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1. Life on the Murder Scene, because, well, MCR! I can't survive without my regular fix. The video diary is what changed me from casual fan to head-over-heels crazy fangirl, and the other disc has the videos and "making of"s, so yes, it's an absolute must.

2. The English Patient. Still my favourite film of all time.

3. Slings & Arrows, all 3 seasons.

4. Doctor Who, series 1. Because I am spellbound by Christopher Eccleston as Nine and because the quality of the whole 13-episode run was just amazing.

5. Master and Commander, for its very fine acting by Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany, and for Peter Weir's compelling and lovingly detailed creation on screen of Aubrey and Maturin's world.

But I'm REALLY not satisfied with this list because it leaves out Due South, and the Lord of the Rings movies, and a host of other stuff that I love. So no desert islands for me, not even magical ones, thank you very much. I'll be perfectly happy sitting right here, marooned in my own living room with not a palm tree in sight.
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I've started watching The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and I'm really enjoying it so far. Only the fact that I went to bed at an ungodly hour yesterday and suffered for it today is stopping me from watching episode 4. Not an obsession yet, but it's pretty compelling.

And tomorrow I get to collect Issue 3 of Dallas from the Post Office. At last. Yay for another 32 pages of inspired craziness from Gerard Way's lovely brain. Braaains! ::waves to [ profile] glinda_north::

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I have to ask myself.

Is it because he's the one blogging about helpless cravings for weird pink sugary cereals while his wife's the one who's actually pregnant? Is it because it's evidence of how much his little brother loves him? Or maybe it's this glimpse of a Number Five action figure on his breakfast table?!

I just... IDEK.





Feb. 5th, 2009 07:36 pm
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Meme from [ profile] fajrdrako: When you see this, post your favorite poem in your journal.

GOD'S GRANDEUR by Gerard Manly Hopkins )

I'm not religious, so this might seem like an odd choice, but I love the imagery, and language is glorious. It needs to be recited out loud for the full effect to be felt. And the glory of Creation, the damage humankind has done to it and the way we have cut ourselves off from nature, as well as the sense of hope and renewal at the end, are all things that resonate profoundly.

I used to recite this to myself when I was having trouble sleeping last year, at the time when it looked like keeping my job was going to be impossible. Lying in bed and letting the rhythm of the words wash over me was very soothing - and I found that it required just enough concentration to drag my thoughts off their well-worn tracks of helpless worrying and let my brain wind down enough to sleep.

A note on how I came across this poem: I was actually looking for Hopkins' The Windhover, post-Victoria's Secret, the Due South episode in which it's referenced. But I found I liked this one better.
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From [ profile] fajrdrako:

Ask me seven questions. Not just any seven questions though. No, to keep it interesting, use the seven questions as per below - just copy and paste the following, replace the blanks with something you want to know/ask (e.g. 3. Donkeys or sandcastles and why?), anything you want, personal, silly, surreal or deep, comment away and I'll answer honestly as I can!

1. What do you think of _____________ ?
2. When did you last ____________?
3. __________ or ___________ and why?
4. What did you ______________?
5. What is/are your favorite ______________?
6. How would you ______________?
7. Who would you most like to ________ ?

Have at it! *g*
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From [ profile] semyaza, whose own journal was rated a harmless "G". To my surprise:

OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

Created by OnePlusYou - Free Dating Sites

Based on the fact that I apparently said "hell" twice. How very shocking! And there's a single occurrence of "poop", which was most likely referring to the cats' litter tray. Unless I talked about being pooped... Hee.

I wish you all a happy, healthy and fulfilling New Year! ♥
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I was listening to this the other day on my mp3 player and maybe it was the combination of using earphones and being in bed at the time, but it came across as weirdly personal and intimate. As if I was listening to the boys chatting among themselves. Or as if I had Gerard's voice (and Frank's, and Mikey's, and Ray's) in my head. *g* And listening to it again today, on speakers this time, it's still completely awesome, if no longer quite as personal. *g*

Thots and flaily squee - behind a cut-tag because it turned rather more epic than expected! )

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You know, the sort of Plan where nothing happens without reason and where no matter what happens along the way, things turn out well in the end.

So just a few weeks ago, I was bemoaning the fact that I was never going to experience proper cinnamon toast, due to the fact that my oven has a pathetic grill that I couldn't imagine would ever get the cinnamon-y butter to bubble as described in mouthwatering detail by [ profile] fajrdrako.

In completely unrelated (at the time) news, my microwave caught fire last Saturday owing to massive voltage surges in the mains electricity supply. Literally caught fire. Like this. )

Thankfully nothing else was damaged because my brother the electrical engineer had warned me to switch off or unplug things like the fridge and the water pressure pump. Contemplating the unthinkable disaster of my new pc and tv being damaged, I unplugged those too and settled down to spend a not unpleasant candlelit evening listening to music on my mp3 player.

Luckily I was in the kitchen, preparing the cats' suppers, when it happened. I smelt something burning, and then noticed smoke coming from the microwave which was switched off but still plugged in at the wall. Eek! Cue its swift removal to the courtyard. I had to turn the hosepipe on it, firefighter-style, to put the flames out.

So yesterday was buy-a-new-microwave-day. It was also cinnamon-toast-day - the new microwave has a fierce grill. *happy sigh* I still think the Plan is wishful thinking, but still. I can haz cinnamon toast. My life is complete.
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Fantastic Umbrella Academy article here - thanks to [ profile] nokomis305 for the link!

The bit that made me squee the loudest:

The button pack released in conjunction with 'The Apocalypse Suite' contained three familiar designs — The Umbrella Academy, the Rumor, and the Kraken — and one mystery, the Sparrow. Will we find out who or what the Sparrow is in this new series, or is that to come later?

"Yep," Scott answers enigmatically.

Hehe. I've been curious about this for ages, so I'm just happy to know that we are going to find out what it means, whether now or later. And if it turns out that Number Five is The Sparrow, I think I might just die of squee...

The article mentions the (fictitious) single, "I Don't Want to Kill the President" by the (sadly fictitious) punk band "The Prime-8's". Echoes of Leathermouth's "I'm Going to Kill the President of the United States" which Frank Iero claims was written because he thinks it would be really funny if the FBI were to show up on his doorstep... Such fun, this tangled web of connections!

Though someone needs to tell Scott Allie that it was actually Mikey who came up with the name My Chemical Romance.

Oh, and Gerard's reply to being asked if being married to an artist has affected his creative process:

"It's changed it in very numerous and positive ways, but I think that has more to do with the fact that I am married to the most perfect match I could have ever met."

Awww! Could he be more in love with his wife? ♥♥Gerard♥♥

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It all started when [ profile] nokomis305 brightened my morning with this pic that I'm reposting here of one of Gerard's favourite poses. The outflung arm with the mic, the cocked hip, the little smirky smile on his face all conspire to reduce me to a happy puddle of goo...


Now I have a fairly (cough cough) extensive collection of MCR pictures which are just crying out to be picspammed...


NB: Image-heavy and really REALLY not dialup-friendly. Trust me.
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Gerard Way has done a special guest cover for something called Rex Mundi issue 15. I like the disembodied reaching red hands and the Escher-inspired staircases in the background. I have no idea what the comic is about or if it's any good, but I'm just happy for Gerard, that he got asked to do the cover art. Way to go, Gee!

And in related news, a new(ish) Umbrella Academy interview, link courtesy of [ profile] nokomis305:

Newsarama's Gerard Way on The Umbrella Academy - Past, Present & Future

Some of my favourite bits:

- It's interesting to learn that "the original story that we were thinking of telling in this second series will now be series four". I wonder if this is the reason for the change of the second series' title from The Scarecrow Blues, the title originally released, to Dallas. And I like that he's planning ahead for future series.

- cryptic references to Gerard's "day job". LOL.

- Gerard calls it a "crazy idea" but says that there might even be a series set entirely in the past which "will refer to something we’ve been talking about for a long time." Which might, just maybe, mean the Horror's mysterious death. In the "Jennifer Incident"? ::hopes::

- "Number 5 was very surprising – he has slowly become my favorite character to write." That's very gratifying, seeing that Number Five's my favourite character too! And Gerard has "great things planned for him in series three, and more in series 4." Yay!

- there's a definite ending planned for the story, rather than keeping it going for ever and ever just because they can. Two things that really give me confidence in Gerard as a writer are that he knows the value to a story of depth and a definite ending.

- talking about the preview pages from the next issue, he confirms that Hargreeves is basically "using the children to get what he wants out of people". And what he wants, in this case, is a promise of missiles from President Kennedy. The plot thickens...

Not as interesting as the previous one, but here's another newish interview:'s Interview with Gerard Way in Support of The Umbrella Academy
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The Eiffel Tower is currently lit up in blue in celebration of France's presidency of the EU. It has stars on it too. )

Why is it, I wonder, that I can't look at that picture without smiling? Could the words "zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel!" have anything to do with it?

"It's your Eiffel's gone insane and must be stopped at all costs."
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HAPPIEST OF BIRTHDAYS! to [ profile] fajrdrako!!!

Ideally, I would have got Gerard Way to sing Happy Birthday to you, but MCR being on hiatus, you know... Instead, here's the clip with the "Thirty's the new twenty." "For trees!" exchange between Gerard and Frank. :D

Have a fantastic day filled with all the things you enjoy - and may the next year be wonderful too! ::HUGS::
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Help! The more I spend, the easier it seems to get. Especially when things are on sale!
You'd think I'd be being careful, wouldn't you, after a major outlay on the new computer just last week? A sensible person would, I'm sure.

::sticks fingers in ears and whistles unconcernedly::

The damage so far:

- Oscar and Lucinda on dvd for £2.99 with free P&P. It's not without its flaws as a film, but makes up for it by having a luminous Cate Blanchet and a very fey Ralph Fiennes on screen together. Complete impulse buy - but irresistable at the price!

- Season 3 of Supernatural. This has been on my wishlist ever since there was a release date for it, and, well, now that season 4 has started, I gave in to temptation and sold my soul to the devil... Seriously, flist, if you don't already watch this show and you're looking for something clever, moving and just scary enough to not quite give you nightmares, you could do far worse that give it a try.

- And finally, one more impulse buy, which I'm blaming on a bad case of work avoidance this morning: Edward Gorey's Amphigorey for £8.06, free P&P again. It's a collection of fifteen of Gorey's works, including three that I know and love: The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Unstrung Harp and The Curious Sofa. By this point, any semblance of willpower has long since fled the scene.

It's a slippery slope. Oops! ::slides merrily down into penury::
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My computer, OTOH, is very dead - BUT I HAVE A NEW ONE! ::does a dance of joy and jubilation:: I took the plunge and ordered a new system and got it all set up successfully, including a 19" LCD monitor which deserves a litle joyful dance of its own. The only problem is my internet connection - basically, I don't have one, and haven't been able to get online for over a week. ::cries:: And work is extra busy, so stealing a few minutes to read my flist is a delicate operation which calls for stealth and cunning. Neither of which I possess in large quantites...

Some of you might have noticed my new lj name, but for all the difference it's made to me, I really might as well have left it unchanged. Until a few days ago, that is, when I was delighted to receive the following in an email:

"Dear Non-teleporting non-tomato-based lifeform,

Your request to join the "mcr_pic_spam" community has been approved."

In case you're curious, my new name stems (groan!) from the only possible explanation for the mysterious appearance of two tomatoes in [ profile] dargie's kitchen. I'm telling you, tomatoes are tricksy things - take your eyes off them for just a minute, and there's no telling what they'll get up to! :D

And finally, an Umbrella Academy update - YAY! There's a preview of the first issue of Series 2 here featuring The Monocle in the White House, a flashback with the children snarking at each other while battling a monster, and possibly most squee-inducing of all, The Seance's ouija board. All in the first two pages.

I ♥ Gerard Way's crazy Eisner-winning brain.
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I've been tormented for weeks by the knowledge that a local record shop had a different version of My Chemical Romance's debut album I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, with videos of two of their earliest songs on it. Irresistable, no? Even though I already own the album on cd, bought from Play back in May during my first flush of enthusiasm for the band. I finally gave in to temptation on Saturday and went shopping. I do this with Dunnett and Tolkien books, but this is the first I've been compelled to acquire multiple copies of a cd!

My new purchase seems to be the original 2002 release - it comes with an Eyeball Records sampler on a separate disc - and is copyright Eyeball Records 2002. The one I got from Play also has Polydor in the copyright info, with 2004 as the year, so I think it must be a re-issue. The cd inserts are identical and apart from the videos, the disc content appears to be the same. The videos, to my disappointment, can only be viewed in a little window that has resisted all my efforts to enlarge it. Sad. But then I discovered one small difference on the disc itself.

The 2004 Polydor disc, the one that I imagine most people have, has the usual copyright and all-rights-reserved spiel in tiny print running round the edge of the disc. The one I bought on Saturday has this:

"Unauthorised duplication is a violation of applicable laws and WILL RESULT IN GERARD COMING TO YOUR HOUSE AND SUCKING YOUR BLOOD."

Um, Gerard? That is NOT a deterrent. AT ALL. ::flails::

Please, please can I make an appointment for Vampire!Gerard to come to my house? PLEASE, can I? )

I just know that it was his idea to tweak the copyright information on the disc. &hearts
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One of these days, I will post about something other than Gerard Way and The Umbrella Academy. Today, however, is not that day. ;)

Neat write-up of Gerard Way and Grant Morrison's ComicCon panel with more detail than I've seen elsewhere. Though I think they're wrong in attributing "It's the X-Men for cool people" to Gerard. I saw that reported as Grant's comment - and it's way too self-congratulatory to be something Gerard would say about his own work.

I finally managed to find a video of part of the panel, here. The clip runs for under two minutes, and Grant and Gerard still manage to fanboy each other adorably. And Grant Morrison has the sort of Scottish accent that makes me wibble. ♥

And finally, there were apparently prototype UA action figures on display at ComicCon.

If they're ever made commercially available, and I hope they will be, I really REALLY want one of these... )
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Article on Gerard's ComicCon panel with Grant Morrison in which he reveals that "he dresses like he lives in The Umbrella Academy universe when working on the book". Oh Gee! Could he be any more geekily perfect? He's having such fun with all this.

I'd already noticed the Umbrella Academy-style sweater that he was wearing for the signings he did on the release of the first issue last year. The comic he's clutching so proudly almost obscures it, but here it is:

an argyll-paterned sweater! )

If I were ever to meet him at a signing or something, I'd give him a pair of black and white argyll socks like the ones that Number Five wears.

And one more pic from this last weekend because I love the way he looks here:

UA-verse Gerard Way )
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I'm filled with RIDICULOUS levels of GLEE over the news that The Umbrella Academy won an Eisner Award for best limited series. That's pretty damn impressive! Go Gerard Way, comic book author!! I mean, I'm sitting here grinning like an idiot, so I can't even IMAGINE the glee-faces that Gerard is making... I am SOOOO happy for him! ::clasps hands to fangirly heart::

Today's crop of UA links, collected from all over the place and posted here for my own future reference as well as for [ profile] fajrdrako's delectation:

- Full list of Eisner winners. Including James Jean for best cover artist and Dave Stewart for best colouring - go Umbrella Academy team!

- interview snippet with Gerard in a feature on Dark Horse comics - he looks both relieved and THRILLED when the interviewer calls TUA "amazingly assured" and "a really cool debut". Rolled up sleeves! Waistcoat and tie - obviously part of his comic book author costume! Though he looks strangely unlike himself - unshaven and underslept, perhaps, but I think something's off in the lighting or his make-up, because he looks fine in the next clip linked below, which was obviously filmed on the same day.

- another video of Gerard talking about the UA as "a postmodern superhero story". Looking hot this time, with bonus flaily hands of glee. ::dies some more::

- Series 2 is called The Scarecrow Blues and apparently reveals a lot more of Number Five's story - hurrah! I have a decided fondness for Number Five. I really like his slightly weird but actually quite healthy detachedness from the others due to avoiding the last twenty years of Hargreeves sibling fuck-ups, and then there's the fact that he's an adult, not to say an old man, who is trapped in the body of a ten-year-old. The latter is sometimes hilariously evident, like when he orders coffees from the rather hard-boiled waitress at a seedy diner in the middle of the night with a nonchalant "Two cups, black, my dear." And he wears shorts, school-uniform shorts, with argyll socks. Because he's ten. ::flails::

- awesome pics by [ profile] limmenel from Gerard's ComicCon panel with Grant Morrison here. Looking good, Gee!

- And lastly, a link to a pic posted by [ profile] nokomis305 of "rumpled absent-minded Professor" Gerard Way clutching his Eisner. GLEE FACES ALL ROUND!!
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Ok, so I promised [ profile] fajrdrako Gerard Way picspam but have just spent two hours collecting the following links, so I'm going to post them instead. The picspam will be forthcoming, eventually - and hey, anticipation is half the fun! Isn't it? ::grins evilly::

Teenage Vanya and the Kraken, and their Punk Band shenanigans! It's a NEW Umbrella Academy story: Anywhere But Here. ETA: Slightly older story, Kraken-centric this time: Safe and Sound.

Interesting article about TUA with lots of quotes from Gerard and from Gabriel Ba.

Gabriel Ba sees MCR in concert in Brazil and draws them!

LONG interview with Gerard in which he says, "I don’t think it’s going to be for a long time, but you will definitely see what happened to the Horror." Eeeee! The other thing I want is backstory on Number Five i.e. what was he referring to when Dr Pogo asked about the three individuals who accosted them in the diner?

Videos of Gerard's NY and Boston signings on the release of the first UA issue. UA-style Argyll sweater! The turtle! The dog poop from the cemetery!

More interviews:

Dark Horse Scott Allie interview



And how awesome is this? I want one.