did the "talk about five of your icons" meme and chose these ones for me. I'd be happy to choose some for you, if you wish, or otherwise you can just marvel at the deep thought behind mine.
1. There used to be this comic book called My Monkey's Name is Jennifer
, maybe when I was a senior in high school or so. I don't know why I picked it up, since I'm usually superhero-only, but I did and I loved it. Jennifer, by the way, is neither a monkey nor a she -- he's a castrated male ape, and he's very angry most of the time. The comic mostly centered around him and his little girl owner inadvertently getting into danger and Jennifer's violent thoughts (never toward the girl, though)...such as "i could tear out your eyes." It was hilarious, take my word for it. Needless to say, I use this icon when I'm furious or even just grumpy.
Side note: my first blog was named "My Blog's Name is Jennifer" in homage to the comic, and the artist/writer commented on it that he was glad I liked the comic. I was equal parts thrilled and horrified. And then, in a later issue, he illustrated part of an email I sent him and I swooned with geeky ecstasy. Since then, I've met him a few times at conventions, and I have a huge, shameless crush on him. I've even taken a vodka shot with him.
2. This is my very favorite The Far Side
panel. I don't know, I just find it really bittersweet and moving. I remember reading a Gary Larson quote where he describes a poster made from this panel, and all the other penguins were shaded blue or something, and the one singing was yellow, thus totally missing the message.
Anyway, I tend to use it when I'm thinking inward or just acting bizarre. The poor quality of the image is because I scanned it from my college Sociology textbook. Good thing I got some use out of that class!
3. This is a shot from Starter for Ten
, which I saw with the_evident
when it came out. I really, really liked it, but it was released in the U.S. around the time of The Last King of Scotland
, so it was the James McAvoy movie that no one cared about that year.
The movie's about trivia game shows and struggling with one's class identity and blah blah, whatever, it doesn't matter. This is pretty much just my general sleep/tired icon, and occasionally one where I'm grumpy; these states tend to go hand-in-hand with me anyway. Fun fact: when I first saw the movie, I initially interpreted this gesture as a sarcastic peace sign. But apparently this is a not-nice gesture in the UK? I am smart!
4. Aqualad is by far my favorite of the original Teen Titans. I mean, he's just so woobie! And he has curly hair and purple eyes and he's afraid of fish! Hence his distressed gesture here. I also just love Tiny Titans
art and find his design to be particularly adorbs. Plus, like a bumblebee, I'm attracted to bright colors, so of course I had to make this icon mine.
I use this one when I'm worried, so it gets a lot of showtime.
5. I just added this one the other day -- it's Kristy from the Baby-sitters Club
TV show. Her WHAT THE FUDGE face has a tinge of moral outrage that makes me laugh forever. Also, weirdly enough, despite my 15-year obsession with the BSC, I've only seen a few episodes of this show. We didn't have the Disney channel when I was younger, and by the time we did get it, they only re-aired it occasionally. It's best known for World's Tallest Mary Anne, the Incredible Bostonian Dawn Schafer, and Little Pete as Jackie Rodowsky.