Posts Tagged ‘2016’


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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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!

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

2016 at 05:56 pm by admin | Comments Off

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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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Jun23

Artist creates massive state for BMW anniversary

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Every year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed hosts an international motor race event at West Sussex, England, challenging vehicles from across the world to its arduous and exciting hill-based course. Along with this exciting event, every Goodwood Festival since 1997 has featured an art installation featuring vehicles, creating a wide variety of designs and exhibits for visitors to enjoy. This year, to mark BMW’s 100th anniversary, the 2016 Goodwood Festival has commisioned artist Gerry Judah to create the largest sculpture in Goodwood history! The sculpture, which features several of BMW’s cars from over the years, is a feat in both engineering as well as artistry, as the car hover steadfast on massive pillars over onlooking crowds. At night, the installation is lit up with vibrant spotlights, creating a spectacle to be seen 24/7. The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016 will be running from June 23rd to the 26th.

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Jun20

“Finding Dory” smashes box office records

2016 at 05:44 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Disney’s “Finding Dory”, the anticipated sequel to the 2003 animated film “Finding Nemo”, released in theaters across the nation on Friday, June 17th, and has since earned over $9.2 million dollars on its Thursday preview night alone, and $136.2 million over the opening weekend. This accomplishment marks the new movie as the highest debut box office numbers of any animation film in history! Produced hand-in-hand with animation studio Pixar, “Finding Dory”’s gigantic numbers come after Disney’s “Zootopia” film similarly dethroned Frozen for the top opening weekend, earning $75 million on its opening weekend. “Finding Dory” continues the story from “Finding Nemo”, following the adorably goofy fish Dory as she explores the ocean to find her parents and escape a California public aquarium. The film is in theaters now, so make sure to find the time to check out Disney’s newest hit film!

Jun20

Christo’s “Floating Piers” opens to public

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After years of planning and preparation, artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s floating bridge art piece has finally been completed and opened to the general public in Italy! The piece, which was one of the couple’s last planned art pieces before Jeanne-Claude’s death in 2009, is titled “Floating Piers”, and contains over 200,000 floating fabric bricks that come together to create a bridge, linking Monte Isola and Sulzano with the island of San Paol on Lake Iseo. The project has been in planning since the 1970s, making this art piece an accomplishment for Christo in memory of his late wife. The exhibit is open and free for all visitors 24/7, barring weather and other restrictions, making this a prime spot for locals and tourists alike to check out this feat in design and art!

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Jun17

Sanrio-themed dishes at Los Angeles restaurant

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Sanrio fans in Los Angeles now have a fun restaurant stop to look forward to, as the Plan Check Kitchen and Bar has collaborated with Sanrio in order to bring popular characters Pompompurin and Chococat to their menu! Following their past collaboration with Sanrio’s Gudetama character, the restaurant held a launch party for these delicious new treats on June 10th, and features all their new designs in one large multi-course Sanrio meal. Starting off with a small dish of mac and cheese as an appetizer, the main dish arrives in the form of a Pompompurin-themed hamburger and vanilla cream soda combo, sporting the dog’s adorable visage on both. Once that’s done, dessert is served with the large Chococat cookie and ice cream!

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On top of this wide offering of Sanrio treats, customers who order the meal will receive a complementary hat featuring Pompompurin and Chococat, with a design exclusively available at the Plan Check Kitchen and Bar! The restaurant has even gone so far as to decorate their windows with adorable Sanrio decals to celebrate! The promotion will only be available for one month, and a portion of all proceeds will be donated to L.A. Love & Leashes, a non-profit animal adoption movement. So if you’re in the LA area, make sure to check out these awesome new foodstuffs for a good cause!

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