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16 Fun Pieces of Canadian TV Fan Art

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While the CBC may not be as famous as the BBC, there are still plenty of popular Canadian shows that have made their way to televisions everywhere. To celebrate some of Canada’s great contributions to television, here are some fantastic fan art pieces from a few of the country’s most popular TV exports.

1. Kids in the Hall: Scott Thompson sketches Danny Husk

Perhaps the most popular Canadian TV show throughout the world, Kids In The Hall remains as ridiculous and hilarious as ever, even almost 20 years after the show was cancelled. The show launched the acting careers of Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and the always fantastic Scott Thompson, who we interviewed in 2010 when he launched a comic book about one of his reoccurring characters on the series, Danny Husk. Here are some of artist Kyle Morton’s early sketches for the lead character featuring a few of Thompson’s expressions he used while playing the character.

2. Kids in the Hall: Chicken Lady

Of course, one of the most memorable characters, and most disturbing, was the half-chicken, half-human Chicken Lady. Here she is in all of her terrifying glory thanks to DeviantArt user Progressive Carousel.

3. Kids in the Hall: Cabbage Head

Another odd but fantastic character from the show was Cabbage Head, who never actually looked quite so charming as he does in this digital drawing by DeviantArt user BrentSmith-aloadofBS.

4. Kids in the Hall: Mr. Tyzik

Perhaps the one character that is best remembered from the show though is Mr. Tyzik, whose game of head crushing remains popular even amongst those who have never even seen the show. Even legendary Vincent van Gogh is subject to a head crushing in DeviantArt user fig13’s tribute to the show.

5. Trailer Park Boys: Their Ride

While Trailer Park Boys was strictly a Canadian favorite for years, the show’s relatively recent release to DVD and Netflix, plus the movies released after the show’s end, have resulted in a rapidly growing fan base south of the border. For those that haven’t seen it, the mockumentary follows the exploits of Ricky and Julian as they try to hustle their way into money through any means necessary despite having trailer park manager Jim Lahey try to stop them at every turn. This poster by DeviantArt user wild7 even features most of the show’s main characters, and the gang’s death-trap of a car.

6. Trailer Park Boys: Bubbles

While the show may have a bevy of memorable characters, kitty-loving Bubbles is and has always been the fan favorite. Here is DeviantArt user angelazilla’s take on the character, complete with a kitty on each shoulder.

7. Trailer Park Boys: Toys

Fans of urban vinyl toys may never get an official line of Trailer Park Boys toys, but these three custom toys made by DeviantArt user everythingerika are certainly a great substitute. She was even selling some on her Etsy shop, but it appears that she has now sold out.

8. Orphan Black: Clone War

It may only be one season old (and a property of BBC America), but Orphan Black, which is produced and filmed entirely in Canada, has become one of the most unexpectedly popular shows of the year. This minimalist poster by DeviantArt user city-dreams perfectly illustrates how Sarah Manning felt upon discovering that she is one of many identical clones.

9. Orphan Black: Sarah Manning

Of course, Orphan Black wouldn’t have been remotely successful, were it not for amazing actress Tatiana Maslany, who is able to seamlessly portray an array of characters even in one single scene. This portrait of the show’s main character, Sarah Manning, is DeviantArt user lemgras330’s tribute to the actress.

10. Orphan Black: Tatiana

A damaged, childish murderer, Helena may be Tatiana’s most impressive role on the show as the character is such a strange collection of contradictions. DeviantArt user MoishPain has managed to capture the complexity of Helena in this wonderful digital painting.

11. Degrassi: Holly J. and Declan

I admit, I have never watched Degrassi and know nothing about the show, and everything here is from the artist’s descriptions and a few quick web searches, so please excuse my ignorance of the topic.

Because so many of the show’s fans are preteens, a lot of the fan art related to the show is admittedly not that great. DeviantArt user Lmk-Arts provides a notable exception with this beautiful pencil illustration of Holly J and Declan kissing.

12. Degrassi: The Zits

Just like all teens, the Degrassi characters are way into music, in fact, Wheels, Joey and Snake even started their own band, The Zits, in 1987. Here is DeviantArt user Konstance’s tribute to the group.

13. Degrassi: Eli Goldsworthy

According to Urban Dictionary, Eli Goldsworthy is “The hottest character ever one (sic) Degrassi. Most girls only like him because he is hot, but he is also, witty, funny, deep, mysterious and obviously a really good kisser…” I don’t see any of those things in this Bieber-esque portrait by DeviantArt user Celebrity-Portrait, but that doesn’t make the artwork itself any less impressive.

14. Lost Girl

Admittedly, this scifi series might not be one of the biggest Canadian shows on TV, but it is popular enough and has inspired a lot of fan art. DeviantArt user hanukara’s anime style isn’t totally representative of the show, but the dark colors and bad attitude of Bo make this artwork instantly recognizable to anyone who watches the program.

15. Lost Girl: Bo

It’s rare to see fan art reach the level of quality used by fine art creators, but this impressive watercolor and pencil creation by DeviantArt user weeddemon is something actress Anna Silk (Bo) could be proud to hang on her wall.

16. You Can’t Do That On Television.

There aren’t that many fan art pieces from this popular kids' show, but I’d feel remiss if I failed to include it in this list, being as how it was the first Canadian show many of us Americans were exposed to as children. Here is legendarily disgusting Barth of Barth’s Burgers saying his famous catchphrase, “Duh, I heard that,” courtesy of DeviantArt user therealsuperhappy.

While there are obviously tons of Canadian TV shows out there, I tried to pick the ones that would be most recognizable to all of our readers that also had a good amount of fan art (I wanted to include Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, but I couldn't find enough good fan art). Even so, I’m sure there are plenty more great shows that deserve to be here, so if you notice any glaring omissions, let everyone know about them in the comments.

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Microscopic Videos Provide a Rare Close-Up Glimpse of the Natural World
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Nature’s wonders aren’t always visible to the naked eye. To celebrate the miniature realm, Nikon’s Small World in Motion digital video competition awards prizes to the most stunning microscopic moving images, as filmed and submitted by photographers and scientists. The winners of the seventh annual competition were just announced on September 21—and you can check out the top submissions below.

FIRST PRIZE

Daniel von Wangenheim, a biologist at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, took first place with a time-lapse video of thale cress root growth. For the uninitiated, thale cress—known to scientists as Arabidopsis thalianais a small flowering plant, considered by many to be a weed. Plant and genetics researchers like thale cress because of its fast growth cycle, abundant seed production, ability to pollinate itself, and wild genes, which haven’t been subjected to breeding and artificial selection.

Von Wangenheim’s footage condenses 17 hours of root tip growth into just 10 seconds. Magnified with a confocal microscope, the root appears neon green and pink—but von Wangenheim’s work shouldn’t be appreciated only for its aesthetics, he explains in a Nikon news release.

"Once we have a better understanding of the behavior of plant roots and its underlying mechanisms, we can help them grow deeper into the soil to reach water, or defy gravity in upper areas of the soil to adjust their root branching angle to areas with richer nutrients," said von Wangenheim, who studies how plants perceive and respond to gravity. "One step further, this could finally help to successfully grow plants under microgravity conditions in outer space—to provide food for astronauts in long-lasting missions."

SECOND PRIZE

Second place went to Tsutomu Tomita and Shun Miyazaki, both seasoned micro-photographers. They used a stereomicroscope to create a time-lapse video of a sweating fingertip, resulting in footage that’s both mesmerizing and gross.

To prompt the scene, "Tomita created tension amongst the subjects by showing them a video of daredevils climbing to the top of a skyscraper," according to Nikon. "Sweating is a common part of daily life, but being able to see it at a microscopic level is equal parts enlightening and cringe-worthy."

THIRD PRIZE

Third prize was awarded to Satoshi Nishimura, a professor from Japan’s Jichi Medical University who’s also a photography hobbyist. He filmed leukocyte accumulations and platelet aggregations in injured mouse cells. The rainbow-hued video "provides a rare look at how the body reacts to a puncture wound and begins the healing process by creating a blood clot," Nikon said.

To view the complete list of winners, visit Nikon’s website.

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‘American Gothic’ Became Famous Because Many People Saw It as a Joke
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In 1930, Iowan artist Grant Wood painted a simple portrait of a farmer and his wife (really his dentist and sister) standing solemnly in front of an all-American farmhouse. American Gothic has since inspired endless parodies and is regarded as one of the country’s most iconic works of art. But when it first came out, few people would have guessed it would become the classic it is today. Vox explains the painting’s unexpected path to fame in the latest installment of the new video series Overrated.

According to host Phil Edwards, American Gothic made a muted splash when it first hit the art scene. The work was awarded a third-place bronze medal in a contest at the Chicago Art Institute. When Wood sold the painting to the museum later on, he received just $300 for it. But the piece’s momentum didn’t stop there. It turned out that American Gothic’s debut at a time when urban and rural ideals were clashing helped it become the defining image of the era. The painting had something for everyone: Metropolitans like Gertrude Stein saw it as a satire of simple farm life in Middle America. Actual farmers and their families, on the other hand, welcomed it as celebration of their lifestyle and work ethic at a time when the Great Depression made it hard to take pride in anything.

Wood didn’t do much to clear up the work’s true meaning. He stated, "There is satire in it, but only as there is satire in any realistic statement. These are types of people I have known all my life. I tried to characterize them truthfully—to make them more like themselves than they were in actual life."

Rather than suffering from its ambiguity, American Gothic has been immortalized by it. The country has changed a lot in the past century, but the painting’s dual roles as a straight masterpiece and a format for skewering American culture still endure today.

Get the full story from Vox below.

[h/t Vox]

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