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13 Reasons Meh – Robots Root 29 October 2018

Reading this, I wondered if it’s part of that atrocious event Marvel had in the books not too long ago, that rationalized the creation of Evil Hydra Cap… though, I’ll tell you what, I’d be down with any Avengers 4 storyline that led us to a Hydra Cap and ‘ha tricked you idiots!’ reveal of Chris Evans returning as a villain. Alternate theories include a Stark/Potts daughter that would be negated from existence in the undoing of Thanos’ snappery in A4 (a la Fringe, who will always have done it better), or even Kate Bishop/Hawkeye. Not super into this actress. Consult this fan manip. Ugh.

 

Meanwhile, from the deepest depths:

  • Last time I mentioned Big Kill, and how it looked like a video game. I mean… LOOK at it. It’s amazing.

  • Here are a few pics of that Black Costume Superman again from the WB Elseworlds thing. Other than the eternally weird cape brackets… it looks really good. Possibly the best a Superman costume has looked in forever. I really like it, even if Cavill has trained me to demand muscular bulk in my Supermen…
  • If there’s one thing I love, it’s OPTIONS, buddy.
  • The best part of this ‘private eye weighs in on hollywood private eyes’ video is the Arrested Development component.
  • I’m intrigued by this ScreenX business. Seems like it could really backfire.
  • DAMMIT TOLE That’s what i WANTED.
  • So, imagine if you didn’t know what your property used to be, opened up a wall, and hundreds of thousands of teeth poured out. Nightmare fuel.
  • The petition to put Sauron’s Eye on Salesforce Tower continues. Makes me laugh. It’s appropriate.
  • I saw this three times before I realized it was an Avengers: Infinity War reference. Amazing.
  • Avatar 23 to be released in 2134. Kidding. I mean not really tho.

That’s it, that’s all, that’s all there is

Now THATS a Bell – 13 Oct 2016

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These guys apparently have the license from Dark Horse to make these wonderful things. LOOK AT THE BELL. WANT THE BELL.
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I actually pre-ordered this. I find myself at a point in my life where i have use for a rad bell.

Meanwhile, many things have happened since we went to the Alternative press Expo this past weekend. Here are some of them, for science…

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ITEM: Wasp has been confirmed for the next Avengers film after Infinity War. This coincides with the location of the Ant-Man and Wasp film in the production schedule.
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ITEM: This deep dive nerd research into the extent of Luke Cage’s invulnerability over the years in the books was pretty cool. I especially, of course, enjoyed watching him damage Iron Man’s chestplate.
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ITEM: Lots of Wolverine 3 buzz came out of NYCC. The poster with the long fingers was released late last week, then lots of speculation about who Boyd Holbrook would be playing, if Richard E. Grant has been assumed to be playing some version of Mister Sinister. According to this snap, he’s apparently going to be some (theoretically more interesting film version of) Donald Pierce, a cyborg Hellfire Club dude. Im just looking forward to an old, less resilient Wolvie pushing a senile Professer X around in a wheelchair.
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EDIT: You KNOW you always wanted a 12″ Snake-Eyes… in a properly upscaled blister pack, at an unfortunately upscaled price.
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EDIT: The John Wick 2 trailer was released, and it looks like John Wick, which is a good thing. The poster, however, is a GREAT thing.
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EDIT: The big buzz release for NYCC was the sizzle reel celebrating the primary film production wrap on Justice League. This was actually a pretty strategic attack intended to push how much everyone is having fun. I have no problem with that. Affleck looks really good as Batman leading the League, and I see no mullets. I see more women (maybe Mera) and there’s a GREAT Batman leap that is quite referential to the comics. Overall, what I appreciated most was that it wasn’t spoilery. Second most: Justice League in an elevator.

Best part for me: grinding away on those arm bands. Gal Gadot and grinding… I mean…
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EDIT: The news that Sigourney Weaver is going to be in Defenders was AWESOME. She hasn’t formerly been confirmed as the villain, but let’s hope.
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Somewhat more polarizing was the new Iron Fist full trailer. I thought it was on model with the tone and look of the other Marvel netflix shows, and I like what I’m seeing so far. For me, it’s all about the sick iron fist FX. When it glows from within, and when he takes the steel door down, I feel like I’m seeing them do comic book style powers justice in live action. It looks good. Still not thrilled about the hair. But I’m trusting. I trust.
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ITEM: So, Ellis is relaunching Wildstorm (I think) still within the DCU that absorbed the imprint prior, now called the Wild Storm… I have no feelings about this really, because I’m not thrilled with most of the post-DC-sale changes and vibe for those characters, but I DO like the design work I’m seeing, pushing them largely into street clothes.
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ITEM: Finally, here’s a shot of Mera from Justice League.
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That’s all for now… APE post-mortem forthcoming, though Kris is still traveling and I’m catching up with work, so it’ll be a spell before we have it ready, both in podcast and write-up form…


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STEALTH and SNOWSTEALTH and STEALTHSNOW – 1 Aug 2016

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Welp, yet again more highly detailed and gorgeously, erotically painted IM armor variants I cannot haz but covet. MONOCHROME FTW!
http://geektyrant.com/news/hot-toys-unv … ion-figure

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ITEM: Skiptrace brings us the tuktuk stunt driving we always needed and didn’t even.
Can’t wait!
http://variety.com/2016/film/asia/china … 201821902/

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ITEM: Just when you’ve convinced yourself it’s reasonable to pick up that old Barracuda or Type II Volkswagon bus, here’s a reminder ow what happened before safety frames and impact paneling. GUH.

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ITEM: I don’t always love the new Batmobile, and its incredibly appearing and disappearing nose turret, and its random turn signals, but when I do, it’s when shot by Clay Enos and used as my current desktop screen.

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ITEM: You know I try to stay apolitical on these communication channels, because life is short and I have no interest in debating. However, regardless of what side of the insanity line you find yourself on, you HAVE to admit Geoff Darrow’s piece here is brilliant.

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ITEM: So, last week, right before I left for the mountains, CW inexplicably released THIS now infamous photo of Tyler Hoechlin in costume as the new Superman as featured on the Supergirl show. The internet cried for 10 hours straight. Admittedly, the backlash memes have been excellent. My favorite reference was: someone move the Kryptonite away from him. He came off as incredibly seedy looking, with a build and posture that said whatever’s the opposite of Superman, and a creepy gaze. I felt like I was seeing some alternate universe thing where one of the Falcones was wearing the suit. Also, my design sensibilities are outraged: loose belt, weird long underwear texture in the bodysuit, and those strange smooth ‘cape ends’ as they attach to the chest (which in other photos are all he wears, the cape being digital) with those gold trim pieces… along with the always-unpleasant stretched-out supercollar.
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Reality is, TH can look ruggedly handsome and much more on-model, so I think this may be a fluke. But it takes me back to all the other marketing flubs I can’t grasp: how they could let it out the door. All the eyeballs on it. If its one of those ‘all the designers and marketing folks said it sucked but the executive insisted’ things, I hope it comes to light. The show has shown pretty consistently good costuming, as far as I can tell, and good casting choices… so who knows. But wow, way to FAIL THE WEEK AFTER SDCC.

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ITEM: From Family Guy, and true. Dying.

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ITEM: Matt Taylor sketched classic Harley Quinn, which was subsequently made into a statue and painted, for SDCC. Looking at this, you can sort of get a sense of how Margot Robbie in jester attire might have worked well. Mostly I imagine it not. But here, wow.

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ITEM: We talked about all the SDCC stuff in our latest Robot-Kraken podcast due for release later this week, but one of the things I thought strange about Kong Island, despite the trailer being full of many cool images (including this) is that the money shot for the poster is a direct riff on Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla. Now, Kris noted that, especially with the larger Kong, they HAVE to be angling for a monster mash film… I just feel sort of surprised at the blatant nod.

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ITEM: This version of Beauty and the Beast frankly looks more interesting than the Disney live action version against which it will complete internationally. Adding Vincent Cassel is a bonus. No one freestyle dances like Gaston!

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ITEM: as posted by Gillian Anderson, Kate McKinnon dressed as Scully for Halloween.

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ITEM: This was posted by Richard Starkings, though I don’t know if he did the painting. It is, however, my new neck tattoo.
Reminded me of this:
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ITEM: I know I’m the very last person in the northern hemisphere to have watched Stranger Things… I mean, I haven’t even started it… but this is apparently a nod to it, and i love it.

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ITEM: Stylishgeek shows that the movie iteration of Psylocke’s costume, with some altered cuts and angles, looks much better, and more comofrtable. I’d still have gone with normal shorts rather than the 80’s high leotard cut, but anyway.

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ITEM: While I 100% loath this campaign Marvel has been doing where they photoshop the design onto the actor posing or waling around (not just Marvel, i see it by HBO too) … the shirt itself cracked me up.

That’s all for now. Cuddle thy chestbusters in peace…


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Drinking with Skeletons and other things – 14 July 2016

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I’m sad Hellboy is at an end, for now anyway, though I’m WAY off the back in my reading. I have been catching post-mortems (so to speak) on the whole BPRD empire of concepts and stories and books and how Mignola’s work and process changed over time, and I owned, albeit briefly, the Masterpiece Editions Kris talked up so much, which had great process material in them. This pic here captures it all in one image. Look at that…the style evolution is fascinating.

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ITEM: Everything about this. I mean, I could do with less of the synth 80s wrong singing, but everything else. EVERYTHING ELSE. “They did some rapes” … “New War Request” … etc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh5LY4Mz15o

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ITEM: Questionable optimism on Neil Blomkamp’s Alien sequel still happening years from now.
http://geektyrant.com/news/neill-blomka … the-aliens

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ITEM: Unquestionable optimism from this guy over Guy RItchie’s gritty looking Arthur film. Needs more hot pink, though.
http://geektyrant.com/news/new-photos-f … -the-sword

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ITEM: Saw this in the stoe yesterday… setting aside the general level of culture shock that they can just create tie-in cereals on the fly these days whereas when I was a kid it was a huge deal if it ever happened… WHAT THE SHIT where’s the marshmallow helmets or whatever!?

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This is amazing.

That’s all for today… back to avoiding science nazis…


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The Four Horseflies and other things 8 Mar 2016

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Well, Psylocke looks good, at any rate.

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1. Number One is Here: Man, I need to see Galaxyquest again. This BTS article on factments really fired me up.

“Tim Allen hectored Sigourney Weaver the entire production to sign his highly coveted piece of the Nostromo from Alien.

She finally did, writing: “Stolen by Tim Allen; Love, Sigourney Weaver”. According to Weaver:

“He was so upset. “Why would you write that?! I was going to put it in my screening room!” Which was such a Hollywood thing to say.”

By Cthulhu she’s awesome.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/33-secrets-you-p … 1759220814

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2. That’s Not Accessible: It WAS a long,long time ago, but man, those aren’t very safe entries. Unless they aren’t entries. Who knows. Don’t Force Trip.
https://twitter.com/StarWarsDirect/stat … 7021081600

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3. They Didn’t Have Enough Flat Legos: This earth/sun model is brilliant. I’m impressed. Forwarded by One Lung.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chFF_t79qOM

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Meanwhile, I don’t know WTF this is, but it’s TRDL brand aware so.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujY64JrJDrw

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4. If It Were a Tumbler It Would JUMP The Escalator: Welp, you can bet this will be in the family before long…
http://toyland.gizmodo.com/making-this- … 1763501849

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5. From the What Could go Wrong Department: Research into the dinosaur-[maybe]-killing meteor strike in Mexico, by way of craters… seems like the opening to a disaster flick. What does this strange object buried in the earth do when I press it? Beep boop.
http://gizmodo.com/scientists-will-fina … 1763284921

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6. Kung-Fu Grip: On the one hand, Daredevil in this instance annoys me for the Gi Joe figure stance and the really in-your-face black and red armor. On the other hand, never mind that, I’d never imagine seeing Punisher live action with a gatling gun would look so NORMAL to me. Well done!
http://geektyrant.com/news/new-daredevi … atling-gun

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7. WOOOOOO: Meanwhile, in England, this happened. Because of course it did.
http://m.dailyecho.co.uk/news/11393700. … _cemetery/

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8. It Was Never a Dress: I suppose this is appropriate enough on International Women’s Day, but I appreciated this Leia cosplay by Stacey Rebecca for being all action and adventure and no cheesecake, for once.
https://www.facebook.com/StaceyRebeccaAltModel/?fref=nf

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9. Bring Back Topher But Dont: Well, this is the state of things in our supers land of plenty: Sony just greenlit Venom, but DIVORCED from the Spidey universe so as not, presumably, to share with Marvel. It’s just so…
http://geektyrant.com/news/venom-solo-f … y-pictures

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10. No Dubs Necessary: This fan film on Darth Maul did him a little justice, I think:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont … jo_91jN3Pk


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