Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Illustration roundup

Goonies poster by Randy Ortiz for Mondo. Via.

The cover to The Art of Monsters, Inc., which is now back in print - - you can buy a new copy for less than the used copies at Amazon.

Trailer for the animated version of The Dark Knight Returns. (The leader of the mutants seems more silly than frightening in the clip.)

*Buy Carrie Kelly toys at eBay.

Felt Science the Rat from Adventure Time

By Steph Laberis, felt Science the Rat from Adventure Time.

*Buy Adventure Time toys at eBay.

Link roundup

1. Supplements at the Olympics:

Beetroot juice also has an additional, instantly recognizable effect that could have a significant psychological impact. The vegetable's natural color can add unfamiliar hues to athletes' waste products.
"You're going to pee purple, you're going to poo purple," said Baar. "There's nothing quite as good for a placebo as seeing, 'Oh yeah, I'm taking the beetroot, there it is, everything is working really well.'"

2. Isaac Chotiner:
Like Malcolm Gladwell and David Brooks, Lehrer writes self-help for people who would be embarrassed to be seen reading it. For this reason, their chestnuts must be roasted in “studies” and given a scientific gloss. The surrender to brain science is particularly zeitgeisty. Their sponging off science is what gives these writers the authority that their readers impute to them, and makes their simplicities seem very weighty.
3. The Daily is firing a third of its staff.

4. The Old Republic will be free to play around Thanksgiving. (I dislike the gameplay so much that I wouldn't play it for free.)

5. Available for preorder at the BBTS are the extravagant Revoltech Optimus Prime and Hot Toys Iron Man.

Illustration roundup

Batman villains by Stjepan Sejic.

Grand Theft/Doctor Who tee by Nik Holmes on sale at Ript Apparel.

Cute is My Kryptonite tee by Matt Needham on sale here.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Ganesha's Sweet Tooth

Ganesha's Sweet Tooth is Sanjay Patel's latest children's book based on Hindu mythology. The story's not as fun to read as Sanjay's terrific Ramayana: Divine Loohole (here, an elephant learns to love himself despite his facial deformity, and writes a great epic along the way), but Patel's vibrant art bursts with energy.

My five year old in particular loved the book. You can preorder it for 40% off at Amazon.

Illustration roundup

Knight, Death, and the Devil by Aaron Miller.

Predator by Anthony Petrie for Gallery 1988's upcoming Crazy4Cult show.

Fantastic Four by Mark Bello.

*Buy Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art at Amazon.

Hipster Chell prefers Pabst

Hipster Chell cosplay by Megan.

Super Mario/Dr. Strangelove mashup

Love the Bomb by Alvaro Arteaga Sabain is one of today's new Threadless t-shirts.

And speaking of mashups, here's today's $10 Ript Apparel tee:

Bejeweled as a dungeon crawling RPG

Here's a new addiction for you - - 10000000 "is a Dungeon Crawling RPG Matching Game." Available at iTunes. (Most addictive game I've played since Kingdom Rush.)

Illustration roundup

Mom by Dan Dos Santos.

Mystique by Blain Hefner for an X-Men art jam.

Robot centaur from this street art gallery.

Illustration roundup

Batman Beyond cover by Dustin Nguyen.

Hawkeye by Francesco Francavilla.

Chun-Li by Barnaby Ward.

Erica Henderson's Fantastic Four.

Book covers by Pete Oswald for Paranorman books available at Amazon.

*Buy Batman Beyond toys at eBay.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Music roundup

First up, my two favorites from your music recommendations.

Bear In Heaven - "Sinful Nature." 69 cents at Amazon. (Gootie, you didn't include your email. Get in touch.)

Zedd - Spectrum ft. Matthew Koma. Also available for 69 cents at Amazon. (Joshua, hopefully you received my email.)

And two more songs I found at soundcloud:

Kicks n Licks - UpLift

Feeling Lethal by Grabbitz

And one more via Fluxblog:

Scissor Sisters - Baby Come Home. 99 cents at Amazon.

Umbrella dating

Here's another clever campaign in China from JWT - - passing out half umbrellas to encourage speed-dating and promote a dating site. Via.

Flooding a movie theater to frighten people about global warming

To frighten movie goers about global warming, JWT simulated the flooding of the theater by replacing coming attractions with the sounds of rushing water, projected imagery, and floating sharks. Via.

Link roundup

1. There are significant protests going on in Anaheim California right now (very close to Disneyland). Is one protester actually a police plant? Via.

2. Yale cancels year abroad program in China:

A faculty member on the program’s advisory committee noted the lack of student interest in the program in a Tuesday email, but also said the program was “extremely expensive for Yale,” and called its language component “notoriously weak,” which caused students to struggle upon re-entering Yale’s Chinese language curriculum.

The March 2009 report stated that participants “often do not learn as much in a semester as students at the same level in a semester at Yale,” which can cause problems for those who continue studying Chinese in New Haven.

3. Negative review of Nike's Fuelband. "The only trouble was that the device didn’t seem to work very well."

4. James Poniewozik, Time magazine TV critic, tweeted that "NBC tape delay coverage is like the airlines: its interest is in giving you the least satisfactory service you will still come back for." Via.

Friends With You playground in Hong Kong

Great photo gallery and collection of concept art from Friends With You's playground in Hong Kong. Via.

Custom Star Wars helmets for the As You Wish fundraiser

Some of the customized Star Wars helmets to be auctioned off at Celebration VI to benefit Make-A-Wish:

Tim Munro/Weta.


Chris Trevas.

Volpin Props.

John Brosio.

Phillip Freeman (Acti-Props).

Russell Walks.

Slobo Art.

Tom Spina.