Movies: 5 Animated Films To Watch on a Lazy Sunday

Cartoons aren’t just for kids. If you still think that animation isn’t made for adults too, just spend an hour watching South Park, Family Guy or Rick & Morty episodes and you’ll quickly get the gist. People have been making animations and comic strips for adults as well as children since the start of entertainment. You can see examples in early cinema, Victorian magazines and of course, comic books!

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#IndieLove: 8 Stunning Spirited Away Fan Art Creations on Etsy

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I’ve always been a fan of animation and the types of stories generally told via cartoons. I collected manga when I was at school, favouring kawaii creations like Chobits and Fruit Baskets. Whilst my mother collected horror manga and nasty Asian revenge films (you know the types!) and Neil Gaiman graphic novels. I dipped into anime via the Animatrix and Yoshitako Amano’s artwork for Vampire Hunter D, but it wasn’t until Spirited Away was first released in cinemas that I discovered Studio Ghibli. I’ll no doubt do these lists for the other films from this legendary Japanese animation studio, but I thought considering my back story this was a good place to start.

Here are my picks of some of my favourite Spirited Away fan art items that you can buy on Etsy. Remember, when you shop with an indie maker or creator, you’re helping dreams come true rather than funding a massive corporation that wouldn’t even notice if you stopped buying from them. Right now is probably the worst time to be a creative business it is hard to survive, so if you value art, music, fashion or anything else that requires artists or creator to function (so nearly everything) consider shopping with independent businesses or directly with local (or international) artisans instead next time you shop.

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Style for Fangirls of All Sizes: Her Universe

Ok, so the last few blog are clearly indicating to you my love for geekdom and style combined. I like nice clothes, jewellery, make up and shoes but I don’t dig the mainstream offerings for many reasons. Today I wanted to highlight a brand that I only recently stumbled back upon that I reckon a good handful of my readers will appreciate as much as I do. Introducing to you, maybe for the first time, Her Universe, fangirl apparel for all shapes, sizes and styles.

Left: Star Wars C3PO Embroidered Jacket, Right: Guardians of the Galaxy Nebula Dress

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#IndieLove: 8 Twin Peaks Inspired Gifts & Accessories

Can you believe that I only started watching Twin Peaks properly this year? Despite been a film and TV nerd for my entire life and spending 3 years studying the subject at Leeds Uni, I somehow, managed to miss out on this hype. I think I tried to watch the first episode a few times and just did not get it. I’m older and wiser and more widely watched (is that a phrase? Like widely read?) Miz and I thought we’d try it again. LOVED IT! We’re not fully up to date just yet, but well on our way through Season 3, special shout out awesome artist pal AlabamaThirteen for subliminally promoting David Lynch to me via her Instagram over the years.

Anyway, with a Twin Peaks vibe in mind, I hope you’re enjoy my Etsy Edit of some of the damn fine stuff you can buy from indie makers and creators. Let me know if you’ve spotted something else cool, I’ve always loved finding new small businesses to support. By the way, this edit is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to incredible Twin Peaks inspired creations on Etsy, so beware, you may spend hours browsing like I did.

Twin Peaks Sheriff Department Beanie Hat from YouCantGoBack £14.99, Hand Knitted Pie Sweater from VidaKnitworks £163, Women of Twin Peaks Illustrated T-Shirt by ThatSparrowBoy £20, Hand Embroidered Red Room Brooch by ZeliaJones £27, Made to Order Red Room Chevron Skirt by EmeraldAngel £70, Damn Fine Coffee Wooden Brooch by Kate’s Little Store £20, Leo Johnson Party Card by Rattycatcat £3.50, Hand Knitted Chevron Bobble Hat by knittingfromthevoids £20.

Remember, when you buy from a small business or indie maker or creator you’re funding dreams and not greed. To continue to enjoy awesome art and creativity on all platforms, we need to be willing to fund it. So if you see something you love, shout about it, help a small business owner do a happy dance today.

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The Best Films I’ve Watched So Far This Year (Without Spoilers)

Did you know that I have a degree in Cinema, Photography & Television? Yes, I know it probably wasn’t the smartest move, it allowed me to join the crowd of a gazillion other people working in marketing who did creative degrees and are now not doing that much creative stuff anymore, hey if you’re in the same boat!

If you want to be creative, just be creative, you don’t need a qualification in that, you just need practise and passion. Anyway, due to society that degree makes me officially qualified to write this article, as if my opinion wasn’t valid otherwise, le sigh. There’s SO much crap coming out of the big budget film industry, so I’d like to take some time to highlight some less obvious film choices that I loved and that you might dig too.

Remember also, if you love any art form (music, art, film, writing…etc.) you need to publicly support it and fund it to keep it going. Being a creative on any level is becoming increasingly difficult as time goes on and society starts to value cheap commodities over life enriching content, it’s quite sad. Remember that when you have to choose between a night out drinking at your local ‘spoons or paying a fiver to see some local bands. You can get pissed or you can help fund some hard working artists. Your choice, of course.

Anyway, back to the point. Here’s some of my film highlights of the year so far, I hope to write more content like this as the feeling captures me. Film has always been a massive passion of mine, so it’s been weird that I haven’t ever shared it much. Let me know if you watch any of these and if you can recommend anything that we actually haven’t already seen. Good luck with that, we watch a lot of films. Oh, and a tip: if you can watch a new film without reading too much about it or watching the trailer, you’ll have a way more interesting experience! Social media has spoiled so many great things for me by over-communicating essential things like plots and twists, which is why I’ve kept this article simple and spoiler free.

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