Thursday, November 28, 2013
It is time for the bestest of holidays. A celebration of friends and family and togetherness and ... pies!!! The Pie Mistress, Nico, has been hard at work preparing for tomorrow.
And, of course, the main event. The turkey. And with that in mind, don't forget to gather around the computer, tablet, or what have you and enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday classic: The Turkey Prince! Here is a link:
And in further celebration...here are a few Thanksgiving cartoons from past Thanksgivings:
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I don't remember how I first came across Mike Marlin on Youtube...but he has a very haunting and compelling voice. This song also makes me think of Erik and Christine from Phantom. Anyway, I love his voice and the video is quite dark and creepy. See for yourself:
Check out his website for more videos and music.
Check out his website for more videos and music.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
When I was a kid I was a fan of Hayley Mills. She was brilliant especially in her two early British movies Tiger Bay and Whistle Down the Wind. I especially loved and still love Whistle Down the Wind filmed in the early 1960s in which three farm children in the English countryside discover a man hiding in their barn whom they think is Jesus returned. Alan Bates played the man, an escaped convict, and he was also quite remarkable in this, his first lead role (and pretty gorgeous, too!) as he tries to comprehend the actions of the three children and their friends as they try to help him.
The book this exceptional film is based on is charming in its own right. It was written by Hayley's mother, Mary Hayley Bell, and the edition I have, which I came across years ago in a used book shop, has lovely pen and ink drawings by Oven Edwards (line over the O in Oven which I couldn't figure out how to do!).
When I read that Andrew Lloyd Webber, who is one of my most favorite composers (thank you, thank you Sir Andrew for Phantom! Also Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita (NOT Cats, though, except for "Memories", sorry!) I was excited but then I saw he was setting the musical in the USA in the 1950's south. So, I was disappointed he didn't adapt it to the original setting of Lancashire, England. I never heard the soundtrack until only recently, when I was thinking about the book and movie and was curious to finally hear it. It was actually wonderful with lyrics by Jim Steinman. Now, I'll have to break down and buy the CD!
So it made me want to post scenes from the original film, and from the musical all through the miracle of Youtube and thanks to those who posted everything there!
(Trailer for the original film)
(scene from the musical)
Lots of info on Wikipedia
And this, on the Mills family
And, if the musical still hasn't made it to Broadway (or NH!) why not release it to DVD? How about it Sir Andrew?
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Muirin007 and in real life she is Casey Eade, a college student. Not only is she a brilliant artist whose work is a cross between cartooning and fine art...
engaging writer and blogger, speaks French and really knows her stuff when it comes to the Victorian era and the writers and artists who defined that time period and hopes to eventually become a Professor in this field.
Plus... her phantom stories are wonderful takes on the characters.
She is working on a book collection of her Phantom art (which I must own immediately!!!) and I, personally, would love to see her illustrate Leroux's classic, and would love, love, love her to illustrate Susan Kay's "Phantom". Meanwhile, I'm saving up for if/when that small window of commissions opens up... I'll be ready!
(she doesn't just do Phantom art...check out her site to see more of her work!)
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
As a child, I was captivated by the work of Edward Gorey as soon as I saw it. My parents were great readers and frequenters of book stores new and used and somewhere along the line I found his tiny, dark and mysterious paperbacks like The Hapless Child.
and went to every signing they held for Mr. Gorey and I also managed to infect my dear friend Anthony with Goreymania and we two teens discovered he was in the phonebook! So was his address! We would make the occasional pilgrimage to his NY apt. and sort of linger around. I guess this would be considered stalking, but we were young and cute back then and being young and cute you can get away with a lot!
|(me and Anthony in our cute years)|
|(the skirt of the leotard is hand colored)|
|(his NY apartment looked pretty much like this)|
I also knew, from my extensive research, that Edward Gorey attended all of the NY City Ballet's performances and loved George Balanchine and stated if Mr. Balanchine ever died he'd leave NY and move to Barnstable, MA.
Which brings me to why I am writing this now. It was a sad occasion when Edward Gorey passed away. Later, I read about his house in Yarmouth Port, MA, had been turned into a museum.
Paul Giambarba is an illustrator, cartoonist and designer of the iconic Polaroid box designs:
Ted Goff. I have corresponded with Paul and been an admirer of his work for many years. He started an early blog about the history of illustration and knowing how much I liked Edward Gorey he sent me a link to a story he did that was an interview with Gorey and included photos he took! What a connection! (Paul's interview with Edward Gorey).
|(Edward Gorey photo by Paul Giambarba)|
We stayed at the Colonial Inn which turned out to be a charming old inn with a lot of personality and great food. Dinner and breakfast are included in the price!
The Gorey House was fantastic!
John and I ended up spending two hours with the docent and would have spent another two except they closed and we were already there past closing. They had a lovely exhibit of the originals of "The Gashlycrumb Tinies" :
and many other originals and items from his own collections of things and his coat, which was a bit sad to see behind glass
We met Paul and Fran for lunch at a local pub and had the best time talking cartooning (and politics!) and it seemed like we'd known them for ages, which, online, anyway, I have known and admired Paul for ages!
|(Paul and I)|
|Paul and Fran|
So, Yay! We had a most fabulous time and will look forward to making another trip to the Cape sometime in the near future!