Category: Illustrated Books

Logical holiday gifts for the Trekkie in your life.

What up holiday shoppers! It’s time to boldly go where no other gift idea has gone before… the Star Trek section! We got the geeky goods that will put a smile on even the most hardened Klingon’s face.

Star Trek The Art of Juan Ortiz – Artist Juan Ortiz creates a vintage styled movie poster for each episode of all three seasons of Star Trek The Original Series. Any OG ST fan would be proud to ad this beautiful over sized hardcover art book to their collection.

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And the Children Shall Lead… Shirt – Diggin’ on that Juan Ortiz style art. Well than this shirt featuring his poster for “And the Children Shall Lead…” will really rock your Starship. A perfect gift to go with the previously mentioned art book.

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Mini Light Up Phaser – Set Phasers to FUN! Trekkies of all ages will light up when they find this mini Light Up Phaser stuffed in their stocking!

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Star Trek Next Generation Wesley Build-a-Bridge Bobble Head – The first piece in a series of bobble heads that connect to build the bridge from Next Generation’s Enterprise. Now eve you can tell your own little Wesley to “Shut Up Wesley!”

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The Next Generation On Board the USS Enterprise – Engage… your giftee with this interactive art book! Includes a CD to enhance your reading experience into a 3-D tour of the NCC-1701-0.

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Star Trek Vault 40 Years From the Archives – Covering all six television series and the first ten movies, this amazing hardcover is filled from cover to cover with tons of interesting information, fantastic photos, and over a dozen reproductions of cool memorabilia that you can actually hold in your hand. Including but not limited to on-set signage, blue prints, and trading cards.

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Star Trek Select Kirk With Khan Action Figure Set – Who wouldn’t want to be able to relive the epic Kirk\Khan battle from the Original Series episode “Space Seed!” Well Khan probably doesn’t want to relive that, but Khan is probably not on your shopping list anyway.

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Star Trek Klingon Dictionary – QISmaS botIvjaj ‘ej DIS chu’ botIvjaj, that’s Merry Christmas in Klingon duh! No serious Trekkie can say their collection is complete without one of these bad boys on their shelf.

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Hope that covers most of the crew of your personal Enterprise. Live long and Present!

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A Holiday Themed Holiday Gift Idea List!

We’re getting geared up for a Merry Meta Holiday Gift Idea List! That’s right, a holiday gift idea list based around holiday themed gifts… give me a break it’s Monday night and I’m running short on time… kinda like you’re running short on time to get your shopping done. Factoring in holiday work parties and extended family gatherings, if my calculations are correct you only have about two weeks to get your gift purchasing wrapped up and your purchased gifts wrapped up as well.

The Original String Doll Gang Holiday Key Chains – Stuff your stockings with these cute as hell handmade key chains! Each character is made out of cotton string! Pick from Santy, Snowy, Rudy, Nutty, Snowflake or Gingerbread Man.

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Play-Doh Christmas Craft Fun – If those handmade key chains are putting you in a crafty mentality why not grab this Play-Doh Christmas craft set! This book comes with 4 tubs-o-Doh, some crafting tools, and instructions for 15 different projects! Whoaaa that’s a lot of Doh!

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Krampus Greeting Cards – This tin case contains twenty greeting cards with ten vintage designs featuring St. Nicks’ furry friend (or should I say fiend) Krampus!

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National Lampoon Christmas Vacation Glass Moose Mug - Marty Moose fans unite! Drink from this goblet and wish you were spending your Christmas Vacation at Wally World, instead of with Cousin Eddie.

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A Kidnapped Santa Claus – Frank Baum’s classic tale of Santa stealing adapted by comic book heavyweight Alex Robinson! Creator of the ever popular Box Office Poison, Tricked, and Too Cool To Be Forgotten!

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A Christmas Story the movie stuff – Everybodies’ favorite eye poking, pole licking, duck eating, holiday flick has more merchandise than you can shake a leg lamp at! We got mugs, ice cube trays, books, you name it, we got it… I think.

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Denis Leary’s Merry F***in’ Christmas – Move over Charles Dickens, a new tale has come to take the number one spot as greatest holiday story ever told! The comedian behind such classic hits like the song Asshole puts his spin on the season of giving!

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Creepy Krampus Sticker Book – This funky book features 72 freaky stickers with that creepy Christmas critter Krampus. Give the whole book as a gift or use the stickers to decorate your presents, cards, etc. Hey don’t Krampus my style!

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Man oh man that’s a heaping pile of holiday gift stuff!

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Somewhere Around The Number Ten Best Comics That Nobody Told You About

Part 1:

I love Chris Ware. Bit redundant to say so this holiday season with everyone and their sister buying Building Stories, but with so much comic awesomeness that happened in 2012; between Charles Burn’s second installment to his X’ed Out trilogy, The Hive, and Brian K. Vaughn’s SagaSAGA… It’s too easy for amazing comics to get lost in the stacks, so I’m here to give my somewhere around the number 10 best comics of 2012 that nobody told you about…

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Michael DeForge might be the most prolific cartoonist working right now. He pumps more work and at a higher quality that would make any other cartoonist want to quit, or work harder…..no quit thats the correct response. On top of Lose #4 this year you can also see his work in the pages of Adventure Time comics, where he does the backgrounds,variant covers, anthology stories in  Nobrow 7 (more on that in a bit) and the newest  KUS, not to mention his on going serial Ant Comics, oh and his porn comic that he designs that features work by Johnny Negron, Brandon Graham, and Jillian Tamaki….more on all of them latter too…Bottom line, DeForge has a hand in everything and you’re probably a fan of his already, so read Lose, or Ant comics, or KUS, or Nobrow, or one of the million other things he worked on this year. King of comics 2012 goes to DeForge, no contest.

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Did I mention that DeForge is Canadian? Canadians….must be a universal sigh when cartoonist’s who aren’t Canadian talk about them. Jeff Lemire is another cartoonist hailing from The Great White North. Lemire had a full year of releases with Sweet Tooth Volume 4 and 5, the reprinting of his Xeric grant book Lost Dogs and Underwater Welder. Underwater Welder is for lovers of well paced, clear story telling, and the Twilight Zone. Lemire has an economy to his comics, the art is quick yet purposeful in the same manner as the writing, which rewards the reader with a world that they can envelope themselves in. Lemire is an odd school of cartooning, he’s not so deep into independent styled comics as DeForge, but he isn’t mainstream either (though he does write the only two books at DC still worth reading Animal Man, & Frankenstein Agent of Shade ). He’s a cartoonist in love with genre but doesn’t mistake comics to be only that.

Nipper Volume 3

Nipper Volume 3 finally came out! WOOOOOOO! I might be the only American to love Nipper so go buy it and prove my gross presumption wrong. Keeping in theme with brilliant Canadian cartoonists, Nipper volume 3 is the Canadian version of Family Circus, if Family Circus was anything like a real family and not so adorable that even your grandmother finds it lame. Always silent, black and white line work with one beautiful saturation of red dropped into each panel, Doug Wright creates multi-layered story telling, in the most simple yet still incredible complicated drawing. Just go look already, and then come meet me for coffee to talk about it, I’ll be here till next year trying to describe why it’s so effffffing smart.

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Dustin Harbin is yet another broken hearted cartoonist, upset that his nationality isn’t Canadian. Diary Comics 4 starts with Dustin talking about how amazing it is to be in attendance at the Doug Wright rewards (the Canadian version of the Eisners), and how he wishes we as American could take comics as seriously as they do. Why can’t we folks? Dustin’s beautifully minimalist drawings deceive readers with their simplicity, when they are really just the right amount of information needed, each mark done with purpose in mind and simply decroative. Go read em’ they’re good. And if your not a fan of memoir, you just like the punching and kicking comics, he did letter Casanova sooo…..I don’t know Matt Fraction wrote Iron Man for like a century right? See the full picture of creators not just the characters you like….

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Pope Hat #3 by Ethan Rilly. Rilly is surprise surprise, another Canadian. Pope Hats is technically 3 issues deep but you really only need/want two and three. In Pope Hats Rilly tells the story of Franny, a young law clerk at a massive law firm, picture Wall Street with less Charlie Sheen….okay no Charlie Sheen, just that one part where he gets punched in the face by Michael Douglas… Rilly drawings show traces of his influences but they don’t unhinge the story. You can see traces of Doug Wright’s drapery in the clothing, and bits of Shultz popping up in the rendering of grass and clouds. It’s like a love letter to days past when cartooning was a profession and getting a weekly strip in a newspaper was the dream. Pope Hats narrative shares a similar tone of nostalgia with its drawing, that bitter sweet pain, from an old wound.

Thats the end of Part 1. Part 2 on Sunday 12/23/12.

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Talking Comics with the Jersey Devil

Power STILL hasn’t been restored in my cave deep in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, but this is probably due to the fact that it never had any. I knew this was going to be a bad storm when the Jersey Devil showed up at my cave and asked if he could plug his phone into my charger.

I never knew the Jersey Devil was into comics. He had dropped by my cave a few times in the past to borrow sugar, and one time because his friends had baked him some brownies and couldn’t eat them all. When he saw Before Watchmen Silk Spectre on my coffee table, he freaked out.

“YEAH!” he hooted. “I had heard about these! Are they any good? Is there, like, an overall plot?”

Some are great, I said, some aren’t. NO, I said, they follow their own narratives. I told him I was getting pretty excited about Before Watchmen Moloch #1 coming out this week because it was drawn by Eduardo “100 Bullets” Risso.

“I liked that Spaceman book he just did. I used to love seeing his stuff in Heavy Metal,” said the Devil.

“That’s getting a deluxe hardcover edition this week from Vertigo,” I mentioned. “Wow! I didn’t know you liked comic books, The New Jersey Devil,” I said. He likes being called by his full name…he’s oddly formal like that.

“Bigfoot is really into them and he lent me some stuff,” he said.  “I’m really looking forward to Avenging Spider-Man #14 this week. Spidey’s going to team up with Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur!”

The New Jersey Devil has a pretty good point. Devil Dinosaur is awesome.

QUICK PICKS

Marvel is launching a new Iron Man title with a new #1 this week. Tony seems to be sporting his new Black and Gold armor he’ll be wearing in the most of the Marvel Now titles. I’m on board.

Few talk about Vertigo these days, but this week Vertigo is bringing a top tier table of titles. The first of their authorized Stieg Larsson graphic novel adaptations hits the shelves with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo TP, as well as the sequel to the comic which inspired the film Road to Perdition, the aptly named Return to Perdition.

The debut graphic novel Black Lung from Chris Wright and Fantagraphics books also looks intriguing. Black Lung is already garnering critical praise and getting some great press. ‘Tis a story of love and loss, and one man’s quest to commit as much unspeakable sin as he can in order to be reunited with his dead wife in Hell.

BOOKS WORTH A LOOK

There are also a couple of sweet art books hitting the shelves this week. Famed fantasy artist Brom has an original art novel called Krampus: The Yule Lord featuring everybody’s favorite Christmastime crazy, the Krampus! PLUS, a brand new book from Scott C. in the form of Great Showdowns.

Scott C. is a wonder! If you haven’t picked up Amazing Everything, Scott C.’s first book of fantastic illustrations, NOW would be a great time! The holidays are fast approaching, and there ain’t nobody that you know who wouldn’t want this book for their very own!

NEXT WEEK: The Disney/Lucas merger and what it means for us all. Till then, stay dry!

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More musings from Unkiedev, Earth’s own sidekick, can be read at unkiedev.blogspot.com

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Noku Apparellax Brand Event – Nov 24th

Noku, the curious headphone-outfitted galactic traveler, is making a pit stop at Forbidden Planet NYC on Nov. 24th from 5-9PM for the Noku Apparellax Brand Event. Choose from an array of shirts, posters, buttons, and more, all emblazoned with Noku’s distinctive likeness. You’ll have opportunities to win prizes during Noku’s Random Riddles, a chance to meet the author and artist of Noku’s upcoming picture book, and other Noku-centric exclusives: check back with us over the next couple of weeks for further details. Noku Tondra will also be making its intergalactic premiere at the event, so stay alert and keep an eye out . . .
What is Noku Tondra? There’s only one way to find out.

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Storewide Sale Wednesday July 4th

That’s right.  We’re discounting EVERYTHING in our store on Wednesday, July 4th.   We don’t do this often (maybe once a year… maybe), so come on by and take advantage!

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Plus, this year the 4th of July falls on a Wednesday… New Comics Day!  A ton of great new comics and graphic novels are scheduled to come out that day, and you’ll be able to apply the discount to all of ‘em to boot.

Please note, store hours will be 9am-9pm that day, rather than the usual Wednesday 9am-12am.

UPDATE:  Mail order customers, be sure to be on our email list (you can join in the upper right-hand corner of this page) before Tuesday July 3rd.  That day we’ll be sending out a code for extra discounts on our webstore!

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New Comics of the New Year!

By Devin T. Quin

Welcome to 2011, where a whole new calendar YEAR of fun comic book activities awaits us! We should definitely start planning out our itinerary now so that we don’t miss out on any of the disappointment, greed and debilitating poverty that is our reward for being good little comic book collecting boys and girls.

The first and most important event of the year? UNKIEDEV’S BIRTHDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd!

THAT’S RIGHT, it’s my friggin’ birthday! I accept cash, Forbidden Planet gift cards, ANYTHING by Steve Mannion and opportunities to humiliate people at the game Settlers of Catan. What would I really like for my birthday? Well….

MOCCA ART FESTIVAL : April 10th and 11th

MOCCA might be my favorite comic convention of the year. By being a highly visual exploration of comic book art it automatically includes the business of comic books into its scope in an understandable way.

Every year they have great guests who have made contributions to expanding American comic book art. The venue itself fills with new artists and enterprising comic book publishers. It’s an entire con of artists alley! Juxtaposing struggle with success shows the way it can all be done: Try to be the best artists you can and you can have a career being an artists!

Guests this year will include Art Spiegleman, Kyle Baker, Gahan Wilson, Paul Pope and Frank Miller. Yes, THE Frank Miller…a guy who should know better than to show up at MOCCA.

For my birthday you can show up at MOCCA and toss a tomato at the guy. Be sure you yell out “THAT’S for the SPIRIT,” or “Go be a homophobe in some OTHER obscure hobbie!”

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY : MAY 7th

Set your watches for the first Saturday in May when comic book retailers try to pump new blood into the vampiric corpse of comic books! Anybody who shows up on May 7th (While supplies last) will get a free comic book to hopefully spark an interest in the hobby and ensure numbers for the coming year.

If there’s a flaw (and as this at least the fifth year they’ve done this so I highly doubt it’s a money loser) it is that whatever comic book the patron receives is whatever the industry wants to spoon feed them. There won’t be happy accidents where people pick something new that catches their eye, only something corporately suggested. Imagine going to an all you can eat buffet with only Hostess brand Twinkees, Ho-Hos and Cupcakes. Continue reading

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Comic Book Cooking

Nearly a third of Marvel’s comic book characters have roots in a neighborhood of New York City known as Hell’s Kitchen. Nick Fury grew up there, as did the yarmulke sporting rock monster known as the Thing. Daredevil calls Hell’s Kitchen his home, as did Stiltman, Vermin and Ms. Lion.

That so many Marvel denizens live in the same neighborhood is understandable. Most of the Marvel stories take place in the city that never sleeps, and let’s face it… the rents in Williamsburg are astronomical right now. The fact that now-legendary comic book creator Jack Kirby grew up in Hell’s Kitchen probably didn’t hurt matters, either.

Maybe this “Hell’s Kitchen” connection can explain the curious artifact of comic’s past: The Marvel Comics Cookbook.

Stan Lee Presents the Mighty Marvel Superheroes Cookbook was published in 1977 by a division of Simon & Schuster called Fireside books. Fireside books also published the famous “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way,” the indispensable book detailing Marvel comic secrets. Stan Lee Presents the Mighty Marvel Superheroes Cookbook was, how should we say, LESS indispensable?

Ostensibly written by Stan Lee (I mean, it says he wrote it right on the cover…that means that he wrote it, right?) with illustrations by Jack Kirby, John Romita and any other Marvel bullpen artist needing a pay check at the time, the book was packed with bizarre recipes, anecdotes and other forgettable food moments that you wouldn’t shake a Hostess Fruit Pie at. Continue reading

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Not Just Comic Book Super Heroes

Not Just Comic Book Super Heroes

By Unkie Dev

The Comic book market is dominated by super-heroes, but not if these titles have anything to say about it:

The Book of Genesis: Illustrated by Robert Crumb, R. Crumb (A) WW Norton

R. Crumb is one of the greatest comic book artists of all time, and this might be his living masterpiece. Robert Crumbs art is incomparable, and his work here fully illustrating the Biblical book of genesis is possibly his best. Why buy this book?

First off, the book was written by God, so you know it’s going to be interesting. Secondly the art is Crumb at his best, the absolute work of a master draftsman whose work shall be collected and discussed for generations to come. This is less a graphic novel and more the benchmark for how art comics will forever be judged. Continue reading

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