Thursday, July 20, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Kong and Mason' by Adan Arellano

'Kong and Mason' by Adan Arellano, a debut print release from PosterSpy.

18" x 24" 5 colour screen-print, with Varnish finish, on 270gsm Mohawk archival paper, in a hand numbered limited edition of 100 for £40.

On sale Friday July 21 at 5pm UK.



#CoolArt: 'Wonder Woman: Princess Of The Amazon' by Alex Ross

'Wonder Woman: Princess Of The Amazon' by Alex Ross, a San Diego Comic Con exclusive.

13" x 18" mini canvas print in a limited edition of 75 for $150.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: Gallery Nucleus Prints At SDCC 2017

Limited edition prints available at the Gallery Nucleus booth (#2643) during the San Diego Comic Con July 20-23.

'The Enchanted Love' by Joey Chou

#CoolArt: 'LEGO Justice League' by Tom Whalen

'LEGO Justice League' by Tom Whalen.

Free print available from the LEGO booth (#2829) during San Diego Comic-Con, July 20-23, with signed copies available on Saturday from 3-4pm PT.


#CoolArt: 'Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast' by Dave Perillo

'Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast' by Dave Perillo, a new officially licensed print release through Zavvi, in collaboration with Acme Archives.

12" x 24" Variant edition screen print in a signed and numbered limited edition of 150 for £44.99

Released Wednesday August 16, go here to pre-order now.


#CoolArt: Dark Ink Art Prints At SDCC 2017

Limited edition prints available at the Dark Ink Art booth (#5629) during the San Diego Comic Con July 20-23.

Prints are also available online during Comic Con weekend.


SDCC Exclusive
'Ark Of The Covenant' by Christopher Clark

#CoolArt: 'Our Crew Is Replaceable, Your Package Isn't' (Regular Edition) by Dan Mumford

'Our Crew Is Replaceable, Your Package Isn't' by Dan Mumford, a new officially licensed 'Futurama' print release through Dark Ink Art.

18" x 24" Regular edition screen print in a signed and numbered limited edition of 250 for $50.

Go here to pre-order.


#CoolArt: 'Queens Of The Stone Age' by Ken Taylor

'Queens Of The Stone Age, Australia & New Zealand Tour 2017' by Ken Taylor, a print release from Beyond The Pale.

12" x 36" 6 colour screen print, in a signed and numbered limited edition of 295 for $50.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Sara Ryder' by Ramil Sunga

'Sara Ryder' by Ramil Sunga, an official 'Mass Effect: Andromeda' print from Bioware.

18" x 24" lithograph print on 100lb coated acid free paper in a signed and numbered limited edition of 500 for $40.

Go here to buy.


#ArtOfTheDay: 'The Incal' by Jean Giraud (Moebius)

'The Incal' by Jean Giraud (Moebius)


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Our Crew Is Replaceable, Your Package Isn't' by Dan Mumford

'Our Crew Is Replaceable, Your Package Isn't' by Dan Mumford, a new officially licensed 'Futurama' print release through Zavvi, in collaboration with Acme Archives.

18" x 24" Variant edition screen print in a signed and numbered limited edition of 200 for £44.99

Released Wednesday August 16, go here to pre-order now.


#CoolArt: 'Trinity II' by Craig Drake

'The Matrix' inspired 'Trinity II' by Craig Drake, a new print release through Hero Complex Gallery.

36" x 24" screen print in a limited edition of 225 for $50.

Go here to buy.

100% of the proceeds will be donated to artist AJ Frena's GoFundMe fundraising campaign in her fight against cancer. Go here to donate directly to her campaign.


#CoolArt: 'Princess Of The Moon' by Ise Ananphada

The 'Pan's Labyrinth' inspired 'Princess Of The Moon' by Ise Ananphada, a new print release from Hero Complex Gallery.

24" x 36" 11 colour screen print in a limited edition of 425 for $65.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'The Shape Of Water' by James Jean

'The Shape Of Water' by James Jean, teaser for the film by Guillermo del Toro.


Book Review: 'Bourbon, Sugar, Grace' by Jessica Reisman

'Bourbon, Sugar, Grace' by Jessica Reisman is a good Sci-Fi short story set on a mining colony where the deposits have dried up with the mining company having since abandoned the people and workers, save for automated shipments of supplies.

The story follows Fox, a salvager, as she's commissioned to retrieve an object, but finds out that two company employees are also on the trail of the object as well.

The object she finds, some kind of mystical rock, seems to have some kind of link to the stories of 'Pisque And The Sloe Ghost', that she was told to by her moms, yes plural, Ohnee and Taf, as well as some kind of strange power.

Despite being a short story, the world building is pretty good, setting up a world that's been largely forgotten about by the company that sent them there. I also enjoyed the character of Fox. She seemed pretty realistic and we get a glimpse into her life with events that have moulded her into the person she is.

I thought the ending was a bit ambivalent but overall it's a good read that could be the beginning to something more.


***½/5

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Supergirl' by Tula Lotay

Cover art by Tula Lotay for 'Super Girl: Being Super' #4 published June 2017 by DC Comics.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Blue Jay Way' by RELM

'Blue Jay Way' by RELM, a new print release from Rhino Barking Sparrow.

14" x 14" giclée print on Cold-Press Natural Heavy Fine Art 340gsm paper in a hand numbered limited edition of 20, plus 3 Artist Proofs for $50.

On sale Tuesday July 18 at 9am PT.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Blue' by Djamila Knopf

'Blue' by Djamila Knopf.

8.3" x 11.7" coloured pencil and acrylic paint original on 190g Hahnemühle Nostalgie paper for $160.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Divided We Stand' by Allen Willliams

'Divided We Stand' by Allen Willliams, a new official 'Court Of The Dead' print release from Sideshow.

18" x 24" giclee print on 100% archival heavyweight 300gsm rag art paper, with hand torn edges and embossed seals of authenticity in a signed and numbered limited edition of 150 for $90 unframed and $250.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: Mondo Prints At SDCC 2017

Limited edition prints available at the Mondo booth (#835) during the San Diego Comic Con July 19-23.

Mondo will also be selling the Regular editions of the prints online during Comic Con weekend. Follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates and on sale announcements.

'Contra' by Eric Powell

Book Review: 'The Scholast In The Low Waters Kingdom' by Max Gladstone

Another enjoyable short story from Tor.com and one by Max Gladstone, best known for his 'The Craft Sequence' novels.

Told in the style of a journal chronicling a historical event, a being - The Scholast - appears on a world, at first revered like a god, mostly due to her appearance and in the way in which she arrives, but soon just treated like an outsider as she tries to win over the trust of the ruler, Princess Martial, of the land she's arrived in, in order to warn and prepare them for an incoming attack.

The story is briskly paced, as we go from the preparations for the battle and straight to the conflict itself quickly. As such, there's not much time for character development or world building, but even so, there's still enough of a sense of what the world is like to make it interesting.

The main focus is on the interaction between the Scholast, known as Jane, and the Princess, which feels like just glimpses. Maybe because of the way the story is written, and perhaps if the story was a bit longer, things could've been fleshed out a bit more, as I would've liked to have seen more. But it's still an enjoyable read and available to read online as part of the Tor Original Fiction on the Tor.com website.

***½/5

#CoolArt: 'Storm' by Jen Bartel

'Storm' by Jen Bartel.

New print available at her booth (#2047) during the San Diego Comic Con July 21-23.


#CoolArt: 'Tithorea' by Kevin Tong

'Tithorea' by Kevin Tong.

Limited edition screen prints available at his booth (#833) during the San Diego Comic Con July 21-23.

Regular Edition
Variant Edition

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Star-Lord' by Earl Norem

Cover art by Earl Norem for 'Marvel Super Special' #10, published February 1979 by Marvel Comics.


Monday, July 17, 2017

#CoolArt: 'The Dark Knight' by Rory Kurtz

'The Dark Knight' by Rory Kurtz, is a new TIMED release from Mondo

24" x 36" 12 colour screen print in a hand numbered timed edition for $60.

On sale from Monday July 17 at 2pm CT until Friday July 21 at 9pm CT.



Book Review: 'Waiting On A Bright Moon' by JY Yang

A beautifully written short story, written in the second person perspective much in the style of choose-your-own-adventure books.

The world is on the brink of a rebellion and the story begins with a scream and a dead body appearing through a portal created by Xin, an ansible who connects to the Imperial Authority's homeworld and colonies through song magic, linking up with another ansible, their 'song-sister' with whom they bond with emotionally, at the other end.

This kicks things off for Xin, as during her three weeks leave in response to the shock of the event, she develops a bond with Ouyang Suquing, a high ranking Starmage and is slowly pulled into the rebellion.

JY Yang describes a world and characters I really want to visit again. The second person pov doesn't detracts but really adds to the reading experience, adding more emotion and feeling to the situations going on, making you more connected to the story and characters, putting you into the story as Xin.

It's a beautifully lush, sad but hopeful story, and although I've not read anything by JY Yang before, 'Waiting On A Bright Moon' makes me want to read more of her stories. A recommended read that is available to read on the Tor.com website.

****/5

#CoolArt: 'Murina's Tomb' by Esao Andrews

'Murina's Tomb' by Esao Andrews.

18" x 21" print, printed by Static Medium, on 100% cotton rag paper in a signed limited edition of 285 for $140 unframed or $350 framed.

On sale Tuesday July 18 at 1pm PT.

Go here to buy.

#CoolArt: 'Wonder Woman' by Laura Racero

'Wonder Woman' by Laura Racero.

Available in four sizes;
  • A3 Edition (29.7 x 42 cm) on 250 g/m2 Matte coated paper for €22.50.
  • A2 Edition (42 x 59.4 cm) on 250 g/m2 Matte coated paper for €35.
  • A1 Edition (59.4 x 84.1 cm) on 250 g/m2 Matte coated paper for €50.
  • B2 Edition (50 x 70 cm) 270 g/m2 Fine Art Giclée matte paper for €80.
Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'The Fifth Element' by Chrissie Zullo

'The Fifth Element' by Chrissie Zullo.


#CoolArt: 'Classic Universal Monsters' by Alex Ross

'Classic Universal Monsters' by Alex Ross.

24" x 36" giclee prints on stretched velvet canvas in signed and numbered limited editions for $695 each or as a set of 7 (numbered 1-25) for $3800.

The Classic Universal Monsters set includes seven black and white editions:
  • Frankenstein (Boris Karloff, 1931)
  • Dracula (Bela Lugosi, 1931)
  • Bride of Frankenstein (Elsa Lanchester, 1935)
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
  • The Mummy (Boris Karloff, 1932)
  • The Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr, 1941)
  • The Invisible Man (Claude Rains, 1933)
On sale Wednesday, July 19 at 6pm PT at Alex Ross' booth (#2415) at San Diego Comic-Con.

A limited number of portraits will also be released on AlexRossArt.com and Alex Ross Art Authorized Galleries.

'Frankenstein' by Alex Ross

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Luc Besson's Valérian' by Ulises Farinas

'Luc Besson's Valérian' by Ulises Farinas.

Artwork used in the article, 'Luc Besson's Outer Limits' at Wired.com.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Three Dog' by Fabled Creative

The 'Fallout 3' inspired 'Three Dog' by Fabled Creative.

A print on Semi-Gloss, 100LB or higher, Cover Stock paper in various sizes; 13" x 19" at $20, 16" x 24" at $40 and 24" x 36" for $60.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Star Wars' D23 Exclusive Prints by Craig Drake

'Star Wars' D23 exclusive prints by Craig Drake.


#CoolArt: 'Red' by Djamila Knopf

'Red' by Djamila Knopf.

8.3" x 11.7" coloured pencil and acrylic paint original on 190g Hahnemühle Nostalgie paper for $160.

Go here to buy.


Book Review: 'As Good As New' by Charlie Jane Anders

Another good short story from Tor.com, and from author Charlie Jane Anders.

Marisol, a prize winning playwright and the only survivor of a global apocalypse, discovers a bottle amongst the devastation when she finally ventures out of the panic room that has kept her safe. When she uncorks the bottle, a genie, or wish facilitator as he prefers to be known, appears in a plume of glittery mist to grant her three wishes.

But the genie isn't your typical Aladdin style wish facilitator, he used to be a theatre critic from the 1950s called Richard, until he "tried to bamboozle the wrong individual and got stuck in a bottle".

The dialogue between the wanna-be playwright and theatre critic is fun and interesting, full of dry wit and a love letter to the theatre, as Marisol ponders what to do with the wishes she's been granted.

'As Good As New' is a short but entertaining, fun and different take on the genie in a bottle, as well as post apocalypse tropes. A recommended read and available to read for free on the Tor.com website.

****/5

The Art Of . . . George Akimoto

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 George Akimoto.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Logan' by Gabriele Dell'otto

'Logan' by Gabriele Dell'otto


Saturday, July 15, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Dragon Tamer' by Donato Giancola

'Dragon Tamer' by Donato Giancola, for Every Day Original.

11" x 14" Watercolour Pencil and Chalk on Toned Paper, matted to 16" x 20" for $500.

On sale Saturday July 15 at 12.30pm ET.

Go here to buy.


Book Review: 'When Stars Are Scattered' by Spencer Elsworth

'When Stars Are Scattered' by Spencer Ellsworth, is another good addition to the long list of wonderful short stories from Tor.

A story that touches on belief and faith in religion, intolerance, as well as the philosophy of suffering and existence, all in a Sci-Fi setting.

A new doctor, Dr Ahmed el-Mahy, arrives at a human outpost in space, where tensions between the two religious groups of the colony have become precarious. The groups are also divided over their treatment of the alien race that share their land, known as Kites because they, well, look like kites. The Christian homesteaders treat them as more like pests whilst the Muslim group show them kindness and treat them as people.

But a deadly virus is sweeping through the Kites population, and with tensions rising between the two groups, Ahmed does his best to find a cure in trying circumstances.

Its a moving, well written and thought provoking story that is, unfortunately, indicative of our times. Enjoyed reading this.


****/5

The Art Of . . . Geof Darrow

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 Geof Darrow.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Wonder Woman' by Darwyn Cooke

Variant cover art by Darwyn Cooke for 'Wonder Woman' #37, published December 2014 by DC Comics.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Nominees For The 2017 British Fantasy Awards Announced

The nominees for the 2017 British Fantasy Awards have been announced by the British Fantasy Society. The winners will be revealed at Fantasy Con 2017 in Peterborough, UK at the end of September.

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)
  • The High King’s Vengeance – Steven Poore
  • The Silver Tide – Jen Williams
  • The Summer Goddess – Joanne Hall
  • The Tiger and the Wolf – Adrian Tchaikovsky

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)
  • 13 Minutes – Sarah Pinborough
  • Disappearance at Devil’s Rock – Paul Tremblay
  • The Hidden People – Alison Littlewood
  • The Searching Dead – Ramsey Campbell

Best Novella
  • Arrival of Missives – Aliya Whiteley
  • The Ballad of Black Tom – Victor LaValle
  • Bodies of Water – VH Leslie
  • Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire
  • The Grieving Stones – Gary McMahon
  • Hammers on Bone – Cassandra Khaw

Best Short Fiction
  • “Charmed Life” – Simon Avery
  • “Greenteeth” – Gary Budden
  • “The Watcher” – Sammy HK Smith
  • “Waxy” – Camilla Grudova
  • “White Rabbit” – Georgina Bruce
  • “The Women’s Song” – Nadine West

Best Collection
  • The Parts We Play – Stephen Volk
  • Secret Language – Neil Williamson
  • Sharp Ends – Joe Abercrombie
  • Some Will Not Sleep – Adam Nevill
  • A Tiding of Magpies – Pete Sutton
  • The Unheimlich Menoeuvre – Tracy Fahey

Best Anthology
  • Asian Monsters ed. Margrét Helgadóttir
  • Dead Letters ed. Conrad Williams
  • Fight Like a Girl ed. Joanne Hall & Roz Clarke
  • People of Colour Destroy Science Fiction ed. Lightspeed Magazine
  • The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales ed. Dominik Larisien & Navah Wolfe
  • Something Remains ed. Peter Coleborn and Pauline E Dungate

Best Independent Press
  • Alchemy Press
  • Fox Spirit Books
  • Grimbold Press
  • NewCon Press
  • TTA Press

Best Non-Fiction
  • Blood Spectrum – Gary Couzens
  • The Geek Feminist Revolution – Kameron Hurley
  • Ginger Nuts of Horror ed. Jim McLeod
  • This Spectacular Darkness – Joel Lane, ed. Mark Valentine
  • The Women of Harry Potter series – Sarah Gailey
  • Words are my Matter: Writings about Life and Books, 2000-2016 – Ursula K Le Guin

Best Magazine/Periodical
  • Black Static
  • Ginger Nuts of Horror
  • Interzone
  • Tor.com
  • Uncanny Magazine

Best Comic/Graphic Novel
  • 2000AD (progs 1963-2011) ed. Matt Smith
  • Monstress, Vol 1: Awakening – Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda
  • Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! (#2-13) – Kate Leth & Brittney Williams
  • Saga (#33-40) – Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  • Sixpack and Dogwelder: Hard Travelin’ Heroz (#1-5) – Garth Ennis & Russ Braun
  • Skal (Chapter 3, pages 1-19) – Jennie Gyllblad

Best Artist
  • Ben Baldwin
  • Evelinn Enoksen
  • Sarah Anne Langton
  • Daniele Serra

Best Film/Television Production
  • Arrival
  • Black Mirror series 3
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Deadpool
  • High Rise

Best Newcomer (the Sydney J Bounds Award)
  • James Bennett, for Chasing Embers
  • Daniel Godfrey, for New Pompeii
  • Erika L Satifka, for Stay Crazy
  • Phil Sloman, for Becoming David
  • Martin Owton, for Exile

Free Monthly Giveaway From The Flood Gallery

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Plus, you'll also receive 10% off your first order! (some exclusions apply)

The lucky winner will be announced in their newsletter on July 27.


#CoolArt: 'Soak' by Dannika Rose Sullivan

'Soak' by Dannika Rose Sullivan, a new print release from Rhino Barking Sparrow.

12" x 17" giclée print on Cold-Press Natural Heavy Fine Art 340gsm paper in a hand numbered limited edition of 20, plus 3 Artist Proofs, for $45.

On sale Friday July 14 at 9am PT.

Go here to buy.


#ArtOfTheDay: 'The Rocketeer' by Geof Darrow

'The Rocketeer' by Geof Darrow