Iron Totoro and Hawkeye
A Total Fangirl
The Littlest Nightcrawler
I adore the Fangirl outfit. That's a fantastic pun.
Iron Totoro and Hawkeye
A Total Fangirl
The Littlest Nightcrawler
I adore the Fangirl outfit. That's a fantastic pun.
It can't be easy being a super hero. Generally, as much as we may think their cool, they often have to go through hell to become the heroic person we eventually see them as. Parental deaths and losing loves and children and not being able to save people every single time would have to weigh on someone. Safe to say that these heroes are not sleeping well at night, put it that way. But what about those moments when the superheroes who are normally really cheerful and optimistic finally snap and turn dark? As you can tell from the above pic, it happens.
Topless Robot put together a list of some comic stories where the good guys went a little bezerk and it ends up being a very intereting read. From Spiderman going all Wolverine on someone, to a Green Lantern plot twist that would be more at home on The Wire than in a comic book. It is bleak stuff, but also shows us in a flash (see what I did there?) that not all comics are aimed at kids, and even the good guys snap sometimes.
We mean REALLY snap.
You don't have to like Pokemon and you don't have to like celebrities for the following list to be awesome. That above photo should just about sum up how great this concept is. Seems some crafty thinkers found some great photos of celebs that look just like Pokemon and made an awesome article about it.
It is two great tastes that you think just wouldn't taste that great together, and boy, would you be wrong. I have perused the list many times myself and cannot quite figure out which one is my favorite. The Justin Bieber one is pretty solid, but I might have to go with Tom Cruise. Trust me, just look at it for yourself. You'll see. Lists like this are exactly why the internet exists. Pure gold.
Fans across the world were saddened by the news that Studio Ghibli would soon be closing their doors and its grand creator Hayao Miyazaki retiring, except now it seems they're just taking a break and Miyazaki may not retire after all.
However, the mere thought of Studio Ghibli closing has inspired artists and animators to pay tribute to the influence Ghibli has had on their artistic lives.
One of the most heartfelt tributes to Ghibli’s greatness came from an unexpected source- Fox's Animation Domination High-Def, the crazed masterminds behind the Scientifically Accurate series and shows like Golan the Insatiable and Lucas Bros Moving Co.
Let ADHD take you on a brief tour of the magical world Studio Ghibli made, and meet all the stars that make Miyazaki's films so great.
-Via Anime News Network
It may come as no surprise that 3D renders and digital artwork are being used in place of photos in catalogs and magazines nowadays, because using 3D software to create an interior scene is generally cheaper and easier than setting up an actual photo shoot.
Companies like IKEA want to ensure the images in their catalogs look just right, without having to put together an entire interior space every time they need a photo, and this convenience has led to IKEA slowly but surely replacing the real photos in their catalogs with 3D renders.
In 2012 IKEA catalogs featured 88% real photos and 12% 3D renders, but now just 2 years later, 75% of the photos in their catalog are created with 3D software, and it's only a matter of time before other catalogs follow in IKEA's digital footsteps.
Video games have never been bigger business than they are right now. In some cases, even beating the film industry for the amount of money they bring in on the first day, it is clear games are not just for kids anymore. But what about games that are so weird, so strange, so surreal, no one knows what to make of them?
Well, thankfully, Oddee put together a rather impressive list of nine bizarre games (some of which you can play right now, a few of which are board games) that sort of defy all expectation. From a game you cannot win, to a game your computer can't figure out how to beat you at, the list is nothing if not different. There are definitely worse things to do on a Saturday than fart around and play some insane games that make no sense, so have some fun. If you can actually call it that. Some of these are so weird it's hard to tell.
For those who wish to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations in pop culture and science fiction, the Star Trek universe can be intimidating. Yes, there are plenty of people who haven’t watched Star Trek for one reason or another, but might if they knew where to start.
Star Trek is more than pop culture; it’s 20th century mythology with its own complicated mythos. “Beam me up” and “live long and prosper” may have invaded the cultural lexicon, but Star Trek is particularly intimidating for the uninitiated. Where to start and what to skip are up for debate even among the most hardcore Trekkies and Trekkers (the fandom can’t even decide on a name for itself). One thing is clear: It all begins with Gene Roddenberry, the visionary who created the original show in the 1960s and presided over the franchise until his death in 1991. The WWII fighter pilot turned TV writer would have turned 93 this August. He’s survived by a franchise that encompasses five live action TV shows, one animated series, and 12 films. Given that Star Trek will celebrate its 50th anniversary in just two short years, this the perfect time for new fans to jump on Roddenberry’s “Wagon Train to the stars.”
The A.V. Club has stepped up to the plate with a guide for Star Trek newbies, which includes a brief history and description of each series and recommends standout episodes to introduce the viewer. There are also recaps of the movies and miscellaneous information to make tackling Star Trek both easy and fun for a beginner. Baby steps. For the established Star Trek fan, it’s a walk down memory lane (or more likely, Memory Alpha), with plenty to argue about, which you’d expect.
The new Ninja Turtles movie fell kinda flat with many viewers, and fans who loved all things TMNT as a kid simply couldn’t stomach the redesigned look of the turtles, but as it turns out those heroes in a half shell could have looked even more disturbing.
This rejected pitch artwork for the latest TMNT movie was created by Anthony Francisco, who has done some amazing work on features such as Guardians of the Galaxy and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
His far more extraterrestrial looking Ninja Turtle designs were ultimately rejected in favor of the large nostriled versions that made it onto the big screen, but which version is the best of the worst?
Anthony’s revamped version of the Turtles look a bit too froggy to me, with long legs that would be better for hopping than kicking shell, and a blocky head only an alien turtle mother could love.
-Via Nerd Approved
Jennifer Marshall made this fantastic portrait of Captain Jean-Luc Picard by using ketchup, mustard, blue cheese sauce, and hoisin sauce. She writes that "Starfleet needs a better arts budget." Yes, but let's first rebuild the fleet after the losses of the Dominion War.
The shading on the face is just astounding. I wonder how Marshall did it.
-via Geek Crafts
Despite the various CGI enhancements used during the creation of Game of Thrones the creators tries to stay true to the source material by maintaining the show's classical aesthetic, but sometimes two classic flavors taste kinda strange together.
Critic and pixel enthusiast Ozzy Man replaced all the sound effects and voices found in clips from season 4 of Game of Thrones with old school video game sounds, creating an 8-bit homage to everyone's favorite fantasy bloodbath.
When asked why he created such a silly video, Ozzy stated simply "This video is for the progression of pure silliness and absurdity on Earth!" Well, that's good enough for me!
-Via Laughing Squid
Cholas have a unique fashion sense all their own, and even people who don’t really understand their subculture know the basics of their style- eyebrows that look like they were drawn on with a Sharpie, heavy eyelashes, facial tattoos, lined lips with dark colored lipstick.
It’s a very unusual look, kinda like goth meets gangster, and to digital artist Michael Jason Enriquez it’s a style that reminds him of growing up in LA during the 1990s.
Here's what Michael has to say about this hilarious image series:
It’s a throwback to the Chola gangster style: “Sharpied” eyebrows, dark lipliner, and the fumes from a can of Aqua Net.
It’s a product of LA where subculture, celebrity obsession, street art, and stupidity are rolled up together like one of those bacon wraped hot dogs sold on Hollywood Blvd.
-Via Dangerous Minds
Laika is (arguably) the most innovative animation studio in the world, and not just because they’re one of the only companies that specialize in stop motion feature filmmaking.
They’ve come up with cutting edge ways to seamlessly integrate CGI, 3D printing, and other digital techniques, into the stop motion workflow during the making of their upcoming film The Boxtrolls.
Stop motion animation often involves sculpting, molding and casting hundreds of different faces for each puppet actor, part of a process known as replacement animation, but Laika now uses a five color 3D printer to create these faces, which helps streamline the process quite a bit.
The purists at Laika have managed to integrate this cutting edge technology into their workflow without sacrificing any of the traditional stop motion aesthetic that makes their films so enjoyable to watch, and their innovative hybrid techniques are sure to become the industry norm.
For most people, the thought of living in some small compartment on the ocean floor for two weeks is nothing short of horrifying. From the idea of the cramped space (you are forced to share with others), to the simple idea that you are so deep that if something goes wrong, there is probably little you can do to save yourself.
But you present the same opportunity to an oceanographer and it is like offering them a two week vacation in Cancun. The reason being, decompression and the bends keep divers from being able to stay under that deep for more than an hour at a time, and while living down there, they can get 2 years of work done in two weeks. Liz Bentley Magee is one of those people, and this is the story of her two weeks at the bottom of the ocean.
So we may stop for a moment and commend these brave and brilliant people for doing this, but I still believe it is only a matter of time before some archaic sea creature decides to try and eat them. But as long as it is in the name of science, and we learn something from it, so be it.
We all know the feeling. We see a great trailer and get ourselves all amped up for a movie. We wait months until it comes out, we rush out to see it, and it just does not live up to the hype. It is a crappy feeling, but it happens. Trailers seem to be better than most movies lately, and they ruin so much of the movie it is like you don't even need to see it if you've seen and enjoyed the trailer. But the fact of the matter is, even the movies that seem like they are going to turn out awesome can sometimes be duds. Thankfully, some websites know this and see these films and then assemble a list of said films to warn us.
Though I am fully aware some of the movies they name on this list may anger some people (as some of these films have big fan bases), that seemed an even better reason to post it. Sometimes, the most interesting internet articles are the ones that you don't always agree with. Anyway, check out the list here and see if you agree with the choices on it. It may be a little old, and it may be a little instigatory, but isn't that half the fun of the web?
We think so.
(Image Via Getty / Astrid Stawiarz)
It appears we've all been wrongly assuming that a character that looks like a cat, and has Kitty in her name, is actually a cat, because Sanrio recently revealed that their beloved character Hello Kitty is actually a human girl.
Christine Yano is an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii who is currently curating an exhibit about Hello Kitty at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, accepting the job never knowing it would change her geeky life forever.
She received a rather stern correction from Sanrio after submitting her texts for proofreading, a correction that contained the mind-blowing revelation that Hello Kitty isn't a cat.
Here's what Sanrio had to say:
Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.
So, do average people in Sanrio-land walk around with big, swollen heads and animalian features? Sounds like paradise for Furries!
Star Trek actor LeVar Burton tweeted out this fantastic image showing himself and several actors from both The Next Generation and the original series. Behind Burton (Geordi La Forge) are Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Will Riker), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), William Shatner (Jim Kirk), Brent Spiner (Data), Gates McFadden (Beverly Crusher), and someone who I will assume played a heavily costumed non-humanoid character at some point.
The crew reunited to make an appearance together at the Wizard World convention in Chicago.
-via The Mary Sue
It's hard to believe that 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the release of The Wizard of Oz, because people are just as fascinated with the film today as they were when it came out.
There's something rather remarkable about a film that so easily spans across the generation gap, beloved by both children and adults, and yet even with such a large fanbase there are lots of facts about the film that aren't common knowledge.
Did you know the Cowardly Lion's costume was made from a real lion's skin, or that the costume weighed around 100 pounds?
Have you heard that Toto earned two and a half times what a munchkin earned while filming, or that the snow used in the poppy scene was made of asbestos?
Parade is celebrating the diamond anniversary of this beloved film by sharing 75 Weird, Wonderful Facts About The Wizard of Oz, and fans will be delighted to discover many facts about the film they didn't already know, even if some of those facts are a bit dark.
When the TARDIS arrives, with its signature whirring sound and flashing light, those who have traveled with the Doctor know they're about to be whisked off on another fantastic adventure, but a recent TARDIS sighting may change the way we think about that blue police box.
(Image Via BathChronicle)
This TARDIS shaped toilet is called the Who Loo, and it recently opened for business on the bike path between Bristol and Bath, the brainchild of Whovian Justin Hoggans, who owns the Warmley Waiting Room Cafe.
It features a light on top that lets everyone know when the toilet is occupied, a switch inside the cafe to trigger that famous whirring sound when people pose for a picture, and looks just like the Time Lord approved time machine.
One thing it's lacking is privacy, and I'd hate to be seated at that nearby table when the Doctor adjourns to his study!
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has swept the internet over the last few weeks. From friends and family to celebrities, everyone seems to be joining the cause and covering themselves in cold water to make a point. Just when you think you have seen it all, the above happens over at Kotaku.
Seems Minecraft creator Notch challenged one of his gamers to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in-game, and that is just what he did. The funny thing is, it involved a lot more than just making this scene happen. There was coding involved, and it ended up being a rather difficult process which you can check out in detail here.
Just shows you, when the whole world gets behind a cause, even video game characters are not immune to having pixellated buckets of ice poured over their heads.
Any of you fans of the brilliant Donald Glover (of Community and Childish Gambino fame) out there know he has pleaded and tried on a few occasions to land the Spiderman part, but it never worked out for him. There have even been a few running jokes on Community about it. Well, looks like Donald Glover is finally getting his chance to play the web slinging, joke slinging superhero he always wanted to. Just not quite in the way he imagined.
Donald Glover will be providing the voice of Miles Morales, who becomes Ultimate Spiderman in that universe when the real Spiderman meets and untimely end. Glover, who has quite a cult following, seems pretty syked about the whole thing. It may not be quite the way he envisioned himself donning the suit, but at least he gets a chance to play finally play the web head, even if only in voice.
Maybe if it is well recieved, he will get the Spiderman role he really wants. Well, a THIRD reboot? Maybe not yet, but at least the man dreams large. Catch Donald Glover as Spiderman on the season premiere of Web Warriors airing this Sunday on Disney XD.
Batman is not a disguise that Bruce Wayne wears. Bruce Wayne is a disguise that Batman wears.
He's never truly out of uniform. But when it's really hot, Batman's suit must be lighter and cooler than kevlar. A bit of sunscreen and a few hours on the beach are all the Light Knight needs.
-via Fashionably Geek
Time travelers come in all shapes and sizes, and from many different walks of life.
Sometimes they're doctors, or scientists, or intrepid adventurers, and sometimes they're just ordinary people brought along on a journey through space and time.
Here's a collection of time travel inspired t-shirts from The NeatoShop, to celebrate the return of our favorite lord of time, and our love of great sci-fi shows and movies!
First off let's discuss what a time traveler is made of- they're a pretty unique bunch:
They have to be brave, and adventurous, and sometimes foolhardy:
It also helps if they're easy going, because a time traveler must able to go with the flow:
Some people dream of traveling through time from the day they're born, and they spend their youth playing a different kind of doctor:
But unless you're born to travel through time, or happen to be a mechanical genius with a firm grasp of quantum physics, the first step to actually jumping into the timestream is to get your hands on a time machine.
Some people are lucky enough to have a time machine show up on their doorstep:
However, time machines don't always come built and ready to go, sometimes you gotta get in there and build it yourself:
Movie props demand big bucks at auction, especially if they’re iconic props from equally iconic films, and those who choose to collect movie memorabilia and props are used to paying a hefty price for each piece.
Because of the cost of collecting, and storing or displaying, movie props they're put up for auction from private sellers all the time, and some really amazing stuff inevitably makes its way onto Ebay.
Joe MacFarland from Ebay Stories shared an infographic that reveals the most expensive movie props ever sold, many of which were featured on Ebay.
It's no surprise that props like Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, Marilyn Monroe's dress from The Seven Year Itch and the Delorean from Back To The Future have sold for a more than modest sum, but I was surprised to see Wilson the volleyball from Castaway sold for forty grand!
Anybody got a volleyball and some paint?!
image Via Cartoon Brew
Not even sure I can legally call this a game. It may be closer to an interactive vector art gallery than an actual game. But the interaction is what sets it apart from being a non-active display of eccentric art work. This is art work you manipulate by clicking various things and, well, feeding the head. It is exactly as odd as it sounds, but in the same breath, it is divinely unique and there is something oddly addictive to it. Just some simple point and clicks, but after a few (there are 27 steps to complete it for those interested), you just want to keep going.
From the art style to the fact that is seems to evolve the more you play it and acclimate yourself with it, spend five minutes with it today. You will find it to be a nice distraction from your usual day-to-day activities.
In an internet full of movie trailers, it takes a very special kind of movie to stand out. While the idea behind the Automata seems recycled (that is wordplay because we are talking about robots), it wont take long for you to realize that this movie seems to be doing something most sci-fi doesn't get right. A mix between the fantastic and the believable. Granted, some may think it is just another "I-Robot" type of movie, there seems to be a lot more here than just shiny action going on here. It looks like Automata is, essentially, science fiction done right.
Yes, it seems the typical "we build smart robots to help us only to have them evolve beyond what we expected" storyline, but its visual look (think classic Ridley Scott) mixed with the old-school design of the robots has got my interest piqued about this one.
While it may not have Nic Cage in it (< sarcasm font), it still looks like a science fiction film geeks may want to keep their eyes peeled for. Set to be released in October, expect to be hearing more about this movie the closer we get to its release date.
Sometimes, we underestimate kids. We see them as kind of useless (sorry kids), as if children just want to play games and have fun and be silly. At least that is primarily how they come across sometimes, and that is perfectly fine. That is part of the joys of being a child. But what about the kids who are changing the world? What about the kids who are showing us that not all kids want to sit back and be silly? Some kids realize there are issues in this world that need addressing and are doing all the can to change those things. Students like Kylie Simonds, who was diagnosed with cancer but was always being tripped up by her I.V bag. So what did she do? She invented an pediatric I.V backpack which would ease the burden for children with the disease. Thing is, that is just one out of ten.
So the next time you see a group of kids and naturally assume they are just playing around, stop and take a moment to realize one of those kids may just have the intellect, passion, and drive to change and better the world.
Remember the good old days of the internet, when AOL sent us new coasters every week, Google was still a force for good, and many websites sported that cheesy Geocities style?
The late 90s and early 00s really weren't that long ago in the grand scheme of things. In fact, it was such a short time ago in terms of webpage lifespans that many of these sites are still up and running, in all their early internet glory.
Missing those simpler days of dial-up romance, chat rooms and email love letters? Then you'll appreciate the fact that the You've Got Mail website is still up and running, even though it doesn't appear to have been updated since 1998:
Longing to revisit your favorite dinosaur movie sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park? Visit a website from 1997 that is somehow still up and running, a magical site that transports you to the InGen website via the Intranet:
Having rescued the princess, Link stands atop a pile of his enemies. Jeremiah Lambert composed this image inspired by a famous (and somewhat risque) painting of Conan by the great fantasy artist Frank Frazetta. It was his contribution to Art Jams, an online community of artists inspired by pop culture.
-via Geek Art Gallery
Attack on Titan is an anime series with a pretty unique storyline which is introduced by a totally rockin', yet somewhat generic sounding, theme song.
However, if you're using the theme song for a mashup generic is good, generic means the song will work with all kinds of shows, from zombie shows to prison shows to American cartoon shows.
CountDownToDisaster created a mashup video that shows how well the Attack On Titan theme song works as an intro no matter what the show's genre, but they left one very important genre unrepresented-sitcoms.
Imagine how amazing Perfect Strangers would have looked with this rockin' theme song playing in the background, or a Family Matters intro-Titan style, with Urkel standing there looking all heroic in his highwater pants and suspenders... (Barely NSFW due to language)
-Via Nerd Approved
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