Babes Lyndsay, Curly, & Amy chat with two of the team behind racebent comic Watson & Holmes.
WATSON & HOLMES is a modern urban take on the tales of “Sherlock Holmes” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Re-envisioning Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson as African Americans and taking place in New York City’s famous Harlem district, the stories can go in fresh and new directions never traveled before.
Follow the Watson & Holmes team on Twitter at @NPStudios or @bperlowNPS (Brandon Perlow, co-creator) & @jgdude (Justin F. gabrie, senior editor)
Check out http://www.newparadigmstudios.com/about/watson-and-holmes/ and facebook.com/watsonandholmes
Rick, Brandon and Paul also did an interview with with Comics are Great!
Buy Watson & Holmes #1 on ComiXology cmxl.gy/V9vtOi ($0.99) or at your local comic shop!
Buy Baker Street: Honor Among Punks on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Honour-Among-Punks-Complete-Collection/dp/1596878029
Our official program announcement for the Daintiest Thing Under a Bonnet Charity Ball! AAAAAH!
We’re so excited and proud about the evening we have planned. Items donated to the auction have been absolutely amazing, including…
—posters from Warner Brothers, BBC, and Laurie R. King
—original art from both fandom and private Sherlockian collections
—piles of signed first edition Sherlock Holmes books and pastiches
—lockets, prints, and crafts from artists with Etsy shops
—a John Watson teddy bear with a cream cable knit jumper
We have been so blessed and are so grateful for all the support for the Wounded Warrior Project cause! And we truly wish that everyone could come to the Ball. Each and every one of you would be most welcome at our party. But if you cannot make it, a donation to our fundraising page is one way of helping those wounded veterans who aren’t lucky enough to be introduced to a mad independent consulting detective.
There are many worthy causes at the end of the holiday season, but we hope you might consider donating a few dollars, or if you can’t, passing the link on to others!
Ladies and gentlemen and delightful folk from hither and yon, we regret to report that the Baker Street Babes’ very first Baker Street Irregulars Weekend (http://www.bakerstreetjournal.com/bsiweekend/schedule.html) event, the Daintiest Thing Under a Bonnet Charity Ball, is already sold out! (http://bakerstreetbabes.brownpapertickets.com/) But we hereby extend both a prizewinning offer and a request to the wonderful world of Sherlock Holmes fandom…
First of all, we hereby present this link to enter to win a FREE TICKET TO THE BALL! https://docs.google.com/a/bakerstreetbabes.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGJ1TkhteWE4cGFuY1E1cnZRZW5vMHc6MQ
The free ticket is offered by Sherlockian Army Wife Erin, who regrets her own absence and will now tell her own incredible story:“Hello! My name is Erin W. I am a 26 year old US Army Wife. I am also a HUGE Sherlock Holmes Fan. My husband, Brian, is a RedLeg Cannoneer who is currently deployed. We are high school sweethearts from Chicago who have moved a bunch of times across the nation. We have a baby girl named Pearl, and she is soon turning 1 year old. Her father misses her. I gotta tell ya, it has been a long year. As you can see, I am not prepared for a Baker Street Babes Ball in New York, even one for a great project like Wounded Warrior. But we want to support those who came before, during, and after our stay in the military. They sacrificed for our nation’s enduring freedom.
These men and women are heroes to us.
So, we bought one ticket.
We want someone to go in my place. We want to see someone have Holmesian fun while I feed Pearl’s addiction to Jeremy Brett. We are handing over my ticket to The Baker Street Babes for a lucky person to win. We also encourage everyone to support the Wounded Warrior Project by going to the The Daintiest Thing Under a Bonnet Charity Ball. Have fun and may the odds be ever in your favor!”
As you have seen, all profits from our fundraiser will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/individual-fundraising/bakerstreetbabes) whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors, and whose vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.
Which leads usto our second request…do you create fan art? Crafts? Stickers? Dolls? Anything and everything wonderful? Because we would LOVE to feature any work you would care to donate as swag for the winners of the raffle, auction, quiz, and costume competition! If you would care to make a contribution to help wounded veterans, please consider contacting the Babes and sending your beautiful works to NYC, where they will be fawned over by Sherlockians galore, and where your contribution will make a difference for truly worthy cause. We owe inspiration for this event to those who tirelessly serve our countries, and to Dr. John Watson, army doctor, whose recovery from the ravages of the Second Afghan War once required the help of an extraordinary friend.
Many thanks from all the Babes, and best wishes for a tremendous holiday season!
So we have good news and bad news.
Bad news is that the Amanda Abbington interview will have to wait a little while longer. She’s very very busy at the moment and hasn’t gotten the chance to approve it. But never fear, it will come soon!
The good news is, we got another fantastic Sherlock woman to interview! The delightful Lara Pulver, aka The Woman! Editing it now so it should be out tomorrow! Join us as we talk McQueen, feminism, and how to beat Benedict Cumberbatch at word games.
As many of my regular readers know, I tend to limit posts about BBC Sherlock to one or two links per week due mostly to the fact that BBC Sherlock has around a quadrillion fan sites where one can easily satiate their Cumberbatch/Moffat Sherlock desires. This week however I’m making an exception because 1) Sunday May 6th 2012 is the U.S.A. premier of BBC Sherlock, 2) it’s basically been BBC Sherlock/Cumberbatch week on the Internet due to #1 and 3) on Wednesday I attended an extremely interesting/entertaining panel featuring Steven Moffat, Benedict Cumberbatch and Sue Vertue (executive producer of Sherlock) at the French Institute Alliance Française in NYC. In regards to #3, I was asked by the Baker Street Blog to attend and submit a review, so I have plenty to report as well as a cache of pictures taken by my photographer/girlfriend Becca, all of which will be available shortly. For non-Cumberbatchian items, jump to ‘Quick Sherlock Links’ further down.
[The panel for the PBS Sherlock Series 2 New York Event. Photo by Becca Gotch.]
Batches of Cumberbatch Dispatches:
NPR posted an audio/text piece this morning focusing on Benedict Cumberbatch and his current roles as the master detective in BBC Sherlock, Smaug the dragon in Peter Jackson’s big screen adaptation of The Hobbit, and the villainous Khan in the upcoming J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek film. The interview focuses a lot on how/why Mr Cumberbatch become an actor: “One emotional turning point in Cumberbatch’s journey to acting came when he played the role of Antonio Salieri in a university production of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus. “My father … turned to me,” Cumberbatch recalls, “and he said, ‘You’re better than I ever was or could be. You should do this for a profession - I think you’d have a good time.’ And that’s a huge thing for a man to say to his son, and - not necessarily true, I might add, he’s a wonderful actor himself - but it was so encouraging and supportive.” Cumberbatch says it was “a moment of extraordinary humility and pride” - and that from then on, the knowledge of his parents’ confidence gave him the nerve to pursue acting professionally.”
[The Wrath of Antonio Salieri!]
Mashable reports on the ultimate case of “phoning it in” - as everyone’s heard by now Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast as the villain in J.J. Abrams-directed sequel to Star Trek. “Cumberbatch got word last December that Abrams wanted him to audition via videotape for a role in the much-anticipated Star Trek sequel, The New York Times reports. Only problem? Cumberbatch was vacationing in England at the time, and couldn’t locate anyone to properly film his tryout. So, the story goes, an “agitated and weary” Cumberbatch simply recorded his audition using an iPhone. “I was pretty strung out,” Cumberbatch tells the Times, “so that went into the performance.” Cumberbatch sent the clip to Abrams, only to be hit with a cruel bit of irony - Abrams, too, was on vacation and couldn’t immediately check out the recording. But he eventually got a look at it and told the Times that Cumberbatch’s iPhone-recorded performance was “one of the most compelling audition readings I’d ever seen.”” Can you imagine BC playing iconic Star Trek villain Khan Noonien Singh aka The Wrath of Khan? (Thanks to @LyndsayFaye for the tip!)
[The Wrath of Cumberbatch!]
Baker Street Babes beat me to a published review of Wednesday’s PBS Sherlock series 2 screening and Q&A, and it’s a terrific blow-by-blow recap of an event that words and pictures can just barely do justice. I hate to describe an event this way, but you sort of ‘had to be there’ in order to understand the almost palpable excitement and utter strangeness which permeated the experience. Jenn of the Baker Street Babes deftly captured the ‘flow’ of the evening and echos a sentiment that crossed my mind more than once throughout the evening: ”I wonder if my ear drums are going to burst. The love fans have for this show is enormous, and they have no trouble expressing it.” Indeed! The decibel level seemed to rise to the level of ‘The Beatles c. 1966’ by the time BC took the stage. Highly recommended read with the added addition of excellent photos by Melinda the “newly appointed Baker Street Babes New York City Photographer” (the empire grows!). Here’s a pic of (left to right) Taylor (BSB), Jenn (BSB), Me and Becca sitting in the second row (VIPs yo!). Check out Melinda Caric’s complete Flickr Sherlock PBS photostream here.
[“The game is on,” again.]
Digital Spy answers a question that many of us have been dying to know: just what does BC think of all that uber racy fanfic out there featuring Cumberbatch - or one of the characters he plays, mainly Sherlock - as the protagonist in what tend to be erotic tales often involving explicit descriptions of Holmes and Watson penetrating more than just mysteries. For a variety of examples, check out FanFiction.net - Sherlock TV. So what does BC think: “[Cumberbatch] finds explicit Sherlock fan fiction to be “flattering”.” There you have it.
The Washington Post, in a primer for potential series/season 2 viewers, gives one of the more succinct descriptions of the BBC version of the master detective: ”Dress this new Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) in a sharply tailored black Burberry suit with an open-collared shirt, then zoom in on his hypnotically bluish-green eyes and Davidesque curls, then write for him entire uninterrupted paragraphs of obsessive-compulsive dialogue, then stand back and let him sizzle.” And whether you agree with this point or not, critic Hank Stuever adds: “He’s quite something, all right, but I can’t be the only one who finds this particular version of Sherlock to be a little grating. He’d be almost unwatchable if it weren’t for the tender devotion and counterbalance Martin Freeman brings to the role of Watson.” All I’ll say to that is…To Watson!!
[The game is afoot, there and back again…]
Quick Sherlock Links:
BAFTA4JB posts the heartbreaking news that the “British Academy of Film and Television Arts will not be honouring Jeremy Brett with a posthumous Award”. Boo to the BAFTA’s!
Dan Andriacco’s new novel Holmes Sweet Holmes, the second volume in the “Jeff Cody” series, was officially released on May 1, 2012. I am a huge fan of No Police Like Holmes and am super psyched for this one!
Barefoot on Baker Street reacts to recent comments from Mark Gatiss regarding possible ‘twists’ to “The Empty House” - or whatever Episode 1, Season/Series 3 of BBC Sherlock will be called: “has Mr Gatiss been reading my blogs about “The Empty House” because that’s basically what I said.” You never know! Watch out for spoilers but here’s the UK Press article Mr Gatiss’ comments originated.
Slate has a fun piece that asks: “What was crime-fighting actually like in Sherlock Holmes-era London?” where the details of an actual Victorian jewel heist are explained as well as the subsequent (bungled) investigation.
Baker Street Blog announces their part in the upcoming ‘live blogging’ of BBC Sherlock: “May 6 will simply mark the first of three consecutive Sunday evenings in which we’ll participate in this exercise, beginning at 9:00 p.m. EDT through 10:30 p.m. EDT.” Even if you’ve already seen the episodes, the chats are a lot of interactive nerdy Sherlockian fun.
Thoughts From Baker Street published a two part review of Darlene Cypser’s Holmes pastiche The Crack in the Lens. “I can honestly say, is not a book I liked. It is a book I LOVED.” Deserved high praise indeed!
The Well-Read Sherlockian posted a review of Margaret Bridges’ My Dear Watson (MX)…and a little bit more! Intrigued? You should be because this post begins: “[My Dear Watson] will go down in blog history as “the book that sparked a marital spat on the way to church.” And really, it’s no wonder, because the story itself is based on a controversial premise: What if Sherlock Holmes were really a woman?” I’ve been waiting to read this book and now I’m sold.
Baker Street Babes posted a nice shot of one of the Always1895 stickers on their twitter this week - if you don’t already, make sure to follow @BakerStBabes for podcast info and general nuggets of babelicious Sherlockiana.
The Swedish Pathological Society in what appears to be a new series on Mattias Bostrom’s blog, “From my bookshelves” posts a delightful image of the Swedish 1928 edition of The Sign of Four. “This is indeed Sherlock Holmes of the ’20s!”
[Very nice or as one might say in Sweden (if Google Translator was installed in one’s head): Som presenterades är en mycket vacker bok!]
I… we… hmmmm… yeah. Well damn.
Right click on that shit for some HQ.
We’re allowing ourselves to be a bit fangirly just this once… plus, it’s real funny.
Wherein Benedict Cumberbatch makes adorable faces.
PLEASE CREDIT MELINDA CARIC [flickr] Prohibited for commercial use.
Alright guys, so here are the scans of the article!
Since tumblr would resize the scan I uploaded it in full size here.
The meet-up and flash mob arranged in support of Save Undershaw got some attention. I’ve translated the article if anyone is interested in reading it.
It is from MetroXpress, a free newspaper found at trainstations and some buses in Copenhagen (probably around other cities in Denmark, too). I took one on the run and didn’t even get the time to look through it before yesterday when this little gem surprised me.
Demonstrators are fighting to save ’Undershaw’, where Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the stories about the master detective Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock Holmes may possibly soon be Sherlock Homeless. The Country House Undershaw, where the writer sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the books about the pipe smoking detective, is to be turned into owner-occupied flats and this has made fans of the famous books demonstrate on the streets of London.
“It’s a disgrace that the only home of Arthur Conan Doyle that still exists, is to be destroyed like that. The state should by it,” says Derek Wood, who MetroXpress meets on Trafalgar Square in the British capitol.
He was one of several hundreds of demonstrators and the ill-tempered Sherlock Holmes-fans have several prominent supporters.
The actor Stephen Fry and the writer Julian Barnes is among the celebrities who also has publicly condemned the building-plans on Undershaw, and the people behind the ‘Save Undershaw’ campaign can also feel that newer film and TV-series based on the books of the detective make more people sign up.
Campaign leader Lynn Gale says to MetroXpress that she thinks it would be ‘illegal’ to rebuild Undershaw and that the house should remain on the ground because of its history.
She also points on the fact that among other things, Charles Dickens’ and Jane Austens homes are protected.
The town council in Waverly in southeast England, where Undershaw lies, has expressed a wish about buying the property just to protect it but do not have enough money, unless the Save Undershaw-group is willing to pay a significant part of the purchase price.
The debate about Undershaw has raged since 2004, when a construction company bought the Country House concerning changing it to flats.
The big resistance has delayed the project so nothing concrete has happened yet.
In next month the high court in London is to finally conclude on whether the building gets a green light – or if the plan discarded once and for all.
[Caption under the big picture in the middle: The people behind the campaign ‘Save Undershaw’ are fighting to save the Country House Undershaw, where the writer behind Sherlock Holmes wrote his books about the famous detective. Foto: Baker Street Babes]
[Caption under the second picture with Sherlock Holmes on it: The country house Undershaw is set to be turned into flats. Foto: Baker Street Babes]
- Location. Undershaw is located in the village Hinhead in Surrey 65 kilometers south of London.
- Building king I. Arthur Conan Doyle bought the plot in 1895 and got the big 930 square metre three-story house build himself. The writer wife, Louise, suffered from tuberculosis and Doyle thought that she’d benefit from getting away from Londons smoke and out to the countryside. He lived there from 1897 to 1907 – Louise died in 1906. (Doyle lived to 1930)
- Occupation. Here he wrote the majority of the books about Sherlock Holmes – among them “The Hound of the Baskervilles”.
- Visits. Apart from that he many prominemt gentlemen visited him at Undershaw . Collegues as Bram Stoker (‘Dracula’), George Bernard Shaw (‘Pygmalion’) and JM Barrie (‘Peter Pan’).
- Building king II. When Arthur Conan Doyle moved out of Undershaw, the house was transformed into a hotel and stayed that way until 2004 where it was bought by Fosseway Limited. Since then it has remained empty while the debate about the place’ future has raged.
Our Trafalgar Square #Sherlock Flash Mob in the MetroXPress (Denmark). SUPER thanks for the translation xx
You’re all amazing and lovely! We seriously feel so lucky to be able to do what we do and we love that we can share it with all of you. We seriously do this for you guys. It’s all good and fun to chat about Sherlock Holmes together, but to be able to talk to people involved in all realms of Sherlockiana, and for you all to listen and comment and enjoy it. We cannot say how amazed we are and how much we love this and love you AND EVERYONE IN THIS BAR!
AND WE LOVE YOU TOO!! XD XD XD
We’re delighted to announce Episode 22 with be an interview with Sherlock Composer Michael Price. Yes! Its true! We’re giddy with excitement!
We wanted to get both him and David in the same interview, but David Arnold is busy being quite Olympic at the moment, so we’ll grab him later and do another (hopefully when Series 3 details are a bit clearer) post-Olympics.
SO! Have a question about the music in Sherlock? The process? Inspiration? For Michael himself? Reblog this with your question added (NOT in the tags, we won’t check tags). We obviously won’t be able to ask all of them on air, but we’ll keep the extras for the next interview, or if we can do an email interview with him later on.
We’re interviewing him on Thursday evening (GMT), so we will probably gather up questions that afternoon. So make sure you reblog with your questions by then!
haz cheesburger? have one more question? Please, bakerstreetbabes, ask him if he has listen the 8bit music that kaiclavier made, and what he thinks about that?, what he thinks, what he feels when fans do homages of his work? XD
So I like Sherlock Holmes, no, scratch that, I LOVE Sherlock Holmes. Ever since I was a kid and Disney introduced me to Basil of Baker Street, I’ve been entranced by this character. My love was renewed when I moved to London and found myself a truly extraordinary group of friends who loved this character as much as I did. So, after awhile I came up with this idea of a Sherlock Holmes podcast. It wasn’t a necessarily original idea, but it was different. We’re all young and we’re all females, but we’re all die hard Sherlockians/Holmesian/We-Fancy-Sherlock-Holmes-Okaysians. It’s a demographic in that fandom that is new and growing and doesn’t have a voice. We didn’t start out with this noble pursuit, but it’s becoming that. We want to prove that we’re not just going to coo over Robert Downey Jr and Benedict Cumberbatch, as lovely as they are, but that we know the canon and want to have discussions about it. I think we’re starting to really show that, and I’m excited with where this is taking us.
The Baker Street Babes Podcast started as just a fun hobby, but it’s grown into something more than that. While still young, we’ve amassed a following of over 1,000 listeners from all over the world. People write reviews about what we say, people listen to what we say. We have fans. There’s nothing more surreal in life than having fans. While this is amazing and I am so deeply honored and touched, it does present a problem. In order to present these episodes, they must be hosted. podOmatic has become our home and they provide us with bandwidth. The free account wasn’t working, we burned through it in a week. We had too much traffic, and so we upgraded. I paid for this myself because this was my baby, I started it and I wanted to nurture it. $140 and we had 200GB of bandwidth. I honestly thought this would be okay, that we wouldn’t have any further problems. However, August proved to be a very successful month and we’re capped our bandwidth again. Our audience is growing and our name is reaching farther than before. We need to upgrade again, but all of us, while passionate… are twenty-to-thirty-somes who have tuition to pay, rents to pay, student loans to clear, etc. It’s typical to become more popular as you go on, and with the combined efforts of networking, promotion, and actually just being quality, we are indeed becoming popular. We’re having very well known people come on the podcast… we’re talking scholars, authors, and more. We’ve partnered with anglotopia.net, but we need to stand on our own feet, that’s very important to us. So we need your help.
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