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The Evil Orchid Bookplate Contest

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Bookplate by Denis Kostromitin. Following the recent postings of covers and illustrations from Der Orchideengarten, Will at A Journey Round My Skull posts the results of his Evil Orchid Bookplate Contest which encouraged illustrators to create an Orchideengarten-styled bookplate design. You can see the winner and many other splendid entries on his pages. I fully […]

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Eyecandy

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Continuing a rather psychedelic week, Eyecandy is another of those groovy web toys, this time putting you inside a kaleidoscopic sphere of coloured circles whose parameters you can change with sliding controls. Fun to mess with when the right music is playing. And while we’re on the subject, my new calendar has been selling very […]

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DeZ did it first

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Rorschach from The Mindscape of Alan Moore. The hype over the Watchmen film reached critical mass this week and as a consequence there’s been a spike of interest in the two Alan Moore interviews I posted in 2006, with Empire magazine and other movie sites linking here. I won’t bore you with my lack of […]

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Design as virus 7: eyes and triangles

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Continuing this occasional series. The above motif is the Golden Dawn‘s Wedjat or Eye of Horus emblem as reproduced in the hardback edition of The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, an “autohagiography”. Crowley was under discussion here a few days ago and the eye in a triangle symbol can also be seen on the sleeve of […]

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Arthur #31

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Cover photography by Lisa Law, design by Alia Penner. It was only a few months ago that Arthur Magazine was struggling to stay afloat in a nation swimming in inflated wealth. How quickly things change… Arthur #31 is available right now as a free PDF download while those in the US can pick up the […]

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The Mindscape of Alan Moore: US edition

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Yes, it’s that film again. The feature-length documentary by DeZ Vylenz about the Northampton Magus receives its official US release through Disinformation on September 30th. I designed the packaging (the original EU inlay is shown above) and the DVD menus. As I’ve said before, this is a great film—shot on film, not video—a revealing insight […]

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The Golden Apples of the Sun

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The Golden Apples of the Sun, the first release on Arthur Magazine‘s Bastet label has been one of my favourite compilations of recent years. Golden Apples was/is one of those landmark music anthologies that appear from time to time and seem to fix a moment perfectly as they capture a sudden flourishing of new music, […]

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New things for July

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The Flapper by Frank X Leyendecker, Life magazine (1922). • 2008 is turning out to be a great year for Lovecraft aficionados. As well as the stupendous Lovecraft Retrospective: Artists Inspired by HP Lovecraft, we’re also awaiting Frank Woodford’s feature length documentary, Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown. I’m lucky to have my work included in […]

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Arthur Magazine needs $20,000 by July 1 or it will die

From Jay Babcock: One year ago I ran up my credit cards and borrowed money from friends and family in order to buy out my ex-partner in Arthur. Since then I have maxed out my personal and business credit cards to service that debt and to start up publication of Arthur again. We have worked […]

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Sam Amidon and Valgeir Sigurdsson in Manchester

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Sam and ensemble. “Bedroom Community, possibly the best label in the world right now” was my earnest declaration back in March after seeing Sam Amidon play for the first time. A few months earlier I’d put Valgeir Sigurðsson‘s Ekvílibríum album on my best of 2007 list for Arthur magazine. Tonight’s event at Trinity Church confirmed […]

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Paradise Now available now

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Arthur Magazine‘s second essential DVD release is now available. “Life, revolution and theater are three words for the same thing: an unconditional NO to the present society.” Julian Beck (Living Theatre) “Paradise Now … more relevant now because we’re closer to now than we ever have been.” Hanon Reznikov (Living Theatre) Arthur Magazine proudly presents […]

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Arthur #28

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It’s always a red letter day when a new issue of Arthur Magazine appears and this one is especially good, featuring a substantial history of the creation and influence of pulp villain Fantômas (for which I helped source some photos) and an interview with extraordinary singer and musician Diamanda Galás. Lots more besides and as […]

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LAist Interview: Jay Babcock from Arthur Magazine

LAist Interview: Jay Babcock from Arthur Magazine

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Earth in Manchester

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Earth, looking suitably infernal. Out this evening to the Zion Centre in Hulme to see Seattle drone metal band Earth. I didn’t get to see their performance at the 2005 Arthurfest in Los Angeles but this event made up for that. Support—which we missed due to late arrival—was from Sir Richard Bishop, whose portrait I […]

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New things for November II

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It’s always nice when something you’ve worked on turns up in the post and there’s been a double helping of that this week with the arrival of the Chaoticum CD and the catalogue for the Maison D’Ailleurs exhibition. Since both of these are either partly or wholly connected to HP Lovecraft, their simultaneous arrival is […]

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Arthur magazine: revival in progress

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Paradise Now: The Living Theatre in Amerika DVD

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Most people today know Julian Beck, if at all, for a small but unforgettable film role at the end of his career. In Poltergeist 2 (1986) Beck plays the nightmarishly sinister Reverend Henry Kane and his one full scene in that film is far more unnerving than the rest of its rubber monsters and special […]

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The Demon Regent Asmodeus

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The Demon Regent Asmodeus (2006). Alan Moore readers have finally discovered my little easter egg on the Mindscape of Alan Moore DVD so I can now talk about the creation of this miniature work. Director Dez Vylenz and I thought it would be nice to have a hidden extra somewhere on the main disc and […]

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Why Arthur magazine rules

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Arthur #1–25. What is the vision behind Arthur? “The biggest underlying idea is that the culture drives everything else. Culture creates the metaphors and the landscape on which politics and economics and so forth take place. And so then you ask: What kind of culture are you making, or taking part in, or helping to […]

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William Burroughs by Ira Cohen, 1967

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An eBay auction. All proceeds, after costs, will benefit Arthur Magazine. “What else can I say? William Burroughs & his Gilded Cobra…. it’s actually my cobra ….” Ira Cohen. Previously on { feuilleton } • The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda

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