Podcast Show Notes: Episode 31 – Mark Hallett and Dragons of Wales

Podcast Show Notes

Our tremendous trio is back for 2024, but not all things are as they were… mostly they are, though. We get back into the swing of Vintage Dinosaur art, or is that Nostalgic Dinosaur Art? We explore the work of Mark Hallett, the man Marc once declared his Favourite Palaeoartist Ever, as it appears in Stephen and Sylvia Czerkas’ Dinosaurs: A Global View, also featuring works by John Sibbick and Douglas Henderson. Then, Marc and Natee interview Andy Frazer, also known as Dragons of Wales, on his creative and provocative palaeoart, as well as his more fantasy-oriented works. Is Hallett still Marc’s favourite? Where do the hornlets on Jurassic Park’s T. rex come from? Would you kiss a Yangchuanosaurus? What’s the worst advice you can give to a budding artist? Is there going to be a permanent item about dinosaur toys on the podcast? (No.) And what was the name of our editor again? Find out in episode 31! And wish Natee a happy belated birthday!

In the News

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Dinosaurs: A Global View (or: DE OERWERELD VAN DE DINOSAURIËRS) features the artwork of John Sibbick, Douglas Henderson and Mark Hallett, as well as its author, the late Stephen Czerkas. It is the work of Mark Hallett, as it appears in this book, which we focus on in this episode.

  • Marc’s original review of Dinosaurs: A Global View can be found here, here and here.

Dilophosaurus by Mark Hallett

Staurikosaurus by Mark Hallett

Triceratops by Mark Hallett

Protoceratops v Velociraptor by Mark Hallett

Tyrannosaurus by Mark Hallett

Mamenchisaurus (crossing the flat) by Mark Hallett

Dicraeosaurus by Mark Hallett

Shunosaurus by Mark Hallett

Archelon by Mark Hallett


Andy Frazer is known as Dragons of Wales, also the title of one of his books. He is a palaeoartist and fantasy illustrator whose most recent art book, EX|TERRA, got a glowing review from Marc. That’s not all: the followup will be released this very week.

(c) Andy Frazer, used with permission

(c) Andy Frazer, used with permission

(c) Andy Frazer, used with permission

(c) Andy Frazer, used with permission

(c) Andy Frazer, used with permission

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  • Reply
    Grant Harding
    February 1, 2024 at 10:27 am

    Congratulations, Gemma!

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    Susan Strangelove
    February 3, 2024 at 1:20 pm

    So about 15 Minutes into the podcast and as a long term follower of you folks and as queer person myself I have to say – that’s wonderful news! I’m very happy for you! 🙂

    • Reply
      Gemma Hazeborg
      February 3, 2024 at 5:37 pm

      Thank you, Susan. I appreciate all the kind comments, and so do the other queer contributors to LITC and in the community, I’m sure.
      I’ll share a little trade secret with you which you might appreciate. From the beginning, we’ve observed Pride Month by consistently interviewing LGBT+ creators. We’ve done this since the beginning. Don’t tell anyone! 😉

  • Reply
    February 3, 2024 at 4:01 pm

    Thank you for another wonderful episode. And congratulations to Gemma.

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    Grant Harding
    February 5, 2024 at 11:54 am

    You put out a call for suggestions at the end of the episode; I’d love to hear you talk about Peters’ GALLERY OF DINOSAURS on the podcast. I used to check it out of the elementary school library all the time, and I now own that very copy.

    Also: Back in 2021, I sent Gemma scans of another childhood favourite of mine, THE FLIGHT OF THE PTEROSAURS: A POP-UP BOOK by Keith Moseley. I don’t know if it got forgotten about, or if you decided not to cover it on the blog, but either way I thought I’d mention it.

    Yay, fifteen years!

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      Gemma Hazeborg
      February 5, 2024 at 5:44 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion. I’ve been very hesitant to cover anything from Peters. He’s had a good palaeoart career in the 90s before he went off the rails, but the problem is that he has a tendency to show up whenever someone mentions his name. It’s negotiable, though.
      As for the pop up book: Completely forgot about it. I’ll give it another look. I perpetually have around 12 books in my backlog but I’ll get to everything eventually! In my defence, Marc is the pop up book guy.

      • Reply
        Grant Harding
        February 7, 2024 at 12:11 am

        Sounds good! Let me know if you need me to re-send the scans.

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    Paula Kate
    February 8, 2024 at 6:04 am

    Thank you for interviewing Andy – I’ve been a fan for a while so very interesting.

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