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Boing Boing Happy Mutant Mobile, unveiled!

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Boing Boing's Happy Mutant Mobile delighted onlookers at its unveiling during the recent Maker Faire Bay Area 2014! As we've posted, our sponsors at Ford agreed to support the customization, modification, and transformation of a 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon into what we (and you) imagined for a Boing Boing road machine. (Original announcement here and check out all the posts here!)

Theresa Contreras and her talented team at L&G Enterprises in San Dimas, California were the real magicians behind the mods, ranging from a cabinet of curiosities in the back to a lush videoblogging studio inside to a roof-mounted pop-up movie screen!

Thanks to all of you who stopped by to say hi! More photos to come...

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Boing Boing's Happy Mutant Mobile: first look!

Boing Boing's Happy Mutant Mobile is on its way to next weekend's Maker Faire Bay Area 2014! Here's a glimpse of the nearly-completed vehicle, created with support from our sponsors at Ford.Read the rest

Building Boing Boing's Happy Mutant Mobile

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Above, our lovely mascot Jackhammer Jill in 3D-printed ABS glory! This 9" model of Jill will get hand-painted and rigged with advanced bubble-blowing technology before being mounted in a place of honor on the hood of our Happy Mutant Mobile! As we've posted, our sponsors at Ford agreed to support the customization, modification, and transformation of a 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon into what we (and you) imagine for a Boing Boing vehicle. (Original announcement here and check out all the posts here!)

Theresa Contreras and her talented team of makers at L&G Enterprises in San Dimas, California are tirelessly tricking out the vehicle with a cabinet of curiosities behind the rear door, 'zine/comix library behind the side door, projection screen for viewing psychotronic films, a mobile video blogging studio, and numerous amenities like a 3D printer and cold drip coffee maker. Oh, and just wait until you see the mindbending exterior artwork from our hyper-talented friends at We Buy Your Kids. Below, rough blueprints and in-progress shots of the woodwork and the interior.

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Boing Boing's Happy Mutant Mobile now under construction!

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We are thrilled to announce that work on the Boing Boing Happy Mutant Mobile has begun! As we said, our sponsors at Ford agreed to support the customization, modification, and transformation of a 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon into what we (and you) imagine for a Boing Boing vehicle. (Original announcement here. Check out all the concept designs here!) Theresa Contreras and her talented team of makers at L&G Enterprises in San Dimas, California have already started building out the 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon. Above, a glimpse of the open side door revealing the rough rack design for our zine, book, and comix library! And here's a shot of the unfinished framing for the cabinet of curiosities behind the rear door. So beautiful. Photo 4

We will post more images as the Happy Mutant Mobile magic continues to unfold. We're also thrilled that in the coming month, longtime BB reader Ryan Powers will join us in visiting L&G Enterprises to see Ryan's idea for a bubble-blowing Jackhammer Jill hood ornament come to life! Also on the customization list: exterior art, a roll-down projection screen, tricked-out coffee station, and of course a mobile blogging/video studio inside the vehicle! Plus more. Much more. Below, additional photos of the rear and the in-progress interior.

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Boing Boing's Happy Mutant Mobile: the creation continues!

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Illustration: Danny Hellman

The creative conceptualizing of our Boing Boing Happy Mutant Mobile continues! Our sponsors at Ford have agreed to customize, modify, and transform a 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon into what we (and you) imagine for a Boing Boing vehicle. (Original announcement here.) For instance, our Jason had the idea seen above to outfit the vehicle with a projection screen so we can host roadside psychotronic film festivals. And thank you to our wonderful readers who shared great mod suggestions with us like the Unicorn Horn soft serve ice cream dispenser, mobile weather lab, and others posted here and below! Soon, we'll announce which contributing reader gets a trip to Los Angeles to join us watching the actual work in process. And of course we'll be sharing photographic and video evidence here at BB of the transformation as well. Meanwhile, check out a few more concept illustrations below including Adam "Ape Lad" Koford's drawing of the vehicle's rear cargo area holding a tube stereo to crank some warm audio, a coffee contraption for hot brew, and a 3D printer because, well, this is Boing Boing.

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Boing Boing's Happy Mutant Mobile... so far!

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Want an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles? Boing Boing is planning to build out a Happy Mutant Mobile and we're seeking your help! Our sponsors at Ford have agreed to customize, modify, and transform a 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon into what we (and you) imagine for a Boing Boing vehicle. (Original announcement here.) Of course we're planning to ask some of our favorite artists to create a changing gallery of graphics on the exterior. Check out Rob Ullman's drawing of that idea above! And the rear doors open to reveal a cabinet of curiosities from the intersection of technology, science, and art. Here's Adam "Ape Lad" Koford's interpretation of that:

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We're very grateful to you, our readers, who continue to share your own suggestions with us! Remember, over the next few weeks, we'll pick some of our favorites, get them illustrated by our favorite artists, and post them to the site. The readers behind those concepts will receive Boing Boing t-shirts! And whoever comes up with our absolute favorite idea at the end of all this will be invited to join us in person at the mod shop to see the actual work in process. It'll be an all-expense paid trip to the Los Angeles area! (Flights within United States only. Travel and expenses limited to $5,000 total. Posh.) So, please keep your concepts coming! They can be a sentence, a paragraph, a drawing, etc. Please share them with us in the comments over at our BBS, on Twitter (#happymutantmobile), Facebook, or Google+. Here are the modification restrictions provided by Ford.

You can see our favorite reader contributions from this round below!

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Boing Boing's Happy Mutant Mobile: Submit your ideas!

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Illustration: Kevin Dart

Boing Boing is building out a Happy Mutant Mobile! Can you please help? Our sponsors at Ford have agreed to customize, modify, and transform a 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon into what we (and you) imagine for a Boing Boing vehicle. Here are some of our ideas: Behind the vehicle's side door is a library of curated 'zines, books, and comix free for browsing. The rear doors open to reveal a cabinet of curiosities world of technology, science, and art. The cargo space is a mobile blogging/video studio for on-the-road interviews.

We have a slew of ideas that we'll show you over the coming weeks, and we bet you have even better ones! Please share them with us in the comments over at our BBS, on Twitter (#happymutantmobile), Facebook, or Google+. You can even email us or deliver via passenger pigeon. Doesn't matter if you describe it with a sentence, a paragraph, a drawing on a napkin, blueprints, a 3D model, or an interpretive dance. We're just excited to check out your most ingenious, creative, unusual ideas for how to remake the 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon into a Happy Mutant Mobile!

Over the next month, we'll pick some of our favorites, get them illustrated by our favorite artists, and post them to the site. We'll be selecting our first batch this coming Monday, December 2. If yours gets selected for posting, we'll send you a Boing Boing t-shirt! Whoever comes up with our absolute favorite idea will be invited to join us in person at the mod shop to see the actual work in process. It'll be an all-expense paid trip. Flights within United States only. Travel and expenses limited to $5,000 total. Posh. Where? Somewhere cool. We'll tell you later.

Below are the modification restrictions. We'll be taking out all of the passenger seats so there's plenty of room inside. Go wild. You're not paying for it. And you don't have to do the work yourself either.

Thanks for helping us make the Boing Boing Happy Mutant Mobile! See you on the road!

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