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Book Review: World War Z: The Art Of The Film
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World War Z: The Art of the Film

World War Z: The Art of the Film
Softcover
Written by Titan Book Staff
Titan Books
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Cover Price: $19.95

In case you haven’t heard, World War Z is one of the summer’s big hits. I’m a long time fan of the book by Max Brooks, though I’ve heard the movie adaptation is quite different. FamousMonster reviewed the movie here if you’d like more information about it. But this review is about World War Z: The Art of the Film. Sort of…

The biggest problem I faced upon trying to review this was the tremendous amount of non-art in the book. Yeah, it’s like half art, half script. What they should have called it was an illustrated screenplay. Also of note is the incessant need to caption (on the photos) almost every large shot. Actors, production assistants, waterboys, animators, carrier pigeons…they all got to leave a comment or three. Okay, I may be exaggerating, I didn’t see any comments from production assistants. But really, this “art” book is chock full of words! I wanted to look at pictures, not read! That would be like watching a movie and having to read the words at the bottom of the screen. Wait, they do that on foreign films? You are kidding? What will they think of next? Geez.

But seriously, all joking aside, I would have preferred a layout that consisted of behind the scenes pictures showing the development of the film from the drawings and storyboards to the final product. I only say that because that’s pretty much how the vast majority of these publications are set up. This one is more of a scene by scene disbursement of sketches and end result pictures. Not horrible, but awkward to flip through. My guess is they did it to support the screenplay being in the book.

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Book Review: Flash Gordon On The Planet Mongo: The Complete Flash Gordon Library, Vol.1
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Flash Gordon On The Planet MongoFlash Gordon On The Planet Mongo
The Complete Flash Gordon Library, Vol. 1
Hardcover
By Alex Raymond and Don Moore
Introduction by Alex Ross
Titan Books
206 pages
Release Date: September 25, 2012

I grew up reading the comics section of my local newspaper every day and on Sundays I anticipated my parents getting that day’s paper on our doorstep bright and early so I could tear into that brick of smudgy newsprint and pluck the full-color comics supplement from its depressing clutches. Back then I cared little for what was happening in the world because kids didn’t really need to know; we had plenty of time to fret over foreign wars, rigged elections, and skyrocketing gasoline prices when we got older. When I began my decade plus-dalliance with comics it was the funnier strips like Blondie, The Family Circus, Hagar the Horrible, Funky Winkerbean, and of course Beetle Bailey that I favored above all others.

Back then it was not necessarily my choice because the superhero, sci-fi, and adventure strips that my peers from decades before the birth of my own parents thrilled to on a daily basis were all but a distant memory. At least in my city’s newspapers they were. I had to venture to my local public library to check out volumes of the collected comic strip escapades of Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy, a boyhood hero of mine for a short while following the release of the 1990 movie directed by and starring Warren Beatty. Once I entered my teen years and embraced comic books I stopped reading the daily comics section almost completely, with exceptions made for certain rare days when I would be having breakfast and only lacked decent reading material within my grasp.

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Exclusive Excerpt: Supernatural: Fresh Meat
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Supernatural: Fresh Meat book

Titan Books has released Supernatural: Fresh Meat by Alice Henderson, an original novel based on characters and events from the Supernatural universe, in paperback and Kindle.

Thanks to Titan Books, we have an exclusive excerpt from Supernatural: Fresh Meat, which you can read right here below. Take a read from the book and let us know what you think!

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Book Review: Firefly: A Celebration (Anniversary Edition)
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Firefly: A Celebration (Anniversary Edition)Firefly: A Celebration
(Anniversary Edition)
Hardcover
Written by Joss Whedon
Titan Books
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Cover Price: $49.95

Compiling the three companion books from Titan Books, Firefly: A Celebration is perfectly captured in a leather effect binding that really gives this anniversary compendium that extra bit of oomph. From the moment you first hold this edition in your hands, you know it’s something special.

Spec. Tac. U. Lar. Seriously, this book is the epitome of a Browncoat’s dream. It contains every script from every episode, completely uncut. And if you take the time to read them, you can actually hear the voices, the inflections, the passion. But even better are the blurbs from the cast and crew that are peppered throughout the scripts, revealing their feelings associated with each episode. It really lends some depth to this short-lived series.

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Titan Books Launches New Comic Book Imprint Titan Comics
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Titan Books is no stranger to the world of publishing, releasing many titles since they opened in 1981. Titan has released many collections of U.S. comic books for the British market, but they announced this week that they are expanding their comics publishing with the launch of Titan Comics. Titan Comics will continue the company’s tradition of collecting older material in graphic novel form, but will also be adding all-new series to their publishing schedule.

The new imprint will launch in July 2013 with two creator-owned series and four new collections. The series will be Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol, written and drawn by Stuart Jennett and Thrud the Barbarian, by writer/artist Carl Critchlow. The collections will be Numbercruncher from Si Spurrier (writer of the new X-Men: Legacy series), Ring of Roses by writer Das Petrou and art by John Watkiss, and a couple of never before published volumes of The First Kingdom by John Katz.

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Book Review: The Art Of Luke Chueh: Bearing The Unbearable
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The Art Of Luke Chueh: Bearing The Unbearable

The Art Of Luke Chueh: Bearing The Unbearable
Hardcover
By Luke Chueh and Gallery 1998
Titan Books
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Cover Price: $34.95

I’ll be honest, before being offered to review this book I had not really heard of Luke Chueh. That is, until I started doing a little research…at which point I realized I had seen his work, but not his name. The Art Of Luke Chueh: Bearing The Unbearable is the first authorized compendium of his work. It draws together pieces from 2003 to 2009, collecting over 200 paintings for your viewing pleasure. There are many famous ones in here, like Hare-Cut from 2004, but I want to share with you a few that stood out to me, speaking to me on a more personal level. Keep in mind this is my perception of the artwork, which may not be what the artist intended.

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Book Review: Prometheus: The Art of the Film
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Prometheus Art Book Cover

Prometheus: The Art of the Film
Written by Mark Salisbury
Published by: Titan Books
Hardcover | 192 Pages
Release Date: June 12, 2012

Mark Salisbury is the former editor of Britain’s distinguished movie magazine, Empire, and author of a number of books about film, including Alice in Wonderland A Visual: Companion and Burton on Burton. His latest book is Prometheus: The Art of the Film, a gorgeous 192-page hardcover companion to Ridley Scott‘s return to science-fiction, Prometheus

Published by Titan Books, Prometheus: The Art of the Film includes a foreword from director Ridley Scott and two essays: A Return to Science Fiction, in which Scott summarizes why he wanted to revisit the universe he created in Alien and how the progression of a story that was originally conceived as an Alien prequel mutated into an original science-fiction story.

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Book Review: Aliens: Colonial Marines Technical Manual
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Aliens: Colonial Marines Technical Manual CoverAliens: Colonial Marines Technical Manual
Written by Lee Brimmicombe-Wood
Titan Books
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Paperback

“All right, sweethearts, what are you waiting for? Breakfast in bed? Another glorious day in the Corps! A day in the Marine Corps is like a day on the farm. Every meal’s a banquet! Every paycheck a fortune! Every formation a parade! I LOVE the Corps!” — Sgt. Apone, Aliens

Originally published by HarperPrism in 1996, Aliens: Colonial Marines Technical Manual serves as a guide to the equipment and procedures of the United States Colonial Marine Corps – those bad-ass Space Marines from the Aliens franchise. Written by Lee Brimmicombe-Wood, a revised edition of the technical manual has been re-released by Titan Books today as a tie-in to Ridley Scott‘s upcoming science-fiction film, Prometheus.

The book is packed with sketches, diagrams, technical schematics, and plans, taking a detailed look at the weapons, vehicles and ships of the USCMC, and the men and women who use them.

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Exclusive: Designs From ‘Aliens: Colonial Marines Technical Manual’
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Aliens Colonial Marines Technical Manual Title

Written by Lee Brimmicombe-Wood, Aliens: Colonial Marines Technical Manual will be released by Titan Books on May 29, 2012 – just in time for the June 8th release of Ridley Scott’s kinda-sorta Alien prequel, Prometheus.

The book serves as a guide to the weapons, equipment, and procedures of the United States Colonial Marine Corps – those bad-ass Space Marines from the Aliens franchise. Aliens: Colonial Marines Technical Manual is filled with sketches, diagrams, technical schematics, and plans, taking a detailed look at the weapons, vehicles, and ships of the USCMC.

We’ve got an exclusive look at some of the sketches and designs from the revised edition. Check it out here below (click images for larger view).

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Titan Books To Publish ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Official Novelization
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The Dark Knight Rises

Last week, Titan Books announced that novelist Greg Cox is set to pen the official novelization of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. You can now pre-order the paperback* edition of the novelization; the book will also be available for the Kindle this July.

One notable piece of information here is that this is the first novelization of the Christopher Nolan Batman films that legendary comics scribe Dennis O’Neil has not written. Fans of these Batman novelizations shouldn’t worry though, because Cox is no stranger to the concept. Cox has previously written novelizations of other comic book-related work such as Infinite Crisis, Countdown, Final Crisis, as well as novels based on properties like Star Trek, Underworld, Warehouse 13, and original tie-in novels based on Terminator: Salvation and CSI, so his work should be at home with the adaptation of The Dark Knight Rises.

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