I Make Up Worlds

SFF/YA writer Kate Elliott

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juliedillon:

YEAH! Not only was I nominated for a Hugo Award for the second time, but there are two other ladies in my category (Best Professional Artist) this year! This is a first! :D There are as many women nominees as men in my category, where in previous years there weren’t any women at all! 

Congratulations to the other Best Professional Artist nominees Galen Dara, Fiona Staples, John Picacio, John Harris, and Dan Dos Santos!

This is so fabulous. SO FABULOUS

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swagjohncage:

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Contemporary Art Week!
Valiant Guard
Chris Rahn for Magic: The Gathering, 2008

"Hey lets have a Contemporary Art Week here at Medieval POC"
"Ok so you’re gonna post contemporary black artists? cool"
"well only if they draw obvious influence from early art, oh and we’ll post literal Magic the Gathering art"
*jerk off motion* 

You know, I am actually amazed at how angry Contemporary Art Week has made this many people. I didn’t think it was possible to really be amazed anymore, but it’s probably the surprise factor still hanging on after all this time that keeps me going sometimes. I am genuinely baffled by this response, and how you came to this conclusion…or what you personally were expecting.
I chose to showcase one of the progressive frontiers of representation in one of the largest employers of contemporary fantasy artists working today, Wizards of the Coast.
I also want to take this opportunity to let my readers who are fantasy artists know that they WILL LOOK AT YOUR ART. 
Send it to  artdrop@wizards.com.
They offer careers in game design, marketing, finances and accounting, creative departments, software development, and much more. You can view a list of current job openings here.
There are more resources here for artists who are interested in creating works for Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, TOR Books, and more.
It’s not just important to have representation, it’s important to have people of color on creation teams, putting their stuff out there, and making a huge difference by and for fantasy fans of color.

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swagjohncage:

medievalpoc:

Contemporary Art Week!

Valiant Guard

Chris Rahn for Magic: The Gathering, 2008

"Hey lets have a Contemporary Art Week here at Medieval POC"

"Ok so you’re gonna post contemporary black artists? cool"

"well only if they draw obvious influence from early art, oh and we’ll post literal Magic the Gathering art"

*jerk off motion* 

You know, I am actually amazed at how angry Contemporary Art Week has made this many people. I didn’t think it was possible to really be amazed anymore, but it’s probably the surprise factor still hanging on after all this time that keeps me going sometimes. I am genuinely baffled by this response, and how you came to this conclusion…or what you personally were expecting.

I chose to showcase one of the progressive frontiers of representation in one of the largest employers of contemporary fantasy artists working today, Wizards of the Coast.

I also want to take this opportunity to let my readers who are fantasy artists know that they WILL LOOK AT YOUR ART.

Send it to artdrop@wizards.com.

They offer careers in game design, marketing, finances and accounting, creative departments, software development, and much more. You can view a list of current job openings here.

There are more resources here for artists who are interested in creating works for Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, TOR Books, and more.

It’s not just important to have representation, it’s important to have people of color on creation teams, putting their stuff out there, and making a huge difference by and for fantasy fans of color.

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I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…

When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.

Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.

Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.

…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.

So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President

"What’s up with chicks and science?"

Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.

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karenhealey:

discordanddarkness:

Bethari aka my favourite character from When We Wake by Karen Healey..who am i kidding they’re all my favourite characters

LOOK INTERNETSLOOK AT THIS GLORIOUS THING.SO DAMN GLORIOUS.(everything is just so perfect JUST SO.)

Oooo! Fanart!

karenhealey:

discordanddarkness:

Bethari aka my favourite character from When We Wake by Karen Healey..who am i kidding they’re all my favourite characters


LOOK INTERNETS

LOOK AT THIS GLORIOUS THING.

SO DAMN GLORIOUS.

(everything is just so perfect JUST SO.)

Oooo! Fanart!

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medievalpoc:

Contemporary Art Week!

Leo and Diane Dillon

Various Illustrations

Leo and Diane Dillon were one of the greatest illustration teams in the history of Fantasy Art. Books that have used their illustrations for cover or inside art include an edition of the Narnia books, Garth Nix’s Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen, Her Stories and The Girl Who Spun Gold by Virginia Hamilton, The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. LeGuin, Aida by Leontyne Price, The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese by Howard A. Norman, and many, many more.

There is a blog dedicated to archiving their work here.

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xxxshakespearexxx:

This is super cool.

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thinkmexican:

Mi Música: Mexican American Music of Today

Selena gives a lesson in what she knew best: music

This video is a look back to a different time for Mexicans in the United States. One before the globalization of NAFTA that led to the displacement and migration of millions from Mexico, and before Latino marketing would invade our cultural domain. A lot has changed. But rather than reminisce we should have a discussion as a community on where we’re at today and how we got here.

How many times did Selena use a term other than Mexican or Mexican American in this video? Exactly. The time before globalization and consumerism will never return, but we could do better. Let’s start by having that discussion.

This is pretty fabulous.

What a loss, though.

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merylstreeeps:

Happy 55th Birthday, Emma Thompson!

b. 15th April 1959

"I’m not fiddling about with myself. We’re in this awful youth-driven thing now where everybody needs to look 30 at 60. The trick is to age honestly and make it look great so that everyone looks forward to it."

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thestylishvelociraptor asked: Just wanted to say that I got Cold Magic, the first book of yours I've read, three days ago on inter-library loan, and finished it this afternoon. I loved it!! I love seeing fantasy full of women and people of colour who are complex and interesting characters, set in a world that isn't the standard-vaguely-medieval-ish-all-white-Europe. Not to mention that the story was just really captivating. So thank you for your writing, I can't wait to read more of your books!

Thank you so much! I really loved writing the Spiritwalker Trilogy (and plan to continue to write some short stories in that setting, as I have more things to say about the world and characters). I hope you enjoy books two and three.

Also, a quick shout-out to your mention of libraries. I’ve been able to read so many books I could not possibly have afforded to buy because libraries exist (and often then gone on to buy books by the writers whose work really appealed to me). I consider the library to be a crucial public institution that gives access on so many levels, and I continue to be impressed by how libraries are adjusting to (at the forefront of) change in the 21st century.

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Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

Speaking of movies, this is basically Inuit Beowulf.

It was written, produced, directed, and acted entirely by Inuit people. I think a lot of people might be interested in Medieval Inuit art and literature, and this is a pretty great example.

You can watch and download the entire trilogy here for free (but donate if you can!!!); Atanarjuat is the first film and takes place around 1000 A.D.-ish. It also won a LOT of awards. Keep in mind: it’s entirely in Inuktitut, with English subtitles.

it’s a stunning movie

I’ve now finished watching the entire trilogy, and I have to say that all three films are mind-blowingly amazing.

Make sure you have a box of tissues, though because they will leave you pretty weepy.

I’ve watched it saturday und it is absolutely fascinating to see ancient inuits through the eyes of modern inuits !

Oh, absolutely! I love how they created the script, with double-checking on the action and the dialogue, and different elders pointing out small inconsistencies like, “Oh, no, they wouldn’t have spoken to each other at that point, it was illegal back then.” I love that they tried to make it as historically accurate as possible.

Video Interviews with the cast are available too.

Additional cool thing: the company that created this trilogy, Isuma, has since transformed their website into an indigenous people’s web TV channel. So what sites like ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, ScrewAttack, and the Escapist are for geeky pursuits, IsumaTV attempting to be for indigenous creators. 

Check them out, they’re pretty cool. 

^^I didn’t know that! Amazing!!

A few years ago the director, Zacharias Kunuk, also made the first documentary to discuss climate change from the perspective of the Inuit, focusing on their own traditional body of knowledge regarding the environment. It’s called Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change and can be found here.

I am absolutely going to watch that, and wanted to reblog so others can have the opportunity to do so. Thank you!

I saw the first film (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) and it is AMAZING. I didn’t even know there were two more.