Grantland's got another awesome installment of story time w/ Jalen Rose. This time our protagonist recalls the tale of when he decided to challenge Michael Jordan and proceed to dunk on him. Hilarious story-telling, but even more hilarious animation!
Ben Barrett-Forrest of Forrest Media presents an animated short about the history of typography. The five-minute piece, comprised of 291 paper letters, 2,454 photos and 140 hours of stop-motion, features an in-depth look at type from as far back as the original Blackletter to the modern-day Helvetica. A must-watch for typography nerds and visual artists alike. Kudos to the craftsmanship and conciseness.
Remember Mr. Roger's neighborhood? You know, the jolly old fellow that used to sing about "what a wonderful day in the neighborhood" it was? He's long gone. And even if he were in say 2013 Brooklyn, NYC, he'd be a long way from his suburban tranquility. Enter Hipster Rogers--the two-wheeling MC slash unofficial ambassador of Williamsburg. Brainchild of graphic designer and illustrator Hectah, Hipster Rogers is the epitome of gentrified OG. Touching on everything from neighborhood politics to his love for the bike-riding mamis, Hipster Rogers holds it down for a new kind of hood--social commentary and all. Peep his latest single, "Ride", an ode to everyone and everything peddling down his beloved streets.
Not since the days of elementary school have we really wondered about the distance of any planet. Although every now and then (when things get quiet at the office) it is possible to slip into a daydream about some interplanetary travel. We're pretty sure that's how Motion and Interaction Designer David Paliwoda came up with the idea to animate and calculate (in pixels) the Distance To Mars. What a brilliant way to show folks that the red planet is only twice the size of the Earth's moon and more than 428K pixels away.
Given the popularity of AMC's Breaking Bad series, it was probably only a matter of time before Springfield's most infamous family decided to give the pop culture phenomenon a wink. Apparently, Marge, Homer and the entire gang have a meth-worthy enterprise comprised of cupcakes that get baked and sold to needy fiends. This one's so clever we don't know whether we want to laugh or applaud!
Paris designers Anthony Veloso and Quentin Dron of Retro Game Addict present an awesome (and comprehensive) history of Nintendo's videogame trajectory. The animation covers the evolution of the Japanese company's humble 1980 introduction to its current place in videogame and pop culture status.
With New York City's Comic Con getting ready to gear up this weekend we guess it's only right that a book about legendary comic book label, Marvel, hit the printers. Although unauthorized, Marvel Comics: The Untold Story is said to shed light on all of the big-name players that made the franchise possible, including household names like Stan Lee and not-so-known Jack Kirby and Martin Goodman. Available now for $16.90 USD.
Cap maker New Era recently teamed up with Japanese toy company Takara Tomy to create some one-of-a-kind "hats". The two paired up for a Transformers franchise project--Transformers Cap Bots. Basically, figures that can transform into baseball caps. The interesting series will drop December 15th.
Director/writer duo Aaron Simpson and Andy Ochiltree (Mondo Media) decided to poke fun at all the recent Apple hype due to the anticipation of the iPhone 5. The result is a quirky animated
short featuring a resurrected hologram of Steve Jobs that prances around declaring why he and his products are boss. While some (mourners and fanatics) may take offense, we realize that there's always truth in comedy. And besides, it's all in good fun! Pretty sure Jobs himself would've gotten a kick out of this one.
Everyone's favorite New York City-based Hip-Hop clan, Wu-Tang, was slated to be featured in a full-length comic book. The project was supposed to be in collaboration with the 2010 Wu-Massacre album release. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, it didn't come into fruition. The following illustrations (drawn by Chris Bachalo) have surfaced nonetheless and fans like us can't help but to wonder what could have been. Heck, maybe these will inspire someone to snag them up for an official release some other time. One can only hope!
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