Saturday, November 18, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

Star Tours on Crait

"How Big Baller Brand Was Saved by a Skechers-Funded Sneaker Start-Up"


sneakerheads took notice of the the similarities between the Melo 1 and another shoe, from the shape of the shoe to the sole to the pattern on the upper: the Rare Metal, from upstart Brandblack. That same day, Wear Testers, a site dedicated to rigorously testing basketball sneakers, reported that this wasn’t an act of design theft, but of collaboration between an extension of Brandblack and Big Baller Brand. But if either party was trying to hide the fact that the two brands had teamed up, they didn’t do a very good job: if you look closely at the side of the ZO2 Remix, which debuted just three weeks after the Melo 1, you’ll see a print that reads “Santa Ana”—the name of a design consultancy started in August 2017 by Brandblack founder David Raysse and creative director Billy Dill.


Raysse compares the relationship between Santa Ana Design and BBB to the way Ferraris used to outsource the design of its cars to a company called Pininfarina.

The partnershipship hasn’t stopped hot-take Twitter users from knocking Big Baller Brand sneakers as nothing more than extra-expensive Skechers.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

"Chef Giovanni Apollo Accused of Fabricating an 'Italian Identity'"

"His real name is Jean-Claude Apollo, and that’s just the beginning"

Golgo 13 Figma figure


"Belladonna of Sadness" figure available for preorder Saturday

At Unbox Industries:

Belladonna of Sadness aka Kanashimi no Belladonna is arguably one of the most shocking, beautiful and divisive full length animated features ever to be produced.
The 1973 feature film produced by the Japanese animation studio Mushi Productions follows the story of Jeanne, a peasant woman who endures terrible abuse after being accused of witchcraft and her subsequent act of retribution upon her protagonists.

Unbox have commissioned the legendary Cosmo Liquid to sculpt the figurine under the scrutiny of the Mushi Pro team.

"A group of college athletic administrators say they're extremely concerned that a proposed measure in the House's tax bill that passed on Thursday will greatly impair college sports funding"


Not allowing fans to deduct for donations that give them the right to buy tickets would immediately cost college programs hundreds of millions of dollars, according to athletic directors who spoke with ESPN.

"If that deduction goes away, what you will see is a dramatic sea change in the college sports landscape," said Duke athletic director Kevin White. "We need to put speed bumps up now to slow this thing down because I don't think the politicians have any idea how much this will pull apart our system."

For years, college athletic programs have relied on donations associated with season tickets to fuel their budgets. While the price of the season tickets themselves are not tax deductible, fans have been able to write off up to 80 percent of the donation that was required to buy those tickets, a fact that has been heavily marketed by the programs themselves.

Mashable sold for "approximately one-fifth of the company’s $250 million valuation based on its last investment round in March 2016"

"It is a troubling sign for the broader outlook for digital publishers, particularly those that have embraced the 'pivot to video' strategy"

Also in the news today, "Univision is asking investors to spend up to $200 million to buy a minority stake in Fusion Media Group, Univision’s millennial-focused operating group that includes the old Gawker sites, the Onion, a production studio and Fusion TV, a small TV network."

Stranger Things plush Dart available for preorder

"The rapidly growing Dart starts as a small 1" pollywog,then a 2" slug, and finally Dart becomes a 9" tall Demodog! Each stage of Dart fits comfortably inside the other."

Wednesday, November 15, 2017