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Friday, 31 December 2004
You can help tsunami victims - Make a donation to the Red Cross
+American Red Cross
+British Red Cross
+Svenska Röda Korset - Swedish Red Cross
+Croix-Rouge Française - French Red Cross
+Deutsches Rotes Kreuz - German Red Cross
+International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
+International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

posted by niblog at 10:11 CET
Updated: Friday, 31 December 2004 10:47 CET
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Book of the year 2004
Topic: Typography

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
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Happy New Year - Send a Telegram!
Send a Retro-Gram today! Retro-Grams are not just another e-card. Get your message on a carefully crafted telegram delivered via e-mail. Retro-Grams are free, fun and easy to send, and a little thrilling to get. (via The Cartoonist)

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
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Thursday, 30 December 2004
Calling Manga Island
Topic: Comics
Calling Manga Island is a new, bi-monthly manga column by Tony Salvaggio on CBR (Launched 23.Dec.2004)

posted by niblog at 12:08 CET
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Frank Miller's Sin City - Trailer
Topic: Comics
Very Cool! Sin City Trailer - The upcoming movie is an adaptation of Frank Miller's dark comic stories based in the fictional town of Sin City... - Directors: Frank Miller (debut) and Robert Rodriguez. Cast: Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Nick Stahl, Clive Owen, Rosario Dawson, Carla Gugino, Brittany Murphy, Jaime King, Jessica Alba and Josh Hartnett. Release Date: 1.Apr.2005. View the trailer page on themoviebox.net (via Comic World News 21.Dec.2004)

»Apple Trailers - Sin City (QuickTime)
»View Sin City movie posters at Empire Movies
»Sin City on IMDb

Dark Horse Comics, Press Release "Beginning in February, Dark Horse is re-releasing, in brand-new editions designed by award-winning book designer Chip Kidd, the entire collection of Sin City graphic novels. New editions of The Hard Goodbye, A Dame to Kill For, The Big Fat Kill, and That Yellow Bastard will arrive in February. The new editions of the remainder of the series will arrive in March and April." Read the Press Release...

»Update: The Sin Sity Movie Site sincitythemovie.com

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Thursday, 17 February 2005 19:26 CET
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Wednesday, 29 December 2004
A Pogo Christmas Special
Topic: Comics
You only have a few more days to read the classic Walt Kelly Pogo Christmas strips at The Official Pogo Possum Website (via newsfromme)

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Wednesday, 29 December 2004 20:12 CET
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The Web Cartoonists Choice Awards
Topic: Comics
"There are several awards floating around the Internet. The Cartoonists' Choice Awards are based on the choices of online comic artists. Anyone, with an online comic, is eligible to nominate, and vote for the comics they want to bring recognition to."
Check out The 2004 Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Tuesday, 28 December 2004 20:52 CET
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Comic Book Lettering by Mark Evanier 1997
Topic: Comics
"Many letterers are now trading in their lettering pens for a Macintosh computer and Photoshop software. Once upon a time, I would have equated this with the end of civilization as we know it..." Read two interesting columns in Mark Evanier's povonline.com
>Lettering, part 1 10.Jan.1997
>Lettering, part 2 17.Jan.1997
>More comic book lettering links on my page

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Friday, 21 January 2005 13:59 CET
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Tuesday, 28 December 2004
Purple is the new red
Topic: Education
Some psychologists and teachers say purple ink is less intimidating than red on a corrected school paper. "When it comes to correcting papers and grading tests, purple is emerging as the new red."

"Red's legacy as the color used in correcting papers and marking mistakes goes back to the 1700s, the era of the quill pen. In those days, red ink was used by clerks and accountants to correct ledgers. From there, it found its way into teachers' hands." Read the article "Harshness of red marks has students seeing purple" By Naomi Aoki, Boston Globe, 23.Aug.2004

»More about this from Joanne Jacobs 23.Aug.2004
»FOX News 27.Aug.2004
»Sherry Parmet, San Diego Union-Tribune 4.Oct.2004

posted by niblog at 09:47 CET
Updated: Tuesday, 28 December 2004 15:20 CET
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The Best Webcomics of 2004
Topic: Comics
End-of-Year Special - I wish I had time to read all The Best Webcomics of 2004, chosen by The Webcomics Examiner advisory board.

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Tuesday, 28 December 2004 09:52 CET
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Monday, 27 December 2004
Most popular Google searches 2004
Topic: Logos
Search patterns, trends, and surprises "Based on billions of searches conducted by Google users around the world, the 2004 Year-End Zeitgeist offers a unique perspective on the year's major events and trends." (via marchdesign)

The most popular queries 2004: 1. britney spears, 2. paris hilton 3. christina aguilera, 4. pamela anderson, 5. chat, 6. games, 7. carmen electra, 8. orlando bloom, 9. harry potter, 10. mp3. Read more on Google Zeitgeist

Compare this with Janet Jackson: Web's Most Wanted 2004 from The Top 100 search terms of 2004 on The Lycos 50

»Image: Britney Spears, Esquire, Magazine cover November 2003
»Check out the complete Esquire Cover Gallery since 1933

The Esquire logo was drawn by lettering artist and type designer Jim Parkinson in collaboration with Roger Black and Ann Pomeroy. You can see Parkinson's work at his website, including the Esquire logo.

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Saturday, 23 April 2005 15:12 MEST
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Sunday, 26 December 2004
Absolut Vodka Advertising
Topic: Advertising
V&S, the makers of Renat Brännvin also makes Absolut. They say Absolut Vodka's advertising campaign is the world's longest ever uninterrupted one. To this date, it comprises 1,450 original ads, with more added each month. One of my favorites is Absolut Rome with a red Vespa scooter. Check the ad archives:

»absolutads.com is "a tribute to the imagination and artistic feeling reflected in these ads."
»absolutad.org is "an archive of the cool Absolut Vodka ads that appear in different magazines."
»On absolutad.com "you will find all the information you would ever want or need to know about Absolut ad collecting."
»absolut.com is the official Absolut web site.
»Search eBay for Absolut Vodka Collectibles
»Swedish company Vin & Sprit won the rights to the domain name Absolut-Porno-Star.com. Read the WIPO Domain Name Decision: D2002-0926 3.Dec.2002 (via grep.law)

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Tuesday, 26 April 2005 21:48 MEST
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Adbusters Spoof Ads
Topic: Advertising
"Drink provokes the desire but takes away the performance" -- William Shakespeare

Adbusters Culture Jammers spoof ads about fashion, tobacco, alcohol, food...
»Visit the gallery on adbusters.org

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Tuesday, 26 April 2005 21:47 MEST
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Saturday, 25 December 2004
Merry Christmas!
Topic: Design
Renat Brännvin (Swedish Vodka) schnapps is on the Christmas dining table year after year. The bottle was redesigned in 2002. New bottle (to the right) by Jan Johansson, Orrefors glass factory. The new label was designed by Roland Ingemarsson, Studio Ring AB.
»Read more in the V&S press releases: 20.Feb.2002, 29.Oct.2002 (in Swedish).

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Saturday, 25 December 2004 09:21 CET
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Beatles Christmas Records - mp3
Topic: Music
The Beatles Christmas Records "If you were fortunate enough to have been a member of the official Beatles fan club between 1963 and 1969, then you likely have heard one or more of these records. The Beatles recorded them and sent them out to their adoring fans every year, finally collecting them all on one album for the 1970 edition."

»Listen to the Beatles Christmas Records on Sci-Fi-Hi-Fi (mp3)

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Friday, 24 December 2004
Read a Carl Barks Christmas story today
Topic: Comics
Carl Barks - Today, me and my kids are reading Carl Barks' Christmas Stories. My favorite is "Christmas on Bear Mountain" from Donald Duck Four Color no.178 (1947).

>Read Christmas on Bear Mountain online via Kit's Silver Age Comic Books
>Here is a list of Disney Comics Online
>More about Carl Barks the Disney artist who created Scrooge McDuck and many well-loved comic books.


>Kop Walt Disney's Kalle Anka, Carl Barks Julbok 1945-1963 fr?n Bokus Bokhandel (Swedish Bookstore)

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Friday, 21 January 2005 13:52 CET
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Thursday, 23 December 2004
Vintage Pelikan Ink Bottle on eBay (Bulgaria 1936)
Topic: Pens, Pencils
Made 1936 in Bulgarian Pelikan factory The label is cool but I am not bidding on this huge Pelikan ink bottle, eBay item #2294814895. The slogan is "Very easy to write with and doesn't damage the nibs" (Auction ends 23.Dec.2004)

Search eBay for Pelikan Pens

More about Pelikan on the Pelikan Calligraphy page

UPDATE: Winning bid was US $ 36.95

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Monday, 21 March 2005 21:42 CET
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Wednesday, 22 December 2004
Great Penmanship on eBay
Topic: Calligraphy
C P Zaner business card and other great samples of ornamental penmanship from the Zanerian College of Penmanship are sold on eBay by Del Tysdal in Glyndon, Minnesota. Search eBay for Ornamental Penmanship (Auctions ends 28-30 Dec.2004)

»More about Ornamental Penmanship on my E.A. Lupfer page

posted by niblog at 18:46 CET
Updated: Saturday, 25 December 2004 19:46 CET
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Blog Buttons or Stickers
Topic: Blogging
Button Maker
Create 80x15 buttons for your blog with the Button Maker by Bill Zeller. Adam Kalsey put together the user interface


Silkscreen
The bitmap font is 'Silkscreen', freeware by Jason Kottke


Gtmcknight
Steal 'em - Taylor McKnight's great button collection.


Niblog
The 80*15 Niblog button is made with Photoshop.

posted by niblog at 00:29 CET
Updated: Saturday, 25 December 2004 22:54 CET
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Jimmy Corrigan - The Smartest Kid on Earth
Topic: Comics

posted by niblog at 00:01 CET
Updated: Friday, 24 December 2004 00:04 CET
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