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When There’s No More Room in Development Hell… Untold Horror Takes You Behind the Curtain in July

Some of the most mind-bending, jaw-dropping and heart-stopping tales in the history of genre film are the ones that never made it to the screen… Dark Horse Books has a story to tell—or rather, untold stories, insightful interviews, and behind-the-scenes looks from horror legends George A. Romero, John Landis, Joe Dante, Larry Cohen, Richard Stanley, Vincenzo Natali, and more, conducted by former editor-in-chief of Rue Morgue magazine, Dave Alexander, about the scariest movies never made. Crack the spine, if you dare, and discover the Untold Horror!

Take a behind-the-scenes look into development hell to find the most incredible horror movies that never were, from unmade Re-Animator sequels to a couple H.R. Giger passion projects, to alternate takes on legendary franchises such as Frankenstein, Dracula and Jaws!

Features art, scripts, and other eye-popping production material from unmade films that still might make you scream—with insights from influential directors, screenwriters, and producers with decades of experience.

Untold Horror hardcover will be in comic shops on July 28, 2021 and in book stores on August 10, 2021.

Untold Horror

Yen Press Announces a Physical Release of Megumi Hayashibara’s The Characters Taught Me Everything: Living Life One Episode at a Time

Megumi Hayashibara's The Characters Taught Me Everything: Living Life One Episode at a Time

Yen Press has announced a print release of Megumi Hayashibara’s The Characters Taught Me Everything: Living Life One Episode at a Time, a memoir of the legendary Japanese voice actress, lyricist, and radio personality. Yen Press had previously announced a digital publication of Megumi Hayashibara’s memoir for digital release on February 20, simultaneous with the memoir’s release in Japan.

For over three decades, renowned Japanese voice actress Megumi Hayashibara has breathed life into countless iconic characters—including Ranma Saotome (Ranma ½), Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion), Lina Inverse (Slayers), Jessie (Pokémon), Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop), and Paprika (Paprika)! In this new autobiographical memoir, Megumi provides an in-depth look at her illustrious career and how the very characters she has portrayed have impacted her life on both personal and professional levels.

Megumi Hayashibara’s The Characters Taught Me Everything: Living Life One Episode at a Time will be published in a paperback format scheduled for release in August 2021. The book will be out digitally in February 2021.

Yen Press Announces Five New Series for Future Publication

Yen Press announced a slate of upcoming releases that includes several light novels (Bond and Book: The Only Way of the Operating Room, The Undead King’s Reign of Peace, Magistealth Bad Trip and Meikyuu: Labyrinth Kingdom, A Tactical Fantasy World Survival Guide) as well as the manga spin-off series Bungo Stray Dogs Beast.

Bond and Book: The Only Way of the Operating Room

Story by Mizuki Nomura
Illustration by Miho Takeoka

Musubu is a boy who can hear the voices of books. One day, he meets a children’s book who wants to go back to someone named Hana, and the search begins. Will he be able to fulfill the book’s request…?

Bond and Book: The Only Way of the Operating Room is the latest work by Mizuki Nomura, the author of the series Book Girl—one of the first light novel series published by Yen Press. A compelling story filled with mystery and intrigue, this series is sure to appeal to many fans who have learned to love light novels since Book Girl was first published in English.

Bond and Book: The Only Way of the Operating Room

The Undead King’s Reign of Peace (light novel)

Story by Sakuma Sasaki
Illustration by Eishi Hayama

A young girl, Mira, on the brink of death due to an epidemic is rescued by the terrifying No Life King, a skeleton of great power. As he continues to help and provide for her and others, the people around him eventually come to trust and rely on him. However, their peaceful life is shattered when the local ruler hears talk about sightings of a powerful undead and dispatches soldiers to put the threat down. Will the No Life King and Mira be able to achieve a world where everyone can live in peace when everyone’s first instinct is to either fight them or run away??

The Undead King’s Reign of Peace is a new light novel series from Sakuma Sasaki, the creator of The Dirty Way to Destroy the Goddess’s Heroes. With the final volume of The Dirty Way to Destroy the Goddess’s Heroes scheduled for a Spring 2021 release, The Undead King’s Reign of Peace provides fans with a great new series to enjoy Sakuma Sasaki’s fun take on fantasy storytelling.

The Undead King’s Reign of Peace (light novel)

Magistealth Bad Trip (light novel)

Story by Kazuma Kamachi
Illustration by Mahaya

When a virtual money game, where all illegal acts are permitted, grows so popular it affects the real-world economy, a skilled and unscrupulous player can have devastating influence. Fortunately, Kaname Suho and his succubus-like AI partner have some of the best skills at their disposal to protect the real world from the virtual one. A new crime action series from the author of A Certain Magical Index!

Magistealth Bad Trip is the latest light novel series from Kazuma Kamachi, the creator of the iconic A Certain Magical Index. An imaginative story with elements of virtual reality, economic intrigue and crime, Magistealth Bad Trip is a science fiction series unlike any other!

Magistealth Bad Trip (light novel)

Meikyuu: Labyrinth Kingdom, A Tactical Fantasy World Survival Guide (light novel)

Story by Iori Miyazawa
Illustrations by Toichiro Kawashima
Contributions by Adventure Planning Service

After being transported to another world, one man’s mission is to rebuild a kingdom. He has a very particular set of skills and he’s ready to face any obstacle because…who dares, wins! Monster, dungeon, and war stand no chance against the special forces!

Meikyuu: Labyrinth Kingdom, A Tactical Fantasy World Survival Guide is a fantasy light novel series based on the Japanese tabletop RPG Meikyuu Kingdom. Meikyuu: Labyrinth Kingdom, A Tactical Fantasy World Survival Guide is written by Iori Miyazawa, the creator of Otherside Picnic, making this light novel release appealing to fans of the recent anime adaptation of Otherside Picnic as well as fans of epic fantasy isekai.

Meikyuu: Labyrinth Kingdom, A Tactical Fantasy World Survival Guide (light novel)

Bungo Stray Dogs Beast

Story by Kafka Asagiri
Art by Sango Harukawa and Shiwasu Hoshikawa

In the parallel universe of Bungo Stray Dogs: Beast, Ryuunosuke Akutagawa’s desperate mission to save his younger sister leads to him being recruited by the armed detective agency! But standing in his way is none other than the fearsome White Reaper of the Port Mafia—Atsushi Nakajima. As darkness and light face off, what fate awaits the two…?

Bungo Stray Dogs Beast is a manga spin-off of the best-selling series Bungo Stray Dogs. This alternative universe story primarily focuses on fan-favorite character Ryunosuke Akutagawa, making this a must read for fans of the iconic manga and anime series.

Bungo Stray Dogs Beast

Aconyte Books and Cross Cult Announce German Translations of Marvel Books

Aconyte Books, the novels imprint of global games publisher Asmodee, have announced the latest fruits of their ongoing relationship with noted German publishing house Cross Cult. In spring 2021, a new strand will be launched in Germany to publish translated editions of Aconyte’s range of adventure novels set in the Marvel Universe.

Brand new stories of characters famous from the Marvel comics line, from the X-Men to the Heroes of Asgard, will be published starting April 2021, with a new title appearing every two months.

The Ludwigsburg-based publisher Cross Cult has been publishing comics since 2001. At the beginning of 2008, prose novels joined the publishing program, with manga joining the ranks in 2018. As a specialist for tie-in comics and novels based on the world-famous movie, TV, and game universes, Cross Cult is the natural choice to produce the novels for Marvel’s popular Super Heroes. The publishers are already planning a line of German translations of Aconyte’s range of novels set in Asmodee’s most popular and fantastical game worlds, as announced at the end of 2020.

Legendary Pictures Announces Two Godzilla vs. Kong Prequel Graphic Novels

Godzilla vs. Kong

In anticipation of the March release of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures‘ epic action-adventure Godzilla vs. Kong, Legendary Comics has announced a publishing program that will allow fans to dive deeper into stories relating to the upcoming cinematic showdown between two of the most beloved pop culture Titans of all time—the great Godzilla and the mighty Kong! The program features two new epic prequel graphic novels; an anthology featuring past fan-favorite comic series; two endearing titles for young readers—an original children’s picture book and a young children’s board book; an official behind-the-scenes art book; and a novelization that takes readers deeper into the worlds of Monarch, the Titans, and more. Each title will set the stage for this not-to-be-missed battle royale.

Godzilla Dominion—the prequel graphic novel written by Greg Keyes with art by Drew Edward Johnson will feature a unique story that picks up after the events of the film Godzilla: King of the Monsters, where the Titans have risen and the reign of Godzilla has begun. As told entirely from Godzilla’s point of view, the graphic novel brings new insights into the King of Monsters: his habitats, ancient rivalries, encounters with new Titans, and other challenges. As his new era of dominance is tested, a coming confrontation with another King looms. Available on March 30, 2021 and available for pre-order.

A sequel to the graphic novel Skull Island: Birth of Kong and a prelude to the film Godzilla vs. Kong, the upcoming prequel graphic novel, Kingdom Kong, will follow a group of highly skilled military pilots gathered together on Skull Island to see who has ‘the right stuff’ to take on a dangerous mission into the hollow earth. One of the pilots, Audrey, is haunted by the memories of a monstrous clash with one of Godzilla’s titanic rivals that left deep scars. When Skull Island is attacked by Camazotz, a bat-like Titan, Audrey must to come to terms with her inner demons, and finding his home newly threatened, Kong must rise to face this usurper that would plunge the world into perpetual night. Kingdom Kong is written by Marie Anello with art by ZID. Available on March 30, 2021 and available for pre-order.

Kong finds himself in the center of a charming and enthralling children’s book, Kong & Me, by New York Times’ bestselling author Kiki Thorpe with illustrations by Nidhi Chanani. Young fans will be able to follow along as the mighty Titan and his new pal spend a day of fun and adventure exploring the many wonders of Skull Island—proving that friendships come in many sizes and no matter how different we are, no one is too big or small to find a true friend. Available on March 30, 2021 and available for pre-order.

The engaging and family-friendly board book Godzilla vs. Kong: Sometimes Friends Fight (But They Always Make Up), from Insight Editions and featuring art from illustrator Carol Herring, features heartwarming lessons and introduces the beloved Godzilla and Kong characters to a younger generation. Making new friends isn’t always easy for kids. That is equally true for two giant monsters, where small misunderstandings can easily blossom into enormous conflicts. This book provides tips on how to be a good friend by using these two Titans to show young kids how to behave in familiar situations…but on a much larger scale. Available on April 6, 2021 and to you can pre-order it now.

New York Times’ bestselling author Greg Keyes returns once again to the Monsterverse with Titan Books’ Godzilla vs. Kong: The Official Movie Novelization, taking readers deeper into the worlds of Monarch, the Titans, and so much more. Humanity fights for its future as Godzilla and Kong embark on a path of destruction that will see the two most powerful forces of nature on the planet collide in an all-out war. Available on April 6, 2021 and is up for pre-order.

For new readers wanting to discover the backstories of Godzilla and Kong for the first time or fans revisiting their favorite adventures, the Monsterverse Titanthology Vol 1 brings the previously released graphic novels, Skull Island: The Birth of Kong (2017) and Godzilla: Aftershock (2019), together in one legendary volume for the first time ever. Available on May 11, 2021.

Godzilla vs. Kong: One Will Fall, The Art of the Ultimate Battle Royalefrom Insight Editions and written by Daniel Wallace with a special foreword by director Adam Wingard—takes fans behind-the-scenes revealing how this monstrously epic film was brought to the screen. The deluxe book will feature a dynamic selection of exclusive concept art, pre-production materials, on-set photography and insight from the filmmakers, making it the ultimate guide to an iconic movie showdown. Available on May 21, 2021 and it’s available for pre-order.

True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee with biographer Abraham Riesman

“I’m not damning Stan Lee, I’m living with ambiguity” says Abraham Riesman of his essential new Stan Lee biography True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee. No matter where you stand on the debate of who gets credit for Marvel comics, you MUST read this book.

It’s past time for a serious work of history like this one examining the conflicting stories behind one of most imporant cultural forces of the 20th century. Abe has done completely new research into the Lieber familiy’s history in Romania and the Romanian Jewish mileiu of Stan’s youth. He’s interviewed the journalists who wrote key pieces around Stan’s life and times at Marvel. He’s gotten everyone to talk, from Stan’s brother (cartoonist Larry Lieber) to the vultures who plagued Stan at the end of his life.

Abraham Riesman is a journalist whose work has appeared in Vulture, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, The Boston Globe, and many other outlets. He is the author of TRUE BELIEVER: THE RISE AND FALL OF STAN LEE and the forthcoming RINGMASTER: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF VINCE MCMAHON. He lives in Rhode Island with his partner, the journalist SI Rosenbaum. His website is abrahamriesman.com and his Twitter handle is @abrahamjoseph.

For more from me on Stan Lee, listen to my episode with journalist Spencer Ackermen upon Lee’s death.

Dark Horse Books & Squanch Games To Release The Art of Trover Saves The Universe This Summer

Dark Horse Books and Squanch Games invite you to experience Trover in a whole new dimension with The Art of Trover Saves the Universe, the most bizarre and hilarious art book ever created! Or don’t. Whatever. Who are we to tell you what to do?

In Trover Saves the Universe, which is now available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Oculus Quest, and PC, the cosmos is at stake, and it’s up to you and Trover to save everything. Travel the universe with Trover, controlling his every move, and work together to save your dogs from a beaked monster, fight aliens across creative levels, and make questionable choices along the way.

Allowing any and all fans of Trover and Justin Roiland to feast your eyeholes on 192-pages of crazy concept art and intimate developer commentary, this oversized, full-color art book is the perfect companion to the game. 

The Art of Trover Saves the Universe will be available everywhere books are sold for $39.99 USD (MSRP) on July 28, 2021.

The Art of Trover Saves the Universe

Kent Williams, Jim Woodring, The Balbusso Twins, and Beehive Books Present Illustrated Editions of Classic Books on Kickstarter

Award-winning painter Kent Williams, legendary Frank cartoonist Jim Woodring, and the renowned Italian illustrators known as the Balbusso Twins are collaborating with Beehive Books to create lush, new illustrated editions of literary classics and forgotten gems. Having previously released six award-winning volumes with acclaimed artists Rebekka Dunlap, Brecht Evens, Dave McKean, Paul Pope, Yuko Shimizu, and Bill Sienkiewicz, Beehive Books is returning to Kickstarter with a new campaign to crowdfund three new volumes of Illuminated Editions, the company’s distinctive line of book art editions of literary classics.   

Beehive Books’s Illuminated Editions features some of the finest talents in contemporary art, singular design sensibilities, the highest production values, and a special emphasis on comics and graphic art. Each Illuminated Edition  also features original essays from luminaries of literature, art and film, including Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham 

The three new titles run the gamut: one beloved classic Roaring Twenties tale of extravagance and excess, one chilling compendium of spectral Japanese folktales, and one unjustly obscure work of mind bending visionary science fiction.

The new books in the Illuminated Editions line are:

THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald, illustrated by the Balbusso Twins
Featuring an introduction by Nathan Robinson.

The Italian illustrators known as the Balbusso Twins are taking on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s THE GREAT GATSBY, bringing out the richness and satire and sorrow that suffuses this saga of wealth and corruption and decadence and love. Their modern illustration style highlights the incredible relevance of Fitzgerald’s story, which has only seemed to increase over time. Their illustrations bring us into Gatsby’s world ― but they also bring Gatsby into ours. 

KWAIDAN & SHADOWINGS by Lafcadio Hearn, illustrated by Kent Williams
Featuring an introduction by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, a foreword by writer Kyoko Yoshida, and an essay by Bon Koizumi.

The great painter and multimedia artist Kent Williams is depicting the supernatural Japanese stories of Lafcadio Hearn, originally published in his books KWAIDAN and SHADOWINGS. These books are full of ghost stories, nightmares and strange tales ― of possessed forests, of monks tormented by demons and ghosts, of corpse brides, man-eating goblins, and undead samurai. 

KWAIDAN & SHADOWINGS

 A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS by David Lindsay, illustrated by Jim Woodring
Featuring an introduction by Alan Moore.

Visionary cartoonist Jim Woodring has chosen to illustrate an unclassifiable 1920 novel by the legendary British writer David Lindsay. A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS is a baffling amalgam of mysticism, science fiction, sexual politics, and outrageous fantasy, and stands as one of the greatest works of sustained, untrammeled imagination ever achieved. Woodring’s drawings capture the writhing currents of interacting forces that lie beneath the wonderfully arcane prose. 

The Illuminated Editions books come in three print editions: a slipcase hardcover, a signed and numbered edition, and a sketched and lettered edition. All nine titles in this series are available through the latest campaign and each title also comes as a DRM-free digital PDF, which is included along with every print edition.

The standard Illuminated Editions is an oversize 9×12″ hardcover, bound in sewn signatures, and housed in an elaborately embossed and debossed die-cut slipcase, silk-screened or foil-stamped with artwork. The interior is printed on creamy, acid-free heavy-weight 140gsm uncoated paper with a fine tooth, and each edition includes a minimum of ten full page illustrations, along with numerous spot drawings, illuminated letters, and special design pieces. The entire package is designed by Maëlle Doliveux with a restrained graphic boldness, and an unparalleled eye for beauty, clarity and readability. These editions have been honored with a number of awards and prizes, winning multiple Communication Arts Design Competitions, several Bronze and Silver Cubes from the Art Director’s Club, and three nominations for the Locus Awards. 

IDW Celebrates Superheroes with The Marvel Art of the Brothers Hildebrandt

The Marvel Art of the Brothers Hildebrandt

Fans of classic fantasy illustration and Marvel’s most iconic characters are in for a one-of-a-kind treat with The Marvel Art of the Brothers Hildebrandt, a deluxe, oversized art book featuring hundreds of paintings and sketches by legendary illustrators Greg and Tim Hildebrandt. Published by IDW Publishing, this 284-page, full-color hardcover will be available for purchase beginning February 23, 2021.

In 1994, Greg and Tim Hildebrandt began an amazing relationship with Marvel Comics, producing the incredible Marvel Masterpieces trading card set, featuring all of The House of Ideas’ most incredible characters: Spider-Man, Captain America, Black Panther, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and so many others! The entire set is reproduced in The Marvel Art of the Brothers Hildebrandt, alongside showcasing model photos and preliminary drawings of the paintings.

This beautiful art book also includes the X-Men 2099 painted graphic novel, written by John Francis Moore and illustrated by the Brothers Hildebrandt, as well as a treasure trove of illustrations that came after their massive Marvel Masterpieces undertaking. Artwork from the ‘90s through today, published as trading cards, posters, and more, are featured with insightful commentary, amusing anecdotes, and candid reminisces by the one and only Greg Hildebrandt.

Discover New Comics with the Access Guide to the Black Comic Book Community

The Access Guide to the Black Comic Book Community 2020-2021

Comic books have generated billions for dollars for video games and movies, but not for comic books themselves. A store owner, an editor, and a journalist have come together to release the first of a series of guidebooks that introduces people to the world of comics which is rich in storytelling, ideas, and creators of color.

The Access Guide to the Black Comic Book Community 2020-2021 is the book from Anyone Comics owner Dimitrios Fragiskatos, Heavy Metal’s Executive Editor Joseph Illidge, and Comics Beat/Black Sci-fi.com (and former GP contributor) journalist and contributor George Carmona 3rd. The purpose of the book is to showcase Black creators who have comics or graphic novels that have come out in 2020, as well as showcase publishers themselves and the ideas and goals they are setting in the new year. Additionally, the book will highlight stores and conventions that are Black owned or run. The book will be a vehicle for casual readers, who feel overwhelmed by the options the comic book industry provides, or from store regulars who may want to expand their horizons.

For those people in the global Black community who want to get into comics but are afraid they may not see themselves represented in their favorite genres, this book will open a door to show them a variety of comic books and graphic novels, along with the stores and conventions where they can be found.

Look for The Access Guide to the Black Comic Book Community in comic book stores on February 17th. Proceeds from the publisher will be donated to the Dwayne McDuffie fund. Pre-orders can be made now.

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