Mar. 22nd, 2017

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What have you been working on this week, Eerie fans? Now's the time to spread the word about any fannish treats you've got cooking: a line of dialogue from an upcoming fic, linework for your latest art piece, the yarn colours for a new toy. Let us know in the comments!
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3. Bob Balaban

For many film fans, Bob Balaban is best recognized as a talented and hilarious character actor who has worked with the best of the best — Steven Spielberg, Ken Russell, John Schlesinger, Wes Anderson, Frank Darabont, and many, many more. But what few know is that Bob Balaban has had a storied relationship with the horror genre that doesn’t nearly get the credit that it deserves.

In terms of his career at large, Balaban made his directorial debut behind the camera on the pilot of a little horror series called TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE, and would later go on to helm small-screen scare fare such as EERIE, INDIANA, AMAZING STORIES, the 2002 revival of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, and DEAD LAST. But where Balaban really made his mark on the genre was on the big screen, with two twisted horror comedies he directed back-to-back: PARENTS and MY BOYFRIEND’S BACK.

While the latter has certainly built a small cult audience over the years — especially considering the film’s early showcasing of Matthew Fox and Philip Seymour Hoffman — PARENTS became a video and cable staple for horror fans throughout the ‘90s, and recently received the Blu-ray treatment earlier this year courtesy of Vestron Video. On top of that, Balaban himself looks fondly upon PARENTS and its legacy; in a recent chat this writer had with Balaban for the final issue of Gorezone, Balaban claimed PARENTS was his most fun directorial effort, and was inspired to tackle the film by David Lynch’s BLUE VELVET, as well as his own childhood experiences.
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As some of you may know, a new Moomin animated series is currently seeking backers on Indiegogo. They have sixteen days to go and have raised almost 40% of their $200,000 goal.

As some of you may also know, I am a huge Moomin fan. The kind of fan who travelled 400 miles to see the Moomin exhibit at the Southbank Centre in London (seriously it was amazing, go if you get the chance) and is really bitter that I'll miss the exhibit at Kew Gardens this Easter, because if I wasn't attending a wedding I'd totally deal with Gatwick Airport again.

I grew up on the Moomins, first the books and then the 1990s cartoon as a kid, and the comic strip (and the cartoon again when the dvds came out) at university and beyond. When I was in college, my friends and I claimed the Church of Snufkin as our religion and "Snufkin's Tent of Wisdom" as our house of worship. We waged war on our rivals, the Church of the Breadlike God, which ended when we stole the Holy Loaf and ate him. My final project for A Level Media Studies was on children's entertainment as a way of conveying complex ideas in a way that a young audience can comprehend, and I chose it specifically because I wanted to talk about the Moomins.

The versions of the "core canon" books that I own are the ones I've had since I was seven, and the preface on each says that Tove Jansson lived alone on an island, because God forbid you mention an author's same sex relationship in a kids' book in the nineties.

I read the truth years later in various biographies, but my point is that the Southbank tour I was on was for all ages, and the guide straight up said that Thingumy and Bob were Tove Jansson and theatre director Vivica Bandler. They had a whole room about Too-Ticky and Tuulikki Pietilä and the way that her relationship with Tove Jansson shaped Moominland Midwinter.

Afterwards, in the privacy of my cheap hotel room , I full on cried that I hadn't had the comfort of knowing that as a kid, that I found out years later in books aimed at adults. I don't know that it would have made my own journey easy, but I think it would have made it a little less hard.

I really want this new series to get made. I want an animated version of Comet in Moominland, and I want a Moominpapa at Sea where Moominpapa is a selfish dick and the seahorses are shallow and beautiful and cruel, and I want the Hemulen Who Loved Silence on my screen in all his sad, quiet longing.

The Moomins aren't necessarily a fandom we have in common, I know. But we do have at least one fandom in common, and so, for every $5 you donate to the Moomin Indiegogo, I will either write you a minimum of 100 words of [livejournal.com profile] eerie_indiana fanfic, or draw you two pieces of shitty biro art. Just head over to the Indiegogo page, make your donation, then drop me a comment or a private message letting me know what name you've used on the backers page.

You can request specific characters and give me specific prompts, and if you donate more than $5, I can either do multiple drabbles or longer pieces. Sadly, donating larger amounts will not result in you getting bigger or better art, because this represents the limit of my artistic ability.

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