beloved tales

~Song of the Solstice~

Come, raise your hands up to the sun
And dance about the fires
For on this night, the solstice brings
The light back to the shires

Now, deck the halls with evergreens
And symbols of the sun
Adorn thy homes with merriment
And hope for everyone

Bless youthful ears with fables
Of beloved tales once told
And gift your wisdom of the lore
To those of young and old

Upon the entrance of the dawn
Embrace the blessed light
And feast another year of hope
On this, the solstice night

—  © 2016 Amelia Dashwood, All rights reserved.

Because you left poor Ludger alone to fend for himself… He resorted to picking up foods in the wild to satiate his hunger… (+___+)

From: Tales of Xillia 2 4Koma vol.2
Artist: マイペース歩幅
Credits go to the amazing artist and publisher of this 4koma.

PS: Julius is a BIG stalker…

the devil’s going to make me a free man. [LISTEN]

to live and not to breathe // is to die in tragedy // to run, to run away // to find what you believe
1. green day: jesus of suburbia / city of the damned / i don’t care / dearly beloved / tales of another broken home - 2. jeff williams ft. casey lee williams: i’m the one - 3. fall out boy: beat it - 4. my chemical romance: planetary (go!) - 5. falling in reverse: drifter - 6. the killers: all these things that i’ve done - 7. arctic monkeys: one for the road - 8. barns courtney: glitter & gold - 9. kaleo: broken bones - 10. bastille: two evils

art © @tmirai-art
Graphic Novel Research: The Wolf Among Us

In this post I will be looking into how The Wolf Among Us translates from the page to the screen, similarly to the Sin City series but this series went from graphic novel to interactive video game. 

The Wolf Among Us is a TellTale Games series made up of 5 chapters that piece together to make one choose-your-own-destiny game. It was developed from Bill Willingham’s comic book series, Fables, which was set in a world where fictional characters from beloved classic fairy tale stories came to life in the human world, humans and animals alike, using glamours to hide their powers from the rest of the population. It has a very in-depth lore and an abundance of colourful characters throughout, consisting of many comics following different story arcs and characters.

The Wolf Among Us follows Sheriff Bigby Wolf (the big bad wolf) as he tries to piece together a series of murders and crimes throughout Fabletown. The game itself follows a bunch of tropes from many genres such as film noir and cyberpunk, which are the genres I’ve taken most inspiration from for my own series. This includes the colour schemes (pinks, purples, and oranges with browns, greys, and blacks), decor, soundtrack and character design. This translates directly from the graphic novel into the video game and in my opinion, is extremely well executed. 

Take these two scenes for example - they both depict the same moment in both the game and the graphic novel, in which Bigby has just saved Faith from the Woodsman, and as the Woodsman pins Bigby up during their fist fight together, Faith comes up behind him and impales his head with his own axe. Although the angle shows the characters positioned differently, the colours are the same, the design of the characters are the same and the overall atmosphere of the scene is translated perfectly. One of the best things that TellTale achieved with this work is capturing the comic book art style of the graphic novels and bringing them over to the game almost seamlessly. This is done through shadows, choppy-drawings, character anatomy, level/setting design, and the colour schemes. 

Les Mis 365 - Grantaire’s introduction - Pechméja

“There are men who seem to be born to be the reverse, the obverse, the wrong side. They are Pollux, Patrocles, Nisus, Eudamidas, Ephestion, Pechmeja.”

Pechmeja is the only name on this list who is a modern rather than an ancient figure, and he’s thus outside of my area of expertise. I’ve done a little digging, but I haven’t been able to find as much as I like, and some of this is based off of me attempting to translate French pages. Hopefully this is all more or less correct.

Jean-Joseph de Pechmeja was an author in late 18th century France. He was born in 1741 and died in 1785. Pechmeja’s other half who earns him a place on this list was the doctor Jean Baptiste Leon Dubreuil. Pechmeja and Dubreuil were childhood friends who separated when they went off to school as young men, but in 1776 Pechmeja fell severely ill and Dubreuil came to Paris to stay with him and tend him. After that, Dubreuil never left, and he and Pechmeja lived together in a shared household with everything in common for the rest of their lives.

Pechmeja and Dubreuil’s friendship was apparently well-known even when they were alive, and every source I’ve looked at so far mentions them as a modern day Orestes and Pylades (who my next post should be about). Pechmeja’s most famous work is the poem “Telephe,” which tells the story of Telephus, son of Hercules, going on a long journey and learning about friendship (specifically intimate friendship between men). The poem is dedicated to his dear friend Dubreuil, and two of the characters sound as though they’re based on the poet and the doctor. These characters are together throughout the work, and end the story still together and living in a household of their own near the hero Telephus and his wife (as well as another male-male household).

But the part of Pechmeja and Dubreuil’s history I keep seeing emphasized is, again, about death. In 1785, Dubreuil fell very ill. Knowing that his disease was contagious and that he would soon die, Dubreuil told Pechmeja to leave him and to save himself from the disease. Pechmeja refused to leave him, and stayed by Dubreuil’s side to tend him until he died. Pechmeja himself died a mere twenty days later, presumably from the same illness that had killed his friend. Or, as a more colorful account puts it, he died “a victim to the strength of his friendship” (Chalmers). Apparently Pechmeja had requested on Dubreuil’s death that Dubreuil’s grave be left open so that he himself could be buried beside him when he died. This was done, and the two of them are buried together under a marker that reads, “Here lie two friends.”

Yet again, we have a story of a man who chooses certain death to be with his beloved friend rather than life without it - something that’s been a theme in most of the posts I’ve made on this set of references. While they outlive many of the other names on this list, Pechmeja was still only forty-four when he died. Also like many of the other references on this list, both the life of Pechmeja and his work are very strongly homosocial, if not indeed homoromantic. I wish I knew more of the model of friendship from Telephe to analyze it, but we’re outside of my wheelhouse now. Also, everyone is named Jean.

Bon anniversaire Charles Perrault!! 

(January 12, 1628 - May 16, 1703)

M. Perrault is known for writing these beloved tales: 

Le Petit Chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding Hood), Cendrillon (Cinderella), Le Chat Botté (Puss in Boots), La Belle au bois dormant (The Sleeping Beauty), and Barbe bleue (Bluebeard).

Pictured above is an illustration of Cinderella just past midnight at the ball, taken from the story “Cinderella or The Little Glass Slipper.”

From our stacks: 

The Cinderella fairy book : containing Cinderella or the glass slipper, Puss in boots, Red Riding Hood, Drill of the A.B.C. Army.

With Twenty-eight Colored Illustrations.  Peter G. Thomson, Cincinnati, 1881.

In November 2015, the endearing characters and captivating music of the animated film “Tangled” will enchant audiences once again, this time as an original stage show spectacular at sea aboard the Disney Magic—the first time the beloved Disney tale has been adapted for the stage.

“Tangled: The Musical” will immerse audiences in Rapunzel’s fairytale world through lavish production numbers and spellbinding music. Three new songs created exclusively for this show by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Glenn Slater will bring the story to life onstage.

Dancers illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger for Swan Lake, Lisbeth Zwerger, Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky, North-South Books, 2002.

Zwerger brings her singular vision to a glorious picture-book adaptation of the haunting story of an enchanted swan princess. She has based her version on Tchaikovsky’s original 1877 ballet, which had a happy ending, unlike the later, better-known, 1893 version. Her illustrations, luminous, lyrical, filled with grace and beauty, evoke the brilliance of the ballet and the universal appeal of this beloved fairy tale.

Into the Woods Summary:

Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.