19 Extreme Close-Up Photos of Animal Eyes

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Suren Manvelyan, a photographer from Armenia, has developed a niche that has captured popular attention. He takes close-up shots of eyes, including human eyes and animal eyes. He has a new set of animal eye photos, mostly from fish and reptiles.

In an interview with GBTimes, Manvelyan describes how he acquires the cooperation of animal subjects:

The photographer got professional assistance when dealing with venomous snakes and other not so 'people friendly' representatives of the fauna. “The hyena, however, was such an exceptional sweetheart. I got licked from head to toes,” Manvelyan smiles.

The photographer shares some useful tips for those who would like to try their hand at animal photography. “First of all, an animal needs time to get used to you. All the animals have a strong instinct for protecting their territory. Anyone who crosses the line creates a tension. The animal needs time to realize you don't present a danger to it. So, be patient and respectful.”

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How Babies Make Decisions

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Yep, that’s about it. Up to a certain point, your biggest job as a parent is to feed your child and keep him or her safe from the worst consequences of their poor decisions. That point is when they leave home as an adult, and even afterward occasionally. And believe me, the most important job you have for your children’s entire lives is teaching them how to make good decisions on their own, since they come pre-wired to make bad ones. This is the latest comic from Doghouse Diaries.

There Are Two Kinds of People in This World

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Zomato, a website targeted at foodies, created these illustrations to promote themselves. In certain situations, most personalities are either A or B, where A and B represent ways and means of food consumption. Which one are you? Are you ever both? In my case, ketchup *and* mustard on my burger, please. See more examples of gastronomical dichotomies here.

Compilation of Incredibly Close Calls

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The funny thing about life is, one minute you could be enjoying it, and the next moment, something cataclysmic can happen. It may seem an exxagerated thing to say, but it is true. You want proof of that, look no further than this collection of very close calls, all caught on tape. While these people all got out of these situations with minor or no injuries, if you look at the scenarios they were in, safe to say things could have played out a lot worse in most of those scenarios. Yes, it can be a little scary, but just think, all these people survived all this situations, in most cases, mirculously. Funny how a random step to the left can save your life and you don't even know it at the time.

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It's odd how in some of the videos that are no reaction from the people, though. Pretty sure if I almost got run over by a car I would be doing a dance of joy the moment I realized I was still alive. Check out the BMR Pranks and Fails page on YouTube for more awesome videos like this one.

From Bees to Bears: Animals Trained For War

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Dolphin used by the U.S. military to perform mine clearance in the Iraq war 

Sadly, regardless of how barbaric it may be, war is a scourge of humanity that has yet to be eradicated. Since ancient times, military forces across the globe have used every weapon and strategy imaginable in an effort to gain an edge over their enemies. One such idea has been training animals for use in maneuvers from intelligence gathering to combat.

An animal trained for military purposes that recently made news is the dolphin. In the Ukranian conflict, Russia seized a number of dolphins from Ukraine that were trained by their military. For decades, the dolphins were taught to recognize enemy submarines, attack enemies via knives attached to their heads and carry bombs in "suicide" missions. 

Currently the United States has 75 dolphins in San Diego that have been trained for military purposes. Historically, the U.S. has used dolphins in military operations in both Viet Nam and Iraq.

Read more about military dolphins and other animals used to fight human conflicts here.

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35 Jobs That No Longer Exist

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Elliott Morgan hosts this week’s mental_floss video, in which we hear about jobs that no longer exist. Most of them are jobs that you wouldn’t want to do, anyway, done away with by the miracles of electricity, plumbing, and mechanization. There are more occupations joining these every day. I had to explain to my kids why anyone would ever need a “typist.” They also discovered a new occupation when we visited Idaho, because they’d never seen a “cobbler” before. Still, they know of some obsolete jobs, as their grandma spent decades as a "local telephone operator." Her stories of those days never made much sense to the kids, but they are aware of them.

25 Weirdest Batman Covers

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To Batman's credit, he has been a versatile hero through the ages. While some of his henchmen and rogues gallery are well-known and beloved (and feared) bad guys, some of the situations Batman found himself in during his golden age could best be desrcibed as "insane". From situations like the above scenaio which has him fighting apes AND gangsters, to covers that would never be made now due to the changes in societies feelings towards certain issues, sometimes you just wish someone would put together a gallery of some of Batman's weirdest covers. Then you remember that this is the internet, and someone has.

Vulture Carefully assembled this list of the 25 weirdest Batman covers for us all to look over in awe and amazement. Some of them will make you laugh, some of them will make you scratch your head, but most of them will just remind you that Batman is one of the coolest (and easily most insane) heroes and comics out there.

The Diatomist

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Diatoms are at the bottom of the food chain, and provide sustenance for many sea creatures. If you can see the tiny things, you'll find they come in a amazing variety. At one time, they were used as an art media! Filmmaker Matthew Killip made a documentary about the last remaining master of the art of arranging diatoms.

Diatoms are single cell algae that create jewel-like glass shells around themselves. Microscopists of the Victorian era would arrange them into complex patterns, invisible to the naked eye but spectacular when viewed under magnification.The best of these arrangements are stunning technical feats that reveal the hidden grandeur of some of the smallest organisms on Earth. Klaus Kemp has devoted his entire life to understanding and perfecting diatom arrangement and he is now acknowledged as the last great practitioner of this beautiful combination of art and science.

It’s extremely difficult work, but the complex kaleidoscopic results are stunning. Continue reading to see more of Kemp’s diatom art and the video about him.

Shadow of the Bat - There's A Moon Out To-Knight

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When the shadow of the bat falls upon you it's a sure bet your criminal empire is about to come crashing down around your head. Villains have come to fear bats, cringing every time they hear a bat screeching in the night, and yet they never seem to hear the guy that clown calls Bats swooping down until it's too late...

Add a touch of heroic adventure to your geeky wardrobe with this Shadow of the Bat t-shirt by Ddjvigo, and keep the forces of bad Bat fashion at bay!

Visit Ddjvigo's Facebook fan page and Twitter, then head on over to their NeatoShop for more mighty cool designs:

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Take A Moment To Enjoy Some Awesome Kevin Keele Artwork

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If you are even a slight fan of art, the internet is like a magical paradise always feeding you more and more awesome stuff for you to digest with your eyes and soul. Like a gallery that updates every day and always, making it so you never have to see the same thing twice and can always discover new artists and master craftsman who will blow your mind with their work. That is just what happened to me this week when I stumbled on artist Kevin Keele's website. The man seems to be able to do anything, and do it exceptionally well.

From chalk art:

Image Credit: Kevin Keele

To simple (yet simply awesome) sketches:

Image Credit: Kevin Keele

His personal site (Be Awesome!) is linked above, and you can also check out his Tumblr too, which doesn't have much yet, but has a dinosaur with guns attached to it so it is still worth checking out in its earliest phase. I mean, who can refuse a dinosaur with guns? No one.

Art feeds the soul, so why not let Kevin Keele make you lunch today?


Tarantula and Iguana in Party Hats

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Magnus the tarantula is all dressed up for her human's birthday party!

Redditor schizophrenicwheel wished herself a "Herpy Birthday" (a reference to herpetology--the study of reptiles and amphibians). Her husband brought her an appropriate cake and made sure that their pets were ready for the occasion.

Mooch the iguana is also ready to party hard! You can see more photos of the party here, including a less than unenthusiastic response from Zadkiel the emerald tree monitor. Pajaaamas the Argus/Goulds monitor is politely faking interest.

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You're the Law that I Want (Yes on 2)

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Floridians will vote in November on whether to adopt Amendment 2, which would legalize the use of medical marijuana in the state.

Medical marijuana proponent Steve Berke produced this video promoting the referendum, starring himself and Briley Hale as Danny and Sandy from Grease in a parody of “You’re The One That I Want.” It was recorded at the original fun house used in the movie, which is in Decatur, Texas. You can also watch a side-by-side comparison of the parody with the original. It's practically indistinguishable. -via Buzzfeed

Impressive Works Of Art And Architecture In The Middle Of Nowhere

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Impressive works of art and architecture are no less impressive when there’s nobody there to see them, and sometimes their remote placement can make them seem even more spectacular:

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This bust of Lenin was Russia's response to the U.S. setting up a research station at the South Pole in the 1950s- Russian scientists placed this "research station" in the most difficult spot to reach in Antarctica, then they planted a cherry on top shaped like Lenin's head.

A bust in the middle of nowhere almost makes sense, but creating an art installation modeled after a Prada store in the middle of nowhere...now that's highbrow!

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This Prada "store" is located in remote Marfa, Texas- Population 2,000, not one of 'em a fan of Prada.

There's a full stock of merchandise inside the store, but there aren't any cash registers, or doors for that matter, as creators Elmgreen & Dragset intend to let the building slowly become one with the high desert.

Speaking of a structure with no customers- there's one and only one movie theater in the middle of Egypt's Sinai Desert, but they haven't had a customer for years:

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The End of the World Cinema was built just over a decade ago by an unnamed French man who had the seats, projection equipment, a screen and a generator trucked in, hoping to start a cinematic sensation.

Sadly, the generator failed almost immediately and the whole doomed project was left to rot, but according to recent reports the entire place has been trashed, by desert dwelling movie critics no doubt...

See the rest of the 6 Impressive Works Of Architecture In The Middle Of Nowhere (Contains NSFW language)

Overenthusiastic Rescue Dog Saves Kid From Frolicking in Lake

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This sweet Labrador retriever has been trained in water rescue and evidently couldn't wait for an opportunity to help someone he thought was in need. He spotted this child playing in the lake and must have thought that was as good a time as any to save the day. The child looks alarmed, but that doesn't diminish the Lab's exuberance in pulling him to shore. Via Tastefully Offensive.

The Union Jack Without Scotland

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Thursday, the citizens of Scotland will vote on whether to leave the United Kingdom and stand on their own as a sovereign nation. There are a lot of issues to consider, and, as of now, the vote is too close to call. One of the less important questions surrounding the referendum is what will happen to the British flag if Scotland secedes. The Union Jack has been a familiar sight all over the world for a couple of hundred years now.

The Union Jack is a combination of some other very historical flags. It started off as St. George's red cross flag in 1270. In 1606, it was combined with the cross saltire of St. Andrew, the Patron Saint of Scotland. That's the white cross on the blue background Lord West is not fond of right now. After that, St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, had his cross saltire incorporated into the flag. That's the red diagonal. On the first day of 1801, the Union Jack flag as we know it today was created.

While that is when the flag came to be, it was never actually formally adopted. Chief executive of the Flag Institute Charles Ashburner told The Guardian that the Union Jack "fell into use" and therefore "nobody controls the union flag." He also notes that removing the blue would allow for Wales to be represented in the Union Jack. Wales could also be represented using the flag of their Patron Saint David, a black and yellow cross.

Honestly, Wales has an awesome flag, but incorporating it into the mix may be problematic. The Wire has some possibilities to show you, none of which will please everyone. -via Digg

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Strange, Little Known Facts About the Original Star Trek

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A new article at io9 reveals some interesting stories from These Are the Voyages. According to its promotional copy, this hardcover book is a collection of memories "from actors, directors, producers, and production crew, capturing what went on from every perspective, including memos dictated by Roddenberry while reading drafts of the series scripts." It sounds like a fascinating read which, io9 reports, details a surprisingly high number of conflicts surrounding the scriptwriting, filming and everything in between.
Here's an amusing bit of trivia: Gene Rodenberry's vision of the future included men who had no chest hair. Thus, William Shatner was required to be shaved by a studio barber prior to any scenes in which he had to show his naked chest. According to These Are the Voyages, Roddenberry hoped that the men of the future would have "little or no body hair." Quite the visionary. 

Read nine more facts about the original Star Trek here. 


Kitten and Peacock

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Henry the peacock is displaying his glorious plumage. Putting his fabulous feathers on parade is serious business for a peacock. The last thing he needs is interference from a curious 5-week-old kitten!

Henry: “Scram, kid! Can’t you see I’m trying to impress the ladies? You’re crampin’ my style! Why don’t you go play in the road?”

Kitten: “Oooh, shiny feathers!”

Henry, you're just lucky the entire litter isn't playing with your feathers! -via Daily Picks and Flicks

A Historical Renovation Shows the Beauty of Modern and Traditional Design

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The Gabriel Apartment is a palace servants' quarter that has been converted into a private residence. While the traditional 19th century Ottoman style of the unit is lovely, the residents needed the property to be fixed up and modernized for their newest lifestyle. 

One of the central accents of the apartment were the historical frescoes, which the architect managed to enhance by removing the white plaster of the apartment to reveal more natural lighting. The architects also maintained the original wooden floors, though they cleared out the ceiling so all that remained was the wooden support beams.

The end result is sleek and beautiful, yet rustic and traditional. 

Check out more pictures at Homes and Hues: The Old and New Fuse Together Wonderfully In This Turkish Apartment

Hey, Hey, We're the Monkees

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Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

The Monkees were one of the strangest stories in both musical and television history.

The story's genesis was actually in July of 1964, when the Beatles first movie A Hard Day's Night was released. The film's smash hit success inspired producers Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson to cook up a very interesting idea for a new TV series.

The two had the idea of a musical group, sort of like the Beatles, long-haired- yes, but not successful, rich or famous like the Fab Four. The original idea was to cast either the Dave Clark Five or the Lovin' Spoonful as the series leads, but the concept was soon changed to assembling a cast of four unknowns. The fictional rock band, and their TV series, were to be called The Monkees.

The name “Monkees" was derived from a 1957 Elvis Presley movie called Loving You, a movie whose plot featured Elvis as a singer being exploited by an unscrupulous manager. In one overly dramatic scene in Loving You, Elvis confronts his manager and says, “That's what you want isn't it? A monkey in a zoo!" (The double e's in “Monkees" was a semi-pun, like the "beat" in “Beatles.”)

On September 8, 1965, open ads appeared in the two show biz bibles, Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, seeking "folk and musicians-singers for acting roles in a new TV series.” The ad stated that they were looking for "insane boys".

A total of 437 applicants answered the ad, including later-to-become-famous musicians Paul Williams, Stephen Stills, and Harry Nilsson. (There is no truth to the later urban legend that Charles Manson was one of the applicants, as Manson was incarcerated in federal prison at the time.) Four young men, two musicians and two actors, were finally chosen.

The first one cast was Davy Jones, a good-looking British actor, already under contract to Screen Gems. Jones, a former jockey, had recently been touring in the musical Oliver! and, by an amazing coincidence, had actually appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964, the night of the Beatles legendary appearance.

George Michael “Micky" Dolenz was an actor who had starred as a child in the TV show Circus Boy in the fifties. Micky was making the rounds at local auditions and had played guitar in a band called the Missing Links.

Robert Michael “Mike" Nesmith, having served briefly in the U.S. Air Force, was a musician/composer/singer who had made a handful of recordings under the alias “Michael Blessing." (Mike was the only member of the Monkees who actually saw the ad in the trades.)

Peter Tork, the last Monkee to be cast, was suggested for the audition by Stephen Stills, his roommate, and was currently a musician playing gigs in the Greenwich Village area.

The four young men took a six-week course in improvisational comedy (taught by director James Frawley) and it was soon discovered that all four displayed real humor, talent and chemistry in front of the camera. On the show, the four would be playing a rock band and, in an unprecedented move, would actually be recording songs, which would be released as records and albums. The songs would be premiered and promoted in videos that would be featured every week on the show.

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The boy who lived - Superheroic Tales of Wizardry

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The boy who lived by Adam Works

Harry has a lot in common with those superheroes found on the pages of comic books- he has an interesting backstory, a supernatural power he must learn to control, and a responsibility to help save his fellow man from the forces of evil. The one thing he was missing was a sweet t-shirt with his logo on it, so he followed in the footsteps of some of his favorite heroes and created a design that looked just like the lightning bolt shaped marking on his forehead. Then one night young Mr. Potter heard somebody yell shazam outside his door, and he knew he was in some serious trouble...

Bring the magic and the might to your geeky wardrobe with this The boy who lived t-shirt by Adam Works, it's spellbinding and sure to charm the pants off your fellow Potter heads!

Visit Adam Works's Facebook fan page, official website, Tumblr and Twitter, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more fantastic designs:

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Amputees With Wonderful Senses of Humor

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One of my favorite types of people are those who show grace in the face of adversity. If one looks, they'll find that the world is full of amazing people who fit that description. Some are incredibly courageous from the moment their life takes a bad turn. Some work to counsel and inspire others with the same troubles. One common thread that such personalities typically share is the ability to liberally apply humor, whether it's to lighten the tension their situation may cause during interactions with new acquaintances or strangers, to bring more joy to their lives, or in other instances. 

The amputees pictured here are great examples of people who are handling their disabilities admirably, with openness and levity. See more pictures here. 

  Tattoo "in honor" of the shark that bit off his arm
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  Prosthetic as a drink stand
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Banksy's Calvin and Hobbes

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Poor Calvin. He couldn't stay 6 years old. But none of us can. We must grow up, for the alternative is worse.

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UPDATE 9/17/18: There seems to be some dispute that this is actually a work by Banksy. In fact, it's not even clear that Banksy is on Twitter.

iPhone Chemistry

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This video gives us a breakdown of the elements that make up an iPhone. How many can you guess before learning the answers? As it turns out, the screen consists of some of the rarest chemical substances on the planet. Funny, the screen seemed to me to be the most ordinary part. Via The Presurfer.

The Best of the Joe Rogan Experience

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It may have been easy for some people to write off comedian Joe Rogan as a meat head when they first saw him. A ripped guy who seems very manly, and is usually talking with glee about people's bones being broken in the UFC. Truth is, beneath his gruff exterior is a man who knows much, about some very intense and varying subjects. From the positive potential of psychedelics to the idea that we exist within and across multiple dimensions of reality, his Joe Rogan Experience podcast is quite a trippy ride that will open even the most cynical and clouded eyes.

But for those who have never listened before and have no idea just how deep the waters run, Adjust Your Perspective put together this awesome list of then ten best moment from the Joe Rogan Experience. All I ask is if you look at him as some characterization, take a moment to check the list out. Dude really is a genius, and has  gift for shifting the way other people think as well. Do your brain a favor and give it a shot. You might just be surprised at how "third eye" opening it really is.

One-man Major League Baseball

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Bryan Cranston talks about his one-man show in which he dramatizes the entire MLB season by himself. How’s he going to do that? You get to see in this video that’s actually an ad for the TBS postseason shows. You’ll have to admit, it’s a dumb idea. It’s so ridiculous, you have to watch it! -via Uproxx

Funeral Home Offers Drive-Through Window

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Are you going to visit the dearly departed before the funeral? If you're in a hurry, then you won't have to go inside at the Paradise Funeral Chapel in Saginaw, Michigan. You can just pull up to the window in the drive-through lane.

The entire system is automated. Drive up to the viewing window. A sensor detects your car. The curtains open and music plays. After three minutes, the curtains close. Then drive away to make room for the next customer in line.

It's a nice service, but it would be more convenient if the funeral home offered curbside delivery.

-via Dave Barry

Rush Hour

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This video of traffic during rush hour will probably make you nervous -if you’re an American. Those who have driven in other countries may see it as an everyday occurrence. Relax, it’s not a documentary. This art video was directed by Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films, but I still don’t know for sure if it’s all editing and CGI, or if he used stunt drivers. Considering the other films by Fernando Livschitz we’ve posted, I’d go with “masterful editing.” -via Buzzfeed

Star Wars Parenting Done Right

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Part of good parenting is protecting the innocence of your children. There's a lot of ugliness in the world. Someday, your children will have to face it. But that can be done in an age-appropriate manner at the right time. There's no need for frighten them before they can emotionally handle traumas that adults have to grapple with.

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How To Play the Hurdy Gurdy

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The Hurdy Gurdy is an instrument that was used in medieval times to make people get jiggy. The instrument itself was made of wood and stringed, as you can see, but how you play it is what sets it apart from most other musical instrument. Well, that and the odd droning sounds it makes while you crank/play it. Not only do most people not know what a Hurdy Gurdy is, most people have never seen one or even heard one (that they are aware of, anyway). Just think, by the end of this video, you could know how to play one. Now you just need to find a Hurdy Gurdy.

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Fact is, you bust out a Hurdy Gurdy people will just genuinely have their mind blown that someone actually has one, nevermind if they can play it. That is, the three people who actually know what one is. Regardless, it is good to know everything, so now you can add the Hurdy Gurdy to your vast base of knowledge.

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Women Who Conquered the Comics World

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Comics creator and historian Trina Robbins recently published Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists, 1896-2013, and an art exhibit from Robbins’ collection, inspired by the book, is on display at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. Robbins tells us about the history of the women who write and illustrate comics, including her own experiences in the 1970s.    

The underground comix scene was taking root in San Francisco, in part, because the Print Mint, a publisher in San Francisco and Berkeley, California, that started out making psychedelic rock posters, regularly published these comix, such as their anthology called “Yellow Dog,” which Robbins contributed to, and Robert Crumb’s “Zap Comix.”

“The underground comix movement grew as more and more people said, ‘Oh, yeah, we can do our own comics. They don’t have to be superhero comics. We can do comics about the life we relate to as hippies in the counterculture,’” Robbins says. “And it seemed like the exciting stuff was coming out of San Francisco. Underground cartoonists on the Lower East Side moved to San Francisco, and so did I. But then, when I got to San Francisco in 1970, that was when I discovered that maybe it was the mecca of underground comix for the guys, but not for the girls. To start with, there was only me and one other woman there, Willy Mendes, drawing comics, and we were left out of the scene.

“The guys would call each other up and say, ‘Hi, I’m going to put together a comic. Would you like to contribute?’” she continues. “But nobody ever called me. However, both Willy and I were good enough. Both of us eventually did our own comics with the Print Mint because the male cartoonists wouldn’t put us in their comics.”

The entire post at Collectors Weekly is a fascinating look at the history of comics, and how women have always been a part of it.

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