Tron fandom has come a long way since the days of Jay Maynard and his dayglow unitard. For proof, look no further than forums of the 3G Society. The digital artists who frequent the site have been busy of late with the CgTalk:FX Wars! Tron Tribute. What started as a friendly challenge to see who could create the best short inspired by the 1982 classic and its upcoming sequel quickly became a demonstration of ingenuity and one-upmanship that is yielding some of the stylish (and professionally made) fan films ever to hit the Internets. First up is Kiel Figgins’ Tron Homage: Disk Battle:
Short, but absolutely perfect. Not to be outdone, digital artist Garrick Campsey presents this lightcycle sequence that comes complete with Interceptors aplenty and its own Wilhelm Scream:
Along with providing their creators with bragging rights, the entries in the contest help stir up interest in Tron Legacy, giving Disney some free advertising along the way. Through playing around in the computerized landscape of Tron, these artists get to explore their imaginations while paying homage to a film that clearly influenced their career path. This isn’t typical viral marketing here, it’s something much more organic and sincere. (Via MovieViral)
Chris Cummins is a pop culture writer and Archie comics historian who has contributed to The Robot's Voice, Den of Geek US, Philebrity, Geekadelphia, Uproxx, and Unicorn Booty. He is the co-producer and co-host of Nerd Nite Philadelphia, and is regularly involved in producing and hosting New York Super Week events. In 2014, Chris began Sci-Fi Explosion, a mix of live performance, trivia and funny clips celebrating the weirdest in science fiction that regularly travels around the United States. He wrote the introductions to the compilations Archie's Favorite Comics From The Vault and (with Paul Castiglia) Archie's Favorite High School Stories. You can find Chris on Twitter at @bionicbigfoot and @scifiexplosion.