Christina Kelly

Lover for a Day

February 21st, 2018

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I said his story reminded me of a movie I’d seen recently in which a university professor gets romantically involved with a student who is the same age as his daughter. Around the time his young lover moves in with him the professor’s daughter shows up at his door in the middle of night in tears having just left her boyfriend. The three of them live together for a number of weeks and the two young woman grow close and eventually find themselves bound together by the secrets they know about each other and have promised not to share.
About mid-way through the film there is a scene between the father and the daughter. It’s a long tracking shot as they take a walk in the streets of Paris. In this scene the father explains to his daughter that no one can really know for sure what fidelity is as one can be faithful to something that another person finds meaningless. Later in the film the professor’s expansive view of fidelity is tested when he finds his young lover engaged in an erotic encounter with a stranger. When confronted the young lover pleads that it was just an urge, a desire. It didn’t
mean anything. It was just sex.  But in the end her sexual adventuring was too much for him and the professor broke off the relationship. In the meantime his daughter rekindled her romance with her ex-boyfriend. At the end of the film the father finds himself alone while his daughter is newly in love again with her ex boyfriend.
      He was not familiar with the film but thought it sounded very French. He conceded that his love affair with its frank betrayals did indeed have more in common with a melancholy, French film about relationships rather than, say, an American screwball comedy.

 

 

Daughters of Darkness

January 25th, 2018

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At the Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn, Jan 22 2018
Delphine Seyrig plays the world-weary, decadent and delicious Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory in the 1971  film Daughters of Darkness. In this Belgian horror film movie Seyrig proves she can do anything with a fascinating elegance include playing a perverse, sadistic and campy lesbian vampire. Seyrig died at the age of 58 in 1990. But luckily she made this movie in which she can live forever at the height of her beauty as the vampire Countess Bathory.  In this film she will never age and will continue to seduce those who cross her path with a dangerous charisma.

 

 

 

The Universe In A Coffee Cup

October 14th, 2017

I am working on and still working out an animation based on the famous coffee cup scene in Godard’s Two or Three Things I Know About Her.

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Bunnies in Suits

August 23rd, 2017

Looks like I’m not the only person who likes to draw bunnies in evening wear.  These mid century drawings at Beleman’s Bar at the Carlyle Hotel are by the guy who drew Madeline.  See article.

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Today is the Solar Eclipse

August 21st, 2017

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Press Play Fair at Pioneerworks

August 6th, 2017

I had a fun time at PioneerWorks small press / zine / music fest. Met some nice people, sold some books and comics, and continued to perfect the art of staring into space while looking approachable at the same time.

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Animating Volume 2: Don’t Have A Family

May 19th, 2017

Children’s Books Editor Ursula Nordstrom gives Margaret some advice.

Nordstrom from ckelly on Vimeo.

Animating Volume 4: Tell Me You Love Me

April 26th, 2017

Tell Me You Love Me from ckelly on Vimeo.

Animating Volume 4: Birds

April 25th, 2017

Michael's Love is Like A Bird from ckelly on Vimeo.

Coming Soon: Volume 4: The Analysis of Margaret Wise Brown

March 28th, 2017

In All that Brown the Sun Went Down won  a AxP Zine Grant, First Prize. So I decided to make a new volume that tries to come up with a psychological answer for why Margaret was love with Michael. Dr. Bak and I put our heads together and come up with an analysis: 

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The zine will be available by mid-April.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Still knocking around this idea

March 20th, 2017

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Volume 4: In All This Brown the Sun Went Down

December 19th, 2016

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I’m back in my studio sketching out Volume 4 of the comic In All That Brown the Sun Went Down — an ongoing zine abut the life and loves of Margaret Wise Brown.  In this issue I will attempt to show why on earth Margaret fell in love with the high maintenance and dismissive Michael Strange. Unfortunately no letters between the two exist in Margaret Wise Brown’s archives. They do exist somewhere. I just have to find them. In the meantime, Dr. Bak and I have our theories about this unlikely pair. I’ll also be introducing new characters: Maude Adams the turn of the century sapphic stage actress  and the illustrator Garth Williams, who bucks the bunny trend and appears  in the story as a raccoon.

Stay tuned!