Media-related & Humour Catalogue: December 2019
All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in December 2019.
Because they are new books, we are at the whim of the publishers and, to some extent, the shipping companies – books can sometimes arrive later (or earlier) than, or occasionally be a different retail price, than originally quoted. Because space is a luxury, we bring in limited quantities of books. Prices are subject to change without notice.
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Abbreviations used in this catalogue: PBK = ‘A’ or ‘B’ format (standard size) paperback;TP = ‘B+’ or ‘C’ format (oversize) trade paperback;HC = hardcover or cloth binding.
Until next time, good reading!
The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary (Star Wars)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – The Visual Dictionary is a 200-page definitive guide to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, revealing the characters, creatures, droids, locations, and technology from the new film. Packed with information and 500+ images, plus cross-sections of new vehicles, as penned by Star Wars scribe Pablo Hidalgo, it’s a must-have for all fans who want to go beyond the movie experience. The most authoritative and comprehensive guide to the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode IX.
Star Wars | HC | $39.99
Customer Service Wolf: Comics from the Retail Wilderness
Join Customer Service Wolf and colleagues, as they navigate the most awkward customer interactions imaginable, plus a few that are beyond imagination. From bookseller and artist Anne Barnetson comes this charming, hilarious, and perfectly-observed snapshot of life behind the counter.
Humour | HC | $14.99
Doctor Who: Star Tales (anthology)
Cole, Steve; Magrs, Paul; Colgan, Jenny T; Cotterill, Jo; Baxendale, Trevor; Tucker, Mike
To celebrate the return of Doctor Who in early 2020, a unique collection of name-dropping historical adventures, inspired by Jodie Whitaker’s first series as The Doctor. ‘Even though they’re gone from the world, they’re never gone from me.’ The Doctor is many things – curious, funny, brave, protective of her friends… and a shameless namedropper. While she and her companions battled aliens and travelled across the universe, the Doctor hinted at a host of previous, untold adventures with the great and the good: we discovered she got her sunglasses from Pythagoras (or… was it Audrey Hepburn?); lent a mobile phone to Elvis; had an encounter with Amelia Earhart, where she discovered that a pencil-thick spider web can stop a plane; had a ‘wet weekend’ with Harry Houdini, learning how to escape from chains underwater; and more. In this collection of new stories, Star Tales takes you on a rip-roaring ride through history, from 500BC to the swinging ’60s, going deeper into the Doctor’s notorious name dropping, and revealing the truth behind these anecdotes.
Doctor Who | HC | $29.99
A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee
Fingeroth (comics industry veteran, author, and long-time Stan Lee friend and colleague) writes a comprehensive biography of this powerhouse of ideas who changed the world’s understanding of what a hero is and how a story should be told, while exploring Lee’s unique path to becoming the face of comics.
Biography | TP | $32.99
The Solar War (Horus Heresy: Siege of Terra 01)
After seven years of bitter war, the end has come, at last, for the conflict known infamously as the Horus Heresy. Terra now lies within the Warmaster’s sights, the Throneworld and the seat of his father’s rule. Horus’ desire is nothing less than the death of the Emperor of Mankind and the utter subjugation of the Imperium. He has become the ascendant vessel of Chaos, and amassed a terrible army with which to enact his will and vengeance. But the way to the Throne will be hard as the primarch Rogal Dorn, the Praetorian and protector of Terra, marshals the defences. First and foremost, Horus must challenge the might of the Sol System itself and the many fleets and bulwarks arrayed there. To gain even a foothold on Terran soil, he must first contend the Solar War. Thus, the first stage of the greatest conflict in the history of all mankind begins. Explore the final stages of the Horus Heresy in this fantastic series, a must have for all fans!
Black Library | PBK | $27.00
Black Orchid (graphic novel) (reissue)
Before introducing the modern version of The Sandman, Neil Gaiman wrote this dark tale that reinvented a strange DC Comics super hero in the Vertigo mould. Featuring spectacular art by Gaiman’s frequent collaborator, Dave McKean, Black Orchid is now collected in a deluxe trade paperback. After being viciously murdered, Susan Linden is reborn fully grown, as the Black Orchid – a hybrid of plant and human, destined to avenge her own death. Now, as this demigoddess attempts to reconcile human memory and botanical origins, she must untangle the webs of deception and secrets that led to her death. Beginning in the cold streets of a heartless metropolis and ending in the Amazon rainforest, this book takes the reader on a journey through secrets, suffering, and self-rediscovery.
Superheroes | PBK | $32.99
The Books of Magic (30th anniversary edition)
Gaiman’s tale of Timothy Hunter, a boy with the power to be the world’s greatest magician, is once again available. Some of the greatest mystics in the DC Universe, such as John Constantine and the Phantom Stranger, must aid Timothy Hunter in his decision on whether or not to become a powerful magician, or return to his normal life.
Sandman universe | PBK | $32.99
The Books of Magic (30th anniversary deluxe edition)
Gaiman’s tale of Timothy Hunter, a boy with the power to be the world’s greatest magician, is once again available. Some of the greatest mystics in the DC Universe, such as John Constantine and the Phantom Stranger, must aid Timothy Hunter in his decision on whether or not to become a powerful magician, or return to his normal life. Presented in a remastered, deluxe, anniversary format.
Sandman universe | HC | $49.99
The Great Devourer: The Leviathan Omnibus (Warhammer 40,000)
Goulding, L J (editor)
As billions upon billions of tyranids sweep through the galaxy, consuming every living soul and world in their path, it seems all will soon fall to the ravenous xenos. Faced with foes beyond number, Space Marines and their common enemy the eldar face an impossible dilemma – do they fight to the last honour, or retreat to safety for the future of their race? This omnibus contains the novel Valedor by Guy Haley, alongside four novellas and a host of short stories by some of Black Library’s best-known authors, including Josh Reynolds, Nick Kyme, and L J Goulding.
Black Library | PBK | $27.00
How to Survive a Horror Movie: All the Skills to Dodge the Kills
Are you reading this in a cornfield, at a summer camp, or in an abandoned mental institution? Have you noticed that everything is poorly lit, or that music surges every time you open a door? If the answer is yes, you’re probably trapped in a horror movie. But don’t freak out – just read this book! With it you will learn how to overcome every obstacle found in scary films, including: how to determine what type of horror film you’re trapped in; the five types of slashers and how to defeat them; how to handle killer dolls, murderous automobiles, and other haunted objects; how to deal with alien invasions, zombie apocalypses, and other global threats; and, what to do if you did something last summer, if your corn has children in it, or if you suspect you’re already dead. Written by author, screenwriter, and producer Seth Grahame-Smith (The Lego Batman Movie; Stephen King’s It), with an introduction by horror icon Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street), this is a hilarious must-read for any horror movie fan… and it just might save your life.
Horror films | PBK | $24.99
Myths and Revenants (Warhammer: Age of Sigmar) (anthology)
Guymer, David; Clark, Andy; Dicken, Evan; Annandale, David;
Haley, Guy; Kyme, Nick; Werner, C L; Reynolds, Josh; Thorpe, Gav
Harrowed by unending wars, few bastions of safety remain in the Age of Sigmar. Even so, the brave – or, perhaps, foolish – set out to plunder the shadowy corners of the lands. But what terrible curiosity would drive someone to explore the myths of the Mortal Realms? Spoken of only in whispers, it is said that graceful beings come at high tide seeking their due, raiding without provocation. While in Shyish, corpses and kings wander the afterlife, searching for the revenants of lost lovers. And across the flame-scarred plains of Aqshy, dauntless Fyreslayers hunt for any remnant of their lost god. No matter their goal, trials beyond endurance are all that await the intrepid.
Black Library | PBK | $20.00
Fargo: This Is a True Story
The making of the acclaimed, award-winning TV show, told exactly as it occurred. From bestselling, Edgar Award-winning author Noah Hawley (Before the Fall) comes the perfect collector’s item to the hit TV show based on the film Fargo. This companion to the first three seasons of Fargo, which Hawley created and executive produced, is packed with script selections – including all three pilots – candid, behind-the-scenes photography, exclusive interviews with cast and crew, and much, much more. Learn about what makes Lorne Malvo tick in a fascinating conversation with Billy Bob Thornton. Discover Kirsten Dunst’s and Jesse Plemons’ favourite scenes. Find out what it was like for Ewan McGregor to play both Stussy brothers. Hear from Patrick Wilson, Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and many others – as Hawley, in this gorgeous, illuminating journey, takes you behind the curtain to reveal the making of one of the best shows on television.
Fargo | HC | $49.99
Strayan Dictionary: Avo, Arvo, Mabo, ScoMo and all the essential Strayan words
The hilarious dictionary of Australia’s unique words and phrases The most un-unAustralian dictionary ever created, The Strayan Dictionary is your indispensable guide to the native tongue of Warnie, Hawkie, Dame Nellie, Kylie (Minogue and Mole), Little Johnny, Barty… and, of course, Boonie. More bonzer than a long weekend, as respectable as an underarm delivery and as easy to understand as ‘yeah-nah-nah-yeah-nah’, The Strayan Dictionary is guaranteed* to be as honest as a sickie, as useful as a beer snake, and as unputdownable as a stubby. *This guarantee is a furphy (also defined within).
Humour | TP | $29.99
Alien Vault: The Definitive Story Behind the Film
For more than thirty years, audiences have been simultaneously captivated and appalled as the spaceship Nostromo is invaded and its crew stalked by a terrifying parasitic creature. From the gore of the infant alien bursting from Kane’s chest to the mounting claustrophobia as Ripley discovers the monster has followed her into the escape shuttle, Alien is a chilling masterpiece. Now, Alien Vault opens a portal into the making of this legendary film, tracing its path from embryonic concept to fully-fledged box office phenomenon. Featured herein are director Ridley Scott’s own annotated storyboards, Polaroids and script pages; the elegant but disturbing concept artwork of H R Giger; sketches and construction blueprints for the Nostromo; costume designs by Moebius; a treasure trove of never-before-seen photographs of the cast and crew; and ten meticulously reproduced artefacts, enclosed in vellum envelopes, for readers to remove and examine more closely. Fully authorised and illustrated throughout, Alien Vault is the ultimate tribute to a movie that changed cinema for ever.
Alien | Slipcased | $55.00
I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way through the TV Revolution
From The New Yorker’s fiercely original, Pulitzer Prize-winning culture critic, a provocative collection of new and previously-published essays, arguing that we are what we watch. From her creation of the ‘Approval Matrix’ in New York magazine in 2004 to her Pulitzer Prize-winning columns for The New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum has argued for a new way of looking at TV. In this collection, including two never-before-published essays, Nussbaum writes about her passion for television, beginning with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the show that set her on a fresh intellectual path. She explores the rise of the female screw-up; how fans warp the shows they love; the messy power of sexual violence on TV; and the year that jokes helped elect a reality-television president. There are three big profiles of television showrunners – Kenya Barris, Jenji Kohan, and Ryan Murphy – as well as examinations of the legacies of Norman Lear and Joan Rivers. The book also includes a major new essay, written during the year of #MeToo, wrestling with the question of what to do when the artist you love is a monster. More than a collection of reviews, the book makes a case for toppling the status anxiety that has long haunted the ‘idiot box’, even as it transformed. Through it all, Nussbaum recounts her fervent search, over fifteen years, for a new kind of criticism, one that resists the false hierarchy that elevates one kind of culture (violent, dramatic, gritty) over another (joyful, funny, stylised). I Like to Watch traces her own struggle to punch through stifling notions of ‘prestige television’, searching for a more expansive, more embracing vision of artistic ambition – one that acknowledges many types of beauty and complexity and opens to more varied voices. It’s a book that celebrates television as television, even as each year warps the definition of just what that might mean. ‘Emily Nussbaum is the perfect critic – smart, engaging, funny, generous, and insightful.’ – David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon.
Pop culture | HC | $44.99
Star Wars: The Ultimate Pop-Up Galaxy
Reinhart, Matthew & Wilson, Kevin (illustrator)
Blast into hyperspace for a thrilling pop-up journey through the entire Star Wars saga with pop-up legend Matthew Reinhart’s new masterpiece. From the war-torn battlefields of the Clone Wars to the rebels’ last stand over the Death Star and the Resistance’s climactic clash with the First Order on Crait, this one-of-a-kind pop-up book takes fans on a unique interactive adventure that brings the Star Wars saga to life in a whole new way. Featuring the most iconic moments from the entire saga rendered as ingenious pop-up creations, Star Wars: The Ultimate Pop-Up Galaxy allows fans to interact with the action, launching rebel snowspeeders against AT-AT walkers, helping the Millennium Falcon escape First Order pursuers on Jakku, and more. Presented in a dynamic 360-degree format that enables the action to be viewed from all sides, the book also opens up to form a displayable 3D diorama of the entire saga. Packed with amazing Star Wars moments and hidden surprises to discover, Star Wars: The Ultimate Pop-Up Galaxy represents a whole new level of sophistication and interactivity in pop-up books and is guaranteed to thrill fans of all ages.
Star Wars | HC | $120.00
Resistance Reborn (Star Wars)
In this pivotal prequel to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the heroes of the Resistance – Poe Dameron, General Leia Organa, Rey, and Finn – must fight back from the edge of oblivion. The Resistance is in ruins. In the wake of their harrowing escape from Crait, what was once an army has been reduced to a handful of wounded heroes. Finn, Poe, Rey, Rose, Chewbacca, Leia Organa – their names are famous among the oppressed worlds, they fight to liberate. But names can only get you so far, and Leia’s last desperate call, for aid, has gone unanswered. From the jungles of Ryloth to the shipyards of Corellia, the shadow of the First Order looms large, and those with the bravery to face the darkness are scattered and isolated. If hope is to survive, the Resistance must journey throughout the galaxy, seeking out more leaders – including those who, in days gone by, helped a nascent rebellion topple an empire. Battles will be fought, alliances will be forged, and the Resistance will be reborn.
Star Wars | TP | $32.99
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (40th anniversary edition)
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture with this classic movie novelisation, written by legendary Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry! The original five-year mission of the Starship Enterprise – to explore strange new worlds, and to seek out new life and new civilisations – has ended. James T Kirk, Spock, Dr McCoy, and the rest of the crew of the Enterprise have separated, to follow their own career paths and different lives. But, now, an overwhelming alien threat – one that is ignoring all attempts at communication and annihilating all opposition in its path – is on a collision course with Earth, the very heart of the United Federation of Planets. And the only vessel that Starfleet can send, in time to intercept this menace, is a refitted Enterprise – with her old crew heeding the call to, once again, boldly go where no one has gone before…
Star Trek | TP | $24.99
Rotten Movies We Love: Cult Classics, Underrated Gems, and Films So Bad They’re Good
Rotten Tomatoes, the Editors of
Celebrating everything from guilty pleasures to campy cult classics, Rotten Tomatoes’ first book is a light-hearted, slightly-irreverent delight for the cinephile and pop-culture fanatic. Hook. Wet Hot American Summer. Valley of the Dolls. There are some movies that defy traditional standards – films panned by critics that go on to become beloved classics and cult phenoms, anyway. In Rotten Movies We Love, the editors at Rotten Tomatoes – the leading online aggregator of movie and TV show reviews – explore and celebrate these underrated films. The book is comprised of short write-ups on ‘rotten’ movies, focusing on why we love them; why they scored so low, on RT’s infamous Tomatometer; fun stories about their making; and how they have become pop-culture touchstones. The book is broken into seven categories that hint at the reasoning found within – People’s Champs, Cult Leaders, Sequels Worth a Second Look, and so on – and also features 15 essays, by critics from Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and more, each about a rotten movie that they love. Punctuated with black-and-white film stills and punchy two-colour illustrations, the book is a fun romp through quirky, unusual film history.
Film history/criticism | PBK | $32.99
The Cinematic Art of World of Warcraft: Volume I
World of Warcraft redefined online gaming for millions and millions of people, and in the fifteen years since its launch, each new chapter in the game’s story has been bolstered through the Blizzard Entertainment’s incredible cinematics. The Cinematic Art of World of Warcraft goes behind the scenes with the team who built the game’s stunning movies. With never-before-seen concept art and accounts of the creative and technical process, this is the definitive visual gallery of how countless artists brought the world of Azeroth to life in incredible detail and motion. The first instalment in a new series, The Cinematic Art of World of Warcraft: Volume One is a visual chronicle covering the cinematics, from the beginning of World of Warcraft through to the Warlords of Draenor expansion.
World of Warcraft | HC | $75.00
Venture, a direct rival to the Weyland-Yutani corporation, will accept any risk to crush the competition. Thus, when a corporate spy ‘acquires’ a bizarre, leathery egg from a hijacked vessel, she takes it directly to the Venture testing facility on Jericho 3. Though unaware of the danger it poses, the scientists there recognise their prize’s immeasurable value. Early tests reveal little, however, and they come to an inevitable conclusion. They need a human test subject… Enter Zula Hendricks. A member of the Jericho 3 security staff, Colonial Marines veteran Zula Hendricks has been tasked with training personnel to deal with anything the treacherous planet can throw their way. Yet, nothing can prepare them for the horror that appears – a creature more hideous than any, Zula has encountered before. Unless stopped, it will kill every human being on the planet.
Alien | PBK | $19.99