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Halo (writing dump)

Things still haven't been going so well, but I thought I'd drop by with a little update of some kind. There are uploads on deviantART called "sketch dumps", where artists just dump off all the doodles they've done, any practice works. I figured I'd continue my tradition of throwing my writing doodles at you guys here, because I do try writing every now and again.

Actually, this one is a year old now. I started it at random in March 2015, because I wanted to keep writing about lil' Eduardo. ღ I had a few ideas bouncing around my mind from reading the old '80s Invasion! comics; and it was also inspired by the totally coincidental crack-pairing with Starfire which happened outta the blue when my friend and I did a dA meme. (LOL) I got such a kick outta it, I redrew our happenstance moment, as well as an illustration for a scene I imagined:

At first I named the pairing "GoldenFire", but I soon started calling it "Halo" because all my scenes, all my character perspectives, all the messages I was hoping to convey, were beginning to be inspired by the song from Starset: ( listen here )

Now, there wasn't going to be much continuation with the whole Starfire ship. That was just for fun; at most, she was going to help Ed learn to cope with his powers. And maybe learn to accept some aliens, since I'm certain he'd thoroughly dislike aliens after the Reach's abduction and experimentation. Not something one would easily get over, I feel.

Anyway, Halo was still something of a headcanon at the start, in every sense. I was thinking about why the creators of Young Justice would change the origins of El Dorado, originally a superhero from Mexico. Ed Dorado Jr. made a lengthy runaway journey to be with his father, leaving from Argentina to Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A.; whereas Mexico would have been a bit more practical. So my geeky fan-theory was because it had something to do with Argentina's own DC canon superheros, the Super Malón. I kinda thought it might be cute to have their leader, La Salamanca, be Eduardito's mother.

I could babble for eternity on canon and ideas/reasoning, but I'll refrain. XD Here's what I wrote out so far, but I'm not sure if I'll ever pick this idea back up.

a Young Justice fan fiction
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YJ Ed Jr. Autumn

Runaways and the Invasion

I was going through some of my old sketches, cleaning up the half-decent ones... And I wonder if anybody caught the DC canon throwback in my fanfic Into the Nothing, why I had Ed liken using his powers to snapping his fingers?


art by me on deviantART

Okay, maybe nobody finds this stuff as interesting as I do, but anyway. (LOL) Young Justice: Invasion was scripted around two previous DC Comic cosmic invader stories. Obviously the one we all know and love, The Reach Invasion from the 2006-2009 run of Blue Beetle, wherein the aliens arrive on Earth to find out why the Scarab "seed" was corrupted and subsequently plot their conquest. They are led by the Negotiator (changed to the more diplomatic English word Ambassador in YJ, maybe because Negotiator brings to mind police hostage situations? XD) and Dawur (the Security Chief Black Beetle is based on, except Dawur has no Scarab). But there is no Scientist; Negotiator is only interested in studying the rogue Infiltrator, but avoids butting heads with the "powered community" at large.


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But still the Reach Scientist is not entirely unique to YJ:I. Because the cartoon series also taps into the less-remembered Dominator Invasion! from 1988. This three book mini-series attempted to explain the random human genetic anomaly that makes certain people super-powered: the meta-gene. ("Never meta-gene I didn't like!") The Dominators are intellects and scientists, and for their studies they kidnap humans from Earth to experiment on. They do the same tests as YJ's Reach Scientist: put humans under extreme direst and torture to see if the meta-gene could be triggered on. When six captives miraculously survive, it leads them to form an alliance with other aggressive alien races and wage war against Earth, all with the hopes to "weaponize" those with the meta-gene.


So while the Runaways as characters are based on the '70's Super Friends background members created to give ethnic diversity to the Justice League heroes, and Tye gives a name-nod to his Justice League: Unlimited counterpart, Long Shadow:

Their involvement in the actual story is pretty much a replacement for those six newborn superheroes from Invasion!, who later became known as The Blasters―in honor of not being killed in the Dominators' Blaster-Field slaughter:

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And one of the Blasters is former JLA side-kick Lucas "Snapper" Carr, who develops the power to teleport himself, which he activates by snapping his fingers. Oh ho! There it is! :D

Snapper, you'll remember, appeared in Young Justice, voiced by Greg Weisman himself, although it was never revealed whether or not he had any superpowers in the show. (Here is his concept art as posted by the Warner Bros. Studio staff member on his deviantART: YOUNG JUSTICE: LUCAS 'SNAPPER' CARR by Jerome-K-Moore)

And like Eduardo Jr., Snapper discovers he can teleport with one other person:

I have way too much fun playing in the DC-universe canon pool. :D All my own comic scans, by the way, please do not take.

I also have this fan-theory that the creators of YJ made Tye and Asami a couple at the end of the Invasion as a throwback to the "bromance" between Long Shadow and Wind Dragon. XD (There was no El Dorado counterpart in Ultimen, unfortunately, instead Wonder Twin replacements.)

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It's already over

My first post of the New Year! I apologize for my lack of updates and just generally keeping quiet, but after Tjitse died I basically shut down. I haven't felt like myself for the past several months to be honest, and I fell back into a low, melancholy mood. I gave up on life, really, just going through the daily grind because... well, because that's my life. I'm finding it harder and harder to stay positive, supportive, and productive.

My Christmas was okay, rather a whirlwind of events because I was ill-prepared for it. Dinner with the family went by fast and without a hitch; no major gifting was done this year since we all are in a tight spot; and three days of cleaning the house for a four-hour get-together was over in the blink of an eye.

And the following Monday I found out my grandmother (on my father's side) passed away December 26th. The day after Christmas―that is tragically unfair. May she rest in peace. (;;_;;)♡

Recently, I've found myself pulled into a lot of negativity, most of it being online. God, all the bullying I've been witnessing at deviantART, it even made my one friend suicidal last week! :( So 2016 did not start out on the best foot, for anyone it seems. I was hopeful once the year was over I might have that refreshed, almost relieved sensation which normally comes with New Years and setting goals. But this black cloud hangs on strong. I'm thinking I need to step back from the social part of dA, which is where I spent my free time, and focus again on me. Because I lost myself for awhile there.

“The person in life that you will always be with the most, is yourself. Because even when you are with others, you are still with yourself, too! When you wake up in the morning, you are with yourself, laying in bed at night you are with yourself, walking down the street in the sunlight you are with yourself. What kind of person do you want to walk down the street with? What kind of person do you want to wake up in the morning with? What kind of person do you want to see at the end of the day before you fall asleep? Because that person is yourself, and it's your responsibility to be that person you want to be with. I know I want to spend my life with a person who knows how to let things go, who's not full of hate, who's able to smile and be carefree. So that's who I have to be.” ― C. JoyBell C.

Highlights of 2015

My year was spent learning a lot of art. I fell out of writing once I started sketching almost every night. Around April and May I decided to go full force with digital; I had been gifted a tablet at the end of 2014, but it wasn't until then I began to use it in earnest. Although I still can't sketch from scratch directly on it, I started taking the time to ink line work, and exploring different digital painting styles. I even made some animated .gifs and pixel art for the first time. And I was proud of it all.

My deviantART Summary of Art

Resolutions for 2016

I learned a lot last year about art. But when the year ended in a miserable blur, my basic foundation had taken a major hit and I've gone back to all my old flaws, so I'm basically back to ground zero, I feel. I'd like to get back to where I was, unafraid of trying new things, unafraid to fail.

Having said that, I desperately miss writing. I'm tired of getting out one or two solid stories, and then hitting the wall so bad I don't write again for years. Plus, I recently received my first feedback on Archives of Our Own, and it was positive and motivating. Someone even suggested I get a tumblr, which made me think they felt I was worth getting out there. (^_^) So if I have one resolution, it's to get back to the place where I started in 2014 with Into the Nothing and drawing as a hobby. I enjoy art, but my passion was always words, not colors.

Otherwise, I still have some personal goals I'd like to set, even if it's only in scaled down version. I guess we shall see. I'm just awfully tired of my life feeling so ordinary...

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Writers Questionnaire

I decided to take a moment and participate in a Writers Questionnaire over on deviantART. I actually commend the member who created it, NemoX7, for taking this initiative because I've noticed two things about being a writer on deviantART: One, we're on the sidelines of the community, since Visual Arts garner more interest; and two, writers are notoriously "bubble creators" and we don't seem to socialize with one another, at least not to the extent that artists do in my humble opinion.

For my personal space here, however, I will leave out the questions pertaining solely to dA. Anyway, to quote some Dead by April song lyrics: "I clutch my fist in the air and here I go~"

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A gift

Whoa! I received a belated surprise birthday gift which really left me dumbstruck, in the happiest of ways. This incredible "movie poster" fan art was done by the amazingly sweet ArtCrawl on deviantART, who is one of my favorite artists; I aspire to her level! Please be sure to click on the image to check it out—in all its epic glory—at her Gallery.

Runaways birthday gift-art
Thank you, ArtCrawl! I love it!!

Now, as for the simplistic title of this Journal entry, it's actually a throwback to dialogue in the 2013 DC animated film Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox. Another epic in terms of artwork, storytelling, and soundtrack, it is my favorite of the DCAU feature-lengths. I happened to re-watch it again the other night, and was surprised to suddenly spot Dr. David Wilcox (Young Justice: Invasion) making a cameo in the background:

I offered YJ screen captures of the S.T.A.R. scientist here, for reference, and I write him often in fanfics. His appearance isn't surprising though, given Phil Bourassa was the lead character designer on both shows, and the Warner Bros. studios have already proven they enjoy nods back-and-forth with cameos. Everyone at the time was already well aware other YJ cast members were featured, notably the updated, matured designs of Kaldur (Aqualad), Tula (Aquagirl), and Garth (Tempest).

Awhile back I read an interview with the minds behind Young Justice, explaining the Atlanteans appearing in Flashpoint. If memory serves, at the time Aqualad had not yet made his appearance in DC Comics New 52 reboot, so they sorta had free-reign on designing and using Kaldur'ahm, who later became Jackson Hyde in comics. However, after I saw Dr. Wilcox, I hawk-eyed on the rest of the movie. Unfortunately, no Eduardo or Asami still, but I did catch an obvious walk-on by B'arzz O'oomm (Green Beetle) in his human guise, as well as characters who resembled Lucas Carr and Dr. Serling Roquette.