Thursday, October 31, 2013

Movie Poster Art: The Classic 'Universal Monsters' Movies

Universal Monsters or Universal Horror, was the name given to a series of horror, suspense and science fiction films made by Universal Studios from 1923 to 1960.

Universal's earliest success in the genre was 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' in 1923 starring Lon Chaney as Quasimodo. Off the back of the success of this movie, Universal continued with such movies as 'The Phantom of the Opera', 'Dracula', 'Frankenstein', 'The Mummy', 'The Invisible Man', 'The Bride of Frankenstein', 'The Wolf Man', and 'Creature from the Black Lagoon', starring legendary actors from the era Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr and more.

Check out the original posters from some of the classic 'Universal Monster' movies below.

Cool Art: 'Trick 'R Treat' by Sal Gabriel

Cool blog CromeYellow conclude their 'Reel Rewind' of reviews of classic horror movies, topped off with a cool poster from the best artists in the pop culture print scene.

This week it's the movie 'Trick 'R Treat'. You can check out the exclusive poster from CromeYellow's very own Sal Gabriel below, and go here to see what CromeYellow thought of the movie!

Kickstarter: 'Well Read' by Tracie Ching

On March 28th 2014, Galerie F will host Tracie Ching's first-ever solo art show, 'Well Read', at their gallery in Chicago, with portions of the proceeds from the show going to RIF, the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States. All artwork for the show will be based on different genres of literature - the first of which is the HG Wells sci-fi classic, 'War Of The Worlds'.

And to help with the production costs for the show, Tracie has started a Kickstarter with the aim of raising $3,000 to cover the minimum screenprinting costs.

Check out the limited edition 'War Of The Worlds' 18" x 24" screenprints below, that will ONLY be available as part of this Kickstarter and not at the show.

General Run Edition
Variant Run Edition

Cool Art: 'Out To Sea' by Paul Shipper

'Out To Sea' by Paul Shipper.

Another awesome illustrated poster from Paul Shipper! This is part of the Hero Complex Gallery / PangeaSeed 'Jaws' tribute exhibition; 'Smile, You Son Of A Bitch!', that starts tomorrow and that I previewed some of the art here.

Unlettered Version
Lettered Version

'Thor' As An 8 Bit Video Game

8-bit Cinema "gamifies" your favourite Hollywood Blockbusters into 80's arcade and NES inspired action!

'Thor' retold via old-school 8-bit (and a little 16-bit) game tech. No quarters or controllers required!

Cool Art: 'Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein: A Portfolio' by Bernie Wrightson

Happy Halloween! Here's the legendary Bernie Wrightson's illustrations for 'Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein: A Portfolio'.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Trailer For 'Heavenly Sword' Animated Movie

I enjoyed the original game and now here's the trailer for the 'Heavenly Sword' CG animated film based on the PS3 game by Ninja Theory. It's slated to be released digitally worldwide, as well as theatrically in select global markets, in the Spring of 2014. The film stars Anna Torv as Nariko, Alfred Molina as King Bohan, and Thomas Jane as Loki.

Check out the original PS3 launch trailer below.

Cool Art: Hero Complex Gallery presents 'Smile You Son Of A Bitch!"

Hero Complex Gallery, in association with artist Craig Drake and PangeaSeed, who raise awareness for the preservation and conservation of sharks, presents 'Smile You Son Of A Bitch!', a 'Jaws' themed art show that runs from November 1-3, featuring original art from over 90 international artists plus original film memorabilia, discussions with leading shark experts and more.

There's a $10 donation at the door at the Hero Complex Gallery, 2020 South Robertson Blvd. Studio D. Los Angeles, California, with proceeds going to PangeaSeed, and their conservation and education efforts.

Check out a sneak peek at some of the art below.

by Casey Callender

Cool Art: 'The Fly' by Adam Juresko

Cool blog CromeYellow continue their 'Reel Rewind' of reviews of classic horror movies, topped off with a cool poster from the best artists in the pop culture print scene.

This week it's the movie 'The Fly'. You can check out the exclusive poster from Adam Juresko below, and go here to see what CromeYellow thought of the movie!

Cool Art: 'Radio Drama' by Rob Schwager

Celebrating the anniversary of Orson Welles' reading of an adaptation of HG Wells' 'The War Of The Worlds', which was broadcast on the CBS Radio network 75 years ago today (October 30). Dubbed the 'The Panic Broadcast', it set off pulses of panic through listeners who had believed the events described in the program were real.

You can listen to the actual broadcast here.

This is a 18" x 24" signed and numbered print featuring metallic inks. It's in a limited edition of 50 and costs $40.

Go Galerie F to buy.

Cool Art: 'All Heart No Soul' by Glenn Arthur

'All Heart No Soul' by Glenn Arthur.

This is a 13" x 24" signed and numbered, Archival Pigment Print on 310gsm Fine Art Paper. It's in a limited edition of 100 and costs $50 from 1xRun.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

'Dracula' 1931 Trailer - Sweded

This week, it's the 'trailer for the 1931 Universal Classic, 'Dracula' that gets the Homemade Movies treatment.
Just in time for Halloween Homemade Movies takes on the most famous Vampire of all, Dracula! Turn down the lights and sink your teeth into this classic trailer.
As always you can check out the side by side comparison and the behind the scenes.

How 'World War Z' Should Have Ended

While zombies decide to dog-pile the planet, the most qualified person discovers the key to save humanity.

Cool Art: 'An Adventure in Space And Time'

Two new posters for the BBC drama, 'An Adventure in Space & Time', which was written by Mark Gatiss and stars David Bradley as William Hartnell/The First Doctor and looks at the beginnings of 'Doctor Who'. The film will be broadcast in the run up to the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary.

New Trailer For 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original "X-Men" film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from "X-Men: First Class," in an epic battle that must change the past -- to save our future.
'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' is out in cinemas May 22 2014.

New US Trailer for '47 Ronin'

'47 Ronin' is out in cinemas in December.

Cool Art: 'Time and Space' by Rob Schwager

'Time and Space' by Rob Schwager.

This 'Doctor Who' inspired poster is an 18″ x 24″ 6-colour screenprint, and is in a limited edition of 90, and costs $40.

On sale Tuesday, October 29th at 7pm ET. Go here to buy.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Cool Art: 'Walk The Earth' by Dan Mumford

'Walk The Earth' by Dan Mumford.

This is an A2 (420mm x 594mm) 4 colour print, in a limited edition of 60, exclusively available through Dan's website. The print goes live in the store tomorrow on the 28th October, 5pm GMT.

Cool Art: 'Mosters (Motion Posters)' by GeekNation

Wow these are so cool!

GeekNation has taken the traditional movie poster to the next level with these 'Mosters' or motion posters!

Go here to see more cool Mosters from GeekNation.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Cool Art: 'Universal Classic Monsters Folio' by Tom Whalen

'Universal Classic Monsters Folio' by Tom Whalen.

These are part of a special limited edition 'Universal Classic Monsters' Folio from Dark Hall Mansion. that will go onsale Wednesday October 30. Each Folio contains 10 18″ x 24″ individually numbered screenprints (8 individual prints + one very special 2-print diptych), with all pieces encased in a Tom Whalen designed box with its respective Certificate Of Authenticity. 

The Standard Edition Folio contains the multiple colour prints while the Variant Edition Folio contains Tom’s ‘silver screen’ take on the classic Universal Monsters and will be printed with select metallic inks.

There will be 230 Folios in the Standard Edition run and 70 Folios in the Variant Edition run. And one very special print from each and every Standard and Variant edition Folio will be personally signed by Tom Whalen.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Short Animated Film: 'Windmills'

In a dead world without light, a little girl, despite the despair and renunciation of her father against the death of his wife, maintains their dream of building a wind powered magical machine to fly and join the sun.
This was a graduation movie, made at the Georges Méliès School, and directed by Guillaume Bergère, Guillaume Coudert, Maria Glinyanova, Bruno Guerra, Charlotte Jammet.

'WindMills' was also winner of Best Animated Film Festival: Boston SCI-FI (Boston, 2012).

Cool Art: 'Batman: Arkham Origins' by Matt Ferguson

'Batman: Arkham Origins' by Matt Ferguson.

Cool Art: Bernie Wrightson & Steve Niles presents 'Something Spooky' At Guzu Gallery

This Halloween season Guzu Gallery (at 5000 N Lamar Blvd in Austin, TX) treats you to an exhibition of a different breed. They've called upon two masters of modern horror to help conjure up the most frightening art show imaginable - Bernie Wrightson & Steve Niles presents 'Something Spooky'. Prepare to be astounded and amazed by morbid monsters, ghastly ghouls and cadaverous creeps!

There is still time to catch the art show that opened on Friday, October 18th as it will be open through November 25th. Plus today, October 25th, at around the 3 o'clock hour (CST), the remaining artwork from the show at Guzu Gallery will be available for purchase here.

Check out a sample of the art below.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Cool Art: 'Alien' by Randy Ortiz

'Alien' by Randy Ortiz.

This is a 24" x 36" screenprint, limited to 275 editions, that will be available exclusively from Mondo, at two 35mm screenings of the film this upcoming weekend (October 26 and 27) at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin Texas. Go here to purchase tickets for either screening.

Head over to the Mondo Blog for up close photos of the print.

New Trailer For 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.
'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is out in cinemas March 26 2014 (UK) and April 4 2014 (US).

Cool Art: 'The Running Man' by Timothy Pittides

'The Running Man' by Timothy Pittides.

The poster is an 18" x 24" signed and numbered, 5 colour glow in the dark screenprint. It's in a limited edition of 50 and costs $35.

The poster will be on sale here at a random time on Wednesday October 30.

Subscribers to Tim's newsletters will receive the exact drop time so make sure to sign up through his website at the "e-news" link by Oct 29th.

Cool Art: 'Pokémon' by Marinko Milosevski

'Pokémon' by Marinko Milosevski.

Cool Art: 'Return Of The Jedi' by Mark Daniels

'Return Of The Jedi' by Mark Daniels.

This is a new print through ACME Archive Dark Ink Art. It is a 12″ x 24″ signed & numbered silkscreen print in a limited edition of 250 and costs $50.

It goes on sale Wednesday October 30th around 10am PDT. Go here to buy.

Cool Art: 'Poison Ivy' & 'Harley Quinn' Retro Pinups by Devin Lawson

'Poison Ivy' & 'Harley Quinn' Retro Pinups by Devin Lawson.

These are available as 11" x 17" signed prints on 100lb paper at his webstore at $10 each.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

'Star Wars' Original Trilogy Teaser Trailers

In the last few weeks the original teaser trailers for the original Star Wars trilogy have appeared on the 'Star Wars' YouTube channel. One wonders if this is leading towards a new teaser trailer, either Star Wars Rebels or Episode VII (although Rebels would seem more likely if there is seeing as they haven't cast the roles yet for Episode VII). Time will tell, and in the meantime check out the original teaser trailers for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Revenge Of The Jedi (before it became Return) below.

Cool Art: Light Grey Art Lab presents 'Rolemodels: The Battle For Vyk'Tornaahl'

Light Grey Art Lab presents 'Rolemodels: The Battle For Vyk'Tornaahl', a limited edition, RPG card game. Each artist has traded in their pencils and brushes for battle armour and wands, embracing their inner swordsman, warrior, and healer. It is an exhibition that celebrates the artist as a creator, individual, and a modern-day art hero and role model.

Each portrait graces the cover of an over-sized, full colour card and decks are available for $25 which includes all artworks, a 100-page guidebook with gameplay and character backgrounds, and a twenty-sided die. Go here for more information and to pre-order.

'Rolemodels' is on display at Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis, MN from October 18th- November 30th.

Check out the video for a sneak peek and a selection of the awesome art below.

by Kaitlin Reid

Cool Art: 'Martyrs' by Trevor Henderson

Cool blog CromeYellow continue their 'Reel Rewind' with reviews of classic horror movies each week, topped off with a cool poster from the best artists in the pop culture print scene.

This week it's the movie 'Martyrs'. You can check out the exclusive poster from Trevor Henderson below, and go here to see what CromeYellow thought of the movie!

New 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' Trailer

'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' is out in cinemas this December.

Cool Art: 'Bard With The Black Arrow' by Jian Guo

'Bard With The Black Arrow' by Jian Guo.

Another stained glass style illustration, inspired by JRR Tolkein's 'The Hobbit'.

Cool Art: 'Classic Monsters' by Mia Araujo

'Classic Monsters' by Mia Araujo.

These classic Universal Monsters posters are available as 10" x 12" signed, mini giclée prints on Moab Entrada Rag Natural 300 fine art paper, with a Certificate of Authenticity. They're available individually for $30 or together as a set for $75.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

'Pacific Rim' Honest Trailer

This week, Screenjunkies give 'Pacific Rim' the Honest Trailer treatment.
"Pacific Rim was the summer's hottest film about robots punching monsters. How can you possibly mess that up?"

Cool Art: 'The Last Of Us....Heh' by Stjepan Sejic

'The Last Of Us....Heh' by Stjepan Sejic.
"so yeah.. my wife's friend got her hooked..and prompted by the recent doug walkers series of baffled v-logs and my wife's leading... I started watching this.... and after the initial wtf phase... I started getting the show....
and then came the 2 episodes about Simon and Marceline and all I can say is...damn..
some of the most tragic character writing I have ever seen done is in a frigging kid's show XD"

Cool Art: Blurppy's Poster Posse Project #4 - '47 Ronin' Part 2

Following on from yesterday's post of very cool '47 Ronin' fan art, check out this selection of even more awesome fan art from cool blog Blurppy's fourth #PosterPosse project, including some new recruits to the #PosterPosse clan! Looking forward to seeing what Project #5 will be!

Head on over to Blurppy to see the rest.

by Matt Ferguson

'Ghostbusters': 'Trap Slimer' Scene - Sweded

This week, it's the 'Ghostbusters' 'Trap Slimer' scene that gets the Homemade Movies treatment.
Who ya gonna call? The Homemade Ghostbusters take down plastic bag Slimer with plunger powered proton packs and only in-camera effects! Homemade Movies ain't afraid of no ghost.
As always you can check out the side by side comparison and the behind the scenes.

Cool Art: 'Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag' by Todd McFarlane

'Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag' by Todd McFarlane.

You can also see a quick look at the making of the poster here. The poster is available exclusively with pre-orders for the game at only at Gamestop.

'Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag' is out on consoles October 29. You can pre-order the game with special US and UK editions.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Cool Art: Blurppy's Poster Posse Project #4 - '47 Ronin'

Cool blog Blurppy, have exclusively revealed their fourth #PosterPosse project, and it's another collection of very cool art!

Head on over to Blurppy to see part 1 of their stunning art for the Keanu Reeves samurai film '47 Ronin', and check back tomorrow (Tuesday 9am PST) to see the second part of the '47 Ronin' poster project which includes artwork from Matt Ferguson, Paul Shipper, Chris Garofalo, Paul Ainsworth, Andy Fairhurst and more! 

If the first part is anything to go by, check out a selection of them below, personally, I can't wait to see the rest of these posters!

by Luke Butland

Horror Movie Style Haunted Hotel Posters

With Halloween approaching, check out these horror movie style posters for some of America’s haunted hotels from ad agency Wieden+Kennedy for

And check out the Haunted Destinations finder for more information if you fancy a night in one of the hotels!

The Making Of 'Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag'

Part 1:
Why and how Ubisoft added pirates to Assassin's Creed. Part 1 of IGN's behind-the-scenes documentary shot on location in Montreal and Singapore

Part 2:
See how devs recreated the Caribbean in the first open world Assassin's Creed. Part 2 of IGN's behind-the-scenes documentary shot on location in Montreal and Singapore.

Part 3:
Meet Edward Kenway and see how devs designed gameplay for a new Assassin in Part 3 of IGN's behind-the-scenes documentary shot on location in Montreal and Singapore.

Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Cover Art: Alex Schomberg

Continuing my look at the art of the vintage pulp Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror magazines and books, this week, the cover art by Alex Schomberg.

If you love vintage pulp cover art too, visit Pulp Covers and Galactic Central for lots more.

Cool Art: 'The Descent' by Chris Weston

'The Descent' by Chris Weston.

This is poster is exclusively for a screening of the film on October 27 by 5 Reel Film at the Adelphi in Leeds. Tickets for the screening are only £5, or if you want the poster as well, £35. Go here to book tickets.

The poster is a 45cm x 64cm, 4 Colour, hand-pulled screen print on 350gsm White Frost Colorplan, and is in a limited edition of 50. If you can't make the screening, the poster will be available from Wednesday 30th October at 8pm GMT at the 5 Reel Film store.

Two New 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Posters

Two new posters for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' have appeared online. One is a large banner poster, so click on that to see it in all its glory and the other features the elves, Legolas, Tauriel and Thranduil.

 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' is out in cinemas December 13.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Cool Art: 'Ellen Ripley' by Mark Raats

'Ellen Ripley' by Mark Raats.

This was a private commission for an art collector.
"The collector took a print of the illustration the New York Comic- Con recently and this is what he wrote about meeting with Sigourney Weaver: 
"Sigourney Weaver asked if I was the artist. I told her, "No, my friend Mark did it." She responded, "I've seen a lot of art of the character. A lot of it doesn't come out well. This one is beautiful." Then afterwards, as I was about to leave the room, a guy called me over to look at the print. He scrutinized it, then said, "Wow. This is great." It was Jim Simpson, Sigourney's husband".

Bela Lugosi And Dracula

In celebration of what would've been Bela Lugosi's birthday today (October 20th), here is a collection of original movie posters and fan art of the role he made famous, 1931's 'Dracula'.

'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Tribute Trailer

Celebrate 50 Years of 'Doctor Who' with this specially-shot tribute in advance of the special 50th Anniversary episode.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Book Review: 'Grant Morrison's 18 Days'

This book from Dynamite Entertainment, is a preview for an animated motion comic series from Grant Morrison, in a reimagining of the mythic tale, Mahabharata . . . and follows the course of the climactic war that concludes the age of the gods and begins the age of man. It is the prototype for every war ever fought. The scale is epic, wherein the biggest armies ever conceived face one another across the ultimate battlefield to decide the fate of the future.

Inside is a detailed pitch for the series, including the story, characters and layout for scenes in this mythic tale, together with concept art, fully rendered artwork and a script from the chapters in the story. The art by Mukesh Singh that features in the book, as demonstrated in the cover art, is simply stunning, the attention to detail is just something else, and is the reason why I bought this hardcover book!

If you picked up the book just for the art, like me, then it's well worth it. It's just a shame that the art that is in the actual animated series (which you can see on the Graphic India YouTube channel) isn't the same that's in this book.

**** out of 4

Friday, October 18, 2013

'Ender's Game': Building Ender's World Featurette

'Ender's Game' is out in cinemas October 25 (UK) and November 1 (US).

Cool Art: 'The Oath Of Flame' by incendieros & Dark134

'The Oath Of Flame' illustrated by incendieros and coloured by Dark134 from Deviant Art.

Cool Art: 'The Sandman Overture #1' CBLDF Variant Cover by Jim Lee

DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee has illustrated a Comic Book Legal Defense Fund-branded variant cover for 'The Sandman: Overture' #1.

The cover will be available exclusively to retailers who join the CBLDF during the organization's current Diamond Previews membership drive. Retailers who join at the $100 level ("retail advocate") will receive one copy of the Lee-illustrated variant along with other incentives; those who donate $250 ("retail defender") will receive two copies. The "retail protector" level, at $500, nets five copies, and $1,000 "retail champion" donators receive 10 copies of Lee's variant.

The Art Of Barsoom: Dynamite Entertainment Comic Covers

A look at the various artists inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom / John Carter series.

Continuing from a look at the Marvel Comics covers of the 1970's, this time, it's a look at the cover art of the current run of Warlord of Mars by Dynamite Entertainment. Quite a difference I'd say, and might even be considered NSFW as a result!

Dynamite have also released the Fall Of Barsoom mini series set 100,000 years before John Carter's appearance on Barsoom, and currently do the Dejah Thoris and Warriors Of Mars spin offs too.

Warlord Of Mars #1 by Joe Jusko

'Batman: Arkham Origins' TV Spot Trailer

'Batman: Arkham Origins' lets players experience Batman's transformation from an unrefined vigilante into the Dark Knight. Bruce Wayne's journey to become a crime fighter and his steadfast morality began much earlier in his life, formed by tragedy, dedication, and honour. As you'll see in this latest trailer, his quest was anything but easy.

'Batman: Arkham Origins' features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline occurring several years before the events of 'Batman: Arkham Asylum' and 'Batman: Arkham City'. Taking place before the rise of Gotham City's most dangerous villains and assassins, the game showcases a young, raw, unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight. As the story unfolds, witness identities being formed and key relationships being forged.

'The Shining' As An 8 Bit Video Game

8-bit Cinema "gamifies" your favourite Hollywood Blockbusters into 80's arcade and NES inspired action!

'The Shining' retold via old-school 8-bit (and a little 16-bit) game tech. No quarters or controllers required!

'Cartoon Network 20th Anniversary Music Video' by Golden Wolf

'Cartoon Network 20th Anniversary Music Video' by Golden Wolf.
"Our friends at Cartoon Network got in touch . . . to work with them on a music video for their 20th Birthday celebrations. Needless to say we jumped at the chance and we started work on an epic 2 minute long video featuring original music from Mad Decent and nearly every character Cartoon Network has aired over the past 20 years."

Cool Art: Gallery1988 presents 'Crazy4Cult Presents...Say Hi To Bad Guy' Art Show

Tonight, October 18th, Gallery1988 opens their new art exhibition; 'Crazy4Cult Presents...Say Hi To Bad Guy', a show that celebrates the unsung hero of Cult - the villain!

Over 50 artists have created paintings, prints, sculptures and plushies inspired by some of the meanest people ever seen in movies, TV and commercials.

The opening reception is Friday, October 18th, from 7-10pm at G1988 (West), 7308 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles and the show will run through November 9.

Check out a preview of some of the art below.

Cool Art: 'Soloria' by David Nakayama

'Soloria' by David Nakayama.
"Concept art from a scrapped MOBA game. Soloria, our Outlaw Gunfighter hero unit, was shaping up pretty well, and we were all starting to think of her as a possible face for the game, probably because of her eye-catching red palette and unique theme and origin. You don't see a lot of Mexican-themed heroes in MOBAs, and we were hoping to be the first. (Just think of all the cool possibilities for skins, starting with a Dia De Los Muertos!!) Man, I'm sorry this game didn't make it."