New Art: “Ariadne”
Ariadne takes matters into her own hands and deals with the Minotaur herself.
IF U EVER FEEL SAD REMEMBER THERE IS A FLOWER CALLED HANGING NAKED MEN AND IT LITERALLY LOOKS LIKE PURPLE MEN WITH THEIR DICKS OUT
ISNT NATURE WONDERFUL
Bucket, this seems like something up your street.
Apparently this is Orchis simia, a monkey orchid. Which seems appropriate. Other monkey orchids:
About four months ago, I took my older son, Jojo, to the barber shop. I told the barber not to shave off all of Jojo’s hair and to just trim it. He then proceeded to shave Jojo’s head practically bald. ”Whoa, whoa, I told you that I did not want it bald, this is way too low!” I exclaimed.
"How can I tell you this?” said the black barber with clippers still in the front of Jojo’s hair. “You’ve got a real n****r here. He is a native boy. He is from the tribe. This ain’t pretty hair. This is the best cut for him." Despite the prevalence of the n-word in hip hop music, popular culture and the streets of my New York City neighborhood, I was both dumbfounded and devastated by the remark.
And I didn’t want to make a scene.
Because I’ve played the incident over and over in my mind since then, if I could go back in time, I know exactly what I would say. “Brother, this boy in front of you is my little king. How dare you refer to him as a ‘n****r’? That word was used to oppress us and it has no place coming out of your mouth or anyone else’s. His hair is magical. It defies gravity and replicates the DNA helix. If you can’t respect that magic, we have to leave.”
Better know a kind of shady spider: Evarcha culicivora
Okay, so, strictly assessed, Evarcha culicivora (aka the vampire spider, the mosquito terminator, etc.) is actually a fucking great spider. They go through mosquitoes like they were M&Ms, and they’ve got a super-strong preference for female mosquitoes, which are the ones that bite humans and steal our blood and make more mosquitoes. They also live in a malaria-heavy part of the world, so those female mosquitoes are dangerous in addition to annoying.
Left to their own devices, they will just murder the shit out of those little bastards. They have fantastic vision and a great sense of smell, both of which they use on their search-and-destroy mission vis-a-vis mosquitoes.
The shady part comes from the fact that the spiders are…well, you know how we talked about vampire finches, and how they got their start eating parasites, and then moved on to just going straight for the blood without the middle-man? That’s pretty much what’s going on here.
The vampire spider’s fangs are too eensy and sad to make it through vertebrate skin, but they want that sweet vertebrate blood, so they’re basically treating the mosquitoes as syringes on the wing. Their strong preference for female mosquitoes who’ve been at a bird or a mammal is because they want the blood she’s got in her stomach. They can and will eat bugs that haven’t been eating people, so they’re not obligate hematophages, but drop-for-drop blood packs a lot more of a punch than normal bug-innards.
And it gets better/worse! See, they actually have a strong preference for not just any mosquito, but for mosquitoes from the genus Anopheles, which are basically malaria mosquitoes. If somebody catches malaria off a mosquito, it was an Anopheles mosquito.
These spiders can not only tell the difference between Anopheles mosquitoes just by looking at them, but they’ve shown a preference for places that smell like humans over places that don’t. They’ve also been shown to keep eating mosquitoes full of blood even when they’re not really hungry, because wallowing in mosquito-sourced blood makes them especially attractive to mates. (Bonus round: Being around an opposite-sex conspecific that smells like blood also makes them more aggressive toward same-sex conspecifics.)
So basically we’ve got a spider that’s on its way to being a proper vampire that likes to hang around humans and uses our blood as an aphrodisiac but in the meantime it’s saving us from a terrible blood-borne disease. Applause/screams all around.
Emily’s new Halloween comic!
Emily Carroll, everybody. Good luck sleeping tonight.
man, looking at Barbucci and Canepa’s stuff just reminded me how I’ve been wanting to read more European comics but I hardly know where to start? a lot of what I’ve seen glimpses of looks so much more up my alley than most mainstream American comics or manga—visually, definitely, but also possibly in content, like it seems (tho i don’t really know for sure) that they’ve got more of a market for historical/fantasy stuff that isn’t confined to subgenres like superheroes and magical girls and the like?
ofc my problem is that most of them are done in French and rarely get English translations published, which makes me regret only taking 2 years of French in high school and then forgetting most of it lol.
I’ve been dying to get my hands on Alex Alice’s Siegfried (the comic with that really badass animated trailer) but that has to wait until I can justify spending money on books haha… does anyone have any other recs for european comics with English translations available? (online or in print, either is fine)
Oh boy do I love talking about French comics. Here are some of my favorites.
Translated to English:
Aldebaran (and the sequels Betelgeuse and Antares)
Persepolis (and everything else by Marjane Satrapi)
Les Touniques Bleues (The Bluecoats)
Totally amazing, but not translated:
And then of course there are the classics, like Tintin, Asterix, and Spirou et Fantasio. Spirou has been running for a long time so the old issues are super racist, but the new ones are much better. Tintin and Asterix also have some problems with racism, particularly Tintin au Congo. Skip that one.
I haven’t read Blacksad yet, I really need to get on that!
Edit: Gaston is also really good! But I don’t think it’s been translated to English…