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Things We Saw Today: Neil Gaiman’s Tribute to the Chinese New Year


Neil Gaiman has drawn up his own tribute to the Year of the Dragon (a “wobbly dragon”), and we believe this is relevant to your interests. More about this from the author after the jump!

Says Gaiman:

I just drew a wobbly dragon for my Chinese friends. He’s based on a picture I saw of an ancient dragon who had three toes but was still Chinese…

I don’t know if anyone’s going to be able to see this photo posted here, in China. Last time I was there, this blog was cut off by the Great Firewall, but I post for it anyone who can: 恭喜发财

Happy New Year! (via Geeks of Doom)

Someone is selling the 1995 Chrysler LeBaron that Sarah Michelle Gellar bought in the mid-1990s for just $2,995. We thought you’d like to know. (via Craig’s List)

Flavorwire has a rundown of literature’s most badass female writers, going back as far as Sappho, pictured below.

  • So, last week, SOPA and PIPA were shelved by Congress until they turn into something less oppressive to free speech on the internet. Lawmakers (and lobbyists) are hoping to make it purely about copyright infringement without the terrifying potential for the government to overreach. They — and we — should be aware that this is exactly how China’s oppressive censorship laws started too. (via TechDirt)
  • DC Entertainment has joined forces with Save the Children, International Rescue Committee, and Mercy Corps to end hunger in Africa as part of the We Can Be Heroes campaign. (via Newsarama)

    Also from Newsarama, EPIX is close to purchasing the documentary about the life of Marvel Generalissimo Stan Lee, With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story.

  • Mandy “Inigo Montoya” Patinkin said he “hope[s] [he's] dead” before a remake of The Princess Bride happens, and so do we. Meaning, specifically, that we — like the “royal we” — hope that we — collectively — are dead, not Mandy Patinkin. Seriously, Hollywood, stop it. Get this out of your heads now. (via Geek Mom)
  • This is how devoted to Doctor Who Steven Moffat is: He passed on doing a Tintin trilogy so he could keep doing the show. He cites TV’s “freedom and flexibility” as his reason, and we’re not that upset that he’s going to stick around. (via Blastr)
  • Finally, from tipster Rachel, a Portal fan panel by DeviantARTist Inonibird. This is just an excerpt, so click here to see the full version.

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    • Fran Weaver

      I think that SMG’s LeBaron is only $2,995 – the 58K seems to refer to the mileage. 

      Hopefully this makes it cheap enough for some dedicated Veronica Mars cosplayer to snap up. 

    • Anonymous

      I wonder if the owner of the LeBaron before Sarah Michelle Gellar might have been John Voight…

    • http://www.facebook.com/1shewolf JoAnna Luffman

      Well, my parents had a LeBaron, so I could be her biggest stalker fan, and I would never buy it. 

      58k is really low milage. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1117234345 Julie Allen

      So help me, if they really do try and make a remake of “the Princess Bride”, we should all band together to form a brute squad and go storming the castle.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1378157197 Elisabeth Flaum

      Steven Moffat has no business writing Tintin while there’s Sherlock to be made! :)

    • Frodo Baggins

      I don’t… why would they even want to remake it? The film’s success is wholly due to the memorable performances, quirky script, and cheesy tone. The story itself is a relatively paltry framework. And it doesn’t seem to fit any modern trends. I understand the financial temptation of making Teen Romance Red Riding Hood when Twilight was raking in the cash, or Snow White of the Rings after Alice in Wonderland broke the bank, or GI Joe after Transformers devastated our wallets. But aside from being from the 80s, what buzzwords would greasy marketing executives even use to sucker their shareholders into funding this? I would hope that even they know how fucking stupid it is to make a “darker, grittier, more realistic” version of a campy parody.