In the first of a series of interviews planned to promote the May 17th release of Star Trek: Into Darkness, Director J.J. Abrams spoke to Empire Magazine about both his work with the Trek franchise, and his hotly debated direction of the seventh installment of Star Wars (quotes courtesy of Empire Online)
I don’t know because we’re just getting started. So it’s a great question that I hope I’ll have a good answer to when I know what the answer is. There are infinitely more questions than answers right now, but to me, they’re not that dissimilar. Though I came at these both from very different places, where they both meet is a place of ‘Ooh, that’s really exciting.’ And even though I was never a Star Trek fan, I felt like there was a version of it that would make me excited, that I would think ‘that’s cool, that feels right, I actually would want to see that.
How we were going to get there, what the choices were going to be, who was going to be in it – all of those things I knew would have to be figured out, but it was all based on a foundation of this indescribable, guttural passion for something that could be. It’s a similar feeling that I have with Star Wars. I feel like I can identify a hunger for what I would want to see again and that is an incredibly exciting place to begin a project. The movies, the worlds could not be more different but that feeling that there’s something amazing here is the thing that they share.
Later, Abrams discussed his “180” regarding the offer to direct Episode VII – fans have not forgotten that he passed on the job when he was first asked:
My knee-jerk reaction was that I’m in the middle of working on the Star Trek movie and I can’t even consider it. But then time went by and I got further along working on the movie and getting to a place where I had done most of the heavy lifting. So when I met with Kathy Kennedy we just started discussing it and I was able to actually engage in the conversation. I went down to tell Katie, my wife, and I said ‘I had just a very interesting conversation with Kathy.’ That was the beginning. I will say that Steven [Spielberg] was very encouraging of Star Wars. It’s funny because I talked to him about it and it turned out he knew all about what was going on.
Abrams‘ vision of the Star Wars universe retains the tentative release date of sometime in 2015.
In other news, the above poster is a fan creation by Deviantart‘s rampantimaginationA made for Episode VII in the style of old-school SW poster artist Drew Struzan. Here’s what rampantimaginationA had to say to Geek Tyrant regarding his design:
Based on how I thought the Star Wars characters would look in the new movie. Since at this time I know nothing about who will be cast in the film, I thought it would be cool to create a one sheet showing some of our favorite characters from the Star Wars franchise. I had a blast creating this art.
I can’t wait to find out some solid information on what the new Star Wars movie is going to be about, but with J.J. Abrams at the helm, I’m sure it’s going to turn out amazing.
It’s a remarkable piece, and a nice homage to the Original Trilogy….Even if Mark Hamill looks for all the world like a shaved Ewok (I kid! 😉 )
Sources: /Film, GeekTyrant
There’s a lot of nerd art on the net. Mostly it’s fan-fiction tentacle Pr0n, but occasionally you’ll come across a few gems of awesome artistry that isn’t intended for fapping purposes. Usually what gets the most attention is when classic characters are brought to life in ways never really seen before (cartoon pr0n aside of course). This week I came across 3 distinct pieces that’ll make you scream “MOAR”!
Case in point, the other day we got a glimpse of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series for Nickelodeon. Reaction was met with a collective “Meh”. What made it even less satisfactory was when executive producer Ciro Nieli said that “The four turtle protagonists, who previously could only be distinguished by the color of their masks, will each have ‘more individual attributes.'” I dunno about you, but I didn’t see a goddamn differance! However, I ran across some turtle designs (above) created by deviant art user 3nrique that do give our heroes in a half shelf individual attributes! Making them exaggeratedly distinct is fun and enjoyable. I always found it annoying that they were basically quadruplets. Nickelodeon should take a cue from 3nrique.
Now, moving on.
MORE AFTER THE JUMP (Disney Vs. Capcom and Star Wars WWII Insignias)
When you were a kid did anyone buy you one of those kiddie wood-burning kits (soldering iron with shitty pieces wood to etch on)? If so, fuck you. I never got one. To quote my father: “The little retard will burn his dick off”. While, he may have been right I wanted to burn boobies and various shapes and stick figure drawings like the rest of em’. I’m still bitter about it. Anyway, wood-burning kits often resulted in sloppy signature art (hey look, I can burn my name into wood. Aren’t I cool?) and that was about it. Well, you’d be surprised with what can be done with wood burning these days. Take nerd artist Daniel Croiser for example. This motherfucker can burn full illustrations into sheets of wood. Case in point, his superhero wood art featuring Ghost Rider , Doctor Strange, Batman, Hellboy and other characters. They’re like nothing you’ve ever seen before. This shits bad ass. Here’s a guy that can actually make Doctor Strange look cool.
Croiser has worked on comics, including Bluewater’s “Bartholomew of the Scissors” with writer Chad Helder and “Distortions Unlimited” with inker Peter Palmiotti. But etches comic art onto wood for fun. Check out his deviantART account for his full collection. He even etches onto steel, leather and other media.
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Metal Bikini Clad Betty White Wielding a Chainsaw, Riding a Centaur Jon Ritter. Will Wheaton Riding a UniCATdragon, Fighting off an orc. Batman on the Moon, Pregnant With Superman’s Child. Now, there is another piece of majesty to add to the pantheon of epic what-the-fuck-but-totally-awesome nerd art, and that is Chewbacca Riding a Giant Squirrel Fighting Off Nazis.
This comes to us from DeviantARTist gamefan84, a.k.a. Tyler Edlin. Who, as far as I’m concerned has just won the internet.
What makes this even more of a delight is it was actually a commissioned job. Meaning some nerd(s) (coked out of their mind) came to him and said ” Chewbacca riding a giant squirrel and using a crossbow to fight gun-toting Nazis. Make it happen”.
If you, like DeviantARTist “pooface12345,” wish to “hang this on the wall of [your] mahogany paneled study,” you’re in luck: small prints are available for $9.32, and large ones for $33.32
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I used to be a Pokemon fan, and I spent days and weeks trying in vain to “catch ’em all,” and I still cannot help but smile when I see someone playing with Pokemon cards or the newest game.
When I saw the pictures of “real-life Pokemon” drawn by Alysia Prosser, also known as Leashe on deviantART, the memories came flooding in. I was instantly transported back to playing Pokemon Blue on my green GameBoy pocket trying to defeat all gym leaders while catching all the rarest Pokemon.
The pictures are amazing, and I could see them put into a collection, or even be used for inspiration if a live action/CGI Pokemon movie will ever be made. Which is your favorite?
DeviantArt user TsaoShin re-created the image Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” from the Sistine Chapel with Mario. Playing the role of God is Shigeru Miyamoto, who created the lovable plumber and named him after a landlord who barged in on Nintendo’s company meeting demanding an overdue rent.
This is an awesomely geeky take on a fantastic piece of art. Though, why is Samus from Metroid giving Miyamoto a blow job? Then again, why not? If anything, shouldn’t Birdo being giving the blowie? Her egg spoutin beak (or is it nose?) seems better equipped to give Shiggy eternal love.
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With what may be considered a weird mash up, gavacho13 cooked up some awesome images of Sesame Street Fighters characters and for some reason, it works. Check out many pics after the jump to see recognizable muppets dressed up as fighters from Street Fighter 2. I do have one complaint about this, and its that once again, Gonzo gets screwed and there is nothing for me. C’mon gavacho13, show Gonzo and his chicken loving ass some love. (more…)
I’m a little confused on what precisely is going on here but regardless this Mario Samurai art is pretty freaking cool. As I think about this illustration a bit further my best guess would be that it appears that Mario is about to mount dinosaur Yohsi and then sodomize Bowser with his sword. Don’t you agree? Props to deviantART member xiaobaosg for creating this magnificent and bad ass art.
Wash your feet, lest this happen. (www.frightcatalog.com)
Many of us feel like zombies in the morning, so having some zombie footwear would be appropriate, right? Check out these two examples of homemade undead goodness.