Amy Ratcliffe

renaissance batman

Photographer Sacha Goldberger recently took part in a photo exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris. He created positively stunning portraits of comic book superheroes and villains, Star Wars, and Disney characters as they would appear in 16th century art. He spent two years creating his Super Flemish series (inspired by Flemish paintings) and worked with a team of twelve people to get the makeup, hair, and special effects just right. Five costume designers made the outfits for the characters in the series including: Batman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, R2-D2, Darth Vader, Hulk, and many more.

The photos have been retouched, but even without that, this series is absolutely magical. The art looks like paintings rather than photographs. Plus, the likenesses to actors like Christopher Reeve and Lynda Carter (an effect created with makeup and lighting) is uncanny at times.

Check out more of Goldberger’s amazing images after the break.

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optical illusion tattoo

The best tattoos are conversation starters, and I bet everyone stares at this optical illusion tattoo and asks questions about it. Inked by Paul O’Rourke at Allstar Ink in Ireland, this striking piece with black stripes is mesmerizing and mindbending. It also might make your eyes cross if you look at it too long.

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When I think of the holidays, I think of Street Fighter. Don’t you? If not, maybe this tacky yet wonderful ugly Christmas sweater will change your mind. The official Capcom product sounds like it is truly a knitted sweater too: “design knitted, not printed.” No faux-sweater sweatshirt business happening here. Merry Christmas! Now, fight!

See a couple more photos of this amazing sweater after the break.

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blizzcon cosplay boom

The cosplay of BlizzCon is nothing short of astounding. I’ve been looking at pictures from the event for days, and I’m still seeing different but equally impressive ensembles. There’s so much armor! Many fantastic costumes are on display in Cosplay Boom’s video from the convention. They do more than just capture images of the cosplayers though. They talk to them about their history with games like World of Warcraft and Diablo and uncover the reasons why they cosplay.

Watch the video after the break.

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dogs playing d&d

Dogs have been playing poker for ages in the iconic painting by C. M. Coolidge, but it’s time for a change. Artist Johannes Grenzfurthner gave the classic an update by turning poker into Dungeons and Dragons. The dogs have dice, character sheets, and appropriate snacks. Maybe we’ll see a real-life version of this parody on TableTop someday.

If you dig this shirt, now would be a great time to grab it. Redbubble is running a 15% sale on shirts and hoodies through Sunday, November 16th. Use the promo code “GETTEES” at checkout.

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Frozen is a powerful franchise. I get it. I’m head over heels for the film and its characters. That said, some of the merchandise is just weird. Take this Olaf costume hoodie. I want to build a snowman, not wear one. Olaf is best in plush form or maybe on a t-shirt. Not as a costume hoodie. At least, not for me.

Check out the back of the hoodie after the break.

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I don’t know about you, but if I turned a corner and was suddenly face to face with an Exo hunter from Destiny, I’d freak out. They just look intimidating. Cosplayer Erik Barclay, a.k.a. redner, built detailed replicas of the machines’ helmet and chest armor for New York Comic Con this year, and it makes him look as imposing as the hunters in the game. He rigged the helmet to make the eyes and mouth move, and he installed LEDs for the eyes that have three settings of brightness.

See more pictures of the costume after the break.

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The design of Captain America’s costume seems like it’s made to be transferred onto jackets, and this leather biker jacket might be the coolest one of them all. It’s not an exact replica of the hero’s costume, but Leather Jacket Master included the stars and stripes in red, white, and blue. The cut of the jacket is gorgeous, and it would look great with a pair of jeans and red boots.

See more pictures of the sexy jacket after the break.

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DeviantArt user Prathik has an eye for design. He came up with a plethora of costume hoodie designs for the cast of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and they’re spot on. The designs aren’t exactly subtle, but they’re not too obvious either. It’s a pity they’re only concepts and not actual products; I’d happily buy and wear the Raava and Katara designs!

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If you’re not caught up on Arrow, stop reading this post now. Trust me, it’s for your own good.

Season three of Arrow kicked off with a shocking loss. Sara Lance was killed, leaving her sister Laurel behind. Laurel, played by Katie Cassidy, is angry and channeling her feelings by training to be like her deceased sister. These are the first images of Cassidy in the full Black Canary costume, and she will make her debut as the character in an upcoming episode titled “Left Behind.”

See one more picture after the break.

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