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Watchmen: The Annotated Edition

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The best-selling graphic novel of all time is back in an annotated hardcover edition! In-depth, informative and entertaining, The Annotated Watchmen is a new and fascinating look at Alan Moore’s masterpiece.

It all begins with the paranoid delusions of a half-insane hero called Rorschach. But is Rorschach really insane–or has he in fact uncovered a plot to murder superheroes and, even worse, millions of innocent civilians? On the run from the law, Rorschach reunites with his former teammates in a desperate attempt to save the world and their lives, but what they uncover will shock them to their very core and change the face of the planet!

Now, DC Comics is proud to present this literary classic in an all-new Annotated Edition format. Edited with page-by-page and panel-by-panel notes, The Annotated Watchmen is a  journey through every issue of Alan Moore’s classic. Complete with commentary, references and hidden meanings, this new hardcover will deepen and enrich our understanding of the acclaimed series.

The 416 page hardcover can be pre-ordered HERE and will be released on November 21, 2017.

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David Sedaris Announces Book Tour To Promote Theft by Finding

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David Sedaris has announced a book tour for his latest work Theft by Finding. With Theft by Finding, readers are getting a chance to look behind the curtain of David Sedaris’ eccentric mind. The book is made up of excerpts from the diaries that have inspired his stranger than fiction essays over the years. The 23-stop tour will kick off in Brooklyn on May 30. On some stops, Sedaris will be joined by Ariel Levy, a writer for The New Yorker and author of the upcoming memoir The Rules Do Not Apply, out March 14. This is Sedaris’ latest work since 2013’s essay collection Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls.

Theft by Finding comes out May 30.

The tour dates are as follows:

Tuesday, May 30th – Brooklyn, NY – Powerhouse Arena (Launch Event)
Wednesday, May 31st – New York, NY – McNally Jackson
Friday, June 2nd – Toronto, Canada – Indigo Books (Bay Bloor)
Sunday, June 4th – Boston, MA – Harvard Bookstore
Monday, June 5th – Grand Rapids, MI – Schuler’s Books
Tuesday, June 6th – Chicago, IL (Naperville) – Anderson’s Bookstore (joined by Ariel Levy)
Wednesday, June 7th – Milwaukee, WI – Boswell’s Books
Thursday, June 8th – Louisville, KY – Carmichael’s Bookstore
Friday, June 9th – Nashville, TN – Parnassus Books
Saturday, June 10th – Atlanta, GA (Athens) – Avid Bookstore
Monday, June 12th –Homewood, AL – The Alabama Booksmith
Wednesday, June 14th – Tulsa, OK – Booksmart Tulsa at Magic City Books
Thursday, June 15th – Omaha, NE – The Bookworm of Omaha
Friday, June 16th – Kansas City, MO – Rainy Day Books
Saturday, June 17th – St. Paul, MN – Common Good Books (joined by Ariel Levy)
Monday, June 19th – Bozeman, MT – The Country Bookshelf
Tuesday, June 20th – Vancouver, BC – Indigo Books (Granville)
Wednesday, June 21st – Spokane, WA – Auntie’s Bookstore

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Dark Tower Fan Art Contest

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Share your love for The Dark Tower! Enter your fan art using #DarkTowerMovie #DTFanArtContest on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for a chance to win!

The Dark Tower Fan Art Contest promotes the upcoming motion picture The Dark Tower based on the novels by Stephen King.

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After nearly a decade of anticipation,The Dark Tower motion picture is set for release on July 28, 2017.

Starring Idris Elba (Pacific Rim) as Roland Deschain and Oscar Winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) as The Man in Black, the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s magnum opus begins with The Gunslinger.

Described as a “sequel” to the original series of novels,The Dark Tower will take the monumental series in new directions that have been fully approved by Stephen King.

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The contest is open only to legal residents of 50 U.S. & DC, 13 years old or older and each Entrant may enter up to three original Fan Art entries per each day during the Contest Period. The Contest is sponsored by Columbia Tristar Marketing Group.

Official Rules  (PDF)

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Creating Marvel’s Spacefaring Super Heroes

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The Guardians of the Galaxy made their first appearance in the pages of Marvel Super-Heroes back in 1969, and while the team’s lineup has changed significantly over the years, their popularity with fans only continues to grow.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Creating Marvel’s Spacefaring Super Heroes ($45) delves into the creation and evolution of the Guardians through exclusive interviews with the writers and artists who have brought them to life. Filled with incredible art from nearly fifty years of comics, this deluxe art book reveals the secrets behind the genesis of fan-favorite characters like Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot.

Complete with a specially commissioned cover illustration by artist Dale Keown, this comprehensive collection takes fans on a dynamic journey into the creation of the greatest art from five decades of Guardians of the Galaxy comics.

You can pre-order the 184 page book HERE and it will be released on April 4, 2017.

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A New Novella Is Coming Soon From Richard Chizmar & Stephen King

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Richard Chizmar of Cemetery Dance just announced via Facebook that he has spent the past few weeks writing a novella with Stephen King.

He described the experience as amazing and so much fun!

According to Chizmar, the standalone hardcover will be published soon. Follow Rich on Twitter as I’m sure he will be making more announcements about this exciting project.

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Six Must-See Book-to-Television Adaptations for 2017

With companies like Amazon, Hulu and Netflix producing independent, highly rated T.V. series, not only has television entered something of a Renaissance age, but it is also forcing the more traditional sources of television viewership, cable networks, to rise to the same level of excellence. Mining popular books for television and the silver screen is certainly not a new practice, but 2017 appears full of superb works of fiction slated to appear on the more accessible and ubiquitous small screen than ever before.

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Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events by Daniel Handler

The first four novels of this children’s favorite penned by Handler are set to air in early January on Netflix. The eight-episode adaptation captures the spooky Gothic air of the novels and has succeeded in casting top-notch actors to fill the roles. True to its source material, the often dark themes are balanced by dry, witty humor and imaginative storytelling.

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The Cormoran Strike by J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith

HBO will air this detective series by J.K. Rowling. Originally produced by the BBC, it will follow the investigations of Cormoran Strike, a brilliant but haunted private detective. A highlight of the book series that makes it perfect for television are the astute character sketches that bring the novels to life. Rowling’s trenchant survey of human nature should translate well to the television format.

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Long regarded as a cult favorite, Gaiman’s book adaptation will debut on the Starz network. Shadow Moon, the main character, makes a Faustian deal with a mysterious figure after finding his former life in ruins when he is released from prison.

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Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

The blockbuster time-travel series Outlander has already garnered acclaim on the Starz network for its past two seasons. This year’s installment returns viewers to the 18th century tales of high adventure that retell the famous Scottish Battle of Culloden. Judging by past performances, this series will continue to remain a fan favorite.

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The terrifying dystopia of Atwood’s Gilead had a movie adaptation, but its series treatment on television promises a deeper look into the novel’s darkest themes. Headed by Elizabeth Moss as Offred, the tale’s main character, the Hulu original production promises a visceral and haunting examination of the book’s plot.

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Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

The second of Atwood’s contributions to 2017, the series follows the fictionalized true story of Grace Marks, convicted of murdering her employer and a fellow employee in 1843. The atmospheric tale should translate well to the screen, particularly as it will be helped by veteran actress Anna Paquin in the lead role.

While movies have enthralled audiences in theaters for more than 100 years, the fairly short format of a few hours often does not lend itself well to the telling of broad, sweeping stories playing out over the course of several novels. Television has proven itself the ideal medium to explore characters or plots in a more in-depth and accessible format. With the success of past book-to-television adaptations and the indication that nothing is slowing down the viewing audience’s insatiable hunger for more, television’s future as a medium for bringing popular books to the screen looks very bright indeed.

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SHAG: The Complete Works

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With an unparalleled collection of paintings and illustrations, featuring new and unpublished pieces, Josh Agle―more commonly known as Shag―presents a tome bursting with vibrant colors, vivacious personalities, and a magic mirror into midcentury modernism.

Including an introduction by author and expert on 1960s and ’70s youth culture, Domenic Priore, SHAG: The Complete Works serves as a curated catalogue of Shag’s creativity of the past three decades.

Travel through Shag’s creativity chronologically, enjoying themed creations from over the years, including Cocktails & Games, Mythical & Mystical Creatures, Rock-and-Roll, and Pop Culture. A collection of previously unseen Disney-inspired work will grace the pages of this one-of-a-kind book, as well as a behind-the-scenes look into Shag’s studio in Palm Springs. SHAG: The Complete Works contains collaborations with impressive design entities, including typography creation with prolific type foundry House Industries.

Shag’s work has been showcased in solo exhibitions around the world, including exhibitions in Japan, Australia, Europe, the United States, and South America. Two retail locations, in Palm Springs and West Hollywood, offer his huge fan base the opportunity to purchase exclusive prints, as well as a marvelous smattering of merchandise, including handbags, pillows, glassware, jewelry, and the odd signature ukulele.

The 192 page hardcover book will be released on February 15, 2017 and retail for $40.

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Read The Music Room By Stephen King

A new short story by Stephen King, “The Music Room”, published by Playboy is now available on-line. Read the story HERE. The story originally appeared in the collection In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper.

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Check Out The New Poster For The Dark Tower Movie

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Sony has released a new poster for its upcoming fantasy movie, The Dark Tower.

The poster was revealed by Sony Pictures on Twitter. It features Idris Elba’s Roland the Gunslinger walking alongside Tom Taylor’s Jake Chambers with the quote, “May your days be long upon the Earth.”

“May your days be long upon the Earth” is a repeated greeting used in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower novels, making this the latest nod to his source material in the film’s publicity campaign.

Idris Elba stars in the film as Roland Deschain, The Gunslinger, with Matthew McConaughey appearing as his rival and sworn enemy, Randall Flagg aka The man in black. The pair 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.

Nikolaj Arcel, who directed the Academy Award-nominated A Royal Affair, is at the helm the big screen adaptation. Academy Award winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) wrote the screenplay.

The film will be released On July 28, 2017.

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The Art of Mondo Hardcover Book

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Experience the incredible pop culture art of Mondo, beloved by fans and iconic filmmakers alike.

Based in Austin, Texas, Mondo is an art gallery and online store devoted to the love of film, art, music, and collectibles. Over the years, the company has received global recognition for its incredible art posters that bring to life classic films, TV shows, and comics in a refreshing and utterly striking new way, offering a unique perspective on everything from Star Wars to Robocop, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Game of Thrones, Godzilla, Kill Bill, and many, many more.

For the first time, The Art of Mondo will bring together this much sought-after art in one deluxe volume that showcases the incredible ingenuity of the studio’s diverse stable of artists whose vastly different styles are united by one guiding principle: limitless passion for their subject matter.

Adored by the creative talents to whom Mondo’s art pays tribute—including Paul Thomas Anderson, Guillermo del Toro, Zack Snyder, Quentin Tarantino, and Edgar Wright, to name but a few—this richly imaginative work is fueled by a love of pop culture that fans recognize and identify with, giving Mondo’s output a rare and valuable synergy with its audience. While these posters are normally produced in a limited quantity and sell out in minutes, The Art of Mondo will allow fans to explore the studio’s remarkable back catalog, including Olly Moss’s iconic Star Wars trilogy work, Laurent Durieux’s brilliantly subtle Jaws poster, and Tyler Stout’s evocative Guardians of the Galaxy art. Other key Mondo artists such as Jock, Martin Ansin, and Aaron Horkey will also feature. Definitive, visually stunning, and filled with art that celebrates some of the biggest and best-loved properties in pop culture, The Art of Mondo will be the ultimate book for cult art fans everywhere.

The Art of Mondo will be published as a 304 page hardcover from Insight Editions on September 12, 2017 and will retail for $65.

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