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Cemetery Dance To Release A Simple Plan: The Deluxe Special Edition Hardcover By Scott Smith

Cemetery Dance is pleased to announce that they will be publishing a special signed Limited Edition A Simple Plan by New York Times bestselling author Scott Smith. In addition, they’ll be publishing a special signed Limited Edition of The Ruins by Scott Smith later this summer as well, and collectors who preorder A Simple Plan will get first shot at matching numbers/letters for their collection.

A Simple Plan marked the astonishing debut of a natural born storyteller and is one of the most talked about thrillers of the last two decades.

It’s a novel about a young man, unaware of his own moral fragility, who finds an immense cache of money — and makes a seemingly plausible decision that sets his hitherto “ordinary and ordered” life on the road to chaos and horror. He is Hank Mitchell — steady, solid, devoted husband, proud new father. He tells the story.

It begins on a snowy winter afternoon. Hank is driving on a lonely country road with his brother, Jacob, and his brother’s pal, when suddenly Jacob’s dog leaps into the woods. Following him, the three men come upon the wreckage of a single-engine plane and the body of the pilot. Under the seat they find a duffel bag containing four million dollars in packets of hundred-dollar bills. Shocked, barely able to make sense of what they see, they try to puzzle out the right thing to do.

They arrive at a seemingly simple plan, a plan that will enable them to hide, keep, and eventually share the fortune. They believe it will harm no one, put no one at risk. From the moment the plan is set in motion, Hank’s orderly universe begins to crumble. He is constantly on the watch, trying to prevent his partners — his brother, his brother’s pal, and, ultimately, his wife — from making impulsive or careless moves, triggered by panic or even impatience, that could endanger them all. But soon, himself panicked by his brother’s stupidity and confusion, Hank commits a murder. And his nightmare begins.

Riveting, highly charged at its core, told with extraordinary clarity, coolness, and restraint, Scott Smith’s story of a man driven to acts previously unthinkable seizes the reader and never lets go.

Special Features Exclusive to this Special Collector’s Edition:

– Deluxe oversized design (7 inches X 10 inches)
– Full color cover artwork by Glen Orbik
– High-quality endpapers and fine bindings for both editions
– Full-color signature sheets with exclusive color artwork
– Extremely collectible print run that is a tiny fraction of the millions of copies of this novel you’ve seen in bookstores — and you will NOT find this edition in chain bookstores!

The book will be published in two states:

- Hardcover Limited Edition of 748 copies signed by the author, bound in full-cloth, and Smyth sewn with a full-color dust jacket ($60)
- Traycased Lettered Edition of 52 signed and lettered copies bound in leather with a satin ribbon page marker ($300)

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

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Capturing Archetypes: Twenty Years of Sideshow Collectibles Art Hardcover

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of Sideshow Collectibles, the renowned specialty manufacturer of collectible figures and statues beloved for their excellent craftsmanship, attention to detail, and quality. In honor of this landmark, Sideshow teamed up with publisher Insight Editions, known for creating enduring, innovative, and visually stunning books on photography, film, and popular culture.

A deluxe gallery of Sideshow’s best work from its beginning to present day, Capturing Archetypes: Twenty Years of Sideshow Collectibles Art (Insight Editions / $50.00 / April 22, 2014) showcases the stunning creations they’ve produced over the past two decades in one breathtaking collection. Featuring iconic and universally adored characters from franchises including Star Wars, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Lord of the Rings, Capturing Archetypes celebrates Sideshow’s astonishing ability to capture the essence of archetypal characters in their phenomenal art pieces. A must-have collectible in its own right, this elegant book is the artistic culmination of Sideshow’s incredible ambition and undeniable skill. With a removable acetate bellyband over a multilevel debossed cover, Capturing Archetypes will delight pop culture enthusiasts and dedicated collectors alike.

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Bryan Cranston To Write Memoir of His ‘Breaking Bad’ Years

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Bryan Cranston, the veteran actor and celebrated star of “Breaking Bad,” has agreed to write a memoir of his life and work, his publisher said on Thursday. The publisher, Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, said it would release the book in fall 2015.

In a statement, Mr. Cranston said he planned to “tell the stories of my life and reveal the secrets and lies that I lived with for six years shooting ‘Breaking Bad’.”

Nan Graham, the publisher of Scribner, said that Mr. Cranston “writes the way he acts — with fierce commitment, intelligence and humor.”

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Something to Take on the Trip Charity Anthology eBook Now Available

Something to Take on the Trip ($3.99) is loaded with short stories for people who have a limited amount of time to read a bit of something everyday.

Aimed at commuters and people on journeys short and long, each story is just the right length for your trip. Comedy, romance, drama, mystery, science fiction and everything in between, there is something here for you whatever your mood!

This is no ordinary anthology. Aimed at readers 18 – 80 it contains a variety of genres from a variety of authors. The writers who contributed to this book come from locations across 4 continents, and kindly donated their work in aid of a children’s hospital charity.

Contributing Authors: Kevin J. Anderson, Aditi Bathia, Graham Brand, Donald R. Broyles, Cora Burhlert, Neil Bursnoll, Jamie Campbell, Michael Carmella, T.L. Champion, Helen Cho, Samuel Clements, J. David Core, Cate Dean, Stephen Drivick, Dan Fiorella, Erin Garlock, David Gerrold, Edward M. Grant, Sheila Guthrie, Jamie Horyski, Mary Kincaid, Paul B. Kohler, Paul Levinson, Kevin A. Lyons, Kelly Lytle, Ron McLarty, John L. Monk, Lindy Moone, E. Percy Muove, Debadatta Pati, Dario Solera, H.S. Stone, Joe Tannian, Vincent Trigili, Karen Tucker, Rich Walls, Stella Wilkinson, Richard Wolanski and Frank Zubek.

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Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years Hardcover Due On July 16, 2014

Written by Bill Finger, Edmond Hamilton, John Broome, Dennis O’Neil, Archie Goodwin, Steve Englehart, Mike W. Barr, Doug Moench, Greg Rucka, Chuck Dixon, Paul Dini, Scott Snyder and others.

Art by Bob Kane, Dick Sprang, Carmine Infantino, Neal Adams, Alex Toth, Marshall Rogers, Frank Miller, Michael Golden, Alan Davis, Jim Aparo, J.H. Williams III, Greg Capulo and others.

Cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams.

This amazing Batman best-of collection includes stories from Detective Comics #27, 83, 211, 216, 327, 359, 395, 442, 474, 574, 633, 711, 757 and 821, Batman #1, 49, 181, 497, Batman #2 (The New 52), World’s Finest Comics #94, DC Special Series #21 and Batman Special #1!

The 384 page hardcover will go on sale July 16, 2014.

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Cover To Stephen King’s Revival Revealed

Today stephenking.com revealed the cover to the author’s upcoming novel Revival. The 520 page book is described as follows:

“A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of 13, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.”

The hardcover, audiobook and eBook will be released on November 11, 2014.

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Graham Erwin’s Poster For Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Tomorrow at a random time, Dzxtinkt Originals will release Graham Erwin’s poster for Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 

The poster is a 24”x36”, 4 color limited edition screen print.

The presale starts tomorrow (February 28, 2014) at a random time. Pre orders will be available for 7 days at $45, after which the go up to the regular price of $55. For more information please check out www.dzxtinktoriginals.com or follow them on twitter @DzX_OG.

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Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Comic Art

Marvel Comics will celebrate 75 of years of comics excellence in 2014. DK commemorates this special anniversary with Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Comic Art, a beautiful, large-scale book featuring some of the most impactful, inspiring, and unusual comic cover art to come out of the Marvel vault.

With access to the rarest and most interesting cover art in Marvel’s 75-year history, DK brings together an unforgettable gallery spotlighting the most iconic covers along with never-before-seen concept art from all over the world. Featuring the likes of Spider-Man, Iron Man, and The Avengers, as well as the writers and artists who gave them life, including Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, this book brings together the beloved Marvel characters like no other has done before.

Spreads feature blown-up versions of the beautiful comic art capturing every detail while captioning facts and information about each cover’s artist, storyline, and history. Marvel Comics Cover Art is the only book of its kind to span the breadth of Marvel’s cover art and is an imperative addition to any collection.

The 320 page hardcover will be released on July 21, 2014.

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The Cartoon Art Museum To Release Grains of Sand: 25 Years of The Sandman Exhibition Catalog In April 2014

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The Cartoon Art Museum proudly presents the official Grains of Sand: 25 Years of The Sandman exhibition catalog. This 144-page full-color catalog showcases over 100 pieces from the museum exhibition, reproduced in full color to capture every detail of the original artwork. Highlights include more than 20 pages from the groundbreaking first issue of Sandman; eight pages from “The Sound of Her Wings,” featuring the first appearance of Death from Sandman #8; full-color paintings by Yoshitaka Amano, Barron Storey, J.H. Williams III, and series cover artist Dave McKean; beautiful, unretouched pencil artwork by famed illustrator Michael Zulli; and highlights from Neil Gaiman’s personal collection of Sandman artwork.

Grains of Sand features new text pieces by Sandman co-creators Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg as well as Sandman: Overture artist J.H. Williams III.  Dringenberg and Kieth have collaborated on an original bookplate for this catalog, and additional bookplates by Williams III and Gaiman will also be available. Catalogs may be ordered through Guestlist: https://guestlistapp.com/events/226605

Grains of Sand will be available in the following editions:

- Preludes and Nocturnes:  The 144-page catalog featuring over 100 full-color reproductions of Sandman original artwork.  $40, plus $10 shipping and handling.

- The Doll’s House:  The 144-page catalog plus an exclusive bookplate signed by Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg.  $75, plus $10 shipping and handling.

- Dream Country:  The 144-page catalog plus an exclusive bookplate signed by J.H. Williams III.  $75, plus $10 shipping and handling.

- Season of Mists:  The 144-page catalog plus an exclusive bookplate signed by Neil Gaiman (artist to be announced), plus the Kieth & Dringenberg and Williams III bookplates.  The first 25 orders will also include an exclusive print illustrated and signed by Worlds’ End artists Gary Amaro and Steve Leialoha.  $125, plus $10 shipping and handling.

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The catalogs are expected to arrive at the Cartoon Art Museum in mid-April, and orders will be filled at that time.

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Movies R Fun! A Collection of Cinematic Classics for the Pre- (Film) School Cinephile By Josh Cooley

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Movies R Fun! ($12.95) the new book by Pixar animator Josh Cooley. It cleverly translates memorable scenes from classic contemporary films into the format of an “inappropriate Golden Book.”

 The idea for the book originated when Josh’s daughter was born and he realized it would be at least 17 years before he could share his favorite films with her. His tongue-in-cheek solution was a child’s book that could introduce some of the most memorable moments of those films

Josh self-published a modest run of the book and took it to San Diego Comic-Con where it sold out quickly and caught the eye of BoingBoing, TheMillions, Salon, and Reddit, to name a few.

Now, Chronicle Books publishes an updated version with additional films represented. Of course, this book is on our Adult list, not our children’s list.  Josh’s daughter still has to wait a few years before she can read it.

The 48 page hardcover will be released on February 25, 2014.

The book will have two launch events:

February 22, 2014: Gallery1988, 7308 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046

March 1, 2013: Trickster Gallery, 2631 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, CA

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Gentle Giant & Chronicle Books Partner On Special Editions of Darth Vader and Son & Darth Vader’s Little Princess Bundled With Maquettes

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Gentle Giant has partnered with Chronicle Books to put together something pretty special just in time for Father’s Day.

The artisans at Gentle Giant Studios have captured this hilarious and sweet comic as re-imagining, Darth Vader as a dad like any other-except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Traditionally sculpted by the Artisans at Gentle Giant Studios, no detail has been overlooked.

- Each maquette is a numbered cold-cast Polystone collectible featuring a bottom stamp with a matching certificate of authenticity

- Comes with an exclusive edition of Darth Vader and Son book or Darth Vader’s Little Princess book

- 16-page signature with the original black & white concept sketches from Jeffrey Brown! These sketches have not been released to the public until now, and are exclusive to each boxed set.

- A new full color illustration from Jeffrey Brown printed on board and packaged in a vellum sleeve.

– The book cover and spine will be printed with color foil stamps and spot gloss varnish.

Each set will cost $150 and will be released by Father’s Day. You can pre-order the Darth Vader and Son set HERE and the Darth Vader’s Little Princess set HERE.

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Stephen King Reveals Cover To His Next Novel, Mr. Mercedes

Today on Facebook Stephen King revealed the cover to his upcoming novel, Mr. Mercedes.

The book is described as follows:

In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

The 496 page hardcover book is due from Scribner on June 3, 2014.

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The Art of Rube Goldberg: (A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius, A Book About the Famed Cartoonist & Inventor

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The Art of Rube Goldberg: (A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius ($60) is a book about the life and work of Rube Goldberg, the prolific cartoonist, artist, and inventor of whimsically complicated contraptions.

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Written by Goldberg’s granddaughter, Jennifer George, the book spans Goldberg’s enormous body of work, from his high school newspaper drawings to the sculptures and political cartoons of his later years.

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Synopsis of Stephen King’s Next Novel, Mr. Mercedes

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Today Scribner posted the synopsis of Stephen King’s next novel, Mr. Mercedes:

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again.

Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

The 496 page hardcover will arrive at bookstores on June 3, 2014.

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The 2013 FIRE WIRE Holiday Must-Have List: Comic Book Icons – 100 Characters, 100 Artists, 1 Unique Book

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Comic Book Icons  is a companion piece book from The Comic Book Icons exhibition that was held at the International Comic Book Festival in Brazil in November.

Charlie Adlard, Bill Sienkiewicz, Ryan Sook, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Rod Reis, Darwyn Cooke, Sean Murphy, Rafel Albuquerque, Dave Johnson, Scott McDaniel, Mike Deodato, Eduardo Risso, Renato Guedes, Phil Hester, Rafael Grampá, Alex Maleev and several other famed comic book artists have created original art pieces for the exhibition that appear in a deluxe hardcover book.

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This passion project was created by the art rep and FIQ member Ivan Freitas da Costa and the book (with texts in English and Portuguese) is still available in 2 versions. The regular hardcover version without the slipcase costs $45 + shipping and the slipcased edition signed by 30 artists costs $140 + shipping. Both books can be ordered by e-mailing ivancosta@hotmail.com.

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I have a copy of the book and absolutely love it… it’s well produced, lavishly illustrated and features a virtual who’s who of the top comic book artists working in the field today! This gorgeous edition would thrill the comic book fan, art aficionado or pop culture lover on your Holiday shopping list. I urge you to purchase this book and give it my highest recommendation!

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Lone Wolf and Cub by Rafael Grampa

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Tarzan by Eduardo Risso

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Akira by Renato Guedes

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The Shadow by Sean Murphy

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Shazam by Eduardo Medeiros

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Sandman by José Aguiar

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The Best of McSweeney’s Deluxe Box Set Edition

To commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of the journal called “a key barometer of the literary climate” by the New York Times and twice honored with a National Magazine Award for fiction, here is Best of McSweeney’s Deluxe Box Set Edition ($55)—a comprehensive collection of the most remarkable work from a remarkable magazine. Drawing on the full range of the journal thus far—from the very earliest volumes to our groundbreaking, Chris Ware–edited graphic novel issue to our most popular project yet, the full-on Sunday-newspaper issue known as San Francisco Panorama, The Best of McSweeney’s is an essential retrospective of recent literary history. With full-color contributions from some of the pioneering artists and illustrators featured in our pages over the years (Marcel Dzama, Art Spiegelman, and many more) and a breathtaking array of first-rate fiction (and some incredible nonfiction, too).

Along with a 624-page hardcover, this special, slipcased deluxe edition includes a custom cigar box filled with the following extras:

- A broadsheet comics section from the newspaper of your dreams, with work by Chris Ware, Adrian Tomine, and many more
– A tiny hardcover fable by Nathan Englander
– A catalog for plural clothing, designed to be worn by no fewer than two people at a time by Brian McMullen
– A lost novel-fragment from Michael Chabon
– Stephen King’s baseball reportage
– A rearrangeable story by Robert Coover, printed on playing cards
– A collaborative novella by Ann Beattie and Harry Mathews
– Postcards by Ian Huebert

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THE FIRE WIRE Exclusive First Look At The Locke & Key: Head Games Deluxe Hardcover Available On December 3, 2013 From IDW Limited

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After looking at the detailed specs and the mind blowing art of IDW’s Locke & Key: Head Games Deluxe Edition, it very well may be one of the most lavish, gorgeous hardcovers ever produced in the comic book industry. And it should be considering the subject matter; the highly acclaimed series by writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez deserves a keepsake like this or should I say these as there are many choices to pick from.

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So break open your wallets, make some extra space under the Christmas tree and marvel at the Locke & Key: Head Games deluxe hardcover available on December 3, 2013 on idwlimited.com

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This is IDW Limited’s most feature-rich offering to date: each book comes packaged in an exclusive leatherette tray case that also contains a hardcover portfolio of photographs taken by Shane Leonard.

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To fully unlock the secrets of this lavish special edition, you’ll have to pry up the floorboard of the tray case to find an exclusive custom key and journal entries from the Locke family.

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Black and Blue Label buyers will be able to choose original art from an incredible talent pool featuring David Petersen, Tony Harris, Alan Robinson, Jim Mahfood and Langdon Foss.

The pricing and features of the 3 different volumes are as follows:

The Red Edition costs $175 and comes with an exclusive Head Games key. The book is signed by Gabriel Rodriguez, Joe Hill, Shane Leonard, Jay Fotos and Robbie Robbins. This volume also comes with a photo portfolio from Shane Leonard, secret journal pages hidden under a trap door and of course the limited-edition book. 250 copies.

The Black Label Edition contains everything mentioned above except this volume includes an exclusive Echo Key plus original art from:

Langdon Foss $300
Alan Robinson $300
Tony Harris $350

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David Petersen $400

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Jim Mahfood $375

There are 10 unique copies available from each artist.

The Blue Label Edition comes with everything mentioned in the Red Edition plus a Locke & Key cover interpretation and an exclusive Echo Key. Featured artists includes:

Langdon Foss $450

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Alan Robinson $450

Tony Harris $495

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David Petersen $600

Jim Mahfood $525

There are ONLY 3 unique copies available from each artist.

Again, the Locke & Key: Head Games deluxe hardcover will be available on December 3, 2013 on idwlimited.com. Locke On!

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Best Selling Author Stephen King Visits Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, The USO Warrior Center & Leads USO Book Reading at Ramstein Air Base On November 18, 2013

Midway through a European book tour promoting his latest literary masterpiece, Doctor Sleep, Stephen King joined forces with the USO on November 18, 2013 and participated in his first-ever USO visit. 

Passing out free copies of his book, visiting Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and leading insightful Q&A sessions with servicemen and women, King made every moment count with our nation’s troops and military families stationed in Germany on Monday.

King kicked off his morale boosting trip with a visit to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, where he extended his thanks to medical staff and walked from room-to-room visiting with troops and their families.

The best selling author then toured the USO Warrior Center and led an eye-opening Q&A, where he shed light into his creative process, novel inspirations and support of America’s Armed Forces.

Capping off the day, King led a USO book reading of “Doctor Sleep” at Ramstein Air Base’s Hercules Theater. In total, King uplifted the spirits of and shared special moments with hundreds of troops and military families. This visit marked the writer’s first USO experience.

“I never realized until earlier this week just how important everyday moments with our nation’s troops and their families really are. Volunteering with the USO and spending time with our men and women in uniform was an eye opening experience that I hope to be able to do again soon. I stand behind the USO’s “Every Moment Counts” campaign and encourage others to join the USO in supporting our troops.”, King said.

More than three decades after his wildly successful novel, “The Shining,” King released his first-ever sequel novel, “Doctor Sleep,” in January 2013. Returning to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, King’s latest literary work follows the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

Known as the monarch of fictional horror, King has written more than 50 books and sold more than 350 million copies worldwide. Whether writing stories about teenagers with uncanny powers (Carrie), vampires colonizing dead-end towns (Salem’s Lot), monstrous canines (Cujo) or tribal (Pet Sematary), King has mastered the art of terror.

Read a Q&A HERE.

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Preview Joe Hill’s IDW Miniseries Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland

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Charlie Manx, the ghoulish driver of an old 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith who takes children to the holiday hell of Christmasland in Joe Hill’s novel NOS4A2 makes his comic-book debut tomorrow in the first issue of Hill’s IDW miniseries Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland.

“Wraith tells a story about how some escaped prisoners wound up coming to Christmasland with Charlie Manx and what happened to them once they got trapped there,” says Hill, the Locke & Key creator who’s working on the series with artist C.P. Wilson III.

The first issue delves into Manx’s own horror story of a childhood before he became a vampiric menace who uses human souls to gas up his ride.

The series on the whole was Hill’s way of spending more time in Christmasland, the amusement park haunted by monstrous kids only seen a little in NOS4A2, which is now out in paperback.

Preview some variant covers and the first 7 pages of Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland below.

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Samuel L. Jackson Joins John Cusack In The Film Adaptation of Stephen King’s Apocalyptic Thriller, Cell

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Samuel L. Jackson will star opposite John Cusack in Cell for Benaroya Pictures and The Genre Company.

Tod “Kip” Williams is directing the film adaptation of Stephen King’s apocalyptic thriller, which is set to begin shooting in January.

“It’s really exciting to have such a great cast continue to come together on this project,” said Benaroya Pictures principal Michael Benaroya. “Our goal is to create exciting commercial fare with top talent to really deliver on the concept of an elevated genre film.”

Jackson will play Tom McCourt, an engineer and former solider who escapes from Boston with Cusack’s character, Clay Riddell, after a mysterious pulse transmitted by cell phones spreads like a virus among the human population.

King wrote the adapted screenplay with Adam Alleca.

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Inside MAD Features An Intricate Pullout Poster By Sergio Aragones That Provides A Tour Through MAD’s History

Within Inside MAD — an “ill-conceived collection of the magazine’s high-quality stupidity,” you’ll find a series of the irreverent humor rag’s best spoofs ever, as chosen by the magazine’s own staffers.

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The book also contains essays by famous MAD fans including Roseanne Barr, Paul Feig, Whoopi Goldberg, John Stamos, and Matthew Weiner, as well as an introduction by Judd Apatow, who thanks MAD for making him who he is today, i.e. “a man who desperately seeks attention by shocking people with graphic representations of other people’s private parts.”

But wait, there’s more! After 430 patented MAD fold-ins, the magazine’s editors decided to try something different — a fold-out, in the form of an incredibly detailed poster that gives readers a guided tour through MAD‘s history. Fittingly, this intricate illustration is the work of MAD vet Sergio Aragones, who’s been contributing speech-free comics to the mag since emigrating to the U.S. in the early ’60s.

Get a glimpse at new book’s intricate pullout poster HERE and use your mouse to see Sergio Aragones’ handiwork in all its magnified glory.

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Do You Want To Know What J.J. Abrams’ S. Is About?

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J.J. Abrams discussed some bits and pieces regarding his upcoming book simply titled S. in this New York Times interview. The book will be released on Tuesday October 29, 2013.

“There is the novel itself (“Ship of Theseus”), which stands alone as its own story, and then there are the notes in the margins: a conversation and investigation and mystery and love story between two people, which is both connected to and separate from the central text. Then, there is the editor of the book, who appears in an introduction and in footnotes. So there were many characters and points of view to balance. It felt less like film or TV, and more like concocting something insane and very special.”

The Hollywood writer, director and producer, and author was inspired by Chris Ware’s work. “His graphic novels have the emotional wallop of a Philip Roth or Thomas Pynchon.”

You can check out the book’s website HERE.

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Scott C Great Showdowns Signing & Print At Spoke Art In San Francisco On October 18, 2013

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Join Spoke Art this Friday night October 18, 2013 at 7 PM for a very special one night only event, welcoming fan favorite Scott C. to San Francisco in promotion of his brand new book, Great Showdowns: The Return.

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The artist will be in attendance and will be signing copies of his book for fans. Spoke Art will also have copies of his first Great Showdowns book available as well!

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To top it all off, the gallery will be debuting a brand new limited edition print with the artist, available only on his book signing tour.

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Learn more about the event on his website here or RSVP via Facebook here.

Spoke Art
816 Sutter Street
San Francisco, California 94109
(415) 796-3774

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Star Wars: Frames

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After George Lucas finished work on Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, he wanted to look back on the Star Wars saga with an entirely new point of view: isolating stills, or frames, from each of the six Star Wars films, focusing on them intensely as works of photography and design, and reproducing them in a book.

For two years Lucas went through more than 150,000 frames per film, editing more than 1 million frames down to the 1,416 images that now comprise Star Wars: Frames ($150) a testament to the hard work, craftsmanship, and dedication evident in every frame of every film.

Star Wars: Frames brings together Lucas’s personal shot-by-shot selections into a lavishly designed two-volume hardcover set—one volume for the Original Trilogy and one volume for the Prequel Trilogy. For collectors and fans, Star Wars: Frames is the ultimate look on this grand project devoted to a cinematic phenomenon—and the ultimate Star Wars collector’s tome.

The exterior packaging is designed to resemble Darth Vader’s Tie Fighter. The box set contains two hardcover books with 1,416 color illustrations. Star Wars: Frames will be released throughout the entire galaxy on 10/29/2013.

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The Wes Anderson Collection By Matt Zoller Seitz

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Wes Anderson is one of the most influential voices from the past two decades of American cinema. A true auteur, Anderson is known for the visual artistry, inimitable tone, and idiosyncratic characterizations that make each of his films—Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom—instantly recognizable as “Andersonian.”

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The Wes Anderson Collection ($40) is the first in-depth overview of Anderson’s filmography, guiding readers through his life and career. Previously unpublished photos, artwork, and ephemera complement a book-length conversation between Anderson and award-winning critic Matt Zoller Seitz. The interview and images are woven together in a meticulously designed book that captures the spirit of his films: melancholy and playful, wise and childish—and thoroughly original.

The 336 page hardcover is filled with 400 color and black-and-white photographs and will be in stores on October 1, 2013.

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