Over fifty years old and going strong, Topps card series Mars Attacks will be returning with a new trading card set called Mars Attacks: Occupation. The video on their Kickstarter is amazing, featuring a Robot Chicken-style short of one of the Martians torturing humans while excitedly pitching the campaign. The artists involved are absolutely worth a mention, as this lineup reads like a genre dream team: Bob Larkin (Savage Sword of Conan, Planet of the Apes), Greg Staples (Judge Dredd, Magic: The Gathering), Ralph Horsley (Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering), Ed Repka (Hellraiser, Megadeth), Dan Brereton (Vampirella, Red Sonja) and Alex Horley (Heavy Metal, World of Warcraft). The outcome is a great homage to the classic style while still feeling fresh and fun as ever, which is why I was so excited to get in touch with Mars Attacks: Occupation's art director Adam Levine:
"We've been itching to do a Mars Attacks set for some time, and unfortunately, [Topps] couldn't commit to putting their weight behind it for a variety of reasons, but still understood the importance of keeping Mars Attacks alive. They handed the project over to me..." And the results are a brilliant Kickstarter campaign and fans clamoring for more. After you check out this artwork, you will be too. Levine was kind enough to give us some insight into each image - three of them being TR EXCLUSIVE REVEALS - so holster your ray gun for a second and behold your new Martian overlords.
Using a process that's a bit like reverse 3D-printing - subtractive carving based on a digital file rather than additive layering - Suntory whiskey has been promoting its booze with mini-masterpieces of ice art in glasses of its beverage, from Jaws to Mario and Batman. They're also holding a contest featuring user submissions.More >>
It's an odd choice - in Dolph Lundgren's native land, I guess they didn't think Frank Langella was enough of a threat for the homegrown hero, so the Blu-ray distributors just grabbed some Skeletor fan art off the web. Now, legally, artist Dave Rapoza is right in acknowledging he doesn't own the character (he may not be right in thinking Cannon is responsible - it's probably a local PR snafu), but technically they should at least pay him work-for-hire rates as they would anyone else they might get in-house to create a Skeletor for the poster. Naturally, they're counting on him not coming to Sweden and making it a court issue there.
They also probably know that given Rapoza's actual, for-hire work on League of Legends and X-Men: Days of Future Past, they couldn't afford him. However, if Sony sees this and decides to sign him on for the new movie, it'll probably be all good.
Most baffling of all in this equation? Why anyone would not sell the shit out of Frank Langella in that movie, when everyone agrees he's the best thing in it.
When it comes to properties that are crying out for Alex Ross' realistic "let me paint my friends cosplaying as your characters" interpretations, Yellow Submarine was not at the top of my list. Or anybody's, probably. After all, we know what the Beatles look like, and the other characters were as cartoony as it gets.
And yet, here we are. And it's pretty cool. This limited-edition print will go on-sale online February 26th.
Next, Mr. Ross, I request you do a realistic Peanuts poster. Followed by South Park.
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Courtesy of Cory Allen Contemporary Art
Hey hey hey! What's that you say about raping somebody's childhood?
The statue, sculpted by high school freshman Rodman Edwards, is being unveiled at the Cory Allen Contemporary Art Showroom in St. Petersburg on February 20. It's also being proposed as a replacement for Cosby's current busts on display at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Halls of Fame in Orlando and California.Yeah, somehow I don't think that last part is a super-serious proposal.
If you're into fat, old dudes, though, this is a real Cosby sweater. And like the real Cosby, it assaults...the senses.
You know, because Leonard Part VI was really bad.
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These women have balls all over their bodies. They're total ball-divers. Kickin' it in the balls. Enjoying an experience that busted many ball sacks. Balls.
Oh, but it gets better. The place this ball pit is located is called the Pearlfisher Gallery. So the balls are basically giving them Pearlfisher necklaces. Being a real Pearlfisher means going balls-deep. It's no wonder this place is so popular that it's by appointment only: you have to make it hard to enjoy the full effect of the Pearlfisher's immersion in balls.
There is also a bar in the gallery. I really hope they serve warm nuts.More >>
Image Comics is the publisher of such titles you've probably heard of such as Spawn, Saga, and a little something even non-fans are probably familiar with called The Walking Dead. Their third annual ImageEXPO, at which they announced all their cool new stuff coming out this year was held in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts this past Thursday, January 8, 2015. Here are some of the highlights!
Programming note: Monday morning's feature will be Sherilyn Connelly's coverage of Image Expo in San Francisco yesterday. And how is everyone liking our new, earlier publishing schedule?
Here are a few last things to start your weekend right:
-NECA reveals production art for their next Aliens Ripley action figure (above).More >>
Despite the assurances of Andy Williams to the contrary, this is not, for everyone, the most wonderful time of the year. The non-religious, or those of other religions, or strict interpreters of the First Amendment of any faith, may be offended by its feeling of overbearing Christianity. On the other hand, some Christians may be troubled by the even more overbearing consumerism and vulgarization of the holiday.
But even in its most secular form, Christmas can get on some people's last nerve. Even people who like Christmas most of the time can have a rough season or two. In short, for some people most of the time, and for most people some of the time, Christmas can suck. Fortunately (for some), pop culture affords plenty of Christmas entertainment options, ranging from the horrific to the merely snarky, even in these cases. Here, in honor of the Twelve Days of Christmas, are twelve of them. So, on the First Messed-up Day of Christmas, in addition to a stocking stuffed with heartache, anxiety and bitterness, my true love gave to me...More >>
On November 28, the entire world waited with bated breath for the new Star Wars trailer to give us our first glimpse into a Lucas-free galaxy far, far away. Despite the lack of story or character information, the trailer showed that they at least got the aesthetic of the film right, although they didn't really have to: even if the film were just two hours of C3-P0 lost in a Walmart shouting "R2-D2, where are you?", it would still make a billion dollars at the box office. But with all of the good will that the trailer has gathered, there is one annoying thing that is causing fans on the Internet to complain...More >>