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Betty does Marilyn subway updraft
Retro Ladies • Tue 2012 May 15, 6:53pm
Бетти Буп во плоти. Модель Оля.
Betty Boop in the flesh. Model Olya.
Duck Dunn • Mon 2012 May 14, 10:32am
Donald "Duck" Dunn's astonishing discography.
Join or Die
Alan Gardner, Daily Cartoonist • Sat 2012 May 12, 3:38pm
[May 9] marks the 258th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s “Join or Die” cartoon – often thought of as the first editorial cartoon in the Americas. It was published in the Pennsylvania Gazette as a rallying cry unity among the colonies.
Batman logo
Alan Gardner, Daily Cartoonist • Sat 2012 May 12, 2:48pm
...near-mint first edition of ... Batman ... sold for $850,000 in a private transaction through Heritage Auction. ... new owners are only disclosed as an “investor partnership.”
NY Daily News • Thu 2012 May 10, 10:45am
Authenticity is key for “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner — no matter the cost. In this week’s episode, Jon Hamm’s character Don Draper struggles to understand the ever-changing landscape of 1960s youth culture by giving the new Beatles album a cursory listen. The tune he opts for? The last song on the band’s “Revolver” album, the very poignant “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Gaining the rights to play the original Beatles’ recording was not easy, however, and Lionsgate, the studio that produces the stylish AMC show, ended up paying a hefty $250,000 for the privilege.
John Carucci, AP, SF Chronicle • Fri 2012 May 4, 2:17pm
George Harrison's widow Olivia hopes to add more perspective on the reticent Beatle with her new digital book, and fill in the blanks left by Martin Scorsese's recent documentary.
Marilyn Chambers' Ivory Snow box
Tracy Quan, Daily Beast • Thu 2012 Apr 26, 3:09pmLovelace had a talent for popularizing sexual attitudes and for being at the center of the storm when change was occurring. Never a deliberate trendsetter, she nonetheless had an impact on what became normal in our bedrooms. She’s also one of the most misunderstood icons of the 1970s.
Crimson Dynamo
Bloomberg • Tue 2012 Apr 17, 11:11amWalt Disney Co., the world’s largest entertainment company, plans to co-produce “Iron Man 3” with Beijing film studio DMG Entertainment as collaborations between Hollywood and Chinese studios increase. [So, in the comics, originally, Tony Stark became Iron Man after he was wounded, held captive, and forced to work for the Communists of North Viet Nam. Now, Walt Disney is going to be making Iron Man 3 with the descendents of Mao in China. Sure. Right. I see. No problem.]
epobirs at Ace of Spades • Fri 2012 Apr 13, 12:45pmThe real major expenses for publishers are the Manhattan offices and other perks, like hiring English lit majors at 80K a year to do proofreading any decent high school grad could perform for a few hundred bucks per book. (Also, an established author can easily crowd source a book's proofreading to a small group of fans. I was part of such an effort recently. We produced an almost perfect draft in less than 24 hours in terms of correcting basic text errors and continuity issues.) The big publishers are going to die. It's that simple. There is simply no reason for them to exist any more. Many small agencies will emerge from the wreckage and earn their keep with meaningful service with a low overhead. A home office in the suburbs is just as good as a Manhattan skyscraper for this purpose.
jc at Ace of Spades • Fri 2012 Apr 13, 12:34pm...that is a real problem. a lot of good bass parts are hypnotic. my problem is they tend to hypnotize the bass player. too. But, we are not alone. I remember an interview where BB King said he doesn't play and sing at the same time cuz he has 'stupid fingers....'
Mike Myatt, Forbes • Wed 2012 Apr 11, 8:01pm

While developing an understanding of great communication skills is easier than one might think, being able to appropriately draw upon said skills when the chips are down is not always as easy as one might hope for. ... Great communicators are skilled a reading a person/group by sensing the moods, dynamics, attitudes, values and concerns of those being communicated with. Not only do they read they environment well, but they possess the uncanny ability to adapt their messaging to said environment without missing a beat. ... So, how do you know when your skills have matured to the point that you’ve become an excellent communicator? The answer is you’ll have reached the point where your interactions with others consistently use the following ten principles. ... Most importantly of all, keep in mind that communication is not about you, your opinions, your positions or your circumstances. It’s about helping others by meeting their needs, understanding their concerns, and adding value to their world.
[h/t War News Updates]

Jeffrey Lord at American Spectator • Tue 2012 Apr 10, 12:03pmFormer Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee took his first phone call of his new talk radio call-in show yesterday. From "Mike in San Francisco." Remember: the show is being positioned by the Cumulus Media Network as the conservative show with "more conversation, less confrontation." Or, as it is certainly being pushed in the anti-Rush Limbaugh media, the show for moderate Republicans that will Take Rush Out. RINO Radio, as we noted here last week. … In fact, "Mike from San Francisco" turned out after some digging to be one Mike McVay, the senior vice president of programming for… wait for it… the Cumulus Media Network. None of which was acknowledged on the air by either "Mike from San Francisco" or, more to the point, Mike Huckabee. … the entire venture has taken onto itself the image that it is about far more than just a talk radio show. It is about replacing Reagan conservatism — represented here by Rush Limbaugh — with RINO Radio. …
NY Daily News • Thu 2012 Apr 5, 10:22pmJim Marshall, who helped shape the sound of rock ’n’ roll with his groundbreaking amplifier designs, died in a hospice Thursday morning, his family said. He was 88.
Guardian (UK) • Wed 2012 Apr 4, 12:52pm

A Beatles reunion might be impossible, but music fans may yet get to see Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starkey on stage together, because the Beatles' sons have mooted the idea of starting a band.

Price Tower, Bartlesville
KJRH • Tue 2012 Apr 3, 6:35pmBARTLESVILLE, Okla. - The Price Tower Art Center in January opened an exhibit displaying the work of Swedish-American architect and designer Greta Magnusson Grossman, known for her design of Swedish-inspired furniture. On Tuesday morning, the inspiration went a little further as three toddler-aged children got an opportunity to design miniature furniture — a table and a lamp stand — with Grossman's designs being the source of their inspiration.
Plunging! • Tue 2012 Apr 3, 12:08pm[Print newspaper advertising, 1950-2011 - chart]
Rate Your Music • Tue 2012 Apr 3, 12:01pm[Five-neck guitar - photo, or photoshop?]
Rolling Stone • Fri 2012 Jan 6, 2:01pmBob Weston, a guitarist who played as a member of Fleetwood Mac on their early Seventies albums Penguin and Mystery to Me, has died at the age of 64. Police found the musician's body at his home in North London. An autopsy report indicates that was suffering from a gastric intestinal hemorrhage, cirrhosis and a throat ailment at the time of his death. Weston joined Fleetwood Mac as a replacement for guitarist Danny Kirwan in 1972. He was later fired from the band by drummer Mick Fleetwood after it was discovered that he was having an ongoing affair with Fleetwood's wife, Jenny Boyd.
USA Today • Fri 2012 Jan 6, 1:27pmOlympic fencer and movie sword master Bob Anderson appeared in some of film's most famous dueling scenes — though few viewers knew it…. donned Darth Vader's black helmet and fought light saber battles in two of the three original "Star Wars" films…. worked with actors from Errol Flynn to Antonio Banderas during five decades as a sword master, fight director and stunt performer….
Guardian (UK) • Fri 2012 Jan 6, 1:22pmOne of the UK's most beloved cartoonists, Ronald Searle, creator of the tearaway girls' school St Trinian's, has died aged 91.
Big Government • Wed 2011 Dec 28, 8:28pmFairey “used a collage of scenes from the Arab Spring to Moscow to Occupy Wall Street as a backdrop, images he said shows the dramatic accumulation of these global protests,” TIME wrote… TIME selected a [single] dead-beat American credit-junkie to symbolize the brave souls who risked everything in their struggle for freedom…
ComicMix • Sat 2011 Dec 17, 12:50pmThe $2 million barrier has been broken, with Nicolas Cage’s CGC 9.0 copy of Action Comics #1 now holding the all time auction record.
Captain America
ComicMix • Fri 2011 Dec 16, 6:42pmOne of the last of the founding fathers of comic books, writer/editor/artist/publisher Joe Simon, died yesterday at the age of 98… first editor at Marvel Comics… [co-created] Captain America with artist Jack Kirby… [and] Guardian and the Newsboy Legion, the Boy Commandos, and Manhunter… created the romance comic… one of a handful of creators without whom the American comic book field would not be as we know it today…. • Wed 2011 Sep 7, 11:20amSure, DC got flak from racists who said Uncle Sam had to be white. DC bravely answered that the spirit of America could manifest in any of its citizens, and all the major media news media agreed, giving DC publicity that no amount of money could buy. Until then, Marvel Comics had threatened to surpass DC, but DC's bold integration of its world pushed Marvel back into second place. … [Ummm….] • Sat 2011 Sep 3, 12:01pma new digital pen called "Inkling" which allows artists the ability to draw on paper while the pen and receiver captures the drawing. The receiver is then hooked up to your computer and you can import the drawing … pen tip looks like a ball point pen but has pressure sensitivity. You can even create virtual "layers" on your paper which are imported into real layers in your graphic application. [promo video]
USA flag • Fri 2011 Sep 2, 7:03pm…the proportion of Americans today who are able to understand Common Sense (13%) is smaller than the proportion that bought Common Sense in 1776 (20%). • Fri 2011 Sep 2, 6:59pmThey really kept the show in line with the spirit and look of the strip. • Fri 2011 Sep 2, 6:58pmI can think of no other modern comic strip that inspires such fiercely passionate fandom as Calvin and Hobbes. Bill Watterson's masterful work has also inspired some fans to mix up the titular duo with other pop culture figures.
Zip • Fri 2011 Sep 2, 6:39pmZippy, the character, not the comic strip, passed the forty-year milestone late last year, and on May 26, the comic strip celebrated its 25th anniversary, just the day before its creator, Bill Griffith, made a presentation at the annual convention of the National Cartoonists Society, a happy coincidence that escaped our attention altogether at the time. But to make up for our dereliction, we're reprinting (and updating slightly) an interview we enjoyed with Griffith and published in Cartoonist PROfiles No. 101 (March 1994).