We’ve discovered yet another destination to add to our list for when we finally take that field trip to Japan: Moomin Cafés.

Created Swedish-Finn illustrator and writer Tove Jansson for a series of books and comics, the Moomins are a family of fairy tale characters that look like white hippos who’ve learned to walk upright and sometimes wear the odd article of clothing. They live in Moominvalley where they share all sorts of adventures with a variety of equally interesting characters.

The original books are so popular throughout Japan that they spawned a franchise of animated tv shows [Buy on Amazon], merchandise [Buy on Amazon], and a chain of Moomin Bakeries and Cafés managed by the Benelic company. Each adorable location is full of Moomin-themed art, Moomin-shaped food and drinks, and Moomin merchandise. But, wait, none of those cute things are the best part.

The best part is that, when you visit a Moomin Café all by yourself, you’ll soon be informed that someone else would like to sit with you. And before you have time to wonder who on earth might’ve followed you there, you’ll be joined at your table by one of the Moomin characters - or rather a large plush version of one of them. No need to bring a book. We’re sure you’ll have plenty to talk about.

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Adventure Time + decorating Easter eggs = Eggventure Time!

Oh my glob!

The creative folks at HalloweenCostumes.com created ten adorable Adventure Time egg costumes that anyone can download and print to create their very own Ovo-Candy Kingdom. We love that Finn’s costume includes a tiny Jake hanging out in his breast pocket.

Click here for the free download.

[via That’s Nerdalicious!]

Brazilian illustrator Gabriel Picolo is just over 100 days into an awesome art project called 365-DaysofDoodles. It’s exactly what it sounds like - Picolo is drawing something new in one of his Moleskine sketchbooks every day for a year. However these are some of the finest “doodles” we’ve ever seen.

Each drawing is unique and often inspired by some sort of pop culture source, featuring his own version of characters from anime, tv, movies and fine art.

Click here to view all of the daily doodles that Picolo has created thus far and then be sure to check back to watch him update the project.

[via Design Taxi]

Our newest inductee to the Department of Awesome Parenting is Beau Coffron, aka Lunchbox Dad, a San Francisco-based father who creates extraordinary lunchbox meals for his two children every week. These lunches are lots of fun to look while also being tasty, healthy meals for the lucky kids who actually get to eat them. Coffron draws inspiration for his homemade boxed lunches from movies and other pop cultures sources. He also takes requests from his son and daughter.

You can see many more of these awesome meals at the Lunchbox Dad website, where Coffron also provides extensive write-ups for each lunch, including ingredients and how-tos.

[via Design Taxi]

"She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid."

Star Wars fan Bill Deacon transformed his 1974 Chevy Malibu into a street-legal replica of the Millennium Falcon. The road vehicle-turned-spacecraft features all sorts of great details, including HANCHWY vanity plates and a field of streaking stars around the ship’s bow on the hood and front bumper. But our favorite feature is the cockpit mounted in place of the right starboard side-view mirror that contains Han Solo and Chewbacca action figures.

[via Geekologie]

We love these awesomely accurate appliqué portraits of the Belcher children from Bob’s Burgers. They were made by Boston-based artist Chelsea Bloxsom of Love & A Sandwich (previously featured here):

The Belchers.
Done on 7-8 inch embroidery hoops. The trio is finished! Louise and Tina have been sold (Though I can take custom orders for them) Gene is currently available. ;)

Reblogged from loveandasandwich

James Charles alters the portraits on American dollar bills, exchanging the original staid and solemn faces with those of famous pop culture icons. Sometimes Charles simply draws over the original portraits on the bills, giving the famous politico faces playful makeovers, while on others he completely replaces the original faces. In either case, the text at the bottom of every bill is also replaced with either the name of the new face or a quote or descriptive phrase.

The Bride of Frankenstein’s text reads “Runaway Bride” while Frankenstein’s Monster reads “Love Lorn.” And Willy Wonka’s bill reads “The Bossman” while an Oompa-Loompa on another bill reads “Working Class Stiff.”

These dollars were exhibited back in 2011 as part of the American Iconomics show at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco.

Head over to Oddity Central to view more.

Taiwanese cardboard artist Kai-Xiang Xhong created this completely awesome cardboard Iron Man suit that’s not just a life-size model, it’s also wearable.

"I used pepakura technique. But I did not add any special color on the surface. Keeping the cardboard color and texture was deliberate. That’s my style."

Click here to watch a brief video in which Xhong describes his project.

Head over to the Stan Winston School of character Arts to check out more of Kai-Xiang Xhong’s cardboard creations.

[via GeekTyrant]

Here’s further proof that anyone can (and should) cosplay their hearts out. Seattle-based photographer David “DTJAAAAM” Ngo took this awesome portrait during the recent 2014 Emerald City Comicon:

"Olive Oyl and Popeye prove that it’s okay to cosplay at any age."

Click here to check out more of DTJAAAAM’s ECCC cosplay portraits.
[via Super Punch]

Here’s further proof that anyone can (and should) cosplay their hearts out. Seattle-based photographer David “DTJAAAAM” Ngo took this awesome portrait during the recent 2014 Emerald City Comicon:

"Olive Oyl and Popeye prove that it’s okay to cosplay at any age."

Click here to check out more of DTJAAAAM’s ECCC cosplay portraits.

[via Super Punch]

Adventure Time, c’mon grab your friends, we’ll go to an awesome Adventure Time art show!

Gallery1988 and Cartoon Network are hosting an Adventure Time-themed group art show from April 3rd through April 6, 2014 at Gallery1988 (West) featuring work by over 65 different artists.

Pictured here are pieces by Stephen Andrade, Nicole Gustafsson, Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Audrey Pongracz and Brad Hill respectively.

This exhibit is RSVP only. Email the gallery at rsvpgallery1988@gmail.com to attend.

[via Gallery1988]