Friday, May 13, 2016

Link Round-Up: May 13, 2016

LV426 by Matt DeMino

"LV426" by Matt DeMino
Prints available for purchase from Society6. US$15

Experience The Tron Roller Coaster At Shanghai Disney Thanks To This POV Footage

Giant Skull Armchair Designed by Gregory Besson

This Marine Uses Stormtrooper Toys To Depict His Combat Experience In Stunning Photos

A Three String Electric Guitar Kit That Teaches Kids the Value of Building Their Own Instrument

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Gaming Round-Up: May 9, 2016

Transistor by Inhoo

"Transistor" by Inhoo

A. Johanna DeNiro of Sub-Q looks at the work of storied IF creator, Rybread Celsius.

Allegra Frank explains how Fragments of Him offered her catharsis after the shock of losing someone by confronting pain head-on.

Brent Ables contemplates the connection between Dark Souls and art history.

C.T. Casberg asserts that Dark Souls is best enjoyed with others, and that the staggered release undermined its social qualities.

Comic Round-Up: May 12, 2016

"Captain America: Civil War" by Sophie Li
Prints available for purchase from Delve Weekly. £40

Interview: Christos & Ruth Fletcher Gage fly "Captain Marvel" into the Heart of "Civil War II"

Interview: Deadpool Creator Rob Liefeld On Saying ‘No’ To Cable And Fighting For Vanessa

Interview: The "Civil War" writers Explain Why Thanos Didn't Appear In "Captain America: Civil War"

Link Round-Up: May 12, 2016

I Hate Everything by Megan Lara

Artist Releases 300 Printable D&D Miniature Patterns. For Free.

Here’s Rob Zombie defending BABYMETAL. The Japanese band recently made its U.S. debut on the Colbert Show.

If you only watch one Rube Goldberg machine today, make it this one: Magnets and Marbles!

In 1990, artist Kevin Mayle took it upon himself to paint awesome reproductions of first edition Dungeons & Dragons cover art. They turned out fabulous, especially without the text that was usually present on each manual and book. Mayle’s entire series of D&D paintings are available to view on the Dragonsfoot Forum.

The Panic Sign - a brief story about a remote-controlled sign on top of a building in Portland, Oregon

Watch the trailer for Raiders: The Story Of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, a documentary about a group of eleven-year-old friends who made a shot-by-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark back in the eighties.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Tutorial: Cola Pens

Cola Pens Photographed by Gustavo Angeli via Pinterest

A cola pen is a calligraphy pen with a nib curved so that line width can be varied with pressure or holding the pen differently. It's called a cola pen because you can make one yourself with a cola can! Be careful, though.

Of course, if you're making your calligraphy nib for free, why pay for ink?  You can just make your own from black walnuts, berries (video), or acrylic paint.

Comic Round-Up: May 11, 2016

Divided - Civil War Concept Art by Ryan Meinerding

"Divided" Civil War Concept Art by Ryan Meinerding
Prints available for purchase from Spirit of The Hero. US$200

Interview: Costume designer Judianna Makovsky discussed how they settled on Vision‘s normal clothes in Civil War.

Interview: John Patrick Green winds up his series of Children’s Book Week interviews with a chat with Raina Telgemeier.

Interview: Maris Wicks went from program director of the New England Aquarium to creator of graphic novels such as Human Body Theater and the recently released Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Sea, in which she mixes science and storytelling.

Interview: Marjorie Liu Talks Monstress and the Importance of Reading

Interview: Matt Kindt talks to Jeff Lemire.

Link Round-Up: May 11, 2016

Pan’s Labyrinth by Rhys Cooper

Pan’s Labyrinth by Rhys Cooper

Add metal powders to clear resins to make cold cast props. They’ll shine up like metal, rust like metal, and even attract magnets like metal. This is the perfect technique for those who don’t have the resources or space for traditional metalworking.

Cardboard "Landmark" play houses for cats, dogs & small pets

Get Through The Wait for The Walking Dead Season 7 With Official Coloring Book

Is 3D Printing with cheese whiz a good idea or a great idea? You decide.

Kristian Williams has launched a YouTube channel of excellent video essays funded through Patreon. His piece on the X-Men nails down the ugly truth of the film franchise - that it's embarrassed of its origins.

Virtual reality isn’t just for gamers. See how creative professionals used this technology in this gallery of cool Tilt Brush designs.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Music: Outbound Probe

Tim Blais, aka A Capella Science [of Rolling in the Higgs and Bohemian Gravity] sings in reverse about the physics of "Entropic Time." "Stars explode and leaves turn brown and fall /That's thermodynamics' second Law /But from a deep view /That doesn't need to be true /Time symmetry precludes entropic time."

Comic Round-Up: May 10, 2016

Captain America: Civil War by Fernando Goni

Captain America: Civil War by Fernando Goni

Interview: Andy Oliver profiles Kim Clements.

Interview: Captain America: Civil War writers explain why you shouldn’t side with Team Cap or Team Iron Man.

Interview: Dan Slott Explains How "Dead No More" is a Creepy, Emotional Spider-Man Epic

Interview: Kevin Smith Taps Into The Speed Force For His "Flash" Episode

Link Round-Up: May 10, 2016

Poe Dameron #1 Variant Cover by Pepe Larraz & David Curiel

Poe Dameron #1 Variant Cover by Pepe Larraz & David Curiel

Antiques Roadshow erroneously appraised 1970s high school art class mug at $50,000

Behold the Death Star Turned on a Lathe!

Montreal artists Simon Lagneau and Sylvain Rogé (a.k.a. “Rogé Rogé“) of Baboon Creation have created animations of popular superhero logos that they designed using simple line art.

There’s more to these cards than their intricate pop-up designs. Lovepop is a company that’s combining naval engineering techniques and entrepreneurial training for teens to remake the world of greeting cards.

This week Adam Savage was on the /r/maker subreddit to answer questions. Insights include how to promote making, quick suggestions for projects and must-have tools, and book recommendations.

Time-Lapse of Northern Lights in Alaska

Top 75 Design Blogs and their Best Articles

Monday, May 9, 2016

Comic Round-Up: May 9, 2016

Captain America: Civil War by Jee-Hyung Lee

"Captain America: Civil War" by Jee-Hyung Lee

Interview: Alan Tudyk chats about 'Con Man' new comic book Spectrum

Interview: Dark Horse Publisher Mike Richardson talks about the challenges of publishing graphic novels for children and how Dark Horse makes it work.

Interview: Hellboy creator Mike Mignola has been named the Grand Master of the 2016 Spectrum Fantastic Art Awards, which honor fantasy, horror and science fiction art.

Interview: Kevin Feige has a long interview at Deadline that has already spawned many headlines. I’m sure it will form a foundational text for Marvel Studios Kreminology for a while.

Interview: Robert Jimenez talks about Strangewise No. 9, a comic inspired by pulp fiction.

Link Round-Up: May 9, 2016

Game of Thrones by Christopher Franchi aka Metaluna 5 Media

Game of Thrones by Christopher Franchi

17-year-old Nigerian student Joshua Umia is getting a lot of attention for his homemade action films with special effects, especially his remake of a Flash vs Zoom episode - which are all filmed on a Blackberry Bold 5.

Have you ever wanted to check out J.R.R. Tolkien’s own annotated map of Middle Earth? Now you can! It was discovered in a notebook last October, but now you can check it out online on the Bodleian Libraries website.

Here is the James Bond-style title sequence for The Empire Strikes Back that you did not know you needed.

This Papier Mâché Smaug Would Bring a Tear to Tolkien's Eye

Revisiting Buffy the Vampire Slayer's "The Body" for Mother's Day. Thoughtful stuff from Paste Magazine. 

Something Awful has announced the winners of their fantasy art competition which challenged people to create erotic art based on monsters from the 1st edition of the Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Link Round-Up: Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War by Thomas Walker


Cinema Blend | Empire | Forbes | Games Radar | The Hollywood Report | IGN | NPR | Screencrush | Seattle Pi | THR | Uproxx | USA Today | Variety | The Wrap

Business Insider: Why Civil War is the best Marvel superhero movie yet
Chicago Tribune: Satisfying superheroism
ComicsBeat: Thoughts from a second Captain America: Civil War viewing
The Economist: Captain America: Civil War could have been a messy disaster. It isn’t.
Forbes: Captain America: Civil War (Again) Proves More Is Less
Kevin Smith says Civil War is “greatest comic book movie ever made
Marvel Just Screened Captain America: Civil War, and the Initial Reviews Are Great
Mary Sue: Captain America: Civil War Is Good (but Too Stuffed to be Great)
Nerdist: the Perfect Hero Explosion
New Times: Comic-Book Cinema Without the Wonder
Vanity Fair: the Marvel Machine at Peak Performance
Vox: Civil War will make you remember why we love superheroes
Vulture: Captain America: Civil War Is a Busy — But Uninventive — Blockbuster
What Culture: 10 Reasons It’s A Near-Perfect Comic Book Movie
Wired: Captain America: Civil War Is Fantastic, But Not Because of Captain America

Link Round-Up: May 6, 2016

Captain America: Civil War by Patrick Brown

"Captain America: Civil War" by Patrick Brown

Meet The God of Cardboard Art

Nothing says evil like an awesomely sinister python skin replica of Darth Vader’s mask and helmet, except maybe the price tag.  US$3,000  This one-of-a-kind snakeskin helmet was handmade in New York by ELEMNT using a limited edition Disney helmet based on the mold used to cast the actual Darth Vader costume.

These Firefly Dresses from fashion designer and costumer Hannah Barucky are Cute And Shiny

These Harry Potter Wedding photographs are Beyond Magical

These Stormtroopers reveal that they are Much More Than Their Uniforms

Comic Round-Up: May 6, 2016


"Captain America: Civil War" by Matt Ferguson
Exclusive prints that will be available as part of IMAX Sundays at AMC Theatres.

Interview: Alex Townsend talks to Gordon McAlpin.

Interview: Caitlin Kittredge Balances Comics With Urban Fantasy

Interview: Eric Ratcliffe talks to Michael Kingston.

Interview: Philip Pullman interview: "I've always loved comics – now I'm writing one"

Interview: Suicide Squad star Jay Hernandez says the DC Comics movie is the next step in the evolution of superhero movies.

Interview: Terence Toh talks to Ernest Ng.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Link Round-Up: May 5, 2016

Game Of Thrones by Souliers Maxime

Game Of Thrones by Paris, France-based Souliers Maxime

Alex de Campi on how to pitch your writing to an artist

Chevrolet Unveils a Lame TRON Inspired Car at the Beijing Auto Show

Classic Programmer Paintings: depictions of software engineering by @gclaramunt.

HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast host Chris Lackey is celebrating his birthday today by releasing, along with co-creator Greig Johnson, a new Lovecraftian comedy short: From Beyond the Beyond.  Previous work included The Ward (Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3)

I have been to the future and have brought back art.  "ReTech was born of a desire to translate discarded tech into artistic pieces."  The FAQ explains it better than I can.

Rick Celis recreated all 47 of Greg Capullo‘s Batman covers with Batman: The Animated Series artwork.

Comic Round-Up: May 5, 2016

Captain America: Civil War Poster by Rich Davies of the Poster Posse

Interview: Anthony & Joe Russo talk about their directing techniques on Civil War.

Interview: Arizona State University student Marieke Davis, who calls herself a “visually impaired visual artist,” is working on a graphic novel that is accessible to the visually impaired.

Interview: Director Bryan Singer talks about how Apocalypse is like the antichrist to Charles Xavier‘s Christ-like character.

Interview: Paul Kirchner discusses his “psychedelic noir” graphic novel Murder by Remote Control, co-created with the mystery writer Janwillem van de Wetering, which was published in 1986 and has recently been re-issued by Dover.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Crafts: Star Wars Top Hats and Fezes

Prints available for purchase from Etsy. US$140 - $570

Check out this excellent set of custom-designed Star Wars headgear. The Blonde Swan creates bowlers, fezzes, and top hats inspired by your favorite Star Wars characters. The Chewbacca Fez is my personal favorite. It'd look great with a pipe and smoking jacket, but all of these are crying out for some industrious cosplayer to come along and tailor a matching suit.

Link Round-Up: May 4, 2016

Attack on Titan by Alexander Iaccarino

"Attack on Titan" by Alexander Iaccarino
Prints available for purchase from the artist's website. US$50

Apple’s new short film starring autistic teen shows how tech transforms lives

Bizarre Google Earth Glitch Images

Lego MASK vehicles

Making this DIY Cloud light takes about an hour and costs only $10.

Masters of the Universe-style Star Wars Action Figures by Sillof

Perception , the latest mural from French-Tunisian 'calligraffti' artist eL Seed, sprawls across more than 50 buildings in Cairo's Mansyiyat Naser neighbourhood, home of the city's informal garbage collectors and one of the poorest areas in the city. Aerial video of the piece.

Tolkien annotated map of Middle-earth acquired by Bodleian library

What Kurt Vonnegut and Ray Bradbury Thought About Television

Comic Round-Up: May 4, 2016


"Captain America: Civil War" by SG Posters

Interview: Brian Gordon is the creator of those cartoons you may have seen on Facebook or viral sites that feature with making wry observations about parenthood. Gordon turned to cartooning after being laid off from his longtime job at Hallmark, and he has just published his first book, Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting.

Interview: Caty Simon and Tina Horn discuss Mary Wept Over The Feet Of Jesus.

Interview: Filip Sablik talks about BOOM! Studios’ success with children’s and young adult titles such as Lumberjanes and Giant Days

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Link Round-Up: May 3, 2016

Beware the Night by Michelle Ouellette

"Beware the Night" by Michelle Ouellette

News:  MoMA to close galleries dedicated to architecture and design

8 Product Designers share what’s most challenging about what they do.

Guy Builds Mini Jurassic Park For His Tortoise: Turtlesaurus Rex 

The Next Rembrandt Can you create a "new" Rembrandt "painting" via data analysis? This project gives it a try.

What the what? Homemade hoverbike.

Why VR Will Not Replace Movies: Despite the rush to virtual reality, the medium faces major challenges when it comes to filmmaking.

Comic Round-Up: May 3, 2016

Captain America Civil war Retro Fanmade Poster by Punmagneto

Interview: Brecht Evens chats with Hilary Brown about fine art, how his style has evolved, and his new graphic novel, Panther.

Interview: “I Was Essentially The Guy Between Frank Miller And DC” – MJ Steele On ShintoTech, Klaus Janson and The Dark Knight

Interview:  J.K. Simmons talks about playing Commissioner Gordon in Justice League with Seth Meyers.

Interview: With a new Captain America movie in the offing, Megan Margulies remembers the character’s co-creator—her grandfather, Joe Simon.

Monday, May 2, 2016

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