Apr. 23rd, 2017

rynling: (Cecil Palmer)
The only thing I did this week was to write and memorize a 3,800 word paper. It wasn't my best work, but I can now say that I have delivered a lecture about Steven Universe at a prestigious East Coast art school. I am very special and important, lol forever.

I don't talk about it here, and I certainly don't talk about it on Tumblr, but I really love Steven Universe, and what I'm especially interested in are the career trajectories of the lead writers and artists. I argued that these people came from fandom cultures and brought the concerns of their fandoms with them into mainstream media. I mean, this isn't really an argument so much as it is a compilation of data. Like, if you're on Tumblr, you watch this happen over and over and over again. Writers and artists have to come from somewhere, after all. I suppose that what's interesting about Steven Universe is that it clearly indicates that the talent pool is becoming more visibly diverse and inclusive, as contemporary fandom culture (very broadly speaking) tends to encourage and support diversity and inclusivity. Disney has also been fairly diverse since at least the late 1980s, but they've always been at pains to hide that diversity behind white male directors and producers. It's not my business to predict the future, but it's my hope that this is changing.

Anyway, I also made a PowerPoint slideshow, which was very pretty with lots of slide transition animations. One can never have enough sparkles, but I may have come close.

As a means of procrastinating on all of this, I also wrote a one-shot fic based on something a friend on Tumblr said about Ganondorf being a shitty evil uncle to a bunch of adorable Gerudo girls. Even though things didn't turn out well for him in Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf had a lot of supporters among the Gerudo, and it's reasonable to assume that he probably brought back really nice presents that he looted from the corpses of the people he killed in Hyrule, right?

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