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Deep Fakes and Roguish Rakes – Robots Root 19 Oct 2018

Listen, I’ve been advocating for Han Solo loud and long, but I have to say, it’s surreal and delightful to see this deep fake amalgamation of a youngish Harrison Ford’s face onto this footage.

That said, somewhere in space, this may all be happening right NOW:

  • I wasn’t interested in the Kid Who Would be King until I realized Attack the Block’s Joe Cornish is directing it. So there might be some interesting there there.
  • This piece on nostalgic memory vs reality in comics is a good one: like the writer, I too favored Dakota North at the time, despite not really understanding why. Or rather, for specific reasons beyond the character and story. Because unlike the writer, i DID read the books and still have them, and I hated the art and the story. But I liked the use of a non-supers character in an unusual environment (spy + fashion) for a genre, and also, I really liked the haircut in the banner image. I used her a number of times in the Marvel RPG.
  • Speaking of Marvel, here’s your first live-action view of that new Spidey Suit. Plus parkour. No pressure, dude.
  • What are the chances the Joker film is trolling snoops with this 60’s Batman era Batmobile?
  • I really dig this new Daredevil S03 poster. I LOT. It’s evocative on a number of levels.
  • I only read a few paragraphs of this Prospect review, as I plan to see it with as open mind as possible (already accidentally spoiled something for myself within, dammit tole) but here you go.
  • I’m not a follower of the DC CW stuff, but points for including the black costume for Superman that we should have had in Batman V Superman.
  • Anti-zombie tips you can follow along with at home. I mean, I hope you don’t have to. But still, can’t hurt.
  • I’m not sure what is more news news here: that Flash is delayed, or that WB confirmed they are dumping Cavill and Affleck. I mean, it’s not really news. But still, I’m disappointed. I liked both of those guys.
  • Honest Thief is already an interesting premise (sort of an anti-Heat) but that it comes from the producer’s of the excellent Ozark… even better!

  • Here’s a pretty aesthetically pleasing Battle Angel- Alita poster. I’m into it.
  • Legit fourth wall action here, Sean Bean being the target in the Hitman 2 game.
  • A brief history of Mandalorian representation in canon… it’s all over the place.

That’s all for tonight. Dream of jetpacks and young rogues…

I Need My Fuchikoma – 13 Feb 2017

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This all looks gangbusters to me, and I’m standing behind my optimism on this project. However, I choose to believe we haven’t seem my beloved FUCHIKOMAs yet because they are keeping something to surprise us in the theatre, not that they aren’t appearing. Because I need them. I NEED THEM. Here’s the new trailer, Kuze and all: link!
Also, note that’s a papercraft up there. You can find it on the supernets. If you are into that sort of thing. With a five year old boy in the house, I am no longer.

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– This Logan viral is pretty sobering… in one meaning of the term, not the other. link!

– There are now two people on record approving of Jesse Eisenberg’s Luthor: me, and Lawrence Fishburne. And before you say anything, his crack habit was 30 years ago. link!

– The New Mutants film seems to be slinking along in development. More social media notes seemingly to strengthen the rumor that GoT’s Maisie Williams is on board as Wolfsbane… link!

– I don’t know if these are pre-wig Klingons or a new design, but I like it the best of anything we’ve seen before. That external spiny row up the neck and skull is rad. I love the armor too. I still think it’s weird that every species in Star Trek* use such homogeneity in uniform and dress, though. link! *Or NOT STAR TREK, according to Lung

– Everyone except some room of stuffy Disney executives is certain a Black Widow film needs to happen. Come ON u guise. Srsly. link!

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– Ahsoka… I believe Rosario Dawson said she would love to be in SW, or someone made that assertion, or who knows… but it took Bosslogic approximately 0.0003s to get started on a manip. ENDORSED! link!

– Katie Sackhoff is on board for Unknown Origin, a Mars mission disaster recovery story where she is working with a field team of AIs… WHAT COULD GO WRONG… but here you go. Nice pic, too. link!

– Vincent D’Onofrio claims Kingpin won’t be in Defender, Punishers, anything. Depends on if you BELIEVE him, but still. link!

– The Runaways parents have been cast, the only known quantity being Buffy/ANgel alum James Marsters. link!

– Thandie Newton may have joined Han Solo… playing…. Sana Starros? I hope not. Hate that character and plotline thoroughly. Actually, at last blush, I thought Emilia Clarke was rumored to play some variant of that character (cue the protests) but who knows. link!

– The Batman movie rumors keeping flying around like crazed, well, bats, in a well-illuminated space, bashing into each other and howling. First Affleck dropped out of directing (good call) and then there was a supposed page one rewrite happening, sort of corroborated by Affleck’s persistent quotes about script issues being the one reason he would leave) but Terrios wrote the latest draft, who Affleck himself brought on board, and who not only did Argo with him, but did some sort of something on the last few DC movies. Now the new rumor is that WB execs are happy with the script, and that Cloverfield/Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is in the director’s chair. All in like 5 days of rumor flinging and bat injuring. link!

– My man Denis Villaneuve continues to insist he is relying on practical effects for Blade Runner 2049. Keep saying that and we’ll let you live, man. link!

– Finally, I say this only with the caveat that I don’t believe we need a Scarface remake AT ALL… but I read this morning that the Coen Brothers tweaked the script, which makes it 100% more likely to be bearable. Also, I like Diego Luna. But still. Why. link!


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Another Bat Time and Another Bat Station – 14 Nov 2016

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Jordan Gibson just owned Monday as far as I’m concerned Just a perfectly executed concept.
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Now we’re hearing that an X-Men reboot would focus on Dark Phoenix. I mean. Just SKIP TO THE END I guess…
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Interesting story about how Fox and Marvel traded character (names) for a pair of recent and upcoming films…
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This of course isn’t the first large scale photorealistic genre sculpture we’ve seen, but man, how many of these will be perched suspiciously in very wealthy nerd hideouts… for untoward attention purposes… admittedly it’s odd that it is less of a likeness of her than many products under the half-a-Yugo-in-1991 price point…
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Another amazing Square Enix scuplt…
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Christina Hobson has been tapped to write the Harley film. But it’s now officially a ‘women of the DC Universe’ film. I wonder if that will survive the development process. In truth, I do think Harley works better in a group dynamic. But I was hoping for a Harley and Joker on the lam story, tying in other villains and heroes but from their narrative perspective.
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This is the stuff of many a sc-fi movie premise. Particularly Star Treks.
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That is all. Return to your bunkers!


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Rad Metal Robots are Rad – 21 October 2016

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I keep forgetting to post my micro-review of the Disney Elite Edition K-2SO… so here we go: It’s 100% minimum awesome. I’m pleased I went with this one over the Black Series version. True die-cast (all except the hands) make this a weighty, satisfying hold. I don’t think i will be able to tolerate any droid figure ever again that isn’t metal. Love it. Guards the TRDL Groffice Studio.
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ITEM: You KNOW I love building rudimentary LEGO mechs. I’m always stockpiling specialty bricks I need for joints and what not. I’m always delighted to see new examples on the interwebs. This Overwatch-inspired model is cool because of the cockpit especially.
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ITEM: When I fantasize about buying another moto, it’s generally a cafe racer… but I have to say, Triumph’s new bobber style bike (called, oddly enough, the Bobber) looks SWEET.
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ITEM: Aquaman will be a ‘swashbuckling’ adventure film, a la Raiders, Romancing the Stone, etc. I can get behind that. We need a good solid LINEAR ADVENTURE MOVIE.
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Also, still love this:
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ITEM: Easily build your own Batman anti-Superman helmet cowl! But actually whatever’s the opposite of easy. I’m struck, watching this, by how much the techniques employed are the same I used when painting lead miniatures. Some scratch-build work, base paint, darkwash, dry brush. I mean, it stands to reason, since I was doing all that while training for practical FX work, and the same techniques applied then as they do now. I was just sort of reminded of the distant past. Also, I love that he’s using the same LED technique I used on one of my bikes, though he ganged them together awesomely. He could have solved the discomfort by recessing them in the helmet foam. Anyway, great build video. Thanks Lung.
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ITEM: All of Kate McKinnon’s outtakes from Ghostbusters in one video. The best part is: she isn’t even TRYING. This is just how she thinks.
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ITEM: Lung sent this to me at some inappropriate hour. SCURRED.
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ITEM: This is a good fit: Miguel Sapochnick directing a new Sinbad film… given how amazing his Battle of the Bastards was on GoT…
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ITEM: I’ve been meaning to draw the Iron Giant ever since we watched the film with the kids for the first time last month (well, their first time)… then again, I’ve been meaning to draw, period. This maquette is pretty great.
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ITEM: I know I opined about this prior, but I’m still loving this poster art for Lost World or Lost World II or Lost World 23… whatever it is…

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ITEM: BTS images from SS keep showing scenes or elements I want to see more of, perhaps in the Extended We Swore We Wouldn’t Edition. Like this.

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ITEM: The concept art for Baron Zemo in costumed form, unused in Civil War, is actually pretty feasible. His mask could be a Sakovian special forces standard of some sort, I don’t know, purple for whatever reason. Anyway…

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And with that, lil’ armored Bats and I wish you a fond weekend full of verve and vigor!


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APE Convention Action and Other Things – 5 Oct 2016

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Kris BAM! and I BOOM! will be at the Alternative Press Expo (APE)  this weekend, October 8-9, 2016 in San Jose, CA. If you are in Silicon Valley, or feel like a fun drive to SJ, come say hi! We will have a bevy of goods and services at the convention, with an emphasis on printed materials. I will have the TRDL Tribute Art book, two Wrongrobot books, and over 200 prints to choose from, along with a host of original art pieces. Come check it out!
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ITEM: After David Ayers was taking all that heat about fan frustration with Suicide Squad, and INSISTED there was no extended or director’s cut and that the feature film was HIS vision, not the (obviously) studio-edited version… the studio promptly released a teaser for… and extended edition. I suspect, like BVS, I’ll like the EE better than the theatrical release. It’s only something like 11 minutes longer, so I doubt it has the rumored major abandoned Joker plot in it, or at least to the extent Leto thought it would be. I’m game, though…
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ITEM: Apparently Peter Quill plays a major role in Infinity War. That GoG are involved is not surprising, and that they would use the standout hero is also not surprising. But anyway, there you are. Maybe!
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ITEM: The first promo material from Wolvie 3 came out this morning, along with a snap of the script. I REALLY like that poster. Says volumes.
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ITEM: While I don’t agree the poster art thus far has been the sucks, I DO agree this is the best one yet. Side note, scroll to the end of the link, that K2SO shot is my current desktop,so let it be known.
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ITEM: Iron Fist is scheduled to be released on March 17, so file those vacation forms.
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ITEM: The Punisher principal photography has begun, if you believe what you read. I still think that, based on the production and release schedules, this isn’t his solo series, but actually shots for his inclusion in Defenders. We’ll see if I’m right! Or, if I’m not, we won’t mention it.
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ITEM: This Silicon Valley lead0in to the Google Keynote the other day was life imitating art imitating life imitating something. Didn’t make me interested in the keynote, but DID make me jones for more SV…
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“It’s interesting. It was a huge hit movie that so many more people went to see than any movie I’ve made in my career. It was the biggest hit of my career. And then it had a lot of editorial negativity — fans went, and I got a lot of positive response. It was interesting, that movie, because it was judged not necessarily on execution so much as its tone. People seemed to want to have a lighter tone to the movie, and I thought that was interesting because that’s subjective. Tone is not a qualitative thing. It’s subjective, right? Some tones resonate with me that might not with you. And the tone of the movie was really parallel to the Frank Miller book, which I liked and thought was great. I’m glad that so many people went and so many people liked the movie and it worked out.”
ITEM: Listen, all of the sadfleck memery aside, I think he’s handled the criticism of the film well, without throwing Snyder under the bus, showing how professional a businessman he is. He’s got some major irons in the fire, so he has to keep moving. But I liked the note that it’s his most successful film. Cue Lung pouring an infinite whiskey GIF…
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ITEM: Karen Gillan posted this photo of ‘three Marthas’ from the set of Jumanji. It’s kind of meta. On the one hand, yeah, stunt doubles, but on the other hand, it’s what would happen if people COULD play her in a game. Everyone on the map would be Marthas following each up ladders.
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ITEM: This deleted scene from Apocatole features Beast giving Summers his visor. It’s similar to an earlier scene in the movie, but I liked it for the logic.
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Final Note: as you saw up top, and in any of the art posts I’ve done recently (and actually a good amount of the existing posts, retroactively) I’ve moved to an 800 pixel standard for art related happenings. I have yet to modify the containers for the blog and forum, but soon. In the meantime…

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More Spooning to Follow – 27 Sept 2016

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Heavens! Amazon ordered a full season of the curious new Tick series. Awesome!
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ITEM: Look, I caveat this heavily that I:
a) haven’t watched Supergirl
2) hear its cheesy and CW and broadcast TV etc etc etc
d) hate that Superman costume
BUT, what I’m seeing of Kal-El and her interactions with him, look fun and optimistic and pretty well=intentioned, if nothing else.
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ITEM: No S03 for Daredevil until 2018, they all cried. Well, I mean, Cox is filming Defenders in the meantime, so when did you expect this to happen? Same goes with Jessica Jones…
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ITEM: I don’t watch enough if Mr Sunday Movies’ video specials on YT. This one, featuring a speculative look at what Lucas’ SWVII might have been, was pretty good. I screencapped above because it cracked me up, but in fairness, he makes good points about what Lucas did with all of his money, so he’s not really the villain we sometimes find him so easily.
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ITEM: Screenrant did a great study of what makes for a good, memorable title sequence. Worth a watch, nostalgically…
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ITEM: Hovering Death Star speaker I cannot EVEN. Of course, in the video, it’s spinning so fast it makes me uncomfortable. But that’s my issue. Weirdo.
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ITEM: I may be the last genre type to hear about this, but John Carpenter makes his own music. I’m not sure if he’s scoring his films, but it sure SOUNDS like it.
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ITEM: I don’t remember seeing Pb on the slugs, though I don’t remember not seeing it. On the other hand, all the lead lining and sneak attack shit with the gas first I could rationalize, and even the first slug shot for those reasons… but hey, shoot me in the face with a gas grenade once, shame on you, twice shame on me…
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ITEM: Friend send me this. How brilliant is that? Smash your drone? Put it back together. I love it. Single-stroke evolution over what is wrong with EVERY DRONE EVER.
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ITEM: So surreal I can’t even. It’s like when John Oliver cites something on Last Week Tonight and then a few minutes in chastises the audience for not detecting that he made it up.
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Sweet Christmas Only Eleven Days to Go – 160919

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ELEVEN DAYS. I can hold my breath that long…Meanwhile…

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ITEM: This list of ‘killer SW droids’ is mostly the kind of irritating EU stuff I never got into, however, i DO like the idea that IG-88, my favorite-for-no-reason droid, trolled Palpatine by uploading its AI into the Death Star 2. Ha. Fucker!via

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ITEM: A case is made for Darryl’s continued inclusion in the MCU. I’d support it. via

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ITEM: These alternate designs for Flash and Cyborg are odd. On the one hand, yes, that’s a pretty Deathstrokey Cyborg faceplate, but on the other hand, I like the faceting and in general, both are very good and logical-looking armors. via

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ITEM: For those of you watching Agents of SHIELD, who aren’t familiar with this iteration of Ghost Rider from the comics (like me) here’s a primer. via

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ITEM: Thanks to the Academy of Arts and Sciences, I have fresh PR0n, the only newish bit of which is Pacino and Mann confirming Vincent Hanna was chipping coke. Hot damn I love my favorite film. Ha. Because of course I do.via

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ITEM: Here’s Commissioner Gordon being Commissioner Gordoney and not working out at all or anything. via

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ITEM: There’s a Mad Max: Fury Road prequel in pre-production, according to a guy who knows a guy who knows another guy. But prequel. And no Furiosa? MEH! I want her in on design alone.via


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I Will Finish What You Started But Not Really – 3 Aug 2016

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Saw this ad pop up in FB last night, and wished it were true. Not only because THESTARWARS but because that was a rad concept art for Vader, which we looked at last year. I’d LOVE to see Kylo Ren in that.

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ITEM: The cast of the Mummy looks solid. S O L I D.

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ITEM: SUPPOOOOOOOOSEDLY Black Widow drops in on Spidey in the new film…
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ITEM: So shortly after that disastrous promo material came out showcasing Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman, actual set photos surfaced that showed he looks a lot more Supermanish than that surreal garbage fire of marketing intern failure suggested. Of course, there’s a lot of strangely inverse-sexist obsession over his ass, but he was a baseball player, so those glutes are quite typical. He looks better than I gave him credit, thankfully. I mean, thankfully, not thankfully, I don’t know, i don’t watch Supergirl… but I want all of these shows to succeed. In any way.

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ITEM: Dig Yondu’s cybermohawk. I love love LOVE it.

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ITEM: I didn’t see Luc Besson’s movie, but the trailer did make me wonder.
According to the AFP, the court’s decision came with a statement that mentioned several undeniable connections. “The heroes of both ‘got into the prison by flying in a glider/space shuttle, had to confront inmates led by a chief with a strange right arm, found hugely important briefcases and met a former sidekick who then dies. And at the end (of both films the heroes) keep secret documents recovered during their mission.’”
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ITEM: Colossal bummer: Adrianne Palicki has joined a Seth McFarlane space comedy. I was hoping that they would fold back into the cast after the SHIELD spin-off died. She was one of the best by a mile.
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ITEM: Yes, Suicide Squad is getting ravaged by critics (though I’ve read some positive headlines from fan-oriented reviewers) and yes, the studio appears to have meddled very heavily in the wake of BVS backlash, to the point of pushing Ayers practically into Josh Trank level defensiveness, but I still intend to love it in just 5 days with my man Lung. Anyway, additionally, apparently my favorite DC villain FUCKING KING SHARK was supposed to be in the role Croc has now. Damn.
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But hey, if you want to read negative stuff, have at it. I’m on black-out. ISH.
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ITEM: Is Punisher in the Defenders. COME ON. How could they not use him, one way or another. But as an ally? Or…

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ITEM: Westworld is back on, even more on than the last on, with a release date the first weekend in October, hot damn!
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ITEM: The millisecond the images from Matt Damon’s Great Wall film were released, you just KNEW the flood of Green Arrow manips would begin. Processors groaned, and here we are, by Bosslogic again. Meh, just because someone is carrying a bow and is pals with Batfleck…

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ITEM: I love it 33,000x. I wont’ use it, because I dislike divorce…
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ITEM: here’s a nice collection of concept art from BVS. I really like how the mass of Doomsday here is more kaiju-like.
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ITEM: This is an awesome scale chart on the different sizes, and style, of Gojira over the years. I never realized how different than earlier domestic design was.
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Speaking of, this review from Japan says the new film is all political talk and hand wringing and very little action. Given that Godzilla movies reflect the zeitgeist of cultural stress in Japan, I thought that was interesting. They went from nuke panic to counterculture/kid subversion to JDF criticism to isolationist tension to… bureaucratic sterility.
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ITEM: So George Lucas apparently requested all pages from the first two issues of Mark Brook’s SW title. Just as an artist and as a consumer who has bought and hung original pages I thought this was incredible.
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Go check out Kris (Deeplydapper) at the Star Trek convention in Las vegas this week! GO NOW.


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Answers to Vinz Clortho and other things 28 July 2016

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LOST DOG
My favorite anything ever from SDCC this past weekend.

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ITEM: As is the tradition, Huriwtz is providing cagey, grossly general indications that another season of Arrested Development is in the works. And as usual, I EAT IT RGHT UP!
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ITEM: Just a random side tangent here. This comic has introduced Stormtroopers that are effective. Stormtroopers with different specializations within the same unit, much like traditional infantry. And we saw a good amount of this in Force Awakens, the different functions, better soldiers, etc. When Rogue One first promo material went out, everyone pointed to the black troopers and declared them to be ‘Death Troopers’ from the old SW Extended Universe. This is all an interesting problem, I don’t know if 4th wall is the way I’d put it. But, it’s this perception that Stormtroopers are terrible soldiers because they never hit anything, fall off ledges, etc. But that was all artifice from the filmmaking of the early films. It was framework allowing the heroes to succeed. Even in New Hope, when the blockade runner is boarded, while neither side demonstrates tactics of any kind, the Stormtroopers do take out all the rebels. But the legend sprung from the jokes about that film. Strormtroopers suck. Can’t hit anything. Same as how GI Joe and COBRA were all terrible because in the cartoon they just shot random lasers in the sky. And another layer to this: over time, most general infantry aren’t crack shots. They are hastily trained, young, scared kids. Disoriented, panicked, etc. So yes, in military structure, you have experienced, highly trained soldiers vs. general soldiers, and you have experienced general soldiers vs. inexperienced, new soldiers. But we don’t think about the military and imagine them all being ineffectual, shooting blanks… the greenest soldier, eyes closed, shitting their fatigues, heavily stressed, can accidentally pop an opponent in the forehead. ANYWAY, what I’n getting at is that the bruhaha about this comic is that the Stormtroopers are ‘worryingly effective’ as the writer noted. While I think there’s room for stories about highly trained, advanced operatives serving the Empire’s military, just as we have such units in conventional real-world militaries, the trope that the general infantry of the Empire are worthless is false, based on the Star Wars setting. The Empire is the EMPIRE. They’ve got unlimited resources, manpower, droidpower, clonepower, have captured, and maintained, countless worlds.
Stormtroopers can shoot.
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ITEM: Another random aside.
We’ve talked several times about how I tend to think of Alien 3 more favorably than most, colored by my experience seeing it in the theater as a pre-release edit that was prior to the studio cutting it into oblivion. Anyway, I was reading something that referenced ‘the Assembly Cut’… a rework of the film based on a lot of unused or removed material, based on Fincher’s shooting breakdowns, with new content, lots of remastering… you can read about it in detail here. While I’m certain the pre-release early version I saw is different than this cut, some of the things referenced here jive with my memory: the film being longer, with more development for the characters, greater emphasis on the religion, the lack of chestburster grappling in the suicide scene… though there weren’t any cattle in the version that I remember. Anyway, cool.
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ITEM: Interesting article about Tick, specifically the new, upcoming relaunch, on Warburton, why the new one was cast so differently, the tonal changes, etc. I used this image only because we’ve already posted the only content from the new one so far, AND I just miss the design and cast from the original. But I’m definitely looking forward to the reboot.
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ITEM: This stunt smells pretty artificial to me: Cavill showing up at Comicon in disguise, then surprising Will Smith at the SS signing, then the later cut of him playing a prank on Batman/Affleck/Whatever… see, I’ve always enjoyed learning that celebs were wandering the con floor in costume, specifically because it seemed to show that they didn’t want to be recognized, just wanted to nerd out in peace. Cavill here looked like he was egging to get called out. Muscles out, Faulkes mask on, that’s it. Like he’s broadcasting precisely 0% nerd interest, more like a jock putting buck teeth in and masquerading as a geek to amuse his friends. It feels obviously staged. Same with the bumper sticker thing. My takeaway was that WB was trying to pad the post-BVS ‘lighter DCCU’ thing they pushed hard in the Justice league footage, by sort of retroactively trying to vibe that BVS, the actors, etc were actually good natured fans of the genre full of smiles and that our collective memory of BVS being overwraught and serious and heavy and unfun (murderverse, as Sight says) is inaccurate in light of the new lighter direction*. WHich feels pandering and unnecessary. Had Cavill seemed to relish being at the con and nerding out about products and creators, the way I’ve seen many genuine nerd celebrities do, I’d have a different feeling about it. Odd part is, Cavill doesn’t have a rep for hating the material. He’s not one of these actors looking down on the work. He’s vocally appreciative of the opportunity and fully enjoying the fame and money. Hes just, apparently, a superjock and partier/womanizer blowing his cash and hooking up and being hedonistic and egotistical. According to the word on the street and the content of his interviews anyway. And there’s NOTHING WRONG WITH ANY OF THAT. it just susprises me when they send him out to pretend to be a comicon participant. Meh!
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ITEM: Films featuring western leads set in foreign countries are a tough nut sometimes. Fodder for controversy and criticism. But China is a huge market for Hollywood, and this is a first-english-dialog film for a prominant big budget Chinese director, and it’s a neat concept for a movie. Plus Damon. And Pascal. I’m optimistic.
http://geektyrant.com/news/visually-stu … great-wall

Side note: if you don’t know who this outfit is:
http://gizmodo.com/the-company-behind-m … 1784460853

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ITEM: This film, though, I don’t have to be optimistic about. It’s going to be 100% minimum hilarious. I insist.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_itBfEC_TI

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ITEM: A peek into the prevalence of RPG-playing celebrities. Obviously some, like Vin Diesel, have always had that rep, and sure, part of this feels like the cultural appropriation of nerd culture or a tie in the Harmon’s new series or something. But as a lifelong RPG player/runner, I like it anyway.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/featur … s-a-912169

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ITEM: I was just saying on our last Robot-Kraken podcast (or one of them, anyway, it’s a blur) that I’d love to see another pass at Rocketeer. I wanted a period one, really awesome, detailed, pulpy Indiana Jones stuff, with, and this is important, A HOT BRUNETTE PINUP GIRL. This Disney reboot will feature a young, female, afirican-american lead, which has already caused some to cry foul, wring hands, complain about the overly-compensating progressive remakes (ie. the Ghostbusters flip-out)… but who’s to say we lose the pinup girl angle? There’s all sorts of directions this could take that keeps it period, pulpy and sexy. You never know. I mean, it wont. But it COULD! But it wont. But maybe.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-v … rks-915037

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ITEM: Urban shaved his head… the Executioner is coming…

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ITEM: I’ve never, ever, EVER liked Donna Troi’s spacey unitard look. I was not a DC guy to begin with, but the design never appealed, and I didn’t think Perez made it interesting. I even have not one, but THREE aborted sketches in the archives. That all said, I see a lot of good cosplay these days, but I’m particularly impressed when someone makes a design I don’t like actually look good. Great job on this one. I’d still prefer her cosplay any other version of the character or whatever, but she pulled this look off… somehow.
http://www.geekxgirls.com/article.php?ID=2380

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ITEM: Thinking about the tech focus of the new Spidey continuity, how the Vulture appears to be going, and how Stark gave Parker his new suit… the upcoming film is sure to have a suit with gadgets. Look, I don’t like Spidey gadgets. That teaser described awhile back that showed him with a gadety Spidey belt buckle and some sort of horseshit on the shooters bothered me. Just give me the Spidey from Civil War, and 3 hours of it. HOWEVER, if the costume generates web wings a la old Ditko, I’d be down with that!
http://collider.com/spider-man-homecomi … interview/

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This nightmare fuel comes from a n exercise where by designers attempted to engineer a human that would be resilient to the risks associatedwith car crashes. You can see how they got where they got, and the write up is interesting (air sacs!) but good lord I can’t get it out of my mind. In a not good way. You’re welcome.
http://boingboing.net/2016/07/21/what-d … of-hu.html


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TIME IS A FLAT BLACK TOWER OR SOMETHING – 160701

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Photos of Matthew M as Randall Flagg surfaced today, and though I have not read the book, I’m definitely tuning in now. WOW.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-dark-tower-s … 1782960403

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ITEM: Supercon seems like a fever dream from a con artist or exhibitor who goes to wayyyyy too many cons to be contextually stable. Like our man Calero, for example. Just kidding, buddy.
http://variety.com/2016/film/news/john- … 201807453/

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ITEM: OK look, this may be offensive to some… but given that we have a Ghost in the Shell film underway… this surreal study of the process of making realdolls(tm) is BEYOND familiar, if you know the manga. Kind of hair-standing-on-end surreal. Your hair, not the doll’s hair, which seems pretty well styled. GUH.
http://sploid.gizmodo.com/seeing-how-se … 1782900879

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ITEM: How about a bad ass Breaking Bad LEGO concept? I love these details. And I’ve never seen more than ten minutes of one episode.
http://www.brothers-brick.com/2016/06/3 … -superlab/

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ITEM: A couple of clips from the behind the scenes material on BVS’ Justice league stuff have posted, but what I liked most was seeing Aquaman’s armor detailing and tattoos. The standout of the line-up in my mind.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/aquaman-and-cybo … 1782901327

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ITEM: Awesome game-inspired art by Astor Alexander…
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2016- … -alexander

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ITEM: Lyft is doing it right.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/l … cto-906885

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Thus, I leave you to your ways and means likely involving alcohol and fire. In the US, presumably it’s holiday related. According to google news, everywhere else it’s just happening at random.

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