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Spare Change: Gears of War 3 Retro Lancer

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The Gears of War franchise has spawned tons of merchandise over the years. Here is a look at one of my favorites, The Retro Lancer.

The Retro Lancer replica is over three and half feet long. The size of it helps put into perspective how big the characters are to wield this gun. When you fire it, it sounds like a toy gun, but the detail on this replica is fantastic. It will look epic hanging over the fire place. If you truly love Gears of War and can afford the retail price of $99.99, it is a fantastic addition to your collection.

Photos by Payne Curlin.

The Artists who Love Star Wars

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The Artists who Love Star Wars

Very few things have had an impact on people the way Star Wars has. At the time of the release of Episode IV: A New Hope, nothing like it had been really seen before. The scope and imagination of it all felt so expansive and endless. It was Star Trek on crack.

Star Wars has continued to capture the minds of the young and old, inspiring many artists to push their own talents all in an attempt to create something that touches people the way Star Wars had touched them. Those artists continue to pay homage in their off time, sketching Star Wars pieces out of love for the franchise that inspired them.

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The Story of “Hideo”

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The Story of “Hideo”

A fan of games, anime, and their respective music, Blair Baker attended two separate Final Fantasy concepts and felt a hole in the performance. It wasn’t in the sound, which was fine, but in the lack of anything on-stage accompanying the music.

“Video games and anime have so much imagery,” she said. “Especially the older ones; each character has their own distinctive theme. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we saw something happening on stage that got to tie into that aspect?”

Thus, in 2009 “Hideo” was born. A two-hour production of twelve pieces/scenes (two more than last year) featuring projections, live music, and acting, performed by “forty-some odd people,” this year marks the second performance on November 5th on the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus. The concert features an eclectic mix of rearranged anime and game pieces, including Final Fantasy 6‘s “Aria” and Cowboy Bebop‘s “Good Night Julia.” Their musicians (each performance is performed by a separate musicians) range from pianists and a string section to saxophonists, guitarists, and a mandolin player.

In addition to its major upcoming show, this year’s “Hideo” also featured two “Overture” performances, one at San Francisco’s Animation on Display convention and one at Fanime in San Jose. “Overture” was a half hour long, featuring four songs and “some acting,” but no projections.

“Hideo” is no small undertaking. “Most people underestimate what they can do,” Baker said. “They simply think it [their idea] is not possible. But all you have to do is ask. Yeah, people might tell you no, but if you never ask… I mean, what have you got to lose?”

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Featured Artist: Kari Smith

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Featured Artist: Kari Smith

Like the great explorers of the past, I too went on an adventure. I journeyed through the deep jungles of Deviant Art, to discover what would turn out to be the latest addition to the already long list of webcomics that I read. I’m speaking of Plume. I had the opportunity to sit down with the creator Kari Smith to discuss the series and where she finds her inspiration as an artist.

Featured Artist Name: Kari Smith
Website / Webcomic: PlumeComic.com
Deviant Art : http://handmade-crown.deviantart.com/

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Be sure to stay tuned as we continue to showcase other great artists. If you know anyone that you would like to see interviewed as a Featured Artist, please drop me a line on andrew@pixelatedgeek.com.

Mon Frere presents “Hufflepuffed!”

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Mon Frere presents “Hufflepuffed!”

This evening, the fellas and lady of Mon Frere proudly present our Harry Potter-themed sketch comedy show, “Hufflepuffed!”  In this overarching narrative, we examine the world of Harry Potter from some “alternative” perspectives.  Even The Boy Who Lived himself explains the story as it would be if a certain creator of “Law and Order” (let us just call him “The Dick Wolf”) had some stew in the pot.  Mix in some confused and embittered perspectives from Helga Hufflepuff’s disenfranchised house, and you have “Hufflepuffed!”  We’ll post some videos a while after the show; until then enjoy our poster below!

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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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Level Up: Why I am Doing This.

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Level Up: Why I am Doing This.

I made something. You should go buy it. Let me tell you why.  Many ask me what I plan to do with the money. I want to make my dreams happen, travel to more places, try some new foods, not worry about bills, but — most importantly — I want to make the world more fantastic.

I could build an empire of nerdy and geeky pillows, blankets, and other things I wish to make for profit. (This is kinda the point of business.) I want to go one step farther: I want to build fantastic products that give people warm fuzzies on the outside and the inside. Charity work has always been important to me; I’ve been part of a giving club from the time I have had a real first pay check to now. I think that we need to give; this world isn’t limited to what we need and want, but what we can give and create.

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Mon Frere’s Next 48 Hours

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Mon Frere’s Next 48 Hours

Loyal sketch comedy fans: Mon Frere is participating in Greensboro’s 48 Hour Film Festival this weekend!  Check out all the details of the event here.  For the event, we drew the genre of Mockumentary and have the required prop of crayons (out of the box); the required character of Don Hastert, plumber; and the required line of dialogue, “Where did you go?”  All of these elements must be used in our film, which we will start working on in the next thirty minutes or so.  The final product (edited and rendered) is due Sunday evening at 7:30 pm EST sharp.  Wish us all luck and a lot of energy.