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12 Weirdly Wonderful Pieces of Nicolas Cage Fan Art

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Brandon Bird

The internet is a strange, strange place—and the proof is in the weird fan art dedicated to actor Nicolas Cage. Here are some of our favorites.

1. Everything’s Better Caged

There’s no more famous fan art tribute to Nicolas Cage than the Tumblr dedicated to putting the actor in every great role. For example, here’s Nic Cage As Everyone's vision of what we would have gotten if Bryan Cranston was replaced with Mr. Cage in Breaking Bad. (The Tumblr also features Cage filling in for celebrities going about their everyday lives.)

2. The Mini-Fig Actor

Nic Cage As Everyone fan Evan O’Reilly created this delightful Nicolas Cage LEGO Mini-Fig so you can even act out your favorite Nic Cage As Everyone movie ideas in toy form.

3. Here Nic-y Nic-y

Nic Cage also makes a fantastic house pet. As the Tumblr Nicolas Cage Cats proves, if there’s anything that can make LOL cats better, it’s Nicolas Cage’s face.

4. A Whole New World

BuzzFeed’s Jen Lewis knew what she was doing when she photoshopped the internet’s favorite actor into these classic Disney scenes.

5. The Ultimate In Cage Costumery

For those who wish they could live their lives as Nicolas Cage, there is always the terrifying and fascinating Nic Cage Morphsuit created by Imgur user RubberDogTurdsGIFS. Admit it, you just can’t turn away from this monstrosity.

6. Face On

Since most of us can’t make our own custom morphsuit with our favorite actor all over it, you can always just print out the actor’s face and wear it as a mask like DeviantArt user Scalemate Judge.

7. The Nicolas Cage Movie Matrix

No, this isn’t a take on what it would be like if Nicolas Cage was in The Matrix (though you can see what that might look like thanks to Redditor JRWinn17). It’s instead a look at Cage movies on The Shniznit's graph that is based on how good the movie is and how serious or insane the actor is in the film. Note that not every movie he has been in is on this list—Face/Off and Ghost Rider are both missing, for example—but it gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect when you’re looking for a Nic Cage movie you haven’t already seen.

8. Digimon Cage

DeviantArt user Wingza made this great creation depicting two of his original Digimon characters to sell at Wondercon. I don’t know about you guys, but I think these two need to be added to the official Digimon franchise ASAP.

9. Uncanny Valley

When it comes to over-the-top strange fan art, it’s tough to beat artist Brandon Bird’s Uncanny Valley painting featuring a Japanese macaque version of the actor cuddled up with another macaque. Even the other snow monkey looks confused.

10. The Cage Couch

This amazing couch, designed by Redditor Vfn, is unfortunately only a Photoshop dream—for the moment. But the way the internet works, it’s probably only a matter of time until some huge nerd with a big bank account makes this thing into a reality.

Can't wait for the couch? Amazon seller Nicolas Cage Pillowcase exclusively sells items featuring the actor.

11. Fan Décor

If you need some more home decorating advice to show off your total Cage fandom, Deviant Art user hebishasa has some ideas on how to really Cage up your bedroom. I really like the idea of a plush Nic toy.

12. Nicolas Cage Roulette

You might argue that this web toy isn’t actually fan art, but Scott Luptowski’s tool that allows you to click a link and instantly find yourself streaming a Nicolas Cage film on Netflix is pretty cool.

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A Visual History of Captain America’s Shields
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Captain America has gone through plenty of wardrobe changes since his comic book debut in 1941, but it’s his iconic shield that has had the most makeovers. Over the past eight decades, fans have seen the shield change its shape, color, and even the material from which it’s crafted. For the folks at Pop Chart Lab, the shield’s storied history provided the perfect subject matter for their latest poster.

On this piece, the company teamed with Marvel to give a rundown of 50 of Cap’s shields—from the instantly recognizable to the downright obscure. Here we see his classic Golden Age shield, with its slightly different color scheme, and the different variations from Jack Kirby’s time-traveling Bicentennial Battles book. Then there are entries like the vibranium shield he received from Black Panther in Captain America #342 and an adamantium one made by Tony Stark.

Those different shields just scratch the surface of the deep cuts Pop Chart Lab provides. There are also shields from Captain Americas across Marvel’s numerous alternate universes, like the ones used by the Ultimate Universe Steve Rogers and the android Cap from Earth-725.

Each shield is illustrated to match its comic book counterpart and comes with a description specifying the series it debuted in and which Earth it exists on (the Marvel Universe has thousands of different versions of Earth, after all).

The posters will begin shipping on May 23, and you can pre-order yours now starting at $29 on the Pop Chart Lab website. You can check out a full look at the poster below.

Pop Chart Lab's Captain America shield poster
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5 Fast Facts About Tamara de Lempicka
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Sometimes artists become more known among the general public for their colorful personal lives than for their artwork, no matter how great their contributions to the art world. Such is the case with Polish/American artist Tamara de Lempicka, who was born on this day in 1898. While Google is honoring what would have been her 120th birthday with a Google Doodle,  here are some highlights from her storied life.

1. SHE BEGAN HER "CAREER" AT THE AGE OF 12.

Tamara de Lempicka, who was born Maria Górska, discovered her artistic passion and skill at the age of 12. Lempicka had sat for a famous painter, but hated the resulting portrait, and believed she could do a better job. Thus she created her first painting ever, a portrait of her younger sister Adrienne, with which she was extremely pleased.

2. SHE MET HER HUSBAND WHEN SHE WAS 14 YEARS OLD.

Though she was only 14 years old when she met Taduesz Lempicki, the teenaged Lempicka became determined to marry him. Just a few years later, when she was 17 years old, she married the "modestly well-off lawyer" with a dowry provided by her "millionaire banker uncle." (She hadn't lived with her parents since they divorced when she was a child.)

3. SHE'S MORE FAMOUS FOR HER SEX LIFE THAN HER ART.

 Gallery technicians at Sotheby's auction house lift a painting by Tamara de Lempicka entitled 'Portrait de la Duchesse de la Salle' from 1925, next to another painting by the artist, 'Portrait de Marjorie Ferry' from 1932
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Although she is considered the most famous Art Deco painter, Lempicka was more famous for her libido than for her art. She was bisexual, and carried on scandalous affairs with both men and women (often her patrons and models). Yet the exact details are somewhat unclear since, according to one source, she "shuffled the facts of her biography as much as she meddled with her birth date"—and she meddled with her birth date quite a bit, even going so far as to reportedly try to pass her daughter off as her sister on occasion.

4. SHE LIVED A LIFE OF LUXURY.

Lempicka lived a life of luxury from childhood. Not only was she born into a wealthy family, her second husband was Baron Kuffner, a wealthy Hungarian baron who had been her patron and lover. Although she initially lost money in 1929 when her bank collapsed, she survived the Great Depression relatively unaffected, painting the portraits of King Alfonso XIII of Spain and Queen Elizabeth of Greece during that time. She had been charging as much as 50,000 French francs per portrait by 1927, which was equivalent to about $2000 then, but would be about 10 times as much today.

5. HER ASHES WERE SCATTERED OVER A VOLCANO.

In 1980, Lempicka passed away in Mexico. Per her request, Lempicka's ashes were scattered over the crater of the volcanic Mount Popocatepetl by her daughter, Kizette.

An earlier version of this post appeared in 2008.

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