An Amazing Zoo of Steampunk Animals from Vladimir Gvozdev

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 10, 2011 in Fandom

Steampunk Animal Illustration by Vladimir Gvozdev

This collection of beautifully crafted steampunk animal illustrations are the work of Vladimir Gvozdev, who is a Russian artist known as Gvozdariki. In many ways his work reminds me of those wonderful ink drawings by Murray Tinkelman which go back to the 70s: Read more…

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Otacool 4 Might Actually Be Cool

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Aug 24, 2010 in Animation, Hobbies and Collections

Otacool 4

Just the other week, I ranted on how I felt the latest book in the Otacool series had dropped the proverbial ball with its return to otaku-based interior design, and even shared my fears about the direction the series may have been headed. Thankfully those fears may have been addressed, as Kotobukiya has recently announced the theme for their next installment — worldwide illustrators. This time the Kotobukiya has teamed up with Pixiv, rather than Danny Choo, to help them pick which art will be published. For more information on how to submit your art for consideration, check out the Pixiv website.

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Mom Can I Please Have the Keys to the Flying Saucer?

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 1, 2010 in Pulp Fiction

Your Personal Flying Carpet: From an advertisement for America's Independent Electric Light and Power Companies from a April 1959 issue of Newsweek

This wonderful illustration is from a 1959 ad in Newsweek magazine for America’s Independent Electric Light and Power Companies. The headline for the ad is Your Personal “Flying Carpet” and the copy that follows sounds quite silly until you get to the last line which reminds me a great deal of the internet today: Read more…

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Majestic Manga Masterpieces: A Gallery of Recent Cover Illustrations

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 27, 2010 in Comic Books

Gee Not

As a creative professional one of my favorite forms of inspiration is to visit Japanese bookstores and look through the most recent manga and magazine covers. Unlike the United States there is still a strong market for illustration — and even better yet the variety of styles that you see is just amazing. So I’ve put together a gallery of covers that have caught my eye over the last few months to share these gems. Shown above is the cover for Gee Not which started life as a web comic. I love how the main character and her cats are surrounded by a colorful variety of colorful pachinko machines — another nice touch is how the typography is boxing her in as well. Below is the cover for Ctrl + T which is a book cover for a collection of manga by several artists: Read more…

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I’ll Miss the Amazing Visions of Dr. Robert McCall

Posted by Michael Pinto on Mar 2, 2010 in Cinema, Science

I was very saddened to hear that Dr. Robert McCall passed away as he was very much a hero of mine. I’ll never forget the first time I visited the Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. — along with being able to touch a piece of the moon and look at shopping mall full of aircraft and spaceships the first thing that hits you it the amazing larger than life mural by Robert McCall (an amazing gallery of his drawings that they house are here). Most of us have science fiction fanboys have grown up with McCall’s artwork without even knowing the artist. I think the first time McCall spoke to me was with his amazing work on the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. I was looking at this artwork as a child long after the film came out, but his paintings created a magical environment that you’d want to wander around and step inside: Read more…

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The Forlorn Frazetta Art Heist

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 10, 2009 in Pulp Fiction

A Frazetta painting: Why steal this when you can wear it on a tacky t-shirt?

Sadly it seems that Frazetta’s son was caught trying to steal paintings from a museum honoring his father. Police report that Alfonso Frank Frazetta was caught loading up to 90 swiped paintings while loading them into his vehicle. The son claimed that his father told him to take the paintings, but his father claimed no knowledge of having said that. A source claims that Alfonso may have been motivated by a family feud. I suspect that’s the case given how easily he was caught, and my sad guess (and it’s only a guess) it that it’s a cry for help. My sympathies to the Frazetta family.

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Don Ivan Punchatz: The Realistic Look of Magic

Posted by Michael Pinto on Oct 29, 2009 in Pulp Fiction, Videogames

Don Ivan Punchatz: Illustrator of the first Doom package

If you came of age reading science fiction in the late 60s, 70s or 80s you may have come across the illustrations of Don Ivan Punchatz who sadly just passed away. Punchatz’s illustrations were best known in the fantasy and science fiction genres and graced quite a few paperbacks, although his work covered other genres and he even did a cover or two for Time magazine (which is as good as you can get). Videogame fanboys however might best know him for his package art for the original Doom game (shown above), although his paperback cover art for the Isaac Asimov Foundation triology was my first encounter with his artwork: Read more…

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The Wonderful Nerdy Illustrations of Lauren Gregg

Posted by Michael Pinto on Oct 5, 2009 in Fandom, Hobbies and Collections

Star Trek Nerd illustration by Lauren Gregg

Lauren Gregg is an illustrator/animator from Athens, Georgia who has created a wonderful series of paintings which pay tribute to several genres of nerds in a cartoony style. All of these illustrations are available on Etsy as limited edition prints, shown above is Trekkie Nerd, and what follows below are just a few nerds from her collection: Read more…

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Welcome to the Dynamite Monster Bash!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Oct 31, 2008 in Pulp Fiction

Dynamite Magazine Issue 12 - Count Morbida Cover - Subscription - 1975

Dynamite was one of my favorite childhood mags, for the most part they focused on pop culture but this issue (#12 from 1975) features the slightly evil Count Morbida. The illustrator who brought Morbida to life is Arthur Friedman whose character presented a monthly puzzle page.

Found via Jason (check out his Christmas Catalog Archive Site).

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Dan Lawler Draws Halloween

Posted by Michael Pinto on Oct 31, 2008 in Pulp Fiction

Cover to Humpty Dumpty's magazine, October 1964. Illustrated by Dan Lawler.

In the early 60s Dan Lawler was the star illustrator of Humpty Dumpty’s Magazine for Little Children. What I like about his style is that he manages to be interesting yet charming in a magical way. In the illustration above from 1964 I love the little touches like the crow in the corner and the feather on the hat. In the spot 1961 illustration below Lawler draws you into the picture with his simple yet theatrical staging:

Spot illustration from Children's Digest magazine, October 1961.Illustrated by Dan Lawler.

Found via Glen Mullaly, check out his blog here and his Flickr account here.

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