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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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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 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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Watch The First Wonderstruck Clip

Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions has released the first extended clip for Wonderstruck, the latest film from director Todd Haynes (Carol, Mildred Pierce).

In the film based on Brian Selznick’s critically-acclaimed novel, Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.

The family film stars Oakes Fegley (Pete’s Dragon), Julianne Moore (Far From Heaven), Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine) and introduces Millicent Simmonds.

Wonderstruck is adapted from the YA book by Brian Selznick (Hugo) by the author himself, and directed by Haynes. The film is produced by Pamela Koffler, John Sloss and Christine Vachon of Killer Films.

Wonderstruck will have its world premiere in the Official Competition of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, with Amazon and Roadside Attractions releasing the film in theaters on October 20, 2017.

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Cinegeek

An encyclopedia of fun, colorful tidbits about the most popular films! Imagine a list of the best romantic comedies without Hugh Grant! Or a tally of the most improbable fantasy flicks. Or even a ranking of giant movie monsters by size! In Cinegeek, messy, joyful, and 100% subjective appreciation of cinema comes into focus for the delight of moviegoers and pop culture fans everywhere!

The 96 page hardcover will be released on June 20, 2017.

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The Napkin Art of Tim Burton

This mini companion to the award winning The Art of Tim Burton provides a glimpse into the mind of a man who spends much of his life on the road.  Often finding himself in random surroundings, Burton conveys thoughts, ideas and memories with simple sketches on the most convenient surface available –  a napkin.

Features:

– 6 x 6 inches
– 140 pages with two pull outs
– Silver foil stamped black cloth cover
– 157 gsm matte paper

You can order the book HERE for $19.99.

 

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David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium

A remarkable illustrated volume of artwork and images selected from the diaries David Sedaris has been creating for four decades

In this richly illustrated book, readers will for the first time experience the diaries David Sedaris has kept for nearly 40 years in the elaborate, three-dimensional, collaged style of the originals. A celebration of the unexpected in the everyday, the beautiful and the grotesque, this visual compendium offers unique insight into the author’s view of the world and stands as a striking and collectible volume in itself.

Compiled and edited by Sedaris’s longtime friend Jeffrey Jenkins, and including interactive components, postcards, and never-before-seen photos and artwork, this is a necessary addition to any Sedaris collection, and will enthrall the author’s fans for many years to come.

On Sale: October 10th 2017

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Locke & Key: Heaven and Earth

Three never-before-collected additions to the series the A.V. Club called a “modern masterpiece,” showcasing the depths of depravity and the beautifully heart-breaking heights New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez have to offer.

This special deluxe release finally reprints the oft-requested and long-denied Eisner-winning one-shot, “Open the Moon!” Plus the other long-sold-out one-shot, “Grindhouse!” plus, the even more hard-to-find IDW 10th anniversary Locke & Key tale, “In the Can!” And additional covers, behind-the-scenes photos and more.

The 72 page hardcover will be released by IDW on August 15, 2017

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Sgt Pepper At Fifty

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Five decades on from its release at the height of the Summer of Love in 1967, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band remains a keystone not just of the Beatles’ career but also of popular music as a whole. Widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time, it is a record soaked in, and thrillingly evocative of, the sights, sounds, and mood of the sixties at their most joyously psychedelic.

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is a distillation of all of these ideas and more: an art-pop masterwork housed in a gatefold pop art masterpiece by collage artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth.

Organized into four clearly defined thematic chapters, Sgt Pepper at Fifty brings a new perspective to the album by looking in depth at the unique cultural circumstances that led to its creation (“the Mood”); examining the rich assemblage of influences that informed its sound (“the Sound”); exploring the landmark cover art, which is still the subject of debate and intrigue today (“the Look”); and assessing the record’s enduring legacy as the pinnacle of British pop (“the Legacy”).

The 176 page hardcover book will be released on May 15, 2017 and can be ordered HERE.

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