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A few days ago a noticed this amazing new graf art in my neighborhood! it seems Koralie and Fafi have been hanging in the Burg! I adore their art and I'm so happy to have a little piece of it just down the street from my apartment. I always thought that the neighborhood could use a bit more purple.

I couldn't find anything BUST-y on the racks for the past couple of weeks, and I know you gals were missing me, so I picked up this short graphic novel that came highly recommended by a couple of friends. Suburban Glamour is an indie-rock fairy tale, not an entirely original story but a fun one. Jamie McKelvie's art is what really distinguishes this book from other changeling stories--it's bright-candy-colored and good enough to eat, with a foxy rock'n'roll heroine and plenty of flash.

Everyone knows that Esquire is all about sexy girls wearing sexy underwear and looking all sexual so the boys can feel that they have a chance in this life, but as I was flipping thru the latest 'Sexiest Woman Alive' issue the other day, I had to do a double take. They have a page dedicated to The Women of Flight of the Conchords, with a picture of Jemaine's love interest squishing her boobs together, along with a tiny picture of Coco and some other waitress that I barely remember. But no Mel.

 I have been in love with Dame Darcy's Meatcake comics for years, so I was ecstatic to find out she is releasing a new graphic novel this month called 'Gasoline: A Rock and Roll Apocalyptic Fairytale.' If you haven't heard of Dame Darcy, she is a graphic artist, cartoonist and musician (and long-time contributor to BUST) who has acquired quite a cult following for her rollicking, gothic-Victorian comics.

BUST proudly presents two more Holiday Craftaculars! We now have one in sunny Los Angeles and in ever-so-stylish London , both taking place on December 6th. New York is still on for the 13th and you are all now welcome to apply for any of the three Craftaculars. BUST is bringing the best craftsters from all over to solve all of your holiday shopping woes and provide you with the most unique items out there. There are only a few weeks left to apply, do don't delay get your applications in now! You have no excuse now that we are in two countries and on two coasts.

This week John McCain criticized the ''Feminist left'' for attacking Sarah Palin. We think he's just frustrated that women weren't fooled by his whole my-VP-pick-wears-a-skirt-so-vote-for-me tactic. Eleanor Smeal, President of Feminist Majority, says, ''Obama/Biden are running on the strongest platform for women's rights of any major party in U.S. history.'' That's why Feminist Majority launched www.FeministsForObama.org, a side-by-side comparison of the candidates on major women's issues like breast cancer research, domestic violence prevention, the Fair Pay Act and reproductive rights.

 If you're in New York, you know it's that magical time of year. Yes, the CMJ Music Marathon has rolled into town and the city has turned into a 24/7 party of ear ecstasy! There are a million shows to go to this week, but be sure to check out the Fool's Gold Showcase tomorrow night at Bowery Ballroom at 10 pm. The label's finest will be performing, including A-Trak, Dave 1 and, of course, our favorite manicured MC, Kid Sister. She'll be spitting rhymes from her amazing upcoming debut, Dream Date.

A box of tampax last cost me over 6 bucks, which is what a drink costs at my favorite bar. I think I would rather spend that money on fun than on the hell that is dry cardboard and bleached cotton! Now you can save money and the environment with Lunapads! Liberate yourself from the monthly madness of disposable pads and tampons with Lunapads and the DivaCup. Given today's financial uncertainty and concern for the environment, taking charge of our monthly menses makes more sense than ever.

Two of my favorite artists are in a show together opening Thursday night in NYC, the lovely Melissa Auf der Mar (former bassist of Hole) and Conrad Keely from ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. Melissa is showing her photography, and Conrad his ballpoint pen drawings. Should be an excellent exhibit.

A group of cheeky ladies in Brooklyn have found a way to show their support for Obama while encouraging youth participation in voting (and lookin' good). They updated the iconic protest poster of Joan Baez and her sisters taken by Larry Gates in the 60's. It's nice to see that politics can still be fun. The updated photo was taken by Casey Brooks and features Anna Bean, Karen Maine, Dana Gluck, and Lindsay Withers.