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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.

Kickstarter: Robot Envy: Zenith

Robot Envy is an online community with thousands of fans and hundreds of artists coming together to celebrate the world’s best robot art. They've launched a Kickstarter project to release a new book entitled Robot Envy: Zenith - featuring a collection of robots from 60 artists, illustrators, and sculptors from 24 countries around the world. Artists such as Dacosta, Brian Despain, Boris Bakliza, Emerson Tung, Bambino Monkey and Eric Joyner—just to name a few. The hardcover book measures 8.5" x 11" and features 196+ full color pages.

In addition to the book, which is available beginning at the $40.00 pledge level, the campaign also has unique rewards like exclusive robot figures and sculpts from Mecha Zone, Just Robots, Eric Wilkerson and davpunk. There are also stickers, t-shirts, prints, original sketches and the previous limited-run Robot Envy books. 

This project will only be funded if at least $23,000 is pledged by Wednesday, April 15th 2015 at 9:36 PM EDT.

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The Art of the UNCHARTED Trilogy

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Dark Horse Comics and Naughty Dog are launching The Art of the UNCHARTED Trilogy in April 2015. The Art of the UNCHARTED Trilogy offers a detailed look at the art of one of the most exciting game series of this generation. Filled with never-before-seen art from Naughty Dog spanning UNCHARTED: Drake’s Fortune™, UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves™, and UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception™, it features insightful commentary from the games’ creators.

“With each UNCHARTED game we make we strive to set a new bar for video game art, design, and tech,” said Erick Pangilinan, art director at Naughty Dog. “This book is an inside look at our creative process, the technology, and the artistry that goes into making Nathan Drake’s adventures come to life. Fans of the series and art in general will find many hidden treasures in this book.”

Available in April, The Art of the UNCHARTED Trilogy has an MSRP of $39.99 and can be preordered now (just check out below).

Lunartik’s Plastik Surgery – Hand Book

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Matt JOnes (Lunartik) has released his Plastik Surgery - Hand Book - Level 1. This Illustrated Handbook and Workshop Guide to Creating Custom resin cast Designer Figures is written and illustrated by Matt JOnes and has been written especially for beginners. "You don’t have to know anything at all about resin casting or the toy industry. All you need to get started is simply an idea, and this handbook will show you how to turn that idea into a reality." -

At over 15 pages, this guide is packed with tons of useful information and illustrations. It's available as both a PDF download (£12.00) or as a Hardcopy (£12.00 + £6.00 worldwide shipping).

Kickstarter: 8 Little Zombies Hardcover Children’s Book

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John LaFleur and Dave Metzger are back, attempting to get their 8 Little Zombies hardcover children's book funded via Kickstarter. Like the previous campaign, they are offering up the Zombie plush (we reviewed it here) beginning at one of the $25.00 funding level. In addition to the book and the plush, there's also a shirt and print.

You can check out all of the incentives via their Kickstarter page. This project will only be funded if at least $7,500 is pledged by Wednesday, October 29th 2014 at 10:09 PM ET.

Mezco Presents: The Art of Living Dead Dolls Book

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Mezco has announced The Art Of Living Dead Dolls book, an artistic celebration of the beloved darkness created over 16 years ago. Featuring over 100 images from more than 80 different artists, the art book is now available to pre-order for $20.00. It's anticipated to begin shipping in September 2014.

The Art of Living Dead Dolls features works from artists such as:

Joshua Hoffine, Angus Oblong, Dan Brereton, Yuki Abiko, Emily Yishizawa, Michael Pasquale, Rotten Orange, Stephen Blickenstaff, Shelby Vogal, and many more. 

REVIEW: Jade Stars – Year of the Horse

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Background

To celebrate 2014 - the Year of the Horse – Mini Magellan has released the first of twelve limited edition plush toys from their book “Jade Stars: The Great Race”. The book is written by Charles Huang and Stacey Hirata and illustrated by Jerome Lu of Hyperactive Monkey. The Year of the Horse plush was designed by Jerome Lu and by Patty Variboa of Fat Rabbit Farm, and makes a great gift for anyone born in the Year of the Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014).

In the Chinese lunar calendar, a different animal represents each year in a 12-year cycle. People born under a particular year identify with that animal’s personality traits, strengths, weaknesses and compatibility with the other animals.

The Year of the Horse comes seventh in the Chinese zodiac and people born under this sign are talkative, cheerful and love being the life of the party.

Mini Magellan has provided us with the Year of the Horse plush for this review.

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The Facts



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Series: Jade Stars
Manufacturer: Mini Magellan
Artists: Jerome Lu and Patty Variboa of Fat Rabbit Farm
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 17” tall
Accessories: The Great Race book (sold separately)
Edition Size: “Limited Edition”
Pricing: $59.99

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Tag

The mini hangtag features a pair of horse illustrations on it. On the inside, there’s information about the Year of the Horse as well as the Chinese lunar calendar (similar to what’s printed above).

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We Are Indie Toys (Make Your Own Resin Characters)

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We Are Indie Toys (Make Your Own Resin Characters) by Louis Bou is the follow-up to the 2010 published We Are Paper Toys. The 208 page softcover book features handmade art pieces from 30 different artists. Those artists include: Emilio Garcia; Jon Knox; Le Merde; Patient No6; Plaseebo; Dave Pressler; Cris Rose; Paul Shih; Suckadelic; Tado; Tesselate.

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The book gives readers a sneak peek at the handmade production of some of the most popular indie resin toys. There's a whole lot of behind-the-scenes photos of the sculpting, molding, production, and painting processes. Plus, each artist section features a short biography as well as a "Tips and Tricks" blurb from that artist.

With an SRP of $29.99, Amazon.com currently has it available for $22.43.

R.Crumb’s Hup #1 and Hup #2

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The Official R.Crumb Site has announced the release of Crumb's Hup #1 and Hup #2 comics books. Part of a four series collection (Hup 3 and Hup 4 will be released next month), these comic books, written and drawn back in the early '80s, have been out of print for many years. They can be purchased for $5.00 each.

Hup 1 starts with the Ruff-tuff Cream-Puffs as they Take Charge! Crumb amazingly predicts the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld Administration, which occurred some twenty years after he drew the piece. Next Crumb brings back Mr. Natural! Then the famous My Troubles with Women Part 2 follows that and Crumb finishes with Mr. Natural's return, but only this time with Cheryl Borck, the Devil Girl!

Hup 2 presents The Mighty Power Fems, Crumb's x-rated satire of super hero comics. Next is his hilarious If I Were King, finishing off with the continuation of Flakey Foont's obsession with The Devil Girl in The Meeting. Who could blame him?