Wednesday, February 28, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Destiny 2' Video Game Art Prints From Cook & Becker

Cook & Becker, in partnership with Seattle studio Bungie, are releasing a collection of giclée fine art prints featuring art from the video game 'Destiny 2'.

Each print in the collection is made from original digital concept art used in the production of 'Destiny 2' and is hand-numbered and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

On sale now from the Cook & Becker website.

'Eden'
'Myriad Crash'
'The Journey'

#CoolArt: 'Peanuts Seasons' by Chris Thornley (Raid71)

'Peanuts Seasons' by Chris Thornley (Raid71).

18" x 24" screen prints, in signed AP editions for £40 each, and in a signed 18" x 24" four print set for £90 per set.

On sale Thursday March 1 at 9am UK (4am ET) from his website.

'Winter'

#CoolArt: 'Art Of Disney Television Animation' Prints From Cyclops Print Works

Cyclops Print Works are releasing prints they premiered at 'Art Of Disney Television Animation' group art exhibition in partnership with Gallery Nucleus.
  • Darkwing Duck: 'The Terror That Flaps In The Night' by Nico Delort. 24" x 36" 3 colour screen print on Iced Silver 320 gsm paper, in a numbered limited edition of 300 for $70.
  • 'Darkwing Duck' by Alan Bodner. 15" x 22" giclee print on Entrada Rag Bright 290 paper, in a numbered limited edition of 50 for $150.
  • 'Duck Tales' by Stephanie Ramirez. 20" x 30" 10 colour screen print with Varnish Finish on Coventry Rag Vellum 320 gsm paper in a numbered limited edition of 200 for $60.
  • 'Duck Tales' by Tom Whalen. 36" x 12" 12 colour screen print with a spot varnish finish on Iced Silver 320 gsm paper in a numbered 'Magica De Spell' edition of 195 for $75, a Flintheart Glomgold edition of 195 for $75, and a 36" x 25" combined uncut edition of 23 for $170.
  • 'Rescue Rangers' by Hackto Oshiro. 20" x 30" 10 colour screen print with Varnish Finish on Coventry Rag Vellum 320 gsm paper in a numbered limited edition of 200 for $65.
On sale Thursday March 1 at 12pm PT from the Cyclops Print Works website.
Darkwing Duck: 'The Terror That Flaps In The Night' by Nico Delort

'Deadpool' 4K Ultra HD Exclusive Bluray Steelbook from Zavvi

'Deadpool' 4K Ultra HD exclusive bluray steelbook from Zavvi for £24.99.

Features:
  • Region B (Europe, Africa, Middle East, Oceania, French territories and Greenland)
  • Includes 2D Standard edition
Available for now from the Zavvi website.

Front
Back
Interior

#CoolArt: 'Rugrats' by Dave Perillo

'Rugrats' by Dave Perillo, a new officially licensed print release from Mondo.

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

On sale Wednesday February 28 at 12pm CT from the Mondo website.


#ArtOfTheDay: 'Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy' by Martin Ansin

'Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy' by Martin Ansin

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

#CoolArt: New 'The X-Files' prints by JJ Lendl

'My Struggle III' and 'This' by JJ Lendl, officially licensed 'The X-Files' print releases through Dark Ink Art.

18" x 24" lithograph prints in numbered limited editions of 295 for $40 / £29.99 each.

On sale now from the Dark Ink Art website and also available from the Zavvi website here and here.

'My Struggle III'
'This'

#CoolArt: 'Miitu (Much Stands Behind Me)' by Vanessa Lemen

'Miitu (Much Stands Behind Me)' by Vanessa Lemen for Every Day Original.

5" x 5" oil on panel, framed original artwork for $485.

On sale Tuesday February 27 at 12.30pm ET from the Every Day Original website.


Book Review: 'Northern Lights' by Philip Pullman

'Northern Lights', aka 'The Golden Compass', book one of Philip Pullman's highly rated 'His Dark Materials' series, I've heard so many good things about this series so it was about time I got round to reading this.

It's the story of Lyra Balacqua, a young girl who has been growing up in the care of the professors at Oxford College with her daemon Pantalaimon, a shape-shifting creature that is sort of spirit animal and the representation of a person's soul. They learn about 'Dust' and become involved in a plot with disappearing children and the Magisterium / Church, so set off to the frozen north on a rescue mission. Along the way, they meet a wandering band of gypsies - the gyptians, witches, a Texan balloonist and a kingdom of armoured polar bears, and discover a revelation or two about Lyra's parents and more.

As the main protagonist, Lyra is certainly feisty, questions everything and stands up for what she thinks is right, even in the face of danger, of which she has to confront time and time again on her travels north. But every time she does, she faces down her fears and comes through, adding strength to her character. I liked her character very much.

The other characters we meet that help Lyra; John Faa, Farder Coram, Iorek Byrnison and Serafina Pekkala are all very likeable as well and the antagonist Mrs Coulter, serves as excellent foil to the hardy Lyra.

The comments I've been seeing about this book, and series, is that it has very distinct views on religion and the church. It's not too heavy handed for the main part of the book, although there are points on the Magisterium / Church having views on original sin and their secret agenda. But as I got to the end, the views got a bit more stronger and through Lord Asriel as he explains his motivations, more anti church. Not being religious myself though, it didn't bother me at all.

It's an engrossing and fast paced story in an alternate world full of wonderful characters and magic. I'd also recommend the audiobook, which was pretty good, and was narrated by the author, Philip Pullman and features a full cast performing the characters. I'm looking forward to continuing the story about Lyra and Pantalaimon's adventures in book 2, 'The Subtle Knife'.

#CoolArt: 'Princess Leia' by Crystal Graziano

'Princess Leia' by Crystal Graziano.

8" x 10" print in an open edition for $10.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: Haven Gallery presents 'Vanitas' Group Art Exhibition

Haven Gallery presents 'Vanitas', a group art exhibition of new works from nearly 30 artists, inspired by death and the frivolity of the earthly, hollow endeavours during our brief existence.

The exhibition is on display until March 31 at the Haven Gallery, 155 Main Street, Carriage House Square, Northport, NY 11768.

#CoolArt: 'SpongeBob SquarePants' by Drake Brodahl

'SpongeBob SquarePants' by Drake Brodahl, a new officially licensed print release from Mondo.

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

On sale Tuesday February 27 at 12pm CT from the Mondo website.


#CoolArt: Haven Gallery presents 'Nightmares And Lullabies' by Nadezda

Haven Gallery presents 'Nightmares And Lullabies', a solo exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Nadezda.

The exhibition is on display until March 31 at the Haven Gallery, 155 Main Street, Carriage House Square, Northport, NY 11768.

Movie Review: 'Mute'

Duncan Jones is back with 'Mute', a passion project that has taken several years to come to fruition, and is now there for all to see thanks to Netflix.

Set in a near future Berlin, 'Mute' sees nightclub bartender Leo, played by Alexander Skarsgård, mute from an almost fatal boating accident when he was a boy, searching for his girlfriend Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh), who suddenly goes missing. Along the way he crosses paths with the sleazy Cactus Bill (Paul Rudd) and Duck (Justin Theroux), two surgeons, one AWOL from the US military and now working for the mob, fixing up the local heavies, until he can skip out of Germany with his daughter, and the other legit with his own practice, working with prosthetics and implants but having his own dark secrets. Things soon take a dark and twisted turn as the plot progresses.

It's a slow burn of a film. But I prefer that than for a film to reveal it's hand and give the game away too soon. It keeps the tension wound up tight, and the tension is certainly tight here, as Leo pieces together the clues to his girlfriend's disappearance, and finding himself having to negotiate with shady characters in the seedy underworld of Berlin.

I really enjoyed the dark, tech noir elements, and the almost future setting is very reminiscent of the original 'Blade Runner' and the series 'Altered Carbon', which is also on Netflix. The neon lighting of the clubs and streets giving most scenes a cold almost dystopian look, and the dank, urban locations capture the mood of the film and serve as part of the character of the film, making it a very convincingly lived in city, and it's the people that populate the city that move the story.

I was really impressed with the main cast. Alexander Skarsgård manages to convey his frustrations and despair very well despite not saying a word, and he also brings his physicality to the role too. But it's Rudd and Theroux that are the standouts. Both playing characters that you wouldn't normally expect them to play, and their looks, Rudd donning a handlebar moustache and Theroux in an almost Owen Wilson style wig, being in total contrast too and helping with the disbelief. The more Rudd and Theroux are on screen, the more they seem to be pushed to the front at the expense of Skarsgård. Hints about the background of their characters are threaded into the plot, and by the end, everything is entwined. 

'Mute' is also set in the same cinematic universe as Duncan Jones' debut film 'Moon', although it is very different thematically - so don't expect something similar, and watch out for some of the Easter eggs that are scattered through out; Lunar Industries logos, a mention of Gerty and Sam Bell etc. The soundtrack from Clint Mansell, who also scored 'Moon', is back as well for a return to the 'Mooniverse'.

'Mute' is a dark, gritty, sometimes brutal and downbeat noir thriller set in a sleazy near future that can be bleak and somewhat depressing at times. It may not be for everyone but the star turns from the main cast kept me engrossed and wanting to find out how everything turns out in the end. Worth a watch!

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' by Tyler Stout

'Guardians Of The Galaxy' by Tyler Stout

Monday, February 26, 2018

Video: 'Day Trip To London'

Video slideshow of a day trip to London on Saturday February 24 2018. Includes photos from the London Film Fair at Central Hall Westminster, a bit of sight seeing, and visits to some niche shops and to the Forbidden Planet Megastore, Orbital Comics and the LEGO store on Leicester Square.

Check my playlist for the 2018 Geek Con / Events I'll be visiting throughout the year.

Plus links to my YouTube channel, and my 'Geek Cons' compilation videos from 2016 and 2017


#CoolArt: 'Solace' by Aaron Nagel

'Solace' by Aaron Nagel, a new print release from 1xRun.

24" x 24" Archival Pigment Print on 310gsm Moab Fine Art Rag Paper in a signed and numbered limited edition of 50 for $125, and a hand embellished limited edition of 50 for $300.

On sale Monday February 26 at 12pm ET from the 1xRun website.


#CoolArt: 'Evil Dead 2' by Anthony Petrie

'Evil Dead 2' by Anthony Petrie, a new officially licensed print release from Grey Matter Art.

24" x 36" screen print in a hand numbered limited edition of 160 for $45. Grey Matter Art will also be inserting 9" x 12" original drawings by Anthony into random orders.

On sale Wednesday February 28 at 1pm ET from the Grey Matter Art website.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Psylocke' by Milo Manara

Variant cover art by Milo Manara for 'Uncanny X-Force' #5, published May 2013 by Marvel Comics.


Sunday, February 25, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Poppy' by Scott Fischer

'Poppy' by Scott Fischer for Every Day Original.

7.5" x 9.5" mixed media painting on Arches Oil Paper using coloured pencil, acrylic, ink and oil, framed original artwork for $500.

On sale now from the Every Day Original website.


#CoolArt: 'The Mentor' by Naomi VanDoren

'The Mentor' by Naomi VanDoren, for Every Day Original.

5" x 7" Watercolour & pen on watercolour paper, matted and framed original artwork for $250.

On sale Sunday February 25 at 12.30pm ET from the Every Day Original website.


The Art Of . . . Iain McCaig

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 Iain McCaig.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Star Wars #38' by Terry & Rachel Dodson

Variant cover art by Terry & Rachel Dodson for 'Star Wars' #38, published November 2017 by Marvel Comics.

Friday, February 23, 2018

#CoolArt: '2049' by Tim Doyle

'2049' by Tim Doyle, inspired by 'Blade Runner 2049'.

12" x 24" screen print in a signed and numbered edition for £35 or £70 framed.

On sale now from The Flood Gallery website.



#CoolArt: Hero Complex Gallery & Disney Fine Art & Cyclops Print Works, presents 'A Warrior Showcase: An Art Celebration of A Wrinkle In Time'

Hero Complex Gallery, in collaboration with Disney Fine Art and Cyclops Print Works, presents 'A Warrior Showcase: An Art Celebration of A Wrinkle In Time' featuring artwork inspired by Disney Studio's latest movie, in cinemas March 9 (US) / March 23 (UK), first revealed on Oh My Disney.

Opening reception is on Friday February 23 from 7-10pm PT at Hero Complex Gallery, 2020 South Robertson Blvd, Studio D, Los Angeles, CA 90034, and will be on view until March 11.

#CoolArt: Gallery Nucleus presents 'An Art Tribute To Disney Television Animation'

Gallery Nucleus, in partnership with Disney Television AnimationCyclops Print Works, and Oh My Disney presents 'An Art Tribute To Disney Television Animation' featuring new art from nearly 40 artists, first revealed on Oh My Disney.

The exhibition pays homage to Disney Television animation series including 'Darkwing Duck, Duck Tales, Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers, Gargoyles, Gummi Bears, Talespin, Gravity Falls, Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Recess, Tangled: The Series, Timon and Pumba, Tron: Uprising, Big Hero 6: The Series, Star vs The Forces of Evil and Pickle and Peanut.

The opening reception is Saturday February 24 from 7-10pm at Gallery Nucleus, 210 E Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801, and the first 200 people in line get a free handbill and a free handbill with any purchase from our store, while supplies last! The exhibition will be on view until March 11.

by Nico Delort

'In The Name Of The Father' Exclusive Bluray Steelbook from Zavvi

'In The Name Of The Father' exclusive bluray steelbook from Zavvi for £15.99.

Available for pre-order Saturday February 24 at 6pm UK from the Zavvi website.

*Artwork subject to change

Cover Art
Interior Art

#ArtOfTheDay: 'City Of Thieves' by Iain McCaig

Cover art by Iain McCaig for the Fighting Fantasy Adventure Gamebook 'City Of Thieves', written by Ian Livingstone.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Veil A' by Alpay Efe

'Veil A' by Alpay Efe, a new print release from 1xRun.

18" x 18" Archival Pigment Print on 310gsm Moab Fine Art Rag Paper in a signed and numbered limited edition of 40 for $75.

On sale now from the 1xRun website.


'Doctor Who' Complete S3 Bluray Steelbook From Zavvi

'Doctor Who' Complete Series 3 bluray steelbook from Zavvi for £27.99.

Features:
  • Region 2 (Europe, Greenland, French territories, Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand)
  • Doctor Who Confidential
  • Music And Monsters
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes 
  • Commentary
  • Freema's Tour Of The Studio
  • Video Diaries and more!
Available for pre-order now from the Zavvi website.

Front

#CoolArt: 'Botanica 1' by Jeff Langevin

'Botanica 1' by Jeff Langevin.

Signed print on natural white matte paper with ultrachrome archival inks.

Go here to buy.


#ArtOfTheDay: 'Materia Girl' by Timothy Lim

'Materia Girl' by Timothy Lim, inspired by 'Final Fantasy VII' and Alphonse Mucha.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Joshua Tree National Park' by Little Friends of Printmaking

'Joshua Tree National Park' by Little Friends of Printmaking, a print release from Fifty-Nine Parks.

24" x 32" 6 colour screen print, on 100# Cougar Natural paper for $80.
On sale in a TIMED edition until Tuesday March 6.

18" x 24" 6 colour screen print on 100# Cougar White paper in an open edition for $40.

5% of the print sale will be donated to the National Park Service.

On sale now from the Fifty-Nine Parks website.


#CoolArt: 'Black Panther' Prints by Jon Moody

'Black Panther' by Jon Moody, officially licensed Marvel prints from Fandango, in collaboration with Grey Matter Art.

19" x 13" giclee prints on Somerset Velvet 255 gsm in limited editions of 100 for $29.99 each.

On sale now from the Fandango website.


#CoolArt: 'Hubble' by Rob Rey

'Hubble' by Rob Rey, for Every Day Original.

8" x 6" Oil on board original artwork for $350.

On sale Wednesday February 21 at 12.30pm ET from the Every Day Original website.


#CoolArt: 'A Jedi's Eye View' by Adam Stothard

'A Jedi's Eye View' by Adam Stothard


#CoolArt: 'Rancor's Wrath' by Jeremy Saliba

'Rancor's Wrath' by Jeremy Saliba, a new officially licensed print release through Zavvi, in collaboration with Acme Archives.

18" x 24" lithograph print, in a numbered limited edition of 395 for £29.99.

On sale Wednesday February 21 at 12pm UK from the Zavvi website, and also available from Dark Ink Art.


#ArtOfTheDay: 'Duel Of The Fates' by Hugh Fleming

'Duel Of The Fates' by Hugh Fleming, inspired by 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace'

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Xenomorph' & 'Xenomorph Queen' by Robert Wilson IV

'Xenomorph' & 'Xenomorph Queen' by Robert Wilson IV, new prints from Nakatomi Inc.

18" x 24" screen prints in a 'Xenomorph' edition of 100, and a 'Xenomorph Queen' edition of 100 for $40 each. A small allocation of black & white variant editions for $40 is also available.

On sale now from the Nakatomi Inc website.

'Xenomorph' (Regular Edition)

The 2017 SFWA Nebula Award Nominees Announced

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announced the finalists for this year’s Nebula Awards, along with contenders for 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 will be held from Thursday May 17 through Sunday May 20 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center.

Novel

  • Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss (Saga)
  • Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory (Knopf; riverrun)
  • The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty (Orbit US)
  • Jade City, Fonda Lee (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor; Orbit UK 2018)

Novella

  • River of Teeth, Sarah Gailey (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Passing Strange, Ellen Klages (Tor.com Publishing)
  • “And Then There Were (N-One)”, Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny 3-4/17)
  • Barry’s Deal, Lawrence M. Schoen (NobleFusion Press)
  • All Systems Red, Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Black Tides of Heaven, JY Yang (Tor.com Publishing)

Novelette

  • “Dirty Old Town”, Richard Bowes (F&SF 5-6/17)
  • “Weaponized Math”, Jonathan P. Brazee (The Expanding Universe, Vol. 3)
  • “Wind Will Rove”, Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s 9-10/17)
  • “A Series of Steaks”, Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld 1/17)
  • “A Human Stain”, Kelly Robson (Tor.com 1/4/17)
  • “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time”, K.M. Szpara (Uncanny 5-6/17)

Short Story

  • “Fandom for Robots”, Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny 9-10/17)
  • “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™”, Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex 8/17)
  • “Utopia, LOL?”, Jamie Wahls (Strange Horizons 6/5/17)
  • “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand”, Fran Wilde (Uncanny 9-10/17)
  • “The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard)”, Matthew Kressel (Tor.com 3/15/17)
  • “Carnival Nine”, Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 5/11/17)

The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Get Out (Written by Jordan Peele)
  • The Good Place: “Michael’s Gambit” (Written by Michael Schur)
  • Logan (Screenplay by Scott Frank, James Mangold, and Michael Green)
  • The Shape of Water (Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor)
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Written by Rian Johnson)
  • Wonder Woman (Screenplay by Allan Heinberg)


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

  • Exo, Fonda Lee (Scholastic Press)
  • Weave a Circle Round, Kari Maaren (Tor)
  • The Art of Starving, Sam J. Miller (HarperTeen)
  • Want, Cindy Pon (Simon Pulse)