Friday, March 31, 2006
Still, there are nights when you read about a fella (f'rinstance, Naftule Brandwein) performing for Murder, Inc. in the 1920s, dressed in an Uncle Sam suit draped with hundreds of Christmas lights which almost electrocute him when he gets too sweaty. And you think, Great! I'd like to see a picture of that! But there isn't a picture anywhere. There's scarcely any music.
Here is some audio from PBS, and here is where I found the best photo.
For more Naftule, I guess you just have to hit the record shops. If there are any left.
55 minutes of cut-out historical figures shuffling about and wagging their jaws, for your amusement. Plus helpful tips from the Gill hisself.
I spent my hard-earned money on this, and boy am I glad I did.
Monday, March 27, 2006
Apologies to Russian-speaking wee ones reading this, since this clip seems to have been dubbed with Russian dialogue that sounds like it may not be entirely wholesome. But the visuals are just so gumbylicious, and the tenor of the mismatched dialogue is pretty giggly. Plus, it's free.
Sunday, March 26, 2006
I hope everybody knows how much fun flickr is... I can spend hours poking around it. I just figured out how well its "most interesting" feature works when you look up a favorite artist/architect. Try it!
...and then feast your eyes on sint-katelijne-waver's set of pictures (above). Not too ugly, eh?
Saturday, March 25, 2006
1. The Superfriends danger theme (sadly, this seems to be unavailable online at the moment, but here are some Superfriends arrangements to put you in the right mood - I recommend this LIVE RECORDING OF A MARCHING BAND playing the SF theme). I actually have a Pavlovian fear response to this theme, if I so much as remember it.
2. The Dunwich Horror. Available for any 3rd-grader to read, at the local library.
3. A Pictorial History of Horror Movies by Denis Gifford - a terrifying monster book my friend Bob had. Scared me but good, when I was 7. A bunch of times.
When I needed a break from Batman versus Julie, though, I turned to Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp. Part of the appeal here was that I never did see the show, and the View-Masters were so shrouded in mystery. For one thing, there were monkeys that wore clothes and seemed to disappear into their sofa (which I tried to do many times). Plus, there are only about 7 words on each frame of a View-Master to provide context. Plus, I was only six and couldn't read so good. Plus, who reads View-Master captions anyway?
If you want more of the mystery solved, try the documentary, then enjoy some chimp tunes.
(A tip o' the hat, and click o' the View-Master, to the hard-workin' Kip Brockman.)
Thursday, March 23, 2006
The squid blog, loaded with helpful links... including the inevitable octopodcast (from boingboing)
Attwenger has traditional Austrian ommpah sounds, plus a happening breakbeat accompaniment. It's really Austrian!! ... from WFMU blog.
Dave Curd's site has some eyeboggling visuals, if you like that sort of thing. I got it from Drawn.
Now I am going back to sleep. Shhh.
Saturday, March 18, 2006
I used to have dreams, as a kid, of a tiny gateway from my basement into a parallel universe, with all kinds of tiny unforeseen wonders. Bibliodyssey keeps the dream alive, and makes it look easy.
Thanks, mysterious Bibliodyssey host!!
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Translation of poster at right: "absinthe makes the heart grow fonder"
Plus, for you bug-eaters out there, some recipes for Mopane worms. South Africans are way out front of the rest of us here. My pal Jason, an entomologist, brought back Mopane worms from SA and cooked up ziti with homemade sauce and worms. They crackle, and taste, exactly like Wasa crackers. I kid you not. Mmm mmm.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
And here is the home of the inimitable Jules Feiffer, who made the original and best illustrations.
Friday, March 10, 2006
It was funny, well-written (by Peter Milligan) and drawned by artists with spunk, such as Mike Allred, Darwyn Cooke, and Paul Pope. As an extra bonus, it has marvelous Kirbyescent colors thanks to Laura Allred.
I am now on the record as liking a defunct Marvel Comics product. I hereby revoke my art snob license... again. >Snif!<
Thursday, March 09, 2006
There is a writeup about the background of the film in the new ANIMATION BLAST, and an amazing article by Taylor Jessup (offline, for some reason, but the derelict carcass is available as a Google cache, and needs to be read by any and all). Apparently my VHS copy is a bowdlerized version, and somewhere out there is a more potty-mouthed version that was released in theaters in the 80s for, like, 20 minutes. Still worth tracking down the edited version on eBay, if you are a fan. And you should be!
Check out these photos - Miss Pussycat (above) drying out band uniforms after Katrina tried to stop tha funk...
Michelle the Parade Princess.
Now I officially cry because I am not them. Or, as the Termite Queen says, it makes me want to lay a bunch of eggs.
Apparently this is an excerpt from a forthcoming book. Pinch your nose and jump in!
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
You'll laugh, you'll beep, you'll burn out your servomotor.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Kure Kure Takora (Gimme Gimme Octopus), your standard octopus-and-peanut-in-love-with-walrus ménage-à-trois, can be enjoyed here and here. Buy him here if this leaves you starved for more.
Now excuse me while I wash my eye sockets out with soap.
Saturday, March 04, 2006
Thank heavens for WFMU blog. That's all I know.
and speaking of Link... use this site for all your future questions about Muppets and such. More than you will ever need to know.
I happen to know that if you order a VHS copy of his animation, he frequently provides a complimentary one-of-a-kind oil painting on the Maxell cardboard VHS box. Unbelievable! Save up for this one!
Friday, March 03, 2006
The “behind the scenes” video features future animation industry titan Jen Oxley... send her money and chocolate while she is still accessible!