stories and art by THE USUAL GANG OF IDIOTS
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This issue, it's Gagzilla vs. King Kong Ball! Filled with more gags than you can shake a Fay Wray at, MAD #20 is a monstrous smack down salute to Godzilla and King Kong! We searched the deep jungles of the archives for issues that time forgot and captured some wily witticisms from the Usual Gang of Idiots. Witness the beastly works of Mort Drucker, Dick DeBartolo, Sergio Aragonés, Angelo Torres, "Duck" Edwing, and many more. Parodies include "King Korn," "Gotsilly," and "Son of Mighty Joe Kong." And a new Fold-In that eats itself by writer/artist Johnny Sampson.
Dinosaurs: A Smithsonian Coloring Book
(W) Rachel Curtis
Dinosaurs come to life-with your help! The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and IDW Publishing present a fascinating new coloring book that provides a beautiful and informative tour through the prehistoric world of dinosaurs.
With this exquisitely designed coloring book, dinosaur lovers of all ages can explore millions of years of animal wonders, guided by experts from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and the artistic wizardry of Rachel Curtis (The Princess Bride: A Storybook to Color). These lush pen and ink illustrations invite you to step into captivating scenes featuring the herbivorous Stegosaurus, the sea-dwelling Hesperornis, the giant sauropod Camarasaurus, the mighty Tyrannosaurus, and many more. Fans of dinosaurs, coloring books, and natural history will find an enchanting world to unlock with their own creativity.
Each page of Dinosaurs: A Smithsonian Coloring Book not only stands alone as a work of art, but is also accompanied by brief and fascinating insights from the museum's Paleontology experts about each dinosaur and its world, ensuring that time spent coloring is also time spent learning.
This book's deluxe ivory paper allows for a variety of artistic media like pen, pencil, or even watercolor, to ensure your creative vision comes to life just the way you wantlasts for years to come.
Officially licensed by the Smithsonian and developed in collaboration with experts from the National Museum of Natural History.
In Shops: Oct 14, 2020
Amazing Figure Modeler's new issue is full of great kaiju related content, check of all the details and order link below.
Amazing Figure Modeler #69
This issue: AFM’s gone Kaiju Krazy!! Look who’s out to burn down our epic new issue—it’s none other than the King of Monsters himself, Godzilla! It’s true Slappy-san, Japan’s favorite radiated son is set to way waste to the pages of AFM in epic fashion with a foam-rubber suited lineup of some of Toho Pictures’ most memorable Kaiju! Articles include dioramas of the “Big G” centering on mass destruction and all the modeled havoc that ensues. The history of Godzilla Super-Deforms kits will are revealed with an amazing look at all the biggest, little kits you’ve ever seen. Next, take a tour of Japan with a unique diary photo journal that escorts you from Osaka to Tokyo with a stopover at their world famous WonderFestival Convention. This issue contains two artists profiles! First, we throw the spotlight on Resin Chef’s sculptor, Bill Gudmundson and his menagerie of offbeat, Toho Kaiju kits. Then we talk with Takuji Yamada, one of the world’s finest diorama masters. You will be blown away by the talent on display this issue; all this and so much more destruction awaits you in our newest foot-stompin’, city smashing issue of Amazing Figure Modeler!
AFM #69 retail price: $10.00
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GODZILLA RAIDS (YET) AGAIN!
AFM ARTIST PROFILE: BILL GUDMUNDSON
AFM ARTIST PROFILE: TAKUJI YAMADA
WISH YOU WERE HERE!
BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE!
Official Warner Bros GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS Ack-Ives Variant Cover
Apr 2, 2019 | Featured, FM Magazine |
Just when you thought the first volume of the ACK-IVES couldn’t get any more exciting…
We have officially teamed up with Warner Bros Pictures for a special newsstand edition of Famous Monsters Ack-Ives: Godzilla!
This variant edition features an exclusive cover created by the team at Art Machine for Warner Bros and inspired by the highly anticipated new MonsterVerse picture GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, which is due to hit theaters on May 31, 2019!
The variant issue will be available on newsstand shelves on May 7 to give you just enough time to peruse it… before the movie swallows you whole. It is also available for preorder on our web store NOW, so don’t wait!
GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS comes on the tail successes of Legendary and Warner Bros’ GODZILLA (2014) and KONG: SKULL ISLAND (2017), the latter of which contained a post-credits scene foreshadowing the debut of MonsterVerse creatures Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. These three famous kaiju star alongside Godzilla himself in the new movie — though as friends or foes, it’s not entirely clear.
In addition to over 100 pages of long out-of-print content from Famous Monsters’ 60+ year history, Famous Monsters Ack-Ives: Godzilla also contains an up close and personal interview (sneak peek below) with GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS director Michael Dougherty. Dougherty is an admitted lifelong fan of the big green beast, and he talks to FM about what fans can expect from the movie — as well as details of his own semi-embarrassing fandom history, which may or may not involve doodling in the pages of his elementary school Bible.
Check out the official cover art above, and don’t forget to go see GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS on May 31!
Director Michael Dougherty on Putting the “God” in GODZILLA
Feb 15, 2019 | Interviews |
The anticipation for Legendary’s new MonsterVerse picture GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS has reached a pointed peak and is now teetering rather gleefully over the edge. Fans all over the world are being treated to brand new posters, teaser trailers, and toy reveals, and the much-delayed release of the movie is finally on the horizon: May 31, 2019. Godzilla freaks are already marking their calendars, but with a new director on board in Michael Dougherty and three new monsters to contend with since GODZILLA (2014), what should the average monster kid be expecting?
“The approach that my writing partner Zach Shields and I took was that Godzilla, the MUTOs, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah — they’re a super-species,” Dougherty explains in a new FM interview. “These creatures were worshipped as ancient gods; they are the reasons we have stories about dragons and giants and titans. Because if you look at the entire world’s collection of ancient myths, you realize that they all have stories about monsters. What we’re trying to establish is the idea that Godzilla and his brethren are the reason for that.”
Might that give the giant green lizard some religious implications?
“There’s a reason that Godzilla is called Godzilla,” he laughs. “Humans understood once — these guys are the bosses, we need to live under them. But then that relationship was severed. That covenant was broken, the creatures went into hibernation for a long while, and humanity forgot that connection. This film is really about mankind trying to rekindle that relationship, to understand that humans are no longer at the top of the food chain.”
The message seems similar that to 1954’s Gojira: a historic cataclysm come to life as a monster, terrorizing and humbling the human race.
“I think the human species is overdue for a humbling,” says Dougherty.
Many would agree with him.
GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS opens in theaters everywhere on May 31, but you can read all about him and his foes — as well as our full interview with Michael Dougherty — in the inaugural edition of the Famous Monsters Ack-Ives, released on May 8!
Drew Brockington, creator of the CatStronauts series, makes his picture book debut with a send-up of Godzilla movies that also tackles a relatable toddler topic: the crankiness that comes from an empty stomach!
When a young lizard monster gets a hankering for his favorite hot dog spot, he takes the train all the way to the city--only to find that the place is closed for vacation. But when this little monster gets too hungry, he starts to get angry. And when he gets hangry, this poor city is at risk of a full-scale monster attack. As his rage swells, so does he, until he's the size of a skyscraper, and it falls to the citizens to find him some food--and fast!
In a hilarious story about a hunger-induced tantrum, Drew Brockington uses speech bubbles and sight gags to bring a smile to the face of any little monster.
By Drew Brockington
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Release date: June 4, 2019
Price: $17.99 (Digital: $9.99)
Introducing the Famous Monsters ACK-IVES!
Feb 11, 2019 | Featured, FM Magazine |
The rumors are true, boys and ghouls and ghosts: in May 2019, Famous Monsters will debut a brand new series of print reference guides, each dedicated to a subject revered by horror and Sci-Fi fandom!
These “Ack-Ives”, thus named after FM’s longtime Editor-in-Chief Forrest J Ackerman, will consist of carefully curated selections from the magazine’s 60-plus year history, from the classic “Filmbooks” to more current interviews. Each volume will boast brand new covers and at least one as yet unpublished feature, bringing monster fans up to date on a veritable smorgasbord of topics.
The Ack-Ives are much more than simply reprints of old material. We will look at FM coverage through a historical lens, presenting “fun facts” and comparing dates of publication, as well as marking the debut of certain collectible items in Captain Company’s monstrous mail order back catalogue.
This May, we present to you the Famous Monsters Ack-Ives: Godzilla.
The choice of subject for our first volume was a no-brainer. Godzilla has dominated the pages of Famous Monsters since his first appearance in Issue 30 back in 1964 (“Giants from Japan”). Famous Monsters Ack-Ives: Godzilla includes over 100 pages of essential Godzilla coverage from FM’s archives, as well as an exclusive new interview with Michael Dougherty, the director of Legendary’s landmark MonsterVerse picture GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS.
For the first cover, we asked our maestro Sanjulian to paint his own interpretation of the original cover to Issue 114, which was FM’s first all-Japanese monsters issue, and features Godzilla and Rodan destroying a city. Rodan has a rather prominent role in the upcoming KING OF THE MONSTERS movie, and Michael Dougherty had some pointed things to say about his loyalties and popularity in our new interview!
Forthcoming editions of the Ack-Ives promise retrospectives on all manners of beasties, from black and white classics to color-drenched gore. We’ve got plans, dearies. Oh so many plans.
Famous Monsters Ack-Ives: Godzilla Quick Stats:
-120 SKREEOONNKing pages
-Sanjulian Cover Art
-Exclusive New Interview with Michael Dougherty
-Our first-ever GODZILLA filmbook from 1965
-Vintage writeups on all the original Godzilla film releases
-New FM era articles by Bob Eggleton, Hajime Ishida, and August Ragone
Sign up to be notified when FAMOUS MONSTER ACK-IVES: GODZILLA is available for pre-order here!
Dark Horse Invites You to Color the Rich Settings of “Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic World”
MILWAUKIE, Ore., (July 24, 2018)—With the 25th Anniversary of Jurassic Park opening in theaters and the recent release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Dark Horse is excited to join in the evolution of one of the world’s most beloved franchises with two new coloring books!
From Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, Jurassic World immerses audiences of all ages in a new era of wonder and thrills where dinosaurs and humankind must learn to coexist. Jurassic World is more than a film franchise. At every turn, the film series delivers a larger-than-life destination for exploration, discovery, and epic adventure, intrigue, danger, and delight in ways no other franchise can. Dinosaurs live again, and they live in Jurassic World.
The Jurassic Park and Jurassic World adult coloring books each feature forty-five pages of brand new, beautifully detailed black and white artwork you won’t be able to wait to get your claws on! Travel back to Jurassic Park and color your way through with line art of your favorite dinosaurs, iconic park imagery, and astonishing action. Then experience all of the epic film moments from Jurassic World: the beautiful and fun-filled park featuring the Gyrosphere Valley and the Petting Zoo, to dinosaur ravaged Main Street, and color the epic showdown between T. rex and the terrifying hybrid, Indominus rex! Fans of the franchise and art lovers alike will not want to miss this incredible collection!
Jurassic Park Adult Coloring Book TPB and Jurassic World Adult Coloring Book TPB go on sale October 31, 2018.
Both are 10" x 10", 96 pages, and retail for $14.99.
KING KONG of SKULL ISLAND is a large format, illustrated novel that explores the history of the Kongs and the culture on Skull Island.
Welcome to the King Kong of Skull Island project. This is for all those with an irrepressible love of art, King Kong, dinosaurs, ancient civilizations, assorted monsters, real and speculative science plus fiction, action, adventure, and other assorted knick knacks of imagination. With your help, this Kickstarter will delve deeper into the mysteries surrounding King Kong and Skull Island than ever before.
King Kong of Skull Island contains the long awaited expansion of Joe’s original 1992 creation, Skull Island. King Kong of Skull Island will open with The Denham Diaries, which will be followed by a novel in two parts: Part 1: Exodus and Part 2: The Wall, all co-written by Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland. The book will feature lush, full color interior art and an extensive sketchbook section written and lavishly illustrated by DeVito.
Creating the original Skull Island and its ancillary work, The History of Skull Island, brought into play a life-long fascination with everything King Kong. Conceived with the full support of Kong creator Merian C. Cooper’s family, these represented the first true expansions of the King Kong mythos since the creation of Kong himself–not only of King Kong, but of all the Kongs who came before him, as well as the forgotten human civilization that came to occupy Skull Island millennia before.
The new novel, the accompanying Denham Diaries, sketchbook text, drawings and details contained in this new King Kong of Skull Island book cover the entire ground-breaking Skull Island creation and exponentially expands upon it. It goes on to explore the continued saurian evolution and adaptation that took place on the island over the 65 million years following the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. King Kong of Skull Island uncovers the origins of both the mighty Kongs and the Tagatu civilization, while digging deep into the very foundations of Skull Island itself. Woven throughout the entire tapestry of the stories are unusual scientific facts and theories to add verisimilitude. Each book comes with a numbered bookplate exclusive to this edition that is signed by the authors.
In development for 25 years, King Kong of Skull Island features a 95,000 word novel in two parts.
Part 1: EXODUS delves into the hidden history of the Tagatu civilization, the origins of the mighty Kongs and the strange, ancient interactions that enabled their survival in the midst of disastrous events. Facing impossible obstacles, the spectacular exodus of an entire civilization unfolds against a cataclysmic backdrop leading to an unlikely destination: Skull Island. Unless a solution can be found quickly, the unimaginable dangers encountered there threaten to forever wipe them from the face of the earth…
Part 2: THE WALL tells the incredible story of what happened on Skull Island after the arrival there of the first human civilization, their interaction with the prehistoric Kongs, and the war for species survival against the island’s strange saurian denizens. Life there has not stood still, but continued to evolve for tens of millions of years to a point where humans may no longer be dominant. The inevitable, penultimate war for survival between humans, Kongs and super-saurians takes place against the backdrop of the massive undertaking of the building of the iconic Wall: A barrier that will span the millennia to play a major role in the eventual rise and fall of the mythic beast-god of Skull Island, King Kong!
King Kong of Skull Island also contains the 30,000 word Denham Diaries, a retelling of DeVito’s original Skull Island story that reveals the fate of Carl Denham in the wake of King Kong’s death, recounts the epic adventure of how Kong became a King, and determines the fate of the Tagatu people. Along the way many mysteries of Skull Island are uncovered, effectively making the island a character in its own right. The book will also feature an extensive, lavishly illustrated sketchbook section of over 25,000 words by DeVito that digs into the foundations of Skull Island as never before, as well as a lush, full–color Kong/Skull Island art gallery!
Click here to pledge today to get your copy of this exciting and soon to be rare book!
In the latest Previews catalog the solicit for The Art And Making Of Kong: Skull Island reveals a few shots of the art including Kong battling a Skullcrawler. While this doesn't mean they will fight, chances are they will. The book is scheduled to be released around the same time as the film.