castiel has struck up a warm friendship with Mary Winchester, a wealthy widowed socialite. When Castiel needs a place to stay, Mary invites him into her house, where there’s loads of spare room. Castiel’s aware that they make an odd pair, but he doesn’t fully realize how things look to outsiders, especially to Mary’s eldest son. All Dean Winchester sees is that his mom has apparently hooked up with a hot young guy (who is totally Dean’s type) and that makes things... weird.

Should've Just Asked

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight // nine
ten // eleven // twelve // thirteen // fourteen // fifteen // sixteen

art masterpost by wayoffcanon

This story is based on one of the subplots of Lisa Kleypas's novel Sugar Daddy, though the misunderstanding didn't last anywhere near as long in that novel as it does in my fic.

Many thanks to the mods of the [livejournal.com profile] deancasbigbang for keeping the fest going into its now-seventh year (woop!) which is amazing, and I'm very happy to participate this year.

Thank you bojo aka wayoffcanon for the lovely art! I love all the pieces and Dean's expression in the title card will never fail to crack me up.

Thank you to shannon and geefishgerald for their beta work and knocking this fic into shape.

Plus massive thanks to flyingcatstiel for being with me every step of this journey, from when the story was a vague idea, on to writing and hammering it out piece by piece. Forever grateful for your holding my hand through the best and worst of it.

In case anyone's wondering about the chapter titles, they're all 80s pop rock song lyrics (playlist here) because that seemed appropriate for keeping my head in particular headspace while writing this.

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Oct. 19th, 2016 11:16 pm
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I've been trying to watch more vids lately. I've got a collection downloaded that I mostly watch on shuffle at work, and I've worn it out, it needs fresh meat. I've also got a backlog of vids bookmarked to watch stretching back years. So this shouldn't be a problem.

And yet. I wind up feeling bad about every part of it.

* Some comments I don't leave, because I can't put my thoughts into words.
* Some comments I do leave, and reread for any possible negative interpretation.
* Some vids I don't finish watching, because I don't understand the appeal.
* Some vids I don't like and I don't know why -- the song, the fandom, I like both, even the thematic approach is interesting, but I just don't care, I don't like the vid, I must be doing it wrong, if I were a better viewer or nicer person or just better I would enjoy it and know what to say and be kind and friendly and not an antisocial asshole.

I'm just wrong.

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Oct. 20th, 2016 12:03 am
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We've arranged for our vet to come over on Saturday afternoon and euthanize Noah, who's reached the point where all he wants to do is hole up in the basement and sit in his cat bed. He's still eating, and he still purrs up a storm when you come to pet him, but Sarah and I both think he's going downhill and we don't want to drag things out until he's suffering.

This year keeps getting worse.

(Comments off because I am at the end of all my cope. About, like, everything.)

Poem: "Building Castles"

Oct. 19th, 2016 10:35 pm
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This poem came out of the October 18, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles and [personal profile] technoshaman. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. This poem belongs to the series The 50 Poetic States, which is a manuscript in progress rather than an entry on my Serial Poetry page.

"Building Castles"

North Carolina is the first in flight, but
it also knows how to get down to Earth.

It's a region of farms and forests
and gorgeous mountains, rich in
the history of famous people and
their unparalleled, extravagant tastes.

The Biltmore Estate in North Carolina is
the largest privately owned home in America,
built by George Washington Vanderbilt II and
still owned by one of his descendants.

The Blue Ridge Mountains rise above it
to ground the Châteauesque mansion
firmly in the fertile earth, their creeks
feeding into the vineyards that coat
the sleek green slopes of the estate.

Look up, look down, and see
the union of these opposites
unfolding all around you.

It's about building castles,
not in the sky,

but right here on Earth.

* * *


North Carolina is the home of the Biltmore Estate, which you can visit here.  The Châteauesque mansion is surrounded by vineyards.

New Comic Book Day version

Oct. 19th, 2016 10:32 pm
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Jem and the Holograms #20 :/ )

Space Battle Lunchtime #5 :D )

So, it's been announced that A-Force #10 is the last issue, and a lot of people are sad, and I'm really sort of shrug about it. I'm sad for Kelly that she's lost a gig, but she also has gigs and is on track to get more, I think. And I never really connected with the material? I don't know, maybe the cast was too big. I liked the Secret Wars book, but the ANAD one just didn't grab me. Partly, I sat on the last 2? 3? issues because I didn't want to read Civil War II stuff. I can't wait for that to be over, it's so dumb and it made Carol such an asshole.

Also got into a long, weird Twitter discussion with someone about the cover art they're slinging around for Ironheart/Riri Williams. Like, I get that there are actual fifteen year olds with very mature bodies who walk around with exposed midriffs a lot, but can we not let this black girl just be a teenage girl instead of ~sexy~? I feel it's offbrand with so much of the great stuff they've been doing with female heroes and for female audiences. Not sure if it's so out of step because it's Bendis or because it's Iron Man? Possibly both.

Donald Trump's Campaign

Oct. 19th, 2016 09:08 pm
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Put down anything you're holding.  Make sure you don't have anything in your mouth.

Now: Donald Trump's campaign, in two words and a photo

In case you're not familiar with the species.  So. Very. Apt.
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[personal profile] siliconshaman[personal profile] siliconshaman has launched "Reparative Actions," a followup to "Blight." Special agent Daniel Kincaid arrives in Easy City and finds that things are a bit of a jumble right now.

Today's Trip

Oct. 19th, 2016 07:54 pm
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We went out running errands today.  We picked up a jug of apple cider and a new cultivar of acorn squash at the orchard south of us.  A lady there recommended a barbecue restaurant that turned out to be scrumptious.  Later on, we found some flannel shirts and polos at bargain prices.  \o/  And I got a bag of 50 purple grape hyacinths and a bag of 50 mixed crocus on sale. Thanks to the various folks who suggested that I do more naturalizing. 

It's been raining off and on all day, and probably will tomorrow.  We can use the rain, and it'll help make the ground soft enough to dig, which is important because I'll be hacking through grass to plant these bulbs.

POTUS Debate 3

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Oct. 19th, 2016 07:48 pm
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My Tuesday night D&D game started last night, and I think that it went fairly well. We're still getting a feel for each other's characters (and, in the case of those of us who also play together on Friday nights, trying to remember that we're playing different characters - although the horrible accents helped on that front), but overall it was a lot of fun.

I think my favorite part was our tiny gnome wizard announcing in a pretty spot-on Yoda voice: "Fuck that guy up, you did."

Considering said voice came out of nowhere? When everything else he'd said during the game had been in a really bad Irish accent? It cracked everyone up for a bit.

That said, I'm definitely going to have to poke the others a bit when it comes to remembering what pronouns to use for my character. I've been feeling a bit more androgynous than usual lately, so I thought it would be a good idea to make a gender-neutral character. The others keep forgetting not to use "she" (or occasionally "he"), though, so... yeah. If nothing else, Tor might end up knocking a couple of them over the head if they keep it up.

Drabble: Kra Soton. (Lucifer) G

Oct. 19th, 2016 07:30 pm
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Title: Drabble: Kra Soton (On Archive Of Our Own)
Author: [personal profile] lannamichaels
Fandom: Lucifer (TV)
Rating: G
A/N: Happy Tishrei, I'm still not sorry. I haven't finished watching all of Lucifer yet, but I somehow feel very confident that canon will not actively contradict this in any way. :P

Summary: Is it possible for a shofar to be blown in a city and the Accuser not cover his ears and complain of a headache?

OK, I might be a little sorry )

Musings on travel

Oct. 19th, 2016 03:54 pm
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Whenever I go to Subway I get a 12", even if I'm not that hungry, because you never know when you will need that other 6". Well, at the airport they wrapped the two halves separately, which was great, because I ate half before the flight and now I'm in my hotel room with the other half plus two cookies. With the timezone change I was definitely getting munchy before dinner. This means I'm only paying once for two meals, and I don't have to venture out to find something when I'd rather hermit. Plus I'm keeping all receipts, because reimbursement and/or a per diem are still possibilities. Bonus.


Oct. 19th, 2016 05:20 pm
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Ruth, Rax, and I welcome Sebastian Reynard, 9:14 AM, Sunday, October 16th.

Forty-one weeks six days, so, unsurprisingly, a large child. Nearly ten pounds, thirty-seven centimeters head circumference (no, I don't know why we were given measurements in pounds and centimeters). Unassisted and unmedicated non-C-section delivery, which was not fun for anybody, but there were no complications and Ruth is recovering just fine.

Sebastian has some medical stuff ongoing, which is why we haven't gotten to social media much yet before this. We're not terribly worried, but it is taking energy and time and there is some worry.

He has, at the moment, blondish hair the color of his mother's, bluish-hazelish eyes the color of his mother's, and his mother's nose, though of course no idea if any of that will change. When he was put on Ruth's chest initially, and they leaned down and said 'Hiiiiiii!', he vocalized (totally accidentally, but adorably) 'Hiiiiii' right back. He is an interactive baby who wants people around and likes cuddling.

All three of his parents are delighted. I have decided on my Halloween costume this year: I can just wander across a room and call myself "The Walking Dad".

Wednesday Reading Meme

Oct. 19th, 2016 05:12 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

R. A. MacAvoy, Tea with the Black Dragon: This is the novel everyone really recommends by this author, so when it was on sale for the Kindle I was really excited because I'd loved The Grey Horse, and... I didn't like this one nearly as much. Even though I should have. Fantasy mystery with a lot of 1980s computers, set in San Francisco, involving missing people and a guy who used to be a dragon. Except he doesn't actually become a dragon in the book! I mean, come on. And the whole thing is... well, it was definitely a first novel, and it was really, really short, and basically I was not impressed.

Jordan L. Hawk, The 13th Hex: A short story in a series Lysimache wants me to read. It's m/m historical fantasy mystery where the police solve crimes with magic and also they're soulbonded to each other. Eh. It was cute.

What I'm Reading Now

Comics Wednesday!

A-Force #10, Captain America Sam Wilson #14, Civil War II: Kingpin #4, Infamous Iron Man #1, Spider-Woman #12, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #13 )

What I'm Reading Next

The rest of this series Lysimache wants me to read. I'd really like to finish my Big Bang soon, though. I just broke 70k. Whoops.
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Mary McClung's new book, Foam Patterning and Construction Techniques, is a must-have for costume production artists with an interest in mascot making, theme park walkarounds, and other large-scale creature costumes.

McClung starts out with a section on types of foam, as well as tools, adhesives, and other media for use with foam in production. This section alone will be a godsend if you have some knowledge of working with foam but only know common vocabulary terms like "couch foam" as opposed to descriptors used by vendors like "urethane foam." She includes a thorough section on safety, both in terms of work practices and protective equipment to use when using the adhesives and paints which work on foam. I always love to see a new reference book in our field with current safety information--for too long our industry has gotten by without adequate education in this area, and many of the old "classic" reference texts are from a bygone age in which one might, say, shoot pictures of someone demonstrating a technique with a cigarette burning in an ashtray near an open container of solvent or similar.

She goes on to discuss concepts of design with respect to these kind of character costumes (or other foam-based elements of realizing shapes/structures), and techniques for patterning and construction with foam as a medium. She covers a wide range of techniques and media for "skinning" the forms, too--not only some great stuff on fur and fleece, but also latex/cheesecloth and other surfacing ideas. McClung even talks about elements of finishing like the painting of fur to create a more sophisticated look, which are hard to find documented at all.

The last section of the book documents the process from start to finish on six different foam-based projects, from cute cartoon character heads to sleek superhero armor. It's great to see an artist's procedure from start to finish on such drastically different designs, using the same basic range of techniques.

Full disclosure: this review is written in response to a digital review copy provided to me by the publisher, Focal Press, so that i might decide whether to adopt the book as a text for my graduate level maskmaking class. While i remain undecided as to whether i will adopt the book as a required text, i will definitely consider it a recommended book and I intend to obtain a physical copy for my studio's library of reference books. Unfortunately though, the e-reader i had to use to access the text didn't give me any concept of the size or quality of the photos in a print version of the book or how the text would be laid out, so i suppose i'll ahve to wait til i get my hands on a physical copy to form an opinion on those aspects of the book. The info contained within makes it well worth the purchase regardless, even if the whole thing were printed in Comic Sans.

I received the review copy toward the end of spring semester (when i was in the midst of teaching Masks & Armor, the course for which i would potentially use it) and one of my students elected to try one of the processes described in that final section of examples. The book was helpful, clear, and full of good suggestions for how to modify techniques or further explore media. In fact, i'd say the book would be a great reference not just for those of us working the business of costume production but also for those whose hobbies encompass cosplay and other types of character costuming for fun.

Two large foam thumbs up!

Yuleswaps 2016: DON'T MISS SIGN-UPS!

Oct. 19th, 2016 08:02 pm
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Just in case there's still one dusty old swapper out there, actually using their LJ flist or tags to keep up with things...


Specifically, swaps sign-ups closing tomorrow night: Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 9:00 PM PDT. Countdown here. Please don't miss it, if you're interested! Thank you, Yuletide community, for your time.


Oct. 19th, 2016 12:36 pm
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I think I'll leave reviews for another week, as I'm sort of lost in Gothic right now. I'm two and a half hours (out of thirty) into Udolpho and so far basically nothing has happened. As opposed to Castle of Otranto, which was about eighty pages and basically everything and the kitchen sink happens.

Is it just me, or are sort of mail order bride/settling the West themed romances majorly in right now? I'm seeing more of them then Regency stuff, and it's sort of weirding me out. (wanders off muttering about literally romanticising etc).
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...or at least Ravelry famous.

So, okay: there has been this gigantic tempest in a teapot about sheep designs. Item A: a cute hat design with sheep, which became fairly popular. Item B: a different designer made a matching cowl, with an added alpaca but mostly very similar because matching, and released it as a pattern. Cue indignation because designer B didn't get designer A's permission and therefore stole her work. (It would have been apparently okay to have done it as a personal project but how dare she release the instructions!) Not helping was the fact that Designer A was working on her own cowl. Also not helping was the fact that designer B released the pattern and headed off to Rhinebeck, thus allowing for indignant "it's been a while DAY how have you not taken this down yet". As well as "I'm buying the cowl from the REAL designer" when Item C, designer A's matching cowl, got released. (It's worth pointing out that A started out free but changed to paid; item C is a paid pattern; item B was released for free.)

Relatedly, Designer A released a sheepy Christmas ornament pattern and, when someone pointed out a similar pre-existing pattern, designer A made a fuss about taking her pattern down to respect copyright.

Some of us watching this whole thing got kind of eye-rolly about how much fuss was being made. So I commented, in one of my forums, that I was tempted to do my own design with (sheep)(sheep)(tall alpaca)(sheep), in the approximate shape of a hand with the middle finger raised. A Paint-drawn mockup ensued.

Then someone pointed out that I should make the pair of sheep loop like boobs, and the alpaca like a penis, just because lol. So I did a Paint mockup of that. And then charted it out. And then wrote up a PDF. And then added it to rav. Explicitly under a Creative Commons Atteibution license allowing for unlimited use, distribution, modification, imitation, etc.

Now: Ravelry has a "hot right now" ranking of patterns that are being looked at right now. I was curious to see if I could get my design in the top 20 list.

So I watched as it climbed... third page of hot-right-now sorting ... second page ... first page ... top 20 ... past the Item A hat ... past the Item C cowl ... into the top 5 ...

Right now, it is the top fucking pattern in the HRN list.


(Link for posterity, image NSFW: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/menagerie-2 )


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