Just a Few for Friday
* One of the young women at the center of the Maryville rape case has a first-person narrative of her experiences up at XOJane.
* A new dystopian novel in the classic mode takes the form of a dictionary of madness: introducing the DSM-5.
* Mental Floss interviews Bill Watterson.
Years ago, you hadn’t quite dismissed the notion of animating the strip. Are you a fan of Pixar? Does their competency ever make the idea of animating your creations more palatable?
The visual sophistication of Pixar blows me away, but I have zero interest in animating Calvin and Hobbes. If you’ve ever compared a film to a novel it’s based on, you know the novel gets bludgeoned. It’s inevitable, because different media have different strengths and needs, and when you make a movie, the movie’s needs get served. As a comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes works exactly the way I intended it to. There’s no upside for me in adapting it.
If there are 37 million borrowers and each of you makes an average payment of $100 a month, a low estimation for sure, that means collectively you’re paying $3.7 billion a month. Do you have any idea how much of a financial punch you could wield?
* The truth about the Obamacare rollout. What a mess.
* And Idiocracy lives: American hikers topple 200-million-year-old rock formation… and then celebrate. UPDATE: These were Boy Scout leaders. Wow.