Krell Labs

Oct 01

Krell Laboratories: Mind and Body -

The October Horror Movie Challenge gets underway today at my movie blog. My first entry is an old favorite in a shiny new Criterion package.

All of the director’s pet themes are woven into Scanners: abnormal pregnancy, the mind/body conflict expressed through biological abberation, psychic invasion, medical technology run amok, what have you. The film mates these themes to images so ferocious that, at times, they are overwhelmed. Case in point, the film’s most notorious sequence: at a demonstration of “scanning” as a potential weapon, the presenter at a symposium gets more than he bargains for in Daryl Revok, the film’s villain. Revok is much more powerful than the presenter and after a brief psychic duel, the presenter’s head explodes. The image is repulsive, true, but almost beautiful, too. This scene comes not ten minutes into the movie. The film stages an even more elaborate psychic duel at the end of the film, in which our hero, Cameron Vale, overpowers Revok’s mind even as Revok overpowers Vale’s body. It’s a strange ending that takes some thinking to fully understand. In between these duels are a number of other sequences that act as a baroque sort of styling: The conversation between Vale and Benjamin Pierce, the scanner artist, inside a sculpture of his own head; the gun battle in which a van opens up for a broadside like a Spanish galleon; the scanning of the computer at ConSec; and so on. While none of these has the sheer visceral punch of the psychic duels that bracket them, all of them are indicative of a film that is spinning off ideas like an out of control reactor spins off protons. Unusual for Cronenberg’s early work, this has a kind of happy ending, and the film’s vision of a telepathic gestalt rather than the domination of a psychic superman is almost hopeful.

Sep 30

hazelstarheart:


One of My Incredibly True Post-Op Flight Adventures with the TSA - via cohersively assigned human at birth

hazelstarheart:

One of My Incredibly True Post-Op Flight Adventures with the TSA - via cohersively assigned human at birth

Sep 26

rambleonamazon:

Nothing feels quite as gross when you run a trans politics blog as a “heteroflexible” porn blog IMing you to tell you you make them “really really happy.” With porn as their avatar image, no less.

Anon hate I can handle. But shit like this still creeps me out.

I wish I could say that I don’t know what this feels like. Unfortunately, I would be lying. Sigh.

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Sep 25

(via Christianne’s Art and Comics: Girl with Umbrella)
I’ve been having a bit creative block recently. Every time I’ve started drawing, what I’m drawing has turned to crap on the page. This drawing is an attempt to move beyond that. It’s nothing in particular, based on a photo from The Sartorialist. It’s mostly a intended to demonstrate to myself that I haven’t in fact forgotten how to draw. This is brush and ink on Bristol board. It’s for sale at my Etsy store if you like it enough that you want to own it.

(via Christianne’s Art and Comics: Girl with Umbrella)

I’ve been having a bit creative block recently. Every time I’ve started drawing, what I’m drawing has turned to crap on the page. This drawing is an attempt to move beyond that. It’s nothing in particular, based on a photo from The Sartorialist. It’s mostly a intended to demonstrate to myself that I haven’t in fact forgotten how to draw. This is brush and ink on Bristol board. It’s for sale at my Etsy store if you like it enough that you want to own it.

Sep 22

Exiles: Trans Stories by Christianne Benedict & Rachel K. Zall -

spaceykate:

KICKSTARTER IS GO!

You know you want a beautiful paper copy of The Exile to hold in your hands, and also to support the publication of trans-positive erotica in a form that looks classy and also to read the short solo comics that Christianne will be including, AND also to get your hands on some of the spiffy incentives, and help two struggling trans women make it through the winter.

(One of which is totally an original artboard from the comic! I have a gorgeous watercolor of Natalie & Alyx that Christi did hanging on my bedroom wall, and I can assure you her art will look amazing on your wall.)

The Kickstarter’s only been live for a few days and we’re already at $1199 of our modest $1700 goal — given that very little of our goal actually provides for paying us for the year and a half of work that went into the comic, it would be so amazing if we dramatically overshot that goal!

If you can donate, reblog, or send kind thoughts our way, thank you from the bottom of our sinister little hearts! <3

What Katie said. Also: We’re kicking ass, but I’d love to make our stretch goal once we’re funded so I can include our awesome stretch incentive (which is currently super secret).

Krell Laboratories: Mothers and Sons -

Club Sandwich

Looking at the Mexican coming-of-age film, Club Sandwich on my movie blog this morning.

This is all carefully controlled within the film frame. Even though it eschews non-diegetic music and is mostly shot in long takes, this is not a film in which “realism” is paramount. Oh, it’s realistic enough: the environs are dreary for a resort location and the relationships at the center of the film are credible and moving, but the deadpan here is ever so slightly stylized in a way that gives the film the air of a satire. That goes hand in hand with the film’s awkward silences and even more uncomfortable conversations. And while I say that the film is edited in long takes, it knows where to cut when it does. This results in some of its best jokes and in the end it results in its ultimate bittersweet humanity.

Support Jessica creating Web Comics -

Jessica is the brains behind the excellent Manic Pixie Nightmare Girl comics. If you’re looking to support trans lady comics, this is a good one.

Sep 19

amazonchique:

Oh man! Someone lost their skeleton down here you guys! I’m gonna check his collar.
From The Secrets of Cats is an RPG from Evil Hat

Your work is always so good. Pardon my insane envy.

amazonchique:

Oh man! Someone lost their skeleton down here you guys! I’m gonna check his collar.

From The Secrets of Cats is an RPG from Evil Hat

Your work is always so good. Pardon my insane envy.

Sep 18

Exiles: Trans Stories by Christianne Benedict -

krelllabs:

So all those trans-themed comics I’ve been doing for the last couple of years? I’m Kickstarting a small collection of them. Viva trans ladies making comics!


Well, how about that? Someone at Kickstarter chose my project for their Staff Picks! Plus, I’m going gangbusters given that I’m a totally obscure artist running her first Kickstarter. Woohoo! Thanks everyone who has reblogged or tweeted me!

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Just a reminder

sassysyndicalist:

Liking something on social media does nothing to boost its reach.

Reblogging, commenting, or sharing does.

This PSA brought to you by the Trans Lady Bloggers Desperate For Traffic Association.

Sep 17

chasmofsarcasm:

how to tell if someone is really bisexual:

Bisexuals devour the heads of their opposite-sex mates after sex.

(via seananmcguire)

Exiles: Trans Stories by Christianne Benedict -

So all those trans-themed comics I’ve been doing for the last couple of years? I’m Kickstarting a small collection of them. Viva trans ladies making comics!


Sep 16

rambleonamazon:

I want to write a novel about a trans woman that uses all those tropes trans women know but cis people never hear about. Stuff like…

I shall be lauded as a literary genius. Unless people find out I’m trans. they’ll I’ll be accused of only writing genre fiction.

If you bite it, spiro tastes considerably different from mint. I think I might be sensitive to the smell and taste, though. I have to turn the bottle away from me to even open it.