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?!
The HBO Series The Leftovers is an incredibly dramatic show based on the Tom Perrotta novel of the same name.
The Leftovers is a unique take on the idea of the Rapture, where two percent of all people on Earth disappear overnight.
In the show the survivors, aka the "leftovers", deal with the loss of their loved ones while trying to keep their lives together during this strange time.
It's a dark, brooding, and extremely humanistic story that focuses on the survivors rather than the Rapture itself, and the creators decided to advertise their show with realistic Loved Ones dolls outside San Diego Comic-Con which left people with lots of unanswered questions.
Some people thought the whole thing was some kind of inside joke, or advertising for a Real Doll style silicone mannequin for sick fetishists, but those who watch the show understood the reference and yet were still totally creeped out by these realistic looking figures:
Apparently the show's creators wanted to get under our skin with their morbid exhibit, but I doubt this strange form of advertising will work in their favor considering most people who saw the exhibit had no idea what the heck they were looking at!
Wasteland Weekend is “The World’s Largest Post-Apocalyptic Festival”, and since the official debut in 2010 the event has grown from a few hundred attendees to an apocalyptic mob large enough to initiate their own revolution against civilized society.
What began as a spin-off of Mad Max themed festivals, which were held in Australia and Japan as far back as the late 1970s, has become the place for fans of apocalyptic genre movies, video games and those who’d rather LARP in the radioactive wastelands than in a fantasy forest.
This year the organizers are expecting their largest turnout yet, and with a little help from the horde of wasteland ambassadors who attended San Diego Comic-Con 2014 they’re sure to get plenty of fresh meat heading out to the desert this September.
Most celebs love to get dressed up, whether in formal wear or a fun costume, so it’s only natural that celebs who attend San Diego Comic-Con each year enjoy channeling their inner cosplayer on the main floor of the convention.
However, celebs generally don’t enjoy getting mobbed by fans, and if they are easily recognizable even in costume they could wind up being the subject of an unwanted fan frenzy.
That’s why celebs are choosing to go to Comic-Con incognito these days, wearing outfits that obscure their identity and allow them the anonymous freedom to roam the floor as they please.
Maisie Williams decided to attend Comic-Con 2014 while wearing simple disguises that kept people from catching Game of Thrones mania and freaking out on the Con floor.
As you can see from her Instagram photo people didn't seem to think twice about the weird little fangirl wearing the Guy Fawkes or Spider-Man mask, and she was able to enjoy the convention without inciting hysteria!
Children’s television shows used to walk a fine line between enchantingly adorable and unnervingly creepy.
There have been so many kids shows that have come and gone over the years that it’s hard to keep track of them all, but Mental Floss’s Ransom Riggs went down the YouTube rabbit hole and came back with a few shining examples, to remind us how creepy some kid's shows used to be:
Maybe it had something to do with the strange (and typically low budget) critter costumes, or the slowed speech meant to keep the whole thing kid friendly, but the creepiness most definitely DID NOT have ANYTHING to do with the puppets!
Okay, maybe it had a little bit to do with the puppets, because they usually weren't friendly looking Muppet style puppets- more often than not they looked like the stuff nightmares are made of.
And speaking of creepy puppets, there's one show missing from Ransom's list of creepy kid's TV shows, one puppet filled program that used to simultaneously fascinate and disturb me to the core as a youngster- The Letter People.
The animated sequences were delightfully folksy, and totally meant to appeal to a Flower Child's child, but there was something about those maniacally grinning puppets with the totally blank expressions that used to haunt me in my dreams!
Artist Hector Janse van Rensburg feels that Facebook profile pics are looking a bit too human these days, so he has taken it upon himself to bring a bit of critter color to the world of social media by slothifying random Facebook profile pics:
The UK based artist has become known for his offbeat watercolor works, which he shares with the web under the name S**tty Watercolour, and if you are familiar with Hector’s works you know there is nothing serious about his artistic interpretations:
Hector has painted portraits of Redditors and celebrities, and now he’s tackling the ever changing world of social media, whether the Facebook users in question like it or not. Who knows, you might be his next slothification victim…
The Last of Us: One Night Live was an event based on an alternate musical ending to the game that was “thrown together by the cast on the soundstage as they worked on the game"- it was a celebration of the game's storyline, soundtrack and the impact this darkly humanistic world has on gamers.
WARNING- If you haven't played the game yet there are spoilers contained within the performance, and some subject matter considered NSFW.
The Muppets are the funniest puppets in the land, and when they make a comedic puppet movie where they star alongside comedians famous for their fabulous sense of humor you know some funny business is bound to go down on the set.
Tina Fey is one funny lady, and she’s also a fan of The Muppets, so when she has a blooper moment during filming you know it’s going to make you LOL, and if we could watch more than thirty seconds of hilarity folks would definitely end up ROFLing.
This Tina Fey blooper reel comes to you courtesy of The Mary Sue, who were given an exclusive look at The Muppets Most Wanted bonus features before the Blu-ray version is released on August 12th.
Con cosplayers usually try their best to make their costumes at least presentable, if not amazingly detailed and mind-blowingly realistic, but some cosplayers walk a much more crooked road with their costumes:
These cosplayers, or Halloweenies or simply "creepy guys in masks", aren't trying to capture the likeness, attitude and heroic stature of their costume's inspiration, they're just sporting the cape and cowl for the fun of it, and giving poor Bats a bad reputation at the same time:
Bad Batman cosplayers are becoming harder to find on the Con floors, so when you spot a schlubby guy sporting a bad rendition of the Dark Knight's batsuit make sure you snap a pic, to remind the world what not to do when playing the role of Batman!
Cosplayers put a lot of time, energy and skilled effort into constructing their costumes, often spending weeks if not months putting their outfit together, building accessories and getting the overall look just right before hitting the Comic-Con floor.
Clearly Adam didn’t spend ten whole years making the suit, and the last decade has been a rather busy part of his life, but his incredible patience finally paid off when Mr. Savage became Adam Incognito on the Con floor:
Here’s why Adam chose this particular sci-fi spacesuit as a decade long cosplay project:
"The Alien spacesuit, which was designed by Moebius, is one of my favorite spacesuit designs ever, and I'm a spacesuit fanatic," Savage revealed. "I've got a bunch of replicas of real ones and fake ones. I've been working on this this particular suit over the last 10 years. It's the final culmination of a decade of obsession — it was worth every minute of labor put into it to see the responses from all the cosplayers out on the floor."
I must admit I had no idea that Adam Savage was in the suit when I passed him on the Con floor, and his costume was so well made and intricately detailed that it looked just as good up close as it does in photos, as you would expect from something built by that talented buster of myths.