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The Order of Oddfish

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Odd-Fish video and cover art!

September 14, 2012

During the summer I tried to spend as much time as possible away from the Internet. Writing was heavy and blogging was light! That’s the way it should be! But autumn is here, and soon the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, and so now bloggery shall resume in full force. (Next week I’ll talk about the screenings that have been added to the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival in Tacoma, Portland, and St. Louis.)

To tide you over in the meantime, I’d like to quickly share two pieces of Order of Odd-Fish fan art I’d recently received. Above is a great recreation of the hardback cover of Odd-Fish by Jess Janisse. Quite impressively accurate, all the way down to Lily Larouche’s biscuit-sword and the jeweled eyes of the Odd-Fish ring! Thanks, Jess!

This next one is a video by my old friends Chloe Levine, Joy, and Amanda at Brooklyn Friends School. It’s rather epic at almost nine minutes. It reminds me of movies-based-on-books I made in high school. (Actually, it’s better. I’ll always remember when we tried to make a Beowulf-by-way-of-Kids in the Hall epic, and only after the shooting was done did we realize the camera got held in a different orientation for almost every shot: some shots were upside-down, others were tilted ninety degrees to the left, others tilted to the right . . . )

This is better! It’s an appreciation of The Order of Odd-Fish done in the style of a TV talk show. We get to meet Lily Larouche, Oona Looch, the All-Devouring Mother, Sefino (complete with antennae and monocle), and Ethelred the ostrich (played by a bunch of feather dusters who bursts into singing Justin Bieber, and turns into a girl dancing with a dust mop for about a minute or so . . . ). There’s an intriguing flirtatiousness between the host of the show and Lily Larouche. There’s a commercial for Ken Kiang’s villainous services and for Oona Looch’s place (“We’ll give you soup and beverages. Yah! Boy! Another drink? Yeah so, we’ll give you soup sometimes … You’re family at Oona Looch’s until we kill you”). I enjoyed it. Thanks, Brooklyn Friends School!