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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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Dark Horse Reveals Limited Edition of The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts

In late 2016, Dark Horse announced the next installment in their legendary partnership with Nintendo would be The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts. Today, Dark Horse is excited to reveal a limited edition of The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts!

Fans who purchase The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts limited edition will experience the thrill of finding and unsheathing the Master Sword! The cover features a 3D embossed sword hilt sculpt with a metallic foil finish. The sword hilt is life size to give the reader the satisfaction of unsheathing the very realistic sword from the acetate sleeve that encases the book. The cover’s background features the Lost Woods (a maze of mystifying forests that has appeared throughout the franchise) in a custom-mixed deep purple ink with a soft-touch lamination and spot-gloss UV, framed with metallic foil. The book’s pages are gilded as well.

Both the regular and limited editions of The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts have over 400 pages of fully realized artistic masterpieces, exclusive interviews with the artists behind the beloved video game franchise, the official pixel art of the early series, and rare promotional art never before published in this format.

The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts limited edition is available for preorder from Amazon, Penguin Random House, Things From Another World, and more. The limited edition retails for $79.99 and goes on sale February 21, 2017.

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Preview: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

L. Frank Baum (w) • Eric Shanower (a & c)

Both of L. Frank Baum’s classic Santa Claus tales are collected here: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus and A Kidnapped Santa Claus, with with beautiful spot illustrations and cover art by Eisner Award-winning comics creator Eric Shanower.

HC • PC • $16.99 • 144 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-704-8

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Dark Horse to Adapt Herman Melville’s Classic Moby Dick

Dark Horse Books is proud to announce the Vents d’Ouest graphic novel adaptation of Herman Melville’s timeless classic Moby Dick, available in English for the first time on February 8, 2017.

A masterpiece of French literary comics, this hardcover edition collects both Vents d’Ouest volumes and features illustrations by the award-winning French author and artist Christophe Chabouté. Striking black-and-white frames faithfully capture this Great American Novel as we follow the revenge-seeking voyage of Captain Ahab.

The graphic adaptation is perfect for literature lovers looking for a unique spin on the tale of the great white whale. The English edition includes a foreword by John Arcudi.

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Preview: Marvel Cinematic Universe Guidebook – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Three & Marvel’s Agent Carter Season Two

Marvel Cinematic Universe Guidebook – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Three & Marvel’s Agent Carter Season Two

(W) Mike O’Sullivan, The Ohotmu Team (A) Various (CA) Mike Del Mundo, Dave Johnson
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 28, 2016
SRP: $3.99

Agent Peggy Carter and S.H.I.E.L.D. return for new adventures, and the MCU Guidebooks follow every step of the way! Our comprehensive coverage of the fan-favorite Marvel Studios films and Marvel Television shows continues as we profile Director Phil Coulson’s team – and Agent Carter’s 1940s precursor, the SSR! With fact sheets, show-to-comic comparisons and behind-the-scenes production art and stills, this fantastic flipbook is packed with profiles and updates on Director Coulson, Agent Daisy Johnson, Agent Melinda May, Agent Leo Fitz, Agent Jemma Simmons, Lance Hunter, Agent Bobbi Morse, Agent Alphonso Mackenzie, Lincoln Campbell, “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez, Grant Ward, Hive, Gideon Malick and Lash! And on the flip side: Agent Peggy Carter, Edwin Jarvis, Chief Daniel Sousa, Chief Jack Thompson, Jason Wilkes, Whitney Frost and Dottie Underwood! And more! Relive the thrills of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 and Marvel’s Agent Carter Season 2 right here, and continue building your indispensable library of Cinematic Universe reference books!

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Preview: Big Trouble in Little China Illustrated Novel: Big Trouble in Mother Russia HC

Big Trouble in Little China Illustrated Novel: Big Trouble in Mother Russia HC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matthew J. Elliott
Artist: Elena Casagrande
Cover Artist: Oliver Barrett
Price: $19.99

Jack Burton from John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China returns in the cult-hit film’s first-ever illustrated novel: Big Trouble in Mother Russia.

A direct sequel to the 1986 classic, Jack is back and he’s brought some old friends—and a few enemies—along for an adventure that will shake the pillars of Heaven. Literally.

Kidnapped and dropped into communist Russia, Jack and his best friend Wang must survive the KGB, the Russian mafia, the ancient Chinese Wing Kong, and a series of fantastical horrors if they ever want to get home.

With the help of Gracie Law and Egg Shen, they will have to unlock a centuries-old mystery that could tear apart the very fabric of reality in order to survive

From author Matthew J. Elliott (RiffTrax; Doctor Who: Maker of Demons), Big Trouble in Mother Russia adds a compelling new chapter to the travails of cult hero Jack Burton! With illustrations from Elena Casagrande (Hulk; X-Files Season 10).

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Matt Pizzolo’s Young Terrorists Books Playlist

by Matt Pizzolo

The germ of the idea behind Young Terrorists came when I was blackballed by a Washington lobbyist for distributing a documentary about animal rights activists who were serving time in federal prison as terrorists. It’s kind’ve a long story, and I go into it a bit in the backmatter of Young Terrorists #1. The point is… we all talk about “the system” and how it works or it doesn’t work, but it’s not until the system turns directly on you, til an insider who really knows how to work the machine identifies you as an individual to be targeted and starts grinding the gears around you, that’s when you get an inkling of the scale of it all… It feels kinda like when the eye of Sauron catches sight of Frodo — some omnipotent power has just noticed you and suddenly you’re very very fucked.

This all happened a while back, when the GW Bush Administration passed a law called The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, which made it so any activism against a business that exploits animals is classified as terrorism and punishable under the PATRIOT Act. The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act is a law that was brought to you by (wait for it) lobbyists who (you guessed it) work for businesses that exploit animals.

I only got the tiniest smidge of the lobbyist’s fury, and it was enough to rattle me. And I’m kind’ve not that easy to rattle, which is sort’ve how I wound up in that situation in the first place.

There’s no shortage of people abusing power across America and around the world. I love comics about superheroes who fights mutants and Nazis and various flavors of dudes-in-pajamas, but in this case I was inspired to create a team of superheroes who fight back against an abusive power structure. The power structure we all call home.

Issue 2 came out last week. Technically it’s over a year late. But… looking around at the world we’re living in right now, kinda feels like it came out right on time. Honestly, it’s pretty upsetting when you write dystopia fiction and people start calling your body of work prescient.

If you’re interested in some of the ideas beneath the surface of Young Terrorists, here are a few of the books I was reading when I wrote it. In several cases they directly impacted the actions on the page, in other cases they’re just sources I relied on to remind me why I’m always so pissed off all the time.

EATING ANIMALS

By Jonathan Safran Foer

This isn’t the book that turned me vegan when I was 17 years old, that was John Robbins’ DIET FOR A NEW AMERICA. But I’d heard good things about EATING ANIMALS and I wanted to re-acclimate before writing Cesar, since I’d lapsed into being a lazy vegetarian over the decades. And yeah, everything’s just as awful as I’d remembered it. Foer has a sincere, every-new-dad approach that makes the whole thing less polemic and more palatable, but it was a healthy shot of rage with specificity and if you read it you’ll note detailed descriptions of some of the treatment of animals that Cesar ponders in issue 1. EATING ANIMALS didn’t inspire the issue 4 illustration of cows being driven into a shredding machine and forcefed to their brothers and sisters though, that image has been burned into my brain since I read DIET FOR A NEW AMERICA.

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THE DIVIDE: AMERICAN INJUSTICE IN THE AGE OF THE WEALTH GAP

By Matt Taibbi, with incredible art by Molly Crabapple

Taibbi is a national treasure for his relentless mocking of Wall Street in Rolling Stone throughout the financial crisis. THE DIVIDE delves into real-life stories that paint a mosaic of how our economic infrastructure fleeces the poor by the millions in order to upstream wealth to the elites. The scenes of Sera and Cesar joining migrants forced at gunpoint across the border directly into the hands of drug cartels waiting to kidnap and ransom them is directly inspired by this book (unless that technically counts as plagiarism, in which case I never read it). Taibbi has the guts to list specific locations and name names, whereas I am way too gutless (also I live closer to the border so fuck that—btw, if you’re in a drug cartel: I’m referring to the Canadian border cuz I live in Vancouver… f’real). Anyhow, if you actually want to learn something read his book not mine.

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ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE

By Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera

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CONFIDENCE MEN: WALL STREET, WASHINGTON, AND THE EDUCATION OF A PRESIDENT

By Ron Suskind

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THE BIG SHORT

By Michael Lewis

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GRIFTOPIA

By Matt Taibbi

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TOO BIG TO FAIL

By Andrew Ross Sorkin

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These are various books on the financial crisis, which I’m listing together because only a sociopath would read all of them. THE BIG SHORT is great (I heard it got made into a movie?), GRIFTOPIA is cool, and CONFIDENCE MEN was the one I probably found to be the most enjoyable read (though it’ll really make you grieve Bernie’s campaign), but I ultimately thought ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE was the most thorough account of the financial crisis with a ton of insight and details I hadn’t already heard elsewhere—which is probably why it’s the least popular on the list. TOO BIG TO FAIL was the most popular on the list until Adam McKay came along, and thank god for McKay because TBTF is fucking atrocious and should be stricken from the record—that book helped inspire Sera’s line “history is written by the culprits.”

BLACK FLAGS: THE RISE OF ISIS

By Joby Warrick

I tried a few books about ISIS/ISIL/Daesh trying to get a real breakdown on how exactly they structured a sovereign state rather than just being an insurgent, guerrilla group. Most of the books I found were dumb propaganda, fake-news, or not interesting enough to bother mentioning. BLACK FLAGS is legitimately great though. It’s mainly a pretty thorough biography of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, but it also expands to encompass the ensemble of characters and situations that led to the formation and operation of the Islamic State. And if you’re confused about what the fuck is going on in Syria, this book gives an insightful view through several facets of the prism.

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THE SECRET ARCHITECTURE OF OUR NATION’S CAPITAL

By David Ovason

I can’t remember if any of the Washington DC architectural stuff from the Young Terrorists FCBD story is actually from this book or not. I think I read this book wanting to find existing conspiracy theories about Washington DC architecture, but I didn’t like any of them so I just synthesized my own. This book is mostly about how a lot of the Founding Fathers were freemasons and how that inspired DC’s architecture. (I also read FAITHS OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS which was pretty good and asserts they were Deists.) Third Eye Comics was kind enough to fly me out to Baltimore for a signing, so I went to DC afterward and mapped out how the buildings face each other, that’s when I noticed the Eagle on the Fed building is basically glaring in Lincoln’s direction and I remembered years back reading an observation that Lincoln and JFK were the only two Presidents to go around the central banks and as luck would have it both were assassinated… that observation wasn’t made in this book though, I think it was in Jim Marrs’ RULE BY SECRECY. Which is great and fucking bananas.

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THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION

By Aldous Huxley

Huxley’s my all-time favorite writer, but I never read this book because I’m straightedge and I don’t care about Jim Morrison. Turns out it’s pretty rad though, and it finally made me understand the reason I never needed drugs as a kid is because I got the shit kicked out of me so much. Supposedly science later disproved this, but I’m stickin’ with Huxley.

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The Art of Splatoon in June from Dark Horse

After the overwhelming success of 2013’s The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia and 2016’s The Art of Fire Emblem Awakening, Dark Horse is excited to expand their publishing partnership with Nintendo to include an English-language edition of The Art of Splatoon.

The Art of Splatoon is based on Nintendo’s 2015 award-winning game for the Wii U console where players control squid-like characters called Inklings. Inklings have the ability to shift between humanoid and squid form and back again. Inklings shoot their team’s color to claim territory or “splat” opposing players. Ink supply is replenished by swimming through their respective team colors.

Containing an “inkredible” 320 pages of artwork, including 2D and 3D illustrations of characters, maps, concept art, weapon and gear design, storyboards, sketches, hand-drawn comics, and more, The Art of Splatoon is sure to please Inklings and humanoids alike.

Dark Horse will also publish The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts on February 21, 2017. The Art of Splatoon is slated to hit shelves June 13, 2017.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Downtown Bookworks DC Super Hero Library

While getting graphic novels and trade paperbacks for comic fans are great sometimes you need gift ideas for those too young to read comics or something slightly different.

Downtown Bookworks has a line of books from age 0 on up using DC Comic characters. From board books to cookbooks the line is solidly produced with high quality and provides a solid addition to your gift list this year.

Check out all of their DC Super Hero books.

You can order what’s in this video through these links:
The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook: Deluxe Edition
DC Super Heroes on the Go
DC Super Heroes The Big Book of Girl Power
DC Super Heroes The Big Book of Superpowers

Downtown Bookworks provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review
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Preview: Art of Red Sonja Vol. 2

Art of Red Sonja Vol. 2

introduction: Roy Thomas
artists: Alex Ross, Arthur Adams, Nicola Scott, Ed Benes, Jay Anacleto, Amanda Conner, Jenny
Frison, Lucio Parrillo, Dan Breredon, Paul Renaud, Joseph Michael Linsner, and more!
cover: Jenny Frison
FC • 336 pages • $34.99 • Teen+

Fiery in spirit, skilled in combat, lusty and bawdy in her revelry, the crimson-tressed heroine Red Sonja, known also as “The She-Devil with a Sword”, is renowned as fantasy’s most prominent female character. Since 2005, Dynamite Entertainment has been the proud home to Red Sonja, publishing hundreds of comics that have garnered critical acclaim and the devotion of a ravenous fan base. This second volume of the Art of Red Sonja showcases the fantastic illustrators and painters that have so perfectly captured the character’s essence on cover artwork since 2010, including such comic book luminaries as Jay Anacleto, Ed Benes, Dan Brereton, Amanda Conner, Sergio Davila, Jenny Frison, Lucio Parrillo, Paul Renaud, Alex Ross, Mel Rubi, Marguerite Sauvage, Nicola Scott, and many more!

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