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Get this Man a Shield – Robots Root 29 Nov 2017

Well, the trailer may not have been the creepy, story-telling ‘preface’ style one I was hoping for, rather than a clip show, but what we got was pretty amazing. Highlights for me include Peter’s Spider-Sense, what I’m sure is Banner wearing the Hulkbuster armor (after Ragnorok, being initially reluctant to hulk out makes sense), a great look at Cap in the beard and blacked out Winter Soldier -era uniform but with Wakandan gloves, and Thanos’ smirks. Also, probably most of all, this Iron Man crumpling smackdown above. Watch it here, for the 33rd time. My first three were on an iphone, so it was nice to size up to 30″ at work. THATSWHATSHESAID

Other root:

  • This whole project confounds and delights me. More holiday T than we deserve. I give it a Kah and a Kiyah!
  • Cross-stiched Ultima screencap? Sure! Reminds me of those mandalas you wipe away when completed.
  • So, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. Meno as the traitorous Kree informant Yon-Rogg. Effing SKRULLS in the first place. Time shunting. And now, Jude Law as Captain Mar-Vell? So good. Plus, if he is truly named that way, more logic gymnastics for the screenwriters to sort out.
  • The Hindenburg Explodes! is one of those fairly high-concept, stony exercises Adult Swim tends to greenlight. It’s a fake pilot by Robb Cordry, featuring many familiar faces and at least three jokes. I sought it out after seeing a soundless GIF of the last three seconds, precisely. I watched the whole thing, though, for science.

  • I loved loved LOVED Blade Runner 2049. I plan to see it, flaws and all, at least 3,333 more times. But this scathing review is my personal favorite review of anything ever. He actually describes birthing replicants as ‘DECANTING.’
  • Guillermo del Toro regrets not helming the Paramount ‘Dark Universe’ films that are now all canceled. So do I, man. Regret that he didn’t, not that I didn’t. I wouldn’t do it.
  • It is suggested that the presumed multi-verse angle of Avengers 4 and the next lifetime of films will be made to happen via quantum realm hopping, a la Ant-Man (and Wasp) which works for me.
  • The CB Cebulski pseudonym controversy is pretty fascinating, coming out at this precise time (him taking over at Marvel, him openly admitting he used a Japanese pseudonym to write comics for Marvel in the 90s, and the culturial appropriation and racism implied though not universally understood) and it’s an interesting zeitgeist for the discussion. At least to me. If he were writing those ninja stories under his real name, would the controversy be as great?
  • This isn’t even from Vivid Video. They already did one.*
  • Finally, LEGO LIGHTCYCLE TAKE MY MONEY that I don’t have.

*I initially mistyped VELMO which seems like something from an adult furry convention.

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…

May 22 is Arseface Day 14 Mar 2016

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As if we don’t have enough to look forward to on TV this year… May 22!
http://io9.gizmodo.com/preacher-arrives … 1764767481

In other news…

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1. She GOT Away With It Too: No meddling kids in this instance, clearly. The news is a miserable soup of fear-mongering and despair, but this was a bright light otherwise.
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-m … story.html

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2. Something Fishy in Nova Scotia: Continuing today’s delight in wrongNews, there’s THIS.
http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/nova … -1.3483141

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3. I Love it When a Plan Comes Together: We talked about this on this weekend’s Robot-Kraken podcast, but kind of a neat detail about Bernthal and Holland filming Pilgrimage together and assisting each other with Marvel audition videos that ultimately helped them land iconic roles.
http://m.nydailynews.com/entertainment/ … -1.2560381

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4. Well That Would Have Been a Joke: Had, you know, it been just one more thing crammed into this film. Though, if you understand Barbara Gordon’s fate in the main DC universe prior to all the reboots, or between reboots, you can see why this might be held back for the ‘super important and intense R rated version’…
http://geektyrant.com/news/jena-malones … ked-online

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5. Mquarrieness Sells: I LOVE the fact that the new films are drawing, so to speak, heavily from McQuarrie’s old concept art. It’s an excellent way to tie them together and feel part of a cohesive universe using similar design language, and it’s a nice nerd out element for production art fans.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/ralph-mcquarries … 1764302735

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Plus, more aliens!
http://io9.gizmodo.com/see-the-first-ph … 1764781664

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6. Pliable Upskirts for Science: Lung and I were talking offline about how good Square Enix’s stuff is, and I was commenting on how the pliable material used to simulate fabrics and soft goods makes for increased poseability, such as dramatic superhero landings, and WW’s fighter crouch. Not fighter crotch. You’d be understandable in misreading that. Anyway, pretty great technology for figurines…
http://geektyrant.com/news/square-enixs … s-revealed

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7. Insert Gravitas: Justin Lin’s ST may or may not be struggling, and they just added Shohreh Aghdashloo as a Federation bigwig. Now, late in the game major casting elements sound as fishy as hydrants in Nova Scotia, but it still could be a welcome course correction that will improve the production. We just don’t KNOW. Back in the day, prior to interweb spoilers and production details, we never knew about the behind the scenes drama unless discussed publicly later… easy to read too much into things today, and the spoilers and BTS reporting can sink an otherwise potentially good film. Hopefully this one will work out. Love her!
http://io9.gizmodo.com/star-trek-beyond … 1764347508

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8. I Put All My Client Folders On Devils Tower Because Reasons: Jordan Buckner’s 12-part series of widescreen prints make for great desktop screens, just saying.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/add-these-gorgeo … 1763539778

OK, enough of all that, back into the hydrant with you all…

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I’m off to sit in a corner and obsess about Spidey oculus eye things some more.


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Unnecessary Hipster Scooby-Doo Redesigns 29 Jan 2016

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So DC is launching a series of ‘updated’ Hanna-Barbara action series comics adaptations. I’m most excited, creatively, about Space Ghost and Johnny Quest (the latter apparently being done by one of our favorites around here, Jake Parker) but man, how did Jim Lee manage to come up with THIS for Scooby Doo? That is a bulletproof original series design he’s messing with. My kids love a modern take on the series, animated in a style that is very referential to the original, which I thought was very well done. But here… it’s like his one goal was to try and squelch the rule34 situation on Velma. And even then, I’m sure it wouldn’t.
http://geektyrant.com/news/hanna-barber … -dc-comics

In other news…

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Welcome to my new desktop wallpaper for today. SWEET!

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I’m famously optimistic and generous about a lot of these TV properties, and I’ve stuck by SHIELD (and even though the general public seems to feel it is at its best, I liked it more when it was HYDRA EVERYWHERE and prior to Inhumans, but anyway) and enjoyed it for what it is… and I actually LIKE the indirect references to the larger MCU. Like he said at one point in this video… doing 22 eps a season on 1/10th the budget while being forced to reference the films but not getting any major characters crossing over… and of course, it’s pretty well known that, particularly after the dustup between Fiege and Permutter, the sharing will only get more and more obtuse, with the latter being notoriously stingy with budgeting. But I like the characters and a lot of the concepts, and I LOVED the events surrounding the Hydra reveal and Agent Ward.
Which is all to say: Honest Trailer is Honest.
http://www.likecool.com/An_Honest_Trail … -Gear.html

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“WIT ME SWORD WIT ME TWO EYE – HUHHH!”
“Even have a fookin midget cat – huhhhh!”
https://www.facebook.com/21089087894719 … 936547016/

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I’m only scratching the surface with Star Wars Battlefront, but EA is starting to step up with the DLC stuff. Last month they released the Jakku environment maps, timed after the launch of the new film, and now they have given players more downloadable costume models and some great tips on working through the game and earning pew pews. I’m just trying not to kill myself constantly.
http://starwars.ea.com/starwars/battlef … nd-unlocks
http://starwars.ea.com/starwars/battlef … road-ahead

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I only skimmed this video but A M A Z I N G.
http://geektyrant.com/news/man-builds-w … e-over-100

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Ha! Force Awakens in 60s. “Fire startah!”
http://likecool.com/Star_Wars_The_Force … -Gear.html

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More Batman v. Superman images coming out, which I tried not to look at, but failed. I like seeing Wayne unmasked (I mean, aside from the awesome dream sequence that has spawned memery) and also here’s a shot of WW using the bracelets (I wondered if they would still be a thing, since she has the shield)… I just want to watch it already. No more content. Come ON.
http://geektyrant.com/news/new-batman-v … nes-photos

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These are supposedly costumes from Rogue One on display. I like them a ton, and it looks legit, based on what we saw in that early teaser image… but THIS one is new. And I want a figure of it already.
http://www.jedinews.co.uk/news/news.aspx?newsID=25403

I mean, I want my kids to have it. Uh.

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So, urm, here’s a 1″1 scale armored batman statue. I mean, why can’t they make it hollow at least!
http://www.comingsoon.net/extras/news/6 … #/slide/15

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How is this a thing? It HAS to be a fake trailer, made as a viral for some other film. I want it to be.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/christopher-walk … 1755762196

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That’s all for this week. Go forth and nerdify!


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