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Who Was Rick Stein? – updated

updated October 10: It seems the unusual obituary of Rick Stein, featuring the Baron Munchausen-like (Major Hoople-like?) achievements and adventures of the deceased has gained some notoriety across the internet. People have found it as entertaining and intriguing a read as I have. (I found it enjoyable enough to post here, though it is off-topic.) […]

Posted on: Oct 10, 2018,  Section: Obituary, Off topic, Comments: 1 Comment

Amazing street art from around the world

Slightly off-topic, but I think of interest. Buzzfeed has a post of the 50 amazing examples of street art from around the world. Here’s one in San Diego by Os Gemeos

Posted on: May 8, 2013,  Section: Off topic, Comments: Comments Off on Amazing street art from around the world

We’re exposed to equivalent of 174 newspapers a day

Fascinating story over in the Telegraph about how much information we consume and produce. The growth in the internet, 24-hour television and mobile phones means that we now receive five times as much information every day as we did in 1986. But that pales into insignificance compared with the growth in the amount of information […]

Posted on: Feb 14, 2011,  Section: Off topic, Comments: 2 Comments

Off topic: Anyone know the history of this newspaper?

Anyone know why this same newspaper has shown up in so many different TV shows?

Posted on: Jun 8, 2010,  Section: Off topic, Comments: 4 Comments

Big project done. Check it out

Apologies up front for departing from the normal cartooning topics. For the last several months I’ve been busy working on a major web project that has consumed much of my “blogging time” – especially in the last couple of months. Yesterday we launched several websites (more on that later) and I anticipate returning to a […]

Posted on: Jun 9, 2009,  Section: Off topic, Comments: 11 Comments

Yum. Calvin and Hobbes bento

A friend emailed me a link to a blog dedicated to bento (a japanese single portion box/package meal) proving once again, there’s a blog for every niche no matter how small. This particular blog post was a dedicated bento box to Calvin and Hobbes. See photo below. The blog has many more photos, plus the […]

Posted on: Mar 3, 2009,  Section: Off topic, Comments: 4 Comments

Advice for a young man needing some direction

This is a bit off-topic for the usual TDC fair, but I thought it might be a good opportunity to offer advice to a young man who appears to have some skill but lacks a direction or outlet. If you think you’ve got some good advice, leave it in the comments or it to me […]

Posted on: Jul 25, 2008,  Section: Off topic, Comments: 33 Comments

Happy 70th Birthday, Mom!

Rarely do I diverge from the hard news of the cartoon industry, but I’d like to take a personal moment to wish my Mom a happy birthday today. I think turning 70 is a milestone that should be celebrated, but she doesn’t seem to think so. She’s a bit self-conscience about things like that. Because […]

Posted on: May 28, 2008,  Section: Off topic, Comments: 9 Comments

New York Magazine: how did WSJ track down Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson’s review of the Schulz and Peanuts biography that appeared in the Wall Street Journal had New York Magazine wondering how the newspaper tracked down the reclusively retired cartoonist. Long story short – they went through the syndicate. The magazine references an article over at the Cleveland Scene who, in […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2007,  Section: Off topic, Comments: 6 Comments

Dagwood Sandwich shoppe reviewed in the Palm Beach Post

Dean Young, son of Blondie creator Chic Young opened up a chain of sandwich shops last year called Dagwood Sandwich Shoppe. The Palm Beach Post food critic, Charles Passy, has written up a review of his recent experience eating there. But the real appeal of Dagwood’s may be its signature Dagwood sandwich. It costs $9.69 […]

Posted on: Jun 8, 2007,  Section: Off topic, Comments: Comments Off on Dagwood Sandwich shoppe reviewed in the Palm Beach Post

Garfield hugger gets 90-day suspended sentence

Some belated news out of Indiana regarding the man who beheaded a Garfield statue with a “crazed hug (see back stories here, here and here.)” Joseph Savarino, age 23, was sentenced 90-day suspended sentence and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service and pay $200 in restitution for his role in the decapitation of […]

Posted on: Apr 2, 2007,  Section: Comic strips, Off topic, Comments: 3 Comments

Scott Adams supports Bill Gates for president

Last month, Scott Adams blogged/opined that he thought that Bill Gate should run for president. Such a casual mention of the topic seemed not worth a comment, but apparently the topic has been picked up in other regions of the blogosphere. Here is the pertinent post regarding his support for a Gates candidacy. I think […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2006,  Section: Off topic, Comments: Comments Off on Scott Adams supports Bill Gates for president

Norman Rockwell painting fetches $15.4 million

Last spring, I posted a story about Henry cartoonist Don Trachte Jr. who painted a forged Norman Rockwell painting and then hid the original in a false wall of his home during his divorce in 1970. The original painting was just discovered and according to E&P it was auctioned off at Sotheby’s for a mere […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2006,  Section: Off topic, Comments: Comments Off on Norman Rockwell painting fetches $15.4 million

Randy Glass’ stipple art profiled on Drawn!

Jon Heder by Randy Glass. Used by permission. This is slightly off topic, but easily justifiable as it is artwork that appears in the newspaper. Randy Glass, one of the illustrators at the Wall Street Journal, does that amazing stipple art portraits was mentioned yesterday on the Drawn! blog. I’ve been so impressed with stipple […]

Posted on: Apr 21, 2006,  Section: Off topic, Comments: Comments Off on Randy Glass’ stipple art profiled on Drawn!

Simpsons movie to debut in 2007

Slightly Off-topic. It’s been rumored for quite sometime, then production started, now a release date of July 27, 2007 has been set for the full length animation movie of The Simpsons. A 25 second trailer has been showing in theaters before Ice Age 2. I’ll link to the trailer should it appear online. UPDATE: Looks […]

Posted on: Apr 3, 2006,  Section: Movies, Off topic, Comments: Comments Off on Simpsons movie to debut in 2007