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I've been trying to kick out a short something every year for SWAT Kats around the time the series first aired. Sort of an unofficial "SWAT Kat Day". This year's entry got a little long-winded.

Discovery (SWAT Kats) )
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It's been forever, but, yes, the SWAT Kats Fan Art Page has been updated too! There's five new pieces from new artist, Cody.

Also, in other SWAT Kat-related chatter, I finally made a little display spot for my SK merchandise. It's a nice little corner where the sun can't reach that I recently cleaned out. And, there's also this alternate showing off the poster I bought ages and ages ago off Ebay. I still don't have a good, safe display spot for it. I need more wall.
kristensk: bingo! (sk bingo)
So, yes, the SWAT Kats Fanfiction Archive has seen another update! There's a new chapter for E.R. Fulner’s ongoing “SWAT Kratts” and two new stories from new author Eric “Erico” Lawson, one of which is complete! Lots of reading material there.

And, making this post while enjoying a nice dose of nostalgia after I found a CD single of Geoff Moore and the Distance's "Home Run" while cleaning this weekend. Takes me right back to the time I got to hear the group and that same song in person at a concert in 1990-something.
kristensk: SWAT Kats rushing to action (sk let's rock)
And, yes, the SWAT Kats Fanfic Archive has been updated again! On a semi-regular schedule! We've got the start of a new crossover story by new author E.R. Fulner and a new chapter for Sage's ongoing "Mayday".
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So, yes, it's a tiny update with a new oneshot from Tom Wilder and a new drabble (well, it's the last one I posted here) of mine. But, the SWAT Kats Fanfiction Archive has been updated!
kristensk: SWAT Kats rushing to action (sk let's rock)
Yet another SWAT Kat drabble inspired by re-watching the series.

Campaign (SWAT Kats) )
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So, yes, the SWAT Kat Fanfic Archive has been updated! There are two new chapters of existing stories, and a couple new stories too. It's nice to see the Archive getting more attention lately.

And, I know things are starting to seem all-SWAT Kat, all the time around here, but I do have work for other fandoms going on in the background. In particular, my multi-chapter Ao no/Blue Exorcist project, "Split", which has some previews up on [ profile] mindtwins.
kristensk: SWAT Kats rushing to action (sk let's rock)
So, I paid [ profile] mintysage a visit and was finally able to collect THIS.

...Excuse me. I need to go make teakettle squealing noises again.

It's probably a good thing this didn't happen when I was younger. I might've exploded. ...I still might.

Also, I'm kicking myself for not wearing my SWAT Kat T-shirt. No one mentioned photos!

Again, many thanks to everyone - MoDaD, the Tremblay Brothers, Sage!
kristensk: bingo! (sk bingo)
This was inspired by a comment made during mine and [ profile] mintysage's SWAT Kat re-watch as we noted that the PastMaster emerges from his sealed casket and already knows precisely 800 years have passed.

Time (SWAT Kats) )
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I'd been meaning to do this ever since my epic marathon re-watch of SWAT Kats with [ profile] mintysage. These are the things I learned or re-learned about SWAT Kats (and similar series) while watching:

- Much of the series is one giant tribute to 50's/60's sci-fi movies. And, that is awesome.

- MegaKat City was used to weird long before the series started. Sorcerers, four-eyed mutants, and lampreys large enough to duel Godzilla are no big surprise to anyone.

- In fact, the SK world is possibly a Death World with everything trying to kill its inhabitants given that the subway cars appear to be armored, the biochemical labs have permanent gun emplacements out front, nuclear reactors are guarded by small private armies, and even cars from the space center have guns in the back. And, all of this is completely necessary and, in fact, usually not enough.

- All civilian she-kats know Blunt Object Judo. Given they live in a Death World, being able to use anything as a weapon is only sensible.

- Mutation invariably leads to megalomania or heroics.

- You know any scientist going on about, "THOSE FOOLS!" is bad news.

- For that matter, calling people, "Fools!" is a sure sign of evil in general. Note how being evil caused the Dark SWAT Kats to pick up the habit.

- Every series/movie that introduces a cute robot is apparently contractually obligated to destroy it. *sobs* Why?! Cybertron, Johnny Five, the Iron Giant, what did they ever do to you people?!

And, some additional gabble:

- There is some seriously amazing animation in SK. Particularly in the test flight sequence from "Night of the Dark Kat" and the entirety of "The Deadly Pyramid" and "Unlikely Alloys".

- The two Enforcers who find the PastMaster and his undead minions at the opening of "The PastMaster Always Rings Twice" are surprisingly witty, tossing off a one-liners like, "You have the right to remain buried," and actually looking cool doing it. Did the Enforcers become identical drones in later episodes to make their deaths more palatable? (Goodness knows episodes like "The Ci-Kat-A" certainly imply that they killed off quite a few.)

- I'm pretty sure half of the extras with speaking parts are Charlie Adler and the other half are Jim Cummings. And, I approve this.

- Razor's "Mondo mummies from Ragsville" comment is epically 90's. Which means I love it.

- The world needs more giant mummies wielding laser guns.

- Any "return of Zed" storyline really, really needs to be titled "The Heart of Zed".

Now I'm going to go poke at some of the fanfic ideas this has given me. Possibly including "The Heart of Zed", but don't hold me to that one.

Oh, and, speaking of which, the SK Fanfic Archive saw a tiny update on April 25 with the start of a new story by new author LadyDaisys.
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So, there's suddenly a lot going on in SK fandom! Including, right now, a live stream featuring the SWAT Kats' creators and series writer Lance Falk answering some fan questions and whatnot. You can find the recording of the live stream here and here.
kristensk: Blue Exorcist - unsheathing sword (ane rin unleash)
And, now for some slightly belated fangirling over things I've watched recently:

How can there be only two episodes of Ao no/Blue Exorcist's Kyoto Saga left?! Nooooo! I don't want it to be over yet. It's been such an incredible ride. I loved this arc in the manga, and I love it even more animated.

The last few episodes in particular have been amazing. And, not just because they touched on favorite moments like Yukio's brief display of demon powers and Rin and Suguro cementing their Vitriolic Best Buds status before Rin finally unlocked his sword and awesome happened. (Though those were a treat. Seriously, there's so much win right here.) But, even moments that never really stood out for me in the manga have been given new life through the voice-acting, the music, and the fantastic animation. Toudo dueling Juuzou's squad is a special highlight. That glorious full-body fight animation!

Please, please let this season be a hit so we can get more!

And, in a complete change of pace, I've been re-watching SWAT Kats with [ profile] mintysage. Not all of my old favorites have stood the test of time, but SWAT Kats does. Maybe some of the first season animation is a little... off, but then episodes like "The PastMaster Always Rings Twice" and "Night of the Dark Kat" make up for it. Storywise, each episode still sucks me right in, and it's fun to see it all over again with fresh eyes after putting it away for a few years.
kristensk: SWAT Kats rushing to action (sk let's rock)
First update of 2017 for the SWAT Kat Fanfic Archive! It's a small one with just two oneshots, but there you go.

Also, while I'm making SWAT Kat chatter, I'd completely forgotten to mention, but the ever-amazing [ profile] modad sent me a copy of the rumored SWAT Kat poster. In reality, it's a two page spread from the Daily Variety trade magazine, which was published in an over-sized format. It's about the size of the small posters you used to find in magazines or some of the anime posters I've received with DVD's, but it's not a true poster. All the same, it's a fascinating little piece of SWAT Kat history. Many thanks to [ profile] modad!
kristensk: snow-covered trees (let it snow)
*flop* And, my yearly Christmas image is done. It's a fairly simple one, so I have no idea why finishing it was like pulling teeth.

Now, on to [community profile] fandom_stocking!

Otherwise, it's been a great Christmas. I got to see the family, visited some friends, started my littlest cousin on model horse collecting (mwahaha), and even got an extra day off work. Gift-wise, I'm absolutely rolling in movies to re-watch now that I either finally own them or finally own them on DVD: Guardians of the Galaxy, Miracle of the White Stallions, Newsies, the 90's TMNT movies, Anastasia, and the anime Baccano!. Plus some manga, fuzzy socks, fuzzy shirts, and an adorable children's book I requested for... research purposes... yeah, interest in illustration and all that, you know. (Plus, I'm amused that the main character is named Yukio.)
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So, yes! The SWAT Kat Fanfiction Archive has been updated! There's one new story and new chapters for four others. Also, as you may notice, the site has been fully re-designed and re-uploaded as well. So, please let me know if you find any problems or anything missing.
kristensk: SWAT Kats rushing to action (sk let's rock)
Yes, the SWAT Kat Fan Art Page really is seeing another update so soon after the last one! This time, there's seven new pieces from Kooshmeister, who is new to the Fan Art Page but a longtime fan.

And, after undergoing a bit of an overhaul, the SWAT Kat Fanfiction Archive should be seeing an update soon as well.

And, yes, I'm also busily working on my yearly Christmas image. So long as some hard-to-draw hands work with me, it should be done on time. (When did I get used to drawing five fingers instead of four?! ...Wait, that's probably a good thing. Right?)
kristensk: SWAT Kats rushing to action (sk let's rock)
So, yes, after a long hiatus, the SWAT Kat Fan Art Page has been updated! There are three new pics from newcomer, Cait/Matthew.

If the update notice and new art aren't on the main page, you can find the artist in the Artists page list. For some reason, main page updates will show up fine while I'm logged in to the system, but then not show up on the regular page for a few hours.
kristensk: bingo! (sk bingo)
So, this weird little drabble is all [ profile] mintysage's fault.

Monster Movie Madness (SWAT Kats) )

So, yes, this is a crazy in-joke that somehow took on a life of its own after Sage and I watched some really hilarious monster movie reviews. And then, I took a fatal step and watched an actual Gamera movie, 2006's "Gamera the Brave". ...It's actually a really, good, sweet movie. There's no silliness like the older entries, and the special effects are done well. And, I'm a sucker for the "A Boy and his X" storyline. If that's not your thing, there are three other newer Gamera movies made in the 90's that are also well worth watching. I've made my way through the first two, "Gamera: Guardian of the Universe" and "Gamera 2: Advent of Legion". The second in particular is a fun, sci-fi monster movie. So... yeah, I might own a few Gamera movies now.

Look, you already knew I was weird!
kristensk: SWAT Kats rushing to action (sk let's rock)
So, I'd decided that, since there's a semi-official (Funimation has recognized it!) "Fullmetal Alchemist Day" on October 3, I'd make a day for each of my other fandoms too and write a drabble for those days. I kind of missed my designated "SWAT Kat Day" of September 12-13 (around the time most sources agree the show first aired), but here's a not-too-late drabble.

Pay-off (SWAT Kats) )
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And, Betaruga's fantastic comic version of mine and [ profile] mintysage's SWAT Kat fanfic "They That Walk in Darkness" is complete! You can find the final page here. And, what a final page! The level of detail, the way she's set the scenes... Wow.

Following her comic version has been amazing. Having written it, I assumed I'd be immune to the story and just enjoy the gorgeous art. But, all the emotional beats are still a gut punch. Because Betaruga's brought so much more to it with her art. The way she stages the scenes, the way she handles the lighting, and, most of all, her incredible facial expressions. It's all amazing.

The collected awesomeness is here on Tumblr.

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