The Man Cave… Patron of the Arts

A long time ago, someone very dear to me gave me advice. Part of which was basically ‘At some point in your life have some kind of art made for you, it doesn’t matter what it is’.
Now as a self confessed geek/ nerd, I’ve always gone for things that have resonated with me, on one level or another. Whether that was toys, what I read, games, art, etc.
When I was in my early 20’s I got a tattoo, to always remind myself of what ideals and principles to strive for (my scrawny arms just happened to come free with the tattoo).

Recently I learned that an artist I know, thru my love of all things geek, was accepting commissions. As I have been a fan of his art style,  I jumped on that chance and had a piece of art commissioned of my 3 favourite characters from the Marvel universe.

The artist, was Wayne Talbot. One third of the Irish Pubcast crew, Whovian, contributor to geekirelandonline, and alround nice guy.

With his permission I grabbed a couple of his works, and thru them together to showcase some of his talent.

**Disclaimer- the first piece of art featuring ‘Dark Wayne’ was by another very gifted artist, Lisa Marie Farrell, and was commissioned by Ciaran Marcantonio. **

If you like Wayne’s style, then good news. He’s accepting some commission work at the moment.
You can contacting him on Facebook, on Twitter (@waynetalbot) or by Email (

On Kickstarter – Wicked Kingdom by Wylie Beckert

I had a little bit of money on my card the other night and came across this little Kickstarter when I was looking for a cheap little card game. 

I’m  not one for poker cards normally (mainly cause I suck at poker but also because I’ll risk it for a bios unit on a bad hand and loose my entire stake) but I couldn’t pass by these cards.

Wicked Kingdom is an art rich, 54 card poker deck, featuring dual-identity face cards with a narrative twist and obsessively detailed, hand-painted artwork throughout.

The artwork on the cards is gorgeous and unique, at least to me. A lot of love and time has gone into the art.

It’s always handy to have a deck of cards around the house, and if your looking for something unique you couldn’t go wrong with this deck.

Wicked Kingdom is more than just another deck of pretty pictures (although it has those too, in spades… Spades, get it?). Each face card has a personality, a backstory… and a hidden agenda. With every card, the plot thickens… 

The artwork and backstories for each card are featured in the Wicked Kingdom art book, which backers of the Kickstarter can pledge for. The art book contains process write-ups, work-in-progress snapshots, and notes from the creation of the traditionally painted images.

The Wicked Kingdom Kickstarter has only about 24 hours left, so if you want a deck for yourself get over to the Kickstarter page Now!!!

You can also find Wylie Beckert work on her website

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave