The Story of Keep Calm and Carry On

You’ve probably seen the “Keep Calm and Carry On” or parodies of the poster everywhere from t-shirts to post cards.  This is the story behind the iconic image.  What’s amazing to me is that as ubiquitous as it is these days, it never saw the light of day in the period for which it was created.

For all your official Keep Calm needs, be sure to visit the Barter Books website.  And if you’re in the UK, be sure to stop by the shop.  It looks like an absolutely amazing book store!

How to Make a Pair of Sai

Blacksmith Tony Swatton forges a pair of Raphael’s sai from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Watching him work is absolutely mesmerizing.  I kind of wish this was a longer series that I could spend hours with.

I’m not gonna get all weapons hipster on this shit and whine about the impracticality of bladed sai because 1) this is just fucking cool and 2) the guy at the end demonstrates proper usage of the weapon proving that bladed sai are just as awesome as regular sai.  Man, I’d love to see him make He-Man’s sword.

Check out the AweMe channel for more episodes of Man At Arms including one where Tony makes Finn’s Golden Sword from Adventure Time.

Grendizer USB

AZM Ally Zombie Wayne pointed me in the direction of Incubot’s Grendizer USB Kickstarter.  They want to make a USB drive based on the classic Go Nagai giant robot anime that will have a spaceship docking port and his double-harken axe weapon.  The Grendizer will hold 8Gigs of Kamen Rider fansubs or whatever else you want to put on it.  They’re pretty damn close to getting full funding so please, for the love of giant robots, spread the news!

Incubot also makes a Voltron USB drive in 2G and 8G flavors so if the Grendizer falls through, you can still get your giant robot USB goodness.

In-Game Destiny Footage

I’m not entirely certain what I think about the PS4 just yet. I am surprised they didn’t show off the actual console. The specs are certainly impressive and it seems like it’s responding to a lot of recent gaming trends with the streaming capabilities. But the news that caught my eye was that Destiny is coming to the PS4! And with the announcement, we get some actual in-game footage!

Again, I’m stupid excited about the character creation. I really want to run around like a Kamen Rider with a big fucking future gun shooting at mofos. That’s a lie. I’m just gonna run around doing melee attack yelling “RAIDAH PAWNCH” the entire time.

Destiny Awaits

I am completely biased when it comes to Bungie.  My brother has worked there since the beginning of the Halo franchise so I’ve been a stupid huge fan since the original Halo.  Since they left Microsoft, I’ve been wondering with great anticipation what the next big thing would be.  Even without my biased opinion, Halo was pretty damn huge when it dropped.  Can lightening strike twice?
This viddoc for Destiny was released on Sunday.  There’s not a whole lot of gameplay footage, but that concept art makes my eyes drool.  I also really like the back story.  From what I’ve gathered reading reports from The Penny Arcade Report and Kotaku, Destiny sounds like it combines a lot of bits from all sorts of gaming genres (fps, mmo, social) into one massive package.  As it’s a persistent world, you’ll need to be online to play.  But there’s no Destiny subscription fee (I hope I don’t need Gold to play it. I don’t really play multiplayer anything).  It will launch on PS3 and 360 with a PC version to come later.
This is pretty silly, but I’m kind of looking forward to the character customization.  I want to see how close I can get to designing a Kamen Rider so I can play Destiny as Ichigo or Kuuga or some futuristic looking version of a Rider.
There’s a lot we still don’t know, but seeing as how this thing is going to unfold over ten years, we’ll just have to get used to that.  I can’t wait.  I’ll be following Destiny’s progress just like all the other Bungie fans.

The Reward

If you’ve got ten minutes to spare, grab some popcorn, fullscreen this video, and watch “The Reward,” an absolutely stunning 2D animated short. Directed by Mikkel Mainz Ekljær and Kenneth Ladekjær in collaboration with Glenn August, Jonas Andreassen, Josefine Hannibal, Karen Bennetzen, Ole Christian Loken, Paolo Giandoso, and Tanja Nielsen, “The Reward” was a Bachelor Thesis project at The Animation Workshop in Denmark.

This making-of video is almost as fascinating as the film itself.

There’s more over at the website for the short. I hope the crew stuck together after graduating because I’d love to see much more from them.

Urbance, A Gorgeously Stylized Update to Romeo And Juliet

This trailer for Urbance from Steambot Studios is absolutely stunning. No word on when or where it will premier, but we have a description of the story:

In the big city, gender war rises. Sex is prohibited because of a genetic deadly virus. Ruled by hate and anger, boys and girls grow up apart from each other, forming rivals gangs.

Among these lost teenagers, Kenzell and lesya will fight adversity and defy all the rules in order to live their love and restore peace.

It’s an interesting twist on the star-crossed lovers angle. You can bet in a series starring mostly teenagers, that separation of the genders won’t last too long. From the detailed backgrounds to the slick animation, every frame of this trailer is dripping with neon awesome. I can’t wait to see it wherever it drops!

From: Steambot Studios

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