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12 October 2010 @ 08:06 pm
210: The Master Stroke Is, in This Case, the Fan Artist's Part  
The One That Leaves Me Wondering Who the Mountains Were Borrowed from, and What the Fine Will Be Like When the Doctor Finally Returns Them. A Partial Map of Your TARDIS, by alibi_factory. Doctor Who.

I assume all of you have seen this. I don't care. I am recommending it because it is amazing and awesome and - okay. You know how sometimes you read a story and you think, This was written for me. The author doesn't even know my name, but this was written for me anyway? That's what I thought when I saw this. The artist doesn't know me from Fangirl Zero and still somehow managed to produce the exact fanart of my heart. This is incredible, people. Gorgeous and fascinating and filled with stories, the way my favorite art tends to be. And it's about the most fascinating character in the entire Whoniverse: the TARDIS. I just do not see how art can get better than this.

By the way, definitely definitely download the pdf of this one. This is something you want to see big and up close. I resisted for a while - I kept going back to the LJ post, and staaaaaaring at it in admiration, and squinting at the tiny text, and finally I realized I was being silly. Apart from anything else, I'm certainly going to want to have this by me if the internet burns down or anything. And it turns out that this is even better close up, which is surprising only because I didn't think things could get any better than this was on LJ.

(P.S. People who loved The Phantom Tollbooth as children: you will love this. But you may, like me, end up wanting to read many books based on this artwork, and as far as I know, they do not exist. Feel free to shake your fist at an unjust universe or pine away with me in the comments.)

(Addendum to the P.S. People who did not love The Phantom Tollbooth, or - worst case scenario - did not even read it, I am so so sad for you. I'm not sure you how you get through the day, really.)

The One That Proves That That Curvy Chess Set Was Always Intended to Be Drawn by Gorey. And, Also, That a Drawing of a Tribble Is Far More Lifelike Than the Version Produced by the Beleaguered Props Department of TOS. Edward Gorey's "The Trouble with Tribbles", by Shaenon K. Garrity. Star Trek.

It's entirely possible that you need to be familiar with Gorey's work to appreciate this, but if you aren't, that is a tragedy, and probably it would be against the law under a more enlightened legal system than any of those currently operating on this planet (earth). Go acquire some familiarity with him, and then come back to this rec. (Apart from anything else, you will need said familiarity as you roam around fandom. The man has been an influence.) The Gashlycrumb Tinies is the traditional place to start. (Anyone who knows of a better quality online version, please link me; Neville's ennui doesn't quite come through here. Turns out bleakness is leached out of low quality scans; apparently true boredom is in the details.)

So. Now that we all know about Edward Gorey, there's really nothing else to say. Gorey's style + The Trouble with Tribbles = sheer delight, obviously. But this piece stands out even so - it is absolutely perfect. This is precisely how Gorey plotted things and told stories, and this is precisely how Star Trek would have gone if he'd been at the helm. (I cannot be the only one who wants to see Gorey's "The Naked Time," right? I thought not. But, overall, I have to be glad that Gorey wasn't in charge, since a) nearly all the plots would end up with the crew, at best, dead b) most episodes would only last about ten minutes and c) there'd be much less slashiness, since I feel confident Gorey would have noticed the whole Kirk/Spock true love forever thing the TOS writers had going on, which would have meant they'd be either fucking or dead by episode 3.) And, of course, the art is wonderful. (Someone please tell me there's an icon out there of Uhura looking at that tribble. It needs to be an icon.)

The One Reminding Us That Arizona May Be the Place to Vacation If You're Looking for an Unscheduled Side Trip to Mexico. (Certain Skin Tones Only. Casualties and Fatalities Entirely Your Own Fault for Being Brown in Arizona in the First Place.) Supernatural, by [dreamwidth.org profile] glockgal. Supernatural.

I am pretty sure everyone has already seen this. (Everyone certainly should have seen this, because it is awesome.) But I am recommending it anyway, because. Well. Because I want to. Sorry, I thought I was going to have some big principle or something to finish that sentence with, but it didn't work out.

Anyway. Go look. You will want to see this. Desi Supernatural! I've talked before about my adoration of racebending art. (Now, of course, I wonder why Supernatural gets all the racebending art love. I'm entirely happy it gets so much, and yet - where is the Japanese Batfamily art? Or the John and Rodney Are Still Totally Doofuses, Just Middle Eastern Doofuses This Time art? (Bet that would put the blowing up a solar system thing in a new context!) Or the Given All the Other Anachronisms, Is There Any Reason Merlin, Arthur, and Morgana Shouldn't Be First People art? Maybe I'm just missing out; my system for finding fanart is not exactly fine-tuned. If these pieces exist, I need links right now OMG.)

So: social commentary, a great side view of the Impala, and one of the best facepalming-Sam and douchebag-Dean works ever rendered. This, in short, is art worth viewing.

I do have one tiny quibble with this, though. Is it just me, or are the ghosts way too cute? I want to scritch them on their obviously sheet-covered heads and give them mini Twix bars and maybe take a couple of pictures, so I find it impossible to believe that Old Man Whathisface actually died from ghosts. Probably he fainted from their cuteness and hit his head and was mistaken for dead. Or maybe he just dramatically fell down, clutching his chest, because it seemed really important to them to be scary and he didn't want to hurt their widdle feelings. Yes. That is the narrative as I choose to believe it.

The Ones That Give Me Hope That Someday I Will Be Able to Look Outside and Sing, "It's Snowing Robots." (Obviously, an Unreleased Single by the Weather Girls.) Snowflakes, by ldhenson. Fandoms include: Holmes, Jeeves & Wooster, Master and Commander, Batfamily, Lord of the Rings, Merlin, Supernatural, and Top Gear (plus others I couldn't identify at first glance). Also one that is not a fandom, but totally fannish. If I could buy you all a snowflake, this would be yours!

I understand that there are parts of the world where it will soon start to snow. There are parts that may even have snow at this very moment. We are still having days over 80 degrees here, so I am trying to suppress my resentment of you snow-having types. (Although guess what, snow people? We are still getting tomatoes from the garden! And basil! Which would be more of a triumph if I wasn't so tired of making pesto.)

Anyway. I thought, what with winter coming for the northern types and departing for the southerners, this would be a good time to link you to the most gorgeous snowflakes I have ever seen.

One of the reasons I don't feel as comfortable recommending vids and art as I do fan fiction is that I don't understand how these things happen. I could never write the stories I rec, but at least I can grasp the basic process: you start going tippity-tap, and there's a lot of mess and deletion (drinking, weeping, and cursing optional) in the middle, and at the end you have a written thing. I know how to write. But I cannot imagine any conceivable chain of circumstances in which I could start with a piece of paper and a very sharp pair of scissors and end up with something that looks like any of these things. I am far more likely to accidentally cut off a chunk of my hair. (Yes, I've done this.) Or a body part. (I've only ever cut off part of a body part, which I view as a significant triumph.)

So I tend to view art (and vids) as miracles, and recommending miracles seems like hubris. If that's true, though, these snowflakes, and all the art featured here, are totally worth it. Because you people have got to see this.

Also posted at Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.
Imaginary Researcher: Allison Cameron - hollow_arthannahrorlove on October 13th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
You know how sometimes you read a story and you think, This was written for me.
Not outside of challenges where it was supposed to be written for me. I think I've missed out on something.

Don't feel sad for people who haven't read The Phantom Tollbooth. They've got a chance to read it for the first time!
Teeny Gozer: All That Sarah Jane!teenygozer on October 13th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
Wonderful links to artwork by some incredibly talented fans! Thank you so much for posting them! And have you seen the Pegasus Tinies by Kiden & Argosy? I think Gorey would have approved:


macey muse: going placesmacey_muse on October 13th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
Apparently here we get days over 90 and epic snow? (I have relocated to Chicago. and am still waiting for the snow!)
Stasiastasia on October 13th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
There are people who haven't read The Phantom Tollbooth, and I mourn for them. I haev a copy in my upstairs bathroom, just in case I, well, need to have it with me. It has a map, and who knows when I'll need my map of the Lands Beyond the Tollbooth!

That first art is AMAZING, OMG.

Stasiastasia on October 13th, 2010 05:21 am (UTC)
And oh! the snowflakes...


ETA: and, um, I thought I was the only one left alive who remembered the Weather Girls. *sigh* I should hunt up a copy of that song.

Edited at 2010-10-13 05:23 am (UTC)
Olna Jenndormouse_in_tea on October 13th, 2010 06:09 am (UTC)
I doubt I'm the first, but I aim to please.


and one with text. Please excuse the crudity; I'm working with Preview, not having anything else.


Edited at 2010-10-13 06:33 am (UTC)
Very inconvenient, as now I have no shaving-glassdzurlady on October 13th, 2010 08:45 am (UTC)
The snowflakes are lovely! And somewhat mystifying when I think that someone made them with a pair of scissors and possibly a pact with the devil for their soul.
Admission to the Burning Ruins — 10¢: SPN - Fangirlslaughingacademy on October 13th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
(Now, of course, I wonder why Supernatural gets all the racebending art love. I'm entirely happy it gets so much, and yet - where is the Japanese Batfamily art? Or the John and Rodney Are Still Totally Doofuses, Just Middle Eastern Doofuses This Time art? (Bet that would put the blowing up a solar system thing in a new context!)

I think it's because the race!fail in Supernatural is more egregious than in those other canons. [Spoiler about ep. 6.03, "The Third Man," redacted because the damn spoiler code doesn't seem to be working.] Why you gotta be like that, show?

Surely someone's done a Batman manga? Maybe an Elseworlds story? Because omigod so awesome.

Edited at 2010-10-13 02:28 pm (UTC)
esther_aesther_a on October 13th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
I've seen a historical Japanese Superman/genderswapped Batman Elseworld story. mithen has some scans.
Admission to the Burning Ruins — 10¢: Vendetta - Coverlaughingacademy on October 13th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Ooh, thanks for the link!
gaudiorgaudior on October 13th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
Great recs all, but the snowflakes in particular are amazing. Thank you!
l.m.: pic#104841631incandescent on October 13th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
Your taste is phenomenal. I'm dying, just dying, over the TARDIS map.
esther_aesther_a on October 13th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
I think I have seen an icon of Uhura staring at the Tribble, actually.

Gorey's "The Naked Time,"
I think my brain just broke. That would be awesome, but very peculiar.
lknomadlknomad on October 14th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
How funny I am reading the Phantom Toll Booth to cousin A right now - well not right now because he is at school. Unfortunately, PTB will be put on hold while we read the Astrosaurs books that arrived in the mail yesterday. Then we return to the PTB. Didn't I introduce that book to you?
twfftwtfwftw on October 19th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the FABULOUS recs! I was going to say "each more genius than the last!" but... that would put "A Partial Map of Your TARDIS" as the least genius... so let's go with "each as genius as the last!"

And in fact, I had not seen "A Partial Map of Your TARDIS" (which is not surprising, given that my fanart-finding system is, I guarantee you, significantly less sophisticated than yours, no matter how underdeveloped you may [falsely, clearly] believe yours to be). So double thank you for that! (I think my favourite part is the [unknown] section that shows up on almost every floor). (Also: Gorey TOS! Brilliant!)

I don't understand how [vids and art] happen.

Then please, come sit here by me! I just - visual art production (of all kinds, actually, not just the kind involving sharp scissors) is a closed book to me. One with big locks on it, and possibly some really impressive chains. I do not at all understand how people get from "I saw/imagined this!" to "And here it is on a piece of paper!" I mean - Monet, with the splashes of colour that, when you stand back, become lilies. HOW DID HE DO THAT? Mystifying.