Friday Things: 10/04 - Fight the Trolls, and Check Out Homestar Runner

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[Welcome to another Friday Things link dump! Now that I'm all settled in on the new blog, these should be back to normal. Enjoy~]

On Disney:

Beautiful travel posters inspired by Disney locations.

Super cute USB chargers that look like Disney characters dove into the outlet (they're butts!). I'd like one of each, please.

First trailer for Pixar's Inside Out! Yay!

On Books:

"I think kids are really smart. And I think they know the difference between fiction violence and real violence." and other gems of wisdom about writing for kids by R.L. Stine.

UDON Entertainment recently released another beautiful artbook featuring Hatsune Miku. I own their Kagamine book, and the quality is absolutely fantastic. See their site for an excerpt of the new release and buy links.


(via Geekologie) Interesting (definitely attention-grabbing) PSA about getting check-ups for breast cancer. Hidden bra camera.

Excellent post by Emily Gould: "Why We Need to Fight Online Trolls, Not Just Ignore Them."

Panels, a site/community for all sorts of comics fans, just launched this week! Do check it out. Also, I have a post up there already: Art Roundup: Spotlight on Zatanna.

Classic Game Controller Silicone Mold

You can buy these silicone mold controllers from Think Geek - they're great for candy- or ice- or cake-making, and cost just US$9.99 for a set of six (two of each of the three above designs). Click on the image to get to the listing.

Whoa... new Homestar Runner! Fisheye Lens.

[See ya next weekend!]

Fan Creation: Zatanna as drawn by Nabeel "Touya" Mohammed

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I've got this little (big) project going where I'll be "collecting" girls of the DC Comics universe with a sunflower motif. Anything will do; sunflowers in the background, as clothing patterns, or what Nabeel did with the idea here and have them sprouting out of a magic hat. As long as it meets the two criteria (DC girl, sunflowers), it could be a part of a personal collection of sunflower themed art I'm putting together. ("Personal" meaning: I'm putting them in a physical portfolio book at home for my own enjoyment - not selling it as a compilation or anything of the sort.)

Before asking Nabeel to draw Zatanna as a part of the collection, I'd already kicked it off with Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, both drawn by different artists. Eventually, I may show those here as well if I get permission to do so from the lovely folks that drew them.

Enough of that, though. Time for the main event (you can click on this image to view it larger):

Feast your eyes on the gorgeous Zatanna! Nabeel is probably one of the most communicative artists I've had the pleasure of working with, giving me updates every step of the way on this piece. I saw it in the rough sketch stage, partially then fully inked, and then a couple times as it was colored and shaded. You could check out his illustrative/design portfolio or DeviantArt gallery, or even follow him on Twitterif you like what you're seeing here!

I fell in love with her right from the sketch, but what made me fall in love with Zatanna all over again was seeing the final product, with lovely shading all around and textures on her waistcoat and the flowers. She looks so bright and lively!

Again, be sure to check out his work in the above links or give him a follow, and throw some props his way for this wonderful piece. I'm happy to have Zatanna as part of the collection and I'll be sure to keep updating as more girls make their way in, artist permitting. If you, one of my readers here, happen to know someone you think would be a great fit or would want to draw one yourself, be sure to drop me a line, too! I'd be happy to check out your samples and try to work something out.

[legal stuff (muy importante): Zatanna is copyright and trademark DC Comics, Inc. and this is a fan creation in no way affiliated with the copyright and trademark holder. Interested in more? Go to your local comic shop and buy some Batman comics. You've got plenty to choose from which feature Zatanna as a one-time, recurring or main character. The above image of the artwork is posted with artist permission.]