Famed Prog Rock Artist Suing James Cameron

If you’re at all familiar with the artwork that adorns many prog rock albums (Close to the Edge by Yes, The Magician’s Birthday from Uriah Heep, everything Asia ever did and dozens more), you know the work of Roger Dean.  His stuff is pretty fantasical.

He’s now suing James Cameron over some of the images in Avatar.  Can you see why he’d be a little irked?

Avatar vs. Roger Dean. See?

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2 thoughts on “Famed Prog Rock Artist Suing James Cameron

  • June 30, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    This is a little ridiculous to me, he can't be the first artist to make islands floating in the air… He should sue Square Enix too the video game Chrono Trigger in 1995 had floating islands in it as well…


    Plus his stuff are paintings/drawings this is a movie two different art forms in my opinion… It is funny most ideas are not that original if you thought of it chances are someone else has too.

  • July 1, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Star Trek episode #74, "The Cloudminders", aired in 1969, had the inhabitant ruling class of "Stratos" living in floating cities high above the surface of planet "Ardana", while the workers, "Troglytes", were forced to live on the harsh surface, and work in the "Zienite" mines. Star Wars, "The Empire Strikes Back", had cities in the clouds above the planet "Bespin", where "Lando Calrissian" was the administrator. Maybe Gene Roddenberry, oops too late, should sue George Lucas. And didn't The Beatles movie, "Yellow Submarine" have some weird ass floating stuff in it too?


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