Dave Pollot - Labyrinth

Dave Pollot Proves Thrift Art Needs More Hoggle!

A couple of years back I shared some awesome artwork from the talented artist, Dave Pollot, who goes and picks up thrift art paintings and then goes a step beyond and adds retro elements to them…making them far more enticing.

Like with the artwork you see up top with our friends from Labyrinth showing up and if you think the addition of Hoggle, Ludo, Sir Didymus and of course the Worm can improve a painting…look what you get when Pollot includes a Xenomorph!

All Images courtesy of Dave Pollot.

All Images courtesy of Dave Pollot.

You can pick up prints of these and more at Dave Pollot’s Etsy Store.

VHS Force Awakens

Star Wars Force Awakens Custom VHS Cover

There is something about a VHS tape. Something special. Something fun. I used to stock shelves and checkout tapes as a clerk and later manager at my Local Video Store so VHS is in my blood. I’m not the only one that feels that way and the recent upswing in the custom VHS cover game shows that to be true.

Custom VHS? What am I talking about right? I mean, what even is that? Let me hip you to it if you aren’t down already. Lots of people like tapes. They like how they look on a shelf or on the screen. They like how the tape feels, and in a statement that is more than likely the most true, they like the cover art. Dudes like the look of the old style tape sleeve art. The pics of scary monsters, the shots of buxom ladies, the drawings of things that aren’t even in the movie, things like that.

Dudes like it so much that they take it upon themselves to make their own covers of recent films, movies that are never ever going to get the VHS treatment since you know, they don’t make VHS anymore. They do it as an art project or just out of love for the style. For whatever reason it might be that they do it I dig this scene ALOT.

I don’t have the art skills to make my own covers. I’ve tried. It’s not pretty. Other dudes out there on the good old WWW are masters of the craft and sometimes they present their art on facebook groups dedicated to VHS or on other places of that sort. Places where VHS fans hang out. Anyhow, I was poking around a group that I frequent where dudes share recent tape finds and pics of their collections and one of the regular members posted some pics of a group of custom covers he made. He had Deadpool and Mad Max and most awesome of all, Star Wars The Force Awakens.

I had to have it. I don’t really buy things like this very often but man, I was geeked and had to get one of my own. I contacted dude and he was super nice and professional and whipped it out my way a few days later. When it arrived here I was just, dude, I was on Cloud 10. The sleeve it’s self is in the style of the classic CBS Fox style VHS Cover and will fit in perfect with my collection of Fox Star Wars Tapes!

Star Wars VHS Back Cover

Overall I’m really happy with the purchase. As a Star Wars fan and as a collector or VHS Awesomeness this is now one of the centerpiece of my recent buys. I have it on a shelf right now where I can see it as I’m typing this up. It’s so neat, it’s like it came from alternate universe where VHS is still in full effect. I don’t know man, that sure seems like a sweet universe to me. A nicer, kinder,more gentle place where people are kind and always remember to rewind…

Star Wars VHS Tape

If you are interested in taking a look at some of the wares my man over at Afraid Of The Basement has up for sale, that’s where I got the tape from, hop over to HERE to check it out! He has custom covers, awesome prints of spooky stuff as well as his own line of VHS Madness. It’s not to be missed.

Also, make sure to check out my weekly Podcast: The Pooptronics Media Half Hour Pop-Culture Podcast. It’s tons of fun. We talk all about fun pop culture topics, movies, TV, comics, Obscure DC Comics Characters…

(I See Robots…Did AB Silver make you change the name of your show?! – Vic)

Innsmouth - Steve Thomas

There Is Still Time To Plan That Vacation To Scenic Innsmouth!

I know the day is nearly done, I certainly can feel it as I’ve been out and about all night doing chores like paying taxes, picking up groceries…and possibly stopping by the local board and card game shop, but I was in the neighborhood so my Wife shouldn’t judge me, right?

Well, after my better half kicked me out of the house…it gave me a lot of time to think about where we might get to vacation this year. Thankfully Andrew Liptack over at io9 gave me a hint by being kind enough to share these wonderful vacation posters inspired by a few of the more notable locales in the Author’s stories… as well as some of their otherworldly threats…all three of them illustrated by the talented Steve Thomas.

All Images courtesy of Steve Thomas.

All Images courtesy of Steve Thomas.

Arkham - Steve Thomas

Make sure to sure to visit Steve Thomas’ Official Blog and Store to pick up some prints for the Lovecraft fan in your life and check out the rest of his amazing artwork!

Karate Kid - Final Fight - PJ McQuade

Karate Kid Artwork By PJ McQuade Sweeps The Leg!

We have shared the wonderful artwork of PJ McQuade before on the site, a couple of years back with some impressive Star Wars themed Holiday Cards, but I am completely taken aback with this amazing bit of art created for the It Came from 1984 art show back in 2014. Entitled Karate Kid: Final Fight it features that pivotal scene from the Karate Kid between Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence.

Um…SPOILERS…if you haven’t seen this 1984 film!

[Via] Raditzman

PJ McQuade however decided to go a little further by also offering prints…sadly sold out…that gives us fans of that classic film a look at what that scene would have been like if it had been a fighting game!

All images courtesy of PJ McQuade.Com

All images courtesy of PJ McQuade.Com

Make sure to jump on over to PJ McQuade’s Official Site and check out the rest of the fantastic artwork and what you can pick up at the Artist’s Etsy Store.

“Sweep the leg.”

Robo Force Wrapper - Branded in the 80s - Shawn Robare

Branded in the 80’s “Robo Force” Trading Cards Are Awesome!

Shawn Robare of the excellent Branded in the 80s website has just delivered another masterpiece of a digital trading card series that for some unknown reason was never actually produced until now. In this case Shawn has reached into his alternate dimension portal device (also known as working extremely hard to make them look so AWESOME!) to procure the Robo Force Trading Card series!

All images courtesy of Branded in the 80s.

All images courtesy of Branded in the 80s.

For those not in the know, Robo Force was a 1984 toy line created by Ideal featuring the heroic forces of Robo Force, led by Maxx Steele who challenged the world domination plans of Hun-Dred and his dastardly Cult of Dred!

Robo Force - Official Fan Club - Branded in the 80s - Shawn Robare

The toys possessed suction cups and push buttons on the back of them that activated their “crusher arms”, they also had hidden weaponry as well as interchangeable hand weapons. The series also produced vehicles and playsets but even with a sizable marketing push, that included a 1984 animated special entitled “Robo Force: The Revenge of Nazgar”, the toy line never quite caught on, I suppose the Masters of the Universe just had too much of a stranglehold on the majority of kids imaginations at the time.

[Via] Panbiscuit

Robo Force Combo - Branded in the 80s - Shawn Robare

Make sure to visit Branded in the 80s to check out all 26 digital cards that Shawn has created, and let’s hope that somehow he can find a way to get these beauties printed so we can purchase a few packs for our very own!

Optimus Prime - Steampunk - Brian Kesinger

Brian Kesinger’s Steampunk Transformers Are More Than Meets The Monocle!

Okay. First of all I want to give full credit to Brian Kesinger over at We Love Fine.Com for coming up with that exceptional twist on the old Transformers “More than meets the Eye” catchphrase in regards to his Steampunk Transformers T-Shirt designs.

While the dapper and heroic looking Optimus Prime would be reason enough to share these T-Shirts with you…it’s his take on the Decepticon Soundwave that really takes me breath away. Check out how his familiar alt mode of a tape deck has been deliciously bent to the Steampunk aesthetics of a player piano. Brilliant!

All images courtesy of Brian Kesinger.

All images courtesy of Brian Kesinger.

So if you like a little Steampunk in your Transformers universe…and why would you not…pick up Brian’s T-Shirts by following the link here.

“Coach Fare! Transfigure and briskly jaunt away!”

New Mutants - Superhero Pop

This Fan-Made “New Mutants” Music Video By Superhero Pop Is Amazing!

I’ve talked before about my love of the Marvel Comics New Mutants series of my youth, thanks to the last Super-Blog Team Up! Or is that how traumatizing that series could be?

New Mutants #60

Anyway, the other day Daniel XIII was kind enough to share with me this fan-made music video featuring not only the original roster of New Mutant characters but that hard rocking Mutant, Lila Cheney!

Lila Cheney - Marvel Handbook

Lila Cheney - Superhero Pop

This music video by Superhero Pop does a fantastic job of capturing the feel of those early New Mutants comics, especially when they show off Lila’s Mutant interstellar teleportation ability as well as her object of affection, in this case Sam Gutherie’s (Cannonball) “Blastin'” powers!

Cannonball - New Mutants - Superhero Pop

Now Lila is not up on stage by her lonesome in this music video, heck no, besides her bandmates she is being backed up by the one and only Alison Blaire aka Dazzler! Who I am not ashamed to admit that I had a wicked crush on in my youth…well…not too ashamed to admit that. Ahem.

Dazzler - Marvel Handbook

Dazzler - Superhero Pop

So take a break, crank up the volume and enjoy Lila Cheney’s “I Will Steal Your Heart!”

[Via] Greasy Pig Studios

I really hope that Superhero Pop will keep cranking these out…maybe even release the songs to iTunes?

Until then you can also check out “The Sight of the Sound” featuring Dazzler, also by Superhero Pop!

[Via] Greasy Pig Studios