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)

#CoolArt: 'Nakia and Shuri' by Eddie Holly

'Nakia and Shuri' by Eddie Holly, inspired by 'Black Panther'.

Available as a Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks through his Society6 webstore.


#CoolArt: 'That Armor's Too Strong For Blasters' by Jock

'That Armor's Too Strong For Blasters' by Jock, a new 'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back' print release from Mondo.

24" x 36" screen print in a TIMED release Regular edition for $60, and a 36" x 24" Variant edition of 275 for $80.

On sale from Tuesday February 20 at 12pm CT until Friday February 23 at 12pm CT from the Mondo website.

TIMED Release Regular Edition
Limited Variant Edition

#CoolArt: 'Jaws' by Sam Gilbey

'Jaws' by Sam Gilbey, a new officially licensed print release through Zavvi.

16" x 24" giclee print on 300gsm paper, in a signed and numbered TIMED release edition for £29.99.

On sale from Thursday February 22 at 12pm UK from the Zavvi website.


#ArtOfTheDay: 'Shadow Of The Colossus' by Coey Kuhn & Shy Custis

'Shadow Of The Colossus' by Coey Kuhn & Shy Custis

Also available as a print.

Monday, February 19, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Queen Of Wakanda' by Odera Igbokwe

'Queen Of Wakanda' by Odera Igbokwe, for Every Day Original.

6" x 8" Acryla Gouache on arches watercolor paper, mounted onto cradled wooden panel for $250.

On sale now from the Every Day Original website.


#CoolArt: 'Citizen Kane' by Jonathan Burton

'Citizen Kane' by Jonathan Burton, a new print release from Mad Duck Posters, the next in their Orson Welles print series.

24" x 36" screen print in a 10 colour Regular edition of 250 for $65 and a 9 colour Variant edition of 125 for $85.

On sale Wednesday February 21 at 12pm ET from the Mad Duck Posters website.

Regular Edition
Variant Edition

New Steelbook Collector Frames From Zavvi

Zavvi are introducing a new line of collector's frames, sized to show off the artwork from your favourite steelbook blurays.

Frames measure 17 x 22cm, designed to fit a standard sized steelbook bluray case, and housed in wooden MDF frames in 2D and 3D styles with a black or white mount plus Insert Card.

Available for £12.99 each or £9.99 when bought with any steelbook bluray (discount applied at checkout).

Go here to buy.

2D Steelbook Collector Frame - Black Mount
2D Steelbook Collector Frame - White Mount
3D Steelbook Collector Frame - Black Mount
3D Steelbook Collector Frame - White Mount

#CoolArt: Star Trek Discovery S1 E15 - 'Will You Hold My Hand?' by Laz Marquez

Star Trek Discovery S1 E15 - 'Will You Hold My Hand?' by Laz Marquez


Book Review: 'Persepolis Rising' by James SA Corey

Another great entry in 'The Expanse' series from James SA Corey.

Its been a number of years, almost three decades, since the events of the last book, 'Babylon's Ashes', and the crew of the Rocinante are still together, and despite the years, still the same 'loveable' ragtag crew we know and love.

We join them currently in the employ of the Transport Union and en route from Medina Station to Freehold, one of the many colonies out in the universe. But just as they return, and with Holden and Naomi considering retirement and leaving the Rocinate to Bobbie Draper, a Laconian battleship arrives with intention of taking over Medina Station as well as control of the gates that lead to Earth, Mars and the colonised worlds.

As with previous Books in 'The Expanse' series, each chapter is from a different character viewpoint. This time we get James Holden, captain of the Rocinante; Drummer, president of the Transport Union; Santiago Jilie Singh of the Laconian military, and Bobbie Draper from the Roci crew. We also get a couple of POV from the rest of the Rocinante crew, but the focus is mostly on the aforementioned characters. As the events of the book unfold, each viewpoint delves into the thoughts and actions of the characters, as they find themselves under the rule of an autocratic authority, or part of in Singh's case. It was great to read the differing personalities and motives from each side of the conflict.

The story is very engaging with a tight plot, that despite a lot of things going on, doesn't meander or lose track of itself. The action, drama and tension is cranked up to full. Characters in 'The Expanse' are expendable, and we don't know who will be around by the time we get to the end of the book. The characters are, as always, well grounded and realistic. The way the different personalities bounce off one another, some physically at times, is just one of the many reasons why I love this series. The character growth of the crew of the Roci over the course of the series has been a pleasure to read. You get a real sense that are more family than just crew.

The huge jump in time between this and the previous book does work really well, although I was perhaps a bit worried that some of my favourite characters from the series wouldn't be around anymore. I needn't have worried. There have already been several novellas released that have been set in between previous books, so I'm sure (hope) that there could be more released that fill in the almost 30 year gap in the intervening years of the crew of the Rocinante, as I'd imagine that there would be plenty of interesting stories to tell.

'The Expanse' series, not including the various novellas, has been planned as a nine book series, and 'Persepolis Rising' seems to be the beginning of the final arc, as there are now only two more books left in the space opera series. It's an ideal jumping on point in the series if you've not read any of the books in the series before, but I'd still recommend reading the other books in series (as well as the TV series that's based on books too) as it is an excellent series, but you don't really need to know too much about previous events before diving in, but it's a better experience if you did.

I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Jefferson Mays, who has performed all of the books in the series. His narration ads another dimension to the reading of the book. If you've listened to his take on 'The Expanse' from the beginning, when you hit play on a new audiobook, it's always a welcome return to the universe and the characters that inhabit it, no matter how much or how fleeting they appear.

It's an excellent return to the series, and I'm excited, and really looking forward to the next book.

Movie Review: 'Black Panther'

'Black Panther' is a really enjoyable MCU standalone movie. As although I've seen the previous movies, I didn't really know much about the characters or needed to know what happened previously before going in, which is handy for people like me who aren't Marvel fan boys or know too much about the original comics. Therefore my expectation levels are somewhat low in the beginning and can just enjoy the movie, which I did. What exposition you do need to know though, and anything from the previous MCU films, are told through flashbacks, so you are still kept in the loop.

The performances of the cast are really good. It's great to see such great representation too, everyone should have something or someone to inspire them. From Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa and Michael B Jordan as Erik Killmonger (a decent Marvel villain for a change!), to Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye (the Dora Milaje warriors she leads are totally bad ass), Letitia Wright as Shuri (loved her Q-like character, similiar to the James Bond movies with all her gadgets and tech) and Martin Freeman as Ross and Andy Serkis as Klaue, who steals the scenes that he's in.

Wakanda looks great too! I love the futuristic Sci-Fi elements of the film, with them making great use of the Vibranium technology at their disposal like the flying ships, the armour and weapons and the gizmos etc, but at the same time, we also see the African tribal roots, giving a sense of the traditions the characters and world was inspired by.

I did get a Lion King vibe at times from the plot, as well as the movie feeling like a James Bond spy movie too, in the early part at least. But as a whole, it works very well as a standalone movie, much like Wonder Woman did in the DCEU, as opposed to trying to shoehorn in things to setup future movies or dropping Easter Eggs from other movies of the MCU.

Is it the best MCU movie ever? Not for me, the best ones for me are the ones that have the least superhero elements to them, like the first 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' (which is still my favourite), 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and the first 'Iron Man' movie, but 'Black Panther' definitely deserves to be up there in that select group, and is well worth seeing. So go see it!

Don't forget to stay for the two end credit scenes too (one mid and another right at the end). I'm still surprised to see people leave the cinema as soon as the credits roll on a Marvel movie!

#CoolArt: 'Mandalorian Mettle' by Jeremy Saliba

'Mandalorian Mettle' by Jeremy Saliba, a new officially licensed print release through Zavvi, in collaboration with Acme Archives.

15.5" 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: 'Han Solo & Chewbacca' by Dave Dorman

'Han Solo & Chewbacca' by Dave Dorman

Used as cover art for the 1997 edition of the novel 'Han Solo At Star's End', book 1 of 'The Han Solo Adventures' series by Brian Daley, published by Del Rey / Ballantine.

Friday, February 16, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Arcturus' by Handiedan

'Arcturus' by Handiedan.

16.5" x 20.5" fine art giclée print on 315 gsm Innova Soft Textured Natural White paper in a signed, numbered and logo embossed edition of 44 for €111.

On sale at her website.


#CoolArt: 'At-AT Pilot' by Lee Kohse

'At-AT Pilot' by Lee Kohse, a print release through Acme Archives.

16" x 24" giclee print on canvas in a signed limited edition of 95 for $350.

On sale now from the Acme Archives website.


'Batman Ninja' Bluray Steelbook from Zavvi

'Batman Ninja' bluray steelbook from Zavvi for £19.99.

On sale May 14 and available for pre-order now from the Zavvi website.


#CoolArt: 'Star Trek Discovery' Prints by Cliff Cramp

'Star Trek Discovery' prints by Cliff Cramp, available through Bye Bye, Robot.
  • 'Beginnings'. 18" x 24" art print on Heavy Weight 10pt Cardstock paper for $25.
  • 'Hope'. 24" x 18" art print on Heavy Weight 10pt Cardstock paper in a limited edition of 40 for $45.
  • 'USS Shenzhou'. 24" x 18" art print on Heavy Weight 10pt Cardstock paper in a limited edition of 40 for $45.
On sale now at the Bye Bye, Robot website. (US Only)

'Beginnings'
'Hope'
'USS Shenzhou'

#CoolArt: 'Withdrawal' by Miles Johnston

'Withdrawal' by Miles Johnston, a new print release from Rhino Barking Sparrow.

12" x 12" giclée print on 14" x 14" Epson Cold-Press Natural Heavy Fine Art 340gsm paper in a signed and numbered timed edition for $50.

On sale from Friday February 16 at 9am PT until 9pm PT on Monday February 19 from the Rhino Barking Sparrow website.


#CoolArt: 'Metamorphose' by ONEQ

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

19" x 22" giclée print in a numbered limited edition of 50 for $65 or $195 framed.

On sale now from The People's Print Shop website.


#CoolArt: 'Black Panther' by Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz & Chris Sotomayor

'Black Panther' by Denys Cowan (pencils), Bill Sienkiewicz (finishes) & Chris Sotomayor (colours), a new officially licensed print release from Mondo.

24" x 36" screen print in a numbered limited edition of 375 for $65.

On sale at a random time on Friday February 16 from the Mondo website.

Follow on Twitter @mondonews for the on sale announcement.

#CoolArt: 'Frailty' by Dan Dos Santos

'Frailty' by Dan Dos Santos.

Original artwork using pencil, acrylic, ink, pastel and oils, available in an online auction on Every Day Original until Thursday February 22 at 5.01pm ET.

Go here to bid in the auction.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Tomb Raider Reborn' by Sam Spratt

'Tomb Raider Reborn' by Sam Spratt


Thursday, February 15, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Foo Fighters Australian Tour' Prints by Rhys Cooper

'Foo Fighters Australian Tour' by Rhys Cooper, print releases from Beyond The Pale.
  • 'Brisbane'. 12" x 36" 6 colour screen print in a signed and numbered limited edition of 350 for $45.
  • 'Melbourne'. 12" x 36" 6 colour screen print in a signed and numbered limited edition of 395 for $45.

'Brisbane'
'Melbourne'

#CoolArt: 'Despair' by Donato Giancola

'Despair' 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 Thursday February 15 at 12.30pm ET from the Every Day Original website.