Thursday, April 18, 2013

Jurassic Park

From VampireHungerStrike's deviantart.
I went to go see Jurassic Park today. Since this movie isn't like the others I've talked about, we're going to do this a bit different. I loved this movie when it came out, and contrary to popular belief, while this movie didn't start my love of dinosaurs, it definitely cemented it. FYI, Dinotopia started my obsession with dinos when I was little. Considering I've seen this movie multiple times, have had the soundtrack and novels for ages now, I'm just going to direct your attention to some neat Jurassic Park things around the Internet.

ScreenJunkies do some hilarious 'honest trailers' for new and older movies people request.

Amazing song by Patrick Dwyer about Jurassic Park.

Last video for tonight, some fans made a Jurassic Park the Musical.
Here we have the opening song, '625 Million Years Ago.' Check out Colonel Mustard Amateur Attic Theatre Company's youtube page for more goodness, the even have an X-Files musical.

WikiHow has a cute idea for making your own mini park here.Personally I'd make one in one of those garden window boxes with slightly appropriate looking herbs and flowers the dinos would play in.

MonsterBrand has these awesome Raptor Claw Necklaces for sale in their shop, only $20.00.

Anyone remember doing or buying those dinosaur excavating kits? I loved those and still have some of the figures I've dug up. If you have a little one into dinos, this is such a cute craft to do for them!
Linking to the Pinterest article since I can't seem to find the original site.

TrendHunter also has a top 17 Jurassic Park Themed Products list you should go check out.

With that, I'll leave you with something I'm working on.
Quick sketch from a scene in the movie, done for my Tumblr drawing a day quest, but more on that later.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Warehouse 13

Warehouse is back this month, April 29th! To celebrate, I looked online for some of the best/my favorite Warehouse 13 things. Click the image to go through to the page it's from.

First up is ComickerGirl and her amazing art. I love all her W13 pieces, but only so many can fit.
World of Warehouse 13. I would totally play this mmo.

Tee design, sad I missed out on it.

A New Hope

Instructables tutorial for making your own Farnsworth Communicator

There was a Warehouse 13 themed swap on Craftster, very nice.

You can see a sneak peek at the new episode on the SyFy and buy licensed merch there too.
I'll leave you with this image from FoxFire141, Warehouse Monster part 2, in which silliness runs wild after Pete eats so many cookies he turns into the Cookie Monster. Enjoy!

G.I.Joe: Retaliation


White House Down

Lone Ranger

Hangover 3

Fast and Furious 6

Star Trek: Into Darkness

World War Z

On to the movie.
G.I. Joe

Long story short, I went into this movie expecting explosions, sword fights, and possibly a montage. The movie gave me all that and threw in a shirtless Storm Shadow, so in all, it exceeded my expectations. I didn't see the first movie, so can't say how well they continued that story, but in the opening credits they did a quick  recap to get everyone all caught up who may not have seen the first movie, so that was another plus. There were a lot of jokes and witty one liners thrown around, another plus for me. One thing I thought was weird was one of the bad guys at one point playing Angry Birds on his phone. First I thought it was silly and would date the movie once the fad passes, but after a few moments of thinking about the game, the concept became brilliant. They were using the game as a metaphor for what was going on in the scene.
All things considered, it's a fun brainless movie to go see for mindless action.

The Croods

Any spoilers will be in white as usual.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Smurfs 2

Monsters University

Despicable Me 2



On to the movie.

I loved watching this movie. the voice acting, animation, jokes, story...yes, I even liked the story even though it's one I've seen so many times before. Teenage child acts out against parental unit(s) to be free, parent keeps reining them in for (protection), crazy hijinks ensue, as they come to an understanding parental unit sacrifices themselves to save the child before the child can verbalize love and understanding, child realizes what a dink they've been, and Reunited! Time for a partyYeah, it's a story I've been seeing often, but it's no less good and compelling here then it was in the others. So now that we know the story, moving on to other aspects. I thought the voice acting and choices for it were spot on. I went into the film knowing who voiced half the characters already, but they made me believe that they were their characters, that these cavemen would actually sound like Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds. Some of the best one liners in the film were from Cage's character Grug.
The animation I also liked. In some scenes it's very colorful and vibrant, reminds me a tiny bit of the backgrounds they tried to do in Oz, but where that failed due to obvious green screening, this soared brilliantly since it was all the same animation style and the characters were actually there in the environment, and not imagining it.
This movie also came very close to making me cry because a situation made me feel sad for the characters. It takes something pretty powerful to get me there over fictional characters I haven't invested that much time in. There also *is* an after credits scene at the end of the movie. Nothing impactful though, just 3 of the elephant-mice playing their trunks like horns in a Mariachi band for a few moments. Cute, but skippable.

Loot Crate: Cosmos

Time for another Loot Crate unboxing picture post. Here we go.

I get so excited when I come home to this little box of joy.

Underside of lid and items in box as I open it.

Star Wars Pop! Bobblehead figure. Out of the possible four they had (Darth Vader, Yoda, and C3PO) I was so lucky to get this one! Boba Fett is one of my favorite characters from the series. 
Me-Awesome! I got the one I wanted!
Tayron- If you wanted one we have them at work I could have gotten you one, you know.
Me- (no offense to Loot Crate, just stating honest opinion here) I don't buy bobbleheads Tay, all I'm saying is he's the best one they could have chosen. 

Several different things here, we have the Dead Space 3 Wall Graphic, The Art of Star Wars Comics: Collectible Postcards, and a Live long and Prosper button.

Hexbug Nano Micro Robot. This thing is cool and now I don't have to swipe Tayron's to play with. First the dice, now the hexbug, you're too good to us Loot Crate.

Secret Code Wristband pictured here with the code printed on the box that you see once you've unpacked all your goodies.

Complete box picture.
Short and sweet this time around guys since I'm posting this a bit later than usual. Considering doing a cosplay unpacking next time, what do you think?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Zenkaikon 2013 Day 3

From the positive reinforcement I got the previous night as Joey, decided to end out the weekend with him. I'll be trying to make his shirt one more time, but if it fails again for the fourth time, I'm going to have to move on and not waste any more time on it when there are other characters I'd like to do.
Only attended one panel/show on Sunday since I was too busy packing then chatting with friends made this weekend and artists from the Artists Alley to randomly choose panels to attend. I did make an effort to see the Eien Strife concert, it was amazing, possible video from that coming soon to my Youtube channel.
Linkstorm time. I picked up a lot of business cards this weekend, here's the links that you can check out their work.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Zenkaikon 2013 Day 2

Saturday morning dawns, and what kind of Saturday would it be without cartoons? I donned my Max outfit again to check out 'Saturday Morning (and beyond) Cartoons of the 80's and 90's.' Panel was hosted by Kevin Bolk, artist, and was hilarious and entertaining. I don't want to spoil his panel for you to see in the future, but even if I did you should check out his panels and comics, he's very entertaining. Some of my favorites included the Super Mario Super Show, The Legend of Zelda, Fox's Peter Pan and the Pirates, and Pirates of Dark Water.
After the panel tried to get a few more pics but it didn't quite work out so I changed into plainclothes which got me a lot of compliments. I decided to wear my shirt with this design.
The artist is Karen Hallion, and I love her work. You should see some of the prints she has on sale in her Etsy shop, just beautiful.

After taking more pictures of people, went to 'Eien Strife's Stories of Adventuring' panel. Going to share a video from their Youtube channel that they showed, but seriously, go check them out, they have the songs from their album on the channel that you can listen to before buying the cd. 
The panel was comprised of q/a sessions between videos and songs. They sang some popular songs like Still Alive, the Pokemon Theme song, and one of theirs, Follow the Star. Ended out the panel with everyone there getting in a victory pose up front.

Next up was the 'Webcomics 101' panel. Hosted by T. Campbell, Scott Kurtz, Jessi and Matt, creator of Not so Magical Girl, and the creator of Friday Nights. The panel was very informative, mostly q/a, but I took lots of notes if I feel the need to go that direction in the future. You never know. 
There were a few hours between it and the next panel I promised to go to, so I decided to get changed and end the night out as Joey Wheeler.
Not going to go in depth on the last two panels of Saturday, went to 'How to Burlesque' followed by 'Beyond the Tentacle with +2 Comedy.' I'm still trying to figure out why I went to the Burlesque panel, it's not something I would normally go to, but I thought that after the conversations I had Friday night, it was time to do something crazy and out of my comfort zone. Especially since it was highly unlikely anyone would be getting undressed, I felt more comfortable deciding to sit through this. Most of it was a q/a with talking about how they got into this business, followed by a demonstration and basic dance that everyone had to get up and do. And before anyone asks, yes I danced, it wasn't any worse than anything that's happened at RHPS, and no, I'm not ever going to be going down that path, so don't worry about praying for me or things like that. 
The +2 panel was next. Now, I feel the need to put a little disclaimer here. I don't watch 'adult videos' I'm not into that kind of thing, but I said I'd go and had no previous obligations that I thought were at different times. No offense to anyone who does watch that kind of thing, I just don't feel like it's worth my time when there are so many other things clamoring for it. That being said, the videos and topics did make me a tiny bit uncomfortable with it being in a large crowd, but Noah and Will from +2 Comedy were funny and I was glad I went to that panel since I probably wouldn't have bought the dvd otherwise. Watching the dvd tomorrow before work, more on that later.