Tuesday, April 15, 2014

EASTER WEEK HOURS

Please take note of the following schedule for both our locations during this Easter Holiday Week!

OAKVILLE
Wednesday, April 16th - 11:00am - 7:00 pm
Thursday, April 17th - 11:00am - 8:00pm
Good Friday, April 18th - CLOSED
Holy Saturday, April 19th - CLOSED
Easter Sunday, April 20th - CLOSED
Easter Monday, April 21st - CLOSED

TORONTO
Good Friday, April 18th - CLOSED
Holy Saturday, April 19th - 11:30am - 8:30pm
Easter Sunday, April 20th - CLOSED
Easter Monday, April 21st - 11:30am - 7:30pm

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Modern games as cartoons

There was a neat thread over here where artists try to re-imagine popular video games in the styles of popular cartoon shows! A few good selections are below! See if you can recognize the connections!




Hit the jump to see more!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

ANIMATION HIGHLIGHT: Sintel (2009)

A crowd-funded creation by the Blender Foundation which promotes the open source 3D software Blender! Very cool!

Friday, April 11, 2014

ANIMATION HIGHLIGHT: Batman: Strange Days (2014)

Created by Bruce Timm for Batman's 75th anniversary hearkening back to the old era Batman with a little bit of new!


Also, a making-of:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Demo of Pixar's PRESTO animation system!

Here's a video of Pixar showing off their latest animation system called 'Presto.' It offers a lot of power for animators working in a real-time environment, part of Pixar and NVidia working together on using GPUs to make life easier. The entire Pixar presentation can be seen here.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Silicon Studio's next-gen engine tech demo.

Silicon Studio, the Japanese independent game development house is known recently for helping Square Enix out on the 3DS title Bravely Default, as well as helping provide middle-ware for Final Fantasy XV. In a video intended as a hiring ad, they showed off a glimpse at their next-gen engine with a real time tech demo. It's short and rather nice with impressive lighting. For those interested in what real-time graphical quality could be like, it's an exciting look!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Live-action Madoka Magica commercial!

Ever wonder what a live-action Madoka Magica could look like? Well it'd involve Japanese pop group idols, CG, stop motion and inspiration from Zack Snyder's recent Man of Steel film! And it looks pretty cool!


「劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ [新編]叛逆の物語」×「乃木坂46... by AnimeSlovenija

Sunday, April 06, 2014

New Nisekoi promo!

So who's enjoying the anime? I was a bit taken back by the style the studio chose to go with when I was expecting the traditional slapstick routine. Still pretty interesting though! Check out the manga at our store if you haven't!

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Illustrator Michael Whelan


Dabbling in Imaginative Realism is painter Michael Whelan, a long time visionary artist who's works are truly one of a kind spanning 35 years in the field! You can find his stuff on the covers of fantasy, horror and sci-fi novels, music records, as well as art collections such as Expose!










Friday, April 04, 2014

Animator/Illustrator Man Arenas


Here's a selection of work by Man Arenas, a well known artist who's done extensive work in various media using watercolour as well as some miniature set building! You may remember him from a book in our store called Yaxin! Visit his websites for more!












Thursday, April 03, 2014

Illustrator Alexander Iaccarino


Going by the pseudonym 'That Kid Who Draws'. Alexander's artwork focuses on poster pieces and is very wild and eclectic with very detailed work in fantastic compositions! Drawing on a lot of pop culture stuff from geek films to games to anime, there's something here for everyone to like! Check out a selection of his work below and visit his website for more!






Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Dear Mr. Watterson - Calvin & Hobbes Documentary

There's a Kickstarter-funded documentary about Bill Watterson, the creator of the still highly popular Calvin & Hobbes comic strip despite that it ended a long time ago!

The catch is that Mr. Watterson is a very private individual and doesn't like being in public, and thus doesn't appear in this documentary at all! So the film is primarily about the influence he has had as an artist and creator on other people's lives - from artists, to historians and other comic contemporaries.

Here is the trailer: