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My Office

Superman needs his Fortress of Solitude and Batman has the Bat Cave. We all need a favorite space to relax, reflect, write, read a book, watch a movie or showcase a favorite collectible or souvenir.

Maybe it’s a game room, library or secret space hidden by a moveable bookcase that leads to a man cave.

I’ve always been curious what curios J.J. Abrams keeps close by, what books fill Stephen King’s shelves, what collectibles does Patton Oswald possess, what artwork lines Jim Lee’s walls, how many toys fill John Lasseter’s Pixar office and what movie memorabilia does Steven Spielberg showcase? Perhaps someday I will find out!

The answers would reflect the owner’s personality, interests, accomplishments, etc. Equally as fascinating to me would be how the items were displayed.

So, I thought I would let you into my world and show you my office and give you the nickel tour.

I wanted my Southern California office to reflect my varied interests and showcase some of my favorite things.

I have collected Stephen King books since 1983. He’s my favorite author and I’m also a fan of his son, Joe Hill. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting both authors on numerous occasions and they are wonderful talented friendly people. The bottom shelf of my bookcase is filled with oversized art books featuring the work of Walt Disney, Jack Kirby, Jim Lee, Alex Ross, Todd McFarlane, Charles Schultz and Tim Burton.

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My Funko Pop! Batman collection guards my graphic novels. Batman is my all-time favorite comic book character as reflected in the art, toys and books in my work space.

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Some of my prized collectibles are an original Batman ink commission by Brazilian artist, Rafael Grampa (I also have his Batman Black & White statue), a signed Adam West Batman photo, a signed Drew Struzan Stephen King Dark Tower print and a series of Jock letterpress Batman prints signed by the artist.

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A fun 3D light up replica of Iron Man’s mask appears to be bursting through my wall.

I also collect posters, many of which are from MONDO, a boutique art gallery based in Austin Texas. They release limited print runs of pop culture posters that are lovingly rendered by amazing artists. Some of my cherished prints are based on the Universal Monster movies by Francesco Francavilla, Star Wars by Tyler Stout and The Incredibles by Tom Whalen. Another favorite piece is my Batman Rogues Gallery print set by Olly Moss; With only a few simple brush strokes the UK artist cleverly captures the essence of the Joker, Poison Ivy and the Riddler.

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The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller from 1986 is my favorite graphic novel so I had to pick up this statue of Batman vs. The Joker by Kotobukiya. I was a huge fan of both the original Batman TV show and the Batman Animated series so the 1966 Batmobile and the vinyl Animated Batman figure are prominently displayed.

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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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Hagar by Mahmud Asrar

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“Every Little Thing Turned Out All Right” By Stephen King

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New York Times best-selling author and fervent Red Sox fan Stephen King had the following to say about his favorite team winning the 2013 World Series and what it means to Boston:

“It’s not much, just a little reggae tune sung by the late Bob Marley, but during the three home games of the 2013 World Series, Boston fans belted it out with a fervent conviction “Sweet Caroline” will never match. It may well outlast the tenure of Shane Victorino, batting hero of the Series-clinching Game 6. Hearing the Faithful roar the chorus before the Flyin’ Hawaiian banged his third-inning double off the greenie brought gooseflesh to my arms and a lump to my throat. It wasn’t just about the game. All those Boston voices were actually singing to each other: “Every little thing gonna be all right.”

I have puzzled long and hard about my devotion to the Red Sox — in good times and in bad — and how it relates to the jewel city of the New England where I have spent almost my entire life. All I can figure is that there’s a powerful kind of transference going on. We bear the frustrations (as in the miserable 2012 season) and celebrate the victories (no more sweetly unexpected than this year, when the baseball swamis almost unanimously picked the Blue Jays to finish first and the Sox to end the season in the cellar) because they are us and we are them. No player has grasped this better than David Ortiz, who said — before famously proclaiming Boston our [expletive] city — “This jersey that we wear today, it doesn’t say Red Sox. It says Boston.”

Under normal circumstances, sports are just a welcome diversion from our ordinary lives, and when the local teams win, we take a little bit of that victory to ourselves, bask in it for a day or two, then move on. This World Series was different, and not just because the final out was recorded on home turf for the first time in 95 years. It restored balance to a city that was hurt and frightened (but not cowed, never that) by the vicious crime that occurred on April 15. Half a year later, at another sporting event, there were no explosions, no deaths, no innocent bystanders maimed by flying shrapnel. Instead, almost 40,000 voices rose to repudiate anger, violence, and the darkness that always threatens: “Every little thing gonna be all right.”

On the night of October 30, 2013, it absolutely was. How [expletive] great is that?”

LINK: The Boston Globe

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Ltd. Art Gallery Announces A Picture’s Worth A Thousand Words, A Gallery Show About Characters & Worlds From literature Opening On Friday November 8, 2013

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A Picture’s Worth A Thousand Words is a new art show that allows the artist to move away from the cues of visual mediums and instead draw inspiration from the many wonderful characters and worlds from literature.

From Edgar Allan Poe to Michael Crichton, over 40 artists will imagine their own literary favorites in a new light.

Featuring the art of: Marjon Accoin, Dane Ault, Dilka Bear, Crystal Barbre, Cory Benhatzel, Jonathan Bergeron, Barry Blankenship, Syd Brown, Craig Church, Daisy Church, Nick Comporone, Doaly, Derek Eads, Leslie Gauthier, Levi Hastings, Blain Hefner, Kiku Hughes, Claire Hummel, Aaron Jasinski, Suzanne Kaufman, Christina Lank, Nan Lawson, June Leeloo, Eliot Mechanism, Timo Meyer, Mikeatron, Brian Miller, Moon, Ryan Myers, Damon O’Keefe, Christopher J Olsen, Augie Pagan, Paolo Petrangeli, Chet Phillips, Reid Psaltis, JSalvador, Dennis Salvatier, Mark Sarmel, Amanda Scurti, Paul Shipper, Siames, Tnglr, Todd Spence, Meghan Stratman, Derek Sullivan, Clay Sisk, Emi Tolibas and Rich Werner

The Opening Reception is planned for Friday, November 8th 7pm-11pm and will feature complimentary refreshments and live DJ Set!

The Ltd. Art Gallery show will run from November 8th, 2013 until December 8th, 2013.

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Introducing Kindle MatchBook: Soon Customers Will Be Able to Purchase Kindle Editions of Print Books Purchased from Amazon—Past, Present And Future—For $2.99 Or Less

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Amazon today introduced Kindle MatchBook, a new benefit that gives customers the option to buy—for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free—the Kindle edition of print books they have purchased new from Amazon.

Print purchases all the way back to 1995—when Amazon first opened its online bookstore—will qualify once a publisher enrolls a title in Kindle MatchBook. Over 10,000 books will already be available when Kindle MatchBook launches on October 30, 2013, including best sellers like I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving and The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch, with many more titles to be added over time. Customers can learn more by visiting www.amazon.com/kindlematchbook.

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Bundling print and digital has been one of the most requested features from customers. With Kindle MatchBook, they can keep their favorite book on their shelf, and have a copy in their digital library for reading, perhaps re-reading it with features like X-Ray and Popular Highlights.

Kindle MatchBook features include:

– Kindle editions at a great price: Amazon customers who purchase or have purchased qualifying print books can get the Kindle edition for prices that are typically $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free.

– For book purchases dating back to 1995: Print purchases all the way back to 1995—when Amazon first opened its online bookstore—will qualify once a publisher enrolls a title in Kindle MatchBook.

– Easy discovery: Readers can easily look up their entire print book order history to discover which of their past purchases are enrolled in Kindle MatchBook.

– Popular Kindle-only features: As with regular purchases, Kindle MatchBook titles have unique features such as Whispersync, Popular Highlights, and X-Ray.

– Read anywhere capabilities: In addition to Amazon’s best-selling Kindle devices, customers can download a free Kindle reading app for iPhone, iPad, Android tablets and phones, PC or Mac and start building their Kindle library today.

Kindle MatchBook will launch with books from Ray Bradbury, Michael Crichton, Blake Crouch, James Rollins, Jodi Picoult, Neil Gaiman, Marcus Sakey, Wally Lamb, Jo Nesbo, Neal Stephenson, and J.A. Jance, among others. In addition, Amazon Publishing will include all its titles in Kindle MatchBook. Authors and publishers using Kindle Direct Publishing can enroll their books in the program today by visiting http://kdp.amazon.com.

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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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Stephen King & Son Owen King On Fiction And Family

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Stephen King — the one-man fear factory responsible for terrifying tomes like Carrie, Salem’s Lot and The Shining — is also dear old dad in a family of scribes. He and his youngest son, Owen King, may be bound by blood, but in many ways they inhabit very different kingdoms.

The older King is the highly-decorated, prolific master of modern horror. His latest book, Doctor Sleep, builds a story he unleashed upon the world in 1977, The Shining.

That same year, the younger King was born. He’s since grown up to become his father’s fresh-eyed editor, and is just beginning his own career with his humorous book Double Feature. And unlike his older brother, who writes under the pen name Joe Hill, Owen has decided to wear his famous name. But heavy is the head that wears the crown.

“I could write something about coal miners in West Virginia and people would be like, ‘Is your father the mine?'” joked Owen.

Jian Ghomeshi from CBC Radio chats with the Kings about their individual projects, their father-son relationship, and the thin line between horror and humor.

“Owen is also writing horror. It’s just got this big smile on its face,” said Stephen.

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The Big Chills: TIME Ranks The 10 Greatest Stephen King Movies

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The release of the newest version of Carrie offers a timely Halloween reminder that Stephen King has now brooded over our pop-culture landscape for 40 years. Both King’s debut novel (in 1974) and the first of a never-ending stream of King movie adaptations (in 1976), Carrie was most people’s introduction to the horror author’s world.

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King’s novels and short stories are effective as movies and some of the world’s finest directors have filmed King stories. In fact, the best King movies often come from top-notch directors such as Brian De Palma, Stanley Kubrick, David Cronenberg and Frank Darabount.

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TIME ranks 10 of the best Stephen King film adaptations and you can check them out HERE.

The list is as follows:

1. Carrie
2. The Shining
3. The Dead Zone
4. Stand By Me
5. Misery
6. The Shawshank Redemption
7. Dolores Claiborne
8. Apt Pupil
9. Secret Window
10. The Mist

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Penguin Horror Series Curated By Guillermo del Toro

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Filmmaker and horror aficionado Guillermo del Toro, the mind behind Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy and this year’s Pacific Rim partnered with Penguin Classics to curate the Penguin Horror hardcover series, featuring his favorite horror, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal stories.

“To learn what we fear is to learn who we are,” del Toro wrote in his series introduction, an essay titled “Haunted Castles, Dark Mirrors: On the Penguin Horror Series.”

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Designed and illustrated by Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, the neon ink covers highlight significant imagery from each.

The series includes: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft, The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, Haunted Castles by Ray Russell (a Penguin Classics debut), Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and American Supernatural Tales with stories by Stephen King, Shirley Jackson and more.

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