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Twisted Tuesdays: Bizarro Photoblast!

by Tracy Vanity

Work is kicking my ass and I have a folder overflowing with some Bizarro pics you should enjoy. I sure do.

The Bizarro pic bombardment will commence…NOW!

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Which ones speak to you or creep you out? This post accurately depicts what my mind looks like. FUN!


Mega Alice Tribute for Lewis Carroll’s Birthday (27-January-1832)

by Tracy Vanity

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‘He’s dreaming now,’ said Tweedledee: ‘and what do you think he’s dreaming about?’
Alice said ‘Nobody can guess that.’
‘Why, about you!’ Tweedledee exclaimed, clapping his hands triumphantly. ‘And if he left off dreaming about you, where do you suppose you’d be?’
‘Where I am now, of course,’ said Alice.
‘Not you!’ Tweedledee retorted contemptuously. ‘You’d be nowhere. Why, you’re only a sort of thing in his dream!’
‘If that there King was to wake,’ added Tweedledum, ‘you’d go out — bang! — just like a candle!’
‘I shouldn’t!’ Alice exclaimed indignantly. ‘Besides, if I’m only a sort of thing in his dream, what are you, I should like to know?’
‘Ditto’ said Tweedledum.
‘Ditto, ditto!’ cried Tweedledee.
He shouted this so loud that Alice couldn’t help saying, ‘Hush! You’ll be waking him, I’m afraid, if you make so much noise.’
‘Well, it no use your talking about waking him,’ said Tweedledum, ‘when you’re only one of the things in his dream. You know very well you’re not real.’
‘I am real!’ said Alice and began to cry.
‘You won’t make yourself a bit realler by crying,’ Tweedledee remarked: ‘there’s nothing to cry about.’
‘If I wasn’t real,’ Alice said — half-laughing through her tears, it all seemed so ridiculous — ‘I shouldn’t be able to cry.’
‘I hope you don’t suppose those are real tears?’ Tweedledum interrupted in a tone of great contempt.
‘I know they’re talking nonsense,’ Alice thought to herself: ‘and it’s foolish to cry about it.’ So she brushed away her tears, and went on as cheerfully as she could.

-Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, Chapter IV

Today marks the birthday of one of the sexiest and most influential writers in history. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, was a writer, mathematician, photographer, and inventor of many cool whimsical devices and games including a word game very much like Scrabble before Scrabble was even invented.

If you haven’t already seen it, or even if you have it is always nice to see it again, I recommend checking out Lewis Carroll’s gorgeous photography and Alice’s Adventures Underground, which is the original version of Alice’s Adventures Through Wonderland, handwritten and illustrated by Lewis Carroll himself as a gift for Alice Liddell.

There have been numerous film adaptations of Alice in Wonderland and I’ve watched every single one of them. Which film version is your favorite?

Jan Švankmajer’s version is certainly amazing:

I do like the Disney version, it’s very experimental for a Disney film and didn’t do very well until it became a cult classic when it was re-released in 1974.

The 60’s version with the Ravi Shankar soundtrack is pretty cool too. It does a great job sticking to to the book but Wonderland is just the normal English countryside with regular people playing the characters. It doesn’t look nearly as trippy as I imagine it looking in my head.

I think the film that best captures the spirit of Wonderland is Dreamchild. Jim Henson’s Creature Shop designed it, that’s why it looks so creepy-beautiful:

Henson’s company also made a cute Muppet version of “The Jabberwocky”:

American McGee’s Alice & Alice: Madness Returns really captures Wonderland well. I love those games!

Randy Greif made a wicked noise-music box set tribute to Alice using a vintage audio recording of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It’s out of print but you can hear most of the tracks on youtube. I have a copy, I should upload all of it.

Ralph Steadman and Dali made beautiful art tributes to Alice:

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There’s a lot of amazing Alice-related art, films, books, etc. out there. I could go on and on. Please share your favorites.

BTW what’s your favorite Lewis Carroll quote? I have so many but of course this one is my #1:

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Happy Birthday Lewis Carroll! ❤❤❤


Vanity’s Creepypasta Halloween Countdown Day # 25: Down the Rabbit Hole

by Tracy Vanity

As I delve deeper and deeper into The Land of Creepypasta I keep coming across pictures of rabbits. Why rabbits of all things? How could something so cute, fluffy, and harmless be creepy?

Yet time and time again I’d come across these pictures. It was as if Creepypastaland was trying to tell me something…but what?

Was there some Alice in Wonderland/Bizarro connection? Is the rabbit meant lead you somewhere? As I fall further down, I believe the answer is “yes.”

I mean…I do have an obsession with Lewis Carroll and the Alice books to the point where I have the first stanza of the Jabberwocky poem tattooed backwards on my forearm…and I do have the first pressing of Through the Looking Glass from 1871 as well as a huge collection of books, toys, and random shit related to Wonderland….not to mention I know both books by heart and read passages from them at least once a month like the Bible….doesn’t everyone?

But it couldn’t just be me. The creepy rabbit keeps popping up and has replaced the horse head mask as the new creepy animal trend.

That horse head fad is now passé as fuck. Even the pig is old hat. It’s all about the rabbit!

Even David Lynch jumped on the creepy bunny train when he made that unsettling bunny sitcom in Inland Empire.

Damn, just the rabbit scenes are 42 minutes long!

Still not convinced yet? Then maybe theses lagomorphic mindfuck videos from the talented Florian-Ayala Fauna will help you take the final leap:

“It was much pleasanter at home,” thought poor Alice, “when one wasn’t always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits. I almost wish I hadn’t gone down the rabbit-hole–and yet–and yet–…”

6 days until Halloween! Ready or not!


Interview: Constance Ann Fitzgerald on Trashland A Go-Go

by Justin Grimbol

Trashland A Go-Go is about a stripper named Coco. She’s a real badass, super babe with all sorts of stripper-ish issues. She dies after a freak pole dancing accident. Her sleazy boss doesn’t want to deal with having a dead stripper on his hands so he wraps her up and puts in the dumpster behind the club. Coco comes to, but she is not in heaven or hell, at least not in the traditional sense. She is in a world made out of trash.
This is an intense book. It’s basically Alice in Wonderland,(but I hated Alice in Wonderland and I found this book to be a zillion times more entertaining). Constance Ann Fitzgerald’s writing is smooth and seductive and incredibly vivid. It attacks the senses. Not only does she do a great job explaining what the trash world looks like, she makes the reader really feel how greasy and smushy everything is and how bad it all smells. I felt kinda oily while I was reading this book (I still feel kinda oily, but that’s just because I need to shower).
This book is completely enchanting. And gross. I mean, it made me gag, but in a really enjoyable way. I grew up watching John Waters and I love shock humor. This book actually reminded me of his movie DESPERATE LIVING. I appreciate a writer that can do a really good gross-out tale.
This book is great. Read it a zillion times.

Here is an interview with the author.

Justin Grimbol: Was there any point when you were writing this book when you grossed yourself out?

Constance Ann Fitzgerald: Not so much during the actual writing of it. I would just sit down and all of these things would fall out of my pen. When I went back and read it over though, I kind of surprised myself.
During the editing process I was reading the story out loud, to hear how it might sound to someone who isn’t me, and I remember thinking “Aw, man. Do I really need to do this to Victor?”
The answer was clearly yes. That guy had it coming.

JG: If you could get a celebrity to play Coco who would it be and who would you have play the evil queen?

CAF: My first instinct on Coco is Selma Hayek. Not so much because I think she’d be a good Coco, but because I KNOW she can give one hell of a lap dance. Did you SEE From Dusk ‘Til Dawn?! Whew!
Because I really just enjoy her look and the attitude of the characters she tends to play, I’d go with Azura Skye.
The Queen? Isabella Rossellini. Just to listen to her shout about eating hearts in that gorgeous accent of hers.

JG: If this was made into a film would you want it to be animated or live action?

CAF: Oh Man. . . I grew up on Disney princesses (and still adore them to this day) and part of me sort of visualizes the story that way. But the potential gross out factor for a live action Trashland A Go-Go is SO high. There is an entire chapter that could absolutely rival the “shit eating grin” scene in Pink Flamingos. I don’t know that I could resist that.

JG: What is your favorite childhood snack?

CAF: Baby carrots. My Grandmother used to tell me all the time that they would be good for my eyes. Tell that to my cataracts!

JG: Name three things that gross you out.

CAF:
1.) People chewing with their mouths open/smacking their food
2.) When your hand is wet and a single strand of hair wraps itself around your fingers and it becomes a tangled, wet, icky web.
3.) Harlequin babies. If you don’t know, don’t google it. I repeat, DON’T google it. (You’re already googling it now, aren’t you? You sick bastard.)

(I ended up looking it up. oh man. whatthefuck-JG)

JG: What non-bizarro writer do you think every bizarro fan should read?

CAF: I think that everyone, bizarro and otherwise, should read at LEAST one book by Paulo Coelho. Just to learn how to be better people.

JG: What is your least favorite holiday and why?

CAF: All holidays are pretty much an excuse to get drunk, so I am equally behind all of them.
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Constance Ann Fitzgerald’s TRASHLAND A GO-GO and Justin Grimbol’s THE CRUD MASTERS  are now available on Amazon along with the rest of the 2011 New Bizarro Author Series!