This 1982 West German five Deutsche Mark coin commemorating the 150th anniversary of Goethe's death reproduces the most important bit of the famous portrait Goethe in the Roman Campagna painted by Johann Tischbein around 1786. Working in a very constrained space the coin's designer is forced to suggest the contour of the great writer's hat and cloak with a notch beside his chin. But it also looks like an inverted speech bubble with the text outside and the picture of the speaker inside. The coin is from the online catalog of the Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. See also.
Yuyushiki is a cartoon about Japanese high school girls cracking up over lexical peculiarities.
Today Greenock Morton visit the Cowdenbeath Speedway for an afternoon of high-octane association football.
This is the beginning of the second quarter of the season. In the first nine games Morton earned 1 win, 3 draws and 5 loses, for 6 points, a goal difference of -8, and a firm grip on last place. Cowdenbeath are in 9th place with 2 wins, 1 draw and 6 loses, and a goal difference of -10. In terms of losses and goal difference Cowdenbeath are the worse club. Okay, they have both been pretty awful.
Is this Morton's worst start since joining the First Division in 2007? No! At this point in 2008-09 they had only 4 points, with no wins, but they had eliminated Hibs from the League Cup, and they went on to finish that season in sixth place.
Optimum scenario: Morton beat Cowden by six goals; Queen of the South and Livingston lose: Morton end the day in seventh place.
How do the other Scottish leagues look at the one-quarter mark? Spartans are at the top of the new Lowland League, though third-place Dalbeattie Star with their games in hand are contenders. Dalbeattie and Spartans play each other today. [2 - 2.] Formartine and Brora have perfect records so far in the Highland League. East Stirlingshire continue atop League 2. Rangers have a perfect record of 8 - 0 - 0 in League 1. Inverness CT are a strong second in the Premiership and can still talk about winning the treble, if they ever did.
Morton have re-signed 6 foot 1 inch Craig Reid who had been away trying out for Coventry. Football is so bereft of statistics I'm reduced to giving his height.
[Cowdenbeath win 5 - 1. The first scorer for the Blue Brazil, at the 2 minute mark, is named Jordan Morton. The gods are just laughing at Greenock now.]
Scotland beat Croatia 2 - 0 Tuesday.
Yesterday Boulogne hosted Paris FC. [US Boulogne nil, Paris FC nil.]
Tomorrow Consadole Sapporo host Montedio Yamagata. Coincidentally these are the only two J2 clubs left in the Emperor's Cup. [Consadole win 3 - 1.]
This Giles cartoon, commissioned for a knees up at Cambridge University in 1967, shows Grandma cutting a rug, or a gravel path at least, with R.A. Butler, the Master of Trinity Hall (and not Stephen Fry, though it could be him). Source is Francis Pryor's blog. Pryor is one of the archaeologists of Time Team, and a prolific author, and his blog posts often offer a long story you can sometimes sense has been told before over a pint, about archaeology, gardening, or sheepfarming, or a combination of the three. I did not know he worked for the Royal Ontario Museum in the Seventies. You can find most of Time Team on Youtube these days. It's tempting to score him on how quickly he brings out the word ritual each episode; but honestly the rest of them call high status faster.
Teenage Wasteland exists in Japan too, in the rusted-out small town that's the setting for Flowers of Evil. The anime, based on the manga by ShūzōOshimi, is drawn in rotoscope, an artform midway between animation and live action film and pulling in the strengths of both. The story unfurls very slowly, but there's a pivotal spasm of action in episode 7. Definitely watch the earlier episodes first and build up to it. The theme music is creepily good and is used especially well at the end of episode 12. D
There are claims being made in the Scottish press this week that The Glasgow Looking Glass, published in the mid-1820s, was the world's first comic. Unfortunately it's hard to tell for yourself, because the examples shown in the online newspaper stories are all isolated panels, and if you have read your Scott McCloud you know that the essential property of a comic is sequentiality. To be a comic a cartoon has to have at least two adjacent panels that are in some kind of linear narrative relationship.
But view the video in the Sky News site. You can see that while most of the panels are isolated single-panel cartoons, some of them work together by contrasting before and after or them and us. That would be enough lift them from the category of political cartoon (which was well-established by the time of the Napoleonic Wars) into the realm of comics, if accidentally.
Halifax cartoonist Mike Holmes proves that he can draw in anybody's style in his series of self-portraits called Mikenesses. Check them out on Flickr. Or buy the book! There's Peter Max, Jack Kirby, Kate Beaton, Al Hirschfeld, Bryan Lee O'Malley, the works!