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I was appalled, but not surprised, by Marvel's recent storyline that Captain America is Hydra.  Yes, they're really paddling that douchecanoe for all it's worth.  I am pleased to find a post by a Jewish writer, who speaks with more cultural right than I could, explaining why this is so very wrong. 

It's not just about the current fetish for brutalizing and/or distorting heroic figures, this persistent desire to destroy all that is good and hopeful in the world, to convince everyone that they can't have  heroes.  It's that this twist hurts living people  as well as mocking the dead.  That is not okay.

Art is power.  You use it responsibly, because if you don't, you're a bully.

I really hope, in some just and well-deserved afterlife, the people who perpetrated this meet with Steve Rogers so can ... explain ... a few things to them.
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This poem came out of the January 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba and [personal profile] dreamwriters. It also fills the "day at the beach" square in my 1-3-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, based on the "surrender" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and directly follows "Blackwork."

Warning: This poem covers some intense territory. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is emotional angst, therapeutic art, bad tape in Shiv's head, because the inside of Shiv's head is always a warning, and so is his past, low sense of self-worth, confusion over people treating him decently now, asking for help and getting it, references to past incidents of child abuse and other child harm, references to self-injury and other negative coping skills, Shiv's teachers were moronic assholes, impaired memory, and other angst. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your taste and headspace before reading onward. However, this is the middle piece between "Blackwork" and "Whitework" so it's pretty important to that triptych.

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The April 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal.  Our theme this month is "Ideas."  Come give us prompts, or claim some for your own inspiration!


What I Have Written

"Mindweeds" is today's freebie about the immortality of ideas.

A "shapeshifter" bingo square inspired the free-verse poem "Dark Ideas." Hilla and Randie listen to women in the chronic pain support group.
225 lines, Buy It Now = $112.50

From a DW prompt I got the poem "The Fluidity of Inspiration," which is written in unrhymed couplets. It's about liquids and solids, ideas and people.
10 lines, Buy It Now = $5  HOLD

This contributed to the free-verse poem "Maa Yea."    When a woman takes up the cause of protecting children, she ceases to be mortal.
128 lines, Buy It Now = $64

This inspired the free-verse poem "A Confession of Pain." Alicia and Judd visit the Easy City police station to share their past experiences regarding the Spectrum.
372 lines, Buy It Now = $186


From My Prompts

"Lightbulb" by [personal profile] alatefeline explores different forms of perception.
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Here's a post about poetry in comics.

As it happens, I've done this before. A friend of mine illustrated one of my poems for a comic anthology. That was a lot of fun.

I also studied comics a lot when I was working on some relevant projects, so I learned a great deal about how they work and how to make the words for one.

With that in mind, some answers to questions from the post:

Is the artwork an illustration of the words, or an equivalent to a line of verse or a stanza?

Typically, the artwork is an illustration, as the text of a comic is usually written before the art.  

If the poet removed the artwork, would the poem be incomplete?

Usually not if the poem was written first.  

It is possible for a comic to emphasize the words, or the art, but usually it's a balance.  So if a poem were written intending to turn it into a comic, with half the weight of information carried by the art, then it might very well be clearly incomplete with only the text.

Would the illustrations make sense without the words?

A good comic usually does make sense without the words, even if much nuance is lost.  Consider the popularity of manga even if they are not translated.

Can pictures rhyme?

Rhyme is just repetition, so yes, pictures can rhyme.  Look for consistent, repeating motifs.  This could be done with any of the basic aspects of art -- shape, color, composition, character, and so forth.  I think a good visual rhyme scheme could be made with the landscape line rising and falling.
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 Here is my banner for making blackout in the March 2016 Villains Bingo fest.
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Here is the banner that I earned for my blackout in the March 2016 Villains Bingo fest.  <3 those hats.

Allbingo Villains Bingo Banner
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The March [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal.  Our theme this month is "highly distinctive people."  Come give us prompts, or claim some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written

"Trust and Integrity"
I started working last night with a bingo card prompt, and got the free-verse poem "Trust and Integrity." The pastor at the People of Jesus Nondenominational Church and Interfaith Center coaxes Turq into accepting supper from the soup kitchen.
236 lines, Buy It Now = $118  SOLD

"Flight Square" is today's freebie, about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

"The Light Inside"
Your third prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Light Inside." Turq explains to Janie about his favorite vending machine. Per the prompt, it's an uplifting piece.
31 lines, Buy It Now = $15  SOLD

"What You Like Doing Best"
The girl with the candy floss hair inspired the free-verse poem "What You Like Doing Best." Officer Pink presents a workshop on flickering, and talks with a high school student who is interested in doing that sort of thing herself.
266 lines, Buy It Now = $133  SOLD

"Acting to Type"
A prompt for the Capes and Masks project by [personal profile] shiori_makiba  inspired the short and sweet poem "Acting to Type." Villains get to do all kinds of things the rest of us wish we could.
13 lines, Buy It Now = $10

"For the Purpose of Establishing Justice"
This gave me a chance to introduce Blocks, a Super-Intellect with autism who works for SPOON. He is a friend of the Analyst, who you may have already seen in other poems, and they're trying to figure out why a building collapsed. They just don't have quite the same work style as some other people do. "For the Purpose of Establishing Justice" is written in free verse.
140 lines, Buy It Now = $70

"A Significant Threat"
Your "not like you" prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Significant Threat." Victor and Igor learn of another hunter who is causing trouble.
162 lines, Buy It Now = $81


From My Prompts

"Fists and Faces" by [personal profile] clare_dragonfly belongs to the Ursulan Cycle and features two women knights trying to settle in at King Uther's court.

"Outliers and Aberrations" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer introduces some of the Finn kids to Stan and Lawrence.  Read Part 1.
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The February 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "comfortable and uncomfortable situations." Drop by the posts on Dreamwidth or LiveJournal to leave or claim prompts, or just watch the fun.


What I Have Written

"Whose Lives Are Quite Different"
Dr. G suggests a way for Shiv to join in storytime, but Shiv will have to put some work into it.
300 lines, Buy It Now = $150

"Never Quite So Alone Again"
Shiv takes part in storytime with Dr. G and Edison, getting to explore a lot of new ideas in the process.
638 lines, Buy It Now = $319

"The Thermotropism of Purring Pets" -- today's freebie

"Knitting into Community"
These inspired the free-verse poem "Knitting into Community." Hannah enjoys her knitting circle at church.
57 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"Making Space"
From this I got the free-verse poem "Making Space." Astin has come through different cultures and experience, but it's taken a long time to discover what acceptance is really like.
41 lines, Buy It Now = $20  SOLD

"Stripping Away the Inessential"
Your last two prompts combined in the free-verse poem "Stripping Away the Inessential." Cal isn't just Calliope; Calvin is still active as the secret identity. Sometimes this is a problem.
78 lines, Buy It Now = $39

"Basking in the Light"
Your prompt about lounge lizards reminded me of Shane and the issues with his superpower. "Basking in the Light" is a free-verse poem about some of the accommodations he finds to make life a little easier as a lizardman.
206 lines, Buy It Now = $103

"A Process, as Life Happens"
Your dark prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Process, as Life Happens." When Officer Pink takes off in the middle of the night, Turq gets worried about him.
110 lines, Buy It Now = $55

"Proving a Negative" 
The uncomfortable meeting prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Proving a Negative." When explorers find a colony of asexual people, they don't handle it well, and shapeshifters have to come clean up the mess.
76 lines, Buy It Now = $38


From My Prompts

"Tutorial -- Tagless Clothing for Multiple Ages and Needs" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer 
As a person for whom comfort is a primary criterion in clothing selection, I approve this post.  :D
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It fills the "Keep It Safe from Them" square in my 1-1-16 card for the Spies, Secret Agents, and Noir Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. This poem belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: Canon-typical mayhem inside Shiv's head. Highlight for more details. This poem contains angst, struggling with strong emotions, traumatic memories, confusion, choice paralysis, feeling overwhelmed by therapy bringing up uncomfortable issues, distrustful thoughts, privacy issues, past near-fatal event, comparisons with self-harm, and other challenges. But it's actually rather hopeful; Shiv is making good progress. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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 [personal profile] siliconshaman is writing a story about Candy Cain, the liaison who screwed up with Ashley, and the fallout from Candy getting fired as a result.  Read "Hot Pink Mess" Part 1 and Part 2.  See also the new artwork of Ashley in her Mark 4 isosuit.
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 "Sport" is an episode of the very NSFW comic "Oglaf."  <3
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 This is an interesting metaphor of introversion.  The hissy frame makes me think of Shiv.
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This is the set of art therapy cards that I drafted for Shiv's session in "Drawing Out the Feelings." It is posted as the bonus material for the January 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl making its $300 goal.

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