Check out this interview with Brianne Drouhard about the DC Nation Amethyst shorts and other things over on Comics Alliance. The post includes an extensive art gallery too!
I finished a scarf/shawl thing. It is too bad it is going to be too hot to wear it for many many weeks.
It is a Color Affection made of Wollmeise, and it is awesome! I love that yarn.
I love it so much I bought some more!
These are We’re Different skeins – slightly off standard versions of the Suzanne and Verhext und Verratzt. The Verhext und Verratzt WD might be my favorite skein of Wollmeise yet. I love the purples!
Speaking of purple things, I’ve been cheating on my knitting by working on an Amethyst Princess of Gemworld cross stitch project. Here you can see Prince Topaz and Lady Turquoise, along with a headless, bisected Prince Garnet:
I accidentally blew away most of the images on this blog and have been adding them back to my Amethyst posts. I just realized that I hadn’t actually finished covering the very odd time Amethyst popped up in the Convergence/Book Of Fate/Weirodoverse crossover issues in the 90s.
Amethyst does appear briefly at the end of Book of Fate 8, where she takes a bath, evilly.
She shows up again to flirt with Fate in an ill-fitting purple bikini.
Other things happen, and eventually Fate gets sent to a future alien plant to hang out with Lobo!? I was really not paying very close attention at this point, but Amethyst does show up again as an old lady.
And that’s about it, for Amethyst appearances in this obscure corner of the 1990s. I do plan to cover some of the Amethyst references in Legion of Super-Heroes soon.
Here’s something fun, it is a sketch of Amethyst by Chris Haley!
Chris’ Etsy store has a great selection of prints. I bought Sad Batman and Superman: Flying is the best, which I intend to frame one day and place in my Nerd/Crafting Room, once I have a house big enough to support me having a Nerd/Crafting room.
I keep meaning to do a bit more with this blog but life is pretty hectic right now. But for something fun to do, you can head on over to the DC Nation Animated Shorts page and vote for Amethyst as often as you would like to.
Here’s a complete playlist of the great Amethyst Princess of Gemworld cartoon shorts for your enjoyment:
Also, be sure to check out Brianne Drouhard’s blog for plenty of Amethyst sketch goodness.
I find Prince Topaz’s characterization in this short amusing:
Sword of Sorcery‘s cancellation was recently announced. I can’t say I’m particularly surprised, as I’ve heard that the sales on the title were not good. I wonder if it would have done better at a lower price point without being split into a shorter main story + backup story. I really wish that DC had developed more of an all-ages title built around the cartoon shorts, because they really have that extra spark that could inspire more fans. Sword of Sorcery I was reading just out of a general sense of resignation because I wanted to see what would happen with this revised Amethyst character.
A shakeycam Episode 3:
I really like this version of the Gemworld, with everything in it being animate and talking. It seems like a nice way of calling back to the original series art, where so many random things had faces. This just appeals to me so much more than the Sword of Sorcery reboot. The animated Amethyst is a different version, but it just seems so much more in keeping with the intent of the original comic series
This is just as cute, adorable, and Gemworldish as I was hoping. I’m going to just pretend that the Sword of Sorcery comic isn’t really happening, because if Amethyst had to be rebooted, Magical Girl Amethyst seems so much closer to the spirit of the original series.
Also, so enjoyed seeing mini video game Prince Topaz get promptly killed by Dark Opal. Seriously, why couldn’t we have had a comic book to tie in to the animated short?