Arting. It is ok, it is natural.





Community is the best


This point in the show gave me an overwhelming yet humble sense of pride to be alive. It was remarkably emotional to grasp such an expansive statement.



cambridge university students were asked on campus why they needed feminism. here are 60 answers. click the link for over 600 more.



Hey guys, the She Makes Comics kickstarter has 6 days to go and it’s not fully funded yet! This is an awesome, incredibly worthwhile project that I know a lot of you care about, so spread the word.




Life Lessons from Adventure Time.

How is this even a kid’s show




The Strongest Anti-Racism Ads Of The Last 20 Years

  1. 1996 Benetton
  2. 1996 UK
  3. 1999 campaign via the UK by the Commission for Racial Equality
  4. 2001 For the National Congress Of American Indians
  5. 2002 Via the UK for the National Assembly Against Racism
  6. 2002 Via the UK
  7. 2002 National Union of Students
  8. 2003 Red Cross of Finland
  9. 2004 campaign via the UK
  10. 2007 A More Perfect Union via the USA


The one with the union jack tho.


Trying to introduce the study of the brain to a bunch of students, I said: “If everything we needed to know the brain about a mile … how far have we walked in this mile?” I got answers [like] 3/4 of a mile… half a mile… quarter mile. And I said, “I think about 3 inches.”


When it comes to the nervous system, there are a large number of diseases where the only real sign that there’s something wrong is the outward manifestation of the disease — the person is acting crazy, or they don’t seem to learn very well, or their movements are disordered in some way. But if you look at the brain with most of the techniques we have, there’s nothing to see.

You’ve gotta see the wires — just have to see where they come from, where they go, what they connect with… 

National Geographic looks at the wiring of the brain in exquisite 3D renderings of every synapse, exploring how parts of the brain communicate with each other and animate us.

Also see Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are.



The fine folks at Information Is Beautiful and BBC Future converted one of my favorite Wikipedia pages into a gorgeous infographic. Behold the Timeline of the Far Future.

Compare and contrast with this visual timeline of the future based on famous fiction


A study in panel borders:
Inspired by this awesome post about making comics quickly, I took a look at some comics I own to get some sense of different kinds of panel design choices.

I came away feeling like I’d learned a little less than I’d hoped, but here are some takeaways:

* You can get away with smaller panels than you think
* Extremely weird comic panels CAN work, but when it fails it looks painful and forced.
* Simple is not bad.
* There are actually a LOT of possible combinations.

Specific notes:

Scott McCloud uses a 4x3 sliceup of the page, and it’s four VERTICAL slices and three HORIZONTAL ones, which is weird because it makes the panels, on average, LESS square. This works with the particular comic really WELL though, because he draws himself in closeup, talking, a LOT.

DAR and Narbonic both are webcomics mashed into book format, but both worked surprisingly well as page layout in the end.

Blacksad is REALLY variable and the page layouts are hand-crafted on a per-page basis. No speed gains here, but perhaps a message that full custom has its place.

The Resonator is fairly formal but never *too* rigid with panel choices. Lots of narrow or tall panels, which works as a way to alternate between big establishing shots and dense dialog. Very tall panels for single speaker, long ones for two-person dialog or to combine a lot of text and visuals. In general, Resonator is print-native and has TINY text…

Ultimate X-Men is a fun read but the panel design is a disaster. Almost none of the choices of graphic design work at all. Occasionally an establishing shot hits home, but in general the layout is trying WAY too hard.

Watchmen. Formalism raised to the ultimate. It’s precise, it’s a 3x3 grid, it’s piss-on-a-plate-with-no-spills precise and that’s fine, for two reasons: one, everything is about time, and two, it gets the panels the hell out of the way of the story.

Augustus is an example of what Ultimate X-Men was trying to do, except it succeeds. Lots of variation, but on average very orderly. Kind of strikes me as the sort of thing you “have to be GOOD” to pull off well.