You can always count on Conan for what's best in life. Especially on an Undead Monday like today.
Painter and illustrator Tom Neely has had his fair share of macabre works, with the critically acclaimed "The Blot", and many of his indie works. Working on the cover of an upcoming issue of Conan from Dark Horse Comics, he has once again unleashed his dark talent to bring us a hauntingly different yet awesome Barbarian. Do check his blog out for more of his cool stuffs.
Source: Tom Neely
You can always count on Conan for what's best in life. Especially on an Undead Monday like today.
Ezio is back, and this time, he's not alone.
The direct sequel (as opposed to a spin-off) to the critically acclaimed Assassin's Creed II is now confirmed. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is set to be released in the fourth quarter of 2010, further cementing 2010's legitimate status to be one of the greatest year in gaming.
Taking place shortly after the ending of Assassin's Creed II, Ezio's return as the main protagonist has been confirmed, and will accordingly be taking the place of a leader of a band of assassins, the eponymous Brotherhood that you can see surrounding Ezio in the leaked promotional art below. Other than providing plot developments, these new characters will reportedly be featured heavily in innovative multiplayer mode where players are allowed to play as their very own assassin with a killing style all their own.
Check out the teaser trailer below.
Ryu Vs. Chunli. On the cover of a male performance enhancement supplement sold in Asia called ... Stree Overlord!
Not a typo. Not a hoax. Not an elaborate prank that we came out with, but something we stumbled upon while tripping around the sometimes excruciatingly informative Kotaku.
Accordingly, Stree Overlord has an intriguingly origin of legendary proportion.
The hidden secret as revealed by the product's manufacturer, Mayo Kaisha Pharmacy Export Ltd:
In the beginning, before the Shogun were dominating Japan, the Overlords were dominating women with Fierce Intensity during sexual intercourse. This intensity was spoken under cover for years among women who craved multiple orgasms, men with endurance of machine and an Iron Beam between their legs.
For centuries the scroll of Stree Overlord had been lost since the night of Stree's death until Ho Jun Kim found the scroll in the attic his house in present day, Southern Japan.
Sometimes destiny wins!!!
Ho Jun was a pharmacist and a very successful businessman. In a flurry of curiousity, Ho Jun replicated the Fierce Intensity once controlled by the Overlords of Northern Japan. Within 20 minutes time, Ho Jun Kim could feel the power of the Overlord Fierce Intensity. Immediately, he knew there was a way he could help all men please they're women. Ho Jun sold the formula to the Mayo Kaisha Pharmacy with one stipulation, they call their new product…Stree Overlord; in memoriam to the protector.
Stree Overlord. Street Fighter. You do the connection. Anyway, there's something to be learned here.
One, forget Iron Man. Feel the wrath of the Iron Beam.
Second, ... "Sometimes destiny wins!!!"
Just can't get enough of Iron Man 2 and those awesome yet nifty armor technology gizmo?
io9 has released some very high resolution of illustrations that were used in the making of the armors in the awesome film, together with an interview with the film's production designer J. Michael Riva and conceptual illustrators Ryan Meinerding and Daren Dochterman.
For fans of the high octane film filled to the brim with heavy metal mayhem, please do check out the article for some interesting facts.
In the meantime, we have included some of these hi-res pictures below. Be sure to check out io9's feature interview for more.
Source: Design secrets of Iron Man 2: Suitcase armor, Whiplash and crazy improv!
Finally, an App Attack for a free app. And you're right. It takes a pretty kickass free app for us to feature them.
Reputed for his lusciously fascinating painted work for the comic scene, Alex Ross has released a free iPhone app that is basically a condensed version of his official website. Check out video interviews, receives updates on his appearance, and more importantly, browse the amazing gallery to witness Ross's trailblazing body of work in your very own iPhone.
Comic Book Pros
Released: Apr 27, 2010
Size: 0.3 MB
Seller: Sal Abbinanti
Latest version: 1.0.0
Features the artwork of comic book artist Alex Ross.
- The Ross Report
- Browsable galleries of original artwork
- Save an image to your photos (which can then be set as your wallpaper!)
- Appearances info
- Add appearances to your calendar
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.
Missing Lost already? Here's a little something that would be helpful while you go all nostalgic over all six seasons of the landmark TV series.
Gideon Slife, a student/artist based in Athens, Georgia, is a huge fans of "Lost" and he is paying the ultimate tribute to the series the only way an artist can: By taking on the herculean task of putting up a poster for every episodes from every seasons of the landmark TV series, right from the pilot episode (Pilot) that was first broadcast on September 22nd, 2004, to the spine-tingling series finale (The End) that we have just witnessed on Sunday night (May 23rd)! That's a stellar 121 poster when completed!
Till now, he has already caught up to the final season. Please check out his Flickr page for these visionary pieces.
In the meantime, we have included some of his brilliant works below.
Think you're all familiar with the cardboard box antics of Solid Snake?
Arguably one of the goofiest yet signature aspect of the critically acclaimed Metal Gear Solid series, the cardboard box stunt was primarily showcased in a TV advertisement of the latest Metal Gear Solid installment, Peace Walker, in Japan. And a real hilarious one at that.
For those who didn't catch the joke (you might say that it's for crying out loud in Japanese, but we here at The Daily Zombies certainly have gotten the punchline despite not knowing the language)...
The Japanese schoolboy, who had been lurking in the cardboard box throughout the video, has been stalking his two classmate. Upon finding them in a corner, he finally mustered enough courage to get out of his cover and...
Boy: "Can you get in the box with me?"
Boys: "No, the dude."
It's the brand new co-op cardboard box maneuver tactics you can find in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.
Things that made you go ... EEW.
In light of this doom and gloom courtesy of the renewed nuclear tension between the North and South Korea, and well, the unbearable lightness of being, undead, this Undead Monday, we present to you... three words that forms a name so divinely terrifying,
Picture found while bumping down the Google hole. Just type his name and you'll see it.
Welcome to yet another WWE PPV preview. And for this month, the gimmick is...
"Over The Limit", eh? With this brand new pay-per-view, every match will be a contest where opponents challenge each other's limit by taking part in 100 meters splint... No, oh wait, every match will be a beer drinking contest where every WWE superstar will be taken to their alcohol limit. The first person to fail the blood alcohol content breath-test will ... No, wait, not that one too. They are probably saving that for yet another test for the NXT rookies. Here's something new for a bloody long time... There's no gimmick-theme in this one. So what's with the name? Maybe for the reason that Edge looked so cool with his running stance that he impressed the WWE management.
Back in the the pro-wrestling world, TNA has indeed made the utmost advantage of the post-mania lull, by ...reverting their Monday night programming back to Thursday nights. That is one hell of a typically incredible strategy the likes that only TNA can come out with, evident from the weekly abysmal method they booked the shows. And word is, they are going through a process to streamline the top-heavy roster by 15% to 20%. It is obvious that the lower-card TNA veterans (needless to say, the main X-Division guys) are most likely the targeted ones to be laid off. And all that in order to secure the pay check of "action figure in human form', Rob Terry, "Golddust Ver. 2.0, but the real deal", Orlando Jordan, and the slowest tag-team in TNA history, "The Band". Tough luck, guys. Latest online rumor (well this one is started by Dixie Carter herself) is that TNA is getting their hands on recently released former WWE Woman's Champion Mickie James. Just can't help laying their hands on products with an expired "WWE" stamp on them, not even in the face of an ongoing retrenchment.
Meanwhile, in the face of the gigantic hole left by Shawn Michaels's retirement, Triple H's absence (to make his feature film), Undertaker's usual semi-retirement, many midcard performers from both SmackDown and RAW got their opportunity to rise to the occasion after the dusts of the draft settles in. With "Over The Limit", we will see how WWE's new plan work.
Before we move on with the full preview, let's take a short look at the result of The Daily Zombie's WWE PPV Prediction for last month's Extreme Rules. To the surprise of no one, we scored an almost perfect 6 out of 7. Let's see how our deadly accuracy roll with this one.
And as usual, this is where we go all long-winded on you by asking you to note that: Next month's PPV will also be a new one, and this one's called "Fatal 4 Way". So, the gimmick is a throw-away, and will most probably contained matches from this card and merge them into a four-way dance. And that fact actually factored into our little prediction game here.
On ahead with the game.
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Batista ("I Quit" Match)
While the build-up to this match at this late moment of the feud remained to be pretty tight given its high profile status, the stipulation does not make any sense to me.
Will Cena say "I QUIT"?
The question should be will Cena ever say "I QUIT". The entire concept of the Cena character screams "I WILL NOT QUIT" (insert your favorite "Cena and his gritty look" moment). And in fact, that is one of a few things you can find in that "PGTV" Superman personality along with some other naive features.
So will Batista say "I QUIT"?
That is the question WWE writers are planning for all fans to be asking. But guess what, it has already been answered back in episode one of the feud. Remember how I have belittled the WrestleMania finish between Cena and Batista? It hurt the Animal's credibility then and now, damn, it answer the question. Batista, by tapping out like a wailing baby, already said "I QUIT" before. Blame the writers for their collective amnesia.
Nevertheless, being the concluding battle of a major feud, the quality of this match should be fine.
Predicted Winner: John Cena
With Batista set to disappear due to his WWE contract issue, all hopes for a monster heel champ for all up-and-coming face contenders to feud with is gone. All you will be having is the chick-and-kid magnet, John Cena. Pretty grim future there, huh. The signs are all there with Sheamus being the next in line to be served.
World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger vs. Big Show
While the reigning champion, Swagger, is considered to be the underdog here, this match-up could be yet another building process for The All-American American. Consistently solid in all his matches last month, Swagger is one of the selected few who have benefited greatly from the aforementioned HBK-shaped hole which resulted in the elevation of midcard superstars. With his academic arrogance, Swagger has so far garnered the most heat in SmackDown, this side of CM Punk and his SES.
Big Show, in yet another one of those quick-face-turn of his (he can do quick-heel-turn just as nice) came to the rescue of severely hurting-in-the-star-power SmackDown as a monster face. While a match-up between the two is definitely a serious clash of styles, this match should be just fine.
Predicted Winner: Jack Swagger
The heel champ angle is building up fine so we can expect the champion reign of the All-American American to continue. Big Show in his monster face role will be practically unhurt by any defeat while maintaining the same level of menace.
Randy Orton vs. Edge
With The Clash Of The Canadians ending on a somewhat abrupt note, Edge went through another blink-and-you-will-missed-it heel turn and has been elevated to another main event level feud. Well, if it isn't exactly a main event here, why am I calling a main event level feud? That is for the fact that the hottest WWE superstar is in the face role of this one. Orton, hotly rejuvenated as the next Stone Cold Steve Austin, has been garnering a great amount of face reaction from fans. Which brought all the more resonance when Edge, in his heel-turn performance, complained about fans not supporting him while he's acting in a face role while supporting Orton when he's still the same old psychotic prick. Art certainly imitates life here in the pro-wrestling land.
Expect drama with this one from the two former Rated RKO teammates, which should be good. Anyway, the rematch of this one should be coming in the form a Fatal 4 Way for the WWE title with Sheamus tagging along next month.
Predicted Winner: Edge
A hard one to predict, and in fact one of two of the hardest-to-predict match-ups here. Both opponents needed the win to pump their respective momentum after earlier defeat. However, I am of the view that Orton will not be hurt by a screw-job finish by Edge. That, will ensure that the feud can be continue. This one sure have the potential to do lots of mileage.
Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk (S.E.S. Pledge vs. Hair Match)
Punk/Mysterio Part III proves to be an exercise in professional wrestling writing, keeping a well-executed feud alive while ensuring fans are kept satisfied. After Mysterio almost joining Punk in his Straight Edge Society (SES) during their first encounter in WrestleMania XXVI, Punk risked his hair in the follow-up encounter in last month's Extreme Rules, and now both stipulations are up in this supposed final encounter.
Last month's match-up was better than the first encounter during WrestleMania XXVI for that both skilled veterans were given a fairer amount of time to compete. With this one being in fact the fourth encounter in the feud (they actually had a rematch in one of the TV match in SmackDown), both should be experienced enough to make sure the feud can conclude in a big way.
In addition, be prepare for the reveal of the masked man (much rumored to be Joey Mercury) who had been helping Punk. They might kick off Mysterio's next feud right here.
Predicted Winners: CM Punk
This is the other one of the two hardest-to-predict match-ups that I mentioned earlier. Storyline-wise, it made a lot more sense for Mysterio to join the SES for more engaging plot to be churned out. Not to mention the fact that I still hold dear to my opinion that Punk's current look is just appropriately cool enough for his current role as the Charles Manson of pro-wrestling. However, we have not seen an instance in wrestling history where you tease the fans for a haircut two PPVs in a roll and not delivering what they want.
All things considered, I'll still wager on Punk to win.
Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston
McIntyre's "Chosen One' storyline advanced quite a bit into its next chapter with a major "firing" and "stripping" of his Intercontinental Championship by SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long which were overwritten by Vince McMahon himself on the following week. With Kingston drafted to SmackDown, it is highly expected that he is promised some big results in SmackDown, but the question is if the Intercontinental Championship is big enough for his ambition.
McIntyre's wrestling style has been pretty much on the dry end, while Kingston is among some of the most athletic worker on the roster. With a decent amount of effort, this one could turn out to be better than one might imagined.
Predicted Winners: McIntyre
This is quite a call to made, as it is very likely that Kingston will win this one and continue the feud with McIntyre as a defending champion. However, considering the mileage they could be getting out of McIntyre and his "Chosen One" storyline, it might not be wise to close the angle down now.
Unified Tag Team Champions The Hart Dynasty vs. The Miz & Chris Jericho
As I try hard not to think that the Hard Dynasty was only rewarded the Unified Tag Team Championship because WWE happened to be making their annual trip down Canada and Bret Hart happened to have tagged along, the break-up of Showmiz still come a bit too abrupt. Nevertheless, as a fall out of the angle, we see an ultra-smartass team rise: Jericho and The Miz, both of whom were interestingly involved in a twitter feud where both wrote unceremonious stuffs about each other both in character and in reality. While having Jericho not in a serious contender position might be somewhat puzzling to some, the smartass tag team formed to win the Unified Tag Team Championship just so that they can head over to SmackDown to teach Big Show a lesson for treating them poorly, is quite an novelty idea, as far as wrestling writing is concerned.
The Hart Dynasty, consisting of David Hart Smith, the son of British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith and Diana Hart, and Tyson Kidd, whom have no blood relations to the Harts but a former pupil in Stu Hart's Dungeon and the real-life boyfriend of WWE Diva Natalya Neidhart, the daughter of Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart and Ellie Hart, who also happened to be the third member of the faction. Starting out as a minor heel team, the Hart Dynasty was recently transformed via the magical rub of dear uncle Bret Hart, making a face turn and even winning their first ever championship.
Both superstar, though young in their career, are relatively good enough to have an entertaining match with Miz and Jericho. Anything to further the development of the stale tag team division is welcome.
Predicted Winners: The Miz & Chris Jericho
Just so that they can lend some much-needed star power to SmackDown, The Miz and Jericho would be great to have at SmackDown, no offence to the Hart Dynasty.
R-Truth vs. Ted DiBiase
One of those midcard feuds that made it to the PPV that I mentioned earlier. Now fully developed in his renewed "Million Dollar Man, Jr." gimmick, Ted DiBiase Jr. started a feud with R-Truth when he was out scouting African-American man to be his very own "Virgil". Bound to incite racial tension, the feud further elevated when the one and only original Virgil returns as the, well, "Virgil" of Junior.
Filler stuffs that might just be watchable. Nothing as bad as the next one, for sure.
Predicted Winners: Ted DiBiase Jr.
Since they are building the new and improved Million Dollar Man here, that's what you'll get.
Divas Champion Eve vs. Maryse
With Beth Phoenix out at such crucial time where fully-functional WWE divas are scarce, oh wait, you are asking what is the functions of a WWE divas? Well, for starters, look good and can wrestle. Can the current WWE divas wrestle? I rest my case. The quick Woman's Championship title switch were somehow surprising when they put the title on Layla. With both Layla and McCool sporting identical Woman's Champion belt, get ready for the break-up angle for WWE's answer to TNA's Beautiful People.
On the other end, RAW's resident symbol of girl power pales in comparison. It's Eve's turn to hold the Diva title and the storyline, if any, is probably inexistent anyway.
Oh, and the match-up here, well, it's bathroom-break stuff.
Predicted Winners: Maryse
She looked better with the title, heel antics and then some. Obviously, this is a wild shot.
With two of the matches being the generally feud-ending third installment of an ongoing feud, this PPV is marginally more interesting then Extreme Rules from last month. Given the diminished state in terms of star power, this strong card is indicative of the potential of WWE's next generation superstars.
A little more-than-pleasant surprise for those partaking in some 'googling' activity this weekend.
Google has consistently outdone itself when it comes to the customizing their homepage to suit the particular favor of the day, be it a festive period or an obscure anniversary.
With the 30th Anniversary of the arcade classic, Pac-Man, Google has all but assured us that the gloves are all off with their customization. While the usual tinkering of Google logo to fit the theme is still in place, the entire Google logo has become a full-functioning Pac-Man game itself, complete with the original sounds and levels. It is noticeable that the game frame loaded almost instantaneous with Google's very own Chrome browser while IE, Firefox, and Safari took a few seconds more to load. Nevertheless, these slight delays are insignificant and should not be disrupting one to pay tribute to one of the classic arcade gamer ever by simply playing.
Released in Japan on May 22, 1980, Pac-Man has went on to become an all-time arcade classic. With this miniature version of Pac-Man, you will get all the bells and whistles of the original game. According to an official statement by Google:
"To pay the homage that Pac-Man deserves as a ground-breaking innovation in the gaming world, Google equipped the doodle with many unique characteristics from the original Pac-Man game. From preserving the distinct personalities of the ghosts Inky (blue: fickle), Blinky (red: chaser), Pinky (pink: ambusher) and Clyde (orange: slow) to re-creating programming bugs from the original game like a "kill screen" on level 256, Sr. User Experience designer at Google, Marcin Wichary, along with Google doodler, Ryan Germick, remained as faithful to the spirit of Pac-Man as possible."
And this, from Marcin Wichary's Google Blog:
Today, on PAC-MAN’s 30th birthday, you can rediscover some of your 8-bit memories—or meet PAC-MAN for the first time—through our first-ever playable Google doodle. To play the game, go to google.com during the next 48 hours (because it’s too cool to keep for just one day) and either press the “Insert Coin” button or just wait for a few seconds.
Google doodler Ryan Germick and I made sure to include PAC-MAN’s original game logic, graphics and sounds, bring back ghosts’ individual personalities, and even recreate original bugs from this 1980’s masterpiece. We also added a little easter egg: if you throw in another coin, Ms. PAC-MAN joins the party and you can play together with someone else (PAC-MAN is controlled with arrow keys or by clicking on the maze, Ms. PAC-MAN using the WASD keys).
Check out your friendly neighborhood Google homepage for the awesomeness.
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