Monday, January 21, 2019

#CoolArt: 'Metallica at Little Rock' print by James O'Barr through Nakatomi Inc

'Metallica at Little Rock' by James O'Barr (creator of 'The Crow' comic series), an AP print release through Nakatomi Inc.

18" x 24" screen print in an AP edition of 100.

On sale Monday January 21 at 2pm CT from the Nakatomi Inc website.

#CoolArt: 'The Exorcist' prints by Sara Deck for Grey Matter Art

'The Exorcist' by Sara Deck, a new print release from Grey Matter Art, in collaboration with Bottleneck Gallery.

24" x 36" screen print in a numbered Regular edition of 125 for $50, and a numbered Variant edition of 50 for $60.

On sale Tuesday January 22 at 12pm ET from Grey Matter Art and Bottleneck Gallery.

Regular Edition
Variant Edition

Book Review: 'Infernal Devices' by Philip Reeve

cover art by Ian McQue
'Infernal Devices', book 3 in the 'Mortal Engines' quartet by Philip Reeve, begins with an even bigger time jump than the last book. This time it's 16 years later, Tom and Hester have settled on the traction city of Anchorage, now a static city on the edge of what used to be North America, and live their daughter Wren. The family dynamic between the three is not exactly homely. Wren gets on very well with her father, but the relationship between mother and daughter is frosty, to say the least! So after yet another argument between mother and daughter, Wren storms off, and by chance, meets a charming submarine pirate who offers her the chance of escape and a taste of the adventure she yearns for, if only she would do him a small favour and steal the Tin Book, a forgotten and mysterious book made out of metal. Doing so does indeed open up a new world of adventure for Wren, but just not in the way she had imagined.

Despite the big time jump, 'Infernal Devices' seems to be more linked in to the previous book, than book 2 was to the first. The lore and the world building are once again expanded upon, which again, is one of my favourite aspects of this series. Whereas the series all began with mostly just London and the Anti-Traction League, each book has added and built upon the world, with new locations, factions as well as the machinations of how the overall world looks. We also have the reintroduction of familiar characters again, Freya, Caul, Gargle, Uncle, Pennyroyal, Stalker Fang and Shrike as well as new characters that add a good mix to the narrative.

Things pick up the pace when Wren and Fishcake get captured by Brighton, a raft-city pleasure resort with a certain Nimrod Pennyroyal as mayor and with a burgeoning slave trade, and are immediately indentured into service. But when Tom and Hester finally catch up with their runaway daughter, all chaos breaks loose. It's here where we see the cold and merciless Hester Shaw doing what she has to do to rescue her daughter. I can see her point of view at times, but unfortunately the callousness of her character as she literally blasts her way through Brighton, goes dark very quickly and makes her very unlikeable despite her being one of the main protagonists of the series, a trend that has gotten stronger as the series has progressed.

Overall though it's still a very enjoyable read. The new characters add a fresh breath to the familiar characters that have grown up and changed 'off screen', and it was great to visit the various locations. Now looking forward to seeing how the quartet gets all wrapped up in the final book.

Once again, I took the audiobook option, and Barnaby Edwards once again kills it with the narration. Superbly done, bringing the world of Mortal Engines to life! Well worth the option.

Available from Amazon, Waterstones, Audible Audiobooks and all good bookstores.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Blade Runner' by Alejandro Colucci

'Blade Runner' by Alejandro Colucci

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Saturday, January 19, 2019

#CoolArt: 'Court Of The Dead' print by David Palumbo for Sideshow Collectibles

'The Price Of Power' by David Palumbo, a new 'Court Of The Dead' print release from Sideshow Collectibles.

18" x 24" giclee print, on 100% archival heavyweight 300gsm Museo rag art paper, with embossed seals of authenticity in a signed limited edition of 100.

On sale for Pre-Order framed for $250 on Monday January 21 between 12pm-3pm PT from the Sideshow Collectibles website.

Any remaining copies will be available for Pre-Order as an unframed edition for $90 from Friday January 25 between 12pm-3pm PT.

#CoolArt: 'Domino: Luck Be A Lady' print by Alex Garner for Sideshow Collectibles

'Domino: Luck Be A Lady' by Alex Garner, a new officially licensed print release from Sideshow Collectibles.

18" x 24" giclee print, on 100% archival heavyweight 300gsm Museo rag art paper, with embossed seals of authenticity in a signed limited edition of 200.

On sale for Pre-Order framed for $250 on Monday January 21 between 12pm-3pm PT from the Sideshow Collectibles website.

Any remaining copies will be available for Pre-Order as an unframed edition for $90 from Friday January 25 between 12pm-3pm PT.

#CoolArt: 'Labyrinth' Art Print by Chris Skinner

'Only Forever' by Chris Skinner.

16" x 24" giclee print on 310gsm Hahnemühle German Etching paper, in a signed and numbered limited edition of 75 for £37.50.

On sale now from his website.

#CoolArt: 'How To Train Your Dragon' Trilogy by Drew Struzan

'How To Train Your Dragon' trilogy by Drew Struzan, as revealed by Fandango.

'How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World'
'How To Train Your Dragon 2'
'How To Train Your Dragon'

Artist Spotlight: The Art Of . . . Jeremiah Ketner

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 Jeremiah Ketner.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Coming Home' by Oliver Wetter

'Coming Home' by Oliver Wetter

Friday, January 18, 2019

#CoolArt: 'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back' print by Danny Haas for Dark Ink Art

'Outmanoeuver Them' by Danny Haas, a new officially licensed 'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back' print available through Dark Ink Art.

24" x 18" lithograph print in a signed and numbered limited edition of 250 for $40.

On sale now from the Dark Ink Art website.

#CoolArt: 'Rapunzel' print by Erica Williams

'Rapunzel' by Erica Williams.

9" x 12" giclee print on Moab Entrada, Natural paper in an open edition for $30.

On sale now from Erica's website.

#CoolArt: 'Starfish' by Tiffany Dae for Every Day Original

'Starfish' by Tiffany Dae for Every Day Original.

10" x 8" oil on aluminum dibond, original artwork for $300.

On sale Friday January 18 at 12.30pm ET from the Every Day Original website.

#CoolArt: 'Our Future, Our Democracy' print by Chuck Sperry for Women’s March 2019

'Our Future, Our Democracy' by Chuck Sperry.

18" x 24" offset print in a signed and numbered limited edition of 200.

On sale at a random time on Wednesday January 23 on Chuck's website.

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

Unsigned / un-numbered prints will be available Saturday January 19 through the official Women’s March merchandise and info point in Washington, DC at:

The Outrage
2439 18th Street NW
Washington, DC

#CoolArt: Empire Magazine 'Captain Marvel' Cover Art by Doaly

Cover art by Doaly for the March 2019 Subscriber edition of Empire Magazine, on sale Thursday January 24.

#CoolArt: 'Monster Magnet' & 'Ondina' Prints by Malleus

New prints by Malleus.
  • 'Monster Magnet at Hamburg, Germany'. 50cm x 70cm 4 colour screen print with metallic inks, on cream paper, in a limited edition of 140 for €35.
  • 'Ondina'. 50cm x 70cm 4 colour screen print with metallic inks, on cream paper, in a limited edition of 50 for €60.
On sale now from the Malleus website.

'Monster Magnet at Hamburg'
'Ondina'

#CoolArt: 'Phish at Las Vegas' AP print by Hex Aunzo for Posters And Toys

'Phish at Las Vegas' by Hex Aunzo, available through Posters And Toys.

18" x 24" screen print, in an AP edition of 50 for $50.

On sale Friday January 18 at 3.30pm CT from the Posters And Toys website.

'Glass' Exclusive Limited Edition 4K UHD Bluray from Zavvi

'Glass' exclusive limited edition 4K UHD (including bluray) for £29.99 from Zavvi.

Available for pre-order now from the Zavvi website.

#CoolArt: 'Game Of Thrones Tapestry' by Magdalena Korzeniewska

'Game Of Thrones Tapestry' by Magdalena Korzeniewska (aka bubug)

Made for the HBO promotional video by Mirari + Co

#CoolArt: 'In Daydream' print by Shoko Ishida for The People's Print Shop

'In Daydream' by Shoko Ishida, a print release by The People's Print Shop.

11" x 14" archival pigment print in a signed and numbered limited edition of 40 for $34.95 or $154.95 framed.

On sale now from The People's Print Shop website.

#CoolArt: 'Steven Universe' prints by Jack Hughes for Mondo

'Steven Universe' by Jack Hughes, new officially licensed prints from Mondo.

12" x 16" giclee print in numbered limited editions of 175 for $40 each.

On sale Friday January 18 at a random time from the Mondo website (US only).

Follow them on Twitter @mondonews for the on sale announcement.

'Opal'
'Rainbow Quartz'
'Sardonyx'

#CoolArt: 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' print by Dan Mumford for Gallery1988

'I just can't take no pleasure in killing' by Dan Mumford, a print release from Gallery1988.

24" x 18" giclee print in a signed and numbered limited edition of 50 for $60

On sale now from the Gallery1988 website.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Conan & Red Sonja' by Dan Panosian

Cover art by Dan Panosian for 'Conan / Red Sonja' issue #3, published March 2015 by Dark Horse Comics / Dynamite Comics

Thursday, January 17, 2019

#CoolArt: 'Unconditional Love' print by Tara McPherson for Cotton Candy Machine

'Unconditional Love' by Tara McPherson, a print release through Cotton Candy Machine.

22" x 17" giclee print on Velvet Cotton Rag paper, in a signed and numbered limited edition of 200 for $80.

A portion of the proceeds from the print sale will be donated to the Mira Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to enhancing independence and quality of life for the blind by providing seeing eye dogs.

On sale now from the Cotton Candy Machine website.

#CoolArt: New Limited Edition Prints From Spoke Art

New limited edition prints from Spoke Art.
  • 'She Will' by Audrey Kawasaki. 16" x 20" archival pigment print on 100% archival cotton rag paper in a signed and numbered limited edition for $100.
  • 'Night Creature' by GATS. 18" x 24" screen print in a signed and numbered Regular edition of 125 for $50
  • 'Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas' by Blunt Graffix. 10" x 20" screen print in a signed and numbered limited edition of 75 for $75.
On sale now from the Spoke Art website.

'She Will' by Audrey Kawasaki
'Night Creature' by GATS
'Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas' by Blunt Graffix

'Bad Times At The El Royale' Bluray with a set Exclusive Artcards from Zavvi

'Bad Times At The El Royale' bluray with a set of 5 exclusive artcards for £14.99 from Zavvi.

Available for pre-order now from the Zavvi website. Also available on 4K UHD for £24.99 and DVD for £9.99.

Book Review: 'Predator's Gold' by Philip Reeve

Cover art by Ian McQue
Set just over 2 years after the events of the first 'Mortal Engines' book. Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw have been travelling around the world on the Jenny Haniver, Anna Fang's old airship, but after picking up a passenger, Nimrod Pennyroyal - an author of adventure books, they're pursued by the gunships of the Green Storm, who are fanatical about Anna Fang and blame them for her death and 'stealing' the Jenny Haniver, they seek sanctuary on the traction city of Anchorage. A once thriving city that has been devastated by plague, leaving only a handful of people left. But when jealousy gets the better of Hester when she sees Tom spending more time with Freya Ragmussen, the young Margravine (queen) of the city, she does something drastic with repercussions that will haunt her for years.

Another exciting read in Philip Reeve's 'Mortal Engines' series. It expands on the lore and world building of the first book, which I liked, and adding more characters to the mix as well. As protagonists go, the main couple of Tom and Hester are total opposites; one comes across as empathetic, believing that life should be fair, and appearing a bit naive at times, whilst the other is very insecure, and full of hate and anger that boils to the surface on more than one occasion, unfortunately making them a bit unlikeable to me. The surrounding characters of Freya, Nimrod Pennyroyal, Piotr Masgard, and of Uncle and the Lost Boys of the sunken city of Grimsby, on the other hand do add a bit of variety and depth to the story.

As with the first book, I listened to the audiobook narrated by Barnaby Edwards. And once again it's a superb performance, full of great characterisations each with their own personalities, bringing the book to life. Definitely a recommended option!

It's a good addition to the quartet of stories in this series, and due to the time jump in between and the amount of well placed references to what has gone on before, one that could easily be read as a standalone, but it's better if you've read the first in the series.

Available from Amazon, Waterstones, Audible Audiobooks and all good bookstores.

#CoolArt: 'Blade Runner' prints by Drew Struzan for Bottleneck Gallery

'Blade Runner' by Drew Struzan, a print release from Bottleneck Gallery.

24" x 36" 15 colour screen print in a numbered TIMED Titled edition for $135 unsigned and $185 signed, and a signed and numbered Art edition of 225 for $200.

On sale Thursday January 17 at 12pm ET until Sunday January 20 at 11.59pm ET from the Bottleneck Gallery website.

TIMED Titled Edition
Limited Art Edition

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Hellboy II: The Golden Army' by Dan Dos Santos

'Hellboy II: The Golden Army' by Dan Dos Santos

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

#NewComicBookDay: My Comics Pull List This Week

My comics pull list this week
  • 'Isola' #6 (Image Comics)
  • 'The Wicked + The Divine' #41 (Image Comics)
  • 'The Sandman Universe: House Of Whispers' #5 (DC / Vertigo Comics)
  • 'Conan The Barbarian' #2 (Marvel Comics)
  • 'Star Wars: Age Of Republic' Special (Marvel Comics)

Isola #6 (Image Comics)
Cover art by Karl Kerschl & Msassyk

#CoolArt: 'Luminous' prints by JAW Cooper for PangeaSeed

'Luminous' by JAW Cooper, a new print release from PangeaSeed, with proceeds raised through the sale of this print going to support PangeaSeed's ongoing effort to help save our seas through ARTivism.

18" x 24" 4 colour screen print, in a signed and numbered Plum / Cream edition of 35, on Pop Tone Whip Cream 100lb French paper for $100, and a Green/Gold edition of 35, on Bright Gold Foil 100lb French paper, for $120.

On sale Wednesday January 16 at 12pm PT from the PangeaSeed website.

For more information on how you can help save our seas, please visit PangeaSeed.org.

Plum / Cream Edition
Green / Gold Foil Edition

#CoolArt: 'Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park' print by Jeff Langevin for Fifty Nine Parks

'Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park' by Jeff Langevin, a new print release from Fifty-Nine Parks.

18" x 24" 6 colour screen print in an open edition for $40.

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

On sale now from the Fifty Nine Parks website.

#CoolArt: 'Tarot' by Rebecca Yanovskaya Online Auction for Every Day Original

'Tarot' by Rebecca Yanovskaya.

6" x 24" acrylic and ballpoint pen with 23k gold leaf on primed panel original artwork, in an online auction at Every Day Original until Thursday January 17 at 3pm ET.

Go here to bid in the auction.

#CoolArt: Critical Role 'The Art Of Exandria' prints by Matteo Scalera & Moreno Dinisio

'Vox Machina' and 'Mighty Nein' by Matteo Scalera and Moreno Dinisio, available at 'The Art Of Exandria' art exhibition at Gallery Nucleus, curated by the cast of Critical Role and featuring community artwork from 'Vox Machina' and 'Tal’Dorei', as well as the 'Mighty Nein' and 'Wildemount'.

24" x 36" fine art prints in limited editions for $49.99 each.

Opening reception is on Friday January 18 from 7-11pm PT at Gallery Nucleus, 210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801, and will be on view until Sunday January 20 2019.

Signed and unsigned editions will also be available for pre-order Thursday January 31 through the US Critical Role online store ($249.99 signed and $49.99 unsigned) and the UK Critical Role online store (£249.99 signed and £49.99 unsigned).

'Vox Machina'
'Mighty Nein'

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Captain Marvel' by Andy Park

Cover art by Andy Park for the 'Captain Marvel' artbook