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“Ghostbusters” new & old to feature in “Little Golden Books”

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People of all-ages should know the answer to the all-important question, “Who you gonna call?” Thanks to Penguin Random House, that education will be accessible to children ages 3-7 very soon.

The publisher is adding two “Ghostbusters” books to the decades-old “Little Golden Books” line, featuring the casts of both the Paul Feig-directed reboot and the original movies. Hitting stores in September, the “Ghostbusters” “Little Golden Books,” from New York Times bestselling author John Sazaklis and illustrator by Alan Baston, are currently available for pre-order on Amazon.

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MAD’s ‘Goodnight Batcave’ wards off all your bad dreams (and criminals)

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MAD’s latest parody book shows us that even Batman needs to sleep — at some point.

The comedy mag has put together a “Goodnight Moon” parody book, titled “Goodnight Batman,” that follows Batman’s rounding up of criminals — Joker, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze and more villains — before he (and you) goes to bed.

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‘Avatar: The Last Airbender,’ ‘Serenity’ get adult coloring books from Dark Horse

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It’s hard getting over a cancelled TV series, but Dark Horse is making it that much less difficult by introducing new adult coloring books for cult sci-fi/fantasy properties “Serenity” and “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” On sale this fall, both books come printed on thick, heavyweight 10 x 10-inch pages, for the affordable price of $14.99 USD.

Illustrated by Jed Henry, the “Avatar” book was crafted in collaboration with series creators Michel Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko to ensure the most authentic “Avatar” coloring experience.

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With ‘The Pokémon Cookbook,’ you gotta cook ‘em all

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The Pokémon Cookbook isn’t, as you may have feared, a collection of culinary horrors detailing how to prepare your favorite pocket monsters, but rather more than 35 recipes inspired by the blockbuster franchise. And it’s coming to North America this winter.

Viz Media will publish Maki Kudo’s The Pokémon Cookbook: Easy & Fun Recipes, which details how to create delectable dishes ranging from a Poké Ball sushi roll to Pikachu-style ramen and mashed Meowth potatoes. Presumably Meowth isn’t one of the ingredients.

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Magnificent ‘Transformers’ pop-up book has transforming paper robots

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The spectacular, multi-dimensional recreation of Cyberton at the heart of this pop-up book would surely be enough to win over most fans, but that only scratches the surface of Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe. It’s almost as if it’s something in disguise …

Created by Matthew Reinhart and Emiliano Santalucia to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the franchise, this is next-level stuff, featuring more than 35 paper Autobots and Decepticons than transform from vehicle to robot and back again with a simple pull of a tab. Seriously, it looks amazing.

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Do open, dead inside: ‘Walking Dead’ pop-up book is terrifying, beautiful

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As delightfully gory and deliciously inappropriate as you might have imagined the Walking Dead pop-up book to be when it was announced last summer, that pales in comparison to the product itself, which is a work of beautiful, horrifying art.

Based on AMC’s hit adaptation of the long-running comic by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, in just five spreads the book takes readers (probably not young ones) from Rick’s hospital and the Bicycle Girl to Hershel’s Farm and the Prison to Terminus. It’s pretty spectacular, not only in its gruesomeness but in its artistry, as you can see from the images and video below.

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Discover the ‘Star Wars’ alphabet in Katie Cook’s new book

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Katie Cook’s (“My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic”) latest project aims to teach children the alphabet using the way of The Force. By associating every letter with a different “Star Wars” character, the book — titled “Star Wars: ABC-3PO,” and written by Calliope Glass and Caitlin Kennedy — journeys through A to Z of the galaxy far, far away, so kids can learn about the characters and discover the alphabet while they’re at it.

Speaking to StarWars.com about the book, Cook discussed how the idea came about — revealing that it sprung from her popular ABC poster, which debuted at Star Wars Celebration last year: “Mike [Siglain, creative director of publishing at Lucasfilm], who is working on it, really liked the ABC poster that I did for Star Wars Celebration and he had an idea. He really wanted to make a kids book that was more memorable than just, you know, the stock art photos, things like that. And he brought up all of these great kids books, kind of from the ’80s, with these really charming illustrations that really stick with you; the books you want to give to your kid because you really remember loving them as a kid yourself.”

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Make time for a ‘Doctor Who’ adult coloring book

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Rejoice, Whovians — Penguin/Random House is releasing a “Doctor Who” coloring book for adults. Finally, you can make the Tardis whatever color you want it to be.

Featuring quotes and designs from the hit BBC series, the “Doctor Who” coloring book clocks in at 96 pages. Check out a preview for the book, which goes on sale Feb. 23 for $9.29 USD, below:

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‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling introduces four new international wizarding schools

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If you’re a fan of “Harry Potter,” you’re probably familiar with Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which is situated at an unknown and Unplottable location in Scotland. If you dive a little deeper, you might even be familiar with Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and Durmstrang Institute, which reside in France and Bulgaria, as both schools participated in the Triwizard Tournament in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” Now, get ready for Ilvermorny, Mahoutokoro, Uagadou and Castelobruxo.

Author J.K. Rowling unveiled the four new international wizarding schools on Pottermore and offered a few details about each school, with more information yet to come. According to her new map, Ilvermorny is situated somewhere in northeastern North America; Mahoutokoro resides in Japan; Uagadou is in Africa; and Castelobruxo belongs to Brazil.

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Dark Horse’s ‘World of Warcraft: Chronicle’ gets new book trailer, release date

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Dark Horse Comics and Blizzard Entertainment have set a release date for their new World of Warcraft trilogy, World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1. When the project was initialy announcedChronicle was set to debut in November of this year. Now Dark Horse and Blizzard are splitting to the book into three volumes, the first of which debuts March 15, 2016. Continue Reading »

‘Harry Potter’ e-books boast beautiful new Olly Moss covers

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Designer Olly Moss, well known for his striking movie posters and his occasional work for DC Comics, has created new covers for the worldwide digital release of the Harry Potter books, and they’re of course amazing.

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Four New Images from Illustrated “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

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Accio new images from the upcoming “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition.”

Entertainment Weekly conjured up four new pages from the upcoming illustrated edition of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” which arrives in stores October 6. The images features a look at the hooped goals of the quidditch field, Albus Dumbledore and more.

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Comics writer aims to document one month in Clown Motel

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Young Bart Simpsons may have trouble sleeping because he’s a afraid clowns will eat him but comic book writer Christopher Sebela has no such issues, and he’s aiming to not only prove it but go one step further and document his one-month stay in the infamous Clown Motel in Tonopah, Neveda, dubbed the “Scariest Motel in America.”

Sebela began a Kickstarter to help fund the experience, which he planned to document through photos and video and other services but mainly as a published e-book. However, Sebela quickly met the $4,500 goal, leading to some interesting stretch goals — including purchasing a clown suit he will wear in the room and maybe sleep in a few times, writing a short comic book about his stay and being joined by Terry Tyson who will conduct a seance at the motel. He surpassed all those goals already and his final $10,000 stretch goal is a documentary about the motel and Tonopah.

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‘The Walking Dead’ gets ‘blood-drenched’ pop-up book

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Pop-up books aren’t just for kids anymore — and if that wasn’t apparent already, a new pop-up book based on “The Walking Dead” looks to make that abundantly clear. “The Walking Dead: The Pop-Up Book,” based on the massively popular AMC TV series based on the Image Comics series created by Robert Kirkman, is set to feature five two-page spreads, described as “uniquely terrifying” and depicting “blood-drenched action,” words never thought to describe the likes of “Richard Scarry’s Biggest Pop-Up Book Ever.”

By Becca Zerkin & David Hawcock (paper engineers), Sally Elizabeth Jackson (illustrator) and Stephani Danelle Perry (words), “The Walking Dead: The Pop-Up Books” will focus on the show’s fearsome walkers — lots of pop-up gore potential there — and depict locations like Hershel’s farm and Terminus.

Published by Insight Editions — the same folks behind last year’s “Game of Thrones: A Pop-up Guide to Westeros” — “The Walking Dead: The Pop-Up Book” is scheduled for release on Nov. 10.

Welcome Jumpa the Kanga into the fold with ‘DC Super Heroes Origami’

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It may be aimed at ages 8 to 12, but I have a sneaking suspicion DC Super Heroes Origami will be on the wishlists of more than a few adult comics fans.

Created by origami designer and author John Montroll and illustrator Min Sung Ku, the 448-page book offers step-by-step instructions on how to transform a simple piece of paper into Superman, Wonder Woman, the Daily Planet, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl, for starters. You can even make (no joke!) Jumpa the Kanga and Aquaman’s seahorse Storm.

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