Review: Skandalon by Julie Maroh

Review: Skandalon by Julie Maroh

skandalonHow does fame affect creativity and art? That seems to be the central question of Julie Maroh‘s Skandalon (2014, Arsenal Pulp Press). While I know it’s absolutely likely that Maroh started work on this book before Blue is the Warmest Color became an international success, it’s also hard not to see this book as a prescient answer to the pressures of being in the spotlight without really wanting it.

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Todd Terje is a delightful goof.

(Has anyone made a fanvid of this song over footage from Drive? Could someone get on that, if not?)

I have to say, I’ve never practiced a day in my life. I’ve only ever played.

Annie Clark (St. Vincent) talking about playing the guitar on Radcliffe and Maconie (interview starts about 36:45).

I think in our culture — especially for women — we feel like we have to be “good enough” or “better than everyone” before we do something. In other words, we have to practice. We have to work hard and we’ll be recognized for our hard work.

Clark is playing — she’s having fun. She plays the guitar because she wants to, and that makes her better at it. It’s not about waiting until there’s a certain level of achievement. She’s just doing what she wants because she wants to.

No, you can’t just wake up and decide you’re going to run a marathon, but you can wake up and decide you’re going to run. Maybe you’re not going to write a novel all in one go, but you can write a story. You may not paint a masterpiece during your first attempt, but you can start drawing.

We get way too mixed up in the end results, with being “good enough,” with where something is going to lead us. Me? Personally, I enjoy sharing silly things I do — writing, music, whatever. It doesn’t so much matter if it’s good. It just matter that I did it.

So yeah, thank you, Annie Clark for reminding me to stop practicing and start playing.

I did randomly once decided to collect glass grapes. I was really excited about them for about a month. Then I sold them in a yard sale so that’s done now.

Mary Timony keeps on being awesome, at The Quietus.

Also a bunch of nerdy guitar talk in there too, in a good way.

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Kiddo has started leaving little comics all over the place.

Gotta start them young.

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In 2009, there was a movie called Sophie’s Revenge about Sophie, a comic book artist (!!!) played by Zhang Ziyi (!!!!) who decides, after being dumped, to base her next comic on her attempt on winning her ex back. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t work out the way she expects (plus, there’s a cute photographer involved).
Spoiler alert: This movie is completely adorable. It is a romantic comedy, yes, and has a lot of the tropes. But also some real consequences. Zhang as Sophie is absolutely charming (and insane — but the movie acknowledges that). I love this movie. Did I mention Zhang Ziyi is a comic book artist and that’s treated like a totally awesome thing?
Last year, they made a prequel of sorts called My Lucky Star, where a younger Sophie, who is not a yet a successful comic book artist, wins a trip and gets mixed up in some spy drama. Like you do.
It’s also adorable. And completely implausible. But have you seen Zhang Ziyi? I will watch her do anything, mostly. This movie does have a lot more comic art, which I like, and they keep telling you she’s an aspiring comic book artist.
It’s also pretty stupid, of course, and it’s hard to see this Sophie being the Sophie of Sophie’s Revenge. (But I also sort of love the idea of a comic book artist named Sophie played by Zhang Ziyi going on different unrelated adventures. That’s very comic-book.) It’s still a lot of fun, though, and I’m happy I watched it.
Both movies are streaming on Hulu Plus right now. You can get a free week (at least). It’s worth it to watch both. I would love to see more adventures of Sophie. I am glad we’ve had these two.
(Did I mention the whole “Zhang Ziyi plays a comic book artist” thing? It’s worth mentioning again.)

In 2009, there was a movie called Sophie’s Revenge about Sophie, a comic book artist (!!!) played by Zhang Ziyi (!!!!) who decides, after being dumped, to base her next comic on her attempt on winning her ex back. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t work out the way she expects (plus, there’s a cute photographer involved).

Spoiler alert: This movie is completely adorable. It is a romantic comedy, yes, and has a lot of the tropes. But also some real consequences. Zhang as Sophie is absolutely charming (and insane — but the movie acknowledges that). I love this movie. Did I mention Zhang Ziyi is a comic book artist and that’s treated like a totally awesome thing?

Last year, they made a prequel of sorts called My Lucky Star, where a younger Sophie, who is not a yet a successful comic book artist, wins a trip and gets mixed up in some spy drama. Like you do.

It’s also adorable. And completely implausible. But have you seen Zhang Ziyi? I will watch her do anything, mostly. This movie does have a lot more comic art, which I like, and they keep telling you she’s an aspiring comic book artist.

It’s also pretty stupid, of course, and it’s hard to see this Sophie being the Sophie of Sophie’s Revenge. (But I also sort of love the idea of a comic book artist named Sophie played by Zhang Ziyi going on different unrelated adventures. That’s very comic-book.) It’s still a lot of fun, though, and I’m happy I watched it.

Both movies are streaming on Hulu Plus right now. You can get a free week (at least). It’s worth it to watch both. I would love to see more adventures of Sophie. I am glad we’ve had these two.

(Did I mention the whole “Zhang Ziyi plays a comic book artist” thing? It’s worth mentioning again.)

My every day life.

(Reblogged from crimesagainsthughsmanatees)

This is a real thing that’s happening.

Look at my sloppy hand stitching there!