The important this is *I* think I’m funny
A solemn promise between internet friends, written and recorded by Kevin Fanning.
I'm a contributing writer for The Morning News and the Beverage Expert in Residence at Maura Magazine and you can follow me on twitter @kfan.
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I’m good at spotting the words that I do like (amber, wood, moss, fig) and the words that I don’t (floral, green, rose, young). I know that a little vanilla goes a long way, that “leather” never smells the same twice, and that I can never remember if I like bergamot or not. I also know that “musk” is code for butt sweat.
There’s only one movie poster at the Sandwich office and it hangs behind my desk (seen here)—a gorgeous Argentinean edition of my favorite ninja movie, 1983’s “Revenge of the Ninja”. Keep that in the back of you mind.
Today, NBC News is launching a brand new version of their Breaking News app, and they brought me in to make a video for it. Their whole thing is quality news you can trust, not a bunch of garbage. It’s based in a time-honored respect for journalism that reminded me of the old titans of news: Edward R. Murrow, David Brinkley, Walter Cronkite. So I pitched the client on the idea of having one of those salty old news guys present their app as the savior of news. And bless their hearts, they let me do it. So I enlisted my talented writing friend Joshua Allen to give the character a voice, and the next step was casting our news man.
Here’s the fun part.
Casting is never easy in these videos we make. Never. But every once in a while, a brilliant actor, a master of the craft who you recognize as having played the villain in your favorite ninja movie walks through the door to the audition and you try not to lose your shit, you try to pretend you don’t know who he is, but you know that voice, you know those wise, charmingly menacing eyes. This man is Arthur Roberts and he’s played a major part in your subconscious since the 3rd grade. He’s informed some important archetypes for you, as a storyteller. He’s Arthur Roberts.
So you cast him, of course. And he is simply a joy to work with. A gentleman and an artist and a pro in every sense of the word.
Breaking News. What a world.
This might be my favorite thing Josh has ever done and I have a lot of favorite things Josh has done
"Let’s Draw a Car and then Let’s Draw Batman"
A comics essay by Lynda Barry
Illustrations retrieved from materials discarded by participants in Lynda Barry’s writing workshop at The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Fall 2013
Filed under: Lynda Barry
Inget kan ändra på det (by Sanna Holm)
This is a really lovely little cover of a Veronica Maggio song (which, if you haven’t heard it, please go listen, the original is maybe my all-time favorite song-that-I-don’t-understand-the-words to. Perpetch described it very nicely years ago.). But gosh everything about this cover is so magical & nice.