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Cosplay has evolved from faithful adaptation to original creations by cosplayers that make their way into the pages of comic books, the students truly having become the masters.
Creativity is key, and there’s plenty of room for interpretation in the cosplay world, and yet there are many cosplayers who strive to look exactly like the original work that inspired their costume.
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Japanese cosplayers have been posting side-by-side comparison shots to Twitter, showing off how close they can come to looking like the source material, and needless to say they nailed it!
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'Baby, you're my Wonder Woman.'
'Honey, you're a Superman to me.'
Reinesha and Devan must feel this way about each other because they had a superhero-themed wedding with Reinesha as the Princess of Themyscira and Devan as the Man of Steel. The entire wedding party was dressed appropriately for the event, including Wonder Woman eye makeup, Superman socks, and wedding rings for both of those characters. Reinesha and Devan are clearly DC superfans and deeply in love.
You can see more photos of their wedding here. I suggest that you do because the level of detail that they went to is really impressive.
They don't show the departure from the wedding, but we can safely assume that it was in an invisible jet heading for the Fortress of Solitude.
Navigating the internet without being exposed to spoilers can sometimes seem like an impossible mission, especially if you’re a passionate fan who genuinely hates to have your favorite media ruined for you by uncaring users/article writers.
So what actually constitutes a spoiler? Are some people being a bit too touchy about spoilers, or do they have a valid argument?
They discuss spoiler boundaries and try to put together a "spoiler bill of rights", tune in and see if you agree with their spoiler rules.
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Space is still the final frontier for us earthbound human beings, and our fascination with what awaits humanity in the largely unexplored cosmos is still going strong.
Movies have brought this cosmic interest back time and time again, most recently with the film Gravity, proving that people still can’t get enough of movies set in space.
Chris Hadfield is an astronaut who knows a thing or two about outer space, and he’s sick and tired of watching movies that seem to get space wrong every time.
Chris says space will kill you in mundane ways, like when Luca Parmitano came close to drowning in space when his water supply leaked into his helmet, but going to the bathroom in space is awesome, which is something they never show in the movies, for obvious reasons.
He shared these factoids and more with Cracked in 6 Ways Movies Get Space Wrong, and (spoiler alert!) Hollywood movies are typically all wrong about space!
One of the great things about animation is that everyone has their own unique style, both in terms of character/background design and the movement found within their work, so you never know what you’re gonna get when you check out an indie animator’s keyframed creation.
However, this animated short by Stephanie Swart kinda gives you a hint about what to expect right there in the title- Strange Wonderful.
This surreal short is certainly strange, and very sketchy in places, but the understated storyline shows that embracing the strange can be a wonderful, albeit somewhat lonely, experience.
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Exploring the history of computer viruses tends to make readers a bit paranoid, especially if they’ve been struck by one of these malicious programs in the past.
But if you’re curious about the dark side of computing you can explore the ghosts of viruses past, complete with awesome graphic addition, at the Computer Virus Catalog, “an illustrated guide to the worst viruses in computer history”.
There you can read about the LSD virus, a DOS based virus that "overwrites all the files in the current directory and then displays a druggy video effect", or the Madman virus, a DOS virus that infects .exe files- "Whenever you hit CTRL-ALT-DEL the virus displays an ASCII picture of an angry red-faced amigo. Hit your keyboard again and the virus displays the creepy message: 'Nothing can save you here, friend - you're in my world now!'
Ask some people who would win in the battle of ninja versus (insert noun here) and the ninja will always come out on top.
There’s something about those masked martial artists that makes them really popular despite their murderous inclinations, and they seem virtually invincible when you see them on the big screen:
Well, they’re definitely destructible, as the video series Daily Ninja proves by throwing them out in front of oncoming traffic, or in the path of a shorebound ferry:
The wacky video series was created to help promote the upcoming release of Ninja Apocalypse, a post apocalyptic flick directed by Lloyd Lee Barnett that has something to do with magic, ninjas and zombies, not necessarily in that order:
Ninjas and zombies and magic, oh my! (May contain content considered NSFW)
Last month, comedian Steve Patrick Adams delved into our psyches with an analysis of the significance of our favorite Bill Murray movies. Now he shows us the importance of who we address as Batman. You can see a larger version here.
It's unnecessary. There is only one Batman: Kevin Conroy, AKA "Real Batman." What does this say about me? Adams writes:
You enjoy surprising people with your unconventional taste. You also enjoy explaining your preferences for an unbearable length of time.
Well, um, I can't really argue with that. Once again, Adams's grasp of the human mind is stunningly perceptive.
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The original Star Trek show was filmed when all effects were practical, as opposed to digitally created special effects, and adding camera shake meant literally shaking the camera.
Star Trek: The Next Generation was made in the late 80s/early 90s, when digital effects were more widely used in television productions, so effects like camera shake were digitally added in post-production, with a little help from the actors, of course:
Nowadays digital effects make it easy to simulate camera shake via software, but when you use the same software to remove the camera shake effect you're left with nothing but amazing performances.
Add the catchy DJ Snake and Lil Jon track "Turn Down For What" to those performances and you've got pure comedy gold on your hands, courtesy of some dude named Danny Rogers and his mashup "Turn Down For Spock".
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The mighty God of Thunder has undergone some changes over the years, from new looks and new attitudes to that time Loki turned him into a frog, but now Thor’s about to go where many male characters in the Marvel Universe have gone before- full blown female.
It’s quite refreshing to see Thor in this light, and just like when Loki took over the body of Sif for a minute these guys don’t lose a bit of their mighty attitudes when exploring their feminine side.
The only problem with this transformation is spelled out in this tweet:
And you thought Mulan and Merida were tough!
YouTube member Omer Barnea caught the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace last week and was surprised to hear the Queen’s Guards playing the theme from Game of Thrones. They did a good job, although it would have probably been easier on the audience if the musicians had all been facing the same direction. -via Viral Viral Videos
See also: The Guard playing The Imperial March.
No worries: he will not be permanently damaged. The Empire will compensate you if he dies. At least, until Jabba sits on him. That probably voids any warranty offered by eBay seller derbycovers, a maker of custom toilet lids. This airbrushed wood lid shows Captain Solo's full horror at the sight of you naked.
Futurama was presented to our eyeballs via image projection devices that only transmit two dimensional visuals, and even though the projected images are strictly reruns these days there is still a lot of fan love out there for the Adventures of the Galaxy Express gang.
If those image projection devices were able to transmit the show’s visual code in 3D it probably would have looked a lot like these amazing CGI Futurama visualizations by Alexy Zakharov, with lots of fine details and shiny bits.
But since the show was created by Matt Groening, a guy who appreciates the value of super flat characters, two dimensional character art was a given.
The fine humanoids who worked on the show rendered the buildings, vehicles, and some of the space effects in 3D, using a technique called Toon Shading to make the 3D models look more like 2D drawings, but their CGI looked nothing like Alexy's incredibly realistic version of Futurama!
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When Ash and his friends travel the world trying to catch all the Pokemon they can they're not hunting for their dinner, and most Pokemon don't look like they'd make for a very good meal.
However, a new pop up restaurant in Tokyo, Japan seems to think one particular Pokemon looks good enough to eat, and they're serving up colorful dishes shaped like Ash's pal Pikachu:
You won't find Lightning Rat Stew on their menu, just friendly faced food like the Pika Burger, the Pika Parfait, and the totally tasty Pika Rump Dumpling:
The Pikachu Cafe was created to promote the upcoming Pokemon the movie XY, and they'll be serving up these cute culinary critter shaped courses until August 31st, so if you're in Japan catch 'em while you can!
Etsy seller Neal Sasser of La Grange, North Carolina made this impressive model of the Enterprise using 70 Natural Light brand 24-ounce beer cans. He describes it as his masterpiece and the flagship of his crafting operation. What are its dimensions? Sasser says, "Specs = AWESOMENESS." That really does tell you all that you need to know.
I'm especially impressed with Sasser's realistic depiction of the shuttlecraft bay doors.
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"Put the Evil Queen in the cargo hold. She's worth a lot of money to me."
Here's Amber Arden cosplaying as the fairest bounty hunter in the land. The huntsman tried to kill her, but he changed his mind when she changed him into dust. You can see more photos at her Facebook page.
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Blade Runner is such an amazing and beloved film that it just wouldn’t be right to bring it back with a new cast and cutting edge CGI effects because it looks amazing just the way it is, but if you're going to give it new life you have to recreate it as an animated feature.
YouTuber Chris Kessler agrees, and he put together a trailer using clips from various anime series like Bubblegum Crisis and AD Police, with audio from Blade Runner, which is quite entertaining to watch and Blade Runner-y in all the right places.
If Hollywood filmmakers would stop turning cartoons into live action movies and flip the adaptation process around we might see some animated remakes of movies like Blade Runner that'll be worthy of those high box office prices!
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We all know the best way to beat the summer heat is to stay indoors, playing video games and sucking down cold canned beverages, but if that’s not an option then Dorkly’s got you covered.
They’ve come up with 5 Nerdy Ways to Beat the Summer Heat, and their ideas require way too much effort and sometimes a bit too much money.
In fact, disregard this comic and simply go back to the original plan, it’s much cheaper in the long run and won’t get you arrested for kidnapping!
Who’s the bigger Star Wars fan: Stephen Colbert or Jon Stewart? They battle it out in the promotional video for the raffle at Omaze in which the prize is a role in Star Wars VII! Yes, it will cost you to enter, but proceeds go to support UNICEF Innovation Labs and Programs. -via Viral Viral Videos
With San Diego Comic Con about to begin, and the possibility of geek love in the air, it’s a sure bet that geeky pick-up lines are being rehearsed, tested and rewritten so they're ready to be unveiled at bars and clubs around the big event.
Conversations are already going to be awkward, so why not make them even more awkward by infusing your pick-up lines with Pokemon references?
Why not? Because those lines don't sound as funny when spoken aloud as they do in your head, as demonstrated in this hilarious video by Nacho Punch.
Chances are the Pokemon fan/cosplayer/trainer you’re exposing to these horribly niche flirtations has already heard every line from “Star you single?" to "Are you a cat that shoots out random gold coins? Cause you got a pretty Meowth", so you might as well give up the hunt now before you take a critical hit.
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The 4th annual Robot Film Festival, now in its fourth year, acknowledges robots in film. The festival will be presented on July 19th, 2014 at Bot & Dolly studios in San Francisco. This year's theme is “Telepresence & Identity: Human-Machine Integration.” Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite. From their promotional literature,
"The Robot Film Festival is an annual celebration of robots on screen and in performance. The event features screenings of invited films and juried selections from open-call submissions, live performances by robot entertainers, and a red-carpet awards ceremony.
The first and only event of its kind, the Robot Film Festival was founded in 2011 to inject both artistry and playfulness into traditional robotic engineering and to explore the frontiers of the human-machine relationship."
Attendees at the Allentown, Pennsylvania Comic Con were treated to an impromptu performance by a real life cartoon character, a man who looks, sounds and (kinda) acts like a real life Peter Griffin from that Family Guy cartoon show.
This spot-on cosplayer also happens to be from Rhode Island, he has a Facebook account where he has proclaimed himself to be the Real Life Peter Griffin, and guess what- nobody’s arguing with him, because this is clearly the role he was born to play!
Thankfully someone caught the whole thing on video, and even though the audio is pretty terrible, and really hard to hear at times, you kinda get the picture...oh, and he’s not punching a giant chicken so it’s not terribly exciting. Still, real life Peter Griffin you guys!
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It's safe to say video game sprites weren't meant to faithfully represent what the characters would look like in real life, game designers were just doing the best they could with so few pixels while trying to keep their characters visually interesting.
Sprites are better off in 2D, and as illustrator Scott Johnson demonstrates when you try to bring those 8-bit sprites into any sort of three dimensional space you end up with a total horrorshow:
It would have been mighty hard to root for characters that look like they just crawled out of a radioactive swamp, although there's still something cute about little misshapen Link.
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When you hear an animated short is entitled The Legend of the Flying Tomato several images probably come to mind- jeering audiences made up of kids armed with rotten fruit, the next evolution in killer tomatoes, or that one Veggie Tales short they cut because it was too “edgy”.
Well, this short does start with rotten tomatoes being thrown, but the Flying Tomato in question is a little girl with big dreams of becoming a larger-than-life pro wrestler:
The Legend of the Flying Tomato was created by students Michael Yates, Aurry Tan and Sharon Huang from the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, but you’d never guess they created it for a senior thesis, because it looks so darn good!
Attempting to recap George R.R. Martin's entire epic series A Song of Ice and Fire in two minutes is an extremely tall order, but Slacktory host Nick Douglas was so sure he was up to the task that he let the camera roll and went for it.
He failed, of course, but Nick did manage to become so lost in his stream-of-thought ramblings that even people who have read the entire epic series will struggle to make sense of it all, thereby confusing everyone into believing Nick has actually read the entire series.
Nick’s video contains spoilers (kinda), so if you live in fear of Game of Thrones-related spoilers you may not want to tune in. Otherwise, enjoy watching Nick flounder!
On September 5, 1992, Batman: The Animated Series--one of the greatest American cartoons of the 1990s--first aired. It launched a great era of DC superhero cartoons known to fans as the DC Animated Universe. Here are 15 facts you might not know about this show.
1. Animators Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski created this short pilot film in order to pitch their Batman series to network executives. They voiced it themselves, with Timm providing Batman's grunts and Radomski providing everything else.
2. Radomski developed the backgrounds for the series. In order to give it the film noir atmosphere that he and Timm wanted, Radomski started by painting everything black, then adding highlights. The visual effect of this decision is especially effective in the shots of Gotham's skyline.
3. Among the strongest visual influences for the show were the old Dave Fleischer Superman cartoons. These 17 cartoons, such as the one you see above, were made in the 1940s.
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4. When casting for the voice of Batman, voice director Andrea Romano searched for a voice that was “inherently sexy.” Batman was “a rule breaker,” and that dangerousness could appeal to women. Kevin Conroy had just the right voice and nailed his audition.
DC Comics is giving Batgirl a new life, a new look, and an awesome new costume. The first issue will be out in October, illustrated by Babs Tarr. The stories will be written by Cameron Stewart and Brendan Fletcher. MTV talked to all three.
Stewart: Batgirl has really been put through the wringer in recent years – after being attacked and paralyzed by the Joker, her brother turning out to be a serial murderer, the trauma of her family breaking apart and the series of gruesome villains she’s had to contend with, we figured she deserved a break from all that. Just prior to the start of our story she’s pushed to the breaking point and decides that she’s had it with misery and darkness and wants a change. She wants the opportunity to have some fun and live the life of a young, single girl in the city, so she packs up and moves to Burnside, the cool, trendy borough of Gotham, to focus on grad school.
The costume is awesome, don't you think? It's supposed to be one that Batgirl made herself. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Want to take your totally 21st century business back to the glory days of the 1990s? Then you gotta keep it old school by replacing your boring rectangular business cards with some fresh round Business Pogs.
They’re a game of some sort, a cool conversation piece and a business card in one, and when you’re done with them you can throw them away-just like the original pogs from the 90s!
Not sure if this is some genius level marketing or a horrible way to advertise yourself, also not sure if this site is a joke or for realsies despite their claims that "This is a real product and real site!", but one thing is certain- nobody will ever forget you if you hand them a pog business card!
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The live action hero in a half shell legacy began in 1990 with the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, which many fans believe to be the only worthwhile movie in the franchise’s history.
Even fans of the comic book loved the film when it first came out (which used to be a rare occurrence), and even though it looks campy compared to today's standards there's something inherently charming about characters created with practical effects rather than CGI.
No wonder the TMNT were so charming- their suits were created by Jim Henson's Creature Workshop, and it's said that Jim was rather upset with the amount of violence in the movie.
That on-screen violence was the same reason Playmates Toys decided not to release a toy line featuring characters from the movie, even though they were already releasing the Ninja Turtle toy line based on the animated TV series.
Want to learn more about the rubber suited Ninja Turtle tale that ushered in the 90s? Read 10 Fun Facts About 1990s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, brought to you by GeekTyrant.