The Moomins, a wildly and internationally popular family of soft, hippopotamic creatures, originated in Finland in 1945, introduced in books and comics by writer/illustrator Tove Jansson. Moomintroll, the protagonist, lives in Moominvalley with Snork Maiden (his girlfriend), Moominmamma, Moominpappa, and their friends—family friend Sniff, the curmudgeonly Little My, and a slew of others—all with wisdom to offer. Jansson wrote the first Moomin book, The Moomins and the Great Flood, during World War II; she’d later say that the book was meant to counter the horrors of the war.
Most dreams of being a Gilmore start with a full mug of coffee, and for one day only, you can live that heavily caffeinated Gilmore life and get free coffee at Luke's Diner. On October 5, in honor of the forthcoming four-episode revival of Gilmore Girls, Netflix will turn 250 coffee shops around the country into versions of Luke's Diner.
Scott M. Gimple is an LA denizen, TV and comics writer, and producer. You probably know Scott best for his current job as the showrunner of The Walking Dead, which is one of the most widely watched TV series in history.