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Cinemaps: Plotting the Fantasy Worlds of the Silver Screen


Take a stroll through fantasyland, courtesy of Hollywood and Cinemaps! The new book Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies features 35 beautiful full-color maps of your favorite fictional movie worlds that will help you relive stories from 1933's King Kong through modern classics like Mad Max: Fury Road and Guardians of the Galaxy. Artist Andrew DeGraff illustrates the geography, the path of the plot, and the mood of each adventure, accompanied by A. D. Jameson's essay's on each film. Neatorama is pleased to give you a close look at some of these maps, with exclusive commentary by the artist.
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What Makes a Genius?


The May 2017 issue of National Geographic features an in-depth look at What Makes a Genius. Author Claudia Kalb and photographer Paolo Woods bring us examples of genius, from Leonardo da Vinci to jazz pianist Keith Jarrett, with an overview of the scientific research into what makes those kinds of people different from the rest of us. Continue reading to see a preview.
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Nikon Small World Photography Winners 2016


Dr. Oscar Ruiz of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center won top honors today at the annual Nikon Small World competition with this image of a four-day-old zebrafish. The story of why he took it is as fascinating as the image. The Nikon Small World contest honors the beauty and technical skill shown in the tiniest parts of our world found through microphotography. See the top twenty photographs from the competition right here.
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NASA Mars Recruiting Posters


Mars needs YOU! In the future, Mars will need all kinds of explorers, farmers, surveyors, teachers . . . but most of all YOU! Join us on the Journey to Mars as we explore with robots and send humans there one day. Download a Mars poster that speaks to you. Be an explorer!

Do you have what it takes to explore an alien planet? In 2009, NASA commissioned a set of recruitment posters for an exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex. The posters were designed with a retro feel in 21st-century eye-popping colors.

Now they are online and free to download. You can even print out your own 30x48 posters -if you have a printer that will do the job. Or just continue reading to see them.

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Celebrated For You: The Birthdays of Hollywood Directors


Food artist and photographer Henry Hargreaves teamed up with set designer and installation artist Nicole Heffron for a year-long birthday project. And not just any birthday, either. Each month is about the birthday of a Hollywood filmmaker with an avid fanbase. The idea is that when obsessive fans stage a celebration for their favorite director, they incorporate themes and motifs from that director’s films. So each celebration includes a birthday cake or other dessert in a tableau that illustrates the filmmaker’s style and accomplishments.

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Nikon's Small World In Motion 2015 Winners

We saw the beautiful microphotography of the 2015 Nikon Small World Photography Competition only a couple of months ago. Today, Nikon has announced the winners of its other competition, called Small World in Motion. This contest brought entries from all over the world of the microscopic world in video form. Continue reading to see the best of them.
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Minimalist Movie Posters by Chungkong


Dutch artist Chungkong creates clever posters of all kinds. You can see quite a few of them in our previous posts. But along the way, he found himself really getting into redesigning movie posters in minimalist style. Chungkong enjoyed it as a new hobby, and thought he work on the project until there were an even 100 posters ("A nice round number."). But he got carried away, because he enjoyed it so. Before you know it, there are 500 Chungkong movie posters!

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Feasting on Alien Invaders


Miss Emmylou Cakehead snagged another opportunity to make gruesome but delicious dishes around a theme: an alien invasion! To promote the new season of the TV series Falling Skies, Miss Cakehead teamed up with culinary renegade Jim Thomlinson of London Mess to create a feast of seafood fashioned in the likeness of the the aliens from the show.

The event was Tuesday in London, and featured not only dishes such as “Espheni limbs” and “mucus eyeballs of Skitters,” but the actual aliens from the show were flown in, including the three-meter tall Scorch, a Skitter, and a Harness, plus the alien ally Cochise.
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VHS: Video Cover Art


You wouldn’t know it today, but at one time, the entire concept of watching Hollywood movies in your own home was a revolutionary idea. We rented and bought movies like crazy, and watched them over and over. This craze brought with it a new art form -that of the home video cover. Now that VHS has given way to on-demand streaming, that art form is part of history. The 1980s and ‘90s were its heyday.

That lost art form is curated in a new book VHS: Video Cover Art by Thomas “The Dude Designs” Hodge. It contains over 240 full-scale, complete video sleeves of all movie genres, with designs ranging from the mundane to the insane. The book explores the images, typography, and sometimes hilarious text that was designed to reach out and grab you from the shelves of the movie rental store. Continue reading for a sampling from the book.

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Fine Dining in the Apocalypse


What will we be eating in the post-apocalyptic world? What will you survive on when it all goes south? Henry Hargreaves, who you may remember from his various food-related art projects, has been exploring the world of doomsday preppers and the foods they stockpile for the coming disasters.

Hargreaves' latest art project consists of a short profile of the prepper and a typical meal prepared from the ingredients they believe will be available to them after disaster strikes.

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The Glory of Gardens


Winter starts off exciting, with plenty of holidays, but it ends with all of us tiring of snow, ice, and cold temperatures- 2015 more than most. But spring is just around the corner and it’s time to dream of nature’s yearly renewal and blooming flowers and those lovely green spaces we call gardens. And just in time for those dreams, Roads Publishing presents Reflections: Gardens by Andrew Grant.   

Francis Bacon once said, “God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.” Gardens are our connection to the earth, a restorative place to relax and contemplate the wonder of nature. The great gardens of the world are a each reflection of the culture that created them, a theme explored in the book Gardens. I was delighted to get a preview of the book in gorgeous photographs from all over, and which Neatorama is proud to share with you.  

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Comment Cards for Life


You know those little comment cards that businesses would like you to fill out for feedback? Wouldn’t it be nice if we had those for every situation of life? You’ll find comment cards for all kinds of everyday situations in the new book Comment Cards for Life by Derek McCloud.

You could really use a checklist for all the parts of your roommate that need improvement. Or maybe you want to leave a complaint with the neighbor whose dogs bark all night. How about handling out a card to get feedback on your own performance -as a lover, friend, or family member? Keep reading to see some of the many cards available in the book.

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Gorgeous Images from The Art of Home


The new Dreamworks animated feature film Home will hit theaters on March 27. Based on the acclaimed children’s book The True Meaning of Smedkay by Adam Rex, it involves the collision of two worlds: the everyday life of a young girl named Tip (voiced by Rihanna) and the fish-out-of-water extraterrestrial called Oh (Jim Parsons). In their adventures together they travel the Earth and beyond.

The book The Art of Home by Ramin Zahed gives us a glimpse into the process of creating the beautiful scenes, characters, and action we’ll see in the film.

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