This week sees the release of Dear Mr. Watterson, a documentary about Bill Watterson, the author and illustrator of the much-beloved cartoon strip Calvin & Hobbes. Happily, the film is as much a celebration of the strip as anything else. Calvin & Hobbes has always inspired a special brand of obsessive geekdom, after all, and it’s good to see that the filmmakers didn’t go out of their way to pursue the strip’s reclusive creator. And indeed, watching the film has roused our own Watterson geekdom — so here’s a selection of things you mightn’t have known about the artist and his work! … Read More
Calvin and Hobbes
Conspiracy theories: they’re as fascinating as they are maddening. For every ridiculous idea that the stoner in your life insists on telling you about every time you see him/her, there’s another theory that sounds like it could just be true. Here at Flavorwire this week, we’re investigating conspiracy theories in pop culture: yes, it’s Conspiracy Theory Week! Don’t tell the Illuminati.
The most intriguing of today’s DVD and Blu-ray releases is Room 237, director Rodney Ascher’s ingenious montage documentary showcasing the wildest fan theories about Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining. Among them: that the film is an apology for the genocide of the Native American, that it is an examination of the crimes of the Holocaust, and (best of all) that Kubrick helped fake the Apollo moon landings while making 2001, and though he could never tell the truth about that job, he inserted various clues and explanations into The Shining as an apology/confession. Sounds crazy, huh? Well, there’s plenty more, even stranger movie theories floating around the Internet, and since we know how much you love this sort of thing, here’s a few of the odder ones. … Read More
Did you have an imaginary friend as a kid? If so, was it another child? An adult? An animal? A bizarre creature? A ghost? Before we get too far — if you haven’t seen The Sixth Sense, A Beautiful Mind, or Fight Club, stop reading now, go watch those films, and come back (or don’t get mad about having them spoiled). Cool? Cool. After the jump, we’ve gathered some noteworthy “imaginary” friends from live-action TV and film. Check ‘em out, and hit the comments to tell us about your own childhood and/or adulthood imaginary buddies. … Read More
In some ways, comic books would seem to be an unlikely subject for nail art — the comics world has a reputation for being nerdy and male-dominated, while nail art is among the girliest of concerns. But this is the 21st century, when everyone reads comics (and gets excited for superhero movies) and even geeks are getting into the nail art craze, the juxtaposition has actually become quite common. In this post, we’ve rounded up some of the most fun and skillful examples we could find, from Marvel and DC superheroes to Sunday funny pages favorites to indie comics with cult followings. Let us know in the comments whether you’ll be trying the sequined Avengers, the stylishly matte Tank Girl, or a different comic-book manicure of your very own. … Read More
There are few notions as compelling as the idea of time travel. Whether it’s the chance to make good on a past mistake, the opportunity to change the course of history, or the possibility of witnessing the far-flung future, moving through time has always held a particular fascination for the more imaginative folks among us. That’s why it’s not hard to envision the idea of a person getting a little too obsessed with the notion — and maybe going a bit bonkers in the process.
In the new film Safety Not Guaranteed, indie fave Mark Duplass (Humpday, The League) plays a man looking for a time-traveling companion via a classified ad in Backwoods magazine. Parks & Recreation‘s Aubrey Plaza is the woman who responds, as part of a journalist’s attempt to see just how crazy this guy is. But is he really nuts or is there something more to the story? Watch the trailer after the jump and decide for yourself, then join us for a look at some of our other favorite chronally challenged figures in pop culture, from an overstimulated boy and his tiger to a murderous cyborg with the face of a governor. … Read More
Folks, this might come as a shock, but the original Charlie Brown didn’t have zigzags on his shirt, nor eyebrows above his alarmingly wide-set eyes. Okay — maybe we’re being a little nitpicky with the eyebrows, but there’s certainly something strange about good ol’ Chuck in his 1950s Peanuts form. The same goes for Jon Arbuckle, whose eyes have grown tenfold in size since the downer’s first Garfield appearance. While wandering the depths of the Internet for our previous roundup of early character sketches, we kept bumping into these fascinating first comic strips of Charlie Brown, Garfield, Calvin, Hobbes, and more. So, since it’s always enjoyable to note the not-so-subtle changes in popular characters, we decided to save said strips for a roundup of their own. Click through for a good laugh, a bit of history, and ten debut comic strips featuring our favorite cartoon characters. … Read More
This week, we caught our first peek at the beautiful American paperback edition of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, arranged as a mini box set and designed by John Gall (the guy behind pretty much all of the American paperbacks of Murakami’s books). Since Chip Kidd’s hardcover design was so amazing, we have to say that we’re impressed and excited that the paperback version is living up to it. To tide us over until the book is actually in our hands, we’ve taken a look at a few other beautiful box sets — from the simple to the extravagant — that we totally covet for our shelves. Click through to drool along with us, and let us know if we missed your favorite in the comments. … Read More
As we’ve already noted, tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, and while it may have originated as a holiday commemorating the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, it’s now commonly observed as a celebration of Irish culture as a whole. The Irish are famed for their luck – although, if we look at the history of the people, “lucky” may be a questionable takeaway – and the phrase “luck of the Irish” comes from the relatively large number of highly successful miners of Irish ancestry during the gold rush. So to help you fill your pockets with gold, or just celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by expounding on the nature of luck, Irish or otherwise, we’ve compiled some literary quotes about luck for every occasion and personality. Click through to read our list, and let us know if we’ve missed any of your own literary explorations of luck in the comments. … Read More
It’s getting colder, folks, which means we’ll be spending more and more time indoors. How do you like to spend the winter months? Watching TV? Playing games? Reading Flavorpill? Well, let’s combine all of three, shall we? Every now and then, our favorite fictional characters will use their fictional brilliance to invent some awesomely fictional games, and we’ve been itching to play ‘em. The rules of these fake games, however, are often left somewhat unexplained, so why not piece together what we do know and add a few guidelines to create real, playable games? Gather some pals, order a pizza, and read on for the real life rules to 10 of pop culture’s most competitive creations. It’s game night! … Read More