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11 June 2017 @ 10:07 pm
Thing #1: If you like fanvids and the movie Dor, you might be interested to hear that a vidder on YouTube has made two new vids for it, You Are Always Welcome To My Home and Joleen.

Thing #2: WisCon happened, and it was great. The big new thing for me this year was that I hosted an official party on behalf of my comic book club. We had two large tables covered in comics that guests could read, two tables covered in comics-themed coloring book pages, and one table full of door prizes. Everything went smoothly. Rachel and Jen co-hosted with me, and several members of the club helped out. We'll probably do it again next year, and honestly there's little I'd change, it went so well!

Also, Kelly Sue DeConnick was there!


Also I commissioned another great Carol/Wanda piece from Alex Heberling of the webcomic The Hues.

If you're wondering if I'm ever going to post the Carol/Wanda piece I commissioned at C2E2, well, I haven't received it physically yet, but there's an image of it here on Instagram.

Thing #3: Jen and I are tentatively planning a trip to the University of Iowa on Friday to peruse their fandom-related special collection archive. I've sent a request for access, and we've looked at hotels. It's only a three hour drive, but we'll probably drive down after work on Thursday and spend the night so we can squeeze as much out of Friday as possible.

At the moment I'm most interested in the early zines, correspondences, and scripts of Starsky & Hutch. Anyone following me on Tumblr might have noticed that I've fallen back into S&H fandom, and this time I've pulled Jen down with me. I showed her episodes with high levels of cradling and questionable banter, and that did the trick.

I might post more about S&H, because last time I fell in I only watched about half the episodes, and this time I'm watching a lot more of the later ones, including "Death in a Different Place" and "Manchild on the Streets" which are giving me meta thoughts. Also, what the hell is going on in this acceptance speech from 1976's People's Choice Awards?

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01 June 2017 @ 12:38 am
Fandom: Nerve (2016)
Song: Broad-Shouldered Beasts by Mumford and Sons
Length: 4:26
Warnings: none
Notes: This was originally screened at the WisCon Vid Party. It was my first time making a non-still image comics vid for WisCon, and my third non-comics vid in total.

I saw Nerve in the theater and was struck by how pretty a film it was. When I first connected the song to the movie I was torn between whether it was a song from the point of view of Vee towards Sydney, or from the point of view of the Watchers towards Vee. In the end I chose the latter, but in editing my vid the clear POV was lost. Parts of it feel Watchers/Vee and parts feel Vee/Sydney.

Although at this point I wish I'd used tighter, more varied editing especially at the beginning, I feel this vid was successful in that already several people have told me they want to watch Nerve because of it. Go watch Nerve if you haven't! It's an enjoyable film!

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09 May 2017 @ 07:50 am
So, a few weeks late, but here's my C2E2 report! It's long & has several pictures, and includes the answer to the question, "What impulse purchase set Garrideb back the most?"


I love a lot about this picture, but Toad's tongue is my favorite detail

Three days of geeky glee!Collapse )


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02 May 2017 @ 11:54 pm
I had a shockingly busy April, and now that it's May I really need to share some of April's highlights.

I visited my older sister Missy in Sterling, Virginia. It was my first time in Virginia and also my first time in Washington, DC.

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Missy and her cat, Quatro.

I arrived on Wednesday evening. On Thursday and Friday we took the train into DC and toured the Library of Congress and the Capitol, and visited the Air and Space museum and the American History museum, and also walked around many of the monuments. I think the biggest surprise for me was how moved I felt looking at some of the monuments; I thought that visiting DC as a cynical adult would harden me to the sentimentalism of giant statues, murals, and war memorials, but it didn't, not really. I definitely got teary-eyed a few times.

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Also, the Library of Congress (specifically the Jefferson building) is gorgeous. It was apparently designed to showcase American artists, and does so by filling every nook and cranny with polished marble, gilded mosaics, and more sculptures and paintings than strictly necessary. It's also -- for it's time -- rather inclusive; in its depiction of the pursuit of knowledge it shows women students as well as black and native students. Not saying it's perfect, but some of the art really does send a message of world-wide welcome.

They also have an exhibit of books that personally belonged to Thomas Jefferson, and a few museum exhibits including one on cartoons and comics.

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Then on Saturday we went to a couple wineries, including WillowCroft, where Missy, her husband, and I ate a picnic lunch perched on a scenic hill with a couple bottles of their wine.


On Sunday I flew back to Madison and had a late Easter lunch with my parents, my younger sister, and my roommate. I'd given up sweets for Lent so it was nice to indulge in some chocolate.

The next weekend was C2E2, which I will post about next!

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30 March 2017 @ 03:22 pm
fandom: Avengers comics, specifically Civil War
song: Knowing Me, Knowing You by ABBA
length: 2:22
warnings: comic book violence, mostly Steve & Tony punching each other
summary: So this is another Steve/Tony Civil War vid very much in the style of my Downfall vid (although I like to think I've learned a bit about vidding and color correcting comics scans in the six years since). I made it in celebration of the tenth anniversary of The Confession, the comic where Tony cries to Steve's corpse that nothing was worth Steve's death, AKA, one of the comics that helped kick off the Steve/Tony fandom.

Anyway, I mentioned on cap_ironman that one could consider this the tenth anniversary of Steve/Tony fandom, and the mods there totally made that happen. There's a party post here, and the 10yearsofstevetony tag on tumblr is satisfyingly active.

I've been absent from this fandom for awhile, but I still love it so much.

I used Photoshop to edit the scans (which were mostly scans I reused from Downfall, but cropped and color corrected) Premiere Pro CC for the vidding, Audacity to edit the song, and AfterEffects for the one effect over the musical interlude between verses.

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13 February 2017 @ 11:16 am
One of my dearest friends has a YouCaring page for a very worthy cause. She explains it better than I ever could, so if you have a few minutes please read her story and if you have a few spare dollars, please consider donating.

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11 February 2017 @ 05:20 pm
Title: Give Me What You've Got
Fandom: IDW's Jem and the Holograms comic book
Song: Give Me What You've Got by The Shondes
Length: 2:07
Warnings: none
Summary: Call Pizzazz whatever you want; she knows who she is. This is a Festivids gift for [personal profile] gwenfrankenstien!

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30 January 2017 @ 03:48 pm
First of all, I received an amazing Gadget Man vid for festivids! It's a fast-paced, dance-along look at all of the wonderful, ridiculous robots and Richard Ayoade's dead-pan facial expressions, all set to a Daft Punk song. Enjoy!

Last night I attended a Post Modern Jukebox concert, and it was great! It was at the Orpheum, which really seems to be thriving under new management. They have a new sign that's all lit up and looks gorgeous; a great addition to the view of State Street near the capitol building.

PMJ featured a rotating group of singers, an amazing tap dancer, and a superb clarinetist (the whole band was superb, but the clarinetist blew me away). They were all exuberant and charismatic. Would definitely recommend.

They sang No Surprises by Radiohead, and when they got to the lyrics, Bring down the government / they don't speak for us, the audience broke out cheering.

A week ago Sunday Jen and I went to a Frank Turner concert. It was my third time seeing him live. I started writing up that report last week but never got around to posting it. It's pretty long, so I'll stick it under a cut:

A Detailed Report of My Third Frank Turner ConcertCollapse )

Overall my pictures weren't that great; I was much happier with the ones I got at the Majestic in 2015, which is a bit disheartening as I would hope that my photography has improved since then. But maybe the lighting there was better. I'll have to compare some of the settings to see if the answer lies in my choice of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, or something else completely.






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20 January 2017 @ 12:46 pm
Go-live for Festivids is in 8 days and I'm so excited. It's my first time participating! What fandom will my gift vid be from? Will my recipient like my vid? Ohhhmygosh, will my vid be up to Festivids standards?

Okay, maybe I'm like, 60% excited and 40% nervous.

I think part of it is that I'm mostly sitting on my hands at this point. I'll have my roommate take a look at it when she gets back, but other than some very minor tweaks it's done. Contrast with the fanfic exchanges I've participated in, where I'm usually rewriting and refining right up until go-live.

Should I do a banner? I guess I could do a banner.

Vidding in this fandom has given me all sorts of fandom thoughts that I'll finally be able to share without giving myself away. I have fic ideas, shipping headcanons, and a mostly-formed fanmix. I'm going to drown my tumblr followers in {redacted} fandom feels as soon as reveals happen.

So... any of you doing Festivids? Newbie like me or old hat at it? If not Festivids, any other exchanges you're feeling excited about?

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16 January 2017 @ 05:59 pm
I finished a book for the first time in forever. Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson, which I started -- and read most of -- in September, but which I finally finished today. Some of the earlier chapters made me cry a fair bit, and that made me less likely to want to read it right before bed, and before I knew it the book was buried under a pile of comics.

But I really want to read more books (and not just comics, blog posts and fanfiction) this year, so I'm planning on setting aside time away from my laptop with the goal of daily book-reading.

I do really recommend Where Am I Now? Mara writes with empathy and humor, and despite her fame, she has many fangirl anecdotes that I found relatable. Some especially relatable quotes: Read more...Collapse )

Anyway, as I mentioned before (to some people, repeatedly, heh) a picture I took of Mara at a Welcome to Night Vale show was used in the book. Here it is!



Next books to read: Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey which I'm already halfway through, and is quite funny, and the Welcome to Night Vale novel. Also, a bunch of comics including O Human Star and the recent run of Mockingbird. Books!

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