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Yay! Legends Every Day gets real with the worlds of epic fantasy.

By Daniel Barron


You may come from a humble farming village or under the stairs, but your true destiny is written in the stars, and today life just served you a piping hot bowl of truth. (Campbell’s, of course.) Load up on lembas bread and find a friend cool enough to watch your cat for a really, really long time, because the princess, nay, THE WORLD depends on your bravery. This epic quest will  test your courage as you are put in constant danger in realms no mortal man was meant to tread. Whether that means you’ll be crossing enemy lines to throw jewelry in a volcano, collecting magic triangles, or destroying the remnants of an evil wizard’s soul you’ve got your work cut out for you. Or you could just let eternal darkness spread over the land. We’re not here to tell you how to live your life. Your job does come with a really cool sword, though!

Yay! Legends Every Day harnesses the Power of Grayskull with this set of fantasy-inspired art that future generations will tell about in song.



Clash of the Titans (1981) – MadHatta

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Conquest (1983) – Soren Valdemar Byrial

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The Dark Crystal (1982) – Bella Harris

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Excalibur (1981) – Laurie McClave

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The Golden Compass (1995) – Ashly Lovett

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) – Samantha Holt

Medium: gouache

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melisa des rosiers

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) – Melisa Des Rosiers

“I Solemnly Swear I Am Up to No Good”

Medium: watercolor and inks

Size: 9×12″

“I absolutely love Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; it’s hands-down my favorite movie of them all. I found inspiration in the film’s lighting and drama. Alfonso Charon masterfully depicted the struggle of adolescence along with the fears and responsibilities of adulthood with beautifully-crafted lighting, storytelling, and mood. This is when Harry must begin to face the trauma of his past and the heavy weight of his future.”

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2010) – Lauren Patton

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Legend (1985) – Evgeniya Golik

Medium: marker, colored pencils, and white ink pen on wood panel

Size: 12×12″

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Krull (1983) – Lara Dann

“Inside The Beast”

Medium: graphite and white and black pencil on toned paper

Size: 9×12″

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The Legend of Zelda – John-Paul Kim

“In The Head of the Hero”

Medium: Nib, Brush, Black Star Ink, colored in Photoshop

Size: 14×20″

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) – Kamille Freske

“The Lady of Light”

Medium: oil on canvas

Size: 11×14″

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leonie o'moore

Red Sonja (1934) – Leonie O’Moore

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Shadow of the Colossus (2005) – Nick Lacke

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erika taguchi-newton

Willow (1988) – Erika Taguchi-Newton

Willow was one of the first stories that intrigued me as a teenage geek girl. After that I was hooked on the sword-and-sorcery genre, from Dragonlance to Red Sonja. Around the same time, I was spellbound by illustrator Jody Lee’s cover art for Mercedes Lackey’s Heralds of Valdemar series. Willow reminds me of those times and I wanted to pay homage to the movie and Lee’s enchantingly crafted style and composition.

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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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