Fantasy Fix

There’s no better way to spend snow days than with a healthy fixing of fantasy!

LabyrinthAfter a botched attempt to see Labyrinth on the big screen on Saturday (the movie theater was closed and we didn’t know), my bearded chum and I got to see it yesterday. Weird and wonderful as always, it was a special treat to see the movie (made shortly after I was born) in the cinema. We laughed at all the funny parts and the parts that weren’t meant to be funny but were hilarious just the same. I found the movie to be fun and whimsical, and though I had seen it before, there was much I had forgotten. Bearded Chum had never seen it, so I was thrilled to be experiencing it with him. It was great that the theater was paying tribute to David Bowie by showing Labyrinth and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Rest in peace, Goblin King.

It’s also good to hear that no one is trying to profit from Bowie’s death.

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I also finally attacked my Read-Someday-Hopefully-Soon-but-Not-When-There’s-Other-Work-To-Be-Done pile of graphic novels and delved into Wild’s End: First Light. I picked this up at the comic shop a few weeks ago with no knowledge of it, which is how I usually come across the best literary gems, because who doesn’t love anthropomorphic characters living in a sleepy village and attempting to fight aliens?

Wild's End First LightThe story was well-paced and the characters were intriguing, if a bit stereotypical. I loved their names, of course! Admiral Clive Slipaway wins the Best Name Teeward, but Alphred Swagger comes in a close second. I wish the characters had been a bit more developed. Not a ton, but a smidge. I did find the inserted documents between issues to be wonderful additions to the main story arc, although I would have loved some to be more finished (what happens to Captain Syracuse???) and a few of them to be finished sooner (Rainwright’s Walking Guide could be cut in half). They were clever and well-written excerpts, though, and I enjoyed them just as much as the simple but expressive artwork that drew me to the book in the first place.

Overall, it was an entertaining journey, and I will be getting the second volume, The Enemy Within, as soon as it comes out in trade paperback form.

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With the flurry of fantasy all around me, I have been absolutely inspired to write and create! Besides working on content for my upcoming blog, Curionomastics, which will debut in March, I have been working on my own fantasy stories. I’ve got a short story in the works that puts a twist on the high fantasy quest tale, and I’ve also got numerous novels and screenplays perpetually in progress. Let me get off to work on some of them!

Tee Tee Eff Enn!

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