Friday Sherlock Links Compendium (December 8 - December 14, 2012)
Quick note: Lyndsay Faye will be reading “The Blue Carbuncle" TODAY (Friday, December 14, 2012 at 6pm) in Brooklyn NY at Singularity & Co. - sorry for the late notice but I just found out myself. The reading is part of a series called I, Reader and will feature free wine and plenty of SciFi nerdiness/awesomeness. If you can make it, come out and support one of my favorite Sherlockians Lyndsay Faye as well as the recently opened brick and mortar bookshop Singularity & Co. profiled here on Tor.com, a co-sponsor of the I, Reader series. Coolness all around on this one.
[Click for more information on the newly opened (August 2012) SciFi bookshop in Brooklyn, NY, Singularity & Co.]
Norwegian Explorers of MN have posted more information about their 2013 conference: “On August 9-11, 2013, The Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota and the Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota will hold a conference to explore aspects of Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Place. The conference will take place at the Elmer L. Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota, home of the Sherlock Holmes Collections, the world’s largest collection of Sherlock Holmes-related material. The conference will feature presentations by a stellar group of international Sherlockians, vendor tables, a silent auction of selected duplicate items from the Collections, an exhibit of rare and unique materials from the Collections, a dramatic performance by the Red-Throated League of the Norwegian Explorers, and the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections. Confirmed Speakers Include: Mattias Boström, B.S.I. Michael Eckman, Marcus Geisser, B.S.I. Roger Johnson, B.S.I. Leslie Klinger, B.S.I. Bill Mason, Marsha Pollak, A.S.H., B.S.I. Chris Redmond, M.Bt., B.S.I. Marina Stajic, A.S.H., B.S.I. Jean Upton, A.S.H., B.S.I.”
[I know where I’ll be on August 9th, 2013!]
Witterstaetter Writes posted about Matt Triano's Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon #1 is hitting the stands this week. Here’s a basic synopsis to wet your appetite: “Sherlock Holmes is busy doing what he does best, solving a case of far-reaching international notoriety. It has landed him at the Port of Liverpool, a bustling hub of commerce both legitimate and illicit. As that chapter closes, ours begins. They head to Lime Street Station, to catch a fast steam locomotive home to London and Baker Street, when violent weather keeps The Great Detective and Watson in Britain’s second city a while longer. Long enough to encounter a monster, discover the Liverpool underworld, and to become embroiled in one of his strangest cases yet.”
[Example art from Issue #1 of Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon. Click the image for four more pages of example art.]
Douglas Wilmer - one of my favorite actors to play Sherlock Holmes of all time - published an autobiography a few years ago called Stage Whispers (available in Kindle and hardback formats). Now nearing his 92nd birthday (!), Mr Wilmer recently made one of the all time most satisfying cameos ever when appearing as a disgruntled member of The Diogenes Club in BBC Sherlock, Season 2, Episode 3 “The Reichenbach Fall" (cf. screenshot below). Just take a glance at Douglas Wilmer’s IMDB page if you’re at all unsure why reading his autobiography might be an edifying experience.
[Douglas Wilmer at the Diogenes Club from “The Reichenbach Fall” episode, Season 2, Episode 3 of BBC Sherlock.]
Tea at 221B dug up this fascinating “silent film of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his family, aboard the RMS Adriatic, waving to the crowds and posing for cameras on June 24th, 1922 (trip home from America). From left to right: Adrian, Lena Jean, Lady Jean, and Denis.” The original film is housed at the Fox Movietone News Collection at the University of South Carolina. (FYI: You’ll need a Quicktime plugin to play this video.) Quite an unique piece of ACD history.
[Click on the above image to check out Tea at 221B’s most excellent find.]
Sherlock Peoria, in a non-Elementary post titled “Sherlock and Spock 2012”, considers various connections between denizens of 221B Baker Street and the crew of the Starship USS Enterprise (NCC 1701): “Tying Sherlock Holmes and Star Trek together goes back as far as Star Trek itself. Mr. Spock's Vulcan logic found its natural predecessor in Sherlock Holmes's powers of deduction, and fans of one have long been, quite naturally, fans of the other. Even Spock's attempted Star Trek: The Next Generation replacement character, Mr. Data, went so far as to don deerstalker and Invernesse cloak at least once.” Note: Actually, Data played the Great Detective twice in “Elementary Dear Data" (S2, Ep3) and "Ship In a Bottle" (S6, Ep11).
Quick Sherlock Links:
Dan Andriacco in ‘A Sherlock Holmes Christmas’ reviews a few Holmes/Xmas pastiches as well as a number of other recent Sherlock books that would make great stocking stuffers. Also, it looks like we get one last post regarding Mr Andraicco’s recent trip to England: the Dogs of Dartmoor!
[Sherlock Holmes and the Missing Snowman.]
Doyleockian explores the idea of ‘Sherlock Holmes’ as brand. Also this week Mr Duncan considers how ACD lives on, posted a review of Nick Utechin's new book Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: Sherlock Holmes and discusses writer’s block.
Filmwell published a piece by blogger Nathaniel Booth - whose blog More Man Than Philosopher gets mentioned on Always1895 often - titled ‘Ten Notes on Elementary: Or Why I Can’t Love It?’ Mr Booth’s posts generally consist of lengthy reviews of various Holmes-adaptions as well as the Nero Wolfe TV show and other examples of decent television, so his take on Elementary should definitely be worth reading.
221B Con is looking for a few good volunteers to help run the machine that will be 221B Con happening in 2013. And FYI: “Anyone who volunteers 8 hours or more over the weekend will receive a free membership.”
Sherlock Holmes Plays interviewed MX author, blogger and twitterer Luke Benjamen Kuhns regarding his newest publication The Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I like question 12: Q: What are you doing for Christmas this year? LBK: “Well I hear a Blue Carbuncle has gone missing…I might investigate!”
Radio Times announced Benedict Cumberbatch's nomination for a 2013 Golden Globe. While congratulations are in order for Mr Cumberbatch, I think it’s an absolute travesty that BBC Sherlock itself was not nominated at all. Click here for a full list of Golden Globe nominees.
Sherlock. Everywhere. posted information about a free deal where you can acquire The Complete Sherlock Holmes for your Kindle. This particular edition “is accompanied by an exciting new introduction from Robert Ryan, a writer who’s own book has been fully endorsed by the Conan Doyle Estate.” The book referred to is called Dead Man’s Land (2012) - read a synopsis of it here - and features Dr Watson in a murder mystery set in the trenches of WWI. Sounds interesting, but I also mention this because I truly wonder what “fully endorsed by the Conan Doyle Estate” actually means. Anyway, if you have a Kindle definitely take advantage of this offer and let me know how Mr Ryan’s introduction reads.
Sherlock Cares posted an amusing video that takes various scenes from BBC Sherlock and layers over Benedict Cumberbatch's voice from the upcoming Star Trek: Into Darkness film (where BC apparently plays the Big Bad bent on destroying Earth or The Federation, etc. as evidenced from these publicity posters). To quote Sherlock Cares: “Is this the Sherlock Season 3 Teaser?”
Finnemores posted this excellent scene from Granada’s Sherlock Holmes (four animated GIF series) featuring David Burke and Jeremy Brett, near the end of an episode, discussing Watson’s choice of titles for “The Copper Beeches" (1985) - and also features the one and only time (that I can think of) where we see the breaking of the fourth wall (seen below) in the Granada series.
[JB breaks the fourth wall and connects with the viewers regarding Watson’s ‘admirable account’. One of my favorite Granada moments of all time.]
Behind My Iris wins the animated GIF award this week with a few Russian Sherlock Holmes images. If you have yet to get hip to this most awesome of adaptations, spend some time during Xmas becoming acquainted with Vasily Livanov and Vitaly Solomin's approach to interpreting the Canon.