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Dear Roommates, (yes, all of you), do let me know what you think of the starting episodes ofthe shows I hooked you up with. I'm really interested in what you make of them, for good or for ill. Feel free to tell me if you hated them and why! Of course, loving them would work too...

Dear Drag Queens I went to see at the con who are not reading this, I love you.

Dear All Muskrats, all of you were great and I enjoyed everyone I talked to. You rock! Fellow fans just make life so much better. How are you doing? Did you make it home without disaster? Talk to me!

People who may be interested in the awesome wtf that is My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic now, after I buttonholed you about it... I can help you with that!

People I told about Sam Winchester as Fenton The Death Sheep - you can find that vid here. Yes, his Demon Blood arc maps perfectly, season by season, onto the musical tale of a killer wooly lamb that took over hell.

People I told about the Q Is In Bed With Picard A Lot and chases him to I Want You Bad vid,it is here. (Yeah, same vidder, yeah, she's my friend, deal with it. The vids are OBJECTIVELY AWESOME.)

People I told about the two-part BBC Sherlock/Addams Family crossover where John is half-Addams, you can find them here.

People interested in vidding with netbooks, the programs I use are:

-This hack (which you're going to need to reinstall every time Windows updates but oh well) will fool your netbook into thinking it has greater resolution and thus allow you to run video editing programs that require it. (Free!)

- Handbrake and Dvd43 to rip source video from dvd (Free!)

- Super to convert source video into different formats for various vidding purposes (Free!)

- Corel Video Studio (I use it on my netbook, I like it a lot, and it does everything I could ask. Full version free for a month, and MUCH cheaper than Adobe if you choose to buy. Like 3 times cheaper. It costs more than when I bought an earlier version last year, but it's still relatively cheap and a month is enough time to make a vid anyhow.)

More on this later!

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If you ever thought "You know what the Star Wars Trilogy needed? More Lando Calrissian!" this "lost Star Wars film" is just the thing.

Basically, it's a prequel to Star Wars that's All About Lando. With Han as the sidekick. Only in full Blaxploitation style, right down to the lighting and filmstock look.

The trailer to this unfinished fanfilm is *genius*, and there's a mockumentary about the imaginary making and discovery of this supposedly lost official Star Wars film.

And here the trailer is!

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So, I was browsing lj, as you do, and came upon [ profile] rustler's request for comic and graphic novel recs. She wanted to know what "grown up" comics she ought to read, given that she read the Sandman series, but otherwise hasn't read any comics produced in the last 20 years.

The question kind of grabbed me, so I wrote more than I intended. And then I said to my self, "Self, you ought to put this on your lj", so I did, and here it is.

What comics should you read? Depends on what sort of thing you like.

Carla Speed McNeil's Finder series (each graphic novel stands alone) is this bunch of dark complex human interest stories that just happen to be set in a very original truly whacked out future that isn't utopia or dystopia, just very, very different. Sometimes hopeful, sometimes pragmatic, sometimes both. The main character is a cynical trickster type who actually cares a lot about his fellow man.

PS 238 is a very fun series about an elementary school for superpowered kids (both hero and villain types) by someone who has got to know 6-9 year olds intimately. Hilarious and possibly the most dead on rendition of elementary school kids ever. Also, the stories usually center around Tyler, the nonsuper powered kid going to the powered classes because his parents have incredible superpowers and just can't bring themselves to believe that their son doesn't. Funny and has a lot of heart.

It *is* printed in graphic novels, but you can also read it online here: (that's the first page, you just keep clicking the forward button)

Colleen Doran's A Distant Soil is an enormous, gloriously detailed, epic indie comic pg-13 openly gay space opera - a truly operatic space opera. Lost heirs, princes leading rebellions in disguise, psionic powers, eeeeeevil villains, elaborate costumes and lots of daring do. Also, true gay love abounds. Currently four volumes out of five are published and the creator is halfway through the final volume.

Bill Willingham's Fables is an incredible, epic, passionate comic about... fairy tale characters. No, really. Don't go away! It honestly *is* a very adult comic, in all the right ways. It's the story of a group of exiles living undercover in New York City, trying to make it in a world that doesn't know they exist, while occasionally fighting back against the dark forces that exiled them. They're just all, you know. Fairy tales. Oh, and Snow White and The Big Bad Wolf in human form are the romantic leads. What? Don't look at me like that! Try it yourself and see! Issue #1 is available from DC free online here

On the superhero end of things, I cannot recommend highly enough Starman (the series is over and entirely collected, all written and illustrated by the same team, and a masterpiece), Birds of Prey, Runaways (currently written by Joss Whedon!), the current run of The Blue Beetle (No, not Ted Kord - Jaime Reyes), and the most recent run of Batgirl. Good solid storytelling, vivid characters, and resonant plots.