On the face of it, there is absolutely nothing that a medical mold for nose transplants has in common with a giant gorilla sculpted out of metal coat hangers. Or with a lace G-string from Poland, for that matter. Yet, all three ended up in the same exhibit at the London V&A. How!?
Today the San Diego Comic Con began. While it was created for comic book companies to announce upcoming products, and for fans to meet the creators behind their favorite series, it has become an opportunity for Hollywood studios to sell their films to the geek crowd -- look for Watchmen and Wolf Man panels. Even those of us not at the convention wait with baited breath for new film details and even trailers to emerge from the con.
This weekend was the launch of the fourth edition of the great geek pasttime of Dungeons and Dragons. Having played a preview adventure last month, it is interesting to see how Wizards of the Coast, the Hasbro subsidiary that publishes D&D, has changed the rules to reflect the times. While many of the classic tropes are still present, Elves and Wizards and the like, the game has evolved to reflect modern video gaming. With a new emphasis on miniatures, D&D now feels closer to a strategy video game or an MMO like the incredibly successful World of Warcraft.
Ernest Gary Gygax, one of the creators of Dungeons and Dragons, passed away on Tuesday. I have avoided writing about his death because I didn't want to fall into writing a long geek diatribe. But I realized this morning that what Gygax did is at the core of Fast Company's focus. Gygax was an innovator whose creation went on to inspire countless others to create.