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Freelance game artist and illustrator, teacher, and occasional comic artist. Has relations with crime dramas and Pacific Rim.

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Freelance game artist and illustrator, teacher, and is in the throes of comic making. Has relations with crime dramas and Pacific Rim.

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My large Newt/Pacific Rim print is available on Storenvy! I am sorry the pictures of the actual prints are so poor, it’s rather an awkward thing to photograph!
Quadriptych set (four 11” x 17” prints) - $75 (this is split up almost exactly how you see it in the image set on the original posting of the finished piece)
MASSIVE 12” x 69.21” print on Lexjet Sunset Photo Metallic paper - $250 
The large print is rather special. I went to a specific fine art print supplier. I like how my usual prints come out, but my usual place wasn’t going to cut it for the full size piece. I cannot say enough how happy I am with how it came out. Those iPhone photos do it no justice.
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My large Newt/Pacific Rim print is available on Storenvy! I am sorry the pictures of the actual prints are so poor, it’s rather an awkward thing to photograph!
Quadriptych set (four 11” x 17” prints) - $75 (this is split up almost exactly how you see it in the image set on the original posting of the finished piece)
MASSIVE 12” x 69.21” print on Lexjet Sunset Photo Metallic paper - $250 
The large print is rather special. I went to a specific fine art print supplier. I like how my usual prints come out, but my usual place wasn’t going to cut it for the full size piece. I cannot say enough how happy I am with how it came out. Those iPhone photos do it no justice.
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My large Newt/Pacific Rim print is available on Storenvy! I am sorry the pictures of the actual prints are so poor, it’s rather an awkward thing to photograph!
Quadriptych set (four 11” x 17” prints) - $75 (this is split up almost exactly how you see it in the image set on the original posting of the finished piece)
MASSIVE 12” x 69.21” print on Lexjet Sunset Photo Metallic paper - $250 
The large print is rather special. I went to a specific fine art print supplier. I like how my usual prints come out, but my usual place wasn’t going to cut it for the full size piece. I cannot say enough how happy I am with how it came out. Those iPhone photos do it no justice.
Zoom Info
My large Newt/Pacific Rim print is available on Storenvy! I am sorry the pictures of the actual prints are so poor, it’s rather an awkward thing to photograph!
Quadriptych set (four 11” x 17” prints) - $75 (this is split up almost exactly how you see it in the image set on the original posting of the finished piece)
MASSIVE 12” x 69.21” print on Lexjet Sunset Photo Metallic paper - $250 
The large print is rather special. I went to a specific fine art print supplier. I like how my usual prints come out, but my usual place wasn’t going to cut it for the full size piece. I cannot say enough how happy I am with how it came out. Those iPhone photos do it no justice.
Zoom Info
My large Newt/Pacific Rim print is available on Storenvy! I am sorry the pictures of the actual prints are so poor, it’s rather an awkward thing to photograph!
Quadriptych set (four 11” x 17” prints) - $75 (this is split up almost exactly how you see it in the image set on the original posting of the finished piece)
MASSIVE 12” x 69.21” print on Lexjet Sunset Photo Metallic paper - $250 
The large print is rather special. I went to a specific fine art print supplier. I like how my usual prints come out, but my usual place wasn’t going to cut it for the full size piece. I cannot say enough how happy I am with how it came out. Those iPhone photos do it no justice.
Zoom Info
My large Newt/Pacific Rim print is available on Storenvy! I am sorry the pictures of the actual prints are so poor, it’s rather an awkward thing to photograph!
Quadriptych set (four 11” x 17” prints) - $75 (this is split up almost exactly how you see it in the image set on the original posting of the finished piece)
MASSIVE 12” x 69.21” print on Lexjet Sunset Photo Metallic paper - $250 
The large print is rather special. I went to a specific fine art print supplier. I like how my usual prints come out, but my usual place wasn’t going to cut it for the full size piece. I cannot say enough how happy I am with how it came out. Those iPhone photos do it no justice.
Zoom Info
My large Newt/Pacific Rim print is available on Storenvy! I am sorry the pictures of the actual prints are so poor, it’s rather an awkward thing to photograph!
Quadriptych set (four 11” x 17” prints) - $75 (this is split up almost exactly how you see it in the image set on the original posting of the finished piece)
MASSIVE 12” x 69.21” print on Lexjet Sunset Photo Metallic paper - $250 
The large print is rather special. I went to a specific fine art print supplier. I like how my usual prints come out, but my usual place wasn’t going to cut it for the full size piece. I cannot say enough how happy I am with how it came out. Those iPhone photos do it no justice.
Zoom Info

My large Newt/Pacific Rim print is available on Storenvy! I am sorry the pictures of the actual prints are so poor, it’s rather an awkward thing to photograph!

Quadriptych set (four 11” x 17” prints) - $75 (this is split up almost exactly how you see it in the image set on the original posting of the finished piece)

MASSIVE 12” x 69.21” print on Lexjet Sunset Photo Metallic paper - $250 

The large print is rather special. I went to a specific fine art print supplier. I like how my usual prints come out, but my usual place wasn’t going to cut it for the full size piece. I cannot say enough how happy I am with how it came out. Those iPhone photos do it no justice.

Rose City Comicon was really fun! And I got to meet people! And see people again! korybing was lovely as always, and like always I am sad I did not interact with her more! Shout outs to a-girl-named-stu and yourattacksquid for coming by and being super nice and also two of three people I actually remembered to ask WHAT THEIR USERNAME WAS. I seriously need to be better about that.
My table is still ridiculous and baby/novice sized, but this weekend it felt REALLY GOOD. I don’t think my table has felt “me” before, and this weekend it did. Which was really nice. And my husband is a gem and I could not do this without him.
Didn’t buy much, but I grabbed that The Strain book. Will O’ Wisp was grabbed from black-em who was at the table next to us! The xenomorph print is also from her!
What isn’t shown is glasswind's totally awesome Otachi print. That was my last purchase of the weekend and will be going on my wall next to Benjamin Dewey’s PacRim print I got at ECCC.
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Rose City Comicon was really fun! And I got to meet people! And see people again! korybing was lovely as always, and like always I am sad I did not interact with her more! Shout outs to a-girl-named-stu and yourattacksquid for coming by and being super nice and also two of three people I actually remembered to ask WHAT THEIR USERNAME WAS. I seriously need to be better about that.
My table is still ridiculous and baby/novice sized, but this weekend it felt REALLY GOOD. I don’t think my table has felt “me” before, and this weekend it did. Which was really nice. And my husband is a gem and I could not do this without him.
Didn’t buy much, but I grabbed that The Strain book. Will O’ Wisp was grabbed from black-em who was at the table next to us! The xenomorph print is also from her!
What isn’t shown is glasswind's totally awesome Otachi print. That was my last purchase of the weekend and will be going on my wall next to Benjamin Dewey’s PacRim print I got at ECCC.
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Rose City Comicon was really fun! And I got to meet people! And see people again! korybing was lovely as always, and like always I am sad I did not interact with her more! Shout outs to a-girl-named-stu and yourattacksquid for coming by and being super nice and also two of three people I actually remembered to ask WHAT THEIR USERNAME WAS. I seriously need to be better about that.
My table is still ridiculous and baby/novice sized, but this weekend it felt REALLY GOOD. I don’t think my table has felt “me” before, and this weekend it did. Which was really nice. And my husband is a gem and I could not do this without him.
Didn’t buy much, but I grabbed that The Strain book. Will O’ Wisp was grabbed from black-em who was at the table next to us! The xenomorph print is also from her!
What isn’t shown is glasswind's totally awesome Otachi print. That was my last purchase of the weekend and will be going on my wall next to Benjamin Dewey’s PacRim print I got at ECCC.
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Rose City Comicon was really fun! And I got to meet people! And see people again! korybing was lovely as always, and like always I am sad I did not interact with her more! Shout outs to a-girl-named-stu and yourattacksquid for coming by and being super nice and also two of three people I actually remembered to ask WHAT THEIR USERNAME WAS. I seriously need to be better about that.

My table is still ridiculous and baby/novice sized, but this weekend it felt REALLY GOOD. I don’t think my table has felt “me” before, and this weekend it did. Which was really nice. And my husband is a gem and I could not do this without him.

Didn’t buy much, but I grabbed that The Strain book. Will O’ Wisp was grabbed from black-em who was at the table next to us! The xenomorph print is also from her!

What isn’t shown is glasswind's totally awesome Otachi print. That was my last purchase of the weekend and will be going on my wall next to Benjamin Dewey’s PacRim print I got at ECCC.

alienfirst:

Hey! I’m going to be at Rose City Comicon September 20th and 21st! I’m all the way in the back at V-07, so come say hi! I will probably be on a caffeine high all weekend because it’s PORTLAND.
And speaking of coffee I will have posters of ALL THE COFFEE BUNS. ALL OF THEM. Even the ones that haven’t been posted yet. Oh yes. Also some pony stuff! And that big Newt piece that I’ve been working on for a year. Which I’m still working on. But it will be done and ON SALE as a set of four prints (since it’s too big, so it had to be broken up). And then some original stuff too (I know, I’m shocked too, but I do have original stuff).
AND FINALLY. IF YOU WERE INTERESTED IN THAT OTACHI SCARF. My sister was keeping donations for her giveaway open through RCCC. So if you want to contribute $10 to her cosplay endeavors (which, she’s pretty darned awesome, so it’d be put to good use, I assure you), you will be put into a giveaway drawing for that. You can contribute through gofundme, or come directly to my table and do it there during the con! My sis will also be there if you want to say hi to her. (The Otachi scarf will be around for a preorder later. This giveaway is for one of the two originals that are made.)

Last time I reblog this, I swear! 
See you this weekend!
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alienfirst:

Hey! I’m going to be at Rose City Comicon September 20th and 21st! I’m all the way in the back at V-07, so come say hi! I will probably be on a caffeine high all weekend because it’s PORTLAND.
And speaking of coffee I will have posters of ALL THE COFFEE BUNS. ALL OF THEM. Even the ones that haven’t been posted yet. Oh yes. Also some pony stuff! And that big Newt piece that I’ve been working on for a year. Which I’m still working on. But it will be done and ON SALE as a set of four prints (since it’s too big, so it had to be broken up). And then some original stuff too (I know, I’m shocked too, but I do have original stuff).
AND FINALLY. IF YOU WERE INTERESTED IN THAT OTACHI SCARF. My sister was keeping donations for her giveaway open through RCCC. So if you want to contribute $10 to her cosplay endeavors (which, she’s pretty darned awesome, so it’d be put to good use, I assure you), you will be put into a giveaway drawing for that. You can contribute through gofundme, or come directly to my table and do it there during the con! My sis will also be there if you want to say hi to her. (The Otachi scarf will be around for a preorder later. This giveaway is for one of the two originals that are made.)

Last time I reblog this, I swear! 
See you this weekend!
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alienfirst:

Hey! I’m going to be at Rose City Comicon September 20th and 21st! I’m all the way in the back at V-07, so come say hi! I will probably be on a caffeine high all weekend because it’s PORTLAND.
And speaking of coffee I will have posters of ALL THE COFFEE BUNS. ALL OF THEM. Even the ones that haven’t been posted yet. Oh yes. Also some pony stuff! And that big Newt piece that I’ve been working on for a year. Which I’m still working on. But it will be done and ON SALE as a set of four prints (since it’s too big, so it had to be broken up). And then some original stuff too (I know, I’m shocked too, but I do have original stuff).
AND FINALLY. IF YOU WERE INTERESTED IN THAT OTACHI SCARF. My sister was keeping donations for her giveaway open through RCCC. So if you want to contribute $10 to her cosplay endeavors (which, she’s pretty darned awesome, so it’d be put to good use, I assure you), you will be put into a giveaway drawing for that. You can contribute through gofundme, or come directly to my table and do it there during the con! My sis will also be there if you want to say hi to her. (The Otachi scarf will be around for a preorder later. This giveaway is for one of the two originals that are made.)

Last time I reblog this, I swear! 
See you this weekend!
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alienfirst:

Hey! I’m going to be at Rose City Comicon September 20th and 21st! I’m all the way in the back at V-07, so come say hi! I will probably be on a caffeine high all weekend because it’s PORTLAND.
And speaking of coffee I will have posters of ALL THE COFFEE BUNS. ALL OF THEM. Even the ones that haven’t been posted yet. Oh yes. Also some pony stuff! And that big Newt piece that I’ve been working on for a year. Which I’m still working on. But it will be done and ON SALE as a set of four prints (since it’s too big, so it had to be broken up). And then some original stuff too (I know, I’m shocked too, but I do have original stuff).
AND FINALLY. IF YOU WERE INTERESTED IN THAT OTACHI SCARF. My sister was keeping donations for her giveaway open through RCCC. So if you want to contribute $10 to her cosplay endeavors (which, she’s pretty darned awesome, so it’d be put to good use, I assure you), you will be put into a giveaway drawing for that. You can contribute through gofundme, or come directly to my table and do it there during the con! My sis will also be there if you want to say hi to her. (The Otachi scarf will be around for a preorder later. This giveaway is for one of the two originals that are made.)

Last time I reblog this, I swear! 
See you this weekend!
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alienfirst:

Hey! I’m going to be at Rose City Comicon September 20th and 21st! I’m all the way in the back at V-07, so come say hi! I will probably be on a caffeine high all weekend because it’s PORTLAND.
And speaking of coffee I will have posters of ALL THE COFFEE BUNS. ALL OF THEM. Even the ones that haven’t been posted yet. Oh yes. Also some pony stuff! And that big Newt piece that I’ve been working on for a year. Which I’m still working on. But it will be done and ON SALE as a set of four prints (since it’s too big, so it had to be broken up). And then some original stuff too (I know, I’m shocked too, but I do have original stuff).
AND FINALLY. IF YOU WERE INTERESTED IN THAT OTACHI SCARF. My sister was keeping donations for her giveaway open through RCCC. So if you want to contribute $10 to her cosplay endeavors (which, she’s pretty darned awesome, so it’d be put to good use, I assure you), you will be put into a giveaway drawing for that. You can contribute through gofundme, or come directly to my table and do it there during the con! My sis will also be there if you want to say hi to her. (The Otachi scarf will be around for a preorder later. This giveaway is for one of the two originals that are made.)

Last time I reblog this, I swear! 
See you this weekend!
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alienfirst:

Hey! I’m going to be at Rose City Comicon September 20th and 21st! I’m all the way in the back at V-07, so come say hi! I will probably be on a caffeine high all weekend because it’s PORTLAND.
And speaking of coffee I will have posters of ALL THE COFFEE BUNS. ALL OF THEM. Even the ones that haven’t been posted yet. Oh yes. Also some pony stuff! And that big Newt piece that I’ve been working on for a year. Which I’m still working on. But it will be done and ON SALE as a set of four prints (since it’s too big, so it had to be broken up). And then some original stuff too (I know, I’m shocked too, but I do have original stuff).
AND FINALLY. IF YOU WERE INTERESTED IN THAT OTACHI SCARF. My sister was keeping donations for her giveaway open through RCCC. So if you want to contribute $10 to her cosplay endeavors (which, she’s pretty darned awesome, so it’d be put to good use, I assure you), you will be put into a giveaway drawing for that. You can contribute through gofundme, or come directly to my table and do it there during the con! My sis will also be there if you want to say hi to her. (The Otachi scarf will be around for a preorder later. This giveaway is for one of the two originals that are made.)

Last time I reblog this, I swear! 
See you this weekend!
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alienfirst:

Hey! I’m going to be at Rose City Comicon September 20th and 21st! I’m all the way in the back at V-07, so come say hi! I will probably be on a caffeine high all weekend because it’s PORTLAND.

And speaking of coffee I will have posters of ALL THE COFFEE BUNS. ALL OF THEM. Even the ones that haven’t been posted yet. Oh yes. Also some pony stuff! And that big Newt piece that I’ve been working on for a year. Which I’m still working on. But it will be done and ON SALE as a set of four prints (since it’s too big, so it had to be broken up). And then some original stuff too (I know, I’m shocked too, but I do have original stuff).

AND FINALLY. IF YOU WERE INTERESTED IN THAT OTACHI SCARF. My sister was keeping donations for her giveaway open through RCCC. So if you want to contribute $10 to her cosplay endeavors (which, she’s pretty darned awesome, so it’d be put to good use, I assure you), you will be put into a giveaway drawing for that. You can contribute through gofundme, or come directly to my table and do it there during the con! My sis will also be there if you want to say hi to her. (The Otachi scarf will be around for a preorder later. This giveaway is for one of the two originals that are made.)

Last time I reblog this, I swear! 

See you this weekend!

driftandhivemind:

Hello Keter.
And we end this sort of prelude portion. There will be a two or three week break now as I need to entirely rewrite the next portion to fit this comic format better. I’ll be at Rose City Comicon next weekend, so trying to update by then would be a bit of stretch to make happen. But a ride from Seattle to Portland and back? Prime writing time!

Taking a break will be good. I can write for this, and for Altra’s story, and for Mendacity. So going to mix up the fanwork with my original stuff for once. This PacRim thing is still the best practice I can get as I’m not so intent on making it perfect.
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driftandhivemind:

Hello Keter.
And we end this sort of prelude portion. There will be a two or three week break now as I need to entirely rewrite the next portion to fit this comic format better. I’ll be at Rose City Comicon next weekend, so trying to update by then would be a bit of stretch to make happen. But a ride from Seattle to Portland and back? Prime writing time!

Taking a break will be good. I can write for this, and for Altra’s story, and for Mendacity. So going to mix up the fanwork with my original stuff for once. This PacRim thing is still the best practice I can get as I’m not so intent on making it perfect.
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driftandhivemind:

Hello Keter.

And we end this sort of prelude portion. There will be a two or three week break now as I need to entirely rewrite the next portion to fit this comic format better. I’ll be at Rose City Comicon next weekend, so trying to update by then would be a bit of stretch to make happen. But a ride from Seattle to Portland and back? Prime writing time!

Taking a break will be good. I can write for this, and for Altra’s story, and for Mendacity. So going to mix up the fanwork with my original stuff for once. This PacRim thing is still the best practice I can get as I’m not so intent on making it perfect.

robots-of-the-discotech:

A drawing for alienfirst. It’s of Newton from PacRim but in my AU style. :) 

One of my favorite character designs from one of my favorite artists on Tumblr. You cannot get better than that. Love this style and I ADORE the AU concept (makes me want to know more about it that just the visual can’t tell me).

Day9 is a delight to watch online. Spellslingers is a great little show (and now that I guess I’ve gotten into Magic, I actually UNDERSTAND what is going ON), and watching the Hearthstone videos is just fantastic.
So here’s a silly little doodle of Day9 as the King of Manners with a doofy looking Coldlight Oracle. Because WHY NOT. I laughed far too hard at all the Naxxramas stuff.
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Day9 is a delight to watch online. Spellslingers is a great little show (and now that I guess I’ve gotten into Magic, I actually UNDERSTAND what is going ON), and watching the Hearthstone videos is just fantastic.
So here’s a silly little doodle of Day9 as the King of Manners with a doofy looking Coldlight Oracle. Because WHY NOT. I laughed far too hard at all the Naxxramas stuff.
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Day9 is a delight to watch online. Spellslingers is a great little show (and now that I guess I’ve gotten into Magic, I actually UNDERSTAND what is going ON), and watching the Hearthstone videos is just fantastic.

So here’s a silly little doodle of Day9 as the King of Manners with a doofy looking Coldlight Oracle. Because WHY NOT. I laughed far too hard at all the Naxxramas stuff.

Bitty baby Archimedes drawn by the every fabulous korybing and I could not be more giddy. Lookit dis cutie pie. Little math otter bunny kaiju.

Hermann ignores her for a week. A WEEK. The first week of her life Archimedes gets nothing more than food and water shoved in her face. Poor baby. Hermann regrets that entire week.

screechthemighty:

Super-pumped because I got to do a fic/art trade with alienfirst! This is her prompt art, for which I wrote a fic. The other half of the trade can be found over on her blog, featuring more awesome art, and more words by me. (Please keep the text if you reblog, the words go with the picture.)

It started with the dreams.

He dreamed of San Francisco, Anchorage, Hong Kong. He dreamed of battles and swirling alien landscapes. He dreamed of dying, again and again, in new and violent ways. Nuked. Decapitated. Blasted to a pulp and cut in half.

He dreamed of the Kaiju.

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Yooooo! This is awesome. This is super awesome and I love anything to do with Newt and ESPECIALLY if it has to do with him being not quite right in the head or body.

#WHY ARE WE SO MEAN TO NEWT: THE SAGA

This is a question for the ages. But I enjoy it so much.


Writing here is done by screechthemighty! We did that kind of writing/art swap/trade thing? You know, you do an art or some words and swap ‘em to then do words for the art and art for the words.
Was I stoked to get a story about bioluminescence? Heck yes I was.
It should go without saying, but please do not delete the text since the art was made to go with the story.

He was really mad. I think I might be vibrating from how pissed off I am levels of mad. I’m ranting loudly at my lab partner even though he wasn’t involved levels of mad. Newt wasn’t sure if Hermann was listening to anything he was saying, but he had to get it off his chest somehow. It was either this or screech at the people he was actually angry with. Satisfying as that would be, it would also land him in some serious trouble. He didn’t need that right now.
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“…I can’t believe these…these pricks think they can march in and tell me how to do my job,” he said as he paced around the lab. “Who the hell do they think they are, anyway?!”
“The people who fund us and make the rules?” Hermann’s question would probably be considered sarcastic in other circumstances. This time, though, Newt could hear the sympathy in it. It was Hermann’s way of defusing the situation with a joke. “I am sorry, Newton. I understand this is frustrating.”
“Damn right, it is!” Newt kept pacing and gesturing. “They don’t know the first thing about this, any of them. The fifty billion Kaiju blue cleanup disasters that have happened under their watch prove that. They don’t know shit about the Kaiju or how to deal with them, and yet there they are, safe and sound inland or on the fucking Atlantic coast…seriously, Great Britain can fuck the fuck off, I don’t see them in any immediate danger.”
Newt half-expected Hermann to gently lecture him on Great Britain’s contributions to the PPDC, and the fact that they were, technically, in just as much danger as everyone else. It was the kind of detail that Hermann usually couldn’t resist correcting. This time, however, he stayed silent. “It’s bullshit. It’s…” Newt growled and kicked the nearest gurney. It skittered away with a rusty clatter. “Fuck me, dude, this is such bullshit.”
Again, he expected some kind of admonition. That gurney didn’t do anything wrong kind of thing, quiet words that would calm him down or at least deflect his anger into doing something more productive. But Hermann was still quiet. Not just quiet; Hermann was staring, head tilted slightly, brow creased with confusion. Newt wasn’t sure why that bothered him so much. “What the hell are you looking at me like that for?” he snapped.
“…Newton, you’re glowing.”
And that just bothered him more. “Am I? Gee, thanks for noticing.” Newt rolled his eyes. “I’ve been glowing for fucking months, dude. You were there when the doctors said I wasn’t going to die or-”
“No, I mean…you’re glowing.”
Newt almost snapped that the extra emphasis on the word didn’t change anything, come on, dude. But he glanced down at his arms first, just to see what Hermann was talking about. The minute he got a good look at himself, any anger he felt was replaced by confusion. Turns out, the extra emphasis did change things.
Yes, he did glow now. That wasn’t news. For whatever reason, his body’s reaction to roughly a decade of exposure to dead Kaiju bits was to develop bioluminescent freckles, AKA the most useless superpower ever. But Newt had never lit up more brightly than a glow-in-the-dark Happy Meal toy—more or less invisible by day, glowing dully by night. Now? Well, now he looked like a damn flashlight. Even in the full light of the lab, he was visibly glowing. That had never happened before. “Wh-” Newt lifted his arm. “I…”
Newt’s mind raced, trying to find an explanation. He knew, from research he’d done both before and after he’d developed glowing freckles, that bioluminescence could be used for communication. It was possible that his body, in reaction to his increased stress levels, had decided he was in some kind of danger and felt the need to send a warning.
Am I…making a threat display at Hermann right now?
He was. He totally was. And judging by the slightly amused look that was forming on Hermann’s face, he knew it. “Don’t…” Newt felt his already-reddened face heat up more. “Don’t…don’t laugh at my bioluminescence you…oh my god.” This was humiliating. He was supposed to be getting angry about something, not getting embarrassed over his fucking day-glo freckles. “Just…shut up.Okay?” He started rolling down his sleeves. “Shut up.”
“I’m not saying anything.” Newt could hear the smile in Hermann’s voice. “Not a word.”
“Oh my god, dude, don’t even look at me right now.” He was still glowing through the sleeves of his shirt. Of all the days to wear white. He started looking for his jacket. “Can’t a guy get mad over something without this shit happening?! Come on.”
Hermann didn’t laugh. How he managed that was beyond Newt, because he would have been laughing his ass off if he were in Hermann’s position. Hermann was definitely smiling though. Newt probably should have been angry about that, but he wasn’t. “And for the record?” he added as he pulled on his jacket. “We will not look back on this and laugh. Never. We’re never bringing it up again.”
“Of course we won’t, Newton.”
That was a lie and they both knew it.
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Writing here is done by screechthemighty! We did that kind of writing/art swap/trade thing? You know, you do an art or some words and swap ‘em to then do words for the art and art for the words.
Was I stoked to get a story about bioluminescence? Heck yes I was.
It should go without saying, but please do not delete the text since the art was made to go with the story.

He was really mad. I think I might be vibrating from how pissed off I am levels of mad. I’m ranting loudly at my lab partner even though he wasn’t involved levels of mad. Newt wasn’t sure if Hermann was listening to anything he was saying, but he had to get it off his chest somehow. It was either this or screech at the people he was actually angry with. Satisfying as that would be, it would also land him in some serious trouble. He didn’t need that right now.
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“…I can’t believe these…these pricks think they can march in and tell me how to do my job,” he said as he paced around the lab. “Who the hell do they think they are, anyway?!”
“The people who fund us and make the rules?” Hermann’s question would probably be considered sarcastic in other circumstances. This time, though, Newt could hear the sympathy in it. It was Hermann’s way of defusing the situation with a joke. “I am sorry, Newton. I understand this is frustrating.”
“Damn right, it is!” Newt kept pacing and gesturing. “They don’t know the first thing about this, any of them. The fifty billion Kaiju blue cleanup disasters that have happened under their watch prove that. They don’t know shit about the Kaiju or how to deal with them, and yet there they are, safe and sound inland or on the fucking Atlantic coast…seriously, Great Britain can fuck the fuck off, I don’t see them in any immediate danger.”
Newt half-expected Hermann to gently lecture him on Great Britain’s contributions to the PPDC, and the fact that they were, technically, in just as much danger as everyone else. It was the kind of detail that Hermann usually couldn’t resist correcting. This time, however, he stayed silent. “It’s bullshit. It’s…” Newt growled and kicked the nearest gurney. It skittered away with a rusty clatter. “Fuck me, dude, this is such bullshit.”
Again, he expected some kind of admonition. That gurney didn’t do anything wrong kind of thing, quiet words that would calm him down or at least deflect his anger into doing something more productive. But Hermann was still quiet. Not just quiet; Hermann was staring, head tilted slightly, brow creased with confusion. Newt wasn’t sure why that bothered him so much. “What the hell are you looking at me like that for?” he snapped.
“…Newton, you’re glowing.”
And that just bothered him more. “Am I? Gee, thanks for noticing.” Newt rolled his eyes. “I’ve been glowing for fucking months, dude. You were there when the doctors said I wasn’t going to die or-”
“No, I mean…you’re glowing.”
Newt almost snapped that the extra emphasis on the word didn’t change anything, come on, dude. But he glanced down at his arms first, just to see what Hermann was talking about. The minute he got a good look at himself, any anger he felt was replaced by confusion. Turns out, the extra emphasis did change things.
Yes, he did glow now. That wasn’t news. For whatever reason, his body’s reaction to roughly a decade of exposure to dead Kaiju bits was to develop bioluminescent freckles, AKA the most useless superpower ever. But Newt had never lit up more brightly than a glow-in-the-dark Happy Meal toy—more or less invisible by day, glowing dully by night. Now? Well, now he looked like a damn flashlight. Even in the full light of the lab, he was visibly glowing. That had never happened before. “Wh-” Newt lifted his arm. “I…”
Newt’s mind raced, trying to find an explanation. He knew, from research he’d done both before and after he’d developed glowing freckles, that bioluminescence could be used for communication. It was possible that his body, in reaction to his increased stress levels, had decided he was in some kind of danger and felt the need to send a warning.
Am I…making a threat display at Hermann right now?
He was. He totally was. And judging by the slightly amused look that was forming on Hermann’s face, he knew it. “Don’t…” Newt felt his already-reddened face heat up more. “Don’t…don’t laugh at my bioluminescence you…oh my god.” This was humiliating. He was supposed to be getting angry about something, not getting embarrassed over his fucking day-glo freckles. “Just…shut up.Okay?” He started rolling down his sleeves. “Shut up.”
“I’m not saying anything.” Newt could hear the smile in Hermann’s voice. “Not a word.”
“Oh my god, dude, don’t even look at me right now.” He was still glowing through the sleeves of his shirt. Of all the days to wear white. He started looking for his jacket. “Can’t a guy get mad over something without this shit happening?! Come on.”
Hermann didn’t laugh. How he managed that was beyond Newt, because he would have been laughing his ass off if he were in Hermann’s position. Hermann was definitely smiling though. Newt probably should have been angry about that, but he wasn’t. “And for the record?” he added as he pulled on his jacket. “We will not look back on this and laugh. Never. We’re never bringing it up again.”
“Of course we won’t, Newton.”
That was a lie and they both knew it.
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Writing here is done by screechthemighty! We did that kind of writing/art swap/trade thing? You know, you do an art or some words and swap ‘em to then do words for the art and art for the words.

Was I stoked to get a story about bioluminescence? Heck yes I was.

It should go without saying, but please do not delete the text since the art was made to go with the story.

He was really mad. I think I might be vibrating from how pissed off I am levels of mad. I’m ranting loudly at my lab partner even though he wasn’t involved levels of mad. Newt wasn’t sure if Hermann was listening to anything he was saying, but he had to get it off his chest somehow. It was either this or screech at the people he was actually angry with. Satisfying as that would be, it would also land him in some serious trouble. He didn’t need that right now.

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