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Author & Illustrator Ralph Cosentino Launches A New Monster Picture Book Series Thru Kickstarter

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Author & illustrator Ralph Cosentino has launched a new monster picture book series thru Kickstarter! Ralph is known for his best selling super-hero books introducing the origins of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman as well as his indie produced toys, desktop games, and hilarious Fun-Boy Uranus chocolate bars. Ralph’s new book imprint, “Cruikshank & Wallace” will publish high quality books made in the U.S. starting with, “I am the Frankenstein Monster” and followed by “I am the Werewolf” and “I am Dracula” titles.

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Visit the Kickstarter campaign HERE.

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The Must List: Ranking The Best In 25 Years of Pop Culture

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Get ready to obsess over the last twenty-five years of pop culture hits, misses, and cult classics. The Must List: Ranking the Best in 25 Years of Pop Culture is an elegantly packaged, gift-worthy compilation of 100 illustrated top 25 lists celebrating the best in TV, movies, books, and music from the editors of Entertainment Weekly.

Beginning with an introduction highlighting the “25 Things We’ve Forgotten About 1990”, this full-color, deep-dive into the past twenty-five years of obsessive pop-culture coverage features the magazine’s incisive criticism, trademark humor, and 2,500 amazing moments.

Featured topics include: Greatest Villains, One-Hit Wonders, Best Superheroes, Mobsters, Zombies, Dystopias, Shocking Snubs, Unsexiest Sexy Moments, British Imports, Memorable Deaths, Late Night Comedy Wars, and many more binge-worthy lists.

The 192 page hardcover will be released on October 6, 2015.

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Coming To Bookstores On September 15, 2015 – A Graphic Novel ‘Intro To Alien Invasion” By Owen King And Mark Jude Poirer, Illustrated By Nancy Ahn

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Scribner is pleased to announce the publication, on September 15, 2015 of its first graphic novel, Intro To Alien Invasion, born out of a fantastic collaboration between two exceptional literary novelists and an imaginative illustrator. The gifted Owen King makes up one half of the storytelling team; The New York Times Book Review called his debut novel Double Feature “epic, ambitious…[King] has a captivating energy, a precision, and a fondness for people that are rare.” Writing with King is New York Times Notable novelist and screenwriter Mark Jude Poirier, whose work includes the films Smart People and Hateship Loveship, adapted from an Alice Munro story. Young, extremely talented illustrator Nancy Ahn brings a unique and knowing aesthetic to this ambitious work.

Intro To Alien Invasion stars Stacey, a brilliant, but socially marginalized student at Fenton College, a liberal arts school nestled in the hills of Vermont. Even her few friends find her relationship with Professor Evans, the highly eccentric astrobiology instructor, strange, and they’re skeptical of his theories about alien species. But, when an enormous hurricane strands the students on campus, Professor Evans’s theories prove to be correct: an alien invasion suddenly hits the college, leaving Stacey as the student most capable of taking down the infestation that threatens to wipe out the entire Fenton College population.

Intro To Alien Invasion humorously captures the contradictions of the typical liberal arts college, and its sharp depictions of various college cliques, from the “Trustafarians” to “the Young Republicans,” will leave readers in stitches. Intro To Alien Invasion also manages to reveal the dark side of college life—from mean students ignorant of their deep privilege to egotistical frat boys to uppity professors and uncaring administrators. Through inventive, witty illustrations and dynamic storytelling techniques, King, Poirier, and Ahn create an ingenious graphic novel bursting with wit, heart and pop culture references, and filtered through the point-of-view of a contemporary, compelling heroine.

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The Marvels By Brian Selznick Due On September 15, 2015

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Caldecott Award winner and bookmaking trailblazer Brian Selznick once again plays with the form he invented and delivers a moving and mesmerizing adventure about the power of story. Two seemingly unrelated stories — one in words, the other in pictures — come together with spellbinding synergy! The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle’s puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries. How the picture and word stories intersect will leave readers marveling over Selznick’s storytelling prowess. Filled with mystery, vibrant characters, surprise twists, and heartrending beauty, and featuring Selznick’s most arresting art to date, The Marvels is a moving tribute to the power of story.

The 640 page book will be released on September 15, 2015.

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The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray

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He’s the sort of actor who can do Hamlet and Charlie’s Angels in the same year. He shuns managers and agents and once agreed to voice the part of Garfield because he mistakenly believed it was a Coen brothers film. Bill Murray’s extraordinary career is rich with fascinating anecdotes, contradictions, and mystery, from his early success on Saturday Night Live and the biggest blockbusters of the 1980s (Caddyshack, Stripes, Tootsie, Ghostbusters) to his reinvention as a hipster icon in the early 21st century (in films like Lost in Translation and Moonrise Kingdom). And now you can get your fill of Bill: part biography, part critical appreciation, part love letter, and all fun, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray chronicles every single Murray performance in loving detail, relating all the milestones, yarns, and controversy in the life of this beloved but enigmatic performer. These pages are packed with color film stills and behind-the-scenes photography.

A sappy remembrance, this is not. Instead, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World’s Finest Actor ($22.95) celebrates the man’s unique life and career with a multitude of stories, quotes, and images, all shared in a fun (and often funny) way. In addition, it covers every performance he’s ever given, from SNL to St. Vincent and all the parts in between, offering up behind-the-scenes tidbits that will make you want to watch them all over again.

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PS Publishing To Release 10th Anniversary Edition of Joe Hill’s 20th Century Ghosts This Fall

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This Fall PS Publishing will release the 10th Anniversary Edition of Joe Hill’s 20th Century Ghosts. The 400 page collection is slated for October 2015. The cover, endpapers, slipcase and traycase art will be by Vincent Chong and the book will feature an introduction by Ramsey Campbell.

Editions:

– 26-copy lettered and traycased edition signed by Joe and artist Vinny Chong, plus the two directors of the short films (‘Abraham’s Boys’ directed by Dorothy L. Street; and ‘Pop Art’ directed by Amanda Boyle) included on DVD, priced at £495

– 200-copy edition signed by Joe and Vinny and housed in an illustrated slipcase priced at £125

– 774-copy unsigned trade edition priced at just £35 and housed in a plain material slipcase, split between alternative dustjacket, PPC and endpapers (thereby giving all the artwork if you purchase both).

On the regular unsigned edition, there will be four pieces of Vinny Chong’s stunning artwork. On the deluxe slipcased and traycased editions, there will be five pieces plus a set of seven cards bearing all of the Vinny Chong artwork.

For more information about the book or to place an order, please click HERE.

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Win A Signed Copy of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes & Finders Keepers

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StephenKing.com has teamed up with Scribner to give you a chance to receive a signed copy of Mr. Mercedes, a signed copy of Finders Keepers, and a Finders Keepers broadside! In addition to that Grand Prize, 40 First Prize winners will receive one hardcover edition of Mr. Mercedes and one hardcover edition of Finders Keepers; 100 Second Prize winners will receive one Finders Keepers broadside. Use the HERE to enter now.

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Star Wars Little Golden Books Based On The Films of George Lucas Arriving Soon

Entertainment Weekly has announced that the now Random House imprint will soon publish six Little Golden Books based on the films of George Lucas’ Star Wars saga. The adaptations will arrive in stores on July 28, 2015 with a special boxed set of all six following on September 1, 2015.

“The Star Wars franchise has woven itself into the hearts and minds of generations of fans, many of whom read Little Golden Books as children,” Disney Publishing Worldwide SVP Jeanne Mosure shared. “We’re very excited to be incorporating Little Golden Books into our overarching strategy so parents can now introduce their own children to the wonders of the galaxy through this classic format.”

No creators have been named for the books but traditionally Disney’s Little Golden Books are created in house by animation staffers.

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The Hirschfeld Century: Portrait of an Artist and His Age

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Al Hirschfeld redefined caricature and exemplified Broadway and Hollywood, enchanting generations with his mastery of line. His art appeared in every major publication during nine decades of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, as well as on numerous book, record, and program covers; film posters and publicity art; and on fifteen U.S. postage stamps.

Now, The Hirschfeld Century ($40) brings together for the first time the artist’s extraordinary eighty-two-year career, revealed in more than 360 of his iconic black-and-white and color drawings, illustrations, and photographs—his influences, his techniques, his evolution from his earliest works to his last drawings, and with a biographical text by David Leopold, Hirschfeld authority, who, as archivist to the artist, worked side by side with him and has spent more than twenty years documenting the artist’s extraordinary output.

Here is Hirschfeld at age seventeen, working in the publicity department at Goldwyn Pictures (1920–1921), rising from errand boy to artist; his year at Universal (1921); and, beginning at age eighteen, art director at Selznick Pictures, headed by Louis Selznick (father of David O.) in New York. We see Hirschfeld, at age twenty-one, being influenced by the stylized drawings of Miguel Covarrubias, newly arrived from Mexico (they shared a studio on West Forty-Second Street), whose caricatures appeared in many of the most influential magazines, among them Vanity Fair. We see, as well, how Hirschfeld’s friendship with John Held Jr. (Held’s drawings literally created the look of the Jazz Age) was just as central as Covarrubias to the young artist’s development, how Held’s thin line affected Hirschfeld’s early caricatures.

Here is the Hirschfeld century, from his early doodles on the backs of theater programs in 1926 that led to his work for the drama editors of the New York Herald Tribune (an association that lasted twenty years) to his receiving a telegram from The New York Times, in 1928, asking for a two-column drawing of Sir Harry Lauder, a Scottish vaudeville singing sensation making one of his (many) farewell tours, an assignment that began a collaboration with the Times that lasted seventy-five years, to Hirschfeld’s theater caricatures, by age twenty-five, a drawing appearing every week in one of four different New York newspapers.

Here, through Hirschfeld’s pen, are Ethel Merman, Benny Goodman, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Katharine Hepburn, the Marx Brothers, Barbra Streisand, Elia Kazan, Mick Jagger, Ella Fitzgerald, Laurence Olivier, Martha Graham, et al. . . . Among the productions featured: Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Rent, Guys and Dolls, The Wizard of Oz (Hirschfeld drew five posters for the original release), Gone with the Wind, The Sopranos, and more.

Here as well are his brilliant portraits of writers, politicians, and the like, among them Ernest Hemingway (a pal from 1920s Paris), Tom Wolfe, Charles de Gaulle, Nelson Mandela, Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, and every president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Bill Clinton.

Sumptuous and ambitious, a book that gives us, through images and text, a Hirschfeld portrait of an artist and his age.

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Stephen King’s Gunslinger Print Commission By Lyndon Willougby

Dallas based Graphic Designer Lyndon Willougby created this fantastic poster paying homage to Stephen King’s epic novel, The Gunslinger. The limited edition print measures 12 x 36 with 3 colors and will be printed by Lady Lazarus in Houston, TX. Sadly this was a private commission and not available to the general public but I still wanted to promote this exceptional piece.

Lyndon shared that he has read the entire series twice and was disappointed that The Dark Tower does not get the print love it deserves so he wanted to take a stab at it. Job well done!

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