This week, Variety announced the top ten worldwide films of 2010 (measured by gross box office return):
1. Toy Story 3: 1,064 million
2. Alice in Wonderland: 1,024 million
3. Harry Potter: 895
4. Inception: 824
5. Shrek Forever After: 743
6. Twilight Saga Eclipse: 654
7. Iron Man 2: 623
8. Despicable Me: 542
9. How to Train Your Dragon: 496
10. Clash of the Titans: 494
...and that was right on the heels of last year’s Avatar, which grossed 1,953 million.
All of those top ten are arguably fantasy or science fiction films. Four of them are animated. Since motion pictures are today’s culturally dominant art form, it’s safe to say that fantasy and imagination are squarely in the mainstream of our collective consciousness.
Which is why, perhaps, the art magazines are featuring fantasy more and more. ImagineFX, Juxtapoz, and Hi Fructose are completely dedicated to imagination.
And as Jobot mentioned in yesterday's comments, the new February / March issue of International Artist has a special feature on fantasy illustration, edited by Rebecca Guay. It spotlights the faculty of the Illustration Master Class, including regulars like Donato Giancola and Greg Manchess (above: left and center), Dan Dos Santos, Scott Fischer, Julie Bell, and Boris Vallejo. This year there will also be visiting teachers like Peter de Sève and Iain McCaig (above, right) and I'll be tagging along, too.
If you want to see more imaginative art covered in your favorite art magazine, let the editors know! They will listen to you.
Image ©Disney from "Alice in Wonderland Trailer"
Illustration Master Class
International Artist magazine
Hi Fructose magazine
Read about Donato, Greg, and other IMC'ers at Muddy Colors
Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell