Tuesday, January 16, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Reverie' by Jenna Kass

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

8" x 8" pencil and powdered graphite on matted 12" x 12" Strathmore 400 Series Smooth Bristol board original artwork  for $300.

On sale Tuesday January 16 from the Every Day Original website.


#CoolArt: 'Hold Your Breath' by Djamila Knopf

'Hold Your Breath' by Djamila Knopf, inspired by the film 'Spirited Away'.

8.3" x 11.5" giclee print on 308 g/m² Hahnemühle Photo Rag (100% cotton-rag) paper with archival pigment-based ink in a signed and numbered limited edition of 25 for $65.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Mask Of The Femme' by Dannika Sullivan

'Mask Of The Femme' by Dannika Sullivan, a new print release from Rhino Barking Sparrow.

9" x 12" fine art giclee print on 11" x 14" Cold-Press Natural Heavy Fine Art 340gsm paper in a hand numbered limited edition of 20 for $40.

On sale Tuesday January 16 at 9am PT from the Rhino Barking Sparrow website.


'Forbidden Planet' Limited Edition Steelbook Bluray From Zavvi

'Forbidden Planet' limited edition steelbook bluray exclusive from Zavvi for £15.99.

On sale February 19, and available for pre-order now from the Zavvi website.


#CoolArt: 'E.T.' by Chris Garofalo

'E.T.' by Chris Garofalo.

18" x 24" 4 colour screen print, with glow in the dark ink, on French Paper Co. True White Speckletone stock, in a signed and numbered edition for $40.

Available for pre-order. Go here to buy.

Glow In The Dark layer

Book Review: 'The Red Threads Of Fortune' by JY Yang

'The Red Threads Of Fortune' is the second book in JY Yang's 'Tensorate' fantasy series and continues four years after the events of the first novella, 'The Black Tides Of Heaven' (my review here).

Previously where the first book covered around the first 40 years in the life of twins Akeha and Mokoya, focusing mainly on Akeha in the latter part, here the spotlight is on Mokoya, still in rebellious grief over the events in 'Black Tides'.

Her focus is now on a monster hunt, chasing down a huge Naga, a kind of dragon, through the desert with her pack of giant velociraptors, which is where we join the story. This quest keeps her from truly letting go of her grief, but when she first meets Rider, a mysterious Naga rider also in search of the same Naga as Mokoya, they seem to connect instantly, changing Mokoya's outlook for the better and helping her through her grief.

Much like 'Black Tides', there are themes of gender in society. Mokoya's new companion, Rider, is non binary, although they are also referred to by another character as female, and some of the relationships spoken of in the novella are gender fluid too, all adding extra depth and development to the well written world building.

'Red Threads' also goes into a bit more detail into the magic system in use in this Alt-Asian world, giving more exposition as Rider teaches Mokoya how to manipulate the Slack, allowing her to instantaneously appear anywhere, which certainly becomes useful later on.

It's a more faster paced story, as Mokoya and Rider, as well as Akeha and Thennjay, fight to save the city from the giant Naga, all leading towards an intense finale.

The cover art by Yuko Shimizu is simply gorgeous and it's a great read that benefits from more character development, adding a bit more emotion and depth to this fantasy world. I look forward to reading more in JY Yang's 'Tensorate' series.

#CoolArt: 'Autumn Metamorphosis' by Cynthia Sheppard

'Autumn Metamorphosis' by Cynthia Sheppard.

9" x 12" oil painting on hardboard panel original artwork, in an online auction on Every Day Original until Monday January 22 at 5pm ET.



#CoolArt: 'Spider-Man vs Punisher' by Chris Thornley (aka Raid71)

'Spider-Man vs Punisher' by Chris Thornley (aka Raid71), a new officially licensed Marvel print release from Grey Matter Art.

24" x 36" screen print in a signed and numbered limited edition of 125 for $45.

On sale Thursday January 18 at 1pm ET from the Grey Matter Art website.


#ArtOfTheDay: 'Count Dooku & Asajj Ventress' by Aaron McBride

Cover art by Aaron McBride for 'Star Wars Insider' #88, one of 4 collector covers for a special 'Sith' issue featuring the different Sith Lords, published June 2006.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Sarah' by Craig Drake

'Sarah' by Craig Drake, part of his fourth solo art exhibition hosted by Hero Complex Gallery.

24" x 36" screen print in a Regular edition of 400 for $65, and a Variant edition of 86 for $70

Go here to buy.

Regular Edition
Variant Edition

#CoolArt: 'Queens In The South' by Steven Holliday

'Queens In The South' by Steven Holliday, inspired by 'Game Of Thrones'.

20" x 30" 4 colour screen print, on Curious Metallic Super Gold Paper, in a signed and numbered 'Purple Reign' edition of 50 for $50, and a signed and numbered 'Lannister Gold' edition of 50 for $45, and also a signed and numbered 'Targaryen Fire' edition on Curious Metallic Red Lacquer Paper, in a limited edition of 110 for $45.

On sale Sunday January 14 at 2pm CT from his website.

'Purple Reign' Edition
'Lannister Gold' Edition
'Targaryen Fire' Edition

#CoolArt: 'The Shape Of Water' by Jennifer Dionisio

Cover art by Jennifer Dionisio, for the January 2018 issue #73 of 'Little White Lies'.


The Art Of . . . Henry Clive

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 Henry Clive.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Red Sonja' by Michael Kaluta

Variant cover art by Michael Kaluta for 'Red Sonja: Vacant Shell', published February 2007 by Dynamite Comics.

Friday, January 12, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Wonder Woman: Amazon Warrior' by Olivia De Berardinis

'Wonder Woman: Amazon Warrior' by Olivia De Berardinis, a new print release from Sideshow.

17.5" x 21.5" giclee print on 100% archival heavyweight 300gsm rag art paper, with hand torn edges and embossed seals of authenticity in a signed and numbered Framed limited edition of 275 for $425.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'The Culling' by Sam Guay

'The Culling' by Sam Guay, a new release from Rhino Barking Sparrow.

6" x 20" giclee print on 10" x 24" Cold-Press Natural Heavy Fine Art 340gsm paper, in a signed, numbered and embossed Regular edition of 20 for $60, and a special hand embellished limited edition of 10 for $80.

On sale Friday January 12 at 9am PT from the Rhino Barking Sparrow website.


#CoolArt: 'Sentinel of Liberty' by Rico Jr

'Sentinel of Liberty' by Rico Jr, inspired by the Marvel 'Captain America' movies.

#CoolArt: 'The Avett Brothers' Concert Posters by Ken Taylor

'The Avett Brothers' concert posters by Ken Taylor, available through Posters And Toys.
  • 'October 20 2017 at Birmingham, AL'. 18" x 24" screen print, in an AP edition of 70 for $35.
  • 'December 2 2017 at Memphis, TN'. 12" x 36" screen print, in an AP edition of 75 for $40.
  • 'December 31 2017 at Raleigh, NC'. 24" x 24" screen print, in a limited edition of 500 (fewer online)for $45.
On sale Friday January 12 at 2pm CT from the Posters And Toys website.


#CoolArt: 'The Iron Giant' by Craig Drake

'The Iron Giant' by Craig Drake, part of his fourth solo art exhibition hosted by Hero Complex Gallery.

Never-Before-Released Craig Drake prints and 5" Stickers will be given away at the show opening, and Craig has even designed a custom limited-edition poster tube that will first be on display on opening night!

Opening reception is Friday January 12 at 7pm PT at Hero Complex Gallery, 2020 South Robertson Blvd, Studio D, Los Angeles, CA 90034.

Prints from the exhibition will be available Saturday January 12 at approximately 10-11am PT from the Hero Complex Gallery website.


#ArtOfTheDay: 'Last Look Back' by Raymond Swanland

'Last Look Back' by Raymond Swanland

Thursday, January 11, 2018

#CoolArt: New 'Star Wars' Prints From Acme Archives

'Star Wars' inspired prints by Cliff Cramp, Christopher Clark, Peter Ferk and Kim Gromoll, available through ACME Archives.

Available as limited edition giclee prints on paper and canvas.

Go here to buy.

'Morning Stroll' by Cliff Cramp
'Let The Wookiee Win' by Christopher Clark
'What Lies Beneath' by Peter Ferk
'The Search For Skywalker' by Kim Gromoll

#CoolArt: New 'Star Wars: Timeless Series' Prints by Jerry Vanderstelt

New 'Star Wars' prints by Jerry Vanderstelt, officially licensed prints through Acme Archives, part of their 'Timeless' print series.
  • 12" x 16" giclee print on 13" x 19" paper, in a signed limited edition of 95 for $55.
  • 10.5" x 14" giclee canvas print in a 12" x 15.5" brushed metal float frame, in a limited edition of 495 for $175.

#CoolArt: 'Love-Me-Not' by Daria Theodora

'Love-Me-Not' by Daria Theodora, for Every Day Original.

8" x 10" Ink, watercolour, and white gouache, plus metal leaf for gold accent, on Stonehenge watercolour paper, original art work for $420.

On sale Thursday January 11 at 12.30pm ET from the Every Day Original website.

#CoolArt: 'Indiana Jones Trilogy' by Grzegorz Domaradzki (aka Gabz)

'Indiana Jones Trilogy' by Grzegorz Domaradzki (aka Gabz), an officially licensed print release through Bottleneck Gallery, in collaboration with Acme Archives.

36" x 24" screen print, with metallic inks, in a hand numbered Regular Timed edition for $50 and a hand numbered Variant edition of 250 for $65.

On sale Thursday January 11 at 12pm ET, with the timed release period until 11.59pm ET on Sunday January 14 from the Bottleneck Gallery website.

Regular Edition
Variant Edition

#CoolArt: 'I, Tonya' by Tula Lotay

'I, Tonya' by Tula Lotay, a new print release from Mondo.

24" x 36" screen print in a limited edition of 175 for $50.

On sale at a random time on Thursday January 11 from the Mondo website.

Follow on Twitter @mondonews for the on sale announcement.


#ArtOfTheDay: 'Everlasting Dreams' by Mimi Yoon

'Everlasting Dreams' by Mimi Yoon.

Commissioned for the 'Adventure Time: A Totally Math Poster Collection', published March 2014 by Abrams Books.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Isle Royale National Park' by David Doran

'Isle Royale National Park' by David Doran, a print release from Fifty-Nine Parks.
  • 24" x 32" 6 colour screen print, with the Aurora a glow in the dark layer, on 100# Cougar White paper for $80.
    On sale in a TIMED edition until Friday January 19.
  • 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.

Go here to buy.

Glow In The Dark Layer

#CoolArt: '311 at Tempe, AZ' by Todd Slater

'311 at Tempe, AZ' by Todd Slater.

18″ x 24″ 5 colour screen print, with a spot varnish finish, in a signed and numbered Gold Foil AP edition of 60 for $60, and a signed and numbered Red Foil AP edition of 30 for $70.

Go here to buy.


Book Review: 'The Black Tides Of Heaven' by JY Yang

The first novella in the 'Tensorate' series from JY Yang, 'The Black Tides Of Heaven' is set in a silkpunk Asian inspired fantasy world of mages, who can manipulate a force called the Slack, and revolutionary machinists, rebelling against the dictatorial Protectorate.

This is a world where everyone is born non-binary, genderless until they declare which gender they identify the most with later in life. It's definitely an original concept that I've not come across before in my reading, but it works well in this world and drives part of the narrative in this novella.

The story follows twins Akeha and Mokoya, children of the Protector, overlord of the Protectorate, who were sold off to the Grand Monastery whilst they were very young. For the most part, the novella delves into the closeness of their relationship over the first few years of their lives and their growing up in the monastery. But as the twins begin to identify with their gender and sexuality, their strong bond begins to fracture and they end up going their separate ways.

From then on, 'The Black Tides Of Heaven' follows Akeha as he eventually falls in with the Machinist revolution, but a tragedy forces him to return to the Monastery and his twin, as well as to confront his mother, the Protector.

I've only ever read one of JY Yang's short stories before (the wonderful 'Waiting On A Bright Moon' - my review here) and this novella had a similar feel to it as I read through, as well as having similar elements too, such as having a magic system in place, with the back drop of a rebellion and having LGBTQ themes.

Overall, it's a really enjoyable but short read, and I liked the originality of some of the elements of this fantasy world and the characters that populate it. I'll look forward to reading the second novella, 'The Red Threads Of Fortune', which was released simultaneously, as well as more in this series. Recommended.