Category Archives: Pop Culture

The Greatest Geek Moments of 2017

The year of 2017 was a great year for geekdom. Women took center stage thanks to films like “Wonder Woman” and casting change-ups from BBC’s “Doctor Who.” And plenty of classic fan favorites returned (if even for a moment) such as “Twin Peaks,” “Samurai Jack” and even The Dude.

HERE are the favorite standout genre moments that had us geeking out and getting a little misty-eyed.

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Introducing Barnes & Noble Trend Shop

Something new is coming to Barnes & Noble stores!

Launching this month at select stores, the new Trend Shop section will be your one-stop shop for all things pop culture!

“Whether you’re a Marvel Comics superfan or a Harry Potter aficionado, we have collectibles, books, movies & TV series, toys & games, and more finds that you’ll love. Shop by your favorite franchise, such as Star Wars, Wonder Woman, Doctor Who, and Game of Thrones, and check back frequently to discover the latest popular picks.”

Within the Trend Shop area, there will be multiple sections, including Pop Culture, Super Heroes, Trending Now, Tokyo Direct (all of which Funko is a part of), as well as a dedicated Funko section!

Here’s a list of the stores that will feature the new Trend Shop section:

Rogers, AR (Scottsdale Center)
Mesa, AZ (Dana Park Village Square)
Surprise, AZ (Surprise Marketplace)
Colorado Springs, CO (Citadel)
Newark, DE (Christiana Mall)
Geneva, IL (Geneva Commons)
Chicago, IL (Oakbrook)
Champaign, IL
Wichita, KS (Bradley Fair)
Flint, MI (Genesee Valley Mall)
Cary, NC
Fargo, ND
Albuquerque, NM (Coronado Mall)
Newburgh, NY
Pickerington, OH
Oklahoma City, OK (May Ave)
Tulsa, OK (Southrads)
Wyomissing, PA (Reading)
McAllen, TX (Northcross)
Glendale, WI (Bayshore Mall)

More Trend Shops at Barnes & Noble should be popping up soon!

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Joey Spiotto’s Storytime 3 Opening At Gallery 1988 On April 7, 2017

Mark your calendars for April 7, 2017 for Joey Spiotto’s Storytime 3 opening at Gallery 1988. The show will feature 40 new works inspired by movies, music, television and video games!

The day following the opening of “Storytime 3”, Gallery 1988 will be having a book release/signing party for “Storytime – a Little Art Book”!! Joey Spiotto will be at the gallery on Saturday, April 8th from 12-3pm to sign books! Come on by and say hello. Grab a book and check out the show while you’re there!

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Gallery 1988 Announces Pop Culture Postage Art Show By Clark Orr Opening On February 3, 2017

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This Friday, February 3rd at G1988 (West) join them for the newest show from artist Clark Orr, his first solo! It’s called Pop Culture Postage, and features amazing stamp art.

Come to the gallery from 7-9PM at 7308 Melrose Ave for the opening reception, where Clark will be in attendance for the first chance to purchase work. Then, remaining pieces will go online Saturday afternoon at gallery1988.com.

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The Art of Robert Xavier Burden

Robert Xavier Burden is an incredibly talented painter who combines his passions of toy collecting and art by creating massive and intricate Renaissance-style oil paintings.

Xavier’s paintings both on canvas and on panel, all of which place childhood icons into compositions of reverence and majesty. Backdrops that appear like ecclesiastical stained glass or elaborately woven rugs from afar reveal something different at closer view; characters once only at home in comics and cartoons are crossing over into the realms of oil portraits with the help of Burden’s imaginative eye and deft detailing.

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Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest To Premiere On Comic Con HQ On November 15, 2016

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On November 15, 2016 the force will be strong on devices across the nation as Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest comes to Comic–Con HQ (www.Comic-ConHQ.com)!

Join Mark on his quest to track down the rumored rocket-firing Boba Fett, the original Time Machine, the last surviving armature model used to animate the original 1933 King Kong, the 1992 Batmobile, and so much more!

Mark travels inside pop culture’s vaults to uncover why we are so fascinated with collecting and what our collections say about us.

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How Pop-Culture Affects The Design of Online Casino Games

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Online casino games allow people to enjoy playing traditional casino games like including slots and bingo.  The casino games segment has the largest market share in the online gaming niche.

The explosion of online casino gambling over the last decade is one that has taken the world by storm. Volume reported in 2015 stood at $41.4 billion, a figure that is triple the reported volume in 2005. The numbers are even more impressive when you consider the fact that there is no participation from the United States. Online casino gambling is near illegal in the country.   Research says that the transaction volume of online casino gambling will be at least $5.2 billion higher by 2020 if 20 jurisdictions opened up in America before then.

The rise of casino sites that accept PayPal such as can be found here paypal-casinos.co, which allow faster transactions is a strong reason for the increase in popularity. However, one major factor that has fuelled the rising popularity is the fact that online casino games are designed with the pop-culture influence, thereby making the games more attractive to millenials.   How is this achieved? We will use the creation of a slot machine as an example.

How a slot machine is created

As someone who is a stranger to the world of casinos or computer programming, online slot machines will look like a basic tool. However, such games are some of the most demanding for developers.

It will take at around a year to design a premium online slot machine from scratch, up to the deployment stage on various platforms. The process takes the expertise of more than a dozen people ranging from game designers to mathematicians and server developers. In some higher end games, special graphics designers may have to be brought into the team.

Although each game varies, development teams generally use slot mechanisms that already exist. This is to streamline the research and development. It is also a way to make sure that the new game produced is one that the gaming public is already conversant with.  This is why at the end of the day, players can still find their way around games and rules from simplistic games like Bars and 7s to more robust ones.

So how does pop-culture come in?

In the past online casino games mostly featured landmarks or everyday objects. Players were used to seeing games based on the Pyramids of Egypt, The Statue of Liberty or other similar exotic locations. Today, the landscape has changed. Although we still have such games, the newer designs feature pop-stars, actors, actresses and even sports stars.  The pop-culture based theme makes the games more appealing with people who are already conversant with the stars the themes are based on.

Once a theme has been settled upon, the next stage in design is to figure out the mood of the game. Will it be based on real licensed photographs or cartoons? How will the rules and bonuses be crafted to reflect the mood?  Once these points are sorted, the online casino game is complete.

Pop-culture has led to advancements in many niches. The online casino gaming world is one of those that have benefitted immensely. This is even more so for paypal casinos as they already have a massive draw.

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Super Science Fair: A Pop Culture Experiment By Tom Whalen & Dave Perillo To Open At The Spoke Art Gallery On November 3, 2016

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Spoke Art Gallery is pleased to present Super Science Fair – A Pop Culture Experiment by Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo. Inspired by sci-fi universes from Godzilla to Willy Wonka, Whalen and Perillo have reimagined pop culture staples in their bright, illustrative vector styles. Each nostalgically modern, limited-edition print puts a playful spin on classic favorites.

Both Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo are heavily influenced by their backgrounds in design and typography as well as a mutual love for all things sci-fi and super hero related. Each artists’ work explores the science behind their favorite films and characters from Aliens to Xenomorphs with concise and dynamic compositions. One part mid-century advertisements, a hand full of cult classics and spiced with pop culture inspirations, Whalen and Perillo have brewed up their version of a science fair. New infographic pieces detailing planets from galaxies far, far, away, Pee Wee’s Breakfast Machine, and a spec sheet for the U.S.S. Sulaco will guide you on this science experiment.

Dave Perillo cites Mary Blair, Walt Disney, Jim Henson and Charles Schultz among his key Super Science Fair influences. For Super Science Perillo has created a series of public service announcements, informational pamphlets and guides. Intergalactic communications, how to grow a dinosaur, and time travel through the ages each seamlessly blends sci-fi heroes with a nod to advertising of the 50’s and 60’s.

Tom Whalen lists comic book artists and illustrators such as Todd McFarlane, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby and Saul Bass as vital inspiration from an early age. Whalen’s latest work spins Reed Richards (Fantastic Four) and Dr. Bowman (2001: A Space Odyssey) as pulp magazine covers. A complete guide to extraordinary beasts details the origin and first sightings for gremlins, wampas and more.

The opening reception will be on Thursday November 3, 2016 from 6-10PM and the exhibit will run until November 26th.

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Check Out This Cover To Geek Magazine By Mr. Garcin With Tons of Pop Culture References

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Artist, Mr. Garcin created this amazing cover to Geek Magazine which will be released this Friday. Dozens and dozens pop culture references fill the cover up.

See if you can recognize them all?

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EW PopFest Coming To Los Angeles October 29-30, 2016

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The lineup for Entertainment Weekly’s first-ever PopFest is growing in spades. The already exciting schedule will now include a live taping of Anna Faris’s podcast, “Anna Faris Is Unqualified,” musical performance by Grammy Award-nominated musician Janelle Monae, a conversation with “Outlander” author Diana Gabaldon, and a live table read from the cast of Bob’s Burgers.

They join an incredible lineup that already includes James Corden, the host of CBS’ The Late Late Show, a live performance by pop superstar Nick Jonas, discussions with Oscar-winning actress and director Jodie Foster, and Emmy-winning showrunner Ryan Murphy and friends. Attendees will have an opportunity to see first-look footage and special guests from Sony’s Dark Tower, a reunion with the cast of Happy Endings performing a never-before-seen episode, the cast of The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend performing their musical mashups live, and a conversation between husband-and-wife YA superstars Tahareh Mafi (Shatter Me) and Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children). The weekend will conclude with a 20th anniversary Scream celebration including a Wes Craven tribute, followed by an outdoor screening of the film. Additional programming will be announced in the coming weeks.

Entertainment Weekly’s curatorial talents will be brought to life as a two-day festival with a mix of pop culture related events including live music, film and television screenings, talks with talent and creators including actors, TV showrunners, film directors, videogame designers, authors and more.  EW PopFest will offer an unforgettable immersive experience for fans, celebrities and brand partners. With a built-in fan base and millennial draw, EW PopFest will attract cross-generational attendees, tapping into Entertainment Weekly’s combined audience of 28 million loyal, engaged fans. This highly interactive celebration of pop culture will engage consumers with innovative live and digital experiences, setting a standard no other festival can challenge.

EW PopFest will take place at The Reef, located at 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007, in downtown Los Angeles.

For tickets, please visit: http://ewpopfest.com/

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