Goodies, goodies, goodies. Each month, Abraham Riesman offers recommendations of comics media, including book-length graphic novels, comics-format nonfiction, ongoing series, and comics-related items in other forms. With any luck, at least one of them will be a match for you. Gumballs by Erin Nations (Top Shelf) Gumballs , an anthology of his short, unmistakable meditations on shame, aspiration, and self-conception. Told in autobiographical vignettes about the everyday struggle of gender dysphoria and clever fictions about weirdos seeking love and acceptance, the writing is poetic in its bluntness and the inks are as dense as the emotions they capture. Bad Girls by Alex de Campi and Victor Santos (Gallery 13) Bad Girls , writer Alex de Campi and artist Victor Santos present the reader with a viciously stylish chronicle of a very fateful evening in the Caribbean. The revolution may be at the doorstep, but the usual suspects — mobsters, dancers, soldiers, clueless American tourists — are still teeming in the Dionysian nightclub scene, all of them looking out for themselves in a world that’s being flipped upside-down and shaken out for the change in its pockets. De Campi and Santos are near-absurdly good at depicting sexiness in word and form, through pulpy dialogue and perfectly chosen songs, and the way the pencil moves across the page. Shit Is Real by Aisha Franz (Drawn + Quarterly) Shit Is Real tacks in the opposite direction, rendering a Black Mirror– esque world with chalky pencils and deliberately childish figure-work. The result is hypnotically surreal. It provides a backdrop for the achingly relatable tale of Selma, a woman who’s just been booted by her boyfriend and is trying to sort out her life while navigating a complicated friendship, recurring nightmares, and an awkward romance born in a pet shop. Sexual frustration and crippling loneliness abound, yet the book is curiously buoyant and … [Read more...] about The 8 Best Comics to Read in July
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April 05, 2021 - 22:19 BST Brandi Fowler Cate Blanchett’s SAG Awards bold red lip is the dramatic hue every beauty lover needs for spring Cate Blanchett ’s style is always infused with glamour, even when she’s rocking a spin on the traditional black suit. MORE: Viola Davis's showstopping SAG Awards neon dress might be her best look yet A big part of that is not only the things she wears but the glam that goes with it. The Mrs. America star often opts for fresh-faced looks with a bold lip or a killer cat eye or dramatic eyeliner, and her makeup palette always has a natural flair. Cate's makeup artist revealed she used Armani Beauty 400 and 405 lipstick shades Such was the case when the Oscar winner appeared at the virtual SAG Awards wearing her usual no-makeup makeup with a head-turning bold red lip we could not stop staring at. It’s the perfect hue for fashionistas and beauty lovers who want to make a dramatic statement this spring, and it works for any other time of the year too. The actress’s makeup artist Morag Ross, who created the look, revealed on Instagram that she used two Armani Beauty shades for it - Armani Red #405 and Armani Red #400, as well as Armani Lip Pencil #5, and Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation. RELATED: Nicole Kidman and Lily Collins lead best-dressed stars in spring looks at SAG Awards We have an affinity for Armani Beauty's Lip Maestro (it glides on so smooth - and feels luxe!), and we tracked down the two lip shades on Sephora. Cate's bold red lip was a showstopper - and so was her Givenchy suit Cate wore her hair in a sleek blond bob and rocked her usual fresh-faced look with a head-turning bold red lip we could not stop staring at. It’s the perfect hue for fashionistas and beauty lovers who want to make a dramatic statement this spring, and it works for any other time of the year too. The actress’s makeup artist Morag Ross, who created the look, … [Read more...] about Cate Blanchett’s SAG Awards bold red lip is the dramatic hue every beauty lover needs
This year’s $205,000 consolation prize. Photo: Courtesy of Distinctive Assets Last weekend’s Oscars left us all with a few gifts — Daniel Kaluuya’s homage to sex , Youn Yuh-jung being Youn Yuh-jung , and that clip of Glenn Close dancing to “Da Butt ” — but some of stars went home with literal presents via an “Everybody Wins” gift bag from Distinctive Assets, a company that is unaffiliated with the Academy and in its 19th year of giving. While stars often receive gifts at other awards shows, the Oscars bags tend to attract special attention for their sheer opulence. Forbes estimated that this year’s freebies — which include celebrity-trainer workout sessions, a liposuction procedure, a three-night retreat on a Swedish island, and a card for a commemorative gold NFT of Chadwick Boseman’s head — total $205,000 a bag. For a chance at the exposure that a celebrity’s name can bring (and the annual fascination over what expensive things the rich people got this year), brands pay thousands to donate their products and services if they are chosen to be featured in the bag. While the Academy is no longer involved with the annual gift-giving, that wasn’t always the case. In fact, up until 2006, the organization played a key role in the gift-giving on Hollywood’s biggest night. Here’s the full history of the lavish gifting tradition, including a tax dispute with the IRS, a Bette Midler award loss, a lawsuit over trademark infringement, and a man known as the “Sultan of Swag.” In 1989, Taylor Swift was born, George H.W. Bush was sworn in as the 41st president, and, according to Reuters , the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences was quietly beginning to give out thank-you gifts to the presenters and performers at its annual Oscars awards show. The practice continued for years, becoming increasingly competitive as brands (who were not charged a fee to donate) realized the power of celebrity exposure. One company told the LA Business Journal … [Read more...] about The 2021 Oscars Gift Bag Was Worth $205,000. How Did We Get Here?
Last modified on Apr 30, 2021 18:22 BST Karen Silas Which hot water bottle is best for you: microwave, traditional or electric? Here are the best hot water bottles to soothe muscles and keep you (and even your pets) warm this winter. With lockdown restrictions eased, meeting up outdoors has become the norm – and whether you're dining al fresco with a picnic at the park or seeing pals in a pub garden, you'll be needing to stay warm. Who knew the trusty classic hot water bottle would even come in MORE handy than ever? RELATED: Trying to stay warm? Here are 12 cosy things on Amazon you'll definitely want Water bottles can come covered with soft knits, fleece, faux fur, cashmere or velvet, cheap or luxury, super lush or pared down and practical. But which is the best hot water bottle to suit your needs? MORE: Sunshine on sale! TikTok's viral sunset lamp has been reduced from £35.99 to £19.99 While they're a must-have these days – some local pubs are even starting to offer hot water bottles for outdoor guests – of course hot water bottles have long been a useful home remedy tool and great for everything from soothing achy muscles to keeping you toasty in bed at night. Measuring about 6in, Amazon's 4.5-star mini hot water bottles are small enough to fit into your bag Mini hot water bottles , set of 2, was £17.99 now £11.49 , Amazon SHOP NOW What is a hot water bottle and why should you invest? Hot water bottles, which have been around since the 1500s, are traditionally filled with hot water and closed with a stopper that you can then use to warm yourself up with, whether tucking it under your blanket, cuddling up to it on the sofa or in bed, or even wearing it when you go out for some extra warmth. Hot water bottles are the original heat therapy – they help improve circulation, and can also be used for targeted heat to soothe pain from menstrual cramps to muscle aches and … [Read more...] about 21 best hot water bottles: microwave, traditional and electric warmers for this winter
March 20, 2021 - 17:01 GMT Matthew Moore Rebel Wilson has posted a series of sunset shots to her Instagram Stories and the star looks beautiful Rebel Wilson has consistently wowed her fans over the past year as she undertook a 'year of health' and her latest selfie has had jaws dropping everywhere. MORE: Rebel Wilson's $3million Hollywood mansion is unreal - photos The Pitch Perfect star is currently staying in London at the Corinthia Hotel. In the selfies uploaded to her Instagram Stories, which featured the London Eye in the background, Rebel let her gorgeous blonde locks flow freely. The star was also rocking a beautiful Burberry jacket as the setting sun created a breathtaking backdrop. Loading the player... WATCH: Rebel Wilson films home tour during birthday celebrations Rebel didn't caption her sunset photo, but her second shot was captioned with: "So British in this pic." It's not known why the Cats star is in London, but it could be linked to the recent top secret project that she teased last week . Burberry Quilted Jacket, £620/$750, Farfetch SHOP NOW Posing in some electrifying workout gear, that mirrored the colours of American football team the Los Angeles Rams, Rebel was facetiming an unknown person. "Guess who I'm talking to??" the star teased. "Top secret mission with @rams (that's all I'll say for now)." The sunset created the perfect backdrop In a snapshot on her Stories, posted after her stunning sunset photos, Rebel was holding a Rams helmet and tee, and said: "I clearly don't wanna ruin my hair by putting this helmet on." Rebel's new snaps come after she looked unrecognisable as she enjoyed posting a series of throwback shots. MORE: Rebel Wilson looks gorgeous in zip-up dress following exciting announcement MORE: Rebel Wilson wows in new swimming pool photo - fans react In the first one, the actress … [Read more...] about Rebel Wilson looks insanely beautiful with natural hair in stunning sunset photo in London
Last modified on Jan 17, 2021 11:21 GMT Hanna Fillingham Rebel Wilson took to Instagram to share some stunning photos of herself sunbathing inside her garden in LA Rebel Wilson has an incredibly busy lifestyle but the Cats actress managed to find time to relax at home during the weekend – managing to look ultra-glamorous in the process. MORE: Rebel Wilson inspires fans with new beach photos as she poses in a wetsuit The Pitch Perfect star took to Instagram to share a stunning photo collection of herself relaxing inside her garden in LA, including a picture of her sunbathing while wearing a wide-brimmed black hat. In another photo, Rebel was seen in the reflection of her French doors as she stood outside dressed in an oversized sweater and slippers. Loading the player... VIDEO: Rebel Wilson opens up about her weight loss and how it transformed her health In the background of the photo, the Hollywood Hills could be seen , as well as palm trees and a glimpse of her swimming pool. MORE: Rebel Wilson invites fans inside her purple bedroom - and it's completely unexpected MORE: All the photos inside Rebel Wilson's Hollywood Hills home Rebel lives in a stunning $3million property high in the Hollywood Hills and it's not often we get to see inside or outside its walls. Rebel Wilson sunbathing inside her garden in LA However, the star occasionally shares rare pictures inside her home or garden, including a stunning photo of herself swimming in her pool, and another recent snapshot of her relaxing in her all-purple bedroom. Last year, Rebel also shared a video inside her living room, panning around the room to reveal several features, including grey leather sofas, pastel artwork on the walls and a fireplace. MORE: Rebel Wilson shares swimsuit selfie inside garden of her LA home There was also a bold yellow lamp and a contemporary glass coffee table – … [Read more...] about Rebel Wilson wows with gorgeous sunbathing photos inside garden in LA