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Check Out an Excerpt from Apocypha Now by Shannon Wheeler and Mark Russell

Two-time Eisner award winning New Yorker cartoonist and Too Much Coffee Man‘s Shannon Wheeler and Mark Russell (you should read his Prez) have teamed up again in a follow up to their tongue-in-cheek but respectful retelling of the Bible, God Is Disappointed In You? They’re back and working together again, because every bestseller has a sequel, even the Bible.

Apocryhpha Now, on sale now from Top Shelf Productions, is a faithful-yet-irreverent take on the best bits left out of the canonical Bible. Just like its predecessor, Apocryhpha Now is destined for the nightstand drawers of hipster hotels worldwide. Follow familiar characters like Cain and Abel, Mary Magdalene, and Judas through the stories the Bible never told you, the Midrash, the Apocrypha, and Gnostic Gospels, and read The Song of the Three Jews as a rap. Apocryhpha Now tells you what the Bible didn’t, only with LOL cartoons and smart and insightful prose.

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Preview: Apocrypha Now!

Apocrypha Now!

Mark Russell (w) • Shannon Wheeler (a & c)

Mark Russell & Shannon Wheeler’s faithful-yet-irreverent approach to the Bible made their book GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU a modern cult classic. Now, by popular demand, they turn their attention to the best parts left out of the canonical Bible, including the Midrash, the Apocrypha, Gnostic Gospels, and more! And if you thought the BIBLE had some weird stuff in it…

TP • FC • $19.99 • 208 pages • 5” x 8” • ISBN: 978-1-60309-369-9

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Joe Hill’s Tales From the Darkside Scripts Collected

Tales From the Darkside ScriptbookWorld Fantasy, International Horror Guild, and Bram Stoker Award-winning author Joe Hill turns his attention to a legend—Tales From The Darkside.

Originally planned as a reboot for the storied series, Hill’s scripts for these never-broadcast television episodes allow the New York Times bestselling author to stretch his creative muscles, his effortless mastery of the twisted subject matter injecting new terrors into this silver screen legend.

Joining Hill in resurrecting this classic is Charles Paul Wilson III, known to many Joe Hill fans as the artist responsible for the nightmare vision made real in their most recent collaboration, Wraith, a graphic novel prequel to the Hill’s bestselling book N0S4A2. In Tales From The Darkside, Wilson’s tack-sharp interpretation of Hill’s vision is on display in a series of illustrations accompanying the scripts.

First created by George A. Romero, Tales From The Darkside offered a grim but compelling anthology-style series. Hill’s scripts for the unaired reboot of the series will debut in the eponymous comic series beginning this June, but fans looking for more raw Hill, this new scriptbook provides a unique glimpse into the creative process, and a look at what could have been.

Look for Tales From The Darkside: Scripts by Joe Hill wherever books are sold this October.

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Official Artworks in Stores Now

SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI IV OFFICIAL ARTWORKSWhen samurai clash with demons and feudalism meets the futuristic in a post-apocalyptic world, the result is an incredibly compelling game with equally compelling artwork. To that end, UDON Entertainment has announced the release of Shin Megami Tensei IV: Official Artworks, an elegant volume collecting all of the darkly unique imagery behind the critically-acclaimed RPG for the Nintendo 3DS!

Featuring character designs and profiles, background art, rough concepts, a painstakingly detailed glossary of terms, behind-the-scenes breakdowns of in-game cutscenes, and creator interviews, this book also reverently highlights the iconic demon and monster designs for which the series is so beloved. Indeed, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Official Artworks is a can’t-miss item for fans of the series as well as those who like their fantasy artwork heavily inspired by mythology, mysticism, and the occult!

Headlined by lead artist Masayuki Doi, the book also includes guest character designs by famed artists of tokusatsu television series, video games and film including Yasushi Nirasawa (Kamen Rider), Keita Amemiya(Onimusha), Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police) and more.

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Official Artworks is available now at finer book retailers everywhere and is also in stock at various online retailers.

Naruto: Shikamaru’s Story Novel Debuts from VIZ

Naruto-Novel-ShikamaruStoryVIZ Media delivers the next release in a continuing series of Naruto prose novels focusing on key characters from the internationally acclaimed ninja action series.

Naruto: Shikamaru’s Story was written by author Takashi Yano and will be released in print and digitally in early February. The book tells the story of the current head of Team 10 and the Nara Clan and features original cover art by Masashi Kishimoto. Allies and enemies from the famed NARUTO series take center stage in these fast-paced adventures, with each novel focusing on a particular clan mate, ally, team…or villain

NARUTO: SHIKAMARU’S STORY

MSRP: $10.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN / $6.99 Digital · Available February 2nd

Two years after the Great Ninja War, Shikamaru spends his days racing around, hands full as one of Konoha’s key protectors. Then, large numbers of ninja from every region are reported missing. Even Sai disappears. And the place where the missing shinobi end up is the mysterious empire, the Land of Silence. As a ninja, as an adult, to protect all that he is responsible for, Shikamaru must do battle with the shadow of a new generation.

Capturing Archetypes Volume 2 From Sideshow Collectibles

Sideshow Collectibles has announced Capturing Archetypes Volume 2. The book features an insightful foreword by renowned film poster illustrator Drew Struzan.

This deluxe second volume showcases a fresh slate of pop culture figures and statues from Sideshow Collectibles. It’s beautifully rendered with 192 pages of photography. The book is a must-have addition to the library of any pop culture collector.

The book retails for $34.00 and you can get it now.

 

 

 

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D&D: Out of the Abyss is Out Today!

Stop the madness and dare to descend into the Underdark! Out of the Abyss, a new Dungeons & Dragons adventure for the tabletop roleplaying game from the Rage of Demons storyline, is widely available at retail stores beginning today. Providing the adventure and support rules needed by Dungeon Masters for the Rage of Demons storyline, Out of the Abyss is for use with the Player’s Handbook, Monster Manual, and Dungeon Master’s Guide.

Also available today is the first book in the new ‘Homecoming’ series by New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore. Archmage has everything Drizzt’s fans crave: action, adventure, characters that resonate with equal measures of warrior spirit and deep compassion, and no shortage of wicked dark elves!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Official Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe Begins This October

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is receiving its own guidebook! Beginning this October, go deeper than ever before in the very first Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe! In the vein of the classic Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe, take a deep dive into the fan-favorite Marvel Studios films and Marvel Television series and see their genesis in the pages of Marvel Comics!

But this isn’t your daddy’s Official Handbook – the new MCU Guidebooks are completely overhauled. Sleeker, slicker and jam-packed with information about the people, places and things across the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chock full of “fast facts,” movie-to-comic comparisons and production stills – these comprehensive compilations are essential reading for hardcore Marvel fans!

Kicking off this October with Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic UniverseMarvel’s Iron Man – witness the rise of Tony Stark into the Armored Avenger from a new perspective, with an indispensable volume of information on Marvel Studios’ first blockbuster hit! Then, November brings the Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic UniverseMarvel’s Incredible Hulk/Marvel’s Iron Man 2. This second issue, in a fantastic flipbook format, shines a spotlight on the Jade Giant’s gamma-fueled feature film along with Iron Man’s second silver-screen outing!

Relive all the big-screen thrills of the Marvel Cinematic Universe this October, and build your library of reference books!

GUIDEBOOK TO THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE – MARVEL’S IRON MAN
Written  by MIKE O’SULLIVAN & THE OHOTMU TEAM
Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO
On-Sale in October!

 

GUIDEBOOK TO THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE – MARVEL’S INCREDIBLE HULK/MARVEL’S IRON MAN 2
Written  by MIKE O’SULLIVAN & THE OHOTMU TEAM
Covers by MIKE DEL MUNDO & PASCAL CAMPION
On-Sale in November!

Movie Review: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

maze runner the scorch trialsLast year, The Maze Runner came out and was refreshing and therefore received great by both critics and audiences. The movie grossed almost $350 million, paying back its production budget more than 10 times. Now, a year later, its sequel — The Scorch Trials is out and is every ounce as good as its predecessor, even better.

The Scorch Trials picks up moments after The Maze Runner ended with our characters out of the maze. They are now far and away from WCKD, safe. They are brought to a base where there find out there has been more than one maze. We are quickly introduced to Aris, the kid who has been in the base for the longest(read: one week). From there many twists and turns, fighting, running, betrayal and many more shocking revelations follow.

Wes Ball, the director, has done a fantastic job with this film. Even better than what he did with the previous one. The horror elements are here, even scarier than before. At first, I thought the handheld approach was not well-used, however, later I realized it was brilliant — you get to feel the same discomfort, disorientation and general feel of the scene, as if you are one of the characters. In addition, Ball manages to build tension in such a way that leaves you even more satisfied with the end result, which is an expanded world and richer characters. He also gives us seconds of black screen a couple of times in order for us to mull over what’s happened.

Another thing The Scorch Trials is exceptional at is incorporating the visual effects with the real world in a seamless manner. The budget of the film is yet to be released, but I doubt that Fox would spend much more when the director can make do such great visuals with low budget swimmingly. I really can’t understand how movies with budgets north of the century mark have such flimsy CGI. Sure, the effects are not always perfect, but most of the time — they are.

Acting was top-notch all around, from the main characters we already know to the new ones we see for the first time. Everyone does a great job. There a couple of slow moments, to balance the action, some of which include deaths and the reactions and emotions could certainly be felt by the viewers.

One of the things worth noticing is that the film does not end where you think it would At one point I was sure it will end, but the movie went on for a solid 20 minutes longer. And that was my only little problem with the film — the ending. What I mean is that it kind of feels done before, but I can’t put my finger on what exactly.

In The Maze Runner a world was created and now, in The Scorch Trials, it is expanded and built upon. With intelligent storytelling, beautiful cinematography and great acting, the film is not to be missed under any circumstances.

The Scorch Trials hits theatres on September 18 in the US and is already playing in many overseas markets.

Grampa Simpson’s Guide to Aging

The Simpsons’ forgetful patriarch shares his invaluable insight on living to a ripe old age in Grampa Simpson’s Guide to Aging (Insight Editions / $24.99 / September 2015).

They say, “Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it!” Then again, those who have forgotten the past are most likely living in the Springfield Retirement Castle, repeating themselves over and over again. Get to gabbin’ with the grand poo-bah of the Greatest Generation as he relives the glory days, and if you take time to listen, he may very well pass along some words of wisdom. So plug in your recliner and sit way, way back . . . as the elder Simpson explains and explains and explains it all to you!

In this fifth volume of the Vault of Simpsonology™ series, Grampa Simpson gives some pieces of rambling advice to his biggest fans. Packed with a wealth of inserts and special features, this book is the ultimate Grampa Simpson treasure trove.

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