Headsup: The Art of Magic the Gathering - Amonkhet

Even if you aren't a gamer, you've probably at least heard of Magic: The Gathering, the very first fantasy trading card game which was created by Wizards of the Coast back in 1993.  Over the past two decades, the game has grown to include over seventy-five expansion sets and even has an organized international tournament system (including professional players who can win tens of thousands of dollars from a single tournament).  It has also won multiple awards, including a Mensa Award and multiple Origins Awards, and is available in eleven different languages.

If you are one of the twenty million Magic fans (in more than seventy countries),  you'll be happy to know that The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Amonkhet, the fourth volume in a series of coffee table books featuring the award-winning artwork in the beloved game, is now available.  In this volume, readers meet the inhabitants of the desert oasis of Amonkhet, whose lives revolve around a series of trials completed in preparation for the return of the God-Pharaoh.  This 240-page hardcover book features full-color illustrations from a variety of artists, including Cliff Childs, Winona Wilson, Christine Choi and Adam Paquette, among others.  In addition to the beautiful artwork, Senior Game Designer James Wyatt also provides some insight into the mysterious and intoxicating world of Amonkhet.

The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Amonkhet is currently available on Amazon for $27.17; not bad considering how hefty a book this is (it weighs around four pounds and measures almost two feet wide when open)...a nice gifting choice for anyone in love with the art of the game (for some sneak peeks of the illustrations, see below).

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By |August 6th, 2017|Art, Books, Headsup|0 Comments

Syrio Forel Lives!

Academy of the Sword

BibliOdyssey has posted some fascinating pages from the 1630 book, Academy of the Sword. Or rather, its full title is:

Academy of the Sword. Wherein is demonstrated by mathematical rules on the foundation of a mysterious circle, the theory and practice of the true and heretofore unknown secrets of handling arms on foot and horseback.

Apparently the horseback portion was never to be realized, however--sort of like History of the World Part II. This book is pretty damn rare in its original form, apparently: they report it can go for $50,000. If I were you and wanted it, though, I'd stick with the re-release.

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By |November 1st, 2007|Books|0 Comments

The Wonderful Artwork of Oz

BiblioOdyssey points out an original edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, complete with the art from William Wallace Denslow. Not only that, but there's some back story there as to how Denslow and L. Frank Baum got together in the first place.

By |August 10th, 2007|Books|0 Comments

Dollar Dreadful: Sort of Like Dollar General, But Totally Different

Dollar Dreadful snippet: Archibald Grey

Brass Goggles points out that penny dreadfuls are on their way back in, but now it's Dollar Dreadful (thanks to inflation). There's previews online now and the full online shop will be hitting soon, they tell us, and it looks like a veritable hoot. How can you resist stuff with titles like "Octavious Watt and His Pneumatic Bride" and "Archibald Grey," who has a Skeleton Key which opens everything, including a way into the land of the dead? Answer: you cannot.

We'll try to yell when the shop goes live.

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By |August 8th, 2007|Books|0 Comments

J.K. Rowling Open Book Tour: Win to See Her at Carnegie Hall

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? The answer is: write books, sell fifty quintillion copies, have them turned into mega-movies, and have the whole thing turned into a theme park. Practice? Bah.

By |July 27th, 2007|Books, Contests, Headsup|0 Comments

For Those of You About to Return to School, Well, Sucks to Be You

But that's okay, because I went through college on the five year plan and speaking for my fellow staff members, we have earned the right to let out a huge whew because it's you tromping off to class in just a few weeks and not us.

By |July 26th, 2007|Books, Headsup|0 Comments

Terrifying Glimpse at Clown Hand-to-Hand Combat Training

BibliOdyssey has uncovered an ancient training manual in the art of clown combat. Study this.

By |July 26th, 2007|Books, Stimuli|0 Comments

Borders Sells 1.2 Million Copies of Harry Potter 7

So Borders has announced today that they sold 1.2 million copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows worldwide. That's a single-title one-day record for the chain, apparently.

By |July 22nd, 2007|Books|0 Comments

Books for Naughty Russian Children: Fear the Ugly Monks

English Russia posts bits from books that were designed to frighten bad Russian kids into straightening up and flying right. Although I'm not certain how effective these actually were. Here's some samples:

By |July 3rd, 2007|Books|0 Comments

Top Amazon Sales Through Needcoffee for the First Half of 2007

So I was curious about what you fine folks are ordering from Amazon through the site. Because we have a really wacky demographic, hitting all kinds of ages and locations and whatnot.

By |July 1st, 2007|Books, DVD, Headsup|0 Comments