BBC Radio 4x is having a lot of not-often-broadcast Holmes at the moment, which is a good occasion for any of you who might want to dip your toes in the sea of wonders that is radio drama but never really know where to start! The good thing about beeb radio is that: a. you can tune in no matter where you are in the world and b. programmes are available for some time after they’ve been broadcast.
- This bad boy here is the first surviving UK Holmes from 1945 and is… worth a listen for the historical aspect rather than anything else. Cedric Hardwicke has many other merits beside being Edward's dad, and the script is from the pen of none other than John Dickson Carr, but it’s definitely old-fashioned, slow and basically an audiobook of “The Speckled Band”. Less narrative stretches, more fun times is my formula for a good radio adaptation, but being a product of its time, it’s… well, very serious. Too serious. But still, give it a go!
- D’you know that John Gielgud dude? But did you know he was Holmes a couple of times??? This one is “The Final Problem” from 1954, which people usually know of because it has Orson Welles as a suave Prof. M. BUT, I love the Gielgud Holmes series, and I love Ralph Richardson as Watson. They rank high in my top 10 favourite H&W, because they are sweet and nice to each other which is a nice contrast with all the moody, dark, and serious adaptations made around that time. I like Hobbs and Shelley (the very famous duo of the 50s/60s) but sometimes you need a break, and Gielgud’s giggles are my go-to solution.
- When I hear about Roger Powell, I’m more prompt to start singing “My Incomparable Best” from the Bricusse musical than to think “Oh yeah, yeah, great job on that one story that has a Mormon subplot taking half the book” but A Study in Scarlet is so rarely adapted (for the aforementioned reason) that it’s always good to hear about our nerds’ very first meeting. This one was dramatised by Michael Hardwick (who knows his Holmes) and features that Powell guy not singing contrasted by Dinsdale Landen’s cute voice acting for Watson. (Also have I mentioned that I love Gielgud & Richardson? Because their STUD is just them meeting and then breaking into Milverton’s house. Swoon material I tell you.)
- The Reese/Crawford Hound of the Baskervilles (1988), written by Bert “my fave ever” Coules was the pilot episode for the BBC Complete Holmes (the one with those nerds, love those nerds… so… much… sigh) and is one of the best HOUN ever made. The only others obviously being the radio 1998 one by the same scriptwriter, and the Soviet TV film. Superb use of the music instead of tedious shots of ~the moor~ and a wonderful, wonderful cast with a young-ish duo. Roger Reese once said “If I ever play Holmes on TV, I’ll do it in a wooly hat” and think this quote is as good as any review I could come up with.
- This one here is not a dramatisation but a really lovely documentary (from 2007) about music in the Holmes canon!
Have a nice time falling in love with my OTP ♥
Promotional illustration I did for this spooky Holmes event!
October 01, 2014 | 2,107 notes
Trying my hand at some non-secret commissions!
- Full upfront payment and only through paypal.
- I’ll send you a sketch which you can approve or ask for a few (minor) revisions, then I will start working on the final version.
- No real people, but with maybe a few exceptions like actors and such. Gore, nudity and ‘soft’ sexual themes are a-okay!
- Prices for two characters are for them interacting. Two separate characters will be counted as two separate commissions.
- You can get the original drawing for an additional £5, no matter where you live. If you want that, make sure to tell me in advance so that I draw it traditionally!
- For private use only! Print it for yourself, share with friends, but don’t make money out of it.
- If you’re interested, email me your ideas (characters, colours, themes) and references (pictures or descriptions) at tweedosaurus @ gmail.com (not tumblr ask or fanmail)
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
Fearsome sea serpent ❀❀❀
September 16, 2014 | 277 notes
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.
August 25, 2014 | 86 notes
Everybody knows it’s you.
- Thanks everyone who got prints & commissions from me, you’re all pretty cool. Hopefully everything has been sent by now so just keep me updated if there’s any problem or just to send me cute pictures of the things in your home!
- If you want me to put up a specific print, just message me because I don’t want to list everything. ALSO, people have been expressing an interest in t-shirts and mugs and stuff and although society6 doesn’t pay very well I don’t mind listing a few things? Just… say so.
- I’m going to write a faq, I’m going to DO IT so yeah, if you nice people have some questions you’d like me to answer? Sorry I haven’t been answering anon asks because they’re anons and I prefer to answer things privately but feel free to resend them!
August 21, 2014 | 17 notes