Monday, November 20, 2017

#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.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Big Trouble In Little China' by Steven Chorney

'Big Trouble In Little China' by Steven Chorney


Friday, November 17, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Indiana Jones' Prints by Cliff Cramp

'Indiana Jones' inspired officially licensed prints by Cliff Cramp available through ACME Archives.
  • 'Jones'. 24" x 12" giclee print on canvas in a signed and numbered limited edition of 95 for $245 $183.75 (reduced for a limited time).
  • 'Showdown'. 39" x 20" giclee print on canvas, in a signed and numbered limited edition of 95 for $350 $262.50 (reduced for a limited time)

'Jones'
'Showdown'

Book Review: 'The Tablet Of Scaptur' by Julia Keller

An enjoyable short read about a mysterious Martian rock that finds its way into the hands of Violet Crowley - daughter of New Earth's founding father, as she visits a museum, and her efforts to decrypt the markings / code inscribed on the rock with the help of the sister of one of her group of friends, who just so happens to be a child genius.

It's a fairly briskly paced short, but one that was engaging and kept me interested in the story and the enjoyable lead characters.

The story did feel like it's a prologue, as the story isn't really resolved at the end, and hints at maybe more to come, and low and behold, it sort of is, as 'The Tablet of Scaptur' introduces the characters and setting for Julia Keller's follow up, 'The Dark Intercept'.

Overall it's a decent read that's also peppered with some YA tropes for good measure.

Available to read for free from the Tor Fiction website.

Movie Review: 'Justice League'

I enjoyed watching the new DC Comics movie, 'Justice League'. It's a lot less grim than 'BvS' but much better, definitely a step in the right direction for the DC movies. It's not flawless (no film really is) but still definitely worth seeing. It's also sprinkled with a bit more welcoming humour as well - Whedon's influence? - with Ezra Miller's The Flash coming across as the comic relief for the most part, along with Jason Momoa's Aquaman.

Some cool action sequences as the big bad, Steppenwolf went about his business, including one action/battle scene near the start of the film, that reminded me a lot of 'The Lord Of The Rings'. It was also good to see more of the Amazonians as they took to the battlefield too. 

Wasn't too impressed with the musical score though, not all that memorable (seems to be a standard comic movie trait these days, whether it's DC or Marvel) but it was cool to hear parts of the Danny Elfman 'Batman' and John Williams Superman themes. Wasn't impressed with the obvious gratuitous ass shots of Wonder Woman either. Would've thought better of whichever director (either Snyder or Whedon) did those scenes.

I found it a fun ride that felt more like a comic book movie than in previous DC movies, and it was great to see all the heroes just do their thing. But if you're wanting to compare with that other comic cinematic universe, then for me, I'd say it just about edges 'Age Of Ultron'. 

As it's a comic book movie, there's of course two end credits scenes, one for fun and the other a set up for something later.

#CoolArt: 'Justice League' by Lee Bermejo

'Justice League' by Lee Bermejo, previously only available at MondoCon 2017, now available through Mondo.

36" x 24" screen print, in a hand numbered limited edition of 400 for $50.

On sale at a random time Friday November 17 from Mondo website.

Follow them on Twitter @mondotees for the on sale announcement.

#CoolArt: 'Justice League' by Rich Kelly

'Justice League' by Rich Kelly, a new print release from Bottleneck Gallery.

24" x 36" 8 colour screen print, in a hand-numbered Regular edition of 300 for $50, and a hand numbered Variant edition, with metallic inks, of 140 for $60.

On sale Friday November 17 at 12pm ET from the Bottleneck Gallery website.

Regular Edition
Variant Edition

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Conan The Barbarian' by Renato Casaro

'Conan The Barbarian' by Renato Casaro


Thursday, November 16, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Revelen' by Brad Kunkle

'Revelen' by Brad Kunkle.

11" x 15" Archival Pigment print on 300 gsm Entrada Natural Archival Cotton Rag paper, in a signed and stamped limited edition of 45 for $150, and a special hand embellished with gold, limited edition of 10 for $475.

On sale Thursday November 16 at 12pm ET from his website.


#CoolArt: 'Justice League' by Doaly

'Justice League' by Doaly.

Free print available, while stocks last, at a special event from 1-4pm PT at ArcLight Cinemas in La Jolla, San Diego, Saturday November 18.


#CoolArt: 'The Queen’s Rising' by Jenna Kass

'The Queen’s Rising' by Jenna Kass, for Every Day Original.

8" x 10" pencil and powdered graphite on matted 11″x14″ Strathmore 400 Series Smooth Bristol original for $325.

On sale Thursday November 16 at 12.30pm ET from the Every Day Original website.


#CoolArt: 'Castlevania' by Kilian Eng

'Castelvania' by Kilian Eng, a new officially licensed Konami print release from Cook & Becker.

24" x 36" fine art canvas print in a numbered Regular edition of 200 (+2 AP) and a numbered Variant edition of 200 (+2 AP) from $119 each.

Go here to buy.

Regular Edition
Variant Edition

#CoolArt: 'Star Wars Landscapes' by Richard Davies

'Star Wars Landscapes' by Richard Davies, a print release through Acme Archives.

  • 27" x 7.2" lithograph prints, in hand numbered limited editions of 295 for $39 each.
  • 29" x 7.6" giclee print on wrapped canvas, in hand numbered limited editions of 195 for $145 each.

Go here to buy.

'Dogfight At Sunset'
'X-Wings At Twilight'
'Daybreak On Hoth'
'Tatooine Sunset'

#CoolArt: 'Homer The Great' by Florey

'Homer The Great' by Florey, an officially licensed 'The Simpsons' print from Zavvi, in collaboration with Acme Archives.

18" x 24" screen print in a numbered limited edition of 100 for £39.99.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Blade Runner' by Chris Thornley (Raid71)

'Blade Runner' by Chris Thornley (Raid71), a new officially licensed print release from Bottleneck Gallery.

24" x 36" screen print, in a numbered Regular edition of 250 for $50, and a numbered blacklight reactive Variant edition, of 100 for $65.

On sale Thursday November 16 at 12pm ET from the Bottleneck Gallery website.

Regular Edition
Blacklight Reactive Variant Edition

#CoolArt: 'Heaven Is A Place On Earth' by Alice X Zhang

'Heaven Is A Place On Earth' by Alice X Zhang, inspired by the 'San Junipero' episode of 'Black Mirror.

Open edition giclée fine art print on Somerset Velvet paper, in a 19" x 13" edition for $40, and a 36" x 24" edition for $100.

10% of all sales donated to The LGBT Community Center of NYC.


#CoolArt: 'I Get To Be Angry Too' by Daniel Danger

'i love you, but i get to be angry too. i owe you everything and nothing' by Daniel Danger.

36" x 24" 9 colour screen print in a signed and numbered limited edition of 300 for $80.

On sale Thursday November 16 at 2pm ET from his website.


#CoolArt: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' by Paul Shipper

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' by Paul Shipper, exclusively for Dolby Cinema.


#CoolArt: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' by Liam Brazier

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' by Liam Brazier


#CoolArt: MondoCon Print Release Part Two

Mondo are releasing the next batch of prints they debuted during MondoCon.
  • 'Batman: Mask of the Phantasm' by Phantom City Creative. 24" x 36" screen print, in a Variant edition of 175 for $70.
  • 'Labyrinth' by Ise Ananphada. 24" x 36" screen print, in a Variant edition of 150 for $75.
  • 'Hot Fuzz' by Rich Kelly. 24" x 36" screen print, in a limited edition of 300 for $50.
  • 'Frankenstein' by Drew Struzan. 18" x 24" screen print, in a limited edition of 150 for $100.
  • 'Bride Of Frankenstein' by Drew Struzan. 18" x 24" screen print, in a limited edition of 150 for $100.
  • 'Goodfellas' by Marc Aspinall. 24" x 36" screen print, in a limited edition of 225 for $50.
On sale at a random time on Thursday November 16 from the Mondo website.
Follow them on Twitter @MondoNews for the on sale announcement.

'Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm' (Variant Edition) by Phantom City Creative

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Westworld' by Neal Adams

'Westworld' by Neal Adams

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

#CoolArt: 'Tribute To Bill Murray' by Mark Lone

'Tribute To Bill Murray' by Mark Lone.

18" x 24" giclee print on heavy weight 12pt gloss paper in a signed edition for $30, and an 11" x 17" giclee print on heavy weight 12pt gloss paper in a signed edition for for $45.

Go here to buy.


#CoolArt: 'Sequoia National Park' by Glenn Thomas

'Sequoia National Park' by Glenn Thomas, a print release from Fifty-Nine Parks.
  • 24" x 32" 6 colour screen print on 100# Cougar White paper for $80.
  • On sale in a TIMED edition until Wednesday November 29.
  • 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.


#CoolArt: 'Conquering Shadow' by Raymond Swanland

'Conquering Shadow' by Raymond Swanland, a new officially licensed print from Acme Archives.

21" x 10.5" giclee print on 22" x 17" paper in a hand numbered limited edition of 150 for $165, and a 30" x 15" giclee print on canvas in a numbered limited edition of 150 for $395.

Go here to buy.


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

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.
  • 'Flesh' by Godmachine. 18" x 24" screen print in a hand numbered Regular edition for £30 and a hand numbered Variant edition for £35.
  • 'Strontium Dog' by Chris Weston. 40cm x 50cm screen print in a hand numbered Regular edition for £30 and a hand numbered Variant edition for £35.
  • 'ABC Warriors' by Matt Ferguson. 50cm x 70cm screen print in a hand numbered limited edition for £35.
  • 'D.R. & Quinch Go To Mega-City One' by Tom Foster. 50cm x 70cm screen print, in a hand numbered limited edition for £40.
  • 'Slaine' by Boo Cook. 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 Thursday November 16 at 7am UK from the VicePress website.

'Flesh' (Regular Edition) by Godmachine

#CoolArt: 'Smoking' by Sam Gilbey

'Smoking' by Sam Gilbey, an officially licensed 'Hellboy' print release through Zavvi, in collaboration with Iron Gut Publishing.

16" x 20" giclee print on 300gsm paper, in a numbered timed edition for £30.

On sale in a 72 hour timed release from the Zavvi website.


#CoolArt: 'Vertigo' by Jack Durieux

'Vertigo' by Jack Durieux, a new print release from Mad Duck Posters, and the next in their series of officially licensed prints of the films of Alfred Hitchcock.

24" x 36" 10 colour screen print, with 1 metallic ink, in a Regular edition of 215 for $65, a Variant edition of 125 for $85, and foil editions of 13 for $135 each in both the Regular and Variant colourways.

On sale Friday November 17 at 11.30am ET from the Mad Duck Posters website.

Regular Edition
Variant Edition

#CoolArt: New Prints by Kevin Tong

New prints by Kevin Tong.
  • 'The Last Of Us'. 18" x 24" 7 colour screen print with metallic inks, on 100 lb Cream Cover Paper, in a signed and numbered Variant AP edition for $200.
  • 'Collisions'. 18" x 24" 6 colour screen print with metallic and enamel inks, on 100 lb White Cover Paper, in a signed and numbered limited edition of 120 for $50.
  • 'Swallows'. 10" x 10" giclee print on textured fine art paper, in a signed and numbered Regular AP edition of 50 for $25, and a signed and numbered Variant edition for $20 in a 48 hour timed release.
On sale at a random time Wednesday November 15 from Kevin's website.

Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the on sale announcement.

'The Last Of Us'
'Collisions'
'Swallows' (Regular Edition)
'Swallows' (Variant Edition)

#CoolArt: 'Ratatouille' Prints by Nicole Gustafsson

'Anyone Can Cook' and 'Only The Fearless Can Be Great' by Nicole Gustafsson, 'Ratatouille' inspired prints previously only available at MondoCon 2017, now available through Mondo, in collaboration with Cyclops Print Works.

24" x 12" giclee prints in hand numbered limited editions of 185 for $65 each.

On sale Wednesday November 15 at 12pm CT from Mondo website.

'Anyone Can Cook'
'Only The Fearless Can Be Great'

#CoolArt: 'Webster Fox' by Mark Chilcott

'Webster Fox' by Mark Chilcott, a new print release through Bottleneck Gallery.

8" x 10" giclee prints in numbered limited editions of 50 for $20 each or $75 for the set of four prints.

On sale Wednesday November 15 at 12pm ET from the Bottleneck Gallery.