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a&o’s newest byproduct: mind-rot.com

With the new year comes a new project by the fine folks of absurdandobscure.com; a site driven by completely unoriginal content not unlike what you would find at a&o. Rather than writing new content, the new site will be a constantly updated collection of content provided by others. It is my esteemed pleasure to introduce to the world…mind-rot.com.

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I’m excited about the new project/site/portal to nonsense that will cover the work of innumerable scourges of the Earth at as rapid of a speed as possible. There’s no reason you shouldn’t be excited about it either, especially if you frequent this poor excuse for a blog/site/sounding board of relatively disreputable schlock/sheer awesomeness.

As of today, mind-rot.com is obviously still in the process of becoming completed, but the finishing touches aren’t far off. I’ve wanted to get this thing together for months, but because of reasons too boring to go into, both the new project and a&o had to suffer. I’m sure you pulled through these past couple of months though…just a wild guess from the 13,000 views that absurdandobscure.com received last year. Speaking of, I want to sincerely thank every single person that checked this site out last year. We’re hoping things will be significantly different this year, especially when it comes to digging into the depths of the worst acting caught on film, the best hardcore bands you keep ignoring for the dumbest reasons, brain melting foreign oddities and other indescribably engaging ephemera.

So be sure to check out both sites whenever you get the chance…you never know what absurd and/or obscure stuff might get the honor of being uncovered.

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A Go Bots helmet? Really? …why?

(Click to enlarge…and shake your head in disapproval)

Can someone please send me a photo of themselves wearing this stupid thing?

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John Henry? Check. Mark Twain? Check. Transformers? Uhh…check?

Shockwave - Hearts of Steel sketch cover

Yeah I don’t get it either, but it happened. I finally got around to reading the four-part Hearts of Steel series/line/mini-series and I’m pretty surprised that it actually works. Knowing full well that this is supposed to be fun and not critically acclaimed, historically accurate fiction, I had no problem going from one book to the next. Once I realized that it was an, “out-of-continuity, stand alone Transformers tale,” I thought, “whatever, it’s fucking robots…” and pleasantly made my way through them all.

The premise is pretty ridiculous, but that’s why I kept reading. John Henry and Mark Twain couldn’t have been the only characters that could’ve been used for this, but I guess they were the only people that the darts landed on when picking main characters from old-timey America. I just shrugged and went with it. Even for Transformers nerds this has to be an enormously hard sell, and I can just barely imagine this idea being pitched with someone saying something to the effect of, “No, no, no, it’ll be cool! Check out these sketches!” and then whoever at IDW (who published the books) saying, “That’s…that’s dumb…and what about Optimus Prime? What about Megatron? Not writing them in is crazy. You’re out of your mind…but if you can get it to sell, then we don’t give a shit.” Like I said, I don’t know why this even exists, but it’s still somehow worth reading. Or to be more honest, it’s worth looking at.

Some of the concept and cover sketches are actually a lot better than work that made it into the books, but it’s Jay Fotos’ colors that help Guido Guidi’s art stand out just enough to be memorable, but not absolutely incredible. Lots of browns and tans, and lots of subdued, well…everything. Guido Guidi doesn’t lay down artwork in every issue though. For whatever reason, issue #3 is without his talents and it definitely shows. There are even a few frames that are laughably bad and actually make me a little bit embarrassed to own the book. All in all, it just adds to the can’t-possibly-be-taken-seriously tone of the series.

I can say with a straight face however, that these would have made awesome toys.

You can (and should) check out the other IDW Transformers comics art, info and sketches at IDW’s site.

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