How new emojis are born, a comic

Over at The Nib, excellent historical cartoonist Andy Warner, author of the wonderful Brief Histories of Everyday Objects, tells the story of how the Unicode Consortium brings new emoji into our online lives. From The Nib:

Read the full comic: "Want a New Emoji? Good Luck." Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: Meeting Edie Sedgwick

Returning from a trip abroad, John returns to Andy Warhol's Factory to meet a young, fragile, and beautiful Edie Sedgwick.

Comic about how we're living in a 1990s cyberpunk dystopia

Andy Warner says:

A comic by Maki Naro that I edited for the Nib just came out which I thought you'd dig. It's about how we're actually living in a 1990s cyberpunk dystopia.

Fun fact: the hacker character in this strip is based off the "R.U. a Cyberpunk?" article in Mondo 2000, a publication which I think shared early DNA with Boingboing.

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This Ouija board pun is to die for

From Verge social reporter and cartoonist Dami Lee. Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: The History of East Coast Academic Acid

Traditionally, the end of year (New Year's, especially) is a time when many on the planet indulge in LSD. To commemorate this good-minded season, here's a compact history of East Coast academic acid, including John's experience dosing at Millbrook with Tim Leary, Charles Mingus, others. Happy Holidays.

Even superheroes have problems with social media

The perils of modern online life even affect the Man of Steel. Jimmy Olsen's snap run through Facebook's evil autotagging is more observant than Lois. Lots more brilliant stuff by Brakken here. Read the rest

An illustrated microhistory of micronations

Sofie Louise Dam and Andy Warner drew up this charming overview of some of the more notable micronations in world history. Read the rest

VALENTINE'S WILCOCK: John meets Amber (his future wife)

A book of John Wilcock comics is now available

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JOHN WILCOCK: Andy Warhol's Mole People and Fred Herko's Suicide Dance (1964)

Freddy Herko by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall
A comic strip about Freddie Herko, who was a captivating and influential artist in New York, until his untimely death at age 28, in 1964. From John Wilcock, New York Years. (Supplements include Andy Warhol's screen test of Herko and an appreciation from The Guardian)

Have a Very Merry N.R.A. Christmas!

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the N.R.A.'s Wayne La Pierre plays Santa Claus, and everybody gets a gun, naughty OR nice!

Comic trailer: Raising Dion, superhero child with a single mom

What's it like Raising Dion, a 7-year-old son with superpowers? Watch the trailer, then read the first issue free. Read the rest

Comic about the woman who invented the coffee filter

Over at Backchannel, comic artist Andy Warner's illustrated the story of Melitta Bentz, a German housewife who in 1908 invented the coffee filter. Read the rest

Comic about how a man and his dog invented velcro

Over at Backchannel, Andy Warner's comic about how in 1941 a Swiss electrical engineer returned from a hike with his dog in the Alps and came up with velcro. Read the rest

Groo: Friends and Foes #4

I gobble down each issue of Groo: Friends and Foes faster than our bumbling hero slurps down cheese dip. In issue 4 (out now from Dark Horse), Groo and Rufferto stumble into his old "friend," Arcadio the Hero, who is working on training dragons to help him look more heroic. Once Groo gets involved, the village doesn't stand a chance.

Mark Evanier's writing is seamless and always leaves me giggling. Sergio Aragones' art blows me away. Read it again and again. Every time, you'll see something you missed. Be sure to check the back cover, an entire page devoted to the most devoted dog there is. Rufferto, of course, is the only real hero.

A preview of Groo #4 is posted at CBR. Read the rest

This simple comic strip concisely explains the complexities of Twitter drama

Apologies to all who think Twitter is srs bzns. Jokestress out! Read the rest

Hello Kitty is apparently not a cat

Hello Kitty is apparently not a cat according to Sanrio. In other news, Snoopy is confirmed to be a dog. Read the rest

Tyler Capps: Boing Boing Wake Up Cake recipe!

Tyler Capps is a chef from the Internet. His 2AM Chili recipe blew up on Reddit back in 2011. Then his comical recipe comic for The Bananarama did too. So Tyler launched Cooking Comically where he posts illustrated HOWTOs for Hobo Pies, Trustfall Chicken, Happy Little Hash Browns, and dozens of other noms. Tyler has just published an excellent new cookbook too, titled, what else, "Cooking Comically: Recipes So Easy You'll Actually Make Them." When we asked Tyler to create a recipe for Boing Boing, our only request was that he base it on one key ingredient, caffeine. That was enough stimulation for Tyler to come up with a magical formula for… Wake Up Cake! Here's the recipe: Read the rest

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