Game of Thrones 80/90s Art by Mike Wrobel

If you’re like me, you always wondered what the citizens of Westeros and Essos would look like in the ’80s and ’90s. Alright, I admit, it’s never crossed my mind. But after checking out Mike Wrobel’s renditions of our most loved and hated (Joffery, I’m looking at you) characters, it’s funny how perfect they fit in that era. I wouldn’t mind seeing an episode or two of them in a totally screwed up version of Full House.

Here’s what Wrobel had to say about his series:

What “Game of Thrones” would have looked like if the action had been set in the 80/90s?

What if swords, bows, spears and armors had been replaced with some NES guns, bats and tracksuits?
This is a fun project i ve been recently starting, imagining all the characters fighting for the throne in a 90s grunge/gangsta era.

You can find Mike Wrobel on…

Arya Stark

Arya Stark

Bran Stark

Bran Stark

Brienne of Tarth

Brienne of Tarth

Bronn

Bronn

Cersei Lannister

Cersei Lannister

Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys Targaryen

Jaime Lannisert

Jaime Lannisert

Joffrey Baratheon

Joffrey Baratheon

Jon Snow

Jon Snow

Khal Drogo

Khal Drogo

Maergery Tyrell

Maergery Tyrell

Robb Stark

Robb Stark

Sansa Stark

Sansa Stark

Talisa

Talisa

The Hound

The Hound

Theon Greyjoy

Theon Greyjoy

Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister

Tywin Lannister

Tywin Lannister

White Walker

White Walker

Ygritte

Ygritte

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Sunday Funnies: Bane of Thrones

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Etsy Crush of the Week: Warp Zone Prints Geeky Cookie Cutters

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Interview with Athey Moravetz of WarpZone Prints

WarpZone- Mario 1-Up Mushroom CookieCan you tell us a little bit about yourself? 
Athey: I’m 30, married, and have two kids, age six and three. I live in Central Oregon, where I’ve been for the last nine years. I moved here from Seattle, where I went to college. For eight years, I worked in the video games industry as a production artist. My husband also works in the video games industry, and for the same studio I did. When you’ve got two people, both working full-time for a game studio with yearly crunch hours, it can make things overly complicated, and after a series of events, I ended up at home instead.

What inspired you to a career in 3D art?
Athey: Long long… long, ago, when I was in middle school, a friend of mind got me a pirated copy of 3D Studio for DOS, that his friend’s father had brought back from a business trip to China. This was long before the days of bit torrent and easy software pirating – hah – so this was a huge deal. Half the people I knew didn’t even have a computer at home.

So, I had no idea what I was doing, but I loved it anyway. Looking back, I know I did everything wrong, but it was a learning-blind self-taught sort of experiment. To put things into perspective a bit – There was no Undo option in this program. There was no shaded view, only wireframes, and there was no back face culling. You saved every thing you did, just in case something went wrong, but if you didn’t realize you’d messed up until sometime later, you’d probably already saved over any opportunity to back up before the mistake because the hard disk was so small that you couldn’t afford saving even a half-dozen iterations of your file. And if you wanted to edit a texture map? You had to close the program, exit out of DOS, boot up Windows, load up your graphic editing program, make whatever changes you needed to make and save it – shut windows down, go back into DOS, wait the excruciating long time it took to do all this and load up 3D Studio, and then hope and pray you got everything right.

Despite all this, I was hooked, and years later, when the guidance councilors were pressuring all us high schoolers to decide what we wanted to do with the rest of our lives and apply to a bunch of different colleges, I decided I wanted to go into 3D Animation. WarpZone- Game of Thrones Sigil Cookie Cutter Set of 4

Originally the goal was 3D art for movies, but that eventually morphed into 3D art for games. There was definitely no plan, way back then, to be 3D modeling for a home 3D printer. Definitely never saw that coming.

Warpzone Prints happened mostly because of a guy at my old work named James. James is a mad-scientist kind of guy. He likes to build things. He’s very into DIY stuff, and he built himself a 4ft x 4ft CNC in his garage a few years ago. He’s also made an Egg-bot, and a number of other crazy things. He’d been eyeballing 3D printers for a long while and ended up deciding that, this time, he’d get one that was pre-built, rather than building it himself. He bought a Makerbot Replicator when they were pretty much brand new.

My husband and I had printed things through Shapeways for years at this point, but we’d sort of disregarded the at-home 3D printers because the quality just wasn’t good enough yet.

When we saw the stuff that James was able to make with his Replicator, we caved in and ordered one of our own.

WarpZone- Doctor Who Cyberman CookieIt was, quite literally, nothing more than a toy in the beginning. We thought it was really cool, and wanted one. That was all there really was to it. But we told ourselves that maybe we could make it pay itself off a bit, by printing things for other people, and maybe even selling stuff on Etsy.

At this point, we were both still working full-time in the games industry, so anything done on the bot, was done in our free time.

After my job in video games came to an end early this last fall, I had a lot more free time on my hands and ended up putting a lot more time and effort into the Etsy store and the one item that seemed really popular – cookie cutters.

I made a ton of new designs and started taking custom orders, and things just kind of exploded from there.

Do you have any geeky obsessions? If so, what? 
Athey: Oh… so many. Let’s see – for a 30-year old mom-of-2, I’m probably unhealthily addicted to Harry Potter. I even made my own full set of Slytherin Robes for Halloween a number of years back.

I love Portal, and 3D Printed my own Portal gun last summer. I started working on the model for making a Wheatley core, but then I got busy and it was kind of a hugely intensive project to figure out how to separate it into pieces small enough to print and then to assemble together.

I -Love- Game of Thrones, and thing Peter Dinklage is absolutely amazing.

All three of my cats, and my daughter, are named after characters from One Piece. My son is named after a character from Final Fantasy 7. Both my kids have the middle initial D, because of One Piece. I intend to wait until they’re much much older, and in a forgiving mood, before I tell them this. WarpZone- Avatar the Last Airbender Symbol Cookie Cutters

My husband’s ‘man-cave’ is a Retro-Gaming wet-dream of collectables and rare games and consoles, including an actual Neo Geo arcade cabinet that was an outrageous struggle to get up the stairs because it weighs a ton, and is huge.

We have a life-size Master Sword and Shield mounted on the wall of one house along with a huge framed map of Hyrule. We also have a life-size Buster Sword. It is very very heavy.

If Kirby were to swallow you, what power would he get? 
Athey: Probably the power to speed up time. I seems like every time I start working on something, I blink, and its been five hours.

If you were on a deserted island, what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring? 
WarpZone- Bleach Kon CookieAthey:  I’d probably bring all of One Piece. It’s very… very…. long. It would last a while. Although, I would magically have it be finished, too. Maybe I’d just bring Eichiro Oda with me.

Where can we find you in the web? 
– www.warpzoneprints.com

And, as for social media –
www.facebook.com/WarpzonePrints
twitter.com/warpzoneprints
pinterest.com/atheym/warpzone-prints-cookie-cutters/

 

 

Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway: Show Pony’s Fantasy Jewelry

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I’m a jewelry fiend, whether it’s geeky or not. I’ve noticed when it comes to a lot of geek-related jewelry they get an A+ on the geeky part, but miss the mark on the actual quality of the jewelry design. Thankfully, I stumbled across Show Pony on one of my weekly Etsy binges and fell in love. Her  fantasy-themed references already make the items a must-buy, and then her elegant jewelry designs put them over the edge.

I featured Show Pony‘s “Always” necklace on my Harry Potter & Valentine’s Day Jewelry Post. It’s pretty much one of those, “I need this for reasons.” necklaces. It’s a subtle way to show your off Potter pride. I absolutely adore mine!

Shelby also does custom pieces! I had her make a custom Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire cuff for me with the words, “Valar Morghulis”. It came out just as I imagined. It’s thick, but still easily bendable to adjust to any sized wrist. I’m throwing a giveaway with a few lovely items from Show Pony, check out how to win below!

Get 30% off  Show Pony throughout March using: MARCH30 

My Show Pony Jewelry!

My Show Pony Jewelry!

Interview with Shelby of SHOW PONY STORE

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Show Pony- Hunger Games Holding nightlock IIShelby: My name is Shelby Isaac I’m a college student from Maryland, U.S.A. and Etsy is my creative outlet/moneymaker. I have a pet tarantula and a kitten that keep me company while I run my Etsy business.

How long have you been making jewelry?

Shelby: I’ve been making jewelry since 2010, when I opened my Etsy shop.

How did SHOWPONYSTORE come to be?

Shelby: Oddly enough, I started out making my original items out of frustration. My first purchase on Etsy was an overpriced Harry Potter inspired vial necklace. When it arrived, it was broken, leaking through the package, and no “thank you” note was included. I knew I could make something better for a cheaper price, so that’s what I did.

Which have been some of your favorite pieces to make?

Shelby: My “always” doe patronus necklace is my favorite. It’s subtle and still geeky. That’s not always easy to find in jewelry.

Do you have any geeky obsessions? If so what?

Shelby: Any other geeky obsessions… I love Tolkien and Martin. High fantasy is my thing.

What do you think your your patronus be? 

Shelby: It would be a shark! A little one. Like a spiny dogfish/mud shark.

If you lived in Westeros, what would your house name, sigil and motto be? 

Shelby: I already consider myself to be of House Tyrell, so creating my own house is out of the question. Growing strong!

If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?

Shelby: I would bring the Potter series. Television show that I couldn’t live without: Star Trek. The original series.

Where can we find you on the web? 

SHOW PONY STORE GIVEAWAY!

Show Pony Girl Gone Geek Giveaway

L to R: Harry Potter “Always” Doe Necklace, Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Necklace, Game of Thrones “The Wall” Ring (example shown) and Harry Potter Divination Class Tea Cup Necklace

1. Answer the of the following question: What do you think your patronus be?
2. Like SHOWPONYSTORE on Facebook: Facebook.com/SHOWPONYSTORE (if applicable)
3. Follow @BeansCreations on Twitter (if applicable)
* Please state the item you’d like to win, you can say all items if you’d be happy with all.
* Four readers will win one of the items featured.
* Contest ends Wednesday, March 27th

Harry Potter & Game of Thrones Valentine’s Day Jewelry

Confession: Every time I ran across a Snape/Always piece of jewelry on Etsy I wanted to cry. #alloftheemotions


Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace I Love You by spacepearls

Harry Potter Jewelry Golden Snitch Necklace - I Love You

Harry Potter Jewelry  After All This Time by chasingatstarlight

Harry Potter Jewelry - After All This Time Always

You are protected in short by your ability to love by chickylovit

Harry Potter Quote Jewelry Necklace- You are protected in short by your ability to love

Harry Potter Lots of Love Lily Necklace by amartone

Harry Potter Jewelry Lots of Love Lily Necklace

Harry Potter Bracelet I love you like Snape by SpiffingJewelry

Harry Potter Jewelry Bracelet -I love you like Snape loved Lily Cuff

Severus Snape Always Doe SHOWPONYSTORE

Harry Potter Jewlery Severus Snape Always Doe Patronus Necklace

Harry Potter Necklace  I heart Harry Potter by SpiffingJewelry

Harry Potter Jewelry Necklace - I heart Harry Potter with lightning bolt scar and glasses

Harry Potter Inspired Lovers Glass Dome by resinapocalypse

Harry Potter Inspired Lovers Glass Dome Necklace

Harry Potter Font Golden Snitch Always Necklace by SimplyHarry

Harry Potter Jewelry Golden Snitch Always Necklace Steampunk

Game of Thrones Quote My Sun and Stars by ChrisClosetCreations

Game of Thrones Jewelry Quote My Sun and Stars Shekh ma shieraki anni in Dothraki

Game of Thrones Khal Drogo Moon of my Life by ChrisClosetCreations

Game of Thrones Jewelry Khal Drogo Moon of my Life Zhey Jalan Atthirari Anni in Dothraki

Game of Thrones Inspired Hand Stamped Cuff Set by JTSkyDesigns

Game of Thrones Jewelry Inspired Hand Stamped Cuff SetKhal and Khaleesi Game of Thrones  Set of Two by emerydrive

Game of Thrones Jewelry- Khal and Khaleesi Set of TWO Dothraki Rings

Book Crush: Review of ‘Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin’s a Song of Ice and Fire’

“Beyond the Wall” covers the series up until “A Dance with Dragons” and season one of the television series, Game of Thrones. This post contains no major spoilers. If you’ve only watched the show or haven’t finished the series you won’t be spoiled.

Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire is a book of essays about our beloved series. After the second season of Game of Thrones ended and I finally finished A Dance with Dragons, I was a mixed bag of emotions. I was happy to have finally completed the massive series, and sad that I had no more Game of Thrones to consume. But then I realized I could finally enjoy my copy of Beyond the Wall without a fear of spoilers.

I’m a huge fan of A Song of Ice and Fire series and the Game of Thrones show. After 16 years since first being published, the conversation still burns as bright as the fires of R’holler. The authors in Beyond the Wall take these conversations a step (or two) further. It’s thought provoking and thoroughly entertaining. Topics such as feminism, sexual violence, outcast/the other, fantasy realism, religion and more are all explored in this book of essays.

Not only does Beyond the Wall break down the world of Westeros and Essos, but it exemplifies, page by page, something that us fans have known for a long time, that A Song of Ice and Fire is not only a great work of fantasy, but also a great work of literature. In the foreword, R.A. Salvatore says, “A writer writes to get people asking questions more than to give them answers, and the ultimate achievement of literature is to begin a conversation. To read [Beyond the Wall] is to recognize the depth and breath of the conversation A Song of Ice and Fire has started.”

This book is filled with essays that analyze characters, events and scenes in a captivating and still very accessible way. If you were to look at my copy you would think it has been through the red waste and back. It’s dog-eared, covered in neon pink highlighter, and graffitied with barely legible scribbles, exclamation marks and notes that only I can decipher. Because of Martin’s POV chapters, you get an even deeper sense of the characters. However, there are essays that I’ve read in Beyond the Wall that gave me a better understanding of characters I thought I knew like the back of my (Quran Half)hand.

One of the more enlightening essays is “Art Imitates War: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in A Song of Ice and Fire” by Myke Cole. In this, Cole describes how Arya Stark and Theon Greyjoy are both suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in very different ways. Not only did I learn about PSTD and the Cooper Color System, but, for me, Cole also focused the lens on these two characters storylines. One of my favorite essays is by Matt Staggs, “Petyr Baelish and the Mask of Sanity”, which basically goes on to say that Littlefinger is a psychopath. Literally.

To say that George R. R. Martin writes strong female characters is an understatement. From Arya to Brienne to Cersei, all of the women are strong in their own way and all embody very different and complex representations of woman. There are several essays that delve into the women of Westeros (because one just isn’t enough). In Caroline Spector’s essay, she can condense in one sentence the role of women in ASoIaF by stating, “Martin has created a subversively feminist tale.”

You can’t talk about Game of Thrones without talking about magic and religion. The two worlds are connected; overtly like R’holler and Melisandre and in more subtle ways like the green-seers and old gods. The aptly titled essays, “Of Direwolves and Gods” and “A Sword Without a Hilt”, by Andrew Zimmerman Jones and Jesse Scoble respectively, explore the fascinating ways magic and religion are portrayed in ASoIaF and how it effects Westeros, Essos and its people.

Whether you pray to the old gods or the new, if you consider yourself a fan of Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire, you should read Beyond the Wall.

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Tattoo Tuesday- Game of Thrones

War and winter are here! Season 2 of the HBO series Game of Thrones premiered Sunday and if you’re a fan like me, you were buzzing with excitement! Because of my love for the show, I began reading the series it was based on, A Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin. I obsessively devoured the series and finally made it to the massive hardcover A Dance with Dragons.

For me, the major thing about the series is the characters. I’m pretty passionate about a lot of books and shows, but when characters grow on me is when I know I’m in deep. The character development is rich and dynamic. You feel like you know them, you relate to them, you’re protective of them. Of course, the story is amazing as well. The characters wouldn’t grow to who they become without the story. Simply put, Martin is brilliant. He knows how to keep us on our toes!

Most of the tattoos I found were House of Stark, no surprise there. But there were even two Greyjoy tats! Granted, I haven’t finished A Dance with Dragons yet, but they have been pretty much assholes throughout the series. So I’ll assume that person got that ink for Crow’s Eye and Asha, because they are pretty bad ass.

Oh and it’s my name day today!

I include all the information about the tattoo that was available. If you are interested in having me feature your tattoo on a future Tattoo Tuesday feel free to email me at girlgonegeekblog[at]gmail.com.

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“Knocked this little zinger out on my friend/fantastic Kiwi tattoo artist, Erin Chance… Game of Thrones, Stark family sigil…” [Source: archivetattoo]

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Felippe Rodrigues from São Luis, Brasil and his Stark (and enterprise) tattoo [Source:  fyeahtattoos]

Tattoo by Erin Chance [Source: erinchancetattoo]

mrjacktorrance‘s tattoo, “I am a tremendous nerd. I fell in love with the Song of Ice and Fire books recently, and have devoured each book ravenously, watching the HBO series (Game of Thrones) twice and now, I will forever have a reminder of why I became a fan. House Stark, the wardens of the North. Their sigil, a grey and black direwolf, their motto: Winter Is Coming. The artist that inked me is a friend of mine, and a pretty talented guy for an apprentice. I can honestly say that of the few tattoos I have, this was the most fun.”[Source: fyeahtattoos]

Game Of Thrones Inspired Wolf – Sink The Ink, Doylestown, PA – Artist Benji Harris [Source: reddit]

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House Targaryen tattoo, “Got my second tat at Wooster Street Social Club for HBO promotional free Game of Thrones day. Fire and Blood!” [Source: kdags4060]

 House Baratheon tattoo,”Done by Mig at Electric 13 Tattoo in Austin, TX.” [Source: fyeahtattoos]

Terry’s Greyjoy kraken tattoo, “My house greyjoy kraken tattoo, got today for free at Wooster social club, nyc” [Source: terryftw]

Read all about Wendy’s experience getting a free Game of Thrones tattoo curtosy for HBO on her blog,

“I wanted to get the Greyjoy kraken.  Here’s my reasoning:

A.) It’s a fucking Kraken! Krakens are badass, the Greyjoys are badass. (Shut up about Theon. He can suck it.  I just love Asha, and the rest of the drowned crew) Done.
B.) It was the best art. Let’s face it, it is a tattoo.  It’s for life.  I’m gonna go with what I would actually want on my body. I don’t really want a floating lion or direwolf head hanging out randomly on me.  I’m also not really a fan of getting a kinda tribal-y looking dragon – just not my style.  The Baratheon stag reminded me too much of the John Deere logo.  Nope, Kraken, you are for me.

My tattoo artist was Jeb. He usually tattoos at Fly Rite Tattoo in Williamsburg”  [Source: wendywatches]

Iron throne Ttattoo done by JD McGowan, “This is the first sitting for a full sleeve from the Game of Thrones. The iron throne took a good 6 hours to do but well worth it. thanks Miss Robyn.”  [Source: forbiddenimages]

Zac Scheinbaum tattooed this,”The tattoo of the cloaked skull is a nights watch tattoo I made up from the best books ever written! A song of ice and fire series by George R. R. Martin!!” [Source: zachsheinbaum]

“This tattoo was done by Sean at Ink Tattoo Studio in Kingston, Ontario. A couple of my buddies discovered this artist back in October and as soon as I saw his black and grey work I knew I had to have something by him. All I told him was “hawk”, “mountains”, and “Valar Morghulis”, and he did the rest. In the future, I might have the body and other wing of the hawk expanded, although at the moment I’m partial to the round shape of it.

“Valar Morghulis” comes from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and literally translates to “All men must die”. My personal attachment to the phrase comes from something Ygritte says in A Storm of Swords:

“You’re mine” she whispered. “Mine, as I’m yours. And if we die, we die. All men must die, Jon Snow, but first we’ll live.” [Source: fyeahtattoos]

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“My 2nd tattoo, the House Stark heart tree from George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones. Art and tattoo by Jason, at Mind Over Matter.” [Source: tyshalae]

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Tattoo reads “I am the watcher of the walls. I am the sword in the darkness.”

Why Noelle Smith go this tattoo, “On the morning of my eighteenth nameday, my father came to me. You’re almost a man now, he said, but you’re not worthy of my land and title. Tomorrow you’re going to take the black, forsake all claims to your inheritance and start north. If you do not, he said, then we will have a hunt, and somewhere in these woods, your horse will stumble and you’ll be thrown from your saddle to die. Or so I will tell your mother. Nothing would please me more.

My story and Samwell Tarly’s is so similar it hurts. My father mentally and physically abused me for seventeen years. Constantly telling that I wasn’t good enough, that I would never become anything. One of my last memories of him is, him trying to kill my mother and threatening to kill me next.

From the moment I read Samwell’s story, I felt such a kinship with him. He was someone relatable. So broken and useless was exactly how I felt for many, many years. So I decided if Samwell could take the Black and say the words and come away a stronger person, that I would do the same. And here I stand.

I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls.” [Source: noellesmith13]