Comic Book Spotlight!: Only One Exists – My Little Pony


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Hello there comic book and My Little Pony fans, today we got news that IDW and Hasbro have gotten together with Heritage Auctions to raise money for the charity Give Kids The World. Commemorating the best selling comic in IDW’s history, they have put together a one-of-a-kind issue of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #12 with a variant cover by Sara Richard, which celebrates the milestone of selling over one million copies at retail. That single issue, CGC graded 9.6, and the original cover art and other artwork that was included in creating the cover are all signed by the artist, the artwork lot will include a small rough thumbnail design, a larger loose pencil layout, and the finished tight inks, as well as the 9″ x14″ full color mixed media painted work, and everything will be in the Heritage Signature Auction on August 7th. Again the proceeds of the auction will benefit Give Kids The World, a non-profit organization that provides children from around the world with life-threatening illnesses and their families a memorable and cost-free visit to Central Florida attractions.

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The one-of-a-kind variant issue #12 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic will be on view at Heritage Auctions booth at Comic-Con International: San Diego. And if you like what you see and read then please, share, like, and comment, help us spread the loving.

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Artist Spotlight!: Craig Drake


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Hello there art fans, here is another great artist spotlight on another great artist, Craig Drake, another artist I discover through the amazing poster art site Mondotees, and I absolutely love his style. Craig Drake, was originally from Detroit, moved to San Francisco in 1998 to work in animation and freelance design, where he working from now. When he was working for Lucasfilm in 2006, he created a Patrick Nagel parody image (a limited edition Princess Leia print, and his first official print). Also for people who don’t know, Patrick Nagel is a big pop artist, a illustrator that created popular illustrations on board, paper, and canvas, most of which emphasize the simple grace of and beauty of the female form, and gain high popularity during the 70s-80s.

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Anyways, since Craig first break into the world of art prints, he has made some incredible posters and gain high levels of popularity, he has become known for his very stylized and vector based pop culture figures that are masterfully rendered, bringing a sleek and dynamic aesthetic to all the art pieces he creates. Again his style is very affected by Patrick Nagel artwork, but it is Craig’s topics that sets him apart, his topic focus more on pop culture, he hits on topics like music, anime, cartoons, TV, movies, comics, etc. You can currently find a few of his poster prints at Hero Complex Gallery, but other distributors of his amazing works are the Mondotees, Bottleneck and LTD galleries. And if you like what you see and read then please, share, like, and comment, help us spread the loving.

Artist Spotlight!: Mike Mitchell


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Hello there fellow art lovers, today’s Artist Spotlight is on one of my newest favs, Mike Mitchell, I recently discovered him through one of my favorite art site Mondotees, which recently held a gallery showing of his most recent work, a collection of Marvel inspired artwork. Mike Mitchell is an American artist in Austin, TX, known for his pop surrealism and poster prints. Now if you didn’t know Mondotees is one of the most popular and in demand producers of what I consider fine art posters, that are extremely sought after and highly collectible. They commission amazing pop culture artworks from amazing talents, the posters cover a wide range of topics like music, movies, comics, games, cartoons, and TV shows, so your desire to represent your love for something can definitely be represented thru beautiful poster form. So it was a amazing thing that Mondotees decided to showcase Mike Mitchell’s artwork because his work definitely is a site to behold, covering one of my most beloved topic, Marvel Comics.

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His art style borders on the real to the cartoony at times, he use a mix of styles to accomplish different effects, some artwork is very vector base in style giving him bold sharp line work, as well as a combination of painting style where you get good tonal value. His also plain contrasting solid color backgrounds to make the either pop and/or stand out from the background. My most favorite is his portrait series, where he takes famous pop culture characters and does side portraits of them, I especially love his recent portrait series where he did side portrait versions of Marvel Comic book characters. Make sure to check out his other works of art at sirmikeofmitchell.com. And if you like what you see and read then please, share, like, and comment, help us spread the loving.

 

Artist Spotlight!: Paul Hetherington


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Hello there geek lovers, today I got for you all the showcase of a amazing toy artist, this is the Joker themed LEGO funhouse built by LEGOmaniac Paul Hetherington. The build is amazing, but what makes it even more amzingly impressive when you see the video and realize that parts of the build is actully animated.

“Paul Hetherington did more than merely build this colorful funhouse lair for the Joker; he also animated so that Poison Ivy’s plants chomp, the Riddler runs his decoder, Penguin and his birds enjoy the Rocket Ride, and Batman and Robin do their best to stop their wicked fun.”

You really have to see the video to appreciate the piece, it is absolutely mind blowing with the level of detail and imagination that was put into the LEGO diarama. This piece is so amazing that Hetherington won Best in Show at this year’s BrickCon. I am absolutely blown away at the level of talent and dedication this guy put into building this, sometimes I could never think howfar you can take LEGO.

Check out his full gallery and other works of LEGO art, http://www.flickr.com/photos/14964802@N07/

Artist Spotlight: Gene Luen Yang


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Recently release is Boxers & Saints is a two-volume graphic novel written and drawn by Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese and the Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novel series. A amazing story set during China’s violent Boxer Rebellion, and told from the perspective two young people on opposite sides of the conflict. I haven’t gotten the chance to read the story yet but if it was as compelling and interesting as his American Born Chinese, I’m going to love Boxers & Saints too.

Here’s a more detailed description of Boxers:

China,1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants.

Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers – commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from “foreign devils.”

Against all odds, this grass-roots rebellion is violently successful. But nothing is simple. Little Bao is fighting for the glory of China, but at what cost? So many are dying, including thousands of “secondary devils” – Chinese citizens who have converted to Christianity.

And here’s more on Saints:
China, 1898. An unwanted fourth daughter, Four-Girl isn’t even given a proper name by her family. She finds friendship—and a name, Vibiana—in the most unlikely of places: Christianity. But China is a dangerous place for Christians. The Boxer Rebellion is murdering Westerners and Chinese Christians alike. Torn between her nation and her Christian friends, Vibiana will have to decide where her true loyalties lie . . . and whether she is willing to die for her faith.

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And you can definitely tell that this is a amazing story with depth, and this is easily his most ambitious, most groundbreaking work yet, because it has been nominated for the prestigious National Book Award.

Review – Beats By Dre – Pill


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Hey everyone, so this time im reviewing the latest product from the Beats line – Pill. Marketed on the site as a “Powerful compact speaker” – My personal opinion begs to differ. This is Beats second attempt at a portable speaker, the first being the rather clumsy Beatbox Portable which was anything but portable and drained batteries like no tomorrow. So back to the Pill – The design is sleek, functional, rechargeable, compact and at £170 its substantially cheaper than the £350 price tag on the Beatbox. However even though the pill is almost half the price of the beatbox, it’s still very expensive compared to other bluetooth speakers on the market.

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The Pill comes in three colours (Black, White and Red) and has a very simple design. The main controls are based on the band across the centre. The glowing Beats logo also doubles as multifunction play, pause and call answer button with the on/off switch and volume controls nearer the back. Also certain smartphones can be paired with the Pill with the touch of a button. In the box you will find a carry case, a USB compatible AC charger, USB charging cable and 3.5mm audio cable which is about 5 feet long.

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My biggest problem with the Pill is it just doesn’t seem to be able to handle bass – and I like bass. However once you reach the higher volumes some songs end up sounding slightly distorted. Now I know its small so it would not be amazing, but I don’t think its too much to expect a product “designed” by Dr Dre to be able to handle a lite bit of bass! Also the Pill uses an algorithm that is designed to soften parts of songs to stop the speakers blowing out – but it can be slightly slow to kick in. The Pill is also a speakerphone, and I have no real complaints about how that end of the deal holds up.

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So my final thought on the Pill is it’s not worth the money, It’s just another “fashion” item wrapped up in a semi functional shell. For a cheaper price you could buy a much better product without the Beats logo – and id advise that’s what you did. If your just into status items then it might be for you but if your after a good bluetooth speaker there a million better items on the market…

Inspirational Video – Rudimental – Waiting All Night


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Hey all :). This post is slightly different but I wanted to just write a little bit on the new video from UK group – Rudimental. Now personally I’m a Rudimental fan, but this video documents the story of San Francisco born BMX champion and actor Kurt Yeager. Back in 2006 he became an amputee, and the video tells the emotional story of his rehabilitation and return to the BMX world. So if you haven’t seen the video – here you go :). It plays as a reminder that anything is possible with dedication, determination and want 🙂

Image and video property of Rudimental UK 🙂