Cartoons about online safety launched for four-year-olds

The UK’s National Crime Agency launches a series of animations aimed at children aged four to seven.
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Mom Draws The Trials And Tribulations Of Parenting In Hilarious Cartoons

Ali Solomon has been drawing cartoons since she was a child. As she grew up, her characters have aged alongside her, so once Solomon became a mom, it was only natural they would become parents as well.

A middle school art teacher and freelance illustrator, Solomon lives in Queens, New York and has two daughters, ages 3 and 5. She draws comics about the trials and tribulations of parenting for her blog, Wiggle Room

“I was way too tired to create a baby book, but my cartoons and blog became a sort of record of my kids’ life moments, from heartfelt to completely bonkers. Also, it gave me an outlet to help manage the insanity of having a newborn,” Solomon told The Huffington Post. 

“I’d love to be able to capture not just the relatable everyday stuff, but the absurd, undignified, or magical aspects of parenting,” she added. “For example, recently my daughter stamped red ink all over me, which, contrary to the product’s claims, doesn’t wash off skin. For days, people avoided me, thinking I had a face tattoo, a contagious rash, or had applied my make-up blindfolded. Naturally I turned it into a comic. “

Solomon said she hopes other parents relate to her cartoons and feel entertained. “Parenting can be exasperating and isolating. There’s comfort in knowing that other people have similar experiences.”

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Teany Book: Stories, Food, Romance, Cartoons and, of Course, Tea

Teany Book: Stories, Food, Romance, Cartoons and, of Course, Tea


From the ninety-three teas on offer to the tempeh turkey club, Teany’s mix of delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine with a mellow atmosphere has made it a hit with the Lower East Side denizens who make it a habit to attend Teany’s casual afternoon tea (cucumber sandwiches anyone?). Since opening in 2002, internationally acclaimed musician Moby and his partner Kelly Tisdale have made Teany a home base for all things Moby-a hipster hangout, chic contemporary tea shop, and host to political and charity events.With Teany Book, Moby and Kelly distill Teany into an idiosyncratic yet functional gift book that will teach the art of making Teany’s special lavender iced tea and creating nosh-worthy vegan lunches that even carnivores will enjoy, while also functioning as a popular history of the Lower East Side. In addition to instructions on how to become a true tea connoisseur and vegan chef du jour, Teany Book includes witty vignettes on Teany’s history, anecdotes from Moby and Kelly, and tea-based health and beauty tips, such as how to cure a hangover with green tea. At once a unique glance at the culture of downtown New York and a quirky cookbook highlighting a nutritious and beneficial diet, Teany Book is a perfect purchase for tea fans, foodies, and hipsters alike.
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Classic ’90s Cartoons Get Remixed With This Hilarious Hashtag

Nickelodeon is bringing back several popular ’90s cartoon TV shows in a new programming block titled, “The Splat“ and everyone is rejoicing. It will feature 14 shows and is set to premiere on Oct. 5, from 10 p.m.- 6 a.m. Comedians , and  appeared on Tuesday’s episode of late night comedy show, “@midnight with Chris Hardwick” to celebrate the return of ’90s nostalgia to TV.

During the “Hashtag Wars” skit, with the theme #HipHopCartoons, the comedians fused the titles of classic TV cartoons with the names of famous rappers, hip-hop albums and lyrics. Check out the hilarious results below.

But the remixes didn’t stop there.

The Internet jumped in the on the fun, too, and #HipHopCartoons began trending on Twitter. Scroll down below to find out what happened when the titles of throwback cartoons got a hip-hop twist. 

 

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Teany Book: Stories, Food, Romance, Cartoons, And, of Course, Tea

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From the ninety-three teas on offer to the tempeh turkey club, Teanyas mix of delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine with a mellow atmosphere has made it a hit with the Lower East Side denizens who make it a habit to attend Teanyas casual afternoon tea (cucumber sandwiches anyone?). Since opening in 2002, internationally acclaimed musician Moby and his partner Kelly Tisdale have made Teany a home base for all things Mobyaa hipster hangout, chic contemporary tea shop, and host to political and charity events. With "Teany Book," Moby and Kelly distill Teany into an idiosyncratic yet functional gift book that will teach the art of making Teanyas special lavender iced tea and creating nosh-worthy vegan lunches that even carnivores will enjoy, while also functioning as a popular history of the Lower East Side. In addition to instructions on how to become a true tea connoisseur and vegan chef du jour, "Teany Book" includes witty vignettes on Teanyas history, anecdotes from Moby and Kelly, and tea-based health and beauty tips, such as how to cure a hangover with green tea. At once a unique glance at the culture of downtown New York and a quirky cookbook highlighting a nutritious and beneficial diet, "Teany Book" is a perfect purchase for tea fans, foodies, and hipsters alike.
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‘When They Were Kids’ Cartoons Perfectly Depict Rihanna And Other Fashion Icons As Children

It looks like Rihanna was always a “bad gal.”

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Fashion Cartoonist, an anonymous doodler who has been featured in the trade publication Business of Fashion as part of its Fashion Funnies section, has released a new set of adorable cartoons.

The images, which depict fashion icons and celebrities as “children,” are a welcome light-hearted contribution to an industry that has the tendency to take itself pretty seriously. The cartoonist, who chooses to stay anonymous, explained in an e-mail to The Huffington Post:

“My blog is, in its own way, a tribute to the extraordinary personalities that populate the fashion world. I believe that, while fashion is definitely a very important and serious business, sometimes we take it too seriously. My cartoons put fun, irony and humor back into it!”

Fashion Cartoonist posts standalone images like the one of Rihanna, as well as nods to happenings in pop culture. Elton John’s feud with Dolce & Gabbana got the cartoon treatment, as well as Pharrell and Robin Thicke’s legal troubles. Even Iris Apfel is included, just off the heels of the release of her documentary.

Preach. To see more from Fashion Cartoonist, head to the blog and Instagram.

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Cartoons, Chaos and Commedia, Oh My!

The mind works in mysterious ways. During one week I had some bizarre experiences in dreamland that covered sights and sounds quite different from past adventures.

In several of these dreams I found myself in the basement level of an old department store that was undergoing a makeover in order to appeal to a new generation of consumers. Although the floor plan (and much of the furniture) was dominated by right angles, there were no guarantees of permanence.

People might wander across my line of vision who seemed familiar from past dreams (and certainly seemed to recognize me) but they turned out to be actors dressed as Neanderthals, who had been tasked with demonstrating how consumers could buy and use a collection of lawn furniture to help camouflage a sinkhole that had developed in their back yard. At the touch of a button, the floor promptly caved in.

At other times I found myself obsessing over audiotapes I needed to return to a group of court reporters after I had finished transcribing their depositions. But it didn’t seem like the lobby to their building was the way I had remembered it (had I ever really been there, anyway?). Attaché cases briefly appeared and then vanished while filled with my possessions. Entire retail displays disappeared as soon as I passed by.

I don’t doubt that some of these dreams were triggered by a series of Canadian animation shorts I had watched from a program at CAAMFest 2014. However, these shorts also helped to clarify how creativity sometimes works in very messy ways.

What we often see as a final product has been carefully mapped, plotted, and refined to a point where it is monodirectional and aimed to please. Consider the following Ramen Party Music Video (created by Lillian Chan, John Poon, and Michael Mak) as an example:

Lately, I’ve found myself getting up several times during the night and then, after climbing back into bed, falling back into the same dream sequence I had just emerged from. Or is that what’s really going on? David Nguyen’s video game-inspired short, Insert Credit, offers a hint of what might be bubbling somewhere in my subconscious.

Nguyen’s animation is still quite linear, methodical, and destination driven. By contrast, my dreams tend to be more chaotic, taking me into situations, colors, and dimensions that I could never experience in my waking hours. Perhaps that’s why I was intrigued by the Yellow Sticky Notes/Canadian Anijam curated by Jeff Chiba Stearns.

The following two clips illustrate how creativity can come in short (and often messy) spurts of imagination.

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Sustaining chaos as an engine of stage farce is easier said than done. It requires an awful lot of imagination, determination, a seemingly endless supply of shtick, and a dedicated troupe of clowns with great timing.

The Berkeley Repertory Theatre recently presented a new production of Dario Fo’s provocative political farce entitled Accidental Death of an Anarchist (which was first performed in December 1970). Fo’s farce was inspired on the 1969 incident in which an Italian railroad worker/anarchist named Giuseppe Pinelli fell to his death (or might have been pushed) from a fourth floor window of a local police station in Milan. In describing the audience’s reaction to the first performances of Accidental Death of an Anarchist (when the memory of Pinelli’s death and the December 12, 1969 Piazza Fontana bombing was still raw in the public’s mind), Fo noted that:

The audience split their sides laughing at the effects produced by the comical and at the same time satirical situations. But as the performance went on; they gradually came to see that they were laughing the whole time at real events, events which were criminal and obscene in their brutality; crimes of the state. So the grins froze on their faces and, in most cases, turned into a kind of Grand Guignol scream which had nothing liberating about it, nothing to make things palatable. On the contrary, it made them impossible to swallow.

Since its 1970 premiere, Accidental Death of an Anarchist has been translated into numerous languages and performed around the world. While the play provides a dramatic map for the actors, it is essentially a framework which can support all kinds of pratfalls, sight gags, and buffoonery that has kept audiences laughing from the days of the Commedia dell’arte to vaudeville; from Plautus to The Producers. As Berkeley Rep’s artistic director, Tony Taccone (who first met the playwright nearly 30 years ago) notes:

Fo’s entire career has been dedicated to the creation of subversive laughter. He has famously taken on politicians, the police, and his personal favorite: the pope. For his efforts he’s been vilified and adored, condemned as an outlaw and celebrated as champion of the people. At one point, the State Department labeled him as a dangerous criminal and, for many years, he was barred from entering the United States.

You can read his plays all you want, but they only come alive in performance. They are built around his persona as a professional Fool, a court jester whose job is to expose the hypocrisy of the state and to satirize all forms of corruption. The Fool speaks the truth when no other person dares to; he creates jokes that are based in reality and relentlessly ridicules those who have lied, cheated, or killed to attain power. In that sense, the Fool is a teacher, and the conspiratorial laughter he creates with the audience is both relieving and alarming.

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Stephen Epp stars as the Maniac in Dario Fo’s political satire,
Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Photo by: Joan Marcus)

Adapted by Gavin Richards (from a translation by Gillian Hanna) this production has been directed by Christopher Bayes, who has spent many years studying Commedia dell’arte and teaching classes in clown technique. Together with Steven Epp (who stars as the Maniac), the creative team has done its best to pepper the evening with references to current events. Whether citing some of the lost souls who can be found wandering the streets of downtown Berkeley or referencing Senator Dianne Feinstein’s criticism of the CIA, every effort is made to keep the audience aware that what they are witnessing onstage is only a tiny part of the corruption and injustice which perverts their daily lives.

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Eugene Ma, Steven Epp, and Allen Gilmore in a scene from
Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Among the talented ensemble Bayes has assembled for this co-production with the Yale Repertory Theatre are Liam Craig as the blustering police Superintendent; Renata Friedman as the female journalist, Feletti; Allen Gilmore as the stooge, Pissani; and Jesse J. Perez as the buffoonish investigator, Bertozzo. As a pudgy constable who (when not singing falsetto) is happy to sit on the sidelines eating donuts, Eugene Ma delivers some priceless comedic moments.

How did Bayes find a way to combine the comedic traditions of Commedia dell’arte with cultural references that would resonate with a modern audience? As he explains:

Having grown up in the 1960s and 1970s, Accidental Death of an Anarchist had the kind of sitcom feel like Barney Miller gone terribly wrong, or The Honeymooners, or I Love Lucy gone completely psycho. So we used this feeling as a kind of inspiration for the design elements. It feels very much of its time but also it is very clear that we are doing a period play in the present moment (there is a kind of acknowledgment of the theatrical conceit). Corruption and coverups never seem to stop. They just seem to get stupider because we have grown to expect them. Verbal storytelling tends to be more of a cerebral experience. If a story is told with more physicality, it becomes a more visceral experience.

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Jesse J. Perez and Renata Friedman in a scene from
Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Photo by: Jared Oates)

While Berkeley Rep’s production benefits strongly from Kate Noll’s unit set and the costumes by Elivia Bovenzi, there were many moments in Act I when I felt as if every possible piece of shtick was being tossed out to the audience in order to see what would stick. As the Maniac, Epp would frequently comment about how the audience was probably wondering why people thought any of this was funny.

However, any discomfort was quelled in Act II when Epp reappeared as a military inspector from another district. Suddenly, the tone of the farce shifted and I found myself watching, in amazement, what felt like a classic Sid Caesar comedy sketch. The sharpness of the satire only served to set the audience up for the sobering dose of reality with which the playwright confronts his audience at the end of the evening.

Whether one tires of the shtick or finds it hysterically funny, there is method to the playwright and director’s madness. In addition to Epp’s deliciously manic performance, I greatly enjoyed the work of the lanky Renata Friedman and the talented Eugene Ma.

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Golf in the Comic Strips: A Historic Collection of Classic Cartoons

Golf in the Comic Strips: A Historic Collection of Classic Cartoons


As one of the oldest and greatest sports of all time, golf has been the subject of a wealth of humorous depictions. No other sport has been more parodied, satirized, or used as a setting than golf. Golf in the Comic Strips uses the perceptive minds of the world’s foremost cartoonists to capture the wild and woolly, the mysterious and rewarding allure of golf-what it does to its players and what it leaves them in return. Each strip is unique and will leave the golfer and the non-golfer with an extra appreciation for the game, as well as some howls of laughter at the folly of it all. From his collection of over 4,000 cartoons and comic strips on golf, Howard Ziehm shares over 200 beautiful, full-color, rare, and historic comic strips from more than 100 artists. Interwoven is insightful text explaining stylistic innovations, milestones, and artist- or period-related information giving you a sense of what golf and the world was like in each era. Including artists like Clare Briggs (A Piker’s Clerk), Sidney Smith (The Gumps), Richard Outcault (The Yellow Kid), James Swinnerton (Jimmy), Charles Schulz (Peanuts), Johnny Hart (B.C.), and Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey), Golf in the Comic Strips is an essential for all golf lovers, cartoon fans, and humor buffs.

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