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The Most Fun I've Had Since MS Paint Came Out!

While my use of Spirographs and Paint-by-Numbers kits have certainly hinted at my artistic genius over the years, I never realized I was so talented until I began playing with the online Jackson Pollock simulator.

After using it for about an hour yesterday before bed, and then another hour after I woke up, I've come to realize some minor problems with the j-Po simulator:

  1. you can't vary the textures—"˜Jack the Dripper" used everything from trowels and sticks to sand and broken glass to paint on his enormous canvas. He even used tire tread marks, driving bicycles over the canvas, and those lack of features slightly dulled the J.P. experience for me (I'm crossing my fingers for the upgrade)
  2. the canvas is far too small to contain your genius. Pollock's canvases were enormous, and my 14 inch screen just isn't doing it.
  3. there's no easy way to print the pics, or put them straight up for sale at eBay. Or even at K-Mart (which according to this separate, and bizarre article, is selling off some of the original Picasso's and Ming vases it bought back in the 1970s).

Over all, I'd give it 4 out of 5 drips, and highly recommend your wasting time there immediately.

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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