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The Danger of ‘P.D.B.’ (or Professor Dario Bava)

If you’re a fan of ’60s giallo horror and lurid European comics, you’re about to get name-dropped to death: Phil Mucci is a filmmaker and writer whose studio is called Diabolik Films (name-drop ✔), and who has created an action-horror character named Professor Dario Bava (name-drop ✔ ✔) billed as a “paranormal playboy.” The first […]

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Juan Gimenez’ Tarot Cards

The late Argentine artist Juan Gimenez was a master of sci-fi and fantasy art. He was a Heavy Metal contributor and a Jodorowsky collaborator (on Metabarons from the Jodoverse). But did you know he also designed two tarot decks? Now, many fantasy artists have attempted a tarot deck — and not necessarily because they believe […]

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That Famous ‘Akira Slide:’ Watch the Supercut

It’s been 33 years since Akira, the animated film version of Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga, premiered in theaters (in Japan). In the years since, the movie’s influence has grown steadily; it’s generally acclaimed not only as one of the the greatest animated sci-fi films of all time, but a stylistic milestone as well. While there are […]

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Watch the Teaser for ‘Mad God,’ a Stop-Motion Epic 30 Years in the Making

Phil Tippett would no doubt agree that the late Ray Harryhausen shall forever retain the title of King of Stop-Motion Animation — after all, it was Harryhausen’s animation in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad that inspired a young Tippett to go into the field. Tippett could be called the last of the SFX stop-motion directors, […]

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Why Will Elder Was the Essential Genius of Mad Magazine [14 Images]

We’ve said it before — there’s a pattern of cultural literacy that leads to Heavy Metal. If you gravitated toward the magazine there’s a good chance you read some Philip K. Dick, Frank Herbert, or Robert E. Howard. Alien and Blade Runner may be in your top-5 favorite movies, with a couple John Carpenter flicks […]

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Dazzling Georges Bess Drawings at Philippe Labaune in NYC

Recent works by French comics artist Georges Bess are the subject of the latest exhibition at Philippe Labaune Gallery in New York City. Dedicated to art by sequential storytellers (“comic book artists”), the space opened its doors earlier this year with a show paying tribute to Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo. “Georges Bess: Tale of Unrealism” […]

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Watch the ‘Matrix Resurrections’ Trailer

It’s the trailer for the sequel we didn’t necessarily want — not after Matrix Revolutions, anyway. The first film, The Matrix, was an instant cyberpunk classic and its sequel The Matrix Reloaded was a pretty good movie. But as a trilogy, the Matrix movies are known for having great ideas most of the way through, […]

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Damnation: More ‘Metal Made Flesh’ From HM Cover Artist Simeon Aston

Simeon Aston and Jeremy Biggs are back at it, with Damnation, another chapter in their Metal Made Flesh saga, currently gathering funds on Kickstarter. Aston is one of our favorite stylists in the comics medium, delivering detail-rich sci-fi drawings with distinctive color schemes. When you’re in a world created by Simeon Aston, you know it […]

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Indie Game ‘Exekiller’ Channels ‘Blade Runner’ and More

The first thing you might notice about the first-person shooter Exekiller is the sickly orange hue of the air — very Blade Runner 2049, right? True, but Exekiller isn’t set in the future. In fact, it’s set in 1998, a very different 1998 than any of us recall. In this alternate past, a disaster known […]

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Heavy Metal: The Making of the Movie (from August 1981)

Heavy Metal, the movie, had its premiere 40 years ago, and to celebrate the anniversary we’ve got a treat for fans: The “Making of” article that ran in the August 1981 issue of Heavy Metal.

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