I’ll Hold Your Cane If You’ll Hold My AT-AT

An older fan couple cosplay Han Solo and Princess Leia at the 2015 Emerald City Comic Con:

Photo by Fanpup101 on Twitter. The walker with an AT-AT sign is the best!

Because also fictional characters get old, and because when we non-fictional characters getting old, it doesn’t mean we lose our sense of humor!

Super Flemish Superhero Portraits

Photographer Sacha Goldberger re-imagined superheroes and characters from popular science fiction and fairy tales in the Northern Renaissance style. His Super Flemish portraits marry art history with pop culture in a playful way.

Sacha Goldberger Superman

Sacha Goldberger.

Sacha Goldberger R2D2

Sacha Goldberger.

Sacha Goldberger Alice in Wonderland

Sacha Goldberger.

Visit Mr. Goldberger’s website for more portraits.

Because why not have a little fun with your art!

Seniors as Calendar Stars, Take 2

Inspired by the hugely popular calendar featuring German seniors, Senior Living Communities in the U.S. has created their own version. Again, seniors recreated scenes from movies with dazzling results:

Charlie's Angels Senior Living Communities

Senior Living Communities.

Ghost Busters Senior Living Communities

Senior Living Communities.

Star Wars Senior Living Communities

Senior Living Communities.

Again, because you don’t just stop thinking, dreaming, laughing or existing when you get older.

Alternate-Race Disney Princesses

Tumblr artist lettherebedoodles created alternate-race versions a number of Disney princesses. The results are simply fantastic, as these two examples show:

Cinderella

lettherebedoodles on Tumblr.

Alt Cinderella

lettherebedoodles on Tumblr.

Orig Snow White

lettherebedoodles on Tumblr.

Alt Snow White

lettherebedoodles on Tumblr.

At this writing, there are two princess posts full of alternate versions (here and here). Follow the LTBD tag for all of lettherebedoodles’s doodles.

On-Screen DC Superhero Costumes Through Time

Reddit user hitokirivader created a tribute to the evolution of Superman and Batman costumes we’ve seen on tv and movie screens. For good measure, hitokirivader added the evolution of Wonder Woman’s costume as well:

Superman Batman Wonder Woman Costumes

hitokirivader on Reddit.

That is epically depressing, but unfortunately I can’t say it’s atypical.

Diversity in Hollywood Brings in Bigger Bucks

Just a few days ago The Bunche Center at UCLA published a study on diversity in film and television. The data is based on material that was released in 2011 (films) or aired in 2011-2012 (tv shows). Among the major findings of the study are these two bullet points:

  • Films with relatively diverse casts excelled at the box office and in return on investment.
  • Television shows whose casts reflect the nation’s diversity excelled in ratings.

According to NPR’s blog Codeswitch, the study’s lead author and director of the Bunche Center, Darnell Hunt, says:

“It’s a vicious cycle,” he added. “The industry likes to present itself as this bastion of liberal thought. But when it comes to diversity, it’s one of the worst industries in the country. The idea that [the underrepresentation of minorities and women] is all about economics has been taken off the table.”

Indeed. Because people like stories about people they can identify with, one way or another. Because we’re not all the same. Because hypocrisy needs to be counteracted.