We’re all about whimsy and pushing the imagination when it comes to digital art. There’s no limit to what kind of mediums you can combine or what kind of image you can create when you’re not limited by what art supplies you can afford or find. Andy Fairhurst has combined his awesome sense of wonder with some beautiful silhouette work to create some pretty undeniably cool vignettes into childhood.
It’s clear from all the buzz The Avengers and The Dark Knight have generated that comic book characters are still a pretty huge aspect of our culture, and for good reason! We’ve always needed heroes and there may not be a time that we won’t. The comic book universe has given us something we can’t find anywhere else. Its long history has given us heroes with every power we can imagine and just about any story we could want. It’s a strange and great combination of writing and illustration that’s an art all while largely not being considered one. Comics are still, by and large, considered for kids, despite years and years of movie success and a demographic switch aimed at adult white males. People of every age and gender walked out of The Avenger with a favorite hero, and that was only a team of 5.
It’s rare to find a set of art that’s a combination of adorable, heartwarming, and humorous. Chris Gerringer, however, is here to start our weekend right, with over 20 illustrations of characters we’ve grown to love, bonding over some shared misfortune. The “I Know That Feel, Bro” series borrows its title from a meme made popular on the video game board on 4chan and, for better or worse, made its way out to Reddit, Tumblr, and just about every major social network.
If movies have taught us anything, it’s that the best way to settle a score and win the love of your life’s affection is to challenge your rival to a dangerous race. If the long lives the Fast and the Furious movies have led is any indication, racing is still one of the more badass of past times. That doesn’t always translate well to NASCAR and official drag racing where there are rules, controlled environments, and medics around for when things inevitably go sour. Safety doesn’t always make things appealing, but do you know who does? Batman.
In case readers haven’t noticed, some of our favorite and most essential websites are blacking out today in protest of the previously covered SOPA bill, with good reason. Under the guise of stopping pirating, SOPA has the potential to allow those with power to censor websites or have them removed entirely based on their own rationale. This not only means that freedom of speech on the internet could be curtailed by some very conservative hands, but that many of the websites we use everyday will be highly censored or cease to exist.That’s as good a reason as any to back away from the computer today and enjoy a bit of nature, but we’ll add a few more.
Many of us grew up with the wacky, often rhyming, writing of a man under the mysterious pen name of Dr. Seuss. His worlds are whimsical and in between offers of green eggs and ham, cats that ruin homes, and more, there are some lessons we’ve taken to heart into our adult years. The poet, cartoonist and writer is known for bringing humor and joy to kids of all ages. Striking terror, on the other hand, is a series that has been passed from author to author for almost a hundred years. Batman, with his depressing origin and sinister rogue gallery is still one of DC Comics’ darker stories.
The comic launch planned by DC has made mainstream news, and for good reason. American classics such as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are getting new backstories, new costumes, and maybe even new personalities. All 52 of the titles released starting today will begin a new number cycle, starting at issue #1. This move is an attempt to bring new readers back into the comic world at a time where print media is suffering.
It is no secret that our society is obsessed with the animal kingdom. Animals serve as symbols and icons for everything from ancient history to economics to pop culture to fashion. The owl is commonly known as the symbol of Athena, the Goddess of wisdom and warfare. A bat flashed across the night sky is instantly recognized as the mark of Batman. A horse strategically placed on the left-side of a polo ensures it is that of Ralph Lauren. A bunny wearing a bowtie will inevitably be identified with Playboy. Even a little blue bird has come to be recognized solely with Twitter.
Season after season, animal print has been a recurring trend proving that it's (almost) impossible to go wrong when paying homage to our furry friends. Signature Christian Louboutin leopard print heels look perfect with any LBD, a DKNY python tote will undoubtedly please your inner wild-child, and a Rachel Zoe faux fur vest and some hot chocolate are all you need to make it through a hard winter. Animal prints have left their tracks on everything from couture to runway to vintage to personal accessories to home decor. But this season, the feral trend has been taken one paw-print further. Now, instead of just animal spots, stripes, and prints here and there, ensembles are swarming with entire critters.
Talk about getting in the zone!
Prominent actress Anne Hathaway is known for fully committing to roles 100% no matter what it takes. Her acting chops have almost always been praised in parts that range from a nerd-turned-princess all the way to a recovering alcoholic. This time, however, the star manages to get too into the character role of Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, the latest installment from the Batman franchise.
The Sun reports that while shooting an intensive fight for the film, Anne was bringing her A-game into the battle scene and accidentally shoved the butt of a gun into an actor’s eye socket! Ah, the highs and lows of being a stuntman: mingle with the stars, risk getting hit by one. The injured party was more than understanding, despite walking away with a black eye.
We weren’t kidding a few months ago when word of a Batman musical started spreading around. The Caped Crusader just got his own stage show set to tour the U.K. starting in July. After that, the show will have a 5 year tour around the world. With the imminent arrival of the Arkham City video game and not only news of the next Christopher Nolan Batman movie but a relaunch of the entire movie franchise afterward, sites are already buzzing with news about the musical too.