THE MONTY PYTHON BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATE
Here are some of the recent and more notable additions to the Monty Python Bibliography. This bibliography was created to help Python fans keep track of Monty Python memorabilia. It is brought to you by the makers of Monty Python's Daily Llama and is now, of course, also a part of PythOnline.
THE GOBLIN COMPANION: A FIELD GUIDE TO GOBLINS - This handsomely illustrated and humorous look at goblins could rightly be viewed as a sequel to Terry Jones's and Brian Froud's Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book, released in 1994. In actual fact, however, this is a re-release of Goblins of the Labyrinth published ten years ago. Even though the sketches and text is the same as the original, this new version is in a slightly smaller format with a new cover. Due to its smaller size, it has unfortunately lost some of the beautiful full-color plates painted by Brian Froud which were in the original book. Nevertheless, the book is great and some of Terry Jones's descriptions and stories about the various goblins are truly hilarious. The original "Goblins of the Labyrinth" was the basis for the characters used in the movie "Labyrinth," for which Terry Jones wrote the screenplay.
A CENTURY OF COLLEGE HUMOR - This is a real find. While visiting a used-book shop recently, we came across this book on American college humor magazines. Out of curiosity, we checked to see if Occidental College's Fang Magazine was mentioned in it. "Fang" was the humor magazine Terry Gilliam worked on while attending school at Occidental (and may be the inspiration behind his Cardinal Fang character in the Spanish Inquisition sketches). Not only was Fang magazine well represented, we were amazed to find a huge two page cartoon, "Quick Henry... the FLIT!" drawn by none other than Terry Gilliam!! Boy was I embarrassed when I asked Terry Gilliam to explain the cartoon and was told that the term "flit" refers to both a bug spray and a homosexual. I think we'll leave it at that! Although the book mentions many now-famous personalities who once wrote for college humor publications, Terry Gilliam was not widely known in 1971 and is, unfortunately, not highlighted in the book. If they only had known!