Friday, November 24, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Stranger Things 2' by Concepcion Studios

'Stranger Things 2' by Concepcion Studios, through Spoke Art.

12" x 18" digital print in a signed open edition for $25.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'The Ladies Of Twin Peaks' by Helice Wen

'The Ladies of Twin Peaks' by Helice Wen, a print release from Spoke Art.

8" x 10" Archival pigment prints in signed and numbered limited editions of 150 for $25 each or $60 for a matching numbered set.

Go here to buy.

'Audrey'
'Shelly'
'Laura'

#CoolArt: 'Nosferatu' (Coffin Edition) by Timothy Pittides

'Nosferatu' by Timothy Pittides.

18" x 24" screen print, on 2-ply maple wood veneer, in a Coffin Variant edition of 50 for $60.

On sale Friday November 24 at 3pm CT from his website.


#CoolArt: 'Dr Strangelove' by Tracie Ching

'Dr Strangelove' by Tracie Ching.

18" x 24" screen print, in a signed edition for $50.

Proceeds from the print sale will be donated to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

On sale Friday November 24 at 1pm ET from Tracie's website.

#CoolArt: Black & White Prints by Anthony Petrie

Black and white prints by Anthony Petrie, remaining copies of his con exclusive prints from 2017.

18" x 24" screen prints, on White Cougar Smooth Paper for $20 each.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Turn Down' by Scott Fischer

'Turn Down' by Scott Fischer for Every Day Original.

13" x 13" original made with Pigma Micron Pens and FW Acrylic ink on Fabriano paper for $495.

On sale Friday November 24 at 12.30pm ET from the Every Day Original website.


The Flood Gallery Black Friday Sale

The Flood Gallery will be having a Black Friday Sale!

Use code BlackFriday17 at the checkout for 20% off. This code does not include books, or the Michael Spencer Jones photography pieces.

They will also be having a 40% off sale on a wide selection of prints. The Black Friday discount code is not applicable on these products as discount is already applied.

The Flood Gallery are also offering 20% off custom framing this weekend only! Pop in store at The Flood Gallery, 8 Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZ for details.

The sale runs from Friday November 24 until Sunday November 26 at 12 midnight UK on the The Flood Gallery website.

#CoolArt: 'Detectorists' by George Bletsis

'Detectorists' by George Bletsis, a new print release from Black Dragon Press.

24" x 18" screen print on 270gsm Superfine Softwhite Eggshell Archival Paper, in a hand numbered limited edition of 60 for £35.

On sale Monday November 27 at 3pm UK from the Black Dragon Press website.


#CoolArt: 'Scatter' & 'Shine' by Dannika Sullivan

'Scatter' & 'Shine' by Dannika Sullivan, a new print release from Rhino Barking Sparrow.

Set of two 10" x 14" fine art prints on Cold-Press Natural Heavy Fine Art 340gsm paper in a hand numbered limited edition of 20 for $50 for the set.

On sale Friday November 24 at 9am PT from the Rhino Barking Sparrow website.

'Scatter'
'Shine'

#CoolArt: New 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt / Gwent' Video Game Art Prints From Cook & Becker

Cook & Becker, in collaboration with CD Projekt Red, have released five new prints to their 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt / Gwent' print collection.

Each giclee print is hand-numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Go here to buy.

'Philippa Eilhart' by Diego de Almeida

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Alien' by Gonzalo Ordóñez Arias (Genzoman)

'Alien' by Gonzalo Ordóñez Arias (Genzoman)


Thursday, November 23, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Blade Runner' by James Jean

'Blade Runner' by James Jean.

Privately commissioned screen print.

Regular Edition
Variant Edition

Mad Duck Posters Black Friday Sale

Mad Duck Posters will be having a Black Friday Sale for one day only!

Use code MadFriday25 for 25% off on all items in their store that have already printed or been manufactured, and is in hand for immediate shipment. Projects that are in a pre-order status are excluded from the sale.

The sale begins Friday November 24 at 12midnight ET until 23.59pm on the Mad Duck Posters website.


#CoolArt: 'Zarjaz!: An Art Tribute to 40 Years of 2000 AD' Prints From Vice Press (Part Four)

Vice Press are releasing the next batch of remaining prints that they debuted at the 'Zarjaz!: An Art Tribute to 40 Years of 2000 AD' art exhibition, in collaboration with 2000 AD and Thought Bubble Festival.
  • 'Future Shocks' by Jock. 50cm x 70cm screen print, in a signed, hand numbered limited edition for £40.
  • Nemesis the Warlock' by Clint Langley. 40cm x 50cm screen sprint, in a hand numbered limited edition for £25.
  • 'ABC Warriors' by Clint Langley. 40cm x 50cm screen sprint, in a hand numbered limited edition for £25.
  • 'Slaine' by Clint Langley. 30cm x 40cm screen print, in a hand numbered limited edition for £20.
  • Clint Langley prints also available as a set for £60.
  • 'Bad Company' by Rufus Dayglo & Dominic Reagan. 30cm x 40cm screen print, in a hand numbered Regular edition for £20, and a 40cm x 50cm Line Art Variant, in a hand numbered limited edition for £20.
  • All profits will be donated to Mind Charity.
  • 'Judge Dredd' by Jake Lynch. 50cm x 70cm Giclee, in a hand numbered limited edition of £50.
  • 'Big Jobs' by Kei Zama. 30cm x 40cm Fine Art Print, in a hand numbered limited edition for £20.
Vice Press will also be releasing a small selection of some of the original works that were on display, including pieces by Carlos Ezquerra, Mick McMahon, John McCrea, Glenn Fabry, Charlie Adlard, Clint Langley and many more.

On sale Friday November 24 at 7am UK from the VicePress website.

'Future Shock' by Jock

#ArtOfTheDay: 'To See With Eyes Unclouded By Hate' by Sam Gilbey

'To See With Eyes Unclouded By Hate' by Sam Gilbey, inspired by 'Princess Mononoke'.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

#CoolArt: New Tara McPherson Prints & Printsgiving Sale at Cotton Candy Machine

Cotton Candy Machine will be releasing new prints by Tara McPherson, as well as doing a FREE Printsgiving print giveaway along with 25% off at the checkout from their website.
  • 'Stellar Revolution'. 17" x 22" giclee print on Velvet Fine Art Rag, 260gsm/19 mil, in a signed and numbered limited edition of 200 for $50.
  • The first 50 orders of this print will receive a signed copy of the DesignerCon booklet!
  • 'The Breeders at Los Angeles'. 17" x 22" giclee print on Velvet Fine Art Rag, 260gsm/19 mil, in a signed and numbered limited edition of 130 for $50.
All orders will also include a FREE 12" x 19" signed lithograph print of 'The Crystal Waterfall' by Tara McPherson, which was used as cover art for issue #42 of Hi Fructose Magazine.

Use the code LOVE25 at the checkout and save 25% off your order.

Printsgiving starts 12midnight ET on Thursday November 23 and runs until 11.59pm ET Monday November 27 on the Cotton Candy Machine website.

'The Crystal Waterfall'
'Stellar Revolution'
'The Breeders at Los Angeles'

#CoolArt: Mondo Black Friday Print Releases

New print releases from Mondo for Black Friday.
  • 'Thor: Ragnarok' by Matt Taylor. 24" x 36" screen print, in a Regular edition of 425 for $60, and a Variant edition of 225 for $80.
  • 'Ex Machina' by Rory Kurtz. 36" x 24" screen print on Mirror Chrome Metallic paper, in a Variant edition of 175 for $80.
  • 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World' by Sam Bosma. 36" x 24" screen print, in a limited edition of 250 for $50.
  • 'Handcrafted: From Coraline to Kubo' by César Moreno. 24" x 36" screen print, in a Regular edition of 750 for $50, and a Glow-In-The-Dark Variant edition of 250 for $70.
On sale Friday November 24 at 12pm CT from the Mondo website.

'Thor: Ragnorok' (Regular Edition) by Matt Taylor

Nautilus Art Prints Black Friday Sale & 'The Graduate' Original

Nautilus Art Prints will be having a special Black Friday sale, with 30% discount on all prints!


They are also offering a Laurent Durieux 'The Graduate' pencil original (value €5K) as a lottery for all purchases.

Plus with a minimum purchase of 2 prints, Nautilus will throw in a full size reproduction of this original drawing as a limited and signed edition art print. 

Their Black Friday sale begins at 12midnight CET (UK+1) on Thursday November 23 and ends Saturday November 25 at 9am CET (UK+1).



#CoolArt: 'Batman Returns' by Jemma Klein

'Batman Returns' by Jemma Klein, a new limited edition print for the sold out Cult Cinema Sunday screening of of the film on Sunday December 3 at Hull's Fruitspace Cinema.

A3 sized digital print on 350gsm heavyweight silk paper in a hand signed and numbered limited edition of 50 for £10.

On special pre-sale Friday November 24 at 12pm UK until 11.59pm UK Sunday November 26 from the Cult Cinema Sunday website.

New Flesh 'Black Friday' Mystery Tube Sale

New Flesh will be having a Mystery Tube sale. Each tube will receive two 18" x 24" prints/posters, 1 unique 1-of-1 edition, 1 handbill as well as some stickers.
  • The two 18" x 24" prints from the Archives includes many previously sold-out editions as well as some small unique variant runs never listed for sale.
  • The 1 never-before-available 1-of-1 variant edition (18" x 24" or 16" x 20" print), will be completely unique including metallic, foil and hand-painted paper variants.
  • 1 Handbill from previous Ages 4-and-Up sets or other New Flesh handbill releases
On sale Friday November 24 at 12pm CT for $50+Shipping at his website.


#CoolArt: 'Planes, Trains, and Automobiles' by Sam Gilbey

'Planes, Trains, and Automobiles' by Sam Gilbey.

Giclee print giveaway included in orders from his website until 9am UK Monday November 27.

Available in different sizes at various pricing tiers. Spend £10 (before shipping) for a mini 9" x 6" giclée print. Spend at least £30 (before shipping) for an 18" x 12" giclée print and spending £50 (before shipping) will include a 36" x 24" giclée print with your order.

Grey Matter Art Annual 'Black Friday' Mystery Tube Sale

Grey Matter Art will once again be having their Annual Black Friday Mystery Tube Sale!

Each mystery tube will contain 4 randomly inserted prints for $80, containing some rare and sold-out sets, test prints, and signed posters from creators and cast members, one of which will be included with every order.

The sale begins Friday November 24 at 1pm ET on the Grey Matter Art website.


#CoolArt: Cyclops Print Works MondoCon Print Releases

Cyclops Print Works are releasing remaining prints that they debuted during MondoCon, November 4-5 2017.
  • 'Duel at Dawn' (Evil Dr Porkchop Variant) by Tom Whalen. 12" x 24" 6 colour screen print on Coventry Rag Vellum 320 gsm with a varnish finish, in a hand numbered limited edition of 150.
  • 'Beauty And The Beast' by JC Richard. 12" x 36" 25 colour screen print, on Strongstuff 320 gsm paper with varnish finish, in a numbered limited edition of 70.
  • 'Violet' by Craig Drake. 12" x 16" 3 colour screen print on 2 Ply Museum Board paper, in a hand numbered limited edition of 125.
  • 'Coco: Skull' by Stacey Aoyama. 18" x 24" 8 colour screen print on Plike Black 330 gsm paper, in a hand signed and numbered limited edition of 200.
  • 'Coco: Tree' by Stacey Aoyama. 18" x 24" 8 colour screen print on Plike Black 330 gsm paper, in a hand signed and numbered limited edition of 200.
On sale Wednesday November 22 at 12pm PT from the Cyclops Print Works website.

'Duel At Dawn' (Evil Dr Pork Chop Variant) by Tom Whalen

#CoolArt: 'Repose' by Audrey Kawasaki

'Repose' by Audrey Kawasaki, a print release from Thinkspace Gallery.

12" x 12" fine art print on 290gsm paper, in a signed and numbered limited edition of 500 for $130.

On sale Friday November 24 at 10am PT from the Thinkspace Gallery website.


#CoolArt: 'Peanuts' Prints by Joshua Budich

'Cloud of Dust' and 'Nickels Nickels Nickels' by Joshua Budich.

12" x 18" 6 colour screen prints, in limited editions of 50 each.

Part of his Black Friday 'Customer Appreciation Tubes of Goodness' sale. Each mystery tube will contain:
  • A 'Cloud of Dust' or 'Nickels Nickels Nickels' print.
  • A great chance at a sold out / rare print.
  • An assortment of other prints from this past year.
On sale Friday November 24 from his website. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for the on sale announcement.

'Cloud Of Dust'
'Nickels Nickels Nickels'

#CoolArt: 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' by Chris Thornley (Raid71)

'The Nightmare Before Christmas' by Chris Thornley (Raid71).

24" x 36" screen print, with Glow-In-The-Dark ink, in a signed and numbered AP edition for £80.

Part of his Black Friday AP print sale that runs from Thursday November 23 at 6pm UK until 9am UK Monday November 27 from his website.


Glow-In-The-Dark Ink Layer

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Star Wars' by Tony DeZuniga

'Star Wars' by Tony DeZuniga


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Pickle Rick' by Serban Cristescu

'Pickle Rick' by Serban Cristescu, a new officially licensed 'Rick And Morty' print release through Zavvi and Dark Ink Art.

18" x 24" lithograph print in a numbered Regular edition of 300 for £29.99, and a numbered Variant edition of 200 for $40.

The Regular edition is available through Zavvi and the Variant edition is available through Dark Ink Art.

Regular Edition
Variant Edition

#CoolArt: Bottleneck Gallery & Acme Archives present 'Shadow & Flame' A 'Lord Of The Rings' Showcase by Cliff Cramp

Bottleneck Gallery, in collaboration with Acme Archives, present 'Shadow & Flame', an officially licensed 'The Lord Of The Rings' art showcase by Cliff Cramp, featuring 12 pieces of art, spanning scenes and containing characters from all throughout the series.

The showcase will be available online Tuesday November 21 at 12pm ET at the Bottleneck Gallery website!

'Aragorn At Helms Deep'

#CoolArt: Black Dragon Press MondoCon Print Release

Black Dragon Press are releasing the remaining prints that they debuted during MondoCon, November 4-5 2017.
  • 'Wings of Desire' by Jeffrey Alan Love. 18" x 24" screen print on 270gsm Superfine Softwhite Eggshell Archival paper, in a hand numbered UK edition, with gold stars, of 60 for £40, and a hand numbered US edition, with silver metallic stars, of 60 for $55.
  • 'Viy' by Jessica Seamans. 18" x 24" screen print on 270gsm Cougar Natural paper, in a signed and hand numbered Titled Regular edition of 90 for £35 / $50, and an Art Variant edition of 70 for £35.
On sale Tuesday November 21 at 5pm UK from the Black Dragon Press website, and at a random time from the Mondo website. Follow them on Twitter @mondonews for the on sale announcement.

'Wings of Desire' (UK Edition) by Jeffrey Alan Love

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' by Tom Jung

'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' by Tom Jung


Monday, November 20, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Justice League' by Berkay Daglar

'Justice League' by Berkay Daglar, part of a tribute poster series from the Poster Posse artists collective.

Go here to see more tribute posters.

#CoolArt: 'Blade Runner 2049' by Marie Bergeron

'Blade Runner 2049' by Marie Bergeron.

24" x 36" 4 colour screen print on Manilla paper in a signed and numbered limited edition of 75 for $65.

On sale Monday November 20 at 12pm ET from her website.


#CoolArt: Gallery1988 presents 'Crazy 4 Cult 11' Group Art Exhibition

Gallery1988's annual show, 'Crazy 4 Cult', is back for it's 11th year with artwork from nearly 200 artists inspired by popular movies!

The exhibition is on view at Gallery 1988 (West), 7308 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 until December 3 and also available on the Gallery1988 website.


by Ashleigh Izienicki

Book Review: 'Elantris' by Brandon Sanderson

I'm a big fan of Brandon Sanderson, through his 'Mistborn' trilogies, 'The Stormlight Archives' series, and his 'Cosmere' short stories, but I'd not read where it all began, his first published work 'Elantris'. I aimed to put that right before his latest opus, 'Oathbringer', arrived.

I'd heard really good things about his debut, and after finishing it, I can only concur, it's a unique and wonderful read.

Elantris; capital of Arelon, a city with a population of God like citizens, with magical abilities helping all those around them. Ten years ago a catastrophic event happened, the Reod, and the magic disappeared. Elantris is now cursed, an asylum to the fallen, a city of the dead.

Prince Raoden of Arelon, wakes up with the Shaod, a transformation that once signalled the transition in becoming one of the demi-gods of Elantris, but now only viewed as a curse. It couldn't have come at worse time, as his betrothed, Princess Sarene of Teod is travelling to Kae, the new capital of Arelon, for their state marriage, and a Fjordell priest, Hrathen, has arrived to convert Arelon for his emperor and God.

Its a slow burn of a book, as we're introduced to the three main characters, each with their own pov throughout the book. Raoden, the fallen prince, still full of positivity despite his circumstances. Sarene, the feisty and determined princess, looking to do right (I liked both of these characters). And Hrathen, the fanatical priest. It's a book more of political intrigue and religious conflicts than of action normally seen in fantasy stories. But that's not to say it's boring. Not at all. It all drives the story, and is much better for it as you become invested in the world of Arelon and the characters along the way until the intense climax!

Although written as a standalone book at the time, you can see the beginnings of his 'Cosmere' universe here. Sanderson is known for the intricate magic systems in his books, and 'Elantris' is no different. Here we have Aons, the art of writing symbols in the air that perform magical duties, like healing. We're introduced to them as Raoden discovers them, so we're not treated to an overload in exposition or expected to know everything straight away. They may be complicated, with all their different strokes and abilities, but they're also still understandable.

The setting and world building is pretty good, filled with strong determined characters, that we see variations of in his later books.

A strong and engaging debut read from an author that only gets better with each book! If you like fantasy but after something a bit more unique, then I'd definitely recommend 'Elantris'. And if you're a fan Sanderson's other works, I'd recommend picking this up, just to see where the seeds of his 'Cosmere' universe were planted first.

Book Review: 'Angel Of The Blockade' by Alex Wells

Another great original short story from Tor that is available to read for free from their website (tor.com/2017/09/06/angel-of-the-blockade).

A smuggler with a reputation as one of the best, one that's never been captured by the Imperial regime, is hired to transport a mystery cargo to another station. But things don't quite go smoothly when she finds out what the cargo is.

It's a fun read about a scoundrel of a smuggler (aren't they the best ones?), that I took a liking to immediately. Although unlike most stories with similar protagonists, there's a twist with Nata, in that she's also blind. She does have help from her 'Traveller', an implant in her jawbone that detects objects in her surroundings, and has also modified her 'ugly ass' ship (voted ugliest 10 years running on Corona Nine Station no less!) with a unique control system more befitting someone like herself. I loved the descriptions of how she flew the ship using her different senses.

Along with her superb piloting skills, her attitude also gets her out of tight situations, and as the smuggling run becomes more complex, both traits come to the forefront.

A great read with a main character that's a feisty so and so that doesn't give a crap, just gets on with things, but also, it turns out, has a heart of gold. A bit clichéd, but it works very well.

I'd definitely read more stories from this universe.