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13 Fun and Impressive Pieces of Doctor Who Fan Art

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Doctor Who is approaching its 50th anniversary this fall, and while fans wait and wonder exactly what surprises the 3D special will hold, the world’s adoration for a regenerating time traveler has never been greater. In honor of the longest running sci-fi series in history, let’s take a look at some of the fantastic creations made by the show’s worldwide legion of fans.

1. Darfield

What happens when you combine one of the world’s most popular comic strips with one of the world’s longest-lasting TV shows? As Tone Cartoons shows us, you get a little bit of magic known as Darfield. With John presumably filling in as the Doctor, Odie as K-9, and perhaps even Nermal taking on the role of one of The Doctor’s adorable companions, it’s easy to see why Darfield and his Cyberman Pooky toy are so darn grumpy all the time. Tone Cartoons features a new Dalek cartoon every day.

2. The Diamond Dalek Jubilee

Can’t get enough Daily Daleks? Then head over to Daleks of the Day, where you can find delightful creations like this one, designed in honor of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee last year.

3. Norman Rockwho

Rockbetter takes classic Norman Rockwell artwork and makes it more applicable to modern life—or at least, modern pop culture. While the site has a few Doctor Who creations, this one, showing David Tennant’s tenth Doctor checking on a baby Adipose, manages to maintain the touching slice-of-life feel Rockwell was so well known for.

4. Doctor Deco

Something about Matt Smith’s eleventh Doctor seems appropriate for an art deco creation like this one; maybe it’s his old-school style or maybe it’s just that Bill Mudron is such a great artist that he could make any of the Doctors look amazing in this setting.

5. Extermifelt!

DeviantArt user GlassCamel’s light-up, needle-felted Dalek might look more cuddly than intimidating—but it’s important to remember that looks can be deceiving.

6. TARQUILT

As if this TARDIS quilt by craftster user gatheredthreads wasn’t impressive enough thanks to the amazing level of detail and wonderful stitching, the beacon at the top of the TARDIS even lights up, fading in and out as though the famed police box were landing over and over.

7. The Girl in the Paper Craft

It’s hard to imagine a more fitting artistic tribute to the “The Girl in the Fireplace” episode than this stunning paper cut-out creation by DeviantArt user CT201. She sold a similar, though less intricate, version of the design as a pop-up card in her Etsy shop and while it’s now sold out, you might be able to convince her to make a new one for you if you have a special event that only The Doctor could properly commemorate.

8. Doctor Who-Who

If the “Who” in the show title ever reminded you of an owl, then you should check out Etsy seller Kelsey Wailes’ shop where she has a variety of the Doctor’s incarnations converted into owl forms, like this one, an adorable take on Peter Davidson’s fifth Doctor.

9. A Box of Police Box

Rose and Number Ten never looked as sweet as they do in this adorable shadow box diorama by Etsy seller WonderlandContraband.

10. Wallace and K-9

Granted, they may not be claymation, but even as drawings by Roger Langridge, The Doctor and K-9 look perfect in the style of Wallace and Gromit and the choice of Tom Baker’s fourth Doctor couldn’t be more appropriate.

11. Cyber Posters

Mohamed F. Haque made three great Doctor Who posters last year, one featuring a Dalek, one with The Silence and this one, with the intimidating face of a Cyberman threatening “You will become like us.”

12. Sonic Scarfdriver

Looking for a bit of Whovian fan art that you could actually use in a practical manner? Then you’d better head over to Etsy seller MyAlterknits’ shop and grab up this great sonic screwdriver scarf while it’s still on sale. Alternatively, she also offers a “Vote Saxon” scarf for fans of the show’s political figures.

13. The Big Bad Wolf

Given how much Rose’s early storyline revolved around the reappearance of the words “bad wolf,” it’s only fitting for DeviantArt user khallion to wonder how Little Red Riding Hood might take that graffiti, even if she was already adapted to the madness that surrounds the lives of a companion of The Doctor. The artist has also imagined the TARDIS sprouting up in a number of other fictional worlds, including as one of the trees in Jack Skellington’s holiday forest. If you thought Jack screwed up Christmas, imagine him trying to fight off the Cybermen, the Weeping Angels, or the Daleks.

So my fellow Whovians, which one is your favorite? Or do you have another favorite piece of Doctor Who fan art that I left off this list?

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Hägar the Horrible
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For 45 years, the anachronistic adventures of a Scandinavian Viking named Hägar have populated the funny papers. Created by cartoonist Dik Browne, Hagar the Horrible is less about raiding and pillaging and more about Hägar’s domestic squabbles with wife Helga. If you’re a fan of this red-bearded savage with a surprisingly gentle demeanor, check out some facts about the strip’s history, Hägar’s status as a soda pitchman, and his stint as a college football mascot.

1. HÄGAR IS NAMED AFTER HIS CREATOR.

Richard Arthur “Dik” Browne got his start drawing courtroom sketches for New York newspapers; he debuted a military strip, Ginny Jeep, for servicemen after entering the Army in 1942. Following an advertising stint where he created the Chiquita Banana logo, he was asked to tackle art duties on the 1954 Beetle Bailey spinoff strip Hi and Lois. When he felt an urge to create his own strip in 1973, Browne thought back to how his children called him “Hägar the Horrible” when he would playfully chase them around the house. “Immediately, I thought Viking,” he told People in 1978. Hägar was soon the fastest-growing strip in history, appearing over 1000 papers.

2. HE COULD HAVE BEEN BULBAR THE BARBARIAN.

A Hägar the Horrible comic strip
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Working on Hi and Lois with cartoonist Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey) gave Browne an opportunity to solicit advice on Hägar from his more experienced colleague. As Walker recalled, he thought “Hägar” would be too hard for people to pronounce or spell and suggested Browne go with “Bulbar the Barbarian” instead. Browne brushed off the suggestion, preferring his own alliterative title.

3. A HEART ATTACK COULD HAVE CHANGED HÄGAR’S FATE.

When Browne came up with Hägar, he sent it along to a syndicate editor he knew from his work on Hi and Lois. According to Chris Browne, Dik’s son and the eventual artist for Hägar after his father passed away in 1989, the man originally promised to look at it after he got back from his vacation. He changed his mind at the last minute, reviewing and accepting the strip before leaving. Just days later, while on his ski vacation, the editor had a heart attack and died. If he hadn’t approved the strip prior to his passing, Browne said, Hägar may never have seen print.

4. THE STRIP HELPED BROWNE AVOID VANDALS.

A Hägar the Horrible comic strip
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Chris Browne recalled that Halloween in his Connecticut neighborhood was a time for kids to show their appreciation for his father’s work. While trick-or-treaters were busy covering nearby houses in toilet paper or spray paint, they spared the Browne residence. The only evidence of their vandalism was a spray-painted sign that read, “Mr. Browne, We Love Hägar.”

5. BROWNE’S DAUGHTER TALKED HIM OUT OF KIDNAPPING PLOTS.

Vikings were not known for being advocates for human rights. Hägar, despite his relatively genteel persona, still exhibited some barbaric traits, such as running off with “maidens” after a plundering session. Speaking with the Associated Press in 1983, Browne admitted he toned down the more lecherous side of Hägar after getting complaints from his daughter. “Running off with a maiden isn’t funny,” she told him. “It’s a crime.”

6. HÄGAR ENDORSED SODA.

A soda can featuring Hägar the Horrible
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Despite his preference for alcohol, Hägar apparently had a bit of a sweet tooth as well. In the 1970s, King Features licensed out a line of soda cans featuring some of their most popular comic strip characters, including Popeye, Blondie, and Hägar. The Viking also shilled for Mug Root Beer in the 1990s.

7. HE WAS A COLLEGE MASCOT.

In 1965, Cleveland State University students voted in the name “Vikings” for their collegiate basketball team. After using a mascot dubbed Viktorious Vike, the school adopted Hägar in the 1980s. Both Hägar and wife Helga appeared at several of the school’s sporting events before being replaced by an original character named Vike.

8. HE EVENTUALLY SOBERED UP.

A Hägar the Horrible comic strip
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When Dik Browne was working on Hägar, the Viking was prone to bouts of excessive drinking. When Chris Browne took over the strip, he made a deliberate decision to minimize Hägar’s imbibing. "When my father was doing the strip, he did an awful lot of gags about Hägar falling down drunk and coming home in a wheelbarrow, and as times go on that doesn't strike me as that funny anymore,” Brown told the Chicago Tribune in 1993. “Just about everybody I know has had somebody hurt by alcoholism or substance abuse.”

9. HE HAD HIS OWN HANNA-BARBERA CARTOON.

It took some time, but Hägar was finally honored with the animated special treatment in 1989. Cartoon powerhouse Hanna-Barbera created the 30-minute special, Hägar the Horrible: Hägar Knows Best, and cast the Viking as being out of his element after returning home for the first time in years. The voice of Optimus Prime, Peter Cullen, performed the title character. It was later released on DVD as part of a comic strip cartoon collection.

10. HE SAILED INTO THE WIZARD OF ID.

A Wizard of Id comic strip
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In 2014, Hägar made an appearance in the late Johnny Hart’s Wizard of Id comic strip, with the two characters looking confused at the idea they’ve run into one another at sea. Hägar also made a cameo in Blondie to celebrate that character’s 75th birthday in 2005.

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Every Emoji Ever, Arranged by Color
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What lies at the end of the emoji rainbow? It's not a pot of gold, but rather an exclamation point—a fitting way to round out the Every Emoji Ever print created by the design experts over at Pop Chart Lab.

As the name suggests, every emoji that's currently used in version 10.0.0 of Unicode is represented, which, if you're keeping track, is nearly 2400.

Each emoji was painstakingly hand-illustrated and arranged chromatically, starting with yellow and ending in white. Unicode was most recently updated last summer, with 56 emojis added to the family. Some of the newest members of the emoji clan include a mermaid, a couple of dinosaurs, a UFO, and a Chinese takeout box. However, the most popular emoji last year was the "despairing crying face." Make of that what you will.

Past posters from Pop Chart Lab have depicted the instruments played in every Beatles song, every bird species in North America, and magical objects of the wizarding world. The price of the Every Emoji Ever poster starts at $29, and if you're interested, the piece can be purchased here.

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