A while back I decided that I needed a new bookcase for my ever-expanding stash of tomes. I went looking online for a recycled cardboard case in the hopes of saving money… and then I decided that I might as well cut out the middleman. I found an eBay account selling 40x20x11cm cardboard boxes, which were just the ticket.
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My second article on the 2016 Hugo prose fiction finalists is up at Women Write About Comics.
Last time, I covered stories about cat photographs, biological warfare, killer starfish, gay dinosaurs and John Scalzi; this time around, the topics are spunky cyberpunks, spacefaring samurai, virtual reality, pop-up cities and ethics in murder journalism.
The above illustration, incidentally, is by Galen Dara and accompanies Brooke Bolander’s story “And You Shall Know Her By The Trail Of Dead”.
I’ve started a new series of articles at Women Write About Comics: Women in British Animation.
This is a subject that I’ve long been interested in. Eleven or twelve years ago I gained access to my college library, complete with animation tapes from the BFI’s Connoisseur Video line. Jan Svankmajer, the Brothers Quay, Aardman Animations… and the Wayward Girls & Wicked Women series.
I can remember being fascinated by the fact that there was a whole movement of feminist animation in the UK from the seventies through to the nineties – a movement that, sadly, seems largely forgotten today. I am positively relishing the opportunity to shed some light on this body of work.
I went to see When Marnie Was There yesterday. I knew absolutely nothing about the plot, but as a committed Ghibli fan, went in eager to be surprised. And yeah, in terms of genre, When Marnie Was There did have an intriguing surprise for me.
Spoilers below fold…
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Over at Women Write About Comics, I’m going to be reviewing all of the Hugo finalists in the prose fiction categories. First up we have the candidates for Best Short Story…
Down at a local market I found a stash of pre-cert video tapes, five for a pound. For the uninitiated, those are video cassettes released before the Video Recordings Act 1984 was introduced, ensuring that all subsequent videos carried BBFC certificates and ending the now-fabled era of the Video Nasty:
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Decided it was time to get a place I could jot down my thoughts. Now, let’s see if I can cobble a layout together…