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500 Essential Graphic Novels

500 Essential Graphic Novels

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500 Essential Graphic Novels is an all-in-one guide to this exciting form of visual literature.

Including more than 350 authors and 400 artists, this lush volume contains an essential mix of some of the finest visually-stunning stories of our time. From politically-charged non-fiction sagas to imaginative fantasy tales, this ultimate guide has something to satisfy everyone's taste.

The first of its kind, this book focuses on each graphic novel separately, honing in on art technique, style and prose, plus an age rating system so parents will know what is suitable for their children. Chapters are divided by genre, complete with individual plot synopses and star-scaled reviews for each book, providing the reader with a concise and balanced understanding of today's best graphic novels.

501 Things to do With a Zombie

501 Things to do With a Zombie

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Zombies are were people too!

Escape routes, defense plans, survival kits. Enough is enough! Zombies have gotten a bad rap, and it's time the redeeming qualities of these brain-eating (but potentially lovable) creatures come to light. Enter 501 Things to Do with a Zombie. Inside, you'll see that the undead make the perfect sidekicks for just about anything you've got going on.

  • Can't convince a buddy to join you in karaoke? No worries! A Zombie never suffers from stage fright!
  • Looking to take a leisurely stroll through the local farmers' market? Zombies know the secret to picking out the freshest tomatoes.
  • Need to negotiate a new cell-phone contract? Bring a Zombie along to get out of the two-year commitment (he can strong-arm the sales rep--that is, unless it's missing).

  • Sure, Zombies may have rotting flesh and nasty viruses, but don't we all have our faults? Open your mind and open this book for inspired ideas on how we can all learn to get along.

    Monstrous fun awaits!

    90 Classic Books for People in a Hurry

    90 Classic Books for People in a Hurry

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    From cult favorites to must-reads, 90 classic books are distilled into very short retellings. The entire story of each book is rendered in just four illustrated squares. Ideal for people in a hurry or anyone who likes books.
    99 Stormtroopers Join the Empire

    99 Stormtroopers Join the Empire

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    Ninety-nine Stormtroopers join the Empire, and then their troubles begin. One takes a lunch break in the carbon freezing chamber. Two underestimate a princess. One picks the wrong time to ask for a promotion. Another fails to show Jabba the proper respect. And one interrupts Lord Vader's private time, failing him for the last time. A lifelong Star Wars fan, Greg Stones brings a playful wit and sympathy for the plight of the troops as they meet their amusing ends, filling each colorfully painted scenario with fun Star Wars details and appearances by Han, Luke, Chewie, K-2SO, and many other characters. As the trooper count ticks down, how will the last one fare as he receives a very special assignment (on the Death Star)?

    (c) and TM Lucasfilm Ltd. Used Under Authorization

    A la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers

    A la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers

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    A comic original in the tradition of Tracey Ullman and Lily Tomlin--with Cindy Sherman's eye--Hillary Carlip transforms herself into America's most unforgettable grocery shoppers. It's happened to all of us--we find, tucked away in the corner of our shopping cart, someone's discarded grocery list. Who's the person buying "Whole milk, heavy cream, ice cream, cheese, and Gas-Ex?" Why would someone need to write down "Coors and Oreos" on a matchbook cover--couldn't he just remember those two items? And what's the person like who scrawled their list on a PROZAC notepad? Taking her clues from the items listed, the types of paper written on, the handwriting, and even misspellings ("Aunt Spray"), Hillary saw that each list--at once mundane and personal--offered an intimate peek into a complete stranger's life. She chose 26 lists and imagined who the shoppers might be. She then transformed herself into all 26 people, one by one, literally stepping into each character--all ages, genders, and ethnicities--with hair, makeup, outfits, and one Fu Manchu. Photographer Barbara Green then captured unforgettable images of Hillary portraying these shoppers at their neighborhood markets. Hillary came to love these characters, so her accompanying stories for each are as poignant and hilarious as the photographs. She brings to life richly imagined inner worlds, including one for macho Woody, a self-described "Lady's Man with NO BANKRUPTCIES ready to meet just one Special Lady with NO KIDS." After getting to know these grocery shoppers through Miss Carlip's dedicated voyeurism, going to the supermarket will never be the same.
    A Little Look-See : Mutts Six

    A Little Look-See : Mutts Six

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    The fun and mischievous daily adventures of head mutt Earl and his kitty chum, Mooch, take center stage in Patrick McDonnell's Mutts collection, A Little Look-See. As with McDonnell's previous collections, the always-adorable Mooch and Earl can be counted on for hearty laughs and endearing moments as they share their pets'-eye views when their peoples are not around. In A Little Look-See, we learn through Earl and Mooch that yes, animals do practice those irresistible expressions that melt our hearts, and we witness a not-so-dignified debate over the age-old question of who is cuter: dogs or cats?

    The creative style and classic charm of Mutts earns McDonnell the admiration of loyal readers, prominent national organizations, and fellow cartoonists, as well as frequent comparisons to cartoon-strip greats such as Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes. In 2000, McDonnell received the National Cartoonists Society's highest honor, the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year for 1999. With a following that spans 20 countries, Mutts has also garnered notice internationally, winning Germany's prestigious Max & Moritz Award for best international comic strip. Go ahead and take A Little Look-See at the spectacular world of Mutts.

    ABCs of the 80s

    ABCs of the 80s

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    It's awesome. Totally awesome.
    From fashion to '80s music, tv and film, this pop culture book entertains adults while teaching even the littlest children about the '80s from Alf to Zubaz. Whether you put it on your coffee table or your kid's bookshelf, spread the love of the '80s and keep it alive!
    Abridged Classics

    Abridged Classics

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    A collection of irreverent summations of more than 100 well-known works of literature, from Anna Karenina to Wuthering Heights, cleverly described in the fewest words possible and accompanied with funny color illustrations.

    Abridged Classics: Brief Summaries of Books You Were Supposed to Read but Probably Didn't is packed with dozens of humorous super-condensed summations of some of the most famous works of literature from many of the world's most revered authors, including William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Emily Brontë, Leo Tolstoy, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, J.R.R. Tolkien, Margaret Atwood, James Joyce, Plato, Ernest Hemingway, Dan Brown, Ayn Rand, and Herman Melville.

    From Old ladies convince a guy to ruin Scotland (Macbeth) to Everyone is sad. It snows. (War and Peace), these clever, humorous synopses are sure to make book lovers smile.

    Absinthe & Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously

    Absinthe & Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously

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    A Selection of the Scientific American Book Club Want to add more excitement to your life? This daring combination of science, history, and DIY projects will show you how. Written for smart risk takers, it explores why danger is good for you and details the art of living dangerously. Risk takers are more successful, more interesting individuals who lead more fulfilling lives. Unlike watching an action movie or playing a video game, real-life experience changes a person, and Gurstelle will help you discover the true thrill of making black powder along with dozens of other edgy activities. All of the projects--from throwing knives, drinking absinthe, and eating fugu to cracking a bull whip, learning bartitsu, and building a flamethrower--have short learning curves, are hands-on and affordable, and demonstrate true but reasonable risk. With a strong emphasis on safety, each potentially life-altering project includes step-by-step directions, photographs, and illustrations along with troubleshooting tips from experts in the field.
    Absolutely Worst Places to Live in America

    Absolutely Worst Places to Live in America

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    The Absolutely Worst Places to Live in America surveyed thousands of Americans to find the fifty dirtiest, smelliest, most miserable cesspools, armpits, and tourist traps that make up this great land of ours. The winners of this awful distinction include the likes of:
    - Atlantic City, New Jersey--Come for the slots. Stay for the gang warfare and fourth-rate prostitutes.
    - Gary, Indiana--Like a sewer populated by 100,000 people.
    - Carson City, Nevada--Perfect for folks burned out on the high culture of Reno.
    - Fairbanks, Alaska--Take the most horrible place you've ever been, then subtract the sun.
    - Jacksonville, Florida--Possibly the foulest-smelling city in the Western hemisphere.
    - Camden, New Jersey--Once the proud home of America's first mass murderer, it's been all downhill since then.
    Perfect for your friends unfortunate enough to live in Baltimore or Houston, The Absolutely Worst Places to Live in America is an uproarious look at the dregs of our otherwise wonderful country. Paper-Over-Board Edition
    Academy Awards: The Complete Unofficial History

    Academy Awards: The Complete Unofficial History

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    THE definitive guide to the Academy Awards, from the very first ceremony to this year's 80th anniversary spectacular, includes EVERY nominee and winner in EVERY category?and has been fully updated to include the most recent winners and losers, unforgettable photographs, and highlights.

    Written by film experts who are sought out every year for their insider knowledge of movies and Hollywood, this book is both a comprehensive reference and a detailed history of the Academy Awards, complete with each year's facts, highlights, and controversies?all told with authority and attitude.

    Packed with more than 500 photographs from the Oscar ceremonies and red carpet as well as the movies themselves, it outdoes any other book on the market in both information and illustrations. And compared to boring "official" books with less reportage and much less color, this "unauthorized" book delivers what fans want most: ALL the facts, enhanced by juicy commentary and pictures galore.

    Now in its fourth edition, it's the most popular, comprehensive, lavishly illustrated, and enjoyable Oscar book out there.

    Acme Catalog

    Acme Catalog

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    Iron birdseed, anvils, fake holes, and morefor years The ACME Company has been the sole purveyor of the fine products used by Looney Tunes characters. Chronicle Books is proud to present an exclusive catalog featuring ACME's must-have, best-selling line of items, each guaranteed to promote a happy* life provided that they are used properly.** Including ACME classics and entirely new and untested items, the ACME Catalog showcases 100 products untarnished by government regulations. There's something here for everyone. An extruder that doubles as a pasta maker for Grandma. A roof-mounted catapult for Dad. And what about a little jet-powered pogo stick for yourself? Each item is matched with a thorough product description, the price, and the shipping cost. As always, the ACME Company brings corporate identity sans responsabilit to everything sold with its label. Please note that the ACME Company has no retail outlets or web site. In other words, this catalog is the only way for consumers to access this highly sought-after ACME line.

    *Happy being relative to the level of one's acceptance of fate.
    **Liability is limited to the competence of the user.

    LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

    Acting in Chicago (2013 Edition)

    Acting in Chicago (2013 Edition)

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    Be an artist without starving. Reliable, objective information about the acting profession is hard to come by. Maybe you're new to the business and don't know where to start. Maybe you're training to become and actor, but need practical advice to help launch your career. Maybe you're a successful theater actor but sense you could boost your acting income. This nature of the industry is to guard secrets and confuse actors who want something from it. This book unlocks those secrets.

    Written by a Chicago-based career actor, Acting In Chicago 2013 Edition demystifies the question of how to earn a full-time living as an actor in the Midwest. You'll get details on:

    -The seven ways Chicago actors make money actually acting
    -How much career actors can earn
    -Local agents and casting directors
    -Training resources available to Chicago actors
    -Headshots and Resumes the Chicago way
    -Auditioning in Chicago
    -Working in Chicago
    -The actor's union - SAG/AFTRA
    -Other sources of income while your acting career is developing
    -And much, much more

    Praise for Acting In Chicago:

    "This book is a dream for actors." Sam Samuelson, agent @ Stewart Talent Chicago

    "For an actor new to the business in Chicago, one who has been around but is trying to up their game, or one who is trying to break into new areas of the biz, this book is everything you need." Kurt Naebig, actor, director & teacher

    "Just shot my first national commercial and couldn't help but think of all the tips I learned from Chris Agos." Lauren Lapkus, actor, improvisor and comedian

    "I meet excited actors, new to Chicago and ready to dive in all the time, and I always point them straight to Acting in Chicago. This market is a unique beast and Agos' book is a huge help to anyone wanting to make a living in this town." Grace McPhillips, Chicago-based SAG-AFTRA actress and co-director of CAFM

    "This book is a must for every actor serious about making acting their business and not just their craft." Janelle Snow, adjunct faculty member, Roosevelt University

    "Actors spend many years perfecting their craft, but with Chris Agos' book at their side, they can understand the business instantly. A must read for all actors!" Ted Lega, Executive producer @ Bow]Arrow and Protein Editorial

    "Just landed an awesome commercial. Thanks for all of your instruction and guidance that helped me land this gig. I owe you a lot." Nick Bailey, Chicago-based actor

    "Outside of Betty Crocker and the Bible, no other book has helped me more." Janice Culver, Chicago-based actress.

    Actors Life

    Actors Life

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    Jenna Fischer's Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Louis. With a theater degree in hand, she was determined, she was confident, she was ready to work hard. So, what could go wrong?

    Uh, basically everything. The path to being a professional actor was so much more vast and competitive than she'd imagined. It would be eight long years before she landed her iconic role on The Office, nearly a decade of frustration, struggle, rejection and doubt.

    If only she'd had a handbook for the aspiring actor. Or, better yet, someone to show her the way--an established actor who could educate her about the business, manage her expectations, and reassure her in those moments of despair.

    Jenna wants to be that person for you.

    With amusing candor and wit, Fischer spells out the nuts and bolts of getting established in the profession, based on her own memorable and hilarious experiences. She tells you how to get the right headshot, what to look for in representation, and the importance of joining forces with other like-minded artists and creating your own work--invaluable advice personally acquired from her many years of struggle. She provides helpful hints on how to be gutsy and take risks, the tricks to good auditioning and callbacks, and how not to fall for certain scams (auditions in a guy's apartment are probably not legit--or at least not for the kind of part you're looking for!).

    Her inspiring, helpful guidance feels like a trusted friend who's made the journey, and has now returned to walk beside you, pointing out the pitfalls as you blaze your own path towards the life of a professional actor.

    Actual One

    Actual One

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    A hilarious, razor-sharp debut memoir about the moment when you realize that your friends have all grown up and left you behind, for readers of Caitlin Moran's How To Be A Woman, Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened, and Kelly Williams Brown's Adulting.

    Isy Suttie wakes up one day in her late twenties to discover that the deal she'd struck with her friends, to put off growing up for as long as possible, had been entirely in her head. Everyone around her is suddenly into mortgages, farmers' markets, and going off the Pill, rather than running naked into the sea or getting hammered in a country pub with eighty-year-old men.

    After a particularly crushing breakup precipitated by Isy's gifting of a human-size papier-mâché penguin to her boyfriend, her dearest friend advises Isy not to worry: the next guy she meets will be The Actual One.

    Heartened by this promise, Isy decides to keep delaying the onset of adulthood, whether that means standing on the side of a highway in nothing but an old fur coat and sneakers, dating a man who speaks only in rhyme, or conquering her fears of Alpine skiing by wildly overestimating her athletic ability. Insightful and laugh-out-loud funny, The Actual One is an ode to the confusing wilderness of your late twenties, alongside a quest for a genuinely good relationship . . . or at the very least, a good story to tell.





    Adult Mad Libs: Is Your Man a Catch?

    Adult Mad Libs: Is Your Man a Catch?

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    Adult Mad Libs: Kiss Me, I'm Single

    Adult Mad Libs: Kiss Me, I'm Single

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    Adult Mad Libs: Party Girl

    Adult Mad Libs: Party Girl

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    Every silly party girl needs 275 things for a night out on the golf course: a wimpy black dress, silver lipstick, and an emergency stash of potato chips, just in case things get slippery!
    Sounds like someone has been playing Party Girl Mad Libs! Play them with friends or enjoy them by yourself! Ridiculously simple directions inside!