I taught them something.

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Oct 20

onegoodey said: Can we talk about the fact that Alexander Pierce more than likely grew up with stories about Cap? And more importantly heard stories about Bucky. More than likely he was everywhere. Bucky Barnes and autobiographies, television shows, and then....he controls Bucky Barnes and doesn't even think of him as a person.







Because ‘Nam is what changes everything.

Because Alex Pierce grew up on the stories of Captain America and the Howling Commandos. He grew up hearing about the friendship between Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes, their heroism, their sacrifice to their country for the greater good.

He joins up for the Army at 18. He’s in Special Forces at 19. He’s in Vietnam in ‘68. He’s in and out for the next 2 years.  He’s there to protect democracy. Freedom. Honor.

It bothers him the first time he shoots an unarmed man. A kid, really. But the village is hiding rebels and an example had to be made. It quits bothering him after a while.

His Captain tells him to not count prisoners until they land back at base. Alex doesn’t understand why.

He does by the time they touch down.

They burn the jungle down around them to find the enemy. They tear down the world and turn it to ash.

He joined up to become a hero. And all he found was chaos.

He comes home disillusioned and bitter and so, so angry, at the lies he was fed, the fairy tales he believed.

Captain America. He was never a hero. He was just a pawn. A shiny distraction the higher ups used to entertain the crowds at home with feats of strength and white-washed newsreels. A trick to get young men to volunteer themselves to die in a jungle with their guts in their hands, with their legs blown off, all for nothing.

It was all a lie.

People will never choose the right thing. They will only choose what will benefit them. Choice is nothing but a path to chaos.

He’s home a month when a small man with a German accent {Swiss, actually, he says} approaches him with a job offer.

The world has gone mad, Mr. Pierce.

Would you like to help me rebuild it?

I am in love with this meta and everything it represents

can you or can you not just hear it in his voice






Marriage equality is cool and all, but uh…

Trickle down equality, yo!

Yay California






Marriage equality is cool and all, but uh…

Trickle down equality, yo!

Yay California

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What the next few years looks like in terms of superhero movies
What the next few years looks like in terms of superhero movies

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Shia LaBeouf by Craig McDean for Interview Magazine

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The real reason Bucky didn’t recognize Steve until he’d beat his face in.

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Seeking romantic partner to talk about ships I’m going to hell for

The Hidden Life of the Burrowing Owl from mike roush on Vimeo.


MIKE ROUSH / The Hidden Life of the Burrowing Owl / 5:16

I have always been fascinated by wildlife documentaries. As a kid I would take my mom’s camera and try and get as close to the neighborhood animals as I could. Most of the time this would mean long hours sitting motionless on the back deck with bird seed sprinkled on my lap and shoulders. I never got the shot I wanted, so when Chris and Shannon  asked me if I wanted to make an animated film for Titmouse, I said yes before they finished asking. 


Chris and Shannon Prynoski, Dik Pose, and I Line up a shot in the middle of nowhere. photo by Steve Kellener.


Early thumbnails of the burrowing owl.


Rough turnaround.

"Owl" was animated in Flash. I used a technique where I would animate traditionally very rough, then I would take a second pass cleaning up symbols that I would be able to reuse later. Most of the final animation you see in "Owl" is puppeted symbol animation with hundreds of symbols and a different puppet for each shot. This way I could get the detail and animation quality I wanted.


The Flash break-down on one of the owl puppets. Lots of feathers!

One of my favorite parts of making this film was having to get out of the studio and go on location. I found an amazing place in central California called The Carrizo Plain using google maps. I spent the weekends driving all around taking pictures and exploring. Fun fact: The burrow used in the short was an actual owl burrow. On one of the days I was taking photos of the burrow one hissed at me from inside the burrow with it’s rattlesnake like call. It scared me nearly to death.


This is how I made all the “live action” backgrounds. I drew a storyboard of what I wanted and photo collaged lots of pictures together to make it look like what I drew. Unfortunately these places don’t exist in real life.


Whenever the owl had to touch the flower or fork, I took hundreds of photos, cut them out in photoshop and animated them. Fun.


On location I used a couple stand-in models to get the lighting right and a maquette when animating for inspiration.

I had a great time making this film and when I was done we were lucky enough to show it at festivals around the world. After 4 years the “Owl” showed at more than 40 festivals, in over 25 countries. 

Can’t wait to do another one.

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Why the Sentry is Marvel’s most interesting character


Imagine you had the power of a million exploding suns. How would you deal with it? Would you use it for the greater good or would you use it to cause chaos and destruction? What would such unfathomable power do to you?
A wise man once came up with the statement that with great power comes great responsibility. That is true. Being able to swing through the city, lift cars and web bad guys is most likely amazing and you can do a lot of good things with it, but what if you can fly, move faster than the speed of light, have enough strength to lift islands and can erase the memories of more than 7 billion people? Having great responsibility gets a whole new meaning.

Would you be able to handle it? Sentry is ultimately all about the you. In his first and second volume the narration concentrated a lot on the you, which ultimately connected the reader more with the Sentry.

Just like you Sentry is just a regular guy with desires, problems, hopes and fears. He is not Captain America. He is not that kind of a special man. He is just an ordinary man, who fell ass backwards into ultimately power and his wish to do good led him to becoming a superhero.
He became a superhero and in process the started carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. How could an ordinary man handle so much pressure? How could an ordinary man not fall apart? Could you handle it? Could you keep it together?

Sentry is capable of hearing a butterfly sneeze in Africa, while he himself is in the middle of New York. Someone, who hears a butterfly sneeze, can also hear a person sneeze, speak, yell, scream and cry for help. One person, two, three, thousands and millions.
Imagine you focus and listen and hear millions of people screaming for help and looking for a savior. Would you take off and help them? Who would you help? Would you save 20 children from a burning bus in Germany, or would you protect a hospital in China from an earthquake? Would you protect 50 people from a tsunami, or rather save 40 people from a tornado and prevent 5 million dollars of property damage. How could you possibly make such a decision?

Sentry has to deal with phobias. Just like many other people. Some are afraid of spiders, some of height and some of needles and injections. Sentry suffers from agoraphobia, the fear of wide open or crowded spaces, which might potentially lead to uncomfortable situations and panic attacks in such environments.
Sometimes he prefers to simply stay at home and take a break from everything to put it lightly. Imagine you hear all those people screaming your name day in-day out: “Where are you? Why did you let me child die? Please, you have to help me!”. Wouldn’t that be overwhelming for an ordinary man? Wouldn’t it be easier to simply stay at home and deny help? Would you do it better? Would you be a superior man and fly in the sky, bring hope with your symbol and shoot laser beams from your eyes in order to stop the bad guys, or would you sometimes simply wait and hope that everything turns to the better on its own?

What if you choose to wait and deny everyone your help? Imagine you had the power to heal people and to even resurrect them, just the way Sentry can. Would you do it? He chooses not to, because then everyone would want him to do the same for them. He is not god, he says. Or is he? Would you view yourself as god? Would you choose to heal and resurrect the damaged and the fallen?
What if you did the same Sentry did and sometimes simply stopped? What would that do to you? Would you be able to shut off your emotions? Would you be able to handle the Void you created? Would you be able to fight the Void off that dragged your friends and loved ones into the abyss?

Imagine you had all these thoughts and problems in your head an the weight of the world on your shoulders. How long would it take you to snap and lose it all? Would it lead you to blindly trust anyone in hope for help and support? Would it lead you to blindly trust even a madman like Norman Osborn, who talks to you and makes it sound like he understands you - like he understands the Void that surrounds you. Someone, who makes it sound like he can help you and promises that he will help you. Would you accept help from someone, who offers you a hand - someone, who offers you a way to fill the Void?

We’ve seen the Sentry appearing out of nowhere and dragging the lives of old friends into the abyss, simply through his mere presence. Being the most powerful superhero and the most powerful supervillain on the planet does that. Other superheroes were helpless in fights against the Void, a loose persona of the Sentry. Supervillains joined the ranks in order to stop the world from going under, but ultimately it was always the Sentry as the last line of defense. It was always the Sentry, who saved the day by sacrificing himself. By sacrificing his power. Would you be able to make the same sacrifice? Would you be able to give the power of a god away for humanity?

We’ve seen the Sentry appearing out of nowhere and doing great things. We’ve seen him doing horrible things. We’ve seen the Sentry standing tall and saving the day, but we’ve also seen him struggeling and failing. We’ve witnessed a man falling apart under too much power and too much responsibility. We’ve witnessed a human falling apart.
We had hopes the Sentry would snap out of it. We had hopes Sentry would realize what he was truly capable off and reaching his full potential. We had hopes he would finally end the madness and turn the world into a better place.
But he never did. Sentry was from the very first day just an ordinary man until the very end. He struggeled and he lost the battle. He has proven that there truly are no big blue boy scouts. He has proven that a human would fail. He has proven that we would fail.

Sentry represents everything that is human: a good side and a bad side, determination and fears, helpfulness and struggle. Sentry is the most human character in comic books and it is still not enough.

It hurts knowing that Sentry wasn’t able to save everyone, even though he had the power of a god. It hurts knowing that everyone was terrified of him, even though he was trying to do the right thing. It hurts that he never got a second chance to redeem himself. To break free and defy the odds. To live up to his hype, reach his full potential and do great things.
It hurts seeing the Sentry back again and once again as a lackey, who is being manipulated into doing bad things. It hurts knowing that he will die in the upcoming issues of UNCANNY AVENGERS and disappear again for years, only to be revived and victimized by a writer without a clear vision for the character later on.

Sentry is my favorite comic book character and I’m at a point, where I would prefer Marvel to simply get rid of him for good. I idolize that character and I don’t want to see him suffer anymore.
They say that the reason why you like your favorite characters the most is because you see a lot of yourself in them and I completely agree with that. I want the best for him, because I know that I’m not the only one, who loves the Sentry - for everything that he is and more so for everything that he might have been, if he only had the chance.

Thank you very much for reading.

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Oct 19



Oh god it’s on Pixiv too.

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