Monday, 13 July 2015

Advance Review: Petr Kopl's The Final Problem

Petr strikes yet again! This time, prepare yourself to be stunned more than ever before!



Moriarty is fearsome, and Holmes is stupendous. Watson draws a salute. Mycroft turns up in all his clandestine glory, too. Petr is a True Sherlockian (or a Pucca Holmesian, as we like to call 'em in India) and his adaptation of the canon and canonical characters, even (or especially) with his brilliant quirks thrown in, captures Sherlock's soul in an unparalleled fashion.

To be honest, I have no idea what to say in this review. I have run out of adjectives to praise Petr's work, and this one outshines them all. How do you measure the immeasurable? The art is as (perhaps slightly more) breathtaking as ever. This book is a personal favourite of mine; I had the good fortune of attending the launch of the original Czech version in Prague.



I can safely say that this graphic novel is the BEST piece of art I have held in my hands in my entire life.

Petr had ensured that no Sherlockian/Holmesian will remain dry-eyed by his rendering.



If you already supported the project on Kickstarter, you are a wise Sherlockian, and shall be rewarded soon. (The Kickstarter project was funded in less than 12 hours - must be some sort of a record!) If not, you can still buy it on The Strand or on Amazon

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Launch of Improbable Press - A New, Unique Tribute to Sherlock Holmes

Not for the faint of heart.
Not for the conservative.
Not for the intolerant.
Not for those afraid of change.

This one is for the romantic Sherlockians.
For those who crave something new.
For those in need of a fresh adventure.
For the Johnlocked (but not exclusively).
For those unafraid to walk on grounds where angels fear to tread.
And especially for those who believe that Sherlock Holmes could not only love, but love well.

Improbable Press has been launched, under the able hand of Atlin Merrick, a much-celebrated Sherlockian fan-fiction writer. Here - check it out.

I am well aware that many Sherlockians balk at the idea of Sherlockian erotica, and wish to stay away. It's a matter of choice, of course, and those who wish to stay away are welcome to do so. However, I have the good fortune to personally know some of the folks behind Improbable Press - and I do not hesitate to say that these are full-blooded Sherlockians; people who love and respect Sherlock will all their hearts. Sherlock Holmes and his romantic adventures are in good hands. So, if the only concern is that this endeavour would somehow cheapen the detective we know and love, rest assured: this is a labour of love.

Everyone deserves to be loved; even (or especially) Sherlock Holmes. And personally, there's nothing more I'd like to see than for him to be happy, if only in the pages of a book.

I, for one, eagerly look forward to the new books!


Sunday, 31 May 2015

Thursday, 28 May 2015

14 Years of Sherlockiana - Happy Birthday to SHSI!

How time flies!



May 28, 2001 - Mr Sumal Surendranath, current President of the Sherlock Holmes Society of India, decided to create this group for fellow Indian Sherlockians to have a platform to discuss the master detective.

14 years later, SHSI has about 200 members, a bi-annual publication, a Facebook page, a blog and many, many, many international friends.

Quite something, eh?

So, cheers to SHSI and Indian Sherlockians, and a special toast to Sumalji!

Monday, 23 February 2015

Book Review: The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes

Are you depressed? Are you missing Sherlock Holmes? Are you pining for an adventure? MX has the perfect cure for you: The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes - a fantastic collection of Sherlockian art that will leave you in stitches!
 
Oh yes, it is that good. And very, very clever.
 
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Glenn Schatell in New York last month at the BSI Cocktail Reception. Glenn showed me his book - a compilation of Sherlock Holmes cartoons by his father, Mr Norman Schatell. Now, regular readers of the Baker Street Journal, the Sherlock Holmes Journal, the Serpentine Muse and several other Sherlockian publications would no doubt be already familiar with the works of Mr Schatell...but for those who are not, Glenn has painstakingly compiled this utterly delightful treat. I say "treat" because there is something in it for each and every Sherlockian/Holmesian - no matter your age, temperament or style of humour!
 
The cover itself is a fantastic prelude to the humour that runs through the book:
 
 
 
I have spent many hours in the last few weeks giggling in the back of a cab after long (and often tiresome) workdays over the Kindle version of "The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes", which I bought as soon as I was back in India. I am sure my sanity was questioned - but who cares, it was too good to resist! The hardcopy turned up a couple of days back - even better! Just look at these:
 


 
 
Humour aside, the cartoons are also diabolically clever. Many, many times I would look at one, smile and come back to it after a few more pages - only to reach for the canon to figure out a reference (Google, too, at times). And when I figured out some all by myself...ah, well - it's a matter of great pride, ain't it? There are very few things in life better than clever humour. Here's the proof:
 


 


Almost three hundred pages of sheer delight! What more could a Sherlockian possibly want? This is an absolute "must-have" book for all of us. Let's end with my favourite:
 
 

Thursday, 8 January 2015

BSI Weekend Day #1: ASH Wednesday

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So I took plenty of them!
 
A bit of background before the goodies: ASH Wednesday is the informal dinner of the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, and is held on the first Wednesday of each month and kicks off the BSI Weekend each year. BSI (Baker Street Irregulars) has its annual BSI Weekend (around Sherlock's birthday) - well, it's the most awesome birthday party ever, with people from all over the world and goes on for days.
 
This is my first time - both in New York as well as at the BSI Weekend. Obviously, I'm wide-eyed and open-mouthed most of the time - and so it occurred that I thought of taking pictures (despite lugging my big camera all the way to NY just for this purpose) only after a bellyful of chicken fingers, fries and sauvignon blanc.
 
A roomful of interesting Sherlockians - a truly colourful variety of people, ranging from veterans to newbies, with talks of Rathbone to Brett to Cumberbatch - I can think of no better way to have spent my first evening in New York. Even though I'd only met only about four people in the entire hall previously (and knew perhaps four more through emails) - it didn't end up with me sulking in a corner by myself (quite the norm at large gatherings for the socially-awkward me); the folks at ASH are incredibly friendly and make you feel so welcome!
 
Now, without further ado, here are the promised pictures:
 


 
That's David Stuart Davies (yup, the well-known British Sherlockian pastiche-writer - all the way from Yorkshire!) with his lovely wife - and being photo-bombed by Maria Fleishhack (yup, the Baker Street Babe herself!).
 

 
Evelyn Herzog and Susan Rice - the driving forces of ASH!
 

 
Ursula Moran (the best dinner conversationalist ever) and Christopher Zordan (the man behind the Gaslight Gala)
 
 
Catherine Cooke - all the way from London! Amazin' lady.
 




 
Lyndsay Faye (oh yes, the Baker Street Babe herself), Scott Monty (heard of I Hear of Sherlock? the very same) and Maria with her autographed mug - sent to her by Benedict Cumberbatch! Awesome, ain't it?
 

 
Al Gregory, BSI - a most charming gentleman!
 














 
Fun pictures at ASH Wednesday, 7 January 2015, New York - oh, right, the location: Annie Moore's (50 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017). Look, that's me in there, too!

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Proceedings of the Pondicherry Lodge - all issues

The PDF download thing seems to be a great hit, so I'm putting all four issues so far up for download here. Good, hmm?

So, here we go - all issues of Proceedings of the Pondicherry Lodge released so far:

  1. Volume 1 Issue 1, Summer issue: 1 June 2013 - download
  2. Volume 1 Issue 2, Winter issue: 1 December 2013 - download
  3. Volume 2 Issue 1, Summer issue: 1 June 2014 - download
  4. Volume 2 Issue 2, Winter issue: 1 December 2014 - download
Hope that's made everyone happy! 

As always, feel free to circulate/share. It's free, after all! :)

The game is afoot!