Saturday, April 28, 2012

If You Never Get There

[The House of ? Via

If you have an interest in the Gothic and fantastical, I highly recommend exploring the beautifully sensitive work of Swedish artist and animator Alexander Jansson.

[The Voyage. Via

[Dolores. Via

[The House of Zoundra Sealea. Via

[New Years Eve. Via]

Notice the travel theme here? I'm starting to get excited about my trip... grotesque journey coming soon!

[Sorychta Sisters. Via]

Jansson has created some evocative short films, including Uno and The Curious Kind:

 He is also working on a graphic novel, which I can't wait to read. The trailer is difficult to resist:


To see lots more (in much better resolution/detail), visit Jansson's website here and his deviantArt page.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Wanda Was A Werewolf

There are a few things happening at the moment, so I don't have much time to post. However I do, it seems, have time to peruse this database of old comics covers.

Here are a few of my favourites. Click to enlargenate.

'The Man Who Hated Green':

Women tend to take the 'voluptuous victim' role on most of these covers (except Nyoka The Jungle Girl - who wrestles wildlife and businessmen with sturdy enthusiasm), but this one takes the cake:

Dinosaur pervert.

Lots more covers right here. So many... Excellent for late night procrastination sessions.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Freaks and Geeks

This June I will be visiting Scotland and presenting a paper at the University of Edinburgh's Sensualising Deformity conference. As the call for papers explains, this conference aims to explore the overlapping spheres of sensuality and deformity:

From freak exhibitions and fairs, medical examinations and discoveries to various portrayals in arts and literature, images of deformity (or monstrosity, used separately or interchangeably depending on context) have captivated us for centuries. The result is a significant body of critical and artistic works where these bodies are dissected, politicized, exhibited, objectified or even beatified. Nonetheless, there remains a gap, an unexplored, unspoken or neglected aspect of this complex field of study which needs further consideration. This two-day interdisciplinary conference aims to bring the senses and the sensuous back to the monstrous or deformed body from the early modern period through to the mid-twentieth century, and seeks to explore its implications in diverse academic fields.

We hope to bring together scholars and students from a wide range of disciplines to engage in a constructive dialogue, network, and exchange ideas and experiences, connecting a community of researchers who share a fascination with deformity, monstrosity, and freakery.

Speakers include Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Peter Hutchings and Margrit Shildrick. Excuse me while I fan myself. This is an amazing lineup, and I would encourage anyone with an interest in monsters, deformity, freak studies and the grotesque to come along. You can register here (and it's cheaper if you do so before April 15). You can also check out the conference programme here.

[Annie Jones, Bearded Lady. Via]

My paper is entitled "That Twisted Lump of Flesh: Desire, Disgust and Deformity in Basket Case." Please feel free to attend and marvel at the wonderosity of my presentation skills.

If you haven't seen Basket Case yet, its level of low-budget excellence is difficult to adequately describe. This trailer gives you some indication.

[Warning: probably NSFW due to blood and screaming.]

Oh Dwayne.

After the conference I will be traveling to some other interesting places. One location, in particular, that is very significant to the history of the grotesque. I shan't say where - it can be a surprise...