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Robert Rodriguez Sets Up His Fantasy Adventure ‘Fire & Ice’ At Sony Pictures
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Fire & Ice

The live-action remake of the 1983 animated fantasy-adventure Fire & Ice that filmmaker Robert Rodriguez has been developing for years has finally found a home at Sony Pictures, according to Mike Fleming Jr. at Deadline.

Rodriguez will direct the film based upon his own screenplay and the production company Bold Films, which in the past has brought us such features as Drive and Nightcrawler, will take an important role behind the scenes.

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Book Review: Conan The Phenomenon
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Conan the PhenomenonConan the Phenomenon
Written by Paul M. Sammon
Foreward by Michael Moorcock
Art by Various
Edited by Philip Simon
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Cover Price: $19.99

The title of this compendium sounds like the third Ahnuld Conan movie if Joel Schumacher had directed it.

All kidding aside, Conan The Phenomenon, by Paul M. Sammon, is a chronological examination of Conan the Barbarian, starting at the beginning, and going right up to 2007 — and as expected, it contains a lot of Frank Frazetta art, and a detailed look at the making of the Conan films.

But this book is also loaded with little-seen material — my interest in Conan runs fairly deep, and I found plenty of material that was new to me. Beyond the informative biographical material and comprehensive list of all the published novels, I loved the relatively clean-cut Conan, illustrated by Wally Wood, and clearly bearing the likeness of popular actor Victor Mature. And I almost laughed out loud at British publisher T.V. Boardman’s cover to Conan the Conqueror. I want a poster of that cover.

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Exclusive: 7-Page Preview Of ‘Forbidden Worlds Archives Vol. 1’ From Dark Horse Comics
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Forbidden Worlds, the bizarre fantasy anthology comic series that ran for 145 issues from July/August 1951 to August 1967, and corralled some of Comicdom’s most celebrated visualists of the strange and unusual, is returning in a mighty big way. Next month Dark Horse Comics will release Forbidden Worlds Archives Vol. 1, a hardcover collection of the first four pre-Comics Code issues of the series.

You can check out a 7-page story from the inaugural volume, “The Doom of the Moonlings” with artwork by George Wilhelms, here below.

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Comic Review: Thun’Da #1
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Thunda 1Thun’Da #1
Written by Robert Place Napton
Art by Cliff Richards
Colored by Esther Sanz
Letters by Marshall Dillion
Cover by Jae Lee
Thun’Da Created by Frank Frazetta
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: August 8, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

I have to admit, I don’t know anything about the main character of this book, and I’m guessing, neither do you. But, that’s a GOOD THING. Because Thun’Da #1 is ALL intro, and believe me, it’s one heck of a ride.

Writer Robert Place Napton does a really good job here of writing this first issue as almost a silent issue, but there’s a purpose for that, unlike so many comics that are just trying to copy the infamous GI Joe #21. First, we’re introduced to our hero under extreme circumstances. VERY extreme. From there, it only gets worse. It’s safe to say that he’s thrust into a world that even he doesn’t believe exists. Someplace where he’s got to survive on barely his wits alone. What’s even more entertaining is that he has no memory of who he is, where he’s from, or what he can do. So, he’s basically coming at this whole story from the audience’s point of view, which is really refreshing. I found this comic to be a very fun read.

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Check Out These Beautiful ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Illustrations By Frank Frazetta
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Lord of the Rings by Frank Frazetta

I know I’m not alone when I say that the late Frank Frazetta will forever be the greatest fantasy artist who ever lived. His illustrations gave new life to marginalized icons of pulp fiction like Conan the Barbarian and John Carter of Mars and inspired countless writers, artists, and filmmakers. Frazetta’s artwork stands out from the rest of the pack for its merging of grungy realism and fantastic visuals; his iconic drawings and paintings depicting brawny warriors and chesty maidens battling horrific mutants and monsters made him a legend in the realm of genre storytelling.

When Frank Frazetta died of a stroke more than two years ago his passing left a great hole in the hearts of geeks the world over, but he left behind a legacy of awe-inspiring visions of the fantastic and the frightening that will continue to influence generations of imaginative storytellers until the end of time. Yeah, Frazetta was that damn good an artist.

Frazetta composed a set of seven illustrations inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien‘s Lord of the Rings trilogy. These drawings offer an unique perspective of a beloved fantasy classic from a legendary artist you wouldn’t typically associate with hobbits and wizards. You can check out Frazetta’s artwork here below.

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Robert Rodriguez Says Frank Frazetta Movie ‘Fire and Ice’ Next After ‘Machete Kills,’ ‘Sin City 2’
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Fire and Ice

Robert Rodriguez is feeling pretty productive lately—and it’s a good thing, too, because multiple projects that he’s been developing for a while now and/or waiting for all who are involved in said projects’ schedules to open up are finally ready to get moving.

It begins with Machete Kills, the sequel to 2010’s Machete that sees Danny Trejo returning as the vengeful ex-Federale (and possibly joined by Mel Gibson), followed by Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the long-awaited follow-up to 2005’s Sin City—both of which Rodriguez announced recently would film this summer.

Now Rodriguez has also confirmed that after those two movies are done, he’ll next do Fire and Ice, the animated project that he’s been developing that’s a remake of the 1983 Frank Frazetta and Ralph Bakshi movie of the same name, inspired, of course, by Frazetta’s iconic art works.

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Watch Now: Kerry Conran’s Original Test Footage For ‘John Carter Of Mars’
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John Carter of Mars

In less than two months Disney will premiere John Carter, the long-gestating adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ classic 1912 sci-fi adventure A Princess of Mars that introduced readers to Captain John Carter and his spectacular adventures on the planet Barsoom (which we all refer to as Mars). When the Andrew Stanton-directed movie finally opens it will be the culmination of more than eight decades of failed efforts on the part of filmmakers such as John McTiernan (Die Hard, Predator), Robert Rodriguez (Desperado, Sin City), Jon Favreau (Iron Man), and even famed stop motion animation wizard Ray Harryhausen.

Back in 2004, when the project was in development at Paramount Pictures, the responsibility of bringing John Carter of Mars to the big screen was temporarily handed to relative newcomer Kerry Conran. During his time on the film Conran put together a test reel to demonstrate how he would approach such an ambitious and potentially costly production.

You can watch Conran’s original John Carter of Mars presentation video here below.

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Check Out This Frank Frazetta-Inspired Mickey Mouse Art
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Mickey

Artist John Quinn did a painting for a presentation for the people at Disney of Mickey Mouse and Pluto in a Frank Frazetta style and setting.

A painting I did for this morning’s presentation to the biggest wigs we’ve got here in Disney. I wasn’t at the presentation but, my painting was and then George gave me candy so, it all worked out in the end. This was inspired Frank Frazetta and painted in Photoshop.
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SDCC: Robert Rodriguez To Open Frank Frazetta Museum; Remaking ‘Fire and Ice’
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Week of Geek: SDCC 2011 Coverage - San Diego Comic Con

Robert Rodriguez is a busy man. He started a new production company and is hard at work on scripts for Machete 2 and Sin City 2 along with a handful of other projects [Read SDCC 2011: Robert Rodriguez Going Ahead With ‘Sin City’, ‘Machete’ Sequels via Quick Draw]. At San Diego Comic-Con 2011 last week the filmmaker debuted a bevy of original Frank Frazetta paintings to celebrate the upcoming launch of a new museum curated by Rodriguez featuring the master of fantasy art’s works from Rodriguez’s personal collection. The museum will of course be located in Austin, Texas.

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Legendary Fantasy Artist Frank Frazetta Dies At 82
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Frank Frazetta

The name Frank Frazetta may not immediately jump out at you, but there’s a very good chance that over the duration of your years on this planet, you’ve probably seen something that was born from his mind. Frazetta was an artist who was responsible for countless comics, posters, music albums, and some of the most popular book cover art ever created.

On Monday, Mr. Frazetta passed away at the age of 82 in Florida. The artist died after complications arose from a stroke he had suffered.

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