Misc. Nerdiness

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Nearly two years ago we featured a snippet of an animated Firefly project by artist Stephen Byrne.

I had almost forgotten about it, until Byrne posted the following teaser trailer… [click to continue…]

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Artist Alex Cho is a visual development artist at Sony Pictures Animation, so when he puts his spin on the likes of Game of Thrones and Stranger Things you know it will be something special.

He’s also a fan of Harry Potter and Zootopia, among other things. It’s easy to fall into his art and get caught up. I suggest you try it starting with the examples below. [click to continue…]

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Wizard vs. Jedi—this isn’t the first time someone has imagined such a glorious battle. However, the GIF above provides another tantalizing taste. You can check out the full video from Madcap Brothers below (NSFW). [click to continue…]

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Y’know the Speeder Bikes from Return of the Jedi? Well, the team at Vintage Works gone and built one. More or less.

A huge amount of care and attention to detail went into making this thing. For example, the Speeder Bike motorcycle is fitted with a sound system to emulate its distinctive sounds from the film. It’s steered using the dual handlebars, which also control the flaps on the front.

This one-of-a-kind passion project is a real sight to behold. Though we’re not entirely convinced it’d be street legal. Check out photos, and the teaser video below. [click to continue…]

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One of the best things coming out of the popularity of Pokémon GO is how people are coming together socially. People from completely different walks of life are bonding over a common activity and community is being created.

The Arizona Pokémon GO Community Facebook group is one such community. They recently came out in support of 15-year-old Ty Swartout, who is autistic, after they heard about both Ty and his mom being bullied by a couple college kids while they were in a local park playing the game. Apparently, the two “men” sprayed them with barbecue sauce, and the mother overheard one of them say “Yeah, we got the r—”.

Yes, we know you’re probably overwhelmed with the ugliness of the world, but hang on! There’s a bright side to this story. On July 31st, dozens of members from the Facebook group turned out to support Ty—some even bearing gifts. Ty’s mom was overwhelmed:

“I’m so grateful. I’m just so grateful because if this wouldn’t have happened, we would still be hiding in our house like a lot of families like ours do. And I just can’t thank everyone enough.”

Check out the news report (make sure to grab a tissue) below. [click to continue…]

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We think we’ve found a new take on those “Wanna feel old?” posts. How about “Wanna feel tiny in a vast, unending universe?”

This video by morn1415, a sequel to his previous video on the subject, gives you a sense of the scale of the universe by comparing the size of stars and planets. It starts us off at the Earth’s moon, then continues out to the barely-known and beyond.

Look, I’d normally make some jokes at this point. Maybe throw in a jab at Pluto, possibly slip in a “Uranus” joke. But, I’m not going to lie, I found this video deeply, deeply moving. Maybe you will too. Check it out below. [click to continue…]

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We’ve all been there, haven’t we? Something we love works wonderfully in two dimensions, but once it expands out into the third it doesn’t quite mesh. Whether it’s a video game or a live-action adaptation of a beloved cartoon. Whenever it happens, our hearts break a little.

So imagine our delight, then, when we saw that Hong Kong-based fanart collective Pepasweet has not only done the transition justice, but they’ve pulled it off in the most unlikely of mediums—papercraft.

Spotted at a fan event in Hong Kong, these papercraft characters originate from RPG Shironeko Project, a mobile game available in Japan. At first glance they might not look like papercraft at all—in fact in some photos I was certain I was looking at figurines or toys—but they are made of paper, and they’re stunning. Check out more of Pepasweet’s amazing work below. [click to continue…]

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Artist Jirka Väätäinen is back on Nerd Approved with some realistic illustrations of Anastasia and Dimitri from Anastasia. They’re absolutely gorgeous and really bring the characters to life. Check them out below. [click to continue…]

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The year is long and full of waiting for season 7 of Game Of Thrones, but that just means you’ll have more time to color in this new Game Of Thrones adult coloring book (and maybe even the one that came out last year).

This 60-page coloring book has portraits from the show featuring Dany, The Night King, even the Battle of the Blackwater. I want to color the water a different color than black and the wildfire something other than green…just because I can.

It will arrive this winter (how fitting) but it’s available for pre-order now. Take a peek inside with the sample pages below. [click to continue…]

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If you haven’t watched Stranger Things on Netflix, you need to remedy that immediately. This is especially true if you were around during the ’80s, which was arguably the most enjoyable decade in movie history. The show is steeped in Steven Spielberg-style nostalgia, but this adorable flipbook animation by artist Ben Zurawski might be a little on the nose. Watch it below. [click to continue…]