Fandom Friday[s] #3 and #4 ~ March 23 and 30, 2012

Well folks, I’ve dropped the ball.  It’s true.  It was my job to post last week’s Fandom Friday picks, but I failed to get to it.   Funny story, that…  I had just settled down at my desk to begin composing the new post when someone knocked on my door.  I don’t get much company these days and the hour was odd, so it took me quite by surprise.  When I opened the door, a corpulent, red-faced, middle-aged man breathlessly pushed his way across the threshold and half-coherently addressed me by name.  Perplexed, I invited him in the rest of the way and offered him a seat, but instead of accepting, he promptly took to rapidly pacing back and forth through my living room, fretfully wringing his hands and mumbling something about a lost coronet.  I gently took hold of his arm and tried to calm him down, but he wriggled his way free and rushed over to the nearest wall, whereupon he began pitifully banging his head. …  Okay.  Maybe not.  My life is hardly even a fraction as interesting as that, but it was fun to pretend just now.  In reality, I was busy doing something rather atypical for me these days (thanks to my workload):  Being social.  *GASP*  I did in fact have company over, but I’m afraid it was nothing quite so piquant.  The end result was that I simply didn’t have time to do any blogging.  To even out the score, I will now do a DOUBLE post.  That’s right folks.  For a limited time only, you get TWO Fandom Fridays for the price of ONE!  But WAIT.  There’s more!  If you call within the next ten minutes, HamishMD and I will throw in a brand new set of…. Okay, that’s enough.  On to the picks:

1.) Now, I know what you may be thinking.  I can hear you screaming; ‘Hey!  That’s not a piece of fan art!  I’ve been cheated!’  But hang on a minute and let me explain.  This is a picture of Mark Gatiss.  But not just any picture of Mark Gatiss.  This is a picture of Mark Gatiss at Undershaw.  What is ‘Undershaw’?  For those of you not already familiar with it, Undershaw is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former residence in Hindhead, Surrey (UK).  He built this house (completed in 1897) for his ailing wife ‘Touie’ and his children, in hopes that the fresh Surrey air and sunshine would aid Touie’s recovery.  Heartbreakingly, Undershaw currently stands unoccupied in a state of deeply shameful neglect and (worse still) is in very imminent danger of being developed (i.e. permanently split into individual townhouses).  Mark Gatiss is the celebrity patron for the Undershaw Preservation Trust, which is currently fighting tooth and nail to see that the house is preserved as one piece.  (Now you know what that logo at the top right of this page is for.)  Personally, I cannot think of any finer, or more movingly reverent display of  ‘fandom’ than to see people from all over the world come together and stand up in defense of Conan Doyle’s legacy.  HamishMD and I are both wholehearted supporters of ‘UPT’ (part of why I didn’t get this done last weekend involved me being occupied with local promotion), and we think you ought to be too.  (Follow the hyperlink above, or click on the image below.)

~ You can expect to hear about this from me again.  You have been warned.

Mark Gatiss rocks 'The Umbrella' at Undershaw

2.)  “I care not how humble your bookshelf may be, or how lonely the room which it adorns. Close the door of that room behind you, shut off with it all the cares of the outer world, plunge back into the soothing company of the great dead, and then you are through the magic portal into that fair land whither worry and vexation can follow you no more. You have left all that is vulgar and all that is sordid behind you. There stand your noble, silent comrades, waiting in their ranks. Pass your eye down their files. Choose your man. And then you have but to hold up your hand to him and away you go together into dreamland.” ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Through the Magic Door)

Alright, alright.  So this one  really isn’t a piece of fan-made artwork, but I’m sorry, it was simply too lovely to not post and it goes very well with #1.

3.) !!SPOILER ALERT!!  If you have not seen season two of BBC’s Sherlock, for the love of God and all that is holy, do not follow this link!  You’ll be horrifyingly sorry if you do.  For those who have, enjoy this list of theories and their accompanying breakdowns:  The Final Problem  Mark Gatiss did tell you…but did you listen?

4.) !!SPOILER ALERT!! Again, do not follow this link if you have not seen season two.  Sorry guys.  ~ The Scottish Falcetto Sock Puppet Theatre does their take on Sherlock.

4.)  This is hands down the most fantastic library poster I have ever seen.

SourceAmerican Library Association

5.)  For just $150, you can adorn your bookshelves (however humble they may be) with this:


Source: National Building Museum (Shop).  If you buy one, please don’t tell me.

6.)  This is one of my most favorite Sherlock fan-videos so far.  It is exceptionally well made, and the song is rather extraordinarily perfect.

Thanks ‘multikitten’!

7.) Olypmic Games…’Canon’-style:

How many did you get without looking them up?

8.)  Am I the only one who regularly thinks ‘Gee, I really wish all of these marvelous, scholarly Sherlockian resources had handy indexes for quick cross-referencing’?  Clearly not.  Try this on for size:  Downloadable Indexes of Sherlockian Works.

9.) And while we’re at it:  A database of Sherlockian pastiches, parodies and related fiction.

10.)  Well.  Here we are at the end of this week’s installment.  Before I go, let me leave you with this small piece of exceedingly sound advice:

Source:  She also does absolutely INCREDIBLE paintings and illustrations.  Like this (your bonus track for the week):

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~ Now, if you’ll excuse me.  I need to return to my mind palace. ~


Fandom Friday #2: March 16th, 2012

Welcome two week two of Fandom Fridays! While our blog may have been quiet since last week, we have not been idle. Much to the delight of ssigerson, I caught up with Season 2 of Sherlock by finally watching The Reichenbach Fall, and then of course repaid her with several hours of late night mourning and theorizing. On less Haitusy-notes, we discovered some fun new adaptations, as well as some awesome merch. Check out our Pinterest boards, where we find tons of amazing stuff that can’t wait until Fandom Friday to share!

1). This week I learned something amazing. There are Sherlock Holmes adaptations that take place in the nineteenth century, the twentieth century, the twenty-first century, the twenty-second century, AND the twenty-third century. While this also prompting a sudden desire for someone to try Sherlock Holmes in the First Century (BC), it also reminded me of an old favorite fanvid, which so vividly captures the timelessness of  those ” two men of note”:

2). Discovered via Pinterest and noted via Twitter, this Teefury shirt was our “INSTABUY” of the week

3.) For some cross fandom pollination:

Found via twitter at : ScarfofCumbersaurus

4.) Sedimentary, My Dear Watson!

Found on cafepress: sirwatsonshop

5.) “Photograph Yourself with Sherlock Holmes”

Here at Stormy Petrels we have a deep love and appreciation for Save Undershaw. They’ve lately had some fantastic ways of promoting their cause. Today “Sherlock Holmes” wandered London, taking photos with fans- donations going to Save Undershaw. Having the character  jump from the page and interact with Modern London is magical and moving in the way it inspires those who see him. Ssigerson and I had our own experiences with this kind of thing once, which is I think why it resonated so much with us.

To check out photos from this event, check out the Wall Photos from The Undershaw Preservation Trust Facebook Page. We hope you’ll be glad you did!

Until next week!

Fandom Friday #1 ~ March 9, 2012

Ssigerson here.  What day is it?  Is it November?? *cough*  Oh lord, it’s MARCH…and a FRIDAY to boot.  But not for much longer I’m afraid, which doesn’t leave me much time to get this done.  So then, let me introduce to you a little something Hamishmd and I have concocted between us called ‘Fandom Fridays’.  What are ‘Fandom Fridays’?  If you’ve not seen the listing for them on our ‘About‘ page, here’s the general idea:

Fandom Fridays are an excuse for one of us to gather and share a small selection of our favorite bits of fan-produced artwork, videos, images, comics, etc. which we happen to bump into throughout each week.  Where possible, we will always do our best to give credit to the original artist/producer and will gladly link back to sources.  If you catch something that isn’t ‘cited’, but happen to know the source, do please let us know!

And now, without further ado, I present to you this week’s Fandom Friday selection:

1.) Here, have a little ‘Wholock’ ~ Sherlock (BBC1) vs. The Doctor:

~  No you can’t!

2.)  And while we’re on the subject…

Yes I CAN!

Source:  And here is a case in point:  My sincerest apologies for the lack of citation.  I am not sure where this originally came from.  If you happen to know, please tell us!

3.)  In which Holmes complains about his many alter-egos:

~ It was only a matter of time.

4.)  To which I reply:


Source: A fantastic artist by the name of Elina.  Please visit her LiveJournal page ‘Watson, I’m scared.’ or her page on DeviantArt for more of her wonderful, delightfully quirky, if occasionally ‘slashy’ comics and artwork.  WARNING:  May contain ‘Sherlock’ spoilers!  You have been warned.

5.) And so, children, the moral of the story is…

Seriously. You’ll thank me later.

Source:  Again.  Heartfelt apologies, but I just don’t know.  I will endeavor to seek these things out more thoroughly in the future.

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~ *You wear a jacket!* ~

Adaptation Review: What’s the Story?

Welcome, once again to Stormy Petrels!  While usually we will be more likely to post individual reviews due to our busy schedules, on occasion we will be lucky enough to do joint reviews.

We introduce today our first review: the episodes “The Slobbery Hound” and “A Dogged Expose” from the PBS television series Wishbone. The conceit of this series is that a small, well-read Jack Russell terrier imagines himself as the main characters in all his favorite books. These fantasies parallel events going on in modern day- or the 1990s- in the lives of himself and his owner, a middle-school kid named Joe. Wishbone covered many classics of literature, including two Holmes stories: The Hound of the Baskervilles and A Scandal in Bohemia.

Title: Wishbone, Episodes “The Slobbery Hound” and “A Dogged Expose”

Year: circa 1995/1996

Creators: Executive Producer Rick Duffield

Cast: Soccer the dog and Larry Brantley (voice) as Wishbone/Sherlock Holmes, Ric Spiegel as Dr. Watson, Sally Vahle as Irene Adler

Brief Summary:

“The Slobbery Hound” When Wishbone is blamed for neighborhood messes, he must find the dog who is the real culprit. Classic Work: The Hound of the Baskervilles

“A Dogged Expose” Samantha tries to figure out who is distributing embarrassing pictures of her.  Classic Work: A Scandal in Bohemia.

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A Case of Identity

A most gracious welcome to Stormy Petrels, where two quirky Sherlockians share in the intricacies of their nerdity. We’re a bit sparse right now, but growing. Please be sure to check all our pages for updates, as well as our new twitter PetrelsofCrime! While ssigerson and I, hamishmd, have given a bit of our bios and other sorts of information on our About page, we felt that our first post was a grand opportunity to introduce ourselves a bit more thoroughly, as well as where we are coming from, in a Holmesian sense. ~Hamishmd

On the Canon

What is your favorite story from the canon?

Hamishmd: I have daily favorites, truly. I think the story that made the biggest impression on me was probably The Speckled Band. We read it in junior high, and so it was the first story I “rediscovered.” I adore it- there’s a great villain and a sense of unbearable tension.  I also have a deep soft spot for The Blue Carbuncle, for the “Holmes and Watson Christmas Special” vibe. I make sure to read or watch the Granada episode every Christmas.

Ssigerson: My knee-jerk reaction to this question would also have to be The Speckled Band.  Not necessarily because of its fantastic writing, characters or plot, but because this was my first canon story as well.  Speckled Band is the story that opened the sherlockian floodgates for me and as such it occupies a very special place in my heart.  Apart from The Speckled Band, it is very, very hard for me to choose another ‘favorite’.  Potential candidates might be The Priory School, for the sheer randomness of its clues (cows, guys, REALLY?) and The Six Napoleons, for it’s fantastically snarky dialogs.

What is your favorite exchange between Holmes and Watson?/What is your favorite canon quote?

Ssigerson: “Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the strange coincidences,…the wonderful chains of events,…leading to the most outré results, it would make all fiction with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and unprofitable.” IDEN

 Hamishmd: “..and believe me to be, my dear fellow, Very sincerely yours, Sherlock Holmes.” FINA

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