Last Friday’s episode of Fringe picked up the inter-dimensional war thread again, but the show just never seems to be on target. I’m sure that things are not what they seem and that there will be other ramifications from the events, but all in all, not much happened.
Maybe this is a trend, maybe I am just getting crotchety, or maybe it’s always been this way and I am just waking up to the fact, but so many entertainment vehicles just don’t give up much in the way of story. I picked up some new comics this weekend to read and review; on a whim, I picked up the first issue of Ultimate Captain America, since that seems to be more the basis for the new movie than the original character. I haven’t read super-hero comics in decades, but friends had been pushing the Ultimate line for awhile, so I took a chance. The art was outstanding, the writing solid, the pace frenetic, but in the course of 22 pages the story (continued, of course, from some other title) moved forward only by inches. It sure wasn’t worth $4.00. If I developed my story in such incremental stages it would be a lifetime’s work. Plus, I wouldn’t enjoy doing it. I like a little meat on the bone.
Via a tweet from Dwight McPherson, here’s an interesting article on Poe, Lovecraft & Magick. It is of the persuasion that Lovecraft was writing about real stuff, but if you can overlook that, it has a few golden nuggets, including a Lovecraftian short story by the post’s author. I didn’t read it, and he admits it was written long ago, but what the heck.
Although not directly Lovecraftian, this video of a quick sketch -drawn upside down by Michael Broom– is a great, evocative ghoul and, from an artist’s point of view, amazing.
And if you have ever wondered what a Lovecraftian story for children might have been like, I refer you to Forest, an animated film by Eric Leiser.
Wednesday’s post will bee… I have no clue. Have a couple of things nearly finished, but also have a twenty page paper to write this week for class. Maybe it’s time for another reprint from the archives. But fear not, Friday will still be new page day.