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Things We Saw Today: LEGO Minifig Mittens

Not practical, but oh-so-stylish. Carissa of Carissa Knits doesn’t sell these, but she has made the knitting pattern available free of charge on her site. (Fashionably Geek)

We don’t really cover Eastbound & Down, but Alexander Skarsgård had a wordless cameo in the series finale, and… well, we just needed to show you his hair. (The Playlist)

  • The University of Calgary is conducting a survey on the quality of employment in the comics industry; if you’re a creator who’s contributed to an English-language comic released to the public within the last three years, take a few minutes to fill it out.
  • Fox Meadows responds to common (and commonly sexist) arguments against YA fiction in an excellent essay over on her blog. And there’s even a Mainstream YA Article Bingo board!

Writes artist Jason McKittrick: “This cyclopean adornment depicts Great Cthulhu squeezing his massive tentacled form through the hieroglyphic covered door of his ancient stone tomb in R’lyeh and will add the necessary touch of madness to your holiday tree.” It’s only for sale until November 24th (this Sunday), so if last year’s Christmas tree was missing that tough of madness you should probably go buy it now. (Boing Boing)

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  • Jericho McCune

    Just an FYI – you may want to edit the time clause in the paragraph on the comics survey. “…within the last three minutes” seems off. Months, maybe?

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Thanks for bringing that to my attention! Three minutes would be a bit draconian, wouldn’t it? Piece has been edited to the much less strict “three years.”

  • Gert Sønderby

    The mitten looks like it’s for when you’re holding a banana. OMG! The atheist’s nightmare mitten! :-O

  • Cori Redford

    I don’t believe in god, therefore I reject the existence of bananas.

  • AnnaB

    Here’s what usually happens with me and YA. Having worked in publishing, I had the privilege of reading a lot of stuff ahead of the popular masses. I’m not saying I get to read stuff pre-pub–it’s usually after pub, but since the books are THERE, I get to read them *before* they become popular. I end up liking many of them and think them fantastic. Then the ones I like may end up becoming popular as hell, then everyone’s trashing them, because somehow, hating on popular work has become the thing. Whatever the books’ flaws, they seemed to matter–like, a hundred times more than when I was enjoying the book, flaws and all. It’s why I just HATE trashing on anything that’s popular NOW. And don’t even get me started on the snobs that start bringing up classics. Seriously, anyone who starts comparing to–for example–Ender’s Game makes me want to punch them.

  • Gert Sønderby

    I don’t know – if your book can’t favorably compare to nerd-revenge porn written by a rabid homophobe and misogynist, then maybe it ain’t great after all.

  • AnnaB

    Not quite sure what you’re trying to tell me. Incidentally, if you’re wondering if I’m a fan of Orson Scott Card, I’m not. He’s a bigot and a douche. If you’re asking if I’m a fan of Ender’s Game, it ain’t bad, but it pisses me off when folks start trashing a modern YA book by saying “It’s not like the greats, like Ender’s Game!!!” Because honestly, judging a book by comparing it to another book is just kinda stupid to me.

  • Gert Sønderby

    I’m no big fan of the classics just for them being old. Currently, I’m slogging through Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War, and it’s really hard going, considering his ultra-poor understanding of how humans work. But if your book can’t manage to do better (at portraying believable characters, a believable world, etc.) than something written fifty years back by a white dude, there’s a problem. That does not seem like it should be a high bar to meet!

    Meanwhile, I’m not going to agree with you that e.g. Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy is not superior to Rebecca Fitzpatrick’s Hush Hush. Those books can be compared quite easily, and in every way, Mead’s work is superior.

  • Anonymous

    Sound reasoning.