Iconic Western Stories & Fairy Tales Get an Eastern Makeover

South Korean illustrator Na Young Wu has been re-imagining western characters and fairy tales in a delightfully eastern fashion. From the Little Mermaid to Little Red Riding Hood, you’ve never seen the classics like this before. Using the Korean “manhwa” style, she gives each iconic story a makeover using traditional Korean costumes, hairstyles and themes.

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The Nature of War: A Veteran Recalls His Unlikely Friendship with Two Iraqi Boys

In this sad and beautiful cartoon, Oklahoma Army National Guard Specialist Justin Cliburn tells of his deployment in Iraq, where he formed an unlikely friendship with two young boys. He speaks with his wife, Deanne, about the lasting effect of that time and ponders the uncontrollable aspects of war.

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‘BAMF’ Grandma Celebrates Her 103rd Birthday with a Tattoo, Does Reddit AMA

Well, it’s official: 103-year-old Evelyn Kottman, dubbed a “Bad Ass Mother Figure” by Reddit, has completely captured the hearts of the Internet. She just celebrated her birthday by hitting the tables at the casino, having an all-you-can-eat meal of crab and finished it off by getting her first tattoo – a small heart on her right shoulder. Now that IS one bad ass mother figure!

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Visualized: Surprising Facts About the Pyramids

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The story behind mankind is a wild epic; a tale of determination and survival by a species that holds superior thinking power to any other life form around them. It’s a tale that spans thousands of years and documents the stepping stones in our journey from hunter-gatherer to global citizen. The history of the human race is a story of all of us, and how we came to be on our planet. It took 10 billion years for the ideal planet to form and 3 billion more for the right conditions to emerge before it finally happened: mankind began, and they built pyramids.

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My Better Half: Couples Share How They Met

Sometimes the things that really count are the smallest of all, and Amanda Jane Jones knows that. A freelance graphic designer and letterpress artist from Michigan, she’s been diligently working on a site called My Better Half. On the site she’s taken a simple idea and created something truly beautiful, touching and really fun. Photographing joyous couples together, she tells their love story and then creates perfect photographs of the two with clean typographic anecdotes about each of them.

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Visual Bits #221> Story Time Illustrations



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The Bridge to Utopia: die Brücke’s Wild Expressionism

One of the most organized expressionist groups was “die Brücke” (the bridge), which was established in 1905 in Dresden by 4 young artists – Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and Max Pechstein. The groups name was most likely inspired by the work of F. Nietzche’s (1844-1900) “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” (1882) in which he describes humanity as a bridge, a transition to a higher ideal. As the Brücke members themselves wrote in a letter in which they invited Emile Nolde to join: “One of the main purposes of our group is to gather all the revolutionary and restless elements, as our name suggests”.

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The Empire Strikes Back: Retold in “Iconoscope”

Can the entire story of Starwars Episode V be conveyed any simpler? Wayne Dorrington used 64 lines including a small collection of icons to retell this epic tale. For those obsessed with the film this format will have you vividly imagining all the plot twists in your minds eye. See Dorrington’s illustration work, including a version of Starwars Episode IV in “Iconoscope” at waynedorrington.blogspot.com

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The Power of Music: An Inspiring Story from WWII

This is the most moving thing I’ve heard all week. Jack Leroy Tueller, at age 90, recounts a remarkable experience he had in WWII while waiting out a German sniper. It makes one believe in the power of music, of story and of humanity. We hope it makes your week too.

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