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Dynamite Announces Undisputed Street Fighter: The Art and Innovation Behind the Game-Changing Series

Writer Steve Hendershot and Editor Tim Lapetino have been announced as the creative team behind Dynamite Entertainment’s latest offering in their Video Game Icons line, Undisputed Street Fighter: The Art and Innovation Behind the Game-Changing Series.  The 304-page stunning hardcover art book, now 30 years in the making, is set for release this November, just in time for the holiday season!

Since its inception 30 years ago, the Street Fighter video game series from Capcom has thrived based on a lethal combination of innovation, style and technique. From first-of-their-kind advances such as selectable characters and secret combo moves, to imagination-capturing characters such as Ryu, Chun-Li, and Akuma, Street Fighter has stayed a step ahead of the competition en route to becoming one of the most enduring and influential franchises in video game history. Undisputed Street Fighter features in-depth interviews and exclusive, behind-the-scenes looks into the making of the Street Fighter games, and the iconic art, design, and imagery from across the Street Fighter universe.

Undisputed Street Fighter is slated for release in November.

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Wizards of the Coast and VIZ Media Announce The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Ixalan

Wizards of the Coast and VIZ Media have jointly announced the latest edition of The Art of Magic: The Gathering collection with the release in January 2018 of The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Ixalan. The fifth release in VIZ Media’s ongoing series of impressive hardcover art books presents the incredible illustrations of Magic: The Gathering.

The substantial 240-page tome will feature dozens of full-color works by an impressive array of talented artists, including Christine Choi, Daarken and Titus Lunter, and will be complemented with additional in-depth lore by bestselling author and Magic: The Gathering Senior Game Designer James Wyatt.

The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Ixalan invites fans to set sail for the uncharted jungles of Ixalan, where dangerous beasts, magnificent ruins, and lost treasures lie waiting to be discovered. Saddle up your dinosaur mount and brave the unknown as you search the plane for a prize forgotten by history… until now!

VIZ Media also announces the opening of pre-orders for The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Amonkhet. Scheduled for retail release on July 4th, The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Amonkhet will present scores of full-color illustrations from artists such as Cliff Childs, Winona Wilson, Christine Choi and Adam Paquette. Additional insights and lore on the dangerous and beautiful world of Amonkhet are provided by James Wyatt. Amonkhet is the latest expansion game for Magic: The Gathering and is set for release by Wizards of the Coast this month.

Throughout its 22-year history, Magic: The Gathering has visited many richly imaginative worlds through card sets and stories. Developed by Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering has more than 20 million fans, is played in more than 70 countries, and is available in 11 languages. Magic: The Gathering has won numerous notable awards, including a Mensa Award and multiple Origins Awards, the Hobby Game industry’s annual top award.

Vivid Art of Magic: The Gathering – Amonkhet Debuts From VIZ Media

VIZ Media has announced a fantastic new collection of artwork and lore with the debut of The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Amonkhet, the fourth title in the publisher’s ongoing series of hardcover editions celebrating the artwork from Magic: The Gathering™.

Scheduled for retail release on July 4th, The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Amonkhet will present scores of full-color illustrations from an array of talented artists including Cliff Childs, Winona Nelson, Christine Choi, and Adam Paquette. Additional insights and lore on the dangerous and beautiful world of Amonkhet are provided by bestselling author and Magic: The Gathering Senior Game Designer James Wyatt. Amonkhet is the latest plane and card set for Magic: The Gathering and was recently released by Wizards of the Coast in April.

In The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Amonkhet, the Second Sun creeps across the sky, growing ever closer to the horns of the God-Pharaoh. These pages, lavishly illustrated with the award-winning art of Magic: The Gathering, will introduce readers to the people of Amonkhet, whose life is a series of trials meant to prepare them for the great God-Pharaoh’s return. The glorious hope and desolate despair of Amonkhet awaits readers as the final hours draw near!

Throughout its 24-year history, Magic: The Gathering has visited many richly imaginative worlds through card sets and stories. Developed by Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering has more than 20 million fans, is played in more than 70 countries, and is available in 11 languages. Magic: The Gathering has won numerous notable awards, including a Mensa Award and multiple Origins Awards, the Hobby Game industry’s annual top award.

The World Needs More “Robots and Donuts”

In this follow-up to the 2008 art book Robots and Donuts, vintage toys are paired with pastries to create fascinatingly bizarre paintings in Eric Joyner’s new masterwork, Robotic Existentialism: The Art of Eric Joyner. Joyner’s work has appeared on the popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory, on the cover of Ben Folds Five’s album The Sound of the Life of the Mind, and has been featured at the Corey Helford Gallery for his most recent solo show, “Sweet Dominion,” in 2016.

Robotic Existentialism: The Art of Eric Joyner features the San Francisco-based artist’s newest and most impressive pieces—including The Horseshoe Bend, Daybreak, Movers and Shakers, and more. Much like the subjects of his paintings, Joyner’s artistic style is subtly nostalgic yet imaginatively unique. By juxtaposing familiar items with everyday foods, he creates whimsical masterpieces that have the power to both comfort and inspire. Robotic Existentialism: The Art of Eric Joyner is a beautiful collection that entices the reader to stop, ponder the meaning of life, and perhaps savor a donut or two.

The hardbound art collection hits bookstores February 21, 2018.

Review: Windmaker: The History of Atala – The Art of the Book Series

The obsession with Game of Thrones cannot be understated, as the series, in books and on TV, has reinvigorated people’s interests in high fantasy. The melding of genres and the epic storytelling is what makes this more than a regular sword saga.  The more audiences get into each character and each book, the more interesting it gets. So, when certain events pertaining to the main plotline, are brought up, the audience is more than curious, they beckon for it.

The one event within that book series I can think of, as it has been heavily alluded to, is Robert’s Rebellion, and although George RR Martin, has given us details here and there, all the details have not been explained, just the body count. At the end of the day, past histories and prequel series are essential to worldbuilding. As they more than serve as a plot device, as they did in Sons of Anarchy, they are what make the characters who they are. Therefore, after reading the excellent Malika, Warrior Queen, I was interested in who the “Windmaker,” was.

In this prequel one-shot of sorts, Roye Okupe delves into the history Of Atala, the great nations the Windmaker, comes form. As he talks about the founding, it feels those “histories of the house of” extras on the Game of Thrones Blu-Ray. We find out about the founding, their mythology, their cartography every major figure, every major conflict, and the invasion from the Ming Dynasty, which set up the events of the Malika, Warrior Queen. By book’s end, the reader has indoctrinated into their world and will be well equipped to dive into this universe.

Overall what was billed as an art book, functions more as primer to the world of Azzaz, where Malika, Warrior Queen takes place. The history laid out by Okupe, simply shines. Th art by Godwin Akpan illuminates Okupe’s world and brings to life the world they have created. Altogether, a lushly illustrated prequel that gives a good background for any newcomer to the story,

Story: Roye Okupe Art: Godwin Akpan
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Book Review: Humans and Paragons: Essays on Super-Hero Justice

Justice in this world is never as simple as good guy gets bad guy. That would make life so easy, instead, it is a complex concept that no one rarely ever truly realizes, at least not in our lifetime. That is why comic books tend to provide so many different interpretations on how justice can be served, the interpretation initially in comics was as simple as I just explained but it became even more complex. In Ian Boucher and Sequart’s book, Humans and Paragons: Essays on Super-Hero Justice, he looks to explores what these concepts mean and how are enacted in comic books through superheroes.

In the first essay, “Four Color Mortality”, Paul Jaissle tackles what exactly shaped “good guys versus bad guys” trope and how it has affected the canon of the superhero overall and as he called brought “the simplistic moral framework of comics”. In “Keeping the Wolves at Bay”, Colby Pryor delves into the power of the uniform, and how government derives its power form the same concepts as it never fully realizes utopia while falling into dystopia, while referencing Alan Moore’s epic cautionary tale, Watchmen. In “Turtles on Trial”, John Loyd, goes about putting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on trial for murder, exposing the double standards comic book fans have for heroes vice villains, for committing the same acts. In “Those Blessed and Those Not Blessed”, Jaime Infante Ramirez, gets into the six positions of lawful behavior that all the characters within his books surrounding Batman.

In “Defenders of the Status Quo”, Paul Jaissle tackles “notion of super-heroes representing a “deeper” conception of justice is an intrinsic part of their appeal”, whereby examining how we got to high moral pedestal we hold these heroes to. In “Super-Heroes: Threat or Menace? Why Super-Hero Justice Only Exists in Fiction”, Ross May gets into the practical reality of heroes like Batman and the Punisher., and how we would perceive them in real life. In “Four Things You Always Wanted to Know about the Joker (but were too Afraid to Ask),” Michal Siromski, he does a deep dive in to the Joker, and actually does as one of the most thorough examinations ever written on the character. In “Is the Truth Good Enough? Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy and the Noble Lie in Justice and Politics,” Daniel N. Gullotta gets into the many themes that have been looming over Batman’s canon and which have been brought more light by Christopher Nolan’s movies on the Dark Knight.

In “Must There Be Superman Movies?” Paul Jaissle does an interesting look on Superman’s unflappable moral code. In “Shadows Prove the Sunshine,” Rebecca Johnson gets into the moral core what makes a “dark hero”. In “Honing Our Senses: Remembering the Vibrancy of Super-Hero Justice,” Ian Boucher dives into the complex paradox of the character’s internal struggle, as they not fight cunning villains, they also must fight their inner selves, as in the example he used of Watchmen’s Rorschach. The last pieces of the book, is Boucher’s interview with Mark Waid and Gerard Jones, and where they discuss the concept of justice and its moral power over superheroes.

Overall, a commanding collection of essays that explores the human dichotomy of morals and justice, and how we expect superheroes to be better than us.

Essayists: Ian Boucher, Paul Jaissle, Colby Pryor, John Loyd, Jaime Infante Ramírez, Ross May, Michal Siromski, Daniel N. Gullotta, Rebecca Johnson
Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Plot a Course for Imagination with Two New Star Trek Coloring Books

Following the out-of-this-world success of 2016’s Star Trek: The Next Generation Adult Coloring Book and Star Trek: The Original Series Adult Coloring Book, Dark Horse has announced two more volumes for Star Trek fans to enjoy: Star Trek: The Original Series Adult Coloring Book—Where No Man Has Gone Before and Star Trek: The Next Generation Adult Coloring Book—Continuing Missions.

Star Trek: The Original Series Adult Coloring Book—Where No Man Has Gone Before contains forty-five brand-new black-and-white images from the second two seasons of the classic science-fiction series. Printed on high-quality stock, each illustration offers an array of diverse detail to color as faithfully or as wildly as fans choose, and is single-sided to avoid unsightly bleed-through. Juann Cabal, Will Conrad, Gabriel Guzmán, and Derlis Santacruz create the gorgeous artwork, and Gabriel Guzmán’s art is featured on the cover.

Star Trek: The Next Generation Adult Coloring Book—Continuing Missions features forty-five brand-new colorable images from seasons 4 through 7 of the fan-favorite science-fiction series. The illustrations include unique, highly detailed black-and-white illustrations inspired by unforgettable episodes, like “Darmok,” “The Inner Light,” and “Chain of Command.” Juann Cabal, Gabriel Guzmán, Bill Mudron, and Shea Standefer bring the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D to life. Gabriel Guzmán’s art is also featured on the cover.

Star Trek: The Original Series Adult Coloring Book—Where No Man Has Gone Before goes on sale September 13, 2017. Star Trek: The Next Generation Adult Coloring Book—Continuing Missions goes on sale October 4, 2017.

Dark Horse Ventures Into “The Dark North”

Dark Horse and Charles Wood Publishing AB are excited to terrify more readers with The Dark North! Originally crowdfunded for publication in 2016, this illustrated prose-art book fusion features five unique tales ranging from Norse mythology to apocalyptic science fiction to fantasy.

Writer Martin Dunelind composes The Dark North’s five enthralling tales. The Dark North showcases artwork by Scandinavia’s leading illustrators and concept artists—including Peter Bergting, Henrik Pettersson, Joakim Ericsson, Magnus Olsson, and Lukas Thelin. Lukas Thelin also creates the beautiful cover. With a foreword by author and filmmaker Clive Barker, this anthology is sure to delight and terrify any horror fan in equal measure.

The Dark North goes on sale September 27, 2017.

Marvel Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Rocket Raccoon & Groot: Steal the Galaxy

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. Instead of comics, today we’re looking at Rocket Raccoon & Groot: Steal the Galaxy written by Dan Abnett.

Find out about the book and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find it in comic stores May 10 and bookstores May 23.

Get your copy now. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Rocket Raccoon & Groot: Steal the Galaxy
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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The Princess Bride Returns With Another Coloring Book To Celebrate Its 30th Anniversary

Prepare to have fun storming the castle yet again when the follow-up to last year’s breakout fantasy coloring book arrives – The Princess Bride: As You Wish: Memorable Quotes To Color.

Inconceivable as it may be, The Princess Bride is back with even more beautiful illustrations to color. Artist Rachel Curtis once again captures the spirit of one of cinema’s all-time greatest love stories featuring all the fan-favorite characters you love, plus the villains you love to hate. Unleash your creativity onto the pages of unforgettable scenes from the beloved classic.

The Princess Bride: As You Wish: Memorable Quotes to Color is an 80-page deluxe adult coloring book featuring a beautiful gold-foiled cover and upgraded paperstock. The pen and ink illustrations will transport Princess Bride fans and coloring enthusiasts alike into locations ripped straight out of the movie, allowing the colorist to select a color palette of their choosing.

The Princess Bride: As You Wish: Memorable Quotes to Color will be in stores this September.

TP • BW • $16.99 • 80 Pages • 9.8” x 9.8”• ISBN: 978-1-68405-071-0

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