Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Victorian Wonder Woman

Three things I noticed when I saw this picture (in order):

1. Victorian-era Wonder Woman (duh)
2. Three Hydra Agents in the background
3. Fat Captain America
4. What appears to be a Donna Troy Wonder Girl cosplay in the background

(via Fashionably Geek)

So there's going to be a live action Rurouni Kenshin movie

And holy crap, Takeru Satoh, looks exactly like him. Nice.

(Anime News Network via Topless Robot)

Vader Got Served

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I would most definitely watch a dance movie if it involved Star Wars. They could call it Star Wars: Episode II - Electric Boogaloo.

(h/t Popped Culture)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Batman by ShinigamiAmon

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Sweet Zombie Jesus, this is gorgeous! It has a similar feel to the Batman mangas they used to do in Japan back in the day. DC needs to hire this guy as a cover artist, stat!

Assassin's Creed Art Nouveau is beautiful


Amazing artwork by silvestris. See the rest here.

(h/t Nerd Approved)

Monday, November 28, 2011

John Barrowman: Hero and classy gent

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 This is steadily making its way around the internet and deservedly so. According to The Wales Online, John Barrowman, famous of course for playing Captain Jack Harkness on Doctor Who and Torchwood, intervened during a robbery at a hotel he's staying at. Two young men broke into another room and were busy ransacking it when the people staying in the room caught them. The boys tried to bolt, but Barrowman managed to tackle and restrain one of them until the police arrived. Now, that might be the end of the tale and he would receive praise for his selfless act of bravery, but this story doesn't end quite yet. After catching the youth, Barrowman offered to give him a backstage job at the show he's currently doing in Glasglow, because he thinks it will help the kid straighten his life out.

There's classy, then there's John Barrowman.

(h/t Topless Robot)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Big Damn Heroes in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

I don't know why, but today I started thinking about Firefly and Star Wars, specifically a Firefly-ized version of Han and the gang. It's a delightful image, really. The problem is that it doesn't quite gel together - for example, I can't think of anyone who could fit as the Tams without leaving a gap elsewhere. What I have in my head so far is interesting nonetheless:

  • Han Solo: The Mal Reynolds of the group, obviously. Both have the same personalities and willingness to do what's needed: Mal kicked a guy into the engine of the Serenity and Han, before Lucas' editing, shot Greedo first.
  • Lando Calrissian: Jayne Cobb. While Han and Lando might not have the same rough relationship that Mal and Jayne share, it works well enough.
  • Mara Jade: Zoe for no other reason than in the Star Wars Expanded Universe she's married to Luke. The obvious problem of course is the lack of a longstanding relationship with Han to mirror Zoe's with Mal.
  • Luke Skywalker: Hoban Washburne. This is more bare bones and has to do solely with their respective piloting skills. It goes without saying that Chewie and Luke aren't married.
  • Leia Organa: Obvious choice is obvious: Inara Serra. During Firefly's brief run, it was all but stated that Mal and Inara had a history prior to the start of the series. It's not much of a stretch, especially since Han and Leia's relationship mirrored the former two's for much of the Original Trilogy.
  • Chewbacca: Kaylee Fyre. A very hairy Kaylee Fyre. I apologize for the resulting mental image.
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi: Book, duh.
  • R2-D2 and C-3PO: No.frakking.clue.
  • Jacen and Jaina Solo: Han and Leia's children from the EU could work as Simon and River Tam, I suppose.

Like I said, it doesn't quite gel together perfectly, but it is interesting. This is one of those times when I wish I could draw, because this would make for one hell of a picture.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

RIP Anne McCaffrey, 1926-2011

She was known for many things, primarily the Dragonriders of Pern series, but she was also the first woman to win a Hugo Award for fiction and later, a Nebula Award. According to Tor.com, she was also the first Science Fiction and Fantasy writer to have a book to hit the New York Times Best-Seller. A great loss to nerdom.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Best.cosplay.ever.

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Nothing can top a real life cat dressed as Dex-Starr, the feline member of the Red Lantern Corps.

(h/t ComicsAlliance)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

Childhood toys: Destroid Phalanx from Robotech

Back when I was in my early teens, I walking through the local KB Toys (buying toys was a hard habit to break and I regret that I did) one day and saw this strange looking robot hanging on a peg. I had seen some of Robotech back then and may have recognized the Destroid Phalanx, but honestly, that was irrelevant to me. I ended up buying it because it just looked cool. I have absolutely no idea what happened to it though.

The Destroid Phalanx was a mech that the Earth Defense Force created using the chassis of the Tomahawk, which could be best described as a tank with legs. As you can see, the Phalanx lacked traditional arms and instead carried two large missile pods. During the SDF-1's long trek back to Earth, Phalanxes were employed as defensive weapons. When the SDF-1 came under attack, Phalanxes, along with Defenders (similar to former, but with twin barreled cannons instead of missile pods) would stand on the exterior of the ship's hull and destroy the Zentraedi Battle Pods that managed to get pass the Valkyries.


Of course the major flaw in the Phalanx's design is it's lack of secondary weaponry, once its missiles are gone, so is it. According to Robotech.com's Infopedia and the Robotech Wiki, the Phalanx carries eleven missiles in each pod with several magazines, so it would stay in a fight longer, but once it expended its ammo, what then? Presumably, the pilots were trained not to fire them all in a rush and pick their targets carefully. And in case you're wondering, those three blue squares on its head are searchlights. Personally, I think it would have worked out better as a gun mount.

Anyway, it was a fun toy to play with, but I wish I had gotten the other Destroids too. Not sure if Playmates ever released any Battle Pods though, so finding something for them to fight back them would have been a slight problem.

(Pictures via COLLECT 'em ALL)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Looks like The Kurgan has claimed another Immortal

Whenever I see pictures of electrical discharge around volcanic eruptions, I always think Highlander.

(h/t Boing Boing)

This dog could warm the cockles of even Sauron's heart

I don't normally post this sort of video, but I couldn't resist. A dog born without front legs instead walks on his hind legs.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Wow, Immortals looks bad. Like really bad

I'm talking Uwe Boll bad. Have you seen the trailer for those abomination?



On second thought, comparing Uwe Boll to this movie is too much of an insult to Uwe Boll, so I may have to go to Troll 2 level of awfulness. That's like the DEFCON-2 of bad movies, folks. I mean, what's with that ridiculous bit with Theseus crashing into the water? Did the writers get stoned one night and watch Dragon Ball Z or something?

If Immortals somehow ends up turning a profit or hell, even manages to break even, I will lose a lot of faith in my fellow man. Say no to godawful movies, people.

Ready Player One

Alt title: Why I haven't been posting as much lately.

I can't help it, this book is so gorram good! It's chocked full of references to games, TV shows, science fiction and fantasy, and more. Plus, it's written by Ernest Cline, who in turn wrote Fanboys, a movie that I really, really need to watch. I rarely get immersed in a book so deeply that I spend time thinking about and speculating on the plot, but Ready Player One is one of those occasions. Seriously, go out and buy it, because you will not regret it.
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