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Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects



Winner of the Remix "The Fifth Beatle" giveaway

I recently reviewed the incredible graphic novel biography, The Fifth Beatle: The Brain Epstein Story, written by Vivek J. Tiwary and illustrated by Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker. (It was just nominated for two Eisner awards!)

Last week I announced that Wink (a paper book review website that my wife Carla Sinclair edits) was holding a giveaway of the rare signed, numbered, slipcased "Limited Edition" of The Fifth Beatle, which is limited to 1500 copies, signed by all three creators and comes with an exclusive tip-in page of art. Entrants to the giveaway were asked to write their own text for the word balloons in the panel above. (Clockwise L-R John Lennon, George Harrison, Brian Epstein, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney. NOTE: John has 2 balloons.)

The entries were judged by Vivek J. Tiwary himself, and he selected a winner for the limited edition and a runner-up for a regular edition.

Here are the winning entries

A record shop of fictional albums

Toby Barlow says: "Attention music lovers, designers, art directors, this is a very fun project we have just launched. We're going to create a record shop of fictional albums, and we would like you to be a part of it. Remember the lost art of the album? When you would stare at the Roxy Music, Iron Maiden, Clash, Smashing Pumpkins, Prince, Zeppelin, Cure, Yes or Joy Division album cover for hours at end? This is your chance to make AND sell your own album. For details, or to get involved, contact us here."

How we are dying

Bloomberg Visual Data reports on the ways people die, and how they have changed over time. The most interesting part of the report is about dementia and Alzheimer's:

The downside to living so long is that it dramatically increases the odds of getting dementia or Alzheimer's. That's why total deaths in the 75+ category has stayed constant despite impressive reductions in the propensity to die of heart disease.

The rise of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia has had a big impact on healthcare costs because these diseases kill the victim slowly.

About 40% of the total increase in Medicare spending since 2011 can be attributed to greater spending on Alzheimer's treatment.

How Americans Die

Hitman GO for iOS - a 3D boardgame

[Video Link] The graphics for Hitman GO are beautiful. I have not played it yet. Can someone who has please review it in the comments? Is it worth $5, plus all the in-app purchases required to move to the next chapters?
Hitman GO is a turn-based puzzle game where you will strategically navigate fixed spaces on a grid to avoid enemies, infiltrate well-guarded locations and take out your target on beautifully rendered diorama-style set pieces.
Hitman GO

Gweek podcast 142: the funniest living American

In each episode of Gweek, Dean Putney and I invite a guest to join us in a discussion about recommended media, apps, and gadgets. Our guests this week are:

Ruben Bolling, author of the weekly comic strip Tom the Dancing Bug, which premieres each week on Boing Boing, and pre-premiers for members of his Inner Hive, which you can join by going to tomthedancingbug.com.

Nick Carr is a New York City movie location scout. On his blog, Scouting New York, Nick says he’s been pretty much everywhere, from the highest rooftops to the deepest subway tunnels, from abandoned ruins to zillion-dollar luxury penthouse apartments.

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The Boondocks. Season 4 starts on Monday April 21 on Adult Swim.

Nick's picks:

Best Bathroom - Highly recommended app for anyone coming to NYC

K2 - Great board game from Poland I’ve been playing recently

Ruben's picks:

Paul has a Summer Job, by Michel Rabagliati

Henry Speaks for Himself, by John Liney

Dean's pick:

Love and a Sandwich -- stuffed animal monsters

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Neanderthalism: handmade art materials from your backyard workshop

Our friends at Machine Project in Los Angeles have a fun workshop coming up on Saturday, May 31. It's called Neanderthalism:

Interested in making inexpensive art supplies using materials you gather in your backyard? Want to learn to heat water or cook in a solar oven that costs less than $10 to make? Like to learn about pigments and dyes native to the area? Then this workshop with artist and Neanderthal enthusiast Katie Herzog is for you!

You will be introduced to the messy joy of making egg tempera paint, drawing charcoal, and dyes from California native plants and kitchen scraps. This four hour workshop will serve as an introduction to a variety of fun and easy techniques you can continue to use at home. You will make and take home a car sunshade solar cooker, egg tempera paint, and a hand-dyed silk scarf. At then end, you will also be provided with a list of related books and resources available at the Los Angeles Public Library for continued education.

We will provide you with a list of kitchen scraps like coffee grounds and onion skins to bring if you would like to make dye from them, and you are welcome to bring colorful dirt or soft rocks to crush up and use as pigment.

Neanderthalism: Handmade Art Materials from your Backyard Workshop

Pulp magazine and pinup auction preview

Will Husley's Lizards from Hell is my favorite item for sale at Heritage's Pin-up, Pulp, & Advertising Art Signature Auction. This Gil Elvgren cheesecake painting (with a current bid of $65,000) is my second favorite, and this Don Davis preliminary paperback cover drawing for Ringworld is the only one I might be able to afford (current bid: $2).

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Paul Pope's Escapo reissue event to benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Cartoonist Paul Pope's 1999 graphic novel Escapo, is being re-issued as a special edition loaded with extras. To kick it off, the publisher is holding a live concert in New York on Saturdau April 19th with The Jim Jones Revue, with some proceeds going to The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Originally released in B&W in 1999 and long out of print, Escapo was Pope's first serious massive body of work making a statement about the embrace of life: the tragedy, the love, the youth, and the energy. This new edition of Escapo is brought to new life with the talent of colorist Shay Plummer and award-winning designer Jim Pascoe, who fully redesigned the book in the French BD format. The book contains 50+ pages of bonus material, including a rare two-page alternate ending seen only in the French edition, sketchbook content by Pope, and a series of pin-ups by contributing artists such as: John Cassaday, Sam Hiti, Yuko Shimizu, Kostas Seremetis and Dean Haspiel. Escapo showcases Pope’s grand fluid style and masterful storytelling. The book follows the adventures of a circus escape artist who struggles to evade Death itself – and the equally powerful grip of unrequited love. Like a feverish mash-up of Fellini films, Heavy Metal magazine, and classic Jack Kirby comics, Escapo is an unforgettable tale from a boldly original voice in alternative comics.

Escapo Launch Event Concert with The Jim Jones Revue

Related: Erika Pope-Gusev (Paul's sister) is the director of the fort construction activity kit, Fort Magic (see my video about Fort Magic here). She just let me know that Fort Magic won the Dr. Toy Best Classic 2014 toy award for being exceptional in Creativity, Construction, Educational Skills and Activity Play for children, and that Fort Magic will be featured on Shark Tank this coming Friday April 18th, at 9pm. Looks like it's going to be a busy weekend for the Popes!

Zombie Dice: eat brains, avoid shotguns

Zombies aren't known for their critical thinking skills, but in Zombie Dice, a fast-paced, risk-vs-reward dice-rolling game designed by Steve Jackson, you play a zombie who must balance its desire for human brains with its fear of getting blasted to necrotic bits by a shotgun.

The game comes with 13 specially marked dice. The dice have three kinds of markings: brains, shotgun blasts, and footprints. (Green dice have more brains, red dice have more shotgun blasts, yellow dice are in-between).

The rules are simple: two or more people can play. Everyone is a zombie. The dice represent humans. When it's your turn, pull three dice from the cardboard cup (without looking) and roll them. Set any brains to one side. Set any shotgun blasts to the other side. Footprints mean the human got away - keep those in front of you. Do you want to roll again? No problem. Just re-roll the footprints dice along with enough fresh dice from the cup so that you roll three dice. You can roll as many times as you like in an effort to eats lots of brains in your turn (my record is 11 juicy brains in one turn), but if you end up accumulating three shotgun blasts, you lose all your brain points for that turn and the next player-zombie gets its turn. When one player gets 13 points, play continues until the round is finished and whoever has the most points wins.

Here's a sample turn:

Corrupted coloring book pages

From Neatorama: "Coloring Book Corruptions is a delightful demonstration of what happens when you combine a sick mind and children’s entertainment. The anonymous artist adds his/her drawings, but invites you to submit your own."

Coloring Book Corruptions [NSFW]

Make a notebook from a brown paper bag

Brittany Watson Jepsen shows you how to hand-bind a notebook from a brown paper bag and any kind of interior paper you'd like to use for the inside pages.

5 minute bookbinding (Via CRAFT)

NYPD program to spy on Muslims has been disbanded

NYT: "The New York Police Department has abandoned a secretive program that dispatched plainclothes detectives into Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and built detailed files on where people ate, prayed and shopped, the department said." Translation: NYPD creates new secret secretive program to spy on Muslims. (Thanks, Matthew!) Mark 6

The Art of Ian Miller [exclusive excerpt]

Ian Miller is a fantasy illustrator and writer best known for his quirkily etched gothic style and macabre sensibility. Miller is noted for his book and magazine covers and interior illustrations, including SF fiction covers, a host of illustrations for the Realm of Chaos supplement and the first edition of Warhammer 40,000, work for Fighting Fantasy gamebooks and covers for Terror of the Lichmaster, Death on the Reik, andWarhammer City. Featuring over 300 pieces of artwork spanning decades of Ian’s work, The Art of Ian Miller is a treat for all lovers of great fantasy art – from Lovecraft novel covers to Tolkien bestiaries to Warhammer 40,000 concept art, through a veritable trove of gothic humour, fantasy battles, dragons, beasts and a world of nightmarish visions.

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Beautiful steam-powered mechanical models on auction block

Leavitt Pumping Engine. Very finely built and presented vintage exhibition model of a massive American steam powered waterworks pump designed by Erasmus Darwin Leavitt circa 1895. Model has exceptional detail and is expertly finished with complex gearing operated by a central ship's wheel. Presented on wood stand with table base. Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000.

Check out the preview photos for this Heritage auction of magnificent mechanical models. Given the amount of time and skill that went into the construction of these hand-made machines, the estimated value seems ridiculously low. (If craftsmanship isn't your thing, you might be able to pick up a Cy Twombly masterpiece for under $1 million.)

Here are a few examples of models up for auction

Boars, Gore, and Swords: Game of Thrones recap: 4x02:

Boars, Gore, and Swords is hosted by stand-up comedians Ivan Hernandez and Red Scott. In each episode they break down HBO's Game of Thrones and George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. They also talk about movies, TV, science fiction, fantasy, and lots of other things. NSFW.

Season 4 Episode 2 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” takes the fourth season to an entirely different level. Ivan and Red are joined by comedian and Business-man Sean Keane to discuss an episode that is certain to be a classic in this realm. We cover the most disturbing tv scene in television history, Joffrey’s dream woman, a refocusing on Bronn’s storyline, the insufficient bastard naming system, Theon going to Barber school, Skyler vs Shae, the lineage of Dragonstone, Joffrey’s wonderfully short wedding ceremony, new Tommen, Ser Loras vs Ser Jaime, Brienne vs Cersei, the indignity of the little person acting troupe, and reams and reams of comeuppance.

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Read Boing Boing's other GoT S04E02 recap here.

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