• Brand new luggage comes with a pre-damaged look

    Buying brand new things comes with an additional price — worrying about them getting scratched and dented. An Italian company called Crash Baggage makes polycarbonate luggage with cosmetic damage molded into the shell.

    From their website:

    [O]ur suitcases are already dented, worn-looking, crashed.
    With Crash Baggage we want to overturn the very concept of luggage through our travel philosophy "Handle Without Care," which exalts the freedom of movement and action wherever and whenever possible, without any worries.

    Via Core 77

  • Johnny Rotten gets bitten by fleas while befriending squirrels

    Who knew Johnny Rotten liked squirrels so much? He reportedly saw feeding and frolicking with the creatures near his Venice, California home when fleas hopped from the rodents to him and crawled in his pants, biting him in several places, including his penis.

    From TVNC:

    "I looked down there this morning at my willy and there's a fucking flea bite on it. And there's another one on the inside of my leg… The bites, wow, last night was murder because of it. The itching too. It's such a poxy thing to get caught out on. The only way around it, because I'm not going to blame the poor little squirrels, is to Vaseline my legs. I just hope they don't get the wrong idea."

    Image: By Koen Suyk; Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, Rijksfotoarchief: Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Fotopersbureau (ANEFO), 1945-1989 – negatiefstroken zwart/wit, nummer toegang 2.24.01.05, bestanddeelnummer 928-9661 – Nationaal Archief, CC0,

  • Support this fundraiser for Reinvented, an excellent STEM magazine for women

    I learned about Reinvented magazine when Carla was invited to be on its advisory board. It's a print magazine run by young women that provides real-life role models for women interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

    Our friends Limor Fried (founder of Adafruit) and Sherry Huss (producer of Maker Faire) have been featured in Reinvented.

    Reinvented is published by a nonprofit, and this year it's hosting a fall fundraiser with the goal of donating about 4,000 copies of the magazine to girls in low-income and underserved areas.​

    Want to help them meet their goal and support a great cause?  Donate via this link.

    Here are the details:

    For every magazine bought, up to one copy is donated to girls in low-income or rural areas through Reinvented Magazine's One-for-One program. Everyone who donates over $15 to their organization will receive a free digital copy of this limited edition Maker-themed issue.  If you'd like to purchase your own print copy, visit their website.

    If you're looking for even more empowering content, check out their 2021 Princesses with Power Tools Calendar, which is the perfect gift for any girl interested in STEM.  They can also be purchased on their website.

    Issue No. 5 of Reinvented Magazine centers around the Maker Movement, which consists of a community of creative and curious people driving innovation in manufacturing, engineering, industrial design, hardware technology, and education.

  • Free online event 11/20/20: Hollywood's New Anime Gold Rush

    Registration is open now for Japan House LA's online event, Hollywood's New Anime Gold Rush.

    Join us for a discussion on Hollywood's New Anime Gold Rush with John Ledford, founder and CEO of Sentai Filmworks, and Maki Terashima-Furuta, the president of Production I.G. USA and Jason DeMarco, Senior Vice President/Creative Director, Adult Swim/Cartoon Network On-Air. This session will be moderated by author Roland Kelts, the Tokyo-based journalist and scholar known for his bestselling book, "Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US."   

    Japanese anime is the only non-English-language global IP that has produced several of the world's top-grossing franchises and a long list of Hollywood adaptations. Anime is now transforming and being transformed by the worldwide growth of streaming media, which has seen massive expansion during the pandemic. In Japan, the recent record-breaking smash-hit anime movie, "Demon Slayer: Mugen Train," has shaken the global box office, earning $200M domestically in just 24 days. In Hollywood, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open with its first exhibition dedicated to a Japanese artist: maestro Hayao Miyazaki.  

    What is so special about anime? The panel will discuss the value and charm of anime not only as a form of entertainment but also as a form of culture that appeals to both adults and children in Japan, Hollywood and the world. 

  • Giant online auction of pre-code and underground comics

    Ivan alerted me to PBA's new Comic Book Auction. It has a lot of excellent old comics for sale.

    PBA's latest Comic Book auction is now online. It's a big sale, with 500 lots of pre-Code, Golden Age, Silver Age, R. Crumb, and original art.

    Online listings

    PDF of the print catalog.

     Only 100 softcover catalogs were printed. They're available at $40 each, but fewer than 30 copies are left. There's a limited edition hardcover (15 copies), of which only 5 copies remain.

  • Excerpt from Michel Rabagliati's Paul at Home

    A few weeks ago Drawn & Quarterly sent me a PDF of the new graphic novel, Paul at Home, by Michel Rabagliati. It was released today. Presented in black and white with excellent grayscale shading (similar to the style of Palookaville by Seth), Paul at Home tells the story of Paul, an everyday person who lives an everyday life in Montreal. No superheroes, no thrills, no capers. Just trips to the supermarket, visits to mother, childhood summer vacations in Wildwood, putting up with crotchety neighbors. Paul is kind of like a French Canadian Harvey Pekar, and I loved every mundane, masterfully executed page.

    Buy a copy.

    Read an excerpt from 's Paul at Home.

    From Drawn and Quarterly:

    If you aren't familiar with Michel, he truly is a superstar of Quebecois comics. He has spent several decades telling semi-autobiographical stories about his grouchy alter ego, Paul, selling over half a million copies in French alone. Gradually he has recreated an entire reality — that of French-speaking Quebec — via the ordinary stories of this one man's life. The comics are sometimes sweet, sometimes melancholy, often self-deprecatingly funny, and he's so popular in Quebec that a feature film was made of Paul's adventures.

    This is an oddly apt book for pandemic life, not just because of the title. Paul At Home is about divorce, aging, loneliness, about feeling disconnected from an increasingly digital world, and about trying to figure out who you are when you defined yourself as a parent or a child or a husband for so long — and those roles no longer apply in the same way. It's very self-aware and funny about all of these things, and like every one of Michel's books, he absolutely captures the texture (and quirks) of everyday life in Montreal. He nails the weird combination of intimacy and isolation that city life offers, where we know our neighbors' business intimately but are hesitant to speak to the stranger sitting next to us on the bus. 

  • How Hollywood makes prop money

    Prop money looks like real money, with one major difference, one side is blank. That wasn't always the case. The $1 trillion in prop money used in Rush Hour 2 was printed on both sides and it looked so real that people working on the set took bills and spent them in stores, resulting in the Secret Service seizing the money (which cost the prop house $100,000 to make) and burning it.

    [Via Dooby Brain]

  • Newly-elected Qanon congresswoman complains about mask rules

    QAnon-linked congresswoman-elect for Georgia Marjorie Taylor Greene thinks facemasks, which stop the spread of coronavirus, are "oppressive."

    Today she tweeted:

    Our first session of New Member Orientation covered COVID in Congress. Masks, masks, masks…. I proudly told my freshman class that masks are oppressive. In GA, we work out, shop, go to restaurants, go to work, and school without masks. My body, my choice. #FreeYourFace

  • Alaska congressman (87) who ridiculed Covid, has Covid

    Alaska Representative Don Young, who called COVID-19 "overblown" and the "beer virus" announced he tested positive for the virus. He posted to Twitter, "I am feeling strong, following proper protocols, working from home in Alaska, and ask for privacy at this time. May God Bless Alaska."

    This graph, from Business Insider, puts his change of dying at 14.8%. I hope he receives excellent care and recovers fully.

  • Apparently, Facebook is a safe haven for people who call for the beheading of public officials

    Twitter booted Steve Bannon's account when he said Anthony Fauci should have his head cut off and displayed on a pike "as a warning to federal bureaucrats" who are disloyal to Trump. But Facebook, which has a conservative user base, is continuing to host Bannon's popular page. The decision to keep Bannon's Facebook page was made by CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

    From The Independent:

    "We have specific rules around how many times you need to violate certain policies before we will deactivate your account completely," Zuckerberg said, according to Reuters who obtained a recording of the CEO's comments in response to a question from a Facebook employee on why Bannon had not been banned.

    "While the offenses here, I think, came close to crossing that line, they clearly did not cross the line."

    I'd love to see Facebook's specific rules around calls to behead people. Do they say, "It's OK to call for beheading people four times. After that, it's considered a 'crossing the line' violation and the account holder will be given a stern talking to by a call center representative."