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The Homer Book (Simpsons Library of Wisdom)

0061116610


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Book Description
The Homer Book is now being released in hardback, as part of the ongoing series: The Simpsons Library of Wisdom. Homer Simpson is a man's man, an 'Average Joe', a loving father and husband, and a devoted beer drinker. But do you know the 'real' Homer? Find out what's on Homer's mind, discover the mysteries of Homer's fridge, hang out in Homer's haunts; meet his friends and enemies; and spend a typical day with the lovable lout who will lift you out of your D'oh-ldrums.  In The Simpsons Library of Wisdom, Matt Groening, the creator of 'The Simpsons', offers an ongoing series of portable and quotable books that will eliminate the need for all religions and philosophies, exalt man's role in the universe and make the world a better place ... sort of. No other television show in history has commented so freely and so...


The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
Bill Watterson
0740748475
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
An Excerpt from Bill Watterson's Introduction:

"I’ve loved comic strips as long as I can remember. As a kid, I knew I wanted to be either a cartoonist or an astronaut. The latter was never much of a possibility, as I don’t even like riding in elevators. I kept my options open until seventh grade, but when I stopped understanding math and science, my choice was made. There is great personal satisfaction in attending to detail and quality, and I remain very proud of the standards the strip met day after day. I also liked the responsibility of knowing that, succeed or fail, it was all my own doing. This approach kept the strip very honest and personal--verything having to do with Calvin and Hobbes expressed my own ideas, my own values, my own way. I wrote every word, drew every line, and painted every color....



Character Design Studio: Create Cutting-Edge Cartoon Figures for Comic Books, Computer Games, and Graphic Novels
Chris Patmore
0760758557
March 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Character design art book


The Complete Far Side
Gary Larson
0740721135
Mar 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
Gary Larson calls The Complete Far Side, the massive two-volume collection of his Far Side cartoons, an "18-pound hernia giver." Sure to give any coffee table a solid workout, the handsome and heavy 1,272-page "legacy book" is a must for fervent fans; over 4,300 single-panel comics with more than half in color and 1,100 that have not appeared in any book form before (the popular--and far less weighty--paperback collections).

Set in rough chronological order, the comics share pages with occasional letters from fans, detractors, editors, folks made famous by a particular cartoon, and those begging for explanations. Though few explanations are provided (Larson personally supplies merely one, plus a single apology), this collection helps answer the inevitable "how do you think up these things" conundrum. Before each year's...



DC Comics Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the DC Universe
Phil Jimenez
075660592X
October 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
This copiously illustrated encyclopedia chronicles more than 1,000 DC Comics characters from the 1930s to the present. Arranged alphabetically, each entry gives the first appearance, status (hero, villain, etc.), real name, occupation, height, weight, and eye and hair color of the superheroes or supervillains. Special abilities and superpowers are also listed along with ample cross-references to other comic characters or superleague affiliations, such as the L.E.G.I.O.N. cosmic peacekeeping force. The biographical entries make fascinating reading in alternative history. For example, the Crimson Avenger served in a league called the Seven Soldiers of Victory during World War II. Afterward, he was sent backward in time. He came forward in time and discovered that he was struck with a terminal disease. After his death, an...


How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way
Stan Lee
0671530771
September 1984
Paperback
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Book Description
Stan Lee, the Mighty Man from Marvel, and John Buscema, active and adventuresome artist behind the Silver Surfer, Conan the Barbarian, the Mighty Thor and Spider-Man, have collaborated on this comics compendium: an encyclopedia of information for creating your own superhero comic strips. Using artwork from Marvel comics as primary examples, Buscema graphically illustrates the hitherto mysterious methods of comic art. Stan Lee's pithy prose gives able assistance and advice to the apprentice artist. Bursting with Buscema's magnificent illustrations and Lee's laudable word-magic, How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way belongs in the library of every kid who has ever wanted to illustrate his or her own comic strip.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
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Fruits Basket
Natsuki Takaya
1595324070
Dec 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The world's most popular shojo manga continues... With the beginning of the school year approaching, the gang returns from summer break--and what a vacation indeed! A new student council has been assembled, with two new secretaries: Naohito, who has declared himself Yuki's rival, and Kimi, who is known as a devil woman--and a thief of men's hearts. Later, when Tohru goes to see her grandfather, he brings up a part of Tohru's past that she had tried to shut away. And with parent-teacher conferences on the horizon, Mayuko gives Shigure some good advice.


Simpsons Treehouse of Horror: Hoodoo Voodoo Brouhaha

0061148725


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DC Versus Marvel Comics
Ron Marz
1563892944
September 1996
Paperback
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Fruits Basket
Natsuki Takaya
1595324038
Apr 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Summer is on its way, so of course Tohru and friends are excited about the upcoming vacation and field trip. But what's that sound? It's Hatsuharu going beserk in the classroom... again! Black Haru is full of more rage than usual, so what will happen when Yuki intervenes? And then there's Ritsu Sohma, whose mom Tohru met at the hot spring...but what's wrong with this kimono-wearing beauty?!


Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed
Katharine Debrecht
0976726904
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
This full-color illustrated book is a fun way for parents to teach young children the valuable lessons of conservatism. Written in simple text, readers can follow along with Tommy and Lou as they open a lemonade stand to earn money for a swing set. But when liberals start demanding that Tommy and Lou pay half their money in taxes, take down their picture of Jesus, and serve broccoli with every glass of lemonade, the young brothers experience the downside to living in Liberaland.

From the Publisher
Would you let your child read blatantly liberal stories with titles such as "King & King;" "No, George, No;" or "It's Just a Plant?" Unless you live in Haight-Ashbury or write for the New York Times, probably not. But with the nation's libraries and classrooms filled with overtly...


Simpsons Comics Extravaganza
Matt Groening
0060950862
November 1994
Paperback
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Book Description
Welcome to the remarkable first four issues of Simpsons Comics, brought to you by the Bongo Comics Group, a small but overachieving band of merry artists, designers, lawyers and publicists. Their work looks effortless, but the Bongo gang has shed several droplets of sweat, a few droplets of blood, and perhaps even a couple of tears of joy in the making of these comics. Don't worry, however: All Bongo bodily secretions have been wiped off the original art so as not to distract you from your entertainment experience. As Bart might say, "We're proud of these comics, man." As Lisa might say, "Damn, they're good." And as Marge might say, "I don't want you sitting up in that tree house all day reading comic books! You'll ruin your eyes!"

About the Author
Matt...


The Tenth Circle : A Novel
Jodi Picoult
0743496701
March 7, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Review
Bestselling author Jodi Picoult's The Tenth Circle is a metaphorical journey through Dante's Inferno, told through the eyes of a small Maine family whose hidden demons haunt every aspect of their seemingly peaceful existence. Woven throughout the novel are a series of dramatic illustrations that pay homage to the family's patriarch (comic book artist Daniel Stone), and add a unique twist to this gripping, yet somewhat rhetorical tale.

Trixie Stone is an imaginative, perceptive 14 year old whose life begins to unravel when Jason Underhill, Bethel High's star hockey player, breaks up with her, leaving a void that can only be filled by the blood spilled during shameful self-mutilations in the girls' bathroom. While Trixie's dad Daniel notices his daughter's recent change in demeanor, he turns a blind eye, just...



Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Frank Miller
1563893428
May 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
If any comic has a claim to have truly reinvigorated the genre, then The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller--known also for his excellent Sin City series and his superb rendering of the blind superhero Daredevil--is probably the top contender. Batman represented all that was wrong in comics and Miller set himself a tough task taking on the camp crusader and turning this laughable, innocuous children's cartoon character into a hero for our times. The great Alan Moore (V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, the arguably peerless Watchmen) argued that only someone of Miller's stature could have done this. Batman is a character known well beyond the confines of the comic world (as are his retinue) and so reinventing him, while keeping his limiting core essentials intact, was a huge task.

Miller went far beyond the call of duty. The...



Fruits Basket
Natsuki Takaya
1595324046
June 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Finally--summer has arrived! While Tohru struggles through the bipolar days of hope and anxiety, what will happen when Yuki comes face-to-face with the new member of the student council? Meanwhile, who is that Uo-chan's hanging out with? Is she c-r-a-z-y in love? In a bonus feature, Hana-chan's past is finally disclosed! Come join the party in the 9th volume of the super-popular Fruits Basket, the world's most popular shojo manga!


Serenity: Those Left Behind (Serenity)
Joss Whedon, et al
1593074492
January 25, 2006
Paperback
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From Booklist
With the war between the Alliance and the independent Browncoats over, Mal Reynolds, captain of the Serenity, and his crew of misfits, fugitives, and would-be outlaws work the frontier. Defeated and directionless, their goal has become simply to keep flying, and Mal is willing to take any job, in- or outside the law, to achieve it. Although their willingness to flout rules has occasionally played to their favor, they may be in over their heads in taking aboard Simon and his damaged sister, River, secretive fugitives from the Alliance. Mal and his crew may not know it, but the hunt is on, and the Alliance is right behind them. Whedon elaborates on his Firefly universe in this small prequel to the movie Serenity. If this story doesn't have much in the way of plot or background, an aura of character study...


Naruto
Masashi Kishimoto
1591161878
Mar 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
While they recover from their injuries, Kakashi puts Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura on a strict training regimen to protect Tazuna's family against Zabuza's next attack. But Zabuza has a dangerous new apprentice in Haku. And as the bridge comes closer to completion, our heroes must be willing to kill - or die.


Understanding Comics
Scott McCloud
006097625X
April 1994
Paperback
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Amazon.com
A comic book about comic books. McCloud, in an incredibly accessible style, explains the details of how comics work: how they're composed, read and understood. More than just a book about comics, this gets to the heart of how we deal with visual languages in general. "The potential of comics is limitless and exciting!" writes McCloud. This should be required reading for every school teacher. Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman says, "The most intelligent comics I've seen in a long time."

-- Will Eisner
"A landmark dissection and intellectual consideration of comics as a valid medium."

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Frank Miller's Complete Sin City Library [Amazon.com Exclusive]
Frank Miller
1593963149
August 1, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
This bundle contains all seven volumes of Frank Miller's landmark Sin City, the hard-boiled stories that started it all! The books that inspired the critically-acclaimed film, the now-infamous Marv, Dwight, Gail, Miho, Hartigan, Nancy, and the Yellow Bastard will transport you to Sin City and show you the bloody lives they lead ... bloody by choice or by circumstance. Frank Miller's Sin City is a triumph for its fiercely independent creator, and has been honored with Eisner awards, Harvey awards, and the prestigious National Cartoonists' Award.


Alias Omnibus (Max Comics)
Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos
0785121218
March 29, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Once upon a time, Jessica Jones was a costumed super-hero, just not a very good one. Her powers were unremarkable compared to the amazing abilities of the costumed icons that populate the Marvel Universe. In a city of Marvels, Jessica Jones never found her niche. Now a chain-smoking, self-destructive alcoholic with a mean inferiority complex, Jones is the owner and sole employee of Alias Investigations - a small, private-investigative firm specializing in super-human cases. In her inaugural arc, Jessica's life immediately becomes expendable when she uncovers the potentially explosive secret of one hero's true identity. But her wit, charm and intelligence just may help her survive through another day. Thrust into the midst of a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels, has Jessica burned too many bridges to turn to...


Howl's Moving Castle Film Comic, Vol. 4
Hayao Miyazaki
1421500949
November 2005
Paperback
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Fruits Basket
Natsuki Takaya
1595324054
July 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The world's number one shojo manga continues, as Tohru and the Sohmas spend time at the Sohma's summerhouse. Alas, it's not all fun in the sun on this little trip. Akito pays a surprise visit, causing a commotion for the rest of the family. Shigure takes a stroll down memory lane with an old friend, remembering the days when Hatori wasn't so aloof. Meanwhile, Tohru begins to wonder: What must life be like for the loved ones of a cursed member of the Sohma family? Can life with this family truly be happy while bearing such a burden?


Flight Volume 2
Becky Cloonan, et al
1582404771
April 13, 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Last year, the first volume of Flight introduced a squadron of talented young cartoonists whose anime/animation influence struck a fresh note among jaded comics readers. This edition shows substantial growth while introducing some veterans, such as Jeff Smith (Bone) and Doug TenNapel (Creature Tech). The general theme is flight, but many of the contributors use that as a springboard to examine symbolic journeys into adulthood or love. This thick volume is almost an embarrassment of riches, with exquisite art and coloring throughout. The story content is more variable, from the straight-out fantasy adventure of Khang Le's "Monster Slayers," to the more personal "Dust on the Shelves" by Bannister. Several stories, like Michael Gagné's "Inner Sanctum" and "Sky Blue" by Kness, take the...


Naruto
Masashi Kishimoto
1591168759
Aug 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Deep within the Forest of Death-the site of the second stage of the Journeyman Ninja Selection Exams-Naruto, Sasuke -and Sakura are still reeling from Orochimaru's attack...and now they must battle this unrelenting monster's minions, the mysterious Sound Ninja. As the fight rages on, Sasuke struggles with the strange force growing inside of him-spreading like an infection from the curse-mark Orochimaru burned into his neck-that could leave him dead...or send him on a bloodthirsty quest for power. And time is running out for the student ninja to collect the scrolls they need to pass the test!

About the Author
Author/artist Masashi Kishimoto was born in 1974 in rural Okayama Prefecture, Japan. After spending time in art college, he won the Hop Step Award for new manga artists...


The Comic Book Guy's Book of Pop Culture
Matt Groening
0060748214
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Comic Book Guy's Book of Pop Culture is an all-new book from the ongoing series: The Simpsons Library of Wisdom. Allow the portly proprietor of 'The Android's Dungeon and Baseball Card Shop' to guide you through the ins and outs, the fast food takeouts, online dates, things he hates, Wonder Woman dreams, internet schemes, chick flicks, Kung Fu kicks, gaming freaks, fan boy geeks, comic books, condescending looks, Tolkien's Middle Earth, his own middle girth, and every other aspect of pop culture from his own expertly acerbic point of view. Comic Book Guy's Book of Pop Culture - it's the worst, we mean . the best book ever! In The Simpsons Library of Wisdom, Matt Groening, the creator of 'The Simpsons', offers an ongoing series of portable and quotable books that will eliminate the need for all religions and...


Johnny The Homicidal Maniac: Director's Cut
Jhonen Vasquez
0943151163
July 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
Mayhem and violence rule in this collection of issues one through seven of Jhonen Vasquez's Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, as well as material seen before only in Carpe Noctem magazine. Dark and disturbingly funny, JTHM follows the adventures of Johnny (you can call him Nny), who lives with a pair of styrofoam doughboys that encourage his madness, a wall that constantly needs a fresh coat of blood, and--oh, yeah--his victims in various states of torture. Join Nny as he frightens the little boy next door (Todd, known to fans of Vasquez's work as Squee), thirsts for Cherry Brain Freezies, attempts suicide, draws Happy Noodle Boy, and tries to uncover the meaning of his homicidal existence.


Naruto
Masashi Kishimoto
1591163587
July 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
As the preliminaries to the third phase of the Journeyman Ninja Selection Exams begin, the student ninja face off against each other in no-holds-barred, one-on-one bouts. Deaf to Sakura's pleas to withdraw from the contest and despite the crippling effects of the curse placed on him by the nefarious Orochimaru, Sasuke enters the first match against one of the vicious Sound Ninja spies. But with his signature fighting techniques suddenly off-limits, how can Sasuke possibly prevail? And even if he manages to survive the violent brawl, Orochimaru's curse is threatening to change Sasuke forever! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author
Author/artist Masashi Kishimoto was born in 1974 in rural Okayama Prefecture, Japan. After spending time in art...


Howl's Moving Castle Film Comic, Volume 3
Hayao Miyazaki
1421500930
October 2005
Paperback
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How Come I'm Always Luigi A FoxTrot Collection (Foxtrot Collection)
Bill Amend
0740756834
April 1, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
In 1988, a comic strip burst onto the funny pages of America's newspapers with attitude, wit, and a big dose of reality when it comes to family dynamics.Today, FoxTrot is one of the most popular and lauded strips around.How Come I'm Always Luigi? is the latest saga of the slightly off-center Fox family, parents Roger and Andy, teenagers Peter and Paige, 10-year-old brainiac Jason, and pet iguana Quincy. This new collection of cartoons continues their mishaps and misadventures as they battle with school, work, video games, and of course, each other.Anyone who's ever experienced the trying turmoil of family life will relish this latest collection of FoxTrot-a strip that inspires laughs and instant identification like few others.


Watchmen (Absolute Editions)
Alan Moore
1401207138
October 5, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
Has any comic been as acclaimed as Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen? Possibly only Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, but Watchmen remains the critics' favorite. Why? Because Moore is a better writer, and Watchmen a more complex and dark and literate creation than Miller's fantastic, subversive take on the Batman myth. Moore, renowned for many other of the genre's finest creations (Saga of the Swamp Thing, V for Vendetta, and From Hell, with Eddie Campbell) first put out Watchmen in 12 issues for DC in 1986-87. It won a comic award at the time (the 1987 Jack Kirby Comics Industry Awards for Best Writer/Artist combination) and has continued to gather praise since.

The story concerns a group called the Crimebusters and a plot to kill and discredit them. Moore's characterization is as sophisticated as any...



The Last Siege, The Final Truth (Star Wars: Clone Wars, Vol. 8)
John Ostrander, et al
1593074824
March 29, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
While both the Republic and the Separatists have suffered staggering losses during the Clone Wars, nothing could have prepared them for the battle they face on the desert world of Saleucami. Beneath the surface of this Outer Rim planet, the Dark Jedi Sora Bulq has begun cloning an army of Morgukai assassins. Unwilling to leave this grave new threat unchecked, the Jedi and their armies soon find themselves entrenched in a five-month siege. Now, time and resources have run out, and it's up to a crack team of Jedi, led by Quinlan Vos and Aayla Secura, to infiltrate the Separatist base.

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