InBrief | Odd news 07-17-13
Balloon king — 8,000 sculptures in one day
BRIGHTON, Mich. — The balloon man is back on top.
Tim Thurmond of the Brighton area says he turned nearly 8,300 balloons into sculptures in 24 hours, reclaiming a record he had for nine years. He says he’s tired but “doing OK.”
The 32-year-old blew into balloons and sculpted them next to the Oh My Lolli! candy shop during last weekend’s Taste of Brighton festival. A paramedic was nearby.
Thurmond averaged nearly six balloons a minute.
‘Calvin and Hobbes’ documentary coming
On New Year’s Eve of 1995, Bill Watterson published the 3,150th and last “Calvin and Hobbes” strip. Since then, there have been good-to-very-bad takes on the comic: cartoons, apps, bizarre live-action reboots, even a search engine.
Now there’s a documentary, “Dear Mr. Watterson,” which explores the impact the boy and his anthropomorphic tiger had on both readers and Watterson’s colleagues.
The film began as a pet project for director Joel Allen Schroeder, who started interviewing fans of the strip in 2007. The movie’s been picked up by a distributor, and the first trailer has just hit the Web.
It’s scheduled to arrive in theaters Nov. 15.
By wire sources