Friday, January 30, 2015

Video Round-Up: January 30, 2015

"Kim Jong-Il wrote a book on cinema!? It's true. Here's how the 2015 Academy Award nominees stack up, according to the former Supreme Leader of North Korea."

Welcome to The Geek Art Gallery's daily Video Round-Up, in which we collect the geekiest videos from around the web each day for your enjoyment. Why slog through page after page of kitten and baby videos to find what you're looking for on video aggregators when you can cut straight to the chase here? Comedy sketches, countdowns, movie parodies, nerdy music, science in action, and supercuts - we've got it all!

Posters: Link and Skull Kid

Link and Skull Kid by SpoonfishLee

"Link and Skull Kid" by Sweden-based SpoonfishLee

Posters: Classic Nintendo Games

Classic Nintendo Video Game Poster Series by Russ Moore

Classic Nintendo Video Game Poster Series by Russ Moore
Prints available for purchase from BigCartel.

Posters: Bozo

Bozo by Mark Chilcott

Prints available for purchase January 29th from the Bottleneck Gallery.

Posters: Spider-Man

Spider-man by Tierno Beauregard

"Spider-Man" by France-based Tierno Beauregard

Posters: Super Mario


Super Mario Posters by St. Petersburg, Florida-based Gilberto Reyes
"Really out of boredom, and a desired to play Super Nintendo, i started to think of something to put in my new apartment. Then this came up! I wanted to do something fun, and came up with this!"

Posters: Mario Kart Designs

Mario Kart Designs by Jasmine Prasad

Mario Kart Designs by Jasmine Prasad
Prints available for purchase from Society6.

Posters: Close Encounters

Close Encounters of the Third Kind poster by Adam Juresko

Close Encounters of the Third Kind Poster by Adam Juresko
Prints available for purchase from Etsy. US$15

Posters: Ex Machina

"Ex Machina" by Brian Taylor

Posters: T-Ricky Situation

"T-Ricky Situation" Jurassic Park Triptych Posters by Patrick Connan
Prints available for purchase January 31st from Hero Complex Gallery.

With Hero Complex Gallery's "The Young Guns Invitational" now open and in full swing, we've had a chance to see some of the great artwork that has been contributed.  Patrick Connan produced a set of three Jurassic Park trilogy inspired posters titled “T-Ricky Situations” that were printed on wood for the show.  These 18”x24” giclee’s were printed on wood and are extremely limited - as in only three.  Fortunately, Hero Complex Gallery and Patrick Connan will shortly be releasing the full set as timed edition screen prints, so if you miss out on the wood editions you will still have a chance to own them!

Posters: Jupiter Ascending Fan Art

Jupiter Ascending Fan Posters

From the Wachoskis, the creators of the Matrix trilogy, comes the space opera Jupiter Ascending.  The film, which will hit theaters February 6th.  Jupiter Ascending is the first original film from Andy and Lana Wachowski in a twelve years, and to celebrate, Wired assembled this gallery of alternate posters created by Art Machine and Little Giant Studios.

Fresh Take: Vader and Stormtroopers

Fanart redesign of Star Wars for the Brainstorm Challenge 17
"I couldn't resist a poster with these guys.

Explanation for the theme, from the brain storm Facebook group.

Long ago in a land far, far away...

This was a fun challenge, and I'm kind of bummed I'm done, because I had such fun thinking this universe up. I wanted to do a historical take. But not the regular Samurai Star Wars take. Those are great, but I wanted to play with my imagination more then just set them in feudal Japan.

I imagined how would costumes look in a ww1 like setting level of technology. For the Star Wars story. If History had taken a different turn?

If samurai aesthetic would have advance to the wars of the early 20th century? How would this affect armor and there weapons?

What if the Matchlock/Flintlock guns had progressed to be on par if not superior to ww1 era guns? And how would a Saber/Katana work with a plausible tech that could have been developed in that time period? With the same benefits that the light sabers have in the source material? Like I said I had a lot of fun with this, perhaps too much fun? It was fascinating to research the history of Japan. As well as induction technology, and Matchlock/Flintlock's. It was a fun rabbit hole to follow."

Fresh Take: Darth Vader

UK-based illustrator Chenthooran Nambiarooran has single-handedly created thirty distinct redesigns of Darth Vader.  Each of them is detailed and very creepy.  I'd read a comic featuring any one of them. 

Humor: Comments

Humor: It's Dangerous to Go Alone

I totally think this version of the game would have ended much well for Link, as well as the pottery Hyrule.  Maybe, had Link come to terms with his anger, he wouldn't have run around smashing all of those pots.

Fan Art: Darth Vader

Darth Vader by Furio Tedeschi

Darth Vader by Johannesburg, South Africa-based Furio Tedeschi

A few days back the Brainstorm Facebook group posted the results of it's 17th challenge, which was a character of redesign of Darth Vader.  Since then, dozens, maybe hundreds of artists have posted illustrations in response.  Here, we've rounded up some of the best examples, though it was difficult to pick, given the caliber of the results.  Some of them are high-tech, some of them are horrific, and some of them are down right silly, but all of them are fantastic.

Comic Round-Up: January 30, 2015

Gotham by Tyler Champion

Interview: Cullen Bunn, Brian Churilla and Mike Norton discuss their collaboration on The Sixth Gun: Days of the Dead.

Interview: Duane Swiercznyski Puts On the Black Hood

Interview: Gene Luen Yang goes into depth with him in an interesting discussion of Yang’s Christianity, the decisions he made when creating Boxers and Saints, and how being a judge in the National Book Awards changed his approach to his work.

Interview: Lauren Beukes on Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman

Interview: Matt Haley talks about the nuts and bolts of his job, which includes work for DC Comics, Dark Horse and Marvel; he’s currently illustrating Wonder Woman ’77.

Link Round-Up: January 30, 2015

Interview: Sense of Wonder talks with three of the artists that have illustrated Brandon Sanderson's works: Jon Foster, Ben McSweeney, Michael Whelan

Aziz Ansari, Paulo Coelho, Julia Alvarez Now on Chipotle Cups and Bags

Essential Guide to Living Lovecraft: The Real World Locations Behind the Horror

Exceptional British Scifi Artwork from the 1950s

A few days ago, Graffiti artist INSA made a massive animated painting in Rio de Janeiro. Over four days he painted an area of 154,774 square feet (14,379 square meters) with the help of 20 assistants. The painting states were captured by a satellite to create this GIF, the biggest ever.

“I am No Man” Doesn’t Cut It: The Story of Eowyn

io9 contemplates The Difference Between A Great Twist And A Mediocre Twist: "A meh twist pulls the rug out from under the audience. But a good twist pulls the rug out from under the characters."

Lego’s Fabled SHIELD Helicarrier is Real, and it’s Spectacular.  Take a closer look in this official LEGO preview video on YouTube.

"The Pomegranate Architect" is an unpublished essay by my favorite author, Ray Bradbury.  It turns out that he had more than a passing interest in architecture.

Why Every Movie Looks Sort of Orange and Blue

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lecture: Style vs Function in The Hobbit

Remember when you saw one of The Hobbit films (which should’ve been only recently) and you thought “there’s something about this that doesn’t really work, but I don’t know what it is”? Well,  Dublin Business School film student Sean Hickey put together this engaging video essay comparing the The Lord of the Rings trilogy with the more recent The Hobbit trilogy.  His  argument in a nutshell is that, between style and substance, substance will always wins.

Video Round-Up: January 29, 2015

"Never stop exploring."
Welcome to The Geek Art Gallery's daily Video Round-Up, in which we collect the geekiest videos from around the web each day for your enjoyment. Why slog through page after page of kitten and baby videos to find what you're looking for on video aggregators when you can cut straight to the chase here? Comedy sketches, countdowns, movie parodies, nerdy music, science in action, and supercuts - we've got it all!

Short Film: Chryzinium

"Chryzinium" Directed by Rick Lord of Matchlight Films

"John Gussman and his daughter Madison have a choice to make. To be a part of a new Chryzinium world or not. What is Chryzinium? What does it offer? And who brings it? A family forced to make a choice."

Short Film: Zerogon

"Zerogon" directed by Joshua Planz and John Mattiuzzi

"Zerogon" is a super trippy sci-fi flick with an excellent ending.  I'm going to leave off the commentary, because this one defies description.  Just make sure you watch all the way through to the end.
"A lonely creature, on a lonely planet, abducted into the false allure of a computer generated world."

Posters: Halo ODST

Halo ODST: Occupied City Center by Colin Morella

"Halo ODST: Occupied City Center" by Colin Morella
Prints available for purchase from RedBubble.

Posters: Bioshock

Bioshock Posters by Stefano Cozzi
Prints available for purchase from Society6.

Posters: Tarantino Series

Tarantino Series by Mark Button

Posters: Tarantino Tintypes

Tarantino Tintypes by Tracie Ching
Part of the Young Guns Invitational art show January 30th at the Hero Complex Gallery
Prints available for purchase Saturday, January 31st from Hero Complex.

Posters: Saturday Evening Dead Space

Dead Space: Saturday Evening Post by Katherine Fedorco

Posters: Metal Gear Solid

Metal Gear Solid Poster by Conor Smyth

Metal Gear Solid Poster by Monaghan, Ireland-based Conor Smyth
Prints available for purchase from Society6.

Posters: Alien

Alien by Mainger

"Alien" by Mainger

Posters: The Thing

The Thing by Chris Weston

"The Thing" by Chris Weston

Illustration: Nineties X-Men

Am I the only one who thinks that the X-Men comics peaked in the mid-nineties?  Maybe it's just my so-called "adulthood" ruining everything as always.

Illustration: DC Comics Pin-ups

DC Comics Pin-ups by Salba Combe

Artist: Dave Kang

Illustrations by Canada-based Dave Kang

Dave Kang is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design.  He's worked on projects such as Lego Universe, Jumpgate Evolution, Avatar the Last Airbender, Beat The boss, and Battle Run.
He's currently working as a lead artist at Game Hive Toronto creating fun apps for the world!

Artist: Carnet de Nesskain

Carnet de Nesskain recently created a series of Harry Potter fan art that could pass for the start of a comic series.  He drew one page for each of the books in the series.  They're all beautiful, and I wish there were more to come, but Nesskain makes it clear on his Tumblr that this is a project he's working on in his spare time.  Sooo... I'm guessing he's not planing on adapting the entire series page by page.

Fresh Take: Lord Vader and this Troops

Lord Vader and this Troops by Patrik Rosander

Prints available for purchase from Society6.

Did a redesign of Darth Vader and a storm trooper, placing them in Japan with like semi historically accurate equipment. The comp is a reference / homage to Darth Vader's reveal scene in the first movie.

Fresh Take: Star Wars: Galactic Royalty

Star Wars: Galactic Royalty Concept Art by Longiy

"Star Wars: Galactic Royalty" by Czech Republic-based Longiy

Fresh Take: Darth Vader and the Valley

Darth Vader and the Valley of the Wind  by Nell Fallcard

Prints available for purchase from Society6. US$24.99

Done for the Darth Vader Brainstorm Challenge. You can follow the artist on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Humor: Deadpool / GotG Crossover

Now this is more like it!  Why can't we get a Deadpool movie like this?  I would totally go see this in theaters.

Humor: Trophy

Elsewise entitled "Hunting on the Jersey Shore."

Featured Site: Deep Dark Fears

Deep Eark Fears

Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause
Prints available for purchase from Society6. US$18.72

Illustrator Fran Krause asked people to tell him their weirdest and most irrational fears to turn them into witty comics. Sometimes these irrational fears can be traced from the early childhood memories or come as a result of some vivid world explanations grown-ups used to tell you. Sometimes,they're just inexplicable.

The project, which started with Krause‘s own phobias, now features comics of more than a hundred of craziest and darkest fears readers sent him. When reading through the comics, you can see that even though your fears might be silly, they aren‘t that uncommon.  In fact, Krause could very well call the site "Things you're going to be afraid of from now on," because if these aren't things that you're already worrying about, you're going to be thinking of them now. If you feel brave enough, you can submit one yourself!

Comic Round-Up: January 29, 2015

Mr. Freeze by Vablo

Interview: Bleeding Cool interviews Jeff Lemire And Dustin Nguyen, of Descender.

Interview: Carey & Gross Close the Book on "The Unwritten: Apocalypse"

Interview: The Guardian calls Bryan Talbot the father of the British graphic novel

Interview: How Stan Lee is bringing women and minorities to the comic world

Interview: At Nerdist, Scott Snyder talks Wytches and Batman

Link Round-Up: January 29, 2015

Interview: Head of Projection at Sundance on the Year 35mm Died

News: The Feature Film That Blew Everyone Away at Sundance Was Shot on an iPhone 5s
Big Hero 6 Alternate Intro Features Dubious Treatment of Pets

The Craziest Secrets Of Marvel's Original Secret Wars Comics

Fancy Up Your Home With a Glowing Moon Credenza

Good E-Reader suggest Top 10 Anime You Need to Watch Right Now

Meet Magic: The Gathering's First Trans Character

This Spider-Man Suit is actually a Beautiful Love Letter to Peter Parker

You can thank anime for crackling, expanding balls of energy.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lecture: Gay in Videogames

In the latest episode of the series, PBS Game/Show host Jamin Warren explores empathy and the importance of gay characters in video games. Specifically, Warren points to the mage Dorian Pavus in Dragon Age: Inquisition as an example of such a character that helps breed empathy in those who may not share his more realistic experiences.
"As games mature, they are sometimes tasked with tackling issues and themes in the greater realms of society at large. The portrayal of gay characters in games is one of these such issues, and one that games all too often fail to portray in a light that doesn’t condemn or mock. However, there are some bright lights! Bioware, in their expansive RPG series’ like Mass Effect and Dragon Age, exist on the opposite side of the spectrum in that their portrayal of gay characters is done in a way that makes them neither stand out or disappear, but instead appear like normal parts of the universe. But why is it so important for us to have the option to play as gay characters in videogames, and why is it that Bioware is one of the few companies to provide that option?"

Documentary: The Art of Letterpress

"The Art of Letterpress" is a documentary that explores the work of master typesetter and printer Stan Lane, who has been working with the London book publisher for a quarter century, creating beautiful volumes like the Letterpress Shakespeare series. Lane discusses the beauty of the labor-intensive process.
"Stan Lane, a master Typesetter and Printer, talked to us about the process of printing our Letterpress Shakespeare series.

Lane has been setting type for The Folio Society for 25 years and is one of the few craftsmen still skilled in the fine art of letterpress printing. Although labour-intensive, letterpress has a depth and elegance that modern printing cannot replicate."

Video Round-Up: January 28, 2015

"John Carter is based on a beloved novel, had a huge budget, and was directed by one of Pixar's best. And yet it's still surprisingly sinful given those facts."

Welcome to The Geek Art Gallery's daily Video Round-Up, in which we collect the geekiest videos from around the web each day for your enjoyment. Why slog through page after page of kitten and baby videos to find what you're looking for on video aggregators when you can cut straight to the chase here? Comedy sketches, countdowns, movie parodies, nerdy music, science in action, and supercuts - we've got it all!

Short Film: ANYA

"ANYA" Written and Directed by Damien O'Connor of Brown Bag Films

"Anya" is intended to raise funds to from the Irish charity "To Russia With Love," an organization on a mission to act as a guardian to children without parents and turn them into successful parents, thus breaking the cycle of abandonment. It follows the life of an abandoned child over the course of two decades as she grows up in a Russian orphanage.  It's pretty much as adorable as you might imagine from the still frame of the embedded video and as moving as you'd guess a fundraising video created for a charitable organization would have to be.

The project began with O’Connor visiting one of the charity’s set ups, the Hortolova Orphanage in Russia. There the writer/director met with children and heard their stories. Singapore’s Infinite Studios, moved by the children’s circumstances, offered their services for free. Over all 80 people spread across five countries contributed to the production of Anya. The short is produced by Edel Byrne with original music by Darren Hendley (The Octonauts, Olivia) and is narrated by Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova, with vocal contributions by Irish singer Lisa Hannigan.

Read an interview with the director at Skwigly.

Short Film: Dromeo

"Dromeo" Directed and written by Florian Gerstner
""Dromeo" tells the story of a little astronaut, who is dreaming of flying a kite. Unfortunately he’s located on a foreign world, that doesn’t provide an atmosphere, thus foredooming his endeavours. Realizing the impossibility of his desire, his attmeps become more and more obsessed and selfdestructive."

Quick Pic: Snow Tauntaun

Snow Tauntaun photographed by Xnipek
Source: Imgur via Reddit

A Tauntaun I can't sleep in is no Tauntaun at all!

Short Film: Old Tricks

"Old Tricks" Written and Directed by Theodore Buckwald

"Old Tricks" is a slap stick crime film, starring Joe Spano, who played Harry Goldblume on Hill Street Blues and Special Agent Tobias Fornell on NCIS.  In this short film, he played an apparently helpless old man who gets the better of a clueless thief.
"A naive burglar is surprised to find that his seemingly helpless, elderly target whom he has detained is miraculously able to break free from his restraints."

Short Film: RomantiCorp

"RomantiCorp" is a science fiction romance.  The acting is rough and both the set and the film's special effects are a bit simplistic.  (Are those RCA cables taped to the girl's forehead?)  However, the story concept underlying the film is very promising.
"Dating can be tough. But with the help of RomantiCorp, you’ll be a pro in no time. With their team of experts, RomantiCorp coaches you through the intricacies of this complicated world. And they do so with the help of virtual reality. This is the story of a girl who begins to fall in love with the digital avatar – the perfect man."

Short Film: Don't Call It A Comeback

"Don't Call It A Comeback" Written & directed by Ramin Serry
A mini-sequel to the critically-acclaimed feature film, Loveless.

"Don't Call It A Comeback" is a light-hearted romantic comedy.  In it, a New York bachelor in the middle of promising date keels over and dies.  He then manages to convince the angel who greets him into giving him a second chance, but the angel seems dead set on interfering with the rest of his night.

Don't Call It a Comeback is a small sequel to Ramin Serry's feature-length film Loveless.  While the short is fairly light and a bit short on actual narrative, the excellent chemistry between the lead actors, Andrew von Urtz, Riva Di Paola, and Harry Sinclair, makes this a film worth watching.
"A Manhattan bachelor dies and tries to convince an angel to put him back into his body so he can have a one night-stand."

Posters: 90’s Kids

90’s KidsCreated by Manoel Oliveira

"90’s Kids" by Manoel Oliveira

Posters: Peach and the Mario

Peach and the Mario by Luis Mario Sarmiento

"Peach and the Mario" by Mexico-based Luis Mario Sarmiento

Posters: Captain America

Captain AmericaCreated by Bruno Vieyra

"Captain America" by Cuernavaca, Mexico-based Bruno Vieyra

Posters: Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War Poster by Maxime Crouzet

Captain America: Civil War Posters by Maxime Crouzet

Posters: Formula Zero Racing

F-Zero: Grand Prix Poster by Ian Wilding

Prints available for purchase from Society6. US$18

Posters: Samus Aran Portrait

Samus Aran Portrait by Ruth McGleish

"Metroid Samus Aran" by Savannah, Georgia-based Ruth McGleish

Posters: First Contact

"First Contact" Series by Nick Runge
Part of the Young Guns Invitational art show January 30th at the Hero Complex Gallery
All artwork available for purchase Saturday, January 31st, from Hero Complex.

Posters: Alien

Alien by Tyler Stout - Regular Edition

"Alien" by Tyler Stout

24” X 36” screen prints, numbered regular edition of 510 and variant edition of 235.  Available Friday, January 30th, 2015, via Mondo's random twitter announcement here.

Illustration: Ink Figures

Incredibly Intricate Ink Illustrations by Alex Konahin

Illustration: H Rodriguez's Sketchbook

Sketchbook Illustrations by Caracas, Venezuela-based Hosfman Rodriguez
"Illustrations that I did with the technique of pointillism mixed also with lines on paper, creating fantastic animals combined with objects like gears a bit to the style Steampunk, also portraits functional all of them for impressions and tattooes."

Artist: Sakimori

Illustrations by Sakimori

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