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Articles and posts that deal with SF, fantasy and horror in the visual arts, including graphics, cover art, painting and related subjects.

Vinyl Albums, KLAATU and the Warrior at the Edge of Time

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Let's travel back in time, you and I. Let's go back to a time before music was delivered in packets of data. Let's travel...

The Mars That Got Away

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An untold tale of Barsoom, and a legendary artist...

Sequential Wednesdays #11 – The Quiet Majesty of Kazu Kibuishi

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Out in the world of beautiful stories, digital art, and ironclad contracts with Scholastic exists a beautiful man, in every sense of the...

The Art of the IAAA: David A. Hardy – The King...

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Today we begin a new bi-weekly feature that introduces the art and history of the members of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA),...

Art in Action: A Bakuman Review

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I spend a lot of time lately complaining about the state of anime and the series that have been created within the last five...

The Beautiful Tiny Worlds of Animated Music Videos

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  Music videos are a strange amalgamation of variant creative forces merging together, all too often used to further market or popularize a song with...

The Artful Collector: Why isn’t There a More Active Market in...

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A common thread of discussion for collectors who buy art from me, and which runs through many sites dealing with collectibles, concerns the factors...

Trials and Tribulations of the Publishing Game

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As I put the finishing touches and edits on my latest novel, I am charged with the task of also creating the cover art....

Eric Brown Interview

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Eric Brown is the author of over forty books including Helix and Kethani. His latest novel, The Serene Invasion features an eerie conquest of...

Four Color Heroes! or: Superman at 75!

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So Superman is 75 years old. That's astounding. What's even more astounding is how good he looks, given that he is now a senior citizen....

Going Into Deep Water, With the Massive

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Go Massive, or go home...

Cities in Science Fiction

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The events in Boston at the beginning of this week were an awful tragedy and, naturally all our hearts go out to the victims....

City Lights, City Grunge

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From Metropolis to Blade Runner, the city of the future has been a subject for science fiction artists and film makers, who have vented...

The Artful Collector: In Praise of Tangibility

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First, and let’s get this out of the way right at the start: I would never say that digital art isn’t Art.  I have...

The Cover with no Cover Art

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Books need a cover. At the very least one needs to know the title of the book and usually who wrote it. Those are...

The Artful Collector: Why Collecting Art is Such a Hard Job

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Someone in a chat room I used to contribute to, once made an unforgettable statement: “it’s easy to collect art if you have money!” Hah! ...

The Amazing Virgil Finlay

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Whenever I think about black-and-white illustrations from the old science fiction magazines, it is always the work of Virgil Finlay that I picture in...

Should You Judge a Book by its Cover?

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Most readers—me included—will pick a book off the bookstore shelf because its cover interests us: the title intrigues; the cover illustration attracts; the author’s...

Cosmic Dance

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Who isn't fascinated by the images of outer space, which have become available over the last few decades from ever more powerful telescopes: the...

Anime As An Art Form

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One of the greatest things that anime ever did for me was give me the desire to create.  I was a really bookish kid,...

The Artful Collector: Price vs. Value

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It's an innocent question: What's it worth? And I always answer: That depends on whether you're buying or selling. An object's "worth" can relate to price,...

Buying a Book for its Cover

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So you know you've done it. I'm sure we all have at one point or another. You know what I'm talking about, right? You...

The Artful Collector: “Excuses, Excuses”

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And when we can't have what we want....despite our best efforts to strategize for maximum gain? Then What? Oh, do we have excuses. Pick one: 1....

A Beautiful Plummet: A Review of Upside Down

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"And our love changed the course of history forever" is a fine concept to base a story off of.  However, it's a disingenuous and...

ASM Blog Horde Interview with Michael J. Sullivan

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Welcome to the Amazing Stories BLOG HORDE INTERVIEWS! The ASM Blog Horde is a diverse and wonderful species. I have the privilege of talking with all...

The Architects of the Future

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In my last blog, I featured the work of artists who have, in their own different ways, imagined what it might be like to...

My Journey With Sci-Fi

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There are many reasons that I love science fiction on the screen above and beyond any other format. I've always been someone who enjoys...

Special Effects, then and now

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  When Forbidden Planet came back out way back in 1956, it was on the cutting edge of animation, and lots of people were talking...

The Artful Collector: Collecting Strategies Part 5 “Living Dangerously”

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There is one strategy for collecting that I haven't yet mentioned. It is not only potentially the most expensive, it is also the most...

A Lesson in Suspense

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One of the great things about science fiction and fantasy is that it takes us to new worlds and gives us new perspectives on...