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Monthly Archives: April 2011
Thrilling Tales – new page update for The Lair of the Clockwork Book

Filed under Thrilling Tales: Page Updates

A new page has been published in the story The Lair of the Clockwork Book, at Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual.

You can read it here.
 
 
Thrilling Tales – What’s coming up in June for ‘The Lair of the Clockwork Book’

Filed under Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual, Works in Progress

Gwen and her robot companion are restoring the prairie in the retro future

Here at the Secret Laboratory the outside world just can’t decide what season it is. The occasionally balmy day is alternating with near-freezing temperatures. The trees and plants, not to mention the birds, have committed to Spring. I salute their determination!

But you can see from the above that in Retropolis there isn’t any such confusion. In this new illustration for The Lair of the Clockwork Book Gwen and Rusty are hard at work on the Great Plains where something has interfered with their prairie restoration project. I’m afraid you won’t find out what, exactly, or even see this illustration again, until sometime in June. That’s just how the schedule rolls.

Back on April first I mentioned that something pretty neat might be going on, but I couldn’t say just what. Well it really is going on – this weekend, in fact – but I probably still shouldn’t say what it is. I might not be able to say for awhile yet… because it’s one of those things. Still, even secretive neatness is pretty neat. In a secretive way.

 
 
Thrilling Tales – new page update for The Lair of the Clockwork Book

Filed under Thrilling Tales: Page Updates

A new page has been published in the story The Lair of the Clockwork Book, at Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual.

You can read it here.
 
 
Roy G. Krenkel illustrates E. E. “Doc” Smith, at Golden Age Comic Book Stories

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Roy G. Krenkel: Subspace Explorers

Here’s some more very vintage Roy G. Krenkel art, this time from E. E. "Doc" Smith’s Subspace Explorers. It’s part of an early 1950’s collection at Golden Age Comic Book Stories.

Krenkel’s later work is an indelible part of my memories of growing up – his covers, frontispieces and illustrations for the old Ace paperbacks, his work in Amra, and his collaborations with other artists like his friends Frank Frazetta and Al Williamson crop up everywhere in my memories. He had an enviable knowledge of real history, its artifacts and our archaeology that informed all his fantastic works and, I think, lent Frazetta a firm grounding for his own fantasy paintings and illustrations.

This illustration came early enough in Krenkel’s career that his signature inking, with its delicacy and spontaneity, hadn’t gelled yet. That’s one of the reasons that I like it. The catwalks, ray guns and mysterious machines don’t hurt either, of course.

 
 
Some recent work from sculptor Greg Brotherton – sinister telephones and calculating characters

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Listening in sculpture by Greg BrothertonI just realized that I haven’t heard lately from (or about) sculptor Greg Brotherton. If you’ve been here awhile, you might remember one or two posts I’ve written about his work in days gone by.

So I hied myself over to his gallery web site and found some new, typically neat and sinister pieces. I especially like the one I show here, Listening In. Brotherton lists its materials as "Welded steel, cast pewter, payphone dial, parts from a beer tap, concrete", which I think may sum up a large part of my own life, as well as reminding me quite a bit of my telephone.

There’s a similar piece called The Calculator that’s also really striking. The new pieces are often smaller, and somehow more intimate, than the large pieces I’ve featured here before. As always, incredibly neat work can be found in his gallery.

[tags]greg brotherton, sculpture, retro, assemblage, found objects, robots, dystopia[/tags]

 
 
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