Monthly Archives: April 2012

The New Trailer For The Dark Knight Rises Is Here!

Below is the the third trailer for Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises which will be released on July 20th.

Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar winner Christian Bale again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake.

Returning to the main cast, Oscar winner Michael Caine plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman reprises the role of Lucius Fox.

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Walt Disney Pictures Secures Rights To Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book

Walt Disney Pictures has secured the rights to Neil Gaiman’s 2008 Newberry Medal winner The Graveyard Book. Gaiman’s tale of a young boy raised in a graveyard is officially described as follows:

Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place-he’s the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians’ time as well as their timely ghostly teachings-like the ability to Fade. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are things like ghouls that aren’t really one thing or the other.

Gaiman’s work has previously been brought to the screen with Matthew Vaughn’s Stardust in 2007 and Henry Selick’s Coraline in 2008. Gaiman’s bestseller American Gods is, meanwhile, in development as an HBO series with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone producing.

The Graveyard Book was previously targeted for the screen with Neil Jordan writing and directing. Though there’s no confirmation as of yet, Jordan is very likely no longer attached to the project.

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Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker

The Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker is a portable speaker that connects wirelessly to any Bluetooth enabled device. Now, the music from a smartphone or tablet can be streamed at the touch of a button and played out loud anywhere — with a level of audio performance, mobility and durability that’s entirely new for Bluetooth speakers.

The SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker comes with a standard trim level and a dark gray Cordura nylon cover for $299.95, or in the LX model, with a premium trim level and a dark brown leather cover for $349.95. Accessory covers in nylon (bright red or royal purple) and leather (burgundy or tan) are available separately for $29.95 and $49.95, respectively.

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Cemetery Dance To Publish Limited Collector’s Edition of Justin Cronin’s Follow Up To The Passage, The Twelve In The Fall of 2012

In his internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed novel The Passage, Justin Cronin constructed an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong.

With The Twelve, the story continues…

In the present day:

As a man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos, desperate to find others, to survive, to witness the dawn on the other side of disaster.

Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, has been so broken by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her.

Kittridge, known to the world as “Last Stand in Denver,” has been forced by loss of electrical power to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far.

April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a minefield of death and ruin.

These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned—and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.

One hundred years in the future:

Amy, Peter, Alicia, and the others introduced in The Passage work with a cast of new characters to hunt the original twelve virals… unaware that the rules of the game have changed, and that one of them will have to sacrifice everything to bring the Twelve down.

The scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic tale of sacrifice and survival begun in The Passage surges forward in this breathtaking sequel.

Special Features Exclusive to this Collector’s Edition:

- Epic cover artwork by Tomislav Tikulin

- At least 12 black & white interior illustrations by Jill Bauman

- Deluxe oversized design with a fine binding

- Smyth sewn with a bound-in satin ribbon page marker

- Extremely collectible print run and you will NOT see this edition in chain bookstores

Both the limited ($75) and lettered editions ($500) sold out in one day, but Cemetery Dance created waiting lists if you’d like to be notified of any cancellations.

The highly anticipated novel will ship in the fall of 2012.

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Starbucks To Open Inside Disney Theme Parks

Disney, the world’s largest theme park company, on Monday announced a deal with Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee chain, to open stores in its theme parks at Disneyland Park and Walt Disney World Resort.

The first of six Starbucks cafes will open in June at Disney California Adventure.

Currently Disney plans to open at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

At Disney California Adventure, Starbucks will be located in the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Café on Buena Vista Street, a place that transports guests to 1920s Los Angeles, when Walt Disney arrived in California and a cup of coffee was the perfect way to jump-start a busy day. The store’s location plays off the Spanish/Mexican architecture of the period, and baristas will wear 1920s-inspired attire. The café will serve Starbucks items including coffee and espresso beverages, Frappuccino blended beverages, and breakfast sandwiches and pastries.

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Early Sketches of 11 Famous Cartoon Characters

Flavorwire scoured the web to search for early sketches of some of our favorite cartoon characters. These first renderings are somewhat strange to behold — faces seem distorted, eyes seem too big, and familiar characters have a foreign air.

Click HERE to check out the debut sketches of Toy Story, Mickey Mouse, The Simpsons, and more.

Mickey Mouse

Woody & Buzz, Toy Story

Jack Skellington, The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Simpsons

Yogi Bear

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Subterranean Press To Release Joe Hill’s & Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows Limited Edition This Fall

Subterranean Press will release Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows limited edition, the third graphic novel in Joe Hill’s award-winning ongoing series, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, with a full-color dust jacket by Vincent Chong this fall.

The book is described as follows:

Turn the key. Unlock the door.

Unless you live in Keyhouse, in Lovecraft, Massachusetts. In that case, turn the right key, and you could wind up anywhere.

Keyhouse has, like any haunted house, not only its own ghosts but also its own agenda. It chooses the keys that are found, and those that remain hidden in the shadows. And the shadows of Keyhouse have their own key as well.

Now in possession of the Shadow Key, Dodge uses it to continue his quest for the mysterious Omega Key. The remaining members of the Locke family are still rebuilding their lives, in the wake of the devastating events that began in Welcome to Lovecraft and Headgames, but there is no key to make that rebuilding easier. Locking things away doesn’t make them any safer. At Keyhouse, shadows come to life, and a giant walks.

Turn the page. Unlock the story.

Crown of Shadows, the third installment of the award-winning Locke & Key series, co-credits writer Hill and illustrator Rodriguez as “storytellers,” and it’s an apt designation, shown by the seamlessness with which the text and art interact. They are one of the best storytelling teams in comics. After the completion of Crown of Shadows in 2011, both Hill and Rodriguez were nominated for Eisner awards-Best Writer (won by Hill) and Best Penciller/ Inker, respectively, and the comic was nominated for Best Continuing Series.

The Subterranean Press edition of Crown of Shadows will include not only the entire graphic novel, but also the scripts for each issue. The limited edition will include all of the scripts for the miniseries, original full-color end-sheets by Gabriel Rodriguez, and a full-color dust jacket by Vincent Chong.

Limited Edition: 250 signed numbered copies, housed in a custom slipcase: $250

Lettered Edition: 26 signed lettered copies, housed in a custom tray case, with an original sketch by Gabriel Rodriguez matted in the case: $500

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Watch The Trailer For Judd Apatow’s This Is 40

The first trailer for Judd Apatow’s next film, This Is 40 can be watched below.

The writer/director/producer of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Funny People now brings audiences an original comedy that expands upon the story of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) from the blockbuster hit Knocked Up as we see first-hand how they are dealing with their current state of life.

Also starring Megan Fox, John Lithgow, Iris Apatow, Maude Apatow, Melissa McCarthy, Robert Smigel, Charlene Yi and Albert Brooks, This Is 40 hits theaters on December 21st.

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Stephen King’s ‘Eyes of the Dragon’ In Development At Syfy

Stephen King’s 1987 fantasy novel Eyes of the Dragon is being developed as a 4 hour miniseries by Syfy.

Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica) and Jeff Vintar (I, Robot) will pen the Dragon script, with Taylor and Bill Haber as executive producers.

Dragon is a rarity among King’s early works: A stand-alone novel that hasn’t been previously adapted into a live-action feature. In fact, among King’s pre-1990 books that were first published under his own name, only his fantasy titles (Eyes of the Dragon, The Talisman and the Dark Tower books) haven’t yet been adapted, though all have been in development at one point or another. And given HBO’s success with its fantasy hit Game of Thrones, the timing for Dragon couldn’t be better.

Dragon takes place in fictional realm of Delain and follows a teenage prince who is falsely accused of murdering his father, the king. Imprisoned in a high tower, the prince must figure out a way to escape, clear his name, and confront the devious and powerful wizard who is responsible for his father’s death.

Though Dragon was aimed at younger readers than most of the author’s books, the story also has plenty of characteristically dark touches. The tale also has some overlapping mythology with King’s Dark Tower novels, including sharing a villain (Flagg) who was also in one of King’s most beloved works, The Stand.

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First Look: Limited Edition Avengers Posters from Mondo

Mondo, the collectible art boutique arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, proudly announces the release of a series of 7 posters honoring Marvel’s Avengers, in theaters May 4. Mondo will be releasing character posters for each of The Avengers: Black Widow, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor and a poster featuring the full Avengers team.

Seven different talented Mondo artists have been tapped to create a poster for each member of the super hero team. Each artist will have their own take on capes, shields, hammers and masks that will make for an amazing collection when assembled.

“We’ve become very attached to doing Marvel movie posters over the past few years, specifically for Avengers-related characters, so working on the upcoming film is a huge dream come true. The participating artists have really brought some of their best work ever to the table. If you want to see the different styles the Mondo crew is capable of, look no further than this series, we couldn’t be happier with it,” said Justin Ishmael, Mondo Creative Director.

Please follow Mondo on Twitter for the on sale announcement.

Poster by Olly Moss. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 320. $45

Poster by Tom Whalen. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 220. $45

Poster by Phantom City Creative. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 340. $45

 

Poster by Ken Taylor. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 320. $45

 

Poster by Kevin Tong. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 345. $45

 

Poster by Kevin Tong. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 120. $75

Poster by Martin Ansin. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 395. $45

 

Poster by Martin Ansin. 24″x36″ screen print with glow in the dark inks. Hand numbered. Edition of 120. $75

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The HemLoft, A Secret Tree House in the Canadian Woods

Former Canadian software developer and current carpenter Joel Allen built a beautiful egg-shaped tree house, The HemLoft, in the woods near Whistler, British Columbia.

The exact location of the house is a secret because Allen built it on Crown lands (government property) without permission.

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The Check that Sold The Rights To Superman for $130 Goes For $160,000 at Auction

Below is a cashed check in the amount of $130 from Detective Comics, Inc.

If you can read the tiny writing on the left, you’ll see it was for the rights to Superman.

The check recently sold at auction for $160,000.

The historic March 1, 1938 Detective Comics Inc. check for $412 payable to “Seigel & Shuster” with $130 line item for the ownership and rights to the character, Superman. Click on the image to make larger.

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Superhero Film Alphabet Quizzes Your Superheroes in Film Knowledge

Graphic designer Stephen Wildish has now created the Superhero Film Alphabet which challenges your knowledge of caped crusaders that fight for truth, justice and the American way.

All of his challenging alphabets to date have been posted on our site and cards, prints and posters of the alphabets are available for purchase.

ANSWERS: Amazing Spider-Man, Batman, Captain America, Daredevil, Elektra, Fantastic Four, Green Lantern, Hellboy, Iron Man, Jonah Hex, Kick Ass, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Meteor Man, Nick Fury, Orgazmo, Punisher, Quicksilver, Robocop, Superman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Unbreakable, Venom, Watchmen, Professor X, Yellowjacket, Zoom

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Goblins Is The Next Stop Motion Animated Project For Laika Studios

Laika Studios, the stop-motion animated production house based in Portland, Oregon, are remaining in the fantasy-horror genre they’ve established with their previous two outings, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and the upcoming Paranorman, announcing that their next project will be an adaptation of Philip Reeve’s Goblins with The Fantastic Mr. Fox animation director Marc Gustafson at the helm.

The book, released in the UK earlier this month and released in the United States later this year, tells the tale of a young goblin named Skarper who lives in a castle with his fellow goblins and who discovers an ancient evil is rising that he feels the need to stop.

Laika President and CEO (and a stop motion animator in his own right) Travis Knight gave this statement about the project:

“Goblins is a fantasy with bite. In the hands of Laika’s freakishly talented artists and guided by the ineffably gifted Mark Gustafson, it will make a strange, stirring, and altogether beautiful film.”

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Gallery 1988 Announces: “Assemble: An Art Show Inspired By Marvel’s The Avengers” Opening On May 3, 2012

If you are driving in Los Angeles today, you might notice some billboards and walls showcasing renderings of favorite Marvel comic book characters such as Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Captain America and The Hulk.

Each sign is emblazoned with the word “Assemble” letting comic book and art fans know about the upcoming show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles on May 3, 2012.

The pop culture art gallery will feature art inspired by the Marvel super heroes featured in the highly anticipated summer event movie, The Avengers.

For more information, click HERE.

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Find Out If Ben & Jerry’s Will Be Giving Away Free Samples of Their New Greek Frozen Yogurt In Your Neighborhood?

The Ben & Jerry scoop truck will be distributing free samples of Raspberry Fudge Chunk, Peanut Butter Banana, Strawberry Shortcake and Blueberry Vanilla Graham Greek frozen yogurt now through May 18 in the Los Angeles area.

After L.A., the scoop truck will be in San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. The East coast truck will be in Miami, Washington D.C., Boston and New York City.

Follow Ben & Jerry’s Truck on Twitter to get updates on locations and where to get your free treat!

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Teaser for Cartoon Network’s Beware the Batman

Cartoon Network has started airing this promo for the new Batman series premiering later this year. Called Beware the Batman, the new show will be the first to adapt the caped crusader with CGI animation. You can watch the teaser below the official description:

A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogues gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a “Batman show.” Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the narrative, Batman steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight for an entirely new generation of fans. With WBA’s Sam Register executive producing, and Batman Beyond’s Glen Murakami and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated’s Mitch Watson producing, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, is coming soon to Cartoon Network!

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IKEA Introduces UPPLEVA, An All In One Entertainment System

IKEA has announced the launch of UPPLEVA, which means “experience” in Swedish. The all in one entertainment system will integrate a LED TV,  sound system with wireless speakers and CD/DVD/Blu-ray player.

All the controls will be handled by a single remote.

The LED TVs will be available in gray, black and blue and in four different sizes, 24″, 32″, 42″ and 46″.

As with other furniture from the company, the set will require assembly at home. The least expensive set will cost $955 and will be available in Sweden, France, Poland, Germany and Italy in June. No word on the U.S.

 

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The Secret Menu At Starbucks

If you’re a Starbucks regular, you’re probably familiar with its secret menu filled with unusual combinations of ingredients and mutations of common drinks.

You can either extract the knowledge of the menu’s contents by working there or spending an extensive amount of time hanging out at Starbucks, or go the easy route just read about it below.

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First Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sketch Up For Auction

The first-ever artwork of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – the illustration that launched one of the most successful character franchises in history – created for fun one night in late November, 1983, by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, will cross the auction block as part of Heritage Auctions’ May 10-11 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction.

The drawing, expected to bring $50,000+, is being consigned by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman.

“Peter and I were sharing a studio – our living room – in Dover, NH,” said Eastman. “One work night, in an effort to make Peter laugh, I drew a sketch of this character I called a ‘Ninja Turtle’ and threw it onto Peter’s desk. He did laugh – and did a version of his own, to which I needed to take it one step further and did a pencil sketch of four different Turtles, each holding a different weapon. I gave it to Peter, who wanted to ink it in. When he did, he added ‘Teenage Mutant’ to the ‘Ninja Turtle’ part of the logo and we both fell off our chairs!”

The next day the pair decided they needed to come up with a story about the characters and began to hammer out the details, making it an homage/parody of some of their heroes and inspirations. Working through the winter of 1983-84, and after finding a local New England printer, they borrowed money from Eastman’s Uncle Quentin and we printed the first 3,000 copies, including the now legendary premiere at a local Portsmouth comic convention on May 5, 1984.

“From that day forward, through the next 30 years and through this very day, the TMNTs have been a worldwide phenomenon,” said Barry Sandoval, Director of Operations for the Comics Department at Heritage. “There have been numerous movies, cartoons, live action shows, toys, you name it. There’s a CGI-animated show being made right now and there’s a major motion picture planned for next year. I can’t think of the last time the first artistic rendition of a major franchise has been offered for public sale. All TMNT fans have seen this piece reprinted in books and articles over the years, and I’m sure they assumed Kevin would never part with it.”

“Even to this day we still try to completely understand the reach of the turtles,” added Eastman, “and it all started with this drawing…”

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TIME Magazine’s 2012 List of The 100 Most Influential People in the World

TIME Magazine unveiled its 2012 list of the top 100 influencers in the world on Wednesday.

They are the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world. Meet the breakouts, pioneers, moguls, leaders and icons who make up this year’s list.

 

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Michael Chabon’s Next Novel, Telegraph Avenue Due On September 11, 2012

The new novel from Michael Chabon, his first in 5 years, is a lovingly painted pop-culture epic.

One street, two families. As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there, longtime friends, band mates and co-regents of Brokeland Records. Their wives, Gwen Shanks and Aviva Roth-Jaffe, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, a pair of semi-legendary nurse midwives.

When ex-NFL quarterback Gibson Goode announces plans to go forward with the construction of his latest Dogpile megastore on Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy fear the worst for their vulnerable little enterprise. But behind Goode’s announcement a nefarious story lurks.

As their husbands struggle to mount a defense, Aviva and Gwen also find themselves caught up in a professional struggle that tests the limits of their friendship. And simultaneously, into their already tangled lives, comes Titus Joyner, the teenaged son Archy has never acknowledged.

An intimate epic set to the funky beat of classic vinyl soul-jazz and pulsing with a virtuosic, pyrotechnical style all of its own, Telegraph Avenue is Michael Chabon’s most dazzling book yet.

This title will be released on September 11, 2012.

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iPhone 4S Ads Starring Sam Jackson & Zooey Deschanel Air

Two new iPhone 4S television commercials have started to air. The commercials, which star Samuel L. Jackson and Zooey Deschanel, feature the stars using Siri to clear calendars, find out about the weather, play music, perform unit conversions, find nearby shops, and find nearby restaurants.Siri helps Samuel L Jackson plan a romantic evening for his wife.

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Walt Disney Pictures Bringing Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride To The Screen As A Feature Film

Walt Disney Pictures is once again looking to their theme parks for movie ideas, following the success of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies and past and future movies based around the concept of The Haunted Mansion.

This time, they’re looking to bring their popular park ride Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, based on Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 children’s story “The Wind in the Willows,” to the screen as a feature film that combines live action and CG by commercial and video director Pete Candeland.

Previously, Candeland did the animation for music videos by The Gorillaz and worked with Paul McCartney on the The Beatles Rock Band video game. Disney is looking for a writer to script the adaptation.

The theme park ride has been a fixture at Disneyland since 1955, making it one of the longest-running rides at the park. Previously, Disney made a direct-to-video version of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in 1996 starring the surviving members of Monty Python, directed by Terry Jones and co-starring a considerably younger Steve Coogan.

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Cemetery Dance Announces Floating Dragon: The 30th Anniversary Special Limited Edition by Peter Straub

Cemetery Dance is very pleased to announce Floating Dragon: The 30th Anniversary Special Limited Edition by Peter Straub.

About the Book:

The terrors afflicting the sleepy town of Hampstead, Connecticut, were beyond imagination.

Sparrows dropping dead from the trees like rotten fruit, disfiguring diseases spreading like wildfire, inexplicable murders and child drownings shattering the lives of the citizens—never can such a list of horrors have afflicted one town.

But the evil madness had a long history.

A catastrophe had struck Hampstead every thirty years since its foundation 300 years before — yet only Graham Williams, a writer and descendant of one of the original founders, had looked into the ‘black summers’ and their mysterious origins

When he discovers that descendants of the three other original settlers are back living in the town, he knows it will be the blackest summer yet…

The 770 page book will be released in 2 editions:

- Signed Oversized Limited Edition Hardcover ($65.00)

- Deluxe Oversized Signed & Traycased Lettered Edition ($200)

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