Samurai

The Interwebz, the breeding ground for great nerdy art. Crazy things like She-hulk testing out a new “jack hammer”, the secret behind just how outrageous Jem truly is, and other weird s#!t. There is also a lot of awesome things that we see on a daily basis and we’re lazy nerd bastards so we just round them all up once a week for your nerdgasm art lovin’.

ABOVE:  Isn’t it nice when you see two pop culture icons hug it out and get along?  As part of a series created by German artist Ingrid Aspöck of portraits of enemies hugging it out show us the lighter side to solving problems. Smile you son of a momma shark. [The Mary Sue]

Feudal Japan would have been a much deadlier place if samurai like Bobba Fett were around to kick some ass for their imperial lord. Just think, if he ever failed a mission he’d cut off his own head as punishment. Saves you all the work. [Obvious winner]

The Stay Puft Marshmallow man was the single most delicious villain ever to be a part of Ghostbusters franchise and in the above piece created by Matt Ferguson he looks downright awesome. Made in both a “Happy” and “Mad” Stay Puft version, this is how the movie posters should have been done in the 80’s. [Cakes and Comics]

Disney princesses have always been dressed as elegant and high class, here it looks like they’ve been dropped off in the middle of San Francisco circa right freaking now . The “hipster” princesses would be given free iced cafee Americano any time they needed a sip at my book store/coffee shop. [The Mary Sue]

And from Disney princesses to…half naked Disney Heroes. We’re pretty sure artist David Kawena was more then a bit generous with some of the bulges he drew though. Being able to wake a princess with a kiss is talent, but having a porn star sized wang, now that’s just showing off. [Geek Tyrant]

Skyrim has been invading everything lately, Internet meme jokes, parodies and even television shows, but The Simpsons? Really! He used to be a warrior like us, then he took a six pack of Duff to the belly. [GameFreaks]

Adapted from the antique “Cabinet Cards” of yesteryear, Alex Gross transformed these 4″ x 6″ photographs into a blend of pop culture and geek icons worthy of any household. Makes you wonder sometimes. [The Daily What]

Canadian artist Yue Wang may very well be the untapped talent in the great white north, with his amazing renderings of popular characters from anime, movies and video games. From the demon killing Dante from Devil May Cry to the high kicking Chun-Li of Street Fighter, Yue knows how to knock out a perfect set of curves. [You Bent My Wookie]


We all know the world is going to blow up, melt down or whatever since Mayans didn’t bother to make any more calenders. Speaking of calenders, why no go out in style with a pin-up girl every month. Created by Andrew Tarusov, this 12 month apocalyptic calendar makes watching the world burn that much better. [Blastr]

A battle of the ages, Monty Python and the Holy Grail‘s Black Knight vs. The Lord of the Rings’ Gandalf the Grey! This could take a while people, maybe there will be a victor by next week. [Geek Tyrant]

Sometimes there’s more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking (god bless you Derek Zoolander). And, I think actor Antonio Banderas has finally figured that out. The fucker will always be a sexy, suave spaniard (he is Spanish, right? I never paid attention) and I’ll always be really, really, ridiculously jealous of that, but I gotta give the Latin fury some credit for being in rare form and involving himself in one of the more unusual sounding films I’ve ever heard.

The film is The Skin I Live In by director Pedro Almodovar. It’s centered around a mad scientist Antonio Banderas and his obsession with creating an indestructible epidermis, no matter what pain he inflicts on his test subject.

“Your epidermis is showing!” What?

The 2011 Cannes Film Festival has released a brief but twisted scene from the film. It depicts Banderas’ character demonstrating his power over his helpless patient.

It’s perhaps a little too artsy fartsy and the subtitles don’t help (I got ADD) , but it’s got a lot going for it. Mad scientist. Skin. Torture and Tits. At least I assume there will be some tits. Can’t have a skin flick with out tits.

Here’s the official synopsis released by Cannes:

Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig…

Speaking of tits. Are you ready for Boobs, Balls and Barbarians? Actually, the tag is “Babes, Balls and Muscles”, but shiiiiiiiiiiit, the makers of Ronal The Barbarian sure now how to market their little “runt of the litter saves the day” CG film. Any movie that has all that, plus a a skull belting out Europe’s “Final Countdown.” is enough for me to shout a Ric Flair “WOOOO”.

HIT THE JUMP for the trailer and while your down there check out some other upcoming Nerd Approved Cannes Films. *special thanks to i09 for doing all the work in rounding these up.

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Rangers

Ah the Power Rangers; the single greatest costume wearing group of the nineties and instrumental in raising this particular bastard. That doesn’t mean that if I was to get into a bar fight today I’d yell “It’s Morphing time!” and suddenly become a kung-fu killing machine. It means waiting for each week to go by and being home, ignoring everything, for a half hour of colored costumes and megazords blowing shit up. Hell, can’t watch an episode now without getting all nostalgic over what most kids won’t even look at today. The only thing that got me was every season the rangers were color coded according to their race. The yellow ranger was Asian, the black ranger was African-American, the pink ranger was the hot white girl, and the white ranger was indeed a Caucasian male. Thankfully with the newest season on it’s way the studio has finally broken the color barrier.

Was Zordon secretly a racist?

With season 19 (!) soon to be airing on Nickelodeon it looks like the next team of helmet wearing heroes will be breaking the stereotypes of rangers past. Power Rangers Samurai will be updating the series with a new look for their team and no better then starting with what was a major flaw for every single season before it. No longer will a ranger be matched based on their ethnicity, so say goodbye to insensitive choices of the past and hello to the future. These new, politically correct rangers will even have new morphers and costume designs to match.

Check out this sneak peek of Nickelodeon’s newest cash cow:

What do you think of these new rangers?

Via: io9