Jayne Mansfield you are this month’s Wo(man) of the Moment!
Jayne Mansfield has always been one of my icons because she alway lived her life to the fullest! One of my favorite movies that she starred in was “The Girl Can’t Help It” directed by Frank Tashlin.
Jayne was never scare to show off her assets and her personality. Even a simple trip to the supermarket was over the top! She believed that everywhere she went was a photo opt for the press.
And it was no secret that her favorite color was pink. That color explains her personality perfectly because pink is a very loud color and it tends to stand out. One of my favorite houses ever is Jayne Mansfield house. She referred it as her “Pink Palace.” And everything was cover in pink or red.
Even her car was pink!
In learning about Jayne’s life and watching her movies she kind of taught me a bit about life. You must live it loud and live life well. If you love the color pink than there is no use in hiding it you gotta flaunt it! Just be real and be who you are.
Congrats Jayne on being this month’s WO(man) of the moment!!
I have a certain flash of a memory of something that happen to me when I was around this age. It was around Christmas. I had to hear it from my mom a couple of years ago for it to somewhat click in my head for me to remember a bit more.
My mom told me once when I was six that she took me to the grocery store and I was bugging her if I could to see the cartoons on the cereal boxes ( I thought they were pieces of art) and she getting a laundry list of fruits and vegetables said fine. I think it was mostly because she knew I would bug her until she said yes so to save her a lot of work and frustration and it being two aisles over. She thought it would not be too far off for me to go and she can get what she needed in peace. I wasn’t aware at the time while I was walking over there that I was being watched. I remember going to the cereal aisle and looking at the boxes then I remember a tall man with dark hair and glasses coming up to me. I really do not remember what he talk to me about. I just remember my mom coming a couple of minutes later and a bit of there conversation.
He told my mom that I had such beautiful skin like a porcelain doll and asked how many kids she had. My mom said three. I remember him saying well three sounds like a handful and handed my mom a business card and if she ever needed to give me up he would adopt me. My mom took the card and just laughed. I don’t remember any other conversation after that or if my mom every told my dad what happened.
I considered jewelry a form of expression. Either to express ” I love you”, a certain celebration like a birthday or a birth of a child. Jewelry has been a popularity item to give as a gift and as a status symbol. Little did I realized that jewelry can also mean a symbol of death.
Over a decade a ago I was taking an American history course and the teacher was covering a small chapter on Victorian Mourning Rituals. (Which I am not going to lie I really wanted him to go more into detail than only one class!) He mentioned that Victorians had a huge fascination with death and how they grieved was an interesting process. Death was a common factor during the Victorian period and it was very rare for someone to live past the age of 45. This was mostly due to Europe being in constant war and if there was lucky enough to survive war then many diseases such as smallpox, cholera, and scarlet fever would mostly take them in.
However one person in particular during this time made grieving a fashion statement.
Queen Victoria was the Queen of Ireland and the United Kingdom from 1837-1876 and had one great love in her life; her husband Prince Albert . So when he passed away in 1861 she went into a long state of depression for almost four decades until her own death. During her long state of mourning she wore nothing but black dresses and tiny pieces of jewelry with small paintings of Prince Albert on them.
Queen Victoria was so well respected among her court and also was a public figure she quietly turned her visible grief into a fashion statement until her death in 1876. Anyone with any kind of nobility started commissioning artists to painted tiny pictures on rings, earrings, lockets, bracelets and necklaces of there dearly parted.
Lockets were sometimes had a dual use of having the parted person on one side and a lock of hair on the other side. Also Hair pins with love ones lock of hair was very popular. Many Victorians believed that keeping a locket of hair from a deceased loved one meant that the spirit of that person was still a part of them and also meant that a piece of them was immortal if contained in a piece. Certain metals and materials and metals that were used in this fashion statement were onyx, pearls, black enamel, bog oak and dark tortoise shell. Some metals had certain themes for example if white enamel was used it means that that person was grieving a death of a child or an unmarried women.
So much death facing many Victorians of that era having these pieces of jewelry brought them some comfort. And many of them especially women wore these pieces like badges of honor. Even though that person is physically past and gone. The spirit an memory will forever be remember on a piece of jewelry.
Hello and welcome this week’s installment of Welcome to the Insta-hood! This week’s spotlight is on IG account: @savageswordofconan (Manny)
Tell me a little about yourself.”My name is Manny, I live in Florida. I’ve been collecting comics, movies, and records from a very young age. It’s entirely possible that if I focused my energies elsewhere I could’ve been a doctor or lawyer. After all, if I can remember the intricacies of ‘80s X-Men story lines then I’m sure I could’ve remember how many bones are in the human body (206 – I checked on Google!).
I currently work at a record store. I had an “adult” job for years but left, finding that less money but less stress is better than no free time, heavy anxiety, and a few extra dollars. I also have a beautiful black cat named FauxFaux that I love very much. “
What made you want to start this IG account? “”I grew up with Conan comics. My father was a hippie and read Savage Sword of Conan, Heavy Metal, The Hulk comic magazine, Howard the Duck, Fangoria, Starlog, and so forth. He kept them in the closet in an old bag and I would grab them out all the time, perusing the pages like a fiend. Honestly, those comics and magazines were my introduction to nudity and violence.
At Free Comic Book Day in 2017 I scored a giant stash of Savage Sword issues for dirt cheap. After reading through them I looked to see if there was an Instagram about Conan and the name SavageSwordofConan was free so I grabbed it. I really had no idea anybody would care and figured about 300 people would pay attention. Surprisingly, this wasn’t the case.
I keep doing it because it’s fun and gives me a reason to sit down and read and flip through a bunch of Conan comics on a regular basis. Instagram is the only social media platform I really care for. These content driven accounts remind me of fanzines and I used to make those when I was younger (don’t ask the names because I won’t tell) so this seems like a natural extension, where I can do this with my digital devices and a stack of comic books. Since the account has gained attention I’ve tried to use the Story feature to publicize artistic endeavors by my friends and others that I respect and admire, whether it’s other IG accounts, art shows, punk shows, or whatever else. It seems like the logical thing to do, aside from posting dope pictures of Conan comics.
Can you talk a little about your Conan collection? “Most of my collection consists of Savage Sword issues. I need about 30 issues of SSoC and Savage Tales. Unfortunately, that includes Savage Tales #1, Savage Sword #1, and Savage Sword #235, which is quite expensive because so few were printed. I just started grabbing issues of Conan the Barbarian, adding to my meager, but growing, collection of those (I have almost 50 according to my CLZ app). I have the Blu-Rays for all the films and the soundtracks on vinyl. One of my favorite acquisitions is a record from the ‘70s featuring L. Sprague de Camp reading two Conan tales (The Curse of the Monolith and The Bloodstained God). It was advertised in the back of Savage Sword issues and it came into my job in a used record collection a while back. I grabbed it pretty quickly.
What is your top three favorite Conan comic covers/images and why?”There are three that my father had which stand out and had a gigantic impact on me: #42 by Bob Larkin, John Buscema’s cover for the Marvel Super Special #2, which is from the first full-color Savage Sword issue, and #5 by Boris Vallejo. These were the issues I’d go back to habitually. Issue 42 was my introduction to nudity (Chabela) and that issue has Conan fighting against man eating plant monsters and saving the day. As a very young child, seeing this had a gigantic impact on me and that entire story arc is still one of my favorites (Conan the Buccaneer).
The Super Special issue was my father’s favorite. Once, he caught me reading it and instead of punishing me started talking about how it was his favorite and why. His was quite beat up and falling apart but I would still become fixated with that one. The wraparound cover is still one of my favorites.
Issue 5 has the iconic cover with Conan crucified. The story is an adaptation of A Witch Shall Be Born, which is probably my favorite of Howard’s Conan tales. The cover, the story, and the loose adaptation of that moment in the Conan the Barbarian film had an impact on me as a kid. It is absolutely brutal.
Which Conan comic has the most sentimental value for you and why? “I would have to say my copy of issue 42 and probably my copy of issue 5. Those both belonged to my father. I don’t have many of his issues anymore, or really many things that belonged to him, but I still have those. My copy of issue 5 has water damage and is definitely a reader copy but I won’t part with it. I still haven’t even grabbed another copy of that. Then again, I also haven’t run across one in the wild. “
If you like to know more about Manny please refer to this IG account: @savageswordofconan
Over the past couple of months a lot of things have happened that seemed more apparent to me that if I didn’t trust my gut I would still be having an internal issue with my brain. My brain has always been my voice of reason however paranoia and self doubt on my decisions took over. What would of taken me days to figure out with my brain made me doubt myself more. Mostly because my brain takes over with all of these buts or what if. Which makes my decision even if it was firm in the first place become spotty.
But my gut feeling on things have been more on lately. My dreams seem to play out what my gut has felt about things or is feeling. So after coming to terms with my dreams following my gut I decided then and there that my gut feeling is not off.
With so many retrogrades happening lately and people’s feelings and moods have been off. Listen to your gut. Mediate, spend some time resting and focusing on yourself. I know it’s been hard for a lot of people but being the end of summer soon it’s take to take a mental vacation! Your gut will thank you later.
Hello everyone! With a new month come new pre-orders in horror, foreign, and classic movies.
Here are some preorders I am definitely looking forward to!
William Castle at Columbia Volume One- (Powerhouse Films. Release date is October 22, 2018)- William Castle is one of my favorite directors. He was such a showman in producing, directing and getting his movies across a lot of US screens. So I am definitely looking forward to this box set and the volume two when that comes out as well.
Candyman ( ArrowVideo. Released date is October 29,2018) – Arrow Video is one of my preferred movie companies. Mainly because they do such an amazing job with there transfers of movies, additional extras and supplements to there movies. I mean just by the picture look at all the amazing extras that come with this release!:
City of the living dead (ArrowVideo)- This movie has one of my favorite soundtracks. I always recommend people who want to watch a Lucio Fulci to watch this movie first to see how well they can tolerate all of the gore in it! And what a better way to watch it then with this version!
The Critters Collection (Shout Factory Released Date November 28 2018)- to be honest I have only watched the first Critters movie. But theses guys are really cute and scary I am willing to watch the rest of the collection just to see what rampage of cute terror they will unleash!
Maniac (Blue Underground Release date November 2018)- This is one of my favorite movies but I actually don’t own it. Yes I was little surprised at myself as well when I realized that fact! In any case it is better late then never considering that this version has all of these amazing extras such as a bonus cd of the soundtrack and a new 4K restore version of this movie.