Category Archives: Books

BOOM! Studios Announces Mouse Guard Alphabet Book

BOOM! Studios has announced the Mouse Guard Alphabet Book, a new all-ages hardcover publication from Mouse Guard creator David Petersen and illustrator Serena Malyon set to debut in September.

Learn the ABCs in the world of David Petersen’s Mouse Guard where brave mice protect one another from predators large and small, explore the expansive nature around them, and thrive in harsh conditions. Hand-painted by Malyon, this is a look into a beautiful world with rich culture and stalwart friendships, worth exploring one letter at a time.

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YouNeek Studios Announces Windmaker: The History of Atala

Windmaker: The History of Atala is one part art book, one part prequel that pulls from the amazing depths of African mythology, turning the fantasy genre on its head by placing familiar concepts in an awe-inspiring African setting.

YouNeek Studios, the Maryland based transmedia company, is proud to announce the release of their first art book, WindMaker: The History of Atala – The Art of the Book Series, which will be the newest addition to the YouNeek YouNiverse. This will be a limited edition (500 copies) Hardcover print run, so grab the collectors item while they’re still available!

Coming off the hit graphic novel: E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams (Parts One & Two), which was featured on CNN, Forbes, The New York Times, The Washington Post and more, WindMaker: The History of Atala will be the first art book in the continuity of a shared universe of graphic novels called the “YouNeek Youniverse.” Dubbed “The MCU of graphic novels,” the YouNeek YouNiverse is a combination of individual graphic novel series (E.X.O., Malika, WindMaker etc.) tied together with one continuous, overall plot that weaves through each
individual story.

Inspired by African history, WindMaker: The History of Atala (Hardcover) is one part art book, one part prequel story to both the Malika: Warrior Queen and WindMaker: Return of a King graphic Novels. Pulling from the amazing depths of African mythology, Roye Okupe, writer of the hit graphic novel series E.X.O., creates a breathtaking kingdom called Atala. With this art book, he sets the foundations for what is definitely a deep and meaningful universe (The YouNeek YouNiverse) of heroes. Illustrator Godwin Akpan’s painting breathes life into the story in an amazing way. From dragons, to mythical relics, a feuding royal family and magical swords, this book turns the fantasy genre on its head by placing familiar concepts in an awe-inspiring African setting.

Don’t forget to pick up our next title Malika: Warrior Queen at your local comic book store May 6 during Free Comic Book Day!

Award Winning Sci-Fi Novel Orbital Cloud Debuts from VIZ Media’s Haikasoru

VIZ Media’s Haikasoru literary imprint expands its catalog of works by the renowned Japanese author Taiyo Fujii with the publication of his celebrated novel Orbital Cloud on March 21st.

The gripping near-future thriller will be released in print with an MSRP of $16.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN. An eBook edition will debut on March 21st in the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Book Store, the Kobo eBooks Store, and the Google Play Store. Taiyo Fujii is a winner of the Nihon SF Taisho Award as well as the prestigious Seiun Award and Japan’s “Best Science Fiction” Award, a rare triple-crown victory that has propelled the author to the country’s top echelon of SF writers and also garnered him wide international acclaim.

Orbital Cloud is set in the year 2020. Kazumi Kimura, proprietor of shooting star forecast website Meteor News, notices some suspicious orbiting space debris. Rumors spread online that the debris is actually an orbital weapon targeting the International Space Station. Halfway across the world, at NORAD, Staff Sergeant Daryl Freeman begins his own investigation of the threat. At the same time, billionaire entrepreneur Ronnie Smark and his journalist daughter prepare to check in to an orbital hotel as part of a stunt promoting private space tourism. Then Kazumi receives highly sensitive, and potentially explosive, information from a genius Iranian scientist. And so begins an unprecedented international battle against space-based terror that will soon involve the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, NORAD, and the CIA.

Orbital Cloud won Taiyo Fujii the 2014 Nihon SF Taisho Award as well as the Seiun Award, and took first prize in the “Best SF of 2014” in Japan’s SF Magazine.

Taiyo Fujii is the author of the mystery thriller, Gene Mapper, and won a 2014 Nihon SF Taisho Award by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan. Gene Mapper was Fujii’s first novel and became Amazon Japan’s Number One Kindle bestseller for 2012 when it was originally published. The novel was later revised and republished in both print and digitally in Japan as Gene Mapper – full build – by Hayakawa Publishing in 2013 and was nominated for the Nihon SF Taisho Award and the Seiun Award. Gene Mapper is published in English by Haikasoru. Orbital Cloud is Fujii’s second novel.

IDW Entertainment to Develop Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware Book Series for TV

IDW Entertainment is developing Jonathan Kellerman’s best-selling Alex Delaware novels, marking the first time the brand is being adapted as a television series.

The #1 NY Times Best Selling author Jonathan Kellerman has been praised as the master of psychological suspense, and his compelling thriller series, Alex Delaware, has topped charts since 1985. Alex Delaware is America’s longest running contemporary crime series with over 80 million books in print globally. Every book in the series has achieved Top 10 on the New York Times best-seller list, most premiering in the Top 5. Currently, Jonathan’s latest book, Heartbreak Hotel, is rated #1 on the New York Times best-seller list.

The character of Alex Delaware is a forensic psychologist who works with the LAPD to assist in solving murder cases. His partner in crime, Milo Sturgis, is a gay homicide detective. Mainstream critics and the LGBT community have praised the series for creating realistic and developed characters.

The Delaware series is being developed for a straight-to-series run. IDW Entertainment controls the worldwide rights to this crime procedural. Jonathan Kellerman, David Salzman and Adam Salzman, and Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDW Entertainment, will serve as Executive Producers.

The Beauty of Horror, Lask Year’s Coloring Book Gets a Sequel

lan-roberts-the-beauty-of-horror-2-ghoulianas-creepatorium-another-goregeous-coloring-book-1The color-crazed carnage continues with Alan Robert’s The Beauty of Horror 2: Ghouliana’s Creepatorium, Another GOREgeous Coloring Book!

The rockstar-turned-comics-creator follows up his Amazon #1 Best Seller with everyone’s favorite undead girl Ghouliana, as she mischievously attempts to trick budding colorists into unleashing a deadly spell. Try and find the ingredients she’s sprinkled throughout Robert’s intricate pen and ink illustrations before it’s too late!

lan-roberts-the-beauty-of-horror-2-ghoulianas-creepatorium-another-goregeous-coloring-book-2This ghastly follow up to the Beauty of Horror features over 80 pages of original artwork depicting a variety of increasingly terrifying scenes and patterns. Featuring a beautifully chilling red foiled cover and high-quality paper that will ensure the pools of blood you color don’t leak through the pages, Robert and IDW have come together to present a deluxe coloring experience.

The Beauty of Horror 2: Ghouliana’s Creepatorium, Another GOREgeous Coloring Book by Alan Robert arrives in stores this September from IDW Publishing.

Atari Poster Book Features 40 Pages of Ready-To-Display Atari Masterpieces

Last year’s release of Dynamite Entertainment‘s Art of Atari was indisputably one of the most talked-about releases of the year, collecting production and concept artwork, photos, and marketing materials from the video game pioneer. In April 2017, Dynamite will release the Atari Poster Book, curated by Art of Atari author Tim Lapetino, which collects some of the most iconic images from the golden age of gaming!

From the arcade to the living room, Atari is one of the most recognized names in the world. Since its formation in 1972, the company pioneered hundreds of now classic titles including Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, and so many more.

The artwork of Atari inspired a generation and created a bridge from the simple on-screen graphics of its early games to the imaginations of eager gamers. Now, Dynamite Entertainment proudly brings the most iconic, mind-blowing video game illustrations to posters, each one easy-to-remove and perfect for display, showcasing the tremendous talent of Atari’s greatest artists!

Dynamite Entertainment’s Atari Poster Book features 40 pages of incredible artwork, and will be released in June 2017 at finer comic shops and bookstores everywhere.

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ECCC 2017: Take a Deep Transdimensional Dive Into “The Art of Rick and Morty”

Dark Horse is proud to announce the art book that Rick and Morty fans have been waiting for! The Art of Rick and Morty, a full-color, 224-page hardcover art book written by show insider James Siciliano, offers a look at never-before-seen concept art from the making of the hit animated series!

Rick and Morty is a half-hour animated hit comedy series that airs on Adult Swim. Created and executive produced by Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland (Adventure Time), the critically acclaimed series follows a sociopathic genius scientist who drags his inherently timid grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe. Rick Sanchez (Justin Roiland) is living with his daughter Beth’s (Sarah Chalke) family and constantly bringing her, his son-in-law Jerry (Chris Parnell), granddaughter Summer (Spencer Grammer), and grandson Morty (Justin Roiland) into intergalactic escapades. Can the family survive Rick’s insanity and all the chaos the universe throws at them? The much-anticipated third season of Rick and Morty is currently in production.

This new book is a must-have—not only for followers of the series, but for fans of animation as well! Featuring intimate commentary from the show creators and a vast collection of process, concept, and production art, this volume offers a tantalizing exploration of one of the most outlandish and beloved shows on television. Don’t miss your chance to see the amazing art that goes into creating this twisted and fantastic hit Adult Swim series!

The Art of Rick and Morty is slated for release on September 12, 2017.

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ECCC 2017: An Above-And-Beyond Look at “Over the Garden Wall”

On September 13, 2017, Dark Horse will publish The Art of Over the Garden Wall, a comprehensive look at the production and development art behind the award-winning animated television miniseries Over the Garden Wall, featuring never-before-seen sketches from creator Patrick McHale and written by Paste magazine’s Sean Edgar.

The Cartoon Network miniseries Over the Garden Wall centers on two half brothers who travel across a strange forest in order to find their way home, encountering odd and wonderful things on their journey. The show features the voice work of notable talent, including Elijah Wood, Christopher Lloyd, and more, and received critical industry acclaim, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in 2015.

From Pottsfield to Cloud City, venture up and over and dive right into this colorful hardbound art book. A complete tour through the development and production of Over the Garden Wall, this volume contains hundreds of pieces of concept art and sketches, along with a comprehensive look at the show’s breathtaking production art, including art from the acclaimed 2013 short film Tome of the Unknown: Harvest Melody, which served as the series’ pilot. Also includes commentary from creators Patrick McHale and Nick Cross, interviews with the cast and crew, and more!

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ECCC 2017: Go Team Venture! Dark Horse Announces The Venture Bros. Art Book Based on Hit Adult Swim Series

Dark Horse is excited to offer fans a never-before-seen look at Adult Swim’s The Venture Bros. animated series with artwork and original sketches by Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer.

In Go Team Venture!: The Art and Making of The Venture Bros., writer Ken Plume sits down with series executive producers Publick and Hammer to have an in-depth conversation about the creation of every single episode, from the pilot through season six and beyond. It’s all here, the earliest sketches of Hank and Dean scribbled in a notebook, pitching the series to Adult Swim, learning the ins and outs of animation, character designs for each season, storyboards, painted backgrounds, behind-the-scenes recollections of how the show came together, and more.  This oversized book is the comprehensive companion to the art and making of the The Venture Bros. and includes a foreword from the voice of fan-favorite character Wonder Boy, Patton Oswalt!

Created and directed by Publick, and written and executive produced by Publick and Hammer, The Venture Bros. is an irreverent but affectionate animated television series that chronicles the hair-raising adventures of Hank and Dean Venture, the not-especially-bright twin sons of pill-popping “super-scientist” Dr. Thaddeus “Rusty” Venture. The show premiered as a pilot on Adult Swim in 2003, followed by a full first season in 2004.

Go Team Venture!: The Art and Making of The Venture Bros. hardcover hits shelves August 23, 2017.

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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

 

 

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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