This one's a few years old, but it proves once again that Neko Case can sing anything. And that the New Pornographers are the best band in the world. But you already knew that.
- Urban Sketchers has been around since late last year, and it's always a lot of fun to look through. The site's members (there are dozens worldwide) upload the sketches they record while traveling or in their home cities, and it's a great place to scrounge for ideas or pick up techniques. The one up there is by Tia Boon Sim, who lives in Singapore and also posts drawings on her blog.
- I mentioned Lynda Barry last week, so here's a text-based interview with her, for those of you who don't have access to 1990s multimedia technology. It completely blew my mind to learn that Kelly Hogan - a fantastic singer and a vital part of Neko Case's touring band - is also Lynda's assistant.
- Speaking of Neko and Kelly....
- My girlfriend is from Massachusetts and I'm from Pittsburgh, so we both know a thing or two about bizarro regional dialects. This page maps American pronunciation and word-choice tendencies by region (soda vs. pop, how caramel is pronounced, etc.), and it's utterly enthralling.
- I guess a whole lot of people read the webcomic Cyanide and Happiness. It's hit-and-miss for me, but I love the little animation gag in the last panel here. I can relate.
- Here's a nice interview with my friend Karen Green, who curates the comics/graphic novel collection (among several others) at Columbia University. I really wish I'd made it to her Comic Con panel, because I've heard nothing but good things about it. Karen also writes a regular column, "Comic Adventures in Academia," over here.
- So close:
- Finally, congratulations to the guys who produce CO-OP, the show that rose from the ashes of the dearly departed 1UP Show. When Ziff-Davis sold 1UP.com to UGO, their entire video-production crew was laid off, but they stuck together and immediately got to work on a new project, which has just been picked up by Revision3. These guys are good - they do video-game coverage that I'm actually not ashamed to be seen watching (cough cough G4) - and I'm happy they've got some cash rolling in again.