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What if they labelled movie posters more accurately?

I’m a firm believer in truth-in-advertising. So, I really enjoyed this imaginative romp from Iveta Pete and the mad geniuses at Bored Panda.

“Movie posters don’t always tell it like it is. And that’s probably a good thing, at least for the people who make them. After all, would you pay to watch a film called ‘Young Woman Needlessly Degrades Herself To Be With Complete Arsehole’? How about ‘Liam Neeson Punches People’, or ‘Channing Tatum Takes His Shirt Off Again Or Something’? Ok, so maybe some of you would still pay to watch that last one.”

#1 Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road

#2 101 Dalmatians

101 Dalmatians

#3 The Lion King

The Lion King

#4 Lord Of The Rings

Lord Of The Rings

#5 Beauty And The Beast

Beauty And The Beast

 #6 Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman

#7 Les Miserables

Les Miserables 

#8 Breaking Dawn Part Two

Breaking Dawn Part Two

#9 The Revenant

The Revenant

#10 Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows


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Paintings Inspired by Studio Ghibli

When fan art can stand on its own merits. From Šarūnė Mac and the mad geniuses at Bored Panda.

“Brilliant Studio Ghibli animation has inspired many people in a lot of different ways. Their touching stories and incredibly detailed animation style have touched us all. Bored Panda has collected some of the best Miyazaki fans’ paintings to show what creative admirers are capable of.

From vibrant watercolors to a ‘Starry Night’ version of Totoro, these paintings will hopefully fill the void ’till Hayao Miyazaki finishes his newest animation. And if you are an artist yourself, we hope that these pieces will inspire you to create something awesome and add it to this list!”

#1 Totoro Starry Night Oil Painting By Sagittariusgallery

Totoro Starry Night Oil Painting By Sagittariusgallery

#2 Totoro By Vincent Belbari

Totoro By Vincent Belbari

#3 Princess Mononoke By Muju

Princess Mononoke By Muju

#4 Spirited Away By Yuumei

Spirited Away By Yuumei

#5 Hayao Miyazaki And Totoro By Ono Mono

Hayao Miyazaki And Totoro By Ono Mono

#6 Totoro And Winter Oil Painting By Villasukka

Totoro And Winter Oil Painting By Villasukka

#7 In The Air Indian Ink Painting By Louise Terrier

In The Air Indian Ink Painting By Louise Terrier

#8 Totoro And Hannah Indian Ink Painting By Louise Terrier

Totoro And Hannah Indian Ink Painting By Louise Terrier

#9 Ghibli Sleepover By Keh Choon Wee

Ghibli Sleepover By Keh Choon Wee 


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Adding Pop-Culture Characters to Paintings

Ever wonder about alternative uses for old thrift-store paintings? Well clever artist David Irwine shows us some great ideas using pop-culture icons, as shown at Sad & Useless.


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Dragonscale Knit Glove

Thanks to Rūta Grašytė and the mad geniuses at Bored Panda for these fantasy fashion accessories!

“Check out these beautiful dragon gloves from Mareshop on Etsy! With lots of beautiful colors, crochet dragon scales, and a beautiful crocodile stitch pattern, the fingerless gloves look absolutely stunning. And not only will they make you look like a dragon, but keep you warm too! Well, except your fingers. They’re 100% hand crochet and made with wool, acrylic, and mohair. Are they awesome, or what?!”


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Monsters plus coffee equals winning!

From J.D. Cotton and the mad geniuses at Bored Panda, for all my caffeine-dependent horror writer friends.

“These scary mugs I make are one of a kind. Working in clay is the best since it combines several different “crafts” – throwing on the pottery wheel, sculpting and the final process, painting. All of which I love to do, especially with my background as an illustrator. After discovering pottery approximately 15 years ago, I’ve been hooked on it.

Originally, I was most inspired by those primitive face jugs that were made down south in the 1800s. My first few face mugs were similar in style which have since evolved into these more detailed pieces.
I sometimes refer to a photo image or whatever pops in my head. I love details and include a lot of it in my work – down to the wrinkles and pores on their faces.”


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What if Tim Burton directed Disney movies?

From Andrew Tarusov and the mad geniuses at Bored Panda.

“My name is Andrew Tarusov. Originally I was born in Ribinsk, Russia, but now I’m living in Los Angeles, California. My general occupation after 10 years of studying is art and animation.

Being a huge fan of Disney classics, I imagined how our favorite childhood movies could look if they were directed by the great Tim Burton. Pretty interesting, huh?”

The Beauty And The Beast, Directed By Tim Burton

Pinocchio, Directed By Tim Burton

101 Dalmatians, Directed By Tim Burton

Bambi, Directed By Tim Burton

Sleeping Beauty, Directed By Tim Burton

The Little Mermaid, Directed By Tim Burton

Snow White, Directed By Tim Burton

Dumbo, Directed By Tim Burton

Aladdin, Directed By Tim Burton


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Day 3 of San Diego Comic-Con 2016

Here is a photo journal from Sunday, my favorite day at San Diego Comic-Con #SDCC2016:

WarcraftOrc

Warcraft Orc brings the boom.

IlloPanel

“Calling All Kids Draw Off” panel with illustrators (l to r): Jenni Holm (SQUISH), Matthew Holm (BABYMOUSE), Nathan Hale (HAZARDOUS TALES), Jeffrey Brown (JEDI ACADEMY), Lucas Turnbloom (DREAM JUMPERS), Dana Simpson (PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN), and Judd Winick (HILO).

JenniHolm

The immensely talented and somewhat stressed-out Newberry honoree, Jenni Holm.

JeffreyBrown

With JEDI ACADEMY author/illustrator Jeffrey Brown.

NathanHale

The hilarious HAZARDOUS TALES author/illustrator Nathan Hale.

HumorPanel

“Kids Book Authors Bring the Funny” panelists (l to r): Dan Santat (ARE WE THERE YET), Ed Masessa (WANDMAKER), Greg Grunberg (DREAM JUMPER, Lucas Turnbloom (DREAM JUMPER), Brandon Snider (PETER POWERS), and Nathan Hale (HAZARDOUS TALES)

EdMassesa

Ed Masessa wears the best t-shirt of the Con.

SantatKids

Dan Santat’s sons are not impressed with their dad’s oratory.

BabyLeia

Happy baby Princess Leia

AgentPanel

My panel with literary agents (top to bottom, l to r): Kelly Sonack (Andrea Brown Literary), Deborah Warren (East West Literary), Taylor Martindale Kean (Full Circle Literary), Jill Corcoran (Jill Corcoran Literary), and Jennifer Azantian (Jennifer Azantian Literary).

Predator

Predator has anger issues because he still doesn’t have a literary agent.