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Sideshow Collectibles Presents: Capturing Archetypes, Volume 3: Astonishing Avengers, Adversaries, and Antiheroes

Following the success of Capturing Archetypes, Volume 1 and Volume 2, this deluxe third volume showcases not only beautifully photographed collectibles but also discussions and documentation exploring the creation of these pieces from the artists themselves.

Capturing Archetypes, Volume 3 is a loving homage to the fandoms that Sideshow Collectibles represents. Whether it’s instantly recognizable characters from movies, comic books, and pop culture or Sideshow’s original creations—such as the marvelously macabre Court of the Dead—every piece, from Spider-Man to Catwoman, is created with the passion, devotion, and enthusiasm of true fans.

The latest in digital rendering techniques meet classical sculpture and fine art in Sideshow’s studio, where every medium and every tool, old or new, is dedicated to one purpose—the crafting of the highest quality museum-worthy collectibles. Each page of this stunning art book celebrates the countless hours of hard work and dedication put into the creation of each of Sideshow’s masterpieces. Featuring iconic and universally beloved characters from franchises such as Star Wars, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Indiana Jones, and others, this collection celebrates Sideshow Collectibles’ astonishing ability to capture the essence of archetypal characters in its phenomenal art pieces.

Readers will be able to step inside the world of a “modern renaissance studio” and see their favorite characters brought to life by master craftsmen and women.

The 272 page book will be published on November 7, 2017 and can be ordered HERE.

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Meet Richard Chizmar At Barnes & Noble In Bel Air, MD On June 19, 2017

Richard Chizmar’s only confirmed book signing and public event for Gwendy’s Button Box will be held at 6:30 PM on June 19, 2017 at the Barnes & Noble in Bel Air, Maryland.

Here is the store’s address:

Barnes & Noble
620 Marketplace Drive
Bel Air, MD 21014

Richard will be reading from Gwendy’s Button Box and answering your questions about the book, working with Stephen King, and anything else you’ve always wanted to ask the founder of Cemetery Dance Publications!

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Suntup Editions Announces The Covers Collection: IT

Show your love for Stephen King’s classic novel, IT, with this never-before-seen artwork.

Bob Giusti, the artist who created this iconic cover was asked by the publisher to make certain changes to the artwork he had originally turned in. The altered version is what was published on the cover of the 1st edition, and the general public never saw the original painting, until now!

Suntup Editions has uncovered the original design and is offering it to collectors for the very first time. Enhance your Stephen King collection with the power to showcase the original, previously unpublished version of the cover art, signed by the original cover artist.

The original version is the artist’s personal favorite, and has never before been released to the public. Exclusively available through Suntup Editions for your private collection, and limited to just 100 signed copies per size, worldwide.

– Museum Quality Giclée prints.
– Signed and authorized by the original cover artist.
– Limited to only 100 copies of each size worldwide, plus 10 Artist Proofs and 5 Publisher Proofs for private distribution.
– Shipped with a Certificate of Limitation and Authenticity from the publisher.
– Printed on 300 GSM, 100% cotton paper that is Acid-Free, Lignin-Free,
Chlorine-Free and with No Optical Brighteners.
– Prints are embossed with the publisher’s mark.

Release Date: July 1, 2017

Order HERE.

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Billy Joel: America’s Piano Man Book To Be Released June 16, 2017

Despite his tremendous success, Billy Joel’s gifts as a composer and commentator on American life are long overdue for a thorough investigation. In Billy Joel: America’s Piano Man, music historian Joshua S. Duchan looks at the career and music of this remarkable singer-songwriter, exploring the unique ways Joel channels and transforms the cultural life of a changing America over four decades into bestselling song after song and album after album.

Billy Joel has not always enjoyed the acclaim of music critics, who have characterized his music as inauthentic and lacking a uniqueness of style. Duchan corrects this misunderstanding by exploring the depth and degree to which Joel’s songs engage with social, cultural, political, and economic issues. Organized by major themes and including original interviews with Joel himself, Duchan’s book delves into Joel’s endeavors as a musician, lyricist, and commentator on questions of geography and regionalism, politics, working- and middle-class culture, human relationships, and the history of music itself. Duchan draws on key songs from Joel’s career to explore each theme, from his folk-like lament for Long Island’s changing industry and lifestyle in “The Downeaster ‘Alexa’” to his emotional ode to Vietnam veterans in “Goodnight Saigon.”

Original interviews with Billy Joel blend with Duchan’s engaging analysis to provide readers of all backgrounds and ages a new look at these unforgettable songs. Music lovers and historians of both the academic and armchair variety will find this exploration of Joel’s work a rewarding adventure into America’s social, cultural, political, economic, and—above all—musical history.

Pre-order the 216 page hardcover book HERE, it will be released on June 16, 2017.

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Check Out The Cover To The 2017 San Diego Comic-Con Souvenir Book

A Jack Kirby homage by Bruce Timm and letterer Todd Klein is the cover to this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego Souvenir Book. The late Kirby would have turned 100 this year, and SDCC is helping celebrate that with this Souvenir book, as well as several panels at this year’s event. Timm and Klein’s cover is a homage to Kirby’s Superman’s Pal: Jimmy Olsen #141 cover, which featured comedian Don Rickles.

The Souvenir Book will be the convention’s largest ever, coming in at 272 pages. The book will have an extended section on Jack Kirby, as well as one on Will Eisner’s centennial, the 75th anniversary of Crime Does Not Pay, the 50th anniversaries of Batgirl and Marvel’s Captain Marvel, and the 25th anniversaries of Image Comics and Batman: The Animated Series.

The book will be free to all SDCC attendees while supplies last.

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Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel 

The Amazing Spider-Man. The Incredible Hulk. The Invincible Iron Man. These are just a few of the iconic superheroes to emerge from the mind of Stan Lee. From the mean streets of Depression-era New York City to recipient of the National Medal of Arts, Lee’s life has been almost as remarkable as the thrilling adventures he spun for decades. From millions of comic books fans of the 1960s through billions of moviegoers around the globe, Stan Lee has touched more people than almost any person in the history of popular culture.

In Stan Lee: The Man behind Marvel, Bob Batchelor offers an eye-opening look at this iconic visionary, a man who created (with talented artists) many of history’s most legendary characters. In this energetic and entertaining biography, Batchelor explores how Lee capitalized on natural talent and hard work to become the editor of Marvel Comics as a teenager. After toiling in the industry for decades, Lee threw caution to the wind and went for broke, co-creating the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, and others in a creative flurry that revolutionized comic books for generations of readers. Marvel superheroes became a central part of pop culture, from collecting comics to innovative merchandising, from superhero action figures to the ever-present Spider-Man lunchbox.

Batchelor examines many of Lee’s most beloved works, including the 1960s comics that transformed Marvel from a second-rate company to a legendary publisher. This book reveals the risks Lee took to bring the characters to life and Lee’s tireless efforts to make comic books and superheroes part of mainstream culture for more than fifty years.

Stan Lee: The Man behind Marvel not only reveals why Lee developed into such a central figure in American entertainment history, but brings to life the cultural significance of comic books and how the superhero genre reflects ideas central to the American experience. Candid, authoritative, and utterly absorbing, this is a biography of a man who dreamed of one day writing the Great American Novel, but ended up doing so much more—changing American culture by creating new worlds and heroes that have entertained generations of readers.

The 256 page book will be released on September 15, 2017 and can be ordered HERE.

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Poster Art of Cars

Collecting more than a hundred posters and graphics from Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Timed to the release of Cars 3 from Pixar Animation Studios, this deluxe collector’s volume showcases posters and graphics created for and inspired by all three Cars feature films, Cars Land at the Disneyland Resort, and the Cars Toons series. Each image has been selected for its significance as a key marketing tool or its rarity as something that has seen limited-to-no prior public limelight. All are gorgeous pieces in their own right, carefully crafted by talented artists, designers, and story creators who endeavored to deepen the themes of the films or park attractions at hand. Along with this rich showcase of color and design, essays reflect on the techniques used to develop these emotionally engaging works of art.

The book includes three interior gatefolds and two double-sided, punch-out sheets featuring original posters created specifically for this publication.

Order the 144 page hardcover HERE.

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Watch Three New Dark Tower Previews 

Sony Pictures has unleashed three new The Dark Tower previews.

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is the most ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors. Now the story comes to the big screen starring Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, The Gunslinger, and Matthew McConaughey as Walter O’Dim (AKA Randall Flagg, The Man in Black, in the novels). The film is being directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair).

Elba and McConaughey are joined in The Dark Tower by Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Neon Demon) as Tirana, and Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as Pimli, the right hand man of Randall Flagg. The film also features Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) and Claudia Kiim (Avengers: Age of Ultron).

The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum.  It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.

The Dark Tower is coming to theaters on August 4, 2017.

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Purchase These Cool Stephen King Themed Buttons From Gerald Winters And Son

Gerald Winters And Son in Bangor, Maine has an eclectic wide selection of Stephen King books and ephemera.

Show your support of the beloved author by wearing one of these cool 1″ buttons. I am partial to the Dark Tower Ka symbol and the Shining carpet! Themes include: IT (1990 and 2017), The Stand, Creepshow, The Dark Tower, The Shining, and many more.

Purchase them HERE and say hi to Gerald, he’s a hell of a nice guy! Tell him THE FIRE WIRE sent you.

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Watch A Sneak Peek of The AT&T Audience Network Series Mr. Mercedes

Nothing revs up David E. Kelley like a good character piece, and the small-screen guru’s new series, Mr. Mercedes, hums with horror and humanity in its tale of a retired cop and his murderous young arch villain.

Due Aug. 9 on the AT&T Audience Network, available to DirecTV subscribers, the 10-episode first season adapts Stephen King’s modern-day take on the hardboiled detective genre. Brendan Gleeson stars as Bill Hodges, a detective way past his prime who gets his groove back when the psychopathic killer (Harry Treadaway) from a high-profile cold case re-emerges to mock the old man.

“People will come to Mr. Mercedes for the thrills that Stephen King so readily offers and they will stay for the richness and characters,” says Kelley (Big Little Lies), the show’s executive producer.

Hodges is still bothered by the one case he couldn’t solve, a tragedy where innocents waiting to get into a job fair were maimed and murdered by a man in a clown mask who mowed them down in a stolen Mercedes. But that cop’s life is in the rear-view mirror, and much of Hodges’ sedentary existence since then revolves around beer and highly caloric food.

“It’s the story that waits for us all,” Kelley says. Finding meaning in life “is a quest early on and only intensifies as we get older, and it definitely does for Bill Hodges.”

Old wounds are reopened when Hodges begins receiving strange letters, videos and emails with a wicked smiley face from the “Mercedes Killer,” aka Brady Hartsfield (Treadaway), a computer-store clerk who has an incestuous relationship with his mother (Kelly Lynch) and holds down a second job as an ice-cream vendor to keep an eye on Hodges and his associates.

Bill and Brady’s relationship has a Batman/Joker dynamic, and there’s a reality to Brady that makes him much creepier than King’s other literary villains: While the killer car of Christine seems fantastical, it’s not hard to imagine a guy decided to run down job seekers on a whim.

“Obviously that character is very much a monster, but one we’re able to feel for, and that’s no easy trick,” Kelley says of Brady. “You see how he got there and in a way that makes him more terrifying. You’re not able to dismiss him as just an aberrant example of human life.”

For a supporting cast, Hodges has love interest Janey Patterson (Mary-Louise Parker), nosy yet good-hearted neighbor Ida (Holland Taylor) and a pair of crime-solving partners: Jerome Robinson (Jharrel Jerome), Hodges’ teenage lawn mower who happens to be a whip-smart computer whiz; and Holly Gibney (Justine Lupe), a troubled woman with a personal connection to the case.

“In all of them there’s something haunting,” Kelley says. “There’s a vulnerable need for relevance that they search for. It makes them surprisingly human under really extraordinary circumstances.”

(Reprinted from USA Today)

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