Watch “Rakka,” a New Short by Neill Blomkamp

It was just a month ago that Neil Blomkamp, director of District 9, Elysium and Chappie, dropped a Twitter hint about his experimental film studio. Now we’ve got the product itself from Oats Studios: “Rakka,” a 22-minute exploration of life in the year 2020, when humans are under the slimy thumbs to some very nasty reptilian overlords. Watch it:

Here’s a shorter clip titled “What is Oats?” — it doesn’t really answer the question, although the word “Cormanesque” is dropped at one point, which means something to film cognoscenti.

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14-Page Preview of Heavy Metal 286, the Magick Special!

May 19, 2017 • Featured, Heavy Metal News, News, Top News

New issue time! Issue 286, the Magick Special, is hitting subscribers’ mailboxes right about now, and will be in stores next week, and we won’t lie—this one’s amazing, Heavy Metal fans! Where do we even start—well, the covers would seem to be a good place. Cover A is by David

"Lollipop" (detail), copyright Rubens LP

Arcing Toward Ecstasy: The Bold, Sensuous Art of Rubens LP [13 Images]

April 7, 2017 • Artwork, News

Art was a matter of destiny for the Brazilian illustrator Rubens Lopes Pires Júnior, who is better known as Rubens LP. “I had no other way to go, there was nothing else I could choose,” he tells Heavy Metal in our current issue (#285). “I was born into a family of art lovers.

copyright Matt Bailey illustration

The Dark, Addictive Art of Matt Bailey [11 Images]

April 3, 2017 • Artwork, News

Matt Bailey modestly lists his occupation as “tattoo apprentice” on his @baileyillustration Instagram profile, but to his 200,000-plus followers he’s a vital artist on paper and in the virtual world. His simple ink drawings, usually captioned, don’t necessarily scream

La cavalière pâle (A princess of Mars) by Apollonia Saintclair

Apollonia Saintclair’s Alternate Erotic Reality, Where the Pleasure Is All Yours [13 Images]

March 30, 2017 • Artwork, News

There’s no need to be coy in this case: Appolonia Saintclair does some sexy pictures. Sexy, sexy pictures. Heavy Metal readers from back in the day might note that she’s in the tradition of European erotica represented by artists like Milo Manara and Guido Crepax; look back another few

Dane DeHaan plays the title character in "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets"

New Trailer for “Valerian” Is Everything You Want It to Be

March 29, 2017 • Films, News

How badass is the latest trailer—posted today—for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets?: Valerian is directed by Luc Besson, and based on the French comic-book adventures of Valerian and Laureline. The first Valerian story appeared in Pilote magazine in 1967, and the duo’s

The hero of John the Carpenter prepares to go to battle.

Watch the Short Horror Film “John the Carpenter”, an Homage That Isn’t a Ripoff

March 29, 2017 • Films, News

From its title, you know a lot about “John the Carpenter” before seeing a single frame. Yes, it’s an homage to director John Carpenter, and a very good one at that. The music is probably its strength; Jared Dymbort (who plays John) has completely nailed that ominous, insistent

Gorillaz: Murdoc Niccals on the threshhold, with (l-r) 2D, Noodle, and Russel Hobbs backing him up.

Gorillaz Drop 4 Videos Ahead of First Album in 6 Years

March 28, 2017 • Music, News

Gorillaz, the world’s most successful virtual band, have kept a low profile in recent years—their last studio album, The Fall, came out in late 2010. What’s more, the group, visualized and co-conceived by Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn, hasn’t been seen in a new music video


Bernie Wrightson’s Prints and Paintings (14 Images)

March 27, 2017 • Comics, News

Here’s another look at the work of the late Bernie Wrightson, the legendary illustrator and comics artist who died March 18. For a little more about Bernie, see our previous post on his Swamp Thing covers. Wrightson was known for his work on comics and comic magazines like Swamp Thing and


11 Classic Swamp Thing Covers by Bernie Wrightson

March 21, 2017 • Comics, News

As you’ve no doubt heard, Bernie Wrightson, a legend of comic art and illustration, died over the weekend. Wrightson was notable for his amazing skill as an illustrator, particularly of horror and fantasy comics. He was also a key player in Heavy Metal‘s history, holding the distinction