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Sunday brunch: Links for the week of 5-11 May 2013

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Give your mother a big hug, and then ignore her for the rest of the day while you check out some links! Come on, you know you want to!

COMICS!

I don’t read Newsarama too often, but a Facebook friend linked to his two-part Grendel retrospective, and it’s pretty neat. Part One is here and Part Two is here.

This has been resolved, but I should still link to it: Showtime never paid John Layman and Rob Guillory for optioning Chew. I’m just pointing out that even if your comic gets optioned, not only does it have only a slim chance of getting on the air, it might take whoever options it several years to pay you, and then only because the creator goes public (which might not have had anything to do with it getting resolved, but the timing is suspicious).

After Kelly inadvertently broke the Internet with her post about superhero redesigns (seriously, people, this is what gets you going?), Kris Anka responded to it. It’s an interesting perspective.

I still haven’t seen Iron Man 3 (nor will I, probably, until it shows up on television), so I have no dog in the race, but ten reasons to hate Iron Man 3 is really funny, whether the author is “right” or not.

The death knell of comic book single issues was premature, it seems.

Famed reviewer Seth T. Hahne gives us a Nao of Brown study guide. If that doesn’t make you buy this superb comic, I don’t know what will!

This is really mean-spirited, but I can’t stop laughing at it: Has DC done something stupid today? Keep updated on their public relations disasters!

SEXY TIMES COMICS! (I had to use a different category for this, because that’s how I roll!)

Erika Moen has started a new comic called … wait for it … Oh Joy Sex Toy. Because of course it is. And it’s glorious. Only one post so far has actually been about sex toys, but it’s still glorious because Erika Moen is awesome.

POLITICS!

For obvious reasons, I don’t often link to political stuff in these posts, but I guess this is political? Yes, it’s slut-shaming dress codes! So much fun! Here’s what’s interesting about these stories: I can’t imagine the schools getting away with this. If you look at the links, it appears that the schools decided rather arbitrarily to ban certain clothing items, and if you’re going to do that in the middle of a school year, you’re going to get in trouble. If the parents complained because they wanted their kids to dress outside a certain dress code that they knew about before the event, I’d be on the school’s side. But it appears the schools simply decreed these things, and that’s just dumb. If you want to institute a dress code, do it before the school year starts and so every parent knows about it. Once the ship has sailed, the ship has sailed. This is just ridiculous, anyway, as Ishtar forbid we tell the boys that they shouldn’t be, you know, ogling girls all the time. And, of course, you could put teenaged girls in giant burlap sacks and boys would still ogle them. It certainly ain’t the clothes, school administrators!

POP CULTURE!

Ray Harryhausen died, in case you didn’t know. It sucks, but the dude was 92 years old and had lived a pretty awesome life. Recently we watched Jason and the Argonauts with our daughter, and she was pretty impressed with the special effects. I hadn’t seen it in a long time. Man, it ends weirdly, doesn’t it?

The CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch doesn’t like fat people. Oh, man, I love that story. I love people being douchebags and just not fucking caring that they’re being douchebags. It’s kind of refreshing.

Kelly Thompson linked to defaced textbooks/school work on Facebook. Some of these are really, really creative, and one actually got a grade changed, so well done!

The sound quality of this video is terrible, but I link to it because it’s Anthrax and Public Enemy in Bethlehem, PA in 1991, and I was at that show. It was quite awesome.

How you get sucked into a Law & Order: SVU marathon. Oh, the horror! Luckily, I have never actually seen an entire episode of any of the Law & Order shows. I’m just fortunate that way.

Here’s your guide to television shows that have been renewed or canceled. The only cancellation I’m pretty bummed about is Happy Endings. There are rumors USA might pick it up, but who knows. Other than that, cancellations don’t really bother me, because I’m still depressed that they canceled It’s Like, You Know …. That show was the motherfucking bomb!

This is absolute genius: Ryan Gosling won’t eat his cereal. GENIUS!

I guess this is pop culture, although it’s probably more sociology or something. What the hell, though, right? It’s a dialect map of North America. Very cool, but it looks like a ton of work to get it all down. And it’s huge, just to warn you.

SPORTS!

In case you haven’t been keeping up, here’s a recap of Ed O’Bannon’s case against the NCAA. Basically, O’Bannon doesn’t think the NCAA should be able to use his image to sell products without paying him royalties, which could lead to paying players. I’m totally rooting for O’Bannon in this one.

Everyone knows that the Southeast Conference is pure evil, even the people who root for teams in the SEC (you know it’s true!), and this is a good article excoriating the conference. It has a picture of Sela Ward as an Alabama cheerleader, so there’s that.

The Toronto Maple Leafs lost a playoff hockey game the other day, which isn’t really news, amirite, Maple Leafs fans? But it did lead to … death eyes! Behold the .gif!


Nothing can top Elisha Cuthbert in a death stare death match with April Reimer (even though it’s not quite what it looks like), so let’s just leave it at that. Have a nice day, everyone!