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.
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
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.
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/.
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 Green, The 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.