MONDO Announces “Harsh Majical” A Gallery Show By “We Buy Your Kids” Opening On August 29, 2014

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MONDO welcomes back the Australian artist duo, We Buy Your Kids, for the next gallery show, “Harsh Majical.” The show will run from August 29th through September 15th. The opening reception will be Friday, August 29th from 7 –10pm at the Mondo Gallery, located at 4115 Guadalupe St. in Austin, TX. Sonny Day and Biddy Maroney, the faces behind Sydney-based We Buy Your Kids, are known for their colorful, off-beat design style. They combine hand-made and digital techniques to create their work, often experimenting with color, shape and texture. Their influences include a shared love of comic books, skateboarding, music and film.

The show’s title, “Harsh Majical,” came from a direct English translation of a Chinese description of WBYK’s work. “We felt it might sum up the final outcome, but more importantly describes the fun we’ve had working on this collection.” It will include prints from films previously tackled by Mondo artists, such as Alien and The Fly, but will also introduce some new titles such as White Men Can’t Jump and Thrashin’.

In addition to creating prints for Mondo’s online store, this will be the second gallery show featuring art from the talented duo. Their first, entitled “Tina’s Mom’s Boyfriend” (which opened in December of 2012), was a huge success and “Harsh Majical” is expected to be equally bizarre and awesome.

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Funko Announces Big Hero Six Pop! Vinyl Figures

Get ready for the upcoming movie release with this super colorful and super cute Pop! line! From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.” Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014.

The figures will be released in November.

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Marvel Famous Firsts: 75th Anniversary Masterworks Slipcase Set

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2014 is Marvel’s 75th Anniversary and the comic book company is celebrating its Diamond anniversary with the release of the limited Marvel Famous Firsts: 75th Anniversary Masterworks Slipcase Set ($500), which will collect the first volume of ten of Marvel’s inaugural comic book series from its Silver Age heyday plus a surprise 11th volume.

Each titanic tome in this limited-edition boxed set features a newly designed cover treatment and interlocking spine artwork, and the slipcase itself is patterned after stately Avengers Mansion. Also included in an Alex Ross poster signed by Stan “The Man” Lee.

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The book covers will feature the iconic artwork of Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, etc.

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The 11 books in the set are as follows: Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Thor, Hulk, Doctor Strange, Captain America, Iron Man, Avengers, X-Men and Not Brand Echh.

The Marvel Famous Firsts: 75th Anniversary Masterworks Slipcase Set is expected to ship on September 3, 2014.

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James White’s Solo Exhibition Celscapes To Open At Bottleneck Gallery On August 29, 2014

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Please join Bottleneck Gallery on Friday, August 29, 2014, as they open James White (Signalnoise)’s solo exhibition, Celscapes.

Here is how the artist describes the exhibit:

“Being a child of the 1980s, Saturday mornings were spent in front of the television with a bowl of cereal watching all of my favourite cartoons. What always struck me about those classic shows, such as Spider-man, Masters of the Universe, Scooby-Doo and the Superfriends were the beautifully hand-painted backgrounds. Sadly, that form of animation has faded away. Celscapes is a celebration of those classic painted backgrounds, depicting scenes from films, television and cartoons.”

The opening reception will take place from 7pm-10pm. Admission and drinks are free.

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Official Poster For New York Comic Con Features Batman By Francis Manapul

Batman is celebrating his 75th anniversary this year and he’ll grace the official poster of this October’s New York Comic Con.

The striking image is by DC Comics is by artist Francis Manapul. It takes the Caped Crusader out of Gotham and sets him over a gritty map of the five boroughs — his original home when he was created in 1939.

The New York Comic Con drew more than 130,000 people to the Javits Center last year. This year the show is Oct. 9-12 and will include a weeklong pop-culture festival held throughout the city.

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Automatic

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The check engine light — that enigmatic indicator that can signal anything from a loose gas cap or old spark plugs, to a worn out catalytic converter or an empty windshield fluid reservoir — is hardly an effective way of remaining in-tune with your car. But with Automatic ($100) you can finally decode that uninformative light, letting you know what kind of help your car needs and potentially saving a trip to the mechanic. And that’s not all it does: helping improve your car’s fuel economy, alerting emergency response in case of a crash, and automatically remembering where you parked are just a few incredibly-useful features.

Automatic plugs into the same port your mechanic uses when you take your car in for service. It’s easily accessible near the steering wheel.

Add in that its beautifully-designed iOS and Android apps are constantly updated with new functionality, and you get the partner your car always needed.

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Gallery 1988 Announces Joss Whedon Inspired Art Show Opening On September 5, 2014

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Gallery 1988, the Los Angeles based gallery known for their pop culture art exhibitions like the recent Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Exhibit and the long running “Crazy 4 Cult” art shows, featuring artwork based on various beloved cult classic movies and television shows, has announced a Joss Whedon inspired exhibit

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The art gallery will present art inspired by Joss Whedon’s creations such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly/Serenity, Dollhouse, Much Ado About Nothing and Marvel’s The Avengers.

Joss Whedon will reportedly be in attendance at the show opening on September 5, 2014.

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New Poster For The Flash Released, Loaded With DC Comics Easter Eggs

The CW has released a new poster for the series premiere of The Flash, hitting the airwaves on October 7, 2014 and it’s loaded with DC Comics Easter eggs. Check them out HERE.

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Prince To Release Two New Albums On September 30, 2014

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It’s been four years since Prince’s last new album, 2010’s 20Ten, marking the longest stretch he’s gone between new releases in his entire career. Making up for lost time, the legendary rocker has announced not one, but two new LPs, both of which will be released on September 30, 2014

Art Official Age, a solo album, consists of a 13-song tracklist. Over the last year or so, Prince has previewed a number of the tracks, including Breakdown, Breakfast Can Wait, This Could Be Us and Funknroll.

PlectrumElectrum meanwhile, marks the debut album from Prince and his band 3rdEyeGirl. This record contains 12 tracks. Of these, we’ve heard Pretzelbodylogic and Fixurlifeup. The album also includes an alternate version of Funknroll.

Pre-orders for both albums are now available via Prince’s website and include an entry to a flyaway trip to a special Prince concert at Paisley Park in October.

In the coming months, Price will also release a 30th Anniversary Reissue of his seminal LP, Purple Rain.

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Judge This By Chip Kidd

First impressions are everything. They dictate whether something stands out, how we engage with it, whether we buy it, and how we feel. In Judge This, renowned designer Chip Kidd takes us through his day as he takes in first impressions of all kinds. We follow this visual journey as Kidd encounters and engages with everyday design, breaking down the good, the bad, the absurd, and the brilliant as only someone with a critical, trained eye can. From the design of your morning paper to the subway ticket machine to the books you browse to the smartphone you use to the packaging for the chocolate bar you buy as an afternoon treat, Kidd reveals the hidden secrets behind each of the design choices, with a healthy dose of humor, expertise, and of course, judgment as he goes.

Judge This is a design love story, exposing the often invisible beauty and betrayal in simple design choices—ones most of us never even think to notice. And with each object, Kidd proves that first impressions, whether we realize it or not, have a huge impact on the way we perceive the world.

The 120 page hardcover will be released on May 5, 2015.

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