Friday, 30 November 2012

A Debbie A Day #21


She-Devil With A Sword

A slightly yellowing, Marvel Production Stat for Marvel Feature #4Red Sonja, She-Devil with a Sword  - May 1976. Cover art: Frank Thorne

Emily



Steven Sebring Shoots Emily Shephard for Wolf Magazine


Thursday, 29 November 2012

A Debbie A Day #20


Cylon Style

Well, that's what it looks like to me! A great editorial cover shot by Kenneth Willardt, featuring Julia Frauche for Vogue Japan - January 2013. Full story here.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome #2

I first posted some stills from this in March and the feature is now online as a series of webisodes. It will be available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and Digital Download on February 19, 2013. An all-new chapter in the “Battlestar Galactica” saga, Blood & Chrome takes place in the midst of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a young, talented fighter pilot, William Adama, finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Though Adama quickly finds himself at odds with his co-pilot, the battle weary officer Coker (Ben Cotton, “Alcatraz”), the two men must set their differences aside when a routine escort mission with an enigmatic passenger (Lili Bordán, “Silent Witness”) turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet.


To Slay A Monster!

Cover stat for Battlestar Galactica #21 - Nov 1980. Cover art by Brent Anderson and Klaus Janson.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

McCurry For Pirelli

This must be one of the most iconic portraits since the Mona Lisa! Steve McCurry is the photographer and he's recently been working on the famous Pirelli Calendar for 2013. McCurry is such a class act for the job and he's brought his own unique perspective to the project as you will see from this short film. I want this calendar!

Lurking Evil Stalks . . .



A slightly unfixed stat for Black Panther #3 - May 1977. Art by Jack Kirby and John Verpoorten.

A Debbie A Day #18


The Future of Fashion #4

West East magazine Issue #37 - December 2012 featuring Tyra Banks by Udo Spreitzenbar.


Monday, 26 November 2012

The Other Catwoman

From 26th of November 1976. Today marks the anniversary of the release of the Anarchy In The U.K. single and this is Soo Catwoman gracing the cover of Issue No. 1 (the only issue) of the 'Anarchy In The U.K.' newspaper, originally produced for the Sex Pistols' 'Anarchy' UK tour. I remember seeing this in WH Smith the newsagents at the time and I really wish I'd paid the 20p now. Featuring graphics by Jamie Reid, it recently sold for £350.00 at Bonhams!

A Debbie A Day #17


Sunday, 25 November 2012

Billy Chainsaw



A plug here for a new exhibition by Billy Chainsaw who was one of my group show art comrades at Orbital's Magick Eye 2 exhibition just a short while ago. Ever since his early teens, Hove-based artist Billy has been fascinated by the unknown, in its myriad forms, along with masks and the magickal weirdness of the number 23. “X - More Than A Journey Into The Unknown” is the first in a series of shows inspired by this fascination. Details here.

PRIVATE VIEW: Wednesday 28th November 7:30pm
EXHIBITION: Wed 28th Nov - Wed 5 Dec & Mon 10 Dec - Sat  22 Dec 2012, Mon - Sat, 12 - 6pm.
THE HORSE HOSPITAL, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD

A Long Time Ago . . .

In a Galaxy far, far away... actually it was in Canada, in June 1977 that I first heard about Star Wars. I was at a drive-in movie with a friend, watching a late-night horror double-bill of David Cronenberg's Rabid and George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. Between the films came a trailer for something that immediately caught our attention, in fact we were so impressed that we decided to seek it out and go see it the next day. Star Wars was ground-breaking for the time and was even more impressive with no background knowledge or hype to affect our expectations. Needless to say, I couldn't wait to see it again, but on my return to London had to wait a whole six months until Christmas. It seems incredible that the gap between film releases in the US and UK was so vast in those days, but that's the way it was. Here's the original flyer that I grabbed from the cinema in Hamilton, Ontario at the time.



Cut to three years later and I was given an invitation to the Special Preview of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Some of the actors were there and I met a couple of them afterwards, including Mark Hamill who also introduced me to his brother, plus C3PO himself, Anthony Daniels. Here are their autographs. I've been searching for these for years and woke up this morning, remembering exactly where I'd put them.

And here's the cover of the programme itself. Probably worth keeping.

Shortly after the preview they had an exhibition in Selfridges and here's a shot I took of the kids queuing up to see R2D2.


A Debbie A Day #16


The Adaptoid Strikes!

I haven't posted any of these for a while, so here's a cover stat for Iron Man #49 - August 1972. 
Art by Gil Kane and Frank Giacoia.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Living Doll



What's new in body modification? This woman models herself on Mattel's Barbie (Though I'm sure there's some digital manipulation going on here too.) Valeria Lukyanova by Sebastian Faena for this month's V Magazine - Winter 2012. More here.

RIP Larry Hagman

I had the pleasure of meeting Larry Hagman back in 1982 at the height of his JR Ewing and Dallas fame, though I was far more impressed that he'd starred in one of my favourite 60's tv shows, I Dream of Jeannie. He was a lovely guy and had no problem posing for my camera. He just told me to count to three and on the last number sprang perfectly into pose mode. Here he is with my dear friend Shirin Khan at the famous Shezan restaurant in Knightsbridge, London. It's really sad to hear of his passing today. Below: Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden.


The Illectrik Images In My Mind

Another great design by Openmind aka DJ Food. The Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Mix is here.

Demolition Derby!

Today's vintage 2000AD production art from the cupboard is for Prog #189, 6th December, 1980. Cover art by Ron Smith. Colours by Tom Frame. Click on the 2000AD Production Art label below for more classic covers.

A Debbie A Day #15


November 1961


From this month 51 years ago... Design and art direction by Arthur Paul, Photographed by Sherman Weisburd but no model credit on this one.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

A Debbie A Day #13

Look what I found! The Debbie Harry Calendar for 1983. I'd forgotten I'd bought this two years running. Maybe it's time for A Debbie A Day part two.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

EVIL DEAD 2.0

Somehow I believe them, having seen the trailer. (if you're squeamish, just don't go there!).

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Fanimation!



A superb homage to the late great Dave Stevens.The Rocketeer 20th anniversary fan film.

RED HOT






Marion Cotillard styled by Jacob K and photographed by the brilliant Tim Walker for the latest edition of W magazine. More shots from this great editorial here. Meanwhile Tim Walker has an exhibition at Somerset House, London until 27 January 2013.




50% Off!

Just a little plug for this most excellent Hine & Kane 3 day sale at ComiXology. More on Dave's blog.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Sunday, 18 November 2012

ADAMSKI - Numb Generation - Check it!



A couple of years ago Adamski sent me an mp3 'mixtape' he called This is Neo-Waltz and it blew my socks off. He's still at it and he's pulled in some great collaborators too, namely Viktoria ModestaMickey LightfootDavid McAlmont and Bishi. His blog describes his project thus: Neo-Waltz is Adamski’s 21st century update of the style of music known as the waltz. Originally thought of as an indecent dance in 18th century England, Waltzing originally became popular inVienna in the 1780s and quickly spread throughout Europe as the most popular form of dance. Waltzing is a twirling dance in ¾ time performed in close proximity by couples. Bored of seeing clubbers dancing alone all these years, Adamski has put a modern twist on the dance in a bid to get people dancing together. Anyway, take a look/listen for yourself. This is Neo-Waltz!

November 1963

Brrrr! From this month 49 years ago. A seasonal Playboy cover, art directed by Arthur Paul, with photography by Don Bronstein, modelled by Sharon Rogers.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

PLAYBOY'S Doug Sneyd Draws Manko

Last night I attended the fully subscribed Life Drawing Masterclass with the Legendary Doug Sneyd of Playboy magazine fame. Doug has been working for Hugh Hefner for 5 decades and currently has a book out that I mentioned on my previous post. The concentration and the silence as everybody sketched Manko, their resplendent subject, made for a very relaxed and pleasant evening with Orbital Comics being superb hosts as usual. Doug had some interesting tales to tell and will have a chance to divulge even more when he gets into conversation with Jason Atomic at another Orbital event next Friday. Meanwhile, here are a few of the photos that I took last night. Doug has his own blog here.

Let's face it... Doug has a pretty good vocation.



Doug drawing; a joy to watch and not an eraser in sight.

Group shot for Doug and Manko with a few of the artists and the end of a very enjoyable evening.


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