There's a Bunch of Gorgeous Alien Art Being Released For Alien Day

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Tuesday, April 26, aka 4-26 (as in LV-426), has been dubbed “Alien Day.” To celebrate, several different companies and brands have teamed up to do events related to Ridley Scott’s masterpiece. There will be screenings, Q&As, art shows, special merchandise, and more.

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Out of everything, though, our favorite things about the day are the limited edition posters being released.

These first three pieces are all from Mondo and will be released at noon EST. Info is in the descriptions and at this link.

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By Jay Shaw, edition of 70. 18.5"x24.5" solvent print on 9mil front print backlit polyester film.
By Jay Shaw, edition of 70. 18.5"x24.5" solvent print on 9mil front print backlit polyester film.
by Mike Saputo, edition of 225. Variant color also available.
by Mike Saputo, edition of 225. Variant color also available.
by Kilian Eng, edition of 300.
by Kilian Eng, edition of 300.

Next are these pieces from the Bottleneck Gallery. The third one, by Laurent Durieux, will be on sale Wednesday at noon EST. The other two will be available on Tuesday at noon EST. There’s more information at this link.

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by Chris Skinner, edition of 175
by Chris Skinner, edition of 175
by Mark Englert, timed edition with glow in the dark inks. Variant edition of 225 also available.
by Mark Englert, timed edition with glow in the dark inks. Variant edition of 225 also available.
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by Laurent Durieux, edition of 550. Variant edition also available.
by Laurent Durieux, edition of 550. Variant edition also available.

Here are some pieces from Acme Archives. They’re helping with not one, but two art shows, one in Los Angeles and another in Chicago. Here are a few examples. More info here.

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Aliens: Nemesis by Randy Martinez
Aliens: Nemesis by Randy Martinez
Aliens: Issue #3 by Raymond Swanland
Aliens: Issue #3 by Raymond Swanland
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In Space No One Can Hear You Scream by Louis Solis
In Space No One Can Hear You Scream by Louis Solis
Jones by Thomas Walker
Jones by Thomas Walker
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Here Jones by Little Friends of Printmaking
Here Jones by Little Friends of Printmaking
Rage by Orlando Arocena
Rage by Orlando Arocena
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Get to Medical! by Louis Solis
Get to Medical! by Louis Solis

Smaller independent sites are getting in on the action too. Here are two pieces by Wooden Nickel, each in both 18 x 24 and 24 x 36 inch options. They’ll go on sale at 3pm EST Tuesday at this link.

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by Christopher Shy
by Christopher Shy
by Christopher Shy, variant edition also available.
by Christopher Shy, variant edition also available.
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But wait ... there’s more! Mondo is also releasing a new pressing of their Aliens score (with an amazing surprise in the vinyl) and the first release of the Prometheus score. More info here but they’ll be available Tuesday as well.

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For more info on Alien Day events, visit http://www.alienanthology.com/.

Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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DISCUSSION

I can’t believe how much I still love the Alien franchise. While I didn’t enjoy the first AvP, I did enjoy the second. I even have digital copies of almost all the Alien comics that have been made. When I was between 8-12 I collected almost every Alien toy as well that came with those mini comic books. I think the only one I didn’t have was Bishop with his gatling gun.

Even though some of it may not be considered official canon, it is still easy to lose yourself in those mini comics and the other Dark Horse published titles. I also really liked the scientific naming that was applied in comics and movies; Linguafoeda Acheronsis and Internecivus Raptus, respectively.

Even Aliens Versus Predator Versus Terminator was fun; I can hardly wait for the Aliens Versus Predator Versus Judge Dredd cross over coming this July.

I can’t remember who said it, or compared it to that of a shark, but I found it to be very apt.

They(Sharks)are amazing apex predators that can can invoke fear, but also invoke awe. Their natural design is beautiful, and effective for the environment they inhabit. Despite having beautiful design, they are also vicious, dangerous, and lethal in many cases

The Xenomorph can be described almost completely the same. I know that Giger originally did the Necronom IV and his other art as semi-erotic bio-mechanical designs, and that maybe the reason I and others can find the Alien to be so beautiful a creature design. Not necessarily erotic as such though.

One writer of the original drafted script for the Alien movie, Dan O’Bannon, may have said it best though; “I had never seen anything that was quite as horrible, and at the same time as beautiful as his(Giger’s) work,”

TLDR; “Aliens” and it’s franchise are freaking awesome.