The internet never tires of mashing one thing up with another thing to create a third, possibly even better, thing. DeviantARTist Tohad has found one particular mash-up niche and made it his own with his “BADASS” series, which takes beloved characters from children’s cartoons and videogames and then turns them into heavily armed sociopaths. Honestly, WALL-E and EVE up there are the tamest of the bunch, but all it took was soldering WALL-E’s head onto the top of ED-209’s body and you’d better check your watch, because it’s time to kill all humans. And say, speaking of Bender’s catchphrase, I wonder what the Futurama crew is up to inside Tohad’s twisted brain…
We’re big fans of the Los Angeles-based Gallery 1988 here at GFR. The gallery is dedicated to celebrating pop culture in all its forms, and over the years they’ve hosted exhibits honoring Ghostbusters’ 30th anniversary and Joey Spiotto’s awesome “Golden Books” twists on beloved movies such as Back to the Future and Alien. Now they’ve got a new show highlighting another talented artist with a love for some of our favorite stuff. If you’re in LA looking for a good time, consider hitting up Gallery 1988’s “Squares 4 Squares” show, featuring Philadelphia artist Dave Perillo’s delightful takes on things like Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, as seen in the above piece, dubbed “Your Next Stop.”
Perillo’s solo show at Gallery 1988 is already quite the success, with Blurppy.com reporting that a bunch of his original artwork sold out almost immediately. The show itself kicked off on August 22 and runs through September 20, so you’ve still got plenty of time to check it out. Just resist the urge to grab Perillo’s “Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey” print off the wall and take off running. They’ll catch you, it’s just a matter of time.
Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the few true box office saviors this summer, so have having raked in $425 million worldwide so far. While moviegoers might be getting weary of seeing superhero origin stories, Guardians’ tale of how Star-Lord, Rocket, and the rest became a team was so damn charming and funny that it’s almost impossible to dislike. But what if they’d met and decided to guard the galaxy much earlier in their lives? Say, when they were all still knee-high to a Kree? It might look something like this.
One of the biggest surprises I’ve had from the site recently was just how much this story blew up. Don’t get me wrong, I think artist Khallion’s illustrations featuring the Doctor recruiting Disney princesses as new companions are wonderful and charming — that’s why I wrote it up. But it’s one of those stories that I never would have guessed people would respond to so strongly. Well, for all of you folks who loved those, allow me to introduce artist Stephen Byrne, who has given his own Disney-style makeover to our favorite time lord — all 13 of him, in fact.
Byrne posted the “Disney Doctor Who” on his Facebook page, and it’s a testament to his talents that it really makes me want to see an animated Doctor Who series. Not necessarily a Disney one, mind you, but how great would it be to see ongoing adventures of the various Doctors in cartoon form? Many of the former Doctor actors already regularly lend their voices to Doctor Who audio dramas, so why not take the next step and give us some ‘toons? (In fact, we very nearly did get a Who animated series a while back, but the BBC allegedly “didn’t want anything to distract from production of the tv show.” Which makes no sense whatsoever to me.)
One of the most exciting scientific developments of recent years has been the ever-ballooning number of exoplanets we have discovered, many with tantalizing details that make it easy to forget how very far away they are. I know there’s little to no chance that I’ll ever get to see even footage sent back from one, but simply confirming that they’re out there has taken a little slice of the science fiction I grew up on and made it real. The fact that there are so many, and that they are so different, helps me believe that our species will someday visit some of them, even if that only occurs long, long after I’m gone. (Assuming I’m not an immortal post-human disembodied mind adrift in the infocloud. Which I would be pretty okay with, actually.) Still, in the meantime I can appreciate those distant worlds via the works of people with artistic talent to spare.
The French duo Daft Punk has been cashing in on sci-fi chic for almost two decades now, accompanying their electronic music stylings with a pair of sleek robot helmets that add that certain sense of mystery. And also suggest that they’re just one fried circuit away from attempting to kill all humans. Both their robotic alter egos and their musical style made them the perfect pick to score Tron: Legacy, a partnership that resulted in a movie that worked better as a pure audiovisual experience than it did as a story (and I was pretty okay with that). Now an upcoming art show is paying tribute to Daft Punk’s unique style.
“Daft Punk Deux” is due (ahem) to open tomorrow, May 31, at the Gauntlet Gallery in San Francisco. You can read the official description of the show below, and we’re including a few of our favorite works from the show as well, for those of you who aren’t within driving, hitchhiking, or catapulting distance of San Fran.