One of Michigan's two Art-O-Mats found a new home in Ann Arbor last night, at the mysterious and wonderful Libert Street Robot Supply and Repair, the storefront for 826michigan, a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for students ages 6 to 18. Follow the 826 link for more information about the 826 mission, which is also presently active in San Francisco, Brooklyn, Venice, Seattle, Chicago and Boston. It was a wild and noisy night, as the event coincided with the Rolling Sculpture Car Show. You can see some of the cars through the windows of the space. Take a spin with the 'bots, and see more after the bump~
The robot in the window displays faces of the young writers.
Just so you know, i would NEVER make a robot cry.
And here is the robot of the evening (with me in his mirror), Greeny.
See more mad 'bots after the jump`
i'm w00ting my own horn because i helped do this. Check out the Mego Museum Board, where Dr. Strange überfan Howard Hallis has posted photos of the custom Eternity figure, an eighteen month project he just completed. i made the costumes with amazing cotton celestial prints Howard located, but discovered in the process that there is a damn good reason superheroes and vast cosmic entities usually wear spandex. The 13 inch Lex Luthor figure used for the custom was extremely musclebound, with tiny wrists and ankles and a wasp waist. In order to get any degree if fit, the entire inseam of the outfit had to be velcroed. But the two fabrics and the reversible cape and cowl make him able to recede into the cape, or move into focus, as you can see in the photos. HH's father-in-law, Michael Blair, did the fine custom paint job.
And the packaging, which pulls the illusion off, is the real deal. My favorite bit is the back of the box, with all the other Dr. Strange related toys we deeply wish we could have, including other Strange-related customs and the Defendersmobile. Yesterday it was decided that i completely love the Living Tribunal custom, and must make one myself. Hey, i don't even have to sew clothes!
Thanks again, Howard, for the chance to warp time and space!
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In my house when we were kids, Garloo was considered beneath contempt by my brothers. Still is, as far as they're concerned. At our house, we had Big Loo, pretty much a superior Marx toy in every way.
Sometimes i'd bring up Garloo (i'm not proud to say i still do, in fact). Because i always loved robot, monster, and alien toys, i kind of wanted Garloo, though as the big sister i was supposed to be beyond such things. So i played with the far more decotastic and elegant Loo my brother Ramon got for Christmas. But after checking out both commercials, can we at least concede that Garloo had the better ad? They totally shoot to make him appear much bigger than he actually is, whereas Loo, who is huge, is presented... as big as he is. Loo can do a ton of stuff, Garloo can pretty much roll, but in the commercial he looks like he's about to bite off the head of a nightclub singer. i feel so vindicated.
Though i may still look wistfully at Garloos on eBay, what this really indicates is that Ramon is a wise shopper, resistant to the most extravagant claims of Madison Avenue even as a child. Look forward to his favorite 100 films here in a few days.
... the way the families in Arkham do!
As Mike Rudas writes, it had to happen. NifNaks has put together the best yule tree ornaments i've seen this year or any other. Felting has really taken off in the crafting world - i can't remember any time in my life where there have been so many people both wet and needle felting. The NifNaks shop has many wearable gift items as well, including a line of beautiful and realistic mushroom pins. i'll let you click on the link to see the rest of the ornaments, including an awesome Flying Spaghetti Monster christmas tree topper!
Okay, this is one of those things found from looking for other things... most immediate excitement first. i love crappy old cartoons almost as much as i love Frank Conniff, AKA Mystery Science Theater 3000's "TV's Frank".
While researching other MST3K related developments, this interview at Quick Stop Entertainment with Conniff got my attention. From there i found his new show, Cartoon Dump, written by Frank and co-produced with Jerry Beck, drawing upon Beck's vast collection of 'vintage' cartoons. Viewable as podcasts, on YouTube, and monthly live performances in Hollywood and N.Y.C., the five episodes so far have Frank as "Moodsy the Clinically Depressed Owl", Erica Doering, Kathleen Roll, and Joel Hodgson as "Dumpster Diver Dan".
The cartoons are pretty scary, but what is reeeaally scary is that i recognized all five of the 'toons from my childhood. About now you should be clicking off to Cartoon Dump for more, and to sign up for updates.
But wait - there's more. You're probably aware of RiffTrax, the Michael J. Nelson post MST3K project with Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett. But just this week Joel Hodgson announced a brand new movie riffing project, Cinematic Titanic, combining his talents with those of Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl, Trace Beaulieu, and Josh Weinstein. A film has already been licensed for the first show, and a release is expected by the end of the year. The Cinematic Titanic site has been Slashdotted, so if it's down, keep trying until you can get on the mailing list.
And one more thing. according to The Satellite News, Best Brains is launching a weekly animated web show in November starring our favorite 'bots. Keep watching MST3K.com in about a week's time for the show produced and written by Jim Mallon and Paul Chaplin. Does that cover pretty much everyone we know from every season of the old show?
7pm at the comfortable Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak, the Mitten Movie Project presents a series of Michigan made zombie movies, and chocolate brains' to those who attend as zombies. You can get advance tickets HERE, or at the door.
While on the subject of ZOMBIES, we have just had a Zombie Walk in Royal Oak, and three more are already slated, with a huge blowout planned for a year hence right here in Ferndale. Look below to see what transpired last month.
Last June, the American Film Institute released their 100 Greatest American Movies Of All Time. Updated after ten years, got a lot of press, was the subject of their annual AFI 100 Years, 100 Movies television special, and it's pretty good. But we just can't help kibbitzing. By 'we' i mean my friends and family. So Labor Day week, during our trip to DragonCon, we hacked out our 'improved' version.
Our list has more science fiction, horror, westerns - more genre pictures. What it doesn't have are redundant films by directors, because we assembled our list by negotiation and consensus. One example of this would be Frank Capra films. Clearly AFI members differed on which Capra films were the best, so in our opinion he was over represented by movies of the same type. When we got stuck, we resorted to what we would show Martians if we were educating them about American cinema.
Our list isn't ranked, but random, because it best reflects how we assembled our list. we polled all the time, but desperate argument, dogged championing, and virulent hatred also swung votes.
We used the AFI list as a springboard, then lobbied the rest of the group for our additions and subtractions. This was really FUN! Thanks to Paco, Ramon, Shane, Don, Kevin and Matt for the hard work and good times.
Our list after the jump...