The product managers at Sony must not have seen Zenith creeping up in their rear view. Otherwise they’d have thought twice about releasing the Playstation 4 so close to the announcement of Zenith’s Gamespace Pro.
According to the (Onion) article, “Zenith is finally poised to make some big waves in the video game world.”
Soyle: Edible Earth. A nicely fleshed out product from the Today Show’s Fact or Fiction segment. I’m not only impressed by the verisimilitude (which includes several different packaging designs and a fully fledged website), but also by the subtlety of the parody. Early morning talk shows don’t normally trust their audiences this much.
Rather than the organic dirt it claims to be, Soyle is apparently ground-up Oreos. Watch the segment HERE.
A series of imaginary book covers from Julian Montague. The running theme explores a space where entomology meets architecture.
In Montague’s words, the niche of the various fictional authors is “the way in which animals (vertebrate and invertebrate) play a part in physically and conceptually transforming interior spaces into exterior ones.”
He’s also created a series of album art for records exploring the same niche. I like to imagine a tangential universe in which Audio Atlas of an Infestation: Sounds of Formosan Termite Activity in Unoccupied Wooden Buildings is currently dominating the charts.
Julian curates the prolific Montague Project stream on Flickr – a collection of vintage modernist book covers from which he clearly draws inspiration. Highly recommended.
Fans of Boardwalk Empire will quickly recognize this image of the psychopathic butcher Manny Horvitz portrayed by veteran character actor William Forsythe.
But how many of you remember Forsythe’s role in 1984′s Cloak & Daggeras Morris, the nerdy older friend of Davey Osborne (portrayed by E.T.’s Henry Thomas)?
Back in March of 2010 I created a prop replica of the fictional Cloak & Dagger game for Atari 5200 and posted ithere. Photographer Chris Behnke caught that article a couple of weeks before the Days of the Dead convention in L.A. where he knew William Forsythe would be signing autographs. Behnke replicated the replica, had it signed, and was kind enough to send it to me. Here’s proof!
Gallery 1988 will be kicking off its new Venice location with Product Placement – an exhibition featuring advertisements for some of our favorite fictional products. If you’re in the L.A. area between March 9 and March 30, please stop by and tell us how it went.
Bishop Basilius = German activist / outsider theologian / parapsychological technology inventor Ralph Napiersk.
Napiersk managed to penetrate one layer of security with his getup and cover story before being escorted away. Not sure what his full game was, but it was a valiant effort. He even had a fake entourage of lackeys in tow.
More digital Fallout artifacts bleeding into meatspace. See an impressive lineup of in-game products lovingly designed by Elvis Alexander.
From these images I can identify Nuka-Cola, Roentgen Rum, Vault-Tec Beer, Olde Royale Premium Whiskey, Cateye, Buffout, Med-X, Rad-X, Sugar Bombs, Abraxo Cleaning Powder, Insta-Mash, Dandy Boy Apples, and Spring Valley Potato Crisps.
A DeviantArt colleague of Alexander named Dale Chancehas found his own niche in bringing to life the various publications found scattered among the tattered digital ruins of the Fallout universe. These, and many more, can actually be purchased at his Etsy store, although you’ll have to supply the content yourself. They’re blank inside.
As I mentioned here nearly three years ago, I have a habit of working a fictional brand of cigarettes called “Blonde Horse” into screenplays.
A while back I convinced my comrade D.M. Pelley to drop the prop in his post-apocalyptic zombie martial arts film,Super Death Kill- which apparently just got a distributor. So proud to see my little cancer sticks in the tender embrace of the protagonist played by the one-and-only J. Michael Dones: