Lazy English Major

"To appreciate nonsense requires a serious interest in life."

gaksdesigns:

Artist Daniel Danger

“What counts, in the long run, is not what you read; it is what you sift through your own mind; it is the ideas and impressions that are aroused in you by your reading.”

—   Eleanor Roosevelt (via thebookishdragon)

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Sparking a Fire?

I am currently doing some preliminary research for a multigenre paper about incorporating graphic novels in the classroom. Scanning through all the research (while there is quite a breadth of research and commentary on this topic, it’s still a fledging field), I have somehow been reinvigorated to write more. Reading pages upon pages of stuff on the efficacy of sequential art in enhancing literacy and the limitless potential of the medium inspires me to focus my attentions upon my writing projects, which have been discretely gathering dust in my mind.

One would think that my excitement for graphic novels would naturally lend itself to a desire to craft my own comic. Alas I don’t have the visual artistic abilities to really have those kinds of ambitions. So I think my brain is interpreting that desire to craft some sort of a creative storytelling project as a yearning to get back to writing. It may also be these Songza jazz playlists that really rev up my mind. Obviously, I have this paper (amongst other end of the semester assignments) to complete, so writing for my own sake is still on the back burner. Yet, hopefully once the semester is done, I can recall this mood, probably try to remanufacture the circumstances, to compose some drafts.

So what does the scene look like?

I was reading Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics, as it is a seminal work in the field of comic studies. It was extensively recommended by all the panelists at a Wondercon/Comic Arts Conference roundtable discussion I went to about Graphic Novels and Comics in the Classroom. As I read it, my internal thoughts kept chiming, “MIND BLOWN!” The experience was reminiscent of when I took a Film Theory class one summer to fulfill my Theories and Methods requirement for my Asian Studies major (I inadvertently made my unofficial concentration in Asian Studies about Chinese Cinema with all the film courses I took; similar to how I designated my English major concentration early to mid-20th century British Literature by taking numerous classes in that area as my electives. Concentrations were not a requirement for those majors; I just unwittingly selected courses that piqued my interest. Who knew my interest were so narrow?). It continually amazes me that people could think so critically and articulate so incisively about anything, especially things that are often considered low culture; scholarship in the humanities is just astounding. I bask in the tingly sensation of intellectualism (pretentious? maybe, but whatever floats my boat). It’s massively enlightening considering the ways in which the mind interacts with different stimuli and creates meaning: SEMIOTICS! (I have a very limited knowledge and understanding of semiotics, but it is nonetheless utterly fascinating whenever I dive into it.) 

I was listening to Cool Jazz Warm Nights playlist to clear my mind for some dense comic book reading before I decided I needed something with a little more upbeat as I settled back onto my laptop to try to pump out something out onto the word processor. I picked Up Jumped Spring, and my hands are just typing away on the keyboard. 

A little lavender milk tea on a summer night also helps as a soothing pick me up that isn’t loaded with caffeine to keep me up all night or disrupt my sleeping cycle. Pop in some chia seeds for a basil seed/tiny boba alternative. 

Hopefully, when the semester is done, this won’t be a false start. I need to write more! 

davinci-chode:

Mindbogglingly gorgeous Ghibli illustrations.

Source: http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?id=4873996&from_sid=789931855

AHHHHH! I want posters!

(Source: ancientforesttemple, via batlesbo)

plaintofu:

Probably the most beautiful image I’ve seen in a while. 

Minimizing the chance for lost child. “I am looking for a child wearing this jacket but smaller.”

plaintofu:

Probably the most beautiful image I’ve seen in a while. 

Minimizing the chance for lost child. “I am looking for a child wearing this jacket but smaller.”

(Source: plaintofu)

Fake book covers, celebrating 19th century women writers.

(Source: sweettasteofbitter, via gunmetals)

And then the soul of every child watching withered and died.

(Source: txz, via gendrybaratheon)

richard & kit’s friendship | got cast quotes

BROMANCE! *nudge nudge* (get it, they’re brothers on the show. AHAH~ so lame~)

(via gendrybaratheon)

bookmania:

Minimalist Quotation Print - Marcus Cicero

WANT!
literaryreference:

soozblog:

kylekallgren:

fishingboatproceeds:

lalondes:

HOMESTAR RUNNER: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE
The year is 2003. It is a kinder time, a simpler time.
Every single one of your classmates knows how to draw Trogdor the Burninator - first, you draw an S, then you draw a more different S.
"Everybody to the Limit" is a staple at middle school dances.
Your best friend’s little brother owns a plush The Cheat, and you can kick it, and it makes noise.
The year is 2003, the golden age of Homestar Runner.
Basically, every online content creator, every webcomic artist, every YouTube entertainer, owes Homestar Runner a shitload. 
Once upon a time, Homestar Runner was the definitive Flash site, an online destination for kids and immature grown-ups alike, fielding millions of hits and thousands of e-mails a day. 
Homestar Runner, the earnest athlete with a pure heart and a love for mankind, and his arch-nemesis, Strong Bad, a wrestler with a penchant for issuing snarky responses to fanmail, defined a generation through weird, surrealist Flash cartoons tinged with outdated pop cultural references.
Ten years later, there’s a new generation of Internetters who have never experienced the pure, unadulterated joy of H-Star-R, and that breaks my heart. 
So, here, I’ve compiled this beginner’s guide to Homestar Runner. Every cartoon on this list is shorter than five minutes. Get into it. Do yourself a favour.
STEP ONE: STRONG BAD E-MAILS
dragon
techno
comic
japanese cartoon
caper
stunt double
kids’ book
caffeine
army
different town
crying
for kids
montage
bedtime story
hygiene
STEP TWO: TEEN GIRL SQUAD
Episodes #1-15 are available here. Watch them all.
STEP THREE: SHORTS
An Important Rap Song
Where My Hat Is At?
Best Caper Ever
Play Date
The Homestar Runner Gets Something Stuck In His Craw
One Two, One Two
Fluffy Puff Commercial
STEP FOUR: TOONS
A Jorb Well Done
Cool Things
Date Nite
DNA Evidence
A Folky Tale

I owe a lot to Homestar Runner. I remember sharing these with coworkers at Booklist in 2003. We couldn’t believe how good it was.
There hasn’t been any new Homestar content since 2010, sadly. I don’t know much about why, but I do know they funded the whole series through merch sales, which—let me tell you—is a tough way to go.
Not to beat a dead horse, but I wish sustainable funding models existed* for stuff like Homestar Runner, because while the shows those guys are now making for Disney will no doubt be brilliant, I miss Strong Bad and friends.
* And perhaps a new one will soon, he said portentously.

I was never deeply into Homestar Runner, but I loved what I saw. One thing that bothers me about the internet is the constant “now.” All new updates, all new content, with everyone trying to see the latest thing and ignoring the backlog.
The internet as a device is as old as the 60’s but the internet as a medium, as a creative space and distribution device is still younger than most people who make content on it. Its history is still being written, and its conservation should start now.
Maybe when the history of the web is written Homestar Runner will be viewed in the same light as the Lumiere shorts or Méliès. Maybe Strongbad is the Internet’s answer to The Tramp.
…I just compared Charlie Chaplin to Homestar Runner. What is my brain today.

Mr. Kallgren I am kind of in love with your commentary here.

Yeah, I’ve seen a lot of versions of this post crossing my dash, but I particularly like the commentary on this one.
(Also, pretty much everyone I know still thinks Homestar Runner is good stuff, but it’s possible that that’s because we’re all lame nerds in the right age range.)

literaryreference:

soozblog:

kylekallgren:

fishingboatproceeds:

lalondes:

HOMESTAR RUNNER: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE

The year is 2003. It is a kinder time, a simpler time.

Every single one of your classmates knows how to draw Trogdor the Burninator - first, you draw an S, then you draw a more different S.

"Everybody to the Limit" is a staple at middle school dances.

Your best friend’s little brother owns a plush The Cheat, and you can kick it, and it makes noise.

The year is 2003, the golden age of Homestar Runner.

Basically, every online content creator, every webcomic artist, every YouTube entertainer, owes Homestar Runner a shitload.

Once upon a time, Homestar Runner was the definitive Flash site, an online destination for kids and immature grown-ups alike, fielding millions of hits and thousands of e-mails a day.

Homestar Runner, the earnest athlete with a pure heart and a love for mankind, and his arch-nemesis, Strong Bad, a wrestler with a penchant for issuing snarky responses to fanmail, defined a generation through weird, surrealist Flash cartoons tinged with outdated pop cultural references.

Ten years later, there’s a new generation of Internetters who have never experienced the pure, unadulterated joy of H-Star-R, and that breaks my heart. 

So, here, I’ve compiled this beginner’s guide to Homestar Runner. Every cartoon on this list is shorter than five minutes. Get into it. Do yourself a favour.

STEP ONE: STRONG BAD E-MAILS

  1. dragon
  2. techno
  3. comic
  4. japanese cartoon
  5. caper
  6. stunt double
  7. kids’ book
  8. caffeine
  9. army
  10. different town
  11. crying
  12. for kids
  13. montage
  14. bedtime story
  15. hygiene

STEP TWO: TEEN GIRL SQUAD

Episodes #1-15 are available here. Watch them all.

STEP THREE: SHORTS

  1. An Important Rap Song
  2. Where My Hat Is At?
  3. Best Caper Ever
  4. Play Date
  5. The Homestar Runner Gets Something Stuck In His Craw
  6. One Two, One Two
  7. Fluffy Puff Commercial

STEP FOUR: TOONS

  1. A Jorb Well Done
  2. Cool Things
  3. Date Nite
  4. DNA Evidence
  5. A Folky Tale

I owe a lot to Homestar Runner. I remember sharing these with coworkers at Booklist in 2003. We couldn’t believe how good it was.

There hasn’t been any new Homestar content since 2010, sadly. I don’t know much about why, but I do know they funded the whole series through merch sales, which—let me tell you—is a tough way to go.

Not to beat a dead horse, but I wish sustainable funding models existed* for stuff like Homestar Runner, because while the shows those guys are now making for Disney will no doubt be brilliant, I miss Strong Bad and friends.

* And perhaps a new one will soon, he said portentously.

I was never deeply into Homestar Runner, but I loved what I saw. One thing that bothers me about the internet is the constant “now.” All new updates, all new content, with everyone trying to see the latest thing and ignoring the backlog.

The internet as a device is as old as the 60’s but the internet as a medium, as a creative space and distribution device is still younger than most people who make content on it. Its history is still being written, and its conservation should start now.

Maybe when the history of the web is written Homestar Runner will be viewed in the same light as the Lumiere shorts or Méliès. Maybe Strongbad is the Internet’s answer to The Tramp.

…I just compared Charlie Chaplin to Homestar Runner. What is my brain today.

Mr. Kallgren I am kind of in love with your commentary here.

Yeah, I’ve seen a lot of versions of this post crossing my dash, but I particularly like the commentary on this one.

(Also, pretty much everyone I know still thinks Homestar Runner is good stuff, but it’s possible that that’s because we’re all lame nerds in the right age range.)

witchlette:

janemai:

tinycartridge:

Pond Smelt: Animal Crossing doujinshi from Jane Mai

Awesome artist Jane Mai has a very promising “Animal Crossy" book on the way, if you’re into imagining lives and experiences with your New Leaf neighbors beyond the confines of the game’s scripted dialogue.

It’s published by Peow Studio and will ship early July. You can preorder Pond Smelt online for 100 Swedish krona, which I’m told is around $15 (shipping worldwide included) — expensive, but I can already tell from these preview pages that this book right here, right now, right here, this is my shit. Plus it comes with a “special surprise present.”

You can also check out some of Jane’s comics online for free here, and buy more of her zines here.

Oh, and I have mentioned yet that wolves are the best Animal Crossing neighbors?

BUY Animal Crossing: New Leaf, AC:NL guide, upcoming games

awwww yeahhhhhhhh

so glad i get paid tomorrow

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Emmy Magazine (April 2013): Elementary’s Lucy Liu

(Source: elementaryfangirl, via anthologyz)