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Doctor Who & Firefly Disney-Fied Make Us Fall For The Art Of Stephen Byrne

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DisneyWhoOne of the biggest surprises I’ve had from the site recently was just how much this story blew up. Don’t get me wrong, I think artist Khallion’s illustrations featuring the Doctor recruiting Disney princesses as new companions are wonderful and charming — that’s why I wrote it up. But it’s one of those stories that I never would have guessed people would respond to so strongly. Well, for all of you folks who loved those, allow me to introduce artist Stephen Byrne, who has given his own Disney-style makeover to our favorite time lord — all 13 of him, in fact.

Byrne posted the “Disney Doctor Who” on his Facebook page, and it’s a testament to his talents that it really makes me want to see an animated Doctor Who series. Not necessarily a Disney one, mind you, but how great would it be to see ongoing adventures of the various Doctors in cartoon form? Many of the former Doctor actors already regularly lend their voices to Doctor Who audio dramas, so why not take the next step and give us some ‘toons? (In fact, we very nearly did get a Who animated series a while back, but the BBC allegedly “didn’t want anything to distract from production of the tv show.” Which makes no sense whatsoever to me.)

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Real-Life Exoplanets Brought To Life By Talented Artists

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ExomoonsOne of the most exciting scientific developments of recent years has been the ever-ballooning number of exoplanets we have discovered, many with tantalizing details that make it easy to forget how very far away they are. I know there’s little to no chance that I’ll ever get to see even footage sent back from one, but simply confirming that they’re out there has taken a little slice of the science fiction I grew up on and made it real. The fact that there are so many, and that they are so different, helps me believe that our species will someday visit some of them, even if that only occurs long, long after I’m gone. (Assuming I’m not an immortal post-human disembodied mind adrift in the infocloud. Which I would be pretty okay with, actually.) Still, in the meantime I can appreciate those distant worlds via the works of people with artistic talent to spare.

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Daft Punk Tribute Art Show Includes Bright Colors, Slave Leia, And Robot Heads

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DPThe French duo Daft Punk has been cashing in on sci-fi chic for almost two decades now, accompanying their electronic music stylings with a pair of sleek robot helmets that add that certain sense of mystery. And also suggest that they’re just one fried circuit away from attempting to kill all humans. Both their robotic alter egos and their musical style made them the perfect pick to score Tron: Legacy, a partnership that resulted in a movie that worked better as a pure audiovisual experience than it did as a story (and I was pretty okay with that). Now an upcoming art show is paying tribute to Daft Punk’s unique style.

“Daft Punk Deux” is due (ahem) to open tomorrow, May 31, at the Gauntlet Gallery in San Francisco. You can read the official description of the show below, and we’re including a few of our favorite works from the show as well, for those of you who aren’t within driving, hitchhiking, or catapulting distance of San Fran.

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Book Review: The Art Of John Harris: Beyond The Horizon

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John HarrisYou may not know the name John Harris right off the bat, but, odds are, if you’ve read much science fiction in the latter part of the 20th Century, you’re familiar with his work. A renowned artist in his own right, he is most known for illustrating the covers for countless sci-fi book going back as far as the 1970s. His newest project is something a little different. The Art of John Harris: Beyond the Horizon collects his paintings, both those that decorated the jackets of genre novels, as well as stand alone pieces, and this is definitely something that you should be proud to display on coffee table.

Harris’ work has appeared on countless book covers, including sci-fi legends like Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Orson Scott Card, Ben Bova, and John Scalzi, who actually wrote an introduction to Beyond the Horizon. And those are just a few of the notable names he’s worked with. Most of his paintings employ a traditional English Romantic style, instead of pastoral landscapes and domestic scenes, however, he imagines other worlds, interstellar spacecraft, and bases on the surface of distant alien planets.

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Godzilla Art Exhibit Remixes The Classic Monster In A Variety Of Styles

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GodzFeatWe’re pretty damn stoked about seeing Godzilla this weekend, especially after the rest of us read Brent’s review. But while we’re all about celebrating our favorite city-stomping, atomic-breathed giant lizard, I must confess that “art” isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Godzilla. Unless Art is the name of some poor schmuck that Godzilla steps on during one of his rampages. Thankfully some very creative folks did use Godzilla as their personal muse, resulting a very cool collection of artistic riffs on the classic movie monster.

The shots are all from the folks over at Shock Till You Drop, who hit up the “Godzilla: All Art Attack!” exhibit at Creature Features in Burbank, California. The show opened this past Sunday and is set to run through June 1. Even better, admission to the museum is FREE, so it’s definitely worth the trip if you’re within tripping distance. The images we’re including represent only a small sliver of the full show, but these were some of our favorites. I mean, how can you not love Godzilla hanging ten on a ship? That’s the best use of an ocean vessel since Pacific Rim had Gipsy Danger grab one and go batter up across the face of an angry kaiju.

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Chewbacca Poses For Instagram, Plus Some Awesome Stormtrooper Helmet Art

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ChewieForget the selfie; make room for the Wookiee. In celebration of yesterday’s Star Wars Day — May the Fourth — Chewbacca emerged from his long retirement just in time to give the camera a look at his best side (the furry one). The picture above, of Chewie posing with Disney chairman/CEO Bob Iger, was posted to the official Star Wars Instagram Sunday, accompanied by a caption reading, “Chairman’s new co-pilot. #StarWarsDay.”

Chewie’s looking great for having been out of action for 30 years. (I hear the secret is getting the right conditioner.) The big question is, who that is in the suit? We were really pleased to learn that Peter Mayhew would be returning to the role as everyone’s favorite walking carpet, but there’s no way to tell who that is under all the fur. Maybe this is Mayhew back in the suit for the first time in decades, or maybe it’s an intern standing on a stepladder. Either way, it’s another little moment that helps hammer home the fact that it’s not a dream, there really are more Star Wars movies on the horizon.

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