Friday, 24 October 2014

Cool Art: 'The Shining' by Tom Whalen

'The Shining' by Tom Whalen, is a new limited edition hand-pulled print that will be available at a screening of the film tonight at The Logan Theatre in Chicago.

Any remaining prints will be available on the Galerie F website on Monday October 27 at a random time. Follow them on Twitter @galerief for the on sale announcement.


Cool Art: More Previews For The '75 Years Of Batman' Art Show From Mondo

More previews for Mondo's '75 Years of Batman' art show that runs from October 24 until November 15, at the Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78751.

Check out the previews below.

by Craig Drake

Leamington Spa Comic Con 2014 . . . A Geeky Grand Day Out!

Despite their name, comic cons seem to be pushing comics to the side these days in favour of a more mainstream expo focussing more on movies, TV shows and video games. But it's always good that cons like, Thoughtbubble in Leeds and the Lakes Comics Art Fest in Kendal, to name but two, are true to their comic roots. And it's great that there are smaller independent comic cons springing up too.

On Saturday October 18, Leamington Spa hosted it's first ever Comic Con. Independently organised by Dan Mallier, this was an event funded by the town for the town -  through a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding project - of which I pledged my bit too, and for a first time event it was pretty busy!

Almost a 1000 comic book fans passed through the doors of Leamington Spa's Royal Pump Rooms and browsed the tables of small press independent comic publishers, artists and vendors. Some were donning their favourite comic T shirts and some were dressed up as their favourite heroes and villains. There was even a cosplay competition with Batman, who else, walking away the winner.

The independent comics community was well represented in Leamington Spa with several creators, artists and publishers in attendance, including Neil Gibson, from T Publications and creator behind the bestselling 'Twisted Dark' series, giving an educational and informative talk about the "5 ways that comics can help you in work and study", and there was also a Q&A session with Mike Garley and the creative team behind The Kill Screen.

All in all, I really enjoyed the Leamington Spa Comic Con, and of course, came back with some cool comic swag too. A geeky grand day out, I hope it's back for more in 2015!

Here's a few pics I took on the day. For more photos and a video visit the Leam Comic Con Facebook page.

Cool Art: Secret Panel presents 'Revival' prints by Jenny Frison, Angela An & Randy Ortiz

Secret Panel is releasing three limited edition screen printed prints based on the Image Comic series 'Revival' by Jenny Frison, Angela An and Randy Ortiz, at a special event at Challenger's Comic Shop, 1845 N Western Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647, Saturday October 25 at 8pm.

Each print is in a limited edition of 140 and if you buy all three, you also get a special exclusive print.

'Revival' creators Mike Norton, Tim Seeley and regular cover artist Jenny Frison will also be in attendance at this event.

by Jenny Frison

Cool Art: Geek-Art & French Paper Art Club presents 'Dragon Age Inquisition' Art Show

Geek-Art and French Paper Art Club celebrate the release of 'Dragon Age Inquisition' in November with an art show, in collaboration with Electronic Arts, that pays tribute to the world of Thedas, with artwork from ten artists, three of which, Kanthesis, Dan Mumford and Guillaume Singelin are previewed below.

Not many details just yet, but follow them on Twitter @Geek_Art and @FrenchPaperArtC for updates on this special art show.

by Kanthesis
by Dan Mumford
by Guillaume Singelin

#FrazettaFriday: 'Pharaoh's Tomb' by Frank Frazetta


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Cool Art: 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' by Doaly

'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' by Doaly


Cool Art: 'Nouel' Series by Craig Drake

'Nouel' is a series of prints by Craig Drake, as 16" x 24" giclée prints in limited editions of 30 for $60 and 24" x 36" giclée prints in limited editions of 20 for $85. They are also available as variant prints and as giclées on stretched canvas in various sizes.

It is part of Gauntlet Gallery’s 'Digital Renaissance' art show that is on display until November 5.

Go here to buy.

Cool Art: 'Dusk' by Miranda Meeks

'Dusk' by Miranda Meeks, is a 12" x 16" giclée print and costs $45, and also available as a giclée on stretched canvas in various sizes. It is part of Gauntlet Gallery’s 'Digital Renaissance' art show that is on display until November 5.



#FantasyArtThursday: 'King Arthur' by Antonio José Manzanedo


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

New Poster For 'The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies'


Cool Art: Grey Matter Art presents 'The Graduate' by Matt Taylor

'The Graduate' by Matt Taylor, is a 18" x 24" hand numbered screenprint from Grey Matter Art and is an officially authorised print based on the film.

The regular version is in a limited edition of 175 and costs $45, the variant is in a limited edition of 90 and costs $55.

They go on sale Tuesday October 28 at a random time between 1-2pm EST. Follow them on Twitter @greymatterart for the on sale announcement.

Regular Edition
Variant Edition

Cool Art: 'Star Wars #1' Variant Cover Art by Alex Ross

Variant cover art by Alex Ross for Marvel Comics' 'Star Wars' #1 that debuts January 2015.


#WhelanWednesday: 'Arkady' by Michael Whelan

'Arkady' by Michael Whelan.
Unlettered cover art for the novel 'Second Foundation' by Isaac Asimov.


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Cool Art: 'Colder Wind' by Wylie Beckert

'Colder Wind' by Wylie Beckert, is the launch print for 'ArtOrder Artists', an ongoing series of limited edition prints, curated by art director Jon Schindehette and featuring the artwork of a whole roster of talented artists.

'Colder Wind' is a 20' x 24" giclée on 200gsm, 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. It's in a signed and numbered limited edition of 100 and is embossed with an 'ArtOrder Artists Series' stamp and is available for $40 including $10 off in a pre-order sale for one week only.

Go here to buy.

#VallejoTuesday: 'Conan The Fearless' by Boris Vallejo


Monday, 20 October 2014

Cool Art: 'Teatime With Animals' by PJ McQuade

'Teatime With Animals' is a series of 8 illustrations by PJ McQuade, and is a collaboration with The Clipper Ship Tea Company, based in Northport, New York, that specializes in specialty loose leaf tea, premium honey, and artisan chocolate.

After the success of the first collab between PJ and the Clipper Ship Tea Co, a delicate Japanese sencha green tea blended with soothing lavender, warm vanilla and sweet blueberries, inspired by PJ's 'Snow Monkey' illustration, they are now planning to create seven more based on tea origin countries, each featuring one animal famously indigenous to that country. The other countries to be featured are India, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Africa, South Africa, China and Taiwan.

In addition to Japan's 'Snow Monkey', India's 'Tiger's Chai' is a majestic Indian Darjeeling Black Tea blended with bold Indian spices, delicate aromatic flowers and rich notes of vanilla. An elegant and aristocratic tea that celebrates India and it's majestic Bengal tigers. And Sri Lanka's 'Elephant's Teacup', is a brisk Ceylon Black Tea blended with Sri Lankan cinnamon and tropical island fruits. A finely balanced tea is a perfect harmony of sweet and spiced. This tea pays homage to the peaceful and tranquil beauty of Sri Lanka.

The remaining collabs are all currently works in progress, and they hope to have the entire collection finished by next Autumn. The artwork will then be reformatted for packaging so they can be sold on tins individually and in a box all together.

The first three illustrations are available as 13" x 19" giclées, printed on 300 gsm MOAB Entrada fine art rag, 100% cotton, acid free with archival pigments for $45.

They are also available as greeting cards, in folded (Vertical 4 1/4" x 5 1/2") Clay coated 12 pt. premium card stock with blank interior and are available individually, or in packs of 3, 5 or 10 and as fridge magnets and stickers.

Check out PJ's Behance page for a look at the greeting cards, stickers and magnets and a bit more about the set up of the collaboration.


Japan: 'Snow Monkey'
India: 'Tiger Chai'
Sri Lanka: 'Elephant's Teacup'

Cool Art: 'Alien' (35th Anniversary) by Brian Taylor

'Alien' (35th Anniversary) by Brian Taylor, is an A2 full colour litho print on 140gsm silk finish paper, in a signed open edition and costs $25.

The print will be available from Monday October 20. Follow Brian on Twitter @CandykillerNews and like his page on Facebook for the on sale announcement.

#McQuarrieMonday: 'Castle Greyskull' Concept Art by Ralph McQuarrie


Friday, 17 October 2014

Cool Art: '75 Years Of Batman' Art Show From Mondo

From October 24 until November 15, Mondo will be celebrating 75 Years of Batman with a special art show at the Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78751.

Check out the preview below.

Cool Art: 'Doctor Who' S8 E09 'Flatline' by Stuart Manning

'Doctor Who' S8 E09 'Flatline' by Stuart Manning.


The 3rd Annual British Comic Awards Nominees

The British Comic Awards is an annual celebration of the very best comics made in Britain over the past twelve months. The Awards aim to recognise and promote to a wider audience the finest examples of storytelling in this most underrated of mediums. 

The nominated titles will be judged by this year's BCA Judging Panel who will decide the winner for each category except the Young People’s Comic Award which is chosen by reading groups of young people from schools and libraries around the UK.

The 3rd Annual British Comic Awards Ceremony will take place at 6pm on Saturday 15th November in the Royal Armouries Bury Theatre in Leeds as part of the Thought Bubble Festival, the biggest and best celebration of sequential art in the UK.

This year's nominees are:

Best Comic
• Dangeritis: A Fistful of Danger – Robert M Ball and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Great Beast)
• In The Frame – Tom Humberstone (New Statesman)
• Raygun Roads – Owen Michael Johnson, Indio!, Mike Stock and Andy Bloor (self-published)
• Tall Tales & Outrageous Adventures #1: The Snow Queen & Other Stories – Isabel Greenberg (Great Beast)
• The Wicked + The Divine #1 – Kieron Gillen, Jaime McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)

Best Book
• The Absence – Martin Stiff (Titan Books)
• Celeste – I.N.J. Culbard (Self Made Hero)
• The Encyclopedia of Early Earth – Isabel Greenberg (Jonathan Cape)
• Lighter Than My Shadow – Katie Green (Jonathan Cape)
• Sally Heathcote: Suffragette – Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth and Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape)

Young People’s Comic Award
• Bad Machinery Vol. 2: The Case of The Good Boy – John Allison (Oni Press)
• BOO! – Paul Harrison-Davies, Andrew Waugh; Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Jonathan Edwards, James Howard, Gary Northfield and Jamie Smart (Self published)
• Corpse Talk: Season 1 – Adam Murphy (David Fickling Books)
• Hilda and the Black Hound – Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books)
• The Beginner’s Guide to Being Outside – Gill Hatcher (Avery Hill Publishing)

Emerging Talent
• Alison Sampson (Genesis, Shadows (In The Dark) – artist)
• Briony May Smith (Tam Lin, The Courting of Fair Spring and Red-Nosed Frost, The Mermaid)
• Rachael Smith (House Party, One Good Thing, Flimsy, Vicky Park (Leicester Mercury), The Amazing Seymore(Moose Kid Comics))
• Becca Tobin (Eye Contact, Peppermint Butler’s Peppermint Bark (Adventure Time #30), numerous short comics)
• Corban Wilkin (Dreams of a Low Carbon Future – artist, Breaker’s End, If Not Now Then When (Offlife #6))

And the third entrant to the Hall of Fame will be Posy Simmonds.

Cool Art: 'The Wicker Man' by Richey Beckett

'The Wicker Man' by Richey Beckett, previously available at a special 40th anniversary screening of the film at the Hackney Picture House in London last year, the print will be available through Posters And Toys today at 2pm Central Time (US) / 8pm BST (UK).

They are 24” x 36” screenprints on 100lb French Kraft Paper, in signed, numbered and embossed limited editions. The regular edition is in a limited edition of 220 and costs $50, and the variant edition is in a limited edition of 70 and costs $60.

Go here to buy - Regular Edition / Variant Edition

Regular Edition
Variant edition

Counting Down To The First Ever Leamington Spa Comic Con

Counting down to the first Leamington Spa Comic Con this weekend - at last, a local comic con!

Held at The Royal Pump Rooms, the Comic Con will focus on giving independent publishers, writers and illustrators a platform to showcase their talent.

With plenty to see, the confirmed line-up of guests includes:

Small Press
Neil Gibson - T Publication (Kindle No1 best seller 'Twisted Dark')
Al Davison
Borderline Press - Zombre
Victor Wright - Geeky Comics
Haylestorm Comics
Time Bomb
London Horror Comic
Leon McKenzie - Yakman Press
Fly Comics
Stu Perrins
Matthew Craig

Illustrators / Artists
Dean Beattie
Giuseppa Barresi
Elizabeth Crane
Paul Rose

Traders
Comics Etc. - Comics & Memorabilia
Elysium Comics - Comics
MG Memorabilia - Memorabilia & Signed Pictures
Dead All Over - Pop Culture Prints & Apparel
Saaiko.com - Anime
Josh Callaghan - Pop Culture Art
Astral Gypsy - Graphic novels, Manga & Graphic art materials

UK Garrison, one of the foremost Star Wars costuming groups in the UK and part of the constantly growing 501st Legion, and local magician Jester Styles will also be attending!

Events scheduled for the fun-filled day include:
  • 12.30pm - Presentation by Neil Gibson "5 ways comics can help you in work and study".
  • 1.30pm - A Q&A with Mike Garley and the creative team behind The Kill Screen.
  • 3.30pm - Leamington Comic Con's Cosplay Champion will be announced.
  • 4.30pm - Last entry.
Please be advised that timings will be subject to change on the day.

Leamington Spa Comic Con is on from 10.30am - 5pm (last entry 4.30pm) on Saturday October 18 at The Royal Pump Rooms. Advance tickets have already sold out but you can still pay on the door. Cost is £7 (with £1 being donated to a chosen charity).

Like their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @leamcomiccon for the latest updates.

Cool Shorts: '40 Years' A Short Film by Russell Appleford

'40 Years', a short film by Russell Appleford.
As a child, David witnesses the death of his younger brother. Forty years on, his days are haunted by a powerful nemesis.
For more information go to 40years.co.uk/.

Cool Art: 'Nightbreed' by Malleus

'Nightbreed' by Malleus, in collaboration with Century Guild Gallery, is a 50cm x 70cm 3-colour screenprint in a signed and numbered limited edition of 139. It goes on sale Tuesday, October 28 at 12pm PDT.

#FantasyArtFriday: 'Cryptologist' by Igor Kieryluk


#FrazettaFriday: 'Stretched Lazily' by Frank Frazetta


Thursday, 16 October 2014

Cool Art: 'Baby' variants for Star Wars #1, Darth Vader #1, and Princess Leia #1 by Skottie Young

'Baby' variant cover art by Skottie Young for Marvel Comics' new 'Star Wars' comics series, Star Wars #1, Darth Vader #1, and Princess Leia #1.

'Princess Leia #1' - a five-issue miniseries in March, 2015 written by Mark Waid and art by Terry Dodson.

'Star Wars #1' - a new ongoing series launching in January, 2015 written by Jason Aaron and art by John Cassaday.

'Darth Vader #1' begins in February, 2015 written by Kieron Gillen and art by Salvador Larroca


Cool Art: Hero Complex Gallery presents 'Imagined Worlds' Art Show

With the successful first art show back in January, on Friday October 17, Hero Complex Gallery presents their second 'Imagined Worlds' art exhibition, this time featuring the imagined worlds from the films of James Cameron, John Carpenter, Peter Jackson, Christopher Nolan and Steven Spielberg.

Opening reception is Friday October 17 from 7-10pm, and the exhibition will be on display until Sunday November 2 at Hero Complex Gallery, 2020 South Robertson Blvd., Studio D, Los Angeles, CA 90034.

The artwork will be available on the Hero Complex Gallery website after the opening reception. Follow them on Twitter @HeroComplexArt for the on sale announcement.

Check out a preview below.

#FantasyArtThursday: 'Valkyrie' by Yigit Koroglu


Cool Art: Disney Prints by Tony Harris

These prints by Tony Harris, featuring 'Maleficent', Pirates Of The Caribbean' and 'The Haunted Mansion', are only available as giclées and deluxe prints exclusively through Disney theme parks worldwide.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Lots More New 'The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies' Posters

'The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies' is in cinemas December 12 in the UK and December 17 in North America.

Cool Art: '3-2-1 Let's Jam' by Alexander Iaccarino

'3-2-1 Let's Jam' by Alexander Iaccarino, inspired by 'Cowboy Bebop' and originally featured as a t shirt on Teefury, is a 13" x 19" giclée variant print in a numbered limited edition of 150 and costs $35, and is available through Bottleneck Gallery.

Go here to buy.

Cool Art: 'This Baby's Got a Few Surprises Left in Her, Sweetheart' by Chris Skinner

'This Baby's Got a Few Surprises Left in Her, Sweetheart' by Chris Skinner, is a companion piece to his previous 'Viewpoints' print set, and is a 24" x 36" screenprint with metallic ink, in a special timed release edition - close of sale is on Wednesday, October 22 at 11:59pm PST. It's available through Hero Complex Gallery and costs $40.



Cool Art: Quentin Tarantino Prints by Tim Doyle

These Quentin Tarantino inspired prints by Tim Doyle were part of the 'Quentin v Coen' art exhibition at Spoke Art in San Francisco earlier this year.

They are 16" × 20" hand-printed silk screenprints with metallic silver ink and are in signed and numbered limited editions of 50. Each print is $25 each, and you can also get the full matched numbered set of all 3 for $60.

Go Here to buy.


New Poster For 'Jurassic World'


Cool Art: 'Silent Running' by Olly Moss

Cover art by Olly Moss for the BFI Film Classic book on the film 'Silent Running' by Mark Kermode.


#WhelanWednesday: 'Armenia' by Michael Whelan