Illustrator and animator Joe Badon is the latest intrepid artist to try his hand at rendering Taarna the Taarakian and her trusty pteranodon-like steed. The character dates from the 1981 Heavy Metal movie (and was inspired by Moebius’ pteranodon-riding protagonist) and over the years has become a mascot for Heavy Metal, finally getting her own comic book series in recent years.
Joe creates prints of cool movies and TV shows, as well as prints of neo-retro pinups and collage art. To see the prints he’s selling, visit his Etsy shop; he’d probably also like you to check out the Indiegogo campaign for his film Sister Tempest, which is in post-production. Here are a few examples of Joe’s work:
Here’s his Taarna image:
And here’s a t-shirt using his design, from the Heavy Metal Threadless shop. We’ve got hoodies and blankets as well:
Great stuff! Taarna is our iconic heroine and we’re always eager to see new artists’ spin on her.
Here are some more examples of Joe’s work: