I don’t know all the places Captain America has been, but I bet he hasn’t been painted quite like this—on an almost naked lady’s back and bottom. Just a guess.
The graffiti style body paint is by NihoAme.
See the complete pictures after the break (NSFW).
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Those Retired & Extremely Dangerous agents from various secret government organizations are back for another round in Red II. Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) is directing with Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker and Helen Mirren are reprising their roles. This time around the gang is taking on some European villains including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung-Hun Lee (G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra) and Anthony Hopkins.
The first film was a fun romp and I expect this one to carry on that tradition of humor laced with bullets and explosions. Check out some on set pictures of the cast.
Red 2 hits theater screens on August 2, 2013.
Alas, this year I will not be at New York Comic Con but if I was there, this is the panel I would want to check out the most : The Psychology of Cosplay. As you know I’m curious about anything cosplay-related and heard about this panel through Geek Mom’s recent podcast “Is Cosplay Normal ?” with Geek Mom Nicole Wakelin talking with clinical psychologist Andrea Letamendi – who by the way, does a pretty awesome steampunk Huntress. Truthfully, I don’t recognized people so when I reached out to her – I was surprised we already met several times previously !
Thanks to the podcast, I found out about The Psychology of Cosplay panel at New York Comic Con on Friday 9-10 am. The panel features Robin Rosenberg (Psychology of Superheroes, What’s the Matter with Batman?) and Andrea Letamendi as they explore the psychology of cosplay and discuss results of their interviews and survey. Featured cosplayers Jill Pantozzi (The Mary Sue, IGN), Holly Conrad (Comic-Con Episode IV-A Fan’s Hope) and Bill Doran (Punished Props) will speak about their experiences creating and wearing elaborate costumes and props.
So check it out if you’re around. Oh, on a funny note, NYCC listed this panel on the Anime track ! Yet, the folks on the panel definitely come from a comic book, video game background.
On a related note, Yaya Han has been doing a panel discussing the Sociology of Cosplay for the past few years. This one is from Anime Weekend Atlanta 2011 and is the longest at 2 hours.
(this has nothing to do with this post. Just being derpy)
Another weekend, another 15 cons. I would say there usually around 10 cons in the United States somewhere each weekend. So we’re heading towards the end of the year here. Two more months to go. *whew !*
So cons of interest : Hurricane Who – a Dr. Who con down in Orlando, Fall-In – a gatherings of historical miniatures gamers and Euro-Quest – a European-style gaming conference. I have no idea what European Style means – I’m not really a gamer.
As usual, if there isn’t a date next to the listing, it is consider a Fri-Sun con – meaning Nov. 2-4. Some cons may be one day, others may be two days or even four days.
Anime NebrasKon (Omaha,NE)
Animeland Makiba (Henderson,NV)
Convolution – The Next Step (Burlingame,CA)
EuroQuest (Pikeville,MD) Nov 1-4
Hurricane Who (Orlando,FL)
King Con Brooklyn (Brooklyn,NY)
JMV Comic Book Show (San Antonio,TX) Nov.4
Long Beach Comic Con (Long Beach,CA)
Rhode Island Comic Con (Providence,RI) Nov. 3 & 4
Roanoke Valley Comicon (Salem,VA) Nov.3
Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival (Las Vegas,NV) Nov.3
Youmacon (Detroit,MI) Nov. 1-4
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Awesome Scream tattoo, done Gotham-style by Brian from Inner Vision in Sarver, PA.
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In this week’s episode of Dexter, “Swim Deep” the story starts to take a turn for the conflictual. As it stands, Deb is still only marginally okay with what Dexter has decided is his life’s work. She’s happy that he’s killing the bad guys, but still has to balance it with her own sense of being a force for justice, as well as deciding exactly what justice really is.
We start off with Dexter feeling like he’s finally brought Deb into “his world” and that she is beginning to understand where he’s coming from. Deborah, however, still has several issues to work through when it comes to what her brother (and potential lover does for a hobby. When she ends up involved with LaGuerta’s discovery of the blood slide that Dexter left behind, she jumps at the chance to help with the investigation as to whether the Bay Harbor Butcher may indeed be still prowling about. In reality, of course, she’s just trying to protect her brother from something that may pin him down.
MORE AFTER THE JUMP
Dexter, to his credit, asks Deb to stay out of the situation, seeking to protect her. This does little to dissuade her from playing the protector, of course. She readily lies to LaGuerta regarding what she knows and makes every attempt to cover up Dexter’s past indiscretions. This ends up biting her in the conscience as the episode goes on.
But the issue with Dexter being discovered is only half the problem. Isaac, being the smart muther-fkr that he is, is tracking our anti-hero and planning to eliminate him when the chance arises. Dexter once again proves himself a bad-ass and sets Isaac up by leading him into the lair of the Russian mob’s enemies, Columbian drug lords. But Isaac proves to be no slouch himself, managing to survive if not necessarily being able to cover his own tracks. In the end, the combined efforts of Dexter and the police put Isaac behind bars. But for how long?
In the background, Batista continues to doubt the probability that the person who supposedly killed Mike is actually responsible. Quinn is still dating his Russian stripper and ends up taking a huge bribe without actually asking for it, which can add up to some serious shit as the season moves forward. And Hannah, ex-g/f of the killer who threw himself in the way of a truck, seems to have a big crush on Dex, despite the fact that he figures out that she was more than just a bystander in her ex-b/f’s killing spree.
The one thing that made this episode stand out was the confrontations between Dexter and Isaac. As opposed to most other seasons, where Dexter is the hunter and the prey (usually a serial killer) is unaware that he’s coming for them, Isaac is a direct opponent of Dexter. The conversations they have spell out the rising tension between the two characters and promise an exciting resolution in the future. Isaac is, in my opinion, the best villain that the writers have brought to the table in all seven seasons. He’s not in it because he happens to be a bit crazy or a little too much like Dexter. He’s there for vengeance, pure and simple, and he happens to be smart enough (and vicious enough) to present a real threat.
The writing and editing this time around were extra amazing. Each scene conveyed exactly what it needed to without delving too deep into background elements. They managed to mix in the evolving relationship between Dexter and Deborah with the plot of the arc at the same time, making each second count. Once again I feel as if the old writers must have been fired and some sort of elite crew brought on to craft this so-far amazing season.
Five episodes in and I’m still not disappointed. I think this is some sort of record for me. I really hope they manage to keep it up through the entire season so that I may remember this soon-to-be-gone series with fondness.
Tune in again next week for another bastardy review of the latest season of Dexter.
I’m pleased to announced thanks to Otaku Anime Society & Kean University, Cosplay in America exhibition will be hosted at Nancy Dryfoos Gallery on campus. The work will be up from Jan. 22 to Feb. 15, 2013 with an opening reception on Thursday Jan. 24 from 5-7 pm and an artist talk from 7-8 pm.
This will be a different show from the Los Angeles exhibition I had a year before – I’m currently going through the past four years of images and reshuffling them plus a few surprises !
Feel free to cosplay and yes, my books will be available at this event. So mark down Jan. 24, 2013 and come by to catch the exhibit !
Nancy Dryfoos Gallery
1000 Morris Ave.
Union, NJ 07083
Check out this fun LEGO BATMAN 2 – DC Super Heroes Video Game Trailer.
Our Good Buddies in NJ, BatDave & Dennis Pellicano, proudly present BATMAN, ROBIN, BATGIRL & The 1966 BATMOBILE in all their full-color glory at the recent 2012 KAPOW! Comic Con. This event was filmed live at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan, New Jersey. The Titanic-Trio of Superheroes thrilled the young and old alike during a gorgeous autumn afternoon.
This awesome event promoted the importance of reading and education, utilizing the Gotham Guardians as positive role models for the young children while being an inspiration for many of the special needs kids that were in attendance. No child left that day without a FREE photo with an autograph of their favorite Crime Fighter. As always, almost every scene was shot in one take due to our sad budgetary restrictions. HUGE thanks to the organizers of KAPOW! and to MIKE & MING of AMC’s ‘Comic Book Men’. The sweet 1966 Batmobile was provided by jovial John Brown and Gotham City Supercars.
Oh Man, check out the beauty of this photo!! At this years recent 2012 New York City Comic Con ( NYCC ) the CA Enterprises Toy Company revealed the prototype of what the packaging for the “CAPTAIN ACTION Batman Outfit” will look like and it looks GREAT! I totally love the retro silver-age style. They even used Carmine Infantino artwork!! Plus, if you look at the back of the box they also show that they will be making one of The Joker!! Look for these to hit retail stores around 2013.
For the few people who don’t know who Captain Action is, this was a very famous toy line in the 1960′s created by the Ideal Toy Company. Basically, he was sort of like the 12″ G. I. Joe Doll except Captain Action had a different persona and then they also sold Superhero Outfits you could buy to transform him into another character. They made outfits of Batman, Aquaman, Superman, Spiderman, and many others. These vintage toys are hard to find today & very collectible. Plus, they’re just really cool!!
To learn more about these toys please visit CAPTAINACTION.COM
The BAT-BLOG.COM is all about the many different angles of the Batman character but our main focus is the joy of collecting both New and Vintage Toys. We’re always announcing brand-new memorabilia coming out, so you can hunt it down, but every now and then we like to torture people with photos of very rare collectibles, ha ha!
Here’s a great example: Check out this Vintage BATMAN Swimming Pool Ring Float Toy 1974. This one is still in it’s original package but you can also see what the toy looks like in the photo on the header card, very cool!!
Next up is a fun set of DC Comics Superheroes and Villains Refrigerator Magnets. There are quite a few Batman-related characters here: Batman, Robin, The Joker, Catwoman, The Penguin, and even The Riddler!
Then, for your viewing pleasure, is this Vintage Trade Publication Advertisement for some DC Comics Superhero Drinking Mugs called, “Supersteins!”. I have the Batman one and really love it because it features Neal Adams artwork. They also made Superman, Wonder Woman, and Shazam ( Captain Marvel ).
Last, but not least, is the 70′s BATMAN UTILITY BELT made by Remco Toys. This pic shows the original window box packaging which is totally cool. I wish I owned this thing like it is in the photo but I only have a few loose pieces. Still, this thing is really great!
With one month to go before Halo 4 is released, the propaganda machine has ramped up 17 notches with the release of the official Halo 4 trailer. To get some buzz about it, 343 tapped Se7en and The Social Network director David Fincher to produce the trailer.
The trailer features John 117 as a child being stolen from his family (and being replaced with a clone) so that he could be put into the Spartan programme. The trailer then finishes with John as the now ubiquitous Master Chief tackling a patrol of Prometheans…..
Gotta say, the Halo 3 trailers were better…… I still believe however…..
I’m pretty sure we know what Grant Wilson will be dressed as for Halloween. He created this fantastic steampunk Ghostbusters Proton Pack as part of a “Spectral Eradicators: Circa 1895″ suit.
Check out an additional image after the break.
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Man, does a week every go fast these days. One day your recovering from the grind of the weekend celebration the next day your wondering when you can get back to it. Well never fear, this week’s Sexy Cosplay of the week is here to save the day. We are off to central Florida for a visit with Alouette.
A dancer since she was 3 and a cosplayer since the age of 12, this sporting young lass has more then enough energy to the toils of crafting and wearing her own cosplay. After borrowing a friend’s cosplay for a convention and having way to much fun doing it Alouette decided it was time to start what has now become a life-long obsession of fabrics and photos. From DC‘s Black Canary and Sailor Moon‘s Sailor Uranus, Alouette has a strong foundation in her craft.
This isn’t some regular damsel relying on her natural come-hither good looks either, this chick has bonafide nerd credit. She watches Doctor Who, Star Trek, a loves playing Fallout and she absolutely hates Twilight, my God she’s perfect!
Check out more of Alouette’s work at her Facebook, Deviant Art or Cosplay.com pages.
Send your cosplay pics to firstname.lastname@example.org.
So we all assumed that the new solo Wolverine movie, simply called The Wolverine, was a post X-Men Origins sequel and a pre-first X-Men film prequel. But in an interview with Empire, Wolverine director James Mangold suggested that the opposite might be the case:
Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all. Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there’s a tremendous sense of isolation for him.
So it takes place after X-Men: The Last Stand? Interesting. That would certainly fit with the rumor that Famke Janssen was flying to Australia to cameo in the film as Jean Grey. At the same time though, leaked photos and videos have shown a scene set in a World War II Japanese prison camp. Perhaps these are flashbacks? Regardless, Mangold says it’s all part of his plan:
That’s something that for me was very important, that I land in a very specific place in his timeline. I wanted to be able to tell the story without the burden of handing it off to a film that already exists and having to conform to it. The ideas of immortality reign very heavily in this story and the burden of immortality weighs heavily on Logan. For me that’s such an interesting part of Logan’s character that is nearly impossible to explore if you have a kind of league or team movie.
In other Wolverine news, Empire had the below picture from the film, and it features everyone’s favorite mutant wild man with bone – yes, BONE – claws. Check it out:
The Wolverine is set to open in theaters on July 26, 2013.
Source. Geek Tyrant
Hey, I’ve seen worse ideas for Halloween costumes. Now where did I put those bottle caps…
Cartoon by Katie Cook.
(via The Official Star Wars Blog)
Over night rumors began circulating that Mark Wahlberg was being sought out to star in Transformers 4. The “truth” behind this being Wahlberg recently finished working on Pain and Gain with Michael Bay and now the two were discussing another project, assumed to be the upcoming Transformers 4. This obviously conflicted with the reports we’d been hearing that Bay was seeking a female actress for the lead role, but the story kept getting stronger and was eventually being reported by many a reputable site.
Well, it’s wrong. Bay himself took to the forums to the dispute the rumor, stating,
The Mark Wahlberg T4 rumor is just a rumor. Mark and I are talking about another film project. -Michael
There ya go. Not happening. Then again, Bay also claimed some time ago he wouldn’t be doing a Transformers 4, and here we are.
What say you bastards? Does Bay speak the truth? More misdirection? Does anyone actually give a rat’s ass about Transformers 4?
Way back in 1982, when making your own film was actually something of a difficult proposition, a group of friends decided that they’d make their own version of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation was made by Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala over 7 years, and now author Alan Eisenstock is turning Strompolos and Zala’s journey into a page turner called Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.
Here’s a description of the book, followed by a video trailer:
And they did it. Every shot, every line of dialogue, every stunt.
They borrowed and collected costumes, convinced neighborhood kids to wear grass skirts and play natives, cast a fifteen-year-old as Indy’s love interest, rounded up seven thousand snakes (sort of), built the Ark, the Idol, the huge boulder, found a desert in Mississippi, and melted the bad guys’ faces off.
It took seven years.
Along the way, Chris had his first kiss (on camera), they nearly burned down the house and incinerated Eric, lived through parents getting divorced and remarried, and watched their friendship disintegrate.
Alan Eisenstock’s Raiders! is the incredible true story of Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos, how they realized their impossible dream of remaking Raiders of the Lost Ark, and how their friendship survived all challenges, from the building of a six-foot round fiberglass boulder to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Sounds pretty compelling, right? The inside story on what some people call, “the greatest fan film ever made,” might serve as an inspiration to a whole new generation of fan filmmakers.
Raiders! will be released on November 13th. Coincidentally my sister’s birthday, and she’s a big Indy fan. Interesting.
Source: Geek Tyrant
The fate of Bryan Fuller‘s Munsters update, Mockingbird Lane is still up in the air. In fact, its future relies completely on whether or not the pilot, now being aired as a Halloween special Friday October 26th at 8pm, pulls in high enough numbers that NBC decides to pursue the series. Obviously, Fuller would like to see that happen but I’m sure NBC would like some of their $10 million investment back as well.
Coming Soon also a pretty comprehensive synopsis of the pilot. I wouldn’t consider it too much of a spoiler, unless you wanted to know absolutely nothing about the show.
In Mockingbird Lane, sweet little Eddie Munster (Mason Cook) is a normal kid about to enter the horrors of puberty. Truth is, he’s about to discover that for him becoming a teenager means growing hair in truly unexpected places — as in all over his body — every time the moon is full! Eddie’s got it pretty good though. His loving, supportive, run-of-the-mill family includes his mom Lily (Portia de Rossi), the daughter of Dracula; his dad Herman (Jerry O’Connell), who brings new meaning to “Frankenstein”; and Grandpa (Eddie Izzard), who would give Dracula a run for his money if he weren’t actually Dracula! Of course then there’s creepy cousin Marilyn (Charity Wakefield), who’s really the odd one because she’s so completely normal.
Buying a house these days is a nightmare, so Herman and Lily are shocked that no one scooped up the rambling Victorian mansion at 1313 Mockingbird Lane that was the site of a series of grisly hobo murders. Settling into their new place, they’re quickly onto the mission at hand: to gently ease Eddie into the reality of his werewolf adolescence. But it’s not always so easy to accept that your child is a little “different” from the rest of the kids. Meanwhile, Herman, who works as a funeral director, is suffering from a heart condition. Since he’s made up mostly of spare parts, he knew his makeshift heart would eventually give out. No worries though, because Grandpa, who is pretty good at procuring body parts, is on the case. All Herman cares about is finding a new heart with the same capacity to love Lily as much as he has for so many decades.
I think this sounds like a really imaginative updating of the classic 60s sitcom, so I hope its pilot performs well and we can see a series next year. Don’t forget, if you want more you better tune in Friday at 8pm on NBC!
There’s a lot of ’90s happening in this t-shirt. Most of the time that wouldn’t be good news, but we are talking about Eartworm Jim and Evil Dead here. Plus, it’s only $10 if you grab it today!
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These earrings modeled after the One Ring mostly just make me picture Sauron with pierced ears.
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