In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
If you’re unfamiliar with the comedy glory that is Polygon’s Monster Factory series of videos, you’re missing out on some of the funniest stuff online. It’s a simple concept, as two brothers delve into the weird world of video game character customizers and do everything they can to make the most monstrous creations possible with the tools available to them. They then send that character into the game’s wider world to stir up trouble.
The series, hosted by brothers Justin and Griffin McElroy, has developed a hardcore fanbase who have gone on to create their own fan art of the monsters created in the show. One of their biggest fans is comics’ own Kate Leth, who has been designing tattoo style art inspired by the YouTube series.
Once in a great while, a truly terrific fan recreation of a big time movie trailer arrives and shakes the pillars of Heaven. It's a rare feat these days, as there's a lot of people vying for that viral smash hit to break through. I've been there, and made more than a few with friends. There are a lot more clever people than me out in the world though, and they're able to make things like this latest Captain America: Civil War trailer.
With the help of some mods and some good capture software, the folks at UpisNotJump have brought The Commonwealth wastelands a whole mess of heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe filtered through Fallout 4's lens. This is far from the first video game version of a Marvel trailer that we've seen, but the execution from remixed costumes to the lip syncing is so on point in this video, it's hard not to appreciate the efforts that went into crafting such a well-made work.
Bethesda has always been rather reticent to license out its properties for merchandising, and to an extent I can appreciate wanting to maintain that kind of control. As a person who constantly wants to display his fandom to the detriment of every shelf and open space in a home, it's been frustrating. For whatever reason, the release of Fallout 4 brought about a change in policy for Bethesda. It wasn't long after the release of Fallout 4 that we soon saw Bethesda properties finally getting their moment in the collectible sun.
If ever there was a video game that was deserving of its own action figure line, it's Fallout. The series has been around for decades, and the current incarnation under Bethesda is both widely acclaimed and a fan-favorite. Like many other Fallout fans, I picked up the Funko Pops and looked over the company's action figure offerings. They were solid efforts, but in my eyes, not quite enough for my own investment in this game franchise. For the hundreds and hundreds of hours I'd spent in the wastes, I craved something more substantial. Fortunately for me, so did ThreeZero.
Until Fallout 4 came around, collectibles based on the franchise were few and far between. There were hoodies and bobbleheads, but if you wanted a vault dweller or Brotherhood of Steel action figure, your options were basically non-existent until this latest sequel arrived. Unlike previous entries, Fallout 4 brought with it a number of apparel and collectible options. Though some made it to market early enough to capture the hype and momentum of Fallout 4's release, ThreeZero's Fallout 4 Power Armor figure is going to be a little late to the party. Not that it matters all that much, because as any Fallout fan can attest, there ain't no party like a Fallout party cause a Fallout party never stops.
The T-45 Power Armor is just the first of a planned line of power suits from ThreeZero, but it being the lead-in makes sense given how prominent the "standard" suit is in the game. Previous Fallout titles all just had you get the armor and slap it on, but with Fallout 4 came the Power Armor frame. Without one, you couldn't assemble your own suit, but with one, you could customize each and every aspect to suit your particular needs. Instead of just giving us the suit all articulated, ThreeZero's gone one further and replicated the frame as well, giving you just as many options for customization as you have in the game. In theory.
In an alternate timeline where nuclear energy paved the way to all kinds of technological advancements (including robotic servants), the Fallout series plays off of the often unsaid fears that were prevalent throughout American culture during the Cold War, when humanity was seemingly calm about the potential of a nuclear catastrophe, just as long as everybody was able to get their slice of the American Dream.
In order to celebrate the launch of Fallout 4, we're scrounged up the best fan art of the franchise we could find. Just don't be surprised if you're left glowing green by the end of it.
As arguably the most-anticipated game of the 2015, Fallout 4 has a lot of expectations riding on its shoulders. From what we've seen so far in trailers and previews, there's at least a pretty good chance it will live up the seemingly insurmountable amount of hype surrounding its release. The post-apocalyptic franchise has always been heavily steeped in the 1950's idea of science-future, and the way Bethesda has appropriated Boston and its surrounding area to give Fallout 4 a home showcases that quite well. Some might even say Boston has never looked better.
However great Fallout 4 looks in-game, there are a myriad of details that get lost in the shuffle of creating such a massive open-world adventure. That's where The Art of Fallout 4 comes in. Curated by Bethesda's development team (and published by Dark Horse), The Art of Fallout 4 presents much of the design work, environmental and character art alongside notes from the creative minds behind it all in an effort to give players and fans a more intimate view of the world they inhabit in the game.