rhoda_rants: (gerard)
On September 11, 2001, a young, struggling artist in New York was on his way to work when the World Trade Center fell. Like many of us who were shocked, saddened, and unmoored by the attack, he took a moment to reevaluate the direction his life was going. He decided to leave his job and start a rock band. His name is Gerard Way, and that band was My Chemical Romance. These days, he's an Eisner-winning comic book writer and curator of DC's new Young Animal imprint, the inaugural comic for which is his own reboot of the Doom Patrol series. But that turning point in his life and the staggering success he enjoyed because of it is why people like me know his name.


Doom Patrol Vol. 1 book cover; links to GoodReads page


Doom Patrol, Vol. 1: Brick By Brick--a subtitle that is horrifying once you have the context for it, by the way--is a kaleidoscopic fever dream of singing telegrams, sentient robots, a space ambulance that leaves a rainbow jetstream in its wake, a missing cat, time travel, alternate universes, and evil doppelgangers. If any of that sounds weird to you, you're not alone. One of the most common criticisms I've seen floating around is this "Whaaaaaat is even happening right now?" confusion and dismay over the plot and concepts in Doom Patrol. Apparently some readers found it too outrageous to follow. I did not have that issue, but honestly that might say more about me than it does about the comic as a whole. I've chosen to believe it means I'm on the right wavelength.

The main protagonist is Casey Brinke, a new character written for this reboot, along with a handful of others who eventually team up with the other members of the original Doom Patrol from the 1960s. (No sign of Elastigirl yet, but I have a feeling she’ll turn up.) Casey drives the flying ambulance, which begins its life as a regular ambulance, which is actually a living entity that calls itself "Danny" and starts talking to her, then reveals itself as an entire hidden pocket universe (it started out as a single street and had to take extra measures to protect itself), and finally turns into a time-traveling space bus because Casey is secretly the superhero Space Case, who can travel through time and alternate dimensions at the speed of AWESOME.

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rhoda_rants: (heather mason)
Because whenever I get me a new frontpage banner, you can bet I'm working on graphix. Huzzah!

(Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] xerinmichellex for letting me rant about Photobucket, even though I haven't yet found a better option.)

Mostly Brandon Lee / The Crow and Guardians of the Galaxy, plus a few other things since I'm feeling nostalgic.

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More Here! )
rhoda_rants: (freddie lounds)
Hey gang! So I was out of the town the past couple days. I was expecting to have Internet, which I did, but I didn't get any time to do anything with my computer. I mean ANY. More about that later. In the meantime--Icons!!

Here's a preview:



More Under Here! )

The usual house rules apply--no hotlinking, no jacking of credit. Also, it occurs to me I haven't done any wallpapers in a while. Anyone have any requests?

ETA: Two wallpapers under the cut!

HIM and MCR, respectively. )
rhoda_rants: (gerard)
Hey gang!

So as I mentioned in my last Who Review, I have graphix. As I haven't mentioned yet, I'm heading down to Dad's this week and will (probably) be offline until like Friday. I kinda want to dig into the comments section on that last review, but I don't have time this morning to do both that, and upload the eye-candy. So I'm uploading the eye-candy. Comment-digging when I get back!

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(Forgive me, [livejournal.com profile] stormkpr, for using your "I finally ship a lesbian couple" tag for Vastra and Jenny. I couldn't resist!)

Icons under here... )

Banners under here... )

Wallpapers under here... )
rhoda_rants: (stoker)
Before I go, have some graphix! Mostly Doctor Who, as mentioned, but not entirely.

Doctor Who--13
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic--2
Hyde--5
MirrorMask--1
Gerard Way--1
Nightwish / Imaginaerum*--6

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More down here... )

Gank, reload, credit, the usual deal. Hope you enjoy! I'll see y'all on Tuesday. :)
rhoda_rants: (doctor who)
As promised. :) Enjoy!

Icons:

10 Things I Hate About You--1
Benny & Joon--1
Harry Potter--4
The Crow--2
The Princess Bride--3
Romeo + Juliet--3
Lord of the Rings--2
Sleepy Hollow--4
Sweeney Todd--3
The Woman in Black--2
X-Men--4
Sandman--3
My Chemical Romance--3
Hanson--7
Emma Watson--3
Hyde--6


Friends Only Banners:

Hanson--1
Hyde--1
Lord of the Rings--2
My Chemical Romance--2
Sweeney Todd--1


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All Under Here! )

All the usual rules apply--want, take, have, give credit.
rhoda_rants: (romy)

It appears that Yahoo! is giving up on their free web service, GeoCities, in order to make way for some kind of pay-only nonsense. SO! That "Under Construction" page of mine is still under construction, but I hooked up the link on the frontpage so that y'all can get in there and browse. To make it easier, click here: Rhoda's Junk Page.

In the meantime, I reckon I need some other place to store my fanfiction indefinitely. Some of it's up on FF.net, which is fine. But the rest needs posting too. So I suppose I might be reposting some of my old fanfic here in the coming months. I might go fishing for communities to post them in as well - let's see if I can't broaden my audience a bit.

With that in mind, these are the fics that I need to reload:

"Vortex" - a 3-way crossover starring My Chemical Romance, AFI, and Criss Angel. It's a supernatural thriller about the End of the World, and the boys in MCR are my protagonists. They get stuck in the middle of a war that crosses through reality and time, and the others are key players in a mystery that only becomes clear in the last couple of chapters. (At least, I hope.) I don't like to play favorites with my fics, but I do have a soft spot for this one.

"The Promo" - still in progress, but there are only like two chapters left that I need to write. Another 3-way crossover, also with MCR, but also with Silent Hill and The Haunting of Molly Hartley. The boys are given a copy of the latest Silent Hill game, and somehow cross over into the world of the game. Before long the fun wanes and the horror mounts.

"Fire, Dreams, Mirrors" - a four-part horror saga starring Hanson, with a guest appearance by Kurt Cobain in part three. Zac's new house is haunted, so Taylor comes over to visit to convince him there's nothing wrong. Unfortunately, the ghosts are not only real, but more interested in Taylor than Zac. (Yes, that's ghosts, plural.) This one was nominated for an award in Hanfic world several years ago. Didn't win, but what the hell - I'm pimping that for all it's worth.

Which one should I get on first? Any requests? (And in case you're wondering, no I haven't forgotten my Jasper fic - updates are pending, I'm in a tough spot. That X-Men vs. Sparklepires thing is pretty well dead, though.)
rhoda_rants: (ben barnes1)
I've long felt that music videos are a misunderstood and underappreciated art form. The short film is something that normal people don't see unless they go to film festivals (and I've been to a couple) but music videos are pervasive and accessible everywhere. The trick to making it 'art' lies somewhere between the message of the song lyrics, the imagination of the artist, the vision of the director, and the audience they're pitching to. What interests me about music videos is the combination of self expression, storytelling, visually arresting detail, and uniqueness. Some of these are multiple entries by the same artists, but that's only because a lot of my favorite artists have manymany truly phenomenal videos, and I couldn't narrow them down but so much. And anyway, I'm bored. So here's another list of fun stuff. Enjoy!


In no particular order, my favorite music videos )

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