Friday, January 7, 2011
Well, happy gnu year and welcome to the 2nd instalment of my monthly goodie bag. Each month, I’ll be giving you the low-down on what’s new in the merchiverse, from collectible cards and cool comics, to terrific toys and saucy statuettes. January’s treasure hunt unearthed new releases from the Dark Horse stable, tasty t-shirts, fractured fairy tale biz, and, as always, awe-inspiring art. So, without further ado, heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere’s January!!!!!!!!!………..
Felicia Day is back with her comic and web series smash, The Guild. Day penned the upcoming Dark Horse release,Tink, which centres on the mysterious guild member, Tinkerballa (she of the video game addiction and natty purple get-up). Find out what happens when the Knights of Good snoop a liiiittle too far into Tink’s closely-guarded private life.
Another lovely lookin’ thang from Dark Horse is The Art of Alice: Madness Returns (on sale May, ’11). Legendary game designer, American McGee developed the original, gorgeous game that was released back in 2000. This year marks the release of this amazing-looking, 184-page hardback. According to the promos, The Art of Alice promises ‘an intimate look into the stunning and terrifying artwork behind this blockbuster reinterpretation of Lewis Carroll’s enduring masterpiece’.
I know it’s a while away, but here’s something to look forward to: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. This is the 10th year of Free Comic Book Day, ’the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores. You can check out FAQs here.
In the mood for an acclaimed anime romance? Summer Wars is just what you need. To give you an idea of how popular this full-length anime feature is, it pipped the mighty Evangelion in 1st week sales figs. Described as a light-hearted, science-fiction romance, Summer Wars follows teen misfit/maths whiz, Kenji, and the girl of his dreams, Natsuki, on an ultra-modern, world-saving, doomsday quest. Phew. Cover enough ground for you?
Something else I think you’re gonna want is the OMG-inspiring range of Tragic Toys (for girls and boys) by the utterly, insanely, fabulous Tim Burton. Millionaire Playboy showcases the PVC deskmates, including Oyster Boy, Mummy Boy, Stain Boy, and The Girl With Many Eyes. The collection also includes fabulicious heat-sensitive mugs, pull-tab & light-up journals, playing cards and vinyl figurines. Burton-y goodness for every room of the house, practically!!
Offical Vampire Hunter D t-shirts are available and they are frickin’ fantastic.
Manga-lovin’ kiddies rejoice! Vol. 4 of the New York Times bestseller, Dengeki Daisy, is set for release on April 5.
You can pre-order this the latest tale in this shōjo rom com (by celebrated author/artist, Kyousuke Motomi) over at Amazon now.
Go-go gadget geek: ‘Finally, a USB drive ready to store your data AND defend the universe’ (thinkgeek.com). Yes. YES. YES! (Who comes up with these ideas?).
Pop over to toybeast.com and have a squiz at the Nightmare Before Christmas Jack and Sally Be@rbrick dolls. Weird, creepy, kinda cute. Very limited edition.
Are you a fan of fairy tales? If so, there are 2 new releases that might interest you. The first is this luscious Grimm Fairy Tales boxed set (droolamundo), published by Zenescope and available on January 9. The other is the latest volume (#15) in the Fables series: Rose Red… (From Amazon: ‘Rose Red, sister of Snow White, has finally hit rock bottom. Does she stay there, or is it time to start the long, tortuous climb back up? The Farm is in chaos, as many factions compete to fill the void of her missing leadership. And there’s a big magical fight brewing down in the town square, right under her window.’)
New Music: Mark Ronson has produced a brand-spankin’ new Duran Duran album, All You Need is Now. Who’da thunk? Here’s the first release: