These NSFW King Lear Illustrations Are Gorgeous—And Incredibly Grotesque

In 1930, Curwen Press published an edition of William Shakespeare's King Lear with illustrations by artist John Yunge-Bateman. Yunge-Bateman's black-and-white interpretation of the play is quite striking — and oddly heavy on the thong underwear. » 3/24/15 3:20pm 3/24/15 3:20pm

Hacking The Loop

Kosmas rigged his computer so that it could interface with the AchronoTech machines. His mother complained about the power bill, but he assured her it would be worth it when he was the first to override the access controls. Concept art by the inimitable Simon Stålenhag. » 2/24/15 5:00pm 2/24/15 5:00pm

The Most Serene Spot In Mars Station Was The Zen Rock Garden

Pietro resisted Nursebot's physical therapy efforts, preferring to spend the day staring at the koi pond and reading. But whenever Nursebot asked him to describe the arrays outside, Pietro would happily shuffle to the window, even though Nursebot had heard it all a dozen times before. Art by Adrien Girod. » 2/23/15 5:00pm 2/23/15 5:00pm

A Creepy-Cute Vintage Illustration Of A Vampire Bat

From the British Library archives comes this delightful plate from naturalist J. Leyland's "Adventures in the far interior of South Africa; including a journey to Lake Ngami, and rambles in Honduras," circa 1866. » 2/22/15 9:45am 2/22/15 9:45am

To Truly Understand District 19, You Have To Explore All Its Levels

Visitors tend to stick to the surface, which mimicked the cities back on Earth. But they're missing out. The nightlife doesn't really get interesting until you get past Level 51. Concept art by Pat Presley. » 2/20/15 5:15pm 2/20/15 5:15pm

No Matter How Old His Son Got, They Could Always Bond Over Giant Robots

Over the years, they'd disagree over politics and romance and money, but one thing was for certain: whenever they were walking together and spotted one of those two-story robots waiting in its charging station, they would both look up and smile. » 2/17/15 5:00pm 2/17/15 5:00pm

As The Landscape Beneath It Shifted, The One City Became Two

The two halves of the city still maintained trade, but as it became harder and harder to travel between them over the centuries, each developed its own language and customs. They became two places united by history, architecture, and geography, but separated by everything else. » 1/27/15 5:00pm 1/27/15 5:00pm

They Most Definitely Did Not Come In Peace

In artist Sung Choi's concept art series ARK, an alien invasion drives humanity from Earth. Fortunately, we find a habitable planet to make our home after the horrors of war. » 1/26/15 5:00pm 1/26/15 5:00pm

He Went In For A Tune-Up And Came Out With A Full Cerebral Upgrade

As the mask clicked over his face and the new neural pathways lit up, Zourn immediately wondered if he had paid too much for the upgrade. "That's normal," the tech told him as she gave his mask a quick polish. "The upgrade makes you a savvier shopper, but only after we've debited your account." » 1/19/15 5:00pm 1/19/15 5:00pm

After the Soviets Won the Cold War

The secret Soviet base in the Balkans was in the perfect location for keeping the entire nation of Bulgaria under surveillance. And with the invention of the sentient helicopters, cloaked in stealth armor, there was no way that any Bulgarian could leave his house without a comrade knowing it. » 1/13/15 6:44pm 1/13/15 6:44pm

These Interactive Illustrations Make Harry Potter Even More Magical

We've seen the magic of Harry Potter played out on the big screen, but artist Kincső Nagy wanted to add her own visual magic to the books themselves. So she created an edition the books that glow in the dark, with simple but effective pop-up illustrations. » 12/03/14 1:20pm 12/03/14 1:20pm

The Earliest Illustrations Of Literature's Great Classic Monsters

We have our own idea of what modern English and American creatures like Dracula, Frankenstein's Creature, and the horrors of H.P. Lovecraft look like based on countless adaptations and re-adaptations. But what did these monsters look like when they were first introduced? » 11/21/14 1:27pm 11/21/14 1:27pm

Notepad Illusions Look Like 3D Sculptures, But They're 2D Illustrations

When you first glance at artist João A. Carvalho's notepad paper illustrations, you may think you're seeing 3-dimensional objects. But on closer inspection, they're actually simple but clever illusions that use lines and shading to make images pop from the page. » 11/12/14 12:20pm 11/12/14 12:20pm

These Stunning Illustrations Restore Awe And Wonder To The Wizard Of Oz

Yes, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has been interpreted and reinterpreted over the decades, but you've never seen it quite like this. Rice Boy creator Evan Dahm has gone back to the book's text and is illustrating a new edition of L. Frank Baum's classic novel. » 10/10/14 12:00pm 10/10/14 12:00pm

When Bears Fought Beside Mechs to Defend Warsaw

They always say that the mechs helped defeat the National Libertarian Army back in the 2120s, but that's because they don't remember the bears. The ursine forces were what finally drove those bastards out of Poland, with claw marks on their faces. » 10/08/14 5:00pm 10/08/14 5:00pm

Dreaming of a World Full of Winged Dinosaurs

Imagine a Cretaceous forest, blazing with sunset, where the flying creatures settling down to sleep are four-winged Microraptors. It might look something like this. » 10/07/14 5:00pm 10/07/14 5:00pm

600-Year-Old Manuscripts Look So Much Better As Gifs

Your Body, the Machine... Literally

Once upon a time it was quite popular to depict the human body in terms of machinery. The idea was that all of the functions and organs of the body could be equated on a one-to-one basis with machinery and technology: the eyes were cameras, the lungs bellows, the arms derricks, etc. The result was scores of books… » 9/27/14 10:00am 9/27/14 10:00am

Cartoons About Our Relationship To Facebook Are Clever But Depressing

Does Facebook ever leave you feeling like you're alone in a crowd? Like you're having more of a relationship with a website than the people you're connecting with? Then these illustrations might look uncomfortably familiar. » 9/22/14 6:00pm 9/22/14 6:00pm

These Clever Cartoons Interact With The Real World—And It's Hilarious

Illustrator and art director Troqman plays with the relationship between the two-dimensional and three dimensional by staging his drawings and sketchpads in real-world environments. He calls it cartoon bombing. We call it delightful. » 9/21/14 9:00am 9/21/14 9:00am