Category Archives: TV
I just started watching Supernatural these past few months. Previously I didn’t give the show a chance because I thought it was just another Smallville (which I got tired of and quit after 3 or 4 seasons). I have to say Supernatural holds up to Buffy and Angel very well, and is pretty much a love letter to geeks in my opinion. I’m hooked!
For a blu-ray case design I thought I’d use the Devil’s Gate, a crypt seen at the end of Season 2. Unfortunately there are too many seasons of Supernatural (9 and counting) to make a replica crypt case; it would be the size of a bird feeder or a small doghouse. Instead I decided to make a simple box that can fit within your movie library, one that still has the unique doors and lock of the crypt.
The case features a latch that can be turned with a small replica “Magic Colt”, a demon-killing gun that also doubled as a key to the Devil’s Gate in the show. Just to make the case user-friendly it can remain unlocked, with the doors held in place by magnets or tabs.
Yes I am tempting fate that the show will have 10 seasons. I’m 99.99% sure a 10th season will happen. Here is why: 1.) Smallville did it 2.) They can have a bunch of crossovers with the new spin-off show, and 3.) it’s bragging rights for the CW and everyone involved with the show; if this was the final year, they’d be marketing it as such to drive up ratings.
Other things from the show like the car could make for a cool case, again it’s just that there are too many seasons (some 50 – 60 blu-ray discs in total), a tall order for any complete set.
Some notes: I made the interior orange to represent “Hell”. I was tempted to add some orange LED’s at the mouth of the case but opted to keep it simple. I also added some dividers to make it easier to grab a box set and remove it from the case; this was because I saw this Charmed box set, which looks really tough to grab a season case from. When Warner Brothers does release a complete collection, I hope they offer a case with just the final season, so fans can add the seasons they already bought (one with every season could be offered to latecomers like myself).
Also if you’re interested I posted a hockey jersey design on my other blog.
Yesterday the special edition Blu-Ray case for Breaking Bad was announced, and I really dig the barrel design, almost as much as my design (which could also work as a slipcase, now that I think of it). That said I think the many barrels seen in the show would make for a cool set of drinking cups.
The larger barrels that would double as mugs and the smaller barrels would function as shot glasses. Completing the set are drinking coasters in the shape of wood pallets (the kind you’d find in a warehouse).
I coined the idea for the coasters on my own, but I’m happy to say many others have beaten me to it — you can buy them from several places right now. One difference is my coasters have no gaps on the top where the drink sits, to help prevent fluids from getting to the surface you’re trying to protect; the ones currently on the market don’t appear to be effective in that regard! Those other coasters don’t respect the wood, if you get my reference.
Seeing as Adventure Time’s Jake The Dog is a shapeshifter, I feel he would make an excellent bed frame. In actuality you could turn him into all kinds of furniture: a couch, dresser, dinner table, and so on. I could literally do a whole series of Jake The Dog furniture but I think you get the idea. (Edit: here he is in table form:)
Some might get creeped-out by Jake’s stare. Maybe include swappable eyes a la Mr. Potato Head?
I think kids would dig this bed. Probably not as much as this bed, which I am emailed about almost daily.
If you like this please check out this Beemo Blu-Ray case I designed.
I’ve been getting many requests to make a few of my posters available at other sellers because my current Imagekind vendor can be a wee bit pricey for overseas shipping!
Here are your options:
Zazzle: Best for international shipping. Here is the link.
Imagekind: Best for North American shipping. Here is the link.
Both places feature frequent promotions, numerous sizes, paper types, and framing options. If you’re frugal you might have to head to the checkout for both to see the best price.
If you’re looking for a Ron Swanson wallpaper look no further.
Whenever possible I like to use film props as the basis for a Blu-Ray special edition cases, and for WALL-E I thought I’d use a simple but striking prop seen briefly in the film, the recolonization manual (or Manuel, as the captain called it). It’s a cool-looking book with an illuminated leaf emblem on the cover.
Initially I thought this would make for a neat iPad cover, but it’s size and thickness is more appropriate for a disc case. I also thought a WALL-E robot would be ideal for a Blu-Ray case, but that would be a bit too big in my opinion (much like the R2D2 one I made a few years ago).
The leaf emblem would light on command via button, and would be powered by a replaceable battery. This design has only one disc, but additional flaps could be included to up the disc count to as many as 3.
You probably remember the phrase “There is always money in the Banana Stand” from Arrested Development, a reference to the large stash of money hidden in its walls, not the stand’s revenue potential (as initially thought). So I felt the Banana Stand would make for a neat piggy bank, but alas other geeks have already thought of that.
So I propose an ATM machine design instead! This way it would be close to the size of the actual Banana Stand seen in the show, and would be in keeping with the aforementioned phrase.
It could be a standalone Banana Stand or one that is integrated into a wall (like the one you see above).
Hopefully a major bank with a sense of humor would do something like this. Admittedly it might be too garish for a bank branch but would be cool in a mall or a store.
Also kudos to Netflix for creating a few real Banana Stands to promote the show’s impending 4th season, which I am very much looking forward to. I’d like to think most of Canada is psyched for the show as well, as it was nationally broadcast on CBC for years after its cancellation (it was how I got on the AD bandwagon). I’ve yet to meet anyone who hasn’t seen the show.
This is something I that I thought would make for a fun (and geeky) public art sculpture: the severed head of a Sentinel robot from the X-Men comics. It would be neat in a public park, however I feel it would be very much at home on a university or college campus as a nod to the Xavier Institute.
In all honesty I doubt any city or school would permit such a geeky art installation, so I think this would be a neat prop that could be parked at comic conventions. Cosplayers and geeks could get their picture taken with the fallen robot, which would be a pretty cool keepsake.
This art installation/show prop could have lights in the eyes, which adds a bit of flavor. The Sentinel could blink back to life momentarily or stare angrily for prolonged periods of time.
Maybe that fella who built the life-size Skeletor could make this?
If you dig this please check out my take on geeky landmarks.
One last thing: the Sentinels have to be in the new X-Men: Days Of Future Past film, right? That would be awesome.