I don’t usually post my comics/cartoons from the BSJ but this one was for the summer issue, which is all about “A Scandal in Bohemia” and the women of the canon!
This is a really cute question because I LOVE reading about how people got into Holmes things, and it’s also a bit too long to put in my hypothetical FAQ, so I’m going to answer it here.
I had The Hound of the Baskervilles to read when I was a kid but I wasn’t really interested in it, and I just vividly remember being impressed by the bit about Sir Charles getting killed, so I think I might also have seen a film version (the Granada one?) To be fair, I don’t think this is a good book to start with, since it has such few scenes with them together and 99% of adaptations are awful (every single one but the Lenfilm one). Anyway, a few years later I picked up a copy of the complete stories from the library and read all of them in a few months, but still had no interest in digging further than the original books. Fast forward to 2010, when the first Ritchie film came out and it was SO GOOD that it got me back into Holmes things. I re-read all the stories, marathoned a massive amount of tv/film/radio productions and started getting a lot of scholarly books. Then I made this blog which was at first mostly Beeb fanart, and as I got more and more into studying anything I could get my hands on, I started wanting to create things that engage with the source material/scholarly theories in a light-hearted and accessible way. So here I am now, even though I haven’t been posting a lot of comics lately, but I recently graduated with a degree in Holmes studies (true fact) so I’m not completely out of the loop.
Last year, I ranted a bit about what interests me about the stories, re: Elementary but it’s basically the gist of all the conversations I’ve ever had on Holmes(es) & Watson(s), and I’d really like to make a comic out of this because it’s very important to me in relation to my ~personal development~. What makes me go back again and again to the same stories and explore the wealth of fan material produced over more than a hundred years is the relationship between Holmes and Watson. Because it’s complex, and difficult, and great, and far from being perfect, but it’s these two men who love each other and are so human about it. Even though we move through a rickety set of cases, the logic of most of which collapses when you pay attention to details, I don’t really care as long as they are together (or at least in each other’s mind)? I like that Holmes always seems to be perfect and aloof when in fact he’s a big baby with so many flaws, but only those allowed into his very restricted personal space (Watson, Mycroft, probably Mrs H. but more importantly THE READER) know that. And he needs his best friend/partner/other half to make him seem actually interesting and… you know… like, alive.
tl;dr: the first Ritchie film kinda saved my life and H & W love each other so much I cry about it all the time.
Everybody knows it’s you.