Recently Cult Collective covered a piece of art by the talented Matthew Therrien. Even in this small piece of art you could tell that Matthew is a bit of a horror nut, more specifically an EC comics fan. His poster art mirrored an old EC comic cover to the letter. So it came as no great surprise when we find out that Matthew is illustrating his own comic anthology alongside writers Steven Kostanski, Brandon Cronenberg, and Jon Knautz.
Funding the anthology using site Kickstarter, The Gates of Misery feels very similar in tone to a certain Max Gaines creation. Read on for a video and concept art, as well as a brief synopsis.
The internet can be a marvellous thing. I have lost count of the amount of times some random scrolling on a lazy day has produced some amazing results. This was much the case when Cult Collective came across the work of Jeffrey Veregge, a chap who comes from the Little Boston reservation found in Washington.
Before looking at his work here is what he has to say about his designs (taken from his own website).
“This site, the work that is seen on it is a reflection of a lifetime love affair with comic books, toys, TV and film. Taking my passions and blending them with my Native perspective, artistic background and the desire to simply be me. Basically I am just trying to have fun and get back to that kid that went to art school to begin with, wanting to create artwork that I want to see and make just for the hell of it”
Below is a selection of his work which is available to buy from the above mentioned store.
‘Stark’- $40.00. 11″ x 14″ Hand signed Giclee print. Archival Giclée printing for lasting prints, using only quality archival papers and ink.
‘Amazing’ – $40.00. 11″ x 14″ Hand signed Giclee print. Archival Giclée printing for lasting prints, using only quality archival papers and ink.
‘The Bat’ – $25.00. 8″ x 10″ Hand signed Giclee print. Archival Giclée printing for lasting prints, using only quality archival papers and ink.
‘Not This Kitty’ – $40.00. 11″ x 14″ Hand signed Giclee print. Archival Giclée printing for lasting prints, using only quality archival papers and ink.
‘Alien 2’ – $50.00. 12″ x 18″ Hand signed Giclee print. Archival Giclée printing for lasting prints, using only quality archival papers and ink.
‘Call Me Snake’ – $50.00. 11″ x 17″ Hand signed Giclee print. Archival Giclée printing for lasting prints, using only quality archival papers and ink.
‘Hunger Speaks’ – $50.00. 12″ x 18″ Hand signed Giclee print. Archival Giclée printing for lasting prints, using only quality archival papers and ink.
Jeffrey’s use of spirals and shapes to create art including these iconic creations is superb and with very little visual effort he has managed to put together some stunning pieces. This simplistic use of images reminded me of stain glass window art, the bold shapes making your eyes piece together an image which is instantly satisfying to look at.
If you like his work then be sure to check out his website and also his blog. I will leave you with some of the artwork that is not currently for sale but still is too good to not include in this article. I especially like the almost Japanese like old school art pieces he has created.
Wouldn’t it be great to find a unique way to showcase new and upcoming illustrators and graphic designers? Well, London based illustrator and artist Sharm Muguriah is attempting exactly that with his exciting new concept ‘This Must Be The Place’. Sharm’s goal is to produce an annual non profit magazine where by designers will interpret some of the best films of the year with an illustrated graphic. These illustrations will accompany pre existing reviews of the chosen movies with the finished magazine being sent to various members of the publishing industry to showcase the work.
While not necessarily a movie poster as the illustrations will not include title’s or credit blocks, the images will depict a moment in time from the film, an ensemble of characters or events or ideas from the film that the artist feels best suits their style and best represents the movie. Sharm is no stranger to this type of work, having recently produced the Bluray steelbook artwork for Only God Forgives.
The first edition already boasts some great contributors including Sharm himself and friends of Cult Collective Chris Skinner and Doaly. Their will also be contrbutions by the superbly talented Rich Davies, Faye West, Mat Weller and Luke Butland.
I think the concept is a great idea. In a digitally dominated world it is a breath of fresh air to see something tangibly printed, to be able to hold in your hand. While this is initially for industry insiders only as a kind of portfolio showcase, with each contributor getting their own copy, it would be great to see this made available for general sale in future. Perhaps with the movie reviews written by the artists themselves or even bloggers and independent journalists (ahem).
We will be following the evolution of this idea very closely and will be sure to keep you up to on the project. Be sure to follow Sharm and the other contributors on Twitter too.
Last year Olly Moss released the brilliant Silhouettes from Popular Culture, a hardback book comprised of a selection of pieces from his Gallery 1988 Papercuts show. For a while Olly planned to do a special edition of the book and even went as far as showing me a prototype that he had at last years Thought Bubble featuring Peter Venkman of Ghostbusters on the cover.
Well it looks as if Olly has now cracked on and produced that Special Edition. Limited to 250 copies, 50 of which will be available at Thought Bubble this year, this special edition will also feature one very special, individual papercut per copy. Some of these papercuts will even be one of a kinds, much like his original show! Olly has even gone as far to use the same laser cutter as the original pieces.
Take a look at the possible papercuts that may be included that Olly posted over at Expressobeans.
Olly expects the book to cost around £60 and has not yet released information about how else the book will be made available. For more information on that, make sure you follow Olly on Twitter!