The Babadook and No-Face Must Kiss

We’re just over halfway through 2017, but with Trump out there it feels like it’s already been an eternity. However, against all odds, true love appears to be alive and well.

In a recent sketch, British artist Milly Amaryllis depicted the eponymous Babadook cozying up to No-Face from Spirited Away. The union of this Australian monster/newly coronated queer icon with a hungry Japanese spirit is the antidote to what’s ailing the world right now, and you will pry their love from my cold, dead hands.

We all know the Babadook is gay. While No-Face’s gender and sexual orientation are a bit more ambiguous… and who cares anyway!

Frankly, No-Face and Babadook are the power couple the Americans need in the White House, now more than ever.

With Steve Bannon, Mike Pence, and other homophobes at the wheel, the No-Face-‘Dook union is a stark reminder that love doesn’t need anything but itself to triumph. Sometimes, it doesn’t even need bodies.

I, for one, would get tremendous joy from watching these two ethereal monsters haunt the White House until Trump and Pence tells mother Bannon it’s time to leave. But we can only dream…

Clever LEGO Ads Encourage Kids to Build Their Future

Firefighter, astronaut, rock star, three dream professions that almost every child has fantasied about at some point. And now, LEGO has used these fantasies to build a reality in a set of brilliant new ads by Ogilvy Bangkok. Surprising and nostalgic, they perfectly capture the daydreams of our youth and aspirations for the future.

Each piece was created using 3D illustration. The print ads have been an instant hit, winning three silver Lions and a bronze at the Cannes festival.

BRILLIANT! 

Paper Twist 

In his menagerie of movable animal puppets, Japanese designer Haruki Nakamura adds a mechanical touch to the ancient art of paper crafting.

Inspired by kirigami, an origami-like technique that employs cuts in addition to folds, Nakamura creates paper dolls that move in unexpected and unusual ways.

Crafted from paper and cleverly constructed, each whimsical creature puts a paper twist on karakuri, or mechanized puppets. Like traditional karakuri, each figure’s movements are prompted by human touch.

This means that when pressed, poked, or prodded in certain places, the puppets come alive.

While Nakamura sells his delightful dolls in his online shop, they only ship within Japan. However, if you’re overseas and would like to get your paws on your own paper puppets, you can learn how to create your own with Karakuri: How to Make Mechanical Paper Models That Move. Or, if it’s kirigami that has piqued your paper interest, check out Kirigami: The Art Of Folding & Cutting Paper.

Kawaii!!!

THE CLITORIS

It was celebrated in ancient Greece, ignored during the Middle Ages, and rediscovered by scientists over and over before the scientific community finally agreed that it exists.

What are we talking about? The clitoris of course!

Canadian screenwriter and animation director Lori Malépart-Traversy has decided to educate the internet on what that elusive clitoris actually is. And she’s done it in the most adorable short documentary, which has already picked up multiple awards around the world including the Best Short Film Award at Festival Vues d’en face 2017 and the Best Documentary at Chicago Feminist Film Festival 2017.

So put on your science cap and let’s get educated because not everything on my blog has to be about penis.

Lovely!!

Speaking Of Age Gap…

Dating someone younger (or older) than you can be a fun, humorous experience, but like all relationships that aren’t deemed “typical” by (the basic) society, it can also mean tons of annoying and intrusive questions.

Romanian-Canadian artist Cassandra Calin knows this all too well, and she’s got a new comic series to which anyone who has a few years on their partner will undoubtedly relate.

TOUCHÉ!!

Altered Romance

I’ve never understood who can possibly buy these, but for a romance novel to be successful, it has to be “steamy” from the moment the readers (usually horny ladies with no sense of reality) lay their eyes on it.

The covers that end up on these titillating texts, however, are often just as over-the-top as the stories they adorn, and usually feature airbrushed models in dramatically sensual poses.

When you put simple, everyday people in the same setting, it’s even harder to take it all seriously.

Photographer and photo editor Kathleen Kamphausen decided to tone it down, so she recreated some of the most passionate front covers on shelves using Average Joes instead of Fabios.

Would you still buy these “bestsellers” in a heartbeat?

 
Now THIS I’d read!!! (But not really)

Polluted Water Popsicles

These popsicles might look like the sort of thing you’d expect to find being served from a quirky organic artisan food truck, but one bite could leave you very ill indeed, because they’re actually made from sewage found in the polluted waters of Taiwan.

They were made by three design students for the Polluted Water Popsicles project, which aims to raise awareness about rising water pollution due to rapid economic growth and urbanisation.

Water was taken from 100 different water sources in Taiwan and turned into frozen toxic popsicles before Hung I-chen, Guo Yi-hui, and Cheng Yu-ti from the National Taiwan University of Arts recreated them using transparent polyester resin.

They even made wrappers for them that represented the different regions from which the polluted water samples were taken.

While the trash in the water was varied, about 90 percent of it was plastic, and the popsicles contain everything from bottle caps and plastic bags to bottles and chopstick wrappers.

 

This project is brilliant, it’s a simple yet effective way of getting us to think about water pollution from a totally different perspective.

I gotta say, they kinda look delicious and refreshing from far away.

Popsicle anyone?