When pop culture characters become a part of our lives we wish they were real so we can hang out with them, knowing full well they'll never make the leap into our real 3D world.
But imagination is what brought these characters to life, so perhaps a bit of imaginative thinking is all it takes to bring them out of the land of 2D, well, that and a little digital image compositing.
A bunch of Russian artists have been contributing amazing composite images to a community page called 2D Among Us, and their creations are nothing short of spectacular.
Their shared images run the full gamut of fandom, including live action movies, video games and, of course, classic 2D animation, all of which looks right at home in the real world.
When gamers discover Easter Eggs hidden in their favorite video games they expect to find homages to pop culture, self referential jokes the game's developers put in for hardcore fans to find and perhaps a punny joke or two.
However, finding perverted Easter Eggs just doesn't seem possible in a game like Pokemon or Legend Of Zelda, you know, games that are almost always rated E for everyone.
But some game designers try sneak naughty stuff into any game they can, which is why they made young trainers battle the Pokemon equivalent of human genitalia in HeartGold And SoulSilver and included hippo boobs in the Japanese and European versions of LOZ: Link's Awakening.
Of course, including dirty content in a game rated T for teen doesn't make it any less wrong as Final Fantasy VII proved with a scene that finds Cloud stuck in a bathhouse dressed like a woman and surrounded by perverts.
The 1979 movie Alien launched a franchise that now has five movies and another on the way, and that’s not even counting the two Alien vs. Predator movies. Why so many sequels? Because the second movie, Aliens, was so good that it rivaled, or even eclipsed, the first one. James Cameron directed the 1986 sequel, which brought back Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, who has to battle the xenomorph once again. None of the later movies could compare. Let’s learn what went on behind the scenes of Aliens.
1. CONAN THE DESTROYER HELPED IT GET MADE.
The movie, not the guy. Based on the strength of his script for The Terminator (then in pre-production), James Cameron was approached by 20th Century Fox to write an Alien sequel. But the outline he came up with for Alien II got a lukewarm reaction at Fox, and the idea was put on hold for the time being. Then, as luck would have it, the start date for The Terminator was pushed back nine months so that Arnold Schwarzenegger could make Conan the Destroyer, the sequel to his 1982 hit (in which Conan had been merely a Barbarian). This extra three-quarters of a year gave Cameron time to write three-quarters of a full screenplay for Alien II, not just an outline. (He also co-wrote Rambo: First Blood Part II during this time, by the way.) The Fox bosses liked what they read. Cameron was told that if The Terminator proved successful, he could write and direct the Alien sequel.
6. THE SET WHERE THE ALIEN NEST IS FOUND SHOWED UP IN TIM BURTON’S BATMAN.
It was a defunct power station, called Acton Lane, and it had the right atmosphere for Aliens. It later appeared as Axis Chemicals, which is where Jack Napier falls into some acid and becomes Joker-fied in 1989's Batman. Parts of the alien hive were still there when Burton and his crew came in, which must have freaked them out a little.
YouTube user SpockBoy presents this perfectly edited mashup illustrating a crossover that should have been. Just imagine the Penguin teaming up with the Klingons to rob a bank and/or obliterate Gotham City!
A photo posted by @johnram27 on Feb 22, 2016 at 1:08pm PST
Nowadays it's really easy to tell the difference between worthwhile Disney themed fan art and the stuff that belongs in the trash bin, and generally that worthwhile or not decision is based on originality.
A photo posted by @johnram27 on Feb 24, 2016 at 11:51am PST
We've seen “Disney princesses as...” to death, and enough “Disney animal characters as humans” to fill a people zoo, but I can't recall seeing fan art as cool as the works of Instagram user johnram27 in a long time.
Anyone who is thinking about having a Prince memorial party and celebrating his musical legacy by playing Prince songs all night should know that's the wrong way to go.
Because if you want to celebrate Prince the right way you've gotta party like Prince by playing his party playlist, along with your favorite Prince jams, of course.
Prince sent his ultra funky playlist to the producers of Fox's New Girl before his guest appearance on the show back in 2013, but now that Prince has gone to where all the Purple Rain comes from his playlist belongs to the people:
“City in the Sky,” The Staple Singers “Country John,” Allen Toussaint “Fire,” Ohio Players “Happy House,” Shuggie Otis “Higher Ground,” Stevie Wonder “I Was Made to Love Him,” Chaka Khan “Listen to the Music,” The Isley Brothers “The Lord is Back,” Eugene McDaniels “Lost in Music,” Sister Sledge “The Pinocchio Theory,” Bootsy Collins “Rubber Duckie,” Bootsy Collins “Rumpofsteelskin,” Parliament “Skin Tight,” Ohio Players “We’re Gettin’ Too Close,” The Soul Children “Wild and Free,” Curtis Mayfield “After The Love Has Gone,” Earth, Wind & Fire “Back in Baby’s Arms,” Allen Toussaint “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” The Isley Brothers “Don’t Take My Sunshine,” The Soul Children “How Could I Let You Get Away,” The Spinners “I’ll Be Around,” The Spinners “Push Me Away,” The Jacksons “Stay With Me,” Shirley Brown “The Thrill Is Gone,” Aretha Franklin
He'll not only exterminate you, but exterminate you 20% extra.
Jeremy Marbler made this amazing costume for his 6-year old daughter. The idea was all hers: a My Little Pony Dalek. It has movable wings and weapons. There's even a light and a fan inside so that the Dalek inside the Dalek shell feels comfortable.
Marbler plans to hook up lights, but I'd advise againt overpowering it. With wings, it can already defeat stairs. We don't need more dangerous Daleks.
Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould like to include Easter Eggs in their shows for observant fans to find, and viewers enjoyed finding secret stuff on Breaking Bad so much Vince and Peter decided to keep the Eggs rolling in Better Call Saul. (Spoiler-ish material ahead)
For the second season of Saul they decided to go beyond the visual and play with words by including an anagram in the episode titles, so they put the puzzle in place and didn't give it a second thought.
But a fan named Shaquita discovered the Easter Egg faster than a tweeker on Blue Sky, posting her findings on Twitter with the caption “on vacation this week, and have nothing but time lol".
The creators confirmed Shaquita's findings and were blown away by how fast she found it:
“We had this—to us—this very bright idea of encoding the words “Fring’s Back” in the episode titles,” Gould told Vanity Fair. “And we thought we’d be revealing it maybe sometime over the summer. I guess we really underestimated the genius and hard work of our fans.”
“And their attention to detail, and God bless them for it,” Gilligan chimed in.
Gould concluded: “It’s hard to complain about people paying attention to every aspect of the show. It certainly reminds us again that we better keep all our i’s dotted and our t’s crossed in every aspect of the show.”
When you're going through a difficult breakup you'll have people telling you cliché things like “it's okay to cry” and “there's no instruction manual on how to handle someone leaving you”, and those people are wrong.
Well, they're right about the crying part, I guess, so long as you're not blubbering in bed for days like a baby.
But the bit about there being no manual is false, because designer Caisa Nilaseca has created a whole series of easy to follow manuals inspired by the instruction sheets that come with IKEA furniture.
Caisa's minimalist manuals are far easier to understand than the IKEA versions, and instead of handing out the same old sad and tired advice her funny little manuals keep it 100% real.
You don't have to be daft, dorky or deranged to draw comic strips, but it certainly doesn't hurt.
And those artists who are able to channel their particular brand of madness into their medium often become known for their fantastically freaky view of the world.
Spanish cartoonist Joan Cornellà has no problem letting his freak flag fly in his twisted (and often NSFW) comic strips, and looking at the world through Joan's eyes means finding magic in every nook and cranny.
Joan Cornellà's comics have earned him a place in the hearts of people who like to stare at funny stuff then laugh about it later when they see a shape or shadow that reminds them of his offbeat strips!
What do you need to complete your look before heading out for that first date? Perhaps it's a fez that looks like the TARDIS because fezes are cool. Or maybe it's BB-8 top hat or a Wonder Woman crush cap. Whatever your fancy and your fanbase, the Etsy shop The Blonde Swan can accomodate you. It makes leather and felt caps for a vast variety of interests and fashions.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of the most beloved musicals of all time, especially to those who like shows with a little more bite, but when the iconic movie came out in 1975 it was overlooked by critics.
However, everyone who worked on the production knew it was pure magic, and all the fun taking place on the set and behind the scenes was captured on a series of now historic Polaroid photos.
These precious Polaroids (original photographer unknown) were used in The Rocky Horror Scrapbook then later purchased from a private collection by Larry Viezel.
Trouble is, a few of them fell out of Larry's bag at a New York City subway platform back in 2011, and could have been lost forever if a guy named Brady Marter hadn't shared them on Collectors Weekly:
Founds these on the platform of the C train in TriBeCa in 2011. They are photos of Tim Curry and the cast of Rocky Horror during the making of the film. Some have writing on the back and Frankenfurter kissed the back of one.
As a Starfleet veteran, Twitter user @LibrarianShipwreck sometimes wears a Next Generation-era communicator badge shaped like the Starfleet insignia. Her patriotism got her into some trouble at the polls.
Your world may already be full of colorful characters and terrifying monsters, and depending on where you live these critters may make great subjects for photos, if they'll stand still long enough to take a pic.
But if your town/village/city is relatively critter free congratulations on living in a good place! And enjoy these images by animator Jasper StAubyn West that show what living in a literal world full of monsters would look like.
Jasper created these monsterrific images as part of a “doodle a day” project for the month of March, and here's hoping he brings them back soon because they totally rock!
Artist Jake Parker imagined the most famous ships and vehicles of Star Wars as, well, perhaps not monsters, but at least terrifyingly non-human. The X-wing fighter looks like something dragged out of the swamps of Dabogah and the incomplete Death Star like an Ewok science experiment gone wrong.
You can buy this print at here or view detailed images at Geek Art.
Was the breakfast dish named after the infamous American traitor Benedict Arnold? No, not at all.
Perhaps it was named after Pope Benedict XIII, who was put on a strict diet of eggs and toast? Nope.
Atlas Obscura says that the origin of eggs benedict remains, well, obscure. But the best explanation is that, in 1894, New York City stockbroker Lemuel Benedict staggered into the Waldorf Astoria Hotel restaurant in search for a cure of his hangover:
The story goes that Lemuel went to the Waldorf Hotel one hungover morning in 1894 and asked for “some buttered toast, crisp bacon, two poached eggs, and a hooker of hollandaise sauce.” (A "hooker" is what we now call a "glug" or a "slug.")
This odd combination became a popular dish in American cuisine.
Appropriate for a wedding cake, this edible model of the Voyager is moving forward at warp speed. You can tell from the lighted engine nacelles, which is only one of the fantastic illuminations provided by Cara Mia Cake. The deflector dish and exterior windows also light up the surrounding darkness of space. You can see more photos at Between the Pages.
Shows like Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Game Of Thrones love to kill off characters, but when a supporting character is killed on a sitcom like Seinfeld or The Big Bang Theory people start to wonder why.
George's fiancee Susan was killed off because actress Heidi Swedberg lacked the comedy chops to keep up with the Seinfeld cast, so she didn't make the cut.
But sadly Howard Wolowitz's mom on The Big Bang Theory, who was never actually seen on camera, was killed off because actress Carol Ann Susi died of cancer.
Carol had previously appeared on Seinfeld as the unemployment office worker's daughter, Carrie, with whom George went out on a few dates to avoid losing his benefits.
The iconic pantheon of superheroes who form the Holy Trinity of the DC Universe suffer from an identity issue they've never been able to outgrow- their equally iconic costumes.
If Batman doesn't have his cape or pointy-eared cowl, if Supes doesn't have a cape or an S on his chest, and if Wonder Woman is caught without either her bracers, tiara or lasso these heroes somehow lose their power.
Artists have tried to come up with new outfits to make them look more like normal folks, but they're not normal- they're super, so any wardrobe change should really reflect that.
That's why two of the three redesigns created by Stephen Byrne work so well- Batman becomes a bit more of an agent or contractor but still retains his batty spirit and still looks intimidating.
And Wonder Woman looks like an urban adventurer ready for action, still regal, still a warrior but less of a princess.
Supes in jeans and a t-shirt, on the other hand, just doesn't do it for me.
The master craftsmen at ALTAR Furniture, which previosly made an R2-D2 coffee table pinball machine, built this coffee table body around an old Star Trek pinball machine dating back to 1991. The one-of-a-kind piece required 390 hours of work to make it into a Starfleet shuttlecraft, probably a Type 15 shuttlepod. The new LCARS display at the front includes truly otherworldy artifacts: 4 meteorites.
Game of Thrones, and the book series that inspired the show A Song Of Ice And Fire, clearly take place in a fictional world of fantasy, since there are White Walkers, giants, fire breathing dragons and such.
However, the political conflict that serves as the heart of the main storyline is inspired by real history.
I just saved myself ten hours of time by watching the TL;DW version of The Hobbit trilogy. They may have left out a few details, but nothing I’d really want to sit still that long for, even if I had the time.
Thirteen dwarves! That’s got even Snow White beat. Honestly, I tried to read The Hobbit in college and was so bored that I gave up and never went back to it. That was 40 years ago, and I still see no reason to watch three movies that I hear are dragged out even more than the book. -via Tastefully Offensive