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New Patlabor live-action release!

2014 at 02:51 pm by admin | Comments Off


The 1988 Patlabor anime series was recently confirmed to be revived through a series of live-action shorts and films to begin in 2014 with teaser images and posters showing off the signature Labor mech, Ingram. Now, as we get closer and closer to release date, the official Patlabor website has uploaded a variety of new photos, showing off Ingram’s cockpit, as well as other photos from the upcoming series.


Along with this, news was released concerning the nature of the series. The Patlabor live-action series will consist of seven 50 minute long parts, released over the course of 2014, alongside a 10-minute “Episode 0″ prequel short. On top of that, a feature-length movie is also in the works, and will be released in spring 2015. The shorts will feature Patlabor’s signature comedy / drama story, and even use real-life robots like the Kurata as part of the Labor series of robots. The first part will release on April 5, 2014, so Patlabor fans only have to wait a few short months to see the revival of this classic mecha franchise!


Mobile Police Patlabor was a weekly manga written by Masami Yuki from 1988 to 1994, and is set in a future where robots called “Labors” are employed in heavy construction work. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police has its own fleet of Labor robotic police officers, called Patlabors, to combat crimes and deal with accidents involving Labors. The story focuses on Noa Izumi, a member of Tokyo Metropolitan Police Special Vehicle Section 2, Division 2, and her division. Eventually spawning anime adaptations, light novels, and movies, Patlabor is considered one of the classic mechs anime franchises to this day.


Special Offer!

2014 at 05:37 pm by admin | Comments Off


Customers who spend $30 or more will get a FREE MUNNYWORLD Zipper Pull ($4 value).
Bring fun wherever you go – rip, clip, and zip MUNNY zipper pulls to almost anything. Series includes MUNNY and his mates and all the stuff they have hidden under their beds: ray guns, spray cans, ice cream cones, ninja stars, glow-in-the-dark bananas, and televisions from 1968!


Street art transforms gas station

2014 at 02:05 pm by admin | Comments Off


In the bustling Limerick City, Ireland, the Limerick City of Culture has been enacting a new initiative to breathe life into abandoned, derelict buildings and stations through out the city. Titled Draw Out – Urban Exhibitionists Initiative, this movement has already transformed a variety of locations throughout Limerick City. One such creation is an abandoned gas station, which Irish graffiti artist Maser has redesigned into a bright neon-colored playground! Titled “No. 27 – A Nod to Ed Ruscha”, the piece is designed with Ed Ruscha’s “26 Gas Stations” series in mind, which paid homage to the American-style gas station as a cultural icon.


Through redesigning the derelict station, Maser used huge, colorful lines to bring an individuality to an otherwise overlooked destination. With 20 other sites scheduled to be redesigned by a variety of pop artists, it’s a refreshing way to recycle useless property into an art form, and we’re excited to see what’s next!


Photoshop announces 3D printing compatibility

2014 at 01:55 pm by admin | Comments Off


Adobe has always tried to be on the cutting edge of technology, adding new updates and functionality to their programs since their inception in 1982. Now, after a press conference this Thursday, Adobe has announced that their flagship design program, Photoshop, will now be optimized to edit 3D designs and output them directly to a 3D printer! All of Photoshop’s features will be available in designing and adjusting these 3D designs, including adding color, texture, shape, and more. Photoshop will also provide users with a live update of the progress of their build, including elements like support structures to help ensure the quality of the print.


The final product can then either be exported as a separate file, or printed directly from Photoshop to select printers. By introducing this new functionality, Adobe wishes to simplify the otherwise complicated process of outputting 3D models for printing, as well as compatibility issues with the wide variety of different 3D printing software currently on the market. In a move that will surely help 3D printing take hold as an affordable creative process, Adobe has helped take the first step to bring 3D printers to ordinary households.


Tomino collaborates with Legacy Effects

2014 at 01:45 pm by admin | Comments Off


After the recent fan favorite movie, Pacific Rim, Fans have been waiting to see what else Hollywood-based special effects studio Legacy Effects will work on next. Now, a collaboration has been announced between Legacy studios and Japanese-based company Ookaze no Okorusama, chaired by renowned anime creator and director Yoshiyuki Tomino! Tomino, who is known across the world for creating the Mobile Suit Gundam anime and franchise, will be holding a press conference on January 21st to unveil his first project together with Legacy Effects, bringing the entertainment studios from the East and the West together under one collaboration. This team-up has said that they want to make “movies based on Japanese manga and animation from Hollywood to the world”, making fans excited to see what exactly they have up their sleeve. Alongside this project, Tomino has also been working on the upcoming anime project, G-Reko, which is set to debut sometime in 2014. This is a very exciting time for fans of Tomino and anime, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for news on the 21st!


MIT develops 3D interaction technology

2014 at 01:50 pm by admin | Comments Off


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT for short, is always making leaps and bounds in the development and practical application of technology in our daily lives. Now, researchers at MIT have developed a new application for utilizing depth-sensing cameras and 3D technology to create real world 3D environments. Titled inFORM, this technology picks up objects in front of the depth-sensing cameras and sends signals to a motorized pin screen. The pin screen will then replicate the object in 3D space, rendering both shape and motion in real-time. This technology can also be used to project images onto the pins, as well as recreate digital objects like graphs and shapes. Researchers hope that this technology will eventually be utilized in the real world by architects, doctors, engineers, and more!


Historic graffiti collection will debut in NYC Museum

2014 at 01:34 pm by admin | Comments Off


The Museum of the City of New York, located at 1220 5th Ave in Manhattan, NY, is home to a wide variety of artwork and education programs, and will open its doors to a brand now collection of graffiti and street art in February. Titled “City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection”, this historic collection of graffiti features a huge variety of work from the 1970s to the 1980s, and was donated by late artist and collector Martin Wong in 1994.





This collection features artwork from influential names like Keith Haring, FUTURA 2000, RAMMELZEE, LADY PINK, Lee Quiñones, Charlie Ahearn, Martha Cooper, and many more. This collection includes over 300 paintings, as well as excerpts from 55 sketchbooks, drawings, and more, each offering insight into the development of street art and graffiti in the 1970s. This one-of-a-kind collection will debut on February 4th, and will be open until August 24th. If you happen to be in the area, make sure to check out this amazing upcoming exhibit!


Tokkyuger series revealed!

2014 at 01:21 pm by admin | Comments Off


Over the past couple of weeks, news has slowly been revealed regarding the newest Super Sentai series in Japan: Ressha Sentai Tokkyuger! The Super Sentai series is best known in America as Power Rangers, and new info has arisen regarding the Tokkyuger cast, plot, and designs! This new series will focus on trains as the design aesthetic, which is shown in both the suits of the warriors themselves, but also in their combining mech, the Tokkyu-Oh! The series will once again feature five main heroes as the Tokkyuger group, each with their own unique train-themed weapon. On top of that, each Tokkyuger will have their own train, which will combine to form the Tokkyu-Oh. The series is slated to release in February of 2014, so Sentai fans should be excited to see what this new series has in store for them!


Happy New Year from TOMODACHI!

2014 at 04:06 pm by admin | Comments Off


With the holiday season come and gone, TOMODACHI is looking back at what a fantastic year we’ve had with you all in 2013. From art exhibitions like “We Love Vinyl” and “Endless Summer”, to our various workshops and events, we’re going to miss 2013 as much as anyone. However, the end of a year is also the start of the next, so we’d like to wish all of you a happy New Year’s! 2014 is the year of the blue horse in the Chineze Zodiac, embodying energetic, intelligent, and able characteristics, and signifying childish playfulness and hardworking attitudes. This upcoming year is going to be an exciting time for all of us, so we can’t wait to see what the year will hold for us. We hope that everyone had a happy and safe holiday season these past few weeks, and that we’ll all have a happy new year to come!