Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Quick Pic: Museums in Denmark

Source: Imgur via Reddit

Denmark, I like your attitude.  You just moved to the top of the list of my future vacation destinations.

This is a photo of a real ad at the Women's Cultural History Museum in Denmark.

Lego Creation: Claptrap

LEGO Claptrap (CL4P-TP) from Borderlands 2 by Simon Liu

One day someone's going to invent a game that's nothing but torturing Claptrap, and I'm gonna be first in line to buy it.  Not since Link's fairy guide has there been a character as annoying as ol' Claptrap.

Humor: When my Wifi is Down

Sooo true.

Comic Round-Up: June 30, 2015

Dark Knight Returns by Chris Stevens

Prismacolor and Copic marker with watercolor on bristol board.

Event: Author Greg Smith appears at Destiny City Comics in Tacoma, WA on Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 4:00pm – 5:30pm for a signing of Junior Braves of the Apocalypse! RSVP on Facebook!

Event: Writer/artist Jason Latour, co-creator of Southern Bastards and Spider-Gwen, will appear at Beach Ball Comics in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, July 8th from 5:00 till 7:00 PM! RSVP on Facebook!

News: Spider-Woman shown heavily pregnant in new comic

Reviews: Richard Bruton on Valerian And Laureline Vol. 9. Paul Gravett on Death Of The Artist. Abhay Khosla on Lumberjanes Vol. 1.

5 New Graphic Novels with Indispensable Artwork

10 Characters We Want To See In The Spider-Man Reboot

Link Round-Up: June 30, 2015

AlienCreated by Armand Dimitri

"Alien" by France-based Armand Dimitri

Empire offers this Exclusive Look At The Art Of Ex Machina

The Future War Wages on in New Terminator Genisys Concept Art

Hackers watch Hackers: "Hackers was a financial flop, but its hilariously over-the-top early CGI visuals, oddly prescient view on technology, and glam-cyberpunk aesthetic rendered it a cult classic. To honor its 20th anniversary—at a time dogged by newfound fears about what the future of technology holds—we thought it would be fitting to bring together a group of actual hackers to screen and discuss the film."

Leonardo Da Vinci's Leicester Codex Show Us How A Genius Thinks

Pack Extra Red For This Barnes and Noble Game Of Thrones Coloring Book

Star Trek: The Story of the Most Daring Cliffhanger in Next Generation History To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the original airing of the classic cliffhanger, Ron Moore, Jonathan Frakes and more reveal how writing themselves into a corner for "Best of Both Worlds" changed Trek forever: "All of us were quite thrilled they had the balls to leave Picard on the Borg cube."

Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Venus de Milo Action Figure, Now With Arms

Monday, June 29, 2015

Video: Avengers of Oz: Age of Tin Man

YouTube user Darren Wallace took some video editing liberties in creating a mash-up of the popular Marvel franchise Avengers with the classic film The Wizard of Oz.

The mash-up re-imagines the Tin Man as Ultron, the Cowardly Lion as Thor, the Scarecrow as Captain America and Dorthy and Toto as Black Widow. This is the stuff movie-lover dreams are made of.

Short Film: Actor Seeks Role

"Actor Seeks Role" is a short comedy film about the difficulties of pursuing an acting career.  In it, a struggling method actor resorts to medical acting, a part-time gig performing the symptoms of various illnesses for student doctors.

As two competing mentors direct our struggling actor, their incongruous advice sparks an internal tug-of-war.  The film is a darker-toned character study that explores what happens when preparing for a role turns into an unhealthy obsession.  The film builds up slowly, paying fantastic attention to detail.

Short Film: Second Thoughts

"Second Thoughts" directed by David Shane of B Negative
Written by Matt Heath, Eric Stevens and Joshua Dimarcantonio

"Second Thoughts" is a dark comedy in which a cult leader gets cold feet when it comes time to "transcend" into the afterlife with his followers.

The High Priest Nebula, leader of a religious cult, is about to lead his acolytes in a mass suicide so that they can leave their mortal vessels and transcend to the planet Quathcore.  However, with the elixir in his chalice and the moment upon him, he is unsure whether he has faith enough to proceed. The only problem is that he was the one who prophesised that he would lead the others in their transcendence.

It's a strong short that expertly milks every drop of humor from its central premise, affording each character an opportunity to shine.  The overwhelming awkwardness of the High Priest Nebula is expertly portrayed by Rory Scovel.  The laughter keeps flowing as he squirms through evasion after evasion in a style reminiscent of an episode of Fawlty Towers.  Despite retreading familiar comedic ground, this short never outstays its welcome, though.

Lego Creation: Avenger Mechs

Tinman X Ironman by tcflic

Lego Mech Suits for the Avengers

In this brilliant series, Titan Creations designs Lego mech suits for each of the Avengers!  I can't help but think that this would be an AWESOME Lego video game. 

It would be just like Hawkeye to wear a mech suit and use it for nothing better than drawing an even larger bow.

Lego Creation: Mad Max War Rig

I predict that there are going to be a lot more Lego Mad Max vehicles popping up around the web.
"I had free time so I made the front part of the War Rig with my available Legos because I do adult things."

Lego Creation: Mad Max Fleet

Lego mastermind Calin has done an amazing job capturing the true stars of Mad Max: Fury Road - the vehicles - in brick form.  Calin has included the Interceptor, the Nux Car, and even a few unexpected vehicles, including a mini that completely escaped my notice.  I'm praying that eventually instructions for these make their way online, because I would love to play with  model these myself... in a completely adult and mature way.

Make sure you CLICK through.  I've only posted one shot for each vehicle out of respect for the builder, but the Flickr album offers shots from many different angles.
"A mix of ideas and some more exploring of rims. These just might be THE rims for the Nux car, unfortunately the wheels holder doesn't allow much in terms of positioning of the grille.

I used to think TT wheels and holders are a walk in the park to play, but they turn out to be quite a challenge when you REALLY want to play them."

Merchandise: Retro Gamer Cookie Cutters

Retro Gamer Cookie Cutters by Francesca 4 Me
Prints available for purchase from Etsy. US$7

Choose from Bullet Bill, Donkey Kong, Metroid Set, Luigi, Mario Block, Bowser, Fire Flower and more.

Merchandise: Atari Joystick Candles

Atari Joystick Candles by K Hanney
Prints available for purchase from Etsy. US$9.99

Sweets: Calvin and Hobbes Cookies

Sweets: Gremlins Cake

Source: Imgur via Reddit

Christine McConnell recently posted a gallery of images of a cake she made of Gizmo, my favorite childhood movie character.  That in itself would have been amazing, but she didn't stop there.  She took it to whole nother level. Instead of just showing off her cake to garner her well deserved culinary props, she staged a series of scenes in which the Gremlin transforms and runs amok, just like in the movie.  I feel like she ought to be presented with some sort of award.  Check out the full gallery below, then get over to Reddit to tell her how amazing she is!
"I started with Rambo Gizmo..."

Crafts: Stained Glass Targaryen Sigil

Dustin promises more photos upon completion, so stay tuned.

Crafts: Stained Glass Direwolf

Source: Reddit

I love the colors in this piece.  The creator says in the thread that he'll be selling similar items on Etsy soon, but he didn't link to a store.  I'll be checking the thread again in a few weeks for updates, because at the right price, one of these would look good in my house.

Crafts: Stained Glass Stark Sigil

Merchandise available for purchase from Etsy.
Source: Imgur via Reddit

I read in a thread on Reddit that this stained glass piece sold on Etsy for $65 and its creator basically made no profit. Personally, I think I would have priced it much higher. Those glass beer advertisements you see in hipster pubs can go for as much as $500, and not even hipsters aren't as fanatical as Game of Thrones fans.

Posters: Lost Woods

Lost Woods by Inus Pretorius

"Lost Woods" by Inus Pretorius
Prints available for purchase from Iam8bit. US$50

Posters: The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie fan art poster

The Lego Movie Poster by Latvia-based HarryMovieArt
Prints available for purchase from the artist's website. US$22

Posters: Robolutions

Robolutions by 80kien

"Robolutions" by 80kien
Prints available for purchase from Society6. US$$29.02

Posters: Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan Poster by Ron Guyatt

Attack on Titan Poster by Ron Guyatt
Prints available for purchase from the Fabled Creative Shop. US$20

Posters: Godzilla

Godzilla Poster by Nantes, France-based O'lee Graphiste
Created for Godzillalefilm, a contest organized by Warner Bros!

Posters: Godzilla

Godzilla Poster

Godzilla Poster by Traffikcone

Posters: Alexander Iaccarino

Posters: Mad Max: Fury Road

Prints available for purchase from Society6. US$15

Fresh Take: Iron Man x Samurai

"Iron Man x Samurai" by Hong Kong-based Jack Lee
[ Previously: Fresh Take: Iron Man ]

Last year we checked out Clog Two’s samurai-inspired illustrations of Iron Man and War Machine. Artist Jack Lee not only shared his take on Tony Stark as a samurai, he also made a time-lapse video showing him making the drawing in Photoshop.

Fresh Take: Sengoku Avengers

"Sengoku Avengers" by Champaign, Illinois-based Alex Mitchell (Genesischant)

These are incredible, not just because of the art style, but because of the enormous amount of thought the artist put into them.  I would love to see this characters in a story.
"I was wanting to do a new redesigned/ translated set of comics characters for a while, and the new Avengers movie presented a great team to build from. It has the kind of big iconic characters that work best for these sort of reimaginings. Instead of the theatrical 'chambara' setting I used for my Justice League, I decided that the historically based, yet still legendary figures of the Sengoku era of Japanese history would be the inspiration."

Illustration: Depression

"Depression" by UK-based DestinyBlue
"Hi I'm Blue, and I struggle with mental illness.

Some of you will dismiss me, some of you will be scared of me, some of you will blame me, but a surprising amount of you will understand me, because 1 in 4 people experience mental health issues. Considering so many people experience it, we hear so little about it; it's the family secret you can't tell anyone, the fake smile so know one knows, the calling in sick but blaming food poisoning. It's hard for me to write about, but I write this hoping it makes it easier for the next person to speak about it."

Illustration: Worth Fighting For

Fresh Take: Superheroes

On top of running a webcomic, Andrea Scoppetta posts daily sketches of her favorite superheroes miniaturized into adorable awesomeness.

Fresh Take: The X-Babies

"Oliver and the X-Babies" by Calgary, Canada-based Caanan

Tiny superheroes will never not amuse me. 

Humor: Explaining Gay Marriage

Gaming Round-Up: June 29, 2015

Brotherhood of Steel by Tim Fangon

[ Check out previous Gaming Round-Ups here on the The Geek Art Gallery ]

23 Games from E3 2015 with Badass Playable Female Characters, as picked by Sam Maggs for The Mary Sue

Apparently Dudes Who Use Female Avatars In MMORPGs Aren’t Doing It Right

As Bethesda is gearing up for the release of a new game in the Fallout franchise, Shamus Young of Twenty Sided considers the writing in Fallout 3. In a five part series, Shamus details the "blistering stupidity" of the concept, the world, the protagonists, the antagonists, and the conclusion. Young has been featured previously on the blue talking about both Skyrim and Star Trek.

As a former economics student, I really enjoyed reading Stephen Winson's history of World of Warcraft’s gold economy earlier this week.  I would love to see a similar write up on Project Entropia's economy, but I'm just a nerd like that.

Comic Round-Up: June 29, 2015

X-Men (Good and Evil) by Carlos Dattoli

Part of the Dattoli's "Ode to my Childhood" Collection.

Event: Dark Horse: An Afternoon with Joss Whedon - a Comic-Con panel. This will be on the Saturday at 4:45pm in Hall H.

Event: Writer Cullen Bunn (Deadpool’s Secret Secret War, Magneto, The Sixth Gun, and many more) will sign at Comic Book Jones in Staten Island, NY on Wednesday July 1, 2015! RSVP on Facebook!

Interview: David Lloyd talks about Aces Weekly, the digital comics service he co-founded in 2012.

News: After twenty years, Top Cow is putting Witchblade out to pasture
News: Is Thanos not enough for you? Well, there’s a rumor circulating that Avengers: Infinity War will feature a second villain.

Link Round-Up: June 29, 2015

15 of Sci-fi Cinema's Most Eccentric Spaceships

Inside Out’s Take on the Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Perspective

Joss Whedon's 7 best quotes about writing and life. Words of wisdom from Joss.

Morena Baccarin in the ultimate PSA from the Onion. Our favorite companion joins other celebrities to speak out in a powerful PSA.

NASA photo shows three crescent moons at same time. Wolf sweatshirt enthusiasts ecstatic

The New Republic reveals The Influence of Road Runner Cartoons on Stanley Kubrick

This Reddit user completed an 8-month DIY project/mission to make a magnetic Scrabble board now hangs on his wall.

Topless Robot on The 9 Greatest Years in the Life of Studio Ghibli.

The VFX of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

Why modern CGI feels less real than 90's or, Why Special Effects Peaked in the 90's.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Short Film: Coda

"Coda" Directed by Alan Holly of Dublin-based And Maps And Plans
Written by Alan Holly and Rory Byrne

"Coda" is a hauntingly beautiful short animated film that follows one lost soul’s drunken stumble home from a nightclub in the early hours of the morning.  What starts as a warm story about a fool's drunk antics quickly transforms into a quiet reflection on life and mortality that will stick with you all day.  At the risk of ruining the twist, I’ll stop there, but I think it's fair to say that anytime an animation manages to earn over twenty international film awards, including Best Animated Short Film at the prestigious SXSW Film Festival in Austin, and an Oscar shortlist nomination, you can be fairly certain that it warrants a few minutes minutes of your time.

hand-drawn production has a bleak look full of vivid color contrasts that recalls paintings such as the famous "Nighthawks" by Edward Hopper.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Fan Film: The Rush

Directed by Matthew Arnold and Freddie Wong

"The Rush" is an intense StarCraft fan film from Freddie Wong that's a whole lot darker than you might expect. It's a great film with awesome production values that fans of the game are sure to love.

The title of the short was inspired by the term "Zerg Rush," which denotes a strategy in which a player creates as many units as possible as quickly as possible in order to attack before their opponent can fully mobilize his own forces.  This film highlights the effectiveness of the strategy.

The film stars Ellary Porterfield and Nico David, and it was co-directed by Wong and Matthew Arnold.

Fan Film: The Amazing SpiderDad

Directed and Edited by Adam Brashaw

You have to watch this awesome Spider-Man fan-film from parkour pro Mike Wilson. The film is a heartfelt tribute to his son Jayden, who passed away after being diagnosed with a Grade 4 brain stem tumor. 

Short Film: The Age of Curious

"THE AGE OF CURIOUS" Directed By Luca Toth of Fakt Visual Lab

"The Age of Curious" is a dreamy animation set in a bizarre, Miyazaki-like universe in which three teenagers set out on a journey to peek under the hair of God.  As you might guess, it's not a traditional storyline.  The creator describes the coming-of-age tale as "an association-based psychological journey" open to interpretation.  It's a highly atmospheric short film that will either delight or frustrate you.

Short Film: Smoke Bomb Boys

Written by James P. Gannon, Joseph K. Gannon, Chris Cipriano & Matt Ferrin

The Smoke Bomb Boys are the guys who never really fit in. They do things their own way with a course set for the dream: no shitty jobs, no complicated relationships, just hanging out, blowing stuff up and fucking around. But sometimes the realities of the real world may make that seem like it’s not enough and fosters an internal struggle over conformity and acceptance within their group. Choices are made, friendship’s are tested, and shit explodes.

Lego Creation: Colonial Viper

Seeing as how BattleStar Galactica is one of the few popular fandoms not currently licensed by Lego, I'm always on the lookout for clever fan builds.  Razzy has several very well designed builds, including both the Mark 2 and Mark 7.

Lego Creation: Colonial Raptor

Someone needs to nominated this for an official build!

Merchandise: Star Wars Caps

New Era x Star Wars

Star Wars Caps by New Era
Merchandise available for purchase from New Era. US$55.99

In anticipation of the upcoming movie, The Force Awakens, New Era has unveiled their latest limited edition Star Wars designs.  In addition to the embroidered Star Wars logo on the rear, the styles feature a inner satin lining and a print of the original figure. Other available designs include Darth Vader and the Stormtrooper.

They started the summer off with a bang by introducing two bold fitted caps inspired by two of the franchise’s most beloved characters – C-3PO and R2-D2. Limited to just 144 units each, the New Era C-3PO and R2-D2 fitted caps were available at select European retailers June 20.

Posters: Constantine

Constantine by Doaly

"Constantine" by Doaly

Posters: The Thing

"The Thing" by Sam Wolfe Connelly

Posters: Uncharted

The Uncharted Series by Janice Chu

The Uncharted Poster Series by Janice Chu

Posters: Rockman

Rockman by Rafael Gil

"Rockman" by Rafael Gil
Part of the 10th Anniversary Art Show at Iam8bit.
Prints available for purchase from Iam8bit. US$50

Posters: UnReal Estate IV

Opening Thursday July 2nd, 2015 at Spoke Art

Beginning in 2012, Tim Doyle’s "UnReal Estate" series has featured ingenious views of pop culture’s most iconic and beloved TV landscapes with each show selling out in it’s entirety.

This year Tim’s taking the series to the big screen with 10 new limited edition screen prints, accompanying variants and pen and ink originals depicting some of cinema’s most surreal and beloved locales. Pieces are available individually or in full matching numbered sets of 50 featuring the entire show as well as exclusives.

Posters: Daredevil‬


"Adding this one to my ever increasing pile of rejected licensed work. This was an almost finished design for an official ‪#‎Marvel‬ Netflix ‪#‎Daredevil‬ screen-print. Ink on vellum, with digital color and finishing. This was to be printed on mirrored mylar only. The concept being, though Daredevil is blind, the only thing he can’t actually see is himself. His echolocation can’t bounce off of his reflection in a mirror. His kind of justice is truly blind to him."

Posters: Furiosa

Furiosa by KatotoChan

"Furiosa" by Russia-based KatotoChan

Posters: I want YOU for WAR, BOY

I want YOU for WAR, BOY by Hugo Dourado

Prints available for purchase from RedBubble.

Illustration: Nick Fury

Nick Fury by Adam Fay

Illustration: Burt Macklin: FBI

Burt Macklin: FBI by Reuben Dangoor

Here's my head cannon: Jurassic World was all an elaborate fantasy in which Andy Dwyer daydreamer of his dream job, working as a rugged Raptor tamer.  April is the T-Rex.

Illustration: Furious 7

Furious 7

Furiosa and Ripley?  Why is this not a real thing?

Illustration: 8-Bit Heroes and Villains

8-Bit Heroes and Villains by Justin Hillgrove 8-Bit Heroes and Villains by Justin Hillgrove

"8-Bit Heroes and Villains"  by Justin Hillgrove
Part of the 10th Anniversary Art Show at Iam8bit.
Prints available for purchase from Iam8bit.

Fresh Take: Firefox Pin-up

"FireFoxy" Firefox Pin-up Girl by Canada-based SakimiChan
Prints available for purchase from Patreon.
"Fantasy Character based on one of my fav internet browser fire fox *_* , my second fav is chrome! This piece might be a bit rougher then my other pieces, I started off with linear and went from there :3 This version is a slightly painted on top of my lineart colored version which ill post soon ^_^."

Fresh Take: Game of Thrones Pin-Ups

Game of Thrones​ Pin-Ups by Andrew Tarusov

Images available for download from Patreon.

Considering that Game of Thrones is one of the most consistently raunchy shows on television, the fan art that floods the internet is surprisingly tame.  That's why I was delighted when I came across this series of classically drawn pin-up girls featuring the ladies of Game of Thrones.

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