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Art Before Commerce by john cheng

I always go back to Calvin and Hobbes as one of the earliest influencers of my journey through the realm of art. I loved it as a child and I still love it as an adult. Thank you Bill Watterson for your wonderful work of art that continues to inspire me. 

Watch this great piece by kaptainkristian, Art Before Commerce.

A look at the comic strip that elevated the medium. Support this channel at https://www.patreon.com/kaptainkristian Follow me at https://twitter.com/kaptainkristian Music: Flamingosis - Football Head ProleteR - April Showers Calvin and Hobbes dance by Adam Brown: https://vimeo.com/78040385
Art is never done as long as it has an audience.

Lifted: No. 1 by john cheng

 Click the image to read the comic.

Click the image to read the comic.

I haven't posted in a very long time, but I felt like sharing what I had worked on towards the end of last year. It had been a long time coming, but I really wanted to try writing a comic where I could pour in all of my random interests and create a world where I could vicariously have fantastical adventures through. 

The process of writing and illustrating it myself was quite a learning experience and I'd like to do more of it in the future and hope that I get better at it too. I was originally going to keep it to myself, but I figured ... why not? You can click the image above to read the comic. I hope you enjoy it!

If you happen to really like the comic and want a physical copy, you can purchase one through blurb.com by clicking the thumbnail of the cover.

Final Fantasy VII Remake by john cheng

I guess it's time to save up for a PS4...

Final Fantasy VII Remake -- Official Announce Trailer (HD 1080p Direct Feed) - Get The Cheapest Games & Credit here: - http://www.cdkeys.com/?mw_aref=pixelenemy PIXEL ENEMY PRESENTS Subscribe to Pixel Enemy: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pixelenemy Like Pixel Enemy on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pixelenemy Follow Pixel Enemy on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/pixelenemy Follow Pixel Enemy on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+pixelenemy/posts Visit Pixel Enemy on the web: http://www.pixelenemy.com/

DIY Mini BB-8 by john cheng

As many should know by now, BB-8 the spherical droid, is not cgi. The droid is an actual physical object that the actors were able to interact with. BB-8 has been developed with the aid of Sphero the company that developed the smartphone controlled RC ball.

Well Christian Poulsen has already hacked said RC ball into a mini BB-8! If you want to build your own little BB-8, Poulsen has a breakdown on how to make one at Make:

Playing catch with my home made BB-8 Droid. Check out more of my work here: http://www.cp3d.us/ And the building process here: http://makezine.com/projects/make-this-mini-star-wars-bb-8-ball-droid-with-a-hacked-sphero/

Man at Arms: Hylian Shield by john cheng

The guys over at Man at Arms: Reforged build the Hylian Shield from scratch. Awesome!

Which weapon will be next? ►► Subscribe! http://bit.ly/AWEsub Every other Monday, our team of blacksmiths and craftsman will be building some of your favorite weapons, and some weapons that you've never seen before. This week, we're recreating Link's Hylian Shield from Zelda!

WSJ ~ ‘Calvin and Hobbes’: America’s Most Profound Comic Strip by john cheng

Christopher Caldwell, of the Wall Street Journal, did a great write up about Calvin and Hobbes. Read the entire article at WSJ. Oh how I miss the days of reading through these comics.

At its simplest level, the strip is about the friendship between a bright 6-year-old misfit (Calvin) and his pet tiger (Hobbes). Its “trick” is that Hobbes is a lifeless stuffed animal when others are present and a rollicking, witty companion when they are not. So the story can be understood on many levels. It is about the richness of the imagination, the subversiveness of creativity and the irreconcilability of private yearnings and worldly reality. Where Calvin sees a leaf-monster trying to swallow him, Calvin’s father sees his troublemaker son scattering the leaf-piles he has spent all afternoon raking.

Kickstarter - Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production by john cheng

There are many tools and practices that we use now inside InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator that had practical purposes behind them when they were produced manually by hand rather than by the computer. Some of these reasons and best practices are starting to wane due to the very fact that we rely on the computer to do so much now. It is for this reason that we must understand the history behind graphic design and the old school processes that got us to where we are today.

With that, I say you check out this awesome kickstarter project that delves into the history of graphic design and how our graphic design predecessors worked day to day.

Imagine designing and printing a brochure—without a computer. How would you set the type—making sure it fit your layout? How would you crop the images? How would you place those images alongside your text? And what would you hand over to the offset printer when you were done?
Up until just 30 years ago when the desktop computer debuted, this whole process would have been primarily done by hand, and with the aide of fascinating machines that used a variety of ways to get type and image on to the printed page.
Mad Men gives us viewers small glimpses into this detail-oriented, time-consuming process—but working as a commercial/graphic artist in the pre-desktop computer era entailed a lot more than marker comps for client meetings. Graphic Means will explore these methods and the skilled people who used them.

The Sucklord by john cheng

Great short interview of Sucklord in his studio by Joey Garfield. I love how Sucklord finishes a thought and immediately continues to sand whatever he's working on.

Joey Garfield spends an afternoon with The Sucklord, talking Star Wars, Gay Rights, and why Super Villains have the upper hand. Director: Joey Garfield Starring: The Sucklord DP: Jan Reichle Editor: Jonah Oskow Colorist: Alex Delany Mixer: Weston Fonger Soundtrack: The Crystal Pharoah Child: Dmitri Arons A Ghost Robot Production www.suckadelic.com www.ghostrobot.com www.thecrystalpharoah.com www.offsitecolor.com Read more at Ghost Robot's Grand Quarterly www.grandquarterly.com

Man at Arms: League of Legends Katarina's Daggers by john cheng

League of Legends fans! Man at arms Reforged took a stab at making Katarina's Daggers and they look awesome! Check out the entire process in the video! Check out more awesome weapons created by Man at Arms on the AweMe Channel.

Which weapon will be next? ►► Subscribe! http://bit.ly/AWEsub Every other Monday, our team of blacksmiths and craftsman will be building some of your favorite weapons, and some weapons that you've never seen before. This week, we're recreating Katarina's Daggers from League of Legends!

Pop Vinyl: Doctor Who by john cheng

Everyone go on high alert! Doctor Who PopVinyls are finally here! I want all of these right now!
They drop July 2015 but are currently available for pre-order on entertainmentearth.com To pre-order or not to pre-order...

The Atlantic: Creative Ideas Happen When You Stop Checking Your Phone by john cheng

I think we all have trouble with this whether we admit it or not. Let's just try and embrace a bit of boredom and see what may come of it.

Remember what it's like to be bored? A New York public radio show asked thousands of its listeners to stop checking their phones and see where their minds took them. New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi takes James Hamblin to Science House in Manhattan to experience purposeful boredom-and see what creative breakthroughs came.

How To Make Kill Bill's 'F*ck U' Shoes by john cheng

If you are a fan of Kill Bill and noticed the detail of "the Bride's" shoes and reallllly want a pair for yourselves, I highly recommend watching this video. They'll give you all the info and files you need to work on this weekend project. Purty cool!

This video was brought to you by Premium memberships on Tested. Thanks to our members who've supported us. Learn more about memberships here: http://www.tested.com/membership In Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, one detail that appears on-screen for only a second are the soles of Uma Thurman's shoes.

Akufuncture: Guan Yu by john cheng

Akufuncture is curating a Gallery opening featuring artworks revolving around Guan Yu at General Lee's in Chinatown. Akufuncture was kind enough to invite me to participate in this awesome event so be sure to show support to local artists as well as to Akufuncture on Feb 20th at 9 p.m.

Guan Yu, or Guan Gong as I know him, holds a very nostalgic place in my heart. Whenever I see his red face, instead of thinking of a great general, I remember the Taiwanese puppet shows that my dad used to take me to see. I remember one time when my dad came home from a business trip from Taiwan and bought a Guan Gong puppet to give to me and play with.

In case you're wondering what a Taiwanese puppet show looks like.

Netflix: Zelda by john cheng

I'm not sure if I'm excited or nervous about this...

Wall Street Journal Speakeasy blog has reported that Netflix will be developing a live-action series based on The Legend of Zelda with help from Nintendo.

The video streaming service is in the early stages of developing a live action series based on “Zelda,” about an ordinary boy named Link who must rescue a princess named Zelda and save a fantasy world called Hyrule, said a person familiar with the matter. As it seeks writers to work on the show, Netflix is describing it as “Game of Thrones” for a family audience, this person said.

So far Netflix has not let me down with their original content with Marco Polo being one of these, but there is quite a lot of room for them to mess this up. Fingers crossed for a good outcome.

Ghibliland by john cheng

Welcome to Ghibliland! A theme park inspired by the works of Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli! Well, one can dream right? That is what animator Takumi dreams of at least. Takumi has illustrated what would be a theme park map directing you to all the wondrous attractions at Ghibliland.

If you're getting more and more depressed that something such as this doesn't exist, do not fret, there is still Ghibli Museum! Although make sure you call a travel agent to make reservations in advance, Ghibli Museum tickets sell out pretty quickly. Last I heard, you need to make the reservation 3 months in advance.

Pixel Simpsons by john cheng

I've been watching way too many episodes of Simpsons lately and well, here's some more Simpsons in pixel form by Paul Robertson and Ivan Dixon.

Pixel tribute to the hit series "The Simpsons." Directed and animated by Paul Robertson and Ivan Dixon. Music by Jeremy Dower. Paul - http://probertson.tumblr.com/ Ivan - http://pug-of-war.tumblr.com/ Jeremy - http://www.jeremydower.com/

MAN AT ARMS: REFORGED | Ryuko Matoi's Scissor Blade (Kill la Kill) by john cheng

Awesome!

Which weapon will be next? ►► Subscribe! http://bit.ly/AWEsub Every other Monday, our team of blacksmiths and craftsman will be building some of your favorite weapons, and some weapons that you've never seen before. This week, we're recreating Ryuko Matoi's Scissor Blade from Kill la Kill!

Brady Bunch x Danny Trejo x Snickers by john cheng

This is freaking hilarious!

A new Snickers commercial recasts the classic television show The Brady Bunch with Steve Buscemi and an ax-wielding Danny Trejo in the roles of daughters Marcia and Jan by editing the two men into a scene with Mike (Robert Reed) and Carol Brady (Florence Henderson).
In the commercial the characters make reference to two classic scenes from show. The first is when Marcia has her nose broken by a football thrown by her brother before a big date, and the other is when a frustrated Jan famously screams, “Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!
Snickers also released a video detailing the process that went into creating the commercial, which included rebuilding the famous set and digital mouth replacement.

In this special episode, we find out what happens to Marcia and Jan when they're hungry. Let's just say it's not pretty. https://www.facebook.com/snickers https://www.twitter.com/snickers http://www.snickers.com

From re-creating the famous living room to digital mouth replacement, go behind the scenes and see what it took to make the SNICKERS Super Bowl commercial featuring The Brady Bunch.