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Day One Hundred & Seven

16 Apr

It’s time once for a list of a few of my favorite things! That’s right, folks! It’s Link Time!

(Just like Hammer Time, but with less gold lamé.)

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If you have hung around this page for any length of time, you’ve probably seen me mention The Variants, the comedy web series about life behind the counter of a local comic book store. From the website:

THE VARIANTS is the brain child of Richard Neal, Joe Cucinotti and Ken Lowery. In early 2009, Richard, owner of the award-winning Zeus Comics, thought all the crazy stuff he saw in his store would make excellent fodder for a comedy series. Seeing the success of Web comedies like “The Guild,” Richard approached Joe and Ken – longtime friends, writers and regulars at the store – to help him develop the series.

After two seasons of all volunteer production, Richard and Ken are asking for your help. They have started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a third season, and they are offering some pretty awesome incentives – signed DVDs, digital downloads of the series, t-shirts, signed art prints from some of the most popular comic artists, a karaoke party with the cast, even a walk-on role in the series.

Right now they are about half-way to their goal. With more than a month to go, I’m sure we can push them past the $8000 mark.

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Speaking of comics…

I don’t remember who first introduced me to the online comic Starfighter, but I’m so glad they did. (I probably got the link from Chester 5000 XYV, now that I think about it.)

Starfighter is an erotic sci-fi story about a fighter, Cain, and his navigator, Able. The art is stunning. The characters are brutal and honest. The story is the opposite of what most people expect from a web comic – it’s layered and emotional, sometimes subtle and sometimes in-your-face raw. It’s also very, very not safe for work.

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There are several Nerdfighteria-related things going on this week:

Hank Green and Bernie Su premiered their new series, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. It’s a unique modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. There is a pretty great article and interview on Tubefilter explaining the project. (You can also read the interview portion on Hank’s tumblr.)

I like this series, despite my hatred of all things Austen. It’s only on the second episode, but I think Hank and Bernie have done something awesome. It’s modern, yes, but it’s not trying too hard, either. Be sure to check it out, and subscribe if you like what you see.

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The Oatmeal is a nerdfighter. (If you don’t know what a nerdfighter is, go here. If you don’t know who The Oatmeal is, go here.)

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(via Hank Green’s tumblr)

Fotoshop by Adobé – from filmmaker Jesse Rosten. Click through to his blog for a bit of explanation and a link to a behind-the-scenes video.

This video is brilliant for so many different reasons, not least of which is confronting ridiculous societal expectations. Satire + great film-making = awesome.

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The Bloggess said “lady garden” on CNN.

So much to love in one little sentence. Jenny Lawson, better known as The Bloggess, was interviewed on CNN last week in reaction to comments Hilary Rosen made about Ann Romney. It started as a discussion on politics and parenting. It became a discussion on zombie apocalypse preparedness. Because that’s what happens when you put her on TV.

I love you, Jenny Lawson. Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster there are people like you in the world.

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Last but not least: A new (non-spoilery) picture from the set of Ender’s Game.

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That’s what I found this week. If you find something I missed, send me a link and I’ll include it next week. You can find me on Twitter, through email, or in the comments below. And as always, don’t forget to be awesome!

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