5 Self-Portraits Famous Authors Doodled in Their Own Books

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Most fans consider themselves lucky to get an autograph from their hero, but some book lovers get even luckier when they attend a book signing with their favorite author. A few literary luminaries are known for doodling a self portrait along with their signature when signing copies of their own work. Maurice Sendak, for instance, took the time to do a quick sketch of Mickey, the main character from his picture book In the Night Kitchen, while signing a copy of the book (above) for a fan.

The online marketplace AbeBooks.com gathered examples of these so-called “literary selfies” from famous writers like Sendak, Kurt Vonnegut, and Neil Gaiman. Here are five author self-portraits AbeBooks found in the title pages and flyleafs of signed books.

1. MAURICE SENDAK

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In 1970, the Where the Wild Things Are author took the time to doodle one of his characters for a fan named Burt, adding "Mazel tov!" Lucky Burt.

2. JOHN UPDIKE

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The two-time Pulitzer winner John Updike could have been a skilled caricaturist, if this drawing is any indication.

3. KURT VONNEGUT

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Vonnegut was, according to Richard Davies of AbeBooks.com, so fond of doodling in his books that his drawings are considered a trademark of the Slaughterhouse-Five author's signatures.

4. GAY TALESE

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This doodle-signature by New Journalism pioneer Gay Talese was signed not long after his bestselling dive into the world of a New York mafia family, Honor Thy Father, came out in 1971. Like Vonnegut, he drew himself with a cigarette hanging from his lips.

5. NEIL GAIMAN

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It's not surprising that novelist Neil Gaiman would add a little artistic flair to his signature. The prolific British author, who has dabbled in short fiction, novels, movies, and comic books, added a reference to his series The Sandman above this undated self-portrait.

Check out more literary selfies here.

Netflix's Stranger Things Season 3 Video Is Full of Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
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Stranger Things's third season was full of many surprising twists and turns, not to mention some awkward teen romances. While the gruesome Mind Flayer and the evil Russians were no doubt terrifying, the show kept its sweet touch of nostalgia due mainly to the fact that the Hawkins gang is now smack-dab in the middle of the 1980s.

It doesn’t take a keen eye to see many of the series's '80s references, particularly in the latest season. With scenes taking place at the new mall, references from the decade—including Hot Dog on a Stick, Sam Goody, and Back to the Future—are all part of the setting. However, creators Ross and Matt Duffer wanted to pay true homage to the decade, and thus left Easter eggs throughout the season that you likely missed.

Luckily for us, as BGR reports, Netflix has just released a video explaining the hidden references (with the New Coke debate, Mrs. Wheeler’s erotica novel, and Hopper’s Tom Selleck-inspired Hawaiian shirt among some of our favorites).

Check out the full video above and see what you missed!

[h/t BGR]

Disney's Lady and the Tramp Remake Will Star a Mixed-Breed Rescue Dog Named Monte

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Following the success of The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp will be the next classic Disney movie to be revamped in 2019. And while most of Disney's live-action remakes boast star-studded casts, the lead in this upcoming film is totally unknown. That's because Monte, a mixed-breed dog from Phoenix, Arizona, spent his pre-Hollywood days living in animal shelters.

As AZ Central reports, Monte will make his film debut as Tramp when Lady and the Tramp releases alongside the launch of Disney+, the company's upcoming streaming service, on November 12. In the original 1955 animated movie, Tramp was portrayed as a mutt who lived on the streets, so instead of looking for a purebred dog to portray the character, producers stayed faithful to the source material.

Monte lived in a New Mexico animal shelter before transferring to HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix. When the filmmakers went there in search of a star for their movie, he instantly won them over. Like Tramp, Monte is a mixed-breed dog, but the shelter doesn't know exactly what his background is, other than being part terrier. Despite his scrappy appearance, Monte is very well-behaved. He knows how to sit, walk on a leash, and he's friendly with everyone he meets, according to the shelter.

The Lady and the Tramp crew adopted Monte in April 2018, and earlier this month, Disney released the first promotional image of him for the film. It features Monte snuggling up with his co-star, Rose, who plays Lady. True to the original, Lady is portrayed by a purebred cocker spaniel. Though you likely don't recognize the dogs on the poster, you may have heard of the voice actors who will bring them to life: Justin Theroux is playing Tramp and Tessa Thompson is Lady.

[h/t AZ Central]

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