The Daily Geek 1/27: Ant Farms, Clockwork Spiders, and Disney Villains in Vinyl

The “Uncle Milton’s Ant Farm” creator died yesterday. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of ant farms, they were sort of like an extremely low-tech portable video games (without video, with real live little creatures scuttling under the glass):

In some ways the ant farm was like that other mainstay of comic book mail-order goodies, the Sea Monkey family. A mass of tiny living creatures that you buy for $2.98 or less. At least you knew what you were getting with the ants; the Sea Monkeys didn’t look anything like the smiling humanoids in their ads, but were instead sort of like little brine shrimp that resembled fingernail clippings.

I guess video games are better.

On This Day In Geek History:Comic book creator/film director Frank Miller born (1957); Actor Alan Cumming, who has done so many other great things but will largely be remembered for playing “Nightcrawler,” born (1965); comedian/actor Patton Oswalt, who we still totally love even though he said “geeks” are soooo over, born (1969)

Hitting Disney Stores by the end of this week are the “Vinylmation Villains” collection, depicting the main baddies from the Disney movies and shorts:

Each Disney Vinylmation Villain is 3 inches tall and retails for $9.95.

 

This collection of scans from an old Fantastic Four book, taken out of context, are quite the non sequiturs, ready-made for pop-art (Via Super Punch):

 

deviantART member Cazouillette’s “Clockwork Arachnids” are the stuff that fuels my nightmares…unstoppable robotic spiders with little blade-y legs!

 

Need Coffee examines the history of the classic comic book/magazine Heavy Metal:

“The other day, my co-worker asked me “What’s that?” when I mentioned Twin Peaks, so I’m certain that there are readers who don’t know the history of Heavy Metal–only the legends.”

 

And your video of the day is the live-action version of Disney/Pixar’s “Up” — circa 1965:

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