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The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts Review and Preview

The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts contains over four hundred pages of fully realized illustrations from the entire thirty-year history of The Legend of Zelda including artwork from the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild! Every masterwork is printed on high-quality paper in an oversized format so you can immerse yourself in the fine details of each piece. This book includes rare promotional pieces, game box art, instruction booklet illustrations, official character illustrations, sprite art, interviews with the artists, and much, much more! The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts collects many of your favorite masterpieces from the storied franchise, as well as rare and never before seen content, presented in one handsome hardcover.

Out Tuesday, February 21 you can get The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts at stories worldwide.

You can order your own copy on Amazon, for Kindle, or through TFAW



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Follow the Quest to The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts

Hear ye! Hear ye! Zelda fans far and wide! To celebrate the release of the highly anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts, Dark Horse and Barnes & Noble bookstores invite you to special events taking place at select stores across the country.

Each participating Barnes & Noble location below has a quest. Zelda fans will be given a map of various locations throughout their store, where they must answer a trivia question at each stop. Those who are successful in their quest will be rewarded with an event exclusive Triforce enamel pin and photo opportunity.

2/20  7pm Clackamas Town Center Mall, Portland, OR
2/21  7pm Huntington Beach Barnes & Noble, Huntington Beach, CA
2/21  7pm Stevens Creek Blvd Barnes & Noble, San Jose, CA
2/21  7pm Roseville/Har-Mar Barnes & Noble, Roseville, MN
2/22  7pm Lincoln Park Barnes & Noble, Dallas, TX
2/23  7pm Temecula Barnes & Noble, Temecula, CA
2/24  6pm Warren St (Tribeca) Barnes & Noble, New York, NY
2/24  7pm Anchorage Barnes & Noble, Anchorage, AK
2/24  7pm Mira Mesa Barnes & Noble, San Diego, CA
2/24  7pm Edgewood Barnes & Noble, Atlanta, GA
2/24  7pm River Oaks Shopping Center, Houston, TX
2/25  1pm Colonial Plaza Market Center, Orlando, FL
2/25  1pm Northgate Mall, Seattle, WA
2/26  2pm Ala Moana Center, Honolulu, HI
2/26  3pm Old Orchard, Chicago, IL

About The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts: The hardcover contains over four-hundred pages of fully-realized illustrations from the entire thirty-year history of The Legend of Zelda™ including artwork from the upcoming The Legend of Zelda™: Breath of the Wild game! The book includes rare promotional pieces, game box art, instruction booklet illustrations, official character illustrations, sprite art, interviews with the artists, and much, much more!

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Hero-A-Go-Go Relives Campy Comics & Culture of the Swinging Sixties

hero-a-go-goThis April, TwoMorrows Publishing releases their new book Hero-A-Go-Go, which travels back to the 1960s, when good guys beat bad guys with both a pun and a punch. By the time Adam West was doing the Batusi on TV’s Batman show, the Camp Craze was already in full swing in comics books (The Teen Titans, Metamorpho, Herbie the Fat Fury), cartoons (The Mighty Heroes, Atom Ant, and Filmation’s super-hero shows), and even Prime Time television (The Green Hornet, Mr. Terrific, and Captain Nice).

For this book, author Michael Eury exhaustively researched that era’s output, to lovingly recall the good, bad, and downright awful of Camp culture. It features such notable talents as Ralph Bakshi (The Mighty Heroes and Spider-Man cartoons), Bill Mumy (“Will Robinson” from Lost in Space), Dean Torrence (“Jan & Dean Meet Batman”), Joe Sinnott (The Beatles comic book), Ramona Fradon (Metamorpho), Jose Delbo (The Monkees comic book), Bob Holiday (Superman from “It’s a Bird… It’s A Plane… It’s Superman” in his final interview), and many others.

In addition to coverage of pivotal comic books of the Camp Age, Hero-A-Go-Go features dozens of full-color photographs and illustrations of such notorious relics as the “Superman and the Giant Cyclops” wax exhibit from the 1964 World’s Fair, the Palisades Amusement Park and its comics-themed rides of the 1960s, ancillary items like the line of Batman Dairy Products and Pop-Tarts super-hero premiums, Signet paperback book collections of comics, the Spy craze from Bond to U.N.C.L.E., and the Cowsills‘ and Archies‘ pop music careers.

This full-color trade paperback is 272 pages long, and retails for $36.95. It ships April 19, 2017 in both print and digital editions, and may be pre-ordered now through TwoMorrows Publishing’s website, comic and bookstores through Diamond Comic/Book Distributors, on Amazon, and through the TwoMorrows app on the Apple and Android platforms.

IDW Entertainment Developing The Devil with Ellen Pompeo’s Calamity Jane

the-devilIDW Entertainment has announced it has put The Devil into development as a big event limited series with Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo’s Calamity Jane co-producing. Dave Dilley has been tapped to write the pilot and serve as an Executive Producer.

The series is based on the novel The Devil: Britain’s Most Feared Underworld Taxman by Graham Johnson. Set in Liverpool in the 1980’s, The Devil showcases the life of Stephen French, one of the most feared men in the criminal underworld in the UK. He earned both his nickname and a reputation amongst rival crime-lords who he would outwit and rob during the emerging drug trade of the 1980s. The infamous criminal mastermind’s notorious life will be explored in this dark and gripping series.

In addition to Dilley, Calamity Jane’s Ellen Pompeo and Laura Holstein will serve as Executive Producers alongside IDW Publishing CEO and Publisher Ted Adams and IDW Entertainment President David Ozer. The Grey’s Anatomy star Pompeo, initially found and optioned the material.

The Devil will follow other IDW Entertainment properties whereby IDW Publishing will develop and publish graphic novels.

Bloodborne Official Artworks from Udon Entertainment

Celebrated for its unsettling atmosphere, eldritch monsters, oppressive difficulty, and detailed lore, Bloodborne has been praised by fans and critics alike as one of the top video games of the current console generation. That’s why UDON Entertainment is excited to announce the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Bloodborne Official Artworks, collecting all of the grim, Gothic-inspired illustrations behind the smash-hit Bloodborne video game in one gorgeous art book!

Gamers know that Bloodborne is inextricably linked with the fan-favorite Dark Souls series, and indeed, fans who have picked up UDON’s best-selling Dark Souls Design Works and Dark Souls II Design Works know exactly what kind of hair-raising, bone-chilling experience awaits within the pages of Bloodborne Official Artworks. Inside you’ll find a complete lineup of creature designs, location illustrations, character concepts, and weapons, as well as an item and trophy glossary – and more!

Don’t think for a moment that Bloodborne’s downloadable content has been forgotten, either; Bloodborne Official Artworks also features plenty of material from the game’s sole DLC campaign, “The Old Hunters!” Truly, there has never been a better time to discover – or rediscover – the hauntingly beautiful city of Yharnam.

Bloodborne Official Artworks will be available for purchase at finer comic book stores, book retailers, and various online retailers in May 2017, while Dark Souls Design Works and Dark Souls II Design Works are available now.


Dark Horse Comics Unleashes Lead Poisoning: The Pencil Art of Geof Darrow

Geof Darrow’s slick, precise inks and stunning detail have amazed comics fans for decades, from his early work with Moebius to Hard Boiled, his first collaboration with Frank Miller, to the overwhelming success of his current series, The Shaolin Cowboy. Now Darrow provides incredible insight into his process by sharing the pencil drawings behind his meticulous inks in a huge hardcover collection, Lead Poisoning: The Pencil Art of Geof Darrow. Dark Horse Comics will release the oversized 128 page book, 9×12” HC and priced at $34.99, in July ahead of Darrow’s appearance at San Diego Comic-Con.

Featuring well-known covers and never-before-seen drawings alike, Lead Poisoning is a behind-the-scenes look that reveals perfectionism at its best, showing how clean and perfect the initial drawings can be as well as the bizarre alterations that appear to happen on the fly. Featuring commentary by Darrow and his notable peers, Lead Poisoning: The Pencil Art of Geof Darrow is a hardcover that brings you right to Darrow’s drawing board.


Bethesda Softworks and Dark Horse to Publish The Art of Prey

Dark Horse and Bethesda Softworks will release The Art of Prey, the newest video game art book in the collaborators’ line of award-winning titles. The Art of Prey is an exquisite and comprehensive collection featuring hundreds of pieces of gorgeous art showcasing the signature world building, attention to detail and unique take on futuristic design from the development of Prey.

Set to release worldwide on Friday, May 5, 2017 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and PC, Prey is the highly-anticipated first-person sci-fi action game from Arkane Studios – creators of the award-winning Dishonored series which includes the 2012 ‘Game of the Year’ and the critically-acclaimed follow-up, Dishonored 2.

When you awaken aboard Talos I, an immense space station orbiting the moon in the year 2032, you find yourself as the key subject of an experiment meant to alter humanity forever – but things have gone terribly wrong. The space station has been overrun by hostile aliens and you are now being hunted. As you dig into the dark secrets of Talos I and your own past, you must survive using the tools found on the station, your wits, weapons, and mind-bending abilities to defeat the Typhon alien threat.

The Art of Prey will be available June 27, 2017.


Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope To Bring Apocalypse Now into the Realm of Videogames

apocalypse_nowApocalypse Now – The Game’s Kickstarter went live on January 25th and has already gained $52,000 during the first day. The game is set to be in early access by 2019 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Oscar-winning film.

This would not be the first time Apocalypse Now has inspired a major videogame. In 2012 Yager Development and 2K Games released Spec Ops: The Line, the controversial third person shooter that drew heavily from Apocalypse Now. Moreover both Spec Ops: The Line and Apocalypse Now used the novella Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad as a primary source of inspiration. Similarly to Spec Ops: The Line, the developers intend for Apocalypse Now to put on full display “the unspeakable horrors of the Vietnam War” in order to highlight war isn’t a game or meant to be enjoyable. Furthermore, the player’s “reactions to each situation will result in consequences that will alter their journey as the story unfolds. Every decision matters and each player will tell their own story.”

Apocalypse Now is being developed by a new team of game industry leaders, in conjunction with American Zoetrope. The team includes: Rob Auten, a lead writer on multiple billion-dollar gaming franchises including Gears of War, Battlefield, and Far Cry; Lawrence Liberty, whose executive producer and director credits include Fallout: New Vegas, The Witcher, and DC Universe Online; Montgomery Markland, who was the lead producer on two of the most successful crowdfunding titles of all time: Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera; in a special advisory capacity, Obsidian Entertainment’s Design Director Josh Sawyer, who directed Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity, and many more game luminaries to come.

Francis Ford Coppola said in the press release:

Forty years ago, I set out to make a personal art picture that could hopefully influence generations of viewers for years to come. Today, I’m joined by new daredevils, a team who want to make an interactive version of Apocalypse Now, where you are Captain Benjamin Willard amidst the harsh backdrop of the Vietnam War. I’ve been watching videogames grow into a meaningful way to tell stories, and I’m excited to explore the possibilities for Apocalypse Now for a new platform and a new generation.

“We will create a game that challenges what an interactive experience can be; just as the original motion picture challenged the concept of cinema,” said Montgomery Markland, game director. “We are making a game that we are excited to play. We will deliver a greater variety of experience and interaction than is currently available within the the relatively static industry.”

The Kickstarter is set to end on February 24th and needs to meet a goal of $900,000 in order to be funded. Check out their Kickstarter page for a prototype trailer of what the game can be as well as a message from Francis Ford Coppola about his vision for the game.

Roxane Gay Pulls Her Book from Simon & Schuster Due to Milo Deal

roxane-gayAuthor, professor, editor Roxane Gay has announced that she is pulling her next book from Simon & Schuster in response to the publisher’s decision to publish a book by alt-right leader/figurehead Milo Yiannopoulos.

The book, How to Be Heard was to be published in March 2018 by TED Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. The controversy began when the publisher announced it would publish a book by Yiannopoulos with a $250,000 advance. He’s a high-profile leader of the alt-right and has organized harassment campaigns against those he disagrees with for the lulz. He rose to prominence through GamerGate, the online troll group mainly focused on video games, when he latched onto their cause.

On Monday the CEO of the publisher sent a letter to authors that the upcoming Yiannopoulos book would not contain hate speech (though one wonders how much will be plagiarized).

Gay said she wasn’t interested in doing business with a publisher that would give Milo a platform.

Though TED Books and Threshold are vastly different imprints, they both reside within Simon & Schuster and so I guess I’m putting my money where my mouth is. And to be clear, this isn’t about censorship. Milo has every right to say what he wants to say, however distasteful I and many others find it to be. He doesn’t have a right to have a book published by a major publisher but he has, in some bizarre twist of fate, been afforded that privilege. So be it. I’m not interested in doing business with a publisher willing to grant him that privilege. I am also fortunate enough to be in a position to make this decision. I recognize that other writers aren’t and understand that completely.

You can read her full statement at Buzzfeed.

The issue with Simon & Schuster extends to the comic book industry for many reasons, just one of which is the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s signing onto a letter defending the book publisher and decrying what they see as censorship.

Gay herself is a comic book writer herself and currently writes Black Panther: World of Wakanda published by Marvel Comics. Marvel’s CEO Ike Perlmutter is a Trump supporter and will be involved in some compacity with the administration. It’s unknown if her boss’ stance there will impact her further involvement with the comic publisher.

Preview: The Official Making of Big Trouble in Little China HC

The Official Making of Big Trouble in Little China HC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Tara Bennett, Paul Terry
Cover Artist: Drew Struzan
Price: $39.99

We’ve shaken the pillars of Heaven and paid our dues to put together the only official, comprehensive behind-the-scenes look into the making of the 1986 cult classic film Big Trouble in Little China.

To commemorate the film’s 30th anniversary, we’ve assembled a wealth of material, including hundreds of never-before-seen photos, exclusive new cast and crew interviews, filming secrets behind the film’s iconic action sequences, original set designs, and much more!

Features a Foreword by Big Trouble in Little China director John Carpenter and an Afterword by Kurt Russell!


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