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The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free
The New York Public Library just released a treasure trove of digitized public domain images, everything from epic poetry from the 11th century to photographs of used car lots in Columbus, Ohio from the 1930s.
By Andrew J . Hawkins

Over 180,000 manuscripts, maps, photographs, sheet music, lithographs, postcards, and other images were released online Wednesday in incredibly high resolution, and are available to download using the library’s user-friendly visualization tool. It’s a nostalgist’s dream come true.

Heralded by the success of Superman and Batman, the world of superheroes exploded in the late 1930s with a litany of colorful and often bizarre heroic characters, creating what is revered as The Golden Age of comic books. They defeated evil wherever it reared it’s ugly head, whether it be bloodthirsty Vampires from Pluto, repugnant Nazi jerks, or the mysterious and deadly effects of Atomic Radiation! These heroes sold books by the millions and ushered in an age of unprecedented JUSTICE. But soon, these ring a ding ding good times came to an end at the close of World War 2 as the heroes fell out of favor in the eyes of a giddy and spoiled public. It was curtains for the heroes, as the once successful publishers now faced bankruptcy and took to the giggle juice while their creations fell into the shadow realm of PUBLIC DOMAIN, a place where anyone, anywhere can use them for whatever nefarious deed their sick minds could concoct. GADZOOKS! No longer protected under the shield of copyright laws, these characters were buried and lost to the cruel hands of Father Time and the machismo of modern entertainment, as evil ran unencumbered through our streets!

BUT FEAR NOT, true believers! These heroes are back and better than ever! Reimagined by top creators in the industry, this anthology collects over 20 short stories paying homage and tribute to some of the greatest heroes and heroines lost to time with brand new, never-before-seen, exclusive tales bringing these amazing creations back to life! But don’t blow your wig, Johnny, this book is within your grasp! Get in on this here clambake and help show the world that these characters might have been buried under layers of dust, but they are NOT FORGOTTEN!

Featuring work by James Harren (Rumble, B.P.R.D., Conan), Eric Esquivel (Lego DC Superheroes, Vertigo Quarterly, Adventure Time), Ryan Cody (Doc Unknown, Heavy Metal Magazine, The Phantom), Jerry Gaylord (Bill and Ted’s Triumphant Return, Fanboy Vs Zombies, Ghostbuster/TMNT), Matt Harding (Doctor Mordrid, Popapocalypse, Styx, Madefire Studios), Angela Ahlers, Nathan Shorts (Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove), Vincent Kukua (Image Comics), Saeed Arjumand (The Haunted Detective), Evan Limberger (Madefire Studios), Matt D. Wilson (Copernicus Jones: Robot Detective, the Supervillain’s Handbook), Rodrigo Vargas, Josh Krach, Ashley V. Robinson (Jupiter Jet, Top Cow Comics), Morgan Beem,  Rica March, Jeffrey and Susan Bridges (Pendant Audio), Leonie O’Moore,  Derik Hefner, Anne-Marie Webb,  Andrew Steers, Edwin Lopez, Bobby Trauma, Esther Pimentel, Greg Menzie, Zakk Saam, Omar Morales (CruZader), Joel Cotejar, Paula Goulart, Jaymes Reed,  Paul Plale, Andres Olveras, Gabriel Moore-Topazio (Wrought Comics, Asylum), Einar V. Másson (Bay Area Comic Anthology, Bruce the Angry Bear),  Mikael Lopez, Kristian Bay Kirk, Sandra Rós Björnsdóttir (Krumla), Kevin Cuffe (Oathbound), Ricardo Lima, Jason Inman (co-host of DC All Access), Nick Robles (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials), Casey Desilets, Malcolm Johnson (Styx, Ultrasylvania), Kevin Buckley (Madefire Studios, Cyberwulf), Jeff Leeds, Marco Maccagni (Archon, Vampblade), DC Hopkins (We Can Never Go Home, Trespasser), Valentina Pucci (Action Lab), Angela Fato (Action Lab), Jared Rosmarin, Eugene Young, and Dave Harding.

Reviving and re-imagining characters and stories such as The Scarlet Avenger, Atomic Tot, Terena of the Tundra, Airmale, Cannibal Planets, Lucky 13, Owlgirl, Marvelo, Black Terror, Moon Girl, Ozmar the Mystic, Super Ann, Master Mystic, Airboy, The Iron Skull, The Atomic Man, Mars Mason the Intergalactic Postman, The Black Knight, Jet Powers and more.

Our interactions with culture are warped and stunted by the pro-corporate abomination that is our current intellectual property law. What was originally envisioned as a temporary exclusivity to encourage creation has become a denial of our basic nature as storytellers. We absorb, we alter, we retell. This is what it is to be human.

We don’t live in reality, we live in stories and narratives. If it were otherwise then we wouldn’t need the scientific method to clarify what is real and what is our perception. Nor do we create in a vacuum. Everything we make is a product not only of individual effort but thousands if not millions of influences from our contemporaries and those that came before. We often do not recognize these influences. A snippet of bass line or a turn of phrase or a visual snippet can lay dormant in your memory so long that you assume it came from from you.

It is the way we are. We take from the zeitgeist and history so that we may give again to the zeitgeist and history.

From the standpoint of the IP holder, especially the corporate IP holder, fan fiction, covers, remixes, mashups and reinterpretations are criminal acts rather than the natural way that humans interact with culture. In essence, the corporations, through copyright extension, work-for-hire and corporate ownership, have been stealing our culture and our myths from us so they can sell them back. The system doesn’t protect artists as it was intended to and the corporate owners of our culture are sometimes good stewards but are often terrible ones.

We are creatures of the public domain and fair use.

In short: Batman belongs to everyone.

EXCERPTS >|< The Singles Collection

Filmstudie (1930)

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Ely Cathedral Nave And North Transept
Here is an hdr photograph taken from Ely Cathedral overlooking the nave and north transept. Located in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, UK.

Ely Cathedral Nave and North Transept


I made these critters in the Synchtube Chat’s drawing-thingie using a simple technique of smudgin and erasin the pen tool, and since I might as well, I declare these designs officially Public Domain!

Both because I can, I probably ain’t gonna do much with ‘em anyway, and also I’d love to see what you do with these esoteric designs. Somebody has to pick up that slack now that Fanpro’s ended…

Some women painters whose work falls into the public domain in 2017
  • May Ames (American, 1863 - 1946)
  • Luce Boyals-Gaudion (French, 1892 - 1946)
  • Henrietta Bromwell (American, 1859 - 1946)
  • Maude Drein Bryant (American, 1880 - 1946)
  • Katherine Bulliet (American, 1880 - 1946)
  • Ruth Burt-Smith (British, 1864 - 1946)
  • Mary Butler (American, 1865 - 1946) 
  • Gertrude Rowan Capolino (American, 1899 - 1946) 
  • Helen Lavinia Cochrane (British, 1868 - 1946)
  • Vivian Crome (English, 1842 - c. 1946)
  • Marguerite Delorme (1876-1946) 
  • Mary Fairchild MacMonnies Low (American 1858 - 1946)
  • Hanna Frosterus-Segerstråle (Finnish, 1867 - 1946)
  • Florence Ada Fuller (Australian, 1867 - 1946)
  • Wanda Gág (American, 1893-1946) 
  • Paule Gobillard (French, 1869 - 1946)
  • Adele McGinnis Herter (American, 1869 - 1946)
  • Mary La Boiteaux (American, d. 1946)
  • Annie Rose Laing (Scottish, 1869-1946)
  • Carolina Märta Lindblom (Swedish?, 1871 - 1946)
  • Emilia Lönblad (Swedish, 1865 - 1946)
  • Anna Morstadt (Austrian, 1874 - 1946)
  • Jenny Eugenia Nyström (Swedish, 1854 - 1946)
  • Marguerite Putsage (Belgian, 1868 - 1946)
  • Anna Priscilla Risher (American, 1875 - 1946) 
  • Hanna Rönnberg (Finnish, 1860 - 1946)
  • Lore Scheid (German, 1889 - 1946)
  • Helene Schjerfbeck (Finnish, 1862 - 1946)
  • Helena Sturtevant (American, 1872 – 1946) 
  • Helene Tupke-Grande (German, 1871-1946) 
  • Edith White (American, 1855 - 1946)
  • Dora Wilson (Australian, 1883 - 1946)

(I am very much aware that this list is incomplete as well as terribly West-centric. This is a problem I’ve been trying to address, and one of the ways I can do this is by asking for help so, dear followers, if you know of any women artists, particularly women of colour and non-Western women who could be added to that list, please drop me a line.)