Craig Drake Die Hard

Most of you probably didn’t notice, but I took the day off last Friday. Why? Because I was so excited by the artwork of Craig Drake.

Drake’s work should be recognizable to most. He’s got a very distinctive, technical approach that blurs the line between minimal and expressive, with a heavy dash of graphic ’80s style. He places iconic images on a simple, flat background, and makes them explode off the wall. He’s had posters at Mondo, Bottleneck, Ltd. Art and others, but this week marked his first solo show. And as is the case with any artist finally given their own exhibit, he wanted to do something amazing. He succeeded.

Drake’s show, which is on display the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, turns his trademark style up to eleven. Not only is he tackling a ton of popular pop culture properties (Star Wars, Die Hard, Aliens, Cowboy Bebop, Lord of the Rings, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Escape from New York and others), he’s doing so with a newly found depth and passion. Each piece is better and more detailed than the last. Plus, Drake took many of the pieces and blew them up double the size of a normal poster. These “Mega Metals” make the whole show feel like an interactive experience.

Below, we’ve got images of all the art in Craig Drake’s show, which is on display through April 27.  Read More »

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Martin Ansin - Flash Gordon

Most artists have a style. A unique, original look for their art that distinguishes it from the rest. Most artists, however, aren’t Kevin Tong or Martin Ansin. Just when you think either artist is best at one thing, they’ll change it up and do something totally different. Realistic, exaggerated, mechanical, lyrical, Tong and Ansin are unique for being so diverse. And now, the pair are teaming up for a Mondo Gallery show based on fantasy and sci-fi.

Ansin and Tong’s show opens at 7 p.m. March 14 and remains on display through April 12 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas. Below, check out some of the work including new posters for Alien, Aliens, The Wizard of Oz, Flash Gordon, Prometheus and Psycho. Plus, find some info on the latest Mondo vinyl: the score for Gravity. Read More »

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There hasn’t been a universally loved Alien movie in almost thirty years. After Ridley Scott’s original and James Cameron’s sequel, most fans have found something to dislike about the three films that followed. Even the video games that take place in the universe have failed to capture the xenomorphic magic of the 1979 and 1986 films.

Now, Titan Books is trying to buck that trend that by publishing a brand new trilogy of novels, officially licensed and set in the Alien universe. These in-canon stories place between the first two films and dovetail with the movies in interesting ways. The first novel in the series, Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon, hits bookshelves Tuesday January 28. You can read an exclusive excerpt from the book below. Read More »

‘Alien’-Inspired Giger Bar May Come to U.S.

Giger Bar

The Alien movies are creepy and terrifying, and no sane person would actually want to live through (or, as often as not, die from) the characters’ terrifying ordeals. But the characters designed by H.R. Giger are fascinating ones, and it’s tough to imagine any sci-fi fan not wanting to get a closer look. If cocktails are also involved, all the better.

The creature designer has already opened up two bars based on his creations, both in Switzerland, and according to a new report may now open a third in the U.S. as part of the Sci-Fi Hotel. Details like “when” and “where” are still being worked out, but it’ll be an “immersive” experience like the other ones. Hit the jump for more details.

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Jason Edmiston - Predator

Every time you see a piece of art by Jason Edmiston, it takes a second to process. You have to look closely and ask, “Am I looking at a photo or is this a painting?” The next question is whether or not you have enough money to buy it.

Edmiston is the man behind the next solo show at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas. It’s called A Rogues Gallery. The Toronto-based artist has done several brand new acrylic paintings immortalizing some of the biggest and baddest villains in cinema history. Characters from films like Ghostbusters, RoboCop, Predator, Terminator, Aliens, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and they’ll all be on display starting Friday August 23. Check out a sampling below. Read More »

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Mondo has revealed two more prints that’ll be on sale at their booth at San Diego Comic-Con: Aliens by Ken Taylor and Predator by Ash Thorpe. Check them out below. Read More »

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One of the best movie-related April Fools gags I can remember was from a few years ago: ThinkGeek’s Star Wars Tauntaun Sleeping Bag. It was a gross, hilarious idea that got so much attention, Lucasfilm actually allowed the company to make and sell the product.

This year, ThinkGeek is back with another batch of inspired movie related items that you’ll either really want because they’re so clever, or laugh at because they’re so mean. Items such as the Batman Family Car Decal above. Check out more below. Read More »

Robert Shane is a UK-based artist probably best known for his awesome Star Wars mash-up paintings. While I havent featured Shane’s work on /Film in the past, I’ve admired his work from afar on his DeviantArt page. His latest series is a mash-up of the Star Wars and Aliens franchises, imagining what might happen if the Galactic Empire were to encounter a ship full of Aliens. Hit the jump to see his three pieces in this epic trilogy of digital paintings, featuring Stormtroopers, Darth Vader and Darth Maul trying to survive the unsurvivable.

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