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Mar 27 2015 5:12pm

See the First Pages from the Illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

illustrated Harry Potter Jim Kay

About a month ago, Imgur user SteampunkBrit got their hands on a preview copy of Bloomsbury’s fully-illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. They’ve shared several pages of Jim Kay’s fantastic illustrations; we’ve already seen a few previews, but this shows how the renderings of beloved wizarding world characters and locations actually interact with the text.

[Click through for pretty pages]

Jan 15 2015 9:00am

Morning Roundup: You’ve Never Seen 2001: A Space Odyssey Like This

Stanley Kubrick 2001: A Space Odyssey production still illustrations

As if he weren’t already revolutionizing moviemaking with 2001: A Space Odyssey, it turns out that Stanley Kubrick was very particular about how he wanted his production documented. Whereas other filmmakers would have photographers on-set noisily snapping photos of the shoot, Kubrick elected for hand-drawn production stills to show the big and little moments on-set. These fascinating illustrations went unpublished until, ironically, 2001, and have now resurfaced on the Internet.

Morning Roundup has a lot of thoughts about Avengers’ origin stories and fates; ponders falling in love twelve different ways; knows what to get our enemies; and is enjoying some damn good coffee.

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Jan 13 2015 1:47pm

Check Out Four New Images from the First Fully-Illustrated Harry Potter!

Harry Potter illustrated Jim Kay Draco Malfoy

Scholastic has released a new batch of images from the first fully-illustrated Harry Potter book! Illustrator Jim Kay is the latest artist to reimagine The Boy Who Lived and J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. Last year, we saw his take on Harry Potter himself and Hogwarts. Now, four new illustrations reintroduce us to Draco Malfoy (looking characteristically creepy, isn’t he?), Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and Rubeus Hagrid.

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Dec 19 2014 5:00pm

Tim Powers Unlocks Another Gate in Nobody’s Home

Nobody's Home The Anubis Gate Tim Powers review The Anubis Gates, by Tim Powers, had been out a good dozen years when I first read it in 1995 or so. Published in 1983 and winner of the Philip K. Dick award, this landmark steampunk novel is the story of Brendan Doyle, an English professor who finds himself trapped in a 19th century alternate London where ghosts lurk in the shadows, magicians vie for power over old gods and time travel gates, and guilds of penniless beggars and confidence tricksters scramble to pick up any crumbs dropped by the wealthier and more magically privileged classes of their intensely stratified society.

In The Anubis Gates, Doyle runs afoul of a magician, Amenophis Fikee, more widely known as Dog-Face Joe. As a side-effect of a magical rituals gone wrong, Joe has become a grotesquely intimate form of serial killer. Every so often he must switch bodies, taking possession of a new victim. His new host immediately begins to grow a dense pelt of all-over body hair.

[Expanding The Anubis Gates universe]

Dec 16 2014 3:00pm

“The Maiden in the Ice” (Excerpt)

Angela Slatter

The Maiden in the Ice illustration Kathleen Jennings

Angela Slatter’s The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings returns to the world of Sourdough and Other Stories, introducing readers to the tales that came before. Stories where coffin-makers work hard to keep the dead beneath; where a plague maiden steals away the children of an ungrateful village; where poison girls are schooled in the art of assassination; where pirates disappear from the seas; where families and the ties that bind them can both ruin and resurrect and where books carry forth fairy tales, forbidden knowledge and dangerous secrets.

The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings is available now from Tartarus Press. Read an excerpt from “The Maiden in the Ice” below, and preview some of the collection’s pen-and-ink illustrations by artist Kathleen Jennings.

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Nov 7 2014 1:13pm

Artist Hilariously Illustrates Movie Titles with One Letter Removed

illustrated movie titles one letter removed Lord of the Rigs

A recent Reddit thread asked users to pick a movie title, remove one letter, and write a brief description of the new movie. Redditor and artist Austin Light took the challenge a step further by illustrating these one-letter-removed titles and including synopses. For instance, Lord of the Rigs, about “one man’s unhealthy obsession with his truck.”

[Click through for more movies!]

Dec 17 2013 4:30pm

Altered States of America Sweepstakes!

We suppose the state capitals are important, but isn't it more crucial to know the exact location of Marty McFly’s hometown, or remind yourself of just where Beetlejuice occured? This illustrated map of America from The Chopping Block populates the states with legendary characters and events from science fiction, fantasy, and horror, depicting where some of your favorite stories and zombie attacks took place in a format you can hang on your wall.

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Dec 13 2013 2:05pm

Bloomsbury’s New Harry Potter Illustrator!

Jim Kay, Hogwarts

Harry Potter is being reimagined at Bloomsbury by a brand new artist! Award-winning artist Jim Kay has been asked to fully illustrate new editions of the Potter series. Check below to see what tiny eleven-year-old Harry looks like!

[Adorable, that's what.]

Aug 13 2013 9:00am

How Concept Art Helped Sell the U.S. Space Program

Collier's March, 1952; Chesley BonestellTo most Americans in the early 1950s, a period of post-war optimism but down-to-Earth practicality, the idea of manned space flight seemed solidly in the realm of science fiction.

At the time, commercial aircraft were still prop powered; widespread use of jet airliners was several years away. Movies like Destination Moon and Rocketship X-M, and a growing market for science fiction stories, sparked a bit of interest in the idea of space travel, but to both the general public and the government, real rockets were just experimental weapons, and not particularly interesting ones at that.

That perception would begin to change when a series of illustrated articles appeared in the popular magazine Collier’s, starting in March of 1952 and running through April of 1954, that outlined a vision for rocket-powered manned space travel under the title “Man Will Conquer Space Soon!”

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Jul 31 2013 2:00pm

The Dark and Light of Virgil Finlay

Virgil Finlay Houses of Iszm Jack VanceIn the 1930s, readers at a typical newsstand could choose between two basic levels of magazines: those known in the industry as “glossies”—printed on glossy coated paper that permitted crisp text and refined images—and “pulps”—printed on rough, low quality paper made from cheap wood pulp.

A glossy magazine would set the reader back 25¢ (not an insignificant price for entertainment in the midst of the Great Depression), but for a dime, a reader interested in adventure, mystery, fantasy, horror, or science fiction could go home clutching a digest-size pulp magazine full of stories and illustrations.

Though pulp magazines had glossy covers—the better to lure your dime with lurid, sensational cover art—the interior black and white illustrations were much simpler than interior illustrations in glossies because of low page rates for artists and the limitations of reproduction on the cheap paper.

That changed noticeably in December of 1935, when Weird Tales first published the work of an strikingly different new illustrator named Virgil Finlay.

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Jan 4 2013 11:00am

All Yesterdays: An Alternative Look at Dinosaurs

All Yesterdays: An Alternative Look at DinosaursI touched on some of the issues of illustration in biology when I read Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu and Patrick Gries’ Evolution, and while that point is largely moot when it comes to everyone’s favorite subjects—dinosaurs—there are points of the argument that are still illuminating. Dinosaurs—any extinct prehistoric animal, really—require interpretation, guesswork and assumptions. The trick is, at some point those assumptions become part of the subculture, turning into an unofficial visual canon. Popular culture plays a role in this, as well; dinosaurs are tremendously inspiring and evocative, so people have strong opinions about them. Opinions unrelated to science. We’ve seen this in the reluctance of scientific illustration to adopt the “feathered dinosaur” motif, just as we had foot dragging on the topic of whether dinosaurs were ectothermic reptiles or “warm-blooded” like birds. All Yesterdays, by Darren Naish, John Conway, C.M. Kosemen and Scott Hartman, takes a look at that cutting edge of speculative paleoart, trying to look at things “outside the box.”

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Oct 5 2012 5:30pm

The Manual of Aeronautics: The Art of the Leviathan Trilogy

A review of The Manual of AeronauticsI was at a reading for Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan when he mentioned off-hand that it would be a trilogy… with an illustrated guide to the world he was building, in the style of the Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World.

Now, there are a lot of reasons that I liked the Spiderwick guide—I’m a big fan of Tony DiTerlizzi, for instance—but the deep reason is that I’m gonzo for apocrypha. Those sorts of bits and extras that deepen worldbuilding, whether they are art books like Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Art of the Animated Series or in-world mythology like The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The icing on the cake with The Manual of Aeronautics is that Keith Thompson does the art for it, as he did for the series.

[A review]

Dec 26 2011 10:30am

Designing Sherlock: The Influence of Sidney Paget

Who’s this?

You knew at first glance, didn’t you? Even without facial features or a corresponding story, it’s clear that this is a silhouette of Sherlock Holmes.

Full disclosure: I’ve never read any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories or novels. I’ve read Neil Gaiman’s “A Study in Emerald.” I’ve seen the first Robert Downey Jr. film, and plan on seeing the second. And, of course, I’ve seen the wonderful TV series written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Yet, despite never having read a single word of Conan Doyle’s, I can describe what Sherlock Holmes looks like. Deerstalker cap. “Inverness” cape. This image of Sherlock, literature’s most famous detective, has come to be used like a proprietary eponym; as a symbol for detectives in general, or as an icon on the spines of books indicating that they are in the mystery genre. It could be argued, and has, that the person responsible for the look of Sherlock is as responsible as Doyle, if not more, for the character’s longevity in the pop culture consciousness.

Well, if that’s the case, I guess we’d better shine a spotlight on him during Sherlock Holmes week, huh? Let’s get to know famed illustrator, Sidney Paget.

[“Paget makes us see the English...”]

Oct 12 2011 4:30pm

Florida Gets Cute and Creepy

“When the going gets Weird, the Weird turn Pro.” —Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, gonzo journalist

“…now is the time to revel in the macabre.” —Carrie Ann Baade, surrealist artist and guest curator of Cute and Creepy

Cute and CreepyFor the past few years, it seems that the Weird have been taking Dr. Thompson’s advice, especially when it comes to the visual arts. In 2010, Tim Burton’s retrospective at the New York Museum of Modern Art became its third most-attended show in its history (Matisse and Picasso hold rankings first and second). Then, earlier this year, the Boston Athenaeum presented a very thought-provoking exhibit on the work and genius of Edward Gorey. What better way to bookmark the year than with Florida State University’s Museum of Fine Arts fall exhibit: Cute and Creepy?

[More info below the cut]

Oct 10 2011 4:00pm

Jellyfish, Deerstalkers, and the Weirdness of Unillustrated Text: Scott Westerfeld at Kidlitcon 2011

Scott Westerfeld gave the keynote speech at Kidlitcon in Seattle this year. In the spirit of the just-ended Steampunk Week, just picture my thoughts traveling since that fateful September morning via horse-drawn robot, or maybe very slow walking tank, from my brain to the keyboard, and thence to the screen you see before you. It took me almost all that time to process what he said, because he talked about, well, everything.

[Read on for everything.]

Feb 23 2011 1:15pm

John Schoenherr’s The Tuvela

I could never resist the beauty and whimsy of this Analog cover by the inimitable John Schoenherr, illustrating a two-part story originally titled, The Demon Breed, by James H. Schmitz.

Two giant otters along with their human friend, Nile, pause high in the tangled limbs of a water world. The strength of the sweeping curve of the main otter draws the eye upward to the adorable animal’s face, placed perfectly next to the magazine’s masthead. Nile is mysterious and sits tantalisingly just off-center for a sense of scale.

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Feb 21 2011 2:38pm

Endurance Wallpapers from Dan Dos Santos

Green and Endurance by Jay Lake

Since Jay Lake’s Green just released in paperback, it seemed like as a good a time as any to reveal the artwork for it’s sequel, Endurance. Due out in November. Dan Dos Santos was kind enough to let us offer the image as a desktop wallpaper. 

Art by Dan Dos Santos for Endurance by Jay Lake

Check below the cut for a variety of wallpaper sizes. You need to be a registered user in order to see them, but signing up is quick and painless, I swear!

[Endurance wallpaper]

Feb 16 2011 5:02pm

Six Amazing Fan-Made SFF Movie Posters

Star Wars movie poster by Olly Moss

Star Wars movie poster via Olly Moss

Creating a good movie poster is an artform. A lot of the time, the professional designers get it right. They create works of art that perfectly capture our favorite movies. Sometimes, though, they get it wrong.

[More great posters after the break]

Jan 28 2011 6:42pm

A is for Artist: Z

A is for Artist: Z by Teetering Bulb

The end. That’s it, here it is, we’ve arrived, we’ve come to Z here in the A is for Artist series. From now on you’ll have to dig up new artists for yourselves. Perhaps you’re worried; how will you feed your eyes? They’ll go thin and fall out. One will roll under the couch and get covered in hair. It’s partner, you catch, but now you’re doomed to hold it in your palm forever, like a witch in a greek myth. Don’t fret, we’ve been addicted a long, long time, and our eyes remain plump and happy. What we’ve shared is just the beginning. A rabbit hole down to the center of the earth and back. Well that last bit is a lie, I don’t think you can get back. No matter, down here it’s warm with company.

[Down here with Z. One slightly NSFW image]

Jan 21 2011 5:17pm

A is for Artist: Y

A is for Artist: Y

As we near the very end of our journey through the alphabet (only one more left!) some of you may have noticed a slight itching in the back of your eyes. Maybe you’ve felt hunger pains, not in your belly, but at the midpoint of your head. That’s where your visual cortex is found and that hunger signals the beginning stages of art addiction. Other symptoms include a compulsive need to discover all the names of teachers and friends of a particular well-known artist, exploding bookcases due to the weight of too many art books, and a deep knowledge of auction houses and their scheduled public viewings. Lastly, hives.

Don’t worry, the addiction is relatively benign and plenty of support groups exist. Just remember, it’s a scavenger hunt which has no list and never ends.

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