Monday, September 30, 2013

Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Cover Art: Virgil Finlay

I love the illustrated cover art of the vintage magazines and paperbacks of the 1930s, 40s and 50s - the period often called the 'Golden Age' of pulp Sci-Fi.

In the pages of magazines like Amazing Stories, Argosy, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, Planet Stories, Weird Tales and more, were stories of science fiction, fantasy and horror where writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs, Otis A Kline, Ray Bradbury, Leigh Brackett, Isaac Asimov, EE 'Doc' Smith, Philip F Nowlan, Robert E Howard and HP Lovecraft began their literary careers. These magazines were also the beginnings for the early science fiction and fantasy heroes like John Carter, Buck Rogers, Conan The Barbarian, as well as Doc Savage, The Shadow, The Phantom and more!

Artists took on the challenge of realising the fantastic stories within these magazines, with dramatic scenes of space travel, technological marvels, manly men, damsels in distress, robots and bug eyed monsters on the covers.

Journey back to the early days of science fiction, fantasy and horror, as I'll be showcasing some of the classic illustrated cover art from these magazines and books featuring the likes of Norman Saunders, J Allen St John, Lawrence Sterne Stevens, Robert Gibson Jones, Margaret Brundage and more.

If you love vintage pulp cover art too, you'll do well to visit Pulp Covers and Galactic Central.

This week, I begin with a look at some of the pulp magazine cover art of Virgil Finlay.

Mass Effect - Series 3: Episode 15 'Keelah se'lai' & Episode 16 'Defectors'

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

Episode 15: "Keelah se'lai"
With the Quarian Flotilla still stranded in the Geth controlled Quarian home system, Legion has finally located the Reaper base on Rannoch which broadcasts the signal keeping the Geth under Reaper control.

Episode 16: "Defectors"
With the Rannoch situation dealt with and no current mission, the Normandy crew heads to the Citadel for some much needed R&R. Later, Specialist Traynor tracks down a group of former Cerberus scientists that are being hunted down by The Illusive Man.

Cool Art: 'Pacific Rim' by Becca T-R

'Pacific Rim' by Becca T-R.
"Pacific Rim was such an epic movie my first thought after seeing it was "must draw fan art!" here are the results."
Check out her Deviant Art page for more awesome art.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Cool Art: 'Heisenberg' by Marko Manev

In anticipation of the 'Breaking Bad' finale tonight, Bottleneck Gallery will be releasing 'Heisenberg' by Marko Manev.

This is a 13" x 19" numbered gicleé and will cost $35. It's also a timed edition print and will go on sale tonight at 8pm EST and end at midnight.

A portion of sales from this release will go towards The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Since the initial release of Marko's 'Noir' series, Bottleneck Gallery has raised close to $2,000 for the charity.

The link goes live at 8pm EST.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Cool Art: 'Suspiria' by Chris Garofalo

'Suspiria' by Chris Garofalo.

This is an 18" x 24" signed and numbered 3-colour screen print on French Paper Razzle Berry Pop Tone, and costs $25.

Preorders are now live and available from Chris' webstore.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Cool Art: 'Mother Of Dragons' by Stanley Lau (aka Artgerm)

'Mother Of Dragons' by Stanley Lau (aka Artgerm).

Following his 'Eye Of Raven' print, this new 'Game Of Thrones' inspired poster is a Giclée print in various sizes on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks, and is available from Stanley's Society6 web store.

'Muppet Mash' by Nick Bertke (aka Pogomix)

Nick Bertke (aka Pogomix) is back with another musical mashup, this time it's a mash up of music, voices and sounds from 'Sesame Street'.

'Breaking Bad' Honest Trailer

With the finale this weekend, here's a look at Screenjunkies' 'Honest Trailer' treatment to everyone's favorite show.

'Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag' - Infamous Pirates Featurette

Well, shiver me timbers! It's a look at the rogue's gallery of pirates that you'll come across in the upcoming 'Assassin's Creed IV: Blag Flag'.

With commentary from Matt Ryan, the voice actor behind Captain Edward Kenway, this featurette includes the backstory and motivations of historical pirates such as Blackbeard, Charles Vane, and Benjamin Hornigold from the true Golden Age of Pirates.

'Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag' is out October 29 (US) and November 1 (UK).

Full Trailer For Disney's 'Frozen'

'Tangled' on ice?
Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind "Tangled" and "Wreck-It Ralph," presents "Frozen," a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. 
'Frozen' is out in cinemas November 27 (US) and December 6 (UK).

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Cool Art: 'Eye Of Raven' by Stanley Lau (aka Artgerm)

'Eye Of Raven' by Stanley Lau (aka Artgerm).

This 'Game Of Thrones' inspired poster is a Giclée print in various sizes on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks, and is available from Stanley's Society6 web store.

'Assassin's Creed: Checkmate' Fan Film

1700's Caribbean. When Assassin Edward Kenway stumbles upon a robbery in progress he has only a split second to make his killer move. Watch the action of Assassin's Creed from a whole new perspective.

Opening Credits To 'American Horror Story: Coven'

'American Horror Story: Coven' tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who is harbouring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Jessica Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.
'American Horror Story: Coven' premieres October 9 at 10/9C on FX (US) and October 29 at 10pm on Fox (UK).


Cool Art: 'Frankenstein Alive, Alive' by Bernie Wrightson

This is a teaser image by the legendary Bernie Wrightson from the forthcoming issue of 'Frankenstein Alive, Alive', a 13 issue series retelling the classic story from Frankenstein's perspective by IDW Publishing.

Two 'Final Fantasy' Trailers: FFX | FFX-2 HD Remasters + FFIV Mobile

With 'Final Fantasy V' now available on mobile devices, here are two trailers for upcoming 'Final Fantasy' games; FFX | X-2 HD Remaster on the PS3 and FFIV: The After Years on mobile devices.

There's no definite release dates from Square-Enix yet on both, but they do say they'll be out this Winter.

Trailer for 'Final Fantasy X | X-2' HD remaster on PS3.

Trailer for the mobile 'Final Fantasy IV: The After Years' available on Android and Apple.

Fan Made 'Doctor Who' Opening Sequence by Billy Dakiduk

New fan-made title sequence for 'Doctor Who' by Billy Dakiduk for the new Peter Capaldi era, using Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects.
"I wrote myself a brief... it's mantra was "Journey through space and time".
First section is the Doctors watch, and we fly inside. The journey through the cog-wheels end with our exit through the untempered schism. And into an escher-esque timey wimey never-ending clock face (a metaphor of time travel and the time vortex).
Our journey catapults us through the vortex into a void where the seal of Rassilon is drawn in aged metal, accompanied by the Doctor Who logo, with some subtle embellishments. The seal of Rassilon burns away, reminding us of the Doctor's disdain for the Time Lords; revealing the new Doctor's reflection in the back of the watch which then tumbles away to the black hole in the distance."

'The Avengers: Age Of Ultron' SDCC Teaser

Teaser trailer for 'The Avengers: Age Of Ultron' that was shown at SDCC earlier this year.

Cool Art: 'Ideal World' by Jeremiah Ketner

Jeremiah Ketner has 3 new prints available this week selected from his recent show, 'Ideal World' at MyPlasticHeart in New York that ran from August 9 - September 8..

They will be available as 16" x 20" giclée in a limited edition of 15 at $80 each or as a 3-print set, in a limited edition of 10 for $200.  They go on sale Thursday, September 26th at 12pm Central (10am PDT) at his web store.

There are still a few originals available from his show at MyPlasticHeart too.

'Ideal World' by Jeremiah Ketner 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Cool Art: 'Super Mario Level One' by Harlan Elam

'Super Mario Level One' by Harlan Elam.

This is part of a print series by Harlan called 'Level One' and is a 12" x 16" 8 colour screen print on French #100 Pop-tone Black Licorice and will be available soon!

Follow him on Twitter @harlanelam for details when it goes on sale.

Cool Art: 'Return of the Jedi' 30th Anniversary Lobby Poster by Mark Raats

'Return of the Jedi' 30th Anniversary Print by Mark Raats.

This is the final artwork for the official Lobby poster for the 'Return of the Jedi' special screening that was held in the Steve Jobs theatre at Pixar this past weekend.

No idea if this is available as a print, but check it out below.

Note to Hollywood, can we have more illustrated posters like this please and no more generic photoshop abominations?!

Cool Art: 'The Little Mermaid' by Tom Whalen

To celebrate 'The Little Mermaid' Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD Digital on October 1st, Mondo will be releasing these two posters by Tom Whalen.

These are 24" x 36" hand numbered screen prints. The regular is in a limited edition of 365 and costs $45, the variant edition in a run of 165 and costs $70.

These posters will be available online at a random time on Thursday, September 26th, so follow them on Twitter @mondonews for the on sale announcement.

Regular Edition
Variant Edition

'Journey' Fan Animation

After playing 'Journey' and then watching his friend play it through, YouTube user balbod  made a fan animation based on a combination of both of their play through's.

2013 British Comic Awards Nomination Shortlist

The British Comic Awards is an annual celebration of the very best comics made in Britain over the past twelve months. The Awards aim to recognise and promote to a wider audience the finest examples of storytelling in this most underrated of mediums. The British Comic Awards committee are very pleased to announce the shortlist for this year’s Awards. The shortlisted titles for each category were decided by the committee of 9 comic industry professionals and academics from 100s of eligible titles submitted by the public as well as publishers and the creators themselves.

This year’s nominees are:
Best Comic
The Absence #5 – Martin Stiff (self published)
The Listening Agent – Joe Decie (Blank Slate Books)
Mud Man #6 – Paul Grist (Image Comics)
Soppy #2 – Philippa Rice (self published)
Winter’s Knight: Day One – Robert M Ball (Great Beast/self published)

Best Book
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil – Stephen Collins (Jonathan Cape)
Judge Dredd: Trifecta – Al Ewing, Rob Williams, Simon Spurrier, Henry Flint, D’Israeli, Carl Critchlow and Simon Coleby (2000AD Graphic Novels)
The Man Who Laughs – David Hine and Mark Stafford (Self Made Hero)
Mrs. Weber’s Omnibus – Posy Simmonds (Jonathan Cape)
The Nao of Brown – Glyn Dillon (Self Made Hero)

Young People’s Comic Award
Cindy & Biscuit #3 – Dan White (self published)
The Complete Rainbow Orchid – Garen Ewing (Egmont)
Hilda & The Bird Parade – Luke Pearson (NoBrow)
Playing Out – Jim Medway (Blank Slate Books)
The Sleepwalkers – Vivianne Schwarz (Walker Books)

Emerging Talent
Isabel Greenberg (The River of Lost Souls)
Dilraj Mann (Frank Ocean VS Chris Brown, Make You Notice, Turning Point)
Will Morris (The Silver Darlings)
Jade Sarson (Cafe Suada)
Lizzy Stewart (Solo, Four Days In Brussels, Four Days in Iceland, Object Stories)

And the second entrant to their Hall of Fame will be Leo Baxendale.

The nominated titles will now be passed over to their panel of judges who will decide the winner for each category except the Young People’s Comic Award which is chosen reading groups of young people from schools and libraries around the UK.

The 2nd Annual British Comic Awards Ceremony will take place Saturday 23rd November as part of the Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds. Now in it’s seventh year, the festival will take place in a variety of venues across the city from 17th – 24th November, with a huge 2 day comic convention at the Royal Armouries on the 23rd and 24th. Thought Bubble is the UK’s largest annual event which celebrates sequential art in all its forms and caters to both long-time comic book fans and those who have never picked up a graphic novel before.

Batman and Catwoman Rooftop Fight From 'The Dark Knight Rises' - Sweded

This week, as part of 'Batman Month' on Cinefix, the guys from Homemade Movies take on the epic fight scene from 'The Dark Knight Rises'! Watch special guest stars Jack Douglass, Olga Kay and Brock Baker bring Gotham's biggest characters to life in this action packed homemade movie.

As always you can check out the side by side comparison and the behind the scenes.

'Grand Theft Auto V' Timelapse

A timelapse montage of GTA V by Machinima director Ben Buja.


Cool Art: Retro-Futuristic Travel Posters by Steve Thomas

Very much inspired by the vintage travel posters of the early 20th century, these posters by Steve Thomas are available prints at his Zazzle store.

Cool Art: 'The World's End' by Kevin Tong

If you missed the Mondo print release earlier in the year, Kevin Tong is releasing his Artist Copies of his 'The World's End' print.

They will be available in two flavours; a regular 24" x 36" signed and numbered, 7 colour (printed among six screens via a split fountain) screen print on 100 lb white cover paper in a limited edition of 290 for $60, and a variant 24" x 36" edition that's limited to 115 copies for $70.

They will be available at a random time today (September 25) at his web site, so follow Kevin on Twitter @tragicsunshine for the on sale announcement.

Regular Edition
Variant Edition

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

'Dragon Age: Inquisition' 20 Minute Live Demo Gameplay

One of the next-gen console games I'm fairly looking forward to is 'Dragon Age: Inquisition'. Here's a 20 minute live demo that was held at PAX Prime a few weeks ago. The gameplay is pre-alpha, but it gives an example of what to expect next year when the game is released on the next-gen consoles. Can't wait!


Cool Art: 'Xenomorph' by Joshua Budich

'Xenomorph' is the first in a new print series from Joshua Budich, he will be releasing new prints for over the next couple months.

This is a 12″ x 24″ signed and numbered 3-colour screenprint on French 100lb Sour Apple (Green) paper. It's in a limited edition of 100 and costs $30 plus shipping.

It will be available to buy from Friday, September 27 at a random EST at Joshua's online store. Follow him on Twitter @jbudich for the on sale announcement.

Cool Art: ‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark‘ by Dave Perillo

‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark‘ by Dave Perillo is a 12" x 36" signed and numbered 6-colour screenprint on Cougar Natural 100C, in a limited edition of 250. It's also officially licensed by Lucasfilm Ltd too (hence the 'Indiana Jones And The. . .' title).

It'll be available from Acme Archives' Dark Ink on Thursday September 26 at a random time.  Follow them on Twitter @acmearchives for the on sale announcement.

Cool Art: 'It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' by Dave Perillo

'It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' by Dave Perillo, is a new print from Dark Hall Mansion.

It's available as a 12″ x 36” numbered and individually screen print, in a limited edition of 280 which costs $65, and a variant version in an edition of 50 which costs $100.

There is also a very select run of just 10 of each style-with Standard or Variant artwork-printed on full 12″ x 36″ panels of wood, which costs $250.

It goes on sale Tuesday, Oct, 1, 2013 at Dark Hall Mansion at a random time between 9:30 AM PST and 11:30 AM PST. Follow them on Twitter @DarkHallMansion for the on sale announcement.

Standard Edition

Full Trailer For 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

And something else to watch on Friday nights.

'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' pilot debuts on Channel 4, this Friday at 8pm. To be honest, I'm not into the whole Marvel Universe / Superhero thing, but I'll definitely check it out and give it a go.

Couple that with 'Orphan Black' on BBC3 at 9pm, UK Friday night telly is looking good!!

Trailer For The Final Episode Of 'The IT Crowd'

This Friday at 9pm on Channel 4 (UK).

Opening Cinematic For 'Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII'

This cinematic by the Visual Works studio of Square-Enix, shows the opening introduction sequence to the latest entry in the Final Fantasy series, 'Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII'.
The world of Nova Chrysalia has only 13 days until total annihilation, with the citizens of four distinct regions each experiencing the end of the world in unique ways. In Yusnaan, the setting for this sequence, the inhabitants have a hedonist frame of mind: if the world is going to be destroyed soon then why not go out in style? 
Against this background strides Lightning, a legendary warrior on a god-given mission to save the souls of mankind...
'Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII' is due for release early next year.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Cool Art: 'The Triforce' by Neddea

'The Triforce' by Neddea.

click to enlarge

Book Review: 'Star Wars Art: Concept' Artbook

This is the fourth in the series of 'Star Wars Art' books ('Visions', 'Comics' and 'Illustration' being the others) and as with the others, this tome is also worth getting.

With 175 glossy pages packed with beautiful concept art from the likes of Ralph McQuarrie, Joe Johnston, Doug Chiang, Ryan Church, Iain McCaig and more, this covers everything from original movies, the prequels, television and video games, including the now cancelled TV show 'Detours' and video game 'Star Wars 1313'.

Starting with introductions from Joe Johnston, Ryan Church and Doug Chiang, what you get is page after page of full colour plates of paintings, plus sketches, and digital art, showcasing the creature designs, to the vehicles and beautiful vistas from the iconic saga. To be honest, it's probably nothing you haven't seen before, but it's good to see it all collected into one nice hardback volume.

If you enjoy flicking through the pages of movie art books and love the Star Wars saga, then I would recommend this book.

***** out of 5

Cool Art: Star Wars Pin Up Art by Dominic Marco

Star Wars inspired pinup art by Dominic Marco.

This can also be bought as a print from his Deviant Art page.

Cool Art: The Films Of Studio Ghibli Art Nouveau Style by Marlboro

Portraits of characters from Studio Ghibli films in the Art Nouveau style by Marlboro.

Mass Effect - Series 3: Episode 13 'Consensus' & Episode 14 'Rescue'

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

Episode 13: "Consensus"
With the Quarian Flotilla still cut off from Rannoch's Mass Relay, Legion offers its help to disable a Reaper controlled Geth server that is sending fighters to attack the Quarians.

Episode 14: "Rescue"
After a brief visit to the Citadel, The Normandy heads back to the Geth controlled Quarian home system to attempt to rescue Admiral Koris, who has been stranded on Rannoch.

Cool Art: 'Two Truths' by Andrew Ghrist

'Two Truths' by Andrew Ghrist.

Galerie F is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the television series, the X-Files, with this new print. It is a 12" x 24" silkscreen print in a limited edition of 45. It will go onsale at today at 2 PM CDT.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Cool Art: 'Red Sonja' Cover Art by Jenny Frison

Loving this new Red Sonja series from Dynamite comics written by Gail Simone and illustrated by Walter Geovani. And with great cover art from the best female artists in comicdom, my favourites are the covers by Jenny Frison. Check out her covers for Red Sonja  #1-#5 below.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Cool Art: 'Grand Theft Epona' by Sönke Bochmann

 'Grand Theft Epona' by Sönke Bochmann.

Cool Art: 'Hyderabad Graphic Novel' Cover Art by Mukesh Singh (Nisachar)

This awesome cover art by Mukesh Singh (Nisachar), is part of the Hyderabad Graphic Novel Project by Jai Undurti, Jasraman Grewal and Harsho Mohan Chattoraj.

Cool Art: 'Forest Healer' by Mia Araujo

'Forest Healer' by Mia Araujo.
"I wanted to create a piece that would depict the forest as a place to heal from all the exhaustion, stress, and invisible wounds that each of us carry in our daily lives. I was inspired by Alphonse Mucha’s use of fabric and the intent gazes of his women, and by the healing power of the deer-god in Princess Mononoke. I had been listening to an audiobook version of Timothy Egan’s book about the worst wildfire in US history, ‘The Big Burn.’ So I imagined that all of the animals, forest spirits, and mythical characters that lived there would need a place of sanctuary after the horrors of a wildfire.." - Mia Araujo
This is a 15″ x 22″ signed and numbered giclee printed on Archival Pigment Print on 300gsm Fine Art Paper. The standard edition is in a limited edition of 25, and costs $50 and a hand embellished version, also limited 25 copies, costs $100. You can also add $125 if you'd like it framed.

Go to to buy the print and check out an interview and some up close detail shots too.

Happy Birthday 'Firefly'

Created by Joss Whedon, 'Firefly' was first broadcast on the Fox network in the US on this day, September 20 in 2002 with the episode 'The Train Job'.

The episodes were not aired in their intended order and Fox cancelled the series after only 11 episodes, out of the 14 produced. Despite being short-lived, the series did very well when released on DVD, Bluray, and in syndication, and gained a huge fan base, 'The Browncoats' - and myself included.

The stories of the Firefly 'verse have since been expanded into a feature length movie, 'Serenity' and into a series of comics and even an online role playing game.

Happy birthday Firefly!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Cool Art: 'The World's End' by Alex Pardee

'The World's End' by Alex Pardee.

This is a 18" x 24" signed and numbered print with archival inks on velvet cotton rag paper and limited to 400 copies. It costs $60.

It'll go on sale Friday, September 20 at 12:01 midnight EST (9:01 pm tonight PST) at

Cool Art: 'Gypsy Queen' by Malleus

'Gypsy Queen' by Malleus is a 50 x 70cm signed and numbered 10-colour screenprint and is in a limited edition of 66. Editions printed on polypropylene will be available to in a limited edition of 10.

It is based off of a 2004 Brant Bjork gig poster that was created as an offset poster due to the difficultly back then for them to create a 10-colour hand pulled screenprint.

The print goes on sale Friday, September 20th at a random time, at Malleus' online store. Follow them on Twitter @MALLEUSDELIC for the on sale announcement.

Regular Edition
Polypropylene Edition

Cool Art: Gallery1988 presents Audrey Pongracz & Lora Zombie Art Show

The new art show from Gallery1988 (East) debuts on Friday September 20th, featuring the stunning work of Audrey Pongracz and Lora Zombie and will be on display until Saturday October 12. Expect to see some beautiful larger-than-life canvases, as well as several new prints from each artist. Audrey will also be in attendance at the show.

Artwork will be available online at the Gallery1988 website from Saturday, September 21st.

Check out some of the art below.

New Tokyo Game Show Trailer for 'Final Fantasy XV'

Square Enix is yet to announce a release date.

'World War Z' Honest Trailer.

'World War Z' gets the Screenjunkies Honest Trailer treatment.
World War Z is one of the most anticipated book adaptations this summer. Sometimes things are better left on the page.

Cool Art: 'Demonseed' by Godmachine

'Demonseed' by Godmachine is an 11" x 34" signed and numbered Giclee print on 280gsm soft white cotton Archival- Acid free paper and is in a limited edition of only 30.

Unfortunately it is now sold out!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Cool Art: 'Sous La Mer' by Megan Lara

'Sous La Mer' by Megan Lara.

This 'Little Mermaid' inspired design is available as a limited edition tee at The Yetee only for today (September 18) for $11 (or $13 for XXL).

Cool Art: 'This Island Earth' by Francesco Francavilla

Mondo continue their Universal Monsters series with a poster designed by Francesco Francavilla of the science fiction classic, 'This Island Earth'. 

This is a 24" x 36" screen print and is limited to 325 copies and costs $45. It'll be available online at the the Mondo store at an undisclosed time on Thursday September 19th. Follow them on Twitter @mondonews for the onsale announcement.

Cool Art: 'Carrie' by Jessica Deahl

This 'Carrie' inspired print is Odd City Entertainment’s first art release by Jessica Deahl, who also serves as their Chief Creative Director. 
“When Odd City asked me to take on 'Carrie', I couldn’t have been more excited. Now an iconic horror film more than thirty years old, the themes of fear, isolation, and estrangement are still relatable. I wanted to portray the story of Carrie White as a triumph. She overcomes the horrific and inhumane treatment of her peers and unjust religious control of her mother to win back her life. She was a prisoner in her own home, and her rage destroys it.” 
This is a 16" x 24" 6 ink print on French Butcher Off White paper, it's limited to 150 copies and costs $40. It'll be available online at the Odd City Entertainment store at an undisclosed time on Thursday September 19th. Follow them on Twitter @oddcitynews for the onsale announcement.

'The Dark Knight': The Joker's Pencil Trick Scene - Sweded

This week, as part of 'Batman Month' on Cinefix, the guys from Homemade Movies take on The Joker's pencil trick scene from Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight' in true homemade style!

As always you can check out the side by side comparison and the behind the scenes.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cool Art: 'Walter White' by J Scott Campbell

'Walter White' by J Scott Campbell.

Cool Art: 'Little Video Game Books' by Joey Spiotto

Earlier this year, Joey Spiotto created a series of prints combining 'Little Golden Books' with video games that were considered instant classics - 'Skyrim', 'Portal' and 'Bioshock'.

He's followed up that set with another featuring video games that have had a huge impact - 'Red Dead Redemption', 'Half-Life 2' and 'Mass Effect'.

They're all available at his Etsy store, as 8" x 10" prints on archival watercolour paper and they cost $25 each, or $65 for a combination of any three, or $110 for a set of five.

Check them all out below.

Happy Birthday Battlestar Galactica!

Created by Glen A Larson, 'Battlestar Galactica' was first broadcast on the ABC network in the US on this day, September 17 in 1978 with the pilot episode 'Saga Of A Star World'.

Legendary artist Ralph McQuarrie (who is best known for his work on the 'Star Wars' saga) did the concept art for the the pilot 'Saga Of A Star World' to convince the studios to pick up this costly project. You can see the concept art below, as well as posters and other art inspired by the show.

Despite ABC initially cancelling it after one season and 24 episodes later, there was a short-lived spin off series, 'Galactica 1980', and more recently, a hugely popular re-imagined version, created by Ronald D Moore and David Eick, that ran for four seasons, followed by the prequel series 'Caprica' and a spinoff prequel movie 'Blood & Chrome'.

Happy birthday Battlestar Galactica!

 by John Solie

Cool Art: 'Evil Queen' by Nei Ruffino

'Evil Queen' pinup by Nei Ruffino.

Cool Art: 'Wonder Woman & Superman' by Marguerite Sauvage

'Wonder Woman & Superman' by Marguerite Sauvage.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Cool Art: Hero Complex Gallery presents 'Young Guns Of Print'

Hero Complex Gallery's new art exhibition, "Young Guns Of Print", opening Friday September 20 and on display until Saturday October 5, is an inspired show that highlights some of today's hottest, rising stars of the print world, many of which I've featured on this blog.

Each of the artists contributing to the show has personally chosen their own mini-theme and will be presenting between 2-15 pieces of artwork, which means that the art show will have every type of print imaginable, from screen prints, letter presses, giclées, to even 7 foot tall life-size portraits!

The full list of artists and their mini themes:
Ale Giorgini - ‘Greetings From Los Angeles’
Andrew Kolb - ‘Mused on Tattoos’
Bruce Yan - ‘Tribute to Animation’
Florey - ‘Busted’
JP Valderrama - ‘The 27 Club’
Khoa Ho – ‘Superheroes Past and Present’
Marie Bergeron - ‘Tribute to Tim Burton’
Mark Lone – ‘Creatures’
Mark Reihill – ‘Hunters’
Marko Manev – ‘Tribute to Lord of the Rings’
Matt Ferguson – ‘It’s the End of the Word As I Know It (And I Feel Fine)’
Matthew Johnson - ‘Tribute to Harry Potter’
Paul Shipper – ‘Alternative Movie Posters’
Peter Gutierrez – ‘Mechanically Acclaimed’
Phillip Ellering – ‘Geniuses at Work’
Tim Anderson – ‘Harrison Ford Gun Show’
Tim Jordan – ‘Bettie’’
Zeb Love – ‘Emblems’

Opening Reception is on Saturday September 20th, 7-10pm at Hero Complex Gallery, 2020 South Robertson Blvd, Studio D, Los Angeles, CA 90034, with artists Bruce Yan, JP Valderrama, Paul Shipper, Peter Gutierrez, and Phillip Ellering in attendance. Watch their Twitter @HeroComplexArt for more details.

The prints will go onsale online on Saturday September 21, approx. 1pm PST here.

Check out a preview of some of the art from this show below.

Cool Art: 'Robocop' by Ciaran Monaghan

'Robocop' by Ciaran Monaghan.

Cool Art: 'Oblivion' by Ciaran Monaghan

'Oblivion' by Ciaran Monaghan.

Cool Art: 'The Science Of Deduction' by Megan Lara

This 'Sherlock' / art nouveau inspired tee by Megan Lara is available today only from Teefury, with tees starting at $11 (add $1 to XXL or $2 for XXXL) and available in 3 different colours.

Mass Effect - Series 3: Episode 11 'The Code' & Episode 12 Admiral Zorah'

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

Episode 11: "The Code"
In the aftermath of the Cerberus coup attempt on the Citadel, Commander Shepard receives a message from Asari High Command, requesting the Normandy's help with a sensitive matter.

Episode 12: "Admiral Zorah"
The Normandy travels into Geth space to meet the Quarians and request their help in the fight against the Reapers

Short Film: 'Rahab' by Rob McLellan

From the director of 'ABE' (which has now been picked up to become a full length motion picture at MGM), here's an earlier sci-fi short film from Rob McLellan and stars David Oyelowo, Jessica Oyelowo, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Victoria Bailey and Nick Ashdon. 

This short won the 2011 Enter The Pitch contest, with the brief that you create a 2 minute pitch for your short film idea, based on a story in the bible, whether directly or loosely, and the winner gets £25,000 to produce it. 'Rahab' is based on the Biblical story of the fall of Jericho, and centers on a slave, a spy, a city under siege and a choice to be made that will change their world forever.

Cool Art: 'The Desert Sands' by JC Richard

'The Desert Sands' by JC Richard.

This 'Star Wars' inspired print is a 18 "x 24" 7 colour screen print. On sale details will be available soon at his blog and at his Twitter @microcosmcmedia.

Cool Art: Final Prints In Marko Manev's 'Noir' Series

Bottleneck Gallery will be releasing the final two prints in Marko Manev’s current 'Noir' series titled 'No Fate' and 'Dawn of Man', this Tuesday, September 17th at 12 EST.

Inspired by 'The Terminator' and '2001 A Space Odyssey' films, they are both 13" x 19" numbered giclée prints on velvet fine art paper in a limited edition of 100. And as a thank you to those that bought a subscription to this print series, they will be including a 'Planet of the Apes' inspired print entitled 'I’m Home' in every tube.

Check out all three prints below.

No Fate by Marko Manev