Sunday, September 30, 2012

Disney's Looper Trailer

Did you know Rian Johnson's Looper (2012) is actually a remake?? ScreenJunkies have unearthed the 1994 trailer for Disney's Looper - starring a much younger Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a younger, hairier Bruce Willis.


Comic Book Art: Swamp Thing (Vol 4)

Continuing my look at my favourite comic books and their cover art, with the long running DC Comics' series Swamp Thing.

Revived once more, this Swamp Thing series ran from May 2004 until September 2006 under DC Comics' Vertigo imprint, and was written by Andy Diggle, Joshua Dysart and Will Pfeifer and illustrated by Enrique Breccia, Richard Corben and Eric Powell.

Check out the whole series cover art after the jump, click to embiggen.

Cool Art: More Tom Whalen Travel Posters

I've previously featured a few teasers from Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo's set of travel posters for Gallery 1988′s latest pop culture art show 'Around The World In An 80′s Daze'.

And here's a few more teasers from Tom Whalen featuring locations from John Carpenter’s The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, Aliens and Friday the 13th.

New EXTRA LONG The Hobbit Banner

Here's a new EXTRA LONG banner for The Hobbit, that introduces Gandalf, Bilbo, Thorin Oakenshield and the rest of the dwarves.

Click to embiggen, and hope your screen is wide enough!

Cool Art: 'The Angels Take Manhattan' by Francesco Francavilla

Here's Francesco Francavilla's sketch poster of the mid-season finale of Doctor Who, 'The Angels Take Manhattan'. Love it!

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

'The Tales From Dunwall' Dishonored Webisodes

Bethesda Softworks presents a three-part webisode series entitled 'The Tales from Dunwall'. These prequels for the upcoming game, Dishonored, scored by Daniel Licht (Dexter) and narrated by Chloe Grace Mortez (Kick Ass), gives you a first-hand glimpse into Dishonored's shadowy whaling world of Dunwall, where plague is rampant and the city is in disarray and on the verge of dystopia.

Dishonored casts you as a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. Creatively eliminate your targets with the flexible combat system as you combine supernatural abilities with weapons and gadgets at your disposal. Dishonored will be available in North America on October 9, 2012 and throughout Europe on October 12, 2012, and is slated for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC

Check out parts two and three of the webisodes after the jump.

Comic Book Art: Swamp Thing (Vol 3)

Continuing my look at my favourite comic books and their cover art, with the long running DC Comics' series Swamp Thing.

The shortest run, series 3 ran from May 2000 until December 2001 under the Vertigo Comics imprint, and was written by Brian K Vaughan and illustrated by Roger Petersen, Giuseppe Camuncoli.

Check out the whole series cover art after the jump, click to embiggen.

Short Film: 'Tears Of Steel'

"Tears of Steel" is a sci-fi short film that was realized with crowd-funding by users of the open source 3D creation tool Blender. The target was to improve and test a complete open and free pipeline for visual effects in film - and to make a compelling sci-fi film in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The film itself, and all raw material used for making it, have been released under the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution license. Visit the website to find out more about this, or to purchase the 4-DVD box with a lot of extras that includes the original files and software that was used, plus documentary, tutorials, quadsplit, documentation, raw footage and more.

Make sure you watch it in HD and in full screen too!


Friday, September 28, 2012

Klingon Style!

Yep, the Gangnam style parody videos are coming out thick and fast! Here's another . . . Klingon Style!


Comic Book Art: Swamp Thing (Vol 2)

Continuing my look at my favourite comic books and their cover art, with DC Comics' long running series Swamp Thing.

This was a continuation of the second series, The Saga Of The Swamp Thing, and the most successful series, running from 1984 until 1996 under DC Comics and later their Vertigo Comics imprint, and was written by Alan Moore and by Rick Veitch, Jamie Delano, Doug Wheeler, Nancy Collins, Mark Millar. It was illustrated by a variety of artists; Stephen Bissette, Stan Woch, Rick Veitch, Alfredo Acala, Tom Mandrake, Pat Broderick, Mike Hoffman, Scot Eaton, Phil Hester, Mark Buckingham, Jill Thompson and Charles Vess.

Check out the whole series cover art plus annuals after the jump, click to embiggen.

Movie Poster Art: Looper (2012)

Now out in cinemas, here's a look at the movie posters and fan art of Rian Johnson's 'Looper'.

More posters and fan art after the jump.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

New Poster For The Hobbit

If you're a fan of the Middle Earth dwarves, you're going to like this poster, as it features all the dwarves - Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Thorin Oakenshield, Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori and Ori!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is in cinemas December 14.
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Ain't it Cool with Harry Knowles: Time Travel

Hop in your TARDIS or DeLorean and check out the latest episode of Ain't It Cool, as Harry Knowles discusses time travel in TV and film.


The Guild Season 6 Trailer

Arriving October 2nd.

Inside The Labyrinth: Crystals

A little behind the scenes look at Michael Moschen and his performance of Jareth's crystal ball manipulations.

Comic Book Art: The Saga Of The Swamp Thing

Continuing my look at my favourite comic books and their cover art, with DC Comics' long running series Swamp Thing.

This second series, revived by DC Comics to coincide with the 1982 Wes Craven film, ran from 1982 until 1984, and was written by Martin Pasko and saw the beginnings of Alan Moore's legendary run. It was illustrated by a variety of artists; Tom Yeates, Fred Carrillo, Bo Hampton, Stephen Bissette, with Tom Yeates, Stephen Bissette and John Totleben on cover art duties.

Check out the cover art after the jump, click to embiggen.

Cool Art: Teen Wolf by Ghoulish Gary Pullin

Skuzzles recently announced that they'll be releasing officially licensed prints from MGM's movie catalogue. Here is their first MGM print release - Teen Wolf by Ghoulish Gary Pullin.

The print measures 24" x 36" and is available in both Red Regular as a limited run of 165 for $40, and in a Full Moon glow in the dark variant with only 75 available at $60.

Buy it HERE on Friday September 28th, 2012.

Hit the jump to take a peek at the Full Moon variant, click to embiggen.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Cool Art: Dredd by Paul Shipper

Check out this Dredd illustration by Paul Shipper. It was a birthday gift to Dredd concept artist, Jock.

Check out Paul's website for more awesome art.

Don't wait for the bluray/DVD, I'd recommend going to see the film in cinemas too, loved the film.

Comic Book Art: Swamp Thing (Vol 1)

Continuing my look at my favourite comic books and their cover art, with DC Comics' long running series Swamp Thing.

The first series, ran from 1972 until 1976, and was written by Len Wein and David Michelinie and illustrated by Bernie Wrightson and Nestor Redondo, who did the cover art, over the course of the run,

Check out the rest after the jump, click to embiggen.

Honest Trailer: The Avengers

From God of the Nerds Joss Whedon, comes an honest commentary on Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and the rest of that bluetooth obsessed government agency.

Follow ScreenJunkies on YouTube for more Honest Trailers.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Cool Art: Goldfinger by Richard Wells

Here's a cool 'Goldfinger' print from UK based artist, Richard Wells via Under The Floorboards. It is a 16″ x 24″ 4-colour screenprint with metallic gold inks, and in a limited edition run of 130, and costs £34 ($55US).  

It's available to buy at the Under The Floorboards website.

Comic Book Cover Art: Preacher

Continuing my look at my favourite comic books and their covers.

This time it's a look at the covers of my all-time favourites, 'Preacher'.

Published under DC Comics' Vertigo label from 1995 until 2000, and written by Garth Ennis, illustrated by Steve Dillon with painted covers by Glenn Fabry.

If you haven't read this series, I strongly recommend that you check it out.

Check out the entire set of covers, including the trades and specials after the jump.

Animated Looper Trailer by Noah Fisher & Zachary Johnson

Created by animator Noah Fisher and artist Zachary Johnson, here's a stylised animated trailer of the film Looper, that's out on Friday.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Cool Art: 'Lords of Winterfell' by Vincent Rhafael Aseo

Love this Game Of Thrones inspired poster by Vincent Rhafael Aseo. Check his Deviant Art page for more awesome art.

Cool Art: 'The Power of Fish Fingers and Custard' by Farbenfrei

Here's Deviant Artist Farbenfrei's take on the latest Doctor Who episode, 'The Power Of Three'.

You can like her Facebook page for her latest artworks.

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Cool Art: 'Nightmare Alley' by Dean Reeves

As part of his Fett Noir series, here's a new pulp noir style poster by Dean Reeves. All of the Fett Noir posters are available as limited edition prints (of 250) at his Etsy store.


Cool Art: 'Around the World In An ’80s Daze' Gallery from Tom Whalen & Dave Perillo

Gallery1988 will be opening a new pop culture gallery 'Around The World In An 80's Daze' from September 28 through October 20 at their Venice gallery in Santa Monica, California, featuring artists Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo.

The gallery show features travel posters for locations from famous ’80s films and TV shows, such as The Terminator, Predator, Robocop, National Lampoon's Vacation, Thundercats and more.

All the prints will be on sale at the gallery on September 28 first and will remain on display through October 20. Any prints remaining will go on sale at on September 29.

Check out below and after the jump for a few teasers of what to expect.
The Terminator by Tom Whalen

Comic Book Cover Art: The Sandman

After showcasing artwork from some of my favourite artists and movies, I'm turning my attention to the cover art to some of my favourite comic books.

Featuring covers from favourites like The Sandman, Preacher, Swamp Thing and John Constantine: Hellblazer to current favourites, Fables, Saga, American Vampire and Chew, plus many more that grab my attention.

But I'll be starting with one of the series that got me into comic books in the first place back in the late 1980's / early 1990's; DC/Vertigo Comics' The Sandman, written by Neil Gaiman and the cover art mostly by Dave McKean.

Check out the art for the 75 issue series and specials after the jump. Click to embiggen.

Game Of Thrones S2 VFX Breakdown

After watching this VFX breakdown video from Pixomondo, it's still amazing at how much of Game Of Thrones ISN'T there. Full credit to making it as believable and realistic as possible. Roll on series 3!

Warning, there be spoilers ahead if you haven't seen series 2 yet.
Check out a couple of more VFX breakdowns after the jump.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Cool Art: Labyrinth by Mark Reihill

Awesome Labyrinth poster by Mark Reihill. Check out his website for more brilliant art.

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Cool Art: Akira by Alexander Iaccarino

A stunning Akira poster by Alexander Iaccarino.

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Cool Art: 'The Roar Of Our Stars' by Alice X Zhang

Wow! A stunning portrait of Matt Smith as The Doctor by Alice X Zhang. Check out her Deviant Art page for more awesome art.

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Movie Poster Art: Watchmen (2009)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art with 'Watchmen'.

More posters and fan art after the jump. Click to embiggen.

Cool Art: Asylum Of The Daleks by CitronVert

The new series of Doctor Who seems to be inspiring artists and producing awesome poster art. Here's another poster to add to that number, from Deviant Artist CitronVert, inspired by the first episode 'Asylum Of The Daleks'.

New Poster For 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

To round off Tolkien Week and World Hobbit Day, a new poster has been released for the first of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit films, with Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the infamous sword, Sting.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is released on December 14th, 2012


Cool Art: 'The Power Of Three' by Francesco Francavilla

Continuing his minimalist sketches after the latest episodes of Doctor Who, here's the latest poster from award-winning comic book artist Francesco Francavilla.

Cool Art: 'Lament Of The Evening Star' by Jian Guo

Jian Guo continues his The Lord Of the Rings stained glass mural art with 'Lament Of The Evening Star'.

Check out more art by Jian Guo on his Deviant Art page.

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Book Review: Firefly - A Celebration

I may be a late arrival to the Firefly / Serenity 'Verse, but as with most people who have seen the series, I love it. There's just something that when I rewatch it that puts a big smile on my face. And so not having the previous Illustrated Companion Volumes and Still Flying that this book collects, I just had to get it, and just in time for the 10th anniversary too.

This book is gorgeous. From the faux leather effect binding when you first have it in your hands and when start thumbing through the 544 pages, you'll know you have a book that is loving crafted and compiled by people that loved Firefly.

The pages are packed with in-depth interviews with creator Joss Whedon and the cast and crew of the beloved series, plus full, uncut shooting scripts to all the episodes - with notes from cast and crew about each episode.  Lots of rare photos of the cast, crew, props and costumes, as well as production art previously unavailable elsewhere are included also. There's also new stories from the writers of the original episodes too.

And exclusively for this edition, there are nine portrait photographs of the cast and a facsimile of one of the bank notes used in the series.

So if you're a fan of the show, and particularly if you haven't already got the three Firefly Companion Volumes that are collected here, I would definitely recommend getting this. Shiny!

***** out of 5

Movie Poster Art: V For Vendetta (2006)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art with 'V For Vendetta'.

More posters and fan art after the jump. Click to embiggen.

Book Review: Star Wars Art: Illustration

It might come to no surprise, and especially to those that visit this blog, that I love art, and especially art and illustration from geek pop culture. It doesn't really get more geek pop culture than with Star Wars, and so I had to splash for the new Star Wars Art book 'Illustration'.

I've not read the previous two books in the Star Wars Art series, Comics and Vision (both now on order), but I have seen some of the artwork that features in this new book across my travels around the internet, and in fact have featured some on this blog. It is nice to have them in a nicely illustrated book though, and it satisfies my hardcover art book fetish!!!

Each of the 170+ pages is filled with simply awesome artwork, some of it previously unpublished and rarely seen from the artists featured. Artists like Ralph McQuarrie (to whom the book is dedicated to), Drew Struzan, Dave Dorman, Hugh Fleming, Tim and Greg Hildebrandt, Tsuneo Sanda, Jerry Vanderstelt, Christian Waggoner and many more. 

So if you're a Star Wars fan and love art and illustration, I would highly recommend getting this book.

***** out of 5

Cool Art: 'Harley Quinn' by Lorena Carvalho

Check out Lorena Carvalho's Deviant Art page for more awesome artwork.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Movie Poster Art: Tron Legacy (2010)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art with 'Tron: Legacy'.

More posters and fan art after the jump. Click to embiggen.

Cool Art: QT vs PT by Joshua Budich and Brandon Schaefer

Spoke Art and the Castro Theatre in San Francisco present the final installment in their Quentin Tarantino vs Paul Thomas Anderson series, with month long screenings of 'Inglourious Basterds'  and 'There Will Be Blood', with the accompanying posters by artists by Joshua Budich and Brandon Schaefer respectively.

Both prints are signed and numbered by the artists, and are limited edition screen prints of only 100 copies each, priced $40 a piece. They will be available later today via the Spoke Art online store and in person this Sunday at the Theatre starting at 5:30pm.

Check out Brandon Schaefer's 'There Will Be Blood' print after the jump.

'Inglourious Basterds' by Joshua Budich

Movie Poster Art: Dredd (2012)

Out in UK cinemas from September 7 and now out in the US, here's a look at the movie posters and fan art of Pete Travis' 'Dredd'.

More posters and fan art after the jump.

Cool Art: BPRD by Abigail Larson

Check out Abigail's website and Deviant Art page for more artwork.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Serenity Blue Sun Travel Posters by Adam Levermore

Back in 2006, Quantum Mechanix commissioned Adam Levermore to create a series of travel posters for the Firefly spinoff movie Serenity. And well, as it's the 10th anniversary of Firefly, I thought I'd share them.

View the rest after the jump.

Middle Earth Shenanigans!



Cool Art: Creature From The Black Lagoon by Laurent Durieux

Austin, Texas-based Mondo continues with their 'Universal Monsters' poster series with 'Creature From The Black Lagoon' by Laurent Durieux. This will be part of Mondo's next gallery show that features regular artists; Martin Ansin, Rick Baker, JC Richard, Kevin Tong, Ken Taylor and many more plus original, never-before-seen art from legendary poster artist Drew Struzan! The gallery show runs October 19th - November 10th, with an opening reception on October 19 from 7 - 10pm.


Trailer: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Alternate Endings

With a new trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey released to the wild yesterday, there were apparently four different endings to the trailer.

Check out the video below for the alternate endings in one nice video.


Cool Art: 'Fortress Of Solitude' by JC Richard

The DC Comics series, in partnership with Sideshow Collectibles and Mondo will sell the variant version of JC Richard’s Superman inspired print, “Fortress of Solitude” sometime today. It’s a 12″ x 32″ screenprint with an edition of 120.

Check the Sideshow Collectibles website or follow them on Twitter to see when it's available.

Hit the jump to see JC Richard's regular version that was available last year.


Movie Poster Art: Tron (1982)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art with 'Tron'.

Ben Folds Five & Fraggle Rock "Do It Anyway"

The Official Music Video for "Do It Anyway," the first track from Ben Folds Five's much anticipated album THE SOUND OF THE LIFE OF THE MIND...featuring the Fraggles from Jim Henson's "Fraggle Rock"! Also starring Rob Corddry, Anna Kendrick & Chris Hardwick.

Hit the jump to check out the behind the scenes of the music video.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cool Art: Dredd by Jock

With Dredd now in UK cinemas and out in the US this weekend, here's my review, Mondo will be releasing a special poster at a special screening during this year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, attended by Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and screenwriter Alex Garland.

The poster, by Dredd concept artist Jock, will be available exclusively at Fantastic Fest, with any remaining being sold via the Mondo website.


Cool Art: Back To The Future Travel Posters by Dean Walton

Here's a set of Back To The Future inspired travel posters by Dean Walton, featuring Hill Valley's Clock Tower through the ages.

They're avalable as limited editions of 100 in each size and type and either as a high quality print or ready-to-hang canvas.
Available here

Check the rest after the jump.

Trailer: The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey

Wow! Can't wait to see this, only three months away!

Cool Art: 'You Don't Know the Power' by TrulyEpic

Love this Star Wars / Calvin & Hobbes mashup t shirt design by TrulyEpic!
Get it here (£15.32)


Movie Poster Art: Total Recall (1990)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art with the 1990 Paul Verhoeven film,  'Total Recall'.

More posters and fan art after the jump. Click to embiggen.

The Science Of Doctor Who Documentary

Here's a special feature by BBC America discussing the science of Doctor Who, the plausibility of time travel, regeneration, cyborgs etc from physicists, fans and Stephen Moffat as well.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises Out On Bluray December 3

Never too long until a film has finished it's cinema run and is out on DVD/Bluray/Download these days. And that goes for The Dark Knight Rises, which is out on bluray etc December 3. Just a case to see what extras are included in the disc bundle now. Check out the trailer below.


Movie Poster Art: The War Of The Worlds (1953)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art with the 1953 classic HG Wells adaptation of 'The War Of The Worlds'.

Cool Art: 'A Town Called Mercy' by Farbenfrei

Here's Deviant Artist Farbenfrei's latest fan art for the new Doctor Who series; A Town Called Mercy.

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Movie Review: Marvel's The Avengers (2012) [Bluray]

When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

I think I must have been one of the few people to NOT catch this at the cinema when it was released earlier in the year, but all good things come to those who wait, so they say, and I've now got a nice shiny bluray to watch.

I must admit that I'm not that much of a fan of Marvel superhero comics and the movie spinoffs, and The Avengers does have that comic book feel to it. Quite different in tone to that other big superhero film, The Dark Knight Rises, but I thought it was much better than I expected and really enjoyed it.

It looks like Marvel releasing the Iron Man, Captain America and Thor movies previously worked, as it removed the need to introduce each of the heroes and just get straight to the action. And lots of action there is too, right from the off! It doesn't really slow down much throughout, especially when 'the other guy' goes green!

I was also really loving the soundtrack from Alan Silvestri, very rousing and fit the film perfectly for me. Thought it was up there with his Back To Future scores.

All in all, this is very much a fun-filled action packed superhero film that definitely pays tribute to previous superhero films and to comic books. As with Marvel films these days, don't forget to watch until the end of the closing credits.

Bluray Extras:
The picture quality and sound are superb, as I would expect from bluray, so no complaints there at all. As I was watching the UK bluray disc, we get deleted scenes, a gag reel, A Visual Journey featurette and the enjoyable Marvel Short film 'Item 47'. Barebones compared to the in depth US release.

If you enjoyed this at the cinemas, then go get it, as it looks and sounds superb on a big TV. If you want a fun filled action film, go get this as well.

**** out of 5

Monday, September 17, 2012

New Trailer For 'The Hobbit' Coming September 19th

To celebrate the start of 'Tolkien Week' - the 75th anniversary of the publication of 'The Hobbit' as well as the birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins on September 22 (declared World Hobbit Day by the American Tolkien Society in 1978) - Peter Jackson has announced in the video below, that he will be releasing a brand new trailer for the first of his three Hobbit films, 'An Unexpected Journey' on September 19th.


Movie Poster Art: The Time Machine (1960)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art with one of my favourite films, the 1960 classic HG Wells adaptation of 'The Time Machine'.

by Reynold Brown

Cool Art: 'The Morlock Excitation' by Otis Frampton

A brilliant take on The Big Bang Theory episode by Otis Frampton.

Check out his Deviant Art page for more awesome art.

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