Monday, July 16, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Fidelis' by Jenna Kass

'Fidelis' by Jenna Kass, for Every Day Original.

6.5" x 11" pencil and powdered graphite on matted 11" x 14" Strathmore 400 Series Smooth Bristol board, original artwork for $325.

On sale now from the Every Day Original website.


#CoolArt: 'Jurassic Park: 25th Anniversary' by Chris Christodoulou

'Jurassic Park: 25th Anniversary' by Chris Christodoulou, a new officially licensed print release through Zavvi.

16" x 24" giclee print on 300gsm paper, in a signed and numbered TIMED edition for £30.

On sale Monday July 16 at 12pm UK from the Zavvi website.


#CoolArt: 'Miami Vice' by Ben Terdik

'Miami Vice' by Ben Terdik.

36" x 24" 12 colour screen print on Pearlescent White paper in an AP edition for £79.16.

On sale now from his website.


#CoolArt: 'Spider-Man' by Robert Bruno

'Spider-Man' by Robert Bruno, a new officially licensed 'Marvel' print release from Grey Matter Art.

13" x 19" giclee print in a hand numbered limited edition of 125 for $35.

On sale Wednesday July 18 at 1pm ET from the Grey Matter Art website.


Movie Review: 'Incredibles 2'

Now that it's finally been released in the UK, a month after the US release, I thought 'Incredibles 2' was pretty good and I really enjoyed it.

It carries on straight after the first movie ended, and we finally get to see what happens next after the Underminer appeared at the end of the previous movie, in a fun sequence that ends up casting doubts over Supers once again.

Sure, director Brad Bird re-treads over some of the recognisable beats that made the first film so excellent, but he also keeps it fresh by adding in some new elements, giving you something that is familiar but also ultimately something new, that is typical of a sequel.

The roles are reversed in this one as it's Elastigirl/Helen that takes the lead in doing all the super-ing, leaving Mr Incredible/Bob to reluctantly take on domestic duties, instead of super, looking after the kids back at home, whilst mom is out saving the world. It was fun to see this play out, with one relishing their return to action and the other pining for it as well but also struggling to cope with daily familial struggles as well as trying to deal with Jack-Jack coming into his own powers as they begin to manifest themselves.

Familiar faces return, like Frozone/Lucius, Rick Dicker and of course Edna Mode. But we also get a new batch of supers, Voyd, Krushauer, Helectrix, Reflux, Brick, Screech and more as Winston Deavor, a superhero fan and CEO of DevTech - a telecommunications company, wants to regain the public's support and trust in Supers and undo the laws that have made their activities illegal. There's some great action sequences, spiced with some great humour too - such as Jack-Jack's tussle with a raccoon, plus the end sequence is pretty good too, getting the pulse racing in a battle to save the city and the day!

The only criticism was with the big bad, the Screenslaver. They were set up well, giving them motivation and depth, and you could certainly empathise with them for their way of thinking, but I just felt that they were almost a copy of the villain Syndrome from the original movie - both driven by their desire for a kind of vengeance against Supers, out to exact a kind of revenge to right a wrong, through a seemingly well thought out and executed plan, although minus the island lair this time. So when Elastigirl is drawn into investigating the mysterious supervillain, the breadcrumb trail of clues, despite the red herring thrown in there, allowed you to follow the trail, along with Elastigirl, and piece together the clues, leading to an obvious conclusion.   

All in all though, it's a fun movie that, after 14 years from the first movie (has it really been that long?!), continues and builds on from where it left off. It's a great superhero movie, full of action, excitement, suspense and laughs, and could easily be a part of any comics cinematic universe, with another great musical score by Michael Giacchino that is very indicative of the silver age of superheroes. It's definitely been worth the wait!

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Leia Boushh' by Terese Nielsen

'Leia Boushh' by Terese Nielsen

Booster cover box art for the 'Star Wars Miniatures: Imperial Entanglements' expansion set, released March 2009 from Wizards Of The Coast.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Grace' by Kristina Carroll

'Grace' by Kristina Carroll, for Every Day Original.

6" x 8" watercolour and gold leaf on panel, original artwork for $400.

On sale Saturday July 14 at 12.30pm ET from the Every Day Original website.


#CoolArt: 'Supergirl' by Stanley Lau (Artgerm)

'Supergirl' by Stanley Lau (Artgerm), a new officially licensed print release from Sideshow.

18" x 24" giclee print on 100% cotton, acid-free, matte Museo Rag 300GSM paper, in a signed limited edition of 400 for $250 framed.

On sale for pre-order now from the Sideshow Collectibles website.


#CoolArt: Gallery Nucleus presents 'Hiraeth', Solo Art Exhibition by Tula Lotay

Gallery Nucleus presents 'Hiraeth', a debut solo art exhibition by Tula Lotay, featuring new work as well as select originals from her film and poster works.

A new self published sketchbook 'Hiraeth' will debut on opening night along with new limited edition prints.

The opening reception is Saturday July 14 from 6-10pm PT at Gallery Nucleus, 210 E Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801, and Tula will also be in attendance.

The exhibition will be on view until July 29.

Tula will also be hosting a four-hour illustration workshop masterclass on Sunday July 15 at Gallery Nucleus from 1pm-5pm PT, with a digital demo and also speaking about her illustration process and the evolution of her career. Each workshop ticket includes a FREE Hiraeth book.

Artist Spotlight: The Art Of . . . James Jean

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 James Jean.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Vampire Hunter D' by Yoshitaka Amano

'Vampire Hunter D' by Yoshitaka Amano


Friday, July 13, 2018

#CoolArt: New prints by Hieu Nguyen

New prints by Hieu Nguyen.
  • 'A Momentary Surrender'. 16" x 20" print on 310gsm Archival Cotton Rag Paper in a signed and numbered limited edition of 40 for $70.
  • 'In My Own'. 12" x 16" print on 310gsm Archival Cotton Rag Paper in a signed and numbered limited edition of 35 for $50.
On sale now from his website.

'A Momentary Surrender'
'In My Own'

#CoolArt: 'Black Panther' by Tom Walker

'Black Panther' by Tom Walker, a print release through Vandelay Art Collective.

24" x 36" 11 colour screen print in a Regular edition of 100 for $79, and a Variant edition of 80 for $89.

On sale now at the Vandelay Art Collective website.

Regular Edition
Variant Edition

#CoolArt: 'The Silence Of The Lambs' by Sam Wolfe Connelly

'The Silence Of The Lambs' by Sam Wolfe Connelly

Privately commissioned print.


#CoolArt: 'Emma Frost' by Ian MacDonald

'Emma Frost' Ian MacDonald, a new officially licensed print release from Sideshow.

18" x 24" giclee print on 100% cotton, acid-free, matte Museo Rag 300GSM paper, in a signed and numbered limited edition of 300 for $90 unframed or $250 framed.

On sale for pre-order now from the Sideshow Collectibles website.


#CoolArt: 'The Departure' by JC Richard

'The Departure' by JC Richard, part of the 'Amity '74 Jaws' print series.

Screen print in a 24" x 8" Regular edition, and a 36" x 12" Variant edition.

On sale on Friday July 13 at 1pm ET from his website.


#ArtOfTheDay: 'Batgirl' by Julian Totino Tedesco

'Batgirl' by Julian Totino Tedesco


Thursday, July 12, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Part-Time Mermaid' by ONEQ

'Part-Time Mermaid' by ONEQ, a print release from The People's Print Shop.

16" x 20" archival print in a numbered limited edition of 50 for $64.95 or $189.95 framed.

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


#CoolArt: 'The Iconic Wildlife of Great Smoky Mountains National Park' by Tom Whalen

'The Iconic Wildlife of Great Smoky Mountains National Park' by Tom Whalen, a print release from Fifty-Nine Parks.

24" x 32" 6 colour screen print on 100# Cougar Natural paper for $80.
On sale in a TIMED edition until Wednesday July 25.

18" x 24" screen print in an open edition for $40 also available.

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

Go here to buy.

To celebrate their 10,000th order and donating over $15,000 for The National Park Service since 2016, Fifty-Nine Parks are offering a free bonus poster from the series when you purchase any poster through July 17, while supplies last.


#CoolArt: 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' by Christopher Shy

'A Nightmare on Elm Street' by Christopher Shy.

18" x 24" and 24" x 36" prints on bright white velvet fine art paper in Regular, Variant and Epic editions.

On sale now from the Studio Ronin website.

Regular Edition
Variant Edition
Epic Edition

#CoolArt: Barnes & Noble 'Padmé On Batuu' Exclusive Poster by Darren Tan

Padmé on Batuu poster, with art by Darren Tan, available with the Barnes & Noble exclusive hardcover edition of the 'Thrawn: Alliances' novel, written by Timothy Zahn.

On sale July 24 2018, and available for pre-order now from the Barnes & Noble website.


#CoolArt: 'Raising Arizona' by Andrew Kolb

'Raising Arizona' by Andrew Kolb, a new print release from Mondo.

24" x 18" screen print, in a hand numbered limited edition of 200 for $45.

On sale at a random time Thursday July 12. Follow on Twitter @mondonews for the on sale announcement.


#CoolArt: 'Ruth' & 'Zoya' by Glen Brogan

'Ruth' & 'Zoya' by Glen Brogan, a new 'Glow' inspired print release from Bottleneck Gallery.

14" x 14" giclee prints in numbered limited editions of 70 for $30 each or $50 for the set.

On sale Thursday July 12 at 12pm ET from the Bottleneck Gallery website.

'Ruth'
'Zoya'

#CoolArt: 'Blondie' by Kii Arens

'Blondie' by Kii Arens, a new print release through The Flood Gallery.

24" x 32" screen print on 100# Cougar White paper, in a signed and numbered 4 colour Regular edition of 180 for £50, and 2 signed and numbered 5 colour Variant editions of 50 for £80, and of 20 for  £140.

On sale Friday July 13 at 4pm UK from The Flood Gallery website.

Regular Edition
Variant #1
Variant #2

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Justice League' by Yin Yuming

'Justice League' by Yin Yuming


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Dream Loop' by Kilian Eng

'Dream Loop' by Kilian Eng, a print release from Static Medium.

18" x 24" 7 colour screen print on Stonehenge 320gsm Cotton Rag paper in a limited edition of 175 for $60.

On sale now from the Static Medium website.


#CoolArt: 'Dust' by James Bullough

'Dust' by James Bullough, a print release through Graffitti Prints.

58cm x 68cm giclee print with screen printed Varnish on 300 somerset paper in a signed Regular edition of 50 for £150, and 10 individually hand finished variants, each with a different colour way, for £350 each.

On sale Thursday July 12 at 3pm UK from the Graffitti Prints website.

Regular Edition

#CoolArt: 'North By Northwest' by Matt Needle

'North By Northwest' by Matt Needle.

A3 sized (297mm x 420mm) giclee print on Gesso 280gsm paper, in a signed and numbered AP edition of 10 for £20, and an A2 sized giclee print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gsm paper, in a signed and numbered AP edition of 5 for £34.

On sale now from his website.


#ArtOfTheDay: 'Superman vs The Flash' by Alex Ross

'Superman vs The Flash' by Alex Ross


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

'Marvel's Avengers' 4K Ultra HD Steelbooks from Zavvi

'Avengers Assemble' and 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' 4K UHD edition bluray steelbooks from Zavvi for £27.99. Plus a steelbook and T-Shirt bundle for £36.99.

Available for preorder now from the Zavvi website (On sale September 24 2018)

'Avengers Assemble' Front 

#CoolArt: New Concert Posters by Ken Taylor

New concert posters by Ken Taylor, available through Posters And Toys.
  • 'Pixies at Tinley Park, IL'. 18" x 24" screen print, in a Regular AP edition of 52 for $35, and a Foil edition of 27 for $55.
  • 'Pearl Jam at Rock Werchter, Belgium'. 18" x 24" screen print, in an AP edition of 105 for $65.
On sale Tuesday July 10 at 12pm CT from the Posters And Toys website.


#CoolArt: 'King Of Castle Grayskull' by Simon Soltau

'King Of Castle Grayskull' by Simon Soltau, a new officially licensed 'Masters Of The Universe' print from Mad Duck Posters.

18" x 24" giclee print in a limited edition of 300 for $75.

On sale Wednesday July 11 at 12pm ET from the Mad Duck Posters website.


#CoolArt: 'At The Mountains Of Madness' by Timothy Pittides

'At The Mountains Of Madness' by Timothy Pittides, a new print release from Bottleneck Gallery.

18" x 24" screen print, with Glow In The Dark ink, in a numbered limited edition of 125 for $40.

Bottleneck Gallery will also be slipping in an original sketch into ONE lucky tube!

On sale Tuesday July 10 at 12pm ET from the Bottleneck Gallery website.

Print with Glow In The Dark Ink Layer
Original Sketch

#CoolArt: '2001: A Space Odyssey' by Chris Thornley (aka Raid71)

'2001: A Space Odyssey' by Chris Thornley (aka Raid71), a new print release from Bottleneck Gallery.

36" x 24" screen print in a numbered limited Foil Paper edition of 200 for $65, and a numbered Variant edition of 100 for $50.

On sale Tuesday July 10 at 12pm ET from the Bottleneck Gallery website.

Foil Paper Edition
Variant Edition

#CoolArt: 'Monstress' Barnes & Noble Exclusive Variant Cover Art & Poster

The Barnes & Noble edition of 'Monstress Vol 3: Haven', from Image Comics, written by Marjorie Liu and illustrated by Sana Takeda, collecting 'Monstress' issues 13-18, features exclusive variant cover art and a bonus double sided poster, both illustrated by series artist Sana Takeda.

On sale September 11 2018, and available for pre-order now from the Barnes & Noble website.

Barnes & Noble Exclusive Variant Cover Art by Sana Takeda
One side of the Barnes & Noble exclusive double sided poster by Sana Takeda
One side of the Barnes & Noble exclusive double sided poster by Sana Takeda