NYCC 2017-Best of Cosplay (Photos)

New York Comic Con took place last week at the Javits Center and it was a blast. Four days of many attendees going there to be themselves and geek out and make friends there. With all the guests and trailers and announcements or buying that one comic, the one major attraction at New York Comic Con is the cosplayers.

I have taken many photos and videos of the great cosplayers that were over there during the weekend. Check them out and the video version will go up this week on Alternativemindz’ YouTube channel.

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TOM OF FINLAND Acquired by Kino Lorber Ahead of Tribeca Film Festival Premiere.


KINO LORBER ACQUIRES TOM OF FINLAND, A BIOPIC ABOUT THE ACCLAIMED FINNISH EROTIC ARTIST AND GAY ICON, AHEAD OF ITS NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE AT THE 2017 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

New York, NY – April 14, 2017 – Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to TOM OF FINLAND, Dome Karukoski’s biopic about the life and work of Finnish artist and gay icon Touko Laaksonen, best known by his pseudonym Tom of Finland.

A trailblazing figure in post-World War II erotic art, Touko Laaksonen drew thousands of fantasy-filled, homoerotic images of intensely masculine (and muscular) men, often liberated from the moral codes of their times. Quickly spreading throughout the world, these images went on to play a significant role in the transnational gay liberation movement that continues to make strides to this day, also becoming iconic symbols for generations of LGBT people worldwide.

Dome Karukoski’s TOM OF FINLAND is set to have its North American premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film festival, after a world premiere at the Goteborg Film Festival in February. It’s also in high demand among LGBTQ U.S. festivals. The film’s world premiere was followed by a release in its home territory, where TOM OF FINLAND has taken close to $1m at the local box office.

The deal was negotiated between head of worldwide sales Vanessa Saal for Protagonist Pictures and Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber.

‘Touko Laaksonen dared to draw and give life to his most daring and transgressive fantasies, and by doing so, inspired an entire generation of LGBT people to also live and desire freely,” said Richard Lorber. “Dome Karukoski’s film captures the man, as well as his milieu, in an incredibly cinematic and powerful way, so we’re very proud to be bringing TOM OF FINLAND to North American audiences this year.”

 

Vanessa Saal of Protagonist added; “We are so pleased the film has found such a good home for North America. Kino Lorber handpicks and nurtures each of its titles. Their enthusiasm is contagious, and we know they will spread TOM OF FINLAND love across America.”

Director Dome Karukoski is an acclaimed Finnish filmmaker with six features to his credit including The Grump (2014), Heart Of A Lion (2013) and Lapland Odyssey (2010).

The film was produced by Finnish production outfit Helsinki Film, with a screenplay by Aleksi Bardy. The cast includes Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Taisto Oksanen, Seumas Sargent, Jakob Oftebro and Niklas Hogner.

Aleksi Bardy, Miia Haavisto and Annika Sucksdorff of Helsinki Film produced the film. Gunnar Carlsson of Anagram Väst in Sweden, Miriam Nørgaard of Fridthjof Film in Denmark, and Ingvar Thordarson and Sophie Mahlo of Neutrinos Productions Germany were co-producers, in collaboration with Mike Downey and Sam Taylor of Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) UK.

ABOUT KINO LORBER:

With a library of 1,600 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for over 30 years, releasing over 25 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, and Alive Mind Cinema banners, with six Academy Award nominated films in the last eight years, including this year’s nominated documentary FIRE AT SEA, directed by Gianfranco Rosi.

In addition, the company brings over 250 titles each year to the home entertainment market through physical and digital media releases under its five house brands. It also now distributes a growing number of third party labels in all ancillary media and is a direct digital distributor to all major digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix, HULU, Filmstruck, Tribeca Shortlist, Amazon, Vimeo, VHX, Fandor, Mubi and Others.

Next from Kino Lorber are the theatrical releases for Bruno Dumont’s SLACK BAY, starring Juliette Binoche and set for an April 21 NY opening at Quad Cinema and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and Vanessa Gould’s OBIT, opening April 26 at Film Forum and Lincoln Plaza Cinema.

ABOUT PROTAGONIST PICTURES:

Protagonist Pictures is an international finance, production and sales company which has a proven track record in outstanding films and commercial successes. Based in the UK, the company handles films from around the world, always maintaining a strong focus on filmmakers with exceptional vision and storytelling skills.

Protagonist’s current slate includes Francis Lee’s Sundance award-winner GOD’S OWN COUNTRY; Charlie McDowell’s Netflix title THE DISCOVERY which stars Robert Redford, Jason Segel and Rooney Mara; Berlin competition title THE DINNER, Oren Moverman’s adaptation of the Herman Koch novel, starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall and Steve Coogan.

In distribution in 2017 are Ben Wheatley’s FREE FIRE, Eleanor Coppola’s PARIS CAN WAIT and Adam Smith’s feature debut TRESPASS AGAINST US. Titles in post-production include Clio Barnard’s DARK RIVER and Amma Asante’s WHERE HANDS TOUCH.

Star Trek Turns 50 today and Star Trek:Missions was here last weekend.

Today Marks the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek and what an long time it has been since it debuted. Last weekend was the Star Trek: Missions convention in New York City and we got the chance to cover it. There were many booths and products for display including the NASA section which i found very interesting once i seen it. The NASA section had displays on the future satellites and jets and spaceships that are currently being developed along with stardust and other things that were from mars. Call me weird on this, but i actually like science.


The main floor for Star Trek: Missions had the set from the very first season of Star Trek and i spoke to an guy over there about it and he told me that there is an whole museum dedicated to Star Trek as well (click this link for more info http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/Startrek.aspx)

There was also an section for the upcoming Playstation 4 version of Star Trek Online where players from all over the world can play which also has cross-platform capability to the PC and XBOX ONE version.


There were a few panels that i wanted to go to but i was only able to go to two and they were Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Next Generation. The original cast from both of those seasons were there to talk about their roles in their respective shows along with promoting Star Trek: Discovery which will be coming in 2017. 


And Finally here are cosplay pictures i have taken 



Overall, this was an great event but i think the panel room situation could have been handled better but i would come back next year.

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New York International Auto Show 2016 photo Showcase

i had the privilage to cover this year’s NY Auto Show and so far it has been a blast. Today i share Photos that i have taken from the event and the car lines include Scion, Subaru, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Hyundai and more. I will also detail each model under the pictures.

  The Ford Focus ST

   
 
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid (New York Yankees Edition)
   
   
Mercedes-Benz C-class Sedan 

  
Lexus IS C

   
 
2017 KIA Fortes SX

   
 
2016 Ford GT Yellow 

   
   
2017 Fusion Platinum.

  
2017 Chevrolet ZL1 

   

  
2017 Chevrolet cruze hatchback

   
 
2016 Volkswagen GOLF

  
2017 Volkswagon GOLF Alltrack

   

 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL  
2016 Nissan Leaf SL

  
Trans AM Bandit edition #1

    

2016 Toyota pirus prime
Vintage Automobiles 

   
    
    
  
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Assassin’s Creed NYCC Events and Comic Announcement

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If you’re a fan of Assassin’s Creed and are making your way to NYCC this year then you’re in luck as Titan Comics has plenty of events to keep you busy. Thursday will be Assassin’s Creed Day, featuring an official panel with Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare) and Dennis Calero. A surprise special guest will also be appearing with an exclusive Assassin’s Creed comic announcement!

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THURSDAY:

ASSASSIN’S CREED COMICS PANEL

Date/Time: Thursday, October 8, 1:45PM-2.45PM

Location: ROOM: 1A24

Moderator: Andrien Gbinigie

Guests: Anthony Del Col (writer), Conor McCreery (writer) and Dennis Calero (cover artist), Richard Farrese (Assassin’s Creed Scriptwriter at Ubisoft) and Aymar Azaizia (Assassin’s Creed Head of Content at Ubisoft)

 

BOOTH SIGNINGS

 

The below creators will be signing Assassin’s Creed #1 on the Titan booth (no. 2142) at 3:15pm- 4.15pm:

 

Conor McCreery (Writer)

Anthony Del Col (Writer)

Dennis Calero (Cover Artist)

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FRIDAY:

BOOTH SIGNINGS

 

The below creators will be signing Assassin’s Creed #1 on the Titan booth (no. 2142) at 1:30pm – 2.30pm:

 

Date/Time: Friday, October 9, 1:30PM

Location: Titan Booth 2142

Guests: Conor McCreery and Dennis Calero.

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SATURDAY

Get your photo taken with Assassin’s Creed® cosplayers at the Titan Comics booth at 1:30 PM.
Date/Time: Saturday, October 10, 1:30 PM
Location: Titan Booth 2142

BOOTH SIGNINGS

The below creators will be signing Assassin’s Creed® comics on the Titan booth (no. 2142) at 2pm:

 

Date/Time: Saturday, October 10, 2.00PM

Location: ROOM: 1A24

Guests: Conor McCreery and Dennis Calero.

 

Reminder from Diamond :Free Comic Book Day is Tomorrow

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Get free comics at participating comic book shops on Saturday May 2nd, 2015

 (BALTIMORE, MD) — (April 23, 2015) —On May 2nd the most anticipated event in the comic book industry, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) will be celebrated at comic book specialty shops across the U.S., Canada, and worldwide! Over 5.6 million comic books will be given away for free to anyone who goes to one of the 2,300 participating comic book shops.

This year’s roster contains 50 free comics that include titles for everyone’s tastes, including Marvel’s Secret Wars, DC Comic’s Divergence, Bob’s Burgers, SpongeBob, Transformers, Pokemon, The Tick, Rabbids, and many more for fans to discover!  Complete descriptions of the 50 FCBD titles, along with four-to-six page previews can be found online at www.freecomicbookday.com/comics.

During Free Comic Book Day, comic shops will also host community events such as costume contests, drawings by guest artists, creator signings, raffles, door prizes, photos with costumed characters, and other fun activities to take part in.

“Free Comic Book Day is the ultimate comic book experience, giving those who may be new comics, those who enjoy the TV Shows and movies based off of comic books, and also devoted comic readers, the opportunity to get great titles for free,” says Free Comic Book Day spokesperson Deborah Moreland.

“Comic shops plan their FCBD activities months in advance to give their community the best Free Comic Book Day experience. Their events help bring together like-minded fans who come to discover new stories, explore all the fun and trendy comic book and pop-culture related items available in comic shops while enjoying the biggest comic book day of the year with family and friends!”

To find a participating FCBD comic shop, view all 50 free titles, and see special FCBD messages from actors and comic book fans Mark Hamill and Robin Lord Taylor, visit www.freecomicbookday.com.

Some of the videos Special FCBD Messages are here

http://bit.ly/MarkHamill_FCBD2015

http://bit.ly/FCBD15_ComicBookMen

http://bit.ly/RobinLordTaylor_FCBD2015

http://bit.ly/FCBD2015_JasonMewes

http://bit.ly/FCBD2015_LawrenceGilliard

http://bit.ly/FCBD2015_ChadColeman

 Free Comic Book Day 2015: Gold Comics

*Gold comics will be available at every participating retailer on May 2nd

 ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS| DARK CIRCLE COMICS PREVIEW

JAN150015 - FCBD 2015 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG MEGA MAN WORLDS UNITE PRELUDE (

BONGO COMICS| 2014 BONGO COMICS FREE-FOR-ALL

JAN150002 - FCBD 2015 BONGO COMICS FREE-FOR-ALL (NET)

BOOM! STUDIOS| BOOM! STUDIOS TENTH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

JAN150003 - FCBD 2015 BOOM STUDIOS 10TH ANNIVERSARY FCBD SPECIAL (NET)

DARK HORSE COMICS| FIGHT CLUB/ THE GOON/ THE STRAIN

JAN150004 - FCBD 2015 DARK HORSE FIGHT CLUB THE GOON THE STRAIN (NET) (M

DC COMICS| DIVERGENCE

JAN150005 - FCBD 2015 DC COMICS DIVERGENCE (NET)

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT| BOB’S BURGERS

JAN150006 - FCBD 2015 BOBS BURGERS (NET)

IDW PUBLISHING| TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #0

JAN150007 - FCBD 2015 TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #0 (NET)

IMAGE COMICS|SAVAGE DRAGON: LEGACY #1

JAN150008 - FCBD 2015 SAVAGE DRAGON LEGACY (NET)

MARVEL COMICS| SECRET WARS #0

JAN150009 - FCBD 2015 SECRET WARS #0 (Net)

TITAN COMICS| DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL

JAN150010 - FCBD 2015 DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL (NET)

UNITED PLANKTON PICTURES|SPONGEBOB FREESTYLES FUNNIES

JAN150011 - FCBD 2015 SPONGEBOB FREESTYLE FUNNIES (NET)

VIZ MEDIA/ PERFECT SQUARE| POKÉMON

JAN150012 - FCBD 2015 PERFECT SQUARE PRESENTS POKEMON (NET)

 Free Comic Book Day 2015: Silver Comics

* Silver comics are optional. Not all titles will be available at participating comic shops.  

 12 GAUGE COMICS| I.C.E.: BAYOU BLACKOUT

JAN150045 - FCBD 2015 ICE BAYOU BLACKOUT (NET)

ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT| GRONK AND FRIENDS\

JAN150013 - FCBD 2015 GRONK AND FRIENDS (NET)

ANTARTCTIC PRESS| STEAMPUNK GOLDILOCKS

JAN150014 - FCBD 2015 STEAMPUNK GOLDILOCKS (NET)

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS| SONIC/MEGA MAN: “WORLDS UNITE”  FLIP-BOOK

JAN150015 - FCBD 2015 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG MEGA MAN WORLDS UNITE PRELUDE (

ASPEN MLT INC. | WORLDS OF ASPEN 2015

JAN150016 - FCBD 2015 WORLDS OF ASPEN (NET)

AUTOMATIC PUBLISHING| HATTER M: LOVE OF WONDER #1

JAN150017 - FCBD 2015 HATTER M LOVE OF WONDER (NET)

AVATAR| MERCURY HEAT DEBUT

JAN150018 - FCBD 2015 MERCURY HEAT DEBUT (NET) (MR)

BEGUILING BOOKS| COMIC FESTIVAL! 2015 #1

JAN150019 - FCBD 2015 COMICS FESTIVAL (NET)
CAPSTONE| MARCH GRAND PRIX

JAN150020 - FCBD 2015 MARCH GRAND PRIX (NET)

CBLDF| DEFEND COMICS

JAN150021 - FCBD 2015 CBLDF DEFEND COMICS (NET)

CHAPTER HOUSE/CAPTAIN CANUCK| CAPTAIN CANUCK

JAN150022 - FCBD 2015 CAPTAIN CANUCK (NET)

COMIXTRIBE| AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE #0

JAN150023 - FCBD 2015 AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE #0 (NET) (MR)

DARK HORSE COMICS| AVATAR, PLANTS VS ZOMBIES, BANDETTE

JAN150024 - FCBD 2015 DARK HORSE ALL AGES AVATAR PVZ BANDETTE (NET)
DC COMICS| TEEN TITAN GO, SCOOBY-DOO TEAM UP

JAN150025 - FCBD 2015 TEEN TITANS GO SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP (NET)

DRAWN & QUARTERLY| SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY/ STEP ASIDE, POPS!

JAN150026 - FCBD 2015 SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY STEP ASIDE POPS COMBO (N

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS INC.| HIP HOP FAMILY TREE THREE-IN-ONE FEATURING COSPLAYERS

JAN150027 - FCBD 2015 HIP HOP FAMILY TREE 3-IN-1 FEATURING COSPLAYERS (N

GEMSTONE PUBLISHING| OVERSTREET’S COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE

JAN150028 - FCBD 2015 OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE (NET)
HERMES PRESS| THE PHANTOM FCBD SPECIAL

JAN150030 - FCBD 2015 PHANTOM SPECIAL (NET)

IDW PUBLISHING| TMNT: PRELUDE TO VENGANCE

JAN150031 - FCBD 2015 TMNT PRELUDE TO VENGEANCE (NET)
IMAGE COMICS| TALES OF HONOR #0

JAN150032 - FCBD 2015 TALES OF HONOR (NET)
KODANSHA| KODANSHA COMICS SAMPLER

JAN150033 - FCBD 2015 KODANSHA COMICS SAMPLER (NET)

LEGENDARY COMICS| LEGENDARY COMICS PREVIEW

JAN150034 - FCBD 2015 LEGENDARY COMICS SAMPLER (NET)

LIQUID COMICS| GRANT MORRISON’S “STAN LEE’S SHAKRA THE INCREDIBLE”

JAN150035 - FCBD 2015 STAN LEE CHAKRA THE INVINCIBLE (NET)

MARVEL| AVENGERS #1

JAN150036 - FCBD 2015 ALL NEW ALL DIFFERENT AVENGERS (Net)

NEW ENGLAND COMICS| THE TICK

JAN150037 - FCBD 2015 THE TICK (NET)

ONI PRESS| TERRIBLE LIZARD #1

JAN150038 - FCBD 2015 TERRIBLE LIZARD #1 (NET)

PAPERCUTZ| RABBIDS

JAN150039 - FCBD 2015 RABBIDS (NET)

PAPERCUTZ/SUPER GENIUS| LADY JUSTICE #1

JAN150040 - FCBD 2015 LADY JUSTICE (NET)

REBELLION| 2000AD SPECIAL

JAN150041 - FCBD 2015 2000 AD SPECIAL (NET)

 

RED 5 COMICS| BODIE TROLL AND FRIENDS

JAN150042 - FCBD 2015 BODIE TROLL & FRIENDS (NET)
SCHOLASTIC INC. | GRAPHIX SPOTLIGHT: CLEOPATRA IN SPACE TARGET PRACTICE

JAN150029 - FCBD 2015 GRAPHIX SPOTLIGHT CLEOPATRA IN SPACE (NET)

TH3RD WORLD| THE STUFF OF LEGEND: A CALL TO ARMS PREVIEW

JAN150043 - FCBD 2015 STUFF OF LEGEND CALL TO ARMS (NET)

TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS| THE MOTORCYCLE SAMURAI

JAN150044 - FCBD 2015 MOTORCYCLE SAMURAI (NET)

UDON ENTERTAINMENT| STREET FIGHTER: SUPER COMBO SPECIAL

JAN150046 - FCBD 2015 STREET FIGHTER SUPER COMBO SPECIAL (NET)
VALIANT| VALIANT 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

JAN150047 - FCBD 2015 VALIANT 25TH ANNIVERSAY SPECIAL (NET)

VIZ MEDIA| SHONEN JUMP PRESENTS: JO JO’S BIZARE ADVENTURE/YU-GI-OH

JAN150048 - FCBD 2015 VIZ JOJOS BIZARRE ADVENTURE AND YU GI OH (NET)

ZENESCOPE| GRIMM FAIRY TALES PRESENTS: WONDERLAND-ONE SHOT

JAN150049 - FCBD 2015 GFT WONDERLAND SPECIAL EDITION ONE SHOT (NET) (MR)

ZENESCOPE| JURASSIC STRIKE FORCE #5

JAN150050 - FCBD 2015 ZENESCOPE JURASSIC STRIKE FORCE 5 ONE SHOT (NET)

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ABOUT FREE COMIC BOOK DAY—Free Comic Book Day is the comic book specialty market’s annual event where participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their comic shops. The event is held the first Saturday in May and is the perfect opportunity to introduce friends and family to the many worlds of wonder available at local comic book shops. From super-heroes to slice-of-life to action/adventure and beyond, Free Comic Book Day has a comic book for everyone!

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Top 10 The Walking Dead Episodes

Season 5 of The Walking Dead has ended a few weeks ago and Season 6 is coming our way in October. Today, i will count down my favorite best episodes from The Walking Dead from Seasons 1-5.

10. What happened and what’s going on? (S5:E9)

  

Of all the episodes i have seen, this one caught me and the viewers off guard towards the ending. At the beginning of the episode, we are shown a grave being made for what we thought was for Beth along with flashbacks. During the episode, Tyreese, Noah, Rick, Glen and Michone went to the area where Noah used to live but to see that it has got overrun by Walkers. this also includes his family. Once Tyreese was alone with Noah, he was bitten and for most of the episode, we get to see hallucinations from his vision along with characters that were killed off. At the end of the episode, we get to find out that the grave from the beginning of the episode was actually for him since he is now dead. Talk about “the mind playing tricks on you”. This episode is a must see since the production and editing was so great that you would have not thought that he would die in the episode. Also to note, if you see any Walkers with an “W” carved into their heads along with the small wall with “Wolves not far” tagged onto it, save those for clues for the remainder of that season.

9. A (S4:E16)

  

The season 4 finale was a roller coaster for Rick, Michone, Carl and Daryl. First, the 3 of them encounter the claimers at the night as they were about to kill Rick and Rape Carl and Michone in retaliation for Rick killing one of them a few episodes prior. Daryl tries to reason with the claimers but then he gets assaulted. Rick, Michone and Daryl managed to get the upper hand along with Rick stabbing the last one of the claimers nearly 15 times for putting his hands on his son. later in the episode, they arrived at TERMINUS but to quickly find out that something is up when they noticed that their friend’s belongings are there. Gareth trapped Rick’s group after a gun battle and ordered them to go to an train cart labeled “A”. The good news is that Rick and his group reunited with the rest of the group but the bad news is that they are all captured and are being held in that one train cart.

8. Conquer (S5:E16)

  

The near 2 hour season 5 finale of The Walking Dead left with a bang and an cliffhanger. In the aftermath of the fight Pete and Rick had along with Rick being knocked out to his senses by Michone, Deanna and the rest of the residents of the Alexandria Safe Zone holds an meeting to decide whether if Rick gets kicked out from the Zone or he stays. Meanwhile, we get the first Appearance of the first members of The Wolves, Morgan saving Daryl and Aaron from a trap full of walkers, Nicholas attempting to kill Glen, and the last few minutes of the episode where Rick explains to Deanna and the residents that they need to be ready to survive. during this, Pete arrives with Michone’s sword and accidentally slashes Deanna’s husband. Deanna then told Rick to kill him and without hesitation and giving zero f***’s at all and in less than two seconds, he shoots his gun at Pete with one of the coldest looks i’ve ever seen Rick had. Morgan also meets Rick for the first time since season 3 in the final seconds of this episode as he saw Rick kill Pete. 

7. Clear (S3:E12)

  

In this episode, Michonne, Rick, and Carl are on a supply run. During this, they stop at an small town that has traps for Walkers from one side to the end of the other side of the block. The group manages to get away from the traps until Rick and Morgan reunited for the first time since season 1. Morgan has changed as they both caught up on how have they been since they last seen each other but not in the matter of a normal reunion. Morgan revealed that his son has been eaten by Walkers. Also, Carl and Michonne spends time together as Carl wanted to go back to his old school to get a framed photo of his family. During this, we get major character development between them two especially for Michonne since her backstory was kind of a mystery for a while. 

6. Pretty much dead already (S2:E7)

  

the first half of season two, the entire group is looking for Carol’s daughter, Sophia. After Rick told her to stay in an small area to kill off Walkers, she is no where to be seen when Rick returned. There were a few clues to where she was last at throughout the next few episodes until this episode. While the group takes out the Walkers inside of Hershel’s barn, there was one left and the final one was an zombified Sophia. everyone including myself was in stunned silence as we were all caught off guard for that reveal. Shane shoots her to put her down. Talk about a way to end an episode..

5. Days gone bye( S1:E1)

  

The first episode that started it all and showed us what we are getting too when we get that first shot of Rick putting down an Walker. Rick was shot during an arrest attempt and Shane took him to the hospital. He woke up a few months later after falling into an coma to find out that the hospital is empty and nearly destroyed. He also sees the Walkers for the first time and then escapes the hospital to see that the world he has known, has changed and roaming with Walkers. Rick eventually meets Morgan and his son for the first time as he gives him a brief up to date follow up on what is happening. Elsewhere, we get scenes of Shane, Lori (Rick’s wife), Carl, Dale and others as they try to survive as Rick goes out to look for his Wife and Daughter. What an way to start the series.

4. Them (S5:E10)

  

After the deaths of Tyreese and Beth, the group heads to Washington, DC. The group is very tired and are showing signs that they are fed up. especially the part where they have to get out of their cars and has no choice but to walk during an heatwave while Walkers are behind them but the group does not care to take them down. The group also finds an shed later in the day and has relief from the heat when it rains. Rick then gave his infamous “We are the walking dead” speech and then, a heard of Walkers comes to the shed and tries to break in. The entire group with all of their strength, prevents the Walkers from coming in. they did not come in due to a tree falling on them during the thunderstorm. This episode was a very powerful one and it told the story that they wont give up no matter what obstacle is in the way and to have hope that there is an place for the survivors.  

3. Too far gone (S4:E8)

  

For the entire 3rd season and half of the 4th, the group makes an abandoned prison their home. it was attacked by The Governor and his group two times but the third attack was the one that got them out for good. The governor and Rick has an discussion and also, Michonne and Hershel were being held hostage. The Governor wanted to take the prison or else he will force their way in. Rick refused the deal and then The Governor threatened Hershel with Michonne’s sword. Rick tried to plead with The Governor and would want to try to work everything out. That was, until the words “liar” came out of The Governor’s mouth. He then slashed and decapitated Hershel as the gun battle begins along with the tank. Rick and Governor then goes into a deadly fistfight until Michonne pierced her sword into The Governor. He is my favorite TWD villain but his death was needed after he killed Hershel. The group escapes separately into smaller groups as Walkers begin to overrun the place. 

2. No sanctuary (S5:E1) (WARNING:for mature readers only)

  

The season 5 premier i believe was the best and darkest opening in The Walking Dead. Rick, Glen, Bob, and Daryl are in deep trouble as they are tied from their hands and feet as they are taken to an slaughter house within TERMINUS. This is when the viewer realizes that the people within this place are cannibals. they are kneeled down along with 4 others as they and the viewer witness the butcher hits the other people in the back of their heads to knock them out with bats as the other butcher cuts their throats out with a large knife as the blood spills into the  stainless steel tub. Gareth does a bullet count and asks the butchers to give him the results until a rumble happens. Glen was about to be next to die until the rumble continues. As Gareth checks to see what is going on, Rick kills the two butchers with an wooden shiv he made while they were inside the train cart and freed the group. When they escaped the slaughterhouse, they rescue the rest of the group as Carol use an grenade launcher with an firecracker in the barrel to cause an explosion on an oil tank. Walkers begin to overrun the area, Rick and the rest fight their way to escape TERMINUS. at the end of the episode, Rick and Carol reunite along with Tyreese holding Judith (Rick’s daughter who separated with him in the last season while The Governor attacked the prison) as Rick runs to see and hold her. In the final few minutes of the episode, The group follows the railroad tracks until they happen upon a Terminus sign. Rick crosses out most of the text and modifies it to read, “No sanctuary.” Also in the post credits scene, Morgan appears alone as he is looking for Rick. 

1. Beside the dying fire (S2:E13)

  

In my opinion, the best episode of TWD that has aired. After Rick kills Shane and to find out that he has reanimated into an Walker, Carl puts Shane down. that was the episode that lead to this episode as when Rick and Carl return to Hershel’s house, a large herd of Walkers approach. Rick and Carl lure a number of them to the shed as Rick set them on fire. Also, Lori, Maggie, Glen, Carol, Hershel, Andrea, Daryl and T-dog defend the house from approaching Walkers but they were starting to outnumber them along with devouring a few more of their members who could not defend themselves. the group separates as the Walkers overrun the farm. Rick, Carl and Hershel was at the highway the group was at before to wait and see if others would show up. everyone except Andrea showed up. They later go to an area to camp for the night and this is when Rick revealed to the group that once someone dies, they reanimate into an walker (they all wanted to know why some Walkers they have seen were not bitten when they saw them). On the final few minutes of the show, we see Andrea running for her life until she tripped and fell, An Walker walked up to her until someone with an sword shows up and decapitated the walker. The person also has 2 Walkers chained up to her as this is the long awaited debut of Michone. This episode was full of character development along with moments in this episode that affected the group later on in future episodes. 

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Top 15 most controversial art paintings of all time

Paintings can catch an audience attention within a second when they first lay eyes on them. When they do, they can either give good feedback or bad but there are many paintings that can offend people that will make them turn away. Today I am counting down the top 15 most controversial art paintings of all time. Be warned because this is for mature audiences only so if you do not want to take a look, I advise you to turn away now. Every painting, I will give a brief description to why they are controversial. Now let’s start the countdown.

15. One Nation Under Socialism by Jon McNaughton (2012)

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One of the most modern paintings on this list, this painting by Jon McNaughton has been very controversial because it puts U.S. President Barack Obama in a bad light. This painting shows the U.S. president burning the constitution of the United States while pointing at the flame.

14. Burial at Ornans by Gustav Courbet (1850)

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The Burial at Ornans is considered one of the turning points of French Art during the 19th century. It basically portrays a funeral scenario, which was inspired by the funeral of the uncle of Courbet in Ornans. This larger than life representation was considered offensive by the public and many critics because of its intense expression of grief.

13. The Guitar Lesson by Balthasar Klossowski de Rola (1934)

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In this painting, Polish-French painter De Rola depicted young girls in several erotic positions. It sparked controversies because of its erotic nature, both among older women and young girls. This painting shows an old woman with a young girl on her lap, pulling her genitals like a guitar.

12. Self-Portrait by Albrecht Dürer (1500)

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This self-portrait was created at a time when northern Europe was already starting to adopt Renaissance art. It became highly controversial because the position of Durer was supposed to be the position of Christ. In this painting, Durer was facing the viewer and has his other hand right at the middle of his chest, as if offering a blessing. This was found blasphemous by the Catholic Church and the public.

11. Olympia by Edouard Manet (1863)

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Olympia by Edouard Manet features a female nude as its subject and is said to be reminiscent of the La Maja Desnuda masterpiece of Goya. The self-assured prostitute depicted in this painting is considered a form of vulgarity by many, especially because the nudity is very brightly stressed through the use of light colors.

10. The Gross Clinic by Thomas Eakins (1875)

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Painted by Thomas Eakins, The Gross Clinic was first submitted to an exposition but was rejected because of its gruesomeness. This painting became highly controversial because of its odd representation, which involved a sexually vague patient and a mother sitting beside him/her. The painting was also spattered with blood.

9.The Rape by René Magritte (1945)

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Painted by the famed Belgian artist in 1945, The Rape both looks and sounds like a violation, however political the painting might be. Appearing like a portrait, the painting shows the face of a woman but instead of the familiar features, her eyes have been replaced by breasts, her nose by a belly button and her mouth by her pubis. Utilizing the ideas of Surrealism and a sense of metaphor in tandem, the painting seems to offer up a harsh opinion of how men might see women, particularly destined, as they were at that time, by their anatomy.

8. The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living by Damien Hirst (1991)

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Never one to shy away from controversy, Hirst financed by Charles Saatchi arranged for a Tiger Shark to be caught of the coast of Queensland Australia and shipped over to the UK. Costing some £50,000 to catch and preserve the beast in a giant glass and steal box, he wrote on the on the technical specifications of the painting; Tiger shark, glass, steel, 5% formaldehyde solution, 213 x 518 x 213 cm. Upon its unveiling, in 1992, The Sun called it “£50,000 for fish without chips”, art critic Robert Hughes blamed Hirst directly for the art market’s “cultural obscenity” and animal rights groups attacked Hirst’s use of a living animal for the purpose of art. Needless to say, Hirst sold the shark for millions.

7. The Prophet by Cedric Chambers (2013)

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This painting by Cedric Chambers has sparked controversies because of its depiction of Jesus Christ being carried by Darth Vader, with images of the Twin Towers at the background. This painting was found offensive by at least three parties, including the Roman Catholic Church, the fans of Star Wars and New Yorkers.

6. Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo Da Vinci (between 1483-1486)

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An painting by Leonardo da Vinci. Virgin of the Rocks currently hangs at the Louvre and has been a major source of controversy since it was introduced. This painting basically depicts the Immaculate Concepcion, which the Roman Catholic Church finds offensive because Mary and Jesus Christ do not have halos.

5. Madame X by John Singer (1884)

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This portrait of Madame X was made to depict the infamous adulterous woman of the French society named Virginie Amelie Avegno Gautreau. It spurred controversy due to suggestive pose of the subject which was described as self-centered, arrogant, and vulgar. Such flaunting was simply not done by women of social standing. This painting is currently on display in Manhattan, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

4.The Enigma of William Tell by Salvador Dali (1933)

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This weird, shocking and offensive painting by Salvador Dali is considered one of the most unusual paintings that could ever be exhibited in a museum. This painting depicts Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Linen so outrageously that event the founder of surrealism himself sought to destroy it.

3. Sick Bacchus by Caravaggio (1593)

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Sick Bacchus features as its subject a pale figure with blue lips which closely resembles someone with a sexually transmitted disease called syphilis. By the time Caravaggio painted this, he himself was suffering from the disease because of his multiple partners. Many found this painting offensive because it symbolizes sexual liberation.

2. The Death of Marat by Jacques Louis David (1793)

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This famous and controversial painting was created by Jacques Louis David; a French revolutionary leader. What made this painting so offensive to observers at that time was that it depicted the painter himself dead in his bath tub. This painting is currently exhibited in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Belgium.

1. The Origin of the World by Gustave Courbet (1866)

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This bold painting (censored due to graphic material) by Gustave Courbet depicts graphical yet realistic eroticism in an effort to protest against academic paintings and their smooth, idealised nudes.

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