Random House has released the cover for the 2016 Song of Ice and Fire calendar! Magali Villeneuve—whose illustrations also appeared in The World of Ice & Fire—depicts the White Walkers in fearsome detail.
When artist Otis Frampton created the ABCDEFGeek series a few years ago, he could have stopped with his first geeky alphabet (including “R is for Regeneration” and “X is for Xenomorph”). But instead, he keeps topping himself by starting back over with “A”—with ABCDEFGeek Volume 3, it’s the Guardians of the Galaxy who get that honor. (You know why.) Frampton still has two letters left to go, so follow along on his deviantART page!
Afternoon Roundup includes a television adaptation of The Man in the High Castle, the plot of Pirates of the Caribbean 5, and the new Nightcrawler.
After watching Interstellar, artist Nick Barclay remembered that 2001: A Space Odyssey had a circle as a main character. From that realization sprang his Circle Movies poster series (via Laughing Squid), which boils down classic films to their iconic circles—including HAL, the One Ring, The Matrix’s famous pills, and more.
Afternoon Roundup continues to celebrate Harley Quinn Month; drools over all the pretty pieces at Toy Fair; and plans which sci-fi and fantasy novels will make the best hibernation reading list.
Truck Torrence’s solo art show Mass Hysteria! (coming up at Gallery1988) is quite the undertaking, as it documents all of his favorite pop culture crowds. That’s a lot of chibi face-melted Nazis, Thriller zombies, and Chitauri to draw. Click here to see the full print of The Bride getting her sweet revenge and to learn more about the show.
Afternoon Roundup wants to play the Magicians RPG; feels inadequate next to The Mountain and his giant tree; and is dying to know what happened to all of the Cullens.
Welcome to the first-ever Afternoon Roundup! Right around the time you’re flagging and getting your afternoon caffeine fix, we’re here with more great links from around the Web. And once you have your hot drink in hand, maybe you’ll be inspired by the Instagram account Sleevebucks to turn the Starbucks mermaid into every pop culture character imaginable! Although they’ve already done a bang-up job of transforming her into Zorro, Thor, and even Sherlock Holmes himself.
Afternoon Roundup ponders Chris Pratt ruling two big action-adventure franchises; connects the dots on Legend of Korra; and tries to get you to watch Black Mirror already—you’ll really like it!
Painter and comic book artist Phil Noto has already received plenty of praise for his current run on Marvel’s Black Widow series with Nathan Edmondson. But for the month of February, Noto’s work will be all over the Marvel universe, through 20 variant covers he drew for popular ongoing series including Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America, Deadpool, and more. In addition to being gorgeous, the covers draw from pop culture references as varied as Spike Lee and young adult book covers.
A great Eye, lidless, wreathed in flame will appear over Moscow, Russia this week, as a pretty cool marketing ploy. According to The Hollywood Reporter Russia, art group Svechenie (translated as “Glow”) dreamed up a lighting installation that would project the Eye of Sauron above one of Moscow’s skyscrapers for the December 11 release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
One of the best things about George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series is the utter detail he puts into the world of Westeros (and beyond), down to its castles, thrones, and warring families. Pick up The World of Ice & Fire, the new history compendium, and you’ll get to see these details that have lived in your imagination made real.
In addition to the 19 factoids, family trees, and prophecies we found hiding within its 300+ pages, there’s a breathtaking array of art depicting every corner of Westeros and beyond. Readers will get to see the Iron Throne (the much scarier version than what’s on the HBO series) up close, as well as detailed views of castles like Dragonstone and portraits of historical figures including Rhaegar Targaryen and Princess Nymeria. Check out a preview of the art below!
Or, you know, Buckaroo Banzai, or Admiral Alexander Marcus, if you prefer. Deciding that his (frankly epic) acting career just wasn’t enough for him, Peter Weller has also pursued art history studies for over a decade. As reported by the UCLA Alumni Facebook page, he just earned his doctorate in Italian Renaissance Art History and Ancient Roman History at UCLA! We would like to imagine that he showed up to his dissertation defense dressed as Robocop, and said something like, “Give me my doctorate. You have 20 seconds to comply.” but more likely he just presented a thoroughly-researched lecture, filled with relevant visuals, to underscore his theory that Padua was responsible for much of the glory of the Italian Renaissance, and that the assumed Florentine dominance of that period is overrated.
But we still like our version better.
Go Bruins! Stay out of trouble!
Margaret Atwood’s seminal novel The Handmaid’s Tale includes a fascinating metafictional epilogue in which a symposium in the year 2125 discusses the dystopian period in which the book is set, as well as heroine Offred’s story. It’s incredibly fitting, then, that our descendants in 2114 will be the first to read Atwood’s latest work, thanks to the innovative Future Library art project.
Julie Dillon. Twice nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Artist, she’s become synonymous with awards ballots. The Chesley Award, Spectrum, and the World Fantasy Award, among others, have all named her as one of the finest illustrators working in science fiction and fantasy art.
Oddly, she remains under used in the cover game, with only a handful to her credit among major publishing houses. And among cover artists, her name recognition in comparison to stalwarts like John Harris and Michael Whelan lags behind, which is a fact not long for this world. Because Julie Dillon has something few artists lay claim to, a distinctive point of view.
In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin Landon talks with illustrators Victo Ngai and Jeffrey Alan Love about what it’s like to make a living bleeding art. The discussion ranges from how they got into the business, to how they survive, and why there are more men than women working the field.
During Brandon Sanderson’s book tour for Words of Radiance, super-fan Val Alston traveled from Mexico to attend a signing event at The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, Arizona in order to meet the author and present him with this amazing homemade Shardblade!
We reached out to Val to get the full scoop on the design and creation of the Shardblade, and he was nice enough to share his story. Check out Val’s process below, including some in-progress photos!
Oscar Wilde once said, “Art is the most intense form of individualism the world has ever known.”
And perhaps he’s right. When I’m working on my comics, I lock myself in my art studio (i.e. spare bedroom) for hours. At least once a day, my four-year-old will tiptoe down our hallway. She’ll scratch at my door quietly, like a cat. After her scratches don’t bring any response, she’ll try whispering. Then knocking. Then shouting. “Daddy?! When are you coming out, Daddy?! Daddy, can you even hear me?!”
A few days before I headed off to college, my dad sat me down for a talk. It wasn’t that talk, which we’d had a few years before. That talk was incredibly awkward, involving metaphors about shooting guns and comparisons between human genitalia and broccoli. My dad gave me that talk in Chinese, and it was one of the few times in my life when I was grateful my Chinese language skills weren’t up to par.
The talk we had before college concerned something even more important than the birds and the bees, at least in the eyes of a first-generation immigrant like my father. He wanted to talk to me about my choice of major. He told me in his most solemn voice, “You must choose a major that is practical.”
Words of Radiance draws ever nearer! The continuation of Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive will be here on March 4th, but since we can hardly wait, we’re giving out more preview material. To hold you over while you wait for the release, here’s some interior art from the book.
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First released in mid-October, Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer is a fascinating mélange of straightforward exploration of craft topics (plotting, characters, revision, etc.), strange and lovely art, sidebar interviews with popular writers, exercises and experiments, fantastical diagrams, and more—including a digital compendium off of the page at WonderbookNow.com. It’s an ambitious project, with a lot going on between the covers (and beyond).
Of course, the concept of a multimodal writing text snagged my interest straight away, particularly considering that I also appreciated VanderMeer’s earlier writer’s guide Booklife quite a lot. I was not disappointed, having taken the time to peruse and play around with Wonderbook. The sense of this book as organic, sprawling, and multiply voiced makes it one of the most “fiction-like” fiction writing guides I’ve ever seen; it also productively prods at the varying levels of the imagination involved in the process of writing instead of relying solely on naked words.
Westeros houses! In crayon! Not drawn by crayon, but as tiny crayon-made sculptures. They are so pretty. There are more of them, including Star Wars visages and cartoon princesses. We are so, so very impressed. We haven't been made this envious by talent since book scuplting started becoming a thing.
They come from a Tumblr blog called “Wax Nostalgic,” which makes us giggle. Until we remember the talent again and start weeping.
It has been reported that as part of the viral marketing campaign surrounding the Hunger Games film sequel Catching Fire, a “luxury clothing line” called Capitol Couture will be released this fall. The line will feature 16 pieces from high-end designer Trish Summerville, all of them meant to reflect the outrageous fashion trends of Panem’s rich and privileged.
A luxury clothing line. I’m sorry, what is the Capitol meant to stand for in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy again? Hang on, it’s coming back to me…