Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Humor: Leaving Littlefinger Speechless

Source: Imgur via Reddit

Humor: Tales from Ikea

I used to have anxiety dreams about surprise math tests.  After one faithful afternoon, I now dream about getting from the center of an Ikea to the bathrooms in a sudden hurry.  I'm glad I'm not alone the experience.  I swear, one day I'm going to meet David Bowie in one of these places.

Video: HISHE Guardians of the Galaxy 2

How It Should Have Ended created their animated interpretation of how Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 should have ended. It features character art and animation work by Daniel Baxter with background artwork by Otis Frampton.
Since it hit theaters we started building this episode. Some HISHE’s take longer than others and this one was one of those longer ones. One because there are so many characters in this movie we had to actually cut out some of our ideas. And Two we were in an extremely busy time over here with babies being born, going to conventions, and then moving HISHE into a new home. But it’s finally here! So please enjoy! This episode was a blast to work on. I’m sorry it couldn’t be 20 minutes long with 5 bonus credits scenes.

Video: New Doctor

In the “New New New New Doctor” by the wonderfully talented animator Leigh Lahav, the 13th iteration of Doctor Who quickly finds out what life is going to be like as a woman after so very many years as a man.

Crafts: Robot Cat Condo

Source: Twitter via Laughing Squid

Japanese toy designer Kuramochi Kyoryu handcrafted this giant robot cat condo out of cardboard for his two feline overlords. Kuramochi posted photos of his robot design process and of hid two cats fighting over who gets to sit in the driver's seat.

Crafts: Mandalorian Armor

Feast your eyes on this incredible coplay build fashioned from scratch by Imgur user wyndryder. It's built on top of a umpire chestguard, which is very practical, but the it stands out for hand-detailed armor wear. 

If you'd like to build your own, Wyndryder was kind enough to photograph each step of the creation process.  It all looks pretty straight-forward, but I'm sure that if I ever tried my hand at building something like this, I'd end up looking like a walking crayon drawing of a Mandalorian.

I can't find an associated website or Reddit entry, but there has to be one somewhere.  I you find it, please drop a link in the comments section below!

Illustration: Little Hero

Illustration: Daenerys

"Daenerys" by China-based Junxiao Fang

Illustration: No One

"No One" by Indonesia-based Wisnu Tan

Link Round-Up: August 16, 2017

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" by Mo Caro

All of Galaxy Magazine’s 30-year run is now available online. Get’cher classic sci-fi using a method the writers of the era could only dream about!

Art Fans, Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ Paintings Will Be United In Virtual Exhibition

Monday, August 14, 2017

Link Round-Up: Orphan Black

There are few prominent roles for women in the television today, and Tatiana Maslany was lucky enough to play nine of them on Orphan Black, which has just recently concluded with its 50th episode.  While the series was never a ratings darling what with airing on the BBC, it did have boast a devout following (the #CloneClub) for its sophisticated portrayals of feminism and femininity.

The show garnered praise and buzz for (previously unknown) lead actress Tatiana Maslany.  EW proclaimed early in the show's run that "There's no better special effect on television right now than Tatiana Maslany playing a variety of clones."  In fact many critics are currently of the opinion that Tatiana Maslany is the Best Actress on TV.

Merchandise: Nixie Machine II

Berlin industrial designer Frank Buchwald and Nixie tube specialist Dalibor Farny joined forces for the 5th anniversary of MB&F‘s M.A.D. Gallery to create the Nixie Machine II, a beautiful second edition of a mechanical Nixie tube clock created by Frank. The steel and brass clock can be turn on manually via WiFi.
"To celebrate its 5th anniversary, the M.A.D.Gallery introduces the Nixie Machine II by @frankbuchwald : a jaw-dropping, sculptural clock featuring beautifully glowing Nixie tubes produced by Dalibor Farny. Limited to 12 pieces, available exclusively from the M.A.D.Galleries in Geneva, Dubai, and Taipei.

The new Nixie Machine II has been produced using six Nixie tubes by Dalibor Farny. Tubes as well as every detail of the machine have been manually handcrafted."

Posters: Jurassic Park

"Jurassic Park" by Kilian Eng

Posters: Raiders Of The Lost Ark

"Raiders Of The Lost Ark" by Joshua Budich

Posters: Classic Arcade Heroines

"JumpGirl" by San Diego-based Ástor Alexander
Part of the "Classic Arcade Heroines" series
Prints available for purchase from Society6.

Posters: Adventure Awaits

"Adventure Awaits" by Fabled Creative
Prints available for purchase from BigCartel. US$20

Posters: Super Mario Bros 3 World

"Super Mario Bros 3 World" by Madrid, Spain-based Ana Pascual

Posters: Hyrule Macrocosmica

"Hyrule Macrocosmica" by Philadelphia-based Jude Buffum

Posters: Donnie Darko

"Donnie Darko" Alternative Movie Posters by Matthew Griffin

A great new poster for one of my favorite movies.

Posters: Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant Poster by Neil King
Part of 20th Century Fox Australia Alien: Covenant poster competition.

Illustration: Under the Stark Tree

A sweet little throwback to season one that made the Daily Deviation on August 10th.

Illustration: Stick'em with the Pointy End

Prints available for purchase from Etsy.

"Print originally done in marker and ink. Game of Thrones tribute to Arya Stark."

Illustration: A Song of Ice and Fire

"Mother of Dragons" by Moscow, Russia-based Ksenia Svincova (IrenHorrors)

This collection of illustrations by IrenHorrors leaves me wishing we could get an animated Game of Thrones series. The pieces were illustrated using pigmented ink fineliner, watercolor and a bit of Photoshop.

Sci-Fi Round-Up: August 14, 2017


Doug Liman Talks Live Die Repeat And Repeat, Edge Of Tomorrow ...
Interview With Fantasy Writer R. A. Salvatore
John Kessel, author of “Corrupting Dr. Nice,” talks never outgrowing science fiction


Bryan Fuller Says Talks For A Hannibal Series Revival Have Begun
Chris Pratt Wins Choice Sci-Fi movie Actor At Teen Choice Awards ...
Games Workshop Just Announced A New Edition Of Their Most Cyberpunk Game
Gamescom 2017:Star Warsbattlefront 2 Space Battles Teased
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Wins Two Teen Choice Awards
Hugo Awards 2017 Winners Announced
In The Future, Humans Will Use Brain To Brain Communication And ...
In The Network Appeared New Details Of The Continuing Star Wars
Luc Besson Wants To Make A Valerian Sequel
Move Over Star Wars, Meet The New 'Yoda Bat'
N.K. Jemisin Has Won the Hugo for Best Science Fiction Novel
New Toys From 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Include First Order Finn ...
Nick Jonas Is Joining Daisy Ridley And Tom Holland In Ya ...
Noomi Rapace Talks New Netflix Sci-Fit hriller 'What Happened To ...
Richard J. Leskosky: Audiences Still Hungry For Shark Films
Robot Chicken Producers Reveal A Funko Pop Sketch Is Coming ...
Star Wars' Adam Driver Isn't A Big Fan Of "Generic" Hollywood Films
Star Wars: Captain Phasma Will See More Action In Last Jedi
Star Warsprequels Almost Got A Totally Different Anakin Skywalker
Star Warsrebels: Starkiller From The Force Unleashed Game ...
Star Wars the Last Jedi Merch Gives First Look At 'Evil' Bb-8

Link Round-Up: August 14, 2017

"Inconceivable Tales" by Stephen Andrade
Part of the "30 Years Later (1987)" Show at Gallery 1988.

ASMR, The Internet Subculture Of “Sounds That Feel Good,” Is Going Mainstream

Blackfish is a YouTube content creator that loves to make stuff. Their most popular videos are of their weapons that they make from cardboard. Blackfish makes them all fully functional, so they all reload and fire like their real counterparts. On Thursday, Blackfish released a video of their newest template: a mini sniper rifle.

Continuous belt printers are pretty big news. Hironori Kondo took the time to break down the pros and cons in simple language. It turns out there’s more to it than simply having a bed that goes forever.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Video: Aluminum DIREWOLF Casting

"I'm making myself a Direwolf inspired by Game of Thrones TV series.It is a aluminum cast from a wooden original which i carved myself.But you can use anything for your template ,clay, plaster of paris or even make your Direwolf on 3D printer it is your choice.I decided to make mine out of wood because I am a wood carver.I hope you enjoyed this video and maybe you find it inspiring and you try something on your own.Thank you for watching..."

Video: Game of Thrones Logo

Sweets: Gingerbread Iron Throne

Gingerbread Iron Throne
Source: Imgur via Neatorama

The Iron Throne was forged at the order of Aegon the Conqueror, first of the Targaryen Kings.  It was forged from the 1,000 swords surrendered to him in the War of Conquest. The dragon Balerion the Black Dread melted them before they were hammered into a throne.

Personally, I prefer this one.  It was made a group of friend for their Christmas festivities.  Of course, in my house, gingerbread is even more like to cause infighting than a throne, but I can't help but think it would be worth it.

Crafts: A Song of Water and Jet

"A Song of Water and Jet" by Hotkow
Source: Imgur via Reddit

Saw these of Reddit, and immediately wished I owned a water jet cutter... until I saw what they cost.  Godspeed, Hotkow, you're a richer man than I.

Crafts: House Targaryen Sigil

Posters: Labyrinth

"Labyrinth" by Hollie Matney

Posters: Pan’s Labyrinth

Pan’s Labyrinth by Becky Cloonan

Cover art by Becky Cloonan for the ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ 10th anniversary Criterion Collection release on Bluray and DVD.

Posters: Empire Sniper

"Empire Sniper" by Brazil-based Keila Beatriz

Posters: Rogue One

"I don't usually draw Star Wars related pieces. however i did really like this movie and wanted to do something with the characters. i hope you all enjoy."

Posters: Ghost In The Shell

"Ghost In The Shell" by Kevin Tong
Prints available for purchase from the artist's website.

Kevin Tong is released a limited amount of screen prints that were available at his booth (#833) during this year's San Diego Comic Con.

Posters: May the Force Be With Her

"May the Force Be With Her" by Jacob Sparks
Prints available for purchase from Society6. US$32

Video: Drawing Jon Snow

Video: Jon Snow

"I can't wait for the new season, so what better thing to do than to draw Jon Shnuuuuuuuu (Yes I have to call him that hehe). I hope you like the drawing! :)"

Illustration: Jon Snow

"Jon Snow" by Just_a_random_man
Source: Imgur via Reddit

"Done in 0.5mm gel pen. One of my best renderings till now."

Link Round-Up: August 11, 2017

Behold the awesomeness of the World’s Smallest Working Train Set. Created by San Diego-based company IDL Motors, it’s the Teeny Track Nano Kit and the Museum of Working Miniatures captured it in action.  Visit the IDL Motors shop to order your own Teeny Track Kit.

Build an Autonomous R/C Car with Raspberry Pi

Forging Naruto’s Kunai and Shuriken in Real Life

Sci-Fi Round-Up: August 11, 2017

"K2SO" by Indonesia-based Rahedie Yudha Pradito


Digital Immortality, The Future of Memory, and Sci-Fi Utopias With Dr. Phil Frana
Idris Elba And Matthew McConaughey Discuss The Dark Tower


Are The Porgs In Star Wars: The Last Jedi The Next Ewoks 
Ava Duvernay To Adapt Octavia Butler's Novel "Dawn" Into Television Series
Biohackers Encoded Malware Into A Strand Of Dna
Blade Runner 2049 Officially Given An R-Rating
'Damned Close' Asteroid Will Miss Earth This Time, Say Astronomers
Deadpool Director Tim Miller To Helm Neuromancer Movie
Expect The Unexpected From Fxx's Animated 'Deadpool'
Get Ready For The Comic Crossover You Never Knew You Needed ...
Hellboy Reboot Release Date, Cast, Poster, And More News
How Gene Editing And Pig Organs Can End The Human Transplant ...
It's No Joke. NASA Needs Someone To Stop Us Polluting Outer Space
Justice League: Come Get An Awesome First Look At Batman's ...
Jennifer Lawrence Finally Weighs In On The Passengers Backlash
John Boyega And Rian Johnson Talk About The Resistance
Josh Brolin Turned Down Avatar Sequels And James Cameron Was Pissed
Karl Urban Is Happy With Star Trek Beyond Being His Last Trek Movie
Laura Dern's Star Wars: The Last Jedi Character Might Be Trouble For ...
Leia Will Be Like A "Surrogate" Mother To Poe In Star Wars
Miraculously, 'Blade Runner 2049' Gets An R Rating
Mystery Tardis Could Return Soon
New George Rr Martin Series Nightflyers Will Be Filmed In Limerick
New Details On Benicio Del Toro's The Last Jedi Character
Nick Jonas Joins Daisy Ridley And Tom Holland On Their YA Sci-Fi...
Nick Jonas Joins Science Fiction film Chaos Walking
Schwarzenegger Confirms Return To Terminator Franchise With James Cameron
Sci-Fi comedy's Exec Producer Bombarded With Death Threats: Suit
Scientists find Two Potentially Habitable 'Super-Earths'
Seth Macfarlane's New Sci-Fi series Is Too Close To 'Star Trek' For Comfort
Shazam Director Revives Old-School Horror With Annabelle: Creation
Star Wars: Did John Boyega Just Confirm A Skywalker Family ...
Star Wars news: The Cast Of The Last Jedi Hints At What To Expect ...
Star Wars set Decorator Who 'Cobbled Together' Props Reflects On Film ...
Stephen Lang Will Be The Villain In All Of The Upcoming 'Avatar' Films
This Is Not Your Father's Skywalker: Can Rey Save Luke From His ...

Monday, August 7, 2017

Crafts: White Walker Amigurumi

White Walker Amigurumi by Vancouver, B.C.-based Eriise (Kiwicrochets)
Patterns available for purchase from Etsy. US$4.48

Mash-Up: Edward Allen Crow

An Edgar Allan Poe / Game of Thrones Mash-Up

Quoath the Raven,"Winter is Coming!"

Sci-Fi Round-Up: August 7, 2017

"Avengers: Infinity War" by CAMW1N


Eating Authors: Nik Korpon, author of The Rebellion’s Last Traitor


Andy Serkis Decides Which Is The Most Ridiculous Snoke Fan Theory
Chris Pratt And Anna Faris' Shocking Separation: 3 Big Issues That ...
Clarkston Composer Ready To Launch Space Opera At The Crofoot
General Leia Stands Tall In New Star Wars: The Last Jedi Promo Image
How Jodie Whittaker 'Missed' Fan Reactions To Doctor Who Role
It Looks Like 'The X-Files' Season 11 Will Be Bringing Back A Major Character
Netflix Acquires Kingsman And Kick-Ass Comic Publisher Millarworld
Netflix Buys Scots Comic Book Firm Millarworld
Netflix Buys Comics Publisher Millarworld To Feed Films And Tv
New Official Image Of Leia In Star Wars: The Last Jedi
New Star Wars hyper-Reality Attraction To Feature Haptic Feedback
Pacific Rim Uprising Footage Coming Soon; John Boyega Teases Plot
Ruth Negga Joins Brad Pitt In Sci-Fi adventure Ad Astra
Science Fiction epic's Reaching For The Stars
Star Wars joins Forces With Swarovski
Stranger Things Director Rebecca Thomas To Take On Malignant
Tacoma Review: A Multi-Layeredsci-Fimasterpiece
Terminator Revival Film Reportedly Moves Forward
The 'Snowpiercer' Tv Series Expands The Movie's Politics.
The Last Jedi Toy Reveals Details Of A New Star Wars planet
This Doctor Put A 3D Printed Skull Bone Into A Man's Head
Tor Launches Tor Labs, A New Subdivision Which Creates Serialized Audio Dramas
University Develops Miracle Device That Can Heal Organs And Tissue ...
Watch Where You Warp: Our Galaxy Is Full Of Black Holes
Westeros At The Watercooler: But Is The Dragon Okay On Game Of ...
What Does The Architecture Of Anime Look Like?
Why Thor: Ragnarok Isn't Really A Sequel, According To The Director

Link Round-Up: August 7, 2017

The archbishop of Ottawa expressed regret that several Catholics were shocked at the sight of a giant robotic spider perched on Notre Dame Cathedral.

A bit of a language warning on this next one, but the minds behind the Warhammer40K send-up, “If the Emperor Had a Text-To-Speech Device” have put out a pilot episode of “If The Emperor Had a Podcast.” While there is heretical language not fit for the ears of younglings, some steps are taken in the podcast to limit such utterances… but still…

French graphic designer Jade Dalloul has has launched a project called Brand Currency that speculates what it would look like if companies produced their own dollars and cents.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Video: Escaping Prison with D&D

All across America, hardened criminals are donning the cloaks of elves and slaying dragons all in orange jumpsuits, under blazing fluorescent lights and behind bars. We meet with two former cellmates in who played D&D together in maximum security prison and how they are now using the game to integrate back into civil society. Read more about how inmates play Tabletop RPGs in prison.

Fresh Take: Game of Thrones Cartoon

Via: Imgur via Reddit
"I wanted to draw Game of Thrones for a while, I'm really into this last season and I'll like to show you a little bit more about expression and character interpretation, so don't forget to subscribe to my Patreon for more"

Illustration: Eddard Stark

Via: Reddit

Sci-Fi Round-Up: August 4, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Poster by Matt Taylor


Interview with RJ Barker, author Of Age Of Assassins


Annihilation: Alex Garland's New Sci-Fi has A Release Date
Christopher Nolan Was Tempted To Shoot 'Dunkirk' Without A Script
Denis Villeneuve: Blade Runner 2049 Is My Biggest Challenge
Disney Announces Star Wars: Secrets Of The Empire
Dragon Con Has Announced The Shortlist For The Second Dragon Awards
Forecast Calls For A Sharknado When Capitalism Runs Amok
Jk Rowling Is World's highest-Paid Author
Jamboo Upbeat Ahead Of Fifa Interactive Clubworldcup
Jurassic World 2: What We Know So Far
Luke, Han & Leia Head To Jedha In Rogue One Crossover Comic
Margot Robbie, Denise Di Novi To Produce Sci-Fithriller For Warner ...
Mars Fantasy Meets Mars Reality
More Star Wars Drama With A Rewrite Impending For Episode IX
NASA's Next Planetary Protection Officer - A Guardian Of The Universe ...
Natalie Portman Sci-Fithriller 'Annihilation' Gets Release Date
Neill Blomkamp's Alarming New Sci-Fi short May Be The Best Of ...
New Line Cinema Picks Up Sci-Fi Crime Thriller Pulse From Stranger Things Team
Star Wars: Episode IX Undergoing A Script Rewrite
So Long, Bioware Montreal, We Hardly Knew You
Star Wars tour Adjusted At Disney's Hollywood Studios
Stranger Things Writer/Producers Land Superhero Crime Thriller Pulse ...
What Does The Star Wars universe Smell Like? Head To Disney

Link Round-Up: August 4, 2017

Based on Edmund Leighton’s painting "Godspeed" (1900).

Can You Make a Waterjet Cutter for a Few Hundred Bucks?

A Dinosaur So Well Preserved It Looks Like a Statue: Borealopelta, discovered accidentally by Canadian miners, is one of the most spectacular fossil finds of all time. 

Derrick Lin creates vignettes of the daily grind using miniatures and office supplies, then photographs them with his iPhone.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Humor: Right Proper Lad

Via Reddit

My favorite moment of last week's episode.  Not only was it unexpectedly funny, I thought that it beautifully illustrated the differences between Jon and Daenerys' leadership styles.

Sweets: 31 is Coming

"31 is Coming" by kinkymoo
Source: Imgur via Reddit

Sweets: Game of Thrones Cake

Photographed by Marcelloandres
Source: Reddit

Sweets: Game of Thrones Cake

Game of Thrones Cake by CrazyRobotUnicorn
Source: Imgur via Reddit

The three heads of the dragon?  Conspiracy theorist are talking as the series comes to a close.  Personally, all I want if for these three to be friends, seeing as they're the last three characters I'm rooting for.

Sweets: Khaleesi Cake

Created by VarnaCakeArt in Bulgaria
Source: Imgur via Reddit
"So my friend received this custom made cake on her Birthday..."
For a second, I thought this was a statue, the fondant is so skillfully airbrushed. Someone further down the Reddit thread texted the bakery responsible for the cake, and it turns out that it only cost the equivalent of US$54, which makes me think that, if I moved to Bulgaria, I would be much, much fatter.

...on the other hand, if I had bought this cake, I'm not sure I'd have the heart to cut into it.

Sweets: Name Day Cake

I love the stone texturing on this cake.

Sweets: Game of Thrones Cake

Source: Imgur via Reddit

Illustration: 90 Days Til Halloween

"Keep your eyes on the prize!!"

The Christmas trees are already up for sale at Michael's.  Meantime, I'm counting down the days to Halloween.

Illustration: Game of Thrones Map

Via: Reddit

I found this browsing through the Game of Thrones Subreddit, enjoying all the memes last weekend's episode spawned. I initially couldn't believe it was hand drawn, but after seeing the rest of Reiner's DeviantArt gallery, I realized that he's just an incredibly gifted artist. As I write this, Reddit is begging him to offer this as a poster print.

Redditors are evenly split between those telling him that it would be totally legal to sell prints without permission and those offering schemes to get Reiner's art in front of George R.R. Martin so that he can give it his personal stamp of approval.  Personally, I don't care how it happens, I just want one of these on my wall.

Click through to the Reddit thread to give this guy a much-deserved upvote.  Then, check out his interview in the first part of Artcore's new interview series, Draw Four.

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