Fandom Friday(s) #7 & #8~ April 27th

And here is my turn to have dropped the ball (possibly merely lowered it) to have completely forgotten my duties for Fandom Friday last week. As penance, I shall give a meaty double post today!

Through all our troubles, Holmes is our “fixed point.”

1.) 

1930s filk, done to jazz. Bad-ass, I tell you.

2.-4) A little bit of a cheat here. These days, there is a particular Barnes & Noble near me (No, I shant tell you where, it’s mine I tell you!) where I keep finding an extraordinary number of Holmes reference/fan devoted works in the Bargain Priced section. So much so that I am wondering if there is another Sherlockian on staff….

In the past 6 months I have found the following works:

The Sherlock Holmes Companion: An Elementary Guide, by Daniel Smith ( For $9.98) This one is nicely put together, and not only has great topic articles and photos, but also summaries and trivia of most of the stories and novels.

The Case Files of Sherlock Holmes, by Dr. John Watson, by Fall River Press. (For $14.98) Now this one is an utter joy! It’s presented as a “scrapbook” of case notes and miscellanea put together by Watson of 3 of Holmes’ cases (SCAN, HOUN, and FINA). Along with the printed pages, there are sleeves which contain notes, photos and letters which you can remove an examine, rather like the “Egypt/Pirate/Dragon-ology” books. Everything is high quality, and I rather want to frame some of it!

The Mysterious World of Sherlock Holmes, by Bruce Wexler. (For $7.98). This one I waffled over a bit, but the price and the photos inside swayed (swung?) me. This book explores various aspects of Victorian life of import to our crime solving duo- such as the police, medicine, and even women’s roles. While the final product doesn’t look as clean as the above, the strengths of this book is the period photos and photos of artifacts. I also spent plenty of time on the “centerfold” photos of the 221b Sitting room from the Sherlock Holmes museum. Droooooool….

5.) One of the amazing things about being a fan of Holmes is you begin to realize that no matter your preference for Brett, Rathbone, Cumberbatch, Lee, Cushing, Plummer, or even Caine….far more actors than you have ever imagined have played Holmes. Case in point:

Perfectly logical, Dr. Watson.

Thanks to The LA Times Hero Complex for blowing our minds.

6.) Here’s a gem which I’d forgotten about: The Dictionary of Victorian London, by Lee Jackson. The website itself says: “The Dictionary of Victorian London is a vast website – it would run to thousands of pages in print –containing primary sources covering the social history of Victorian London. This includes extracts from Victorian newspapers, diaries, journalism, memoirs, maps, advertisements &c. and the full text of several dozen books. These sources are arranged by subject area and can be browsed and searched at will. ” *Dives*

7.) I’d not really experienced much in the way of Kinetic Typography until recently. In fact, I didn’t even know it had a name other than “That word thing that was in that Celo Green Song.”  This week I ran into a few good ones, including the following:

8.)

This exists! I’m rather utterly charmed by Gonzo as Sherlock. Read more about it at the Muppet Wiki.

9.) Plugging one of our favorites, here. If you haven’t heard of Kate Beaton, run, don’t walk, to her website, for a good dose of history and literary humor. She’s done a number of Holmes comics, for which this shirt was designed:

Beware Jam!Watson!

10.)

I’ll just leave this here:

Fandom Friday # 6 ~ April 13

Well, I have just finished pitifully dragging my way through an astonishingly horrible week.  This (blogging at 3am) is now my ‘release’, because I very much doubt that I will otherwise be calm enough to sleep (in spite of my nauseatingly fatigued state) until I have both indulged in a bit of ‘Sherlockian squee’  and finished my glass of cognac.

So then, off we go:

1.) Let’s play a little ‘Six Degrees of Separation’:  What do the Titanic and Sherlock Holmes have in common?  Anybody?  Anybody?  No?  How about the fact that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about both?  Didn’t know that before now?  Well, don’t feel bad.  I didn’t know this until earlier this week myself, but apparently it is so.  Conan Doyle was so deeply and personally moved (I believe he lost a friend) by the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 that he penned the following heartfelt poem, titled “Ragtime”.

Ragtime

Ragtime! Ragtime! Keep it going still!
Let them hear the ragtime! Play it with a will!
Women in the lifeboats, men upon the wreck,
Take heart to hear the ragtime lilting down the deck.

Ragtime! Ragtime! Yet another tune!
Now the ‘Darker Dandy’, now ‘The Yellow Coon!’
Brace against the bulwarks if the stand’s askew,
Find your footing as you can, but keep the music true!

There’s glowing hell beneath us where the shattered boilers roar,
The ship is listing and awash, the boats will hold no more!
There’s nothing more that you can do, and nothing you can mend,
Only keep the ragtime playing to the end.

Don’t forget the time boys. Eyes upon the score!
Never heed the wavelets sobbing down the floor!
Play it as you played it when with eager feet
A hundred pairs of dancers were stamping with the beat.

Stamping to the ragtime down a lamp-lit deck,
With the shine of glossy linen and with gleam of snowy neck,
They’ve other thoughts to think tonight, and other things to do
But the tinkle of the ragtime may help to see them through.

Shut off, shut off the ragtime! The lights are falling low!
The deck is buckling under us! She’s sinking by the bow!
One hymn of hope from the dying hands on dying ears to fall –
Gently the music fades away – and so, God rest us all!

I have to admit I know precious little about this poem apart from the fact that it was published in a book of other poems of Doyle’s titled The Guards Came Through, And Other Poems.  For those of you reading this who aren’t already familiar with the story of the Titanic; the ship’s band is legendarily credited with having literally gone down playing.  They stayed firmly planted on deck amidst the chaos and terror and steadfastly played first popular songs, and then hymns until they could physically play no more.

Source: The Sherlock of London Blog

2.) I am exceedingly pleased this week to be able to bring to you an example of some really fantastic ‘real world’ fandom I happened to bump into last weekend.  Whilst perusing the ‘Holmesian’ section of a Barnes & Noble in Portsmouth, Virginia, I happened to pick up the following book, curious as to what it was:

Turns out it is a unique reprint of the [Canon] stories listed on the cover punctuated throughout with occasional ‘graphic novel’-like illustrations, but that isn’t what got me hopping.  That honor goes to this (found just inside the front cover):

…A very well-placed slip of paper, if I may say so myself. I *almost* bought the book JUST so that I could keep the slip and even considered pulling it out to add to the book I did buy, but I decided to leave it sitting where it was in hopes that it will bring as much gleeful delight to others as it did me.  (If you haven’t seen this before, don’t worry about it.  You can look it up easily enough, but if you’ve not yet finished season two of ‘Sherlock’ DON’T DO IT.)

P.S. Richard Brooke IS a fraud.

3.)  *MINOR SPOILER ALERT* – Having trouble keeping up with the [BBC] Sherlock fandom memes?  Fear not!  The Swedish Pathological Society is here to help!  Herein you will find answers to such earth-shattering matters as ‘why John Watson is made of kittens’, or ‘why Anderson likes dinosaurs’. (Also includes a short description of why #2 on this list is important.)

4.) 

Don’t mind if I do, John, don’t mind if I do.

Source: BBC Sherlock Pick-Up Lines  (Every time I follow this link I am obliged to first spend 10 minutes observing and harassing the [rotating] ‘cast avatars’ that float about the screen and provide silent comedic relief.)

5.) And last, but certainly not least, I bring to you not a piece of fandom art, but rather a bit of entertaining trivia.  Up until today I had always used the terms “Sherlockian” and “Holmesian” as semi-interchangeable references to anything and everything having something to do with Holmes and Watson.  In my head, ‘Sherlockian’ took on a slightly more ‘academic’ feel, being a reference both to related literature (i.e. ‘Ssigerson is working very hard at completing her Sherlockian library.’) as well as a term for a ‘more than moderately serious fan’, while also being applicable as a noun referring to paraphernalia  (i.e. ‘HhamishMD and I have quite the growing collection of Sherlockiana’).  ‘Holmesian’ on the other hand has almost always been an adjective in my head (‘That man over there has an exceedingly Holmesian feel about him.’).  But I stand (at least partially) corrected!  Apparently, both of these terms refer to the same thing (aficionados of all types).  The only difference is that one (Sherlockian) is an American term, while the other (Holmesian) is British.  Who knew!?  Now.  Go forth and – uh – profile your friends.

Source: Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, Vol. 1

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~Yes, that quite did the trick.  Please pardon my while I ‘faceplant’ accross the comput… *zzzzzzzzzzz* ~

Fandom Friday #5~ April 6th

Happy April! Spring has sprung early and with vigor in these parts, so I hope the good weather lends itself to a nice evening stroll or a fantastic midnight chase. It’s getting to the crazy-busy part of the year, but we hope to keep up with at least Fandom Fridays as much as possible. Reviews will hopefully come with the summer months. So- without further ado, my favorite fandom bits from this week:

1.)

Because, frankly, solving mysteries IS more fun when you do it like bunnies! One mustn’t question this.

Source: redscharlach

2.) Here’s some more lovely, lovely cross -canon fandoms delights:

Why yes, that is Cumberbatch reading Holmes pastiche. Why no, no I did not pay much attention to the story.

3.)  While the date of Sherlock Holmes’ birthday ( generally agreed to be January 6th), is a subject widely discussed and celebrated amongst Sherlockian scholars, Dr. Watson’s birthday has gotten less press. People are too busy trying to figure out how many women he married and where he all got shot. (I think the answers to these questions are simple: a.) all of them and b.) John Watson does not have war wounds. War wounds have John Watson.) Brad Keefauver, however, gives us a great essay which pinpoints Watson’s birthday on that day of all good pranksters: April the first. Key evidence given: dates of Watson’s hangovers.

4.)  An old favorite, to round out the group. If you have not seen this yet, run, don’t walk:

5.) And I leave you with this, which I sadly do not have much of a source for:

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