Saturday, July 30, 2011

Cowboy & Aliens

Cowboys & Aliens [PG-13]
2011 Dreamworks
Directed by Jon Favreau

Grade: C+
Down-graded from B.

Par: Cast: Daniel Craig (as stranger Lonergan), Harrison Ford (as cattle man Dolarhyde), Olivia Wilde (as wildcard Ella).
+1: Alien design & art direction.
-1: Story pace.
-1: Character development.
-1: last 5-minutes/ epilogue.

Ceramic Replicas of Disney Parks’ Iconic Popcorn Box and Cold Drink Cups

Collectible replicas created for Disneyland’s 55th anniversary.

Ceramic Disneyland Classic Popcorn Box
July 2010.

 Ceramic Disneyland Classic “Paper Cup”
Limited to 1955.
July 2010.

Walt Disney World turns 40 this year and Kevin and Jody Kidney were invited to concept nostalgic collectibles for the Orlando resort’s anniversary. The two adore the vintage look of WDW in all its ’seventies orange and lime-green goodness.

 Vintage graphic Magic Kingdom “paper cup”, cast in ceramic.

The items are already beginning to be released at various locations around the Florida resort.
Note to west coast Disney fans, we've been informed that as of now, there are no plans to offer the Florida collectibles in Anaheim, but you can order these items though the Walt Disney World Guest Services Mail Order Merchandise Dept. by calling (407) 363-6200.)
Kevin Kidney is a long-time Disney designer, now a self-employed art director, illustrator, writer, sculptor, and maker of things.

See his blog:

Friday, July 29, 2011

Steph Laberis

Stephanie Laberis is a full-time concept artist at Booyah! Games.
See her blog:

Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand

Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand
489 Moreland Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30316
SUN - THU 7am - 10pm
FRI & SAT 7am - 4am

Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand is the home of “The Slinger” and is located in the thriving neighborhood of East Atlanta. The brainchild of two local restaurateurs, Delia Champion and Molly Gunn, The Sausage Stand offers a unique menu featuring locally produced chicken sausage. Owner Delia Champion has perfected her sausage recipe over the last 15 years. The organic, hormone-free chicken sausage provides a more flavorful, healthier alternative to fast food in Atlanta. All dishes are prepared with care and presented in a fun and memorable manner - 100% Goodness is guaranteed with each bite!

Harry Potter 7.2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 [PG-13]
2011 Warner Brothers
Directed by David Yates

Grade: B+
upgraded from B

+1: Alan Rickman (playing Head Master Severus Snape)
+1: Flashback sequence to explain past major events
par: Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) have a battle (finally)
-1: happy ending epilogue.
par: Serial installment in the franchise.

Marvel Retro Tee Shirts at Zazzle

Zazzle is a site for on-demand, custom products like tee-shirts, business cards, invitations in addition to a variety of custom gifts.

They also have products from many famous brands including Disney, Hallmark, DC Comics and Marvel Comics. What’s more, Marvel has a sub-category celebrating it’s heritage with a retro line featuring the classic art by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Buscema, and John Byrne.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

See Admiral Ackbar Fight Underwater

The future Rebel Alliance leader is set to make his Clone Wars debut this fall on the season four premiere.

See the clip att Entertainment

Captain America

Captain America: The First Avenger [PG-13]
2011 Paramount
Directed by Joe Johnston

Grade: A
Up-graded from B

+1: Scrawny Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) with a good heart becomes a super-soldier
+1: Johann Schmidt “Red Skull” (Hugo Weaving) and Hydra want to take over the world
+1: Cap’s vibranium shield as a weapon
par: Bookend scenes ties into modern timelines (and “Avengers” movie)
par: Lack of cliché of brainwashed trusted friend

Watch the bonus scene after the credits.

Cars 2

Cars 2 [G]
2011 Disney/Pixar
Directed by John Lasseter

Grade: C-
Down-graded from C

+1: World tour/ art direction
-1: Mater is portrayed more stupid than naive
par: Anthropomorphic, non-robotic characters
-1: Alternative fuels and electric cars... good, bad or myth?
par: Serial installment

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Captain America by Eric Tan

Mondo, who has a booth for the very first time at San Diego Comic Con, will release these at some point, as well as a vintage set by Olly Moss, and a one-sheet by Tyler Stout.

About Eric Tan: Designer/Doodler. Grew up in the sleepy town of San Diego. Suffers from narcolepsy. When not working or sleeping...or sleeping at work, I usually have a skateboard, a snowboard, or a burrito in hand.

Captain America by Richard Davies

Richard Davies, aka ‘turksworks’, is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer residing in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, UK.

Captain America by Olly Moss

Captain America WW2 propaganda posters (+variants) for Mondo in conjunction with Paramount Pictures.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Troll Hunter

Troll Hunter [PG-13]
2011 Magnet Releasing
Magnolia Pictures

Directed by André Øvredal

Grade: B
Upgraded from C

+1: Documentary style
par: Creature design
+1: Effects
par: Suspense
+1: Troll stink

Note: short bonus scene runs after credits.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Todd Slater

Todd Slater is a designer of posters, art prints and clothing.
He specializes in a type of mosaic style, composing images from many smaller images in limited palettes. Other than this simplistic general description of the samples found on his site, his biography is other wise devoid of details.

 Conan O'Brien

 The National

 Neil Young Montezuma

The Cure


Mondo has printed tee-shirts and posters. Most are based on popular culture icons like “Star Wars,” “Mickey Mouse,” et. cetera.

Now they have archived their designs starting back in 1999: 


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Paolo Rivera

Late last year, artist Paolo Rivera had asked Marvel if they would consider a painted approach for any of their upcoming movies. To prove he was up to the task, Paolo did a Captain America poster “on spec” (which was later used as the cover to a movie tie-in comic). As it turned out, the job was already taken, but they liked his work well enough to commission a “vintage” poster that would be given as a gift to the entire cast and crew.
Read more:

See his blog:

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Shadow Art

Building Blocks
Kumi Yamashita
Wood, Light, Shadow

Kumi Yamashita
Aluminum, Light, Shadow

Kumi Yamashita
Origami paper, Light, Shadow

Dirty White Trash
Tim Noble & Sue Webster

Transformers 3

Transformers: Dark of the Moon [PG-13]
2011 Paramount
Directed by Michael Bay

Grade: B
Upgraded from B

par: Robots in disguise
+1: Human comic relief Jerry Wang and Dutch (Ken Jeong, Alan Tudyk)
-1: Robotic comic relief Amp and Brains
-1: Logical plot
+1: Serial installment