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New Benito Gallego Website

Benito Gallego launched a new website today, with a whole bunch of new art that I’ve never seen before. He put together a nice gallery of illustrations, commissions, and some of his other comic work that he’s done over the years, including some excellent Conan and/or Hyborian Age pieces (some of which he did for this site as well).

Check it all out in the Benito Gallego Art Gallery and send him a comment on what you think of his art!

Conan’s Brethren

Conan's BrethrenI just ordered my copy of Conan’s Brethren from Amazon, the companion volume to the previously released volume The Complete Chronicles of Conan, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

This new volume of course includes stories from some of Robert E. Howard’s lesser known (at least in comparison to Conan) characters, such as Solomon Kane, Kull, Bran Mak Morn, Black Turlogh, and others. While the characters may be lesser known, the quality of writing is still there, and characters such as Solomon Kane, as well as stories such as The Dark Man, are among some of my most favorite of all of Howard’s writings.

Here’s a listing of the stories included:

The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune
The Shadow Kingdom

Solomon Kane

Skulls in the Stars
The Footfalls Within
The Hills of the Dead
The Moon of Skulls
Rattle of Bones
Red Shadows
Wings in the Night

Bran Mak Morn
Kings of the Night
The Lost Race
Worms of the Earth

Black Turlogh
The Dark Man
The Gods of Bal-Sagoth

James Allison
The Valley of the Worm

Other Fantasy
Black Canaan
Spanish Gold on Devil Horse
Spear & Fang

Weird Menace

Black Hound of Death
The Grisly Horror/Moon of Zambebwei

In addition to that, the volume features some top notch illustrations provided by illustrator of the first volume, Les Edwards, as you can see here:

R.I.P. Dave Simons

dave_wall03_smI found out today that Dave Simons, Conan art gallery contributor, artist extraordinaire, and all around nice guy, passed away last night due to complications from pnemonia… of course a relatively recent resurgence of his fight against cancer didn’t help matters either. He was 54.

I never met Dave personally, but can attest to other people’s claims of him being a genuinely nice guy just from the few emails we exchanged. I received two commissions from him last year for my Images of the Hyborian Age project, and Dave approached them both with wild enthusiasm. He went far above and beyond on his pieces than the commission rate warranted. In addition to the quality of work he yielded, he made numerous observations and suggestions to refine the project and his pieces to keep with the original spirit of the project, which is honoring Robert E. Howard and his Hyborian Age. We had plans to do a third, and had the economy not taken a dive, certainly would have.

When I was a kid, I wasn’t much of a collector of numerous comic titles like my friends were. The only titles I had any interest in where the Savage Sword of Conan, and Conan Saga. I didn’t care about Spider Man, Hulk, or Batman, I just wanted to see who the Cimmerian was going to kick the hell out of that month. Guys like Roy Thomas, John Buscema, Tony De Zuniga, Alfredo Alcala, Armando Gil, Barry Smith, Earl Norem, Joe Jusko, Ernie Chan, and of course Dave Simons (among countless others, too many to mention here), were the rock stars of my 8-year-old imagination, taking me to creative places I didn’t know could even exist. I laugh at it now, but I was even naive enough at that age to think that ol’ Roy might actually kill Conan off… every issue could be the last one!

Here’s to Dave Simons, friend to imagination and creativity, all around good guy, and inherently notable (at least in my world), for the last 20+ years.

Dave’s second commission for me was of Thoth Amon, the wizard nemesis that appears in Howard’s story, The Phoenix on the Sword. I’ve posted it to the gallery.
Dave Simons - Thoth Amon Summons Set

liam-sharpTake some time to visit Liam Sharp’s Deviant Art gallery and you won’t be disappointed.  This guy has some of the coolest Conan, Red Sonya, and overall comic illustrations out there, including these two pieces, which are some of my favorites that he’s done.

Liam is currently illustrating the Gears of War series, based of course on the popular video game of the same name.

I hope to one day have a Sharp in the Images of the Hyborian Age project.

This has made the rounds a time or two in the Conan circuit. None the less, I think the Onion did a pretty good job on this article.  Obviously they’re referencing an article that came out a few weeks ago where President Obama professed to collecting Conan and Spider man comics.

If you’re a Conan fan, and you’re familiar with the Howard stories, then I think you’ll enjoy the read:

Obama Disappointed Cabinet Failed To Understand His Reference To ‘Savage Sword Of Conan’ #24

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