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.
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.
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.
Year of the Horse 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
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).
The Year of the Horse plush is a companion to the Jade Stars: The Great Race book. You don’t need to read the book to enjoy the plush. And you don’t need the plush to enjoy reading the book. But both are being targeted to kids, meaning if you show them that there’s a plush toy to go along with the story, or vice versa, you’ll likely be manipulated into buying the other one.
Just by coincidence, I was born in the Year of the Horse. I’ll give you a hint…it wasn’t 1930. In addition to the Year of the Horse plush, Mini Magellan has also released the Year of the Snake, Year of the Ram, and Year of the Dragon plush toys. Since you’re likely to be interested in the plush relating to your birth year, it’s nice to see that they’re one-third of the way through the Chinese lunar calendar.
The piece is very well produced. I didn’t see any issues with stitching, as you can see from several of the up close photos. You can also see that in a house with five dogs, it’s nearly impossible to photograph a plush toy without it picking up an ample amount of dog hair.
As far as the pricing, some might find upwards of $50 for a plush toy a little expensive. And pushing $60 is usually reserved for extremely low-run handmade items or very large toys. At 17” tall, the Year of the Horse plush is clearly larger than most of the plush we run into. But I think at $59.99, most people would expect that the book was included.
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.
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.
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?
John LaFleur and Dave Metzger have joined up to offer a new twist on the classic children's story and song "8 Little Monkeys", updated for older kids and today's fixation with the undead. They're looking to raise funds to produce 8 Little Zombies, a book and a 12" tall plush, via Kickstarter.
Backer rewards include the plush, book, limited edition print, and a t-shirt. This project will only be funded if at least $10,000 is pledged by Sunday, March 30th 2014 at 5:08 PM EST.
While we don't talk about comic books that often on the site, this is one of those crossovers that a child of the 1980's couldn't overlook. Dark Horse has announced the re-release, nearly 20 years after its first publication, of Frank Miller and Walter Simonson'sRoboCop vs. The Terminator four issue miniseries as a hardcover graphic novel and a gallery edition.
The RoboCop versus The Terminator hardcover graphic novel collection arrives on sale at finer comic shops everywhere on July 2nd 2014 for $24.99. The gallery edition will be available on July 9th 2014 for $125.00.