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Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Comic #1 – The Review

On September 12th 2018, Dark Horse will be releasing Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Comic #1. The 32 page first issue bring the riffing of MST3K off of your television screen and onto the pages of a comic book. Created for comics by Joel Hodgson, the comic book finds some of your favorite occupants of The Satellite of Love foisted into the 1962 (thankfully, now, public domain) comic book Johnny Jason Teen Reporter. But Johnny Jason is played by Tom Servo.

I've been a big MST3K fan for a very long time. The show got me through many a year of college. And since then, I've turned my kids onto the show, back their Kickstarter project, and seen the first of two live shows. And even I was a little skeptical about how the concept (bringing MST3K to comics) would work. After reading the first issue...I'm sold.

Dark Horse, Joel, the other writers and artists have cobbled together something I've never seen before. It's a property that works equally well on the screen as the page...taking advantage of entirely different formats. Instead of sitting in front of the film and riffing, the characters are within the comic book making jokes. And you can see what's been changed by mark of the speech/thought bubbles.

My opinion: This is a must buy for Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans. Or fans of classic comic books. Or fans of things that are funny. 

For a look at some of the pages, check out below. There's also a variant cover by longtime MST3K DVD artist Steve Vance. And if you're in the mood to read the original public domain comic Jonah and The Bots invade, check out Johnny Jason Teen Report #2 at ComicBook+. Spoiler Alert: the original isn't nearly as funny as the MST3K version.

Luna and the Magical Night Lights

The Bots have released their new book - Luna and the Magical Night Lights.Written by The Bots and illlustrated by 64 Colors, this hardback book features 12 full color spreads and a unique story that is perfect for all ages. It's currently available for $19.99 and ships free in the US.

Also, to support the release, they've added a few Luna related items to our shop. The newest being a pair of Bubbles Earrings, a character that makes a surprise appearance in the book, for $12.00. You will also find a handful of Luna figures available there.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 – The Comic #1

I had been wondering how they were going to go about accomplishing this, but here are all of the details...

The folks from Mystery Science Theater 3000 are taking on a whole new medium - comics. Created for Dark Horse Comics by series creator Joel Hodgson, Mystery Science Theater 3000 - The Comic finds Jonah Heston, Crow T. Robot, Tom Servo, and Gypsy thrust into the 2-D world of public domain comics, with riffing as their only defense. Comic #1 will feature a variant cover by longtime MST3K DVD artist Steve Vance. Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Comic #1 (of six) goes on sale September 9th 2018, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.

Gary Taxali’s Happiness With A Caveat Book

Gary Taxali has announced the release of his new book, “Happiness With A Caveat”. This 64 page, softcover book showcases a wide collection of Gary’s works. The book features quotes by Chip Kidd, Gary Panter, and Daniel “Attaboy” Seifert (co-founder, Hi-Fructose Magazine). Each book comes signed (and can be personalized upon request).

Also available is the Special Edition. This includes a signed, 5-inch x 7inch print on archival arches paper entitled “Friends With A Caveat”.

Pre-orders will begin shipping in November. The regular edition runs $20.00, while the special edition is $70.00.

P+P Non-Toy Holiday Gift List

Umm...you have less than a day until Christmas. So that means you should have purchased gifts or you should be in the process of getting them. We have some non-toy related items...and if you're like me, that means buying a lot of Pokémon stuff for your kids.

Pokémon The Series XY - Kalos Quest DVD Set Number 2
It features 23 Pokémon Episodes (#23-45). Released on December 13th from VIZ Media
$22.50 at Amazon.com

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl 4-Movie Blu-Ray Collection
It features 4 Pokémon movies: The Rise of Darkrai; Giratina and the Sky Warrior; Arceus and the Jewel of Life; Zoroark: Master of Illusions. Released on December 6th from VIZ Media
$22.50 at Amazon.com

The Pokémon Cookbook by Maki Kudo
The book features 35 (easy to  make) Pokémon-designed recipes. I hope they turn out like the pictures.
$9.27 at Amazon.com

Movie Buff by Golden Games
Not a true movie-trivia game as there are no trivia questions. But you make your own connections based on your own movie knowledge, connecting items like Actor, Movie, Role, Quote, etc.
$24.95 at Amazon.com

Sicklings – The Crystal Collection

Yosiell Lorenzo is releasing a new set of Sicklings that he's calling The Crystal Collection. The majority of these one-off Sicklings have some sort of crystal to them, whether its Amethyst, Quartz or Celestite. Along with this release, Yosiell has managed to get his Guide to Black Twig Forest made into a matte laminate hardcover. It includes a detailed map of the forest along with an explorers postcard. The hardcover book is $25.00 shipped (in the USA) and the Sicklings range from $80 to $375.

The Collection will go live Thursday, July 21st 2016 at 11AM PST over at http://shoplorenzo.storenvy.com.

Contemporary Krampus: A Modern Look At An Ancient Legend

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Contemporary Krampus is a new book displays Krampus themed art from more than 68 artists from around the world. Each image has been hand selected by curator of curiosities and Krampus aficionado Mike Drake. Gather your gingerbread, sharpen a candy cane, secure the windows, bolt the door, Boil the cocoa, summon all your courage, and let the artists of Contemporary Krampus show you what lurks in the shadows on cold winter nights. The 8.5 x 11 inch book has been printed using hi-gloss stock and is 124 pages long.

Drake, who's artwork is featured in the new Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Eye-Popping Oddities (ANNUAL) book, will be a featured guest at the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Times Square location for their exclusive Halloween Party. This adults-only event will feature not only Drake signing copies of Contemporary Krampus, but also giving away a life-size Krampus to one lucky attendee. To purchase tickets for this exclusive event, fans of the macabre should visit http://www.ripleysnewyork.com/buy-tickets/.

You can pick up Contemporary Krampus: A Modern Look At An Ancient Legend from Amazon for $18.96.

Zelly, The Monster of Envy

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Monsters In My Head, LLC has announce that on September 25th 2015, they will release a new character to the WorryWoo Monsters series - Zelly, The Monster of Envy. From artist and author Andi GreenThe Monster Who Wanted It All is a 72 page long story featuring hand illustrations (pen and watercolors). Also, the 11-inch tall Zelly plush will be available to purchase. Pre-Orders are currently being accepted via the above link. The book runs $14.99 and the plush runs $21.50.

Zelly, the Monster of Envy is never happy with what he has. He becomes so focused on what others have that he doesn’t notice what is right in front of him: good friends, lots of love and tons of attention. What Zelly needs is someone to teach him the ABCs of appreciation. You can begin by explaining how caring and sharing are related. Then introduce Zelly to someone you care for and share his story with them! 

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REVIEW: Marvel’s The Avengers: Black Ops Field Guide

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Back when I was a kid, one of the memorable birthday gifts I ever received was a book where I was a character. It was a customized book that was printed with my name as the main character. I’m not sure where one would get such a thing back in the 1980’s – maybe a shopping mall kiosk? – but it was memorable for me because I apparently had some hand in helping an alien return to his home planet (I think the story was just an E.T. ripoff).

Jump ahead 30 years and, thanks to the Internet, it’s not that surprising that customizing a book to have a child’s name in it would be possible. There’s actually a site – PutMeInTheStory.com – that specializes in it. I was given a code to produce my own personalized version of Marvel’s The Avengers: Black Ops Field Guide.

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The Black Ops Field Guide is personalized with your child’s name, photo, and a special message from you, to them, on the dedication page. It also comes with a personalized S.H.I.E.L.D identification card for your child. In addition to the personalized pages, there are profile pages of a number of Avengers characters. Kids can write in the book and answer questions about their favorite superheroes.

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It’s a fun, interactive experience for kids. They can be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent just like the ones in the movies or on television. Plus, the book is well produced. Measuring in at 8.5-inches wide by 11-inches tall, the full-color, hard cover book features 38 pages. You can personalize and order your own for $34.99 at PutMeInTheStory.com.