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Archive for January, 2005

Where The Wild Things Are

by Juju on January 21st, 2005

Spike Jonze has just signed on to direct the film version of that great children’s book, Where The Wild Things Are. In the last iteration of the project they were planning on doing an animated version, but Jonze wants to make a live-action film. The illustrations were such an integral part of the story that it’s hard to imagine Max Juju and his wolf-suit without them.

More details, kind of, Gothamist and IMDB anyone know if this is still going to happen?

This little piggy went to marketing...

Fancy foraying forth for an evening of dark ambience? Live in or near Edinburgh?

Finsternis might be your thing

I'll be there and if you call me over by Semaphore (instructions below) I'll buy you a drink, can't say fairer than that can I.

Juju smiles

by Juju on January 20th, 2005

The chairman Juju smiles
The former Soviet Union, Cuba, and China: three countries where posters played an important political role and received a large amount of artistic attention...


20th January
In the French Revolutionary calendar, today is the first day of Pluviose (Rainy month), and they were right: in 1859 it rained stones in Italy and caterpillars in Warsaw, in 1911 black rain fell in Switzerland and in 1977 the first recorded snow fell in the Bahamas.

Wild Japan
Cult! Wild Japan is a nationwide touring festival of classic Japanese cult films from the 1960s and 1970s including School of the Holy Beast ("A shocking, subversive masterpiece - Dario Argento meets the Marquis De Sade.") for all you nun botherers. The festival will be visiting Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, Leeds, Leicester, N. London, S. London and Manchester.

SciFi London festival
SciFi London festival (2-6 Feb), I'm no SciFi die hard but there appears to be a number of interesting looking films here including SteamBoy. Nowhere near London, then do not dispair the festival is on tour stopping at

  • Edinburgh Cameo (18-20 Feb)
  • Liverpool FACT (25-27 Feb)
  • York Picturehouse (4-6 Mar)
  • Exeter Picturehouse (11-13 Mar)

All aboard!

A Survivor's Ta... il

by Suzanne G. on January 19th, 2005

© Andrew Brandou (1)
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I now kind of wish that I had fought for world peace instead of for comic books. Comics are doing a lot better than the world around them.
In the past two years, it's like librarians have embraced comics, museums have embraced comics, and literary critics have embraced comics.
A few years back, it just seemed like a fantasy. One was working in much more of a ghetto.

Art Spiegelman in an Onion interview on Maus,
No Towers and on... err.. a career of killing women and dropping them in buckets of cement) o_O



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"I know this man, I know this man with the accordion," Mrs. Aronson recalls saying as she looked at the image of young people celebrating the arrival of Soviet troops in Lodz.

"This is my boyfriend, Wysocki Szlomo, my first love."

(Culled from yesterday's NYT article on the survivors of the Lodz ghetto)

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Thee Blog ov Psychick Blah proudly presents a glorious follow-up to last year's post on Victorian Skating Fun:

Yes, this time, it's Victorian Cinema Mania - The Who's Who & What's What of Victorian Cinema!

Born Frederick Muller in Konigsberg, Germany, 'The Modern Hercules' as he was known, was already an established entertainer when he travelled out to West Orange to be filmed in Edison's Black Maria on 6 March 1894. [...]
He died as the result of a stroke after single-handedly lifting an automobile out of a ditch.

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Kinetoscope with Phonograph cylinder audio player built in and earphones, 1895

→ Read many other fascinating articles on The Who's Who of Victorian Cinema

(via BoingBoing)



Today's poète lauréat: A certain Miss M. from a barbarian place called Australia:

"Once I finish sculpting potatoes with my toenails we will all be together because I will be rich and famous, living in a castle in Scotland, with Billy Connelly as part of my entourage."



(1) : Andrew Brandou is currently showing his work @
La Luz de Jesus Gallery in L.A.

The Kraken and the Colossal Octopus Baby

by Suzanne G. on January 17th, 2005

Today's psychick PDF reading:
"Mimesis as a phenomenon of semiotic communication"

© Liz Wolfe
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Le sang me refluait jusqu'au coeur, quand j'apercevais une antenne énorme qui me barrait la route, ou quelque pince effrayante se refermant avec bruit dans l'ombre des cavités!

Des milliers de points lumineux brillaient au milieu des ténèbres.

C'étaient les yeux de crustacés gigantesques, tapis dans leur tanière, des homards géants se redressant comme des hallebardiers et remuant leurs pattes avec un cliquetis de ferraille, des crabes titanesques, braques comme des canons sur leurs affûts, et des poulpes effroyables entrelaçant leurs tentacules comme une broussaille vivante de serpents.

(Extrait de 20000 Lieues Sous Les Mers
de Jules Verne)



© Wulff Morgenthaler

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This Saturday:

Opening of the Eye of The Beholder Group Show @ The Lab101 Gallery in Culver City (CA)

Featuring the works of:

Caia Koopman

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Angie Mason

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... and many many others...



Today, January 17

Today in 1474 a cock was tried in Basel for having laid an egg. It was condemned to death, and both cock and egg were burnt at the stake on a hill called the Kohlenberg, with all due ceremony, witnessed by an immense crowd.
The fatal cockatrice, which was supposed to issue a cock's egg when hatched, could be used for contacting the evil spirits, so the cock which gave it birth was dreaded as dangerous purveyor to His satanic Majesty.

(via ForteanTimes)

→ In other wyrd and magick news, here's a beautiful article about the poltergeist that haunts a former Victorian lunatic asylum in Chester, UK.



Let's all perform a happy dance for the Dark Lord of the Sith to mark the end of this glorious entry:

© Pip Rubberfeet - click to enlarge


Oh, and thank you ever so much for showing us the way to totalitarian and ridiculously prude immaculate blogging, BlogExplosion.

Oh, and just in case...

by Suzanne G. on January 16th, 2005

... you were ever wondering what I'm doing on weekends...

© Suzanne & Patrick Nice

The time has come

by Juju on January 15th, 2005

the Walrus said,
To talk of many things:
Of shoes and ships and sealing-wax

Of thumb fingered boys

Of cabbages and kings

Of shrunken heads

And why the sea is boiling hot

And wicked wicked nuns
(OOP but Amazon UK have one for £89.95! <insert your favourite blasphemy here>)

And whether pigs have wings.

And the Lost Museum (Barnum's)

Another perfectly normal human wormbaby...

by Michelle on January 15th, 2005

© William Schmidt - click for enlargification

Greetings, comrades! This is Michelle, your newest psychick blahmonger, anomalous aesthete, and general malcontent. I'm delighted to be joining this merry troupe. (Thee Temple's secret headquarters beneath the Vatican are even more extravagant than I could have imagined—I just hope my initiation ceremony isn't too painful...)

At any rate, I'll be posting as frequently as my busy schedule of apocalypse-averting and balloon-racing allows. Cheers!


© John John Jesse - click for gigantorfication

Punk rocker, and former Catholic School boy of 8 years, John John's work reflects the gravitation and trials of those two opposites...

After a long absence the much-beloved J.J.J. is back online at johnjohnjesse.net (additional works can also be seen at his Art@Large page, as usual).


© Jim Woodring - click for jumbofication

Jim Woodring's miniature exhibition on his site will be ending this month, so take a look while you can. His archive of inexplicable little weekly cartoons is always worth a browse as well. (And on a side note, I imagine he's probably just too busy making brilliant comics to bother with such mundane issues, but honestly—has no one ever told him that neon green text on a black background is a serious web design faux pas? For shame!)

From the Edge of the Knowable

by Suzanne G. on January 14th, 2005

© Matthew Pasquarello
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Well, I'm a bacteriologist, you know.
I live in a nine-hundred-diameter microscope.
I can hardly claim to take serious notice of anything that I can see with my naked eye.
I'm a frontiersman from the extreme edge of the Knowable, and I feel quite out of place when I leave my study and come into touch with all you great, rough, hulking creatures.

(Excerpt from The Lost World by
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)



The 2Headed Dog brings you happy flash movies for all members of the family... even the deceased ones.
I can highly recommend Track Du Jour #29.

→ I just rediscovered Comedy Butchers.
Go click yourself through James Chaytor's quaint little pixel town.



Creative Electric Studios are having a closing party for Mark Mothersbaugh's Beautiful Mutants show tomorrow 6:30-10 PM.

Food and drinks will be offered, as this is your last chance to see and adopt a mutant.

While you're in the neighbourhood, please make sure you don't miss the opening of Lauren Greenfield's
Girl Culture exhibition at the Minnesota Center for Photography.



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Mark Dery has written a brilliant little cultural history of the subconscious fear of teeth.

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A quick note from Steve Ash for all Londoners:

This Saturday: Wyrd Walks

The 'Devil's Corridor' walk will travel between Barbican and Holborn tubes and cover the headless earl of Charterhouse, the Jester Monk of Smithfield, Crowleyian invocations, Doppelganger and other fortean phenomena and of course London's very own 'Mothman' of Lincoln Inn.

→ Saturday, January 15, 2005, 4:30 PM: Meet outside the Barbican tube station.

Cost: A mere £5 for 2 hours of bizarreness. :)

(via Mark Pilkington)



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Yes, indeed, Thee Psychick Whelping Day approaches!

I'm turning 26 in exactly a month's time. Yaaay! :)

And so, to commemorate the anniversary of my whelping here's the part where I get shameless, I thought I should create a little list of things that would make me do a little dance in your honour:

Threebrain Weeeee! shirt

(Size S, Pink/Salmon pleeeeeeeez!)

Rathergood Soldier Kitten raglan shirt

(Size S, Black/White. Merci bien!)

Pickled Pinkie Pendant

... or simply refer to my Amazon wishlist (German version here) or send me some PayPal money
(c.f. very bottom of this page) so that I can at least get myself this barbell pay my next fucking rent!

Thankies! :)



Originally uploaded by Suzanna.

Well then, see you next week...

Misery Children

by Suzanne G. on January 13th, 2005

Oh, the irony...

© Kathie Olivas' Misery Children
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If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book blog.

In this book blog, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle.

(Culled and slightly adapted from Lemony Snicket's
A Series of Unfortunate Events)

→ Watch the movie trailer



Nullen & Einsen (Zeros & Ones) is an eerie, wordless and hybrid comic animation by Micha Hirt - one of Germany's most promising graphic artists.

N.B.: I'm currently selling Hirt's comic book KoronarArchitekten (click here for a short preview) for less than half its original price.

Don't hesitate to add a comment or email me if you're interested.

→ Please click here to see a list of other books I'm selling.



Three girls show in SanFran opening tonight at the Shooting Gallery.

Featuring the works of:

Lisa Alisa
Wanyu Chou
Yumiko Kayukawa

Also opening today at the NRW Forum in Düsseldorf:

Guy Bourdin – Unterkühlter Glamour



I thought I should let you all know that Project Gutenberg has added an RSS feed of recent eBooks which is updated nightly.



© Crab Scrambly



It's my immense honour to announce that the Magnificent Madame Michelle will be exposing her robotic tentacle arms joining us here at Thee Temple ov Psychick Blah.

Nightmares in wax

by Juju on January 12th, 2005

Wax anatomical models

La Specola's collection of 18th century anatomical waxes

The wax collection, unique in the quantity and beauty of its pieces, was created in order to teach anatomy without having to directly observe a cadaver.

Clemente Susini's wax anatomical models

The magnificent wax anatomical models on view at the University Citadel of Cagliari Museum have an intriguing tale to tell (partly medical and partly not).

These delights were not restricted to wax; oh no papier-mâché was also used...

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History

has a collecton as well as their fun educational Body Parts game

Taschen have a great book on the La Specola collection