Recently the wonderful folks at Fantagraphics Books asked if I’d be interested in reviewing a few of their titles, one of which was Lucy Knisley’s latest work, An Age of License. As a longtime fan of Knisley’s webcomics, self-published books, and her recent best-selling food memoir Relish, I naturally jumped at the opportunity.
Lucy Knisley is well known for her travelogues. Her first book, French Milk, published by Simon & Schuster, is in fact a travel journal kept while on a trip to Paris with her mother back in 2007. Since then, she’s illustrated several accounts, including trips to Florida, Tanzania, Florence, and even a return to Paris, which are available through her website. An Age of License, however, is her first travelogue published through Fantagraphics, and will be followed next summer by another work titled Displacement.
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Of all the demos at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt, Scoutible’s mobile game for replacing the job interview grabbed my attention. Some of the surrounding demos seemed like awesome tech solutions in search of a problem to solve, but, come on, what doesn’t suck about job interviews? Who wouldn’t rather play a game?
Job interviews are already a bit of game, but it’s a terrible game where the interviewee pretends like their biggest weakness is that they just work SO HARD, or pretends that they see themselves in five years in a role that shows you’re ambitious but not so ambitious that you’re going to go after the interviewer’s job. Meanwhile, the interviewer is trying to figure out if this person is actually results-driven and detail oriented, or just read that post about including those words on a CV. Also, is this person in interview clothes playing the interview game going to get on well with the team, or will they drive all the current employees crazy?
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The premise of the CW’s Arrow revolves around the former rich playboy Oliver Queen returning home after spending five years on a deserted island and becoming a crime-fighting vigilante known as the Green Arrow.
Over the past three seasons, Oliver assembled a team of friends and fellow vigilantes to help him keep their home Star City safe from nefarious villains.
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Jurassic World takes place 20 years after Steven Spielberg’s hit film Jurassic Park and revolves around the bioengineering company InGen creating a hybrid dinosaur called the Indominous Rex.
Due to genetic tampering, the Indominous is very aggressive and managed to get out of her cage. She then wreaks havoc and even manages to convince the velociraptors that were being trained by Own Grady to turn on the humans.
At first glance, the Indominous Rex appears to be the villain of the piece. After all, she killed other dinosaurs for sport and had no problems chowing down on humans. However, upon closer examination, the Indominous Rex is actually the tragic figure of the film and InGen is revealed to be the true villains.
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There used to be a popular website called Stuff Overheard in New York (that, surprisingly, is still up) that highlighted all the odd things locals and visitors stumble across while moseying around the city. Considering there are 8 million people living here from all cultures, economic backgrounds, and walks of life, it’s no surprise that things gets a little weird from time to time.
Illustrator Andrea Tsurumi, who we wrote about last year for her hilarious mini comic about an ass-kicking Andrew Jackson, has a new ongoing series called Eavesdropper, which is a lot like the illustrated version of Stuff Overheard in New York. Presented like a visual diary, Tsurumi describes her city encounters day-by-day, observing the surprising politeness of “Don’t sit there!” or “Watch your bag!” and highlighting how entertaining one 5-minute transfer at the train station can be. If you liked this, Tsurumi also has another ongoing comic about books called Library Book.
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There’s nothing like a good producer/MC combo, and this new single by London DJ Last Japan and rapper AJ Tracey is the perfect example why. Hot off a string of successful mixtapes, Last Japan’s newest offering is a dark, intergalactic foray that sounds like it’s seeping from the underpass of some secret rave. Released on Coyote Records, which is typically known for leaning more on the instrumental side of grime, “Ascend” pairs Last Japan’s cinematic synths with AJ Tracey’s rapid fire lyrics. Despite its tad over-produced sound, “Ascend” is one of those tracks that, once you hear it, will stay in your rotation for a while.
If you liked this, make sure to check out their EP when it drops on Coyote Records in May.
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There’s no place on Earth as mysterious as the ocean floor. Pitch black and still largely unexplored (we humans can only withstand so much pressure crushing our soft, fleshy bodies), the ocean floor is a lot like space–it’s vast, it’s mysterious and oddly beautiful. Endless Gravity, a short film shot by Alex Soloviev, is a look at the alluring beauty of ocean creatures. As they float about the screen, their movements against the black backdrop make it look like they’re floating in an endless space–hence the name. Add the ominous spoken poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the ambient soundtrack and you have an experience that’s as close to exploring the ocean floor as you’re going to get.
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Drake’s known for a lot of things: being emotional, coining YOLO, being emotional. But one thing he’s not known for is being sweet and highly caloric. Instagram account @drakeoncake combines two drastically different things and brings them together, like sewn-in dickies. Created by New Orleans backer @joythebaker, the account is cake porn combined with Drake lyrics. It’s so ingenious it’ll make you wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself. Oh yeah, we know: cause we hate cooking.
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