All Men Must Read: A Game of Thrones premiere review!

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by Anastasia Bosakowski, Editorial Staff of The Science Fiction Book Club

They promised us epic, and it truly was!

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I got to go to the Game Of Thrones Epic Fan Experience at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last night, and it was a blast. For a little background, this was an event that HBO threw together to give 7000 fans an advance screening the first episode of season 4 (the actually premiere was at Lincoln Center 2 nights earlier). For our $15 (all proceeds went to charity) we were promised a close up view of costumes, an Iron Throne to sit on and the episode itself. What we got was so much more. I will stop to mention that absolutely no cameras, cell phones, tablets or electronic devices were allowed in the venue, which is why I have no photos to show you.

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Cover Story: Randy Gallegos

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The amazing art for last month’s catalog cover of The Science Fiction Book Club was painted by illustrator Randy Gallegos. The painting itself, Alieis, is an original oil painting and a very large painting measuring at 4′ x 6′. Randy has a career spanning the past 20 years having produced hundreds of pieces of art for the gaming and publishing industry. You may be familiar with his work from collectible cards and role-playing games like Magic: the Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons.

Randy has released a video demonstration available online. The video is 720HD, 147 minutes long, and 3.4GB uncompressed. And today is the last day to take advantage of his introductory pay what you want (starting at 99 cents) for this full-length video demonstration! Tomorrow, the price goes to the standard price of $19.99. Get your download and more details here.

Beginning today and running all this weekend (March 14-16, 2014) Randy will be appearing at Lunacon, the 57th Annual Convention of the New York Science Fiction Society. Randy has been selected as this year’s Artist Guest of Honor. Besides having many pieces of originals on display, he’ll be doing some live demonstrations and autograph sessions as well as participating on a number of panels. I’ll be joining Randy on Saturday afternoon with other publishing professionals at 4pm for a panel: The Decline and Fall of the Book Cover. Join us if you’re in the area. Seeing ‘Alieis‘ in person will be worth the trip!

Matthew Kalamidas
Senior Art Director
The Science Fiction Book Club

Visit gallegosart.com for more of Randy’s work. Here’s some of our favorites:

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On the Cover: Kari Christensen

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I started the year off by featuring this piece of art by Kari Christensen for the member’s catalog of The Science Fiction Book Club. It’s a fitting image to start of the new year in a very science fictional way. The Last Human is one of the latest pieces by illustrator Kari Christensen.

I met Kari at New York Comic Con several years ago as he sat among hundreds of other artists in Artist’s Alley. Kari worked in the game industry for many years and is now focusing on building a freelance illustration career and from what I’ve seen, it’s very promising. You see, it’s not only the work Kari already has in his portfolio, but the art that he strives to make. This young artist has in no way stopped developing his skills and his vision. He’s continually taking courses and attending lectures in order to improve his own work. Take a look through his work on his site and you’ll understand exactly what I mean.

Matthew Kalamidas
Senior Art Director
The Science Fiction Book Club

Here’s a few samples of his work:

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Captain America's got insanely good buzz, and Gotham gets a logo

Captain America's got insanely good buzz, and Gotham gets a logo

Jon Favreau still wants to make Disney’s Magic Kingdom movie. A viral marketing campaign takes us deep inside X-Men: Days of Future Past‘s Trask Industries. And Tilda Swinton talks vampire love in Only Lovers Left Alive. Plus, Extant casts Halle Berry’s father! Spoilers now!

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All Men Must Read: A Game of Thrones premiere review!

Friday, March 21, 2014

by Anastasia Bosakowski, Editorial Staff of The Science Fiction Book Club They promised us epic, and it truly was! I got to go to the Game Of Thrones…

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On the Cover: Kari Christensen

Thursday, March 13, 2014

I started the year off by featuring this piece of art by Kari Christensen for the member’s catalog of The Science Fiction Book Club. It’s a fitting image…

The North remembers in an all-new Game of Thrones season 4 trailer

Monday, March 10, 2014

So much good stuff in this new trailer, you guys. A Bolton family reunion! The Titan of Braavos! Jaime getting his groove pack! Unhappy Starks and Snows! Dragon play-time! And, as usual, Daenerys being a stone-cold badass! Oh, April 2nd can’t get her…

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Behind the art of The Golden Arrow

Friday, January 3, 2014

There are instances when a book jacket project becomes much more than just the marriage of image and text on a cover. The Golden Arrow by Anna Redmond…