Books Part II

Get ready for some Disney Parks love. A Kiss Goodnight is in reference to a particular music cue that plays after the fireworks and the park starts shutting down. It's intended to be the final goodbye for the evening's park guests and as a Parks nerd I have witnessed it many times. This book is by Richard Sherman, one of the key figures in the tone and feel Disney. He's the lyricist and musician behind Mary Poppins and much of the songs you associate with Disneyland and World attractions. He talks about his history with Walt and of how this cue/song came about. Comes with a CD to boot!

$13.51

 

This book came out at the end of last year, but it's one of my favorite things so I'm including it this year. Celebrating 60 years of Disney Parks this book reprints in detail all the park maps from the very beginning and you see how the theme parks have changed over the years. Not just our domestic parks, but the international ones as well!

$22.63

 

Another great book for Disney Park fiends like me, this one examining what still exists at Disneyland that was directly inspired and built by Walt himself. Disney World may be bigger and better in just about every way, but Disneyland will always be special because it was the place that Walt was hands on in building. He walked down Main Street, had an apartment overlooking the town square entrance, etc. I'm planning a trip to Disneyland next month and will definitely be picking this up so I can try to spot some hidden spots in the park.

$14.92

 

This book takes a look back at the attractions that have been mothballed over the years. It's the sad reality that things will change over time. That was part of Walt's original vision, that the park would constantly evolve, which means some cool stuff has to be replaced with newer attractions. As long as they don't fuck with my precious Haunted Mansion we'll be good, although I don't know if I can forgive them for getting rid of The Great Movie Ride in lieu of some bullshit Mickey and Minnie 3-D ride.

$14.95

 

The Haunted Mansion is my happy place. I don't know what it says about me, but I feel at home there. That particular combination of spooky and playful is like crack to me and every time I visit Disneyland or Magic Kingdom I end up on that attraction at least 2 or 3 times (per day), so naturally I'm interested in this continuing book series that is told from Madame Leota's point of view and gives backstories to all 999 ghostly residents of the Haunted Mansion. You'd be foolish (mortal) not to think that's a great idea!

Volume 1 $9.48, Volume 2 $8.82

 

Pirates may have changed a bit over the years (more and more Johnny Depp infiltration and less rapey pirates). This book is aimed at kids and is an illustrated version of A Pirates Life For Me song, complete with an included CD of the song that will be stuck in your head all day after hearing it. Yo Ho, Yo Ho a pirates life for me!

$12.59

 

Take a culinary tour around all of Disney's US based theme parks to see what's on the menu and find out the history behind some of the iconic eats at the parks. There better be a whole chapter on how awesome the Dole Whip is...

$23.79

 

Mary Blair was a trailblazer. She was an illustrator that worked for Disney and ended up setting the color template for most of Disney's early animated features. Her production art and tone pieces are stuff of legend to Disneyphiles and this book tells her story, a fascinating one in which a talented woman was hired in a male dominated industry.

$11.48

 

You probably know that Oswald was Disney's first creation, pre-dating Mickey Mouse, but a rights issue kept Walt from using the popular character so he just went ahead and created probably the most famous fictional character in world history. As you do. Walt made 26 Oswald shorts before losing the character and when the Disney Corporation got the rights back in the '90s many of the shorts were thought lost to time. This book talks a lot about the early Oswald years and then later picks up with the company's journey to find these thought lost shorts.

$24.75

 

Artist Andrew DeGraff is known for creating inventive maps of your favorite movies, showing the paths of different characters in a particular story. Back to the Future, King Kong, The Shining, Breakfast Club and so much more is covered.

$17.51

 

Keeping in the colors of Disney theme here we have a book that uses images from Pixar's films to illustrate their use of color over the years. It's a big book from Chronicle filled with gorgeous art.

$19.21

 

Now Playing: A Seek and Find Book for Film Buffs. It's Where's Waldo, but for movie geeks! Can you spot Kubrick? What about 7 Gremlins? Neato!\

$10.53

 

This book came out last year, but it wasn't a huge release so some might have missed it. Hocus Pocus has had an amazing resurgence in popularity as those who watched it as kids geek out about it now as grown up adult type people. Hocus Pocus In Focus takes a tour behind the scenes of the making of this movie with a foreword by Thora Birch herself!

$15.37

 

Future Noir has been a popular nitty-gritty behind the scenes book of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner and it's now been revised and updated in the wake of the sequel hitting screens this year. A must own for any movie fan.

$9.85

 

The Westmores were a legendary makeup family, responsible for some of the most iconic movie makeups in history. This book is about Michael Westmore, who transformed Robert De Niro into Jake LaMotta in Scorsese's Raging Bull, Eric Stoltz into Rocky Dennis for Mask and had his fingers in everything from Star Trek to Rocky to Rosemary's Baby.

$20.36

 

If you got a friend who likes to cook and watch movies then you got two bases covered with this gift! It's a cookbook that recreates important dishes from key scenes in movies like 16 Candles, When Harry Met Sally, etc. Here's hoping there's a giant mashed potato mountain recipe in the mix! That means something!

$17.80

 

It's the year of Twin Peaks so why not bring in this recipe book that allows you to make food inspired by the weird-ass show that everybody loves? Cherry Pie, naturally, and donuts gotta be front and center.

$14.87

 

Mark Frost shows you some of the bridging material you may want to know between the old Twin Peaks series and the new one, filling in character details that are left vague in The Return. This'll be the number 1 item for Twin Peaks fans this year.

$14.71

 

The original Taschen Hardcover of this book is an all-time great, in-depth look at one of cinema's most visionary talents. It was also ungodly expensive. Thankfully you can pick up this reprinting for a fraction of the price without sacrificing any of the great content within. 864 pages of insight into the one of the fascinating visionaries ever to pick up a camera. This thing's a beast and a steal at this price.

$17.47

Moderate ($25.00-$70.99)

Son of a bitch must pay... for this sweet making of Big Trouble In Little China book! Big Trouble is one of the most fun and unique movies ever made with Kurt Russell and John Carpenter at their finest as filmmakers. I'm surprised it has taken this long to put out a book about the making of this bonafide classic.

$27.19

 

This should be the book most in the crosshairs for any movie fan this year. It's a big, thorough dive into the look and making of Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind filled to the brim with shooting script pages, production art, behind the scenes stills, prop photos, memos, blueprints... you name it, it's here.

$28.90

 

We are quickly approaching the 15th anniversary of Return of the King and that blows my mind a little bit. Time needs to chill out. This big ol' book is written by Weta's Daniel Falconer who was there and helped create the world of JRR Tolkien on the screen that we love so much. You'll get thousand of film frames, production art images and behind the scenes photos from Peter Jackson's 6 Middle-Earth films along with text explaining the process of bringing these iconic locations, wardrobe and props to life.

$45.83

 

Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is an experience. It was designed to put you on that beach with those English soldiers and to do that every single detail has to be right. This book takes you behind the scenes with Nolan and his crew describing the process of making this movie.

$44.51

 

PRE-ORDER, December 19th. The Shape of Water is Guillermo del Toro's latest fantasy tale, a love story that I've heard nothing but amazing things about. You can't get more del Toro than a woman falling in love with a fish man unless you throw in an Elder God in the background somewhere (and maybe they do, I haven't seen it yet!). Guillermo's worlds are rich in detail so any behind the scenes book is going to be fascinating.

$27.50

 

PRE-ORDER, November 28th. The Devil's Backbone is my personal favorite Guillermo del Toro movie. Something about the design of Santi, the ghost child at a creepy orphanage, really sticks with me. It's so strangely beautiful and sad. The movie works like gangbusters as both a haunted house movie and a murder mystery. Pan's Labyrinth is a bit more iconic, but Devil's Backbone is the one I go back to the most. Can't wait to crack open Matt Zoller Seitz's in-depth making of book!

$47.50

 

Blade Runner 2049 will likely go down as the most visually stunning movie of 2017, so of course that means an Art Of book should be of interest. Tons of concept art, exclusive access to the set while the movie was being made, BTS pics, the whole 9 yards. If that amazing still of Harrison Ford accidentally punching Ryan Gosling in the face made the cut then this book should knock your socks off. There's only a few left, so hurry and snatch this one up if you want your copy!

$39.95

 

Speaking of gorgeous movies, Thor: Ragnarok has a badass metal side of the coolest van in the world kind of look going on, inspired greatly by Jack Kirby's trippy comic art. These Marvel Art Of books are always full of great stuff letting you look behind the scenes and their production art team is second to none (as you'd expect from the artist talent pool they can draw from).

$45.00

 

We got a string of Marvel-related Art Ofs here. The next up is Guardians of the Galaxy V.2, which also seemed to draw a lot of inspiration for Kirby's colorful galactic weirdness.

$38.45

 

This one will be a little more interesting to me because so much of the art design of Homecoming turning the average location into something special. I mean, they don't have any living planet God people to fall back on. Sure, they still have Spidey himself, who always looks cool, but the real BTS story I'm dying to read a full blow by blow on is the negotiations around Sony letting Marvel Studios back into the fold.

$37.66

 

Oooo, I bet there's some great stuff in this one. The sheer variety of locations, outfits and vistas in the movie will make for some interesting reading and production art.

$27.16

 

Justice League was a big ol' mess and I don't think it'd be my choice to read a fluff-y look behind the scenes on this particular project, but I know there are DC loving folks who would absolutely freak out to find this under the tree this year. A lot of thought did go into the look of props, costumes and sets so I'm sure there's some quality reading involved with this one, but the story I'm more interested in is a real fly on the wall or investigative piece that details the troubled side of this production.

$28.77

 

Love the movie or hate it you have to acknowledge it's gorgeous fantasy filmmaking. Luc Besson doesn't hold back on Fantasy weirdness and that makes the movie automatically more interesting than 99% of most fantasy tentpoles. The art process on this movie spanned years and Besson gave free reign to some of the most interesting artists out there to just create on their own and pulled in the pieces he liked the best to shape the world of Valerian. Betcha there's some great stuff in here.

$25.44

 

Another very pretty film with a great art team behind it. I'm especially curious to see how they settled on their look for Kong, which seemed to go back a little bit more toward the look of the original Willis O'Brien Kong to my nerdy eye.

$27.16

 

Ridley Scott is hit or miss as a filmmaker and the movie he made is hit and miss as well, but it's got a great look. You'll see this trend in a few of the Art Of books here. They're not all for perfect movies, but I've included the ones I think are the most interesting visually. Except for Justice League. I did that one as a favor for you DC folk. You're welcome.

$27.16

 

PRE-ORDER, December 5th. This book highlights the look of the Kelvin Trek Timeline or nuevo Trek or JJ Trek or “the new ones, dummy” for those completely ignorant of Star Trek. Author Jeff Bond interviews many of the creative people responsible for the distinct look of the new Trek trilogy and offers up never before seen production art.

$35.96

 

Pixar's Coco looks absolutely beautiful. I spent a little time at Pixar to look at the behind the scenes of this movie and was blown away at the artistry on display. Pixar always brings it with their use of color and the smart way they incorporate visual splendor with story and character emotion. I hear they knocked it out of the park with Coco and I can't wait to let that gorgeousness envelope me when I finally see it this weekend.

$27.17

 

Aw, jeez! Art of Rick and Morty! Don't let that bare-looking cover fool you. It glows in the dark and brings out the dozens upon dozens of crazy creatures that populate the most fun cartoon out there right now. A look at how Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon bring this nutty universe to life is very welcome.

$35.99

 

It's okay if you don't have any of Mondo's crazy in demand limited edition prints to call your own because you can now buy this Art of Mondo book that gathers together a giant chunk of the great pop culture art they've printed over the years for a fraction of the cost of buying all the prints. For the cost of buying a single print you can flip through this book of damn near everything they've done! This impressive book is hefty and absolutely beautiful. Definite recommend from me.

$50.73

 

PRE-ORDER, December 12th. Destiny 2 is a very pretty game. No question about that. So much amazing art was produced throughout the process of Bungie building this universe. You can glimpse a lot of it in the Amazon listing. Can't wait to dig into this one.

$28.46

 

Overwatch fans rejoice! Every one of your favorite characters gets a lot of love in this Art Of book that shows different looks at all the Overwatch Heroes. Get an insiders look at Lucio, Tracer, Reaper, D.Va, Junkrat, Winston and all the heroes as Blizzard takes you behind the scenes with commentary and over 350 pages of art.

$31.44

 

PRE-ORDER, April 24th, 2018. I don't like putting in pre-orders that are so far away, but the second I saw that amazing book design I couldn't ignore it. It's too pretty. The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia digs up every enemy, location, weapon, potion combination, map, you name it from every Zelda game ever and throws it into one absolutely beautiful book nodding its hat to the very first, coveted gold NES game. Shiny!

$68.81

 

Zelda wasn't the only pretty Nintendo outing this year. Can't forget Splatoon and they didn't half-ass this one. This book gives you 320 pages of character designs, concept art, storyboards, sketches and developer commentary. A nice, big colorful book for a nice, big colorful game!

$27.19

 

Keeping with the video game Art Of theme we got the Art of Assassin's Creed: Origins book giving us all a look at the purty Egyptian imagery of this game. It's a great looking game, no doubt. Once I finish this monster of a guide I'm gonna spend some quality time doing more side quests and trying not to get eaten by lions and whatnot.

$26.60

 

I love that there was actually a backlash because of the violence against Nazis in the new Wolfenstein game. In Wolfenstein. Which has been brutally killing Nazis for decades. Outrage and threats of boycott. What a world we're in. Anyway, they did a bang up job with this game in all departments. It's big, gory, weird as hell and even has a character twist that is so goddamn absurd that I almost stood up and applauded my TV when I got to it. The Bethesda Art Of books are always worth a look. Don't know if you it or not, but some pretty talented people work over there.

$32.19

 

Here's a handy box set of all three volumes of the Skyrim Libraries, which reprints the text from all the books you can read within the game with some added fancy fantasy art as an added bonus. The first time I played an Elder Scrolls game and realized you could pick up and read random books kind of blew my mind. That's a level of detail most games ignore, especially with so many books available! I think it's neat that they've taken the extra step and made this available.

$64.12

 

For more Elder Scrolls nerdery, there's also a collected set of background material from Elder Scrolls Online. You get Tales of Tamriel and The Lore, both shedding light on all the goings on in that war-torn fantasy land.

$47.20

 

If you've ever played Witcher III you know that the card game within the game is actually one of the best parts. One of my favorite things to do was hunt down the super rare/awesome cards and then go clean out some poor Gwent playing bastard with a substandard deck. This book collects all art from the cards featured in-game.

$27.19

 

One of the most popular games of 2017 now with a big, lush Art Of book to call its own! Horizon Zero Dawn has some striking scenery and characters and this book shows you how they all came about in a nice, big coffee table sized book that you can show off to all your jealous friends!

$27.16

 

Here's a look at the the ideas and art that went into Fumito Ueda's The Last Guardian. Besides the pretty art you also get a real insight into the inspirations for the story and how it all came together.

$27.47

 

It's the 30th Anniversary of Street Fighter so of course there's a retrospective book out! The author interviews many of the people involved in this series over the years and makes sure you know exactly how everything came about! It's a hadoken good time... I'm so sorry...

$25.46

 

It's a hell of a time to be nostalgic about the golden age of consoles. Playing With Power is shaped to resemble an SNES cartridge (no dust blowing necessary unless you just want to show off) and spotlights the Super Nintendo as a console, including the 16-bit classics that you could play on it. I'm old enough to remember how big the jump between Nintendo and Super Nintendo felt. Just wanted to share that in case you guys wanted to buy me a cane and some bifocals or something.

$26.46

 

Going even further back is this book, which details just how important the Apple II was to gaming culture on the whole. Games like Oregon Trail, Prince of Persia and Carmen Sandiego teed us up for the computer gaming revolution that was just about to take over countless lives. The author talks to the makers of those games for your reading pleasure.

$29.74

 

Horror and cinema go hand in hand and have since the very beginning. The reaction the first people had to the moving image was terror (it was a train pulling into a station and the audience thought the train was real and heading right for them) and so began the trend of gathering together in a dark room to watch something scary. This book documents that history and shares some of the most iconic images produced for movies along the way. Say what you will about horror movies, but they do tend to have the best posters!

$25.47

 

I think I mentioned that I collect movie posters. Some of the favorite posters of my collection are some gonzo Italian posters. Those artists weren't messing around. It does my geek heart proud that some kind soul has gathered a ton of of this art into its own book.

$27.84

 

A fellow movie-blogger type named Heather Wixson wrote a book on special effects makeup artists, with a focus on the '70s and onwards and that's pretty badass. I'm a big makeup effects fan and like most people my age I was drawn into the behind the scenes stuff on movies to find out more about that particular area. Wixson talks to people like Phil Tippett, Steve Johnson, Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr., John Dykstra, Mike Elizalde and many more. I bet you she also tried her best to track down the notoriously elusive Rob Bottin. I know I would have! That dude did all the effects for The Thing and made Tim Curry into a big Satan dude in Legend. He was the best!

$25.20

 

Charlie Band was the Roger Corman of the VHS era, a low budget schlock producer who gave a lot of talented people outlets to make some really good stuff (like The Puppet Master). And a lot of not so good stuff, too. It Came From the Video Aisle is the story of how Band's production company Full Moon Entertainment came to be and walks us through its heyday of pumping out crazy movie after crazy movie.

$25.96

 

Joe Landsdale wrote a prequel to his novella about an aging Elvis fending off a mummy in a nursing home, which was adapted into a rather kick-ass movie by Don Coscarelli called Bubba Ho-Tep. This one takes place back in the past where Elvis was a secret agent hunting down vampires in New Orleans, which I'm pretty sure is accurate. I haven't double checked wikipedia to be positive, but it sounds right to me.

$31.09

 

Syd Mead was an illustrator who happened to also have a hand in designing some of the most iconic sci-fi stuff you've ever seen. He worked on many things, but Blade Runner was particularly rich with his tone and style, which always skewed very industrial. He also designed for Tron, Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Aliens. This book chronicles his 40 years worth of movie design work.

$29.95

 

Bernie Wrightson is famous for his comic book art, but most people haven't seen the art he created for the Gang of Seven Animation Studios. His distinct style is on full display here and there's some jaw-dropping pieces featured in this book. Just look at that cover! I was as good at anything in life as Bernie was at sketching werewolves...

$37.42

 

Boy oh boy do I love pulp art. Sci-fi rocketships, fantasy landscapes, war-torn bloody battlefields, hard-boiled detective murder stories... They always had the best covers and this book brings together over 400 pulp illustrations as it works its way through the history of the Pulp Magazine.

$31.44

 

Harlan Ellison is a character. Ellison is a notoriously grouchy, undeniably brilliant writer who will sue the shit out of anybody he deems as having encroached on his writing, even if that somebody is James Cameron (Yes, Harlan sued Cameron over The Terminator, which shares some similarities with one of his short stories). I've had my own (non-litigious) run-in with Harlan and it's a great story, but way too long to repeat here, but needless to say it was my absolute pleasure that he lived up to who I hoped he'd be. Nat Segaloff writes the definitive warts and all biography of the man here, compiling over 5 years worth of exhaustive interviews with Harlan and shaping as true a document on his life as there could possibly be.

$35.00

 

Jim Henson and Frank Oz's collaboration on The Dark Crystal is something special. I mean, all their team-ups were special, but there's something about the look, tone and feel of Dark Crystal which just sticks with you in a special way. At least it does with me. This book calls itself the Ultimate Visual History of one of the ultimate visual fantasy films ever made, packed with behind the scenes photos, previously unseen artwork and interviews with much of the creative team, including archival interviews with Henson himself. Just about the most comprehensive book ever put out about the making of this film.

$34.34

 

This fancy hardbacked Library edition is the ultimate collector's edition of the Hellboy in Hell storyline as everybody's favorite cigar champing rock-handed demon man returns home. With Mike Mignola's character being rebooted now's as good a time as any to find out what Mr. Boy has been up to in the comic realm.

$31.44

 

I love these giant Omnibuses. The completionist in me just sighs in relief when I see one. This one takes ALL the Bronze Age Swamp Thing books and puts them in one giant 724 book. That's whole lotta Swamp Thing!

$61.32

 

I love that Marvel turned monsters into superheroes for a while (hell, they once turned Captain America into a werewolf. No shit!). This Collection grabs 7 years of Tomb of Dracula and throws it in a 500+ page tome for your reading pleasure!

$26.94

 

Back in the olden days there were these things called newspapers that people would use instead of the intertubes to get their news, hence the name “NEWSpaper.” In these “news” papers they would have a section just for laugh-em-ups and goofs called the funnies and everybody read them. Everybody. So when something as big as Star Wars came along they of course made a serialized comic strip to publish every day, making 7 strips a week. This book takes all them from March 1979-October 1980, a whopping 600 sequential comic strips. This marks one of the earliest examples of expanded universe Star Wars storytelling.

$33.99

 

Planet of the Apes got a comic book spin-off called Terror on the Planet of the Apes, with writing from Moon Knight (Marvel) and Bane (DC) creator Doug Moench and artists from Ghost Rider, Doctor Strange and Incredible Hulk. The story has a man and an ape on the run from the law. I'll allow it.

$38.49

 

PRE-ORDER, December 19th. A box set of three large hardbacks containing the complete Ghost in the Shell manga. As a bonus you get an exclusive lithograph by creator Shirow Masamune.

$66.92

 

Collecting Walking Deads #145-168 this big omnibus edition is the seventh giant hardcover collecting Robert Kirkman's game-changing zombie comic series. I dropped off around issue 100. Some day I'll dive back in and I might use these big bastards to do it. They are mighty impressive (and super heavy) in person!

$66.86

 

Rick and Morty the comic, suckas! A thousand years Rick and Morty: The Comic! This is the second volume (and newest) to come out and I read the first before I gifted it to my young nephew. He likes crazy shit and we've watched pretty much every episode of the show, so don't grab them pearls just yet, folks. But this is a perfect itch-scratcher while you wait for the new season... and it's probably going to be a looooonngg wait.

$31.44

 

Disney's 9 Old Men are celebrated (and rightfully so), but it wasn't all a big boys club at Disney Animation. In fact the majority of animators working on putting paint to celluloid were female artists. Women were involved in all facets of Disney's corporation, in animation, live action and even the development of the parks and this book documents the mostly unsung women who helped build the mouse house to what it is today.

$40.80

 

This is kind of pricy for a series of 9 flipbooks, but they're pretty cool. Taking 9 of Disney's lesser known animators (not the actual 9 Old Men, but the Next 9 if you will) and giving their art life. Included are flipbooks for Ub Iwerks, Norm Ferguson, Bill Tytla, Ham Luske, Art Babbitt, Grim Gatwick, Freddie Moore, Hal King and John Sibley.

$38.93

 

Take a look at designer and illustrator Eyvind Earle's work. It looks very Disney-ish, right? It should, Earle did a whole lot background work for Disney animation, including in Sleeping Beauty and a whole lot of cartoon shorts. This book takes a look at much of his work.

$31.45

 

Not as flash as the animated stuff, but here's a book about how mid-century Disney impacted the design landscape in its look to the future. There's definitely a distinct Disney look. You recognize being in a Disney park right away, even without any signs. It's just different. This book explores some of that look.

$25.58

This isn't just Pirates of the Caribbean, this is all 90 years of Disney-related pirates throughout film, television and theme parks. You got Treasure Island, Peter Pan, Pirates of the Caribbean and everything in between.

$34.00

In the '40s Walt Disney let a stable of his artists go nuts in an exercise in drawing character motion and modeling. The results, straight from the Disney archives, are documented in this book. Not just the art, but the animator's notes and journals discussing their set backs and achievements in what would eventually produce some of Disney's most distinctive style and characters.

$30.59

 

A rare behind the scenes photo book specifically from the making of the third season of the original Star Trek series. Over 350 rare photos are included in this book. Sure to put a smile on any dyed in the wool Trekkie's face.

$40.95

 

There's a lot of making of books with stormtroopers in them, but this is a behind the scenes book specifically and only about them. They even got on to write the forward! This tracks the origin an execution of all the different stormtroopers since Star Wars debuted in 1977, from film to film to comic books, toys, video games and even novels. A stormtrooper book for stormtrooper fans!

$28.46

Expensive ($71.00-$249.99)

We had some postcards by Ralph McQuarrier earlier in this section, but if you want the real deal stuff you gotta go with this incredible box set. McQuarrie's look defined Star Wars, so he likely designed the feel of your childhood and his original production art is just marvelous to see. JJ Abrams took a lot of his unused concepts and pieces and integrated the into The Force Awakens, which is one of the reasons that movie looks as Star Wars-y as it does. McQuarrie was a master and this book is absolutely essential for any Star Wars nerd.

$156.89

 

These Taschen releases are spectacular. You can wait 7 or 8 years for them to reprint this like they did the Kubrick archives earlier in this section, but that's a whole long time. This one covers everything Walt Disney from an historical approach. There's passion, but there's no blinders on here. Meticulously detailed about the man himself and the legacy he left behind.

$133.34

 

PRE-ORDER, December 19th. In the '80s Marvel decided to flesh out it's current run of X-titles with a reboot of the original X-Men books called X-Men Classic. It didn't rewrite what came before, but told new stories in that time period that played into the events currently going on in the regular book. This ginormous Omnibus collects issues 1-44 of Marvel Classic in one 1000+ page book. Yowzers, that's a lot of mutants!

$125.00

 

You got a taste of Planet Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok, but it's nowhere the epic adventure Hulk went on in the comics. The movies can be the movies and the comics can be the comics and we can all be one happy family, especially since Marvel has smartly made a big ol' Omnibus out of this storyline. It's even weirder and more epic than the movie!

$76.73

 

Garth Ennis' run on Punisher is legendary, especially with those awesome covers by Tim Bradstreet. People should be in a Punisher mood thanks to the Netflix show going live, so how about this 1100 page Garth Ennis Punisher Omnibus to keep them busy for a couple weeks/months?

$89.90

 

These fancy Absolute slipcased hardcover editions are really nice. Here you got Garth Ennis again, this time with his masterpiece, PREACHER. AMC is doing a great job with the show, but the comics are way different. You have the same characters with the same goals, but doing radically different things. There will be three total Absolute releases of Preacher. Volume 2 is the newest, but if you're going to pull the trigger you might as well pick up the first edition to so you have the beginning of the story. Volume 1 can be had for $88.92. It's funny to me that something so unapologetically blasphemous and crass gets such a fancy edition, but the story really is that great.

v.2 $113.48

 

How's this for fancy? All new complete hardcover set of all the Akira comics with the original Japanese art and even the text reading right to left! You get 6 hardcover volumes of the comic itself plus another hardcover Akiva Club artbook and a patch featuring the iconic pill design on it.

$126.67

 

PRE-ORDER, December 12th. This Deluxe Edition of the 30th Anniversary Street Fighter Retrospective book comes in a custom slipcase designed to look like the arcade game itself, a neat little ribbon book mark thing (that's how you know it's really classy), 3 original Street Fighter Art Prints and a papercraft folded model. Or you can get the regular edition (listed earlier) for over $40 cheaper. Your call.

$60.73

 

The movie stunk, we all know that, but I promise you the Stephen King books are great! I urge you to see just how badly they missed the mark with this year's studio butchering of King's magnum opus. The first four in particular are incredible. In this box set you get all 7 Dark Tower books plus the cool little add-on novel that King put out called The Wind Through The Keyhole which they jam right into the middle for some reason and call it book 5. Timewise that's right, but it's more of an appendices kinda thing, so if you get this set save that to the end, when you want to revisit your old friends and get a little extra Dark Tower juice. Or do what you want. I'm not your boss.

$93.20