…please see Dollmore’s recent additions to the clothing line for their 70 cm Model Doll [Frank’s body].
It’s summer time, and you know what that means?! It’s the season of sexual provocation, during which you reduce admirers to quivering lumps of admiration with your blatantly tantalizing and perfectly tailored wardrobe.
Catch everyone’s eyes with the Purity Dress set
[$109.00], which looks all nice and innocent… Then people come closer and realize that the asymmetrical hemline allows them to look quite close to your underwear and the included jacket has a hot, corset-like style. Why settle for just one aspect of ye olde Victorianne Madonna/whore dichotomy when, with this outfit, you can embody both at the same time?!
While we’re on the subject of making people’s brains explode, don’t forget another bewitching number, the White Lily set [$66.00]. Like the Purity Dress set, it appears to be all about virginal innocence, but it’s really all about SEX!! Really, now…what else do you have on your mind with nearly-transparent white layers and knee-high fishnets? [If you get a bit cold in all that white chiffon, put our white balloon sleeve T [$15.00] on backwards. You’ll keep your arms warm, and the keyhole design will show off your boobs.]
And, if you really want to mess with people’s heads, try the genteel gender-bending number, Woman in Black [$109.00]. Directly inspired by all those hot suits you see these days on the androgynous guys, Woman in Black is specifically tailored for your model-like form. So you can have all the power and dominance that come from the severity of a cool black suit, along with the fun that comes along from monkeying with people’s gender stereotypes. To add to the ambiguity, cut off the flower and ditch the pearls; substitute a tie instead, and let the fun begin.
When the sun sets, that’s when things just start to heat up. And that’s when you need some leather against your skin. Try our leather hot pants [$18.00] or our leather mini [$18.00]. You’ll look smoking, perfect for clubbing or streetwalking!
And don’t forget shoes. Basic black pumps [$38.00] project that perfect polished corporate image in the boardroom and go well with everything. By night, though, you want to achieve a more…ahem…intimidating look. So strap on the high style boots [$59.00] and kindle instant shoe fetishes in otherwise non-kinky people. Cat-o’-nine-tails and haughty look not included, but not that hard to achieve when you’re wearing shoes like this….
If I had to judiciously choose just a few pieces from the fabulous new line-up for Frank, I would select…
- Woman in Black [$109.00] for mix-‘n’-match purposes, not to mention genderfuck
- the bustier [$17.00] because it is all about the boobs!!!
- Long Cut boots [$55.00], not mentioned in the copy above, but more versatile than the aforementioned boots that go up to your doll’s crotch
Jareth is my portrait doll. Jennifer is my portable doll. Frank is clearly my clotheshorse doll. :p
Confidential to the people who are encouraging me to get Elfdoll Tiny Adel: You’re not helping my resolve! :p
In other news, I get pickier and pickier over my photos. Yesterday I happened to be waiting for the bus in Medford Square, right next to ye olde cemeterie of Medford, also known as Medford Burying Ground. Since the sun was setting, I hopped across the road to capture the bright light and long shadows. Continue reading Medford Burying Ground: not half bad with color either
Mara [rdwayneright] hosted a BJD meet at her swank Brockton pad this afternoon. We took over the meeting room at her condo with our dolls [about 11 owners, 2 or 3 dolls a piece and a few SOs = a lot of fun] and our potluck luncheon. Then we sat around for five hours to make pornographic jokes while swapping doll clothes and wigs and posing them in [compromising] situations. After that, we were all exhausted because playing with dolls sucks up your energy, but in that good way. :p Continue reading Boston Dollpa #1
Armeleia’s been working on thickening Frank’s neck. Here, as we can see, it’s too long, but it is finally the correct circumference. Continue reading Frank update: toward a more perfect neck
Sorry… You aren’t going to see it. Ever since I’ve been amassing a portfolio for my gallery show, I’ve been feeling awfully proprietary of my cemetery photos. I really doubt people would plagiarize them, but you never can be sure…which is why I keep the best ones on my hard drive.
Anyway, I took advantage of an incredibly sunny day yesterday to shoot some photos in King’s Chapel around noon. Though younger than the Granary across the way, King’s Chapel seems much less tended. Perhaps that’s because it’s on a downhill slope that makes the lowest part of the cemetery just a big leach field. Perhaps it’s because more of the stones were made of sandstone, which erodes easily. I think fewer people go to King’s Chapel, even though it, like the Granary, is on the heavily trafficked Freedom Trail, so people spend less time keeping it up.
They do have the best stone, though, right by the entrance. It’s an intricate carving in which a skeleton holds a spear and a candle snuffer, ready to extinguish the candle of life, which is sitting upon a globe. Behind the skeleton stands Father Time, an old bearded man, with his scythe. Unfortunately, you’re not going to see that either, at least not until I figure out how to manipulate the image so you can see all the detail in the carving. I promise I’ll show it to you, though. It’s impressive!
What you are going to see is a macro of a much longer epitaph on a woman’s grave, entitled Somebody Loved Her. I don’t think I need to explain the title. Continue reading The most beautiful skull in King’s Chapel
I finally put up all scans of the articles in the Realm gallery and linked the transcriptions to their associated galleries. I still have to put up the activity books and the longer programs up. Hurrah.
If you’ve been missing Laby humor, you can now get your fix, since I moved all the comics from the old location to the new one.
Next up: the parodies and the ephemera galleries. Ugh. The ephemera will take a long time. :p
…can be seen here. I enjoyed shooting this ep. Since it’s basically just a series of close-ups of dolls that, of course, don’t change expression, all the emotion is transmitted through the poses and the angles…and some minimal addition of closed eyelids [my one concession]. My favorite is the second picture of them lying together. They look so happy…but only for a moment. Stupid drama. :p
If any of you actually read this stuff, watch for cool changes on the (un)real life front. In an effort to extend the readership and general popularity, I’m changing the name, revamping [haw haw] the site, designing T-shirts [“This old thing? Oh, it’s for my Web comic…”] and trying to figure out how to promote it. I’m so excited about the new name. It sounds juicy and vampiric and kinky and looks good on T-shirts. It’s much more attention-getting than (un)real life, which is boring. I just have to figure out how to add another domain name onto my current package and re-route it to my actual site’s location.
In conclusion, the comic will go on hiatus while I work on overhauling it. We’ll pick back up in a few weeks. I’ll keep you updated, assuming I’m not just talking into a black hole…
I just got a chance to read the whole chapter, thanks to some creative messing around with Amazon’s “Search Inside the Book!” feature. See below for a summary. Continue reading Thoughts on aforementioned critical analysis of Labyrinth
Louisa Hammond, who I shall be forever grateful to because of this, mentioned that the book Braveheart and Broomsticks: Essays on Movies, Myths and Magic by Elycia Arendt, has a chapter all about Labyrinth!!
The chapter is called “The Feminine Spectatorship of Labyrinth on the Internet” and, according to my sources, deals with the sloploads of ooey-gooey “Jareth + Sarah = true lerve 4-ever” fan fiction. Apparently the author argues that these fan fiction rewrites foreclose on the feminist possibilities inherent in Labyrinth.
What a gas. Again Louisa makes my day. I simply must order a copy of this book when I have a spare moment.
Note to self: Look for other similar books mentioning L!!!
It’s been so brilliant and beautiful around here recently, with the sun and the forsythias shining yellowly. Tulips are pushing through the earth, purple and white, while yellow daffodils looks like little frilly teacups and saucers on green stems. Meanwhile, I realized that Jareth was still wearing a monochrome ensemble, so I decided to have Jennifer bug him about it. Continue reading Happy spring from the angstbusters!
For those who are curious, here is the unpainted head of Bella Auden, who sacrificed her body so that Frank could have one. Thank you to Armeleia who took les photos. Continue reading La tete de Bella Auden
The thoughtful and analytical Louisa Hammond just sent me 8 pages of her thoughts on Labyrinth. Thank you! I’m not going to quote her extensively because I don’t know if I have her permission, but I’d just like to paraphrase some of her ideas on certain topics because I think they are thought-provoking… Continue reading Labyrinth fans make my day! 😀 😀
In honor of the resurrection of spring and Jesus, here’s my favorite photo from Friday’s Granary shoot. Continue reading Happy (re)birthday!
Jennifer ran on ahead of me today and got lost in the Granary Burying Ground. When I found her, she dragged me on her own little tour. Continue reading Jennifer finds mermaids, bare boobs and mandalas in the Granary.
4/12 EDIT: Photos added. I enjoy photographing different dolls for different reasons. Continue reading Jareth the deformed
Cemeteries have a certain quiet power to them that I enjoy, especially the old ones like First Parish Cemetery in Cambridge, MA, where the earliest stones date from the 1680s. It looks like a lawn full of old grey rocks or a garden growing stone. It’s a perfect place to wander and muse in.
Bending a little closer to look at the tombstones, though, I’ll find messages from the past. Memento mori. Be mindful of death. Memento te esse mortalem. Remember that you are mortal.
Then it strikes me that I’m walking on history. The city I live in was built upon the bones of people who died generations ago. All that’s left of them now are the stories on their stones and the ground they have fertilized. Hundreds of years separate them and me, but I’m really not so far of them. Here there’s just six feet of earth between them and me.
I stand in the present, but, in the cemetery, I’m so close to the past. I can see its quiet shift and rot and spring in the sink of the muddy ground and the surge of the buds of the trees. I can read it in the faded Latin of the epitaphs. I can even touch it in the rough, rounded, worn edges of the tombstones. I feel more a part of history, more a part of time, here in the cemetery.
This is why I find cemeteries so beautiful: the close, poignant juxtaposition of life and death. First Parish may look like just a place full of old carvings, but it’s holy ground. Photos in regular light don’t bring out the striking power of the place. But draining the photos of color or inverting them does evoke a haunting starkness. And then you realize that the cemetery is indeed another world, at once foreign and familiar. Continue reading Inverted light in First Parish Cemetery
As you know if you follow this blog, Palisades Toys was planning to release a 12″ Jareth doll this month. But, as Raving Toy Maniac reports, Palisades Toys has been bought by Limited by CAS earlier this year. The status of unproduced stock, including the Jareth doll, is now uncertain. There is no news right now about whether the Jareth doll will be cancelled or produced. In any case, most Web shops have stopped pre-orders for this figure. I do hope that the Jareth doll is produced, even if it’s several months late. Anyway, watch this blog for news.
In other Realm news, I put up some more fan art by Melissa Findley, Joanna Oliver and me. My 2-D artistic skills really pale next to theirs.
I finished transferring the dolls gallery at Jareth’s Realm. I also started adding illustrations [screen caps with snarky comments] to essays in the Jareth category. Gawd DAYUM…I must have a book’s worth of material up on that site, accumulated over 10 years of ranting.
At today’s Burlington doll club, I brought a sampling of my 1:6 smorgasbord and held a picnic for Jennifer and Rosa’s Elfdolls. [Of course, none of the cute picnic ended up in my final selection of photos, since I’m very picky about which ones I post.] The Elfdoll with the larger eyes is Dodo. The one with the red hair is Adel. I don’t know what Rosa named them, but I got some size comparison shots of them with Jennifer and with Jareth. I also tried on at least 10 wigs on Jennifer. Which ones do you think flatter her? Continue reading Wigs for Jennifer / Elfdoll infestation
(un)real life 5.6, “Exhortation,” is up. You get to see a bit more of what Will does as the high and mighty Webmaster of lesbovamps.com. Disappointingly enough, his activities don’t differ that much from those of your average editor, despite the unusual contents of the site. His fights with freelancers are just an exaggerated version of stories that I’ve heard circulate in my years in the publishing industry. It’s pretty mundane, actually, much to Will’s disappointment [he was hoping for more hot undead girl-on-girl action].
Today’s word of the day is for Ashbet, who likes pomegranates. The word “pomegranate” comes from Continue reading Pomegranates, porn and a pain in the ass
EDIT: Link to Louisa’s picture fixed. More fan art, a quick Jareth sketch by Jamie Mckiernan and some detailed Photoshop pictures by Louisa Gallie, up in the gallery. Louisa’s painting, Jareth and Sarah, is the best piece of fan art I have ever seen. She captures accurate likenesses of both characters with smooth, fine strokes, puts them in dynamic and expressive positions and suffuses the whole picture with a combination of romance and realism. I want to frame it! Go see it…NOW!
Ever since I mentioned making a wig for Jennifer out of plastic wrap, yarn and glue, some people have wondered exactly how I did it. Here are step by step instructions to making a fast and functional yarn wig for your doll. No pictures yet, but maybe soon. Please note that the finished product is neither neat nor professional, so feel free to modify the sucker if you want to improve it. Continue reading Fast and functional wig making
Brittany Henry’s dramatic sketches, as well as an imaginative and striking black-and-white print of Jareth, Sarah and Toby, are the latest additions to the fan art gallery.
Also I started putting up the gallery of Labyrinthian dolls, starting with a Jareth doll that I customized about five years ago. Holy cannoli, what an atrocious paint job! Happily, my skills have marginally improved with time.
(un)real life 5.5, “Elucidation,” is up. I’m particularly proud of this ep because of the photo montages and manipulation involved. The pomegranate superimposed on the fire isn’t that technically advanced, but the “snow” filter on Muriel with the ice sheet in the background looks cool.
I also really like Muriel. She comes across as bossy, pissy and snappy, but I think of her more sympathetically as Anneka’s counterpart 100 years earlier. She’s so sharp and frustrated because she had very little place to develop herself when she was alive, and, now that she’s dead, all she does is hang around. For a smart, adventurous, kinky person like Muriel, watching life, rather than participating in it, constitutes the worst sort of hell. Too bad she’s dead dead dead [as opposed to Anneka and Will, who are just dead dead]. I sort of want to bring her back and let her cross
blades paths with Anneka and Will s’more.
P.S. The word of the day is asphyxiophilia, which means the sexual practice of inducing arousal through partial, threatened or full asphyxiation, either by one’s own hand [bonus phrase: autoerotic asphyxia] or by another’s.
P.P.S. Though we usually think of asphyxiation as stopping someone’s breath, the origin of the word actually means “stopping the pulse.” Check this out. “Asphyxia” comes from the Greek prefix “a-,” meaning “without,” and the Greek noun “sphuxis,” meaning “heartbeat.” Literally, it is “the state of being without a heartbeat.”
P.P.P.S. Do you think the word “asphyxiation” is onomatopoetic?
EDIT: Fan drawings gallery done! I discovered the joys of Coppermine. Now I’m adding all the galleries to Jareth’s Realm at its new location [a Coppermine photo gallery], fan drawings first. Check back frequently, as I’m breaking this tedious task into chunks over the next few weeks.
Inspired by my cemetery notes to myself, Jareth and Jennifer were talking this evening. Now presenting your USRDA of angst-free entertainment! Continue reading Jareth, Jennifer and the bad puns
Granary Burial Ground: Find stone with mermen and frogs. Take good pictures.
King’s Chapel Cemetery: Take good photos of the Death / Father Time stones with globe and candle.
Mount Auburn Cemetery: Go with Steph!
The only one in Somerville: Show people peeking through the bars [even if we can’t get in].
Forest Hills: Probably with Jennifer, since the high surveillance gets suspicious about people carrying around big dolls and cameras.
That one in Arlington on Broadway: Walk there some sunny weekend.
Ones in Salem: Find stones associated with witchcraft trials.
Mountain View: Find dolphins, elephants and other unusual animals. Do an “animal tour?”
Essex Common: Hands, wrought-iron fences. Continue reading Cemeteries + dolls
Like the subject line says, the Doll More Bella Auden body hit the States yesterday. Armeleia took several photos, notable for the alarming skinniness of the Bella neck, especially in comparison with the extremely broad Yukinojo head. Pre-op photos [appropriate for April Fool’s] below. Continue reading Frank’s body arrived at Armeleia’s!
You’d never know it, but Jareth, Frank [not here right now] and Jennifer act out some of the heaviest dramas when they’re in my head [running around in my thoughts, as opposed to doll form]. When they get out into the resin, though, they show their playful sides…like tonight. I really like the first shot for its forced perspective. Continue reading Jennifer hat sitting
Jareth and Jennifer have been hanging out ever since Jennifer’s arrival, but this is their first photostory together. You get to learn more about Jennifer’s personality. Jareth tried to keep her from messing up the nice frilly outfit I put her in, but she went ahead and climbed trees anyway. Sheesh! Shots of unreasonably stubborn and athletic characters follow. Continue reading Jennifer up a tree