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The Super Mario Encyclopedia Limited Edition Gets Four Limited Edition Variant Covers

Dark Horse has already announced the release of the Super Mario Encyclopedia as part of their ongoing publishing partnership with Nintendo and they have now announced the Super Mario Encyclopedia Limited Edition.

Like the standard edition, the Super Mario Encyclopedia Limited Edition includes content from all seventeen Super Mario games spanning more than 30 years of the franchise’s history. This deluxe limited edition comes with an embossed slipcase designed to look like the iconic Super Mario Question Mark Block! Inside, you’ll uncover one of four covers-Super Mushroom, Fire Flower, Super Star, or 1-Up Mushroom-each accentuated with shimmering holofoil! The book also includes a ribbon bookmark, printed with the original vine design from Super Mario Bros., and a sky-and-cloud design printed along the pages’ edge.

Specific cover images cannot be requested or guaranteed. But the mystery is part of the fun! Each cover variant is printed in equal quantities.

Super Mario Encyclopedia Limited Edition goes on sale October 23, 2018, the 256-page volume retails for $79.99. You can pre-order it now from Amazon, TFW, or your local comic shop.

AfterShock Announces The Art of Jim Starlin: A Life In Words And Pictures

There are few creative names in comics whose influence is felt more in pop culture than Jim Starlin, with his creations Thanos, Gamora, and Drax the Destroyer occupying such prominent roles in Marvel’s cinematic universe. The “father of the cosmic soap opera,” Jim Starlin’s name is synonymous with the larger-than-life epic, which is why AfterShock is proud to bring back into print, this epic 328-page retrospective on the career of one of the most popular and prolific comic book artists of the last 40 years! Covering everything from his humble beginnings to his rise as one of the industry’s top creative talents, this oversized volume includes glimpses into Starlin’s files and sketchbooks, as well as images of his personal favorites with insights into his life and creative process. The first edition of this volume sold out instantly. Don’t be caught short this time! Just in time for the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War movie!

AfterShock will be releasing a new printing of The Art of Jim Starlin: A Life In Words And Pictures which is being released May 2, 2018. The 328 page book will retail for $49.99.

Preview: Art of Atari Signed Edition

Art of Atari Signed Edition

writer: Tim Lapatino
artists: Various
FC | 352 pages | $59.99 | All Ages


Now available with a signed tip-in sheet autographed by Tim Lapetino, author and Founder/Executive Director of the Museum of Video Game Art (MOVA)!

The Art of Atari is the first official collection of original artwork specially commissioned to enhance the Atari experience. Sourced from private collections worldwide, this book spans over 40 years of the company’s unique illustrations used in packaging, advertisements, catalogs, and more.

Preview: 10 Frames Per Second: An Articulated Adventure HC

10 Frames Per Second: An Articulated Adventure HC

writer: Johnny Wu
art | cover: Johnny Wu
FC | 224 pages | $29.99 | Teen +

Instagram Sensation Johnny Wu has amassed a gargantuan following for his photographs depicting action figures starring in glorious, cinematic adventures. This first book collection of Wu’s work will take you on a hero’s journey through action figure eyes with appearances throughout from some of pop culture’s most beloved and recognized toys.

The Art of God of War and God of War Comics in 2018

Journey through the mythical Norse wilds and explore beyond as Dark Horse, Santa Monica Studio, and Sony Interactive Entertainment present the essential companions to the highly-anticipated video game God of War, allowing readers to witness the creation of this incredible new journey! In 2018, they will publish The Art of God of War, a limited edition of The Art of God of War, and God of War comics.

The Art of God of War is an intimate chronicle of the years-long odyssey to bring Kratos and Atreus’ beautiful and brutal world to life. Step into Midgard and explore beyond, as Dark Horse Books and Santa Monica Studios are pleased to offer the quintessential companion to the enormously anticipated God of War. This is a tome unlike any other, including an expanse of gorgeous art and in-depth interviews that set readers on an exhaustive behind-the-scenes journey to witness the creation of an epic of tremendous scale.

The Art of God of War Limited Edition is a gorgeous artifact that appears to have come straight from Kratos and Atreus’ adventures! The beautiful tome has a realistic leather-like cover with bright silver foil and red gilded pages. Enclosed in a clamshell case with a cloth-textured lining, The Art of God of War Limited Edition also includes a cloth-covered collector’s portfolio with two gallery-quality lithographs, and will be available for purchase through the PlayStation Gear store.

The partners will also work together to publish a God of War four-issue comic series in 2018. iZombie creator Chris Roberson is signed on to pen the adventures of Kratos as he battles to control his own rage and understand his role as a father when facing dangerous threats from mythical Norse creatures. Artist Tony Parker will lend his illustrative skills to the mythical Norse adventure series.

The Art of God of War goes on-sale in early 2018.

Dark Horse and Rare Set Sail With “The Art of Sea of Thieves”

Dark Horse and Rare are excited to announce the perfect companion piece to Rare’s Sea of Thieves game, The Art of Sea of Thieves. Rare has produced some of the most beloved games of the last 30 years, and Sea of Thieves is a key title that will have gamers on the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PCs living the pirate life from early 2018 and beyond.

In Rare’s new shared-world adventure, Sea of Thieves, players will crew up in search of fortune on their quest to become pirate legends. Dark Horse is pleased to offer an unprecedented look at the ships, characters, and loot of this revolutionary online gaming experience with The Art of Sea of Thieves. This treasure trove of a book features hundreds of pieces of art with commentary from the game’s creators and explores the creation and development of a fantastical pirate world.

UDON Entertainment’s Robotech Visual Archive: The Macross Saga

Robotech is a sweeping science-fiction anime epic in which humans use a vast arsenal of transforming robotic mecha to defend the Earth against alien domination. The franchise has captivated fans for over 30 years, and is widely credited with popularizing anime around the world. Now, UDON Entertainment has teamed up with Harmony Gold to produce Robotech Visual Archive: The Macross Saga – the ultimate collection of artwork assembled from Robotech’s first and most iconic era.

This 248-page hardcover tome gathers classic mecha designs, dynamic character artwork, early roughs, key art, storyboards, character profiles, and more. Mecha designs are accompanied by detailed tech specs and armament info, as well as text write ups.  Additional material in the book includes a complete episode guide, an interview with Macross chief director Noboru Ishiguro, and a unique essay by Robotech producer Carl Macek on the development of the Robotech property and its place in anime history.

This book will be the first in a series of Robotech art books, with future volumes covering The Masters and The New Generation eras, as well as new material created to expand the Robotech universe for international audiences. Robotech Visual Archive: The Macross Saga arrives in stores everywhere December 2017 and will retail for $44.99.

Tokyo Ghoul Illustrations: Zakki Art Book Out November 21

VIZ Media expands its catalog for the popular manga property Tokyo Ghoul with the release of Tokyo Ghoul Illustrations: Zakki on November 21st.

Tokyo Ghoul Illustrations: Zakki features artwork and behind-the-scenes notes, commentary and ruminations from series creator Sui Ishida. Discover the creative process that brought the hit manga and anime to life, in gloriously ghoulish full color. The art book will be available exclusively in a hardcover print edition with an MSRP of $24.99 U.S. / $33.99 CAN.

VIZ Media publishes Tokyo Ghoul and the recently-launched series continuation, Tokyo Ghoul: RE, in print and digital editions.

In the Tokyo Ghoul manga, Ghouls live among us, the same as normal people in every way—except their craving for human flesh. Ken Kaneki is an ordinary college student until a violent encounter turns him into the first half-human, half-Ghoul hybrid. Trapped between two worlds, he must survive Ghoul turf wars, learn more about Ghoul society and master his new powers.

Evil Dead 2 Comic Book Omnibus and Art Book Launches on Kickstarter

Space Goat Productions has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a set of deluxe, oversized Evil Dead 2 hardcover books. Included in the set is The Art of Evil Dead 2: Comic Books and Board Games as well as The Evil Dead 2 Omnibus. Both will be housed in a slipcase styled after the iconic Necronomicon Ex-Mortis from the cult classic film.

Art of Evil Dead 2: Comic Books and Board Games book provides backers with the chance to see behind-the-scenes character designs, concept artwork, penciled pages, layouts, and drawings. All of the assets are fully licensed and certified 100% groovy!

The Evil Dead 2: Omnibus Vol. 1 collects: Beyond Dead by Dawn, Cradle of the Damned, Dark Ones Rising, and Tales of the Ex-Mortis in one massive 300-page Necronomicon-sized tome.

The books are ready to send to the printer. The crowdfunding campaign is to raise funds for manufacturing. There are a variety of stretch goals to upgrade the production of the books available to backers–as well as high-end product from other Evil Dead licensees. Retailers are also able to back the campaign at an exclusive retailer tier with free shipping.

New York Comic 2017: Bandai Namco’s Tekken Joins Dynamite’s Art Book Line

Dynamite Entertainment has announced that the world-renowned video game franchise Tekken will be celebrated in a gorgeous hardcover retrospective, via a new licensing deal with Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. The Tekken art book joins Dynamite’s critically acclaimed Video Games Icons line, and is slated for release in 2018!

Since its original release in 1994, Tekken – one of the first games at the time to incorporate 3D animation – garnered a worldwide following and spawned multiple sequels and spin-offs. Structured around the fictional King of Iron Fist Tournament as sponsored by the Mishima Zaibatsu corporation, Tekken tells the story of the Mishima ancestral curse, pitting the series protagonist Jin Kazama against members of his villainous lineage, while incorporating the colorful stories and aspirations of a wide cast of additional fighters.

The new Tekken retrospective from Dynamite Entertainment will feature in-depth interviews and exclusive, behind-the-scenes looks into the making of the games, as well as the iconic art, design, and imagery from across the Tekken universe. Oversized and hundreds of pages in length, printed on high-quality glossy paper to perfectly capture the vibrant colors of high-res photographs and scans, this commemorative collectible makes the perfect coffee table book or addition to a hardcore gamer’s bookshelves.

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