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Good night, Night Vale. Good night.
Every blog needs an official Mexican confection, and around here, it is the Mamut brand cookie, which is sort of like a Moon Pie. This is quite tasty, but we like it mostly because of the adorable cartoon mammoth on … Continue reading
A small child admires the town street sweepers, the traditional final unit of the local festival parade. I always think of these as “Land Zambonis”.
Another installment in our ongoing series exploring the historical obsession of the world’s matchbox label designers with the number three. Fire is a logical topic for artwork of this kind. So have three sources of ignition, and three things … Continue reading
Wait. This drawing of three young girls, maybe sisters (or cousins, like you meet in so many old children’s stories), with their “Magical Items” seems to have nothing to do with either everyone’s least favorite horrible-rash-inducing plant and/or our national … Continue reading
The internet is all about pictures of cats, and so is the shadowy network of matchbox label designers. Who are, as always, equally obsessed with the number three. (That middle one is one of the reasons I don’t keep cats. … Continue reading
Like many cartoonists, I have a complicated relationship with Charles Schultz and Peanuts. I loved it as a child in the sixties and early 70s, both in the newspaper and in the book collections that were everywhere at the time. … Continue reading
Planetokhody (planet walkers, the Russian word for rover spacecraft) are among our favorite subjects, and I couldn’t resist this self portrait of the US Mars rover Curiosity, stitched together from official photographs by fan Kevin Gill. Read the whole story … Continue reading
There’s something about the number three that’s downright irresistible to the world’s designers of classic matchbox labels. This set comes from Sweden. Wonder how many weeks I can keep this up out of my collection on Pinterest? (Hint: longer than … Continue reading
A friend of mine is back from a trip that included a yarn dyeing workshop. We looked at her finished yarn on the porch.