kristensk: little kids in the snow (ane little twins)
Just a little pre-series drabble for Rin and Yukio's birthday.

Joyful Noise (Ao no/Blue Exorcist) )
kristensk: snow-covered trees (let it snow)
Merry Christmas!

So, I was early with my Christmas image last year. Naturally, that means I'm insanely late this year. But, it's finally finished, so here it is.

And, as it's also become a Christmas tradition of mine, I'll share an image of my annual peppermint stash. Many thanks to my aunt and [personal profile] jordannamorgan, who were my chief enablers. And, not even pictured is the peppermint ice cream my aunt found!

I'll be back with some additional holiday commentary when I'm not quite so exhausted. Happily exhausted, mind you.
kristensk: bingo! (sk bingo)
And now, the SWAT Kats Fan Art Page has also been updated with four new pieces from artist Cody.
kristensk: SWAT Kats rushing to action (sk let's rock)
Yes, after a year, the SWAT Kats Fanfiction Archive has finally been updated! My apologies to everyone that it's taken so long. ...At least it's a big update? There are three new stories and one new chapter to an existing story from Bill Hiers as well as five new stories from Sage. Plus an edit to "Duck Disturbances" by Mikazo, and I posted my latest shorts.

Now, it's on to the SK Fan Art Archive...
kristensk: Fullmetal Alchemist - Roy and Riza (fma roy and riza)
It lives! Yes, there's finally more dragon!Roy.

Fourth Vane: Revelations )

Hey, Art!

Nov. 3rd, 2018 10:18 pm
kristensk: smile (Default)
Yes, it's been forever, but I actually have eked out a couple of quick color pieces based on older sketches.

First, a glorified sketch of Callie braving the rain.

Then, a quick Rin for Halloween. One of these days I really need to draw Rin in one of those classic red devil suits for Halloween. ...And, maybe Yukio freaking out in response.
kristensk: SWAT Kats rushing to action (sk let's rock)
Just a couple of utterly random SWAT Kat drabbles. The first was written for [ profile] mintysage's birthday. The second came out of a conversation with her after looking at the recently released list of missile names that were suggested for the series. ...Yes, all of the ones I mention were on the list.

Nomenclature, Part 1 (SK) )

Nomenclature, Part 2 (SK) )
kristensk: Blue Exorcist - Shiro (ane shiro)
This is a quick little drabble coughed up in response to the latest Ao no/Blue Exorcist manga chapter, Chapter 102, and all the revelations we're getting on young Yuri and Shiro. Inspired by a conversation with [ profile] mintysage.

Persistence (AnE) )
kristensk: smile (Default)
So, I've now finished the 80's/90's Heisei Godzilla series.

I'm sad to see it end. The movies aren't likely to crack my top ten list of most re-watchable movies and I think the 90's Gamera Trilogy still wins for my favorite kaiju movies, but I wholly enjoyed this series. Random comments:

--I loved the old-school suits, models, and other practical effects. While a lot of the green-screen work was shaky and the limits of the budget show in a few street scenes where it's obvious some people aren't part of the movie... and thus aren't reacting to Godzilla rampaging just two blocks behind them, the practical effects were usually incredibly detailed. This era's Mechagodzilla was a special favorite, and the models and suits used to bring it to life were great.

--I've gotten the impression that the human castmembers are usually considered nothing but plot devices in these movies while the monsters are the real draw. But, I actually liked the protagonists of most of the movies and was solidly rooting for them against Godzilla. Particular standouts were Kazuma from "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II" and Miki, who is the only regular across the movies to have a story arc.

--Despite the above point, I do confess to a sniffle when Godzilla died at the end of "Godzilla vs. Destoroyah". He was the antagonist, but given his last acts were just trying to see his son - the only other of his kind - one last time, well...

--Little Godzilla is adorable, and I rather wish he'd gotten a movie of his own after aging up to Godzilla Junior.

Well, I guess it's on to the 2000's era movies now. Though there are only six of them. But, I do mean to get to the older movies too. I've already randomly watched the non-Godzilla "Space Amoeba" from the same company just because this movie poster looked at a glance like Gamera photobombing his rival company's movie.
kristensk: smirk (ane rin smirk)
I recently watched the second OVA attached to Ao no/Blue Exorcist's Kyoto Arc, and it had so many amazing expressions I had to make icons. Especially of Rin, who was absolutely adorable in his brief scene.

Background textures on the Rin icons are from [community profile] wolfbane_icons' gorgeous Blue Heaven and Sea of Japan texture sets.
kristensk: Blue Exorcist - Shiro (ane shiro)
This is just a little snippet of silliness inspired by a fan-translated summary of the third Ao no/Blue Exorcist light novel, "Bloody Fairytale".

The summary went as follows: "Maria is an exorcist in a little village in South America, and she's experimenting on villagers to try and create the ultimate Naberius out of them. Then her plans get interrupted by a pair of travelers who call themselves Shiro and Johan."

Sounds like a fun adventure, but I can only imagine it ending something like this:

Typical (AnE) )
kristensk: Blue Exorcist - unsheathing sword (ane rin unleash)
Title: Festering
Author: Kristen Sharpe
Date Started: April 15, 2018 Date Finished: May 10, 2018
Rating: G
Warnings: Spoilers for the current manga chapters.
Continuity: Mangaverse, some hypothetical time after Chapters 96-99.
Disclaimer: “Ao no Exorcist/Blue Exorcist” belongs to Kazue Katou, Shueisha, A-1 Pictures, Aniplex, and various other parties.
See,' he muttered to the empty room, 'you’d better get back soon because I’m throwing away all your stuff. )
kristensk: SWAT Kats rushing to action (sk let's rock)
Yes, I've been pretty quiet lately due to various real life busy-ness. But, a little fannish joy showed up today. In conjunction with a recent SWAT Kats live stream event featuring show writers Glenn Leopold and (Television's) Lance Falk, I received this. Here's a closer look. And, as both the card and coin are double-sided, here's the other side. And, a close-up on the coin's other side.

It's a really gorgeous piece of work with fantastic art by Cindy Ramey.

Many thanks to the MoDaD for heading it my way and to Glenn Leopold, (Television's) Lance Falk, and everyone else involved.

...I'm going to need a bigger space for my SWAT Kat collection.
kristensk: Blue Exorcist - unsheathing sword (ane rin unleash)
So, the latest Ao no/Blue Exorcist chapters got me into icon mode again.

kristensk: little kids in the snow (ane little twins)
Probably due to the recent explosive manga chapters, there's been a corresponding explosion of excellent Ao no/Blue Exorcist short fics lately.

Click for Fic Recs... )
kristensk: thumbs up (fma group)
This [community profile] fandom_stocking drabble for [personal profile] evil_little_dog was inspired by the one I did for her last year, Innate, and then musing on if Winry was in some capacity part-dragon. Though it more turned into a snapshot of an FMA world where dragon blood is common in Resembool.

Protective (Fullmetal Alchemist) )
kristensk: smile (kris ears)
Here's another [community profile] fandom_stocking offering. This one's a "Pacific Rim" drabble for [personal profile] endeni featuring Mako and Pentecost. Note: it contains movie spoilers.

Perspectives (Pacific Rim) )
kristensk: thumbs up (fma group)
And, another [community profile] fandom_stocking entry. This one a little pre-series short with Pinako and Winry for [personal profile] leni.

Legacy (Fullmetal Alchemist) )
kristensk: Blue Exorcist - unsheathing sword (ane rin unleash)
And, the [community profile] fandom_stocking posting begins. I surprised myself by getting several shorts/drabbles written this year, but this is the only story long enough to even be called a short fic. Of course, I always planned for it to have a companion fic in the form of a different crossover and the giftee, [personal profile] jordannamorgan, has suggested a continuation/sequel, so...

On an average day in Hellsalem's Lot, Leonardo Watch catches a glimpse of blue flames and a tourist who's as normal as he is unearthly. (Blood Blockade Battlefront/Ao no Exorcist Crossover) )
kristensk: snow-covered trees (let it snow)
So, with the end of [community profile] fandom_stocking, the holidays have truly passed. But, it was a good season if a little awkward this year. I got to see some distant family and many goodies were made.

My stocking is here, and it was bursting with awesome this year. Adorable cat photos, gorgeous snow scenes, holiday greetings, and some really nice fanfic gifts.

--Firstly, Changes by [personal profile] jordannamorgan, which is an absolutely amazing follow-up fic for the Ao no/Blue Exorcist anime and a sequel to her earlier fanfic, Crutch. Seriously, this story has all the elements I'd want to see in a continuation of the anime storyline.

--Then, there's Snow Maiden by [personal profile] cornerofmadness, a short fic that goes back to the early style of adventures in Ao no/Blue Exorcist with the Exwires on a monster-hunting expedition. Which is awesome since I've found myself missing that supernatural mystery/action feel as the story has progressed. Say what you will about Inuyasha's rambling storyline, but I always liked how, after every major arc, Takahashi put the Inuyasha gang back on the road for a few mostly stand-alone adventures battling new and interesting creatures.

--And, Hotsprings and Truces by [personal profile] vexed_wench, a sweet Inuyasha drabble wherein Sesshoumaru pretends he isn't looking out for Rin and succeeds in fooling no one.

Again, thank you to everyone involved!

Now, in the land of physical Christmas presents, it was mostly DVD's this year. I'm slowly amassing a nice library to have on hand through the cold months. Highlights include a complete set of the "Hero Tales" anime (love those Arakawa designs), a couple of the Marvel movies I hadn't collected yet, and "Seabiscuit". Then, there is the FMA hoodie that [personal profile] jordannamorgan sent (along with some fun goodies and peppermint). It is wondermous. Just look at it. Thank you so much, [personal profile] jordannamorgan! And, a thanks to all my other movie and goodie enablers.

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