Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The 99: Islam's first comic book

official website:

comics page

The 99: The Beginnings
free digital issue via

"The 99" is a comicbook created by Naif Al-Mutawa, a Kuwaiti psychologist and entrepreneur, about a team of superheroes who's powers stem from the ancient Abbasid Empire. Released in 2006, Al-Mutawa's motivation to create the comic was the lack of positive influence and role-models for his sons. His comic has inspired an animation and even a crossover with the Justice League of America.

The term "99" comes from the 99 attributes of Allah. There are 99 super-powered beings in "the 99". Characters include Jabbar the Powerful, a teen with massive strength, Nor The Light, a girl with telepathic powers.

The 99 them up with the JLA:
digital comic via ComiXology

In direct contrast to "The Infatada Album", a sticker book marketed to children full of bloody images of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, made to fuel conflict and anger; "The 99's" social angle is to provide positive influence to the the Islamic community and the next generation of Islamic children; teaching tolerance and giving them heroes to believe in.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Skeletons" music video Directed by Barney Clay

Yeah Yeah Yeah's song "Skeletons", beautifully directed by director Barney Clay. The hazy black-and-white imagery, inspired by artist Tony Oursler's projection of images onto smoke, perfectly matches the feel and tone of the song, when imbued with Karen O's dancing movements that were inspired by the dance routines of modern dance pioneer Loie Fuller. The end product is a dreamlike experience of both visual and audio proportions.

interview with Barney Clay:

Friday, November 4, 2011

Conan weds same sex couple

Longtime Conan costume designer Scott Cronick and partner David Gorshein were married by none other than Conan O'Brian himself on stage of the set of Conan. Pushing the boundaries and setting a milestone for LGBT everywhere, hopefully sets precedent for the future and things to come.