Sunday, June 30, 2013

Cool Art: New Prints By Alice X Zhang

Alice X Zhang finishes her Bottleneck Gallery art exhibition, 'Moments', with five new prints. They are 13″ x 19″ prints in various limited edition runs and cost $50 each.
Now available online here.
Blade Runner - 'Soliloquy' by Alice X Zhang
13″ x 19″ Giclee. Limited Edition of 80. $50

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Cool Art: 'Ichi Ni San' by David Cabrera

'Ichi Ni San' a 'Princess Mononoke' inspired illustration by David Cabrera.

Cool Art: 'Kansas' by Justin Van Genderen

'Kansas' is a new 'Man Of Steel' inspired print by Justin Van Genderen, and part of his 'Location Location Location' series. It's an 18″ x 24″ 3-colour screenprint available in regular and variant editions, on sale Saturday, June 29th at 2pm Central (12pm PDT) via Galerie F.

Regular Edition
Variant Edition

Friday, June 28, 2013

Cool Art: 'Ice And Fire' Prints by Geek-Art

These prints were designed exclusively for the 'Game Of Thrones' 'Ice & Fire' artshow, organized by Geek-Art at the Dernier bar Avant la Fin du Monde in Paris that ran earlier in the year from April 16 until May 6.

They are digitally printed on high quality 300gsm art paper. They are all shipped with a numbered Geek-Art certificate of authenticity, limited to only 20 editions and cost €81 (around £70 / $105).

Check out the prints below. And go here to purchase the prints

Cool Art: 'Aeonium' by Russ Mills

Red Propeller Gallery have released a new print from Russ Mills, titled 'Aeonium'. It is a 20″ x 32″ giclee on Archival Pigment Ink 310gsm Cotton Rag Paper in a limited edition of 100, and costs £195.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Cool Art: Hero Complex Gallery & Planet Pulp presents 'Red'

Hero Complex Gallery and Planet Pulp presents 'Red', a pop culture art show dedicated to the colour red. Jayson Weidel from Planet Pulp, has enlisted over 50 artists to envisage the colour in the world of pop culture.

The art show runs from July 5th until July 14th at the Hero Complex Gallery, 2020 South Robertson Blvd., Studio D, Los Angeles, CA.

Check out the awesome art below.

Cool Art: 'Marceline' by Craig Drake

'Marceline' by Craig Drake is part of Mondo's 'Adventure Time and Regular Show' art show that opened on June 21st at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas and runs through until July 20. You can see more from the show here.

It's available as 18" X 24" Giclee prints, in regular and variant colorway editions of 35.
Regular Edition
Variant Edition

39th Annual Saturn Awards Winners Announced

The winners of the 39th annual Saturn Awards, celebrating the best in science fiction, fantasy and horror, and presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, were announced last night in Los Angeles. The ceremony was dedicated to the memory of author Richard Matheson, who died just days prior to being set to receive the Visionary Award.

The full list of winners:

Film Awards

Best Science Fiction Film: Marvel’s Avengers Assemble
Best Fantasy Film: Life Of Pi
Best Horror/Thriller Film: The Cabin In The Woods
Best Action/Adventure Film: Skyfall

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey (Killer Joe)
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games)
Best Supporting Actor: Clark Gregg (Marvel’s Avengers Assemble)
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises)
Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Suraj Sharma (Life Of Pi)

Best Director: Joss Whedon (Marvel’s Avengers Assemble)
Best Writing: Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
Best Production Design: Dan Hennah (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
Best Editing: Alexander Berner (Cloud Atlas)
Best Music: Danny Elfman (Frankenweenie)
Best Costume: Paco Delgado (Les Miserables)
Best Make-Up: Heike Merker, Daniel Parker, Jeremy Woodhead (Cloud Atlas)
Best Special Effects: Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick (Marvel’s The Avengers)
Best Independent Film Release: Killer Joe
Best International Film: Headhunters
Best Animated Film: Frankenweenie

Television Awards

Best Network Television Series: Revolution
Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: The Walking Dead
Best Presentation on Television: Breaking Bad
Best Youth-Oriented Series on Television: Teen Wolf

Best Actor on Television: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Kevin Bacon (The Following) – tie
Best Actress on Television: Anna Torv (Fringe)
Best Supporting Actor on Television: Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad)
Best Supporting Actress on Television: Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead)
Best Guest Star on Television: Yvonne Strahovski (Dexter)

Home Entertainment Awards

Best DVD/BD Release: Touchback
Best DVD/BD Special Edition Release: Little Shop Of Horrors: The Director’s Cut
Best DVD/BD Collection Release: Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection
Best DVD/BD Television Series Release: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 1 & 2

Special achievement awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films

The Lifetime Achievement Award: William Friedkin
The Dan Curtis Legacy Award: Vince Gilligan
The Visionary Award: Richard Matheson
The Life Career Award: Jonathan Frakes
Theater Showcase Award: Silence! The Musical

Honest Trailer: 'Independence Day'

With the announcement of Independence Day 2 (ID Forever Parts 1 & 2) announced for 2015... White House Down opening this weekend... and with Fourth of July just around the corner - ScreenJunkies thought it was time to revisit a classic from 1996.

Paper Indiana Jones: Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Indiana Jones is just as macho in paper form as he is in the flesh.


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Cool Art: 'Aran Nouveau' by Victor Vercesi (aka Victorsbeard)

This 'Metroid' inspired print, 'Aran Nouveau' by Victor Vercesi (aka Victorsbeard) is available as a gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. It's also custom trimmed with 1" border for framing and in various sizes and as T-shirts and other goodies on his Society6 and Redbubble stores.

It will soon be available via Warpaint Press as a limited print too.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cool Art: 'Apocalypse Now' by Marie Bergeron

'Apocalypse Now' by Marie Bergeron, is part of Hero Complex Gallery's 'Red' art show in association with Planet Pulp, that is dedicated to the colour red. The exhibition starts on July 5th, with online sales starting July 6th.

Marie's print is a 12 "x 12" Giclee, in a limited edition of 35.

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Cool Art: 'Carrie' by Peter Strain

'Carrie' by Peter Strain, is part of an exhibition of limited edition hand screen printed film posters from 17 artists, including Joe Wilson, Michael Gillette, Holly Wales, Jess Wilson and more, to coincide with the Film4 Summer Screen Season at Somerset House with American Express®.

All the prints will be produced in limited runs of 200, signed by the artist and available to buy at £40 each. The exhibition will be open daily until late throughout the Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House season.

Further info about the prints can be found here.

Cool Art: Gallery1988 presents 'Fly' by Eric Tan

This Friday, Gallery1988 presents 'Fly', a solo show from Eric Tan (his Lion King print was the very first poster I featured on this blog!), who will take you on the ceremonial first flight of his own Tanner Airlines.

Based on the artist's travels, he has created a number of limited edition screenprints advertising each destination he's spent time in. This fully comprehensive show is remarkable as Eric has even went the extra step and helped transform the gallery into his own travel agency.

In addition to the posters, Eric has created an environment of details for Tanner Airlines, which includes this custom made pilot's pin that will come free with purchases, while supplies last.

'Fly' opens on Friday June 28th, from 7-10pm at G1988 (East) in Los Angeles. Eric will also be in attendance. The show will run through July 20th.

Check out a preview of the posters below.

Cool Art: 'Star Wars Celebration Europe' Art Prints

The Star Wars Celebration Europe Art Show will showcase the talents of artists from around the globe, including England, Canada, Japan, and the United States.

These exclusive art prints will only be sold at Celebration in Essen, Germany this July 26-28 (the first time a Star Wars Celebrations event has been held in Europe) as all prints must be picked up at the show. No prints will be shipped. These very limited offerings of fine Star Wars art have become a tradition at Celebrations.

Each artist has a limited number of prints that are available for purchase online before the show begins and will be saving at least 50 prints to sell on site.

Each customer may pre-order no more than one print per artist. Multiple orders placed by the same person will be cancelled without notice.

You can go here to pre-order online, but remember, all art must be picked up at the show.

Check out the awesome art below.

by Tsuneo Sanda

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New Propaganda Posters For 'Ender's Game'

A trio of propaganda posters for the upcoming adaptation of 'Ender’s Game' have been released. I've not read the book, but I have listened to the unabridged audiobook and I'm fairly looking forward to this.
In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer. 
Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
'Ender's Game' is out in cinemas October 25 (UK) and November 1 (US).

'Pacific Rim' Extended TV Spot Trailer - 'At The Edge'

Monday, June 24, 2013

Cool Art: 'Pacific Rim' IMAX FanFix Poster By Sergio Grisanti

More 'Pacific Rim' poster goodness, with this IMAX FanFix poster by Sergio Grisanti, that will be given away at select IMAX theatres. You can click here for a list of participating IMAX theaters which will be distributing this poster on Pacific Rim's opening night!

Cool Art: 'Pacific Rim' by Grzegorz Domaradzki (aka Gabz)

Odd City Entertainment has announced an official partnership with Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Pictures to produce limited edition screen prints for Guillermo del Toro's upcoming 'Pacific Rim'. The first print in the series is by Grzegorz Domaradzki (aka Gabz).

The prints are 24" x 36” in different flavours; a regular edition with 6 colours with 2 metallic inks in a run of 225 copies, and a variant edition in 6 colours with 3 metallic inks in a run of 80 copies. There's also a metal print of the regular print in a limited edition of 55 copies.

The prints will be available at Odd City's store, and will be released randomly beginning on Tuesday, July 2nd and lasting through Thursday, July 11th until the film's release. Follow @OddCityNews on twitter for further updates about future releases in the 'Pacific Rim' series.

Check out the official press release and the awesome posters by Gabz below.
Odd City Entertainment is excited to announce, in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, a series of limited edition screen prints from varying talented artists (Gabz, Todd Slater, NE, Gordon Jones and Graham Erwin) all inspired by Oscar® nominated director Guillermo del Toro’s EPIC new movie, Pacific Rim. When looking for artists to approach this soon to be classic sci-fi flick, Odd City Founder, Roman Morales, quickly zeroed in on the perfect lot that could bring the director’s vision to screen printed glory. Gabz, a world-renowned Polish artist, will be the first in this series to release his print upon unsuspecting Fanboys and Fangirls across the globe. Gabz expressed his enthusiasm about working on this project, “This is actually the first time I had an opportunity to work on something this big, so I was both excited and slightly overwhelmed at the beginning. Until now, I had worked on movies with plenty of references to be found on the Internet. In this case, I was mainly limited to the first teaser trailer that came out (pretty mind blowing by the way). I focused on Gipsy Danger, but instead of putting him in some type of massive sea battle, which was quite tempting, I proposed something inspired by World War 2 propaganda posters; something where the giant robot symbolizes the last stand of humanity. To better show the scale of the threat, I added a glimpse of the giant Kaiju hidden in the skyline. I’m pleased with the outcome and particularly with my version of the poster title, clearly inspired by Japanese apocalyptic cinema posters.” Roman, who worked closely with Gabz and the studios in this creative process, also commented on his beautiful work of art, “From the moment we discussed this project, Gabz was a part of it. He had already done a piece for us that we had yet to release and working with him was so easy. He had the ability to see the big picture, no pun intended. From just a single teaser, he was able to capture the spirit of a film that was already stirring all of our film geek sensibilities. I couldn’t see this series without him.”
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Mass Effect - Series 2: Episode 15 'The Justicar' & Episode 16 'Subject Zero'

Continuing with the serialisation of Matt Beaudette's TV show style edit of the Mass Effect trilogy with another double episode of the second chapter of the Mass Effect saga. (If you've not played the games, there be spoilers ahead!)

Episode 15: "The Justicar"
The Normandy returns to Ilium, with only one dossier remaining. Shepard catches up with Liara T'Soni and learns where he can find the last recruit; a member of an elite group of Asari warriors known as Justicars.



Episode 16: "Subject Zero"
After meticulous study of the Cerberus files Shepard gave her, Jack has discovered the location of the Cerberus research facility she was held captive at during her childhood.

Cool Art: Movie Travel Posters by Studio Muti

Studio Muti worked together with FoxP2 to create a series of posters for Ster-Kinekor Theaters, South Africa's leading cinema house. The illustrated vintage travel style posters feature locations from King Kong, The Shining, Avatar and The Lord of the Rings.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

'The Last Of Us' The Movie

Much like his 'POV movie' of 'Bioshock Infinite', YouTube user dansg08 has edited a playthrough of 'The Last Of Us' into a movie, using some of the in-game dialogue and gameplay interaction with the cut scenes, focusing on the story of the game.

So, if you want to enjoy the story and for those that can't play it (ie Xbox 360 owners), here is the 6 hour movie of 'The Last Of Us'.

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

My Favourite Webcomics: 'Perils On Planet X', 'Delilah Dirk' & 'Lady Sabre'

I love reading comics. Can't go wrong with 30 odd pages of action, adventure and suspense every month (or in a collected trade paperback after six or so issues if you prefer to read in one go). But not the ones of the superheroes in spandex kind that you see from Marvel and DC (although I did grow up on those types, until my mind was blown away by the likes of 'The Sandman, 'Hellblazer, 'Swamp Thing' etc!), but more along the kind that's mainly published by Image Comics, Dark Horse, Dynamite and Oni Press amongst others these days. My favourite monthly ongoing titles at the moment are 'Saga', 'Fables', 'Warlord Of Mars' and 'The Sixth Gun', and I can't recommend them enough!

But there's also webcomics. These are usually published online once a week for free, usually with a page or a few panels at a time. And below, are three (in no particular order) of my favourite webcomics.

'Perils On Planet X', which started in February this year and sees a new page every Friday, is a swashbuckling interplanetary adventure in the vein of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars or Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon. It's written by Christopher Mills, drawn by Gene Gonzales and colored by Ian Sokoliwski.

I love the stories of the pulp sci-fi era, especially the Barsoom books of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Otis A Kline's Mars and Venus series. This series so far, definitely has an air of the John Carter, Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers about it, a stranger in a strange land, a princess, swords and some good old gosh darn adventure. Well worth keeping up with.

In a different direction to 'Perils On Planet X' is Tony Cliff's webcomic, 'Delilah Dirk'. The first story, 'The Turkish Lieutenant', (Eisner and Shuster Award-Nominated too no-less) is set in 19th-century Turkey, an officer in the Janissary army must struggle to repay a brash adventuress for saving his life, even though she was the one who endangered it in the first place. It's a fun read and introduces the two main characters, Delilah Dirk - International Mistress of Swordsmanship - and Erdemoglu Selim, the Turkish Lieutenant, as they flee from the attentions of Zakul and his army.

There's only a prologue and four chapters of 'The Turkish Lieutenant' online (and soon to be graphic novel), but there is a second story that continues the adventures of Delilah and Selim - 'Delilah Dirk And The Seeds Of Good Fortune'. This is only available to buy as a 32 page physical comic book. Definitely worth getting as it's another fun read. You can check out the six page online preview here.

The third of my favourite webcomics is 'Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether'. Written by Greg Rucka and illustrated by Rick Burchett, and with new pages published on Mondays and Thursdays, Lady Sabre is a steampunk-adventure comic about Lady Seneca Sabre - 14th Marchioness of Cascadia, and captain of the good ship Pegasus - and her crew as they sail the Aether and travel the Sphere. Full of swords, pirates, cowboys, airships with lots of adventure, romance and excitement and lots more. What's not to love!

There was also a recent very successful Kickstarter campaign to get the first five chapters collected into a printed 192 page hardcover volume too.

So there you go, three webcomics, each very different, but still offering a very fun read. Hope you give these a go.

The Sound and Music of 'The Last of Us'

In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection profile, they talk with the sound and music team behind the critically acclaimed Naughty Dog Studios game, 'The Last of Us'. They talk with Game Director Bruce Straley, Creative Director Neil Druckmann, Senior Sound Designer Derrick Espino, Audio Lead Phillip Kovats, Senior Audio Programmer Jonathan Lanier, and Music Manager, Jonathan Mayer.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Sci-Fi Short: 'OVO' by WeWereMonkeys

Stranded, starving and facing certain death, three intergalactic criminals encounter an ominous harbinger that will change the fate of the universe.
OVO is a short film by WeWereMonkeys.


Director : Mihai Wilson
Producer : Marcella Moser
Starring : Kazumichi Nakashima, Stacy Lundeen, Ron Stone & Marie-France Tessier
Written by: Mihai Wilson, Marcella Moser, Davide Di Saró
Art Direction and Visual Effects : Mihai Wilson
Original Score : Starscaper

Movie Review: 'Man Of Steel'

art by Paul Shipper
I've said before that I'm not too much of a fan of superhero films (Marvel in particular for some reason), but I did enjoy Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight' trilogy and Zack Snyder's adaptation of 'Watchmen', so I was fairly looking forward to watching their collaboration on 'Man Of Steel', especially after watching that third trailer.

It's the familiar origin of one of comic's most iconic characters, in which 'a young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.'

I liked the way they told Kal-El/Clark's upbringing and certain other events with flashbacks. Yes, this film is essentially a rebooted origin story, and it is a quite familiar story even to non-fans, so there's no need to go into too much detail, but just enough to get a grounding on his early life in Smallville and until we meet him proper.

The overall feel of the film I thought it was very sci-fi, much more so than any previous Superman film, what with the beginnings on Krypton and all the spacecraft etc. But I did enjoy that, and did separate itself from the previous films as a result.

This is a Zack Snyder film after all, and that is very apparent from the effects and camera angles. For me it did work well, particularly the way Superman, Zod, Faora etc were jumping and speeding around on screen. Also the carnage! By 'eck is there a lot of carnage during the climactic battle. So much so, I don't think there is much of a Metropolis left to make the already green lit sequel. Whole buildings collapsing, rubble everywhere, it all reminded me of the 9-11 ground zero videos.

I liked the ending with Clark and Lois at the end, had a smile on my face after that. Thought it was a good way to end it.

There is also a 42 page prequel comic, (story by David S Goyer, Geoff Johns and Zack Snyder, script by Sterling Gates with art by Jerry Ordway) that is worth a read that is set a thousand years before the film and ties into events in 'Man Of Steel'.

So, a modern update to a classic origin with all the thrills and action you can want, albeit with not much of a story, but just enough. The cast is really good in this and Henry Cavill IS Kal-El (Clark Kent only really appears at the end). If you're expecting a film in the same vein of 'The Dark Knight' trilogy, as most 'critics' probably were considering their low ratings, then you may be disappointed. But if you enjoyed 'Marvel's Avengers' and the other supers films from Marvel, then you'll certainly get a kick out of this!

**** out of 5

The Sound Of 'Man Of Steel'

In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection profile, they talk with the sound team for Director Zack Snyder's new film 'Man of Steel' including re-recording mixer Chris Jenkins, re-recording mixer Frank A Montaño, supervising sound editor and designer Eric Norris, supervising sound editor and designer Scott Hecker, and dialogue supervisor Kira Roessler.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cool Art: ‘Like Tears In The Rain’ by Joshua Budich

This 'Blade Runner' inspired poster by Joshua Budich, 'Like Tears In the Rain', will be available at his store tomorrow (Friday June 21), at a random time. It's a 18″ x 24″ 3 colour screenprint, and is also signed and numbered, in a limited edition of 150 (with only 100 available online) and costs $40.

Follow @Jbudich on Twitter for when it goes on sale.

Cool Art: 'Pacific Rim' by Matt Ferguson

I'm loving this 'Jaws' inspired 'Pacific Rim' fan art by Matt Ferguson!

This is part of the next #PosterPosse project from cool blog, Blurppy, which will be showcasing more fan art by some more very talented artists including; Adam Rabalais, Marie Bergeron, Paul Shipper, Alice Lin, Doaly, Erin Gallagher, Joe Vetoe, Johnny Dombrowski, Marko Manev, Mat Weller, Matt Needle, Patrick Connan, Peter Gutierrez, Richard Davies, Rodolfo Reyes, Sam Ho, Tim Anderson, Ben Whitesell, Ben McLeod, Sharm Murugiah, Nick Comparone, Luke Butland, Jonathan Santoro, Berkay Daglar and more.

Be sure to check back on July 1st at Blurppy.com, when they reveal the whole shebang! I for one can't wait to see what other gems they show.

Cool Art: 'Fairest In All The Land' Cover By Adam Hughes

In the grand tradition of 'Fables: 1001 Nights Of Snowfall', this original 'Fairest' graphic novel, 'Fairest In All The Land', features short stories written by Bill Willingham, as told through the Magic Mirror! Featuring 160 pages and cover art by Adam Hughes, plus artwork by some the finest artists in comics, including Chris Sprouse, Phil Noto, Adam Hughes, Renae De Liz, Fiona Meng and more, you won’t want to miss it!

'Fairest In All The Land' graphic novel will be out on November 20 from DC/Vertigo Comics.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

'The Hero's Journey' Explained

Fafa explains Joseph Campbell's famous monomyth or 'The Hero's Journey' theory.

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'Superman: The Movie' - "Superman Saves Lois" Scene - Sweded

This week, the guys from Homemade Movies take on the 'Superman saves Lois' scene from 'Superman: The Movie'.
Thought 'Man of Steel' was too heavy on the visual effects? Here's a classic scene from 'Superman: The Movie' without any visual effects that'll make you believe a man (or action figure) can fly!
As always you can check out the side by side comparison and the behind the scenes.

Discover The Locations In A Featurette For 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug'

Discover the stunning locations of New Zealand with the cast and crew of 'The Hobbit' Trilogy.

2013 British Fantasy Award Nominees

The nominees for the 2013 British Fantasy Awards 2013 have been announced. The winners will be revealed at an awards banquet during the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton on Sunday, November 3.

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)
Blood and Feathers, Lou Morgan (Solaris)
The Brides of Rollrock Island, Margo Lanagan (David Fickling Books)
Railsea, China Miéville (Macmillan)
Red Country, Joe Abercrombie (Gollancz)
Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Graham Joyce (Gollancz)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)
The Drowning Girl, Caitlin R. Kiernan (Roc)
The Kind Folk, Ramsey Campbell (PS Publishing)
Last Days, Adam Nevill (Macmillan)
Silent Voices, Gary McMahon (Solaris)
Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Graham Joyce (Gollancz)

Best Novella
Curaré, Michael Moorcock (Zenith Lives!) (Obverse Books)
Eyepennies, Mike O’Driscoll (TTA Press)
The Nine Deaths of Dr Valentine, John Llewellyn Probert (Spectral Press)
The Respectable Face of Tyranny, Gary Fry (Spectral Press)

Best Short Story
Our Island, Ralph Robert Moore (Where Are We Going?) (Eibonvale Press)
Shark! Shark! Ray Cluley (Black Static #29) (TTA Press)
Sunshine, Nina Allan (Black Static #29) (TTA Press)
Wish for a Gun, Sam Sykes (A Town Called Pandemonium) (Jurassic London)

Best Collection
From Hell to Eternity, Thana Niveau (Gray Friar Press)
Remember Why You Fear Me, Robert Shearman (ChiZine Publications)
Where Furnaces Burn, Joel Lane (PS Publishing)
The Woman Who Married a Cloud, Jonathan Carroll (Subterannean Press)

Best Anthology
A Town Called Pandemonium, Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin (eds) (Jurassic London)
Magic: an Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane, Jonathan Oliver (ed.) (Solaris)
The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women, Marie O’Regan (ed.) (Robinson)
Terror Tales of the Cotswolds, Paul Finch (ed.) (Gray Friar Press)

Best Small Press (the PS Publishing Independent Press Award)
ChiZine Publications (Brett Alexander Savory and Sandra Kasturi)
Gray Friar Press (Gary Fry)
Spectral Press (Simon Marshall-Jones)
TTA Press (Andy Cox)

Best Non-Fiction
Ansible, David Langford
The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature, Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn (eds) (Cambridge University Press)
Coffinmaker’s Blues, Stephen Volk (Black Static) (TTA Press)
Fantasy Faction, Marc Aplin (ed.)
Pornokitsch, Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin (eds)
Reflections: On the Magic of Writing, Diana Wynne Jones (David Fickling Books)

Best Magazine/Periodical
Black Static, Andy Cox (ed.) (TTA Press)
Interzone, Andy Cox (ed.) (TTA Press)
SFX, David Bradley (ed.) (Future Publishing)
Shadows and Tall Trees, Michael Kelly (ed.) (Undertow Publications)

Best Artist
Ben Baldwin
David Rix
Les Edwards
Sean Phillips
Vincent Chong

Best Comic/Graphic Novel
Dial H, China Miéville, Mateus Santolouco, David Lapham and Riccardo Burchielli (DC Comics)
Saga, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
The Unwritten, Mike Carey, Peter Gross, Gary Erskine, Gabriel Hernández Walta, M.K. Perker, Vince Locke and Rufus Dayglo (DC Comics/Vertigo)
The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard (Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics)

Best Screenplay
Avengers Assemble, Joss Whedon
Sightseers, Alice Lowe, Steve Oram and Amy Jump
The Cabin in the Woods, Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro

Best Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award)
Alison Moore, for The Lighthouse (Salt Publishing)
Anne Lyle, for The Alchemist of Souls (Angry Robot)
E.C. Myers, for Fair Coin (Pyr)
Helen Marshall, for Hair Side, Flesh Side (ChiZine Publications)
Kim Curran, for Shift (Strange Chemistry)
Lou Morgan, for Blood and Feathers (Solaris)
Molly Tanzer, for A Pretty Mouth (Lazy Fascist Press)
Saladin Ahmed, for Throne of the Crescent Moon (Gollancz)
Stephen Bacon, for Peel Back the Sky (Gray Friar Press)
Stephen Blackmoore, for City of the Lost (Daw Books)

Disney's 'Frozen' Teaser Trailer Sneak Peek

This teaser sneak peek for Disney's 'Frozen', their take on the Snow Queen, feels and looks like something more akin to the Pixar shorts you see before films. After seeing this, I'm not sure about watching the film. Still, you never know, it might yet be up to 'Tangled' / 'Wreck-It-Ralph' standards. Will have to see what the next trailer brings.
When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.
'Frozen' is out in cinemas November 27 (US) and December 6 (UK).

Monday, June 17, 2013

Cool Art: 'Predator' by Domanic Li

'Predator' by Domanic Li, is a special limited edition print for the Cult Cinema Sunday screening of 'Predator' yesterday (Sunday June 16).

It's a 12" x 36" digital print on 140gsm paper and limited to only 10 copies, it's also hand signed and numbered by Domanic. It costs £25.


Animated Short: 'Aurora' by Aimée de Jongh

'Aurora' is a short animated film by Aimée de Jongh and was part of the Ultrakort 2012 film programme, in which Dutch animators were given the opportunity to make a 2-minute film in six months. Every short film was screened before a blockbuster in all Pathé cinemas during the summer of 2012. "Aurora" was screened before "Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter".

'Aurora' is based on a Dutch fairytale about spooky white apparitions that haunt the forests of the Netherlands. A young female is running from the haunting White Wives, but as she reaches her final destination, it turns out that nothing is what it seems.

Mass Effect - Series 2: Episode 13 'The Gift Of Greatness' & Episode 14 'The Collectors'

Continuing with the serialisation of Matt Beaudette's TV show style edit of the Mass Effect trilogy with another double episode of the second chapter of the Mass Effect saga. (If you've not played the games, there be spoilers ahead!)

Episode 13: "The Gift of Greatness"
Jacob receives a puzzling message sent directly to his private terminal, and asks Shepard to help him investigate.



Episode 14: "The Collectors"
Cerberus intercepts a Turian distress signal reporting an encounter with a Collector ship, so the Illusive Man sends Shepard to investigate.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Cool Art: Sci-Fi Posters From Galerie F

Galerie F will be releasing a set of new posters by Justin Van Genderen and Blunt Graffix.

The three Justin Van Genderen prints are 18″ x 24″ screenprints in a limited edition of 50 and cost $38 each. The Blunt Graffix '2001' print is a 24″ x 36″ 3-colour screenprint with 3-colour metallic split fountain. It's limited to only 25 copies and costs $75.

They go on sale Monday, June 17th at 2pm Central (12pm PDT) at the Galerie F website.
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'Define Earth' by Justin Van Genderen

Friday, June 14, 2013

JJ Abrams' 'Star Trek' As An 8 Bit Video Game

8-bit Cinema "gamifies" your favourite Hollywood Blockbusters into 60 to 120 seconds of 80's arcade and NES inspired action!

This week: JJ Abrams' 2009 'Star Trek' in the form of an 8 bit video game!

Cool Art: 'The Long Good Friday' by Paul Flanders

'The Long Good Friday' by Paul Flanders is the new release from Dark City Gallery's British Cinema Series of prints. It's an 18" x 24" screen print in a limited edition of 100, it's also hand signed and numbered. It goes on sale Tuesday 18th June at the Dark City Gallery website.

Movie Poster Art: 'Man Of Steel' (2013)

With 'Man Of Steel' now out in cinemas, here's a look at the official posters and some of the fan art inspired by the movie.

New Featurette For Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

Guillermo del Toro talks about the Jaeger’s or Mechs that feature in 'Pacific Rim' and the influence of anime and westerns.

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Cool Art: 'The Star Wars' Debut Issue Covers

Check out these covers for the debut issue of Dark Horse Comics adaptation of George Lucas' original Star Wars script. The first issue will be on sale September 4 2013.
Before Star Wars, there was The Star Wars! This is the authorized adaptation of George Lucas’s rough-draft screenplay of what would eventually become a motion picture that would change the world. 
Annikin Starkiller is the hero . . . Luke Skywalker is a wizened Jedi general . . . Han Solo is a big green alien . . . and the Sith . . . Well, the Sith are still the bad guys. High adventure and derring-do from longer ago, in a galaxy even further away!
The Star Wars #1 (Regular Cover) by Nick Runge
The Star Wars #1 (Variant Cover) by Jan Duursema
The Star Wars #1 (Ultra Variant Cover) by Doug Wheatley

New Trailer For 'Elysium'

Set in the year 2159, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.

'Elysium' is in cinemas August 9 (US) and August 23 (UK).

Cool Art: 'Morning Mist' by Jeremiah Ketner

Jeremiah Ketner has a new print on sale today (Friday June 14 at 12pm CT), 'Morning Mist'. It's a 13″ x 19″ Giclee, signed and numbered in a limited edition of 30, and costs $40.
Go here to buy.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

E3 2013: 'Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn' Trailer

Take part in an epic and ever-changing Final Fantasy as you adventure and explore with friends from around the world. Experience all the hallmarks of the best-selling franchise - airships, chocobos, moogles, and more!

'Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn' will be released on August 27, 2013, for PC and PlayStation 3 - with Phase 3 of the beta beginning this Friday! And if you buy the PS3 version of the game, you will be able to transition your accounts to the PlayStation 4 version when it's released next year.

First Trailer For '300: Rise Of An Empire'

Based on Frank Miller's latest graphic novel 'Xerxes', this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.

'300: Rise of an Empire' pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian fo.rces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

'300: Rise of an Empire' is out in cinemas March 2014

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Short Film: 'Little Sister' - A Live Action BioShock Short

A live-action fan film from Swedish directors André Hedetoft and Andreas Climent inspired by Bioshock, one of the most popular video games of all time. Made on a super low budget and shot in one day, with post-production taking place over a period of several months.

International Trailer For 'Snowpiercer'

AD 2031, the passengers in the train are the only survivors on Earth.

'Snowpiercer' stars Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris and is out in cinemas later this year.

Cool Art: 'The King In The North' by Rhys Cooper

Another cool 'Game Of Thrones' banner from Rhys Cooper. This is part of his second series of 'Game Of Thrones' 'Call The Banners', his first set of six was available from web store.

Follow his Facebook page for buying details and more in this series when they are released.

Cool Art: 'Game Of Thrones' Character Posters by Adam Spizak

These prints by Adam Spizak are 12" x 17" and on 150gsm Silk finish, and available at Funkrush for £6.99 or the set of three for £16.99.

Cool Art: 'Venture Bros' / 'Paperman' Mash Up by Eddie Snow

'Venture Bros' / 'Paperman' Mash Up by Eddie Snow.
"Decided to do a variation of my Paper Venture Bros piece and have Meg get into the act by dressing up as Brock's lost love, Molotov Cocktease."
Check out his Deviant Art page for some more 'Paperman' mashups, featuring Iron Man, Kirk and Spock, and Don Draper from Mad Men.

Cool Art: 'Attack on the Death Star' by Billy Sagulo

'Attack on the Death Star' by Billy Sagulo.

E3 2013: 'Final Fantasy X & X-2' HD Remaster Trailer

E3 2013: Gameplay First Look At 'Final Fantasy XV'

After the trailer reveal, here's the gameplay first look at 'Final Fantasy XV'.
The armed forces of Niflheim launch a devastating assault upon the Kingdom of Lucis, casting Crown Prince Noctis and his comrades out of their homes and into the fray.

Official PlayStation Used Game Instructional Video

Just in case you wondered how the PS4 sharing games worked! Step-by-step how to lend games to your friends.

E3 2013: 'The Dark Sorcerer' PS4 Tech Demo

From the makers of 'BEYOND: Two Souls', Quantic Dream, watch the full PlayStation 4 next gen tech demo revealed at E3 2013 called 'The Dark Sorcerer: A Next Gen Comedy'.

'Blue & Beautiful' A Musical Tribute To Neil Armstrong

This is pretty cool, 'Blue & Beautiful', a musical tribute to Neil Armstrong from Melodysheep, aka John D Boswell, creator of the 'Symphony of Science' web series.

'The Last Of Us' Launch Trailer

'The Last Of Us' is out Friday, and here is the launch trailer for Naughty Dog's highly rated new  PS3 exclusive game.

Cool Art: 'Man Of Steel' Posters By Martin Ansin & Ken Taylor For Mondo

Wow! These are super cool posters from two of Mondo's legendary artists, Martin Ansin and Ken Taylor!

The Ken Taylor's poster measures 20″ x 36″ and costs $50 for the regular version and $75 for the variant. Martin Ansin's regular version, measures 24" x 36" and will also be $50, but if you want to go for the metal version, that's a bit more expensive. It's limited to only 100 copies and you'll have to pay $300.

And best thing is, Mondo will be doing something similar to what they did with the poster release of 'The Dark Knight Rises' by Olly Moss last year (One of the few Mondo prints I actually have). Instead of the normal limited edition sales, Mondo made the Batman design available for a full 24 hours. And today they've revealed that they will be doing something very similar for Man of Steel.

Mondo announced today via their official blog that Ken Taylor's prints will be on sale in the usual Mondo limited timed release, on sale this Thursday, June 13th, but Martin Ansin's regular print will be available for three straight days - 12:01AM CST on Friday, June 14th until 12:01AM on Monday, June 17th. 

So follow Mondo on Twitter for when the Ken Taylor prints go on sale and head on over to the Mondo website to bag the Martin Ansin print.

Check out the 'Man Of Steel' prints below.
Regular Version by Martin Ansin
Metal Version by Martin Ansin
Regular Version by Ken Taylor
Variant Version by Ken Taylor

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

First TV Spot Trailer For Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium'

First Trailer For 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug'.

It's here. The first trailers for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug'.



'Man Of Steel' Trailer Using Clips From The Classic Animated Series

The Hub has enlisted the original voice cast of 'Superman: The Animated Series' to help recreate the 'Man of Steel' theatrical trailer almost shot for shot using clips from the classic cartoon for a marathon of The Animated Series. Featuring the voices of Tim Daly and Dana Delany in the fan favorite roles as Superman and Lois Lane, Christopher McDonald as Jor-El and Mike Farrell as Jonathan Kent.


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E3 2013: 'The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD' Wii U Trailer

'Ender's Game' Trailer - Sweded

This week, the guys from Homemade Movies take on the 'Ender's Game' trailer.
Ender's Game is finally coming to theatres, but not without a homemade trailer! Watch Homemade Movies' surprisingly epic (and accurate) Ender's Game trailer made with exploding toy planes, plasma balls and sweet Ben Kingsly face tattoos.
As always you can check out the side by side comparison and the behind the scenes.

E3 2013: The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds' Trailer

E3 2013: 'The Elder Scrolls Online' Gameplay Trailer

E3 2013: 'The Order 1886' Trailer

E3 2013: 'Beyond: Two Souls' Trailer

E3 2013: 'Batman: Arkham Origins' Trailer

E3 2013: 'Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag' Trailer

E3 2013: 'Tom Clancy's The Division' Gameplay Demo

E3 2013: 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt' Debut Trailer

'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt' is a unique combination of a non-linear story and an open world - a fantasy RPG focused on player choice, tactical combat and an immersive environment. Available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Cool Art: 'Flash Gordon' Pixar Style by Phil Postma

I love my pulp era sci-fi heroes and I love the films of Pixar. Combine the two and I especially love Phil Postma's rendition of 'Flash Gordon' in the Pixar style. Would love to see this as an animated film or serial! Check out  Phil's blog for a look at his Pixar rework of two more pulp heroes; 'The Shadow' and 'The Phantom'