Dark Horse Books announces Dirty Pair prose novels!

Dark Horse Books gets down and dirty with the amazing adventures of the Dirty Pair!

Dark Horse Books is proud to present the first volume in a prose series based on the incredibly popular duo the Dirty Pair, which is available to U.S. fans for the first time! Haruka Takachiho's best-selling novels in Japan are the subject of an animated series, three motion pictures, and a series of graphic novels.

Charged with keeping the peace and investigating crime among the stars in the far future, the Worlds Welfare Work Association prides itself on a reputation of safety and regard for life and property. But try telling that to WWWA Agents Kei and Yuri, codename "the Lovely Angels," who—because of their penchant for destruction—are better known as the Dirty Pair. Part female James Bond, part walking disaster, if the Dirty Pair are called in on a [...]

By |March 18th, 2007|Dark Horse, Press Releases|0 Comments

Alex Toth Model Sheets

The ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive Project Blog has posted some incredibly sweet model sheets from Alex Toth's work on the Hanna-Barbera shows Birdman, The Herculoids and Young Samson.

Found via Boing Boing.

By |March 18th, 2007|Animation|0 Comments

What's Better Than an Emotional Rescue?

Espresso Rescue


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By |March 18th, 2007|Coffee|0 Comments

Plants on Mars: They're in the Best-Selling Show

A bit of Disney animation from the short "Mars and Beyond," some of which, for some strange reason, reminds me a little of the Gerald Scarfe plant weirdness in Pink Floyd: The Wall. Huh.

Anyway, this is available on the Tomorrowland release from the Walt Disney Treasures line of DVDs. Only available used from Amazon right now, but I keep telling you to get these things.

Direct link for the feedreaders.

Found via Paleo Future.

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By |March 17th, 2007|Animation|1 Comment

X-Men Flash Fun: Are We Counting Alternate Timelines?

This little bit of flash is better than X3.

Then again, so is my ass. But anyway...

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By |March 17th, 2007|Comics|0 Comments

The Guild Specialists - Book Review

Operation Red Jericho

If you long for the return of books that are just, at their core, good stories, then look no further than the "Guild Specialists" series: Operation Red Jericho and Operation Typhoon Shore. They're a pair of richly-illustrated and interestingly presented "young adult" novels by Joshua Mowll that are as rewarding for adults as for the target age of middle school/high school.

Jericho introduces us to Becca and Doug MacKenzie, whose parents have mysteriously disappeared somewhere in China, while on a mission for a hidden society with ostensibly high-minded and honorable intentions. They're packed off to live with their uncle on his ship, the Expedient, and stumble into a world of underground groups with their own agendas (yet blessedly not a single Jesuit in sight) and danger galore. We learn about the dangerous element zoridium, and the wicket society with their pet warlord who are bent on using this element to destroy all that is Good and Pure. But are the heroes really free from their own moles and double agents? Who can Doug and Becca trust? Are their parents even alive? Swordfights, bone necklaces, explosions, mysterious devices, and secrets within secrets make this novel into pulp at its literary finest; it will have you breathlessly turning pages for hours it takes you to devour it.

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By |March 17th, 2007|Reviews|0 Comments

Tag Fog!

Simply because we can, and it looks ludicrous, we've created a page for our complete tag fog, where you can browse all the tags used on the site, in alphabetical order, with the size and color changing according to how often they're used. Mouseover to see the actual number of times. I'm sure there's a thesis in here somewhere.

And it's a very low tag cloud which makes visibility much lower than normal...hence, tag fog. Enjoy.

By |March 17th, 2007|Admin|0 Comments

John Scarne's Card Manipulation: More Crooked Shuffles Than a Conga Line

Mark Frauenfelder, over at Boing Boing, posted this video of card whiz John Scarne showing the camera how he does a lot of his pasteboard shenanigans. Scarne is Frauenfelder's great uncle, too. Nice.

Update: Wrong Mark. Although the Boing Boing entry says "Mark says..." and was posted by Mark F., apparently Mark P., who commented below, is the Mark in question with the card genius great uncle. Kinda confusing. One of my names is John, so I can relate. Try yelling out "John" in a crowded shopping mall. Count the number of heads that turn. Whoops.

By |March 17th, 2007|Archives|2 Comments

Pierre Matter: Crazy Insane Steampunk Sculptures

Pierre Matter makes badass sculptures that look like what would happen if H.R. Giger, Ashley Wood and Hajime Sorayama got together and threw a party. More of his stuff is here.

Found via Boing Boing.

By |March 17th, 2007|Stimuli|0 Comments

Lego Chainsaw: If Ash Was From Lilliput

Lego chainsaw

User lemonie on the Instructables site has put together a handy how-to for making a Lego chainsaw. He then goes berserk and mauls some broccoli with it, no doubt in response to a childhood dislike of the stuff.

This is important, you know, in case you ever find yourself stuck in the Land of the Giants or...um...or something.

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By |March 17th, 2007|Toys|0 Comments