Ringo Star announced today that he will be touring North America with his All-Starr Band come October 1st – shortly after the September 21st wide release of his book, Photography.
In what is proving to be a busy year for Starr, his 18th solo album, Postcards From Paradise, will be released on March 31st and he will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo act in April. He’s just5 come off a February/March tour, so you know he loves playing with this incarnation of the All-Starr and.
For details, follow the jump.
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Ubasute is the ancient Japanese tradition of sacrificing the lives of the elderly – by leaving them to die in the mountains – during times of famine or drought in order to conserve resources for the hext generation to survive..
Dendera, Yuya Sato’s novel about an elderly woman who awakens in a strange new place, plays off that tradition in a unique new way. The elderly woman, Kayu Saitoh, awakens not alone in the mountains, but in a utopian community created over many decades by other elderly women like her.
Now though, there is a new threat – a hungry mother bear.
Dendera is being released in North America on February 17th, in print and eBook, by the VIZ Media imprint Haikasoru. For further details, follow the jump.
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Dark Horse is releasing The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Limited Edition in 2015. The extensive volume comes packaged in a deluxe Castle Grayskull slipcase, with an exclusive foil embossed cover and portfolio print, with commentary written by Tim & Steve Seeley.
The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Limited Edition will be in comics shops on April 15th and bookstores on April 28th. For more details, follow the jump.
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The inspiration for the anime masterpiece Princess Mononoke, Princess Mononoke: The First Story is an ecological fable written and illustrated, in gorgeous watercolors, by the legendary director, Hayao Miyazaki.
Published in North America by VIZ Media, the oversized (11¾ x 11¾ inch) hardcover – which also features an afterword by Miyazaki – is released under its Studio Ghibli Library imprint – and is in stores today. For further details, follow the jump.
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Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke was a revelation to North American audiences when it premiered in 1997 – captivating mainstream audiences who had never heard the word anime. Its theme of nature versus technology was – and remains – topical, and is considered to be a genuine masterpiece.
VIZ Media’s Studio Ghibli imprint is releasing a new edition of The Art of Princess Mononoke, a comprehensive look at the creation of the film, on August 26th. This new hardcover edition contains interviews, concept sketches, character art and finished animation cels as it details the creation of the film from conception to screen. For further details, follow the jump.
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A washed-up wrestler goes toe to toe with a strange new foe. A young lad’s eleventh birthday heralds the arrival of his bizarre new entourage. A suicidal diva just can’t seem to die. These stories and thirteen more are featured in Nightmare Carnival, a new anthology coming from Hugo and Bram Stoker Award-winning editor, Ellen Datlow.
Ellen Datlow is probably best known for her annual The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror anthologies, which never disappoint. Nightmare Carnival will be unleashed on September 24th. The press release follows the jump.
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VIZ Media is releasing Turning Point: 1997-2008, a new memoir by Hayao Miyazaki and The Art of The Wind Rises. A paperback edition of Starting Point: 1979-1996, the first volume of Miyazaki’s memoirs will complement the release of Turning Point.
Turning Point: 1997-2008 covers the period when Miyazaki’s films – Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo and 2003’s Best Animated Feature Oscar®-winner, Spirited Away – began to garner widespread international recognition. The Art of The Wind Rises commemorates Miyazaki’s final film as director – a work as wondrous as anything he’s ever done. For more details, follow the jump to the press releases. All three titles will be available on April 8th.
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I know this may come as a shock to some of you, but I do know how to read, and sometimes I read books. Go figure! BBC Books just announced a brand new Doctor Who ebook called Tales of Trenzalore which tells 4 stories based on The Doctor’s 900 year stay protecting the town of Christmas, as seen in last month’s Christmas episode “The Time of the Doctor”. I don’t know, as much as I love, LOVED The Day of the Doctors, but felt really let down by the recent Christmas special. This ebook will hopefully shed some light on everything. It is available now for pre-order and streets February 27th. I don’t understand this idea of pre-ordering digital content. Continue reading Tales of Trenzalore: New Doctor Who Ebook from BBC Books
Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo is a collection of nine stories that range from vaguely disquieting to definitely unnerving to outright chilling. Author Miyuki Miyabe is among the first Asian horror writers whose writing is influenced by Western horror (Lovecraft is an influence) and it really shows. Her stories might be about Japanese people, settings and creatures, but they build feelings of disquiet and dread in ways that also invoke something more western.
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I’m a big fan of Applause Theatre and their FAQ series. I have checked out their very detailed Horror and Armageddon Films FAQs, so I’m kind of intrigued to see what they do with their newly announced Saturday Night Live FAQ. Since its debut on Saturday, October 11, 1975, Saturday Night Live has become a cultural landmark.
With a total of 745 episodes over its first thirty-eight seasons, the show is a veritable treasure trove of recurring characters, catchphrases, and memorable comedic and musical moments. Over the years, SNL has also provided a running commentary on American culture, politics, and society.
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As someone whose favorite Hayao Miyazaki movie is, in fact, My Neighbor Totoro, I am pleased to note that in celebration the 25th Anniversary of the release of Miyazaki’s anime masterpiece, VIZ Media is announcing the release of My Neighbor Totoro: The Novel – with illustrations by Miyazaki – as well as a brand new edition of the My Neighbor Totoro Picture Book. Both titles will be in stores on October 1st.
Check out the press release, after the jump, for details.
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