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Supernatural Fan Art: Dive Into Kroki Refur's Genius Picspams

Drunk!Sam's awesome expression captured

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!

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I THINK THAT SUPERNATURAL IS THE BOMB. I JUST LOVE WATCHING THAT SHOW!!!

oooh! sam and dean have but chins!!!!!

Refur is awesome!!! Now i have something to get me through the summer cause I have to catch up on eveything she has done for the past two seasons. THis stuff is unbelievable! I think Refur and Dragonfly, who makes such great vids, should get together cause the two of them are creative forces of nature. I can't even wrap my head around what they would be able to do. Keep it up!!!

gah, she is SO BRILLIANT! The one from Heart nearly made me pee my pants. "Oh no! Where's Bambi's mom?!" *single emo tear* ROFLMAO!

this show is amazing, every episode has me hooked, and im glad theres gonna be a season 3! i hope we can make it through the summer, if they didnt do anything, i think i would suffocate! or die some other way, but thats not my point..

Mike -- For All Hell Breaks Loose Part 1, it was Foreplay/Long Time by Boston. For part 2, it was Carry On My Wayward Son by Kansas. If you're talking about a different episode, you'll have to let us know which one it is.

The Supernatural Wiki music page is a great source for this sort of information. They know everything.

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.

lol have you ever read Refurs reviews? They.Are.Hilarious. Its seriously crack. I wait days after an episode airs so I can read her reviews xD But what I love most about them are her love for forearms ( \o/!) and the drunk!sam seal of disapproval. Its the funniest thing in the freaking world

god that journal/person is awesome. I so wish Kripke and co had a chance to read her stufff and see her picspams

Anyone know the name of the song that was playing during the Super Natural last episode when they were showing clips from the previous episode.
Thanks.

Refur rules :) (although she's entirely to blame for my pastry-related phobia...)

Thanks for the rec, made me LOL! I love Supernatural and anything that'll get me through till Season 3.

Hey, thanks for the great article - I love Refur's stuff and am so pysched to see it here, too!

Refur is a genius! \o/

DOES ANYONE KNO WHEN THERE GUNNA PUT THE SEASON FINALE AGAIN?? I MISSED IT :(

DOES ANYONE KNO WHEN THERE GUNNA PUT THE SEASON FINALE AGAIN?? I MISSED IT :(

Man I love this show!!!

Refur is so awesome! I love her "Ten Expressions", I look forward to them almost as much as I do the episodes :)

WOW! That Sam picture is hot!!! I wanna eat him!

I LOVE SUPERNATURAL,THAT IS THE MOST ACTIVE SCIFI SHOW THERE IS.THE PAST EPISODES HAS HAD HAD ME ON EDGE EVERYTIME.

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