Get your mind out of the gutter. We’re talking about ACTUAL dragons, not George R.R. Martin’s…um…
Anyway, Game of Thrones mastermind George R.R. Martin has spoiled just how big Daenerys Targaryen’ dragons could get when they aren’t tiny, scaly, fire-burping babies anymore. Martin posted the above image, along with an an excerpt from his upcoming companion piece, The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the World of Game of Thrones. The image shows Aegon the Conqueror riding his dragon Balerion the Black Dread and is quite explicit in its depiction of the beast.
Encountering people in strange, weird, or downright elaborate costumes is one of the reasons a con going experience is so much fun. Now, in the case of San Diego Comic Con, which houses 130,00+ attendees, it means mecca for the cosplayers of the world. Nerds come out in droves to show off their very best. You’ll see all sorts here. From the guy that puts a red bucket on his head and calls himself Iron Man, to some dude dressed in an extremely detailed Samurai-inspired Boba Fett. While those crafty cosplays weren’t seen at this years SDCC, there we’re variety drab and fab costumes.
There are picture galleries for you to view, which you can search for elsewhere, but nothing beats video. Fortunately, we have one of the spiffiest.
The brilliantly geeky duo of sneakyzebra were on hand recording all the cosplay mayhem into a sweet musical recap. Having done several musical cosplay videos before including the London Film & Comic con and London Comic-con, the boys from the UK may have outdone themselves pairing Down With Webster‘s “One in a Million” with one of the biggest events of the year. Featuring notable names like Yaya-Han, Riddle and the Screen Team this is definitely worth a few minutes of your time.
Admit it, at some time or another you’ve all wanted to be a hero. Now you can put all those years of aspirations and training in your bedroom to good use, because, Kick-Ass and Justice Forever need your help! Sort of.
Now that Jim Carrey has stepped back from the promotion of Kick-Ass 2, Universal Pictures needs another way to help promote their comic book adapted movie. And the solution is simple: a viral video of campaign (probably made before Carrey stepped back) featuring Kick-Ass 2 star Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kick-Ass recruiting you into the super group Justice Forever. Check it out it the video below.
That’s it? 19 seconds of Kick-Ass trying to convince you to become a hero? Well, just tell me where to send the non-existent self-addressed envelope with my parents money jammed inside and sign me up! In all seriousness, though, it’s a funny little video and a nice way to promote Kick-Ass 2 even without the support of one of the films biggest stars. Although, if they’re doing one for Justice Forever, how long until we’re seeing Christopher Mintz-Plasse in his Mother Fucker persona promoting the Toxic Mega-Cunts? Maybe very soon.
The last time we heard anything about the Star Wars gaming franchise it was an uncertain future for several triple-A titles, many of which were in the middle of completion. After LucasArts’ acquisition by the Galactic Empire – I’m sorry, I mean Disney – the company would no longer be making their properties in-house, opening up the market for big name gaming companies to buy up a multi-year license to sell the Star Wars name.
Now, with the first day of the annual E3 convention underway Electronic Arts, who acquired the multi-year license, unveiled what many of us have been waiting for since 2009, Star Wars: Battlefront. Not much is known about the game, but EA was kind enough to tease the fan base with a short trailer. Check it out below.
It looks great and even knowing it’s all a rendered cut scene doesn’t hurt it. It’s a Star Wars game people actually want. Although what will the game include? Seeing as the teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront only gives us so much, but wanting so much more, we did some digging and came up with a possibility.
For starters the title was built using EA’s exclusive Frostbite 3 gaming engine, the same engine used by the company DICE and the very same one that will debut with the release of the upcoming Battlefield 4. If you’ve been paying attention to E3 and the history of the Battlefield franchise, that means highly destructive environments, beautiful graphics and lighting, as well as dynamic gameplay. And if EA is smart they’ll have included the use of lightsabers and force powers because you know somebody is going to play a game as a Jedi or Sith, it’s a given.
A release date and rating is unknown at this time and any other information on Battlefront comes up drier then a moisture farm, but well be sure to keep you updated on more information as it becomes available.
The end is almost upon us, the second half of this season’s Doctor Who is almost here! We’re four days out from the second half of Season 7, having last seen the Eleventh Doctor off to find the connection between the Clara Oswin Oswalds, traveling across time in search of another Clara. So until Saturday rolls around we thought it would be nice to share some of our favourite Doctor Who fan art from around the internet. You can thank us once Saturday finally gets here.
Above: Minimalist art is cool, but minimalist Doctor Who poster art by Michael Parsons is always cool. Carefully picking what to do Michael puts together sweet fan-made posters for everyone to enjoy. Check out his Society6 shop.
Are you ready for some Real Steel? Sorry, force of habit. What I meant to say was are you ready for the metal on metal action of the Robot Combat League?
The new series from SyFy, hosted by WWE superstar Chris Jericho, pite twelve teams of two against each other in a series of robotic match-ups. And though it doesn’t officially hit the airwaves till next Tuesday, that hasn’t stopped the network from releasing the Robot Combat League‘sfirst episode, “Rise of the Machines,” one week early and getting fans interested in some oil-spilling fist fights. Even if it isn’t quite like the Hollywood film and Hugh Jackman is nowhere to be seen, the series is actually pretty good and shows off more then just an hour of brawling robots.
Check out the official episode summary and the entire episode, commercial free, after the jump.
Each week Robot Combat League, hosted by Chris Jericho, the wildly popular WWE superstar, features tournament-style battles between eight-foot tall humanoid robots controlled by a human fighter (“robo-jockey”) and an engineer (“robo-tech”). The robots were designed and created by robotics expert, Mark Setrakian (Hellboy, Men in Black), a leader in the sport of robotic combat.
In the premiere episode of Robot Combat League, the contestants are paired into 12 teams, comprised of a robo-jockey and a robo-tech. Each team is then introduced to its own unique robot, which they will control using a high-tech exo-suit that translates their exact movements to their robot. The contestants take control of the robots for the first time in a timed challenge to earn their rankings for the fight tournament. The top-ranked team and the bottom-ranked team then fight for their life in three rounds of non-stop mechanical carnage.
Did you get all that? Good. Now on with the show!
I’m impressed with how all this was pulled off. Using an endoskeleton rig and secondary controller was way different then how I thought the contestants would be controlling their machines. Most people were thinking Robot Wars and what we’re getting is a grown up version of Rock ’em, Sock ’em Robots mixed with a bit of the paired fighting people are going to see in Pacific Rim – minus the giant monsters and syncing of brain functions, of course. This looks to be quite the show and something unique for those looking to step away from all the stuff they’re usually attached to.
The first episode of Robot Combat League premieres Tuesday, February 26 at 10 p.m. EST on Syfy and is available on Syfy.com, Hulu.com, XBox 360, Roku and VOD.
Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOVE: Cosplayer Dayna Baby Lou pulls off a stunningly accurate cosplay of New 52, and Batman: Animated Series Catwoman. [GAS]
We’ve all watched a show, or movie and seen a prop that made us think “Man, I wish I could have that.” In the case of die-hard fans, however, they’ll spends hours, weeks, or years crafting their own replica. Their efforts build an even stronger connection to that piece of movie memorabilia they hold so dear.
Some people turn this love – and what many would call an obsession- into a full-time hobby. Often leading them into a career with special effects. One individual,who has done that exceedingly well, is Adam Savage – full-time special effects designer/fabricator and co-host of Mythbusters.
At last year’s XOXO Festival, an arts and technology conference held in Portland, Oregon, Adam shared his knowledge and love for the world of replica movie props and the connection it has to modern society.
Giving highlights to sites like The Replica Prop Builders Forum and his own experiences, this short twenty-minute presentation also revealed some techniques on how to start projects or future businesses of your very own. Watch the video below for the entire presentation.
If you’re interested in more stories from Adam, be sure to listen to his appearance in the Nerdist Podcast from back in 2010. He talks more about building his own movie replicas, including the Blade Runner Deckard gun. He also answers questions on prop builds from the audience. He even does stand up comedy (hilarious, but NSFW)!
While the flux-capacitor hasn’t been perfected, and we can’t help you fix any past holiday humbuggery, maybe we can help you get this holiday season off to a good start.
For the next 12 days (Dec 1st-12th), the staff of Nerd Bastards will be listing a few of their favorite nerdy things. Gadgets, doohickeys, thingamabobs and more – all sorts of items that have been Nerd tested and Bastard approved. Basically, stuff you want, things you need, and everything you can’t have.
We hope you’ll find some unique and nerdtastic gifts among our selections, and that they make their way under your tree, Menorah or Kwanzaa bush.
Hit the jump for Nick Bungay’s list of Nerdful things. Check back tomorrow for Matthew Jackson‘s list. To see archive of this feature, click HERE.
Tattoos, relationships, lesbians and guinea pigs. What does all of this have to do with comics? Everything, that’s what. This collection of comic strips from Nova Scotia artist Kate Leth is on sale now for a steal at $5 a pop, and it’s well worth the price. Featuring strips on everything from cosplay and tattoo etiquette, to the secret relationship between Spider-Man and Deadpool, it’s 32 pages of fun wrapped up in one neat, shelf fitting package. Although, if you live in the Halifax area, just go over to Strange Adventures Comix & Curiosities, they’re always holding a few issues just in case and you might even meet Kate.
Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerdy art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every nook and cranny of the Interwebz. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly feed of nerd art. On with the dump!
He’s a cybernetic organism. Living tissue over a metal endoskeleton -and now that the Empire has brought him back with the powers of a Sith Lord we are so screwed everyone. Artist Robert Shane originally only intended to draw the Cyberdyne System model 101, but after letting the hate flow put together a “force” to be reckoned with. [Deviant Art]
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