December 16, 2009

Sherlock Holmes + Xmas things

It's just a short 9 days until Christmas!  We had a fun week - after working on some graphic novel pre-production, we hit up a Christmas party for Museum staff and then Rifftrax Live where they spoofed some holiday short films with Weird Al as a special guest.  Hilarious!

If you don't know Rifftrax - it's the MST3000 guys adding witty commentary tracks to all kinds of movies.  { Reccomended Riffs // "Eragon", "Twilight", "Harry Potter", and "Star Trek 5" }  The event we went to was a live simulcast of their performance in California.  My grandparents listen to opera simulcasts - we... listen to Weird Al.  Ahh culture.

Look at that nice, clean studio

 fancy confections at the Museum Director's house

please to enjoy two different remixes of JINGLE BELLS


I've talked about our cat Basil before, but felt it the right time to talk about the dude we named him for - Basil Rathbone! 
Basil the cat = not smart.  Basil the actor = crazy smart.

Drawing of Rathbone by our friend JJB {in our kitchen}

Basil Rathbone is THE MAN.  You may know him from Errol Flynn's classic Robin Hood movie, or the narrator for Wind in the Willows, but he is my favorite actor to play Sherlock Holmes.  And his birthday is the day after mine!  Well almost, if I was born June 12th, 1892...

Needless to say, I'm skepitcal of the Robert Downey Jr. movie.  Adding in "strong-willed, 20th Century -hot-lady, ahead-of-her-time" (Rachel McAdams) is just silly.  Hollywood seems to feel they need to inject some sexual tension into it's period films, even if the character is just a shadow of historical accuracy.  Oh well! It's just a movie!

If you want to see some awesome Sherlock Holmes comics, check out Bret's graphic novel!  Right now it's Alterna Comic's Best Seller!  Congrats, Bret!


  1. sorry veronica, sexual tension existed since the garden and irene adler is canon!
    from the story "a scandal in bohemia" (mp3):
    irene adler character wiki (contains spoilers!):

    "she was *the* woman..."

    i like basil rathbone, but don't you think that it's that version of the story that's "silly"?- no cocaine, no madness?

    also, if you like things that are inspired by edward gorey but are not just lazy rip offs of the same 3 edward gorey drawings over and over again, i strongly recommend dame darcy's meat cake, which you can get $1 back issues of from the fantagraphics catalog:


  2. Ahh touche' Jake!

    We can't expect that every hot lady in the early 20th century was an expert at judo or into waxing her eyebrows.

    But I do like that they made Watson a similar age to Holmes intead of some old doddering guy (Nigel Bruce)

    And for the record, we're naming our next pet:
    "Wilhem Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein"

  3. Awww I like those songs =3

    & don't you just love owning not-so-smart pets? They're the best xD

    I never knew about Basil Rathbone before... I am a n00b and don't know anything about any one ;_; but thanks for posting this info

  4. Anonymous18.12.09

    If you're strictly talking canon there are no scenes of Holmes tied nude to a bed in any of the novels I've read-- and as far as I remember THE WOMAN was someone he was awestruck by and caused his great mind to falter for the first time, and their relationship never went much past that.

    In the novels, Holmes and Watson are the same age, roughly 35-40 and it's only in the Rathbone series that Watson seemed a dottering old man-- when in fact Nigel Bruce was only three years older than Rathbone-- he just seemed older, maybe the white hair. To many people Rathbone and Bruce were Holmes and Watson-- but that's a lot like saying Adam West and Burt Ward are Batman and Robin-- a very entertaining version but not particularly accurate.

    As for Bret's interpretation of Holmes, I'd say he comes pretty close to the mark and you're definitely selling his work short, there is a lot of Gorey in there but there's also a lot of Herholz-- and you can't argue with his growing body of work which has built him a strong fanbase.

    I find his work a refreshing change from what is out there, it's entertaining and never tries or pretends to be hip, unlike say a James Kolchaka who just cranks out book after book of Frog's with hard ons pretending to be existential when in fact it's mostly just dribble and ramblings fawned over by posers. (wow-- is that harsh!?)