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The Faces Behind Your Favorite Comics Revealed!

Many comic artists reveal a bit (or a whole lot) about themselves through their comics, and yet they often remain unseen.

Sometimes this is by design, because they're shy or they want their comic to speak for itself, but more often than not it's because we're too busy posting their comics to speak on the creator.

So let's change that, shall we?

This grinning man is Brian Gordon, the guy who draws that duck you love in Fowl Language Comics.

And this gorgeous gal in the striped sweater is Sarah Andersen, the creator of Sarah's Scribbles, aka that comic you relate to and adore.

Neither of them look anything like the characters they draw, but Cassandra Calin draws a spot-on cartoon version of herself for her comic C. Cassandra.

The guy at the top of the post is Chris Grady, creator of Lunarbaboon, and he also looks a lot like his character, but the creator of Catana Comics, Catana Chetwynd, has a much smaller and more detailed head than her character.

See 10+ Faces Behind Famous Comics You've Probably Never Seen Before here

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Brilliant Mystique Cosplay

Spotted at Comic Con New York today: Marvel’s mutant Mystique in the middle of morphing. I believe this costume is a full blue bodysuit with a partial uniform sewn on top. The blue sequins hide the joining seams really well, including the face paint and wig. Do you know who this is? She’s awesome: not just a good designer and cosplayer, but she’s also figured out how to be a woman comic book superhero at a convention without having to display the entire outline of her body. This picture was posted by redditor radicalheadphone.

Uodate: Her name is Rebecca Lindsay. She posted a selfie for a closer view of her face.

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The Stereotypical Dystopian YA Novel

You're still reading paranormal teen romance novels? Those are so 5 years ago. The strongest market is in dystopian young adult fiction. That's what the cool grown ups are reading these days.

Why is it so popular? For your typical teenager, real life is a dystopia. And, ideally, he can heroically escape it and possibly liberate his friends.

The twitter account Dystopian YA Novel pokes fun and this genre and its sometimes worn-out tropes. Here are some of the best tweets from it.

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This Bed Has a Tiny Pet Bed So You Can Always Sleep with Your Best Friend

(Photo: Colchão Inteligente Postural)

Where does your pet belong when you go to sleep? Right with you, of course! The Brazilian company Colchão Inteligente Postural makes that possible with a box spring that has a little pet bed built inside.

It comes with a cushion, a pillow, and even privacy curtains.

Colchão Inteligente Postural has been developing the idea for 2 years after a client expressed a need for a bed that would permit her to sleep with her dog. The resulting product is available in a variety of sizes. You can remove it from the box spring to clean it.

-via Huffington Post

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Every Punch Jason Statham Has Thrown on Film

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British action star Jason Statham plays complex roles. His characters do a lot more than just punch people. Sometimes, for variety, they kick people, too.

But on the whole, Statham is a punching guy. This video by Burger Fiction compiles every punch he has ever thrown on film--including while voice acting in animated films. That comes out to 264 punches thrown in 4 minutes and 24 seconds, which is precisely 1 punch every second.

Note that this is different from Jason Stratham in real life, who punches a guy only once every 2.4 seconds.

That poor guy.

-via VA Viper

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634 Corgis Converge for Corgi Beach Day

(Photo: Sneakers the Corgi)

You can remain calm when encountering a solitary corgi. After all, it's harmless by itself, right? But what about when the second one appears? And a third? What would you do if you suddenly found yourself surrounded by no fewer than 634 corgis?

Visitors to Huntington Beach in southern California got to experience that terror at the recent Corgi Beach Day. Corgi owners brought their dogs to a huge meetup on the sand. You can see many more adorable/horrifying photos of them at Dogster.

-via Jonah Goldberg

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Cheese Ball Crust Pizza

Cheese balls are more than just a breakfast food or a dessert topping. Nick Chipman of DudeFoods proves that they can make a great pizza crust, too! He made a pizza with them as a base by using a large amount of cheese (the ideal quantity of cheese on any occasion is always a variation of the word “large”) to link the cheese balls together.

-via Foodiggity

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Easter Egg Hunt

Happy Easter, everyone! If you’re hunting for hidden Easter eggs, Liz Climo has a clue as to where you might find them.

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Star Wars Time

This weekend, professional cosplay photographer David Ngo attended WonderCon, a fan convention in Anaheim, California. He took shots of great costumes worn by visitors, including this one that shows Adventure Time's Princess Bubblegum as Princess Leia and Marceline as Han Solo. At the end of every day, he uploads his best photos onto his website. You can view more top-notch cosplay from WonderCon here.

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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Have we learned nothing from Spider-Man? When humanity’s knowledge outstrips its wisdom, we end up with superheroes or supervillains, both of which are trouble. Move the spider farm someplace else. Here, there’s a vacant lot next to the old chemical weapons dump. That'll be fine.

-via reddit

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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Funny: All the Comments on Every Recipe Blog

(Photo: Robert S. Donovan)

There's a common proverb on the internet: "Don't read the comments." Often online comments may make you despair for humanity.* This is especially true for recipe blogs, where comments commonly demonstrate an inability to follow instructions or general objections to the concept of food. Mallory Ortberg of The Toast has helpfully listed all of them so that you need no longer gaze into the abyss. Here is a sampling:

“I didn’t have any eggs, so I replaced them with a banana-chia-flaxseed pulse. It turned out terrible; this recipe is terrible.”

“Could you please give the metric weight measurements, and sometime in the next twenty minutes; I’m making this for a dinner party and my guests are already here.”

“Have you thought about making a sugar-free version of this?”

“Can you give us a calorie breakdown for this?”

“a warning that if you cook this at 275°F for three hours instead of at 400°F for twenty-five minutes its completely ruined. do you have any suggestions?”

“I didn’t have buttermilk, so I just poured baking soda into a container of raspberry yogurt. It tasted terrible.”

“If you use olive oil for any recipe that’s cooked over 450°F, the oil will denature and you will get cancer. This post is irresponsible. You should only use grapeseed oil you’ve pressed yourself in a very cold room.”

“I just started Paleo yesterday, and I’m wondering if there’s a way to make this without the ingredients.”

“Have you considered making a version of this margherita pizza for your readers who are trying to avoid gluten, dairy and nightshades? What if I shoved a roll of basil leaves in my mouth, do you think that would taste good?”

“If you don’t soak the seeds for at least fourteen hours before using, the phytic acid will give you cancer. Just thought you should know.”

-via Stella Parks

*This does not apply to Neatorama comments, which are left by readers who are thoughtful, wise, insightful, and good-looking.

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How Laika Has Integrated 3D Printing Into Stop Motion Animation

Laika is (arguably) the most innovative animation studio in the world, and not just because they’re one of the only companies that specialize in stop motion feature filmmaking.

They’ve come up with cutting edge ways to seamlessly integrate CGI, 3D printing, and other digital techniques, into the stop motion workflow during the making of their upcoming film The Boxtrolls.

Stop motion animation often involves sculpting, molding and casting hundreds of different faces for each puppet actor, part of a process known as replacement animation, but Laika now uses a five color 3D printer to create these faces, which helps streamline the process quite a bit.

The purists at Laika have managed to integrate this cutting edge technology into their workflow without sacrificing any of the traditional stop motion aesthetic that makes their films so enjoyable to watch, and their innovative hybrid techniques are sure to become the industry norm.

Read more about Laika's cutting edge stop motion animation techniques over at Cartoon Brew

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Facebook Commenters are Steaming MAD at Steven Spielberg for Killing This "Innocent Animal"

A Facebook post aiming to publicly shame a recreational hunter posing with his recent kill picked an unfortunate example ... From the post:

Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man.

Problem is: the man is Steven Spielberg, who directed the 1993 dinosaur movie Jurassic Park, sitting next to a Triceratops model. And the fact that Triceratops went extinct 68 million years ago didn't seem to satisfy some of the most ardent Facebook posters.

When it was pointed out that the man was Spielberg, one commenter said "I dont care who he is he should not have shot that animal."

Another Facebook commenter added "I think zoos are the best way to keep these innocent animals safe ... a**holes like this piece of sh*t are going into these beautiful animals HOME and killing them ..." To which we can only say, clever girl.

Via Dangerous Minds and FAIL Blog

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Animal Dance Party

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Time to get down! The animal kingdom is dancing to “Push It” by Salt-n-Pepa, in this compilation by Robert Jones of Tastefully Offensive. Dogs, cats, birds, insects, seals, turtles, and elephants all get in on the act. Some clips you’ve seen before, but you’ve not seen them like this! -Thanks, Robert!

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Bank Error Put $31,000 into Teenager’s Account

First Citizens Bank in Hull, Georgia, has several account holders with the same name. But instead of double checking account numbers, they deposited one man’s $31,000 into the account of an 18-year-old with the same name. The teenager must have felt like he won the lottery, because that’s how he acted. He withdrew $20,000 in cash and spent $5,000 with his bank card. It was March 17, ten days after the deposit, before the original depositor complained to the bank. Only then did the bank discover the error.

The suspect came back into the Hull branch on March 18 wanting to withdraw more money, but a teller informed him of the mistake and asked him to return the money, deputies said. The teen then insisted the money was from an inheritance.

A deputy went to the teen’s house, where the teen again said he thought the money came from his grandmother’s estate.

The deputy told the teen the bank wants the money back as soon as possible, so the teen told the officer he would go to the bank and try to settle the matter without going to jail, according to the report.

Did he go to the bank and try to settle up? No. Bank officials are is still waiting, and say they will prosecute if he doesn’t return the money. -via Uproxx

(Image credit: Flickr user Andrew MacGill)

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Meet Squiggy

Neatoramanaut Jean Cotton sent us some pictures of her dog Squiggy! Squiggy is a hairless Chinese Crested and Japanese Chin mix. He is a local celebrity in Exeter, Rhode Island, where he is considered "cute and unusual looking."

His best features are his sky-high mohawk and a tongue that is constantly hanging out of his mouth.

Squiggy was the winner of the online voting competition of the Sonoma-Marin Fair World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in 2013. Voting in the 2014 contest should begin sometime in April. You can see more pictures of Squiggy at his Facebook page.

Send your pet pictures to tips@neatorama to be included in the pet blog Lifestyle of the Cute and Cuddly!

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Custom Made Creepy Cute Little Creature Dolls

Santani is an artist from Moscow, Russia who has been making cute yet creepy little creatures for about five years now, which combine sculptural elements, plush sewing and amazing paint jobs to bring her fantastically furry creations to life. They look like real life Mogwai, or Pokemon, or whatever kind of skin crawlingly adorable little critters typically seen in a sci-fi movie or cartoon.

Santani has come back into the spotlight recently to announce that she’ll soon be opening an Etsy store, so anyone who has been dying to get their hands on one of these magical creatures, but didn’t want to go through the hassle and long wait of commissioning, will soon be able to bring one home. Just don't try to shove them in a plastic ball, or feed them after midnight, they hate to be treated like one of those other critters!

Via The Meta Picture

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Disney Villains Perfume Bottles

A familiar character is evoked with only a few simple shapes and colors in these perfume bottle concepts by artist Ruby Spark. Without faces or movement, you'll recognize each and every one, if you've seen the Disney movie the characters come from.

They are beautiful, too -I wish they were real perfume bottles. I like glass bottles better than I like Disney movies! But if the scent were anything like the personalities of the characters, they wouldn't smell all that good. Get a look at each of them up close at Geeks Are Sexy.

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Using Sand To Cast A Hexagonal Pewter Stool

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Metal casting can involve a lot of expensive equipment, scorching heat and a lot of know-how, or you can simply do what artist Max Lamb does and bring your supplies to the local beach in Cornwall, England and cast stuff in the sand.

Max uses primitive sand casting techniques, essentially making a mold by digging out the shape in sand then pouring molten pewter into the sand mold to get his finished product, which has a shape and texture co-created by Nature.

His simple, whimsical works hearken back to a time when the end result didn’t have to look like it was computer generated, and casting in metal wasn’t seen as an archaic discipline.

Via Beautiful/Decay

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Dog Won't Let Her Owner Take A Drink

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You know you have a drinking problem when your dog has begun to take actions to prevent you from taking another drink. Dogs don’t judge, but when their owner comes home tanked every night even the family dog knows it’s time for an intervention.

The doggie daddy in this video should feel lucky that his best friend cares about his well being enough to raise her paws whenever he tries to booze it up, and it looks like the next problem the Shiba Inu psychologist will be tackling is her owner’s addiction to cigarettes.

Via 22 Words

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A Cartoonist And His Cat Drawn In Over 100 Different Styles

It’s safe to say illustrator Mike Holmes really loves his cat Ella, so much so that he has been drawing cartoons about their relationship in his series Mikenesses since 2011.

Mike captures moments between he and Ella which are both awkward and adorable, and occasionally involve paranormal activity, then renders them in the style of famous animators and cartoonists such as Berkeley Breathed, Chuck Jones and Gary Larson.

Some panels are text free, some feature moments of comedic gold like the Nicholas Gurewitch inspired strip where doctors tell Mike they had to put down his pig, and he replies “she was a cat”. Don't worry- it's only a comic strip, and no real harm could ever come to Ella while she's busy inspiring Mike to draw silly cartoons!

Via io9

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This Is a Nativity Set

(Photo: David Lober)

Get it? It's a series of puns. I'll get you started: that's three wise men on the right. Can you figure out the rest?

This is one of 50 fantastically terrible nativity sets rounded up by Mark Oestreicher. You can view the rest here.

-via VA Viper

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Winter Expectations, Winter Reality

Oh, is it cold up north? I didn’t know. You see, where I am in Texas, it’s quite pleasant. Why, I went running in short-sleeves yesterday! Some of you, such as cartoonist Beth Evans, may have to spend too much time scraping ice. I think that I’ll go for a swim instead.

P.S. Be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Beth Evans.

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It's Hard To Be a Cat at Christmas

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To continue their quest to get folks to buy gooshy noms for their cats, Friskies has released a full-length song about cats and Christmas. The music video stars Oskar the blind cat, Grumpy Cat, Colonel Meow, and other internet celebricats. The song is available for download at iTunes.

To maintain the company's dignity at least a little, they use the term "wet cat food" instead of "gooshy noms." Friskies is donating one can of gooshy noms to pet shelters for each YouTube view up to 500,000. Of course, that means they were already prepared to donate a half-million cans, and the count will reach that easily before the end of the week. -via Viral Viral Videos  

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Sleep Well, Kiddo

The endless cycle of this animated .gif by Maximumble perfectly describes the Sisyphean task of getting a stubborn young child to go to sleep. Yes, eldest daughter of mine: I'm talking about you.

But if you're lucky, as Lunarbaboon was on this night, then it may not be an issue for you. We love our children. But we also love sitting down. There's nothing like a good sit.*

*Except a good lie-down. Those rock.

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Realistic Resin Sculptures Of Sea Creatures

Keng Lye creates sculptural works of art that look like snapshot images of sea life brought into the third dimension, so lifelike viewers expect them to start swimming around at any moment. But these colorful sea creatures won’t be swimming around, or doing much of anything for that matter, because they’re made out of painted resin.

Keng is a master of creating hyper realistic sculptures, and these undersea still life works are made using a clear resin that resembles water which is painted on in layers, slowly building up the look of each creature complete with shading, fine detail and cast shadows.

Via Hi-Fructose

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Corgi on a Carousel

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Meatball (a wonderful name) the Pembroke Welsh Corgi loves to ride on a carousel. Well, he's not so much riding as he is using it as a treadmill! Meatball (such a perfect name) gets plenty of exercise while Carter gets to ride around and around. Yay, Meatball! -via Daily Picks and Flicks

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Mouse Decorates Christmas Tree

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Brösel the mouse decorates her Christmas tree. She is a clicker-trained mouse, but when she first saw the tiny tree and decorations, she started playing with them spontaneously! It didn't take long to teach her what she was supposed to do. See more of Brösel and her buddies at Mouse Agility.  -via Tastefully Offensive

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Poor Puppy Looks Like Hitler

Patch is his name, but everyone calls him Adolf these days. At only seven weeks old, the French bulldog-shih tzu cross is white with black patches in all the right places: a short mustache under his black nose and a off-center mop on his head. Lynda Whitehead of York, England, is raising Patch and his two brothers.

Lynda said: “He’s my grandson’s dog, and none of us noticed the likeness until we put a photo on Facebook. When my eldest daughter saw it she said ‘You’ve got a little Hitler there’.

“Although he’s called Patch, everybody calls him Adolf now. My grandsons are the worst for doing the goosestep when the puppy’s around.”

Patch’s mother, Betty, a French bulldog, and father Teddy, a shih tzu, both belong to Lynda’s daughter Clare, and Patch now belongs to Clare’s 17-year-old son, Dan.

The three puppies in the litter are being reared at Lynda’s home until they reach 12 weeks old after Betty rejected her pups.

At this point, Patch, who is said to be a sweet dog, is more liable to answer to "Adolf" than to his name. -via Arbroath

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His Master's Voice

K-9 is a robotic dog on Doctor Who. He’s most famous as a companion to the Fourth Doctor, though he did make an appearance with the Tenth Doctor in the 2006 episode “School Reunion.”

K-9 addressed the Doctor as “Master,” which inspired this digital image by DeviantART member madaigual. K-9 listens attentively to the wind-up gramophone, just like the dog in Francis Barraud’s painting “His Master’s Voice.” Several sound equipment and record companies have used that image as a trademark since 1900.

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