Last April, I wrote about my first foray into anime. I had a great time with it, and my successful venture had a of couple unintended side-effects. For one thing, I enjoyed that first series so much that I tried another, then another, then many more (which led to me finally figuring out how to make Netflix play it in Japanese. Hurrah, technological success!). And then, when my choices narrowed down to only shows I didn’t want to watch, I began to read manga instead. Continue reading…
Architecture Daily has an excerpt from City of Darkness detailing the development of Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City. “By the 1970s, the City had filled out to its maximised form, with buildings of up to 14 storeys in height, and virtually no ground level daylight penetration save at its centre. Its density was estimated to […]
Private Birthday Party has a collection of photographs from Kansas City’s Drag Balls in the 1950s and 1960s.
A gallery of photographs of people of African descent from the Victorian era. (Via Kit Marlowe)
The Superhero Satellite has an overview of Marvel’s Star Wars comics–with a pretty sweet gallery. (via @BlackHoleMovies)
A complete digital edition of Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story (1956), the comic that inspired Rep. John Lewis to pursue nonviolence and social justice.
Denis Tarasov has photographed the elaborate graves of Russian and Ukrainian organized crime bosses. They’re currently being shown at London’s Saatchi gallery. (via @jakeadelstein)
A gallery of colorful monsters from a Fifteenth Century book of hours.
A pinterest gallery of book covers featuring women running away from houses. (via @lowdudgeon)
Publisher of Screw magazine and pornography and free speech advocate Al Goldstein has died. The Guardian, The Village Voice, The New York Times and The Miami Herald have obituaries. And here’s a blog dedicated to the appreciation of Screw magazine’s cover art (NSFW & warning: possible triggers).
A gallery of “Smart Set 400″ playing cards with pictures of women on the back, starting with ladies from 1909.
Smithsonian Magazine has a gallery of Rose-Lynn Fisher’s photographs of human tears at the microscopic level: ‘“It’s amazing to me how the patterns of nature seem so similar, regardless of scale,” she says. “You can look at patterns of erosion that are etched into earth over thousands of years, and somehow they look very similar […]
Fine art with added superhero value. (Thanks, @ImpossibleFunky!)
“In his ongoing series of portraits titled, ‘Just the Two of Us,’ photographer Klaus Pitchler gained access to the homes of Austrian costume play (cosplay) enthusiasts where he photographed the elaborately costumed individuals against the backdrops of their everyday life.” See a gallery of his photographs here. (Thanks, Laura!)
Celebrate comics artist and creator Steve Ditko’s birthday with this gallery of his work for <i>Out Of This World</i>.
Abe Books has a look inside Codex Seraphinianus, as well as some of its publication history. Dangerous Minds interviews publisher, Charles Miers.
A gallery of radiographs of fish from the Smithsonian’s Collection. It’s part of a traveling exhibition and there is also a book from Chronicle Books.
Do you like monsters, creatures and aliens? We sure do! Here are two galleries of conceptual designs for the Austrian horror movie, The Station / Der Blutgletscher: Part I and Part II. The art is by TOMAK and the movie is directed by Marvin Kren.
Here’s a gallery of artist responses to DC’s Harley Quinn contest. (Thanks, Mark!)
Brain Pickings has a gallery of Maurice Sendak’s posters promoting reading, books and imagination from the collection, Posters By Maurice Sendak.
Evan Munday has created a gallery of his supervillain erotica. “[A]s I noted in one of the oddest interviews I’ve ever done, with Playboy‘s sort-of-safe-for-work site, comic readers are used to having their female characters overtly sexualized. Despite the spandex and bulging muscles, male characters just aren’t treated the same way by illustrators. So at […]keep looking »