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Where To See All That Great Mandalorian Concept Art

If you watched the The Mandalorian, you’ll recall that the series did something very cool at the end of each episode — it showed concept art from that episodes as the credits played. The imagery was created by some of the best concept artists in the business, including Ryan Church, Christian Alzmann, Brian Matyas, series […]

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Hear ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’s Unused Theme Song

Stanley Kubrick’s ahead-of-its-time sci-fi movie 2001: A Space Odyssey was released in 1968. Fifty-three years later, fans of the film get the ultimate bonus feature — or, at least, a curio worth a listen. It’s a song, complete with lyrics, that was requested by Kubrick for the film. The late filmmaker challenged his publicist Mike […]

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Julie Strain, Heavy Metal Warrior Queen, 1962-2021

Julie Strain, the model, actress and Heavy Metal muse, died on January 10 after a long battle with dementia. The 6’1″ Strain was a constant presence in Heavy Metal during the 1990s, posing as a strong warrior woman for contributors including Olivia de Berardinis, Simon Bisley, Luis Royo and others. Her association with Heavy Metal […]

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Brian Serway’s Dark Art of Appalachia and Cryptids

Brian Serway makes incredibly cool art rooted in American folklore and legends, much of it from the Appalachian region he calls home.

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Philip K. Dick’s Obituary From 1982, by Lou Stathis

In the early ’80s, associate editor Lou Stathis was essentially the voice of Heavy Metal. Stathis’ purview was the Dossier section of the magazine, where he wrote about a lot of culture and entertainment (often music) and edited others’ reviews and columns. Though he worked for the leading “adult illustrated fantasy magazine” (as we then […]

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Nertz Podcast: ‘Go with the Flo’ with John Park

“Go With The Flo” (w/ John Park) Just what does the “Flo” Progressive Insurance spokesmodel have to do with Geek Culture? Find out as we talk to her co-creator and copywriter John Park. You may be surprised. Or not. That’s fine, too. (Original Airdate: 06/10/16) For more information on NERTZ producer/host Mathew Klickstein: MathewKlickstein.com

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Richard Corben, 1940-2020

Richard Corben, a titan of visual storytelling, has died at the age of 80. The news comes from his wife Dona Corben, over at the Corben Studios Inc. Facebook page: It is with great sorrow and loss that I must share the sad news that Richard Corben died Dec 2, 2020 following heart surgery. He […]

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The D&D Monster Manual Art of Dave “DAT” Trampier [30 Images]

It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that artist David A. Trampier made the underground phenomenon of Dungeons & Dragons viable in the mainstream. In its original form, D&D was a game outlined in some very underwhelming booklets — fine for the hobbyist market that embraced the game but lacking in style. When TSR decided […]

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Watch the ‘Zappa’ Trailer, Alex Winter’s Latest Documentary

The story of rock music’s most unconventional genius, Frank Zappa, will have a one-time showing in theaters on November 23, and then will be made available for home streaming November 27. Titled Zappa, the documentary is directed by Alex Winter, an accomplished documentary filmmaker whom you may also recall as Bill S. Preston, Esq. in […]

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Ignacio Noe’s ‘Suddenly’ Pinups in Peril

Argentine artist Ignacio Noe has published numerous books in a wide range of genres — from children’s books all the way to not-at-all children’s books. His most recent project, an erotic book called The Piano Tuner, just wrapped its Kickstarter funding campaign. You can see examples of his art on his Facebook page (and his […]

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