Magpie Monday

Happy Magpie Monday, everyone!


For me, the big comics news last week (well, the week before last; I ran out of space and time to post everything I wanted to last week) was the reveal of some of J.H. Williams III‘s work on the new Sandman comic, titled The Sandman: Overture, the first issue of which will appear on October 30th. Below is the cover of the first issue as well as a portrait of Dream. Consider me in love.

The Sandman: Overture #1, cover art by J.H. Williams III

PopChartLab has a new infographic for sale that will appeal to super-hero nerds everywhere: The Giant-Size Omnibus of Superpowers, a “sprawling taxonomy of over 200 superpowers and 600 superheroes and villains.” I love the design—it looks like one of those comics from the 1960s and 1970s I loved to get because they had so many stories in them! Click the image below or the link above to do some zooming. Via.

I really like the opening sequence for the new Beware the Batman series on Cartoon Network, but I find the red a curious choice. Via.

Speaking of Batman, this Batman: Hoarder parody comic by Kerry Callen is pretty great. Check it out!

Super-Team Family has had some great mash-up covers the last couple weeks, including Angel and Hawkgirl, Sandman and Rorschach, Black Canary and Mockingbird (I never noticed how similar these characters were until reading this post), and The Atom and Machine Man (love the combined artwork of Gil Kane and Barry Windsor-Smith). I was really pleased by this mash-up of The Phantom Stranger (a character I’ve always loved, though I wasn’t enchanted by the first trade of his new series) and the Death Star.

I like Adam Hughes’ art a lot, this variant cover for Teen Titans included, but I’ve never understood why artists are so inclined to make Raven look like she has some sort of spinal contortion, which I feel like must go back to George Pérez’s creation of the character. Via.

Teen Titans variant cover by Adam Hughes

Hrm. Fox orders League of Extraordinary Gentlemen TV pilot with eye to a series. I find this news dismaying.

Geoff Johns explains the story behind the upcoming Trinity War saga. Via.


A couple of links and images related to the Amazing Amazon!

DeviantArtist oneoffkritik‘s illustration of Gina Torres as Wonder Woman totally rocks. Via.

Gina Torres as Wonder Woman by oneoffkritik

The problem with Wonder Woman (nothing new, but it’s a nice overview of the trouble with Harry—I mean, Wonder Woman) and the solution (which is actually quite a good solution; I won’t spoil it, but I’ll say, WW, meet MM). Also, refreshingly, Wonder Woman is not the problem.

Great Wonder Woman GIF series.

Great art by neOnicO (via):

A new DC Nation short is on its way to Cartoon Network (I’m excited about the idea, but I’m not sure yet I’m down with this interpretation):


Recipes we should try:

From Pastry Affair: Mint Sugar and Frozen Strawberry Bars. And Coconut Sorbet!

From Everyday Food: Raspberry Shortcakes (with video).

From Bon Appétit: S’mores with homemade, beer-flavored marshmallows (via).

From Martha Stewart: Crispy Chocolate Marshmallow Treats.

From Joy the Baker: Lasagna Grilled Cheese.

From How Sweet It Is: Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Pie and Frosty Coconut Mojitos.

From Two Delighted (from the Barefoot Contessa): Coconut Cupcakes.

From Bite Club: Epic Pub Snacks (inspired by Edgar Wright’s film The World’s End):

Awwww—this Pokémon sandwich is the cutest thing ever! Via.

Deep fried everything on a stick: a look into fair fare, everything from fried bacon and fried Doritos to fried Pop Tarts and fried Nutella. What a world!

Six steps to building a better sandwich.

At Food Riot: On Eating Alone and Three Steps to Solo Dining.


Toxic Sweets Shop makes one amazing Jabba the Hutt cake. Via.

Jabba the Hutt cake by Toxic Sweets Shop

This AT-AT groom’s cake, made by Cake Central, is astonishing—the level of detail alone! Click through the link above or click on the image below to see more shots (including the underbelly).

AT-AT cake by Cake Central


The OpenBook Chair from Studio Tilt. What more could you want? Click the link or the image to see more amazeballs shots of this chair. Via.

The OpenBook Chair by Studio Tilt

The latest reveals of the new Harry Potter covers by Kazu Kibuishi:

Cover art by Kazu Kibuishi

Cover art by Kazu Kibuishi

Speaking of J.K. Rowling, did you know she wrote another crime book, released in March, under a pseudonym?

Mailbooks for Good is a great project, partnered with Random House Australia, wherein paperback book covers convert to envelopes, so you can mail the book to a literacy charity once you’ve finished reading it. Very cool. Via.


Book trailer for Holly Black‘s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown:

Sip from these succulent shorts:

From Homecoming by Susan Palwick.

From Daily Science Fiction: Remembrance by David G. Uffelman; Memories Like Break, Words like Little White Stones by Cécile Cristofari; Scramble! by Melissa Mead; Portal Worlds and Your Child: A Parent’s Guide (with Examples) by Matt Mikalatos; and Memories of Mirrored Worlds by Barbara A. Barnett.

From Letters of Note: It’s a Strange and Confusing World by Clyde S. Shield (worth reading if you’re feeling a bit down about planet Earth).

Flax-golden tales: Lights that Guide the Way to Destinies Untold by Erin Morgenstern.


Twin Peaks supercut: All the pie and all the coffee. Watch it. Waaaaaaattttccchhh Iiiiitttt.

Yet another reason I love Dame Helen Mirren: the trailer for the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Via.

Speedrun: Blade Runner in 60 Seconds:

Okay, I’ll admit it, I think the trailer for Austenland looks charming and sweet and crazy (if not, perhaps, particularly original).

The trailer for The Grandmaster looks spectacular:


Jay Larson cracked me up multiple times during the telling of this joke. Via.


Via the Super Punch tumblr:


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