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So... Kirk/Spock slash fiction may be nothing new, but did you ever think about the fan art? (not really safe for work - or eyeballs)
posted by BlackLeotardFront (49 comments total)
 
I would have sought out and posted highlights, but I'm in a coffee shop and I don't need this hot barista thinking I'm... well, homotreksual.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 10:06 PM on March 3, 2006


you should be banned for making that pun
posted by jonson at 10:21 PM on March 3, 2006


Are you new? Did you just get to the internets yesterday?

This stuff has been around for as long as the fic, passed around under the tables at conventions for as long as fandom nerds gathered.

Star Trek. Sheesh. Old school. Try plugging Harry Potter and fanart into Google. Or the other 'new' fandom seems to be Stargate: Atlantis.
posted by FunkyHelix at 10:21 PM on March 3, 2006


Photoshop in the wrong hands is a dangerous thing
posted by delmoi at 10:23 PM on March 3, 2006


This should keep you busy for a while. They actually do the manips on the computer, print them and then use pastels and paints to touch it up and then rescan.
posted by FunkyHelix at 10:27 PM on March 3, 2006


Look, funkyhelix. We all know this shit isn't new. It's the first thing I say. I just wanted to post the gallery in case there are people who don't go to star trek conventions and collect slash fan art.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 10:30 PM on March 3, 2006


I'm 99.99% sure that Kirk/Spock was the origin of slash.

Despite knowing this, I am not clicking on any of these links. Is this really a mefi post? I mean, I know everyone yells 'Fark!' at every other FPP, but, seriously guys, we should at least try for some sort of standards, sometimes.
posted by blacklite at 10:32 PM on March 3, 2006


Jesus H. Christ on a crutch. What the hell is wrong with these people?!
posted by illiad at 10:43 PM on March 3, 2006


I guess I should mention that I think it's a special kind of weird. I know this isn't some life-changing post, I just wanted to throw this out there so people knew iti was there. I didn't just want to have a little point-and-laugh session. And Blacklite, you're right - in the article it says that the / in "Kirk/Spock" gave rise to "slash" fiction as opposed to the more benign "Kirk AND Spock" fiction.

And that's a live one you got there, funkyhelix...
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 10:46 PM on March 3, 2006


I just wanted to post the gallery in case there are people who don't go to star trek conventions and collect slash fan art.

You could make a similar case for posting a Hello Kitty gallery. But please don't.
posted by George_Spiggott at 10:46 PM on March 3, 2006


I just wanted to post the gallery in case there are people who don't go to star trek conventions and collect slash fan art.

Actually, this kind of stuff is why I don't go to conventions and collect slash fan art. Yeesh.
posted by me & my monkey at 10:48 PM on March 3, 2006


You could make a similar case for posting a Hello Kitty gallery. But please don't.

For a split second, I resolved that sentence as a reference to Hello Kitty slash art. I was really afraid I was going to have to dig out my eyes or something.
posted by verb at 10:56 PM on March 3, 2006


This completely cracked me up. But then, I do own "The Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy" on vinyl.

I was sitting in a Seattle Starbucks when I read your Starbucks comment. Eeeeeerie.
posted by onegreeneye at 11:10 PM on March 3, 2006


I've encountered Alexander Graham Bell/Watson slashfic.

"Cum here Watson. I need you!" indeed.
posted by sourwookie at 11:25 PM on March 3, 2006


Hell, let's work this stream'o'consciousness: Who's up for some Watson and Crick slashfic?
posted by sourwookie at 11:28 PM on March 3, 2006


Ooh! Can I be Rosalind Franklin?
posted by arcticwoman at 11:43 PM on March 3, 2006


I guess I should mention that I think it's a special kind of weird.

I liked it well enough, even if I'd seen K/S pictures before. I rather enjoyed the Spock vampire drawing... if only it had been Count Spockula and Kirkenstein, with perhaps Khan as the wolf-man.

Who's up for some Watson and Crick slashfic?

Make it 3-way with Rosalind Franklin, for great justice.

Who's up for different-versions-of-the-Doctor slashfic?
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 11:43 PM on March 3, 2006


CURSE YOU ARCTIC WOMAN!
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 11:45 PM on March 3, 2006


I out-geeked you Xenophobe!
posted by arcticwoman at 11:46 PM on March 3, 2006


Who's up for some Watson and Crick slashfic?

Think you're unique, do you?
posted by booksandlibretti at 12:08 AM on March 4, 2006


Slash art of Kirk and Spock at a Rennaisance fair. That pretty much hits the dweeb trifecta doesn't it?
posted by brundlefly at 12:28 AM on March 4, 2006


For a split second, I resolved that sentence as a reference to Hello Kitty slash art.

Seen it, in all truth. I'm unlikely to find it again - my rotten.com years are behind me - but I have in fact seen Hello Kitty slash art.

The best of all time though has to have been the (text) Airwolf slashfic. Nothing will ever top that.
posted by Ryvar at 1:14 AM on March 4, 2006


KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHNNNNNNNN!!!!!!
posted by blue_beetle at 1:38 AM on March 4, 2006


I just don't get it, really I don't. I mean, even barring the sexual preference issue, neither of them were ever really all that attractive anyway. Why would someone obsess over them?
posted by nightchrome at 1:52 AM on March 4, 2006


you'll never know, nightchrome.

and that's what makes it so hot.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 2:09 AM on March 4, 2006


BLF: Um, okay.
posted by nightchrome at 3:20 AM on March 4, 2006


Of course you know that Kirk/Spock slash material just isn't right without proper musical accompaniment.
posted by insomnia_lj at 4:36 AM on March 4, 2006


I'll admit it: I had no idea about any of this. And I was both laughing and confused while merely reading the wiki. By the time I clicked on "Spock with rose in his teeth," I couldn't see straight. Thanks, BLF, I haven't laughed that hard in a while.
posted by toma at 4:44 AM on March 4, 2006


I'm 99.99% sure that Kirk/Spock was the origin of slash.

Yes. Comes from late 70's Science Fiction Fanzines, started as "Kirk/Spock story", which, spoken aloud, was "Kirk slash Spock", shortend in fannish jargon to Slash.

Now generic. It's odd to think of the word being new in any way -- it was an established part of the language in SF fandom in 1980.
posted by eriko at 5:52 AM on March 4, 2006


Jesus H. Christ on a crutch. What the hell is wrong with these people?!

Yeah!! It just ain't natural or wholesome! Hopefully we can find a cure soon and they can go back to fantasising about pop-stars in schoolgirl uniforms like good honest red-blooded folk.
posted by Drexen at 7:28 AM on March 4, 2006


go back to fantasising about pop-stars in schoolgirl uniforms like good honest red-blooded folk

Both William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy have recorded popular music albums. Ergo, they are, to some degree, pop-stars.

Therefore dreaming about them in schoolgirl uniforms is natural and wholesome and not a cause for being committed. Take that, Dr. Shrink!

What if you tend to fantasize about several Mr. Spocks, each dressed as a different member of the Village People, writhing around in a pile while an entire chorus of Captain Kirks in tuxedo tops and speedos sing the fighting music?
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 9:09 AM on March 4, 2006


blue_beetle, it's Khan, not Kahn
posted by George_Spiggott at 9:45 AM on March 4, 2006


Am I the only one who, as a child, wrote to Mr. Spock and asked him to marry my mother, or is that a common thing?
posted by onegreeneye at 10:19 AM on March 4, 2006


You have his address? SHARE TIME.
posted by Suparnova at 10:26 AM on March 4, 2006


I've definitely seen that page posted here before. I hadn't known about slash until then and remain traumatized to this day.
posted by CunningLinguist at 10:48 AM on March 4, 2006


Wusses, all of ye. Slash fan art can be weird and creepy, sure, but it's also creative and media-bending. At least the women creating this art are having good kitschy fun, which is more than I can say for the kinds of sexually-charged pervy "art" that men tend to prefer, which is usually either boring or exploitative.

In other news, not five minutes ago, William Shatner just got into his car, which was parked on my street, and drove off down my block. I am not kidding. Living in Los Angeles can be fun, sometimes.
posted by Asparagirl at 11:55 AM on March 4, 2006


Did you ask him how spock is in bed? Because the world wants to know.
posted by Suparnova at 12:55 PM on March 4, 2006


Cheers, Asparagirl. This post didn't seem much beyond a "look at the weird people" point and mockfest... there's much that is very very interesting about the methodology and motivations of slash, and its reversal or complication of the usual performer/audience dynamic.
posted by jokeefe at 1:05 PM on March 4, 2006


Commodore Vic-20 Commercial with William Shatner circa 1980 mp4
Vegetarian World (1982) documentary on vegetarianism hosted by William Shatner mp4
posted by roboto at 2:00 PM on March 4, 2006


posted by Suparnova Did you ask him how spock is in bed? Because the world wants to know.

He lives long, and prospers.
posted by fandango_matt at 2:27 PM on March 4, 2006


Double!
posted by Robot Johnny at 3:00 PM on March 4, 2006


How could that not have come up in my searches?

Sorry. We can kill it.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 4:22 PM on March 4, 2006


y'all are haters:

if you've seen this before, it's still worth a click.


llap
posted by narwhal at 6:20 PM on March 4, 2006


William Shatner just got into his car, which was parked on my street, and drove off down my block. I am not kidding.

What kind of car does Shatner drive? I imagine he is still some flavor of wealthy, no? I assume it was an impressive piece of german engineering, either luxury or sport?

If Bill Shatner drives a Chevy Impala or something I'm going to be more than just a little disappointed.
posted by Ynoxas at 8:54 PM on March 4, 2006


I've got a slash reader in my house (she's watching PBS and reading a "story" she downloaded off the internet). I know more about this world than any sane straight man should. But here it goes.

Kirk/Spock is so old school. There's slash for just about any TV show/movie where there's two male leads, though sci-fi somehow lends itself best to this for some reason. X-Files and Buffy generated tons of slash, the aforementioned Stargates (SG1 and Atlantis) are a motherlode for slashers, plus some series that have barely been noticed by most TV fans like Highlander, or The Sentinel, and of course Harry Potter really stirred some dark muses (the age of the characters gets a little dangerous).

But the real nuclear event for this crowd was the LOTR movies. Take several attractive male actors, ladle in masculine emoting/bonding/close friendship, add female fans...Jesus, I doubt if this was an outcome Peter Jackson ever even remotely forecast but man, the slash crowd went beyond ballistic with it. I fear what will happen if PJ ever makes The Hobbit and has a cast of strapping wood elves. My wife's computer printer will be going through dozens of ink cartridges...
posted by Ber at 9:01 PM on March 4, 2006


she's watching PBS and reading a "story" she downloaded off the internet

Masturbating to Masterpiece Theater? How delightfully bourgeois!
posted by Ynoxas at 9:11 PM on March 4, 2006


Some fan art is really quite good. I've always been impressed by Jean Kluge's work.
posted by obol at 10:21 PM on March 4, 2006


eeewwww...
posted by Doorstop at 11:43 AM on March 5, 2006


What kind of car does Shatner drive?

A black BMW X5--with two big dogs (Rottweilers?) in the backseat.

But the real nuclear event for this crowd was the LOTR movies...I doubt if this was an outcome Peter Jackson ever even remotely forecast...

Ah, but you forget that the LOTR films were written (and then extensively re-written on location) by two women, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, the former of whom had previously written a screenplay (the excellent "Heavenly Creatures") about two girls obsessed with each other. The trio absolutely knew what the hell they were doing. You take one look at this iconic image from ROTK (which they even used in publicity stills!), or the shot of Frodo's crestfallen face at Sam's wedding, and you tell me that was an accident.
posted by Asparagirl at 5:43 PM on March 5, 2006


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