Thursday, 26 November 2009

Movie Reviews: Franklyn and Ink

I watched two artsy movies last night. The first one was a disappointment. The second one was one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen.

The first one was Franklyn, the story about three un-connected characters joined together by fate.

It had some good ideas, but there felt like  something was missing. I think it was production value. Seriously, this movie is Watchmen meets Magnolia, two movies I very much like (Well, actually, I find Watchmen to be kinda Meh). It had some good ideas, I love the concept of Meanwhile City, where every faith ever imagined exists, and Mister Another Brick In The Wall Face there, who's real name is Preest, is a man with no faith at all. It had interesting concepts but it failed. Mostly because most of the characters were dull, and Preest was Rorschach-Lite. Seriously, the guy could be V's little tag along brother.

This movie could have been so, so much more. Instead it just seemed to falter after coming up with the idea that "Hm, Super-heroes are big right now..."

Now, the other movie I had the extreme pleasure to watch last night was Ink

Emma is a little girl who is stolen away one night to the world of Dreams and Death by the creature Ink, and a small band of dream-people have to rescue her or else she'll die in the real world. This movie is shiveringly creepy at times and beautiful at others. During the first 11 minutes I could barely breathe, it was so haunting and beautiful.

I never realized that I so badly craved a modern fairy-tale. This movie brings to mind both MirrorMask and Pan's Labyrinth, the two most modern fairy-tales I can think of. Ink did it better.

I don't know what it is, but I find Neil Gaiman's work very dull. I love watching his interviews, but his work never gripped me. It's all too depressing and dry. Even MirrorMask just seemed to plod on and on (and on and on and on...)

Ink however, took the basic feel of MirrorMask and made it, y'know, entertaining.

Pan's Labrynth is a great movie, but the problem with it is that there are too many holes in the fantasy story. The princess wanted to run away, so she did. But now she wants to go back to the fantasy land. Why? No, really, why?
Looking it up on Wikipedia, apparently she was curious about the human world. Fair enough, but that didn't seem to communicate well during the film.

Anyway, Ink is a beautiful, unique and original movie, if you can, I strongly suggest purchasing it, as it is a completely indie film.

(Just a reminder that I have A GIRL CALLED KERMIT Prints for sale. All money goes to Childsplay Charity. Email me at AnarchicQ(AT) for more info)

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Reworking Elven Lacryment

You've probably noticed that Elven Lacryment hasn't updated in what seems like forever. Alex's laptop died. (I know, first my adventures in Laptopness and now her!) and she's supposed to get a new one next week. So here's hoping.

Meanwhile, I've been tinkering with the script. I've added new elements, and I hope that it will provide a new experience for old readers.

Also, last night I had an idea about ShadowWolf and her true purpose. She's a selfish being and I've thought of something that really makes her selfishness shine through. It also manages to tie certain plot points together better.

I need to update the site to the latest version of Wordpress and Comicpress. A Girl Called Kermit at FRIENDS 4 EVER!!! are on the latest version of Comicpress and it is so easy to use, once the design is implemented. I just don't want to have to re-CSS the layout again. But it would be worth it in the long run.

As for a schedule, it seems that concept is just a pipedream. Maybe EL should just default to 'updates whenever' status. I know comics do better on a schedule but with all the options for notifications, RSS, email and things, I don't think it would be a huge disaster.

I want an Elven Lacryment t-shirt.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

OTW's archive has been open for not even a week...

And there's already wank about it.
I too, have a problem with the warning labels omiting 'dubcon'. Sometimes I'm very uncomfortable lableing something "Noncon/rape". One fic I have up there has the warnings "Noncon/rape" and the tags "Comfort/Angst" and "hurt". It gives me a squicky feeling.

Yes, I can put my own tags in, I can warn for "dubcon" or "yuri" or "beastiality" or "watersports" if I want. But I shouldn't have to. These aren't tags, they're warnings. A tag is "AU" or "WAFF".

I realize that the fic is in closed beta and not everything is set in stone, but where is our promised ideal system. Hell, FFN has more options than AO3. AFFN has more options than AO3. My Repo! and Silent Hill archives sure as hell have more options than AO3.

Looks like this is going to be the last great wank of '09.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

When Appropriation is a Good Thing

A few days ago, I did a google search for some of my works, just to see how out there I really was. One of the things I googled was "NecroRaver", because my resident villain can pop up in the most unlikely of places.

Like MySpace.

Yes, boys and girls, there's a 21 year old German guy going by the name of NecroRaver, complete with art by me and my dear long lost friend Sara.  Look it up yourself if you want to see.

Anyway, I emailed the guy, using small words because I didn't know how much English he could speak. I told him I created Necro in 2001, with Elfwood (Elfwood!) links to show it, and that the other drawing he used was done by Sara. I asked if he could either credit us, or remove the images.

And then, on a whim, I emailed Sara, whom I had not heard from for years because she left the Internet due to personal reasons. I told her the situation, and asked her, a fluent German girl to try to talk to MyspaceRaver as well.

Colour me surprised that she actually got back to me! And now we're talking again on a regular basis! And NecroRaver and I are so HAPPY!  Necro is seriously on Because Sara happened to have a character he was utterly intrigued by. Plus, this is  the woman who spray painted A Girl Called Kermit all over Germany. (I still have pictures of that. I have to re-upload them). That was our friendship.

As for MyspaceRaver? He's thrilled to talk to us. He found the pictures of Necro seven years ago, when he was 14, and printed them out. Since then they got removed from Elfwood, and he couldn't find them, so he rescanned them and posted them on his MySpace. He has since credited us and has friended me on MySpace, not that I ever use my account.

So thank you, MyspaceRaver, for re-connecting me with a dear friend.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

C'mon! Fit!

I had a thought today. A wonderful thought. A brilliant thought. I had the great idea to add an important scene to Project C, a scene which filled in a nice gap of background info. The only problem is it doesn't fit anywhere.

Oh, wait.

If I re-arrange...AHA! Fix'd! Also, it lets me add another bit of going on. Huzzah for inter-weaving plots.

Oh, I am far too pleased with myself right now.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Further Education and Future Planning

Some of you, probably know that for the last month I've been taking a course on how to get published. It helps the students write query letters, CVs, synopsis and so forth. I'm enjoying it immensely and I want more.

I like that I like school and learning. I was crap at it back in, y'know, school. Mostly because I didn't care. It didn't interest me. But now everything is more or less falling in to place.

I am considering two courses. One is about manga and graphic novels, and writing them, and the other is the writing for children one that I was all ready to take in 2007, but couldn't due to illness.

Why these two? Because I want to really, truly and seriously want to take a real shot at A Girl Called Kermit and I think these two courses could be a powerful force in it's realization.  AGCK needs to be completely torn down and re-structured. It's messy and old. Kermit herself has changed design slightly to become a clearer entity. I have to separate it from what it once was. There was too much emotional constipation involved with it. I could only work on it if I was in a bad mental and emotional place and that's no longer a constructive way for me to work. Unless of course, I happen to be writing NecroRaver, but let's ignore that right now.

AGCK is now a thing for kids to know that they're not alone. The goth revolution of late-late 90's and the new millennium has passed and AGCK is no longer a dark and edgy thing. It's now a message. It's my version of Everybody Poops meets The Maxx. AGCK will never forget it's roots.

Progress on other works continues to go on. I re-wrote the first issue of Elven Lacryment because I had a brainstorm.

Project C needs to be tweaked a bit before I send it out to more publishers.

Next to Godliness is on pause yet again, because I'm having difficulty with an aspect of it. On the plus side it's over 14,500 words in it's current state, when I was aiming for about 20,000 and I'm not even at the whole point of the story yet. It might manage to make it to novel length.

Today I worked on a chunk of something a bit new called Blood in the Water. Going back to play in post-apocalyptic badlands. I just can't seem to leave those places  behind. I'm considering sending it to magazines if it is small enough.

Anyway, I'm mostly writing this for my own benefit, and to give some new content to this desert of a blog.

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