Friday, October 6, 2017

The Fate of a Princess

When I began the Princess of Mars project,
I was under the impression that Edgar Rice
Burroughs' A Princess of Mars was in public domain, and could therefore be published by anyone. This assertion has recently been questioned. I have contacted Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. in order to find out more information on this matter, and hopefully to get not only their permission, but their endorsement of Dream Tower Media's Illustrated version of the novel.
Until I receive word back, the project will be on hold. If the work is still under copyright and I am unable to get the permission of ERB Inc. to do the project, I am afraid it will not be brought to completion and published. Dream Tower Media will then move forward instead with the other books planned for its publishing line. I will keep you all up to date on any news I receive.
Until then, I am releasing another one of my illustrations for A Princess of Mars, still in process of editing, but nearly finished as a piece. This is the scene where Dejah Thoris looks in wonder at the fresco of an ancient lost people. The fresco is a tribute to my favorite artist, Gustave Klimt.

Thanks to everyone who has been patient and supportive.

Best Wishes,

Robert Zoltan
October 6th, 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Robert Zoltan and Edgar the Raven Visit With Fritz Leiber

Literary Wonder & Adventure Show Photo Spotlight: Robert Zoltan and Edgar the Raven Visit With Fritz Leiber, August 2nd, 2017

Host and Co-Host of Literary Wonder & Adventure Show, Robert Zoltan and Edgar the Raven, recently took a trip to San Francisco to visit the home of the late great Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Author, Fritz Leiber.

According to Robert, the ghost of Fritz Leiber visited him immediately after this photo was taken, and told him, “I’m really jazzed about the show and wish I was still around to be interviewed, but I’m here in The Big Time now.” Leiber was obviously referring to some type of afterlife, and not the “big time” that Robert and Edgar have recently hit with their show. Leiber supposedly also told Robert that he considered Robert’s Rogues of Merth: The Adventures of Dareon and Blue stories to be a worthy successor to his own Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series.

These quotes attributed to the late Mr. Leiber have not been confirmed by professional mediums, and furthermore, according to trustworthy sources close to Robert Zoltan (though obviously not trustworthy to him), Robert had recently switched medications, and was also seen discussing physics with an invisible Albert Einstein, and arguing with an invisible David Bowie about the relative strengths of his later music compared with his earlier work.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Robert Zoltan and Edgar the Raven Hit the Big Time

PRESS RELEASE: Robert Zoltan and Edgar the Raven Hit the Big Time! July, 26, 2017

According to Dream Tower Media’s publicist, the star host and star co-host of Literary Wonder & Adventure Show have “hit the big time.” Supposedly, the show’s popularity is “raging like a Southern California wildfire.” Thanks to several corporate sponsorship deals, merchandising, and numerous lawsuits, Robert and Edgar are reported to have “bought a villa overlooking the Hollywood Hills.” Pictured here on the terrace in a photograph by famed photographer, Lannie Eibowitz, Robert and Edgar relax in their pool (an unidentified famous associate lounges on the authentic leopard skin chaise lounge), drinking Martini’s, and eliminating potential guests from their list for upcoming episodes.

Robert and Edgar both have book deals in the making and the publicist claims that a movie deal is “ludicrously inevitable.” Robert’s book is a biography entitled, “All You Need Is Love (and Talent, and Sex, and Money), while Edgar’s book is a how-to for other avian sidekick hopefuls called “How to Fly to the Top Without Losing Your Tail Feathers.”

Rumors of friction over money and creative differences (but mostly money) are dismissed by the publicist, who claims, “Robert and Edgar are a dynamic duo like Batman and Robin, but without the costumes, the crime-fighting, or the homosexual undertones.” Despite this assurance, an inside source claims that Robert and Edgar now record their audio parts for the show at separate times in the studio. As for Robert’s purported drinking and depression problems, the humble host addressed this directly in a recent Facebook post. “Gin is nothing more than a drink to me. And how could I be anything but happy? I’m living a life that common people can only dream of.”

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Artistic Striptease

My daily work on A Princess of Mars is yielding great results. I am now up to about sixteen compositions that will probably work out for inside illustrations. So why have I been remiss on keeping up with the blog, and even more, why am I not showing you the work?
I am facing the dilemma of the classic striptease artist: What to show, what not to show? If I show too much, I risk lowering the value of the book for those who will purchase it when it’s released, and also for those who will support the upcoming Kickstarter for the project and get behind-the-scenes extras. Additionally, I am still developing the style of the illustrations, so I don’t have too much that I feel is surely representative of the final look.
Of course, if I show nothing, I risk losing people’s interest. Oy!
I promise I will reveal more as I am able, and if I am not revealing much, it is in the interests of the book itself and those who will be fans of this book. I can only ask for your faith and patience, and for this post at least, leave you with a little “glimpse of leg” that promises to make it into the final edit of the book.
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Kaor!

Sincerely,
Robert Zoltan
July 9th, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Golden Age of Science Fiction, Part 1

TONIGHT!! 6 pm (PST), on a brand new episode of Literary Wonder & Adventure Show! The Golden Age of Science Fiction, Part 1, with Award-Winning Author Allen Steele (Avengers of the Moon)! www.dreamtowermedia.com/podcast

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Thanks!
Robert and Edgar



Monday, June 19, 2017

Literary Wonder & Adventure Show Upcoming Schedule

Some exciting things happening in the coming months in the Dream Tower!

June: The Golden Age of Science Fiction, Part 1
Guest: Award-Winning Author Allen Steele (Avengers of the Moon)

July: The Golden Age of Science Fiction, Part 2
Guest: Editor Rich Horton (The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy)

August: Spaceships and Aliens and AI, Oh My!
Guest: Award-Winning Author Becky Chambers (The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet)

September: Lest Darkness Wreck the Stars
Poet Swordsman Dareon Vin and his Indari Warrior comrade Blue return in another Fantastic Full Audio Fantasy Adventure!
From the Rogues of Merth series by Robert Zoltan.

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Thanks!
Robert and Edgar

Shooting Myself (The Making of a Princess of Mars, Week 8)

That’s what I feel like doing sometimes during this project. But this morning I did it in a less destructive way—with a camera. I shot 125 photos of myself for illustration photo reference (behold the glamour of illustration modeling!). Tiring not only because action scenes are difficult, but also because I have to set timer, pose, shoot, then go and check the shot to see how it looks, adjust my pose to the drawing, shoot again, repeat. 125 times. Regarding my process, I don’t usually come up with ideas, shoot reference and then illustrate that. I do drawings and then shoot reference afterward to improve detail and work out difficult anatomical problems. I shot some good stuff, mostly for A Princess of Mars, but also for the cover of Lest Darkness Wreck the Stars, the new Rogues of Merth: The Adventures of Dareon and Blue story. Coming soon from Dream Tower Media!
The first session with the Dejah Thoris model was postponed due to my cold, but I will be rescheduling that very soon. And if you’re really good, I might even show you a photo or two from that…nahhhhh!
Sincerely,
Robert Zoltan
June 19th, 2017