Sci-Fi Art Now Covers Revealed


ILEX Press have released the covers for their UK and US editions of SciFi Art Now – and they look superb.

The UK cover, above, is by the brilliant World Fantasy Award winner and Hugo Award-nominated artist John Picacio. This art was first seen gracing the cover of Pyr Books brilliant SF anthology Fast Forward 2, but you’ll have seen his art on many book covers for a huge range of publishers including Subterranean Press, Golden Gryphon Press, Pyr, and Star Trek novels for Pocket Books. (The tryptych he did for their Terok Nor trilogy back in 2008 is just knockout).

John tells me he’s honoured to be on the cover and likewise, I’m grateful to Pyr Books editor Lou Anders for putting me in touch with John: I’ve admired his work for ages, and I’m very grateful he gave us permission to use his work.


The US cover is artwork created specifically for SciFi Art Now by Brighton-based artist Steve Sampson, who I first encountered back in the 1990s when he provided me many covers for the Marvel UK weekly comic, Overkill.

Working with Ghy Kurabayashi, Steve is well known for combining their illustration and graphic design skills with their love of colours, manga, games, vinyl toys, comics, music, pop, urban art and all things Japanese!

Also known as Sampson Art, their clients include ILEX Press, Barnes & Noble and Brazil’s Editora Abril. Their manga illustrations are sold worldwide through Getty Images.

“I’m almost lost for words,” Steve told me on learning his art, titled Stone Fish, was being considered for the book’s cover. “That’s stunning news and a great honour – I couldn’t be more excited!

“I really enjoyed doing the image and it was well worth taking the time and thought to do something
specifically for the book.”

SciFi Art Now is on course for publication in October 2010.

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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  1. Great stuff. Hope to hear more from you. Godspeed!

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