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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Comic Review)

Star_Wars_The_Force_AwakensThere are some writers, some artists, and some properties which carry such gravitas it becomes all but impossible for a fan to pass by. An issue one of Star Wars, The Force Awakens, written by Chuck Wendig is a fine example. There was basically zero chance I was going to pass this book up. So it is with great disappointment that I must report that it brought absolutely nothing to the table.

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Austin Comic Con 2013: It’s ‘Just Another Zombie Love Story’

book squareDays 1 and 2 of the Austin Comic Con are in the books and it was the usual fun and sensorary overload to be found on the exhibitors floor. Actors such as R.I.P.D.‘s James Hong and The Walking Dead‘s Laurie Holden were found strolling about. Fans could be found adorned in the threads of their favorite superhero or steam punk attire. And then there is the merchandise. Yes, sensory overload indeed, but amidst all the artwork and collectibles stood a writer and his book.

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WHO Won?!?: An Irreverent Look at the Oscars: 1927-1943 (Book Review)

who won whysoblu-001Many people have thoughts on how accurate the Oscars are.  Many people wish certain things could have happened differently on Hollywood’s biggest night.  Many people are also unaware of how much history repeats itself.  Author Robert James has taken it upon himself to provide a very thorough look, from his perspective, at the history of the Oscars with his book, WHO Won?!?: An Irreverent Look at the Oscars, which is just Volume One of a multi-volume book series.  It should honestly not have taken me so long to finally let more people know about this book.  Call it a busy schedule and obligations regarding my weekly movie reviews, but as both a film fan (to say the least) and a history lover (it was my major), I was really happy to dive into this book and take in a lot of insight in regards to where the Oscars began and what can come from a detailed analysis of every winner and nominee, from a much more current (and humorous) point of view.  Continue on to learn more about the first volume of Robert James book series, WHO Won?!?

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ZOMBIE CAT: The Tale of a Decomposing Kitty (Book Review)

When the press release for this one came across my desktop many months ago the subject matter was so sick and pictorially disgusting that I knew I had to have a piece of it.  Of course I’m talking about the ever-popular world of zombie cat apocalypses.  ZOMBIE CAT: The Tale of a Decomposing Kitty, from the creative and humorous mind of author Isabel Atherton, is the latest body of work tackling the zombie cat epidemic that’s currently afflicting our nation.  Illustrator Bethany Straker brings the adult picture book to life courtesy of Skyhorse Publishing.  Reminiscent of Adam Mansbach’s 2011 unforgettable children’s book, Go the F@#k to Sleep, ZOMBIE CAT is the perfect addition to any horror fan’s collection of truly unique, but equally disturbing and grotesque items.  And I mean that in a good way. Continue reading ‘ZOMBIE CAT: The Tale of a Decomposing Kitty (Book Review)’

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Introducing…Zombie Cat: The Tale of a Decomposing Kitty

Between you and me, I think I heard it all now.  First there was Zombieland, then there were Zombie Strippers.  Now, low and behold, there is Zombie Cat.  I just think we, as a society of people all united for a single purpose, just can’t get enough of the fictional monsters to the extent where we have to “zombify” animals now.  Thank God there are still CCW laws in effect and valid when there are zombie cats preying on us in the world.  I betcha those critters are fast too.  And probably have mad jumping skills.  Wanna know more?  Hit up the press release below, check out the book’s trailer and by all means…pre-order yours now!

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Now A Terrifying Motion Picture! (Book Review)

We’ve all had the conversation at some point in our lives. “The movie was okay but the the book was so much better”…or vice versa.  James F. Broderick’s Now A Terrifying Motion Picture!: Twenty-Five Classic Works of Horror Adapted from Book to Film takes us behind the scenes of both medium giving horror fans a double dose of insight into the creation of 25 horror classics ranging alphabetically from Altered States to Village of the Damned.  Intrigued yet?

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Comic-Con 2012: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Book Signings

You know how they used to and still do introduce Kiss as the hottest band in the world?  Well, the same can be applicable with every housewife’s favorite S&M book title, Fifty Shades of Grey.  Next month, E L James, the author of the Fifty Shades trilogy, will be signing books July 12, 4-5:30 at the San Diego Convention Center.  The ticketed afternoon event is free.  This is the author’s first book signing on the West Coast.  First published in May 2011, Fifty Shades of Grey follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele.  Subsequent novels in the series, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed explore the couple’s deepening relationship.  Since Vintage Books acquired the books in March 2012, the trilogy has sold 16 million copies in the U.S. in all formats.  I guess my question is legitimately, how are they going to make these movies with even a an R-rating? Continue reading ‘Comic-Con 2012: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Book Signings’

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Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture (Book Review)

There are a few vacations I’ve taken that greatly overshadow any others I’ve been on. Ilha Grande, Brazil. Red Rocks National Park in Colorado. The San Diego Comic-Con. Ah Comic-Con, the only man-made stop of the aforementioned trio. After attending three Cons (’08-’10), I can honestly say I was extremely disappointed on missing last year’s and have been suffering from withdrawal ever since. So when a book came across my desk to review, aptly titled Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture, I took notice and gladly accepted the task to cover its content. What started out as a literary whetting of the convention appetite, turned into one solidly educating and entertaining read.

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Seth Grahame-Smith’s ‘Unholy Night’ (Book Review)

Mash-up genre author Seth Grahame-Smith’s career is one I’m watching very closely and with great admiration for my own selfish reasons.  I last visited his work in 2010 with my review of his masterpiece, in my opinion, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (see my book review here).  Coincidentally, Grahame-Smith was able to adapt that story to the big screen making it along with Prometheus, one of my most anticipated films this June (see the theatrical trailer here).  In addition to next month’s big screen debut, Grahame-Smith has been keeping himself very busy with his first motion picture writing credit, Johnny Depp and Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, his resurrection of the Beetlejuice franchise, development of a stop motion animated B-movie monster film, Night of the Living, and of course, the reason we are all here, last April’s release of his third full length novel, Unholy Night. Continue reading ‘Seth Grahame-Smith’s ‘Unholy Night’ (Book Review)’

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Screenwriting Tips…You Hack (Book Review)

I know what you are already thinking.  Believe me.  You are probably thinking the same thing I thought when I received the press release for this book we are about to cover here.  Oh yes…I’m talking about your temper flaring and accusations accosting as you proclaim out loud how many damn, boring screenwriting books can you possibly read.  But what if I told you there was one out there that was a completely different take on the art that’s both bold and refreshing to read?  Would you believe me?  I wouldn’t.  But that’s where you and I would both be dead wrong.  Sure, there’s no replacing Syd Field’s Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting or Blake Snyder’s heralded Save The Cat!, but perhaps there’s a companion book that would bode well sitting next to these two classics on your writing desk.  Would you write off such a possibility?  I sure hope not because that’s exactly why you are still reading this.  Isn’t it?  Like me…you want to know all you can about the art of screenwriting.  Well, that’s good!  Because that means you’re in the right place.  Read on! Continue reading ‘Screenwriting Tips…You Hack (Book Review)’

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Star Wars Novels on the Horizon

What was once a small collection of Star Wars novels that set the foundation for the Expanded Universe, has now grown into a seemingly endless library of material spawned from mere name-dropping in the films or additional backstory from the many Star Wars video games. Two such novels due to be released in the coming months are Revan and Darth Plagueis.

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‘Archie’ Celebration Book Debuts at MoCCA Fest

IDW Publishing and YOE Books are happy to announce the upcoming release of Archie: A Celebration of America’s Favorite Teenagers. This collector’s book will be presented in a deluxe hardcover coffee table format.  It will truly be a work of art for reading or displaying.  They really went all out on this one.  Archie: A Celebration of America’s Favorite Teenagers will be available at comic book stores everywhere April 20th, 2011.  Continue reading ‘‘Archie’ Celebration Book Debuts at MoCCA Fest’

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Review)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Book Review)I’m not much of a reader.  I probably only read about one piece of fiction during any given calendar year.  I know.  It’s sad, especially coming from a guy who calls himself a writer.  It’s not that I hate reading, but I’m usually too busy juggling so many projects and efforts that I simply don’t have the time to commit to a full blown epic-sized novel.  However, that all changed the minute I heard about Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Continue reading ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Review)’

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Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil

Darth Bane: Dynasty of EvilOnce a fabled Sith mentioned only in passing, Darth Bane has gained significant notoriety with fans of the Star Wars universe and we have none other than author Drew Karpyshyn to thank for it.  The accomplished wordsmith is the man behind the pages of these Old Republic-timeline novels that showed readers a new perspective in the world of Star Wars; life through the eyes of the Jedi’s deadliest enemy. Continue reading ‘Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil’

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Robert Englund and his ‘Hollywood Monster’

Robert Englund's Hollywood MonsterHorror films never really did much for me.  The Friday the 13th franchise used to scare the bejeezus out of me when I was a kid, but the older I got, the more bored I got with those films.  I never did see the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre in its entirety and the more recent Drag Me To Hell was anything but entertaining.  However, there was one certain film that made an impression on me; Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. Continue reading ‘Robert Englund and his ‘Hollywood Monster’’

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