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Avatar: The Last Airbender (The Art of the Animated Series) Since its debut in 2005, Avatar: The Last Airbender has remained one of Nickelodeon's most talked about and highest-rated animated series to date, and it's not too hard to see why... Not only does it offer an epic storyline, engaging characters, action, adventure, and a powerful message about the importance of hope in a world long-besieged by war, all the while serving up top-notch entertainment. It's also beautifully executed, a stunning masterpiece of animated storytelling that harmonizes Western influences with aesthetic inspiration drawn from a diverse array of cultures, including those of China, Japan, India, and the Inuit. An unprecedented look at the concept, design, and production art behind this smash-hit series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Art of the Animated Series chronicles the show's development — from the very first sketch through to the series finale and beyond! — along with behind-the-scenes commentary from series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino. Featuring hundreds of images, most of which Nickelodeon has never released to the public! Adventure Time: Bitter Sweets It’s that lovely time of year where Princess Bubblegum gets to leave the Candy Kingdom and venture out into the outer limits of Ooo. But when her annual quest to visit old friends takes a dark and unexpected turn, it’s up to PB and Peppermint Butler to keep the peace by using the true power of friendship. Written by New York Times bestselling author Kate Leth (Adventure Time: Seeing Red), and illustrated by the sensational Zachary Sterling (Adventure Time), Bitter Sweets is a deliciously twisted adventure with a surprising aftertaste. A Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild. Written by our fellow editor Sam Maggs... but we wouldn't be reccing it if we didn't love it. We'd just be awkwardly avoiding the topic. Hawkeye, Vol. 3: L.A. Woman Kate Bishop heads to Los Angeles to get away from New York, life, and Clint Barton — but not away from trouble! Because Madame Masque is hanging out at poolside with the rich and famous as well! As Kate helps a reclusive and Sixties-damaged pop music genius find his lost masterpiece, Madame Masque finds Kate. By which we mean starts trying to kill her again. This one has it all! Characters! Plot! Story! Dialogue! Theme! Meaning! Message! Action! A little exposition! Fire! Arrows! Criminals! Neighbors! Large bodies of water! Clients! Cops who don't care! A system that victimizes the victims! The dog! In a broken town where cynicism and apathy has its claws around the throat of the good and decent, Lady Hawkguy is the only hero you can trust! Jim Henson at Archaia Finally back in print and for the first time in hardcover, the novelization of Labyrinth—written by A.C.H. Smith and personally overseen by Jim Henson—is the first in a series of novels from the Jim Henson Archives. Features unpublished goblin illustrations by legendary illustrator and concept artist Brian Froud and an exclusive peek into Jim Henson’s creative process with 50 never-before-seen pages from his personal journal, detailing the initial conception of his ideas for LABYRINTH. (Please note: This is a prose novel with illustrations.) Archaia also publishes series based on Henson classics like The Dark Crystal and The Storyteller, as well as Tale of Sand, a graphic novel adaptation of his undeveloped screenplay of the same name. Just the Tips Just in time to come down everybody's chimneys this holiday season, the creators of Sex Criminals (Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky) are proud-ish to present Just the Tips, a curated collection of tips, tricks, moves, advice, suggestions, stories, and confessions, how-tos, do's, don'ts, and do-agains-but-slower-this-times from the unmissable letters column of Sex Criminals, alongside all-new material specially created for this collection only. Finally, a book to teach you how to not be a sex dumby no more. It's this book. Lock In A blazingly inventive near-future thriller from the best-selling, Hugo Award-winning John Scalzi. Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent – and nearly five million souls in the United States alone – the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge. A quarter of a century later, in a world shaped by what’s now known as "Haden’s syndrome," rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two of them are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an "integrator" – someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden client, then naming the suspect for the murder becomes that much more complicated. But "complicated" doesn’t begin to describe it. As Shane and Vann began to unravel the threads of the murder, it becomes clear that the real mystery – and the real crime – is bigger than anyone could have imagined. The world of the locked in is changing, and with the change comes opportunities that the ambitious will seize at any cost. The investigation that began as a murder case takes Shane and Vann from the halls of corporate power to the virtual spaces of the locked in, and to the very heart of an emerging, surprising new human culture. It’s nothing you could have expected. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there. But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war. Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.
The debut novel of our old contributor Becky Chambers, and the best science fiction novel Susana's read all year.
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1 Marvel Comics presents the all-new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! As Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Kamala has no idea either. But she's comin' for you, New York! It's history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and beloved artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways)! Princess Ugg Vol. 1 A new series from Courtney Crumrin creator Ted Naifeh! Princess Ülga isn’t your standard princess, but her royal lineage goes back for generations. At her mother’s bequest, Ülga travels to the city-state of Atraesca, where the prestigious Princess Academy lies, so that she can learn about things like diplomacy–hopefully for the benefit of her rough and tumble people. But Ülga will learn that she’s more behind in her studies than she realized–and that when you’re a princess, you’re bound to have a few enemies. Saga Give the gift that keeps giving: get somebody hooked on a comics series. We recommend Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples' Saga. Heartwarming, exciting, intriguing, frequently NSFW, and above all, addictive. And if you're really down to the wire on time, Vol. 4 hits bookstores on December 23rd (December 17th in comic shops). Science... For Her! Megan Amram, one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment,” Rolling Stone’s “25 Funniest People on Twitter,” and a writer for NBC’s hit show Parks and Recreation, delivers a politically, scientifically, and anatomically incorrect “textbook” that will have women screaming with laughter, and men dying to know what the noise is about. In the vein of faux expert books by John Hodgman and Amy Sedaris, Science…for Her! is ostensibly a book of science written by a denizen of women’s magazines. Comedy writer and Twitter sensation Megan Amram showcases her fiendish wit with a pitch-perfect attack on everything from those insanely perky tips for self-improvement to our bizarre shopaholic dating culture to the socially mandated pursuit of mind-blowing sex to the cringe-worthy secret codes of food and body issues. Part hilarious farce, part biting gender commentary, Amram blends Cosmo and science to highlight absurdities with a machine-gun of laugh-inducing lines that leave nothing and no one unscathed. Subjects include: this Spring’s ten most glamorous ways to die; tips for hosting your own big bang; what religion is right for your body type; and the most pressing issue facing women today: kale!!! Be prepared to laugh about anything in this outrageous satirical gem. The Sleeper and the Spindle A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell - weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish. On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future - and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents. Lavishly produced, packed with glorious Chris Riddell illustrations enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift. Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy For the first time, Lucasfilm has opened its archives to present the complete storyboards for the original Star Wars trilogy A New Hope and its operatic sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi—as well as never-before-published art from cut and deleted scenes. From the opening chase above Tatooine in A New Hope to the Battle of Endor in Jedi, this book presents the visual inspiration behind now-iconic moments. Readers can finally see a full set of storyboards by legendary artist Joe Johnston, as well as early boards for Episode IV by Alex Tavoularis and Ivor Beddoes, rarely seen Episode IV boards by Roy Carnon and Ralph McQuarrie's art for Episode V.
It’s December 1st… do you know where your holiday shopping list is? No? Well, we’re going to be helping you out there all week, starting with the nerdiest gift of all: books. Here are some mighty tomes that have come out this year that we think your loved ones would be lucky to get.
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