Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Act of Killing



A striking image from a striking film:

The Act of Killing is the latest release from Drafthouse Films, Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary that made huge waves at Toronto and Telluride this year. It's a bold move from Drafthouse Films to release such a powerfully vexing film, but the doc - that asks former Indonesian death squad leaders to recreate their mass killings in the vein of different cinematic genres, including musical numbers and crime dramas - is a challenging and significant story that deserves to be told.
Here's the remarkable trailer:

Neuromancer teaser poster



Neuromancer teaser poster via.  (Nothing special, but boy, I love that book.)

BPRD vs. The Great Pumpkin



Hellboy/Peanuts mashup by Cynthia Rodgers for an art jam.

*Buy Hellboy toys by Mezco at ebay.

Clever new logos for Disney



A New Hope and Return of the Jedi-themed Disney logos.

The Houston Astros new logo is terrible



I'm not sure why the Astros decided to look like the Mets.  Here's a few other gems from Deadspin (I just noticed their temporary tumblr feed is different than what I'm subscribed to):

The 76ers fearsome t-shirt launcher:



Amare Stoudemire's SUV and Eli Manning's apartment building:

Adventure Time Season 5 teaser




Adventure Time Season 5 teaser.  Via.

Relatedly, if you don't read my Tumblr, this is pretty great.

Vader spends the day at Disneyland



Charming new commercial featuring Vader enjoying Disneyland.

McFarlane College Football Series 5



I don't remember seeing these photos anywhere else - - available for preorder at the BBTS is McFarlane's College Football Series 5, featuring Clay Matthews, Arian Foster, Andrew Luck, Calvin Johnson, and Andre Johnson.

Venom, Cthulhu, and Werewolf Captain America printable masks



Venom, Cthulhu, and Werewolf Captain America printable masks by Manny Aguilera available for download.  I've added these to my master list of downloadable masks.  Manny also has a sketchbook kickstarter.

Relatedly, check out this Cthulhu Cultist costume:



Via.

Art roundup


Many-eyed jack-o'-lantern.




Promotional image for Moth City.  Via.




Excerpt from an Aliens fan comic by Paul Maybury.




Photos from the Disney Television Animations staff art exhibition.



Mummy paper toy available for download.

*Buy the Polish movie poster for Aliens at Amazon.

Music picks

Thanks everyone for your music recommendations - - I listened to every one.  Below are my two favorites.




AlunaGeorge - Your Drums, Your Love




Kill Paris - Baby Come Back

 AllHailJaysin and williamwingate, please email me your mailing addresses.

Ralph Cosentino has a new site and is giving away a terrific drawing



The excellent Ralph Cosentino has a brand new website, full of great content. If you sign up for his newsletter, you'll be entered to win the drawing you see above.  Check out his gallery to see his past illustrations plus some toy designs:



His shop is full of prints and other goods, including this Batman illustration/toy package:



And you can read some books and play games for free. His Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman books are about $11 each at Amazon.

The Japanese movie poster for Halloween makes Michael Myers look like a Matt Groening creation



The Japanese movie poster for Halloween is available for $9-$350 at Amazon. Via.

The Descent



Over the last few months, I've started catching up on all the movies I've missed since my boys were born.  After a slow first 15 minutes, The Descent is far and away the best of the horror movies I've watched.  Kind of like a female version of Predator, but played for relentless tension instead of laughs.  Or like Pitch Black, trading less charismatic leads for far better designed monsters.  It's a $2 rental at Amazon.  (Director Neil Marshall also directed the Blackwater episode of Game of Thrones.)  The posters for the film are very weak though, aside from this Japanese mini-poster:



Available at eBay.

OK, now there's a reason to contribute at least a little to The Goon kickstarter



I'm not sure how they're going to deal with supply being overwhelmed by demand, but seems like a small gamble for $1:

"The Goon" Kickstarter is VERY excited to announce a special, backer-only SCREENING NIGHT of the finished Goon movie STORY REEL! Whether you've donated $1 or $1000 you're invited to attend this very special, ONE-NIGHT ONLY Los Angeles premiere. Details will follow in the months to come, but you'll have plenty of advance notice on the date/venue. (RSVP will be required so we can anticipate attendance) There's no admission charge, get here ANY way you can and we'll have your SEAT ready for you!!! Oh, and one other little detail... it'll be HOSTED by ERIC POWELL himself!!!
Also, Carson Daly's tv show recently featured the project:


Link roundup

1.  A very rough look at how much authors made by participating in the Humble eBook Bundle.

2.  Fan blog for Bloomberg's sign language interpreter.

3. "CBS Station Sends Intern To Try Out $350 Face-Slapping Massage."

4. Journalism Professors Using Klout Scores As Part Of Students' Grades.

5. The Borderlands Legends video game is now available at iTunes.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A New Hope



A New Hope by Paolo Rivera.

Art roundup


Austin Madison celebrates the Giants' win and Disney purchase of Lucasfilm.







Vampire by Megan Nicole Dong.



Batman Beyond #13 cover by Dustin Nguyen.




Possibly the tamest from Isabel Samaras's solo show at Varnish.



Love these new pixelated Starbucks designs for the holidays by Rodarte.  Via.

*Buy Batman Beyond toys at eBay.

Video of Lucas talking about the sale



Lucas's job is referred to as being "a little guardian angel," a "fan," and even a "blogger."  "We're sitting down with a couple of writers.  And we're starting to discuss ideas.  And we're starting to talk about what those stories might be."

Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga.

Disney buys Lucasfilm.

Time to get working on those Episode 7 teaser posters.

I'd love to hear more about this - - did the failure of The Old Republic play a factor?  Did he realize how pathetic it was that after years of The Clone Wars, they still hadn't developed a single compelling character or vehicle, and had to resort to two Darth Mauls?  Is this the best thing to come out of the failure of John Carter?  Is the 1313 footage for a game that was already hopelessly outdated?  Did even the WB turn down the mythical Star Wars tv show?

Nightmares


The NY Times:

The editors asked eight artists to draw a monster that embodies their deepest or most irrational fear — a creature that belongs not to the monsters of history but to their private horrors. This gallery is haunted by a range of fears — of financial ruin, cancer, the abduction of our humanity and even the intimidating haircut. But it also raises perhaps the most frightening specter of all: the monster is us.
Above is Sam Weber's contribution:
Both my parents have had cancer. The possibility of being betrayed by my own genetics, secretly, gradually, is terrifying.

Haunted Mansion, Frankenweenie, and Thor printable masks (and much more)



Here's a big collection of Disney downloadable masks, including Thor, Captain American, Hulk and Iron Man, Frankenweenie, and Haunted Mansion ghosts.  There's also a treasure trove of paper toys, including Haunted Mansion Ghosts, Wreck-It Ralph, Frankenweenie, Ursula, Jack Skellington, Maleficent, all the Disney Princesses, and Teardrop Mickey.