This week in “Thanks, Internet” — a graphic novel in GIFs, words of wisdom from Werner Herzog, Stephen Colbert's desk shenanigans, "Love Actually" meets "Peanuts," and Christopher Lee makes metal music for Christmas.
1. The Future of the GIF?
The English indie-rock band Wild Beasts and the visual artist Mattis Dovier teamed up to create the first graphic novel in GIFs this week. Actually, they made two. The first is about a robot exploring a human’s world and the second is about a human exploring a robot world. It’s anime-inspired black-and-white animation and it might just be the future. A whiskey company sponsored the whole affair because GIFs are good for business in 2014.
2. Herzog Inspirationals
Our favorite new Tumblr is Herzog Inspirationals — a send-up of inspirational posters featuring the hopeless observations of Werner Herzog on otherwise innocuous images. It's hard to pick a favorite and we look forward to the meaningless, interminable existence of this blog.
3. Remembering a Roomy Desk
Stephen Colbert files his final Report next Thursday, and he’s going out in style with Kendrick Lamar, Seth Rogen, and one President Obama. In addition to retiring his beloved conservative pundit character, we can assume Colbert will say goodbye to a host of successful gags. His team sent one of them off with a supercut this week: a web exclusive of everything he’s ever pulled out from behind his desk, from food, to small animals, to bigger animals, to people, to groups of people, to an entire family. We'll miss The Report, and that super-spacious desk.
4. Love Actually vs. Peanuts
Love it or hate it, Love Actually has become a Christmas classic. Well aware of that fact, BuzzFeed’s Jen Lewis took quotes from the movie and tacked them onto Peanuts comics this week. It works really well.
5. Christopher Lee's Heavy Metal Christmas
Christopher Lee, the 92-year-old English actor from The Wicker Man, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the Hammer Horror films, has released his third annual Christmas song. Like the two that preceded it, the song features Lee's still-strong baritone over poppy metal riffs. “Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing” makes me hope I'm a fraction as productive as Lee is at 92. Or tomorrow, for that matter.