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Real-Life LEGO Minifigure Made a Terrifying Appearance at Comic-Con

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Things may have gotten a little too real at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Tested recently shared a behind-the-scenes look at a project special effects makeup artist Frank Ippolito debuted at the event: a LEGO minifigure costume, complete with lifelike silicone mask and human-like hands.

Building a realistic LEGO costume has been on Ippolito's mind for a while, he says, but the original plan was to design it as a foam latex prosthetic that would be applied to his skin and later removed. Instead, the builder sculpted “CreepyFig,” a LEGO cosplay costume head. (You can watch the process above.) When the dimensions of the head were right and a skin-like texture had been added, Ippolito created a fiberglass mold and sent it to Immortal Masks, a company that cast it in silicone. (The final product weighed 14 pounds.)

Check out the clip below to see how Comic-Con attendees reacted to CreepyFig.

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This Font Changes Shape As You Type
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Writing with the Futuracha Pro font isn’t just about creating a finished product. Each letter reacts to what you type by lengthening and curling around its neighboring characters, making the act of writing itself an interactive experience.

According to The Huffington Post, Futuracha Pro is the brainchild of graphic designer Odysseas Galinos Paparounis of the Greek branding agency høly. As a design student, he was inspired for the idea of a changing typeface while observing the movements of Caribbean cockroaches for an illustration class. The insects' sweeping antennae and prickly feet inspired him to superimpose these elements onto his favorite font: Futura.

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The name Futuracha, which combines the words Futura and cucaracha ("cockroach" in Spanish), is a nod to the project’s quirky origins. After sharing his concept with fellow graphic designers, Paparounis sought to make a version of the font that’s accessible to everyone on an open source basis. He launched an effort to crowdfund Futuracha Pro on Indiegogo earlier this year and closed the campaign after raising $86,431. You can download the font for your computer from the høly website with prices starting around $29.

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Watch an Artist Build a Secret Studio Beneath an Overpass
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Artists can be very particular about the spaces where they choose to do their work. Furniture designer Fernando Abellanas’s desk may not boast the quietest or most convenient location on Earth, but it definitely wins points for seclusion. According to Co.Design, the artist covertly constructed his studio beneath a bridge in Valencia, Spain.

To make his vision a reality, Abellanas had to build a metal and plywood apparatus and attach it to the top of an underpass. After climbing inside, he uses a crank to wheel the box to the top of the opposite wall. There, the contents of his studio, including his desk, chair, and wall art, are waiting for him.

The art nook was installed without permission from the city, so Abellanas admits that it’s only a matter of time before the authorities dismantle it or it's raided by someone else. While this space may not be permanent, he plans to build others like it around the city in secret. You can get a look at his construction process in the video below.

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