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Horror comes from surprising places in new 'Sabrina' and 'Memetic' comics

There’s always been a strange dichotomy to horror as a genre. There’s the real, hard-edged, genuinely scary stuff, but also the cheesy and hilarious, where we delight in the misfortune of the characters we watch instead of fearing for them. But where things get really interesting is when those lines get blurred, intentionally or not. That’s when you get scary things coming from places you wouldn’t expect, or the unintentional comedy that comes from something trying really hard to be scary.

With October being the designated month for all things spooky, and Halloween just hours away, now’s the perfect time to consider two of the most interesting horror comic books that debuted this month: Archie’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1 and Boom! Studios Memetic #1.


Even Obama gets in on the Justin Timberlake 'It's Gonna Be May' meme

May 1 has been a holiday for basically as long as holidays have existed — but thanks to a certain ’00s phenomenon, May Day has recently gotten a whole lot better.

In case you don’t know, once upon a time, there was this boy band called ‘N Sync. They had a song called “It’s Gonna Be Me.” In those bygone days, all the cool kids were pronouncing words weirdly when they sang. (It’s why Britney Spears had a generation of kids wondering what the hell a “babe-in” was, as in “Oh babe-in babe-in, how was I supposed to know/That something wasn’t right here?”) It showed passion, and made all the ladies/fellas want you.

So when Justin Timberlake — back when he still had his curly fro — went to sing “It’s gonna be me,” he made a very crucial artistic decision. (Think Picasso.) Instead, he said, “It’s gonna be May” — or at least, that’s what it sounded like.


Ashley Wagner's fed up face, now in meme form

American Ashley Wagner finished fourth in a team ice skating event this weekend and she was not happy about it. A photo of her disgusted reaction as her score was read quickly spread and, because it’s the internet, resulted in a variety of Ashley Wagner-centered memes. Wagner follows fellow American Olympian McKayla Maroney, who also became internet famous for her similarly displeased reaction when she won a silver, not gold, medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Check out some of the memes that have come out of the moment so far: READ FULL STORY

Hillary Clinton just launched your new favorite Twitter account

Sure, her first foray into micro-blogging wasn’t catalyzed by Stephen Colbert. But between her iconic avatar (which should look familiar), her Tumblr-baiting first tweet (which gives a shout-out to Texts from Hillary co-creators Adam Smith and Stacy Lambe), and her certifiably awesome bio (“Wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD…”), Hillary Clinton’s brand-new Twitter account has her husband’s beat. Maybe that wouldn’t be the case if he were still using @PrezBillyJeff as his handle.

Grumpy Cat's getting a movie. Which other memes could work on the big screen?

This kitty oughta be in pictures — like, moving ones. And evidently, Hollywood agrees: EW has confirmed that Grumpy Cat, the pouting pet who instantly became a viral sensation after her photo was posted on Reddit last September, is getting her very own feature film. (A moment of silence for all the struggling, human screenwriters who just found out that they can’t compete with a one-year-old bundle of fur.)

The movie will be a “Garfield-like” tale in which Grumpy Cat — known to her friends as Tardar Sauce — has been granted the power of speech. It’ll be produced by Broken Road, the same company currently working to bring a Medieval Times movie to the big screen. “This started off as a picture of a cat, but rare is an image that evokes that much comedy,” one of the producers told Deadline, which initially reported the story. “You read all of the memes and the comments, and one is funnier than the next. We think we can build a big family comedy around this character.”


Julia Child gets early 100th birthday present, joins the PBS Autotune Club

Hip-hop songstress Julia Child turns 100 years young tomorrow. But she’s not letting age slow her down: Child’s single “Keep On Cooking” just dropped this afternoon. Like recent hits by label-mates Mister Rogers and Bob “Happy Trees” Ross, the song masterfully melds Child’s distinct voice with smooth beats by John Boswell, a.k.a. melodysheep. You’ll laugh; you’ll cry; you’ll crave some hot chocolate truffles.

All kidding aside, PBS has remixed a bunch of clips from Julia Child’s cooking shows, and the resulting video is just as good as those previously featuring Rogers and Ross. And tomorrow really would have been Child’s 100th birthday. Bon appetit!


Cheezburger founder Ben Huh on SXSWi: Jumping the shark has jumped the shark


Ben Huh is the founder of the Cheezburger Network, home to wildly popular Internet meme sites including LOLcats, FAILblog, and I Can Haz Cheezburger. His goal is to make the world happy for five minutes a day. Huh attended South by Southwest Interactive in Austin this week and below shares his takeaways from the annual hotspot with EW:

In just a few years, South by Southwest Interactive has grown from the scrawny, geeky, younger brother of the SXSW festival family to the largest Internet conference on earth — boasting every possible promotional stunt, giveaway, costume, and business model. In my first year of attendance in 2007, the entire conference occurred in the Austin Convention Center. Now, some conference locations require a transfer between multiple methods of transport (say, a pedicab and a shuttle bus).

I don’t have enough fingers to count the number of friends in the tech world who have complained and resolutely sworn they wouldn’t be back, and last year was no exception. Yet here we are. Voices ragged from trying to have a conversation at loud parties, belt lines stretched from too much amazing Texas BBQ, and shoes ruined from waiting in too many queues with the inebriated and uncoordinated.

So why do we keep going back? Simple logic. First, technology that connects people creates more demand for actual face-to-face interaction. Second, Austin in March is warmer and more fun than most other places in March. Third, (most) of what people do at SXSWi still falls under business expense — so at best, it’s free, at worst, it’s tax deductible. When was the last time you turned down a free five-day fete of beer, BBQ, and technology?

Maybe the early adopters will slowly start skipping SXSWi, but the show will go on. So far, it still rocks.


'Mad Men': What's your arm doing there? Oh sorry, I was just 'Draping'

First there was planking. Then owling. Then leisure diving. Then Tebowing. And now? Draping. Yes, with the advent of a new season of Mad Men (finally!) upon us, there’s a new Internet meme to go along with it. Of course. READ FULL STORY

You knew it was coming: Angelina Jolie's leg launches Twitter feed, online memes aplenty

A star is born! It’s not Oscar-winning Descendants screenwriter Jim Rash, but he was the prophet who ushered in the latest (and leggiest) meme of 2012. The Community star was the first to pay homage to fellow nominee Angelina Jolie, who took no small amount of delight in showing off her exposed right gam (thanks to a velvet Atelier Versace gown) at last night’s 84th Annual Academy Awards. Following Rash’s lead, slew of Inter-nutters have joined the chorus of approval and/or mockery for Jolie’s sartorial statement. READ FULL STORY

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