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In a year that can most charitably be described as “complicated”, some of us may be struggling to come up with things to be thankful for this holiday. But rest assured that there’s always one thing guaranteed to reinvigorate your faith in your fellow man: the sight of two nerds joyously nerding out over some nerdy, nerdy stuff. That’s most definitely the case in this new video from Tested, in which Mythbuster’s Adam Savage drools delightfully over the treasures in Peter Jackson’s abundant cave of movie props and memorabilia.

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Love it or hate it, James Cameron has inundated the world with his Avatar universe. Despite there being some years between the release of the first movie (2009),  there are two sequels already in the works scheduled to release in 2017 and 2018, with a fourth film planned for some unknown point in the future. There’s also Avatar Land, an atmospheric reproduction of the Avatar-verse coming to Disney World’s: Animal Kingdom. The latter park expansion has been right on schedule and that’s more than can be said for Avatar as a film property. As it stands now Avatar 2 is still in pre-production with no official release date. Avatar Land, however, as recently announced by Disney, will open summer 2017.

Atop of the Avatar Land’s expected summer opening, a new video has also surfaced showing off an animatronic character. The video has been making away around the net, both for how hyper-realistic and incredibly unsettling it is.   (more…)

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For all the attention it has got in recent years in more mainstream circles, there is still a lot about the cosplay community that exists on the fringe of popular culture. People can choose to portray any of their favourite characters from any show, movie, book, comic regardless of how little or well known it is and be welcomed with just the same enthusiasm as anyone else. The sense of community allows anyone and everyone to show off their creativity and their love for their own favourite fandoms. It invites people to come out of their shell and be whoever they want to be within the safe space of the convention.

This was certainly the case for Gina B, a once shy teenager who now has tens of thousands of followers supporting her experiments with cosplay.

We spoke to Gina about her journey from her first tentative foray into cosplay to the influential she plays in the community today.

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It is, unfortunately, awfully difficult to revisit Tim Burton’s Batman with an impartial eye in the wake of Christopher Nolan’s genre-defining Dark Knight trilogy and now, of course, Affleck’s Batman. However, you don’t get Nolan’s Batman –  heck, the very idea of Batman, his modern age personification, might never have been realized had it not been for 1989 Batman. Despite Frank Miller’s The Dark Night Returns and other defining Batman comics of the time, for most children of the 80’s, and for fans of yesteryear, their idea of Batman was predominately localized to Batman 66 reruns and Hannna Barbera’s Superfriends. Burton’s Batman came along and forever changed the identity of the caped crusader. Burton effectively echoed the visual style of the original Bob Kane comics while conjuring up a Gothic world of his own. His vision for Gotham and its ranged cast of characters is impeccable. It set the standards for Batman and modern comic book films.

Batman 1989 holds a very special place for many a Bat-stalgic heart, and to it, are open wallets.  While there is a treasure trove of goods, old and new, commemorating the landmark superhero film, consider what the fine folks at NECA Toys are offering. For one of the biggest superheroes of all time, NECA decided to go, well, big.  (more…)

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Based just outside of Paris, Soo Cosplay is making waves in the French cosplay scene with her intricately detailed cosplays. While the accuracy and realism of her costumes and props could not be achieved with serious hard work and dedication, what really defines Soo is her sense of joyfulness and her love of play. Through cosplay, a lot of people find a way to connect with the part of them that still experiences the world with a sense of childlike wonder. Of all the cosplayers working today, Soo embodies that perfectly, creating cosplays with love above all else and letting the results speak for themselves. (more…)

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Prepare your diddly-holes for this odd musical selection. There is a band named The Okilly Dokillys, based on The Simpsons Church lovin’ do gooder Ned Flanders.

Yes, yes…”stupid sexy Flanders”. Hit the jump for more details on this unusual mix of music and pop culture, including a watch/listen to their FIRST music video.  (more…)

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We return for another installment of “Nerd Art Dump”; your weekly dose of fantastic fandom-based art that hits the web each week. We take the grueling task of sorting through the masses of prints and pics on the digital frontier to give you nothing but the best to fill your geeky needs. So join me on an adventure through the mire of Halloween goodies before we drown in eggnog and good cheer.

ABOVE: “Halloween, 2016” by Cassandra Calin; This piece definitely hits close to the belt as many of us probably saw our fair share of Quinzel’s running around. What’s a spooky gal to do?

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“The Pipe” by Naolito is definitely  creeptastic. What would happen if Mario never saved Peach? Well, I’m not sticking around to find out….Nooope!

 

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Catwoman Vol. 4 #45  Variant Cover by Joshua Middleton! Trick or treating is a lot more fun when you’re a jewel thief.

 

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“Man of Steel” by Dan Mumford  This piece was an ode to Zack Snyder’s film and focused on the very last instant of Superman home’s planet, Krypton. We can see his mother in her last moments before the planet explodes around her, while the capsule containing little baby Kal El is ejected into space.

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“Halloween from Hong Kong” by Tik Ka from East  whose style inspired by the traditional « So Ha » art gives a brand new life to classic icons such as to Krueger, Mr Stay Puft, The Crow and their fellow pop culture compatriots.

 

yoda“Darth Yoda”by Daryl Mandryk envisions the iconic Jedi master transformed into a merciless Sith!

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Famous Pumpkins” by Alby Letoy

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Dreadful Whispers by theviljackass

Gives a whole new meaning to evil whispering over your shoulder. The first season/second season protagonist  “The Devil” never makes a corporeal presence in the series, but if he did this  take on the creature that persecutes Vanessa Ives would put me on edge, to say the least.
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Hell-Venture Time! (Adventure Time x Hellboy) by John Polidora.

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The Great Pumpkin” by Nick Robles When The Peanuts stop playing nice and start getting real…real fourth-mouthed and gory! Killing the Great Pumpkin…what a twist!?!

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Alien Mass” by Andy Fairhurst

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Happy Halloween” by Alessandro Della Pietra

Now don’t forget we only have 360 days left until NEXT Halloween, so make sure to stock up on all the treats!

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With more than fifteen years of cosplay under her belt, Lindze Merritt is a veritable veteran of the scene. The daughter of a seamstress, costume creation was in her blood from day one. As well a creating a whole host of incredible cosplays to wear at conventions all over the world, she has spoke on panels, judged competitions and has applied her expertise to creating the perfect make up for everything from film to theatre to weddings. Now, her beauty work takes up a lot of her time, but she takes every opportunity to pass on her love of cosplay to her young daughter. (more…)

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Sometimes life can truly be a beautiful thing. The weather is just right. The birds are singing, The Chicago Cubs win a World Series! Life is fair, but alas that is usually not the case and today we were all reminded of how cruel the world can be. The beloved Hi-C Ecto Cooler will cease to be, come years end.

According to the beverages official Facebook page the future is bleak.  (more…)

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When she’s not breaking up with Hollywood heartthrobs and writing songs about it, Taylor Swift is actually a pretty fun chick, and maybe even a tad nerdy as well. The world renowned songstress was spotted wearing a Deadpool costume for Halloween. Not just any Deadpool costume. Like, she literally wore Deadpool’s costume – as in Ryan Reynold‘s actual costume from the movie.   (more…)