Unusual airbrushed illustration inspires cartoonist

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Ian JQ spotted this airbrushed illustration on the tailgate of a pickup truck and was inspired to draw some additional illustrations of the model who posed for it.

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Oh my God. I have to Draw You


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Christian card counters

In the NYT, Mary Pilon profiles a (now defunct) ring of Christian blackjack card-counters who lead Bible-study classes and youth groups when they’re not scoring millions at the casinos. One such Christian counter, Colin Jones, has branched out into running for-pay card-counting workshops for would-be sharps. One of the team has produced a documentary on the team’s activities, called Holy Rollers.

But first Jones and his group had to wrestle with the apparent moral paradox: Should Christians be counting cards?

“My father-in-law flipped out about it,” Jones said. “I remember Ben and I discussing everything. Are we being dishonest to the casinos? Is money an evil thing?”

Group members believed what they were doing was consistent with their faith because they felt they were taking money away from an evil enterprise. Further, they did not believe that counting cards was inherently a bad thing; rather, it was merely using math skills in a game of chance. They treated their winnings as income from a job and used it for all manner of expenses.

<A Card-Counting Mix of Bibles, Blackjack and Cash

(via Super Punch)


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Caturday: cat vs. printer (video)

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An internet classic from 2010 by Chris Cohen. (via @nytjim @janinegibson @bengoldacre)


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RIP, Moebius


Jean Giraud, the comics artist who worked under the name Moebius, has died at the age of 73. Moebius defined the style of Metal Hurlant/Heavy Metal, a surreal, madcap, sometimes grotesque science fictional visual style that is often imitated but which Moebius himself produced to high spec and in such great amounts. On Tor.com, art director Irene Gallo remembers him: “He was a particular favorite among his fellow artists. Many creatives and readers will mourn his passing.” Neil Gaiman also has words on his passing:

I couldn’t actually figure out what the Moebius stories were about, but I figured that was because my French wasn’t up to it. (I could get the gist of the Richard Corben Den story, and loved that too, and not just because of the nakedness, but the Moebius stories were obviously so much deeper.)

I read the magazine over and over and envied the French because they had everything I dreamed of in comics – beautifully drawn, visionary and literate comics, for adults. I just wished my French was better, so I could understand the stories (which I knew would be amazing).

I wanted to make comics like that when I grew up.

I finally read the Moebius stories in that Metal Hurlant when I was in my 20s, in translation, and discovered that they weren’t actually brilliant stories. More like stream-of-consciousness art meets Ionesco absurdism. The literary depth and brilliance of the stories had all been in my head. Didn’t matter. The damage had long since been done.

I recently reviewed The Incal, Moebius and Jodorowsky’s bizarre, classic, lately reprinted science fiction comic.


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Springsteen brings customary energy to NYC show

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at the Apollo Theater on Friday, March 9, 2012 in New York. The concert was hosted by SiriusXM in celebration of 10 years of satellite radio. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)The power and the glory were unleashed in the heart of Harlem on Friday night as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band took to the stage of the storied Apollo Theater.

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Oprah and Jaycee Dugard honored at the DVF Awards

Diane von Furstenberg presents Oprah Winfrey with the DVF Lifetime Leadership Award at The Third Annual DVF Awards held at the United Nations in New York, Friday, March 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)Oprah Winfrey was embraced in a hug by longtime friend Diane von Furstenberg as she took to the stage to accept a “Lifetime Leadership” honor at the third annual DVF awards.

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Weird but true

A foolish Floridian stole a judge’s office-door nameplate — and posted a picture of himself with it on Facebook, cops said.
Steven Mulhall, 21, allegedly posted the pic on his gal pal’s page, showing him smirking while holding a plate clearing showing the name “Judge Michael J. Orlando.”
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Bruce Springsteen performs at the Apollo Theater

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at the Apollo Theater on Friday, March 9, 2012 in New York. The concert was hosted by SiriusXM in celebration of 10 years of satellite radio. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)It was show time at the Apollo, as Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band rocked Harlem’s legendary theater.

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Juanes attends his first Bruce Springsteen concert

Latin singer Juanes arrives to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at the Apollo Theater on Friday, March 9, 2012 in New York. The concert was hosted by SiriusXM in celebration of 10 years of satellite radio. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)While Latin sensation Juanes (WON-ESS) attended his first Bruce Springsteen concert at the Apollo Theater, he says he has always felt connected to Springsteen’s music.

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Rapper Coolio arrested in unpaid Vegas ticket case

This image provided by the Las Vegas Police Department shows the rapper Coolio, who was arrested Friday March 9, 2012, in Las Vegas on a warrant charging him with failure to appear in a local court on a traffic ticket almost two years ago.(AP Photo/LVMPD)Rapper Coolio was arrested on a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court on a traffic ticket almost two years ago.

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