Pieces is such an underrated b flick.
Anonymous asked: I need some creepy mind-fuck horror recommendations, what do you have?
Jacob’s Ladder is the king here if you haven’t seen it. A Tale Of Two Sisters. Strange Circus. Marebito. Pontypool. Dead Ringers isn’t technically horror but I think fits the bill for creepy mind-fuck. Really any early Cronenberg. Session 9. 3 Extremes. Pan’s Labyrinth. Martyrs. Sheitan. Deathwatch. Grave Encounters suffers effects-wise but temporal-distortion horror gets me every time so I’m throwing it in here, ymmv.
I need podcast recommendations. I Require
Okay I’ve been meaning to write a podcast recommendation post for a while. Here’s what I listen to hour after hour after hour while I draw and slowly lose my mind and all social aptitude:
Doesn’t update very often, unfortunately (I mean like ‘an episode every few years’), but everything in the archive is gold dust. Fascinating informal interviews and conversation with incredible people from all over the animation industry — Glen Keane, Andreas Deja, Milt Kahl, Ray Harryhausen, seriously it’s amazing and each individual interview can last up to an hour and a half. I revisit this every time I start to lose hope and it never fails to remind me why I care about what I do.
A bizarrely well kept secret, tucked away in a nondescript menu on AMC’s Breaking Bad site. The cast and crew recorded a podcast episode for every single episode of Breaking Bad from S2-5, with editor Kelly Dixon and creator Vince Gilligan. Granted you probably need to have watched the show to get anything out of it, but it is genuinely one of the most engaging commentaries on writing, staging and production I’ve ever listened to (and I listen to DVD commentary tracks for fun). Funny and insightful and makes me want to write.
I’m pretty sure Chris Oatley is working on recording an inspirational thought session for every problem a jobbing artist might ever conceivably encounter, which makes his podcasts endearingly varied and unerringly optimistic. Also, plenty of interviews and practical tutorial sessions. I dip into these occasionally when I just need to feel like part of a bigger industry and polish up some more professional skills.
I only discovered this one recently, but it’s wooonderful. Each episode mixes industry interviews (with a heavy focus on indie and small-press creators) with market overviews, reviews and plugs for upcoming publications to watch. The early episodes are a little shakier, but there’s a huge archive of great stuff with its feet firmly planted in a genuine love of making comics because comics are great. This has taken over as my main comic podcast since activity tailed off on Paper Wings.
Pretty sure everyone knows about this one. Comedy podcast, exploring the weirder parts of the internet. It’s a good listen when you just want something stupid and funny in the background, but I’ve honestly soured on it a lot in the last year. Personally I love the idiosyncrasies that the internet brings out in people, and I love those people for being as odd as they are. I feel like the F+ veers into outright bullying at times, and at this point this only gets play when I’ve exhausted my other podcast feeds and really want an internet safari.
Classic horror radio plays! Episodes are drawn from a variety of vintage radio archives, a mixture of original writing and adaptations, spanning the ‘golden age’ of radio drama from the 1920s right through to the 60s. Some of them are seriously spine tingling, and plenty of them are outright ludicrous. A mad professor who takes his graduates hostage on a remote island and feeds them a compound that turns one of them into a lion? A young couple unwittingly renting an apartment from Satan? Peter Lorre hamming his heart out? Check, check and check.
Obvious? Yep. Still good. I listen to tons of folklore and mythology compendiums while I work, that I just wouldn’t have time to get into otherwise. The only annoyance is that multi-chapter volumes tend to switch contributors a lot, and occasionally you’ll get stuck with the breathy nerd or the TEFL student. On the upside you might also get Grandpa Plumvoice. Swings and roundabouts.
The only comedy podcast I need. Three brothers giving advice to the internet. I love it because it scratches my absurdity itch and is also a genuinely warm-hearted show from three dudes who try really hard to be decent people at the same time that they’re being funny. Also they talk a lot about ghosts and horses and you know what I like baby. I’m currently sad because I’ve listened to almost the entire archive.
I just recently listened to a whole lecture series on the origins of the old testament, and next up is a close reading of Dante’s Inferno. What? It’s great. Fill your brain with stuff.
Another Chris Oatley co-host, with Lora Innes and Justin Copeland. This used to be my favourite comic-making podcast, but updates have slowed enough in the last year that it’s more of a periodic pleasure for me now. Lots of great advice, conversation and resources on every aspect of being an independent online creator. All sort of topics you didn’t even realise you’d been wondering about until they address it!
A storytelling podcast billed as ‘stories you thought you’d never dare to share’ but which is actually a lot more human and thought provoking than that clickbait subtitle makes it sound. It’s really just a lot of people — comedians, actors, professional storytellers, and the general public — sharing noteworthy anecdotes from their lives. Each episode is themed, and can move from the hilarious to the philosophic to the heartbreaking in the space of a few minutes. It’s really addictive, and sometimes I actually have to switch it off to get any work done because I get so absorbed.
Yeah, yeah, I know. Everyone is either already listening to it or not remotely interested. I’d just say give it a chance — it’s much better, subtler and more affecting than the fanbase would have you believe. I remember describing the first episode as ‘the sound of the mental place you go on a long drive at night’ and that’s still what really draws me to it. It’s very accomplished radio, and the creators are real good guys.
Minus The F Plus, this is a solid gold rec list.