A public service announcement of sorts: I don’t usually pay much heed to that kind of things but it’s been happening a lot lately so I feel like I have to say something on the matter. Please, please, please, don’t crop/edit/&co my stuff to use it in your sidebar or blog theme! I’ve mainly seen this one and that one used, but I guess it goes for everything. I very honestly do not care that much where what I post ends up (really, use whatever you want for whatever you want as long as you don’t make money out of it or claim as your own) but editing for your own aesthetic purposes seems to me… well, downright rude. I hope that clears it up. If you want to commission me for a blog header or whatnot‚ then by all means do, but don’t do the snatching and editing and reposting without credit. That is just generally very uncool.
September 17, 2013 | 40 notes
Not really? I guess things might be slightly influenced by whatever screen version I happen to be into at the moment, but I read & listen way more than I watch, so my interpretation of the characters is not primarily visual (if that makes any sense) and less physically definite than what it appears to be. For me, basing them on particular actors spoils half the fun because they don’t feel ‘my own’, and anyway I’m not a portraitist, I just make silly comics. And sappy drawings.
I see a lot of people tagging things #Granada—which I absolutely don’t mind, I’m not the tag police—but if it were, it would look more like this:
which, you will grant me that, it does not really. If based on any particular incarnations, it would be1 on that one Merrison & Williams radio series, a.k.a. ‘light of my life’ (or ‘let me lie down a bit and cry a lot’), which would visually look like this:
but since this is one of the many perks of audio drama, you can bloody well imagine whatever you damn want from voices2, so I aurally get, well, what you usually see around here. But if you need formulas containing actual people who—more or less—played the parts, these would be:
W = ⅓ Solomin + ⅓ Fleming + ⅓ Marion-Crawford3
H = Walter Paget4 - handsome features + an even better nose
Hopefully, that clarifies matters. (I’m not sure it actually does.)
1 Ahem, it, er… sort of actually is, but shush, don’t tell anyone.
2 In this particular case, more like cachinnations and giggles, but that is beside the point.
3 Sprinkled with a dash of Donald Pickering. Shake well and serve with a slight air of exasperation. Or resignation. Your choice.
4 My favourite anecdotes are those about him getting mistaken for the man, like people at recitals whispering “Look, there’s Sherlock Holmes,” behind his back. What a lark.
September 12, 2013 | 80 notes
A Recommendation List of Holmes Stories
This is—for the moment—exclusively Victorian/Edwardian, as in book Holmes and things that read like book Holmes, for the excellent reason that my interests are very limited. A mixed assortment of friendship and romance, because why choose when you can have both; warnings, genres, themes, pairings and other important stuff mentioned between brackets (hopefully).
August 05, 2013 | 952 notes
Anonymous asked: Wow, you recommended Holmes list is amazing and impressive. :) You have a good taste. Although I really must disagree with Elementary… It’s fantastic on its own, but as a long time Holmes fan, for me at least, it’s impossible to watch it if I remember it’s supposed to be about Sherlock Holmes. The characters just aren’t true to the originals, I can see almost nothing in common. Still, it is a fantastic series and the characters are likeable.
(I know I do, I was in fact being sarcastic. Or perhaps I wasn’t and am now. Possibly the latter.) Anyhow, I dearly wish we wouldn’t have this conversation because that’s basically what’s the internet has been on about since the show was announced (that and “but the cases are too simple and preposterous!!!”, to which I reply, please do have a peek at the original stories and come back to say to my face that they’re all first-rate tales, I mean some of them don’t even have actual crimes) but I realise it sounds like damn pigheadedness and those people whom I do not want to sound like. Now, for more serious things.
July 16, 2013 | 341 notes
Or, some stuff I’m a bit too enthusiastic about. This is not very objective nor exceedingly informative, bear in mind I’m not that much of an expert and have eclectic (and eccentric) tastes, but anyway. By popular demand, here is a ‘small’ list of my favourite adaptations and things I would recommend, under a ‘read more’ since my definition of small is quite peculiar.
I. Friends L & M have a bunch of secret zines for the French Comic-Con next month, and it’s possible that I have a bunch of secret things in said zines.
II. Haven’t been much around lately and I’m trying to catch up on stuff. If you sent me a message/e-mail to which I haven’t answered, that means it has probably been buried under other messages and, me being me, you best send it again. I also might take some commissions soonish, if anyone fancy that.
III. Wai made a new (FULL COLOUR) Sherlock mini book and you should buy it.
IV. MX Publishing just published a (300-PAGE) book of Norman Schatell’s Holmes cartoons, which are basically my favourite Holmes cartoons. You can get it pretty much everywhere and you better.
A list of things:
- I don’t have a single fancy print left, sorry I didn’t post about it earlier. No plan to get anything re-printed any time soon, it is too much work and I sadly can’t manage it atm.
- Apparently I hit 10K followers some weeks ago, so, hey, thank you! Maybe I’ll try to do a giveaway thing when I actually have things to give away. Meanwhile, some ‘stuff you ought to know but maybe you don’t actually care’: Hi, my name’s Basil (not ‘ghostbees’), this is a very silly blog and contrary to popular belief I sometimes do things that are not Holmes things. I am also awful at answering messages, but working on it.
- There’s no real faq but if you ask things (not anonymously), I always (?) reply sooner or later.
- ps: Turns out BD has a substantial discount on the really nice version of my favourite thing in the history of ever. Since I get asked about it quite a lot and that it’s usually rather hard to find (Amazon only has the rubbish one without credits and booklet), I thought it might be worth mentioning.
April 18, 2013 | 22 notes
Oh, I’m so glad to know that the Beeb is rebroadcasting it. Silly plots, awful puns, saucy jokes and rude songs! What’s not to enjoy. I have a dubious sense of humour, so it’s usually best not to take my word as gospel, but it is a very good burlesque series with a fine cast. Hudd’s Holmes, ‘the world famous toffee-nosed ponce’, is marvelously infuriating and I actually enjoy a lot Emmett’s (slightly over-the-top) Watson. Geoffrey Whitehead’s a curmudgeonly Prof and June Whitfield a first-class Mrs H. There’s (sadly) only six episodes, two of them online at the moment!
April 11, 2013 | 53 notes
Another small batch of fancy mini-prints, details and ordering info here!
March 24, 2013 | 400 notes
- I contributed an illustration to this nice zine (curated by Miss Rachel), so perhaps you might want to have a look at the whole issue.
- I’ll have some prints for sale next week and will try to set up an online store this time. I also thought I could make an ‘original drawings sale’ post of sorts but who am I kidding, I’m much too lazy for that. Though if you want the original of something I have already posted, you can have it for a very reasonable price.