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Mission to Mars: Mike Maihack draws John Carter and Dejah Thoris

Trevor Hogg presents an exclusive piece of artwork from illustrator Mike Maihack depicting John Carter and Dejah Thoris...

When looking through the weekly Internet feature BestArtEver posted by Andy Khouri of Comics Alliance, I came across the work of Mike Maihack; the discovery resulted in me interviewing the Tampa Bay, Florida based illustrator for the profile titled Sketchy Details. With The Martian Tales of Edgar Rice Borroughs coming to the big screen under the Oscar-winning direction of Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo), I was curious to see how Mike would depict the American Civil War veteran and his beloved Martian princess. Here is the end result along with some insightful comments from the artist himself.

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When Trevor commissioned me to draw John Carter and Dejah Thoris, he said, “The environmental sensibilities of Michael Whelan drawn in the style of Bruce Timm.” So I started by looking at a bunch of
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The 2011 Chesley Award Winners

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This is a busy weekend for awards, and the first major awards have just been handed out. The winners of the 2011 Chesley Awards were announced today at Renovation, the WorldCon going on right now in Reno, Nevada. The Chesleys are given by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists each year for excellence in genre art.

Paperback: Jason Chan, for Geist by Phillipa Ballantine (Ace) Hardcover: Michael Whelan, for The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (Tor) Magazine: Nick Greenwood, for Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show #17 Three-Dimensional: Mark Newman, Eel Walker; bronze Interior: Donato Giancola, Middle Earth: Visions of a Modern Myth Unpublished Color: Julie Dillon, “Planetary Alignment” Unpublished Monochrome: Ian Miller, “Triptych” Product: Sam Weber, Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan, promo art for Tor ebook Gaming: Lucas Graciano, Amorphous Drake (Legends of Norrath) (Sony Online Entertainment) Art Director: Jon Schindehette — Wizards of the Coast Lifetime Achievement:
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Robert Rodriguez gets inspired by Frank Frazetta with Fire And Ice

Frank Frazetta is an icon in the world of great fantasy artists. Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Michael Whelan, and Frank Frazetta are four of the more common names thrown around, but Frazetta was different. His unique style had a lot of texture and as a result the environments and people he painted always had a more gritty and rougher look. At last week’s Comic Con, director Robert Rodriguez announced to the slobbering fan-boys (and fan-girls) that he is working in conjunction with the Frank Frazetta estate to produce a live-action version of Fire and Ice. The name may not trigger anything for some, but others might recall a 1983 fantasy cartoon of the same name that included fierce warriors, arctic landscapes, and scantily clad women (this was no Toy Story). Now, new images have surfaced that give us a look at the style Rodriguez is going for.

Entertainment Weekly was
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'Avatar,' Marvel Bathrooms, And Stan Lee In 'Thor' In Today's Twitter Report

Stan Lee may be done with his "Iron Man 2" cameo, but "Thor" still awaits. He tweeted about his high expectations last night, including what it will take to get him to Asgard.

Meanwhile at the Marvel offices in New York, editor Axel Alonso posted a behind-the-scenes look at what you can expect to see in a bathroom there. After the jump, there's also Dennis Calero's design obervation about James Cameron's "Avatar," Edgar Wright's early memories of "Labyrinth" and Tony Harris on wrapping up "Ex Machina."

It's all in the Twitter Report for November 12, 2009.

@smilinstanlee Since many have asked, my Iron Man cameo is done and I'm waiting to do Thor. But I'n not goin' to Asgard unless they fly me first class!

-Stan Lee, Writer ("The Amazing Spider-Man," "The Fantastic Four")

@edgarwright I do recall when I saw Labyrinth at the cinema with my family, two girls behind us,
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