Highlights of the nerdy news bites you may have missed over the course of the weekend open thread...
-That one time (German-accented) Santa and Rambo teamed up (SlyDante777).
Unlike the deluge of Star Trek fanzines in the 1960s and 1970s, which we looked at last time, there don't seem to be quite as many Star Wars fanzines. There are still plenty, but not quite as much of a slew as there had been for Trek. Part of this, I suspect, is because the largely adult / female fan base for Trek was a bit more industrious than the teenage / male base for Wars. I'm aware that I'm speaking in generalizations, and of course the fandoms span generations and genders, and I don't want to ruffle any male feathers, but the earliest Trek fans and zinesters were women, plus the majority of the 'zines we'll look at below were edited by women - a fact that was not lost on some of the male readers at the time. The merchandise-and-marketing train was also already barreling forward by the time the movie came out, so there just wasn't as much of a niche for 'zines to fill, and Lucasfilm's open disapproval didn't help. But they were made all the same, so let's enjoy some of the best art from 'em!
If this can be made on almost no budget, Dimension has definitely been doing the sequels wrong.
Director Mike Le Han's most prominent directorial credits are on various UK true-crime reconstruction shows. With the aid of concept artist Paul Gerrard (Wrath of the Titans, Seventh Son) he has done one hell of a lot more than simply reconstructing Clive Barker's world. Think Hellraiser meets Silent Hill meets whatever other Japanese video games have depicted Hell over the years.
Since this was put together, Barker himself got the go-ahead to write a new script, so the odds of this particular version happening are slim. But what could have been is fascinating - and suggests a lot of potential even if the Weinsteins don't go super huge with the funding.More >>
Some of the best reader submissions from the Weekend Open Thread.
It's a Patrick Swayze Christmas! (SlyDante777)More >>
"60 Star Wars Artists, Podcasters, Fans, and Community Pioneers" recently custom-designed their own blank pieces of Mandalorian armor for charity auction.
A woman with her back tattooed! How scandalous! How freaky!
Seriously, though, Project B has a new collection of vintage sideshow photos for purchase as fine art prints. They're beautiful pictures - and they also bring home how, in a pre-Internet age, nobody realized just how common some "strange" appearances actually are in the world.
Would you even bat an eye if you saw this lady in a Walmart?
Collecting highlights from the best reader-submitted tips in the weekend thread. A lot of duplicates this week, so I went with the first in most cases...I think.
It's 11-11. Make a wish!
Oh, you wanted to see KISS and Lynda Carter together? (skrag2112)More >>
As part of Designer Con this weekend in Pasadena, DKE Toys is hosting an art show entitled "The 99 Deaths of Jar Jar." Yes, just shy of 100 creative types are still mad, 14 years later, that the Gungan geek was ever created, and have put their talents towards visualizing his demise.
The show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center, but most of the images are online. George Lucas and Mickey Mouse are popular executioners, but he also gets murdered by Han Solo, Predator, angry black people, Martians, the Beatles and more.
A couple more after the jump...including Jar Jar as a crucified Jesus, and a Gungan take on the Human Centipede. Yes, they went there...and you cannot resist (but have been warned)...More >>
Highlights from the weekend's best reader submissions.
-I can't be arsed to watch the entirety of "Butthoven's Fifth Symphony" (Timely-Tardis-Lego)