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Today's TeeFury shirt, available for $12 today only:
A big shout out to my Seattle peeps. It's been too long since I have been back home, but here's a little taste. BTW - a portion of the sales of this seasonal release goes to the Puget SoundKeeper Alliance, so please drink one for me!
I love it when completely random and urelated things in my life show up with tentacles. Like, I just don't expect to see it in my daily web comic routine, but here it is. (Side note: Sorry I am posting less frequently, it's not that I dig octopodes any less, it's that between life, work, and The Time Treadmill, I just don't seem to have as much time to look for awesome tenticular goodness.)
source: Bug Martini
Check out this awesome Otto and Victoria collectible pin set, which Brian Kesinger will have available at San Diego Comic Con and then later in his Etsy shop:
Moscow street artist Nikita Golubev (a,k.a. ProBoyNick) does amazing work by selectively cleaning dirty vehicles. I am awestruck.
Check out this amazing pair of paintings, featuring a giant space spider piloted by an octopus and a giant space octopus piloted by a spider. Artwork by Art.Wrok
Oh what can I say, my dear, to make it clear, I love you madly madly madame librarian!
(painting by Michelle Lockamy)
Has it really been a week? Sorry. Anyway, here's and awesome piece by artist Phineas X. Jones, aka Octophant:
Yes, I like your hat a lot. Who's a good dog? You are!
ThinkGeek really gets me! I mean, generally true as a rule, but even more true today.
These awesome octopodal earrings were being given away last week at the World Hosting Days gobal event by technology company Plesk:
The wizards at the Monteray Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) capture a giant Haliphron Atlanticus on film, eating a jellyfish. This is only the third time in 27 years that a MBARI ROV has captured the Haliphron on camera.
I thought I had fallen into a weird trend with the "people with octopodes on their head" genre, but now apparently I have fallen further down into the rabbit hole with "foxes with octopodes on their heads". I am scared to find out how deep this goes. This terribly cute fox is by Almirah.
I stumbled across the work of Andy Brase the other day while searching Bernie Wrightson. Check this out, his art is amazing.
Today is the spring equinox, so naturally I googled "octopus spring". You can imagine my astonishment when it came back with this, very literal, result:
Legendary artist Bernie Wrightson has passed away. I first discovered his work as a child reading Swamp Thing, and then as a teenager I fell in love with his seminal illustrated version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. He also did concept art for the film adaptation of Stephen King's The Mist, as seen here. Currently WrightsonArt.com / BernieWrigtson.com is under heavy load for obvious reasons, but it is well worth visiting and exploring.
Sent by reader Chuck Rogers (whose book Heroes Road you should buy immediately), the cover of this month's Duluth Trading Company catalog is right up my alley:
Submitted by reader "My Wife" (she's my favorite reader):
When three different people send me the same video within a matter of hours, you know I'm going to post it here...
I got a new bubbler for my fish tank today. Check it out!
I love this one so much! Louis, the giant pacific octopus, with his Mr. Potato Head toy!
Nah, the story isn't true. But why ruin a good tale with something as trivial as reality.
Every time I think I have seen every variation on "<something> with an octopus on its head", I am pleasantly surprised by another artist. In today's examply, check out Octofoxy by Skia:
I bet he wishes he had hung out at that "strange women" house instead...
That submarine doesn't stand a chance!
Submitted by reader Joe Brinkman, what can I even say about this... thing?
Artist Chris Rutterford did this amazing spray work at the East End Diner in Glasgow. I love the Bagpipe head with Scottish colors!
The new trailer for Kong: Skull Island just dropped, and it gave me a very pleasant surprise. Check it out at one minute and 51 seconds in. Blink, and you will miss all the lovely, lovely tentacles.
Hey ladies, you know you want this not-at-all-ridiculously-named Vintage Titanium Octopus Sea Monster Squid Kraken Punk Antique Ring Retro By PaPa's Bubble!
What a delightful watercolor by Katy Hargrove!
Available now for pre-order is Soul of an Octopus - the sophomore release by O.R.k. It all sounds like noise to me, but if it's your kind of noise you should check it out. I gather that if you are the kind of person who likes this sort of thing, then you might like it.
In honor of President's Day today, here is a drawing of Vice President Dan Quale with an octopus on his head, courtesy of Veeptopus. I had hoped to post the new drawing of Vice President Mike Pence, but that one isn't publicly available yet pending the release of the Veeptopus Book.
Jude Law, Sesame Street, and an octopus. Life is good.
According to The Seattle PI, this year's annual Valentine's Day blind date for two giant Pacific octopodes will not take place -- for the second year in a row. Usually it is a romantic event where visotors to the Seattle Aquarium look on while a male and a female octopus are paired up in the hopes that they will mate. Last year the event was cancelled out of fear that the very large and aggressive male might just eat the much smaller female instead of mating with her. This year the cancellation is for a much happier reason: Raspberry, the female selected for this year's event, was found to be already fertilized. So instead of being part of a sixteen-tentacled live sex show, she is going to be released into Puget Sound today at noon Pacific time. The release will be streamed live on the Seattle Aquarium's website if you want to watch.
"It's a story about some evil from the deep sea taking over the boat and the boat owner's life, and then going to the mainland for more prey." (ref: Mr-Ripley on DeviantArt)
This corset from DraculaClothing.com is nothing short of spectacular.
"That there's some pure evil you kids unleashed, and it ain't gonna stop killin' until it gets what it wants."
"And, what DOES it want?"
"To keep killin'!"
So my wife and are watching The Santa Clarita Diet, when a character mentions a YouTube video about a kitten and an octopus. You know I had to look that up.
How have I never posted this before? It's a classic!
I absolutely adore this painting by artist RHADS:
This is from Fashion Week 2011 in Moscow, Russia. Because, of course fashion.
Artist Abigail Larson created this nifty promo art for Lovecraft Wines.
(title by way of Mike Posner)
Check out this video of tourist Andries Bik, whose GoPro gets stolen by an octopus in Ibiza:
This video, courtesy of Pink Tank Scuba, shows an octopus putting on an amaing display of color-shifting and puffing up. Very cool.
Apparently it is sold out and no longer available, but this "Organic Octopus Rattle Baby Toy" makes a swell hat for babies!
A growing number of hospitals in Europe are giving knitted toy octopodes to prematurely-born infants, as a comforting tool with which to cuddle. From the linked article: "The idea began at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, where medical staff reported that the toy octopi calmed babies, led to improved breathing and cardiac patterns and, as a result, increased levels of oxygen in their blood. They also reported that when the babies cuddled their octopus they were less likely to try to pull on the cables and tubes surrounding their incubators." How cool is that?
UPDATE (via reader Treebyleaf): Here is the Octopus For A Preemie website, which includes an actual crochet pattern if you want to make your own to donate to a hospital.
Here is the teaser trailer for an awesome faux-80's sci-fi film currently seeking funding on Kickstarter: