We're at the start of a long, dry, new-Supernatural-free summer, and we know you're wondering how you're going to get through until the new season starts this fall. We're here to help, with the return of our posts on the best in Supernatural fan-created goodness.
This week, we're going to point you to the various picspams of Kroki Refur (about halfway down the page). Refur is, quite simply, a genius, and her picspams inspire as much glee as the episodes themselves.
We were first introduced to Refur's particular brand of madness through her "Ten Expressions" posts, where she takes 10 expressions from an episode and weaves them into a story. In these posts, we discovered the show's budgetary restriction on expressions, thrilled at evil make-up department plans, witnessed the salting and burning of the Internet, enjoyed the uses of flashbacks for brotherly torture, first set eyes on the Fabulous Drunk!Sam seal of disapproval, debated whether Sam is evil or 12, and discussed the philosophical implications of seriously cheesy movies.
Plus, Refur came up with the single most brilliant explanation for what happened to Sam in All Hell Breaks Loose, Part 1. Seriously – check them all out.
Then we delved into her exhaustive and exhilarating Episode Recaps of Doom – perfect for when you want to relive the best of the episode. They're smart, they're funny, and they make you see things you may have missed the first time around. They're just the thing to get you through the summer.
We were thrilled when we got a chance to talk to Refur about her Supernatural art, the show, and why she does what she does. Read on!
Ten Expressions started when Refur watched In My Time of Dying: "I was just struck by how expressive Sam and Dean's faces were, and I wanted to make a post about that. I started off just picking my favorite ten expressions for Sam, but then I did Dean too and I put in a few funny captions and people liked that." Those posts evolved into using the pics to tell a story based on – or inspired by – the episode.
The conversation part is the easiest part of the process, Refur says,
"The rapport between the brothers makes writing dialogue for them awesome fun." The rest of the process takes some time: "I basically go through the episode making screencaps of every time there's a good shot of the boys' faces (preferably close-ups). I usually wind up with four or five hundred caps. When I'm done, I go through them and go 'Man, that's an awesome bitchface' or whatever, and pick my favorite expressions and put them in a separate folder, which usually brings the number down to about fifty, and then I see what sort of conversation suggests itself based on those. Then I write the conversation, pick caps to go with each line, photoshop them to make them clearer, et voila!"
Of course, the show itself helps the process along: "The most important thing for me, and I think most people in the fandom, is the relationship between the two brothers. Even when the show is being silly or cheesy, the family dynamics are so well-drawn, and the characterization is wonderful."
Refur has nothing but good things to say about the show and about her fellow fans: "Supernatural is a wonderful fandom to be in, both because of the show (which is, of course, awesome) and because of the sheer love for it that we all have. I've had so many kind comments about my stuff from total strangers, and, you know, it's the sort of thing that would make me want to have a giant chick-flick moment if I wasn't so stoic and repressed."
Hee! Well, we may risk inspiring a chick-flick response by saying this, but we think Refur is all kinds of awesome. Go check her stuff out!