You may have missed the news, but this is the 50th anniversary of a cheap, scrappy British science fiction series called Doctor Who. Like a fair number of folk my age, I first stumbled across Doctor Who one Saturday afternoon on PBS, back when PBS was able to air things like Doctor Who, The Avengers, The Prisoner, and it being cultural and all, Benny Hill. Unlike many, however, I seem to be one of the few people who came into the show not during an airing of the iconic Tom Baker years, but rather during the tenure of the man with the velvet smoking jackets and Venusian aikido. The Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, was my introduction to Doctor Who, and he remains my favorite. Continue reading…
Jonathan Roberts mapped Westeros for The Land of Ice And Fire, see his fantasy maps and read an interview with him via The AV Club.
A gallery of “Smart Set 400″ playing cards with pictures of women on the back, starting with ladies from 1909.
Friends of The Gutter Todd Sharp and John Crye are releasing chapters of their new serialized photo book, Tales of Desolation, every Tuesday and Thursday. “I was ten when everything changed. That’s when it all stopped working.”
Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg (“The Goblin”) and Katalin Ladik (“The Resurrected Witch”) from the intensely sonic, Berberian Sound Studio, offer a performance of their vocal talent with sound designer Pál Tóth (aka, én) in Budapest.
Artist Joe Sacco talks with NPR about his latest book, The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme. It’s a 24 foot panorama of one day. “Each panel in the panorama is dense and detailed. Fresh troops march in looking eager for battle. Some soldiers eat and relax, […]
Fine art with added superhero value. (Thanks, @ImpossibleFunky!)
A gallery of Andreas Englund’s Aging Superhero paintings. (Thanks, Todd!)
“In his ongoing series of portraits titled, ‘Just the Two of Us,’ photographer Klaus Pitchler gained access to the homes of Austrian costume play (cosplay) enthusiasts where he photographed the elaborately costumed individuals against the backdrops of their everyday life.” See a gallery of his photographs here. (Thanks, Laura!)
Celebrate comics artist and creator Steve Ditko’s birthday with this gallery of his work for <i>Out Of This World</i>.
Episode two of the BBC’s The Secret of Drawing focuses on stories, narrative and drawing throughout history. (via @mo_ali)
Lex Boon explores “The Art of Stealing: The Tragic Fate of The Masterpieces Stolen from Rotterdam”: “Picasso, Gauguin, Matisse, Monet, Meijer de Haan and Freud. On television they are talking about a loot worth hundreds of millions of euros. The amount is not important to her. The pictures are evidence against her son and destroying […]
Abe Books has a look inside Codex Seraphinianus, as well as some of its publication history. Dangerous Minds interviews publisher, Charles Miers.
A gallery of radiographs of fish from the Smithsonian’s Collection. It’s part of a traveling exhibition and there is also a book from Chronicle Books.
A few pages from Guillermo Del Toro’s notebooks and a book trailer for his upcoming, Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections and Other Obsessions.
Traumatic Cinematic‘s Lewis Cougill interviews the director of Frankenstein’s Army, Richard Raaphorst. They talk about art, conceptual art, Beyond Re-Animator and Frankenstein’s Army. TC also has a gallery of storyboard art from Frankenstein’s Army. (Listen to Traumatic Cinematic’s discussion of Frankenstein’s Army here).
Cartoonist Lynda Barry shares her “20 Stages of Reading” in as many panels.
Marc Hermann superimposes historic NY Daily News crime photos onto contemporary photos of the same locations. (Thanks, Edie!)
Do you like monsters, creatures and aliens? We sure do! Here are two galleries of conceptual designs for the Austrian horror movie, The Station / Der Blutgletscher: Part I and Part II. The art is by TOMAK and the movie is directed by Marvin Kren.
Here’s a gallery of artist responses to DC’s Harley Quinn contest. (Thanks, Mark!)
Brain Pickings has a gallery of Maurice Sendak’s posters promoting reading, books and imagination from the collection, Posters By Maurice Sendak.keep looking »