links for 2010-04-25

  • "The clinic is not in Dubai or Cairo, but in Paris. And the surgery they are waiting for is to restore their virginity.

    Whether in Asia or the Arab world, an unknown number of women face an agonising problem having broken a deep taboo. They've had sex outside marriage and if found out, risk being ostracised by their communities, or even murdered.

    Now more and more of them are undergoing surgery to re-connect their hymens and hide the any sign of past sexual activity. They want to ensure that blood is spilled on their wedding night sheets.

    The social pressure is so great that some women have even taken their own lives."

  • "Italian archaeologists have found the ruins of a 6th-century BC Greek temple-like structure in southern Italy that came with detailed assembly instructions and is being called an “ancient IKEA building”.

    Massimo Osanna, head of archaeology at Basilica University, said that the team working at Torre Satriano near Potenza in what was once Magna Graecia had unearthed a sloping roof with red and black decorations, with “masculine” and “feminine” components inscribed with detailed directions on how they slotted together."

  • "In the summer of 2009, Bartram and fellow UVM student Kristina Bauman were accepted to join a team of archaeologists at a pivotal dig site on the coast of South Africa. It's the shells, ochre and tools at this site — and not the paintings in the caves of Europe — that many anthropologists today cite as the first signs of higher human cognitive power."
  • "Join us for the IPRC’s next creative odyssey: a year-long certificate program in Independent Publishing. Participants choose between one of three tracks– 1) Fiction/Nonfiction, 2) Poetry, or 3) Comics/Graphic Novels–and spend between two and three semesters creating and publishing their work.

    We’re pleased to announce that an academic credit option is available through a partnership with the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon. This is 3 credits per quarter term, AAA 408 or AAA 508."

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  • "What is STRANGEWAYS? Easy, it’s the horror/western (aka “Weird West”) graphic novel series written by myself, Matt Maxwell (esq, inc, ad nauseum), and illustrated by a tireless army of artists and craftsmen. Taking place in the late 1860s, STRANGEWAYS follows the story and travels of ex-Union Officer Seth Collins as he travels across the frontier, encountering strange creatures and happenings that haunt the closing frontier. As much horror as it is western, STRANGEWAYS delivers the thrills and chills, but doesn’t forget what makes the west an intriguing place all its own."
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  • "If Sam Peckinpah directed Night of the Living Dead, if a particularly bloody Old Testament story was ghost written by Kathryn Bigelow and John Carpenter, if God's favorite film was The Outlaw Josey Wales… there'd be something in the comic world like The Killing Jar. But there's not. Yet."
    (tags: comics)
  • "Knights of Nine to Five is a fantasy webcomic that follows the life of Gary, an employee in the quest management division of QAADR (Quest Amelioration and Dispute Resolution). Maybe you’d think a business streamlined for handling the public’s questing needs would be fun, but you’ll soon find out, as Gary has, that even in the world of fantasy, work is work. Read along as Gary fights to stay relevant in a job that has shifted from slaying monsters in the field, to pushing papers behind a desk."
  • "Microcosm Publishing is primarily a publisher and distributor of zines and related work, based in Bloomington, IN and Portland, OR. Joe Biel started the distro and then-record-label out of his bedroom in 1996 and since then we've grown to become one of the largest zine distributors in the world, reaching an international audience through our website and retail store. We hope to add credibility to zine writers and their ethics, teach self empowerment, show hidden history, and nurture people's creative side!"
  • "The Center for Cartoon Studies … White River Junction, Vermont"
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  • "Thieves. Outlaws. Rednecks. Humanities last hope on Mars!"
    (tags: comics)
  • "Bringing Magick to Comics; Bringing Comics to Magick"
    (tags: blogs comics)
  • "We are a zine collective based in Portland, Oregon, publishing monthly anthologies of various printable works (comics, writings, illustration) based on a different theme each month. Our mission is to give ourselves and our community the opportunity to be inspired by monthly themes to create more!"
    (tags: portland zines)