I was SO sure that Abbi Jacobson and a friend parked outside the comic book store yesterday that I nearly dropped an entire handful of Sandman comics – I ran to the door of the shop to see if it was really her but she was walking away and on the phone and I nearly yelled out “ABBI, I WENT TO MICA TOO U R THE BESTEST COME IN HERE AND READ COMIX W/ ME!” but I lost my nerve and resolved to having missed an amazing opportunity. Turns out it wasn’t even her (I stalked her twitter just to make sure she hadn’t mentioned SF) because s few hours later I went to get some pretzel goldfish from the corner store and ran into the doppelganger. Still got a little starstruck not gunna lie. The girl musta thought I was the weirdest….

BUT yeah, can never get enough Broad Cityyyyy


Worrisome Whales

This beautifully illustrated manuscript page comes from a thirteenth-century Latin bestiary, made in England, and now housed in the collections of the British Library (Harley 3244, f. 61r). The inky gothic script surrounds two images: one of a slightly troubled looking illustrator drawing a somewhat startled looking whale, and another depicting the whale on its own, emerging from the waves. 

The bestiary was a medieval book of animals, the stories of which were used for teaching issues of theology and morality to its reader. Hence we have a reason for the possibly troubled expression of the poor illustrator: in the tradition of the bestiary the whale was seen as a deceitful, monstrous creature, whose nature it was to lure sailors into its mouth and then swallow them. The whale was ultimately an allegory of the Devil, who would lure you into the depths of hell - or in the case of the whale, its belly. Another ability of the whale, according to the bestiary, was tricking sailors into thinking that it is an island. When the sailors then anchored their ship onto the whale and lit a fire for cooking, they would be dragged along and drowned when the whale dove into the depths of the ocean.

- Anna Käyhkö