You’ll Make a Huge Mistake If You Don’t Watch This Arrested Development Trailer
As we count down the days to the Netflix premiere of Arrested Development's long-awaited fourth season, we're left to watch old episodes and reminisce in anticipation of brand spankin' new material. Now we can get even more stoked by taking a gander at this trailer that's jam-packed with all of your favorite Bluths making all of the hugest mistakes. These include, but are not limited to:
1. Gob using creepy, inappropriate magic tricks to flirt with women 2. Michael attempting to negotiate with Kitty 3. George Michael playing basketball 4. Driving the Bluth staircar, generally
Plus Maeby gets chased around by an ostrich and Gob performs a Jesus resurrection magic trick. And any AD trailer wouldn't be complete without "The Final Countdown."
New episodes start streaming on Netflix on May 26th!
Look At These Wonderful Bookmarks and Rejoice in Lady Writers!
The one resolution that always makes its way on to my New Year's list is: read more books (...and watch more movies, and listen to more music, and see more comedy...) by women. In terms of authors, there's nothing like discovering a writer who knows just how to express everything I'm feeling, while dispensing with those pesky monologues about my gender's lasting inferiority (looking at you, Hemingway). But there are only so many Plath anthologies or Woolf novellas you can read before you start losing steam come February or March.
Enter Joanna Walsh, creator of these fab bookmarks celebrating women writers! Walsh designed this set of curios as a simple way to get your horizon-expanding quest going: each bookmark has a sweet illustration of a well-known female author on the front, and on the back is an expanded list of lesser-known lady writers. The selection is excitingly long and spans centuries and continents - so not only is there something for everyone, but the markers also act as a great way to widen your literary perspective. As of this blog post, the bookmarks aren't for sale to the public - but you can view the list here, and the full set of illustrations here.
Sparkling Foxes, Feathers & Genie Lamps. I Heart Mandy Shadforth!
Mandy Shadforth is an AMAZING award-winning contemporary artist from Queensland. This Aussie babe paints in a super realistic style, drawing her viewer into intimate details that would usually be overlooked. Mandy paints with such control and depth. She is able to manipulate her pop culture/natural images into mysterious kaleidoscopes of daydreams and bewilderment. She just released her 2010 collection a few months ago and I am smitten. Aren't you?? Mandy is currently showing her annual exhibition at the South Yarra Arthouse in Melbourne.
The last time I wrote about Promethea here I'd just gotten my hands on the first Absolute volume, and it had blown my mind.
"It's less a narrative than a trip, fables layered on top of stories and characters' identities shifting into dreams. If Watchmen is Moore's Ulysses, then Promethea is Finnegans Wake and it demands the same experience--stop trying to make it make sense and just let it wash over you and enjoy the ride."
The second volume arrived last week, and I'm just as thrilled with it. I drowned myself in it yesterday, spending hours with its glossy, gorgeous pages, and at the end of it found myself just as inspired as the last time.
Part two is part adventure narrative/vision quest, but mostly an explanation of a mythology--if it falters at all it's the transition between expository characters whose voice-over is a little too clearly the voice of Moore explaining just what's going on here. He's pulled together a myth-world that's based in systems that already exist--the Kabbalah, various pantheons of gods and goddesses--and sent his characters off on it, including a foul-mouthed teenage guardian angel and a green-haired college student turned superheroine (or, tellingly, Moore calls them "science heroines").
Promethea is, aside from an explanation of a magical worldview, also an argument for the seriousness of comics. J.H. Williams' art doesn't so much toy with panel structure as explode it entirely, and as the journey goes on he shifts art styles so entirely, mimicking classics and classic comics so perfectly that the James Joyce analogy seems appropriate again--just as Ulysses went tripping through the entire history of literature, Promethea skips through the history of visual art and by doing so places itself squarely in the tradition, daring you to argue.
Moore's expert at using the medium to play with space and time, and he understands the difference between comics and any other visual or narrative art better than anyone working in it. And there is a narrative here, though you'd be excused for just gaping at the visuals, a narrative and characters worth knowing and loving and following, and more than the first one this volume left me breathless for what comes next.
"I guess that telling stories with pictures is the first kind of written language," one of the Prometheas notes, and it's true. As Harvey Pekar said, comics are words and pictures and you can do anything with words and pictures, from Pekar's working-class warts-and-all lifestyle to the lushly gorgeous dream-world of gods and goddesses and the blurred boundaries between mortal and divine that Moore and Williams set out here.
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