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A Day in the Life of a Cartoonist

(Joel Watson/Hijinks Ensue)

To be an artist is to commune with the collective unconscious, giving to and sharing from the universal body of narrative which flows through the human experience. To reduce the viscosity of that flow, add coffee. It speeds up the communing process. You'll need that if you're going to make that afternoon appointment. Joel Watson, a webcomic artist, explains how he works.


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The Paper Mache Creations of Dan Reeder



Dan Reeder (featured previously at Neatorama for a Maleficent wall mounted piece) is an artist from Seattle who has been making these detailed paper mache characters for 40 years. His technique, shown in the video below, blends a structure of paper mache with a painted, cloth "skin." Reeder has authored several books on his craft, his latest being Paper Mache Dragons: Making Dragons & Trophies Using Paper & Cloth Mache, which is available on Amazon

See more photos of Reeder's paper mache pieces here. 

 

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Via: Laughing Squid | Images: Dan Reeder 



 


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Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt Giveaway

Hello Neatoramanauts & NeatoShoppers! We're celebrating the last sale on the NeatoShop for Christmas 2014 with this neatoriffic giveaway. Win your choice of T-shirt AND an Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt (delivery after the holiday rush, mmkay?)

Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt Giveaway Instructions

1. Visit the NeatoShop.com and take a look at our wide selection of neat and geeky T-shirts, including our Funny T-shirts, Sci-Fi T-shirts, Science T-Shirts and Video Game inspired T-shirts. Go on, take a looksie (and while you're at it, take advantage of our 24 Hour Sale: all T-shirts are 20% off!)

2. Then visit the Ugly Christmas Sweater-style Tee section, and find your favorite.

3. In the comment section below, write:

- Your favorite T-shirt design + Name of the designer
- Your favorite Ugly Sweater-Style Tee design + Name of the designer

One entry per person, please - multiple entries will disqualify you from winning.

We'll pick one winner at random: They will win the T-shirt AND Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt of their choice. The winner will be notified through our comment section below (so be sure to use a valid email address).

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10 Cartoon Characters Drawn in the Styles of 10 Different Cartoonists

Finnish artist Jaakko Seppälä demonstrates remarkable skill and versatility with this chart. You can see a much larger version here. 

Jesus Diaz of Gizmodo helpfully lists the components. From top to bottom are the characters of Asterix, Calvin, Donald Duck, Captain Haddock, Batman, Heimo Vesa, Corto Maltese, Moomintroll, Garfield, and Lucy. From left to right, you see the styles of Albert Uderzo, Bill Watterson, Walt Disney, Hergé, Neal Adams, Perrti Jarla, Hugo Pratt, Lars Jansson, Jim Davis, and Charles Schulz.


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Korean Illustrator Gives an Eastern Take on Western Folktales

Snow White

Beauty and the Beast

What would Little Red Riding Hood and the Little Mermaid look like if drawn in the manga style of modern East Asia? Na Young Wu, a Korean artist, shows us. Her Twitter feed offers us refreshingly different takes on these Western folktale characters.

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This Amazing Birdcage and Fish Bowl Is Unlike Anything You've Seen Before

(Photo: Cooper Hewitt)

And I don't open up my box of superlatives like that without good reason. The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum owns this rare and bizarre artifact of early Nineteenth Century Dutch origin. It's both a birdcage and a fishbowl.

The fish live in the glass at the top. But the sphere in the center of the bowl doesn't open to the fishbowl. It opens only to the birdcage at the bottom. A bird inside the birdcage can fly up into the sphere. When it does so, it would appear to be flying in the midst of the fish.

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Storytime

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Thomas Sanders walks around town inventing stories about the people he sees going about their lives. Sometimes the main characters are a little freaked out by his interpretations, and I can see why. Their reactions are more amusing than the actual stories. -Via Laughing Squid


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A Few Things You May Not Know About Mel Brooks

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

What can you say about the great comedic genius Mel Brooks? He has given us some of the funniest movies in history. Which of Mel's wonderful films made you laugh the most? Was it The Producers? Blazing Saddles? Young Frankenstein?

A brilliant writer, director and performer, Mel is a true comedy immortal. Here's a few facts you may not have known about Mr. Mel Brooks.

* Mel is one of the rare performers who have won an Emmy, an Oscar, a Grammy and a Tony award.

* He has three films in AFIs list of Funniest Movies of All-time: Blazing Saddles (1973) is #6, The Producers (1968) is #11, and Young Frankenstein (1974) is #13.

* Although Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein are thought of as his most popular films, his biggest video sales come from Spaceballs (1987) and Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993).

* Mel was a small, sickly child who was often picked on by his classmates.

* He was a combat soldier in World War II. Mel was a corporal in the U.S. Army stationed in North Africa. One of his duties was defusing land mines before the infantry moved in.

* As a soldier, Mel took part in the Battle of the Bulge.

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Today's Problems, Illustrated in Fifties Style


Acclaimed British illustrator John Holcroft illustrates present day problems with biting satire. These illustrations borrow style from advertisements from the 1950s. Holcroft takes a look at technology used as a crutch, the practice of medicine and its relationship to profit and savings, outsourcing and instability of employment and more.  

Visit Holcroft's website, Behance site and Facebook page to see more of his work.

Via Bored Panda | Images John Holcroft

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Sriracha Beer


Are you a fan of all things that have a spicy kick? If so, you might like Oregon-based brewery Rogue Ales' new creation: Sriracha Hot Stout Beer. The product is made with “Huy Fong original hot chili sauce." The maker says the beer is well matched with popular foods such as pizza, hotdogs and hamburgers. Visit the Rogue Ales website to learn more or purchase this item. -Via Design Taxi

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The Couch Gag Before Christmas

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The Simpson’s Christmas episode, "I Won't Be Home For Christmas," is this Sunday, so the opening couch gag is holiday-themed. Homer and Marge are elves, cats and dogs pull sleighs, and Lisa stars in a tribute to the Disney movie Frozen. There’s a lot more going on in this short clip; you may have to see it twice to catch all the references. -via Warming Glow


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The Glove and Boots Guide to Riding the Subway


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I've never been to New York City, but I hope to visit someday. I've already picked up some of the rules of etiquette, such as to keep walking while you're on the sidewalk and don't try to start conversations with strangers.

Before I go, I'll also re-watch this helpful guide. What does it mean to ride the subway? Johnny T, one of the puppets on the Glove and Boots show, explains:

Think of the subway as going to a party at a stranger's studio apartment at 7 in the morning with 800 other people who all hate each other.

It's the worst party ever. But people go to it every day without killing each other by getting it over with as quickly and as quietly as possible.

-via Daily of the Day


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The Terminator: Genisys Trailer

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The fifth Terminator movie Terminator: Genisys marks the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to the franchise. It is a retelling of the events of the first film surrounding Sarah Conner, now rendered in a  parallel timeline that has been altered by other time travelers the principles weren’t aware of when they set things in motion. You can’t really call it a reboot, since it is a different story, just set in the same time, and believably connected to the original timeline by the weird but familiar temporal distortions the story is based on …except for a few pesky things like the actors being different and Arnold being 30 years older. The movie could be either a shot in the arm for the franchise, or as terrible as our worst fears. Either way, we have to wait until next summer to see it. -via Gamma Squad


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Inked Icons



What if the tattoo trend had begun years earlier and had affected some of the most iconic faces in media? Instagrammer IndianGiver, also known as Cheyenne Randalls, attempts to answer that question with her interesting portraits of famous people re-imagined with tattoos. Full sleeves, face and neck tattoos, no region of the body is off limits to Randalls' imagination. It's interesting; some of the celebrities pictured who seem least likely to have approved of tattoos, Elvis for instance, look quite interesting with them. What do you think?

See this article or the artists' Instagram account for more photographs from Cheyenne Randalls. 

Images Credit: Cheyenne Randalls/IndianGiver



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NeatoShop Black Friday Sale: All T-Shirts $14.95!

W00t! It's here: the NeatoShop Black Friday Sale is ON!

NOV 28 to 30, 2014 - ALL T-SHIRTS ARE JUST $14.95

Avoid the mad rush at the mall and get your loved ones (and yourself) awesome T-shirts from the NeatoShop.

Celebrate the holidays with NeatoShop's awesome Ugly Christmas Sweater-style tees. Or check out our wide selection of Funny T-shirts, Science T-shirts, Sci-Fi T-shirts, Video Games-inspired T-shirts, and more.

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The L.A. Locations Where Famous Horror Films Were Shot

Horror movies are rarely set in Los Angeles, preferring to use fake city names like Springwood and Cuesta Verde, and yet the vast majority of them are filmed within a hundred miles of Hollywood.

Making viewers believe that they’re seeing a location from Anywhere, U.S.A. is all part of movie magic, but when you discover the real life locations scattered around the City of Angels Google maps replaces magic.

Take a snapshot tour with LA Weekly as they reveal The L.A. Spots Where Your Favorite Horror Movies Were Filmed, including this famous bridge from the 80s classic The Lost Boys. 

With a little storytelling, and an audience's willingness to believe, these everyday locales across Los Angeles transport the viewers to another place and time, but isn't it surprising how mundane most of these locations are in real life?!


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Hauntingly Beautiful Paintings By Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen

If we could actually capture the appearance of a spirit on film, like those ghost show guys claim to be able to do, we might end up with a result that resembles the hauntingly beautiful paintings of Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen.

Henrik’s subjects look like they're materializing out of wisps of smoke, or breaking down into an incorporeal and foggy form, the beauty of soft human contours emerging from the insubstantial.

His paintings are meditative, deconstructive and strikingly humanistic, sparking conversations about the fleeting nature of human life and the way elements converge to create the human form. -Via Beautiful/Decay


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Star Wars Rebels Giveaway

Hello Neatoramanauts & NeatoShoppers! This is the Star Wars Rebels giveaway page you've been looking for!

Our pals over at Hasbro have kindly sent us a mystery box filled with four very cool Star Wars Rebels toys to mark the launch of a new animated series airing on Disney XD.

So here's where you come in - enter to win the easiest Star Wars Rebel giveaway ever. All you have to do is follow the instructions below:

Star Wars Rebels Giveaway Instructions

1. Visit the NeatoShop.com and take a look at our wide selection of neat and geeky T-shirts, including our Funny T-shirts, Sci-Fi T-shirts, Science T-Shirts and Video Game inspired T-shirts. Go on, take a looksie (and while you're at it, take advantage of our Beat the Rush Free Shipping sale: all T-shirt orders get free worldwide shipping!)

2. In the comment section below, write your favorite T-shirt design and the name of its designer.

One entry per person, please - multiple entries will disqualify you from winning. We'll pick eight commenters at random: four will win a Star Wars Rebel toy from Hasbro each and another four will win the T-shirt they choose as their favorite. The winners will be notified through our comment section below (so be sure to use a valid email address). They will have 3 days to claim the prize or forfeit it forever.

May the Force be with you!

Update 12/15/14: The contest is now closed and the winners have been picked using a random number algorithm over at random.org. Congratulations to commenters #25 Robin Hudson, #54 Carmel Hauck, #63 Cesar Urrunaga, #71 Faye Oppitz, #73 Victoria Aranha, #86 Stinkycat91, #99 Kim Curler, #153 Cros Marie The winners have been contacted via Neatorama's private message and have 3 days to claim their prizes or forfeit them. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway!


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Comic Brick Show at Designer Con Presents Comic Book Covers in LEGO

Designer Con 2014 in Los Angeles just wrapped up, but before it did, the "Comic Brick" show was held, in which a number of LEGO lovers recreated popular comic book covers in bricks. The results, some of which are shown here, were way cool. The covers included Star Wars, The Hulk, Superman, Batman and The Walking Dead.

You can see more of the brick art from the Comic Brick show here.

Via Lost at E Minor | Images: Flickr 
 
 


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Let It Go, Bruce

So, did Batman watch Frozen, or did he become familiar with the entire story by osmosis, like I did? I finally saw the movie, or most of it, about a month ago. This comic is from DeviantART member nebezial. And there was a great comment underneath:

:iconbatmanplz: :iconsaysplz:Clark? :iconmusicnotesplz:Do you want to save the planet? Come on lets go today. We don't save people anymore, come out the door, and up up and away. We used to be best allies, but now we're not and it's all DC's fault. Do you want to save this planet? It doesn't have to be this planet.:iconmusicnotesplz:

:iconsupermanplz::iconsaysplz:Go away Bruce.

:iconbatmanplz::iconsaysplz::iconmusicnotesplz:Okay bye.:iconmusicnotesplz:

-via Geeks Are Sexy


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Artist Reveals How Superheroes Are Celebrating Movember

We’re in the midst of Movember 2014, when guys grow out their facial hair for the sake of spreading awareness about men's issues, like prostate cancer, and raising money for charity.

You might find it dorky when your friend grows a grizzly adams beard, or a handlebar moustache, but there’s nothing dorky about superfolks like Wolverine, Ghost Rider and Dr. Manhattan growing out their manly facial hair for a good cause. 

Illustrator James Bousema has created three heroic portraits that reveal what some of our favorite superheroes would look like with facial hair, the first in a new project he's working on to beard 'em all.

Wolverine is usually depicted sporting a pair of mutton chops, but seeing him with a long beard and moustache kinda makes him look like a hobo in disguise.

Dr. Manhattan went the hipster handlebar moustache route, of course, since he was superpowered way before it was cool, but the biggest surprise reveal of all is Ghost Rider- who knew his beard would be made out of flames! -Via GeekTyrant


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This Little Girl Wins At Disneyland Pictures

Every kid wants a picture with the characters when they visit Disney World, but Jennifer Rouch's 3-year-old daughter Lane manages to actually fit in with the stories she matches with the help of her mother's amazing costumes.

Jennifer makes all of the costumes from scratch and some of them are utterly amazing. The mother didn't just want to make cute photos that would make internet candy for Disney fans. -She actually came up with the idea after she noticed that her daughter was becoming increasingly shy.

Since Jennifer and Lane visit Disney World regularly, the mother thought that letting her daughter dress up like Disney characters might make her more comfortable around new people. The efforts paid off as little Lane certainly looks cozy playing with her favorite characters.

You can keep up with Lane's adventures over on My Disney Daze.

Via Fashionably Geek

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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The Journey of Addiction, Animated

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This simple yet remarkable animation by Andreas Hykade quite accurately captures the arc of addiction, via a bird character who, in his travels on foot, encounters golden nuggets along the way. When he ingests a nugget out of curiosity, he experiences feelings of elation; feelings that soon change, as does his perception and quality of life in the interim between nuggets. -Via Dangerous Minds


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Criminy, Gary, You Can’t Say That!

(Completely Serious Comics)

I mean, even if it is true. You’re not supposed to say it out loud.

Now we can’t go back to that bar because of you.


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Incredibly Realistic Paintings by Jason De Graaf



I would have thought these gorgeous acrylic paintings by artist Jason De Graaf were photographs if I hadn't read the text that accompanied these images. He says via his website,

"My paintings are about staging an alternate reality, the illusion of verisimilitude on the painted surface, filtered so that it expresses my unique vision. Though my paintings may appear photoreal, my goal is not to reproduce or document faithfully what I see one hundred percent, but also to create the illusion of depth and sense of presence not found in photographs. I try to use objects as a vehicle to express myself, to tell a story, or hint at something beyond what is actually painted. Therefore I try to choose subjects that have meaning to me or are artifacts from my life.." 

Visit Jason De Graaf's website to see more of his work. 

ViaLost at E Minor | Images: Jason De Graaf





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Don't Eat That, John! -- The Rice Krispie Treat Pizza

Don't That John! is my ongoing series of daring experiments that push the envelope of culinary science and, dare I say, human achievement. In the past, I've made a taco pizza, a Taco Bell Doritos taco smoothie, and a French toast Reuben Nutella Elvis sandwich. Today, I decided to make a pizza.

But not just any pizza. Pizza is wonderful, of course. But so are Rice Krispie treats. So I made a pizza that had a Rice Krispie treats for the crust.

Other people have made Rice Krispie treat "pizzas" in the sense that they have made Rice Krispie treats decorated with candy so that they look like pizzas. But I want a meal--a pizza meal.

This week, humanity reached out and landed a probe on a comet. This was an unprecedented event brought about by great intellect, daring, and determination. In the same spirit and initiative that made the Philae lander possible, I offer to you the Rice Krispie treat pizza.

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Twinsters

Here’s a story that quite resembles the movie The Parent Trap, except that the parents aren’t really involved. French fashion designer Anais Bordier, who is studying in London, was shown a video of Samantha Futerman, an American actress who resembled her. Then things got weird. Bordier wrote to Futerman at Facebook.

Hey,

My name is Anaïs, I am french and live in London,

About 2 months ago, my friend was watching one of your videos with Kevjumba on youtube, and he saw you and thought that we looked really very similar...
like... VERY REALLY SIMILAR...we were making jokes about it etc. (I'm always being violent with people and hitting them too hahaha)

Today, he saw the trailer of 21 & over and told me he saw you again, I then checked your name on the cast, stalked you A BIT, and found out you were born the 19th of november 1987.

I checked more of your videos (which are hilarious) and then came upon how it feels to be adopted'... and discovered you were adopted too.

So..I don't want to be too Linday Lohan,
well...but..how to put it..I was wondering where you were born?
I was born on the 19th of November 1987, in Busan but my papers were made at the Holt Chuldren's Institute, so "officially" I was born in Seoul. My korean name is Kim Eunwha. I arrived in France the 5th March 1988, so 3 months later.

You can check my facebook if you want to check the pictures and videos. It's more obvious on videos...

Let me know...don't freak out...
Lots of love

Anaïs

The two women met in London, and have since traveled to Korea together and met each other’s families. They wrote a book called Separated @ Birth: A True Love Story of Twin Sisters Reunited, and are working on a documentary called Twinsters. See a video news report on the twins at CNN. -via Metafilter


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My Biggest Insecurity: Loose Skin

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At one time, John weighed 360 pounds. But with hard work and determination, he slimmed down to the buff guy he is now. He wants you to know that his body is not perfect despite the weight loss and fit muscles: losing an enormous amount of weight will leave you with loose skin. John is insecure about it, but confronts that insecurity by showing us what his skin looks like. He does a good job of camouflaging it while dressed, and the tradeoff in health is well worth it. See more of John at Instagram. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Indepth Interview with Stephen King



Fans of Stephen King will like this Rolling Stone interview with him from his office just outside Bangor, Maine, which "sits on a particularly dreary dead-end road... just down the street from a gun-and-ammo store, a snowplow dealership and, appropriately enough, an old cemetery." Perfect.

Visit Rolling Stone to read the interview, the scope of which spans King's entire career. 

Illustration by Roberto Parada


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Ghost Islands: Eight of the Eeriest Abandoned Places on the Seas

There are uninhabited islands and abandoned islands, and then there are these: ghost islands, with a past that sinks over you like a specter. There are mostly sad reasons these islands aren’t inhabited, like Poveglia Plague Island.

Poveglia served as a plague quarantine station for Venice from 1793 to 1814, and some rumors state that 50% of the soil is composed of the remains of the dead. A mental hospital was later opened, and remains in ruins in the overgrowth of ivy. It's also not the only ghost island in the Venice area, which is spotted with these abandoned relics of eras gone by.

Other islands were abandoned due to war, starvation, industrial decline, border disputes, and there’s even one that sank too much to live on. Read about all eight at Atlas Obscura.

(Image credit: Flickr user ntenny)


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