PRELUDE

In times like these as in all other times, you are allowed to be relieved when someone else has done the heavy lifting for you.  As such, it’s comforting to find that Clark has put together not only a series of thoughtful posts on the immediate impacts of Covid-19 on the comics industry, but also a run of weekly link blogs to keep folk up-to-date on what’s going on in this little corner of the world.

Free from any delusions of being thorough, I figured I’d write a short post drawing attention to a few free comics / comics related videos closer to home, and maybe highlight a couple of ways you can help the artists involved along the way if you’ve got the cash to do so.

PART 1 – FREE COMICS!

Lockdown has seen a number of comics artists giving away their work for free, or at a discount.  Here are a few such works that we’ve reviewed before, if you’re stuck in the house and want a sense of what you might want to amuse and enervate yourself without splurging your last few iso-bucks!

Sarah Broadhurst, Jules Scheele and an army of sharp feminist voices – Identity: An Anthology (One Beat Zines, originally reviewed November 2015)

DOWNLOAD IT FOR FREE HERE

This is not only a truly beautiful object but a useful one too.  From Sabba Khan‘s elegant self-reflections to Alia Wilhelm‘s too-close photography by way of Sammy Boras‘ more traditional use of the comic book form to explore difficult questions of sexuality, Identity always makes intersectional feminism feel as natural as it really is, despite what some commentators might have you believe, arranging all of these disparate voices and means of expression together in one powerful volume.

This might sound like damning with faint praise but it’s meant sincerely.   Seemingly taking its cue from the punchy, “here’s my point and I dare you not to take it” expressiveness of Scheele’s cover design, this collection of comics and essays transforms lived experience into a rallying cry against complacency, against the possibility of mistaking your own experience for the only one worth listening to.

I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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Welcome back to Diane.

Join Rosie, Adam and Mark as they discuss part 11 of Mark Frost and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return.

The sky spins open*, the street spits up its sickness, and a sweet fraternity brings life to the desert.

*So does Bill’s head.

There’s no backup for this.

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During Twin Peaks: The Return, new episodes of Diane will appear on Libsyn 24 hours after UK broadcast.

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Or just as welcome, please head over to iTunes and give us one of those fabulous Five Star Reviews. They make us smile like Shelly seeing Red.

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We even have free cherry pie for everyone on tumblr.


Welcome back to Diane.

Tonight the air is electric with violence and lust as Rosie, Adam and Bob discuss part 10  of Mark Frost and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return.

We talk about the body heat between Dougie and Janey E, the burn of aesthetics over plot, the hot of pink, and a cold unnerving absence in the night sky.

Theme from Diane is by Mass Roman of Strangers from Birth.

During Twin Peaks: The Return, new episodes of Diane will appear on Libsyn 24 hours after UK broadcast.

Diane is baking extra content, including a video version of this episode, on Patreon. Go chuck a buck buck in the buck buck bucket, bucko!

Or just as welcome, please head over to iTunes and give us one of those fabulous Five Star Reviews. They make us flap like Dougie’s arms in the boudoir.

Enjoy a post-coital cigarette with Diane here on Mindless Ones Dot Com or come and abuse us on the abuse machine: @dianepodcast.

You can even go and see pics of cats dressed as Laura Palmer or whatever over on tumblr.

Welcome back to Diane.

Tonight Rosie, Adam and Mark find themselves lost in Part 7 of Twin Peaks, The Return, in which dog legs carry information, keys open questions, and continuity proves the terror of TV (just as much as comics)!

We discuss the narrative canvas, we bask in the warmth of Warren Frost, and we cock an ear at the resonant renaissance of magic at the Great Northern.

Ladies and gentlemen, don’t move, just listen closely.

Theme from Diane is by your boy Mass Roman of Strangers from Birth.

For the duration of Twin Peaks: The Return, recap episodes of Diane will probably appear on Libsyn about 24 hours~ after UK broadcast.

Diane is making extra stuff, including a video version of this episode, over on Patreon.

If you’re half as into this as we are, please head over to iTunes and give Diane that awesome Five Star Review! (Thanks for all those by the way – it’s ridic how happy they make us!)

You can chat with Diane here on everyone’s favourite website Mindless Ones Dot Com or no-one’s favourite website: @dianepodcast.

You can even lose your mind on our tumblr.

Welcome back to Diane.

Tonight Rosie, Adam and Bob discuss Part 6 of Twin Peaks The Return. We’ve already eaten one-third of this – excuse me – damn fine pie, and our stage is beginning to fill up. Death, the Devil and Dick Horne are our unwanted companions at this crossroads.

Join the crew as we chat about the vagaries of Vegas, a whole new kind of bob, and the insistent buzz of pain and suffering/sorrow*

(*Delete as applicable.)

We always wanted to be a blonde, ladies and gentlemen.

Theme from Diane is by Mass Roman of Strangers from Birth.

For the duration of Twin Peaks: The Return, recap episodes of Diane will appear on Libsyn around 24 hours after initial UK broadcast~.

Diane is making extra content for subscribers on Patreon.

If you dig Diane’s ‘do and want to pay her a gentle compliment, please head over to iTunes and give her a shiny new Five Star Review!

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You can even come and have a rumble on the tumblr.

Welcome back to Diane.

This week Rosie, Adam and Bob get the buzz for our second reaction show, where we offer our initial thoughts on Twin Peaks: The Return – Episodes three and four/Parts 3 & 4. This is a late posting. Sorry guys it’s all my fault. PART 5 IS TONITE!!

But tonight on Diane the world is full of Dale Coopers and all of them are trying to get home. His odysseys brings brings back some memories as we talk sapphires, steel, shoelessness, Babalon and Brando.

Ladies and gentlemen, we hate to admit it, but we don’t understand this situation at all. Do you understand it?

Theme from Diane is by the wonderful Mass Roman of Strangers from Birth. Cheers Mass, you make us what we are.

For the duration of Twin Peaks: The Return, recap episodes of Diane will appear on Tuesday or Wednesday on Libsyn.

Diane is making extra content which you can find on Patreon.

If you like what Diane does and want to say thanks, please head over to iTunes and give her a whopping Five Star Review!

You can chat to Diane here on the old Mindless Ones Dot Com or @dianepodcast.

You can come tumbl with her on tumblr. Please do so. You look nice, she says.

Diane: The Return

May 24th, 2017

Welcome back to Diane.

Join Rosie, Adam and Mark for the first of our reaction shows, where we offer our initial thoughts on Twin Peaks: The Return – Episodes one and two/Parts 1 & 2.

In this episode we try to embitter our excitement with a dash of critical distance, name the worms crawling through the resurrected body of the show, and ask just what it all means for the show’s life-after-life. In doing so, this is Diane, we will of course explore the liminal contours and magickal connections infesting our all-new-all-old favourite show.

Laura kept her promise. It’s been 25 years in the waiting room, but now it feels like the White Lodge is everywhere.

Twin Peaks is back. !hajulellaH

Theme from Diane is by the wonderful Mass Roman of Strangers from Birth. Cheers Mass, you make us what we are.

For the duration of Twin Peaks: The Return, recap episodes of Diane will appear on Tuesday or Wednesday on Libsyn.

Diane is making extra content which you can find on Patreon.

If you like what Diane does and want to say thanks, please head over to iTunes and give her a whopping Five Star Review!

You can chat to Diane here on the old Mindless Ones Dot Com or @dianepodcast.

You can come tumbl with her on tumblr. Please do so. You look nice, she says.

Next week: What’s in the box? Not that box.


Welcome to Diane… #28

Join Rosie, Adam and Bob as they prepare for the end of Mark Frost and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks episode 26. Only a few chapters of our story remain, and it’s time to get set up for the final drama.

Our guy Dick Tremayne gives us a course in oleaginous oenology, Windy Mearle goes arts & crafts, and Bobby is caught callow by word of Mike and Nadine’s super-duper sex life (unload the filth of your minds in the comments below).

Discover the meaning of faded donuts, beauty’s pageantry, and the naughtiness of Mr. Lynch – all and only in Diane 28.

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 Plant no tree sooner than the vine.

We’re heading towards the end, Season Three looms and it’s all getting very exciting. If you’re all abuzz too and want to use some of that spare energy productively, bounce on over to iTunes and give us a lovely five star review. To everyone who’s reviewed us so kindly already – thank you so much. It means a lot to us.

You can subscribe to Diane on iTunes (US or UK), and please follow the silliness on Twitter and Tumblr. New Dianes appear Wednesdays on Libsyn - and you can find the whole lot here with the megalomaniacal Mindless Ones.

Next episode: When big bodies align

PS: Image via Giphy.