The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were always meant to be a bit tongue-in-cheek, and even the far more serious comic book version often approached ideas of mutation, vigilantism and teenhood in a playful manner.
It's almost like the folks who came up with these whacked out baddies were just drawing names out of a hat, taking the whole idea of mutation to a most ridiculous extreme.
A hybrid monster with the power of five classic monsters in one? I guess even movie monsters aren't immune to The Ooze. A sattelite-human hybrid named Vid Vicious? Never mind the bollocks, just aim for his tin can head!
Some stories give the characters and plot time to develop organically, but there’s also something to be said for a story that starts smack dab in the middle, picking up the pieces of another story that has already occurred.
Drifters is an animated tale that begins somewhere in the middle, a story about “strangers who wake up on a train after a traumatic event”, passengers who have no idea how they got on that train or where they're going.
Drifters is a product of animator Ethan Clarke’s unique mind, and even though it was created in 2012 this strange little cartoon is truly timeless- because strange stories never go out of style.
Humans aren’t the only ones cheering about the new Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy, the raccoons of the world now have their own superheroic idol on the big screen, and their lives have been changed forever.
Suddenly raccoons around the world are walking a bit taller, they're no longer afraid to face the coyotes who have oppressed raccoonkind for centuries, and they're even adopting a bolder fashion sense to show the world how important they are
Ordinary raccoons may not get to travel across the galaxy in a starship, launch various explosive projectiles from a gun, or help save a universe full of non-raccoons, but just knowing there's a guy like Rocket Raccoon out there makes regular raccoon folks feel like royalty!
Magical prankster Rahat Hussein is back with a new friend who likes monkeying around just as much as he does- a capuchin monkey who seems to be capable of driving himself to the drive-thru whenever he gets hungry.
If you think Jeff Goldblum seems like a really fun guy to hang out with in real life, a great guy to invite to a party, then these fun Tyrannosaurus attack wedding photos will prove you right.
Jeff was in attendance at the wedding of his fiancee’s friend Pamela Sargent when the photographer (Adam Biesenthal) approached him about being in the T-Rex attack themed wedding photos, with the T-Rex added via photoshop so as not to endanger the guests.
Jeff agreed to play along, and now this lucky wedded couple has some of the most amazing wedding photos ever digitally manipulated.
Jeff’s expression is a mixture of acting scared and instantly regretting his decision to be in this photo series, because he’s gotta be tired of all the Jurassic Park references by now, right?
There’s a man named Matt who created an entire cartoon universe full of strange looking yellow skinned people who happen to resemble real life folks, and then there’s the other man named Matt who built a replica of the first Matt’s city of Springfield entirely out of LEGO.
This story is about that second Matt, and his impressively detailed model of the city, a model that once again proves that The Simpsons and LEGO are two geeky tastes that go great together.
Matt De Lanoy is earning his Master Builder stripes by recreating this iconic toon town out of LEGO, but Springfield looks like it's short a few dozen buildings and landmarks, so hopefully Matt will continue to pay homage to the original Matt via LEGO bricks and keep building up that town!
Organizations like the Boy and Girl Scouts, the Salvation Army Adventure Corps. and Camp Fire were designed to help kids learn how to survive in the wilderness with maximum know-how and minimum supplies, but what if you spent your childhood indoors instead of out?
What sort of skills would you need to make it through an extended stay in the woods, and how do you plan to deal with all that Mother Nature throws at you?
A good place to start is this article by Lifehacker called Wilderness Survival Skills Everyone Should Know, which compiles articles from a bunch of survival experts on important topics like basic first aid techniques, building shelter and foraging for food and drinkable water.
It's full of handy tips and tutorials that might save your life someday, or you can read it and let your mind do the camping if you don't plan on going outside anytime soon...
Comic book publishers are always looking for a new angle to help sell their books, whether it’s a dramatic story arc with a hero’s life hanging in the balance or simply a stylistic makeover that appeals to a new generation of fans, but boy have they come up with some crazy ideas over the years.
Adding animals to the mix as sidekicks and main characters may seem a bit strange, but Billy Ray Cyrus going back in time is the ultimate in comic book kookiness!
The Guardians of the Galaxy soared into the box office and totally cleaned up, proving that a sci-fi/superhero flick based on a relatively obscure group in the Marvel Universe can still rocket to the top…as long as it stars a raccoon.
Sure, Rocket Raccoon is but one of the colorful characters drawing folks to the theater, but there’s no doubt that Guardians is soaring because of the characters in the group, and if Marvel had replaced any one of them the movie might have bombed.
However, it’s a good thing they cut these Guardians of the Galaxy Rejects by Dennis Culver from the movie, because nothing kills a seriously good flick like a half naked Beldar the Conehead, or American Dad’s Roger in drag.
It may seem like the Super Mario Bros. are from Italy, but they actually trace their origins back to Japan, so the Italian accent must be some kind of strange speech impediment.
Mario has a lotta love for his hometown of Tokyo, and the citizens still praise him for keeping their pipework clean of gunk and vicious snapping turtles, but even in his hometown he can’t help but run through the streets like he's conquering a level.
Hello, yes this is doge....wait, this isn't a meme?!
This is Shiba the Shiba Inu, and Shiba just loves to greet customers that come to his master's neighborhood tobacco shop by opening the window for them and offering service with a smile.
Shiba enjoys working at the Shimada Cigarette Shop in the Musashi-Koganei railway station in Tokyo, but when all that window opening wears him down he takes a quick power nap, ready to jump into action when the next customer comes calling.
These Ukranian teens found themselves without air conditioning or a fan when the thermometer needle reached 34 degrees celsius, that's 93 degrees to the farenheit folks, so they came up with a brilliant plan to transform their living room into an indoor swimming pool.
The teens used polyethylene film and tape to cover the furniture and the walls up high enough to create a pool several feet deep, which is sure to have gone over swimmingly with their parents.
The big question isn't why they did it, or how they came up with the idea. What we all want to know is- how do they plan to empty out their house pool when they're done swimming across the living room?
Ever since those totally radical heroes in a halfshell climbed out of the sewers and into the hearts of America’s youth their green mugs have been plaster on everythig from merch to movies to their own brand of cereal, but nothing made the fans cheer more than the video game adaptations.
The four player arcade games were a great way to share cowabunga moments with friends, and the Turtles in Time adaptation for the SNES brought the fun home and helped me stash some quarters for the next arcade trip.
But if you're a fan of the TMNT games you'll probably agree with their choices, and if you've never played the games and wanna see what you're missing they've included lots of gameplay videos so you can get a feel for each game.
The recent wave of amazingly good Marvel Comics movies have been following in the footsteps of other geeky franchises by including plenty of easter eggs in their movies for fans to discover- usually when they bring home the DVD and are able to pause and rewind the movie for a better look:
MTV has put together a collection of Every Marvel Easter Egg Explained in One Video, which is an erroneous title because the video is missing the easter eggs found in Captain America: Winter Soldier (which is due to be released on DVD in September) and Guardians of the Galaxy (which is currently in theaters).
Oh well, those would have been far too spoilery to share anyway, and in case you're worried about spoilers there may be a few in this video, so go watch the movie first then come back and see all the easter eggs you may have missed!
Anybody who has played Dungeons & Dragons knows it’s simply a storytelling game, a chance for like-minded fantasy fans to sit down and let their imaginations run wild while telling a story together, and unless your Dungeon Master is a hack-and-slash fanatic who constantly has your party running up against entire goblin armies you know storytelling is the backbone of D&D.
So it should come as no surprise that playing D&D, or pretty much any roleplaying game, will make you a better storyteller, especially if you’re the Dungeon/Game Master.
Only in fairytales could a fair maiden lay unconscious for years and still look as pretty as the day they first lay her down to rest, in real life bedsores, bugs and a layer of filth would have made poor Sleeping Beauty look a fright!
Even more frightful is the possibility that the spell placed upon her didn’t actually preserve her in any way, so if Aurora actually died when she pricked her finger on the spinning wheel spindle then she’s probably just laying there biding her time until a healthy meal comes along…
Poor Prince Phillip, who knew that sleeping princess would take the fact that you’re a slice of beefcake literally?!
Those who choose to work in porcelain are generally trying to preserve classical techniques, add an antiquated twist to their ultra-modern work or, in the case of Maria Rubinke, trying to create a juxtaposition between what is acceptable now in the world of art and the simpler, more innocent forms of the past.
Plushie lovers generally collect toys because they’re shaped like their favorite characters, or because they’re made by major brands like Gund and Steiff, but the plush works of Wood Splitter Lee are so cool looking they're sure to appeal to any and all plush collectors:
Lee calls her creations plush sculptures for a reason- each one is meticulously hand crafted, with poseable skeletons and super realistic yet utterly adorable faces, and as you would expect each soft sculpture costs a pretty penny (from $180 to over $900).
However, plush collectors who are looking for hand crafted, and incredibly realistic looking, plush critters to add to their collection are sure to go gaga over Lee Cross’s adorably awesome creations.
Cartoon universes are about to collide in Springfield as both Family Guy and Futurama are set to make appearances in the land of the Flaming Moe.
We all know Family Guy "borrowed" a lot from The Simpsons, like the fact that they both star a fat, oafy father, and they're both satirical takes on the average American family, just to name a few similarities, but these two iconic cartoon families have never come together for a full episode...until now.
Here's a sneak peek at the episode entitled "The Simpsons Guy", which will air on September 28th:
And after the Griffins pay a visit to Springfield the Planet Express crew is set to come back from the grave for a one episode appearance in Springfield, thanks to a rift between Groening dimensions that really should have been opened years ago:
Simpsorama will feature Bender and Bart colliding in a battle of the bad boys sure to make cartoon history! Is this crossover Futurama's official return to the small screen?
Your guess is as good as mine, but if you want to see these Groening dimensions collide the episode will air on November 9th.
San Diego Comic-Con 2014 was bigger than ever in terms of attendance, and yet it was lacking the large Hollywood presence that has made the last few years unbearably crowded in the exhibit hall, which means there was plenty of room for independent artists to set up and share their graphic creations.
As usual SDCC rolled out the red carpet for indie artists trying to share their passion with fans on a personal level, and whether they were veteran exhibitors, or it was their first year on the floor, they all had one thing in common- a love of illustration, art and, of course, comic books.
I had the pleasure of speaking with some of the independent artists exhibiting at Comic-Con 2014, and even though a few of the artists I missed in last year's coverage weren't in attendance those who were nice enough to share a few minutes with me about their art showed that independent art is alive and well at Comic-Con.
After speaking to Jeremy Bernstein for just a few minutes it became clear that he is extremely passionate about animation and illustration, and his passion was shared by those who stopped by his booth to check out his works.
Jeremy is a BFA graduate of Cal Arts (California Institute of the Arts) who started out working for Dreamworks as an animator on features such as Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda, but he soon found his desire to draw impossible to ignore, so he went to work on his own projects. So far he has illustrated seven books, many of which are self published, and like all of Jeremy’s art these books are extremely diverse in subject matter and target audience.
He’s currently developing his own animated series for Nickelodeon, where he works as a storyboard artist on the series Breadwinners, and he’s looking forward to bringing more of his creations to life in the future both on screen and in print.
Jeremy’s passion is evident in everything he creates, and he’s a shining example of what an independent artist can achieve if they continue to work on projects they find personally fulfilling.
Street art comes alive in the hand drawn works of Erwin Haya, who is now considered a Comic-Con veteran since he has been exhibiting at the Con for the last twelve years.
Erwin attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, California and began his creative career working for companies such as Barra, a financial software company, and Booyah Games before he decided to go independent and work on his own artistic creations full time.
In 2003 he began publishing web comics under the name OneSickIndividual, and he continues to create street art influenced illustrative works as an independent freelancer for companies such as Mattel, Scholastic and Simon & Schuster.
Erwin’s currently working on his own graphic novel, and by the look of the works he had on display at Comic-Con fans of graffiti and animation are sure to find something they love in Erwin’s upcoming comics.
Jimmy Kimmel is like many comedians in that he doesn't seem to have a filter, and when he decided to record a bit for his show Jimmy Kimmel Live at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 he went lower than most Comic-Con coverage has gone before.
Kimmel asked cosplayers if they've ever had sex in their costumes, which anyone with any knowledge of the cosplay community knows is a rather taboo subject, and the responses he got to this Pedestrian Question were surprisingly genuine:
When one of your friends has a pool close enough to jump into from the roof of the house people will take the leap, even if they’re just trying to show off, but would those same people attempt this insane leap?
This guy clearly isn’t worried about his own mortality as he jumps off the top of a building into a regular sized swimming pool five stories below, and surprisingly he’s not the only brave soul in town.
Holidaymakers line up each year in parts of Spain to do what they call “balconing”- leaping off roofs and balconies into pools, which results in many deaths and severe spinal injuries for those who don’t successfully complete the leap.
The rising number of people coming to the Balearic Islands simply to try their hand at “balconing” has authorities scrambling to stop the trend, but something tells me this guy’s not gonna stop leaping until he dies!
It was the ultimate prize for a cat burgling sociopath, and once she’d claimed the cowl of the Batman she knew her legend would grow, along with the severity of her crimes...
Catwoman doesn’t take her eyes off the prize until it’s tucked safely in her satchel, and according to this incredibly cool statue by DeviantARTist Kordianl her latest acquisition has left Batman unable to conceal his true identity!
This masterfully sculpted piece stands three meters tall and was "Inspired bythemeof Judithbeheading Holofernes", a celebration of our modern mythologies which are being created in the pages of comic books.
There’s something about a bee buzzing around the yard that drives dogs crazy, and even the smartest and most well trained dog can’t help but want to take a bite out of that bee when they see it flying from flower to flower.
Unfortunately, this means they must learn their lesson about bees the hard way, which can turn tragic if the dog in question happens to be allergic to bees.
But most of the time they’re left with nothing but a swollen mouth, a sore tongue and a lesson from Mother Nature that will stick with them for the rest of their lives.
Liam Martin is a teenager from New Zealand who has a unique sense of fashion and an extremely photogenic face.
His style, however, is derived from what celebs wore during famous fashion shoots, and he often wears the outfits better than the original celeb, unless he's feeling playful and decides to dress down:
His hilariously unique recreations of celeb fashion shoots have earned him over one million followers on Instagram, followers who can't wait to see his photographic responses to memes, movie stills and (most recently) female celebrity fashion photos.
Liam puts plenty of his own personality and attitude into every photo he recreates, which is why people generally like his version better than the original, and if a teenager from New Zealand can beat these Hollywood divas at their own game there may yet be hope for us all.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is an upcoming movie that has both superhero flick fans and comic book readers foaming at the mouth, our heads spinning from all the possibilities.
Will Batman and Superman physically battle it out in the movie, or is the versus meant to indicate a difference of opinion about how to deal with an impending problem of superheroic proportions?
Dorkly artist Andy Kluth has an idea about how the whole situation will play out, and his comic offers up the easiest solution to the situation- the good ol' Superman flying so fast that he actually travels back in time trope.
Geez, Supes- you're a real jerk! Now I really hope Batman wins in the upcoming movie!
This man wants to save your life, but not by getting his own hands dirty or performing surgery on you, he wants to teach you how to be your own doctor and save your own life with skills he feels we all should have learned in high school.
His name is Dr. James Hubbard, and he runs TheSurvivalDoctor.com, where he dispenses medical advice to people online so they can act as their own doctor during an emergency- or figure out when it’s actually time to call in a professional.
Some gamers find PC gaming a bit daunting, what with all the hardware needed to support high end games, extra software needed to run the games properly, and the myriad of settings you don’t need to worry about while gaming on a console.
Terms like anti-aliasing, tessellation and vsync boggle the mind when you’re trying to make sure you're maximizing your PC's performance while you play your favorite games.
The super talented weaponsmiths from Baltimore Knife and Sword, collectively known on YouTube as MAN AT ARMS, are back with a new series called REFORGED, where they step up their weapon forging game by constructing hybrid weapons based on our favorite geeky franchises.
In this episode they came up with a rather creative way to combine all four of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s weapons into one freakin’ crazy weapon they should call the Cowabunga Choppah.
You'd think a katana blade mounted on the end of a bo staff would be enough, but this is REFORGED, and MAN AT ARMS is going all out to create weapons we've only seen in our geeky dreams, so of course they had to work in Raphael's sai and Mikey's nunchakus.
However, seeing how they work the sai and nunchaku in to the overall build will surprise you...What will these creative weapon masters come up with next?!