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Jul05

Cartoon Network hosts Animation Jam

2016 at 05:19 pm by admin | Comments Off

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In a move designed to inspire young artists and help promote the ever-growing animation business, Cartoon Network has announced their first Animation Jam collaborative event! In this event, Cartoon Network Studios will invite undergraduate animation artists from across the nation to their headquarters in Burbank, California to take part in a group project of creating a completely original 15-second animated short. The project, which will take place in the universe of the “O.K. KO! Let’s Be Heroes” cartoon, will be led by a creative team of animation mentors, including the creator of “O.K. KO!” Ian Jones-Quartey. The Animation Jam follows Cartoon Network’s Game Jam event in Portland, Oregon earlier this year, and will run from July 9th to July 11th, with the completed animation to be aired on Cartoon Network’s television channel later this year!

Jul05

Attack on Titan second season announced

2016 at 05:07 pm by admin | Comments Off

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After a busy weekend at Anime Expo 2016, anime fans across the world have gotten even more good news in the announcement of a second season of the widely popular “Attack on Titan” anime! The announcement was released by the show’s producers over the weekend, along with the second season’s promotional poster showing protagonists Eren, Mikasa, Armin, and Levi facing off against the titans. The second season will continue where the first anime left off, following the story of the ongoing manga. The new show will air in 2017, and more details will be revealed as the show draws closer to its release date, so fans can get excited for another season of suspense and titan-fighting action next year!

Jun30

Frederator Studios releases Hatsune Miku robot

2016 at 05:15 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Frederator Studios, most well-known for their work with the Adventure Time cartoon series, has worked with toy company Ultra Tokyo Connection to design a brand-new Hatsune Miku-themed robot toy for the upcoming Anime Expo 2016! This figure features the Vocaloid character herself in Frederator Studios’ iconic graphic art style, along with a large Miku-themed mecha for her to pilot and interact with. The robot itself is fully articulated, and features a number of accessories for itself and Miku, including microphone stand and leek-themed baton. The robot even opens up, allowing Miku to enter and pilot it in style! The toy will release at Anime Expo, which will run from July 1st to July 4th, and will also be released for preorder online from July 5th to July 25th. Make sure to pick up one of these cool Miku figures for yourself!

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Jun30

KAWS x Nancy Gonzalez bag collection

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Internationally renowned graphic artist KAWS has collaborated with fashion design company Nancy Gonzalez for a line of brand-new themed bags! This new collection of bags features KAWS’s trademark X-eyes as decals on a set of monochromatic-themed tote and crossbody bags. These bags will be released as a set of limited-edition collectibles, and are part of an ongoing series of artist collaborations with Nacny Gonzalez, which includes works from artists like Dr. Lakra, Richard Phillips, Jim Hodges, and more. The bags will be released sometime in 2017 in short supply, so look forward to these brand-new KAWS collectibles!

Jun29

Dreamworks Animation in Concert begins this week

2016 at 06:18 pm by admin | Comments Off

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After years of beloved animated films and franchises, Dreamworks will be celebrating over 20 years of animated film history with their “Dreamworks Animation in Concert” orchestral presentation! The concert is planning on an international tour, and will begin its journey at the Wolf Trap’s Filene Center in Vienna, Virginia on June 30th. The concert will cover a wide variety of Dreamworks’ biggest hits, including classics from Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung-Fu Panda, and more alongside animated clip shows from the films. After their debut in Virginia, the concert will be stopping by dozens of other cities later this summer, including other USA locations like Houston, San Diego, and Salt Lake City, along with international locations like Moscow, Calgary, and Melbourne! Check out the official trailer below for a taste of what’s to come at the official premiere, and keep an eye out for a location near you!

Jun29

Legoaizer transforms photos into LEGO

2016 at 06:05 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Tech company AJU Productions has developed a new tool that can turn any photo you desire into a LEGO construction! Titled “Legoaizer”, the app is capable of analyzing uploaded photos, and creating a LEGO blueprint for users to turn into a real-life build, if they so wish. The program also supports functionality with the LEGO website Bricklink, showing user which exact colors of LEGO brick are needed or should be purchased in order to complete their photo. Legoaizer can also be tailored to suit the user’s needs, ranging from low-cost mode to photo-accurate colors, and more! The program also supports functionality with other construction kits like DUPLO, Ministick, and even standard color beads. Legoaizer is free to try for an initial trial period, so check out their website at http://mosaizer.com/Legoaizer/index.htm to create some awesome LEGO artwork for yourself!

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Jun28

Art turns building into wormhole

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Graphic artist Astro has lent his hand to a public art initiative in Loures, Portugal by transforming a building into a psychedelic wormhole! The mural, which was created over the side of a residential building and surrounding walls, employs the use of hue shifting and depth in order to fool the eye into seeing a deep tunnel, covered in Astro’s signature style of geometrically-themed graphic design. The design also bleeds out onto nearby walkways and ramps! The art was created for the Loures Arte Pública project, and also includes a bus that Astro covered in his artwork as well! This year’s Loures Arte Pública debuted on June 25th, featuring a number of artists alongside Astro, so make sure to check it out to see more of the latest international street art!

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Jun28

Dragon Ball woodblock prints to be sold at Anime Expo

2016 at 05:04 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Internationally renowned anime and manga franchise Dragon Ball will be headed to this year’s Anime Expo in a new way with the release of a set of authentic woodblock prints! These prints, which recreate an iconic image of protagonist Son Goku from the very first volume of the manga, were created using ages-old woodblock techniques, meticulously carved by hand and applied onto high-quality handmade paper. These qualities make this limited edition run of 200 prints a must-have for any diehard Dragon Ball fan! The prints, which will retail for $450, will go up for preorder online starting July 2nd, and will also be available at Anime Expo 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Visitors to Anime Expo will also be able to check out the woodblocks themselves, along with other woodblock prints for franchises like Vocaloid.

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Jun23

Adobe Creative Jam has arrived to Minneapolis

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Adobe, international software and design company, has brought its Creative Jam design conference and experience to Minneapolis! Previously hosted in cities across the world like Brooklyn, Atlanta, Mexico City, Tokyo, London, Montreal, Madrid, and many more, Creative Jam is a unique mix of conference and competition, as designer teams compete in art-based tournaments using Adobe software, while at the same time presenting their own creative processes to large audiences in the Creative Jam Presentations. This summer’s Creative Jam is being hosted in Minneapolis as well as Vancouver on June 23rd, with another location at the Bump Festival in Belgium starting on June 24th. Many artists from all over the world will be participating in these festivities, as well as dozens of locally based teams. Let’s support our local artists, as well as creativity from all over the world, by checking out this year’s Adobe Creative Jam for yourself! Learn more about Creative Jam at their website at http://www.adobecreativejams.com/!

Jun23

Lilium unveils electric aircraft concept

2016 at 05:38 pm by admin | Comments Off

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German aviation company Lilium has debut a design for a potential personal electric-powered aircraft in a recent press release, showing off concepts and designs they hope to implement in the future. The craft, which takes cues from both standard planes and helicopters, will be able to achieve a vertical take off from a standstill, and can achieve max speeds of 250 mph. The plane will be powered by an electric battery, allowing for 300 miles of flight before requiring a recharge. All of this is achieved thanks to the plane’s ducted fan engines, which lighten the load of the plane significantly, as well as result in a much quieter experience compared to modern helicopters. The plane, intended for recreational flying in low airspace, will still require users to hold a standard pilot’s license, and will begin testing in 2017 for a potential 2018 release, but it is an interesting look into the future of flight for the average citizen.

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