Aviator and entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Comics will be bringing legendary superhero Dan Dare out of retirement with an all-new comic book series. The monthly series, to be written by legendary comic author Garth Ennis (PREACHER, THE BOYS, HITMAN, JOHN WOO'S SEVEN BROTHERS), will premiere in November 2007.
Scholastic, DK and Penguin have inked deals with Lucas Licensing to bring the adventures of Indiana Jones to children's books in connection with the May 22, 2008, release of the fourth installment in the INDIANA JONES film series.
Disney Press will publish a new edition of CINDERELLA featuring artwork by long-time Disney designer Mary Blair, PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY reports. The book, with new text by Cynthia Rylant and illustrations based on Blair's design work from the 1940s, is due out this month. Disney Press ordered a first print run of 50,000.
Dark Horse has acquired the enormously popular seinen manga series, GANTZ. Hiroya Oku, creator of GANTZ, has put together a cast of characters that are both sympathetic and strong in a hardboiled universe of ultra-stylish violence, pathos and sexiness. The wildly renowned anime, also entitled GANTZ from ADV, primarily follows the same story and has been translated in several different languages.
Anime expert Fred Patten checks out The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917, Revised and Expanded Edition to see if the authors have maintained its position as the go-to book for any questions on anime.
The typical progression in the movie industry these days has been comicbook or graphic novel to film and TV, but Exodus Film Group has secured a comicbook deal for its upcoming CG-animated feature, IGOR, with IDW Publishing. The publishing program includes a series of full color prequel titles leading up to another series of books taking fans through the film and beyond, to then be followed by a full-color paperback, collecting each miniseries.
In response to the success of the first six-book EDGAR & ELLEN series, Star Farm Prods. has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing for an entirely new six-book series, two graphic novels, a pop-up and a how-to book. The how-to book, entitled THE MISCHIEF MANUAL, is written in the voice of the mischief-makers themselves and is in stores this month.
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division has struck a major publishing agreement for Exodus Film Group's upcoming CG-animated feature film, IGOR. The Simon Scribbles and Simon Spotlight imprints will publish seven books in a wide variety of formats.
The Japanese government will bring BAREFOOT GEN, based on the semiautobiographical manga by atomic bomb survivor Keiji Nakazawa, at the Preparatory Committee For 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in Vienna, Austria. Japan will present English-translated copies to attendees of the event, which runs from April 30 to May 11, 2007.
Peachpit Press has published by the new book, TITLE DESIGN ESSENTIALS FOR FILM AND VIDEO, for $31.99. In TITLE DESIGN ESSENTIALS FOR FILM AND VIDEO, industry expert and bestselling author Mary Plummer shares her savvy and speaks to a diverse audience, including seasoned video editors, indie filmmakers and even dedicated amateurs. Plummer takes almost two decades of personal film and video editing experience and teaches her audience how to create professional titles for projects, no matter what the genre, subject matter or software tool.
BlueWater Prods. is moving from production studio to publisher beginning in May 2007, in conjunction with legendary filmmaker, Ray Harryhausen. "The reason Marvel and DC is on top is because their books are of high production value and on schedule," said BlueWater Prods. president/managing editor, Darren G. Davis. "We have been working towards self publishing for a while and we are way ahead on our books. I want people to feel confident that our titles will be released when they were solicited."
Eight years after the sold out first edition and follow-up special Japanese version, CG101: A COMPUTER GRAPHICS INDUSTRY REFERENCE has been completely revised and updated for 2007 by author Terrence Masson for release in February. An indispensable companion for producers, students and CG veterans alike, the 2nd edition of CG101 includes:
* New color photos* Up to date company histories* Hundreds of updated product entries and web links* New insider details and behind-the-scenes info
Veteran animator Will Vinton dives into the two dimensional comic world with JACK HIGHTOWER, a new action/adventure/comedy graphic novel about a very unique secret agent.
From the University of Minnesota Press for $19.95, MECHADEMIA, a new annual edited by Frenchy Lunning, begins a conversation among scholars, critics and fans about the complexity of art forms like Superflat, manga and anime. The premier issue features the interactive worlds that anime and manga have created, including the origins of cosplay, depictions of werewolves, forgotten images from a founding manga artist, videogame interactivity, the nature of anime fandom in America and the globalization of manga.
animate!, the commissioning project established by Arts Council England and Channel 4 that supports risk-taking and experimental animation works for television, is the focus of the ANIMATE! BOOK, published in December 2006 by LUX in collaboration with Arts Council England. Since 1990, animate! has commissioned 84 diverse films including works from David Shrigley (WHO I AM AND WHAT I WANT), Run Wrake (RABBIT) and AL + AL (PERPETUAL MOTION IN THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY, INTERSTELLA STELLA), amongst others. The ANIMATE!
Nicolas Cage and his 15 year-old son, Weston Cage, are teaming on two comicbook thrillers -- ENIGMA and THE SADHU.
Infinity Studios Llc. has shipped graphic novels, UNBALANCE UNBALANCE Vol. 1 as well as CHUN RHANG YHUR JHUN (CRYJ) Vol. 2.
UNBALANCE UNBALANCE Volume 1 is a 200-page Korean color graphic novel with artwork by Soo-Hyon Lee and story by Dall-Young Lim. The title begins as a young man finds and returns a lost wallet and cell phone to a beautiful young lady, beginning the destined relationship between two strangers. The young lady turns out to be the young mans future homeroom teacher, who has a twisted sense of right and wrong.
Veteran animator and former Animation Guild president Tom Sito has written his first book, DRAWING THE LINE, THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE ANIMATION UNIONS FROM BOSKO TO BART SIMPSON, published by the University Press of Kentucky, list price $32.
Russian animator Andrei Doubrovski has released an animated e-book, MEET THE FLASH.
Composed as a course for Flash newcomers, every lesson features a movie clip, showing some practical usage of the text.
The course is published as a "flash-book, " he says. It is a Flash movie that can be played on Windows, Mac and Linux systems.
The 34 embedded clips can be played as a single full-length and full-size movie (total running time about three hours). The elaborated controls allow you to instantly find any fragment by time or by topic.
Titan Books will publish THE 4400: THE OFFICIAL COMPANIO, SEASONS 1 AND 2, the first of a series of behind-the-scenes books about USA Network's sci-fi series THE 4400.
The first companion is set to coincide with the premiere of the fourth season on USA and the release of the season-three DVD set in summer 2007.
The tome will include behind-the-scenes interviews, factual nuggets, quotes, trivia, extensive episode guides, exclusive photos and a 16-page full-color supplement. It will sell for $14.95.
In his first book, DESIGN FIRST FOR 3D ARTISTS, Geoffrey Kater taught emerging production designers and animators how to create and nurture their own personal design style. Now, in his second book in the series, DESIGN FIRST FOR 3D SKETCHBOOK, Kater provides hundreds of full-on designs and thumbnail sketches that serve to inspire designers, 3D artists and filmmakers alike. DESIGN FIRST FOR 3D SKETCHBOOK can be ordered through the Design First site, www.designfirstfor3D.com or at www.lulu.com.
Southbank Publishing has released a richly illustrated book a part-history, part-tribute, part-critical analysis of the Halas and Batchelor Cartoon Studio, Britains leading and most influential animation company between 1940-1995. It draws on the archives of the Halas & Batchelor Collection and looks at the key works of the studio, including ANIMAL FARM, Britains first full length animated feature; THE TALES OF HOFFNUNG, with the legendary Peter Sellers; AUTOBAHN, featuring the music of Kraftwerk; and BUTTERFLY BALL, with the work of Beatles illustrator, Alan Aldridge.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of STAR TREK, TOKYOPOP and CBS Consumer Products have joined forces to produce STAR TREK: THE MANGA, based on the original STAR TREK TV series. Like the television classic, these new journeys venture into the terrain of social politics, personal reflection and bare-knuckled brawls between Captain Kirk and the galaxy's most cunning alien species.
All computer how-to books in the In Pictures series are being provided free to the public, as downloadable files.
Anyone who visits In Pictures' website at www.inpics.net/ can download any and all of its 22 different books for free, in Adobe PDF format. In the month since the site was launched, more than 20,000 people have visited it to download free books.