You've admired their artworks on book covers and calendars. You've goggled at the beautiful full-size versions in convention art shows. Now admire the work of some of science fiction and fantasy's greatest artists — and learn how you can meet these masters of speculative art.

Top image: Eric Deschamps

Many of the greatest artists of the fantastical are coming to Kansas City, MO for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, a three-day celebration of the best in SF artwork. Find out more on Facebook. Here's the flyer, featuring art by Android Jones:


The weekend also features the 21st annual Spectrum Awards Ceremony on May 10 at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City. (This is associated with the indispensible Spectrum Fantastic Art book.)

Here's a huge gallery showcasing the great artists who are going to be in Kansas City in a couple weeks, and then scroll down for more details about the event from organizer Carl V. Anderson (whose amazing Stainless Steel Droppings art blog we've featured on io9 before).


Art by Camilla D'Errico

Lilaia the Naiad by Annie Stegg


Shared Eyewear by Bill Carman

Says Carl V. Anderson:

Twenty-one years ago Cathy and Arnie Fenner, noticing an absence of high-quality art annuals featuring the work of science fiction, fantasy and horror artists, set out to fill the void. They appropriated the term "fantastic" to encompass the wide array of genre art they hoped to showcase and created Spectrum: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art. The book is now entering its twenty-first year , now under the leadership of John Fleskes ( Flesk Publications), who was hand-picked to continue the series when the Fenners decided to retire last year with volume twenty.

Three years ago the Fenners decided to bring the art annual to life with the first Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event. In the April 2014 issue of ImagineFX, Arnie describes the inspiration for the show: "We wanted to expand on the sense of community associated with the Spectrum Annual. We felt the best way to do that was to provide a venue free of prejudice and elitism, where everyone was welcome…We've always believed that the health of the fantastic art field relies on attracting more people to talk about it in a positive atmosphere, to purchase art, and ultimately to become patrons.".


CCCP, Art by Andrew Bawidamann


"Fables" by Dan Dos Santos

David Palumbo

Adds Anderson:

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 takes place May 9-11, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. For its third outing Cathy and Arnie Fenner are pulling out all the stops to offer a one-of-a-kind celebration of genre art. Over 200 international exhibitors will be on hand with art created by traditional and modern methods that showcases the imagination and ingenuity of science fiction, fantasy and horror artists. SFAL features a wide variety of artists, including book cover illustrators, comic book artists, film and game concept designers, sculptors, fine artists and more.


Cynthia Shepperd, "Half Her Hearts Duet"


Huor and Huin Approach Gondolin, by Donato Giancola

Special guests at this year's show include:

Frank Cho, creator of the Liberty Meadows comic strip and illustrator of several memorable editions of Marvel Comics.

Wayne Barlow, concept designer for films such as Avatar, Hellboy, The Hobbit and Pacific Rim.

Tim Bruckner, designer and sculptor who has created lines of statues and toys for DC Direct, Hasbro, Toy Biz, Sideshow, and Gentle Giant.

Camilla d'Errico, pop-surrealist and comics illustrator, whose popular Tanpopo graphic novels are inspired by the story of Faust. She has recently published a book entitled "Pop Manga: How to Draw the Coolest, Cutest Characters, Animals, Mascots, and More."

Justin Sweet, illustrator and film concept artist who has worked on John Carter, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Avengers, and most recently Thor 2.


"Earth Day" by Christina Hess


Art by Edward Howard

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live is an inspiring experience for fans of genre art, and it is also a place of inspiration and education for those in, or hoping to be in, the artistic field. The weekend will feature educational panels associated with not only the process of creation but also the business end of a career in the field of fantastic art. Leading industry art directors will be on hand for portfolio reviews and meet-and-greet opportunities including Irene Gallo (Tor Books), Lauren Panepinto (Orbit Books), Mark Chiarello (DC Comics), Andrew Vallas (Paizo Publishing), Daren Bader (Rockstar Games), Jon Schindehette (Treehouse Brand Stores), Marc Scheff (Freelance AD), and Andy Christensen, Zoë Robinson and John Taillon (Fantasy Flight Games).


"White Bear" by Forest Rogers

Art by Frank Cho

Three-day tickets are on sale through April 30th, 2014. Single day tickets for Saturday May 10th and Sunday, May 11th can be purchased at the door for no additional charge. For three-day attendees there will be an evening Art Director Meet and Greet followed by the premiere of the documentary film, "Making It". For those attending on Saturday, May 10th, the show will be followed by the Spectrum 21 Awards ceremony at Kansas City's historic Midland Theater.


"Astronaut" by Gregory Manchess


Art by Jason Enge

"El Harpa" by John Picacio

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 will be an unforgettable event. If you are passionate about art and/or are a fan of science fiction, fantasy, or horror, this is a weekend that you do not want to miss. For a complete list of exhibitors and for ticket pricing and additional information, please visit We hope to see you there.


Art by Justine Sweet


"Xenozoic" by Mark Schultz

Image by Michael Manomivibul


Image by Omar Rayyan

Image by Peter Mohrbacher


"The Ascent of Man" by Rebecca Yanovskaya

"Jester King" by Scott Gufstafson


Art by Tim Bruckner

Art by Virgine Ropars


Art by Wayne Barlowe