Flashback to Nikahang Kowsar's 2003 cartoons

I ran into Nik Kowsar yesterday. Nik was a cartoonist in Iran who eventually had to seek asylum in Canada and then the US. He lives around DC now, and doesn't do as much cartooning as he did, but he still helps other cartoonists via the CRNI. He sent along a few cartoons he'd done for sharing here.     The Bush ones were drawn for Iranian media right after the invasion of Iraq in  March and April of 2003. I was still working as a cartoonist in Tehran. I fled Iran on June 25th, 200...
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Wildfires, Invasive Snakes, and Saying Goodbye to a Legend: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It might be the second half of November, but the wildfire season in California is now functionally approaching a 365-days-a-year crisis, with two massive blazes burning down huge swathes of the state. The Woolsey Fire and the Camp Fire are slowly approaching containment, but not before the former destroyed whole…Read more...
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Review: Black and White / Thoughts in Cartoon by Mohammad Sabaaneh

by Mike Rhode Black and White / Thoughts in Cartoon by Mohammad Sabaaneh, Washington, DC: Jerusalem Fund Gallery Al-Quds. November 17 – December 15, 2018. https://www.thejerusalemfund.org/21159/november-cartoons Mohammad Sabaaneh is a self-taught Palestinian cartoonist, who, like all good editorial cartoonists, often finds himself in trouble with both the Israeli and the Palestinian governments. Notwithstanding the need to teach art, and the regular seizure of his artwork when he r...
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First Impressions: Sonnet eGPU Breakaway Box Developer Edition

Given the increased cost of the 2018 Mac mini, the integrated Intel U630 GPU remains a concern for many prospective buyers. I, too, was initially disappointed when Apple didn’t include options to configure the Mac mini with discrete graphics processing. While I don’t particularly understand Apple’s decision to go with one of the weakest integrated graphics processing units (GPU) on the market, there are options for those who desire faster graphics performance. But, I’m getting ahead of myself… L...
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That darn Beetle Bailey

Bad combo, even if it's a chocolate Lab T.H. Otwell, Silver SpringWashington Post November 17 2018, p. A17 online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/readers-critique-the-post-omissions-about-space-time-and--romance-novels/2018/11/16/7f61be2a-e9d0-11e8-bbdb-72fdbf9d4fed_story.html Regarding the Nov. 5 "Beetle Bailey" comic strip: [Author: Mike Rhode]
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Comic Riffs on the bookends of Stan Lee's career

See the first and last pieces that Stan Lee wrote By Michael Cavna Washington Post Comic Riffs blog November 16 2018 https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2018/11/16/see-first-last-pieces-that-stan-lee-wrote/ [Author: Mike Rhode]
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Korak Son of Tarzan #7 - Russ Manning art

Korak Son of Tarzan v1 #7, 1965 - The first full-length tale of the series, Korak aids a nomadic Tuareg in finding his kidnapped sister. Russ Manning begins with a lushly detailed splash page, framed by a variety of native foliage. From there, the artist fills the pages with drawings of astute clarity and masterful pacing. Several key scenes are further dramatized by large, spacious panels, [Author: Ted F]
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PC Weenies 1998 – 2018

That’s all folks! But tech reviews will continue. :)
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Diddy, Quincy & Al B. Sure Pay Tribute to Kim Porter on Social Media

Kim Porter’s family has finally broken their silence on her sudden and untimely death.Sean “Diddy” Combs, who fathered three children with Porter, addressed her tragic death for the first time with a touching video and message on social media.The video shows him and Kim doing a maternity photo shoot with Essence magazine in December 2006 when Kim was pregnant with their twin daughters D’Lilah Star and Jessie James.The hip-hop mogul captioned the video with a somber message that read: “For the la...
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Kanye West Donated $150K to Family of Black Security Guard Killed by Cop

Kanye West has stepped up in a major way to help the family of Jemel Roberson, the black security guard who was killed by a white police officer responding to an active shooter call.Last Sunday (Nov. 11) morning, Roberson was reportedly working security at Manny’s Blue Room in Robbins, Illinois around 4 a.m. when several drunk customers were ordered out of the bar. One of those customers returned a short time later with a gun and opened fire inside the establishment.Doing his job, Roberson—who w...
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Review: Flipping the Script

— by BEV QUESTAD — If it is true that cancer is related to an immune system that has run amuck, then why are we adding toxic chemicals into patients, especially children, when it is the immune system that we need to strengthen? In his documentary, “Flipping the Script: When Parents Fight Back,” Jeff Witzeman […]
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Review: Flipping the Script: When Parents Fight Back

— by BEV QUESTAD — If it is true that cancer is related to an immune system that has run amuck, then why are we adding toxic chemicals into patients, especially children, when it is the immune system that we need to strengthen? In his documentary, “Flipping the Script: When Parents Fight Back,” Jeff Witzeman […]
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A Selfless Act Of Heroism

This was basically inevitable
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Best new shows and movies to stream: The Coen brothers ride again and more

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream right now. On the list this week: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Nnarcos: Mexico, and more. The post Best new shows and movies to stream: The Coen brothers ride again and more appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Watch: Amusing Space Explorer Animated Short Film 'Coin Operated'

"Becoming a space explorer takes time. And money." If you're looking for something to cheer you up, bring a bit of joy to your day, this might just do the trick. Coin Operated is an animated short film written & directed by Nicholas Arioli. An engineer by training but an artist at heart, Nicholas spent years in the technology industry before making the jump to filmmaking. "Proudly made by independent artists" it says in the credits at the end, a short film made without any agenda, just a des...
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Secret Missions #1 - Joe Kubert cover

Joe Kubert Secret Missions v1 #1, 1950 - Coinciding with the anti-Communist fervor of the 1950s, St. John publishes this one-shot issue featuring the exploits of U.S. foreign agents. Cover artist Joe Kubert conveys the theme with an abundance of visual information. The strewn packages of pantyhose and the framed portrait help establish the woman as the fallen man's lover. The exotic [Author: Ted Ignacio]
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You Can Now Watch Ad-Supported Movies for Free on YouTube

You can now add YouTube to your list of sites to scour for free movie streaming, as the video-sharing giant has now added no-cost, ad-supported films to YouTube Movies.Read more...
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Islamic Scholars Declare PUBG Haram

The Kurdish Union of Islamic Scholars has issued a fatwa against popular shooting game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, declaring it to be un-Islamic. The Kurdish Union of Islamic Scholars, which is responsible for religious rulings in the region of Iraqi Kurdistan, has issued an official fatwa against playing online battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Imams have declared […]
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Steve Carell’s Return to ‘Saturday Night Live’ Leaves Something to Be Desired

It’s been 10 years since Steve Carell hosted Saturday Night Live, and in recent years, the actor hasn’t dabbled in comedy much. Instead, he’s spent time taking on more dramatic roles, so it was nice to see him get back into sketch comedy, even if the episode didn’t give him a whole lot to work with. But that’s not to say there aren’t some good laughs, even though most of the sketches don’t bring much to the table overall. Let’s run through the best and worst sketches of the Steve Carell hosted ...
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Fantastic Beasts Sequel Conjures Up $253 Million Global Debut

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Fantastic Beasts sequel conjures up $253 million global debut Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the 10th feature film in the Wizarding World, debuted to a stellar $191 million internationally. Coupled with its $62.2 million domestic debut, the sequel has brought in $253 million globally. The film’s domestic opening was softer than 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which opened to $74.4 million in the same release window. Directed once ...
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‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Falls Short of First Film’s Success, But Still Wins Weekend Box Office

The Harry Potter film had a hearty worldwide weekend gross of $253 million
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Devil May Cry Animated Series Underway by Netflix Creator

The downtrodden Devil May Cry series will be getting kicked while it’s down as it’s been announced that Adi Shankar (creator of the Netflix Castlevania animated series) is working on an animated adaptation. An interview courtesy of IGN unveiled that this new Devil May Cry show (as well as the Castlevania Netflix series) will be […]
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Original Content podcast: The disappointment of ‘House of Cards’ and its final season

It seems like Netflix’s “House of Cards” had a real opportunity for a fresh start with season six. Granted, the behind-the-scenes turmoil probably made this season particularly challenging: Production was already underway when “Star Trek: Discovery” actor Anthony Rapp came forward with allegations that Kevin Spacey made a sexual advance towards him when Rapp was only 14. In response, Netflix and production company Media Rights Capital halted production and ultimately decided to rewrite the se...
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2019 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations: ‘We the Animals’, ‘Eighth Grade’ and ‘First Reformed’ Lead the Pack

Awards season is officially in full swing as the folks at Film Independent have officially announced the nominations for the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards, honoring achievements in independent film for the year 2018. Jeremiah Zagar‘s film We the Animals led the indie pack with five total nominations. But coming in close behind are two wildly different A24 films, Bo Burnham‘s coming of age comedy Eighth Grade and Paul Schrader‘s challenging drama First Reformed, each with four nominations. Othe...
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Super Wacky Trailer for 'Shrek Retold' - A Remake By 200+ Animators

"What are you doing in my swamp?!" Comedy group 3GI has release an official trailer for their upcoming Shrek remake, titled Shrek Retold. This unofficial recreation of the original classic (right?) animated film from 2001 is a scene-for-scene re-telling of the same story. 3GI, self-proclaimed "professional Shrekheads" who also host the annual Shrekfest celebrated in Wisconsin, went out and recruited over 200+ animators and filmmakers to tackle each scene from the film. This trailer gives us ...
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Win Copies of XXth Century Murders Black Dahlia and Axe-Man!

I have, as a prize pack for a lucky reader, a set of Black Dahlia and The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans, both by Rick Geary, both part of the Treasury of XXth Century Murder true-crime graphic novel series, and both new in paperback. (My thanks to the publisher for providing the copies.) Geary does a fantastic job laying out what’s known and unknown of these cases. The first is likely better known, about a woman trying to make it [...]
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Star Citizen Surpasses $200 Million, No Release Date in Sight

Cloud Imperium Games’ Star Citizen has recently surpassed an incredible $200 million raised in crowdfunding. The almost unbelievable milestone comes shortly after the announcement of the “Free Fly” event that will allow all non-backers to check out every ship available in the game for free. To celebrate the release of Hurston, Star Citizen’s first explorable […]
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Twitter Account Serves Up Fate Grand Order Inspired Drinks

Fate/Grand Order’s popularity in Japan and the west is undeniable. Fans have been showing their appreciation for the game and the Fate franchise as a whole in various ways throughout the years; and now, a dedicated mixologist on Twitter decided to share his FGO inspired alcoholic creations. Twitter account “@fategrandbooze” has been sharing their creations with the […]
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‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Is a Soft No. 1 at the Box Office

“The Crimes of Grindelwald,” a Harry Potter prequel, took in 16 percent less than its franchise predecessor in North America. Overseas turnout was better.
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Zucchini’s Artwork Curiously Curvaceous

Japanese artist Zucchini knows his way around the female form. Whether busty and curvy or lean and toned, he perfectly captures the sexiest aspects of the characters he draws every time, without fail. A few excellent samples of the artist’s hard work:
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