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Artist Reimagines Pop Culture Icons as Byzantine Religious Icons

To be fair, Fotis Varthis says on their Behance page that their Byzantine series is based on the Byzantine art style as a whole, not on any particular saint iconography. The series began when they were attempting to draw a prophet and accidentally drew Saruman instead. You can probably guess what came next.

Check out two more of Fotis Varthis’ series at Behance.

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Amanda Visell’s Wooden Action Figures Return with Superheroes and Disney Villains

Among her other work, Amanda Visell makes beautiful one-of-a-kind wooden “action figures” based on pop culture characters, complete with box art and accessories. We’ve featured them twice before, but we couldn’t resist Wonder Woman.

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Cartoons Go Couture: Animated Ladies Paired with High Fashion

Princess Bubblegum is equally a monarch, a scientist, and a girl who knows how to get her dress on, and I respect that. I’m still willing to bet that Marceline is around somewhere, sniggering at this. But maybe the leading lady of Adventure Time is to recent of a reference for you? Then check out the rest of Jerome LaMaar‘s cartoons, featuring characters from Sailor Moon, ThunderCats, Jem, and Daria.

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Travel Posters for Pop Culture Locations, by Dave Perillo

We’re no stranger to travel posters for fictional locations, but Dave Perillo’s art sure is charming. Ventur in for more ’80s nostalgia, and then a bunch of stuff that isn’t even a travel poster but that’s cute enough anyway.

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Our Adorable Past

Cartoon Network Will Bring Back Old Favorites, ThunderCats Not Deemed a New Favorite

Perhaps taking a cue from Nickelodeon and its recent trip down memory lane, Cartoon Network has announced that it will bring some of its old favorites back into its primetime lineup in a block called Cartoon Planet. It also announced its list of returning shows, and one super-hyped reboot didn’t make the cut. ThunderCats was nowhere to be seen. Could it be coming back at another time of the year, taking a Community-style hiatus? Other evidence points to “Snarf.”

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Things We Saw Today: Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano IRL

Ashley Eckstein, who provides the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Cartoon Network‘s Star Wars: The Clone Wars said that she’s always wanted to cosplay the character, even before she got the gig. So, she went ahead and did that for us. She’s written about her experience on CNN Geek Out! We also urge you to visit the amazing online store that she runs, Her Universe, which specializes in geek apparel for women and girls. Yup. Lots of awesome stuff going on here.

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Our Adorable Past

Stilt Bats and Pumm-Ra: Unseen Bizarre Concept Art for The Thundercats

If you thought that The Thundercats already contained enough weird human-animal hybrids, you should see the stuff that didn’t make it past the concept stage. I’m not sure what capacity Crab-Man would have served in the show, but I’m already imagining a dopey laugh for him for when I tickle his feet.

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14 Pictures Of Old School 80s Heroes In Fancy Dress

Chilean artist Fabian Ciraolo has depicted the likes of Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo and Elizabeth Taylor but he’s also pretty adept at drawing 80s pop-culture icons. Take a gander at his retro-styled versions of Jem, the ThunderCats, She-Ra and more! (There may be a surprise appearance from Captain Planet) 

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Things We Saw Today: Hipster ThunderCats

Snarf was actually a really obscure indie rock band from Portland that had really great live shows, but never recorded an album. But you weren’t expected to know that. (at The High Definite via BuzzFeed)

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Now You Can Watch 9 Minutes of The New Thundercats

With Cartoon Network’s new Thundercats animated series looming at the end of this month, there has been much excitement, mixed with some trepidation at the thought of yet another ’80s reboot. Well, now you can judge the quality of the new series for yourself, as the first nine minutes and forty-five seconds of it have been released. Watch the clip above, then hit the comments and tell us what you think of the reinterpretation.

(via Topless Robot)