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The Cosplay Kids Are All Right – Robots Root 24 January 2018

Having wrapped up another comic convention the other weekend, I’ve been thinking a lot about cosplay. Among all the other aspects that I appreciate about this phenomenon (coming from the perspective of one who used to build powered armor out of cardboard and foam) such as the empowerment, expressive freedom, and creativity… it’s the technical precision and claver translation of comic and anime designs into a practical, physical look that blows me away. So. As we wait for the almost-assuredly controversial costume design for Captain Marvel, I keep going back to this particular photomanip. If they just put Brie Larson in this costume, as is, straight from the books, no helmet, no fauhawk even necessary, it would be PERFECT. Just saying: we’ve reached a tipping point the last few years where Hollywood struggles to catch up to homegrown cosplay designs rather than vice versa.

Meanwhile, somewhere in space, this may all be happening RIGHT NOW:

  • Here’s a new movie in which Jason Momoa throws a flaming axe. So, at this point, they just film him wandering around Momoaing about, and call it a day. Guiness!
  • Edge of Tomorrow 2, aka All You Need is More Kill Toleyou!, may be sooner to production than originally estimated. Which suits me fine.
  • Showcase Cinemas on the East Coast of the US are featuring a return of The Dark Knight to the big screen, two dates in February, entirely too far for me. But man!
  • I’m looking forward to Ant-Man and Wasp, mostly because we haven’t seen a ton of interesting married-hero dynamics in film, and I’d love to see that handled intelligently.
  • John Francis Daley and Jon Goldstein have been tapped to direct Flashpoint, which is interesting, as they co-wrote Spider-Man: Homecoming… but the news that overshadowed this is that apparently WB tried to get Affleck to direct it, and he declined. Which is only interesting because it pokes a hole in WB’s recent rhetoric through ‘gossip sites’ that they have been trying to push him out. Anyway, good on them.
  • I’m bored of Millar’s Kick-Ass, but I’ll NEVER bore of Tessa Thompson, so I second the motion.
  • To hell with Altered Carbon, cyberpunk remains firmly NOW.
  • All this talk about Jake Gyllenhaal as the most likely pick for a post-Affleck Batman is interesting to me. I’ve been reacting to it negatively, but more based on my impression of him and how he’s looked in the films I’ve seen, in which he’s leaner, and has a big head and very unusual facial features. But I’ve looked at his Southpaw stuff, and frankly, like Jon Bernthal, it’s very possible he could reclaim this character and mold it into his own iteration successfully. I mean, to be fair, I didn’t think ANY of the film Batman looked like either Batman OR Bruce Wayne… until Affleck, frankly, who suffered from poor scripting and direction, rather than not making the character SOUND and feel right.
  • Not only is The Boys still going forward, produced by Rogen and Goldberg (Preacher), they’ve been casting. How is this going to even.
  • Pegg and Frost are developing a paranormal investigator project, so take my money.
  • Denis Villeneuve made some enemies in an interview released yesterday, noting his plan to make his Dune the ‘Star Wars for adults’… admittedly I’m a fan of his projects, but I did not take that the wrong way. In fact, how interesting would it be if he took a page from Jodorosky?
  • John Wick 3 is greenlit, adding to the TV series also in development. More on this once I’ve watched John Wick 2, on my next trip overseas. Update: saw it.
  • Ron Cephas has been cast as the ancient hand-wavey wizard Shazam in the new film, which I find interesting. Love it, actually.
  • The new Cloverfield film has an interesting premise.
  • Going back to the header image… I dig seeing Brie Larson doing prep work and research for Captain marvel in period-appropriate flight gear. Also, everything else about Brie Larson.
  • Scots language Harry Potter is the best anything ever.
  • Doesn’t it feel like the producers of the He-Man film were just trolling us with this? Literally ALL they need to do is just take cosplayer interpretations of He-Man costumes and have at it.
  • A Robocop film may be in development, as a sequel to the original and sidestepping both the original sequels and the remake… which kind of saddens me, because I DID like the casting and design work for the remake itself… it just needed more thematic power.
  • Babish’s latest opus is the every meat burrito… I haven’t watched that show, but I love the effort…

 

Finally, a cephalopodic metaphor for what happens if you cross me.

We Were Wizarded, We Were Worlded – Robots Root 19 June 2017

 

We’re back from Wizard World Sacramento. Soon to embark on a journey to Portland for Heroes & Villains Fanfest/Walkter Stalker this coming weekend. More embarking for Kris than me… well, more journeying anyway: he’s driving back to Idaho now, and will then drive BACK to the west coast for Portland. I’m hopping on Alaska Airlines.

It was an interesting time, Wizard World Sacramento. Some good, some not so good. We recorded a daily post-mortem which will be part of our July Robot-Kraken Podcast, along with discussion about Portland’s show. The bullet points, though, in the meantime:

  • The show was about a third smaller than it was two years ago when we did it last, and apparently it was bigger last year. We aren’t sure what happened. The wrestler guests, and the associated fans of them, were not there, but the smaller carved out section of the venue also suggested that they didn’t have as many tables and exhibitors, and I know customers complained that the guest list for celebrities wasn’t well stocked until pretty short notice. On my end, I didn’t feel that was particularly the case, or that the show wasn’t planned well or promoted. They did make a substantial layout change that put celebrities to the side instead of in the back, which breaks artist alley, as we depend on people coming and going to the photo ops and signings. But otherwise, it wasn’t egregious. WW staff were friendly and responsive, and the noise level from some of the larger events in the space wasn’t overwhelming, even if it was a bit much for my taste (karaoke all day friday, a funk band on Saturday, and Star Wars lounge singing on Sunday (which itself was originally a parody concept, right? Now it’s come around the other side and become a thing)) and though we were placed right behind a huge random State Farm VR exhibit, it wasn’t loud or distracting at all. The event seemed well stocked with food vendors, and people were digging the bottomless adult beverages that were available.
  • There was far less foot traffic than expected. In fact, much of the time guests were sort of wandering down the center of the aisles and not approaching tables. When the guests are plentiful (or if the space is cramped, which is not ideal) the customers tend to hug the tables and check things out. Here, it was like they were just tumbling down an air duct.
  • I had several customers go through the books and seem very interested and then wander off. I had two groups of guests that went to get money or use the restroom and never returned. It’s a risk you take. I could be more aggressive about making a deal before they leave, I guess. I gambled because they wanted to look more and pick additional prints, and ended up taking nothing home. In general, the interest in my table was less than hoped for, but I can’t complain about the good conversations I had, and without fail, those that bought something tended to be enthusiastic about it, which is great. All but one took home multiple items.
  • I had a good time connecting with cosplayers, showing them art of their character, etc. Many came by several times. Some were customers. It was one of the nice things about having a substantial print selection now, as compared to previous years. I could point stuff out on the fly! With my work now taking up three 13 x 19 binders on the table, it spans a hair over a standard 6′ booth, and fits OK in an 8′ booth. I have another 150-200 prints in process, so I may need to consider beginning to show half-scale copies 2 to a page in the binder for some of them. I need to stay to the three binder only I think.
  • I nerded out a bit when I saw Cas Anvar from Expanse at the show. I went over and shook his hand and talked to him for a brief second, but then headed back to my unmanned table. He was pleasant.
  • As with prior trips to Sacramento, the highlight was food. We had a great night at South (fried chicken spot) and had some good pizza as well. Made some new friends too.
  • Listen to the podcast in July for a more in-depth look at these June shows, and a discussion about the future of Wizard World, and our future at that venue as well. I’ll post some photos to Instagram and FB as time permits…

Robot’s Root!

  • The Russo Bros posted a mysterious photo of a mysterious thingie. Between this and Scarjo’s note of like 333 characters in Infinity War, I have to wonder what kind of viral what have yous are we going to be seeing in the few months prior to release… there’s going to be teaser burnout…can you imagine a world where NOTHING about this film was leaked, and no trailers of any plot significance were revealed? I love to imagine such a thing.
  • Kris and I were supposed to see The Mummy this weekend, prepared for low common denominator fun, but didn’t get to it, because fried chicken. BUT, wow. This does NOT sound good.
  • Cue the interwebs, violently googling for ‘pre-CGI boobs’ for the Scooby-Doo film…
  • Oh come ON, Justice League…
  • Who wants Supergirl in the DCCU? I mean, it’s a pretty obvious guess, with no reasonable authenticity, but it’s also a safe one. So whose to say. But anyway, possible!
  • I didn’t get too far into this video, comparing All You Need is Kill (manga) with the Edge of Tomorrow film adaptation, because it just made me want to both seek out the manga, AND rewatch the first film, so I stopped the spoilering against my poor memory. Ha. Spoilers on a movie I already saw, and frankly really liked.
  • Lung and I were discussing this one late last week, but HOW AWESOME… Matchbox cars, sorted!
  • Daniel Day Lewis just retired. That’s interesting. Most actors retire from either running out of castable roles, disappearing into the ether, or the deaths. This was a peculiar final announcement, prior to supporting his now-final film with longtime collaborator PT Anderson.

 

That’s all for today! Keep your eyes peeled on the medias for all the photos to follow…

I REBEL and other things 8 April 2016

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Look, we’ve covered this in three posts plus talked about it like 33 hours worth (and not even on Robot-Kraken podcast yet) so I’ll just leave this here as a reminder that it’s only been two days or so since the trailer was released, and I already am having fever dreams about it.
Here’s a good analysis from the usual suspect:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_WLZ0K … youtu.be&a

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This Behind The Scenes/ Easter Eggs/Development video by my man Mr Sunday Movies was pretty good. His Easter Egg video for the film was pretty comprehensive as well. In this one, I was struck by how, on the one hand, concept Doomsday was more interesting proportions (I love drawing beasties with hunch musclebacks and long arms) but on the other, STILL MUTED BROWN. Imagine had they given him a striking blue or green look? I’m so tired of drab designs for major characters.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UBipoQ … _WLZ0KMBHg

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Cloak and Dagger was one of the projects that a poorly realized April Fool’s announcement someone made had been supposedly greenlit (along with She-Hulk and several others)… however, a few days later it was officially announced as a real series deal for the formerly ABS Family channel, Freeform. I doubt the two were related, but it sucked for the project announcement because I ignored it for days, assuming it was fake.
http://geektyrant.com/news/marvels-cloa … l-synopsis

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So, it’s going to be hard to beat Doctor Strange buying Doctor Strange while dressed as Doctor Strange… GREAT MARKETING.

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This was a great pic from vintageeveryday.com, which I check out, well, every day. Anyway, girls don’t read comics uguise. Except for where they do. And in 1947 even.

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Just… look, Game of Thrones is about to start again. DYING CANT WAIT GAHHHH.
April 24th…

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The Honest Trailer for Force Awakens was good. The trope about it being a clone (so to speak) of New Hope, thats kind of tired, but the rest of it was fun. “Han Solong”… and my favorite, above, Rey’s so poor she has to make her own action figures.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vs3sVrm_W4o

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I had this whole elaborate rambling conversation with an interfriend about great female superhero film characters, who our favorites were, etc and the friend was positing that Gadot as WW was the best we’ve had yet. I still argue that Hayley Atwell’s Agent Carter takes it. She’s amazing.

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Her ROYAL THIGHNESS indeed.

Seriously, though, between Atwell’s acting, her character’s dialog and story arc, and the thematic material, she owns it.

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Unrelated, this cracked me up.

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Unrelated, Kingsman 2 is pushing hard on a supposed return of Colin Firth’s character. I suppose if he didn’t need a brain… or an eye… spoiler alert I guess.
http://nerdreactor.com/2016/04/07/new-k … lin-firth/

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Meanwhile, Pedro Pascal has joined the film as Jack Daniels. That takes me back to Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (WTF WAS THAT EVEN)
http://deadline.com/2016/04/games-of-th … 201725794/

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This, BTW, was my birthday gift from my lovely wife. Amazing, is it not.

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This lifesize AT-ST recreation is desirable. I’d use a retractable ladder I think. Side note, I heard a great reference the other day: why do we call them ‘at-ats’ but not these being ‘at-stttttts’
http://epicstream.com/features/This-Lif … Astounding

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I don’t even get all these random not in continuity projects Marvel’s been doing, around Gwen Stacy. I liked the look of Spider-Gwen, and I wasn’t surprised they’d bring her into the new continuity… but Gwenpool is killing me here. Sells well, or so I read…
http://geektyrant.com/news/marvel-comic … gwenpool-1

To be fair, I only posted because I LOVE the MODOK plushie, there.

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A bunch of posters were released for X-Men Apocatole… and then a bunch more. The four horsemen ones were the best, and this was the best of those. Yet, while I’m sure I’ll enjoy this film, it bodes ill that I’m not even motivated to research when it’s coming out…

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Meanwhile, I’m ALL ABOUT CIVIL TOLE. I don’t want any more new trailers or reveals. Just get this month over with already.

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This Batman fanart, which I’ve lost the reference to, really struck me because the way the arms and cape wings are structured much like a real bat. I love it.

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Dig this panoramic of the Force Awakens creature shop. MAN to be set loose in there. My head would melt.
http://epicstream.com/news/360-Degree-P … p-Released

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All you Need is More Kill (my title) is continuing again under Doug Liman, but with new, albeit capable, writers.
http://nerdist.com/edge-of-tomorrow-seq … iting-duo/

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Finally, the new Wonder Woman has courted controversy because gosh, how DARE they show what happens on an island without males… I mean, 2016, and this is still a problem for people. Le sigh.
http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/04/06/ … ty-changes


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