Did you miss Free Comic Book Day? I didn’t, but it’s the first time in a few years I’ve made it down, so I feel your pain. I made out like a bandit this year, and it’s not too late for you to do the same!
- Nimona is heading towards its conclusion, so you should read it and be sad with me that even the best things must come to an end.
- Help Us Great Warrior is probably the most fun thing on the internet.
- Camodad is good in general; specifically, I am never going to stop crying with laughter over this one.
- Comixology recently put up a bunch of free comics (limited time only!) — I haven’t had a chance to look through these ones yet, but I will never not rec Becky Cloonan. And if you miss out on these particular ones, there’s always the other freebies up there. Saga and Chew are a good place to start.
- Marvel and DC both have disappointingly few decent offerings on their own sites, but Ms Marvel, Swamp Thing, and Doom Patrol are worth your time.
- Dark Horse has a more satisfying digital selection than the Big Two — check out BPRD, Hellboy, Umbrella Academy, and Witchfinder for starters, as well as Mass Effect if that’s your kind of thing (it’s definitely mine!) And of course, given today’s date, check out their Star Wars offerings, including their Legacy bundle, KotR bundle, and Empire bundle.
Happy reading, and May the 4th be with you! (I couldn’t not, I’m sorry.)
This week I began the painful business of sorting through my bookmarks folder. It would be okay if I ever bothered to give bookmarks a name that actually said what they were, but nope, it’s all mystery all the time. On the plus side, some of the rediscoveries were fantastic.
- Do you like Disney? Comics about depression, the complications of fame and fortune, and the strange ways they intersect, interact, and interfere with friendship and love? When you realize that you’re crying and you’re not quite sure when or why you started? I’m not really big on any of those things, honestly, but I LOVED Boys’ Night anyway.
- I had this beautiful picture bookmarked in my reference folder. I wish I could say it was for an academic purpose, or just for sheer artistic/aesthetic appreciation, but I’m 99% sure I saved it because I wanted to build it in Minecraft. Anyway, the photographer’s gallery is pretty stellar — abandoned buildings, beautiful landscapes, the occasional action shot of Spider-Man.
- I don’t knit (not for lack of trying), but if you do, you should definitely check out this pattern for a tree of Gondor scarf. And then you should make one for me.
- Antarctic Sue recently finished working her sixth season in Antarctica; she posts daily pictures when she’s down there, and they’re absolutely stunning.
- Five must-visit oddity museums. I’ve only made it to one on this list — the Pitt Rivers Museum, which was cluttered and weird and consequently perfect. I’m going to have to make it to the others, though. (Flayed 18th century cadavers, I mean, come on, I am THERE.)
- Finally, a house that was taken over by animals. You need to go see all of them right now, oh my goodness.
Captain America 2 just came out. I saw it on Thursday and I was the happiest person on earth. This has absolutely nothing to do with any of this week’s links, except for how I’m consequently filled with joy and enthusiasm about basically everything. Captain America 2 felt like a hug for my soul, and now everything is all marshmallows and kittens and CAPSLOCK ENTHUSIASM ABOUT THESE LINKS I AM ABOUT TO SHARE.
- First up, ESPRESSO CHIP PANCAKES! I recently made cookies with coffee-flavoured chocolate chips and they were so good I was eating a bunch first thing every morning, so I think I need to try this recipe — if nothing else, they’re more socially acceptable as a breakfast food, probably.
- Next we have a photo project where the only source of light is body paint under black light. Stunning results!
- I actually made something for Ghibli Jam this year! Except I never submitted it, because I was waaaaay too intimidated by all the talented participants. Maybe next year! Until then, go look at all the fantastic submissions I was intimidated by.
- Since I clearly need drawing practice if I’m too scared to send a doodle in for a totally consequence-free celebration of something, I’ve been playing around with this excellent drawing tool — meet your new best friend AtarichanDrawer, which generates a figure for you to draw. It’s really great as both a learning tool and a way to get your brain going for warmup sketches.
- DIY Harry Potter Monopoly game! I WANT SEVEN.
- This interview with Elder Scrolls loremaster Lawrence Schick popped up three times in my feed yesterday before I could make myself click it. That is my DREAM JOB right there and I am such a jealous rage-beast after looking at this article, but it’s also a really fun read. My favourite part of any RPG is getting to know the history and culture of the world, and TES is the absolute best when it comes to that kind of thing.
- Finally, and most importantly, tomorrow is the start of BAT APPRECIATION WEEK, the greatest and most important of all weeks! Do you appreciate bats? If not, what the hell is wrong with you, bats are great. They’re also seriously endangered — check out Bat Conservation International to learn how you can help save them.
Anyway, that’s all for this week — duty calls! By which I mean I’m on my way to Cap 2 again.
I missed a week! This is mostly due to my chronic inability to note the passage of time. No matter! Here are some things! Look at them! Love them!
- Sci-Fi on the Rock is just a few months away, and as per usual, I’m way behind on my costumes. This tutorial for making armour from craft foam is fantastic, and gave me the kick in the ass I needed to get started!
- And speaking of SFOTR, the schedule went up this week! I’ve already got my weekend planned out almost to the minute.
- I’ve spent countless hours of my life searching for the perfect lembas recipe (no seriously, it has been a truly ridiculous amount of hours) and I think this one miiiiight be the one recipe to rule them all.
- STAR TREK THEME PARK. Opening in Spain in 2015, apparently, so we’ve all got a little time to start saving up.
- CBR recently interviewed Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis about their upcoming comic Lumberjanes, which I’m really looking forward to.
- Dragonball Zine! 😀 It’s a pay-what-you-can download (or free, if you want — the credit card field disappears when you put in $0, so don’t worry about that), and there are some really gorgeous, really fun pieces.
- When I save links for these posts, I usually make a note of what they are. In my notes, this one was just the url followed by “OH MY GOD.” Meet my new favourite tumblr: Old Timey St. John’s, featuring beautiful historical photos of all manner of sci-fi creatures visiting town.
It’s February 15th, aka the most important day of the year: the day that Valentines Day candy gets marked down. I’m pretty excited for all the marshmallow hearts I’m gonna eat, you have no idea.
Here’s a few things to look at while you’re munching on discount chocolates!
If the extreme right-wingers are right and gay marriage is the start of a slippery slope where society will crumble because people will be marrying, like, five million dogs and a lamp wearing a wig, I hope I’ll be allowed to marry this Ricardo Sternberg poem that went up recently.
This kickstarter, for an illustrated limited edition of a YA novel, is already fully backed and has some kickass bonuses. Even if you’re not feeling the story (the author has the first 50 pages on her blog, so you can find out!), it’s worth checking out just for the artwork. If the weird marriage dystopia previously mentioned becomes a reality, I’m also going to marry the Brett Weldele piece from this project.
Gorgeous, gorgeous realistic Pokemon art done as a field guide.
Photos from a ridiculously fantastic Alice in Wonderland-themed project. Seriously, check it out, because I don’t even know how to begin describing it. I found it through one of the artists’ websites; their outrageously cool pinhole camera photography was going around on Tumblr awhile back.
This is a recipe for cheesy bacon ranch pull-apart bread. I haven’t made it yet, so I can’t vouch for its tastiness. I just thought you should know that it exists. It’s a thing. It could be yours. You’re welcome.
Today’s links are a little music-heavy — oh, my friends, you would not believe how long I’ve had ‘Stacy’s Mom’ stuck in my head. It’s horrible. I mean, the song is horrible, but having it stuck in your head is even worse. I’m starting to really feel bad for Stacy, though. She deserves better, and can’t just banish her predicament with good music like I can. Speaking of which, hey, link time!
- When I find myself in times of trouble, Queen Beyonce comes to me. (No but seriously, this site is amazing.)
- Against Me!’s new album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, dropped this past month, and it’s completely amazing. The title track is my favourite, but seriously, you need this whole album in your life. Check it out, and also take a look at frontwoman/actual goddess Laura Jane Grace’s reddit AMA from earlier this week if you missed it!
- Autostraddle had a playlist this week that was basically the soundtrack to all of my late-2000s feelings.
- Not music-related, but my fellow Pluto fans will enjoy this article.
That’s it for today! Happy Saturday! ♥