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16 Fun Pieces of Canadian TV Fan Art

DeviantArt user BrentSmith-aloadofBS
DeviantArt user BrentSmith-aloadofBS

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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Tour the National Museum of Scotland From Home With Google Street View
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Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Google's Street View technology can be used to view some amazing art, whether it's behind the walls of the Palace of Versailles in France or the Guggenheim Museum in New York. As the BBC reports, the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is the latest institution to receive the virtual treatment.

The museum contains items tracing the history of the world and humanity. In the Natural World galleries, visitors will find a hulking Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton and a panorama of wildlife. In the World Cultures galleries, there are centuries' worth of art and innovation to see. The museum's permanent galleries and the 20,000 objects on display can all be viewed from home thanks to the new online experience.

Users can navigate the virtual museum as they would a regular location on Street View. Just click the area you wish to explore and drag your cursor for full 365-degree views. If there's a particular piece that catches your interest, you may be able to learn more about it from Google Arts & Culture. The site has added 1000 items from the National Museum of Scotland to its database, complete with high-resolution photos and detailed descriptions.

The Street View tour is a convenient option for art lovers outside the UK, but the museum is also worth visiting in person: Like its virtual counterpart, admission to the institution is free.

[h/t BBC]

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11 Fun Facts About Heathcliff
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In 1973, newspapers around the country saw the debut of artist George Gately's Heathcliff, a single-panel comic strip about a mischievous orange tabby who menaces dogs and haunts local fish markets. (And yes, he was named after the character in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.) For nearly half a century, the character has been seen in print, on television, and has spawned a slew of merchandise. Check out some facts about the comics page’s pick of the litter.


You might assume the enormous success of Garfield, Jim Davis’s long-running strip about a lazy and sardonic orange cat, led to derivative works about sleepy felines. Could be, but Heathcliff isn’t one of them. George Gately’s strip began running in 1973, five years before Davis’s Garfield hit papers.


Though he quickly appeared in 200 papers, Heathcliff’s future was by no means guaranteed early on, and in 1974, the Los Angeles Times decided to drop the strip. More than 900 readers wrote letters of complaint in response, prompting the Times to reinstate the strip just a few weeks later.


With Heathcliff’s popularity came opportunity for merchandising, animation, and other ancillary ventures. One of the strangest may have been the repeated invitations for Gately to attend cat conventions, where cat owners requested his autograph be addressed to their pet. This sometimes led to questionable solicitations, like when one woman asked for his signature for her cat, Hitler. According to John Gallagher, Gately’s brother, Gately wound up writing “Good luck, Hitler” for the fan.


Like Garfield, Heathcliff doesn’t speak in print. But when the character made the move to animation, being a silent hero was off the table. The first Heathcliff series premiered in 1980 and featured the voice of cartoon legend Mel Blanc as the title character. In the second season, he teamed with fellow comic strip star Marmaduke. Another series followed in 1984, as well as an animated feature in 1986.


The crown jewel of comic strips in animation is the holiday special, with A Charlie Brown Christmas being the gold standard. Done right, the projects can run almost in perpetuity. In the 1980s, Heathcliff very nearly joined the pantheon with a Halloween special that was planned for ABC following an animated adaptation of the vampire-bunny book Bunnicula. During the outline stage, ABC screened the finished Bunnicula special and decided the animation was too rough for primetime. Since Ruby-Spears was handling production for both, Heathcliff got sidelined.


Comic strip artists are constantly under deadline pressure, which is a big reason why you don’t often see elaborate backgrounds. But Gately had a different reason for keeping Heathcliff’s home simple. “I'm very careful to never make the home in my cartoon look too fancy,” he said. “I'm as interested in having the poorest person relate to Heathcliff as I am the richest person."


Like Garfield, Heathcliff’s true potential wasn’t relegated to newsprint. By 1982, the cat’s merchandising deals were so profitable that Gately and partners raked in $55 million in licensing revenue.


In 1986, Heathcliff broke one of the last remaining taboos of celebrities and opted to endorse a feces-related product. Heathcliff’s Blue Ribbon Cat Litter promised to be “dust-free” and could absorb 1.5 times its weight in liquid. The ad copy got right to the point: “The competition stinks.”


In October 1981, New Jersey's Asbury Park Press decided to allot space to one of the leading cat comic strips and asked readers to decide which one it would be. Garfield won, but only by a nose: The lasagna-engorged cat drew 326 votes to Heathcliff’s 324. One reader didn't appear enamored with either choice and opted for a write-in: “Bring us Marmaduke.”


T.J. Bell, driver of the #50 Heathcliff's Cat Litter Ford leads Joe Ruttman, driver of the #4 Open Joist Dodge during the Sam's Town 400 at Texas Motor Speedway June 8, 2007 in Fort Worth, Texas
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We’re not entirely sure what to make of the association, but beginning in 2004, Heathcliff was a sponsor for NASCAR driver T.J. Bell. Bell wore a Heathcliff character logo on his racing suit; his Ford F-150 car was dubbed the “No. 50 Heathcliff’s Cat Litter Ford.”


When Gately retired from the strip in 1998 (he died in 2001), Heathcliff continued—thanks in large part to the work of Peter Gallagher, Gately’s nephew, who had been working as Gately’s apprentice since 1994. Still appearing in newspapers across the country, Heathcliff is billed as "the original orange cat."


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