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HEY! Remember this from around Halloween last year? I do.

4-16-15: Mystery Skulls- Ghost

I remember all that re-blogged artwork too. Damn fine animator this guy.

CREEPSVILLE

Random recommended creepy/scary movies, in no particular order:

Mulholland Drive (2001)
The Ring [US] (2002)
Repulsion (1965)
Lost Highway (1997)
Kairo (2001)
Blow Up (1966)
Spider Forest (2004)
Inland Empire (2006)
The Gate (1987)
Don’t Look Now (1973)
Coming Soon (2008)
Chasing Sleep (2000)
Dead Ringers (1988)

Calling for U(SUK)

Fic recs featuring our favorite American and English lovers getting together or keeping in touch by phone.

Flirting by Phone

Calls Aren’t Enough

Phone Sex

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Review: Old Ground #1 by Noel Freibert

Part of the challenge of comics criticism is the piece of work that redefines the way you think about comics. We have our own little buckets we put things in; art comics, autobio, speculative fiction, etc. and it’s easy to get wrapped up in the trappings of those categories. But there are comics that make you question those categories, a comic that falls in an entirely new headspace. Such is the case with Noel Freibert’s Old Ground, a comic I’ve read about a dozen times and have been puzzling over since Freibert was kind enough to send a copy of a few months ago.

Ostensibly, Old Ground is a book about a dog, a frog, two dead children, and a derelict and ruined cemetery soon to be demolished by two construction worker types. Freibert’s organic line and stark blacks and whites morph and ooze across a segmented standard 6 panel grid, and despite the constant use of shadow throughout, there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of a standardized lightsource. Creatures morph and meld in an absurd, stream of consciousness kind of way. Handheld tools sprout from gaping neckholes, nails and thorns stab and scar. The result is a comic that is unsettling, sometimes disturbing. The threat of violence is never very far away.

Freibert seems interested specifically in the portrayal of pain. I’m thinking of two connected passages: the first where the two dead children talk about the headless body of Jesus and it droops closer and closer to the ground, stretching and snapping into place; the second where the stray dog goes through the stations of the cross (COOL D0G 73, a Sonic the Hedgehog-looking creature, and one of Dane Martin’s characters look on). Freibert is willing to crush and slice and squeeze characters in a way that is a little hard to take in. Elsewhere, Freibert commands the reader through the voice of a dead child to, “Imagine your mouth full of nails. Now bite down on them. You’re so hungry you enjoy the feeling.”

The pain isn’t limited to what’s visible – the two dead children, Silver Spoon and Cliffie, seem both a bit wretched, and also sadly naïve. They talk on and off about death, murder, and abandonment. There’s a lot of hurt here. In one disheartening series of panels, Cliffie hopes to be taken out of the grave by (likely long-dead) parents, and when reminded of their death, says, “Our parents gave us life once. Why not twice?”

But Old Ground, despite its foulness, is funny, actually quite funny, a feat that seems hard to pull off given the nature of its characters and the direction of its story. There’s an inane quality to Freibert’s art that goes hand in hand with its terribleness. A prime example? The cameo characters listed above at the dog’s crucifixion.

Freibert has put together a book here that is an uneasy mix of intensely grotesque imagery and a dark, slapstick sense of humor. The stream of consciousness flow of this comic and its morphing, fluid art make it stick in your craw. Old Ground’s power is undeniable, even if it is hard to categorize. Recommended.

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Noel Freibert is a cartoonist based out of Baltimore MD. You can check out more of his work on his tumbler wweeiirrdd and get comics at his webstore.

aphlibertea asked:

Sorry for bothering you! But I was wondering if you have any fanfics for agent AU's. I forgot the name of it but one I am wondering about is when Arthur is the agent and Alfred was a geek that downloaded the government important files into his mind.

That sounds like Codename by Abarero. It hasn’t updated in years, but the first part is fun. Here are some more spy fics for your reading pleasure:

Agent Jones

Agent Kirkland

Both Spies

  • Espionage (by fakiagirl) - “Two high-level agents who know about each other only what can be said over the phone - but even secure lines can be compromised.”
  • This Affair Is Confidential (by Iggycat) - Experienced spy “England” is forced to work with newbie “America.”
  • Chasing Shadows (by DestinyShiva and Tenkuno) – Alfred and Arthur are chasing a group of child kidnappers and not sure who they can trust. (Probably abandoned, but the first part is great!)
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Michiko to Hatchin

This doesn’t seem to be a well known enough anime. There’s comedy, action, drama, love, sexual tension, forbidden romances, violence, tension, cool people, lame people, great art, unique personalities, fun locations, etc. It’s a really great watch.