Classic Illustrations for “Against the Fall of Night”

It was pure luck for me to pick up the classic first appearance of Arthur C. Clarke’s Against the Fall of Night before attending my first SF Con.   That con was a very early one-off  Star Trek show (which seems to have vanished from this dimension without a trace) and was held in Albuquerque around […]

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Pulp Life: A Major Exhibition of Charles Binger Art

The amazing works of Charles Ashford Binger will be shown in the first major exhibition of his works in 45 years!   “Charles Binger: A Pulp Life” will open at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Hollywood, CA on January 7th and run through the end of the month. Binger’s interesting career spanned from movie […]

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Visual Communication in a nutshell

Superb summary of design elements in the “History of Visual Communication” by Elif Ayiter is burning up the twitter waves.   The writing is crisp and to the point.  The images and references are all great!   LINK

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The Sacrifice of the Worker to the Banks

Browsing through Great Drawings and Illustrations from Punch, I was quite taken by the powerful image from 1844 called:  “The Game Laws; or the sacrifice of the Peasant to the Hare.”  The image of a scrawny rabbit on a pedestal, glaring with new found power down at the bound peasant on his knees is eerie; […]

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Comité de salut public: “Monsieur, it’s time to go!”

Portrait of Marat While reading the remarkable book by R.R. Palmer, Twelve Who Ruled, the Year of Terror in the French Revolution, I began to wonder what sort of monstrous evils can be unleashed in the name of “protecting the people,” or in the French example, both liberating them from a corrupt aristocracy while at […]

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Science Fiction Art of Charles Binger

Looking over some covers for Pennant Books and Bantam Books from the 1950s, I noticed several interesting and moody paintings with a signature that reminded me of Bayre Phillips.  See for example Phillips signature on the left, and the signature of Charles Binger on the right. Although they both have a downward stroke in the […]

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Science Fiction Art Editors

Here’s a new resource to augment the Science Fiction Artists Database:  the first version of a mind map about Art Editors who worked for Science Fiction Magazines and Book Publishers.   The clickable version includes sources and links to online references.   If you would like to contribute, see the contact link at the top […]

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