Ah! the experimental seventies! This funny short animated doc gives an account of what its like to play baseball under the influence of mind altering drugs. Towards the end of the animation the simplified frame rate comes into its own as a means to expose the narrators experience of judgement.
In this reflective, self-referential lesson in psychoanalysis, Bechdel sketches out every inch of her conscious and subconscious. She includes immaculately drawn extracts from Winnicot, Freud and Virginia Woolf, cross referencing and applying them to some complicated relationships with the women in her life. It is impossible not to relate to this brutally honest memoir. It is even more impossible not to devour it in one sitting.
If you’re a graphic novel novice like I was, reading this will have you forever veering towards the comics section of your bookshop.
There are freshly signed copies at Gosh Comics, Soho, London.
An autobiographical debut feature which documents the frustrations of creator Terence Nance’s ambiguous relationship. Live action is interspersed with a variety of animated sequences from a team of over fifteen animators including Nance (also the writer, director, producer and central protagonist).
The film received enough attention at Sundance 2012 to get Jay-Z on board as an executive producer and Janelle Monae contributing to the soundtrack. It received a Gotham award in 2012 for ‘Best Film not Playing at a Theater Near You’, which thankfully no longer applies as it is set for U.S. release in April 2013.
Enjoy the overwhelmingly enticing trailer. We’re hoping it makes it over to the UK!
We are thrilled that Charlotte Kaye has also joined our team and she will be guest blogging later this week.
Charlotte’s latest film is a stop-motion piece about the disorientation of insomnia. It was filmed entirely at night in her bedroom and each component is a true obsessive ritual that keeps her awake. It illustrates the uncertainty of the life in inanimate objects experienced during the animating process – a feeling that that is heightened with sleep deprivation.
Might be pushing it a bit here, but the makers describe their project to make 1 second of animation a day, every day of 2013, thus:
‘Some of the days are things that happened, others are things that have been fired off in our imaginations, and some are inspired by other people – particularly music or sounds given to us by our collaborators’.
So on the basis that some of what you see here is autobiography, of a sort, enjoy!
Happy New Year Readers! We have a new category for the blog featuring graphic novels and comics – all exploring real life stories or subjects. Our first post is about the award winning autobiographical graphic novel written and illustrated by a husband and wife team. Article below: