Nick picks up on your mental distress. “Santa is real!” he swears. “Really real. The realest!”
You sniffle. “And Rudolph?”
“Even realer,” Nick says.
— Button & The Santa Scam by @mindblindbard
hilariously and ironically, since i fell immediately into a very inspired zone, drawing these two pictures made me do my own all-nighter and see santa claus myself
happy holidays, jo. thanks for such a great game yet again ♡♡♡
taking a screenshot of a zoomed-in image on procreate is the best i can do rn to make these bigger, so i hope this satisfies those of you that do like zooming in lmao ♡
for screenreaders, here ya go (my Button is named Evie):
[About my designs for Button, Evie, and Nick: Because Nick is in his band phase, I gave him half of a shaved head; and because, on my side blog, I draw adult Nick with a beard, he has scrawny moustache and goatee here. Both Nick and Evie are people of non-white skin color, because I'm indigenous so I made them indigenous as well and decided to make them varying tones of brown-skinned and have a longer, straight nose and have heavy-set eyebrows. Evie is a girl and very feminine-presenting. She has a ton of freckles all over and Nick has a few freckles. When either of them smile, they have dimples. Evie has long, straight, dark brown hair, with very short bangs and Nick has shorter black hair that's very curly.]
[First image description: Nick is carrying a sleeping Button on his back, with Button's arms and legs dangling off of him. Button is wearing a poofy green plaid dress with short puff sleeves, she has a maroon bow in her hair making her hairdo into a ponytail, and she is barefoot. Nick is wearing a red turtleneck that says, in semi-cursive in a silver color, "I'm on the Nice List", as well as some dark colored ripped jeans, and the composition cuts him off before his knees. Button is sleeping with her mouth slightly open, and Nick is looking at her and smiling closed-lip. The background is a dark maroon and otherwise blank.]
[Second image: Is of Nick, Button, and Uncle Lev who is dressed as Santa. Uncle Lev/Santa is holding a flat rectangular present and has a sack of presents next to him. Uncle Lev is wearing glasses and has graying black hair and a fully gray beard and moustache, he is smiling closed-lip style. He is designed with white skin and a mole by his eye. Uncle Lev is partially cut out of the left side of and the top of the composition. To the right of him, is Nick and Button. Nick and Uncle Lev are smiling down at Button, who has fallen onto the ground with a look of shock and confusion on her face. She is wearing a white nightgown, holding onto a Stitch (of "Lilo & Stitch") plushie and is barefoot. Nick is strokinv her hair and smiling down at her with his teeth showing as he gestures towards Uncle Lev/Santa with an open palm. His hair is messier than the last picture to depict bedhead, and has slightly dark circles around his eyes. He is wearing a Kermit face dark gray t-shirt, dark maroon sweatpants, and fuzzy blue slippers. The top of his hair is slightly cropped out of frame. The background is a light mint green, with the vague suggestion of a living room space through a quicksketch that suggests there is a lit Christmas tree behind Nick and Button, and a fireplace with stockings and a small rug in front of it betwren Nick and Uncle Lev/Santa.]
144 notes · View notes
it sounds weird to say but for the entirety of 2016 it felt like i was stuck in a toxic relationship with .... a book series. this series is penned by a really popular ya author whose readers basically worship the earth she walks on. i remember being swept away by the hype and so gave her books a try. i remember thinking they were fine, even a bit entertaining maybe, in the beginning. but the further i read into the series, i couldn't shake the nagging feeling that something was off, but i wasn't sure what, since everyone always praised these books to the nth degree. so i just deluded myself into thinking what i was reading was fine and dandy and...good.
it was only after i saw a few posts here talking critically about these books that i realized i was wrong. these books romanticize aggressively territorial partners and contain graphic sex scenes despite being marketed for young adult audience. the main character has a downright colonialist attitude and characters of color either don't exist or are quashed to further spur the white characters' motivations. every single main character is in a straight relationship, which makes absolutely no sense considering certain characters were absolutely Not straight. like, there's this witch who belongs to a coven of other witches. she's fierce as nails and takes no shit from anyone. it's repeatedly stated she hates men and only sees them as food. she literally could not give less of a shit about men. and her narrative is about coming across a prisoner girl who ends up fleeing her tower where she'd been held in isolation her whole life. it's just them, going on a journey together, during the course of which the girl ends up learning more about what it's like to be a monster and the witch ends up learning about what it's like to be a human, and how she finds the humanity in herself, where the girl ends up finding out the monstrous parts of herself. are you telling me these characters wouldn't eventually end up together??? but no....they both end up in straight relationships and it literally feels like a slap in the face. it felt so wrong. also, everyone is just super ultra gorgeous and badass and the author is constantly trying to shove that information down your throat. it's like the reader isn't allowed to have their own opinion, or to dislike certain characters. like, the way they were presented as these perfect beings just created a rift between me, the reader, and the characters. i can't exactly care for or feel worried about characters who are basically described as looking like gods and having the powers of one.
and for the longest time i was like wow. these books are good actually. like i was really deluding myself into thinking these things were okay.....the romanticization of relationships where the love interest threatens to flay other people alive if they so much as look as their girl aka the mc. the way the mc laughs it off like 'oh, you....men and their tempers' as if it's a fine and normal kind of behavior. like, wtf kind of message is this sending out. it's one thing to portray this sort of stuff but another thing entirely to romanticize it and not call it out. also, i was wondering why the mc just never sat right with me. and then i realized. bc she wants to see her face carved into statues across the continents...yes that's an actual thing she says in the books. and the way the author is constantly shoving it in your face how badass and amazing this mc is. oh my god. it had the opposite effect on me completely.
anyway, once i looked at these books critically with the help of people who actually knew what they were talking about, and not.... hardcore stans who can't see past their own blind adoration....i was able to acknowledge that wow, these books kind of suck actually. and i just cut myself off from them and read new and better books that i actually enjoyed. but for that one year it was like. the only thing i was reading and i was somehow convinced it was 'good' even when i wasn't feeling it at all....i was like wow is this all that reading amounts to?? is the standard just this low now??? anyway, this is why it's important to think critically.
17 notes · View notes