Man, there's a ton to catch up on here.
* - First off, all the cool artists are doing it so everybody reading this draw and submit a happy partying creature for the Party Bueno project! The deadline's November 30'th so get to it. Details and submission instructions here. My little guy is Party Member 359!
* - Second off, go download All Your Yesterdays if you haven't already. Make a donation and download lots of copies! Give them to all your impossible-to-buy-for people this holiday season!
* - Third off, I hate being kind of a shill but TODAY ONLY if you use the promotional code BLKFRIDAY983 over at my Zazzle Store, you can get half-off mugs and t-shirts! Go get an Awesome Overload shirt for all your other impossible-to-buy-for friends!
* - Fourth off, Mental Floss managed to score an interview with Bill Watterson!?
* - Fifth off, Dr. Bob Bakker is blogging for the Huston Museum of Natural Science and wrote a lovely tribute to the classic "World We Live In" issue of Life.
* - Sixth off, now we know what Deinocheirus looked like! Now we know what Deinocheirus looked like! NOW WE KNOW WHAT DEINOCHEIRUS LOOKED LIKE!!!???!!!
* - Seventh off (I will stop doing this), I spent much of the summer catching up with the lovely Tobolowsky Files podcast and lo and behold there is a new episode fresh on the feed.
* - A sobering message from DinoGoss: We're all drawing dinosaur feet wrong. Probably.
* - If you met R. L. Stine, would you think to ask him about his involvement in the Nick Jr. show "Eureeka's Castle"? Well, thankfully, the Onion AV Club did, and everyone is the better for it.
* - The entire series of essays from the Dissolve's Movie of the Week features for both "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai" and "Kirikou and the Sorceress" are terrific, but my favorite parts were the staff's reminiscing of favorite strange movies discovered at the video store and favorite unusual animated features.
* - And for fans of the late, lamented "My Year/World of Flops" series at the AV Club, Nathin Rabin's new series "Forgotbusters" (basically, movies we all assumed were flops but made the top 25 of their year) is outstanding, especially the "Space Jam" and "Jack" entries.
* - Danny Horn of ToughPigs traveled to Japan in search of unique Muppet-related stuff and discovered, among other things, that somebody at Universal Studios Japan learned about Duffy the Disney Bear and evidently thought, "We need something just like that -- but how can we make it more unintentionally unsettling?"
* - Forbes ruminated on the long, strange history of Dreamworks animation.
* - I got a serious Where the Wild Things Are vibe from this Hyperbole and a Half comic.
* - The way Disney markets its animated films these days is pretty confusing, but at least it isn't as insane as this promotional song for "Robin Hood".
* - Tony DiTerlizzi reminisced and posted a gallery of the Joanne Scribner cover art for the Dell Yearling editions of Beverly Cleary's books.
* - And Tim Brayton finished his review of every single direct-to-video Disney sequel and managed to come out the other end (mostly) in one piece! All of his Disney reviews, including those for the sequels, are listed here.
Sketch of the Day! I thought, "Hey, everybody else is drawing Deinocheirus, why aren't I?"