Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Must Watch: AMIAS (2013) Short Film

Wonderful gay themed short film AMIAS has thankfully been released for public viewing after spending a year and half on the festival circuit. Written and Directed by Italian first time filmmaker John Giordano, AMIAS has been shown at numerous film fests throughout Europe and the US winning  Best Short Fiction at the 65th Montecatini Short Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Azores Fringe Festival.

The official synopsis is as follows:
Amias develops two subsequent relationships, one with Nina and the other one with Ariel. Only when his heart breaks twice, he realizes he has to look inside.
Its the journey of a boy from the priviledged point of view of his deepest unconscious.
The story catapults us into a dreamlike dimension somewhere between dream and reality, constantly torn between what is now, what was and what could be, not just for him but for each of us. A universal engaging theme but at the same time so intimate and private that by watching this short film one has the feeling of being elephants in a china shop breaking everything they touch within this delicate balanced triangle. A balance so precarious that it disintegrates in the moment of a race towards themselves, to nowhere, to the truth.
"Amias", he is what he seems to be, helpless and naked in front of us, he leaves the viewer free to get lost in the poetry that erupts in the images, from the composition of the shots to the gestures so simple yet so powerful. He allows thousands of different possibilities in interpreting the scenes.
AMIAS is way more fulfilling than most short films. At just nine minutes long, AMIAS is a quick watch that masterfully manipulates us into feeling like we have been part of a much longer film experience. It is very much worth your time.

Filmmaker John Giordano is currently in the early stages of his next short film A Deer Died Here and finishing up a Master’s Degree at the prestigious London Film School.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Exclusive Podcast: Treklenburg Episode #80

Hosts Michael Earle and Molly Jay hilariously talk all things Star Trek.
In this episode, Mike and Molly each watched two remastered TNG Netflix episodes - "Frame of Mind" and another of their choice. As a result, they are doing a Top 5 Riker-isms! Then, they move on to discuss TOS episodes, "The Cloud Minders" and "The Savage Curtain."

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Hunky YouTuber Pano Talks About His New Sex Toys!

Check out hunky YouTuber Pano T, a self-proclaimed "seasoned sex haver" talking about the box of sex toys AdamMale recently sent him. Try not to laugh as he admits to thinking a leather cock ring was a really nice bracelet! If you are as smitten with Pano as we are, be sure to subscribe to his YouTube Channel!

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Monday Morning Dance Party: Neon Indian "Slumlord"

Check out Neon Indian's wonderful throw back dance track "Slumlord." Neon Indian's new album Vega Intl. Night School is due out Oct 16th on Mom + Pop Records. Until then, shake your asses to these disco beats!

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Book Preview: Full Frontal - The Best of Dylan Rosser

Finally! German publishing house Bruno Gmünder is releasing photographer Dylan Rosser's book Full Frontal in an affordable 160 page, soft cover format. Full Frontal is a compilation of the best work that Dylan Rosser has produced over the last several years of his more than a decade long career shooting male nudes.

You may know Dylan Rosser best from his wonderful The Male Form website and magazine. A bit reclusive, Dylan recently moved from his home in London to the remote Spanish island city of Ibiza. In 2012, he told The Advocate, "I am quite a solitary person, and even though shooting male nudes does involve working with a model, that is really a very small part of it. Most of the time it is just me, my ideas, and my computer ... creating." 

Despite publishing numerous books and traveling the world for photo shoots, Dylan doesn't really talk about himself or his accomplishments. It seems he would rather just let the work speak for itself.

Full Frontal: The Best of Dylan Rosser comes out September 1st. You can order a copy directly from Bruno Gmünder. Or, in the US, you can get it from Amazon. Either way, you can't really go wrong. 

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Butcher Billy Bullies Banksy: The Coloring Book!

For those unfamiliar, Butcher Billy is a terrific artist/illustrator from Brazil. In the last several years, he has gained quite a bit of attention for his wonderful illustrations re-envisioning punk and new wave musicians as superheroes, characters from The Breakfast Club, and Nintendo mainstays. For example, Morrissey as Superman, Devo as The Flash, Joy Divison as Batman, Sid & Nancy as Mario and Peach, etc... You can view some of those here. They are brilliant. Actually, all of Butcher Billy's work is brilliant.

According to his press materials: 
In addition to his illustration work, Billy is a creative director in a digital agency. He lived in the UK for a while, and has traveled widely. With seemingly endless influences at his disposal – including Banksy, Steve Ditko, Shigeru Miyamoto, Malcolm McLaren and Andy Warhol - Butcher Billy never runs out of moods and concepts to explore. 
“I like to create freely and then realize bits of an artwork are influenced by the mood of a movie by Tim Burton, the brushstrokes of a piece by Salvador Dali, with a soundtrack from an early album by David Bowie,” he says.
Recently, Butcher Billy turned his eye towards recreating famous Banksy street art using Hanna Barbera and Disney characters. The famous image of the British Bobbies kissing was replaced with Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble. He also collected the work into a hilarious adult friendly coloring book called Butcher Billy Bullies Banksy! 

Anyway, take a look at the images below! Then, if you have a few minutes, go check out Butcher Billy's Website, Behance, Tumblr, or one of his stores such as Redbubble, Curioos, or Neatoshop!

See the whole set: Butcher Billy Bullies Banksy! 

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Exclusive Podcast: Treklenburg Episode #79

Hosts Michael Earle and Molly Jay hilariously talk all things Star Trek.
In this episode, Molly is back from Alaska! So, it's a live show! Mike and Molly tackle the 3rd Rock From the Sun Episode "Hotel Dick" in which George Takei plays himself at a Sci-Fi convention! Then, they move on to TOS episodes "Requiem for Methuselah" and "The Way to Eden."

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Monday Morning Dance Party: Marc Kinchen feat. Milly Pye "Bring Me To Life"

Check out Marc Kinchen's awesome dance track with Milly Pye. "Bring Me to Life" is available now if you care to download it. Just click here! Try not to dance in your seat this morning. It's pretty much impossible.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Say Hi And Point Me To A Flat Surface: An Interview w/ Illustrator Josh Lynch

A few weeks ago, the internet was abuzz with Josh Lynch's latest creation Dogs of the Marvel Universe! This isn't the first time Josh's Marvel illustrations have caught people's attention. He has also done Marvel Luchadores, Peter Barker The Amazing Spider Dog, and Marvel Cuties, the world's most adorable superheroes. But that is really just the tip of the iceberg.

Josh Lynch is a Twin Cities based art director, storyboard artist, visual developer, and pop culture junkie. He thrives on the idea of visual communication and strives to find fun and exciting ways to engage with audiences in physical and digital spaces.

Josh earned his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design with a focus on Illustration and Animation. He has illustrated work for Stone Arch Press and Avery/Penguin and has been featured in online publications such as Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, FailBlog, ComicsAlliance, and Project Rooftop. He is currently the Creative Director at Alpha Video where he develops unique multimedia and interactive pieces for the masses.

Aside from continuing the Dogs of the Marvel Universe series, Josh told me, "I'm working on a children's book and I always have my own comic I mean to get to." Own comic?!! Please don't wait much longer, Josh.

While I was watching the internet go nuts with Lynch's dogs, it struck me that almost everyone was republishing his work, but no one was really taking the time to ask him any questions. So, I set out to change that. And, honestly, I was kinda surprised when Josh agreed to do an interview! After reading below, if you want to explore more of Josh Lynch's work on your own, I suggest his Website, Behance, Tumblr, Blog, and, if you have a few spare dollars, go get yourself a DOTMU shirt! 

Q: Your recent Dogs of the Marvel Universe collection has become a huge deal on the internet? But, I noticed you also started a Marvel Kitten line…are you going to complete that set?
Josh: The kittens I've done so far have just been for friends. At our house we're down to four cats and while I love them I could do with a few less in my life. Just don't be surprised if a few sneak into DOTMU from time to time.

Q:  Do you really think Tony Stark wears pink bunny slippers?
Josh: He's a billionaire playboy, he wears whatever he wants.

Q: In all seriousness, I totally love all the sketches you post on your Website and Tumblr. Have you considered releasing a book of just your black and whites?
Josh: Thank you so much. I try to sketch something everyday so I fill a sketchbook every couple months. I've never printed a book of them because I don't think there's a market for it. I scour artists alley at every con for sketchbooks by my favorite artists. If you're a process junkie you can't beat looking at artist's sketchbooks. If enough people showed interest I suppose I'd print some up.

Q: Could you give me directions to the Juicy store on Dagobah? I couldn’t find it.
Josh: Look deep inside yourself and find the Juicy will you.

Q:   I couldn’t help but notice that in your piece Star Trek for the Next Generation, you chose to use bearded Will Riker. Was this a conscience decision?
Josh: Definitely. I don't even come close to liking ol' Rusty Trombone unless he's bearded. No Ensign Babyface for me.

Q: How different do you think the Marvel Universe would be if Captain America and Hitler actually fell in love? And what do you think Hitler’s love notes entailed?
Josh: I suppose the thoughts of their forbidden love would be intense. Think Romeo and Juliet suicide level intense. I think even if they fell in love they would still have been on opposite sides of the war. But how could Hitler not love Steve Rogers. He's like Hitler's aryan wet dream... I mean physically, not at all spiritually, ethically, politically, or in any way that actually counts for anything. In fact I don't really like to think of any happy ending for Hitler in any case.

Q:  Did you happen to find a taker for your Masterminds DVD with Patrick Stewart and Vincent Kartheiser? I might know someone who would like it.
Josh: Oh that wasn't a DVD, that was good old fashion V-H-S. I gave it away as a gift to a friend. I don't think I could take such treasure back without ruining that friendship.

Q:  What artists/illustrators do you currently follow?
Josh: Currently?..... OH that's hard, way too many. The list looks something like this (although I'd still be leaving a lot out): Kris Anka, Kevin Wada, Becky Cloonan, Daniel Warren Johnson, Cameron Stewart, Chris Samnee, Cory Loftis, Gabriel Hardman, Matthew Woodson, Greg Ruth, Noelle Stevenson, Hamish Steele, Jake Wyatt, Jeff Stokely, Mingjue Helen Chen, Katsuya Terada, Chris Brunner, Tradd Moore, Steve Mcniven, Ming Doyle, Dan Hipp, Patrick Leger, Paul Azaceta, Phil Noto, Mike Mitchell, Steve Epting... I should really stop there but that's not nearly the whole list.

Q:  You clearly are a huge comics fan. What books really stick with you from your teen years?
Josh: Well I grew up reading the Chris Claremont/Jim Lee run on X-Men. That started comics for me really. I followed it with Lee/Portacio stuff but following that when they got into Onslaught I was done. That killed comics for me for a long time. As a kid who didn't have a lot of money to buy tie ins I had to just give up. Then when I was in high school I came back around for some of the non Marvel and DC books at the time. I was really into BattleChasers, Danger Girl, Kaboom!, Spawn, and Red Star. I came back around into marvel with Wolverine Origin. Following that I started to get into all the 70's, 80's, and 90's greatness I had really missed out on including lots of the Frank Miller/Klaus Janson stuff.

Q:  Unicorns...or Narwhals? Who would win in a fight
Josh: That's a trick question. They don't fight. They bake cupcakes and sing songs together. Did you know every time a Unicorn and Narwhal fall in love a bell rings?

Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great Fan Art by Josh Lynch & Daughter

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