Fringe: Question The Answers

I'm going to miss Fringe when it goes off air, but in the meantime Gallery 1988 is running the Fringe Benefits Project, letting fans vote on episodes to be turned into prints. This is the second print, by Mark Englert of Episode 303: The Plateau. I love how the Observer and Peter Bishop disappear in the glow in the dark version.

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Who Observes The Observer?
Warning! Pyrokinesis, Parallel Universe, Transmorgification

...And I Feel Fine

It's the end of the world as we know it. (It's time I had some time alone). Might as well make this my last post, right? Right. (The End by Sluggomatic, from Worth 1000, via Nikki Stafford)

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Game Of Pop Culture Thrones

House sigils for superheroes and other pop culture characters. I made my picks out of the 21 banners created by Miguel "Lokiable" Lokia on DeviantArt. (via Comics Alliance)

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And To Think That I Hulked Out On Mulberry Street

I love looking back into an artists work and seeing what else they have done and doing that with cartoonist and illustrator Ryan Dunlavey is a treasure trove. These are four Dr. Seuss-inspired superhero books that I am well familiar with.

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I Wanna Rock And Roll All Night And Sugar Sugar Every Day

Remember when the Archies turned into KISS? Well, maybe not turned into, but joins them to battle zombies. Yep. Turns out it is happening in the same alt-universe that saw Archie marry both Betty and Veronica. Riverdale sure has changed. (Dan Parent via Comics Alliance)

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Droogy Brown

After one too many times of Lucy pulling out the football from him, Charlie Brown snapped and went ultra-violent, but he was still a blockhead. (Mike Capp)

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Game Of Mortal Thrones: Daenerys Targaryen Vs. Robert Baratheon

It's a good matchup, but I think I have to give it to Robert and his warhammer. If it could take out Rhaegar, it should be able to handle Daenerys — at least until her dragons grow larger. (Roberto Flores via Geek-Art)

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Stephen King Superheroes?

The greatest villains of Stephen King's novels (was Carrie really a villain?) team up to battle The Dark Tower's Roland Deschain. Wait, what? Are they even all from Maine? No matter, I love the idea of an Avergers style (or League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, for that matter) gathering of King's characters. (Phillip Sevy for The Line It Is Drawn)

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The Overlook Hotel Kids' Placemat
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Jazz Age Justice League

The Justice League of America as a 1920's crime-busting team, by Alex Mitchell, is the bee's knee's, the cat's pajamas, no jive! (Click through for the backstories) And I love Wonder Woman as a flapper - someone should claim this as their next Halloween costume, immediately. (via Comics Alliance)

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You Will Never Find A More Wretched Hive Of Scum And Villainy

Wow, I really need to pause that scene of the Mos Eisley Catina again, I never realized how many familiar aliens (prawns, Alf, Zoidburg, E.T., etc), ghosts (Beetlejuice) and oddities (flying monkeys) were in the background. Guess I was too busy watching Han Solo shoot first! (Mos Eisley Cantina by Andy MacDonald)

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It's All In The Game (Of Thrones)

"It ain't what you takin', it's who you takin' from, ya feel me? How you expect to run with the wolves come night when you spend all day sparring with the puppies?"

Game of Thrones meets The Wire. I let out an audible "Yes!" when I came across Matt Leunig's It’s All In The Game. So much win.

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Throne Of Games
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Peter Paul Rubens' Batman Charity

Hillary White continues to educate me on classic paintings (this one based on Peter Paul Rubens' Roman Charity) and also traumatize me. Well done. (Batman Charity, for  Bottleneck Gallery's The Gang Is All Here)

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ALF Devouring His Cat
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Steamboat Millennium Falcon and The Electric Max Rebo Mayhem

Now that the Disney's purchase of Star Wars has sunk in, there are a few more mashups appearing, including Brendan Tobin's Han Solo & Chewbacca, Steamboat Willie style (above) and Sean McFarland's Electric Mayhem vs Max Rebo Band, both for The Line it is Drawn.

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Disney Wars
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Rated G: Terrible Cartoons That Shouldn't Happen

Who wouldn't want to see Saturday morning cartoon of Conan the Barbarian, Fargo or Fight Club? Ok, probably not many, but I would, and so would Justin White, who drew animated scenes from 30 movies for Rated G at Gallery 1988.

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James Bond And The Prisoner Of Skyfall

Ah! It never occurred to me that Voldemort is now the head of MI6! So of course Harry Potter is 007's next target. And the stag - who's patronous is it, Bond's on Potter's? Two orphans, are they family? (Pop Smoothie)

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50 Years Of James Bond: The Movie

Does five minutes each of 22 James Bond movies strung together, make a new, coherent 007 adventure? Yeah, it kind of does, which says something about the formula of the films but also speaks to the success of the franchise over 50 years.

The Bond films have always adapted to the times and the popular themes of the time. Live and Let Die followed Shaft, Moonraker followed Star Wars, Daniel Craig's gritty Bond followed Matt Damon's Jason Bourne and now Skyfall follows The Dark Knight. As my colleague Natalie Atkinson writes, "every generation gets the James Bond it deserves."

Skyfall fits perfectly into the 007 oeuvre, moving the story along while finding a place within it. And as it was the first of the series to be filmed in IMAX, that's how we went to see it. Today a viewing experience can be on an iPhone screen or a really large TV in your living room — but you cannot replicate the experience of watching a film on a screen the size of 2-3 story house. I love filling my field of vision in a theatre, but this goes well beyond as your eye cannot see the edges of the screen, so you follow where the director wants you to go. Awesome.

And with Craig signed on for at least two more films, I'll be seeing my favourite secret agent for years to come.  (Video via Nerdist)

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Direwolf, Direwolf, What Do You See?

"If Westeros had a picture book to teach preschoolers the house sigils and words, Eric Carle would write and illustrate it. Inspired by Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"

Now that I'm most of the way through A Storm of Swords, the third book in the Game of Thrones, I think this series could have been very helpful. I don't know if mrstater created this, but it's as close as I could find.

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Disney Wars

As soon as Disney announced they were purchasing Lucasfilm, the interwebs quickly turned to welcoming their new corporate overlord. Above and below by Austin Madison (via Super Punch)

Above: James Silvani, who has a whole lot more of these.

OK, NC Winters may not be as on board.

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8-Bit Graveyard

The foulest stench is in the air
The funk of forty thousand games
And grizzy video ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom

(Augie Pagan for for Gallery 1988's Old School Video Game Art Show)

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Throne Of Games

"Have you ever seen the Bit Throne? The joysticks along the back, the cables of twisted steel, the jagged ends of controllers and gameboys all tangled up and melted? It is not a comfortable seat ser. Mario cut himself so often men took to calling him King Koopa, and Wart the Cruel was murdered in that chair. By that chair, to hear some tell it. It is not a seat where a man can rest as ease. Ofttimes I wonder why Luigi wanted it so desperately".

An awesome description by redditor odinsprice of Aaron Jasinski's Throne of Games for Gallery 1988’s Old School Video Game Art show.

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The Evolution Of Bond

Sellout? Because of the Heineken? Please people, I am a huge fan of James Bond and the touchstones of the films that pass from film to film, but I'm ok if he changes his drink to be able to continue on the revival of this character.

But other than that, I like Tokyosexwhale's take on the 007s.

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The First Casualty Of War Toys Is Innocence

The Toy Story toys have a lot of time on their hands while waiting to be played with. So of course they have taken to remaking classic movie posters and scenes. As one would. (Jim Tuckwell via The High Definite)

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The Breakfastables

There is nothing I don't love about this image. Nothing. These breakfast cereal mascots were as much a part of my childhood mornings as many of the Expendables actors were part of my teenaged evenings. Are they as washed up? Hard to say, but they don't have the hold on that they once did.

Breakfast today. Legends Forever. (The Breakfastables by Andy MacDonald, via Comics Alliance)

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