Hello Internet. Thanks to the efforts of Tumblrnation bloggers I have been indoctrinated into the fabulous and positive world that is these guys…
One of the best things about these two is their seemingly unparalleled ability to praise and increase a positive outlook in the world without disregarding the realities of that world. They address problematic issues, teach and advocate larger concepts and come from such a powerful and positive mindset that a mere two shows (or one swap as I think of it) manages to get me jazzed and ready to tackle my day. Good thing too, because sometimes (and by some, I mean all) the world is pretty rough place.
So, in an effort to pay it forward I’m going to raise the amount of awesome in the world by hooting and crowing about people I think are raising the amount of awesome in their own fantastic way.
The links I’ve posted should give you an idea of why I think these girls are raising awesome in the world, but let me tell you how they’ve raised it for me.
First up is the Bookwormwithanattitude, who I will call Comic Book Girl or CBG for short.
I first found CBG while wandering the vast realms of fanfiction.net in search of Cassandra Cain fics. Most were middling, a few were nice, but the consistent gold came from CBG, herself an aspiring professional writer.
In addition to being a crackerjack writer of fanfictions of Cass, she also covered Batgirl as a whole mythos and did it in her Crisis of Infinite Batgirls fic, which, while doesn’t hold up under plot scrutiny, the themes at work carry brilliantly. I was in tears come the climax and cheering in my little cubicle where I should have been doing my job rather than getting emotional about a fan’s take on some enjoyable characters. She would then take these themes and use them as the groundwork honed to perfection in the Wonder Woman/Sailor Moon crossover, For Love and Justice. CBG is topshelf fanficcer and Athena willing, she’ll go on to be a paid-for writer because she has some badassery to share.
So aside from catering to me, a nice thing, how does she go awesome and raise it?
Well, first, she was so good at the Batgirl thing, she turned me into a Stephanie Brown fan and sent me hurtling into the incredibly enjoyable maxi-run that Steph earned as the Aubergine Avenger version of Batgirl. She also got me to care about Hermione Granger in a completely new way in her other fics, which caused even more crying, and, then, THEN, I found her Tumblr and she championed portrayal in popular media I used.
CBG as an internet personality asks those questions that still gets speakers booed out of panels and common geek spaces. She not only brings up her favorite heroines and characters, devoting whole swaths of her blog to who they are and their CMOA, she explains those instances and, by proxy, makes you a better informed fan too. My appreciation for Wonder Woman has grown thanks to CBG.
She writes stories that don’t get written a lot due to how the system works and she doesn’t get jaded in the process. She thinks Love and Justice is a real thing and believes it can be shared in cheesy speeches and slick fight scenes and you. Will. Believe.
CBG needs more fanart of what she does, so when I share her again, everyone can have eye-catching visuals that will guide them to read really good things written by a budding mind of our generation and one that will not let the naysayers pollute her message.
Speaking of resisting polluted messages…
Many of you might already know Yamino thanks to her non-part in the recent Friendship is Magic controversy that burned at least three Internets and one minor Youtube in its fervor. Those of you who came to her in that capacity have completely missed the Wagon Train of Fun.
She is one of those Good Artists you hear about.
And as much as I would LOVE to claim cred about being there at the beginning, I had to re-hitch to her Wagon Train to the Fun because I just couldn’t initially deal with how cool she was.
I found her webcomic, Sister Claire, so long ago and so weird ago I just could not process it. I had to do some growing up, some realizing that the world is full of so much possibility and potential that a messenger from God could in fact come from the toilet and be a Smurf-colored, bubble woman of jaw-dropping beauty. That is not the weirdest thing in Sister Claire, not by a long shot, and you do yourself a discredit not to at least check it out.
No, I hitched onto Yamino through her Avatar fanart. Specifically THIS ONE. It was funny, gross and off-beat. Part 2 was even better.
Like CBG, Yamino gave me something as an entertainment consumer I wasn’t getting and she was giving it to me in challenging ways. Where CBG soft-educated me, Yamino threw curveballs; the best part being that I never felt affronted whenever she threw them my way. Shipping, new social justice discussions, finding Yamino online is like seeing a girl cackling in a bouncy house so you hop in and find the world in there with you and it makes you cackle right along.
I could easily cite many ways that Yamino raises the amount of awesome, but just scrolling her Tumblr will show you that. She’s funny without being demeaning, she’s opinionated without being limiting, she’s gregarious without losing her professionalism and lastly, and most importantly, she responded to my internet honesty about my crush on her. Her world is bubblegum pink and skyline blue and really, we could all use such color in our lives.
I believe I’ve crowed for these two Awesome Raising ladies enough, so I’ll leave you to peruse their wares and make your own judgments.