Peanuts Christmas, Alien and
better way to celebrate Christmas than by joining Running Press as it presents ‘The Peanuts Guide To Christmas’?
takes center stage on the book’s cover as he holds his candy cane decorated
food dish in his mouth.
readers celebrate the holiday season with whole Peanuts gang as they put up
Christmas decorations, write Santa, take part in Christmas fun and
festivities and much more as illustrated by classic Peanuts comic strips.
a holly, jolly Christmas with everyone’s favorite group of kids with Snoopy
and Woodstock along for the ride.
a doubt the ‘Alien’ movie changed science fiction and horror movie genres
‘Alien Deluxe Mega Kit’ features
a miniature Xenomorph head, complete with transparent skull top and jaws
that open and extend inner jaws with a slight downward tug on one of its
creature howls, screeches and looks as every bit as frightening as its
movie namesake. A small full-color
photo mini-book is also included filled with scenes from the classic movie.
modern day classic film: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them,
introduced a pre-Harry Potter world populated by magic and monsters.
‘Newt Scamander’s Case Deluxe Mega
Kit’ includes a miniature suitcase that when opened pops out two
beastly clawed hands and shrieks!
also comes with a small book filled with full-color photos from the movie.
or creatures—whatever one you choose you can’t lose this holiday season.
COMIC BOOKS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
Bastards Volume 1 TP l AFTERSHOCK COMICS
Beauty: The Art of Providence HC l AVATAR PRESS INC
Henson’s Labyrinth #1 l BOOM! STUDIOS
l BOOM! STUDIOS
Thoris #1 l D. E./DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
#1 l D. E./DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Guy For Real? GN l :01 FIRST SECOND
Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle Volume 1 GN l KODANSHA COMICS
Winter Volume 1: Good Good Dog GN l ONI PRESS INC.
The Classic Collection Volume1 GN l SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT LLC
Black Friend and Other Strangers HC l SILVER SPROCKET
#1 l TITAN COMICS
Archive Omnibus Volume 1 GN l TITAN COMICS
Wall-E GN l TOKYOPOP
Salvation #6 l VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC
to Joe: The Art of Joe Coleman HC l ART BOOKS
Visions: The Comics of Howard Chaykin SC l COMICS
Cute With Katie Cook SC l HOW-TO
Book 1: George Washington! HC l YOUNG READERS
Magazine #13 l CARTOONS
Panther: The Official Movie Special l SUPER-HEROES
2018 Opening Day Baseball Trading Cards l TOPPS COMPANY
Season Four Trading Cards l CRYPTOZOIC ENTERTAINMENT
Who: Vector Icons Tenth Doctor Black T-Shirt l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
Wars: The Last Jedi: Rey Training Black T-Shirt l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
Doomsday Clock Ringer T-Shirt l GRAPHITTI DESIGNS
Nights: Metal Tour Baseball Shirt l GRAPHITTI DESIGNS
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TOYS & STATUES
League Gallery: Wonder Woman PVC Statue l DIAMOND SELECT TOYS &
Dead Dolls: Batman Returns Catwoman Doll l DC HEROES
Game of Thrones Figures l GAME OF THRONES
Master: Replica Trunk Blu-Ray Box Set l HORROR
Potter: Harry Quidditch Outfit PVC Figure l ICON HEROES
Beasts: Newt Scamander PVC Figure l ICON HEROES
Collective: Marvel: Defenders Doctor Strange Action Figure l MARVEL HEROES
Heroes: Booster Gold & Blue Beetle Vinyl Figure 2-Pack l FUNKO
Heroes: Lobo Vinyl Figure l FUNKO
Dragon Ball Super: Gotenks Vinyl Figure l FUNKO
Universe: Spider-Man Webslinger ArtFX Statue l KOTOBUKIYA
Ragnarok Egg Attack Action Figures l MARVEL HEROES
League Variant Play Arts Kai: The Flash Action Figure l DC HEROES
Kaiju 8-Inch Series: Anguirus 1968 Figure l GODZILLA
Yami Yugi Figma l ANIME
Realization Star Wars: Yari Ashigaru Stormtrooper Action Figure l MOVIE/TV
Productions: Ludens 1/6-Scale Action Figure l VIDEO GAMES
Genji Figma l VIDEO GAMES
Dao: Crow Teeth 1/6-Scale Action Figure l VIDEO GAMES
COLLECTIBLES & NOVELTIES
Etched Mugs l MARVEL HEROES
League Movie Pint Glasses l DC HEROES
Rugrats: Reptar Inflatable Costume l MOVIE/TV
Gamer Edition l HASBRO TOY GROUP
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Star Wars: BB-8 Edition l HASBRO TOY GROUP
Adventure Path: War for the Crown Part 1 l PAIZO INC
Heroclix: Avengers Infinity Colossal Booster Brick l WIZKIDS/NECA
Christmas, Santa, Snowman,
Holiday, Wine and Puzzle
that time of the year again! Break
out the eggnog, string the lights, hang the mistletoe, wrap presents and put
up the tree.
course I’m referring to Christmas-the time of year when we celebrate the
birth of Christ, spread good cheer and hope Santa Claus brings us lots of
presents-especially if you’re a kid.
Parragon Books Ltd. Has just released
a quartet of holiday books that are sure to bring some cheer and joy.
is a very special peek-a-boo book for babies and toddlers.
or dad flip through the pages that are filled with colorful holiday scenes
as kids follow along.
feature a small cut-out area that offer a peek-a-boo look at Santa, a
reindeer, a Christmas tree, a polar bear, the moon, a star and a small boy
on a sled.
with the cut-outs on each page are cutout silhouettes of similar images on
the top of each page. Kids will love
the clever text and holiday images.
Little Snowman’ is small, heavy, cardstock book complete with
full-color, holiday illustrations following the holiday adventures of the
friendly little snowman.
dab in the middle of each page is a large die cut hole where an adorable
finger puppet snowman pops out of.
will squeal with delight as their parents read aloud the snowman’s
adventure, watch the snowman finger puppet wiggle and delight as each page
the snowman travels the countryside and visits with animal and human
would Christmas be without Santa Claus?
You Never Knew About Santa Claus’ kids learn all about the jolly
little elf, the North Pole, Santa’s elves and reindeer, what Santa does
during his off times, what he eats, does for entertainment and much more.
knew that Santa was such a versatile guy?
Paley Phillips and Rowan Martin provide the words and pictures and what
words and picture they are!
For the ultimate holiday fun pack, check
out the ‘Holly
Jolly Holiday Collector’s Tin’ a special container with a
decorative paper ribbon.
there’s all sorts of holiday goodies including three books (Happy Holiday
Coloring, The Night Before Christmas and Best Christmas Ever Activity
Book), over 50 stickers, four markers and a two-sided poster.
can read, place stickers, color and enjoy the holidays with this clever and
fun to do Christmas package.
For those who enjoy a different type of
holiday spirit comes the ‘Wine Gift & Book’
holiday package containing four holiday themed coasters, a wine pourer and
a special ‘Wine’ book: ‘A guide to the world’s best vineyards and wines’.
I don’t drink, but I’m sure there are those out there who will enjoy this
special package celebrating the fruit of the vine.
you get to be my age it is important to keep both your body and mind
active-especially your mind.
why I recommend that old folks read a lot, experience new things and do
better way to keep your mind active, inquisitive and learning than by doing
Mixed Puzzles’ contains over 300 mind-benders, quizzes, challenges,
word games of so many varieties that your brain won’t have time to
mind is boggled just by flipping through its pages.
the challenge, do puzzles today.
There’s nothing like the feeling of accomplishment when you solve
Justice League, Star Trek,
Thor Ragnarok, Star Wars X 2
are a mass media, pop culture addict and nerd such as myself then you know
who produces the best products.
it comes to magazines about TV shows and movies Titan Magazines ranks as number one.
magazine they print (regardless of the subject matter) is of the highest
quality, boasts superior editorial context and articles and showcases
stunning photographs (both archival and current).
lofty position to be sure. But for
all the years I’ve read Titan Magazines the more I am impressed by their
consistent high standards.
as graphic designer who is well acquainted with magazine production I can
testify it is no small feat to turn out a magazine, especially on a
consistent, timely and with such high production values.
being said I’d like to talk about five recently released Titan Magazines:
two special one-shots and three bi-monthly publications.
The Official Collector’s Edition’ spotlights the new DC Comics movie recently
released by Warner Bros.
I found especially intriguing and interesting about Titan Magazine’s
Justice League one-shot is that it goes far and beyond simple still photos
and trivial fan boy fodder.
magazine gets into the meat of the movie with cast interviews, exclusive
and behind-the-scenes photos, concept art, pre and post production,
character comic book and cinema histories and appearances, costume designs,
set pieces and practical and visual effects.
encompasses the entire making of the movie from concept to completion. The art and photos are stunning and the
text is compelling, easily urging the reader to read more.
year was the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, beginning with the
original series. Unless you’ve been
living under a rock somewhere in Ursa Minor somewhere then you are aware of
the whole Star Trek phenomenon.
2009 Star Trek was effectively reborn with the new ‘alternate timeline’
Star Trek Universe which became a big hit with Star Trek fans both old and
other month Titan Magazines publishes its ‘Star Trek’ magazine.
hold issue #63 for November and Decembers in my hands.
this issue the magazine examines the IDW Star Trek comic book series
(plural), the recently launched Star Trek: Discovery TV series that
re-introduced Star Trek to the small screen and brings pertinent Star Trek
trivia and news to the reader.
articles visit Star Trek Las Vegas 2017, talks to Star Trek: Discovery’s
Michael Burnham as played by actress Sonequa Martin-Green, examines
Starfleet’s finest, visits the woman who saved Star Trek: Bjo Trimble,
encounters the new Klingons, goes through the wormhole, revisits The Next
Generation, talks Trek toys and much more.
Marvel Cinema Universe took a decided different approach to its movies when
it released Thor Ragnarok to cinemas.
many of the classic Thor comic book elements are present the movie is funny
and Thor is the chief kidder.
Titan Magazines’ ‘Thor Ragnarok’
one-shot, readers enjoy ‘The Official Movie Special’ including exclusive
photos and concept art.
a spectacular color cover the magazine talks to the key actors and
actresses in the film, displays stunning art and photos (some never seen
before), visits sets, examines key scenes and sequences, details computer
generated effects and characters and offers insider information on how the
film was made.
especially enjoy reading about costume and character designs and looking at
the end results, how vast vistas were created digitally and seamlessly
melded into the film and the interplay between the characters-both good and
magazine offers the best look at the making of the film with so much
information packed into its pages it will satisfy the reading requirements
of the most die-hard of fans.
Wars-what more can be said about the ground-breaking film series. Plenty if Titan Magazines’ ‘Star Wars Insider’ magazine has
anything to say about it.
I’m not mistaken Star Wars insider is the longest continually published pop
culture/film magazine put out by Titan Publishing.
have a number of the older issues and all are worth reading as are the two
most recent issues numbers 176 and 177,
#176 Star Wars Insider pays tribute to the women of Star Wars, both good
and bad including Captain Phasma, Leia, Rose (in the upcoming film), Padme,
Mon Mothma and many more.
tons of new Star Wars merchandise to droll over including toys, books, etc,
see how the Star Wars Rebels animated series is conceptualized and
completed, watch how ILM paints alien landscapes, revisit Star Wars teaser
trailers, and stroll along Artist Alley.
issues #177, Star Wars Insider tells Luke Skywalker's story from child to
adult, there’s two free Star Wars Destiny Cards included, game on with Star
Wars Battle Front II and discover how legendary music composer John
Williams brings new musical themes to each Star Wars film, encounter the
villains of the last Jedi and like Star wars Insider magazines before it this
issue showcases a plethora of Star Wars mechanize, insider info, cast
sightings and much more. It’s a
veritable galaxy of Star Wars goodies.
it’s about Star Wars then it’s in this and every issue of Star Wars
Of The 1980s
the 1960s my next favorite decade of TV shows was in the 1980s.
shows like Magnum P.I., Murder She Wrote, Family Ties, Full House,
Baywatch, The Golden Girls and dozens of other series lit up the small
were products of their times and are still popular to this day. In fact, many of them have seen a
resurgence of interess and a few have been reborn, albeit for the 21st
Vincent Terrace and Rowman &
Littlefield, have assembled essential facts and quirky details about
1980s TV with their ‘Television
Series Of The 1980s’.
you’re a TV buff such as myself then you’re sure to love this awesome new
book that goes into extensive detail (in alphabetical order) about ‘80s TV
series' synopsis, the book lists directors, production personnel, character
descriptions and backgrounds and every other tidbit of information about
each and every show.
a nostalgia buffs dream come true!
1980s was a great decade and love them or loath them the 198os TV series
were a blast!
The Daemons Of Devil’s End
always found stories about witches lacking, the witches one-dimensional and
the supernatural trappings predictable.
is, until I read the short story compilation ‘The Daemons Of Devil’s End’ published by Telos Publishing.
book centers on Olive Hawthorne, the witch introduced in the classic Doctor
who TV episode ‘The Daemons’.
Hawthorne is anything but a typical witch.
She’s clever, compassionate, inquisitive, does not boast of her
abilities and above all is a protector.
the book various authors offer stories of Olive’s past, her loves and
losses, her familiar, pivotal and life-changing encounters with the
supernatural-both good and bad and her steadfast determination to protect
her little village: Devil’s End, from the dark forces.
enjoyed reading each and every tale and I plan on watching the classic Doctor
Who episode she premiered in along with her Reeltime Pictures drama
production: White Witches Of Devil’s End.
Star Trek The Book Of Lists
you think you know all there is to know about Star Trek? You’re about to
‘Star Trek The Book
compiled and written by Chip Carter and Published by Harper
Design, features 100 lists of facts and trivia from the Star Trek TV
series, movies and more (minus the recently launched Star Trek Discovery).
yourself in to the universe of Kirk, Spock, Picard, Sisko, Archer, Janeway
and the hundreds of other Star Trek characters.
details about the various stories, the Klingons and Romulans, techno-babble,
planets societies—the lists go on and on.
were Kirk’s most memorable kisses?
What does it mean to wear a red Starfleet shirt? Learn Klingon
phrases. What famous historical figures appeared on the shows? Learn all about some actresses and actors
before they were famous.
so much information, tidbits and behind-the-scenes goodies that it will
take you here to Antares to read and digest them all.
a Star Trek fan’s dream come true.
The book is packed with photos art, charts and even a section on
Star Trek toys!
go where no Star Trek fan has gone before!
of Fantasy & Science Fiction, #734, November/December
Water God’s Dog
Racing The Rings Of Saturn
Whatever Comes After Calcutta
By The Red Giant’s Light
Marley And Marley
Down At The Goblin Boutique
Books to Look For
Musing On Books
Films: It’s A Wrap
Science: The Science Of Invisibility
Index To Volumes 132 & 133
Danny Shanahan, bill Long, Nick Downes, Arthur Masear, S. Harris
Kent Bash For “Attachments”
Gettysburg and It Came
From The Video Isle!
Bruce E. Mowday, G. Craig
Caba and Schiffer Books present
‘J. Howard Wert’s Gettysburg A
Collection Of The Relics From The Civil War’ book.
the Civil War J. Howard Wert assisted the Union force during the Battle of
the battle raged and during its aftermath he collected and cataloged relics
from the battle including weapons, furniture, uniforms, documents and other
items to preserve for posterity.
years after the conflict he continued to collect and catalog items
eventually assembling the most impressive collection of memorabilia from
that bloody battle.
new book showcases the various items via color photographs and includes
text about Wert, the battle and the Civil War.
an engrossing and fascinating trek back in time that provides readers with
a first-hand look at the battle that shaped the outcome of the Civil War.
Certainly not as old or historical as
Gettysburg but important nonetheless is another book about history.
before the DVD or Blu-ray disc, the internet, Netflix or social media one
small movie production company brought movie directly to the viewer n their
home, bypassing the movie theaters.
Moon Features in the 1990s was the king of B-movies of sci-fi, fantasy and
Jay, William S Wilson and Torsten Dewi take you ‘Inside Charles Band’s Full
Moon Entertainment Studio’ in 'It
Came From The Video Isle!’.
book tracks the history of the company from its early 1980s drive-in
theater days, its cast and crew and also includes exclusive interviews.
movie synopses, behind-the-scenes tidbits and full color photos highlight
the book that delves into the intriguing world of the B-movie as only Full
Moon could do.
movie enthusiasts will love the in-depth look at an industry giant in its
COMIC BOOKS & GRAPHIC
Strangers In Paradise XVX #1 l ABSTRACT STUDIOS
Pestilence Volume 1 TP l AFTERSHOCK COMICS
Uber Volume 6 TP l AVATAR PRESS INC
Mech Cadet Yu Volume 1 TP l BOOM! STUDIOS
Planet of the Apes: Ursus #1 l BOOM! STUDIOS
Dejah Thoris #0 l D. E./DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Battlestar Galactica Vs. Battlestar Galactica #1 l D.
Sailor Moon Volume 1 Eternal Edition SC l KODANSHA COMICS
Sci-Fu GN l ONI PRESS INC.
Devilman Vs. Hades Volume 1 GN l SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT LLC
Yokai Girls Volume 1 GN l SEVEN SEAS GHOST SHIP
Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch #1 l TITAN COMICS
Assassin’s Creed Origins #1 l TITAN COMICS
Mega Man Mastermix #1 l UDON ENTERTAINMENT INC
Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe #1 l VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC
RWBY GN l VIZ MEDIA LLC
Marvel Black Panther: The Ultimate Guide HC l COMICS
Marvels Black Panther: Illustrated History of a King HC l
A Tribute To Mike Mignola’s Hellboy Show Catalogue SC l COMICS
DC Super Hero Girls: Harley Quinn at Super Hero High HC l
COMICS YOUNG READERS
Justice League: The Joker & Harley Quinn’s Justice League
Jailhouse l COMICS YOUNG
The Creeps #13 l HORROR
Brickjournal #50 l LEGO
Star Wars Insider #179 l STAR WARS
Topps 2018 Heritage Baseball Trading Cards l TOPPS COMPANY
Topps 2018 Us Olympic & Paralympic Team & Hopefuls
Trading Cards l TOPPS COMPANY
Doctor Who: Poster Art Black T-Shirt l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
The Lord of the Rings: Eye of Sauron Black T-Shirt l PREVIEWS
Wonder Woman: Red & Blue T-Shirt l GRAPHITTI DESIGNS
Batman: Hushhhhh by Jim Lee T-Shirt l GRAPHITTI DESIGNS
TOYS & STATUES
Rick & Morty Snowball Construction Set l MCFARLANE TOYS
Samurai Champloo: Mugen Statue l ANIME
One-12 Collective: DC: Ascending Knight Batman (Blue) Figure l
The Flash: The Flash Training With Oliver Polystone Bust l
Star Wars: The Black Series: Force FX Lightsabers l STAR WARS
Overwatch: D.Va 20-Inch Statue l VIDEO GAMES
Marvel Universe: The Punisher Fine Art Statue l KOTOBUKIYA
The Dark Crystal Board Game l ALC STUDIO
Doctor Who Fluxx Card Game l LOONEY LABS
Munchkin Collectible Card Game Starter Sets l STEVE JACKSON
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Heroclix: Unplugged l
WIZKIDS/NECACoco and Frozen
: Emperor Palpatine & Royal Guard Artfx+ Statue Pack l
Wonder Woman Hero Edition Nendoroid l DC HEROES
Movie Realization Star Wars Action Figures l STAR WARS
Godzilla Kaiju 8-Inch Scale Action Figures l GODZILLA
Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla S.H.Monsterarts Figure l GODZILLA
Dragon Ball: Kid Goku S.H.Figuarts l DRAGON BALL
Manga Realization Marvel: Samurai Captain America Figure l
Bioshock: Big Daddy & Little Sister 1/6-Scale Figure l
Bloodborne: Hunter Figma l VIDEO GAMES
COLLECTIBLES & NOVELTIES
Marvel: Stark Industries Welcome Pack Vinyl Decal l MARVEL
Marvel: Gwenpool PVC Bust Bank l MARVEL HEROES
Marvel Heroes 2017 SDCC Figural Keyring 3-Pack l MARVEL HEROES
DC Heroes: Aquaman Vinyl Decal l DC HEROES
The Nightmare Before Christmas: Halloween Town & Oogies
Boys Vinyl Decal l DISNEY
The Dark Crystal Board Game l ALC STUDIO
Doctor Who Fluxx Card Game l LOONEY LABS
Munchkin Collectible Card Game Starter Sets l STEVE JACKSON
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Heroclix: Unplugged l
WIZKIDS/NECACoco and Frozen
Coco and Frozen
yeah! I know some nephews, nieces and
grandkids that are going to love the new selection of kids’ books I just
received from Parragon!
about to become a very popular uncle and grandpa!
things even more exciting all five books are about Disney characters: one
fan favorite and one new up-and-coming movie character. First things first.
love to color and use stickers.
Snowman Big Adventures’ everyone’s favorite wacky snowman: Olaf
from Frozen, stars in his very own adventure complete with over 30 stickers
and puzzles, coloring pages and a set of four crayons with a crayon keeper.
colorful combination is sure to be a hit with kids.
illustrated, with clever puzzles and one whole page of full-color stickers,
makes the entire package a winter wonderland of fun.
of sticker and coloring fun, ‘Coco
Always Remembers’ and ‘Coco
Friends Forever’ are two new fun-filled books based on the new Coco
computer-animated film from Disney and Pixar.
on the Mexican celebration of ‘The Day Of The Dead’ the film finds Coco
reunited with his deceased ancestors in the afterlife.
from a ‘dead’ story, the film is an exhilarating celebration of life,
family love and devotion.
Always Remembers is a fun coloring book with four crayons and a holder.
can color the black and white inspired ‘Land Of The Dead’ pages and add a
little color to bring them to life.
especially love the design of the crayon holder with skull shape accented
by red, blue, yellow and purple.
even more coloring fun along with activities, puzzles and stickers Coco
Friends Forever immediately grabs your attention with its gold accented
color cover, four pages of colorful stickers, full-color Coco story where
kids match the stickers to the story, intricate and detailed coloring pages
and challenging activities.
nothing ‘dead’ about this book!
silver cover accented by full-color illustration cover of ‘Coco
Sing Your Song’ book is a real treasure.
only can kids sing Miguel’s songs they can also punch out their own skull
masks, sketch, create a family tree, keep a journal, keep special notes and
draw, draw, draw!
this is the kind of sketchbook I wish I had had when I was a kid! What a wonderful way to stir a child’s
imagination, organizational skills and writing and drawing talent.
but certainly not least, is ‘Coco
Mosaic Sticker By Numbers’.
This book is literally bursting with stickers and color.
the four Coco books this is my favorite.
are colorful pieces of various mosaics. Kids use the pieces and match them
up with the color illustrations inside.
done they have wonderful mosaics worthy of putting on display and showing
their friends and family.
looking awesome the book is a great teaching tool for kids encouraging them
to use their cognitive skills while they use the number pieces to match
correctly where they go on what particular drawing.
counting and dexterity are all tested in a fun and exciting book that is
guaranteed to keep kids’ attention while they play and learn.
five of the books reviewed make for fun and exciting playtime and kids
learn all sorts of skills without even realizing it. Now that’s a great way to learn!
House Stark Direwolf
Game Of Thrones HBO TV series is wildly popular. Legions of fans are glued to their TV
screens when each episode airs.
fantasy based TV series is resplendent with court intrigue, deceit,
manipulations, wars, secret alliances, ghoulies, monsters and of
Carlton Books presents the ‘Game Of Thrones House Stark Direwolf
3D Mask & Wall Mount’ that brings the world of the coming Winter to
by Wintercroft, the book contains an easy-to-assemble 3D House Stark
Direwolf Mask & Wall Mount.
illustrated push-out pieces make assembly quick and easy.
or display it, the choice is yours.
instructions are included with the lavishly designed, slipcase book with
silver ink trim and type and special backboard wall mount.
Close Encounters Of The Third
his huge success directing JAWS for Universal Studios, director Steven
Spielberg tackled science fiction with his next film: ‘Close Encounters Of
The Third Kind’.
movie is one of my all-time favorites and for good reason(s).
brilliant script, stellar acting, spectacular visual and practical effects
and a compelling sense of wonder made the film a huge hit and endeared
itself to millions of movie-goers and is a considered a movie masterpiece
and classic even today.
along with the Star Wars franchise, refashioned and revitalized the sci-fi
film genre and helped define the ‘blockbuster’ phenomenon.
Design proudly presents its deluxe, hardbound book commemorating the
classic film with its ‘Close
Encounters Of The Third Kind: The Ultimate Visual History’.
you’re a fan of the film or sci-fi films in general then this book is sure
to satiate your behind-the-scenes appetite.
the impressive book are special, tipped-in ‘extras’ full-color, two page
spreads, photographs, artwork and much more describing and chronicling the
for a complete script breakdown, the cast selection, costumes, sets,
location filming, special visual and practical effects, miniatures, pre and
post production behind-the-scenes photos, commentaries from cast and crew
and any and everything that had to do with the film’s production.
is the ‘ultimate’ compilation of facts, photos and personal recollections
and a heartfelt tribute to many creative and imaginative minds behind the
is movie-making magic all wrapped up in a wonderful, hardbound book bulging
with information and visual stimuli that will fascinate the most diehard
Alien movie franchise is one of the most successful, and lucrative, film
series ever produced and filmed.
some of the films have been less received by moviegoers more than others,
the franchise is alive and well and promises to add more to its impressive
roster of terrifying films.
Carlton Books knows a good thing
when it sees it and has compiled a sort of ‘survival guide’ should you ever
have the misfortune of running into one of the nasty critters.
‘U.S.C.M. Alien Augmented Reality
Survival Manual’ that goes into exhaustive detail about the deadly
in the manual are a complete history of the planetary, ship and space
station encounters with the Aliens, weapons used, equipment deployed,
spaceships, spacesuits and personnel.
variation and adaptation of the Alien spawn is analyzed, and examined
thoroughly using photos, internal and external capabilities and encounter
procedures and safeguards.
included is a fully augmented reality exercise coupled with a download
version of the simulation.
beautifully illustrated and photographed hardbound book is the perfect
resource for survival should one encounter such a beast in a variety of
situations and scenarios.
Heroes & Villains
Who exactly are cosplayers?
are fans of movies, TV shows, comic books, literary characters, Anime,
Manga, toys and video games who love to dress up and pretend they’re their
favorite characters in each genre.
started out as simple expressions of creativity within a small group of
fans has blossomed to a huge following with literally hundreds, If not
thousands, of cosplayers attending conventions and various events.
of the biggest conventions is the New York Comicon and cosplay is huge
there, as gigantic as NYC itself.
Smith Street Books/Rizzoli and writer Andrew Boyle
present a small, thick, hardbound book called: ‘Heroes & Villains: A Photographic Odyssey Into The Fantastic
World Of Cosplay’.
readers are treated to cull-color photos of cosplayers dressed up as their
favorite superheroes, super villains, video game characters, movie persona
and just about every type imaginable of pop culture characters.
the photos are interviews and quotes from the cosplayers themselves (many
of whom make cosplaying a lifetime occupation).
mind-boggling the book is a gallery of costumes by fans whose creativity
and imaginations knows no bounds.
How To Draw And Paint Anatomy
When I was teaching drawing at a local high school perhaps the
most challenging and often frustrating thing young artists faced was
it was human or animal, drawing and understanding the mechanics of anatomy
is far more than just drawing pretty pictures.
told my students that the best way to draw humans or animals is to start
from the inside out. As an artist
you MUST know how the muscles and bones work in animals and humans.
difficult to find a book that offers good examples and advice on how to
found one. Fox Chapel Publishing’s ‘How To Draw And Paint Anatomy’ is
an excellent guide on creating life-life humans and realistic animals on
paper or canvas.
step-by-step instructions on drawing anatomy from head-to-toe the book
provides excellent examples of realistic and fantasy drawings and
far more than a book on dry and stagnant poses; it is a vibrant, dynamic
compilation of examples that teach artists how to breathe life into their
human or animal renderings.
DVD is also included with instructions and demonstrations. It’s a great two-in-one combination for
new and veteran artists to use when drawing or painting.
The Beatles X 2
The Fab Four, The Moptop Quartet and The British Teenyboppers:
regardless of how they were referred to The Beatles was the band that
completely changed the face of Rock and Roll music in the 1960s.
Individual members of the band would transform and influence
music for decades after that. In
fact, the two remaining members still shape modern music.
Liverpool hometown boys Ringo, Paul, John and George started
out as a group of youngsters who got together to play their favorite music.
their humble beginnings the boys behind The Beatles would gain worldwide
fame and influence generations to come.
Carlton Books presents a duo of
Fab Four books that look at the phenomenon of The Beatles and much of the
Pop Culture memorabilia so sought after by Beatles’ fans today.
Terry Burrows examines in great detail ‘The Band That Changed The World’ in
the detailed text the book includes black and white and full-color photos
and document reproductions that chronicle the group’s beginning to the
individual member’s work after the breakup of The Beatles.
a visual time capsule of a Pop Culture phenomenon and the decade that
changed the world.
fans clamor for anything associated with the group. Clothing, documents, toys, literature and
a plethora of other Beatles associated with or own by properties garner
huge amounts of money at auctions, private collections and online.
‘Beatles Memorabilia’, The
Julian Lennon Collection is showcased.
records, original art and animation art, musical instruments, clothing,
song lyrics, personal items and much more make up the collection that
includes not only John Lennon items but pieces from all the other members
of The Beatles.
piece is accompanied by a text piece detailing the importance and relevance
of each item. The book is a ‘must-have’ item for any Beatles memorabilia
On The Roam
There’s no place (or person) like Gnome! Gnome is where the heart is. Gnome, Gnome on the range. OK, OK, I’ll stop.
likes Gnomes. You see them in
people's yards and gardens, hidden in secret, forest Gnome homes and
populating children’s literature.
funny, little, pointy-hat, miniature humanoids that are mischievous,
hard-working, sometimes grumpy but always adorable.
‘My Gnome On The Roam’ with its ‘Family Adventure Kit’ that offers
a suitcase of memories waiting to be unpacked!
was curious when I received my Family Adventure Pack. I wasn’t sure what it was.
I opened up the latched, sandy-brown
suitcase and the only thing I spotted were some crinkled-up, shreds of
a minute! Is this some kind of joke?
aside the shredded paper I discovered a Gnome Notebook/Journal and Anne
Armstrong’s hardbound book appropriately entitled ‘My Gnome On The Roam’
featuring a Gnome adventure in text complemented by black and white and
full-color Gnome art.
included was an adorable Gnome figurine ready to paint, a rustic, tree limb
Pencil, a Gnome Travel Tag and an Adventure Kit Booklet filled with
suggestions for filling out my own Gnome adventures each day.
a quirky, creative cache of Gnome fun perfect for young (and the young at
heart) adventurers. To know a Gnome
is to love a Gnome.
How Comics Work
I first encountered the comic book art of Dave Gibbons back in
was a part of DC Comics’ British Isles creative talent import program.
established a good reputation as an artist in his native land, the DC editorial
staff took notice of said talent and asked him to use his talent for DC
first work I saw that he produced for DC was taking over the pencils chores
of DC’s Green Lantern series.
there he would go on to pencil a plethora of fill-in and one-shot titles
long after he teamed up with another British import: writer Alan Moore, and
they collaborated on what is considered the best superhero series ever
would then go on to other projects for DC and other publishers: most
notably the Frank Miller Dark Horse series starring Martha Washington.
has expanded his creative venue by adding inking, plotting, scripting and
every other aspect of creating comic books.
such project is his comic master class where he teaches about the creation
of comic books.
and comic book expert Tim Pilcher have combined their considerable talents
to publish the ultimate ‘how-to’ of comic book creation with ‘How Comics Work’ published by Wellfleet Press/Quarto.
read and studied a huge amount of books on how to produce comic books and I
have to say that this is the best one so far.
has opened up his archive of original comic book art and using it he
demonstrates all facets of how to create comic books.
the book primarily consists of his work there are examples of other
artists, inkers, colorists, letterers and writers works included along with
a real ‘back to the basics’ and 'meat and bones’ approach to creating comic
books this book delivers.
story plots, scripts, sketches, designs for characters, vehicles, etc,
inking, word balloon placement, lettering, coloring, cover designs and so
much more this book goes into exhaustive detail.
is a visual treat that delves into the process by which comic books are
suggest that anyone considering entering the comic book field read and
study this book from cover to cover.
Besides being an award-winning actress, singer and entertainer
Loretta Swit (forever known as Hot Lips in the M.A.S.H. TV series) is also
an accomplished watercolor artist and well-known and respected animal
‘Switheart’ published by Ultimate
Symbol, and designed and edited by Mies Hora, Loretta’s watercolor
paintings and drawings and love of animals are put on full display.
the book the actress shares her love of animals, including rescue animals
and her own pets and offers personal, heartfelt memories of her life as an
animal renderings, Ms. Swit also shares several photos of her plant
watercolors and several archival photos of herself and her many animal
a very personal book by a very private person whose love of animals and her
long struggle to save and protect our furry, feathered, scaled and finny
is also a wonderful homage to her fellow cast and crew members from
proceeds will be donated to charities and programs that are dedicated to ending animal suffering and
This Day In
It seems these days that everyone is collecting. Big or small objects, cheap or expensive,
rare or commonplace-almost anything is collectible.
what about the truly rare and expensive items? Every day of every year someone
discovers, buys or sells one of a kind or limited in number antiques,
memorabilia and art objects.
plethora of TV shows, websites, blogs, videos, literature, stores, auction
houses, clubs and more about collecting are everywhere.
in the history of collecting have so many avenues for collecting been
Michael A. and Marla K. McLeod have compiled a wonderful new book called ‘This Day In Collecting History’,
published by Schiffer Books,
that breaks down collectible treasures sold on each day of the year.
back decades the book chronicles incredible memorabilia and treasures that
were sold for small and large fortunes on specific days of the year.
hundred and sixty five days of treasures are showcased with full color and
archival photos accompanied by informative text. Everything from movie memorabilia, sports
items, furniture, art and dozens of other antique and collectible genres
a fascinating book that provides hours of reading and viewing
pleasure. You may even learn
something along the way.
COMIC BOOKS & GRAPHIC
Terry Moore 25th-Anniversary Sketchbook: 8,800 Days of Blondes
& Brunette ‑ ABSTRACT STUDIOS
Hero Cats Volume 1 HC ‑ ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT
Babyteeth Volume 1 TP ‑ AFTERSHOCK COMICS
Casper and Wendy #1 ‑ AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY PRODUCTIONS
Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville #1 ‑ BOOM! STUDIOS
Rocko’s Modern Life #1 Main ‑ BOOM! STUDIOS
Belladonna: Fire and Fury #1 ‑ BOUNDLESS COMICS
Barbarella #1 ‑ D. E./DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Grumpy Cat/Garfield HC ‑ D. E./DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Superb Volume 1: Life after the Fallout TP ‑ LION FORGE
Kim Reaper Volume 1: Grim Beginnings TP ‑ ONI PRESS INC.
Under #1 ‑ TITAN COMICS
Robotech #5 ‑ TITAN COMICS
Justice League: The Art of the Film HC ‑ TITAN COMICS
Quantum & Woody #1 ‑ VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC
Shiver: Junji Ito HC ‑ VIZ MEDIA LLC
Splatoon Volume 1 GN ‑ VIZ MEDIA LLC
So I’m A Spider… So What? Volume 1 GN ‑ YEN PRESS
In The Night Studio: Illustration After Dark by Dan Brereton ‑
Joe Sinnott: Embellishing Life HC ‑ ART BOOKS
Batman: Nightwalker HC ‑ COMICS YOUNG READERS
The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi HC ‑ STAR WARS
Cartoons Magazine #12 ‑ CARTOONS
Fantasm Presents #1 ‑ HORROR
007 Magazine Presents: Exhibitors Pressbooks Volume 2 ‑
Topps 2018 Baseball Series 1 Trading Cards ‑ TOPPS
Doctor Who: Cybermen Evolution Black T-Shirt ‑ PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
Judge Dredd: Many Faces of Dredd Black T-Shirt ‑
PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
TOYS & STATUES
Marvel Premier Collection: Deadpool Statue ‑ DIAMOND
SELECT TOYS & COLLECTIBLES
DC Super Powers Collection: The Joker Maquette ‑ DC
One-12 Collective: DC: Ascending Knight Batman Figure ‑
One-12 Collective: Marvel: Spider-Man Homecoming Figure ‑
Guardians of the Galaxy Legends Gear: Star-Lord Helmet ‑
Thor Legends 6-Inch Action Figures ‑ MARVEL HEROES
Thor Legends Gear: Electronic Hammer ‑ MARVEL HEROES
Captain America Civil War: Captain America 1/4-Scale Figure ‑
Marvel: Deadpool 1/2-Scale Figure ‑ MARVEL HEROES
Marvel: Deadpool “X-Force Costume” 1/4-Scale Figure ‑
Cinemachines Blade Runner 2049 6-Inch Spinner Vehicles ‑
Power Rangers Legacy: MMPR Green Ranger Helmet ‑ POWER
POP! Rides Marvel: Classic Ghost Rider With Bike Figure –
Justice League Movie: Wonder Woman S.H.Figuarts ‑ DC
Dimension of Dragonball: Super Saiyan 4 Goku PVC Figure ‑
Star Wars: A New Hope: Millennium Falcon 1/72-Scale Model Kit ‑
Predator 2: Stalker Predator 1/18-Scale Figure ‑
Predator 2: Lost Predator 1/18-Scale Figure ‑ PREDATOR
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon 1/6-Scale Figure ‑
COLLECTIBLES & NOVELTIES
Justice League Movie Laser Cut Figural Keyrings ‑ DC
Kong Inflatable Costume ‑ MOVIE/TV
Candy Land: My Little Pony Movie Board Game ‑ HASBRO TOY
Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers Infinity ‑ WIZKIDS/NECA
Marvel Heroclix: X-Men First Class ‑ WIZKIDS/NECA
Beast, Rock and Music
mythological, magical, fictional and real-humanity has always been
fascinated by beasts. They permeate
our culture, legends, mass media and imaginations.
movies, TV shows, poems, tall tales-it seems we humans are always trying to
explain the unexplainable.
man relegated natural phenomenon they did not understand to beasts,
Medieval times were filled will tales of winged serpents spouting fire, no
matter the terrain, location or weather conditions, beasts have always been
present, even it was only within our
Carlton Books’ ‘The Fantastical World Of Beasts’
mythical creatures and ferocious beasts are given their due with lust,
full-color illustrations, elaborate twin page layouts featuring artifacts,
tools of the trade, first-hand accounts and fascinating facts and flights
illustrated from cover to cover the book is a masterpiece of design and
quickly draws the reader into the world of beasts where imaginations run
wild and fantasy comes alive.
and Roll fans often talk about the formative years of R&R during the
1950s and the counter-culture explosion of the 1960s.
speaking from experience and a first-hand account I can testify that the
1970s was the most turbulent, inventive, momentous and awe-inspiring decade
Folk Rock, Soft Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Country Rock, Disco, Heavy Metal,
Punk Rock, Soul, Rap and a dozens of other forms of R&R and music
genres, the 1970s saw an explosion of creative outpouring.
a complete story of a momentous musical decade be sure to pick up a copy of
‘Uncut Presents History Of Rock In
a few of the remarkable musicians mentioned are CS&N, John Lennon, Jimi
Hendrix, David Bowie, The Rolling stones, Led Zeppelin and Neil Young-the
list goes on and on.
black and white and color photos are complemented by indebt biographies of
the artists and the influence their music had on the music scene.
accounts, historical footnotes and insider sneak peeks chronicle what is
considered the most ground-breaking and all encompassing era of modern
one of the best, if not the best, movie musical ever produced, ‘The Sound
Of Music, starring Julie Andrews is still a favorite over a half a century
since its premiere.
‘The Sound Of Music Family
Scrapbook’ join writer Fred Bronson as he invites readers to celebrate
the 50th Anniversary of the legendary musical.
and crew provide personal photographs and memorabilia from the film, loving
recreated in a spectacular book that delves into the movie masterpiece.
notes, production stills and instructions, costume fittings, marketing
material, call sheets, autographs and much, much more are accompanied by
up-close–and personal, first-hand accounts of the making of the film along
with pivotal moments, cast and crew insider recollections and even music
hills may be alive with The Sound Of Music, but this book is filled with
the magic behind the sounds.
Weird War Stories
is it about weird happenings, objects, people, stories and the like that
stuff about wars or any unusual military phenomenon is especially appealing
to our imaginations, ponderings and analysis.
Paul Green’s new book, from McFarland
& Company Inc., Publishers:
‘Encyclopedia Of Weird War Stories’ offers readers of the macabre,
horror, science fiction and fantasy a plethora of weirdness to satisfy the
most intuitive of minds.
it’s supernatural, unexplained, myth, legend or just plain made up, the
stories and tales contained in this book cover every sort of mass media
comic books, pulp magazines, film, TV, games and much more are covered in
exhaustive detail complete with a smattering of art and photos.
it’s weird, if it’s war and if they somehow intermingle then you’ve come to
the right place. It’s so weird—it’s
a comic book collector I especially found that particular reference
fascinating, especially since there was at one point a comic book called:
‘Weird War Tales”.
of Fantasy & Science Fiction, #733, September/October
Leash on a Man
Hermit of Houston
Notes on the Varietals of the Southern Coast
Care of House Plants
Tomorrow's Going to Be Another Working Day
Two Choice Foxtrot of Chapham County
to Look For
On Finding Her Inner Kaiju
Shanahan, Nick Downes, Arthur Masear, S. Harris
Manzieri for "Starlight Express"
The World Of James Bond
most James Bond the British Super Spy is someone they’ve seen at the
the older generation James Bond was the literary creation of writer Ian
Fleming that sprung to life in the 1950s.
Bond books rocketed to popularity when President John Kennedy mentioned
that the James Bond novels were some his favorite reading material.
the first James Bond movie came out in the early 1960s, starring Sean
Connery as the suave spy, the movie became a big hit overseas and an even
bigger sensation in the United States.
that point on James Bond became an institution known around the world.
Jeremy Black examines the literary and big screen adventures of Bond in his
new book, The World Of James Bond’ published by Rowman & Littlefield.
his book the author delves how the James Bond books and films reflected the
times they were released in.
Cold War, the sexual revolution, the drug culture, the counter-culture-all
of the changes and events that shaped the decades are intertwined with the
James Bond legacy.
race, gender, changing social norms, and other events and phenomenon of the
times are all represented in one form or another in the Bond literary and
times changed, Bond changed. Nowhere
is that more evident than with the various actors that portrayed Bond. Each represented a certain aspect of Bond
intricately linked with the time the Bond films were released.
himself transformed from a hard-nosed assassin to womanizer to partnering
with women that were his equal then to a back to hard-edged killer.
Connery to Craig, James Bond has evolved and adapted to fit the times and
promises to do so for another 50 years.
Num Noms, PJ Masks,
Human Body and Yellow Submarine
Parragon Books Ltd., and its
various imprints, come five new books that are sure to keep kids of all
ages excited and motivated to read and learn.
show you how out of touch I am with the current kid craze of collectibles
I’ve never even heard of the Num Noms until I saw a selection of the toy
figures at a local store and spotted the ‘Num Noms Collector’s Guide’
amongst Parragon’s book selection.
I did a little research and discovered that Num Noms are lovable little
creatures (over 300!) that are based on sweets, candy and pastry.
kid wouldn’t like that!? I know I
would have when I was a kid, if such a collection existed. Play and get sweets! Come on!
‘Collector’s Guide offers full details on over 300 Num Noms that ‘Smell so
kid’s pop culture phenomenon I am unfamiliar with is the animated
adventures of the ‘PJ Masks’
three kids, dressed in PJs, are superheroes who fight all sorts of wild and
wacky adversaries while encouraging kids to learn and create things
the ‘PJ Masks Tin’ kids get a chockful of fun with PJ Masks’ books (3), 4
markers, a poster and over 50 stickers.
get to read some cool adventures, color and put stickers, everywhere!
Sounds like fun to me.
thing I do know about is the human body.
As an artist and designer I studied anatomy and I am very familiar
with how the body works.
I taught my high school students they would sit in awe as I explained the
intricacies and wonders of the human body-especially the skeletal and
‘Factivity Your Amazing Body’ small children learn all about the various
functions, systems and organs of the human body provided by easy to
comprehend facts and 80 cool flaps that hide some pretty cool additional
facts when opened.
the slightly older child/student ‘Discovery Kids Human Body’ offers a much
more comprehensive, lavishly illustrated book that allows kids to see how
the body works from head to toe.
the microscopic scale to entire body systems the book provides extensive
information that budding scientists, teachers and medical professionals
will find fascinating.
‘In the town
where I was born
Lived a man who
sailed to sea
And he told us of
In the land of
So we sailed up
to the sun
Till we found the
sea of green
And we lived
beneath the waves
In our yellow
We all live in a
We all live in a
a child of the 1960s The Beatles had a great influence on my life.
Beatles breakout, controversial and trend-setting animated film: Yellow
Submarine’ introduced to the mainstream the psychedelic world of The
Beatles and their mind-altering lyrics.
presents an oversize ‘The Beatles Yellow Submarine Color By Numbers’ book
that will thrill both young and old with its classic images from the
those who need a little help on what colors to use a helpful gallery of
full-color images of each page is presented.
each page; remove them from the book and viola! you have the perfect Yellow
Submarine art gallery!
COMIC BOOKS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
Shop Tales Book 1: Grand Opening l PREVIEWS PUBLICATIONS
Harcourt Legacy #1 l ACTION LAB - DANGER ZONE
Trash #1 l AFTERSHOCK COMICS
1975 l AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY PRODUCTIONS
of the Planet of the Apes #1 l BOOM! STUDIOS
#1 l BOOM! STUDIOS
Fantasy Survivors #7 l BOUNDLESS COMICS
Bond: Solstice One-Shot l D. E./DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Shadow/Batman #2 l D. E./DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Studio Edition: Charles Burns’ Black Hole HC l FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
Angel Alita Deluxe Edition Volume 1 l KODANSHA COMICS
Altered History Of Willow Sparks Gn l ONI PRESS INC.
Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini #1 l TITAN COMICS
War #1 l TITAN COMICS
Radar #1 l TITAN COMICS
Fighter Vs. Darkstalkers Volume 1 TP l UDON ENTERTAINMENT INC
#1 l VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC
Children of Whales Volume 1 GN l VIZ MEDIA LLC
Hewlett: Inside The Mind of Jamie Hewlett HC l ART BOOKS
Art Book 24 SC/HC l ART BOOKS
Art of Harley Quinn HC l COMICS
Black Widow: Creating The Avenging Super-Spy HC l COMICS
Creeps #12 l HORROR
Trek Magazine: Discovery Special l STAR TREK
Wars Episode VIII Collector’s Edition Magazine l STAR WARS
Wars Insider 2018 Special l STAR WARS
2017 Draft Baseball Trading Cards l TOPPS COMPANY
2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trading Cards l STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
Defender Squares Black Heather T-Shirt l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
of Darkness: Ash Amber Ale Black T-Shirt l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
Banzai: Overthruster Album Black T-Shirt l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
Banzai Institute Hoodie Black l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
League: Batman Symbol T-Shirt l GRAPHITTI DESIGNS
Premier Collection: Moon Knight Statue l DIAMOND SELECT TOYS & COLLECTIBLES
Live-Action Role-Play Weapons l ACTION/ADVENTURE
Super Powers Collection: Supergirl Maquette l DC HEROES
Knights 6-Inch Legends Action Figures l MARVEL HEROES
Spider-Gwen Statue By Phantom City Creative l MARVEL HEROES
Generations: Trypticon Action Figure l TRANSFORMERS
the Dragon: Spyro 15-Inch Statue l VIDEO GAMES
Ragnarok Mystery Minis l FUNKO
Universe: Cooking Deadpool ArtFX+ Statue l KOTOBUKIYA
Universe: Robin & Bat-Hound ArtFX+ Statue l KOTOBUKIYA
Series: Godzilla by Yuji Sakai Figure l GODZILLA
of Thrones: Winter Is Here Titans Mini-Figures l GAME OF THRONES
Mercy “Classic Skin” Nendoroid l NENDOROIDS
Comics: Justice League: Batman S.H.Figuarts l DC HEROES
Comics Play Arts Kai: Harley Quinn by Tetsuya Nomura Figure l DC HEROES
Titans: Judge Dredd Vinyl Figure l JUDGE DREDD
Stay Puft 400% Bearbrick l KUBRICKS & BEARBRICKS
Homecoming EAA-052: Iron Man Mark 47 Figure l MARVEL HEROES
Mutant Ninja Turtles: Krang Polystone Figure l TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Hulk Desktop Figural Business Card Holder l MARVEL HEROES
Peaks: Owl Enamel Keychain l MOVIE/TV
Peaks: Nameplate Enamel Lapel Pin l MOVIE/TV
Homecoming Adult Fabric Cowl Mask l SPIDER-MAN
AGE RPG: Basic Rulebook HC l GREEN RONIN PUBLISHING
Pawns: Alien Archive Pawn Box l PAIZO INC
Codenames Board Game l USAOPOLY
Dice Masters: Harley Quinn Starter Set l WIZKIDS/NECAWhat Was That All
That All About!
is that all of us at one time in our lives are/or will be teenagers and yet
when we grow up and have kids of our own and they become teenagers we are
completely baffled by them?
as a parent of two kids: one boy and one girl, who (thankfully are grown
up) I dealt with teenagers. I even
taught high school so I dealt with a plethora of teenagers of all
temperaments and types.
are confusing, compulsive, contradictory in their behavior, sometimes
callous and always, always, a conundrum.
yet they can be the most loving, caring, thoughtful and compassionate
people at times. They drive you
20 years Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman have examined, sweat over and
portrayed teenagers with all their foibles, faults and strengths in their
awesome ‘Zits’ comic strip.
star of the strip: Jeremy Duncan, is the perfect vehicle by which Scott and
Borgman were, and are, able to demonstrate the complexity and contradictions
of a typical teenager.
Jeremy and his friends as they confuse their parents, confound their
teachers and offer insight into the minds of teenagers.
‘What Was That All About?’ the creative team offers readers the very best of
‘Zits!’ over the past 20 years and a very personal and up-front look at
their own lives.
will discover where the duo met, how they came up with the idea for
’Zits!’, the teenagers in their own lives, the strips publishing history,
its up and downs and excerpts from their sketchbooks.
deluxe hardbound book with die-cut front panel, spotlighting Jeremy, is a
real treasure that ‘Zits!’ fans will love and cherish, from Andrews McMeel Publishing.
Schulz was a genius and was responsible in no small part for making reading
newspaper comic strips a respected pastime and American art form.
he did not invent the comic strip his ‘Peanuts’ comic strip brought a whole
new level of sophistication to comic strip humor.
longer were characters mere caricatures of humans or animals.
of Schulz’s ‘Peanuts’ cast has a distinct personality and philosophical
outlook on life.
was Charlie Brown, the perpetual optimist who suffered though perpetual
pessimistic circumstances, Linus, the boy philosopher straddled with a
complex set of phobias and Lucy his domineering and opinionated sister and
other memorable characters in the tiny tot universe.
there was Snoopy.
was Charlie Brown’s pet beagle who embraced life, possessed a vivid
imagination, unbridled ambition, a unique outlook and who represented the
unspoken and un-acted upon opinions and pent-up wishes of the common man.
was, and is, by far, my favorite ‘Peanuts’ character.
Andrews McMeel Publishing
presents ‘Celebrating Snoopy’ the ultimate Snoopy compilation of comic strips
beginning with Snoopy’s humble start as a simply pet to his resounding
finale as the voice of a whole generation.
massive collection comes in a HUGE hardbound book, complete with slipcase,
both decorated with the image of a dancing Snoopy.
50 years Snoopy delighted fans and comic strip readers with his
inexplicable, outrageous and hilarious hi-jinx accompanied by the ‘Peanuts’
cast, a perplexed Charlie, a befuddled Linus, a infuriated Lucy and his
best-bud: Woodstock the bird.
can forget his Red Baron adventures, Joe College, ice-skating on a birdbath
and dozens of other adventures and schemes?
thousands of ‘Peanuts’ strips featuring Snoopy and insightful commentaries
and observations of the ‘Peanuts’ strips’ 50 year heritage are
is Snoopy at his finest and will make a stellar addition to any ‘Peanuts’
Top Secret, Art, Bible and Beatles
about diversity! Chartwell
Books presents four new books from about the most diverse range of
subjects imaginable: WWII, Art Supplies, The Bible and The Beatles!
William B. Breuer examines WWII in a unique an intriguing new way: by
writing about the little mentioned facet of the war; top secrets and secret
War II was the war that determined the survival of Western civilization—or
at least a free democratic Western world, and undoubtedly with the rest of
the known world as well.
put it blunt-war is nasty and often even the good guys have to use some
pretty questionable tactics to win.
too do the bad guys.
this fascinating book: ‘Top Secret Tales OF World War II’, the author
delves into the hidden corners and crevices of the war and explores the
shadowy worlds of espionage, assassination, deadly weapons and other darker
and sinister aspects of the war.
a fascinating study and examination of the part of war most people seldom
see and for good reason.
former art teacher and artist and designer myself I’m always looking for
new art techniques and media with which I can express myself or complete a
Complete Guide To Art Materials & Techniques’ is an invaluable resource
for any new or veteran artist.
painters and designers are privy to a plethora of new and old art
materials, their uses, advantage and disadvantages.
color photos offer easy-to-follow instructions accompanied by examples of
each medium and technique.
from pencils to watercolor and oil painting are explained in full detail
accompanied by handy tips and tricks.
a Christian I’ve found it hard to find a book that explains in simple and
clear terms the history of the Scriptures.
‘The Illustrated Guide To The Bible’ author J.R. Porter uses period art,
photos and other visual aids along with captivating and researched text to
carry readers through the Bible.
makes for a satisfying trek through the Holy Word as it brings the Bible
alive with references, art depicting Bible times and explanations of the
significance of events and how they tie into ancient and modern times.
look forward to absorbing every page and sharing my new found knowledge
with fellow Believers.
was it like to be a member of The Beatles?
How did they spend their days both in front of the public eye and
Fab Four were a world-wide phenomenon with everyone wanting a piece of
them. Imagine the tremendous
pressure put on the members of the band and how hectic their lives must
author Richard Harver's new book: ‘The Beatles The days Of Their Life’
readers get a rare behind-the-scenes look into the day-to-day activities of
the famous quartet.
the earliest days to their breakup the book follows the band members as
they deal with fans, family, friends and their own personal struggles.
a delightful and personal look at the four young men who changed music
forever and influenced society in the 20th Century. Changes felt even today.
with photos, documents and interesting insights the book is a treasure
trove of information about the band that changed the world.
Hammett is my kind of collector. He
loves classic horror and sci-fi movie posters.
Hammett of the Rock and Roll group: Metallica is a huge fan of classic
horror and sci-fi films and his collection is impressive.
with such classics as Dracula, Frankenstein and other films
the Universal Studio monster classics film series the book proceeds to
travel through the decades and examines classic Cold War monster films,
sexy sixties sci-fi fantasies and all the way up to present day with such
films as Alien.
a lover of monster and sci-fi films I am thrilled to have the opportunity
to read and absorb the fascinating text and see the classic posters.
book is a real visual treat and if you’re anyone like me it brings back
many childhood and young adolescent memories.
just don’t make films like that anymore.
More’s the pity!
Movies, Aliens, Robots, Cyborgs, Heroes
anyone who knows me and they will tell you that I am a HUGE comic book and
fact, at one point in my life I considered being a comic book artist (yes,
I can draw) and/or becoming part of the movie industry.
problems I encounter with many of the books about how to draw for comic
books or create characters is that the books tend to be overboard when it
comes to explaining how to do each.
really isn’t that much involved. You
simply have to know how to draw (almost anything) and how to tell a story
book illustration is much like staging a film, only artists use paper, not
Rosen Publishing Group Company,
Inc./PowerKids presents two books about how to draw and tell stories
that simplifies matter in fun and entertaining ways.
Bergin’s ‘How To Draw Comic Book Heroes’ is a great resource for
up-and-coming comic book artists.
book explains in easy-to-understand text and clear, concise drawings everything
a young artist needs to know to get started.
covered begin with perspective, drawing materials, creating heroes of all
shapes, sizes and types using simple geometric shapes and ending with full
what do you do with your characters?
Lee writes and illustrates a very compelling sequence explaining the
elements of the page, panels, composition, telling a story and much more in
his ‘Telling A Story In Your Graphic Novel’.
have to tell you this book is probably the best example of how to draw
comics that is easy to comprehend and understand.
ya gotta luv ‘em!
especially love Monster and Science fiction movies.
what make them so interesting? Throw
in some Aliens, Robots and Cyborgs and you are guaranteed a good time at
the movie theater.
Kassnoff in his ‘Robots and Cyborgs’ book, part of the ‘Greatest Movie
Monsters’ series, delves into the mechanical monstrosities that fascinate
with classic creations such as Maria from Metropolis, Robby The Robot from
Forbidden Planet and other mechanized marvels such as The Terminators, the
Star Wars Droids, The Transformers and many more the book is a
tour-de-force of technological terrors.
impressive is Greg Roza’s ‘Aliens’ book with such creatures as Aliens,
Gort, Martians, The Thing and many more outer space monsters.
books are filled with fascinating text and black and white and full color
photos and offer fun reads.
the hopeful movie director check out Mary R. Dunn’s ‘I Want To Make
small hardback book offers a short and concise glimpse of what many would
consider a ‘Dream Job’.
will get a kick out of seeing their favorite stars, characters and movies along
with tips on costuming, directing, sets and much, much more movie magic.
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read a lot of books. Over the years
I’ve read a lot of crime and mystery novels.
awhile they all pretty much read the same and I usually figure out the plot
before I finish a book-if I finish a book.
seldom do I read a book and find myself surprised-especially when it comes
to crime novels.
Eason’s new ‘Elite Guardians Chasing Secrets’ book from Revell/Baker Publishing Group,
was not expecting to be surprised, but I was. It was delightful.
be sure the book has many of the elements of a good romance suspense novel
but author Eason managed to use those elements in a new and unique way to
craft a story that kept me glued to my seat, soaking in each page.
‘Chasing Secrets’ Elite Guardian body guard Haley Callaghan finds herself
knee-deep in a mystery.
is trying to kill her, but for what reason?
Does it have something to do with an encounter she had with a
vengeful street thug, her shadowy past or is it something else entirely?
and intrigue abound as Haley slowly pieces together the pieces and finally
puts together the puzzle involving her life, her profession and her past.
the way a romance blossoms, a tragedy turns to triumph and (here’s the big
surprise) God gets the glory!
is refreshing to read a crime novel where foul language is absent, morals
are applauded and God is honored.
thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading others in the
Army, Marines, Navy and Special OPS
comes a quartet of books about the U.S. Military.
of the books form author Chester G. Hearn and Zenith Press examine three of
the branches of the U.S. Military.
three books offer illustrated histories of the Army, Marines and Navy.
of the military branches is given their due with full timelines and
historical facts from their inception to the present day.
campaigns, famous military figures, important developments, battles,
innovations, strategies and their military role and importance are complemented
by archive photos and art.
book is packed with black and white and color photos which bring history
and interesting text chronicling each branch is provided with emphasis put
on important dates, campaigns, personnel and weapons and equipment develop
are fully detailed.
book will make an excellent addition to any military history buff’s library
Fred Pushies and Voyageur Press examine the history, weapons and missions
of Elite Military Forces in ‘U.S. Special OPS’.
a thorough examination and explanation of each branch of the military’s
special forces the book covers everything from weapons, campaigns,
techniques, training, equipment, aircraft, transports, key personnel,
officers and non-coms and much more.
is filled with historical text, hundreds of photos and all the facts about
the US Special Ops.
four books offer a great resource to any hopeful military recruit, history
buffs, military archivists and anyone who is interested in the U.S.
Military and its illustrious history and mission status.
Alice and The
Many readers and movie goers are
discovering the wonderful, whimsical and magical world of Alice.
children’s classic tales of yesteryear has sparked the imaginations of kids
and adults around the globe.
Carlton Book’s Carlton Kids has
released a duo of Alice books by author Lewis Carroll as beautifully
illustrated by Zdenko Basic and Patricia Moffett.
‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’ and Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland’
feature some of the most breath-taking illustrations to ever grace
whimsical and ingenious in their page layouts the books also feature action
pull-tabs, clever inserts and fold-outs.
Each book is as whimsical and magical as
the story it contains.
absolutely love the clever way the text and illustrations complement and
intertwine with each other.
design of each book captures the spirit of Carroll’s tales and will make a
fine addition to any child’s library for generations to come.
and of heavy stock the books are perfect for young hands.
was fortunate enough to have enjoyed The Beatles music as I grew up and the
I remember the band from the early 1960s
during its ‘bubble gum’ era right up to its social relevant and
ground-breaking last days. I even
stuck around as each band member went their own individual ways pursuing
separate music careers.
‘The Complete Beatles Songs’ as written and compiled by Steve Turner,
Beatles fans get to go behind the scenes of every song written by the Fab
and white and full-color photos and art accompany the lyrics along with
informative and historically relevant text that explains the meaning behind
each song and how it came about.
a wonderful celebration of the greatest Rock and Roll band of the 20th
Century that shaped popular music as it is today.
The Exo Project
Earth is dying.
average daytime temperature is 120 degrees.
Crops are dying, animals are starving, water is drying up and soon
the Earth will be a dry desert wasteland.
is barely hanging on. Millions of
people are dying from the sun’s radiation and those that do survive are
forced to wear protective suits to stave off the heat.
long mankind will cease to exist.
there is hope: the stars.
large fleet of spacecraft has been prepared to send hundreds-thousands of
people to the stars in search of habitable planets.
faster than light speeds have been obtained it will take at least 100 years
to reach what is hoped to be an earth-like planet capable of sustaining
the air grows increasingly stale and food and water diminish a brave group
of volunteers prepare to go into suspended animation in the desperate
attempt to wake up on a new world and thus save mankind.
are no guarantees and it is certain a large portion of the volunteers will
‘The Exo Project’ by author Andrew Deyoung and published by Boyds Mills
Press/Highlights, seventeen year
old Matthew must make the hardest decision of his young life.
years previously Matthew’s father died leaving his mother,
sister and Matthew to fend for themselves.
Matthew’s mother contracts cancer and must be put in suspended animation
until a cure is found Matthew decides to volunteer for the one way trip to
the stars in order to get the money to cure his mother.
is chosen, leaving his mother, sister and his home behind him. Or so he assumed.
on a distant planet a young alien girl (Kiva) experiences a vision of
visitors from space.
the fates and lives of Matthew and the girl intertwined?
things are as they appear? What of
‘The Exo Project’?
Matthew and Kiva meet what will become of their lives and their worlds!
Exo Project’ surprised me. The end
of mankind is no new concept or fodder for literature.
author Andrew Deyoung managed to take what would appear to be a cut and dry
‘end of times’ story and throws in a number of surprises for a remarkably
Floyd and The Royal Navy
Many years ago when I was
working at an ad agency the Art Director: Bruce Floyd, was a big music fan,
especially of contemporary music.
One of his favorite bands was
Pink Floyd-partly because it shared part of his name.
I never was a big music
person. I enjoyed some groups and
recording artists like CS&N, America, James Taylor and other
To be frank, I knew nothing of
Pink Floyd and was not familiar with their music.
Bruce proceeded to educate me
and after listening to several of their songs I soon came to realize just
how important, ground-breaking and
influential Pink Floyd was and is to this day.
Pink Floyd is the gold standard
to which many of today’s bands strive for.
In ‘The Complete Pink Floyd’
oversize, hard back book, written by Glenn Povey and published by Carlton Books, readers get ’the ultimate reference’ to the groups’
history, songs and much more.
Learn all about the members of
the group, their stage shows, concerts, break-ups, reunions, their music
and songs (including linear notes) and even get a rundown on their concert
timeline, merchandizing and every possible fact to be found about the
group, its members and its music.
At one time it was stated that
‘The sun never set on the British Empire.”
History records that England was
the most powerful nation in the world almost a century ago. To obtain such power the British Empire
needed a powerful Navy to rule the Seven Seas.
In ‘The Royal Navy’ author
Julian Thompson recalls the glory days of The Royal Navy and how it has
changed over the centuries.
While the book pays homage to
the history of The Royal Navy, its primary focus is on the last 100+ years,
starting with WWI.
Analysis, strategy and
examination of key battles is provided along with information on the
continuing evolution and improvement of the fleet such as new technology
Military buffs and historians
are sure to get an eyeful in this spectacular hard bound and slip sleeve
book that traces the evolution of Britain’s powerful Navy.
Historical documents, maps,
charts, archival art and photos are complemented by informative and
fascinating text about The Royal Navy complete with reproduced historical
documents in special tipped-in envelopes.
Learn all about famous battles
and campaigns, war tactics, commanders, crews and everything imaginable
about what was once the most powerful naval force in the world.
Justice League, Batman, Superman and
If you’re as big a fan of DC
Comics as I am then you’re going to love this cool selection of fun books
from Parragon Books Ltd.
As a kid my favorite DC Comics
title was The Justice League of America.
The reason being that I got more
bang for my buck. I mean where else
could you get ALL of DC Comics’ top superheroes in one place? Such a deal!
Paragon’s ‘Justice League’ small
hardbound book packs a lot of punch for its size.
First off is its special metal,
full color insert of some of the members of the Justice League that
decorates the inset cover.
Inside is a thrilling tale of
the Justice League taking on one of its oldest bad guys: Starro!
Great art, great story and a
pretty cool package!
‘Superman The Man OF Steel’ is
more than just muscle. He’s super
intelligent and can solve the most difficult of puzzles.
Superman challenges readers to
solve 40 activities/puzzles and even provides two spinning pencil toppers
Solve problems, draw and more
with this ‘super’ book.
Batman is by far my favorite DC
Comics superhero. The Caped Crusader
manages to solve whatever problem he faces and takes on bad guys of all
types and always comes out on top.
In the ‘Batman Activity Book And
2-In-1 Jigsaw Puzzle’ you get to help The Dark Knight solve puzzles, put
together a jigsaw puzzle, draw and color.
It’s a nifty square bound,
Velcro flap, cavalcade of fun filled with awesome Batman art and all in
For even more Batman challenges
be sure to check out the special ‘Batman Tin’ that contains an adventure
book, stickers, a cool poster, markers and three books.
The tin features a metal
embossed Batman figure on its front with Bat Signals decorating each side.
Take it back to your Batcave and
get ready for challenges, activities and just pure fun!
‘Batman Justice In Gotham City’
contains over 40 fun activities in black and white and in full color.
Join Batman, Robin, The Justice
League and Batman’s Gallery of Villains in a softbound book that is sure to
challenge your detective, artistic and activity skills.
There’s even a cool Batman
If you’re a big kid like me then
both the ‘Comic Art Coloring’ and ‘Super Hero Coloring’ books are sure to
get your comic book blood stirring.
Each book features actually DC
Comics comic book art reproduced in black and white. Practically ever hero and villain in the
DC Universe are featured and they are all yours to color and enjoy.
What I love most about the books
is that they feature reproductions of classic and current DC Comics covers,
animation art and more! What’s not
Each book boasts 120 pages for ‘big
Moonbase Alpha and Titillation
Star Trek was broadcasting only
as repeats. In 1975 audiences were
just beginning to pay attention to the Star Trek phenomenon.
TV was a Sci-Fi wasteland.
That’s why in 1975 when the
syndicated TV series: Space: 1999 premiered I, along with many other Sci-Fi
hungry viewers, jumped on the bandwagon to watch the TV series.
Author Robert E. Wood and Telos Publishing examine and chronicle
the Gerry Anderson British TV series: Space: 1999 in ‘Destination: Moonbase
Alpha the Unofficial Unauthorized Guide To Space: 1999.
The former Mission: Impossible
husband and wife team of Martin Landau and Barbara Bain starred in the
series along with an excellent mixed race and nationality supporting cast.
The premise of the story is the
Moon gets blasted out of orbit by a nuclear explosion and is flung into
The residents of Moonbase Alpha
must learn to cope with the dangers of space including encountering
friendly and hostile alien races, unexpected space phenomena and more.
The book follows the TV series
from its inception to its production and episodes.
Learn all about the challenges
of putting the ground-breaking Sci-Fi TV series on the air and the many ups
and downs of production, cast choices, budget limitations and more.
All of the cast and crew are
listed and many offer their own memories of the series.
Plus there’s a section on the
concept for a return of the series.
It’s all present and makes for
an engrossing read.
I’m a sucker for ‘good girl’, bad girl’
and ‘cheesecake art’ from the Pulp Magazine era.
One of the all-time great Pin-up
artists of the era: Peter Driben was one of the most prolific.
‘Titillation The Vintage Pulp
Magazine Pin-Up Art Of Peter Driben’ as written and compiled by Stephen
James Walker, is a ‘must-have’ for fans of the Pin-Up fan.
The book is filled with
full-color painting reproductions of Dribens’ work.
Beautiful women, dressed in
revealing attire and in provocative poses, are shown accompanied by
publication dates and listings of the magazines they were featured on.
It’s cheesecake at its best!
First Time On Television
I am of the generation that
first saw the advent of TV. I was
born in 1953 and at that time TV was in its infancy.
TV, especially American TV, was
just beginning to show its full potential.
The movie studios and other
popular culture phenomena that had previously enthralled society were
feeling the crunch of dwindling audiences that had shifted its attention (and
money) to TV.
I was there when many of the
‘firsts’ of TV occurred from the first international broadcast, the first
TV Western, Sci-fi, Drama and Comedy TV shows to the first broadcast from
TV has seen and taken part in
hundreds of ‘firsts’ and they are all listed in ‘For The First Time On
Television’ by author Garry Berman and published by BearManor Media.
From the first news broadcast,
the first cartoon show and so much more the book examines not just what was
broadcast on TV but the many firsts TV and broadcasting obtained.
Filled with interesting
historical text and spotlighted with black and white photos the book is a
fascinating examination of the technology, individuals and shows that changed
the face of mass media across the globe.
Osamu Tezuka and Strictly Hollywood
Up until the early 1960s
Hollywood produced ‘feel good’ musicals that reflex the particular decade they
were produced in.
Carlton Books has released a
varnished and ready-to-frame collection of art prints commemorating the
great musical of all times.
‘The Poster Collection’ includes
eight stunning black and white images from some of the greatest musicals
starring such Hollywood luminaries as Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers, Fred
Astaire and others.
West Side Story, Singin’ In The
Rain, High Society, On The Town, The Gay Divorcee, Funny Face, Cabaret and
Top Hat are all represented in ‘Strictly Hollywood’ with images from each
‘The Manga Art Of Osamu Tezuka’
showcases the spectacular art of one of Japan’s leading Manga artists.
Each of Tezuka’s famous figures
is represented such as Astro Boy, The Three-Eyed One, Jungle Emperor Leo,
Metropolis and many more.
Manga/Anime lovers are sure to
want this full-color collection of varnished prints to display.
Both print sets come in
oversize, heavy paper stock presentation envelopes.
Other themed collections are
The Prisoner, The Avengers and Casino Royale
I love British TV series from
the 1960s-especially the Spy series.
My two favorites were ‘The
Prisoner’ and ‘The Avengers’ with ‘The Avengers’ taking the number one
The Emma Peel and John Steed
period was by far my favorite but I enjoyed the series overall.
Originally created as revenge
series the show evolved into a spy thriller starring John Steed and several
sexy leading ladies.
After the original series was
cancelled it was resurrected in the 1970s as ‘The New Avengers’ and in the
1990’s it hit the Silver Screen.
I have an extensive collection
of books about ‘The Avengers’ but they pale in comparison to author Michael
Richardson’s ‘Bowler Hats And Kinky Boots: The Unofficial And Unauthorized
Guide To The Avengers’, published by Telos
It is the most exhaustive and
thoroughly researched book about ‘The Avengers’ I have ever encountered.
Everything there is to know
about the show is included such as episode guides, behind-the-scenes
tidbits, production notes, sequence of original broadcasts, cast and crew
bios and so much more.
There are even sections on
commercial merchandise tie-ins, the legacy of the show and spin-offs.
There are spy shows and then
there is ‘The Prisoner’ what I consider to be an ‘anti-spy’ TV show.
The series star, Patrick
McGoohan had just come off his immensely popular ‘Secret Agent’ TV series,
as it was known in the United States.
In a brilliant move to bring an
end to his popular spy series, McGoohan created ‘The Prisoner’ which
although it did not name the key player, was known by fans as the spy in
When a British spy resigned he
is kidnapped and taken to a location known only as ‘The Village’.
While there he is subjected to
various forms of mental manipulations in an attempt to learn his secrets.
It is never made clear whether
his kidnappers were from the British government or enemy agents.
The series only lasted one
season and successfully brought to a conclusion to the saga of the main
‘Fall Out: The Unofficial And
Unauthorized Guide To The Prisoner’ written by Alan Stevens and Fiona
Moore, delves into the enigmatic thriller that changed the face of TV
Filled with pop culture
references, utilizing unique storytelling techniques and cleverly managing
to keep audiences guessing each week, ‘The Prisoner’ is a cult classic.
Learn all about the series from production
secrets to cast and crew bios to episode examinations.
Another British creation made a
successful transition to movies from popular novels.
James Bond, the suave and deadly
British spy premiered on the Silver Screen in the early 1960s.
Due to a copyright snafu the
popular series had a lapse where another production company was able to
make its own ‘unofficial’ James Bond film based on ‘Casino Royale’.
Made with tongue securely placed
its cheek, ‘Casino Royale’ was more farce that a spy-thriller.
Still it is a James Bond film
and although lambasted by ‘true’ James Bond fans it does have a place in
‘The Making Of Casino Royale
(1967)’ by Michael Richardson takes a good hard look at the James Bond
Cast and crew bios, production
notes, missing scenes, production difficulties and how the film was adapted
for the screen and other interesting tidbits fill the pages with
information about the cult classic.
of Fantasy & Science Fiction, #732, July/August
The Masochist’s Assistant
The Bride In Sea-Green Velvet
I Am Not I
The Was a Crooked Man, He
Flipped A Crooked House
In A Wide Sky, Hidden
A Dog’s Story
An Obstruction To Delivery
An Unearned Death
Books To Look For
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Science With The Best Of
Films: Ghoulies, Ghosties,