You’ll Fall In Love With These Vintage Batman Valentines!

You never can tell what you’ll discover on eBay. And, lucky for us, Chicago cartoonist Mark Anderson was exploring the online auction house when he chanced upon a bunch of Doubl Glo Batman Valentines from 1966 and snatched them up. Now he has posted them on his website for all comics fans to enjoy! Have a look:

Way to go, Mark!

ETA: It turns out Hallmark also sold Batman Valentines that very same year! Check them out!

A Little Pony of a Different Colour

This H.P. Lovecraft Mythos-inspired character looks like something straight out of a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Brony’s nightmare! The adorable little critter is called “Little Maddie — Friendship Is Maddness.”

Created by the folks at Behance, Little Maddie is said to be under development for a series of animation shorts and toys. Go check out their site, if you like your madness in cute pastel colors.

It makes me want to write a sanity-stripping short story set on a tiny New England farm and called “The Colour Out of Equestria.”

Fancy a Drink With Hello Kitty? Order a Beer!

Who says China isn’t a capitalist wonderland? The latest weapon in the Chinese economic arsenal is Hello Kitty beer.

Yes, you read that correctly: Hello Kitty beer.

Officially licensed by Japanese company Sanrio, the elixir is brewed in Taiwan by Long Chuan, and it is only available in China (for now) . The brew comes in six fruity flavors, including lemon-lime, passion fruit, banana and peach, according to Geek Tyrant.

Kotaku went as far as obtaining some of the beer and giving it a taste-test. The result? It’s more like drinking fruit juice than an alcoholic beverage. The Hello Kitty label is 2.3 percent alcohol by volume — which isn’t much, but it’s still alcohol inside a can adorned with the global symbol of kawaii (cuteness). Kotaku’s critic says:

“The lemon lime flavor tasted like a light limeade of sorts, almost losing the lemon flavoring. It was smooth and sweet, like a lime soda. It didn’t taste like beer. The lime flavor was the strongest flavor in this brew. The peach one also tasted more like fruit juice than beer. It was good, but sickly sweet. Again, you can barely tell it’s beer. The only downside to the peach was that because it was so sweet, there was this weird, almost soapy after-taste at the end of each sip. The peachy-soapy flavor does linger on until something washes it away.”

Could that “something” be the collective tears of millions of little Hello Kitty fans?

U.S. Government Admits Area 51 Exists

area51Who says the Obama Administration isn’t transparent? It has just released a formerly classified report that finally acknowledges that Area 51 actually exists! Or, to be more precise, did exist.

Everyone knows the place is there, just outside Las Vegas, but the government has always officially refused to acknowledge it is an official testing facility — for the U-2 spy plane, not the hiding and study of crashed UFOs and alien corpses. (Governments can only be so transparent!)
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Sharknado: Perfect Storm, or Perfect Movie?

Coming to SyFy tonight at 9 o’clock, it’s a tornado — full of sharks! It’s SHARKNADO!

A massive hurricane sucks sharks out of the ocean and rains them down on Los Angeles, then spawns waterspouts that suck up the sharks again and hurl them at people. But some people have chainsaws.

This is shaping up to be the best movie The Asylum has ever produced for SyFy. It has sharks in the water, CGI blood, sharks flying through the air, more CGI blood, BEVERLY HILLS 902010’s Ian Ziering as a heroic bar owner, sharks swimming in the streets of downtown L.A., chainsaws, even more flying sharks, and MAKE IT OR BREAK IT’s Cassie Scerbo in a bikini!

Can a made-for-TV movie get any better?

 

A DOCTOR WHO Special with 11 Doctors?!?!

11doctorsartCould it be true? Could the collective greatest dream of DOCTOR WHO fandom come true in this, the series’ 50th anniversary year? I am referring, of course, to a special episode featuring all the living actors who have played the Doctor. But the newest rumor bouncing around the Internet today is that Steven Moffat is penning an episode incorporating all 11 Doctors — played by their original actors!

Now, before we get all teary-eyes over the prospect of David Tennant’s 10th Doctor working alongside Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor once again, or Matt Smith’s barking mad 11th Doctor getting a hand from Patrick Troughton’s fussy Second Doctor, we need to take a deep breath and note that this is nothing more than a rumor.

And not even a very solid one, at that. The Birmingham Mail newspaper printed a story about an 11-Doctor special this morning without any sourcing or quotes — a sure sign that the story should be taken with a huge grain of salt (if not the entire salt shaker). Plus, certain details mentioned don’t really ring true.
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Twas the Night Before — Hold It Right There, Fat Man!

The modern version of Santa Claus derives a lot of its imagery from Clement C. Moore’s 1822 poem, “The Visit From St. Nicholas” (known today as “Twas the Night Before Christmas”), and one of the enduring images of Santa is “a right jolly old elf” who smokes: “a stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth/ And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.”

St. Nick’s association with tobacco goes back a long way, and is even more closely linked to cigarettes than pipes; good ol’ Santa has long been an advertising icon for coffin nails in the USA.


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Zombie CPR Could Save a Life

It’s the weekend, and that means THE WALKING DEAD is very close, so let’s have a little fun today. This is a great PSA from Canada, but it still works south of the border. The PSA, directed by Vincenzo Natali for Canada’s Heart & Stroke Foundation, suggests that CPR can not only save lives, it can prevent zombies.

(Many U.S. comments on the video were foaming at the mouth over this “waste of our tax dollars!” Uh, wrong, bozos. It’s not our country, nor is it a government organization.)

I liked that the clip ends exactly the way I had hoped: The zombies revived the woman so they could eat her alive.

And the campaign has a great logline: “CPR makes you undead.”

Death and the Lady Drinker

This is a cool find first noted by the good folks over at i09… a vaudeville-era warning about the dangers of drink and consorting with men who… play cards!

In 1906 The Journal of the English Folk Song Society published a piece on the old English ballad “Death and the Lady.” Some enterprising female entertainer encountered the article and realized the story might be used as a great vaudeville piece about the evils of card play and alcohol […] Here Joseph Hall, the Brooklyn born photographer who had made a career on baseball pictures and theatrical production stills, captured the sequence of the action, providing a peculiarly detailed & rare view of the progress of a single vaudeville performance.