Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Art of Blizzard event at Gallery Nucleus

It was an unusually cold night in Los Angeles, but that didn't stop over 600 Blizzard fans from coming out on Saturday to wait in line for the opening night of the Art Exhibit and Book Launch of The Art of Blizzard at Gallery Nucleus.

Several media outlets were on site to interview Chris Metzen and Nick Carpenter before the crowd of people gathered inside the gallery to get in yet another line. This time, they waited with their massive, 376 page copy of The Art of Blizzard, as artists Wei Wang, Glenn Rane, Laurel Austin, and several others signed copies. 

Art sculptures featuring characters from Blizzard were on display among the 65 pieces of framed art which include black and white sketches and full-color illustrations that can be found inside the book.

Images from Fallen games could be found upstairs, where art demos took place throughout the night, touching on unpublished games that Chris Metzen, Samwise Didier and Nick Carpenter are sharing for the first time in The Art of Blizzard.

A scavenger hunt took place and a bunch of raffle prizes were given out during the event. Guests were also treated to mana and health potions to keep them energized!

Our Limited Edition of The Art of Blizzard was announced and fans can start placing pre-orders now
  • Comes in an elegant saifu-cloth slipcase
  • Specially bound signed and numbered edition of the book
  • Includes 4 giclee prints featuring artwork by Brom, Samwise Didier, and Wei Wang
  • Limited to 1500 signed copies
  • Available May 2013
The art exhibit goes through February 3, 2013 and books will be available at the gallery store as well as online.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Fringe: September's Notebook - A Publishing First

Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Warner Bros. Television Group, along with the FOX Broadcasting Company, have joined forces with publisher Insight Editions to create an unprecedented published work — setting a new standard for officially licensed publishing merchandise and product integration in the world of publishing.

"...authors Tara Bennett and Paul Terry worked with the television show’s production team on a daily basis to develop and evolve Fringe: September’s Notebook into the world’s first fully integrated licensed publication that has emerged from within the television series’ storyline itself.”

In the penultimate Fringe episode “The Boy Must Live” (airing Friday, January 11, at 9/8c on FOX), the worlds of network television and licensed publishing collide and will never be the same again. In the episode, the enigmatic recurring character of the Observer September (guest star Michael Cerveris) reveals to Walter Bishop (John Noble) that he had been keeping a notebook of all his observations. “September’s Notebook” is the exact book that fans of the show have been able to pre-order — and consequently be a part of — since earlier this year.

Fringe executive producer/showrunner J.H. Wyman said: “We couldn’t have picked a better framework for this book with the Observers. Where we went this season is ultimately so Observer-heavy and it reveals some things that are really mind-blowing. We wanted to include the notebook in this upcoming episode, as it encompasses September’s journey from beginning to end. The fact that we are able to share it with the fans, after the episode airs, is truly exciting. September’s writing exhibits what he admires most about the human spirit’s most beautiful quality — hope.”

Currently in its fifth and final season with a special two-hour series finale event airing Friday, January 18, at 8/7c on FOX, Fringe follows main characters FBI special agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), eccentric “fringe” scientist Walter Bishop (Noble) and his jack-of-all-trades son Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), as they investigate paranormal incidents that defy human logic and mystifying events that threaten our very existence on a universal scale. With the help of fellow agents and allies Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick), Nina Sharp (Blair Brown), Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole), Charlie Francis (Kirk Acevedo), Lincoln Lee (Seth Gabel) and John Scott (Mark Valley), the FBI’s Fringe Division delves into a world where hybrid monsters tear through sewers, thieves walk through walls and portals open to parallel universes. The Observer September chronicles not only the main characters’ personal stories but also elements of the show’s mythology, including the FBI’s Fringe Division, Massive Dynamic, the Machine, the alternate universe “Over There” and the Amber timeline.

With a rabid and devoted fan base, the critically acclaimed Fringe phenomenon has spawned two six-part comic book series and an alternate reality game. Fringe: September’s Notebook is the first comprehensive guide to the show’s compelling mythology and a must-have companion following the show’s epic conclusion.

A revelation for fans and super fans alike, Fringe: September’s Notebook includes exclusive photos and concept art, and reveals quirks and little-known facts about each character, insight into fringe science and much more. Design features throughout the book build upon the many symbols and codes woven into the show’s fabric, uncovering truths never before revealed.

Fringe: September’s Notebook is an extension of the show and its mythology like no other. Within the book, every single word, sketch, photo, and official document has been painstakingly put together (under the guidance of series executive producer/showrunner J.H. Wyman and former executive producer Jeff Pinkner) with contributions from the Fringe production department. More than a year in the making from its inception, with material that spans all five seasons.

Download the official press release or learn more at

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Celebrating the Life of Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley, an American icon, remains unrivaled in American culture: in his music, his cultural impact, and the very chapters of his rags-to-riches life story. More than three decades after his death, Elvis remains a significant presence in worldwide popular culture. 

In 1956, a twenty-one-year-old singer named Elvis Presley was at the beginning of his remarkable career. Alfred Wertheimer, a young New York photojournalist, was asked by Elvis's new label, RCA Victor, to photograph their new artist. In the course of his one-day assignment for RCA, Wertheimer was struck by the stunningly photogenic performer and felt compelled to continue documenting the everyday moments in Elvis's life during that crucial year.

Wertheimer's unobtrusive photographs of Elvis in performance, with his fans, in the recording studio, and at home with his family present a unique look at one of the world's most famous cultural figures. These images were the first and the last unguarded look at Elvis, and also constitute an important visual document of post-World War II America.

With hundreds of gorgeously reproduced high-quality prints, Elvis is the result of a special alchemy between an exceptionally talented photographer and a charismatic young man on the brink of superstardom.

On the day of his birth (January 8, 1935) we celebrate the life of Elvis Presley with some of his greatest hits. Enjoy.