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Celebrate the impending release of A Dance with Dragons with some sweet art

"The North" by Kalie Ciesemier

Nerds worldwide are rejoicing today because after six years and countless delays and false starts, author George R.R. Martin has announced that A Dance with Dragons — the much-anticipated fifth book in his seven-volume epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, making the jump to TV on April 17 in the form of the HBO series adaptation Game of Thrones — is now officially and firmly slated for a Tuesday, July 12, 2011 release. I’ll be spending most of my day gibbering giddily, but if you manage to pull yourself together, do check out a trio of very cool A Song of Ice and Fire illustrations by artist Kali Ciesemier. That’s Jon Snow above; click the links to check out her takes on Sansa Stark and Brienne of Tarth. Winter may be almost over, but Winter Is Coming!

Drawing a Game of Thrones

Jon Snow and Ghost by Gianluca Maconi

Jon Snow and Ghost by Gianluca Maconi

As reported in What Are You Reading?, I am a huge, huge, huge fan of writer George R.R. Martin’s bold, bloody, brilliant epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. And I pretty much can’t wait for HBO’s adaptation of the series, Game of Thrones, which stars Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, Mark Addy, and Lena Headey and hits televisions on April 17. Finally, of course, I like comics and cartooning. So here’s a two-great-tastes-that-taste-great-together situation if ever there was one: deviantARTist Gianluca Maconi’s A Song of Ice and Fire gallery, featuring drawings of many of the major characters. That’s the black-clad bastard son Jon Snow and his direwolf Ghost above; click the link for Maconi’s vivaciously drawn takes on the rest of the Stark family, the Lannister siblings, King Robert Baratheon, Danaerys Targaryen and more. (And if you’re curious about the books but aren’t convinced they’re worth your while, allow me to make the case.) Winter can’t come soon enough.

(via Westeros)

Emily Carroll draws Fallout: New Vegas, Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, Dune, more

Abigail from Undead Nightmare, by Emily Carroll

…and in so doing makes my head damn near explode with her talent. Emily Carroll, as you may recall, was the cartoonist between the Halloween sensation “His Face All Red,” a chillingly subtle horror comic that took the comics Internet by storm around All Hallows Eve. Her latest post is a gallery of fan art for a variety of nerd-beloved franchises: Zombies from Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare and Fallout: New Vegas, the “Fear is the mindkiller” speech from Dune, and more — even a pin-up from Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski’s berserk conquistador classic Aguirre: The Wrath of God (see below). It’s always exciting to watch someone go from unknown to must-read (or must-gawk-at, in this case) overnight.

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Becky Cloonan’s Grant Morrison fanart

Grant Morrison by Becky Cloonan

Grant Morrison by Becky Cloonan

Looks like mine wasn’t the only mind blown by the appearance of Grant Morrison as a villain in the trailer for My Chemical Romance’s upcoming album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. Demo artist Becky Cloonan took a crack at drawing Morrison’s dandy-in-the-underworld alter ego on the Drawbridge blog. And since Cloonan is supposedly involved in some sort of Killjoys comics project from MCR frontman/Umbrella Academy writer Gerard Way and co-writer Shaun Simon, methinks this isn’t the last we’ve seen of this world via Cloonan’s brush…

Calvin & Hobbes meet Batman, Legion and more in fan art contest

by Timothy Lim

by Timothy Lim

The indispensable Super Punch is holding a Calvin & Hobbes-themed art contest and has started posting some of the entries. So far they’ve guest starred or channeled Batman, the Legion of Super-Heroes and Lone Wolf & Cub, among others. And of course, Tyranno-Shark … you can’t forget Tyranno-Shark.

Mega Marvel!

Marvel_Megas_by_suzuran

Consider it a whole different kind of “Marvel vs. Capcom”: On her deviantART account, artist suzuran has converted over 50 Marvel heroes and villains into adorable li’l 8-bit sprites in the style of Mega Man. Just click the above image to see it in its full sidescrolling glory.

If the current wave of 8-bit nostalgia produces nothing more than this, the Scott Pilgrim videogame, and that chiptunes cover of The Dark Side of the Moon, it’ll still have been worth it.

(via Agent M)

Straight for the art | Joe Bowen’s Star Wars/Scott Pilgrim mash-up

Scott Pilgrim Wars by Joe Bowen

Scott Pilgrim Wars by Joe Bowen

Not a very long time ago, in a city far, far away provided you don’t live near Toronto…Via Scott Pilgrim cartoonist Bryan Lee O’Malley we discover artist Joe Bowen‘s delightful poster of Scott, Ramona and friends (and enemies), modeled after the original “Style ‘A'” Star Wars poster art by Tom Jung. Click Bowen’s name for the deets on the school assignment that led to the creation of this supremely geeky image.

Straight for the art | Ty Mattson’s Lost posters

"The Substitute" by Ty Mattson

"The Substitute" by Ty Mattson

The Island isn’t done with us yet! Only a few episodes remain for the much-loved series Lost, and that’s meant a veritable submarine-full of artistic tributes around the Internet. Artist and designer Ty Mattson has created some of the coolest I’ve seen so far.

The piece above is from Mattson’s series “Season 6 in Black and White,” featuring an image that sums up each episode, posted the day after it airs. The poster below is one of eight retro-tinged designs Mattson came up with for Season Six premiere party invitations. Keep them coming, artists of the world!

(via Shaggy Erwin)

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Saul Bass’s Lost opening credits

Lost vs. Saul Bass from Hexagonall on Vimeo.

If there are two things on this Internet I never get tired of, it’s fan-made tributes to Lost and fan-made tributes to opening-credits design god Saul Bass. So a tip of the hat to designer Hexagonall, whose video above combines these two wonderful things. His Tron/Bass mash-up is a killer, too.

(via Todd VanDerWerff)

Straight for the ‘shop | Dean Trippe’s “Barack Obama Looking at Awesome Things”

President Obama gains sight beyond sight

President Obama gains sight beyond sight

You know him best as the mastermind of Project Rooftop, but apparently cartoonist Dean Trippe has a sideline gig as Barack Obama’s presidential photographer. How else to explain the photo series “Barack Obama Looking at Awesome Things” Trippe is hosting on his tumblr, featuring our chief executive getting up close and personal with Lion-O’s Sword of Omens, Green Lantern’s Power Ring, Speed Racer’s Mach 5, Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber, Batman’s batarangs, Captain America’s shield and many more objects of geekery? (Oh man, if you thought the debate over whether Red Hulk would be able to pick up Mjolnir was divisive….)

(via Ryan “Agent M” Penagos)

Gaga, ooh la la: More “Telephone”-inspired Lady Gaga/Beyoncé art

"Telephone" by Stan Chow

"Telephone" by Stan Chow

From deviantART to The New Yorker, artists and cartoonists keep dialing G for Gaga. In the wake of Jonas Åkerlund’s epic video for Gaga & Beyoncé’s duet “Telephone” a bumper crop of artistic tributes has blossomed. We’ve already rounded up a few early highlights; consider this the remix.

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