VOTD: The Cosplay of Comic Con 2014

comic con 2014 cosplay music video

Last year we featured a cosplay music video from the 2013 edition of Comic Con. SneakyZebra has returned a year later with another great music video showcasing some of the best cosplayers he came across at San Diego Comic Con International 2014. This years video even features some notable attempts by Stan Winston School & LegacyFX, some of the stars of SyFy’s Heroes of Cosplay television series (Yaya Han, Chloe Dykstra, Riddle), Chris Hardwick of Nerdist and more. Watch the Comic Con 2014 Cosplay music video embedded after the jump.

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When collectors think of limited edition screenprints, they think of Austin. They think of Los Angeles. New York, maybe even San Francisco or Nashville. But few think of Seattle, which is a shame. The home of grunge, Starbucks and the Super Bowl Champs has a bustling and growing art scene, which includes lots of limited edition screenprints from the Ltd. Art Gallery.

Their latest show attempts to prove this by using only local artists to create hand pulled screenprints of things they loved as children. For artists such as Barry Blankenship, who did 10 pieces in the show as well as curated it, that means pop culture of the Eighties and Nineties. For others, maybe it’s a little more personal. But all of them are evocative, fun pieces of nostalgic that were screenprinted in Seattle.

The show is appropriately called Deep Pulls and it opens Friday June 20 at the Ltd. Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington. Below, see a few of the pop culture images in the show and find out more about its creation. Read More »

Matt Ferguson - Guardians of the Galaxy header

According to writer/director James Gunn, Thursday night’s NBA Finals game will include both 30- and 60-second commercials for his upcoming Marvel adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy. No need to wait for Lebron James and Tony Parker to suit up, though, as the first spot has already appeared online. It has a few awesome new shots including a few of Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser (he’s the hooded guy at the beginning) and Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) affirming the badassness of the Guardians. It’s super cool.

And if that’s not exciting enough, the Poster Posse – an international group of artists who do art based on the same upcoming movies – have released the first batch of art for Guardians of the Galaxy. There’s some truly beautiful and interesting stuff to be seen, including an already iconic mash-up of the 1977 one sheet for Star Wars by Matt Ferguson. Check out the Guardians of the Galaxy fan art and TV spot below. Read More »

Wes Anderson painting

Every single day, artists make art based on films they love. It’s a little more rare for that art to influence the filmmaker it was originally about.

In 2010, the San Francisco art gallery Spoke Art debuted an exhibit called Bad Dads, based on the films of Wes Anderson. The exhibit featured work based on all of Anderson’s films up to that point. Since then, Bad Dads has become an annual event. It even gained the interest of Anderson himself, who said the following about the show in 2012: “Seeing somebody make artwork inspired by things in my movies is one of the most exciting things to me in a very selfish way. I feel like it’s a communication to me almost, even though they probably don’t intend it that way.” In one case, Anderson actually turned that communication into something quite literal.

In Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, paintings are part of one of the major narrative threads; several original paintings are essential to the story. To create one of them, Anderson contacted artist Rich Pellegrino, who first gained the director’s attention at the aforementioned Bad Dads show. Pellegrino made a piece in the film called “Two Lesbians Masturbating,” and told /Film he was contacted specifically because Anderson liked his work in Bad Dads.

It’s a crazy case of pop culture art not only piquing the interest of the original subject, but inspiring that artist in his own work. Below, read the story of how the whole thing went down. Read More »

Craig Davison - Lightsaber

With all the hype, merchandising, and insanity, it’s sometimes easy to forget why we all loved the Star Wars universe in the first place. Star Wars was all about fun. Excitement. Action. Romance. These films were our wildest dreams played out on screen and to watch them was to pretend we were these characters. That’s also the reason the licensed toys became so popular. When the films were released, you couldn’t watch the movie instantly whenever you wanted, so the toys helped us relive that experience.

Without the toys, though, you could just always just “play Star Wars.” All it took was your imagination and a few household props. That purity and wonder is the subject of artist Craig Davison‘s series of painting which show kids pretending to be their favorite Star Wars characters. They’re beautiful at capturing the essence of the franchise, something that often gets forgotten. Hopefully, these inspire J.J. Abrams with his new film. Read More »

Mark Hamill on Star Wars Empire Strikes Back set

Get your glasses on, because we’ve got a lot to look at in this edition of Star Wars Bits. After the jump:

  • Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys hits DVD
  • Peruse some gorgeous fan-made posters for Episode VII
  • … and some others for Episodes IV through VI
  • Check out more making-of photos from the original trilogy
  • See Darth Vader ride a unicycle while playing the bagpipes

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Disney Wars Han Rider and Baloo the Wookie (header)

No, the header image isn’t from an impending Star Wars-Disney crossover — it’s just a fun bit of fan art. You can see the full image, plus the artist’s takes on Darth Vader and Princess Leia, after the jump. Also:

  • Clone Wars‘ Darth Maul will get a proper sendoff — in comics.
  • Are these the “top 10 Star Wars moments of 2013″?
  • Watch a short film by a pre-Star Wars George Lucas.
  • Peter Mayhew has a bunch of awesome old set photos.
  • See baddies in action in a new Star Wars Rebels still.

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Frozen

As I recall it, the climax of Disney’s Frozen is pretty great as it is. All the themes of the film — love, sisterhood, self-sacrifice, self-control — come to a head in one moving scene, sure to jerk tears and draw smiles in equal measure. But one fan thinks there’s a little something else Disney could’ve done to make the moment even more touching. After reviewing the video evidence, I’m inclined to agree.

One Tumblr user penned a reprise of “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” to go with the big moment, another recorded the tune, and a third set it to video. Check it out after the jump, but be warned that major spoilers follow, and also that it may leave you bawling like a baby.

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