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A Tribute: No More Snakes and Ladders (by Reremouse & Tabaqui) 
12th-Dec-2008 08:35 pm
b/g - in the library
There once was a fic.  A massive, intense, beautiful fic that starts out at the bottom of a pit in Sunnydale (sorta) and climbs to dizzying heights.  Written by two of my most favorite Buffy-verse authors.  Every line is love.  And since I first discovered it I've read it, and re-read it, and honestly if the computer screen or the links had the ability to wear away they would have with the number of times I've returned to take in a chapter or two, or go through the whole long ride one more time.  So you'll understand that I couldn't just make one graphic for this fic.  I couldn't even just make two.  Instead, like the fic itself that has 25 "squares", I've made a graphic for each chapter.  Each is a little visual ditty that hopefully will evoke a little something for each of you that have read it (or if you haven't, please, go read it).

So, I'd like to (re)introduce to you to:

13th-Dec-2008 02:46 am (UTC)
Wow. What incredible work!

This is one of my all time favorite fics, as well. Tab knows that thsi is always on my Palm, ready to be read at any time.

Thanks for sharing your vision.
13th-Dec-2008 03:38 am (UTC)
thank you!! I'm so glad you liked. it's hard to show how precious these things are, but i hope i did it justice :D
13th-Dec-2008 02:53 am (UTC)
Goodness, you've put such care and attention and love into this. It's really beautiful. tabaqui and reremouse will be just thrilled that their work could inspire you in such an amazing way.
13th-Dec-2008 03:38 am (UTC)
it has definitely been a labor of love and i'm so glad that shines through (the nicest part has been having an excuse to read and re-read again). Thank you so much for the lovely feedback!
13th-Dec-2008 02:56 am (UTC)
I am appreciative of the awesome skill you have to produce these art pieces! I can recall the story lines as I look at the images. thanks!
13th-Dec-2008 03:39 am (UTC)
Thank you!! That is exactly what I was going for - I'm so glad it resonated with you!
13th-Dec-2008 03:11 am (UTC)
This is beautiful and amazing and fits perfectly with a wonderful fic.

I'm sure they'll be thrilled with your hard work.
13th-Dec-2008 03:40 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the lovely feedback lady! I'm so glad you think it works - that is the best compliment i could receive!
13th-Dec-2008 03:18 am (UTC)
Oh, I just love this story, totally have it bookmarked and re-read bits and pieces all the time.

Great boards, they look wonderful. Such a nice job.
13th-Dec-2008 03:40 am (UTC)
me too!! :D

And thank you, so much. It was definitely a labor of love.
13th-Dec-2008 03:22 am (UTC)
You, you, you....wow. I mean....

Okay. I'm seriously at a loss for words. I'm *crying*. This is the most gorgeous, amazing thing I have ever, ever seen. The *douse*, oh my god. The bits of story in images, the bits of *story*, that sum up so perfectly...

This is just...so amazing, so beautiful, so full of love and hard work and just....

My gods. Thank you, thank you, thank you, so very much. And these pictures *link*, and they're *gorgeous*....

I'm babbling but i just....

It's overwhelming.
*hugs you*
Thank you!

*i dl'd the first one but the second link is a 404*
*yes, i'm getting both, don't care, just.....OMG*
*is giddy and beaming*

Edited at 2008-12-13 03:24 am (UTC)
13th-Dec-2008 04:01 am (UTC)
All fixed now! :D i can't believe i missed the silly link to the wallpaper.

That taken care of, you are very very very *very* welcome - I'm utterly and totally thrilled that you like!! Since I didn't get the chance to read NMS&L while you two were writing it (and give adoring feedback then) I hope this kind of shows you how much it's rocked my socks.

yay. *is beaming back* so so glad. :D
13th-Dec-2008 04:39 am (UTC)
These are gorgeous images that suit the story so very well. Well done!
13th-Dec-2008 08:12 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!! It was such a fun project and I'm so glad you liked :D
13th-Dec-2008 05:11 am (UTC)
Amazing! Incredible! You brought the story to life in pictures!
13th-Dec-2008 08:12 am (UTC)
That is such an awesome thing to say - thank you SO much!!
13th-Dec-2008 05:24 am (UTC)
This collection is awesome and beautiful. It brought back the story which I read and loved. Thank you for sharing this.
*looks it over again*
13th-Dec-2008 08:13 am (UTC)
Thank you - hearing that it evokes the story you loved (and me too!) means that I did something right - thanks so much for the feedback and encouragement!
13th-Dec-2008 05:57 am (UTC)
Oh wow! Wow!! This is such a wonderful tribute, so gorgeously done with so many fantastic details: the images, the quotes, how NMSL is written, and the entire layouts. You are such a talented artist who is also so generous in your work. I am continually inspired by how awesome, thoughtful, generous, kind and talented you are. You give so much to the Buffyverse fandom! *hugs*
13th-Dec-2008 08:15 am (UTC)
hey, nice icon!! *is a dork*

Thank you lady - i'm grinning ear to ear. It is such a great story, and getting feedback like yours makes me believe that I almost did it justice. It's been an absolute labor of love and I'm so glad that it shines through. *hugs*
13th-Dec-2008 06:40 am (UTC)
Wow. That must have taken you ages. What a wonderful set of graphics. Beautifully done.
And that last one.... *g* made me laugh. The expression on its face. *g*
13th-Dec-2008 08:10 am (UTC)
all told from idea to realization took me about three months (obviously not all the time though!). Thanks so much for the lovely feedback - and I'm so glad my version of Tim charmed you! He's such a cute character in the story that I couldn't resist.
13th-Dec-2008 07:33 am (UTC)
You made me gasp out loud! And laugh! And squee! The douse! OMG the douse!

You brought back every delightful second of writing this story with tabaqui and I'm so enamored of your incredible ability to evoke a story through pictures and a few well chosen words. There are no words. Except these and thank you. Which are pitifully inadequate to express my sheer overwhelmed and awed joy at this tribute.

And may we link it to snakes_ladders? It has to be shared!

And - I want an icon of your epilogue!Tim so badly. How greedy does that make me? No - really.

See now? You went and made me gush. I don't gush! Except right now.
13th-Dec-2008 08:09 am (UTC)
i have the biggest, toothiest grin right now. YAY! I am so so so glad you liked and that the pictures charmed you and just... YAY! :D

Oh, and before i forget, Tim:
(and it's not greedy, not greedy at all, it's a total compliment and iconses are *easy*)

And you want to link to 'em??? OF COURSE! That would be amazing, wonderful, fantastic. Feel free, I give them to you guys, do whatever you like with them (they'll always be hosted through my lj, so don't worry about hosting)

so i'm stuttering into incoherency (way past my bedtime) but YAYAY! I'm sort of not so sorry I made you gush? :D it wasn't totally intentional, promise... like I said to Tabaqui, I didn't get the chance to tell you both while you were writing how much I adore NMS&L, so now maybe you get an inkling? *grin*
13th-Dec-2008 11:45 am (UTC)
oh my god one of my favorite fics brought to life in such a fantastic way wow you really put alot of work into them and it shows through well done it's gorgeus and ive just been reinspired to read the fic again even though i must know it word for word by now, once again ta x x
27th-Dec-2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
AWW! Thank you!! I'm glad that total love I have for this fic shines through :D And I hope you enjoyed (or are still enjoying) your reread! *grin*
13th-Dec-2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
Wow! That's fantastic work! It's a wonderful tribute to a fine pair of authors and their amazing story. Just makes me want to sit down and read it again (which I think I will once I'm home for good today after my Xmas shopping). *gloms*
27th-Dec-2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! It was absolutely fun to do (in part because i got to reread chapters again and again) - so thank you for the marvelous feeback on it! (and if you did start your reread I hope you're enjoying again)
13th-Dec-2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
What striking work! These are great!
27th-Dec-2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
14th-Dec-2008 07:58 am (UTC)
Wow, that is epic and gorgeous and made me love this fic all over again. Beautiful!
27th-Dec-2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
OH yay! that is exactly the kind of thing I was hoping for most. You are too sweet!
14th-Dec-2008 08:22 am (UTC)
These are all beautiful. Especially 22 and 16.

And Tiny Tim!
27th-Dec-2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
Oh thank you! Those were some of my favorite panels - I'm glad you liked :D
14th-Dec-2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful tribute, beautifully realized. Your selections of excerpts and images make me want to read the story again. Lovely job.
27th-Dec-2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the marvelous compliment - that is the exact reaction I was hoping for when I made them (and i hope your rereading is/was excellent fun).
14th-Dec-2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
Wow,your artwork is beautiful! I absolutely love each visual!
You are very talented! :)
27th-Dec-2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
You are too sweet! I think it was the material that totally inspired me! thanks for the lovely feedback!
16th-Dec-2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
AWESOME! I've never read this fic, but reading now. Big wow. The manips are so beautiful, and the quotes are just... wow! *dashes off to read*
27th-Dec-2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
never?! Well then, you're in for a *TREAT* indeed! I hope you enjoyed as much as I have, and thank you so much for the marvelous feedback!! happy reading!
17th-Dec-2008 05:35 am (UTC)
wow. just... wow.
27th-Dec-2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
*grin* that? an awesome compliment! thank you :D
18th-Dec-2008 04:57 am (UTC)
I'm so completely. blown. away.

These are so perfect and beautiful. I never thought there was anything missing from this amazing story until I saw these and realized the story is even more amazing now.

I have no more words, that's the best I can do. *is speechless*
27th-Dec-2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
WOW. Now I'm the one who's blown away - that is absolutely out of the park the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me about an artwork I've done. Thank *you* so much.

and seriously, you didn't need more words, those rocked the house. Thank you.
29th-Dec-2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
oh wow these are amazing!!!! and you've inspired me to go reread the whole thing - i'd totally forgotten about the transdimensional mouse plague!
beautifully created pics - great work :)
26th-Apr-2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
This really is wonderful works. First the story and then your beautiful images to represent them. lil_coyote does a fabulous job of archiving stories as .PDF's for her library. I think we should talk her(?) into doing NMSL with your images it would be a fabulous book. Hmmm toddles off to pester lil_coyote to make sure its on the request list.

Edited at 2009-04-26 10:16 pm (UTC)
26th-Apr-2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much - you're very sweet!

And actually, there is already a PDF available, made by darkhavens. You can find a link to the file in tabaqui's post here:


(it includes my work as well as some of the other graphics made for the fic)
16th-Apr-2013 02:53 am (UTC)
Loved your artwork!
17th-Apr-2013 03:58 am (UTC)
awww thanks sweetie!
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