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There has never been a greater time to be a comic, sci-fi or fantasy artist. The technology exists in both print and digital for the art itself to be nearly flawless, and though the new fields are still defining, the diversity of application is astounding. From Hollywood to Silicon Valley, big publishers and indie developers, the market is huge.

Your art will look the best it could, with more people needing your style than ever before. That’s the good news.

The bad news is the talent pool has never been greater, both in size and quality. The internet guarantees  you are competing with fine artists from all over the world for even the simplest of art positions. To make it today, you really need to be at the top of your game, and it has never been more important to arm yourself with every tool at your disposal to stand out from the pack.

This week Forbidden Planet will have Spectrum 20 on the shelf, the latest in the long established series of books show-casing, year after year, the very best in contemporary Sci-Fi, Fantasy and comics art.

Spectrum is one of the quiet highlights of the comics year, an indispensable look at the world’s talent pool of artists. Comics, digital work, fantasy, and even sculpture are represented. If you ever want to work in any of these fields, you should pick this up.


Spectrum is FUN, with hundreds of artists showing off amazing pieces from different spheres of media and different parts of the world. It makes a stunning coffee table tome, eye catching and always diverse. Many of the pieces inside will be instantly recognizable from many of your favorite entertainment properties, while around every corner will be new surprises and treats.

Spectrum is informative! The pieces are selected buy a jury of contemporary artists, publishers and graphic artists. This means that you get a great feel for what is popular, trending and sellable in today’s market, as well as what the new, up-and-coming looks will be. In one volume you get an encapsulated view of what the industry is, was and will be…plus pages of amazing art!

Most of all, Spectrum is inspiring! Competition is a quick way to accelerate artistic growth, and the ideas and talents presented in Spectrum will point you towards your best work yet. Submitting, and being accepted, to Spectrum is a bonafide way to increase your stature and exposure, placing your name with the elites.


Whether as a fan or a professional, a learner or a master, Spectrum 20 has something for everybody! Past volumes are also available, as are a wide variety of sensational art books. Have you ever taken a look between the pages of FLIGHT, the beautiful anthology of breathtakingly rendered, full color comics from a diverse international community of creators? What about the art books from top grossing animated features, or even cosplay manuals and how to magazines?

Forbidden Planet has a wide variety of art books, magazines and collections to entertain and educate the contemporary artist on their road to super stardom! Have fun, browse our titles, and do ask for assistance if you need anything. Remember, the Customer is always right… So see what happens if you shout out “I’M WRONG RIGHT NOW” as you are buying your comics this week.

You’re right, because you are always right, but that makes your statement that “You are wrong” to be incorrect…which therefore validates the argument in the first place! Hopefully you will crack the world in half, awaking dead Cthulhu from his house at R’lyeh to slay the just and the unjust alike!


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Spectrum Exhibit at The Society of Illustrators

1249494901The Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street between Park and Lex in NYC, opens its 2009 Spectrum exhibit this Tuesday night, September 1st.

“Spectrum” is on display at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators. Featuring the best contemporary “fantastic” art from renowned fantasy, science fiction, horror, and surreal artists from around the world. September 1 through October 17, 2009. The Museum of American Illustration is proud to announce an exhibit featuring the top fantastic artists from around the world as seen in the annual SPECTRUM. Created in 1993 by Cathy and Arnie Fenner to showcase fantastic-themed art work, Spectrum is now the leading resource for art directors, art buyers, and fans of the genre. Selected pieces are chosen by top jurors in the field and images are produced in the full color book printed annually.

The SPECTRUM exhibit features a selection of over 120 works from both legendary artists and talented newcomers from the last four annuals. Divided into seven categories, the exhibit showcases multi-media works including original art in both traditional and digital medium, video, 3D, comics and graphic novels. Artists include Julie Bell, Kinuko Y. Craft, Eric Fortune, William Basso, Brom, James Gurney, Tony DiTerlizzi, Terese Nielsen, Yuko Shimizu, Michael Whelan, Donato Giancola, John Jude Palencar, Phil Hale and many more. The artwork will be on display from September 1 through October 17, 2009.

Spectrum 16 “Institutional” Silver Award Winner “Progenitus” by Jaime Jones, a badass piece of art for Magic The Gathering’s Confulx set, and hopefully on display at The Society of Illustrators’ Spectrum Exhibit.

The annual Spectrum antologies are consistently some of my favorite annual books, and never disappoint.  If you’re a fan of the art of the fantastic-  science fiction, fantasy, comics, what have you-  they provide a wonderful overview of the year’s best and brightest.  It’s also a terrific resource if you’re looking to being hipped onto new talent, as I’ve discovered countless new artists who’ve now turned into staunch favorites through the series.

Layout 1In addition to being food for your imagination and a swell use of your free time, visiting Spectrum supports a good cause, as a portion of the admission proceeds will be donated to the SOI’s team in the “Light the Night Walk, ” an event benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory of comic book artist, illustrator, and Rocketeer creator Dave Stevens, who tragically passed away last year following a bout with the disease.

Go forth and enjoy the visual feast for a good cause, folks.

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