Seriously though, Y’all would like Animorphs.
It takes a concept that would fit a Saturday Morning Cartoon and deconstructs it painfully.
The concept of “Teenagers gain shapeshifting powers and fight off alien invasion” seems so friendly and trite and charming.
The teenagers [who are about 13 at the start of the series]
kill people both in battle and in cold blood, because that’s what they have to do
They have nightmares that make them dread sleep.
They’re impaled, shot, eviscerated, disemboweled, nearly bleed to death on a weekly basis, limbs come off, innocence is lost, sanity slips
There’s an entire book primarily composed of descriptions of physical and mental torture of a character
he’s not ~magically better~ the next book
Characters try to stop characters from killing their own family
Characters order characters to kill their own family
and go through with it
Friendships fall apart, innocence is shattered, genocides occur, sanity slips, morals are greyed to a hazy muck, ‘Bad guys’ aren’t so easily identifyable anymore, alliances are formed with ‘evil’ characters, alliances are broken and made by coersion and blackmail with ‘good’ characters, main characters die [And don’t come back, either]
All while keeping it a secret
Plus there’s really good POC and Lady representation and a canonically androgynous character. [Sometimes. it’s complicated.]
But hey, go ahead, make fun of the starfish cover. [She bludgeons someone to death with her own severed arm in that book anyway.]
Final inks, including digital corrections.
I’m sure all the relative sizes are way off. I don’t think ospreys are that big compared to baldies, and the harrier should probably be smaller? But obviously it is impossible to find ref of these dudes chillin’ on a branch together, soooo. <_<
Ugh. I didn’t mean to go so overboard with the inks because every time I do, I have no idea how to color it. :D
turns out i had no idea what a rhino looks like and wow they are really weird lookin animals
Some quick sketches before I crash for the night. A Gedd and another Arn.
Evolution on the Yeerk homework was stupid. Like, how does this even happen sort of stupid.
i could have sworn i have other things i need to be doing
whoops posted that and left but it looks like a lot of people are having trouble reading so here it is. not panel by panel because i’m too lazy for that, but hopefully this is more legible!
I DIDN’T KNOW THIS WAS A THING
Oh man I’m normally so leery of crossovers but there cannot be enough Animorphs stuff in this world. And also THIS IS REALLY GOOD. Like early Ax and early Cas are the same motherfucking folks. AND I JUST LIKE THIS VERY MUCH THANK YOU FOR THIS.
The things I am reminded of as I re-read the Animorphs.
I’d like to point out that this is after he sees that Cassie has Jake’s photo in her locker.
I’d like to point out that a while ago I got drunk and did some colouring in.
I swear, every single person I’ve met in my generation who knows what thermals are read Animorphs when they were younger.
It’s like a secret handshake.
Guys. This is the best Animorphs vid I have ever seen.
We can’t tell you who we are ~ Animorphs DreamCast by stephantom
Jake: Gregory Smith
Cassie: Keke Palmer
Rachel: Evan Rachael Wood
Tobias: Andrew Garfield
Marco: Tyler Posey
Ax: Jesse Williams
Tom: Chris Evans
Visser One: Jennifer Lopez
For a plot-relevant description, check out the vidder’s description on YouTube (which has spoilers for the ending).
[0:03 bass begins as] fade in on a seagull in the sky; a snake swims through blue ocean across the sun. We can’t tell you who we are.
0:06 a butterfly in a forest; upside-down shot of shadows of some people walking along a sandy beach. Or where we live.
0:10 a crowded school corridor (Jake stands in their midst, looking straight at us); space thick with stars and dust. The thing you should know is that everyone is in trouble.
fade to five abstract silhouettes. Yeah. Even you. [fade to black]
[0:21 booming percussion begins; fade in to] space, Earth hanging above; a bright dot streaks under and toward it.
0:24 two velociraptor-clawed feet pass close by, at ground-level, from the view of someone hiding under a table
close-up: a slimy Yeerk on a human ear
huge worm-like Taxxons rear up, waving their circular mouths
a Yeerk leaving an ear
0:30 some hosts being controlled, touching/shaking their heads
a glowing blue cube; multiple hands touch it
double helix of DNA floats by
0:39 backlit silhouettes obscured by bright haze/smoke — title: ANIMORPHS [percussion becomes more complex, bringing in snare drum]