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12 Guardians of the Galaxy Mashups

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The new Marvel Comics movie Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t set to hit theaters until August, but it already has the internet buzzing. Comic book readers are familiar with the characters, and can’t wait to see how Walt Disney Studios treats the franchise. To the rest of us, the characters are new and intriguing. And, of course, when new characters are introduced into mainstream pop culture, the artists of the internet plunge headlong into mashing up those characters with other, more familiar worlds.

1 and 2. Parks and Recreation

The fun began when it was announced a year ago that actor Chris Pratt was cast in the role of Peter Quill, with the superhero name of Star-Lord. Pratt is also one of the main characters on the sitcom Parks and Recreation, which led illustrator Kyle Hilton to wonder what the movie would be like if they cast all the parts with actors from the TV show. The result was this movie poster at Vulture.

That was quickly followed by a trailer mashup using the music and style of the Parks and Recreation introduction over video introducing the Guardians of the Galaxy characters.

3. The Lego Movie

Since Chris Pratt was also the voice of the central character in The LEGO Movie, it, too, had to be mashed up into a movie trailer. This one mixes the audio of the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer with appropriate footage from The LEGO Movie.

4. and 5. Star Wars

Any new science fiction movie will inevitably be mashed up with the Star Wars franchise. This poster mashup that includes characters from both worlds is by artist Robert Rath.

DeviantART member BloodySamoan chose to combine the characters from the Star Wars and the GOTG universes. I love the clever names like Groo2-D2.

6. The Giving Tree

How nice of Groot to give a weapon to Rocket Raccoon! See, there is camaraderie and selflessness even in an alien plant monster. This clever mashup of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree with GOTG characters was drawn by Isaac Goodhart

7. Batman’s Poison Ivy

DeviantArt member Nick Perks realized that Groot, being a plant, might really hit it off with Poison Ivy from the Batman universe, despite the fact that she’s a DC Comics character. After all, she’s a plant, too! This image was ready for Valentines Day

8. Little Golden Books

Rocket Raccoon is proving to be the breakout character of the Guardians, at least as of now. Joebot has been posting a long-running series of Little Golden Book covers with modern comic book, video game, and movie characters. Rocket Raccoon and the tiny sapling Groot have their own story

9. Hello Kitty

Rocket Raccoon got the cute Hello Kitty treatment for this t-shirt design by absolemstudio.

10. Venom

DeviantART member JamesWhynotInks was commissioned to create a mashup of Rocket Raccoon and the evil alien Venom from the Spider-Man comics. He doesn’t tell us how the idea came about, but the result is as wild as you would expect.

11. Mickey Mouse

Rocket Raccoon may be a furry forest creature, but he’s also a law enforcement officer and a spaceship captain. So, in the same vein as the Hello Kitty mashup, it’s funny to make him overly cute by drawing him in the style of a sweet familiar character. In this instance, that’s Mickey Mouse, for a t-shirt design by TeeKetch.

12. Space Invaders

Toronto artist Marco D'Alfonso put Rocket Raccoon into the video game world, where he seems to be comfortable doing what he does in the comics: fighting alien species. In this case, the falling Space Invaders.

Look for more of these as the year progresses. The movie Guardians of the Galaxy will be in theaters August first.

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The Getty Center, Surrounded By Wildfires, Will Leave Its Art Where It Is
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The wildfires sweeping through California have left countless homeowners and businesses scrambling as the blazes continue to grow out of control in various locations throughout the state. While art lovers worried when they heard that Los Angeles's Getty Center would be closing its doors this week, as the fires closed part of the 405 Freeway, there was a bit of good news. According to museum officials, the priceless works housed inside the famed Getty Center are said to be perfectly secure and won't need to be evacuated from the facility.

“The safest place for the art is right here at the Getty,” Ron Hartwig, the Getty’s vice president of communications, told the Los Angeles Times. According to its website, the museum was closed on December 5 and December 6 “to protect the collections from smoke from fires in the region,” but as of now, the art inside is staying put.

Though every museum has its own way of protecting the priceless works inside it, the Los Angeles Times notes that the Getty Center was constructed in such a way as to protect its contents from the very kind of emergency it's currently facing. The air throughout the gallery is filtered by a system that forces it out, rather than a filtration method which would bring air in. This system will keep the smoke and air pollutants from getting into the facility, and by closing the museum this week, the Getty is preventing the harmful air from entering the building through any open doors.

There is also a water tank at the facility that holds 1 million gallons in reserve for just such an occasion, and any brush on the property is routinely cleared away to prevent the likelihood of a fire spreading. The Getty Villa, a separate campus located in the Pacific Palisades off the Pacific Coast Highway, was also closed out of concern for air quality this week.

The museum is currently working with the police and fire departments in the area to determine the need for future closures and the evacuation of any personnel. So far, the fires have claimed more than 83,000 acres of land, leading to the evacuation of thousands of people and the temporary closure of I-405, which runs right alongside the Getty near Los Angeles’s Bel-Air neighborhood.

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This 77-Year-Old Artist Saves Money on Art Supplies by 'Painting' in Microsoft Excel
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It takes a lot of creativity to turn a blank canvas into an inspired work of art. Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi makes his pictures out of something that’s even more dull than a white page: an empty spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel.

When he retired, the 77-year-old Horiuchi, whose work was recently spotlighted by Great Big Story, decided he wanted to get into art. At the time, he was hesitant to spend money on painting supplies or even computer software, though, so he began experimenting with one of the programs that was already at his disposal.

Horiuchi's unique “painting” method shows that in the right hands, Excel’s graph-building features can be used to bring colorful landscapes to life. The tranquil ponds, dense forests, and blossoming flowers in his art are made by drawing shapes with the software's line tool, then adding shading with the bucket tool.

Since picking up the hobby in the 2000s, Horiuchi has been awarded multiple prizes for his creative work with Excel. Let that be inspiration for Microsoft loyalists who are still broken up about the death of Paint.

You can get a behind-the-scenes look at the artist's process in the video below.

[h/t Great Big Story]

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