Still a brilliant film, still a testament to the power of improvised acting(the script was worked out over a long period via improvisation among the actors), and still, sadly, relevant. Also a case in point of how characters need not be likable to be interesting. Like a Vertigo comic of the time put on screen, really; think Peter Milligan's GIRL.
And David Thewlis is brilliant, and underrated, and it saddens me it took HARRY POTTER for people to notice him again.
THIS SICKNESS 8- A Taste: "Strange Fruit" (2013, from GRAPHIC CANON Vol. 3) The new issue of THIS SICKNESS, too long delayed because of, well, various personal crap, should be coming along at the beginning of 2016, in print and hopefully later at Comixology. So far the roster includes the new chapters of LULU, SUZY SPREADWELL (censors permitting), and UNCLE CYRUS, as well as paintings by the great Emily Kaplan--the first time we've done anything together in any way since 1991--and poetry by WORKING FOR THE MAN alumnus Chad Parenteau. And possibly a cover by Molly Kiely...this will be a damn good issue, I think, and thick. Though I'm not sure exactly how thick yet.
And also this, which I have Molly to thank for getting published in the first place, from the Graphic Canon vol. 3 in 2013. This is a wordless rendition of the Billie Holiday song "Strange Fruit." Wordless because the lyrics are still in copyright (and here they are) I've previously posted part of this. Here is the whole thing, and all of it--in color(I can print that now!)--will also be in the comic. Keep watching!
Adaptation (c) 2013 John Linton Roberson
Here's Nina Simone's version. HERE __________________
Liquid Sky (1982, Slava Tsukerman/Anne Carlisle/Nina Kerova; UPDATED) Complete, the nearly unavailable science fiction cult film of heroin-saturated New Wave New York, written by and starring the remarkable Anne Carlisle, who appears in both female and male leads. Whatever happened to her anyway?
UPDATE: Well, she wisely quit films before Hollywood had a chance to eat her. In the meantime the original of the film is decaying and she and director Slava Tsukerman are trying to raise funds to restore it. Click here for more on that. It would be a horrible shame if this film were lost, and just once I'd love to see a decent print of it.
Unfinished Comics: Falling Sky Another unfinished project from the files. This was actually once a very big project I planned, adapted from a play I wrote (script finished but never staged) in the early 90s. Originally it was this, not Vitriol, that I had planned to do as my first comic back in 1997, but it was too much for me at that stage, so I stuck with something I felt more confident drawing.
The intent was to go back to this when I was a bit better. In 2005 I did these pages, and then no more. I could go back to this at some point, but I now have more on my plate ahead of it and only so much time as it is. So for now, enjoy these. Each of these, by the way, exist as fully-inked 11x14 pages on illustration board. The only digital element is the lettering & balloons. If you're so inclined, the art is available for $85 per page postpaid. Click "Contact" to the right to do so. (click images to enlarge)
The Day Archie Had Enough of Reggie's Shit "A publicity stunt!" they shouted in such a hurry, as they threw copy all over everything, but everyone knew it was a grisly day in Riverdale they would never speak of again.
Reggie just went too far when he gave Hot Dog LSD on the night of Archie's big date with Veronica, they agreed, but, but to do THAT...and with a little dull hand saw, while Reggie was still alive, but unable to move anything but his eyes,because of the injection Archie had given him. Still though, he was able to feel everything.
The worst part was the trouble Archie went to to preserve the sneer. You can see how he had to drape skin over the shattered teeth.
Also! On Monday, that new Uncle Cyrus story I've been teasing you with will premiere at MartianLit (where I've appeared a couple of times before) prior to its appearance in print in THIS SICKNESS #8. It'll be running weekly, starting on Monday.
Keep checking back here to find out when it's live! (UPDATE: It is now...)
Lastly, for those that have been wondering how Charlie is, he's much better(and thank you again to those who helped me get him to the vet), and as I would like to have nice things with my cats if I'm going to mention them, and as I'm a bit tired of showing you the little beasts only in emergencies: here. Here is some pleasant catness. Chester and Charlie specifically. (along with his brother & sister, Chester's now about 7 mo. old) Have a lovely weekend.
I THOUGHT I TOLD YOU TO SHUT UP!! - Whatever Happened to Reid Fleming? David Boswell's REID FLEMING was one of my favorite comics in the 80s. And I was not alone, and among its fans were some pretty major figures like Matt Groening and Ed Asner.
What happened to it, and Boswell?
Watch this and find out. It's not an entirely happy tale. Though I guess we can be thankful it was never a movie back then at least, because I remember that there was talk he'd be played by Jim Belushi. Eeesh.
Blood For Dracula (1974, Paul Morrissey) Starring Stefania Casini AKA Andy Warhol's Dracula, because he paid for it. I've heard this was made with what was left over from Flesh for Frankenstein. If this turned out better because they had less money, it's a good argument for low budgets, because this is the far superior, and funnier, of the two.
This one especially.
I don't know how long before whoever put it up gets removed from Youtube, so enjoy it while you can. It's exactly Stefania's appearance and expressions in this film (and Novecento) that I based my version of Lulu upon.
Kier as Dracula here, I believe, invented Kraftwerk's costumes. He's
hilariously whiny in this film, and no one ever looked more elegant
throwing up blood while wearing a tux.
Dallesandro as a communist handyman brings class warfare with the
aristocrats into the mix. As well as getting his own bit of exploitation
in return. A lot of rough and slow spots but the good stuff makes up
for it. And look for a cameo by a very sun-ruddy (I'm guessing ski tan)
young Roman Polanski.
"Eternity with Beelzebub, and all his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me and this pencil." - E. Blackadder, 1791 Questionable
words & pictures from John Linton Roberson