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Magnetic Press to publish Matteo De Longis’ ‘Vox’ art book

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This won’t come as a surprise to those of us who visited the Magnetic Press booth at Comic-Con International in San Diego: The publisher today announced the November release of Vox, a “Rock and Roll Concept Art Book” by the Italian artist Matteo De Longis.

The book, which is the same size and shape as a record album, is neon-colored and lovely to look at. It was published last year in France, and there’s already a book site that seems to be more about the design of the book than the interior art; there’s also a bio of the creator. De Longis, who was named as one of Marvel’s Young Guns, draws a lot of inspiration from Japanese art and works in games, animation and toy design as well as illustration. The press release includes a description of Vox that’s hard to improve on:

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Taschen and Roy Thomas chronicle ’75 Years of Marvel’

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To celebrate Marvel’s 75th anniversary, this fall Taschen will publish 75 Years of Marvel: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen, a mammoth inside look at the company written by its former editor-in-chief Roy Thomas.

Edited by Josh Baker, who worked with Paul Levitz on 75 Years of DC Comics, the 720-page hardcover spotlights not only Marvel’s most famous characters, but also many of the writers and artists who gave them life — focusing largely on the creators from the 1960s’ “Marvel Age of Comics,” like Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Jim Steranko, Marie Severin, John Romita, John Buscema and Gene Colan.

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Book to retrace history of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

tmnt-ultimate visual historyTo mark the 30th anniversary of the heroes in a half shell, Insight Editions is releasing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History, by Andrew Farago.

Featuring a foreword by co-creator Peter Laird, the 192-page hardcover is billed as “the complete, never-before-told story of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” from their birth as a black-and-white comic book by Laird and Kevin Eastman to their success as a multimedia franchise that includes animated television series, live-action movies, video games, toys and clothing.

Farago, curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, interviews everyone from Eastman and Laird to puppeteer Brian Henson to Vanilla Ice. The book also feature a range of inserts, including fan club letters, the first press release from Mirage Studios, and reprint of the first TMNT comic.

Priced at $50, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History is set for release in June.

‘The Unwritten’s’ Yuko Shimizu covers ‘Monstrous Affection’

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Tor.com has revealed Yuko Shimizu‘s beautifully disturbing cover for Monstrous Affection: An Anthology of Beastly Tales, edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant. It’s due in September from Candlewick Press.

Shimizu is an award-winning illustrator best known in comics circles for her covers for The Unwritten and The Sandman: The Dream Hunters. The art here is reminiscent of her work on the former, particularly when it comes to the flowers and the ghostly figure. The ghastly baboon-creature wouldn’t be out of place in the Vertigo series, either …

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Houghton Mifflin to publish Randall Munroe’s ‘What If?’

munroe-what-ifHoughton Mifflin Harcourt has announced the Sept. 2 release of Randall Munroe’s What If?: Serious Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, based on the popular blog by the xkcd cartoonist.

Launched in July 2012, the blog features Munroe, a former NASA roboticist, answering hypothetical physics- or math-related questions — for instance, “How much Force power can Yoda output?” or “What if there was a robot apocalypse?” — with the help of infographics and the cartoonist’s signature stick figures. The book will include a blend of new questions and answers and old favorites.

“As I’ve sifted through the letters submitted to What If every week, I’ve occasionally set aside particularly neat questions that I wanted to spend a little more time on,” Munroe explained this morning. “This book features my answers to those questions, along with revised and updated versions of some of my favorite articles from the site. (I’m also including my personal list of the weirdest questions people have submitted.)”

The 320-page hardcover is available for preorder.

Kindle Worlds adds G.I. Joe, ‘Quantum & Woody’ and more

gi joeAmazon Publishing has expanded its Kindle Worlds platform to include G.I. Joe and Valiant Entertainment’s Quantum and Woody and Eternal Warrior, opening the door for writers to publish stories based on those properties in the next few months.

Other new additions include Warner Bros. television series Veronica Mars and Ravenswood (a spinoff of Pretty Little Liars), Marcus Sakey’s Abnorm Chronicles novels and Theresa Ragan’s Lizzy Gardner Files books.

“Since 1964, G.I. Joe has inspired the imagination of multiple generations by providing a backdrop of excitement and adventure,” Hasbro’s Michael Kelly said in a statement. “Whether exploring the secrets of the mummy’s tomb, or defending freedom from the evil plots of Cobra, G.I. Joe has been there. It is with equal excitement that Hasbro now enters a new segment of the business by embracing the concept of open-source storytelling, and officially unlocking the world of G.I. Joe to our fans through Amazon’s Kindle Worlds.”

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Artists reinterpret ‘Goosebumps’ in ‘Monster Edition’ zine

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A new entry in the field of nostalgia-based art comes in the form of Monster Edition, a zine featuring more than 40 artists giving their take on books from beloved children’s horror series Goosebumps.

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Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing passes away

doris lessingDoris Lessing, the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Grass is Singing and The Golden Notebook, passed away Sunday in London at age 94. Although she was best known as a novelist, poet, librettist and playwright, Lessing also tried her hand at graphic novels with Playing the Game, a 1995 fantasy drawn by Charlie Adlard.

Born in Iran in 1919, and raised in the African bush in Zimbabwe, Lessing began her writing career at age 15, selling short stories to South African magazines. An opponent of apartheid, her first novel The Grass is Singing (1950) addressed racial politics, while her breakthrough work, 1962′s The Golden Notebook, featured anti-war and anti-Stalinist messages and became a pioneering work of the burgeoning women’s movement. She wrote more than 50 books.

In 2007, the 88-year-old Lessing became the oldest author, and only the 11th woman, to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. As The Guardian recounts, she was returned to her London home after a day of shopping to find reporters on her doorstep. When she learned she had won the prize, which comes with $1.5 million, Lessing replied, “Oh, Christ,” adding, “I couldn’t care less.”

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Stan Lee developing ‘Zodiac’ illustrated novel for Disney

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Disney Publishing Worldwide has acquired Zodiac, an illustrated novel by Stan Lee, Stuart Moore and Andie Tong.

Based on the Chinese zodiac, the book follows a Chinese-American teenager who’s drawn into a global conspiracy after he and other youth around the world are suddenly bestowed with magical powers.

Lee already has a relationship with Disney, dating back at least to a 2007 first-look deal with the legendary creator’s POW! Entertainment. In 2009, just as Disney completed its purchased of Marvel, the entertainment giant expanded that agreement and acquired a 10 percent equity stake in POW.

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NYCC ’13 | Cooke to illustrate ‘Parker’ prose novels

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In what would seem like a natural outgrowth of their partnership with the Estate of Donald E. Westlake, IDW announced in New York this weekend that they plan to release deluxe hardcover versions of Westlake’s Parker novels, designed and illustrated by Darwyn Cooke.

“The Parker novels written by Donald Westlake had a profound effect on me as a young man,” Cooke said in a press release. “To first be able to adapt them in graphic novel form, and now to illustrate his prose as well… for me, it just doesn’t get much better than this.”

Cooke, of course, has been producing the excellent and well-regarded Parker graphic novel adaptations for the last few years, with the next one, Slayground, set for release in December. The first illustrated novel, The Hunter, will arrive in 2014.

“This is the first time the full series will be published in hardcover,” Cooke said at IDW’s panel on Saturday. He added that he’s taking “a completely different approach” to the art style he used in the graphic novels, and that this represents a chance “to make sure these books are properly preserved.”

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Viz to publish ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ illustrated novel

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Before you take to the skies in Hayao Miyazaki’s final voyage in The Wind Rises, Viz Media is inviting you to take a return trip to an old favorite in a way you’ve never seen before: the world of Totoro.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro, Viz is publishing two new books about the seminal animated film. Unlike some of Miyazaki’s other films, My Neighbor Totoro wasn’t preceded by a manga, but it’s getting the next-best thing with My Neighbor Tortoro: The Novel, an illustrated novel pairing Miyazaki’s watercolors with a child-friendly novelization by Japanese children’s book author Tsugiko Kubo.

Although some of Miyazaki’s watercolors of My Neighbor Totoro have been seen online and in various magazines, My Neighbor Totoro: The Novel will be the first time they’ve been officially released all in one bound volume. This hardcover will arrive Oct. 1, along with an updated edition of the popular My Neighbor Totoro Picture Book released a few years ago.

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Unpacking Rian Hughes’ ‘Soho Dives, Soho Divas’

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This week finer comic shops will have Rian Hughes’ Soho Dives, Soho Divas available for purchase. The previews don’t really do justice to the book, which collects Hughes’ portraits of London burlesque artists. Read on …

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‘Brandon Bird’s Astonishing World of Art’ revels in surreal pop culture mash-ups

astonishingworldofartThe work of Los Angeles-based artist Brandon Bird can be loosely summarized as “one thing from pop culture intersecting with another, completely unrelated, thing from pop culture.” Thus a painting depicting a doleful Sam Waterston playing with Transformers, or a drawing of a Care Bear with Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans director Werner Herzog as its tummy symbol.

Yes, pop-culture mash-ups may not exactly be novel at this point — they’re everywhere from Tumblr and to unlicensed T-shirts — but it takes a special kind of thinker to insert Steven Seagal onto the cover of X-Men #4. And that’s showcased in Brandon Bird’s Astonishing World of Art, a celebration of the artist’s sensibilities in the guise of an old-school coloring book (keeping with the motif, it’s mostly black and white). Out now from Chronicle Books, there are stickers, postcards, full-color reproductions of Bird’s paintings and a couple of ridiculously complex paint-by-number pages. Bird’s knack for likenesses help sell the jokes — a painting of Christopher Walken building Optimus Prime works much better when it’s rendered as realistically as possible.

As Bird fans have come to expect, there’s also a lot of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit material, including valentines featuring Ice-T and the gang. The Dick Wolf franchise has long been a source of inspiration for the artist, who curated a Law & Order-inspired exhibition back in 2010.

Remembering Elmore Leonard and his ’10 Rules of Writing’

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Although prolific crime author and screenwriter Elmore Leonard didn’t have a direct connection to comic books, it’s clear from the number of tweets about his death today at age 87 that he influenced a number of comics writers. Of course, labeling Leonard a “crime author” undoubtedly does him a disservice, as he wasn’t restricted by genre; his earliest works were Westerns, like his 1952 short story “Three-Ten to Yuma,” which has been adapted twice for the big screen.

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Brain food? ‘The Walking Dead’ getting a parody cookbook

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In what’s either a sign of the zombie apocalypse or that The Walking Dead has reached the status of pop-culture phenomenon, the publisher of the parody cookbook Fifty Shades of Chicken is turning its attention to the comic book turned hit television series (and video games, and collectible toys, and …).

Entertainment Weekly has the final-cover reveal for The Snacking Dead: A Parody in a Cookbook, due on shelves Oct. 29 from Crown Publishing’s Clarkson Potter imprint. Written by “D.B. Walker,” the 160-page book features recipes and photographs for 50 dishes, ranging from Guac and Load Guacamole to Sticky Ribs to Cold-Blooded Ice Cream Sandwiches. According to EW, it also offers tips, The Snacking Dead also offers suggestions for “cooking in tricky and direful situations,” as well as a zombie story.

You can see the full final cover below.

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