Young Edd Gould
always enjoyed drawing comics of himself and his friends. Growing up in the internet age, his doodles
evolved into Flash animations of increasing complexity, and in time Edd and pals Tom Ridgewell
and Matt Hargreaves teamed up to produce an "Eddsworld"
series of online webtoons and comics
At first crude and halting, the group's "eddisodes"
progressed from surreal shorts
into full-fledged productions that pushed the boundaries of amateur web animation, with expressive characters
, full soundtracks
, complex effects, and a fast-paced, off-kilter sense of humor: MovieMakers
- Rock Bottom
- Hammer & Fail
At its height, the college co-op was producing shorts for Mitchell & Webb
and the UN Climate Change Conference
, fielding offers
from Paramount and Cartoon Network, and racking up millions of hits on YouTube
Work slowed, however, when Gould was diagnosed with leukemia
-- a relatively survivable form, though, and Gould carried on working gamely
through his hospital stays. So it came as a shock last week when Matt and Tom announced that Edd had passed away
, prompting an outpouring
in his short 23 years.
posted by Rhaomi
on Apr 2, 2012 -
Earlier this year, Steve Martin penned a loving tribute to Earl Scruggs, published in New Yorker
. "Some nights he had the stars of North Carolina shooting from his fingertips. Before him, no one had ever played the banjo like he did. After him, everyone played the banjo like he did, or at least tried." A few minutes ago, Steve Martin offered a rare somber tweet: "Earl Scruggs, the most important banjo player who ever lived, has passed on
." One could do worse than spend some time watching and listening to Earl Scruggs perform
posted by spock
on Mar 28, 2012 -
Imagine one person in America directed Star Wars, the original Battlestar Galactica, Planet of the Apes, Alien and Blade Runner -- basically, all the big sci-fi hits except Star Trek. In Japan, that man existed, and his name was Noburo Ishiguro.
He directed Super Dimension Fortress Macross
(which became the first part of Robotech
), Space Battleship Yamato
(called Star Blazers
in the U.S.), the classics Super Dimension Century Orguss
and Legend of the Galactic Heroes
, and more. Basically, he had his hand in almost all the major sci-fi anime of the '70s and early '80s except Gundam...
While many of his works were subjected to questionable translation practices
(such as changing any mention of sake to "with water from a favourite spring on Earth
" in Yamato) when they were adapted for Western audiences in the 1980s, the popularity of his works helped lay the foundation for anime fandom as we know it today.
On Wednesday, Studio Nue co-founder Haruka Takachiho reported
that Noboru Ishiguro passed away at age 73.
(Via Topless Robot & Anime News Network)
posted by radwolf76
on Mar 22, 2012 -
"Whether writing as herself, or through one of the many voices she heard in her head, Previn's sinister riverboat chansons revealed the pain, games, lies and loneliness behind the L.A. free love myth. 1971's Mythical Kings And Iguanas was, perhaps, the peak point of Previn's eerily confessional style containing the searingly honest Lemon Haired Ladies
and The Lady With The Braid
, both of which recount encounters between young men and single older women in chilling detail. Her third album, Reflections In A Mud Puddle was a concept album based upon her life with her father, and contained the astonishing Doppelganger
, a Weillian Sympathy For The Devil in which the world's evils are found to lurk in all of us. " Singer-Songwriter Dory Previn has died.
(previously on Metafilter
posted by The Whelk
on Feb 22, 2012 -
Marie Colvin, an American journalist working for The Sunday Times of London
, and French photographer, Rémi Ochlik were killed this morning in the city of Homs, Syria
. The two Western journalists were among 20 people killed in a makeshift media center, raising suspicions that Syrian security forces targeted their location by tracing satellite signals. Their deaths follow 19 days of shelling that activists say killed hundreds of trapped civilians in one of the deadliest campaigns in nearly a year of violent repression by the government of President Bashar al-Assad. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus
on Feb 22, 2012 -
The great pianist-arranger-composer Clare Fischer
has died. Besides being a mean pianist who even Herbie Hancock called a huge influence, very few could claim the achievements of this man, who worked with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie, the Hi-Los and other jazzmen to Prince, Rufus and Chaka Khan, Paul McCartney, Prince, and so many more.
posted by Seekerofsplendor
on Jan 28, 2012 -
Speaking of Dub (the real kind), just over one year ago the music world lost one of its pioneers
in the realm of dub and roots. Vivian "Yabby You
" Jackson produced some of the most hard driving reggae ever released. RIP. [more inside]
posted by Jibuzaemon
on Jan 21, 2012 -
Chances are that sometime, somewhere, out of the corner of one ear, at least, you've heard the iconic (yet all-but-forgotten) "Willie and the Hand Jive". Set to a Bo Diddley beat, it was an infectious little number that made quite a splash back in its day. Here's a fun live version
of the bouncy tune, complete with the three largest dancing girls you're ever likely to see, and here's the original 1958 recording
. The composer of the tune, the son of Greek immigrants who decided that the world of black music was where he wanted to be, was one Johnny Otis
, who has just died at the grand old age of 90
. Shortly after its release, "Willie and the Hand Jive" was covered by early rock icons like Bo Diddley
and, across the pond in England, Cliff Richard
. But apart from his most famous tune, Johnny did a LOT of recording and performing throughout his lengthy career, so there's... [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Jan 19, 2012 -
The State cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime. Their right to liberty under the Due Process Clause gives them the full right to engage in their conduct without intervention of the government.
- Justice Anthony Kennedy
John Geddes Lawrence
, the defendant in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case
that declared sodomy laws unconstitutional across the country, died on Nov. 20, according to an obituary
posted by R.S. Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee, Texas. He was 68. [more inside]
posted by rtha
on Dec 28, 2011 -
On December 19th, Ford closed the doors of their St Paul
auto plant, ending 800 jobs and 86 years of history. The plant was closed as part of Ford's move to end the Ford Ranger in North America, a truck that will still be available overseas
. Born of the 80s gas crisis, the Ranger has been Ford's compact truck for almost forty years
Ford blames demand for large trucks and the shrinking gap in price between the compact and full-sized truck markets, spurring concern
about the future of the compact truck market in North America.
posted by Stagger Lee
on Dec 23, 2011 -
"Almost everything I do is based on other texts anyway. Without plagiarism, there would be no literature. I'm a rewrite man."
The poet Christoper Logue has died, aged 85. Logue had a varied career, at various points serving in the British Army (and being arrested for espionage after a drunken threat to sell secrets), writing pornography under the nom de plume
Count Palmiro de Vicarion, recording George Martin
-produced, "heroically daft
" jazz recitals of the poems of Pablo Neruda (YT
) and regularly contributing to the British satirical magazine Private Eye
, where he edited Pseuds' Corner
, while finding the time to be arrested again, for civil disobedience as part of Bertrand Russell's Committee of 100
. [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest
on Dec 4, 2011 -
Zdeněk Miler, the animator of the beloved Krtek ("Little Mole") animations died today.
Conceived in 1954 after stumbling on a mole's burrow on his evening walk, Krtek appeared in about fifty films all drawn by Miler. The first Krtek film ("How Krtek Got His Pants
"), originally an educational video about the manufacture of linen, won first prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1957. The Krtek films have been aired in about eighty countries. Miler's young daughters did the uber-cute vocalizations for Krtek, and were the films' test audience as Miler tweaked the films per their suggestions. Here are some perennial favorites: Krtek and the Radio
, Krtek and the Green Star
, Krtek at Christmas
, Krtek and the Robot
, like most film buffs, was surprised that Krtek had remained largely unknown in the United States. "Pretty much the whole world knows Krtek," Mr. Miler said. "America, which is usually first in everything, is last in this. I always look at American history," he said, "and it is a very hard one. People came. They conquered a continent. They suffered hardships, and that hardship is reflected in its movies. I look at children there and think what they are watching is a reflection of that hardness. If you look at America, it is epic. Whereas here, it is more poetic. I feel here there is more lyricism."
posted by Atrahasis
on Nov 30, 2011 -
Growing up, she was a beloved celebrity in her home country. Thousands of girls were named after her. So was a bestselling perfume
. But Josef Stalin's "Little Sparrow," his only daughter, (born Svetlana Stalina) defected to the United States in 1967. Upon arriving in New York, she promptly held a press conference
that surprised the world, denouncing her father's regime. Svetlana
became a naturalized US citizen, moved to Taliesin West, married an American, changed her name to Lana Peters, then returned to the Soviet Union in 1984, declaring
that she had not been free "for one single day" in the U.S., only to once again
return to America in 1986. She lived out her remaining days in a small town in Wisconsin
. Mrs. Peters passed away
from colon cancer on November 22nd, at the age of 85. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Nov 28, 2011 -
According to breaking news
, Dennis Ritchie
, inventor of the C programming language, co-author with Brian Kernigham of the famous book
on it, and creator with Ken Thompson of the Unix operating system, has died. [more inside]
posted by grimjeer
on Oct 12, 2011 -
Mansoor 'Tiger' Ali Khan
, erstwhile Indian cricket captain, has died
. His legacy evokes a previous era in Indian history: a last-generation Royal blinded in one eye as a young man, he captained the Oxford then the Indian teams (his father
had played for Oxford and England before captaining India), and married movie actress Sharmila Tagore
with whom he had children who went on to become movie stars themselves. Some memories
of a man known for his cricketing skill, style and charisma.
posted by the mad poster!
on Sep 22, 2011 -