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Preview: Michael Recycle Meets Borat the Space Cat

Michael Recycle Meets Borat the Space Cat

(W) Ellie Patterson (A/CA) Alexandra Colombo
In Shops: Jul 08, 2020
Final Orders Due: Jun 15, 2020
SRP: $15.99

Teach your kids the importance of environmentalism and sustainability in this fun, exciting adventure!

It’s the near future, and Earth is on the brink of an environmental apocalypse. Michael Recycle is desperate to reverse the situation when suddenly a visitor from another galaxy enters Earth’s atmosphere-Borat The Space Cat! Borat not only has ideas to help Michael stop Earth spiraling into the disaster zone, but he wants to show Michael just how sustainability can really be done. The intergalactic cat takes Michael back to his own planet-Splearth-a planet very similar to our own, but in a parallel universe where only cats have survived and reversed the fate of their planet. Oh, and let’s not forget the Vegan Vikings that helped out, too.

It might not be too late to help Earth reverse its fate, and if anyone can, Borat can!

Airplanes Soar and Dinosaurs Roar in The Smithsonian Institution and IDW Publishing’s Enlightening New Line of Coloring Books

Time spent coloring can also be time spent learning, thanks to two beautiful and informative coloring books presented by IDW Publishing and the Smithsonian Institution. This October, aviation and paleontology fans of all ages can look forward to a creative exploration of their favorite topics, as they color their way through Airplanes: A Smithsonian Coloring Book and Dinosaurs: A Smithsonian Coloring Book.

These books are designed to provide fascinating coloring experiences for readers. The pages stand alone as works of art and the books also contain insights from the National Air and Space Museum’s aeronautics experts and the paleontology experts from the National Museum of Natural History.  

Airplanes: A Smithsonian Coloring Book allows readers to soar through the skies with some of the most recognized and revered airplanes from the collection at the National Air and Space Museum. The thrilling artistry of John Pirtel vivifies the very first powered aircrafts of the 1900s, revolutionary bombers and jet fighters of the 20th century, supersonic passenger airliner, and many more.

Dinosaurs: A Smithsonian Coloring Book invites readers to explore millions of years of animal wonders, guided by experts from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The artistic wizardry of Rachel Curtis (The Princess Bride: A Storybook to Color) captures scenes featuring the herbivorous Stegosaurus, the sea-dwelling Hesperornis, the giant sauropod Camarasaurus, the mighty Tyrannosaurus, and many more.

Aconyte Reveals its First Marvel Titles

Marvel

Aconyte Books is the book publishing imprint of Asmodee Entertainment, a game company that is leveraging its IP for a range of new prose novels.

The publisher had previously announced a partnership with Marvel for a series of prose novels and it has now revealed the initial lineup which launches in Fall 2020.

  • Legends of Asgard: Set in the legendary realm of Asgard and rich in Norse-inspired mythology, these fantastical stories celebrate heroism, adventure, fate, honor, and myth. Raise a flagon of ale and enjoy tales of the extraordinary exploits of heroes and heroines from the Ten Realms.
  • Marvel Heroines: These captivating stories feature some of Marvel’s best-loved female characters, some just coming to understand their powers for the first time and others firmly established among the ranks of legendary Super Heroes.
  • Xavier’s Institute: These novels follow the young members of the New Charles Xavier School for Mutants. Expect stories of adventure, defiance, and growth as these characters explore their abilities and their place in the world.
  • Marvel Untold: These tales round up the best villains, magic-wielding heroes, and more from the furthest corners of the Marvel Universe. Whether it’s seeing a famous confrontation from a different perspective or exploring a piece of a character’s backstory that we’ve never seen before, these novels will bring these stories out into the light of day.

FALL 2020 PUBLICATION SCHEDULE

MonthStrandTitleAuthor
OctoberMarvel HeroinesDomino: StraysTristan Palmgren
OctoberLegends of AsgardThe Head of MimirRichard Lee Byers
NovemberXavier’s InstituteLiberty & Justice for AllCarrie Harris
DecemberMarvel UntoldThe Harrowing of DoomDavid Annandale
DecemberLegends of AsgardThe Sword of SurturC L Werner

DOMINO: STRAYS by Tristan Palmgren

[Marvel Heroines] Sharp-witted, luck-wrangling mercenary Domino takes on both a dangerous cult and her own dark past, in this explosive introduction to the new series of Marvel prose novels.

The job: infiltrate a Chicago conman’s cult to liberate some brainwashed twins. For former X-Force operative Domino, that’s a “hell no”. Fanatics are bad news. She still has nightmares about Project Armageddon, the super-soldier program that wrecked her life and destroyed her family. If only she’d had someone to help her back then, someone… like her. It’s a total pain in the ass, but maybe it is time to finally face those demons. With her probability manipulating superpowers she can turn even the worst of situations to her advantage.

Pub Date: Oct 6th, 2020
Trade paperback • ISBN 978-1-83908-050-0 • US$16.95 • CAN$22.95 • UK£8.99
Ebook • ISBN 978-1-83908-051-7 • US$9.95 • CAN$13.95 • UK£7.99


THE HEAD OF MIMIR by Richard Lee Byers

[Legends of Asgard] The young Heimdall must undertake a mighty quest to save Odin – and all of Asgard – in the first heroic fantasy novel set in Marvel’s incredible Legends of Asgard.

It is a dark time for Asgard. The Allfather is trapped in a bewitched Odinsleep, inspiring an all-out assault from the Frost Giants. They evade the gods’ defenses with uncommon ease as if guided by augury. Heimdall, a quick-witted young warrior still finding his place amongst Asgard’s defenders, believes it no coincidence that Odin lies enchanted and that the Giants are so well-informed. Sneaking into Odin’s inner chambers, he discovers that the severed head of Mimir, a great source of wisdom, is missing. Accompanied by his sister, Lady Sif, Heimdall must quest across the Ten Realms to retrieve it, lest mighty Asgard fall.

Pub Date: Oct 6th, 2020
Trade paperback • ISBN 978-1-83908-054-8 • US$16.95 • CAN$22.95 • UK£8.99
Ebook • ISBN 978-1-83908-055-5 • US$9.95 • CAN$13.95 • UK£7.99


LIBERTY & JUSTICE FOR ALL by Carrie Harris

[Xavier’s Institute] Two exceptional students face their ultimate test when they answer a call for help, in the first thrilling Xavier’s Institute novel, focused on the daring exploits of Marvel’s mutant heroes.

As part of their training at the New Charles Xavier Institute, Triage and Tempus are allowed to attempt their first solo flying mission. Some way into their mission, they pick up an urgent SOS message – Sentinels are attacking a superpowered mutant, who is struggling to protect an injured politician. When they abandon their lesson and answer the call, however, the identity of both will cause the two young X-Men far more problems than they bargained for.

Pub Date: Nov 3rd, 2020
Trade paperback • ISBN 978-1-83908-058-6 • US$16.95 • CAN$22.95 • UK£8.99
Ebook • ISBN 978-1-83908-059-3 • US$9.95 • CAN$13.95 • UK£7.99


THE HARROWING OF DOOM by David Annandale

[Marvel Untold] Our thrilling new line bringing new tales of Marvel’s Super Heroes and villains begins with the infamous Doctor Doom risking all to steal his heart’s desire from the very depths of Hell.

Notorious villain Doctor Victor von Doom has finally found a solution for his oldest obsession: rescuing his mother’s soul from the clutches of Hell. An alliance with the reclusive sage, Maria von Helm, has provided the key to Doom’s latest invention. Fusing their super-science and sorcery, Doom has created the Harrower, a device that will open a rift and wrench his mother’s soul from the netherworld. Back in the human world, however, rebel forces threaten to overrun Latveria and topple its dark leader – and revolution couldn’t come at a more dangerous time than when the gates of Hell itself have been unlocked.

Pub Date: Dec 1st, 2020
Trade paperback • ISBN 978-1-83908-052-4 • US$16.95 • CAN$22.95 • UK£8.99
Ebook • ISBN 978-1-83908-053-1 • US$9.95 • CAN$13.95 • UK£7.99


THE SWORD OF SURTUR by C L Werner

[Legends of Asgard] The God of War must explore a terrifying realm of eternal fire to reclaim his glory, in this epic fantasy novel of one of Odin’s greatest heroes.

Tyr, God of War and elder brother of Thor, embarks on a quest to seal his place at Odin’s side. Spurred on by loyal young Bjorn Wolfbane and the bewitching Lorelai, the trio set out to steal a sliver of Twilight, the sword of the fire giant Surtur, who will one day bring about Ragnarok and destroy Asgard. But the fiery realm of Muspelheim is fraught with volcanic trolls, lava Kraken, and Surtur’s brood of murderous warriors. Tyr must overcome both his own feelings and the motives of his allies, or risk triggering the apocalypse and cursing his name forever.

Pub Date: Dec 1st, 2020
Trade paperback • ISBN 978-1-83908-037-1 • US$16.95 • CAN$22.95 • UK£8.99
Ebook • ISBN 978-1-83908-038-8 • US$9.95 • CAN$13.95 • UK£7.99

Next World Tarot Envisions Revolutionary Love and Justice

Cristy C Road’s Next World Tarot has been celebrated since 2017 for its detailed envisioning of justice, resilience, accountability, and reclaimed magic.

Featuring body outlaws, endangered cultures, and anti-colonial belief systems, the Next World Tarot envisions a world where justice relies on respect and revolutionary love.

The Fool’s Journey is about smashing systematic oppression, owning their truths, being accountable to the people and places that support them, and taking back a connection to their body that may have been lost through trauma or societal brainwashing.

The Next World Tarot is a visual spectacle of both the battle cry and the re-connection between outcasts and their criminalized identities.

The deck will be immortalized this summer as an oversize (9” x 12”) full-color hardcover art book with accompanying essays expanding upon each of the 78 illustrations, in English and Spanish, from radical indie publisher Silver Sprocket.

The Next World Tarot began as a project that would vary in media based on Roads’ time and resources, evolving into a complex series of drawings created with micron and gel pens, markers, white out, and whatever acrylic paint she could get her hands on; illustrated on sheets of bristol vellum paper ranging in size from 11” x 14” and 18” x 26”.

It’s cast of electric queer characters evolved into a disarray of minds, bodies, and souls; who triumph through societal challenge.

This summer will also see the release of the iconic deck and reader in a “pocket edition” for easier transportation and shuffling at 2.6” x 3.5”.

Hardcover art-book: 176 full-color pages; 9″ x 12″; SRP: $50; ISBN: 978-1-945509-384
Pocket deck: 78 cards and booklet; 2.6″ x 3.5″; SRP: $20; ISBN: 978-1-945509-37-7
Original deck; 78 cards and booklet; 4″ x 6″; SRP: $50; ISBN: 978-1-945509-29-2

Dark Horse Presents The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Dark Horse Books and Ubisoft present The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the official art book of the next installment in the Assassin’s Creed series. Available this holiday 2020, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla offers players a captivating Viking experience in a dynamic and beautiful open world set against the brutal backdrop of England’s Dark Ages.

The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a masterfully designed oversized hardcover art book that invites the reader on a visual journey through the world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: a world defined by the harsh beauty of Viking life, rich with fascinating characters and breathtaking landscapes. The book offers an insider’s look at the immersive art direction of the game, through an exhaustive collection of never-before-seen concept art, production material, and creator commentary. Readers will explore the visual development of the game’s stunning environments, intricate characters, props, and weapons designs.

Dark Horse is also proud to reveal The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Deluxe Edition, a limited edition that includes an exclusive cover, a decorative slipcase, and a gallery-quality lithograph art print. The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Deluxe Edition will be hitting shelves later this year timed with the release of the game.

The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop. The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Deluxe Edition is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop. At nearly 200 pages, the Standard Edition will retail for $39.99 and the Deluxe Edition will retail for $79.99.


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Object Compendium by Kilian Eng coming September 2020 from Floating World Comics

Object Compendium is the definitive edition that collects all of Kilian Eng’s otherworldly landscapes and retro-futuristic illustrations in one massive volume, including 30 pages of previously unpublished works. Each dreamlike image immerses the viewer in a unique environment, full of engrossing detail and surreal beauty.

Kilian Eng is one of the most popular and acclaimed digital illustrators working today. His prints of dreamy landscapes and his retro-futuristic style are admired by many. He is known for his Mondo poster series, designing posters for Game of ThronesThe TerminatorJodorowsky’s Dune, and Sony PlayStation. He has also designed many acclaimed album covers for M83, Sturgill Simpson and soundtracks for AlienBatman Returns, and Prometheus. Kilian earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Graphic Design & Illustration from Konstfack University of Arts, Craft & Design in Stockholm, and has won numerous awards for his illustrative work.

Object Compendium retails for $49.95, the 280 page hardcover is out in September 2020 from Floating World Comics.

Yen Press to Publish Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Official Artworks

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Official Artworks

Yen Press has announced the acquisition of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Official Artworks, a collection of artwork from the hit video game that includes character profiles and concept designs. The imagery included in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Official Artworks covers all aspects of the game including backgrounds, weapons, monsters, and more. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the latest video game created by FromSoftware, the iconic studio responsible for the Dark Souls series and Bloodbourne. It was one of best-selling games of 2019 with over 4 million units sold and won Game of the Year 2019 by GameSpot’s The Game Awards. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Official Artworks is a must-have for many fans eager to re-experience and learn more about the mysterious fantasy world of the game.

Experience SEKIRO’s unique take on the blood-soaked history of Japan’s Sengoku Period with over 300 pages of storyboards, character designs, and concept art!

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Official Artworks is scheduled for an October 2020 release. Yen Press will also release Sekiro Side Story: Hanbei the Undying, a manga prequel of the video game, in print in June 2020.

Preview: Michael Recycle Meets Borat the Space Cat

Michael Recycle Meets Borat the Space Cat

(W) Ellie Patterson (A/CA) Alexandra Colombo
In Shops: Jul 08, 2020
Final Orders Due: Jun 15, 2020
SRP: $15.99

Teach your kids the importance of environmentalism and sustainability in this fun, exciting adventure!

It’s the near future, and Earth is on the brink of an environmental apocalypse. Michael Recycle is desperate to reverse the situation when suddenly a visitor from another galaxy enters Earth’s atmosphere-Borat The Space Cat! Borat not only has ideas to help Michael stop Earth spiraling into the disaster zone, but he wants to show Michael just how sustainability can really be done. The intergalactic cat takes Michael back to his own planet-Splearth-a planet very similar to our own, but in a parallel universe where only cats have survived and reversed the fate of their planet. Oh, and let’s not forget the Vegan Vikings that helped out, too.

It might not be too late to help Earth reverse its fate, and if anyone can, Borat can!

Yen Press Has Announced 4 New Titles for October

Yen Press has revealed four new titles that all will be released on October 20. The anticipated titles include manga launches and light novel debuts.

High School DxD (light novel)

by Ichiei Ishibumi

Most of Issei Hyoudou’s perverted life has been filled with dreams about having a harem, so it’s not a great sign when one of his dates ends with his murder! He’s fortunate enough to be revived by a beautiful girl, but his luck ends after he discovers his school is filled to the brim with deadly angels and demons!

High School DxD (light novel)

Sadako at the End of the World

by story by Koma Natsumi, editorial supervision by Koji Suzuk

After the world comes to an end, a pair of sisters play a certain infamous video tape-but Sadako appears, they’re just happy to meet another girl in this post-apocalyptic world.

Sadako at the End of the World

Three Days of Happiness (light novel)

by Sugaru Miaki, illustrated by Shōichi Taguchi

In this dark, moody love story, college student Kusunoki decides to sell off the next thirty years of his life at a mysterious shop in exchange for money-and maybe a chance to find something worth living for.

Three Days of Happiness (light novel)

In the Land of Leadale (light novel)

by Ceez, artwork by Tenmaso

The last thing she can remember is her life support beginning to fail. Her body had suffered terribly after a fateful accident and the only freedom left in her life came from the VR world of Leadale. How did she end up in a place that looks exactly like her game except that 200 years have apparently gone by?

In the Land of Leadale (light novel)

Artist/Writer Elsa Charretier: November in Mer-May

Elsa Charretier joins us from the south of France to talk about her latest comic, the noir tale November with Matt Fraction.  Elsa is a self-taught artist known for co-creating the award-winning scifi romance The Infinite Loop with writer Pierrick Colinet. Since then, she has been dividing her time between creating new creator-owned books (Superfreaks) and drawing established characters like The Unstopable Wasp, Starfire, DC’s Bombshells, and Star Wars’ most fashionable depiction of Admiral Holdo.

Volume 2 of November will be out June 2nd.

Follow her online.

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