Friday, October 13, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Preacher' by Neil Davies

'Preacher' by Neil Davies.

An entry for the PosterSpy creative brief to design an alternative poster for the AMC TV series. The submissions are open until November 6 2017.

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#CoolArt: 'De Mortuis' by Tom Bagshaw

'De Mortuis' by Tom Bagshaw.

11" x 14" Giclee print on Woodstock Felt 100% Cotton Rag 310 gsm, in a signed, numbered and titled limited edition of 20 for £40.

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#CoolArt: 'Blade Runner 2049' by Ben Oliver

'Blade Runner 2049' by Ben Oliver.


#CoolArt: 'Compassion' by Patricia Ariel

'Compassion' by Patricia Ariel, a new print release from Rhino Barking Sparrow.

11" x 14" giclee print on Cold-Press Natural Heavy Fine Art 340gsm paper in a hand numbered and embossed limited edition of 20 for $45.

On sale Friday October 13 at 9am PT.

Go here to buy.


Book Review: 'The Stone Sky' by NK Jemison

NK Jemisin sticks the landing with the conclusion of the 'Broken Earth' trilogy. 'The Stone Sky' brings to an end one of the best series I've had the pleasure of losing myself in.

Essun and Nassun, mother and daughter, are both on a journey through the Broken Earth to end the Seasons that have been devastating the dystopian world of The Stillness. But each has a different path and perspective, one is on a mission to save the world, intent on making it a better place, whilst the other, just wants to erase humanity and destroy it.

Along with this collision course of the two powerful Orogenes, people that can manipulate the earth at will, we get taken back in time and through interludes, learn about the origins of the Stone Eaters, retold to us by Hoa. And as such, most of the questions raised in the previous books about how the world came to be are answered.

The themes of family, friendship, survival and sacrifice are prevalent throughout not just this book, but the series as a whole, from beginning to end. Essentially it's the story of a mother looking for her daughter, but it's an epic one filled with strong female lead characters (most of the characters in the story are women), a cast of engaging and grounded supporting characters, complete with all the complications and imperfections that make them human, a unique magic system, and brilliant world building, all threaded together with an imaginative and engrossing narrative, right up until the last page! An emotional and definitely satisfying read!

If you're looking to get lost in a new world, that isn't filled with your typical SFF tropes, then I would definitely recommend 'The Stone Sky' as well as any of the other books from NK Jemisin's 'Broken Earth' trilogy.

****/5

#CoolArt: 'Friday The 13th' Prints by Robert Tanenbaum & Rockin' Jelly Bean Through Bottleneck Gallery

'Friday the 13th' by Robert Tanenbaum and Rockin' Jelly Bean, available through Bottleneck Gallery.
  • 'Friday the 13th' by Robert Tanenbaum. 24" x 36" screen print in a hand-numbered limited edition of 150 for $60.
  • 'Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter' by Rockin’ Jelly Bean. 15" x 30" screen print in a hand-numbered limited edition of 275 for $50.
On sale Friday October 13 at 12pm ET.

Go here to buy.

by Robert Tanenbaum
by Rockin' Jelly Bean

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Creature From The Black Lagoon' by Nicolas Delort

'Creature From The Black Lagoon' by Nicolas Delort.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

#CoolArt: More NYCC Prints From Hero Complex Gallery

Hero Complex Gallery have released more of the remaining prints that they debuted at their booth during New York Comic Con weekend.

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'He Is The One' by Luke Preece

#CoolArt: 'Mastodon at Atlanta' by Tara McPherson

'Mastodon at Atlanta' by Tara McPherson, a print release through the Cotton Candy Machine.

18" x 24" 4 colour screen print in a signed and numbered AP edition of 40 for $75.

On sale Thursday October 12 at 12pm ET.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: Gig Posters by Luke Preece

Gig posters by Luke Preece, available through Hero Complex Gallery.
  • 'Deep Purple / Alice Cooper at Los Angeles'. 18" x 24" screen print in a limited edition of 100 for $45.
  • 'The Bronx at Atlanta'. 18" x 24" screen print in a limited edition of 50 for $40.
  • 'Blackest Of The Black'. 18" x 24" screen print in a limited edition of 50 for $35.


#CoolArt: 'The Strokes: This Is It' Classic Album Sundays Print by Delicious Design League From The Flood Gallery

'This Is It' by Delicious Design League, is a print release through The Flood Gallery, for Classic Album Sundays, which celebrates the iconic album by The Strokes, at special events around the world.

Go here for more on the events.

18" x 24" 4 colour screen print on 100# Cougar White paper, in a signed and numbered Regular edition of 100 for £35, and a signed and numbered Variant edition of 30 for £50.

On sale Friday October 13 at 4pm UK.

Go here to buy.

Regular Edition
Variant Edition

#CoolArt: 'Blade Runner 2049' Prints by Christopher Shy

'Blade Runner 2049' by Christopher Shy.

18" x 24" prints on bright white velvet fine art paper in limited Regular and Variant editions for $105 each, and in 24" x 36" prints on bright white velvet fine art paper in limited Regular and Variant editions for $210 each.

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Regular Edition
Variant Edition
Regular Edition
Variant Edition

#CoolArt: 'Halloween' by Paul Mann

'Halloween' by Paul Mann.

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#CoolArt: 'ΜΕΔΟΥΣΑ (Medusa)' by Anthony Petrie

'ΜΕΔΟΥΣΑ (Medusa)' by Anthony Petrie.

18" x 24" 5 colour screen-print on white Cougar Smooth Paper for $20.



#CoolArt: 'Aspen' by Ian MacDonald Through Sideshow Collectibles

'Aspen' by Ian MacDonald, inspired by the work of the late Michael Turner - founder of Aspen Comics, and a new 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 framed for $250 on Friday October 13 between 12pm-3pm PT.

Any remaining copies will be available for Pre-Order as an unframed edition for $90 on Monday October 16 between 12pm-3pm PT.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' by Jonathan Edwards and Studio MUTI Through Dark Hall Mansion

'It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' by Jonathan Edwards and Studio MUTI, new officially licensed limited edition prints from Dark Hall Mansion.
  • 18" x 24" giclee prints, in numbered Regular editions of 180 for $55 each, and numbered Variant editions of 50 for $85 each.
  • 9" x 12" giclee prints in Regular editions of 100 for $25 each, and Variant editions of 50 for $25 each.
On sale Friday October 13 at 12.30pm PT.

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Regular Edition by Jonathan Edwards
Variant Edition by Jonathan Edwards
Regular Edition by Studio MUTI
Variant Edition by Studio MUTI

#CoolArt: NYCC Prints From Bottleneck Gallery (Part Two)

Bottleneck Gallery are releasing the next batch of remaining prints that they debuted at their booth during New York Comic Con weekend.
  • 'The Lord Of the Rings: The Fellowship Of the Rings' by Ise Ananphada. 36" x 24" screen print in a numbered 19 colour Regular edition of 300 for $75, and a 15 colour Variant edition of 125 for $85. 
  • 'Hunter' by Godmachine. 18" x 24" screen print in two colourways, in numbered limited editions of 125 for $40 each. 
  • 'Watchmen' by Patrik Svensson. 18" x 24" screen print in a numbered limited edition of 125 for $40. 
On sale Thursday October 12 at 12pm ET.

Go here to buy.

'The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring' (Regular Edition) by Ise Ananphada

#CoolArt: NYCC Prints From Grey Matter Art (Part Two)

Grey Matter Art are releasing the next batch of remaining prints that they debuted at their booth during New York Comic Con weekend.
  • 'No Country for Old Men' by Chris Weston. 24" x 36" screen print in a Regular edition of 225 $45, Variant Edition of 190 for $60.
  • 'The Amazing Spider-Man' by Matt Ferguson. 18" x 24" screen print with Glow-In-TheDark inks, in a limited edition 300 for $45.
  • First 100 Orders Will Receive a free 6" x 9" Hand-Bill
  • 'Spider-Gwen' by Tim Doyle. 20" x 30" screen print in a Regular edition of 200 of $40, and a Foil Variant edition of 50 for $55.
  • 'Florey's Face-Off's: Star-Lord' by Florey. 16" x 20" screen print in a limited edition of 175 for $40.
  • 'Florey's Face-Off's: Carnage' & 'Venom' by Florey. 16" x 20" screen prints in limited editions of 100 for $40 each, and as a matching numbered set for $75.
On sale Thursday October 12 at 1pm ET.

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'No Country For Old Men' (Regular Edition) by Chris Weston

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' by Sarah Deck

'Bram Stoker's Dracula' by Sarah Deck


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

#CoolArt: NYCC Prints From Hero Complex Gallery

Hero Complex Gallery have released some of the remaining prints that they debuted at their booth during New York Comic Con weekend.


'You Got The Wrong Guy Pal' by Vance Kelly

#CoolArt: 'The Iconic Wildlife of Grand Canyon National Park' by Tom Whalen

'The Iconic Wildlife of Grand Canyon National Park' by Tom Whalen, a print release from Fifty-Nine Parks.

24" x 32" 5 colour screen print on 100# Cougar White paper for $80.

On sale in a TIMED edition until Friday October 20.

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

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Against Me! at Toronto' by Miles Tsang

'Against Me! at Toronto' by Miles Tsang.

18" x 24" screen print with Glow-In-The-Dark inks on French 100 lb. Speckletone White paper in signed and numbered 5 colour AP edition of 40 for $50, and a signed and numbered 3 colour Black Me Out Metallic edition of 20 for $55.

On sale Wednesday October 11 at 3pm ET.

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Regular Edition

#CoolArt: 'Lucky You' by John Aslarona

The 'Harley Quinn' inspired 'Lucky You' by John Aslarona.

12" x 18" print on 13" x 19" Hahnemühle Fine Art Paper, in a signed and numbered AP edition of 50 for $35, and a signed open edition lithograph print for $25.

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#CoolArt: 'The Omen' by John Vogl

'The Omen' by John Vogl, a new print release from Galerie F that was available at a screening of the film at The Logan Theatre in Chicago.

18" x 24" 3 colour screen print in a limited edition of 100 for $35.

On sale Wednesday October 11 at 2pm CT.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Batwoman' by Alex Pascenko

'Batwoman' 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 for $90 unframed or $250 framed.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Star Trek Discovery: S1 E02 - Battle At The Binary Stars' by Laz Marquez

'Star Trek Discovery: S1 E02 - Battle At The Binary Stars' by Laz Marquez.


#CoolArt: 'Ace of Wands' by Djamila Knopf

'Ace of Wands' by Djamila Knopf, originally created in 2017 as part of the 'Lichtspiel' tarot. The card symbolizes the very first spark of a new beginning, about one's creative force, enthusiasm, confidence and courage.

11.5" x 16.5" giclee print on 308 g/m² Hahnemühle Photo Rag (100% cotton-rag) paper with archival pigment-based ink in a signed and numbered Regular edition of 25 for $60, and a hand embellished Special edition of 5 for $85. The blossoms are hand-embellished with pearlescent acrylic paint.

On sale Wednesday October 11 at 5pm ET.

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#ArtOfTheDay: 'Wonder Woman' #184 by Adam Hughes

Cover art by Adam Hughes for 'Wonder Woman' #184, published October 2002 by DC Comics.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' by Phil Noto

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' by Phil Noto


Movie Review: 'Blade Runner 2049'

Really enjoyed 'Blade Runner 2049'. A good piece of slow burn quality Sci-Fi Noir that fits very much in with the original. And I really like that kind of Science Fiction.

Having watched the original recently, there are a few callbacks to the original Ridley Scott film, which was fun to pick up on. Some more obvious than others. It still definitely rains a lot in the Los Angeles of the future too!

The film felt similar in some ways with director Denis Villeneuve's previous, 'Arrival', another film that stews away, and making the audience think a bit more with the narrative and themes up on the screen.

Cinematographer Roger Deakins has definitely brought his A game for this too! Everything just looks so great up on the screen. The use of lighting, shadows, and the way the camera is angled and pans around on scenes is just masterful.

The only minus from me is the music though. It does fit in well with the setting and felt like an evolution of the original Vangelis score, but in some scenes it's just so loud it takes you out of the moment. Unfortunately that seems to be a thing with Hans Zimmer scores these days! And is the case here as well.

There's been a lot of superlatives thrown at this movie, and whilst I do agree in general, I thought going in that it's ridden the hype train a bit too much and there's always a danger of setting expectations a bit too high as a result. But after watching it, most of it is certainly justified and is definitely worth going to see! Especially if you can watch it on the biggest screen you can to indulge in those great visuals! I do recommend watching the three Blade Runner short films beforehand, as they kind of fill in the gaps between the 2019 of the original and 2049 of the new film.

After 'Arrival' and now 'Blade Runner 2049', I can't wait to see Villeneuve's vision for his reimagining of 'Dune'. I do hope we get more films in a similiar vein!

****½/5

#CoolArt: 'Memories' by Sarayu Ruangvesh

'Memories' by Sarayu Ruangvesh, inspired by 'Blade Runner 2049'.