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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.

The Artful Collector: Collecting Strategies Part 4 “The Anarchist”

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I've talked about buying the expensive way (completists, and those who must have what they want), and the easy way (just collect what you...

Oz Don’t Look Like That!

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With the release of the new movie OZ: The Great and Powerful this weekend, the world created by L. Frank Baum back in 1900 is...

Gazing at Alien Skies

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Have you ever wondered what it might be like to look at an alien sky? The sky of a planet whose atmosphere has a...

The Art and Science of Spaceship Design I: The Xiezhi from...

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Here at Giant Spacekat Productions, we are a little company making a big videogame.  Thus, we all wear many hats.  I am, inter alia,...

The Monster Makers

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The spotlight last month fell on the special effects wizards who make SF monsters come to life. The crowning glory was the award of...

John Carter Through the Years

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In light of John Whalen's review of Michael Seller's John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood, I thought it might be instructive to take...

Why Sorcerers Have Long Grizzled Beards

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Ever notice that fictional sorcerers always seem to have long, grizzled beards? Ever wondered why?  Well, probably you haven't, but you're about to find...

Now with more Pulp!

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Pulp… no, wait… it should be written like this: PULP! What I am referring to is not what you find in your orange juice. It...

Dynamo – Unsuccessful Wooing, Decrees from Rashmon & A Silent, Bearded...

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If there's a recently popularized term that leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, it's "webisodes."  This demeaning and fun-sized determination of quality stems...

The Artful Collector: Collecting Strategies Part 2 “Whatever It Takes”

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Rich men (I am going to fall back on the male gender because most of the collectors in the field of illustration art and...

Women in Armour vs. Chicks in Chain-mail

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One of the more common tropes of fantasy illustration is depictions of women in armor, but this is not necessarily unique to fantasy illustration....

The Chocolate Teapots of the 21st Century

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Looking back at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear disaster of 3/11/2011, I ask more questions about Japanese robotics. Baudrillard and M. John Harrison are roped in to help. Also, we bought a Roomba.

Unicorn

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I've wanted to leave the realms of fantasy behind this time, and move on into the vastness of open space, but then this came...

Sequential Wednesdays #1 – Rockwell’s Masked Heroes

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   Let's get one thing straight: I go weak at the knees because of some colored pigment on a stretched cloth surface - often and...

The Artful Collector: Collecting Strategies Part 1 “The Completist”

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I came to my role as dealer in SF art in a very old-fashioned way….as a fan.  And I've still got 'fandom' in my...

The Art of the Shaver Mystery

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The Shaver Mystery is part of the history of Amazing Stories Magazine, but it is certainly not considered one of the magazine's shining moments....

Halo Jones Interview with Ian Gibson

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Before From Hell, before Watchmen, before The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, there was The Ballad of Halo Jones. Co-created by writer Alan Moore and artist Ian Gibson, Halo Jones was a...

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Manga

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The Japanese manga Planetes reminds us that it's not always about destroying the Death Star Sometimes, I tell people that it’s my brother Nick’s fault. Back in those...

When Hollywood Attacks!

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There was no movie in 2012 that I looked forward to seeing more than Prometheus.  It was being produced by Ridley Scott, the same...

The Artful Collector: To Have and to Hold

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Young children collect sea shells, older children collect dolls, action figures, trading cards and comic books, and grown up children . . . well,...

Painting With Pixels: Digital Artists

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So, a couple weeks back I began talking about current fantasy artists. I want to continue with that theme this week, but I want...

Art + Fandom ≠ Fan Art, part II: Images of Galadriel

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Well it looks like I put my foot right into it in my previous post! Several people objected to my definition of the term...

The Artful Collector: Living in Interesting Times

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May you live in interesting times.  So goes the curse…. Last year at IlluxCon, a convention devoted purely to the buying, selling and showing of...

Dress for the Occasion 2: The Decked-out Heroine

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Previously I blogged about that favourite trope of SF & Fantasy illustration: The Scantily Clad Female. That topic generated a lot of comments, so...

Judging A Book By Its Cover (Art)

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The old axiom about not judging a book by its cover notwithstanding, I am going to judge the merits of various book covers that...

Art + Fandom ≠ Fan Art: Definitions

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Before I get properly rolling with this blog, I thought it might be worth taking a moment to stake out the territory I plan...

Loving the Alien

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Human beings have always had a fear of and, at the same time, a fascination with the "other". Almost as soon as humans were able...

Steve Stiles A Retrospective

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Steve Stiles is a living double entendre:  not only does he draw icons of the field, he is an icon of the field. If brushing...

Dress For the Occasion: The Scantily Clad Female

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So, here's a question: Say you're a beautiful woman (I assume some of you reading this actually are women. Please believe me when I say...

How SFX Can Ruin a Horror Film

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It recently struck me how most of the films that, IMHO, were truly scary were the ones that had little or no digital special...