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The Incredible Art of Attack Peter

Yesterday I posted about an intriguing Batman statue by Attack Peter and his style resonated with me so much that I had to learn more about this incredible artist and check out his additional work. Needless to say, I was blown away!

Peter Santa-Maria (AKA Attackpeter) is a Miami-based artist and teacher who specializes in linoleum block printing in which he painstakingly carves sheets of linoleum in reverse and then rolls ink on the raised image to create beautiful prints.

“I draw a design on a piece of material called linoleum, which has a leathery feel,” Santa-Maria shared. “The image has to be drawn in reverse because after I carve out the design, apply the ink and press the paper onto it, it prints a mirror image. It’s a lot like making a stamp.”

Check out some of his amazing pieces of art, I of course am partial to the Batman piece!

   

 

He is heavily influenced by traditional imagery from Thailand, American traditional tattoo flash, and his peers. Check out this video in which Santa-Maria discusses his process and showcases his Spider-Man piece at Sideshow Collectibles.

You can purchase his Spider-Man Print on Wood Variant HERE.

You can follow Attack Peter on his homepage, Etsy store, Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.

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Artist Jordan Monsell Hides 60 Ghosts In This Art Piece, Can You Name Them All?

Beetlejuice, Casper, Slimer and Hatbox Ghost. The public just can’t get enough of these floating apparitions that haunt our comic books, television shows, movie screen and novels. Here is the latest easter egg art piece by Jordan Monsell that pays homage to pop culture poltergeists. There are 66 of them to spot and name.

In the past, Monsell has created elaborate Stephen King and Twilight Zone pieces.

You can purchase an 18″ x 24″ “Ghosts In The Graveyard” print for $30 on his Etsy store HERE!

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Cuyler Smith’s Trading Cards 4 To Open At Gallery 1988 On May 24

This Friday night, the fourth installment of Cuyler Smith’s Trading Cards will open at Gallery 1988.

Cuyler Smith’s annual art show has become a major tradition at G1988. His trading card set, depicting pop culture athletes, continue to sell out every time they’re released. 

40 brand new cards will be released and you can check some of them out below. Cuyler will be in attendance from 7-9 PM, and this will be your first chance to pick up artwork. Remaining cards will go online the following day at gallery1988.com.

      

This special Larry David card is only available in packs and complete sets

Image Credit LINK

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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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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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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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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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50 Insane Pop Culture Gifts That Actually Exist

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Refinery29 has complied a list of 50 insane pop culture gifts that actually exist.

Fun items include a Flux Capacitor Car Charger , the Star Wars Dream Desk, Sex Panther Cologne, Golden Girls Coasters or the Top Gun leather jacket. Check out the list HERE.

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Thank You To All Who Participated In The FIRE WIRE Poster Giveaway

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Yesterday we gave away a ton of pop culture items ranging from posters, original art, books and toys to 73 lucky recipients. My intent was to give back to the wonderful pop-culture community whose camaraderie and passion for the hobby I cherish.

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I want to thank the kind and generous artists and galleries who donated to this event. I appreciate Hero Complex Gallery allowing us to use their space and provide refreshments. Finally, a big shout out to the people that came and showed up on a Saturday to partake in the festivities! I hope you all had a great time, had a few laughs and walked away with something cool!

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Hero Complex Gallery & THE FIRE WIRE Blog Present The Totally Tubular Pop Culture Giveaway

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Who says, “Nobody gives anything away for free anymore”? We are here to change that and as a thank you to the great poster community we are hosting one of Los Angeles’ BIGGEST pop culture art giveaways EVER!

How do you win? Simply follow The Fire Wire and Hero Complex Gallery’s Facebook and Twitter pages and share a pic of your own that exemplifies why you love pop culture. Use the hashtag #HCGFireWireGiveaway and we will select 70 lucky people to attend the Los Angeles giveaway event at Hero Complex Gallery! Yes, you heard right, 70 winners!

Follow Links:

http://firewireblog.com

https://www.facebook.com/THEFIREWIRE

https://twitter.com/larryfire

http://hcgart.com

https://www.facebook.com/HeroComplexGallery

https://twitter.com/HeroComplexArt

The event will be held on September 12, 2015 at Hero Complex Gallery at 2PM and each of the 70 people invited are guaranteed to get a poster, piece of original art, book or toy!

Here are just a few artists and companies who generously donated their work for this fun and FREE event:

Acme Archives
Ale Giorgini
Aled Lewis
Andy Fairhurst
Bill Sienkiewicz
Blunt Graffix
Brian Methe
Craig Drake
Cuyler Smith
Dark Hall Mansion
Dark Inker
Dave Perillo
DKNG
Gabz
Gallery 1988
Gary Pullin
Grey Matter Art
Hero Complex Gallery
Ian Glaubinger
Jason Edminston
Jason Liwag
Jason Weidel
JC Richard
Jerrod Maruyama
Jock
Joey Spioto
Jonathan Burton
Jordan Monsell
Joshua Budich
Kevin Tong
Laurent Durieux
Marie Bergeron
Marko Manev
Matthew Chojnacki
Matt Ferguson
Matt Ryan Tobin
Mick Wiggins
MONDO
Nautilus Art Prints
NECA Toys
Nick Comparone
Nicolas Delort
Orlando Arocena
Patrick Connan
Paul Blow
Paul Shipper
Rich Pellegrino
Robert Bruno
Sam Gilbey
Scott C
Stan & Vince
Steven Holiday
Tim Doyle
Titan Books
Tom Whalen

and here is a very small tease…

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The Princess Bride by Nick Comparone

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Boba Fett OG by Jayson Weidel

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Chewbacca Silhouette by Jordan Monsell

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Joker Sketch by Bill Sienkiewicz

Hang out with some great people, enjoy some delicious refreshments and walk away with a free piece of pop culture. So tell your friends, you won’t want to miss this evening.

Follow HCG and THE FIRE WIRE for more info!

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