APPlying for Fun: ALAN PROBE: AMATEUR SURGEON (ADULT SWIM)

It is a classic scenario, you are a pizza guy who accidentally runs over a drunk blackballed surgeon. Instead of calling 911, you decide to something even more helpful; perform the surgery yourself using your trusty pizza cutter as your scalpel.

From the name alone, Cartoon Network Brand turned App Maker Adult Swim puts a hilarious spin on surgeon simulation games and provides the same sort of wish fulfillment strategy commonly found within the GRAND THEFT AUTO franchise. With increasingly ridiculous plot threads and characters (in one of the games three sequels you have to revive a corpse and operate on Santa Claus), ALAN PROBE: AMATEUR SURGEONS is a dirty pleasure for those who want to operate without the years or feeling of intense education.

THE ISLAND OF FORBIDDEN TOYS: THE GILBERT U-238 ATOMIC ENERGY LAB

Growing up, there is always the slim chance that the toy you idolized could theoretically pose more harm to you than the biggest bully or foolish accident. We here at PopBoom are proud to showcase these adorably designed death machines.

Today, we are revisiting THE GILBERT U-238 ATOMIC ENERGY LAB. Initially designed to be a children’s lab kit in which kids could watch chemical reactions with radioactive material, this toy came complete with a Geiger counter, three C batteries, and FOUR URANIUM ORE BEARING SAMPLES. While the samples were low in terms of radioactivity to be around, accidentally ingesting one could have led to a one way trip to hospital for a cancer diagnosis.

Next time someone wants to get you an educational gift, just remind them it may be safer to get that samurai sword you have had your eye on.

THE DEVIANT EYE: "Steampunk Iron Man" by Artozi

Every day some of the best artists upload amazing pieces of work to their DeviantArt home pages. Transcending barriers in digital and traditional art forms, the DeviantArt members stimulate artistic inspiration and conversation. 

Today we are showcasing DeviantArt user Artozi’s STEAMPUNK IRON MAN, a re imagination of the classic comic book character. Pay close attention to the rivets and gears Artozi conveys in this piece as he goes out of his way to bring his creation to life not to mention his careful execution of the steam in the background, giving his piece a photographic feel.

With a client list ranging from Mattel, Legendary, Ubisoft, among others, Artozi is that special type of artist who is truly at the forefront of influencing our perception across a variety of mediums. 

To see more of Artozi's work, click here.

 

 

FAN FILM SPOTLIGHT: "BATMAN: DEAD END" Directed by Sandy Collora 

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THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE PREDATORS, YES PREDATORS.

In 2003, aspiring filmmaker Sandy Collora and some of his friends, set out to make a little short film to showcase his promise as a filmmaker.  Premiering at the 2003 San Diego Comic Con, it surprised convention attendees and went on to become a viral sensation. Earning praise from several fan magazines, premiere comic artists such as Alex Ross, and acclaimed filmmakers like Kevin Smith, BATMAN: DEAD END was regarded as one of the best representations of Batman on screen. High praise considering the countless movies, animated series, and television shows featuring the caped crusader

2 years before BATMAN BEGINS, Sandy delivered a gritty Batman story fans had been starving for. Featuring Batman fighting The Joker only for the fight to be interrupted by Predators, BATMAN: DEAD END had the action and cinematography Batman fans had been dying to see on screen.

In 2013, the Fan Film had such an iconic presence amongst fans, that was a documentary regarding its making and success was successfully funded on Kickstarter. Such a feat highlights the influence and weight a fan film could accomplish.

A true staple for the Fan Film Genre, BATMAN: DEAD END isn’t so much a great short film as it is a right of passage for Batman fans looking to see only the best of their revered hero on screen.

Check out the trailer for BATMAN: DEAD END; A TEN YEAR RETROSPECTIVE below!

COMMISSION OF THE WEEK: PREACHER “LOVE AND HATE” by Glenn Fabry

Sometimes the best comic art can’t be found in a comic or a poster. Every once a while an art commission sponsored by the most devout of fans,  shows everything from what could have been, what we want to see, to ideas that for one reason or another that will never grace your favorite comic. We here at POPBOOM want to showcase these great images so you get a genuine chance to see something that you might never get from your favorite comic or publisher.

This week’s Commission comes from Legendary British Artist Glenn Fabry.  An Eisner award winner, Glenn made waves for his beautiful painted covers for HELLBLAZER, PREACHER, TRANSMETROPOLITAN among countless other titles.

Here we have a commission of PREACHER, but if you look closely at his fists, you can make out the words “Love and Hate”. With the story of PREACHER being about a priest possessed by a spirit part Angel/part Demon, at first glance, the idea seems to correlate with the spirit of the comic’s main narrative.

However, when we look to 1955, there was a famous feature released about a Priest turned Serial Killer called NIGHT OF THE HUNTER. Adorned with the words LOVE and HATE on his hands, The Priest, played by screen legend Robert Mitchum in one of his most iconic roles, delivers an intoxicating, charismatic speech about the fight between Love and Hate in everyone's soul.  

Tiny touches like a few letters on fingers are what separate fun commissions from truly great ones as they unlock a layer of texture beyond the materials

What's your favorite commission. Comment below and tell us!