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Help make and preserve art history with this unique showcase of visionary work by the most awarded sci-fi/fantasy artist of all time.
Exhibition Opening - February 11, 2017 - Riverside Art Museum
Exhibition Opening - February 11, 2017 - Riverside Art Museum
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Artwork © 2016 Michael Whelan
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Baby Tattoo is an established art book publisher with over a decade of experience in seeing projects through from concept to completion. All projects involve challenges, and it is possible that unexpected obstacles might delay the book's delivery date beyond May 2017... but that is unlikely. The "Beyond Science Fiction" design process is well underway, and a timeline of five months to finalize, print and deliver the book is ambitious but realistic.

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    Digital Art Book

    Go beyond the printed page! Receive a digital version of the "Beyond Science Fiction" art book. Michael's paintings are doorways to other worlds... how fitting to explore them though your own electronic portal.

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    Collector's Postcard Set

    Receive a set of ten 4"x6" full-color postcards featuring images of far out beings and far away places. These souvenirs of travel to imaginary realms are suitable for mailing to friends and family in the farthest corners of the known world, or of keeping for yourself to commemorate your personal travels beyond the boundaries of reality.

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    Early Bird Softcover Art Book

    This Early Bird $20 pledge reward is only available to the first 100 backers who want to pledge for the Softcover Art Book. Receive one softcover art book signed by Michael Whelan with your name immortalized in the acknowledgments. You get to choose from two different covers. Once these 100 Early Bird rewards are gone, the same items will be available at the $25 pledge level.

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    Softcover Art Book

    This high-quality, softcover version of the guidebook to Michael Whelan's world premiere museum exhibition features highlights from a career's worth of visionary art. You get to choose from different covers, your name will appear in the acknowledgments, and the book will be signed by the artist.

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    Two Softcover Books (Both Covers)

    Here's something for those of you who don't want to choose between two different designs. Get two signed copies of the softcover art book (one with each cover) for pledging just a little bit more than the single book tier. NOTE: THE INTERIORS OF THE BOOKS WILL BE IDENTICAL; ONLY THE COVERS WILL BE DIFFERENT.

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    Carnival Enthusiast's Set (Softcover)

    One softcover "Beyond Science Fiction" book signed by Michael Whelan - bundled with one softcover of the Carnival of Astounding Art companion book "Beauties Beasts". NOTE: SOFTCOVER "BEAUTIES BEASTS" BOOK IS NOT SIGNED.

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    Carnival Completist's Set (Softcover)

    The softcover editions of everything the Carnival of Astounding Art book series currently has to offer... two signed copies of the softcover art book (one with each cover) plus one unsigned softcover of the companion book "Beauties Beasts". NOTE: THE INTERIORS OF THE "BEYOND SCIENCE FICTION" BOOKS WILL BE IDENTICAL; ONLY THE COVERS WILL BE DIFFERENT. THE SOFTCOVER "BEAUTIES BEASTS" BOOK WILL NOT BE SIGNED.

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    Hardcover Limited Edition

    For serious collectors this is the must-have edition of the museum exhibition book... the same gorgeous interior as the softcover presented in a handsome hardcover format limited to no more than 1500 copies.You will get to choose from two different covers, your name will appear in the acknowledgments, and the book will be signed by the artist. This reward will also include a Kickstarter exclusive signed 8"x10" mini-print on thick, coated paper stock.

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    Two Hardcover Books (Both Covers)

    Two signed copies of the limited edition hardcover book - one with each cover. NOTE: THE INTERIORS OF THE BOOKS WILL BE IDENTICAL; ONLY THE COVERS WILL BE DIFFERENT.

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    Carnival Enthusiast's Set (Hardcover)

    One limited edition hardcover of "Beyond Science Fiction" signed by Michael Whelan - bundled with one signed limited edition of the Carnival of Astounding Art companion book "Beauties Beasts" signed by pinup legend Olivia De Berardinis and master monster maker Jordu Schell. NOTE: ONLY 50 OF THESE SETS ARE AVAILABLE AS REWARDS.

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    Carnival Enthusiast's Set (Hardcover)

    One limited edition hardcover of "Beyond Science Fiction" signed by Michael Whelan - bundled with one signed limited edition of the Carnival of Astounding Art companion book "Beauties Beasts" signed by pinup legend Olivia De Berardinis and master monster maker Jordu Schell. NOTE: DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND WE HAVE ADDED 50 ADDITIONAL SETS OF THIS REWARD.

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    Carnival Completist's Set (Hardcover)

    The limited edition hardcovers of everything the Carnival of Astounding Art book series currently has to offer... two signed copies of the hardcover art book (one with each cover) plus one signed hardcover of the limited edition companion book "Beauties Beasts". NOTE: THE INTERIORS OF THE "BEYOND SCIENCE FICTION" BOOKS WILL BE IDENTICAL; ONLY THE COVERS WILL BE DIFFERENT. 50 OF THESE SETS ARE AVAILABLE AS REWARDS.

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    Large Signed Print & Book Set

    You will receive a stunning 24"x32" giclée print of "In A World Of Her Own" on fine art paper, produced in the Whelan Studios and hand-signed by Michael Whelan. You will also receive two signed copies of the limited edition hardcover book - one with each cover. NOTE: THE INTERIORS OF THE BOOKS WILL BE IDENTICAL; ONLY THE COVERS WILL BE DIFFERENT. 50 OF THESE SETS ARE AVAILABLE AS REWARDS.

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    Large Signed Print & Book Set

    You will receive a stunning 24"x32" giclée print of "In A World Of Her Own" on fine art paper, produced in the Whelan Studios and hand-signed by Michael Whelan. You will also receive two signed copies of the limited edition hardcover book - one with each cover. NOTE: THE INTERIORS OF THE BOOKS WILL BE IDENTICAL; DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND WE HAVE ADDED 50 ADDITIONAL SETS OF THIS REWARD.

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    V.I.P. Party & Preview

    The "Beyond Science Fiction" book is being published to coincide with the world premiere of a major exhibition of Michael Whelan's paintings at the Riverside Art Museum in Southern California. Backers who pledge $450 or more will be invited (along with a guest of their choice) as V.I.P. Patrons-of-Honor to an exclusive reception (with food and beverages) and an intimate preview tour of the exhibition personally presented by Michael on the evening of the show's grand opening in February 2017. Exclusive perks for backers at this level will include an introduction to Michael and a surprise gift from the artist. This reward also includes everything from the Large Signed Print & Book Set tier. Backer and guest must arrange their own transportation to Riverside, California on a date to be determined in February 2016.

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    Original Art: Blinder

    "Blinder" began as a splash of sepia acrylic ink that Michael turned into a sinister character. This small, 6”x9” acrylic painting is vibrant, powerful and rich with detail that evolved from drips, spots and smudges of paint.

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    • Image is 6"x9"
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    Original Art: Flick

    "Flick" grew out of some leftover burnt sienna on Michel's palette. This expressive little guy is oil on canvas, and he is an absolute steal at $900. Act fast! He'll be "no longer available" in the blink of an eye.

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    • Small Original Painting - Framed
    • Image is 11"x14"
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    • Signed Hardcover Book (main cover)
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    Original Art: Mister Right

    "Mister Right" is a guy no one can ignore. Put him in any room and he'll become the center of attention. He's loose, organic and wild... a special specimen of a man(?) who showcases Michael Whelan's improvisational whimsy and his mastery of expressiveness.

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    Original Art: Tanglewood

    “Tanglewood” was made from oil paint left on Michael’s palette while visualizing Witchwood trees in a Tad Williams novel. Michael turns to oils when he’s experimenting with shapes, as the medium allows him to push and pull the paint until he senses something beginning to work.

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    • Image is 8"x10"
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    • Invitation to Exclusive Artists' Reception (x2)
    • Signed Hardcover Book (main cover)
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    Original Art: All Hallow's Herald

    “All Hallow’s Herald” started as a smear of paint on a sheet of palette paper. Now it's destined to be shown in a museum and shipped to the generous backer of this reward. Gorgeous in every detail from the nuanced realism in the earring, to the chaotic abstraction in the sky.

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    • Small Original Painting - Framed
    • Image is 9"x12"
    • Museum/Book Acknowledgment of Backer
    • Invitation to Exclusive Artists' Reception (x2)
    • Signed Hardcover Book (main cover)
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    Original Art: Amethyst Fantasy

    "Amethyst Fantasy", inspired by lilac hues on a scrap of Gessobord, is a captivating example of Michael's disciplined attention to detail. The lighting on the figure is gorgeous, and the multitude of facets in the gemstone is astonishing.

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    • Image is 5"x7"
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    • Signed Hardcover Book (main cover)
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    Original Art: Astral Muse

    “Astral Muse” was a piece of mat board Michael used as a palette while painting the cover for Brandon Sanderson's Words of Radiance. Half of the scrap was turquoise while the rest was reds and oranges. Random brushstrokes suggested the figure that he painted.

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    • Image is 6"x9"
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    • Invitation to Exclusive Artists' Reception (x2)
    • Signed Hardcover Book (main cover)
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    Original Art: Trinity Rising

    “Trinity Rising” hints at man’s relationship with nature as well as the nature the universe… recurring themes for Michael. This little landscape started as an experiment while he was working on tree designs with Tad Williams and Betsy Wollheim for an Osten Ard Trilogy.

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    • Small Original Painting - Framed
    • Image is 9"x9"
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    • Signed Hardcover Book (main cover)
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    Original Art: Canyon Of Death

    In Michael’s own words, “Often when I'm painting off-the-cuff like this I can't say why I felt attracted to the particular subject. It kind of just happens. Admittedly here, I had been looking at some slides of my old paintings from college, many of which betray my Frazetta influences, so perhaps I was channeling that when I got into this little piece.”

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    • Image is 8"x16"
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    Original Art: Into Shayol Ghul (Prelim)

    This preliminary concept painting for A MEMORY OF LIGHT (the 14th and final book in Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson's epic "The Wheel of Time” fantasy series) is an example of Michael's meticulous attention to various interconnected aspects of composition. Whether dreaming up scenes for his own personal projects, or conjuring imagery to illustrate the narratives of bestselling authors, Michael employs multiple paintings in the evolution of his masterworks.

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    • Image is 9"x8"
    • Museum/Book Acknowledgment of Backer
    • Invitation to Exclusive Artists' Reception (x2)
    • Signed Hardcover Book (main cover)
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    Original Art: Accidental Alien Landscape

    “Accidental Alien Landscape” originated on Michael’s tabletop while he was painting DREAMSEEKER, the last piece he finished for a major gallery show. According to Michael, “I ended up fiddling for hours with the suggestive shapes in the spilled acrylics. I was too curious to see where it was going to stop myself.”

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    • Image is 17"x17"
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    • Invitation to Exclusive Artists' Reception (x2)
    • Signed Hardcover Book (main cover)
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    Original Art: Seawall (Figure Study)

    A preliminary painting for one of the major works to be shown in the forthcoming museum exhibition, this beautiful work of art provides vivid insight into the process Michael uses to conjure convincing worlds and their seemingly real inhabitants. Michael rarely uses models, but even when he does, he creates his own reference material to work from instead of using photos. This study of the young girl became the "model reference" he worked from while creating the central figure in his gorgeous painting "Seawall".

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    • Small Original Painting - Framed
    • Image is 9.5"x13"
    • Museum/Book Acknowledgment of Backer
    • Invitation to Exclusive Artists' Reception (x2)
    • Signed Hardcover Book (main cover)
    • Signed Hardcover Book (alternate cover)
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    Original Art: Eyes of the White Wolf

    Michael created this hypnotic portrait of Elric using leftover paint from his current commission. His iconic Elric covers in the 70's helped launch his career and even after all this time, the White Wolf isn't far from his mind. The left-to-right progression from disciplined facial features to impressionistic hair is a study in contrasting brush strokes.

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    • Image is 12"x7"
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    • Signed Hardcover Book (main cover)
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    Original Art: Tripod Walker

    "Tripod Walker" is an exploratory depiction of a nightmarish monstrosity and a hellish scene from the third book in the Dark Tower series. A fascinating hybrid of sci-fi and horror imagery, this painting is historically significant as part of the Michael Whelan's long-standing association with Stephen King's magnum opus.

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    • Small Original Painting - Framed
    • Image is 13"x19"
    • Museum/Book Acknowledgment of Backer
    • Invitation to Exclusive Artists' Reception (x2)
    • Signed Hardcover Book (main cover)
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    Original Art: The Jacksons (Alternate)

    This is an alternative album cover concept painting for "Victory" by The Jacksons, one of the major works to be shown in the forthcoming museum exhibition. People Magazine reported that the Jacksons hired Michael Whelan because his style reminded Michael Jackson of early 20th century illustrator Maxfield Parrish. This large dynamic concept painting reflects Michael Whelan's desire to explore the themes of mysticism and the unity of the 6 brothers in the cover art.

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    • Image is 25"x12.5"
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    Original Art: Glimpse (Prelim)

    “Glimpse” is the first painting in which Michael used the red glass heart as a symbol of material possessions. Michael’s recurring use of specific objects as talismans and fetishes is an important component of his work… as is his frequent depiction of realistically rendered scenes of urban decay like the wall in the background of this amazingly detailed work of art.

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    • Image is 18"x24"
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    Original Art: Bone of Contention

    This oil painting based on a quote from a Stephen King novel was created for Baby Tattooville, a historic artist gathering which centered around the theme "Youth is wasted on the young." The painting is a stunningly executed meditation on human behavior that uniquely showcases Michael's affiliation with one of the greatest storytellers in modern history. NOTE: THIS REWARD WILL COME WITH SEVERAL EXTREMELY RARE AND VALUABLE SURPRISE ITEMS THAT WERE GIFTED TO PARTICIPANTS AT THE BABY TATTOOVILLE EVENT.

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    • Image is 22"x10.5"
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