Monthly Archives: October 2012

MONDO To Release New Posters For The Man With iron Fists by Tomer Hanuka & The Lord of The Rings by Vania Zouravliov On Thursday, November 1st.

Tomorrow, MONDO will release new posters for The Man With iron Fists by Tomer Hanuka and The Lord of The Rings by Vania Zouravliov.

There are three posters, each with a different colorway, for The Lord of The Rings by the fantastic Vania Zouravliov. Edition sizes are identical on each with the only difference being the colorway of the poster.

Please follow MONDO on Twitter for the on sale announcement. These posters will be available online at a random time on Thursday, November 1st.

Poster by Tomer Hanuka. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 175. $45

 

Poster by Vania Zouravliov. 36″x21″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 160. Colorway 1. $50

 

Poster by Vania Zouravliov. 36″x21″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 160. Colorway 2. $50

Poster by Vania Zouravliov. 36″x21″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 160. Colorway 3. $50

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Author & Illustrator Ralph Cosentino Launches “Jumbee” Online-Shop

Known for his popular children’s picture books including; Batman the Story of the Dark Knight, Wonder Woman the Story of the Amazon Princess,

Honk-Honk-Ashoo, Fun-boy and Kaiju Kidz toys, Ralph Cosentino and his wife have created a “hub” showcasing Ralph’s work thru exclusive products such as letterpress prints, t-shirts, original art and “Fun-Boy Brand Chocolate Bars from Uranus!”

 

Jumbee features free online children’s books which can be also viewed on mobile & tablet devices.

 The site also debuts Ralph’s first desktop game “Asteroid Armageddon” featuring his characters Fun-boy & Elwood.

Ralph’s first free iPhone App “MyMoji” is also available which allows users to text with Zombie and Fun-boy emoticons!

 

Jumbee will also host a “Monthly-Freebee” drawing for newsletter subscribers in which one randomly chosen winner gets a prize ranging from original artwork to t-shirts!  Jumbee will also collaborate with friends and favorite artists to offer exclusive items.

 

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Stephen King Adapting Cell For Movie, John Cusack To Star

Today it was announced that the once delayed Stephen King Cell movie will now move forward. King co-wrote the screenplay with The Last House On The Left screenwriter Adam Alleca. No director has been attached to the project yet. John Cusack will take the lead role, who in the novel is a comic book artist. Cusack previously played an author in the Stephen King adaptation 1408.

Here’s the official blurb for the book:

Artist Clayton Riddell had been in Boston negotiating a successful deal to sell his comic book project. His joy at finally hitting it big is shattered by an event called The Pulse which causes all those who were using their cell phones at the time of The Pulse to become zombies attacking and killing anyone in their way. Fortunately for Clay, he does not own a cell phone.  In the panic to get out of Boston and find his way home to his wife and son in Maine, he is joined by Tom McCourt, a man he meets in the meleé immediately following The Pulse and a young girl, Alice, who they rescue from being killed by one of the “crazies.”  The story follows their terrifying journey, avoiding capture—and worse—by the “crazies” who are beginning to “flock” and are led by one they call Raggedy Man as they attempt to reach Maine and a place called Kashwak which they hope will be their salvation.

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Happy Halloween From THE FIRE WIRE

All you bats and ghouls be safe this Halloween and have a bloody good time. I command you to send all your Snickers to me! Blah.

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Bryan Singer Officially Set To Direct X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men and X2 director Bryan Singer is officially locked in to helm X-Men: Days of Future Past following the departure of X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn.

Scheduled for release on July 18, 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past boasts a script by Simon Kinberg and is said to be inspired Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s comic book storyline that ran in Uncanny X-Men #141 and 142 back in 1981. “Days of Future Past” introduced the idea of an alternate future for Marvel’s mutants that grew out of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants killing an important senator, leading to a future where all mutants are hunted by Sentinels.

Singer produced First Class alongside Vaughn and Vaughn will remain aboard the new film as producer himself.

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Apple: iTunes 11 Delayed Until November

Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr has informed CNET that iTunes 11 will not ship in October as originally announced; it is now expected by the end of November. “The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right,” Neumayr said. “We look forward to releasing this new version of iTunes with its dramatically simpler and cleaner interface, and seamless integration with iCloud before the end of November.”

 

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Kotobukiya The Killing Joke Joker ARTFX Statue

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The Killing Joke was a 1988 graphic novel written by Alan Moore and drawn by Brian Bolland. The story told how the Joker came to be the Clown Prince of Crime. Other than an interesting origin story, the book also featured one of the most famous scenes in the history of comics: Joker shooting Barbara Gordon (which would in turn lead to her becoming the hero Oracle). Almost as famous as its contents is the over image, captured for the first time as an ARTFX Statue!

This upcoming statue brings the maniacal clown to life as you’ve never seen him before. Joker stands with one foot resting on a crate of dynamite, smiling his huge toothy grin as he snaps a photo on his old school film camera. The sadistic villain’s costume is incredibly detailed, showing off every seam, cuff, button, crease and more on his purple three piece suit and trench coat. His outfit is even topped off by authentic studded spats, fedora, iconic white gloves, and lapel-pinned flower. The Joker’s elongated white painted face leaps right off of the graphic novel cover with its deep laugh lines, left eye squeezed shut, and unruly green hair peeking out from under his hat. There’s even a motion sensor built into the base that activates an LED spot lamp and camera shutter sound after a brief delay. As an added bonus, the lamp is movable and can be placed at any angle around the statue!

Sculpted by Junnosuke Abe, The Killing Joke Joker stands 11 inches tall (1/6th scale) on a special display base that includes the broken crate of dynamite, LED lamp, and a creepy cherub henchman. The Joker is an incredible statue capturing one of the most famous graphic novels of all time and it will be available in May 2013 for $130.

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Sideshow Collectibles To Release Mondo The Batcave Variant Print By JC Richard On Wednesday October 31, 2012

Sideshow Collectibles To Release Mondo The Batcave Variant Print By JC Richard On Wednesday October 31, 2012

SideshowCollectibles.com will release this Mondo The Batcave variant print by JC Richard at a random time on Wednesday October 31, 2012.

 

20 x 29 screenprint in an edition of 135

Cick on the image below to see it change from the variant print to the regular print.

 

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Disney To Acquire Lucasfilm, Star Wars: Episode 7 Feature Film Targeted For Release In 2015

The Walt Disney Company announced today it has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm and is planning Star Wars Episode 7 for 2015! Disney revealed on a conference call that they are planning a new trilogy starting in 2015 with a new movie coming every other year. They have no plans for Indiana Jones at this time and are concentrating on the Star Wars franchise for now.

Here is the full press release:

Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas.

Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of Disney stock on October 26, 2012, the transaction value is $4.05 billion, with Disney paying approximately half of the consideration in cash and issuing approximately 40 million shares at closing. The final consideration will be subject to customary post-closing balance sheet adjustments.

“Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.”

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”

Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Lucasfilm, a leader in entertainment, innovation and technology, including its massively popular and “evergreen” Star Wars franchise and its operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production. Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco, operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations. 

Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager for Star Wars, working directly with Disney’s global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Ms. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.

The acquisition combines two highly compatible family entertainment brands, and strengthens the long-standing beneficial relationship between them that already includes successful integration of Star Wars content into Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris and Tokyo. 

Driven by a tremendously talented creative team, Lucasfilm’s legendary Star Wars franchise has flourished for more than 35 years, and offers a virtually limitless universe of characters and stories to drive continued feature film releases and franchise growth over the long term. Star Wars resonates with consumers around the world and creates extensive opportunities for Disney to deliver the content across its diverse portfolio of businesses including movies, television, consumer products, games and theme parks. Star Wars feature films have earned a total of $4.4 billion in global box to date, and continued global demand has made Star Wars one of the world’s top product brands, and Lucasfilm a leading product licensor in the United States in 2011. The franchise provides a sustainable source of high quality, branded content with global appeal and is well suited for new business models including digital platforms, putting the acquisition in strong alignment with Disney’s strategic priorities for continued long-term growth.

The Lucasfilm acquisition follows Disney’s very successful acquisitions of Pixar and Marvel, which demonstrated the company’s unique ability to fully develop and expand the financial potential of high quality creative content with compelling characters and storytelling through the application of innovative technology and multiplatform distribution on a truly global basis to create maximum value. Adding Lucasfilm to Disney’s portfolio of world class brands significantly enhances the company’s ability to serve consumers with a broad variety of the world’s highest-quality content and to create additional long-term value for our shareholders.

The Boards of Directors of Disney and Lucasfilm have approved the transaction, which is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, certain non-United States merger control regulations, and other customary closing conditions. The agreement has been approved by the sole shareholder of Lucasfilm.

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The Horror Icon Alphabet by Mike Boon

Artist Mike Boon created this great Halloween themed poster design titled The Horror Icon Alphabet that is filled a frightening series of classic well-known horror characters and movie monsters in typographic form.

Prints, shirts, iPhone / laptop cases and more are available to purchase at Mike’s online Society6 and Redbubble stores.

 

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Best of Warner Bros. 50 Film Collection

The impressive  Best of Warner Bros. 50 Film Collection ($540) spans the years from 1932 to 2010 and includes 16 Best Picture Academy Award winners.

In addition there are two all-new documentaries, commentaries, special features, a limited edition poster and a series of movie poster postcards housed in a handsome package.

The films in the box set are:

1. Grand Hotel (1932)
2. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
3. Gone with The Wind (1939)
4. Wizard of Oz (1939)
5. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
6. Citizen Kane (1941)
7. Mrs. Miniver (1942)
8. Casablanca (1942)
9. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
10. An American in Paris (1951)
11. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
12. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
13. Gigi (1958)
14. Ben-Hur (1959)
15. North By Northwest (1959)
16. How the West Was Won (1962)
17. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
18. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
19. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
20. Bullitt (1968)
21. Dirty Harry (1971)
22. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
23. A Clockwork Orange (1972)
24. The Exorcist (1973)
25. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
26. Superman, The Movie (1977)
27. The Shining (1980)
28. Chariots of Fire (1981)
29. Risky Business (1983)
30. Amadeus (1984)
31. The Color Purple (1985)
32. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
33. Lethal Weapon (1987)
34. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
35. Goodfellas (1990)
36. The Bodyguard (1992)
37. Unforgiven (1992)
38. Natural Born Killers (Director’s Cut) (1994)
39. The Matrix (1999)
40. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
41. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
42. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
43. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
44. Million Dollar Baby (2005)
45. The Departed (2006)
46. The Dark Knight (2008)
47. The Blind Side (2009)
48. The Hangover (2009)
49. Sherlock Holmes (2009)
50. Inception (2010)

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The Rolling Stone’s Official 50th Anniversary Gift Book Curated By The Rolling Stones

Hyperion has published the only official and authorized book curated by the Rolling Stones to commemorate the band’s 50th anniversary. Featuring previously unseen photography and ephemera—as well as new text from the band—The Rolling Stones: 50 ($60) by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood is a groundbreaking and memorable photographic autobiography to celebrate fifty years of the greatest rock ’n’ roll band in the world.

The Rolling Stones: 50 is the official book to celebrate the Stones’ fifty years since their first appearance at the Marquee Club in London’s Oxford Street on Thursday, July 12, 1962. In the intervening years the Stones have performed live in front of more people than any band in history. They’ve had #1 singles and albums in every country with a popular music chart and have helped define popular culture.

Written and personally curated by the band members themselves, The Rolling Stones: 50 draws on a wealth of rare and unseen material including unique access to the extensive archive of London’s Daily Mirror. In anticipation of the anniversary, the Mirror revisited its archives—the largest newspaper collection of Rolling Stones photography—to look for photographs taken of the Rolling Stones from fifty years ago to their most recent performances. The range and quality of the images so impressed the Mirror and then the Stones themselves that both parties realized they had the material for a very special book on their hands. Much of the never-before-seen material includes commissioned photography from legendary photographers of the band, originally collected ephemera, and some of the rarest items of memorabilia in the world. As well as the superb photography, the book recounts the band’s fifty-year history in a way that’s never been done before, telling their legendary story through their own words accompanied by images specially selected by the band. In addition, Charlie Watts, an art school graduate, has overseen the design.

The book’s cover is a collaboration between the art directors Stephen Kennedy and Jimmy Tilley at Studio Fury and image-maker Ian Wright. The 352 page lavish hardcover is now on sale.

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The Wolverine Teaser Poster

20th Century Fox has revealed the first official teaser poster for James Mangold’s The Wolverine, coming to theaters July 26, 2013.

Starring Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee, the film has now been revealed to, contrary to early reports, take place after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand. Based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.

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Comic-Con Committed to San Diego Through 2016

Hosted in and around the San Diego area since its launch in 1970, Comic-Con International has upped their contract with the Californian city and will keep their popular venue through at least 2016.

Held at the San Diego Convention center since 1991, Comic-Con has, in that two-decade period, expanded from roughly 15,000 attendees to more than 130,000 during this year’s event.

Plans for the expansion include an additional 220,150 square feet of exhibit hall space, 101,500 square feet of meeting rooms and 78,470 square feet of ballroom space as well as a new rooftop park/plaza, 45,000 square feet of visitor-serving retail space and a 500-room expansion of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.

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Laurent Durieux’s MONDO Universal Monsters Posters To Go On Sale Tuesday October 30th

Tomorrow, MONDO will release all of the Universal Monsters posters created by Laurent Durieux currently on display at their gallery in Austin. Laurent created five gorgeous posters for Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Mummy and The Creature From the Black Lagoon.

You can see detail photos of each poster HERE.

Please follow MONDO on Twitter for the on sale announcement. These posters will be available online at a random time on Tuesday, October 30th.

 

Dracula Poster by Laurent Durieux. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 350. $50

 

Frankenstein Poster by Laurent Durieux. 21″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 375. $50

 

The Mummy Poster by Laurent Durieux. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 400. $50

 

The Wolfman Poster by Laurent Durieux. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 380. $50

 

Creature From The Black Lagoon Poster by Laurent Durieux. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 475. $50

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Philips Hue Wi-Fi Lightbulbs In Apple Stores On October 30th

Philips announced that Hue, its web-enabled LED smart lighting system, will be exclusively available in Apple Stores on Tuesday, October 30th. Hue allows a new generation of color-shifting, Wi-Fi-enabled lightbulbs to be controlled wirelessly using an app. A starter pack ($199) includes three 50W bulbs that fit in existing light fixtures, plus a bridge for a Wi-Fi router.

Each additional individual bulb sells for $59. Users can set timers, change shades and colors, and save settings so certain “light scenes” can be recalled at any time; the app also enables users to sample colors from their favorite images, and watch as the bulbs match those colors. The bulbs can switch between various white tones and colors — Hue’s website claims the bulbs can “recreate any color in the spectrum.”

Philips claims Hue is “upgradeable and future-proof” and more features could be available for download in the future. These features could come from other developers; Philips has created an open source platform for the system, available on the Hue website.

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Subterranean Press To Publish Signed Limited Edition of Stephen King’s The Shining

Today Subterranean Press announced that they will publish the signed limited edition of Stephen King’s seminal novel, The Shining.

The luxurious hardcovers will be published in three formats and will feature over 40 illustrations by acclaimed artist Dagmara Matuszak. The signed editions will be signed by Stephen and the artist.

- Signed Limited Edition of 750 numbered copies, housed in a custom traycase: $450  

- Signed Lettered Edition of 52 copies, specially bound, housed in a custom traycase: $2,500   

- Gift Edition of 1500 unsigned copies, cloth bound, housed in a custom slipcase: $95  

Preorders for this offering will begin in January 2013. Publication is set for October 2013. News regarding preorders will be sent first via the Subterranean Press newsletter, Notes from the Underground. Anyone interested should sign up on the top of the main page of the Subterranean Press site.

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New Pixar Monsters University Character Art

Disney has released an assortment of new CG renders from the upcoming Pixar film, Monsters University. The art features both familiar and brand new characters.

A synopsis of the film is as follows:

Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. Monsters University unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. Screaming with laughter and fun, Monsters University is directed by Dan Scanlon and due in theaters on June 21, 2013.

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Olly Moss Limited Edition Silhouettes Book Planned

In May, I posted about the publication of Silhouettes From Popular Culture by Olly Moss.

Today Moss tweeted that a limited edition Silhouettes book bound in leather with fun extras is planned:

“Sneaky peek at the Limited Edition version. It’s taking a bit of time because its coming with some fun extras that we can’t announce yet. It will actually be really limited, though. Fewer than 200 copies available.”

I will post more about the limited edition Silhouettes book as publication and pricing information becomes available.

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Too Much Horror Business — The Kirk Hammett Collection

Not only is Kirk Hammett the lead guitarist for Metallica, one of the most successful heavy metal bands of all time, but he’s also the curator of one of the world’s finest collections of monster-movie memorabilia, a collection few people have ever seen. In Too Much Horror Business ($30), Kirk finally unveils his near-mythical treasure trove of rare posters, props, costumes, and toys from the early silent classics to more modern fare. From Bela Lugosi’s annotated Dracula script to the creepy Donnie Darko bunny suit to cool model kits from the 1960s, Hammett has amassed hundreds of items over the years, including priceless international collectibles as well as the quirkier toys of his youth.

Alongside scores of full-color, original photographs in this highly designed volume, Kirk offers up thoughts about his appreciation for all things scary and fantastic, shedding light on not only the collection of a lifetime, but the man himself.

The 224 page hardcover is available now and filled with 300 color and black-and-white photographs.

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Exploded Phone 5 T-Shirt By Garry Booth

The Exploded Phone 5 t-shirt ($19) by Garry Booth shows a great internal view of the iPhone 5 parts. Silver and Asphalt t-shirts are available to purchase on the official website.

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Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris Due On April 23, 2013

From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays entitled, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls ($27) taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler’s experiences.

Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist’s shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.

The 288 page hardcover book will be released on April 23, 2013.

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Download Neil Gaiman’s Latest Exclusive Halloween Short Story Free

“Click-Clack the Rattlebag” is a previously unpublished short story written and recorded by the internationally best-selling author and screenwriter Neil Gaiman. It’s not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org.

Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

To download  the 12 minute long short story read by the author, go to www.audible.com/ScareUs. It will be available for free until October 31st.

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Tarantino XX: 8 Film Collection Full Interior Mondo Artwork By Ken Taylor

In anticipation of the release of Tarantino XX: 8 Film Collection on Blu-ray on November 20, 2012 we present you with the full interior artwork created by Mondo artist Ken Taylor.

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Darth Vader and Son, A Star Wars Childrens Book by Jeffrey Brown

Darth Vader and Son ($15) is a cute book created by cartoonist Jeffrey Brown and published byChronicle Books that gives us a comic style glimpse of what life might have been like for Lord Vader if he had been a good father and raised his son Luke.

In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other—except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Celebrated artist Jeffrey Brown’s delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars moments a fresh twist, presenting the trials and joys of parenting through the lens of a galaxy far, far away.

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