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We Couldn’t Be More Excited About the Illustrated ‘Tales of Beedle the Bard’

Originally published in 2008, J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard is getting a gorgeous illustrated revamp in October of this year. Originally mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, this new edition will feature full-color illustrations alongside the original stories. 


The Tales of Beedle the Bard include five short stories, “The Wizard in the Hopping Pot,” “The Fortune of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Crackling Stump,” and most notably, “The Tale of the Three Brothers,” which was featured in both the Deathly Hallows book and movie.


Illustrator Chris Riddell has recently posted on his Instagram some previews of his upcoming work in the form of giant, colorful prints at an undisclosed book fair. 



Beedle The Bard Sampler.

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Beedle The Bard Sampler.

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Beedle The Bard Sampler.

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The deluxe collector’s edition of the stories are set to be published October 2nd of this year. 



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This Artist Is on a Mission to Illustrate Every Mythological Creature

Iman Joy El Shami-Mader has been drawing a creature a day since October 2017, and posting the illustrations on her Instagram


She told Atlas Obscura “It all started with the book Phantasmagoria—which is great—but there are many creatures that are only mentioned in passing or without any description at all.”



guys, one amazing thing after the other is happening and I’m serisouly just gobsmacked by it all?.. I cannot find the words to thank you all!❤️❤️❤️ . today another creature from the USA! here’s… Champ/Tatoskok . In American folklore, Champ or Champy is the name given to a lake monster supposedly living in Lake Champlain, a 125-mile (201 km)-long body of fresh water shared by New York and Vermont, with a portion extending into Quebec, Canada. The legend of the monster is considered a draw for tourism in the Burlington, Vermont and Plattsburgh, New York areas. Over the years, there have been over 300 reported sightings of Champ. Legends of a creature living in Lake Champlain date back to Native American tribes in the region. Both the Iroquois and the Abenaki spoke of such a creature. The Abenaki referred to it as “Tatoskok”. “Champ,” has allegedly been seen by hundreds of witnesses over the years. Descriptions of Champ vary, but most suggest a creature between 20 and 80 feet long, with a series of distinct humps on its back and a serpentine body. Some say the head looks like a snake or a dog. . Thank you Martin H. for telling me about Champ! . I was serious in my insta story btw – anyone know @realgdt … send him my way ?? . . . . . #phantasmagoria #creature #monster #champ #champy #lakemonster #monster #champlainlake #newyork #vermont #canada #serpent #snake #inkdrawing #drawing #illustration #fantasticbeasts #arkart #beautifulbizarre #blackwork #scales #bestiary #originalart #copicmarkers

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She has asked her Instagram followers to send her ideas of beasts to draw at mythical.creaturologist@gmail.com, and has received and drawn suggestions spanning many time periods and cultures, as well as several characters from fiction such as a porg from Star Wars: The Last Jedi and an Owlbear from Dungeons & Dragons.


El Shami-Mader began the project as a stress reliever while working five jobs.


I felt extremely drained and worn-out all the time. I really needed something to balance out the lack of creative expression I was feeling and to get my mind off things, at least for an hour a day… A few years back I did a series of fairytale illustrations and came across many amazing creatures, like the Bøyg in Per Gynt. Since I always wanted to deepen my knowledge about these creatures, I ordered the book Phantasmagoria by Terry Beverton and it arrived on my doorstep on September 30, just in time for me to begin a daily monster-drawing challenge I’d set myself for the month of October.


She says that she feels mythical creatures show “humanity’s need to have a reason for both good and bad things happening. Sometimes they are a ray of hope, the only thing able to cure an incurable illness; other times they bring plagues and death. They are wise helpful spirits, and they are malicious tricksters. It can also be really funny—you can tell that some only exist because of the bad descriptions the scholars wrote down.” 



had an extremely stressfull day catching up on all the work that piled up while I was living the good life on my mini-break in Vienna! so today I had very little time to get a good drawing done and as often, I’m really unhappy on how this little guy turned out… I’ll re-draw it soon, ’cause I do think the general idea can look nice! The Leshy . The Leshy (Russian: Ле́ший, IPA: [ˈlʲeʂɨj]; literally, “[he] from the forest”) is a tutelary deity of the forests in Slavic mythology. The plural form in Russian is лешие, leshiye (retaining the stress on the first syllable). As the spirit rules over the forest and hunting. Leshy are masculine and humanoid in shape, are able to assume any likeness[3] and can change in size and height. He is sometimes portrayed with horns and surrounded by packs of wolves and bears. In some accounts, Leshy is described as having a wife (Leshachikha, Leszachka, Lesovikha) and children (leshonki, leszonky). He is known by some to have a propensity to lead travelers astray and abduct children, (which he shares with Chort, the “Black One”) which would lead some to believe he is an evil entity. He is however also known to have a more neutral disposition towards humans, dependent on the attitudes and behaviours of an individual person, or local population, towards the forest. Some would therefore describe him as more of a temperamental being like a fairy. . . . . . . . . . . #leshy #creature #monster #demon #evilspirit #forestspirit #darkforest #darkart #darkfairy #fairy #beautifulbizzare #fantasy #myth #folklore #mythologyart #inkonpaper #ink #blackwork #blackworknow #illustration #originalart #bestiary #humanoid #copicmarkers #copic

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El Shami-Mader told Atlas Obscura that she would love to turn her illustration into a series of books, adding, “For now there is only an idea, but a friend of mine is a composer and we were thinking of collaborating on a trilingual ‘monsters set to music’ book. My current priority, however, is finding as many mythical creatures as possible.”


Read the full interview here, and check out her Instagram here



Illuyanka . In Hittite mythology, Illuyanka was a serpentine dragon slain by Tarhunt, the Hittite incarnation of the Hurrian god of sky and storm. It is known from Hittite cuneiform tablets found at Çorum-Boğazköy, the former Hittite capital Hattusa. The contest is a ritual of the Hattian spring festival of Puruli. The dragon was the symbol of the goddess and she was destroyed. In one version, the two gods fight and Illuyanka wins. Teshub then goes to the Hattian goddess Inaras for advice. Having promised her love to a mortal named Hupasiyas in return for his help, she devises a trap for the dragon. She goes to him with large quantities of food and drink, and entices him to drink his fill. Once drunk, the dragon is bound by Hupasiyas with a rope. Then the Sky God Teshub appears with the other gods and kills the dragon. . what are your favourite mythologies? which ones should I still check out?? . . . . . . . #phantasmagoria #creature #monster #snake #serpent #dragon #illuyanka #hittites #mythology #fantasy #fantasticbeasts #beautifulbizzare #darkart #ink #inkdrawing #drawing #originalart #blackworknow #blackwork #scales #bestiary #creatuanary2018 #legend #mythicalcreature #mythologyart #gods #goddess #teshub #hattusa

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Hold on to Your Childhoods! ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ Is Coming to TV

Judith Kerr has written many wonderful books in her time, from the novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, to the Mog the Forgetful Cat series (Mog is very important to me and this Christmas my best friend gave me a Mog toy and I nearly wept but that’s another story). However, her beautiful picture book The Tiger Who Came to Tea is beloved by children the world over and is finally getting its own TV adaptation. 


Since its publication in 1968, The Tiger Who Came to Tea has sold over five million copies. 


Lupus Films’ founders Camilla Deakin and Ruth Fielding will team up with Ann-Janine Murtagh, Katie Fulford, and Mia Jupp at HarperCollins Children’s Books to produce the adaptation.


sophie and the tiger

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Camilla Deakin said:


We are thrilled that HarperCollins has chosen to work with Lupus Films on this very special project.  It is an honour to be adapting such an iconic children’s book in its landmark anniversary year and we will do our very best to capture the charm and magic of the original book to create a timeless film for children and family audiences.


Ann-Janine Murtagh added:


We are incredibly proud to publish Judith Kerr and how wonderful to be bringing her iconic picture book to life for television whilst we celebrate the golden anniversary year of The Tiger Who Came to Tea.


I am MOST excited for this. However, I’m hoping the tiger who features in the show will be marginally less horrifying than the one accosting Judith Kerr in this photograph. 


Judith Kerr with tiger

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Guillermo De Toro Illustration

Guillermo del Toro’s Notebooks Expose His Monster-Loving Mind

Perhaps in the last few weeks you have seen Guillermo del Toro’s gorgeous new film The Shape of Water, for which he just won the Golden Globe for Best Director. The film is about a lonely janitor played, by Sally Hawkins, who falls in love with an amphibious monster-man who is being held captive at the government base where she works. The charming love story that unfolds between them is captured by del Toro in the most aesthetically pleasing of ways, and showcases the simplicity and innocence of a love between two entirely different individuals.


The Shape of Water

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In his acceptance speech del Toro said

Since childhood, I have been faithful to monsters. I have been saved and absolved by them. For monsters, I believe, are patron saints for our blissful imperfection, and they allow and embody the possibility of failure. For twenty-five years I have handcrafted very strange little tales made of motion, colour, light and shadow… these strange stories, these fables have saved my life. Once with The Devil’s Backbone, once with Pan’s Labryinth and now with The Shape of Water.


You can watch his full acceptance speech here


Over the last two decades writer-director de Toro has mapped out a territory in the popular imagination that is uniquely his own. Those fascinated by his work would jump at the chance to see the inner workings of this man’s mind, and luckily, there’s a way 2013 saw the release of Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions which offers us a glimpse into the personal musings of this creative visionary over the last twenty-five years. Most if not all of his films were conceived on these cluttered pages filled with small, neat script and wonderfully detailed sketches of the monsters he loves so much.


De Toro Book

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The following images are taken from his personal notebooks which are featured in the 256 page collection which, through reading, he hopes other people like him who create and fawn over the fantastical domain of writing and art will have the chance to meet a kindred spirit over oceans of time and geography, and in turn perhaps their lives, their stories, their art will be positively effected. The book reveals the inspirations behind his signature artistic motifs, sharing the contents of his personal notebooks, collections and other obsessions. 


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Pan's Labyrinth

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The Cabinet of Curiosities includes a running commentary, multiple interviews with the creative visionary and annotations that contextualize the ample visual material. These pages show the meticulous planning of the Pan’s Labyrinth monsters.



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The book contains a forward by famous Canadian filmmaker James Cameron, an afterword by none other than Tom Cruise and contributions from other luminaries including Neil Galman and John Landis. The image above showcases the musings behind Hellboy II.


The next image shows the creative process and illustration behind Pacific Rim.


Pan's Labyrinth

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And finally, here are a few images from the notebook that created At The Mountains of Madness. 


At the Mountains of Madness

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At the Mountains

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At the Mountains of Madness

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Forget Batman, Stephen King Is My New Favorite Comic Hero

What do you do to commemorate a favorite author? Some fans may simply read up on their work. Others may attend every screening of their film adaptations. Some, like Gavin Aung, create witty and creative pieces of art. 


If you’ve been alive for the past year, then you’ve heard news every single week about an upcoming adaptation of one of Stephen King’s stories. King is a legendary author (obviously) whose terrifying, haunting, and downright weird stories have given readers nightmares for decades. Literally decades.


King’s been writing for decades and is known for his outrageous output of books (i.e. he’s written at least 130 books). Think that’s totally bizarre yet amazing? You’re not the only one. Like many other writers, King became a source of inspiration for Aung, who took to his blog to illustrate the author’s impressive career.


Aung began his blog Zenpencils in 2012. It grew out of his appreciation for literature and his desire to showcase his favorite inspiring quotes from famous folks. He doesn’t simply jot down quotes, however. He transforms them into art. His comics vary in length, from single frames to longer narrative comic strips. 


With a background in illustration, Aung’s creations are incredibly creative and entertaining. His illustration below pays tribute to King’s artistic journey, persevering through alcoholism and drug addiction to obtaining success and fulfillment. Using real quotes from King’s memoir, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Aung creates a sort of visual biography showing our favorite author in a really cool light. Check it out! 




Feature Image by Gavin Aung