69 posts tagged Superhero
69 posts tagged Superhero
"It’s not who are are underneath, but what we do that defines us."
Last week all eyes were on San Francisco when Miles Scott, a 5-year-old Leukemia survivor and huge fan of Batman, saw his wish to become Batkid come true. Batkid joined forces with Batman and spent the day saving SF/Gotham City from dastardly villains. The event was made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the city of San Francisco, and countless enthusiastic volunteers. Even Clark Kent and Lois Lane got in on the action.
Now YouTube user SandD2012 has turned the awesome citywide event into a fantastic movie trailer using footage from Miles’ big day and music from The Dark Knight Rises. The BatKid Rises Trailer is 1:41 that’s pretty much guaranteed to brighten your day.
Ohio balloon artist Jeff Wright of Wright Entertainment (previously featured here) has created an awesome new balloon suit. We’ve already seen him decked out as Balloon Buzz Lightyear and Balloon Mario riding Balloon Yoshi. Now Jeff is back in all his inflatable splendour as Balloon Iron Man.
Jeff, who works as a volunteer in an orphanage in Bolivia, jumped at the challenge — and the result is stunning. Made up of hundreds of balloons carefully intertwined, he has artfully recreated the legendary red and yellow suit with meticulous attention to detail.
Jeff comments: “I was trying to decide what costume to do next when I got an email from blinkbox. I’m a huge fan of the Iron Man films and couldn’t resist the challenge. After some careful planning I was ready and asked a friend to film the whole process right here in Bolivia.”
Today we dropped in on the Department of Awesomely Good Deeds and learned about one of the world’s lesser-known superheroes. More about simply helping people out than fighting crime, this Japanese superhero has undertaken a very specific and localized duty.
Meet Tadahiro Kanemasu, seen here carrying a woman’s shopping cart for her while they walk down the stairs towards a Tokyo subway station. In his shiny green and silver Power Rangers suit and mask, Tadahiro positions himself at the stairs of this subway station waiting for travelers in need of help carrying packages, carts, and strollers up or down the stairs.
The slender 27-year-old has spent three months being a good Samaritan at the station on Tokyo’s western side. Like many in the city, it has neither elevators nor escalators and a long flight of dimly lit stairs.
"Japanese people find it hard to accept help, they feel obligated to the other person, so the mask really helps me out," said Tadahiro Kanemasu.
Since Kanemasu can set aside only a couple of hours each day for his good deeds, he hopes to recruit others in different colored suits. Already he has inquiries about pink and red.
Kanemasu admitted he got off to a bit of a rocky start. “When I first began, people basically said ‘Get away from me, you weirdo’,” he said. “Now they still think I’m weird but in a good way.”
Photo by Yuya Shino.
We recently featured an awesome LEGO sculpture of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that was on display at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. Here are two more amazing superhero sculptures created by LEGO’s Master Builders: a 7-foot-tall Superman and 6.5-foot-tall Iron Man. It looks like Iron Man’s eyes and arc reactor actually light up too. Super awesome!
[via Nerd Approved]
In August of 1962, the publication of Amazing Fantasy #15 marked the very first appearance of Spider-Man. That issue is now a rare and very expensive comic. Instructables member kevinmakes has always wanted a copy to hang on his wall, so he came up with an awesome way to do just that without using the comic itself.
Spiritual Hero is an awesome series of sleek digital renderings, created by Italian artist Antonio Strafella, envisioning comic book, movie, and cartoon characters as beautiful religious icons. He says of his own work:
“These icons have various aspects in common: saints do miracles and superheroes have superpowers, both are venerated, opening the conflict between faith and zealotry.”
[via Beautiful Decay]
Japanese artist Teppei Kaneuji creates fascinating found-object assemblages by gluing together things such as plastic toys, scissors, and helmets. For a ShugoArts group exhibition Teppei created an awesome series, entitled Teenage Fan Club, for which he restricted himself to “only use removable hair from figurines.” By exclusively using an extensive assortment of colourful plastic hair originally belonging to all sorts of anime characters, superheroes, and so on, Teppei has created entirely new figures which look like superheroes in their own right.
“I don’t feel you can state unequivocally that only stuff made from scratch is any good,” says Kaneuji, defending the realm of found object art, which is often criticized for being pretentious. “There are so many interesting things around us, there have to be ways to use them, and failing to do so is to my mind, unnatural. There’s a certain pleasure to be gained from the process, such as when different parts fit well together.”
[via Spoon & Tamago]
After seeing our recent post about Kazuhiro Tsuji’s incredibly awesome bust of Abraham Lincoln, Geyser of Awesome reader Robert G. contacted us about another phenomenal sculptor and artist, Mike Hill. We keep staring at the photos of Mike’s life-size sculpture depicting Christopher Reeve in character as Superman. It feels as though he’s going to blink at any moment.
Based in Los Angeles, CA, Mike Hill has been creating astonishingly lifelike sculptures for over 20 years, many of which you’ll recognize from well known fantasy and horror films. In addition to private commission work, Mike has worked for companies such as the Franklin Mint, Sideshow Toys, DC Comics, Dynamic Forces and Tussauds Waxworks.
The awesome Superman, Frankenstein’s Monster, and Bride of Frankenstein sculptures pictured here are really just the begninning. Head over to Mike Hill’s online gallery to view more of his incredible artwork.
(Have you made or seen something awesome that you’d like us to know about? Submit it here.)
Utah-based blogger Damon McNeil of Because It Amuses Me came up with an ingenious costume idea for his company’s Halloween party. While trying to choose which Marvel superhero from The Avengers to dress up as he was struck with an awesome solution - why choose one when he could dress up as all of them?
From head to toe Damon is wearing/wielding:
It’s a wonder the ground doesn’t tremble beneath his feet.
These awesome photos are from the 2013 Weston Sand Sculpture Festival on the sandy shores of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England. Each year the festival has a different theme and this year’s theme is Hollywood.
"Since the festival started in 2006, themes have included Fairy Tales, The Continents of the World, Under the Ocean, Great Britain, and The Jungle. What began with two Dutch sand sculptors building a giant King Kong from 30 tonnes of sand has now turned into a world famous get-together of some of the niftiest hands in sand sculpting.
More than 20 of the world’s greatest sculptors from nine different countries are working away using 4,000 tonnes of sand from the beach.”
The festival opened on Good Friday and runs through the end of September.