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Comic book ads always promised so much. But given my collection (other than my Phantom comics) came from second hand shops, I was never really in a position to partake of the goodness they offered.

Allegedly the ads didn’t really deliver on the promise. So says Kirk Demarais who has made tracking down the products sold in the back pages of his favourite comic books his life’s work. That’s a link to a thoroughly interesting link where you’ll learn more than you ever thought necessary about the products sold in the back of a comic.

He exposes the secret of X-ray specs below (Spoiler alert)…

“The lens is made up of two pieces of thin cardboard, more like cardstock, with a hole in the center, and in between those cardboard pieces is an actual feather. It’s hard to explain how it works. I have the book here. Let me read. I said, “In the original Spex, the X-ray illusion occurs as the viewer looks through genuine feathers which are embedded between the cardboard. … The feathers’ veins diffract light, creating the appearance of two offset images. A darker area forms where the images overlap which can be interpreted as bone in your hand or the curves of a lady.”

This is very clever, especially if you’re looking for a colour scheme with punch. They’re available as posters and stuff from artist Gidi Vigo.


Tumblrweed: 3eanuts

Nathan Campbell —  April 2, 2011

Gary found/posted this gem. 3eanuts. Peanuts cartoons with the third panel removed leaving the characters in some sort of existential crisis where the punchline has no joke. Reminiscent of Garfield minus Garfield, and incredibly brilliant.

Love it.

Musical Peanuts

Nathan Campbell —  November 20, 2010

I know Ben has a bit of a thing for posting Peanuts Comics. But there’s no monopoly on ideas in the blogosphere… is there?

And I like this one (found here). I think it explains my fixation with Radiohead.

And this tangentially related piece of street art is also pretty cool and postworthy.

Via this tumblog.

Once (or twice) upon a time I seriously coveted the awesome stuff advertised in the comic book classified ads. Who doesn’t want x-ray glasses? This Flickr collection is fun.

So apparently Wally Wood was a comic book illustrator. He coined 22 frames that will always work in comic drawing that are equally applicable for photography or shooting some form of video. And I like them. So here they are. Click the picture to make it bigger, and go here for some explanation.

Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson responded to a piece of fan mail with these tips on creating funny comic strips. He’d know.

Here are the tips.

1. Materials are not important, so long as your work reproduces and reduces clearly. It’s what you do WITH the materials that counts.

2. I think characters are more important than jokes. Any cartoonist ought to be able to come up with funny gags, but the best strips have rounded, complex characters that readers can care about. Cartoon characters should be more than standing props to deliver jokes.

3. Don’t imitate other strips. Editors are looking for something new and original.

4. Most importantly, have fun with your work, and practice writing and drawing all you can.

Via Letters of Note.

Can we ever choose our own destination or are we just pawns in a grand game of chess at the hands of an omnipotent deity. Are your choices your choice? Or are they the inevitable product of nurture and nature colliding. It’s a question that literally keeps young theologians and philosophers up at night.

I’m not actually sure where this originally came from – it just popped up in But it made me laugh.

I’m not surprised that Picasso style comics haven’t taken off. You can’t cheer for a guy who looks like this…

…or this.

From this gallery here.

If you did want to try your hand at creating Picasso-esque comic characters you could do worse than use the “Mr Picasso Head” webapp… I’ll post my Picasso picture when it gets added to the gallery.

You do the mash

Nathan Campbell —  October 30, 2009

Comic book mashups are fun. These, by Ryan Dunlavey, are great… and there are more at that link.

Comical dinner party

Nathan Campbell —  October 1, 2009

Comics are fun. I wish life was a comment. Filled with speech bubbles for my words and every thought…

That dream is a step closer. Dinner time can now be a comic conversation with these comic plates. Perfect for your next comic convention.

Marvellous Disney

Nathan Campbell —  September 12, 2009

Disney bought Marvel a couple of weeks ago. You may or may not be aware of this.

It prompted a series of Marvel/Disney mash-ups (like these, these and these) as fans of both came to terms with the new stablemates…

Here are some of my favourites…

Sans comic sans

Nathan Campbell —  July 14, 2009

Comic Sans was a font designed with a very specific purpose in mind – and it quickly outlived that usefulness.

If you use it regularly – and particularly in “professional” documents or presentations – please cease and desist.

If, like me, you’re frustrated by the use of this abominable font – visit and join the cause.

Cartoons in real life

Nathan Campbell —  July 14, 2009

Ben posts Peanuts comics on Thursdays. They’re a fun reminder of days flicking through Snoopy comics and playing the Snoopy Game on the Amiga.

Well, this post should excite him greatly – a real life Charlie Brown – courtesy of a Mr Tim O’Brien – who produced this for an exhibition entitled “Monsters”. It’s great.

Another artist name Pixeloo – or whose site is named Pixeloo – has put together a bunch of “real life” cartoon (and game) characters… they’re kind of freaky.

There will be blood

Nathan Campbell —  July 8, 2009

The thing that always frustrated me about cartoons based on the perennial chase, the binary battle between good and evil, the constant game of cat and mouse – was that in every case (except perhaps for Itchy and Scratchy) – the poor innocent creature got away. Well, not in these beautifully conceived reworkings of classic cartoons