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Fett’s Vette – 7 October 2018

Quick snap! No sooner than I posted the news from yesterday regarding the Mandalorian, they released the first photo and the director list. Both are pretty awesome. I do wonder at YET ONE MORE BROWN BLECHHH but the armor looks cool and the smooth helmet is a nice touch. I’m into it. It seems like they are going for an anthology vibe in tone, given that we have a wide range of styles present in these directors… Taika Waititi?!? So, optimistically this could be nuanced and pessimistically, worst-case, it will be like X-Files, like Kris said last night, where only the eccentric episodes are worth revisiting.

Thus, in space, this may be happening:

  • Lobo has finally been presented in live action… that Deadpool of the 80s… and he has… a top-knot… this looks very Monster Magnet, doesn’t it?
  • We talked about this on last night’s pod, but Chris Evans is sure heavily sayonara-ing it with his tweet. But I contend thats the sort of thing Marvel would have him do, regardless of what is happening in Avengers 4. Believe nothing. And everything!
  • Here’s 5 minutes of Aquaman for you. I’m trying to not watch any more trailers or content, but it’s probably hopeless…
  • Wait… this guy was working on this Lego model for almost as long as the actual construction. He must have started the minute the images for the planning department presentation were leaked.
  • I don’t make it out to the comic shops these days, but this new anthology of Ghost in the Shell material by guest creators is pretty amazing. I like what I see!
  • I REALLY need to see Ant-Man and Wasp again.

And with that, I leave you with a carefully curated collection of nightmare toilets.

Dinner is Served and it is Star Wars Forever – Robots Root 11 Nov 2017

This promo art for Deadpool slayed me utterly. I admit I was looking for grenades in the bird, and the perspective is a bit wonky up front, but the whole thing is a magical gem.

Meanwhile, so much Root in so little time!

  • Great news for Bossk lovers like me who have grand fantasies about finding time to play Star Wars: Battlefront II: BOSSK!!!!
  • As we watch Blade Runner fail to make its money back, as it was never expected to do (it is an 11/10 I’m telling you.) consider the previous ‘failure’ in cyberpunk adaptation/continuation: Ghost in the Shell. Mr. Oshii notes once again he approves of Scarjo, and so do I. So there.
  • Nacho Vigalondo is planning to bring Comeback to film, which is super fun and I’m down with it. Time travel rocks, as does running from the bad guys. I’m so envious of the concept for that title.
  • Hey, speaking of Star Wars, you mayyyyyyyyy have heard that Rian Johnson is doing a new trilogy, featuring different characters than the whole Skywalker situation. Just, you know, a little bon mot dropped into an investor update at Disney. I’m stoked! So much room for stories in this universe, and I love his vision, as far as I can tell, anyway. Yes!
  • By the way, you’ll be able to see those new films once they leave the theater, along with the current stuff, one way or another, on a new (and anticipated) Disney streaming service, including a fresh live action Star Wars something something, AND both current Marvel Netflix series AND a fresh one to be announced! Welp, they’ve got MY money.
  • Man, Shape of Water looks bonkers good. Can’t wait!
  • This isn’t the first time I’ve thought about zombies/vampires/whatever trying to exist after the epidemic is cured. I was dancing around a concept for that after seeing Shaun of the Dead… but this short film is wonderful.
  • Universal’s weird Monster Movie shared universe is now officially ‘on hold’… thats kind of a drag, to be honest. I know Universal made WB seem organized in terms of universe planning, but if Tom Cruise can’t keep a franchise, what can you do. I was kind of stoked by that extended cast they so beautifully photographed, as they are wont to do.
  • As if Black Panther didn’t already look amazing, Chadwick Bozeman dropped some anthropological science that made my mind reel. It’s so obvious, after you read it, but damn. So good.
  • Yay! SF in SF! Yay! Not that I’m biased. How could I be? I’m tolly bridge and tunnel now.
  • One Lung sent me this link to wake up to, and it made my very difficult day. I mean, it’s not over. But now I just want to watch this movie.
  • Speaking of the above hero image, this whole thing with Deadpool taking over Good Housekeeping is surreal. It’s not even bad advice.

By now your turkey’s torso should resemble “middle-of-the-movie” Lieutenant Dan,”

Put Away That Bat-Shaver – Robots Root 9 Nov 2017

Look, I’d rather just watch a movie about THESE characters than what I see from JL.

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Care for a spot of Root?

  • WTF Bendis just jumped ship wholesale for DC. That’s either a terrible or wonderful thing for Marvel depending on your POV. Unexpected, at minimum.
  • Honest Trailer for Stranger Things… which is, as usual, amazing.
  • $440M opening weekend, globally, for Thor: Ragnarok. WELP!
  • For a hot minute, Twitter was losing collective shit about Disney contemplating buying Fox. So many Avengers Vs. X-men images! Anyway, the whole thing fizzled back into reality pretty quickly, but still. You can imagine Hugh Jackman somewhere on a yacht reading this and throwing his champagne flute over the bow.
  • This treatise on the physics of Star Wars is quite excellent, sent to me by one Lung. Dive in!
  • The Art of 20 Years of Ghost in the Shell is a B I B L E. And, yes, I bought it, and it will be arriving at my house before I land in SF again…
  • The rumors now swirl that Black Adam will first appear in Suicide Squad 2. I’m not as opposed as some, though it begs the question why that film and not Shazam, unless he appears in both. The Rock sneezes money, so I can see why.
  • I’m just stoked Glass is actually happening.
  • This Back to the Future themed VW Type II bus project missed the mark for me. Why make a bus into a Delorean when the terrorist van as it was was COOLER than the Delorean in the first place?
  • wunderkammmmmmmmmmer!
  • I’ve been drawing AD&D characters all wrong
  • I don’t like this at all, not because of cultural appropriation (I’ve drawn Dias de los Muertos art before) but because it’s so LAZY.

OK, that’s all for now. Sent from the future…

Whose Soul Is This – Robots Root 28 July 2017

Let me just quickly say that the latest episode of Preacher was devastating. I don’t recall if this Cassidy detail was in the comic, but it was beautiful and tragic and so well done. Gilgun is owning this show. Moving on…

Robot’s Root!

  • Disenchantment, a new animated series from Matt Groening, is coming… at some point… and will be excellent. Postmodern, adult fantasy. I’ll take it!
  • Suburbicon is George Clooney doing his best Coen Brothers impression, but I’m fine with that.
  • This posits that Villenueve is on the shortlist for the next Bond film. While I loved the speculative rumor about Nolan taking on a future version of the franchise, I’d be very interested in a Villenueve version as well.
  • Here’s that infamous suit, which you can, and surely should, own today!
  • The latest in Deadwood non-news: now the script is in, and is excellent, and HBO… just needs to… get all cast together, get a budget worked out… you know, little things.
  • Everything you wanted to know about Batman’s ‘tactical suit’ in JL… including floating armor plates that don’t do anything, and straps to nowhere! It’s not that I don’t like it. It has strengths, too. But still, some odd choices.
  • Spencer Wilding has been discovered working on Han Solo. WHAT DOES IT MEAN.
  • Apparently, the next Arrested Development season will be a whodonit about the murder of Lucille. What a great concept.
  • Still struggle with all the humanoid, smooth armored new Jaegers, but the promo from SDCC looks pretty OK.
  • This is NOT the publicity that WB wanted for JL… sort of like all the other publicity they didn’t want. I love all the Cesar Romero Joker images on Twitter this week…
  • Having flown all week, I’ve been thinking a fair amount about this boondoggle after SDCC, in which United claimed travelers couldn’t check comics, and blamed the TSA, which turned it back around on United again. Can you imagine how upset those congoers must have been? I can.
  • “She’s a robocop with a weird robo-walk with a weakness for being snuck up on by dudes with tasers!” Honest Trailer for GitS. I love it.

A Cherry Blossom Urban Moment and Other Things – 29 June 2017

I’m really chuffed about my current iOS background. This too can be yours.

 

Meanwhile, I present: Robot’s Root!

  • Wow, so, I’m not sure the better takeaway on this one: inspect undercarriage for ticks on the regular, or have a full size water tank on hand for red ant attacks. Either way.
  • I think i see some cues from the Iron man Bleeding Edge armor in these Infinity War drone snaps. All the LEDS! Love it.
  • Lucas’ museum has been approved to go forward in LA, which is generally good news, because i’m in LA all the time, and I want to get up IN there.
  • Bloody, practical FX, Hellboy… these are all on my X-mas list…
  • I’m not going to Game of Toles night at the Giants stadium, but the GOT intro sequence is still one of my favorites, so this was a treat. Thanks, Lung!
  • I think it’s WAYYYY too early to get excited about the new The Batman… but I will say that all this noir Hitchcockian referencing works for me.
  • I really want to see Lord and Miller rejoin the Flash film. Think about it: DC desperately wants to ‘lighten up’ the DCU. Lord and Miller were fired for, among many issues, an overly-comical, improvisational tone to the footage shot and the script deviations taken (raging Kasdan into rage) … and finally, these solo films from DC struggle under the weight of their own imagery and nostalgia… Ezra Miller’s Flash thus far has been witty… how interesting would it be if Lord and Miller SUCCEEDED and made a good film for DC?
  • I can’t even with all this Sony business. Kraven and Mysterio solo films? Really? And Carnage is the big bad of a Venom film? SO MANY TENDRILS.
  • Watchmen as an ongoing on HBO was all anyone wanted in the first place, though I’m no hater of the film by any stretch.
  • You like Legos? And Fuchikomas? HERE
  • I want to like Inhumans. Despite everything. The trailer launched… and it’s devoid of tension. I don’t even. At least Lockjaw has a tuning fork, albeit a surface branded one… the way I like things in general, I guess. Glowy tattoos FTW. More breakdown here.
  • On the other hand, the Jumanji trailer launched and I LOVED IT. ‘you don’t go in the water with a backpack everyone knows that.’
  • I’m surprised by my own self, liking what I’m seeing from the Netflix adaptation of Death Note. It’s all about Willem Defoe + Death God as he’s always looked. Wow.
  • Valerian is getting better early buzz than I anticipated. If nothing else, not surprisingly, it needs to be seen on the big screen…
  • Hey cool, noirish trippy Alan Moore project that he actually wrote for live action so maybe 3% chance he won’t distance himself from it with vitriol. Looks great! On Shudder.
  • Spidey’s early buzz is REALLY good, which is also promising… meanwhile, Tom Holland is apparently an unintentional enthusiastic leaker who hasn’t been given the Infinity War script out of caution. He supposedly got the OK to tell folks it’s Peter parker (retconned) into IM 2… I like that nod. The connection of Stark to Parker was important in the comics, and I think it’s a big part of how the new phase of Marvel movies goes… speaking of, THIS is finally available…
  • So for those of you who’ve seen WW, you know that cool moment where she meets Chief, and speaks with him in Blackhawk? Apparently he introduces himself as Napi, a trickster god, and it was in the script. Also the first time she actually shakes someone’s hand. Interesting! Apparently in canon.
  • You may have read this (quickly debunked) interpretation of the story of Andy’s father in Toy Story… Im not convinced it’s NOT true, given the circumstances. I actually REALLY like it. It’s chilling.
  • Also, this happened: my new spirit animal

Thus and therefore, I leave you to your e-musings.

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Because M-16s – Robots Root 11 April 2017

Here’s Kurse using M-16s for no reason, straight out of Williamson’s Thor run… wow!

Listen, if this is a TEASER trailer, I don’t want to see any trailer trailers. I’m already sold on this film just on the pedigree of the director, the Thor roomate shorts, and the punchline in this above. And that’s saying something, as the Kirby-meets-80s-Galleria-Mall aesthetic is not my personal favorite.

 

Meanwhile, Robot’s Root:

  • Much knee-jerk hullabaloo has been made of Disney’s patent filings for a soft interactive robot. Westworld! They cry. However, this is basically an R/C airbag concept, so not only would I suggest we consider Baymax from Big Hero 6, which was the best thing ever, but in fact that’s the first intended application of this design: a Baymax toy. So. I’m on board!
  • Terminator is done. NO ITS NOT he says. It’s sleeping.
  • Lung teased me with the Robot Soldier toy coming out, and how, as tenuous landed gentry, we have no disposable income for such things. To hell with that, I’ve seen heist films (and none of their endings) what could go wrong.
  • According to two reference links I cannot access in Indonesia, apparently Captain Marvel will be the ‘most powerful character in the MCU’ which I certainly hope is hyperbole. I mean, I’m hot to see Brie Larson kick ass as much as the next nerd, but let’s settle down.
  • I haven’t been following ANY content-related stuff related to GitS, though I’ve certainly read about the disastrous box office, and the general criticisms. I reserve judgment for when Lung and I see it later this month. In the meantime: hilarious rework of the trailer mixed with review blips (the BAD ones)…
  • King Conan appears to be DOA. I’m disappointed. It was the best, most rational use of older Schwartzenegger (sp) in any of these films he’s doing. Aged, broken down Conan. COME ON. It would have been awesome. Oh well oh well oh well.
  • Listen, I may be the only long-time follower of the Weekly Planet podcast, but I mentioned earlier that Mr. Sunday Movies (James Clement) finally revealed himself as part of the Movember fundraiser/ podcasting network lunch event a few weeks ago. The video is up now, in addition to the early photos. The 360 camera footage is pretty amazing, BTW. I need to look into these devices. I’ve never seen a pan-style wide angle video shot and released on youtube before. It’s worth checking out for that if nothing else. I knew all that VRML work I did in 1996 would pay off… sort of…
  • Josh Boone’s New Mutants film has entered pre-production. Anyone over 40 will probably be thrilled.

Robots Root – Because Vespas Amirite 8 April 2017

In this edition of Robot’s Root, many things happen. But none are as interesting or profound as Deadpool riding the Rainbow Bridge on a Vespa.

But we’ll give it a go…

  • Here’s a wonderful collection of pickup lines generated by AI. It’s glorious. My personal favorite: “I have a cenver? Because I just stowe must your worms.”
  • Another great interview discussing America Chavez and her new ongoing from Marvel. Gay, Latina, aggressive, modern. Very cool.
  • This, on Inhumans: it will be an entirely revolutionary supers series never seen before on TV (unlikely); also, the Royal Family have been deposed and are in hiding in Hawaii (OK) the one bright spot is that this means Maximus on the throne and lots of scenery chewing by Iwan Rheon.
  • Mignola has a new book coming out from Dark Horse; it’s a vampire story and should be sufficiently surreal. Art will be by Warwick Johnson-Cadwell. Check out his blog: another wacked-out style for the Mignolaverse and I approve.
  • You have probably heard before that Henry Cavill wore the original Reeves Superman kit in his audition for Man of Steel. I always wondered how that would look. Not great, as it happens. Granted that was 100lbs of steroid meat early and it was a dated 70s nylon material or whatever.
  • I’m still attempting a media blackout on Ghost in the Shell (and by the way, I know one person who said they LOVED it… and they are even Asian… completely going off script) but here’s an interesting look (in the hero image) of early concepts with Margot Robbie in the title role. Interesting. Looks super hot. But then again, obviously.

 

That’s all for today. As a reminder, Kris of Deeplydapper is at Cherry Con in Salem, Oregon this weekend. If you are in the neighborhood, go buy stuff or bring him booze or both!

Six Seven Go To Hell or Go To Heaven – 21 Mar 2017

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Tomenosuke PRO Blaster
Let me tole you: if I didn’t have kids in the home, and DID have $899 laying around…
link!

Meanwhile:

– As much as I crave new Hans Zimmer soundtracks, this interview, reposted across various sites, warmed my heart a bit, because I share a devotion to the Nolan Batman films as well. It’s a very intimate and purposeful connection, the soundtrack developed for that trilogy and the material itself. Nolan and Zimmer work well together, thematically (witness Inception and Interstellar for examples outside of the superhero genre) and when Zimmer did the Man of Steel soundtrack, while it was excellent and distinct, it was lending some of that former world’s pedigree to the new films in a way I found disconnected. link!

– Sony wants to proceed with fast-tracking Venom, without a script or director… in the post-Marvel-deal era, what do YOU want from a Venom film? I can’t decide. I really don’t like the character outside of Spidey using the suit and then slowly going batty from the symbiote’s influence. Once it jumped to other hosts and became 90seriffic, I was out. I do like the black ops version from recent years in the comics, but I don’t see how it would translate. link!

– Similarly, WB / DC seem intent on keeping the Flash moving forward (heh) despite multiple issues with the pre-production. That’s not a good sign. link!

– RIP Bernie Wrightson. That escalated fast.
Not my artistic influence, and I didn’t read a lot of his stuff, but I always admired it from a technical level and enjoyed reading about his convention persona. link!

– We’re doomed. More. link! Mega-rich oligarches in powered armor!

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– random Kraken-related jewelry for the day. AMAZING.

-I’m trying not to read anything about GOG2 these days… but I can’t get enough on Yondu’s cyber mohawk. link!

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– Expanse has been greenlit for Season 3, so I can now relax.
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– Alicia Vikander may be joining a new Ben Wheatley project involving kicking nocturnal underground beastie ass. His current project looks insane and awesome, so let’s be optimistic.
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– Becky Cloonan’s poster for Ghost in the Shell is EVERYTHING. link!

– Reddit is questionable for a lot of things. But the AMA (Ask Me Anything) series is not one of them. Here’s Gareth Edwards… link!

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Your random Mike Mignola block-rockin art used as a bossbot’s iphone screen for today.

– I’m generally not a fan of cosplayers photographed and then given a bunch of post FX. I like the craft of the costuming itself, and that’s as far as I go. However, this is really well done. link!

– Apparently Hela knows capoeira in the new Thor film. I appreciate it’s a gladiator road trip movie, but that’s quite a diversion from the comics. Then again, probably a welcome one. Stand around and glower megagod types are boring on film. link!

– Good news for this guy, having just finished Peaky Blinders S03… S04 is due to begin production, and Tom Hardy will return. link!

– So Fox’s X-Men show for broadcast TV? The one with a family on the run with a mutant child, which seems to have little to know recognizable X-anything in it except for Sentinels? Is it going to be called Mutants on the Run? MutantsSuxxxx? Mutant? Nope. GIFTED. Srsly. I was gifted. I had to do more homework. That is all. link!

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Here’s your random Black Adam speculative rendering for today, by Chris Diem. Love it. Great proof of concept…

– Henry Cavill is on board for MI: 6. That’s interesting! I hope he’s a villain. Not a team member who betrays them, but a proper villain. link!

– How strange the wheel is… Matt Vaughn gave the X-Men franchise a brief moment of hope, before getting forced out by Bryan Singer. Now, after doing his own thing (Kick Ass, Kingsmen) he’s back in the big studio system’s favor for supehero tentpoles, being supposedly courted for the next Superman film. If true, that’s something to be modestly optimistic about, similar to what happened with batman. link!

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Here’s your random Bill S. pic of the day: Dr Doom!

OK, that’s all for now. Fear not and be just!
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You Bring the Silicone I’ll Bring the Sealant – 7 March 2017

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Look, you know I’ve thrown my chips in on this film, and it’s not a view shared by everyone I talk to, or even very many. But all this WETA practical work is KILLING me, I love it. All silicone, three layer suit, with no seaming. Makes me think of Ross Gellar and the leather pants scene with all the talcum. Anyway, points for teaching me the term PAULDRON, something I draw and design every day and never knew had a proper name in plate male design, and more points for the use of magnets to hold them on the shoulder so they move properly with the rotator cuff. So much work for something most in the audience will just assume is CGI.

Meanwhile:

– I’m not watching Gotham any longer. I just can’t even. But the best choice they’ve made yet is casting Siddig as Ra’s Al Ghul. I’ve loved this actor in the modern era, so much more than his stint on Star Trek. He was memorable (and underutilized) in Game of Toles, and has surfaced in Peaky Blinders S03 as well. Love him.
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– Here’s the first official shots of the punk rock styling of Hela, Thor, and Valkyrie in Thor 3. The short hair on Thor will be polarizing, I’m sure. Almost distracting the complainers from the ethnic shifting on Valkyrie? Probably not, knowing the racist interweb.
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– I love the CONCEPT of local real life superhero propaganda figures in the community more than the execution, generally, but this guy actually makes a good case for the ‘homegrown superhero costume’ thing that actually looks reasonable. I can see this as Parker’s first suit, for example.
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– Neat video on all the CGI overlayed acting doubles in Logan. i can tell you, you never notice.
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– Also, here’s yet another look at that fake comic from the film. SAURON, ha.
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– Again, I’m stunned that Netflix greenlit Bright, and against my own bias, I’m going to watch it.
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– Michael K Williams has been stealing scenes in a lot of stuff… but wow, he’s going to be a crowd pleaser in Han Solo, no doubt.
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– Inhumans roundup for today:
1. Lockjaw being a thing is the best news yet. I have a fondness for the giant teleporting bulldog. Plus, photos from the set show him in pre-CGI massing. Also, Ken Leung joined, which is excellent news. Also, the rest of the casting bores me. It’s a toss up.
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– This set of Lego wings is slaying me. I’m so amateur. RAD.
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– Jason Issacs has joined ST: Discovery as the Captain. Notable specifically because he won’t be the focus of the narrative, the one conceit that intrigues me about this project.
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– Notes from the Beetlejuice that never was.
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– Amy Acker joining the X-Men show on Fox is great news, because she’s amazing and desirable. Unfortunately the premise for this show leaves me cold.
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– We just talked about Tron 3… now the scuttlebutt is that Disney wants to soft reboot with Jared Leto in the lead role, playing a character that was originally included in the previous Tron 3 script but in a lesser role.
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– Here’s the new ‘tamer, lighter’ Batmobile, friends.
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-Finally, if you have seen Logan already and want another look, or don’t mind being spoiled if you haven’t, here’s that much ballyhood extra thing:
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That’s all for now! I’m hard at work on the TRDL Sourcebooks and Kris is pushing on completing his Princess Bride poster in time for FanX next week. Busy busy. Also, tonight we will begin recording this month’s podcast segments. And hopefully release March’s show.


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Practical FX Always Win – 2 March 2017

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It’s no secret I’m dying to see this one and am highly, dangerously, optimistic. But this many practical effects? DYING. D Y I N G. So is Adam Savage. PS the cybergeisha is my favorite anything ever. Now… where’s the Fuchikomas?
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Sorry for the delay on this post… rL got in the way…

Meanwhle…

– Lung and I were talking about this over the weekend. Hard to believe this project actually went forward, but I’ll five it a shot. I mean, my hatred for Shadowrun is undaunted, but still…
Orc Cops! AMIRITE. link!

– This cosplay of a girl WW with an invisible jet made from clear balloons it the new gold standard. See what I did there. Gold. Standard.
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– This image has been floating around. Comics? Film? Probably comics. Still, it’s an old trope at Marvel, but seems to have new blood. So to speak. Many, many young artists have doodled Hulk with claws…
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– This collection of photos of the Mad Max Fury Road vehicles before they were butchered on set is very inspiring. #homeremodelgoals
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– This is the most touching tribute to Bill Paxton yet:
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– So. Suicide Squad… is an Oscar winner now.
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– They promised us jetpacks. THEY DELIVERED.
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– Meet your Overlords Exhibit 43433: now they can do tricks while killing you. SHRED then DEAD!
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Lastly, this is too much. TOO MUCH. C U T E.


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