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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: The Venom Fetus

What to expect when you’re expecting a horrible Spider-Man villain: probably trouble. Ultrasound from the proud father (of the Venom Fetus) on Reddit. (via The Daily What)

The internet’s favorite $10 t-shirt store, Tee Fury is featuring all female artists this week! “Women represent only a small fraction of our overall artist roster. We hope focusing attention on them will inspire other aspiring designers, male and female, to start creating and find success working as an independent artist.” Get designing, ladies!

  • It has been a red-letter day for both women’s rights and marriage equality: First, the woman said to have been responsible for Susan G. Komen For the Cure cutting funding to Planned Parenthood, Karen Handel, resigned from her position as Senior Vice President of Public Policy. In her letter to Komen CEO Nancy Brinker, she is predictably defensive. (via Jezebel)
  • Joanne Bamberger, writing for The Huffington Post, discusses the role women and social media played in the backlash of the initial decision, which was reversed this week.
  • Second, the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that Prop 8, the referendum banning same-sex marriage in California, is still unconstitutional. Prop 8 was first passed in 2008, then went to court in 2010, where it was ruled unconstitutional in a state-level court. Supporters appealed that decision, where they had to prove that it served some sort of purpose in court. And the three-judge panel had this to say in their 2-1 decision: “Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.” While the appeal process is not over, this is just one more nail in the coffin for California’s ban on marriage equality. (via The New York Times)
  • You guys, The Amazing Spider-Man is going all Blair Witch Project on us! If you caught the new trailer (which we posted here, if you’d like to check it out) and also had eagle eyes, you might have seen a faint mention of “Mark of the Spider-Man.” Well, there is, indeed, a, featuring an eerie image of six static-filled screens and a bright red Spidey symbol. Consider this the first entry into the movie’s viral marketing campaign. (via Collider)

  • If you were wondering if you look stupid with short hair, you can stop worrying. A new study says that women with “less feminine” hairstyles (read: shorter hairstyles) look “more intelligent” than women with “more feminine” hairstyles (read: longer hairstyles). Because I guess if your hair is long, it’s causing stress on your brain and making it, like, tired and stuff? Yeah, we’re not really buying this, but it’s interesting. (via The Jane Dough)
  • Entertainment Weekly has new stills from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and we’re going to go ahead and show you one:

  • Comics Beat is wondering why hired animators on the East Coast are paid so much less than their West Coast counterparts, and so are we. Any animators want to weigh in?
  • Someone has made an intricate tube map for all of Doctor Who. All of it. A smaller version appears below, so visit Crispian for the full-size, interactive image.

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    • Jinxy Blastwave

      My Facebook friends, mostly professional people, were absolutely sure I was lying about there being an Abraham Lincoln kills Vampires movie.  Just 100% certain.  Even after I produced the book cover, there were doubters… Very much looking forward to that one. 

      Also, yay California for doing the right thing!  Nicely done people. You know… eventually. :)

    • John Wao

      Wow that whole Susan G Komen affair just showed me in a big way the power of Democracy when it’s coupled with the internet and social media which I normally look down upon except when it’s used in this fashion to marshal the forces of good to right an injustice. Just wow.

    • Anonymous

      I am happy to say I wrote a LOT of letters re the Susan Komen thing and feel I had a 
      “part” in changing their minds.  Got “thank  yous” also from my correspondents.  The political candidates who are against birth control are asses.  No man could ever tell 
      me what I can and cannot do with my body.  PERIOD.  Same goes for religion run by men who, if just ONE got pregnant, ABORTION WOULD BE THE LAW OF THE LAND.  (My male doctor said something similar, but he said:  ”if one man had one period…”

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    • Frodo Baggins

      “if one man had one period…”

      Is there some kind of legislation to ban tampons?

    • Megan Lloyd

      Animation input–my guess is there’s a lot less competition in the job market for animators out east. They have fewer studios out there (Blue Sky in Conneticut, Augerblick, NY, Cartoon Pizza NY etc) and they are generally smaller companies that don’t do as well in the U.S. market compared to their west coast counterparts (Pixar, Disney, Dreamworks, ILM, DD) Oddly enough, Blue Sky’s Ice Age films earned almost triple in foreign box office gross, which is why the fourth one is coming out this year.

      Not only are the Cali studios larger (Dreamworks puts out 3-4 films a year) they’re much closer. It’s really not uncommon for artists and animators to work for 3 or 4 different studios over the course of their career.  I’m thinking the higher pay out west is an effort to discourage employees from leaving their respective studios.