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The Covers Collection – Thinner (UK Paperback Cover) Print By Gerry Grace Now Available for Pre-Order

Suntup Editions anounces their fifth print by artist Gerry Grace in The Covers Collection. Over the past four years, Gerry’s art from the U.K. covers of IT, The Long Walk, Pet Sematary, and Christine have been released. This month, Suntup brings you their final Gerry Grace print, the cover art from the 1st U.K. paperback edition of Thinner.

While the 1st U.S. edition of Thinner was released on November 19, 1984, Constant Readers across the pond would not get to read Stephen King’s dark tale of gypsies, curses and bitter grudges until early 1985, and it wouldn’t be until 1986 that the novel was released there in paperback.

The 1st U.K. paperback edition features Gerry’s breathtaking artwork of the gypsy tribe working their magic while holding hands around a fire. Reminiscent of his previous work on the cover of Pet Sematary, Grace here again uses the power of the circle and an imagined shape rising into the sky. Previously relegated to a small section taking up less than 50% of the paperback’s cover, this incredible work of art is now available for the first time in its full-sized glory and without cover text as a beautiful giclée print.

Pre-order the prints HERE.

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Mike Mignola: The Quarantine Sketchbook Hardcover

During the coronavirus quarantine, legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola posted original pencil sketches online and auctioned off the art to raise money for Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen. The sketches went viral and were the talk of the comics internet.

Now those sketches are published in print for the first time, with all profits going to the World Central Kitchen. 

This new, oversized hardcover collection is a must have for Mignola readers and art fans alike. The book features an introduction by Mignola, alongside sketches of Hellboy, beloved and unexpected pop culture characters, macabre chess pieces, gothic vegetable creatures, strange vampires, and more. 

Due to be released in March you can pre-order HERE.

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Exploring Gotham City By Matthew Manning

Discover the secrets of Gotham City with this large-scale interactive book, DC Comics: Exploring Gotham City.

Explore Gotham City, home of the mysterious crime fighter the Batman! From the depths of the Batcave to Wayne Manor, Arkham Asylum, and beyond, these pages take you on a fully illustrated journey through the crime-riddled city. Inside you’ll learn all about Gotham City’s shadowy history, encounter infamous villains from The Joker to the Penguin, and find out what the Batman, Robin, and other heroes are doing to stop them. 

The 48 page book will be released on March 16 and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

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Here Is The Updated Star Wars’ Timeline

This week, with the launch of highly anticipated The High Republic publishing initiative — which is set to take fans into a world 200 years before Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace in which the Jedi Order is revered and the people of the galaxy love these superhero-like protagonists — the Star Wars timeline has been officially expanded.

The new version of the timeline can be found in Justina Ireland’s new The High Republic novel A Test of Courage and online.

The High Republic

The High Republic — the golden age of Jedi culture — is the oldest era in the newly expanded Star Wars timeline. During this era, when the Jedi Order reigned supreme and Master Yoda was already teaching young Padawans, there was peace throughout the galaxy and expansion into the Outer Rim — where fan-favorite planets like Tatooine and Batuu, of Disney Parks’ Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land –, are located.

The Fall of The Jedi

The Fall of the Jedi era encompasses the entire prequel trilogy — Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II – The Attack of the Clones (2002), and Star Wars: Episode III – The Revenge of the Sith (2005).  Characters like Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen), Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman), Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), and Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) all existed during this age in the Star Wars timeline as Emperor Sheev Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) rose to power and, ultimately, ordered the execution of Order 66.

Reign of The Empire

The Reign of the Empire is the age in which Imperial forces reign supreme throughout the galaxy. Solo: A Star Wars Story and the upcoming Disney+ streaming animated series The Bad Batch are both set during this era. Some of the Star Wars universe’s most familiar characters, including Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich in Solo), Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover in Solo), and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo in Solo), were having adventures during this time period before the Rebellion began in earnest.

Age of Rebellion

The Age of Rebellion is the era of George Lucas’s original trilogy — Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi (1983) — in which Star Wars’ most beloved characters, Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), C-3P0 (Anthony Daniels), and more are fighting the Galactic Empire as the often ragtag Rebellion started by Leia’s father Bail Organa.

Animated series Star Wars Rebels — featuring characters like Mandalorian Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2018) — also fall into the Age of Rebellion era. It is important to note that Dave Filoni has previously stated the end of Rebels “potentially” overlaps with The Mandalorian, so this series may extend into The New Republic age.

The New Republic

The New Republic era is when Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s hit series The Mandalorian — featuring the likes of new characters bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu (AKA The Child AKA Baby Yoda) alongside fan-favorites like the aforementioned Bo-Katan Kryze, Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson), and bounty hunter Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison).

During this period, the former Rebel Alliance has formed a new government, based on the core planets. This has left the Outer Rim Territories largely at the hands of the Imperial remnant, led by warlords like Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito). Right now, The Mandalorian Season 1 and Season 2 are the only parts of a series that take place during this era, but it’s three confirmed spinoffs — Ahsoka, Rangers of the New Republic, and The Book of Boba Fett — will soon be joining it alongside The Mandalorian Season 3.

Rise of The First Order

The Rise of the First Order era is the age in which Supreme Leader Snoke, Kylo Ren/Ben Solo (Adam Driver), and their First Order stormtroopers ruled with an iron fist. It includes animated series Resistance and the entire Skywalker Saga sequel trilogy — Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017), and Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker — with characters like Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), and Finn (John Boyega).

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Suntup Editions Announces The Publication of The Limited Edition Book, The Silence of The Lambs By Thomas Harris

Suntup Editions today announced the publication of the limited edition book, The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris.

The second book in Thomas Harris’s Hannibal series, The Silence of the Lambs was first published in 1988; a sequel to the author’s 1981 novel, Red Dragon. This time, the cannibalistic forensic psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter is called upon by FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling, to use his powers of deduction to assist her in tracking down the grotesque serial killer known only as Buffalo Bill. But to enlist Dr. Lecter’s help, Starling will have to risk everything by letting him inside of her mind.

Thomas Harris

In Red Dragon, author Thomas Harris introduced us to Dr. Hannibal Lecter, and in The Silence of the Lambs he ushers Lecter to center stage, creating one of the most iconic and enduring villains the page and screen have ever known.

Ingenious and masterfully written, The Silence of the Lambs is a modern-day classic of suspense and storytelling.

About The Editions

The signed limited edition of The Silence of The Lambs by Thomas Harris is presented in three states: Lettered, Numbered and Artist editions. The editions measure 6” x 9” and feature seven full color illustrations by Tom Bagshaw. The Numbered and Lettered editions are signed by the author and the artist, and the Artist edition is signed by the artist.

Lettered Edition

The Lettered edition is limited to 26 copies and is a full leather binding with a foil stamped cover and top edge painting. Each copy is sewn and bound by hand. Endsheets are hand marbled and the edition is printed offset on Mohawk Via. The clamshell enclosure is debossed and covered in European cloth. The edition is signed by Thomas Harris and Tom Bagshaw. ($2,500)

Numbered Edition

The Numbered edition of 350 copies is a full Japanese cloth hand binding with a blind stamped cover. The leather spine label is foil stamped, and the endsheets are illustrated. The edition is printed offset on Mohawk Via, and is housed in a unique brocade fabric slipcase. This edition is signed by Thomas Harris and Tom Bagshaw. ($475)

Artist Edition

The Artist Edition is limited to 1000 copies with a reversible dust jacket featuring two wrap-around illustrations by Tom Bagshaw. It is a full cloth, smyth-sewn binding with a foil stamped cover. Endsheets are embossed, and it is the only edition of the three with the dust jacket. The edition is signed by Tom Bagshaw and is housed in an illustrated slipcase. ($145)

Ordering information can be found HERE.

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The First Publishing Works For Star Wars: The High Republic Land On Shelves

The first publishing works for Star Wars: The High Republic, an all-new epic series of books, novels, and comics, is now available!  Whether you’re a core fan or new to Star Wars, young or young-at-heart, this vast, interconnected saga brings a new era never before seen in the Star Wars galaxy.

In this new saga, five high-profile, fan-favorite Star Wars authors tell an epic, interconnected story – across multiple publishers and formats for different age groups – establishing a new timeline of Star Wars storytelling for generations to come. 

This initial release of Star Wars: The High Republic works include Light of the Jedi, an adult novel by Charles Soule; A Test of Courage, a middle grade novel by Justina Ireland, and a Marvel comic book series and children’s picture book, both by Cavan Scott. Additional titles will come in February including Into the Dark, a YA novel by Claudia Gray, and The High Republic Adventures an IDW comic series for fans of all ages by Daniel José Older. 

The era of The High Republic takes place centuries before The Phantom Menace and the prequel trilogy, during a golden age of the Republic, when the Jedi Order are in their prime. Noble and wise, the Jedi serve as protectors in a much more peaceful and prosperous time in the galaxy.  The story begins as the Jedi face The Great Disaster, an intergalactic catastrophe that spins the galaxy in a dangerous new direction. 

You’ll be introduced to a new group of courageous heroes, as well as menacing villains. The young, diverse Padawans run the gamut of skill, devotion, and personality.  Keep a look-out for Burryaga, a Force-sensitive Wookiee who is skilled with a broadsword-like lightsaber in Light of the Jedi; Vernestra “Vern” Rwoh, a teenage Jedi Knight with a lightwhip in A Test of Courage, and even some familiar faces like Yoda. 

With new heroes comes a barrage of new villains to terrorize the galaxy including the Nihil—dangerous marauders who wreak havoc from the Outer Rim- and the menacing Drengir, a carnivorous plant-like species with tentacles and teeth!

In February, look for Into the Dark, a young adult novel by Claudia Gray and Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures, an all-ages comic book series by Daniel José Older.  

Lucasfilm’s Publishing and Story Group teams have carefully crafted this initiative, and these books, comics, and magazines are being published by Disney Lucasfilm Press, Del Rey, IDW Publishing, Marvel, and more. The authors of this publishing initiative also participated in a virtual launch event today, where they shared insights about what to expect, as well as some new announcements:

You can purchase the first books from Star Wars: The High Republic wherever books are sold. Download a free digital sampler of books HERE.

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Total Geek-Art Book By Thomas Olivri

Characters from comics, movies, TV shows, and video games are a part of the collective imagination forever, so it’s only natural that artists would begin integrating them into their work, giving birth to a new artistic movement: Geek-Art. 

In Total Geek Art, the work of 80 painters, illustrators, and sculptors is collected to offer an international panorama of the geek-art genre of artistic expression. It presents profiles of geek-art’s greatest founders as well as insights on the latest trends, such as the return of enamel pins, the development of toy photography, and the recognition of video game art.

Featuring stunning artwork and exclusive interviews and essays, this deluxe collection is a must-have for every pop culture enthusiast. The 416 page paperback book is scheduled to be released on October 6, 2020 and it will retail for $40.

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Stephen King – Dollar Baby: The Book By Anthony Northrup

In the late 1970s, Stephen King had the idea of selling his short stories for one dollar and a contract to let young filmmakers make their own films based on his works. After King’s approval, these films were only available for viewing at film festivals around the world. For the last forty-plus years and over hundreds of films made, The Dollar Baby program has made a serious impact not only on the Stephen King world, but the film industry itself.

Unfortunately, for Stephen King fans, unless you attended these film festivals, you basically would never be able to see them. In fact, most Stephen King fans have never even heard of the Dollar Baby program. Well, that’s where Anthony Northrup comes in. He has been interviewing Dollar Baby filmmakers and reviewing their films for eight years. During that time he has hosted two Dollar Baby Film festivals at Crypticon Horror Con in Minnesota. 

As a major Stephen King fan, Northrup decided it was time to pull the curtain back and show the fans just what they have been missing. In this book, readers will learn all about the Dollar Baby program, fun facts, trivia, personal stories from the fans themselves, special guests contributors, essays, Where Are They Now?, 55 exclusive interviews with the Dollar Baby filmmakers and reviews of their films, and a whole lot more! 

The author covers every possible angle of the Dollar Baby program and it’s all here to enjoy! So, sit back, relax, and get ready to go behind the exclusive curtain and prepare yourselves to enter…Stephen King Dollar Baby: The Book! 

Pre-order the hardcover book HERE for $43.00.

Pre-order the softcover book HERE for $33.00.

Release date January 19, 2021.

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Titan Books To Publish The Art And The Making of The Stand

Titan Books has announced the upcoming publication of the definitive companion title to the new  CBS All Access limited event series, The Stand, based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name.

In an apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil, the fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail and a  handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.

In 1979 Stephen King published The Stand, a massive apocalyptic tale that set the standard for all those stories that followed. The book was another King bestseller, leading to the release of The Complete and  Uncut version in 1990, a 1994 ABC four-part mini-series and a 31-issue Marvel Comics adaptation in 2009.  Now, King’s opus is being revisited for modern-day, with a 9-episode limited event series for the subscription streaming service, CBS All Access, with a star-studded cast, including Oscar™-winner Whoopi  Goldberg, Alexander Skarsgård, James Marsden, Odessa Young, Jovan Adepo, Amber Heard, Owen Teague,  Henry Zaga, Brad William Henke, Greg Kinnear, Irene Bedard and Nat Wolff all bringing the story into the  21st Century.

The Art And The Making of The Stand takes readers behind the scenes of this much-anticipated series to discover how a remarkable group of producers and actors brought Stephen King’s genre-defining opus to screen. The book is full to the brim with on-set photography, concept art and more, accompanied by interviews with the crew and all-star cast alongside the shooting script for the never-before-published coda written for the new series by King himself.

Written by The Stand expert Andy Burns, The Art And The Making of The Stand is set to publish in hardback on May 4, 2021, priced at $45.

The Stand premiered December 17th exclusively on CBS All Access. New episodes of the nine-episode limited event series will drop weekly on Thursdays.

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Letters From Hell Broadside By Stephen King

Stephen King books and manuscripts have become quite collectable often times fetching hundreds of dollars, however there is a unique item that many fans of the horror author have never seen before.

In 1988, Northridge, California based publisher, Lord John Press (sadly defunct) created a broadside (oversized poster) that contained the full text of an article by Stephen King originally published in the New York Times entitled “Ever Eat Raw Meat?”

The essay written in 1987 outlined some of the strange questions King had been asked by inquisitive fans. You can read the piece in its entirety HERE.

The Letters From Hell print was limited to only 500 signed and numbered copies and 26 signed and lettered copies. The issue price at the time was $125. Long sold out, the print sells for 4 times that now when a rare copy can be located.

The single sheet contained 4 columns of text by Stephen King and it measured 18 x 24 inches.

Letterpress printed in three colors (red, purple, & black) on BFK Rives France, a heavyweight art paper with deckled edges, the piece was designed and printed by Vance Gerry and Patrick Reagh.

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