January 27, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite is proud to announce the definitive tome on the concept artwork behind the cult classic film Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow. Production designer and co-creator Kevin Conran opens the curtains on the pulp and steampunk flavored world.
"Roger Ebert wrote that Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow made him feel the way he did when he first saw Raiders of the Lost Ark," said Kevin Conran. "Which made sense, because for most of our film's production Kerry and I felt like we had a giant boulder rolling after us. Made for nerds by nerds, Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow was a long, hard journey and a labor of love. Fortunately, like Indy, we somehow managed to survive."
Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow revved up its diesel engines and flew right into theaters in 2004, debuting a stunning world and innovating on the filmmaking process. The film wowed audiences, as it both called back to classic films and techniques, while furthering those techniques with advanced methods and technologies. Many of these groundbreaking ideas have since become standard in the industry.
The film was the first to be shot entirely against blue screen, with integrated digital effects in mind. A legion of talented visual artists, modelers, animators and more composed the look of the entire film, seamlessly setting actors in a lush CG world, as director Kerry Conran filmed the live action segments with actors including Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Angelina Jolie.
Sky Captain had a long epic journey to the screen - over 20 years, and that is where the story really begins. As young children, brothers Kevin and Kerry Conran fell in love with the film serials and pulpy comic books of the 1930s and '40s, with their parents encouraging their artistic passion. Determined to make a feature film, they worked for over seven years honing their ideas into a black and white teaser. Then two more years passed writing the screenplay and further developing the aesthetic.
In this new book, the first official one sourced directly from Kevin Conran's private collection, he dissects all the varied influences. From the German expressionism, to the industrial design of the 1930s World's Fairs, to even the Fleischer Studios Superman shorts.
The 240 page deluxe hardcover features pencil and ink sketches, full color concept art, storyboards, and extensive commentary from Kevin Conran. Due for release in May 2021, the book is priced at $34.99.
THE ART OF SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ February 2021 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in May 2021. Fans are encouraged to preorder copies of the book with their local comic book retailers or preferred book vendors. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more!
About Dynamite Entertainment
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high-profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Gail Simone, Christopher Priest, Andy Mangels, Leah Moore, Kevin Smith, David Walker, Vita Ayala, Danny Lore, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, Brandon Thomas, Amy Chu, Peach Momoko, Reginald Hudlin, Nancy Collins, David Walker, Mirka Andolfo, Steve Orlando, Greg Pak, Jenny Frison, Matt Wagner, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.