Lizzy Stewart is an illustrator living in London who publishes zines and comics. We first heard of her when we stumbled across these gorgeous illustrations of classic book covers she did a year ago. But aside from her illustration gigs, Stewart has an entire Tumblr devoted to illustrated diaries about her life as a penniless 20-something living in London. Lonely, introverted 20-somethings with Tumblrs isn’t exactly unique, but what makes Stewart special is how she doesn’t try to be any more than what she is. Instead of bending over backwards to look profound, Stewart’s comics are straight to the point. Sometimes they’re introspective and sometimes they’re not, but they’re always honest. It’s a shame she doesn’t updated it more frequently. However, you can always read more stuff from her via her zines that she sells in her shop.
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Want to have your mind blown? Watch Cibo Matto’s “Sugar Water” music video… and then watch it again… and again. With two side by side frames to watch simultaneously, you can literally spend hours studying this video.
A lot happens within these four short minutes, and it all happens twice. Directed by Michel Gondry and impressively shot without any visible cuts, this music video converges in the middle, telling a tale that is shocking both visually and conceptually. Look out for subtle intricacies happening around the two lead singers as you watch—and keep them fresh in your mind, because everything will show up again before the song comes to its end. There are very few music videos these days that are worth watching more than once, but this one is worth watching twice and then some.
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Rick Riordan did a great job reinvigorating the Greek mythos with his Percy Jackson series, but for those of us who have outgrown preteen protagonists battling monsters, the Orphans of Chaos trilogy offers a wider mythology and grittier story.
Victor, Amelia, Vanity, Colin, and Quentin are five orphans locked up in a bizarre boarding school where the strangest thing they’ve encountered thus far is themselves. They have abilities, sight, dreams, and powerful enemies lurking just beyond, a part of a celestial struggle they are merely victims of.
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Strongly reminiscent of Pixar’s Wall-E, Scrap Garden is an adventure platformer following Canny, a small robot who wakes up to find its entire world gone. The city remains beautiful, but signs of decay riddle its streets, whether in the form of rust or frozen robots caught mid-action. Giant rats and spiders provide some menace, but they are not the only dangers lurking in the shadows.
The demo for Scrap Garden is short but quite beautiful, though there are some improvements to the camera that I would dearly love to see made. Provided you solve the first objective in a timely manner (the solution proved embarrassingly easy, but took me far longer than I’d care to admit), the demo lasts 15 to 20 minutes, giving you a preview of the kinds of environments we can expect to find in the completed version. The city is lovely and even charming, but when exploring indoors, things take a sinister twist.
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Most dog owners dream of having a well-behaved dog who politely greets other canines while outside on a leash and wouldn’t dream of kicking up a fuss. Unfortunately, not every dog has leash manners and some struggle with what dog trainers like to call “leash reactivity.” Basically, they bark, lunge, and generally make complete fools of themselves whenever they see another dog, which in turn makes the owners feel embarrassed because their dogs aren’t like Fluffy across the street who wouldn’t dream of acting the way their dog does.
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This 2002 short film by animator Koji Yamamura brought attention to the “experimental anime” genre back when Western audiences still didn’t know it was a thing. The Academy Award nominated short film takes a darkly humorous look at society, lampooning both wastefulness and public consumption. In the film, a tree sprouts out of a man’s head, attracting the attention of loud, obnoxious salarymen/women who are obsessed with hanging out around the tree. Weird and hilarious, it’s classic Yamamura. If you like this, don’t forget to check out The Old Crocodile and Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor.
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Gerda Steiner and Jorg Lenzlinger’s Falling Garden is made from a variety of materials that hail from all over the world. Plastic berries from India, waste paper from Venice, pigs’ teeth from Indonesia, rubber snakes from Cincinnati, and silk buds from Stockholm, just to name a few. Oh, and did I mention that all of these materials are hung from the ceiling, making it appear as if a flower garden is being dropped from the heavens? Yeah, that too.
Spectators best enjoy this airy but intricate installation by laying on their backs beneath its hanging tangles. Reminiscent of an upside-down Alice in Wonderland trip, experiencing this art project can almost feel otherworldly in its presence. It’s the type of space that will immediately saturate you and keep you entranced by its aesthetic. All you have to do? Just keep looking up.
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