Thursday, May 24, 2018

#CoolArt: 'My Precious' by Scott Fischer

'My Precious' by Scott Fischer for Every Day Original.

8" x 10" original art on Fabriano paper, utilizing graphite pencil, shaded with graphite powder, rendered in crosshatching, highlighted in acrylic paint, and finally, embellished with silver-leaf. Framed (13" x 15") for $495.

On sale Thursday May 24 at 12.30pm ET from the Every Day Original website.


#CoolArt: 'Horizon Zero Dawn' Art Print From Cook & Becker

'Horizon Zero Dawn' by Ilya Golitsyn, originally for the October 2016 issue of Game Informer, and now available as an officially licensed print through Cook & Becker in collaboration with Guerrilla Games.

60cm x 40cm giclee print in a numbered limited edition of 200, of which 25 are available signed by Managing Director Hermen Hulst, Art and Animations Director Jan-Bart van Beek and Senior Concept Artist Ilya Golitsyn.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'I Want You!' by Chris Thornley (aka Raid71)

'I Want You!' by Chris Thornley (aka Raid71), a new officially licensed Marvel print release from Bottleneck Gallery in collaboration with Grey Matter Art.

18" x 24" screen print in a limited edition of 175 for $45.

On sale Thursday May 24 at 12pm ET from the Bottleneck Gallery website.


#CoolArt: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' by Dan Mumford

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' by Dan Mumford, a new officially licensed print release from French Paper Art Club.

24" x 36" 8 colour screen print in a limited edition of 200 for €50.

On sale  Thursday May 24 at 1pm ET from the French Paper Art Club website.


#CoolArt: 'Undone By The Blood' by Alexander Iaccarino

'Undone By The Blood' by Alexander Iaccarino, inspired by the video game 'Bloodborne'.

20" x 30" 5 colour screen print in a signed and numbered limited edition of 150 for $65.

On sale now from his website.


Movie Review: 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

Only a few short months after the last 'Star Wars' movie was in cinemas, and being the big Star Wars fan that I am, I enjoyed a midnight screening of the film. I wouldn't say it was the best film in the series nor would I say it was the worst either. It's more of something safely in the middle. Not great, not bad, but just good. Which isn't bad considering all the troubles behind the scenes it went through - a change in director, extensive re-shoots etc.

Along with the main heist story, we do see some of the origins of events in the life of Han Solo, like meeting Chewbacca for the first time, the Kessel Run, and how he won the Millenium Falcon from Lando. So if you've ever wanted to know the past of your favourite scruffy looking nerfherder in the new canon era, then your questions will be answered.

I liked Alden Ehrenreich as a younger Han. Much like Ewan McGregor did of Obi Wan in the prequels or even River Phoenix / Sean Patrick Flanery as a young Indiana Jones (which is probably a better comparison), he didn't have to do an impersonation of the original iconic character, but got the swagger and personality right, and it worked for me, a very believable incarnation of an iconic character. Same goes for Donald Glover as his Lando Calrissian was spot on. For the other characters, Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett, Emilia Clarke as Qi'Ra, Paul Bettany as Dryden Voss, Thandie Newton as Val and Jon Favreau as Rio were all good as well. But I didn't like L3-37. Just something about the character was off putting and jarring, taking me out of the movie. Maybe it should've have been better to cast the character as a human or an alien instead of another sassy droid. I much preferred the way she was written and portrayed in the Han and Lando book, 'Last Shot' by Daniel José Older.

'Solo' felt a lot like 'Firefly' or 'Serenity' than a 'Star Wars' movie to me, which is certainly no bad thing at all as I loved that series/movie, and saw similar beats throughout 'Solo'. As a result it made for something a bit more refreshing in a way, going in a different direction than the Skywalker Saga movies. Something that was still familiar enough and feeling part of the same 'Star Wars' universe, but at the same time something completely different and separate as well.

I'm a big fan of the expanded canon universe of 'Star Wars, and enjoy the books, comics and the animated series. I love the different stories set in the universe with the different characters and settings, it's why I love 'Star Wars' so much, but for casual fans that only know the movies and not the other canon material, the end reveal might be confusing. As good as it was to see the character, it felt a bit forced and shoehorned in to me. The big bad could easily have been someone else instead of who it was, someone like a Prince Xizor from the 'Shadows Of The Empire' would have been cool, or maybe not even having anyone in that role at all. But I did like the reveal of Enfys Nest and their motivations though, and would like to see more of their escapades and who they became and what happened to them. The ending appeared to be open ended as well, leaving the opportunity for the possibility of a return for further adventures.

Overall, I thought it was a bit of a Goldilocks movie, it was good and worth going to see for sure, but it only does enough to be just right and nothing more. Just don't go in expecting to be amazed and you'll have a good time.

#CoolArt: 'Poise' by Hush

'Poise' by Hush, a new print release through onethirty3.

21" x 29" 18 colour screen print on 300gsm Somerset White Satin Hand Pressed Cotton Paper with a Gloss UV Finish over figure, in a signed and numbered limited edition of 250.

On sale Friday May 25 from the onethirty3 website.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Han & Chewbacca' by Alfonso Azpiri

'Han & Chewbacca' by Alfonso Azpiri

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Diving Bell' by Redd Walitzki

'Diving Bell' by Redd Walitzki, a print release through Modern Eden Gallery.

13" x 19" 9 colour press with UV-resistant archival inks, on bright white, 100% cotton, 330 gsm, acid and lignin free, smooth hot-press paper, in a signed limited edition of 15 for $50.

On sale now from the Modern Eden Gallery website.


#CoolArt: 'The Murders In The Rue Morgue' by Jay Gordon

'The Murders In The Rue Morgue' by Jay Gordon, a new officially licensed joint print release from Black Dragon Press & Mondo.

18" x 24" screen print on 270gsm Mohawk Superfine Ultrawhite paper, in a numbered UK Variant edition of 60 for £45 through Black Dragon Press, and a numbered US Variant edition of 60 for $60 through Mondo.

On sale Thursday May 24 at 5pm UK from the Black Dragon Press website and at a random time from Mondo.

UK Variant Edition
US Variant Edition

#CoolArt: 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master' by Matthew Peak

'A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master' by Matthew Peak, a new print release through Bottleneck Gallery.

24" x 36" 20 colour screen print with a varnish layer in a numbered Regular edition of 250 for $55, and a numbered Variant edition of 100 for $65.

On sale Wednesday May 23 at 12pm ET from the Bottleneck Gallery website.

Regular Edition
Variant Edition

Book Review: 'Hero At The Fall' by Alwyn Hamilton

Amani Al'Hiza, aka the Blue Eyed Bandit, and the band of rebels, or what's left of them after the events of the previous book, 'Traitor To The Throne', must travel to the mythical city of Eremot to rescue the Rebel Prince Ahmed and the other rebels imprisoned there, and then rally against the brutal Sultan of Miraji in order to take back the city of Izman and unite the country.

If you're unfamiliar with the world of "Rebel Of The Sands', think of it as the Wild West meets the Arabian Nights, which to be honest, was a major attraction for me. I liked the mix of both cultures in this world, bringing some of the gunslinger action as well as the Middle Eastern magic and mysticism, although this book is more magic and mystical than western than the previous books. With the characters having to deal with issues like religious customs and traditions clashing with progression and modernising, it made for an expansive and more believable world, which I enjoyed revisiting again.

It was good to go back to the main characters of the series again, and by the end, see just how much they had changed over the course of the books. I felt that Amani had changed the most over the trilogy of books; from the selfish, confident swagger when we first meet her in the first book, to what she's become now after the shattering events of the second book, someone who has to overcome her self doubts and needs to believe in herself and those around her a bit more. Considering what she had to go through throughout the books, the events would definitely change a person. It was also interesting to see how she coped with the changes in herself as well as in everybody and everything around her.

'Hero At The Fall' by Alwyn Hamilton is a solid story, full of action and adventure in the desert sands. It does hit some of the familiar YA beats along the way too, making some parts predictable at times, but despite that, there was enough twists and turns to keep me invested in the story and characters until the last page.

It's a good series too, and after the dip in pace of the second book, when Amani was captive in the Sultan's harem, it was back up to speed again as it raced to the conclusion.

Memorial Weekend Sale at Acme Archives & Dark Ink Art

Acme Archives and Dark Ink Art are having a huge Memorial Day sale with 25% off ALL art on the websites from 12 midnight PT Thursday May 24 until 11.59pm PT on Monday May 28.

That will also include the four new 'Star Wars' inspired print releases they have to celebrate 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'.
  • 'Energy Binds Us' by Danny Haas. 18" x 24 screen print in a limited edition of 250 for $50.
  • 'In This Life Forever' by Danny Haas. 18" x 24 lithograph print in a limited edition of 250 for $40.
  • 'Buckle Up' by Teddy Wright IV. 18" x 24 lithograph print in a limited edition of 250 for $40.
  • 'Flying Solo' by Steve Anderson. 15.5" x 28 lithograph print in a limited edition of 250 for $40.
On sale Thursday May 24 at 12.01am PT from Acme Archives and Dark Ink Art.

'Energy Binds Us' by Danny Haas
'In This Life Forever' by Danny Haas
'Buckle Up' by Teddy Wright IV
'Flying Solo' by Steve Anderson

#CoolArt: 'Dave Matthews Band at The Woodlands, TX' by James Flames

'Dave Matthews Band at The Woodlands, TX' by James Flames.

18" x 24" 5 colour screen print, in a signed and numbered limited edition of 85 for $40.

On sale Wednesday May 23 at 1pm ET from James' website.


#ArtOfTheDay: 'Lando Calrissian and the Starcave Of Thonboka' by William Schmidt

Cover art by William Schmidt for the novel 'Lando Calrissian and the Starcave Of Thonboka', book 3 of the 'Lando Calrissian Adventures' series by L Neil Smith.




Tuesday, May 22, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Drawing Of The Snow Queen' by Kelley Hensing

'Drawing Of The Snow Queen' by Kelley Hensing, for Every Day Original.

13" x 19" pencil drawing on Strathmore 400 Series Smooth paper, framed (19" x 25") original art for $400.

On sale Tuesday May 22 at 12.30pm ET from the Every Day Original website.


#CoolArt: 'Music Box' by New Flesh

'Music Box' by New Flesh, a new officially licensed 'Laurel & Hardy' print release from Mad Duck Posters.

24" x 18" screen print, in a signed and numbered Regular edition of 75 for $50, a signed and numbered 'Aged' Variant edition of 30 for $60, and a signed and numbered 'Wood' Variant edition of 10 for $150.

On sale Wednesday May 23 at 11.30am ET from the Mad Duck Posters website.

Regular Edition
'Aged' Variant
Wood Variant

#CoolArt: 'Monster Magnet' & 'Waiting' Prints by Malleus

New prints by Malleus.
  • 'Monster Magnet at Groningen, Netherlands'. 50cm x 70cm 4 colour screen print, on cream paper, in a limited edition of 133.
  • 'Waiting'. 50cm x 70cm 4 colour screen print, in a Regular AP edition on grey paper of 35, and a Variant AP edition of Foil paper of 15.
On sale Wednesday May 23 from the Malleus website.

Follow them on Twitter @MALLEUSDELIC or on Instagram @malleusdelic for the on sale announcement.


#ArtOfTheDay: 'Going Solo' by Craig Davison

'Going Solo' by Craig Davison

Monday, May 21, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Batman Trilogy' by Rico Jr

'Batman Trilogy' by Rico Jr, a new print release from Pop Cult Art.

12" x 24" giclée prints on 240gsm matte ultra paper in limited editions of 60 for £23 each, and a limited edition trilogy set of 60 for £60.

On sale now from the PopCultArt website.


#CoolArt: 'Deep Sleep' by Rob Rey

'Deep Sleep' by Rob Rey, for Every Day Original.

6" x 8" Oil on panel original artwork for $375.

On sale Monday May 21 at 12.30pm ET from the Every Day Original website.


Movie Review: 'Deadpool 2'

If you liked the first movie then you'll more than likely have the same fondness for the sequel. It does what any sequel should do, take the original, build on what came before, and then give you that bit more. The beginning may follow a similar path to the original, as we once again catch up to the storyline, but you certainly get more, as they turn it all up to 11! There's more action, more humour, more violence, more profanity and definitely more meta. It's definitely rated R for a reason!

The familiar are back, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Colossus, Weasel, Blind Al and Dopinder all return. And Josh Brolin's Cable and Zazie Beetz' Domino are great additions to the cast too.

There's some cool cameos, the usual plethora of meta pop culture references and Easter eggs scattered throughout. which are always fun to spot! I didn't find them tiresome or that they diluted the laughs or slowed the pacing of the film. They just seemed about right for me.

But for all the violence and humour, and there is a lot, it's also a surprisingly emotional movie, with theme being 'Family' - the other F word that's mentioned a lot in this film - threading throughout the plot, tugging at the heartstrings in between the laughs and action. 

It's a welcome return, and is a brutal, hysterical and sometimes emotional wild ride that is most certainly recommended!

For those that stay for the bonus credits scenes, there are two scenes in the mid credits, both worth staying for, especially the second, with nothing at the very end, unless you want to hear an orchestral choir sing "shitballs"!

#CoolArt: 'Deadpool' by Florey

'Deadpool' by Florey, a new officially licensed Marvel print release from Grey Matter Art, and part of the 'Florey's Faceoffs' print series.

16" x 20" screen print, in a numbered limited edition of 100 for $35.

On sale Tuesday May 22 at 1pm ET from the Grey Matter Art website.


#ArtOfTheDay: 'Princess Leia' by James Goodridge

'Princess Leia' by James Goodridge

Sunday, May 20, 2018

The 2017 SFWA Nebula Award Winners Announced

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announced the winners for the 52nd annual Nebula Awards, along with the Ray Bradbury and Andre Norton Awards.

Each year, the organization’s members vote on which stories they consider to be the best novel, novella, novelette, short story and Young Adult story in the genre, as well as the best outstanding dramatic presentation.

The Nebula Awards Ceremony was held from Thursday May 17 through Sunday May 20 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center.

Novel

  • The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

Novella

  • All Systems Red, Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)

Novelette

  • “A Human Stain”, Kelly Robson (Tor.com, January 4 2017)

Short Story

  • “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™”, Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex, August 2017)

The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Get Out (Written by Jordan Peele)


The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book

  • The Art of Starving, Sam J Miller (HarperTeen)

The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award

  • Peter S Beagle

The Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award 

in recognition of distinguished contributions to the science fiction and fantasy community
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Sheila Williams

The Art Of . . . Jae Lee

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 Jae Lee.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Red Sonja' by Joe Jusko

'Red Sonja' by Joe Jusko

Saturday, May 19, 2018

#CoolArt: New Prints by Richey Beckett

New prints by Richey Beckett, that were on display and available at the Full Bleed Poster & Art Show during the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands.
  • 'Awakening'. 18" x 24" screen print, on 100lb French Speckletone Kraft paper, including metallic gold ink, in a signed, numbered and embossed AP edition of 100.
  • 'Seasons Of Life: Birth / Life / Death / Afterlife'. 9" x 24" screen prints, on 100lb French Speckletone Kraft paper, including metallic gold ink, in signed, numbered and embossed AP editions of 100, available individually or as a set of 4.
On sale Sunday May 20 at 6pm UK from Richey's website.

'Awakening'

The Art Of . . . Jacques Bonneaud

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 Jacques Bonneaud.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'BioShock Infinite' by Emilio Lopez

'BioShock Infinite' by Emilio Lopez

Friday, May 18, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Avengers: Infinity War' by Ryan Meinerding

'Avengers: Infinity War' by Ryan Meinerding, available through GB Posters.

24" x 36" prints on 150gsm paper for £4.99 each or £14.97 £12 for the set of three.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade' by Jack Durieux

'Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade' by Jack Durieux, a print release through The Commissioner's Club.

24" x 36" screen print in a numbered limited edition for $77.50.

On sale now from the Commissioner's Club website.


#CoolArt: 'Spider-Verse' by Mark Brooks

'Spider-Verse' by Mark Brooks, an officially licensed print release from Sideshow.

18" x 24" giclee print on 100% cotton, acid-free, matte Museo Rag 300GSM paper in a signed and numbered limited edition of 400 for $125.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Compulsion' by Alex Gross

'Compulsion' by Alex Gross.

21.5" x 24" giclee print on 24″ x 26″ Optica One heavyweight matte fine art paper, in a signed and numbered AP edition of 20 for $249.

On sale now from Alex's website.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Big Trouble In Little China' by Sveta Shubina

'Big Trouble In Little China' by Sveta Shubina