Yay! LED 2K16- Future Shock

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Yay! Legends Every Day ventures into the unknown of space and time.

By Daniel Barron


Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek will always be vital in the culture because of its hopeful vision of a future where mankind has transcended its differences so that it may reach its fullest potential. Imagine extending the human journey to new worlds, making relations with strange interplanetary cultures, all while peacefully sharing a ship with a Muslim, a transgender person, even someone who loves The Boondock Saints.

But let’s be real, the end is nigh, and probably sooner rather than later. Overpopulation, the arms race, and the insatiable maw of capitalism all threaten the future of our planet. Even if we can overcome racism, sexism, and homophobia we will still leave the Earth a smoldering pile of ashes because there is no cure for greed. Genetically-recreated dinosaurs will  just be loaded up with weapons of war and sentient feminine robots will be explained jokes online. No, you’re in a bad mood today.

Power of positivity, Dan! Let the following pieces of sci-fi art remind you of humanity’s greatest capabilities and aspirations. Or start tricking out that car and buying lots of leather. Your call. The future is what you make it.


riley schmitz

12 Monkeys (1996) – Riley Schmitz

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Aeon Flux (1991) – Kelly McKernan

“Blink Once, You’re Dead”

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Blade Runner (1982) – Hal Hefner

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Cloud Atlas (2012) – Ankat Hermanns

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Doctor Who (David Tennant) & (Matt Smith) – Kimber Quartaro

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Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) & (River Song) – Caitlynn Abdow

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iris compiet

Edward Scissorhands (1990) – Iris Compiet

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joey feldman art

Escape From New York (1981) – Joey Feldman

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erin garey art

Ex Machina (2015) – Erin Garey

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carolina lebar art

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (2014) – Carolina Lebar

“I only paint strong female characters, and I loved the Mockingjay movies, so The Hunger Games: Mockingjay was the clear choice for me. I illustrated Katniss Everdeen without the antagonists, just the characters that were the positive, driving force in her life, her sister Primrose and male lead Peta. Together, yet for separate reasons, they were her strongest motivation to go on fighting and finally beat all adversaries.”

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Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985) – Joseph Murdach

“I’ve always loved the scene where Max is banished to the desert. It’s so messed up and beautiful at the same time. I was having a hard time settling on a specific image and this was one of the first ones I chose.”

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Orphan Black (2013) – Erin Garey

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art grafunkel

Snow Crash (1992) – Art Grafunkel

“For me, reading William Gibson’s Snow Crash for the first time, in my early teens, was the literary equivalent of watching Star Wars in the theater: you think you know this pretty, shiny, virginally white genre you call sc-ifi? … Well, here she is all caked up in grime, dressed like a car crash, dreadlocks and scraped knees and hot pink lipstick and loving it!  I fell through the rabbit hole, discovered Nine Inch Nails, anime, and The Excessive Use Of Black Clothing. Which is not a band name.

There was so much I wanted to revisit in this illustration, but I always came back to Hiro Protagonist: the all-time ultimate main character in name, attitude and look.”

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garry booth

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) – Garry Booth

“Hast La Vista Baby”

Medium: mixed media

Size: 18×24″

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vanessa mckee art

Time Bandits (1981) – Vanessa McKee

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allan panakal art

Tron: Legacy (2010) – Allan Panakal

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tara themm art

Upstream Color (2013) – Tara Themm


Medium: acrylic on panel

Size: 11×14

Upstream Color is one of those visually overloading films that makes the mind wander and focus simultaneously. In this piece, I wanted to illustrate the relationship that’s created between the main character, Kris, and the organisms that surround her, transforming her identity and memory.”

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sara deck

The Wasp Woman (1959) – Sara Deck

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Rudderless college graduate Daniel Barron founded Yay! LA Magazine on a love of writing, passion for the arts, and a firm belief that people really like talking about themselves. He contributed to a number of publications, including LA Music Blog and the defunct The Site Unscene, before deciding to cover arts and entertainment the way he wanted to read it. He works as a freelance writer and digital PR consultant in his current home of Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @YayDanielBarron.

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