Fan Made

Since the most recent character posters for X-Men: First Class were so abominably bad, we decided to sponsor a little contest to see which of our design-minded readers could do better. The bar was low, but everyone went far above and beyond the call of duty, and the result was a squad of really great posters. Some went with Saul Bass inspiration, others played off the comic books, one found inspiration in The Social Network, one changed the director (see above), and still others chose to go their own way entirely. Sadly, no one chose to improve on the floating head in crotch concept. That’ll be a new contest entirely, but without further ado, here’s the winner (who will receive a 1999 lithograph recreation of the first “X-Men” cover done by comic artist/legend Alex Ross) and a gallery of some especially great runners up:

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There’s is no explanation for the atrociously bad X-Men: First Class posters that his the internet with a vengeance yesterday. Why Professor X’s head is popping out of his own blacked-out silhouette’s crotch is beyond comprehension. So we won’t even try. What we will try is a contest where you, dear reader, make a better version of the poster. Up for grabs is a prize that I’m thinking about keeping for myself: a 1999 Lithographic recreation of the first “X-Men” issue cover drawn by the insanely talented Alex Ross (which you can see below). How do you enter? Like this:

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Never overlook the prescient nature of some amateur poster makers, that’s what I always say. And considering the posters we’ve seen from previous Marvel flicks like Iron Man and Iron Man 2, I wouldn’t put it past the studio to have a poster very similar to this one — sent to me this afternoon by reader Christopher M. — when Joss Whedon’s The Avengers finally makes its way into theaters…

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There’s no two ways about it: Disney’s Tron: Legacy looks like an absolute feast of bright lights, fast-moving effects and digitized, off-the-wall action. In fact, it’s got such impressive style that even folks who have no idea that the 1982 film that it sequels existed in the first place. But you and I know, and loved Tron. This high-res sequel is something that we will welcome with open arms. And that’s before we ever saw trailer one. Now here we are, 35-trailers and 47-posters in, mere weeks away from the film’s release, and if you’re anything like yours truly, you probably can’t fathom being more excited. Now watch this “rerezzed” trailer (seen after the jump) made by a fan, then tell me how you feel.

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Were you interested in seeing a big screen adaptation of Aquaman someday? Well, now you can’t. Because your favorite aquatic hero is dead thanks to the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast.

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James McAvoy as Professor X

More often than I’d like to say in front of the class, readers send us photoshopped fan images in the wake of casting news on particularly geeky properties. And no offense to those who put in the time and effort, but for the most part it’s all rather terrible.

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Perhaps a big budget, CG-injected Star Trek extravaganza isn’t what everyone wants — but it is what we are going to get. That said, it is always fun to watch fandom manifest itself in the form of video mashups.

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We love it when folks from out there in the rest of the world send us little treats — like this one, which was sent over by Mike. It is a cool Watchmen trailer mash-up.

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published: 11.21.2014
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