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bedroominarles:

Hey y’all.

I am currently having some money troubles. Since graduating college in June, I’ve been unable to secure employment. Out of the 35+ jobs, four temp agencies, and one training workshop I’ve applied for in the last three months, I’m only gotten one interview. I have now applied for Income Assistance, but that isn’t a sure thing. I’m also unable to receive a loan or credit card limit change from the bank because I have no steady income.

I need to be able to afford rent, medication, phone bill, high-quality cat food, and groceries, as well as pay off my credit card.

Since I’m in such trouble, I’m opening up embroidery commissions again. I am quite good, for someone who doesn’t do it professionally, and I take great pride in what I make. I have a store on etsy (as well as a tumblr) that is stocked with a few things already, some of which are available for customization.

I would ideally like to charge:

  • $10 for anything under 3”
  • $20-25 for anything 4” or 5”
  • $25-$35 for anything 6” or 7”
  • Plus shipping, which could be between $5 - $11.

These are open for negotiation. Please message me if you need to have a price readjusted.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Even if you can’t/don’t want to commission anything, signal boosting would mean a lot to me

hey followers, if you ever wanted something embroidered this lady’s amazing

I have this totoro hoop and it’s the cutest thing in my room bar none

(except me, hahaha)

#embroidery #totoro #crafts #commissions #buy this #god i need a job so i can get a really sweet commission from her

angrygirlcomics:

angryasiangirlsunited:

Are there any angry Asian-Dutch girls here? My name is Janet. I am a Chinese girl who’s born and raised in the Netherlands.
As an Asian minority living in a white community, I can relate to your personal stories. Since I was little, I’ve been called slit-eye and “poepchinees” (translated as “poop Chinese”, which is a normal Dutch word, sadly enough). When I was 11, I started my first day at a new school. Another kid on the playground yelled “Look, a Chinese. What the hell is a Chinese doing at our [white] school?” Such a warm welcome. One time, a random guy at a party asked me about Asian women’s sideways vaginas. I was angry, but my boyfriend at the time told me to “relax”’. He told me the guy was “not a racist and actually very nice”. Well, fuck you very much. Two guys once followed me down the street and kept shouting words like konnichiwa, happy ending and ching chong.
A lot of Dutch people think racism doesn’t exist in the Netherlands. They act like this country is “post-racial”. To them, every racist remark and microagression is “just a joke, lighten up”. Someone even said it’s “typical Dutch humor”.
There’s an old Dutch children’s song called “Hanky Panky Shanghai”. It’s basically a nonsensical song that mocks Asian languages. They might as well called it the Ching Chong Song. This video  (1:14) shows little children internalizing “innocent” racism by singing it at a birthday party. The video is from 1997, but schools are still doing this. I would always cringe when they sang this at my elementary school. I didn’t understand why everyone (even the teacher) was mocking my language and my culture. The kids would pull their eyes back and say “This is how you talk right? And you don’t have to pull your eyes back, because your eyes are already slanty.” 
Last year, a Chinese contestant on Holland’s Got Talent was ridiculed by the Dutch judge. This was exactly the racist shit I encounter every day. It made me angry that the Dutch media and people dismissed the racism. To them, it’s “an innocent joke”. This was it. Enough is enough. Then, a lot happened:
I wrote an article about dealing with racism as an Asian in the Netherlands, which got published in a big Dutch newspaper (NRC). I also created the platform “Number 39 With Rice”, a Facebook-page that attracted 4,000+ likes in a few days (it may not sound much haha, but The Netherlands has a small population of only 16 million people). My platform attracted attention from the media and I was invited to a very well-known Dutch television show to talk about racism (which garnered 1 million live viewers). It felt amazing to stand up for myself and others. A month later, 39 Chinese restaurants reacted to the racism by offering a 39% discount to their menu item number 39. The Asian-Dutch community finally spoke up.
After that, I’ve got a lot of hate mail from white people who told me to “go back to my own country if I don’t like it here”. I should be able to “take a joke”. Even a few Asians told me to shut up and not cause a “stir”. Fuck that.
My biggest inspirations were my Asian-American sisters, like AAGU, Fascinasian, Angry Girl Comics, Kristina Wong and Jenny Zhang from Rookie. Although the hate crime rates in the US are much higher than in The Netherlands, to me the US is a place where minorities can stand proud and fight back. I would love to study a semester in the US en meet Asian-American sisters who are also proud and loud. We don’t have Asian organisations in the Netherlands that speak up against racism. Growing up, I’ve never had empowering Asian rolemodels. I felt lonely and blamed myself for being “too sensitive” when someone called me slit-eye. And now, on my platform, other Asians tell me they admire my fire. I feels good to be a rolemodel and inspire others to stand up for themselves. No, you shouldn’t be silent when someone mocks you language, culture and heritage. Tell them they’re rude, or re-appropriate stereotypes by telling them “Yes indeed, my mother’s maiden name is Ching Chang Chong” or “That waitress in the Chinese restaurant is my sister” (something I’ve learned from Jenny Zhang). Be ahead of the game, show them how ridiculous stereotypes are and most of all: stand proud.
After everything I’ve done for the Dutch Asian community, there are still days where I feel powerless and just want to bury my head in the sand. It sucks to deal with racism. It sucks to think about it. Till the day I die, I will encounter racist assholes. My children will have to deal with them, and their children, and so on.
Most Dutch Asians would rather be silent, suck it up and “stand above it”. But they’re not standing above it. They’re ignoring racism and rather act as the “model minority”.  Although they say they admire my guts, they do not want to stand up against racism. I feel different, as if I don’t belong with the white AND Asian people.
Yesterday, it hit me. I felt lonely as hell. I love my Dutch friends. But no matter how much they tell me they support me, they will never truly understand how it feels to be Asian in a white community. I have always been the only non-white person in my friend groups. I really need to go out there and find more Asian friends. I need my brothers and sisters. I can not fight this battle alone.
HouseOfCacophony

there are no words for how amazing you are. absolutely no words. all of the hugs. thank you so much for speaking up, fighting the good fight and taking a much needed stand!!!!! 

angrygirlcomics:

angryasiangirlsunited:

Are there any angry Asian-Dutch girls here? My name is Janet. I am a Chinese girl who’s born and raised in the Netherlands.

As an Asian minority living in a white community, I can relate to your personal stories. Since I was little, I’ve been called slit-eye and “poepchinees” (translated as “poop Chinese”, which is a normal Dutch word, sadly enough). When I was 11, I started my first day at a new school. Another kid on the playground yelled “Look, a Chinese. What the hell is a Chinese doing at our [white] school?” Such a warm welcome. One time, a random guy at a party asked me about Asian women’s sideways vaginas. I was angry, but my boyfriend at the time told me to “relax”’. He told me the guy was “not a racist and actually very nice”. Well, fuck you very much. Two guys once followed me down the street and kept shouting words like konnichiwa, happy ending and ching chong.

A lot of Dutch people think racism doesn’t exist in the Netherlands. They act like this country is “post-racial”. To them, every racist remark and microagression is “just a joke, lighten up”. Someone even said it’s “typical Dutch humor”.

There’s an old Dutch children’s song called “Hanky Panky Shanghai”. It’s basically a nonsensical song that mocks Asian languages. They might as well called it the Ching Chong Song. This video  (1:14) shows little children internalizing “innocent” racism by singing it at a birthday party. The video is from 1997, but schools are still doing this. I would always cringe when they sang this at my elementary school. I didn’t understand why everyone (even the teacher) was mocking my language and my culture. The kids would pull their eyes back and say “This is how you talk right? And you don’t have to pull your eyes back, because your eyes are already slanty.” 

Last year, a Chinese contestant on Holland’s Got Talent was ridiculed by the Dutch judge. This was exactly the racist shit I encounter every day. It made me angry that the Dutch media and people dismissed the racism. To them, it’s “an innocent joke”. This was it. Enough is enough. Then, a lot happened:

I wrote an article about dealing with racism as an Asian in the Netherlands, which got published in a big Dutch newspaper (NRC). I also created the platform “Number 39 With Rice”, a Facebook-page that attracted 4,000+ likes in a few days (it may not sound much haha, but The Netherlands has a small population of only 16 million people). My platform attracted attention from the media and I was invited to a very well-known Dutch television show to talk about racism (which garnered 1 million live viewers). It felt amazing to stand up for myself and others. A month later, 39 Chinese restaurants reacted to the racism by offering a 39% discount to their menu item number 39. The Asian-Dutch community finally spoke up.

After that, I’ve got a lot of hate mail from white people who told me to “go back to my own country if I don’t like it here”. I should be able to “take a joke”. Even a few Asians told me to shut up and not cause a “stir”. Fuck that.

My biggest inspirations were my Asian-American sisters, like AAGU, Fascinasian, Angry Girl Comics, Kristina Wong and Jenny Zhang from Rookie. Although the hate crime rates in the US are much higher than in The Netherlands, to me the US is a place where minorities can stand proud and fight back. I would love to study a semester in the US en meet Asian-American sisters who are also proud and loud. We don’t have Asian organisations in the Netherlands that speak up against racism. Growing up, I’ve never had empowering Asian rolemodels. I felt lonely and blamed myself for being “too sensitive” when someone called me slit-eye. And now, on my platform, other Asians tell me they admire my fire. I feels good to be a rolemodel and inspire others to stand up for themselves. No, you shouldn’t be silent when someone mocks you language, culture and heritage. Tell them they’re rude, or re-appropriate stereotypes by telling them “Yes indeed, my mother’s maiden name is Ching Chang Chong” or “That waitress in the Chinese restaurant is my sister” (something I’ve learned from Jenny Zhang). Be ahead of the game, show them how ridiculous stereotypes are and most of all: stand proud.

After everything I’ve done for the Dutch Asian community, there are still days where I feel powerless and just want to bury my head in the sand. It sucks to deal with racism. It sucks to think about it. Till the day I die, I will encounter racist assholes. My children will have to deal with them, and their children, and so on.

Most Dutch Asians would rather be silent, suck it up and “stand above it”. But they’re not standing above it. They’re ignoring racism and rather act as the “model minority”.  Although they say they admire my guts, they do not want to stand up against racism. I feel different, as if I don’t belong with the white AND Asian people.

Yesterday, it hit me. I felt lonely as hell. I love my Dutch friends. But no matter how much they tell me they support me, they will never truly understand how it feels to be Asian in a white community. I have always been the only non-white person in my friend groups. I really need to go out there and find more Asian friends. I need my brothers and sisters. I can not fight this battle alone.

HouseOfCacophony

there are no words for how amazing you are. absolutely no words. all of the hugs. thank you so much for speaking up, fighting the good fight and taking a much needed stand!!!!! 

#yess #racism #perfect human being

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Walking on the rocks again by Tambako The Jaguar on Flickr
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stylinfcuk:

laughing so hard because this is so accurate

#omg #memories #it hurts

Hi new followers! I don’t actually post AT that much, but thanks for following me anyways! ilu~

Hi new followers! I don’t actually post AT that much, but thanks for following me anyways! ilu~

#me #my face #lmao wow that bubbline post was popular #i had this wig lying around so why not #this is a janky heart #gpoy #selfie

meserach:


EXTREME SPOILER ALERT FOR THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #2:
I updated my diagram based on the information we gleam from issue 2 (which blew me away, especially with Luci’s Magical God transformation sequence).

First of all the biggie: wow, Baphomet is terrifying. We’re a little heavy on hell gods this generation, don’t you think? It’s a shame about the Morrigan since I really like her character design. RIP.
Some of my speculation is denied: the black god of #4 is Baal, and in retrospect, I was a little too focused on the Canaanite Ba’al (associated with heifers) and didn’t look closely enough at the Carthaginian Ba’al-hamon. He’s often depicted with Ram’s horns, and if it’s Carthage, that explains the Greco-Roman influences in his tattoos. I’ve adjusted the diagram accordingly.
On the other hand, my speculation that the winged helmet is Odin is confirmed, in a way: instead of the Norse god, though, it’s the germanic Woden, though. The winged helmet thing is still a bit of a recent invention, but it makes more sense if it’s Woden rather than Odin— Woden and Hermes/Mercury (the original winged helmet god) were closely associated/conflated, and Woden was consequently associated with the headgear. Either way: he sounds gross: “cheerily racist army of ethnic mono-cultured valkyrie fuck buddies”? Ew.
There’s just one slot left, and one God mentioned left: Tara. I still haven’t added her to the diagram, because I still think there’s something tricky going on here. Even if there are a million gods among many cultures named Tara, I can’t find one that would be appropriate for the masks. Tara is typically a feminine name, and, like most goddesses, all the Taras I’ve found stick to the usual life/sky/abundance/etc. domains. Since masks play with identity/falsehood/duality/drama, my new theory is that Tara may not be “Tara”, but rather a trickster god(dess) under an assumed name. Dionysus is still a good choice, since he’s a known shapeshifter and is more explicitly associated with these masks than any other.
One final note: with the revelation of Baphomet, my 1-1 pantheon theory still sort of holds. Susanoo’s place was taken by Amaterasu, and Baphomet takes the place of the blonde goddess of the previous generation, who I speculate to be Lilith. There aren’t very many other gods associated with owls, and Athena/Minerva’s clearly out.

Hi Jynx, whoever you are, you continue to have the best speculation about #wicdiv god identity on Tumblr.
Issue #2 then! Gosh.
I wonder if Morrigan is actually dead? I mean, yes, decapitated. But her symbol didn;t seem to change„ and it doesn’t feel like she was dead all along (it seems like a fresh decapitation, what with all the blood). Of course, in an amusing piece of design trickery the symbol for “this god is dead” is usually a skull, but Morrigan’s symbol appears to have been a skull anyway, so. Anyway, it would seem apropos for the Morrigan to be able to cheat death somehow. Plus, all that design work just to be dead straight away? I mean, flashbacks and so on, sure…
Love Baal, of course. Pleased that Kieron’s finally gone ahead and just started writing Kanye West after channeling him for so long to write male Marvel heroes (mostly Namor).
If the masks ARE Tara (and I’m still leaning toward Tara being a false God purely because of Laura’s distaste for them), then it’s interesting Tara’s associated with the West End (and therefore theatre, and hence the masks).

Oh stahp. You’re making me blush.
Good call on the Morrigan not necessarily being dead— I was so shocked by the turn of events that I hadn’t considered that her symbol hadn’t changed a la the Jazz Age dead gods.
W.R.T. Tara: Laura seems unusually angry about her this issue, enough for me to have a new wildly speculative theory on that: I think Tara and her used to be friends, or otherwise have a personal relationship. It would explain her anger, explain her comments about friends in the National Portrait Gallery scene, (as well as her knowing how Tara “doesn’t see anyone”) and explain how obsessed Laura is with the gods. Of course, Laura could just be an extremely devoted fangirl who despises false idols.
Your connection between the West End and the masks is also insightful. I can’t wait until the next issue.

meserach:

EXTREME SPOILER ALERT FOR THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #2:

I updated my diagram based on the information we gleam from issue 2 (which blew me away, especially with Luci’s Magical God transformation sequence).

image

First of all the biggie: wow, Baphomet is terrifying. We’re a little heavy on hell gods this generation, don’t you think? It’s a shame about the Morrigan since I really like her character design. RIP.

Some of my speculation is denied: the black god of #4 is Baal, and in retrospect, I was a little too focused on the Canaanite Ba’al (associated with heifers) and didn’t look closely enough at the Carthaginian Ba’al-hamon. He’s often depicted with Ram’s horns, and if it’s Carthage, that explains the Greco-Roman influences in his tattoos. I’ve adjusted the diagram accordingly.

On the other hand, my speculation that the winged helmet is Odin is confirmed, in a way: instead of the Norse god, though, it’s the germanic Woden, though. The winged helmet thing is still a bit of a recent invention, but it makes more sense if it’s Woden rather than Odin— Woden and Hermes/Mercury (the original winged helmet god) were closely associated/conflated, and Woden was consequently associated with the headgear. Either way: he sounds gross: “cheerily racist army of ethnic mono-cultured valkyrie fuck buddies”? Ew.

There’s just one slot left, and one God mentioned left: Tara. I still haven’t added her to the diagram, because I still think there’s something tricky going on here. Even if there are a million gods among many cultures named Tara, I can’t find one that would be appropriate for the masks. Tara is typically a feminine name, and, like most goddesses, all the Taras I’ve found stick to the usual life/sky/abundance/etc. domains. Since masks play with identity/falsehood/duality/drama, my new theory is that Tara may not be “Tara”, but rather a trickster god(dess) under an assumed name. Dionysus is still a good choice, since he’s a known shapeshifter and is more explicitly associated with these masks than any other.

One final note: with the revelation of Baphomet, my 1-1 pantheon theory still sort of holds. Susanoo’s place was taken by Amaterasu, and Baphomet takes the place of the blonde goddess of the previous generation, who I speculate to be Lilith. There aren’t very many other gods associated with owls, and Athena/Minerva’s clearly out.

Hi Jynx, whoever you are, you continue to have the best speculation about #wicdiv god identity on Tumblr.

Issue #2 then! Gosh.

I wonder if Morrigan is actually dead? I mean, yes, decapitated. But her symbol didn;t seem to change„ and it doesn’t feel like she was dead all along (it seems like a fresh decapitation, what with all the blood). Of course, in an amusing piece of design trickery the symbol for “this god is dead” is usually a skull, but Morrigan’s symbol appears to have been a skull anyway, so. Anyway, it would seem apropos for the Morrigan to be able to cheat death somehow. Plus, all that design work just to be dead straight away? I mean, flashbacks and so on, sure…

Love Baal, of course. Pleased that Kieron’s finally gone ahead and just started writing Kanye West after channeling him for so long to write male Marvel heroes (mostly Namor).

If the masks ARE Tara (and I’m still leaning toward Tara being a false God purely because of Laura’s distaste for them), then it’s interesting Tara’s associated with the West End (and therefore theatre, and hence the masks).

Oh stahp. You’re making me blush.

Good call on the Morrigan not necessarily being dead— I was so shocked by the turn of events that I hadn’t considered that her symbol hadn’t changed a la the Jazz Age dead gods.

W.R.T. Tara: Laura seems unusually angry about her this issue, enough for me to have a new wildly speculative theory on that: I think Tara and her used to be friends, or otherwise have a personal relationship. It would explain her anger, explain her comments about friends in the National Portrait Gallery scene, (as well as her knowing how Tara “doesn’t see anyone”) and explain how obsessed Laura is with the gods. Of course, Laura could just be an extremely devoted fangirl who despises false idols.

Your connection between the West End and the masks is also insightful. I can’t wait until the next issue.

#wicdiv #the wicked + the divine #the wicked and the divine #wednesday spoilers

Marceline and PB have a date in Adventure Time #30, so if you don’t think Bubbline is a thing I don’t know what to tell you

(by Ryan North and Liz Prince)

#adventure time #wednesday spoilers #bubbline #marceline #princess bubblegum #pb #adventure time comics #ryan north #liz prince #marcezine

The new Ms. Marvel thinks in Doge and is absolutely amazing

The new Ms. Marvel thinks in Doge and is absolutely amazing

#wednesday spoilers #ms. marvel #doge #wolverine #ms marvel #kamala khan #comics #marvel

jynx:

broiling:

thewickedandthedivine:

jynx:

Minor spoilers, maybe?
Yesterday, The Wicked + The Divine #1 came out— it’s the new book by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, the creative team behind Young Avengers and Phonogram, and it’s fantastic. A cool concept, sharp dialogue, and some of the best character design in the biz come together in a beautiful book that’s a huge pleasure to read. McKelvie’s art pops as usual, aided by amazing colouring by Matthew Wilson.
Anyways, after finishing the first issue I sort of obsessed with figuring out which gods correspond to which icon in this diagram, and here’s my wanton speculation. (It’s admittedly probably a futile effort that will be revealed to me if I just wait a month, but whatever.)
We’ve seen Amaterasu, Luci, and Sakhmet in the first issue, and their symbols are more or less no-brainers. Interesting to note is that Amaterasu occupies the same space as Susanoo’s icon from the previous generation, and, as siblings, perhaps this suggests that there’s a 1-1 correspondence for mythological regions for each generation. That’s probably a bit of a stretch though.
Mentioned in interviews but not in this issue are Minerva and Morrigan, whose symbols are also fairly clear. Morrigan, a Celtic goddess, is often symbolized by crows, and she covers #3 with fairly similar makeup. I suspect that the god covering #4 might be Minerva— in the trailer comic he had a sleeve that slightly reminds me of Greek pottery (if only I could see the top of that column!) Since Laura fails to mention either of them, it’d also make sense for Morrigan and Minerva to work in musical genres dissimilar to the others, and the god of #4 looks way too stern for pop music.
The gods Laura mentions in #1 include Inanna— several results in Google  tell me that her symbol is the eight pointed star, so she’s included here— Baal, and possibly Tara. Baal could possibly be the ram head at 10 o’clock, but he’s usually associated with heifers, so I didn’t want to jump the gun. Tara doesn’t fit any of these symbols at all, and she’s mentioned with such derision by Laura that I suspect that she isn’t a real god at all. I also don’t think Gillen would want to offend any Tibetan Buddhists with that.
On the last two spots: the masks could be Dionysus— IIRC, differentiating Greek/Roman mythology is alright since there’s such a generation gap. The winged helmet could be something from Norse mythology— maybe Odin, or someone— but the idea of Norse helmets having wings was chiefly a 19th-century invention.
Wow I’m a mythology nerd haha

Heimdall would be awesome … But I have to admit: Winged Helmets remind me of the Valkyries in Wagners Operas: And Odin (or Wodan) is somehow the father of them so maybe … I think he is a very interesting god, because of his knowledge and magic, he is also the god who wanders the earth and is known by many names (at least in the so called Snorra Edda). I think he would be an interesting choice for a “pop-god”. 

i hadn’t thought of minerva being the guy from #4 but i love it a lot. we already have luci as lucifer, a traditionally masculine figure, so having minerva be a guy(?) isn’t out of the ballpark at all.
also placing my bets on the “tara” laura speaks of being a fake. gillen answered an ask a few days ago where he talked about not including hindu figures because he knew hinduism was an actual living and breathing religion, and i’m sure he knows the same for buddhism. i’d wager whoever “tara” is happens to be someone looking for their fifteen minutes of fame by faking their place in it (if so i’m very curious to see where gillen would be going with all the talk of cultural appropriation- cassandra already pointed out in #1 that there’s something a bit skeevy with amaterasu being a white girl).
can we assume by three of the slots being fake here they they’re places yet to be filled, or otherwise gods who haven’t shown themselves yet?

Gillen’s said that only nine of the twelve gods have reincarnated, so I assume that the three blank spots will be filled later on in the story as they emerge. Also, if Tara isn’t a fake god, she could also be an ordinary human pop star going by a mononym.

EXTREME SPOILER ALERT FOR THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #2:
I updated my diagram based on the information we gleam from issue 2 (which blew me away, especially with Luci’s Magical God transformation sequence).

First of all the biggie: wow, Baphomet is terrifying. We’re a little heavy on hell gods this generation, don’t you think? It’s a shame about the Morrigan since I really like her character design. RIP.
Some of my speculation is denied: the black god of #4 is Baal, and in retrospect, I was a little too focused on the Canaanite Ba’al (associated with heifers) and didn’t look closely enough at the Carthaginian Ba’al-hamon. He’s often depicted with Ram’s horns, and if it’s Carthage, that explains the Greco-Roman influences in his tattoos. I’ve adjusted the diagram accordingly.
On the other hand, my speculation that the winged helmet is Odin is confirmed, in a way: instead of the Norse god, though, it’s the germanic Woden, though. The winged helmet thing is still a bit of a recent invention, but it makes more sense if it’s Woden rather than Odin— Woden and Hermes/Mercury (the original winged helmet god) were closely associated/conflated, and Woden was consequently associated with the headgear. Either way: he sounds gross: “cheerily racist army of ethnic mono-cultured valkyrie fuck buddies”? Ew.
There’s just one slot left, and one God mentioned left: Tara. I still haven’t added her to the diagram, because I still think there’s something tricky going on here. Even if there are a million gods among many cultures named Tara, I can’t find one that would be appropriate for the masks. Tara is typically a feminine name, and, like most goddesses, all the Taras I’ve found stick to the usual life/sky/abundance/etc. domains. Since masks play with identity/falsehood/duality/drama, my new theory is that Tara may not be “Tara”, but rather a trickster god(dess) under an assumed name. Dionysus is still a good choice, since he’s a known shapeshifter and is more explicitly associated with these masks than any other.
One final note: with the revelation of Baphomet, my 1-1 pantheon theory still sort of holds. Susanoo’s place was taken by Amaterasu, and Baphomet takes the place of the blonde goddess of the previous generation, who I speculate to be Lilith. There aren’t very many other gods associated with owls, and Athena/Minerva’s clearly out.

jynx:

broiling:

thewickedandthedivine:

jynx:

Minor spoilers, maybe?

Yesterday, The Wicked + The Divine #1 came out— it’s the new book by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, the creative team behind Young Avengers and Phonogram, and it’s fantastic. A cool concept, sharp dialogue, and some of the best character design in the biz come together in a beautiful book that’s a huge pleasure to read. McKelvie’s art pops as usual, aided by amazing colouring by Matthew Wilson.

Anyways, after finishing the first issue I sort of obsessed with figuring out which gods correspond to which icon in this diagram, and here’s my wanton speculation. (It’s admittedly probably a futile effort that will be revealed to me if I just wait a month, but whatever.)

We’ve seen Amaterasu, Luci, and Sakhmet in the first issue, and their symbols are more or less no-brainers. Interesting to note is that Amaterasu occupies the same space as Susanoo’s icon from the previous generation, and, as siblings, perhaps this suggests that there’s a 1-1 correspondence for mythological regions for each generation. That’s probably a bit of a stretch though.

Mentioned in interviews but not in this issue are Minerva and Morrigan, whose symbols are also fairly clear. Morrigan, a Celtic goddess, is often symbolized by crows, and she covers #3 with fairly similar makeup. I suspect that the god covering #4 might be Minerva— in the trailer comic he had a sleeve that slightly reminds me of Greek pottery (if only I could see the top of that column!) Since Laura fails to mention either of them, it’d also make sense for Morrigan and Minerva to work in musical genres dissimilar to the others, and the god of #4 looks way too stern for pop music.

The gods Laura mentions in #1 include Inanna— several results in Google  tell me that her symbol is the eight pointed star, so she’s included here— Baal, and possibly Tara. Baal could possibly be the ram head at 10 o’clock, but he’s usually associated with heifers, so I didn’t want to jump the gun. Tara doesn’t fit any of these symbols at all, and she’s mentioned with such derision by Laura that I suspect that she isn’t a real god at all. I also don’t think Gillen would want to offend any Tibetan Buddhists with that.

On the last two spots: the masks could be Dionysus— IIRC, differentiating Greek/Roman mythology is alright since there’s such a generation gap. The winged helmet could be something from Norse mythology— maybe Odin, or someone— but the idea of Norse helmets having wings was chiefly a 19th-century invention.

Wow I’m a mythology nerd haha

Heimdall would be awesome … But I have to admit: Winged Helmets remind me of the Valkyries in Wagners Operas: And Odin (or Wodan) is somehow the father of them so maybe … I think he is a very interesting god, because of his knowledge and magic, he is also the god who wanders the earth and is known by many names (at least in the so called Snorra Edda). I think he would be an interesting choice for a “pop-god”. 

i hadn’t thought of minerva being the guy from #4 but i love it a lot. we already have luci as lucifer, a traditionally masculine figure, so having minerva be a guy(?) isn’t out of the ballpark at all.

also placing my bets on the “tara” laura speaks of being a fake. gillen answered an ask a few days ago where he talked about not including hindu figures because he knew hinduism was an actual living and breathing religion, and i’m sure he knows the same for buddhism. i’d wager whoever “tara” is happens to be someone looking for their fifteen minutes of fame by faking their place in it (if so i’m very curious to see where gillen would be going with all the talk of cultural appropriation- cassandra already pointed out in #1 that there’s something a bit skeevy with amaterasu being a white girl).

can we assume by three of the slots being fake here they they’re places yet to be filled, or otherwise gods who haven’t shown themselves yet?

Gillen’s said that only nine of the twelve gods have reincarnated, so I assume that the three blank spots will be filled later on in the story as they emerge. Also, if Tara isn’t a fake god, she could also be an ordinary human pop star going by a mononym.

EXTREME SPOILER ALERT FOR THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #2:

I updated my diagram based on the information we gleam from issue 2 (which blew me away, especially with Luci’s Magical God transformation sequence).

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First of all the biggie: wow, Baphomet is terrifying. We’re a little heavy on hell gods this generation, don’t you think? It’s a shame about the Morrigan since I really like her character design. RIP.

Some of my speculation is denied: the black god of #4 is Baal, and in retrospect, I was a little too focused on the Canaanite Ba’al (associated with heifers) and didn’t look closely enough at the Carthaginian Ba’al-hamon. He’s often depicted with Ram’s horns, and if it’s Carthage, that explains the Greco-Roman influences in his tattoos. I’ve adjusted the diagram accordingly.

On the other hand, my speculation that the winged helmet is Odin is confirmed, in a way: instead of the Norse god, though, it’s the germanic Woden, though. The winged helmet thing is still a bit of a recent invention, but it makes more sense if it’s Woden rather than Odin— Woden and Hermes/Mercury (the original winged helmet god) were closely associated/conflated, and Woden was consequently associated with the headgear. Either way: he sounds gross: “cheerily racist army of ethnic mono-cultured valkyrie fuck buddies”? Ew.

There’s just one slot left, and one God mentioned left: Tara. I still haven’t added her to the diagram, because I still think there’s something tricky going on here. Even if there are a million gods among many cultures named Tara, I can’t find one that would be appropriate for the masks. Tara is typically a feminine name, and, like most goddesses, all the Taras I’ve found stick to the usual life/sky/abundance/etc. domains. Since masks play with identity/falsehood/duality/drama, my new theory is that Tara may not be “Tara”, but rather a trickster god(dess) under an assumed name. Dionysus is still a good choice, since he’s a known shapeshifter and is more explicitly associated with these masks than any other.

One final note: with the revelation of Baphomet, my 1-1 pantheon theory still sort of holds. Susanoo’s place was taken by Amaterasu, and Baphomet takes the place of the blonde goddess of the previous generation, who I speculate to be Lilith. There aren’t very many other gods associated with owls, and Athena/Minerva’s clearly out.

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