Monday, August 21, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Solar Eclipse' by Rob Rey

'Solar Eclipse' by Rob Rey, for Every Day Original.

7" x 7" Oil on board original painting.

On sale Monday August 21 at 12.30pm ET.

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#CoolArt: 'Blink-182' Concert Posters by Rhys Cooper

'Blink-182' concert posters by Rhys Cooper.

12" x 36" 6 colour screen prints, with metallic inks, on heavy paper stock in signed and numbered AP editions of 50 for $60 each or as a set of two for $120.

On sale Tuesday August 22 at 12pm PT.

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Book Review: 'Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad' by Christie Golden

Tie in novel for the upcoming video game 'Star Wars: Battlefront II', with the POV of the Empire and specifically the newly created Inferno Squad - Iden Versio, Gideon Hask, Del Meeko and Seyn Marana.

Christie Golden begins the novel during the Battle of Yavin, from 'A New Hope', with Versio piloting a TIE Fighter. I liked this new perspective of the battle, as we usually only see the battle from the viewpoint of the rebels, but was good to read it from the other side for a change, and from a TIE pilot involved in the skirmishes as well.

If you're a 'Star Wars' fan, then you know the outcome of that battle, but fate transpires that Iden Versio is far enough away from the eventual explosion to survive.

But survives she does and she makes her way back to Empire space and is recruited, along with three others at the top of their respective fields, by her father Admiral Garrick Versio, and Inferno Squad is born.

It's not long until the activities of the Dreamers, a Rebel splinter group of Saw Gerrera's partisans, gets the attention of the Inferno Squad, and they're sent in to infiltrate the group to bring them down.

I'd enjoyed the previous Battlefront tie in, written by Alexander Freed, which was a series of battles, not surprising since it was a tie in for a First Person Shooter game. This time around, there's actually more of a story, and a decent one at that, as we're treated to a glimpse of life on both sides of the Galactic Civil War.

Although Iden is the main protagonist, we get to see each of the other members of the Inferno Squad also fleshed out with their personalities and back stories, showing that, much like the YA 'Star Wars' novel 'Lost Stars', not everyone that is part of the Empire is evil, but just happens to born onto the 'other side' of the war. Makes one wonder what Leia Organa would've been like if she was surrounded by people that had sympathies for the Empire instead of for the Rebellion.

There's a few hints and Easter eggs for the more ardent 'Star Wars' fans within the novel, but not so much that will detract from the casual fans. If you've previously read the 'Rogue One' novelization and the Jyn Erso focused 'Rebel Rising', then you may pick up on some of the events hinted at in this book.

As the game that the book is a tie in for has a story campaign (unlike the first game) focusing on Iden Versio, reading 'Inferno Squad' will expand her back story so that you may end up more emotionally invested in the character, especially as she's on the 'other side' of the war.

Overall, it's a good fast paced read, with characters that grow on you, despite their backgrounds, as the story progresses, and that have to react to the tough situations and consequences that are presented before them. Another decent edition to the new Star Wars canon of stories.

****/5

#ArtOfTheDay: 'The Dark Crystal: The Power of the Dark Crystal' by Sana Takeda

Variant cover art by Sana Takeda for 'The Dark Crystal: The Power of the Dark Crystal' #5, published July 2017 by Archaia / Boom! Studios.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Regretfully Yours' by Stella Im Hultberg

'Regretfully Yours' by Stella Im Hultberg, a new limited print release through Spoke Art.

12" x 16" fine art giclée print in a signed and numbered limited edition of 100 for $50.



#CoolArt: 'Game Of Thrones - Beautiful Death: S7 E05' by Robert M Ball

Robert M Ball continues the Season 7 'Beautiful Death' 'Game Of Thrones' episode posters, with the poster from episode 5 'East Watch'.


#CoolArt: 'Game Of Thrones' Season 7 'Eastwatch' by Ertaç Altınöz

'Game Of Thrones' Season 7 E5 'Eastwatch' by Ertaç Altınöz


#CoolArt: 'Game Of Thrones' Fan Art by Bayard Yu

'I Know You' by Bayard Yu.


#CoolArt: 'The Veiled Lady' by RELM

'The Veiled Lady' by RELM, a new print release from Rhino Barking Sparrow.

14" x 18" giclée print on Cold-Press Natural Heavy Fine Art 340gsm paper in a hand numbered limited edition of 20 for $55.

On sale Friday August 18 at 9am PT.

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#CoolArt: '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' by Martin Ansin

'20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' by Martin Ansin, a print release through Posters And Toys.

12″ x 36″ screen print, in a Regular edition of 355 for $75, and a Variant edition of 195 for $100.

On sale Friday August 18 at 2pm CT.

Go here to buy.

Regular Edition
Variant Edition

#CoolArt: 'Seahorse Life Vessel' by Andrew Schoultz

'Seahorse Life Vessel' by Andrew Schoultz, a new print release from PangeaSeed, with proceeds raised through the sale of this print going to support PangeaSeed's ongoing effort to help save our seas through ARTivism.

22" x 50" giclee print, on Italian cold-press watercolor paper with hand deckled edges and hand embellished, in a signed and numbered limited edition of 50 for $200.

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For more information on how you can help save our seas, please visit PangeaSeed.org.


#CoolArt: 'The Defenders: Iron Fist' by Matthew Woodson

'The Defenders: Iron Fist' by Matthew Woodson, a new officially licensed Marvel print from Mondo.

18″ x 24″ screen print with spot varnish in a hand numbered limited edition of 250 for $45.

On sale Friday August 18 at 12pm CT.

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#CoolArt: New Art Prints by Richey Beckett

'Black Cross' and 'White Tiger' by Richey Beckett.

11" x 17" 5 colour screen prints, including metallic gold ink, printed by Burlesque Of North America, on 100lb Speckletone Kraft French Paper in signed, numbered and embossed limited editions of 75 for £26 each.

On sale Sunday August 20 at 6pm UK.


'Black Cross' by Richey Beckett
'White Tiger' by Richey Beckett

'Scott Pilgrim vs The World' Steelbook Bluray From Zavvi

'Scott Pilgrim vs The World', a new limited edition steelbook bluray exclusive from Zavvi for £15.99 each, with artwork by 'Scott Pilgrim' creator, Bryan Lee O'Malley.

On sale Sunday August 20 at 6pm UK

Go here to buy (link goes live on the day of sale).

#ArtOfTheDay: 'A Nightmare On Elm Street' by Graham Humphreys

'A Nightmare On Elm Street' by Graham Humphreys


Thursday, August 17, 2017

#CoolArt: 'The Crimson Ghost' by Chris Garofalo

'The Crimson Ghost' by Chris Garofalo, a new limited edition print release from Grey Matter Art.

9" x 24" screen print, printed by Fugscreens Studios, in a signed and numbered limited edition of 70 for $30.

The print will be available first exclusively at the Monster-Mania Horror Con from August 18-20, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Any remaining copies will go on sale Monday, August 21st at 1pm ET on the Grey Matter Art website.


#CoolArt: 'Kanro' by ONEQ

'Kanro' by ONEQ, a new limited print release by The Peoples Print Shop.

16" x 20" giclée print in a numbered limited edition of 60 for $39.95 or $164.95 framed.

#CoolArt: 'The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim' Video Game Art Prints From Cook & Becker

Cook & Becker, in collaboration with Bethesda Softworks, have released a series of official limited edition prints of the video game, 'The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim'.

Each giclee print is hand-numbered, and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by senior concept artist Ray Lederer. The 18 prints in the series are available unframed or with a high-end finish or frame.

Go here to buy.

'Dragonborn'

#CoolArt: 'Mermaid With Flowers' by Rhonda Libbey

'Mermaid With Flowers' by Rhonda Libbey, for Every Day Original.

5" x 3" oil and gold leaf painting original for $350.

On sale Thursday August 17 at 12.30pm ET.

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#CoolArt: 'Red Sonja: Queen of Scavengers' by Alex Pascenko

'Red Sonja: Queen of Scavengers' by Alex Pascenko, a new 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 300.

On sale for Pre-Order in a framed edition for $250 on Friday August 18 between 12pm-3pm PT.

Any remaining copies will be available for Pre-Order as an unframed edition for $90 from Monday August 21 between 12pm-3pm PT.

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#CoolArt: 'Madelyne Pryor' by Rebekah Isaacs & Brian Reber

'Madelyne Pryor' by Rebekah Isaacs & Brian Reber, a new print release through Cadence Select.

14.5" x 18" giclee print, with deckle edges, on Enhance Matte GSM 192 Fine art paper, in a signed, numbered and remarqued edition of 50 for $80.

On sale Friday August 18 at 12pm ET.

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#CoolArt: 'Lady Killer' by Joëlle Jones

'Lady Killer' by Joëlle Jones, a new print release through Cadence Select.

13.25" x 22" giclee print, with deckle edges, on Enhance Matte GSM 192 Fine art paper, in a signed, numbered and remarqued edition of 50 for $100.

On sale Friday August 18 at 12pm ET.

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#CoolArt: 'A Night In Amsterdam' by Timothy Pittides

'A Night In Amsterdam' by Timothy Pittides, a new print release from Bottleneck Gallery.

16" x 20" 5 colour screen print, printed by VGKids, in a Regular edition, on 100lb French Paper Bag Kraft-Tone paper, of 80 for $35, and a Variant edition, on 100lb French Packing Chip Kraft-Tone paper, of 40 for $45.

On sale Thursday August 17 at 12pm ET.

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Regular Edition
Variant Edition

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Harley Quinn' by Dan Panosian

Variant cover art by Dan Panosian for 'Harley Quinn' #8, published July 2014 by DC Comics.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Steadfast' by Jenna Kass

'Steadfast' by Jenna Kass, for Every Day Original.

7" x 11.5" pencil and powdered graphite on Strathmore 400 Series Smooth Bristol original for $325.

On sale Wednesday August 16 at 12.30pm ET.

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#CoolArt: 'Jawas With Iron Giant' by Mark Lone

'Jawas With Iron Giant' by Mark Lone.

14" x 11" digital giclee print on thick gloss art paper, available in colour and black & white editions for $20 each.

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Book Review: 'The Fifth Season' by NK Jemisin

I've heard some very good things about this multi award winning fantasy series by NK Jemisin! And as I'm partial to the occasional epic fantasy, and have read and enjoyed previous short stories by her, it was high time to dive in.

The prologue to 'The Fifth Season' starts off with the line "Let's start with the end of the world, why don't we?", which is very ominous for events later on, before quickly introducing us to the world of the Stillness, where volcanoes and seismic activity are the norm, but are able to be controlled by Orogenes, a race of people that have the ability to manipulate the earth, soothing, and creating, any seismic events at their will. But despite this, they are considered a lesser race and a treated with contempt and hatred.

The main protagonist, Essun, is one of these Orogenes. After finding her young son murdered, and her daughter missing, taken by her husband, she leaves the village in search of her daughter.

The book is interwoven with the narratives of three women of varying ages, Essun, Damaya and Syenite, each with a different tale at their different stages of life in the cruel and harsh world. As such, it can be a bit confusing at first, trying to keep track of which narrative belongs to whom. The differing writing styles - second person POV (Essun) and third person (Damaya and Syenite) - do help, and can take a bit of getting used to, but the further you get into the book, the more it all clicks together and works really well.

The world of the Stillness is brought to life by Jemisin's wonderful prose, a world of deep prejudice but also one with its moments of beauty. The characters, from the primary, secondary and all the way down, are well written, and are really relatable to the story.

Overall, it's a great and compelling read, a great introduction to a new world with engaging characters. I can't wait to read the next book in the series, 'The Obelisk Gate', to find out what happens next!

****/5

#CoolArt: 'The Year Without Santa Claus' Prints by Dave Perillo

'The Year Without Santa Claus' by Dave Perillo, new officially licensed prints from Dark Hall Mansion, in collaboration with Warner Bros.

12" x 12" giclee prints in a two piece set, in a numbered Regular edition of 280 for $65, a numbered Variant edition of 50 for $85, and a separate 24" x 12" Banner edition of 50 for $75.

On sale Thursday August 17 at 12.30pm PT.

Go here to buy.

'Heat Miser' (Regular Edition)
'Snow Miser' (Regular Edition)

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Shape Changer' by Iain McCaig

Cover art by Iain McCaig for the Fighting Fantasy Adventure Gamebook 'The Forest Of Doom', written by Ian Livingstone.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Cancer Ward' by Alan Campbell

'Cancer Ward' by Alan Campbell, inspired by the book by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

18" x 24" 5 colour screen print with hand embellishments in a signed and numbered limited edition of 45 for £40.

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#CoolArt: 'Conquest' by Donato Giancola

'Conquest' by Donato Giancola, for Every Day Original.

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

On sale Tuesday August 15 at 12.30pm ET.

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#CoolArt: 'Alien: Covenant' by Patrik Svensson

'Alien: Covenant' by Patrik Svensson, a new officially licensed print release from Bottleneck Gallery, in collaboration with Acme Archives.

18" x 24" screen print in a limited edition of 175 for $40.

On sale Tuesday August 15 at 12pm ET.

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#CoolArt: 'Pale Rider' by David Stoupakis

'Pale Rider' by David Stoupakis.

16" x 22.5" giclee print on archival cold press 100% cotton fiber paper in a signed, numbered and embossed limited edition of 33 for $150.

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#CoolArt: 'The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild' by Jeff Langevin

'The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild' by Jeff Langevin.

Print on natural white matte paper with ultrachrome archival inks.

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#CoolArt: Mondo Prints From SDCC 2017 (Part Two)

Mondo are releasing the next round of prints they premiered at San Diego Comic Con.

On sale at a random time Tuesday August 15. Follow Mondo on Twitter @mondonews for the on sale announcement.

'The VVitch' (Variant Edition) by Becky Cloonan
18" x 24" screen print in a limited edition of 150 for $65
'Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse' by Sachin Teng
18" x 24" screen print in a limited edition of 150 for $65
'Legion' by Marc Aspinall
24" x 36" screen print in a limited edition of 250 for $50