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Behind the Scenes w/ the Toys of He-Man & The Masters of the Universe

24 Jun

By the power of Grayskull! A massive, 700-plus-page, full-color hardcover chronicling the quintessential toys of He-Man, She-Ra, and the other Masters of the Universe is coming your way in The Toys of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

In the 1980s, the Masters of the Universe toy lines shook the world of children’s entertainment to its foundations. Now, YouTube influencer “Pixel Dan” Eardley and He-Man historian Val Staples have worked with fans worldwide to cultivate this incredible volume that contains in-depth overviews of every item in several complete toy lines, including: 1982’s Masters of the Universe, 1985’s Princess of Power, 1989’s He-Man, 2002’s Masters of the Universe relaunch, and 2008’s Masters of the Universe Classics!

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URBANGARDE unguarded with Authorized Biography!

13 Apr

URBANGARDE Book CoverPolkadot Autobiography – URBANGARDE Chronicle will arrive at the end of the month to uncover the the early years of the band’s formation by band leader/vocalist Temma Matsunaga and vocalist Yoko Hamasaki. Ever since their debut in 2008, they have released over 20 albums, singles, DVDs and books. Their loyal following is to be noted. They are known for their outrageous visual performances. In this book, they reveal stories behind the band’s most outrageous and controversial songs and music videos, behind-the-scenes friction between the members, and private photos from URBANGARDE’s 12-year career. This authorized look is set to release April 27th!

This collection will also feature a new biography of keyboardist Kei Ohkubo and extensive notes about this band’s connection to Japanese subculture and national issues, including earthquakes, nuclear power, mental health, lolita culture, and pop idols.

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Kobunsha’s YouTube Video Gives Sneak Peak at Macross “Valkyries Third Sortie”

11 Sep

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

This latest YouTube video released two days ago by Japanese publishing company Kobunsha (owned by the Kodansha Group) reveals some of the pages from Hidetaka Tenjin’s upcoming art book Valkyries Third Sortie. It is the third volume in the series of illustrations from the world of Macross. Tenjin’s first volume in the series, Valkyries, was published by Kobunsha in 2005.

Valkyries Third Sortie will retail for ¥4,298 which is currently $42 US, $55 Canadian, or £32 GB (excluding taxes). According to Kobunsha, the book will be available September 16, 2016 through good book importers everywhere.


 

Source(s): Gwyn Campbell and the Vintage Anime Fans Facebook group.

Video Source(s): kobunshaswd さんのチャンネル.

Dan Aitken’s Book Brings Horror of the Undead to L. Frank Baum’s Oz World

10 Sep

thezombiesofozBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Thank goodness for Amazon’s self-publish, without it authors whose manuscripts would normally be refused by publishing houses wouldn’t have a place for the public to judge their works. What is good will go on to print, the definitive goal of any author’s story and the best way to be immortalized when read by future generations. But what is bad will suffer the most harshest of criticisms. Dan Aitken’s book The Zombies of Oz has yet to face public scrutiny, it’s too new.

Based on the beloved series of books for children young and old by L. Frank Baum, Aitken is treading on sacred ground. The idea of adapting Oz in new ways through new stories has been done before. The stories and characters of Oz have been painted with a darker brush much like Frank Miller and Klaus Janson’s The Dark Knight Returns comic miniseries and even turned into a team of superheros. The zombie angle has been explored previously through the works of independent artists at comic conventions. But success isn’t always guaranteed as proven by Oz the Great and Powerful, one of the worst films of 2013.

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