ALBOTAS.COM’S 2013 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
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brownkidd’s picks

CRITICAL HIT SHOT GLASS
Perfect for dungeon raids with friends, duels between planeswalkers, or just sipping solo by the fire.
Price: $12

BREAKING BAD: I AM THE DANGER
This visual companion to all five seasons of the greatest scripted drama in television history is the perfect way to relive the best moments from the series if you don’t have time for a Netflix marathon.
PRICE: $12

TREATS! MAGAZINE
Think of it as a more highbrow, artsy-fartsy version of Playboy. Each issue of this quarterly fine art periodical features beautiful photographs of gorgeous women and so much care is put into the design of each issue that it’s more like a coffee table book than an actual magazine.
PRICE: $40 print / $10 digital

SONY SMARTSHOT DIGITAL CAMERA LENSES
Turn your smartphone into a legit cameras with the QX10 and QX100 lenses from Sony. The lenses sync wirelessly to your iOS or Android device and will make all your selfies and cat pics look super pro. Considering the QX100 features the same sensor and lens as Sony’s RX100MII and is a few hundred smackers less, we’d say these give you plenty of bang for your holiday buck.
PRICE: $250 (QX10) | $500 (QX100)

PADDLE YOUR OWN CANOE: ONE MAN’S FUNDAMENTALS FOR DELICIOUS LIVING BY NICK OFFERMAN
From the official product description:

Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman—who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson?

'Nuff said.
PRICE: $16

POCKET WATERCOLOR KIT MADE FROM AN ALTOIDS TIN
You can never go wrong with cool handmade shit for the holidays. There’s a buttload of tutorials showing different ways to turn an Altoids tin into a watercolor paint box, but if you’re a bit more adventurous when it comes to crafting, the Altoids Survival Kit, mini flashlight, and portable BBQ are all pretty impressive.
PRICE: Like a few bucks.

HOBONICHI TECHO 2014 DAILY PLANNER
Forget Moleskine, the new go-to cult favorite stationary for creative types is the Hobonichi Techo. This daily planner is fully customizable with heaps of sweet accessories and covers available - and it was designed by Shigesato Itoi, the creator of the Earthbound/Mother series which is also a cult favorite!
PRICE: $25

MOONRISE KINGDOM BLURAY/DVD/DIGITAL COMBO PACK
Wes Anderson is by far the most stylishly unique film directors alive today. While this may not be the best Wes Anderson story, it’s easily his most well-crafted film to date. The characters and setpieces are brilliant, the genius pacing of the story is accompanied by a pitch-perfect score that crescendos into an mighty explosion in the third act. Moonrise Kingdom is a must-have for anyone who appreciates the arts of acting and film making.
PRICE: $35 $20
marc’s picks

AKIRA 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION BLURAY/DVD COMBO
Akira is 25 years old and still looks amazing. The 25th Anniversary Edition Bluray is the best you’re going to get, short of viewing the movie in a theater.
PRICE: $25

S.H. FIGUARTS GREEN RANGER FIGURE
The original Power Rangers toys were incredibly well done for their time. And they were huge, too! This series has even more intricate details and articulation and comes with all sorts of accessories. Currently, the Green Ranger, Pink Ranger, and two versions of the Red Ranger are available, with the rest of the team arriving in 2014.
PRICE: $30


¥3,000 PLAYSTATION NETWORK CARD
There are so many great vintage games on the Japanese PSN. If a game isn’t quite awesome enough that I want to have a physical copy in my collection - or i the physical copy is just too damn expensive — I’ll just pick it up here for way cheaper.
PRICE: $50

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1Q84 BY HARUKI MURAKAMI
If you ask me, Haruki Murakami is the best living fiction author. His most recent story sounds as trippy as ever. Put aside some time though. This one clocks in at nearly 1,000 pages.
PRICE: $13
kevin’s picks

ANYTHING FROM HARI KARI
I mean, this is my clothing company. I’m kinda trying to push sales here. If you could buy that one shirt called “The Burger Shirt,” that’d be really cool. Andrew “Angimoto” Douglas, who also works pretty close with Mega64 and Math the Band, made our last batch of shirts and he did an awesome fucking job with them. Seriously, they look incredible in person and they feel great on your body, so it’d be pretty neat if you guys bought a couple of shirts this holiday season for yourself and/or others. And keep in mind I don’t sell shirts at dumb prices so people can afford them, so feel free to buy two Hari Kari shirts for the price of one Supreme garment.
Price: $15-$30


VERY CASUAL BY MICHAEL DEFORGE
In a world where everyone is all too familiar with superheroes like The Hulk, Iron Man, and Batman, it’s hard pushing the idea of originality in comics for folk who don’t read them. I love showing people the weird and insane comics that are constantly being created and take full advantage of the comic book medium altogether, and if I had to choose one staple from 2013 that did just that, it’d be Very Casual by Michael DeForge. This is a gift I’d give to someone who appreciates art and storytelling with an open mind for oozing creativity and sickening unique fantasy, sprinkled with superb black humor.
Price: $13


ZIIIRO SATURN GUNMETAL DIGITAL WATCH
Ziiiro makes a ton of badass watches, but this one uses the word “gunmetal,” to describe its color. Holy shit that’s hot. It looks super future and its digital segments around its face tells you the hour, while the tiny lines toward the center shows you the minutes. If I were a super rad wife, I’d get this for my husband, but I’m not so I’m probably going to get it for myself this holiday season.
Price: $230

…LIKE CLOCKWORK BY QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
The entire year had some amazing music releases from Kanye West, Earl Sweatshirt, Deafheaven, and so many others, but Queens of the Stone Age released an absolute masterpiece called …Like Clockwork back in June that needs to be forever remembered. There’s a really nice double LP set that includes lyrics, and artwork from illustrator, Boneface, for every single song on the record. It looks insanely nice. I grabbed it earlier this year and it’s an absolute essential for a music aficionado that collects vinyl.
Price: $30



HEX GALLERY 13” CONVERTIBLE SLEEVE
Yo this shit is sexy as FUCK. This baby has a pocket for your Macbook Air AND your iPad. It keeps its rectangle shape and it doesn’t ever appear bulky, granted you actually have stuff to put in it. This is the perfect backpack for everyone who wants covert comfort for their electronics and pocket items, as well as having some sleek style to still mack on bitches while wearing a backpack.
Price: $60


MINDSPLOITATION: ASININE ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE ONLINE HOMEWORK CHEATING INDUSTRY BY VERNON CHATMAN
This year, I got really into Wonder Showzen and PFFR, the dudes behind Adult Swim shows Delocated and Xavier: Renegade Angel. Vernon Chatman, a member of PFFR who currently writes and produces for Louie and used to write Wonder Showzen, wrote a book this year that perfectly captures PFFR’s humor and concepts. The book is called Mindsploitation: Asinine Assignments for the Online Homework Cheating Industry and it is absolute genius. Vernon emails these homework websites that write essays for students and asks them to write the most insane shit he could possibly think of, like a eulogy for the dead grandma he always hated and a love letter to the teacher he’s turning his essay assignment to. It’s one of the funniest things I’ve read all year and I highly recommend gifting it to weirdo friends with a great sense of humor. 
Price: $13


GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU BY MARK RUSSELL
Well, the other thing I read this year that I thought was absolutely hilarious is a book called God Is Disappointed In You, which was written by Mark Russell and illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist, Shannon Wheeler. It’s a sharp, witty rewrite of the entire Holy Bible, giving rules and stories from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The book is profane and excellent prose, giving some solid satire and cutting the unnecessary fat out of the Bible’s stories to provide some comedy gold.
Price: $20



HEAVYWEIGHTS ON BLURAY
Yeah, I’m putting this on my list, fuck you if you don’t like this movie. Everyone always talks about Good Burger and no one ever talks about Heavyweights and it’s upsetting. Grab the Blu-ray edition of this Disney beauty for reasons explained here by yours truly. You have no soul if you don’t enjoy this flick.
Price: $15



WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION BLURAY
This is actually my favorite Disney movie. It’s now released on Blu-ray and its two-discs are packed with new commentary, a documentary on Roger Rabbit, a couple of shorts, and some other sweet extras. An absolute classic.
Price: $15


HIP-HOP FAMILY TREE BY ED PISKOR
If there’s anything I’ve learned about Ed Piskor, it’s that he does his research. Hip-Hop Family Tree conveys that perfectly. This is an essential graphic novel for hip-hop heads and comic book readers everywhere — it’s accurate and shows the stories of some of hip-hop’s earliest rap stars. A great gift for music lovers who also appreciate the arts.
Price: $15

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Breaking Bad' Gets A Colombian Remake

Since a good chunk of Latin America never got to experience the awesomeness that is Breaking Bad, a Colombianized titled Metástasis (Cancer metastasizes. Get it?) versions will be hitting the airwaves soon. Colombianized versions of the characters were made as well, such as Walter and Celio Blanco (Walter and Skyler White), Henry Navarro (Hank Schrader), and Jose Rosas (Jesse Pinkman). Oh, and since RV’s aren’t popular in Columbia, all the meth gets cooked in a run-down old bus.

Sony Pictures Television has consulted with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and his team to make sure this new version sticks closely to the source material. Check out the six-minute preview below and see for yourself.

U.S. Breaking Bad fans looking to experience this new version can check out Metástasis when it debuts on Univision’s UniMas network.

(via THR)

TV Icons Silhouettes by Michael Sapienza

The domepieces of iconic TV characters have been graphically stylized and immortalized in stylish print form and they’re available for purchase HERE.

Breaking Bad Creator Guest Starring On An Episode Of Community
It’s two great tastes that taste great together! Vince Gilligan, the creator of the greatest scripted TV drama of all time will be appearing on an episode of one of the greatest TV comedies ever!
From Entertainment Weekly:

Gilligan will make his acting debut by playing a smooth-talking gold digger who winds up exacerbating a fight between Annie (Alison Brie) and Abed (Danny Pudi). The episode, which is being filmed this week, will likely air in late winter or early spring.

It was awesome enough just to have Community come back from the dead in the first place. This news is just icing on the cake. I hope he does a song with Troy and Abed.

Breaking Bad Creator Guest Starring On An Episode Of Community

It’s two great tastes that taste great together! Vince Gilligan, the creator of the greatest scripted TV drama of all time will be appearing on an episode of one of the greatest TV comedies ever!

From Entertainment Weekly:

Gilligan will make his acting debut by playing a smooth-talking gold digger who winds up exacerbating a fight between Annie (Alison Brie) and Abed (Danny Pudi). The episode, which is being filmed this week, will likely air in late winter or early spring.

It was awesome enough just to have Community come back from the dead in the first place. This news is just icing on the cake. I hope he does a song with Troy and Abed.

All The Feels: ‘Breaking Bad’ Finale [SPOILERS]
It’s finally over, guys. It’s okay, we’re here for you. Let’s talk about it. Together.
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Five years of perhaps the greatest television writing of our lifetime has all culminated to this. The final episode of Vince Gillian's Shakespearean masterpiece, Breaking Bad, wrapped up last night and it was everything a fan of the show could want and more. Every line of dialogue was expertly crafted by the writers and delivered pitch perfect by the actors. Every shot was perfectly framed with purpose and intent. It was glorious. It was beautiful. It was some of the greatest character-driven storytelling that any of us will ever  experience unless someone, somehow, finds a way to top this masterpiece.
But enough gushing. Here’s some random observations and musings I had from throughout the episode. Feel free to share your own in the comments below.
Fe Li Na.That was the title of the finale. Fe = Iron. Li = Meth. Na = Sodium. Blood, meth, tears. Also an anagram for finale. Kind of poetic how that all worked out.
"Just get me home and I’ll take care of the rest." Walt’s plea to God, or the universe, or himself, or whoever, as he hides in the car he’s about to steal while cops close in on the bar that he just fled. I translated that into “Get me home and I’ll make everything right again. I’ll pay for my sins. Just give me one last chance to make everything right.”
Donna Bowman of The AV Club said: ”We’ve all been asking ourselves what we want from this show. I’ve tried not to commit myself in writing to wanting anything, beyond Jesse’s getting out alive, because more than anything I wanted to let Vince Gilligan take us where he wanted us to go. But now I can say what I wanted. I wanted the special thrill that comes when the forces of luck and the forces of human will coincide to make miracles happen. And on this show, that has happened to Walt again and again in the service of his own ego. The end has been dreadful, but the means have been intoxicating. When Walt pounded the window of that stolen car with his fist, causing the snow to fall away, it was like the Fonz thumping the jukebox: a moment of supreme efficacy, endorsed by the universe. That’s what I wanted, one last time. And there it is. I’m grateful.”
That pounding-the-window moment was magical. The confidence, you could just see his ego swell and his spirits rise. Such a small scene on paper, but Bryan Cranston killed it.
This version’s pretty good too.

Oh, Huell. What happened to that guy?
When Marie calls Skylar to warn her about Walt. The split second she evokes Hank’s name and gets all choked up: SO GOOD! But then we cut back to Skylar in her sad little kitchen and the camera pans to reveal Walt hidden behind a beam. This entire scene was beautiful. You could tell that even after everything, she still loved for him. And Walt finally admitting that everything he did, he did for himself!!! Fucking redemption. Lots of silent acting. I always love when actors can speak volumes with just their faces. I just kept hoping he would steal a kiss, or that Skylar would offer one, or he’d tell her he loved her or something, but I’m a big fat sappy jerk.




It’s almost like he let his own confession just pour over him like a baptism. His conscience is finally cleansed.

Walt Junior’s rebellious new fashion sense. Dark hoodie. Camo pants. Boots. Super angsty. Poor kid. It really sucks he’ll never know the full story of everything that his father went through for his sake (well, until his stupid dumb ego got in the way and ruined everything). Pretty much everyone in this show gets some sort of closure, but poor Flynn has to go on believing that his father murdered his Uncle Hank. And the kicker is, his mom knows that he really didn’t, but it’s a secret that she’ll have to live with for the rest of her life. Heavy stuff.
Badger and Skinny Pete, yo! God DAMN it was good to see those guys one last time. Having their farewell scene be one last job for Walt was just icing on the cake. The fact that the job was shining laser pointers into Gretchen and Elliott Schwartz’s mansion so that they’d think hired hitmen were pointing sniper rifles at them, well, that was the sweet creamy center.



And speaking of the Gretchen and Elliott scene…
The Gretchen and Elliott scene. Walt lurking in the shadows, calming walking through their front door like he owned the place, just admiring everything, more of that silent acting stuff and Crantson brought the goods.
There’s a particular shot where Gretchen and Elliott are in the kitchen and Walt is right around the corner just looking at their framed photos lining a shelf. I’m not sure this was intentional (I’d like to think it was), but the scene almost felt like Walt was in museum looking at a display of what the perfect life would be like — what he could have had if things went differently.
What do you think Todd was about to say? “Jesus. Mr. White -” and before he can say another word, Jesse is strangling the living shit out of Todd’s creepy ass. But what the hell could he have possibly said!? “Mr. White, I think something’s wrong with your car.” “Mr. White, is that a robot?” Dude, your uncle and all of your friends are dead as shit! And I love how he still has the manners to call him “Mr. White.” Just another weird quirk of the character, but you’d think he’d have the sense of mind to, like, get a gun and make a last stand or something.

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His ringtone for Lydia was pretty dope though.


"Then do it yourself." So glad to see Jesse refuse to be manipulated one last time. I feel like when he took off the chains that Todd had him in, it was symbolic of him removing the chains that Walt’s had on him all this time.
And holy SHIT this dude totally had this coming!

That’s right. Don’t even let him finish his sentence. I wonder how they pulled off the blood splatter gag. Think it was done in the scene or somehow edited in during post?
The rest of it. While the majority of the episode was a slow building swell of perfection, pretty much everything that happened during and after the trunk-gun incident was just a rapid fire succession of greatness. Walt telling Lydia about the ricin, Jesse and Walt’s subtle nod before they part ways. Walt basking in his self-perceived excellence as he admires the meth lab.

And my God the mirror imagery!



Everyone in this episode truly was a shadow of their former selves.
All in all, it was a brilliantly executed send-off to one of televisions few true masterpieces. Walter White was a man who let his creation destroy his life, so he used the time he had left to redeem himself. In the end, it was his creation of redemption (the trunk-gun) that did him in.
Everything was perfect and everything and I wanted. Even the final scene and the song that accompanied it.
It also reminded me of Lost, which is never a bad thing.

Vince Gilligan and everyone involved with the show really should be proud of themselves. They’ve managed to create something that set the bar for mainstream entertainment and I can’t wait to see what comes along to top it.
And just because, here’s my favorite Breaking Bad .GIF ever.

All The Feels: ‘Breaking Bad’ Finale [SPOILERS]

It’s finally over, guys. It’s okay, we’re here for you. Let’s talk about it. Together.

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Pre-Order Breaking Bad’s Complete Series Collector’s Set
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series is dropping November 26, but there’s ample time to pre-order the series on Blu-ray, and more time to pre-order the Collector’s Edition at 30% off list price through Amazon. This Blu-ray set would normally be $300, but Amazon is knocking it down to $210 for pre-orders.
The set comes with:
Collectible replica money barrel
Over 55 hours of special features from all seasons
All new two-hour documentary
16 page booklet with letter from Vince Gilligan
Commemorative challenge coin designed by Vince Gilligan
Los Pollos Hermanos apron
Worth the money? Definitely think so.

Pre-Order Breaking Bad’s Complete Series Collector’s Set

Breaking Bad: The Complete Series is dropping November 26, but there’s ample time to pre-order the series on Blu-ray, and more time to pre-order the Collector’s Edition at 30% off list price through Amazon. This Blu-ray set would normally be $300, but Amazon is knocking it down to $210 for pre-orders.

The set comes with:

  • Collectible replica money barrel
  • Over 55 hours of special features from all seasons
  • All new two-hour documentary
  • 16 page booklet with letter from Vince Gilligan
  • Commemorative challenge coin designed by Vince Gilligan
  • Los Pollos Hermanos apron

Worth the money? Definitely think so.

Famous Blades by Federico Mauro
We’ve featured Federico Mauro's work on the site before and he’s at it again with a new series of iconic cinema props - this time, blades.
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Famous Blades by Federico Mauro

We’ve featured Federico Mauro's work on the site before and he’s at it again with a new series of iconic cinema props - this time, blades.

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The Most Ridiculously Adorable ‘Breaking Bad’ Art You’ll See All Day
Richard Kuoch, better known in the urban designer toy community as PodgyPanda, recently showed off this picture of Walter White and Jessie Pinkman in his signature non-photo blue pencil style.
The artist says about the piece “Here’s wee Walter White and Jesse Pinkman doin’ a wee jig. Just finished watching season 2, slowly catching up." He goes on to add "Hey! My blue pencils matches the blue meth.”
Check out PodgyPanda’s blog at podgypanda.tumblr.com where he frequently posts new sketches and custom toy progress.
See also: Custom Breaking Bad Dunnys by Dolly Oblong

The Most Ridiculously Adorable ‘Breaking Bad’ Art You’ll See All Day

Richard Kuoch, better known in the urban designer toy community as PodgyPanda, recently showed off this picture of Walter White and Jessie Pinkman in his signature non-photo blue pencil style.

The artist says about the piece “Here’s wee Walter White and Jesse Pinkman doin’ a wee jig. Just finished watching season 2, slowly catching up." He goes on to add "Hey! My blue pencils matches the blue meth.

Check out PodgyPanda’s blog at podgypanda.tumblr.com where he frequently posts new sketches and custom toy progress.

See also: Custom Breaking Bad Dunnys by Dolly Oblong

Custom ‘Breaking Bad' Dunnys By Dolly Oblong

These 3-inch Dunny versions of Walter White and Jessie Pinkman by Dolly Oblong sport cute little yellow hazmat suits, air masks, and come with Sky Blue crystal meth accessories. Sadly, these are handmade one-offs and have been sold. Check out more of the artists custom toy work over at shop.dollyoblong.com.

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Daily Graffiti: A Gallery Of ‘Breaking Bad’ Street Art
In honor of Breaking Bad's return to television and its final few episodes, we've collected a gallery of some of our favorite wheatpastes, stickers, stencils, and graffiti murals all dedicated to one of the greatest scripted dramas of our time. Let's cook.


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Daily Graffiti: A Gallery Of ‘Breaking Bad’ Street Art

In honor of Breaking Bad's return to television and its final few episodes, we've collected a gallery of some of our favorite wheatpastes, stickers, stencils, and graffiti murals all dedicated to one of the greatest scripted dramas of our time. Let's cook.

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Someone Already Animated Badger’s ‘Star Trek' Script From Last Night's 'Breaking Bad’

Well that didn’t take long. Less than 24 hours after it aired, Matt Czap has already animated the second greatest moment from last night’s episode. The first greatest moment, of course, is everything that happens after the garage door closes.

"That’s Voyager, dude!"

(Source: badassdigest.com)

This Breaking Bad Tattoo Is Insane
Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul posted this fan’s tattoo on Instagram and holy crap! I suddenly have a powerful craving for rock candy…

This Breaking Bad Tattoo Is Insane

Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul posted this fan’s tattoo on Instagram and holy crap! I suddenly have a powerful craving for rock candy…

Breaking Bad As A 90’s Family Show
Breaking Bad gets a 1995 style intro that makes us want to watch old episodes of Home Improvement and Life Goes On.

Breaking Bad As A 90’s Family Show

Breaking Bad gets a 1995 style intro that makes us want to watch old episodes of Home Improvement and Life Goes On.

Yeah, Bitch! Breaking Bad Munnys!
Walter White and Jesse Pinkman get Munnyfied in these highly detailed custom Kidrobot Munny figures by Nikejerk3 for a private collector.
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Yeah, Bitch! Breaking Bad Munnys!

Walter White and Jesse Pinkman get Munnyfied in these highly detailed custom Kidrobot Munny figures by Nikejerk3 for a private collector.

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Buy: Breaking Bad t-shirts
Daily Graffiti: “Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to have someone watching your back.”
Mike from Breaking Bad spotted by Kevin Krebs.
Check out the Daily Graffiti Archives for more geektastic street art!
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Daily Graffiti:Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to have someone watching your back.”

Mike from Breaking Bad spotted by Kevin Krebs.

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