This classic red speedster from ‘Cigars of the Pharaoh’ is a concoction of Herge’s vivid imagination. It is a combination concocted by using parts of an Alfa Romeo P3 from 1932 (equipped with a 2654cc engine which can reach a top speed of 230kph), the Amilcar CGSS from 1927 (which does a mere 100kph with its 1075cc engine) and the ERA from 1938. You can buy the die-cast model of this fused gem of a speedster from the Tintin site store. September is thus the retro speedster month.
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How I wish I was a kid all over again. Innocent and exploring stuff all the time.
Some of the brilliant cars from the Tintin adventures are for sale in die-cast formats. It is quite a steal if you are an avid Tintin fan as well as a vintage miniature model car collector. I’m dedicating one car per month from the classic Tintin Car collection. Cars we remember so well from Tintin’s adventures across the world. Here’s the first one, the Renault Reinastella 1931, that the villain Matsuhirato drives in Shanghai in ‘The Blue Lotus’.
Got to pick this absolutely awesome sticker at a Taipei (Taiwan) airport store. Quite an interesting Taiwanese juxtaposition of sex and brands through sticker graphics. There were couple of other interseting ones, but this was the one that caught my eye (and imagination 😉 )
This funny little gem of a crossbreed story is from a new book called “13 Tails” by a Singapore-based art director who goes by the name white dog bobby. I thought it was damn funny and you can get a preview of her pictures and other street stickers at her Flickr site. She’s got a cute character called white dog bobby and he’s been making his mark by pissing and squating across the streets of Singapore and London.
Dunny and Funny are Fuck’s kid brothers. These would make great street stickers and should be spread virally across the world’s city streets. Would love to spot one on the New York streets.
Look for more Fuck & Funny spottings on my other blog “Wall Stories” dedicated to street art hoardings from across the world.
In some countries, comic book heroes are almost revered as national heroes. There’s an Astroboy statue (a cool colorful one) outside Japan’s Kyoto station. Same applies in Belgium where there are statues of Tintin and Snowy. In India most of the Hindu mythical gods are worshipped as statues.
Guess it’s high time New York City got its due in the form of a Batman or Spiderman statue or sculpture. Gotham city needs to pay its tribute to its caped dark crusader.
Or it’d be totally cool if the Simpsons popped up as statues in every Springfield in the US. And at last count every state in US seem to have a Springfield.
I believe its an absolutely fantastic idea to pay tribute to our comic book heroes. We do have our reverance for Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, our presidents etc etc. It’d be ultra cool to celebrate our imaginary heroes.
In Wired Mag’s 50 Best Robots ever issue, Japanese animations original posterboy Ozamu Tezuka’s classic Astroboy has notched up the 2nd spot. I was surprised to see a cartoon character up there. But then again Astroboy is no ordinary cartoon character. He’s the only unique (cute-looking that too) superhero who can defy gravity and burst into the skies like a rocket with jet propulsion aided by his ass. Sweet!!!
The coveted robot top 10 is as follows:
1. Stanley (Its a super-duper VW Taureg turned into a robot by some Stanford geeks)
3. Spirit & Opportunity (the two bots send to Mars)
4. Bobby the Robot (from the 1966 film Forbidden Planet inspired by Ariel in Shakespeare’s The Tempest)
5. Shakey (another 1972 bot creation from the Stanford guys)
6. Qrio (a Sony creations; recently used by Beck in his video for “Hell Yes”)
7. The Mechanical Knight (a Mark Rosheim creation inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s 1495 automated suit of armor with a windup crank)
8. Da Vinci Surgical System (a total robotic surgeon)
9. Dante II (a Carnegie Mellon Univ creation which made volcano research more humane)
10. The Stanford Cart (the Stanford creation which inspired Grand Challenge finishers and KITT from Knight Rider)
Am no geek, but hey it was quite cool to take a peak at these amazing creations of mechanical ingenuity. Only Astroboy was created in a storyline format in the imagination of a young artist in World War II Japan. Its the only one that’s totally imaginary and not created on a scientific platform for research or some end purpose. So thank you Wired Mag for recognizing the true grit of the human imagination.