The Very Hungry Rust Monster is a mini-comic I made a few years back. I’ve seen it floating around Tumblr without attribution recently, so I’ve uploaded a higher-resolution version, properly credited.
Desert Pirates by Sergi Brosa
K, so I have a friend at work who really does like spn, and her boyfriend likes it okay, and they have been slowly watching through it together.
She is, probably, the definition of a casual fan. She didn’t know ‘slash,’ as in ‘sam slash dean’ as referenced in Monster at the End of This Book, was a real thing until talk about that part of the episode came up and I told her it wasn’t made up for that episode but actually a reference to something fans were known to do. She thought The French Mistake was really funny, but was confused about the ‘at least they are talking’ running gag and asked me in genuine concern if in RL the two actors who played Sam and Dean (she didn’t, at least then, remember their names were Jensen and Jared) were known to dislike each other or something.
So it’s been fun talking to her about the show on and off.
She and her boyfriend recently finished S07 (and I actually have stuff to say about her opinion on The Born-Again Identity, but that’s for another time), so I offered, with barely contained excitement, to lend her S08.
Now, I fucked up some, because I oversold it, basically. I gleefully told her that I considered it perhaps my favourite season of the show and I really wanted her to watch because I’d love to know her opinion (although when I gave the boxset over I did at least mention that I was probably overselling it - so if it turned out she didn’t like it then she knew that was okay!).
She had, and perhaps still has, big issues immediately with Sam’s storyline and thinks it doesn’t make sense that Sam wouldn’t look for Dean when Sam, as she sees it, “knew Dean wasn’t dead.” When I asked her to elaborate on that, on how Sam should have known Dean wasn’t death, she said it was because Sam didn’t see Dean and Cas die at the end of S07, he saw them disappear, and that supernatural disappearance, in her opinion, should surely have been enough of an indication to Sam that they were still alive somewhere, considering Sam’s life has been full of such supernatural happenings.
Fair enough, I had those same problems. The last we talked about that she said she was assuming that it would be explained why Sam didn’t look for Dean later on in the season… I should probably ask if she has decided whether that makes sense or not yet…
Anyway, she JUST THIS WEEK got up to Goodbye Stranger…
Her reaction was… not what I might have hoped (esp. considering all the talk at the end of S08 about how ‘oh oh EVEN CASUAL VIEWERS are seeing ~something between Dean and Cas now!’)
THIS IS A FUNNY GO FORTH AND READ THE FUNNY
this is why I fucking love American Horror Story
they’re like yeah we could have a love triangle with angst and confusion like EVERYTHING ELSE EVER
Art by Sparth
If you’re confused, I understand. So let me explain. Back in February 2007, magicthegathering.com did “What If” week where they explored different paths that might have been taken to reach the current Magic we see today. During that week, one of the most compelling alternate histories I’ve ever seen was proposed—what if Magic had been sci-fi themed rather than fantasy themed? Thus was born Wizard’s self-parody, Space: The Convergence.
This seemed like such a cool idea that I thought perhaps one day it might actually be made into a real thing (if only as a small supplemental product or something along the lines of a silver-bordered un-set). And…here we are nearly seven years later and there’s pretty much no hope left for this idea going anywhere on Wizard’s end.
But I recently discovered Sparth’s Tumblr, full of sci-fi concept art for Halo and combined with a little inspirational assistance from some other fans of this Space:The Convergence idea, I went ahead and made the basic lands in the Space style.
Here’s a quick explanation of my stylistic choices for the Space mana symbols: Lux is crystal, Gelidine is air, Necroleum is oil, Carbos is a supersonic shockwave and Biolute is DNA.
So how did I do? And would you like to see Wizards make Space: The Convergence?