Wayne Barlowe

Artist: Wayne Barlowe

We regret to announce that Wayne Barlowe will not make it to this year’s Minicon.

To all Minicon 2008 attendees,

It is with the utmost regret that I find that I will not be able to fulfill my role as Artist Guest of Honor at this year’s Minicon. When first approached to come out to Minnesota, I agreed to attend with the nervous proviso that, at a moment’s notice, I might be called upon to work on some media-related, time-sensitive project that, given the vicissitudes of free-lancing and the needs of employers, I would be unable to turn down. Sadly, just such an event has taken place. Because of the uneven way in which I get employed, I do relatively few cons; Minicon was to be the first in quite a few years and, admittedly, it was a risk to agree. It weighs heavily upon me that I have let down anyone who was traveling to the convention with hopes of bumping into me and, reciprocally, I regret not having the opportunity to get to meet those same people. To all of the attendees and the very hard-working Minicon staff - especially Keith and Andra - who worked with me over the year, the only thing I can say is that I am truly sorry.

Wayne Barlowe

Wayne Barlowe outside in a black denim shirt

Wayne’s work includes Barlowe’s Guide to Extraterrestrials, Expedition, and The Alien Life of Wayne Barlowe, each of which strives to illustrate realistic conceptions of alien life forms. Wayne’s art has also been displayed in many institutions of fine art, including The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Orlando Science Center, The Atrium of Park Avenue, The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Society of Illustrators, The Hayden Planetarium in New York, and The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Wayne Barlowe art: two reptiles at the feet of a much larger reptile

Wayne has also contributed to a wide variety of television and movie projects. He designed the artifacts as well as the principal aliens and their homeworld for the two-hour TNT Babylon 5 movie Thirdspace, which aired in the fall of 1998. He also contributed alien creatures and character designs for the animated 20th Century Fox release, Titan AE and designed creatures seen in Galaxy Quest. In 2000, he executed preproduction drawings for Blade 2, and in 2002, creature and character designs for Hellboy as well as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. One year later, Wayne contributed concept art to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Adding to his impressive résumé, Wayne’s first novel, God’s Demon, was published by Tor Books in 2007.