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  • Aug 24, 2013 - added a new page with maps and navigation information for the convention site.
  • Aug 23, 2013 - expanded the travel and parking pages.
  • Aug 22, 2013 - you can now access program and other convention information from our mobile applications.
  • Aug 21, 2013 - Press Release #32: LoneStarCon 3 Thanks Publishers for Supporting Public Libraries in San Antonio.
  • Aug 20, 2013 - our interactive program guide is now online, with details of all 945 program items!
  • Aug 20, 2013 - the Pocket Program can now be downloaded in PDF format from the publications page.
  • Aug 20, 2013 - Press Release #31: LoneStarCon 3 Partners with Ustream to Broadcast 2013 Hugo Award Ceremony.
  • Aug 19, 2013 - our Restaurant Guide can now be downloaded from the publications page.
  • Aug 13, 2013 - the overall convention schedule is now available including service hours and program highlights.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - Progress Report 5 is now available.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - there will be a ghost walking tour of San Antonio on the evening of Thursday, August 29.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - our animation program will be showing a wide range of anime and cartoons.
  • Aug 8, 2013 - published initial agenda and materials for the WSFS Business Meeting.
  • Aug 7, 2013 - Press Release #29: LoneStarCon 3 to Feature Author Jay Lake with Film Premiere and Special Exhibit.
  • Aug 1, 2013 - every day is special with our Theme Days in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Aug 1, 2013 - John Hertz will be leading book discussion groups on The Glass Bead Game, Vintage Season, and The Dying Earth. Read them, and then join in!
Artist Showcase - Kelly Freas

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Recognized as the most prolific and popular Science Fiction artist worldwide in the last half of the 20th century, Frank Kelly Freas illustrated stories by some of Science Fiction's greatest writers: Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, A. E. Van Vogt, Poul Anderson, and Frederik Pohl, to name a few. Nominated an unprecedented twenty two times, Freas was the first to receive eleven Hugo Awards for achievement in the field as Best Professional Artist.

His work for Weird Tales, Planet Stories and other pulp magazines remain recognizable images even today. Freas' long association with John W. Campbell and Astounding/Analog began with a poignant and powerful cover in 1953 entitled "Robot". He was still painting covers for Analog as recently as 2003. 50 years is an incredible tenure in any occupation, let alone with one client.

It's easy to provide a litany of talents that Freas brings to his art, but besides his consummate abilities to design and render, his obvious love for the genre and his attention to detail - besides all that - are his sense of humor and his skill at depicting individuals in his art. Both of these made his work stand out from the new wave of science fiction artists who were populating the new digest sized magazines and the paperback racks of the 1950's.

In the course of his remarkable career his endeavors covered many areas, including an extensive body of work for MAD magazine. He continued to work for MAD from 1955 to 2005 doing book and magazine covers. An official NASA mission artist -- his space posters hang in the Smithsonian. He was even commissioned by the Skylab I astronauts to design their crew patch for the first United States manned space station.

You can find his art on record and CD albums (for instance his cover for Queen's first two million seller: News of the World), or on the cover of DC Comics' 1992 Star Trek Annual. He painted beautiful women on the noses of World War II bombers, as well as portraits of five hundred saints for the Franciscans. He's also been commissioned to create biomedical art. Author and illustrator of the books The Astounding Fifties, Frank Kelly Freas: The art of Science Fiction, A Separate Star, and As He Sees It as well as a number of magazine articles.

Kelly Freas passed away on January 2, 2005. Kelly Freas's art work continues to be available to his public via Northern Star Art with the permission of the Freas Estate.

Note: Kelly Freas' work will be exhibited at LoneStarCon 3 by Northern Star Art.

To see and purchase Kelly Freas's art, contact Mark Corrinet, Northern Star Art, and visit Northern Star Art at


Artwork: Star Lover