Monday, July 24, 2017

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Waiting On A Bright Moon' by Victo Ngai

Art by Victo Ngai for the short story 'Waiting On A Bright Moon' by JY Yang, available to read at Tor.com.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2' by Ken Taylor

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2' by Ken Taylor, a new print from Mondo.

24" x 36" screen print in a hand numbered Regular TIMED release edition for $60.

On sale until Thursday July 27 at 12pm CT.

Go here to buy.

The Variant edition is available at the Mondo booth (#835) during the San Diego Comic Con July 20-23.


The Art Of . . . George Caltsoudas

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 George Caltsoudas.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Red Sonja' by Amanda Conner

Cover art by Amanda Conner for 'Red Sonja: The Black Tower' #1, published September 2014 by Dynamite Comics.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

2017 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Winners Announced

The winners for the 2017 Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, given for creative achievement in American comic books, often referred to as the Comics Industry's equivalent of the Oscar Awards, have been announced.

The awards were presented in a special ceremony during this year's San Diego Comic-Con.

The Winners:

Best Short Story
  • “Good Boy,” by Tom King and David Finch, in Batman Annual #1 (DC)

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)

  • Beasts Of Burden: What The Cat Dragged In, by Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Jill Thompson (Dark Horse)


Best Continuing Series
  • Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)


Best Limited Series
  • The Vision, by Tom King and Gabriel Walta (Marvel)


Best New Series
  • Black Hammer, by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston (Dark Horse)


Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)
  • Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, by Ben Clanton (Tundra)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)
  • Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson (Marvel)

Best Humour Publication
  • Jughead, by Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Derek Charm (Archie)

Best Web Comic

Best Digital Comic

Best Anthology
  • Love Is Love, edited by Sarah Gaydos, Jamie Rich, Marc Andreyko (IDW)

Best Reality-Based Work
  • March (Book Three), by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf)

Best Graphic Album—New
  • Wonder Woman: The True Amazon by Jill Thompson (DC Comics)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint
  • Demon, by Jason Shiga (First Second)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips (at least 20 years old)
  • Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy, Colorful Cases of the 1930s, edited by Peter Maresca (Sunday Press)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books (at least 20 Years Old)
  • The Complete Wimmen’s Comix, edited by Trina Robbins (Fantagraphics)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
  • Moebius Library: The World of Edena, by Jean “Moebius” Giraud et al. (Dark Horse)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
  • The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, by Sonny Liew (Pantheon)

Best Writer
  • Brian K Vaughan, Paper Girls, Saga, We Stand On Guard (Image)

Best Writer/Artist
  • Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (Pantheon)

Best Penciller/Inker
  • Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
  • Jill Thompson, Wonder Woman: The True Amazon (DC); Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In (Dark Horse)

Best Cover Artist
  • Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)

Best Colouring
  • Matt Wilson, Cry Havoc, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); Black Widow, The Mighty Thor, Star-Lord (Marvel)

Best Lettering
  • Todd Klein, Clean Room, Dark Night, Lucifer (Vertigo/DC); Black Hammer (Dark Horse)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
  • The A.V. Club comics coverage, including Comics Panel, Back Issues, and Big Issues, by Oliver Sava et al., www.avclub.com

Best Comics-Related Book
  • Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White, by Michael Tisserand (Harper)

Best Scholarly/Academic Work
  • Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation, by Carolyn Cocca (Bloomsbury)

Best Publication Design
  • The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, designed by Sonny Liew (Pantheon)

Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award
  • Anne Szalba

The Spirit Of Comics Retailer Award
  • Comicazi

Bill Finger Award
  • William Messner-Loebs
  • Jack Kirby

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award
  • Joe Ferrara
  • Marc Andreyko

Eisner Hall Of Fame Award
  • Gilbert Hernandez
  • Jaime Hernandez
  • George Perez
  • Walter Simonson
  • Jim Starlin

The Art Of . . . George Barr

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 George Barr.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Shattered Empire' by Julian Totino Tedesco

Variant cover art by Julian Totino Tedesco for 'Star Wars: Shattered Empire' #1, published September 2015 by Marvel Comics.


Friday, July 21, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Ghost In The Shell' by Fabled Creative

'Ghost In The Shell' by Fabled Creative.

A print on Semi-Gloss, 100LB or higher, Cover Stock paper in various sizes; 13" x 19" at $20, 16" x 24" at $40 and 24" x 36" for $60.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Webhead' by Matt Needle

'Webhead' by Matt Needle, an officially licensed 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' print through Fandango in collaboration with the Poster Posse and Marvel Studios.

8" x 11" print on 111# matte cover paper in a limited edition for $29.99.

Go here to buy.

#CoolArt: 'Nicol Bolas' by Brandon Holt

'Nicol Bolas' by Brandon Holt, a 'Magic: The Gathering' print release, in collaboration with Mondo.

24" x 36" screen print on Magic: The Gathering card stock available from the Hasbro Toys booth (#3329) during San Diego Comic-Con, July 20-23. Remaining prints will be available online at the Hasbro Toyshop after Comic Con.


#CoolArt: 'LEGO Thor Ragnarok' by Tom Whalen

'LEGO Thor Ragnarok' by Tom Whalen.

Free print available from the LEGO booth (#2829) during San Diego Comic-Con, July 20-23, with signed copies available on Saturday from 3-4pm PT.


#CoolArt: 'Cassini, Final Observations' by Rob Rey

'Cassini, Final Observations' by Rob Rey, for Every Day Original.

8" x 6" Oil on board original painting for $375.

On sale Friday July 21 at 12.30pm ET.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Game Of Thrones' Inspired T Shirts From Hard Times Clothing

'Game Of Thrones' exclusive T Shirts available through Hard Times Clothing.

Part of their new 'Winds Of Winter' series, the designs are available for £24.99 each. A bundle of both T shirts, in a limited edition of 100 for £45, is only available until Monday July 24.

Expect to ship in early August, go here to preorder now.

'Breaker Of Chains'
'White Wolf'

#CoolArt: New Art Prints By Kevin Tong

'Jungle' and 'Yosemite' by Kevin Tong.

8" x 10" giclee prints on fine art textured paper, printed by Static Medium, in a signed and numbered, timed edition until Sunday July 23 for $15 each.

Go here to buy.

AP edition prints will also be available at his booth (#833) during the San Diego Comic Con July 20-23.

'Jungle' by Kevin Tong
'Yosemite' by Kevin Tong

#CoolArt: 'Seraph' by Tom Roberts

'Seraph' by Tom Roberts.

A3 sized print, hand embellished with gold gouache, in a signed and numbered limited edition 50 for £25.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Release' by Audra Auclair

'Release' by Audra Auclair, a new print release from Rhino Barking Sparrow.

14" x 18" giclée print on Cold-Press Natural Heavy Fine Art 340gsm paper in a hand numbered TIMED edition for $55.

On sale 9am PT, Friday July 21 until 9pm PT, Sunday July 23.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Game Of Thrones - Beautiful Death: S7 E01' by Robert M Ball

Robert M Ball kicks off the Season 7 'Beautiful Death' 'Game Of Thrones' episode posters, with the poster from episode 1, 'Dragonstone'.


Book Review: 'The Martian Obelisk' by Linda Nagata


I've been binging on and enjoying quite a few of the Tor Original Fiction short stories recently, and 'The Martian Obelisk' by Linda Nagata is the latest I've enjoyed.

Set on a devastated Earth, that has been hit with natural disasters, war and terrorism, and with civilisation still hanging on in "the lucky corners of the world", an architect and her benefactor are creating a huge obelisk on the surface of Mars, as a kind of lasting monument to humanity, as it withers back on its homeworld.

With the build up of doom and gloom from the beginning, you'd be forgiven for thinking this is just a depressing story set in a dystopian world, but an event and a revelation turn the story around into one of hope, even amidst the ashes of humanity.

This is a good short story that left me wanting more. Well worth reading and is available to read on the Tor.com website.

****/5

#CoolArt: The Cover Art Of 'Valérian & Laureline'

With the release of the film 'Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets', directed by Luc Besson, here is a collection of the cover art from the original comics the film is based on.

The very first adventure, 'Les Mauvais Rêves' (English: 'Bad Dreams') written by Pierre Christin, illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières, and coloured by Eveline Tranlé, was first published on 9 November 1967 in the French-Belgian comics anthology magazine Pilote in issue #420, and is included in English for the first time in 'Valerian & Laureline Collection Vol 1' published by Cinebook. The latest is Volume 22: 'Memories From The Futures'.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Welcome To Afflolola' by Jean-Claude Mézières

Cover art by Jean-Claude Mézières for 'Valérian & Laureline: The Complete Collection' Vol 2, published July 2017 by Cinebook.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

#CoolArt: 'The Silver Warrior' by Kilian Eng

'The Silver Warrior' by Kilian Eng, inspired by the original Frank Frazetta painting, is a print release in collaboration with Heavy Metal Magazine & the Frank Frazetta estate.

18" x 24" 10 colour screen print available at the Heavy Metal booth (#1529) at San Diego Comic Con, July 20-23.


#CoolArt: 'Kong and Mason' by Adan Arellano

'Kong and Mason' by Adan Arellano, a debut print release from PosterSpy.

18" x 24" 5 colour screen-print, with Varnish finish, on 270gsm Mohawk archival paper, in a hand numbered limited edition of 100 for £40.

On sale Friday July 21 at 5pm UK.



#CoolArt: 'Wonder Woman: Princess Of The Amazon' by Alex Ross

'Wonder Woman: Princess Of The Amazon' by Alex Ross, a San Diego Comic Con exclusive.

13" x 18" mini canvas print in a limited edition of 75 for $150.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: Gallery Nucleus Prints At SDCC 2017

Limited edition prints available at the Gallery Nucleus booth (#2643) during the San Diego Comic Con July 20-23.

'The Enchanted Love' by Joey Chou

#CoolArt: 'LEGO Justice League' by Tom Whalen

'LEGO Justice League' by Tom Whalen.

Free print available from the LEGO booth (#2829) during San Diego Comic-Con, July 20-23, with signed copies available on Saturday from 3-4pm PT.


#CoolArt: 'Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast' by Dave Perillo

'Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast' by Dave Perillo, a new officially licensed print release through Zavvi, in collaboration with Acme Archives.

12" x 24" Variant edition screen print in a signed and numbered limited edition of 150 for £44.99

Released Wednesday August 16, go here to pre-order now.


#CoolArt: Dark Ink Art Prints At SDCC 2017

Limited edition prints available at the Dark Ink Art booth (#5629) during the San Diego Comic Con July 20-23.

Prints are also available online during Comic Con weekend.


SDCC Exclusive
'Ark Of The Covenant' by Christopher Clark

#CoolArt: 'Our Crew Is Replaceable, Your Package Isn't' (Regular Edition) by Dan Mumford

'Our Crew Is Replaceable, Your Package Isn't' by Dan Mumford, a new officially licensed 'Futurama' print release through Dark Ink Art.

18" x 24" Regular edition screen print in a signed and numbered limited edition of 250 for $50.

Go here to pre-order.


#CoolArt: 'Queens Of The Stone Age' by Ken Taylor

'Queens Of The Stone Age, Australia & New Zealand Tour 2017' by Ken Taylor, a print release from Beyond The Pale.

12" x 36" 6 colour screen print, in a signed and numbered limited edition of 295 for $50.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Sara Ryder' by Ramil Sunga

'Sara Ryder' by Ramil Sunga, an official 'Mass Effect: Andromeda' print from Bioware.

18" x 24" lithograph print on 100lb coated acid free paper in a signed and numbered limited edition of 500 for $40.

Go here to buy.


#ArtOfTheDay: 'The Incal' by Jean Giraud (Moebius)

'The Incal' by Jean Giraud (Moebius)


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Our Crew Is Replaceable, Your Package Isn't' by Dan Mumford

'Our Crew Is Replaceable, Your Package Isn't' by Dan Mumford, a new officially licensed 'Futurama' print release through Zavvi, in collaboration with Acme Archives.

18" x 24" Variant edition screen print in a signed and numbered limited edition of 200 for £44.99

Released Wednesday August 16, go here to pre-order now.


#CoolArt: 'Trinity II' by Craig Drake

'The Matrix' inspired 'Trinity II' by Craig Drake, a new print release through Hero Complex Gallery.

36" x 24" screen print in a limited edition of 225 for $50.

Go here to buy.

100% of the proceeds will be donated to artist AJ Frena's GoFundMe fundraising campaign in her fight against cancer. Go here to donate directly to her campaign.


#CoolArt: 'Princess Of The Moon' by Ise Ananphada

The 'Pan's Labyrinth' inspired 'Princess Of The Moon' by Ise Ananphada, a new print release from Hero Complex Gallery.

24" x 36" 11 colour screen print in a limited edition of 425 for $65.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'The Shape Of Water' by James Jean

'The Shape Of Water' by James Jean, teaser for the film by Guillermo del Toro.


Book Review: 'Bourbon, Sugar, Grace' by Jessica Reisman

'Bourbon, Sugar, Grace' by Jessica Reisman is a good Sci-Fi short story set on a mining colony where the deposits have dried up with the mining company having since abandoned the people and workers, save for automated shipments of supplies.

The story follows Fox, a salvager, as she's commissioned to retrieve an object, but finds out that two company employees are also on the trail of the object as well.

The object she finds, some kind of mystical rock, seems to have some kind of link to the stories of 'Pisque And The Sloe Ghost', that she was told to by her moms, yes plural, Ohnee and Taf, as well as some kind of strange power.

Despite being a short story, the world building is pretty good, setting up a world that's been largely forgotten about by the company that sent them there. I also enjoyed the character of Fox. She seemed pretty realistic and we get a glimpse into her life with events that have moulded her into the person she is.

I thought the ending was a bit ambivalent but overall it's a good read that could be the beginning to something more.


***½/5

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Supergirl' by Tula Lotay

Cover art by Tula Lotay for 'Super Girl: Being Super' #4 published June 2017 by DC Comics.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Blue Jay Way' by RELM

'Blue Jay Way' by RELM, a new print release from Rhino Barking Sparrow.

14" x 14" giclée print on Cold-Press Natural Heavy Fine Art 340gsm paper in a hand numbered limited edition of 20, plus 3 Artist Proofs for $50.

On sale Tuesday July 18 at 9am PT.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Blue' by Djamila Knopf

'Blue' by Djamila Knopf.

8.3" x 11.7" coloured pencil and acrylic paint original on 190g Hahnemühle Nostalgie paper for $160.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Divided We Stand' by Allen Willliams

'Divided We Stand' by Allen Willliams, a new official 'Court Of The Dead' print release from Sideshow.

18" x 24" giclee print on 100% archival heavyweight 300gsm rag art paper, with hand torn edges and embossed seals of authenticity in a signed and numbered limited edition of 150 for $90 unframed and $250.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: Mondo Prints At SDCC 2017

Limited edition prints available at the Mondo booth (#835) during the San Diego Comic Con July 19-23.

Mondo will also be selling the Regular editions of the prints online during Comic Con weekend. Follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates and on sale announcements.

'Contra' by Eric Powell

Book Review: 'The Scholast In The Low Waters Kingdom' by Max Gladstone

Another enjoyable short story from Tor.com and one by Max Gladstone, best known for his 'The Craft Sequence' novels.

Told in the style of a journal chronicling a historical event, a being - The Scholast - appears on a world, at first revered like a god, mostly due to her appearance and in the way in which she arrives, but soon just treated like an outsider as she tries to win over the trust of the ruler, Princess Martial, of the land she's arrived in, in order to warn and prepare them for an incoming attack.

The story is briskly paced, as we go from the preparations for the battle and straight to the conflict itself quickly. As such, there's not much time for character development or world building, but even so, there's still enough of a sense of what the world is like to make it interesting.

The main focus is on the interaction between the Scholast, known as Jane, and the Princess, which feels like just glimpses. Maybe because of the way the story is written, and perhaps if the story was a bit longer, things could've been fleshed out a bit more, as I would've liked to have seen more. But it's still an enjoyable read and available to read online as part of the Tor Original Fiction on the Tor.com website.

***½/5

#CoolArt: 'Storm' by Jen Bartel

'Storm' by Jen Bartel.

New print available at her booth (#2047) during the San Diego Comic Con July 21-23.


#CoolArt: 'Tithorea' by Kevin Tong

'Tithorea' by Kevin Tong.

Limited edition screen prints available at his booth (#833) during the San Diego Comic Con July 21-23.

Regular Edition
Variant Edition

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Star-Lord' by Earl Norem

Cover art by Earl Norem for 'Marvel Super Special' #10, published February 1979 by Marvel Comics.


Monday, July 17, 2017

#CoolArt: 'The Dark Knight' by Rory Kurtz

'The Dark Knight' by Rory Kurtz, is a new TIMED release from Mondo

24" x 36" 12 colour screen print in a hand numbered timed edition for $60.

On sale from Monday July 17 at 2pm CT until Friday July 21 at 9pm CT.



Book Review: 'Waiting On A Bright Moon' by JY Yang

A beautifully written short story, written in the second person perspective much in the style of choose-your-own-adventure books.

The world is on the brink of a rebellion and the story begins with a scream and a dead body appearing through a portal created by Xin, an ansible who connects to the Imperial Authority's homeworld and colonies through song magic, linking up with another ansible, their 'song-sister' with whom they bond with emotionally, at the other end.

This kicks things off for Xin, as during her three weeks leave in response to the shock of the event, she develops a bond with Ouyang Suquing, a high ranking Starmage and is slowly pulled into the rebellion.

JY Yang describes a world and characters I really want to visit again. The second person pov doesn't detracts but really adds to the reading experience, adding more emotion and feeling to the situations going on, making you more connected to the story and characters, putting you into the story as Xin.

It's a beautifully lush, sad but hopeful story, and although I've not read anything by JY Yang before, 'Waiting On A Bright Moon' makes me want to read more of her stories. A recommended read that is available to read on the Tor.com website.

****/5