Monday, March 31, 2014

Gravity (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Combo Pack) for $16.99 at Amazon.

Cyclopic Bricks:

Meet the second character on my SYSTEM steampunk figures line, heroine Gail Nealor Lyner.

Robocop storyboards by Rob McCallum. He also recently posted Hellboy and Pacific Rim work. Bonus: an illustration inspired by the Mountains of Madness:

Hollywood Reporter:

Jerry Bruckheimer Says 'Top Gun 2' Will Be Tom Cruise Versus Drones 
"The concept is, basically, are the pilots obsolete because of drones. Cruise is going to show them that they're not obsolete. They're here to stay," explained the producer.
I hope this is not an early April Fools

Pages one two and three of the BBTS's big spring cleaning sale. (Including Marvel Legends, DC Universe Classics, NECA, Play-Arts Kai, and more.)

Art roundup

Helboy by Kris Anka.

The Tillinghast House by by Christian Brevary.

Wings by Alexander Mandradjiev.

Adventure Pack by Kegan Rivers. Via.

Paper sculptures by Matt Hawkins.

Dr. Evazan and Ponda Baba by Ralph McQuarrie.

Nightmarish costumed Reds fan

This sounds pretty good

Custom Haunted Mansion Hatbox Ghost toy

I just featured this and many more custom toys by Jared Flores at Screenburn.

I highly recommend Modern Masters: Cliff Chiang

Cliff Chiang is the latest artist to be featured in an edition of Modern Masters.  I've read two in the series, Bruce Timm, and this one, and they've both been terrific.  The Chiang edition is 120-pages long and features a huge selection of childhood art, commissions, published art, unused concept art (the original plan for Wonder Woman was quite different from the New 52 style and design), as well as several large full-color pinups.

Like the Timm edition (and I assume all of the others in the collection), the text takes the form of an extended interview, tracing Chiang's career from childhood, through college, and present day.  That might sound a little dry (and I almost always skip right over interviews), but the Timm and Chiang interviews are both consistently fascinating, filled with great anecdotes and career advice.

Modern Masters Volume 29: Cliff Chiang is $11 (28% off) at Amazon.

Modern Masters Volume 3: Bruce Timm is $12 at Amazon.

I think I'm going to pick up Modern Masters Volume 24: Guy Davis next.

UPDATE: Coincidentally, they're marked down to half-off right now at the publisher's site.

The Guardian:

Guinea faces an Ebola epidemic on an unprecedented scale as it battles to contain confirmed cases now scattered across several locations that are far apart, the medical charity Médecins sans Frontières said.

Captain America's to do list in The Winter Soldier varies by country

British Cap wants to know more abut Sherlock and soccer.  American Cap is intrigued by I Love Lucy and Steve Jobs.  Via these sites.

Recent Screenburn posts

In addition to posts appearing on Kotaku recently, here are some recent posts I've written at Screenburn:

1.  Assassin's Creed demake.

2.  Anti-Mario warp pipe in the real world.

3.  Light-up Warhammer 40k cathedral gaming table.

4.  Batman's fearsome Lego tow truck.

5.  Myst Island in Sim City.

6.  And lots and lots of great wallpapers.

Kate Bishop and Jurassic Park by Meghan Stratman.

"A fully rideable, lit up, huge Arcade Hecarim cosplay" by Danielle Beaulieu and Nick Poulos. Via.

Replace Rob Ford advertisments


From my wshlist, David Halberstam's The Breaks of the Game is 82% off at Amazon.

Marvel Select Silver Surfer is 34% off at EE today. Ghost Rider and Doctor Doom, too.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Nightmare Rocket Raccoon Cosplay

Spaceship cockpit by Perry Dixon Maple.

Star Wars propaganda posters

Star Wars propaganda poster images recently posted by Russell Walks and made for the Topps trading cards series.  (He has various prints for sale so just get in touch if there's one you want.)

The Wolf Among Us cosplay

A shudder in the force: Microsoft bought a bunch of augmented reality patents

Microsoft, we have discovered, has paid up to $150 million to buy IP assets related to augmented reality 
In any case, you can follow the patent trail for the basics. It’s a trove of over 81 patents, with six issued patents and “at least” 75 patents in progress both in the U.S. and internationally. You can trace them for yourself here; and here and here are links to two of the granted patents to illustrate the kinds of technologies we are talking about. They cover things like “See-through near-eye display glasses including a partially reflective, partially transmitting optical element” and “Video display modification based on sensor input for a see-through near-to-eye display.”

Original illustrations in M.S. Corley's webstore, including his recent Batman villain character redesigns, are marked down 50% right now.

threezero announced it will make Titanfall titans with pilots.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

John Carmack commenting on Facebook buying Oculus

Carmack commenting on this post:
I share some of your misgivings about companies "existing and operating only to be acquired". I am a true believer in market economies, and the magic of trade being a positive sum game is most obvious with repeated transactions at a consumer level. Company acquisitions, while still (usually) being a trade between willing parties that in theory leaves both better off, have much more of an element of speculation rather than objective assessment of value, and it definitely feels different. 
There is a case to be made for being like Valve, and trying to build a new VR ecosystem like Steam from the ground up. This is probably what most of the passionate fans wanted to see. The difference is that, for years, the industry thought Valve was nuts, and they had the field to themselves. Valve deserves all their success for having the vision and perseverance to see it through to the current state. 
VR won't be like that. The experience is too obviously powerful, and it makes converts on contact. The fairly rapid involvement of the Titans is inevitable, and the real questions were how deeply to partner, and with who. 
Honestly, I wasn't expecting Facebook (or this soon). I have zero personal background with them, and I could think of other companies that would have more obvious synergies. However, I do have reasons to believe that they get the Big Picture as I see it, and will be a powerful force towards making it happen. You don't make a commitment like they just did on a whim. 
I wasn't personally involved in any of the negotiations -- I spent an afternoon talking technology with Mark Zuckerberg, and the next week I find out that he bought Oculus.

Velocity Ultra poster

Critical Urgency poster based on the Velocity Ultra game. Bonus, art from the Velocity 2x site:

Sci-fi bar by Chris Goff.

Disney Infinity is available for the PC

I don't see this information listed at the official site, but multiple sites report that:

The press release also stated that “Players who download the game for the first time for free on PC will receive 85 starter toys, a playable Mr. Incredible character, one pre-made Adventure and three Mastery Tutorials. All players will have access to Disney services and user-generated content with a Disney ID, such as the weekly Toy Box Challenge winners featuring unique themed-worlds created by the Disney Infinity community.”
No reviews at Metacritic.

Lego Hellboy bust by Harald P.

Friday, March 28, 2014

TARDIS travel poster by Joshua Graham on sale at Etsy.

Crooked Timber:

The thesis of the book is that the university essentially facilitates (seemingly knowingly, and in some aspects strategically) a party pathway through college, which works reasonably well for students who come from very privileged backgrounds. 
The problem is that other students (all their subjects are women), who do not have the resources to get jobs in the industries to which the easy majors orient them, and who lack the wealth to keep up with the party scene, and who simply cannot afford to have the low gpas that would be barriers to their future employment, but which are fine for affluent women, get caught up in the scene.

Who’s the worst pitcher in the Hall of Fame?

Rube Marquard is the worst pitcher in the Hall of Fame. 
And this leads to the question: How did Rube Marquard get into the Hall of Fame? 
The answer, I think, comes down to the simple fact that Rube Marquard could tell one helluva story.

"People judge us by how we look, and especially by how we choose to look."

Part of Jill Thompson's comments on Todd McFarlane:

Of course 12 year olds found that stuff exciting. It looked exactly like the comics they themselves could draw.

Space Kook custom action figure

Scooby-Doo villain Space Kook as a custom action figure by Loose Collector.

Final Fantasy VII is a $4 download at Amazon (for Steam).

Disney Pixar Mystery Mini Vinyl Figure Series 2 available for preorder

Disney Pixar Mystery Mini Vinyl Figure Series 2 available for preorder at the BBTS and Entertainment Earth. Interesting to see these listed at $7.99 each when kidrobot actually wrote a post this week apologizing for the need to raise prices--their individual figures are $9.99 and up. Via.

Speaking of toys, Days of Future Past Heroclix Wolverine is straight out of the classic comic book cover.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier - The Official Game now available for iOS

Captain America: The Winter Soldier - The Official Game now available at iTunes.