Archive for October, 2016

Captain America: The First Avenger: POW / Bucky Rescue Suit Replica: Results

Posted in Design, Physical Object with tags , , , , , , on October 31, 2016 by Staff Writer

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Blade Runner-Inspired MetroKab Cards For Sale

Posted in Annotated, Design with tags , , , , , on October 29, 2016 by Staff Writer

Inspired by Blade Runner, and designed by me, these fan-made, non-canon ‘wallet stuffers’ are now available on eBay and the RPF:

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I have endeavoured to capture not only the style of the 1982 sci-fi film, but also somewhat maintain the technical limitations of the period (to a certain degree). My card has a very simple, limited palette of colors, no holograms, no embossed text, no full-color graphics, no QR codes, etc. My card is four-color process printed on a thin, flexible plastic stock; thinner and softer than a credit card, but more durable than paper cardstock.

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And also available in the Project Runs section of the RPF’s junkyard, for members, wherein I will offer certain, limited international shipping.

Captain America: Steve Rogers’ Hair

Posted in Design with tags , , on October 28, 2016 by Staff Writer

In case anyone needed reference pics of his hairstyle from “The First Avenger:”

Please note that the above shots should not be used for color-matching purposes, but rather as a general guide for Steve’s hair styling and tone.

Certain Signs, Swastikas and The Shadow Over Innsmouth

Posted in Annotated with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2016 by Staff Writer

H. P. Lovecraft began to write The Shadow Over Innsmouth in 1931. In one part of Zadok Allen’s history, he mentions “certain signs” belonging to the ‘Old Ones’ which have powers over (or against) the Deep Ones:

“…sarten signs sech as was used onct by the lost Old Ones … them old magic signs as the sea-things says was the only things they was afeard of … In some places they was little stones strewed abaout—like charms—with somethin’ on ’em like what ye call a swastika naowadays. Prob’ly them was the Old Ones’ signs…”

While this use of the swastika may seem incongruous to a late 20th / early 21st century audience, it is in fact a very old symbol, appearing in ancient North America, Europe, Africa and India. What most likely prompted the use of it here (in the Pacific) in HPL’s story were the public speculations of James Churchward from 1926 on:

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Popular Science, March, 1928.

We know HPL was familiar with Churchward’s theories because he mentions him by name in Through the Gates of the Silver Key (1932) and Out of the Aeons (1933). Reading the first 3 paragraphs of the article above gives us a clear view at the then popular ‘lost continent’ stories in the public eye at the time, and the ‘evidence’ used to support them.

JM Hawaiian Shirt Update 7

Posted in Design with tags , , , , on October 22, 2016 by Staff Writer

Based on my printed shirt, I’ve tweaked my art for the millionth time:

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Though the end result looks like the whole thing simply had the brightness turned up, I tweaked almost every element individually: The CPUs, the Ono-Sendai logotype, the blue diamonds, the flowers & fans stokes, the flowers & fans fills, the circuit traces, the purple background and the blue background.

It may not be perfect, but the next one will be better…

Looking Like Your Standard Tourist Tech…

Posted in Design, Physical Object with tags , , , , , on October 20, 2016 by Staff Writer

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“He was outside, waiting. Looking like your standard tourist tech, in plastic zoris and a silly Hawaiian shirt printed with blowups of his firm’s most popular microprocessor; a mild little guy…”

Mr. Gibson: Thanks for everything :)

Two Weeks…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 17, 2016 by Staff Writer

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