Overnight/Weekend Open Thread: WonderCon!

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm

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I'm there. Right now. Maybe you've even said hello to me already today.

I'll have some WonderCon stuff to share come Monday, and will be Tweeting from the show all weekend - follow @Toplessrobot to see some of what I and other team TR pals see. If major news breaks that I'm aware of, I will post it, but otherwise, here is your thread to command, and share the stories I may have missed. Also remember that Monday is cheap candy day.

Disturbing Additions to Innocent Coloring Books

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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Oo, ooOO oo oo ooh! I wanna draw you up!

(Get it? Color Me Badd? Nobody? Good for you.)

Coloring Book Corruptions is a site dedicated to people messing with coloring book drawings and making them disturbing - from Satanism to Disney Doggy Style - with just a few additions. They, uh, also take submissions, which I feel some reservations about telling everyone here...for I know what horrors may be unleashed, but the folks at Coloring Corruptions, as yet, do not.

As a matter of fact, this could be a fun game for those of you who draw. See what you can come up with in comments...and as always, please stop short of genitalia.

h/t SlyDante777

I Love This Proposed Lego Frozen Palace and Won't "Let It Go."

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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I've never had the desire to buy a My Little Pony (for myself, at least - the wife insists sometimes), and my Princess of Power purchases in Masters of the Universe Classics are highly judicious. But this could convert me to Lego Friends in their pink packages - perhaps because it reminds me of Crystar as much as it does Frozen.

It's being pitched on Cuusoo under the notion that despite having the rights to Disney Princesses, Lego may not choose to do a big-ticket action playset item if they perceive such a thing to be more of a boy-skewing concept (that kid in The Lego Movie needs to have one of these conversations with his sister in the sequel).

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18 Fictional Bunnies That Haunt the Dreams of Nerds

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

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When we learn that the Martians are predatory toward humans in War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells offers us a bit of perspective by having his narrator remind us: "how repulsive our carnivorous habits would seem to an intelligent rabbit."

No doubt, but this time of year even the vegans enjoy eating rabbits, of the chocolate and marshmallow variety delivered by the Easter Bunny. Perhaps it's an attempt to steer humankind away from our repulsive carnivorous habits? Although his ancestry is in pagan folklore - a fertility symbol, probably - the E.B. is an unthreatening sort. But it's striking how many of his fictitious cousins from nerdy pop culture are fiercely formidable, even sinister and scary, and how often they even the score with humankind for our lapine cruelties.

A few examples...


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"Bears on Stairs," the Animated Short That Looks CG but Isn't

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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Not unlike the scene in Beetlejuice where Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis stretch their faces into monstrous shapes, this animation of a bear is achieved by the substitution of multiple models. Unlike them, it's been 3-D printed every time from the CG original (a technique used by Laika in movies like ParaNorman).

The result arguably complicates a process that would be much easier with manipulated pixels, but delivers a slightly more tactile quality to the obejects. Stare as long as you can bear it

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Damian Wayne Is a Real S.O.B. (Son of Batman) in New Animated Movie Clip

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 11:16 am

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More will be revealed at WonderCon this weekend, but for now here's a brand new scene from DC's newest DTV animated movie, Son of Batman, starring Jason O'Mara as a surprisingly Clooney-sounding Batman. But don't hold that against him.

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Midlife Crisis Kermit the Frog, in Black and White, Goes Psycho

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 10:00 am

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In this animated short by RageNineteen, years of being married to a pig have driven Kermit to write and play inappropriate songs for kids like, "I'm Gonna Make the Whole World Deaf (From All Your Screams)" and "They'll Never Find Your Body." But he can still at least fake the old enthusiasm...so long as he doesn't catch anyone crying...

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Weekend Hangover: Superhero Furries, Spider-Politician, Sharknado 2 and More

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:00 am

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While I am certain - not - that most of you were either partying at Coachella or gettin' down to the MTV Movie Awards, many of your fellow readers were scaring up the usual mess o' stories that we didn't have room for last week. Compiled from the weekend thread with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are your weekend highlights of hilariousness.

Tipsters include: donnaryoko, Anyone00, SlyDante777, Dr.Gonzo82, Gallen_Dugall, Citrus_King, troi, andre_morello

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Overnight/Weekend Open Thread - The Toys of Summer

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm

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"Out in the stores today, I saw a Spawn head sticker on a Nicktoon pack..."

In other last-minute stuff...

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New My Little Pony Doc Follows Ashleigh Ball to Brony-Con

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 4:27 pm

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I watched Bronies on Netflix, and while it's a decent introduction to the fandom, it isn't much cinematically. A Brony Tale, which begins with voice actress Ashleigh Ball sounding extremely skeptical about the whole thing, looks like it has more potential.

There's always one guy in the crowd with the scary mask of a horse, of course (of course!).

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