Saturday, June 30, 2012

This zombie-filled commercial has to be an anti-gambling ad, right?

Apparently it's supposed to be an advertisement for the NY Lotto.

Upcoming G.I. Joe toys

AFI has a big gallery of new G.I Joe toys, including the G.I. Joe Retaliation 3.75-inch line (that Eel sure comes with a lot of guns), and G.I. Joe Micro Force. It's interesting that Hasbro's G.I. Joe figures are so superior to the Marvel Universe figures in terms of accessories and poseability.

Link roundup

1. "Count Robert de La Rochefoucauld, who has died aged 88, escaped from Occupied France to join the Special Operations Executive (SOE); parachuted back on sabotage missions, he twice faced execution, only to escape on both occasions, once dressed as a Nazi guard."

2. Westfield is going to spend $500 million upgrading the Century City Mall in Los Angeles. By comparison. Disney's new Hawaiian resort cost $800 million.

3. Also from Fast Company, here are some of the tricks being used in London to avoid building a bunch of facilities that will never be used after the Olympics. For example:

The International Olympic Committee is a picky tenant: It demands housing for 15,000 athletes and officials but doesn't want athletes to cook. The solution was to build 3,000 apartments, each with an empty kitchen space that can be used as a bedroom. After the Games, kitchens will be added and 30% of the units will be sold at below-market prices.

The Beatles by Perry Dixon Maple

Perry Dixon Maple's contribution to Gallery Nucleus's upcoming Beatles show.

Link roundup

1. "Tecate Decides That Pro-Public Urination Billboard Was Maybe Not A Good Idea." Unless it was just taken down, there's been one right in front of my local Target for about a month.

2. "Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces are equipped with a special ‘safe-busting’ sledgehammer that can be used in an emergency to break open the safe containing launch codes if it fails to open." Via.

3. "No one looks stupid when they're having fun." Via.

4. Disappointing, the new Amazing Spider-Man is apparently lackluster at best. (But wait, Mike Krahulik likes it.)

Friday, June 29, 2012

Meat Bun t-shirts (Sponsored)

My thanks to Meat Bun for sponsoring my RSS feed this week. Above is just a sampling of their new t-shirts.

Illustration roundup

Mister Miracle and Big Barda commission by Tom Fowler.

Tatsunoko v. Capcom wallpaper-sized screenshot at Dead End Thrills.

Cover for Rasputin's Bastards by David Nickle. (reviewed here, available at Amazon.)

Batgirl by Dirk Erik Schulz.

Grim Fandango and other video game stickers by Scott.

*Buy Batgirl toys at eBay.

Link roundup

1. "Sidney Crosby is a superstitious creature . . . . He was born on 8/7/87, wears no. 87, and negotiated a contract in 2008 that averaged out to an $8.7 million cap hit — a number that he hit once again with this new extension."

2. Redskins tight end Fred Davis is being sued for allegedly assaulting a woman he accuses of being a madam. He's representing himself and so is she. Davis had a lawyer earlier in the proceedings, who was allegedly his girlfriend. The transcripts are tremendous. Via.

3. "All three of Tom Cruise's marriages ended when wife was 33."

4. The BBTS has the Club Infinite Earths Metron with Moebius Chair in stock right now.

Link roundup

1. Here's Jess Nevins's annotations to the excellent League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century 2009 (Alan Moore's the best writer in comics, and it's not even close). Sample (SPOILER SPOILER):

Norton, Mina and Orlando are walking into Platform 13, from Eva Ibbotson’s The Secret of Platform 13. In the novel Platform 13 in King’s Cross Station leads to another world.

And, yes, the similarities between Ibbotson and J.K. Rowling’s Platform 9 3/4 has been noted before, though no one seriously believes that Rowling plagiarized or stole from Ibbotson. In Ibbotson’s words, “I think we all borrow from each other as writers.”
And from Rich Johnston's observations (SPOILER SPOILER):
There’s a certain character that made all the headlines the other week when the comic went on sale in England. And while I am in awe at the tricks Moore and O’Neill use to avoid any trademark or copyright issues concerning him, there is a name they use, found, scorched, in the grounds of a magical school. But rather than having the initials HP on his folder, instead there is the name “Will Stanton.”

Will was the lead in the second The Dark Is Rising novel from 1973, the seventh son of a seventh son who discovers his wizarding heritage on his eleventh birthday, and must collect six “signs” to help fight The Dark. Yes, comparisons have been made. What this means, despite all the newspaper headlines, it may be a very different children’s wizarding character who is actually portrayed on the page…
2. Gawker writer tries out new matchmaking site, gets fixed up with a Gawker writer who works a few computers over.

3. Nightmare fuel.

4. Diamonds don't come from coal.

Justice League minifigures by Kotobukiya

Justice League trading mini figures by Kotobukiya and Zarigani Works. Via.

Photos of the Halo Micro Ops series

Photos of the Halo Micro Ops series: Falcon, Warthog, Mongoose, Banshee, Drop Pods, Tower, and Bunker. All available for preorder at the BBTS and Entertainment Earth. You should be able to buy a bag of plain green Spartans.

Wild west show by Royal de Luxe

"Rue de la chute," a live wild west show by Royal de Luxe, featuring a very big revolver. (The second video is uninterrupted, but might be NSFW, and unfortunately cuts off before the gunplay.)

Custom Hello Kitty Berties on sale

Jason Chalker customized threeA's mini-Berties and is selling them at Tenacious Toys along with sketch cards ($25 each).

Clever new Paranorman videos

The "Making Norman" trailer shows Norman being built (sketches, armature, molding, etc).

And this making of video teases something called the Paranorman Stop-Motion Zombie Lab.

I'm really looking forward to watching the ad campaign for the movie heat up next month.

Cat in the pool paper toy

Cat in the pool paper toy/calendar by Rory Phillips available for download.

United Pixelworkers t-shirts

United Pixelworkers tees.

Modern relationships

Probably NSFW. Via.

Illustration roundup

Illustrations by Pete Oswald and Israel Sanchez for an upcoming fairy tale-themed show at WWA.

Horror poster by Max Dalton on sale here.

Derek Yaniger posted a bunch of new stickers for sale.

Prometheus and Alien posters by Shelby Avila. Via.

Adam Rex posted the cover of Chu's Day, the book designed for China. (You can preorder it at Amazon.)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Combat Garden Gnomes for sale

Combat Garden Gnomes for sale in Shawn Thorsson's Etsy shop.