Czechoslovakia issued this stamp commemorating the 80th anniversary of the National Chess Organization in 1985.  (This stamp enthusiast’s knowledge of chess, I’m sorry to say, is limited almost entirely to Michael Chabon’s [brilliant!] The Yiddish Policemen’s Union.)  Chess is thought to have originated in India during the late Third and Fourth Centuries, evolving through the years and through various stages (particularly in Persia, where it was known as chatrang, eventually evolving into shāh–a common enough exclamation during heated matches that it led to the English terms “check” and “chess”) into its modern rules.

Stamp details:
Issued on: April 13, 1985
From: Prague, Czechoslovakia
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Sword & Laser Contest Leads Share their Sci-Fi and Fantasy Inspirations

We asked this week’s top 5 current Sword & Laser contest leads which science fiction and fantasy authors/books inspired them.

G. Derek Adams, Asteroid Made of Dragons: “I’m most inspired by episodic and weird fantasy. Fritz Leiber with Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser and Michael Moorcock with his Elric of Melniboné. Just white-knuckle fever dreams where the heroes get turned into mice to battle rats in the sewers then wind up drinking mead with Odin two scenes later.”

Yarry Gonzalez, Pariah Legion: Spyder’s Tale: “I started with a ‘classical’ science fiction foundation growing up, Heinlein, Asimov, and really anything I could get my hands on. Later in life I fell in love with military sci-fi, reading just about everything David Drake and David Weber had ever written. Next came my Cyberpunk phase (which I never really left, truth be told) with Neil Stephenson playing a central role. Additionally I’ve read just about every Warhammer 40K book published, which is a truly staggering amount. Of the lot, Dan Abnett is hands down the best of the best. I would be remiss if I did not mention the works of Charles Stross and Terry Pratchett as huge influences in my life as well.”

Joseph Terzieva, Lost Generation“Science fiction at its best transcends genre, entertains, and educates us about the nature of man. Classic writers from the twentieth century, such as Vonnegut and Huxley, inspire me to question and challenge my work, while current writers Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant innovate how I can deliver content.”

Liam Dynes, Rockets“I’d say my love of swashbuckling, fantastic adventure came from Carl Barks and Don Rosa’s Disney ducks comics and dog-eared Star Trek pocket books, my love of skewed alternate history from Michael Chabon and Glen David Gold, and my first sci-fi novel love affair was Greg Bear’s The Forge of God.”

Edmund Newton, Cinnabar: “It started with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, with the brilliant but sinister Capt. Nemo, safely encapsulated in a mechanical whale. Plenty of windows to explore the mysteries of the sea. There were pulp-magazine space voyages. Bradbury and Asimov, of course. A few movies. The quest was always this: a safe front-row seat through the vastness and violence of the universe.”

Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

1.) 1984 by George Orwell
2.) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
3.) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
4.) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
5.) An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
6.) Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
7.) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
8.) Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank 
9.) Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
10.) The Art of Fiction by Henry James
11.) The Art of War by Sun Tzu
12.) As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
13.) Atonement by Ian McEwan
14.) Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
15.) The Awakening by Kate Chopin
16.) Babe by Dick King-Smith
17.) Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
18.) Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
19.) Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
20.) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
21.) Beloved by Toni Morrison
22.) Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
23.) The Bhagava Gita
24.) The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
25.) Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
26.) A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
27.) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
28.) Brick Lane by Monica Ali
29.) Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
30.) Candide by Voltaire
31.) The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
32.) Carrie by Stephen King
33.) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
34.) The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
35.) Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
36.) The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
37.) Christine by Stephen King
38.) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
39.) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
40.) The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
41.) The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
42.) The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
43.) A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
44.) Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
45.) The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
46.) Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
47.) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
48.) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père
49.) Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
50.) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
52.) The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
53.) The Crucible by Arthur Miller
54.) Cujo by Stephen King
55.) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
56.) Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
57.) David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
58.) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
59.) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
60.) Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
61.) Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
62.) Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
63.) Deenie by Judy Blume
64.) The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
65.) The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee,
America by Erik Larson
66.)The Divine Comedy by Dante
67.) The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
68.) Don Quijote by Cervantes
69.) Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
70.) Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
71.) Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
72.) Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
73.) The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
74.) Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
75.) Eloise by Kay Thompson
76.) Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
77.) Emma by Jane Austen 
78.) Empire Falls by Richard Russo
79.) Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
80.) Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
81.) Ethics by Spinoza
82.) Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
83.) Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
84.) Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
85.) Extravagance by Gary Krist
86.) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
87.) Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
88.) The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
89.) Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
90.) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
91.) The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R.
92.) Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
93.) The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
94.) Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
95.) Fletch by Gregory McDonald
96.) Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
97.) The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
98.) The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
99.) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
100.) Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
101.) Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
102.) Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
103.) Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
104.) George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our
43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
105.) Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
106.) Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
107.) The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
108.) The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
109.) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
110.) Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
111.) Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
112.) The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
113.) The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
114.) The Graduate by Charles Webb
115.) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
116.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
117.) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 
118.) The Group by Mary McCarthy
119.) Hamlet by William Shakespeare
120.) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
121.) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling 
122.) A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
123.) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
124.) Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
125.) Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
126.) Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
127.) Henry V by William Shakespeare
128.) High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
129.) The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
130.) Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
131.) The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
132.) House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (Lpr)
133.) The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
134.) How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
135.) How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
136.) How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
137.) Howl by Allen Gingsburg
138.) The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
139.) The Iliad by Homer
140.) I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
141.) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
142.) Inferno by Dante
143.) Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
144.) Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
145.) It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
146.) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
147.) The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
148.) Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
149.) The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
150.) The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
151.) Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
152.) The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
153.) Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
154.) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
155.) Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
156.) The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
157.) Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
158.) The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
159.) Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
160.) Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
161.) Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
162.) Life of Pi by Yann Martel
163.) Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
164.) The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
165.) The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
166.) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
167.) Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
168.) Lord of the Flies by William Golding
169.) The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
170.) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
171.) The Love Story by Erich Segal
172.) Macbeth by William Shakespeare
173.) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
174.) The Manticore by Robertson Davies
175.) Marathon Man by William Goldman
176.) The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
177.) Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
178.) Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
179.) Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
180.) The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
181.) Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
182.) The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
183.) The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
184.) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
185.) The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
186.) Moby Dick by Herman Melville
187.) The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
188.) Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
189.) A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
190.) Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
191.) A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
192.) A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
193.) Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
194.) Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
195.) My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
196.) My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
197.) My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
198.) Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
199.) My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
200.) The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
201.) The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
202.) The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
203.) The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
204.) Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
205.) New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
206.) The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
207.) Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
208.) Night by Elie Wiesel
209.) Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
210.) The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke,
Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
211.) Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic
Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
212.) Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
213.) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
214.) Old School by Tobias Wolff
215.) On the Road by Jack Kerouac
216.) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
217.) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
218.) The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
219.) Oracle Night by Paul Auster
220.) Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
221.) Othello by Shakespeare
222.) Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
223.) The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
224.) Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
225.) The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
226.) A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
227.) The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
228.) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
229.) Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
230.) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 
231.) Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
232.) Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
233.) Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
234.) The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
235.) The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
236.) The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
237.) The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
238.) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
239.) Property by Valerie Martin
240.) Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
241.) Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
242.) Quattrocento by James Mckean
243.) A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
244.) Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
245.) The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
246.) The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
247.) Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
248.) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
249.) Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
250.) The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
251.) Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
252.) The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien
253.) R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
254.) Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
255.) Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
256.) Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
257.) Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare .
258.) A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
259.) A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
260.) Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
270.) The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
271.) Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
272.) Sanctuary by William Faulkner
273.) Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
274.) Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
275.) The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
276.) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
277.) Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
278.) The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
279.) The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
280.) Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
281.) Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
282.) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
283.) A Separate Peace by John Knowles
284.) Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
285.) Sexus by Henry Miller
286.) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
287.) Shane by Jack Shaefer
288.) The Shining by Stephen King
289.) Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
290.) S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
291.) Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
292.) Small Island by Andrea Levy
293.) Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
294.) Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
295.) Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
296.) The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
297.) Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
298.) The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
299.) Songbook by Nick Hornby
300.) The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
301.) Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
302.) Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
303.) The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
304.) Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
305.) Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
306.) The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
307.) A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
308.) Stuart Little by E. B. White
309.) Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
310.) Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
311.) Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
312.) Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
313.) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
314.) Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
315.) Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
316.) Time and Again by Jack Finney
317.) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
318.) To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
319.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
320.) The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
321.) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
322.) The Trial by Franz Kafka
323.) The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
324.) Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
325.) Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
326.) Ulysses by James Joyce
327.) The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
328.) Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
329.) Unless by Carol Shields
330.) Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
331.) The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
332.) Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
333.) Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third
series) by Joe Harvard
334.) The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
335.) Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
336.) Walden by Henry David Thoreau
337.) Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
338.) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
339.) We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel
340.) What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
341.) What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
342.) When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
343.) Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
344.) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
345.) Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
346.) The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
347.) Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – READ 2009.
348.) The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
349.) The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Riding on a city bus along the route that you have taken from your job, from the movies, from a hundred Chinese meals, with the same late sun going down over the same peeling buildings and the same hot smell of water in the aftershower air, can be, in the wake of a catastrophe, either a surrealistic nightmare of the ordinary or a plunge into the warm waters of beautiful routine.
—  Michael Chabon, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

Neil Gaiman with Michael Chabon speaking about Terry Prachett. #NeilGaiman #TerryPratchett Wonderful Interview. #Writing #AmWriting

I watched this in the early hours of this morning as I have difficulty sleeping and the beginning has Neil Gaiman speaking about his friendship with Terry Prachett and there really is no other person you would want to speak about you.

When I remember that dizzy summer, that dull, stupid, lovely, dire summer, it seems that in those days I ate my lunches, smelled another’s skin, noticed a shade of yellow, even simply sat, with greater lust and hopefulness — and that I lusted with greater faith, hoped with greater abandon. The people I loved were celebrities, surrounded by rumor and fanfare; the places I sat with them, movie lots and monuments. No doubt all of this is not true remembrance but the ruinous work of nostalgia, which obliterates the past, and no doubt, as usual, I have exaggerated everything.
—  Michael Chabon, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

Kyle Baker 2004: The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist #1 — Sequestered

The one trap from which the Escapist couldn’t free himself: Jury Duty!

Baker was one of the few creatives to launch the outstanding eight-issue anthology series based on the characters from Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.

Harrow County #3 by Tyler Crook

“Disturbing and genuinely brilliant at its core.”—Jeff Lemire
“Deftly written, beautifully drawn, thoughtfully imagined—Harrow County already feels like a classic.”—Michael Chabon
Harrow County #3
Cullen Bunn (W) and Tyler Crook (A/Cover)
On sale July 8
FC, 32 pages
Terrified by what she’s learned of witches and monsters, Emmy takes shelter in an ancient graveyard, as she’s hunted down by her own family!
• Features two backup stories exclusive to the single issues!
• Features a pinup by Lady Killer creator Joëlle Jones!

TCAF welcomes Jordan Crane as an exhibitor to the 2015 festival!

TCAF is happy to announce that acclaimed cartoonist Jordan Crane is exhibiting at TCAF 2015!

Jordan Crane is the award-winning creator behind the anthology NON, as well as books like The Cloud Above and Keep Our Secrets, as well as the series Uptight, soon to be collected from Fantagraphics. You might also recognize his work from books covers for people like Michael Chabon, or from the Criterion Edition of Harold & Maude.

We here at TCAF are big fans of Jordan, and we’re really excited to have him on hand to participate in festival programming and events.

Welcome to TCAF, Jordan!

For more information on Jordan Crane and folks exhibiting at TCAF, please visit our Full Exhibitor List. Consider downloading the TCAF 2015 Guidebook to your phone or tablet and stay on top of all new festival announcements.

As often as possible, we went to bed. I did not consider myself to be gay; I did not consider myself, as a rule. But all day long, from the white instant when I opened my eyes in the morning until my last black second of awareness of Arthur’s fading breath against my shoulder, I was always nervous, full of energy, afraid. The city was new again, and newly dangerous, and I would walk its streets quickly, eyes averted from those of passersby, like a spy in the employ of lust and happiness, carrying the secret deep within me but always on the tip of my tongue.
—  Michael Chabon, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh