Tuesday, September 28, 2021

#CoolArt: 'Trey Anastasio Band at Charlottesville, VA' prints by Erica Williams

'Trey Anastasio Band at Ting Pavilion in Charlottesville, VA' by Erica Williams.

18" x 24" screen print on French Paper Construction Whitewash paper, in a signed and numbered Regular AP edition of 45 for $60.

On sale now through Erica's website

2021 British Fantasy Awards Winners Announced

The winners of the 2021 British Fantasy Awards have been announced by the British Fantasy Society.
 
The winners were announced at FantasyCon in Birmingham, September 26 2021.

Best Newcomer (The Sydney J Bounds Award)

  • Kathleen Jennings, for Flyaway (Tordotcom)

 

Best Film / Television Production

  • The Boys: What I Know (Season 2, episode 8)

 

Best Non-Fiction

  • Women Make Horror: Filmmaking, Feminism, Genre, ed. Alison Peirse (Rutgers University Press)

 

Best Artist

  • Daniele Serra

 

Best Comic / Graphic Novel

  • DIE Vol. 2: Split the Party, Kieron Gillen & Stephanie Hans (Image Comics)

 

Best Magazine / Periodical

  • Strange Horizons

 

Best Independent Press

  • Luna Press Publishing

 

Best Audio

  • The Magnus Archives, Rusty Quill

 

Best Anthology

  • Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora, ed. Zelda Knight & Oghenechovwe Ekpedi Donald (Aurelia Leo)

 

Best Short Fiction

  • Infinite Tea in the Demara Café, Ida Keogh (in “London Centric: Tales of Future London, Newcon Press)

 

Best Collection

  • The Watcher in the Woods, Charlotte Bond (Black Shuck Books)

 

Best Novella

  • Ring Shout, P Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom)

 

Best Horror Novel (The August Derleth Award)

  • Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Jo Fletcher Books)

 

Best Fantasy Novel (The Robert Holdstock Award)

  • The Once and Future Witches, Alix E Harrow (Orbit)

 

The Karl Edward Wagner Award for important contribution to the genre or the Society

  • Alasdair Stuart

#CoolArt: 'The Sunny City' TIMED Release print by Felicia Chiao through Spoke Art

'The Sunny City' by Felicia Chiao.

24" x 18" fine art print on cold press watercolour paper, in a signed and numbered TIMED Release edition for $100.

Three original 3" x 3" drawings by Felicia will also be randomly inserted into orders.

On sale until Monday October 4 at 12am PT through Spoke Art.

#CoolArt: 'Raging Bull' print by Alistair Little through Bottleneck Gallery

'Raging' by Alistair Little.

Officially licensed 36" x 18" giclee print, in a numbered limited edition of 75 for $85.

On sale Tuesday September 28 at 12pm ET through Bottleneck Gallery.

#CoolArt: 'Cornetto Trilogy' prints by Mark Bell through Vice Press

'Cornetto Trilogy' by Mark Bell.

Officially licensed 12" x 24" screen prints, in numbered limited editions of 125 for £29.99 ($42), or £85.99 ($120) for the 3 print set.

On sale Tuesday September 28 at 6pm UK (1pm ET) through Vice Press (in collaboration with Bottleneck Gallery).

'Mulholland Drive' 20th Anniversary 4K Collector's Edition through Zavvi

'Mulholland Drive' 20th Anniversary 4K Collector's Edition.

Collector's Edition includes:

  • 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM SUPERVISED BY DAVID LYNCH
  • Illustrated booklet including essays from Anna Smith and David Jenkins packaged in an outer clamshell box featuring all new artwork by Krzysztof Domaradzki.
  • Two posters
  • Five artcards
  • Back to Mulholland Drive - Featurette
  • On the Road to Mulholland Drive - Featurette
  • Interview with Laura Harring
  • In the Blue Box - Featurette
  • Interview with Mary Sweeney
  • Interview with Angelo Badalamenti
  • Introduction by Thierry Jousse
  • 4K BLU-RAY/BLU-RAY COMBO RELEASE
  • 4K BLU-RAY: REGION-FREE
  • BLU-RAY: REGION-B "LOCKED"

On sale for pre-order for £39.99 now through Zavvi

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Wonder Woman' by Meghan Hetrick

'Wonder Woman' by Meghan Hetrick.

Cover art for 'Sensational Wonder Woman' issue #8, published February 2021 by DC Comics.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Audiobook Review: 'The Sandman: Act I' by Neil Gaiman & Dirk Maggs

I've often cited 'The Sandman' as one of the comic series that got me into reading and collecting comics, way back in the 1990s. The surreal cover art by Dave McKean, the darkly fantastical stories inside by Neil Gaiman, and the interior art from various artists over the course of the original 75 issue comic run, hooked me in from the first issue I read.

Flashforward to 2020, and Dirk Maggs' adaptation for Audible. Wow! It had been a long while since I read the comics, but listening to this full cast recording brought the memories back, and it was great to be back in The Sandman universe again.

Beginning at the beginning, the Audible Original Drama starts with issue #1; 'Sleep Of The Just', with Roderick Burgess, magician and occultist, attempting to gain immortality by capturing and imprisoning the embodiment of Death. But instead, he binds Death's brother, Morpheus, Lord of Dreams, instead. After many decades, he eventually escapes his confinement and seeks to restore his power that has waned during his years of imprisonment, and reclaim his possessions that were stolen from him. This task takes him into hell to face Lucifer, chasing downrogue nightmares, visit a serial killer convention and crosses paths with characters from the DC comics universe, as well as from ancient myths, and real-world history.

Covering volumes 1-3 ('Preludes and Nocturnes', 'The Doll's House', and 'Dream Country'), and running for around 11 hours, 'The Sandman: Act I' features a stellar cast that elevates this into a must listen. James McAvoy is Dream, Kat Dennings is Death, Taron Egerton is John Constantine, Riz Ahmed is The Corinthian, with Michael Sheen, Andy Serkis, Samantha Morton, Bebe Neuwirth, Arthur Darvill, and more, plus Neil Gaiman as the narrator, and a musical score by James Hannigan, the adaptation is brought to life and into your ears and imagination!

Listening to the 20 episodes, I had forgotten how dark, disturbing and horrific some of the issues were. Like '24 Hours', where the whole episode is set in a diner where the patrons go mad over the course of a day; the whole 'Doll's House' storyline, where Rose Walker searches for her younger brother and somehow ends up at a convention for serial killers; and 'Calliope', where one of the nymphs from Greek mythology has been captured, imprisoned and abused, while her presence provides the inspiration for an author's successful novels, before she is passed on to another frustrated writer until Dream intervenes.

But with the darkness, there is also light and hope, like 'The Sound Of Her Wings' where we're first introduced to Dream's sibling Death, where she persuades her brother to explore the world to get him out of his post-imprisonment depression as she's doing her rounds; 'A Dream Of A Thousand Cats', where a Siamese cat tells a story of the time she met the Dream Lord; and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' which depicts the premiere of Will Shakespeare's play in front of an unusual audience.

'The Sandman: Act I' is an immersive trip into the dark fantasy universe of Neil Gaiman's original comics, superbly adapted by Dirk Maggs (who has also adapted several of Gaiman's books into audio format, which are also all worth checking out), boasting top drawer voice cast and production values, it's all too easy to lose yourself in the stories. Recommended!

Available from:

Audible Audiobooks

#CoolArt: Alternative Movie Posters '30x30: 1991' Prints On Sale

Alternative Movie Posters have released prints from their '30 x 30: 1991' group art exhibition, featuring nearly 30 artists with new alternative movie posters inspired by movies from 1991.

On sale now until Sunday October 1 at 12am UK through Alternative Movie Posters.

#CoolArt: 'Harmony' TIMED Release print by James Jean

'Harmony' by James Jean.

22 5/16" x 16 3/4" giclee print on 25 1/8" x 20" paper with sculptural glass-like details, crystalline finishes and holographic linework, and dimensional chop, in a signed and numbered TIMED release edition for $500.

On sale Tuesday September 28 at 8am PT until Wednesday September 29 at 7.59am PT from James' website.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Arzach' by Jean Giraud (Moebius)

'Arzach' by Jean Giraud (Moebius).

Cover art for Heavy Metal Magazine issue #4, published in 1977.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Artist Spotlight: The Art Of . . . Magdalena Mieszczak

Showcasing art from some of my favourite artists, and those that have attracted my attention, in the field of visual arts, including vintage; pulp; pop culture; books and comics; concert posters; fantastical and imaginative realism; classical; contemporary; new contemporary; pop surrealism; conceptual and illustration.

The art of Magdalena Mieszczak.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Lier, Disciple of the Drowned' by Ekaterina Burmak

'Lier, Disciple of the Drowned' by Ekaterina Burmak.

Card art from the 'Innistrad: Midnight Hunt' expansion set, released September 2021 by Magic: The Gathering.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Artist Spotlight: The Art Of . . . Magdalena Kaczan

Showcasing art from some of my favourite artists, and those that have attracted my attention, in the field of visual arts, including vintage; pulp; pop culture; books and comics; concert posters; fantastical and imaginative realism; classical; contemporary; new contemporary; pop surrealism; conceptual and illustration.

The art of Magdalena Kaczan.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Florian, Voldaren Scion' by Justine Cruz

'Florian, Voldaren Scion' by Justine Cruz.

Card art from the 'Innistrad: Midnight Hunt' expansion set, released September 2021 by Magic: The Gathering.

Friday, September 24, 2021

#CoolArt: 'Syngnathidae' print by Zoe Keller through PangeaSeed

'Syngnathidae' by Zoe Keller, part of PangeaSeed's educational print program, 'Printed Oceans', raising awareness and education of pressing marine environmental issues through the lens of some of today's most respected creative minds.

Fine art print on museum-grade textured archival paper, in a signed and numbered 18" x 24" edition of 75 for $100, and a signed, numbered and hand-embellished with gold leaf 24" x 32" edition of 25 for $175.

On sale now through PangeaSeed.

Proceeds from this print will go to help power PangeaSeed Foundation's global ARTivism efforts and the artists who dedicate their time and talent to their cause.

For more information on how you can help save our seas, please visit https://www.pangeaseed.foundation.

#CoolArt: 'Alone With My Thoughts' print by Meagan Magpie Rodgers through The People's Print Shop

'Alone With My Thoughts' by Meagan Magpie Rodgers.

16" x 20" giclée print, in a signed and numbered limited edition of 50 for $65.

On sale now through The People's Print Shop.

#CoolArt: Corey Helford Gallery presents 'Dream Country' Solo Art Exhibition by Adrian Cox

Corey Helford Gallery presents 'Dream Country', a solo art exhibition by Adrian Cox.

The opening night is on Saturday September 25 from 12pm-6pm PT in Gallery 2, open to the public for viewing the art safely with Covid precautions, at Corey Helford Gallery, 571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033 and on the Corey Helford Gallery website until October 30 2021.

#CoolArt: Corey Helford Gallery presents 'Monochrome, Apples and Animals' Solo Art Exhibition by Mayuka Yamamoto

Corey Helford Gallery presents 'Monochrome, Apples and Animals', a solo art exhibition by Mayuka Yamamoto.

The opening night is on Saturday September 25 from 12pm-6pm PT in the Main Gallery, open to the public for viewing the art safely with Covid precautions, at Corey Helford Gallery, 571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033 and on the Corey Helford Gallery website until October 30 2021.

#CoolArt: Jiro Miura Gallery presents 'Ephemeral: Territory Of Girls 2021' Group Art Exhibition

Jiro Miura Gallery presents 'Ephemeral: Territory Of Girls 2021', a group art exhibition featuring new works from 45 international artists.

The exhibition is open to the public for viewing the art safely with Covid precautions, at Jiro Miura Gallery, 4F Ishikura Building, 2-5, Nihombashi-Odenmacho, Chuo-ku, 103-0011 Tokyo, Japan and on the Jiro Miura Gallery website until October 3 2021. 

#CoolArt: New 'Batman' Prints by Mark Chilcott through Bottleneck Gallery

New officially licensed 'Batman' prints by Mark Chilcott.

16" x 20" giclee prints in numbered limited editions of 75 for $45 each.

On sale Friday September 24 at 12pm ET through Bottleneck Gallery.

'Moon'
'Night'
'Dark Gotham'
'Shadow'
'Begins'
'Crime Alley'

#CoolArt: 'Billy Strings' & 'Pearl Jam' Concert AP Edition prints by Ken Taylor through Posters And Toys

Concert AP Edition prints by Ken Taylor.

  • 'Billy Strings
    36" x 24" screen print, in a numbered uncut diptych AP edition of 20 for $120.
  • 'Pearl Jam'
    18" x 24" screen print, in a numbered AP edition of 100 for $60.

On sale Friday September 24 at 2pm CT through Posters And Toys.

'Billy Strings at Oakland CA'
'Pearl Jam at Asbury Park NJ'

'Jungle Cruise' 4K Bluray Steelbook through Zavvi

'Jungle Cruise' 4K Bluray Steelbook.

Bonus features include:

  • Jungle Cruise Expedition Mode
  • It’s A Jungle Out There: Making Jungle Cruise
  • Dwayne And Emily: Undoubtedly Funny
  • Creating The Amazon
  • Once A Skip, Always A Skip
  • Outtakes
  • Deleted Scenes

On sale for pre-order for £32.99 Friday September 24 at 12pm UK through Zavvi

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Witherwing' by Frank Frazetta

'Witherwing' by Frank Frazetta.

Frank's rework of his cover art for the novel 'Witherwing', written by David Jarrett, published in 1979 by Warner Books.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

#CoolArt: 'Crystal River' canvas print by Antonio Segura Donat (DULK) through Thinkspace Projects

'Crystal River' by Antonio Segura Donat (DULK).

30" x 30" canvas print, framed in a custom made walnut frame with laser engraved title, with a unique hand-painted character from DULK in the lower left hand corner, in a signed and numbered limited edition of 20 for $2400.

On sale Friday September 24 at 9am PT through Thinkspace Projects

#CoolArt: 'Sputnik' print by Adam Maida through Mondo

'Sputnik' by Adam Maida, part of Mondo's '20 Years Of IFC Films' print series.

Officially licensed 18" x 24" screen print, in a numbered limited edition of 70 for $50.

On sale Thursday September 23 at 11am CT through Mondo.

#CoolArt: 'The Autopsy Of Jane Doe' print by Tula Lotay through Mondo

'The Autopsy Of Jane Doe' by Tula Lotay, part of Mondo's '20 Years Of IFC Films' print series.

Officially licensed 24" x 36" screen print, in a numbered limited edition of 145 for $55.

On sale Thursday September 23 at 11am CT through Mondo.

#CoolArt: 'The Punk Singer' prints by We Buy Your Kids through Mondo

'The Punk Singer' by We Buy Your Kids, part of Mondo's '20 Years Of IFC Films' print series.

Officially licensed 18" x 24" screen print, in a numbered Silver Grey edition of 58 for $50, a numbered Shocking Yellow edition of 59 for $50, and a numbered Cotton Candy edition of 58 for $50.

On sale Thursday September 23 at 11am CT through Mondo.

Silver Grey Edition
Shocking Yellow Edition
Cotton Candy Edition

#CoolArt: 'It's A Nightmare, Charlie Brown' print set by Chris Thornley (Raid71)

'It's A Nightmare, Charlie Brown' print set by Chris Thornley (Raid71).

Set of four 5" x 5" giclee prints in a signed and numbered TIMED Release edition for £25.

On sale in a TIMED release from Thursday September 23 at 6pm UK (1pm ET) until Sunday September 26 from Chris' website

#CoolArt: 'Godzilla vs Kong' 3D Lenticular print through Bottleneck Gallery

'Godzilla vs Kong'.

Officially licensed 24" x 36" lenticular Movie poster print, in a numbered Lenticular edition of 100 on 1mm PET mounted on paper backing for $100, and a numbered Lenticular Plex edition of 100 on 4mm Polystyrene for $200.
 
On sale Thursday September 23 at 1pm ET through Bottleneck Gallery.
 

#CoolArt: 'Godzilla vs Kong' by Pablo Olivera through Bottleneck Gallery

'Godzilla vs Kong' by Pablo Olivera.

Officially licensed 36" x 12" giclee print, in a numbered Regular edition of 150 for $50, a numbered Neon Variant edition of 100 for $60, and a numbered Black & White Variant edition of 50 for $60.

On sale Thursday September 23 at 12pm ET through Bottleneck Gallery.

Regular Edition
Neon Variant Edition
Black & White Variant Edition