Bottleneck Gallery & ISH Announce Robocop Print Release

Bottleneck Gallery has been working on an exciting project for months, and today, alongside with Justin Ishmael of ISH, they’re ecstatic to announce our officially licensed screen print of Mike Bryan’s original painting for the sci-fi classic, RoboCop!

Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop is a late 80s genre gem which depicts a future, dystopian Detroit and tells the story of everybody’s favorite part human, part robot, all cop hero: RoboCop! The movie’s original poster, created by Mike Bryan, was based off of a painting that Bryan created using several advanced and nuanced techniques at the time to truly get the piece to be photorealistic.

Bottleneck spent months working closely with Justin Ishmael and our printers to create the highest quality screen prints based off of Mike Bryan’s original RoboCop painting, and the results are outstanding! 

The RoboCop print, alongside a limited variant and limited art prints, will be available as a timed-edition release from today at 12PM ET through Wednesday (3/20) @ 12PM ET HERE.

RoboCop Timed Edition by Mike Bryan
Metallic screen print
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered timed edition
Edition size will be determined by the number of prints sold
through Wednesday, March 20th @ 12PM ET
$50
Estimated to ship in 4 – 6 weeks

RoboCop Foil Variant by Mike Bryan
Metallic screen print on foil paper
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 150
$75
Estimated to ship in 4 – 6 weeks

RoboCop Art Print by Mike Bryan
Metallic screen print
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 150
$75
Estimated to ship in 4 – 6 weeks

RoboCop Art Print Foil Variant by Mike Bryan
Metallic screen print on foil paper
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 75
$85
Estimated to ship in 4 – 6 weeks

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What To Know Before Opening A Bar

Whether you’ve watched Cheers or are inspired by positive experiences of your own, the idea of opening a bar is one that plenty of people have in their lifetime. Who wouldn’t want to have the coolest place in town where all of their friends come to hang out?

The dream of opening a bar is an excellent one to have, but you also have to face the reality of what that dream entails. There’s more to this business than most people think. Here’s what you need to know.

Legalities

The first thing you should consider before diving head first into this business are your area’s laws. Zoning permits, food and liquor licenses, and various other legalities should be on the forefront of your mind. Your local government will have a series of regulations to follow, as well.

Liquor licensing is perhaps the largest hurdle out of all of these. Some towns and cities have very strict rules that will require you to jump through several hurdles before legally pouring a drink. It is highly recommended that you hire the help of a lawyer to ensure your business stays compliant.

No two law firms are created equal, however. Monshaugen & Van Huff are liquor law experts in Texas, which will give you an excellent idea of what to look for in a lawyer. While hiring legal help might sound tedious, it’s a necessity for anyone thinking of opening up their bar.

Employees

There are various elements to consider when hiring on bartenders, cooks, and cleaners. While you will ultimately be hands on at your bar, one person simply cannot do it alone. Two of your daily duties will be to monitor your employees and handle aspects of payroll.

Since you’ll be tied up in running your bar and probably bartending, using a software like Clockspot can help you stay on top of these duties. Clockspot features automated payroll and the ability to monitor employee clock-ins remotely.

Employee monitoring software helps you keep tabs on who is doing what in your establishment, keeping you in the loop even when you have a day off. With a bar, however, there are a few workers you’ll hire that do not count as regular employees.

Take window cleaners, for instance. Individuals offering services like these are an essential part of making any business run (unless you plan on scrubbing the place down yourself). There are plenty of benefits to hiring local cleaners, making it worth knowing beforehand which companies you’ll rely on.

The Job Never Ends

Whether it’s working from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. on any given day or constantly noticing aspects of the bar that could be improved, your job as an owner will never end. You’ll have to handle the repercussions of every bar fight, DUI pinned back to your business, and undercover visits from the LCB.

While you will have time to chit-chat with friends and make a good living, the amount of work it takes to run a bar is immense. Before starting this business, ask yourself if you can handle the responsibility and workload that comes with venture. It isn’t all fun and games, but it can be extremely rewarding. 

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3 Tips For Spring Semester College Students

Are you planning to take college classes during the spring semester? It’s a little different if you’re just starting out now as opposed to beginning school in the fall. For one reason or another, your reasons for starting classes during the spring semester classes might be more than acceptable including transferring from a different school, attempting to boost your GPA, or any other number of reasons.

You have two options as far as housing is concerned. As an example, if you are going to UC Davis, you can either live on campus or check out UC Davis housing in West Village apartments for those looking for a more affordable option. Or if you live in West LA, you can take advantage of dorm room housing or move into apartments for rent in Westchester Los Angeles CA. Your decision likely comes down to your finances and your personal preferences.

So, before you start the spring semester, you have some serious thinking to do. And to help you get acclimated with school and your whole new life, we’d like to share a few tips to make transitioning to your new school just a little bit easier.

Tip #1: Familiarizing Yourself with the Campus

After you graduate there are a few places you’d love to visit, but you have to stand on the dais and get your diploma first. And the best way to get used to a new school is to familiarize yourself with their campus.

If you have the time or even if you don’t, you definitely need to visit the campus prior to the spring semester beginning. Walk all around it and familiarize yourself with the buildings, get to know the places where you’ll be taking classes, and look for the cafeteria and other important spots like the library so you know where everything is before your first day of school begins.

Why is this important? It’s crucial to get to know your surroundings for a few reasons. For starters, you do not want to get lost trying to find your way to class on your first day. You also want to feel comfortable on campus and not feel like a fish out of water. Lastly, by familiarizing yourself with the campus you’ll feel like you’re right at home.

Tip #2: Prepare Yourself for Your Spring Classes

Some students feel like they can jump right in to their new classes without ever reading the syllabus, picking up their textbook or even learning the name of their professor. This is very foolish if you plan to begin your spring classes without knowing anything about the class, the teacher, or anything else for that matter.

At the very least, you need to get a copy of your syllabus and review it before classes begin on the first day. By learning your syllabus, you won’t have to worry about any surprises because you’ll have looked at your classes, read the outline, and you’ll mentally prepare for what’s to come.

Becoming familiar with the textbook is also a good idea. This will help you understand what the class is all about so you can mentally prepare for the challenges ahead.

Tip #3: Let Everyone Know That You’re New to the School

For some reason, people dread telling their peers that they are new when starting a new school. Keeping this information a secret is a terrible approach because when you let people know that you’re new, they’ll immediately gravitate toward you and do everything that they can to help.

Think about it. When new students introduce themselves to you, you usually go out of your way to be extra kind, extra sweet, and extra helpful, right? You deserve the same treatment in return. So let your new classmates know that you are new to the area. Who knows? They may invite you to a party, a movie, or another social event.

Final Thoughts

Starting classes at a new school during the spring semester can be a bit daunting at first. But once you’ve taken care of your housing situation and you’ve registered for class, it will begin to get easier. Use our brief guideline to make this transitional period go as smoothly as possible and remember to have a great time and study hard to make your spring semester a smashing success.

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Watch The Full Toy Story 4 Trailer

Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar have released the full trailer for Toy Story 4!

Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.

Keanu Reeves, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele join newcomer Tony Hale in the voice cast alongside returning cast members Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Annie Potts, Patricia Arquette and Joan Cusack.

Toy Story 4 will be released on June 21.

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Scott C. To Release 3 New Great Showdowns Prints On March 20, 2019

Scott C. has 3 new Great Showdowns prints that will go on sale this Wednesday March 20th, in the Scott C Shop at 1 pm EST! 

This will be a timed release which means they will be on sale for just 24 hours. The edition size shall be determined by however many have sold in that 24 hour span of time. So prepare yourselves for “The Sloth And Friends”, “The Spiders”, and “The King” !

“The Sloth And Friends” – $15 (4.75x 4.75 inches)

“ The Spiders ” –  $15 (4.75x 4.75 inches)

“The King” – $20 (4.75 x 7.25 inches)

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Apple Announces New 10.5-Inch iPad Air & 7.9-Inch iPad Mini

Apple today introduced the all-new iPad Air in an ultra-thin 10.5-inch design, offering the latest innovations including Apple Pencil1 support and high-end performance at a breakthrough price. With the A12 Bionic chip with Apple’s Neural Engine, the new iPad Air delivers a 70 percent boost in performance and twice the graphics capability, and the advanced Retina display with True Tone technology is nearly 20 percent larger with over half a million more pixels.2

Apple today also introduced the new 7.9-inch iPad mini, a major upgrade for iPad mini fans who love a compact, ultra-portable design packed with the latest technology. With the A12 Bionic chip, the new iPad mini is a powerful multi-tasking machine, delivering three times the performance and nine times faster graphics.3 The advanced Retina display with True Tone technology and wide color support is 25 percent brighter3 and has the highest pixel density of any iPad, delivering an immersive visual experience in any setting. And with Apple Pencil1 support, the new iPad mini is the perfect take-anywhere notepad for sketching and jotting down thoughts on the go. 

The new iPads are available to order starting today and in stores next week.

Pricing and Availability

The new iPad mini and iPad Air come in silver, space gray and gold finishes in 64GB and 256GB configurations. The new iPad mini starts at $399 (US) for the Wi-Fi model and $529 (US) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model and the 10.5-inch iPad Air starts at $499 (US) for the Wi-Fi model and $629 (US) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model from apple.com, in the Apple Store app and Apple Stores, and is also available through Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers.

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LEGO Steamboat Willie

Disney Mickey Mouse fans will love this LEGO Ideas 21317 Steamboat Willie building toy marking the 90th anniversary of the most famous cartoon character ever. Mickey Mouse made his screen debut in a 1928 black-and-white animated short film called ‘Steamboat Willie’, which was also the first Disney film to have synchronized sound. 

This LEGO brick version of the S.S. Willie features steam pipes that move up and down and paddle wheels that rotate when the boat is pushed along. The boat’s bridge has room for a minifigure and play-inspiring nautical details such as the ship’s wheel, life buoy and buildable bell. On deck there is a working crane to lift the ‘potato bin’ cargo aboard and this unique toy building set comes with new-for-April-2019 Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse minifigures, each with special silver-colored decoration, plus a parrot figure. An ideal LEGO set for kids and adults to recreate scenes from the original Mickey Mouse cartoon or simply build and display this striking monochrome model.

Features:

– Build and display this collectible LEGO set or recreate your favorite scenes from the classic Disney Mickey Mouse cartoon, ‘Steamboat Willie’.
– This unique toy building set includes 2 new-for-April-2019 minifigures: Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, each with silver-colored decoration, plus Mickey Mouse’s parrot figure.
– The iconic Steamboat Willie boat features a black-and-white color scheme, hidden wheels, moving steam pipes, rotating paddle wheels, adjustable crane and assorted elements including the ‘S.S. Willie’ boat name sign, ‘1928’ year sign and a ‘potato bin’.
– The boat’s bridge has space for a minifigure, a brick-built bell and assorted elements including the ship’s wheel and life buoy.
– The 2 steam pipes move up and down and the 2 paddle wheels rotate when the boat is pushed along.
– Accessory elements include Minnie Mouse’s guitar and music sheet.
– This LEGO Ideas creative toy building set comes with a booklet with building instructions, fun facts about the historic 1928 animated Disney short film ‘Steamboat Willie’, and information about this awesome retro set’s fan creator and LEGO designers.
– Steamboat Willie toy boat measures over 5” (15cm) high, 10” (26cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide.

    

The LEGO Steamboat Willie set will be available for $89.99 on Monday April 1, 2019 via shop.LEGO.com or LEGO Stores.

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DC Comics Announces DCeased

DC Comic has announced DCeased, a six-issue series launching in May that sees the world’s greatest superheroes face a threat unlike any they’ve ever faced before: a global pandemic that transforms everyone it infects into a rage zombie.

Here is the official synopsis:

“A mysterious techno-virus has been released on Earth, infecting 600 million people and turning them instantly into violent, monstrous engines of destruction. The heroes of the DCU are caught completely unprepared for a pandemic of this magnitude and struggle to save their loved ones first… but what happens to the World’s Greatest Heroes if the world ends?”

The series, which takes place outside of mainstream DC comic book canon, will be written by Tom Taylor. Art for the series comes from Trevor Hairsine, Stefan Gaudiano, James Warren and Rain Beredo.

“The idea originated with editor Ben Abernathy,” Taylor shared. “He had an idea to do a horror/zombie tale at DC, and hit me up to ask if I’d like to be involved. At the time I was pretty busy, but over the next few days, my mind was racing. I couldn’t stop thinking of new and terrible ways to torture my favorite heroes in ways that made Injustice look tame by comparison.”

The primary threat of DCeased is the zombie-creating pandemic, but there are other problems to be dealt with — not least of which is Darkseid, the villain responsible for unleashing the virus on Earth in the first place.

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DC Gallery Dark Knight Returns Batman & Carrie Deluxe PVC Diorama

The Dark Knight returns! As seen in the classic Frank Miller mini-series, an older Batman teaches the finer arts of slingshot usage to his newest Robin, Carrie Kelly. 

This 9-inch-scale Deluxe PVC Diorama measures approximately 8 inches tall, is made of high-grade plastic, and features detailed sculpting and paint details. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by Alterton! 

This Diamond Select Toys release will be in shops on July 31 and retail for $69.99.

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Disney Rehires James Gunn To Direct Guardians of The Galaxy 3

Disney has rehired James Gunn to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3.

Gunn was hired by Warner Bros. in October to write and possibly direct a sequel to “Suicide Squad.” Gunn will finish the Suicide Squad sequel before Marvel Studios begins production on Guardians of the Galaxy 3. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on August 6, 2021.

Disney fired Gunn in July from directing the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s third Guardians movie after offensive tweets resurfaced from years ago in which Gunn made jokes about child abuse.

Gunn took to social media to post a heartfelt thank you message:

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