M.D. Jackson

VALERIAN: Jean Claude Mézières’ Spatio-Temporal Agent

With the recent passing of French artist Jean-Claude Mézières, I wanted to re-purpose and old article I had written about him. This originally appeared in DARK WORLDS QUARTERLY Magazine in 2017 Before Star Wars, Bladerunner and The Fifth Element the sci-fi future had already been imagined When Jean-Claude Mézières saw

Magic at Christmas

There is a special kind of magic at Christmas. I don’t mean the cliché “Santa-comes-down-the-chimney” magic or the “flying-reindeer” magic or the “delivering-presents-all-over-the-world-in-one-night” kind of magic. That’s little children magic. No, I’m talking about the old magic. The dark magic. I’m talking pagan magic. Norse and Danish magic. That many Christmas

SURREALISM: Giant Crabs Ate my Pontiac!

Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s. Originally only a literary movement, the surrealists eventually began to include artists among their ranks. The aim of the surrealists was to “resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality.” Artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision,

But, Baby, it’s Cold Outside

How do we know when it’s cold? We feel it. We feel the cold on our skin, in our ears, in our lungs. But how can one see the cold? With your eyes alone you cannot tell how cold it is. Sometimes there isn’t enough visual information to even let

WHY THE SUN NEEDS TO SET ON THE GALACTIC EMPIRE

Two of the most recent science fiction films and television series are adaptations of two of the most beloved and seminal works of Science Fiction literature. Dune, by Frank Herbert is about to be released in theatres all over the world, and Foundation by Isaac Asimov is currently streaming as

The Alpha Male Isn’t

You may have run into one of these guys. They’re big, maybe bearded, scowling. “I am a dominant Alpha male by nature,” they say. “I’m a Bull… a primal hunter. I have no time for any liberal/democrat rhetoric or narrative. I don’t support BS movements and I bow to no

Stephen Hickman (April 9, 1949 – July 16, 2021)

Stephen Hickman passed away last week. His was not a household name, if any illustrator can be said to be one. He was not as well known as a Frazetta or Boris but within the illustration world, Hickman was a giant. Stephen Hickman was an award-winning illustrator, sculptor and writer,

Fly me to the Moon

When people think of the moon they think of a dull, grey, featureless rock with no atmosphere, and in real life, that’s kind of the way that it is. I mean, sure, the moon has its phases, like this week’s full Strawberry Moon, but that’s for people on the ground.

No One Wants to Read Your Crappy Book

Hey, M. D. Jackson here. I’ll be back next month with more art related content. This month I’m giving over my post to my good friend Jack Mackenzie. Jack’s an author and he’s going to talk to you about writing. Hey. Get in. We’re going for a ride. No, don’t

Doc Savage’s Hair: The Coiffe of Bronze

This blog post is made of 100% recycled material. Happy Earth Day! *** Recently someone in a Doc Savage Facebook group asked a question, and it was a good one. The question was: How did we go from the Doc Savage as depicted on the covers of the magazine, the

Patterson’s The Shadow Cover: FAIL!

James Patterson is updating The Shadow. His publishers have released the artwork for the covers. Oh, dear. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. What? Who is The Shadow? Okay, let me back up a bit… to 1931. The Shadow was originally just a voice on the radio. The Shadow was

Who is Captain Future?

This month (for me, anyways) has been all about Captain Future. I have been living, breathing, eating and sleeping Edmond Hamilton’s pulp era science fiction hero. But who is Captain Future? Popular in his hey day, the 1940’s, the final decade of the pulp magazines, today he is an obscure

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