As a huge fan of Charles Burns' popular graphic novels such as Black Hole and the X'ed Out trilogy, it was awesome to find out about his art book, Free Shit. What was once a zine that Burns would give away for free at conventions (hence the name) is now a collection of all 25 issues in a hardcover book. Burns began self-publishing his secret zine in 2000, and all of it is finally available to the public in one pocket-sized book. Free Shit contains sketches, process pieces, notes, finished drawings, and more, all in black and white. From the book description: "the book is a revealing behind-the-scenes look at how characters and motifs in acclaimed works like Black Hole and Last Look have evolved." I love the rawness and experimentation of the drawings in Free Shit. I always appreciate seeing the process work of artists whom I admire. The surreal darkness of Burns' work always captivates me. If you want to buy Free Shit, here is the link.
Hank Hill introduces the TV executives to the ensemble cast of King of the Hill. "I'd say y'all got the makings of a damn good cartoon here," Hank says. From Wikipedia: In early 1995, after the successful first run of Beavis and Butt-Head on MTV, Mike Judge decided to create another animated series, this one… READ THE REST
Out of The Inkwell was a classic silent era cartoon produced by Fleischer Studios from 1918 to 1929. The series was born out of Max Fleischer's invention of the rotoscope, a device made out of an easel and a film projector, used to depict realistic movement within animated cartoons. Out of the Inkwell was a… READ THE REST
Since October is right around the corner, I thought I'd share one of my favorite spooky vintage cartoons. Mickey Mouse – The Haunted House is a 7-minute cartoon from 1929. In this classic, a very frightened Mickey Mouse has to navigate a haunted house full of skeletons, a grim reaper, and other creepy surprises. I… READ THE REST
There are lots of things to miss about childhood, whether it's fruit roll-ups, playing Super Mario Bros. 3 for hours on end, or discovering the tiny toys in your fast-food happy meal. But when it comes to devices with long wires attached to them, like the now-antiquated "household phone," or bulky headphones, modern life in… READ THE REST
From electric toothbrushes to blow dryers that brush your hair for you while you style, life is full of everyday gizmos and gadgets that just make things way easier. But if you're still using flimsy, cheap disposable lighters in your day-to-day, you may want to take a step back and consider an upgrade. If you've… READ THE REST
Rarely are we ever offline these days. The digital age we live in keeps us glued to the Internet, and leaving your cyberspace connection insecure leaves you exposed to threats. Pirates and hackers are getting craftier than ever, and our information is always at risk of being stolen or compromised if we don't take the… READ THE REST