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Here Are The Beautiful Illustrations Giving Us Life This Election

Happy election, readers! It’s hard to believe we are finally reaching that glorious finish line. As we do, artists and illustrators all over the country are making our turning stomachs a little less jittery by sharing their optimistic and super sassy election-centric drawings on Instagram. 

Take a break from refreshing the polls or scrolling Twitter or replaying results in your head to check out some of the illustrations created and shared on this most apocalyptic of voting times.

See you on the other side, folks. 

 

please do not vote for Donald trump, he is the epitome of everything we don’t fuck with.

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Fuck this guy. Vote.

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vote!

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Third party voting

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bye hater literally never talk 2 me again!!! ty!!! #boybye

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Pls everyone #selfieforamerica we need your #selfies now more than ever. #yourselfiecounts

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@celebsonsandwiches . . . . . #illustration #imwithher #art #sandwich #trumpisatool #food

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#susanbanthony #hillaryclinton #girlscandoanything #illustratorsoninstagram #suffragette

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#debatesketch #hillaryclinton #debate2016 #debatenight #nasty #cgonzaillo

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Khizr Khan, from my DNC sketchbook (see my website for link to rest)

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GO VOTE

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El poder del trajedospiezas #illustration #ilustracion #bachelet #hillary #merkel #girlpower #markers #doodle #humor

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Tell me it’s going to be okay #jamesyangart #illustration #election

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Goals.

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#HillYeah #imwithher #ericyahnker #teamnasty

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We all feel like a sad ghost sometimes. This comic series captures that perfectly.

Lize Meddings knows what its like to deal with mental health issues in your 20s.

After graduating university, Lize a Bristol, U.K. artist said she felt sad, lost, and adrift. But she used those feelings to draw the first comic of what would be The Sad Ghost Club.

[They] were about being in this ‘sad ghost club’ and how it felt to be a part of it, Lize wrote in an email.

Eventually, that one comic turned into a series of comics about sadness.

Lize’s first comic, published in March 2014, was a wordless comic about feeling left out. It had a resounding response on the internet.

Social media pages were made for The Sad Ghost Club, and it took off from there.

She followed that up with the Guide to Not Being Sad, about which she told us, I tried hard to make sure none of the rules were preachy, none of them were offering some trick to ‘not be sad any more’ and it was all things most people would be able to achieve no matter their circumstance.

Lize met with her future business partner Laura Cox and they bonded over their shared struggles with mental illness.

When me and Laura met to discuss her joining me, we got onto me struggling with trichotillomania and her struggling with dermatillomania (hair pulling and skin scratching, to sum it up) and being able to talk about it openly, with someone who understood, was so positive, Lize told us. Suddenly the shame was gone, it was this thing that we both did, and that was ok.

Laura reaffirmed The Sad Ghost Club’s mission and gave it new life and direction. For the two, it became a sort of open letter to their younger selves.

After Laura joined The Sad Ghost Club team in 2015, she suggested they meet with local charity Off the Record.

The Bristol-based charity offers free mental health services to people aged 11-25, and Laura wanted to contribute to their cause.

They were so supportive of what we were doing and encouraged us to continue, Lize said. And it gave them motivation for the new direction of the club. Most recently, Lize and Laura started a “Sketchbook Club” with Off the Record, an event for teens to be creative in a positive environment.

Not all of the Sad Ghost comics have happy endings, and some dont even have words.

But these comics have built a shame-free community online, and that’s super important. The artists even offer workshops in the Bristol area, as well as online workshops for their international fans. They have continued to publish comics online and sell comic zines through their site too.

Art therapy like these comics has been proven to help people with mental health issues.

And according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, about 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences issues with mental health in a given year.

Some days are ok, some are awful, and I like to think we’re honest about it. All the comics are based on things we’ve felt and experienced, so sometimes it doesn’t end on a light note, and hey, that’s ok, Lize wrote.

These creative, funny, and thoughtful comics aren’t just patronizing self-help listicles either.

They’re a real way of sharing, learning, and connecting with others about mental health.

Lize said she thinks part of the appeal of the club is that, maybe the guide to not being sad doesn’t make you any less sad, but you’ve got something to hold, and read, and look at, and be reminded that it is not just you.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/we-all-feel-like-a-sad-ghost-sometimes-this-comic-series-captures-that-perfectly?c=tpstream

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Life Of An Artist

 

If you ever wanted to become an artist, California-based cartoonist SoSu has sumed up what to expect: a big house, a cool car, and a hot girl. Oh, but you’ll have to draw everything, of course!

 

Life Of An Artist

 

If you ever wanted to become an artist, California-based cartoonist SoSu has sumed up what to expect: a big house, a cool car, and a hot girl. Oh, but you’ll have to draw everything, of course!

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/life-of-an-artist-by-extra-calories-comics/

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Why Daniel Radcliffe and Anne Hathaway should think twice about returning to past glories

The Harry Potter star has refused to rule out resurrecting the Boy Who Lived, while Hathaway is keen to pull on Catwomans leathers once more. Both should proceed with caution

When a 53-year-old Sean Connery resurrected the role of James Bond in 1983 after a 12-year break, even the title of the movie in which the debonaire Scotsman strapped on his Walther PPK and took on the forces of Spectre one last time seemed to hint at the projects questionable nature. Never Say Never Again turned out to be a decent enough revival for Connery; certainly preferable to Octopussy, the official Eon-produced Bond film that emerged the same year with an even older Roger Moore as 007. But the history of Hollywood icons digging up the roles that made them famous and applying spark plugs hasnt always been as laudable.

Harrison Ford gave Star Wars: The Force Awakens a kind of gnarly, yet soulful gravitas last year as the returning space scoundrel Han Solo. But he wasnt quite so good when nuking the fridge in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Sylvester Stallone won widespread praise, and an Oscar nomination, for his return to the role of aged blue-collar brawler Rocky Balboa in Creed, but fans of the one-time heavyweight champ had to sit through at least three featherweight Rocky instalments before being treated to one last knockout uppercut.

It is therefore entirely understandable that Daniel Radcliffe continues to play it safe, like a newly arrived Hogwarts student who asks the sorting hat to place him in Hufflepuff, when asked about the possibility of returning to the role of an all-grown-up Boy Who Lived in a mooted future movie adaptation of JK Rowlings stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Im never going to close the door; that would be a stupid thing to do, he told the Hollywood Reporter this weekend. But I think Ill be happy enough and secure enough to let someone else play it.

Theres a part of me thats like, some things are better left untouched, added Radcliffe. If we went back to Potter, theres a chance wed make what Star Wars: The Force Awakens was to the original Star Wars, but theres also the chance that wed make Phantom Menace. So I dont want to go back to anything like that and maybe sour what people have already loved.

The casual observer might wonder what Radcliffe could possibly have to lose should Warner Bros and right now reports hinting at a new Potter film are merely rumours decide to move ahead with a new instalment in the second highest grossing movie saga of all time. But the 27-year-old actor has carved out a quietly impressive film career since shedding his Hogwarts uniform, even if his CV so far lacks even the barest sprinkling of true awards season magic dust. In wizarding terms, hes bumbling along rather nicely as a sort of Hollywood version of Neville Longbottom ever-present, strong in supporting roles and with the occasional moment of personal glory to celebrate, even if hes unlikely to ever win the Hogwarts house cup.

And yet Voldemort-levels of danger surely loom should Radcliffe decide to dig out the stick-on lightning scar one last time. The nature of the Potter sagas remarkable achievement, in maintaining the same young cast throughout eight movies and a decade in filming time, rather masked the odd wooden scene from its key trio. But critics and fans might be less forgiving were they to drop their wands as fully mature actors. Is it any wonder Radcliffe views the prospect of a new instalment with suspicion?

On the other hand, by the time the Englishman has matured enough to play a middle-aged Potter in a decades time and should that one great role that establishes him indubitably in the Hollywood firmament fail to come his way in the meantime its hard to imagine him continuing to play hard to get.

The situation regarding Anne Hathaways suggestion that shed be keen on slipping into Catwomans slinky leathers once again in the new DC expanded universe of superhero movies seems more complex. Hathaway has complained in recent times that shes not getting the roles she once was thanks, she believes, to Hollywoods systemic ageism towards even those female stars who remain in their early 30s. But would she really want to damage the legacy of her wonderfully vivacious turn in The Dark Knight Rises, filled as it was with old school Hollywood poise and seductive, femme fatale elegance, by reprising the role in a very different era that has so far failed to convince the critics?

Where Christopher Nolans Batman trilogy pitched a Gotham City closer to reality than any previous big or small screen iteration, the recently released Suicide Squad suggests Warner Bros wants its new universe populated largely with larger-than-life, mega-powered meta-humans. These films draw their energy from video game tropes and thoughtless CGI carnage rather than the sumptuously plotted, Michael Mann-inspired gangster noir of Nolans The Dark Knight, or the camp yet menacing supernatural stylings of the Tim Burton era. It is therefore a little hard to see where Hathaways stunningly effervescent yet relatively understated Catwoman fits in.

The other way to look at it is that Warner/DC might benefit from sprinkling a little Nolanesque magic on its faltering shared superhero universe. We should not forget that the studio allowed Superman to be reimagined with real world stylings as a direct consequence of the Dark Knight trilogys success in Man of Steel, though that template has been conveniently jettisoned for subsequent films. But just as Hathaway would be well-advised to think carefully before milking (sorry) one of her best-known roles, Warner probably knows it has come too far with its new, as yet rather fractured comic book vision to suddenly change direction now.

In the early 1980s, Connery was forced to roll back a 1971 promise that he would never again play the role of Bond when the opportunity arose to return to Her Majestys Secret Service for one last adventure. Both Radcliffe and Hathaway have sensibly learned from the Scotsmans mistake: given the right circumstances, returning to past glories might just send both actors careers to new levels.

And yet theres a reason the phrase Never Say Never Again is part of the English lexicon purely for its Bond associations. The rather better-known adage is the less ostentatious but rather more trenchant never look back.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2016/sep/12/daniel-radcliffe-anne-hathaway-past-glories-harry-potter-catwoman

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‘Don’t Breathe’ wins in the final box office weekend of the summer

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Don’t Breathe buttoned up a sweet, little $26.1 million (estimated) opening weekend box office the final of the summer and it was enough for a dominant #1 finish.

The movie, directed by Fede Alvarez, features few stars Avatar villain Stephen Lang is the most established and came together around a relatively tiny $10 million budget. And yet it’s already a moneymaker.

A mix of high critical praise and efficient Sony marketing definitely played a role in that. Don’t Breathe earned an impressive 87 percent “Fresh” rating from RottenTomatoes, and trailers have prominently featured hyperbolic pull quotes.

It’s the third success story this summer for horror. The Conjuring 2 opened on June 10, surpassing its $40 million budget after one week and rising to $319.5 million worldwide in subsequent weeks.

The Purge: Election Year followed on July 1, immediately tripling its $10 million budget in one weekend. That total grew to $105.6 million worldwide in the weeks that followed.

Summer is traditionally a good time for horror, but it’s more apparent in 2016 because of all the high-profile busts. Blockbuster sequels like Indepedence Day: Resurgence, Star Trek: Beyond, Jason Bourne and Alice Through the Looking Glass have largely fallen flat during this year’s spring/summer months.

These films are all designed to fill theaters, but audiences are opting for more niche-centric fare like horror or comedy (Bad Moms, Neighbors 2, Sausage Party). Family-friendly movies like Finding Dory and The Secret Life of Pets have brought in the crowds as well, but that’s normal for the school-free summer months.

Trailing well behind Don’t Breathe is Suicide Squad, now in its third week of release, with an estimated $12.1 million. The DC Comics anti-superhero flick faltered quickly after an opening week surge. It’s now just a little bit shy of $600 million worldwide, and likely won’t climb much higher than that.

After Suicide, the rankings get a lot murkier. Five weekend box office totals for Kubo and the Two Strings, Sausage Party, newcomer Mechanic: Resurrection, Pete’s Dragon and War Dogs are all estimated in the $7 million range.

That makes the weekend’s final lineup hard to predict, though the numbers are small enough that the final order isn’t very relevant. The biggest takeaway from the weekend’s box office middle ranks comes from Mechanic: star Jason Statham clearly isn’t as bankable as he once was.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/08/28/dont-breathe-box-office-opening-weekend/

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This delightful comic shows why salamanders are awesome and need our help.

Rosemary Mosco has made comics about all kinds of animals, from agoutis to eels. But she says she’s got a soft spot for salamanders.

“I feel like everybody has an animal, plant, or other creature that really clicked with them and pulled them in,” said Mosco. For her, it was the blue-spotted salamander.

“They’re colorful, long-lived, mysterious, and secretive, with a cute little smile. They belong to a hidden underground world that’s right there, out in the woods. I’ve been hooked ever since.”

Mosco is a field naturalist, science communicator, and the artist behind the delightful science and nature comic bird and moon.

Back in 2015, she made an awesome comic about why salamanders need our help.

Bsal is scary for our salamander friends. It isn’t in the United States yet, but people are being super careful about it just in case.

Hoping to stop the spread of Bsal, in June 2016 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service restricted 200 species of salamander from being imported to the U.S. or carried across state lines.

If you need another reason to love salamanders, they help keep our forests and ecosystems healthy by eating a ton of insects and other creepy crawlies, like ticks and mosquitoes. Plus, they are part of the food chain too and go on to feed bigger animals like turtles, birds, and fish!

“People protect what they love, and I want to help them love salamanders,” said Mosco.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/this-delightful-comic-shows-why-salamanders-are-awesome-and-need-our-help?c=tpstream

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Giant Starling Mural In Berlin Filled With Tons Of Tiny Surprises

Earlier this year, Netherlands-based artists Super A and Collin van der Sluijs teamed up to create a stunning 137-foot tall mural on the side of a building in Berlin. Titled ‘Starling’, the mural shows a massive blue and purple bird covered in feathers. But when you take a closer look, you’ll see it’s covered in not only feathers but all sorts of different jewels and gems.

The artists were invited by active urban movement Urban Nation as part of the One Wall Mural Project. So if you’re in the area, be sure to pass by to take a look. If not, that’s ok, photographer Nika Kramer has taken some detailed pics of the mural! You can find them below.

 
 
 
 
 

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/giant-starling-mural-street-art-collin-van-der-sluijs-super-a-berlin/