Monday, August 31, 2015

Quick Pic: Resistance is Futile

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"Resistance is Futile"
Source: Ben McCool

It's that time again!

Paintings: The One Ring

The One Ring original watercolor painting

Original watercolor available for purchase from Etsy. US$$103.29
Prints available for purchase from Society6. US$15.60

Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul,
Ash nazg thrakatulûk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul…

Paintings: The World is Ahead

The world is ahead by Kinko-White

...The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say...

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Illustration: Steampunk Superheroines

"Wonder Woman" by Jennifer (NoFlutter)
Steampunk Superheroine Redesigns

NoFlutter has redesigned four of comic books most iconic superheroine to give them a Victorian steampunk flavor!  She's done a version of DC's Power Girl, Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Marvel's Captain Marvel.  Her previous designs are super popular with cosplayers, and we can't wait to see these start popping up at conventions.

Illustration: Steampunk Gotham

Victorian Steampunk Batman Re-design

Fresh Take: Myth of MAD MAX

Via: Twitter

Japanese artist Takumi re-imagines Mad Max: Fury Road in an ancient Egyptian motif, and even though the movie has nothing to do with ancient Egypt, the two styles mesh really well.

Humor: How to Draw Mickey Mouse

"I’m often asked for drawing tips both in the classes I teach and on my social media and I’m always happy to help. Happy practicing, everyone!"

Gaming Round-Up: August 31, 2015

Super Mario Bros. 3 by Dustin Lincoln

News: Unearthed E.T. Atari Games Sell for $108,000 at Auction

News: Study shows 79 percent of teenagers play video games

Aoife Wilson does her best to explain the Metal Gear story so far in preparation for  the soon to be released Phantom Pain.

Christina Xu of Offworld offers 5 pieces of Chinese game lingo.

At Eurogamer, Johnny Chiodini has started an irregular video series discussing aspects of mental health through the lens of videogames

Failbetter Games' Alexis Kennedy wonders what videogames might be like if D&D hadn’t gained popularity.

At the Guardian, Quintin “Quinns” Smith writes about what videogames can learn from board games:
"1. Fragile alliances are the best alliances"

The iBookGuy recently examines the hardware limitations of color on the Commodore 64 and how game developers creatively worked around the constraints.

Ian Danskin asks how a game as old as Super Mash Bros. Melee has such a vibrant fandom and competitive scene.  Maybe it was just an incredibly fun game.

Michael Hancock of Literally Games compares the lore of Obsidian’s Pillars of Eternity with the philosophy of Schopenhauer.  It's dense and spoiler-laden.

The New Yorker's Simon Parkin writes about Cities: Skylines and the enduring appeal of the city builder, but I still don't think I'll ever get over the fact that the New Yorker publishes video game articles.  It's just too surreal.

Nintendo Would Be Wise To Stay Away From Movies, argues  Paul Tassi.

Over at Gamasutra, Alex Wawro writes about the ways in which working on “gross, violent games” can affect developers.

PC Gamer Sam Roberts writes about why he loves being a dick in Rocket League

Comic Round-Up: August 31, 2015

Daredevil 3.0 by Terry Huddleston

Interview: Creator-entrepreneurs Russell Geyushev and David Kieve explain the reasoning behind Your Comic Story, a comic that teaches young children how to be entrepreneurs.

Interview: Dennis Liu talks about his superhero story Raising Dion, which is told from the point of view of the mother of a child with superpowers.

Interview: Warren Ellis talks writing Karnak: "How can you not take a crack at that?"

Interview: Writer Jonathan Hennessey, artist Aaron McConnell and brewer Mike Smith discuss their new book, The Comic Book History of Beer.

Interview: You should listen to Alison Bechdel's interview with NPR because all of Bechdel's interviews are good, but also because as Teresa Jusino at The Mary Sue has pointed out, she's made a request

Link Round-Up: August 31, 2015

May The Force Be With You by Nadège Floriot

"May the force be with you" by Nancy, France-based Nadège Floriot

Hope, Despair, and Thundercats: The Reality of a Post-Christian Society

How the ballpoint pen killed cursive.

Jurabbit Park: Classic Jurassic Park Scenes Recreated With a Rabbit

The Original Storyboard For The Opening Of Batman: The Animated Series

Pixar has teamed up with online learning site Khan Academy to create a free, interactive online course to get students excited about learning the math and science behind their favorite Pixar movies. Lectures are presented by Pixar animators using examples from real movies such as Toy Story, Monsters Inc., and Wall E.  Subjects will include environment modelling, character modelling, animation and rendering.  The series is called Pixar In A Box.

"So you look at a work of art and think to yourself, I could have done that. And maybe you really could have, but the issue here is more complex than that -- why didn't you? Why did the artist? And why does it have an audience?" A primer from PBS Digital Studios, addressing common questions about modern art.

Tattoo Artist Answers Questions You Are Too Afraid To Ask 

Why am I not as excited about Star Wars now as I was in 1999?

Friday, August 28, 2015

Humor: Not so clever man.

"Not so clever man." by Alex Culang of Buttersafe

Looks about on par with one of my Friday night roleplaying group's typical campaigns.

Comic Round-Up: August 28, 2015

Wonder Woman by Ceasar Muyuela

Interview: Hoopla’s Jeff Jankowski Talks About Bringing Image Comics Into the Fold

Interview: Imprisoned Iranian political cartoonist Atena Farghadani is grateful she received the Cartoonist Rights Network International Courage in Cartooning Award, her father said after a visit to her in Evin Prison. Farghadani was sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison for drawing a cartoon showing the members of the Iranian parliament with animal heads.

Interview: Political satirist Mark Russell talks about his DC Comics series Prez

Link Round-Up: August 28, 2015


The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written: Whether you’re a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there’s something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.

Artist Teresita Fernández muses on the creative process.

Build your own Aliens M41-A Pulse Rifle Prop for under $30

Disney has released a new 15 second teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens on the official Star Wars Instagram account that includes some exciting new footage. The teaser takes advantage of Instagram’s new widescreen video feature that was introduced in its latest update.

Google Has a Secret Interview Process… And It Landed Me a Job: If Google sees that you're searching for specific programming terms, they'll ask you to apply for a job. It's wild. Here's how it works.

How to Build a Globe From Scratch

A look inside the brand guidelines for the amazing 1970s NASA “worm” logo

Miya Tokumitsu asks "How did curating, a highly specialized line of museum work involving the care, accessioning, and exhibition of artworks, come to mean, as cultural policy scholar Amanda Coles puts it, “just picking stuff?”"  (Via)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Humor: Smallville

"Smallville" by John McNamee of PieComic

Finally! A WB series I would actually watch.

Comic Round-Up: August 27, 2015

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #15 by Jenny Frison

"Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #15" by Jenny Frison

Interview: Gary Leib Talks About Creating American Ultra's Animation Sequence

Interview: The Life, Afterlife & Rebirth of an American Icon: Jon Goldwater weighs in on The Reconstruction of Archie Comics

Interview: Rick Remender's Tokyo Ghost Has Sci-Fi Social Commentary and Sick Motorbikes

Interview: Steve Skeates: “A Kaiser with Poppy Seeds I believe it was”

Link Round-Up: August 27, 2015

Alexander Forssberg

Fighter Bay by Sweden-based Alexander Forssberg

14 female fantasy artists you should be following on Instagram!

The entire 1982 DC Comics Style Guide is online and amazing

The fantastically weird legacy of The Far Side.

J.K. Rowling and Tom Felton really want you to reconsider why you moon over Draco Malfoy.  However, this Hermione/Matilda headcanon is perfect.

Lovecraft without the adjectives. This’ll be a quick read, each stories like a page long now.

The real NASA-approved science behind The Martian!

Whoa, Pop Art ’60s Adam West Batman killed people?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Illustration: Darth Vader

Darth Vader by Sara Baldwin

Humor: Search History

"Search History" by James Breakwell of XplodingUnicorn

You don't peer into a man's search history unless you're prepared to learn dark truths.

Comic Round-Up: August 26, 2015

Batman and Spider-Man by Sheldon Goh inks by Tony Kordos, and colours by Bryan Magnaye

"Batman and Spider-Man by Sheldon Goh"
Inks by Tony Kordos and colours by Bryan Magnaye

Interview: David Brothers talks to Josh Williamson.

Interview: James Robinson Promises Unique Adventures in New "Scarlet Witch" Series

Interview: Kara Szamborski and Matt Kolowski talk to Skottie Young.

Interview: Katy Rex talks about the launch of STRANGE WIT on Kickstarter

Interview: Kelly Bender discusses her series Starburn

Interview: Rick Remender Explains Shift to Creator-Owned Comics

Sci-Fi Round-Up: August 26, 2015

Alexander Forssberg

"Spaceship X" by Sweden-based Alexander Forssberg


Fantasy Literature interviews Ernest Cline, author of Armada.

Kirkus Reveiws interviews Andy Weir, author of The Martian.

The Outhousers interviews Kelly Bender, author of Starburn.
Redditors recently held an AMA for Chuck Wendig, author of Zeroes.

SFFWorld interviews David Liss, author of Randoms.

Speculate! interviews Wesley Chu, author of Time Salvager.

Suvudu interviews Jason M. Hough, author of Zero World.

Link Round-Up: August 26, 2015

Fury Road by Brett Parson

News: A 12-year-old in Taipei, Taiwan tripped and damaged a 350-year-old $1.5 million painting by Paolo Porpora on display at the Face of Leonardo: Images of a Genius exhibition. Video shows the boy stumbling over the divider in front of the painting, and stopping his fall by putting his hand on the painting, leaving a fist-sized hole.  The organizers of the event, TST Art of Discovery, have said the boy will not be charged for the repairs, which they say will focus on repairing the structure of the painting, not the paint itself.

Concept Art Reveals the Gorgeous Castle Doom nearly in Fantastic Four

The first case of Homosexual Necrophilia in the Mallard:  The IgNobel paper that inspired an Opera, The talk by the Author, A recording of the said opera, and A review of the Opera.

Meet The Man Who's Making Superheroes Out Of Indian Food. Raj Kamal Aich, an artist and photographer from New Delhi enjoys creating Indian food and non-food versions of American superheroes.

The street artist Banksy has released the official trailer for his Dismaland “bemusement park” art installation that recently opened in the resort town of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England. The trailer highlights several of the pieces Banksy curated from more than 50 artists from around the world that collectively provide a dark view of theme parks and commercial recreation.  The exhibition will only be open for five weeks, closing on September 27, 2015.

Taxi Fabric - connecting designers with taxi drivers – turning seat covers into canvas’ for young Indian designers to show off their design talent and storytelling skills.  
Using Spotify plays to quantify how old music has stood the test-of-time.  

WeLoveFine’s new collection of Adventure Time apparel debuted this week!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Quick Pic: Everything is RED

Source: B Winfrey

"Roses are red.
Violets are red.
Everything is RED."

Best X-Men poem ever?

Posters: Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

"Princess Mononoke" by Zetallis
Prints available for purchase from StoreEnvy. US$15

Posters: Fighters Against Angels

Fighters Against Angels by Juan Manuel Orozco

"Fighters Against Angels" by Juan Manuel Orozco
Prints available for purchase from TeeFury. US$20

Posters: Visions of Japan

Visions of Japan: Anime Poster Series by Vincent Petitot

"Visions of Japan" by Vincent Petitot
Anime Poster Series

Posters: Star Wars: Rogue One

Star Wars: Rogue One by Lazare Gvimradze

"Star Wars: Rogue One" by Lazare Gvimradze
Prints available for purchase from RedBubble.

Posters: Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings by Sara Baldwin

"Lord of the Rings" by Sara Baldwin

Posters: The Wizard’s Journey

The Wizard’s Journey by Nagy Norbert

Posters: Star Wars Rogue One

Posters: Minimal Trek

Minimal Trek

Prints available for purchase through KickStarter.

This latest work by Mark Gonyea will delight all Star Trek fans.  His latest work is titled Minimal Trek, and it features minimalist poster designs of all three seasons of the original Star Trek series. Gonyea created the posters as a tribute to his childhood, which was spent watching the TV show.

The posters and postcards are available on Kickstarter.

Illustration: Star Wars Fan Art

"Star Wars" by Bangkok, Thailand-based Phuwadon Thongnoum

Illustration: Game of Thrones Deck

Just before season four of HBO's hit series "Game of Thrones" premiered, Brazilian artist Fabio Alencar decided to embark on an ambitious project. Along with his friend and fellow artist Raitan Ohi, Alencar rounded up more than 50 fellow artists from his country and asked them to render a character from "Song of Ice and Fire" -- the book series on which the TV show is based -- each as a different playing card.

Illustration: Destiny Fan Art

Destiny Fan Art by Mole Wang

Illustration: Marvel Portrait Series

Marvel Portrait Series by Wisesnail

Prints available for purchase from Society6. US$15

Concept Art: LucasWorld

LucasWorld Fan-made Concept

Source: Imgur

This image has been popping up across Facebook today as the “Star Wars Disney Park Plan”. To be very clear, this is 100% not the layout for the upcoming Star Wars Themed Lands coming to Disney Parks. This is a fan-made concept for a park named “LucasWorld” in San Francisco (as clearly labeled in the upper left). Even though we might wish it was real, this park isn’t going to happen aside from on paper.

Concept Art: Star Wars Mural Design

Star Wars Mural Design by Ren Lin

Star Wars Mural Design

Mural Design for Sandcrawler building wall

Fresh Take: Ukiyo Heroes

Video Games drawn as Japanese Ukiyo
Prints available for purchase from the artist's website.

Fresh Take: Samurai Wars

Samurai Wars - Created by Louis Wulwick

Prints available for purchase from TeeFury. US$20

Humor: To be Kitty

"To be Kitty" by John McNamee of Pie Comic

We should all be so lucky as to experience life as a cat.

Comic Round-Up: August 25, 2015

Spider-Man Noir by Marko Djurdjevic

"Spider-Man Noir" by Marko Djurdjevic

Interview: DC Entertainment Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio talked about the “essential” DC comics at a panel discussion at the Buena Vista Branch Library in Burbank, California.

Interview: J. Caleb Mozzocco talks to Jillian Tamaki.

Interview: Kylie Wu, creator of the webcomic Trans Girl Next Door, and other LGBTQ cartoonists talk about their work, the increasing number of LGBTQ comics and characters, and why it’s important that younger people see their work.

Interview: MSU Alumnus Chris Schweizer on Latest Graphic Novel and Inspiration

Interview: Tom Spurgeon talks with Charles Hatfield about the exhibit the comic scholars organization he’s involved with and Jack Kirby.

Interview:  Writers Van Jensen and Jeff Parker talk about making comics.

Comic Round-Up: August 24, 2015

Spider-Man Commission by Marcio Takara

Interview: Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso talk All-New Inhumans

Interview: Diversifying Comics with John Jennings

Interview: Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto shares the genre of his next work, wants it to surpass Naruto 

Interview: Paul Trap is one of the few newspaper cartoonists to score a syndication deal in recent years. His strip Thatababy placed fourth in a contest in 2009, but the editors at Universal UClick liked it so much they offered him a contract anyway.

Interview: Van Jensen interviews Jeff Parker about becoming a professional creator

Interview: Warren Ellis chatted with Publishers Weekly about self publishing

Link Round-Up: August 25, 2015

Lovecraft and Friends by Matt Soffe

"Lovecraft and Friends" by Matt Soffe (MyGrimmBrother)

3 ways good design makes you happy

7 Book Recommendations Based on Your Favorite Harry Potter Book

Buzzfeed's Alanna Bennett put forth a really beautiful bit of Harry Potter head cannon that J.K. Rowling has weighed in on.  I think that it's fantastic that people are still pouring so much thought into this series.  I love keeping up with all of the head cannon floating around out there.

An indiegogo campaign has been launched to help fund Burning Man: The Musical, a new musical directed by Kyle Fasanella and written by Matt Werner currently being made about Silicon Valley and Burning Man. Here’s the opening song of the musical, which is being developed a couple songs at a time and then serialized on YouTube.

Jurassic Park Almost Had a Graphic Animated Series, Before Spielberg Killed It.

Kind of geeking out over this Spaceship Home by NOEM

PBS is airing a documentary in September about Muppets creator Jim Henson called In Their Own Words: Jim Henson.

The Secret To Mona Lisa’s "Uncatchable Smile" May Finally Be Revealed

Monday, August 24, 2015

Quick Pic: Definitely NOT Bees

Well at least its not bees

"Definitely NOT Bees"
Source: Reddit via MemeGuy

Well, at least it's not bees.

Humor: Motivating People

"Motivating People" by David J Mercier of Mercworks

Gaming Round-Up: August 24, 2015

Mirror’s Edge Faith Connors by Yuan Cui

Mirror’s Edge Fan Art

News: According to Gamastura, Youtube stars like Seananners may be breaking FTC disclosure guidelines. Adam "SeaNanners" Montoya has heavily promoted a new video game called Dead Realm on his Youtube channel. He does not mention that he has a financial stake in the game's publisher, 3BlackDot, in every video about the game. The FTC has specific guidelines for Youtubers and product endorsement, which Adam (and others) have ignored.

In 2013, 230 researchers signed an open letter condemning the American Psychological Association's public stance on video game violence, which they say ignores all the evidence against claims that video game violence causes real violence.

Almost No One Sided with #GamerGate: A Research Paper on the Internet’s Reaction to Last Year’s Mob An in-depth research project that suggests that the vast majority of people do in fact equate GamerGate with online harassment, sexism, and/or misogyny.  I'm happy that people have by and large seen through their BS. The GamerGaters will be throwing a huge tantrum again, though, and that kinda sucks. I was enjoying not having to see their spew across every gaming website I visit.

Link Round-Up: August 24, 2015

Pentameer - Conceptual Visualization by Jennifer Wuestling

"Part of my personal concept art project for my bachelor thesis."

Banksy opens a theme park, Dismaland ... and It’s Terrifying.

Copperplate, a beautiful and elaborate script that in its time was considered a basic penmanship style. Most people in the west know it from wedding invitations and the Declaration of Independence. Traditionally done with a steel nib it was quick, legible and considered elegant. Some consider the flourishes (majuscules and minuscule in calligraphy parlance) to be the best part.

Japan Is Giving Us New Star Wars Themed Airplanes!

Patti Smith sings goodbye to Aqua Teen Hunger Force

The Recology San Francisco (waste disposal company) artist in residence program is cool ... show on September 18-22!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Quick Pic: iRoll

"My school just got a ton of new iMacs...this is what they did with the boxes."
Photographed by Studercinema
Source: Imgur via Reddit

That's just how iRoll.

Redditor studercinema said his school recently got a new shipment of iMacs, and this is what they did with the boxes. The redesigned space-saving boxes lend themselves well to a 36-iMac human hamster wheel they call the "iWheel."

Interior Design: Life-Size Minecraft Block

"Life-Size Minecraft Block" by Hahabird
Source: Imgur via Reddit

Redditor and father hahabird posted photos of the awesome life-size glowing Minecraft block he made for his son’s birthday. Since the blocks in the game are about one meter, he decided to build one side of a cube true to scale. Then he added color-changing LEDs which can be remote controlled. The entire project took about a week in his spare time and only cost $85 in parts and paints.

Now if he can just keep his kid from taking a pick axe to the rest of the dry wall...
"My son loves Minecraft, so I thought I'd build him a life-size block of ore for his birthday. In the game each block is a one-meter cube, and that would take up way too much space, so instead I did one face that could hang on the wall, ready to be mined.

It's lit from the back with RGB LEDs that glow through translucent acrylic panels. A remote control lets you change the color, so it can be redstone, gold, diamond, etc.

It took about a week of work, off and on in the evenings. The cost breakdown was around $20 for the LEDs, $20 for the wood, $20 for the paint and supplies, and $25 for the acrylic panels.
I haven't given it to him yet. I finished it today, put it up for the picture, and then took it down and hid it. Tonight while he's asleep I'm going to install it, turn it on, and stick a bow on it."

Interior Design: Real Life Simpson's Kitchen

Source: CBC via Nerdist

The kitchen is a staple of TV sitcoms.  Practically every major comedy series from I Love Lucy to Seinfeld has been set, at least in part, in a kitchen.  But there's no kitchen more recognizable than that of 742 Evergreen Terrace, the home of the Simpsons.  Its blue countertops, neon green stove, and corn cob-covered curtains are all instantly recognizable.

Joe Hamilton and Marcia Andreychuk have now re-created the iconic animated kitchen inside their Calgary home as part of a remodel of the fifties era kitchen, and they’re doing an amazing job.

Andreychuk found the perfect fabric for Marge’s corn cob curtains on Spoonflower, which she used to sew the curtains herself.

Joe and Marcia are currently saving up to buy new “’retro-inspired’ granny-apple green appliances​,“ but in the meantime they’ve used contact paper to make their countertops, cabinets, washer/dryer, fridge, and stove match the Simpsons’ versions.  (Though how you cook on a stovetop covered in contact paper is a mystery to me.)

Andreychuk told the CBC in an interview that they’re thinking about renovating their basement to look like Moe’s Tavern as their next project!

Vehicle: Steampunk Sidecar Tricycle

Steampunk Sidecar Tricycle

"Steampunk designed 1959 Ural K-750 Sidecar Tricycle" photographed by Matkalla
Photographed at the Helsinki Bike Show

Vehicle: Tron Car

Via: Imgur via Reddit

A Redditor, only identified as ‘Swagpac_Shakur’, has transformed his car into a brilliant ride that fits perfectly in the movie scenes of Tron.

He wrote that the 2014 Toyota 86 GTS is a common sight around his neighborhood, so he wanted to do something to make his stand out.  Drawing inspiration from Tron, he strategically covered his ride in high visibility reflective tape, which resulted in the car taking on a magnificent appearance at night.

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