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Review: MAD Presents Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got MAD doing Superman?!

MAD Presents Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day is by Dave Croatto and Tom Richmond.

Get your copy now ijn comic shops and boostores on Ocotber 17. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

MAD Presents Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day
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New York Comic 2017: Bandai Namco’s Tekken Joins Dynamite’s Art Book Line

Dynamite Entertainment has announced that the world-renowned video game franchise Tekken will be celebrated in a gorgeous hardcover retrospective, via a new licensing deal with Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. The Tekken art book joins Dynamite’s critically acclaimed Video Games Icons line, and is slated for release in 2018!

Since its original release in 1994, Tekken – one of the first games at the time to incorporate 3D animation – garnered a worldwide following and spawned multiple sequels and spin-offs. Structured around the fictional King of Iron Fist Tournament as sponsored by the Mishima Zaibatsu corporation, Tekken tells the story of the Mishima ancestral curse, pitting the series protagonist Jin Kazama against members of his villainous lineage, while incorporating the colorful stories and aspirations of a wide cast of additional fighters.

The new Tekken retrospective from Dynamite Entertainment will feature in-depth interviews and exclusive, behind-the-scenes looks into the making of the games, as well as the iconic art, design, and imagery from across the Tekken universe. Oversized and hundreds of pages in length, printed on high-quality glossy paper to perfectly capture the vibrant colors of high-res photographs and scans, this commemorative collectible makes the perfect coffee table book or addition to a hardcore gamer’s bookshelves.

Dark Horse to Publish an Ultimate Collection of “Metal Gear Solid”

Dark Horse and Konami present a collection twenty years in the making, translated into English for the first time: The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV!

The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV contains two historic volumes of concept and key art from Yoji Shinkawa, art director and illustrator behind Metal Gear Solid, MGS2: Sons of Liberty, MGS3: Snake Eater, MGS4: Guns of the Patriots, and MGS: Peace Walker. This definitive chronicle of characters, vehicles, and weapons is the ultimate companion to the tactical espionage and future warfare of Hideo Kojima’s celebrated Metal Gear universe, translated to English for the first time ever while leaving the original Japanese handwriting intact. Japanese publisher, Shinkigensha, is the original publisher of The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV.

The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV is a two-book set packaged in a gorgeous collectible slipcase. The collection includes The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV and Peace Walker Gallery Works and Studio Works. Totaling 800 pages, The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV retails for $79.99, and is the perfect companion to Dark Horse’s The Art of Metal Gear Solid V.

The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV goes on sale May 8, 2018.

Dark Horse Produces an Exhaustive Compendium for “The Legend of Zelda” Fans

The Legend of Zelda fans rejoice! Dark Horse has revealed the latest addition in their legendary partnership with Nintendo. On April 24, 2018, Dark Horse will release The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia. The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia follows the New York Times bestseller The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia and The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts. These three books complete the Goddess Collection, which provide a comprehensive look at the series’ first 30 years up to the release of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, comprising the lore and the artwork, and now, an encyclopedic reference guide.

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia is a 320-page exhaustive guide to The Legend of Zelda franchise from the original The Legend of Zelda to The Legend of Zelda™: Twilight Princess HD. The guide describes enemies and items, potions and poes, an expansion of the lore touched upon in the 2013 smash-hit Hyrule Historia, concept art, screencaps, maps, main characters and how they relate, languages, and much, much more, including an exclusive interview with Series Producer, Eiji Aonuma! The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia, the last of The Goddess Collection trilogy, which includes Hyrule Historia and Art & Artifacts, is a treasure trove of explanations and information about every aspect of The Legend of Zelda universe!

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia retails for $39.99

Preview: Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Adult Coloring Book

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Adult Coloring Book

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: N/A
Artists: Phil Murphy, Jay Fosgitt, Jorge Corona
Cover Artist: Phil Murphy
Price: $16.99

Experience Jim Henson’s cult-classic film like never before in this interactive coloring book with art by illustrators Phil Murphy (Adventure Time), Jay Fosgitt (Bodie Troll), and Jorge Corona (Feathers).
Featuring over 40 black-and-white illustrations showcasing the vibrant and compelling world of Labyrinth and featuring fan-favorite characters (and creatures!) Jareth the Goblin King, Sarah, Hoggle, Sir Didymus, Ludo, the goblins, and many more!

VIZ Media Releases Celebrated Japanese Light Novel Juni Taisen: Zodiac War

VIZ Media delivers the English release of the popular Japanese light novel Juni Taisen: Zodiac War on October 10th.

The novel was written by the prolific multi-genre author, Nisoisin, and features illustrations by Hikaru Nakamura. Juni Taisen: Zodiac War’s release also coincides with the launch of an anime series based on the novel in Japan in early October. Juni Taisen: Zodiac War will be released in a handsome hardcover edition with an MSRP of $18.99 U.S. / $25.99 CAN. An eBook edition also will debut on October 10th on the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Book Store, the Kobo eBooks Store, and the Google Play Store.

Rampage. Weep. Kill. Every twelve years, the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac take the form of warriors and engage in the ultimate battle royal. They face one another in battles to the death, using all the powers of their star signs, and the sole survivor is granted the ultimate prize – a wish. Any wish.

Diamond Promotes Josh Hayes to Lead Diamond Book Distributors

Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels, and related pop-culture merchandise, announced Friday that Josh Hayes has been promoted to lead its book market division, Diamond Book Distributors (DBD), as Executive Vice President.

Hayes will assume day-to-day operations of the division, working with DBD’s Sales Managers, client publishers, and manufacturers to promote and grow revenue of upcoming titles and products in the book market. He will report to Diamond’s VP-Sales and Marketing, Roger Fletcher.

Hayes brings over twenty years of book market experience to his new leadership role, first as a buyer for Waldenbooks and in a variety of roles with Diamond Book Distributors, from designing analytical reports to overseeing marketing to expanding the company’s business with Amazon and other e-commerce operations.

Former head of Diamond Book Distributors, Kuo-Yu Liang will transition to focus on growing Diamond Book Distributors international customer base as Vice President of International Sales & Business Development, while also working more closely with the overall Diamond team on various business development projects.

Explore the Galaxy with The Art of Ratchet & Clank

Dark Horse Books, Insomniac Games, and Sony Interactive Entertainment will offer a look back at the history of the iconic Ratchet & Clank series in a Qwark-tastic collection of never-before-seen concept art. Behind-the-scenes commentary chronicles 11 amazing games and the brilliant studio that created them in The Art of Ratchet & Clank!

For 15 years the most unlikely heroes in the cosmos have been adventuring across the stars, kicking butt and taking names. Ratchet & Clank have rescued innocent civilizations, taken down evil corporations, defeated robot armies, incited space prison breakouts, and even colluded with interstellar pirates!

The Art of Ratchet & Clank is a fifteen-year anniversary retrospective of one of the most influential gaming series on PlayStation consoles and is the perfect addition to any gamer’s collection with never-before-seen concept art and commentary from the team that created the games!

The Art of Ratchet & Clank goes on sale February 21, 2018.

Preview: Fauns & Fairies: The Adult Fantasy Coloring Book

Fauns & Fairies: The Adult Fantasy Coloring Book

(W/A/CA) Trungles
Age Rating: Adults Only
Genre: Coloring Book
Price: $11.99
Page Count: 88

Fauns & Fairies: The Adult Fantasy Coloring Book is an erotic coloring book for adults, offering a steamy interpretation of traditional fantasy characters. From succubi to knights to pixies, the beautiful art nouveau-inspired illustrations show classic characters in sensuous poses sure to please. The delicate and detailed artwork is ideal for adult coloring book enthusiasts!

Sequart releases book on Planet of the Apes movies, TV, and novels!

Sequart Organization has released Bright Eyes, Ape City: Examining the Planet of the Apes Mythos, edited by Rich Handley and Joseph F. Berenato.

“A planet where apes evolved from men?”

With those horrified words, Charlton Heston’s Colonel George Taylor summed up exactly what viewers were thinking in 1968 the first time they saw Planet of the Apes in theaters. Loincloth-clad humans reduced to mute savages, living in cages or in the wild? Xenophobic orangutans, militaristic gorillas, and curious chimpanzees with a rigid class structure, Greco-Roman names, religious dogma, and the ability to speak and reason? What goes on here? It’s a madhouse!

Audiences were hooked — and they remain hooked almost five decades later. Planet of the Apes (based on Pierre Boulle’s French novel Monkey Planet) has spawned eight films, with a ninth currently in the works, as well as two television series and several novels. It’s one of the most respected franchises in pop-culture history, thanks to the talents of writers Rod Serling, Michael Wilson, Paul Dehn, John and Joyce Corrington, William Broyles Jr., Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Mark Bomback; directors Franklin J. Schaffner, Ted Post, Don Taylor, J. Lee Thompson, Tim Burton, Rupert Wyatt, and Matt Reeves; makeup artists John Chambers and Rick Baker; and a long list of beloved actors who have breathed life into some of the most memorable science-fiction characters ever to grace the large or small screen.

This anthology features insightful, analytical essays about the franchise’s long history, from popular film historians, novelists, bloggers, and subject-matter experts. If you’re eager to learn more about Apes lore, then you’ll need to get your stinkin’ paws on this book.

The book runs 308 pages and features a foreword by David Gerrold.

Bright Eyes, Ape City: Examining the Planet of the Apes Mythos is available in print and on Kindle.

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