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A Missouri Bill Could Land Public Librarians in Jail and Create Nanny State

Censorship

Missouri state Rep. Ben Baker (R) has introduced a bill meant to “protect children” who visit public libraries. In reality, that bill will lead to censorship and possibly land librarians in jail.

Any library that receives state funding would need to protect minors from “age-inappropriate sexual material.”

The bill would create “parental review boards” made up of five locally elected community members who would review and decide what content would be inappropriate. If that sounds familiar it’s the plot of numerous stories where it’s never worked.

Librarians who “willfully” violate the decisions could be fined $500 or face up to a year in jail.

The concept is censorship and an attack on free expression. It’s book banning and one step away from book burning.

Books with sexual themes, uplifting LGBTQIA+ characters, ones that address sensitive topics, even scientific knowledge, are potentially on the chopping block.

Baker has responded that the books would not be banned but keeps them out of the children’s section. An adult could check the book out for their child. In other words, Baker believes parents are incapable of doing that already and believes in a nanny state.

Holiday Gift Guide: DC: Women of Action

Writer Shea Fontana takes readers through a who’s who of some of DC Comics’ most important (and well known) female comic characters! Great for die-hard fans and those who want to learn!

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Preview: Art (And Many Other Mistakes) Of Eric Powell HC

Art (And Many Other Mistakes) Of Eric Powell HC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Eric Powell
Artist: Eric Powell
Cover Artist: Eric Powell
Price: $49.99

In Nashville, Tennessee lives a man, a recluse, a curmudgeonly highfalutin cartoonist-type who, as a young child, had a penchant for drawing and making up tall tales. It was at the tender age of 18 he turned his back on a promising career in adult film cinematography and followed his heart into the unrewarding comic book industry. Out of desperation, Eric kept drawing, painting, and then creating his own characters and worlds culminating with the beloved series, The Goon.

The Art (and Many Other Mistakes) of Eric Powell sheds light on the deliberate and painstaking process of becoming a world-renowned comic book creator as recalled by the artist and a few of his delinquent friends. 

This extensive art book spotlights never-before-seen childhood drawings, early superhero test pages, film poster art, and the establishment of Powell’s homegrown publishing house Albatross (Exploding) Funnybooks. It’s also very funny.

Art (And Many Other Mistakes) Of Eric Powell HC

Discover Lauren Marx’s First Art Collection Presented by Dark Horse Books

Fungus blooms and dies, bones weather, and moths form halos around dismembered animals in this darkly exquisite collection from acclaimed artist Lauren Marx. In Sacred Decay: The Art of Lauren Marx, Marx brings her uncanny subjects to life–or death–with awe-inspiring texture and intensity. Birds, beasts, fish, plants, and more blossom radiantly on the page in their cycle of birth and destruction.

The new oversized collection features the striking work from Lauren Marx’s latest gallery exhibition, “Chimera,” and more, featuring over 120 pages of full-color art. Don’t miss this stunning hardcover for $29.99!

Sacred Decay: The Art of Lauren Marx goes on sale July 22, 2020, and is available for pre-order. And for fans in the Los Angeles area this holiday season, be sure to check out Lauren Marx’s latest art show, opening December 14th at the Corey Helford Gallery!

Step Into the World of Night City with The World of Cyberpunk 2077 Deluxe Edition

Dark Horse Books and CD PROJEKT RED present a deluxe edition of The World of Cyberpunk 2077The World of Cyberpunk 2077 is an extensive examination of the rich lore of Cyberpunk 2077, one of the most anticipated games of 2020 from CD PROJEKT RED. This intricately assembled tome contains everything you need to know about the history, characters, and world of the long-awaited RPG from the creators of The Witcher video game series.

Step into a dark future where violence, oppression, and cyberware implants aren’t just common—they’re necessary tools to get ahead. Explore the various districts, gangs, and history of Night City. Learn all there is to know about the technology of tomorrow and research the cybernetics, weapons, and vehicles of Cyberpunk 2077.

The World of Cyberpunk 2077 Deluxe Edition features a gorgeous exclusive cover and slipcase. In this deluxe edition, fans will also find a few items to help them feel more at home among the gangers, corpos, outcasts, and cyberpunks in Night City! Readers can show their alignment with any of Night City’s varied, colorful gangs with a set of temporary tattoos. Honor the gone-but-not-forgotten superstar, Johnny Silverhand, with an exclusive poster. Finally, the deluxe edition also includes four postcards that each showcase a vehicle from one of Night City’s diverse and unique lifestyles.

The World of Cyberpunk 2077 Deluxe Edition goes on sale April 22, 2020, and retails for $99.99.

The World of Cyberpunk 2077 Deluxe Edition

Preview: Transformers Legacy: Art of Transformers Packaging

Transformers Legacy: Art of Transformers Packaging

(W) Jim Sorenson, William Forster
In Shops: Dec 04, 2019
SRP: $29.99

Presenting hundreds of beautifully airbrushed paintings from the iconic first decade of The Transformers, as archived by Hasbro, Takara, and private collectors around the world. Extras include never-before-seen artwork from toys that never were, original design sketches, catalog artwork, and more. Available in November.

Transformers: Legacy Art of Transformers Packaging

Dark Horse Examines the Art of Cuphead

Come one, come all! It’s time for a special announcement of a thrilling compendium!! Dark Horse Books, Studio MDHR, and King Features Syndicate are thrilled to present this beautiful, limited-edition package, The Art of Cuphead! The limited-edition book includes a cloth slipcase and a set of acetate sheets in a portfolio breaking down the game’s classic start screen illustration. This vintage-style art extravaganza is the perfect book for fans of Cuphead.

Get transported back to the golden age of 1930s animation with an art book celebrating the acclaimed run & gun platformer, Cuphead. Each page of this curated artwork collection is designed to capture the vintage look and feel of the Thirties. Take a gander at the game’s traditional hand-drawn frame-by-frame animation. Peek at the concepts, production work, and early ideas that went into the making of Cuphead’s characters, bosses, stages and more, including never-before-seen content from the upcoming DLC! Relive the most cherished and challenging moments of Cuphead and Mugman’s adventure to reclaim their souls from The Devil, all in a way you’ve never seen before. Guided by personal insights from game directors Chad and Jared Moldenhauer, take a one-of-a-kind trip through the Inkwell Isles and discover an all-new appreciation for Cuphead’s animation style and challenging retro gameplay.

The Art of Cuphead goes on sale March 17, 2020, and is available for pre-order. Be sure to pick up a copy of this oversized, 264-page art book for $99.99.

The Art of Cuphead

Vampirella’s 50th Anniversary Celebrated in Deluxe Art Book

Vampirella‘s anniversary celebration continues with a hotly anticipated deluxe art book honoring her recent history and portrayals. The Vampirella 50th Anniversary Artbook is out in February 2020.

This breathtaking tome reproduces countless already and soon-to-be classic portrayals of the Daughter of Drakulon on beautiful oversized pages. Picking up right where Art of Vampirella: The Dynamite Years left off, this brand-new hardcover volume features hundreds of covers, including well over 40 from 2019’s smash hit Vampirella #1. Plus covers from the critically acclaimed 2014 run by Nancy Collins, the Linsners’ masterpiece Roses for the Dead, and much more from the Vampi archives.

Superstar artists included within these pages include Artgerm, J. Scott Campbell, Lucio Parrillo, Alex Ross, Jenny Frison, Terry Dodson, Joe Jusko, and many, many more.

Vampirella 50th Anniversary Artbook

The Art of Vampirella 50th Anniversary Poster Book is Out Now

The Art of Vampirella 50th Anniversary Poster Book

artist: Various
cover: Artgerm
FC | 42 pages | $24.99
Pop Culture, Art Book | Teen+

2019 is the Year of Vampirella, and Dynamite’s not letting up! Celebrate 50 years of the red-hot Daughter of Drakulon with a showcase of some of Vampi’s best covers EVER.

This collection of 20 big and beautiful Vampirella posters features the work of some of the greatest names in comics: Frank Cho, Alex Ross, Artgerm, Adam Hughes, Joe Jusko, Joseph Michael Linsner, Joshua Middleton, J. Scott Campbell, Billy Tucci, and more!

Made to show off, each poster is printed on heavy cardstock paper at 12”x16” and easily removed from the body of the book. Line your walls with one of comics’ most bitingly beautiful heroines!

The Art of Vampirella 50th Anniversary Poster Book

Preview: Star Wars Aliens, Creatures and Droids TP

Star Wars Aliens, Creatures and Droids TP

The Star Wars galaxy is full of exotic aliens, bizarre beasts, and dangerous droids – this new omnibus reveals the secrets of these iconic, imaginative creations, from movies and comics to TV and toys. Featuring amazing imagery and behind-the-scenes features – including interviews with designers, crew, cast, and writers! And remember – let the Wookie win!

Star Wars Aliens, Creatures and Droids TP
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