Apr.05.13 at 06:14 pm
So, I saw the coolest thing on Tumblr last week -- Namesake fanfic. We've seen a lot of really awesome Namesake fanwork in the past year or so, ranging from beautiful pictures to exquisite clay figurines. We showcased some of them on the site during the Christmas holiday, and I got a surprise picture from one of our readers in the mail -- all the way from France!

Since our readership is growing, I wanted to go ahead and lay out our feelings on fanfic, fanart, and the like: Go on! Do it! Have fun. Isa and I met through the Slayers fandom, and we both still produce fanworks. Isa still makes great fanart, and you don't want to know the amount of Doctor/River Song fanfic I've written in nearly two years (let's just say more than 50). We do have a fanworks policy on site, which lays out the specific Creative Commons conditions. To quote from it, while Namesake is sketched out in its entirety, we wouldn’t be surprised if someone comes pretty close to where we’re headed, hence why I make it a policy not to read Namesake fanfic, even though I will reblog it when I see it. We don’t want you to feel like your work has been ripped off without credit.

So, have fun with fanart and fanfic! I think the best complement I've ever received is knowing that we've inspired someone else to create their own art.
Mar.28.13 at 12:12 pm
Hey guys, just so you know, the site is going to be a bit wacky today, it's being redesigned.
Mar.23.13 at 04:33 am
So, in an effort to try to be better about our social media presence, I've made it a goal to beef up our Facebook page. I'm going to be posting some things over there that tend to get lost on the site here, such as the Calliope reference photos and more. Like social media? Here's a rundown of where you can find Namesake, Isa, or myself.

In Isa's post, she mentioned the neglected wallpapers. The old wallpapers are on my other computer, so as soon as I get them off there, I will make them available onsite for everyone. I can't wait to see the new ones!
Mar.22.13 at 10:08 pm
So, the wallpaper download page has been neglected for a while. How about I draw some! Feel free to suggest some wallpaper ideas in the comments to this blog post. Which characters would you like? In costumes? Dynamic action? Being adorable? Drinking tea?

Also, I wanted to show you guys the covers I designed for the Namesake hardcovers. You can see book 1 HERE and book 2 HERE.

Book 2 took a couple of trials before I got ti right. Here's the rejected second version. Figured you Emma/Warrick fans might like that :

Mar.14.13 at 12:52 am
This comic by Lit Brick has awakened in me once again very strong opinions I have about the world of Oz. figured I could share them... perhaps start a fun discussion.

Ozma, from the “Oz” series, is what could be considered one of the classic “trans” characters. She spends a good deal of her childhood as a boy, transformed by a witch, and is turned back into a girl so she can rule Oz in her “true body”. But Ozma always kept certain elements from her previous form, including what seemed to be strong affection for her lady companions.

I strongly feel that Ozma, along with most of Oz, breaks the rules of heteronormativity. Because it’s a kid’s book, sexuality is never really explored, but gender roles are broken up. And some relationships can be seen as rather romantic bromances/companions. I think it’s natural to see most of Oz as "bisexual" or "asexual" in the sense that they don’t feel the need to stay in the normal heterosexual relationship unless they want to. Being an immortal means that you don’t have to spend your life doing what society tells you you have to do. You don't need to rush through life. You and your kids live forever! Eternity is too long to be unhappy. You spend it with whomever you want to, regardless of their physical characteristics. Everybody has preferences, but a lot of them seem to be based on personality and interests.

A true utopia has no gender or sexual roles. You stay with whomever makes you happy, kiss whomever you want, and kick Nome king ass.

That is truly the type of Oz that is found in Namesake. Which is why there's people in there like Renge and Anlise, and the Tin Man and Aimee. They want to be with each other  even if it would be seen as "strange" in certain parts of a world like ours. When love happens in Oz, it's an intriguing concept. Jinjur is a fun example too... Really to kick collective butts to get her husband back... She's a firecracker, that one.

Younger folks (like Selva and Warrick) would have a different attitude then the older folks, like the Scarecrow. While they are young, they might want things that the older immortals don’t want anymore (like having children). So the younger Ozites have a different motivation when they choose their companions then the older Ozites. Basically, it’s kindoff the difference between what a teenager wants, and a 40 year old wants from a relationship. So you might find more young Ozites in more classical gender roles then the older Ozites.

But I guess generally - my point is folks in Oz prioritize happiness.

(Edited for clarity).
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