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Review: Six Figure Crowdfunding: The No Bullsh*t Guide to Running a Life-Changing Campaign

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got a book from BOOM! Studios to help guide you through the world of crowdfunding.

Six Figure Crowdfunding: The No Bullsh*t Guide to Running a Life-Changing Campaign is by Derek Miller with Noelle Pugh and illustrations by Joy Ho.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores July 24th. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology

 

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Blade Runner Comes to Books and Comics as Alcon Media Group and Titan Publishing Team Up

Alcon Media Group and London-based Titan Publishing are partnering in a new co-publishing venture initially focused on the Blade Runner universe.

In a joint statement by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, and Titan’s co-founders, Nick Landau and Vivian Cheung, the partners stated that the companies will develop and publish a variety of both fiction and non-fiction print media. The program will feature new, in canon comics and graphic novels that dive deeper into the Blade Runner world as well as a variety of publications focused on the visual and technical sides of the production process.

Editorial duties will be handled by Titan’s David Manley-Leach, and Alcon’s director of publishing, Jeff Conner.

Preview: Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Adult Coloring Book SC

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Adult Coloring Book SC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: N/A
Artists: Dylan Burnett, Jorge Corona, Brandon Dayton, Jae Lee
Cover Artist: Jorge Corona
Price: $16.99

Experience Jim Henson’s cult classic film like never before in the first-ever The Dark Crystal Adult Coloring Book, illustrated by Dylan Burnett, Jorge Corona, Jae Lee, and Brandon Dayton.

Featuring over forty black and white illustrations showcasing the strange and magical world of Thra, populated with vibrant creatures and characters like Jen, Kira, the Skeksis, the Mystics, Aughra, and more, waiting to be brought to colorful life.

Preview: The Beauty of Horror 3: Haunted Playgrounds

The Beauty of Horror 3: Haunted Playgrounds

Alan Robert (w & a)

Explore more of Ghouliana’s monochromatic world just waiting for you to saturate it with red, black, or any color you can imagine (even pastels). You never know what’s lurking behind the next corner, so keep your eyes peeled for all the hidden pieces of the monster Ghouliana is trying to reanimate. Find out why Alternative Press hails The Beauty of Horror as “the twisted coloring book you’ve been waiting for!”

TPB • B&W • $16.99 • 88 pages • 9-4/5” x 9-4/5” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-308-7

Harlan Ellison: A Memorial

Harlan Ellison died in his sleep. Not a bad way to shuffle off this mortal coil as these things go but I am reasonably confident that he would have preferred some form of corporeal immortality to what dreams may come. I never got to meet the man but he wrote with his heart on his sleeve so I feel like I know him and that, I think, was responsible for most of his appeal. Neil Gaiman once wrote that “writers are liars” but Harlan Ellison was the exception that proves the rule: he was, in his art at least, completely and brutally honest.

I think that maybe this is one reason that he took such umbrage at being identified as a “science-fiction writer”. There’s a certain sense that science-fiction (and fantasy, horror, and comics for that matter) don’t mean anything because they aren’t about real things. This is true to a certain extent. Most of what passes for popular fiction in both its prose and graphic form is hollow, a bronze titan with feet of clay ready to collapse under the weight of its own conceits. Ellison’s fiction, both fantastic and otherwise, was as solid as Mount Everest and (hopefully) just as enduring.

Ellison’s work is special because he combined several traits that are rarely found in a single individual. The first of these is a childlike lust for life that became truly poignant when combined with an adult’s sense that mortality is essentially unfair.  Read a story like “Jefty Is Five” or “Grail” and you’ll see what I mean. 

Ellison was also full of rage, not merely angry but burning with a pure, righteous fury at humanity’s cowardice, cruelty and stupidity. There are some who would characterize him as a misanthrope but I’ve always thought that Ellison was a true humanist who was constantly frustrated by the fact that far too many people are content to waste their small span of years as bigots, dupes and trolls. Some would argue that he hated the internet but I think that he was just annoyed that a small fraction of humanity took the greatest invention for human mass communication since the printing press and turned it into a cesspool where monsters bred unchallenged behind their pseudonyms and avatars. This is the Ellison you’ll see in “’Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman” (my personal favorite), and “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.”

Of course none of that would matter without a fine eye for details and character. Ellison’s people seem to be shards of himself, refracted onto paper through his typewriter in black, white, and a thousand shades of gray in between. And funny too. Only Twain was funnier when Ellison was trying. Read “Prince Myshkin, and Hold the Relish” and “Paladin of the Lost Hour” and you’ll see what I mean.

Ellison was prolific as few writers of his quality are. Among modern writers only Stephen King can compete with Harlan Ellison in term of both the quantity and quality of words produced and even he falls far short on both counts. Ellison wrote almost everything, in almost every genre, and almost every media. The stories I’ve mentioned above barely scratch the surface of Ellison’s genius. All are collected in Harlan 101: Encountering Ellison along with many other classics and this is just the surface of an ice burg big enough to drown a dozen Titanics. 

Harlan Ellison died in his sleep but read and share his work and it will live on so long as humanity dares to dream.

Dark Horse and Die Step Back Onto the Battlefield

Dark Horse Books and EA DICE have announced The Art of Battlefield V! This new art book is the latest installment in Dark Horse and EA DICE’s partnership, following 2016’s The Art of Battlefield 1 tome. Discover the art behind the action of DICE’s iconic first-person shooter, collected in a beautiful hardcover volume. The Battlefield video game series has surpassed 50 million players worldwide, and Battlefield V is set to delight video game fans and history buffs on October 19, 2018.

Chronicling the development of EA DICE’s latest installment in the Battlefield epic,The Art of Battlefield V is filled with hundreds of pieces of concept art showcasing the creative process from rough sketch to final on-screen imagery, paired with exclusive commentary from the talented team who put it all together. The Art of Battlefield V’s historic cover is by DICE Studio Presentation Director Robert Sammelin.

War will never be the same. Enter mankind’s greatest conflict as Battlefield goes back to its roots in a never-before-seen portrayal of World War II. Face intense all-out war and witness human drama set against global combat in epic, unexpected locations. This is Battlefield V. The richest and most immersive Battlefield yet.

The Art of Battlefield Vgoes on sale October 16, 2018! This gorgeous 200-page hardcover retails for $39.99.

Get Tromafied! Dynamite to Publish the Art of Troma!

Dynamite has partnered with Troma Entertainment to deliver an art book not for the faint of heart hitting shelves in September!

Written by New York Times Bestselling author and Troma aficionado Fred Van Lente, this incredible 256-page collection features never-before-seen film stills, rare posters, candid interviews, and buckets and buckets and BUCKETS of fake blood.

For over forty years, Troma Studios has blazed its own bloody, slime-covered trail, making movies their own damn way. From The Toxic Avenger to The Class Of Nuke ‘Em High to Poultrygeist to Tromeo And Juliet, Lloyd Kaufman never compromised, waving his independent freak-flag freely, and helped jumpstart the careers of luminaries such as James Gunn, Trey Parker, Eli Roth, Oliver Stone and countless others.

The Art of Troma will hit shelves in both hardcover and limited editions. The limited version of the hardcover book comes in a VHS-themed slipcase and features both a print signed by Lloyd Kaufman and a supplemental book featuring art from Troma fans.

Five Days of Books

Everyone’s heard of Comic Con be it the San Diego or New York editions, for the non-comic geeks or book nerds there’s ReedPOP’s other pop culture offsprings Book Expo America and Book Con. These two events combine over five days, May 30th to June 3rd, in New York City to give readers a glimpse at upcoming books and a chance to meet their favorite authors.

To be clear the first three days, Book Expo America or BEA, are more for industry folks, giving them a chance to chat and politik, like I did, look for upcoming book reviews as soon as I get a chance to power through my book haul. The last two days, Book Con is for the fans to get a chance to grab autographs and also learn about books on the horizon, and snag some discounted books, I spent a bit more than I needed too.

What follows are my 3 highlights, which can different from someone else’s, so please be kind as I went to panels that sparked my interests.

Day 1 is more for signing in but I was able to squeeze in my first panel, The Graphic Novels You Can’t Miss of 2018, moderated by Publishers Weekly’s Calvin Reid gave me a heads up on a gang of graphic novels that cover several genres; a memoir by David Small (Home After Dark), a new take on food by Blue Delliquanti (Meal), sports stories by Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please!) and more sci-fi from the mind of Tim Fielder (creator of Matty’s Rocket).

 

On day 2, for whatever reason, odds are my Mom and her politicking, I’ve been in rooms with Congress people and Mayors before, but never a living legend like Congressman John Lewis and I was one of the lucky ones to meet him, Afua Richardson, and Andrew Aydin as they signed samplers of their new book Run.

My last panel for the Con on day 5 was PBS’s The Great American Read with authors Glynnis MacNicol, Yahdon Israel, Veronica Roth, Daniel Jose Older, and host host Lindsay Ellis. This literary showdown pitted American classics against each other in preparation for the eight-part series that explores 100 best-loved American novels chosen from a national survey. I still can’t believe that Harry Potter was the winner of our panel event. To vote or for more information go to PBS.

Of course there were other great panels, filled with authors who were gracious with their wit and insight in a carnival like space with a few Cosplayers, but if you’re a book lover like me you need to find your way to one of these amazing gatherings of book nerds.

 

George Carmona 3rd is an Artist/Writer, former Milestone Media Intern, former DC Comics paper pusher, lifelong comic geek and book lover. He is also the author of  DC Super Friends Joke Book from Penguin Random House. You can find his work at FistFullofArt.com or follow him on twitter at GCarmona3.

Preview: Planet of the Apes Adult Coloring Book SC

Planet of the Apes Adult Coloring Book SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: N/A
Artists: Gabriel Hardman, Herb Trimpe, Carlos Magno, and more!
Cover Artist: Carlos Magno
Price: $16.99

Experience the classic movie franchise of Planet of the Apes like never before in the first-ever Planet of the Apes Adult Coloring Book.

Featuring over 40 black-and-white illustrations showcasing the post-apocalyptic world of the Planet of the Apes, featuring your favorite characters from the films like Doctor Zaius, Zira, Cornelius, Caesar, and many more, waiting to be brought to colorful life!

VIZ Media To Debut Acclaimed Sci-Fi Novel – The Thousand Year Beach this June

VIZ Media’s Haikasoru science fiction imprint delivers a new literary release with the publication of The Thousand Year Beach on June 19th.

The Thousand Year Beach, by TOBI Hirotaka, will be released in print with an MSRP of $16.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN. An eBook edition will also debut on June 19th for the Amazon Kindle, and in Apple’s iBooks Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Book Store, the Kobo eBooks Store, and the Google Play Store.

Designed to imitate a harbor town in southern Europe, the Realm of Summer is just one of the zones within the virtual resort known as the Costa del Número. It has been more than a thousand years since human guests stopped coming to the Realm, leaving the AIs alone in their endless summer. But now all that has come to a sudden end, as an army of mysterious Spiders begin reducing the town to nothing. As night falls, the few remaining AIs prepare for their final, hopeless battle… War between the virtual and the real begins in book one of the Angel of the Ruins series.

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