November 5, 2015: Monstress!  The Cornell Collective!  Snow Monkeys!  Hyperion-8!

My Recommended Read of the Week: Monstress #1 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda.  An amazing book, beautifully illustrated by Sana Takeda, and beautifully written by New York Times bestselling author Marjorie Liu (who also happens to be a Lost Girl fan, Lost Girl fans!).

Hey, check out the latest podcast of The Cornell Collective (  Artist Emma Vieceli, authors Paul Cornell, Lou Anders, and yours truly discuss everything from inspirations, origin stories, and embarrassing professional faux-pas.

November 5, 2015: Monstress!  The Cornell Collective!  Snow Monkeys!  Hyperion-8!

This is no doubt old news to you, but my Snow Monkeys have moved into second place following last week’s trouncing of Dark Matter Consulting Producer Ivon Bartok’s Running Dead.  This week, we’ll be laying a licking on Robert Cooper’s cellar-dwelling Moprah WinFree!

November 5, 2015: Monstress!  The Cornell Collective!  Snow Monkeys!  Hyperion-8!

Today, I leave you with the revised Hyperion-8 lunar base, compliments of Illustrator Bartol Rendulic, Production Designer Ian Brock, and the rest of the Art Department gang.

17 thoughts on “November 5, 2015: Monstress! The Cornell Collective! Snow Monkeys! Hyperion-8!

  1. Thanks for the book recommendation! I’ll check it out.

    Beautiful artwork! You must get some of these framed!

    Das: Netflix added four more seasons (up to season 7) of Murdock Mysteries!!!!! 🙂

  2. Now, will that artwork be 3D rendered or will it be a matte? Absolutely amazing to see that level of detail and to think about the amount of work that is going into what is most likely going to be only a few-second-long exterior shot.

    Beautiful work nonetheless!

    -Mike A.

  3. The big planet is gone. 🙁

    @ gforce – How did it go? Include pictures if you got them.

  4. Hi Joseph,
    These beautiful concepts were illustrated by Bartol Rendulic not by me, Sanford. Correction on the credit for these amazing works!

  5. @ponytail: I liked the planet, too. But it looks more desolate this way.

    I love the concept art. What ever happens to all that glorious artwork? You know, some people are getting ready to move into big new houses (*cough* gforce *cough*) and might be redecorating…

  6. *peers around door*. Here you are! I somehow turned off blog notifications and missed several Facebook posts.

  7. That art work is gorgeous. Amazing work.

    @Ponytail: The first performance went really, really smoothly. The first half was practically perfect, and the second had a couple of bumps but nothing that the audience would probably even notice. I’m hoping the next couple (three in total) will be even better. The whole thing has been a ton of work and I was pretty nervous about it going in, but I will say doing that stuff is like a drug. You kind of get addicted to the rush from it!

    No pictures yet, but I’ll see what I can get.

  8. Wow! We are so lucky to see these wonderfully executed, superbly creative renderings. Thank you Bartol! And I agree with Sparrow_hawk and Tam Dixon that these art pieces should be framed and offered for sale (after they are used in the production). I know I’d buy at least one.

    It seems so long until S2, but these sneak peaks into the ramp up are just amazing. Thanks for giving us our Dark Matter “fix” Joe!

    2 cats =^-^= =^-^=

  9. Awesome cover on Monstress. Love the night sky above the lunar base too, glad they factored in the lack of light pollution to really see the stars.

    I need to finish Girl on a Train and catch up on Crazy Ex Girlfriend, but the time change means I’m wide awake at 1 am and falling asleep in the afternoon.

  10. Hooray! 4 @gforce!!

    Oh! See that Mr Rock Star! 🙂 I knew you’d do great! xo Ok… So there’s just no getting out of it now …Ya gots ta post us lots of pics as soon as theyre uploaded!!

  11. Loving all the illustrations for season 2. And congratulations on the Snow Monkeys rise to 2nd place.

  12. Thanks for the book recommendation, but when it comes to comics I only read graphic novels. Individual issues are way too short, and I’d end up buying the graphic novel format anyway, so buying separate issues is just kind of a waste of money. So, perhaps I’ll read Volume #1 when it comes out in several months or whenever.

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