The Halloween Costume Contest that Never Was

Back in 2011, I came to work in Spongebob tighty whities and a $250 Dr. Doom helmet I bought at the Renaissance Faire. The costume was…ballsy. And frankly, it should have won the annual Halloween costume contest at work. But no, some lady rolled in with blue jeans and a leopard print shirt and won AN IPAD for calling herself a “cougar.” Barf. If part of your Halloween costume is blue jeans, you should be disqualified from winning anything. Jeans is never a costume. Unless you’re Joe Dirt.DoomSo, I vowed to never partake in the sham of a contest again, this poisoned, razorblade-laced apple of an event. Then each of the next two years, I watched as chud after chud won top honors with costumes ranging from so-so to mediocre, and I knew I had to get back in the game.

This year, I would be the man in the so-so to mediocre winning outfit.  I built a man-sized PEZ dispenser from scrap cardboard, tape and foam I found in the trash at work. I’ve been slammed with “real work” and my own art, too, so my time to spend on fabricating a giant PEZ was limited. I really only got a working prototype done, and I wasn’t thrilled with the costume, especially since I didn’t have time to create the head. Still, it’s good enough and original enough to win SOMETHING at the annual contest.King Kong PEZ King Kong PEZLo and behold, my wholly average King Kong PEZ Dispenser! (If I had time to continue, I would have built a massive foam gorilla head instead of using my Superilla mask, which currently makes this look like a shrunken head PEZ dispenser. I also need to wrap the entire body in packing paper – then paint it – to hide the seams. Overall, the design works, though.)

Except there is no Halloween contest this year. Two months of designing my unfinished prototype. For nothing. There is no justice, so I must wait another year for the chance to avenge myself.

Happy Halloween, and if you’ve read this far, post a comment to let me know what your costume is this year.

Blockbusters that were turned into casino games

It has been a successful partnership between the film and gaming industries over the years as Report Linker estimates that the casino gaming industry will be worth around $513 billion by 2015. While that huge revenue can be attributed to the cash cows of casinos that are otherwise known as slot machines, successful movies are to be thanked as well since many casino games today carry with them the commercial license of the best Hollywood films of all time.

Cryptologic, one of the oldest slot developers and owner of the world’s first ever casino entertainment site InterCasino, is one of the first few game publishers of movie-themed slot machines. With the billion-dollar success of the film industry, it’s not surprising to see Cryptologic developing more machines every year that feature Hollywood’s blockbuster hits.

Below are some of the most successful Hollywood movies with slot machine counterparts.

The Dark Knight

The captivating performance by the late Heath Ledger was what drew fans into the second installment of the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy. Clips from the movie can be watched throughout play on the 103-inch video display above the slot’s game screens. One of the game’s bonus rounds is the Sleight of Hand Bonus where players must flip over the correct cards in order to win prizes. The biggest bonus feature in the game is called the Battle for Gotham community bonus, which gives players an opportunity to win the progressive jackpot.

Indiana Jones

There are three types of video slot machines for Indiana Jones, albeit none of them follow the franchise’s movie titles. Indiana Jones: Cross of Coronado is a five-reeled video slot machine with 25 paylines and a multi-level progressive. The Treasure of Incas machine also has the 25 payline slot across five reels with an impressive 243 ways to win. Added bonuses of these slots are its authentic movie clips and the ability of multiple players competing in four progressive jackpots. Perhaps the most exciting machine of all the Indiana Jones-themed ones is the Well of Souls. In addition to the 243 ways to win, the free spins bonus round allows you to choose an icon onscreen, which will determine your fate with a progressive jackpot or a fixed credit amount. A MegaJackpot top award is also available when all the correct symbols are on the upper payline.

Hangover

The Hangover Slots is quite possibly one of the funniest slots available right now. The realistically hilarious sound effects are courtesy of Ken Jeong, who played the comical gangster boss Mr. Chow. The console is fairly easy to maneuver and players can make lower wagers on this five-reeled 40-payline slot machine. Bonus rounds include 4 progressive jackpots, one of which is called Pick a Tooth where players are expected to choose one of Stu’s five teeth to determine their prize.

This guest post has been brought to you by the esteemed Lily.

NJBA: Eli Manning

Here’s an Eli Manning New York Giants NJBA I made for the New Jersey Isn’t Boring Show this past Sunday. The show itself was a bust for me, but I was so ill-prepared it’s not even funny. Adult responsibilities are killing me. KILLING ME.

The tweet I got sums it up perfectly:

COLLAGE: New Jersey Devils (16×16)

New Jersey DevilsSince completing this collage, the New Jersey are 0-1. I guess it’s bad luck, because they lost in overtime tonight to the goddamned New York Rangers. Even worse, the game winner was scored by defenseman Kevin Klein. Bro, A Fish Called Wanda sucked!

I think there will be a series of 16×16 snippet logo collages coming. I have a few outlets to really get these out there in the public eye, too, from the days when I got my food creations all over the internet and in Sports Illustrated. LOL. I made a Philadelphia Flyers logo from roast beef and Sports Illustrated published it in their magazine. Oh man. That will never not blow my mind. NJCollage_InSitu

New Jersey Isn’t Boring Art Show @ Rail House, Rahway – Oct 19

MojosWork:

I’ll be showing some new work tonight at this show in Rahway, NJ. If you’re in that neck of the woods, swing by and get me a shot.

Originally posted on New Jersey Isn't Boring!:

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REMINDER! New Jersey Isn’t Boring is SO happy to announce it’s first art show, to be held at the Rail House  in Rahway, NJ on Sunday, October 19th at 5pm. This event is part of a weekly event called called Soft Sounds and Creative Wonders run by the Rail House. It features acoustic musicians and local artwork.

The event will feature 3 artists whose work represents NJ. The three artists will be Chris Ernst,Corey Hudson, and Scott Modrzynski.

“Bruce Buns”, Chris Ernst

All three artists have art work that represents NJ in a fun way.

Chris Ernst from New Brunswick has pop culture art inspired by NJ, Corey Hudson takes refurbished wood from Hurricane Sandy and transforms it into art, and Scott Modrzynski aka Mojoswork takes the state shape and turns in into something awesome ie Spiderman.

Come eat, drink and have a good time while…

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MUPPET MONESDAY: Snowths!

SnowthsDooodoo doo doodoo do do doo doo duhdoodoo. Mahna Mahna.

This was a hard one to get through. I just wasn’t feeling it, but after letting it sit for about 8 months, I kinda dig it now, particularly the color palette. What do you think?

snowthtrain016Here’s a rare in-progress shot of the painting. Rare because I hate wasting time by taking photos of things that aren’t finished. Time is money.

 

Bodacious XBox Controller (9×12)

XBOXI tripped into painting these video game controllers. I loved Nintendo and Genesis, so I painted those remotes last year. They were really well received, so I thought I’d revisit the idea of painting more, and here we are.

I’m not even going to pretend like I know what the hell was a good game for XBox. Call of Duty? Halo? I feel like those are educated guesses, but I never played either. Once N64 moved on, so did I when it came to gaming. I can think of about four games that I played with any sort of fervor since Mario Kart 64 became obsolete:

Simpsons Road Rage (PS2): My brother got this for Christmas one year and I probably spent a solid week glued to the TV playing because back in the 90s, the Simpsons was my shteez.

Some wrestling game (some advanced video game system): I don’t remember the name of the game (WWF All Stars, maybe?) or the system, but you could be the Ultimate Warrior, and that’s all that mattered.

Mario Galaxy (Wii): My roommate from the UK, Sam, were on a tear, dominating this game, but then something happened. Someone broke into our East Village apartment and stole my Wii, a system I bought one month earlier, because it was touted as being easy to play (it was). Galaxy was in the system at the time. I still have the case. Alas, I was not meant to enjoy video games. God must have had other plans for me.

Punch-Out (Wii): See above.

50 States of Superman: Washington

Superman

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Remember, the Daughters of the Atom show at One-Shot Gallery opens tonight!

GALLERY OPENING: Daughters of the Atom

10543067_971255222888361_8033103490783513603_oTwo days. Two gallery openings in New York City. Two sets of collages.

FRIDAY. October 10th. One-Shot Gallery debuts the Daughters of the Atom group show, featuring art of the women who populate the world of the X-Men. Three of my pieces – Mystique, Storm, Domino (not released here!) – will be part of this event, hopefully the first of many collaborations I have with One-Shot.

From the One-Shot Facebook page:

Join us for the opening of our next show, DAUGHTERS OF THE ATOM: An X-Women Exhibit, Friday October 10th from 8-10pm at St. Mark’s Comics. Check out some art, meet some of the artists, plus…AN X-WOMEN COSPLAY CONTEST!

That’s right, our opening will also be an X-WOMEN COSPLAY CONTEST so come as your favorite X-Lady and participating artists may select you to win awesome prizes provided by St. Mark’s Comics – See you there!

50 STATES OF SUPERMAN: Rhode Island

Sup, dawgs. Been awhile. Three shows coming up!

Something on October 9th that will feature my Frankenstein collage… I have no idea where or what this place is, other than its an art gallery in SoHo… but my work was accepted. Long story.

The following night, my Mystique and Storm collages will be a part of One-Shot Gallery’s Women of X show.

October 19th, in Rahway, NJ, I’ll be at the Rail House displaying some of my New Jersey portraits. And on that note, here’s the first (and maybe last) Rhode Island portrait I’ll ever do, part of the 50 States of Superman project.

SupermanLike this painting, the actual Rhode Island is partially made of kryptonite, sucking the life out of you until you die… or leave. I left.