In 1947, Life magazine asked the some of the most well known cartoonists and comic strip artists to attempt to draw their title characters - faces and lines they'd recreated for years - with a blindfold on.
The results are pretty fascinating, and surprisingly consistent among the artists.
I know the first thing that blew my mind, creatively. I mean, I remember especially liking the "Under the Sea" part of The Little Mermaid when I saw it in the theater, and realizing that I could tell the difference between early moptop Beatles singles and the more experimental stuff that came later, but I distinctly remember the first time I was like, "Man, this is real craftsmanship"... or whatever word made since to me at age seven or eight.
California-based designer Khoa Ho created a new poster series called "Superheroes - Past/Present." The artist depicts graphic silhouettes that detail how several popular superhero narratives turns previous perceived weaknesses into the very thing that gives each hero his power.
Last week marked the seventh anniversary of the death of comedian Mitch Hedberg, the absurd comedian know for his perfectly crafted one-liners and non-sequiters.
To commemorate the cult comic, Laughspin dug up some little known and somewhat obscure radio ads that Hedberg did for Midwest-based sandwich shop, Jimmy John's.
The world has Peanuts, the Muppets, and any number of 3D computer-animated movie characters, but those of us who were kids in the late 80s and 90s, we have Calvin & Hobbes.
Fans and filmmakers Jim Frommeyer and Teague Chrystie created this stop-motion tribute to Bill Watterson's amazing contribution to pop culture and art, recreating 3D models of some of the strip's most notable recurring themes - Calvin's joyfully demented snow creations.
Click play to watch this awesome video:
There are a lot of things that make men and women unique: the way we make decisions, the ways we're percieved in culture, the best ways to exercise for our bodies...and, of course, the way we go to the bathroom. And just because men can use their flies doesn't mean it's easier.
I like Mad Men as much as the next guy, but I'm a bit skeptical of the classic, manly role model conversation that the show seems to be sparking, especially among "men's" websites.
But, I do think this flowchart from Matthew at the Oatmeal is spot on, both mimicking the idea that Don Draper's antics should be in any way normative, and recognizing how easy it is to imagine...well, just read it.
Even the humble garden gnome has the potential for a full-on, justice-inducing, evil-butt-kicking alter ego.
Clever guy Kris came up with a fun and easy way to transform everyday Winklebottoms and Figgleforths into slug-stomping, possum-punishing superheroes!
He used bit of Sculpey clay, autobody filler, and some clever painting techniques for a very funny, very creative result.
File under "why didn't I think of that?!"
Did you know there are no less than four superheroes with the ability to "stretch and elongate body?" Or that there's at least two heroes with "Shazam!-based" powers, or a dude that can shoot glue all over his enemies?!
You would, of course, if you took a look at "The Illustrious Omnibus of Super Powers," a new infochart from PopChartLabs.
Hating the typeface Comic Sans has become oh-so au currant in the design-as-a-hobby early 2010s.
But I'm not interested in making fun of others. I'm interested in helping them.
Enter Comic Sans Criminal, a new site, that despite calling offenders criminals (I does have nice consonance), offers an educational and beautifully presented argument on why Comic Sans isn't the best choice for, well, anything.
Since his on-screen debut in 1943, Batman has gone through plenty of changes, from tights to the cast vinyl of the Tim Burton-era to CNC-cut molded rubber of today, sans chest logo.
Turkish blog Tasarim has assembled a great roundup to note the changes, some very obvious and others more subtle.
We're both cracking up and inspired by this series of business cards for fictional companies from films, television shows, and comic books. "Day Jobs" by Fernando Rez "pays nerdy, Easter Egg-laden homage 'to the hard working men and women who keep our beloved fictional companies going.'
Printed on Rolodex-ready business card stock. Extremely limited run of 20 S+N 11” x 17” prints are available for $25/pop."
We can connect fifteen of the twenty-one to its pop culture origin; how many can you? Let's see if we can get them all down in the comments section below!
We don't care if cupcakes are oh-so-2008; these superhero-topped red velvet and Ovaltine (?!) flavored versions looks plenty timeless to us.
Just Jenn made paper versions of each logo, then cut them out to use as templates over biscuit-cutter cut fondant. "The thing I love about Superhero logos are the simple clean designs, just the image and the colors can tell you instantly who is who. All of which are PERFECT elements for topping cupcakes! I knew I wanted to do some of the basics, Superman, Batman – but I figured that some of the more obscure logos would be fun and also appeal to the diehard fanboy/fangirl."