Moebius – The Long Tomorrow

 Moebius - The Long TomorrowMoebius - The Long Tomorrow

Dovetailing nicely into Bladerunner comes some of the original visual inspiration for that film – ‘The Long Tomorrow’ – a 1976 Proto-Cyberpunk Comic with art By French Artist Mobieus and a script from Dan (Alien) O’Bannon. Many Thanks to Dick Hogg for putting me onto this, and supplying the scans.

Read much more about ‘The Long Tomorrow’ and the birth of Cyberpunk here:

Ridley Scott – Bladerunner Storyboard

Ridley Scott - Bladerunner Storyboard

A section of Ridley Scott’s storyboard sketches for Bladerunner, demonstrating once again his flair for drawing and his passion for details. These dystopian scenes in particular – Deckard’s visit to the Tyrell Corp HQ – was inspired by Ridley’s youth and memories of the night-time vista of oil refineries and steel mills, the fabric of 60’s industrial Teeside (North East England).

EDIT – June 2012 ****

These storyboards were drawn by Tom Cranham at EEG (the effects house ) for the film Blade Runner. Scott supervised every shot but did not draw these sketches. Sherman Labby drew an earlier set of storyboards for this scene but more drawings were ordered. Tom Southwell production illustrator: Blade Runner 1980-81

Roger Dean – Brataccas

Roger Dean - Brataccas

This is Roger Dean’s first piece of commissioned artwork for the legendary 80/90s Games House Psygnosis, and dates from way back to 1986. In addition to Roger Dean Psygnosis also used other Sci-Fi-O-Rama Favorites Tim White and Peter Andrew Jones examples of which I’ve featured earlier. Not all of the games were that memorable but the artwork certainly was and although some of it had been used before as SF Novel covers I think it’s fair to say that it reached a much wider and younger audience thanks to Psygnosis. Read more about Psygnosis here:

Roger Dean – Barbarian

Roger Dean - Barbarian

Cover for the 1987 Computer game Barbarian, published by Psygnosis, art unmistakably by Roger Dean.

Note that this is not actually the famous one-on-one ‘Barbarian’  Beat em up, but a different game from around the same era. The famous version was like an early version of Mortal Kombat with a special death move that triggered a funny animation; basically if you managed to decapitate your opponent a little goblin creature came and dragged the corpse away – oh and the box art featured Maria Whittaker (top UK Page 3 Girl) and erm Wolf (from old UK gladiators)…

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