‘ADVENTURE TIME' MEETS 'ZERO DARK THIRTY’
Special agents Finn and Jake have been sent on a mission to take down a powerful ice king, but it looks like they’ve assassinated the wrong guy. Honest mistake.
Art by ProxyGreen on deviantART.

ADVENTURE TIME' MEETS 'ZERO DARK THIRTY

Special agents Finn and Jake have been sent on a mission to take down a powerful ice king, but it looks like they’ve assassinated the wrong guy. Honest mistake.

Art by ProxyGreen on deviantART.

HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR ANIME FANS
With the holiday season upon us, you’re most likely running around in a frenzy trying to figure out the perfect gifts for those in your life. While holiday presents may not be a huge deal to you, it always feels good to get the right item for those you love and care about the most. Although your high maintenance friends and family members may seem like they’d be the hardest to please, those with unique hobbies or fetishes can be even more difficult to shop for. Luckily, anime lovers aren’t that difficult, and there are a variety of cool anime gift ideas to choose from. Here are some anime holiday presents that are sure to please even the most discerning anime fan. 
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Anime Accessories
 Anime is known for its style, and high-quality anime will typically have characters designed by popular artists like Kantoku, Tony Taka, Itaru Hinoue, and Ume Aoki. Therefore, Anime artbooks focusing on a specific series, specific artist, or a mishmash of styles from different series and/or artists can make a great gift for the anime enthusiast in your life, particularly if he or she appreciates animation as an art. For the jewelry-loving anime chick, there is an assortment of anime characters available in a range of jeweled pieces made of actual gold, silver, and diamonds. You may have to shell out some dough to pay for these expensive accessories, but it’s worth it for the glamorous anime fan. While you may not be able to find anime-inspired jewelry items at your local jewelry store, online shops on Etsy carry a bevy of unique anime jewelry pieces.
Anime Viewings
 For anime fans who double as a gamers, a visual novel can be a great present because it combines two things they enjoy. Many romantic comedies and harem anime are based on visual novels, so they’re also good gift for anyone who likes those genres. While visual novels mostly involve reading text, there are some that contain different mini games and others that play more like RPGs. Although most people stream anime videos online, many anime lovers prefer to purchase actual videos that they can add to their collections. Investigate the videos that are on your anime fan’s wish list or visit a fan site for the latest anime videos trending with followers. If your anime addict has a wild side, a saucy anime video or naughty love doll from Adam & Eve is the perfect fun, holiday gift.
Anime Toys
 Toys are huge in anime circles, so they make the easiest presents to give to anyone into anime. Whether you choose small, cheaper items like anime eyes glasses as stocking stuffers or go opt for bigger toys like a play set, there is a plethora of anime toys to choose from. There are loads of websites hocking anime action figures and other toys and collectibles, so purchasing an anime toy may be your best (and easiest) bet. Keep in mind that you may have to do a bit of searching for those most-coveted anime toys and figurines.

HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR ANIME FANS

With the holiday season upon us, you’re most likely running around in a frenzy trying to figure out the perfect gifts for those in your life. While holiday presents may not be a huge deal to you, it always feels good to get the right item for those you love and care about the most. Although your high maintenance friends and family members may seem like they’d be the hardest to please, those with unique hobbies or fetishes can be even more difficult to shop for. Luckily, anime lovers aren’t that difficult, and there are a variety of cool anime gift ideas to choose from. Here are some anime holiday presents that are sure to please even the most discerning anime fan. 

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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

ALBOTAS.COM’S 2013 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

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Yo, How You Gifting This Year?!?
It gets pretty lonely when you’re spewing out content on a Tumblr dashboard for people to reblog and like and never comment on. I’ve been writing for Albotas since 2009. I see cool stuff, I post it — Robby and Marc do the same.
But I’ve been needing some action. We need some feedback. We want people to talk!
So I think I’m going to post a weekly question to get some discussion going in our comments. I will be doing a quick write-up on some discussions if they’re entertaining enough, and everyone who chimes in will be getting their name out there in said write-up. Let’s tighten up, guys! We’ll make ya feel good. ;)
I’m kicking things off tonight because I’m bored out of my mind and would love to speak with some of our readers for once.
My question to everyone is: How are you guys gifting this year? How kickass is your present giving? Are you giving people shitty gifts on purpose or do you have a really cool, inventive, touching backstory to your presents for others this holiday season? I wanna see photos, I wanna hear stories, I wanna see discussion.
Don’t embarrass me. Hit the read more button to jump to our page and reply in the comment section. I might even be generous enough to gift one of you guys something for a good enough comment.

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Yo, How You Gifting This Year?!?

It gets pretty lonely when you’re spewing out content on a Tumblr dashboard for people to reblog and like and never comment on. I’ve been writing for Albotas since 2009. I see cool stuff, I post it — Robby and Marc do the same.

But I’ve been needing some action. We need some feedback. We want people to talk!

So I think I’m going to post a weekly question to get some discussion going in our comments. I will be doing a quick write-up on some discussions if they’re entertaining enough, and everyone who chimes in will be getting their name out there in said write-up. Let’s tighten up, guys! We’ll make ya feel good. ;)

I’m kicking things off tonight because I’m bored out of my mind and would love to speak with some of our readers for once.

My question to everyone is: How are you guys gifting this year? How kickass is your present giving? Are you giving people shitty gifts on purpose or do you have a really cool, inventive, touching backstory to your presents for others this holiday season? I wanna see photos, I wanna hear stories, I wanna see discussion.

Don’t embarrass me. Hit the read more button to jump to our page and reply in the comment section. I might even be generous enough to gift one of you guys something for a good enough comment.

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Silent Night: Creepy American Christmas-Decorated Houses

Berlin-based Finnish photographer, Markus Henttonen, recently revealed his Silent Night project, in which he photographed Christmas-decorated houses in America 

He comments:

In this series I am more interested in the empty streets, the houses fully decorated outside and so still in the night. In my pictures the focus is on the feeling and stories, at the same time it is my story, the viewers´ story and the story of the whole society

The photos do give off an eerie feel to them, seemingly appearing empty and looking like houses featured in horror films. Definitely give off a creepy vibe.

The Official Slayer Christmas Sweater
Slayer, the legendary thrash metal band, released these awesomely hideous Christmas sweaters on their official merch site for $80. They’re all sold out now, but you can always hit up ebay and plop down a few Benji’s if you can manage to find one.

The Official Slayer Christmas Sweater

Slayer, the legendary thrash metal band, released these awesomely hideous Christmas sweaters on their official merch site for $80. They’re all sold out now, but you can always hit up ebay and plop down a few Benji’s if you can manage to find one.

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KILL IT WITH FIRE!: A Christmas Story 2 Trailer Will Make You Want To Shoot Your Eyes Out
I don’t care what anyone says. A Christmas Story is my absolute favorite movie of all time. I love the time period it takes place in. I love the language in the narration. And, most of all, I just love the story. It paints a perfect picture of what it was like to be a kid when the whole grown-up world was against you.
Well, Warner has decided that this classic needed a straight-to-video sequel with crappy acting and rehashed jokes from the original.
This time around, Ralphie wants a car instead of a Red Ryder carbine-action, two hundred shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time. He get’s a job at Higbee’s with Flick and Schwartz, then things that are supposed to be funny (but totally aren’t) ensue.
Check out the trailer below.

Dammit, Daniel Stern! Home Alone 1 & 2 were classic Christmas movies. You should have been happy with that and turned this one down.

KILL IT WITH FIRE!: A Christmas Story 2 Trailer Will Make You Want To Shoot Your Eyes Out

I don’t care what anyone says. A Christmas Story is my absolute favorite movie of all time. I love the time period it takes place in. I love the language in the narration. And, most of all, I just love the story. It paints a perfect picture of what it was like to be a kid when the whole grown-up world was against you.

Well, Warner has decided that this classic needed a straight-to-video sequel with crappy acting and rehashed jokes from the original.

This time around, Ralphie wants a car instead of a Red Ryder carbine-action, two hundred shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time. He get’s a job at Higbee’s with Flick and Schwartz, then things that are supposed to be funny (but totally aren’t) ensue.

Check out the trailer below.

Dammit, Daniel Stern! Home Alone 1 & 2 were classic Christmas movies. You should have been happy with that and turned this one down.

Daily Graffiti: Weird-ass Wario Christmas graffiti spotted in Belgium.
(via Street Art Belgium)
Check out the DAILY GRAFFITI ARCHIVES for more geektastic street art!

Daily Graffiti: Weird-ass Wario Christmas graffiti spotted in Belgium.

(via Street Art Belgium)

Check out the DAILY GRAFFITI ARCHIVES for more geektastic street art!

A Little Bit On The Portal Side: This holiday gift giver is clearly thinking with portals.
(via Geeks Are Sexy)

A Little Bit On The Portal Side: This holiday gift giver is clearly thinking with portals.

(via Geeks Are Sexy)

A Little Bit On The Free Nintendo X-Mas Card Side: Artist Ken Wong sent us quite the ego-boosting email about his free Nintendo Christmas cards that he’s giving away with every print order from his site. He’ll even hand-draw Nintendo characters in the cards for you!

Love your website, read it every day. I’m a geek, artist, and art director (AD on Alice: Madness Returns, not sure if that’s your flavor or not [Editor’s note: It IS! —bk]).I just wanted to let you know I’m running a promo - giving away some Nintendo-inspired xmas cards. I’ve attached the image, and the info page below.

ACK! An awesome person in the gaming industry reads our site! And did you read the part about him attaching the image and info page below? Be still our nerdy hearts! We’re coming up in the world!
Pardon us while our inflated heads carry us into the clouds like a hidden area in Super Mario Bros. 3.

A Little Bit On The Free Nintendo X-Mas Card Side: Artist Ken Wong sent us quite the ego-boosting email about his free Nintendo Christmas cards that he’s giving away with every print order from his site. He’ll even hand-draw Nintendo characters in the cards for you!

Love your website, read it every day. I’m a geek, artist, and art director (AD on Alice: Madness Returns, not sure if that’s your flavor or not [Editor’s note: It IS! —bk]).

I just wanted to let you know I’m running a promo - giving away some Nintendo-inspired xmas cards. I’ve attached the image, and the info page below.

ACK! An awesome person in the gaming industry reads our site! And did you read the part about him attaching the image and info page below? Be still our nerdy hearts! We’re coming up in the world!

Pardon us while our inflated heads carry us into the clouds like a hidden area in Super Mario Bros. 3.

All I Want For Christmas: This Sonic The Hedgehog Nendoroid Figure

A Little Bit On The Sonic Side: The Good Smile Co. blog just released a bunch of pics of the new Sonic the Hedgehog Nendoroid. It comes with a all kinds of cool stuff like an item box (with changeable items!), different faces (a grumpy one, a smiley one, and a toothy grin one), a gold ring, a Chaos Emerald, a checkpoint thingamajig, and different appendages for maximum pose-itude.

Pre-orders open up tomorrow, so check your favorite hobby site.

Click through for more pics.

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A Little Bit On The Pixelated X-mas Side: Like Christmas? Like retro-style games? Stardock makes the jump from developing PC games and software to their first ever console release with Elfsquad7, which you can snag from the Xbox Live Indie Channel as of today. There’s six different characters to chose from (with an additional two unlockables) as you unleash Christmas-saving havoc in single-player or co-op with up to three friends. Best of all, it’s only 80 Microsoft Points!

A Little Bit On The Snow Sculptural Side: Redditor revivemorrison and his bros made this Triforce snow sculpture for the Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest in Charlottetown, PEI a few years ago. Something about this makes us wonder if there’s any Goatse snow sculptures out there…

A Little Bit On The Snow Sculptural Side: Redditor revivemorrison and his bros made this Triforce snow sculpture for the Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest in Charlottetown, PEI a few years ago. Something about this makes us wonder if there’s any Goatse snow sculptures out there…

8-bit Christmas Wreath
Let your neighbors know how you roll with this 8-bit X-mas wreath with blinking LED lights. Get it for $19.99 from ThinkGeek.
(via Technabob)

8-bit Christmas Wreath

Let your neighbors know how you roll with this 8-bit X-mas wreath with blinking LED lights. Get it for $19.99 from ThinkGeek.

(via Technabob)

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