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Next World Tarot Envisions Revolutionary Love and Justice

Cristy C Road’s Next World Tarot has been celebrated since 2017 for its detailed envisioning of justice, resilience, accountability, and reclaimed magic.

Featuring body outlaws, endangered cultures, and anti-colonial belief systems, the Next World Tarot envisions a world where justice relies on respect and revolutionary love.

The Fool’s Journey is about smashing systematic oppression, owning their truths, being accountable to the people and places that support them, and taking back a connection to their body that may have been lost through trauma or societal brainwashing.

The Next World Tarot is a visual spectacle of both the battle cry and the re-connection between outcasts and their criminalized identities.

The deck will be immortalized this summer as an oversize (9” x 12”) full-color hardcover art book with accompanying essays expanding upon each of the 78 illustrations, in English and Spanish, from radical indie publisher Silver Sprocket.

The Next World Tarot began as a project that would vary in media based on Roads’ time and resources, evolving into a complex series of drawings created with micron and gel pens, markers, white out, and whatever acrylic paint she could get her hands on; illustrated on sheets of bristol vellum paper ranging in size from 11” x 14” and 18” x 26”. 

It’s cast of electric queer characters evolved into a disarray of minds, bodies, and souls; who triumph through societal challenge.

This summer will also see the release of the iconic deck and reader in a “pocket edition” for easier transportation and shuffling at 2.6” x 3.5”. 

Hardcover art-book: 176 full-color pages; 9″ x 12″; SRP: $50; ISBN: 978-1-945509-384
Pocket deck: 78 cards and booklet; 2.6″ x 3.5″; SRP: $20; ISBN: 978-1-945509-37-7
Original deck; 78 cards and booklet; 4″ x 6″; SRP: $50; ISBN: 978-1-945509-29-2

Dark Horse Presents The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Dark Horse Books and Ubisoft present The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the official art book of the next installment in the Assassin’s Creed series. Available this holiday 2020, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla offers players a captivating Viking experience in a dynamic and beautiful open world set against the brutal backdrop of England’s Dark Ages.

The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a masterfully designed oversized hardcover art book that invites the reader on a visual journey through the world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: a world defined by the harsh beauty of Viking life, rich with fascinating characters and breathtaking landscapes. The book offers an insider’s look at the immersive art direction of the game, through an exhaustive collection of never-before-seen concept art, production material, and creator commentary. Readers will explore the visual development of the game’s stunning environments, intricate characters, props, and weapons designs.

Dark Horse is also proud to reveal The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Deluxe Edition, a limited edition that includes an exclusive cover, a decorative slipcase, and a gallery-quality lithograph art print. The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Deluxe Edition will be hitting shelves later this year timed with the release of the game.

The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop. The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Deluxe Edition is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop. At nearly 200 pages, the Standard Edition will retail for $39.99 and the Deluxe Edition will retail for $79.99. 


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Object Compendium by Kilian Eng coming September 2020 from Floating World Comics

Object Compendium is the definitive edition that collects all of Kilian Eng’s otherworldly landscapes and retro-futuristic illustrations in one massive volume, including 30 pages of previously unpublished works. Each dreamlike image immerses the viewer in a unique environment, full of engrossing detail and surreal beauty.

Kilian Eng is one of the most popular and acclaimed digital illustrators working today. His prints of dreamy landscapes and his retro-futuristic style are admired by many. He is known for his Mondo poster series, designing posters for Game of ThronesThe TerminatorJodorowsky’s Dune, and Sony PlayStation. He has also designed many acclaimed album covers for M83, Sturgill Simpson and soundtracks for AlienBatman Returns, and Prometheus. Kilian earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Graphic Design & Illustration from Konstfack University of Arts, Craft & Design in Stockholm, and has won numerous awards for his illustrative work.

Object Compendium retails for $49.95, the 280 page hardcover is out in September 2020 from Floating World Comics.

Yen Press to Publish Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Official Artworks

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Official Artworks

Yen Press has announced the acquisition of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Official Artworks, a collection of artwork from the hit video game that includes character profiles and concept designs. The imagery included in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Official Artworks covers all aspects of the game including backgrounds, weapons, monsters, and more. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the latest video game created by FromSoftware, the iconic studio responsible for the Dark Souls series and Bloodbourne. It was one of best-selling games of 2019 with over 4 million units sold and won Game of the Year 2019 by GameSpot’s The Game Awards. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Official Artworks is a must-have for many fans eager to re-experience and learn more about the mysterious fantasy world of the game.

Experience SEKIRO’s unique take on the blood-soaked history of Japan’s Sengoku Period with over 300 pages of storyboards, character designs, and concept art!

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Official Artworks is scheduled for an October 2020 release. Yen Press will also release Sekiro Side Story: Hanbei the Undying, a manga prequel of the video game, in print in June 2020.

Dynamite’s Books to Cure Boredom Launches on Indiegogo!

With new releases still paused, Dynamite is connecting directly to fans with a fun-filled Indiegogo campaign offering both great deals for fans to discover a small sampling of our art books AND a special starter set of surprise graphic novels. This offer is available right now!

Whether fans are looking for a deep dive on an iconic creator, a treasured pop culture phenomenon, a way to flesh out their collection or have never read a Dynamite title before, there’s something for everyone in this boredom-busting extravaganza. 

The graphic novel mystery box is just $20 and includes three books, two paperbacks, and one hardcover, for a third or less of the usual price. An easy and inexpensive way to grow a quarantine reading collection, the surprise factor just makes it all the more fun. Fans are encouraged to share their hauls online through unboxing videos or photos, and tag Dynamite. There could be books randomly inserted inside featuring Vampirella, Red Sonja, James Bond, The Boys, any number of Martians good or bad, and more!

Among the art book selection, many are focused on the most legendary creators in the medium. A legacy like no other is shared between father and son John Romita Sr. and Jr, both contributing definitive artwork to Spider-Man and countless other icons. While Alex Ross’s breathtaking painting work has catapulted his work into the mainstream and is instantly recognizable to all comics fans. Sean Phillips recently celebrated 40 years drawing comics professionally and today does his most critically acclaimed work. 

Other books focus on timeless pop culture icons worth diving deep on. The Art of Atari delves into the video game publisher and developer’s early heyday with all their most influential games and hardware, as well as their lasting legacy. Gumby Imagined covers all aspects of Art Clokey’s fan-favorite claymation creation and its offshoots. While those looking for something a bit bloodier, a bit slimier should look no further than The Art of Troma, for an unprecedented behind the scenes look at film’s most provocative auteurs. 

Orders from this campaign will be fulfilled right away and readily available stock is limited, so items may sell out quickly. So jump right in and check out the deals! Fans looking to pair an art book with a mystery box should contact Dynamite on Indiegogo to arrange their custom order.

Asmodee Entertainment and Dark Horse Partner for Tabletop Game Art Books

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Asmodee Entertainment has announced a partnership with Dark Horse Comics to create licensed art books for three of Asmodee’s leading tabletop gaming properties. Dark Horse has tapped into Asmodee’s diverse portfolio of over 300 gaming IPs to curate a collection of unique art books showcasing the beautiful artwork and rich story designs that are distinguishable within the games.

Explore the worlds of the Android Universe, Arkham Horror and KeyForge through an expansive collection of never-before-seen production art and commentary from renowned games studio – Fantasy Flight Games. The first of these highly anticipated art books will debut at the end of this year or early next year. Dark Horse’s art books will be the perfect companion piece for fans of these beloved game universes.

Celebrate 25 Years of BioWare With Two New Books From Dark Horse

Dark Horse Comics and BioWare present Bioware: Stories and Secrets from 25 Years of Game Development and Dragon Age: The First Five Graphic Novels.

From the BioWare’s isometric role-playing roots to its intense space operas and living worlds, chart the legendary game studio’s first 25 years in this massive retrospective. See what it took to make games in those wild early days. Pore over details of secret, cancelled projects. Discover the genesis of beloved characters and games. Includes never-before-seen art and photos anchored by candid stories from developers past and present. Bioware: Stories and Secrets from 25 Years of Game Development hardcover will retail for $39.99.

Return to the world of Dragon Age! In BioWare’s epic fantasy world of Thedas, there are those who are willing to sacrifice their humanity for wealth and power, and those who will die to protect innocent people from them. Empires approach open conflict, assassins lurk in every shadow, and dark forces aim to throw the land into chaos. Heroes will arise from the most unlikely of places to face the darkness approaching. Dragon Age: The First Five Graphic Novels collects Dragon Age: The Silent GroveDragon Age: Those Who SpeakDragon Age: Until We SleepDragon Age: Magekiller, and Dragon Age: Knight Errant. This paperback collection is a must have for Dragon Age fans everywhere and will retail for $29.99.

Bioware: Stories and Secrets from 25 Years of Game Development will be available everywhere October 13, 2020. Dragon Age: The First Five Graphic Novels will be available everywhere October 27, 2020.

Master the Way of the Ghost with The Art of Ghost of Tsushima

Dark Horse Books and Sucker Punch Productions present The Art of Ghost of Tsushima. This beautifully realized tome is inspired by traditional Japanese aesthetics and chronicles the creation of the video game Ghost of Tsushima from Sucker Punch Productions.

The Art of Ghost of Tsushima showcases every detail of the vast and exotic locale, featuring elegant illustrations of dynamic characters, spirited landscapes, and diagrams of Samurai sword-fighting techniques, along with a look at storyboards and renders from the most intense, eloquent, and expressive cinematic moments of the game.

The Art of Ghost of Tsushima hits shelves in 2020, and the beautiful, 208-page art book retails for $49.99.

The Art of Ghost of Tsushima

Review: Marvel Monograph: The Marvel Art of Chris Bachalo

Celebrate the art of Chris Bachalo with this collection spanning his three decades with Marvel!

Art: Chris Bachalo

Get your copy in comic shops now and bookstores on March 24! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon (Paperback)
Kindle/comiXology
Zeus Comics

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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It’s The Making of The Umbrella Academy in July 2020

Dark Horse, Netflix, and Universal Content Productions present The Making of The Umbrella Academy! Based on the award-winning comics series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, The Umbrella Academy on Netflix reached 45 million households in the first four weeks after its release with a second season set for a 2020 release.

The Making of The Umbrella Academy is a vividly designed hardcover volume exposing the idiosyncratic wit and dysfunctional dynamism of Netflix’s family of superheroic savants. Whether you’re a diehard alumnus of the comics or a freshman to the Netflix series, this fantastic tome is one that will not want to miss! 

Dive into the development and production of the Netflix original series, The Umbrella Academy, with a collection that features hundreds of behind-the-scenes images in The Making of The Umbrella Academy. Discover how Netflix’s live-action adaptation, from showrunner and executive producer Steve Blackman, successfully translated Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s original vision for their comic to the small screen.

The Making of The Umbrella Academy goes on sale July 7, 2020. This 200-page tome retails for $39.99. 

The Making of The Umbrella Academy
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