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Worldbuilding Wednesday 12/2/20: States of Confusion
xxxx (Gulf Coast)

States may not be able to change their names without a lot of legislature, but it’s possible to change their flag. Mississippi was just fine with this state flag for 126 years, even though it featured the Confederate flag that in recent years has gone from being a symbol of rebel pride to racist tyranny. …

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Mexipulp Man-Eating Plant

Illustration for a Mexican pulp magazine of the 1970s. Sensational, amateurish, colorful, and likely quick to execute in gouache or poster paint. I like the paint-by-numbers quality of it.

Worldbuilding Wednesday 11/28/20: Scooby-Doo

If you were an American child of the 1960s, I can’t emphasize how awesome Scooby Doo, Where Are You? was when it debuted on Saturday Morning TV in 1969. It was radically different from anything that went before. The animation was top-notch and the storylines more complicated than animals chasing each other around with hammers. …

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… so different, so appealing?

I was going to post this as “The Worst Science Fiction Paperbook Book Cover Ever” and let it stand, but then I noticed its resemblance to this seminal Pop Art collage by British artist Richard Hamilton. The palette is the same, the sense of clutteredness, the busyness of the composition. Both have a white, male …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 11/18/20: Rock Bands

  It’s not an easy task to worldbuild a fictional rock band. You need to have polished writing skills, a finger on the pulse of contemporary culture (or history of pop culture, if set in the past) and an in-depth knowledge of the music world. That’s a rare order. Nevertheless, some writers in recent years …

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Q:  Why did the yogi put himself into a trance before going to the dentist? A:  Because he wanted to transcend dental medication. (Artwork by Larry Carlsen)

Worldbuilding Wednesday 11/11/20: The Best of
xxxxTwittersnips (Crime Novels)

  I like how casually this woman is aiming the gun. The illustrator caught her right at the moment before she pulls the trigger. How cold-blooded and hard looking she is! This is one tough cookie.  Usually crime pulp cover women are plumper-cheeked and younger: Dames. This woman is firmly in Broad territory. Incidentally, I’ve …

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Future Tokyo

In 2011 we should have been wearing jumpsuits and whizzing up and down spiral ramps to airports  in the sky. Jeez, what went wrong?

Worldbuilding Wednesday
11/4/20: Military Division

  The American military has a long tradition of giving colorful nicknames to its various companies, divisions, and specialty groups. To go along with these nicknames are specially commissioned patches to be worn proudly on uniforms or jackets. Take a look at the assortment above. The graphics reached their height of bizarreness during the Vietnam …

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The Skeleton

Existential angst that is in store for all of us one day, if we’re still sentient that is.