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Here is where I spend much of my virtual time...


Boing Boing -- http://www.boingboing.net/ -- A constantly updated blog of...well, just cool shit in general.  A third of it doesn't interest me at all, another third of it is mildly facsinating, but a huge chunk of it leads me on some of the most wonderful digressions the web has to offer.  Dork-centric with an ear to the ground on art and comics, the contributors of this site pan for internet gold and strike it often.  I've almost replaced going to regular new sites with Boing Boing.


Same Hat! Same Hat! -- http://samehat.blogspot.com/ -- A fellow named Ryan maintains this insightful manga-centric blog.  Let the kids read the volumes of indescriminate manga pap that is hastily exported; Ryan is here to guide you towards the good stuff. And by good, he often means the f*ucked up beyond reason stuff!  Fans of Shintaro Kago, Kazuo Umezu, and the more alternative and avant-garde strains of Japanese sequential art will find their guide to more here, with scanlations and videos to boot.  His coverage of the recent Toronto Comic Arts Festival was particularly engaging, including scans of his finds.


art.blogging.la -- http://art.blogging.la/ -- Though I typically get my LA gallery hopping information through purely grapevine channels, this site seems to have its finger on the same pulse I do for finding the best places for free beer and general artsiness throughout the week.  Not much in terms of frills, but a useful site for planning a night of Tecate drenched schmoozing in the LA art world.  My previous favorite site for this was Fette's The Flog -- http://www.the-flog.com/ -- which has since shifted their emphasis to the "poor but sexy" art scene of Berlin, where everyone's an artist, or, at least, drinks like one.


New Art -- http://new-art.blogspot.com/ -- “Notes on installation art, performance art, interactive art, digital art, web art, theater, cinema, painting, sculpture, and more, and more, and more”.  Some art, some insight, and regularly updated.  International in scope, the one man band of “VVOI” holds court over this archetypal personal blog about contemporary art and its world.


Comics Comics -- http://comicscomicsmag.blogspot.com/ -- A site put together by Dan Nadel of Picturebox Inc., and fellow cohorts, this is the online version of their print zine about comics.  Taking their cues beyond the more conventional comics criticism of The Comics Journal and the like, Nadel and crew have a fan’s embrace and love for the entire range of the comics world.  Coupled with his ability to search and find obscure gems and reclaim them in the larger dialogue, this blog represents the kind of inclusive appreciation that comics as medium has been too insecure to approach in the past.  The list of contributors on the site gives a pretty good idea of where their interests lie, and the website for Picturebox Inc., -- http://www.pictureboxinc.com/ -- also provide readers with the kind of comic book world these guys have in mind.


This, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg.  Many of the contemporary art blogs out there leave me a little cold.  The enthusiasm behind some of the more artsy comics blogs gets me enthusiastic, but there are some art world blogs that aren’t afraid to give a dork’s embrace to what’s out there.


I shall return with another wave of online discovery, but now you know a little bit about what I like…what’s your thing?

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