EVERY time I look at articles regarding tech and books I keep hearing that “print is dead.” Well we have decided to give you some fantastic books to consider for this gift-giving holiday season. Now before you jump on the bandwagon and say, “I’m just gonna give them a gift card to download their favorite books,” WAIT! THESE books feature incredible art, graphics and surprises that DEMAND to be seen in the printed format. BEHOLD THE POWER OF PAPER!
First up: LMS: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter by Dark Horse Comics. LMS: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter comes from the insanely gifted mind of artist Dan Luvisi. This massive, over-sized tome brilliantly features Dan’s art as it should be, BIG, BOLD and IN YOUR FACE! The book includes thirty pages of all-new material as well as a new cover. This futuristic bible takes the form of a scrapbook filled with maps, history, over forty character biographies and dossiers, tons of faux advertisements, and much, much more.
Last Man Standing tells the epic tales of Gabriel. the last of a genetically engineered breed of super soldiers known as the Paladin. After winning an interstellar war between Earth and Mars, Gabriel is celebrated back home and given the new title of Protector of Amerika. All goes well for the newly entitled superhero as he begins to rid the streets of the scum that plagues it. However, as Gabriel is distracted by his duties, a terrorist organization known as Pandemonium frames the hero for a series of atrocious crimes.
Now stripped of his title and prestige, Gabriel is sentenced to the notorious Level-9 Facility, where he endures nine long years of torture and imprisonment. But as the clock ticks down to Gabriel’s eventual demise, he is introduced to the elusive Agent O, who offers the Paladin a chance at redemption. Learn his story—and that of his allies and enemies—through Gabriel’s eyes, as he begins to orchestrate his revenge in the scarred and vivid world of New Amerika.
Once you venture into Gabriel’s universe you will crave more and the good news is, you will GET more! LMS has been optioned by Paramount Pictures and after speaking with Dan at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, we are all in for a thrill ride when it comes out. Hold tight and just TRY and keep up with Gabriel. The book can be purchased HERE.
Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art From The Underground by Schiffer Publishing The pop culture scene is bigger than it has ever been. One area that continuously churns out phenomenal art is the alternative movie poster scene. Well Matthew Chojnacki delves deep into the scene with his new book, Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art From The Underground.
The book features art from some of today’s biggest names as well as some awesome up-and-comers. People like Joshua Budich, Grzegorz Domaradzke, Tim Doyle, Jason Edmiston, Fernando Reza, Chris Garofalo, Godmachine, Linda Hordijk, Matt Needle, Ghoulish Gary Pullin, Adam Rabalais, Chris Thornley, We Buy Your Kids, Midnight Marauder and many more.
Over the years the motion picture industry has (sadly) gravitated to generating poorly cropped and heavily airbrushed posters that rely far too often on celebrity head shots. Thankfully, an underground network of graphic designers and artists has reinvigorated the art of the movie poster, crafting stunning pieces for classic and cult films.
Here is the first comprehensive look at the movement, presenting this eclectic and dynamic medium through more than 200 eye-popping posters from over 100 cutting-edge artists, coupled with fascinating commentary and behind-the-scenes information. These new, underground posters have quickly become the most coveted by ardent moviegoers; they are typically produced in very limited runs, sell out within minutes, and command upwards of several hundred dollars each. With a smart, fresh visual perspective, alternative movie posters celebrate classics like Star Wars, A Clockwork Orange, and The Shining as well as cult favorites: The Big Lebowski, Blade Runner, and Pink Flamingos.
The book features over 200 pages of some of the best alt movie poster art today. If that someone special on your list loves movies and art then this book will make an incredible Holiday Gift. You can purchase the book HERE.
“The Art Of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag by Titan Books With over 55 million sold worldwide, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise has established itself as one of the best-selling game series of all-time. Their latest installment, “Black Flag” is their most ambitious to date and this over-sized book from Titan is the ultimate gallery of the world of British privateer-turned-pirate, Edward Kenway.
The book features sketches, concept art, and behind the scenes commentary from the artists who bring to life this incredible time in history known as the “Golden Age Of Piracy.” Get into the game as never before with this perfect game companion. You can purchase the book HERE.
Next up: Soul Stealer: Collector’s Edition by Blackwatch Comics: Soul Stealer is an over-sized collection of the graphic novel series titled, The Soul Eater. The massive 536-page volume debuted at Comic Con International, from Blackwatch Comics and has garnered comments like “graphic novel of the year”, “one of the most sheerly beautiful comics I have ever read,” “a haunting poetic journey,” “words cannot describe Soul Stealer, it needs to be experienced on it’s own to be appreciated,” and “perhaps the most gothic thing ever written.” The book can be purchased HERE.
Given how amazing the art and story are, the title ‘graphic novel’ seems grossly inadequate. Soul Stealer comes with a hundred extra pages of new artwork and sequences that is truly captivating, dark and beautiful all at the same time. This book has it all, a tortured soul, immortality, gruesome monsters and gods all wrapped intricately around a love story that will have you turning the pages through the night. But be forewarned, once you start, don’t be surprised if it takes you into the wee hours of the morning because it’s impossible to put down once you start.
The Simon and Kirby Library – Science Fiction by Titan Books The creators of Captain America produced some of the most thrilling science fiction ever seen and now it’s yours for the viewing.
Spanning more than 20 years, this volume features the first stories Joe Simon and Jack Kirby ever produced together (the Blue Bolt adventures) as well as Race for the Moon, featuring pencils by Kirby and inked artwork by comic book legends Reed Crandall, Angelo Torres, and Al Williamson.
With over 300 pages of of incredible science fiction comics, some never reprinted and with more than 80 pages restored from original artwork, The Simon and Kirby – Science Fiction book is a must have book. It features a wonderful introduction by Dave Gibbons, the co-creator of Watchmen and is chock full of of amazing art and stories.
Fans of Golden and Silver Age comics will be thrilled at all the incredible spaceships, robots, blasters, aliens and non-stop sci-fi action. The book can be purchased HERE.
Injustice: Gods Among Us Collector’s Edition Guide by Prima Games. This is way more than just your average video game walkthrough book. Not only does it:
- Give you a complete move lists for all characters, including their strengths and weaknesses.
- Allow you to dive into the minds of how the pros play as they show you the best way to utilize tournament level strategies and unlock every secret.
- A huge art section of heroes and villains with concepts of game environments.
- The dust jacket doubles as a VERY cool poster.
- It comes with a bonus lithograph as well!
This guide covers the following platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U and is a beautiful accompaniment to the massively popular video game. The book can be purchased HERE.
Star Trek: The Art Of Juan Ortiz by Titan Books Fans of the 1960’s,groundbreaking science fiction TV series Star Trek will shriek with joy when they open this up on Christmas Day.
Juan Ortiz is an avid Star Trek enthusiast and an accomplished artist who set out to create an art program representing each of the 80 episodes from the Star Trek: The Original Series. The artwork embodies his passion for the series, the transformational Sixties, and the visceral reaction generated from each episode.
Juan’s approach was, “What if every Star Trek: The Original Series episode was a movie event? What would the movie poster look like?” This was the inspiration to develop a one-of-a-kind set of images for the series that launched a franchise. Artist Juan Ortiz has created unique retro-style art with the look of a 60s movie poster, comic book, pulp novel cover or advertisement, one each for all 80 episodes.
This gorgeous, over-sized book is a must have for fans of the original series. Live Long And Prosper…The book can be purchased HERE.
History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies Of All Time by Brad Meltzer with Keith Ferrell – Workman Publishing Brad Meltzer is one of those charismatic people who pull you into their world with their own passion for something. In this case, Brad LOVES a good mystery and that is why he is tackling the 10 greatest conspiracies of all time.
It’s an irresistible combination: Brad Meltzer, a born storyteller, counting down the world’s most intriguing unsolved mysteries. And to make this richly illustrated book even richer, each chapter invites the reader along for an interactive experience through the addition of removable facsimile documents—the evidence! It’s a treasure trove for conspiracy buffs, a Griffin and Sabine for history lovers.
Adapted from Decoded, Meltzer’s hit show on the HISTORY network, History Decoded explores fascinating, unexplained questions. Is Fort Knox empty? Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman “Spear of Destiny”? What’s the government hiding in Area 51? Where did the Confederacy’s $19 million in gold and silver go at the end of the Civil War? And did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone? Meltzer sifts through the evidence; weighs competing theories; separates what we know to be true with what’s still—and perhaps forever—unproved or unprovable; and in the end, decodes the mystery, arriving at the most likely solution. Along the way we meet Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Nazi propagandists, and the real DB Cooper.
Bound in at the beginning of each story is a custom-designed envelope—a faux 19th-century leather satchel, a U.S. government classified file—containing facsimiles of relevant evidence: John Wilkes Booth’s alleged unsigned will, a map of the Vatican, Kennedy’s death certificate. The whole is a riveting, interactive adventure through the compelling world of mysteries and conspiracies.
The digital version of this book would absolutely PALE in comparison to the printed copy as it includes 30 removable facsimile documents. Just TRY and do THAT with a digital version. The book can be purchased HERE.
On a side note, if you EVER get the chance to go hear Brad speak publicly, RUN, don’t walk. It is as interesting as it is entertaining and I for one can’t WAIT for him to come back out to Southern California…hint-hint Brad!
Crazy 4 Cult 2 by Titan Books From its awesome cover art by N.C. Winters which features Jack Nicholson from The Shining, to the last image of Scott Pilgrim VS The World by Glen Brogan, this one is PACKED with awesome. Gallery 1988 builds on the success of their first pop culture art book and comes back with a second helping for fans to gorge themselves on.
Some of the incredible artists featured in Crazy 4 Cult 2 are: Aled Lewis, Dave Perillo, Eric Tan, Fernando Reza, Jason Edmiston, Jason Liwag, Joshua Budich, Matt Taylor, Nick Comparone, Ridge, Samuel ‘Sho’ Ho, Scott C, Tom Whalen and many more.
Gallery 1988’s annual Crazy 4 Cult art show has quickly become a phenomenon, with huge crowds and high profile buyers like Kevin Smith and Joss Whedon snapping up work by the cream of the underground/urban scene. Following 2011’s critically acclaimed first volume, here’s the eagerly awaited second selection of surprising, beautiful and just plain cool cult movie-inspired artwork.
Cover to cover this one will make any bookshelf BETTER! The book can be purchased HERE.