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This is basically what junior school was like

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Five stages

Lunchtime comic

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King Joffrey is not pleased with the results of his online quiz

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Beards: Applause for You, Stigmatisation for Me

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Beards: Applause for You, Stigmatisation for Me


I’ve always been fairly anti-beard from an aesthetic point of view. But I’ve never really given them all that much thought. This article makes very interesting reading on beards and race.

Originally posted on Media Diversified:

by Taimour Fazlani

The male beard, what can I say about the male beard? The traditional epitome of male masculinity, and the outwardly bearings of your ‘man’s man’. The bearded man is the kind of man synonymous with hypermasculinity, ideals of strength and dominance.A recent study in Evolution and Human Behavior found women now tend to prefer bearded men. The study also found women perceive full-bearded men as ‘better and more protective fathers’.

As a bearded man I should surely be rejoicing at this new found appreciation and celebration of the beard. Sadly this is not the case, for I am not white. Compliments revolving around the ‘edginess’ of my style do not await me. Such compliments tend to be directed towards straight, white men likeJon Hamm, Ricki Hall or the many ‘Beard Appreciation Pages’ on Twitter andInstagramfull of white faces.


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Lunchtime comic

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supervillain day off

Back to the future – the electric Saietta R

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Judge Dredd’s Lawmaster is real…. and it’s environmentally friendly.

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For a few years now we have been promised all electric cars and they are slowly but surely becoming a reality on our roads. However, for many buyers, the purchase of an electric car is the result of a calculated, rational choice based on economy and environmental considerations. Most electric cars aren’t marketed for their driving experience. Except for Tesla that is; the company, led by CEO Elon Musk (founder of Paypal and CEO of the private space transport company SpaceX) has managed to design and produce exciting electric cars.

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They are using innovation and high tech to push the envelope and serve as a catalyst and positive example to other automakers. Musk’s vision and determination is paying off and I for one am very impressed by the cars they are producing as well as the fact that they’ve managed to create a new car brand from scratch. This is…

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Lunchtime comic: Gove

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Classical Gove

Inspired by a line in this article by Charlie Higson.

Imagine Festival

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At the end of last week, I took part in the Imagine Festival, running a comics-making workshop for kids. This was set up by Inclusive Minds - an organization that promotes inclusivity in children’s literature.  They’re basically the Let Toys Be Toys of the book world. :)

Every child should feel books are for them, and the world needs more protagonists in kidlit that are not the “default” white male (or white feminine passive princess). In terms of superhero comics – ie what most people think of as the mainstream of comic – this default is slowly changing. Ms Marvel debuted recently, for example.  To my knowledge, the first mainstream teenage female muslim superhero. We’ve had a hispanic spiderman. We have a Captain Marvel who’s female without it being a *thing*… she’s not such and such Girl, she’s a captain, and that’s no longer just male territory. At the more literary end of things, we’re seeing a wonderfully wide range of perspectives, too.

But one way to give kids the heroes they deserve – heroes that reflect them – is to help them make up their own. And the children at the Imagine Festival came up with some storming stories. Here are just a few. I’m hoping to add more pics later.

LIVERPOOL! Solomon expresses his love of LFC through the medium of comics. Check out the detail on the floodlit stadium.

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The magic flower is safe, thanks to the fighting princess. Epic witch battle! Terra the witch is defeated. By Aarushi Marwaha

Captain Brainpower and friends (and enemy) by Mollie

Captain Brainpower and friends (and enemy) by Mollie

2014-02-21 13.03.40A comic inspired by Caroline Lawrence’s roman mysteries. A girl faces a crocodile in an flooded gladiatorial arena. She uses an unusual weapon to defend herself.

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Riley’s minion-meets-Lego drawing. Riley’s favourite author is David Walliams. Which reminds me… I’ve still not read any of his kids’ books. I am perhaps one of the few in the world. Time to get down to it.

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Scooby Doo and the gang.

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One of our young comic artists at work.

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Posing with a work in progress, an epic tale of African lions fighting the British army to protect the jungle.

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A beautiful fox comic. In a few years, Nobrow, watch out for this girl. I’m afraid I didn’t catch her name.

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Science comics – the life cycle of a butterfly in 3 panels.

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Anthropomorphic jelly! Cross-section-views! Loving the way this artist (MM Littlemore) makes use of the medium, with labels, absurd and impossible things, and simple black and white.


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Kiev Is Burning. This Is Happening Right Now. Livestream Of The Scene Here.

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Kiev Is Burning. This Is Happening Right Now. Livestream Of The Scene Here.


Awful. Awful.

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:


Thousands of Ukrainian government police armed with stun grenades and water cannons attacked an opposition camp today in an attempt to dislodge the protesters. The result is 9 confirmed dead, 2 policemen and 7 opposition members (UPDATE: this is more like 25 people now), and large fires in Kiev which seem generally under control at this time. The Associated Press reports:

The police dismantled some of the barricades on the perimeter of Independence Square, and many of the protest tents were set on fire. But the 20,000 demonstrators fought back, armed with rocks, bats and fire bombs, and singing the Ukrainian national anthem.

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Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko urged the protesters to defend the camp.

“We will not go anywhere from here,” Klitschko told the crowd, speaking from a stage in the square as fires burned around him, releasing huge plumes of smoke into the night sky…

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