We have a winner, folks: Patrick Reilly’s “Taarna Returns” has taken top honors in the first-ever Heavy Metal Cover Contest, a joint production with Threadless.com. The announcement took place during San Diego Comic Con, where t-shirts bearing Reilly’s art and that of two runners-up were on sale.
The contest was a roaring success, receiving over a thousand submissions. You can see them all on the official page at Threadless.
“Some of my earliest memories of Heavy Metal were the covers during the mid- to early-‘80s,” Reilly tells Threadless in an interview. “This was back when Frank Frazetta, Boris Vallejo, Richard Corben, Hajime Soroyama, etc. were the dominant forces in fantasy sci-fi cover art. I tried submitting pieces that retained that style and encompassed the subject matter of that era. I wanted to recapture the earlier style of Heavy Metal; the barbarian going into battle, a robotic humanoid soldier, a warrior in a life or death struggle with a supernatural beast, a sexy female scout surveying a mysterious alien landscape.”
Reilly submitted several entries demonstrating those themes:
Taarna was basically a must. “The Heavy Metal film was obviously the inspiration and it was one of my cult favorites growing up,” Reilly says. “While B-17 was my favorite story, Taarna is basically the mascot of the film so I decided to revisit her to see what sort of adventures she’s up to these days.”
Here’s the winning entry—for more of Reilly’s art visit preilly.deviantart.com:
Congratulations to Patrick, Patricia and Dan, and a big thank-you to ALL the participants. The quality of the submissions and the enthusiasm was staggering. Check out all 1000+ at threadless.com.