Well, maybe Twitter is just another big toilet wall, but there's as much clean space and spray paint as you'll ever need. What are you going to do with it? Create something or destroy someone else's picture?
Ricky Gervais on the Internet as creative playground.
The very funny design/performance art work of Phil Jones
About a year after her participation in the groundbreaking Comedy Central documentary series the Comedians of Comedy
, Maria Bamford
was on stage at the Friars Club in LA when a heckler began shouting at her. What happened after that isn’t entirely clear, other than Bamford had a breakdown, walked off stage, and disappeared. She was found three months later selling clock radios on the sidewalks of Detroit. A fellow homeless person, who was also a Comedy Central fan, recognized Bamford and eventually her parents were contacted. They brought her back home to Deluth, Minnesota and began to get her help. Maria decided to document her recovery in a series of short videos called The Maria Bamford Show
, which were first posted to the TBS networks' now abandoned Super Deluxe
Web site. [more inside]
Patton Oswalt’s Letters to Both Sides
- Oswalt addresses "all of the comedians in the room" and "all of the gatekeepers" at Montreal’s Just For Laughs 2012 about living in a living in a "post-Louie world".
The Great Crepitation Contest of 1946
[mp3 at bottom] lingers on in the memories of record collectors
, radio historians
, and a generation of post-war vulgarians from Dr. Demento to Howard Stern
. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's vivid recording of the contest (conceived at a company stag party) inspired legions of LP cover artists: an early public airing was encased in a sleeve
designed by one of the earliest proponents
of the illustrated album cover. Later editions were adorned with shockingly detailed renditions of the Great Contest, created by a variety
of anonymous geniuses
. (Speaking of art, it was also a rumored favorite
of Salvador Dali). Though it has inspired various lurid myths
, we've learned a little bit about the deepest roots
of the contest right here on Metafilter
. [more inside]
- aka The Japanese Fart Scrolls
. More at the Waseda University Library
. (Alert: some ribald artsy nudity within)
What is art, really? Is it dependent on context? Do you need an art history degree to appreciate it? Was Jackson Pollock an artist or a scam artist? Are Grand Tour portraits considered art merely because of their age? These questions have been objectively unanswerable - until now
. Through the power of the internet, and the experience of Hot or Not, we can measure the democratic answer to these questions.
A decade on, the Coen brothers' woefully underrated O Brother, Where Art Thou? [alt]
is remembered for a lot of things
: its sun-drenched, sepia-rich cinematography
(a pioneer of digital color grading
), its whimsical humor
, fluid vernacular
, and many subtle references
to Homer's Odyssey
. But one part of its legacy truly stands out: the music
Assembled by T-Bone Burnett
, the soundtrack is a cornucopia of American folk music, exhibiting everything from cheery ballads
and angelic hymns
to wistful blues
and chain-gang anthems
. Woven into the plot of the film through radio and live performances, the songs lent the story a heartfelt, homespun feel
that echoed its cultural heritage, a paean and uchronia of the Old South
Though the multiplatinum album was recently reissued
, the movie's medley is best heard via famed documentarian D. A. Pennebaker
's Down from the Mountain
, an extraordinary
concert film focused on a night of live music by the soundtrack's stars (among them Gillian Welch
, Emmylou Harris
, Chris Thomas King
, bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley
) and wryly hosted by John Hartford
, an accomplished fiddler
, riverboat captain
, and raconteur
whose struggle with terminal cancer made this his last major performance. The film is free in its entirety on Hulu
-- click inside for individual clips, song links, and breakdowns of the set list
's fascinating history. [more inside]
Two and a half years ago, we explored the early history of Cartoon Network
... but it wasn't the only player in the youth television game.
As a matter of fact, Fred Seibert
-- the man responsible for the most inventive projects discussed in that post -- first stretched his creative legs at the network's truly
venerable forerunner: Nickelodeon
Founded as Pinwheel, a six-hour block on Warner Cable's innovative QUBE
system, this humble channel struggled for years before Seibert's innovative branding work transformed it into a national icon and capstone of a media empire.
Much has changed since then, from the mascots and game shows to the versatile orange "splat."
But starting tonight in response to popular demand, the network is looking back
with a summer programming block dedicated to the greatest hits of the 1990s
, including Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Life, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Double Dare, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple
, and All That
To celebrate, look inside for the complete story of the early days of the network that incensed the religious right, brought doo-wop to television, and slimed a million fans -- the golden age of Nickelodeon. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
is a veteran American cartoonist best known for his delightful comic-book guides to science and history, many of which have previews online. Chief among them is his long-running Cartoon History of the Universe
(later The Cartoon History of the Modern World
), a sprawling multi-volume opus documenting everything from the Big Bang to the Bush administration. Published over the course of three decades, it takes a truly global view -- its time-traveling Professor thoroughly explores not only familiar topics like Rome and World War II but the oft-neglected stories of Asia and Africa, blending caricature and myth with careful scholarship (cited by fun illustrated bibliographies
) and tackling even the most obscure events with intelligence and wit
. This savvy satire carried over to Gonick's Zinn
chronicle The Cartoon History of the United States
, along with a bevy of Cartoon Guides
to other topics, including Genetics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, The Environment
, and (yes!) Sex
. Gonick has also maintained a few sideprojects, such as a webcomic look at Chinese invention
, assorted math comics
), the Muse magazine
mainstay Kokopelli & Co.
(featuring the shenanigans of his "New Muses"
), and more
. See also these lengthy interview snippets
, linked previously
. Want more? Amazon links to the complete oeuvre inside! [more inside]
! Cartoonists create Pokémon self-portraits, with all three evolved forms. Featuring, among other fine artists, Scott Kurtz
(PVP), Box Brown
(Everything Dies, Bellen!), Anthony Clark
(Nedroid), Aaron Diaz
(Dresden Codak), and Steve Wolfhard
(Cat Rackham), who also runs the project.
: A webcomic about the hell that is driving to work
in the cute Orwellian steampunk monster-infested mirror universe of Monstru
. [more inside]
User-submitted inspiration for comics and art: Poorly-drawn cartoons
inspired by actual spam subject lines (prev
), and more refined comics
from "normal" text spam text. Cartoons drawn from titles
sent to one Sam Brown (pseudonym of Adam Culbert
). Artists send artwork,
someone else adds the text. Submit a video game title and description
and get the box art made for you, courtesy of MeFi's own cheap paper
[via mefi projects
Hanna Is Not A Boy's Name
is a 'sugarcoated horror' webcomic that's wonderfully illustrated and typeset.
"That Would Be Awesome" is a song written by Bigfoot, the lyrics to which were published in the illustrated Bigfoot memoir Me Write Book: It Bigfoot Memoir
. It has been arranged for ukelele and harmonica and posted to YouTube
. It is awesome. [more inside]
Good Night and Tough Luck
"Getting a good night’s sleep is actually a lot more complicated than one would think."
An amusing look at the problems involved in getting a good night's sleep.
King of an Endless Sky
is a new graphic story by Teetering Bulb
, AKA Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon. A new page every Thursday, published at Tor.com. [more inside]
ImprovEverywhere has a gallery opening
in the New York Subway. "In the course of making the art labels, the mundane stuff of the platform really did become weirdly compelling and beautiful. I wasn’t sure if everyone else would have that experience, or if we would be busy consciously pretending that these random objects were art. In the course of the event, some other friends who came made brilliant observations about the pieces that helped bring my mindset firmly back into of-course-this-is-art, rather than viewing the subway as a collection of quick fixes over time. It’s wonderful how we can decide to create a collective reality, and how it can sometimes catch us up within itself. I’m glad other folks also got caught up in "Wow.. This might really be art!", and that some non-agents got such a kick out of it!"
"The blood slowly drained from his head. Soon, everything would go dark for Curtis."
Clip Art + Snark = Funny
Face + Paint = !
Astonishing effects using the human face as canvas.
Sock Puppet Portraits
by Marty Allen. Past works include Sock Puppet Presidents
, and the Super Speculex Bros
. The puppets are featured in a sock puppet rock band called Uncle Monsterface
"The Billboard Liberation Front today announced a major new advertising improvement campaign executed on behalf of clients AT&T and the National Security Agency.
Focusing on billboards in the San Francisco area, this improvement action is designed to promote and celebrate the innovative collaboration of these two global communications giants." [Via Threat Level.]
"A paper around her neck said she was Ida,
but Ida said nothing at all." So tells the story of the saddest, unluckiest girl that ever lived. [more inside]
is an exhibit of 25 comic artists showing a comparison of their drawing style now and when they were just kids. Also, check out 50 artists riffing on the theme of Duck!
Fun stuff from the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art.
Nonononono, After You (.mov)
: A short animated film by Christopher Cordingley, graduate of the Ringling School of Art and Design
. The school's computer animation portfolio
is worth a browse; there's some real talent being nurtured
there. (Last four links are to .avi files.)
seems to be two guys from France who change everyday things into stuff you want. From soap
and Pez dispensers
to art on dollar bills
and interesting ideas.
+ Harry Potter = Kill Harry
, featuring cameo appearances by Bender the robot, Bruce Campbell, and Zombie Rick James, bitch.
Me and Billy Bob
and To Vincent, With Love
- Laying in the bathtub with Vincent and editing oneself into love scenes with Billy Bob; among other cult-of-celebrity obsessed work by Jillian McDonald.
Post No Bills.
At the intersection
one may unexpectedly
, or at least humor
. Henry Ho shines a light
on it. (42 pages. Or view all thumbnails together)
The University of You Suck!
While the newer comics
are lacking a certain something, oldschool
Cat and Girl should still be ranked among the Best of the Web
. Please keep in mind, Cat and Girl are Not For Babies
A Lesson Is Learned But the Damage is Irreversible
Not a preachy op-ed, but a relatively new webcomic. Watch out for the green flame, it turns things into reptiles.
(via Death to the Extremist)
is a brand new weekly comic from Drew Weing
, who you may know from The Journal Comic
(subscription only beyond the current sample).
In these troubled times, we would all do well to remember the lesson of the Apasht
. But you'll have a hard time finding this vanished Neolithic culture in any mainstream anthropology textbook. That's why these archives
are such an invaluable resource.