Matt Ferguson Enters The Gig Poster Game With A Wonderful First Outing For Josh Doyle

We all know and LOVE Matt’s diverse portfolio of pop culture inspired prints.  His work for Marvel’s Cinematic Universe box set is spectacular and he is just coming off a successful timed edition release from the past weekend.

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One area Matt HASN’T explored is the world of GIG POSTERS so when he introduced his FIRST gig print, it’s something worth sharing.  The print is for Josh Doyle, a British-American singer-songwriter and musician best known as a solo performer as well as being the frontman of UK rock group Dum Dums.  Josh shared the image today along with some words about the print.  Here is what he had to say.

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The talented and revered UK graphic artist Matt Ferguson Cakes and Comics has made an official collectable piece of poster art for my upcoming UK April tour. He has taken his inspiration from classic US gig posters and I’m thrilled for how it has turned out.

Matt is best known for working with Marvel designing the artwork for Marvel’s Avengers Blu-ray collection and promotional posters.

He also regularly exhibits at galleries in the US including Gallery 1988 and has recently had great success with his own personal take on the Star Trek movie franchise – his posters for each film have been officially licensed for sale by CBS/Paramount studios.

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The print is strictly limited to 50, it’s a two-colour screenprint on super fancy natural paper stock and is basically a very collectible and frameable (A2 size) piece of art.

It will be a beautiful memento from this DIY tour, especially with the DIY theme of the poster . That is my actual mode of transportation from the US to the UK!

It will be available to buy at my Sheffield show and online after the tour.

Still haven’t got your tickets? See what dates are left at http://smarturl.it/jdtickets and come to a show!

Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 10.58.50 AMHUGE props to Matt and his first gig poster, I can’t WAIT to see what he does next.  In fact, you should follow Matt on TWITTER to be on the front line of all things awesome in his world.

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Geek-Art And French Paper Art Club Join Forces For A Sensational Print: “A Woman’s Courage” By Nicolas Delort

Across the pond is a fantastic site called “Geek-Art”.  Curated by Thomas Olivri it is what Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 9.27.55 AMthe name says, it’s alllll about awesome geek art.  Today they are announcing their first ever collaboration with French Paper Art Club and it features outstanding work by Nicolas Delort.

The piece is called “A Woman’s Courage” and is a two color screenprint.  The piece is a Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 9.27.13 AMtribute to Tolkein and the encounter between Eowyn and the Witch King of Angmar.  (See, we TOLD you they cover ‘GEEK STUFF’.)  The piece is Nicolas’ first screen print and what a way to be introduced to the poster scene because it is quite spectacular and we love it.

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“A Woman’s Courage” is being offered in an “ultra limited” run and will go on sale this THURSDAY, April 17th, over on the Geek-Art STORE.  Follow Geek-Art on TWITTER for more info as it becomes available.

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“A Woman’s Courage” by Nicolas Delort

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Bruce Timm Gives Us A New Animated Short Celebrating The Dark Knight’s 75th Anniversary: “Batman: Strange Days” & It Leaves Us Craving MORE!

Screen Shot 2014-04-13 at 11.36.02 PMWhen you say the name “Bruce Timm“, folks ears perk up because they KNOW that whatever comes next, will equal “awesome.”  Bruce has given DC fans some amazing work over the years with projects like “Batman: The Animated Series”, “Superman: The Animated Series”, “Batman Beyond”, “The New Batman/Superman Adventures“, “Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker,” “Justice League”, “Justice League Unlimited”, and “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” just to name a few.

Screen Shot 2014-04-13 at 10.56.14 PMIn honor of Batman’s 75th Anniversary as Gotham’s protector and being the world’s greatest detective, Bruce has put together an animated short called, “Batman: Strange Days.”  The black and white animated feature is fantastic and the ONLY negative is that it is only 2:53 seconds long!  It absolutely leaves you wanting more but then again, that is a good thing right?

Screen Shot 2014-04-13 at 10.58.46 PMRecently Bruce Timm spoke with DC ALL ACCESS  about the project and here is what he had to say.

How do you go about creating a short that you think was great for celebrating Batman?

_Batman-Strange-Days-screenshotBruce Timm:  It kinda is a throwback to Batman’s origins.  I always kind of wanted to do Batman as an actual period piece literally in 1939, the year that Batman first appeared on the news stand so it’s kind of based on the very earliest version of Batman that Bob Kane did.  The character, Hugo Strange was one of the very first super villains in the Batman comics.

Screen Shot 2014-04-13 at 10.55.51 PMAs far as what we are seeing right here it seems as if they are a little more in depth than most story boards.  Did you put a lot more work into these?

Bruce Timm:  Oh yeah, way more.  Knowing that I was going to do it in black and white and that I was going to rely so much on the atmosphere and the mood of it I came up with a storyline where basically Batman gasses the villains with these big clouds of tear gas to kind of hide his movements while he is staking them. 

Batman: Strange Days ScreenshotThat’s kind of tricky to pull off in animation so I knew I had to be very very detailed on the boards in terms of what I wanted it to look like.  Once we got the footage back we went to town with digital effects to kinda like REALLY REALLY push all the fog.  Almost every shot has been treated digitally just to give it that old-school kind of look to it.

Well the end result is glorious and we absolutely love it.  Check out Bruce Timm’s animated short, “Batman: Strange Days” below and let us know what you think in the comments section.  (Oh, and yes, that is Kevin Conroy as the voice of Batman.  He only utters two words but…it is him.)

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Titan Publishing’s New Book: “300: Rise Of An Empire – The Art Of The Film” Belongs On Your Shelf

Fans of the Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ film, “300: Rise Of An Empire” will want to add this new book from Titan Books to their must-have list and collections.  The movie is a follow up to 2007′s international smash-hit, “300″ which was directed by Zach Snyder and was based off a story by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley.

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Here is the official pitch from Titan.

Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, 300: Rise of an Empire is produced by Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Bernie Goldmann, and directed by Noam Murro from a screenplay by Zack Snyder & Kurt Johnstad.

300-aTold in the breathtaking visual style of 300 this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. 300: Rise of an Empire pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

300-page1This lavish, over-sized hardback companion book to the new movie features stunning production art, photography from the acclaimed Clay Enos (Watchmen Portraits) and input from Zack Snyder and Noam Murro.

_300-rise-of-an-empireThe over-sized format (9.8″ X 12.5″) of the book is perfect as it allows the images to jump off the page and take you right into the movie itself.  The forward comes from the movie’s director Noam Murro with the afterword by the previous movie’s director, Zack Snyder.

splash pageFilled with storyboards, concept art and behind the scenes images of sets, this book really gives fans an in depth look at the making of this blockbuster.  The book does a great job of highlighting the film’s top characters and gives us some background and stunning photos for each.

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300-bOverall the book does a fantastic job of visualizing this blockbuster film and allows fans to go deeper into the film, characters and process of the film.  Click HERE to order your copy today.

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Late To The Game Of Thrones Party? Watch This Video & Catch Up In 60 Seconds

So, if you DON’T watch HBO’s Game Of Thrones, and I’m assuming that there are about 5 of you out there, and you keep hearing alllllll this great stuff about Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen, AKA “Dany” then THIS video is a great way to catch you up.

khaleesi_by_fan_de_kirby-d4ygvhwThe folks over at SCREEN CRUSH have come up with a great “Everything You Need to Know in 60 Seconds” original video series and this week we can find out all about our favorite “Mother of Dragons”, Danereys.

khaleesiGive it a watch and be sure to tune in to HBO on Sunday nights at 9 PM to stay on top of everything in the Game of Thrones universe.

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Enter The Design & Destroy Contest And Grab Some Amazing Art At 20% Off While You Are At It!

New England artist Nick Comparone wants to fill your walls with fantastic art and he is going to help by offering up a sensational online sale and giveaway. Nick’s work has been featured in several amazing galleries including Gallery 1988, LTD. Art Gallery and Phone Booth Gallery.

NC-Sale-posterNick is doing a mini painting giveaway and online sale for 20% off all paintings on his STORE.  To enter the giveaway to win 1 of 17 mini paintings of your choice simply follow Nick on Instagram @nickcomparone on TWITTER @designandestroy or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nickcomparone and repost/share/retweet the post on your favorite social media.

vader_6x9_originalHis work is unique in that it is comprised of 2 layer stencils and spray painted onto book pages.  The end result is fantastic and that is coming from the guy who owns this Darth Vader image above!

Screen Shot 2014-04-12 at 11.14.35 AMNick’s work covers various pop culture themes as well as some very memorable icons of music including the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Ramones.  Use the links provided to go see everything in the store and enter the contest.  Who knows, you may just end up winning and having carte blanche in his store!

Screen Shot 2014-04-12 at 11.14.56 AMHurry because the contest and sale ends April 15 at midnight EST!

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