Everything You Never Knew About The Making of Conan The Barbarian

What is best in life? Seeing a classic sword-and-sorcery hero brought to the big screen, with an iconic bodybuilder in the lead role. But how did Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian become such a classic film? The path to glory was long and twisted. Here's everything you never knew about the making of Conan. » 2/17/15 1:00pm 2/17/15 1:00pm

Glory And Thunder! You Could Own These Original Boris Vallejo Paintings

Hardly anybody* ever did sword-and-sorcery art better than Boris Vallejo — complete with beefcake and cheesecake figures in larger-than-life situations. With eye-popping colors and a flair for the dramatic. And now a few newly discovered Vallejo originals are up for auction. » 10/30/14 1:30pm 10/30/14 1:30pm

Supercut: Morgan Freeman Explains Absolutely Everything

Nobody explains things better than Morgan Freeman. No matter how nonsensical, crazy or profound, everything sounds better when he explains it. We only use 10 percent of our brains? Sure. A mystical prophecy? Makes sense. But just to prove it, here are nearly 40 clips of Freeman explaining stuff. » 8/28/14 1:54pm 8/28/14 1:54pm

The Most Important Crossover Of All Time: Groo Vs. Conan!

Sure, it was pretty neat when the JLA met the Avengers. And Archie Vs. Punisher deserves a fond place in everyone's heart, forever. But the best crossover of all time is coming soon: Groo the Wanderer versus Conan the Barbarian. Only one of these titanic heroes can prevail. » 7/03/14 11:41am 7/03/14 11:41am

The Failed Publisher That Gave Us I, Robot And Arthur C. Clarke

We owe a huge debt to Gnome Press, a small start-up science fiction publisher that launched in the wake of World War II and failed because it couldn't pay its authors. As Andrew Liptak explains over in Kirkus Reviews, Gnome made Asimov's I, Robot possible, and gave us the first themed anthology. » 3/27/14 3:40pm 3/27/14 3:40pm

Concept Art for Robert Rodriguez's Scrapped Red Sonja Movie


Five years ago, Robert Rodriguez was determined to make a movie about Red Sonja, the She-Devil With a Sword, starring his then-fiancee Rose McGowan. The film never happened, but you can see some fairly epic concept art. » 1/18/14 2:00pm 1/18/14 2:00pm

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

Dark Horse is adapting Hour of the Dragon, Howard's best Conan story

A few weeks ago at the comic shop, I stumbled across a new Conan series. But not just any Conan series. Dark Horse is adapting the only Conan novel, The Hour of the Dragon, over two six-issue runs. I had to check it out. So is it any good? Yeah, it’s really good. » 7/03/13 11:45am 7/03/13 11:45am

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

What if Conan the Barbarian was your spirit guide?

As you walk through modern life, you might need a no-nonsense voice to guide you away from self-pity, doubt, and the secret rites of blood donation volunteers. In By Crom! artist Rachel Kahn imagines that she is in constant consultation with the pulp hero Conan the Cimmerian. » 5/04/13 10:00am 5/04/13 10:00am

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

11 Preposterously Manly Fantasy Series

What makes a book series manly? Is it the action? The violence? The lack of female characters? Is it male wish-fulfillment? Misogyny? Or a combination of all these things? » 1/21/13 10:00am 1/21/13 10:00am

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

R-Rated Movies Reimagined as Goofy Children's Cartoons

If anyone ever decides to make a Saturday morning cartoon of Night of the Living Dead or Alien, Justin White will be there. His new illustration series, Rated G is a cheeky look at movies and TV shows that are child-inappropriate, but that he reinterprets in a children's animation style. » 11/17/12 5:00pm 11/17/12 5:00pm

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… » 6/13/12 2:23pm 6/13/12 2:23pm

Arnold Schwarznegger's Next Project Should Be a Sequel to All His Old…

Now that he's fixed California and put all that unpleasantness behind him, Arnold Schwarzenegger is talking movies again. And by the sound of things, it sounds as though his next project will be either Terminator 5 or a sequel to Twins. But why choose one? » 4/19/12 2:08pm 4/19/12 2:08pm

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