Thursday, July 2, 2015

Pop Culture Menace: The Wondrous World of Illustrator Andrew Heath

I first encountered illustrator Andrew Heath at Heroes Con this year. His booth was festooned with charming pop culture and video game prints, each cooler than the one before it. While he was busy making a sale, I grabbed one of his business cards. On the back it read "Please Redeem For One Free High Five." Sadly, I never got a chance to take him up on this offer in person. Thankfully, when I asked him if we could feature his art on the blog, I got the biggest high five of all when he said yes.

Here's his official bio:
Andrew Heath is a graphic designer and illustrator currently located in Lexington, KY. In 2012, he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts at the University of Kentucky, but has been designing professionally long before then. Mainly specializing in minimal designing, he likes to keep his work clean, simple and concise, while at the same time having a bold impact on the viewer.
Unofficially, Andrew claims to be a cheeseburger connoisseur. Also, his favorite movie is Ghostbusters and he has seen it approximately 150 times. When I asked what he thought of Ghostbusters 2, he emphatically responded, "If you don't like Ghostbusters 2, you're wrong.  Ghostbusters is my all time favorite movie and it's always great to get to get to have more time with those characters.  I mean, it's a good movie and it's fun, so I don't know why there's so much negativity towards it.  Any time I run into someone who dislikes Ghostbusters 2, I always ask the question, 'Well…Would you rather there not be a Ghostbusters 2 at all?'  That usually eases them up on the movie."

Despite creating a good bit of Pokemon related art, Andrew claims not to have played Pokemon in quite some time. When pressed for choosing a preferred starter, he answers, "I think that I always went with Bulbasaur.  Probably because he was green and that was my favorite color." A particularly clever segment of Andrew's art deals with video game food charts and the digestive tracts of characters. When I asked him to explain why Mario is chubby while Luigi is svelte despite, according to his artwork, having the same diet, he explains, "That's actually a good point, I do work a lot with the eating habits of video game characters! I think Mario is fat because that's the stereotype of plumbers. Luigi is just thin because I guess that had to make him differ from Mario."

Aside from working on his own projects, Andrew has done a lot of work for major corporations such as H&R Block and US Bank. He is also the go to designer for fun, geeky outlets such as Loony Labs, The Nerdy Bomb, and Cincinnati Comic Con.

If you want to explore more of Andrew Heath's art on your own, I suggest his Website, Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook. You can also buy prints and other fun stuff in his Shop.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ancient Warfare to Release Debut Album "The Pale Horse" on Alias Records

Alias Records has previously been the home of indie rock giants Yo La Tengo, American Music Club, and Archers of Loaf. So, it was pretty exciting to hear that they were releasing the debut album from LGBT fronted band Ancient Warfare. While Ancient Warfare isn't a "gay band" per se, the band's driving forces, singer/guitarist Echo Wilcox and multi-instrumentalist Emily Hagihara, are recently engaged to be married.

From their press materials:
Ancient Warfare were once the girls who smoked behind the high school gym. They were from distant shores; they spoke in code. They borrowed your brotherʼs Velvets records and talked about bands you wanted to know. They werenʼt going to stay too long. They buried themselves in drones of words and found guitars, mapping an intimate apocalypse along the way. 
Based in Lexington, KY, with roots in both Savannah, GA and the California coast, they have developed a fierce reputation for hard work and dynamic performance, sharing stages with artists such as The Raveonettes, Richard Buckner, The War on Drugs, Chelsea Wolfe, Scout Niblett, Mr. Gnome, and Lucius. Ancient Warfareʼs live show ebbs and flows from hushed harmony vocals to austere, tube-driven waves of sound.
The Pale Horse is due out on August 11th, 2015. It filled with really lush, beautiful arrangements that transform their brand of dark, slightly psych tinged, Southern gothic folk rock into something truly wonderful. You can hear preview tracks "Gunsmoke" and "The Last Living Trial" below. Both good tracks. But, if you really want to hear the band truly impress and show their full musical potential, you gotta pick up a copy of the album. Tracks like "Rolling Tide" and "Dreamcatcher" build into a sonic crescendo that will wow you.

Be sure to check out Ancient Warfare's website for tour dates. They will be up and down the Eastern half of the country in August!

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Exclusive Podcast: Treklenburg Episode #75

Hosts Michael Earle and Molly Jay hilariously talk all things Star Trek.
In this episode, Mike and Molly renew their hatred for Star Trek polls and move on to tackle TOS episodes "The Tholian Web", "Plato's Stepchildren", and "Wink of an Eye."

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday Morning Dance Party: Hunx and His Punx "You Don't Like Rock N Roll"

Sadly, our Pride Month celebration comes to an end this week. But, we are going out kicking and screaming with a fun and campy video from Hunx and His Punx! Check out "You Don't Like Rock N Roll."

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Androidify Yourself and Join Android's Online Gay Pride Parade

It's really wonderful how many large corporations are openly showing support for the LGBT community.
Perhaps the most entertaining of these right now is Android. A few days ago they turned their Androidify website into a gay pride parade. You can create and Android version of yourself (actually you can create numerous versions of yourself) and then place that character into the parade. They offer an impressive array of outfits, hairstyles, and accessories to chose from. Also, you can download your character and post it anywhere you'd like without having to give out any personal info at all. They don't ask you to sign up for anything, not even a mailing list. It's pretty cool. If you do post on social media, use the #andproud tag!

Anyway, if you have five minutes to waste on fun, go check out their website. And be sure to watch the video below. The parade is up for a few more days, so you best get moving!

Here's some we made of ourselves and a one or two that caught our eye!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

M Is For Monster: The Illustrations of Kimiaki Yaegashi aka Okimi

I absolutely love Japanese artist Kimiaki Yaegashi aka Okimi's art. I have been following his crazy monsters and pizza infused illustrations since the mid-2000s back when it was still fashionable to store your photos on Flickr and Facebook was only for college students! When I emailed Okimi for permission, I got the following adorable response, "I am happy that you like my works. And I accept your request."

Based out of Tokyo, Okimi's professional career began in 1998. His art has been used all across the world in magazines and websites and on pretty much any kind of merchandise you can imagine. In 2013, his first book Nippon Clipart came out. And in 2014, Okimi had a prestigious solo exhibition called "OCTAGON"  in Berlin as part of Pictoplasma Festival.

Right now, if you hurry, you can get in on Okimi's latest project: MONSTERIZE!  Okimi will turn your face into pretty much any monster of your choice. Commissions close on June 30th, though, so don't procrastinate!

If you want to go explore the wondrous world of Kimiaki Yaegashi on your own, I suggest his Website, Tumblr, Twitter, Behance, and Facebook. Or, if you have a few dollars, go buy yourself something awesome at his Society 6 shop! 

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Exclusive Podcast: Treklenburg Episode #74

Hosts Michael Earle and Molly Jay hilariously talk all things Star Trek.
In this episode, Mike and Molly and guest Tyler S. recap their HeroesCon experience complete with an interview of the Klingon Assault Group! Also, breakdown of TOS episodes "Spectre of the Gun," "Day of the Dove," and time permitting, "For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky." You can view a few pics HERE!

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HeroesCon 2015 Wrap Up + Loot Crate Giveaway Winner Announcement!

So, HeroesCon 2015 in Charlotte, NC was a blast...even though they had Stan Lee blocked off from public view! Only those paying to get an autograph or take a photo got a glimpse of him. Oh well...maybe next time. But, Matt Fraction was there rocking it as usual. And, our Treklenburg Podcast folks had a great time interviewing random Klingons and Vulcans. All in all, we had a great time.

But now, the announcement many of you were waiting for. Out of hundreds and hundreds of entries, one lucky winner has been chosen in our 3 Month Free Loot Crate Subscription Giveaway!

And the winner is...

Michael K. of Charlotte, NC

No worries if you didn't win, we will be announcing a new giveaway in the coming weeks! In the meantime, rather than posting a bunch of photos, we made this montage video of some of the cosplay we encountered. This was shot by a duo of goofy staff photographers Lee and Tyler. The video was put together by Brian of Bazinga Productions. Ya, we put a Belle and Sebastian track behind it. We will put up a link to the full album when we are done processing all the photos. 

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