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‘Game Of Thrones’: “Beautiful Death” Art Puzzles Released
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If you’re a fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones, chances are you’ve heard of the “Beautiful Death” series. For those of you who aren’t familiar, the series comes from artist Robert M. Ball and features images inspired by a significant death in each and every episode we’ve seen.

If you’re a fan of Ball’s excellent work, a collection of puzzles has now been released featuring some of the art. Six puzzles, to be exact, each including one thousand pieces to put together.

Continue below to read more about the puzzles, see images, and find out where to get them. If you’re not caught up with Game of Thrones, however, you might want to steer clear to avoid spoilers.

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Book Review: HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ Coloring Book For Adults
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HBO’s Game of Thrones Coloring Book
Illustrations by Allan Jefferson and Adriana Melo
Designed by Michael Morris
Front and back cover images colored by Terry Lancaster
Illustrations based on photography by Helen Sloan, Keith Bernstein, and Macall Polay
Publisher: Chronicle Books
60 pages | 11.5 x 0.2 x 11.6 inches
Release date: October 27, 2016

As you all know, adult coloring books are a thing. A truly awesome and therapeutic thing. And who knew that this medium could make HBO’s famously dark fantasy series Game Of Thrones feel so euphoric?

HBO’s Game of Thrones Coloring Book is the perfect way to wind down at the end of a long day, or sit back on a day off when you finally get some time to yourself. Each illustration, by Allan Jefferson and/or Adriana Melo, is meticulously and artfully outlined to mimic scenes from the beloved series.

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Book Review: Creepy Christmas: A Merry Macabre Coloring Book
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Creepy Christmas: A Merry Macabre Coloring Book
By Sam Shearon
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
166 pages | 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
Release date: October 18, 2016

It’s Christmas time, so I should be wrapping gifts and baking cookies, but instead, I’ve been coloring in my new Creepy Christmas coloring book!

That’s right, author and artist Sam Shearon has injected some terror into this holiday season with his adult coloring book Mister Sam Shearon’s Creepy Christmas: A Merry Macabre Coloring Book. Well, actually, as the book tells us, the creepy aspect has always been a part of the season, with tales of legendary creatures like Krampus, Wendigo, and the Abominable Snowman. For the traditionally innocuous elements, such as toys, snow globes, and even Rudolph, Shearon converts them into terrifying yet somehow still festive depictions just begging to be colorized.

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Disney In Depth: Book Review: ‘Poster Art Of The Disney Parks’
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Poster Art of the Disney Parks
Written by Daniel Handke and Vanessa Hunt
Disney Editions
Release Date: September 11, 2012

These images summon us to enter the Disney theme parks, prompting us to come up with fantastical ideas of what they hold in store. The poster art found at the entrances of Disney’s Magic Kingdom-style parks, as well as at Disney’s many other theme parks and destinations, are sometimes as fascinating to visually digest as the attractions are to experience. I know I felt that way as a child, always attracted to the visual majesty of such simple teasers. Apparently many others felt that way, too. As Disney Legend and renowned Imagineer Tony Baxter writes, that artwork remained in his mind in anticipation of entering Disneyland.

The 2012 book Poster Art of the Disney Parks possesses glossy, gorgeous visuals of tons of attractions (up to the release of the title), as well as some helpful commentary on their development and symbolism.

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Book Review: The Beauty Of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book By Alan Robert
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The Beauty of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book
By Alan Robert
IDW Publishing
Release date: October 4, 2016

Life Of Agony bassist Alan Robert already made the jump to comic book creator with the 2010 miniseries Wire Hangers, and has since gone on write and illustrate other titles, such as Killogy, the IDW miniseries he created that tells the story of three murderers, one of whom has the likeness of Marky Ramone. Now, the Brooklyn native has made another successful leap in his career — to adult coloring books with The Beauty of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book.

Chances are, the average adult doesn’t think they have the time for coloring, or perhaps they believe it’s something you leave behind with childhood. But it’s known nowadays that coloring is actually quite therapeutic, and if you don’t believe me, just grab a crayon, pencil, or marker, and start coloring something in, and within minutes, you’ll experience the smoothing effects.

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Must See: Tim Burton’s ‘Corpse Bride’ Cake (Video)
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Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

Anyone who has watched some Food Network in their day has likely seen some kind of competition in which a variety of amazing cake creations are made. Zoe’s Fancy Cakes is someone who would likely do well in competitions such as those.

For this Halloween season, the cake maker’s YouTube channel has been sharing some fitting tutorial videos. One of the videos shows you how to make a cake version of the Bride from Tim Burton‘s stop-motion feature Corpse Bride. Though I’m going to go ahead and assume most mortal beings such as you and I would not fare well in trying to pull the cake off, as it is a truly impressive piece of work.

Continue below to check out the video.

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Book Review: Star Wars Propaganda: A History Of Persuasive Art In The Galaxy
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Star Wars Propaganda
A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
Hardcover | Kindle Edition
Written by Pablo Hidalgo
Publisher: Harper Design
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Cover Price: $40.00

At first glance, Star Wars Propaganda looks like exactly what you’d expect it to be — an oversized art book with full-color graphics based on the Star Wars universe. But if you look more carefully, you’ll notice that not only is the artwork unlike what you’d usually see in Star Wars canon, but there’s also a very detailed history behind it all.

This slipcased hardcover book from Harper Design, subtitled A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy, weaves a narrative of little-known Star Wars history that begins with the Republic and moves on to the Clone Wars as seen in the events of the Prequel films, until the Galactic Empire takes over, prompting the Rebellion and the creation of the Alliance we know so well from the original trilogy. The book ends with a section on the New Republic, the First Order, and the Resistance, which were all introduced in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Video: ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’ 3D Chalk Art
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Many people, myself included, were deeply scarred by author Alvin Schwartz‘s horror book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, especially with artist Stephen Gammell‘s original illustrations. Recently a movie adaptation of the books has been in development, and earlier this year it was announced that Guillermo del Toro was now working on it with the possibility of even directing it himself.

It will likely be a bit before get a better idea of where the movie is going. So for now, here’s a video to hold you over. The video is of an artist creating a 3D chalk re-creation of one of Gammell’s drawings. It’s a quick video for sure, but still cool to see.

Check out the video below.

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NYCC 2016 Interview: Jelly Belly Wonder Woman Art By Kristen Cumings
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Two of the many, many things I love about New York Comic-Con, which held court at the Javits Center in NYC last weekend, are the uniqueness of the activities and the art. When the two are combined, it makes for an even better (and sometimes delicious) surprise. Booth #455 gave passersby free jelly beans (of which my kids ate quite a few). I got a chance to interview jelly bean artist, Kristen Cumings, who is “one of the only people in the world that uses jelly beans as her art form.” So what was up with Jelly Belly?

Jelly Belly has a broad range of movies represented in their collection, including Finding Dory and Star Wars, and their Hero Collection includes entertainment icons like Superman and Wonder Woman. From gift tins and bags to bean machines and magic wands, each movie collection contains a range of products.

Check out my interview with artist Kristen Cumings and the beautiful images in the image gallery here below.

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Spotlight on Local: Wendy Scripps – Godmother Of The Lower East Side
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The hustle and bustle of Manhattan is legendary, but I don’t think it is so poignantly captured anywhere as it is on the Lower East Side. A mixture of struggling artists, immigrant culture, historical landmarks, a yearning for a sense of family and community, and an element of crime and danger has made the neighborhood what it is. However, an evolving gentrification has become more and more prevalent throughout the years, pricing out the people that gave the area its character, and many of them have had to move away. Mom and pop businesses are forced to close their doors as the big boys are moving in. Those still standing can do little other than to turn away from eyesores like the 7-11 that now stands on Ave. A. But there’s one woman that’s not going down without a fight.

Wendy Scripps was born in the Bay Area of California, but moved to Manhattan in 1982. Her mother, a Brooklyn native, told Wendy she was born to be a New Yorker. “Once I got to New York, I knew that was where I was supposed to be,” says Scripps. “It fit like a glove.” Scripps’ parents were both active in the art communities. Her mother was a dancer, well ahead of her time. She was a Martha Graham dancer and the first to teach the art of Bharatanatyam (an ancient Indian dance) in America. Scripps’ father was active in the theater community doing stage design, but also loved rock n’ roll music. He began taking Scripps to rock n’ roll shows at a young age.

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