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Greedy Humpty Dumpty Enslaves Nursery Rhyme Creatures To Build His Gold Wall to the Sun

Monday, July 28th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon


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Newlywed Flies Pick The Wrong Hotel For Their Honeymoon

Friday, July 25th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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When a Chick Tries to Be a Duck

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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Somewhere in Dreamland Tonight

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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Seduced By the Black Swan

Monday, July 21st, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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12 Signs You’ve Sought Redemption Through the Religion of Pop

Sunday, July 20th, 2014 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Pop culture has become as much of a religious powerhouse as Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism or any other faith. Don’t believe me? Sit in a college classroom. Better yet, attend a fan convention or simply rent the film Trekkies. Films, shows, bands, comic books and their like have become, for some, sources of spiritual nourishment. Do you feel the power?

12. What was once DVR-able is now weekly appointment television.

“Appointment TV” doesn’t begin to describe your weekly ritual. All pressing engagements are pushed aside, phones are silenced, and ritual food is laid out on the coffee table to be partaken in as the ceremony commences. You still DVR the show for good measure, being sure to re-watch at least once, if not multiple times in deep study so that you may discuss the meanings of both text and subtext with fellow fans.

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Animal Newlyweds Take Their Honeymoon In Outer Space!

Friday, July 18th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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New Trailer: Meet Eccentric Artistic Con Artist Mark Landis And the Man Determined to Catch Him

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Movie Trailer Review

Hat tip: Deadline Hollywood

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‘Momma Don’t Allow No Music Playin In Here’

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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An Elephant Never Forgets

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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‘Joy Like This Cannot Be Bought!’ A Cartoon Variation of Hansel and Gretel

Monday, July 14th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

Does this cartoon have an anti-bankers, anti-capitalist message? Is the villain an offensive stereotype? What do you think?

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The Top 10 Things to Do in Cleveland

Saturday, July 12th, 2014 - by Paula Bolyard

Stonebridge Dusk View

Maybe you’ve never considered spending your hard-earned vacation time in Cleveland. It’s certainly understandable because many people only know the city as the “Mistake by the Lake” or the home of the burning Cuyahoga River. But things have changed on the North Coast, and you might be surprised at all the cultural attractions the city on the shores of Lake Erie has to offer — great food, museums, theater, and more. The RTA buses run between most Cleveland locations and Uber just announced that they’re starting service in Cleveland, which will make getting around even easier.

Here are the Top 10 Things to Do in Cleveland:

10. Little Italy

Historic Little Italy is on Cleveland’s East Side, located on “Murray Hill” not far from Case Western Reserve University. It features charming restaurants and bakeries, art galleries, and frequent festivals and art shows.  Our favorite restaurant there is Trattoria on the Hill. If you go, try the Shrimp & Gnocchi Trattoria, which features their gnocchi served in Trattoria’s homemade cream sauce with mushrooms, scallions, and a hint of cayenne pepper. If you’re not in the mood for pasta, try the Spinach & Prosciutto Pizza with black olives, white garlic sauce, and feta cheese.

For dessert, stroll down Mayfield Road to Presti’s Bakery for a cannoli or a delicious gelato.

The Feast of the Assumption is the biggest event of the year in Little Italy. Held in August to commemorate Mary being taken to heaven, the festival is an unusual combination of Catholic religious ceremonies, carnival rides, fireworks, lots of incredible Italian food, and heavy, heavy drinking.


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A Plus-Size Betty Boop As Kitty From Kansas City

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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A Redheaded Betty Boop As Cinderella Debuted a New Series

Monday, July 7th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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Moving Day for Betty Boop!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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Your Initiation Into Betty Boop’s Secret Society

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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Why You Shouldn’t Try Robbing Betty Boop

Monday, June 30th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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13 Jewish Women Who Changed the World

Sunday, June 29th, 2014 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

13. Bess Myerson

Recognizing a woman who appears to have parlayed her Miss America recognition into a minor-league acting gig may not seem logical, until you realize that Bess Myerson, the first Jewish Miss America, paved an uphill path for diversity in the pageant circuit. She was told by one Miss America exec that she ought to change her name to something “more gentile” and refused. Pageant sponsors refused to hire her as a spokeswoman and certain sites with racial restrictions refused to have her visit as Miss America. This was of no consequence to Miss Myerson, who was the first Miss America to win an academic scholarship. The racism she confronted was motivation for a lifetime’s work with organizations like the ADL, NAACP, and Urban League. She would go on to co-found The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York and make boundless contributions to the city’s art community. Along with becoming a television personality, Myerson received several presidential appointments in the 1960s and ’70s and would receive two honorary doctorates.

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The Betty Boop Approach to Dealing With ‘Silly Scandals’

Friday, June 27th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

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‘No, He Couldn’t Take My Boop-Oop-a-Doop Away!’

Thursday, June 26th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

Robbins Mitchell:

Another early one with Betty sporting the floppy ears….

Robbins Mitchell:

Here’s another dandy….wherein our lovely heroine tangles with ferocious feral felines, sings her trademark song, gets felt up(well, it was pre-code after all), and has the last laugh on her boss

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Before Betty Boop Was Beautiful…

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

“Barnacle Bill” from August 31, 1930:

The Fleischer cartoons tend to have a much wilder, more surreal style than the Disney Silly Symphonies released at the same time.

“Mysterious Mose” from December 26, 1930:


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Betty Boop as Snow White In A Cartoon For Jazz Lovers

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon

Via Vintage Girl on Tumblr

A great suggestion from the comments on yesterday’s debut in a new series of classic 1930s cartoons:

Robbins Mitchell:

Probably my favorite Betty cartoon…

….jazz buffs will recognize Cab Calloway as the voice of Koko singing “St James Infirmary Blues”

Another commenter also had a thoughtful idea, Monster from the Id:

Can’t let a Betty Boop article go by without reminding everyone of her real-life inspiration, Helen Kane. Sadly, Betty is now more famous than the woman of whom she was a charicature.

Here’s a film of her to compare to the cartoon:

And also a Cab Calloway:

What other Betty Boop and classic cartoons from the 1930s do you like?

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Betty Boop’s First Appearance

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Cartoon at Noon


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Which Video Games Should Be Respected As Art?

Friday, June 6th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Pop Culture Debates!

In partnership with the new fiction publishing platform Liberty Island, PJ Lifestyle is going to begin promoting and co-hosting a series of debates and discussions about popular culture. The goal is to figure out what works and what doesn’t so that in the future we can promote and create better fiction and culture of our own. These are public brainstorming sessions for writers and culture advocates interested in developing a more vibrant popular culture. You’re invited to submit your answers to any of these questions — or a related one of your own! — that interests you:

A) in the comments

B) Via email to PJ Lifestyle editor Dave Swindle.

C) at your blog, then let us know in the comments or via email. 

The most interesting answers may be linked, cross-posted, or published at PJ Lifestyle. This week we’re talking about video games. See Monday’s question:  ”What Are the Top 10 Classic Nintendo Games?,”  Tuesday’s: “What Are the Most Overrated Video Game Franchises?,” Wednesday’s: “Which Generation of Nintendo Game Consoles Gave You the Most Joy?”, Thursday’s: “Do Some Violent Video Games Actually Inspire Real World Killing?

Also check out from last week’s discussion about adaptations: Monday’s question “Which Science Fiction Novels Should Be Made into Films and TV Miniseries?,” Tuesday’s question “Lord of the Rings Vs. Harry Potter: Which Film Series Better Captured their Books’ Spirit?,”  Wednesday’s question “What Are the 10 Most Disastrous Comic Book Adaptations?“, Thursday’s question “Is It Better To Adapt Books as Netflix Shows and TV Mini-Series Instead of Films?,” Friday “Which Video Games Should Be Adapted Into Films or TV Shows?“ 

See the previous weeks’ writing prompts and email in your thoughts on any questions that strike your fancy: 5 Questions So We Can Figure Out the Cream of the Crop In Popular Music Genres5 Geek Questions To Provoke Debates About the Future of Sci-Fi and Fantasy5 Controversial Questions To Inspire Spirited Debates About Music.


Jon Bishop: When We Start Playing Oscar-Winning Movies


Next week’s subject for pop culture debates is still up for grabs. Please leave your suggestions in the comments for the next realm in pop culture we should discuss. 

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