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/

 

 

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Etsy Crush of the Week & Contest- My Geeky Boyfriend

Sarah’s Etsy shop My Geeky Boyfriend can also double as My Geeky Girlfriend as well because I love all of the items. Looking at the Super Mario Bros. 3 P-Wing makes me want to play Nintendo and eat dunkaroos while sipping on a Caprisun.

My Geeky Boyfriend is filled with video game inspired magnet sets, comic book and manga infused tote bags, iPad cases sure to fill your geeky fancy and more! Check out this fun interview with Sarah and don’t forget to enter the contest, details are at the bottom of the post.

Girl Gone Geek Interview with Sarah creator of My Geeky Boyfriend:

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Sarah: I grew up in Chicago, and now live in Los Angeles.  I love creating (always have), and will work with any medium.  My idea of a relaxing weekend is to sew all day, then play video games all night.  I also like to travel as much as I possibly can, go to hockey games (go Hawks!), see movies, and explore every part of Los Angeles.  I majored in fashion design, so I also enjoy designing and making clothing.  However, I’ve found that my love of all things geek combined with crafting is where I want to be!  I want to spread geekery all over the world.

 

How long have you been crafting?

S: I have been crafting ever since I can remember.  Just before I started Kindergarten, my family moved into a house that had a bar in the basement.  My mom decided to turn it into my ‘arts center,’ which was more than amazingly cool.  There was a sink to wash my paint brushes, and she covered the mirror with cork board so I could pin-up all my work.  I got a sewing machine when I was about 10, and have been sewing ever since!  I have a list at least a mile long of all the things I want to make, which will keep me crafting for quite a while.

 

What is My Geeky Boyfriend Shop origin story?

S: Not long after we started dating, my boyfriend, Matt asked if I could make him some pillow cases.  I asked what kind he wanted, to which he replied “I want ninjas on them”.  Yes, my 28-year-old boyfriend asked for ninja pillowcases.  So I went to the interwebs for inspiration.  I ending up finding really great fabric that came in both red and black with Japanese characters; some of which looked like ninjas with swords.  When I presented the finished product to him, he was speechless; he thought it was the coolest thing ever.  Anytime any of his friends came over, he always showed them off.  In addition to the pillowcases, I then made several other things for him:  a matching ninja laundry bag (mostly because I was sick of stepping on clothes all the time) and oven mitts with Darth Vader on them (he was using a washcloth to get things out of the oven…).

His friends started noticing and commenting on all of this awesome stuff that kept popping up at his place, and Matt would always reply, “Sarah made it!”  One of his friends suggested that I sell online (which had honestly not even crossed my mind!) so I took that advice and ran with it.  I still make special things for Matt, and he inspires me to come up with new ideas for my shop.  I’m also in talks with a few companies to obtain licensing rights to these video game/movie/comic book characters, so I can sell to the masses!  One of my ultimate goals is to sell on ThinkGeek.com.  So watch out for that : )

 

Which have been some of your favorite items to make?

S: My favorite items to make are probably the iPad/gadget cases.  I love taking an image (the Batman symbol, Ghostbusters logo, Star Trek uniforms) and recreating and reinterpreting them into a fabric design.  I am very proud of the fact that everything I make is hand sewn – nothing is screen printed, glued, ironed, or painted on.  My other favorite item (which is not currently available in my shop) are pajama pants that I made for Matt for Christmas this past year.  I custom designed a fabric pattern with images from the Megaman videogame (yup, I’m old school), had a small amount of yardage manufactured, and made it into pajama pants.  Matt wears them all time, and even shows them off to his friends.  I am hoping to be able to have those available online later this year, along with other patterns.

 

Do you have any geeky obsessions? If so what?

S: Aside from videogames (I’m all about old school Nintendo, and currently addicted to Minecraft) I LOVE Legos; especially the new architecture series and the collector’s minifig series.  I have so many minifigs, that they’ve pretty much taken over the living room.  Whenever we host game night, everyone gets to pick their own minifig as a game piece, no matter what we’re playing.

 

If Kirby were to swallow you, what power would he get?

S: I love this question, but could only come up with a semi-interesting answer: he’d probably gain the power to sew super incredibly fast.  He might also turn purple (my favorite color) buy some killer platform shoes and stomp on all his enemies.

 

The platform shoes and stomping power reminds me of Bayonetta :)… So if you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?

S: … Video Game: probably Minecraft.  I’m obsessed with it right now.  Plus, what if the island has creepers?  A girl’s gotta be prepared.

Movie: Back to the Future.  I will never get tired of that movie.  Or Anchorman… or The Big Lebowski.  : )

TV show: The Office.  Hands down.  Even though I’ve seen every episode at least 50 times, I still laugh at everything.

Book: this is tough, because I have soooo many favorites.  My number one favorite book of all time is I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb.  It’s about 900 pages, but one of the most unique stories I’ve ever read.  I highly recommend it!

 

Where can we find you on the web?

SEtsy.com/shop/mygeekyboyfriend

Facebook.com/mygeekyboyfriend

I also love to take custom orders, so if you have an idea for something that you can’t find anywhere else, I’d love to make it for you!!

 

‘My Geeky Boyfriend’ Magnet Set Contest:

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Super Mario Bros. Enemies Reimagined Straight From Your Nightmares

Nightmare Goomba By Michael Puncekar

I would think twice before stomping on that goomba! These Super Mario Bros. enemies look they belong in an entirely different game, maybe something the Umbrella Corporation created or a resident of Silent Hill. These darker takes on the baddies were made by Mike Puncekar

If you like creepy things (and I know you do), check out these reimagined Pokemon (you probably don’t want to catch these).

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Super Mario: The Indie Film

“How many people are you willing to step on to get what you want?”

There have been quite a few Super Mario Bros. live action re-imaginings but this one I actually like. Oh and then there was that actual live action Super Mario Bros. movie… but we won’t talk about that. Mario was produced and directed by Joe Nicolosi for this year’s SXSW Film Festival.

“At most of the major film festivals, cute little mini-shorts run before each screening. These shorts, called bumpers, usually focus on the theme of that year’s festival. Sundance bumpers often focus on the independent spirit or going against the system. Smaller film festivals like SXSW or Fantastic Fest usually aim for funny. [/film]”

Mario takes an indie spin on our beloved franchise which seems to be the trend now-a-days (see links below), but I can’t say that I mind.

Check out:

God of War Indie Movie Trailer

Doug: The Movie

Inglorious Plumbers

Dig Dug Trailer

Manic Mansion Trailer

Minesweeper The Movie


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