Robert Burden makes art of classic toys; he’s done massive paintings of Battle Cat and Voltron in the past. He also makes just as awesome stop-motion videos of his work in progress. His newest work is a classic Kenner Tauntaun from Empire Strikes Back, which must be in extreme discomfort since Han’s legs are stuck in the trap door in its back, and Luke is falling out the slit in it’s belly. Still, it’s pain is the art world’s gain.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.