Even More Toy Photos from San Diego Comic-Con 2009

Posted by Guest Author on Jul 31, 2009 in Hobbies and Collections

A Mobile Suit Gundam Toy from the San Diego Comic-Con 2009

Before the San Diego Comic-Con 2009 fades into memory we present these highlights from the show — presented by the talented artist and toymaker David Foox: Read more…

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The Dark Knight Goes Anime

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 22, 2009 in Comic Books, Hobbies and Collections

Batman Ame Comi Statue

When I first laid my eyes on this Batman Ame Comi Statue I have to say that I was impressed! The folks at DC Comics actually did a good job of giving the dark knight that anime touch — even down to the Captain Harlock belt treatment. But then I started thinking: Why no improve this and bring to the next level? So on the photo above I added my own captions to show what accessories a mangaesque Batman might be adorned with. And not to be left out I gave the same treatment to the Robin Ame Comi Robin Vinyl Statue: Read more…

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Ed McMahon and the Bygone Era of Network Television

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jun 24, 2009 in Television

Ed McMahon represents the passing of the age of broadcast television which his career mirrored, and of course he’s best known for his long lasting gig at the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson from 1962 until 1992. But over the years he worked on a number of side projects: And from a fanboy point of view the most amusing to me is Legends of the Superheroes. This 1979 show was a sort of live action version of the Super Friends cartoon which was produced by Hanna-Barbera at the time. Read more…

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Adam West Deserves More Than a Batman Garage Sale

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 29, 2009 in Comic Books

Adam West deserves better!This comedy sketch for Funny or Die is cute, but at the same time it does make me feel bad for Adam West who brought Batman to life in the 60s. West is a real gentleman and you can find him at many conventions, but one would wish that Hollywood would honor him a bit more and give him some roles to show off his talents. Hollywood lives for youth, but one would wish that there would be a closet fanboy casting director somewhere willing to give the man some proper screen time (aside from appearances on the Family Guy): Read more…

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Lego Batman: Robin’s Babysitter

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 26, 2009 in Comic Books

This fan made film made me laugh a few time — what’s sad is that it has a more interesting plot than some major Hollywood films I’ve seen…

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Kill Bill in One Minute and One Take

Posted by Michael Pinto on Mar 21, 2009 in Cinema

As a Quentin Tarantino fanboy I love this fan made remake of Kill Bill (parts 1 and 2 no less). The credit goes to directors Joe Burgess, Rocco Sulkin and Will Tribble of the University of York Filmmaking Society. And on a related note here’s a Lego Batman version of Kill Bill which I also got a kick out of: Read more…

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Robin as Batman: Travale Turns the Tables on the Dark Knight

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 5, 2009 in Comic Books

Robin as Batman, Illustration by Rosemary Travale

In this illustration Ontario based artist Rosemary Travale depicts Nightwing (i.e. Dick Grayson who’s best known as Robin) taking up the role of the Dark Knight. Travale did this illustration for a competition, but in our book she’s already fanboy approved: The two things that I love about what she’s done here is how she brings the spirit of youth into Batman (that special unsure quality about yourself) without being too cute about it — and her gouache technique really allows the texture of the paper to come through which is something that you would just never get in a Photoshop coloring job.

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The Beatification of Batman by CW Wells

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 28, 2009 in Comic Books

mr fancy pants by CW Wells

The art student inside of me always takes a certain pleasure when artists take on a pop culture icon — although too many times the result becomes trapped within the techniques of a Andy Warhol silkscreen look or a Roy Lichtenstein graphic approach: Which is why I’m impressed with what artist CW Wells is doing here with his take Batman which is titled mr fancy pants. His multimedia approach has a nice little touch of 80s Memphis with his approach to texture with the dark knight who’s a little bit less dark as a result. For more info on CW Wells you can find his bio here and follow his Flickr feed here.



The Golden Age of Animated TV Opening Titles

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 25, 2009 in Animation

Bewitched: Still frame from the animated opening titles from the 60s.

As with most things in TV land our story begins in another medium — film! Back in the 50s THE designer who revolutionized opening credits was Saul Bass who favored a very graphic and illustrational approach to making opening titles an art form onto themselves. To me his masterpiece was Anatomy of a Murder in 1958 which matched a striking musical score by Duke Ellington to a simple yet powerful animation: Read more…

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Today’s To Do List: Kill Off Batman

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 26, 2008 in Comic Books

Exclusive Fanboy.com Illustration: How Batman May Get Killed Off By Robin...

In today’s issue of Batman it seems that after 70 years of good faith our trusty sidekick Robin will go over to “the dark side” and knock off poor Bruce Wayne. Well at least that’s the rumor we’ve been hearing — but it seems that in this latest issue the dark knight will meet with some sort of ultimate demise:

Batman to be killed off after 70 years
Batman is to be killed off after 70 years, the comic’s writer has revealed. Read more…

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Batman Arkham Asylum: The Latest Trailer from Eidos

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 25, 2008 in Comic Books, Videogames

Well if nothing else I think every fanboy will agree that Eidos did a good job of capturing the expected film noir/horror film atmosphere that one would expect from the upcoming Batman: Arkham Asylum game. Asylum will be out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC and is slated for a release in 2009.

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