Just two things this time. After Carl Vincent’s posts about Spectrum Fantasy Art Live last year and this, I wanted to take a browse through the Spectrum annuals I have. I saw that I’d fallen behind, so ordered the two missing volumes.
Spectrum 18 and Spectrum 19 by Cathy and Arnie Fenner – fantasy and science fiction art – collection of images from the annual Spectrum show in Kansas City.
After looking through these volumes I was struck by two things: the quality of the artwork is exceptional; the number of dark, nightmarish images seems greater every year. I suppose this is because of the popularity of vampires, zombies and monsters of all kinds in games and on book covers the last few years, but please give me a break from befanged, bloody-mouthed women such as that on the cover of #18!
The market undoubtedly drives the kind of images art directors solicit and buy, so what’s popular sells. Still, I always find many images in these books that I do like, some of them very much indeed.
In addition to the two art books listed this week, I read about half of The Best of Adventure, volume 1 from Black Dog Books, The Case of the Vagabond Virgin by Gardner (review last Friday), and am continuing to read The Song of the Sky, and a couple of short story collections.
What did you get, new, used or from the library, and
what have you been reading?