Monday, December 31, 2018

The dark side of the Rose Parade: "Almost every single car that passes by is just getting absolutely LIT UP by kids throwing marshmallows and silly string!"

And speaking of the Rose Parade:
I am Jewish. I wear glasses. I am bisexual — and I'm the Rose Queen

Rapid fire t-shirt cannon

Above the clouds in Abu Dhabi

"The Woman Who Made Aquaman a Star"

Vulture (from September):

“I just do not understand the grown men who are so into comics.”

It’s not that Fradon doesn’t appreciate her fans. The artist, who drew DC’s Aquaman for most of the 1950s, enjoys appearing at conventions (though of late, she’ll only attend those in driving distance of her Catskills home). She gets a kick out of the occasional hyperspecific commission request


“When I was drawing him back in the ’50s, he was nice and wholesome, with a nice haircut and pink cheeks. Very handsome. I had a crush on him. And you can see what happened to him! It got more and more violent, and then he lost his hand, then he had a beard and he looked psychotic.”


It was a while before Fradon realized that there were virtually no other female artists in the 1950s comics industry. “There were two of us,” she says, referring to colorist Marie Severin, who worked primarily for EC and Marvel. “As soon as I got up to DC, people started asking me if I knew Marie, because she was, you know, the only other one.”
She's 91, and available for commissions.

"Erwin’s artsy elephants on parade seek to redeem town’s past"

H-C (from August):

Erwin has long suffered from a blow to its reputation as the town that executed – by hanging – an elephant. That particular pachyderm, a traveling circus elephant by the name of Mary, was hanged for a fatal attack she made on one of her keepers during a stop in Kingsport, Tennessee, in 1916.


Like last year, the eight elephant sculptures — whimsically painted by local artists — will be auctioned in October to raise funds for the The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, as well as other local charities

Ten funny tweets



Saturday, December 29, 2018

Supercut of Ted Danson patting people's shoulders as he exits scenes in The Good Place

S.H.Figuarts Princess Leia Organa (A New Hope) in stock

At the BBTS. (Comes with two blasters.)

Ten funny tweets

A bald eagle landed on two Notre Dame fans before the start of the Cotton Bowl

He flew circles around the stadium during the singing of the anthem and was then supposed to land near his handler at a selected spot in the stadium. Instead, he picked Armas’s shoulder and then, moments later, had a second accidental landing two sections over on the outstretched arm of Tuyen Nguyen, a lifelong Irish fan originally from Vietnam. “I’m a Philadelphia Eagles fan,” Nguyen says. “When I saw the bird land [on Armas], I thought, the bird had to be very tired. So I put my hand out to see what happens. And it landed on me. It was very interesting. I was very excited. It was amazing. I couldn’t even believe it.”

Star Trek, Hobbit, and Spam


"how the writings of Pliny the Elder . . . led to Europeans consuming the ground up criminals and homeless people for about 300 years in the name of 'Medicine'"

A thread:

(Wikipedia's entry.)

Secret shrine

Lady GaGa's war mech

Friday, December 28, 2018

Wargaming miniatures roundup

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