At Pitchfork, Barry Walters writes about Grace Jones. “One night in 1993, I finally got my chance to see Jones perform at a local gay nightclub and took my friend Brian, whose partner Mark was too sick to join us….She didn’t back away from the elephant in the room: She dedicated one song to artist and AIDS casualty Keith Haring, who had used her body for a canvas on the occasion of her legendary 1985 Paradise Garage performance. That night’s show was remarkable for the simple fact that Jones just kept on going, granting one encore request after another, waiting patiently while the sound man scoured backing tapes to find the fans’ offbeat choices. When Jones got to such minor numbers as ‘Crush,’ it became clear that she didn’t want to leave. She was giving as much of herself as she could to the beleaguered troops, knowing full well that many wouldn’t live long enough to see her again.”
The Summer Solstice is nearly upon us, and I’m sure you all have your wicker men (or factionalist bee helmets) nearly done and your bonfire safely planned. (Remember, Lord Summerisle recommends nude leaping as the crucial component in bonfire safety). And just in time for the arrival of summer, I have a short selection of […]
Minoru Kawasaki’s Neko Ramen Taisho (2008) is the classic story of a son trying to prove himself to his father and his father’s desire to recreate his son in his own image. Except Taisho, aka William Thomas Jefferson III, is a cat who makes ramen, and his father, William Thomas Jefferson II, is a “cat […]
Author Anne Billson has created a blog dedicated to cats and film called “Cats On Film.” I’ll leave you to your browsing. (Thanks, Kate!)
Gameological issues their 2013 Game of the Year Award. Unfortunately, the event is marred by accounting irregularities.
Ursula and Elisabeth Le Guin transcribe feline correspondence: “Although incomplete, these letters are of great interest in revealing much concerning the Five Deliberations. Though practiced openly and constantly by most cats, the actual nature of the Deliberations has remained obscure to most humans. Frederika’s revelation of them by name and her description of the practice […]
Armor for your cats by Jeff de Boer!
I have a ghost story of my own. At least, I have a ghost-cat story. My final year as an undergraduate was spent in relative splendor. My friends and I lucked into tenancy in the house of a professor on sabbatical. Twelve foot ceilings! Built in bookshelves! Three cats! Real, grown-up furniture! Wait… let’s get […]
Tales of derring-do! Girl adventurers! Occult mystery! Infernal foes! Secrets revealed! Pirates! Love, loss & betrayal! Intricate art bound in lovely hardcovers! Indie going mainstream! Original creations! It’s been an incredible year for comics. So many good ones that I can’t even begin to claim to know what would be the best comics of 2012. […]
At Wildgrounds, Kevin Ma shares his most enjoyable “bad” film and most enjoyable “good” film of 2012.
Kitties with their own cameras. Find out what they’re doing out there.
The FantAsia site is up and running with many, many trailers to get you ready for the festival. (Or at least, what films to keep an eye out for).
The Gutter’s own Carol was kindly invited to discuss director Kaneto Shindo and his ghostly films, Onibaba and Kuroneko on Monster Island Resort Podcast. If you’re curious, feel free to listen here.
Enjoy full-on awesomeness as The Raid is recreated in stop-motion animation. (Thanks, Colin!)
Fast Company interviews animator Cyriak Harris about his process and his surreal animated cat videos (also cow and bear videos): “The process could be described as improvisation on a glacial timescale. For Welcome to Kitty City I started with a simple video clip of a cat but had no idea what to do with it. […]
As an adult, my strongest impressions of horror have come from comics. My childhood ones are almost exclusively from tv—the trailer for Magic and a misguided viewing of the beginning of Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein. But as an adult, I remember picking up the first issue of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman (Vertigo) and being so freaked out […]
The Library of Congress’ “The Origins of American Animation” collection includes Krazy Kat, The Kazenjammer Kids and Keeping Up With The Joneses shorts dating from 1900 through 1921.
In The Cat and the Coup you are a cat, specifically Mohammed Mossadegh’s cat. Who was he? The first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran who was overthrown in a CIA-funded coup . The game looks like Persian miniatures. It has music by Nine Inch Nails. And it’s free. See the trailer here. (Via PC […]
Good Show, Sir, offers you, the reader, only the worst and most ill-conceived science fiction and fantasy book covers. And if you have some terrible cover art in your collection, you can submit to their gallery.
14 Badass Women of the Pulp Era from around the world.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget why I like comics and 2010 was a particularly tough year, in comics and otherwise. But here are 10 that reminded me why I do like them. There’s a lot of crime, anthropomorphic animals, gorgeous art, silly fun, people dealing with things the best they can, and plenty of Greg […]keep looking »