tinny: Rae Earl (My Mad Fat Diary) (mmfd_rae)
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By popular request, there are going to be icon challenges in this community. Since I don't like the word "battle", and there is really nothing competitive about them, I'm going to call them "activities".

These activities will work like this:

* I make a post with all the information you need
* You have three weeks to make icons and post them in a comment to the information post (not screened)
* I collect all the icons (and whatever you have to say about them) from the comments and make a result post
* There is no voting
* Everyone can leave comments on the inspiration and activity summary posts

My current plan is to run one such activity per month, but we'll see how it goes and if you even like what I come up with.

But now, on to our first activity! What better way to get to know each other than by showing each other what fandoms we like:

For this activity, you should make five icons. You have until May 20th (end of day) to submit your icons as comments to this post.

1 - First Love

Icon your first fandom! This can be any fandom that you remember as a "first" - the first one you ever saw, or the first one you ever got fannish about, the first one you ever iconned, or the one that first connected you with other fans.

virginia | absolutelybatty | katy-111 | tturners

2 - Current Obsession

Icon the fandom that currently excites you most! It doesn't have to be a current fandom in that it has to be new or currently airing. It just has to be the fandom you want to icon most right now!

novindalf | longerthanwedo | shameless666 | afeastforme

3 - Biggest Fandom

Icon the fandom that for you was the biggest fandom. We all know those popular fandoms everyone is iconning, there are thousands of fics, and even years later, activity is still high. If you have never been part of one of those huge fandoms, it can be the one you made the most icons of in your life, or the one for which you know the most fans.

creativeelf | marcasite | setentpet | naginis

4 - Tiny Fandom

Icon the fandom that you feel like nobody has seen but more people should have! Make an icon that makes us want to watch it! Show us what we missed.

word_never_said | dixon | vintagic | daynawashere

5 - True Love

Icon the fandom that has stuck with you the longest. The one you will love forever, no matter what canon throws (or threw) at you. If you have no such fandom - because all fandoms inevitably dissappoint you ;) - you can choose to interpret this "love" theme to be about a favorite couple instead: icon a pairing you love.

cerberusk | anobrain | afeastforme | starry_night

Some notes:

* It is okay to enter fewer than five icons (but the final results post will look nicer if every slot is filled :)).
* Please submit your icons (icons and URLs) to this post, all in one comment (if possible).
* You don't have to icon five different fandoms. If your first fandom happens to be a tiny fandom and your true love, no problem!
* Everyone can participate, you don't have to be a member of this community.
* For each icon, please add at least the name of the fandom to your comment.
* Feel free to tell us more about what you like about the fandom, or what makes it special for you, in your submission!

Deadline: Saturday, May 20 2017, your end-of-day

Re: Questions?

Date: 2017-04-29 01:19 pm (UTC)
makamu: (Default)
From: [personal profile] makamu
Do these have to be icons with elaborate effects or are bases with clever cropping permitted?

Also, I really like this idea - let's see if my schedule let's me participate :)

Re: Questions?

Date: 2017-05-06 03:08 pm (UTC)
dreamwriteremmy: Alexis Bledel, a brunette smiling sitting on a bench (Default)
From: [personal profile] dreamwriteremmy
Uh if we have a fandom that isn't a visual media (ie - books without a movie/tv spin-off or podcasts) can we do text icons?

(Not sure if I'll be able to get to this challenge but I want to try)

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Date: 2017-05-12 10:06 pm (UTC)
tree: handwriting overlaying the page of a book that says "i like books better than people" ([else] an unreliable narrator)
From: [personal profile] tree
1. anne of green gables — l.m. montgomery; thus began my relationship with Important Fictional Redheads.


2. longmire; it's all katee sackhoff's fault. vic moretti must be protected at all costs.


3. star trek: voyager; (maybe not voyager itself, but i'm taking liberties and saying it counts as part of the trek universe as a whole, heh.) kathryn janeway ruined my life. also i really love kes.


4. north and south — elizabeth gaskell; restrained victorian desire and social commentary: double-barrelled weakness. (i cheated with this one as i used the same style and text on an icon in a different fandom a while ago.)


5. pride and prejudice — jane austen; no matter how many times i read it, it never disappoints. (this one was the most difficult because i don't particularly like any of the adaptations. the illustration is from the marvel comic by sonny liew.)


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Date: 2017-05-24 12:20 pm (UTC)
wendelah1: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wendelah1

I had no idea that Pride and Prejudice had a comic version. I love it!

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Date: 2017-05-25 12:54 am (UTC)
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
I love your crops, bb. Such an eye for framing images.

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Date: 2017-05-13 03:52 am (UTC)
timetobegin: (orphan black [ alison ])
From: [personal profile] timetobegin

First Love - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Current Obsession - Shadowhunters, although i was tempted by Lucifer as well
Biggest Fandom - Teen Wolf was probably the biggest, but i could make a good case for Stargate or Star Trek as well
Tiny Fandom - Wynonna Earp (not sure how tiny, but i don't see it around much)
True Love - Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I think Urban Fantasy is my thing lol.

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Date: 2017-05-22 09:20 pm (UTC)
fueschgast: PotterPuffs-style drawing of me in Hufflepuff robes, text reads "Hufflepuff pride". (Default)
From: [personal profile] fueschgast
Ooh, I really love the cleanness of these icons!

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Date: 2017-05-25 04:43 am (UTC)
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
Aaaah, the colouring! It's perfect. These are all gorgeous.

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Date: 2017-05-14 10:31 am (UTC)
rolliraserin: (sherlock back)
From: [personal profile] rolliraserin
i am new here , so I hope it is ok to simple take part *lol*

first love - disney


current obsession - shadowhunters - the mortal instruments


biggest fandom

star trek - reboot and original


tiny fandom - anne of green gables - especially the 80s tv versíon, but I know every version *lol*


true love - bbc merlin

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Date: 2017-05-26 03:41 am (UTC)
st_aurafina: Spock and Bones with science faces (Star Trek: Team Science)
From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
Oh, I love your crop on Spock - it's excellently dramatic.

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Date: 2017-05-15 06:28 pm (UTC)
ariane: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ariane
1 - First Love: Star Trek /really all Star Trek). My first and oldest fandom, first books ever I read in English and the first thing I searched for when I got online back in 1996.


2 - Current Obsession: Space Above And Beyond. I used to lurk in this fandom in the late 90s/early 00s, reading all the fic. A couple of years ago realized the show had come out on DVD and rewatched, and got just as obsessed again as first time around LOL


3 - Biggest Fandom: The Mummy & The Mummy Returns. This fandom and the tiny but loyal fandom for actor Oded Fehr who played Ardeth Bay (still propably his most beloved character among most fans) in the two movies are sort of one and the same to me - it/they were my main fandom for more than a decade. I love all the characters on the movies, but Ardeth is my favorite. Was biggest for me in the sense I produced most stuff for them, and also it being the most active and friendly corner of fandom I've ever been part of.


4 - Tiny Fandom: Dark Skies, cult tv series from 1996 about the insidious invasion of Earth by aliens. I still love it as much as ever, even if the tiny, tiny fandom there was died out by 2001. Loved to make some icons when the DVDs finally came out some years ago. This is the tiniest fandom in every way I've ever been in - there's only been like 10 pieces of fanfic and I think I'm the only one who's ever done any icons or other graphics...


5 - True Love: Star Trek, my first love, is also my true love :)


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Date: 2017-05-16 10:30 am (UTC)
sandy79: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sandy79
beautiful set, especially Ardeth Bay and Dark Skies! Ardeth is, next to Evie, my favorite character from the Mummy movies too (and I totally love Oded Fehr on Covert Affairs!), so seeing an icon for him is a particular joy. Just like Dark Skies - that's absolutely a tiny fandom. And the only set of screencaps that I've ever found is from the Italian (?) TV airing.

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Date: 2017-05-18 01:30 pm (UTC)
lavenderspark: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lavenderspark
Ok, I'm not sure that these are the best icons I've ever done. Something is off with me recently and I can't seem to get anything to look the way I want it to. :( But since I probably won't be able to icon anything all summer (school is out next week, eek!), I wanted to post SOMETHING to introduce myself, so here it is.

First Fandom

X-Files was the first show that I *had* to watch every week. It was tough going in the beginning since I was pretty young and my mom usually made me go to bed before it was over. :( I tried to stick it out after David left, but I hated what they did to Scully. I felt they tried to make her the new Mulder and it just didn't work for me. I gave up after the first season with no Mulder. I DID watch both movies and am absolutely ecstatic that they've brought it back! Even if the new full series doesn't have Gillian and David, I'll give it a shot.

Current Obsession

Emerald City was an AMAZING show. The characters were great, the cinematography was stunning, the plot was solid... I could go on forever. I'm very sad NBC decided to cancel it. :( But I've got my stash of screen caps and piles of lines from the show to make icons!

Biggest Fandom

Once Upon a Time has a GIANT fandom. The first fanfic I ever read was for OUaT. And while I still love the show, I'm starting to feel like it's run it's course. The main conflict of the show is miscommunication/lack of communication between characters. It's just getting annoying at this point. And a musical episode? Really? It works for some shows, and I get it, it's Disney, but it really did NOT work for this show. But I'm sure the fandom will live on.

Tiny Fandom

Legion (the TV show, not the comic) has only 44 fanfics (that I could find) on AO3 and FF *combined* and zero screencaps. I made some from some promos I found online just to be able to make some icons. I'm sure it will probably pick up since this was the first season of the show and the comic seems to have a fairly decent following. The show is amazing though. It's part of the X-Men universe, David is the main character and has been told his whole life that he's schizophrenic. He's spent most of his life in and out of rehab/mental institutions. Then one day he finds out he has amazing mental abilities, he's not sick, he's gifted. So he joins a group of others with special abilities of their own to learn how to use his powers. It's set in the late seventies/early eighties and has a very nostalgic feel to it. Aubrey Plaza is fantastic in this and is one of my favorite characters on the show. I'm excited for next season!

True Love

Labyrinth is one of those movies that I watched as a kid that stuck with me forever. Discovering the fandom as an adult has given me a new love of the movie and it's characters. This is the first fandom that I have attempted to write a massive fanfic for (I've written ficlets for a couple other fandoms) though I can't seem to finish it. :/

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Date: 2017-05-18 10:50 pm (UTC)
chacusha: (Default)
From: [personal profile] chacusha
First love - Codename: Kids Next Door. There were certainly fandoms that came before this one, where I made (IRL) friends and made fanworks, but this show was my first major fandom experience. It's where I made my first set of online friends and how I got to LiveJournal in the first place, so it has a special place in my heart. Unfortunately, finding high-quality caps was always an issue and apparently still is, so I'm using some old fanart I drew.


Current obsession - Seiken Densetsu series. I love this series. Its whole aesthetic has imprinted on me and I keep returning to it. I also think icons using video game sprites have a lot of easy animated gif potential, so I made an animated icon.


Biggest fandom - A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones. With the HBO series, I think this is now the biggest, but I was more about the book series (illustration by Donato Giancolo).


Tiny fandom - Puyo Puyo. Probably the tiniest fandom I've nevertheless actually made fanworks for. It's a Japanese-mostly game series, with character designs I love (even though I actually really hate these Fever/reboot designs). Rulue is an obsessive narcissistic martial artist drama queen. I love her.


True love - Disney. The thing that's great about Disney is that, as a mega-fandom, it gets a canon update one to two times a year, and doesn't seem like that will stop anytime soon. Going with one of my earliest loves: the centaur segment from Fantasia.


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Date: 2017-05-23 04:26 am (UTC)
alwaysbeenasmiler: (Usagi☆I don't want to talk it over)
From: [personal profile] alwaysbeenasmiler
Oh goodness, I love love love your disney icon-- Fantasia was such an amazing movie (and not gonna iie, that was my favorite part!)

Great colouring on it too!

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Date: 2017-05-20 05:33 am (UTC)
sheliak: Dorothy and Ozma, climbing a staircase. (explore)
From: [personal profile] sheliak
First Love - Land of Oz! This was one of the great passions of my childhood, and I was delighted to find that it has a fandom of sorts, albeit a small one. (Also, one of the very first fandoms I tried iconning for.)


Current Obsession - X-Men! Also more or less my obsession for the last decade. But I've just started making icons for this fandom, and it is such a great one for icons!


Biggest Fandom - Star Trek! (The books are, admittedly, not the biggest part of the fandom. But they're one of my favorite corners of it. And I haven't learned to make icons from screencaps yet.)


Tiny Fandom - Chronicles of the Kencyrath! One of the most gloriously weird book series I've ever read.


True Love - X-Men (again!) I've loved these characters for a decade, and I don't think I'll ever really stop.


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Date: 2017-05-24 12:15 am (UTC)
st_aurafina: (X-Men: punk!Storm)
From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
*high fives another X-Men fan* I love your X-Men icons - especially all the negative space in the last one.
Edited Date: 2017-05-24 12:28 am (UTC)

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Date: 2017-05-20 09:41 am (UTC)
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
1. First love - X-men
(I really loved this sequence in the first X-Men movie, when old!Charles and old!Erik are talking on a walkway. It sets up the chemistry so well.)
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2. Current obsession: American Gods
(This show is all so iconable, seriously. Everyone is beautiful, and every shot is well framed. And Gillian Anderson as Media is killing me with the awesome.)
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Tiny fandom: The Middleman
(This ridiculous, geek-aware, family-friendly show! I wish it had had seven seasons and a movie. Lacey and Wendy are the best f/f friendship in the world.)
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Biggest: Doctor Who
(Should have really been under first love, but it is the biggest fandom too.)
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True love: Person of Interest
(Ugh, this show will have my heart forever, ISTG.)
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Date: 2017-05-22 09:33 pm (UTC)
fueschgast: PotterPuffs-style drawing of me in Hufflepuff robes, text reads "Hufflepuff pride". (Default)
From: [personal profile] fueschgast
I like everything about that Doctor Who icon! The faces, the cropping, the colors, the stripes radiating from the Doctor's shoulder.

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Date: 2017-05-20 04:46 pm (UTC)
teyla: Mary Morstan from Sherlock giving a thumbs-up. (Default)
From: [personal profile] teyla
I made it! Phew. *wipes brow*

1) First Love

I started out with a classic: Star Trek TOS. I'm still a big fan, and get very nostalgic about these characters and the universe.

Spock, Kirk, and Uhura, captioned 'to boldy go'

2) Current Obsession

With The Thick of It, I've recently stumbled into a tiny, mostly dead fandom. It's so clever, though, and hilarious, and there's great fic! If you're into political satire and swearing, you should check it out. To get the joke in this icon, it's useful to know that the character shown a) is named Malcolm Tucker, and b) is known for swearing a lot.

Malcolm in front of a Sun headline

3) Biggest Fandom

I've been in a number of big ones, but the one that felt most overwhelming was Supernatural. It was also extremely frustrating, not so much due to the fandom, but due to the canon. Over time, Donna and Jodi became my favorites, despite the fact that they're side characters, so I've iconed those two.

SPN Icon of Donna and Jodi

4) Tiny Fandom

I have to admit, I'm not really very active in the Sense8 fandom, but the show is utterly delightful and should be watched by more people. Depicted is my second favorite character, Lito Rodriguez, drunk-texting his boyfriend Hernando Fuentes (my favorite character) after they temporarily break up. It's an adorable scene. <3

Lito in his hot tub texting Hernando

5) True Love

I always come back to Doctor Who. It was difficult to choose whom or what to icon here, because there are so many characters. In the end, I went with the single one consistent motive in the show.

The TARDIS open in space

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Date: 2017-05-21 07:03 pm (UTC)
teyla: Ten with a lot of negative space looking off to the side. ([dw] ten bzuh)
From: [personal profile] teyla
Northern Exposure! That show was so cuuuute. I love your icon; it really fits the show. :D

And aww, Farscape. I still haven't made it past the pilot; it's been on my "to watch"-list forever. I already know that I'll love Aeryn, though. Claudia Black <3 Love your icon, too! I like how it looks like it's on fire. :)

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Date: 2017-05-21 12:22 am (UTC)
dreamwriteremmy: Alexis Bledel, a brunette smiling sitting on a bench (Default)
From: [personal profile] dreamwriteremmy
First Love - Redwall by Brian Jacques
a yellowed icon with a worn flare effect of a mouse in a robe holding aloft a sword and a shield with an M on it
[image description - a yellowed icon with a worn/flare effect of a mouse in a robe holding aloft a sword and a shield with an M on it]
This one was tough to decide because I got into my first 3 fandoms that I was fannish in (Harry Potter, Redwall, LOTR) all around the same time.

Current Obsession - The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air)
a crumpled paper background with the words God you make me sound like such a freak! Everyone should have a narrator
[image description - crumpled paper background with the text: God, you make me sound like such a freak! Everyone should have a narrator]

I just love the surrealness of this fandom. This quote is quite possibly one of my favorite lines in the first season.

Biggest Fandom - Gyakuten Saiban/Ace Attorney
a screenshot of little Vera holding her bear sketchpad run through an oil painting filter
[image description: little Vera run through an oil painting filter]
I'm pretty sure Ace Attorney is one of the bigger fandoms I have.

Tiny Fandom - Suki: A Like Story by CLAMP
a yellowed icon with a flare gradient effect to the left of the girl holding a teddy bear
[image description - a yellowed icon with a flare gradient effect to the left of the girl holding a teddy bear]
This manga goes into the slightly creepy territory common in some of CLAMP's works, but I saw lot of myself in this really short series. Because cute childish girl with teddy bear companions.

True Love - Welcome to Night Vale
icon with pink marble background and the text A lonely heart a wandering eye an empty stomach a shoulder to cry on This is what makes us us
[image description: icon with pink marble background and the text: A lonely heart a wandering eye an empty stomach a shoulder to cry on This is what makes us us]

I think i'll always fangirl Night Vale because while some things are problematic, they do A LOT of things right. :)

Edited (Correcting the formatting/image description) Date: 2017-05-21 01:16 am (UTC)

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Date: 2017-05-21 07:16 am (UTC)
sallymn: from a poster for Alice by Jan Svankmajer (Default)
From: [personal profile] sallymn

Am I still in time? I always get confused what with being on the other side of the planet...

Bearing in mind that I am an inveterate finder and lover of closed fandoms, quite often long after they have closed and the shiny newness has gone.

1. First Love

First real fandom was Blakes 7... and it was all about the Blake/Avon love, it was :)

2. Current Obsession

I'm not sure about obsession, but my most recent fandom - and the one I haven't yet managed to read everything I want for - is Merlin.

3. Biggest Fandom

Umm. The two first Stargate series would probably win this one... so here's SG1 - Daniel, because we share books and history :)

4. Tiny Fandoms

Arthur of the Britains, as different from Merlin's Arthur as you can get... 70s-style ancient Britons. The blonde - Kai - was sooo one of my first fannish crushes :)

5. True Love

But, but... they're all true loves! Oh well, if I had to choose just one fannish character to love, I'd dither for a lifetime, but I do think it might be Magnificent 7's Ezra...

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Date: 2017-05-21 06:29 pm (UTC)
threedices: (Default)
From: [personal profile] threedices
1 First Love
Earth: Final Conflict.

A series about aliens that are not as benevolent as they portray themselves as. Intrigue, subterfuge, and interesting ambivalent morals, at least at first, then it begins to leans more and more towards action. Only one main character made it through to the finale. Most people live in denial about the existance of the fifth season.
I fell for Da'an's character first, but Zo'or is the antagonist with a troubled childhood that set a trend for my usual suspects in fandom.

2 Current Obsession
Katekyo Hitman Reborn!

This is an anime about a kid who learns he is supposed to become a Mafia boss.
Mukuro is the antagonist of the first arc, and kind of becomes a sort of-maybe ally, later on.
Wants to possess the MCs body. Very creepy, but also pretty.

3 Biggest Fandom

Naruto, really big anime, about an orphaned boy who wants to be ackowleged by everyone.
I like redheads and Kushina was really cool, what we saw of her.

4 Tiny Fandom
Queen at Arms
This one is a game, a Visual Novel, where you play a princess raised as a boy, who rises to become Commander of the current King's army. You can pick one of the Love interests or just try to fix things with your brother. I love it to bits.
Unfortunately, it's so tiny there is only one fnfic I know of and a handful of fanarts.
Quotes are okay, right?

5 True Love
Shoichi and Spanner from Reborn. They're cute together and I ship it. They have also such a great (implied) friendship.

Sorry, I ran out of steam somewhere along the way. ^^'


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