Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Crazy Quilt: Linx & Bytes

I'm going to be posting random links and eye-candy today and tomorrow, so tune in as you can, it'll be going up higgilty-piggilty as I find time. I'll be adding them below this initial entry this AM, so scroll down throughout the day for more goodies. Enjoy!

Swamp Jogger!

(Image: Jill St. John peeks over a T. Hee towel on a 1957 men's zine: just one of the pop candies in Devlin Thompson's gallery; click link, below)

  • Check out this link from Devlin Thompson, illuminating a long-buried phase of Swamp Thing's secret life that DC Comics does their best to keep buried. Thanks, Devlin!

  • (Also check out Devlin's entertaining gallery of pop culture debris and delights, here, for a few minutes of eye-candy and fun.)

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    Whoa! Blow Me Down!

    The brand-new four-disc Popeye the Sailor DVD set is simply amazing, an essential addition to any animation devotees library. But don't take my word for it!

    I've never met anyone (except maybe Leonard Maltin) who knows more about the Fleischer Brothers animation studio and legacy than my amigo G. Michael Dobbs, aka Mike Dobbs. By all rights, Mike should have been among the commentators and extras on the brand-new Warner Bros. Popeye the Sailor: 1933-1938 DVD set, but -- alas -- he isn't.

  • But Mike has scribed and posted the best online review of the package to date, and here it is -- give it a read!

  • Mike's new book Escape! How Animation Broke Into the Mainstream in the 1990s, collecting revised, updated versions of many of his best articles, interviews and essays from Animato! magazine -- which he edited in its final run -- will be out in November from Bear Manor Books (here's their site).
  • More on that, though, closer to publication date...

    Anyhoot, the Popeye DVD set is indeed exquisite and a long-needed corrective to decades of smeary, incomplete public domain videos and DVDs. I'm along for the duration, and can't wait for the next set.

    Critter Chow

    This just in from my sister-in-law and photographer/artist/teacher extraordinaire Patricia Lambert.

    Give it a click, and a click:
  • The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily to meet their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals. It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on "feed an animal in need" for free. It's in a purple box in the middle of the page. This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising. Here's the web site! Pass it along to people you know.
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    "It's a Quagmire" -- Damage (Out-Of-)Control

    "I think we got it right..." What changed, Dick?

  • Dick Cheney, circa April 1994, when he was Secretary of Defense under President George H. W. Bush, voicing almost every single sentiment many of us had about the Iraq War in 2003. Why couldn't this have scored air time in the 2006 election? It's circulating at last. Here's the video; give it a peek/listen, and pick your jaw up off the floor.

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    More later...

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