Saturday, May 31, 2014

Link roundup

1. Bleeding Cool has run a series of posts contending that Marvel is going to do its best to eliminate the Fantastic Four from comics since Marvel doesn't have the rights to make Fantastic Four movies.

2. National Spelling Bee online test (I was feeling pretty good until I got to the third round).

3. Consumer Reports recommends a $2 nail polish.

4. Nightmare fuel.

Lego bust of Neil Gaiman's Morpheus

Lego bust of Sandman/Morpheus with light up eyes by The Deathly Halliwell.

Penny Dreadful's stylish animated guides to Dorian Gray, Dracula, and Frankenstein

Beakus was hired to create promotional videos for the new series Penny Dreadful. This first video focuses on Dorian Gray, including a brief synopsis of the plot, the manner in which the book was used against Oscar Wilde in his trial, and a description of the character in the tv series:

This video looks at World War I and Dracula:

And this one focuses on Frankenstein:

"The Smutty-Metaphor Queen of Lawrence, Kansas"

The NY Times profiles Patricia Lockwood and her famous Rape Joke poem.

Glitch Playing Cards

Glitch Playing Cards Kickstarter by Soleil Zumbrunn.

Art roundup

Drax by Kris Anka.

Republic Gunship nose art concepts.

Lego Quidditch aquarium by kst8er. Via.

Aston Martin and Homer Simpson Mobile Hot Wheels SDCC exclusives. Via.

Space art by elementary school students

"The 2014 NASA LaRC Art Contest, open to all students, grades K-12, in the Hampton Roads Virginia Area. This years theme, The Future Is Now, encouraged young artists to explore how today's technology is bringing tomorrow's dreams closer to reality." Via.

Jerry Seinfeld's internet show was inspired by fetishistic Timberland unboxing videos

People expect things on the Internet to be very personal. I went through a period a couple of years ago where I was obsessed with Timberland. I started looking up videos that people make of themselves unboxing new Timberland boots. 
I don't want to use sexual terminology, but there's something pornographic about it. It's the sound of the paper, the lacing up of the boots, the boot on the wood floor, the squeak sound. I love these videos. That very personal microniche that the Internet world created--it's like a honeycomb with millions of hexagonal cells, and you're just interested in four. That seemed like a fun place to play. "I like taking videos of coffee and cars and comedians. Maybe I could weave them into something." It's not really a show.

Crabeater Seals have teeth on their teeth

Crabeater seals evolved to have teeth specially shaped to filter krill--they take a mouthful of water, close their teeth, and force out the water, using the teeth to filter krill. Via.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Lego Aquaman lounging on a couch

Aquaman, Optimus Prime, and Batman from Angus MacLane's Lego couch series.

Help Us! Great Warrior wallpaper.

Tauntaun butcher shop poster:

Available June 1st, 12noon PST exclusively at $50 ea.

Lumberjanes #1 by Noelle Stevenson etc is today's free Comixology book.

TIL: Carmen Sandiego was originally called Esteban Devious

Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities: Limited Edition

I don't have a good idea of what this thing is, but it's available for preorder for $600.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The new Happy Meal box by Vaughn Pinpin.

Fightzine, a zine featuring newly-designed female combatants

Contributions by Rachel Kahn, Abby Boeh, Julian Callos, and Sam Bosma for Fightzine:

FIGHT! is a zine which invites artists to create their own original female fighting character. These characters will square off in the pages of this book. It will be totally fucking awesome.

Olly Moss's D and D character sheet from the latest Campo Santo newsletter.

Here's the Brian Wilson Dodgers bobblehead

June 26 giveaway.

Ball girl has to catch huge bug at Australian Open

I just backed the Humble eBook Bundle 4

A decent number of these were already on my wishlist:
Humble eBook Bundle 4 is here with a wonderful mix of literature and graphic novels. Pay what you want for The Sword & Sorcery Anthology with contributions by Charles R. Saunders, Glen Cook and George R. R. Martin, March: Book One by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, and Wizzywig: Portrait of a Serial Hacker by Ed Piskor. 
Those who beat the average price will also receive From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, The Alchemist by Paolo Bacigalupi, The Executioness by Tobias Buckell and Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind. 
Pay $10 or more and get everything plus Jam by Yahtzee Croshaw and Lovecraft's Monsters with contributions by Neil Gaiman, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Joe R. Lansdale and edited by Ellen Datlow.

Children of Men and other new posters by Ken Taylor and Mondo

Posters for Ken Taylor's new Mondo solo show.

Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Fund art auction

There's some great art being auctioned off at ebay right now to raise money for the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Fund.