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Preview: Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Novelization SC

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Novelization SC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  A.C.H. Smith
Artist: Brian Froud
Cover Artist: Brian Froud
Price: $14.99

Sarah has thirteen hours to save her brother from a land where everything seems possible and nothing is what it seems.

Experience the beloved fantasy classic Labyrinth adapted by A.C.H. Smith and personally overseen by Jim Henson.

Featuring twenty previously unpublished illustrations by legendary illustrator and concept artist Brian Froud and an exclusive peek into Jim Henson’s creative process with fifty never-before-seen pages from his personal journal, detailing the initial conception of his ideas for Labyrinth.

Jim Henson's Labyrinth: The Novelization SC

Wandering Luminations: The Art of Tara McPherson Collects Tara McPherson’s work this May

Extraordinary illustrations, vibrant colors, and bold fantasies fill the pages of artist Tara McPherson’s most recent collection of work: Wandering Luminations: The Art of Tara McPherson. 

The chaotic wonders of science, mythology, and the power of the feminine form are at the core of the works compiled in Wandering Luminations. This powerful collection showcases the artist’s most recent and ambitious creations from her Wandering Luminations solo exhibition, as well as works from her series of paintings: I Know It By Heart and Supernova.

This is the fourth collected volume of McPherson’s influential art and features paintings, prints, and her most well-known work: rock posters. The dark, powerful femininity McPherson is known for shines through each page of the high quality, full-color hardback volume set to release in May 1, 2019.

Wandering Luminations: The Art of Tara McPherson

Pharoah Miles’ Favorite Books of 2018

Marvel's Black Panther: A Comic Book Biography

Marvel’s Black Panther: A Comic Book Biography – In what is part analysis, part love letter and part essay what culminates to be a brilliant dissection of this epic character.

A Study in Emerald – Neil Gaiman and his collaborators remix Lovecraft with some help from Sherlock and Holmes in this captivating mystery with a touch of the supernatural.

Thrawn: Alliances – Timothy Zahn continues the story of Thrawn in this tale which finds him teaming up with Darth Vader, his rival for the attention of the Emperor, to investigate a threat may mean doom for the Empire.

Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History

Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History – In what could have been fodder for fans of this film franchise, we get the ultimate book about every film, from behind the scenes stories , including replications of scene sketches, to even press photos.

Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History – In this major compendium, fans get a history both visual and prose that pulls readers even if they’re not fans into a story more interesting than the fictional story it is connected to.

Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) – George RR Martin gives fans the complete history of the Targaryens, as this book explores legends only talked about in the other books and the television show, and finally separates myth from fact in this fictional world.

Children of Blood and Bone – In what feels like Star Wars and Harry Potter came together in a glorious alchemy and was set in an African setting, is what Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel beautifully commences this saga

DC Comics: Anatomy of a Metahuman

DC Comics: Anatomy of a Metahuman – In what is essentially Batman’s blueprint for every Metahuman, we get a forensic look at some beloved and not so beloved characters.

Dread Nation – In a book which is both alternate and revisionist history in a dystopian setting filled with zombies, Justina Ireland, every page crackles with twists and turns that breeds new blood in the zombie genre and a female POC protagonist more badass than any on television.

Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Companion – In another guide to a pop culture phenomenon, we get a behinds the scenes look of the first two seasons of this epic show.

The Art of Comic Book Inking Gets an Expanded Edition in May 2019

The Art of Comic-Book Inking is the industry-standard manual for aspiring comic book inkers and industry professionals alike. Now, Dark Horse presents an expanded edition with new art and text by Gary Martin and a bonus chapter on digital inking by artist Leo Vitalis. Along with pen, brush, and stylus, no inking tool is more useful than The Art of Comic-Book Inking

Gain insights into the techniques, tools, and approaches of some of the finest ink artists in comics, including Terry Austin, Mark Farmer, Scott Williams, Alex Garner, and many more. Also included are eight full-sized blue-lined art boards featuring pencil art by top comics illustrators Steve Rude, Terry Dodson, Jack Kirby, Adam Warren, and others to use for practice or as samples to show editors and publishers.

The Art of Comic-Book Inking TPB goes on sale May 29, 2019.

The Art of Comic-Book Inking TPB

Review: Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History

Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History

When it comes to the modern action movie there are very few really good ones that standout in people’s mind.  In the 1980s movie fans were spoiled with a large cache of films to choose from.

There are some well-known iconoclasts of that generation, with more familiar names like Stallone, Rothrock, Van Damme and Schwarzenegger. Their movies defined cinema for that time and set a new standard of what is an action movie.

Which brings me to Die Hard and how a movie that takes place in Christmas became one of the best movies of its time and one of the best action movies ever. In the thorough and what turns out to be a love letter to the franchise, authors James Mottram and David Cohen give fans and cinephiles what they wish for and more in Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History.

In “The Foreword,” fans get a real treat, as the director of the first movie, John McTiernan, gives up the details on how the first movie got made in the first place. “Part 1: Die Hard” finds the inspiration behind the movie, Roderick Thorp’s original novel Nothing Lasts Forever and the evolution from novel to script, McTiernan’s unorthodox inspiration from Midsummer Night’s Dream, and how much influence the franchise’s producer Joel Silver was in getting the film made. The most interesting sections of this chapter revolves around the casting of Bruce Willis as John McClane and Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber and the different synergies both actors brought to the film and to each other as they both proved to be more interesting than the characters they portrayed. In “Part 2 Die Hard 2: Die Harder,” we find out that this movie was also based on a book but by a different author Walter Wager and his book 58 Minutes. It gave a great premise but needed to be fleshed out to fit the Die Hard world. We get a peek into all the behind the scenes drama that took place before they started filming. In “Part 3: Die Hard With A Vengeance,” we find McTiernan teaming back up with Willis and finding then upcoming actors Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Irons ultimately making both actors worldwide stars.  “Part 4: Live Free Or Die Hard” gets into how this movie tried to get John McClane to fit into the new digital future landscape and what the world considers an action hero now. “Part 5: A Good Day To Die Hard” sees the challenges of dealing with a new director, mostly foreign actors, and shooting overseas which gave fans a movie with mixed results. In “Part 6: Beyond The Screen,” the authors take us through the many iterations of the franchise including  video games, a  storybook which treats the original movie as it has always been seen in action movie fans eyes, a Christmas action movie, and comics which delve into both the character’s early years as a rookie cop and twilight years as a retired detective. In “Conclusion,” the authors give fans a short interview with Willis himself as he discusses the impact of the character and the franchise and how its ultimate charm lies in how it dials into the hardworking everyman tick.

Overall, it’s an excellent book which is more than a treasure for fans of the franchise but also is the ultimate behind the scenes tour of one of the world’s greatest film franchises. The narrative as written by Mottram and Cohen is fluid, epic and quite a page turner. The book also contains replications of scene sketches, publicity shoots and notes by the various directors, making this world as visceral as a fan can be. Altogether, one of the best books written and illustrated about this movie franchise.

Story: James Mottram, David S. Cohen, and John McTiernan
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Super Heroes Say Please

Even when the fate of the world is at stake, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and more don’t forget their manners. Super Heroes Say Please, by Downtown Bookworks is an adorable board book to teach your baby manners.

We’re joined by our 4-month old contributor Nat to get the perspective of it’s intended audience! What does Nat think? Tune in and find out!

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores now! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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The Art of Anthem Gets a Deluxe Limited Edition from Dark Horse and Bioware

Fresh off announcing the upcoming Anthem comics series, Dark Horse has announced the continued expansion of their Anthem publishing partnership with BioWare to include a limited edition The Art of Anthem hardcover volume.

The Art of Anthem Limited Edition features hundreds of pieces of artwork with developer commentary detailing the creation of BioWare’s groundbreaking new game. Our expertly-designed limited edition volume features a die-cut clamshell case, a gallery-quality art print, an exclusive cover, and a metallic-printed and embossed miniature replica of an ancient Fort Tarsis mural, making it an essential addition to any hardcore gamer’s collection!

The Art of Anthem Limited Edition HC goes on sale March 26, 2019, and is available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local comic shop. This gorgeous 160-page hardcover volume retails for $79.99.

The Art of Anthem HC goes on sale March 26, 2019 and retails for $39.99.

Joel Christian Gill’s Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride Comes to Lion Forge

Lion Forge has announced the publication of the next book by Joel Christian Gill released in time for Black History Month 2019!

Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride is a fun imagined account of a young Bessie Stringfield, a true adventurer and one of the first African-American women to travel solo across the United States on a motorcycle.

Have you ever been told that you’re not enough? That you’re not strong enough, tall enough, or fast enough? Bessie was told she was not enough.

Fast Enough combines an imagined story of Bessie Stringfield as a young girl with historical facts about the real Bessie, and an essential read for parents and children alike! This must-read picture book arrives in stores in February of 2019, and deserves a place on bookshelves in libraries, living rooms, and classrooms everywhere.

Star Trek Shipyards Starfleet Ships: 2294-The Future The Encyclopedia of Starfleet Ships, Out Now

For the first time ever, a chronological history of the Starfleet starships from Star Trek television shows and films!

From Eaglemoss Collections, this hardcover book is an in-depth reference of Starfleet vessels from the 24th Century as well as time traveling ships from the distant future.

The handy guidebook is out now in comic shops and book stores.

You can order yours now!
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Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Quest Illustrations: 30th Anniversary Edition is Out December 11

VIZ Media explores the video game-related artwork of famed creator Akira Toriyama with the release of Dragon Quest Illustrations: 30th Anniversary Edition on December 11th.

The print-only, hardcover edition collects a wide array of illustrations for the popular role-playing video game (RPG) Dragon Quest, whose characters were notably designed by the legendary Dragon Ball manga creator, Akira Toriyama. Dragon Quest Illustrations: 30th Anniversary Edition will carry an MSRP of $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN.

Akira Toriyama brought the world of the renowned Dragon Quest video games to life through his creative, fun and inventive design work. Thirty years of genius are on display in this stunning comprehensive hardcover collection of over 500 illustrations from the Dragon Quest video games, from Dragon Quest (originally released as Dragon Warrior in English) to Dragon Quest Heroes II. Includes fold-out poster of the Dragon Quest timeline.

Dragon Quest is a classic video game property developed by Square Enix that originally debuted in Japan in 1986 and influenced scores of RPG titles that followed. The Dragon Quest video game franchise spans 30 years and over 30 individual game releases. Many of these titles are available in English. The newest game,Dragon Quest XI was released in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 4 in July 2017, and worldwide for the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows in September 2018.

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