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Dream Comics at One Comic

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The One Comic podcast shares their dream comics. “Bex, Jared and Jon spend an hour with a cocktail in hand and a list of those comics we’d take on if every actual comic creator in the world mysteriously vanished and Tom Brevoort, Axel Alonso and Co. turned to their next most logical options. On one […]

“A Year With Women”

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Marya Gates has completed her project to watch only movies directed or co-directed by women in 2015. She shares the list of films and her thoughts at Cinema Fantatic. “Normally, I would write this post and talk about a few films I really loved from the year and maybe a theme I noticed in my […]

10 Comics I Liked in 2015

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I’m a little chilly after a strangely, even eerily warm Yuletide writing my annual list of comics I liked in 2015 suddenly snowed in in Montreal and then subjected to what I can only call, “Frost Giant Snot” on the long road home. As always, I try to choose comics I haven’t written about much […]

“The Time-Traveling Mystery Teens in…”

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Read the incredible adventures of “The Time-Traveling Mystery Teens in… Murder On Dinosaur Island!”

Seasonal Music of Hideous Cheer and Wrongness

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Listen to the Yuletide carols of the HP Lovecraft Historical Society in all their awesome splendor.

“The Indisputable, Irrefutable, Wholly Objective Best of 2015 List(s)”

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It’s time for Pornokitsch’s The Indisputable, Irrefutable, Wholly Objective Best of 2015 List(s)!

“Tamiya Iemon is the Worst”

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At Teleport City, the Gutter’s own Carol writes about The Ghost Story of Yotsuya in its film adaptations and its villain, Iemon, who is the absolute worst.

Cursed Rocks and Petrified Wood Thieves

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Criminal podcasts looks at theft from Petrified Forest National Park and the letters people write when they return their stolen petrified wood. There is also a link to photos of the “conscience letters.”

“Worldweird Cinema’

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Behold, the Gutter’s own Keith discovered a list of swell, “worldweird cinema” at Mubi.com. Enjoy them all!  

Star Wars Shadow Puppet Play

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Al-Jazeera reports on Fusion Wayang Kulit’s production of Star Wars as a shadow puppet pla, “Peperangan Bintang.” in Malaysia. Here’s more about Fusion Wayang Kulit. And here is their Facebook page, which has swell pictures of all the puppets. (Thanks, Beth!)

20 Films Directed By Women

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The Decider has a swank list of movies directed by women all of which are available on Netflix right now. (via The Muff Society)

An Interview with Jaymee Goh and Joyce Chng

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SF Signal talks with authors Jaymee Goh and Joyce Chng about Southeast Asian steampunk and their anthology, The Sea Is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia.

Cello Version of the Steven Universe Theme Song

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Aubrey Webber of the Doubleclicks performs the Steven Universe theme song. (via Geek Girl Con)

Loser City’s 100 Best Comics of the 2010s (So Far)

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Loser City has a sweet list of “The 100 Best Comics of the First Half of the 2010s” in multiple parts. See part I here and part II there. Check back at Loser City for the final forty picks.

“Goodbye to Japan’s Manga King”

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At The Daily Beast, Jake Adelstein writes about comic creator and folklore scholar Shigeru Mizuki, the astounding breadth of Mizuki’s work and Mizuki’s challenge to revisionist history. “Mizuki rose to fame through his popular comics, but starting in the seventies, he created a variety of controversial works which looked at the brutality of Japan during […]

Glitched-Out Rugs

Colossal has a gallery of Faig Ahmed’s amazing rugs. “Faig Ahmed distorts the patterns of traditional Azerbaijani rugs, dimantling their structure in order to build compositions that trick the eye by appearing to melt off the wall. By rearticulating the original design, he creates contemporary sculptural forms that look like digital glitches, patterns flatlining halfway through […]

“Godzilla 2014 vs. The Giant Claw”

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Michael Aguilar discusses The Giant Claw and making the stop motion wonder of “Godzilla 2014 vs. The Giant Claw, Part I!” (Thanks, Kate!)

Three Islands

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A homophobic Tumblr post becomes Queer dystopian adventure fiction in two responses. Behold! (Thanks, Adele!)

“The Art Of The Gag”

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Tony Zhou has a new video up at Every Frame A Painting. This time, he looks at Buster Keaton and, “The Art Of The Gag.”

“Transgression and the Horror Porn of Richard Kern”

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At Dirge Magazine, friend of the Gutter Less Lee Moore writes about the cinema of Richard Kern. “My introduction to Richard Kern was an issue of Spin magazine from the mid-1980s. Having recently fallen under the spell of the feral pleasures of Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel – a.k.a. JG Thirlwell – I was intrigued by […]

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    The Los Angeles Times has an interview with Margaret Sixel, editor of Mad Max: Fury Road. “I wanted every single shot to progress the story. I don’t like repetition. And I think we applied that rule religiously throughout the film….I watched a film last night and they kept cutting back again and again and the expression on the actor’s face was exactly the same. I felt like, ‘You’ve used the shot three times already!’ That’s what I don’t like. There’d better be some progress.”

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    “During the 1970’s Black filmmakers found their voices by making films that spoke to urban audiences in a way that had never been done before. Films like Sugar Hill, Abby, The Zebra Killers and so many more packed theaters with audiences hungry for Horror Movies where the Black Guy didn’t die first. 40 years later, Black horror films have made a lasting impact within the Black community. These films are national treasures and should be a part of any film collection. The Museum of UnCut Funk pays homage to the Blaxpolitation Horror films of 1974.” Click through for more. (via @GrveyardShiftSisters)

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    Mubi has a collection of film posters designed by Eva Švankmajerová, Surrealist painter, writer and filmmaker. Learn more about Eva Švankmajerová with an posthumous interview with Gwendolyn Albert, the translator of her novel, Baradla Cave.

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    At The Toast, Mo Moulton watches Downton Abbey and discusses its portrayal of Neville Chamberlain. “Here, then, is Neville Chamberlain in 1925. He is fulfilling the expectations set by an extraordinary political family. His father, Joseph Chamberlain, ran a screw factory in Birmingham, where he became passionate about urban improvement as a method for bettering the lives of his workers. As Liberal mayor of Birmingham, he was an early, passionate proponent of what became known as “gas and water socialism”: he wanted to put those services within reach of every resident by putting them under the management of local government. So far, it’s hard to imagine the Earl of Grantham having much in common with this energetic, egalitarian entrepreneur.”

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    In honor of Black History and Women In Horror Month, Graveyard Shift Sisters take a look at Audre’s Revenge Film collective, which was founded by Monika Estrella Negra:  “Audre’s Revenge Film was created in order to promote visibility of womyn, queer, trans and intersex folks of color in the sci fi and horror universe.

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    Please enjoy an hour of rare Bollywood synth funk (and an interview with DJ Fitz who put the mix together). (via @BethLovesBolly)

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