Through the eyes of Robbi Rodriguez, pop culture icons such as Doctor Who, Darth Vader and the Rocketeer are imbued with frenetic energy, rendered in pen and ink with jagged outlines and a roughness which is counterbalanced by sharp, smooth detail. Take your eyeballs on a tour of the pic gallery posted on ComicsAlliance, then head to Robbi's website for more ocular delights!
I'm sure you're thinking "Gee, just what we need, another deleted scene...", but this one's a little different than the rest. In this scene from The Empire Strikes Back, featuring Han and Leia bickering and oozing all kinds of sexual tension, you get to see Harrison Ford's acting sound forced and a bit hackneyed, which may result in feelings of disillusionment and sadness. Not all deleted scenes hit the cutting room floor due to time constraints, some were removed to avoid fan heartbreak!
If you want to show the world what you're REALLY made of, guts and all, then your wait is almost over. Thanks to Japanese researchers from RIKEN, biological tissue can be turned transparent via chemical reagent, so you can look like a superhero without the need to have powers or a cool alien back story. Unfortunately, this reagent doesn't work on living tissue, so you'll have to wait a while longer for your clear skin makeover. Until then, read on at PopSci and imagine all the creepy possibilities!
Have you ever wondered why certain superheroes don't get as much attention, or as many fans, as the big name spandex superstars? Well, these audition videos from College Humor should help clear that up for you, and proves that even D-list superfolks have star power!
When fantasy genre and food enthusiast Adam Bruski read the "A Game Of Thrones" novels by George R.R. Martin, he paid close attention to an aspect that i'm sure very few reading the books have even noticed-the amazing sounding recipes. So he has taken it upon himself to recreate the recipes, using only ingredients which would have been available during the Medieval period, on his cooking blog "Cooking Ice And Fire". Bruski's passion for food shines through in his recipes, of which there are six so far, and the fantasy food turned haute cuisine recipes range from the strange (cold egg lime soup) to the sublime (veal cutlets blanched with almond milk). With many more books and recipes to go, Adam aims to show us all what we've been missing while reading through the series, and how we can bring home exotic and interesting flavors from our favorite fantasy novels!
Reactions to this new bundle pack will range from "How much? No thanks..." to "Awesome!", with lots of mehs in-between. But if you're still using your Wii for anything other than Netflix, and you enjoyed the previous Legend of Zelda games, then you'll probably want to check out the new Skyward Sword game bundle, even though it's set to retail at $70. The collector's bundle includes a golden Motion Plus Wiimote, game and 25th Anniversary Concert CD, so you can take your new theme music with you wherever you go!
If you remember the crazy Crossfire game commercials from the 1990's, then this commercial parody will bring back memories, and hopefully elicit a chuckle. If you were too young, or old, to have seen the original commercial don't worry, I've included the link below. And even if you don't think the Crossfire in real life element is funny, check out to the sweet glam metal band Steel Panther as they rock the parking lot! Dodging giant steel balls is so f%@ng metal!
The man calling himself the Eyeborg has put together a short documentary detailing modern bionics and cutting edge prosthetics, part of which was filmed using his eye camera.
Rob Spence lost his eye in a firearm accident a few years back, but the filmmaker refused to stop doing what he loved, so he had a prosthetic eye camera specially designed, and thus became the first person to have a implanted camera replace their eye.
Square Enix are Rob's newest sponsors, and they have commissioned him to make a video that compares modern prosthetics and bionics to the bodily enhancements found in the new game Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
Follow either of the links below and check out this amazing, cutting edge video by the first bionic cameraman, and see how medical science is quickly catching up to science fiction.
These characters aren't going to be kicking anyone's butt in battle, unless they find a way to use their cuteness as a weapon. Illustrator Ivan Camelo has taken our favorite musclebound DC heroes and turned them into diminutive, bubbly and shiny little cuties that look like they belong an alternate DC/Sanrio Universe alongside Hello Kitty and Keroppi. It's good to see that even though Batman and Superman have lost their muscles, their incredibly square chins weren't lost in translation. You can see more at ComicsAlliance, but beware: drawings this sweet may rot your teeth.
If you think your life is strange, watch this animated short and thank your lucky stars that you don't have to deal with the strangeness this guy deals with every day. Made by Santiago Grasso, this short yet insightful cartoon has lots to say and plenty of style to keep your eyes satisfied. This is animation for the lost, with a stark style that matches the dark subject matter, and an overall feeling that some people will identify with from frame one. Watch it while you're at work and you just might end up with a better appreciation of what you do for a living!
If you have ever seen Adventure Time on Cartoon Network, then you are already familiar with Oliver's surreal and quirky cartoon style. If you love cartoons but have never seen Adventure Time then you're missing out on a great show! Oliver tackles pop culture icons from cartoons, video games, and the movies and brings his own stylistic simplicity to the characters, then his bold use of color completes each piece and really makes them pop. In the age of digital art Oliver is keeping it old school! Check out the artist's blogsite for many more examples of his cute and unique style.
It's hard to believe that people once thought we'd all be living in domes by the year 2000, but this delightful retro article from Popular Science confirms that the future is a lot squarer than people in the 60s and 70s thought it would be. The geodesic dome was the brainchild of R. Buckminster Fuller, who felt that the simplicity of design and ease with which it could be built would catch on like wildfire across the country, and claimed rather ambitiously that it could replace all manner of traditional housing. However, Fuller hadn't taken the cost of repairs into consideration, nor the problems that would be encountered bringing the dome up to code, and the awkward shape of the panels made replacing them a real pain, so the geodesic dome fad fell along the wayside, becoming nothing more than a vision of the future that was never meant to be. If you want to read more about the "dome of the future", follow the link to PopSci, where you'll find lots more info, and pages from past Popular Science articles detailing the rise and fall of the housing dome fad.
Heavy pop, liquid designs and sheer surreal madness collide in Exit Man's unusual artworks. These busy, colorful pieces use bold, curved lines to guide you around the scene, and looking at them kinda feels like taking your eyes on a rollercoaster ride. Want to hang one of these ocular amusements on your wall? Then follow the link to Exit Man's Society6 page and support his vision!
If you like your games old school and pixelated, then you will love this surprisingly difficult dungeon crawler created in under 48 hours by Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson. It hearkens back to the days when games came without explanation, where you had to stumble around to figure out what's going on, and the simple style masked a devilishly difficult puzzle element. It's fun, quirky, and can be played for free if you follow the link. Now get busy punching some bats and eyeballs!
Unless you are an ultimate Nintendo fan, and know every game that came out on the console in 1988, you're going to have a hard time identifying all of these great games. But really, who's keeping score? These awesomely adorable illustrations are by Campbell Whyte, and have a quirky cute style all their own. See if you can figure them all out, and be sure to follow the link over to Destructoid if you want to see all 65 of these adorable illustrations!
The guys from Epic Meal Time are blowing up YouTube with their crazy food-centric comedy videos, recipes seemingly created by Paula Dean while she was on acid, and devil may care attitudes that make them a big hit with the ladies. Every recipe these guys dream up starts with trays full of bacon, and become more and more insane as another ingredient is added. This edition, entitled Sausage Fest, shows you how to make sausage out of big macs and beef sandwiches, among other crazy combinations of (often fried) food which have never been stuffed in a sausage casing before. Let Epic Meal Time show you why things get strange in the kitchen when you're cooking drunk.
Was Bone too cute and cuddly for you? Wishing he were a giant pile of muscles wielding a massive sword while saving bikini clad babes? ComicsAlliance has answered your prayers with their latest indie comic reboot-Bone the Barbarian! Here's a taste of what Bone is like in a sword and sorcery setting:
Exiled from his homeland of Boneboria, the warrior Fone Bonan sets out on a epic quest to find the mythical Crown of Horns, an artifact of great and terrible power that will grant a vast kingdom to any man who dares to claim it.
Bad to the Bone! Follow the link to ComicsAlliance to read more about Bone's reboot, and see the full cover in all it's barbaric glory.
These aren't the skateboard riding, pizza loving turtles from the animated series, but rather the original dark and moody mutant ninja's from the comics that started it all. With help from Master Splinter, they're battling an angry anthropomorphic cat man and his gang for control of the city, and it looks like things are going to get bloody. ComicsAlliance has an 8 page preview of the first issue at the link below, take a look and decide for yourself whether you'll be celebrating the return of TMNT!
Artists often come up with concepts and ideas that require help to reach the light of day, and whenever an artist teams up with a scientist the unlikely duo is most likely on the verge of making an incredible discovery. Case and point-the collaboration between Dutch artist Jalila Essaidi and Utah State researcher Randy Lewis has resulted in a bulletproof, skin-like material that has been fabricated from silk threads produced by a genetically modified silk worm. And the ultimate point of this exercise in left brain/right brain cooperation? To someday create a synthetic human skin and artificial tendons and ligaments. Read more on this fascinating development over at PhysOrg.
When the term Fan Film is used to describe what you're about to watch, you normally don't expect much from the film or the maker. This film, entitled Portal: No Escape is unlike any fan film i've ever seen, because it's downright quality-looks good, well written, stylish and entertaining throughout. No Escape should definitely raise the bar for future fan films, and I would love to see this film, and quality fan films like it, turned into YouTube mini series one day. Why is it that this short film rocks and most big budget video game movies are terrible? I guess Hollywood needs to hire more fans to help make their films!
Awww, Chunk and Sloth are best friends! Mark A. Fionda Jr.'s take on characters from pop culture, such as these cuties from The Goonies, make me feel all warm and squishy inside. Use these images to battle depression, make your girlfriend giggle, or simply to fill your cuteness quota, just don't try to deny Mark's skills with the watercolors! See many more cute and colorful imagery at Mark's website, or hit the ComicsAlliance link below for a mini-gallery of his works.
The East Coast is still recovering from a less-than-devastating earthquake that shook walls, knocked stuff over on desks and generally didn't do a whole lot of damage. The folks over at BuzzFeed have gathered together a gallery of images that shows just how simple it will be for the folks on the East Coast to recover from the kind of tremor that Californians feel on a weekly basis. Damage caused by an earthquake has never been so hilarious!
Have you ever wanted a record of all you see while peering into your binoculars, whether bird, ballgame or a neighbor's illicit activities? Maybe not, but even if you don't care to record it all, you have to admit these binoculars are really cool! Built by Sony, the DEV-3 and DEV-5 are the binoculars of the future. With built in HD and 3D recorder, they are capable of doing everything you could ever want a pair of binoculars to do, except of course for x-ray vision. They can even shoot still pics at 7 megapixels, prompting the question: what would you do if you got your hands on a pair of these bad boys?
Spiderman hasn't come to save the day, he'd rather go around annoying people while capturing all the fun on video camera. In Poland, Spiderman hits the streets and harasses the people he once saved, using his arsenal of silly string and lasso to really tick them off. You'd think this wannabe superhero would be in better shape, considering how often he has to run from the cops!
If life decisions came with multiple choices, displayed via HUD and featuring options running the gamut of morality, we would probably still make terrible decisions. But hey, at least we'd know what our options were, and how effective our speech skill has become. While you're at YouTube, check out Broken Pixel's other silly comedy videos, and see what your favorite games would look like if they became all too real.
Obi Wan battling the Empire via breakdancing. The classic Nintendo crowd get together for a snapshot. Mulder and Scully expose alien life forms both humanoid and puppet. Sound like strange subject matter for paintings? Then you haven't seen the colorful works of Aaron Jasinski, a painter who's bringing the pop culture back to lowbrow art. ComicsAlliance has a cool gallery of Aaron's colorful works, ranging from pop culture celebration to semi-traditional portraiture, and his choice of color is every bit as cool as his subject matter.You can see more of Aaron's work at his Deviant Art page below.
Itsa Mario, as a cute and cuddly cube! No arms, no legs, no problem cause the only adventure this little guy is going on happens in the dreamworld. Sugarcubes handmade sells all kinds of cuddly cubic characters on Etsy, from Link to Harry Potter, and their adorability cannot be denied! However, Mario's new cubic body may make it hard for him to slide down pipes...
The folks over at ComicsAlliance have commissioned reboot cover art for indie comics from Kevin Mellon, one of the finest illustrators working in the industry today, and the results are pretty freakin' awesome. Take this reboot for example, Scott Pilgrim as the kick ass hardcore hero he deserves to be, rendered in a stark and angular style that is befitting his amazing abilities. Each cover comes with a brief synopsis of the rebooted storyline, and if Scott Pilgrim's is any indication of how future titles will look then we're in for a real treat:
Scott Pilgrim came to the big city full of big dreams about making it as a rap-metal mega-star -- at least, until he met Ramona Flowers, the gorgeous hooker-cum-drug mule that he couldn't seem to get out of his mind. When Ramona finally tries to break ties with her pimp Gideon Graves -- a vicious crime lord who has been flooding the streets of Toronto with a dangerous new drug called "Glow" -- only Scott can save her from the consortium of increasingly deadly hitmen that Gideon sends to take her out.
Now that's what I call re-envisioning a storyline! Look for more reboots to premiere in the coming months at ComicsAlliance.
You may have heard the term "the New 52" thrown around recently and thought to yourself "the new 52 of what?" Well, your days of wondering are over, cause their coming your way this September! "The New 52" is DC Comics unprecedented overhaul and relaunch of 52 of their most popular, and world renowned, comic book series. From Superman and Action Comics to Batman and Detective Comics, to obscure titles like Swamp Thing and Creeper, every title is starting over, and they have never looked better! Check out the DC Comics website to learn all about how your favorite costumed crimefighters are going back to square one with style.
What's the hottest new home accessory that will make your life easier and way more fun? Well, it's probably not this sadistic little number, and if you think this thing looks like fun then you're sick! Leo Voelker applied for a patent for this strange device, a combination bird catcher and cat feeder, in 1979 and either the guy hates birds or there was a plague of them in his backyard. Feeding your cute little kitty never seemed so gross, and I wouldn't want to be the one who has to clean out the trap. Oh, according to Leo you won't have to clean it:
“The cat feeder by its design is self-cleaning since the cat quickly learns to remove the sparrow from the cage.”
Thankfully, you won't be seeing these in your neighborhoods anytime soon, and cats will just have to settle for birds they can catch on their own.