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Less than three years after they met at an anime convention, Doug Engler and Leeann Wetherby tied the knot Saturday in a Pokémon-themed ceremony at NorthEast Comic Con.
Doug said he was initially impressed by Leeann’s handmade Pokémon suits. “We became friends,” he told Boston’s Fox 25. “And about a year later, we fell in love playing ‘Minecraft.'”
Pikachu may no longer be the most popular Pokémon, but when fans need a pocket monster to cuddle with a the keyboard, which one are they going to turn to? Certainly not Greninja.
Bandai, which earlier this year released a Digimon PC cushion, now has introduced this Pikachu version, which will offer wrist — and emotional — support as you spend hours at the computer, undoubtedly arguing about the results of that Pokémon poll.
The 20th anniversary of “Pokémon” should be a time for celebration, but instead it’s become a dark time, marking the downward spiral of the once-great Pikachu and a collective loss of innocence.
OK, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but it’s pretty dire, as more than half a million Japanese Pokémon fans have spoken — and they’ve chosen Greninja as their favorite pocket monster. “Who?” you ask. Exactly.
Later this year, “Pokémon” fans will be able to embark on a new journey with “Monopoly: Pokémon – Johto Edition,” a new Monopoly board game that boasts all eight gyms and gym leaders from the hit television show.
According to PidgiPress, “players will travel through all eight Gyms and battle Gym leader Pokémon. Trainer Battle and Professor Elm cards might reward you for Pokémon encounters, or bring an unexpected surprise as players join Pikachu and friends on an adventure through the Johto region.”
A 9-year-old Cleveland boy was devastated last week when the binder containing his treasured collection of Pokémon cards was stolen right out of his hand as he walked down the sidewalk.
Bryce’s mother called the police, who recovered the binder from a kid in a nearby neighborhood. The only problem is that some of Bryce’s beloved cards were missing — so Officer James Grotenrath gave the boy his own childhood Pokémon collection.
The Pokémon Cookbook isn’t, as you may have feared, a collection of culinary horrors detailing how to prepare your favorite pocket monsters, but rather more than 35 recipes inspired by the blockbuster franchise. And it’s coming to North America this winter.
Viz Media will publish Maki Kudo’s The Pokémon Cookbook: Easy & Fun Recipes, which details how to create delectable dishes ranging from a Poké Ball sushi roll to Pikachu-style ramen and mashed Meowth potatoes. Presumably Meowth isn’t one of the ingredients.
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Legal | Atena Farghadani was released from Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran, yesterday, after serving a reduced 18-month sentence on charges stemming from a cartoon that depicted members of the Iranian parliament with animal heads. Farghadani had originally been sentenced to 12 years in prison, but on appeal she was acquitted of charges of counter-revolutionary activity and undermining national security, and several other sentences were reduced, waived, or converted to fines. Farghadani was tortured, put in solitary confinement, sexually harassed, and forced to undergo virginity and pregnancy tests while in prison. Nonetheless, she says she wants to continue to live and work as an artist in Iran. Yesterday was World Press Freedom Day, and in a speech at the Tehran International Book Fair, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for more freedom of expression and an end to the jailing of critics of the government. [Cartoonist Rights Network International]
Awards | Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan presented the Malaysian cartoonist Zunar with the 2016 Cartooning for Peace Award in Geneva yesterday. “Talent is not a gift, but a responsibility,” the cartoonist said in a prepared statement. “It is a duty for me as a cartoonist to use the art as a weapon to fight unjust rulers. Fear and intimidation are the potent tools being used by the regime to scare the people. I believe, strokes of art can lead the people to cross the line of fear.” Zunar faces nine charges of sedition, carrying a penalty of up to 43 years in prison, in his home country. [Malay Mail Online]
Although Jacob Newman can’t catch all of the more than 700 species of Pokémon, he can write a song for each of them. Or so he plans to.
The 24-year-old folk punk artist, aka Jacob Norman Chainsaw-Arm, already has a good start, as he’s released a digital album called 100 Songs for 100 Pokémon, which contains tributes to the likes of Bulbasaur, Pumpkaboo, Charmander and Ivysaur (arranged according to Pokédex numbers, naturally). Just 600 more to go!
With Pokémon’s 20th anniversary in full swing, Pikachu is popping up everywhere, even in lingerie sections.
Japanese underwear and lingerie label Yummy Mart has teamed with The Pokémon Company to launch its Pokémon Collection, which prominently features the iconic yellow pocket monster.
If you’d love to have that enormous sleeping Snorlax cushion but simply don’t have the room, you may want to choose one of these giant-size Pikachu pillows instead. However, you’ll have to move quickly.
Debuting April 5 from the Pokémon Company, these limited-edition cushions measure 28 inches by 16.5 inches, which is roughly twice the size of the beloved little pocket monster. Only 100 of the extra-large pillows will be produced (priced at about $70 a pair), hence the warning that you’ll have to move quickly.
Just days after purported test footage of Pokémon Go surfaced online, The Pokémon Company has released the first screenshots from its augmented-reality, along with additional details about gameplay.
Announced in September, the smartphone game will allow Pokémon Trainers to track down and capture pocket monsters in a real-world setting. When paired with a Bluetooth-powered, Poké Ball-like device called Pokémon Go Plus, the app will notify players that there’s untamed Pokémon in the vicinity. Once you’ve spotted the pocket monster using the AR app, you’ll be able to throw a virtual Poké Ball to catch the creature. Players will also be able to engage other Pokémon Trainers in battle.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, The Pokémon Company teamed with U.K. artist Quentin Devine to set a new world’s record for the largest trading card mosaic (yes, a giant trading card made from lots of little trading cards). Naturally, they accomplished their goal.
Unveiled Monday in Paris, the gargantuan Pikachu mosaic is comprised of 12,987 individual cards, and measures more than 32 feet tall and nearly 23 feet wide. “That’s taller than Primal Kyogre!” noted The Pokémon Company.
Six months after the tantalizing announcement of an augmented-reality game that would allow aspiring Pokémon Trainers to track down and capture pocket monsters in real life, we may have our first look at footage from Pokémon Go.
Following a talk given over the weekend at SXSW Gaming by John Hanke, CEO of Pokémon Go developer Niantic, a video (below) appeared online, depicting the capture of an Ivysaur.
Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch tried to draw Pokémon while listening to U.S. election news, and we’re all the better for it, because the result is this wonderful series that fuses presidential candidates with the little pocket monsters.
His “Presidential Pokémon” delivers Bernie Sanders as Charmander, Trump as Muck, Hillary Clinton as Butterfree, Marco Rubio as Diglett and Carson as Snorlax. Gravity Falls animator and storyboard artist Dana Terrace also stepped in with “HypnoCruz” (“Type: Creepy ATTACKS: Makes women sterile just by looking at them SECRET: Is the Zodiac Killer”).
Who knew stained glass could look this awesome? The Stained Glass Geek takes the unlikely medium of stained glass, which originated in British churches and monasteries in the 7th century (thanks, Wikipedia!), and uses it to produce eye-catching artwork of many modern day pop culture icons.
Everything from Batman and Mario to Star Wars and Pokemon have all been rendered in the centuries-old method. The Stained Glass Geek even has a Patreon set up, with the mission to render 721 Pokemon in stained glass. You can check out more of the SGG’s work below and on Facebook.