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Comic Book Legend Stan Lee To Discuss His New Novel Convergence At Barnes & Noble At The Grove On January 31, 2015

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Barnes & Noble at The Grove is honored to welcome legendary comic creator, Stan Lee, when he visits on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2PM, to discuss Convergence.

In his first prose novel, factions, each comprised of people who harness animal power from the Chinese zodiac, fight to control the fate of the world. (This is a wristbanded event. Please note that B&N will have pre-signed copies of Convergence for sale on the day of the event. Stan Lee will not be signing books on-site.)

The first volume in a planned trilogy stars Steven Lee, a teenager whose quiet visit to a Chinese museum catapults him unexpectedly into a fierce battle for control of the world. Fortunately, this involuntary global warrior soon receives assistance from an able team of uniquely talented allies. With Andie Tong’s lively black-and-white battle drawings, The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence emerges as an impressive series starter.

More information about the event HERE.

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Silver Screen Fiend By Patton Oswalt Due On January 6, 2015

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Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakeable addiction. It wasn’t drugs, alcohol or sex. It was film. After moving to L.A., Oswalt became a huge film buff, absorbing classics and new releases at least three nights a week at the New Beverly Cinema. Silver screen celluloid became Patton’s life schoolbook, informing his notions of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships. Set in the nascent days of the alternative comedy scene, Oswalt’s memoir chronicles his journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective supporting him all along the way.

Ideally timed for awards season, when everyone’s mind is on Hollywood, Silver Screen Fiend follows up on the terrific reception of Oswalt’s New York Times bestselling debut, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. Already a beloved fixture on the comedy stage, on television, and in film—not to mention his 1.1 million Twitter followers—Oswalt announces, with this second book, that he’s also here to stay on the page.

Here is what Patton had to say about his second book:

“I wrote another book. I’m very happy with my first one, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland, but it had lots of flaws. My lack of confidence in simple memoir being the biggest. I hid behind too much cleverness – abstract comedic concepts, short, gimmicky chapters and zippy graphics. The parts that popped ended up being the parts where I simply poured out memories on paper. Working at a movie theater. A nightmare stand-up tour in Surrey, British Columbia. My schizophrenic Uncle Pete. 

So this new one – Silver Screen Fiend – is looser but better structured. It’s about a very specific period of my life. May 20th, 1995 to May 20th, 1999. Those four years when I’d just moved to Los Angeles. Alternative comedy rooms like The Un-Cabaret, The Largo, and dozens of other gone-forever spaces where I could go onstage, sometimes two or three times a night, and develop as a comedian at nitro speed. 

And helping – and often hindering – my development was The New Beverly Cinema (and a lot of other gone-forever rep theaters like Tales Cafe and The Four Star) where I became addicted to cinema. And not in a refined way. Not as a connoisseur. I had a meth addict’s appetite. Four, five movies a day. In theaters. 

How did I keep my job at MAD TV for two seasons on three hours sleep a night? How did a photo of me in drag wind up on a Tool tour T-shirt the night before I shot the King of Queens pilot? Why did I have a two hour crying jag in Amsterdam in 1997? Why does my movie debut involve me walking off of a submerged submarine? Why did Jerry Lewis threaten me with a lawsuit – or did he? Why was I ultimately wrong in my contempt for George Lucas? 

Find out the answers to these and even more un-important questions when you read Silver Screen Fiend. There will be a book signing/stand-up tour that will go with it. Those dates are going to be announced soon. A lot of cities – West Coast, East Coast, Deep South and right in the goddamned heartland of America – are going to be very happy.”

The 256 page hardcover book will be released on January 6, 2015.

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Stan Lee To Sign 75 Years of Marvel Book At Taschen Books In Beverly Hills On December 5, 2014

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Stan Lee and Roy Thomas will sign copies of 75 Years of Marvel at Taschen Books in Beverly Hills on December 5, 2014. Pre-order is encouraged to guarantee your signed copy. First-come, first served, with limited availability.

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A Hulk-sized tome spanning eight decades of the heroic rise of Marvel as it magically mutated from 1939’s four-color upstart to a 1960s pop-culture dynamo to current Hollywood heavy hitter. With essays by comics historian Roy Thomas and a huge fold-out timeline that chronicles the entire Marvel history.

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The XL-format book includes:

- More than 700 pages of near 2,000 images including vintage comic books, one-of-a-kind original art, behind-the-scenes photographs and film stills, as well as rare toys and collectibles

- A four-foot accordion-fold timeline

- Biographies of more than 300 artists, writers, editors, and famous fans who helped shape Marvel’s history

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RSVP to (310) 274-4300 or store-beverly@taschen.com to reserve.

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The Christmas Star By Christopher Fahy

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Here is the perfect suggestion for a holiday gift, The Christmas Star by Christopher Fahy. This heartwarming holiday story of life changing events, finds one man in a unique situation to discover what life is truly about.

When a man is rescued from his snow bank car accident, he meets a family that doesn’t have much, but indeed has everything. His self discovery with this family brings us the wonderful and enlightening tale of The Christmas Star. Real estate mogul Russell Dodge has coveted Maine’s pristine Sheffield Peak for years, so when its owner finally decides to sell, Dodge hurries to Maine to close the deal right before Christmas. On his drive to the plane that will take him back to Manhattan, he daydreams about his plans to turn the Peak into an opulent ski resort with a three hundred room hotel, two restaurants, a health club, condos and much more. Euphoric, he takes narrow Sheffield road to the airport instead of the highway in order to catch one more look at his prize—a fateful decision that sparks a traumatic turn of events that sends him into a very different world from the one he has always known, a world where people don’t have much—just everything that matters—and makes him question the way he has always lived.

A tale of hope, love and humanity.

The 102 page book can be ordered HERE in paperback or on Kindle.

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Stephen King & Peter Straub To Write Talisman 3 In 2015

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Yesterday at a reading in Washington, DC, Stephen King provided some news  regarding the long awaited third Talisman book.

King confirmed that the series was intended to be a trilogy and that he had already worked out the framework for the third book. King and Straub plan on writing Talisman 3 in 2015.

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The Talisman is a 1984 fantasy novel by Stephen King and Peter Straub. Twelve-year-old Jack Sawyer embarks on an epic quest–a walk from the seacoast of New Hampshire to the California coast–to find the talisman that will save his dying mother’s life. Jack’s journey takes him into the Territories, a parallel medieval universe, where most people from his own universe have analogs called “twinners.” The queen of the Territories, Jack’s mother’s twinner, is also dying.

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King and Straub followed up in 2001 with a sequel, Black House. In this sequel to The Talisman, Jack Sawyer is now in his late thirties and has taken early retirement from the LAPD, retreating to a small town in Wisconsin. He has no memory of his adventures as a twelve-year-old boy, when he traveled into a parallel universe in search of the talisman that would save his mother’s life. A series of murders involving young children force him out of retirement. There is more to these cases than murder, though, and Jack must retrieve his childhood memories to rescue the latest victim, who is coveted by the killer’s evil overlord, a powerful force from End-World, in Roland the gunslinger’s universe.

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Scary Monsters & Superfreaks: The World of Stephen King, A to Z

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In honor of the Master of Horror’s latest novel ‘Revival’ hitting shelves today, Rolling Stone breaks down Stephen King’s work from Annie Wilkes to Zihuatanejo. Check it out HERE.

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YA Dystopian Book to Film Trends

Anyone who loves movies would be hard pressed to miss out on the current trend of turning young adult (YA) novels into films. Though this has been done for years, the success of the Harry Potter films kicked off a new trend in making the transition from the page to the silver screen. Here are a few recent and Upcoming YA Books that have been translated to Film:

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1) The Hunger Games: Yes, this is a series but they all belong in a category together. No YA book to film list would be complete without putting this one at the top. It deserves this prestigious position because of the overwhelming success of the films. The first film was released in 2012 and became a hit overnight, breaking through the box office with expected success but overwhelming reception. The success of the film was eclipsed by the release of the sequel, Catching Fire, in 2013.

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Part 1 of Mockingjay is due out soon, and fans are chomping at the bit to fall in line. After watching the new Hunger Games trailer, who wouldn’t be excited? It promises to be even more exciting than the previous two films, even if we have to swallow it in small doses.

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2) Divergent: The success of this YA dystopian fantasy is not expected to touch that of the Hunger Games, but it is much anticipated either way. Some critics are skeptical about how well the series will translate to the screen because the series felt terribly flat on the page. Producers are hopeful that the series will be visually stunning and that the plot will drive the audience back for more. The outlook is hopeful overall for this series, and the trailer makes it look promising as well.

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3) The Uglies: Another YA dystopian fantasy where one person fights against the system for the sake of everyone (and herself). The film rights were purchased in 2011, but the production was continually pushed back. This could be in part due to the overwhelming failure of producer John Davis’ adaptation of the YA novel Eragon years before that. Regardless of what the reason for delay was, the success of YA dystopian films has put this adaptation back on the table. No news yet on a release date.

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4) The Giver: The novel was published in 1993, and only in the last few years has the film adaptation been proposed, developed, and eventually filmed. Unlike some of the others, The Giver starts as more of a Utopian society, and it isn’t until the film dives into the deeper plot that the truth is revealed. The film was released in August, and while it wasn’t a smash like the Hunger Games, it grossed $45 million in the box office.

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5) The Queen of Tearling: Not much information is officially released about this book to film adaptation; however, actress Emma Watson is signed on to star in and executive produce the film. The Queen of Tearling is a YA dystopian novel actually set in a fantasy background. Critics say that it is akin to a female version of Game of Thrones. Regardless of what they call it, the film will be anticipated much like the Hunger Games, thanks to the star of the film.

This trend of YA dystopian books to film is in full steam, and the end is not clearly visible yet. More books are purchased but not yet slated for production. They may never be, but the trend will stand as long as the films continue to succeed.

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Stephen King Announces A New Short Story Collection, “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams” To Be Released In 2015

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Stephen King has been doing press to promote his upcoming novel, Revival which is due in stores on Tuesday November 11, 2014.

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The prolific author announced 2 future books, a follow up to Mr. Mercedes and a new short story collection. The follow up to Mr. Mercedes is titled Finders Keepers and is due on June 2, 2015.

King also announced, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, a collection of 20 short stories also due in 2015.

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Geek-Art: An Anthology By Thomas Olivri

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Every age has its artistic inspiration. Medieval artists exalted spiritual subjects. Modernists shifted their attention to humanity and the senses. For a generation of artists and fans today, our heroic subjects are Mario, Pikachu, Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Frodo, and a legion of other iconic figures from the geek culture realms of movies cartoons video games and comics.

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For the first time Geek-Art collects the work of nearly 100 international illustrators graphic designers photographers and artists whose inspired interpretations of these beloved characters celebrate them with creative brilliance and a true fan’s passion. Featuring more than 750 images this lavish illustrated anthology showcases the inspired energy that drives pop culture and makes geeky fans of us all.

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Geek-Art: An Anthology Paperback by Thomas Olivri ($40) will be released on November 18, 2014.

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Jack Torrance By Nick Comparone

I befriended artist Nick Comparone at a Hero Complex Gallery art show and mentioned to him that I was a huge Stephen King fan and would love him to paint a piece for me reflecting the prolific author’s work.

This Jack Torrance painting arrived in the mail today. Nick paints on actual book pages and cleverly chose the “REDRUM” page. Thank you so much Nick for the gorgeous piece which I will cherish forever; it will be placed amongst my Stephen King collection of books.

For more information about Nick and his work, please click HERE.

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