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Fanwork is awesome and sharing fanwork is even more awesome. Join us as we keymash and squee over our favorite fanwork, from fic (both written and podfic) to art to vids and meta and back again.


Recommendations included:
  • Attack the Block — art (1)
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender — vid (1)
  • Casablanca — fit (1)
  • Dragon Age — art (3), comic (1), cosplay (1)
  • Final Fantasy — music (1)
  • Final Fantasy X-2 — cosplay (1)
  • Harry Potter — fic (1)
  • Jupiter Ascending — meta (1)
  • Marvel/MCU — art (3), vid (1)
  • Mass Effect — comic (1)
  • Sailor Moon — art (1)
  • Star Wars — art (4), cosplay (1), meta (2)
  • Steven Universe — art (1)


Ira


[ART] [Dragon Age: Asunder] Evangeline by [tumblr.com profile] neonowls (Evangeline de Brassard)
A beautiful portrait of a character we never get to actually see (that I know of?). I love fans doing their own takes on book characters, and this is a particularly well-drawn example. Also, lady Templar!

[ART] [Steven Universe] guess what it’s even mORE RUBYPPHIRE by [tumblr.com profile] dabbudraws (Garnet, Ruby/Sapphire)
I love the colours in this! Just drenched in purply pinks, as appropriate to the character(s); and I love her eyes, they're so lively.

[COMIC] [Dragon Age 2] they don’t care that karl was someone’s son… someone’s lover. by [tumblr.com profile] freckled-knight (Karl Thekla, Karl/Anders)
A comic about Karl set to the chorus from Bradley Caleb Kane - Once. Very touching and moving and basically I love side characters getting a little attention.

[COMIC] [Dragon Age 2/Hamilton] TITLE by [tumblr.com profile] lyndraws (Garret Hawke)
A comic set to "Wait for It" from Hamilton. About living and loss and moving forward. Great use of lyrics to set off visuals, and really good visuals with clean, expressive lines.

[COMIC] [Mass Effect] The ring by [tumblr.com profile] wei723 (Garrus Vakarian/Shepard)
A Garrus/Shepard comic that ends super sad! I'm having a hard time placing it in the chronology—it seems to have something to do with the Citadel DLC from Mass Effect 3, which I haven't played. So MAYBE SPOILERS? But it's very well drawn and very sweet!

[COSPLAY] [Dragon Age] Dragon Age Morrigan by [deviantart.com profile] senedy (Morrigan)
A lovely set of photographs of Morrigan in the snow. Great attention to detail, great setting, great photography.

[COSPLAY] [Final Fantasy X-2] Paine by [tumblr.com profile] berndor (Warrior Paine)
Another great cosplay, of another really hard to pull off costume! The straps are immaculate and the sword is great and so is the setting and basically this is one of the best put together Paines I've seen.

[MUSIC] [Final Fantasy] Chicken de Chocobo by BKMJMBOX (2:00)
A fan arrangement of chocobo music!


Jodie


Unfortunately, I still haven't had time to watch anything from this year's crop of Festivids :( Maybe I'll get chance while I'm on annual leave. However I have found several Star Wars: The Force Awakens things you may be interested in.

[ART] [Star Wars: The Force Awakens] Untitled by [tumblr.com profile] lorna-ka (Finn/Rey)
A very cute drawing of Finn and Rey holding hands. I totally ship Finn/Rey ever since his fumbling 'You got a boyfriend?' comments.

[COSPLAY] [Star Wars: The Force Awakens] Rey cosplay by [tumblr.com profile] dailylifeofadizzyfangirl (Rey)
If the background to this cosplay is real then I am especially impressed that this girl went out and found snow before she took these shots. Otherwise, I love the confidence and joy on display in these photos.

[META] [Star Wars: The Force Awakens] Untitled by [tumblr.com profile] cumaensibyl (264 words) (Finn)
Ahhhhhhhh! Wonderful meta about Finn starting a Stormtrooper rebellion. Can someone please write me a full fic based on this?

[META] [Star Wars: The Force Awakens] Untitled by [tumblr.com profile] natashwarma and [tumblr.com profile] phil-the-stone (138 words) (Finn/Rey/Poe)
And for all you tri-shippers (or people who just like Finn, Rey and Poe written as a found family) here is an adorable bit of meta about the three of them becoming the Damerons.


KJ


[VID] [Avatar: The Last Airbender/Hamilton] Wait For It by EmptyFeet (2:32) (Zuko)
Zuko-centric vid set to the Aaron Burr anthem "Wait For It" from the musical Hamilton. Although I don't think the character parallels hold up to close scrutiny, the mood and emotions this vid evokes are spot on.

[VID] [MCU (The Avengers)] The Avengers' March of Cambreadth by WannaBeANerd (6:03) (Cast)
The Battle of New York, set to a traditional Scottish war tune. Fantastic editing, some of the best uses of dialogue I've ever seen in a fanvid.

[FIC] [Harry Potter] The Setup Wizard by [tumblr.com profile] thesetupwizard (ongoing) (OCs)
Hogwarts bows to student pressure and hires a Muggle IT guy to provide Internet connectivity on campus. This Tumblr chronicles his adventures, and eventually those of the young witch he hires as an assistant. Clever premise, fun execution. Use the link above to read all entries in chronological order (as of this writing, it's only about three pages worth). I look forward to following along.

[ART] [Dragon Age] Untitled by [tumblr.com profile] gauntletto (Feynriel)
Gorgeous portrait of this minor Dragon Age 2 character. I can totally envision him all grown up like this.


Renay


[ART] [Attack the Block] Moses by [tumblr.com profile] euclase
Ugh, Nuclease's art. It's so fucking good, you guys, I don't even have words for it. I love this to bits.

[ART] [Star Wars: The Force Awakens] Finn/Poe by [tumblr.com profile] nevheera
Super cute art of Finn and Poe dancing. :D

[ART] [Star Wars: The Force Awakens] waiting, wishing by [tumblr.com profile] saraduvall (Rey)
I love the color in this piece and Rey's expression. :D

[ART] [Star Wars: The Force Awakens] Rey by [tumblr.com profile] kaiselart
More great Rey art with her being a badass fighter with her staff. The lines and the colors here are all wonderful. I'm never getting tired of art that makes Rey look super capable. :D

[ART] [Marvel] Doreen and Kamala by [tumblr.com profile] zombietonbo
This art is ADORABLE and I can't wait for these characters to meet...somehow... There's even a bonus Tippy-Toe!

[ART] [Marvel] Steve/Tony by [tumblr.com profile] kelslk
I love all [tumblr.com profile] kelslk's art — constantly amazed by their line art! — so if you love GREAT ART and Steve and Tony making out then this is the art for you.

[ART] [Marvel] Steve/Tony by [tumblr.com profile] kelslk
What's better than Steve and Tony? Steve and Tony with KITTENS.

[ART] [Sailor Moon] Small Lady by [tumblr.com profile] cyanparade (Chibiusa)
This piece is such a great comparison of the identities Chibiusa has, complete with symbolism and beautiful colors. ♥


Susan


[ART] [Dragon Age: Inquistion] Dragon Age Pulp Covers by [tumblr.com profile] agarthanguide (Ensemble)
I love pulp covers and stories, so this is exactly my thing. I would read all of these immediately. I like that they all look battered and old, and the art style is great. My favourites might actually be the Skyhold Stories one, because look at those hell bears and also Cole with his knives and Sera with her bow!

[META] [Jupiter Ascending] some further thoughts about jupiter ascending and mostly preteen and teenage girls who write fanfic. by [tumblr.com profile] littlestarlady (1259 words) — This is an amazing bit of meta on Jupiter Jones, people who describe her as "a teenage girl's OC" to insult her, and being a teenage girl in fandom. The paragraph where the author describes how she started off with OCs and learned on entry to fandom that this was bad and wrong could have been lifted straight from my own fannish history, and it hurts. But here's the paragraph that stood out to me:

we teach young girls like thirteen-year-old me that they aren’t allowed to aspire to be like the heroes that we grow up with in fiction. it is a regular thing to make fun of their OCs and the way they’re stereotypically presented. ostensibly, there’s a male counterpart to the mary sue trope, but i have almost never seen a male character criticized for being a “gary stu.” whereas i see female characters en masse picked apart and tossed aside for daring to be as cool and powerful as the male characters we glorify. and let’s be real, we know why that happens.


[FIC] [Casablanca] Nom De Coeur by [archiveofourown.org profile] Dorinda (12725 words) (Rick Blaine/Louis Renault) — So, this isn't my fandom and it isn't my ship (except in the vague way that Harry Potter is my fandom—some things are so huge and pervasive that cannot be escaped!), but it turns out that if you offer me long, slow-burning fic that matches the tone of the film almost pitch-perfectly and has solid characterisation, I am not going to give a damn about what fandom it is?
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