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August 28 2017

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Commission of Lotte from LWA for SiG. (With and without glasses)

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August 27 2017


Imo, at the very least, your D&D character backstory should be able to answer two questions:

1) Why are you this particular class of adventurer (and why this subclass, if you’re starting at a level where you’ve gotten your subclass)

2) Why are you an adventurer of all things? There are way safer get-rich-quick schemes and way safer ways to get famous. Why the hell are you doing this to yourself?

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Cass and Clayface doing Shakespeare (●´ω`●)

August 26 2017

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The New OrcPub: D&D 5e Character Builder/Generator


Have all you Dungeon and Dragon players heard of Orc Pub? It allows you to easily and freely create a DND character. 

It informs you about each race, here you can see I’m remaking my Aasimar from a new game. 

It can calculate all of your abilities for you if that’s something you have trouble with. I certainly have a hard time. Or if you’re super awesome and can do it by yourself there is a manual way to do it!

Basically it just helps you go step by step figure out what feats you might want,  what alignment you might want, what comes items (weapons, armor, and gold etc) come with your character’s background and class. 

Did I mention its FREE?

Right now there is a kickstarter to help make a mobile app, but right now I can easily transfer this info onto my character sheet!

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Tim Wise forgets that the last time WV coal miners got too demanding about working conditions:

Mine owners and local law enforcement assassinated activists, used a private airforce to drop WWI surplus mustard gas bombs on them, and the USAF had spotter planes feed the union-busters targeting information.

We don’t talk about the West Virginia Coal Wars much even though they were the largest “armed insurrection” in this country since the Civil War, but some legacies of those days still haunt us such as the figure of Mother Jones – a real person and a militant pro-labor activist whose name has been stolen by a labor-punching neoliberal corporate media rag.

If you want to understand the lengths that big business (with the backing of our government) will go to in supressing labor movements, you should read a bit about the Battle of Blair Mountain [x][x].

Nobody wants to be a coal miner…

But people are born into a system specifically-created so that coal mining is their only option. In the past, this kept the mines full even as the workers dropped like flies. Today, it is producing a generation with no way to escape a moribund industry.

When people cry out that their “way of life” is dying, it’s easy for us to laugh and snark at them. But we forget that a “way of life” is the means by which they live. For some people, there is no replacement, no other option. When their way of life dies, so do they.

And if they get too loud when “demanding something better” – we bomb them and erase them from history.

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August 25-September 2 is the anniversary of The Battle of Blair Mountain.

Don’t let America forget its labor history.

I hate the fucking classism in leftist circles. Jesus, northern academics see the opportunity to shit all over rural southern White folks and just run with it, and it’s this ugly, smug, divisive bullshit that i just cannot abide.

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planning looks

what about the pants?

this is more of a pussy out look

August 24 2017

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do kids these days even know what endless 8 is

all you young anime fans with your attack on titans and your maid dragons will never know the sheer hell of the time The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya went in to a time loop story arc and made the same episode 8 times and broadcast that same episode 8 weeks in a row

they didn’t just air the same episode eight times

they made the same episode 8 times in slightly different ways

different camera angles, different shots, different outfits

eight times

eight weeks

the same episode



I thought I’d take a moment to talk about one of my favorite minor rogues in the Batman canon.  It’s not Clock King, it’s not Condiment King, it’s not even Killer Moth…


This is A.S. Scarlet, AKA The Bookworm, a character that was introduced in the 1966 Adam West TV series.  The creators came up with the idea for him in honor of National Reading week, so no points for guessing what his shtick is.  But it’s the details that makes me really love him.


First of all, the costume and gadgets.  I love this costume so much—it hits the sweet spot between goofy and kind of awesome.  The brown pleather jacket is meant to echo “rare old book bindings” (because books are bound with leather…?) and while it looks more than a bit uncomfortable (it seriously creaks whenever he moves!), the tailoring on it is great.  Plus it manages to look rather dapper.

The reading lamp on the fedora is pretty neat, but what I really love are the glasses.  When he turns a knob on the side of the left frame, it opens a radio frequency that allows him to communicate with his henchmen. A few years later, the Green Hornet TV show would come up with a similar device, but I love the fact that a one-off Batman villain came up with it first.


Second of all, the henchmen themselves.  Typically the henchmen on the ‘66 show, even moreso than in modern Batman media, were big dumb galoots who had to be led around by their nose to obvious answers by their bosses.  But these guys didn’t really fit that stereotype.  Yeah, they were crappy fighters and got their butts handed to them by Batman easily, but they were miles more intelligent than your average goons. They were articulate, kind of snobby, and always thinking on the same wavelength as their boss.  That, and they were efficient—every scheme they wanted to pull went off without a hitch. Plus they’ve got some awesome codenames (Pressman, Typesetter, and my favorite, Printer’s Devil).


And of course, there was the moll—Lydia Limpet (Francine York).  Most of the time the ‘66 molls were there just to be empty-headed eye-candy, but not this girl.  Not only does she have some genuinely adorable chemistry with Bookworm—


(I ship these two like freaking FedEx.)

–but she is also darn intelligent in her own right. When she’s taken into the Batcave and hypnotized to try to weasel out her boss’s ultimate plan, she immediately twigs to the fact that the Dynamic Duo know more than they should and feeds them false information.  She also tricks Robin into gassing himself into unconsciousness.  All while literally having her hands tied.  She also has quite a bit in common with Bookworm, sharing his love of literature.  And then at the end, while most molls try to weasel their way out by pleading with Batman and claiming they were just innocent girls who tangled with the wrong crowd, Lydia accepts her fate and allows herself to be arrested.  She’s completely unapologetic about the entire scheme, and I love that about her.

And third of all, the character of the Bookworm himself.  He’s played by one of the great character actors, Roddy McDowall—


(whom you might know better as this little scamp)

–who makes Bookworm into much more than a one-note baddie.  He’s intelligent, certainly, with high standards and an eidetic memory; and he’s also very theatrical and cheerfully practically in a Riddler sort of way.  But he’s also freaking scary.  Most of the time, he has a very genteel, calm demeanor with this constant smile of slight “you poor simple fools”-style amusement on his face.  But when things don’t go his way, or when someone even says a wrong thing, he completely flips his gourd.  In the beginning of his two-parter, Lydia asks him why, with his brain and enthusiasm, he hasn’t written his own book.  And he blows up at her, admitting that for all his brilliance he doesn’t actually have any originality, resorting to “stolen plots” from other books, and accuses her of insulting him further.  He then picks up the heaviest book in his lair and attempts to bash her brains in with it…all over an honest mistake.  


Of course, he’s back in perfect control within minutes, but for the rest of the episode you’re on edge every time he so much as snaps at anyone.  And it’s not the only time he flies off the handle like that, either—after Batman and Robin escape one of his deathtraps, he has another brief freakout before getting back to business.  He’s a fascinating character to watch and played by a fantastic actor to boot.

The two-part 1966 episode he’s in is a wild ride from start to finish, including a possible assassination attempt, the first window cameo ever, and some truly outrageous and convoluted deathtraps (appropriate for a rogue who “like any struggling novelist, overcomplicates the plot!”).  One of which involves a giant cookbook.  I am not making that up.  All the expected ‘60s weird is there, but it’s still a lot of fun.

Unfortunately, that was the only appearance he made in Batman media for a long time.  McDowall wanted to come back for another two-parter, but his busy schedule got in the way.  He didn’t show up again until a 1989 Huntress arc that gave him a new grim ‘n’ gritty backstory.

“A victim of child abuse, his mother would lock him in a closet while she worked on puzzles. (Alexander) Wyvern once started a fire in the closet in a desperate attempt to get his mother to release him – only to wind up badly burned and, after he got his mother’s attention, badly beaten. Psychologically damaged, the boy grew into a serial killer.  Though the violent character bore little resemblance to the literature-obsessed felon of the 1960s, this version did still leave Riddler-style clues for the police to hunt him down.  Bookworm ultimately met his demise when he set a deadly trap for the Huntress. Huntress dressed as his mother, frightening him into running away and tripping his own contraption, killing him.”

(From the Batman wiki)

It was lame, and we don’t talk about it anymore.

He made a few cameos in Deathstroke the Terminators and Teen Titans comics in the 90s, as well as a itty bitty nonspeaking appearance in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.


But in 2013 he made a glorious debut to comics in 2013 in the Batman ’66 line, setting new deathtraps and dropping new literary hints. In one of his best appearances, he sets himself up as an adversary to Batgirl, which is just perfect.  Who better to oppose Barbara Gordon, a librarian, than a book-themed supervillain?


(Yes, that is a giant bug demon.  Long story.)

And in 2014 he reappeared in Gotham Academy, this time as the school’s English and theater professor, which is even more perfect.


He’s a good teacher, if strict and a bit overdramatic.  And let’s be honest, what isn’t cool about having an ex-supervillain as a professor?


Also, this scene. This scene is awesome.


Yes, that is Egghead as played by Vincent Price.  Gotham Academy is just the best.

TL;DR, the Bookworm is an awesome, oft-overlooked Batman baddie whom I highly recommend every fan check out.  You won’t regret it!

Here’s a link to an episode of the Batcave Podcast discussing his ’66 two-parter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2P3k0o_-Zvk

(All images courtesy of Google Stock.)

The Bookworm was always one of my favorite Batman ‘66 villains - but then I was always a sucker for anything with Roddy McDowall. :)

August 03 2017

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Zazie Beetz as Domino in Deadpool 2.

July 30 2017

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Team Ice cream~

July 15 2017

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