23.12.13 by Jeff

Most Active Readers on Booooooom

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This is a special message for the Booooooom readers out there who really make running this site a lot of fun. These people regularly post encouraging comments to artists and make an extra effort to engage with each other.  Each month there are literally hundreds of thousands of people lurking around on this site anonymously, which is great, but I created this site to get to know people.

I reached out to Chronicle Books with the idea to reward our most active commenters, and they happily allowed me pick out a book from their catalog to send as a gift.

 

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The 18 readers listed above have left the most comments since we switched to our new commenting system. Thank you so much for helping me create a real community here. Each one of you will receive a copy of Danielle Krysa’s new book “Creative Block” when it ships in February.

Danielle runs a site called The Jealous Curator and I chose her book because I’m also working on a project about pushing through creative blocks.

I appreciate it when people get actively involved, and do it and for no other reason than to connect with others. If you have any suggestions for growing the community aspects of Booooooom this next year, please leave a comment or tweet your ideas to me.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

-Jeff

 

 

17.12.13 by Jeff

Shia LaBeouf rips off Daniel Clowes: A New Level of Plagiarism is Reached!

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Andreas Rentz / Getty Images

 

Finally some Buzzfeed content that is actually worth sharing! In case you haven’t heard Shia LaBeouf is in hell right now, and it appears he’s ended up there because of an insatiable desire to plagiarize people smarter than him. I’m actually suspicious it’s all part of a performance piece or something because it’s way too funny to be real.

Ok so, earlier this year Shia LaBeouf dropped out of Daniel Sullivan’s production of “Orphans” and used his Twitter to share a screenshot of his apology email to his co-star Alec Baldwin. The email contained what appears to be a heartfelt message. The Internet went nuts, when Gawker revealed that his apology was completely copied from an Esquire article in their “How to Be a Man” Issue, from 2009.

Flash forward to Monday of this week. Shia LaBeouf posted his film “HowardCantour.com” online and the Internet exploded with controversy. It appeared the film was a complete rip-off of famed cartoonist Daniel Clowes’ comic “Justin M. Damiano”.

The film, starring Jim Gaffigan as a film critic, contains characters and huge sections of narration lifted directly off the pages of Clowes’ story. You can watch the film and see panels from Clowes’ comic here.

Late last night, Shia LaBeouf took to Twitter to apologize to Clowes, but not without adding a defence for his actions:

 

“Copying isn’t particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work.” — Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) December 17, 2013 (source)

 

And now for my favourite part! It turns out that even this statement was lifted from someone else. It appears that in order to write this Shia LaBeouf needed the help of an entry on Yahoo! Answers, by a user named Lili, from 4 years ago:

 

“Merely copying isn’t particularly creative work, though it’s useful as training and practice. Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work, and it may even revolutionalize the “stolen” concept.” (source)

 

Daniel Clowes is now pursuing legal action (as he should). I still can’t believe this is real, it’s too amazing.

16.12.13 by Jeff

Spike Jonze Interview

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Photo by Lance Acord

Interview Magazine just posted up a terrific exchange between Spike Jonze and Nicole Holofcener. Holofcener is a writer and director, and Jonze’s latest film “Her” is his first effort as a writer and director.

It makes such a difference when the interviewer is actually knowledgeable and doesn’t ask the same boring questions. Great interview.

Read it here.

04.12.13 by Jeff

A film by Celia Rowlson-Hall

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This is my super talented friend Celia Rowlson-Hall scouting locations for her new film. She’s directed a couple Vimeo Staff Picks in the last year or so, and done choreography for bands like Sleigh Bells, and Mayer Hawthorne, oh and also for shows like HBO’s GIRLS.

What I’m trying to say is her film is gonna be good. Learn more about it over on Kickstarter.

03.12.13 by Jeff

Yule Log 2.0

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This year that boring old Yule Log loop has been re-imagined by animators from all around the world. Great idea for a holiday project!

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25.11.13 by Jeff

Cachemonet.com

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I have no idea what Cachemonet is, but I can’t stop looking at it. This website needs to become my screensaver.

14.11.13 by Jeff

Silkscreens by Esther Sarah Kim

Silkscreens by artist Esther Sarah Kim

Gorgeous silkscreens by artist Esther Sarah Kim. More below.

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05.11.13 by Jeff

Instagram Takeover: Bagger43

Instagram Takeover: Bagger43

This week our @Booooooom Instagram is being taken over by San Francisco-based illustrator Dennis Brown aka Bagger43. I’ve followed his work for several years now, his GUTSONPAPER book from 2005 is something I still look at from time to time.

The ink sketchbook drawings he’s posted lately have made him one of my favourite people to follow on Instagram. Please give a warm welcome to him as he posts inspiration for you over the next week.

 

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