Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pacman-Themed Restaurant Coming to Feed Chicagoland Nerds

Artist's rendering of the restaurant and disappointed patrons. 
Brace yourself Chicagoland. A Pacman themed restaurant will be gracing the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg this January. The eatery is being opened by Namco, and it will be the perfect location to take a date if you’re hoping to dine with 8-bit ghosts or not have sex at the end of the night.

The name of the restaurant, Level 257, refers to the non-existent level that should come after the last stage of the game (it glitches at 256). What better way to market a Pacman restaurant to the general public than by naming it after an obscure Pacman reference that most of the general public won’t understand?

In case any industry people are looking to give Level 257 some competition, here are a few of my own classic arcade themed restaurant ideas:

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Oh, You Know... Just My Kid Setting Up Figures Around the House

There were plenty of things I knew Luke was going to do when he was born. Eat, sleep, poop, cry, destroy property, etc… The one thing that’s surprised me most recently is his insistence on setting up my old figures in rows around the house. He’ll set them up on the coffee table in the morning or on the stairs before bed or in the window sill while hanging out. It’s remarkable.

What’s even more bizarre is the fact that I don’t currently have any figures out on display. So it’s not like he saw me set them up. He’s clearly doing it on his own. Which obviously means that collecting toys is some kind of ingrained, genetic trait that can’t be stopped. Or, it just means that my kid is going to grow up to be just as much of a juvenile asshole as I am. Either way, I couldn’t be prouder of this man. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fetty Krueger is Looking for a Home

My affair with Fetty Krueger was short but memorable. I made him only a few days ago, but he's now up on eBay complete with a custom packaging and everything. He was made from a Funko Reaction Freddy and a mid-90's Boba Fett.

Check out the listing by clicking here. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Customs: Ninja Turtles Based on Horror Movies

In the 90’s, Playmates created a line of Ninja Turtles for just about everything, including Olympians, astronauts, Universal monsters, mildly racist Wild West characters, and more. Those crappy (in a good way) Ninja Turtle sets were the inspiration to make some of my own vintage-style custom Ninja Turtles based on classic horror movie slashers.

I kit-bashed about a dozen different vintage figures to create these guys (individual breakdowns below), and I even accompanied them with a logo similar to the kind Playmates used for each of their lines. Given the company’s love of alliteration and apostrophes (ie. Mutant Military Turtles, Rock n’ Rollin’ Turtles, Wacky Wild West Turtles, etc…), this line was dubbed “Sewer Slashin’ Turtles.”

There are more pics below and on the CTC Flickr page, and be sure to follow CTC on Instagram to see more.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Check Out 'Star Warps,' an Online Book of Star Wars Inspired Art

One of my posters that DB included in Star Warps.
A while back, DB Burkeman asked to include a few of my Star Wars posters in an art project he was putting together. A few days ago, I was very excited to see an article on Laughing Squid about Star Warps, an extensive online book of Star Wars inspired art curated by DB and a few others.

With work from the 70’s all the way today, it’s full of insane Star Wars fan art including paintings, toys, videos, a bread dough sculpture, a soapbox derby racer, an AT-AT made of ketchup packets and more. Seeing the whole project via thumbnails, it’s amazing how much stuff DB and his buddies included in the online book.

I’m just happy to be listed along with people like Jeff Bennett (who painted Star Wars characters into Thomas Kinkade art), Dan Piraro (the cartoonist from Bizarro), and Olly Moss (an unreal designer and artist). If you’re someone who gets a Star Wars boner, you should be hard by now.

Check out the whole collection of Star Wars fan art (and enjoy the epic intro) at StarWarps.com.

Via Laughing Squid.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Nintendo Snuck a Sex Joke into a Donkey Kong Jr. Puzzle Book

Sorry DK Jr., no sex parties until you turn 18.
I recently picked up a Donkey Kong Jr. cereal box premium, which was just a few pieces of paper labeled Puzzle Book. In the midst of all the “fun” activities for kids is a nice reminder that Donkey Kong Jr. isn’t yet old enough to wife-swap with his friends. The solution to the Rebuspell on page 6 is, “Donkey Kong Jr. is too young to be a swinger.” BTW - I verified the solution in the answer key.

Whoever the artist was that designed this (I’m guessing some coked up 80's Nintendo artist wearing an REO Speedwagon shirt), he intentionally snuck this joke in here. And I think we owe it to ourselves as a nation to make this man president. Not only can he design a hell of a puzzle, but he’s not afraid to tackle the important issue of underage monkeys banging their friend’s spouses.

PS - I wrote the answer on a color scan the puzzle book, so don't think that I desecrated this lovely work of art.  

Monday, September 29, 2014

31 Short Horror Movies in 31 Days

This movie will run past both of our bedtimes.
I used to celebrate Halloween by watching 31 horror movies throughout the month of October. That was before my son was born and I was able to stay up past 10 p.m. So, for the last couple of years, I’ve adopted a new approach with much less commitment: 31 short horror films in 31 days.

This isn’t a list of the "best short horror movies," so save your bitching). In fact, some of these movies are probably going to be doodoo. I simply put together a list of short horror film that I haven’t already seen, plus a few of my favorites that I’m looking forward to watching again (Hint: Coven, Oculus Chapter 3, Terrifier).

And I still plan to watch a bunch of my favorite full-length horror movies this October, like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm St., etc… But those will be for those crazy Friday nights where I stay up past 10 (maybe).