This August will see the release of Dark Horse's much-anticipated He-Man & She-Ra: A Complete Guide to the Classic Animated Adventures. This behemoth of a book will capture the knowledge of Filmation He-Man and She-Ra cartoon expert James Eatock, with additional important content courtesy of Alex Hawkey and Dusan Mitrovic.
And to celebrate, it will also have its own Limited Edition limited to just 1000 copies for collectors who want something a little extra special on their shelves. This Limited Edition will feature a special faux leather cover with gold foil accents, and a holofoil dust jacket featuring some iconic images of your favorite characters. Click here to check out more info and pre-order details for the Limited Edition.
When it came time to create the art for this cover, the team of Axel Gimenez, Diana Egea Conesa, Jeremy Roberts, and Val Staples were there. Axel is a fan-favorite artist who created and continues to create amazing renditions of MOTU and POP characters. Diana is an inker extraordinaire who has been bringing Axel's pencils to life for years, and Val Staples is a 15+ year veteran comic book and toy artist who has worked on too many He-Man-related projects to list. This interview will take a look at the creative process that brings animated to life in print.
When it came time for the design of the Limited Edition, what initially led to the concept?
Val Staples: "Originally the guide was going to only feature He-Man on the cover. A lot of fans knew She-Ra was going to be in the book and hoped she might also be included in the art. So I proposed a variant to Dark Horse doing exactly that. Dark Horse has been a dream to work with from day one and they were supportive right away. And, as fate would have it, Mattel and DreamWorks went on to approve the addition of She-Ra on the regular edition. So James Eatock went on to rework her into that design in a fantastic way. Meanwhile, I went back to the drawing board on the Limited Edition to create another fun concept.
My goal was to have something that went a step further than the regular edition, and that also played more to our memories of these characters. And in my opinions, few things are as iconic as He-Man and She-Ra's transformation scenes. So right away, the idea for the front cover clicked: He-Man and She-Ra with swords aloft, both their magic energies surrounding them, with He-Man's original magic yellow and orange radiating burst placed behind them to center the characters and create a sense of them exploding off the cover.
But, you can't have the main heroes without the main villains. So the back of the book went on to feature the two baddest fellows in the universe: Skeletor and Hordak. They are centered over a background from Snake Mountain, and are coming at you ready to attack."
So what is so special about this holofoil dust jacket?
Val: "I wanted the cover to come to life. And through my years of printing and publishing, one medium I've grown to like for enhancing the visual appeal of a cover featuring magic is holofoil. It's colorful, reflective properties make the art come to life. When you move the Limited Edition around in your hands, that light will dance around and you will feel the power of Grayskull! Plus, when the book is spine-out on your shelf, should you choose to display it like that, you'll catch elements of the holofoil there as well. It will make the book stand out from all others in your personal library."
And this wraps around a faux leather cover. Tell us more about that.
Val: "The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe also had a Limited Edition. The book inside the slipcase was a red faux leather with silver foil accents, featuring the Sword of Power. But I wanted to change things up for this cover. Diverse color and exciting hues play an important part in the worlds of He-Man and She-Ra. So I went with a faux leather color unique to this volume, which is royal blue. And instead of silver foil, I opted for gold. I also created new Sword of Power and Sword of Protection art that is on-model to the Filmation cartoon, and they are depicted on the cover with blades crossed. ThenDark Horse worked with me to fine tune the layout and make it one heck of a professional product, thanks to their amazing in-house designers."
So for the art on the cover, how did all of that come to pass?
Val: "When it came to the art elements, we wanted to be as Filmation as possible. About ten years ago, I worked with BCI and my own creative team, which included Emiliano Santalucia, to determine the best poses for many of those He-Man and She-Ra DVD sets. A lot of the full body shots used in the animation didn’t work as well for static packaging shots. We found that some of the best elements only existed across various pieces of art. For example, there might be a part of Skeletor that looked great but only existed in a cropped torso shot. While the best legs that worked with that torso might have been in another full body shot where the upper body wasn't as dynamic. So by piecing together existing pieces of Filmation cel art and model sheet art, we all decided on what stood out as the strongest possible combination of vintage Filmation art. It was all from Filmation, but not something you'd necessarily find in one single frame of an episode. And it worked really well.
Ten years later, much of that same artwork and those similar pose combinations have been used a number of times on licensing and packaging. Because of that, we didn't want to deviate too much from the poses fans have become familiar with, and also because I still feel those are some of the strongest poses that can be made from existing Filmation components. So instead, we took the opportunity to give those same pose concepts a fresh update for this cover. For that, I turned to Axel. He is so diverse in style, and knows the He-Man and She-Ra brands exceedingly well. Therefore, he was tasked with going back to the original Filmation source material, and then compositing a slightly updated pose that still embraced most of the same elements that everyone agreed on ten years ago as being the strongest."
Axel Gimenez: "Like Val explained, it begins with the assembly of the character in the desired pose, using different screenshots or model sheets from the series. Those are the only two sources you can use do created on-model "mockups", and they are really important because they come from Filmation. The process of composition is like putting together a puzzle. And it's the perfect excuse to watch the cartoons again!"
So when it came to the creation of the pencils, what was the process like? What all was considered and what went into making the characters look just right once you had the composite template to work from?
Axel: "After completion of the mockup, I start with my pencil drawing directly over top of it. But it's not as simple as tracing over the mockup. Because the pose is assembled with parts from different scenes or models, even when we tried to find parts that match their best, it's always necessary to make adjustments so that the final version has a natural pose and improved anatomy, while continuing to stay very close to the models created by the Filmation artists.
Once the pencils were done and we were happy with them, next came inks."
What is that process like? And how is what is done with inks on these different or similar to what is done with inks in animation?
Diana Egea Conesa: "The inking style was done in a way to fit in as much of the old style of animation lineart as I could. I tried not to modulate too much of the line weights, and I avoided sharp edges and over-accentuating the volume. I also added a bolder outline to give the entire piece weight while keeping all the inside lines thinner to allow for subtle details."
After the inks, came the colors. What can you tell us about those?
Val: "It was a great honor to be able to color these. In particular, I was very happy to recolor He-Man, which is a pose similar to one of the character illustrations I colored ten years ago. I remember agonizing over the colors on He-Man for that 10 Best DVD cover. But I was younger, and second guessed myself a lot, and was never truly happy with it. Every time I see it, I'd only see the things I wanted to revise. So I was able to revisit some of my original anatomy rendering that I was never completely satisfied with.
On top of that, I was able to produce these in vector format in Adobe Illustrator, which means these can be scaled to the size of a building and look exactly the same. Back then, I was primarily skilled in the use of Adobe Photoshop. But Photoshop's raster format is not as forgiving and limits how big you can make the art for print.
I was also lucky to have the help of the talented Raunak, who laid in the base colors for me. This enabled me to jump in and start rendering while juggling so many other things in my life like toy packaging, graphic design, and planning for Power-Con: The He-Man and She-Ra fan convention.
It was a great feeling to color these characters all these years later."
And to tie it all together was the backgrounds. How were those made?
Val: "The spine and rear background art are actual backgrounds from the Filmation cartoon that I restored digitally. But He-Man's burst and the energy are all recreated from the cartoon. Jeremy Roberts tackled that. Jeremy is a digital painting whiz. Back in the day, he brought many of my studio's 200x He-Man covers to life with his gorgeous color art. So to be working with Jeremy again was fantastic. He really did the effects justice."
How do you feel about having the chance to recreate artwork based on the Filmation He-Man and She-Ra cartoons?
Axel: "Being a fan of Masters of the Universe and Princess of Power, it's always an honor and a privilege to have the chance to participate in any project related to this fantastic universe. Especially when it comes to recreating or recovering material from the original versions that helped make the franchise known all around the world. In this particular case it was a great responsibility, because, although the Filmation style is simple, you must take care of every detail so that the characters are on model. In some cases, an unnecessary line, or a line in a wrong place, drastically alters the desired result."
Diana: "It was fun and hard at the same time. Inking something that is totally connected to your childhood always makes you feel good. But the difficult part was the hundreds of tiny changes in every pose because we wanted the look to be perfect with the hope that fans would love it."
Val: "I could work on art like this all day long. In a way, I feel like a kid again, seeing my favorite childhood heroes and villains once more. And I hope this special Limited Edition gives fans the same feeling when they hold it in their hands!"
The He-Man & She-Ra: A Complete Guide to the Classic Animated Adventures Limited Edition variant is up for sale right now! But because it's limited to only 1000 copies, you will want to preorder yours today! Click here to check it out.
Hallmark has revealed their He-Man ornament for 2016 as part of their Keepsake Ornament line! Click here to check it out. And click here to join the discussion on the He-Man.Org forums.
$15.95 Available October 1, 2016 This popular TV show from the '80s features He-Man, the most powerful human in the universe. This big hunk of a guy is now a Keepsake Ornament, and will bring some nostalgia to your tree. Learn more about Keepsake Ornaments. • Christmas tree ornament. • Dated 2016. • Artist crafted. • Pre-packaged for easy gift giving, preservation and storage. • 2.40" W x 4.50" H x 2.0" D
If you have not pre-ordered your Power-Con attendee pass yet, and you also want to purchase a Power-Con souvenir t-shirt, then you have until this Friday, April 29th to pre-order! Click here to purchase your tickets today. You will be prompted during the ticket order process for t-shirt pre-orders.
Are you an attendee who wants to add shirts to your order? Then please click here to contact us. Be sure to include your order numberanddetails on what shirt or shirts you wish to pre-order, and we'll get back to you with more information.
Also, Power-Con t-shirts are pre-order only! We will not have any t-shirts available for purchase at the show. So make sure to pre-order if you want to have a souvenir shirt from the show!
Each style is available in 4 colors: black, red, blue, and green and may be pre-ordered in men's sizes small through 2XL for $20 each.
Note: T-shirts will not be shipped and, as a result, are not available to non-attendees. Preordered t-shirts must be picked up at the convention when picking up passes at the Registration desk.
The upcoming guide from Dark Horse now comes as a special, ultra limited edition variant! Info below, and click here to pre-order!
The wait for the upcoming Dark Horse Books guide to the He-Man and She-Ra Filmation cartoons just got a little more exciting. Written by cartoon expert James Eatock, the He-Man and She-Ra: A Complete Guide to the Classic Animated Adventures boasts nearly 600 pages of synopses, animation processes, and trivia for every single episode of the Masters of the Universe and Princess of Power cartoons.
In addition to the regular edition coming this August, Dark Horse has partnered with world-renowned fan site He-Man.org to offer a special version of this amazing book. The limited edition variant comes with a faux leather cover with foil stamping that beautifully complements the design of the previously released limited edition of The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. It also comes with gilded edges that enhance the look of the volume with a prestigious gold sheen.
And for the crowning element, it is wrapped with a holofoil dust jacket featuring He-Man and She-Ra in their famous transformation scene! The holofoil makes the magic come to life as you move the book around in your hands, and it will pop off any collector's shelf. The back of the dust jacket features the two most evil beings on Eternia and Etheria: Skeletor and Hordak, ready to attack!
But whatever you do, don't wait to preorder. Whereas the limited edition of The Art of He-Man was restricted to 4,000 copies, only 1,000 copies of the He-Man and She-Ra: A Complete Guide to the Classic Animated Adventures limited edition will ever be printed. So preorder yours before it's too late. You don't want to miss out on this incredible collectible! Pre-order today!
Issue 5 of the magazine Die Welt Der Meister is now available for pre-order!
Die Welt der Meister is a German magazine aimed at MOTU fans, created by Miriam Kassner and Mark Knobloch. NOTE: It is only in German.
This time it contains 52 pages complete with content such as... Eexclusive interviews with: • Ross Antony (German TV-Star (Winner of "Popstars" and "I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!"), Musician, Entertainer and MotU & PoP-Vintage-Collector • Emiliano Santalucia (200X-Comic Draftsman) • Bjorn Korthof (Producer and and narrator of the german 200X-audioplays) • MOTU Classics photo gallery 2012, part 2 • more about MOTU cosplay ft. Lilia Lemoine & Jan-Eric Mund • Investigative Agency MEIMAG (200X-Comic overview, german DVD & Blu-Ray overview… • Anti-Eternia He-Man – By the power of Hell Grayskull! More facts about his original • German Comic Con 2015 review • a new comic book strip by Polygonus (Fan-Art) • and much more!
It costs approximately $5.00 plus $4.50 shipping/handling, and they accept PayPal or bank transfer. Price for one: $5.00 Shipping $4.50 Shipping: May 2016
BobaKhan Toy Store is based out of Everett, Washington, north of Seattle, and is that area’s premier destination for action figures, vintage to present day toys and collectibles, as well as older comics & video games. They specialize in 80’s goodness: He-Man, She-Ra, TMNT and Thundercats, as well as Star Wars and other entertainment related merchandise.
Mattel has once again provided answers to your questions. Thanks again to them for taking the time to answer these! Check out their answers to your Round 161 questions!
This round of questions were selected by Mern-Ra. Thanks to that fan for their help!
1. OnlyOneSkeletor: In the Round 1.149 Q&A, Mattel replied to a question about both the Horde Troopers and the Snake Men army builder sets saying that an announcement was coming soon. You've said the single Horde Trooper is coming. But does this mean you also intend to offer a carded Snake Man army-builder figure?
We did say the single carded Horde Trooper was coming which is happening. The Snake Man single carded figure is a possibility. Currently there is no concrete plan for that as a figure release. But if there is, then we will make that announcement.
2. Mern-Ra: A number of fans don't think the sword that came with Flogg and Club Grayskull He-Man is an accurate representation of the Filmation Sword Of Power. Is there any chance we could get a new sword that is more Filmation accurate released with a future Club Grayskull figure, such as Prince Adam?
It's something that we can look into.
3. mjw41: Snake Amor He-Man is still missing his shield from the 200x cartoon. Is Mattel planning to release the Snake Armor He-Man shield either with a figure or accessory pack?
If there is an accessory pack offering, that may be one that is included.
4. Jinxieman: There were subscribers who missed out on the 2015 SDCC Rotar and Twistoid because they were not offered through Early Access. To help avoid this in the future, would you consider an option where subscribers of a line can pre-order or reserve the 2016 SDCC exclusives?
Yes, we have considered that option! And we might have some good news this year.
5. Knight of Mystacor: Since Snake Mountain was not shown at Toy Fair, could we get a update about its progress?
The team is currently working on it. An official update will be shared with fans in the following months.
A celebration of everyone’s favorite forest pine scented hero! Husband and wife art team Joe and Sarah Feliciano are coming to Power-con 2016 with original art, hand-made needle felted sculptures and more. And it’s all about our favorite fuzzy flocked protector of the forest, Moss Man. It’s going to be totally Mossome!
Still on the fence about attending Power-Con this June 4th and 5th in Los Angeles, California? Then watch this video from Daniel Benedict. See what YOU will miss out on if you don't attend! And click here to preorder your tickets today.
Felipe Smith is the creator of PEEPO CHOO, the first manga series created by a Westerner for the Japanese comic book market; serialized in Kodansha's Morning 2 Magazine. He is also Creator & Writer/Artist of Marvel's All-New Ghost Rider, writer of Ghost Racers, and character designer on Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated TV show. Felipe will be offering prints, t-shirts, and original artwork.
We've teased it for weeks, and the reveal is finally here: The Power-Con 2016 program cover with art by Dave Wilkins Art! Be sure to stop by Dave's table at the show to see what other awesome ?MOTU? art he'll have at the convention.This cover will also be one of our exclusive mini-prints which are available only for advanced ticket holders (attendees and non-attendees).
There are four more mini-prints yet to be revealed. They're one more reason to buy your tickets ahead of time for Power-Con. Click here to purchase your tickets today and we'll see you in Los Angeles this June 4th and 5th.
Tom Bryski is a professional animator/illustrator from Chicago, Illinois. He currently leads a team of artists at WMS Gaming and has worked on a wide variety of licensed properties; include Lord of the Rings, Marvel’s Iron Man, Beetlejuice, Universal Monsters, and Star Trek. Tom has also illustrated for Disney Adventure Magazine. Tom will be offering prints, t-shirts, and original artwork.
Friday, April/15 at 9am Pacific (everyone) • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Trap Jaw (Club Grayskull) • Masters of the Universe Classics Blast Attak • Masters of the Universe Classics Clamp Champ • Masters of the Universe Classics Geldor • Masters of the Universe Classics Serpentine King Hssss
Zoloworld is #1 in the industry for manufacturing archival action figure protective cases. They also make their own line of toys. Zoloworld will be unveiling their newest selection of the Realm Of The Underworld action figures. Be sure to get the Powercon Exclusive: SHADOW WARRIOR KRYSIS. The exclusive figures will be super limited so do not miss your chance to get them. Zoloworld will be bringing protective cases for many lines including MOTU, Thundercats, TMNT and so much more!
Thursday, April/14 from 8 am Pacific to Friday, April/15 at 8 am Pacific (subscribers only) • Masters of the Universe Classics Anti-Eternia He-Man (2016 Chase figure, available during Early Access only) • Masters of the Universe Classics Blast Attak • Masters of the Universe Classics Clamp Champ • Masters of the Universe Classics Geldor • Masters of the Universe Classics Serpentine King Hssss
Anthony Von Geek is a multi talented artist known for his geek based art. He's also known for doing geek related tattoos as well as a toy photographer, action figure customizer and action figure diorama builder. He will be selling prints of his art and have some of his custom dioramas and custom action figures on display.
Join Anthony Toys at Power-Con: June 4 & 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Purchase your tickets today!
Anti-Eternia He-Man is the 2016 MOTU Collector's Choice figure. He will be availble during the April sales the middle of this month, in a limited quantity, for subscribers only during Early Access. Then, starting in May, he will show up on random days throughout the year, for limited periods of time. So while you may not be able to get him this month, there will be multiple opportunities later on to purchase him. Keep checking the Mattycollector store page and their social media accounts for news on when he is available for sale!
Dark Horse Comics was founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson who pursued the idea of establishing an ideal atmosphere for creative professionals, and thirty years later the company has grown to become the third-largest comics publisher in the United States. Through their Books division, Dark Horse has published the Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection hardcovers. Dark Horse is eager to interact with fans during a panel session at Power-Con and will have lots of information on the upcoming publication, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Complete Guide to the Classic Animated Adventures, and maybe even share some surprises!
October Toys is an award winning independent toy company based in Los Angeles, CA that produces a number of in-house brands such as OMFG mini figures as well as licensed lines such as Skeleton Warriors action figures. With over 20 years of production experience, owners George & Ayleen Gaspar focus on creating fun, quality products while bringing their passion for toys, art, and design to every project.
Vinto-Man took a photo of the Previews solicitation for He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Complete Guide to the Classic Animated Adventures coming from Dark Horse this August! Check it out at the bottom of this article.
Major Skerrett will be offering original designs and stylized recreations based on Masters of the Universe. Pieces for sale will include a range of techniques and mediums including, acrylics, canvas, engraved glassware and pyrography. All materials are reclaimed or up-cycled.
Join Major Skerrett at Power-Con: June 4 & 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Purchase your tickets today!
At past Power-Cons, Mern-Ra's Madness has sold rare items such as the Battle Cat Ride-On, custom 200X Snake Mountain, 2 level vintage trunk/toychest, Power Tour items, 200X Chase Figures, as well as many other MOC and loose figures & merchandise. This year he'll have a nearly complete loose vintage MOTU collection, many MOC & loose MOTUC figures, MOTU merchandise, comics, TPB's, and a loose parts bin for customizers!
Join Mern-Ra's Madness at Power-Con: June 4 & 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Purchase your tickets today!
Melendy Britt, the original voice of She-Ra, is headed to Power-Con this year! In addition to She-Ra, Ms. Britt voiced many other beloved characters in Filmation's She-Ra Princess of Power including Princess Adora, Catra, Mermista, and Castaspella!
With an extensive resume, you have seen or heard Ms. Britt on such shows as Avatar: The Last Airbender, Fallout 4, Flash Gordon, The Love Boat, The Rockford Files, The New Adventures of Batman, and Francesca Baby (just to name a few!).