Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Humor: Dragon's Hoard

Reminds me of my dog with his squeaky toys.

Crafts: Doctor Who Cat Condo

Doctor Who Cat Condo by MonksHomefurnishings
Available for purchase from Etsy.

Posters: Game of Thrones Series

Game of Thrones Series by David M. Buisán
Prints available for purchase from Society6.

Posters: Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones Poster Series by UK-based Andy Fairhurst
Prints available for purchase from BottleNeckGallery. US$40

Posters: Kings In The North

Prints available for purchase August 26th from BigCartel.

There's a lot of speculation swirling around the relationship between this pair. I think that when they finally square off on even footing, the results are going to be one of the best action sequences in television history.

Posters: King of the North

"King of the North" by Vlad Rodriguez
Prints available for purchase from Society6. US$25

Illustration: Grieving Mother

"Grieving Mother" by Shenzhen, China-based Bayard Wu

Illustration: Dracarys

"Dracarys" by Spain-based Francisco Garces

Illustrator: Azor Ahai

"Jon Snow - Azor Ahai" by Huelva, Spain-based Jose Barrero

Illustration: Night King

"Night King" by Warsaw, Poland-based Klaus Wittmann

Illustration: The King in the North

"The King in the North" by Jakarta, Indonesia-based Lius Lasahido

Illustration: King in the North

"King in the North" by Varsha Vijayan
Prints available for purchase from Society6.

Link Round-Up: Jack Kirby's 100th Birthday

Sci-Fi Round-Up: August 28, 2017

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" by Paul Mann


Alan Yentob On Handmaid's Tale Author Margaret Atwood
The Vault Director Dan Bush Discusses The Film's Unique Genre And ...
William Gibson: 'I Never Expected To Be Living In An American Retro-Future'


Apple Stores All Set To Host Star Wars-Themed Event
As Animation Grows Up, So Do The Animated Tv Shows Aimed At Adults
Coming To Apple Stores September 1St: Star Wars-Themed ...
Disney To Boost Hype For Its Next 'Star Wars' Film
Harvey Forces Weather Service To Add A New Color To Its Maps
How Disney Let Its Employees Celebrate Star Wars land
'It' Movie Causing Legit Clowns To Lose Work
James Cameron Says He's In Full-Tilt Production On The Avatar Sequels
Kylo Ren Kneels Before Snoke In New Star Wars 8 Poster
Lando's Got A Brand New Beard In This Han Solo Movie Set Pic From ...
Mark Hamill Joins Campaign To Buy Twitter, Ban Donald Trump
Maz Kanata's Role In 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi', Evil Bb-8
New 'Star Wars' Comic Arc Gives Luke Skywalker A Significant ...
Oni Press' Spring 2018 Graphic Novel Slate Revealed
'Star Wars' Doubles Down On The Worst Tactical Vehicle In A Galaxy ...
The First Order's New Vehicles Will Give The Resistance Serious ...
Walmart Bets Big On 'Star Wars' Fans For Pre-Season Holiday Boost
Walmart, Target, Toys R Us Bet Big On 'Star Wars' Force Friday
With Pop-Up Ar, Target, Walmart, Lego Prep For Force Friday II

Link Round-Up: August 28, 2017

"The Fifth Element" by Ryan Brinkerhoff
Created for a screening at the Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan on August 1.
Prints available for purchase from the artist's website. US$25

Ahead of a new UK C4 anthology series Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, three novelists - Nicola Barker, Michael Moorcock and Adam Roberts - pick their favourite works

How to Do a Plot Twist: This Video Essay Nails What Makes a Twist Ending Work

If you found Peter Jackson's Hobbit film series a tad padded, maybe the 1985 Soviet television movie The Fabulous Journey of Mr. Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit, Across the Wild Land, Through the Dark Forest, Beyond the Misty Mountains. There and Back Again, which tells the same story in only 1 hour 11 minutes and 52 seconds, might be more to your liking.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Link Round-Up: August 25, 2017

Prints available for purchase from inPRNT. US$15

The Creative Playdate Podcast is for parents that are pursuing creative careers.

Design Tips to Follow and Mistakes to Avoid When 3D Printing Metal

How Neon Lights Are Made

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Humor: The Internet

Every weekend.  Every. Single. Weekend.

Crafts: Sundial

Via: Imgur

"It is made of 29.5 x 26 x 2.5 cm polished marble that had the misfortune of having a small defect, disqualifying it from any serious project. Gnomon (a.k.a. "metal triangle") is made of 2mm thick aluminum."

Posters: Stranger Things

"Stranger Things" by Paul Mann
Prints available for purchase from Etsy. US$20

Posters: Game of Thrones

Posters: Hogwarts Houses

"Posters Varios" by Buenos Aires, Argentina-based Nicolas Alejandro Barbera

Illustration: Kylo Ren

"Kylo Ren" by Rafael Albuquerque

Illustration: Game Of Thrones Fan Art

"I know you" by Shenzhen, China-based Bayard Yu
Game Of Thrones Fan Art

Fresh Take: 80 Movies Recast

Superheroes 80s Movies Posters by Los Angeles-based artist Andrew Tarusov

The best movies of the eighties recast with super heroes.

Fresh Take: Scary Potter

Scary Potter Series by Dylan Pierpont

Concept artist Dylan Pierpont imagines an even darker version of the Harry Potter saga you know and love. His illustrations evoke the spine-chilling spirit of Alfonso Cuarón's Prisoner of Azkaban.
"A while back I was thinking about a few of the stories and characters that had a big influence on me growing up. And while Harry Potter was by far and away the most age appropriate of the group, I couldn't help but remember how dark some of the themes became over the course of the series. So this project is test to push those ideas to the forefront and see what we come up with... #ScaryPotter style!"

Link Round-Up: BioShock Anniversary

BioShock film could have been made today, director says
"Verbinski said his team was eight weeks into working on the film, which is based on Irrational Games’ dystopian first person shooter of the same name, when the studio pulled the plug on the project. Verbinski said the studio wanted to give the film a more accessible rating (like a PG-13), and he didn’t want to make the movie if it wasn’t going to be rated R."
BioShock is Still Great, 10 Years Later. Here's Why.
“The game holds up reasonably well today, played especially with an eye for its immersive sim DNA and less as a straight shooter. It's especially fun to hack machines and make them do the work, or let your wacky environmental powers wreak havoc on the ecosystem—bait splicers out to a shallow pool and electrocute them, or enrage a big daddy and lure them into a circle of death. It's nowhere near as deep an immersive sim as its cousins in the Dishonored or Deus Ex series, but those elements are still fun to play with, and add needed variety to subsequent playthroughs. I still enjoy its grand, theatrical style—Sander Cohen descending the staircase at Fort Frolic, the pivotal "A Man Obeys" scene, and the statues and banners and signage about the world that are the opposite of subtle, but they sure make their mark. This is a grand, jazz-hands flailing vision, and where it can be accused of being corny, it was never ashamed to go all the way.”

Sci-Fi Round-Up: August 23, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017 by Kirsten Jorgensen of Idaho


Acclaimed creator Ed Piskor takes on mutant history in a unique way!
Luc Besson: 'Valerian' Is Reaction To 'Dark' Hollywood Sci-Fi
Ron Moore On Why Replicators Are The Worst, And Other Words Of ...
Sci-Fi Author Stephen Baxter On His War Of The World's Sequel

Link Round-Up: August 23, 2017

16 Ways To Tell If A Shy Guy Might Be Interested In You

700 Years Of Art Inspired By Eclipses

Accidental Wes Anderson Sets in Real Life

Artist Lee Hurley has created Grootpool, an awesome 3D printed sculptural mashup of the tree-like comic book superhero Baby Groot and loud mouth antihero Deadpool. Lee posted more photos of his cute mashup on Instagram and Facebook.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Humor: Leaving Littlefinger Speechless

Source: Imgur via Reddit

Humor: Tales from Ikea

I used to have anxiety dreams about surprise math tests.  After one faithful afternoon, I now dream about getting from the center of an Ikea to the bathrooms in a sudden hurry.  I'm glad I'm not alone the experience.  I swear, one day I'm going to meet David Bowie in one of these places.

Video: HISHE Guardians of the Galaxy 2

How It Should Have Ended created their animated interpretation of how Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 should have ended. It features character art and animation work by Daniel Baxter with background artwork by Otis Frampton.
Since it hit theaters we started building this episode. Some HISHE’s take longer than others and this one was one of those longer ones. One because there are so many characters in this movie we had to actually cut out some of our ideas. And Two we were in an extremely busy time over here with babies being born, going to conventions, and then moving HISHE into a new home. But it’s finally here! So please enjoy! This episode was a blast to work on. I’m sorry it couldn’t be 20 minutes long with 5 bonus credits scenes.

Video: New Doctor

In the “New New New New Doctor” by the wonderfully talented animator Leigh Lahav, the 13th iteration of Doctor Who quickly finds out what life is going to be like as a woman after so very many years as a man.

Crafts: Robot Cat Condo

Source: Twitter via Laughing Squid

Japanese toy designer Kuramochi Kyoryu handcrafted this giant robot cat condo out of cardboard for his two feline overlords. Kuramochi posted photos of his robot design process and of hid two cats fighting over who gets to sit in the driver's seat.

Crafts: Mandalorian Armor

Feast your eyes on this incredible coplay build fashioned from scratch by Imgur user wyndryder. It's built on top of a umpire chestguard, which is very practical, but the it stands out for hand-detailed armor wear. 

If you'd like to build your own, Wyndryder was kind enough to photograph each step of the creation process.  It all looks pretty straight-forward, but I'm sure that if I ever tried my hand at building something like this, I'd end up looking like a walking crayon drawing of a Mandalorian.

I can't find an associated website or Reddit entry, but there has to be one somewhere.  I you find it, please drop a link in the comments section below!

Illustration: Little Hero

Illustration: Daenerys

"Daenerys" by China-based Junxiao Fang

Illustration: No One

"No One" by Indonesia-based Wisnu Tan

Link Round-Up: August 16, 2017

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" by Mo Caro

All of Galaxy Magazine’s 30-year run is now available online. Get’cher classic sci-fi using a method the writers of the era could only dream about!

Art Fans, Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ Paintings Will Be United In Virtual Exhibition

Monday, August 14, 2017

Link Round-Up: Orphan Black

There are few prominent roles for women in the television today, and Tatiana Maslany was lucky enough to play nine of them on Orphan Black, which has just recently concluded with its 50th episode.  While the series was never a ratings darling what with airing on the BBC, it did have boast a devout following (the #CloneClub) for its sophisticated portrayals of feminism and femininity.

The show garnered praise and buzz for (previously unknown) lead actress Tatiana Maslany.  EW proclaimed early in the show's run that "There's no better special effect on television right now than Tatiana Maslany playing a variety of clones."  In fact many critics are currently of the opinion that Tatiana Maslany is the Best Actress on TV.

Merchandise: Nixie Machine II

Berlin industrial designer Frank Buchwald and Nixie tube specialist Dalibor Farny joined forces for the 5th anniversary of MB&F‘s M.A.D. Gallery to create the Nixie Machine II, a beautiful second edition of a mechanical Nixie tube clock created by Frank. The steel and brass clock can be turn on manually via WiFi.
"To celebrate its 5th anniversary, the M.A.D.Gallery introduces the Nixie Machine II by @frankbuchwald : a jaw-dropping, sculptural clock featuring beautifully glowing Nixie tubes produced by Dalibor Farny. Limited to 12 pieces, available exclusively from the M.A.D.Galleries in Geneva, Dubai, and Taipei.

The new Nixie Machine II has been produced using six Nixie tubes by Dalibor Farny. Tubes as well as every detail of the machine have been manually handcrafted."

Posters: Jurassic Park

"Jurassic Park" by Kilian Eng

Posters: Raiders Of The Lost Ark

"Raiders Of The Lost Ark" by Joshua Budich

Posters: Classic Arcade Heroines

"JumpGirl" by San Diego-based Ástor Alexander
Part of the "Classic Arcade Heroines" series
Prints available for purchase from Society6.

Posters: Adventure Awaits

"Adventure Awaits" by Fabled Creative
Prints available for purchase from BigCartel. US$20

Posters: Super Mario Bros 3 World

"Super Mario Bros 3 World" by Madrid, Spain-based Ana Pascual

Posters: Hyrule Macrocosmica

"Hyrule Macrocosmica" by Philadelphia-based Jude Buffum

Posters: Donnie Darko

"Donnie Darko" Alternative Movie Posters by Matthew Griffin

A great new poster for one of my favorite movies.

Posters: Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant Poster by Neil King
Part of 20th Century Fox Australia Alien: Covenant poster competition.

Illustration: Under the Stark Tree

A sweet little throwback to season one that made the Daily Deviation on August 10th.

Illustration: Stick'em with the Pointy End

Prints available for purchase from Etsy.

"Print originally done in marker and ink. Game of Thrones tribute to Arya Stark."

Illustration: A Song of Ice and Fire

"Mother of Dragons" by Moscow, Russia-based Ksenia Svincova (IrenHorrors)

This collection of illustrations by IrenHorrors leaves me wishing we could get an animated Game of Thrones series. The pieces were illustrated using pigmented ink fineliner, watercolor and a bit of Photoshop.

Sci-Fi Round-Up: August 14, 2017


Doug Liman Talks Live Die Repeat And Repeat, Edge Of Tomorrow ...
Interview With Fantasy Writer R. A. Salvatore
John Kessel, author of “Corrupting Dr. Nice,” talks never outgrowing science fiction


Bryan Fuller Says Talks For A Hannibal Series Revival Have Begun
Chris Pratt Wins Choice Sci-Fi movie Actor At Teen Choice Awards ...
Games Workshop Just Announced A New Edition Of Their Most Cyberpunk Game
Gamescom 2017:Star Warsbattlefront 2 Space Battles Teased
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Wins Two Teen Choice Awards
Hugo Awards 2017 Winners Announced
In The Future, Humans Will Use Brain To Brain Communication And ...
In The Network Appeared New Details Of The Continuing Star Wars
Luc Besson Wants To Make A Valerian Sequel
Move Over Star Wars, Meet The New 'Yoda Bat'
N.K. Jemisin Has Won the Hugo for Best Science Fiction Novel
New Toys From 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Include First Order Finn ...
Nick Jonas Is Joining Daisy Ridley And Tom Holland In Ya ...
Noomi Rapace Talks New Netflix Sci-Fit hriller 'What Happened To ...
Richard J. Leskosky: Audiences Still Hungry For Shark Films
Robot Chicken Producers Reveal A Funko Pop Sketch Is Coming ...
Star Wars' Adam Driver Isn't A Big Fan Of "Generic" Hollywood Films
Star Wars: Captain Phasma Will See More Action In Last Jedi
Star Warsprequels Almost Got A Totally Different Anakin Skywalker
Star Warsrebels: Starkiller From The Force Unleashed Game ...
Star Wars the Last Jedi Merch Gives First Look At 'Evil' Bb-8

Link Round-Up: August 14, 2017

"Inconceivable Tales" by Stephen Andrade
Part of the "30 Years Later (1987)" Show at Gallery 1988.

ASMR, The Internet Subculture Of “Sounds That Feel Good,” Is Going Mainstream

Blackfish is a YouTube content creator that loves to make stuff. Their most popular videos are of their weapons that they make from cardboard. Blackfish makes them all fully functional, so they all reload and fire like their real counterparts. On Thursday, Blackfish released a video of their newest template: a mini sniper rifle.

Continuous belt printers are pretty big news. Hironori Kondo took the time to break down the pros and cons in simple language. It turns out there’s more to it than simply having a bed that goes forever.

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