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erinptah:

chess-ka:

erinptah:

isthisrubble:

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From my UK editions:

"How similar the two of them [Will and his mother] looked as they sat on the sofa with the evening sun full on their faces, their broad cheekbones, their wide eyes, their straight black brows." (The Subtle Knife, p.2)

[Description of John Parry by Lee Scorseby] “Standing in the doorway, gaunt, blazing-eyed, was a man dressed in skins and furs. His black hair was streaked with grey, his jaw jutted strongly…” (The Subtle Knife, p. 235)

[When John sees Will for the first time] “his slim body shivering in a torn linen shirt and his expression exhausted and savage and wary, but alight with wild curiosity, his eyes wide under the straight black brows, so like his mother’s…” (The Subtle Knife, p. 360)

"Neither he [Farder Coram] nor John Faa could miss the way she stayed close to Will, and how the boy with the straight black eyebrows was aware every second of where she was…" (The Amber Spyglass, p. 530)

So it’s not conclusive, but Will and his mother both have black eyebrows and his father has black hair, so I think it’s reasonable to extrapolate from that that Will’s hair is dark. The most consistent description of Will other than “strong and stocky” seems to be his black eyebrows. Other descriptions of John Parry (like his jutting jaw and blazing eyes) suggest that he and Will look alike.

Aha! Canon-ish hair color. Thank you!

…If the plot was different, I would wonder if the constant fixation on eyebrows was supposed to mean Will had a shaved head, or hair cut so close that it’s almost unnoticeable. (Which is a style choice I think is mostly associated with young black men. At least in the US. Although obviously anyone can shave.) But given all the travel time they spend in wild or hostile places, even if it started out super-short, I imagine it would have grown out by the time we get to those last couple of quotes.

And, hmm, John’s POV describes Will as “slim”? Could that be because he’s lost weight from the travel/stress/not-getting-regular-meals? Or maybe it’s just a perceptual difference, since “strong and stocky” was from a fellow 12-year-old’s POV, not an adult’s.

Yeah the “slim” threw me too, but I assumed the travel and stress etc. had meant he’d lost weight. And possibly he looked stocky and strong to Lyra, since she was so consistently described as being small and thin.

Eyebrows do seem a slightly odd detail to focus on, as opposed to hair. Then again, I just flicked through the books focusing only on physical descriptions of Will, and those “straight black eyebrows” do lend something to the idea that he’s quite intense and strong-willed, which a description of his hair colour wouldn’t do.

erinptah:

isthisrubble:

I just realised

as far as I can remember there is nothing in canon that says Will Parry is white

isn’t he described as “dark”? or at least with black hair and dark eyes

behold my new HDM headcanon

Will Parry is black or at least mixed race

because wouldn’t that make his fierce independence and protectiveness of his mother more (not profound, but words and me had a troubled relationship)?

Source? Page number, chapter, anything? I’ve searched the book texts on Amazon, and couldn’t find “dark” used to refer to Will. The only physical description I know of him is at the end of chapter 1 of The Subtle Knife (“He was strong and stocky…he’d be powerful one day”). Nothing to do with colors or tones.

(Which is not to say he’s white! Personally, I draw him as East Asian, complete with black hair and dark eyes. But I keep hearing people claim he has an official hair/eye color, and so far nobody’s been able to point to the part of canon that says so.)

From my UK editions:

"How similar the two of them [Will and his mother] looked as they sat on the sofa with the evening sun full on their faces, their broad cheekbones, their wide eyes, their straight black brows." (The Subtle Knife, p.2)

[Description of John Parry by Lee Scorseby] “Standing in the doorway, gaunt, blazing-eyed, was a man dressed in skins and furs. His black hair was streaked with grey, his jaw jutted strongly…” (The Subtle Knife, p. 235)

[When John sees Will for the first time] “his slim body shivering in a torn linen shirt and his expression exhausted and savage and wary, but alight with wild curiosity, his eyes wide under the straight black brows, so like his mother’s…” (The Subtle Knife, p. 360)

"Neither he [Farder Coram] nor John Faa could miss the way she stayed close to Will, and how the boy with the straight black eyebrows was aware every second of where she was…" (The Amber Spyglass, p. 530)

So it’s not conclusive, but Will and his mother both have black eyebrows and his father has black hair, so I think it’s reasonable to extrapolate from that that Will’s hair is dark. The most consistent description of Will other than “strong and stocky” seems to be his black eyebrows. Other descriptions of John Parry, like his jutting jaw (Ama describes Will as having a “jutting jaw” in TAS, p.141) and blazing eyes suggest that he and Will look alike.

Queer Quest: Welcome to Night Vale (No, seriously, you're actually welcome)

theheadtheheartthetardis:

I’m just gonna say that Ms. Lierman is an absolute gem.  Even after all the bullshit that she went through after ep #50 came out, she still wrote a fantastic piece praising Night Vale for it’s inclusion of minorities.  All I can say is, she is a wonderful person and is so kind even after everything the fandom put her through.

octoberspirit:

I stayed up all night doing a mock-up cover for a book that doesn’t exist. I wish I could explain myself. I cannot.

Original photo credit to happierman (which is why he’s the “author” of this masterpiece).

I don’t think there are many people who can pull off a gold dress.

Meg Bashwiner? Can definitely pull off a gold dress. She looked amazing last night. And her intro was so funny and warm and awesome. Meg is so great, guys.

littlemure:

I was at Welcome To Night Vale at the Union Chapel tonight. I’m not going to say anything because I don’t want to spoil the show but if you’ve got tickets for the tour you are in for a treat!

Photos are mine.