Notorious arter and reader of comics.

This is mainly an Marvel Comics/movies + Lord of the Rings art blog with a slight smattering of Game of Thrones, Parks and Recreation, Community and more.

I am always happy to answer any asks sent my way!

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WHERE DID YOU ACQUIRE THAT SHARK NECKLACE??? I'm sorry to shout, but I must have one and cannot contain myself.

 The incredible, talented, unmatched ohcararara! Here are her redbubble and society6. Technically it’s Mary’s necklace, benefits of dating a chick, but I LOVE IT!

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"Dude" actually has gender-neutral origins dating back to the 1870's. It didn't become associated with men until the 1960's. That's ninety years of gender neutrality! It's kinda neat.

WHAT THAT’S AWESOME! Thank you, etymology side of tumblr!

petition to reclaim dude from the dudely masses.

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nicki coley more like nicki COOLey


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Hello! Have you made one of your neat new "what to read" sheets for the Avengers? I thought I had seen one but I can't find it now D: If not no worries, I just had a friend wanting to get in to comics and not sure where to start, haha. I sent him the Thor sheet and he's pretty happy.


Just Thor and Deadpool so far! Stay tuned :)

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Hi. I'm just here to say that I love when you get really excited about something in a post because A) it's adorable, and B) it looks like Peppermint Butler is fangirling and going "OMG! Hercules!" and that's great. Also you're amazing.


HAHA thank you!

Listen, my whole life people have been telling me to tone down my excitement. That not every restaurant I like can be my FAVORITE RESTAURANT EVER and not every movie I like should be MY FAVORITE FILM OF ALL TIME but you know what, FUCK THAT.

There is so much awful shit in the world that if I find something that makes me happy, that brings me genuine joy, I will shout it from the rooftops so that others may share in it with me. How is that not THE BEST WAY TO LIVE?

Thank you again, you’re very sweet and it’s lovely to hear that my pepperminty enthusiasm is appreciated :)

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For your curious followers it's Maori language week in NZ right now and there's lots of Word of the Day stuff going around Twitter.

Oh that’s awesome, thank you so much! The shit I miss when I leave home :(

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You have an odd accent. It sounds like a mix of NZ-American? Or just a sort of flat American. As a kiwi it threw me a bit o.O did you move overseas somewhere or...?


NZ-American! I moved from the Kapiti Coast to North Carolina almost nine years ago :) It’s faded HARD, especially in the last few years. I usually talk with someone for five minutes or so before they go WOAH WAIT WHERE THE FUCK ARE YOU FROM.

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ooooooooh. So in Maori, the r is treated like a r/l sound, same as in Japanese?

More like a d, with a purr. There is no L in te reo Maori, so there’s really no need for the sound. I’m about to put up a voice recording which I think might help understand :)

  #nicki talks maori stuff    #arinrowan    #flatbearasks  
Flatbear, what is the proper pronunciation of Maori?


Oh this is a tricky one! The easiest way I can write it, phonetically, is mou-ree. it should rime with faux. Roll the r HARD. So that it almost sounds like a d. Mou-dee. If you’re not raised with the specific sounds (like nga), they can be hard to pick up.

Don’t say mao-ree. The mo or mou sound important. That’s where you have to hit it. When I hear someone say mao-ree it makes my skin crawl!

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That post reminded me of when there was a petition going around to stop UH's Rainbow Warriors football team from performing their haka before each game because "it was too intimidating". Great info on the Maori stuff! :)


it’s pretty fucking scary, ngl.

And thanks, dude! I’m by no means an expert, but getting to talk and teach other people about the culture I come from makes me feel good :) Makes me feel closer to home. A way of making up for being an ignorant little punk about it when I was growing up. You never know how much something means to you until it’s gone!

Incidentally, did you know where the Rainbow Warrior name comes from? THE FUCKING FRENCH BLEW UP OUR PEACE BOAT.

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Oh my goodness, Mary and I's birthdays are one day apart! :D

What! Clearly you must be awesome as well :)

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I've been in your shop a couple of times with my boyfriend and you guys are seriously the nicest ever. That Thor info sheet is so awesome, especially for someone like me. I really want to start reading comics, but they seem pretty overwhelming and I have trouble knowing where to start sometimes D: I just wanted to say thanks for looking out for newcomers like me, and helping us feel welcome in the world of comics!

Aw honey thank you so much! That’s lovely to hear :) Come introduce yourself next time, I would love to talk comics with you!

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PST! I am gonna be in Asheville the first weekend of August for a wedding, and I was wondering when would be the optimal times to come to your shop to meet you! Also what else should I do while I am there?

HELL YEAH! Okay so the first week of August I…..shit, I won’t be there half of it. Mary’s birthday is August 5th so I’ll be off either the 4th and 5th or the 5th and 6th. The 7th is my usual day off and I don’t work the weekends. So I will be there…..August 1st and August 8th, MAYBE the 4th or the 6th o.O Hopefully you can catch me!

I reccomend….gosh, everything! The Biltmore House, the arboretum, the nature center, going up on the parkway, going out to Brevard and hiking to the waterfalls, and going downtown! Downtown is lovely, and the food THE FOOD!

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Momma Flatbear, how does one become happy in life, love and work like you?


Oh darling. I’m not happy. I mean, I am, most of the time, but I’m not always happy.

Sometimes my job is hard. Sometimes it’s emotionally exhausting and depressing and a little scary and I wish I could lock the doors and not have to deal with the disgusting, bigoted opinions of some people, or the pedantic, irritating demands of others. I know I am very, very lucky to have an incredible boss and a great customer base, but it’s not always fun. It’s hard. It’s emotional. I put my heart into my store and sometimes it breaks.

Sometimes life is hard. I’m in pain all of the time, I can’t afford to do the things that I want to do. I miss my family, I’m so far away from them. I sabotage myself as an artist every day by either setting lofty goals that I can’t achieve, or telling myself that I’ll never get there anyway so why even try. I don’t like the way that I look, some days I flat-out hate it.

Sometimes you have to fight for love. Mary and I fight, we disagree on things, we upset eachother, we hurt eachother. We are two very headstrong people and it’s not easy for either of us to back down. Sometimes we yell and scream and throw things and scare the cats and don’t speak to eachother and sit on the bed and cry.

But look, here’s the thing. Sometimes I am happy. Sometimes I am so genuinely happy that I could burst. When I’m not, I lie to myself until I believe that I am. Because you have to. Some days that’s all you can do. You just have to keep moving forward.

Keep moving forward, anon. Leave the bad days in your dust. When the last one is a speck on the horizon behind you, the next one will be easier to deal with. When you see  the next bad day coming, you tell yourself ‘Okay, today I am going to tell myself that I am happy, and tomorrow I will be.’

That’s how I stay happy. I fight for it tooth and nail, sometimes I tell myself I am when I’m not. It gets easier. I promise :)

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on a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you for aou?


A solid 5. I enjoyed the first Avengers, the further away from it I get, the more I realise how fucking stupid the plot was. But the characters were…mostly what I wanted, so I was happy enough. Also Hulk.

I’m cautiously optimistic. I don’t care about Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, but I’m happy they sent Clint after them. It’s a nice shoutout to all three of them joining the big A back in the comics. I’m really excited to get a chance to see Hawkeye be Hawkeye. I’m sick of Tony Stark. RHODEY! I wish Thor’s hair was changing as much as Natasha’s.

So yeah, a solid 5. I want it to be good, I HOPE it will be good. I have exactly 0 faith in Joss Whedon when it comes to most things. It’s hard to imagine a movie better than Winter Soldier ;)

But I think it will be good :)

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