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Ok. It’s official. Best weekend ever. (at Shake Shack)

Sneaky birthday cupcakes…


Jeremy Hobbs is a graphic designer / illustrator who runs the Ribbon Black site, a blog full of fake videogames designed by him. The ones I’m showing you today are from one of my favourite projects, a collection of Adventure Time Famicom games.

Don’t forget to check also his Tumblr site, and his entry to Famicase Exhibition 2013.




Ray Harryhausen forever.

Sentinels of the Multiverse. Seal of approval. (at 131 5th)

So much awesome.

Botanic birthday. #happybirthdayjones (at Brooklyn Botanic Garden)

Botanic birthday. #happybirthdayjones (at Brooklyn Botanic Garden)

Messing With the Wrong City 


Many of you have likely heard about the bombing at the Boston Marathon today. I’ve created this downloadable wallpaper to raise money to benefit the victims. All money raised will be evenly distributed between Boston Children’s Hospital and Red Cross of Boston. You can donate here.

Please spread the word, not only for this one, but for all charitable endeavors, including blood donation. The people of Boston need our help. Let’s give it to them.



Ever wonder just why some music makes you feel so good? Virginia Hughes reports on some super-interesting new neuroscience research by Valorie Salimpoor at her National Geographic blog: Only Human

There’s quite a bit of nitty-gritty brain science at play here, but here’s the highlights:

The Big Questions: The major mystery in the biology of music is “why?” How do mere vibrations in the air bring on such deep emotional responses? Did this have any influence on our evolution, or is it just a side effect of the myriad of tweaks and evolutionary forces that made us human?

What They Found: When test subjects listened to songs they had never heard before and asked whether they wanted to buy them, they engaged brain pathways involved in reward, pleasure, memory, prediction and judgment. When we hear new music, we appear to call upon “templates” for what we like in our memory. Then regions involved in prediction and judgment decide how much it fits our expectations, and searches for a “Goldilocks zone” of novelty and familiarity. If it fits, then we get a rush of pleasure in the brain’s reward pathway.

What Questions Remain: Why do people with similar exposures have such different tastes? How similar and different can things be before they become pleasurable/not pleasurable? 

New music is a series of memory, prediction, judgment and pleasure. It’s a whole-brain activity, and it’s a uniquely and wonderfully human experience.

I highly recommend checking out Ginny’s full article. This is fascinating stuff. There will be an episode of It’s Okay To Be Smart all about music and evolution in the near future. Stay tuned!

I am a friend, comrades, a friend!

Yuri Gagarin’s first words upon returning to earth, to a woman and a girl near where his capsule landed. (12 April 1961) The woman asked: “Can it be that you have come from outer space?” to which Gagarin replied: “As a matter of fact, I have!” (via asonlynasacan)

(Source: billionquotes.com)

Too good to care if it’s fake.

.mattfraction: from Brian K Vaughan, re SAGA 12 and Apple:  



As has hopefully been clear from the first page of our first issue, SAGA is a series for the proverbial “mature reader.” Unfortunately, because of two postage stamp-sized images of gay sex, Apple is banning tomorrow’s SAGA #12 from being sold through any iOS apps. This is a drag, especially because our book has featured what I would consider much more graphic imagery in the past, but there you go. Fiona and I could always edit the images in question, but everything we put into the book is there to advance our story, not (just) to shock or titillate, so we’re not changing shit.

Apologies to everyone who reads our series on iPads or iPhones, but here are your alternatives for Wednesday:

1) Head over to you friendly neighborhood comics shop and pick up a physical copy of our issue that you can have and hold forever.

2) While you’re at it, don’t forget to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which helps protect retailers who are brave enough to carry work that some in their communities might consider offensive. You can find signed copies of Saga at the CBLDF site right now.

3) Download the issue directly through sites like https://comics.imagecomics.com or on your non-Apple smartphone or tablet.

4) If all else fails, you might be able to find SAGA #12 in Apple’s iBookstore, which apparently sometimes allows more adult material to be sold than through its apps. Crazy, right?

Anyway, special thanks to Eric Stephenson and everyone at Image for supporting our decision, and for always being so supportive of creators. Sorry again to readers for the inconvenience, but I hope everyone will be able to find an issue that Fiona and I are particularly proud of. And after you do, please check out PanelSyndicate.com , the new digital comics site I own with artist Marcos Martin, which remains 100% uncensored by corporate overlords.

Your pal,



This is shitty and wrong and Apple’s AppStore needs to get out of the censorship business. I don’t need help figuring out what is and isn’t appropriate for me to read; I’m capable of doing that myself. Thanks, though.

Let’s also note that this is all about the sex in question being of the gay variety. There’s plenty of similar hetero sexual content schmeered all over the app store and the iTunes music store. I PROMISE there’s nothing in SAGA more deviant than some of the genuinely diseased shit to appear in William Friedkin’s KILLER JOE, available now for a $5 rent from iTunes. Or enjoy a rental of RE-ANIMATOR for $5, featuring a woman on the receiving end of some nonconsensual oral activity from A FUCKING SEVERED HEAD. But this microscopic image of a dude giving a blow? Apple ain’t having it. And they’ve decided you aren’t either.

By all means, get outraged. But while you’re at it? Get SAGA.

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