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14 Enjoyable Fan Art Mashups

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One of the greatest things about fan art mash ups is that each picture can paint a story that our minds immediately want to start filling in with the details we know about the existing creations. In fact, some of the images make us long for a full length feature exploring the combination of two completely different worlds. Here are a few of the greatest and geekiest mashups around.

1. Futurama/X-Men

There are tons of Futurama art mashups, but this one, by DeviantArt user gottabecarl, is by far the best if only for the amazing number of characters he managed to work into one creation. Now that is one dedicated fan.

2. X-Men/A Christmas Story

What happens when Wolverine is “triple dog dared” to lick Iceman’s chest in this image by Jason Welborn? The same thing that happens to poor Flick in A Christmas Story. Fortunately for Wolverine, while it will still hurt like crazy to pull his tongue free, at least his mutant healing powers will allow him to walk away without a bandage tied to his tongue.

3. Avengers/Spongebob Squarepants

There was tons of Avengers fan art created after the film was released last summer, but when it comes to fun mashups, it’s hard to beat the combination of superheroes with Spongebob’s underwater world by Alex Ryan. While Sandy could probably hold her own, it’s pretty hard to imagine the rest of this team doing much damage against Planki’s evil hordes.

4. The Gals of Gotham/Disney Princesses

In a way, it’s too bad that Disney bought Marvel rather than DC, because as DeviantArt user BrowncoatFiction has discovered, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, and Catwoman all make pretty great princesses. I particularly like the idea of Princess Catwoman going around stealing the jewels of the other Disney princesses.

5. Ren & Stimpy/Batman

In a world where the best superhero has a head made from powdered toast and flies backwards as the people he rescues grab on his butt, would it really be that bad if a moronic cat and grumpy chihuahua had all of Batman’s wonderful gadgets? Of course, as creator Steven Howard points out, the pair might be too self-involved and lazy to actually get out of their Bat Cave very often.

6. Boba Fett/Batman

The great thing about Plino Pinto’s Star Wars/Batman creation is that, in this scenario, Batman has either turned bounty hunter or Boba Fett has turned into a hero. Either way, the resulting story would certainly be fascinating.

7. Spider-Man/Kirby

If Kirby really did inherit Spider-Man’s powers like he does in this artwork by DeviantArt user soulrailer, just imagine how powerful he could become—particularly when fighting against other Nintendo icons in Super Smash Bros.

8. Adventure Time/Skyrim

Finn and Jake are all about video games and kicking butt, so really, they’d probably love playing Skyrim, and if Finn could make himself into the Dovahfinn—like in this great design by DeviantArt user radiostarkiller—then he’d be that much happier.

9. Wall-E/Star Wars


One of the best things about this creation by James Silvani is that he didn’t take the easy road to make Wall-E and EVE into droids. Instead he cast the two lovers as another great set of sci-fi romantics—Princess Leia and Han Solo.

10. Toy Story/The Shining

What happens when you take one of Stephen King’s most famous stories and replace all the characters with toys? You get Kyle Lambert’s Toy Shining. And fortunately for us, Kyle didn’t just limit himself to one or two images, but instead captured a variety of the greatest scenes—from the “All work and no play” typewriter, to “Here’s Johnny,” to the creepy twin girls. He’s translated it all into the world of Toy Story.

11. Muppets/Lord of the Rings

Despite his size, Sweetums is such a kind character that I can’t help but feel that this Lord of the Rings mashup by Justin Larocca Hansen actually depicts more of a hide-and-go-seek scenario than a fear-filled scene where these Muppets are hiding for their lives.

12. Harry Potter/Doctor Who

This blend of sci-fi and fantasy seems odd when you really think about it, but somehow Matt Smith’s boyish charms and the mysterious workings of the TARDIS make this mashup by Jeffrey Delgado work surprisingly well.

13. Doctor Who/The Wizard of Oz

If Simon Breeze’s Cyberman only had a heart, then he’d almost certainly need another upgrade, because as any fully functional Cyberman will tell you, emotions only make you weak.

14. Doctor Who/Wallace and Gromit

In a way, Tom Baker’s cheerful and goofy version of the Doctor really does make him perfect for a Wallace and Gromit cartoon staring the Doctor and K-9. If only Roger Langridge could work together with the BBC and Nick Park to make this a reality.

If these stories became realities, which would you want to watch? Also, do any of you have some ideas for great mashups—even if you don’t have the artistic abilities to make them yourself?

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Take a Peek Inside One of Berlin's Strangest Museums
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Vlad Korneev is a man with an obsession. He's spent years collecting technical and industrial objects from the last century—think iron lungs, World War II gas masks, 1930s fans, and vintage medical prostheses. At his Designpanoptikum in Berlin, which bills itself (accurately) as a "surreal museum of industrial objects," Korneev arranges his collection in fascinating, if disturbing, assemblages. (Atlas Obscura warns that it's "half design museum, half horror house of imagination.") Recently, the Midnight Archive caught up with Vlad for a special tour and some insight into the question visitors inevitably ask—"but what is it, really?" You can watch the full video below.

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Microscopic Videos Provide a Rare Close-Up Glimpse of the Natural World
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Nature’s wonders aren’t always visible to the naked eye. To celebrate the miniature realm, Nikon’s Small World in Motion digital video competition awards prizes to the most stunning microscopic moving images, as filmed and submitted by photographers and scientists. The winners of the seventh annual competition were just announced on September 21—and you can check out the top submissions below.

FIRST PRIZE

Daniel von Wangenheim, a biologist at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, took first place with a time-lapse video of thale cress root growth. For the uninitiated, thale cress—known to scientists as Arabidopsis thalianais a small flowering plant, considered by many to be a weed. Plant and genetics researchers like thale cress because of its fast growth cycle, abundant seed production, ability to pollinate itself, and wild genes, which haven’t been subjected to breeding and artificial selection.

Von Wangenheim’s footage condenses 17 hours of root tip growth into just 10 seconds. Magnified with a confocal microscope, the root appears neon green and pink—but von Wangenheim’s work shouldn’t be appreciated only for its aesthetics, he explains in a Nikon news release.

"Once we have a better understanding of the behavior of plant roots and its underlying mechanisms, we can help them grow deeper into the soil to reach water, or defy gravity in upper areas of the soil to adjust their root branching angle to areas with richer nutrients," said von Wangenheim, who studies how plants perceive and respond to gravity. "One step further, this could finally help to successfully grow plants under microgravity conditions in outer space—to provide food for astronauts in long-lasting missions."

SECOND PRIZE

Second place went to Tsutomu Tomita and Shun Miyazaki, both seasoned micro-photographers. They used a stereomicroscope to create a time-lapse video of a sweating fingertip, resulting in footage that’s both mesmerizing and gross.

To prompt the scene, "Tomita created tension amongst the subjects by showing them a video of daredevils climbing to the top of a skyscraper," according to Nikon. "Sweating is a common part of daily life, but being able to see it at a microscopic level is equal parts enlightening and cringe-worthy."

THIRD PRIZE

Third prize was awarded to Satoshi Nishimura, a professor from Japan’s Jichi Medical University who’s also a photography hobbyist. He filmed leukocyte accumulations and platelet aggregations in injured mouse cells. The rainbow-hued video "provides a rare look at how the body reacts to a puncture wound and begins the healing process by creating a blood clot," Nikon said.

To view the complete list of winners, visit Nikon’s website.

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