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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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The Force is adorable in new ‘Star Wars’ Little Golden Books

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A long time ago, in a publishing universe far, far away, Little Golden Books were practically the only game in licensed children’s publishing. And since the small square volumes with their ubiquitous gold foil spines most frequently teamed with the Walt Disney company over its many years, it’s no surprise that the latest Little Golden offering comes from the House of Mouse’s most recent acquisition.

EW has the word that the now Random House imprint will soon publish six Little Golden Books based on the films of George Lucas’ Star Wars saga. The adaptations will arrive in stores on July 28 with a special boxed set of all six following on September 1.

“The Star Wars franchise has woven itself into the hearts and minds of generations of fans, many of whom read Little Golden Books as children,” Disney Publishing Worldwide SVP Jeanne Mosure told the magazine. “We’re very excited to be incorporating Little Golden Books into our overarching strategy so parents can now introduce their own children to the wonders of the galaxy through this classic format.”

No creators are named for the books, but traditionally Disney’s Little Golden Books are created in house by animation staffers. Whoever will be adapting the Star Wars films, it’ll be interesting to see how they make events like Anakin’s murder of the padawan younglings or the slicing of Luke’s hand work for a pre-K audience. Check out covers for all six books after the jump.

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Scott Park celebrates the women of science fiction & fantasy with awesome new poster

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Advertising creative director by day, illustrator by night, Scott Park has taken it upon himself to celebrate the women of science fiction and fantasy with a poster (via io9) that features no less than 63 famous female characters from across the board, including “Agent Carter’s” Peggy Carter, “Mad Max: Fury Road’s” Furiosa, Star Trek’s Uhura and more.

The poster bears the tag “Vol. 2,” as it is the second installment in a series he calls “Hall of Heroes.” The original one, as well as this new one, are both available on his Society6 store. Both feature a character key at the bottom, which runs through where each character originated.

Check out the poster under the cut below!

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On the frontlines of World War II heroines with Trina Robbins

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Comics historian Trina Robbins is taking a look back at World War II heroines and the female artists who created them in Babes in Arms: Women in the Comics During the Second World War, to be released later this year by Hermes Press.

Clocking in at more than 300 pages, the book collects the wartime comics of four female cartoonists: Barbara Hall, Jill Elgin, Lily Renee and Fran Hopper. Some might call them the original Carol Corps, but I like to borrow a name from one of Hall’s earliest comics, Girl Commandos.

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‘Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Invasion’ cover debuts

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Entertainment Weekly has unveiled the cover for Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Invasion, the sixth prose novel expanding upon the universe of the long-running comics series.

Written once again by Jay Bonansinga, the book follows the events of last fall’s Descent, with protagonist Lilly Caul struggling with a ragtag group of survivors struggling to carve out a new life after the fall of Woodbury. Here’s the synopsis from publisher Thomas Dunne Books:

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