- Fables, Bill Willingham et al.
I got into this series late, after it had already started and ended. I’ve been borrowing the books from our local library and moving through it rather quickly, though, as it’s something I quite enjoy. I expect I’ll finish by next week, if not by this one. The series is a big, sprawling universe full of characters from fable and folk-tales, and there are lots of surprises.
- One Crazy Summer, Rita Williams-Garcia.
This is a middle-grade book that I’m reading for a reading-challenge I’m working on with a group of friends for the year 2016. It’s not one I’m familiar with, and I’m just starting it, but I’m already enjoying the tone.
- The Girl who Fell from the Sky, Heidi W. Durrow.
I won’t say much about this one for now, as there’ll definitely be a whole post on it later. I should’ve already finished it, of course, but I got distracted because holidays and because Fables. Anyway it’s an interesting read, and it’s up for our Lazy Lambs book club.
- Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World.
I’ve long been fascinated by Giger’s art–he was already a tour de force in the art world when he started working on the iconic design for the creatures in the Alien franchise. The documentary is a nice look into his working world.
- The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness.
Along the same lines (but much cuter), this documentary explores the workings of Studio Ghibli, using interviews with Hiyao Miyazaki and his staff to do so. By turns sad, sweet, informative, and humorous, it provides an intricate look at the incredible artistry and meticulous craftsmanship that goes into making a Ghibli film.
- Making a Murderer.
I can only watch one episode of this Netflix documentary at a time because it is so angry-making. The story is so well-told, and the episodes are engrossing, but they’re also highly emotional. The frustration of knowing what is going to eventually happen just adds more ire to what happens on-screen.
- New rules for (De)Caffeinated Confessions Competition that make it easier to enter and an extended deadline for entries! Come submit a piece of your work and help nine year old Noah, who is living with severe autism-related anxiety, to be united with his service-dog-in-training, Appa.
- This retro, 1988 DC Super Powers calendar that matches up with the dates of 2016, scanned and published by Mark Anderson
- All the Mardi Gras that is about to begin.
- These amazing shots of paint dropped in water. (Seriously, lookit the amazing-ness!)
- The Nopefish. A new concept, and a handy one.
- This trailer for The Empire Strikes Back with modern editing. It’s both funny and fantastic, something I’m missing on occasion these days:
- All that stuff that’s happening in Oregon. It’s a big, nasty mess.
- #WheresRey. I’ve been a fan of the Star Wars franchise for a long time—since I was a child. I’ve been so happy to see Rey’s character, and I’ve been so frustrated by the way that toy companies have left her character out of multiple play-sets, indicating a lack of respect for female characters in merchandising.
- Flood warnings issued all over the place here as the river rises and the rain keeps going.
- Adorable new baby giraffe born in Baton Rouge at the Global Wildlife Center.