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Capturing Archetypes, Volume 2: A Gallery of Heroes & Villains from Batman to Vader

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Following the success of Capturing Archetypes, this deluxe second volume showcases a fresh slate of Sideshow Collectibles’ figures and statues. Featuring a wide variety of world-renowned and beloved characters from the worlds of film, television, and popular culture, Capturing Archetypes, Volume 2: A Gallery of Heroes & Villains from Batman to Vader ($50) demonstrates the intricate attention to detail and artistry that Sideshow devotes to its collectibles. Each page of this beautifully rendered art book highlights the wordless narrative that is told through every carefully sculpted facial expression, curve of a cape, or thoughtfully posed stance. Also featuring photography of Sideshow’s original line of collectibles, Court of the Dead, this elegant collection is a necessary addition to the library of any pop culture collector.

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

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ThinkGeek Build On Brick Bookends

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ThinkGeek has just launched these Build on Brick Bookends. The set of two bookends have an exterior building surface that are compatible with many construction bricks including LEGO. They also have metal slides for under the books for more stability.

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You can now order them HERE and the set of two will go for $19.99. Important Note: Build-On Brick Bookends do not come with any bricks.

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Galerie F Announces Roald Dahl Art Exhibition Opening On June 19, 2015

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Galerie F in Chicago is pleased to announce the second installment of Fantastic Mr. Dahl – an exhibition homage to the writings of Roald Dahl. Covering an array of works – short stories, adult fiction, and the classic children tales we all know and love.

The gallery will have over twenty phenomenal artists contributing to this two week exhibition, opening on Friday June 19th from 6p to 10p.

Contributing artists include: Dave Perillo, Phineas Jones, Adam Hanson, Jay Shaw, John Vogl, Dan Grzeca, Delicious Design, Godmachine, Mark Hammersmeister, Sarah Schatz of Burlesque, Anne Benjamin, Mike de Pippo, Jason Abraham Smith, James Eads, Nimasprout (Nicole Gustafsson), JC Richard, Andrew Ghrist, Lisa Wakiyama, Justin VanGenderen, Zeb Love and Michael Lauritano.

All work will be released online on Monday June 22nd at 2PM CST.

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The New York Times Talks To Stephen King: By The Book

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Stephen King, most recently, of “Finders Keepers” has never read Jane Austen. “I do not say this with either pride or shame (or prejudice, for that matter). It’s just a fact.”

Read what else the prolific author has to say about his favorite novelist, who would be invited to a literary dinner, his most personal novel and lots more.

Read the interview HERE.

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EL James Announces New Fifty Shades of Grey Book “Grey”

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On social media earlier today bestselling author E L James announced that she will release a new version of her worldwide bestselling novel Fifty Shades of Grey-this time written from Christian Grey’s point of view.  The new book, titled Grey, will be published on June 18th -a date that devotees may remember as Christian’s birthday.

Since the publication of Fifty Shades of Grey in 2011, thousands of readers have written to James requesting Christian’s POV. On the opening page of Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian, James writes, “This book is dedicated to those readers who asked…and asked… and asked… and asked for this.”  In the new work, she will offer her fans the opportunity to see the world of Fifty Shades anew through the eyes of its intriguing and enigmatic protagonist.

“Christian is a complex character,” said James, “and readers have always been fascinated by his desires and motivations, and his troubled past. Also, as anyone who has ever been in a relationship knows, there are two sides to every story. It’s been a great pleasure to return to my happy place-writing, being with Christian and Ana in their universe, and working with the fantastic team at Vintage.”

Readers know Christian as someone who exercises control in all aspects of his life. His world is neat, disciplined, and empty-until the moment that Anastasia Steele stumbles into his office. What is it about her that captivates him? Why can’t he forget her? He is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist.

“Fifty Shades of Grey is a love story that has enthralled readers in a way that few books have,” said Vintage Books publisher and James’s editor, Anne Messitte, “and when Erika mentioned to me that she wanted to explore Christian’s viewpoint and re-open the story, I was incredibly excited for her and for her readers. This book has all the compelling attributes of its predecessors, and I can’t wait for Fifty Shades fans to experience the work again from a perspective they have long desired.”

“Given the secrecy and immediacy of the publication, we’ve worked hard to ensure that the book will be well represented in the retail marketplace on June 18th.” said Tony Chirico, President of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

The Fifty Shades trilogy-Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed-has reached worldwide sales of more than 125 million copies, and become one of the most successful publications in the history of book publishing. Like the earlier books in James’s trilogy, Grey will be published in original trade paperback format and as an eBook by Vintage Books, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House. Audio and Spanish language editions will also be available.

Grey will be published simultaneously by Penguin Random House UK on June 18, 2015.

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Cemetery Dance Announces Owen King’s We’re All In This Together (Revised & Expanded Limited Edition)

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Cemetery Dance just announced Owen King’s We’re All In This Together: The Revised and Expanded Limited Edition.

This special edition hardcover will include a new foreword by Owen King and a bonus story, “The Idiot’s Ghost,” which hasn’t appeared in any other version of the book! Plus a new introduction by John Freeman!

If you haven’t read the works of Owen King yet, you’re in for a treat! The stories in this collection, including the brilliant title novella, carry the weight of real emotion and revelation and showcase the impressive versatility of a rising talent.

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This special signed Limited Edition of King’s acclaimed debut includes a new foreword by the author, revised and expanded versions of the stories, and a bonus short story, “The Idiot’s Ghost,” which hasn’t appeared in any other publication of this collection. In addition, there will be a brand new introduction by John Freeman, who was editor of the literary magazine Granta until 2013 and is the former president of the National Book Critics Circle.

The book will be released later this year and published in two states:

Hardcover Limited Edition of 750 signed and hand-numbered copies bound in full-cloth, Smyth sewn, and featuring a full-color signature sheet ($60)

Deluxe Hardcover Lettered Edition of 52 signed and hand-lettered copies bound in leather, Smyth sewn with a satin ribbon page marker, raised hubs on the spine, custom gilded page edges dipped by hand, a full-color signature sheet, and featuring unique full color illustrated endpapers not appearing in any other edition ($200)

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Inside the Sideshow Studio: A Modern Renaissance Environment

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Admired by collectors for its meticulous attention to detail, Sideshow Collectibles has rooted itself on a foundation of creativity, close collaboration, and boundary-pushing quality. Through dynamic photography, Inside the Sideshow Studio (Insight Editions / $24.95) takes an in-depth look at an artistic haven expressly devoted to the development of high-end collectible figures, offering a one-of-a-kind examination of the relationship between innovation and spatial design.

The world of Sideshow itself, and the renaissance-like environment it fosters, is the subject of this unique photographic exploration of creativity and the spaces it inhabits. A must-have for fans and creatives, this beautifully illustrated book will not only grant a look at Sideshow that few have ever seen, but also will inspire readers to push the limits of their talent and surround themselves with artistic spaces of their own.

With numerous awards under its belt, Sideshow Collectibles is a globally renowned specialty creator of high-end figures, widely recognized for its high-quality products. As Sideshow does not give public tours of its offices, this book provides the only way for most fans to see the unique environment in which the collectibles they love are created.

The 128 page hardcover book will be released on June 16, 2015.

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Cover Reveal For Stephen King’s The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

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A master storyteller at his best—the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories in his upcoming book The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. Several of the stories are brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.

Since his first collection, Nightshift, published thirty-five years ago, Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it.

There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. “Afterlife” is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Other stories address what happens when someone discovers that he has supernatural powers—the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in “Obits;” the old judge in “The Dune” who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw names written in the sand, the names of people who then died in freak accidents. In “Morality,” King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil’s pact they can win.

Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King’s finest gifts to his constant reader—“I made them especially for you,” says King. “Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”

The 512 page hardcover will be released on November 3, 2015.

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Alternative Movie Posters II: More Film Art From The Underground Book By Matthew Chojnacki To Be Released On November 28, 2015

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Matthew Chojnacki’s Alternative Movie Posters II: More Film Art From The Underground, the sequel to his popular 2013 art book Alternative Movie Posters will be released on November 28, 2015.

This second volume of cinematic eye candy further documents the quickly burgeoning underground film poster movement, a group of artists who challenge Hollywood’s marketing machine by bringing clever artwork and design back to movie posters.

Nearly 100 emerging artists, with a dozen returning favorites, present their newly produced images. Cinematic visual masters Jason Edmiston, Gary Pullin, Akiko Stehrenberger, Randy Ortiz, Brandon Schaefer, Gabz, Dave Perillo, Chris Garofalo, Anthony Petrie, Godmachine, Tracie Ching, Clark Orr, Orlando Arocena, Steve Dressler, Paul Shipper, Tom Hodge, Luke Insect, and more additionally provide commentary and behind-the-scenes information.

Movies illustrated include classics like Vertigo, Rosemary’s Baby, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, more recent hits such as Her and Drive, cult favorites Dazed and Confused and Donnie Darko, and childhood staples Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and Labyrinth.

Pre-ordering is now underway and you can follow the project on Facebook and Twitter.

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Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz And The Art of Peanuts Hardcover Book By Chip Kidd To Be Released On October 20, 2015

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Charles M. Schulz (1922–2000) believed that the key to cartooning was to take out the extraneous details and leave in only what’s necessary. For 50 years, from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000, Schulz wrote and illustrated Peanuts, the single most popular and influential comic strip in the world. In all, 17,897 strips were published, making it “arguably the longest story ever told by one human being,” according to Robert Thompson, professor of popular culture at Syracuse University.

For Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts ($40), renowned designer Chip Kidd was granted unprecedented access to the extraordinary archives of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California. Reproducing the best of the Peanuts newspaper strip,all shot from the original art by award-winning photographer Geoff Spear, Only What’s Necessary also features exclusive, rare, and unpublished original art and developmental work—much of which has never been seen before.

The 304 page hardcover book will be released on October 20, 2015.

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