Video Issue: Lubricating the Yubehole with Art Attack, video flyers, and the genius clubkid shorts of Tom Rubnitz
"Pickle Surprise" became an instant Internet hit, with hundreds of tributes posted, and has influenced a new gaggle of filmmakers and scenesters. (I was actually reminded of the short by fresh-faced DJ Pickle Surprise.) The fact that Rubnitz's V-hold overloads — you must watch "Made for TV," an epileptic channel-surf Armageddon that documents a young Ann Magnuson at the height of her freaky powers — didn't quite transfer intact to streaming digital format only adds to their hysterical impact. "I wanted to make things beautiful, funny, and positive — escapes that you could just get into and laugh through. I felt like good could triumph over evil," Rubnitz said at the time. He and his magic misfits now live on forever, pixilated pixies hawking Wonder bread and sandwich spread.