We met Angela McKendrick at R.I. Comiccon 2015, and admired her work. She is a Graphic Artist producing a wide range of art styles, and were particularly attracted to her Art Deco Minimalist posters, on a variety of SF topics.
She has a Facebook page, and you can check out more of her work on her Deviant Art site: http://cuddleswithcats.deviantart.com/
We're sad to report that Wednesday Nov. 4, 2015, screenwriter Melissa Mathison died at the age of 65 from neuroendocrine cancer. Her death was confirmed by her brother, Dirk.
Mathison wrote the original screenplay for E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, after developing the concept with director Steven Spielberg. The story was concocted out of the ashes of Spielberg's abandoned alien invasion film, Night Skies, and was also partially based on an imaginary friend that a young Spielberg invented after his parents got divorced. Mathison's screenplay was nominated for an Oscar.
She called her moving script a "boy meets dog story" and a tale of "redemption and resurrection."
Mathison had actually reteamed with Spielberg recently to write the screenplay for his next movie, The BFG, based on a story by Roald Dahl and due out next year. Her other screenwriting credits included The Black Stallion, The Indian in the Cupboard, The Escape Artist and Martin Scorsese’s film about the early life of the Dalai Lama, Kundun.
Mathison was also married for 21 years, from 1983 to 2004, to actor Harrison Ford, with whom she had two children, Georgia and Malcolm.
Always wanted to tell your own Star Trek story about Kirk, Spock, Janeway, Picard, Uhura, Sisko, Major Kira, Archer, Tom Paris, Hoshi and/or the Borg, U.S.S. Enterprise, etc.? Well, your timing is coming, as Simon & Schuster, as part of its celebration of Star Trek's upcoming 50th anniversary, will bring back its popular Star Trek: Strange New Worlds fan fiction writing contest. The orignal Star Trek: Strange New Worlds was a yearly collection of Trek short stories published between 1998 and 2007, with the amateur writers' works chosen via an open submissions process. The new contest for 2106 will result in 10 grand prize winners who will have their stories published in the print and eBook formats as part of an all-new and official anthology from Simon & Schuster. Additionally, the two first prize winners will receive a free self-publishing package from Archway Publishing.
A deadline of January 15, 2016 has been set for submissions by U.S. residents only, and the winners will be announced on March 31, 2016, with the winning stories selected by a panel (to be named in the near future). And, to make the 2016 Star Trek: Strange New Worlds a fully fan-created package, fans will soon be asked to submit their artwork for cover consideration. Visit www.startrekbooks.com for additional details.
Olivia Mercurio is an Artist & Storyteller recently moved to Rhode Island. We met her when she attended a R.I. Science Fiction Club meeting, and she is awesome! Here's her bio:
"Olivia is an artist from West Hartford, Connecticut. She got her BFA at Savannah College of Art and Design, where she studied sequential art and storyboarding. She is passionate about visual storytelling and media. Olivia hopes to pursue a career in storyboarding using her art as a medium to challenge stereotypes and to promote equality. "
Her work ranges from space comics to pirates to fantasy creatures. If you're looking to commission an artist for a project, she's definitely worth a look.
You can see more of Olivia's work on her website: www.oliviadraws.com
Star Wars.com and Funko are proud to unveil Smuggler’s Bounty, the only OFFICIAL Star Wars subscription box in the galaxy! Featuring 100% exclusive collectibles, apparel and accessories from the Star Wars universe, the debut box - entitled Star Wars: The Force Awakens - will ship this November.
For just $25 every other month, members will receive a box full of exclusive Star Wars-themed Funko items valued at over $50. Each box will focus on a different part of the Star Wars universe and include memorabilia exclusive to the program. The initial November box will contain TWO exclusive Pop! vinyl bobbleheads from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as a host of other surprises perfect for any Star Wars fan. Boxes will ship every two months, and there are two member levels available – a monthly plan (Pirate), and an annual plan (Boss) featuring a mystery reward upon completing one year in the program.
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