Tuesday, November 13, 2018

#CoolArt: 'The Man' (Golden Age Edition) print by Joshua Budich

'The Man' (Golden Age Edition) by Joshua Budich.

18" x 24" screen print on gold metallic stock in a limited edition of 100 for $50.

50% of all proceeds of the sale will be donated to the Hero Initiative - a charity that helps comic book creators in need.

On sale now from the Nakatomi Inc website.


Book Review: 'Exit Strategy' by Martha Wells

'Exit Strategy' by Martha Wells brings the 'Murderbot Diaries' series of novellas to a close with a conclusion that is full of the action and sardonic humour of the previous novellas.

SecUnit, the androgynous, introverted and sarcastic murderbot with anxiety issues, who would much rather be watching entertainment serials than having to deal with people, is returning to Dr Mensah, the leader of an ill fated expedition of which they were stationed with from the first novella, with evidence against GrayCris, a shadowy corporation. But on finding out that GrayCris has kidnapped Mensah, it's up to SecUnit to rescue her, with the help of some familiar friends.

The standout of the series has been the character development arc of SecUnit. Starting out as an AI that managed to hack itself free of its own programming, over the course of the series they've grown as a 'person', becoming more human in their interactions with people, empathising and being able to relate to them more, as well as discovering the importance of having friends that will always have your back. The growth of the character has been really good to read, and despite being androgynous, their gender never coming up or being mentioned, their personality is very relatable and very likeable.

'Exit Strategy' is another thrill ride. With the build up done in the previous novellas, it's almost non stop action all the way, with another tightly plotted and fast paced read. Some great action set pieces, woven with a good dash of intrigue, and even getting a little bit emotional towards the end, keeps it exciting and engrossing right until the final page. It's been a real pleasure to read the series. My only criticism is that it could easily have been published as one novel to keep the flow of continuity, instead of being split into four novellas and each published a month or two apart. That aside though, the series is definitely worth picking up! Looking forward to the full length novel that is coming soon, with the further adventures of murderbot.

#CoolArt: New Marvel Studios Prints by Neil Davies & Alexander Iaccarino for Grey Matter Art

New officially licensed Marvel Studios print releases from Grey Matter Art.
  • 'Iron Man' by Neil Davies. 18" x 24" giclee print in a hand numbered Regular edition of 100 for $40, and a numbered Variant edition of 100 for $45.
  • 'Captain America: The First Avenger' by Alexander Iaccarino. 36" x 24" screen print in a hand numbered limited edition of 225 for $45
On sale Thursday November 15 at 1pm ET from the Grey Matter Art website.

'Iron Man' (Regular Edition) by Neil Davies
'Iron Man' (Variant Edition) by Neil Davies
'Captain America: The First Avenger' by Alexander Iaccarino

#ArtOfTheDay: 'John Carter Of Mars' by Mark Zug

'John Carter Of Mars' by Mark Zug


Monday, November 12, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Come Along With Me' print by Tim Doyle through Galerie F

'Come Along With Me' by Tim Doyle, an officially licensed 'Adventure Time' print release through Galerie F.

24" x 36" 10 colour screen print in a Regular edition of 150 for $50, and a Foil Variant edition of 50 for $75.

On sale now at the Galerie F.

Book Review: 'Warbreaker' by Brandon Sanderson

'Warbreaker' by Brandon Sanderson, is another great read in his Cosmere fantasy universe, joining the 'Mistborn' and the 'Stormlight Archives' series as well as 'Elantris' and 'White Sand' titles.

'Warbreaker', set on the world of Nalthis, is the story of two princess sisters, Siri and Vivenna, from the kingdom of Idris. Siri, the younger of the pair, is free spirited, rebellious in nature and always seeming to cause trouble, whereas Vivenna, the Eldest child of the King of Idris, has been brought up knowing that come her twenty second birthday, she'll be sent to the kingdom of Hallandren to marry the God-King that rules over the nation and produce an heir, and so is more reserved and more devout in the Idrian religion of Austre. But when the threat of a war with Hallandren is close to breaking out, the king tries to get around the small print of the pact and decides to send Siri instead of Vivenna, his favourite, which was intended in the pact between the two kingdoms, hoping to forestall the pending war. Vivenna, now left with the feeling like her only purpose in life has been taken away from her, leaves Idris in the hope of rescuing her sister.

The story also follows the viewpoints of two other characters, Vasher, a mysterious character in the possession of a sentient sword called Nightblood, and Lightsong the Bold, the Returned god of bravery, part of the Royal Court of Gods of the Returned, resurrected humans who have no memory of who they were before they were returned from death.

Of course, no Brandon Sanderson story is complete without a unique magic system. 'Warbreaker' has Biochromatic Breath. Or known simply as Breath. This magic can be infused into inanimate objects, or the dead, to bring them to life through vocal commands, draining colour from nearby objects to fuel the magic. Breaths can also be transferred by speaking a phrase; "My life to yours. My breath become yours." and is highly sought after as breaths enhance a person's soul, making the world around them seem more vibrant as well as making them more resistant to disease and injuries.

Sanderson weaves a multilayered tale, blending magic, religion, politics, conspiracies and romance. The personalities of the two sisters couldn't be more different, and to see them go through the changes in their character development over the course of the novel, transforming them into the women they needed to become, was very masterfully crafted, and kept me very much engaged in their narrative.

Despite the backdrop of potential war and political skullduggery, there is also quite a bit of humour, mostly when Lightsong is the pov. His whimsical and aloofness adds a levity to the story - making him one of the most likeable characters in the novel, and is in total contrast to the dour and seriousness of Vasher. Although the sentient sword Nightblood, a sword that is tasked with destroying evil, but doesn't know what evil means - brings some added humour to Vasher's viewpoints chapters too.

The world building is typically Sanderson, which always makes it a joy to pick up one of his fantasy novels. Very in depth, but not so much that it becomes too overwhelming. Especially when it comes to the magic system. It just works so well. The surrounding cast of characters are very well fleshed out too, giving the world a proper lived in feel.

'Warbreaker' is a slow burn that builds things up slowly, carefully setting up events that will happen later on, and is full of twists and turns to keep you guessing until you get to the Sanderson avalanche that carries you along to the finish.

A really enjoyable read and a worthy addition to the Cosmere universe.

As a side note, check out the annotations on each chapter, as they're an excellent peek behind the scenes on the writing of the novel.

#CoolArt: 'Infinity Gauntlet' Triptych prints by Crystal Graziano for Upper Deck Gallery

'Infinity Gauntlet' Triptych by Crystal Graziano, an officially licensed print release from Upper Deck Gallery.

18" x 24" offset print in a numbered Regular edition of 250 for $59.99, and a numbered Patterned Foil Variant edition of 100 for $99.99.

The 'Infinity Gauntlet: Act III (Thanos)' Regular edition print was only available as an exclusive at the Upper Deck booth this year's San Diego Comic Con. 

On sale now at the Upper Deck Gallery website.

'Infinity Gantlet' Triptych
'Infinity Gauntlet: Act I'
'Infinity Gauntlet: Act III'
'Infinity Gauntlet: Act II'

#CoolArt: 'Traveler' TIMED Release Print by James Jean

'Traveler' by James Jean.

24" x 18″ giclee print on 26" x 20½" archival 310 gsm 100% cotton-rag paper with archival pigment-based ink, with embossed chop, in a signed and numbered TIMED edition for $220.

On sale Tuesday November 13 at 8am PT until Wednesday November 14 at 7.59am PT from his website.

#CoolArt: 'Planet Of The Apes: 50th Anniversary' print by Brendan Henry for Zavvi

'Planet Of The Apes: 50th Anniversary' by Brendan Henry, a new officially licensed print from Zavvi, in collaboration with Iron Gut Publishing.

16" x 24" giclee print, on 300gsm textured paper, in a TIMED release edition for £29.99.

On sale Monday November 12 at 12pm UK in a timed release for 72 hours from the Zavvi website.

'The Little Mermaid' Exclusive Mondo Series Bluray Steelbook from Zavvi

'The Little Mermaid' exclusive Mondo series bluray steelbook from Zavvi for £24.99.

Features include:
  • Region Free bluray
  • Box art by Tom Whalen
  • "Part of Your World" Music Video featuring Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Disney Animation
  • Deleted Scene - Harold the Merman
  • Under the Scene: The Art of Live Action Reference
  • Part of Her World: Jodi Benson's Voyage to New Fantasy Land
  • Howard's Lecture
  • Treasure's Untold: The Making of The Little Mermaid
  • Storm Warning: The Little Mermaid Special Effects Unit
  • The Little Mermaid: The Story Behind The Story
  • Under The Sea Early Presentation Reel
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Fathoms Below: Deleted Scene with Introduction
  • Backstage with Sebastian: Deleted Scene with Introduction
  • Sebastian Lost in The Castle: Deleted Scene with Introduction
  • Advice from Sebastian: Deleted Scene with Introduction
  • Poor Unfortunate Souls: Alternative Version with Introduction
Available for preorder now from the Zavvi website.

(Release date December 10 2018)

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Thor' by Kevin Wada

'Thor' by Kevin Wada


Saturday, November 10, 2018

#CoolArt: 'They Live' prints by Luke Preece for Pop Cult Art

'They Live' by Luke Preece, a new print release from Pop Cult Art.

24" x 36" screen print, in a numbered Regular edition of 50 for £60, and a numbered Glow In The Dark Variant edition of 25 for £70.

On sale now from the Pop Cult Art website.

Regular Edition
Glow In The Dark Variant Edition
Glow In The Dark Variant Edition ink layer

#CoolArt: 'Disney Women' prints by Elaine Ho

'Disney Women' prints by Elaine Ho.

A 10 piece collection of signed 11" x 17" prints for $180.

The collection features Beauty And The Beast, Merida, Tinkerbell, Elsa, Ursula, Rapunzel, Esmeralda, Tiana, Maleficent and Mulan.

On sale now from her website (Available for a limited time).

#CoolArt: 'King Kong: Alive On Broadway' Windowcard prints by Laurent Durieux, Olly Moss & Francesco Francavilla

'King Kong: Alive On Broadway' by Laurent Durieux, Olly Moss & Francesco Francavilla

Windowcard prints available for $20 each

On sale now from the King Kong Broadway website

by Laurent Durieux
by Olly Moss
by Francesco Francavilla

Artist Spotlight: The Art Of . . . Jeff Boyes

I've previously showcased a few of my favourite pop culture and vintage pulp artists, and each weekend I showcase art from more of my favourite artists.

The art of Jeff Boyes.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Xena: Warrior Princess' by Stjepan Šejić

Cover art by Stjepan Šejić for 'Xena: Warrior Princess - Dark Xena' issue #2, published June 2007 by Dynamite Comics

Friday, November 09, 2018

#CoolArt: 'System Of A Down at Phoenix' prints by Maxx242 through f4d Studios

'System Of A Down at Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix' by Maxx242, a new print release from f4d Studios.

18" x 24" 8 colour screen print in a signed and numbered Regular edition of 70 for $50, a Rainbow Foil Variant edition of 30. Available individually or as a matching numbered set (very limited number of sets available)

On sale Friday November at 11am PT from the f4d Studios website.

Regular Edition
Rainbow Foil Variant

#CoolArt: 'Psylocke' print by Ian MacDonald for Sideshow Collectibles

'Psylocke' by Ian MacDonald, a new officially licensed print release from Sideshow Collectibles.

18" x 24" giclee print, on 100% archival heavyweight 300gsm rag art paper, with embossed seals of authenticity in a signed and numbered limited edition of 275.

On sale for Pre-Order framed for $250 on Friday November 9 between 12pm-3pm PT from the Sideshow Collectibles website.

Any remaining copies will be available for Pre-Order as an unframed edition for $90 from Monday November 12 between 12pm-3pm PT.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Attack On Titan' by Alexander Iaccarino

'Attack On Titan' by Alexander Iaccarino

Thursday, November 08, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Falling' by Christine Rhee for Every Day Original

'Falling' by Christine Rhee for Every Day Original.

5" x 7" Graphite and acryla gouache on illustrated board, in an 11.5" x 13.5" frame for $350.

On sale now from the Every Day Original website.

#CoolArt: 'Linger' print by Sasha Ira for The Peoples Print Shop

'Linger' by Sasha Ira, a print release by The Peoples Print Shop.

11" x 14" archival pigment print in a signed and numbered limited edition of 30 for $29.95 or $149.95 framed, and a signed and numbered hand embellished edition of 10 for $59.95 or $179.95 framed.

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


#CoolArt: 'Light' print by Tom Roberts

'Light' by Tom Roberts.

A3 sized giclee print, in a signed and numbered limited edition 50 for £20.

On sale now from his website.

#CoolArt: New Star Wars Prints from Dark Ink Art

New officially licensed 'Star Wars' prints from Dark Ink Art.
  • 'The Galaxy At Stake' by JJ Lendl. 16" x 24" lithograph print in a numbered limited edition of 250 for $40
  • 'Forest Moon Duel' & 'City In The Clouds' by Rich Davies. 27" x 7.2" lithograph print in a numbered limited edition of 295 for $39 each
  • 'Star Wars Perspectives' #4 by Andy Fairhurst. 13" x 19" giclée prints, in numbered limited editions of 300 for $45 each or $125 for the set of three prints (in collaboration with Bottleneck Gallery)
On sale now from the Dark Ink Art website.

by JJ Lendl

#CoolArt: Thinkspace presents 'Elysium’ Group Art Exhibition

Thinkspace presents 'Elysium’, a group exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Audrey Kawasaki, Fuco Ueda, Atsuko Goto, Jolene Lai and Stella Im Hultberg in the main room.

Opening reception is Saturday November 10 from 6-9 pm at ThinkSpace Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232, and the exhibition is on display until November 24.

#CoolArt: 'Annihilation' print by Greg Ruth for Mondo

'Annihilation' by Greg Ruth, a new print release from Mondo.

24" x 36" screen print, with a spot varnish title treatment, in a hand numbered Regular edition of 325 for $50, and a numbered Variant edition of 175 for $70.

On sale at a random time Thursday November 8 from the Mondo website.

Regular Edition
Variant Edition

#CoolArt: 'Rick And Morty' Blind Box Prints by Andrew Kolb for Bottleneck Gallery

'Rick And Morty' by Andrew Kolb, a new officially licensed print release by Bottleneck Gallery.

8" x 10" lithograph prints for $15 each, $50 set of 5, $80 set of 10.

There are 20 different prints in total, and multiple orders will not have duplicate prints.

On sale Thursday November 8 at 12pm ET from the Bottleneck Gallery website.

#CoolArt: 'Star Wars Perspectives' #4 prints by Andy Fairhurst for Bottleneck Gallery

'Star Wars Perspectives' #4 by Andy Fairhurst, a new officially licensed print release by Bottleneck Gallery, in collaboration with Lucasfilm & Acme Archives.

13" x 19" giclée prints, in numbered limited editions of 300 for $45 each or $125 for the set of three prints.

On sale Thursday November 8 at 12pm ET from the Bottleneck Gallery website.

'Apprentice Of Darkness'
'Master Of Darkness'
'Student Of Darkness'

#CoolArt: Mondo Gallery presents 'The Art Of Laurent Durieux: Part Two' Solo Art Exhibition

Mondo Gallery presents 'The Art Of Laurent Durieux: Part Two', a solo art exhibition featuring a new collection of movie posters and original drawings.

The opening reception is Friday November 9 from 7-10pm CT at Mondo Gallery at 4115 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78751 and is on view until November 17.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Akira' by James Jean

'Akira' by James Jean

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Ghost In The Shell' print by Neil Davies

'Ghost In The Shell' by Neil Davies

18" x 36" print on 250gsm silk paper, in a numbered limited edition of 50 for £20.

On sale now from his Etsy store.


'Cowboy Bebop: Ultimate Edition' from Zavvi

'Cowboy Bebop: Ultimate Edition' from Zavvi for £224.99.

Features include:
  • Region B Bluray (Europe, Greenland, French territories, Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand)
  • 5 discs
  • Limited edition of 1000
  • The entire 'Cowboy Bebop' TV series (26 episodes) over 4 Bluray discs with English and original Japanese (with English subtitles) audio options.
  • The feature film 'Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (aka Knockin' on Heaven's Door)' on Bluray with English and original Japanese (with English subtitles) audio options
  • For the first-time ever in the UK, 3 full Cowboy Bebop TV Series soundtrack CDs: 'Cowboy Bebop Soundtrack 1', 'Cowboy Bebop NO DISC' and and 'Cowboy Bebop BLUE'
  • A 120-page Ultimate Art Book featuring a comprehensive collection of Line Art, Rough Designs and Artwork from the franchise. (Book dimensions: 30.5cm x 30.5cm)
  • All of this is packaged inside an individually numbered 'Cowboy Bebop' themed vinyl flight case, which you can use either to store this Ultimate Edition, or your record collection!
Available for preorder Wednesday November 7 at 6pm UK from the Zavvi website.
(Release date December 10 2018)

#CoolArt: Spoke Art NY presents 'The Isle of Dogs Art Show' Group Art Exhibition

Spoke Art NY presents 'The Isle of Dogs Art Show', an officially licensed art exhibition tribute to Wes Anderson’s most recent film, featuring over one hundred artists, painters, sculptors and print makers, debuting one weekend only at the Parasol Projects, in New York City’s Lower East Side.

The opening reception is on Friday November 6 from 6pm - 8pm ET, at Parasol Projects, 213 Bowery, New York 10002, with some of the artists in attendance, and the exhibition will be on display until Sunday November 11.

by Glen Brogan

#CoolArt: 'Emperor's Arrival' & 'The Throne Room' prints by Kilian Eng for Black Dragon Press

'Emperor's Arrival' & 'The Throne Room' by Kilian Eng, a new print release through from Black Dragon Press.

18" x 24" giclée prints on 310 gsm Hahnemühle German Etching paper, in signed and numbered limited editions of 40 for £60.

On sale Thursday November 8 at 4pm UK from the Black Dragon Press website.

'Emperor's Arrival'
'The Throne Room'