Heartbreakingly Awesome Calvin and Hobbes Cartoon that Won’t Happen
Ugly Americans animator Adam Brown made this test footage, dreaming of a show that likely can never be, due in part to Calvin creator Bill Watterson’s resolve never to sell out, but also his doubt that any voice for Calvin could possibly be the equal of the one in the reader’s head. (Ain’t that the truth; I remember how long it took me to adjust to Lorenzo Music’s Garfield.) I think The Boondocks probably made the best transition to cartoons, but it should be duly noted that doing so killed off the comic strip in the process. And incidentally, the Uncle Ruckus movie didn’t get funded.
I understand Watterson’s desire for purity, but would we be better off with a few items of high-quality merchandise…or endless knockoff designs of the lead character urinating?
Don’t answer all at once.
[Topless Robot, via @JasonThibault]
Pictures We Didn’t Take Before Digital Cameras
I recently picked up a Polaroid camera “as is” at an estate sale. Curious to see if it actually worked, I spent $24 on a pack of instant film with 8 exposures. I had a hard time deciding what was worthy of being the subject of these $3 photographs. I turned to my camera roll on my phone for some inspiration only to realize that it was best if my digital photos, stayed digital.
So what kind of pictures did I take in the past that were worthy of making being developed? I can’t remember… but I’m sure it’s not these. I’m ashamed to say that these are the kind of photos I take now.
[20px - Twenty Pixels, via The Daily What]
In her new memoir, Bedsit Disco Queen, the pop musician Tracey Thorn bristles at how the decade in which she first became famous is lazily remembered. “Scenes which I never witnessed in my life – yuppies chugging champagne in City wine bars, toffs dancing in puffball skirts to Duran Duran – have now become the universal TV shorthand used to locate and define the era,” she complains. Thorn’s book is in part an alternative history of the 1980s: one populated by political rallies, “Meat Is Murder” and “Dig Deep for the Miners” badges, benefit gigs and literate musicians with an indie DIY aesthetic like herself worrying perpetually about not “selling out”.
A new, publicly available digital archive just released by the University of Sussex, Observing the 1980s, aims to give substance to this subterranean history and helps to free the decade from the simplifications of popular memory. Among other resources, it brings together contributions by the volunteers who wrote about their daily lives for the Mass Observation archive in that decade. […]
Joe Moran » The 1980s that time forgot
1972. Una balena esposta a Cuneo.
Be’, cavolo, io c’ero. Avevo cinque anni, mi ci accompagnò mio nonno e per me fu una mezza delusione (la balena era imbalsamata così male che sembrava di legno). Ricordo questa pubblicità sul giornale (Gazzetta del Popolo?) e ricordo abbastanza bene anche i volantini a colori, con i fanoni in primissimo piano. Che dire? Ci divertivamo con poco.
The J Scott Campbell Austin Powers Comic That Never Was
Just sold on eBay for a ridiculously low price of $10.50. One of a very few remaining posters that prove that, at one point, Wildstorm Comics pitched to make an Austin Powers comic book. This poster, with art by J Scott Campbell, was created for the pitch.
Naturally, it never went through, but we are left with this glimpse of what once was…
Jim Henson’s original pitch reel for The Muppet Show, starring Leo from Henson’s strange series of corporate training videos, The Muppet Meeting Films.
Key selling points:
“Small children will love the cute cuddly characters. Young people will love the fresh innovative comedy. College kids and intellectual eggheads will love the underlying symbolism of everything. Freaky long hair, dirty, cynical hippies will love our freaky long hair, dirty, cynical Muppets.”
It’s inspirational, celebrational, muppetational!
[The Daily What]
Quant’erano avanti, ragazzi.
Super Dramatic Bros. of the Day: Kain Carter‘s “Brotherly Love” is what would happen if Mario and Luigi starred in a Sopranos-style HBO drama. It starts out as a comedy, and then takes a bit of a dark twist.
Warning: Strong language, extremely angry Mario Bros., mature audiences, etc.
NSFF (Not Safe For Feminists)