Posted by mkrueger on 02.01.13

The band Shouting Out Louds promoted their new album by sending out a kit to a small number of fans and critics. The kit contained the materials to create a record of their single Blue Ice . . . from ice. The video below shows the creation of the record and it playing. This left me speechless.

Posted by mkrueger on 01.30.13

Friday, February 15, 4–5:30 p.m. / Lindsey Room
Adam Gidwitz, author of A Tale Dark and Grimm and In a Glass Grimmly, is, like his books, entertaining, original and very odd.  We won’t call him creepy.  Not yet. During his visit, Adam will entertain us with some strange stories from his books, talk about his life, sign books and more. Come prepared to ask questions, enjoy revolting refreshments (blood pie). Call (847)392-0100 to register!

Posted by mkrueger on 01.28.13

Wow did we start out with a great DIY for 2013! Below are photos of our DIY: Crayon Art program held January 26th. This project is fun, and cheap! All you need is some poster board, crayons, and a hair dryer.
If you missed out on the program don't worry! Posted below is a video on how to create your own Melted Crayon Art!

Posted by mkrueger on 01.25.13

This is one of the most impressive fan films I've ever seen. Jonason Pauley and Jesse Perrotta recreated the entire first Toy Story movie. Let me say that again; this is the ENTIRE movie!
The project began in June of 2010 when Pauley and Perrotta were just 17 and 18 years old. They posted small clips of scenes recreated from Toy Story that were similar to the full video posted below. Those clips became quite popular, and they eventually led to the duo taking on the challenge of creating the whole deal.
Watch the movie below and be amazed!

Posted by mkrueger on 01.11.13

The drawings below were created by artist Christophe Louis. Each drawing consists of a single line that captures familiar pop culture icons wonderfully. Some of Louis' work covers Darth Vader, Batman, Doctor Who, and a number of others. I've made a game of it by showing people the drawing and having them guess which characters belong to which movie!
You can view more of Christophe Louis' work by clicking HERE.

Posted by mkrueger on 01.04.13

You've all seen this joke in cartoons, Bugs Bunny or Donald Duck captures a voice or sound in a bottle, reopen the bottle later, and hear the sound play back. Well Jun Fujiwara took this idea and created the Re: Sound Bottle. The bottle begins recording once the cork stopper is removed and finishes once the cork is placed back in. What makes the Sound Bottle even more interesting is that multiple sounds can be recorded and are automatically arranged into a musical piece. The only downside I could see would be the strange looks you would receive while whistling, stomping, or clapping in front of an "empty" bottle.

Posted by mkrueger on 12.28.12

This is a really interesting video, courtesy of TEDEd, it discusses common themes found in some of your favorite books like The Hobbit, The Hunger Games, and Harry Potter. The video also asks, and answers, the question "What do ordinary people have in common with these literary heroes?" This is a must watch if you're a fan of the books above or any epic in general!

Posted by mkrueger on 12.19.12

Recently we ran the DIY: Stylus program. This project is insanely easy and you'll end up with a Smartphone stylus that works just as well as anything you could buy online! Below is a video tutorial on how to build your own. Also included are some suggested apps to try out your stylus with.

Draw Something - Everyone's heard of this one. This game is similar to Pictionary. There are both a free and paid version of this app. If you've never played it, what are you waiting for? Try it out!
Spray Can - Awesome app that lets you tag the sides of trains, brick walls, and all other Graffiti "canvases". This app is completely free and also allows you to post your artwork to an online community for critiques.

Brushes - For those of you that enjoy painting but hate all the mixing and mess involved, you're in luck! With this app you can create amazing paintings by using a variety of different types of brushes and even creating your own.

SketchBook MobileX - This app, created by Autodesk, is a fantastic program to . . . well, sketch. Regardless, this is a pretty great app for doodling and it gives you a lot of options. Similar to Brushes, you can create your own brush patterns anyway you like.
DoInk - DoInk is a ton of fun. Here's the catch, it costs $5, but it is worth every penny. Since downloading this I have played with this app at great length. DoInk allows you to draw frame by frame animations, and then you can drag and drop your animations into scenes. Best of all there's virtually NO learning curve. I would recommend this program for anyone that loves drawing and animation and would like to experiment with it!

Posted by tspicer on 12.13.12

Check out this awesome Prezi our MANGA expert Sonya Hill put together. In the words of Ace Ventura, Pet Detective: "Go ahead, snoop around"!

Posted by mkrueger on 12.10.12

This month we ran Manga Central, you can view a video of the program here. If you missed the program, don't worry about it! Posted below are some links to some of the projects we made during the event.