Wow, this is pretty awesome. I just stumbled upon a new webseries called AIDAN 5. What intrigued me was its premise (a detective trying to solve the murders of his clones) and its mashup of genres: pulp fiction, science-fiction, and film noir. I’m sold! And when I watched the trailer and its first episode, I quickly counted 4 woofy guys. BONUS! The protagonist may not be as husky as I would prefer, but he has a handsome face that reminds me of Drew Powell and Vincent D’Onofrio (whom I have criminally not posted about, though I once mentioned his similarity with Drew). [KEEP ON WOOFIN’!]
Former WWE superstar, Shad Gaspard, just got an audition with Brett Ratner’s upcoming superhero movie, “Youngblood” via Twitter [Comic Book Movie]. I’ve never heard of “Youngblood” though I’m somewhat familiar with Chapel’s character from “Spawn.” Body-wise, Shad definitely possesses the brawny muscles for the role. [KEEP ON WOOFIN’!]
Dear ESPN Magazine: OMG. Thank you!
I was pretty harsh on ESPN Magazine’s 2010’s “The Body Issue” when Steven Holcomb’s godly physique was digitally altered. However, thanks to GE, he pinpointed me to ESPN Magazine’s “The Body Issue 2009: Battle Scars” which featured a close-up of Casey Hampton’s magnificent belly. Needless to say, seeing an almost-nude image of Mr. Hampton is an excellent way to win someone like me over — even though this was shot a year before the Holcomb-Gate fiasco. ^___^
Here is the link to the Flash Gallery of “The Body Issue 2009: Battle Scars”:
I can’t seem to embed this ESPN video, but you can briefly see him in an interview with all of the athletes — including Randy Couture — involved in that photo shoot.
Unfortunately, the Pittsburgh Steelers did not win the SuperBowl this year, so we’re gonna miss out on seeing a shirtless Casey Hampton at a SuperBowl Parade… 🙁
Postings have been scarce but I will be rectifying it soon. I’m thinking of bringing aboard some folks so that this blog doesn’t come into an untimely end. So if any of you guys are interested, just let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I just want to let you guys know about some exciting new changes to one of the earliest and longest-running bear site out there: Bear-Pics.com. Read all about it below…
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Bear-Pics Version 2010:
Bear-Pics Version 2010 is truly a conceptually unique Bear site. Working on a credit system, it’s a site that gives back rather than takes. After you join (it’s free), you get 20 credits which allows you to view 20 photos (1 credit to see 1 pic). Create galleries and then add photos, and every photo our Bear-Pics team approves will give you 10 more credits. On top of that, every time guys click on your photos, you will get an additional credit.
Coming very soon (in a week’s time) Bear-Pics will offer livestreaming, and the fun part about this is – you will also get credit for streaming… the longer you stream, the more credit you get. And once livestreaming is in place, Bear-Pics will be offering instant messages.
Every day more and more cute guys are signing up and adding their photos, so it’s definitely worth it to come and check it out. And while all the other sites ask you to pay in order to keep your profile online with pictures that belong to you (which is ridiculous), at Bears-Pics we credit you, and the more pictures you add, the more you get. Already there are some guys who have 1000s of credit racked up, simply by sharing their photos.
We have apecial offer which will last until January 1st: sign up and use the code ‘BearMyth’ and instead of starting off with 20 credits, you will start with 100.
Some of you might remember Bear-Pics from 1999 to 2006. It was one of the very first Bear news sites which wrote about anything and everything Bear related. As well, there was a Gallery section in which webmaster Bob Forrest showcased his photography of really cute Bearish men. The site was all HTML, and for its time, it was quite popular.
In 2006, Bob met up with Nikola, a coder who offered his services with the goal to make Bear-Pics more dynamic. However, rather than work on Bear-Pics, they decided to open up a new site, and PlanetBears (http://planetbears.com) was created, while Bear-Pics, the HTML version, closed its digital doors. In late 2009, Bob and Niko decided they wanted to try something different, and after 6 months of coding, they opened up Bear-Pics Version 2010 on March 31st. Since then, there are already 5300+ guys who have created a profile, and they are beginning to realize the unique power and energy that Bear-Pics emits.
Go Fujimoto Calendar Contest
Bear-Pics is running a contest and the prize is a great calendar by the reknown Bear artist Go Fujimoto of JapanimationBears (http://www.japanimationbears.com). All you have to do is create a gallery on Bear-Pics, call it ‘CALENDAR’, add up to 20 photos, and the more pics you add, the better your chances are at winning since winners are chosen randomly (meaning, every photo is put into the pool, so the more photos you have the pool, the better your odds). This contest is not about who is the best looking nor who has the most votes – it’s about simply participating and having fun and hoping you’re lucky enough to win one of these great calendars.
Bear-Pics is giving away 5 calendars, and instead of giving them away all at once, we’re giving one away every few days up until January 1st 2011, so the sooner you add your photos, the more chances again you will have at winning, however you can join in up until the very last day (New Year’s day).
Now a little about Go Fujimoto: he’s a Japanese artist who is reknown around the world for his excellent Bearish drawings. In fact, Go is one of the very first guys who did Bear drawings with his JapanimationBears, and his artwork has definitely shaped and influenced many artists today who draw Bears as well.
Go Fujimoto has been making calendars for quite some time now and they are even considered collector’s items. He took a 3 year hiatus from making them however he is now back and in full form, and this year’s calendar – his 2011 – is equally impressive and will surely be highly sought out. The theme is about Bears connecting with Bears using the latest technology that’s out there right now, and that’s our SmartPhones.
The calendar is desk size (148×100 mm), a total of 14 pages with the prints being in both colour and monochrome.
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Sorry about being late with the contest. However, we all win with Bear-Pics and their new and spiffy cool system. And using the code BearMyth, you start out with 100 credits instead of 20!
Peter C. was kind enough to point out to me that in Season 7, Episode 1 of Ace Of Cakes, Chef Duff Goldman got shirtless to swim in the icy waters of Alaska. Not only that, he took the following screenshots as well. Oy vey!
And if anyone knows how we can find a video clip of this, then I would be forever in your debt…
Click here for the NSFW uncensored version.
If anybody knows who drew this fantastic photo, please let us know!
My great friend, Greg, from the Brotherhood Of Bears Yahoo Group once mentioned to me the term “Brute Mythology” and I can’t help but agree as to the varying subcategories the mythos of bears can be a part of. The above artwork is truly representative of the idea of a mythic brute. Compare this huscular behemoth to my bearded Zeus on this blog’s banner. The god Zeus appears to be pale in comparison to this goonish bulk of a man.
Steve Collins’ PowerShotsMag.com is a spectacular website that celebrates the sport of Strongman. It’s more focused on British strongmen, but that’s nary a problem. If it didn’t, I never would have discovered a handful of sexy beasts from that site. One musclebear, for example, truly stood out… Take a gander at Mr. Jay “Hollywood” Hughes, a bodybuilder turned strongman (check out his interview here). “Hollywood” is right. I’m positively star-strucked…
I just want to shout out a big thank you for Mr. Steve Collins for such fantastic photography work. You can tell that he truly loves the sport and its athletes. He manages to capture the mythic beauty of these fantastic behemoths. For an unbelievable sample of what I’m talking about, check out his photo set from London’s Strongest Man 2008. Some popular massive blokes are in there, such as the unbelievably gorgeous Terry Hollands.
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In this edition of Goonday Moonday, all of the media here are from ads of some kind (courtesy of AdsOfTheWorld.com). I am still amazed to only find a handful of ads showing large men in flattering or the very least, respectful, ways. For example, the above ad appears to be a very respectable commercial. But look closely and pay attention to the product that’s being sold… Caught it? Good. Yes, we have another hefty man being used as an “humorous advertising device” (I made this term up).
Am I bitter at this common practice? Yes and no. Yes, since as we are all admirers of large men, we have a better grasp and understanding for men of such beautiful sizes. As such, we prefer to view our objects of affection in a much better light. And, no, because, in some ways, we feel like we belong in such an exclusive group that the rest of the world won’t ever understand. When we see such husky and chubby men in the media being ridiculed (whether it be inoffensively or no), we can’t help but grin as we know and feel something that is utterly and uniquely ours. Laugh all they want, but we get the last laugh as we partake in a celebratory visual feast.
Still, that doesn’t mean that we cannot change the world’s view on large men…
Anyway, here’s a pretty cool commercial about construction workers enjoying some fine afternoon dining with a Wendy’s Gourmet Mushroom Swiss Burger…
There’s really nothing “negative” about the above commercial. However, it inadvertently juxtaposes “macho” men with “queer” behavior. Basically, it sends a message that this ad is and should be funny because rugged men with facial hair should not be eloquent, polite, and, well, “queenie.” In turn, it also inadvertently compares gay folk with theatre-going (note my spelling of “theater”) English folk. -_^
From the rugged construction workers, we’ll now take a look at sumo wrestlers — who are, quite possibly, the most-used HAD (my acronym for my made-up term, “humorous advertising device”).
So why are sumo men funny? Why is their weight a great punchline for a joke? And why are they funnier when they’re wearing a tutu or about to celebrate gay love?
With those questions in mind, here’s a Men’s Health magazine ad…
First of all, BearMythology completely disagrees with the above ad. That unbelievably gorgeous image of a chubby bear not only has a body of a God, but someone I and many others will definitely worship. You know that ancient & mystical Sanskrit word of “OHM”? It was actually our female & gay bear/chub loving ancestors’ term to describe a buddha (not the slimmer Buddha, of course) when they see one walking on the streets. They would actually say, “Oh Holy Moley!” or “OHM!” (thus it was recorded the very first instance of internet slang).
Now let’s take a look at ads that are just using silhouettes of large men.
Admirers of stocky & large men are typically torn: healthwise, it’s better for such men to be “fit” rather than husky or obese. Unfortunately, we love them big. And, more often than not, to us, the bigger the better.
Well, that’s something that I cannot cover on a post that’s just called “Goonday Moonday.” It’s too complicated. 😛
And to end this post, here are more ads of our beautiful big men…
Okay, I lied. This is the last thing I’m going to say. I’m typically very open and forgiving, but I absolutely hate the following ad. Any ad that equates depression to obesity then sell a gym out of it is downright low and insulting. The chubby man needs to see mental help and not an aerobics instructor…
Luis Avalos in The Electric Company
As we age, the next generation will rely on our wisdom and guidance while they continue on with the human race. As a believer of responsible worldwide parenting, I would always approve of childhood education. In my personal opinion, learning to read is the most fundamental skill our youths need to master. Especially now, where there are literally mind-bogglingly amounts of easily-accessible information right at our fingertips.
So I’m pleased to find out that one of my influential childhood television show, The Electric Company, is now returning for the new generation of kids. The original iteration of the show had a funky Motown vibe whereas this new one is updated with hip-hop culture. It appears to be a very ambitious project where not only is the show isolated in one channel, but will also be broadcasted through the internet, schools, mobile devices, and video games. I’m not sure how this will play out but I’m definitely excited for it and wishing the program the best. I feel that The Electric Company and other shows like it did influence me greatly and probably encouraged me to be a teacher (well, ex-teacher). Not only that, such shows were also highly entertaining and did not talk down to children. I believe that its entertainment factor (the goofier the better) is also a very important ingredient when it comes to retaining information.
Well, that’s a bit of my personal thoughts on the subject of youth education. The point is, I noticed that The Electric Company 2009 — wait for it — has one cute chubby Hispanic bear in it. He appears to be the “Prankster” who manipulates robots and gadgets (the show involves 4 kids gifted with superpowers with words as they battle the neighborhood troublemakers, aka “Pranksters”). I have no clue who he is, but I’m sure a young boy or young girl will definitely later realize why they would enjoy watching this show…
If there’s a great educational show that I could recommend to any parents out there (specifically those kids between the ages of 6 and 8), WordGirl is a complete blast. And as for the rest of you (read: all of you, lol), the animated Butcher is definitely cute looking, especially with his gruff Brooklyn accent.
And since I’m in an heightened state of aching nostalgia, check out these awesome theme songs for The Electric Company and 3-2-1 Contact…
Luis Avalos was my favorite daddy bear in the show
My jaws literally dropped when I saw a new blog called Bears In Games hosted by Koobert. I scarfed through all of the 4 podcasts he currently has and they were all freaking fantastic. If you’re a “gaymer,” whether a casual or hardcore one, you should definitely check out this wonderful podcast. Koobert is an awesome host with a great sense of humor. You literally feel like he’s talking right beside you. And his taste in bears, from chubby bears to muscle bears, is just my cup of tea. What are you guys waiting for? Check it out already! This is definitely a monumental FIRST! for us gamers and bear lovers, and we need to support Koobert.
His very first podcast was about Saints Row 2,
a game that I have once posted about here…
In his pocasts, I have learned about the surprising Tom of Finland homosexual subtexts with Final Fight and have witnessed a homophobic douchebag disconnecting his XBOX Live connection after getting pummeled by Koobert’s underwear-wearing musclebear in Soul Calibur IV. I literally jumped out of my chair as I witnessed the homophobe’s humiliating defeat. Awesome job, Koobert!
I’m a big fan of bizarre and offbeat humor. My favorite is/was The Perry Bible Fellowship (unfortunately the website’s gone now); however, a suitable replacement is the clever Married To The Sea and Superpoop which are created by a married couple, Drew and Natalie Dee.
One of my secret dreams is to be a cartoonist. Unfortunately, I can’t even draw a straight line. In the meantime, let’s do a little bit of metahumor by combining some Married To The Sea/Superpoop comics/photos with my collection of bearish/chubby screenshots/photos. Did you get a headache/rolly-eyes yet with all of that forward slashes? I hope you did and I’m calling this type of subgenre of BearFic as a BearComicSlashFic. -_^
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Like I said, I have a “very different” type of humor. As I was inspired by Drew and Natalie Dee’s creations, here’s my attempt… Please be nice. 😛
Chubarama posted about Jack Black hosting the Spike TV’s 2008 Video Game Awards a few days ago and we were treated to such fantastic bear and chub goodness from Jack Black and fellow Tenacious D rocker, Kyle Gass. What made the show for me though was the appearance of my personal Game God, Tim Schafer.
He appeared to promote his upcoming game, Brutal Legend. The big bonus was that the voice of his game’s protagonist is none other than Jack Black! JB might have done an overkill with pimping Tim “Fucking” Schafer, but I don’t mind. He’s a superstar in my books as I’m an avid adventure gamer (read: point-and-click adventure games or Interactive Fiction) while he’s responsible for some of my favorite adventure games of all time, such as The Secret Of Monkey Island and Day Of The Tentacle.
PC Gamer magazine back in 2001 did an article called “Game Gods.” Tim Schafer was in it and believe me, I bought two copies of the magazine so that I could have one as a collector’s item while the other one got torn so that I could scan them. And here they be… And JB’s right. This is the one and only Tim “Fucking” Schafer…
And if you were wondering who the handsome bearded chubby bear is on the right, then I am very glad that you were. He is none other than Erik Yeo, lead designer of the original Command & Conquer.
My good buddy, Erl, from the Brotherhood of Bears Yahoo Group had shared these two fantastic photos of Sean, the runner-up from Britain’s Next Bear Model. I have to admit that I was pretty bummed out when he did not win. (I mean, why did he NOT win???!!!) Anyway, I just hope that we get to see more of this seriously beefy guy. Check out Bearotic for more Sean goodness!
This is fantastic news indeed. Shot putter, Manuel Martinez (official site), is currently involved in the final week of filming for the comic book adaptation of Lorenzo Mattotti’s Estigmas (original site here; official site). The film is directed by Adan Aliaga Vallencia (original site here).
We will finally get to see this massive bear of a man in his film debut (does his 3-second television appearance in Cachorro [Bear Cub] count?). The film is scheduled to be released in either January or February of 2009.
I am very intrigued with the premise of Estigmas. Here’s a brief (and somewhat poor) translated description:
The crab-producing films has decided to make a radical bid to Europe with the comic adaptation of the audacious, brilliant, and critically-acclaimed “Stigma” by Lorenzo Mattotti (drawing) and Claudio Piersanti (dash). “Stigma” is the story of the loneliness of a man marked by a tragic fate, the emergence of some sores on his hands that he represents God and that it enclosed in a world of madness.
I definitely can’t wait to see this. In the meantime, here are some more photos of the superbly woofy, Manuel Martinez…
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You guys might have noticed my little “bearish” poll on the bottom right column of this blog. One of the descriptions there is the vaguely-worded “Fantasy.” If you were wondering what it meant, the following photo set of the beefy Boris Haraldsson in his Viking apparel will perfectly capture the very definition of “Fantasy”…
More importantly, the very concept of Bear Mythology is exactly about spectacularly mythic images of bearish masculinity such as these…
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This post is more “Man Mythology” than “Bear Mythology” as this is about a painting and song about the life of a telephone lineman. I’ve always found the above Norman Rockwell painting, The Telephone Lineman, as something hauntingly sad. Whenever I drive through the open roads of America and stare at awe with the sheer number of telephone poles around me, I would keep thinking about such telephone linemen. Of course, I wonder about the roads and highways as well, but I rarely see a group of individuals working on telephone poles. There’s just this sense of isolation and loneliness when it comes to working on these lines…
The following is one of my favorite Glen Campbell song, “Wichita Lineman.” The song, written by Jimmy Webb in 1968, is based on an inspiration of seeing a
“solitary lineman in rural northern Oklahoma. The lyric describes the longing that a lonely telephone or electric power lineman feels for an absent lover who he imagines he can hear “singing in the wire” that he is working on. Such a sonic vibration is commonly induced by wind blowing across small conductors. There is uncertainty as to which “Wichita” is intended; Wichita, Kansas, Wichita County, Kansas (which is over 250 road miles away), Wichita Falls, Texas, and Wichita County, Texas have all been suggested as possibilities, and others believe that Webb had entitled the song “Ouachita Lineman,” but that Campbell later changed that title to its present form.”
I am a lineman for the county
And I drive the main roads
Searching in the sun for another overload
I hear you singing in the wire
And I can hear you through the whine
And the Wichita lineman is still on the line
I know I need a small vacation
But it don’t look like rain
And if it snows that stretch down south won’t ever stand the strain
And I need you more than want you
And I want you for all-time
And the Wichita lineman is still on the line
And I need you more than want you
And I want you for all-time
And the Wichita lineman is still on the line
This song, for some reason, reminds me of Sesame Street. Specifically, this song by Joe Raposo: “Everybody Sleeps.” Even more specifically is the construction daddy bear sleeping dangerously on top of a building.
Anthony Caporale is the creator and host of the web series Art of the Drink TV. It’s an educational series which exclusively focuses on bartending. The above is his latest drink concoction specifically tailored for this upcoming U.S. Presidential election: The Baracktail.
I’m not really a drinker, but if this Italian bear was a bartender in my town, I think that I’d be in trouble.
I’ve always wanted to post the longest title I could think of.
This is a recent screenshot from Saints Row 2, a game which I’m pretty excited about as I’m a sucker for open-world, crime-simulated gameplay (such as games like Grand Theft Auto IV). And, yes, Roman Bellic, is still one of the hottest video game bears, in my opinion.
Anyway, this particular character from Saints Row 2 is a musclebear who’s distracting me from voting Roman as the pixellated hotness of 2008.
Damn. Anyway, you can download the above artwork in wallpaper form here.