tellitslant: Helen Magnus walking away from an explosion with a gun (sanctuary - helen - walk away from)
Tell me you want to play and I'll pick up to three of your fandoms. Then update your journal and answer the following questions:

[personal profile] such_heights gave me Sanctuary, DCU, and Stargate.

Sanctuary

What got you into this fandom in the first place?
Tumblr gifspams of Amanda Tapping kissing girls. No, shut up, really. Because [personal profile] sophia_gratia had been pushing it on me for a while, and I tried to watch the pilot and found it really boring, so I gave up. And then last November my Tumblr dash exploded with "Helen makes out with another woman in canon omg!!1!" posts, and I thought, hm, maybe I should watch this episode. So I did, and not only was there ladykissing, there was genre smartness and interesting gender politics and a badass heroine, and there we go.

Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
I am a total fandom butterfly and there is a possibility that the series won't be renewed for a fifth season, so while there are a lot of stories I'd like to tell I can't imagine I'll always be as invested in the fandom as I am currently. I can't see myself getting to a point where I don't like it any longer (unless I write too much on it academically), though.

Favorite episodes/books/movies, etc?
Ack! Well, the first one I watched, obviously, "Monsoon." Also "Haunted," (because John!), "The Five" (because Nikola!), "Pax Romana" (because Ranna!), "Fugue" (because singing!), and, last but not at all least, "Out of the Blue" (because AU Crazy McPaintsALot Cat Lady Magnus OH MY GOD!).

Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
Just a wee bit. :P I am particularly looking forward to participating in Sanctuary Bingo starting on Sunday!

Do you think more people should get into this fandom?
YES. I would particularly like some more vidders (yes I'm looking at you, you know who you are *cough*). Also, I just think more people should watch shows where the lady rescues herself. Plus it's quite smart about its genre-ness and self-aware and meta; it's not perfect, but if you can get past the dodgy CGI in places it's better than it seems.

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DCU

What got you into this fandom in the first place?
Hahahahaha. I don't know if I can answer that. You know, in the Serenity tie-in graphic novel, Nathan Fillion writes about going down to Whyte Avenue and poking through the longboxes in the Wee Book Inn and that's how he started reading comics, and... yeah. I don't actually remember when I started doing that. Age seven, eight, nine? The first DC Comic I remember buying new off the shelf was Wonder Woman vol.2 #72, when I was nine, but I'd been reading back-issues for a while before then.

Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
Comics are my forever fandom. It's true! I mean, seriously, they've been part of my life for a good twenty years now. I read stuff that's not DCU, sometimes, but I can't be arsed to catch up on the X-Men stuff now and the DCU, even the crazy post-52 DCnU, is where my heart is. (Even if I am a bit broken by Wonder Woman. Thank god I still have Batwoman and Batgirl right now.)

Favorite episodes/books/movies, etc?
I am just going to talk about favourite runs, because otherwise we could have a problem. Ask if you want more detail.
Wonder Woman - the Perez run, at least through issue 30 or so, still defines the character for me; Rucka's run is just goddamn amazing; Simone's run does some delightfully subversive things.
Gotham Central - possibly my favourite thing in comics in the last... fifteen years? Because RENEE.
Batwoman - my second-favourite thing? Because KATE, and a canonically queer woman wearing the bat-symbol!
Secret Six - because they are SO WRONG it's amazing.
Teen Titans - totally oldschool, but Wolfman's run back in the 80s on TT and NTT still define Starfire and Raven for me.

Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
Off and on. I do a bit more on tumblr and on twitter and in person. I write fic sometimes, when the need (or the ficathon) strikes. I hang out with the occasional author and write academic papers. You know, like usual.

Do you think more people should get into this fandom?
This is hard for me to answer, because the DCU is so vast and so many people might like only one aspect of it. I think more people should read Gotham Central and Batwoman, because they are amazing stories and beautifully written. I think everyone should read Secret Six, because it is so twisted. I hesitate to recommend Wonder Woman to anyone right now, because it's wonderfully written and gorgeously illustrated and doing horrible horrible things that hurt me deeply. But I do think that comics as a medium are underappreciated and more people should give them a try, and that there is likely to be something in the new DCU for almost anyone if they can find it.

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Stargate

What got you into this fandom in the first place?
Um. I ran out of Amanda Tapping in Sanctuary and [personal profile] sophia_gratia told me how awesome Sam Carter was. What, I'm totally shallow, I can't help it. I like to say that I'm not really a fan of Stargate so much as Stargate is my Amanda Tapping delivery vehicle.

Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
Well, there's a lot of Stargates still to watch, so I'm definitely around for a while. And all the Stargates have some Sam Carter, so I'll stick them out. How fannish I stay about it will probably depend on how many stories I see that exist offscreen, because let's be fair: it's a pretty bad show and I'm really just watching it so I can have deep thoughts about Sam. Well, and because I think there's a paper or two in there somewhere.

Favorite episodes/books/movies, etc?
I am only on the early part of the third season of SG-1, so I am relatively early on, but: "Hathor" (because it's hilariously awful and Janet says 'libidinous' and the ladies save the day), "A Matter of Time" (because Sam! being sciencey!), "Singularity" (because Cassie! and Sam having emotions!). I have not yet watched any of the episodes that feature multiple alternate-timeline Sams, but I foresee them being high on my list also, because of reasons.

Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
I write some fic. I hope to write more fic. I spend a lot of time reblogging pictures and having a lot of feelings in email. :P

Do you think more people should get into this fandom?
Again, tough one! It would be nice if more people were a little more active in it, but it is a rather old fandom. I might settle for getting pointers to all the hidden early-2000s fic archives that must be out there... ;)
tellitslant: (batwoman - blood red)
Title: Floodplain
Author: [personal profile] tellitslant
Fandom: Batwoman
Pairing: Kate Kane/Maggie Sawyer (Kate Kane/Renee Montoya)
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 1200
Disclaimer: Characters are property of DC Comics. This is a transformative work; no infringement is intended.
Warnings: None.
Notes: Written for twtd in [livejournal.com profile] yuletide 2011. Originally posted at the AO3.
Summary: The morning after, Kate thinks some hard thoughts about the reality of her relationship with Maggie. Missing scene from Batwoman #4. )
tellitslant: (renee - answer the question)
Re my post last week about Renee's role in the DCnU, Dan DiDio has apparently answered the question...
tellitslant: (renee - answer the question)
Soooo I picked up Justice League #1, the first of the 52 new books for DC's fancy-shmancy relaunch, and... not impressed. Without spoilers, it was basically a series of dudely dudes fighting each other to prove that no really, they are superheroes, they are! Sigh. And while it managed to intro four of the main male characters who will be featured in the book, the only female character with a speaking role was a nameless cheereader - cheering for the football team one of the heroes is on, of course - drawing attention to other of the male heroes as they fly past. Even not interrogating it from a gender perspetive, though, it was just kind of dull.

And okay, Greg Rucka gave me heck on twitter a few weeks ago for pointing out that the first isue of his Punisher didn't pass the Bechdel test; he argued that it was like judging an entire novel on the basis of its first chapter, which is a fair point. But in this case, JL 1 is meant to be the hook that draws an Entire New Readership!!1! into comics, and not only wasn't it new, it wasn't really all that innovative or great. So. We'll see. Thankfully the books that I'm actually interested in start hitting shelves next week. :D

Also, I am hearing - completely sourceless, so I have no idea if they're true - rumours that Renee Montoya is NOT going to continue as the Question in the new universe. I am so torn over this! Her arc from washed-out cop to superhero is one of my favourite things about comics ever and I will be incredibly sad if they erase it fully. I will be suprised if they 'de-power' her, as it were, after all the lip service about ensuring a more diverse DCU, because she is one of the more visible LGBT heroes. That said, I adore her in Gotham Central at least as much as I love her as the Question, and I think that sort of book - dealing with the ground-level realities of life for people without super powers or spandex - is one of the things that succesfully builds a universe rather than just a series of loosely connected heroes. Plus Renee in Gotham puts her in the same city as Helena and Babs and Kate, and if they keep her a cop maybe she will still be on Maggie's squad and the there could be ~drama~... But. Fneh. I am unsure what I want to happen here. (Also: hugely depends on who writes her. Anyone but Greg Rucka gets a preemptive side-eye from me...)

ANYWAYS COMICS, shiny things on paper woooo. Work to do now.
tellitslant: (batwoman - shadow of the bat)
Title: The City is a Drag
Author: [personal profile] tellitslant
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] shadowsoffense in [community profile] femslash10
Fandom: DCU Batverse
Pairing: Renee Montoya/Kate Kane
Rating: PG
Word count: 2000
Disclaimer: The characters belong to DC Comics, with heavy debt owing to Greg Rucka.
Warnings: n/a
Summary: Set during the Question backup feature "Pipeline" (Detective Comics 854-865). Renee runs into Kate in Gotham and lets her guilt get the best of her.

so hide your passions in between the daily grind and broken dreams / the city is a drag )
tellitslant: (renee - answer the question)
So I thought, and it turns out that I was right, that Hub City - where the Question originated, and which Renee and Tot have probably taken over as one of their home bases now that she's not working out of Gotham - was initially based on a city in Illinois. It may have been given a new identity since (anyone?), but assuming that it hasn't, and given that nothing in Illinois is really that far away from Chicago, I have come to the conclusion that there really needs to be a DCU/The Good Wife crossover.

Because oh my god, Renee and Kalinda would either get on like a house on fire or would hate each other on sight, am I right?

It's never going to get written - because, like I said, audience of two - but damn, it's fun to think about. *g*
tellitslant: (renee - home with daria)
Title: Praise for the City
Author: [livejournal.com profile] tellitslant
Fandom: DCU: Batverse
Pairing: Renee Montoya/Daria Hernandez
Rating: R
Word Count: 4000
Notes: Beta by the inimitable [livejournal.com profile] soupytwist. Provocation by [livejournal.com profile] rysler. ;)
Warnings: None.
Summary: ...and after the Earth shattered and the buildings crumbled, the nation abandoned Gotham City. But even in the No Man's Land it became, there was still beauty to cling to.

Praise for the City )
tellitslant: (renee - home with daria)
Title: Praise for the City
Author: [livejournal.com profile] tellitslant
Fandom: DCU: Batverse
Pairing: Renee Montoya/Daria Hernandez
Rating: R
Word Count: 4000
Notes: Beta by the inimitable [livejournal.com profile] soupytwist. Provocation by [livejournal.com profile] rysler. ;)
Warnings: None.
Summary: ...and after the Earth shattered and the buildings crumbled, the nation abandoned Gotham City. But even in the No Man's Land it became, there was still beauty to cling to.

Praise for the City )
tellitslant: (secret six - jeannette - rescue mission)
Neeeeew comics daaaaaaay! :D

Um, so all I have for Secret Six is OMG Bane and OMG Scandal and OMG Artemis (a lot of that, in fact) and some OMG Diana. well, ok, some more coherent thoughts )

In conclusion, Gail Simone = AWESOME WITH A SIDE ORDER OF WTFAMAZING.


Hey, have I mentioned my love for Renee Montoya on here recently? I THINK NOT. Detective Comics Annual 11 )

Also, ohmygod the "Lil Gotham" bit of the annual was so incredibly cute I want to hug it.

And, um, discovered in the back of the issue - am I the only one who didn't know that as part of Blackest Night Greg Rucka is writing an issue of The Question with both Questions in it? dfkjfks AWESOME. Between this and his Wonder Woman issue I may have to start, you know, paying attention to Blackest Night.

*happy sigh* Comics! So good. <3
tellitslant: (secret six - jeannette - rescue mission)
Neeeeew comics daaaaaaay! :D

Um, so all I have for Secret Six is OMG Bane and OMG Scandal and OMG Artemis (a lot of that, in fact) and some OMG Diana. well, ok, some more coherent thoughts )

In conclusion, Gail Simone = AWESOME WITH A SIDE ORDER OF WTFAMAZING.


Hey, have I mentioned my love for Renee Montoya on here recently? I THINK NOT. Detective Comics Annual 11 )

Also, ohmygod the "Lil Gotham" bit of the annual was so incredibly cute I want to hug it.

And, um, discovered in the back of the issue - am I the only one who didn't know that as part of Blackest Night Greg Rucka is writing an issue of The Question with both Questions in it? dfkjfks AWESOME. Between this and his Wonder Woman issue I may have to start, you know, paying attention to Blackest Night.

*happy sigh* Comics! So good. <3
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (renee - so detect)
OMG OMG [livejournal.com profile] rysler wrote me college!Kate/beatcop!Renee OMG.

It makes me so happy that I'm reccing it before I even leave feedback, because in the time it takes me to write a comment more of you could be reading it. ;)

Kate slid in. "Hello, sugar. Fuzz. Pig." She leaned in for a kiss. Renee scowled and turned away. Kate's lips landed on her cheek.

Goooooo. Read Prowling.

:D :D :D
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (renee - my pistol makes up for it)
1. I just re-read Gotham Central, 52, Crime Bible, and 'Tec so far.

2. I desperately want to write fic about Kate, or Renee, separately or together.

3. All my ideas are huge and I don't have the concentration.

4. Give me drabble/ficlet prompts? Pairing or timeline or concept or something? I promise nothing, but I really want to play around a bit...
tellitslant: (batwoman - shadow of the bat)
GUYS GUYS OMG GUYS

Every time that I pick up a new issue of "Detective Comics," it is 100% pure awesome, and yet the next issue manages to be even better. I was going to do a post next week when the first Batwoman storyarc came to an end, but I hit supersonic squee mode with this week's issue and so I had to share.

large image of spoilery spoilingness behind the cut from Tec 856 )

LET ME COUNT THE WAYS THIS IS AWESOME:

1. The art, oh my. I have some issues with the way faces, particularly cheekbones, are being done (unintentionally creepy smiles = bad), and the poses here are unusually stiff, but the layouts through the series so far are just stunning and this is one of my favourites. When Kate is Batwoman the panels are freeform and dynamic, and when she's Kate they're structured and rigid, so the change in this spread from boring to special and back to boring after the dance ends... is pretty amazing visual shorthand. Also, using the insides of the musical notes as pullout panels: love. it. This is far from the most astonishing visual JH Williams III has given us in the three issues so far, but it is so nuanced and so innovative compared to a lot of the 'traditional' nine-panel pages out there.

2. cut for identity of Kate's dance partner ) Seriously, I keep turning back to this page and making heart eyes at it. I had no idea I wanted this pairing to exist until canon gave me it, how often do you get to say that? I'm pretty sure they're doing some major retconning (age, for one thing) and I'm not sure I'm totally down with the characterization here, but... I don't think I actually care, because AWESOME. I'm thrilled that the next issue is next week, because I don't want to wait much longer than that to see if this is taken further!

3. In an industry that brings us "Gotham City Sirens" and "Marvel Divas" and Catwoman climbing rooftops in three-inch heels and statues of Mary Jane doing Spidey's laundry and tentacle rape selling covers... how have we possibly gotten so lucky with queer women in comics? Isn't it amazing that I can go out and pick up one of DC's current best mainstream titles, which is regularly selling out all around the world and is written by one of comics' biggest current names, and get a stunning two-page spread of two women in tuxedos dancing together? With a backup story headlined by one of the women's ex (or 'ex,' who knows)?

How awesome is it that 'Tec isn't the only book with kickass dykes in it - that "Secret Six" is all about a team of completely dysfunctional anti-heroes, and yet not only is Scandal's queerness not part of her dysfunction, it's actually more normal than most of the rest of the team? (I know - with Ragdoll and Jeannette and Deadpool on the team, and, previously, Hatter, that's not saying much, but STILL.)

Renee and Kate and Scandal are all strong, flawed, wonderfully rounded, beautifully written, totally different, women of various ethnic origins, with multiple motivations, who happen to be queer and whose queernesses are all treated so well without being too overtly political or apolitical. Seriously? This is possible? Do you have any idea how thrilled these books make me? My inner teenage fangirl is even giddier than my external present-day fangirl, which is an impressive feat. It is an embarrassment of riches and I could not be happier with DC. It's like they're getting it.

Comics are my forever fandom, and right now they are awesome. <3
tellitslant: (batwoman - shadow of the bat)
GUYS GUYS OMG GUYS

Every time that I pick up a new issue of "Detective Comics," it is 100% pure awesome, and yet the next issue manages to be even better. I was going to do a post next week when the first Batwoman storyarc came to an end, but I hit supersonic squee mode with this week's issue and so I had to share.

large image of spoilery spoilingness behind the cut from Tec 856 )

LET ME COUNT THE WAYS THIS IS AWESOME:

1. The art, oh my. I have some issues with the way faces, particularly cheekbones, are being done (unintentionally creepy smiles = bad), and the poses here are unusually stiff, but the layouts through the series so far are just stunning and this is one of my favourites. When Kate is Batwoman the panels are freeform and dynamic, and when she's Kate they're structured and rigid, so the change in this spread from boring to special and back to boring after the dance ends... is pretty amazing visual shorthand. Also, using the insides of the musical notes as pullout panels: love. it. This is far from the most astonishing visual JH Williams III has given us in the three issues so far, but it is so nuanced and so innovative compared to a lot of the 'traditional' nine-panel pages out there.

2. cut for identity of Kate's dance partner ) Seriously, I keep turning back to this page and making heart eyes at it. I had no idea I wanted this pairing to exist until canon gave me it, how often do you get to say that? I'm pretty sure they're doing some major retconning (age, for one thing) and I'm not sure I'm totally down with the characterization here, but... I don't think I actually care, because AWESOME. I'm thrilled that the next issue is next week, because I don't want to wait much longer than that to see if this is taken further!

3. In an industry that brings us "Gotham City Sirens" and "Marvel Divas" and Catwoman climbing rooftops in three-inch heels and statues of Mary Jane doing Spidey's laundry and tentacle rape selling covers... how have we possibly gotten so lucky with queer women in comics? Isn't it amazing that I can go out and pick up one of DC's current best mainstream titles, which is regularly selling out all around the world and is written by one of comics' biggest current names, and get a stunning two-page spread of two women in tuxedos dancing together? With a backup story headlined by one of the women's ex (or 'ex,' who knows)?

How awesome is it that 'Tec isn't the only book with kickass dykes in it - that "Secret Six" is all about a team of completely dysfunctional anti-heroes, and yet not only is Scandal's queerness not part of her dysfunction, it's actually more normal than most of the rest of the team? (I know - with Ragdoll and Jeannette and Deadpool on the team, and, previously, Hatter, that's not saying much, but STILL.)

Renee and Kate and Scandal are all strong, flawed, wonderfully rounded, beautifully written, totally different, women of various ethnic origins, with multiple motivations, who happen to be queer and whose queernesses are all treated so well without being too overtly political or apolitical. Seriously? This is possible? Do you have any idea how thrilled these books make me? My inner teenage fangirl is even giddier than my external present-day fangirl, which is an impressive feat. It is an embarrassment of riches and I could not be happier with DC. It's like they're getting it.

Comics are my forever fandom, and right now they are awesome. <3
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (renee - my pistol makes up for it)
Days Like These
by Kathryne
Fandom: DCU (Gotham Central)
Rating: R
Pairings: Renee/Daria
Disclaimer: DC's characters via the gospel of Greg Rucka.
Notes: A pinch-hit for [livejournal.com profile] rysler in Yuletide 2007, which I had to pick up when I clicked through and saw her name. She wanted dark and violent, and I tried...
Summary: Renee's days - and nights - are just packed. Post-Gotham Central, pre-52. )

**

Further notes: Well, [livejournal.com profile] rysler guessed this one, which is no surprise. But again, I'm totally shocked no one else did. I continued my tradition of writing a Yuletide fic in a fandom that I've also written on academically; anyone who's read any of my BSG fics proobably recognises the style (unless it's more obvious to me); and I have been dorking out about Renee all over this journal for the past few months! *grins* Clearly I am just sneakier than I thought.
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (renee - my pistol makes up for it)
Days Like These
by Kathryne
Fandom: DCU (Gotham Central)
Rating: R
Pairings: Renee/Daria
Disclaimer: DC's characters via the gospel of Greg Rucka.
Notes: A pinch-hit for [livejournal.com profile] rysler in Yuletide 2007, which I had to pick up when I clicked through and saw her name. She wanted dark and violent, and I tried...
Summary: Renee's days - and nights - are just packed. Post-Gotham Central, pre-52. )

**

Further notes: Well, [livejournal.com profile] rysler guessed this one, which is no surprise. But again, I'm totally shocked no one else did. I continued my tradition of writing a Yuletide fic in a fandom that I've also written on academically; anyone who's read any of my BSG fics proobably recognises the style (unless it's more obvious to me); and I have been dorking out about Renee all over this journal for the past few months! *grins* Clearly I am just sneakier than I thought.

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