No, today’s princess is not about romance: it’s more about entitlement. I call it “girlz power” because when you see that “z” (as in Bratz, Moxie Girlz, Ty Girlz, Disney Girlz) you know you’ve got trouble. Girlz power sells self-absorption as the equivalent of self confidence and tells girls that female empowerment, identity, independence should be expressed through narcissism and commercialism.
via vintageseattle.org and capitolhillseattle.com
In 1964, Seattle voters soundly defeated an “open housing” ordinance that would have let anyone live anywhere. It lost by more than 2-to-1.
comics buyer's guide in 1983; via bleedingcool.com
When I worked at The Comics Journal (foundation of the entire Fantagraphics graphic-novel empire), publisher Gary Groth’s official line was that we were the smart, progressive alternative to the comic-book industry’s”mainstream” trade mag, Comics Buyer’s Guide.
Now, CBG is being shut down after 42 years, without even an ongoing website to remain.
CBG‘s parent company is transferring all CBG subscriptions to an antiques-collecting mag (really). Fantagraphics, however, is offering book discounts to ex-CBG subscribers.
(CBG’s publishers are also firing the editorial staff of another of their mags, Print; that title will continue with HOW magazine’s editors pulling double duty.)
Elsewhere in randomosity:
via jim linderman on tumblr
the impossible project via engadget.com
Lying has become so ingrained into the conservatives’ national dialogue that they are now dangerously demagogic or, worse, severely unhinged. Blind rage at the election of Barack Obama has wrecked a once great political party. Its leaders have made so many deals with the devil in their almost pathological obsession with unseating Obama that they have pushed the GOP into its own version of political hell – unable to speak truths to their now-rabid and conspiracy-addled base and unable to right the party back onto a path of responsibility. Only through the disinfectant of defeat can the Republicans, and the two party system, be preserved.
zoo atlanta via king-tv
seattle mariners via mynorthwest.com