Fantasy & Science Fiction Masters (2023-2024)
by Staff of the Poison Pie Publishing House

The staff of the Poison Pie Publishing House continue their art project in which they render scenes from various books in shrinky dink form. One member of the staff is a lifelong fan of works from the popular science fiction and fantasy genres. He has suggested a direction for a set of shrinky dink mobiles that pay homage to four masters of the forms:

H.P. Lovecraft J.R.R. Tolkien
(August 20, 1890 -
March 15, 1937)
(January 3, 1892 -
September 2, 1973)
Cosmic Horror High Fantasy
R.E. Howard George Lucas
(January 22, 1906 -
June 11, 1936)
(May 14, 1944 -
present)
Swords and Sorcery Cinematic Science Fiction

We first translated into shrinky dink form creatures illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi for 2nd Edition Dungeons & Dragons books related to the Planescape multiverse campaign setting. Dungeons & Dragons and other fantasy role-playing games are the living legacy of Tolkien in contemporary America.

Beasts from D&D 2nd Ed. Planescape Women from D&D 2nd Ed. Planescape
artist: Tony DiTerlizzi artist: Tony DiTerlizzi
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Second, we present two mobiles of a character from the Star Wars universe of George Lucas. Chelli Lona Aphra, more commonly known as Doctor Aphra, was a human female archaeologist active during the reign of Emperor Palpatine. Her character contains elements of lawlessness in the mold of Han Solo, himself a smuggler, and Indiana Jones, as she seeks to sell her archeological finds of dubious provenance to the highest bidder. Her moral compass is governed alternately by opportunistic impulses and regret.

Doctor Aphra Romances of Doctor Aphra
various artists various artists
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alternate version

Third, we present creatures from the works of H.P. Lovecraft. The first mobile includes illustrations taken from manga adaptations of Lovecraft works as rendered by Gou Tanabe. The second collects four beasts that appeared in the novella, The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, with illustrations from bestiaries included in The Survey of One Hundred Bestiaries.

Lovecraft Manga Creatures of the Dreamlands
Gou Tanabe various artists
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Fourth, we present characters from the works of R.E. Howard. The first mobile includes illustrations from comic books featuring Red Sonja, the "fiercest fighting female in fantasy". The second work features four of the most notable of Conan's female companions.

Red Sonja Women of Conan
various artists various artists
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