Saturday, December 30, 2006
Friday, December 29, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Sloane Tanen's work is so adorable and kitschy that it makes a person want to move right into Pee Wee's Playhouse again. Or go bowling with Fred Schneider.
My year-old daughter got a Sloane Tanen book from Auntie Jill for Christmas, but I am too busy re-reading it to myself (alongside the new Pynchon novel) to share with her. Sorry Mili.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
This is a prototype, smothered in its little toy cradle by its uncaring parents at Hasbro. Imagine this thing, in shiny black diecast metal and chrome, under the tree.
Wake up, Hasbro people!
(and PS Hasbro: also, bring back the Weebles Haunted House)
Very sharp animation from Zagreb Studio over at Cartoon Brew... my only complaint is this blatant ripoff of The Cheat from 1961, when The Cheat was very young, and impressionable... perhaps he didn't realize he was under contract with the Brothers Chaps.
Off the subject a little, here is my Top Ten Most Entertaining Double-Bass Players of All Time List:
10) Frank Denunzio
9) Frank Denunzio
8) Frank Denunzio
7) Frank Denunzio
6) Frank Denunzio
5) Frank Denunzio
4) Frank Denunzio
3) Frank Denunzio
2) Frank Denunzio
1) Frank Denunzio
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
(Nice job WUB!)
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Well I don't have any. Sorry.
But I think this touring film festival of Russian/Soviet sci-fi flicks looks like a whole mess of fun and visual overstimulation!
To the Stars by Hard Ways, in particular, makes me want to go into space. Plus Ptushko, Starewicz, Tarkovsky... yow!
Too bad I missed the stop in Boston, but you folks elsewhere should look this up.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
I forgot to tell both of you beloved readers how great Oskar Fischinger is. Although you already read about this at all the other websites and so forth.
Let me reiterate: after you watch all the 1950s French commercials (above, from Cartoon Brew), watch some Oskar Fischinger, which is even more fun.
Then buy the DVD and support the ever-lovin' arts already.
Is there still Russian spying activity going on in Britain, even though the Cold War has ended?
Security sources in Whitehall have told the BBC Russian intelligence officers spying in Britain are every bit as active today as they were during the Cold War.
They say there are more than 30 known Russian spies operating in Britain, for both their overseas intelligence service, the SVR, and Russia's military intelligence arm, the GRU.
They are believed to report directly to two controllers in London, known as "the Residents".
And this guy Litvinenko probably just died from listening to too much Negativland!
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Monday, December 04, 2006
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Sorry about that last post... hadn't yet realized that Chinese Jet Pilot also featured a fully-animated sourcebook of ALL HARRYHAUSEN MONSTERS.
This is a huge score for all the cheapskates who balk at the price for the Harryhausen DVD collections, but still wants to be scared about skeletons attacking. Whoa!!!!
Stumped? Find out here.
It's also worth mentioning that this site, Chinese Jet Pilot, features Kitten or Spider? ... which could be the best name for a game show that I've ever heard.
Thanks to the metafilter for waking me up to this little-understood gateway to multidimensional perception.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Joel Trussell has a blog, for frequent applications of his kaleidoscopic frying pan to your funny bone.
I just got some Thomas Herpich comix in the mail and now I can definitely start flogging his stuff too... he is nutso, like early Julie Doucet, yet completely artistically sound at the same time. Like early Julie Doucet. Inotherwords, check him out before he stops drawring, like Julie Doucet!
Wot's more, there's new materials at Chris Harding's lovely site. And plus it's mysterious!!! Go hence!
Thanks to cartoonbrew for noticing this development!
PS There are still believers in Afanasy Nikitin!
If you are waiting for your Das Brick comic book, do not despair!
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
No, not actually... but as of today they're heaps better than YouTube, since their UBUWEB warehouse of avant-garde film and video is now available for streaming ... in other words, it's youtubular!
No more waiting in long lines with intimidating Hungarian intellectuals to see the midnight showing of obscure art films, or waiting all night for some humongous file to torrent into your brainpan. Another public service from your friends at 'FMU!
When you find yourself peeking into your stocking, I hope your friends and loved ones have remembered to get you these cluster-bombs of merriment:
The Collected Moomin Comic Strips! Believe me, this has all the Tove Jansson you'll need to get through the long, wintery winter.
If 1930s Popeye strips had been drawn by Tony Millionaire, in Finland in the 1950s, Tove would not have needed to draw Moomin.
You can be glad she did.
For any of you tots who accidentally spent the 80s reading Goosebumps (or worse, watching TV), here's your chance to get caught up with the funniest writing that came out of that chrome-finish decade.
No, not Dave Barry... this! The collected piercing wit and fame-bashing wisdom of SPY magazine, in one easy-to-purchase tome!
Lastly, but far from leastly, this treasure of a coffee-table book made my lungs collapse, my larynx dilate, and my uvula ovulate: Art Out of Time, edited by Dan Nadel, is a compendium of zillions of forgotten illustration gems from the 1900s through the 1960s. Wild, fearless, and unrelentingly wonderful introductions to little-heard-from comic geniuses.
I leafed through it and felt like giving up: it's a veritable bottomless pit of inspiration.
Buy it for someone you love, or do like I did and get somebody you love to buy it for you!
Monday, November 27, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Novo Drziac's Velky Keychac (The Great Sneezer)... just one of the treasures from the aforementioned darkstrider collection.
Starewich is here! Ptushko is here! Trnka and Zeman are here! Crazy nonsense I never even laid eyes on before! I am deed and gone to animation heaven.
Do not miss Kim Blanchette's Cup-O-Noodle Cinema either!
Ho ho! I am kilt! I am deed!