The Baker Street Babes
Episode 35: Watson & Holmes

Babes Lyndsay, Curly, & Amy chat with two of the team behind racebent comic Watson & Holmes.

WATSON & HOLMES is a modern urban take on the tales of “Sherlock Holmes” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Re-envisioning Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson as African Americans and taking place in New York City’s famous Harlem district, the stories can go in fresh and new directions never traveled before.

Follow the Watson & Holmes team on Twitter at @NPStudios or @bperlowNPS (Brandon Perlow, co-creator) & @jgdude (Justin F. gabrie, senior editor)

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Rick, Brandon and Paul also did an interview with with Comics are Great!

Buy Watson & Holmes #1 on ComiXology ($0.99) or at your local comic shop!

Buy Baker Street: Honor Among Punks on Amazon

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Special #7: Lyndsay's Intro to Canon—Part 3

And we're back with the third of Lyndsay's four classes on the Sherlock Holmes stories at the Center for Fiction in Manhattan. This time: Hounds, Points, and Baker Street Irregulars.


SESSION 3: The Hound.


--The Hound of the Baskervilles

--"The Hound Isn't the Point" by Lyndsay Faye

Arguably the best of the four novels and certainly the most famous, The Hound of the Baskervilles was published serially between Holmes's "death" and his later resurrection; Doyle suggested that the events took place previous to his demise in Switzerland at the hands of Professor Moriarty.

We'll discuss the iconic legend of the ghostly death hound, Doyle's mastery of Gothic atmosphere, the most famous adaptations of the work, the function of absence and its effects on great suspense writing, and ways in which the novel-length form is singularly ill-suited to Holmes as a character.

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At SHERLOPALOOZA, Babes Curly, Kafers, Maria, & Ardy were joined by Sherlock composer Michael Price and blog writer Joe Lidster for a fun filled Q&A. Mostly questions from the audience, it's a fabulous and unlikely double act.

SHERLOPALOOZA was an all day screening of the second series of Sherlock plus a Q&A with two of the artistic crew. It took place on November 17th at the Prince Charles Cinema in London and was hosted by The Baker Street Babes with support from The Sherlock Holmes Society of London.

You can find Michael at, on twitter at @michael__price, and on facebook.

Joe is on twitter at @JoeLidster.

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Episode 34: Fandom, Meetups & Fan Fiction

On episode 34, Babes Ardy and Maria get to chat it up with Amy, Maz and Trills, three fabulous ladies who, like many other Holmes fans, have written fan fiction about various incarnations of Holmes and Watson.

We want to know all sorts of things from them! What drives a person to write fan fiction in the first place? What kinds of things do they like to read and write? What do they think about pastiches? How do Holmes and Watson work in an alternate universe where they're pilots, or cats, or space cowboys? What makes them so attractive and enduring to writers and readers?

Our guests have also been involved in fandom as a community, so we talk about the sorts of things that can happen when organising and attending fan events (also known as Lessons in Herding Cats 101).

There are a lot of giggles in this episode, and discussions of all manner of fan fictions. Join us for an interesting and entertaining discussion, and feel free to add your voice to it.

You can follow our guests on Twitter at @flawedamythyst, @mazarin221b, and @trillsabells. Or you can look up these usernames on Archive of our Own to have a look at their fic, if the podcast has whetted your appetite.


We have a new sponsor: Scintillation of Scions! Make sure you check them out at or on Twitter at @scint_of_scions.

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Special #5: Lyndsay's Intro to Canon—Part 2

Welcome to the second part of Lyndsay Faye's Sherlock Holmes class at the Center for Fiction in Manhattan! This time: Death! Below is Lyndsay's course description for you to follow along.


SESSION 2:  The Fall.

--The Final Problem
--The Adventure of the Empty House
--"Fan Fictions: On Sherlock Holmes" by Michael Chabon from Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands
The Bruce-Partington Plans
--The Creeping Man
--"A Case of Death and Honey" by Neil Gaiman

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle believed himself to be shackled to Holmes to the point of inhibiting projects he deemed more important and artistic; as a result, he summarily killed his most famous character at the Reichenbach Falls.  For ten years, the public believed Sherlock Holmes to be deceased.

This circumstance has led to an array of fascinating phenomena within the cult of Sherlockian study.  Not only did Doyle inadvertently turn Holmes into a Christ figure who, like all great heroes as explicated in Joseph Campbell's The Hero with A Thousand Faces, confronts death only to rise again, but gaping holes in the plot of both "The Final Problem" and "The Empty House" have led to endless fan speculation.  

How does "The Final Problem" break numerous rules of good storytelling, and how did these authorial failures transform Holmes from a consulting detective to a mythical hero?  In what ways does Michael Chabon's essay illuminate what we love about great literature, and how does Neil Gaiman's award-winning pastiche reflect these concepts?


Michael Chabon's Maps and Legends is available as a book and e-book from Amazon.

Neil Gaiman's short story is collected in the short story anthology A Study in Sherlock, also available from Amazon as hardcover or paperback.

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Episode 33: Wear Sherlock

WEARSHERLOCK: A blog that revolves around the wardrobe and props department of the BBC show 'Sherlock', featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Mark Gatiss. This blog showcases the clothes and props seen in the show as well as providing links as to where to buy them. They often host Sherlock related giveaways.

The amazing Caz, who founded and runs Wear Sherlock joins Curly & Kafers (and later on Lyd!) to chat about fashion, props, jumper patterns, and dimsum.

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Episode 32: Elementary

Contains Elementary Spoilers

Elementary, the newest player on the Sherlock Holmes market, premiered on CBS on September 27th. A modern take on Holmes starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu (as femme!Watson), many feared it was a cheap BBC knockoff. Not the case. The Babes take a good look at Elementary, how it relates to the canon and other adaptations. Baseball and the lack of exploding trees make appearances, as does an earnest message that new Holmes is always a good thing. Now about those shoes Joan...

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Special #4: Lyndsay's Intro to Canon—Part 1

Welcome to a very special series of BSB podcast specials with our very own Lyndsay Faye! Lyndsay teaches a class about the Sherlock Holmes stories at the Center for Fiction in Manhattan and has kindly agreed to record it for posterity. So now you can listen to her introduction to the Sherlock Holmes canon wherever you are. Here's Lyndsay's class description for the week—and don't forget to do your homework for next month's ;) SESSION 1: The Adventures --A Scandal in Bohemia --The Red-Headed League --The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle --The Adventure of the Speckled Band The Sherlock Holmes mysteries are timeless adventure stories, still more popular today than upon their initial appearance in the Strand Magazine. While the two novels A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four were published first, Holmes as a cultural phenomenon exploded when Doyle adapted the character into a short form hero. Three of these tales are included in Conan Doyle's "Top Five" List of his own favorite stories, while "The Blue Carbuncle" offers a deliciously atmospheric account of Holmes's deductive abilities. We'll discuss the style and efficiency of Doyle's prose, the real life inspiration for the character of Holmes, the effect these works wrought on the mystery genre, Victorian London as a major character, and the inherent vigilantism of Holmes's moral compass.

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Episode 31: "How Do You Feel About The Violin?" Meet the Sherlock Fan Orchestra!

As part of Fandom Summer, Babes Maria, Ardy and Sarah talk to Alicia, Elliot and Matt, who are the masterminds behind the Sherlock Fan Orchestra, a wonderful project that brings the musicians of the Sherlock fandom together to play pieces from the official soundtrack. Look at their latest video, Pursuit, and make sure you follow them on Twitter: @elliotorin, @matterhines and @alicemundy. Find out how the logistics of a big fan project work, how long it takes and what work is involved in wrangling a mass of musicians from across the globe to play a piece as a symphonic orchestra. (Hint: it's a lot, and it still sounds like pure magic to us). Also, what crazy instruments have people submitted, and what can we hope for from the orchestra in the future? Listen to the podcast for answers to all these questions and more. The Sherlock Fan Orchestra is endorsed and supported by the show's cast and crew, including Michael Price and David Arnold, the composers of the soundtrack.

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Episode 30: The Episode of Dubious Legality - Betsy Rosenblatt, the OTW, and Fanworks

Fandom Summer is upon us!

To kick it off, Babes Ardy, Lyndsay, Taylor and Amy chat it up with Betsy Rosenblatt, who works with the Legal committee of the Organization for Transformative Works.

The OTW runs a lot of fandom-based projects, including the Archive of our Own, a scholarly journal about fan cultures, and a fandom wiki—and they also provide legal advice and advocacy for and on behalf of fannish creators, which is where Betsy (and people like her on the committee) comes in.

We talk to her about the legal issues surrounding fanworks, how much trouble they can potentially get you into, and we discuss listener questions such as the reasons why people create them in the first place, and what it is that makes fandoms like Sherlock Holmes so enduring. Also, we really want to know: what drove her to invest much of her time in this project and how successful is it?

The answer to all these questions lies but a click and a listen away. Enjoy, and let us know your own thoughts on these issues, if you feel so inclined—we love getting listener mail :)

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