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thepiecesofcait · 12 days ago
Hello! just wanted to say, I got my link to the PDF of your Miserable Month and it looks fantastic! I'm so glad I got the preorder, there are definitely illos I missed and they are all so wonderful! Thanks for making them available this way!
Hello!
Thank you! I have been hoarding this ask for weeks because it brings me such joy to read - this little zine project has consumed so much of my life these past few months, and there’s definitely been moments I’ve wanted to walk away from it completely, BUT! I DIDN’T! And I am so so so proud of how everything has turned out!
Also - as of today all of the preorders are officially on their way! (Technically they have been for a fortnight, but I called in some help with posting to take the edge off of shipping rates between Australia and the US, and that leg of the shipping took a hot minute)
Everyone that ordered a copy should have received an email through Etsy with their tracking number by now, and they should be arriving within the next week or so! I am so excited for people to finally be getting their copies, and I am so so thankful for everyone that supported this project!
Once all the zines arrive at their new homes I’ll be listing my leftover copies on my Etsy store, so if anyone wanted one but missed out on the preorder window keep an eye out for that :)
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sanstropfremir · a month ago
Okay, time for my weekly rant so buckle up. The vocal stages were okay-I cant really remember them well because I watched them only once so take what I say with a grain of salt. Well I watched the Spark one once and I only got through half of the other one because I can’t stand ballads especially when there’s no interesting movement on stage to keep me engaged. Like it’s no fault of the members themselves or the song (I actually think their singing was incredibly beautiful and Eunkwang always sings like his wife just left him with the kids which is how you know he’s good) but I physically could not pay attention. That’s why I liked the spark stage a bit better-there was enough movement that I was able to focus on it. I really liked the use of the fire and the way they were walking in and out of the frame trading off parts so there weren’t too many awkward moments where the other members where on stage but not doing anything. The opening was gorgeous with each members being lit by the spotlight as they harmonize. So stagewise, I prefer Spark but vocally I think the other group was stronger. I love Spark and Taeyon is such an incredible vocalist (I mean the song is great because of her) so I don’t get why their delivery was, I don’t want to say weak, but subdued might be a better word. The only one that really stood out was Junhoe (but also that man couldn’t not stand out even if he tried, not with that incredibly rasp) and even he seemed to be holding himself back a bit. Though it was a bit slow it built up well to the two last choruses but still the first half could have been stronger. I know they were trying to draw it out to a strong pay off but I don’t really know if it was enough. And yes the suits were *chef’s kiss*. I think at this point in their career the FNC stylist has put SF9 in so many suits they’ve got it down to a science. Also I’m a sucker for those shirts with the triangle cut out and we got not one but two of them here.
Okay moving on, I’m not sure which group was next but I’ll talk about the Ikon stage. It seems like they finally realized that they’re on a performance based competition show so they decided to pull out the big guns. Love the little skit at the beginning (making sure people don’t forget that they’re YG), it was cute and refreshing. I really appreciated how they leaned into the campy acting in this stage (Stray kids did it too-just adding to the similarities between their stages). The song was meh but I also don’t really like BP especially not their recent stuff so it’s not a big deal. I would have preferred if they had gone with another song maybe Whistle or As If It’s Your Last or if they’d done a 2NE1 song like Chanwoo mentioned some point in the episode. I also think the stage would have been way smoother if they’d let Ikon and Lisa interact. Like if the boys appeared in her set after her section and then they all moved back to the first jungle set and then the whole thing turns gold and they did a dramatic outfit change (but with better jackets because theirs look like they came out of Party City). I also get what you mean about the dancers outfits not being that great. I actually really liked the outfits of Lisa’s dancers in isolation but they didn’t match with her or the set so they threw me off a bit. At least with the ikon members they were going for a modern look so the dancers outfits didn’t look that strange in comparison. Do you think it would have been better if they were white? How would you have improved then? The best way I can describe this performance was that it was a stage, stuff happened, I enjoyed myself but I don’t plan to revisit it anytime soon. Oh and we also have to give points for them cursing on national television not once but twice (at this point Jinwan deserves to say fuck).
Now to Stray Kids. So I feel like I need to preface this with the fact that I am actually a stray kids fan (I won’t call myself a stay because I don’t associate with the fandom) and though I’ve been really critical of them and their stages tend to be my least favorite I still have a soft spot for them (I got into this show because of them after all). I loved, loved, loved the intro with Felix (and yes his biggest flaw is that he’s Australian but I forgive him for it) and the way it immediately transitions into the chorus of DDD-the abrupt transition does fit really well with the Deadpool theme and I guess it is the closest they’re going to get to the feeling of yeeting themselves into traffic like in the movie. Interesting choice to start with the chorus. Now that I’m rewatching it I do really wish they stuck with the comic theme. I think that’s my gripe with SKZ-they have a lot of good ideas but they move on too quickly from them. Just pick a handful of things and sprinkle them throughout instead of cycling through them at breakneck speed. Like okay they’re doing Deadpool and he’s a comic character so keep the comic styling (it would have been a good thing to put in the projection behind Seungmin’s scene), maybe in the subway they could have had some fight choreo so the guns coming in at Lee Knows part aren’t out of nowhere (also someone please tell me they were trying to recreate the meme with the cat and the knives, please I need to know). I absolutely agree that them having a goal or an antagonist would have really helped the story along. I mean they literally have a spoken intro so why couldn’t Felix just tell us who they were fighting (and I’m pretty sure in the movie Wade tells us he’s trying to kill Francis in that scene sooo). As always they put more focus on the rappers (please can we get less Changbin and more Seungmin, Jeongin, or Lee Know or at least give Felix more parts). Seungmin was the real mvp of this stage and he had the best outfit (I think it qualifies for Hanya’s best gay little outfit list). Personally I with they hadn’t gone with Gods Menu again. I’ve been hoping that they would perform My Pace (and maybe remix it with their B-side TA off their Go Live album) because that would be such a fun stage. Again, I enjoyed myself but I won’t revisit it anytime soon. At this point the only groups I actually look forward to are BTOB and SF9 (they’re doing fucking Move and I don’t know whether to be excited or terrified-there’s a clip of Taeyang covering Move from a variety show or interview and I think he does it really well so I know at least one of them can pull it off). Again thanks for creating space where I can info dump and I hope I said something of interest to you!
i think you wrote more than me!! i love this, im gonna put my response under a cut im not being super obnoxious on the dash.
i get that the mayfly stage would be not as visually stimulating for people and usually i would count myself in with that crowd because i love a good spectacle but i think because i watched the spark stage first and my colour perception is sometimes weird so when there's a lot of movement with very little colour variation my tiny pea brain loses track of whats happening really quickly. especially with red. so it was kind of difficult for me to pay attention to the spark stage in the second half. also i absolutely HATE watching people flub on stage because it brings up such visceral secondhand feelings that i couldn't even watch the stage when i started the full episode today.
i love a good suit but you know what i would also love: sf9 in more costume variations. tbh im just getting nitpicky about it because im a costume designer down to the core and i got trained by a designer who specialized in doing avant garde costuming so i tend to skew more towards wild than reserved. it looks like the move stage wont be be suits so ill take it, but oh man to do i want to see some really crazy stuff. which i know they'll never do because idols have to be pretty at all times or the fans get mad but oh i want it so badly.
do you mean how i would improve ikon's backup dancers outfits or lisa's? here why dont i do both. for lisa's dancers i would have just done away with that harness shape all together, its almost exclusively a military style. the jackets by themselves would have been fine but really what they should have done was put them in something that matched the gold but contrasted enough to give them shape. by having at least her dancers in all black on a gold stage there was a lot of "haha look at me do a duck walk because lets throw in some voguing for spice." they could have gone with a mesh bodysuit idea similar to what she was wearing or even just different colour coats. as for ikon's backup dancers, firstly pants. not black. or even a longer skirt. genuinely a part of the reason why i dont watch girl group content is because i HATE the hem length of the shorts they make everyone wear. words cannot describe how much i hate that cut. kpop is so obsessed with showing off women's bodies and especially their legs but they do it in the LEAST flattering way possible because it "can't be too risqué," just shoot me now. i hate it. i hate it so fucking much. yea yea everybody was on cocaine in the 80s whatever but at least they were all wearing french cut bodysuits so their legs looked fantastic. stop interrupting the lines!! anyways. pants so the only section of skin showing is thigh to mid calf, especially because they weren't even doing any fun legwork! if they really wanted to keep the full sleeve bodysuits they shout have done them in a fabric with a texture or external embellishments, like a patent/vinyl or sequins/rhinestones. something to catch the stage lights so we can actually see the shape of the limb. but the easiest way to fix it is literally just cut the arms off the bodysuits. stages are lit to show off skin, sometimes the best way to have something be seen is just to have it bare.
i agreed skz cycles through ideas way too fast, they need to just pick a couple and stick them out through the stage instead of just adding more and more different ones throughout. also ok good someone else noticed that there is just...so much changbin. we don't need that much changbin. i know there's other boys in the group let them do something! also im pretty sure theyre not recreating the cat knife meme but actually the promo image from john wick chapter two, which i also could have sworn i saw a deadpool version of as an instagram ad back when movies were happening, but now that im looking for it it doesn't exist so i might be crazy.
im excited for the move stage but im also trepidatious because...its move. i have NO clue what the concept is from the previews so i just hope its weird enough to take it enough out of the taemin context for me to enjoy it.
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dadzathechaosgod · 5 months ago
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Favourite Stream Moments!
Streamed by Philza on Twitch on Wednesday 13th of January
SUB SERVER TOUR TODAY POOOG
it got reset today rip
AUDIO IS IMMEDIATELY SCUFFED RIP
good start dadza
he’s got no idea why that keeps happening
he really just locked down the server and deleted it riiiip
people filled in a google doc to showcase their builds so he’s gonna tour it now then make it into a stream!
IAN IS HERE POG
HI UNCLE IAN
starting at spawn pog
spawn is the only area that’s claimed, so phil can make it into whatever they want
after the christmas tree kristin and ian made it a doomclock!!!
which ticked over without really anyone knowing lmaooo
should’ve paid attention 4head
PRIME FOX PRIME WHEN FOX
noo ian don’t kill him!!!
prime fox had to be put in barrier blocks bc he got stolen by people lmaooo
… ian is changing his skin??
WHY DOES PHIL HAVE GOD ENCHANTED WINGS LMAOO
ian is just a floating head now
IAN IS WEARING AN ORANGEZA OUTFIT
HOLY- there’s a hidden bedrock area under spawn
it’s an ice rink lmao
there’s an enitre underground build around the bedrock area pog
it’s a casino?
people on here are so dedicated wow
lmaooo there’s a hidden entrance where you have to fly through the void then up into a one hole gap
it takes you to the secret casino!
THERE’S A SECRET VAULT NOBODY HAS SEEN IT
it’s just a god apple lmao
BEST MOD ROOM POG
it’s just a shrine ian made for himself lmao
he tp’d some people into it then right out again lol
dragon pog
PREZ KILLED THE ENDER DRAGON AND GOT THE EGG POG
ian has a statue that gets snowballed in the face lmao
there’s a friend!!
oh its called niavi lol
ooooh there’s a sans and there’s no map art plugin so someone actually made it
the snowman that’s snowballing ian is actually breaking through a castle wall lmao
christmas build pog!
aww the people who made it actually put really good presents randomly around the map!
netherroof hub pog
pvp arena??
ah nether and end were open, and every once in a while someone brought a bed or a crystal and things would explode
but there’s also a lot of community projects!
HOTTUB???? C U R S E D
hottub in the nether pog
(ian made it through commands)
CONNECT 4 POG?
there’s an obsession with it on the sub server apparently lmao
ian played it a lot as well lol
oh pog spaceship? the colours are so pretty
HOLY- HAND MADE ELYTRA COURSE POG
time for the right music!!!!
YOOOO ITS SO COOL
i love the end part with the floating endrods
and the starting point is like a spaceship!!
AWW THEIR FACES ARE IN THE WALL!!
ooooooh excavated stronghold
it looks so awesome!!!
lmaooo there are baby zombies inside
D O M E is very pog
oh it’s called “glorified cowfarm” lmaoooo
FRIEND
WE FOUDN SANS AND PAPYRUS
oohh invaderbekk made them!!!
floating island pog!!
it’s called the islands of possibility aww
COMMUNIST ELMO POG
pt 2: the gateway is really pog!!! awesome end portal
there’s a pillar of water at spawn lmaoooooo
GLITCHED ARROW
LIKE THE ONE GRAIN FOUND IN HERMITCRAFT ITS IN THE BAMBOO
they broke the bamboo BUT IT LIVES
aww ian attempted to get hit by it but it missed
THE ARROW IS GONE RIP
LGBT+ GANG POG
lol phil actually protected the lgbt+ gang sign he made aww
the mansion next to it wasn’t actually made for it but got adopted into it lol
there’s a chapel in there pog!
phil says the server is weird but tbh it’s just cute and pog i think
aww cute message!
it’s honestly an awesome base just in terms of efficiency?
IT’S THE LOST AND FOUND LMAO
THE MAKER OF IT STEALS PEOPLES STUFF THEN PUT THEM IN HERE WHEN SHE HEARD THE SERVER WAS RESETTING LMAOOOOOO
there’s even stolen animals lol
now don’t look at the names of the items, just the signs lmao
legendary behaviour
lurkerland lmao for the tommy offline peeps
they got haunted by phil and ian on halloween lol
THE MAPART OF THE KRISTIN EMOTE IS THERE TO LOOK AT YOU THROUGH THE WINDOW LMAO
rip geoffrey, long live geoffrey 2 :)
phil giveth and taketh away
“just like i took the server away today :)”
he gave them a death message lmao
there’s a connect 4 stage here as well lol
“game of the gods”
THERE’S A DIFFERENT ELMO AS WELL
NON-CAPITALIST ELMO
REEEE
lmao thanks for the warning “some of these items are not safe for twitch”
mars base pog! very fitting in a badlands
D O M E
oh my god he doesn’t even have potatoes shame on him
awww cute little house!
SUB TO PHILZA
blue
it’s so adorable honestly
bee :)
ALL HAIL COMMUNIST ELMO
ITS A CUBE OF MAPART LMAO
UNDERTALE NOTEBLOCKS LMAO
PHIL ACTUALLY GOT UP AND LEFT HIS CHAIR LMAOOOOO
oohhh i love this build! it uses diorite actually really well pog
awesome underwater build!!!!
when will project bioshock return dadza
even ian wants it
D O M E
a lot of netherite blocks on the server were won by a group of people who tore down a farm build out of obsidian in 45 minutes poggg
phil was there the whole time so the ones that attempted to get netherite without doing any work lmaoo
ENDLANTIS SHADERS POG
pretty geode!!
big boi rocket pog
its so in the middle of nowhere lol
a topic of high controversy?
ah it was an attempt to lag the server (although not confirmed) bc its a too efficient creeper farm lol
it’s basically the exact opposite of the nethervoid
CUSTOM PORTAL WOW
woooow this is an old build on the server but it’s absolutely awesome
rip the iron golem
ian and phil just went ham on instinct
“we’re speedrunning now phil”
the iron farm is scuffed bc it’s so old lmao
oh criron farm pog
its iron x creeper farm pog
enbee-hive awww pog!
d i a m o n d s
natural beefarm pog!
panic room pog?
ITS A DRUGS LAB LMAOOOO
ofcourse there’s also a sans
there’s a final control room reference as well lmao
“we’ve corrupted them”
lmao this next location is a shrine from when phil banned someone for xraying lmao
it’s basically a philcult location
D O M E
this thing is massive wtf
the hole boys lmao
PREZ BUILD POG
oh ian worked on this as well
it’s incredible holy-
(haha, hole-y)
it’s all customised as well it’s wild
probably biggest group-effort build on the overworld pog
there’s a connect 4 island here lmao
people would just hang out here at one point lol
and a bunch of cages with rare mobs
“it’s such a pretty build as well-there’s me.”
awww sidecave with a hardcore heart
BDAY CAKES FOR EVERY BDAY PREZ HAS
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PREZ
GIANT ZOMBIE GIVES UPON A THRONE
he sits
Dave jr.
LMAO HES NAMETAGGED AS IANS TWITCH
oooh it’s such a pretty storage room!!
PHIL JUST BROKE A CHEST OOPS
AND THEN IAN TP’D HIM RIP
gotta go fix
lmao he went into survival but he could’ve just flexed admin powers
HE REROLLED THE THING BUT IT WENT WRONG AND NOW HALF IS MISSING LMAO HE SCUFFED IT
aww a little sandcastle
END BUILD POG
made by the janitor of the end lmao
he ran dragon respawn saturdays?
ian may or may not have spawned like ten dragons sometimes
lmao during the week people would hollow out the obsidian towers, then it would respawn on saturday
also more water where water isn’t supposed to be
TUBBO IS ON THE BOARD FOR THE END BUILD
phil was talking to tubbo one night, and tubbo didn’t know about the sub server lol and phil op’ed tubbo, which was an incredibly mistake
tubbo used commands phil didn’t even know existed lmao
tubbo goes absolutely insane when given admin powers lmaooo
he killed so many people
to be fair they started it, which is why phil gave him op
the build is also pog bc it’s almost indestructible when it comes to the dragon
enderman farm pog!
it was so popular people just started hanging out there aww
phil made it bedrock even
SUBSCRIBE TO TECHNOBLADE MOOSHROOM
this isn’t even an enderman farm anymore this is just a mall lmao
it’s the same way an airport is not just a sub goal
SUB GOAL POG
15K SUBS WHOOOOOO
MOMZA IS HERE AND SCARED HIM LOL
SHE HAS CONFETTI LOL
EYELINER STREAM FRIDAY LOL
phil is gonna end up like f1inn5ter is he doesn’t watch out lol
EARCHECK POG
THERE’S SIGNS FOR THE CORRECT EARS POG
lol this is actually the first time phil has used this enderman farm
BEST XP FARM ON THE SERVER NOW
it’s huuuuuuge
it’s the second version of the one that got taken down in 45min lol
YOOOOOOOOOOOOO that’s awesome when ian killed that zombie piglin
lol they’re still following ian in spectator mode lol
the pleb trap lmaoo
old skool mob farm pog
the music rn is the original minecraft music as well lmao it fits so perfectly
lol it’s build incorrectly so phil roasted it
phil hasn’t seen the polar express
ohhh it’s got the full song throughout the train!!
there’s a cabins for the full sbi pog
WORLD BORDER POG
phil ian and kristin decided one day to go to the world border and build stuff in the plus plus corner
there’s an end-of-the-world bar!
and there was epic loot here, so two people came here first and 4 or 5 people in total have reached it
there’s a casual end portal if people want to get home lol
but the people that reached it build their houses near aww
lol phil posted a picture of him and kristin laying down there and the discord freaked out that there was actually stuff there
phil was here when people reached it!
there’s actually a hard barrier past the world border
there’s a journal of the journey lol
IT’S GOT 21 PAGES
this is incredible, worth watching this clip (little over 2 hours in) just for the journal lmao
DEVILSGREEN MADE IT SHES THE THIEF WHO MADE THE LOST AND FOUND
also rip the file size of the server, it doubled due to these trips
it’s actually over 500 gigabites oof
rip the soundeffects actually break due to the world border
BOX OF POTATO BOXES
“techno is shaking”
imagine walking outside of your base and just looking at the world border
lmao someone was strip mining along the world border
back at the tommy offliners but this time its an underwater build
lol it’s another creeperfarm
LAST BUILD NOW
they didn’t submit the coords but ian knows the location so you know its pog
yoooo this literally looks like it was made in creative
he’s such an awesome builder wow
THERE’S A FOOD TRUCK
“hi welcome to chili’s”
aww ian is never roleplaying again bc phil shot him down
some of his buildings are giving xisuma vibes and others more scar/bdubs
PHIL BROKE THE DOOR LMAO
LOL THERE’S A SECRET CHEST WHERE THE DRAGON EGG WAS HIDDEN AT ONE POINT WHEN IT WAS STOLEN LMAO
anyway 100% this dude watches hermits, he’s got the buildings and the redstone for it
actually @ hermits i nominate this dude i don’t remember his name but he fits right in
THE ZOMBIE MASTER AND VILLAGERS ARE BEST FRIENDS
rip this entire server, it’s very pog but also dead
a new map will be made and preloaded as much as possible
there probs won’t be a world download because it’s so incredibly big lol
server stat time!
the overworld was 108gb, the nether was 403gb wtf
and the end realm 76
352gb total wow
4430 unique players have joined, that’s wild
lol if they ever put another doomclock somewhere people are gonna freak out so much
SOMEONE GUESSED A DATE TO RELEASE A BUNCH OF WITHERS
IAN IS UNCLAIMING THE LAND  SO THEY ACTUALLY WOULD DO DAMAGE
they were off by one day rip
LMAO THE WITHERS DIDN’T EVEN SPAWN BC THEY USED A THING THAT PUSHED UP THE SOULSAND BUT IT ONLY SPAWNS BY PLACING THE HEADS LMAOOOOO
IT WOULD’VE FAILED
TIME TO FINISH OFF WITH A SNOOP DOG LETS GO
phil was gonna stream with techno and ranboo but techno woke up late so he ended up doing the sub server tour!
ian is gonna show what could’ve happened lol
lol it’s really loud and laggy but not much is actually happening
IAN SPAWNED IN SNOWMEN THE WITHERS ARE GOING HAM
free earcheck
rip my ears
the snowmen didn’t even die bc they’re friendly and in a claim
this could’ve gone on infinitely lol
anyway, TIME TO PURGE THE WEAK
awww this was actually really sweet and wholesome and kinda sad, but i also cant wait for the next season of the sub server
We’re raiding TaneeshaHogan , who we raided at the request at her boyfriend ages ago and she’s now become partner!!
she fits in really well and has got an awesome hardcore world pog
GARBAGE DAYYY
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progressivestupidity · 11 months ago
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IZ week 2020
so i wasn’t gonna do this because I didn’t think the prompts were very good for writing to, but I remembered the last day’s prompt was “role swap” so I decided to do something small and quick for it. this is all 7 days in one post. the first and last ones are drabbles and one of them is an au idea
@invader-zim-week​ here u go!!!
Day 1. Angst or Fluff 
Zim’s denial skills are god tier, but even they have their limits.
Drabble. I think this is the turning point for my eventual found family au
“When are you going to get it through your thick head that the Tallests aren’t coming?” Dib flings his arms out wide in his exasperation
“They’re just…!” Zim fumbles a bit, clenching and unclenching his fists. “The Armada is a million light years away! It takes time to travel that far, obviously. It took me six of your months to get here from Conventia and the Massive is further away from here now than that. They’ll come! You’ll see! And then you’ll be sorry!” Zim’s face is drawn tight. He’s tense all over, shoulders drawn up to his jaw, antennae pressed flat to his head, and normally Dib prides himself on reading Zim like an open book, but he’s too far gone in his own annoyance to see the warning signs.
It’s because he doesn’t see these red flags that Dib proceeds to stick his own foot in his mouth with his next words. “Maybe if you weren’t such an idiot and opened your eyes, you’d see the truth—that they dumped you here to get rid of you.”
“YOU THINK I DON’T KNOW THAT?” Zim explodes, planting his tiny hands in Dib’s chest and shoving. The boy lands painfully on his ass. “I’m not stupid, Dib.” His name is spat like an insult. “I know they don’t care about me! Why do you think I try so hard?”
Dib gapes at Zim, looking up at him for once, stunned into silence. “I.” He swallows. “You know?”
“Of course, I know.” Zim’s voice is a low hiss and his eyes are narrowed to slits. “You don’t get banished and then just get over it. You don’t get put on trial to defend your life, forced to relive your worse mistakes, and get sentenced to death, only to be saved by freak miracle, and never acknowledge it happened.” Zim takes a deep breath and crosses his arms over his chest. Dib supposes he means for it to look intimidating, but it looks more like he’s holding himself together. “I’ve always known.”
“Why do you try so hard then? If you’ve always known there was no point?” Dib has to ask, has to know, has to hear the words from Zim’s own mouth.
Zim purses his lips and turns away. “There was always a point.” He falls silent for a moment, one antenna twitching up a bit in thought. “I just… I thought if I was just a little better, if I accomplished something important for once, that… I don’t know, that maybe I’d.” He pauses and grits his teeth. “Maybe if I actually managed to take over this filthy planet I’d be worth something for once.”
Day 2. Be Gay Do Crime (LGBTQA+ headcannons)
Dib is bi/pan/demi-ro, Gaz is lesbian, Zim is ace/demi-ro
Headcanons.
Dib seems like the kind of guy that would both take whatever kind of relationship he could get, but also appreciate it. Dib isn’t afraid to work for what he wants and isn’t afraid of things that are “not normal” so I see him being the type to not care about the gender of whoever he eventually decides to date. However, because Dib’s been burned in the past, he would need a deep and sincere emotional relationship to see someone as a potential romantic partner.
Gaz is just a big lesbian. Girls, man.
Zim is ace all the way baby!!! He’s just not interested, and sure, part of that is me projecting, but it just feels right for Zim to just… not care. He has no interest and doesn’t care for sexual attraction regardless of whether or not Irkens do/can/will have sex or not. On the other hand, Zim has expressed a softer side before and I can see him being able to maybe eventually develop romantic feelings for someone if he actually manages to get close enough to them for those kinds of feelings to even emerge. It would take a lot of time and a deep, meaningful friendship, but Zim has shown he’s capable of love. He just has to let himself feel it.
  Day 3. Fandom Appreciation
Found family fuck yeah
Headcanons.
I’m still in the process of thinking about how I wanna go about my found family au so here’s just some initial ideas
After ETF, Zim self isolates for a bit. The florpus hole was his Last Ditch Effort plan and had it succeeded, he knew he would have been destroyed too. He was okay with it. He had made peace with it. However, it failed, and now he’s forced to reflect on said failure
The Massive doesn’t escape the florpus. They’re gone, completely. If they the ship does manage to get out, it’s not in one piece
I initially couldn’t decide if The Trial should come Before ETF or After but I think im gonna say before so the Massive doesn’t have to come back lmao
Before too long, Zim jumps back into the planning/scheming swing of things, but his ideas are never more than petty crimes and being a huge annoyance
Dib gets really annoyed with him and they have a big argument
Zim finally admits to knowing of his own Defectiveness
Dib reluctantly feels bad for him and backs off a bit to let Zim have his space
Zim, however, sees this as a betrayal and redoubles his efforts to get his attention
Somewhere along the way, Skoodge comes back and Zim backs off of Dib a bit, having someone else to focus attention on
Dib eventually begins to offer Zim his hand in friendship (phrased as a truce at first) and they finally make steps towards getting along
They realize they actually really like being friends
Zim eventually realizes that he’s made a life for himself, outside of the Empire
Eventually Zim, Skoodge, GIR, Minimoose, Dib, and Gaz form their own little family and explore space and hunt cryptids
(I love cryptid hunter and space exploration aus holy shit)
Day 4. If IZ had a different setting/time period
Cyberpunk??? Sure
Potential idea maybe.
Cyberpunk dystopian future
Aliens and humans intermingle, both on and off Earth
The Irken Empire has gotten bigger
Technology is advanced and cybernetics are widely known/produced
Idk man I don’t know a lot about cyberpunk, maybe this should be more for the aesthetic
Day 5. Aesthetic
Big shrug man idk
Headcanons, thoughts.
I’m a big fan of fashion Zim, and whenever I get the chance I give him clothes that are both cute and comfortable
Galaxy print leggings are a personal favorite of mine to give him
One time I wrote a little ficlet/oneshot where he wore a skirt. I should publish that some day
Uhhhhhh okay so. Dib has veeeeeery big early 2000s emo/punk vibes tbh
Scene kid GIR always makes me laugh
Gaz could pull off pastel goth like no one’s business
I’ve been here long enough to witness emo/scene hair wig Zim and his eventual fall lmfao
Pretty much everyone that redesigned them back in the day gave Zim emo kid hair that fall perfectly over one eye it was WILD
 Day 6. What if IZ was a different Genre?
Uhhhh does “fantasy instead of scifi” count?
Potential idea maybe. (oops it ended up being a fantasy/modern magic au haha ooooops)
Instead of being an alien, I had the idea of, maybeeeeee Irkens are like. Elves maybe, or perhaps some kind of fae. (I don’t know much about fae, oops)
Okay bear with me here, this is all coming together in real time.
The Irkens (which is what I’m gonna call their clan or faction or subrace or whatever) still want to be the rulers or something over the humans/other mystical beings. This world of magic is hidden from humans and they live blissfully unaware. There are invaders all over the place, using magic and glamors to trick humans into thinking they’re also humans. Zim is one such invader and just to happens to end up in Dib’s town, whereupon he enrolls in Dib’s school, pretending to be a transfer student.
I have no idea why or how the Irkens invade or what methods they use, but since my biggest experience with elves is through DND, I’m going to say they’re functionally similar to certain DND elf races.
So anyway, Zim ends up in Dib’s class and Zim’s glamor just Doesn’t Work on Dib for whatever reason (maybe Dib passed his Wisdom saving throw while literally everyone else failed, idk) and so Dib can immediately see Zim for what he is.
Dib is still into paranormal type stuff, though in his world, he’s less about cryptids and aliens and more about the magical species/world(s) that he KNOWS exists. His big goal in his au is similar to canon in that he wants to expose it all for recognition and love from his father.
Zim, meanwhile, he just wants to prove himself, just like canon. I can’t decide how I want the Irken hierarchy to go in this au—that’s something to think about later, when I have more time—but whatever it is, Zim is either a) not very good at it, b) not suited for it, c) ridiculed for not fitting in to it, or d) a combination of any or all of these things. (or secret option e) he rejects it but has no where else to go. On the other hand, it maybe be none of these things.)
GIR is here too though he’s probably not a robot. Maybe he’s another kind of magical being, or, hell, maybe he’s just Zim’s little brother. I’d be okay with that.
Gaz can also see through glamors but she just doesn’t care. Tak shows up at some point to get revenge, and Skoodge also shows up at some point to stay with Zim and be his friend.
Zim is bad at blending in at first, but he eventually Does get better, since he’s not totally isolated from other Irkens here and he also doesn’t Look like an alien.
(I’m thinkin’ elves in this au look Mostly human but with a few differences. Since I’m biased and this is MY fantasy world, damnit, elves are just. Really Pretty. Ethereal and elegant and graceful (for the most part—there are always exceptions) and they’re also great at magic. Maybe Zim isn’t all that great at magic, I dunno. I’ll figure something out.)
This ended up being less of a genre change and more of a whole ass au, lol oops
Day 7. Role swap
Chanting: human zim au human zim au human zim au human zi
Drabble. This is for an ongoing species swap au that i’ve had in development for the last few years. i haven’t posted anything for it yet, but I’ve thought about it a lot
Dib freezes as Zim points the plastic water gun at his head. Zim’s eyes are narrowed, lips pursed, and he adjusts his grip almost nervously. Behind him, Gir is holding a bucket full of water balloons and a pair of neon green star shaped sunglasses. It’d be cute if Dib wasn’t aware of how painful Earth water is to his Irken skin.
Zim finally lowers his gun slightly. “I want some answers, alien.” He looks Dib over with critical eyes. “Who are you really, and why are you here?” He reaches back and Gir hands him a water balloon with a big smile. “And you better tell the truth or I’ll bust this over your big head.”
Dib grimaces and watches the balloon. “My name Dib, and I’m a scientist. I’m an Irken, from Irk, and I’m here to learn more about life on this planet.” He holds his hands up, hoping to placate the human gesture for surrender. “I’m not here to harm you or anyone else, promise.”
Zim huffs. “Yeah right. I bet you just came here to laugh at the locals.” He puts on a mocking voice and waves the gun and balloon as he speaks. “‘Stupid, stinking humans. They can’t even travel beyond their own moon, yet. What morons. I bet they descended from pigs with how horrible and stupid they are.’” He jams the gun against Dib’s chest. “Tell me I’m wrong.”
Dib bites his lower lip and looks away. He can’t deny he hasn’t thought something similar since arriving on Earth, but Zim didn’t have to be so crude and blunt about it.
The two are at a standoff for almost a minute before Zim blows out a long sigh and steps back. He turns to put the balloon back in the bucket, gives Gir a pat on the head, and shoots Dib one last glare. “Stay away from me, Dib. I have enough problems to deal with without having to worry about whether or not it’s safe for my brother to go to school or if I need to watch my back while walking my dog.”
“I wouldn’t hurt you,” Dib says, a little put out.
Zim scoffs and rolls his eyes. “Yeah, I’ve heard that one before. I know better than to believe it.” He turns and tries to smile at Gir but it comes out a little twisted and sad. “C’mon Gir. Let’s go home and get Minimoose and take him to that dog park you like so much.”
Gir gasps and lets out a cheer. “Can we go get ice cream afterwards?”
Zim gives a little laugh, smile turning a bit more genuine. “Yeah, sounds good.”
As they walk away Dib can’t help but wonder why he ever thought Zim was an Irken himself.
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