The Extraordinary Works of Alan Moore

The Extraordinary Works of Alan Moore

More than just a tribute book, The Extraordinary Works of Alan Moore tells Moore's story, as the reclusive British author speaks enthusiastically and passionately about his life and work in an extensive series of interviews. Moore displays his trademark wit and shares his unique insight on the comics that have shaped his legendary career - from his beginnings on Swamp Thing to the present day success of his own comic book universe in America's Best Comics. Within this tome, readers will find rare strips, scripts, artwork and photographs of the author, most never published before. Also features Moore's closest collaborators elaborating in comic strip form on their relationships with Moore, including Neil Gaiman (New York Times Best Selling Author of American Gods), Dave Gibbons (Artist of Watchmen), Sam Kieth (creator of MTV's The Maxx), Kevin O'Neill, Brian Bolland and others!

Taxi Tales from Paris

Taxi Tales from Paris

Taxi Tales From Paris is not your typical account of what happens when you move to another country. Nicky Gentil’s memoir offers the reader a truly original insight into life in the French capital because, as the title suggests, everything is seen through the prism of her most memorable taxi rides taken during the thirty years she has lived there.

The Magic Misfits

The Magic Misfits

‘I adored Magic Misfits. This man is far too talented for my liking, and needs to be stopped!’ David Walliams The first in a funny and magical new children's books series from Emmy award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris. 'I read this book with excitement, delight, and the increasing suspicion that it was going to make me disappear.' Lemony Snicket, author of the bestselling series A Series of Unfortunate Events and All the Wrong Questions This book contains a BIG SECRET. Read on if you dare . . . Do you believe in magic? Carter doesn’t. He knows magic tricks are just that – tricks. And as a street magician he’s also pretty good at them. But then Carter runs away from his conman uncle and he finds himself alone and in danger from dastardly carnival ringleader, B.B. Bosso. He could really use some magic now . . . A chance encounter with the mysterious Mr Dante Vernon leads Carter to a magic shop, where he teams up with five other like-minded kids and the MAGIC MISFITS are born! Can the gang use their magical talents to save the day and stop B.B. stealing a priceless diamond? And now for the BIG SECRET . . . Inside this book you will find a treasure trove of tips, codes and stage tricks that will help YOU join the Magic Misfits and make some magic of your own. (BUT DON'T TELL ANYONE.) Perfect for children aged 8 to 12 years old and fans of Lemony Snicket, David Walliams, David Baddiel, My Brother is a Superhero . . . and magic! Cover illustration by David Litchfield, winner of the Waterstones Children's Books Prize 2016 for The Bear and the Piano. Neil Patrick Harris is an accomplished actor, producer, director, host, and author. Perhaps best known to audiences for his role as Barney Stinson on the hit comedy series How I Met Your Mother, he is currently starring as Count Olaf in the Netflix adaptation of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. The Magic Misfits is his first book for children.

On the Origin of Superheroes

From the Big Bang to Action Comics

On the Origin of Superheroes

Most readers think that superheroes began with Superman’s appearance in Action Comics No. 1, but that Kryptonian rocket didn’t just drop out of the sky. By the time Superman’s creators were born, the superhero’s most defining elements—secret identities, aliases, disguises, signature symbols, traumatic origin stories, extraordinary powers, self-sacrificing altruism—were already well-rehearsed standards. Superheroes have a sprawling, action-packed history that predates the Man of Steel by decades and even centuries. On the Origin of Superheroes is a quirky, personal tour of the mythology, literature, philosophy, history, and grand swirl of ideas that have permeated western culture in the centuries leading up to the first appearance of superheroes (as we know them today) in 1938. From the creation of the universe, through mythological heroes and gods, to folklore, ancient philosophy, revolutionary manifestos, discarded scientific theories, and gothic monsters, the sweep and scale of the superhero’s origin story is truly epic. We will travel from Jane Austen’s Bath to Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Mars to Owen Wister’s Wyoming, with some surprising stops along the way. We’ll meet mad scientists, Napoleonic dictators, costumed murderers, diabolical madmen, blackmailers, pirates, Wild West outlaws, eugenicists, the KKK, Victorian do-gooders, detectives, aliens, vampires, and pulp vigilantes (to name just a few). Chris Gavaler is your tour guide through this fascinating, sometimes dark, often funny, but always surprising prehistory of the most popular figure in pop culture today. In a way, superheroes have always been with us: they are a fossil record of our greatest aspirations and our worst fears and failings.

Spirit Unbroken

The Two Sides of Love

Spirit Unbroken

Driven by her life-long dream to find her maternal family in Japan, as a young girl Alice faces the darklings of her demeaning childhood, and as an adult, fights for her life back through self-discovery.and with her newfound heritage.

Chris Ware

Chris Ware

A close-up look at the gifted graphic novelist the "New York Times Book Review" called "the most versatile and innovative artist the medium has ever known." The publication of Chris Ware's "Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth" in 2000 inspired a near-avalanche of praise. Now, Daniel Raeburn offers fascinating insights into the connections between Jimmy Corrigan's biography and that of his creator.Yale University Press

Slugfest

Inside the Epic, 50-Year Battle Between Marvel and DC

Slugfest

Over the years, the companies have deployed an arsenal of schemes in an attempt to outmaneuver the competition, whether it be stealing ideas, poaching employees, planting spies, ripping off characters or launching price wars. Sometimes the feud has been vicious, at other times, more cordial. But it has never completely disappeared, and it simmers on a low boil to this day. This is the story of the greatest corporate rivalry never told. Other books have revealed elements of the Marvel-DC battle, but this will be the first one to put it all together into a single, juicy narrative. It will also serve as an alternate history of the superhero, told through the lens of these two publishers.