Why does live-action fantasy fail at the movies?

Apart from Harry Potter, Twilight and the Tolkien adaptations, live-action fantasy movies always seem to tank these days. Latest case in point: Mortal Instruments, which underperformed massively, taking in only about $14 million on a $60 million budget. Why are fantasy movies cursed? » 8/26/13 1:33pm 8/26/13 1:33pm

12 Great Science Fiction Actors Who Don't Get Enough Props

Science fiction is an actor's dream. The genre has created some breakout stars, like Harrison Ford, but it's also turned scores of working actors into beloved fan-favorites, who work the convention circuit. But here are 12 great science fiction actors who swing for the fences, and just don't get the appreciation they… » 5/17/13 10:31am 5/17/13 10:31am

Frank Darabont's Brilliant Pitch for a New Conan the Barbarian Movie

Yesterday we premiered the first taste of our amazing exclusive roundtable interview with legendary movie poster artist Drew Struzan, director Frank Darabont, and Being Human's Sam Witwer, with an update on Darabont's Godzilla. » 1/23/13 11:00am 1/23/13 11:00am

The 12 Most Epic Action Heroes of Science Fiction and Fantasy

It's Boxing Day, which means it's the perfect day to celebrate action. We love a cerebral hero, who thinks five thousand steps ahead and sets careful traps — but there's something to be said for an action hero, who goes on huge car chases, gets into massive fight scenes, and survives by the skin of his or her teeth. A… » 12/26/12 10:00am 12/26/12 10:00am

Q: What is best in life? A: Arnold Schwarzenegger playing Conan the…

Now that Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator sequel has apparently run into major problems, he seems to be up for revisiting another one of his classic roles. And unlike the played-out Terminator series, this could actually be interesting. » 10/25/12 4:34pm 10/25/12 4:34pm

Napoleonic Dragons and Post-Apocalyptic Survivors Like You've Never…

A Paris gallery, Galerie Daniel Maghen, has an amazing exhibit of art inspired by great books — including a number of fantasy and science fiction classics. Behold some amazing takes on Naomi Novik's Temeraire books, Richard Matheson's I Am Legend and Robert E. Howard's Conan. » 7/11/12 2:30pm 7/11/12 2:30pm

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A Fantastic Conan Pastiche, and a Chance to be a Hero Yourself

Throne of the Crescent Moon author Saladin Ahmed has fallen on some rough times, and yesterday he put up a blog post asking for some help. (He says he's already gotten enough support in the 24 hours since that post went up, but it's never a bad thing to help more.) And because Ahmed's a total rockstar, he gave people a … » 6/13/12 2:23pm 6/13/12 2:23pm

What is best in life? Epic Barbarian Art!

It's Friday — which means it's time to party, sword and sandal-style. To help you get into the right mindset for a properly barbaric weekend, we've painstakingly assembled some of the most glorious barbarian art on the internet. Including lots of Conan and Red Sonja, but also tons of other great sword-wielding heroes. » 2/17/12 11:00am 2/17/12 11:00am

This Wednesday, Adventure Time collides with Dinosaur Comics!

What's in comic shops tomorrow? Well, two of the internet's favorite things are smushed together head-on at the spinner racks! Also, new Conan the Barbarian, Fantastic Four, and the end of Jason Aaron's run on PunisherMAX! » 2/07/12 9:20am 2/07/12 9:20am

Read an exclusive sneak peek of Dark Horse Comics' Conan The Barbarian!

Here's an exclusive preview of Dark Horse's upcoming Conan the Barbarian series by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan (interview here). You can read an exclusive two-page preview of the first issue below, and check out a gallery of the series' sword-swinging covers, including a first look at the fourth issue's cover art. » 1/10/12 3:45pm 1/10/12 3:45pm

Is Arnold Schwarzenegger's Conan The Barbarian DVD commentary better…

Now that the mad poetry of Arnold's Total Recall DVD commentary has captured the hearts of an entire planet, let's take a look back at his thrilling repartees with Conan The Barbarian director John Milius. Will these old DVD commentaries redeem him in the public eye for that whole love child imbroglio? Yes, until his… » 11/21/11 7:55pm 11/21/11 7:55pm

In the new Conan The Barbarian comic, the Cimmerian takes to the seas…

At the New York Comic Con, io9 spoke with author Brian Wood (DMZ, Northlanders) and illustrator Becky Cloonan (Demo, American Virgin) about their new Conan The Barbarian series for Dark Horse Comics. The animated duo told io9 about their various upcoming projects (and elaborated on the creative hurdles one encounters… » 10/18/11 2:00pm 10/18/11 2:00pm