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btvsats20in20 ROUND 15: Out of Mind, Out of Sight (BtVS S1.11)

So we made it to the flip side - Happy 2016, my friends!  May it be better than 2015.  (I say that every year. It never is better, but I always hope anyway.)

This was my "last hurrah" of 2015 (Good-bye old year, I won't miss you. At all.) and my first hurrah of 2016, for btvsats20in20 Round 15.
Plus a special treat for the Giles/Angel shippers in the house! (Anyone?)


[I was kind of hoping you were in a gang....]

10 Themes
Close Crop Red + White Pastel Surprise B&W + Quote
Provided Texture Green Hair Light Texture Peaceful
5 Category |SILVER & GOLD
Cat 1 Cat 2 Cat 3 Cat 4 Cat 5
5 Artist's Choice
AC 1 AC 2 AC 3 AC 4 AC 5

For the first time ever, I attempted "slashy" Giles/Angle icons. Actually, this would be my first ever m/m slash-y* icons, period.  I'm surprised that Giles/Angel isn't more of a "thing". Somewhere in the world I am sure there's a website filled with G/A fic of the two of them screwing each other senseless, but I haven't come across it. Not that I want to, tbh.  (This may be a sign of the End of Days. Remember to pack a toothbrush.)
Enjoy - I think?

1 - 6

7 - 11

12 - 13

* I actually hate the words "slash" and "femmeslash". I know where they originate in this context but I think it's time to retire them. And yet, saying "my first gay male icons" doesn't quite sound right either.

A Vague Disclaimer is No One's Friend:
~ Take what  icons you like for personal use but please credit if used :)
~ No hotlinking!
~ Comments however are appreciated :)
~ All artwork by yours truly except where otherwise indicated.
Really? I can see it just fine. Try refreshing your browser and then let me know if it's still a problem.

ETA: I just edited and re-added the icon, so it should work now. But here is the icon itself:

Edited at 2016-01-01 06:49 pm (UTC)
Wish I could see the Cat 5 icon, but other than that, these are AMAZING! I especially adore Pastel, Surprise, Cat 1, Cat 2, Cat 3, and AC 5. Genius work!

Also, check this out, and this, followed by this.

You're welcome.

I just re-edited and re-added the icon sweetie so it should work now, let me know.

Thank you so much for compliments, I'm just stunned by your words Gabrielle! What a lovely way to start the new year.

I knew you were going to like AC5. I had you in mind when I made that one. :D

Edited at 2016-01-01 06:52 pm (UTC)
You did a super job on your 20in20 and your Giles/Angel icons. :)

My favorites from your 20in20 are: Red+White, Pastel, Light Texture, Peaceful, Cat 1, Cat 3, and AC 3.
Thank you m'lady!

You're the second person to single out Pastel, I'm surprised (and pleased) because I wasn't sure I liked it. I wasn't sure about Peaceful either so I'm glad you like. (i wanted to do more Willow icons in this set but this ep isn't the best for the Willow visuals. Probably because Cordy takes a bigger role.)

Happy new year! Did you stay up for it last night?
These are great! Your doing so many S1 icons these days!

My favorites are Red and White, Pastel (I love "soft" icons), Surprise, Provided Texture, Hair (PORN, yayyyy!) and Light Texture. I also like the silver and gold series because baby!SMG has a pretty face and shiny icons are perfect for her. In CAT5 she looks like the lovechild of Katniss and Cordelia though?? Or maybe it's the flu talking. Also AC4 is very cool.

I don't get the Angel/Giles, although I'm always here for boys screwing each other senseless. LOL. I think that Giles/Spike has a lot more of canon-y stuff going on, with Spike chained in the bathtub and them being British and stuff. But Angel and Giles would be interesting in a painful way.
Thsnk you hon!

Credit to snogged for encouraging me to do an S1 claim many moons ago. I've decided to do as many S1 episodes as possible, maybe all of them, because they have such great visuals and it's an underrated season IMHO. I always feel a little torn about it - on the one hand, heartwarming because cute, cute adorable bitty Buffy, Willow and xander, before all the trauma and tragedy; on the other, heartbreaking because I know what's to come.

I knew you'd like the soft, light ones. There are always certain people I have in mind when I make my sets and you're one of them. :D
I was going to do a different character per icon for the Category set but - bitty Buffy. I got carried away (how could I not?)

In CAT5 she looks like the lovechild of Katniss and Cordelia though??

*squints* I think it's the flu talking. *lol* The image of her may be slightly distorted because the site I got my caps from (I think screen capped.net; definitely not Blood Queen for that one.)

But Angel and Giles would be interesting in a painful way.

I almost didn't because of the fact that Angelus, you know, murdered Jenny. But there is no way to ship any two characters in btvs that isn't somehow problematic, so what the heck. Also, if you just go off the caps, as I was, there are all sorts of slashy implications to the images of Giles and Angel in the library...if you just go off their faces...which is how non-canon shipping was born, right? Gabrielle rec'd some NC-17 Giles/Angel fic upthread that I haven't read yet:
These are all lovely, but I I must be in a non-colour kick a the moment because I especially love the BW + quote of Giles in the Theme category, the b/w of Buffy in the Silver & Gold category and the sepia one of Marcie Ross in Artists Choice. And number 6 of the Giles, Angel icons is especially wonderful, but like I say, kudos on all of them.
Thank you so much!

This set is unusually colorful for me; I make sepia and muted icons more often than i do bright ones, so much so that making icons with strong colors is something I have to challenge myself to do. So the ones you singled out are actually more in my "wheelhouse" as the kids say.

number 6 of the Giles, Angel icons is especially wonderful,

*blushes* these were a lot of fun to make, it could get addictive *lol*
Love all of these! But especially the ones that start with ac. Beautiful work. And Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to you too hon!

You've made my night because I am really pleased with that AC set and so happy you noticed it. :D
These are beautiful! I adore the cat set - the colouring is lovely and I love the sparkles; it gives the icons a kind of magical touch.
I also really love close crop, pastel, green, light texture, AC1, AC3 and, from your Giles/Angel ones, 3, 5, 6, 8 & 10 :)

And Happy New Year to you :D
Nice work! I particularly like Hair and the silver and gold category set.

I'm surprised that Giles/Angel isn't more of a "thing". Somewhere in the world I am sure there's a website filled with G/A fic of the two of them screwing each other senseless, but I haven't come across it.

G/A isn't my particular cuppa either, but I do have some relatively unpopular/unusual ships that I like where my demand for stories far outstrips the supply on AO3. I've found new-to-me stuff from relatively inaccessible (compared to AO3) sources:

1) Someone's personal archive that somehow managed to survive the Geocities purge of fanfic websites. Some of these actually archive more than just the author's work.

2) The UCSL (Unconventional Shippers List)

3) Riposte (archive for any fic involving Giles and/or Wesley) or Of Demons and Destiny (Giles fic)

[2) and 3) are organized by author, and are not always great about indicating which ship, if any, is involved in the summary, so I feel for the hypothetical Giles/Angel shipper who's looking for that stuff, because there is a lot of Giles/Anybody-But-Angel for them to flip through to find their tiny little ship]

4) Yahoogroups mailing lists--all the ones I've run across appear to be dead now, but the archives have old fic. Searching is painful and slow and there's a lot of terrible stuff to filter through (which is true for all sources, to be honest).

5) Usenet archives (Also a painful search process. But I do occasionally find something that is available nowhere else.)

6) Individual authors' livejournals. Works best for people who left livejournal about the time when they left fandom.

Most of these sources skew towards older fic, but I'm guessing G/A was more popular when they were both on the same show. So I'm guessing there's a fair amount that could be found by the motivated searcher (i.e. not me or you.)
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Nice set! I really like your close crops throughout the set. My favorites are close crop (duh, lol), red + white, green, cat 3, ac 2, ac 3, and ac 4.
Thanks! I really love to do close crops, it's kind of my thing.

AC 2, 3 and 4 are three of my favorites here; I'm actually really pleased with this AC set. it has a simplicity to it, I'm glad you approve. And thank you for voting at challenge - tell your friends! We could use new blood and more voters.