My Shadow, the Fannibal

One definition of myself holds that I’m a kind-hearted person who shouldn’t love violent and scary stories, serial killers or for god’s sake CANNIBALS.

But, due to the mysteries of fandom, I find myself on the edge of my seat tonight, and tweeting with a few hundred thousand, maybe more, Fannibals for the finale of the NBC TV series Hannibal.

I swore I wouldn’t watch it. I didn’t like the books, and Silence of the Lambs was too creepy. I don’t need a vicious killer show to watch, life is too short. I don’t remember what changed my mind, but it was only a few months ago that I watched the pilot episode and I was hooked from the beginning.

I’ll not try to sell you on the show; it’s been cancelled, (although vigorous Fannibal lobbying may have some clout) it’s about an elegant murderous cannibal and a mentally unstable profiler who have an unhealthy obsession with one another – not everyone’s cuppa.

If I did make my case, it would sing the praises of the writers and particularly their excellent gender swapping of key characters. Also, the use of myth and alternative states of consciousness is fascinating as well. The Wendigo and antler theme are amazing and beautiful.

I would also laud the art department, including the food stylists, who work under the direction of none other than Jose Andres of restaurant fame. Everything to look at in this show is a feast for the eyes.

Well, one more surprise, for me, as I am still scratching my “I’m supposed to be a nice girl” head: I’m cleaning out folders on my Mac and find a painting from 2010 called Integration, that I created for some very deep and intense therapy work.

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It’s very Hannibal-esque. I guess I should have known.

Gender Swapped characters in Fanart

In celebration of our evolving idea of gender as fluid, I offer these colorful, creative, amusing, at times maybe disturbing renderings of beloved characters as you might have seen them, in a different world!

This is just a taste – follow the link at the end to the total collection.

Notice the conspicuous absence of males

 

I love this Moriarty!

 

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CLICK for all the Avengers by Circusmayer at deviantart.com

 

isn’t he adorable?

For the complete article with dozens of examples, CLICK here.

Reblogging: “Tailgating at the Opera”

Ferne Horner blogs from the Gulf Coast of Florida with the aid of her well-dressed cat Benchley. From this week’s Hairball Gazette:

Tailgating at the Opera (Well Sort of)

         © 2013 FMHorner
we opera aficionados, here
in Frog Crossing, Florida,
could make fans in a football parking lot
shake their heads in wonder—
amateurs
bel canto has come to the outback…