Somethingincorporeal on Tumblr recorded podfic of Travelling Incognito!:

I'm so excited! It's strange but exciting-good-strange hear someone else reading it. I think this is the first time someone else has recorded one of my stories.

This does remind me that I was going to do some podficcing myself for amplificathon.

On the LJ side of things, I haven't been around because livejournal isn't really working for me at the moment. It's not letting me answer comments and it's doing really weird things when I try to post. So we shall see if this crosspost goes through, and sorry about that...
8th Dec: [personal profile] printfogey: Can you name two fandoms that truly surprised you, in a good way? Like you thought you knew what kind of book/comic/manga/show it would be the subject matter and tone, and then it turned out to either be about something quite different, or the way it treated the subject matter was way different from what it first seemed/what you had assumed.
Or maybe it was just unexpectedly good at what it was doing. Anything's fine!

I think you're kind of anticipating this one but I don't think I can not mention One Piece, because it looks insane, and I'd just been thoroughly turned off Shonen manga by the brain-sucking monstrosity that is Naruto (I think I got as far as time-skip, missing out a number of episodes on the way and then just... couldn't be bothered. I mean, I fucking love Gai and Lee and I didn't actually mind Naruto himself, but it's pretty obvious there are a zillion characters and the creator's interest is mostly focused on the atrociously uninteresting ones and the fandom is only focused on Sasuke). So yeah. I think I started watching because I was reading TvTropes and discovered Luffy had a similar power to Reed Richards, and the body horror/body modification stuff is always interesting to me. It looked completely nuts and I watched a few clips on YouTube and then I watched a few fight scenes and montages and then before I knew it I was watching the whole thing in order.

What I seriously, definitely wasn't expecting from the design of the characters and the general tone and the colours and the crazy was to discover this was actually A Show To Take Very Seriously. Which could and frequently did reduce it's audience to pathetic sobbing. And by the time you get to Nico Robin's backstory arc, really, there aren't enough tears in the world.

I think I watched most of the anime before I started reading the manga, on this one, but I can't be absolutely sure, it was a few years ago now.

I don't think there's another that's Surprising on the same level. I didn't expect Haven to take over my brain the way it did. I didn't expect Firefly to be worth the hype. I didn't have any expectations going into Fullmetal Alchemist (the first anime) because I'd never watched an anime that had that much emotion in it before and the hero was... kind of "eh, that's the hero?" and "like this is ever going to be anything I can take seriously? He's a freakin' tiny bad-tempered kid!" That was a very weird first-episode introduction, and that anime/manga are the nearest thing as damn it to fannish perfection for me now.

Maybe 3x3 Eyes? Because I think that time I was also TvTroping for body horror (it seems to be a thing I do when I'm between shows and in need of a fandom: I swear I don't know why, but horror in general doesn't draw me, I'm too fascinated by the supernatural IRL and I've watched/read too much profiler-type stuff to do more than doubt the psychology in slasher killers) and somehow stumbled across Yakumo's regeneration power, and it was a horror manga. I don't know if this was about the same time I was reading Franken Fran? I read a bunch of horror manga. So I was reading stuff that was pretty bloody and unyieldingly grim (though Franken Fran is pretty funny, too). And 3x3 Eyes? It's really bloody, but it's also really damn sweet. The characters are so earnest and well-meaning and essentially good and just adorable. The character designs are cute without being too unreal or overboard with it. The two main characters are a obviously a couple and they're a couple pretty much right the way through and tension isn't artificially derived from trying to split them up or engender misunderstandings between them... though there's so much going on that they don't actually get to consummate until almost the end of the series (that and there's the somewhat less amenable dual personality of the heroine, but it turns out they both love Yakumo in the end).

Anyway, it seems to turn a few things I'd got used to in shonen-ish manga/anime slightly askew and just be quite dissonent with the usual recipes of elements, and the heroes a lot more self-effacing and really just wanting to live normal lives rather than having great ambitions that they shout about a lot. I get the sense that Yuzo Takada kind of marches to his own tune? The other things of his that I enjoyed had a weird gentleness to them as well. (Shizume and Little Jumper. Didn't like the Blue Seed anime much, though, too much perving on the underage heroine.) And it is very bloody but most of that's Yakumo, who Gets Better (nb. healing factor: not so fun as you'd think it'd be), and toward the end it also gets very grim, and the ending isn't the happiest in the world, though it does have a sort of It All Ends Well Eventually clause. But I think this one felt more like an epic science fiction read for me than a manga, and especially than a horror or shonen manga. Felt like the stuff I used to borrow off my dad's bookself and curl up with when I was 14.

(There should be an anime of this one. It would kick ass. And then more people would get to be fannish about it. Yes.)

I don't know if this is the most helpful answer to the question, but there it is...

Now I want to re-read Franken Fran.
Your favorite single panel (or page) of a comic/manga. :) - [personal profile] alessandriana

This is the one I've put back a few times, because I knew I had to think about it and plus, that it was going to involve scanning the images, so I finally got around to that this morning, and I've picked out a few things. Actually, now I'm wondering if maybe I've gone more in depth than was ever intended... :)

LOL, I'm not a comics art connoisseur, and there's an extent to which this is always going to depend on what I'm reading at the time, and whether I'm reading a lot of manga/comics at the time, and whether I'm drawing at the time, which is going to affect how seriously I'm thinking about this kind of thing. I haven't done a lot of drawing in a few years now, and haven't been doing a whole lot of reading either, though I have a lot of manga and comics at home.

I am however on Judge Anderson at the moment, having got vol 1-3 of The PSI Files for Christmas from my dad. So here's the rather nice page that I opened up to last night:

I'd say that I like character-defining images a lot. There's the physicality of Anderson, which is sexy but more establishing tough and feminine than diving into fanservice, as well as functional with the bulk of the uniform, and the narration, which all come together nicely here and sum up the things which make Anderson.

Probably a similar reason that the first image that sprang into mind when I was given this prompt was this one, of Edward Elric, which is from the very first chapter and is also almost everything you need to know about this character in a nutshell:

You can see the automail just poking through the boot, and Al's face with its gravity tempering Ed's cocky little grin, and the dialogue.

Returning to Judge Anderson, I was delighted to find this particular storyline and panel when I opened Vol #3 last night. I've never bought 2000AD, just borrowed other people's copies back when I was at university, because honestly the only character I do like is Anderson. So while I didn't have a copy, this story with its Alice in Wonderland imagery and Anderson going into the destroyed psyche of an abused child ended up living in my head for years.

The sort of comics art I really enjoy most tends to be the weird, psychedelic and surreal, perhaps slightly disturbing imagery that does stick in the mind.

So here's Elektra Lives Again. I don't think there's a page in the whole graphic novel which isn't simultaneously beautiful and horrible (this is Frank Miller, after all). Which made it difficult to decide which pages to scan, although I picked some of the less grotesque, since it's going on LJ.

It's not listed as one, but this is a Daredevil book and that is Matt Murdock.

Most of the comics I talk about are manga, but when it came to this question it was hard to bring any single panels or pages of manga to mind. I love Yuzo Takada's work but it's more a case of the flow of the visual storytelling and the visual characterisation than any single "wow" images. I think that visual flow might be a more integral part of manga in general. Also, whenever I see huge impressive wham shots and details backdrops in manga, I'm always suspicious about how many assistants were involved in producing them. :)
Ooh, well one interesting factoid to come out of this crosspost is that on Dreamwidth, this all fit in one post and I didn't have to split it. Yaaay!

TITLE: Toy Soldier
AUTHOR: roseveare
LENGTH: 16,000 words approx
SUMMARY: Roy Mustang and Ed get a lesson in what it means to bring a 12 year old into the military after Edward falls into the hands of terrorists. Gen.
NOTES: Mangaverse, set a few months after Ed became a State Alchemist.
WARNINGS: Violence, language, cruelty to animals and small children.
THANKS: To sayhello for beta-reading.
DISCLAIMER: Fullmetal Alchemist belongs to Hiromu Arakawa and various other people not me. Not mine, no profit, yadda yadda yadda.

Toy Soldier )
TITLE: Bottle Garden
AUTHOR/READER: roseveare
FANDOM: One Piece
SIZE: 3000 words/22 mins/20MB
SUMMARY: It's only a devil fruit ability, he reminds himself. Nothing besides the monstrosity cupped between all her palms. That could wipe out everyone on the island. Robin gen.
DISCLAIMER: Not mine, no profit, yadda yadda yadda.
NOTES: Challenge fic for the op_fanforall anonymous meme on livejournal, written to the prompt of "Robin saves the day". Movie #6 is referenced heavily.

LINK - - MP3

TITLE: Travelling Incognito
AUTHOR/READER: roseveare
FANDOM: Fullmetal Alchemist (manga)
RATING: PG-13 with a language warning
SIZE: 5,000 words/32 mins/30MB
SUMMARY: Gen adventure, pre-series. An outsider's point of view on Ed. "There's only one way I can think of, Al, to get inside that place... You'll have to sell me."
NOTES: Mangaverse in the sense that the Edward Elric in my head is in monochrome and sporting a far more evil expression, although as far as this story is concerned, I'm not sure it makes a practical difference.
THANKS: To sayhello for beta-reading.
DISCLAIMER: FMA belongs to Hiromu Arakawa and various other people not me. Not mine, no profit, yadda yadda yadda.

LINK - - MP3

TITLE: Waxwork
FANDOM: Doctor Who - 8th Doctor EDAs
SIZE: 5,500 words/30 mins/31MB
SUMMARY: The Doctor, Fitz and Anji visit a museum on a peaceful holiday planet. The exhibits hit a bit too close to home for Fitz.
DISCLAIMER: BBC, not me. Fun not profit, yadda yadda yadda.

Link - - MP3


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