Art from Queer Content for the MELT Festival, Brisbane

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Brisbane celebrates queer culture with the annual MELT Festival, which brings together cabaret, art exhibitions, and comedy. The Brisbane Powerhouse expressed the best summary of the festival core message:

“Brisbane’s LGBTI+ voice is loud and clear, bursting with pride, humour, humanity, and rebellion. The community is bounding towards equality in many vital aspects of life and MELT is a vehicle for these leaps.”
Brisbane Powerhouse

Queer Content is a Brisbane based Zine and blog that collects diverse and powerful content that celebrates the diversity.

They also feature original artwork, created by writer and artist Wolfram-Jaymes VonKeesing. Their entry for Melt festival captures the diversity and punk side of the queer community, alongside the jovial, Australia culture, expressed through the native Lorikeet and Galah birds.

You can find more Queer Content on their tumblr blog page, and Etsy store.

Queer Content is running a crowdfunding campaign for travel to the Festival of the Photocopier in Melbourne, Australia. If you’d like to support an independent artist, their YouCaring page has more information.

The Netherworld Arcade and Bar in Brisbane – Opening Night

A journey to the Netherworld evokes a feeling of transgression, and crossing over into a underworld carnival. A cursory internet search show the concept of a Hellmouth emerged from European myth coming into contact with early Christian faith, and has charged into pop-culture namely through Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but also in the name of a hardcore punk band.

Brisbane’s new arcade bar and diner Netherworld touches just a little on this history, certainly creating a thrilling space with darker artwork, but the new establishment comes from a place of passion and thoughtfulness. A love of gaming, community, and creativity is alive in this space..

There are collections of pinball machines around the wide and welcoming bar entrance. One or two arcade cabinets wait here, but they’re just representatives from a much larger arcade space two rooms away from the bar. Moving past the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cabinet on the edge of the bar space, and into the centre of Netherworld is the Hellmouth diner, from which you can see the electric, stimulant arcade room. If the Hellmouth diner is the heart of Netherworld, the Pinball Bar and Arcade room are the left and right brain. Logic and coordination, creativity and passion run through this place.

I enjoyed being here on the opening night. The heart and thought really shines through. I enjoyed seeing the mural depicting a legion of eldritch creatures that could have walked out of a Lovecraft short story. It’s another key detail, showing the thought that has gone into this space. The bar selection was also excellent, and I ‘m looking forward to trying out the menu when I return.

Tropes and Television at the Brisbane Writers Festival, 2016

Tropes are broad literary motifs and symbols, but they can also refer to ongoing and recognisable cliches and patterns that readers and other audiences can pick up on and,  possibly, glean an idea of where a story is going, or how a character arc might resolve.

Trope patterns might explicitly outline what to expect in a story. A man in a dark coat obscured in shadow means mystery and danger. The colour red invoked passion, particularly when it’s the colour of a long, evening gown. These two examples are the Trenchcoat brigade or Lady in Red respectively.

Some Tropes don’t describe specific character design, but instead build narrative, or form a coherent and believable world. When subverted, the surprise can be enough to make a story or character resonate in pop-culture.

A generation growing up with television programs is one of the reasons why tropes and television are important to look into.

The event coordinators at the Brisbane Writers Festival in 2016 are aware of this significant change in culture as a younger generation comes of age.

On Sunday, September 11 2016, the festival scheduled held a discussion as a part of their program; Everything I Know, I Learned From Television.

Master of Ceremonies Sophie Overett asked the three speakers to name examples of several pop-culture tropes.

Here’s what Alexei Sayle (Actor in Indiana Jones and the last crusade, author of Barcelona Plates), Caroline Kepnes (Author of Hidden Bodies and You), and Mark Fennel (SBS program The Feed, author of Planet According to the Movies) had to say on each point.

Going by numbers, Caroline is one, Mark two, and Alexei number three:

  • Evil is Sexy
    1. Dylan McKay from Beverly Hills: 90210
    2. Heather Locklear’s entire career
    3. Lord Petyr Baelish from A Game of Thrones
  • Forgotten Accent
    1. Ewan McGregor in any film not set in Scotland
    2. Any non-Bostonian attempting a Boston accent
  • The Unwitting Instigator of Doom
    1. Homer Jay Simpson of The Simpsons (The panel agreed unanimously)
  • Shouldn’t We Be In School  Right Now?
    1. The Cast of 7th Heaven
    2. The Cast of Buffy The Vampire Slayer
    3. The Cast of Twilight
  • Hands-Off Parenting
    1. Roseanne from the Sitcom of the same name (another complete agreement across the panel)
  • No Fourth Wall
    1. Carrie Bradshaw from Sex in the City
    2. The voices and animation of Family Guy
    3. Ferris Bueller from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
    4. Honourable mention – Snowy the Dog from The Adventures of Tin Tin.
  • A Very Special Episode
    1. Episodes of Saved by the Bell.

Have the panel missed any more good examples? Do you agree with the choices? What tropes are in some of these shows? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Pokemon visits Wallflyer’s hometown! Nintendo Regional Video Game Championship 2015

It’s morning here in Australia, and the Pokemon Regional Championship has started its journey. Brisbane is the first place Nintendo is stopping on its regional journey. Up next is Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Auckland, and Adelaide.

The Tournament

The big change, which the MC hosting the event is speaking about as I write this post, is this is the first time that Nintendo is using the Swiss Pairings System, which is more complex than past tournaments.

In this system, each player has a rank or score based on their past record of wins and losses.

Every round in the tournament pairs together players with similar scores. This way, each round of the tournament has the most successful players squaring off against each other, with competition becoming more distinct as the more successful players are matched up. What’s different, compared to elimination systems, is that each player battles each round until the finals:

The last round has the most successful players of the day battling against each other.

The Big Screen

Nintendo representatives will chosen two players at random to battle on the big screen. At the top of the room, battles held up on the stage will definitely be an exciting event each round.

The crowd reaction when the MC announced the big screen events was a wave of anticipation and louder, fast conversation.

Live Tweet

I’ll be live tweeting for some of the tournament online: @wallflyerwriter on twitter.com

Also look out for my review of Saga #27 later today.