Seven of the Best Film Themed Slot Machines
American poet and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau once said, “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” Nothing seems to emphasise the concept of art being all around us quite like the idea of theme based slot machines. With online gambling sites like jackpotjoy Bingo, we find endless examples of fantastically themed slots, although the true art can be found outside of the web, with the ‘read deal’ slot machines. Film themed slots are personally my favourite, deeper analyzing how creators have transformed a film and its complex ideas into a gambling machine is rather interesting. Here are seven of my favourite film themed slot machines.
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The Hangover

With this film taking place in Las Vegas, and with many scenes inside of a casino, The Hangover is an obvious choice for a film based slot machine. In case the symbols, which include a baby, tiger, bloody tooth, liquor and Alan’s infamous man-bag are not enough, the main voiceover that hosts the game is none other than the hilarious Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong). What’s not to love?

Star Wars

With one of the greatest followings of movie history, this Star Wars themed slot has three base games that correspond with the three original movies, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. With a large number of images and sounds from the films, this will have any Star Wars fan hooked.

Star Trek

Another film with a massive following, these slots see symbols of iconic characters, such as Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, as well as the legendary Enterprise. Keeping it old-school with sounds and images, the Trekkies are in for a treat.

The Lord of the Rings

Based on Peter Jackson’s movie adaption of Tolkien’s epic book series, this machine takes you on an adventure through Middle Earth, with the breathtaking official soundtrack to keep you company. ‘The Balrog’, ‘Isildur’s Sword’ and ‘Gandalf’s Fireworks’ are only a few of the fantastic bonuses players can choose from.

Indiana Jones

When the iconic Indiana Jones theme song begins to play, everyone in the casino knows that some brave soul has just begun an adventure of wit and bravery. Outsmart the booby-trap-ridden machine, and you’ll be leaving heavy pocketed.

Ghostbusters

Who you gonna call? Slimer? If you are able to ignore the sarcastic teasing and mocking of Slimer, the ghost that leads players through the game, you are definitely in for a treat. With additional graphics, sound effects and the ever-popular theme song, you’ll be a regular ghost buster after your first spin. 

Willy Wonka

Based on the 1971 classic, this slot bring Roald Dahl’s magical chocolate factory to life. With the perfect amount of adventure, theatrics and whimsical characters, this slot will leave you wanting more… chocolate!

By Jason

Seven of the Best Film Themed Slot Machines

American poet and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau once said, “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” Nothing seems to emphasise the concept of art being all around us quite like the idea of theme based slot machines. With online gambling sites like jackpotjoy Bingo, we find endless examples of fantastically themed slots, although the true art can be found outside of the web, with the ‘read deal’ slot machines. Film themed slots are personally my favourite, deeper analyzing how creators have transformed a film and its complex ideas into a gambling machine is rather interesting. Here are seven of my favourite film themed slot machines.

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Kevin Cannon Draws 20 of The Worst People of 2013

Cartoonist Kevin Cannon illustrated the 20 worst people of the year 2013 for Minneapolis City Pages. The article is written by Peter Kotz and gives an illustration and brief summary of the worst people of the year, and trust me, there’s some genuine dirtbags on this list. Peep it here. Also take note on how many of these people reside in my home state of Florida.

The Funniest Comics I’ve Ever Read
Humor and comics go hand-in-hand, with major titles such as Hawkeye and She-Hulk blending superhero action and comedy in a witty way. And while I could easily name some bigger/mainstream titles right off the bat that may already be known to feature jokes and one-liners, I’m not going to do that.
Instead, here’s a list of the funniest alternative comic books I’ve ever read, mostly outrageous from the plot alone. Keep in mind these are solely from what I’ve read and humor is a totally critically subjective topic, but I still expect some disagreements.
Hit the jump for some comedic comic recommendations.
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The Scott Pilgrim Series
Okay, I know a bunch of people have read this series and it’s pretty widely known that Bryan Lee O’Malley is a hilarious guy, but there’s no way in Hell I can just not include it on this list. The Scott Pilgrim series is one of the funniest comic books ever created, hands down. It revolves around an awesome 23-year-old dude, Scott Pilgrim, who falls for fashionable girl named Ramona Flowers and ends up having to defeat her seven evil exes to be happily bonded together.
It’s got some amazing style and humor. It’s almost disguised as a manga, with black and white (color editions are out now from Oni Press) coloring and huge panels, similar to comics done on the east side of the world. It’s also got great wit throughout and a ton of homages to numerous video game series and heavily relates with awkward nerdy kids. Surely one of the funniest comics to ever hit store shelves.

Hark! A Vagrant
New Yorker cartoonist, Kate Beaton, has created one of the funniest webcomics created, Hark! A Vagrant. This terrific comic literally teases every era of western civilization through humorous historical parodies with the wittiest jokes ever placed inside of a panel.
The comic has given Beaton four Harvey awards in the past, including wins in the “Humor,” “Best Cartoonist,” and “Online Work,” categories. Famous characters and events in both history and literature are parodied and poked fun at, providing some hard laugh-out-loud moments. I haven’t read much funnier than Hark! A Vagrant.

Bighead
Bighead is a parody of superhero comic books and characters, created by comic author, Jeffrey Brown. Unlike most of Brown’s early autobiographical work, this is a narrative revolving around a superhero who simply has a huge head and strong emotions.
It’s full of clever cliches and hilariously weird villains, such as Bullman, a villain with a bull’s head and a wrestler’s outfit who is an “icon of senseless male aggression,” and Tsunami, a fat man who controls water who Bighead eventually defeats by literally soaking him up with a sponge. It’s a super fun read and has some of the best one-liners I’ve read in any comic book, providing some clever social commentary and superb retro superhero action. 
Brown released two books with Bighead: Sulk Volume 1 and a stand-alone graphic novel based on the character, both published by Top Shelf Comix.

King City
Brandon Graham’s King City is everything Scott Pilgrim could have been had Bryan Lee O’Malley decided to expand his universe into every which way possible. It’s super wonky and futuristic, giving an alternative feeling of punk-rock style visuals and a super cartoon-feel.
Absolutely nothing short of fantastic, King City is also one of the most amusing comics I’ve ever had a chance to come across. The story revolves around a thief named Joe who’s also a cat master, which is a being who could control the power of cats, injecting it with different needles in order to get specific tasks done. It’s insane.
Joe and his cat, Earthling, live in a city similar to New York or Tokyo, entirely populated by ninjas, spies, thieves, ghettoes, weird drugs and crazy hideouts. There’s also a guaranteed pun on every single page of this book. King City is a reflection of literally everything Graham can associate his art with, so it’s totally bananas and seriously hilarious.
All 424-pages of King City were published by Image Comics.

The Amazing Screw-On Head
Between B.P.R.D. and the Hellboy series, Mike Mignola did a one-shot comic book called The Amazing Screw-On Head in 2002. The idea of the character was based off of Batman action figures, and how each figure seemingly was the exact same, except with different paint jobs. Mignola thought, why not create a hero that can screw-on his head onto different bodies to fit the occasion?
So he made The Amazing Screw-On Head, a short black comedy comic book revolving around a character called Screw-On Head, who is an undercover agent for president Abraham Lincoln, who must track down the evil Emperor Zombie in search of a stolen manuscript with the help of his two sidekicks, Mr. Groin and Mr. Dog (a dog).
Believe it or not, it’s more ridiculous than it sounds, and it’s super hilarious, full of imagination and weird occult stuff. There’s also an animated version of the comic book that aired on the Syfy channel, with Paul Giamatti voicing Screw-Head himself. 
The Amazing Screw-On Head was published by Dark Horse Comics, and although it was a one-shot, it has been collected in hardcover format with a couple of other short stories by Mignola.

Eat More Bikes
Nathan Bulmer has created a masterpiece of comic comedy with his debut comic book, Eat More Bikes. I’ve read Eat More Bikes numerous times this year and have recommended this title to anyone wanting a great laugh since it’s so accessible and easy-to-read.
Bulmer draws hilarious short comics with ridiculous situations and the most absurd punchlines you’ll ever get a chance to read, hands down. 36 pages, but totally 100% worth any price for the amount of laughs Bulmer tosses at readers.
This comic was published by small pubs favorite of mine, Koyama Press.

The Perry Bible Fellowship
Before I even started this list, I had the idea of only limiting comics to those with a narrative. But I honestly cannot justify creating a funniest comics list and not including the greatest webcomic ever created: The Perry Bible Fellowship.
I’ve never seen sharper humor in my entire life and it honestly may never be topped. Not on the internet, not in a book — no where can PBF really be topped in terms of humor and substantial greatness.
Those of you needing a dose of PBF can head over to their site to read strips for free, while those wanting a physical form of reads can buy the book off of Amazon for a totally reasonable price.

The Funniest Comics I’ve Ever Read

Humor and comics go hand-in-hand, with major titles such as Hawkeye and She-Hulk blending superhero action and comedy in a witty way. And while I could easily name some bigger/mainstream titles right off the bat that may already be known to feature jokes and one-liners, I’m not going to do that.

Instead, here’s a list of the funniest alternative comic books I’ve ever read, mostly outrageous from the plot alone. Keep in mind these are solely from what I’ve read and humor is a totally critically subjective topic, but I still expect some disagreements.

Hit the jump for some comedic comic recommendations.

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Top 25 Movie Posters of All Time…

Not picked by ALBOTAS or yours truly, but picked by the folks of Creative Bloq. This is a fantastic read if you would like to know a bit about the posters and design processes themselves. It’s also fun to attempt to guess what’s on the list (Hint: They’re all iconic films). My personal favorites are Raiders of the Lost Ark and Blade Runner.

The list also had some comments from pro graphics designers who decided to chime in. Very interesting stuff — check the list out here!

1 Comic You Should Be Reading in 2013
I’m not going to bullshit you here. I was originally planning on doing a numbered list on comics you should be reading in 2013. I was going to list a number of comics (people love reading list articles that aren’t listed in intervals of five or two nowadays, so it probably would’ve been 13 comics) I’m currently enjoying that I can wholeheartedly agree with recommending to complete strangers and friends alike, but I honestly can’t do that. To get the most bang out of your comic bucks from DC/Marvel, you’d need to subscribe or read alongside a handful of other titles to get the full effect of certain titles, and I can’t recommend reading certain comics that will take huge chunks out of your wallet at a time.
But I can recommend the fuck out of one thing for sure.People, listen closely. Read the shit out of Saga. It’s really fucking good.
This goes for anyone who isn’t into comic books, but would like to join in on reading a title. For those of you who regularly read comics and avoid this title, stop being a little shit and just buy the recent trade and catch up. For those skeptical, try it. You’ll like it. Honest.
This comic book was created by Brian K. Vaughan, the genius behind the Y: The Last Man series. Art and some co-ideas are handled by Fiona Staples, who beautifully draws each issue. And the entire thing is great so far. It’s described by Image comics as Star Wars action meets Game of Thrones drama, while I will simply claim it’s a new phenomenal title for the space-fantasy genre, and it demands to be read. Saga is epic, expansive, surreal, and fresh — it’s something brand new that comic books have been needing for a while now. 
Really though, the first six issues are out right now on store shelves and collected as one trade paperback book. If you’re looking for a jump into comic books, look for further. This is something you can ride with and look forward to through 2013.
Check it: More comics related posts on AlbotasBuy it: Saga, Volume 1 [Paperback]

1 Comic You Should Be Reading in 2013

I’m not going to bullshit you here. I was originally planning on doing a numbered list on comics you should be reading in 2013. I was going to list a number of comics (people love reading list articles that aren’t listed in intervals of five or two nowadays, so it probably would’ve been 13 comics) I’m currently enjoying that I can wholeheartedly agree with recommending to complete strangers and friends alike, but I honestly can’t do that. To get the most bang out of your comic bucks from DC/Marvel, you’d need to subscribe or read alongside a handful of other titles to get the full effect of certain titles, and I can’t recommend reading certain comics that will take huge chunks out of your wallet at a time.

But I can recommend the fuck out of one thing for sure.People, listen closely. Read the shit out of Saga. It’s really fucking good.

This goes for anyone who isn’t into comic books, but would like to join in on reading a title. For those of you who regularly read comics and avoid this title, stop being a little shit and just buy the recent trade and catch up. For those skeptical, try it. You’ll like it. Honest.

This comic book was created by Brian K. Vaughan, the genius behind the Y: The Last Man series. Art and some co-ideas are handled by Fiona Staples, who beautifully draws each issue. And the entire thing is great so far. It’s described by Image comics as Star Wars action meets Game of Thrones drama, while I will simply claim it’s a new phenomenal title for the space-fantasy genre, and it demands to be read. Saga is epic, expansive, surreal, and fresh — it’s something brand new that comic books have been needing for a while now. 

Really though, the first six issues are out right now on store shelves and collected as one trade paperback book. If you’re looking for a jump into comic books, look for further. This is something you can ride with and look forward to through 2013.

Check it: More comics related posts on Albotas
Buy it: Saga, Volume 1 [Paperback]
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