The Godzilla Art of Yuji Kaida
Flexicover volume featuring full-colour graphic art of Godzilla and other Toho movie monsters by renowned artist Yuji Kaida.
For fans of big-screen monster films, Yuji Kaida is a very well known name. Best known for his vivid illustrations of Godzilla and other popular Toho kaiju, some of Mr KAIDA's most beautiful work is presented here in this full-color flexicover volume. This book's 128 pages are packed with lush artwork, including a brand new piece showing Godzilla in London, created especially for this book. Whether you are an admirer of this Japanese master's work or just a fan of monster movie art, this book is an essential purchase!
Release date: Oct 12, 2021
Retail price: $24.95
Amazon pre-order here.
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
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)
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.
Project Legion (Nemesis Saga Book 5)
THE SIGNAL WAS RECEIVED
Ten years after a deep space transmission was broadcast from a futuristic citadel hidden in the Arctic ice, Jon Hudson finds himself in a position beyond comprehension. His days of lazy Sasquatch hunting on behalf of the DHS’s Fusion Center—Paranormal (FC-P) have been a fading memory since the appearance of Nemesis, the goddess of vengeance, reborn through genetic tinkering. Now he longs for those quiet days once more.
THE AEROS HAVE RETURNED
Facing down giant kaiju has become almost commonplace for Hudson and the FC-P, who he regards as his family, but the threat now facing them is global. An alien race known as the Aeros, summoned to Earth ten years ago, have arrived in orbit, hell bent on destroying their ancient enemy, the Ferox, along with all of humanity…in all dimensions of reality.
ALL EARTHS WILL BE DESTROYED
Facing off against an invasion of city-destroying kaiju, a massive mothership and an assault in a parallel world, Hudson must bolster the FC-P’s ranks. Joined by Milos ‘Cowboy’ Vesely, Hudson must journey through alternate dimensions to gather a one-of-a-kind legion of defenders, including a smart-mouthed soldier, a woman who can animate the lifeless, a time traveler, a robot-man, a powerful king and an assassin who can slip between frequencies of reality.
With Project Legion, Jeremy Robinson has created an epic series finale, bringing together characters and plot elements from more than a dozen different novels and series. The result is a crossover novel, ten years in the making, the likes of which have never been seen outside of comic books and movies like Captain America – Civil War. Project Legion is an apocalyptic end to the first story arc of the bestselling kaiju-thriller series: The Nemesis Saga.
The Art of Kong: Skull Island
In March 2017, the producers of ‘Godzilla’ transport audiences to the birthplace of one of the most powerful monster myths of all in KONG: SKULL ISLAND, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.
When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in a thrilling and original new adventure that reveals the untold story of how Kong became King.
The Art and Making of Kong: Skull Island goes behind the scenes and reveals how this monster-sized production was brought to the screen. Featuring incredible concept art and on-set photography, this deluxe book is a rare treat for fans as key cast and crew tell the story of how Kong was given a whole new lease of life.
Author: Simon Ward
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
Release date: March 14, 2017
Kong: Skull Island - The Official Movie Novelization
In March 2017, the producers of Godzilla transport audiences to the birthplace of one of the most powerful monster myths of all in KONG: SKULL ISLAND, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.
When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man.
Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in a thrilling and original new adventure that reveals the untold story of how Kong became King.
Author: Tim Lebbon
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Titan Books; Mti Edition
Release date: March 14, 2017
Price: $7.99 (for both Paperback and Kindle)
The Kaiju Film: A Critical Study of Cinema's Biggest Monsters
The Kaiju (strange monster) film genre has a number of themes that go well beyond the "big monsters stomping on cities" motif. Since the seminal King Kong 1933) and the archetypal Godzilla (1954), kaiju has mined the subject matter of science run amok, militarism, capitalism, colonialism, consumerism and pollution. This critical examination of kaiju considers the entirety of the genre--the major franchises, along with less well known films like Kronos (1957), Monsters (2010) and Pacific Rim (2013). The author examines how kaiju has crossed cultures from its original folkloric inspirations in both the U.S. and Japan and how the genre continues to reflect national values to audiences.
Format: 212 pgs., B&W, 6"x9", Trade Paperback
Release date: Jan 2016
Publisher: Mcfarland & Co Inc
About the Author
Jason Barr’s work has appeared in The Explicator, African American Review, and Stories of Complicated Grief: A Critical Anthology, among others. He lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
For those not familiar with the term, it loosely refers to movies about gigantic creatures, in a genre that can include King Kong, Godzilla and Pacific Rim. Unlike some scholars, he does not try to limit the term to Japanese films, viewing it as a genre rather than a subclass of one nation’s film industry.
This is an excellent book marred by a few annoying flaws. One is the format. McFarland publishes books that are scholarly in tone, but in this case a few photos would have helped. A second is the price, which is painfully high for the size of the book. The third is the odd habit the author has of setting up straw men and then destroying them with blasts of radioactive flame.
He repeatedly quotes Susan Sontag's very flawed definition of science fiction, and then points out how flawed it is. Well, yes, it is but readers of Barr's book will understand the first time he explains her errors.
On the plus side, the writing is very readable, the footnotes are excellent, and Barr has some good points to make. For instance, you can tell how the military of a country was viewed at a point in time by how well they do against giant monsters in that nation's films. This actually works remarkably well for both U.S. and Japanese giant monster movies. The films present cultural snapshots in other ways that might not have been obvious, and Barr does a good job with this kind of information. His political interpretations of movies are more problematic, but still interesting.
Serious fans of kaiju films will find much to discuss in this book. While aimed at adults, older teens may find it interesting as well.
ICv2 Rating: 4 Stars out of 5
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