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Doing What Can’t Be Done

Doing What Can’t Be Done

Or, doing what others can’t do. As I slowly make my peace with not being a ‘real’ (read: employed in an institution of higher learning) academic, I’ve turned my attention to what I do want to do. Although financial precarity is always only an unanticipated […]

Fan Studies Network Conference 2017

Fan Studies Network Conference 2017

Just back from the University of Huddersfield, where the 2017 Fan Studies Network Conference was held this year, commemorating both five years of FSN and the opening of the Centre for Participatory Culture there. My biggest takeaway from the conference was a kind of zeitgeist […]

Stuff I’ve Written/Vidded on Hannibal

Stuff I’ve Written/Vidded on Hannibal

Enough people have asked that I thought I should compile a list or something; fair warning, not all of this is good.

Televisual Videography (A Response to Jason Mittell)

The online journal of videographic criticism, [in]Transition, published their third anniversary issue with a look back at their past three volumes; in it, Jason Mittell wrote eloquently in his essay, Videographic Telephilia, about the only two pieces in the journal devoted to television thus far. I […]

Paul Hirsch & Me: An Editing Genealogy

Paul Hirsch & Me: An Editing Genealogy

So, I made – wait for it – another Hannibal video. What a surprise. But it confirmed something I had suspected for awhile about where my style – if you can call it that – in video editing comes from. So, I’m a kid… I don’t […]

This is Not a Con Report, or Acafanniballing at RDC3

This is Not a Con Report, or Acafanniballing at RDC3

I just returned last night from my quickie trip to London (well, really Heathrow) for RDC3 – Behold the Red Dragon Con 3, which was a short but very sweet celebration of all things Hannibal. And this morning I thought, oh I know, I should […]

hannibal: a fanvid (final)

I’ve been playing with this for months, now, and even wrote some on an earlier version here last spring. hannibal: a fanvid was finally published in the online videographic essay journal [in]Transition today (!!), so I wanted to post a link to the site, which […]

The Year in Review 2016

This seems to be a thing I do every year now, mostly to remind myself that I actually have accomplished some things over the past year. I usually just do professional stuff, but this has been one of THOSE years (I mean, 2016, amirite?), so I […]

Furigana, Vertical Montage, and the Video Essay

Furigana, Vertical Montage, and the Video Essay

There’s a device used (primarily) in printed Japanese that I first became interested in back in the earliest days of my Adachi Mitsuru manga fandom (Touch, I liked Touch – which, yes, puts this in the 1980s). Furigana (or ‘ruby/i‘) are phonetic glosses of written kanji (Chinese characters); typically, […]

A Tale of Two Chairs

Or, Why Did My Paper Get a B? It seems fairly common these days to find an explanation of what letter grades mean on course syllabi, and in my experience the difference between B work and A work is… unclear. It’s clear to the professor, […]