Monday, October 31, 2016

Fresh Take: The Great Pumpkin

Peanuts fan art

Link Round-Up: Spooky Stories for Halloween

All Hallow's Read is a Hallowe’en tradition. It’s simply that in the week of Hallowe’en, or on the night itself, you give someone a scary book. Scholars have traced its origins as far back as this blog post.  Of course, All Hallow's Read isn't a substitute for the tradition of giving away candy.  Trick or Treating is a rite of passage. This is just a great excuse to give someone a book.

Goodreads has generated a helpful list of 536 books to get your fright on this Halloween!  Of course, if you're looking for something short to while away the dark hours tonight without a trip to the store, here's a list of terrifying reads available around the web.

Link Round-Up: October 31, 2016

Adult Beverages to Pair with Your Halloween Candy

The Buffy episodes you should watch this Halloween

Cheese Slope Mosaics: how to arrange not-quite-triangular LEGO pieces into impressive patterns, projects, scenes, and everything under the sun.

Ellimacs SFX has released a gruesome zombie Halloween special effects tutorial on how to make it look like your guts and intestines are ripped out for everyone to see. The full tutorial is available to view on the Ellimacs SFX website.

Find out if your House or Neighborhood Is Haunted with the Housecreep Website. Housecreep was started by brothers Albert and Robert Armieri when they found the bedbug registries to be seriously lacking information about other scary things that come with real estate. Namely, they thought people might want to know about murders, alleged hauntings, nearby gravesites, and other potential issues for the frightened and superstitious.

Sci-Fi Round-Up: October 31, 2016

"Night of the Living Dead" by GODMACHINE
Prints available for purchase from Grey Matter Art at a random time November 2nd.


Author Query Ivar Leon Menger
Eating Authors: Sharon Joss
Meet the Man Bringing Chinese Science Fiction to the West: Ken Liu
Meet the professor who will help robots learn common sense
Silkpunk Sci-Fi Author Ken Liu Talks the Future of the Human Race


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Link Round-Up: October 26, 2016

Star Wars Trooper Concept Art by Robin Har

8000 Match Chain Reaction — what better and more-satisfying way to encapsulate 2016 than with a red flower of FIRE?

An Attempt to 3D Model Jorge Luis Borges’s Library of Babel Programmer Jamie Zawinski has created a digital rendering of the infinite, hexagonal library that is the subject and setting of Jorge Luis Borges’s short story “The Library of Babel.”

The Beautiful Use Of Perfect Symmetry In BBC Hit Series ‘Sherlock’

George Lucas Presents Two New Designs For His Beleaguered Museum

Los Angeles artist Matt Anderson (Ginozko) used white and black charcoal and his drawing skills to transform Abraham Lincoln‘s face on a five dollar bill into Bill Murray.  Watch as he transforms Abraham Lincoln's Face On The $5 Bill Into Bill Murray's at YouTube.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has just added the original emojis from 1999 to its art collection. Go and check it out in all its antiquated, pixel-y goodness.

Star Trek’s Feminist Statement: Believe Women: In theory, any of the major characters could have been the star of this episode. But it is not at all a coincidence that it is Beverly — a woman, a healer, a mother, and Picard’s occasional love interest — who lives out this story. 

Stranger Things/Charlie Brown Christmas Mashup Is the Only Acceptable Pre-Halloween Christmas Special

Sci-Fi Round-Up: October 26, 2016


Midnight in Karachi interviews Sami Shah of Fire Boy Interlude C
SFFWorld interviews Jennifer Foehner Wells of The Druid Gene
SFFWorld interviews Lexie Dunne of How to Save the World?


Friday, October 21, 2016

Link Round-Up: October 21, 2016

8 Pumpkin Carving Stencils

Art Deco R2-D2 Looks Like The Coolest Vintage Vacuum

The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of True Movie Poster Art

The Chuck Taylor All Star II Moon "features a digital moon print and werewolf footbed graphic atop a glow-in-the-dark outsole. It has added comfort through a micro mesh liner and Nike Lunarlon insole."

Creative Dad Turns His Son’s Wheelchair Into the Ghostbuster's Ecto-1

Hot Topic's New DC-Based Jackets Look Sort of Great

How to transfer a picture to wood

If I was a photographer I would jump on buying the Palette Controllers for faster and more convenient photo retouching.

Illustrations of mental illness.

Mini Hoth Luke and Tauntaun

R2-D2 coffee press.

Comic Round-Up: October 21, 2016

Deadpool & Harley by Ben Oliver
Exclusive commemorative print for the Nice 2016 Comic Con.


Sci-Fi Round-Up: October 21, 2016

More selected art for the Faith RPG on the artist's Tumblr.


Arrival stars Amy Adams And Jeremy Renner Talk About Sci-Fi
"Black Mirror" Creator Charlie Brooker Interviewed On Fresh Air (NPR)
Interview With J.B. Rockwell, author Of Serengeti
Interview With Lexie Dunne, author of How To Save The World
Interview With Peter F. Hamilton
Interview With Stephanie Gangi, author Of The Next


Aaron Paul And Olga Kurylenko To Star Inscience Fiction thriller ...
Argus Has Released Its 'Suicide Squad' File On Captain Boomerang
Darren Aronofsky's Maddaddam Sci-Fi series Won't Air On HBO
George Takei Lays Out What'S Missing From The New Star Trek ...
Godzilla 2 And Pacific Rim: Maelstrom To Shoot At Wanda's New Qingdao Studio
Indie Sci-Fi gets Its Own Online Channel: Recursor.Tv
Joe Johnston Will Direct $100M sci-fi film 'Starfall' In China
Joseph Gordon-Levitt To Star in Sci-Fi film Sovereign 
Joss Whedon Wants To Direct A Star Wars movie 
Leonardo Dicaprio Is Pitching A Grim & Gritty Captain Planet Movie
'Mr. Robot' Actor To Star In Sci-Fi thriller Parallel 
Star Wars 8 News: Carrie Fisher May Have Dropped A Huge Spoiler!
Star Wars lightsabers: Why Red Is Significant To The Dark Side
Star Wars lawsuits: Who Has Lucasfilm Sued And Why?
The Best Star War Stoy In History Has Been Announced 
Upcoming Sci-Fi thriller Extinction Has Found A Director 
Young Timaru Filmmakers Need $6000 For Sci-Fi

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Link Round-Up: October 13, 2016

Interview: The Duffer Brothers Say Some of Your STRANGER THINGS Season 2 Theories Are "Very Close" To Being Correct

5-Minute Glowing Ghost Eyes from Make Magazine

Concept Art Shows Off the Much Creepier Bad Guys Suicide Squad Could Have Had

This LEGO Death Star Build Video Is My New Meditation

The next time you need to “get some perspective,” consider using this handy setup for your next drawing session.

Penguin Reinvents Classic Sci-Fi Book Covers With Clever Type Design

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Link Round-Up: October 12, 2016

Star Wars: Rogue One by Brian Rood

An artist named Christopher Shy has somehow managed to capture the swirling, amorphous feeling of a nightmare with his series of watercolor horror and sci-fi movie posters, and each is more terrifying than the last. For example: The Thing

The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of True Movie Poster Art

Mr. Robot Creator Sam Esmail Opens Up About His Own Hacking History

Pixel art resizes/shapes as you move your mouse cursor. Sometimes not always in the way you expect.

A Real-Life Version of Doom 's BFG Reveals Just How Gigantic It Really Is

You may have seen Stranger Things, but have you seen the show re-enacted with hamsters?

Sci-Fi Round-Up: October 12, 2016


Exclusive 'Arrival' Interview: We talk to Director Denis Villeneuve


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Link Round-Up: October 11, 2016

"Mr Robot" by Varsha Vijayan
Prints available for purchase from Society6. US$13

Brief History of Who Ruined Burning Man: It's been ruined 27 out of 30 times

Move Over, Rats. New York Is Planning an Underground Park. If you can't build it out or up, then for fuck's sake build it below.

Need Some Halloween Help? Gambody Gets into the Holiday Spirit with Four Frightening 3D Printable Game-Inspired Masks

Radical Collection of Toy-Inspired Art From The POWER OF MATTEL Art Show

Ten 3D Printable Halloween Decorations for Your Home

Monday, October 10, 2016

Humor: Internet of Randomware

"The Internet of randomware things..." The Joy of Tech by Nitrozac & Snaggy

After having upgraded to Windows 10, I find this comic chillingly prescient.  It took me a month to shut off all of the Microsoft services running in the background to restore my computer's performance to normal.  The thought of all the appliances in my house running on a Microsoft platform makes me want to become Amish... you know, if there was such a thing as someone Amish who never goes outdoors.

Merchandise: Anime Posters & T-Shirts

"Space Cowboy"
Poster available for purchase from Boomslank. US$20

Boomslank is an original anime t-shirt brand run by three brothers. They started Boomslank because they noticed a lot of the anime tees out there relied heavily on already licensed artwork. They set out to create an anime brand that was strictly based on original artwork. Check out their tees and posters over on

Posters: Rockets of the World

Via Reddit

There are a lot of rockets inexplicably missing from this poster, but that doesn't detract from the beauty of it.  For some lively discussion on the topic, check out the Reddit thread.  And if anyone knows where to buy one of these, drop a link in the comments below, please!

Link Round-Up: October 10, 2016

"Mr. Robot" by Jereek Espiritu

24 Reasons Why All X-Men Movies Are Basically The Same [Video]

The Cybernetics of Knitting

Here’s how to tell the new Underworld and Resident Evil trailers apart: Dark, confusing times have come to America. Times of turmoil. Times when difficult choices must be made. Times when the latest entries in two surprisingly long-lived actress-centered undead-fighting action series—both due in theaters next January from the same fucking studio—can release new trailers on the same day, both featuring their respective heroines on motorcycles.

Jenny Hval's new album "Blood Bitch" was released on 30 September. You can listen to it on Bandcamp. The official videos for "Conceptual Romance" and "Female Vampire" are up on Youtube. Hval discusses her new music: "I’m a vampire already… in that sense the vampire is always the human. When I write about it, the vampire is always me; and the vampire when you listen to a song is always you. We carry something dead with us."

Math Monday: Tubular Trefoils

Phase Two of NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge is Now Open for Registration

Sci-Fi Round-Up: October 10, 2016

"Stranger Things" by Makassar, Indonesia-based Amien Juugo


Friday, October 7, 2016

Link Round-Up: October 7, 2016

Stranger Things Poster by Adelaide, Australia-based Mat Hede

This LEGO Hair Bike Helmet designed by Simon Higby and Clara Prior made me laugh. It’s just a prototype for now. I’d buy it. 

This video demonstrates how to use an elastic string anchored at the horizon of a canvas to sketch a drawing with two point perspective.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Link Round-Up: October 6, 2016

"Stranger Things: The Upside Down" by Edward J. Moran II
Prints available for purchase from Edward’s TeePublic Shop.

How to Sculpt a 3/4 Monster Mask for Casting

Is the UK’s transition from design rights to copyright law for industrially manufactured works a “direct assault” on 3D printing?

See Ant-Man Turn Into Giant-Man in This Captain America: Civil War Concept Art

Want to Be a Demogorgon from STRANGER THINGS? Here's a Tutorial.

Would you get a tattoo done by a robot?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Merchandise: Patience

"Patience" by Jez Burrows
Prints available for purchase from BigCartel. US$6

Behold, the zen of the whirling color wheel.

Poster: Perfect Strangers

"Perfect Strangers" Stranger Things Poster by Dennis Salvatier
Prints available for purchase from BigCartel. US$30

Poster: Stranger Things

Stranger Things Poster by Jakarta, Indonesia-based Ario Murti
Watch a timelapse video of this poster being created at YouTube.

I waited several months to finally watch Stranger Things so that I could binge it in a single weekend with my brother. Oh. My. God. It was good, bordering on divine. It's like they took every movie I loved growing up in the eighties and fused into a single series. Honestly, I don't think there ever been a franchise I loved this much that wasn't available on underroos.

Concept Art: ILM Star Wars Challenge

Star Wars Concept Artwork by Renaud Roche
Created for the ILM Star Wars Challenge, check out the full details here.

Do you think that there will ever be a day when we tire of concept art of this franchise?  Me neither.

Sci-Fi Round-Up: October 3, 2016

"I am the Monster" by Oklahoma-based Mike Anderson
Stranger Things: Eleven Fan Art



Link Round-Up: October 5, 2016

Stranger Things Poster by Jeff Langevin
Prints available for purchase from Etsy. US$15

News: S U R V I V E, the band behind the Stranger Things soundtrack, just released a new album!

In Ancient Rome, memento mori was a Latin expression meaning "remember that you have to die," originating from a traditional means of keeping generals humble. In art, a memento mori is "an object kept as a reminder of the inevitability of death, such as a skull." In the United Kingdom, Memento Mori is a shop which specializes in objects and antiques which are macabre in nature. (Instagram) (Facebook)

Old Circuit Boards Are Reimagined as Sarcophagi and Ancient Monuments

Stranger Things is the next TV experience to get the 8-bit treatment, courtesy of 8-bit Cinema.

This Two-Player Mini Arcade is Powered by Raspberry Pi

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Link Round-Up: October 4, 2016

"Stranger Things" by Tomasz Opasinski

BRIXO blocks are chrome-coated building blocks that act as electric conductors. They interlock to produce complete simple circuits with no wires involved, adding lights, motion and sound to any construction. They are LEGO compatible folks!

Font nerds unite: Know Your Font is a simple typography adventure.

New York Public Library Installs Tiny Trains to Deliver Books

A Walking Guide to Public Art in Manhattan and Queens

Why The Princess Bride Is a Perfect Fantasy Movie. Discuss.  The 40 Best Quotes From The Princess Bride (soundtrack optional but recommended)

Monday, October 3, 2016

Link Round-Up: October 3, 2016

News: ARTS MacArthur Foundation Announces 2016 ‘Genius’ Grant Winners. This year’s winners of the MacArthur fellowships, awarded for exceptional “originality, insight and potential,” and publicly announced on Thursday, include writers, visual artists, scientists, nonprofit organization leaders and others, who are chosen at a moment when the recognition and money — a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000 distributed over five years — will make a difference.

An artist doodles creatures interacting with NYC subway riders.

Chris McVeigh of chipmunk fame is well known in the LEGO community for both his builds and his new book. What he's perhaps best known for are his Brick Sketches, a series he began three years ago of pop culture faces "sketched" in brick (complete with colored pencils). Full gallery here.

The Museum of Modern Art has digitized a HUGE amount of material from past exhibitions. The history goes all the way back to the founding of MOMA in 1929. Exhibition catalogs are available for download as pdfs!

MoMA puts 1000s of historical exhibition photos online

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