Monday, February 19, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Queen Of Wakanda' by Odera Igbokwe

'Queen Of Wakanda' by Odera Igbokwe, for Every Day Original.

6" x 8" Acryla Gouache on arches watercolor paper, mounted onto cradled wooden panel for $250.

On sale now from the Every Day Original website.


#CoolArt: 'Citizen Kane' by Jonathan Burton

'Citizen Kane' by Jonathan Burton, a new print release from Mad Duck Posters, the next in their Orson Welles print series.

24" x 36" screen print in a 10 colour Regular edition of 250 for $65 and a 9 colour Variant edition of 125 for $85.

On sale Wednesday February 21 at 12pm ET from the Mad Duck Posters website.

Regular Edition
Variant Edition

New Steelbook Collector Frames From Zavvi

Zavvi are introducing a new line of collector's frames, sized to show off the artwork from your favourite steelbook blurays.

Frames measure 17 x 22cm, designed to fit a standard sized steelbook bluray case, and housed in wooden MDF frames in 2D and 3D styles with a black or white mount plus Insert Card.

Available for £12.99 each or £9.99 when bought with any steelbook bluray (discount applied at checkout).

Go here to buy.

2D Steelbook Collector Frame - Black Mount
2D Steelbook Collector Frame - White Mount
3D Steelbook Collector Frame - Black Mount
3D Steelbook Collector Frame - White Mount

#CoolArt: Star Trek Discovery S1 E15 - 'Will You Hold My Hand?' by Laz Marquez

Star Trek Discovery S1 E15 - 'Will You Hold My Hand?' by Laz Marquez


Book Review: 'Persepolis Rising' by James SA Corey

Another great entry in 'The Expanse' series from James SA Corey.

Its been a number of years, almost three decades, since the events of the last book, 'Babylon's Ashes', and the crew of the Rocinante are still together, and despite the years, still the same 'loveable' ragtag crew we know and love.

We join them currently in the employ of the Transport Union and en route from Medina Station to Freehold, one of the many colonies out in the universe. But just as they return, and with Holden and Naomi considering retirement and leaving the Rocinate to Bobbie Draper, a Laconian battleship arrives with intention of taking over Medina Station as well as control of the gates that lead to Earth, Mars and the colonised worlds.

As with previous Books in 'The Expanse' series, each chapter is from a different character viewpoint. This time we get James Holden, captain of the Rocinante; Drummer, president of the Transport Union; Santiago Jilie Singh of the Laconian military, and Bobbie Draper from the Roci crew. We also get a couple of POV from the rest of the Rocinante crew, but the focus is mostly on the aforementioned characters. As the events of the book unfold, each viewpoint delves into the thoughts and actions of the characters, as they find themselves under the rule of an autocratic authority, or part of in Singh's case. It was great to read the differing personalities and motives from each side of the conflict.

The story is very engaging with a tight plot, that despite a lot of things going on, doesn't meander or lose track of itself. The action, drama and tension is cranked up to full. Characters in 'The Expanse' are expendable, and we don't know who will be around by the time we get to the end of the book. The characters are, as always, well grounded and realistic. The way the different personalities bounce off one another, some physically at times, is just one of the many reasons why I love this series. The character growth of the crew of the Roci over the course of the series has been a pleasure to read. You get a real sense that are more family than just crew.

The huge jump in time between this and the previous book does work really well, although I was perhaps a bit worried that some of my favourite characters from the series wouldn't be around anymore. I needn't have worried. There have already been several novellas released that have been set in between previous books, so I'm sure (hope) that there could be more released that fill in the almost 30 year gap in the intervening years of the crew of the Rocinante, as I'd imagine that there would be plenty of interesting stories to tell.

'The Expanse' series, not including the various novellas, has been planned as a nine book series, and 'Persepolis Rising' seems to be the beginning of the final arc, as there are now only two more books left in the space opera series. It's an ideal jumping on point in the series if you've not read any of the books in the series before, but I'd still recommend reading the other books in series (as well as the TV series that's based on books too) as it is an excellent series, but you don't really need to know too much about previous events before diving in, but it's a better experience if you did.

I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Jefferson Mays, who has performed all of the books in the series. His narration ads another dimension to the reading of the book. If you've listened to his take on 'The Expanse' from the beginning, when you hit play on a new audiobook, it's always a welcome return to the universe and the characters that inhabit it, no matter how much or how fleeting they appear.

It's an excellent return to the series, and I'm excited, and really looking forward to the next book.

Movie Review: 'Black Panther'

'Black Panther' is a really enjoyable MCU standalone movie. As although I've seen the previous movies, I didn't really know much about the characters or needed to know what happened previously before going in, which is handy for people like me who aren't Marvel fan boys or know too much about the original comics. Therefore my expectation levels are somewhat low in the beginning and can just enjoy the movie, which I did. What exposition you do need to know though, and anything from the previous MCU films, are told through flashbacks, so you are still kept in the loop.

The performances of the cast are really good. It's great to see such great representation too, everyone should have something or someone to inspire them. From Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa and Michael B Jordan as Erik Killmonger (a decent Marvel villain for a change!), to Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye (the Dora Milaje warriors she leads are totally bad ass), Letitia Wright as Shuri (loved her Q-like character, similiar to the James Bond movies with all her gadgets and tech) and Martin Freeman as Ross and Andy Serkis as Klaue, who steals the scenes that he's in.

Wakanda looks great too! I love the futuristic Sci-Fi elements of the film, with them making great use of the Vibranium technology at their disposal like the flying ships, the armour and weapons and the gizmos etc, but at the same time, we also see the African tribal roots, giving a sense of the traditions the characters and world was inspired by.

I did get a Lion King vibe at times from the plot, as well as the movie feeling like a James Bond spy movie too, in the early part at least. But as a whole, it works very well as a standalone movie, much like Wonder Woman did in the DCEU, as opposed to trying to shoehorn in things to setup future movies or dropping Easter Eggs from other movies of the MCU.

Is it the best MCU movie ever? Not for me, the best ones for me are the ones that have the least superhero elements to them, like the first 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' (which is still my favourite), 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and the first 'Iron Man' movie, but 'Black Panther' definitely deserves to be up there in that select group, and is well worth seeing. So go see it!

Don't forget to stay for the two end credit scenes too (one mid and another right at the end). I'm still surprised to see people leave the cinema as soon as the credits roll on a Marvel movie!

#CoolArt: 'Mandalorian Mettle' by Jeremy Saliba

'Mandalorian Mettle' by Jeremy Saliba, a new officially licensed print release through Zavvi, in collaboration with Acme Archives.

15.5" x 24" lithograph print, in a numbered limited edition of 395 for £29.99.

On sale Wednesday February 21 at 12pm UK from the Zavvi website.


#ArtOfTheDay: 'Han Solo & Chewbacca' by Dave Dorman

'Han Solo & Chewbacca' by Dave Dorman

Used as cover art for the 1997 edition of the novel 'Han Solo At Star's End', book 1 of 'The Han Solo Adventures' series by Brian Daley, published by Del Rey / Ballantine.

Friday, February 16, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Arcturus' by Handiedan

'Arcturus' by Handiedan.

16.5" x 20.5" fine art giclée print on 315 gsm Innova Soft Textured Natural White paper in a signed, numbered and logo embossed edition of 44 for €111.

On sale at her website.


#CoolArt: 'At-AT Pilot' by Lee Kohse

'At-AT Pilot' by Lee Kohse, a print release through Acme Archives.

16" x 24" giclee print on canvas in a signed limited edition of 95 for $350.

On sale now from the Acme Archives website.


'Batman Ninja' Bluray Steelbook from Zavvi

'Batman Ninja' bluray steelbook from Zavvi for £19.99.

On sale May 14 and available for pre-order now from the Zavvi website.


#CoolArt: 'Star Trek Discovery' Prints by Cliff Cramp

'Star Trek Discovery' prints by Cliff Cramp, available through Bye Bye, Robot.
  • 'Beginnings'. 18" x 24" art print on Heavy Weight 10pt Cardstock paper for $25.
  • 'Hope'. 24" x 18" art print on Heavy Weight 10pt Cardstock paper in a limited edition of 40 for $45.
  • 'USS Shenzhou'. 24" x 18" art print on Heavy Weight 10pt Cardstock paper in a limited edition of 40 for $45.
On sale now at the Bye Bye, Robot website. (US Only)

'Beginnings'
'Hope'
'USS Shenzhou'

#CoolArt: 'Withdrawal' by Miles Johnston

'Withdrawal' by Miles Johnston, a new print release from Rhino Barking Sparrow.

12" x 12" giclée print on 14" x 14" Epson Cold-Press Natural Heavy Fine Art 340gsm paper in a signed and numbered timed edition for $50.

On sale from Friday February 16 at 9am PT until 9pm PT on Monday February 19 from the Rhino Barking Sparrow website.


#CoolArt: 'Metamorphose' by ONEQ

'Metamorphose' by ONEQ, a new limited print release by The Peoples Print Shop.

19" x 22" giclée print in a numbered limited edition of 50 for $65 or $195 framed.

On sale now from The People's Print Shop website.


#CoolArt: 'Black Panther' by Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz & Chris Sotomayor

'Black Panther' by Denys Cowan (pencils), Bill Sienkiewicz (finishes) & Chris Sotomayor (colours), a new officially licensed print release from Mondo.

24" x 36" screen print in a numbered limited edition of 375 for $65.

On sale at a random time on Friday February 16 from the Mondo website.

Follow on Twitter @mondonews for the on sale announcement.

#CoolArt: 'Frailty' by Dan Dos Santos

'Frailty' by Dan Dos Santos.

Original artwork using pencil, acrylic, ink, pastel and oils, available in an online auction on Every Day Original until Thursday February 22 at 5.01pm ET.

Go here to bid in the auction.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Tomb Raider Reborn' by Sam Spratt

'Tomb Raider Reborn' by Sam Spratt


Thursday, February 15, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Foo Fighters Australian Tour' Prints by Rhys Cooper

'Foo Fighters Australian Tour' by Rhys Cooper, print releases from Beyond The Pale.
  • 'Brisbane'. 12" x 36" 6 colour screen print in a signed and numbered limited edition of 350 for $45.
  • 'Melbourne'. 12" x 36" 6 colour screen print in a signed and numbered limited edition of 395 for $45.

'Brisbane'
'Melbourne'

#CoolArt: 'Despair' by Donato Giancola

'Despair' by Donato Giancola, for Every Day Original.

11" x 14" Watercolour Pencil and Chalk on Toned Paper, matted to 16" x 20" for $500.

On sale Thursday February 15 at 12.30pm ET from the Every Day Original website.


#CoolArt: 'The Circus' by Jérémy Pailler

'The Circus' by Jérémy Pailler, a new officially licensed print release from Pop Cult Art.

16" x 24" giclee print on 300gsm smooth cotton paper in a numbered limited edition of 65 for £50.

On sale Friday February 16 at 8pm UK from the Pop Cult Art website.


'The Howling' Exclusive Bluray Steelbook from Zavvi

'The Howling' exclusive bluray steelbook from Zavvi for £15.99.

Features:
  • Region 2 (Africa, Southwest Asia, Europe (except Russia and Kazakhstan), Oceania)
  • Howlings Eternal with Producer Steven A. Lane
  • Cut to Shreds with Editor Mark Goldblatt
  • Interview with Co-writer Terence Winkless
  • Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: A Look at the Film’s Locations
  • Interview with Stop-Motion Animator David Allen
  • Audio Commentary with Author Gary Brandner
Available for pre-order Sunday February 18 at 6pm UK from the Zavvi website.

Front Cover
Back Cover

'Blood Simple' Exclusive Bluray Steelbook from Zavvi

'Blood Simple' exclusive bluray steelbook from Zavvi for £15.99.

Features:
  • Brand New Extras
  • Interview with Joel and Ethan Coen
  • Interview with M. Emmett Walsh
  • Interview with John Getz
  • Criterion interview with Frances McDormand
  • Investor Trailer
  • Intro by Mortimer Young
Available for pre-order Saturday February 17 at 6pm UK from the Zavvi website.


#CoolArt: 'Blade Runner' by Matt Ferguson

'Blade Runner' by Matt Ferguson, a new print release from Bottleneck Gallery.

24" x 36" 9 colour screen print, with Glow In The Dark inks, in a numbered Regular edition of 250 for $55.

On sale Thursday February 15 at 12pm ET from the Bottleneck Gallery website.

with Glow In The Dark Inks

#CoolArt: 'Black Panther' by Ryan Meinerding

'Black Panther' by Ryan Meinerding, a new officially licensed print release from Sideshow.

18" x 24" giclee print on 100% cotton, acid-free, matte Museo Rag 300GSM paper, with embossed seals of authenticity in a signed Framed limited edition of 250 for $285.

On sale for pre-order Friday February 16 between 12pm-3pm PT.

Any remaining copies will be available for Pre-Order as an unframed edition for $125 on Monday February 19 between 12pm-3pm PT from the Sideshow Collectibles website.


#ArtOfTheDay:'The Lion King' by Nicolas Alejandro Barbera

'The Lion King' by Nicolas Alejandro Barbera

Also available as a print from his Etsy store.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

#CoolArt: Studio Ghibli Prints by Tracie Ching for a Screening at Roxie Theater

Spoke Art and Midnites For Maniacs present a weekend of special 35mm Japanese screenings of six classic Studio Ghibli films - Spirited Away, Pom Poko, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro and Castle In The Sky - at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco from Friday February 16 until Sunday February 18.

Each day is accompanied by a new limited edition screen print by Tracie Ching, in Spoke Art’s ongoing Roxie poster series.

A limited number of prints will be available online Thursday February 15 at 10am PT on the Spoke Art website.

#CoolArt: 'And Then Things Got Better' (Valentine's Day Variant) by Denial

'And Then Things Got Better' by Daniel Bombardier (aka Denial), a new print release from 1xRun.

19" x 19" 4 colour screen print on Archival Fine Art Paper in a signed and numbered Valentine's Day Variant edition of 75 for $100.

Original aerosol on wood panel artwork in a 24" x 24" limited edition of 10 for $750, and 48" x 48" limited edition of 5 for $2000, also available.

Each order placed on February 14 will receive a special mystery gift from Denial of a $100 value.

On sale now from the 1xRun website.


#CoolArt: 'Source Code' by Tomer Hanuka

'Source Code' by Tomer Hanuka.

13" x 19" giclee print on Velvet Rag paper in a hand numbered TIMED release edition for $45.

On sale from Wednesday February 14 at 9am ET until Saturday February 17 at 10am ET from Tomer's website.


#CoolArt: 'The Black Dahlia Murder: As Good As Dead' by Dan Mumford

'The Black Dahlia Murder: As Good As Dead' by Dan Mumford.

A4 high quality digital print, in a signed, numbered and embossed limited edition of 100 for £25.

On sale from Dan's website.


#CoolArt: 'The Kiss' by Christian Ward

'The Kiss' by Christian Ward.

23.4" by 9.3" giclee print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth 100% Cotton Rag paper in a signed TIMED release edition for £55.

On sale for 72 hours from Wednesday February 14 at 9am UK until 9am Saturday February 17 from Christian's website.

#CoolArt: Static Medium presents #FuerzaMexico 8 Print Set

Static Medium presents #FuerzaMexico.

8 piece 9" x 12" giclée print set featuring works from Alex Garcia, Josh Keyes, Sylvia Ji, Monica Loya, Saner, Luis Sanchez, Miss Van and Clare Toms, in a limited edition of 250 for $150.

100% of the proceeds of this print set go to nonprofits supporting those who lost their homes in the September 2017 earthquake that ravaged Mexico.

On sale Wednesday February 14 at 12pm PT from the Static Medium website.

#CoolArt: 'Afternoon Of A Faun' by Kevin Hong

'Afternoon Of A Faun' by Kevin Hong, a new print release from Black Dragon Press, the second in their ballet series, curated by Nicolas Delort, and inspired by the ballet choreographed and first led by Vaslav Nijinsky with music from Claude Debussy.

18" x 36" 5 colour screen print on 270gsm China White Colorplan paper, in a hand numbered limited edition of 50 for £50.

On sale Friday February 16 at 5pm UK from the Black Dragon Press website.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Kate & Gizmo' by Craig Drake

'Kate & Gizmo' by Craig Drake

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Ready Player One' by Paul Shipper

Official movie poster for 'Ready Player One' by Paul Shipper


'Black Panther' Exclusive Bluray Steelbook & T Shirt Available To PreOrder From Zavvi

'Black Panther' limited edition bluray steelbook from Zavvi

Available for pre-order as a 3D (including 2D) exclusive bluray steelbook edition now for £24.99, and in a 4K Ultra HD exclusive bluray steelbook edition for £32.99.

Also available as part of a bundle deal that includes a T shirt for £32.99 with the 3D steelbook or £39.99 with the 4K steelbook (T-shirt also available separately for £14.99).