I don’t normally make posts like these, but because it’s been OVER TWO MONTHS, I wanted to tell anyone who might be waiting for an update that I have sent the next chapter off to my beta. It’s ridiculously long. Teeny tiny teaser below the cut.

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Why do I torture myself with fandom wank?




What are you trying to achieve here? Telling OP they’re wrong? Most of the images you showed us have her skin still be darker than those edits. 

I’m struggling to understand your goal here. You took a post about correcting a harmful thing people do, and then turned it into… trying to say Storm has light skin sometimes? What does that have to do with the main problem the original post is discussing? 

And yes, a lot of people who aren’t fans see her on tumblr. People who are new fans or are interested in the character are gonna go into the tag and see some comic scans, where she is made to have skin so light she actually looks white with a tan in some of them. 

They’re darker than the second set of edits for sure. Not so much the first. I never disagreed with the editing of existing art being an issue. But I do disagree with the statement about Storm always having super dark skin. I know how tumblr works, and I’d rather not see fanartists bullied for “whitewashing” because their personal interpretations have lighter skin than Ibanez’ Storm does. I already saw a few comments about Storm’s “canon skintone.” I know what comes next. So my point was that Storm’s “canon skintone” is literally anything a viewer could look at and immediately understand that she is African. (Obviously there are African skin tones that are even lighter than a good portion of white people’s, but those aren’t the ones that would be used in mostly flat-color comics if you want to get her ethnicity across.)

I was very tired last night, so it probably didn’t come across well. And it still baffles me that anybody would treat tumblr as a research resource. It’s a timesink website full of gifs and fanart and porn. And that’s about it. If you want useful information on anything, closing the tumblr tab is the first thing you should do. If the info you’re looking for is Marvel comic-based, your best sources would be the Marvel Wiki, CBR, and even Amazon. All of which will show up on the first search page for a character’s name.

Out of all what OP said in a post that was about fans white washing Storm that was what you picked up on? And don’t put white washing in quotation.

And nowhere did OP say that Storm’s skin is the same in all comics, just that she has dark skin, which most of the times she does, as the images you showed us prove. In the current run her skin is dark, and fans are making her skin lighter. That’s it. That’s the the problem. OP never said anything else. 

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Hi! I'm guessing that maybe my added commentary to the Storm post was what inspired some of yours. So, the reason why I don't know of Storm outside of tumblr is because I'm on the very outskirts of the comics community in general. I started reading comics less than a year ago. My knowledge of MOST characters is marginal, but plenty of stuff drifts across my dash. The comparison came as a shock because every single post I'd seen so far had involved heavy editing. There's something off about that.


Hello. I’m not really in the X-Men fandom, anymore. So if something drifts across my dash, it tends to be fanart. As such, I guess I should have just kept my nose out of it. But if people bully fanartists for drawing a Nightvale character as white when the creators didn’t even GIVE him an ethnicity, I really don’t want to see the shit they start writing to fanartists who draw Storm more in-line with Halle Berry’s skintone if the notion that Storm must always be a certain shade gains traction.

Some good resources for Marvel comics info would be the Marvel Wiki (I’ve literally lost myself on there for hours being reminded of all the crazy shit I read about as a kid and forgot) and Comic Book Resources. You should never rely on tumblr. I mean, half the people here are still convinced the Thor news means the Odinson is becoming a trans girl.

First of all: this has never been about fan art. (I’m going to assume that so-called edits of comic panels are not what you mean by fan art.) In my case, it’s also not at all about trying actively to find out about a character, or using tumblr as a “source” for anything. It’s about what people are doing to panels of this particular Storm run. So, this is, step-by-step, how I came into this:

1. Seeing some panels (edits) of the new Storm comic reblogged onto my dash. 

2. Thinking that while I don’t have the time to invest in more comics right now, it looks like a good choice of character (female, poc), and I’m happy that it’s out there.

3. I see a post with comparisons between these ‘edits’ and actual comic panels, and I can see that the difference is, in fact, huge.

4. I comment on said post, saying that I never knew from the posts I’d previously seen that her skin was that dark. And no, I did not say “in this particular run” but why should I have to specify that? WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THESE PARTICULAR IMAGES. It doesn’t matter if she’s been canonically green, pink, purple or orange. No one has ever said that Storm has ONE skin colour. Not me, not the post comparing the edits to the original panels. What matters here is how people’s edits RIGHT NOW are a poor (and harmful) representation of her skin colour in the comics RIGHT NOW. 

I don’t understand why you’re trying to take the discussion away from that and into completely irrelevant territory. 





it bothers me that Kansas and Arkansas are not pronounced the same

I’m from the UK and I have been pronouncing Arkansas as Ar-Kansas my whole life

For all my non-american friends, Arkansas is pronounced ark-an-saw



About that DC/Marvel post, I’m amused and annoyed that they put the speed dating as a LOL SO ZANY BEST THING like it’s the pinnacle in Loki’s current run, because there’s so much hilarious stuff that the 616 Lokis (in plural) have been doing in the last three years, like

  • Blowing up Stonehenge and British landmarks in general with a smartphone while wearing a Guy Fawkes mask and quoting Oppenheimer (the monuments get better.)
  • Asking for donations for a puppy on Tumblr.
  • Just the fact that smartphones and Instagram accounts are a thing with Lokis now.
  • Downloading movies in the “torrents of bits”.
  • Counting Internet memes as arcane studies.
  • Milkshakes. Bacon. Breakfast meats.
  • Planning that involves a circular table game as diagram.
  • Making references to Game of Thrones, Scott Pilgrim, and The Princess Bride, among others.
  • Pretending to be Harry Styles and being called “one-direction-y”
  • Singing Wicked songs in the shower.
  • Let us not forget killing off a mythological fish monster in the past with a bazooka.

Lokis are just ridiculous creatures now, and speed dating isn’t even in my top ten of cracky shit they’ve pulled off.

Also creating terrible slash on the internet. Never forget.


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I want to go to this exact point and run around it saying “I’m in Sweden!” I’m in Finland!” “I’m in Norway!” until I get tired

i aspire to great things in life

According to Google Maps, that point is in the middle of a small lake.

So we’ll do it in January when it’s frozen.

actually that’s why they’ve helpfully dropped a big-ass cement block with a bridge surrounding it in the middle of the lake: for the express purpose of doing what OP aspires to do



Storm #1 or "Why mmmagpie bitches about people fucking with the colors in comic panels"

Images on the left are original screenshots from the digital version of the comic. They’ve been cropped, and that’s it.  The images on the right belong to three users - links to the original posts are in the captions. 

Now…do you see what’s wrong with this picture? This is why I bitch about edits, and how they misrepresent the comics. Storm has pretty dark skin. If you hadn’t read the comics, and only seen the edits, you might be a bit taken aback by that fact. That’s a problem. In polite company, it’s generally agreed that lightening the skin of a person of color is a no-no. And, unfortunately, that’s what’s going on here.

I’m not claiming that these edits were made to lighten Storm’s skin. But they do lighten her skin. And that is something to take into consideration before posting an edit. Representation of women and minorities in comics is a huge issue, and it’s fucking amazing that Storm finally has her own solo title. It’s not amazing that her skin is being lightened because people seem to feel a need to add a #mine tag underneath somebody else’s artwork. 

Ugh, sorry, I know that whining won’t make a difference, but the most popular set I’ve seen still has Storm’s skin significantly lighter than it appears in the comics. She’s also inexplicably orange.



These are part of set by clintbarttons (sorry, it won’t let me tag!). Once again, I don’t think that anybody is actually thinking “Wow, Storm’s skin is way too dark. I’ve gotta fix that!” but I do think that people should be aware that this is still a problem, even if they’re doing it unintentionally. 

I wouldn’t have added more to my original rant if I hand’t had several people tell me that they weren’t aware that Storm was particularly dark skinned. And I find that a bit alarming. All that the people I’ve spoken to have seen are edits on Tumblr where Storm’s skinned has been lightened. Because the sets that get popular are the ones where Storm’s skin has been fucked with. And THEN people who aren’t reading any books in which Storm appears aren’t even aware of her skin color. Which is pretty fucked up. White washing is never good. 

TL;DR Highlights: Tumblr is so fucked up that some people have never seen unedited (and therefore unlightened) panels of Storm. The implications of this are not good. 

Because I haven’t read Storm or X-Men, my knowledge of the character comes 99% from tumblr. Before I saw the first set (with comparisons) I was completely unaware that Storm’s skin was as dark as it actually is. The only images I’ve seen floating across my dash have been heavily edited, it seems. That’s not cool.

It’s also sort of weird that the skintone in the second set tends mostly towards foundation on white skin gone horribly wrong. 

I’m glad I now know what she’s supposed to look like, but horrified that it took a post like this to find out. 





One headline perfectly captures the U.S. media’s Israel problem

Cairo-based photojournalist Mosa’ab Elshamy caught this headline from the Monday edition of the Baltimore Sun that seems to capture Palestinian sympathizers’ frustration with mainstream media coverage of the ongoing conflict in Gaza. While Israeli combat fatalities are given up-front attention, Palestinian fatalities are brushed off as “others.”

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This is exactly what I was talking about the other day. It’s always Palestinian aggression over here. You never, ever hear reported causalities for Palestinian civilians. wtf

Just heard on the Swedish news that the UN has decided to start a war crime investigation against Israel. 29 countries voted for an investigation, 17 did not vote and 1 voted against. I don’t really need to tell you who voted against. HINT: IT WAS THE UNITED STATES.

I really hate to get into politics in tumblr, but I just let this one go by. Do you know why there’s such discrepancy???

1) Israel believes in protecting its citizens, who include Muslims, Druze, Christians and Jews. Israel spends money on anti-missile defense systems and shelters. The fact that less people die in Israel is not for the lack of trying from Gaza’s perspective. On daily basis, 100s of rockets are fired at Isreal.

2) Hamas, on the other hand, prefers to spend money donated by UN and other sources on weapons, digging tunnels to smuggle the weapons.

3) Hamas uses their citizens as human shield, stores weapons in hospitals and schools and encourages their citizens not to seek shelter when Israel issues a warning that they are about to strike (Hamas, by the way, never issues such courtesy). A lot of Gaza citizens are killed by so-called “friendly fire” - missiles misfired or a weapon cache exploded

4) Israel actually left Gaza about 10 years ago. They are not an occupied state.

Do you ever post about atrocities in Syria? Or Sudan? Why single out Israel? How would you feel if your country constantly had weapons fired upon it from Norway or Denmark?

I don’t single out Israel. I single out the United States of America.

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