These sumi-e-style painting of Aliens are beautiful and eerie, but we’re not sure what inspired them! Boing Boing found them on the tumblr of an artist named Kadrey, and then tracked down an article about the painting that features some... questionable translations. So we’re left with some questions: Is there a market for ink-wash Xenomorphs? Is this part of a larger series, that will come to a dull but inevitable conclusion in an Alien vs. Predator triptych? Or perhaps there will be a shanshui style painting that sort of acts as a prequel and sets this painting up, which will be praised for its visuals but mocked for a ridiculous script?
Today’s Morning Roundup has no further aliens, or ink wash paintings! But we do have news about Haruki Murakami and The IT Crowd, a celebration of 50 years of mutants, and the greatest music video of the year.
- He is Franz Kafka! Franz Kafka (On the shore)!
- And now that he’s inspired a musical, Murakami might finally win the Nobel Prize.
- Can science fiction writers predict the future?
- Japan’s quest for the platonic ideal of a theme park continues.
- The IT Crowd will return for one final episode later this month!
- If you’re in Brooklyn, or plan to be on September 22nd, you should check out the comics-themed programming at the Brooklyn Book Festival!
- Margaret Atwood talks to Bookworm about Maddaddam.
- 50 years of X-Men!
- Which ragtag group of misfits is your favorite? They’re just all so plucky...
- Do you have a problem with psychotic supervillains asking you why you’re so serious? Korea has the solution.
- If you know what these webs are, could you tell us? We’re pretty freaked out right now.
- After reading that Times article about tokusatsu earlier this week, we were excited to find a history of Japanese monsters.
- John Hodgman rescued some Pittsburgh LARPers for posterity after Google Street View erased them.
- And speaking of LARPing: lay off, Onion. We’ve all worn cloaks.
- Finally, via Gawker, we bring you the greatest song about foxes since “Love” in Disney’s Robin Hood: