New York Comic-Con stormed the Javits Center this weekend, and one of my favorite booths was Booth #1946 for publisher Insight Editions. Just browsing the beautifully bound, wonderfully illustrated volumes was enough, but then I spied a holiday gift for my husband – A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic by Doogie Horner.
If that wasn’t enough, I found out that Horner himself would be autographing later that afternoon after his panel, so I beelined back. He could not have been more gracious, signing my book (with a “Yippee-Ki-Yay”) and indulging me with a quick interview.
Geeks of Doom: My first question is… so why Die Hard?
Doogie Horner: I love Die Hard. I’m obsessed with it. It’s a perfect film. I think it’s the apex of American action films. It’s the high renaissance… I have a whole theory, I gave a talk today about it, about how American action movies lined up with the high renaissance art in Italy, which ended only 2 years later with Die Hard 2. Personally it’s a film I have always loved, especially around the holidays. It bothered me that people don’t consider it a Christmas movie.
Geeks of Doom: It bothers my husband, too. So what is your next thing? Are you writing now?
Doogie Horner: I have a novel coming out from Simon & Schuster in Spring 2019, and I’m working on a kids book, and a couple of other things.
Geeks of Doom: Are there any other Christmas books or movies that are your favorites? And are there any other action movies that you love?
Doogie Horner: Other action movies that I really like… I like a lot of the older stuff that aren’t necessarily action movies like, White Heat. I like a lot of Westerns like Unforgiven or Tombstone. I’m pretty picky about action movies – Aliens is great. I’m not sure about holiday books, but movies… It’s a Wonderful Life and Gremlins.
And that was that. If I stayed any longer, the fans on the huge line that was forming behind me might have taken me out.
Doogie Horner is author of other GoD faves as Some Very Interesting Cats Perhaps You Weren’t Aware Of and 100 Ghosts, as well as being the cover artist for Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, having been the art director for one of our favorite publishing houses, Quirk Books. We love you too, Insight!
A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic will be available in stores and online October 24, 2017
Official Book Synopsis:
A delightful Christmas storybook for adults based on the action-packed Die Hard movie
All John McClane wants for Christmas is to reunite with his estranged family. But when his wife’s office holiday party turns into a deadly hostage situation, he has to save her life before he can get home in time for Christmas!
The unconventional fan-favorite movie Die Hard is now an illustrated storybook—complete with machine guns, European terrorists, and a cop who’s forced to rely on all his cunning and skills (and the help of a fellow officer) to save the day. Based on the classic “Night Before Christmas” poem and filled with whimsical illustrations, this cleverly reimagined homage is destined to become a holiday classic.
*Contains adult material including violence and strong language. Reader discretion is advised. Ho-ho-ho.
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