Thursday, March 04, 2010

Some special puddings...the artwork of Gentlemen Broncos



For those of a geeky sensibility Jared Hess's Gentlemen Broncos is a cult treat with a similar timeless setting and awkwardness to Napoleon Dynamite. For some odd reason, it has taken a critical fecking and been accused of 'bully porn', but I feel it is full of sympathy for the outsider geeks that inhabit it. Similarly to Art School Confidential, though I felt it could have reveled in and spoofed its milieu even more. As Darkplace shows in comedy, and Shaun Hutson shows in reality there is endless comedy to be had in the character of a totally unself-aware writer who feels that his mind-bending visions are almost to much for the human mind to comprehend.

A highlight is the great sci-fi book covers 'In the Year 2525' title sequence. One of my favorite books growing up was David Kyle's A Pictorial History of Science Fiction and I noticed some of the covers straight away but presumed some were mocked specifically for the film.



Anyway, I thought it would be cool to reproduce them here just as covers with the originals I could find, which were a lot less than anticipated.







This one was a surprise, an uncanny likeness of Sam Rockwell, not created specifically for the film but by David Lee Anderson :
"This was the first science fiction painting that I used myself as a model, painted in 1989. The background is taken from a shopping mall in Dallas called The Galleria. It had a nice perspective, which had become one of my specialties, and I developed the shuttle-like craft as if they were in a large hangar."




13 comments:

Tod Robbins said...

Ridiculous. Thank you sir.

Marc said...

Any idea if the original artists received credit or payment for this appropriation of their work? If not it would seem to fit with the film's lack of respect for the genre it is supposedly gently satirizing.

Lorcy said...

It would interesting to see if they got paid individually or if there was an overall fee to the publishers. There was some I couldn't find at all online. I was just surprised some, especially the Rockwell one was a pre existing cover rather than something mocked up for the movie.

EclecticEel said...

Here is the Michael Arangarano one:

http://www.amazon.com/Deathworms-Kratos-Richard-Avery/dp/0449133060

Anonymous said...

The one in the lower right is Paul Di Filippo's "Strange Trades." Great book. http://www.pauldifilippo.com/collections.php

Anonymous said...

can anyone identify the original source of the yuka ruell one (the one with the blue jay and the mice)?

Charles said...

yuka ruell one (the one with the blue jay and the mice)...Analog Dec 1970, artist Frank Kelly Freas

Charles said...

And a few more...

Director of Photography - Analog, Jul 1989, artist Frank Kelly Freas

Casting - Astounding Science Fiction (Analog), Apr 1958, artist Frank Kelly Freas

Executive Producers - Analog, Aug 1971, artist Frank Kelly Freas

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The one in the lower right is Paul Di Filippo's "Strange Trades." Great book

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can anyone identify the original source of the yuka ruell one (the one with the blue jay and the mice)?