Thursday, July 27, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Runa' by Vanessa Lemen

'Runa' by Vanessa Lemen for Every Day Original.

10" x 9" oil on book pages/collage for $500.

On sale Thursday July 27 at 12.30pm ET

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Canyonlands National Park' by Johnny Dombrowski

'Canyonlands National Park' by Johnny Dombrowski, a new print release from Fifty-Nine Parks.

24" x 32" 7 colour screen print on 100# Cougar White paper for $80.
On sale from Wednesday July 27 at 12pm CT until Wednesday August 9.

18" x 24" 7 colour screen print in a open edition for $40 also available.

5% of the print sale will be donated to The National Park Service.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Welcome To Santa Carla' by Neil Davies

'Welcome To Santa Carla' by Neil Davies, a 30th anniversary tribute to 'The Lost Boys'.

A3 sized print on high quality 260gsm semi-gloss photo paper, in Red, Blue and Black editions for £12 each.

Go here to buy.

Red Edition
Blue Edition
Black Edition

#CoolArt: 'The Thing' by Giuseppe Balestra

'The Thing' by Giuseppe Balestra, created for Printed In Blood's 35th anniversary artbook tribute to 'The Thing'.


#CoolArt: 'Buffy & Spike' by Mark Lone

'Buffy & Spike' by Mark Lone, inspired by 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'.

11" x 17" limited edition print for $20.

Go here to buy.


Book Review: 'Dark Disciple' by Christie Golden

Superb! 'Dark Disciple' by Christie Golden, is a great story, based on the unproduced scripts of The Clone Wars, that were originally written before the show was cancelled.

The Jedi have taken the unprecedented step of ordering the assassination of the elusive Count Dooku and have charged Quinlan Vos, a maverick Jedi Master, with the task. Adding further to the difficulty of the job, he has to track down Dooku's former apprentice, Asajj Ventress, and gain her trust so they can take down Dooku together.

But as the mission progresses, he gains more than her trust as the two fall for each other, the Light and the Dark sides of the Force in an unlikely romance. This also leads Vos down a dangerous path, both for himself and his friends, whilst for Ventress, this leads her to a path of redemption. In effect reversing what we already know of their characteristics.

I enjoyed seeing the usually tough as nails and unshakeable Ventress, as she finds the love and peace that has been missing in her life, adding some light to the darkness. I also liked Kenobi in this story too, as he is concerned that the effect of becoming too close to the Dark Side will have dire consequences for his friend Vos.

'Dark Disciple' feels very much like a YA novel, with a romance between two of the most unlikely protagonists. But it's not all lovey-dovey, it wouldn't be Star Wars without the clash of lightsabers, and we get plenty of those, plus decent action sequences, and the intrigue of whether or not the mission will be completed.

A listened to the audiobook, narrated by Marc Thompson, and wow, I was blown away by the recording. Not just a simple narration, his acting of the characters, giving each a distinct personality, along with some of the vivid descriptions he gave to scenes, really brought the story to life. Adding in the sound effects and music, it really felt like 'Star Wars'.

Definitely a worthy addition to the new 'Star Wars' expanded universe!

****/5

#CoolArt: 'Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory' by Tom Whalen

'Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory' by Tom Whalen, a new officially licensed print release from Dark Hall Mansion.

18" x 24" screen print, in a hand numbered Regular edition of 280 for $65, a Variant edition of 70 for $95, and Golden Ticket Foil editions of 10 in each colour edition for $125 each.

On sale Friday July 28 at 12.30pm PT.

Go here to buy.

Regular Edition

#CoolArt: 'Link' by Glen Brogan

'The Legend Of Zelda'' inspired 'Link' by Glen Brogan, a new print release from Bottleneck Gallery.

11" x 14" giclee print in a numbered limited edition of 50 for $35.

On sale Thursday July 27 at 12pm ET.

Go here to buy.

100% of the proceeds will be donated to artist AJ Frena's GoFundMe fundraising campaign in her fight against cancer. Go here to donate directly to her campaign.


#CoolArt: 'Attack Pattern Delta' by Dan Mumford

'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back' inspired 'Attack Pattern Delta' by Dan Mumford, a new officially licensed print release through Zavvi, in collaboration with Acme Archives.

18" x 24" screen print in a signed and numbered timed edition for £44.99.

On sale in a 72 hour timed sale from Thursday July 27 at 12pm UK.



#ArtOfTheDay: 'Leeloo' by Pat Kinsella

'The Fifth Element' inspired 'Leeloo' by Pat Kinsella


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Metropolis' by LaBoca

'Metropolis' by La Boca, a new print release from Dark City Gallery in celebration of the film's 90th anniversary.

24" x 36" screen in signed an numbered editions; Green edition of 50 for £65, and Gold, Silver and Red editions of 50 for £75 each.


Green Edition

#CoolArt: 'Aloy' by Marie Bergeron

The 'Horizon Zero Dawn' inspired 'Aloy' by Marie Bergeron.

16" x 20" 5 colour screen print on Manilla paper in a signed and numbered limited edition of 45 for $45.

Go here to buy.


2017 World Fantasy Award Nominees Announced

2017 World Fantasy Award nominees have been announced. The awards will be presented during the World Fantasy Convention, held during November 2-5 in San Antonio, TX.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, will go to Terry Brooks and Marina Warner.

A new design for the World Fantasy Awards, sculpted by Vincent Villafranca, will also be awarded this year.

Novel

  • Borderline, Mishell Baker (Saga)
  • Roadsouls, Betsy James (Aqueduct)
  • The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • The Sudden Appearance of Hope, Claire North (Redhook; Orbit UK)
  • Lovecraft Country, Matt Ruff (Harper)

Long Fiction

  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, Kij Johnson (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
  • “Bloodybones,” Paul F. Olson (Whispered Echoes)
  • A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com Publishing)

Short Fiction

  • “Das Steingeschöpf,” G.V. Anderson (Strange Horizons December 12 2016)
  • “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies,” Brooke Bolander (Uncanny November/December 2016)
  • “Seasons of Glass and Iron,” Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood)
  • “Little Widow,” Maria Dahvana Headley (Nightmare September 2016)
  • “The Fall Shall Further the Flight in Me,” Rachael K. Jones (Clockwork Phoenix 5)

Anthology

  • Clockwork Phoenix 5, Mike Allen, ed. (Mythic Delirium)
  • Dreaming in the Dark, Jack Dann, ed. (PS Australia)
  • Children of Lovecraft, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Dark Horse)
  • The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016, Karen Joy Fowler & John Joseph Adams, eds. (Mariner)
  • The Starlit Wood, Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe, eds. (Saga)

Collection

  • Sharp Ends, Joe Abercrombie (Orbit US; Gollancz)
  • On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories, Tina Connolly (Fairwood)
  • A Natural History of Hell, Jeffrey Ford (Small Beer)
  • Vacui Magia, L.S. Johnson (Traversing Z Press)
  • The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, Ken Liu (Saga; Head of Zeus)

Artist

  • Greg Bridges
  • Julie Dillon
  • Paul Lewin
  • Jeffrey Alan Love
  • Victo Ngai

Special Award, Professional

  • L. Timmel Duchamp, for Aqueduct Press
  • C.C. Finlay, for editing F&SF
  • Michael Levy & Farah Mendelsohn, for Children’s Fantasy Literature: An Introduction(Cambridge University Press)
  • Kelly Link, for contributions to the genre
  • Joe Monti, for contributions to the genre

Special Award, Non-Professional

  • Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Neile Graham, for fostering excellence in the genre through her role as Workshop Director, Clarion West
  • Malcom R. Phifer & Michael C. Phifer, for their publication The Fantasy Illustration Library, Volume Two: Gods and Goddesses (Michael Publishing)
  • Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, for Uncanny
  • Brian White, for Fireside Fiction Company

#CoolArt: 'The Thing' by Jeremy Wheeler

'The Thing' by Jeremy Wheeler, created for Printed In Blood's 35th anniversary artbook tribute to 'The Thing'.


#CoolArt: 'Dragon Mother' & 'Arya' Print Set by Mark Lone

'Dragon Mother' by Mark Lone, inspired by 'Game Of Thrones' / 'A Song Of Ice And Fire'.

24" x 12" digital print in a signed edition for $60.

Part of a set that also includes 'Arya' 17" x 11" digital print.

Go here to buy.

'Dragon Mother'
'Arya'

#ArtOfTheDay: 'As The World Falls Down' by Alice Meichi Li

The 'Labyrinth' inspired 'As The World Falls Down' by Alice Meichi Li


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Aeon' by Patricia Ariel

'Aeon' by Patricia Ariel, a new print release from Rhino Barking Sparrow.

14" x 19" giclee print on Cold-Press Natural Heavy Fine Art 340gsm paper in a hand numbered and embossed limited edition of 10 for $50.

On sale Tuesday July 25 at 9am PST.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Magic's Resting Place' by Naomi VanDoren

'Magic's Resting Place' by Naomi VanDoren for Every Day Original.

7" x 10" Watercolour & pen on watercolour paper. Finished with fine lines of metallic pink and blue watercolour highlights for $345.

On sale Tuesday July 25 at 12.30pm ET.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'The Thing' by Sam Gilbey

'The Thing' by Sam Gilbey, a Variant edition of the art he created for Printed In Blood's 35th anniversary artbook tribute to 'The Thing'.

18" x 24" giclee print in a signed edition for £30, available only until the end of July.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Game Of Thrones Season 7 'Dragonstone' & 'Stormborn' by Ertaç Altınöz

'Game Of Thrones Season 7 'Dragonstone' and 'Stormborn' by Ertaç Altınöz


#ArtOfTheDay: 'Only They Pronounce My Name' by Faryn Hughes

The Pan's Labyrinth inspired 'Only They Pronounce My Name' by Faryn Hughes


Monday, July 24, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Blade Runner 2049' by Michael Friebe (Raborlatte)

'Blade Runner 2049' fan art by Michael Friebe (Raborlatte) in homage to the original John Alvin one sheet poster.

#CoolArt: 'Eddie Vedder at Taormina, Sicily, Italy' by Rhys Cooper

'Eddie Vedder at Taormina, Sicily, Italy' by Rhys Cooper.

12" x 36" 6 colour screen print with metallic inks on heavy paper stock in a signed and numbered Variant edition of 100 for $60.

On sale Monday July 24 at 12pm PT.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Ant-Man And The Wasp' by Andy Park

'Ant-Man And The Wasp' by Andy Park.

Poster that was available during the San Diego Comic Con.


#CoolArt: 'Black Panther' by Ryan Meinerding

'Black Panther' by Ryan Meinerding.

Poster that was available during the Disney D23 Expo.


#CoolArt: 'Avengers: Infinity War' by Ryan Meinerding

'Avengers: Infinity War' by Ryan Meinerding.

Interconnecting posters that were given away during the San Diego Comic Con.

#CoolArt: 'Conscious Alliance / The String Cheese Incident' by Chuck Sperry

'Conscious Alliance / The String Cheese Incident' by Chuck Sperry.

17.5" x 35" 7 colour screen print on cream paper, in a signed and numbered edition of 750.

The poster was available at the Conscious Alliance 'Art That Feeds' food drive at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison CO, July 21-23. Conscious Alliance is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to supporting communities in crisis through hunger relief and youth empowerment.

The poster will have a limited online release on Chuck's website at a random time on Tuesday July 25.

Follow Chuck on Twitter @yosquirt, Facebook and on Instagram @yosquirt for the on sale announcement.


#ArtOfTheDay: 'Waiting On A Bright Moon' by Victo Ngai

Art by Victo Ngai for the short story 'Waiting On A Bright Moon' by JY Yang, available to read at Tor.com.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

2017 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Winners Announced

The winners for the 2017 Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, given for creative achievement in American comic books, often referred to as the Comics Industry's equivalent of the Oscar Awards, have been announced.

The awards were presented in a special ceremony during this year's San Diego Comic-Con.

The Winners:

Best Short Story
  • “Good Boy,” by Tom King and David Finch, in Batman Annual #1 (DC)

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)

  • Beasts Of Burden: What The Cat Dragged In, by Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Jill Thompson (Dark Horse)


Best Continuing Series
  • Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)


Best Limited Series
  • The Vision, by Tom King and Gabriel Walta (Marvel)


Best New Series
  • Black Hammer, by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston (Dark Horse)


Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)
  • Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, by Ben Clanton (Tundra)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)
  • Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson (Marvel)

Best Humour Publication
  • Jughead, by Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Derek Charm (Archie)

Best Web Comic

Best Digital Comic

Best Anthology
  • Love Is Love, edited by Sarah Gaydos, Jamie Rich, Marc Andreyko (IDW)

Best Reality-Based Work
  • March (Book Three), by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf)

Best Graphic Album—New
  • Wonder Woman: The True Amazon by Jill Thompson (DC Comics)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint
  • Demon, by Jason Shiga (First Second)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips (at least 20 years old)
  • Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy, Colorful Cases of the 1930s, edited by Peter Maresca (Sunday Press)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books (at least 20 Years Old)
  • The Complete Wimmen’s Comix, edited by Trina Robbins (Fantagraphics)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
  • Moebius Library: The World of Edena, by Jean “Moebius” Giraud et al. (Dark Horse)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
  • The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, by Sonny Liew (Pantheon)

Best Writer
  • Brian K Vaughan, Paper Girls, Saga, We Stand On Guard (Image)

Best Writer/Artist
  • Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (Pantheon)

Best Penciller/Inker
  • Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
  • Jill Thompson, Wonder Woman: The True Amazon (DC); Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In (Dark Horse)

Best Cover Artist
  • Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)

Best Colouring
  • Matt Wilson, Cry Havoc, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); Black Widow, The Mighty Thor, Star-Lord (Marvel)

Best Lettering
  • Todd Klein, Clean Room, Dark Night, Lucifer (Vertigo/DC); Black Hammer (Dark Horse)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
  • The A.V. Club comics coverage, including Comics Panel, Back Issues, and Big Issues, by Oliver Sava et al., www.avclub.com

Best Comics-Related Book
  • Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White, by Michael Tisserand (Harper)

Best Scholarly/Academic Work
  • Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation, by Carolyn Cocca (Bloomsbury)

Best Publication Design
  • The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, designed by Sonny Liew (Pantheon)

Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award
  • Anne Szalba

The Spirit Of Comics Retailer Award
  • Comicazi

Bill Finger Award
  • William Messner-Loebs
  • Jack Kirby

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award
  • Joe Ferrara
  • Marc Andreyko

Eisner Hall Of Fame Award
  • Gilbert Hernandez
  • Jaime Hernandez
  • George Perez
  • Walter Simonson
  • Jim Starlin

The Art Of . . . George Barr

I've previously showcased a few of my favourite pop culture and vintage pulp artists, and each weekend I showcase art from more of my favourite artists.

The art of George Barr.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Shattered Empire' by Julian Totino Tedesco

Variant cover art by Julian Totino Tedesco for 'Star Wars: Shattered Empire' #1, published September 2015 by Marvel Comics.


Friday, July 21, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Ghost In The Shell' by Fabled Creative

'Ghost In The Shell' by Fabled Creative.

A print on Semi-Gloss, 100LB or higher, Cover Stock paper in various sizes; 13" x 19" at $20, 16" x 24" at $40 and 24" x 36" for $60.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Webhead' by Matt Needle

'Webhead' by Matt Needle, an officially licensed 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' print through Fandango in collaboration with the Poster Posse and Marvel Studios.

8" x 11" print on 111# matte cover paper in a limited edition for $29.99.

Go here to buy.

#CoolArt: 'Nicol Bolas' by Brandon Holt

'Nicol Bolas' by Brandon Holt, a 'Magic: The Gathering' print release, in collaboration with Mondo.

24" x 36" screen print on Magic: The Gathering card stock available from the Hasbro Toys booth (#3329) during San Diego Comic-Con, July 20-23. Remaining prints will be available online at the Hasbro Toyshop after Comic Con.


#CoolArt: 'LEGO Thor Ragnarok' by Tom Whalen

'LEGO Thor Ragnarok' by Tom Whalen.

Free print available from the LEGO booth (#2829) during San Diego Comic-Con, July 20-23, with signed copies available on Saturday from 3-4pm PT.


#CoolArt: 'Cassini, Final Observations' by Rob Rey

'Cassini, Final Observations' by Rob Rey, for Every Day Original.

8" x 6" Oil on board original painting for $375.

On sale Friday July 21 at 12.30pm ET.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Game Of Thrones' Inspired T Shirts From Hard Times Clothing

'Game Of Thrones' exclusive T Shirts available through Hard Times Clothing.

Part of their new 'Winds Of Winter' series, the designs are available for £24.99 each. A bundle of both T shirts, in a limited edition of 100 for £45, is only available until Monday July 24.

Expect to ship in early August, go here to preorder now.

'Breaker Of Chains'
'White Wolf'

#CoolArt: New Art Prints By Kevin Tong

'Jungle' and 'Yosemite' by Kevin Tong.

8" x 10" giclee prints on fine art textured paper, printed by Static Medium, in a signed and numbered, timed edition until Sunday July 23 for $15 each.

Go here to buy.

AP edition prints will also be available at his booth (#833) during the San Diego Comic Con July 20-23.

'Jungle' by Kevin Tong
'Yosemite' by Kevin Tong

#CoolArt: 'Seraph' by Tom Roberts

'Seraph' by Tom Roberts.

A3 sized print, hand embellished with gold gouache, in a signed and numbered limited edition 50 for £25.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Release' by Audra Auclair

'Release' by Audra Auclair, a new print release from Rhino Barking Sparrow.

14" x 18" giclée print on Cold-Press Natural Heavy Fine Art 340gsm paper in a hand numbered TIMED edition for $55.

On sale 9am PT, Friday July 21 until 9pm PT, Sunday July 23.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Game Of Thrones - Beautiful Death: S7 E01' by Robert M Ball

Robert M Ball kicks off the Season 7 'Beautiful Death' 'Game Of Thrones' episode posters, with the poster from episode 1, 'Dragonstone'.