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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.

Review: The Art of the Graphic Memoir: Tell Your Story, Change Your Life

Ever thought about creating a graphic memoir? Creator Tom Hart‘s new book The Art of the Graphic Memoir has more than 30 exercises and examples to take you through the process in how to exactly do that.

If you’ve been thinking about becoming a comic creator yourself, this is one you want to check out.

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores today. 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 Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist Out November 13. We’ve Got an Early Look

The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist contains more than 280 pages and over 300 illustrations of Fullmetal Alchemist by creator Hiromu Arakawa.

The book contains the artwork collection in two previously published art books as well asl all new content covering work from 2001 to 2017. It features original chapter title pages, graphic novel covers, portraits, promotional artowkr and more as well as an exclusive interview and step-by-step illustration creation discussion with Arakawa.

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Celebrate 25 Years of Magic with Magic: The Gathering: Concepts & Legends

Magic: The Gathering is celebrating 25 years and VIZ Media is recognizing the event with this officially licensed illustrated history exploring the legend, lore, and origins of the bestselling card game.

Magic: The Gathering: Concepts & Legends is written by James Wyatt, a Senior Game Designer for Magic. The book takes you through the creative process behind the evolving art and design of the games and its worlds and characters.

The book is out now in comic shops and book stores and retails for $39.99.

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

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 November 13th.

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Magic: The Gathering – Concepts & Legends Explores 25 Years of Lore

VIZ Media celebrates the 25thanniversary of Magic: The Gathering with this officially licensed illustrated history exploring the legend, lore, and origins of the bestselling strategy card game.

Written by Magic: The Gathering Senior Game Designer James Wyatt, this deluxe slip-cased,hardcover volume with collectible art prints provides readers with a rare glimpse of the creative process behind the evolving art and design of Magic: The Gathering. Magic: The Gathering – Concepts & Legends is now available, and carries an MSRP of $39.99 U.S. / $53.99 CAN.

James Wyatt and the Wizards of the Coast team of storytellers and artists open up the archives to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at how they develop the look and feel of the characters, planes, and creatures of the world’s most popular trading card game. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Magic: The Gathering, this beautiful collector’s hardcover book features artwork, sketches and commentary showcasing the expansive world that has captivated generations.

James Wyatt is a Senior Game Designer on the creative team for Magic: The Gathering. His work at Wizards of the Coast since 2000 includes five novels, more than 20 short stories, one poem and dozens of Dungeons & Dragons game sourcebooks.

Throughout its 25-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 tens of millions of 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.

Star Trek Shipyards Starfleet Ships: 2151-2293 The Encyclopedia of Starfleet Ships

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 profiles more than 250 years worth of Starfleet ships! From the S.S. Botany Bay to the Enterprise-B, this book has you covered with so much Star Trek History.

You can order Star Trek Shipyards Starfleet Ships: 2151-2293 The Encyclopedia of Starfleet Ships now!
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A New Humble Bundle 100% Supports the ACLU to Get Out the Vote

Support the ACLU with a limited-time collection of ebooks from Humble Bundle, featuring the exclusive debut of the anthology Resist! All proceeds to be donated to the ACLU. With the US midterm elections just around the corner, Humble Bundle has just launched a fun and informative selection of curated titles in support of a more perfect union. The Humble Charity Book Bundle: Get the Vote Out 100% supporting the ACLU focuses on civics, volunteerism, and positive resistance – with one cookbook, an angry bear, Cory Doctorow, and a few dystopian novels and comics in the mix too.

Participating publishers coming together for this project include DC Comics, IDW, Image Comics, Lonely Planet, Microcosm Publishing, No Starch Press, Oni Press, Quirk, Skyhorse, and Tachyon.

Working in conjunction with the ACLU and writer Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Book of Eli), this promotion will be the first to offer the new science fiction anthology, Resist: Tales From a Future Worth Fighting Against, featuring some of today’s most celebrated SF writers.

100% of all proceeds from this promotion will be donated to the ACLU. For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has worked in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect the constitutional rights of all people. With a nationwide network of offices and millions of members and supporters, they take up the toughest civil liberties fights.

The Humble Charity Book Bundle: Get the Vote Out 100% supporting the ACLU will run from October 22 through November 5 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

Customers can pay just $1 or more for:

  • Make A Difference: The Ultimate Volunteer Handbook
  • The Lessons of Ubuntu: How an African Philosophy Can Inspire Racial Healing in America
  • American Presidents
  • The Little Black Book of Political Wisdom
  • The Millennial’s Guide to Changing the World
  • The U.S. Constitution and Related Documents
  • Full Bleed Vol 2 (Exclusive Excerpt)
  • Prez

Customers who pay $8 or more will also get:

  • Maker’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
  • Sh*t Politicians Say
  • Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance
  • Feed the Resistance: Recipes + Ideas for Getting Involved
  • The U.S. Constitution and Related Documents
  • Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas
  • Girls Resist!
  • Teenage Rebels: Stories of Successful High School Activists From the Little Rock 9 to the Class of Tomorrow
  • Bitch Planet

Those who pay $15 or more will receive:

  • In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
  • We Stand on Guard by Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce
  • Letter 44
  • A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns
  • The Little Book of Restorative Justice
  • Stable Strategies and Others
  • Pirate Utopia
  • What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don’t
  • Paddle Against the Flow
  • Stuff Every American Should Know
  • Volunteer: A Traveler’s Guide To Making A Difference Around the World

Those who pay $18 or more will receive the Humble exclusive debut of Resist!: Tales From a Future Worth Fighting Against, edited by Gary Whitta, Christie Yant, and Hugh Howey.

This hot-off-the-digital-press anthology will featured short works from renowned writers including:

Charles Yu Beth Revis
Charlie Jane Anders David Wellington
Hugh Howey Kieron Gillen
John Scalzi Desirina Boskovich
Sarah Kuhn Jason Arnopp
Laura Hudson Kevin Hearne
Leigh Alexander Jake Kerr
Daniel H. Wilson Madeleine Roux
Saladin Ahmed Fran Wilde
C. Robert Cargill Delilah S. Dawson
Chet Williamson Elizabeth Bear

The total MSRP for this entire collection, including Resist! and all 30 books is $365.

Review: Conference Room, Five Minutes

When it comes to sitcoms, there is nothing like The Office. As many shows of the time did, it has its roots in England where it was cultivated by Ricky Gervais and starred a much younger Martin Freeman. Though Americans had enjoyed the fruits of British roots in shows like Who’s The Boss, and laughs from the likes Monty Python, Benny Hill, and Mr. Bean, there was a question as to whether this should would translate.

What made the American adaptation so indelible, is it didn’t seek to replicate the original. It was its own show with its own characters. Michael Scott is not David Brent, which is good, as Steve Carrell and Ricky Gervais’ individual comic sensibilities are what makes both of these shows stand on their own with or without being connected to each other. In Shea Serrano’s Conference Room, Five Minutes, fans get 10 love letters to the American adaptation and the show’s fandom will most assuredly love.

The book features numerous essays with a wide range of topics examining the popular show. The first essay entitled “The Basketball Scouting Report,” gives a pretty detailed description of the Warehouse basketball game episode, almost shot for shot. In “Prison Mike,” we get a thorough examination of Steve Carrell’s genius in “The Convict” episode where Dunder Mifflin receives six new employees with one of them being a convicted criminal. In “The Perfect Heist,” in what is my favorite of the essays, Serrano deftly compares different characters from the show to the different characters in Ocean’s Eleven, and who would you take on a heist. In “Dwight Club,” Serrano chronicles Dwight Schrute’s many personal battles. The next two essays thoroughly examines and celebrates “The Office Olympics” story arc. “There Are No Accidents” exhaustively examines the power structure in the show simply by where they are sitting in the office. In “Pam Has An Art Show,” Serrano obsessively details the many intricacies of “The Business School” episode. “To Me, You Are Perfect” makes the case for the most perfect duo in the show. The last essay, “Is Jim Halpert Hot?” breaks down the character’s appeal.

Overall, the book is an excellent collection of essays that not only celebrates this new modern classic but also showcases Serrano’s skills as an author and artist. The essays by Serrano are definitely love letters to the show and shows a fandom the runs deep. The art by Serrano is what pulls most readers in and for good reason. The art style more than complements each essay. Altogether, these essays and illustrations are more than love letters to the show, they display a devotion to this epic show that so many fans feel an d can relate to.

Essays: Shea Serrano Art: Shea Serrano
Essays: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: The Big Book of Super-Villains

Learn the back stories of some of DC Comics’ most popular scoundrels including their origin, special powers, tricky devices, and troublesome habits.

This book is for those ages 4 and up but doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy reading it to those younger.

We’re joined by our youngest contributor to review The Big Book of Super-Villains, the latest release from Morris Katz and Downtown Bookworks.

Get your copy in comic shops today. 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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