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Featured Artist: Jeff Martinez

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Featured Artist: Jeff Martinez

The Comic Issues Podcast has been making its rounds at various conventions all over SoCal. Our goal was to locate new and upcoming artists that was when we met Jeff Martinez. During our time at Anime Conji, I came across a brilliant Green Lantern Corps poster; wanting to show my GL creds, I reached for my button. Unbeknownst  to me Larafleeze the Orange Lantern had already come through and straight out jacked it. Luckily for me, the artist I soon would be interviewing had some connections with OA. He made a quick call, and a Green Ring appeared.

That may have been our first meeting, but it certainly wasn’t our last. Between Wizard Wold Anaheim and the Green Latnern movie premiere we seem to run into Jeff all the time. I had the opportunity to interview Jeff, learning about his art process.

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Pixelated Fashion Week!

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Pixelated Fashion Week!

During Japan’s Fashion Week, designer Kunihiko Morinaga debuted his 8-Bit re-imagining of women’s clothing from his line “anrealage.”  His fashion line for the fall and winter 2011/2012 season encompasses quite the range of women’s clothing: everything from professional attire and dresses to sweatshirts and athletic-wear.  These contain the same pixelated feel to them, and, from far away, appear normal.  A close-up view makes them appear distorted and, well, pixelated.  The video footage from the show is fascinating; check it out below!

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Velvet d20 Pillows Hit ThinkGeek

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Velvet d20 Pillows Hit ThinkGeek

Running a Dungeons & Dragons campaign can be an exhausting endeavor, even to an experienced Dungeon Master.  So what better way to drift off to sleep than with your very own d20 pillow?

Available from ThinkGeek.com for $29.99 and designed by our very own Level Up writer, Justin Biegger, the pillow is ten inches in diameter, made of soft velvet, and looks both adorable and comfortable.  But that’s not all.  According to Justin, 10% of the profits from sales will go to the charitable foundation Child’s Play.  So, not only do you get an amazingly awesome pillow but you also get the satisfaction of knowing that some of the money spent is going to a good cause.

So the question remains: what are you waiting for?  Go get one!

Pacman Cake

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Pacman Cake

This cake of the week is from my 21st birthday: Pacman! This cake is sure to bring back memories of feeding token after token into the arcade so you could just beat one more level. This geek cake is made by me out of fondant, chocolate cake, with vanilla buttercream for my birthday last year.

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LEGO Rube Goldberg machine that’ll put your jaw on the floor

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LEGO Rube Goldberg machine that’ll put your jaw on the floor

Rube Goldberg contraptions have always fascinated me.  From OK GO’s music video to a complex way to sell a car, there is just so much creativity and time put into these things.  Below is a video of a contraption made entirely from LEGO bricks, LEGO Technic parts, and LEGO Mindstorm computers (I know my LEGO).  If you have eight minutes to spare, press play below.

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Smithsonian Art Museum Creating “Art of Video Games” Exhibit

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Smithsonian Art Museum Creating “Art of Video Games” Exhibit

As many geeks have been saying for a while now (and as I’ve started earlier), video games should be considered art.  Now it appears that the general masses, or at least one of the most well-known art museums, is starting to accept that fact.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum, located in Washington, D.C., is opening an exhibit titled “The Art of Video Games” in March of 2012.  Not only are they setting up what they feel are the most artistic displays of pixelated power, but they are asking the general public to have input on what games should be displayed.

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LEGOLAND Star Wars Miniland – Opening Ceremony [Gallery]

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LEGOLAND Star Wars Miniland – Opening Ceremony [Gallery]

LEGOLAND California opened their newest miniland area for Star Wars.  LEGO Master Builders, LEGO fans, and celebrities were all in attendance for the big event.  The Star Wars Miniland in LEGOLAND California, is the only one in the world.  Each set were very intricate.  At first glance, you’ll see awesome models.  But, the longer you stare at each set, the more you notice.

The LEGO Master builders have really out done themselves. Check out all the photos from this morning’s ribbon cutting ceremony. We’ll have a video montage as well as some video interviews posted shortly.

Thanks again to the LEGOLAND crew for having us!

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LEGOLAND Star Wars Miniland Opening [Live Stream]

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LEGOLAND Star Wars Miniland Opening [Live Stream]

Today is opening day for the Star Wars Miniland at LEGOLAND California. We’ll be live streaming the ribbon cutting ceremony and everything else we see on this post at 8am (PDT).  Of course, if you miss it, we’ll also have a video montage posted in the near future.  Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post if you have any questions for Carrie Fisher.  We might be able to ask her your question(s).

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