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Two Number Twos: Great Showdowns and Crazy4Cult

1988 Crazy4Cult Book 2 1

The Gallery 1988 "Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art 2" Book is a 12.5" tall hardcover book full of 176 pages of artwork from the G1988 show. Featuring an introduction by actor Seth Rogan, the full color book runs $34.95.

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1988 Crazy4Cult Book 2 2

Also from Titan Publishing is the second Showdowns book from Scott Campbell. The Great Showdowns: The Return book measures around 6.75" square and features 144 pages of new Showdowns. Featuring a foreword by writer/director Edgar Wright, look for the book to run around $14.95.

Scott C Great Showdowns Return

BOOK REVIEW: Goin’ Places!

Uglydolls goin places

Goin’ Places! is the first ever Uglydoll comic book (If you don’t count the Free Comic Book Day offering). Husband and wife team David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim are joined by artists James Kochalka, Travis Nichols, Ian McGinty, Phillip Jacobson, and Mike LE Kelly (designer toy collectors know him as Le Merde).

The publication combines several different Uglydoll tales into an 80-page compilation of sorts. Throughout the comic, all of the artists lend their talents to both the artwork and the storytelling of individual stories. There’s cohesiveness, even with eight different minds working on characters that have had somewhat limited background stories.

Several of the short tales are way out there (read: stream-of-consciousness), and it’s interesting to see if you can figure out the single story drawn and told by David and Sun-Min. Hint: look at the title page for all of the story/art credits.

And with that, it almost reminds you of a tribute album. Each individual artist takes a popular song and puts his or her own spin on it. Goin’ Places is the art equivalent of the tribute album. We get to view these characters through the eyes and minds of artists other than their creators. Of course, David and Sun-Min chose these artists, and they wouldn’t leave their Ugly characters in the hands of just anyone.

If you’re a fan of the Uglydoll plush toys and/or like the artwork of David and Sun-Min, Goin’ Places is definitely a “comic book” that you’ll want to pick up. It’s great for any ages, as my three-year-old son can attest to, and it retails around $7.99…which ends up being around 10 cents per page.

Goin' Places is published by VIZ Media

Gus Fink’s Big Fun Stuff takes on Kickstarter

Artist Gus Fink is using Kickstarter in order to get his first art book produced and published. Named Big Fun Stuff, the book will feature artwork from the past 14 years (supposedly 44 plus pages of it).

Like all Kickstarter projects, there are different funding levels that will get you different rewards. They include original art, toys, shirts, and much more. The book reward starts at the $25.00 level. The project will only be funded if at least $2,333 is pledged by Sunday August 11th 2013 at 7:30PM ET.

Uglydoll: Goin’ Places

Uglydoll Comic Vol01
™® and © 2012, Pretty Ugly, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Uglydoll makes their graphic novel debut today in all new full-color original stories. Uglydoll: Goin' Places "brings the distinctive plush toy characters to life in a colorful journey through the Uglyverse".

The graphic novels feature stories written by Travis Nichols and art by Uglydoll co-creators Sun-Min Kim and David Horvath. Guest artists include Eisner-winner James Kochalka, Mike LM Kelly, Eisner-nominee Jacob Chabot, Peter Fowler, Junko Mizuno, Bwana Spoons and more.

Uglydoll: Goin' Places will be published by VIZ Media, is rated ‘A’ for All Ages, and will run around $7.99.

Brandt Peters Sketchbook: Muse No. 1

Circus Posterus has taken to Kickstarter in order to raise funds for the production of Brandt Peters Sketchbook: Muse No. 1. The 140 page (limited edition) sketchbook featuring Brandt Peters' original drawings, toy designs, and concept sketches.

The book reward level starts at $24, but there are plenty of other items available (customs?). Already hitting its goal, this project will be funded on Wednesday July 3rd 2013 at 12:08PM ET.

Silhouettes From Popular Culture by Olly Moss

Silhouettes Cover

Several months back, Titan Books released the first book from UK artist Olly Moss. Silhouettes From Popular Culture is a 144 page hardcover that features full-page silhouettes of some of the most recognizable characters from pop culture. 

Olly says he "drew characters from the side and cut them out of paper using powerful industrial lasers". Whatever the process, paging through the black and white (there are some colors scattered throughout) silhouettes is thoroughly entertaining.

I try to consider myself a movie and television buff, so it's fun to sit down with this book and see how many characters I can guess. They're all untitled. One thing to would be nice if somewhere in the back there was an index documenting each silhouette's source character. Either you get it or you don't.

Currently, you can pick up the book from Amazon for $11.53 (although that price changes by the minute).

VIZ announces Uglydoll Comic Book Series

VIZ Media Uglydolls

VIZ Media, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga, graphic novels and anime in North America, has announced a publishing deal with Pretty Ugly to develop a brand new series of original graphic novels based on the bestselling plush character toys - the Uglydolls. The Uglydoll series is scheduled to launch in the Summer of 2013 under the VIZ Kids imprint, and will carry a rating of ‘A’ for All Ages.