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December 19, 2013

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S P OT L I G H T Ninjabot Ninjabot "Flying Graysons" The "Flying Graysons" print embodies the charms of Ninjabot's art: It's a beautiful and stylish piece on its own, evoking nostalgic imagery of traveling circus posters. Look closer, however, and you can spot its connections to the origin of Batman's sidekick Robin, putting a unique spin on a familiar pop-culture icon. $25, Local artists Arnel Baluyot and Estefania Rodriguez, collectively known as Ninjabot, just celebrated two important milestones: They got accepted as exhibitors at next July's ComicCon International in San Diego, the country's biggest pop-culture fan event, and they got married. The couple, who met as students at the Art Institute of Las Vegas, have been creating art together for three years, during which time their popularity has grown enormously in the geek community both locally and nationally. Their prints, phone cases, buttons and other products feature art inspired by characters from comic books, movies and TV, with clever twists that present them in new and unexpected ways. The duo have completed several successful Kickstarter campaigns, the most recent one providing funding for a hardcover book of their Origins series, visually striking prints that encapsulate the origin stories of characters like Superman, Spider-Man and Wolverine. Balanced perfectly between comic-book nerdery and fine-art sophistication, Ninjabot has found a rewarding sweet spot. –Josh Bell Somersault Letterpress Cards "Bring It, Fat Man" best sums up the dry, jocular wit behind Somersault Creative, a department of Las Vegas-based Somersault Letterpress custom print studio. The handmade chipboard card, printed with soy ink, features sophisticated minimalist text and design. $5.50, If you have a spare $99,900 ... You could keep saving up for that $150,000 falconry kit from the Neiman Marcus catalog, or you could order a Local Motors Rally Fighter for a cool $99,900! This car is an elegant beast, comfortable off-road or on the Strip on its tubular steel chassis. The Fighter comes with a 6.2-liter Chevy E-ROD LS3 V8 (430 horsepower!), but you get to pick interior options and a custom skin to ensure your car is as rad as it is an extension of you. The best part is you're not just driving it off the lot; you're helping build it at the local Micro-Factory. No matter what your mechanical skill level, you'll feel right at home next to the Local Motors team as you assemble the engine, run the brake lines and install the transmission, contributing more than 50 percent of the build by the time you're done. It's by far the coolest gift you could shamelessly buy for yourself. Local Motors, 515 Stewart Ave. –Erin Ryan NINJABOT BY CHRISTOPHER DeVARGAS; RALLY FIGHTER BY SAM MORRIS 22-27_Feature_20131219.indd 25 DECEMBER 19–25, 2013 LASVEGASWEEKLY.COM 25 12/18/13 4:47 PM

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