Peter Bagge's Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me

I've been enjoying cartoonist Peter Bagge's contributions to Reason Magazine for years now, which I've always read on their website. But now Fantagraphics has collected them into a great-looking trade paperback!

How Islamist gangs use chat rooms to lure, torture and kill Iraqi gays

The Guardian has a chilling report on how fundamentalist murderers are using the Internet to locate, entrap, and brutally murder dozens of gay Iraqi men:

Griddleville: amazing cartoon made entirely by one dude.

Ba Blackstock spent years of his life making this cartoon. He went old-school, penciling by hand over a light board (he's entirely self-taught). Then he inked and colored it and added 3D stuff digitally. Of course, he nearly lost his mind in the process.

How to saber a bottle of champagne

Here's notorious Toronto lubricator Kathryn Borel Jr. teaching us how to festively slice open a bottle of bubbly without swallowing a single shard of glass!

The Burley Boys: feral children who want TV

Jesse Brown, a BoingBoing guest-blogger, is the host of TVO's Search Engine podcast.

Here's a cartoon I made starring my adorable little cousins. The person they're beating up is me. Read the rest

Tonight: Search Engine launch party in Toronto

Jesse Brown, a BoingBoing guest-blogger, is the host of TVO's Search Engine podcast.

poster by Emma Segal

If you live in Toronto, come have a drink with me at the launch party for the new season of my podcast! It's tonight at The Ossington (61 Ossington) from 7pm on.

If you can't make it, you can still have fun with us by putting words in my mouth: I'm crowd sourcing my toast, and will hold forth with whatever 400 words end up here.

I will illustrate my speech with a slideshow using whatever pix end up here.

Here's a sample of what's up there so far:

"I'm Jesse Brown, and this speach (sic) is a dream come true...And it goes out to the ladies. To Search Engine! [Chewbacca sound here]"
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Jonathan Goldstein's Wiretap finally has a podcast!

Jesse Brown, a BoingBoing guest-blogger, is the host of TVO's Search Engine podcast.

Jonathan Goldstein's Wiretap is the greatest radio show you may have never heard of. That's because, despite being on CBC Radio for five years, building a dedicated cult audience, and just being generally wonderful, it's never been offered as a podcast.

Until now! Subscribe with RSS here or via iTunes here.

And check out the "unofficial" Wiretap archives here.

If you've never heard Wiretap before (or heard Goldstein on This American Life, or read his books) then you're in for a treat- he's a humble weirdo semi-genius. Whether he's imagining a hostile correspondence between Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble or rewriting the Bible, or absorbing abuse from his supporting cast of equally funny Montreal cronies, Goldstein is always dry as a bone and completely original. Check it out. Read the rest

KlezHop freak Socalled

Socalled AKA Josh Dolgin is an annoying, talented, annoyingly talented "buddy" of mine.

Ira Glass talks about the Internet

My podcast Search Engine launches a new season this week with a discussion between me and (my radio hero) Ira Glass, host of This American Life.

All publicly funded content should be in the public domain.

A few years ago I hosted a mini-series for CBC Radio called The Contrarians, a show about "unpopular ideas that just might be right". Each week I'd take a controversial opinion and try it on for size. Sometimes the show was serious, sometimes it was silly- I rarely agreed with the positions I took, but operated on the principle that no idea is so radical or offensive that we should be forbidden to contemplate it (if only to learn why we should discard it). The CBC brass was incredibly supportive of the project and I was given license to explore a lot of unorthodox subject matter. Topics included:
  • Multiculturalism doesn't work (we just eat each other's sandwiches).
  • Feminism isn't dead, it's just finished (take a bow, ladies- you won!).
  • Copyright should be abolished.
I'd love to link to these shows now, but I can't. They were never posted online or offered as podcasts. I tried posting them on my personal website, and was instructed to take them down by CBC management. I was told I was violating their copyright. Every now and then I still get an email from a teacher or listener requesting an episode of The Contrariana, and I have to explain that I'd be breaking the law to send them one.

Beloved artist to nation: "Keep Your Mouths Shut"

Norman McLaren is known to most Canadians as the creator of the Oscar-winning anti-war animation Neighbours (which seemed to air every hour past midnight on public TV when I was a kid). But the NFB's extensive and amazing archives contain a wealth of other McLaren creations- including the following piece of terrifying WWII propaganda:

Mommy, where do cartoon characters come from?

Noticing that most cartoon characters lack genitals, I made a short animation explaining where new cartoon buddies come from...