The first was a quick news item for Wednesday: Heroes of Dark Fantasy is Back! Can't wait for Dale to get back into the thick of it.
On Friday, a news report combined with a review of the recent Prion Conan the Barbarian collection. I own too many copies of Howard's Conan: the Del Reys, the Wildsides, the Gollancz volumes, the big black book, and the Prion edition, as well as one or two Lancers/Aces. The Prion collection is a favourite for the great intro, the nice type, and the illustrations: even the bad ones are memorable. That Thak is totally one of my favourites, as well as Conan viewing the Black Ones' awesome collection of 6' Marvel Legends action figures.
Third, and the usual Saturday post, was the first of my Barbarians of Middle-earth series, focusing on the Dunedain. What's strange is the first half of the article isn't about them at all, going into detail about the Edain and Numenoreans, but I felt it necessary to fully convey the alterations the Dunedain went through over the centuries, much like the Atlanteans.
Look, Ma, I drawed trolls!
I also provide a quick sketch of a scene I don't believe has actually been illustrated: the capture of Arador by the Hill-Trolls of the Ettenmoors. There are so many awesome Tolkien moments that haven't been illustrated: everyone sticks to the usual characters and events. Where's my Echthelion headbutting Gothmog into oblivion? Where's Helm Hammerhand ripping apart Dunlendings with his bare hands like a Viking Hulk? Where's Bullroarer Took captured in the moment of inventing golf in the most metal way possible, by pitching a goblin's head right off his shoulders, with a cudgel, into a burrow?
Well, I'm tired of waiting. Somebody's going to have to do these illustrations of brilliant moments. Might as well be me!