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Face Off Ep 6: Extraterrestrial Enterprise

This week’s Foundation Challenge uses inspiration from 60’s sci-fi shows like Lost in Space, Buck Rogers, and Star Trek. The guest judge is Michael Westmore for his extensive work with the Star Trek franchise. Each artist chooses a landscape and model to create their retro alien using Michael Westmore’s advise to not rely heavily on prosthetics, but to use paint to really highlight the features.

Evan’s avatar-ish alien and Jordan’s green and orange bombshell alien are his favoritesface1 with Evan’s coming out on top, winning him immunity.

Ve and Neville join Michael Westmore in the lab, each having had a hand in the evolution of the Klingon race. This evolution plays a pivotal part of this weeks spotlight challenge because the artists must now take their 60’s retro alien, and evolve their design into a modern day sci-fi alien. The three will be coming around to each artist to give input on their designs, and the proper way to show the evolution in makeup.

Ben hates his foundation makeup, and feeling very uninspired for the spotlight because of this, is worried he may not be able to turn it around. When it’s time for Michael Westmore to visit them in the lab he brings with him Jonathan Frakes!! (Each artist totally geeks out, there may even have been some tears.) He and Michael Westmore visit each artist, and advise on their sculpts thus far.

Stevie has a lot of little things in her sculpt that they recommend changes on to make the look more cohesive. They particularly don’t like her “cute” nose and give her tips on how to make it better. Meg runs out of time with her mold and is forced to use polyfoam for her cowl on day 3. She is the self-dubbed “queen of the bottom 3,” and is worried this week will be her last if she finds herself once more in bottom looks. All of her painting must be done in last looks.  

Guest judge with Glenn, Ve and Neville is none other than Michael Dorn! Worf!!! (omg omg omg!)

This week as each makeup is revealed, they morph first into the foundation look, and then evolve into the modern makeup the artist has created. Mckenzie dismisses Kevon, Evan, Nora, Meg, and Ricky as the artists that are “safe” this week, leaving Stevie, Scott, Jasmine, Ben, Jason, and Jordan as the best and worst.

Glenn tells Stevie her makeup is one of the best paint jobs in terms of technique has has seen on the show thus far which looks as though it comes as a shock to her. Scott’s underground water alien is “stunning” according to Ve and Neville particularly likes the sculptural elements in her face. Jasmine’s makeup has fundamental sculpt flaws and although Michael Dorn loves the top of the head, he feels the nose and lip have gone awry. Ben really managed to transform his original design and created an incredibly successful makeup with realistic skin texture. Glenn tells Jason he has a massive amount of technical errors in his sculpt. Jordan had one of the top two looks during the foundation challenge but now Ve is disappointed in where he took his makeup, while Glenn advises that building armor which helped his character last week did not help him this week as more time should have been spent on his sculpt and paint.

The winner tonight is Ben who originally thought he would just be “polishing a turd” managed to create a seamless, believable alien. Jason will be packing his makeup kit tonight with just too many flaws in his look tonight for the judges.

Let us know what you thought of the looks this week and just how excited you were for the guest judges!

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Zadie Smith and Claire Denis Team Up for Upcoming Sci-Fi Adventure

Where were you when you heard Zadie Smith was writing a script for a space adventure? I was browsing news while enjoying some iced chai, listening to a podcast and hoping to get some great news on the female film making front. And oh, did Monday deliver!

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Exclusively from Screen International, we’ve learned that Smith, the author of the critically-acclaimed novels White Teeth and On Beauty and part-time professor at New York University, has joined French director Claire Denis (2009’s White Material) for her first English-language film.

Smith, who is making her screenwriting debut, and Denis will be joined on the currently untitled project by Smith’s writer husband, Nick Laird. Little is currently known about the sci-fi adventure apart from it being set in outer space in a “future that seems like the present.”

The project is set to begin filming in late 2015 or early 2016. We love seeing geek girls spread their wings around here, so we’ll keep you updated on the latest developments with this project!

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New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer

Don’t look now, but we’ve got a new teaser from a galaxy far, far away! All your favorites are back in this just-released trailer from J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Check it out:

The Force Awakens is the seventh film in the sci-fi classic franchise and is set 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. It’s also the first time Abrams has been at the helm of a Star Wars film.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18, 2015. Will you be there?

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New Two-Part “11th Doctor” Doctor Who Comics Story Arc

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #7
STORY BY​: ​Rob Williams
ART BY​: ​Warren Pleece
COVER A BY: ​Mariano Laclaustra
PUBLISHER​: ​Titan Comics
PAGECOUNT​: ​32
COVER PRICE​: ​$3.99
RELEASE DATE​: ​Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Being an avid Doctor Who fan, I was excited to get to review this issue. In the words of the 9th Doctor it, I would rate this issue, “Fantastic!”

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The issue starts with the Doctor arriving on earth at the same time as an intergalactic war is waging just above the planet. They have sworn not to harm us, and so the humans take up seats to watch the lights in the sky. The Doctor however has other plans (you know how he likes saving us even if we don’t see that there could be danger.) The ending of the issue has an interesting twist that reminded me of a 10th Doctor episode in “Army of Ghosts”, but you’ll have to read it to know what I mean. Sorry, I can’t give to much away.

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I’m excited for the second installment as the issue left me hanging…with the Doctor being cornered…as he usually is.

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Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #1 Review

Chronos Commandos Dawn Patrol #1 coverIssue Number: 1 (of 5)
Page Count: 32pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 10, 2013

Written and Illustrated by: Stuart Jennett

There is a huge dinosaur and some army guys on the cover, and by the looks of it, Nazis are hiding somewhere. At least that is the feeling you get when you first pick up Chronos Commandos. Open up further, and wait, is that Albert Einstein with a machine gun? Yes, indeed it is. This issue is packed with a lot of flashy action, bright artistry, and a really insane time-travel plot, but there is just so much going on that it is really hard to keep up. Thank goodness there is a lengthy prologue paragraph to explain everything before you get too far into the book.

With all that is going on at once, the character development has been left up to the reader to fill in with familiar archetypes such as a brash rough-around-the-edge commanding officer affectionately called “Sarge”.  Then of course add in the super smart scientist Albert Einstein, who is just crazy enough to hang with Sarge, and you have Stargate during World War II with dinosaurs. Or maybe its the Dirty Dozen with Albert Einstein and dinosaurs trying to kill Hitler while they travel through time? All of this being thrown at the reader in the first issue, and it is hard to tell whether or not the familiarity is a welcome distraction.

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However, the artwork is really good. The detail that went into creating the dinosaurs makes them leap off the page, and truly come to life in the imagination. The backgrounds are so well designed that they make you wish that Jennett had put that much effort into his character creation. To go along with the nondescript human facial features, and entire squad under Sarge’s command is obliterated in the first 4 pages. There isn’t much value placed on human life in this comic, at least judging from Sarge’s hardened battle worn attitude towards their deaths when Einstein asks what happened to the rest of the squad.

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Despite all of this, Chronos Commandos is worth the read, if just for the artwork alone. However, there is the hint that there is another larger story brewing behind the flashy action sequences when you get to the appearance of the Nazi’s,  the pages of redacted memos that discuss genetic mutations, and the Chronosphere Core itself that is at the heart of project Watchmaker. Also, if you just like seeing dinosaurs eat up a bunch of military men then yes, this is the comic for you.

 

 

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