Lunarbaboon takes a minute away from drawing his family life and chronicles the continuing exploits of the Avengers, now featuring superhero Ant-Man! Everyone has their unique talents, and everyone gets an appropriate assignment. Oh yeah, the family does make a small appearance, after all.
Johnny Depp has millions of adoring fans from across the globe. But you know who isn't a fan? Johnny Depp. In fact, he not only refuses to watch his own films, but he's even been reported to vandalize movie posters with his face on them because he doesn't like seeing his face staring back at him.
If you think that sounds silly, consider this: Peter Dinklage doesn't watch Game of Thrones for one simple reason -he doesn't have HBO.
If you aren't a big fan of videos, you can read this whole list over at TopTenz.
No matter where you stand on the topic of sexism in pop culture one thing is for certain- the female body is most often portrayed in an idealized form in visual media such as comic books and video games.
Sometimes this idealized form ties in well with the character, like when the character is an athlete in peak physical shape, but a lot of times they’re just drawn that way because creators think it will help them sell their product.
It’s not meant to be a slight against “average” women, and yet it’s hard to deny the impact these unrealistic body shapes have on young women.
Which is why treatment oriented website Bulimia.com created their own versions of female video game characters with what they describe as “average American body shapes”.
I agree with some of the makeovers but I don't think they put enough thought into the characters they chose for the project, because why would a Special Forces officer/pit fighter who trains constantly be overweight?
From 1983 to 1985 America's video game obsessed youth had a good reason to stay home on Saturday mornings- the Saturday Supercade, an animated series on CBS that featured many of our favorite video game characters.
The legends of the arcade and console were brought to life in colorful 2D animation segments, and when the Supercade hit the airwaves we realized the story behind our favorite arcade games didn't stop at the kill screen.
Characters like Donkey Kong and Frogger seemed fairly slim on storyline in the games, but when they appeared in their own 11-minute long animated episodes kids couldn't wait to watch...and play all the games afterwards!
Leaping in-between cars across a busy intersection was just the beginning for young Frogger, an intrepid reporter for the Swamp Gazette.
Frogger had a crime solving mystery kids vibe and a much deeper storyline than you'd expect given the simplicty of the game, and yet young Frogger still found time to play in traffic in almost every episode.
Back before he went exploring the world with his son Diddy, the giant gorilla named Donkey had his own segment on the Supercade, featuring comedian Soupy Sales as the voice of Donkey Kong.
Donkey has escaped from the zoo, and it's up to Zookeeper Mario and his gal pal Pauline to bring him back, except criminals keep getting in their way!
Donkey always helps put the criminals behind bars, proving he's a good gorilla, but he can't resist kidnapping Pauline every chance he gets either!
Photographers love to explore abandoned amusement parks and many others love to look at those pictures and read about them. But one place you probably won't be seeing abandoned pictures of anytime soon is perhaps the world's most popular amusement -Disney World.
Since we probably won't be seeing pictures like this in reality (at least not for a long time), DeviantArt user eledoremassis02 took the liberty of imagining the apocalyptic visions of the current happiest place on Earth. The series is fascinating for both disney-lovers and haters who wonder what Disney World would look like long after the magic has left the kingdom.
Comic book covers are drawn to invoke a feeling from the reader, convincing them to buy the book with a promise of over-the-top superheroic action or out-of-this-world artwork.
The more action packed the series the more likely it is to have a splashy, action packed cover, giving the reader a taste of what’s to come when they peel back the cover and dive in.
Many comic book covers feature the finest quality comic art, sometimes even better than the art in the book itself, so how do you make that dynamic cover art even better? By animating it, of course!
The Staff at ComicsAlliance have put together an eye popping collection of the 25 Greatest Animated Comic Book Covers, see if you can browse through them all without being hypnotized by the heroism.
The Dark Crystal is, without a doubt, one of the best puppet movies ever made, and even though CGI has taken over people are still blown away by the practical effects created for this film.
It’s one of those iconic films that can never be effectively remade or rebooted, and yet this film almost didn't make it to the big screen due to poor feedback from preview audiences. Jim Henson spent $15 million dollars making sure the film got the chance it deserved in theaters, and The Dark Crystal turned around and made a whopping $40 million at the box office.
A lowly sum by today's movie standards, but enough to keep The Jim Henson Company in the filmmaking business.
Filming The Dark Crystal wasn't just a costly venture, it was also an incredibly difficult film to create, with some of the epic puppet stars like the Skeksis requiring six puppeteers to operate.
The author behind A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin, continues his quest to avoid writing an end to the saga that spawned the TV show Game of Thrones. Martin was seen briefly in the TV movie Sharnado 3: Oh Hell No when it debuted last night. In a bit of poetic justice, his character was promptly killed. Director director Anthony C. Ferrante had this to say about the cameo:
"We wanted him in the movie, he wanted to be in the movie, so we went to New Mexico, and we shot it for a day,” Ferrante said. “He originally had a line — and we’ll add it back in for the DVD — where he went outside, shivered, and said, ‘Winter’s coming.’ But we thought about it and decided that we wanted people to watch it and go, ‘Wait, is that … Is that George R.R. Martin?’ ”
Beyond the fun factor of spending a day with Martin and filming the cameo, Ferrante was also excited about the reaction that the author’s appearance would induce in a certain segment of the viewership. “I love the fact that we’re going to piss off all the Game of Thrones fans," he said. "Instead of writing his damned book, he was busy hanging out with us, filming a scene for Sharknado 3!”
It used to be really hard to explain to people how visual effects software can reduce the signs of aging on an actor’s face, but nowadays we’re exposed to a lot more behind-the-scenes footage that shows how it’s all done.
And yet this video by visual effects artist Rousselos Aravantinos is still amazing to watch, even if you’ve seen similar stuff in the bonus features section of a DVD, because the subject seems to lose twenty or more years right before your eyes.
It's called digital cosmetics, and it's the part of post production that keeps stars looking young and vital even when they're well past their prime.
-Via Laughing Squid
Cosplaying as a couple can be a fun way to experience a fandom convention together, and when your costumes work well together you’re sure to get lots of positive attention from cosplay fans.
But before you and your significant other decide to cosplay together you should think about what your costumes are saying to those who bear witness to your public displays of affection.
Because when your cosplay as Joel and Ellie from The Last Of Us, a middle aged man and a fourteen-year-old girl, and you start making out people who have played the game are liable to lose their lunch.
And if you're a giant guy with a little pixie of a girlfriend cosplaying as The Hound and Arya Stark may seem like a great idea, but you're going to look mighty pervy when you lean down to give young Arya a kiss!
In 2004, William Shatner released his album Has Been. It included a cover of “Common People,” a song by Pulp. YouTube user LordRicco666 created this video for it, using scenes from classic Star Trek. It’s a truly outstanding job, matching Shatner’s words with the events of the scenes. The video perfectly syncs at two moments, 0:26 and 0:41, during which Kirk mouths the same phrases that Shatner performed nearly 40 years later.
-via Dangerous Minds
Frodo knows many things- how to trim your foot hair so it doesn’t look too feminine, when to throw rotten fruit at an orc and when to walk away, and the prime season to pick pipeweed.
But Frodo’s knowledge of other things is rather limited, and when it comes to finding his way across Middle Earth he’s absolutely hopeless.
This comic masterpiece from UP and OUT by Jeremy Kaye captures the feeling of being Frodo on the freeway flawlessly!
-Via Geeks Are Sexy
Sesame Street seems like the kind of place where a puppet is free to be a puppet, and the fleece skinned characters that live there seem extremely tolerant of all puppetkind, but some puppets are just no darn good.
They’re the unwanted denizens of Sesame Street, the characters who were removed from the show due to dullness, bad behavior or because their foam forms began to disintegrate after years of use.
But bad puppets aren’t the only ones who have been cut from the cast of Sesame Street, a few human offenders have been fired to hammer home a point about following the rules.
Here's a classic mental_floss article about 9 Muppets Kicked Off Sesame Street, revealing why so many puppets were getting unemployment checks in the 1970s.
Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead comics and TV show, gave us hints in a podcast that the series might end on a hopeful note. Not that he’s anxious to end it.
Don’t expect that to come anytime soon, although Kirkman doesn’t want the series to run forever. “Let’s all be honest. season 16? I’m not even going to be watching this show. I’ll be on a boat. Oh, [season 17]? I don’t care! I’ve transcended television.”
He also joked that more spin-offs aren’t out of the question. “We’re doing [Fear the Walking Dead], and I’m sure that, if it does well, we’ll do The Walking Dead: China eventually. [And then] The Walking Dead: SVU.”
But everything must end sooner or later, and it’s usually better to end a TV series before it completely runs out of steam. So Kirkman has an ending in mind that will turn the usual zombie stories around and have humanity actually winning. Read some details of this plan at Uproxx. It would certainly be a turnaround for the series so far, which has already given us five seasons of of violence, despair, and death.
(Image credit: AMC)
There are a lot of mashups featuring Disney princesses out there, but if you're a fan of the legendary pinup art of Gil Elvgren as well as Disney's lovely ladies, then you'll love these new mashups by DeviantArtist KittRen.
Her artwork features both new and old princesses and does an excellent job maintaining the style of Elvgren while adding the iconic details of the princesses we know and love. Be sure to visit KittRen's portfolio to see the whole series.
Via Geek Girls
The Hostess brand of snack cakes includes Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Hos, and an assortment of other sweet confections. In the 1970s, it commissioned comic book stories in DC and Marvel publications promoting its products. In these classic ads, several of which you can view here, Captain America, Batman, and other heroes endorse Hostess cakes and good behavior.
Comic Book Resources has a regular feature called The Line It Is Drawn which challenges comic book artists to make funny images along a central theme. This time, it was modern versions of these classic Hostess ads. You can view them all here. My favorite is the rough Marv from Sin City selling Twinkies, courtesy of artist Nick Perks. It references a miniseries in the Sin City universe called That Yellow Bastard.
-via Geek Tyrant
Anybody can find a good artist to give them a good tattoo, but it takes a special kind of schlub to get a terrible tattoo and rock it with pride.
Realistic portrait tattoos are the hardest to apply, since the artist has to have some drawing skill as well as skill with the gun, so it makes sense that most of the bad tattoos in the world are portraits of real people.
But the artist who applied this awful tattoo of Iggy Pop to some poor soul had obviously given up on going for realism.
Portrait tattoos are one thing, but how do you screw up a band logo this badly, especially when the Slayer logo is so simple?
Tara McGinley of Dangerous Minds has put together a collection of Sh**ty Tattoo Portraits Of Your Favorite Musicians, take a look and feel relieved you're not one of the people pictured...or hang your head in shame if you are! (Contains NSFW subject matter)
Professional wrestlers are expected to adopt larger-than-life personas so the crowd has someone to get behind, or someone to hate with a passion.
The flamboyant, and often ridiculously garbed, characters they portray are generally nothing like the wrestler’s real life self, and yet these characters are often so iconic they can’t seem to move past them in the eyes of fans.
But there are worse things to be remembered for than portraying a smooth badass known as The Rock, like playing the role of sappy golden boy Rocky Maivia, who wears a feathered costume that looks like it was made by a first grader.
And then there are those poor wrestlers who have to start out by portraying a stereotype, such as Triple H’s original foppish French persona Jean-Paul Levesque.
Boy have those two guys come a long way from those goofy early days!
See 6 Hilariously Stupid Early Personas Of Wrestling Superstars at Cracked (contains NSFW language)
A computer geek goes through his entire checklist of things that happen to other people’s computers. He knows it’s something Mom did, so he’s ready to fix it and be a hero to her -again. And then he is hurled into The Twilight Zone. This is the latest comic from Invisible Bread by Justin Boyd. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Now, unless you’re deranged, you know that what you’re doing in a video game isn’t really hurting anybody, or causing any harm, in the real world. But game designers do such a good job with character and story development that you end up feeling a bit bad about what you've done anyway.
I mean, who doesn't feel for the poor folks trying to scrape out a living in Megaton, which you could choose to blow to smithereens for a few hundred caps in Fallout 3?
Here's a video by Zoomin. TV Games that shows 6 Cruel Things We've All Done In Games, so you don't have to feel like a monster anymore!
-Via Geeks Are Sexy
Wolverine has become a fan favorite thanks to the X-Men cartoons, movies and his solo flicks, but back in the day he was just another hard working mutant trying to keep his skin stuck firmly to his adamantium laced bones.
Wolvie has always had a bad temper and a rage to rival that of The Hulk, but overall he’s not a bad guy, right?
Well, according to this fun exerpt from the 2011 Wolverine series, issue #16, not everyone in the Marvel universe holds Wolverine in high regard, but they're all willing to admit he's a total badass!
-Via Geek X Girls
Nerd love can be unrequited for quite some time, but eventually (if you look hard enough) there’s a somebody out there for everybody, nerds included.
We search for, and obsess over, the geeky guy or girl of our dreams, and then one day (if we’re lucky) we meet someone who has the same delightfully nerdy tendencies and our hearts join forces.
And then, about a month or two later, you discover that your nerd love isn’t living up to expectations, and that there are certain elements of nerddom that take all the allure out of a romantic relationship.
Dorkly’s JHALL created this very relatable comic strip detailing Expectations Vs. Reality- Dating Someone As Nerdy As You, take a peek and see if you relate to this comic as much as I do!
It’s hard to imagine 50 Cent being bankrupt, what with all the mansions he lives in, expensive vehicles he drives, and hundred dollar bottles of champagne he has been pouring out for over a decade. Oh, now I see it.
Bankruptcy was clearly in Fiddy's future from the very beginning, but when the big B came crashing down around his head Mr. Cent was shook up, and he didn't know where to turn.
Lucky for him, a few of his loyal fans have created the Tumblr site Make 50 Cent Rich Again, where visitors can click a link and play the track "Piggy Bank" on Spotify, thereby earning 50 a cool $0.0011 per listen.
So far the site has earned Fiddy nearly $14.00, which, if nothing else, is about halfway to a decent dinner!
Back in the 80s and 90s a slew of licensed video games were being made by big name studios simply to make a buck, and the apathy towards the franchises on which they were based really showed in the gameplay.
Those were the days when console games based on TV shows and movies truly unworthy of a game adaptation were being made, and studios were paid to make games about any old thing, even Coca-Cola.
Thankfully, this practice has stopped for the most part, but lest we forget the folly of making a game based on soda or a Mark Twain novel we must view this clip from Greys Anatomy: The Video Game as a reminder.
In the world of fandom there's no more brightly colored, bolder or more permanent way to show you are forever a fan than getting a tattoo. Your favorite pop culture characters often start out as ink on a page, so it only makes sense to get them immortalized as ink on your body. Tattooing is a creative and personal way to prove your unwavering dedication to your favorite franchise.
Comic Book Tattoos: Level Epic
For many fans the act of getting a tattoo of their favorite characters is the ultimate form of fandom, since it’s a permanent addition to their bodies, but the guy in these pics isn’t an ordinary fan. He has dedicated his entire body to characters from comic books, turning his arms and torso into a shrine for the superheroes he worships.
If anybody argues that he’s not the ultimate Marvelite he need only take off his shirt and stun them into admitting they were wrong with his incredibly cool ink. Let’s start with his left arm, where we see Cyclops, Gambit, Wolverine and Beast of the X-Men battling a Sentinel, with Angel flying in from above to lend a hand. Just to show that he’s a mighty big fan of the Jade Giant he has the Incredible Hulk tattooed on his inner bicep. Once the shirt comes off we find Venom and Carnage fighting it out for the privilege of pectoral placement. And then he turns around and shows you that the mighty Fin Fang Foom has his back!
Finishing our tour off on his right arm we see Spawn squaring off against Malebolgia, and above that there’s a Violator springing into battle.
Ohana means family, and when you’re the star of a feature released by Disney you’re part of the largest family in animation history. This gal wasn’t content with getting only one or two members of the Disney family tattooed on her body, and this colorful collection of characters shows the diversity of features being put out by Disney these days. We’ve got Tinkerbell from Peter Pan flying overhead, Stitch from Lilo & Stitch smiling his cute little face off, the sweet ragdoll Sally posing and smiling pleasantly, and the Little Mermaid's Ariel spending some time above water with her animated friends.
On an arm far, far away we have another far out member of the Disney family- R2D2 proudly sporting a pair of Mickey Mouse ears. Welcome to the Disney Dark Side R2!
Nightmare Before Inkmas
Before Marvel started getting it right on the big screen we were subjected to disasters like Daredevil starring Ben Affleck and Elektra starring Jennifer Garner, not to mention what they did to my beloved Howard The Duck back in ’86.
With the way things are going for Marvel nowadays it’s hard to imagine any of their future projects bombing, and it seems like they’ve got more characters than they need for those future projects.
But what about all the proposed projects that never left the drawing board?
mental_floss has put together a dazzling array of information about 8 Marvel Movies That Never Left The Drawing Board, including- a She-Hulk project starring Brigitte Nielsen, Quentin Tarantino's take on Luke Cage, and a far out Silver Surfer flick with a suitably psychedelic score by Paul McCartney.
Are you the kind of person who builds a LEGO box to store your loose LEGO bricks in? Do your dreams consist of new ways to construct elaborate creations with your interlocking brick toys? If so, you won't want to miss our newest Homes and Hues article featuring 14 ways you can incorporate LEGO pieces into your home decor.
Some of the pieces use real LEGO blocks, but others only use things that look like LEGO bricks because, after all, a real LEGO pillow might look cool, but it wouldn't exactly be comfortable.
Perhaps one of the coolest things about this LEGO list though is that so many of them are simple DIYs that a real LEGO-fiend would already have the materials for.
So check out the full list at Homes and Hues: 14 Ways to Decorate Your Home With LEGO Goodness
Bands can earn their rep by playing really good music, putting on an amazing live performance, or they can scam their way into the spotlight with a gimmick.
Now, that’s not to say that all gimmicky bands are bad, or that all bands with offensive names lack talent, but there's something special about a band that manages to offend and delight at the same time.
Diffuser has put together a list of 27 Of The Most Offensive Band Names Ever, a list that includes great bands like the Butthole Surfers, Dead Kennedys and The Jesus Lizard, and a bunch of bands with extremely NSFW names.
But don't worry- the names are all edited, so your mind can remained unsullied, although the same cannot be said if you decide to listen to any of these bands!
We have little cameras attached to everything: to cars and helmets as a defense, to animals for LOLs, to public places for security, to microscopes and probes for research purposes, and to inanimate objects for all sorts of reasons. What else coul we equip with a GoPro to produce an interesting POV?
Bill Parker attached a GoPro camera to a Jedi Knight to record his point of view as he goes about his day wielding a light saber, using the Force, fighting Storm Troopers and other Imperial enemies, and restoring justice to the galaxy. You know, normal everyday stuff that the Jedi do. -via Viral Viral Videos
So the new Suicide Squad movie is coming out soon, eh? It looks pretty (insert opinion here), and the internet really seems to care about this movie even if fans of the comic book series don’t.
But there’s good news! Because of the buzz people have started thinking outside the box, and we finally have something related to the movie that's worth watching- Jack Nicholson reacting to the Suicide Squad trailer.
Is this video by Magnus Rex the dumbest thing ever posted on the internet? (insert comment about Jared Leto as Joker here)