Hello, hello, Iggles! I’m back with this week’s Treasure Box, and I’m sure you’ll find all kinds of neat things- from a new Jurassic Park trailer, to a Hello Kitty themed restaurant in Hong Kong and a primer for Orphan Black newbies, there’s tons of stuff to check out! This Treasure Box will also include tons of animation news and bits, since that’s the theme for the month. Dive in and get your nerdy news fix!
Ashley Eckstein voiced Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: Clone Wars and also is the founder of Her Universe, one of the best places for geeky ladies to find amazing clothes. Here she picks some of her favorite outfits from the franchise.
- 27 Magical Facts You Didn’t Know About Pixar via PopSugar
Pixar has enchanted us all since with it’s enchanting animated films. Here’s some cool facts you never knew about the company.
This is a stunning tribute to Miyazaki’s films. I haven’t watched it yet, but my interest is piqued! Entitled “Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux,” or, “Girls and Guys from Summits and Skies,” it has a story and animation style reminiscent of the famous director’s. Here’s the link to the short film!
- Lord & Miller Will Mastermind An Animated Spider-Man Movie via Bad Ass Digest
Yay, new Spider-Man! It would be great if this movie were about one of the other Spider-Mans after this casting disappointment, not just Peter Parker like always. Personally, I vote Miles Morales.
- Warner Bros. & DC Entertainment Launching ‘DC Super Hero Girls’ via Animation World Network
Fingers crossed this turns out as well as it sounds! Positive representation of girls and women in geek culture is a big issue currently, and this show, if done correctly, could really help out.
- Hello Kitty Dim Sum Restaurant in Hong Kong via Nerdist
Delicious food that’s cute too? Yes please! Who wouldn’t want Hello Kitty dumplings?
- Commander Shepard from Mass Effect cosplay via Geek x Girls
TooBadforBones looks amazing in her cosplay. Imagine the work put into making this costume!
Yes, I cried too. This article is so sweet, and really touches on what makes what us geeks love so special: connections to others. (I also teared up at this article a bit too, but NBD).
- The New Jurassic World Trailer Has Arrived with Three Posters via Nerd Approved
Another childhood favorite for many of us, coming back to the big screen. With every trailer or poster, my excitement grows!
- Orphan Black: A Primer via Paper Droids
Wanted to watch the show, but haven’t gotten to it? Here’s all the details you need to start the show with season 3!
Here again, to deliver you gorgeous shots of space. Pretty, pretty.
- Comique Con: First Ever Con with All Women Creators via Women Write About Comics
This sounds amazing, and what an important event in con history. There’s an interview with one of the organizers in the link.
- Scientists at Work Make Us Envious via Neatorama
Those scientists. Always doing the cool things. I want to hold a hawk like Janet Ng!
- Spring is Here! New Anime Blossoms! via Defective Geeks
Here are some of the best new anime shows to watch this spring.
- Clark Gregg is the Best via The Mary Sue
Yes, Gregg’s new Twitter avatar is Tina Belcher. Just another reason to love the guy. Here’s the image above in all its glory.
- 25 Films You Might Not Know Were Based on A Book via Mental Floss
Some of these I would have never known! Die Hard? Pirates of the Caribbean? Huh!
History lesson and delicious sweets? This is one of the more interesting stories I read this week, and I can’t believe this tradition began with ninjas.
- Ewan McGregor to Play Lumiere via Hollywood Reporter
Oh, be still my heart. The cast for the live action Beauty and the Beast has come together beautifully- Emma Watson, Ian McKellan, Luke Evans, Gugu Mbatha-Raw. I can’t wait to see one of my favorite animated films come to life!
- Oldest Stone Tools Discovered in Kenya via National Geographic
Some of the discoveries in ancient history lately have been mind blowing. Here’s one of the more recent discoveries!
- This real life ‘Star Trek’ astronaut is our she-ro of the week via Hello Giggles
Italain astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is a bad ass. Not only the first Italian woman in space, she’s fluent in 5 languages and has studied all over the world. What an inspiration, especially for ladies and girls in STEM programs!
- 2015 Eisner Award Nominations Announced via Comics Alliance
Some really great nominees this year (Hawkeye, Saga, Ms. Marvel, Lumberjanes, Nimona)! Which do you think will win?
So, basically every detail of GoT has been analyzed. Bet you haven’t seen a guide to the predators, though. Did you know that there were actual direwolves during the Pleistocene Period in North & South America, that may be the inspiration for those on the show?
Not really news, but you should go and back Nerdache Cakes! Ant Roman, the baker, makes some of the cutest geek inspired cakes I’ve ever seen, and you get yummy prizes for donating! Here’s a picture of Ant with some of her cute & delicious goods.
- Classic Dystopia (with mini reviews) via Bitches with Books
Never checked out any of the classic dystopian books? Want to try one? Let these book blogging ladies suggest one to you!
Of course I had to include this. The Internet collectively freaked out together over the trailer- especially the ending. *sniffles* What did everyone think?
- Star Wars Book Tag via Kristin Hackett
Book tags are so much fun, and this one inspired by Star Wars characters is too cute.
- Avengers Family Feud via Jimmy Kimmel Live
The Avengers cast together are hilarious, so get ready for lots of laughs as they play a round of Family Feud.
Want to make some cute video game inspired cookies? Here’s your chance, with this adorable cookie cutter.
Any Steven Universe fans? I haven’t gotten around to watching it yet, but it’s popularity has exploded lately. Here’s a cute necklace that’s simple enough to just be pretty with an everyday outfit while you’ll still realize exactly what you’re wearing.
Here’s another cute and simple jewelry piece you can wear to show your MLP love.
Meanwhile, On Tumblr….
- Show Me Your Moves via So Geek Chic
This cute art piece by Emily Fitzpatrick is an ode to all the best video games.
- Disney Ladies via thorsodinson
Some of the best characters from Disney’s animated films.
- Hobbit alternative cover art via meexart
Um. Can this be the cover on a new edition? Please?
So, I’m sure most of you either adore Studio Ghibli (like me!) or have at least heard of the famous animation company led by Hayao Miyazaki. But did you know that he has two memoirs? Me either, until I found them on Amazon a few months ago. I knew as soon as I saw them, I had to get my hands on them! I mean, Miyazaki is one of the most brilliant minds in today’s animation world, giving us films like Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Ponyo, and this is a chance to get into his mind. As Amazon describes, “Starting Point is a collection of essays, interviews, and memoirs that go back to the roots of Miyazaki’s childhood, the formulation of his theories of animation, and the founding of Studio Ghibli.” What Ghibli fan wouldn’t want to read that? So, I bought it and it’s just as impressive in real life- there’s even an exclusive little cartoon he did for a magazine. The second volume chronicles the years where his career really started to pick up, such as with Spirited Away winning an Academy Award. Pick these up if you love all things Ghibli, and also make sure to check out The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (here’s a trailer), a documentary released last year that follows Miyazaki and his fellow colleagues, Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki, at Ghibli for a year. It’s available on Netflix!
That’s it for last week’s news! I hope that everyone’s April wraps up nicely, and that the beginning of May treats you well! Keep watching the blog for more Treasure Box news, and I’ll see you then. Thanks for reading!
Hugs & best wishes,