Friday, May 25, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Queens Of The Stone Age at London, Ontario' by Luke Martin

'Queens Of The Stone Age at London, Ontario' by Luke Martin.

24" x 18" 4 colour screen printin signed and numbered Regular AP edition of 70 for $45, and a signed and numbered Foil AP edition of 30 for $90.

On sale now from Luke's website.


#CoolArt: 'The Dreamer' by Patricia Ariel

'The Dreamer' 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 $35.

On sale Friday May 25 at 9am PT from the Rhino Barking Swallow website.


#CoolArt: 'Adventure' by Naomi VanDoren

'Adventure' by Naomi VanDoren, for Every Day Original.

7" x 10" Watercolour & pen on watercolour paper, matted and framed original artwork for $415.

On sale Friday May 25 at 12.30pm ET from the Every Day Original website.


#CoolArt: 'How To Talk To Girls At Parties' by Fábio Moon

'How To Talk To Girls At Parties' by Fábio Moon, a new print release from Mondo.

18" x 24" screen print in a hand numbered limited edition of 150 for $45.

On sale at a random time Friday May 25 from the Mondo website. Follow them on Twitter @MondoNews for the on sale announcement.


#CoolArt: 'Dave Gilmour' by Carl Glover

'Dave Gilmour' by Carl Glover, a new print release through The Flood Gallery.

24" x 36" 4 colour screen print on Foil paper, in a signed and numbered Blue Gold Foil edition of 40 for £50, a Blue Silver Foil edition of 25 for £60, a Red Gold Foil edition of 20 for £70, a Red Silver Foil edition of 20 for £70, a Red Rainbow Foil edition of 15 for £120, a Blue Lava Foil edition of 10 for £140, and a Red Circle Foil edition of 5 for £180.

A collectable set of five 9" x12" screen prints, each on a different foil paper, is available absolutely FREE when purchasing the Blue Lava Foil and Red Circle Foil editions.

On sale Friday May 25 at 4pm UK from The Flood Gallery website.

Blue Gold Foil Edition

'Kubo And The Two Strings' Exclusive Limited Edition Bluray Steelbook from Zavvi

'Kubo And The Two Strings' exclusive limited edition bluray steelbook from Zavvi for £15.99.

Special features include:
  • Feature Commentary With Director/ Producer Travis Knight
  • Kubo's Journey -{Introduction By Director/ Producer Travis Knight; Japanese Inspiration; Mythological Monsters; Braving The Elements; The Redemptive and Healing Power Of Music; Epilogue By Director/Producer Travis Knight}
  • Corners Of The Earth
  • The Myth Of Kubo
Available for preorder Sunday May 26 at 6pm from the Zavvi website (On sale June 18 2018).

Cover art
Interior art

'Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas' Exclusive Limited Edition Bluray Steelbook from Zavvi

'Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas' exclusive limited edition bluray steelbook from Zavvi for £15.99.

Available for preorder Saturday May 26 at 6pm from the Zavvi website (On sale June 18 2018).

Cover art
Interior Art

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Han Solo: Space Pirate' by Carlos Valenzuela

'Han Solo: Space Pirate' by Carlos Valenzuela


Thursday, May 24, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Predator Jungle Hunter' by Fabian Schlaga

'Predator Jungle Hunter' by Fabian Schlaga, a new officially licensed print release from Sideshow.

18" x 24" giclee print, on 100% archival heavyweight 300gsm rag art paper, with embossed seals of authenticity in a signed and numbered limited edition of 200.

On sale for Pre-Order framed for $250 on Friday May 25 between 9am-12pm PT from the Sideshow Collectibles website.

Any remaining copies will be available for Pre-Order as an unframed edition for $90 from Tuesday May 29 between 9am-12pm PT.


#CoolArt: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Print at MCM Comic Con London

Limited edition 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' print available at the Universal Pictures stand (#1700 & #1710) during the MCM Comic Con: London, May 25-27.


#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.