Category: Art

“George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead” Limited Edition Print by Paul Mann!

In honor of its 45th anniversary, artist Paul Mann teamed with Bottleneck Gallery and ISH to create a new poster for George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.  The 14 color screen print pictured above is 24×26 inches and will be released in a hand-numbered edition of just 300 for $75.00.

There will be an Emerald Variant in a hand-numbered edition of 175 that will cost $85.00.

The final variant will be the Purple Variant in a hand-numbered variant of just 100 that will retail for $95.00.

The Paul Mann George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead limited edition prints will go on sale tomorrow.  For full details click here.

The Savage Sword of Conan #1 (2024) / Z-View

Savage Sword of Conan #1 is out and it is a winner.

It features five covers to choose from.  I selected the one with art by Gerardo Zaffino (shown above).  Other cover-featured artists include Joe Jusko (two versions), Mac von Fafner and Douglas Klauba.

Roy Thomas provides an introduction, Savage Tales of Savage Swords.
Sacrifice in the Sand is a prose tale by Jim Zub.
Solomon Kane, An Essay by Jeffrey Shanks explores the history and influences of Solomon Kane.

Pinups included are: Conan by Roberto De La Torre, Belit b Rebeca Puebla, Conan and the Road Kings by Gerado Zaffino with a poem by Robert E. Howard and Solomon Kane by Howard Chaykin.

The issue features a full-length Conan story, Conan and the Dragon Horde by John Arcudi (writer) and Max von Fafner (artist).  Conan has agreed to lead an army of “mercenaries and hangers-on who have a greater thirst for gold than for combat.”  Their goal is to reclaim a city for a deposed king.  The kicker is the city rests on a gold mine and all warriors will share equally in the spoils.  Expect the unexpected, giant warrior twins, prehistoric beasts, crosses and double-crosses, a beautiful warrior woman and plenty of Conan doing what Conan does.  I wasn’t familiar with von Fafner’s art prior to this, but he is an artist I’ll watch for.

The second story features Solomon Kane in Master of the Hunt, Part One by writer/artist Patrick Zircher.  Solomon Kane becomes involved in a search for a missing man and his son.  Fear abounds that an ancient beast is on the prowl.  Most folks know Zircher as an accomplished artist, but since he’s added writer to his resume the title needs to become accomplished writer/artist.  I want to give kudos to Zircher for making his background characters interesting.  They may not have dialogue, but you can tell what they’re thinking from body language and facial expressions.  I look forward to Part Two.

Savage Sword of Conan #1 (2024) rates 5 of 5 stars.

“Coded” (2021) / Z-View

Coded (2021)

Director:  Ryan White

Tagline: Look Between the Lines.

The Plot…

J.C. Leyendecker was arguably the most popular artist of his time.  He worked professionally the mid-1890s until his death in 1951.  Leyendecker is most famous for his run of Saturday Evening Post covers that covered a 44 year span.  He also was known for his Arrow Shirts commercial art.

J.C. Leyendecker was gay and although closeted (due to prejudice of the time), some aspects of his lifestyle came through subliminally in his art.  Coded explores Leyendecker’s career and subliminal messages in commercial art then and now.

Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…

Although I’m a fan of J.C. Leyendecker’s art, I didn’t know much about his life or career.  It was interesting that Leyendecker mentored Norman Rockwell who went on to be the next “Leyendecker”.

Coded gets my highest recommendation.

Coded (2021) rates 5 of 5 stars.

Conan by Patrick “Patch” Zircher!

Recently Patrick “Patch” Zircher announced that for a $100 donation (or more) to any homeless charity, he would create a pencil drawing for the person making the donation.  Zircher took on several dozen commissions.  The idea caught on.  Artists who saw what “Patch” was doing offered the same deal!  By the time Zircher called an end to the offer, over $10,000 had been raised for homeless shelters!

I got in.  Patch created his riff on Sly Stallone as Jack Carter for me.  I’ll post it once the original arrives.  In the mean time, Patch posted his take on Conan for a person who made a donation.  I love it.  If you want to see more of Patch’s art (as well as the commissions he took on for this project), you can here.